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By Mavis Hansen

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Hope that you have been enjoying this first week of Spring and the beautiful weather we have been having.    Easter will come early this year and we will celebrate on this coming Sunday, March 31, 2013.

An Easter Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 9:00 until 12:00 Noon at Mt. View Park, 12127 Elliott Avenue, El Monte, California.  Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be held from 9:00 AM through 11:00 AM.  Menu:  Chorizo & eggs/scrambled eggs, beans, roll and milk or orange juice.  Cost $4.00.   The Easter Egg Hunt will start at 10:00 AM.  There are three age divisions:  4 & 5 year olds, 1st & 2nd graders & 3rd thru 5th graders.   Bring your basket or bag! Pictures taken with the Easter Bunny are for $2.00.  Lots of activities all morning long from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon will include Arts & Crafts vendors, Food Vendors, Information Booths, Moon Bounce, Face Painting, Bunny Ears Craft, Game Booths, Opportunity Drawing, Carrot Eating Contest and Jelly Bean Guessing Jar. For more information contact the El Monte Park & Recreation Office at 626-580-2200.

The City of El Monte Community & Senior Services Division invites those who are a little older, to the Easter Luncheon on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Jack Crippen Senior Center, 3120 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte.  Doors Open at 10:00 AM and Lunch served at 11:30 AM.  Menu:  Sliced Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, Cornbread, Creamed Spinach, Tossed Salad Greens, Easter Cake or Fruit alternate and Orange Juice.  Cost: $2.00 per person (60& older) suggested donation.

Due to the predicted end of the school year, the Women’s Clubs within the San Gabriel Valley District conduct their Music Competitions, Art and Photography Contests in February or March in order to have their winners compete at the District level.  This year the local winners who competed in the Art Contests at the San Gabriel Valley District Spring Council and won an award were:  Art Competition:  Grade K-1, 1st place AVANI ATHAVALE, sponsored by the Pasadena W.C Grade 2-3 Chalk:  1st JENNY PIETRZIK, 2nd MATEO HERNANDEZ and 3rd PARAMI DeSILVA, all three sponsored by Pasadena W.C.; Grade 2-3 Watercolor:  1st SOPHIE YOUSSEFIAN, Sierra Madre W.C. and 2nd SEONGHA KO, Pasadena W.C.   Grade 4-5 Ink:  1st NEHA ATHAVALE, Sierra Madre W.C.;  Grade 4-5 Acrylic:  1st VIVIAN DELGADILLO, Pasadena W.C.;  Grade 4-5 Chalk:  1st CHRISTINE LIM, Sierra Madre W.C.;  Grade 6-8 Oil:  1st KAAMILAH SHA, Sierra Madre W.C.;  2nd KAYLIN PAK, Sierra Madre W.C.;  3rd JULIA LANDIS, Pasadena W.C.;    Grade 6-8 Watercolor:  1st SEBASTIAN LIGHT,  2nd JESSICA GARZA and 3rd NICOLE FINOCHIO,  all three from Sierra Madre W.C.;  Grade 6-8 Pen/Pencil:  1st,  GABRIELLA NOVARRO, Sierra Madre W.C. and 2nd MICHAEL CARINO, Pasadena W.C.;   Grade 6-8 Mixed:  1st REBECCA TROESCHUR, Sierra Madre W.C.;  Grade 9-12 Ink/Mixed:  1st LEAH GARZA, Duarte W.C.;  2nd GUSTAVO PRIETO, Covina W.C.;  3rd KEENAN SHUR, La Crescenta W.C.;  Grade 9-12 Watercolor:  1st MELANIE CHRISTOFARO, Duarte W.C.;  2nd CAITLYN SING, Walnut W.C.;  3rd BENJAMIN TONG, Pasadena W.C. and H.M. EMILY SHAW, Walnut W.C.;  Grade 9-12 Chalk:  1st AIMEE NIU, Pasadena W.C. and from Covina W.C., 2nd STEVEN NOVOA, 3rd MYGUEL ANGELO  and Honorable Mention SIERRA RIVERA.  Grade 9-12 Acrylic/Oil Portrait:  1st JUNE HANG, El Monte W.C., 2nd BARNDON HERNANDEZ, El Monte W.C. and 3rd ANGIE DURAN, Walnut W.C.;  Grade 9-12 Oil/Acrylic:  1st TIFFANY WEI, Walnut W.C., 2nd JESSICA WANG, Walnut W.C.,  3rd LUIS VALENZUELA, Covina W.C.;  Grade 9-12 Pencil/Portraits:  1st SAUL DIAZ, Baldwin Park W.C.;  2nd REBECCA ROMERO, Baldwin Park W.C., 3RD MERRY MOLINE, Duarte W.C., Honorable Mention YSENIA RAMIREZ, El Monte W.C.,   Grade 9-12 Pencil:  1st JOSHUA GUTIERREZ, Baldwin Park W.C., 2nd BRITTANY NGUYEN, El Monte W.C.,  3rd EDRALYN MAGNAYE, Baldwin Park W.C.,  Honorable Mention VIKY TERRON, Baldwin Park W.C.,   Grade 9-12  Photography/People:  1st TIFFANY WEI, Walnut W.C.,  2nd JUSTINE PENG, Walnut W.C. and 3rd AARON PETTIGREW, La Crescenta W.C.      CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

EASTER is celebrated in many parts of the world, and in many various ways.  Parades, Mardi Gras, Carnivals, Sunrise Celebrations and Church services.  The new clothes worn on Easter Sunday are a symbol of new life.  One of the best knows an Easter symbol is the egg, which has symbolized the return of spring and renewed life.   Coloring and decorating eggs is fun for children and adults alike.  Who doesn’t like an Easter Egg Hunt?   A wonderful time for chocolate!

Have a great Easter; see you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town