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Jerry Jambazian

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Have you seen all the purple ribbons in Temple City? Trees throughout Temple City have been decorated with large purple ribbons in recognition of “Paint the Town Purple,” a nationwide event to promote Relay For Life that will be held at Temple City High School July 27 at 9 a.m. and ending July 28 at 10 a.m. with the survivor lap.
On June 29, Temple City volunteers used the power of purple to encourage community dialog surrounding cancer research and prevention. Purple is also the official color of the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay For Life event, a 25 hour walk-a-thon to raise cancer awareness and funding research, advocacy and patient care.
Nannette Fish , long-time resident and fundraising co-captain said “This is all leading up to Relay For Life where we will stand in solidarity as a community to remember those who lost the fight, and celebrate with those who have survived.”
Now in its second year, Temple Citians have fundraised $21,000 for the American Cancer Society, not including this year’s $20,035 contribution collected by 22 dedicated teams with over 178 participants to date.
Opening ceremonies kick off Saturday, July 27, 9:00 a.m. at the Temple City High School track with a high-energy entertainment lineup. Cancer survivors and their caregivers will take a lap at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate their victories over cancer. While walking or running the track, teams campout, enjoy food, live music and cancer education activities. Pajama, tutu and 80’s themed laps will take place throughout the day, and a “kids club” will offer face painting, crafts, and a bounce house.
The track is illuminated during the very moving Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. when friends and family light personalized candle memorials in remembrance of cancer victims and survivors. Relay for Life ends Sunday, July 28 at 8:30 a.m. with closing ceremonies and a final lap to symbolize a year-round, emotional commitment to fighting cancer and saving lives.
As a cancer survivor myself I know how important this community event is. I am sure we all know a friend or family member who has been touched by this dreaded disease. Now is your opportunity to support this worthwhile cause. If you would like to participate or donate please visit their website at: You can also contact event co-chairs Kim Wunner at 626 688-4986 or Brad McDonald at 626 422-4503.
Temple City Tweets: The Rosemead Boulevard Enhancement Project is moving along ahead of schedule. There has been an impact on traffic, residents, and businesses. When the project is complete it will be a welcome addition to commuters and citizens of Temple City.
People ask me all the time “what is happening with the Gateway Project?”. All I can tell you is the hole is getting deeper and the dirt pile getting higher. Seven years and counting. Could the seven year itch be coming soon along with some national retailers?
Concerts in the Park have been going well entertaining a thousand happy foot-tapping attendees each Wednesday at Temple City Park. Tonight will be Raymond Michael with his great Elvis tribute. On July 24 The Siverados with Contemporary Country music.
Move it and lose it during Mayor Cynthia Sternquist’s 10-week “Biggest Loser” Fitness Challenge is into its 5th week. Competitors arrive at Temple City Park and are guided through a series of muscle-building exercises and nutritional lessons by fitness trainer/director Marisa. Just in case you are wondering Mayor Sternquist has been participating along with the 20 “loosers”.
Camp-A-Palooza will take place at Live Oak Park on July 19 and 20. Pitch a tent and enjoy nonstop fun including a mechanical surfboard, bungee run, rock climbing, cannonball air blaster, bounce house, petting zoo, arts and crafts, and storytelling. Bring your own camping gear and join the fun.
I am happy to announce my new website dedicated to everything Temple City. It captures the spirit and community of a great city. Check it out at to see recent photo and video events. You can also like us on Facebook. I would welcome your comments at

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Jerry’s Journey