AROUND TOWN

By: Mavis Hansen

Summertime is truly over and October is a wonderful month for cooler, beautiful weather and lots of events.  October is designated as BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH and also DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.  This coming week will also bring us World Teachers Day on Saturday the 5th and Child Health Day on Monday the 7th.

A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS Kick

–Off Press Conference was held on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel, California.  This was the 10th Annual Domestic Violence Clothing Drive presented by Congresswoman Judy Chu, who will partner with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, who represents the 32nd District. The meeting began with a welcome and introductions by Congresswoman Judy Chu.  The Congresswoman spoke on the history of the Domestic Violence Clothing Drive Campaign, the Community Partners and her delight to partner with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano of the 32nd District.  Perla Hernandez, Deputy District Director, for Congresswoman Napolitano, brought greetings from the Congresswoman and her pleasure to be involved with the program. Congresswoman Chu praised the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park facility for their many years of partnership for the clothing Drive Program.   Victor Cheng, MD, Kaiser Permanente was introduced and gave a physicians perspective.   The Congresswoman then introduced Mavis Hansen, President of the San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs.  Ms. Hansen has worked on the Clothing Drive since its inception and promised support of her District, which has 25 clubs within the San Gabriel Valley and is over 1200 members strong. To close the press conference, a very emotional personal testimony was related by a survivor of Domestic Violence.

At the Domestic Violence Awareness Clothing Drive Day, on Saturday, October 12, 2013, items may be taken to the collection center at Westfield Mall in West Covina and (not yet confirmed) Westfield Mall in Arcadia.   For other collection sites or any other information contact the office of Congresswoman Judy Chu at 626-304-0110.    Show your support by wearing a purple ribbon, the symbol for Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention.

2013 VETERANS SERVICE AWARDS

in honor of our Community Heroes will be presented by Senator Ed Hernandez of the 24th Senate District.  If you know of a veteran deserving of this recognition and would like the nomination forms and criteria, or further information, contact the district office, 100 S. Vincent Ave. West Covina or phone 626-430-2499.

The HALLOWEEN DANCE

on Saturday, October 5, 2013 will be presented by the El Monte Senior Presidents’ Council, Club Durazo.  Music by:  Ornelas.  Lunch from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm ($5.00 optional) and Dance from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm.  For further information contact Andrew Adame at 626-956-6205.

The EL MONTE HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY TEA

was held on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the El Monte Historical Museum.  Program speaker was Mr. Dwain Carlo Crum, world traveler, retired history teacher, past president and current board member of the Savannah Memorial Park Cemetery.  Mr. Crum gave an excellent historical program on the history of the Savannah Memorial Park Cemetery and much historical information about this California area since 1492. Mr. Crum was thanked by El Monte Historical Society President Mike Shiveley.    The Savannah Memorial Park holds the prestigious title of California Historical Landmark #1046.   A most delicious Tea was hosted by the women of the El Monte Chapter of Soroptimist International.

We are having beautiful, delightful weather.  Get out and smell the roses!

See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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