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Holidays are lots of fun, some require lots of preparation and many are gift-giving times.  Some holidays require no preparation, no making of or purchasing gifts and for many are extra time off from their job.  Many are in honor of or because of something eventful……and here we have Columbus Day.  Formerly observed on October 12th and now on the second Monday in October. This holiday, honoring Christopher Columbus’ sighting of America on October 12, 1492, is observed in the United States, Canada and in some cities in Italy and Spain.  Although Columbus was not the first explorer to set foot in the Western Hemisphere, his landing at San Salvador Island, now known as the Bahamas, opened the way for the settlement of America by Europeans.  It is thought that the first celebration honoring the event was held in 1792.  Columbus Day became a legal holiday in the United States in 1892, 400 years after the famous voyage.  It was then called Discovery Day.  Some cities hold parades and festivities honoring the holiday.  If you have children in school, you can be sure that they will bring home artwork and stories of what they have learned about the discovery of our great nation.  However you enjoy this special day, have a good time!

A WREATH LAYING CEREMONY commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Savannah Memorial Park, 9263 Valley Boulevard, Rosemead, California.  The Joel Brigham Chapter USD of 1812 is presenting this program in honor of two soldiers who fought in the war.  JOHN HOLT (1792-1872) gave service in the War of 1812 on Capt. Manson’s Gun Boat 7; Lt. Gunteir’s Squadron in Wilmington, North Carolina and WILEY RICHIE WILSON (1800-1878) served as Trumpeter in Capt. Porters Co., Gen Caffey’s Brigade, and Second Regiment West Tennessee Vol. Mounted Gunman (Cavalry). Note that Wiley was just twelve years old!  Reservations are requested by Wednesday, October 9, 2013 to Anne Scholz, Email: Or phone: 310-377-3328

San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs held their September monthly Board meeting at the Covina Women’s Club, 128 San Jose Avenue, Covina, California.  The meetings begin at 9:30 am, are open to all members and guests are always welcome.  There is no charge for the meeting or parking.  The program was a presentation by four club presidents who spoke on the history of their respective clubs and clubhouses:  Diana Asmusndson, President of the Baldwin Park Woman’s Club; Shirley Lane, President of the Covina Woman’s Club; Rita Cazares, President of the El Monte Women’s Club and Carol Huntwork, President of the La Crescenta Woman’s Club. Many of the clubhouses belonging to women’s clubs are over 100 years old!  The San Gabriel Valley District is composed of 25 local clubs within the San Gabriel Valley with over 1200 members.  The San Gabriel Valley District belongs to the California Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation (National and International) of Women’s Clubs. A non profit organization, clubwomen are volunteers dedicated to community improvement as well as to State, National and International causes in the fields of ART, which includes music, crafts, creative writing and photography; Communications and Public Relations;  Conservation;  Community  Improvement, Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention, also Advocates for Children; Education; Homelife; International Outreach; Leadership; Legislation; Public Issues; Womens History and Fundraising projects such as Fashion Shows and golf tournaments.  Whatever there is interest in; there is a place for everyone.  If you are interested in membership or would like to attend a meeting, contact Membership Chairman Rosemary Morabito at 818-415-6189.  Next SGVD meeting will be on Friday, October 13, 2013.

El Monte Women’s Club will continue to offer the community a fun time of BUNCO and Baked Potato, with all the trimmings, lunch for the small price of $10.00.  Prizes will be awarded at the end of the games.   The first ‘BUNCO GAMES AND LUNCH’ will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013, 11:00 A.M. at the El Monte Women’s Club Lounge, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte.

Enjoy the beautiful days; see you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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