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So much going on this past week and now looking forward to Halloween, Thursday, October 31, 2013. Halloween customs that we observe had their beginnings a very long time ago. They came from the priests of ancient Gaul and Britain (called druids) who believed that witches, demons and spirits of the dead roamed the earth on the eve of November 1. Bonfires were lit to drive the bad spirits away and to protect themselves further from the bad spirits, the druids offered good things to eat and disguised themselves.  Thus we celebrate Halloween by playing “Trick or Treat,” dressing up in costumes and wearing masks.  No matter what the costume your children (or you?) wear, remember to always practice “Safety First.”

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 The El Monte Police Department “TRUNK OR TREAT” Halloween Celebration for the community, will be held at the Community Center, 3130 Tyler Avenue, El Monte.  The fun starts at 6:00 p.m.  For further information phone 626-580-2186.

One of the most successful independent films ever made, John Carpenters HALLOWEEN (1978) will be screened in the Library Community Room of the South Pasadena Library, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, from 7:00pm to 9:30 pm. Tickets $10.00 each. This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the South Pasadena Library and CARE foundation which helps homeless teenagers. For further information phone: 626-403-7333.

EL MONTE FRIEND O’GARDEN CLUB traveled to Cal Poly Pomona on October 24, 2013 for their second annual field trip to visit the Farm Store. A planning meeting, for events and programs for the New Year, will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Annia’s Kitchen at the El Monte Airport, 4235 Santa Anita Avenue.  For information on membership, contact President Steve Heimple at 626-281-6382.

EL MONTE WOMENS CLUB monthly business and luncheon meeting was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the El Monte Community Center, 3130 Tyler. Richard Luna, from the El Monte Police Department, presented a program on “EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS” and donated a First Aid Kit and a Three Day Survival Kit to the members. A delicious lunch buffet was enjoyed by all.  President Rita recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month. She spoke on “Pinwheels for Prevention,” the Child Abuse Awareness program. Olga Gutierrez was announced as the new Advocates for Children chairman. Scholarship Chairman Lorene Gutierrez reported that she is seeking community businesses that wish to partner or donate to the Women’s Club Scholarships. Fashion Show Chairman, Pat Wallach announced the 2014 theme would be “Circus.” President Rita encouraged members to attend the Report Writing Workshop on October 30, 2013 that will be held at the La Puente Valley Woman’s Club, 200 N. First Street, La Puente. California.

La Historia Historical Society Museum will hold their FALL MENUDO BREAKFAST on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Lambert Park, 11431 McGirk Street, El Monte, from 8:00 am  – 1:00 pm. Cost $6.00 and children under 12 $4.00. Breakfast will include coffee and pan dulce.  The La Historia Society Museum Calendar will be on sale for $6.00 each.  For information and tickets phone:  626-279-1954 or 626-575-3290. The La Historia Museum is located at 3240 Tyler Avenue, El Monte.

Always fun things to do, see you soon someplace AROUND TOWN.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.