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All of a sudden, Thanksgiving is over and we are in the midst of the Holiday Season. Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Christmas everywhere. So in the midst of all the rushing around, let us not forget the real meaning of Christmas.

One of the most fun things to do during the holidays is attend HOLIDAY HOUSE. This year it will be one day only. Saturday, December 7th and will be held at the El Monte Community Center, 3130 Tyler Avenue, El Monte. Come celebrate the 42ndAnniversary, where admission is free. Enjoy the fabulous Holiday Boutique, with many vendors selling all types of Christmas items, decorations and much more. Christmas Carolers will bring music to delight everyone. Children will enjoy the Moon Bounce, a Tree Decorating Contest, Gingerbread House Contest, Free Crafts, and Santa Pictures. Lots of delicious food throughout the day, starting at 9:00 AM with the Arroyo High School Cheer Team “Menudo Breakfast served until 11:00 AM for $5.00 per person. The El Monte High School Song Team “Carne Asada Taco Lunch” served from Noon until 3:00 PM for 5.00 per person. The El Monte Council of P.T.A. “Pie and Coffee Social” from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. for $2.00 per person. Pee Wee Cheerleaders “Spaghetti Dinner” from 4:30 until 6:30 pm for $5.00 per person and the El Monte Business and Professional Women will again host the SNACK BAR which will be open from 9:00 AM until closing. Petals the Clown will make everyone laugh. At 4:30 pm the winners of the Tree Decorating Contest will be announced and at 6:00 PM, the SGT. Michael Wolf bicycle winners will be announced. The first 200 children entering will receive a free holiday surprise! The El Monte/South El Monte Emergency Resources Association is asking for contributions of canned food. For every 5 items donated you will receive a ticket for a drawing.

El Monte Friend O’Garden members and guests will meet for a Christmas Dinner at the Beckham Grill, 77 W. Walnut, Pasadena on Monday, December 2nd. The next regular club meeting will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014. For information, contact President Steve Heimple at 626-281-6382.

The Arboretum District of California Garden Clubs will meet on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. Refreshments at 9:30 am with the meeting beginnings at 10:00 am. Program will be presented by Beverly Harris, Creative Plant Designer at the Arboretum who will conduct “Making a Craft.” The featured native plant will be the Toyon Tree and the bird will be the Mockingbird.

EL MONTE WOMEN’S CLUB held their monthly Business and Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the El Monte Women’s Club Lounge, 3120 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte. The meeting was conducted by President Rita Cazares. The program was presented by FRONT LINE which is sponsored by American Legion Pasadena Post 13 and NAMI SGV, dedicated to provide support for military, veterans, first responders and their families. The speaker was Lynne Garcia. For further information, please call 818-478-5740. . The December meeting will feature a Holiday Program with the El Monte High School Choir. A Christmas luncheon will follow.

The San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs, which incorporates the 25 local clubs within the San Gabriel Valley, will hold their meeting on Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Covina Women’s Club, 128 San Jose Avenue, Covina. A festive day is planned, with a pot-luck luncheon. For further information, 626-441-6231.

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