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What delightful weekend weather. Off with those heavy coats and sweaters and enjoy the warmth of the sun! Officially, Saturday, December 21, 2013 will be the First Day of Winter.

The Arboretum District of California Garden Clubs meeting was held on Monday, December 9, 2013 in the Palm Room of the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia. Refreshments were provided by the hostess club, Floralia Guild Chapter 20. Announcement was made of a field trip to tour the E. Waldo Ward Company on Saturday, January 25, 2014. E. Waldo Ward Company has been in existence in Sierra Madre, making jams and jellies since 1891. The State Board Meeting will be held February 13 – 16, 2014 in Glendale, California. Beverly Harris, Docent and gardener was the afternoon speaker. Members were supplied with logs and trimmings of pine cones, pods, berries and things of nature and were instructed on how to make a table decoration. Just before the end of the meeting, all were surprised with a visit from Santa and his helper who presented gifts to all. There is no charge to attend a meeting and those interested in gardening are encouraged to become members. For further information contact Arboretum District Director Mary Betlack at 818-790-4602.

Happy Holidays from Mid Valley News was extended to all the staff and guests by the Moseley Family on Thursday, December 12, 2013 with an invitation to gather together to enjoy a delicious dinner. Many brought family recipes to share and some of the more daring participated in Karaoke singing. Singing or just socializing, everyone enjoyed the festive evening.

Christmas Luncheon and Dance presented by the City of El Monte Community and Senior Services Division will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Jack Crippen Senior Center, 3120 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte, California. Dancing will be to the music of a Live Band: L-360. Doors will open at 10:00 AM and the Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM. For those 60 years of age and over, the cost is $2.00 and those younger $3.00. For further information, contact the Senior Center at 626-580-2210.

The El Monte Women’s Club held their annual Christmas Meeting, Program and Luncheon on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the El Monte Community Center, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte. President Rita Cazares began the meeting at 11:00 AM and welcomed those attending. Continuing in the annual tradition, the Christmas Program was presented by the El Monte High School Chorale Groups under the direction of their music director Mr. Joel Whistler. A special Christmas Luncheon with delicious homemade tamales, made by member Tina Huizar, enchiladas, beans, rice and deserts was enjoyed. January 9, 2014 Bunco Chairman Elsie Neilson announced Potato Lunch will be held and prizes will be awarded. Membership is open to all women interested in service to the community. Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11:00 AM in the El Monte Community Center. There is no charge to attend meetings and guest are always welcome. For further information contact the Membership Chairman, Esthela Torres deSiegrist at 626-442-0354

A wonderful season to ENJOY, see you soon someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.