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By Mavis Hansen

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How fast the first two weeks of the New Year have gone by.  Holiday’s are always great to look forward to and coming up this next Monday, January 20, 2014, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday.  “I still have a dream.  It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream…a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” These were the words of Martin Luther King Jr., a black Baptist minister, speaking in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., at the largest civil rights rally in the history of the United States.  Since that day the words “I have a dream” have become the symbol of Martin Luther King, Jr.
King was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929.  He earned degrees from Morehouse College and Crozer Theological Seminary and then went to Boston University, where he earned a doctorate.  He married Coretta Scott in 1953 and settled in Montgomery, Alabama becoming pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.   Shortly after, he led a black boycott of the segregated city buses.    King was then asked to lead a new organization called the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  The goal was to win equality for black people, avoiding violence while striving for their aims.  His pursuit of justice won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. On April 4 he was shot and killed by an assassin.  King’s death, at the age of 39, was mourned by the whole world. Since 1986 his birthday has been a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the third Monday in January.
Two other notable dates in January are:  Thursday, January 17, Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday and Thursday, January 23, National Handwriting Day.
EL MONTE NATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE Baseball signups are in progress.  To save some money, sign up before the Early Bird Deadline of January 17, 2014.  Children ages 5 -6 may sign up for T-Ball, AAA will be ages 7-8, Minors 9-10, Majors 11-12 and Juniors 13-15.  Registration includes: Jersey, Hat, Basic picture package and a season trophy. Tryouts will be held on February 22, 2014. Contact for more information:
If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, lose weight or just be healthy, the City of El Monte offers a great solution.  THE EL MONTE AQUATICS CENTER, Aeroquatics Program offers a variety of training, including ZUMBA, Aqua Zumba, Pilates, Step Aerobics, Yoga and others.  Classes are held on land or in water by Certified Instructors. For more information phone 626-580-2213 or Email: www.
FREE TENANT RIGHTS WORKSHOP will be presented by the City of El Monte and The Housing Rights Center on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. At the Jack Crippen Senior Center, 3120 Tyler Avenue, El Monte. To RSVP, phone Marlene at 800-477-5977, ext 1105.
The COVINA WOMAN’S CLUB will present “A WINTER WONDERLAND” FASHION SHOW  on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at their beautiful clubhouse, 128 San Jose Avenue, Covina.  Doors will open at 11:00 AM.  Fashions by Magnolia and music will be provided by Jay Munns.  $35.00 includes the Banquet Luncheon.  For further information contact Chairman Linda Koontz at 909-593-3906 or Co-Chairman Ina Ruan at 626-358-6809.  For Reservations:  Katy Phillips at 626-331-8675.
DVAC, Covina Women’s Club Domestic Violence Action Coalition, will hold their first meeting of the year on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Covina Woman’s Club, 128 San Jose Avenue, Covina.  Social time:  11:30 am and meeting begins at 12:00 Noon. The Covina Woman’s Club DVAC is dedicated to keeping the community aware about issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse and all forms of violence.  The coalition meets the third Monday of every month at 12 Noon at the Covina Woman’s Club.  It is open to everyone and there is no fee to join. If you are interested in joining the coalition, contact Directors Kim Plater at or Alice Slaughter at
Start the New Year right…take care of yourself and help take care of others.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town