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By: Mavis Hansen

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Here we are, in the last week of the first month of 2014.  In what should be one of the coldest months of the year, we are most fortunate in having beautiful, sunny days, what we like to proudly call “California Weather.” Our many holidays are past, for a while, but for those who still want one last celebration, a reminder that close and accessible Chinatown will celebrate New Year 4712, the Year of the Horse, with festivities and a Dragon Parade on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
The El Monte Friend O’Garden Club will have a busy February.  Starting off on Saturday, February 1, 2014 with a field trip to the beautiful Descanso Gardens, in nearby LaCanada-Flintridge.  Many of the members will meet at the home of Sandy Fout and carpool to the DISH Restaurant for brunch before touring the Descanso Gardens.   The regular monthly meeting will be held at 11:30 AM, on Friday, February 7, at the Norwood Library, 4550 N. Peck Road, El Monte.  Members bring a brown bag lunch, with coffee and dessert provided by a monthly hostess.  Guests are welcome.  For further information, contact President Steve Heimple at 626-281-6382.   On Monday, February 10, the Club will host the quarterly meeting of the Arboretum District of California Garden Clubs, Inc. in the Palm Room at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. Members will provide refreshments, with a Valentine theme.
The San Gabriel Valley FRONT LINE for Veterans, First Responders and their families will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 4, from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the American Legion Pasadena Post 13, 131 N.  Marengo, Pasadena.  Program Speaker for the evening will be Kathy Lynch, M. A., M.F.TH., Director: Wellness Works, Glendale & Veterans Welcome Home.  On display will be artwork of veteran Kenneth James, USMC “Love Triumphant”. There is no charge to attend the program or for the dinner but reservations must be made for the dinner at:  All interested community members are welcome.  This program is sponsored by American Legion Pasadena Post 13 and NAMI SGV.
With sadness, we learned that Colleen Lindholm passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Colleen and her husband Cal were long time residents of El Monte.  A school teacher for over 35 years,  active member of the Friend O’Garden Club and The El Monte Women’s Club until relocating  to the Arcadia Retirement Village.  Services planned for Monday, January 27, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina.  Colleen is survived by her daughter Palia, son-in-law Ed, grandchildren Ken, Kevin &
Dena and great grandchildren Payton, Brayden, Derek and Adrian.  In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in her memory to the Humane Society. Sincere Sympathy to daughter Palia and family.
On the first Saturday of each month, from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION CENTER of the City of El Monte, offers to residents of the City the opportunity, at no charge, to properly dispose of unwanted hazardous wastes and electronics.  Items such as used motor oil, oil filters, brake fluid, antifreeze, paint, household cleaning products, pesticides, expired medicine, household and car batteries, electronics,     and many appliances.  Items may be taken to the facility, located at Valley Circle,that is between Santa Anita Avenue and Arden Drive on Valley Boulevard, El Monte.  For instructions on delivering the items and/or further information, phone the City of El Monte at: 626-580-2062.

Always lots of events to attend, see you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.