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The El Monte Women’s Club held their Annual Music Competition on  Monday, January 27 in their Women’s Club Lounge, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte.  With Club members, friends, family and other students in attendance, eight students from High Schools in the El Monte Union High School District participated.  There were four categories for competition:  Classical Instrumental, Classical Vocal, Pop Instrumental and Pop Vocal.  Only one student, Jonathon Cabrera from El Monte High School, playing Alto Saxophone, competed in the Classical Instrumental category. Two students, both from El Monte High School, participated in the Classical Vocal category:  Daniel Padilla, sang Caro Mio Ben and Kiana Ramirez, sang Se Tu M’ami.  Only one student, Judy Li from Arroyo High School, competed for the Pop Instrumental Award with her Piano selection of “Secret.” The Pop Vocal Competition was entered into by four students from El Monte High School.  Participants were Natalie Garcia, singing “Gravity” by Sara Bareilloes, Jennifer Luu, singing “Halo,” Vanessa Navarro, singing “Rollin in the Deep” and Thy Pham singing “Make You Feel My Love.” The Judge for the Musical Competition was Alex Galvan. The winners were:  Classical Instrumental, Jonathan Cabrera Garcia from El Monte High School; Classical Vocal, Daniel Padilla; Pop Instrumental, Judy Li, from Arroyo High School; and Pop Vocal, Thy Pham from El Monte High School.  The four finalists were awarded a one hundred dollar scholarship and the opportunity to compete in the San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs Musical Competition at the Spring Council, on Friday, March 14 at the Covina Woman’s Club. Finalists in the District Competitions will be awarded $500.00 and the opportunity for further competition.  For further information contact Chairman Jane Myring at 626-442-0175 or Club President Rita Cazares at 626-579-2261.
The El Monte Police Department and City of El Monte will present the FIRST ANNUAL EL MONTE POLICE 5K and 1K FAMILY WALK/RUN FOOT PURSUIT on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11333 Valley Boulevard, El Monte.  Check in time is 7:00 am. Start time is 8:00 am sharp.  Entry Fee is $5.00 High School and under and $20.00 for Adults.  The price includes T-shirt and medal that will be given to all participants who compete the run.  $100.00 cash prize to the fastest male and female in the 5K run.  A free T-shirt for the first 300 registrants.  All proceeds go to support the local high school scholarships.  Pre package pick up will be available on Friday, February 7 at the Police Station from 5pm until 9pm.  This event is sponsored by the El Monte Police Officers Association.  You may register at or for more information contact:, or phone 626-580-2100.
The El Monte Senior President’s Council CLUB DURAZO will present their SWEETHEART DANCE on Saturday, February 8 at the Jack Crippen Senior Center.  Lunch will be served from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm for $5.00 (optional) and the Dance from 1:00 PM until 5PM for $8.00 pre-sale and $9.00 at the door.  The Band will be PENUMBRA.  Formal attire is requested.  For further information, phone Andrew Adame at 626-956-6205 or Viola Flores, at 626-455-0813. Also, Club Durazo is going on an over-night trip to Laughlin, going to the “Edgewater Hotel & Casino” on Sunday, February 9 through Monday February 10.  To sign up or for more information call Viola Flores at 626-455-0813.
A free OBAMA CARE WORKSHOP presented by AARP will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at 2:00 pm at the El Monte Jack Crippen Senior Center. For further details phone 626-580-2210.
January has been a very difficult month for many this year.  We offer sincere sympathy to Eva Stoltz on the passing of her husband and to the family of Peggy Lowe, who lived in El Monte for many years and was an active member of the El Monte Historical Society.
Remember there is still time to get a flu shot….Take care, stay healthy and see you soon, someplace, AROUND TOWN.

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