Around Town

Mavis Hansen

Our shortest month of the year, February was the birthdate of two of our most famous presidents of the United States.  Abraham Lincoln, was born on February 12, 1809, and was the 16th President of the United States.  Inaugurated in 1861, serving a second term in 1865.  Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth and died April 15, 1865.  He was only 56 years old.   George Washington was the first president of the United States and was born on February 22, 1732. He was inaugurated in 1789 and re-elected to a second term in 1792.  He died December 14, 1799, two months before his 68th birthday. Both Presidents were honored individually for many years.  Some states now combine the observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday in one legal holiday, President’s Day, on the third Monday in February.
Not a holiday, but certainly a most special day for many, is Valentine’s Day!  From the very young to the most senior, who doesn’t like to either give or receive a Valentine? Chocolate has definitely become one of the most favored gifts, cards for one and all and even special dinners become gifts of the heart. Also recognized by many as a day for romance!  So, how will you share your heart this coming Friday?
EL MONTE WOMEN’S CLUB will present their Annual Scholarship Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, February 20 at the Grace T. Black Memorial Auditorium, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue. Social time begins at 6:00 PM and Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM.  Make your reservations (deadline is February 14) with Mrs. Theresa Velasco at 626-448-1081 or Ms. Mary Jo Kolakoski at 626-444-5717.  Donation of $25.00 per person is appreciated by the El Monte Women’s Club who has been providing Scholarships to our youth for over 35 years.   The Scholarship Committee will conduct the student interviews after all applications have been received. Awards will be presented at the Scholarship Luncheon on May 20. Help our students continue their education by purchasing a ticket to attend the event or making a donation (tax deductable).
The City of El Monte Community and Senior Services Division presents a VALENTINES DAY LUNCHEON & DANCE on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Jack Crippen Senior Center, 3120 N. Tyler Avenue. Doors open at 10:00 AM and Lunch served at 11:30 AM.  Dance featuring L-360. Tickets are $3.00 under 60 years of age and only $2.00 for those over 60.  Transportation is available to El Monte residents, 50 and over, by calling 626-580-2217.  For further information you may call the Senior Center at 626-580-2217 from Monday thru Thursday; 7:30 am until 5:30 pm.
The PASADENA WOMAN’S CLUB will hold a “Valentines High Tea” on Friday, February 21 at the Woman’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue.  RSVP a must to Barbara Pickard at 626-449-8759 or Jackie Armstrong Email: jarmstro8@dslextreme.com.  $20.00 for members and $23.00 non-members.  There will be a raffle, door prizes and entertainment.
The City of El Monte, Mayor, City Council and Domus Development invite you to attend the Tyler Court Grand Opening Ceremony on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3348 Tyler Avenue.  Program will begin at 10:00 AM followed by light refreshments.  For more information and reservations, please contact Lauren Carter at 949-932-7814.
The South Pasadena Women’s Club welcomed members, guests and friends to a fantastic evening of appetizers, wine, chocolate sweets and treats galore at their Annual FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE fundraising event on Saturday evening, February 8. A Certificate of Appreciation for the outstanding philanthropy program was presented by Congresswoman Judy Chu. Music and entertainment was provided by Mojacar and Studio Flamenco.  There were many dazzling raffle prizes and a silent auction.   Proceeds from the evening will benefit the restoration of the historical clubhouse.

Have a great week, see you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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