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By: Mavis Hansen

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If you noticed that the AROUND TOWN column was missing last week, after being out of town and returning to a computer keyboard problem, unable to send Email due to attending a funeral, I missed the deadline! If I promised you publication of your news/event, please accept my apology.
El Monte Women’s Club held their most important fundraiser event of the year, the Annual Scholarship Dinner, on Thursday, February 20, in the Grace Black Auditorium, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte.  Scholarship Chairman Lorene Gutierrez began the meeting by thanking the many members of the Scholarship committee and the many donations by members, business’ and those interested in the future education of deserving students. President Rita Cazares welcomed all in attendance and explained the Pinwheels for Prevention:  Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Program. Of the many programs that the San Gabriel Valley District supports and promotes, Domestic Violence Prevention & Awareness and Advocates for Children are the two which the San Gabriel Valley District President, Mavis Hansen, has chosen as her main philanthropy and to focus on this year.    Following dinner, the Program ‘AN INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE’ was presented by students of the Arroyo High School Speech and Drama Class.  The meeting was concluded with an opportunity drawing and many door prizes. The El Monte Women’s Club is a member of the San Gabriel Valley District, California Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.  The El Monte Women’s Club is proud of over 112 years of volunteer community service
That most dreaded time of the year, TAX FILING will soon be here. Once again Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez and Chairman Jerome E. Horton of the California State Board of Equalization  are offering free Tax Preparation  and filing for families and individuals with household incomes of $51,567 or less through the Volunteer Tax Assistance (Vita) Program.   The West Covina District Office is located at 11521 West Cameron Avenue, Suite 300, West Covina.  An appointment is required.  To schedule your appointment phone:  626-480-720.
FRONT LINE, dedicated to the betterment of Veterans, First Responders and their families will present a community forum for all interested citizens on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM  at the American Legion Post No. 13, located at 131 N. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena.  Evening Speaker will be Dr. Judith Broder, M.D. founder of The Soldier’s Project and recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal.  Learn what led this retired psychiatrist to become the founder of The Soldiers Project, and what led to her receiving the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2011 for exemplary service to her fellow citizens. Be inspired to know that we can all make a difference in our world by meeting someone who is doing something important, step by step.  Gain compassionate insight to the hidden wounds of the war.  Dr. Broder will speak on “MORAL INJURY.”  There is no charge for the dinner or meeting, but reservations must be made to or phone 818-478-5740.  This event sponsored by NAMI SGV and American Legion Post 13.
The HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION CENTER, located at the City of EL Monte Public Works Maintenance Yard on Valley Circle, North of Valley Boulevard between Arden Drive and Santa Anita  Avenue,  will hold their monthly collection on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM. To make sure of what items are/are not accepted or any other questions, phone the City of El Monte at 626-580-2062.
My very dear Aunt Angie, Angelina Kocalis, passed away on Monday, February 10th in Pasadena.  Born June 26, 1914, my auntie was nearly 100 years old!  It’s hard to imagine the many things that people did not have when she was born, including movies, T.V. and freeways.  She was the last to go from a large family.  To console ourselves, we say that “She is in a better place.”  My very sincere sympathy to her daughters, Denise Johnston, Elva Yanez and Sybil Venegas, the grandchildren and great grandchildren, the nephews, nieces and friends that she left behind.    Enjoy this day, the beauty and the blessings.

Always lots of events to attend, see you soon, someplace


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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.