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The Grand Opening of the EL MONTE VETERANS VILLAGE will take place on Wednesday, March 12 at 11254 Ramona Boulevard, El Monte.  In an effort to honor all veterans, the City of El Monte, in partnership with Mercy Housing and New Directions has built the Veterans Village and will also seek to collaboratively address long standing veterans issues by on site services such as Case Management, Health and Wellness Programs, job training, family reunification, legal services and transportation among other services which will be available for residents. This project, the first of its kind in the San Gabriel Valley, will feature 40 affordable studio apartments, each with a bathroom and kitchen and also various community gathering spaces.  This unique three story facility will feature sustainable design elements, solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, a neighborhood garden and fruit trees throughout the grounds.    This not-to-be-missed ceremony will include a flyover by the Condor Squadron, and a special performance by the Marine Corps Band.  Check in and refreshments will begin at 9:00 am and the Program at 10:00am.  RSVP to Theresa Mendez at 626-580-2001.
The El Monte Women’s Club held their Annual Student ART Contest on Tuesday, February 25 at the El Monte Community Center.  All high schools in the El Monte School District are contacted every year and invited to have their students enter.  Of the many entries this year, five winning art pieces will be taken to the San Gabriel Valley District Art Competition on Friday, March.   There are 25 local clubs in the San Gabriel Valley District and many will bring their winning entries to compete for a chance to move on to the State Competition.  Those entered from the El Monte Women’s Club are:  Arroyo High School student Ruby Mendiola, “The Biggest Cat Ever;”  Arroyo High School student Nhi Pham, “Look Into Your Soul,”  Arroyo High School Student Lesley Fregoso, “Mother Nature’s Sculpture;”  South El Monte High School student Maria Santiago, “Flowers By The Sea;” and South El Monte High School student Sandra Lopez, “Riverrun.” Students who competed and won at the El Monte Women’s Club Music Competition which was held on January 27 will perform in the morning at the San Gabriel Valley District Music and Art Competitions for the opportunity of a $500.00 Music Scholarship.
The City of Sierra Madre will hold their Annual Wistaria Festival on Sunday, March 16 and extends an invitation to visit the World Famous Wistaria Vine. The Wistaria Vine was named in 1818 for Caspar Wistar in honor of his contributions to science.  Sierra Madre’s vine was planted by William and Alice Brugman who purchased it, in 1894, from the old Wilson Nursery in Monrovia. The vine is of the Chinese Lavender variety and a member of the pea family. The seeds are believed to have been brought to Europe by Marco Polo in the 13th century as prized treasures from the Orient.  In 1918, 12,000 people attended the first public Wistaria Festival.        The Vine has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest blossoming plant in the world!  It has also been named one of the seven horticultural wonders of the world.   This one day event is from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  There is no charge to see the vine, and a shuttle is available for a fee to take you to the vine site.  Vendors, Food and lots of fun.
A reminder to wear green on Monday, March 17, 2014, SAINT PATRICK’S DAY.   One of Ireland’s greatest national holidays as well as a holy day.  The date marks the anniversary of the death of the missionary who became the patron saint of Ireland.  It is a happy holiday for the Irish wherever they may be, Dublin or New York City. Green, the national color of Ireland is the color of the day.  Many Irish also wear shamrocks, the country’s national symbol.  Everyone can be Irish on this day, celebrate and have fun !
See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN……

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