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By: Mavis Hansen

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The first day of Spring will arrive on Thursday, March 20th.   Many of us are wondering what happened to Winter?  We did not get enough rain and that certainly has its consequences, but we can enjoy the many beautiful days that we are fortunate to have living in Southern California.   So Enjoy!
The La Crescenta Woman’s Club held their “Step into Spring” Fashion Show on Saturday, March 15th at their beautiful clubhouse, located at 4004 La Crescenta Avenue.  Social time and the silent auction began at 10:30 AM and a gracious welcome was given by President Carol Huntwork.  Firehouse Youth Program volunteers served the delicious lunch provided by Ruth’s Catering and Fashions were provided by TALBOTS of Pasadena.  Commentator and Fashion Show Chairman was Vickie Guagliardo.   Everyone that attended had a marvelous time.
The El Monte Historical Society’s Quarterly Tea, was held on March 2nd at the El Monte Historical Museum, 3150 Tyler Avenue. The Program Speaker was Jerry Moreno, City of El Monte’s Certified Arborist and expert Landscape Artist.  Mr. Moreno presented a very informative Power Point Presentation about the City of El Monte’s newest and very exciting venture, labeled “The Urbane Agricultural Initiative.”  This initiative, combining health, exercise and fresh fruits and vegetables should be of interest to the public and private landowners throughout the communities of the San Gabriel Valley.  Those interested in the program will be assisted in the planting and maintenance of garden plots of edibles. Already 3 School Superintendents are encouraging school gardens.  A major objective of the initiative is to establish a Farmers Market where the fresh produce could be bought and sold. For further information contact Mr. Jerry Moreno at 626-580-2200.
The Friend O’Garden Club of El Monte will gather to enjoy a field trip to ROGER’S GARDEN NURSERY on Wednesday, March 19th.  Members will car pool and caravan to Newport Beach, California for lunch at the Crab Cooker Restaurant and cross over to Balboa Island, on the ferry, before touring the nursery, making their purchases and heading home. The Friend O’Garden Club is participating in the City of El Monte’s Agricultural Initiative by adopting a 3rd grade class at Rio Hondo School and donating many small plants of a variety of vegetables. Ms. Emily Brown is the 3rd grade Garden Co-coordinator.  Friend O’Garden Club President, expert gardener, Steve Heimple visited the 3rd grade class to help them with their planting.  Anyone interested in gardening, attending a meeting or helping the school students with their gardens may contact President Steve Heimple at 626-281-6382.
The City of El Monte ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION will be held on Friday, March 21st.  The event will be held outside, in front of the El Monte Community Center and the El Monte Historical Museum.  The community is invited to participate in a tree planting ceremony to celebrate Arbor Day and two years as a “Tree City, USA.” Attendees will receive a gift of a tree seedling commemorating this event and a chance to win prizes.  For more information or to RSVP email or phone 626-258-8833.
A SPRING BOOK SALE for Children and Teens will be held on March 21st and 22nd at the El Monte Library, 3224 N. Tyler Avenue.  The Friends of EL Monte Public Library will hold the sale on Friday, March 21st from 11 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. and on Saturday, March 22nd from 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. At the final hour on Saturday, a Bag of Books may be purchased for the Bargain Price of $5.00.
El Monte’s Family Adventure Shuttle to UNIVERSAL CITY WALK will take place on Saturday, March 22nd.  Shuttle will depart from the El Monte Trolley Station at 2:30 PM and the return shuttle at 8:30 PM from Universal City Walk.  Reservations required to 626-580-2217 or at the El Monte Trolley Station, 3650 Center Avenue.  Trolley station hours are 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:15 PM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
El Monte Business and Professional Women will meet at the Ramada Inn Suites, 1089 Santa Anita Avenue, on Tuesday, March 18th.  New officers for the 2014-15 year will be nominated.

Lots to do!  See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.