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By Mavis Hansen

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Spring is here, the most beautiful time of the year!  It wonderful to see so many of our youth participate in the Arbor Day Special Tree Planting Ceremony on March 21st presented by the City of El Monte, who was also celebrating the second year that they have achieved a Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation and National Association of State Foresters.
Gardeners are excited to be able to get back to their gardening, planning and planting bulbs and flowers and restoring vegetable gardens.  The Friend O’Garden Club is a very active gardening club whose members gather together the first Friday of each month 11:30 AM, at the Norwood Public Library, Community Room,  4550 N. Peck Road, El Monte for a short business meeting, a brown bag lunch and an afternoon program on a variety of gardening subjects, speakers and presenters. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 4th.  There is no charge to attend a meeting and guests are always welcome.  The El Monte Friend O’Garden Club is a member of the Arboretum District. For further information contact President Steve Heimple at 626-281-6382.
SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF EL MONTE-SOUTH EL MONTE will present their Annual Scholarship Spring Tea on Saturday, April 12th from two to four o’clock in the afternoon.  A delicious variety of Tea and refreshments will be served.  The afternoon will also feature Live Historical Theater, The Eva Stoltz Doll Collection and the “Wear Your Easter Bonnet Contest.”  The Tea will be held at the Dean L. Shively Middle School, 1431 N. Central Avenue.  Donation of $20.00 per person is requested.  For further information, tickets or reservations: or 626-441-6231.
CALIFORNIA FEDERATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN PRESIDENT LINDA WILSON sends a reminder that Equal Pay Day is April 8th.  This date symbolizes how far into 2014 women must work to earn what men earned in 2013.  The gender pay gap affects nearly all women and the California Federation of Business and Professional Women works to help women legislatively and via education to overcome this imbalance and is the oldest organization of its kind in the world; devoted entirely and actively to the interests and needs of all women, irrespective of their occupations and of their status.  BPW Mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.  The founders fought for women’s rights by securing commissions for nurses who served in World War 1 and insuring that both men and women could take civil service exams for government positions.  For further information on the Equal Rights Amendment or membership contact Linda Wilson at or 626-307-5650.
Did you survive April Fool’s Day?  A day to be silly and have some fun..but..don’t be an April fool by forgetting that STATE and FEDERAL TAXES for the past year of 2013, are due very soon, on April 15, 2014.
It’s always time for a little fun with the family.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride on the City of El Monte’s Family Adventure Shuttle to Griffith Park Observatory on Saturday, April 12th departing from El Monte Trolley Station at 10:00 am and returning from the Griffith Park Observatory at 4:00 pm, for an estimated 30 minute ride.  The price for the round trip shuttle ride is $6. per person.  Shuttle tickets must be purchased in advance, with the last sale date of April 9th. Tickets may be purchased at the Trolley Station Office during business hours of 8:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm., Monday through Friday.  Children must be at least two years of age to ride on the shuttle and children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  El Monte Trolley is located at 3650 Center Avenue, which is one block west of Tyler Avenue, on the corner of Valley Boulevard and Center Avenue, next to the Metrolink Train Station.
The Women’s Club of El Monte will hold their Executive Officers Board Meeting at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 12th at the Women’s Club Lounge, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue.  For information on meetings or membership, contact President Rita Cazares, or Membership Chairman Esthela Siegrist at GET WELL WISHES to Donna Crippen, Dorothy Denning,Tina Huizar, Emily Ishigaki, Carmen Simons and Tess Velasco.

Lots to do!  See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town