AROUND TOWN

By Mavis Hansen

With wonderful memories of the beautiful church services for Easter and the Easter bunny, what a marvelous treat for anyone, from the youngest to the oldest!      Now on to the special days in the month of May.  Starting on Thursday, May 1st we celebrate the National Day of Prayer and a day to count our blessings.    May 5, known as “Cinco de Mayo” commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).  In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. El Monte’s Family Adventure Shuttle will travel to Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles for a special Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 3rd departing from the Trolley Station at 10:00 a.m. and returning from Olvera Street at 4:00 p.m., for an estimated 30 minute ride.  The price for the round trip shuttle is $6.00.  El Monte’s Family Adventure Shuttle provides families the opportunity to share a fun trip together and a special trip is planned each month.  For further information on future family adventures, phone the El Monte Trolley Station at 626-580-2242.

El Monte Friend O’Garden Club will meet on Friday, May 2nd at the home of member Sandy Fout.  A catered lunch will be enjoyed by the members.  The meeting will begin at 11:30 am.  A nominating committee was selected at the last meeting and will report on the slate of officers for the coming club year.  The trip planned for this date was cancelled and the program has not yet been confirmed.  For further information on activities or membership, contact President Steve Heimple at 626-281- 6382

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, CFWC – San Gabriel Valley District Convention was held on April 25th and 26th at the Radisson Ontario Airport Hotel.  The opening session began with the traditional processional of the Executive Committee.  The opening ceremonies included an Inspiration given by Diana Asmundson, President of the Baldwin Park Woman’s Club, Presentation of Colors conducted by the Arcadia/Monrovia VFW Post 2017, Pledge of Allegiance led by Sandra Taylor, SGVD Public Issues Chairman, and the singing of “God Bless America,” sung by Margaret Salonisen.  A Welcome was given by Convention Chairman Patsy Wilson and Greetings from the City of Ontario included a presentation by Mr. John Anderson, of a Certificate of Welcome and commendation for commitment to Community improvement by volunteer service.  President Hansen made introductions.  First Timers were given recognition by Membership Chairman Rosemary Morabito.  Immediately following lunch, Keynote Speaker, Vickie Holden, Past California State President and Current SGVD Parliamentarian, gave a very informative talk. The afternoon began with a processional of Clubwomen of the Year and the recognition ceremony was conducted by Chairman Pat Borchard.  The 2014 Clubwomen of the Year are:  Jeri Vogel, Azusa W.C.; Willa Reynolds, Baldwin Park W.C.;  Pat Petten, Covina W.C. ;  Dianae Tobar, Diamond Bar W.C.;  Margaret Toon, Duarte W.C.;  Carmen Simons,  El Monte W.C.;  Eleonare Burress, Federated East Valley W.C.;  Grace Castro, La Puente Valley w.C.;  Rose Mary Brougher, Montebello W.C.;  Marian Hallin, Monterey Park W.C.;  Zita Rodriguez, Pio Pico W.C. and Sue Hogenauer, Walnut Valley W.C.  Kudos to these women for their outstanding service to their clubs.  The afternoon was dedicated to reports from the SGVD Officers and the Club Presidents reports.  A reception was given for outgoing SGVD President Mavis Hansen from 4:40 – 5:30 pm, before the evening dinner and session.  Hostess for the President’s reception were El Monte Women’s Club and the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. The entertainment for Friday evening was presented by “Theatre Americana,” a large group of local artists who entertain with a variety of acting, musical singing, dancing and comedy performances throughout Southern California.  After an outstanding performance, the group was given a standing ovation.
A Special Happy Birthday to my grandson Kevin Clark on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  Have a wonderful day!

Lots to do!  See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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