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Halloween Luncheon& Dance

El Monte

Thursday, October 25

The El Monte Jack Crippen Senior Center will be hosting a special Halloween Luncheon and Dance on Thursday, October 25th. Doors open at 10:00 AM and lunch is served at 11:30 AM. A “Specatacular” lunch will be served. Following lunch, dance to the music of all decades, featuring live entertainment! Special Halloween goodies will be part of the fun! Costumes encouraged. Cost for this event is $2.00 (60 years of age and over). Advance ticket sales only. Transportation will be provided to El Monte residents only (50 eyars of age and over) by calling the Transportation office at (626) 580-2217. For more information call (626) 580-2211.
Job Hunters Boot Camp


Friday, October 26

There will be workshops on interview skills and resume writing.  You can even learn how to start your own business or get help if you are a veteran looking for work. It’s free and open to the public. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Pasadena Community College, 1570 East Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91106.

Octoberfest Bunco Night

South El Monte

Friday, October 26

Dinner – Games – Prizes.

Come for Sausage Dogs & Hot Dogs with all the trimmings, Potato Salad, Chips, Fruit and Desserts. Plenty of tasty Apple Cider too! $10.00 donation includes dinner and games. Proceeds go for student scholarships. All this fun is brought to you by the Soroptimist International Club of El Monte/South El Monte.

Shively School, 1431 N. Central Ave. South El Monte.

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos in El Monte

El Monte

Saturday, October 27

Come for the event and enjoy discounts and sales all along the Valley Mall Blvd merchants and restaurants! The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts and the Downtown El Monte Business Association are proud to partner again to bring the 3rd edition of this community artistic and cultural celebration to life at the Valley Mall in El Monte. Vendors, mariachi, folklorico dancers, Aztec Danza, teatro, poet(a)s, local Valley Mall food vendors, and much more! The event will be taking place in the Valley Mall lot between Monterrey Ave and Granada Ave from 11:00am until 6:00pm.

KIDSPACE Annual Pumpkin Festival


Sat-Sun Oct 27 & 28

Kidspace Children’s Museum will host the 18th Annual Pumpkin Festival on October 27-28, 2012, in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace Children’s Museum.  Festival hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Festival admission is free and the community is invited. .  For more information and a calendar of events, please visit: or on Facebook at:

Fitness Day & Health Fair


Sunday, October 28

Located at the Garvey Community Center, 9108 Garvey Avenue from 11_00 AM to 3:30 PM. Some of the activities included will be health screenings, medical consultatios, cooking shows, food tasting, senior haircuts.

Ingathering Tea

Sierra Madre

Reservations Required by Monday, October 29

Tea will be held on Sunday, November 4th. Reservations required by October 29th and should be accompanied by a $12.50 donation sent to The British Home in California, LTD., Attn: Pat, 647 Manzanita Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Tea to be held at The British Home.

Social Secuirty Planning for Cancer Patients


Tuesday, October 30

A presentation on Social Security planning for cancer patients will be given at the Cancer Support Community-Pasadena on Tuesday October

30 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The presentation is free of charge. Entitled “What Baby Boomers Need to Know,” the presentation will be given by Pam Robinson, financial advisor, Strategic Financial Services. The program will focus on the factors to consider when deciding when to apply for social security benefits, how to coordinate Social Security with other retirement income, and much more. Location is the Cancer Support Community, 200 East Del Mar Blvd., Suite 118, Pasadena, Ca 91105.  626-796-1083.

“Haunted Happenings”


Wednesday, October 31

The Department of Community Services is hosting the Annual “Haunted Happenings” Halloween Event on Wednesday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Library Park, on 321 South Myrtle Avenue.  The afternoon will be filled with ghoulish fun for the entire family.  The ever-popular Costume Contest is free of charge with registration beginning at 3 p.m.  Don’t forget to also register your pooch in the Dog Costume Contest.  The Monrovia Old Town Merchants will be sponsoring a “Trick-or-Treat” Event on Wednesday, October 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Myrtle Avenue; rain or shine.

Be sure and bring your “little goblins” to what promises to be a hauntingly fun Halloween Event!

Camellia Festival Annual Kick-off Breakfast

Temple City

Saturday, Nov. 3

Join us as we announce 2012’s General Chairperson adn Theme Winner. Breakfast Buffet, Saturday, November 3rd, 9Loo am to 11:00 am. City Hall Community Room, 9701 Las Tunas Drive. Please R.S.V.P. before November 1, (626) 285-2171., ext. 2350, or You are also invited to stay and watch the 2012 festival video of events right after breakfast.

Día de los Muertos


Saturday, Nov. 3

All ages are encouraged to visit the Monrovia Public Library for the Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday, November 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Learn the background of this holiday and how it’s celebrated in many parts of the world. Then paint a mask and make paper flowers to the sounds of a Latin beat.  Pre-registration recommended. Sign up online at Click on the calendar icon to find your event. No Internet? Call 626-256-8274.  Library Community Room. Free

Ukelele Heroes Homestead Museum

City of Industry

Sunday November 4

Musician and author Ian Whitcomb talks about the stage, screen, and recording stars who helped ensure the ukulele’s place in musical history. Following the talk, Whitcomb will sign copies of his new book, Ukulele heroes. Admission is free. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Call (626) 968-8492 to reserve. Homestead Museum is located at 15415 East Don Julian Rd., City of Industry 91745.

Dr. Rueben Martinez at Mountain View High School

El Monte

Wednesday November 7

Dr. Martinez is a Presidential Fellow from Chapman University, a MacArthur “Genius Award” recipient, and a co-founder with Edward James Olmos of the Latino Book and Family Festival. Dr. Martinez will speak on the importance of literacy in the Hispanic community in a presentation called, Read Today, Lead Tomorrow. The community, parents, public officials, students, and teachers are all invited.

Dr. Martinez’ charge as a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University is to recruit first generation college students. Plan to hear this inspiring message from an esteemed, literate, and culturally active community member. The event will begin at 3:15 on Wednesday afternoon, November 7, 2012 in Mountain View’s Media Center. Mountain View High School, 2900 Parkway Drive, El Monte, CA 91732, 626-258-4687 (direct).

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
EVENTS from October 24, 2012 issue