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Summer is finally here!  Officially, Summer arrived on Friday, June 21, 2013.   For many moms and dads too, it means kids being home from school and looking for fun things to do.   Playing or just being in or near the water is always one of the most popular pastimes, especially when the temperature climbs toward the three figure mark.   We are fortunate to be rather close to the ocean, along the coast where many public beaches are accessible.  Sometimes we do not have transportation readily available or other reasons keep us from going to the seashore, but those close to the community of El Monte are fortunate to have a most beautiful, large, state of the art aquatic center located at 11001 Mildred Street, El Monte, California.  The Aquatic Center is under the direction of the El Monte Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.  The aquatic center is known as the “Home of Olympic Champions, Lance Larson and Sandy Neilson”.  (Sandy’s mom and dad still live in the City of El Monte and both are very active in the community.)   Everyone should know how to swim!  If you do not, or have children who do not know how to swim and need to learn, all types of lessons are available at the aquatic center, from very young, even 6 months, to senior citizens.  It’s never too late and for the older person can be a wonderful form of exercise.  There is actually a continuous program that offers open recreation and lap swimming, held indoors, for individuals 50 years and over.  There are so many different programs for those just learning, Intermediate or advanced swimmers, something for everyone.  And for the really good swimmers, lots more fun by joining the Arrow Dive Club, A USA Diving team that offers coaching and competition in one and three meter springboard diving through novice, junior , Olympic and high school levels or the Sharks Aquatics Club , a competitive USA swimming team, offering instruction, training and physical fitness.  The aquatic center is user friendly for the physically challenged.  Wheelchair ramps with a water wheelchair, steps and a chair lift are available with friendly staff for those that require assistance.  The Aquatic Center includes an indoor pool, outdoor pool, water slide, indoor therapy pool, multiple meeting rooms, large conference room and is a two story facility with showers, locker areas, storage bag rooms, restrooms and a snack bar.    For rentals or any further information please contact the Aquatic Center at 626-580-2213’
From July 8 – August 16, 2013 the City of El Monte Public Works Department is again running special Summer “Splash Bus” to provide Free Rides to the El Monte Aquatic Center.  Monday’s bus service will be at Kranz Scholl and Mt. View Park, Tuesday at Baldwin Mini Park and Shirpser School, Wednesday at Zamora Park, Thursday at Cherrylee School and Lambert Park and Friday at Cogswell School and Fletcher Park.  The Summer Splash Bus is free.  All ages are welcome, kids under 8 years of age must have adult supervision.   For additional information:  El Monte Splash Bus at 626-580-2217 and the Aquatic Center at 626-580-2213.
Always lots of fun things to do, see you soon someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town