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Many of us were able to enjoy the recent holiday doing things we normally do in Summer…how fortunate we are when others are having extremely cold weather.  We will not look forward to another holiday until President’s Day on February 17, 2014.    Chinese New Year’s is on Friday, January 31, 2014, and will be celebrated in Chinatown with the 115th Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday, February 1, 2014.  This Chinese year 4712 is the year of the horse.  Those born under this sign are said to be cheerful, perceptive, witty, talented, good with their hands and skillful with money.  Some famous people born under the sign of the horse are:  Rembrandt, Chopin, President Theodore Roosevelt, Sandra Day O’Connor, Aretha Franklin and Harrison Ford.
The California Federation of Business and Professional Women SIERRA MAR DISTRICT and VALLEY SUNSET DISTRICT held a joint conference on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Brookside Country Club. Mar District President Maryann Wesson called the meeting to order. Valley Sunset District President Denise Luckhurst gave a welcome and conducted introductions. Program Leader, Rosemary Enzer, announced the morning program “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Some Things We Need to Know about Social Media” and introduced the speakers:  Denise Luckhurst, Anne Marie Johnson, Janell Mithani and Celia Bullard.
The afternoon program speakers, Kim Plater and Alice Slaughter, Co-directors of DVAC, Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition, spoke on the problem of “Sexual Abuse of Women in the Military” and the need to address this problem, before showing the award winning documentary “The Invisible War.” There were many questions following the film and closing remarks were made by California State Public Policy Chairman Sally McMahon.  An invitation to attend a DVAC meeting was extended by Co-directors Kim and Alice.  DVAC meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, 12:00 Noon at the Covina Women’s Club. For further information contact Kim Plater by Email:
Following the joint meeting, The Sierra Mar District of Business and Professional Women held a short business meeting at which nominations for new officers were then presented:  President – Mary Jo Kolakoski,  President Elect – Mavis Hansen, Secretary – Maryann Wesson and Treasurer – Denise Rubin.  Current Officers for Sierra Mar District are:  President, Maryann Wesson; President Elect, Mary Jo Kolakoski; Secretary, Mary Morales and Treasurer, Denise Rubin.  If interested in joining or for further information, Email:
Enjoy an evening of dinner, big band music and swing dancing with Live Music by BIG BAND THEORY on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Langley Senior Center, 400 W. Emerson Avenue, Monterey Park.  Doors open at 5:30 pm,  dinner at 6:00 pm and music and dancing begin at 7:00 pm.  Casual Attire.  Tickets are $40.00 in advance and $45.00 at the door.  Proceeds help homeless families in the community.  This event is sponsored by Family Promise and for tickets or further information: 626-569-0991.
If you love Fashion Shows, the Covina Woman’s Club is presenting “A Winter Wonderland Fashion Show” on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Covina Woman’s Clubhouse.  Fashions will be provided by “MAGNOLIA” and Music provided by JAY MUNNS.  Ticket price of $35.00 includes a Banquet Luncheon.  For further information contact Chairman Linda Koontz at 909-593-3906, Co-chairman Ina Ruan at 626-358-6809 or Reservations Chairman Katy Phillips at 626-331-8675.
El Monte’s Family Adventure Shuttle to the California Science Center will depart from the El Monte Trolley Station at 10:00 AM on Saturday,  January 25, 2014 and return at 4:00 PM.  The cost of $6.00 per person is for the shuttle ride only and admission to the California Science Center is free.  Children must be at least 2 years of age and if under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Deadline for tickets is January 22, 2014.  For further information phone the Public Works Department, Transportation Services Center at 626-580-2217.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town