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By Mavis Hansen

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Spring has arrived!  How fortunate we are to have such beautiful weather.      If you work inside, for most of the day, you might want to find a fun way to get some exercise.
A good way to get exercise is to dance. The City of EL Monte Parks and Recreation and Community Services Department is offering LINE DANCING classes for ages 17 and over.  There is a beginner class for those with no dance experience, an Intermediate class and an advanced class (instructor approval required).  The classes are held in the evening and there is a fee for the eight week class.  For further information contact the Jack Crippen Senior Center at 626-580-2210.
In honor of WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, the South Pasadena Public Library, Friends of the South Pasadena Library, the Living History Center Fund and the South Pasadena Woman’s Club will present a program, at no charge, for all ages, Louisa May Alcott Living History Night.   The event will be held on Thursday, March 27th at 7:00 PM at the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena.  Louisa May Alcott, America’s most famous children’s author, will be performed by Valerie Weich who has portrayed Louisa May Alcott all around California. During her virtuoso performance, the topics covered by “Louisa May” will include the inequality of women in the 19th century; her famous neighbors, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau; The Civil War; her family’s involvement with the Abolitionist movement and her rise to literary stardom.  Refreshments will be provided by the South Pasadena Woman’s Club.
On Saturday, March 29th, from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm  a Community Rummage Sale will be held at the South Pasadena Woman’s Club, 1424 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena.  For information or to reserve a space phone: 626-375-7925.
EAST LOS ANGELES – MONTEBELLO BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN will hold their monthly meeting on March 27th at the Double Tree Hotel Restaurant, 888 Montebello Boulevard, Rosemead.  Networking will begin at 6:30 pm with dinner selected from the menu.  The program speaker will be actress, director and producer Cecilia “Cici” Lau who will speak about her career in the theatre.  Open to all interested.  For further information or dinner reservations, phone Linda Wilson at 626-307-5650 or e-mail:
MERCI welcomes a new President!  Longtime Board Member and MERCI parent, Elizabeth Diaz, has been named new Board President.  Mrs. Diaz serves as a Program Manager within the Strategic Policy and Planning Division of the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department.  She has served as Director of Policy and Planning for the City’s former Commission for Children, Youth and their families and also served as a Policy Analyst for both Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mayor James Hahn.  Ms. Diaz received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and lives in Monterey Park with her husband and daughter, who is a MERCI consumer.  Completing the MERCI Board are: Vice President Keith Breskin, Secretary Linda Wilson, Treasurer Michael Chu and Directors: Bob Bruesch, Christina Cisneros and Pastor R. Sheldon Hess.  MERCI has been serving individuals with developmental disabilities since 1955.
EL MONTE WOMEN’S CLUB will hold their Annual Reciprocity Luncheon on Tuesday, March 25.  Officers of the San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs and the twenty five local Club Presidents have been invited to attend.  Hostess for the meeting will be the Past Presidents.
Ending today with the very sad news that Mrs. Diane Roybal passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 of a sudden heart attack.  Diane was a long time employee of the City of El Monte, serving as an Administrative Aide, working with the City Council and the many commissions.  Services were held on Sunday, March 25, 2014 at the Del Angel Pierce Brothers Mortuary in West Covina and a reception at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, West Covina.  Sincere Sympathy to husband Bernie Roybal and family.  I worked with Diane for many years when I was a City Commissioner and she was a most wonderful, kind and caring person.  Diane will be missed by many, but not forgotten as the beautiful person she was.

Lots to do!  See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town