Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Fiesta, Rosemead Park, Rosemead


Art & Antique Fall Street Fair: Uptown Whittier

The Antique Fair will also feature a pie baking contest. Entries will be accepted for homemade pumpkin, apple, and boysenberry pies!
Visit for more information.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations: Shops at Montebello

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, The Shops at Montebello is hosting special events throughout the month in recognition of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

  • Saturday, September 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Center Court  - Kidgits Pirate Adventure event includes family fun and free churros for kids.
  • Saturday, September 20, at 2 p.m. inside Macy's children's department - Face painting, live musical and dance performances and a special reading of “Rosita and Conchita” with drawing lessons by the book’s illustrator.
  • Thursday, September 25, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Center Court - LA Dodger Miguel Rojas appearance featuring meet and greet and photo opportunities.
  • Saturday, September 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Center Court - AMP Radio 97.1 on-site with a free ticket giveaway, entertainment and more.
  • Saturday, October 4, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Center Court - Mariachi Kids Performance.
  • Saturday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Super Estrella 107.1 on-site in Center Court featuring radio personality, music and giveaways.
  • All Month: Biographies of prominent Hispanic-American figures like astronaut Ellen Ochoa, U.S. Cabinet Secretary Hilda Solis, Activist Cesar Chavez, Actress Rita Moreno, and many more will be placed throughout the center.
Visit The Shops at Montebello on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay up-to-date on additional event details.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Indulge, A Girl's Night Out: Shops at Montebello

Stylish Sounds: MY FM 104.3 will be spinning the latest tunes onsite, with entertainment, giveaways and more. Jillian Escoto, the pop culture princess of “Valentine in the Morning,” will make an appearance from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tasty Bites: Snack on red velvet cupcakes, and also try a variety of cookies from Mrs. Field’s Cookies. Don’t forget wine sampling from San Antonio Winery!
  • Pampering Stations: Ladies can indulge in pampering stations, including makeup demonstrations from JC Penney's Sephora and mini hair makeovers and hair chalking at the JC Penney Hair Salon, in the lower level of the center, in front of JCPenney. Macy's Cosmetics will host a  “Fragrance Festival” featuring a variety of vendors at the first level entrance to Macy's.  
  • Swag Bags: Swag bags containing retailer offers and discounts will be given to the first 200 shoppers who register during check-in, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Enter to Win: Attendees should make a stop at Guest Services, where they can enter to win three fabulous prizes, including the first-place prize of a $500 Macy’s Shopping Spree. The second-place winner will receive a Hornblower Lunch Cruise or Dinner Dance Cruise for two, while third-place wins a lovely Michael Kors Handbag. Entrants must be 18 years or older. One entry per person.  Winners will be chosen at the event, but do not have to be present to win.

    Goodwill Store Grand Opening: Montebello, 9/26

    From the Goodwill Website:

    "Friday, September 26

    820 W. Beverly Blvd.
    Montebello, CA 90640
    Thurs – Sat 9a–9p
    Sun – Wed 10a – 8p
    Shop our new Montebello store, where it’s easier than ever to find the fabulous fashions you love, now sorted by size!

    On opening weekend enjoy fabulous prizes and special offers* including:
        • First 100 Shoppers In Line Receive a $10 Merchandise Voucher
        • Drawings for a Flatscreen TV and 2 Blue-ray Players
        • For Every $50 Spent Receive a $5 Merchandise Voucher
        • 200 Free Items Hidden Throughout the Store
    *    Vouchers not valid at GSC outlet centers. Vouchers good at participating GSC retail stores after September 29, 2014. While supplies last. No purchase necessary to enter drawing. One free item per person. Eighteen years or older."

    The RSVP is for Montebello Chamber of Commerce Members only.


    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Montebello Bucket List

    26 things you must experience if you live in Montebello....

    1. Ride the bike trails along the Rio Hondo River.
    2. Spend a day at Grant Rea Park. While there get wet in the Splash Pad, pet an animal at the Barnyard Zoo, and hit a few balls at the batting cages.

      Splash Pad at Grant Rea Park

    3. Participate in a team sport, as a player, coach, team parent, parent, or spectator.
    4. Eat at Gardunos, Arry's, Jim's, Golden Ox, or J&S Burgers.
    5. Swim at the pool in City Park.
    6. Run up the front entrance to Montebello Library.

      Montebello Library
    7. Visit the Sanchez Adobe.
    8. Go to a party or event at the Quiet Cannon.
    9. Buy bread at the Bimbo Bakery Outlet.
    10. Ride the Montebello Bus.
      Montebello City Bus.
    11. Window shop at the Shops at Montebello.
    12. Buy a glass quart of milk or eggnog from Broguiere's.
    13. Run or walk up one of Montebello's hills for exercise.
    14. Go Black Friday Shopping.

      Black Friday Shopping in Montebello
    15. Play a round of golf at the Montebello Golf Course, or visit the driving range.
    16. Pick up a stray golf ball from the street as a souvenir from the golf course.
    17. Shop at a Montebello city-wide yard sale.
    18. See the Broccoli tree on the corner of Olympic & Hereford. (My daughter's favorite!)
      The Broccoli Tree.

    19. Order a cake from Amy's Bakery.
    20. Have a membership to the YMCA or L.A. Fitness.
    21. Attend a concert at the amphitheater in City Park.
    22. Watch a movie at the newly remodeled AMC theatres.

      AMC Montebello
    23. Eat a sample at Costco.
    24. Take the Metrolink downtown.
    25. Bowl a few games at Beverly Lanes.
    26. Drive on Lincoln Avenue north past the dam and pretend you live in the country.
    27. Attend a Schurr vs. Montebello High School football game. (-Nancy J. Vargas, Facebook)
    28. Eat at Rio's, BJ's, or Gina's pizza. (-Marco Cruz, Facebook)
    29. See the cannons from the Mexican-American War, on the corner of Washington & Bluff. (-Mr. Montebello Mom)

    Beverly Boulevard in Montebello.

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Astronomy Nite: East Los Angeles College

    On campus parking is $2.
    Park at the top level of the structures, or in the flat lot at the north-west corner of campus.

    Fiestas Patiras Festival: Olvera Street

    Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in downtown L.A. at Olvera Street!

    Live performances will start at Noon and run through 10pm on Saturday, and 9pm on Sunday.  Dora and the explorer girls are set to make 6 on-stage apperances throughout the two-day festival.

    Admission is free. Surrounding parking rates vary.

    College Fair 2014: Don Bosco Technical Institute, Rosemead


    Health & Resource Fair: Beverly Boulevard Foursquare Church

    Beverly Blvd. Foursquare Church is hosting a Free Heath & Resource Fair on Saturday, 9/27 from 10am-3pm. Resources at the fair include free ultrasounds, dental check-ups, dental sealants for kids, blood screenings, massages, flu vaccinations, and more. 
    Beverly Blvd. Foursquare Church, 1901 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Free Pizza in the PennySaver!!!

    Don't throw away your PennySaver!
    There's a free pizza inside!

    Fast 5 Pizza in Montebello is offering a free pizza to the first 20 customers that bring their PennySaver advertisement/coupon into the restaurant on Thursday, 9/11, Friday, 9/12, and Saturday, 9/13.

    The restaurant opens at 11am on Thursday, and 10am on Friday & Saturday.

    Month-long Latino Heritage Celebration: City of Montebello

    Art Walk: Montebello City Park

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    L.A. County Fair: Free / Discount Tickets, Promotion Days, & Kids Ride Free!

    The Fair is the only place you should eat this.
    The L.A. County Fair
    August 29 - September 28
    Open Wednesday - Sunday
    Adult Tickets (13 years +) = $19 Weekend / $12 Weekday

    Children Tickets (6-12 years) = $12 Weekend / $8 Weekday

    Children (5 or younger) = FREE

    Senior Tickets (60+ years) = $15 Weekend / $10 Weekday / $6 on Wednesdays with coupon

    Season Pass $29.99

    Parking $15 / $30 Valet

    Plan ahead to save on admission through these Promotion Days:

    Read to Ride: Kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade can read books, write book reports, and receive free ride vouchers! 3 book reports = 3 free rides or 6 book reports = 6 free rides. Click here to print out the certificate.

    Give Back Thursdays: Bring in 5 new school supply items and get free fair admission from Noon-3pm. 

    Food Drive Fridays: Bring in five food items between Noon-3pm for free fair admission.

    East L.A. College students get in free on Thursday, 9/11 with a printed coupon & student ID.

    $5 after 5pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays. Must present coupon.

    Hero Weekend: Active & retired military, police, fire, & paramedics receive $2 fair admission for themselves & a guest on 9/13 & 9/14.

    Donate Blood! Donors receive an Any-Day Admission Ticket. Bloodmobiles will be available on  9/11, 9/12, 9/13, 9/14, 9/19, & 9/20 at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768, adjacent to the fairgrounds.

    Any-day tickets at Ralphs, $11 adults, and $6 children.

    Costco sells a family pack that includes 4 tickets, a parking pass, and 44 ride tickets for $60.
    More promotions are available online. There are links to print out coupons if you belong to certain organizations, information about group sales, purchasing tickets online and more. Click here to see all these and more for the the L.A. County Fair.

    9/11 Memorial Walk and Ceremony, Montebello City Park

    9/11 Memorial Walk and Ceremony
    Thursday, September 11
    4:30pm Memorial Walk
    5:00pm Ceremony


    The event will begin with a march of several organizations at Whittier Blvd and 10th Street and proceed west to the Veteran's Monument at City Park, 1300 W. Whittier Blvd, Montebello. The public is welcome to join the march.

    CicLAvia: Los Angeles, Sunday, 10/5

    Photo Credit: Gary Leonard, CicLAvia.
    A block party event throughout the city of Los Angeles!

    Sunday, October 5
    9am - 4pm

    10 miles of roads closed to traffic!

    Play in the street!
    Ride your bike from end to end!

    The route changes at every CicLAvia. This year the route starts at the East L.A. Civic Center and runs through downtown L.A.

    My husband and son have participated in a few CicLAvia events and both said it was great! My husband recommends the event that kids be very comfortable riding because the atmosphere can be overwhelming, especially at intersections where it can get crowded. Kids who tend to weave back and forth on their bikes or are not experienced may end up crashing with other riders. You can read about CicLAvia safety here.

    If you want to start at the far side of CicLAvia and ride home, you can purchase an MTA day pass for $7 and use the trains & subways to get around, or purchase a one-way Gold Line ticket for $1.75 and start in Chinatown. My husband suggests not relying on bus transportation because there is only space on rack for two bikes and every bus was full.


    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Mexican Independence Day Parade: East Los Angeles

    The parade begins at 10:30am at Cesar Chavez Blvd at Mednik in East Los Angeles and travels west on Cesar Chavez to Gage. A festival will be held from Noon-6pm at Cesar Chavez & 1st Street.

    Julius Jr. Experience: Shops at Montebello

    Julius Jr. Experience
    Saturday, September 6
    Center Court
    Shops at Montebello

    The Nick Jr. television show, Julius Jr., is making it's way to the Shops at Montebello for an experience that includes Julius Jr. themed activities!

    Kids can make character masks to wear, and dance and sing along in the viewing area with screening of an upcoming episode of Julius Jr. music videos.
    Some activities may require a Simon Kidgits Club membership to participate.

    Weekend Swap Meet: Schurr High School

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    20% off Los Angeles Zoo Membership: Discount Coupon Promotion Code

    The Los Angeles Zoo shared an exclusive code for Montebello Mom readers code with me that takes
     20% off any membership + a free plush animal!
    Sign up for Family Membership  and take an additional $5 off
    Sign on for Family Deluxe Membership or higher and you'll also receive a free tote bag!

    Seven levels of membership are available with this discount, from Individual Membership to Conservation Associate. Here is a sample of L.A. Zoo benefits at the Family Level: 

    FAMILY MEMBERSHIP - $95,(regular price $126)
    • Free unlimited admission for two adults (one membership card with up to two names listed, or one name listed and any other adult can visit w/ adult listed)
    • Free admission for your own children and/or grandchildren (ages 2 - 17) for one year
    • Two one-day guest passes (up to a $38 value)
    • 10% discount in shops and restaurants
    • Subscriptions to Zooscape and Zoo View publications
    • Discounts to lectures, educational programs, and special events
    • Invitation to exclusive member only events
    • Tax-deductible amount: $126
    • Zoo/Aquarium Reciprocal List. Visit 160+ partner museums and zoos across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico on the reciprocal list and get free or discounted admission!

    The discount code is 11409MMW and expires 10/15/14. This code can only be used online and must be manually typed in, do not cut & paste. Thanks to the Los Angeles Zoo for the discount!

    Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
    5333 Zoo Drive • Los Angeles, CA • 90027 • 323/644-4759

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    Tanaka Farms: Pumpkin Patch, Irvine

    Tanka Farms Pumpkin Patch
    Tanaka Farms is a 30 acre organic farm in Irvine. The farm offers pick-your-own-veggies tours and has a well stocked fresh organic produce stand.

    This weekend the pumpkins are ripe for picking and Tanaka farms is officially opening the Pumpkin Patch! Pumpkin and fall themed activities are available weekends and include a petting zoo, U-pick Pumpkin Patch, U-Pick Vegetables, a pumpkin cannon, fresh roasted vegetables, games, and wagon rides.
    Bring your camera as there are lots of great fall-themed photo opportunities and wear shoes that you don't mind getting dirty! I've been to Tanaka Farms a few times and my family always has fun, it's definitely worth the drive.

    Pumpkin Festival/Insect Fair: Cal Poly Pomona

    The festival features a corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides, live entertainment, a pumpkin-themed movie, and games & activities for kids.  Families may wander the pumpkin patch and chose their own pumpkins. Many families bring wagons or strollers and load up as the prices are usually cheaper than the grocery store.

    The Pumpkin Festival and parking is free, but many activities have a cost. Pumpkins are $5 from the patch.

    An Insect Fair with half a million live insects will be held the same weekend from 9-5pm. Admission is the Insect Fair is $5 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12/senors/military/students, & children under 2 are free.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Montebello Garage Yard Sale Weekend 2014

    Four times a year people from all around Los Angeles County converge on Montebello for "Yard Sale Weekend".

    The city hosts four permit-free weekends a year when residents can have yard sales. On these designated weekends there is practically a yard sale on every block. It's a win-win for both buyers and sellers.

    Yard sale weekends are always the first full weekend (Friday-Sunday) in March, June, September, and December. Saturdays are most popular but there are many sales on Friday and Sunday too!

    June 6-8, 2014
    September 5-7, 2014
    December 5-7, 2014
                               March 6-8, 2015
     Benefit from my yard sale experience and read my top selling and my shopping tips to make the most of your day.
    Frequently Asked Questions:
    What streets are the yard sales on?
    Yard sales are held on pretty much every block in every street in the city.
    What part of Montebello should I start shopping?
    The sale is held throughout the city, start at whatever streets are closest to you.
    Are there a lot of sales on Friday or Sunday?
    Compared with Saturday, there are significantly fewer sales on Friday & Sunday. I would guess about one-fourth of the sales are 2-day sales that extend to Friday or Sunday.
    It says here that the yard sale weekend is next weekend, but there are people having yard sales this weekend, which is it?
    Many people get confused and think yard sale weekend is the first Saturday of the month, but they are incorrect. The official weekends are the first Friday through Sunday weekend that occurs within the selected months. If a yard sale is held at a time outside of the official yard sale weekend a city issued permit is required.

    Bookmobile visits Montebello

    The L.A. County Public Library has an Urban Outreach Bookmobile that visits Montebello every month. Much like a traditional library, a librarian is on site to process library cards, check out books, assist with research, and manage holds.

    The 27 foot long Bookmobile has thousands of titles of books, movies, music, and magazines to lend to patrons, is climate controlled, and is wheelchair accessible.

    The Bookmobile's schedule is a rotating three week cycle, and visits Montebello select Fridays from 1:30-3:30pm. Items checked out of the bookmobile have a three-week lending period, can be renewed online, and are returnable to the Bookmobile or any L.A. County library.

    L.A. County Bookmobile
    Approximately every 3rd Friday
    Potrero Heights Park
    8051 Arroyo Dr.
    Montebello, CA

    2014 Dates: 9/5, 9/26, 10/16, 11/7, 12/19

    A special thanks to Facebook friend Strella T. for sharing the Bookmobile information!


    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Jersey Mike's Subs: Now Open in Montebello: Fundraiser!!!

    Jersey Mike's Subs Restaurant just opened in  Montebello!

    Located at 535 N. Montebello Blvd., next to Rio's Pizza at Montebello Mart, Jersey Mike's is sponsoring a Grand Opening fundraiser for local schools & organizations!

    Wilcox Elementary, Macy Intermediate, La Merced Elementary, Montebello Indians Football, AYSO 1065, Schurr High School PTA, & Schurr High School Football are participating.

    Bring in a flyer, use the coupon, & the school or organization will receive $3!

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Join Girl Scouts Informational Meeting: Whittier

    Learn about girl scouting at this informative meeting or attend a local troop meeting in Montebello! For more information about Girl Scout troops in Montebello, please click here.

    Heritage Walk & Bike Ride from the San Gabriel Mission to Olvera Street!

    The El Pueblo Historial Monument Facebook page reads,

    "Join in wishing Los Angeles a happy 233rd birthday by participating in the Walk and Bike from Mission San Gabriel to El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

    Follow the historic route that los pobladores used when the city was founded in 1781.

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014

    The celebration continues at El Pueblo with a lecture by Paul Spitzzeri (Assistant Director, Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum) at 11:30 a.m. about Los Angeles in the 1870s and the end of its small-town era. The lecture will be free and open to the public and will take place in the Pico House Gallery."

    The journey is about 9 miles.


    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Swim Lessons: Montebello-Commerce YMCA

    YMCA Swim Lesson
    Registration is now open for swim lessons and swim club.

    Swim lessons are paid for the full month and the cost comes out to $5 per lesson for YMCA members, or $10 per lesson for non-members.

    To register visit the Montebello-Commerce YMCA or call for more information.

    2000 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello, CA
    323 887 9622


    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    ELAC Registration Event: ELAC Campus, 8/20, 5-9pm

    Just in time for the Fall semester, ELAC is hosting an enrollment & registration event on Wednesday, August 20, from 5-9pm. New & returning students are welcome to attend!