Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Star Wars Event: Disney Store, Friday, 5/4


On May the Fourth, Disney Store Guests will be introduced (or perhaps, re-introduced) to the story and characters of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In-Store events and an exciting Disney Store-exclusive product launch are in the works.

 The first 100 Guests who visit the Store will receive a Limited Edition Star Wars pin perfect for starting or adding to an existing collection.

  Then, kids ages 3 and up are invited to learn about the “Ways of the Force” where they can:
  • Discover the Jedi Mind Trick and learn how Obi-Wan Kenobi uses it to serve the greater good
  • Master a Lightsaber through hands-on training
  • Help Luke Skywalker destroy the Death Star through an interactive experience on the Media Wall
  • Participate in a Medal of Bravery Ceremony
But that’s not all! Throughout May, Guests will be introduced to characters from the classic film with a collectible trading cards giveaway each week, available while supplies last. Best of all, May 4 will celebrate the launch of Disney Store-exclusive Star Wars merchandise.

BOGO Dozen Doughnuts at Krispy Kreme, Monday, 4/28

Krispy Kreme is honoring heroes on Monday, April 28! Buy a dozen original glazed and get a dozen free to share with the hero in your life. No coupon necessary. The closest Krispy Kreme is at the Puente Hills mall.


Día de los Niños: Belvedere Park, L.A., Sturday, 4/26

Letter Carrier's Food Drive: Saturday, 5/10

The USPS website says, "To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families."


Fire Department Open House: Montebello, Saturday, 5/10

Fire Service Day: Open House
Saturday, May 10
10:00am - 4:00pm
Montebello Fire Department
600 N. Montebello Blvd, Montebello

Children's Day: Heritage Park, Santa Fe Spings, 4/26

Children's Day
Saturday, April 26
Noon - 4pm
Heritage Park
12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs

Learn how families and children lived 100 years ago in this annual event in Santa Fe Springs. Experience old fashioned games, activities, a petting zoo and arts/crafts. All activities are free. Free parking. Food is available for purchase.

Healthy Kids Day: Montebello YMCA, 4/26

Healthy Kid's Day is really fun! Last year there was face painting, samples, giveaways, giant inflatables for the kids, intro dance classes, and my kid's favorite game: fishing in the swimming pool! Plan to spend a few hours playing with the kids at Healthy Kid's Day and check out all that that the YMCA has to offer!
Montebello-Commerce YMCA
2000 W. Beverly Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

Celebrate Earth Day: Clean up the Puente Hills Preserve! Saturday, 4/26

Earth Day Walk-n-Weed
Saturday, April 26
9:00am - 11:30am
Puente Hills Preserve
Two Locations:
Hacienda Hills Trailhead, 7th Avenue and Orange Grove Ave.
Arroyo Pescadero Trailhead, 7531 South Colima Road
Go for a hike along the one of two trails and help weed out invasive plants. Participants should wear old clothing and sturdy shoes. Gardening gloves and hand tools such as a trowel may be helpful (but not necessary). Drinking water, light snacks, and prizes will be provided. *An adult must supervise children under 18 years old. Community groups are encouraged to participate.

Free 5 minute massages to all participants and two $55 gift certificates raffle prizes at the Hacienda Hills Trailhead location only. Rain cancels.

For more information visit http://www.habitatauthority.org

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Family Eggstravaganza: La Bonita Park, La Habra, 4/19

Saturday, April 19
8:00am - Noon
La Bonita Park
1440 W. Whittier Blvd, La Habra

Easter Egg Hunts for all ages, community resource fair, game booths, jumpers, and the Easter Bunny.

A special thanks to Jolene S. for sharing this event! Thanks Jolene!

Blessing of the Animals: Olvera Street, 4/19


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chihua-Wow Pet Adoption: Seaaca, Downey, 5/3

Save 50% off adoption fees of Chihuahuas & Chihuahua mixed dogs at Seaaca Animal Shelter in Downey on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friday Night Sing-Alongs: Downtown LA, Summer 2014

The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles is hosting three Friday Night Sing-Alongs with a live band during the summer. The website says,
"Enjoy warm summer nights and join hundreds of voices belting out popular favorites and classic tunes, accompanied by live musicians. Lyrics provided. Come prepared to sing! No experience necessary. For the off-pitch, off-key and singing-challenged."
Friday, June 20
The Detroit Sound
6:30 - 8:00pm

Friday, July 4
Anthems that Rock
Friday, July 18
Songs of '64
6:30 - 8:00pm

Friday, August 1
21st Century Broadway
6:30 - 8:00pm

Friday, August 15
6:30 - 8:00pm

"The event is FREE.  However, tickets are required for this event and are distributed beginning at 6PM on the day of event. One ticket per person waiting in line." Parking at the Music Center is $9. For more information visit the Music Center's website here.


Earth Day Celebration: Grand Park, Downtown L.A., 4/22


Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Rose Bowl, Saturday April 26

A free walk-a-thon to support the non-profit, Autism Speaks.
Saturday, April 26
The Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA 91103

Registration opens from 8 - 10am
Walk begins at 9am

Distance: 3 miles

There are no registration fees. Walkers can register online or can register the day of the event. All walkers who bring in $150 in donations will receive a Walk Now for Autism T-shirt. Kids in strollers are welcome.

College Fair: Pomona Fairplex, 4/22

Pomona Fairplex: Gate 3
Free admission. Parking $5.
Over 70 colleges, universities, and trade schools are participating. Speakers and seminars held throughout the event.

Tuesday, April 22 

Free E-Waste Collection Event: Montebello, 4/19, 7/19, 7/20

Saturday, April 19
Saturday, July 19
Sunday, July 20

9am - 4pm

Montebello City Hall
1600 W. Beverly Blvd, Montebello

Business Expo: Shops at Montebello, 4/25

This year's Montebello Chamber of Commerce sponsored Business Expo will be held at the Shops at Montebello mall. There will be three locations with exhibitors, outside the food court, the elevator court, and center court at the escalators. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Family Fun Day: Mt. View Park, El Monte, 4/12

Earth Day Celebration: El Monte, Saturday, 4/12

It's a Small World Event: Disney Store, 4/12

A Cast Member at the Montebello Disney Store said the "It's a Small World" 50th anniversary event will occur on Saturday, April 12, from 10am-2pm. It is an arts & crafts activity where children will receive a flag to decorate, a maze to complete, and they will watch a Small World clip. She said the event will run every 15 minutes while supplies last.

Earth Day! Free Reusable Bag at the Disney Store, 4/22

Last year there were 200 bags to giveaway for this event and all the bags were distributed in the first hour.  Every person who brings in 5 bags to recycle will receive a bag, babies count too!

Kidgits Hop Into Spring Event: Shops at Montebello

Saturday, April 19
Noon - 1:30pm
Shops at Montebello
Every “bunny” is invited to hop into spring with the Shops at Montebello! Hello Kitty meet & greet, and arts and crafts along with a balloon artist and face painter for our Kidgits Members. Kidgit annual membership is $5. Details below.

Shops at Montebello Kidgits Membership Information. Sign up at Guest Services.

Free Childhood Immunizations: Beverly Hospital's Women's Care Center

Childhood Immunizations
For newborns and children up to the age of 18.
Women's Care Center of Beverly Hospital
1920 W Whittier Blvd., Montebello CA 90640

All vaccines are provided, except for Tuberculosis testing or Varicella (Chickenpox). Please bring immunization record (yellow card) with you.

Avocado Festival: Olvera Street Plaza, Sunday, 4/13

Avocado Festival
Sunday, April 13
Olvera Street Plaza
Downtown Los Angeles

Summer Day Camp: Montebello

Weekly Summer Camp
City of Montebello
July 7, - August 22
Weekly fees are $90 per camper with a one time $20 registration fee. Lunch & snacks provided. Registration packets available May 15. For more information visit the Montebello Parks & Recreation Department, 1700 W. Victoria Ave., Montebello, CA 90640, or call 323-887-4540.

Youth Soccer: City of Montebello

Soccer for kids ages 5-15 through the City of Montebello. Cost is $40 with no additional fees or fundraising. Practice is twice a week with games on either Friday nights or Saturday. Parents are responsible for providing shin guards & soccer cleats. Team pictures are optional.

Registration is now open, the season starts in May.  The city also hosts a youth basketball & football program. To register or for more information visit the Cathy Hensel Youth Center, 236 George Hensel Drive, Montebello or call 323-887-4570.

Family Sumit: Maryvale Resource Center, Duarte, 4/12


Victorian Fair: City of Industry, 4/26-4/27

Homestead Museum, 15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry

Easter Egg Hunt at Clearman's North Woods Inn, 4/12

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12
Clearman's North Woods Inn
7247 Rosemead Blvd, San Gabriel

Activities include egg coloring, egg hunt, and picture with the Easter Bunny. All activities are free!
For more information visit Clearman's Facebook page.

Bakery Outlet Montebello

Most Montebello residents are familiar with the Bakery Outlet on South Vail Avenue. At the outlet you can carbo load on bread, pastries, tortillas, bagels, pizza crust, donuts, cakes, cookies and more! Most items sell for 1-3 dollars. Fresher items cost more, but less than retail, and items closer to the "sell by" date are less.

I had such a great shopping day at the Outlet one day I had to take a picture of my purchases. For a little more than $11 I came home with 4 packages of hot dog buns, 3 packages of hamburger buns, a package of sweet Hawaiian rolls, a package of mini bagels, 2 packages of donuts and a pound cake!

One reason I got such a great deal is because of the Frequent Buyer card. It gets stamped with every purchase. When the card is full it can be redeemed for a free item. There is space for $44 of stamps, but if you visit the Outlet on Thursday or Sunday the amount stamped is doubled!

Frequent Buyer Card.
The outlet store runs a promotion every day of the week. Here is the flyer with the current specials.

Another way to save money is to use coupons. The Bakery Outlet coupons can usually be found in four places:
  1. The PennySaver magazine, every other week, usually delivered in the mail on Wednesday. Coupon varies from 10% off, free black line item, or Buy One Get One Free.
  2. A mailed flyer delivered about twice a year in advertisements.
  3. Handed out in store, usually good for the next month.
PennySaver coupon. This coupon can be used twice before the expiration date!
Coupons that came in the mail.

In addition to the coupons, cashiers give out free items of the store's choice with a $6 and $10 purchase. In the picture of my purchase above I actually received four of the items for free by using a Buy One Get One coupon, a full stamp card, a free item at $6, and a free item at $10.

Open Monday-Saturday 8:30 - 6:00 & Sunday 10:00 - 3:00.
480 South Vail Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640

There are 27 outlets in Southern California and there are more nationwide. See the full list of oulets here.

Dia del Nino: Los Angeles/Montebello, 4/19

Bringing art and culture to children at Saybrook Park, celebrate Dia del Nino with your family on Saturday, April 19, from noon-5pm.

Saybrook Park is a stone's throw from Montebello, located between Whittier and Olympic Blvds, just a few blocks west of Garfield Avenue at 6250 Northside Drive, Los Angeles, 90022.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Activities: Albertsons, Montebello, 4/12

Easter Activities
Saturday, April 12
2469 Via Campo Street
Montebello, California

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt: Potrero Heights Community Center, Friday, 4/11

Call or visit the Potrero Heights Community Center for more information.
Potrero Heights Community and Senior Center
8051 Arroyo Drive, Montebello, CA 90640

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Family Fiesta: Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Church, 4/2-4/27

Family Fiesta
Friday, 4/25 - Sunday, 4/27
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Discounted ride tickets are available now through Thursday, 4/24 at the Parish Hall.

A special thanks to David Santos for sharing this event!
Thanks David!

Bake Sale: Albertsons, Montebello, Sunday, 4/6, 9am-2pm

Friday, April 4, 2014

Plant Trees in the Mountains: Volunteers Needed! Saturday 4/5 & 5/3

Help plant trees in previously burned areas of the San Gabriel Mountains. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The group meets in the mountains above Azusa. For more information visit: http://upperdistrict.org/stewardship/restoration/ or call (626)443-2297.