Thursday, September 25, 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



Queen Mary 80th Anniversary Celebration: Free Admission

Friday, September 26
10am - 7pm
Free Admission
$5 Parking
$10 All Tours
At 4pm, the first 1,000 guests to arrive will be treated to a presentation in the Grand Ballroom, a slice of a 15' Queen Mary replica cake, and a chance to win a trans-Atlantic trip on the Queen Mary 2!


Splah Swim Event: Montebello-Commerce YMCA


20th Anniversary Celebration: Hacienda Heights Trailhead

 The Habitat Authority website reads, "Join the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority for its 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The event is free and will be held in Hacienda Heights at the Hacienda Hills Trailhead located at the terminus of 7th Avenue at Orange Grove Avenue from 9am to 1pm.

The event will include:
  • 9am Hikes for Kids and Adults
  • 11am Program (Preserve Passport Raffle & Community Awards)
  • Refreshments
  • Crafts & Face Painting
  • Partner Booths/Displays
  • Free Photo Booth"

Mole Festival: Olvera Street

Monday, September 22, 2014

Free Halloween Comic Book, Halloween ComicFest: Comic Book Stores Nationwide

Stop by participating comic book relators on Saturday, October 25th and pick up a free special edition Halloween ComicFest comic book!

Participants can chose from any of 19 titles ranging from kid friendly My Little Pony to mature themed Resident Evil.

Local participating retailers including two locations in Uptown Whittier, Half Off Books  and UnderCity Comics Too.

For more information visit

Friday, September 19, 2014

Rio Hondo Symphony Free Concerts, Whittier High School

Rio Hondo Symphony: Free Concerts
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
3PM - 5PM
Whittier Avenue & Bailey Streets
Whittier, CA 90601

From the Rio Hondo Symphony website:
"The Rio Hondo Symphony performs four ADMISSION-FREE classical music concerts each season at the Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School, Whittier Ave. in Whittier California. The concerts start at 3 PM, have one intermission, and are completed before 5 PM."


Senior Health Fair: Montebello-Commerce YMCA

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Aquarium of the Pacific: Shark Lagoon Free Admission Friday Nights!

Shark Lagoon Nights
Aquarium of the Pacific
Most Every Friday
6:00 - 9:00pm

From 6:00 - 9:00 pm most Friday nights the Shark Lagoon is open to the public for free! The Shark Lagoon is the outside area in the rear of the aquarium. There are large touch tanks and a children's play area. The event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Parking can be up to $8, click here for parking details.


Parents for a Healthy Whittier Meeting: Uptown Whittier YMCA

For more information call 213-321-9649.

Halloween Maze 2014: Montebello Performing Arts Center

Montebello Performing Arts Center is once again hosting a Halloween Maze for the public on Saturday, October 18. The not-so-scary maze, crafts, and costume contest for kids is from 5pm-7pm, and teens & adults can experience the horrifying maze from 8pm-10pm. Costs to enter the maze ranges from $5-10.

The Montebello Performing Arts Center is located at 1122 Washington Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640. Call 323-727-6030 for more information.

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.


  • 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. There will be no autographs during this event.
  • 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."


    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Montebello Bucket List

    29 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 Thurs & Fri / $6 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. Kiddie rides start at $3 in tickets, the bigger rides are up to $6 in tickets; this Read to Ride program is definitely worth it!

    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.