Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Bristow Park, Commerce

Bristow Park, 1466 S McDonnell Ave, Commerce, CA 90040

Summer Day Trips: Montebello Parks & Recreation

The city of Montebello's Parks & Recreation department hosts day trips for kids throughout the summer. To register for any of the trips listed please visit the Cathy Hensel Youth Center at 236 George Hensel Dr, Montebello, CA 90640, or call (323) 887-4577.

Summer Basketball League: Montebello PAAL

Summer School Program for Middle School Students: Bosco Tech, Rosemead

The program is for students entering 6th - 9th grades and runs for 5 weeks.  Classes include algebra, language arts, science, electronics, robots, study skills, guitar, soccer, cross country, and basketball. Fees start at $225.


Summer Dance Camp: Montebello Performing Arts Center

The Montebello Performing Arts Center is hosting a five week Summer Dance Camp for children 5 years old and older.

The camp runs Monday-Friday, from 9am-2:15pm, and costs $375. The camp will focus on ballet, jazz, hip-hop, & acro techniques. Students will learn dances that will be presented in a summer recital.

Grand Opening Celebration: Montebello YMCA Cardio Center, Thursday, 5/1

Monday, April 28, 2014

Rosemead Blvd. Grand Opening Festival: Rosemead, Saturday, 5/10

Rosemead Blvd. Grand Opening Festival
Saturday, May 10
Rosemead Blvd:
between Las Tunas & Broadway



Covina Green Fair: Heritage Plaza, Covina, Saturday, 5/3


Earth & Arts Festival: Pasadena, Saturday, 5/3

Earth & Arts Festival
Saturday, May 3
Memorial Park & Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena
The event website says, "Free all-ages event in Old Pasadena... Live music from local bands, dancing and an interactive drum circle... Kids and parents get creative with art workshops... Eco-friendly exhibitors will display and sell green products and services... Sample tasty treats from popular local restaurants and a "Sustainable Beer Garden"... Try something new!"


Los Angeles Union Station 75th Anniversary & National Train Day: Saturday, 5/3

Union Station's
75th Anniversary & National Train Day 
Saturday, May 3
10am - 4pm
 800 N. Alameda Street
 Los Angeles, 90012

This free event celebrates the 75 years of Union Station & National Train day. The event includes kid activities, exhibits, train displays, tours, live entertainment, free train rides to Glendale, a community bike ride, and a rededication ceremony.
Just across the street, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated at the Plaza at Olvera Street.
The event is free. There is a charge for parking in lots adjacent to Union Station, or you can pick up the Gold Line at Atlantic Blvd. one block north of Beverly Blvd, or the Metrolink at Flotilla Street in Commerce, and make the day complete with a ride on the train. Gold Line and Metrolink ticket prices vary.

For more information visit:

Friday, April 25, 2014

Health Fair: Schurr High School, 4/26

Health Fair
Saturday, April 26
9:00am - 2:00pm
Schurr High School
820 N. Wilcox Avenue, Montebello

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Arts & Antique Spring Street Fair: Uptown Whittier, Sat 4/26

For more information visit

Movie at the Park: Grant Rea Park, Montebello, 4/25

Hosted by Montebello Ponytail Girl's Softball League.
The organization is asking for $2 per person.
Please visit the Montebello Ponytail Girl's Softball League's Facebook page for more information.

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!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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

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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Activities: Albertsons, Montebello, 4/12

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