Monday, June 30, 2014

Patriotic Picnic: Temple City Park, Temple City, Wednesday, 7/2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

July 4th Celebration: Monterey Park

"America, We Love You"
Independence Day Celebration

Friday, July 4
3:00pm - 9:30pm
 Barnes Park
350 S. McPherrin Ave.
Monterey Park

Independence Day Celebration & Firework Show: La Puente, Thursday, 7/3


4th of July Firework Spectacular: Pico Rivera, 6pm

2015 Event was held on Friday, July 3.

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
6:00 -9:00pm
El Rancho High School
6501 S. Passons Blvd., Pico Rivera, 90660

 Free admission. Jumpers for kids. Food for sale. Live entertainment starts at 7pm. Fireworks at 9pm. Bleacher seating available, or bring blankets/chairs if you want to sit on the field.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vacation Bible School: Calvary Chapel, Montebello

Ice Cream Summer Specials

Ice cream and summer go hand-in-hand. Do not let a summer pass by without treating your kids to ice cream. Here are the summer specials for Tastee-Freez at Weinerschnitzel, Baskin-Robbins, Snowopolis, and McDonalds.

My rule about dipped cones is, "You have to be able to control the drips on your ice cream cone before you can order a dipped cone." My son says the caramel dip is delicious!


Tuesday specials at each location varies. Usually the offer is $1 off the price of single scoop cones, bringing the price down to under two dollars a cone.

There can be long lines on especially hot days, but when the server hands you a huge shaved ice for only $1, you immediately forget about the wait.

During the hours of 2pm - 5pm shakes, smoothies, iced coffee, & frappes are buy-on-get-one free! I took my kids for an afterschool treat; small shakes were $1.99, at BOGO, it comes out to $1 each! Available every day at participating restaurants.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Diaper Derby: Shops at Montebello, 6/28

The Shops at Montebello invites the area’s cutest babies to crawl their way to victory at its first-annual Diaper Derby on Saturday, June 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Center Court.

The event is a series of crawling races on a soft, sanitized surface, and is open to all babies less than 12 months old who are not yet walking. Proud family members and friends are invited to cheer on the babies in each of the three heats of six babies each. The top crawler from each of the three races will compete for prizes in the final race. The fastest crawler will receive a 1st place prize of a $100 gift card to Children’s Place, the 2nd place racer will win a $75 gift card to Gymboree and 3rd place will earn a $50 gift card to Baby GAP.
Parents will try to motivate their children at the finish line, using various attempts to get their child across the line first. This commonly includes the playing of instruments, holding a child's favorite toy or teddy bear, and generally encouraging them along the way.
Mundo FOX Channel 22 entertainment reporter Melissa Martinez Romero is slated to emcee all the action.
“The Diaper Derby is a fun way for local moms, dad and caretakers to spend an afternoon coming together as a family at The Shops at Montebello,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Montebello. “As a hub for the community, we’re thrilled to be able to offer a wide variety of events, amenities and lifestyle experiences that meet our shoppers needs and interests.”
Registration and participation in the event is free. To register, families can visit The Shops at Montebello’s Guest Services booth, located on the lower level near Macy's Home. A maximum of 18 participants will be registered for the event, and all registered participants will receive a special gift from The Shops at Montebello on the day of the event, during the time of check in.
Other enjoyable activities will include retailer stations, special offers, giveaways, prizes, and lots of fun for the whole family. 
For more information, visit The Shops at Montebello on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at, or

Wednesday, June 18, 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."
The sing-along events are held at the rooftop amphitheatre at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The sing-along on 7/4 will take place at the Music Center Plaza.
Parking at the Music Center is $9. For more information visit the Music Center's website here.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Montebello-Commerce YMCA Open House for Teens!

Teens who want to get or stay in shape this summer can stop by the newly remodeled YMCA on Friday, June 20 from 5-8pm for an Open House just for them! Teens are welcome to stay for the entire event, but please parents make sure you sign your child into the facility.

Youth memberships (ages 12-17) are $20 a month at the Montebello-Commerce YMCA. Registration fee for youth membership will be waived during the event. Financial assistance is available.

6/18 UPDATE from the YMCA: "Just found out that we have a grant available for the teen memberships (12-17yrs). Must live in city of Montebello and qualify as low income. Proof of residency required) It only applies to 3-month prepaid memberships. However, if eligible for the grant that is HUGE savings!"

For more information stop by the YMCA at 2000 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, or call 323-887-9622.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Kidgits Safe Summer Event: Shops at Montebello, Saturday, 6/21

Kidgits Safe & Fit Summer Event
Saturday, June 21
Noon - 1:30pm
Shops at Montebello 
The event will teach kids about tips for neighborhood safety, summer safety and stranger awareness, with easy tips including:
  • Stay out of the street. Cars make the street a dangerous place to play.
  • Tell your parents where you are going and when you'll be back. Know your home phone number and address.
  • Ask your parents first. If someone invites you to go somewhere, offers you a gift or just wants to talk, say you need to ask your parents for permission first.
12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Water Safety Presentation
12:30 - 1:15: Latin Dance and Kids Yoga session
Bearemy from Build-A-Bear Workshop will mix and mingle with attendees. A balloon artist and summer arts and crafts will be available to all families in attendance. Kidgits members will be treated to a face painter and a special Kidgits beach ball, while supplies last.

Bowling World Record Attempt: Beverly Lanes, Montebello, Saturday, 6/21

Help break the world record of the most people bowling simultaneously by stopping by Beverly Lanes on Saturday, June 21 to bowl for free! Lanes are not guaranteed and it's bound to be a popular event, so arrive earlier than the 4pm start time.  Click here for information about Beverly Lanes.

Bicycle Festival: Pico Rivera, Saturday, 6/21


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fiesta de Pio Pico: Whittier, Saturday, June 21

My family attended the Fiesta de Pio Pico last year. There are lots of activities for kids, demonstrations throughout the park, vendors, arts & crafts, games, live entertainment, tours, and informational booths. It's really a great event.
Free admission, free parking. The event coordinators are looking for volunteers to help run the event. For more information visit

Exploring Nature Workshop for Families: Homestead Museum, Saturday, 6/28


Monday, June 9, 2014

Father's Day Gift Ideas, by Mr. MontebelloMom

Written by Guest Blogger, Mr. Montebello Mom.

On this upcoming Father’s Day I invite you to lay off the ties, boxer shorts, and polo shirts, and instead look into some of these cool gifts that won’t necessarily break the bank.
This 10 in 1 screwdriver set includes a free bottle opener for under $15 at Home Depot.  Leave it in a kitchen drawer and you will have quick access to a variety of tools for many home improvement needs.
I am a big fan of pocket knives, and have found my new favorite in this Leatherman C33X unit which features a 2.5” blade and a carabineer clip that doubles as a bottle opener, all for under $20 at REI or Sports Chalet.
One of my favorite tools is this hammer that I received as a Father’s Day gift last year.  Look at how awesome looking it is!  If Chuck Norris had an official hammer, this would definitely be it!  Under $30 at Lowe’s.
Home Depot also has some tool sets for sale, like this 200 piece Husky mechanics tool set for under $100.  If you are looking for something a bit more affordable, this 65 piece Husky mechanics tool set will cover most of the basics for under $30 at the Home Depot. 
This 18V Lithium Ion powered drill& impact driver kit available for under $100 at Home Depot.  What’s that you say?  Dad already has a cordless drill?  Is it powered by a LITHIUM ION battery?  ‘Cause that’s what all the cool dads are doing now, you do want your dad to be cool right?  And look at that awesome neon green color! 
We here at wish all dads out there a happy and safe Father’s Day.


Summer Food Service Program: City Park, Montebello

Santa Monica Festival: Clover Park, Saturday, 6/14


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Free Iced Coffee at Cinnabon, Shops at Montebello Mall


Free Homework Help at the East LA Library! Online Tutoring too!

The East Los Angeles Library offers Homework Help every day! Students in grades K-12, can get assistance completing their homework assignments from trained staff members in the children's library section. The Homework Center hours are:

Monday - Thursday 3:00 - 8:30pm
Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm
Saturday 12:00 - 4:30pm
Sunday 1:00 - 4:30pm

East Los Angeles Library, 4837 E. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022  Phone: (323) 264-0155


The L.A. County Library also provides free online tutoring! 

Can't make it to the library? Free online tutoring is available for kindergarten - 12th grade, college students, and adults.

Assistance in math, science, English, and social studies, essay review, AP courses, SAT prep, GED preparation, citizenship preparation, career services, resume review, interview practice, and job search is available.

Tutors bilingual in Spanish & Vietnamese can be requested.

 Online tutoring services are available from 3pm-10pm. All you need is a computer linked to the internet & a library card number for access.

I tried the online tutoring pretending I was a 2nd grader with a math problem, and again as an adult seeking interview help. It was easy to navigate, but little kids would probably have trouble typing in their questions & responses. It would probably be best if parents of elementary students typed in the questions & respond for their children.

For details visit


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tweedy Mile Street Fair: South Gate, Friday 6/6 - Sunday 6/8


Polynesian Festival: Sam Dimas Canyon Nature Center, 6/7-6/8


Kidz Health Fair: LAC+USC Medical Center, L.A., Saturday, 6/7

Relay for Life: Schurr High School, 6/7-6/8

The ultimate walk-a-thon is coming to Montebello. 
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be held at Schurr High School on Saturday, June 7 - Sunday June 8. This event is held nationwide throughout the year and raises millions of dollars for cancer research and treatment.
Cancer survivors are invited a breakfast at 8:30 and may join the first lap, known as the Survivor Lap at 9am on Saturday. Teams of people & individuals will thereafter continuously walk for a 24-hour period.
Individuals can walk for as little as a $10 donation. Entertainment is provided throughout the event, including 2 former American Idol contestants. Various organizations sell food & other items to raise additional donations at the event. reader, Monica Olivas, suggests participants bring their own chairs & shade umbrellas to enjoy the entertainment.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Football & Cheer Sign Ups: Grant Rea Park, Montebello

MUSD Employee Open House at the YMCA, Tuesday, 6/3

Employees of Montebello Unified School District are invited to a Montebello-Commerce YMCA Open House. Activities, sample classes, refreshments, massages, & child care are all complementary for MUSD employees. All MUSD employees can join the YMCA during Open House and the $75 registration fee is waived!

Montebello-Commerce YMCA, 2000 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello (323)887-9622