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.


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.


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!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Back to School Kidgits Event @ the Shops at Montebello, Saturday, 8/23

The Shops at Montebello welcomes families to the Kidgits annual Back-to-School event on Saturday, August 23, from Noon-1:30pm. 
Kids will have the opportunity to participate in craft activities, games, and enjoy entertainment from Radio Disney. Simon Kidgits Club members will receive a free Crayola jumbo pen while supplies last.
Parents will have the chance to win prizes and tackle back-to-school shopping lists with exclusive retail coupons. Purchase a $100 Shops at Montebello Visa Gift card and receive a $20 gift card from select retailers including American Eagle, Charlotte Russe, Gap, Gymboree, Pacsun, Sephora, & Vans, perfect for back-to-school shopping. 

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare: East L.A. Civic Center

Much Ado About Nothing
Sunday, August 17, 7pm
East L.A. Civic Center Amphitheatre
4801 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022

The Amphitheatre is outside, bring blankets, chairs, and diner to enjoy. It's a county park, so refrain from bringing alcohol.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tall Ships Festival & Ticket Giveaway

August 20 - August 24, 2014
Port of Los Angeles
Harbor & 5th Street, San Pedro

The Tall Ships Festival is a five day maritime celebration featuring over a dozen domestic & international ships at the Port of Los Angeles. Festival visitors can catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships to grace the ocean.

The festival includes live entertainment, movies projected onto sails, cannon demonstrations, sword fighting, sail training, food vendors, craft vendors, children's activities, and of course, a great view of the world's largest rubber duck.

A Single Day Dockside Viewing Pass is $7. A Multi-Day On Board Ship Tour Pass is $19 which provides access to the festival every day and on board ship tours. Children 4 years and under are admitted free to the festival.

All tickets include admission for tours on the Battleship USS Iowa, the Victory Ship, and S.S. Lane Victory, which is a huge huge savings, tickets to tour the Iowa alone are $16 per adult, with a Tall Ships Festival ticket you get in for free!

Visitors can purchase Day Sail tickets to catch a ride on one of several ships sailing throughout the festival for $85, (special promo! use the code AUGUST to buy Day Sail tickets for only $39 on selected ships, Jada & Bill of Rights, Thursday-Sunday, that's less than half price!).

The festival is open Wednesday-Friday from Noon-8pm, & Saturday-Sunday from 10am-6pm. Parking is $5-$8. All tickets and parking fees can be pre-ordered at or in person at the festival.

The Tall Ships Festival has generously donated several family packs of tickets to giveaway to readers of!
**Click here to enter the giveaway.**

Winner #1: Jennifer Ng
Winner #2: Ruby Murillo
Winner #3: Amy Chan
Winner #4: Colin Cheer

Giveaway rules: Deadline to enter is Tuesday, August 18, at 11:59pm. To enter the giveaway click the link above & fill out the form. Four winners will be chosen; one winner per day on Friday, 8/ 8, Tuesday, 8/12, Friday, 8/15, & Tuesday, 9/19. Winners can chose to receive up to 5 Multi-Day On -Board Ship Passes. Value $19 per ticket. All entries will be numbered and the winning entries will be chosen by a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and tickets will be mailed via the United States Postal Service or delivered in person by a representative of One entry per person. Incomplete entries & duplicate entries will be disqualified.  The winner's name will be published on and Montebello Mom's Facebook page the day of the drawings. Personal information collected in the survey form is not used for any purpose other than this giveaway. All personal information will be deleted after the winners are chosen.  Any extra tickets remaining in the possession of Montebello Mom representatives will be distributed to other entrants, meaning: more than 4 readers could win! Good luck!  There were no extra tickets, sorry,

Back to School Shopping & the Quest for the Perfect Backpack @ the Shops at Montebello + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

It's back to school time!

Whether you feel relieved that you no longer have to worry about the kids burning down the house while you are at work, crestfallen because you never made it to the water park this summer, or nervous for your child starting a new school year (this one especially pertains to me), it still doesn't get you out of back to school shopping!

The only thing my son needed for back to school shopping was a backpack.

The perfect backpack. He said it had to have pockets. Lots of pockets. So many pockets the pockets had to have pockets within the pockets. He promised the extra pockets would help him stay organized.

Last Saturday, we went on a hunt for this holy grail of backpacks at the Shops at Montebello.

I started out looking at my usual children's clothing stores, but nothing we found had enough pockets to satisfy his yearning for organizational perfection.

I eventually had to muster up my courage and venture into the "teenage" stores. It was a first for me. I learned a lot of new things, such as the next time I go into those store I'm going to bring earplugs, and at some point in the future my son is probably going to ask me for a $100 pair of shoes. 

I took pictures & notes along the way to share the journey with you of our quest for the perfect backpack.

Store #1: The Children's Place

The Children's Place is currently offering Place Cash, for every $20 spent, shoppers receive a coupon for a future purchase, saving $10 off of $20.

The Children's Place has backpacks for $12. They seem small on display, but compared to a Jansport pack, they are exactly the same size. There are also 3 boy-style backpacks. The packs are of good quality, we had one that lasted 3 years before needing to be replaced. 
The Children's Place mini-backpack is perfect for Pre-Schoolers & Kindergarteners. It's big enough to hold homework folders & a lunchpail, and the right size for little bodies. There is also a Hello Kitty & Minnie Mouse pack available.
Store #2: Disney Store
The Disney Store is so incredible, if the item you want is out of stock, a Cast Member can usually order it for you online at the store and it comes with free shipping. If you don't see it, ask!

The Disney Store is having a Back to School sale on backpacks for $15, and matching lunch totes for $10. Favorite Disney characters such as Doc McStuffins, Princesses, and Cars are available.

Store #3: Gymboree

For a limited time everything at the Gymboree is $14.99 or less! That includes these adorable backpacks available in three styles for girls & 2 styles for boys (pictured below).

Gymboree is also offering GymBucks! Spend $50 and receive a coupon for $25 off a $50 future purchase. Combine Gymbucks with the $14.99 sale and not only will your kid look like they walked out of a magazine, but you'll save big at Gymboree!

Store #4: Shoe Palace

Shoe Palace does not carry backpacks, but it was the first day open after the remodel and the employees were so excited for the store to be open they were jumping and yelling. I'm not exaggerating.

Nora, a manager at Shoe Palace told me that these Nike Free Run shoes for $80-100, and Jordan True Fly sneakers, pictured below, for $140+, are extremely popular with teenagers.

 What I found incredible was there was a family in the store buying shoes and the teenage son was wearing Free Runs and was trying on True Flys. Nora knows what she's talking about.

Adidas for girls $48. The sister in the family at Shoe Palace picked up a pair of these Adidas sneakers in red for $48.

As I was on my way out a Shoe Palace sales associate, Justin, said that he would "take care of" any Montebello Mom reader with a discount of up to 20% with a purchase of 2 or more pairs of shoes. Good luck with that readers, you never know.

Store #5: Spencers

I posted last week on my Facebook page that Spencers had all backpacks on sale 50% off. With the sale some were going for as little as $12.50!

Some backpacks have built in speakers which I can only guess assist with classroom presentations. Certainly not for hanging out under the bleachers at lunchtime, no way! School is all about education people.

Store #6: Boarders

The sought after Jansport backpack, probably the most popular brand of backpack by far, goes for $30 at Boarders. Unfortunately, not enough pockets for my kid.
Boarders also carries Herschel backpacks for $55+.

 Store #7: Journeys

Journeys carries a wide variety of Jansport backpacks. The packs sell for $35 for solid color, and $40 for print.

A sales associate wow-ed me by saying the socks sold at Journeys are guaranteed for life. She said, "the socks are on sale for $9.95, they are usually $15, but if they ever stretch, fade, shrink, tear, whatever, then we replace them for free."

To prove that the socks your kid wore out are from Journeys, hold onto the paper band with the UPC code, and no questions asked the socks will be replaced. Journeys carries a wide variety of socks for men, women, children, and toddlers.

 Store #8: JCPenney

We intended our stop in JCPenney to be merely a bathroom break, but across from the in-store optometry department, there are backpacks.

As my son sprinted to the urinal he saw it. THE PERFECT BACKPACK. The Adidas® Climacool® Strength Backpack. It has 6 zippered pockets, and pockets within the pockets. The sale price is $60, regularly $75.

$60 is way out of my price range for a backpack. We didn't buy it. My son was disappointed, but his sisters were whining to go home, and I  promised him we'd shop around for a better price.


When we came home I found a $10 off coupon in the mail from JCPenney, it was kismet. The following day we were back at the Shops at Montebello picking up the perfect backpack for $50. It comes with a lifetime warranty, in case I ever have to cash in on that Adidas promise I'm saving the UPC tag & receipt.


The Shops at Montebello has generously donated a $100 Shops at Montebello Visa Gift Card to give away to one lucky reader for Back to School shopping!
To enter the giveaway click the link below and describe your perfect backpack.
One lucky reader will be chosen to receive a $100 Shops at Montebello Visa Gift Card!
**Click here to enter the giveaway.**

Congratulations to lucky winner:Anna Castillo!
Thanks to all who entered.

Giveaway rules: Deadline to enter is Friday, August 15, at 11:59pm. To enter the giveaway click the link above & fill out the form. One winner will be selected to win a $100 Shops at Montebello Visa gift card. All entries will be numbered and the winning entry will be chosen by a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and tickets will be mailed via the United States Postal Service, or delivered in person by a representative of One entry per person. Incomplete entries & duplicate entries will be disqualified.  The winner's name will be published on and Montebello Mom's Facebook page the day after the deadline to enter. Personal information collected in the survey form is not used for any purpose other than this giveaway. All personal information will be deleted after the winners are chosen. Good luck! 


Great Sand Sculpture Contest: Long Beach

Great Sand Sculpture Contest
Saturday, August 16 - 17
10:00AM - 4:00PM
1 Granada Avenue, Long Beach 90803

Organizations and community groups will compete in the 82nd Sand Sculpture Contest to be held in Long Beach this weekend. Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the event on Saturday, and awards will be given on Sunday to the participants.

For more information click here to visit the Great Sand Sculpture webpage or here to visit the Facebook page.

Photos from last year's event found on the Great Sand Sculpture Facebook page.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Parent/Child Pre-School Classes: Montebello, Fall 2014

Parent/Child Classes

Begin Wednesday, September 3
Bella Vista Elementary, Room 31
2410 Findlay Avenue, Monterey Park
Classes are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8am - Noon.
For parents with their child(ren) ages 1 to 5 years. Babies are always welcome.
Please bring to class on your first day : 
1)A Copy of  Adult’s TB Test and  
2) Copy of Child’s Immunization record
3) $5.00 class fee (per child)
4) A snack for you and your child
Registration cards will be passed out on the first day of class. Registration fee due to Montebello Adult School is $16 for the semester for 1 adult and 1 child. 
If you have any further questions or special circumstances please email the instructor, Ms. Katie at:

Ticket to the Twenties Event: City of Industry, 9/20-21


Pomona Fairplex Drive-In Movie: Friday, 8/15

Summer Drive-In Movie
Despicable Me 2
Friday, August 15
$5 per car
Enter on Arrow Hwy, Gate 15
The Fairplex website says, "There [will be] food trucks, beverages, and some Los Angeles County Fair giveaways."
I took my kids to a drive-in theater last week and it was great! Since the fairplex parking lot is flat, I suggest families bring folding chairs & blankets to sit alongside the vehicle. Bring dinner & make it a picnic! The earlier you arrive the better spot to see the movie!

Click here for more information.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Concert in the Park: Montebello City Park, 8/14

Park Avenue Christian Church is hosting a concert in the park on Thursday, August 14, at 6:30pm. There will be a jazz band and a band plays Beatles music. The organization has 50 backpacks with school supplies, a mountain bike, and a number of gift cards to giveaway.



Friday, August 8, 2014

M.O.B. Booster Movie/Taco Night: Montebello High School Auditorium

The Booster Club will also sell popcorn, drinks and snacks.
For more information contact the Mighty Oiler Band Boosters Club at

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Montebello PlaySchool, Early Childhood Pre-School Program

The Parks & Recreation Department of the city of Montebello operates a quality pre-school program for 3-5 year olds.

My daughter attended this school for a year and the program was outstanding. The teacher of the 4-5 year olds is a former instructional assistant of MUSD kindergarten classes. She runs the class much like a Transitional Kindergarten program with fun celebrations throughout the year. The school culminates in June with a graduation ceremony.

I highly suggest this program to any parent looking for a pre-school program for their 3, 4, or 5 year old. Contact the Montebello Parks & Recreation Department at 323-887-1200, extension 540.

Montebello PlaySchool graduation ceremony, 2014.

Extended Child Care Program: Montebello Parks & Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Department for the city of Montebello offers an extended child care program for working parents at four MUSD elementary schools. Parents of children attending Fremont, Greenwood, Washington, & Potrero Heights Elementary schools can sign up for the program and their children will be cared for before & after school as needed.

I've personally seen this program in action near my children's school. The program leaders are good with the kids, walking them to & from the school site, and communicating well with the school's staff and principal. For information contact the Montebello Parks & Recreation office at 323-887-1200, extension 540.

Family Night: Summer Movie: OLMM Church

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church
Parking Lot
820 North Garfield Avenue
Montebello, 90640

Rocket Fever Event: Columbia Memorial Space Center


Moon Festival Celebration: Valley Blvd., Rosemead