San Gabriel Valley: Community Events

Staff Reports


Two new venues have officially opened this week and are available to help you enjoy your summer just a little bit more. Located in Hacienda Heights, Orange Grove Park, a 5.5 acre environmentally conscientious development includes strolling or jogging paths, shaded picnic tables, an exercise course, accessible playground, open space areas, and restrooms. It is located at14517 Orange Grove Avenue. Pathfinder Park in Rowland Heights now has a new Splash Pad to help you beat the heat. The 3,000 square foot pad and shade structure was completed adjacent to the existing community center building on the upper level of the park, located at 18150 Pathfinder Road. The splash pad includes areas of direct sun and shade for all to enjoy.  There are 10 sprayers with a combined capacity of 165 gallons per minute, as well as water jets appropriate for age ranges from toddlers to teens.  In addition, the area features a 1,000 square foot shade structure and seating for 50 people.  A 4,000 gallon underground tank recycles water runoff, treats the water with an ultra violet system and minimal chlorine to cleanse water before it circulates back into the splash pad.



West Covina Municipal Pool Swimming Lessons

When: Beginning June 2

Where: 1720 West Merced Avenue, next to Edgewood Middle/High School

Details: Swimming lessons for ages six months to adult. All lessons run for 25 minutes for a two week period, Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. Space is limited. Recreational swim will also be open on those days from 1 to 3:30 p.m.; the cost is $1.50 per child (17 and under) and $2.50 for adults.

Contact: Community Services Department, (626) 939-8430 or visit the web at

Diamond Bar AYSO: Registration ages 4 to 18 years of age.

When:  June 3, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Pantera Park

Details: Please visit for registration procedures for both volunteers and players, ages 4 to 18.

Contact: Greg M. Busch,

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Summer Kids’ Day Camp

When: Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, August 20; 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church & Schools, 23300 Golden Springs Dr., Diamond Bar 91765 Details: A fun, safe, Christian environment for your school age children. Kids’ camp is a summer day camp program based on fun, personal and spiritual growth, and the celebration of God’s Word through various activities, field trips, and daily devotions.  All children ages 5 – 12 are invited to attend.  Check out the Mt. Calvary Lutheran website for more information about daily activities, registration, and fees.

Contact: Debbie, (909) 861-2740, or visit

Montessori Graduation

When: Friday, June 13, 6 p.m.

Where: Covina Women’s Club

Details: Join the Mayor of Walnut for the graduation ceremonies of the International School of Montessori. The school has been in business since 1994, serving the Walnut community with the utmost care and providing exceptional quality when it comes to education, truly building a foundation for life and learning.

Contact: International School of Montessori, 20781 Amar Rd, Unit 1, Walnut, (909) 594-8172,

3rd Annual Women’s Care Center Walk for Life

When: Saturday, June 14 at 8 a.m.; Registration starts at 6:30 a.m.

Where: Industry Expo Center; 16200 Temple Avenue, City of Industry

Cost: $35 (includes race, entry, goodie bag, meal, and t-shirt)

Details: 5K Run and Walk for Life.

Contact: Landon Diener, Event Manager (714) 309-1634; Register at

OPARC’s Heart and Sole: Fun Run 1K/5K and Health Fair

When: June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Ruben S. Ayala Park, 5575 Edison Ave., Chino CA 91710

Cost: Entry fee for runners/walkers is $20, inspiration signs are $50, vendor booths are $150 and additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Free parking.

Details: OPARC, a 501(c)(3) organization that trains, employs and serves the mentally disabled community. Food vendors, vendor booths, participant awards, music, guest appearances, and more. Walk-ins are welcome.

SGV Annual Installation and Awards Gala

When: Thursday, June 19, 5:30 p.m.

Where: STC Center

Details: One of the Chamber’s premier events featuring award presentation of businesses and individuals who have impacted the San Gabriel Valley throughout the year. The event will also feature the installation of the new board members.

Contact: RSSVP to Melanie Coward at (909) 869-0701, or

Pomona Inner City Ministry – Homeless Dinner

When: Saturday, June 28 – and the fourth Saturday of each month; noon to 4:30 p.m.

Where: First Baptist Church of Pomona, 601 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona (volunteers meet in E202, Second Floor at noon for prayer and instructions)

Details: Come serve the homeless and economically disadvantaged in a ministry that can not only transform the lives of others, for those of you that volunteer as well.

Contact:   If you would like to donate goods, the Ministry is in need to hats and men’s clothing of all styles and sizes (they can be brought to the dinner). For financial donations, contact Global Impact Ministries, 586 N. Main Street, Pomona, CA 91768.


Bookstore Blowout

Where: Twice Sold Tale Bookstore located at the Walnut Library, La Puente Road, Walnut CA 91789

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Details: All books and media: Any four items for $1 ($1 minimum purchase).

Contact: (909) 595-0757 or email

Resources for the Classroom Days at Basically BOOKS

When: Second Tuesday of every month.

Where: Basically BOOKS locations: at 23447 Golden Springs Road, Diamond Bar and at the Diamond Bar Library: 21800 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar.

Details: Books and education videos will be offered at special discounts for teachers at all levels. Teachers can sign up at either Basically BOOKS locations or email to join these special teacher appreciation afternoons.

Free Acupuncture for Veterans, Active Military, First Responders

When: Every Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: 12598 Central Avenue, Unit 113, Chino, CA 91710.

Cost: Free

Contact: (909) 590-4183 or

Jack Newe’s Farmers Market sponsored by SGV Regional Chamber of Commerce

When: Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Mt. San Antonio College Campus, Parking Lot B, 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut CA 91789

Cost: Free Admission/Parking

Features: Seasonal organic produce, breads and cakes, olive oils, cheese and spreads, a variety of nursery plants, hand-crafted items and jewelry, fresh-popped Kettle Corn and grilled food plates.

Contact: (909) 869-0701