Category Archives: West Covina

DUI Driver Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison

Staff Reports

West Covina, CA – A 20-year-old man pleaded no contest Tuesday to driving under the influence in connection with a crash in West Covina that killed one of his passengers and injured another.

Andrew James Gomez of La Puente was immediately sentenced to 4 1/2 years in state prison following his plea to one felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury.

Gomez was under the influence of nitrous oxide when he crashed his car into a pole in the 1000 block of South Lark Ellen Avenue in the early morning hours of April 29, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Jesse Jaco, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second passenger was injured.

Gomez was arrested that morning by West Covina police and has remained behind bars since then, according to jail records.

June 2016 SGV News

2016-06-SGVNews-COVERSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: 2016-06-SGVNews-WEB

May 2016 SGV News

2016-05-SGVNews-COVERSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: 2016-05-SGVNews-WEB

March 2016 SGV News

March 2016 SGV NewsSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: March 2016 SGV Newspaper

Woman Arrested for Abandoning Baby in WC Sandwich Shop

Photo Courtesy of the West Covina Police Department. Mary Grace Trinidad’s mug shot from a drug arrest in January 2016

Photo Courtesy of the West Covina Police Department. Mary Grace Trinidad’s mug shot from a drug arrest in January 2016

Staff Reports

West Covina – On Feb. 16 at 8:34 a.m., a woman was arrested for abandoning her baby in a West Covina Subway sandwich shop’s bathroom after giving birth.

The West Covina Police Department stated that a 9-1-1 call was received on Feb. 16 regarding a baby who was found in the restroom of the Subway Restaurant located at 2540 S. Azusa Avenue. “The caller also stated that a woman who had just exited that restroom was seen bleeding as she headed toward the front doors,” according West Covina Police Department Public Information Officer Rudy Lopez.

“Employees from the restaurant heard a baby crying as they entered the restroom. An umbilical cord was seen hanging out from the toilet and the newborn baby boy was found partially submerged in the toilet water,” said Lopez.

The baby was treated and transported to the Neonatal Unit of Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina and is currently in stable condition.

West Covina Police Officers said they were able to find a blood trail that led them to the suspect in an alleyway behind the Pep Boys Auto located at 1540 E. Amar Road. Mary Grace Trinidad, 38, of West Covina was arrested immediately.

“Due to the suspect’s medical state, she was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Following her release, she will be booked for Attempted Murder and Child Abandonment. Bail will be set at $2 million dollars. The suspect also had a $30,000.00 narcotics related warrant outstanding for her arrest,” said Lopez.

The recording of the 9-1-1 call and a Subway security surveillance video has also been released.

After this incident, Supervisor Don Knabe issued a release reminding the community that the Safe Surrender program gives the opportunity for mothers to legally leave their baby with an employee at any hospital or fire station at any time, no questions asked. This provides a “safe, secure and anonymous way to get her child into safe hands–at any fire station or hospital, any time, in any county in California–and to protect a baby from abandonment: No shame, No blame, and No names,” said Knabe.

“Though 142 lives have been saved by the Safe Surrender program, this near-tragedy shows we still have a lot more work to do to spread the word,” said Knabe.

 

West Covina Appoints New City Manager

Chris Freeland

Photo Courtesy: City of West Covina
Chris Freeland

By Natalie Kim

West Covina – On Sept 15, West Covina appointed Chris Freeland to the position of city manager, filling the void left by his predecessor Chris Chung. Freeland was born in West Covina, but moved to La Verne and attended Damien High School.

To complete the 100-hour requisite for graduation, Freeland worked with La Verne’s City Manager Marty Lomeli. It was during this time of service that Freeland was introduced to, and subsequently fell in love with, city government.

To pursue this goal, Freeland majored in Civil Engineering and Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona, and later earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Cal State Long Beach. In February 2001, Freeland returned to West Covina and worked in various city departments and held numerous titles, from Parks and Recreation to labor negotiation, before finally being appointed to his current position of City Manager.

September & October 2015 SGV News

2015-09AND10-SGVNewsSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: Sept. & Oct. 2015 SGV Newspaper

August 2015 SGV News

2015-08-SGVNews-COVERSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: August 2015 SGV Newspaper

The Law Offices Of Dominic Chacon

Dominic Chacon

Dominic Chacon

Staff Reports

West Covina – More often than not, people run into some sort of legal problems in their lifetime.  Sometimes it’s hard to know who to turn to; you need the assurance that you’re getting the right advice.  The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon are here to help.

Chacon graduated from Southwest University School of Law in 2003, and has been practicing ever since.  When he decided to start his own law firm, Chacon opted not to specialize in any one particular area of law.

“It’s a general law practice. We wanted to appeal to a broad range of people,” said Chacon. “We wanted to be a one-stop shop.”

Chacon wants to provide assistance with all facets of the law, from business legalities to divorce and everything in between; he didn’t want to limit his ability to help someone.

“We want to be able to help with all of life’s legal problems,” he said. “By opening a general practice, we are able to establish and maintain quality and familiarity.”

The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon specialize in Family and Immigration Law, Corporation Formation, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation.  They also work with clients on an individual basis, which makes it more personalized and more affordable.

Chacon feels that the diligence, energy and responsiveness of his office are not only their best assets, but they are essential to his company and the relationships with his clients.

“When you walk out of our office, you are definitely informed about your situation, or the direction your suit will go,” Chacon said. “We can’t predict everything, of course, but we use the words ‘I don’t know’ effectively. And what we don’t know, we find out.”

For whatever legal situation you might find yourself in, put your mind at ease and contact the Law Offices of Dominic Chacon.  They are located at 2341 S. Azusa Avenue, West Covina, CA 91792, and can be reached at (626) 839-8852, via email at ldominicchacon@yahoo.com, or visit www.ldominicchaconlaw.com.  Open 24 hours, call now for a free consultation.

4th Of July In West Covina

Ready, Set, Fireworks!

 

Staff Reports

West Covina – Looking for some family fun this 4th of July?  The City of West Covina and the West Covina Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) invite you to join them for a day filled with festivities!

Bring your whole family and friends out on Sat., July 4, for a fun-filled day beginning with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., at Hurst Ranch, for only $5.00 per person (includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee).

Then from 3 to 11 p.m., head on over to Edgewood Middle/High School for carnival rides, entertainment, food, and games. The band, Cold Duck, will have the crowd dancing to classic rock favorites from 6 to 9 p.m.

Finally, end your night with a firework spectacular that is sure to cap off your whole day.  The fireworks show is sponsored by the City of West Covina and Athens Services, and will begin at 9 p.m.

The entrance fee for the carnival and fireworks show is $1.00 per person, beginning at 3 p.m. Please note that a hand stamp will be given this year in lieu of wrist bands, so plan accordingly.

As a friendly reminder, no alcohol is allowed and bags are subject to search.  The school grounds will be secured prior to 3 p.m., so any personal belongings placed on the event grounds beforehand will be removed by the Police Department.

“City staff has planned a great day for the whole family and I hope everyone is able to come and celebrate our country’s Independence Day at Edgewood School,” said Mayor Fredrick Sykes.

For any additional information please contact the Community Services Department at (626) 939-8489.

Hurst Ranch is located at 1227 S. Orange Avenue, West Covina.

Edgewood Middle/High School is located at 1625 W. Durness Street, West Covina.

Free Dental Cancer Screenings

By Tamika Bonner

West Covina – A-Z Dental Care is using the award-winning, advanced technology of VELscope VX in the office as a part of overall dental care. The handheld device is used to detect several oral infections including viral, fungal, bacterial, cancer, and tumors. The device also detects papillomas, which is linked to HPV (human papilloma virus).

Over 45,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and one person dies every hour of the day throughout the entire year. Major risk factors for oral cancer have been linked to smoking and tobacco, but the fastest growing segment of oral cancer is in young, non-smoking individuals in connection with HPV.

“The high danger comes from the fact that oral cancer is typically painless in its early stages, and goes unnoticed until the disease is advanced and has spread to another part of the body,” says Dr. Dara Gashparova, DDS, of A-Z Dental Care. “The good news is that your dentist or physician can, in many cases, see or feel the tissue changes or the actual cancer while it is very small.”

A-Z Dental Care is offering free oral cancer screenings May 4 – 8, in recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness month. The screening will be conducted using VELscope VX. The procedure is painless, and results will be given in a matter of minutes. Screenings can be made by appointment at (626) 966-8408.

 

A-Z Dental Care, which opened recently in 2014, specializes in providing advanced technology and knowledge paired with the best quality dental care in a calming atmosphere. The office offers digital x-rays, intra-oral camera, soft tissue lasers, Diagnodent, and Invisalign. The office will also offer CEREC technology, which is an innovative CAD/CAM technology that creates porcelain crowns in one office visit. Dental services include all-porcelain crowns, dental implants, night guards, and snoring/sleep apnea aids. A-Z Dental Care is conveniently at 628 N. Azusa Avenue in the city of West Covina. It is in close proximity to the cities of Covina, Baldwin Park, La Puente, Irwindale, Azusa, and San Dimas.  For more information, visit http://atozdentalcare.com/.

West Covina Accepting Applications For Council Vacancy

Photo Courtesy:  Google Images

Photo Courtesy: Google Images

Staff Reports

West Covina – The West Covina City Council will be accepting applications to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Councilman Steve Herfert.  The appointee will fill Herfert’s unexpired term through Nov. 3, 2015.

Any West Covina resident may submit an application.  Applicants must be 18 years of age and a registered voter at the time of appointment.  All applications must include signature, address, and contact information for the individual.

Applications may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website at www.westcovina.org.  Applications must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than Mon., Apr. 20, at 5:30 p.m.  The City Clerk’s Office is located at 1444 W. Garvey Avenue, Room 317.

The City Council will consider all applications and select an appointee at the Apr. 21 Council meeting.

The Law Offices Of Dominic Chacon

Staff Reports

The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon are located at 2341 S. Azusa Avenue, in West Covina.  They can be reached at (626) 839-8852, or visit www.ldominicchaconlaw.com.

The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon are located at 2341 S. Azusa Avenue, in West Covina. They can be reached at (626) 839-8852, or visit http://www.ldominicchaconlaw.com.

West Covina – More often than not, people run into some sort of legal problems in their lifetime.  Sometimes it’s hard to know who to turn to; you need the assurance that you’re getting the right advice.  The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon are here to help.

Chacon graduated from Southwest University School of Law in 2003, and has been practicing ever since.  When he decided to start his own law firm, Chacon opted not to specialize in any one particular area of law.

“It’s a general law practice. We wanted to appeal to a broad range of people,” said Chacon. “We wanted to be a one-stop shop.”

Chacon wants to provide assistance with all facets of the law, from business legalities to divorce and everything in between; he didn’t want to limit his ability to help someone.

“We want to be able to help with all of life’s legal problems,” he said. “By opening a general practice, we are able to establish and maintain quality and familiarity.”

The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon specialize in Family and Immigration Law, Corporation Formation, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation.  They also work with clients on an individual basis, which makes it more personalized and more affordable.

Chacon feels that the diligence, energy and responsiveness of his office are not only their best assets, but they are essential to his company and the relationships with his clients.

“When you walk out of our office, you are definitely informed about your situation, or the direction your suit will go,” Chacon said. “We can’t predict everything, of course, but we use the words ‘I don’t know’ effectively. And what we don’t know, we find out.”

Whatever legal situation you might find yourself in, put your mind at ease and contact the Law Offices of Dominic Chacon.  They are located at 2341 S. Azusa Avenue, West Covina, CA 91792, and can be reached at (626) 839-8852, via email at ldominicchacon@yahoo.com, or visit www.ldominicchaconlaw.com.  Open 24 hours, call now for a free consultation.  And see their ad on page 9 of this publication.

 

 

West Covina To Host Special Olympics

Staff Reports

Image Courtesy:  La2015.org

Image Courtesy: La2015.org

West Covina – On Tues., Mar. 10, the City of West Covina announced today they will host the entire Special Olympics Delegation (which includes athletes and coaches) from Nippon (Japan) as part of the Special Olympics World Games Host Town program. Before the World Games begin on July 25, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to communities throughout Southern California. Special Olympics Nippon (Japan) will spend July 21-24 in and around West Covina as they become acclimated to the time zone and weather, participate in activities prepared by West Covina volunteers, and enjoy American cuisine.

The Host Town program in West Covina is collaboration between the City of West Covina and numerous business and non-profit groups. Special thanks to Fairfield Inn & Suites West Covina for donating the hotel rooms for our visitors; Knights of Columbus #3851 (Father McGuire Council) and Plaza West Covina, owned and operated by Starwood, for their generous financial contributions; and West Covina Service Groups for helping donate meals and serve as the volunteers for Team Japan’s visit. Together they will welcome the Special Olympics athletes and coaches and provide them food, housing and entertainment.

“The Host Town program gives each community an opportunity to showcase to the world what makes them special, but more importantly to provide citizens with a better understanding of intellectual disabilities that will lead to acceptance and inclusion for all,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of LA2015. “Long after the World Games are over, the memories of those three days spent at Host Town will leave a lasting legacy for Special Olympics Southern California and everyone who was touched by our athletes. We are thankful to all participating Host Towns and their tireless volunteers for opening their doors – and their hearts – to our athletes and coaches.”

“Serving as a Host Town for the Special Olympics World Games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community and I am proud of the outpouring of support from our businesses and non-profit organizations. It is wonderful to see our community come out so strong for this wonderful event,” said Mayor Fredrick Sykes. “Over the course of the next several weeks, West Covina will be finalizing the activities for residents to come and show their support for Special Olympics Nippon before they compete in the World Games. I hope you come out and be part of history in West Covina,” McClenahan continued.

To learn more about how you can get involved with the West Covina Host Town program, please visit the City of West Covina’s website, www.westcovina.org, and www.LA2015.org/Host-Town/West-Covina.

The Host Town program has been an important element of the Special Olympics World Games since 1995, and the experience has left a lasting impression on the local communities in Ireland, Japan, China, Greece, South Korea and the United States, all of which have previously organized Host Town programs as part of the Special Olympics World Games.

About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015:  With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 – Aug. 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

West Covina City Manager Separation Announcement

Staff Reports

West Covina – The City of West Covina City Council and Mr. Christopher J. Chung, City Manager, have reached an agreement for Mr. Chung to separate from the City of West Covina.

“The City of West Covina City Council has decided to go in a different direction. I am proud of the progress and accomplishments that I have achieved for the City these past years. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the City of West Covina over the past 16 years, and I wish to thank all the hard-working and talented City employees who have dedicated their lives to make West Covina the great City it is today and will further be in the future. West Covina will always be in my heart,” stated Chung.

Chung’s last day will be on Jan. 5, 2015.

“We wish Mr. Chung the best in his future endeavors,” stated Mayor Fred Sykes, “and we intend to continue to move the City forward in a positive direction.”

The Council will be looking for an interim City Manager, until a permanent City Manager can be recruited. This change will not affect the day to day operations of the City and the basic city services will continue.

 

 

Local Sheriff’s Chaplain Completes Clergy Academy

By R.G. Reyes

Pastor Reyes

Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Scroggin and Department Chaplain Fred Krause of Compton flank Pastor R.G. Reyes as he receives certification in the 2014 Clergy Academy. (Photo Courtesy: R.G. Reyes)

West Covina – Pastor R.G. Reyes from New Life Ministries in West Covina – who is the local Sheriff’s Chaplain assigned to the Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station – recently completed the first 2014 Clergy Academy, held at the Lakewood Station.22 local church leaders participated in this seven-session academy. The mission of the Clergy Council is to assist and support the community in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and to intercede with spiritual guidance in crisis situations.

The Council aspires to improve community issues and concerns by raising the level of communication between the Sheriff’s Department, and the citizens of the community and surrounding areas.

If you would like more information about the Sheriff’s Chaplain Program or the Clergy Council Academy, contact Pastor R.G. Reyes at (818) 429-3575, or via email at rgreyes53@gmail.com.

West Covina Freeway Construction Underway

STAFF REPORTS

 

west-covina-freeway-construction-carpool-lanes

Just over four miles of carpool lanes are being built on the I-10 freeway. (Photo Courtesy: California Department of Transportation)

SGV – The Interstate 10 Freeway always seems to be jam-packed, and one area in particular will see more congestion before it gets better…but it will hopefully be worth the wait.

Construction of a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lane, as well as the widening of bridges and ramp realignments along the I-10 in both directions between Puente Avenue and Citrus Street in the areas of West Covina and Baldwin Park, is now underway. This roadway carries a substantial amount of traffic, and the anticipated 4.1 miles of carpool lane is designed to add more capacity and improve traffic flow.

According to the California Department of Transportation, this is the second of three projects that will ultimately provide one continuous HOV lane from downtown Los Angeles to San Bernardino County.

This $193 million project will not only increase capacity, but will also help to reduce congestion by encouraging carpooling, thereby reducing energy consumption and helping to improve air quality. Sound walls will also be constructed to help mitigate traffic noise at various locations, which will help improve the quality of life for residents currently affected.

Construction, which began in June, is currently active near West Covina Parkway and Azusa Avenue. This project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2019. Visit http://www.dot.ca.gov for updates of any roadway closures during construction.

 

San Gabriel Valley: Community Events

STAFF REPORTS

UPCOMING EVENTS:

event-calendar-imageFree ESL and Citizenship Classes

When: Monday through Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m.; or Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: 2100 Lerona Avenue, Rowland Heights

Details: Rowland Adult & Community Education is now offering free English as a Second Language and Citizenship courses to adult students this summer due to a grant received from the Majestic Reality Foundation in the City of Industry.

Contact: Call (626) 965-5975, or visit http://race.rowland.k12.ca.us.

 

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Summer Kids’ Day Camp

When: Monday, Now 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.

 

West Covina Summer Concert Series

When: Thursday evenings, now through August 7; 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: West Covina Civic Center, 1444 W. Garvey Avenue

Details: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes and enjoy this summer entertainment:

  • Jul 24: Sgt. Pepper
  • Jul 31: Cold Duck
  • Aug 7: Mariachi Divas
  • Aug 16: Food Truck Frenzy and Concert

Contact: Community Services Department, (626) 939-8489.

 

Diamond Bar Concert/Movie Series

When: Wednesday evenings through August 13; 6:30 p.m.

Where: Sycamore Canyon Park, 22930 Golden Springs Drive

Details: Free admission and free parking

  • Jul 23: The Answer (Classic Rock); The Great and Powerful Oz.
  • Jul 30: Box Car 7 (Blues, R&B); Free Birds.
  • Aug 06: Cold Ducks (70s Tribute); The Lego Movie.
  • Aug 13: Little Lies Band (Fleetwood Mac Tribute); Despicable Me 2

Contact: www.ci.diamond-bar.ca.us

 

21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival

When: Saturday, July 26

Where: Oxnard, CA (busses depart from Park-N-Ride, 20983 La Puente Road (at Gartel Drive).

Details: For $20 per person you can enjoy salsa, food, music and dance. Lunch is on your own at the festival. All ages are welcome.

Contact: For registration and additional information, call Walnut Community Services Department, (909) 598-5605.

 

Reduced Cost Vaccination Clinic

When: Tuesday, July 29, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Chino Community Building, 5443 B Street, Chino

Details: The Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA will hold a reduced fee vaccination and licensing clinic for pets. Dogs: Rabies/$6; DHPP/$15; Bordetella/$15. Cats: Rabies/$10; FVRCP/$18.

Contact: (909) 706-4601

 

Chino Youth Museum Family-Friendly Programs

When: Now through August 2014

Where: 13191 Sixth Street, Downtown Chino; Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nominal fees.

Details: There are some amazing events taking place this summer, from art projects and entertainment, to edible art creations and Kids Night Out. Enjoy special activities like You & Me Time, Beat the Heat cool activities, and special day Museum Birthday Parties.

Contact: (909) 334-3270 to find out more about the summer-fun schedule.

 

Wheel Food Fest

When: August 1, September 5, October 3 (1st Friday of the month); 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Walnut Valley Unified School District, 880 S. Lemon Avenue, in Walnut.

Details: The Walnut Valley Educational Foundation is sponsoring a family fun night with a variety of gourmet food trucks. This is a delicious way to support your students, schools and community. There are no entry fees, and there is plenty of free parking. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy! Food trucks may include: The Slummin’ Gourmet, Macho Nacho, Rolling Sushi, Cup Cakery, Crepes Bonaparte, White Rabbit, and Dos Chinos. Please leave your pets at home, and do not bring alcohol, outside food or drinks.

 

Chino Relay for Life

When: Sat., Aug. 2, 9 a.m. through Sunday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m.

Where: Ayala Park, 14201 Central Ave, Chino

Details: 24-hour event that helps to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Run, Walk, Sponsor!

Contact: Kristine Travis, at kritravi1978@yahoo.com

 

Youth Citizens Police Academy Class VIII

When: Monday – Thursday, Aug. 11-21; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Chino Police Department, 5450 Walnut Avenue

Details: High school teens, 14-18 years of age, who live or attend school in the City of Chino, can get an inside look at all the functions of their local law enforcement agency. Participants will get hands-on experience with SWAT, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, K-9, CSI, Narcotics, Traffic and much more!

Contact: Olivia Le Van, (909) 334-3087, or olevan@chinopd.org for applications.

 

Hollywood Bowl Fireworks Finale featuring the Simpsons!

When: Saturday, Sept. 13

Where: Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA (busses depart from Park-N-Ride, 20983 La Puente Road (at Gartel Drive).

Details: Journey from the animated Springfield Bowl to the Hollywood Bowl for this unprecedented event as the famous orchestra accompanies your favorite scenes from the Simpsons on the big screen. Seats are located in Section F2, Rows 5, 6, and 7. The fee is $55 per person, appropriate for all ages.

Contact: For registration and additional information, call Walnut Community Services Department, (909) 598-5605.

 

WEEKLY EVENTS:

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 the.walnut.library@mac.com.

 

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 BasicallyBOOKS@aol.com 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 http://www.healingcirclecommunityacupuncture.com

 

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

San Gabriel Valley: Community Events

STAFF REPORTS

 

event-calendar-imageUPCOMING EVENTS:

Free ESL and Citizenship Classes

When: Monday through Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m.; or Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: 2100 Lerona Avenue, Rowland Heights

Details: Rowland Adult & Community Education is now offering free English as a Second Language and Citizenship courses to adult students this summer due to a grant received from the Majestic Reality Foundation in the City of Industry.

Contact: Call (626) 965-5975, or visit http://race.rowland.k12.ca.us.

 

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Summer Kids’ Day Camp

When: Monday, Now 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.

 

West Covina Summer Concert Series

When: Thursday evenings, now through August 7; 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: West Covina Civic Center, 1444 W. Garvey Avenue

Details: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes and enjoy this summer entertainment:

  • Jul 17: Bumptown
  • Jul 24: Sgt. Pepper
  • Jul 31: Cold Duck
  • Aug 7: Mariachi Divas
  • Aug 16: Food Truck Frenzy and Concert

Contact: Community Services Department, (626) 939-8489.

 

Diamond Bar Concert/Movie Series

When: Wednesday evenings through August 13; 6:30 p.m.

Where: Sycamore Canyon Park, 22930 Golden Springs Drive

Details: Free admission and free parking

  • Jul 16: Retro Soul (Dance); Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
  • Jul 23: The Answer (Classic Rock); The Great and Powerful Oz.
  • Jul 30: Box Car 7 (Blues, R&B); Free Birds.
  • Aug 06: Cold Ducks (70s Tribute); The Lego Movie.
  • Aug 13: Little Lies Band (Fleetwood Mac Tribute); Despicable Me 2

Contact: www.ci.diamond-bar.ca.us

 

21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival

When: Saturday, July 26

Where: Oxnard, CA (busses depart from Park-N-Ride, 20983 La Puente Road (at Gartel Drive).

Details: For $20 per person you can enjoy salsa, food, music and dance. Lunch is on your own at the festival. All ages are welcome.

Contact: For registration and additional information, call Walnut Community Services Department, (909) 598-5605.

 

Reduced Cost Vaccination Clinic

When: Tuesday, July 29, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Chino Community Building, 5443 B Street, Chino

Details: The Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA will hold a reduced fee vaccination and licensing clinic for pets. Dogs: Rabies/$6; DHPP/$15; Bordetella/$15. Cats: Rabies/$10; FVRCP/$18.

Contact: (909) 706-4601

 

Chino Youth Museum Family-Friendly Programs

When: Now through August 2014

Where: 13191 Sixth Street, Downtown Chino; Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nominal fees.

Details: There are some amazing events taking place this summer, from art projects and entertainment, to edible art creations and Kids Night Out. Enjoy special activities like You & Me Time, Beat the Heat cool activities, and special day Museum Birthday Parties.

Contact: (909) 334-3270 to find out more about the summer-fun schedule.

 

Chino Relay for Life

When: Sat., Aug. 2, 9 a.m. through Sunday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m.

Where: Ayala Park, 14201 Central Ave, Chino

Details: 24-hour event that helps to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Run, Walk, Sponsor!

Contact: Kristine Travis, at kritravi1978@yahoo.com

 

Youth Citizens Police Academy Class VIII

When: Monday – Thursday, Aug. 11-21; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Chino Police Department, 5450 Walnut Avenue

Details: High school teens, 14-18 years of age, who live or attend school in the City of Chino, can get an inside look at all the functions of their local law enforcement agency. Participants will get hands-on experience with SWAT, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, K-9, CSI, Narcotics, Traffic and much more!

Contact: Olivia Le Van, (909) 334-3087, or olevan@chinopd.org for applications.

 

Hollywood Bowl Fireworks Finale featuring the Simpsons!

When: Saturday, Sept. 13

Where: Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA (busses depart from Park-N-Ride, 20983 La Puente Road (at Gartel Drive).

Details: Journey from the animated Springfield Bowl to the Hollywood Bowl for this unprecedented event as the famous orchestra accompanies your favorite scenes from the Simpsons on the big screen. Seats are located in Section F2, Rows 5, 6, and 7. The fee is $55 per person, appropriate for all ages.

Contact: For registration and additional information, call Walnut Community Services Department, (909) 598-5605.

 

WEEKLY EVENTS:

 

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 the.walnut.library@mac.com.

 

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 BasicallyBOOKS@aol.com 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 http://www.healingcirclecommunityacupuncture.com

 

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

 

Walnut/West Covina: More Summer Magic

BY K.P. SANDER

 

Walnut/West Covina – It seems like every city has concerts or movies in the park nowadays, and Walnut and West Covina are no exception. In fact, this is a great form of entertainment, and with blankets and picnic baskets laid out to enjoy, and friends and family nearby, it is almost akin to a time gone by.

 

This year, the City of Walnut will entertain at Creekside Park, located at 780 Creekside Drive. On Tuesday evenings from 6 to 10:30 p.m., you and yours can enjoy some great music, followed by a family movie. If that weren’t enough, admission is FREE!

 

July 08: Stone Soul (Motown); Frozen

July 15: Young Guns (80s Tribute); Oz, the Great and Powerful

July 22: Cold Duck (Top 40); Enchanted

July 29: Alley Cats (the ‘Filharmonic’ – Acapella); Hook

Aug 05: The Answer (Class Rock); Little Giants

 

The City of West Covina’s summer program is in conjunction with the West Covina Firefighters Association. This year the City of West Covina will be introducing its very own West Covina Idol competition before each exciting movie. If you or someone you know has a talent and would like to compete in the West Covina Idol, please contact Christina Warren, Community Services Coordinator at (626) 939-8858.

 

This six week Movies in the Park series takes place every Tuesday night from June 24 through July 29, at the Civic Center Courtyard, 1444 W. Garvey Avenue. Show times are from 8 to 10 p.m., with the West Covina Idol competition beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, with refreshments available for purchase.

 

June 24: Despicable Me 2

July 01: Frozen

July 08: The Lego Movie

July 15: The Smurfs 2

July 22: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

July 29: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory