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City Manager's Update: July 11, 2017

Post Date:07/11/2017 9:41 AM

Hello everyone!

In an effort to provide an update of important news and notes from this last week, the following report has been prepared.  As always, please feel free to let me know if you have a question about any of the items contained in this update – I can be reached via email at ochi@ci.monrovia.ca.us!

And of course… all the best to you and yours as we continue through this week!

Best regards,

Oliver


And now... on to this week's update!

Quote of the Week

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.

-Anne Sullivan


Monrovia’s 4th of July Celebration was a Hit!

In true Monrovia fashion, the community came together to celebrate our Independence Day with fellowship, music, and a spectacular firework show!  Our 4th of July event in Old Town was truly memorable and amazing, and the event could not have been possible without the generous support from our sponsors.  We are so thankful for their generosity and community support, and want to recognize and thank them:

  • Samuelson and Fetter
  • Monrovia Old Town Merchants
  • Wendy’s Hamburger
  • Sierra Family of Dealerships
  • Diane Balsamo and Larry Davis from Prime Lending

Also, as you may recall, Cleve Crudgington this year developed a grass roots campaign to help support our fireworks show by donating stickers for distribution in coordination with a “pass the hat” fundraising event.  His concept (and his stickers) were a hit, and the fundraiser raised $496.54!

Many thanks once again to our sponsors, to Mr. Crudgington, and to our entire community for ensuring that we had an Independence Day celebration fit for the Gem City of the Foothills!


Monrovia Day at the LA County Fair is set to Take Place on September 13, 2017!

During the past few months, staff has been working with representatives from the LA County Fair to coordinate a special Monrovia Day celebration at the annual event!  Based on our progress to date, we are happy to be able to share that Monrovia Day at the LA County Fair has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 13, 2017!

There will be several special events occurring at the LA County Fair that day, including the following:

  • All Monrovia residents will receive discounted admission tickets to the LA County Fair on September 13, 2017.  The special priced tickets will cost only $8.00 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 for Monrovians (regular admission price is $14).  
  • A parade will take place at the LA County Fair at 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2017, that will feature Monrovia representatives, including the City Council and our Community Hero.

During the next few weeks, the City will begin promoting Monrovia Day at the LA County Fair in greater detail.  However, we wanted to share with all Monrovians the admissions discount coupon (see below) which provides all residents with access to the LA County Fair on September 13, 2017, for only $8! 

Monrovia Day at the Fair


Foothill Unity Center’s Annual Back to School Drive is Underway

The first day of school can be stressful for students and parents alike, and not having resources available to provide basic back-to-school needs can add to that stress and may have a lasting impact on a student’s self-confidence and their readiness to learn.  So in true Monrovia fashion, the locally based Foothill Unity Center is asking for the community to help provide our local students with a strong start to the school year by assisting with the Back to School Supplies Drive!

You can participate and support this terrific program by purchasing items from the Supplies Needed list below, and then dropping the purchased items off at Collection Box locations here in town.  Collection Boxes can be found in Monrovia at the following locations:

  • 3M Unitek Corporation
    • 2724 Peck Road
  • Amada Miyachi America, Inc
    • 1820 South Myrtle Avenue
  • First Baptist Church of Monrovia-Arcadia
    • 223 South Encinitas Avenue
  • Foothill Unity Center, Inc.
    • 415 West Chestnut Avenue
  • Harris Corporation
    • 1400 South Shamrock Avenue
  • Monrovia Community Center
    • 119 West Palm Avenue
  • Monrovian Restaurant
    • 534 South Myrtle  
  • Monrovia Police  
    • 140 East Lime Avenue
  • Rotary Club
    • 534 South Myrtle Avenue
  • Santa Anita Family YMCA
    • 501 South Mountain Avenue
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church
    • 1948 Peck Road
  • Sierra Auto Cars
    • 1305 South Mountain Avenue
  • Southern California Edison
    • 1440 South California Street
  • Wonder Dog Ranch
    • 220 Taylor Street
  • World Vision
    • 800 West Chestnut Avenue

All of the collected supplies will be distributed to pre-registered students of qualified low-income families at the Foothill Unity Center’s annual Back to School Event in August 2017 at the Santa Anita Park Race Track.

One other note… in addition to donations, the Foothill Unity Center is looking for volunteers to assist with the event.  To volunteer, request additional information, or to make a monetary donation, please visit the Foothill Unity Center website.

Back to School Drive


Need a Passport?  On Saturday?  Well Then… The Monrovia Community Center is the Place for you!!!

Do you need a passport or need to renew your expired one?  Then head on over to the Community Center and one of our friendly Passport Agents can assist you!

However, due to high demand, appointments are generally available 4-6 weeks out from the time you make your initial call.  Given this demand, the City has coordinated to expand our hours of passport services operation, and beginning now, we will be providing passport processing services on Saturday!

To get your new passport, call one of our Passport Agents at the Community Center today at (626) 932-5598.  Appointments are available during the following hours:

 DAY  START TIME  LAST APPOINTMENT 
 Monday 7:30 a.m.  4:00 p.m.  
 Tuesday 7:30 a.m.   4:00 p.m.  
 Wednesday 7:30 a.m.   4:00 p.m. 
 Thursday 7:30 a.m.  4:00 p.m. 
 Friday 10 a.m.   4:00 p.m.  
 Saturday  8:30 a.m.   2:30 p.m. 

Also, for additional information, please visit the City’s website where you can find helpful tips and also download the passport application.  The website address is available at: City of Monrovia - Passport Service


Road Work on Foothill is Wrapping up and will be Completed During the Next two Weeks!!!

Well… we survived #MonroviaCarmageddonOnFoothill, and all of the identified paving work on Foothill Boulevard in Monrovia has been completed!  We’re in the home stretch now for improvements on that main arterial, as staff is now coordinating with our contractors to finish and finalize new striping along the entire length of the street.

Toward the latter part of this past week, you may have noticed City construction crews removing the existing striping on Foothill Boulevard this past week, and as we move ahead into this next week, our contractors will be installing the first coat of paint on the street.  Then, after a curing period, our contractors will return during the week of July 17, 2017, to place the second coat of paint down on the street to finish out the project completely.

And please know how thankful we are that the entire community has been so patient with us here at the City as we have completed these important infrastructure repairs!


Please Excuse our Mess as we Renovate Julian Fisher Park, Construction set to Begin July 17, 2017!!!

We just wanted to pass along a quick note to let everyone know that renovations at Julian Fisher Park are scheduled to begin in mid-July, and the park will be closed beginning July 17, 2017.  Construction crews will be busy installing new lighting, renovating the basketball courts, and installing our first ever Portland Loo public restroom.  Construction is expected to continue through the Fall 2017, and during construction, visitors are encouraged to use the basketball courts at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center Gym and the playground / picnic space at Recreation Park.  If you should have any questions, please feel free to call the Public Services Department at (626) 256-8246.


Monrovia Firefighters Respond as Part of a Strike Team to Assist With the Santa Maria Brush Fire

This past weekend, Monrovia firefighters were dispatched with other local fire response professionals to assist with addressing a fast-moving brush fire in Santa Maria.  The fire, which has been dubbed the Alamo Fire, has grown to around 24,000 acres as of this evening, and Cal Fire reports that the fire is 15% contained.  One structure has already been destroyed, and 133 other structures are threatened.

From Monrovia, Captain Morton, Engineer Buccola, and Firefighter/Paramedics Jansen and Edgely were dispatched.  Our four staff members are joining over 1,660 other firefighters working together to battle the blaze.  As information about this situation develops, we will also be sure to keep everyone updated, and given the size and travel distance of the blaze, our team from Monrovia will likely be gone for around a week or more. 


The Nigerian Fire Service Visits Monrovia!

Nigerian FireThis past week, Monrovia firefighters played host to three members of the Nigerian Fire Service.  The group traveled to Monrovia to witness live demonstrations of our two propane (LPG) burn rooms in the Fire Training Tower.  After the tour, the representatives from Nigeria continued their journey to the visit the burn room manufacturer in Corona, CA.  It appears that Nigeria is trying to improve fire service training and is looking to install facilities similar to the one we have in Monrovia at their fire academies.  

The team that visited us from Nigeria included Controller (Fire Chief) Anebi Joseph G., who reports directly to the President of Nigeria.  In addition, Director of Academies Callistus Kanny, and fire training facility contractor Kenny Oguintoybi, were also part of the delegation.  Everyone was very appreciative of the hospitality shown by the Monrovia Fire Department, and they could not seem to take enough pictures and video of the training tower, burn props, fire station and fire engines!


LA County Division of the League of California Cities Offers Continued Support for AB 1180 (Holden) as Amended, Which, if Approved, Would Allow the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to Levy Taxes For Stormwater Programs

Last week, AB 1180 (Holden), which was sponsored by the League’s Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities to address zinc oxide contaminants in stormwater and urban runoff, was amended by the author.  The amended version of bill now seeks to change the Los Angeles County Flood Control Act to allow the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to levy a voter-approved tax for stormwater projects and programs to increase local water supplies and help achieve compliance with the Clean Water Act.

After a review of AB 1180, we wanted to share with everyone that the Executive Board of the LA County Division of the League of California Cities voted to continue to support AB 1180, as amended.  View a copy of the letter of support, and staff will continue to monitor the development of the proposed measure in the coming months. 


Flooding Occurred… Again… at Historic Museum Last Friday Evening!

We wanted to let everyone know that this past Friday evening, we experienced another flooding event at the Historic Museum.  The situation caused flooding to occur in the basement, and adding to the complexity of the night, there was a wedding occurring at the Historic Museum when we discovered the flooding situation!  Fortunately for our community and all involved, the expertise and professionalism exhibited by our Public Services Department staff minimized impacts for the wedding and for the facility.  Many thanks to Esau Ramos, Steve Hardman, Tobi Scrugham, Stephen Zampiello, Evan Nuckles, Sean Sullivan, and Tina Cherry for responding to the incident with such precision!

Our team continued the response effort into this weekend, as staff was on hand to work through the clean-up effort with City contractors.  We also deployed de-humidifiers in the basement in an effort to help with the drying out process.  Given the progress that we made, the situation has stabilized, however, more work remains as we move ahead in order to fully resolve the leak situation and conduct the needed repairs at the site.  As this work unfolds, we will be certain to keep everyone apprised of our progress!


Canyon Park Rentals are Available for Those Looking to Host Their Next Outdoor Event, Contact the City’s Community Center for Additional Information!

Looking to rent a space outdoors?  Then make sure you consider Canyon Park to see if our venue is right for you!  Reservations for Canyon Park’s Cabin and Fireman’s Flat Picnic Area will now be handled at the Community Center.

Please contact, Rebecca Sandoval at (626) 256-8232 or email rsandoval@ci.monrovia.ca.us for availability, pricing information, or to schedule a facility tour.  Facility reservations are booked one year in advance!  Also, additional information can be found online at: City of Monrovia - Facility Directory


Precision Concrete Cutting will be Back in Town in the Northwest Section of Town!!!

This next week, the City’s sidewalk maintenance contractor, Precision Concrete Cutting, will be back in town working in the Northwest section of Monrovia.  As you may recall, the northwest section is boarder by Myrtle Avenue to the east, the City border to the west, Colorado Boulevard to the south, and Hillcrest Avenue to the north.

During the past year, the City has been working with Precision Concrete Cutting to assess the City’s entire sidewalk system – about 125 miles of sidewalk!  With their assistance, the City has developed a sidewalk master plan that reports on the condition of all our sidewalks, and based on that data, we have created a program to address every sidewalk issue in town.  Some damaged sections of sidewalk will need to be removed and replaced, whereas other sections can be repaired using Precision Concrete Cutting’s patented sidewalk cutting technology to remove sidewalk lifts up to 2 inches in height and address cracks and other imperfections.  This technique has minimal impact and results in a cost savings of up to 84% over replacing the whole panel!

Also of note… Precision Concrete Cutting has already completed more than 7,000 sidewalk repairs in the Southwest and Southeast Sections (area between Colorado Boulevard and the I-210 Freeway) of Monrovia Renewal over the past year!  Teams are now working in the Northwest Section of Monrovia Renewal - the area west of Myrtle Avenue between Colorado and Hillcrest Boulevards - to reduce trip hazards and other sidewalk issues.

Please note that there are no roadway impacts while these repairs are taking place, as Precision Concrete Cutting uses a mobile cart on the sidewalk area itself.  Cones will be placed in the work area, and pedestrians should use caution when moving through the area and cross to the other side of the street or take an alternate route where possible.  As this work unfolds, if you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575.


MOPHG President Jim Wigton Drinks... Fresh Cow Blood?!?!?!?!?

Many in the community know that Jim Wigton currently serves as the President of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOHPG), and that he lives in the “Best” House here in Monrovia.  What many may not know about Jim Wigton is that he sometimes drinks… fresh cow blood?

As the pictures below prove, Jim Wigton is so much more than someone who cares about Monrovia… he is in fact a true adventurer!  On a recent trip to Africa, Jim took the plunge and participated in a native tribal practice of drinking fresh cow blood!  We thought that everyone would enjoy this little factoid about one of our local residents!

And if you’re interested in learning more about MOHPG, please visit them online at Monrovia Historic Preservation Group .

Jim Wigton


Pasadena Humane Society set to Host a Low-Cost Animal Wellness Clinic at Library Park on August 26, 2017, 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Just a quick note to let everyone know… if you need some pet wellness support, the Pasadena Humane Society is set to host a low-cost wellness clinic in Monrovia!  The special event will take place on August 26, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Library Park (321 South Myrtle Avenue) in Monrovia!  Please see the flyer below for additional information!

PHS Animal Vaccines


Assemblymember Chris Holden Hosting a Community Reception for Attorney General Xavier Becerra on July 13, 2017, at Pasadena City Hall

We wanted to share with everyone that Assemblymember Chris Holden, in collaboration with the City of Pasadena, is hosting a community event with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Pasadena City Hall at 100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Xavier Becerra was sworn in as California's attorney general on January 2017.  He succeeded Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2016, and will serve the final two years of Harris' term.  Becerra served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993 and won his 13th consecutive term in November. While in Congress, Attorney General Becerra was the first Latino to serve as a member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means, served as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and was Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. Becerra stepped down from Congress to assume the office of state Attorney General.

At the event, Assemblymember Holden will offer his remarks along with Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek.


The Musical Summer in Monrovia Continues, With 18 More Free Summer Concerts in the Park!

The City is so pleased to be able to announce the launch of the 2017 Summer Concert Series!  And it is going to be a tremendous summer of music in Monrovia, as we have coordinated a total of 20 free concerts for everyone to enjoy!  The music began on July 8, 2017, and the program will run through August 27, 2017, so be sure to bring the entire family to enjoy the musical summer that Monrovia has in store for you!

To help you plan out your concert going experiences, we have scheduled to have musical evenings every Saturday, Sunday, and select Wednesday evenings.  The concerts all begin at 7:00 p.m. and will run through 8:30 p.m., with the Sunday concerts taking place at Library Park (321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia), and the Saturday & Wednesday concerts taking place at the Station Square Amphitheatre (1601 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia).

Additional summer concert series details are outlined below for your review and consideration:

Saturday Concerts
Location: Station Square Amphitheater (1601 South Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dates / Performances:

  • July 15 - The Nolan Shaheed Quintet, Jazz
  • July 22 - The Impulse Band, Top 40
  • July 29 - Tribute to Disney, Disney Music
  • August 5 - Irie Earth Band, Steel Drum
  • August 12 - Night Owl Big Band Orchestra, Big Band
  • August 19 - Central, Top  
  • August 26 - Latin Nation, Latin

Sunday Concerts
Location: Library Park, Rotary Bandshell (321 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dates / Performances:

  • July 16 - Upstream, Reggae
  • July 23 -Stone Soul, Motown
  • July 30 - The Answer, Classic Rock
  • August 6 -Arnie Newman Band, Country
  • August 13 -The Nolan Shaheed Quintet, Jazz
  • August 20 - Mariachi Divas, Mariachi
  • August 27 - Cold Duck, Old School Funk

Wednesday Concerts (In Partnership with the Levitt Pavilion)
Location: Station Square Amphitheater (1601 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dates / Performances:

  • July 12 - Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Jazz/Blues
  • July 19 - Babylon Social Club, Jazz/Blues
  • July 26 - Jerry Vivino, Jazz/Blues
  • August 2 - Box Car 7, Jazz/Blues

We can’t wait for you to join us during our Monrovia’s summer of music, and if you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact the Public Services Department at (626) 256-8246.


It’s not Just Music That the City Will be Offering This Summer… We’re Hosting Saturday Movie Nights too!  Finding Dory Set to Premier Next Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 8:00 P.M., at Rotary Park!

In addition to the summer of music, the City has also coordinated to offer everyone a chance to take in a movie in the park this summer too!  Make sure you bring a chair, a snack, and a friend, and enjoy an evening of movie-based fun in the great outdoors with your great Monrovia neighbors!  We’ll be hosting movie watching events that feature Finding Dory, Zootopia, and Moana, pursuant to the schedule below!

Finding Dory

  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m.
  • Rotary Park, 401 S. California Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016

Zootopia

  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m.
  • Station Square Park (1601 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016)

Moana

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m.
  • Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue (340 N. Grand Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016)

We hope you can join us for these movie events!  And if you have any questions, please call Ariel Tolefree-Williams at (626) 932-5563 or send her email at atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Summer Movies 2017


Who Needs Netflix When you can Rent DVDs for Free at the Monrovia Public Library?!?!?! Come on by the Monrovia Public Library (MPL) Today to get Your #MPLFREEMOVIESANDCHILL

We wanted to let everyone know that the Monrovia Public Library is now offering free (that’s right… FREE) DVD rentals!  If you haven’t been to the Monrovia Public Library in a while, this could be the perfect opportunity to reconnect with us!  Because in addition to checking out some free DVDs to catch up on all the latest movies and TV shows, the Monrovia Public Library also offers premier programing, educational events, and plus… we have some of the absolute best and nicest librarians around!  So be sure to come on by when you have the chance!  If you have any questions, please contact us at (626) 256-8274, or visit the Monrovia Public Library online.


In Addition to Movies… Make Sure you Pick up a Book at the Monrovia Library too, Because now you can Participate in our Summer Reading Program That was Designed Just for you!

In an effort to help everyone fight the “summer slide” and to provide an avenue to keep our brains healthy, the Monrovia Public Library is facilitating the 2017 Summer Reading Program!  The program is for all ages – from babies, to children, to teens, to adults!  And we have fun events and prizes for all participants!  The program will run through July 29, 2017, so make sure you sign-up today!

For more information, call us at (626) 256-8274, or view the Summer Reading program online!

Summer Reading


Friday Night Teen Scene Summer Youth Program Continues Every Friday Night Through August 4, 2017

Teen SceneRecently, the City kicked off the 2017 Friday Night Teen Scene summer youth program in Library Park, which will run for an eight-week period every Friday night through August 4, 2017.

The Friday Night Teen Scene was developed to provide interested students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills by helping to set-up and supervise dinner and evening activities for the youth at Library Park on Friday evenings during the summer. The student leadership component of the program runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Friday, followed by dinner and activities from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


The King and I Set to be Presented at the Taylor Performing Arts Center Beginning July 13, 2017!

Get your tickets today!  The Taylor Performing Arts Center is proud to present Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, The King and I, which will be opening July 13, 2017, for 5 performances only!  The final showing will be held on July 16, 2017.

Tickets are available right now online.  If you have any questions, please call (626) 471-2032, or go online at www.LKTaylorperformingarts.com!

The King and I


Monrovia Historical Society Narrated Tours are Back, the Next Tour is Scheduled to Take Place on July 22, 2017!

Back by popular demand, the Monrovia Historical Society has worked to reestablish the narrated tours of historic sites in Monrovia!  As part of the program, participants will be able to hear our City Historian as he gives 14 lucky people a narrated tour outlining historical locations in Monrovia, all while riding in an air-conditioned van!  Those who participate will be entertained, enlightened, and gain a new sense of how Monrovia became the ‘Gem’ it is today!

Each tour only has room for 14 people, so make sure you sign-up today!!!

  • July 22, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Northeast Quarter of Monrovia

“The Keefer Oak Grove & Ocean View Subdivisions” – grand estates of early residents, the story of fruit orchards and T.B. sanitariums, the Maryknoll Sisters Community, Canyon Park’s beginnings, Hansel & Gretel cottage on Norembega, the Encinitas Historic District.

  • August 26, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Southeast Quarter of Monrovia

Historic homes of Wild Rose Historic Districts, the old Monrovia airport, the old Monrovia Plunge, old Route 66, origins of Live Oak cemetery, the story of Bradbury and West Duarte, Fig – a neighborhood rich in stories. Shiloh AME Zion, Second Baptist and Immaculate Conception Churches, Huntington Elementary School, the Municipal Auto Park, the Jones Family., John Isaac Wesley Fisher – blacksmith and ferrier.

  • September 23, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Southwest Quarter of Monrovia

The ‘Spence Addition’, modest cottages of Monrovia’s working class, the site that became Monrovia High School, Mayflower Village (‘Cowtown’) and nearby dairy, the historic train depot, Monroe School – site of Monrovia’s first public school (Orange Ave.), “Highway Square” – early planned development Ca 1908). Monrovia’s ‘panhandle’ and water well.

Tickets are $50 per person per tour, or $40 for Monrovia Historical Society members.  All proceeds will go to the Monrovia Historical Society to help us preserve and share our City’s history.

To buy your tickets, or for more information, please contact the Monrovia Historical Society at (626) 256-3423, or email at monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com.

Historical Society Driving Tours Flyer


The Fun Continues at the Monrovia Library!

The Monrovia Public Library has way more to offer than just books!  As a central hub of activity to help connect those in our community, the City Library operation provides a rich offering of special events and activities that we hope you will come check out!  Upcoming activities and events at the Library include:

  • Monday Movie Nights Continue Through July 31
    Sponsored by the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library
    Bring the whole family, your pillow and favorite stuffed friend to watch a movie. Popcorn served at each showing. Call the library for movie titles or see our online calendar at monroviapubliclibrary.org to guess our movie title from the provided clue.
    Community Room, Mondays, June 12-July 31, 6:00 p.m.
  • Create Crew
    Tuesday, July 11 is the last chance of the summer to create, design and learn at Create Crew. All ages are welcome.
    Storytime Room, Tuesdays, July 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Imagination Station
    For ages 4 years-2nd grade. Using toys, props and creative arts, participants can be transported to another world through imaginative play. Join us for fun activities like: Post Office, Emergency!, Store/Restaurant, Mask Play and City.
    Storytime Room, Wednesdays, June 21-July 19 from 3:45-4:30 p.m.
  • Escape Room
    Oh no!  You’ve fallen asleep studying and now you are locked in the Library!  Work in teams to find clues, solve puzzles and find a way out.  Are you up for the challenge?
    Community Room, Thursday, July 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Cuentos De Tecolote
    Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingues
    In this bilingual version of Night Owl Storytime, we’ll read books and sing songs in English and Spanish.
    Storytime Room, Wednesday, July 26, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
  • Adult Workshops
    Keeping Your Balance Workshop Series
    Join Kim Pasamonte a certified Balance and Mobility Specialist in this hands-on series. Learn skills and tips essential to an improved sense of balance and fall prevention.
    Library Community Room, Wednesdays, July 12, 19, 26 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please come on out to the Library to experience all that we have to offer, and if you have any questions, please contact us at (626) 256-8274!


Save The Date – Monrovia’s First Wine Walk Event Scheduled to Take Place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, in Old Town!

We wanted to let everyone know that Monrovia’s very first Wine Walk event is scheduled to take place on August 26, 2107, in Old Town!  Developed by the City in partnership with the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, the Wine Walk event is intended to encourage customers to visit all businesses in Old Town, and especially our retail and service related businesses.

Wine Walk participants will be invited to stroll through Old Town, enter businesses, and sample a variety of wine, while simultaneously exploring each business and its offerings.  There will also be acoustic entertainment playing on each block of Old Town to enhance a festive atmosphere during the event.

Additional information regarding the event will be developed and distributed in the coming months, for now, however, we wanted to encourage everyone to hold the date for an event where participants will be able to… Sip, Shop, Support…Monrovia’s Wine Walk! 

Monrovia Wine Walk 2017


Sign Up Today for Monrovia Renewal Infrastructure Improvement Project Updates

Monrovia Renewal LogoMonrovia Renewal has started construction!  As you may recall, Monrovia Renewal is a multi-year initiative that will make priority repairs to the all of the City’s water & sewer pipelines, water facilities, streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters.  The initial work related to Monrovia Renewal has begun in the Southwest and Southeast portions of town, which includes the areas located to the eastern and western City limits located between Colorado Boulevard to the north and the 210 Freeway to the south.

In order to stay connected to everything related to Monrovia Renewal, we would encourage everyone to visit Monrovia Renewal online.  While at the site, you can sign-up for e-mail updates by clicking on the blue subscribe button.

Monrovia Renewal is the largest public works project that the City has ever undertaken, and we appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute the identified infrastructure improvements throughout our community! 


Interesting Story Of The Week – 4th Of July Ironman Celebration In Hermosa Beach Results In Projectile Vomit Onto A Reporter!!!!

Our interesting story of the week comes to us from Total Pro Sports, which shared a newscast from the KTLA5 morning news.  In one segment, reporter Wendy Burch had an up close and personal experience with the Hermosa Beach 4th of July “Ironman” competition!  To find out more about this event, please click on the link below!

Reporter Covering Beer-Chugging Ironman Gets Puked On, Writes a Hilarious Open Letter About It


Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period July 3-5, 2017, has been included for your review and reference.  During the past seven-day period, the Police Department handled 469 service events resulting in 69 investigations.

A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Neighborhood Watch Report


That’s it for this update, thanks so much for taking the time to read this report and I do hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

Best regards,

Oliver