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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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, 

And now... on to this week's update!
Quote of The Week
I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Carmageddon on Foothill Boulevard Begins this Week!  Please Plan Accordingly, as Roadway Improvements for Foothill Boulevard Started on June 26, 2017!!!

After several delays that were primarily being driven by the difficulty associated with procuring enough asphalt, we are excited to share with everyone that upgrades to Foothill Boulevard began on Monday, June 26, 2017!  This next week, the work that will be performed includes repairing the asphalt sections of Foothill Boulevard located at the western and eastern ends of the City, and as we move forward into the first week of July 2017, the City will begin upgrading the striping along the entire length of the street.

We wanted to let everyone know that we have coordinated with our contractors to ensure that the work on Foothill Boulevard is performed as expeditiously as possible.  However, please note… during the work on Foothill Boulevard, please expect travel delays and parking restrictions.  If at all possible, please plan your trip accordingly and avoid Foothill Boulevard when possible!

The schedule of roadway improvements for Foothill Boulevard during the next week is outlined below, and we will be sure to keep everyone up to date should there be changes as the work progresses!

Asphalt Grinding / Cold Mill: June 26 & 27, 2017 for sure, and possibly June 28, 2017 if needed

o Work will begin at west end of Foothill Boulevard, and our construction crews will work from the outside lanes to the inside lanes (keeping one lane of traffic in each direction at all times).
o After the asphalt grinding is complete, all locations will receive temporary striping to maintain traffic flow and control.

Paving: June 29 & 30, 2017

o Paving will commence on June 29, 2017, and should be completed by June 30, 2017.
o After paving, tabs / markings will be installed to guide roadway traffic.

Striping: Beginning July 5, 2017

o In order to allow the new asphalt enough time to cure so as not to damage any striping, complete restriping work on Foothill Boulevard will not being until July 5, 2017.
o When striping commences, the entire length of Foothill Boulevard will be restriped.

Also, please note that when road work is taking place between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., parking will not be allowed on Foothill Boulevard on the following streets:

No parking on Foothill Boulevard from 5th Avenue to Mayflower Avenue

No parking on Foothill Boulevard from Shamrock Avenue to Mountain Avenue

Again, please note that during construction, one traffic lane will remain open in both directions at all times. However, please expect delays on Foothill Boulevard when the construction work is underway, and we would ask that everyone please drive safely through the construction area while work is in progress. If you have any questions regarding this particular matter, please feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575, shoot us an email at monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us, or visit Monrovia Renewal online for additional updates and news! 

Foothill Blvd Construction Notice 6-2017[1]




Scoping Meeting Recap for Richman Development’s Proposed Apartment Complex Project on Duarte Road / Magnolia Avenue, Positive Feedback Received Regarding the Planned Development

Last week, a scoping meeting was held as a preliminary public introduction for a proposed 296-unit apartment complex located at 225 West Duarte Road.  As you may recall, the City has been working with the Richman Group on the proposed development project, which is situated on a +/- 3.5-acre site just south of the Monrovia Gold Line Station, on the parcels highlighted below.

Richman Group project


There was a really good turnout for the scoping meeting, with around 3-4 dozen people in attendance to hear more about the proposed initiative.  Participants were able to see project renderings and hear from the Richman Group, as company representatives discussed their intentions for the planned apartment complex.  In addition, those in attendance were able to meet the project architect and environmental review team.  

During the discussion, representatives from the Richman Group shared that their total costs for developing the project are expected to be north of $110 million, and that if everything goes well, the project timeline would allow for their development to be entitled this calendar year, with construction set to begin in late 2018 / early 2019.  As a reminder, the overall project proposes to construct a residential building that would be 5-stories tall at its highest point, and would also incorporate a 7-story parking structure.  

The overwhelming consensus about the project from those in attendance was positive, and we received many comments from individuals excited to see the Station Square area continue to develop as our master plan for the area envisioned.  In addition, other key comments we heard at the meeting include:

• Develop access to the Gold Line Station from south of the tracks.
• Continue to work on refining the design of the building.
• Ensure we take parking related issue into account as part of our assessment.
• Review the size / massing of the project to consider impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.

We also wanted to share with everyone one of the project renderings for the proposed Richman Group apartment complex, which was presented on display boards for the event participants.  

Richman Group project rendering 2

During the next few weeks, staff will be working with the Richman Group to review all of the feedback received during the scoping meeting, and we will be incorporating the feedback received into our review of the overall project.  In the interim, if you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to let me know!  



Metro Will be Charging Everyone to Park in the Gold Line Parking Structure at Station Square, the $3 / Day Fee Will Begin Being Assessed on June 26, 2017

During the past week, City staff had an opportunity to connect with our contacts at Metro to discuss the parking fees that they plan on implementing for anyone parking in the Gold Line Parking Structure.  During our discussions with Metro staff, we shared with them that we have been receiving negative feedback regarding their decision.

Metro representatives informed us that at this point in time, the new parking fees will be going into place effective June 26, 2017.  The fee will be $3 / day, or $59 / month, and they will instituting the fee at the Azusa, Irwindale, and Monrovia parking structures.  

Metro further shared with the City that the parking fees were established at the busiest parking facilities along the Gold Line extension, and that in their experience, when the fees are instituted, they see parking demand drop to a point where the parking structures are able to retain around 10% of the spaces are available for use.  Also, the Metro team shared with us that free parking will remain intact at many parking lots on the Gold Line system, including the Sierra Madre Villa Station, Arcadia Station and Duarte Station.

Representatives from Metro also informed the City that people will have several different ways in which to pay the fee.  First, Metro will be installing automated pay systems at the Monrovia Gold Line parking structure, and we were told that riders can pay using either a valid TAP card, or with cash and / or credit cards.  In addition, Metro reps told us that they also developed a smartphone app through which transit riders can pay the parking fee (Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/park-metro/id1227765815?mt=8 // Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.passportparking.mobile.lametro).  

If you have questions about this matter, Metro has asked that individuals visit their website at www.metro.net/parking.  Also, please feel free to let me know you have any other questions that the City might be able to address regarding this topic moving forward.


Metro paid parking




 4th Of July is Only 7 Days Away!!!!!!!  So Get Ready For Monrovia’s Signature 4th Of July Concert and Fireworks Show!!!

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the City’s renowned 4th of July Concert and Fireworks Show is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Library Park (321 South Myrtle Avenue).  Live Entertainment for the evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a performance by Night Owl.  Following the concert, a free 20 minute Fireworks Show will begin at 9:00 p.m.  

Spectators may reserve a park space beginning at 6:00 a.m. The space reserved can be a maximum of 10 x 10 feet which must be supervised at all times.  This event was made possible by sponsorships from Samuelson & Fetter, Monrovia Old Town Merchants, Wendy’s Hamburgers, Diane Balsamo of Prime Lending, Larry Davis of Prime Lending, and the Sierra Family of Dealerships.  While at the event this year, the City will be once again encouraging all spectators to participate in the Patriotic Canopy Decorating Contest, where the most festive canopies will win prizes!  We look forward to celebrating our Independence Day in the Star Spangled City of Monrovia with you!

For additional information, please contact the Monrovia Public Services Department at (626) 256-8246.

4th of July



 4th Of July Street Closure / Parking Update For Old Town!

As part of our 4th of July celebration, the City will closing off several streets in Old Town in order to provide safe viewing opportunities for our residents and visitors during the fireworks show.  Attached to this email, you will find a Street Closure and No Parking Notification that the City distributed to all Old Town businesses this past week.  In the notice, we highlight that on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, parking will be restricted on the following streets:

No Parking From 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.:

o Palm Avenue from Myrtle Avenue to Primrose Avenue
o Lime Avenue from Myrtle Avenue to Primrose Avenue

In addition, the following streets in Old Town will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017:

Streets Closed From 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

o Myrtle Avenue from Foothill Boulevard to Lemon Avenue
o East Palm Avenue from 128 East Palm Avenue to Myrtle Avenue
o West Palm Avenue from Myrtle Avenue to Primrose Avenue
o East Lime Avenue from 108 East Lime Avenue to Myrtle Avenue
o West Lime Avenue from Myrtle Avenue to Primrose Avenue

Streets Closed From 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

o Primrose Avenue from Palm Avenue to Lime Avenue

Also of note, the attached no parking / street closure flyer also includes a map outlining public parking areas that will be open during for the 4th of July.  If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please do not hesitate to call the Public Services Division at (626) 256-8225!

  4th of July Street Closure Notice

4th of July Street Closure Map



4th Of July Grass Roots Fundraiser Effort

In an effort to show support for the City’s annual Firework Show, Monrovia resident Cleve Crudgington designed a program that will provide Monrovians with an avenue through which to show their support for the special event!

Mr. Crudgington presented his idea at a Community Services Commission meeting, and based on the assessment, the Commission directed that staff work with Mr. Crudgington to develop the program details.  Based on that direction, a program has been established which will allow residents and visitors to make a donation to help support the Firework Show.  In return, all donors will receive a special sticker that reads, “I support Monrovia’s Firework Show.”  Incidentally, the sticker (pictured below) was designed by Mr. Crudgington, and he also had the stickers produced at no cost to the City!

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To implement the program, staff will be visiting with those that participate in the 4th of July community event on the day of the fireworks show, and will through a grass roots initiative, look to “pass the hat” for those that want to contribute… and for those that want a special sticker!

The City would like to thank Mr. Crudgington for his support of our programs and for the donation of the stickers.  And for everyone who joins in the fireworks fun on July 4, 2017, in Library Park… make sure you look for City staff who will be looking for donations and handing out stickers throughout the event!



Monrovia Renewal Phase 1 Dedication Celebration Took Place Last Week to Celebrate the Completion of a Ton of Work Renewing Monrovia’s Infrastructure!

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Monrovia residents and community stakeholders joined the City Council to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Monrovia Renewal infrastructure improvement initiative!  Over the past ten months, the City has invested over $9.4 million dollars to enhance and renew our water, sewer, sidewalk, and street infrastructure.  More specifically, the City has been able to complete the following project in the Southwest and Southeast section of Monrovia Renewal:

Monrovia Water Infrastructure Repairs:
o 2,105 feet of damaged water pipeline replaced
o 131 customer water service lines replaced
o 5 fire hydrant connections added or replaced

Monrovia Sewer Infrastructure Repairs:
o 101,000 linear feet of sewer pipeline cleaned and videoed to identify need repairs
o 568 feet of damaged sewer pipeline replaced
o 32 segments of sewer pipeline repaired 
o 6,621 feet of lining and 148 seals added to sewer pipelines to extend their life

Monrovia Street Infrastructure Repairs:
o 44 streets segments fully reconstructed with a brand new street
o 17 streets segments rehabilitated by removing and replacing the top layer
o 35 streets segments treated with Cape Seal 
o 8 streets segments treated with a Slurry Seal, adding a new top coat to preserve the street

Monrovia Sidewalk Infrastructure Repairs:
o 250,000 square feet of sidewalk repaired or replaced

We wanted to thank our residents and the entire community for your patience as we completed the infrastructure repairs these past months.  Construction can be messy and inconvenient, and we appreciate so much the community support and understanding as we worked to implement the Phase 1 improvements associated with Monrovia Renewal. 

Moving ahead, please watch for updates related to the beginning of Phase 2 in the Northwest and South sections of Monrovia later this calendar year!  Also, please let me know if you have any questions regarding this matter!



Our Very Own City Council Member Larry Spicer Named Veteran Of The Year By Assemblymember Holden!

We are so pleased to be able to share that Monrovia’s very own Council Member Larry Spicer was named Veteran of the Year by Assembly Member Chris Holden!  For those that may not be aware, Mr. Spicer is a US Army veteran who served our country from 1973 to 1994.  He first joined the U.S Army in August of 1973 after graduating from Monrovia High School.  After Basic Training and Advance Individual Training (Logistics) at Ford Ord, California, Mr. Spicer was assigned to duty stations at Fort Lewis (Washington), Fort Carson (Colorado), Fort Sill (Oklahoma), Korea, and Germany.  

Also of note, while in the US Army, Mr. Spicer continued his education by taking courses on leadership development, logistics management, accounting, and procurement.  He retired in 1994 after twenty-one years of dedicated service to his country, and while having achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. 

Congratulations to Mr. Spicer on this well-deserved honor!

 Veteran of the Year Larry Spicer



Canyon Park Entrance Trail Repairs Completed!!!

If you have not been up to Canyon Park lately, now is the time to go!  The new entrance trail and paved road make the overall Canyon Park experience even safer and more enjoyable!  The improvements were funded in part through a grant from the LA County Regional Parks and Open Space District, and utilizing those funds, the City has built a new multi-use trail along Canyon Park Boulevard with a rolled curb and enhanced erosion control features.  In addition, the adjacent section of the road has been slurry sealed ensuring its sustainability for many years to come.  


 Canyon Park Trail Repairs Complete 2

Canyon Park Trail Repairs Complete 1

The Public Services Department is currently working on plans to dedicate the new trail and thank the grant funders and community stakeholders.  More information about the celebration will follow shortly, and in the meantime, we hope that everyone enjoys the new improvements!!!



Ruth Caroline Washburn Bailey Celebrates Her 100th Birthday At The Monrovia Community Center!

Last week, the seniors at the Monrovia Community Center hosted an incredibly special event!  Both the Tuesday and Wednesday Senior Clubs had the honor of celebrating Ruth Bailey’s 100th Birthday with cake, treats, and a special themed tea party!  

What is even cooler about Ms. Bailey’s story is that she has been a Monrovia resident for… 100 years!  In fact, she was born right here in the community at the Monrovia Hospital. 

During her time in Monrovia, Ms. Bailey has stayed active and involved in the community.  Aside from being a member of both Senior Clubs, she has also been the President of Junior Woman’s Club, President of Foothill Community Concert Association, and President of PTA at Mayflower Elementary School, Santa Fe Middle School, and Clifton Middle School.  She has been awarded the Distinguished Woman Award from Monrovia Junior Chamber of Commerce, received the first Service to Youth Award from Santa Anita Family YMCA, and has won prizes for her cake decorating at the Monrovia Days Festival.  She also loves to travel and has been to 21 countries, and has also visited 49 states in the US.  Interestingly, she hasn’t visited Minnesota yet! 

We are so honored to have had the chance to celebrate with Ms. Bailey, and I know that everyone in Monrovia wishes her a very Happy 100th Birthday!!!

Ruth Bailey



Canyon Park and Hillside Wilderness Preserve Volunteer Appreciation and Summer Picnic Kick-Off Event Held This Past Week, Bonny Hidas Selected to Receive The Golden Pincone Award For Outstanding Service and Contributions to Canyon Park!

Canyon Park and Hillside Wilderness Preserve Volunteers welcomed the summer season with their annual Summer Kick-Off Picnic.  The Volunteers spent the afternoon catching up with old friends and recognizing one another for another year of a job well done, and as the attached photos illustrate, a GREAT time was had by all!

Of particular note, each year, the Volunteers select one individual to receive the Golden Pinecone Award for outstanding service and contributions to Canyon Park.  This year, the volunteers recognized Bonny Hidas as their Award Recipient.  For the past few years, Bonny has been a tremendous help with the interpretive tours by leading and educating students during their visit to Canyon Park.  Bonny demonstrates tremendous environmental stewardship and is a wonderful part of the Canyon Park team.  She truly captures the essence of being humble, hungry, loyal, and smart, and on behalf of the entire City, we congratulate Bonny and all the volunteers who continue to make Canyon Park and Hillside Wildness Preserve one of the true gems in our City!

 Canyon Park Volunteers



Monrovia Police Department Awarded a James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing, All Department Staff Issued a Commemorative Ribbon Bar In Recognition Of This Accomplishment

As everyone may recall, on April 10, 2017, the Monrovia Police Department was awarded the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing.  The award recognizes California law enforcement agencies that have successfully institutionalized the Community Policing philosophy, and each year, only three agencies across the entire State are recognized for their community policing efforts.

In light of that recent award, the Monrovia Police Department has issued a commemorative award ribbon for all police department employees working on or before April 10, 2017.  The commemorative ribbon bar can be worn by Monrovia Police Department employees on their Class A uniforms, and was distributed to thank and recognize all of our police staff who do a tremendous job embracing the concept of community policing in Monrovia.  

The Monrovia Police Department received the James Q. Wilson award for our Achieving Community Trust (or “ACT”) Program.  The ACT Program – which was developed in recognition of the fact that police use-of-force incidents across our country were eroding the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve – has been recognized as an innovative way to enhance community trust in law enforcement, and was developed in cooperation and coordination with community members who shared with us reasons why they lacked trust in the police.  From those discussion, we developed a three-pronged strategy that involved listening to disaffected communities, educating our youth about safe interactions with law enforcement, and instituting cutting-edge and innovative police officer training programs.  Monrovia’s ACT Program was also previously recognized when we were awarded a $200,000 grant from the State to further implement the initiative.

The James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing is one of the most prestigious awards that can bestowed to any law enforcement agency in California, and is sponsored by the Regional Community Policing Institute –  California (RCPI-CA), and sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General – State of California, and the American Military University.  

Community Policing Award PD 1Community Policing Award PD 2



Monrovia Police Sergeant Dan Verna Graduates from The Post Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute

We wanted to share with everyone that on Friday, June 16, 2017, Monrovia Police Sergeant Dan Verna graduated from the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.  The Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) is a program designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making in California law enforcement front-line supervisors.  


 Daniel Verna POST Graduation



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

Recently, 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. – 6:30 p.m. every Friday, followed by dinner and activities from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 Teen Scene



Map-Ed Quarterly Meeting Set to Take Place On Saturday, July 1, 2017!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the next MAP-ed Quarterly Meeting will take place on Saturday, July 1, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Monrovia Library Community Room (321 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia).  The meeting will provide a focused discussion on residential fires, and participants will have a chance to discuss how we can reduce fire danger with a few easy fixes!  We hope that you will join us for this special session, and for any additional information about this event, please contact the City at (626) 932-5563.



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 at www.brownpapertickets.com.  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, With The First Tour Scheduled To Take Place On June 24, 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!!! 

• Tour #2 – 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. 

• Tour #3 – 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. 

• Tour #4 – 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.

Monrovia Historical Society Driving Tours



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: 

• Summer Reading is Here!
Don’t let summer slide get you, keep your brain healthy by reading or listening to books all summer long. The Monrovia Public Library has tons of great books and audiobooks to keep you happy so drop by and sign up for Summer Reading. For every 7 days you read, you get fun, FREE stuff including books, water bottles, STEAM projects, and so much more! Sign up at cityofmonrovia.beanstack.org or drop by the library.

• 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
Wednesdays, June 28 & July 26, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

• Monday Movie Nights 
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 the Monrovia Public Library's webpage to guess our movie title from the provided clue.
Community Room
Mondays, June 12-July 31, 6:00 p.m.
No movie on July 3. 

• Create Crew  
Design, create, and explore this summer with the Create Crew. Each week discover a new challenge and a new opportunity to learn and have fun! All ages.
Storytime Room
Tuesdays, June 13-July 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 

• Coding Game Design with Google Cs First
Press start and learn to code with Google CS First. Using Scratch, participants will create different types of games using block-based coding in this eight part series. Register online at cityofmonrovia.org/library. For ages 9-14.
Storytime Room
Fridays, June 16-July 28, & August 4, 2:00–3:00 pm 

• Barks & Books
Read to a furry friend. This reading enrichment program offers kids the opportunity to boost their reading confidence in a relaxed environment. Sessions are 10 minutes and space is limited. Register online at monroviapubliclibrary.org.
Storytime Room
Mondays June 19 & July 17, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
• Kids Kitchen
Are you a kid exhibiting culinary curiosity? Do your taste-buds demand tantalizing delights? Then let’s get creative with kid centric cooking sessions focused on simple treats. Bring your taste buds!
Storytime Room
Thursdays, June 22 & July 20, 3:30-4:30 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, 3:45-4:30 p.m. 

• Station Square Takeover
Who says playful shenanigans are best reserved for recess or summer camp? Join the Monrovia Library’s rowdy librarians at Station Square for active games like catch, hide-and-seek, chalk art, and cool refreshments. Children and teens welcome.
Station Square Park
Thursday, June 22 & 29, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

• Teen Disney Sing Along
Come in cosplay to sing along to your favorite Disney songs!
Community Room
Thursday, June 29, 7:00–9:00 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! 

 Wine Walk



Sign Up Today For Monrovia Renewal Infrastructure Improvement Project Updates

Monrovia 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 Monrovia Renewal Project Updates and Work Notices” tab, and following the instructions to subscribe!  An email sign-up instruction guide has been included as an attachment for your reference..
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!  

Monrovia Renewal map

Monrovia Renewal FAQ's



Interesting Story Of The Week – New Study Says That Time Does Not Mend A Broken Heart!

Our interesting story of the week comes to us from The Telegraph, which reports that a team of medical researchers from the University of Aberdeen have found that “broken heart syndrome” can leave permanent physical scars on the heart!  To find out more about this study, which sheds new light on why Juliet simply could not live after Romeo died, click on the link below!




Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period June 19 – 21, 2017, has been included for your review and reference.  During the past seven-day period, the Police Department handled 418 service events resulting in 72 investigations.

A copy of the report can be accessed at the following webpage: 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,