Soroptimists hold Country Hoedown

Get ready for a good ole country hoedown!

Soroptimist International of Puente Hills will hold its fourth annual Country Hoedown Barbeque fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Industry Hills Expo Center.

The money will be used to support the club’s charity work, including Delhaven Center in La Puente, Soroptimist Village in Norwalk, Project Independence for women and girls in Afghanistan, the Heifer Project in Panama, and much more.

The Country Hoedown is a family event, so break out your cowboy gear. The “watering hole” opens at 2 p.m., with “grub” and festivities at 2:30 p.m.

Students from the Hacienda La Puente Adult School Food Service Program will prepare a barbeque buffet.

Festivities include music, line dancing and a hand and face artist.

The cost is $25 for adults, $12.50 for children 7-12, and free for children 6 and under.

The local Soroptimists come from La Puente, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Walnut, City of Industry, Diamond Bar, and Bassett.

For tickets and information, call President Nancy Clayton at (626) 810-1316 by Feb. 15.

Petting parties at Homestead Museum

The Homestead Museum will host special living history tours this weekend to show the shocking revolution in American manners and morals from the conservative Victorian period to the modern Roaring Twenties.

The free tours take place on Feb. 14 and 15, with tour times each hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Characters from these periods will share stories about social customs, including courtship practices, petting parties, Valentine celebrations, women initiating marriage proposals, and marrying for practical reasons and not love.

The new car culture, racy movies, prohibition and true confession magazines fueled scandalous behavior in those eras.

Call (626) 968-8492 for reservations, or visit

Seniors waltz with valentines in Hacienda Heights

The Steinmetz Senior Center will hold a Valentine’s Dance from 1 to 4 p.m. today.

The free dance includes refreshments, contests, and the music of Pons Lomboy.

Couples married the longest and the shortest will be among the many recognized.

The Steinmetz Senior Center is at 1545 S. Stimson Ave. in Hacienda Heights.
Call (626) 934-7041 for information.

Families receive food in Hacienda Heights


Neighbors helping neighbors. That’s what it’s all about in Hacienda Heights.

New Horizons Caregivers Group and local civic groups banded together to help more than 400 families get through these hard times. The families received $200 worth of food at Palm Elementary School in Hacienda Heights on Jan. 31.

See our complete story in the Hacienda Heights Highlander.

Kiss a pig at Oswalt Academy

Oswalt Academy in Rowland Unified School District is holding a unique fundraiser to help offset budget cuts.

Principal Astrid Ramirez and her staff will raise money for “puckering up with a pig!” For a dollar a vote, students and community members may choose the teacher or staff member they would like to see kiss a live pig.

The Mt. SAC Agriculture Department will provide the pig for a school-wide assembly on Feb. 13. The staff member from each grade level with the most votes will kiss the pig.

To buy tickets, call Oswalt Academy at (626) 810-4109. It is located at 19501 Shadow Oak Drive in Walnut.

Traffic in Rowland Heights

The Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council will discuss traffic concern at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, at the Pathfinder Park Community Center, on the corner of Pathfinder and Fullerton Roads.

The speaker is John Ballas, city engineer for Industry, who will explain the proposed upgrade for the 57/60 freeways.

The meeting will also include reports from the California Highway Patrol and the Sheriff’s Department, as well as presentations by representatives of elected officials, including U.S. Congressman Gary Miller, State Senator Bob Huff, State Assemblyman Curt Hagman, and County Supervisors Don Knabe and Gloria Molina.

President Beth Hojnacke encourages all residents to attend. For further information, visit

Daddy dodgeball at Kwis Elementary


Bring your family to school continues at Kwis Elementary School in Hacienda Heights. One of the main events was the big Daddy Dodgeball event held on the playground yesterday afternoon.

There must have been between 30 and 40 dads duking it out on the basketball court for bragging rights. The play was fast and furious as the fathers dodged balls and tried to know each other out of the competition.

On Tuesday, grandparents were invited to attend the school with their grandchildren. They then enjoyed a lunch with them.

On Freaky Friday, parents will exchange places with their kids for the first hour of school. Good luck to the parents who have to run the mile scheduled for some students.

See our story and video in an upcoming edition of the Hacienda Heights Highlander.

San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber meets in Diamond Bar

The San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber will hold a new members luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Diamond Bar Golf Course, 22751 E. Golden Springs Drive in Diamond Bar.

The keynote speaker is Cynthia J. Kurtz, president and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.

Individual tickets are $35. Sponsorship for a table of 10 is $300.
For information and reservations, call (909) 860-1904. For chamber information, visit

Seniors visit Lawrence Welk Theater

The Good Time Travel Club at the Steinmetz Senior Center will visit the Lawrence Welk Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The group will enjoy a performance starring Wayland Pickard as Liberace.

The bus will leave for Escondido at 9:30 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. The cost of $56 includes transportation, show and lunch. Light walking is involved.

The senior center is at 1545 South Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights. For information, call (626) 934-7041.