New principals named in Rowland Heights

The Rowland Unified School District has announced the new principals at Killian, La Seda, Jellick and Villacorta Elementary Schools.

The Board of Education selected Jason Gass for Killian, Liz Leon for La Seda, John Staumont for Jellick and John Martinez for Villacorta.

Jason Gass is currently the Vice Principal at Hollingworth Elementary in West Covina, also in the district. He has previously served as vice principal in the Riverside and Alvord districts. He has especially strong technology skills.

Liz Leon has been the vice principal at Northam Elementary in La Puente, also in the district. She has also been a vice principal in the Hayward District in Northern California. She brings expertise in English learners programs to the position.

John Staumont is currently director of Student Assessment for the district. Prior to this, he spent seven years as principal of Riverdale Elementary in Garden Grove.
He is known for his technology and data expertise, as well as his exceptional leadership skills.

John Martinez is currently vice principal at Villacorta so this new position keeps him at the school. He had previous experience at Rowland Elementary as well.
His bilingual skills and instructional expertise have already strengthened programs and communication with parents.

Teens enjoy movie day at Rowland Heights Library

Teens can enjoy a movie day at the Rowland Heights Library on Thursday, May 28, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Fresh popcorn will be served.

A video game day will be held 3 p.m. Friday, May 29, in the community room. Teens can enjoy an afternoon of “Guitar Hero,” “Rock Band” and “DDR.” Free snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Rowland Heights Library.

The library is at 1850 Nogales St. For information, call Adrian Romero at (626) 912-5348.

Hacienda Heights travel club visits Descanso Gardens

The Good Time Travel Club at the Steinmetz Senior Center will visit Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge on Thursday, June 4.

The cost is $12 for members and $17 for nonmembers. This covers transportation and a tour, but participants must provide their own lunch.
The bus departs at 9 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Moderate walking is required.

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

Teens hula in Hacienda Heights

Join “Dancing Tehani” and explore the culture, history and legends of Hula Kahiko, an ancient form of hula from Hawaii at the Hacienda Heights Library on Saturday, May 30, at 3 p.m.
The library is at 16010 La Monde St. For more information, call Karen Noyes at (626) 968-9356.

Taste of Heights set for May 27 in Rowland Heights

The sixth annual Taste of the Heights will be held Wednesday, May 27, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pathfinder Regional Park, Rowland Heights.

The fun event offers food, wine tasting and live entertainment. It showcases food from many local restaurants such as Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant, Baja Fresh, Stewart Andersons, Macaroni Grill and Friday’s.

The HoDads will perform in concert. A kid’s zone will include food, jumper, arts and crafts.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. This includes a taste from each of the restaurants. Children’s tickets are $3.

For information or tickets, call (626) 333-1369.

La Puente Valley Meals on Wheels seeks help

Help support the Greater La Puente Valley Meals on Wheels program, which delivers two meals per day between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. five days per week to qualified recipients.

The program is funded by donations and is staffed by volunteers with one paid administrator. At this time we are in desperate need of volunteers to deliver meals.

Volunteers may drive one or more days per week and receive a gasoline stipend for each day they drive. We serve an area from the 605 Freeway west to the 110 Freeway, to the border of Whittier and La Habra and east to the border of Pomona.

If you cannot drive we appreciate any donation that you can make. The current state of the economy is resulting in increased demand for our service while funding is shrinking.

The delivery of a warm meal and a cold meal once a day is sometimes the only contact they have with the outside world. Delivering meals is a very rewarding experience. Remember, someday you may need our services.

Our contact phone is (626) 333-4902. Donations may be sent to: Greater La Puente Valley Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 3293, City of Industry, CA 91744.

Vince House
President GLPVMOW
La Puente

Memorial Day Concert at Puente Hills Mall in Rowland Heights

The Puente Hills summer concert series celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

It will offer its first Memorial Day Concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, in the Lower Level Court of the Puente Hills Mall.

The concert honors members of the armed forces who fought for our freedom. A National Moment of Remembrance will be held at 3 p.m.

The festivities include honoring retired Sergeant Parnell Fisher, a veteran of the Vietnam War who earned a Silver Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross. Fisher is the older brother of Martha House, who co-founded the summer concert series with her husband Charles.

Music for the concert will be performed by the Society for the Preservation of Big Bands.

Small flags and cans of Pepsi will be given out at the Customer Service Center while supplies last.

Concertgoers may sign up for a $150 Puente Hills Mall Giveaway.