Hsi Lai monks celebrate Buddha’ birthday


Monks from the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights play the Dragon Sidewinder game at their temple’s Boy Scout Troop booth during the celebration of Vesak Day, Buddha’s birthday, at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on May 17 in South El Monte. According to Buddhist teachings, the birth, enlightenment and nirvana of the Buddha all fall together on Vesak Day. (Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

Hacienda Heights Library holds book sale

Friends of the Hacienda Heights Library will hold the Spring Book Sale.
It opens to members only from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. Residents may join the Friends of the Hacienda Heights Library for just $5.

The book sale opens to the public on Thursday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The library is at 16010 La Monde St. For more information, call (626) 968-9356.

Soroptimists seek sponsors for teen mom luncheon in Hacienda Heights

Soroptimist International Puente Hills is seeking sponsors for its fifth annual “Tea for You” luncheon on May 28. The club would appreciate the community’s support.

The luncheon benefits Cal SAFE students, that stands for California School Age Families Education. This state program helps pregnant moms, teen moms and teen dads who want to finish their education while learning how to care for their families.

Students from Hacienda La Puente, Rowland, Azusa and Pomona Valley Unified School Districts attend the gala event. This year, it will be held on on Thursday, May 28, at the Industry Hills Expo Center.

Soroptimists seek sponsors for students, tables and scholarships from $25 up. The club is also looking for teen parents who would like to share their stories.

For information, call (626) 945-0194 or (626) 337-8217.

Help Stamp Out Hunger in Rowland and Hacienda Heights

The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service will hold a “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 9. Carriers will collect non-perishable food items, including canned meats and fish, soup, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice.

Residents should place their donation next to the mailbox. The food will be delivered to local food banks and pantries.

Please do not include items that have expired or glass containers.

Mother’s Day Tea set in Hacienda Heights

Friends of the Steinmetz Senior Center in Hacienda Heights will host a Mother’s Day Tea from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7.

Friends of Steinmetz will bring their China and silverware to create their own table settings. Prizes will be given for the best decorations.

Luncheon will be served, along with teas. Entertainment will be provided.

Reservations must be made in advance, and proof of membership must be shown.
The center is at 1545 Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights. For more information, call (626) 934-7041.

Rowland Heights Library battles child slavery

The Rowland Heights Library and the Asian Pacific Family Center will present the SOLD Project on Thursday, May 7, at 4 p.m.

The project uses films to present the plight of child slavery. The films will be screened in the community room.

Because of the sensitive material, the presentation is recommended for those 16-years-old and above. Those under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.

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

Hacienda Heights senior visit Old Town San Diego

The Good Time Travel Club at the Steinmetz Senior Center will celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego on Sunday, May 3.

The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. The cost is $12 for members and $17 for nonmembers. This covers transportation, but lunch is on your own.

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