Walnut airman graduates from Operations Intelligence in Air Force

Air Force Airman Christopher Valdes of Walnut  is graduating from Operations Intelligence Tech Training today in Texas after 8 months. The Walnut High graduate took basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Valdes is the son of Carina Valdes-Fajardo of Walnut, and grandson of Essie Valdes of West Covina.

Cherry Blossom Festival blooms at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights

The Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at Schabarum Regional Park on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival celebrates the blossoming of the park’s cherry and ume trees. Dr. Ron and Jan Gu donated the original cherry trees.

The festival features live music, food and informational booths. Community groups will perform many multicultural performances. These will include Japanese and Korean drumming, as well as Taiwanese, Mexican and Dragon dancing.

The festival is sponsored by the park’s support foundation to support recreational programs. The event is free, but there is a $6 vehicle entrance fee.

The park is at 17250 E. Colima Road in Rowland Heights. For information, call 626-854-5560 or visit the website at www.schabarumparkfoundation.org..