Ghosts, goblins & ghouls at Mostly Ghostly event in Walnut

Ghost, Goblins, Ghouls, oh my! There is so much to do this Halloween in Walnut.

On Friday, October 31, the Walnut Senior Center, located at 21215 La Puente Road, will be converted into a Haunted Maze while the parking lot will host the Annual Mostly Ghostly Halloween event.

Mostly Ghostly is scheduled from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm and is a perfect event for the entire family. With fun carnival games, a “touch of fright” maze and costume contest, your little ones will be filled with excitement.

The Senior Center will then open its doors from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 for the chilliest thrill of your life. Walk through the “Slasher Studios Haunted Maze” movie sets and find out if you will make the final cut. Only $3 per body (may not be suitable for young children).

Show your support for your local Walnut schools and athletic programs; Pony Baseball, Softball, AYSO, National Junior Basketball, Walnut Youth Basketball on any night and get two visits through the maze for the same low price.

So let the countdown begin…10 days to Halloween and 11 to the coolest night in town. This year you are invited to Walnut’s After Halloween Lot Party on Saturday, November 1, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Join us for Live DJ, Food Trucks, Games, Movie Showing of Disney’s Hocus Pocus and a Live Performance from Team Millennia (ft. on ABDC season 2 & 3).

Team Millennia will break off into groups and represent the local high schools of Walnut, Diamond Bar, Nogales and West Covina Dance Departments. A $300 prize (sponsored by “Happiness is Now”) will be awarded to the Dance Department of the school best represented.

Come out and cheer on your school. Cost is only $5 pre-sale and $8 at the door (Admission includes a trip through the Haunted Maze).

Westhoff Elementary holds cultural fair in Walnut Valley

Valerie Lu served up Hawaiian-style food. Shown with Luke, Monica Y., Caden, and Joyce N.

Valerie Lu served up Hawaiian-style food. Shown with Luke, Monica Y., Caden, and Joyce N.

By Kelli Gile, Walnut Valley

Hundreds of Westhoff Elementary families and friends enjoyed foods from around the world during a Culture Fair held Oct. 10. Fifteen different countries were represented at decorated booths with music, customs, and lots of delicious authentic food. Students wore traditional clothing to parade around the school while a DJ offered music for dining and dancing.

“This is one of my favorite nights of our school year.  Everyone relaxes during the cool evening, eats delicious food, and chats with other Westhoff families,” said Principal Denise Rendon.

The school’s Community Club hosts the fair where parents, students, and teachers come together to celebrate diversity of the many cultures represented at the school.

“It is an opportunity for our children to learn about their friends’ customs and share about their own, ” said President Melinda Powell.

“I like going to Culture Fair because I get to play with all my friends.  My dad likes to take me because he really likes the food, “ said 2nd grader Tiffany Fu.

Westhoff Elementary hosted its annual Culture Fair  with  traditional costumes.

Westhoff Elementary hosted its annual Culture Fair with traditional costumes.

“I dressed up in my Indian Clothes.  I like eating other cultures food, but my favorite was my families’ table of Indian food, ” added Priya Kankanala, a 3rdgrader.

Parent Valerie Lu hosted a Hawaiian booth that was a big hit with Kalua pork, spam musubi, haupia, and of course shaved ice.

“Culture Fair is such a unique tradition at Westhoff. The amount of effort put in by all the parent volunteers is tremendous and just as rewarding,” she said. Community Club member Lu serves as the school’s Coordinating Council representative.

There were many delicious dishes from around the world with pad Thai and pineapple fried rice (Thailand), cream puffs (France), tamales (Mexico), stuffed grape leaves (Egypt), chili and cornbread (USA), and more. Parent volunteers at the China table served foods representing its many different regions including Hunan, Sichuan, and Shandong.  Along with sampling tasty treats at the Pakistan booth, the kids came away decorated with beautiful henna designs.

“It’s such a wonderful opportunity to get to meet the families of our children’s new friends, catch up with old friends, all while enjoying amazing authentic food!” Powell said.

Walnut looking for volunteers to decorate for trunk or treat

Are you psyched for Halloween? Ready to fill your house with spooktacular decorations? Ever think about decorating your car?

Walnut is looking for volunteers willing to decorate the trunks of their cars with ghoulishly great ideas and participate in the City of Walnut’s Mostly Ghostly event on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Walnut Senior Center.

For more information, call Kim Watts at the Senior Center at (909) 598‐6200.

Caltrans closing portions of 60 Freeway for construction

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close portions of SR-60 from the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) to the Orange Freeway (SR-57) separation, as part of a pavement rehabilitation project.  Closures are as follows and subject to change.

Monday, October 13, through Friday, October 17

Eastbound SR-60

  • 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to three lanes between I-605 & Azusa Avenue
  • 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. – High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane CLOSEDbetween I-605 & Azusa Avenue

Westbound SR-60

  • 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to three lanes between southbound SR-57 & Azusa Avenue
  • 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. – HOV lane CLOSED between southbound SR-57 & Azusa Avenue

 Friday, October 17, through Saturday, October 18

Eastbound SR-60

  • 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.   – Up to three lanes between I-605 & Azusa Avenue
  • 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.     – Seventh Avenue on-ramp CLOSED
  • 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.   – HOV lane CLOSED between Seventh Avenue & Hacienda Boulevard
  • 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Connector from north- and southbound I-605 to eastbound SR-60 CLOSED

Westbound SR-60

  • 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.   – Up to three lanes between southbound SR-57 & Azusa Avenue
  • 10 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Fairway Drive and Old Brea Canyon Road on-ramps CLOSED
  • 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.   – HOV lane CLOSED between southbound SR-57 & Nogales Street
  • 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. – Connector from north- and southbound SR-57 to westbound SR-60 CLOSED
  •  Friday 11:59 p.m. to Saturday 5 a.m.  –FULL FREEWAY CLOSUREbetween southbound SR-57 & Azusa Avenue

Detours will be posted. New pavement will improve mobility and enhance safety for motorists.  Flatiron West Inc. is the contractor on this $121.5 million project which is expected to complete fall 2014.

Christ the King Lutheran Church celebrates 50 years in Walnut

Pic 33 Church exterior 1968

By Christ the King Lutheran Church

On Sunday, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Walnut celebrated its 50th anniversary with Rev. Dr. Larry Stotoerau, President of the Pacific Southwest, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Stoterau preached and Deacon George Pollard, the present Pastor, will served as liturgist. Rev. Martin Lundi, founding pastor, preached at 4 p.m. with Rev. Maynard Saeger, former Interim Pastor as liturgist, and Pollard as the lector.

Special music was performed on the recently rebuilt pipe organ, the only pipe organ in Walnut and harpist, Gretchen Sheetz, a recent graduate of Concordia University, Irvine.

When the Southern California District (now the Pacific Southwest District) of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod’s Mission Board decided to establish a church in Walnut in 1962, they purchased almost five acres in the rolling La Puente Hills that included a new three-bedroom house for $63,570.

In 1964, the district called Rev. Martin Lundi as missionary-at-large to establish a congregation. For the first year, the congregation worshiped at Mt. San Antonio College. In 1966, they moved to Suzanne Middle School, a block west of the church property.

In 1967, the congregation hired an architect, Dennis Wehmueller, to design a building for the hilly property and soon discovered that the property could not be built on, according to the architect, as it would need 37,000 cubic yards of fill dirt that would cost over $100,000.

When Walnut High School was being built across the street, the general contractor asked Pastor Lundi if he could dump 37,000 cubic yards of fill dirt on the church property. Lundi said he would have to compact it, level it according to the architect’s design, and get permits from the city. The contractor agreed.

Later, the architect said he had miscalculated, needing another 4,000 cubic yards of soil. The contractor asked if the church could use another 4,000 cubic yards of soil. He also agreed to pour the curbs and pave half of the streets and the church parking lot at cost.

Today the church is next to the new civic center on La Puente Road in the heart of the city of Walnut where the 45-foot high cross on the church points people to Christ.

The service of celebration was followed by a brunch and a reception in the fellowship hall. After the 4 p.m. service, members recalled the church’s history through a pictorial display, and meet with Rev. Lundi and his wife, Rev. Saeger, and Deacon Pollard. 

Walnut plans big family festival Oct. 11 in Suzanne Park

The 38th Annual Walnut Family Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct.  11 from 8 am to 6 pm at Suzanne Park. This year’s Festival theme is “Rooted in Fun.”

There will be over 100 booths to visit featuring community groups, arts and crafts vendors, and local businesses demonstrating and selling their products. Be sure to visit the Arts & Crafts area for beautiful gifts, home and yard decorating items, clothing, jewelry, holiday items and much more!

The Annual Family Festival Parade steps off at 10:00 am and will march east along La Puente Road from Lemon Avenue to Suzanne Road. Parade highlights include the Wells Fargo Stage Coach, Walnut High School Marching Band, Walnut Sharks Swim Team, Walnut Valley Riders, LA Extreme Cheer, AYSO, community floats, and much more!

Featured on the Valley Vista Stage

11:30 am Opening Ceremonies

12 pm to 2 pm Cold Duck – Top 40

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Silveradoes – Country

4 pm to 6 pm The Elton John Experience – Best of Elton John

There will be plenty for children to do as this year’s Festival will feature an assortment of carnival games, a mini-Ferris Wheel, Giant Slide, Wow Balls, a giant bounce house, a maze and other inflatables.

The food court will feature many non-profit groups working hard to cook up some delicious food items while trying to earn money for their worthy causes. Stop in for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Walnut / Diamond Bar Lions Club will be flipping flapjacks from 8 am to 10 am so you can get a great breakfast and support your local Lions Club. There will be a variety of lunch and dinner items from burritos to burgers to teriyaki chicken plus snacks galore.

There’s plenty to see and do at this year’s Festival. Come out and join the fun, meet some new friends and catch up with the old ones.

Kids Cook-off

On Food Network’s “Rachel vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off,” Walnut youngster Sean leads the pack with six stars going into the final challenge next week.

He won his sixth star in the Seafood Challenge by cooking octopus “perfectly,” according to judge Melissa D’Arabian, using a mixer and a pressure cooker to tenderize it.

See whether our local boy can win next week — 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21, on Food Network.

Walnut woman gets 20 years to life for killing husband, pet

Deputy District Attorney Taraneh Saba said Socorro Mora got 16 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing George Mora, 47, on Oct. 19, 2011 at his home in the 21600 block of Brookside Court.

In addition, the 46-year-old Mora also received four years and eight months for stabbing to death the family pet, Snowflake, and for attacking her husband on Sept. 13, 2011.

Saba said Mora was ordered to pay over $17,000 in restitution to the victims for counseling and for funeral expenses. She must also pay over $20,000 in restitution fines, the prosecution added.

A Pomona Superior Court jury on May 12 convicted Mora of second degree murder, cruelty to an animal and corporal injury to a spouse.

The last charge stems from an incident that happened a month before the murder.

Authorities said Mora attacked her husband on Sept. 13, 2011, scratched herself and claimed he did it. George Mora ended up with scratched and bleeding arms, according to the prosecution.

He later filed for and received a restraining order.

A judge ordered Mora to move out of the family home. On the day she was supposed to leave, Sept. 24, 2011, family members discovered the place ransacked and Snowflake the dog dead.

Mora allegedly broke into the Walnut house on Oct. 19, 2011. Her attorney said she knew George Mora wasn’t at the house and wanted to get some of her things.

George Mora arrived home and found his estranged wife.

The defense said an argument between the couple escalated into a knife fight. The defense claimed it was self defense.

L.A. County Fair salutes Diamond Bar, Walnut

 By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

High school marching bands, parades and a chance to honor outstanding residents from communities across the Inland Valley and beyond are some of the features of the Los Angeles County Fair’s Community Days.

A total of 16 cities plus Los Angeles County will have a day dedicated to them. Diamond Bar will march in on  Sept. 11, followed by Walnut on Sept. 26.

As part of the Community Days program, residents are able to purchase tickets for $5 when they present their city’s Community Day coupon at the ticket booth on the day their city is being honored. Tickets can also be purchased online.

 

 

“That’s a great value,” said Fair spokeswoman Renee Hernandez.

Each city’s celebration is organized with the involvement of its Community Committee, she said.

At each city’s celebration residents are recognized for their contributions during Community Heroes ceremonies.

The cities’ high school marching bands participate in Community Day parades as do service organizations, nonprofit groups and other members of the community.

Local businesses also participate through Business Expos organized on a city’s day of recognition.

 

 

Community Days are part of nurturing community spirit, Hernandez said.

Nine of the cities that are part of the Fair’s Community Day program also participate in the Big Yellow Bus Partnership Program.

With the help of this program, school districts in the nine cities receive assistance to pay for transportation to take their students to the Fair, Hernandez said.

Once at the Fair students can take part in the FairKids Field Trip Program, which is open to all schools free of cost as well as to students who are home-schooled.

St. Lorenzo Ruiz holding summit on marriage and family life in Walnut

The changing world poses some great challenges to families today. St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church in Walnut is responding to the challenge by spearheading a Summit on Today’s Marriage and Family Life on Sept. 12-14.
The local church hopes to reach hundreds of men and women from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and nearby dioceses. A free Praise Concert will open the summit on Friday night from 5pm to 11pm.
The Summit Proper on Saturday, from 7am to 10pm, will be highlighted by talks and open forums with Bishop Emeritus Ted Bacani from the Philippines as keynote speaker. A group wedding at 3:30 pm culminates the weekend followed by closing ceremo-
nies from 5pm to 6pm.

Tickets for Saturday’s activities are priced at only $25 each, meals and snacks included. For tickets and information, please call the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Office at (909) 595-9545 or Honchee Natividad at (909) 576-4991