Rowland Adult Ed begins fall classes on Aug. 18 in Rowland Heights

Rowland Adult and Community Education, 2100 Lerona Avenue, Rowland Heights fall session begins August 18, 2014. Registration for the community education fee-based classes begins August 4, 2014.

Some new classes offered this summer are Cupcake 2D/3D Decoration, Asian Cooking Classes, Basic Fondant Technique, Intermediate Fondant Cake Decorating. Also returning Creating a Free Website or Blog, Introduction to the Cloud, Conquering Your Computer Phobia, Notary Public, Traffic Violator School, First Aid/CPR, Scrapbooking, Card Making, Zumba, Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and Health, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and much more.

 Rowland Adult & Community Education also offers Online Career Training Programs and Courses. Many of online career training programs courses include medical training classes, event management & design, security certification, bookkeeping and much more. To enroll please visithttp://careertraining.ed2go.com/race

 Online courses include Basic Computer, Accounting, Test Prep, Healthcare, Nutrition or Fitness plus much more. These classes start at six weeks and are instructor facilitated, 24 hour access with online discussion. New courses begin monthly. To enroll please visit www.ed2go.com/race

 For more information about classes and schedules please visit our website at http://race.rowland.k12.ca.us or call (626) 965-5975. Our office is located at 2100 Lerona Avenue, Rowland Heights, and CA 91748.

Ed Royce Applauds House Vote to Support Israel

Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded House passage of H. Res. 657, which expresses support for Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization.

The adopted measure includes a Royce amendment that calls attention to the destabilizing role that Iran continues to play and recognizes the close cooperation between the United States and Israel.  Following the resolution’s unanimous passage, the Chairman issued the following statement:

“Today, the House reaffirmed its support for Israel to take all necessary and appropriate action to defend its citizens. Hamas and their supporters remain committed to armed struggle against Israel’s right to exist–as they deliberately target Israeli population centers using many weapons provided by Iran. With these threats arrayed against Israel, we will continue stand with the Israeli people.”

Walnut High’s Garrett Lim named All-Star Teacher

Walnut High teacher Garrett Lim waves from All-Star Teachers trolley in All-Star parade.

Walnut High teacher Garrett Lim waves from All-Star Teachers trolley in All-Star parade.

Walnut’s very own Garrett Lim took to the field Tuesday for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Kim doesn’t play for the Dodgers, the Angels or even the Pittsburgh Pirates.

But still, the 34-year-old marched onto the field to the cheers of thousands of fans. Lim was one of 30 All-Star Teachers selected by Target, People magazine and MLB.

The campaign honors outstanding teachers who make a real impact in the lives of their students.

“This is an awesome tribute to Garrett as he represents all educators at the Midsummer Classic,” said Walnut High Principal Jeff Jordan. “Garrett is truly one of Walnut’s finest.”

Lim was treated as a VIP during the All-Star activities. He and his wife enjoyed a four-day trip to Minnesota, with all expenses paid.

“We were part of the pre-game parade, too,” Lim said. “It was overwhelming to see so many people lining the streets and cheering.”

They even stayed at the same hotel housing the baseball players. Lim met several in the elevators and lobby.

“I got to meet Cal Ripken at a special reception held for the teachers,” Lim said. The Walnut resident even had his photo taken with the Baltimore Orioles legend. He also met Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.

All of which was great for a big baseball fan like Lim. A passion that he shares with his students at Walnut High.

Read more in Rich Irwin’s story ALL-STAR.

Diamond Bar couple engaged where it all began, Quail Summit

Sometimes, you know from the first dance, the first kiss, that she is the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. Sometimes, it takes 17 years.

Michael Siacunco and Sarah Lin of Diamond Bar became engaged Friday night at Quail Summit Elementary. Not something you see every day in a public school.

Siacunco, an airman who works in systems engineering at Buckley Air Force Base outside of Denver, recently returned home for leave. He thought it was time for the next step in their relationship. His younger brother, Cody, pushed Michael to ask Sarah, now a cardiac unit nurse at UCLA Medical Center, to marry him.

“I thought it was time for all or nothing, the title of our first dance,” Michael said.

So the young man began his campaign to win over Sarah’s heart. Gathering his friends, Michael planned a special night that would remind her of their time together.

He recruited her friend to “hang out” with Sarah last Friday. The friend took her on some “errands.” They stopped at Chaparral, where friends held up a sign reminding her of the first kiss.

They stopped at Diamond Bar High, where other friends reminded them of their shared past, then the Diamond Bar Center, where the couple had spent so many hours talking about life.

Arriving at Quail Summit, Sarah started crying when she saw rose petals on the sidewalks lit by candlelight, with strings of lights on the railings. A movie screen showed a special video made by Michael.

Friends led her to the amphitheater, where Sarah had chased a little boy 17 years ago. “It was kind of blurred because I was crying so hard,” she said.

Read more in Rich Irwin’s story ENGAGED. 

Hacienda Heights student a finalist in $10,000 video contest

Hanna Koh of Hacienda Heights, left, and Mio Larasati of Indonesia pose with video crew. (Photo courtesy of Hanna Koh)

Hanna Koh of Hacienda Heights, left, and Mio Larasati of Indonesia pose with video crew. (Photo courtesy of Hanna Koh)

Getting a mariachi band to perform a Barry White cover is difficult. Especially when the director doesn’t speak Spanish and the band doesn’t understand English.

But it sure can make a great viral video. A video that may win $10,000 for Chris Onesto of Whittier, Charles Lee of Los Angeles and Zak Marx of Burbank.

The three students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena decided to enter a video competition. They were joined by several other student teams, which included Hanna Koh of Hacienda Heights and Emmett Sutherland of Pasadena.

Tequila Avion collaborated with the Art Institute of Design on the project. At the end of July, the company will announce the winning viral video as well as a winning commercial and award team members $10,000 each.

Read more in VIRAL.

Marionettes and wildlife coming to Rowland Heights Library

The Franklin Haynes Marionettes will present puppetry magic for all ages from 3-4 p.m. July 16 at the Hacienda Heights Library.

A live animal program, “Wonders of Wildlife,” will be offered 3-4 p.m. July 23.
On July 30 from 3-4 p.m., opera, comedy and magic collide in “Opera-Kadabra” with Patrick Bell, the world’s only opera-singing magician.

Programs are sponsored by The Friends of the Hacienda Heights Library.
The library is at 16010 La Monde St. in Hacienda Heights. For more information, call 626-968-9356.

Caltrans posts closures on 60 pavement project

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, July 14, through Friday, July 18

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, July 18, through Sunday, July 20

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.

Puente Hills Concerts in Park set in Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights

Summer concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. Tuesday nights until Aug. 12 at Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park, 17250 E. Colima Road, Rowland Heights. Admission and parking are free. Food, beverages and desserts are available.

Upcoming concerts will feature: July 15, Hot August Night with Dean Colley, a Neil Diamond tribute band; July 22, Vaud and the Villains, a 19-piece 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret; July 29, Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Shootout featuring tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash; Aug. 5, Cold Duck, one of Southern California’s premier dance bands; Aug. 12, Three Mo’ Tenors featuring 10 styles of music from opera, to jazz, to Broadway and more.

For more information, visit www.concertsinthepark.com or call 626-854-5560.

Beginning Bowka Fitness at Rowland Heights Library on July 12

Beginning Bowka Fitness with Jackie Hasty will be held 2-3 p.m. July 12 at the Rowland Heights Library, 1850 Nogales St., Rowland Heights.

Try this new cardio, low impact group fitness session for seniors, adults and teens. Led by certified Bowka instructor Jackie Hasty, Bowka participants will draw letters and numbers with their feet while moving together to today’s popular music.

Sounds fun and it’s free! Sign up at the information desk or call 626-912-5348.