Closed: La Mich Paleteria in Duarte shuttered

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We discovered this weekend that La Mich Paleteria in Duarte has closed down. A large for-lease sign now hangs in the window of the darkened store. (The file photo above is of Monica Ulloa, who was co-owner of La Mich with Annette Duran.)

On Yelp, some users started bemoaning the loss back in mid-March.
The store’s main phone line has been disconnected.
Staff writer Emma Gallegos had this to say of La Mich in her round-up of frozen dessert favorites in April 2009:
La Mich Paleteria’s ice cream is eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head good. It’s cursing-for-joy good. … File this one under “strip mall epiphanies.” 
The ice cream comes in unassuming pastels — like espresso in a cappuccino, the rich color of real fruits and intense flavors is drowned out in cream. The flavor mamey was a winner, a customer favorite made from a mild Mexican fruit that tastes like papaya and was flecked with small bits of fruit.
… The Mexican caramel, cajeta, was rich, not too sweet and there was a hint of salt — the way caramel should be. 
I’ve tried two flavors, and I live in agony, knowing that there are so many more Mexican-inspired flavors I haven’t tried, like the sorbets or the paletas that you can dip in toppings like nuts or chocolate.

We like the suggestion of one Facebook user who posted recently on the La Mich fan page: “Any hope you’ll break out a ‘La Mich’ Food Truck and join the others on the road?”
For now, all we have left to drool over is this picture:
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(File photos)

Drumroll, please: Carmelite nuns to hold first-ever public concert, live and ‘unplugged’ in Duarte

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It wouldn’t be fair to compare “The Carmelite Sisters in Concert: Unplugged” to the movie “Sister Act” because Whoopi Goldberg and her merry band of nuns have nothing on this group of devoted Southland singers.
Members of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles — for whom music is intricately woven in their daily lives inside the convent — will perform for the public for the first time on Feb. 28 at the Madonna Hall Community Center in Duarte.
Performers will range from nuns who took their vows decades ago to novices and candidates still in the process of discerning a religious life. They come from the different Carmelite facilities in Southern California, including the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Alhambra.
Some of the sisters double up as singers and musicians. They will play guitar, bass, flute, violin and drums to accompany some of the more lighthearted pieces, including “Prince of Peace,” which will start with a drum solo by one of the nuns.
“We hear each other every day, but coming together like this is just so beautiful,” said Sister Scholastica, the concert’s stage manager and the Alhambra group’s choir director.
Sister Scholastica described the concert line-up as a little mix of everything — including an original composition by one of the Carmelite nuns, hymns and Gregorian chants. The sisters’ first song will be the Solemn Salve, which they typically chant during morning prayers at the break of dawn.
“We feel that the world today needs God’s peace,” Sister Timothy Marie said. “This is our small way of bringing light in the darkness.”
$35 donation. Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Madonna Hall, 819 Buena Vista St., Duarte. 626-289-1353, ext. 246

Hope floats on the Rose Parade route

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Three Rose Parade float sponsors have traditionally invited either patients, survivors or their families to be guests of honor as float riders.

Donate Life’s float riders are either organ transplant recipients or
families of organ donors; the float also honors loved ones lost through
floragraphs, a wall of names and a memorial garden of roses. (The
upcoming December issue of Rose Magazine will profile some of these
people
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City of Hope, which co-sponsors a float with the city of Duarte, honors some of its patients.

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Kaiser Permanente chooses children and teens who have shown exceptional spirit in the face of adversity. Riding on the Kaiser float will be:

  • Andrea Beltran, 16, Hacienda Heights: She had surgery at 5 years old to remove a three-inch cancerous tumor (ovarian teratoma). Today, she is a cross country runner on her high school’s league champion team and an honor student and participates in various charities.
  • Jimmy Daniel, 16, South Los Angeles: As an infant, he was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. He hopes to become a pharmacist and has already completed classes at a junior college. He is active in student government and school plays, raises money for medical charities and participates on a junior league bowling team.
  • D’rell Gist, 11, San Diego: He started taking six to eight insulin shots a day after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago. He continues to enjoy hiking, sailing, camping and soccer nas has trained himself to be a magician. He participates in the annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” fundraiser.
  • Morgan Heflin, 18, Los Angeles: She underwent grueling chemotherapy last year after she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system. While she was being treated, she bonded with the other young patients at the cancer clinic and urged them to keep fighting. She plans to study to become a pediatric oncologic nurse, inspired in large part by the the care she received when was ill.
  • Haley Ishimatsu, 17, Seal Beach: She competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics diving competition, one of the few (perhaps only) U.S. Olympians with asthma. She and her partner placed fifth in the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform event. She is a straight A student and wants to come a physician.
  • Kirstie Quezada, 14, Corona: She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at 3 years old. She is now in remission  and volunteers at American Cancer Society events to help raise funds to fight the disease. Her hero is her father, a police lieutenant, and someday she wants to be a police officer, too, so she can protect others.
  • Monica Trent, 15, Simi Valley: 2009 marks the fifth year that she has been cancer-free. Throughout 26 months of chemotherapy, she maintained a 4.0 average. Now she excels at more activities, including cross country track at school. She and her family have also raised more than $80,000 for the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Daniel Udave, 14, Los Angeles: Diagnosed with leukemia in 2007, he continues chemotherapy even though the cancer is no longer detectable. One of his care providers say he takes care of the other children having treatment at the cancer center. He plays on his high school’s varsity water polo team and has been a junior lifeguard for three summers.