Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, August 4, 2018

MVNews this week:  Page B:1




“What’s Going On?”

News and Views from Joan Schmidt

Reyna Diaz and the Duarte Kiwanis Club continue 
to support folks in need in El Salvador. Recently, 
Reyna was able to travel to El Salvador and help 
a number of families. This child is four years old 
and lives in a small town. She has never slept in 
a bed - she’s always been in a hammock. When 
asked, the family told Reyna they could really use 
a bed. With the help of Duarte Kiwanis, Reyna 
was able to buy a twin bed with all the bedding 
for them. 

 In another part of the country, Reyna found 
Fusalmo, an organization supporting an 
afterschool program to help keep kids out of 
gangs. In this case, students are being trained to 
work in call centers. Duarte Kiwanis along with 
Reyna were able to provide the organization with 
headphones, cameras and a 3D Printer. 

Finally, 80 food baskets were provided folks in 
need - 40 families on a small island where they 
earn only $2.00/day each received a basket. The 
remainder were shared in support of many who are 
invisible in their service to various organizations. 
If you are interested in joining Duarte Kiwanis 
or being a speaker at a future event, contact Tina 
Carey at


Once again, two grandkids, Jennifer age 16 and 
Jacob age 10 were here for a few weeks. Bob and I are 
Senior Citizens so places like Disneyland and Magic 
Mountain were out of the question. Plus the heat has 
been awful.

 The first request was Santa Monica Beach. We 
used the LA County Beach Bus. Bus Fare was $3 
each for the kids; $1.50 each for Bob and me. $9 beats 
fighting traffic on the Freeway and a $20 parking 
fee. We left Pamela Park around 9:30 am; arrived 
at 10:40. The kiddos played in the ocean, made 
sandcastles and then lunch. We walked the Pier, and 
did a few rides; the bus home left at 3pm. The buses 
run Wed, Fri, Sat and Labor Day. Visit LAGoBUS.
com for reservations.

 Everyone loves music and the kids are no exception. 
These summer concerts are OUTSTANDING. Most 
cities have them: Monrovia- Sundays, Arcadia- 
Thursdays and Duarte-Wednesdays. Visit the cities’ 
websites for schedules. I must put a shout out for 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger. This is the THIRD year 
that the city of Monrovia and the MONROVIA 
SQUARE, 1601 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia. 
Supervisor Barger provides funding which enables 
the Town Council to do this. Coming up: August 
11-Cold Duck (Motown Soul), August 18-Kellye 
Huff Band (Country) and August 25-Boxcar 7(Jazz). 
On July 28, the turnout for THE ANSWER was 
phenomenal. EVERYONE had a blast! What variety-
they performed Beatles, Classic Rock, and even a few 
country songs-there was line-dancing. The Answer 
gave freebies- shirts, glow toys, balls, etc. for the 
kids. The show ended with “YMCA”, and Jacob came 
home thrilled. Fabulous Time!

 On Sunday, July 22, we attended a great Wildlife 
Program at the Duarte Historical Museum. Park 
Rangers Colleen Mackay and Griselda Espinosa 
introduced two owls, a hawk, snakes and more. 
Many kids attended and loved the presentation. They 
are from Whittier Narrows Nature Center. PLEASE 
visit their website. They have bird walks Saturday am 
and animal programs on Sunday. 

 Both Live Oak and Duarte Libraries have so many 
wonderful programs for ALL AGES! Please visit for more info.

 Lastly, the local museums, El Monte, Monrovia, 
Arcadia and Duarte, have many interesting displays, 
wonderful events and programs. Art enthusiasts-you 
MUST visit the Norton Simon Museums. The works 
displayed are phenomenal and this is from someone 
who has been to the Louvre. Have a FANTASTIC 

Katie Orth626.688.0418 
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