Bright Lights, Goodwill, Holiday Spirit

December 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether it’s bright lights on holiday displays at home or in public, or floors stacked high with food and toys to give to families in need, it only takes a quick look around to see the Southland is dressed up in holiday style.

Bright Lights Bring Holiday Cheer: Countless holiday decorations adorn this glitzy house annually and light up the 300 South block of Gerhart Avenue in East Los Angeles. (EGP Photo by Mario Villegas)

Bright Lights Bring Holiday Cheer: Countless holiday decorations adorn this glitzy house annually and light up the 300 South block of Gerhart Avenue in East Los Angeles. (EGP Photo by Mario Villegas)

The Winter Wonderland Lights the Night Sky: Countless holiday decorations adorn this glitzy house annually to light up the 300 South block of Gerhart Avenue in East Los Angeles. People come from all over to marvel at this spectacular holiday display.

 

 

 

Volunteer Jaime Rodrigues (right) shares ohoto from Hearts of Compassion Christmas Event Saturday in Montebello (Photo by Eric Ponce)

Volunteer Jaime Rodriguez (right) shares photo from Hearts of Compassion Christmas Event Saturday in Montebello (Photo by Eric Ponce)

Giving and sharing was the joyful theme at Heart of Compassion’s Christmas Event in Montebello: Over 2,400 people attended Montebello-based Hearts of Compassion holiday food and toy giveaway on Saturday. The nonprofit organization recruited more than 200 jolly volunteers to help give out shopping carts full of free groceries, toys, clothes and even Christmas trees to the thousands of families, that included veterans, seniors and children, who showed up in hopes of having a Merry Christmas this year.

 

(Photo courtesy Joe Bravo)

(Photo courtesy Joe Bravo)

Doggies on Parade in Highland Park: Why walk when you can ride! These two canine friends and their owner were a big hit as they made their way down Figueroa Street during the recent Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade.

 

 

 

(Courtesy Office of Assemblyman Miguel Santiago)

(Courtesy Office of Assemblyman Miguel Santiago)

Santa’s Toyshop Moves Into Estrada Courts: Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-51) joined Santa at the Boys and Girls Club at Estrada Courts in East Los Angeles Saturday for some holiday cheer that included a variety of fun games, foods and toy giveaways.

 

Congressional Medal Nominee to Lead Latino Heritage Parade

October 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Master Sgt. Ramon Rodriguez will serve as Grand Marshall for the 19th Annual Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica Oct. 14 in Pasadena.

Pictured left to right: Master Sgt. Ramon Rodriguez, Vietnam veteran Ruben Treviso, Parade Committee Veteran Liason and Parade Committee Chairman Robert Monzon and Parade Committee Member Jaime Rodriguez Parade Committee. (Photo by Ifren Montes)

Pictured left to right: Master Sgt. Ramon Rodriguez, Vietnam veteran Ruben Treviso, Parade Committee Veteran Liason and Parade Committee Chairman Robert Monzon and Parade Committee Member Jaime Rodriguez . (Photo by Ifren Montes)

Parade committee members said having Rodriguez, a Congressional Medal of Honor nominee, as this year’s grand marshall is a special honor and tribute to the community, and everyone who can should attend both the parade and the jamaica (festival) that will follow.

“It will be a fun-filled day for the entire family,” said parade committee member Jaime Rodriguez.

Standing in front of posters promoting the event and a life-sized listing of medal of honor recipients, Vietnam veteran Ruben Treviso, Parade Committee Veteran Liason and Parade Committee Chairman Robert Monzon and Rodriguez noted that a special highlight of the festivities will be the renowned Hispanic Medal of Honor Exhibit, which features the most up to date information on Mexican American and Latino Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, including photographs, history and their stories.

Staff Sgt. Hector Rodriguez of Pasadena will serve as community grand marshal.

The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Prescott Street, and ends at Villa Park, located on Los Robles and Villa Street, where the Jamaica/festival will follow and feature food vendors, games, children’s area, face painting, crafts, live entertainment and a film festival. For more information, call 626-744-6530.

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