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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from MAP!

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Foothill Unity Center Holiday Food & Gift Distribution

Calling all Volunteers! Foothill Unity Center invites you to help us bring some holiday cheer to some of our low income families in our communities.  Come join us for an afternoon of fun. 


Holiday Food and Gift Distribution – 2016 ·December 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
·Ayers Hall, Los Angeles County Arboretum,  301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA United States 

The event will be at Ayers Hall at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia on Saturday, December 17th and at both Center’s, Monrovia and Pasadena, on Monday December 19th. Calling all Volunteers! Foothill Unity Center invites you to help us bring some holiday cheer to some of our low income families in our communities.  Come join us for an afternoon of fun. Register to volunteer for our Holiday Packing and Distribution Events by clicking here or calling 626-358-3486.

Ditch Those Old Holiday Lights

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The San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership will be at Monrovia’s Friday Night Family Street Fair on December 9, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The Partnership will be offering to exchange your old holiday lights for new LED light strands for free! 

To be eligible: You must be a residential Southern California Edison customer Bring a copy of your Southern California Edison bill Present a valid identification 



Eligible individuals can exchange up to two strands of working, incandescent holiday lights per household.  The light strands must be 50 lights or more and will be offered while supplies last!

Santa Tours!

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§Monday, December 12, 2016 oCity streets south of Huntington Drive, west of Myrtle Avenue to Fifth Avenue, North of southern City boundaries.  Includes Valley Circle.
§Tuesday, December 13, 2016 oCity streets east of Myrtle Avenue and North of Foothill Boulevard.
§Wednesday, December 14, 2016 oCity streets west of Myrtle Avenue and North of Foothill Boulevard.
§Thursday, December 15, 2016 oCity streets east of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard, north of Duarte Road, from the western to the eastern City boundaries.
§Friday, December 16, 2016 oCity streets west of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard to Huntington Drive, between Myrtle Avenue and Fifth Avenue
For more information, please contact the Monrovia Police Department at (626) 256-8000!

Holiday Carriage Rides!

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Breakfast with Santa!

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Join us for 

oDecember 3, 2016 §8:00 a.m. – Peach Café §9:30 a.m. – Jake’s Roadhouse §11:00 a.m. – Community Center
oDecember 10, 2016 §9:30 a.m. – Jake’s Roadhouse §10:15 a.m. – Myrtle Tree Café §11:00 a.m. – Rudy’s Mexican Restaurant
oDecember 17, 2016 §8:00 a.m. – Peach Café §9:00 a.m. – Monrovian §10:15 a.m. – Jake’s Roadhouse §11:00 a.m. – Rudy’s Mexican Restaurant

Get Covered!

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Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The City has scheduled the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Parade to take place on Thursday, December 1, 2016!  The evening is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Library Park (321 South Myrtle Avenue).  Make plans to come out that evening and see the new festive holiday decorations that the City has planned for this very special event!
Following the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, the City’s Holiday Parade will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The parade theme for this year is “A Historic Holiday”, honoring this year’s Grand Marshals, the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, for all their great work towards historic preservation, and the development of the Neighborhood Compatibility Program. The parade is sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town Merchants, and will travel north on Myrtle Avenue from Chestnut Avenue to Palm Avenue. Come join us as Monrovia kicks off the holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving from MAP!

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Foothill Unity Center's Thanksgiving Food Distribution 2016

The City is proud to be partnering with the Foothill Unity Center for their annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution Events!  This year’s events will take place on the following dates and times:


Monday, November 21, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ayers Hall in the Los Angeles County ArboretumTuesday, November 22, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Foothill Unity Center here in Monrovia

To assist with this terrific event and cause, the City will be providing transportation for families to and from the Thanksgiving food distribution events through our Monrovia Transit program.  The Foothill Unity Center will be developing food baskets to hand out to “pre-qualified” low-income families to help spread some holiday cheer throughout the community.

To find out more about these events, or to volunteer for next month’s Holiday Food and Gift Distribution program coordinated by the Foothill Unit Center, please visit www.foothillunitycenter.org, or call (626) 358-3486.

Monrovia Renewal Construction Notice

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Holiday Home Decorating Contest - Applications Available NOW!

The very popular annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest, sponsored by the City of Monrovia, is right around the corner!  As part of the program, residents who decorate their homes for the Holiday Season have the chance to be recognized by the City in several decoration categories!

Applications for the Holiday Home Decorating Contest will be available beginning Tuesday, November 15, 2016, and can be obtained at the Monrovia Community Center or on the City’s website at www.cityofmonrovia.org.  The contest judging will take place on Monday, December 5, 2016, and award winners will be recognized during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at City Hall in Council Chambers.

The 12 categories that will be judged as part of the contest includes:

Best Still Display Best Outdoor Display Best Decorated Outdoor Tree Best Window Display Holiday Spirit Award Most Effective Use of Lighting a house Toyland Award Children’s Choice Award Best Neighborhood Effort Snowman Award Judges Awa…

MDBAA Black & White Scholarship Gala THIS SATURDAY!

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YOU'RE INVITED - MAP-Ed Quarterly!

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Saturday November 19, 2016 10:00am– 1:00pm
City of Monrovia   Library Community Room 321 S. Myrtle Monrovia, CA 91016

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will be providing an  update regarding mosquito activity and mosquito-borne diseases impacting Los Angeles County and the City of Monrovia.
In addition to that, we will have the Monrovia Police Department to discuss the Achieving Community Trust (ACT) Program.  Bring acquaintances from your neighborhood to open a                constructive round table dialogue on how to improve trust relations with our police officers!

Please RSVP by calling Ariel at 626-932-5563 or email at                                 atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us. 



MDBAA Scholarship Gala November 19th

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53RD ANNUAL CELEBRATE THE ARTS SHOW & CHALKFEST

The Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) has been hard during the past few months as they work to coordinate the 53rd annual Celebrate the Arts Show & Chalkfest, which is scheduled to take place on October 29-30, 2016, at Library Park in Old Town Monrovia.  This year’s event theme is “Art in Motion,” and the featured artists’ will be Steve & Marianne McCarthy.

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., while Sunday’s events on October 30, 2016, will occur from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


For more information, be sure to check out MAFAs website at http://www.monroviafinearts.org/, or call (626) 483-0560.

Help Support VCSGV Programming!

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Join Monrovia PD in the Pink Patch Project!

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Visit Monrovia Police Department to get your pink patch!

Join Us for Make a Difference Day 2016!

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City of Monrovia Library & ChapCare Presents: Healthy Living Series

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Community Open House 10/13

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The Taste of Old Town Monrovia 10/9

The Taste of Old Town Monrovia event, which is sponsored and coordinated by the Kiwanis Club of Monrovia, is set to take place on October 9, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Old Town.  You don’t want to miss this tremendous opportunity to partake in an evening that will be filled with incredible food, scintillating libations, and uplifting music… all of which will take place against the amazing backdrop of Old Town! 
Tickets are $50 when purchased in advance, $60 when purchased at the door.  For additional event details, please visit http://www.tastemonrovia.com/.

Monrovia Renewal!

The City of Monrovia's Renewal project is well underway in the southern part of town! In an effort to provide additional information regarding the planned street improvements and their associated impacts, a public outreach meeting is currently being planned and has tentatively been set to take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  This meeting will provide additional details related to anticipated impacts and project schedule, and additional information will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Should you have any questions in the interim, however, please visit us online at www.cityofmonrovia.org/monroviarenewal, or feel free to call the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575.

We Need Your Input!!

The Monrovia Public Library is in the process of crafting a new strategic plan to achieve new and exciting milestones as a 21st century library striving to meet our community’s emerging and future needs.  As a key library stakeholder, we invite your participation in our strategic planning process.  Can they count on your involvement to make library services and programs even better than they are now?
The Library will be hosting a community forum will be held to gather input and perspective which will help shape a new strategic plan to guide the future.  The forum will be on October 8 (9am – 1 pm) at the Library.  
Your ideas  will be used to guide decision-making on future library services, programs, and goals as they implement the strategic plan.  Your perspective is so valuable to the process.  
Please RSVP by emailing the library at monrovialibrary@ci.monrovia.ca.us or by calling Library Manager, Carey Vance, directly at 626-256-8229.

Athens Bulky Item Pick Up

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Did you know that Athens will now pick up an unlimited number of abandoned bulky items throughout the City?? How do you get items picked up, you ask? It's easy, just use the following email/ phone number to report the items! bulkyitem@ci.monrovia.ca.us
626.932.5553
In your call and/or email, please include the following information: Address of the discarded itemsBrief description of discarded items and that's it! 



SET for LIFE 12th Annual Healthy Families for LIFE Conference & Expo

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SET for LIFE will hold its 12th Annual Healthy Families for LIFE Fair and Expo on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, at 925 S Shamrock Ave., in Monrovia. The event provides medical screenings, interactive educational workshops, physical fitness activities, mammograms, cancer prevention resources and support to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of cancer within African-American, Latino, and Asian families. The event will also feature free food, giveaways, and special activities for youth and teens. Booths available. Sign-ups for the workshops can be done online at setforlifenews.org. For more information contact Patricia Duff Tucker at patricia@setorlifenews.org or setforlifenews@gmail.com.

Grandparents Day Tea 2016 THIS SATURDAY!

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Mulch & Compost Giveaway 9/24/16!

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As part of the City’s current agreement with Athens Services, we have developed an overall Closed Loop Organics Recycling Program to comply with a variety of State of California regulatory requirements driven primarily by AB 1826 and AB 1594.  As part of the program that has been developed, organic waste and green waste collected here in Monrovia will be converted into mulch and compost and redistributed to our residents several times a year.
We are happy to be able to share that the first compost and mulch give-away event has been scheduled to take place later this month on September 24, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Chestnut Avenue, between Ivy Avenue and Myrtle Avenue.  The self-serve event will allow any resident of Monrovia to come out and collect compost and mulch for their use.
We hope to see you all at our first compost and mulch give-away event on September 24, 2016, and in the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to let me know!

City of Monrovia Library & ChapCare Presents: Healthy Living Series

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ZIP CODE DAY 9-10-16

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Sign Up NOW for the MAP Adult Leadership Academy

Are you ready to  Build your LEADERSHIP skills? FACILITATE collaboration to better your neighborhood? JOIN an ever-growing network of community leaders?

Join us for the 2016 Monrovia Area Partnership Adult Leadership Academy
Join us Thursdays at 7:00 to 9:00 pm this fall!
Monrovia Community Center
September 8—October 20 2016
Ages 18+Topics: MAP, Monrovia & You Connecting in the Community Local Government Public Health & Safety Tools and Resources Public Speaking & Facilitation Training Putting Theory into Practice 

 The MAP Leadership Academy provides a foundation of knowledge to jump-start and sustain residents’ service in the community. After the Academy, graduates become part of an ever-growing network of community leaders.

Application & more information found HERE!

Donate Your Gently Used Shoes to the Volunteer Center!

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SET for LIFE 12th Annual Healthy Families for LIFE Conference & Expo

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SET for LIFE will hold its 12th Annual Healthy Families for LIFE Fair and Expo on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, at 925 S Shamrock Ave., in Monrovia. The event provides medical screenings, interactive educational workshops, physical fitness activities, mammograms, cancer prevention resources and support to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of cancer within African-American, Latino, and Asian families. The event will also feature free food, giveaways, and special activities for youth and teens. Booths available. Sign-ups for the workshops can be done online at setforlifenews.org. For more information contact Patricia Duff Tucker at patricia@setorlifenews.org or setforlifenews@gmail.com.

Do You Own Property Here in Monrovia?

Attention Property Owners The Baldwin Park Housing Authority (BPHA) is inviting ALL property owners to list their vacant rental unit(s) in the BPHA’s rental listing for Section 8 families in need of affordable housing. We accept all types of rental units of all bedroom sizes in the following five (5) cities: Baldwin Park, West Covina, El Monte, South El Monte, and Monrovia. Benefits of Providing Rental Units to Section 8 Participants: Guaranteed Rent: You will receive a guaranteed monthly payment on the first of every month and Section 8 tenants are required to pay their portion on time as well. Section 8 tenant’s rent portion is based on the household’s income; therefore, you will receive your monthly rent even if your tenant experiences a financial hardship. Higher Rents: As of July 1, 2016 BPHA has increased the Payment Standards to the 100% fair market rent. Longer-Term Renters: Section 8 tenants are likely to stay for a longer time than private pay te…

Youth Leadership Academy - Sign Ups Available NOW!!

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“To Help Youth Learn, Develop and Grow”
The Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) hosts workshops & events to train and guide community members who are ready to be community leaders. The MAP Youth Leadership Program is designed specifically to help youth learn, develop and grow so they, in turn, can take active roles in the health of their community. 
Join us every 1st & 3rd Wednesday 3:00 to 5:00 pm this school year! September 2016 —April 2017 Grades 6th– 12th Topics: ·Integrity & Conflict Resolution ·A Look into Local Government ·Volunteering in Your Community ·Meeting Local Youth Organizations ·Public Speaking ·Resume Building & Interview Skills

Take a look at how much our graduates loved the program!

Applications and more information available HERE!

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more”

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Someone once said that “The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more”.
On August 10, our friends at Orchard Supply Hardware Monrovia were gracious enough to give our wonderful program an opportunity to do just that with this generous donation! OSH, who believes whole-heartedly in neighbors helping neighbors became our newest sponsor! They believe in the hard work that we are all doing together and wanted to be a part of it. we are so excited to put this money to good use here in the community, specifically with our Care for Your Neighbor program, which helps ALL OF US! We are so excited to be able to help out more of our neighbors with the help of OSH and you, MAP Leaders!

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The Baha'is of Monrovia are hosting a gathering, The Beautiful Struggle,  for people interested in developing knowledge and the courage to address race in our community. This one day workshop will be presented by Princeton University professor, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, and will provide a thought-provoking, interactive, and motivational program designed to lead to meaningful community-based action.  Don't miss this opportunity for our community to collectively gain knowledge and develop tools to be a powerfully diverse team of agents of change.


Contact Joannie at joyuille@aol.com for more information!


MAP-Ed Quarterly THIS SATURDAY!

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Saturday August 13, 2016 11:00am– 1:00pm
City of Monrovia   Library Community Room 321 S. Myrtle Monrovia, CA 91016

Please join us as we meet with Monrovia PD to discuss new innovative ways they are trying to build and keep trust within our community. In addition to that, the Police Department is starting a new initiative,  Project ACT (Achieving Community Trust), where they hope to open up a dialogue with community members and educating our youth to safely interact with law enforcement.

Join us, in what will be an important and informative conversation.

Please RSVP by calling Ariel at 626-932-5563 or emailing her at atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us
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Have you ever wanted to do a fun family hike and overnight camping trip in Canyon Park?  If so… we have just the program for you!  The Public Services Department has developed updates to the very popular Canyon Park Family Hike & Campout event! 
We will have two event dates, including June 11-12, 2016, and August 13-14, 2016, and we hope that you’ll sign-up today for the terrific program!  Event participants will be able to go on guided day and night hikes, eat BBQ’d hotdogs and hamburgers, and roast marshmallows… all while spending an evening in a tent underneath the stars in Canyon Park!  In addition, we have a variety of activities planned for families that sign-up, including Saturday evening story time events hosted by our Library staff, and also a Sunday morning pancake breakfast hosted by our Fire Department! 

If you are interested in participating, please see the flyer attached to this email, or contact Eugene Suk, Hillside Wilderness Preserve Supervisor, at (626) 256-8281, o…

Youth Leadership Academy - Sign Ups Available NOW!!

“To Help Youth Learn, Develop and Grow”
The Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) hosts workshops & events to train and guide community members who are ready to be community leaders. The MAP Youth Leadership Program is designed specifically to help youth learn, develop and grow so they, in turn, can take active roles in the health of their community. 
Join us every 1st & 3rd Wednesday 3:00 to 5:00 pm this school year! September 2016 —April 2017 Grades 6th– 12th Topics: ·Integrity & Conflict Resolution ·A Look into Local Government ·Volunteering in Your Community ·Meeting Local Youth Organizations ·Public Speaking ·Resume Building & Interview Skills


Applications and more information available HERE!

Adult Leadership Academy - Sign Ups Available NOW

Are you ready to  Build your LEADERSHIP skills? FACILITATE collaboration to better your neighborhood? JOIN an ever-growing network of community leaders?


Join us for the 2016 Monrovia Area Partnership Adult Leadership Academy
Join us Thursdays at 7:00 to 9:00 pm this fall!
Monrovia Community Center
September 8—October 20 2016
Ages 18+Topics: MAP, Monrovia & You Connecting in the Community Local Government Public Health & Safety Tools and Resources Public Speaking & Facilitation Training Putting Theory into Practice 

 The MAP Leadership Academy provides a foundation of knowledge to jump-start and sustain residents’ service in the community. After the Academy, graduates become part of an ever-growing network of community leaders.

Application & more information found HERE!
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THIS SATURDAY Join us for our next movie night!

We will be showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and featuring great goodies from some great partners (see below!), you do not want to miss this!

Root Beer Floats from Gina Ammon Realtor
Hot Dogs from Monrovia Kiwanis Club
& Fresh Popcorn from Mt. Sierra College



Saturday August 13 - MAP-Ed Quarterly

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Saturday August 13, 2016 11:00am– 1:00pm
City of Monrovia   Library Community Room 321 S. Myrtle Monrovia, CA 91016

Please join us as we meet with Monrovia PD to discuss new innovative ways they are trying to build and keep trust within our community. In addition to that, the Police Department is starting a new initiative,  Project ACT (Achieving Community Trust), where they hope to open up a dialogue with community members and educating our youth to safely interact with law enforcement.

Join us, in what will be an important and informative conversation.

Please RSVP by calling Ariel at 626-932-5563 or emailing her at atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us

THIS SATURDAY MAP TURNS 10!

Just a quick reminder about this Saturday- MAP TURNS 10!! I hope you all are as excited as we are for this momentous and fun occasion! So what can you expect from this great event? A look back down memory lane and our journey thus farGames and prizes!Food (lots of free food)Meeting with the various departmentsA really cute, family friendly movie, Hotel Transylvania 2!Information on upcoming programsDid I already say a lot of free food?

MAP Turns 10 Julian Fisher Park (901 S California) 6pm until….

PS: we want to brag about all of our AMAZING MAP Leaders that night, please wear your MAP Shirtso people know who we are talking about!

MAP's 10th Anniversary Party

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Some History: The Monrovia Area Partnership program was initiated in 2006. This year marks our 10th Anniversary of City staff partnering with our residents, businesses and local service organizations to build Community by decreasing crime, blight, and resident apathy by encouraging civic engagement. The “Kick-Off” of the MAP program was focused in one of our neighborhoods – MAP Area #1 where (at the time) there was a significant increase in crime, blight and resident apathy.  In an effort to assess resident needs and gain trust, block parties were held in this neighborhood.  The block parties were affectionately titled “Hot Dogs, Hot Links and Hot Topics”. They allowed for residents to safely and comfortably meet with and get to know City staff and to interact with their neighbors again.   Feedback from those block parties helped to form the MAP program into the citywide program and philosophy that we have today of Partnering Together for a Better Monrovia.

What better way to celebrat…

MAP's 10th Birthday!

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Some History: The Monrovia Area Partnership program was initiated in 2006. This year marks our 10th Anniversary of City staff partnering with our residents, businesses and local service organizations to build Community by decreasing crime, blight, and resident apathy by encouraging civic engagement. The “Kick-Off” of the MAP program was focused in one of our neighborhoods – MAP Area #1 where (at the time) there was a significant increase in crime, blight and resident apathy.  In an effort to assess resident needs and gain trust, block parties were held in this neighborhood.  The block parties were affectionately titled “Hot Dogs, Hot Links and Hot Topics”. They allowed for residents to safely and comfortably meet with and get to know City staff and to interact with their neighbors again.   Feedback from those block parties helped to form the MAP program into the citywide program and philosophy that we have today of Partnering Together for a Better Monrovia.

What better way to celebrat…

Brews & Books THIS THURSDAY!

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MDBAA 24th Annual Family Day Picnic! 6/25

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Award Winning MAP Neighborhood News!

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Have you read the latest Neighborhood News? Check it out at the following link or by clicking the photo!

ChapCare Now Has Pediatric Care

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) announces the addition of Pediatric Medical Services at its Lime Health Center located in Monrovia
Monrovia, CA Today, Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) announces the addition of pediatric medical services at its Lime health center in Monrovia. Early access to medical services for children is critical; preventive screenings, access to immunizations, and diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases will support them achieving their optimal health and well-bring. On June 6, 2016, ChapCare will begin providing pediatric medical services at its Lime health center. ChapCare Lime is conveniently located at 513 E. Lime Avenue, Suite 102, Monrovia, CA 91016, just 4 blocks from downtown Monrovia. Pediatric medical services will be available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8am – 5pm.
“Improving the health of infants and children is an important public health goal,” said Margaret B. Martinez MPH, ChapCare’s Chief Executi…

2016 MONROVIA LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM READY TO BEGIN ON JUNE 13, 2016, REGISTER TODAY!

Can you believe that summer is already here?  In addition to hanging out at the beach, taking a summer vacation, and relaxing… make sure you mix in some reading, as the Monrovia Library summer reading program is ready to kick off on June 13, 2016!  The program, which will run through July 30, 2016, allows participants to engage in a coordinated reading program, with bookmarks, prizes, and drawings for cool gear! 
The program is free for everyone, from babies, to children, to teens, to adults!  So make sure you register!  Just visit us online at:  www.cityofmonrovia.org/library

Or… feel free to drop by the Library and sign-up in person!  We’re looking forward to reading with you!