Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
This is Myagi, coming in for his closeup. Curious and all puppy.
Myagi wearing his "Puppy In Training" vest. Guide dogs can be sponsored to help with the costs of raising and training the dogs in training. The name of Myagi's sponsor is stitched at the bottom of his vest above.
Friday, August 29, 2008
The 3 beautiful dogs above are associated with the Guide Dogs of America program in Sylmar, Ca.
They are, from L to R: Tibet, Miyagi and Riker.
They were the visitors and subject of a recent Monrovia Canyon Park volunteer meeting.
It takes a special dog to make it through the 24 hour a day, 7 day a week training. If they are good enough, at about 2 years old, they are given free of charge to a blind or visually challenged man or woman to provide help, assistance and independence.
Equally amazing are the trainers, like Mary Deets above, who are with their dogs constantly. Taking them everywhere, socializing them for about a year and a half until the day they have to hand the dog over for additional training. They say goodbye with the very real possiblility that they will never see their constant companion again. I don't think I could do that.
Some dogs that don't make it as guide dogs or that are no longer guide dogs go on to other "careers" such as search and rescue or pet therapy. Tibet above works at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia.
Miyagi, center above, is the puppy in training. A couple more photo's of him tomorrow.
Guide Dogs of America website.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Dates and info have now been announced for this years Haunted Hike in Monrovia Canyon Park.
The dates are: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights - October 23rd, 24th and 25th.
Tickets are available to Monrovia residents on September 24th and to the general public on October 1st.
The flyer can be found on the city website here.
The city also has a Haunt phone line at 626-256-8246.
Last year when I posted about the Haunted Hike there was a lot of interest and a big boost in traffic to my website. This year I decided that the Haunted Hike needed its own (unofficial) website. The new site will have all the information that's available, updates, photo's, FAQ's, suggestions and more! We'll also be there to answer any questions you may have, so ask, ask, ask.
The new website devoted specifically to the Haunted Hike is:
Bookmark it and visit often.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
I apologize for posting a photo from the Biodiversity Fair yesterday without actually explaining what a Biodiversity Fair is all about. I had the photo ready but I didn't have all the info I wanted yet.
So, to make up for yesterday, here's the info direct from the Fair. I almost tried to explain it in my own words last night but I was very tired and it probably wouldn't have been very coherent.
"Come and learn about your local environment and the outdoors through LIVE hands-on native plant and wildlife exhibits, games, activities and volunteer opportunities on how YOU can get involved in conserving wilderness and open space. Several local nonprofit organizations, agencies, and environmental education or conservation based groups will be coming together to present on the biodiversity of the regional environment."
Thanks to the following 17 exhibitors that took part in the Fair:
Angeles National Forest
The Bug Man
CA Native Plant Society
CA Turtle And Tortoise
City Of Claremont
DPW Waste Management
San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy
Wildlife Way Station
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
They did advertise on the license plate frame though: BMW of Monrovia.com.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I don't see too many of these machines anymore. When I was a kid you could put in a nickle and get some candy. No electricity required. Nowadays you're more likely to see huge machines with dozens of choices usually for a buck or more. Always near an outlet. Progress.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
With the success of and news stories from the recent comic convention in San Diego, comics are as big, if not bigger, than ever. This seems like a good time to show that Monrovia has its own comic book store right in the heart of Old Town.
Link: Comic Cellar Website
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Do you play the lottery? Tonight's drawing is for a chance at 9 million dollars. Or play the multi state lottery for a chance at 56 million. Or buy a copy of the ever shrinking LA Times in the background there for a non shrinking 50 cents.
Friday, August 8, 2008
According to the logo on the door this is a police truck from the City of El Monte, parked in Monrovia. El Monte is a nearby city to the south. A police pickup truck is not a common sight. I'm wondering how useful this would be for police work, or is that even its purpose?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Now that baseball season is well underway, maybe you'd like to get out and take a few swings yourself. If that's not enough, you can get instruction, have parties, play basketball, laser tag, arcade games and more.
All inside. See their website here.
I've never been here myself. I was more of a street baseball player as a kid. Grab a baseball bat, a tennis ball (which does a lot less damage than a regular baseball), get as many neighbor kids as possible, decide what the bases would be (driveways, potholes, extra glove) and play ball in the street. That was a different time back then. It really depends on your street too.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Posting this today to allow for a couple of days notice.
This Tuesday, August 5th, is the National Night Out with the Monrovia Police Department. The event will be held at Recreation Park from 6 pm to 8 pm.
More info for Monrovia here. (.pdf link)
and the main National Night Out website here.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Missed out on theme day this month. Too much to do in too little time, something had to give. Unfortunately I had to give up something I want to do for things that I have to do. Isn't that always the way?