Monday, December 26, 2011
Today is opening day of the 75th winter/spring meeting at Santa Anita Race Track. If traffic is any indication, they should have a big crowd on hand today.
Photo taken from the Ben Overturff trail above Monrovia Canyon Park.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Make a day (and evening) of it in Old Town Monrovia.
You can check out the holiday window displays, do your Christmas shopping, see a movie, check out the library, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants, listen to musicians and carolers or just relax on a bench and enjoy the lights and people watch.
All in one place.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
37 teams took part in the championship tournament held in the new Monrovia High School gym.
This is from one of the semi-final rounds. Monrovia High School's robot is on the far left, next to the blue ramp. Monrovia's alliance did a great job making it all the way to the end, losing in the final match for a 2nd place finish.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Not everyone got to just hang out with friends and family and watch the parade. Some were out there working hard Wednesday night.
I showed you KGEM from a distance yesterday. Here's a closer look as they record the festivities.
It wouldn't be the same without the announcers, in silhouette against the neon and lights of the Krikorian Theatre.
A couple of bonus photos can be found on my Google+ page.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The wind can slow us down but it can't stop us. The parade goes on, and it looks like people were more than ready. A big crowd last night.
This is just before the start of the parade. On the right is KGEM, Monrovia's local community television station, set up with extra lighting to record the parade. The crowd was like this the entire length of the parade.
The 2011 Holiday Parade Grand Marshall was Sid Garcia from ABC7 Eyewitness News.
Extra lighting effects mixed in among the Monrovia High School Band.
Restored Life Fellowship.
A band of a different type. A live rock band played their way through Old Town.
Monroe Unicycle Club.
Always a favorite, the Monroe Unicycle Club rode up Myrtle Avenue.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Recovery from the windstorm is moving right along. Power is not completely back on around town but it's close. They continue to work on it. The major street obstructions have been cleared. The last time I was out, most of the traffic lights were working again. City offices are open again today. The Holiday parade will go on this Wednesday, December 7th at 7pm.
Individuals hit hard by the windstorm will take longer to recover. Find a friend and take them to lunch today.
Friday, December 2, 2011
I meant to post this yesterday, but technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Let's take a look around at a very small part of the damage from Wednesday night's windstorm.
This first photo was the city's 50-foot Christmas tree in Library Park. It was knocked down...
...bringing the star on top crashing to the ground. This cancelled the tree lighting ceremony that was to have taken place last night. The holiday parade was postponed to a date yet to be determined.
This scene could be found at many intersections. This is Foothill and Shamrock.
Double whammy here. A downed tree blocking the street and downed wires. Dangerous situation.
This tree fell across Wildrose, just east of Mountain.
Here's another situation that happened far too many times. Tree crushes car.
And finally, try as the wind might, this Christmas tree held tough and refused to fall completely over.
Cleanup continues and many homes and businesses are still without power.
Check this post from MonroviaNow.com for some stats on the damage.