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Still Winter 2021

Practice social distancing distant socializing.


Temple City: Still Connected Winter 2021

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We got this

Letter from the City Manager

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Hometown Hero Lifting spirits one joke at a time

(‌things got a little tense.)

Temple City: Still Connected is the City of Temple City's bite-size magazine that connects the community to City Hall.

EDITOR Bryan Cook MANAGING EDITORS Tinny Chan Iliana Flores

COPY EDITOR Christine Ziemba DESIGN Kilter

CITY COUNCIL Tom Chavez Mayor Vincent Yu Mayor Pro Tem William Man Councilmember

Cynthia Sternquist Councilmember Fernando Vizcarra Councilmember


In This Issue 8

Stay Connected Receive updates from the City

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Parks and Recreation Some creative ways to beat cabin fever

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Senior Resources

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COVID-19 & City Hall Resource Sheet


From the City Manager

We Got This To put it in the nicest of terms, 2020 has been an unforgettable year. Temple City and most of Southern California went under lockdown in March with doctors and scientists trying to understand the reach and ramifications of COVID-19. Working from home and learning from home became the norm for many families. Zoom, online chats and FaceTime calls tethered us to family and friends we couldn’t visit. Time began to move slowly; or perhaps, too quickly. Days and dates blurred. And now months into the global pandemic, we’re beginning to understand how our social and economic structures have changed for the short- and long-term. By late spring, we were forced to nix the summer issue of Connect magazine because many of the planned in-person activities were canceled, and the feature stories had been altered drastically by the pandemic. The city of Temple City’s staff then pivoted quickly to create experiences and events online. Our annual Camp-A-Palooza was held virtually this year instead of a physical campout at Live Oak Park. The popular Summer Concert Series continued online with a great lineup of bands and artists from Sgt. Peppers to Cold Duck. Our #WeGotThisTC campaign got the community involved in lifting each other’s spirits. The city distributed lawn signs to those who requested them, with inspiring messages for frontline workers and friendly reminders to stay home and practice “distant socializing.” The campaign continued on social media where many shared positive stories of their friends and neighbors, while others created facemask PSAs in our first-ever video contest.

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For those who aren’t online, we’re now bringing back this newsletter, Still Connected. We want to reach all our residents with local news items as well as inform them of the city resources and activities available. Found inside this issue of Still Connected are the virtual programs being offered this winter, including a family trivia night, a day camp, and health and wellness classes. Plus, find a “Hometown Hero” story focused on one family that tries to bring a smile to commuters and Instagram followers through a series of jokes. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve learned that those unsung heroes are found all around Temple City. We’ve heard the stories over the past few months of neighbors helping neighbors—and residents who are supporting local restaurants and businesses through these tough economic times. Despite whatever 2020 threw our way, a sense of community has never wavered—and that gives us hope even on the greyest of days. Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season and a brand new start in 2021.

Bryan Cook City Manager

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Hometown Hero @instafleets by

Christine N. Ziemba

The coronavirus pandemic is no laughing matter, but a Temple City family is trying their best to lift the spirits of the community by posting jokes—on their lawn and on Instagram. The @instafleets account, run by Melissa Van Fleet, is filled with dad joke humor, much to the enjoyment of local commuters and their Instagram followers. With the help of her husband Alex and their four children, who range in age from 9 years to 1, the jokes have become a family affair. And seriously silly: “Why aren’t koalas considered bears?” Answer: “Because they don’t have the right koala-fications.” The Van Fleet family, who moved to Temple City about 2.5 years ago from the San Fernando Valley, wanted to do something special when quarantining began. “Back in March, we saw people putting up words of encouragement,” Melissa said during a recent interview. The family wanted to do something similar to make people smile during a period when it seemed bad news outnumbered the good.

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Together, they decided to write family-friendly jokes and riddles on lawn signs outside their home along Garibaldi Avenue. The Van Fleets were hoping to brighten the days of drivers and commuters with a little positivity. Melissa then began posting the pictures of the signs to @instafleets in late March, often using hashtags like #quarantinecomedy and #ajokeadaykeepsthevirusaway, to spread laughter beyond Temple City. Since they’ve started, they’ve had several people contribute jokes, from handwritten notes to Instagram messages. One neighbor gifted the Van Fleets with one of their more popular jokes (and one of her kids’ favorites): “Why do ducks have feathers? To cover their butt-quacks.” “We’ll take [the jokes] from wherever they come from,” she said. The Van Fleets thought that their project would last a few weeks, maybe a month, but now more than six months later into a global pandemic, they’re still at it. “We don’t make it out there every day anymore,” she said. “But the kids love it...and people seem to really enjoy it.”


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Stay Connected VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER templecity.us/vrc Although the coronavirus pandemic has changed daily life for most of us, the Temple City Parks and Recreation Department remains your go-to resource for staying active and engaged during these uncertain, physically distanced times. Our Virtual Recreation Center (VRC) serves as the Parks and Recreation Department’s information hub where you can find out about the latest programs, events and activities. We are constantly offering new services and altering traditional events to best meet the needs of Temple City. Be on the lookout for updates on these monthly programs:

Family Trivia Night templecity.us/trivia We are thrilled to offer Family Trivia Night every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Challenge your family and friends in a spirited game of trivia, covering a variety of topics. Games are best suited for kids ages 5 and older, but all ages are welcome to attend the program and cheer for their teams on Zoom. Each trivia night will have a main theme with three different categories, featuring 20 to 30 questions per round. After each category, winners will be announced and the top three finishers receive gift cards! It is absolutely free to participate in the city's monthly Family Trivia Night. Preregistration is required each month; the deadline to register is the day before the event.

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Craft Club templecity.us/craftclub Get creative with specially themed crafts, tasty snack recipes and awesome games via Zoom workshops. Youth ages 6 to 12 years can register for one, two or three Craft Club sessions that take place on Friday nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration for each two-class session is $15 and includes a “Rec Pack” of crafting supplies, materials, snacks and recipes. Rec Packs will be available via contactless pick-up at the Live Oak Park Community Center Annex, located at 10144 Bogue Street. Registered participants will be provided with a Zoom login and must have a valid email address listed at the time of registration as well as access to a computer, laptop or smart device with microphone access and video capabilities.


E-NEWSLETTER Another way to stay connected is with the City's new Parks and Recreation e-newsletter. Each month the Parks and Recreation Department releases an information filled e-newsletter directly to your personal email with the latest programs and events. This is a wonderful resource to stay up to date, get direct links to registration and sign-ups and to learn about exciting new services. To sign-up for the Parks and Recreation e-newsletter, please email your contact information to Parks and Recreation Coordinator Veronica Luna at vluna@templecity.us.

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Parks and Recreation VIRTUAL WINTER DAY CAMP templecity.us/wintercamp Looking for something fun and festive to do this winter break? Children ages 5 to 14 years old can join the Virtual Winter Day Camp to experience a variety of exciting and engaging winter and holiday-themed activities via Zoom. The two-week camp runs online from 9 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. during the weeks of Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-31. Registration is $35 for the two-week session and includes a "Rec Pack" of camp supply materials that will be made available with contactless pickup (drive-through pickup instructions will be provided after registration). To participate in the camp sessions, an internet connection and computer or smart device with video and microphone capabilities are required. Some campers may require parental assistance.

HEALTHY TC The Healthy TC initiative promotes health and wellness for individuals and families in our community through active programs and recreation. With the theme, "Live Well and Be Active!" we’re offering monthly programming—like running and hiking challenges—to help Temple Citians make and achieve wellness, fitness and mental health goals. Membership for Healthy TC is free and open to all community members and includes a free t-shirt upon enrollment. To find out about the latest monthly programs, please visit templecity.us/healthytc

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SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS Youth Scholarship Program

Camellia Trust Fund

The City of Temple City’s Youth Scholarship is funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program to provide financial assistance to children from lowincome families who wish to participate in city-sponsored recreational activities. To qualify for the program, families must complete an application, prove residency and provide income documentation.

In the mid-1980s, Gerald Fitzgerald willed his entire estate to Temple City, which established a trust fund to allow underprivileged children to participate in various activities and programs in noncity sponsored organizations. The interest on the principal is used to fund expenses that improve a child’s quality of life. Applications will only be considered to meet an immediate need. Funding is limited to the calendar year in which an applicant has applied.

If approved, a 50% or 75% scholarship discount will be applied toward recreation programs offered through the City of Temple City’s Parks and Recreation Department. To apply, visit templecity.us/scholarships

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Senior Resources SENIOR DATABASE The Aging Adults 50+ Database registration form is now available! The City of Temple City and the Committee on Aging are working together to create a database of residents 50 years of age and older. By requesting and filling out the form, Temple City seniors will receive emergency notifications in a timely manner and will be informed by the city about critical resources, especially in times of crisis. The database can also assist in keeping aging adults connected to the community. When you complete and submit the form, your contact information will be added to the database to receive critical community updates. Email Parks & Recreation Coordinator Roman Rodriguez at rrodriguez@templecity.us to request your form or call the Live Oak Park Community Center at 626-579-0461.

DIAL-A-RIDE Dial-A-Ride is a transportation service for community members 60 years and older, or younger than 60 years of age with a physical, psychological or developmental disability. Services are available to residents of Temple City and adjacent unincorporated areas. This service operates seven days a week and makes point-topoint trips around town and designated medical facilities outside of Temple City. We are now allowing same day sign-up. Eligible residents can call 626-286-2456 to make a reservation. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 626-579-0461 or visit templecity.us/dialaride.

Dial-A-Ride Services times: Monday through Friday | 7 A.M.–8 P.M. Saturday and Sunday | 7 A.M.–5 P.M.

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SENIOR LUNCH DELIVERY PROGRAM The City partners with the YWCA San Gabriel Valley to provide weekly meals to our senior population. This service has evolved into a delivery program with meals provided to participants every Tuesday. To inquire about participating in the Senior Lunch program please contact the YWCA at 626-960-2995 or 626-214-9465 for detailed information. The program is a no cost program, but does accept suggested donations.

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COVID-19 Resources & Hotlines Visit templecity.us/coronavirus for the latest updates.

2-1-1 (County of Los Angeles) Countywide social services referrals and assistance (800) 339-6993 211la.org

Free COVID-19 Testing (County of Los Angeles) Determine eligibility and schedule an appointment online templecity.us/covidtest

Business and Worker Disaster Help Center (County of Los Angeles) Counseling for businesses struggling to keep open and to workers who are uncertain of their next paycheck (833) 238-4450

Domestic Violence (LA County Department of Public Services) Domestic violence counseling and sheltering referrals (800) 978-3600

Friendship Line California (State of California) Emotional support for older Californians facing loneliness, isolation and anxiety (888) 670-1360

Mental Health (LA County Department of Mental Health) Mental health support, resources and referrals (800) 854-7771

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Senior Assistance (State of California) Helps older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home (833) 544-2374

Temporary Delivery Program (County of Los Angeles) Free delivery service for seniors and adult dependents (888) 863-7411

Tenant Protections (County of Los Angeles) Learn about tenant rights and receive free legal services stayhousedla.org

Welfare Checks (Temple Sheriff’s Station) Checks on the well-being of homebound seniors, the disabled and other vulnerable individuals (626) 285-7171


City Hall Resource Sheet Animal Control (626) 286-1159 info@sgvhumane.org Business Banner Program templecity.us/banner iflores@templecity.us Business Licenses templecity.us/bizlicense (626) 656-7316 planning@templecity.us

City Manager’s Update (626) 285-2171, ext. 4111 templecity.us/managersreport

City Operator Available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for general inquiries (626) 285-2171 (dial "0" for operator) info@templecity.us

Permits Building inquiries (626) 285-0488 Planning inquiries (626) 656-7316

Public Records (626) 285-2171 cityclerk@templecity.us

Public Works (626) 285-2171 (626) 285-7171 (after hours) info@templecity.us

Recreation & Senior Services (626) 579-0461 parksandrec@templecity.us

Rental Assistance Program (626) 285-7187 templecity.us/grants Street Sweeping & Trash Pickup (888) 336-6100 athensservices.com

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