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A Publication of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce

NOVEMBER 2011 • VOL. 17 NO. 11

Cosmic Pin Party Bowling Tournament Promotes Team Building and Customer Appreciation

8158 Painter Avenue Whittier, CA 90602 phone (562) 698-9554 fax (562) 693-2700

Let the Whittier Chamber BOWL you over as we take over La Habra “300” Bowl for a night of networking and fun on November 9 at the Cosmic Pin Party Bowling Tournament! The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and includes unlimited bowling until 8 p.m., shoe rental, entry into the Hospitality Food room (dinner and beverages), giveaways, door prize opportunities and awards. The tournament is just $40 per person and is an affordable way to treat your entire staff to an evening of team building while you RACK up leads. Last year nearly 200 Chamber member bowlers and volunteers attended this event. Five-person teams are only $200, and if you really want to SCORE major marketing points, a King Pin sponsorship at $295 might be right up your ALLEY! The goal of the Cosmic Pin Party is to offer our members a low cost, high energy way to network and market their business. There are many ways to be involved in the Cosmic Pin Party. • • • •

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Be a King Pin Sponsor! King Pin sponsorships are just $295 and include the following: 5 bowlers, event signage, recognition in the Business Focus, lawn bowling marketing (giant pin signs on the Chamber’s front lawn giving great exposure from Painter Avenue traffic), 5 tickets to the Hospitality Food Room, publicity at Wake Up Whittier and special recognition at the event. Don’t have a team, don’t worry! Single bowlers are welcome. We’ll team you up with some terrific people. Sign up to be a Lane Sponsor. Lane Sponsors are just $100 and include signage at the event, 1 ticket to the Hospitality Food room, and recognition in the Business Focus and at Wake Up Whittier. Guests who want to come and network with their favorite bowlers and enjoy food and beverages from the Hospitality Room are welcome and must RSVP and pay $10 in advance. Donate a door prize. Donors will be recognized during the program and thanked publicly for their generosity. Suggestions include product samples, sports tickets, gift baskets, gift certificates to Chamber businesses or cash so the Chamber can purchase a gift in your business’ name.

Once again the Cosmic Pin Party Bowling Tournament is generously sponsored by PIH and BHP (see page 9 for a complete list of sponsors). Don’t miss out on the chance to participate! To sign up today or for additional information on this unique event, please call the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554.

Jack Mahlstede, Ernie Hernandez Honored with the Good Scout Award Outstanding community members Jack Mahlstede and Ernie Hernandez will be honored as the 2011 Rio Hondo Good Scouts of the Year at a special dinner event on Thursday, November 17 in the grand ballroom at the Radisson Hotel (7320 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier). This is the 27th year of the Scouting awards. Perpetual honorary Co-Chairs are Ruth B. Shannon and Joan Woehrmann, and this year’s Dinner CoChairs are Debbie Baker and Joe & Bonnie Price, last year’s award recipients. For more information about the Good Scout event, tickets and or sponsorship, contact Bonnie Watje at (562) 945-9638. JACK MAHLSTEDE Jack Mahlstede was born to coach and has been associated with sports his entire life, including playing and coaching football in high school and college. After graduating from Long Beach State, he became the Assistant Coach at Victor Valley H.S. and later began coaching at Santa Fe H.S. Over 42 years, he has achieved a very respectable record of wins and losses and was named Outstanding Coach of the League, has been recognized by the 605 All Star Game Committee several times and was also inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2010. In addition, he was selected by Channel 7 Sports News as "Coach of the Week" 3 times in his career. In 2005, he was honored by the City of Santa Fe Springs & the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce for his "Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the Santa Fe Springs Community” and was also recognized by the City of Santa Fe Springs and the Whittier Union High School District when he achieved his 200th win.

ERNIE HERNANDEZ After playing crude versions of Duane Eddy hits and “La Bamba” on a guitarshaped piece of plywood he made as a Boy Scout, a young Ernie Hernandez knew his gift was in music. After his family moved to Santa Fe Springs in 1960, Ernie was already working with rock bands, mariachis and swing orchestras. Early in his marriage, Ernie, his wife Linda and their daughter Felice lived “on the road” for 7 years, driving a 1967 Volkswagon van across the United States and Canada. In 1977, when it was time for Felice to start kindergarten, the family settled down in Whittier. Ernie formed Calendar Entertainment Services in Uptown Whittier in 1983, which led to membership with The Whittier Uptown Association, the Whittier Chamber, the Kiwanis Club - Rio Hondo Chapter and Le Tip of Whittier (Past President). Community service has become a huge part of Ernie’s life and with the help of his musical friends, they’ve donated thousands of hours of free, live entertainment to non-profit fundraiser events and groups including The Salvation Army Transitional Living Center, Whittier Public Library, Kiwanis International, American Cancer Society, The Red Cross – Rio Hondo Chapter, Boys & Girls Club of Whittier, First Day, Special Olympics Lions Club, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Skills for Adolescents, The Whittier Police Silver Shield Award Banquet, Whittier Host Lions Club, Soroptimist Club of Whittier, Women's & Children's Crisis Shelter, Annual YMCA Christmas Prayer Breakfast, La Providencia for Children’s Hospital, senior homes and local Whittier schools.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE During the month of November, I am reminded with each passing day that we have so much for which to be thankful. It’s easy to get caught up in the tough economy, the struggling business that consumes our day or the stories of those less fortunate around us. Granted we are all working through difficult times and those things are in need of our attention. But at the end of the day, it is all just noise interfering with the most important aspects in our lives. As I take a look around and reflect on my own gratitude this month, I am reminded of so many reasons why I am thankful to live, work and play in this city… Ben Greer, GM Properties

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• We are on a path of redevelopment to meet the needs of our citizens • Our grade schools are recognized as some of the state’s best • We have two of the finest colleges in the country We have countless service organizations and volunteers who are devoted to our community and those around us who need our help We have two fine hospitals in our city caring for people all over the greater Whittier area We have a City Council and City Staff who truly care about our city and who continue to advocate for the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs The redevelopment of the Fred C. Nelles, Stats and Alpha Beta sites are all on the immediate horizon The Chamber’s Business Focus Newspaper… recognized by business owners and residents alike as a source of reliable Whittier information The regular opportunity to talk about my business with 200 people at the Chamber’s monthly Wake Up Whittier networking breakfasts… for free! Local shopping areas like the Quad and the Whittwood Town Center which continue to bring new businesses and local shoppers to our city Uptown Whittier has some great family owned and operated restaurants like Setá dine:lounge, Crepes & Grapes, Datillos and Vinatero Wine Shop Uptown Whittier at Christmas time – what a great place to be! Don’t forget to Shop Whittier and keep your dollars in our city this holiday season! Business owners who make that important investment in their businesses by joining the Whittier Chamber Strong partnerships with the City of Whittier and the Whittier Uptown Association - we continue to work together to make this a strong community for families and business owners The men and women of our fine Police Department who keep us safe day in and day out The Whittier Chamber Board members, volunteers and staff who give of their time and energy to keep Whittier businesses thriving and city residents well informed on local issues And of course… serving as the current President of one of the finest Chambers in California

I look forward to seeing you all at the final Wake Up Whittier of the year at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital on November 16, and just before that, at the 11th Annual Cosmic Pin Bowling Tournament on November 9 at La Habra 300 Bowl. Come out and show thanks to your staff with a night of fun, food and friendship.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


MAYOR’S MESSAGE Did you know Saturday, November 26 is “Small Business Saturday?” The day after “Black Friday” and the Saturday after Thanksgiving was founded as Small Business Saturday by American Express last year. This year, Small Business Saturday is expected to be bigger and better for independent retailers. According to the online magazine, Business News Daily, Google and Twitter have joined American Express in spreading the word about Small Business Saturday. The Whittier City Council is hopeful the media buzz surrounding the event will help our local entrepreneurs capitalize on sales that day. Challenge yourself to shop locally during the holiday Cathy Warner, shopping season and throughout the year - your fellow Whittier Whittier City Mayor businesses will appreciate it. The City continues to move forward through the lengthy process responding to the applicant (Matrix) for Mineral Extraction in the Whittier Hills. Last month, the Planning Commission was presented with the final environmental impact report (EIR) and conducted public hearings on the matter. The Planning Commission Public Hearing meetings were held at the Radisson Hotel to ensure interested persons could be adequately accommodated in one large room. Due to the complexity and potential financial and environmental impacts, the Whittier City Council has determined the need to provide the public with an additional forum to voice their opinions. Therefore, City Council public hearings have been scheduled to begin on November 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that only presentations will occur on November 8 and that public testimony will begin on November 9, and possibly be continued to an additional night. If you wish to submit oral or written comments for the public hearing, you should plan to attend the November 9 meeting. If additional meetings are needed, they will be held November 14 and/or November 15. The City Council public hearing will also be held at the Radisson Hotel, 7320 Greenleaf Ave. Please check the website at www.cityofwhittier. org or call the Community Development Department at (562) 567-9320 for more information. As reported last month, the City of Whittier was once again selected as a finalist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Most Business Friendly City Award. The finalist will be announced this month on November 3, at the Annual Eddy Awards dinner. This is the third year in a row that Whittier is named as a finalist in the category of cities with a population over 60,000. The Council is grateful to the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce and the Uptown Association who serve as our partners in creating an environment for economic growth. The City recently received an update from the developer of the former Stats site, who shared that they anticipate breaking ground early next year. Staff was informed that plans will be submitted very soon. Congratulations to the Whittier Community Foundation for coordinating another successful “Fit for Life 5k Race and Walk.” With more registered entrants this year, the Foundation will easily meet the fundraising goal for the outdoor fitness equipment that will be placed along the newly developed Greenway Trail. Last, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

2011-2012 Board of Directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DIRECTORS President Gus Arriaza, Cartridge World Ernie Ceja, Vinatero Wine Shop Ben Greer, GM Properties Jin Chon, Immediate Past President Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary Dean Harako, Pay Advance Payroll Heather Crawford, VP Administration & President-elect Prudential California Realty Sue Dean, Notary Signing Network Eric Day, VP Business Information Credit Union Of Southern California Leighton M. Anderson, Greg Gunter, Greg’s Auto Body Bewley, Lassleben & Miller Ana Gutierrez, Whittier College VP Community Affairs Rudy Hernandez, RMH Dancesport Center Shannon Gimbel, Shannon G’s Flowers Norm Kirschenbaum, Tri-Cities ROP VP Finance Carolyn Reggio, CAPC, Inc. Jeff Ball, Friendly Hills Bank VP Marketing STAFF Terri Starkman, Carol Crosby & Lyn Carty, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Executive Directors Jessica Schreiner Magdosku, VP Membership Director of Membership David Krake, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Katie Galvin, VP Special Events Director of Public Relations Bonnie Watje, ACRO Printing, Inc. Amber Bookil-Lawrence, Bookkeeper Natalie Saenz, Event & Member Relations Coordinator

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Official monthly publication of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce This publication is mailed monthly to all licensed businesses in the city of Whittier, all Whittier Chamber members and 4,500 Whittier residents in selected areas. Papers are also distributed via various community locations such as Whittier Library, Community Center, Senior Center, City Hall, etc. Total circulation is 8,000. We welcome comments, press releases and community interest stories. All submissions are due by the 10th of the month prior to publication. The Whittier Chamber reserves the right to approve and edit submitted material. The Business Focus is also an excellent vehicle within which to advertise! For current advertising rates, please contact Katie Galvin at (562) 698-9554.

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Winter Wonderland in Uptown Whittier “Winter Wonderland” is the theme for the 2011 Uptown Holiday Season of Events. The Whittier Uptown Association will kick off the season with the Grand Illumination at Rick's Drive In & Out on Friday, December 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. This event marks the kick-off to the holiday season with the lighting of the 30 ft. Christmas tree, the Whittier High School Marching Band, local community entertainment, carriage rides and Santa Claus accompanied by his elves. Along with the festivities, the winners of the Uptown Holiday Window Contest will also be announced. Judging for this event will be held on November 29. All Uptown Allan Nakken, businesses are encouraged to participate by decorating their Executive Director windows with some holiday cheer! Whittier Uptown Association The Whittier Uptown Association Board of Directors and President Sandra Hahn are very excited to officially announce that they will have a professionally installed and managed synthetic ice skating rink available to residents during the holidays! The Association has been working hard toward this goal and are now ready to bring something new and fun to the Uptown area this year. This attraction will be installed on the famous Green Belt Area along Greenleaf Avenue in the heart of Uptown Whittier. Hours of operation for the rink are as follows:

“Beyond Social Media: Direct Marketing in the Internet Age” Join the City of Whittier and the Whittier Chamber on Thursday, November 10 for a free business seminar Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce presented by Rich Casford, President of Whittier Mailing Service. Social media is all the rage these days, but whatever happened to good old fashioned mail? Attend this workshop to learn how direct marketing can be used to enhance those efforts. Mr. Casford will discuss advantages of including direct marketing within your social media and web based marketing plans. Rich will also give a short update on postal issues currently facing Congress. Rich serves on the Mailers Technical Advisory Work Group of the US Postal Service in Washington, D.C. and is a frequent speaker on Postal and Direct Mail topics. The B.O.S.S. program was developed in 2009 by the City of Whittier as part of the City’s Local Economic Stimulus and Business Assistance Plan and the monthly workshops are co-sponsored by the Whittier Chamber of Commerce. The seminar will be limited to 50 people and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The seminar will be held in the Whittier Central Library’s Nixon Room, 7344 Washington Avenue. Interested persons must call the City’s Community Development Department at (562) 567-9320 to RSVP or the Whittier Chamber office at (562) 698-9554. BUSINESS OWNERS SEMINAR SERIES

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Also coming up is the 58th Annual Christmas Parade, which will be held along Uptown’s tree lined streets on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. This year’s Grand Marshall is Sharon Herzberger, President of Whittier College. Applications for entries, bands, floats, dignitaries, non-profits and sponsorships are now being accepted and are available online at Applications must be turned in by November 21, 2011. Lastly, the Whittier Uptown Association will be hosting its 18th Annual “Holiday Sonata” on Saturday, December 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Sonata is designed to be an open house event, allowing Uptown merchants and restaurants to open their doors to the public for an evening with the sights, sounds and hospitality of the holiday season! The Whittier Uptown Association staff, Board of Directors and members want to be the first to wish all of our Chamber of Commerce friends and Whittier residents a very happy holiday! For more information on these events and more, contact the Whittier Uptown Association at (562) 696-2662.

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Whittier Announced as Finalist for 2011 Most Business-Friendly City Competition The City of Whittier, along with 5 other L.A. County cities in its division, was announced by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) as a finalist for its 2011 Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County award. Whittier joins the cities of Burbank, Carson, Glendale, Torrance, and West Covina as finalists for the population 60,000 and over category. The winner will be announced live at the 16th Annual Eddy® Awards on Thursday, November 3, at the Beverly Hilton. Inaugurated in 1996, the Eddy® Awards gala has become the most important economic development award program in the state of California. In 2006, the LAEDC created the “business-friendly” award category to recognize cities within the County that are proactively promoting business-friendly programs and services. “The 2011 finalists stand out as model communities in Los Angeles County that are proactively engaging and working with businesses and the private sector to create jobs for their residents,” said LAEDC president and CEO, Bill Allen. “In the midst of a prolonged economic crisis, these cities have shown they truly understand the importance of attracting, retaining and growing businesses to create much-needed jobs and generate necessary tax revenue for important public programs. Join me in honoring all of our city finalists as we work together to ensure a strong, diverse and sustainable economy for all of L.A. County’s residents and communities.” The finalists were selected based on the following criteria: • Demonstrated commitment to economic development as a priority • Excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention • Economic development activity over the past three years • Competitive business tax rates and fee structures • Availability of economic incentives • Effective communication with and about business clients • Each of the finalists has created a business-friendly environment that encourages businesses to locate or expand in their respective communities. Whittier, a growing, dynamic and diverse community, has a long tradition of making economic development and business a top priority. Whittier’s Economic Development Strategy represents the blueprint for business attraction, retention and sustainability, including Redevelopment Project areas, support of a Foreign Trade Zone, Retailer Recruitment and Reward Program, ombudsman services, entitlement and permit fee subsidies and banner permit fee reductions. The “Guide to Doing Business” in Whittier makes city processes easier to navigate. Whittier was also a finalist in 2009 and 2010.


FINANCIAL UPDATE Heightened Volatility: The New Normal? It’s not your imagination: The investment markets are bumpier than normal. As the U.S. economy continues to try to find its footing -- every piece of bad news, whether at home or abroad, has the potential to send the markets reeling. All this volatility can make it tough on investors to stay the course. Historically speaking, the equity market today is about three times more volatile than it has been in the past. Specifically, the S&P 500 rose or fell by 2% or more an average of 5 times per year from 1950 Douglas M. Rowan, until 1999. Since 2000, however, that average jumped to 12.5 times CFP®, CMFC, per year for advances and more than 14 times for declines.1 What’s AIF® more, 10 of the 20 largest daily upswings and 11 of the 20 largest daily drops since the beginning of 1980 have occurred within the last three years.2 Who or what deserves the blame for heightened market volatility is difficult to say. On the economic side, uncertainty about when and how fully the economy will recover is a major factor. So are factors such as the heightened reliance on government monetary policy, unsustainable fiscal trends, and the apparent lack of collaboration among legislators in Washington. On the investment side, high-frequency trading, hedge funds, and inverse and leveraged ETFs all contribute to the volatility. What Can You Do? Regardless of the drivers, heightened volatility requires individual investors and their advisors to exercise specific investment strategies. While many of these strategies are basic investing concepts that can be applied at any time, they are particularly important in a volatile environment. Don’t follow the herd. Don’t sell into a rapidly declining market and don’t buy into a rapidly rising market. You’ll just be following the herd and potentially locking in losses. Studies show time and time again, panic selling runs the risk of missing the market’s bestperforming days. Keep a long-term perspective. It is all too easy to get caught up in the market’s daily roller-coaster ride. This type of behavior is natural, but can easily lead to bad decisions. Instead, focus on whether your long-term performance objectives, i.e., your average returns over time, are meeting your goals. Take advantage of asset allocation. During volatile times, more risky asset classes such as stocks tend to fluctuate more, while lower-risk assets such as bonds or cash tend to be more stable. Often the performance of these lower-risk assets do not receive the same attention on the financial stations as the more volatile ones. By adhering to a strict policy, diligently applied, and allocating your investments among different asset classes, you can help smooth out the short-term ups and downs. Consider buying opportunities. Selectively adding to your portfolio when prices are low versus historical averages is a strategy worth considering. Continued on page 14

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The ladies from the Automobile Club of Southern California gathered together and welcomed guests during their Customer Appreciation event last month.

Ralph Osorio and Ruben Sahagun of Allstate Insurance Company welcomed friends, family and Whittier Chamber members to their office in Uptown Whittier for their official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Owner Chris Kim and his family celebrate at the grand opening ribbon cutting event for his new Fashion Boomy location in the Whittwood Town Center.

Interfaith Food Center’s Amy Catt graciously accepted a generous donation from President of Credit Union of Southern California Dave Gunderson during the Wake Up Whittier breakfast to help feed Whittier residents in need this holiday season.

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Whittier City advocates, Chamber supporters and representatives of Far West Industries gathered for the official ribbon cutting at the newly developed Gables of Whittier community.

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WHAT’S COOL IN YOUR SCHOOL Former Tri-Cities ROP Student Awarded Nursing Scholarship From Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Foundation “I would like to thank Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital for giving me the opportunity to expand my education,” stated Juan Escobedo, PIH Registered Nurse as he addressed the audience at the recent PIH Foundation Golf Tournament. Juan was awarded a $3,000.00 scholarship which will not only help him offset his costs for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree that he will receive this December from Cal State University Fullerton, but will also allow him to continue his studies as he applies for graduate work in Gerontology at Cal State Long Beach. Reanna Thompson, PIH Director of Nursing stated, "Each year, scholarships are given to a select group of Registered Nurses at PIH who are pursuing higher education, specifically a Bachelors or Masters of Science in Nursing. It is the goal of PIH to have over 50% of our nurses prepared at the Baccalaureate level in the next five years. Juan applied for the scholarship and was selected from numerous candidates because he reflects the characteristics of clinical excellence, care and compassion and the desire for continued professional growth and development. Juan has had numerous roles at PIH and in each one, he has performed to the highest standards. We are proud of Juan as a professional Registered Nurse and are confident that he will continue to be a leader and role model at PIH." While a senior at Whittier High School in 1998, Juan suffered a lung collapse and found himself being treated at PIH. He explained to the audience at the Golf Tournament event how well the medical and nursing staff at PIH took care of him. “Thanks you guys! One RN, Joe Rigalotto inspired me to go into nursing,” continued Juan. "I found out about and enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course at Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program (TCROP) while in high school. I thank TCROP for giving me the opportunity, without them I wouldn’t be here now and have reached my ultimate goal of being an RN,” stated Juan. His TCROP teacher was Wanda De Pena, R.N. and she supervised his CNA internship at the Southland Care Center nursing home in Norwalk. Superintendent Norm Kirschenbaum, explained, “Tri-Cities ROP currently offers a variety of high school elective Health and Hospital career classes on all the high school campuses in the Whittier Union High School District as well as El Rancho High school. Over 475 high students are daily enrolled in these Health related classes and are receiving a headstart on an exciting and rewarding career pathway. There is no cost to the high school students for these classes and the students receive not only high school graduation credit but also college credit from Rio Hondo Community College because of articulation agreements between TCROP and Rio Hondo College. The job market in the health industry is extremely bright and attractive to students who are inclined to see themselves serving in the medical field.” After finishing his Certified Nursing Assistant class, Juan attended Rio Hondo College for two years where he completed the pre-requisites to enter the Registered Nursing program. He


completed his Nursing studies at Rio Hondo College graduating in 2005 with an A.N.D. (Associate Degree in Nursing). While attending Rio Hondo College, Juan worked at Shay Convalescent Home as a Certified Nursing Assistant. He then took a job at Brea Community Hospital as a CNA, then PIH where he worked as a CAN, Phlebotomist and then a Monitor Technician reading EKG’s. “My grandmother and parents encouraged me to pursue and complete a B.S. in Nursing. My grandmother always stated that the more education you obtain, the more doors of opportunity will open for you. This motivated and pushed me to pursue nursing and has allowed me to grow professionally,” explained Juan. For more information on the programs and classes offered at Tri-Cities ROP, please call (562) 698-9571 or visit online.

Rio Hondo Professor Receives Leadership Award At Green California Community Colleges Summit Rio Hondo College is extremely proud to announce that Advanced Transportation Technologies and Energy Professor John Frala received the 2011 Leadership Award, in the Instructor category, at this year’s Green California Community Colleges Summit in Pasadena during the month of October. The award honors Frala’s “decade’s-long work as an instructor who brings sustainability concepts into community college automotive repair instruction.” With more than 40 years of experience in the transportation and alternative fuels industry, Frala offers Rio Hondo students extensive knowledge and training in the latest and emerging technologies: “gasohol”, ethanol blends, clean natural gas, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, hybrid, all-electric, and biofuel construction and use. Further, his biofuel workshops at Rio Hondo have turned algae, grown in test tubes on campus, into a viable fuel for use in the College’s diesel equipment. Frala actively pursues, and receives, alternative automotive fuel grants to develop original and specialized courses for the students in the Alternative Fuels Technology Program at Rio Hondo. Last year, Frala’s efforts resulted in a grant from the State’s Economic and Workforce Development Program for Industry Driven Regional Collaboratives to create a technician training on a pure plug-in electric vehicle. “I have been given a gift by Rio Hondo College,” said Frala. “That gift is to explore, and bring students, staff, local business, and local elected officials, the knowledge of environmental and automotive technology. By supporting me as an instructor of a very cutting edge technology, Rio Hondo allows me to contribute to the expansion of the ever-growing field of alternative fuels education.” Located in Whittier, California, Rio Hondo College is a collaborative center of lifelong learning which provides innovative, challenging and quality educational offerings for its diverse students and community. For information on the college or its programs, please call (562) 692-0921 or visit

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Whittier High School Theater Company

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Wake Up Whittier Representatives from the Whittier Uptown Association, Broadoaks Children’s School and Popular Community Bank greeted one another and enjoyed a few laughs before the breakfast at Wake Up Whittier.


COFFEE BREAK Whittier Chamber Members Tell Us What They’re Thankful For This Year… “I am thankful for my family and their unconditional love and support. I am thankful for my health which allows me to enjoy life to the fullest. I am thankful for my business and my team that allow me to help so many great clients find their perfect home. I am thankful for all of the great organizations I have been fortunate enough to get involved with, including the Whittier Chamber, Whittier Host Lions, the Salvation Army, Friends of La Serna, Knights of Columbus, etc., that have led me to meeting so many wonderful, amazing and special people who make a difference in my life. I am thankful for everything I have learned which has made me a better person.” – Gil Rodriguez, Colwell Banker Alliance Realty “I am thankful for my awesome staff!!!” – Carol Crosby, Whittier Chamber

Pastor Dave Ansell accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from Chamber President Ben Greer on behalf of the staff and community at Family Church Whittier for hosting another successful networking event.

“I am thankful that my business door is still open. I am also thankful for my 7th grandchild and that the health of my family is good!” – Bonnie Watje, ACRO Printing, Inc. “I am thankful that our family businesses have done well this year, despite this difficult economy, and that we still have a place to call home. I am very blessed to be able to help other homeowners improve their financial state, give advice to those who may be in trouble and watch their lives improve when possible.” – Anne James, Reliance Funding “I am thankful for the many blessings I am given in my business and with all of my friends I get to see at Whittier Chamber events!” – Diana Gonzalez, Advanced Benefit Center “I am thankful for the supportive and inspirational people who remind me everyday why I love my job.” – Jessica Magdosku, Whittier Chamber The early bird gets the worm! These students were all smiles as they polished up on their networking skills during the Wake Up Whittier breakfast.

“I think that without my family and friends, including my extended family of Chamber Ambassadors, my staff, clients and day to day contacts, life would be so sad. I am so thankful for a smile, a quick hello and being able to share with others.” – Susie Ausdal, Union Bank “I am very thankful for my customers! Without them, I would not be able to have the flexibility to run a boutique and be available for my children’s needs. My children are thankful to you as well to have mom so close to home! Thank you to all!” – Theresa Garcia, Theresa’s Treasures “I’m thankful for so many blessings in my life, including my family and friends who continue to support and inspire me. I’m grateful for the opportunity I have to work with amazing women, the joy of learning new things, my health and the gift of being able to give and receive love every day.” – Katie Galvin, Whittier Chamber

We invite you to participate in the toy drive for our Holiday Sharing of Gifts event. This special holiday event brings joy and cheer to many children and their families by providing them with clothing, toys and food. If you are interested in making a donation or hosting a toy drive box at your place of business, please contact Meg Rottman at (562) 692-0383 x 269 or




OFFICE LIFE 10 Time Management Tips That Work Are you working on clock time or 'real' time? Learn how to manage your day by understanding the difference with these 10 time management tips. By Joe Matthews, Don Debolt and Deb Percival As seen on Chances are good that, at some time in your life, you've taken a time management class, read about it in books, and tried to use an electronic or paper-based day planner to organize, prioritize and schedule your day. "Why, with this knowledge and these gadgets," you may ask, "do I still feel like I can't get everything done I need to?" The answer is simple. Everything you ever learned about managing time is a complete waste of time because it doesn't work. Before you can even begin to manage time, you must learn what time is. A dictionary defines time as "the point or period at which things occur." Put simply, time is when stuff happens. There are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 50, they are exactly 50 years old, no more or no less. In real time, all time is relative. Time flies or drags depending on what you're doing. Two hours at the department of motor vehicles can feel like 12 years. And yet our 12-year-old children seem to have grown up in only two hours. Which time describes the world in which you really live, real time or clock time? The reason time management gadgets and systems don't work is that these systems are designed to manage clock time. Clock time is irrelevant. You don't live in or even have access to clock time. You live in real time, a world in which all time flies when you are having fun or drags when you are doing your taxes. The good news is that real time is mental. It exists between your ears. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It's time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around "not having enough time," or today not being "the right time" to start a business or manage your current business properly. There are only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless of the type of business you own, your work will be composed of those three items. As an entrepreneur, you may be frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions. While you cannot eliminate interruptions, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success. 1.

Practice the following techniques to become the master of your own time: Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going. You'll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions.


Any activity or conversation that's important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they're unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments. 3. Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results. 4. Schedule time for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you're doing. Take, for instance, the concept of having "office hours." Isn't "office hours" another way of saying "planned interruptions?" 5. Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don't start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time. 6. Take five minutes before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you know what success looks like before you start. And it will also slow time down. Take five minutes after each call and activity to determine whether your desired result was achieved. If not, what was missing? How do you put what's missing in your next call or activity? 7. Put up a "Do not disturb" sign when you absolutely have to get work done. 8. Practice not answering the phone just because it's ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging. Don't instantly give people your attention unless it's absolutely crucial in your business to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls. 9. Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business. 10. Remember that it's impossible to get everything done. Also remember that odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results. Matthews has held management roles with Subway, Blimpie, Motophoto and The Entrepreneur’s Source. DeBolt is a former president of the International Franchise Association. Percival works in franchise development. They are co-authors of Street Smart Franchising from Entrepreneur Press.

Living in Pain? The ProAdjuster is the Answer. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. It’s a warning sign. Millions of people experience pain at some point in their daily life; unfortunately, some even start and end their day in pain. There are two types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain can be mild or severe and may be caused by a broken bone, bruise, sprain or even a cut. Chronic pain is different. It can last for six months or more and may be accompanied by exhaustion, insomnia or weight changes. It occurs when the acute problem is not resolved properly.

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Whatever type the pain, some people resort to painkillers to alleviate symptoms. On the surface, there is nothing wrong with getting rid of the pain. No one wants to live in pain or discomfort. However, taking medication to reduce the intensity of the pain often only masks the causes of the problem. Ask yourself, wouldn’t it be better to find the true cause and treat it correctly? Of course it would. That’s why so many people choose regular ProAdjuster chiropractic care to treat their pain effectively and naturally – instead of relying on addictive pain medication that never really treats the source of the pain.

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If you or someone you know is suffering from pain, you may want to consider being evaluated with the ProAdjuster. Please contact our office, and we will send you more information about this advanced technology, or you can call our office today to schedule your evaluation. You have nothing to lose but your pain! "After 4 ProAdjuster treatments, I'm in AWE! I haven't felt pain-free in 2 years. The ProAdjuster isolates and fixes the problem precisely without putting stress on my body." -Carmela Calderon, School Nurse

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Special Events in November:


Pathways Support Group @ American Red Cross (6706 Friends Ave., Whittier), 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday. FREE. Contact (562) 698-0304 for more information $6 Zumba Class @ Aloisio Silva Brazilian Jui Jitsu (9150 Painter Ave., Ste. 105E, Whittier), 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Bootcamp classes 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. every Monday & Wednesday. Chamber members get first class FREE. Contact Miguel Cosio at (562) 696-1010 Community yoga classes @ Friends Chiropractic (6736 Friends Ave., Whittier), 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat or one will be provided. Certified Instructor: Rebecca Merlino. Voluntary donations accepted. Contact Friends Chiropractic (562) 698-1275 Real Estate Licensing Class @ Realty Executive Cornerstone (13604 Whittier Blvd., Whittier), 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. For cost information contact Meri Rama at (562) 755-7454 The Sunday Market Place in Uptown Whittier @ Greenleaf Ave. (near Hadley St.), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE. Enjoy a certified farmer’s market, specialty booths, crafts, food and live music every Sunday. For more information call the Whittier Uptown Association (562) 696-2662 4Z

Ribbon cutting @ Sugar Expressions (6744 Greenleaf Ave.), 12 noon. FREE. For more information contact the Whittier Chamber (562) 698-9554 The Heart of a Child Luncheon @ Los Coyotes Country Club (8888 Los Coyotes Dr., Buena Park), 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost to attend: $65. For more information please contact (562) 692-0383 Ext: 290 5Z Diabetes Health Fair @ Beverly Hospital campus - Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine (413 N. Poplar Ave., Montebello), 9 a.m. to 12 noon. FREE. Health screenings, booths and tours. For more information call (800) 618-6664 3D Art Exhibit Reception @ Whittier Art Gallery (8035 Painter Ave.), 3 to 6 p.m. FREE. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. For more information call (562) 698-8710 9Z Whittier Chamber’s Cosmic Pin Bowling @ La Habra 300 Bowl (370 E. Whittier Blvd., La Habra), 4 to 7 p.m. $40 per bowler; $295 King Pin sponsor (includes 5 bowlers). To reserve a team, call the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 Alzheimer’s Candlelight Vigil @ Whittier Place Senior Living (12315 Burgess Ave.), 6:30 p.m. FREE. Music, refreshments and a short program. For more information call (562) 321-9401 10 Z “Beyond Social Media: Direct Marketing in the Internet Age” Seminar @ Whittier Public Library, Nixon Room (7344 Washington Ave.), 8 to 9:30 a.m. FREE. Sponsored by the City ofWhittier and Chamber for local business owners. Seating is limited; RSVP to (562) 567-9320 12 Z Wine Tasting @ Whittier Museum (6755 Newlin Ave., Whittier), 5 to 8 p.m. Cost to attend: $35 members, $50 non-members. Contact (562) 945-3871 for more information 13 Z “Bra-Vo” Art Exhibit & Auction @ Whittier College, Ruth B. Shannon Center for Performing Arts (6760 Painter Ave.), 1 to 3 p.m. Co-sponsored by Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, the PIH Auxiliary and Patricia L. Scheifly Breast Health Center Advisory Council. Celebrity guest speaker Meredith Baxter. For ticket information, contact Eleanor Perry-Tomlin at (562) 698-0811 Ext. 14125 14 Z Holiday Stress Relief Workshop @ the office of Dr. Wendy Kreider, D.C. (16262 Whittier Blvd. #23), 6 p.m. FREE. Light refreshments served and exercise demonstrations will be performed. RSVP to (562) 943-2431 Pressure Point Therapy Workshop @ Friends Chiropractic (6736 Friends Ave.), 6:30 p.m. FREE. Live better and take charge of your health! Reserve a seat by calling (562) 698-1275 16 Z Wake Up Whittier Monthly Networking Breakfast @ Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (12401 Washington Blvd), 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. FREE for Chamber members; $20 for non-members. Contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 for more information 17 Z High Sierra Properties ribbon cutting @ Doctor’s Medical Office Building (8135 Painter Ave.), 12 noon. FREE. For more information contact the Whittier Chamber (562) 698-9554 Good Scout Award Dinner @ Radisson Hotel Whittier (7320 Greenleaf Ave). Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Cost TBA. Contact Bonnie Watje (562) 945-9638 for information 18 Z Ribbon cutting @ Crossfit Whittier (14301 Whittier Blvd.), 12 noon. FREE. For more information contact the Whittier Chamber 18-19 Z The W Art Show @ Parnell Park (15390 Lambert Rd), 6 to 9 p.m. Admission: Adults $10, Ages 5-12 yrs. $5, Under 5 FREE. Contact (562) 567-9460 for more information 29 Z Tasty Tuesday Monthly Networking Lunch @ Crepes & Grapes Café (6560 GreenleafAve), 11:30 a.m. $10. Contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 for more information

“Financial Update” - continued on from page 4 Source/Disclaimer 1Source: Standard & Poor’s Equity Research Services, “Shaken and Stirred,” August 29, 2011. 2Source: The New York Times, “Market Swings Are Becoming New Standard,” September 11, 2011. Source: Standard & Poor’s. For the period indicated. Stocks are represented by the S&P 500, an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Douglas M. Rowan, CFP, CMFC is an investment adviser representative with over twenty-five years of experience in the field. He designs and coordinates investment portfolios to help clients in seeking to achieve their financial goals and objectives. He is highly knowledgeable in the areas of investments, risk management, retirement and estate planning, and the analysis of escrow, endowment and corporate benefit plans. He handles the multi-dimensional financial affairs for a select group of families and businesses in Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Valley. (562) 945-7787 or (800) 441-0136. • The views are those of Douglas M. Rowan, CFP®, CMFC, AIF® and should not be construed as investment advice. Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic stability, and differences in accounting standards. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance information is historical and not indicative of future results. Securities offered through Financial Network Investment Corporation, member SIPC November 2011 — This column is provided through the Financial Planning Association, the membership organization for the financial planning community, and is brought to you by Douglas M. Rowan, CFP®, CMFC, AIF® a local member of FPA.






































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NETWORKING QUOTE I have been thinking a lot about this lately… The Whittier Chamber has been so great for my business! I’ve discovered how much I really enjoy getting out and meeting fellow Chamber members and networking with them. I have gained more business, but more importantly, I have gained more friends! I had always thought that getting involved with the chamber was for other people, and then I realized that it is for everyone - including me! Don’t wait, get involved!!! Greg Gunter Greg's Auto Body




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SASSFA Assists Homebound Senior Adults with “Adopt an Angel” Program This past year, we have experienced a number of devastating natural disasters and tragedies throughout the United States and the world. In order to keep our frail homebound seniors safe, SASSFA Senior Services would like to provide each of our home delivered meal participants with an Emergency Survival Kit. Each kit would contain 3 days of water and food, a blanket and a flashlight. If additional funds are raised, SASSFA will also be able to add other emergency supplies such as a small first aid kit. These kits will be delivered as part of their holiday “Adopt an Angel” campaign this year. SASSFA’s goal is to purchase 300 kits. Please assist homebound seniors in the greater community with a donation toward this lifesaving project. SASSFA appreciates all your support. Please send your donation to: SASSFA, Inc., Adopt an Angel Project 2011, 10400 Pioneer Blvd., Suite 9, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670. SASSFA, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization. Tax identification number is 95-4761175. For further information, please call (562) 699-3231 ext. 262.

Pressure Point Therapy Workshop This Month Whittier residents are invited to come learn the signs and signals that tell you when something is wrong with your body. Learn how to live better and take charge of your health. This is a hands-on workshop to show you how to gently and effectively learn specific ways to improve your flexibility and range of motion, decrease muscle spasms, stress and pain and increase blood flow and energy. Featured speaker is Dr. Yani Feliciano, Board Qualified Chiropractic Orthopedist and Wellness Advisor. Free booklet and materials and ProAdjuster Scan are included for all participants. If you or someone you know is experiencing pain and stress, please call (562) 698-1275 and register for this workshop held at 6736 Friends Avenue in Whittier at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2011. You’ve got nothing to lose but your pain!

Annual Carousel of Trees to Take Place December 4 Assistance League will host a “Carousel of Trees” fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. December 4, 2011, at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Dr. in Whittier. During the evening, guests can participate in a silent auction of many small (up to 4 feet tall) fully decorated (and lighted, too) Christmas trees. There will also be wreaths, gift baskets and more holiday items for sale. Music and photos with Santa will also be part of the evening’s festivities. The event will feature a live auction for a fabulous getaway and live entertainment will also be part of the evening’s festivities. The $70 tickets are available from Assistance League members or by sending a $70 check to: Assistance League, P.O. Box 467, Whittier 90607. For more information, please call (562) 693-6533. TM

Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m., Friends Chiropractic will offer yoga classes for all experience levels. Come learn how Yoga can help you increase your flexibility, improve your range of motion, enhance your posture and much more. Bring a yoga mat or one will be provided for you and voluntary donations will be accepted. Certified Instructor is Rebecca Merlino. Friends Chiropractic is located at 6736 Friends Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601. Call (562) 698-1275 to reserve a spot.

Soroptimists Invite the Community to “Wednesday Night Live” Soroptimist International of Whittier is inviting the community to attend “Wednesday Night Live – A new Comedy and Variety Show” on January 25, 2012 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia St. The show, which opens at 6 p.m., will feature an exciting variety of music, dance and comedy, as well as performances by your favorite “Golddiggers.” Tickets to the event are $45 and can be purchased from Bonnie Watje at ACRO Printing, 13301 Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90601 (562-945-9638) or at Friendly Hills Bank via Petra Schmischke, 16011 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90603 (562-947-1920). Soroptimist International is a world-wide volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in their local communities and throughout the world. They invite all women to join them each Tuesday at 12 noon at the Radisson Hotel Whittier, 7320 Greenleaf Ave., for their weekly luncheon program. All are welcome to attend and learn more about how to get involved and be part of an active and fun group of women dedicated to helping the community! Members join for the service and stay for the friendships. Enjoy a $12.50 buffet lunch and networking. For more information or to RSVP, contact Dr. Yani Feliciano, Membership Director, at (562) 698-1275 or visit Soroptimist International of Whittier online at

Alzheimer’s Candlelight Vigil at Whittier Place Senior Living Join Whittier Place Senior Living for the National Alzheimer’s Candlelight Vigil as we remember lives touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia on Wednesday, Assisted Living • Memory Care November 9 at 6:30 p.m. During the candlelight remembrance service, there will be music, light refreshments and a short program. This event is open to the public at no cost. Please RSVP by Monday, November 7 to (562) 321-9401. To learn more about Whittier Place or the Alzheimer’s Candlelight Vigil, please visit





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AROUND TOWN California Arborist Welcomed Warm Wishes During September 11th Remembrance Peggy Swartzbaugh of California Arborist recently honored the victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedy by flying a special flag outside of their Whittier store in remembrance of those who lost their lives that day ten years ago. “We have received an amazing response from our flag, including passers by honking their horns to numerous pictures taken of the flag in remembrance of 9/11. We have had many neighbors and people, who drive down Lambert Rd. on a daily basis, let us know how much it means to them to see the flag flying and to thank us for remembering our fellow Americans we lost 10 years ago. The flag was just our way of saying thanks and to make sure we never forget how many lives were and still are affected by that day.” California Arborist is located at 14068 Lambert Rd. and can be reached by calling (562) 698-3280.

Beverly Hospital Diabetes Education Program Receives AADE Accreditation Beverly Hospital recently received accreditation of its diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This program will allow residents in Montebello and the surrounding communities increased access to diabetes education services. Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. “We recognize more people are affected by diabetes in our community than ever before. We’re reaching out to become the source for education that will put individuals and families on a wellness path that will be passed on for generations to come,” said Roque Estrada, RN, CDE and Diabetes Educator. To find out more about the programs and services offered at the Diabetes Center at Beverly Hospital, call (323) 725-5066.

Don’t Let the Holiday Season Stress You Out Would you like to learn a new way to cope with holiday stress this year? Attend a free seminar at the office of Dr. Wendy Kreider on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 6 p.m. Dr. Wendy Kreider will show attendees how to assess their stress, perform stress relieving exercises and demonstrate various techniques. A light dinner will be served. The office is located at 16262 Whittier Blvd. #23, Whittier, CA 90603. Please RSVP to (562) 943-2431 as seating is limited.

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YMCA To Host 32nd Annual Christmas Prayer Breakfast Join the YMCA on Friday, December 2, 2011 for a great morning of fellowship as we joyfully ring in the Christmas season. The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel Whittier, 7320 Greenleaf Ave., at 7 a.m. Come and enjoy a “Message of the Season” by Guest Speaker, Dr. Barry H.Corey, President of Biola University. Dr. Corey is a Massachusetts native with an extensive academic, fundraising and pastoral background. He received a B.A. in English and Biblical Studies from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo, an M.A. in American Studies with concentration in Literature and Religious History from Boston College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and his Ph.D. from Boston College. He lived in Bangladesh among the rural poor from 1990-1991 when he was a Fulbright Scholar with the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. He has served on several non-profit boards and has completed two Boston Marathons. President Corey also serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Please join the YMCA for breakfast and a morning of fellowship, scripture reading and an inspirational message as we ring in the Christmas season. The cost is $20 per person; $160 for table of 8. Unwrapped toys/books for the Salvation Army are also welcomed. For reservations, please contact the YMCA of Greater Whittier at (562) 907-2727.

The Whole Child to Hold 21st Annual “Holiday Sharing of Gifts” Drive The holiday season is fast approaching and giving back to our community is the perfect way to celebrate! The Whole Child, formerly known as Intercommunity Child Guidance Center, is hosting its 21st Annual “Holiday Sharing of Gifts” on December 15, 2011. Every holiday season, The Whole Child partners with local businesses in an effort to enrich the lives of families who face mounting hardships, both personally, emotionally or financially, and they ask you to help continue this giving tradition. Toy collections from individuals, corporations and businesses like yours have given over 500 children a reason to rejoice each year. This year, The Whole Child invites you to participate in the annual toy drive by collecting toys in your place of business for children from newborn to 18 years of age. Now, more than ever, your help is needed to share the joy of the holiday season with families that would otherwise not have the means to celebrate. A simple collection of toys could mean a world of difference to so many children in your very own community. For more information, please contact Meg Rottman at or call (562) 692-0383, ext. 269. The Whole Child looks forward to partnering with you and making the “Holiday Sharing of Gifts” the most meaningful event of the season.

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Linda Amodeo, Mary Kay Cosmetic Beauty Consultant and active member of the City of Hope Hacienda Heights Chapter, will be one of the many vendors participating at the 48th Annual Fashion Show Luncheon, Boutique and Silent Auction in December. "Moulin Rouge” will take place on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pacific Palms Resort & Conference Center, 1 Industry Hills Pkwy. in the City of Industry. Fashion and clothing will be coordinated by James Campbell Productions. Reserve your luncheon tickets for $70 per person or purchase a table for a group of ten. All proceeds will benefit the City of Hope. For more information, please contact Linda Amodeo at (562) 544-6580 or visit

November kicks off the annual Whittier A.M. Y Service Club Christmas Wreath fundraiser. A traditional 22” noble fir wreath is being offered, ready for hanging, for the upcoming holiday season. Each wreath is hand-crafted from fresh, fragrant noble fir from the Pacific Northwest. The wreath is accented with a red velvet water repellent bow and snowy pine cones. The wreaths are shipped refrigerated from the supplier to preserve freshness. Final Assembly and Quality Control inspection of each wreath is performed at the Wreath Chairman’s Whittier yuletide villa prior to distribution to customers. Enhance the magic of the season with an order of a wreath for your Whittier home or business. Each wreath is $20; an optional wreath door hanger is available for $2. For your convenience, expect delivery to your Whittier home or business by December 5. Payment is accepted upon delivery. All proceeds benefit the YMCA of Greater Whittier. To place an order or for additional information, please contact the Whittier Y Service Club Wreath Chairman Terry Roznos by email at or call (562) 693-5693.

Whittier Art Association Hosts November 3D Show: Point of View It is with pleasure that the Whittier Art Association announces its eagerly awaited Annual 3D show. The Whittier area is home to many nationally known and prize winning artists of 3D works: sculptors, potters, jewelers and fabric artists all come under that heading. The public response to this event has always been enthusiastic, especially since, traditionally, the prices on the artwork have been kept low to enable visitors to buy art for their Christmas season giving. The show runs from November 3 to November 27. A reception will be held at the Gallery on Saturday November 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served and several of the artists featured will be doing demonstrations of their artistic process. The public is invited and encouraged to come meet the artists, ask questions or just enjoy viewing the exciting work on display. The Gallery is open from 12 noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and located at 8035 Painter Ave. in Whittier. For more information on these events, call (562) 698-8710.

Art Workshops Open to Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Express yourself through the creative process of art! Explore drawing, collage, printmaking, clay and more. Workshops are held on the second Thursday of each month and will continue through May 2012. These free classes, co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, are being held at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Supplies are included and no previous art experience is necessary. Registration is required! Please call (562) 698-0811 Ext. 12820 for further information and to register.

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Upcoming Bra-vo Auction to Welcome Celebrity Guest Speaker Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, the PIH Auxiliary, the Patricia L. Scheifly Breast Health Center Advisory Council and Soroptimist International of Whittier invite the community to their Bra-vo Auction, an uplifting exhibit of artwork created by breast cancer survivors. The event will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Ave. Celebrity guest speaker Meredith Baxter will give a special presentation during the afternoon events and host the live auction portion. Meredith is widely known for her role as the flower child mother on Family Ties, and has since produced and starred in many television films. Meredith has been involved in the fight against breast cancer for many years. Artwork has been created by breast cancer survivors as an expression of themselves using bras as the main art form. For tickets and information, please contact Eleanor Perry-Tomlin at (562) 698-0811 Ext. 14125.

Bailey House Hosts Annual Christmas Tea Join the Whittier Historical Society on Saturday, December 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bailey House, 13421 Camilla St. in Whittier, for a Christmas Tea. You and your family are invited to enjoy tea, cookies and holiday carolers during the free afternoon event. The Bailey House will be decorated for Christmas in the simple Quaker style of the late 1800’s. Call the Whittier Museum at (562) 945-3871 for more information.




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L.A. Dance Connection (562) 693-9202 ∙ 17 Years

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Sugar Expressions Julie Humphries Liz Vega 6744 Greenleaf Ave. ∙ Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 945-6100 ∙ Stop by and pick up your custom cupcakes & cookies. Made fresh daily with the highest quality ingredients, perfectly prepared and artfully presented. We have a flavor and texture to delight the most discriminating palate! The “Party Room” at Sugar Expressions provides the ideal venue for your next birthday; from your lil’ princess to your teenage son, our trained staff knows how to make your loved one feel special on his or her most important day! Call Julie at (562) 572-7875 to reserve your event. Referred by Sue Dean, Notary Signing Network


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Quality Lift & Equipment is a 24/7 service company dedicated to providing quality maintenance and repairs for all of your material handling equipment. An industry leader for over 20 years, Quality Lift & Equipment combines big company experience with small company personalized care and no job is too big or too small. In addition to the OSHA required Planned Maintenance Programs they provide, the Quality Lift & Equipment team is skilled on and can repair all makes and models of material handling equipment (Gas, Diesel, Electric, LPG specialized equipment such as Bendi & Drexel). They also provide an excellent rental program, along with leasing/sales of all types of equipment. Their parts department is dedicated to serving you with any of your material handling needs. Quality Lift keeps an extensive inventory on hand and fully stocked service trucks on the road to ensure that your downtime is kept to a minimum. Quality Lift Customer Service Specialists will submit a timely and reasonable quote to you based on individual needs. All fees are itemized - no charges are hidden and they offer standard 90 day parts and labor warranty. Call today for a quote!

The Doctors Medical Center is a three-story, modern medical building located at 8135 South Painter Ave, across the street from the Whittier Chamber of Commerce. Aptly nicknamed the “Blue Whale”, this building’s distinguishable blue awning, brilliantly reflective glass windows and exterior alucobond panels attribute to its sleek, exterior design. The Doctors Medical Center offers a complementary mix of medical services, including a surgical center, an imaging center, a pharmacy and an on-site diagnostic lab. The Doctors Medical Center also offers medical suites to medical doctors, dentists and other medical-related practices. During the past year, the Doctors Medical Center changed ownership to High Sierra Properties, Inc. High Sierra Properties is committed to restoring and preserving this medical building as just one way of providing the best service to its clients. Since High Sierra Properties took ownership of the building, the company has installed surveillance cameras throughout the property, removed graffiti, resurfaced the parking lot, completed detailed landscaping work and has the windows and doors regularly cleaned. High Sierra Properties prides itself on working tirelessly to create a safe, secure and pleasant work environment for the Doctors Medical Center doctors and their staff.




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