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Monrovia State of the City Speech | Black History Month | City Manager | Aztec Hotel | Etc.

~ If you want to attend the Mayor's State of the City address at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the Krikorian, call City Hall at 932-5550 x1401 for reservations.

~ Events for Black History Month:

~ Related to Black History Month, unofficial Monrovia Historian, Steve Baker, reports that Monrovia's Shiloh AME Zion Church, (1023 S. Canyon Blvd.) was founded by black immigrants from South Carolina who came here to work on Lucky Baldwin's ranch before Monrovia was a city. He said the church just celebrated its 129th anniversary. Monrovia, he said, was diverse from the start.

~ City Council member Becky Shevlin reports that Monrovia should have a new city manager by mid to late February.

~ Interested in the inside of the Aztec Hotel? Jim Wigdon, of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, reports that it will be on the group's Mothers Day Homes Tour.

~ Monrovia Providers Group is sponsoring a Valentine "Bubbles & Truffles" - a wine and chocolate evening - on Feb. 7 to benefit seniors in Monrovia and nearby communities. Details: 358-2569.

~ A new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) series at the Library for school-age children. This session on Sun and Stars. Details: 256-8274.

~ Foothill Unity Center, which provides food for low-income people, is holding a Fabulous 50's fundraiser, Saturday, April 26. Details at

- Brad Haugaard

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