On Saturday Aug. 20, city representatives and neighbors gathered on the 800 block of West Walnut Ave. for a Monrovia Area Partnership-hosted block party. MAP was created to fight crime and blight, empower citizens and increase activism, volunteerism and neighborhood pride.
The festivities kicked off at 1 p.m. City reps were on hand to talk about city programs, resources and hot topics in town. But the event wasn’t all serious. There was plenty of homemade food, music, basketball, a balloon toss and even a piñata. About 300 people were in attendace.
The block party marked the first MAP function in this particular neighborhood. In September, MAP plans to hold a Neighborhood Watch meeting here as well.
Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, Councilmembers Tom Adams and Becky Shevlin were in attendance. So were neighborhood leaders Eloise Hart, Larry Spicer, Genia Mills, Ulises Gutierrez, Christine Bennett, George Loera, Cheryl Baines, and David and Monica Palomares.