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April 4, 2008
April showers will bring May flowers; I’m certainly looking forward to that How many April Fools’ jokes did you play or did someone play on you? I had my share. Have you signed up to attend the Montrose–Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce Third Annual Bowling Night? It will be held at the Montrose Bowl on Monday, April 7, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Where else can you go to eat, bowl, win prizes and have fun for $25? Bowl-offs are back for $2 for two throws. Remember the Old Barru, then it was the Barru Martini Lounge?
By Jason Wells | March 21, 2008
MONTROSE ? Organizers of an annual Oktoberfest celebration say a City Council decision to cap discounts to nonprofits for city resources has thrown the event?s future into uncertainty. Oktoberfest ? the Montrose Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce?s largest fundraiser and a popular event in the area ? has benefited from a 75% discount for city services since 1981. But under the new policy adopted Tuesday, that discount could drop to 25% unless the city becomes a sponsor. ?It is going to make it extremely difficult,?
By Mary O’Keefe | October 12, 2007
Looking every bit like Munich, Honolulu Avenue was transformed last Saturday into an oompapa heaven as vendors sold traditional German food and drink to visitors from the community and beyond for the annual Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest. It is the only time of the year when wearing a chicken hat is in style, and everyone can count up to three (at least) in German. The chamber estimates that over 20,000 visitors attended the Montrose Oktoberfest. “We have had nothing but good feedback,” said Jim Bates, chief executive officer of the chamber.
By Angela Hokanson | October 8, 2007
They may have come for the beer and bratwurst, but visitors stayed to meet their neighbors and watch surrounding communities converge in Montrose during Saturday’s 30th annual Oktoberfest. “My favorite part is watching the people,” said Barbara Okamoto, who works at The Village Pub, a bar down the street from where Oktoberfest was held on Honolulu Avenue. Okamoto was working at a beer booth at the festival on Saturday afternoon, along with about 10 regular customers she had corralled to help her. “I just like meeting and seeing the people you haven’t seen,” said Rose Gamble, the administrative assistant for the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, which organizes Oktoberfest.
October 5, 2007
Montrose Oktoberfest Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. on Honolulu Avenue. Games/Rides start at noon; Official opening at 1 p.m.; Beer/wine sales start at 2 p.m. Bingo from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Montrose Travel Parking lot. Dinner Area B at Wickham opens at 2 p.m. Dinner Area A at Washington Mutual opens at 4 p.m. Contests : Forms available at Information Booth at PDC Lot 2340 Honolulu Ave. ...
By Mary O’Keefe | October 5, 2007
It is time to dust off your lederhosen and listen to your favorite oompapa band. Yes, it is Oktoberfest in Montrose. The celebration begins Saturday at noon and ends at 11 p.m. with an estimated 20,000 visitors expected along Honolulu Avenue. This traditional event will offer all those things that Oktoberfest attendees have come to expect: bratwurst, sauerkraut and beer as well as contests, variety shows, bingo and much more. For 30 years the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce has presented Oktoberfest.
September 28, 2007
Those looking for an opportunity to jiggle to the Chicken Dance or who are seeking a frothy brew are invited down to Honolulu Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 6 for the annual Oktoberfest. This is the 30th year that Montrose has hosted the event. Activities planned include a Best Dressed Dog contest, bingo games and authentic German fare. Free admission. Oktoberfest begins at noon. For more information, visit   The 2007 Town Council elections will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Career Center at Crescenta Valley High School.
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