Good afternoon, San Gabriel:
Last weekend marked another outstanding annual tradition in San Gabriel, the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt.  A special thanks goes to the staff in Community Services for their work in assembling a wonderful day of family fun for everyone, and to our friends at Kiwanis for their longstanding partnership.  Please let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

Here's what else is happening in San Gabriel this week!

Cinco de Mayo mercado comes to 
San Gabriel Mission District
Kick off your Cinco de Mayo week with the City of San Gabriel! Join us for the Cinco de Mayo Mercado on Saturday, Apr. 29 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in the Mission District Plaza. Festivities will include live entertainment on our outdoor stage with Ballet Folklorico Sol de Fuego, a group based out of La Casa de San Gabriel, and Las Colibr í, an all female string mariachi ensemble. The Mercado will also include artisits, crafters and kids' activities.

Los Angeles-based Pez Cantina will be serving beer, wine, and their specialty Hibiscus Berry Margaritas. Pez Cantina Owner/Chef Bret Thompson is a San Gabriel resident and we are thrilled to have his restaurant participating in this event. Food trucks and Mission District restaurants will be serving up some delicious eats! Food truck options include Plant Food for People (Vegan carnitas-style tacos), Eagle Foods/505 Food Truck (Mexican Food), Batterfish (fish tacos, Lobster rolls, fish & chips), and Dip'd (Dipped sandwiches). Mission District eateries include Lunas Mexican Restaurant, Pizza Place CA, Love To Go dessert shop, and Factory Tea Bar. Bring the family to enjoy this fun FREE community event!

The Mercado is a free pre-show event to coincide with JornadaThe Flourishing of Flamenco, which will take place inside the Mission Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. For more information about Jornada or to purchase tickets online, visit

For more information about our evening entertainment, check out Ballet Folklorico Sol de Fuego at and Las Colibrí at

For more information about the event, contact Community Services at 626.308.2875.

  News from City Hall
San Gabriel Blvd./Mission Road intersection improvement project begins
Commuters traveling through one of San Gabriel's most challenging intersections will soon see relief under an improvement plan approved by the City Council.

The City Council has awarded a contract to Sequel Contractors, Inc. for street improvements, construction of a right turn lane on Mission Road, and traffic signal upgrades. The contractor started work this week on the long-awaited project, and the project will be completed by the end of September 2017.

The work during the month of April includes curb, gutter, and pavement removal along the edges of the roadway. The contractor will also begin underground storm drain work. There will be lane and sidewalk detours on San Gabriel Blvd. between Fairview and Grand and on Mission Road between Pine and San Gabriel Blvd. at various times.

Electronic message signs, set on the roadways leading to the project, will keep motorists and pedestrians advised of the construction activities. Please follow the traffic control signs and delineators; and please reduce driving speeds while traveling through this area. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to create another Great Streets Improvement and raise the levels of safety and service on our streets.

For more information, call the Public Works Department at 626.308.2825.
San Gabriel presents its 59th annual drill team competition at Jefferson School
Join us for the 59th Annual Drill Team Competition on Saturday, May 13 at Jefferson Middle School, 1372 East Las Tunas Drive. 

The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will showcase the school spirit from each of the after school programs offered at all of the San Gabriel Unified elementary schools. Each team has been working very hard for weeks to develop a fun and creative routine. The teams will be judged on the difficulty of the routine, precision, coordination, execution, spirit and showmanship. There will also be a performance from some special guests. Don't miss all of the high energy fun!

For more information, please contact Recreation Supervisor James Lara at 626.308.2875 or email at
SGV Humane Society urges caution as diseased bats found in nearby cities
Although no cases have been reported within San Gabriel yet, nearby cities such as Arcadia, Pasadena, Monrovia, Glendale and more have had confirmed cases of rabid bats. In 2016, Los Angeles County reported 38 total bats that tested positive for rabies; to view the detailed cases, visit: Multiple cases have been reported in 2017, and the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society just handled a case in Rosemead.

Bat activity increases in the summer and fall, so it is exprected that more of these cases will occur as temperatures get warmer. Residents are advised to never touch a bat with bare hands and to keep their pet rabies vaccinations up-to-date.

To find out more information about rabies, visit the Public Health Department's rabies fact sheet at: . Please contact the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society at 626.286.1159 for further questions or to report an incident.

  Mission Playhouse
Celebrate International Dance Day at the Mission Playhouse
Jornada is back! A grand celebration of world music and dance, Jornada traced the development and influence of Flamenco last Spring. Visit the Mission Playhouse on International Dance Day, Saturday, Apr. 29 at 7:30 p.m. as the journey continues.

Jornada, Spanish for 'journey,' is the creation of Clarita Corona, artistic director of Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre. In this production, Arte Flamenco Dance Threatre brings Spanish dance from Andalucia and will be joined by BollyPop, presenting Kalbelia folk dance from Rajasthan (North West India), Resurrecci ón Mexican Folk de Rafael Valpuesta (Yucat án, Mexico) and Firqat Fan Al-Maghrib (North Africa). Experience these dances through stunning costumes and the vibrant sounds and rhythms from live musicians. Come early to the festive Mercado (market) at Playhouse Plaza where you can purchase beautiful handicrafts from local artisans, grab a bite to eat, and watch free cultural performances on the outdoor Plaza stage.

Click below for more information.

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The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is owned and operated by the City of San Gabriel. Unless otherwise stated, all events are presented by independent producers and are subject to change or cancellation without notice. The Mission Playhouse is not responsible for the content of such events, artistic or otherwise. The views expressed by these independent producers do not necessarily reflect those of the Mission Playhouse or the City of San Gabriel. 
  On the agenda
Upcoming City Council meetings
  • Tues., May 2 - 5:30-7:15 p.m.: First Budget Study Session "Draft" Operating & CIP "Feedback Forum," City Hall, Conference Room A.

  • Tues., May 2 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., May 16 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
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Upcoming commission meetings
All meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
  • Mon., May 1 - 7:00 p.m., Community Services Commission
  • Mon., May 8 - 6:30 p.m., Planning Commission
  • Mon., May 22 - 7:00 p.m., Design Review Commission
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  Upcoming Community Events
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
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  We're hiring!
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • Administrative Assistant II - Closes on Friday, May 5
  • Building Inspector - Open Until Filled
  • Plan Check Engineer - Open Until Filled
  • Auto Mechanic Intern - Continuous
  • Administrative Assistant I - Continuous
  • Firefighter/Paramedic - Continuous
  • Mission Playhouse Stage Crew - Continuous
  • Mission Playhouse Usher - Continuous
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor - Continuous
  • Police Assistant - Continuous
  • Police Cadet - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Entry Level Recruit) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate) - Continuous
  • Recreation Leader - Continuous
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