Temple City's Sizzlin' Summer Concerts in the Park

As a Temple City resident, I found some interesting facts about the Temple City Concerts in the Park Series.

The Temple City Concert Series started relatively small in the mid-1980’s featuring the San Gabriel Valley Concert Band using the parking lot adjacent to City Hall.   Estimated attendance was 25 – 50.  

The Performing Arts Pavilion located in Temple City Park is the current home of the Concert in the Park series was dedicated in September 1996 honoring those that made the dream into a reality.  Since then, the Concerts in the Park series has welcomed a variety of solo performers, tribute bands that span the decades.  Pre-concert activities and weekly giveaways all set in a true hometown atmosphere sets the TC CONCERTS IN THE PARK series as a true Temple City tradition.  In 2013, Temple City welcomed sponsorships to help support the series and also introduced Beats & Eats Food Trucks during the series.  Their 11 week series begins mid-June through August each summer and draws crowds up to 1,800.

Beach Boys, Elvis, Chicago, Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac…will not be playing here. But tribute bands honoring their greatness will. Another plus, the concerts are free!

What:      City of Temple City’s Concerts in the Park 2015

Where:   Temple City Park
               9701 Las Tunas Drive
               Temple City

When:    Wednesday evenings
               June 17 – August 26
Time:      6:30pm -Pre-concert activities
               7:00pm – Concert

We are excited to support Temple City’s Summer tradition.

Stop by and visit our Longo booth on July 1st, July 8th, and August 12th.   We will be raffling gas card gift cards.

We look forward to seeing you there. Let’s enjoy the summer together.



Toyota Demonstrates Ingenuity in America’s Rally Series 

This past May, at the Monster Energy Supercross Championship finale in Las Vegas, Nevada, Toyota showcased the brand new RAV4 rally car. This entry is a modified version of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 LE. 

What’s unique about the unibody-constructed RAV4 is how it will be utilized within a professional racing series. Typically, rally cars are based upon manufactured hatchbacks, but Toyota is shaking the racing industry up by going with a SUV inspired vehicle. The lighter and leaner design will undoubtedly become quite alluring for off-road drivers as it will be immensely effective in handling all outdoor racing expeditions.
Son of off-road legend Rod Millen and the winner of the 2014 Baja 1000, Ryan Millen will be in the RAV4 driver’s seat in various rally races including several events associated with the 2015 Rally America 2WD-Open Class season. Ryan is also a Longo Toyota guest. (Thanks Ryan!)

“I’ve driven just about everything Toyota has to offer,” said Millen. “And I’ve been very impressed with the RAV4’s tight, compact body and smooth handling. I’m looking forward to putting it through the paces this season.” This won’t be Ryan’s first time behind a Toyota vehicle either. As previously stated above, Ryan took home the top prize at last year’s Baja 1000 in a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. With Ryan back at the helm for Toyota’s RAV4, all eyes will be on car and driver throughout the Rally America West Series.  

For more details about the RAV4 rally car, click here. 



Covina Summer Evenings - Free Entertainment!

There are many amazing free summer concerts being hosted in the Greater Los Angeles area, and locally, Covina is one of them.  

Dance the night away on Mondays and Thursdays, enjoy a family film on Tuesdays, or relax and listen to soothing music on Wednesdays.

We suggest arriving early for preferred parking. The address is Covina Park, 301 N. Fourth Ave, Covina.

Summer Evening Entertainment:

Monday – 7:30pm Starlight Concert Series
June 22   Stone Soul (Soul, Motown, R&B)
June 29   Film at Eleven (60s, 70s, Disco)
July 6      Creedence Relived (Tribute to CCR)
July 13    Thief (Classic Rock)
July 20    Sgt. Pepper (Music of the Beatles)
July 27    The Smiths (Country, Top 40, Classic Rock)

Tuesday – 6:30pm Kids’ Night Out
June 23   Penguins of Madagascar
June 30   Rio 2
July 7      How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 14    Spongebob – Sponge Out of Water
July 21    Big Hero 6
July 28    Planes: Fire & Rescue

Wednesday – 7:30pm – Celebration Series
July 1     Covina United Methodist Church
July 8     First Presbyterian Church of Covina
July 15   Foothill Vineyard Church
July 22   Christ Church of the Valley (CCV)
July 29   Covina Assembly of God Church

Thursday – 7:30pm Covina Concert Band Series
July 2       Americana
July 9       Travel – Where are We?
July 16     Tribute of Leroy Anderson
July 23     Let’s Dance with a Twist of Orange
July 30     Movie Music
August 6  Audience Favorites

On Saturday, August 1st, a charity event will be held to support Covina Yellow Ribbon and local food banks. There will be great music, good food, and a classic car show for Covina’s Summer End Concert and Car Show.
4:00pm-5:00pm     2nd Avenue (Oldies, Classic Rock)
5:30pm-6:30pm     California Sun (Surf Music)
7:00pm-8:30pm     City Beat (High-energy Dance Band)                                    

Join Longo at Covina’s Summer Months of Fun. Visit our booth on Monday nights and enter into a raffle for some great prizes.


Go Green - Proper Disposal of Hazardous Items

As we hosted our Eighth Annual Earth Day Celebration, many environmental questions were asked by our guests. Questions such as – What can I do to reduce hazardous waste? Or where can I dispose my medications?

Since then, we have researched helpful information and resources about safe use and disposal of household hazardous waste and promote local Roundups. 

Many of the products found in our homes are toxic. They can cause serious human and animal health and environmental problems if used, stored and disposed of improperly. The simple practices listed below can help keep your family, home, neighborhood and environment safe. Here are a few tips on how you can properly dispose hazardous waste, universal waste and electronic waste.

Disposal of Universal waste (U-waste)
As stated on website, universal waste is hazardous waste containing harmful chemicals, which if placed in the trash may harm people or the environment. It is illegal to throw u-waste in the trash.
U-waste includes:
•    Common Batteries - such as AA, AAA, C cells, D cells and button batteries (e.g. hearing aid batteries). These may contain a corrosive chemical that can cause burns. To dispose of this properly, please note the events below.
•    Fluorescent Tubes and Other Mercury-containing Lamps – such as fluorescent light tubes and bulbs, high intensity discharge (HID), sodium, and neon bulbs. These lights contain mercury vapor that may be released to the environment when they are broken. If mercury is released into the environment it can contaminate the air we breathe and enter streams, rivers, and the ocean. For proper disposal, you can bring your items to one of the events listed below.
•    Mercury-Containing Devices - such as thermostats, switches, and thermometers. Below you will find collection events, which will assist your disposal of these items.

Disposal of Electronic Waste (E-waste)
E-waste is consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. E-waste can include computers, televisions, hard drives, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios, and microwave ovens. These devices often contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, copper, and chromium. 

Disposal of expired/unused medication (Household Hazardous Waste-HHW)
Once it was common practice of flush pharmaceutical medications down the drain or toilet. We now know that these substances are bad for our environment – the ground, water, and air around us. They would pass through the sewer system and eventually enter our streams, lakes, and rivers. According to, medicines and synthetic hormones have been detected in trace amounts in water bodies. This could lead to increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics and interference with growth and reproduction in aquatic organisms such as fish and frogs.

For program details and locations, visit www.PaintCare.Org or call 855-724-6809.


City of Hope Spring Blood Drive

Longo’s Ninth Annual City of Hope Blood Drive was hosted at our on-site area of Penske College.  Participants that included Longo Team members and some of our Service guests saved 189 lives. Did you know City of Hope purchases blood from blood banks, such as the American Red Cross? Not only were lives saved by donating blood, but also $18,000 for City of Hope.

There can be many questions regarding donating blood, and we are here to assist with those answers.

What to expect while donating?
The process is easy and usually takes less than an hour for whole blood and two hours for platelets. After answering a few questions about your medical history, you will undergo a brief min-physical exam to determine your current health status. You can usually resume everyday activities almost immediately after donating.

How often can I donate?
Qualified individuals may donate whole blood once every 56 days and platelets every two weeks.

What happens to my blood after I donate?
Blood and platelets go to the blood bank for processing and samples are sent out for infectious disease testing. The products are then labeled, stored and transfused when needed.

How do my blood components help?
Blood and platelets are the lifeline for our patients. Our patients rely on blood and platelet transfusions to aid during their cancer treatments and transplants.

Can I direct my blood donation to a specific patient?

•    Blood donations from friends and family are a great source of encouragement and support for a patient needing transfusions.
•    If your blood type is compatible with the patient, your donated blood can be given directly to our loved one. If your blood is not the same type, it is still important that you donate to help other City of Hope patients who are a blood type match and seriously in need of your help.

For eleven years, City of Hope has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for cancer by US News & World Report. We are excited to host our Tenth Annual City of Hope blood drive on May 19, 2016.