Volunteers Needed for Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. -- The city of Monterey Park put out a call Monday for volunteers to assist with its annual Chinese New Year Festival from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.

Volunteer shifts usually last four to five hours, anywhere between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. High school students can receive credit for community service hours, according to Robert Aguirre, the city's special events manager.

The festival, which will be held on Garvey Avenue between Garfield and Alhambra avenues, normally attracts more than 100,000 people, Aguirre said.

The weekend event will feature entertainment, displays and international foods in celebration of the Year of the Ox.

Volunteers will assist vendors, help with decorations, monitor children's craft projects, distribute fliers and help at the entertainment stages.

Anyone interested in helping out should contact the special events manager at 626-307-1390, or e-mail him at raguirre@montereypark.ca.gov.

A short orientation meeting will be held on Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the council chamber at Monterey Park City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Ave. Representatives of YES Marketing, the event organizer, will describe the various duties and make shift assignments.

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