Torrance Rose Float Association Celebration Dinner

I will be installed as Secretary for the TRFA 2018 year. Please join me for this event.
You can order tickets online. Go to www.TorranceRoseFloat.org or print out the flyer below and send it in.
Tickets are only $15 each.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Carol
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Dear TRFA Decorators, Members and Supporters,

The Torrance Rose Float Association Celebration Dinner is just two weeks away! We invite you to join us for our 2017 Celebration Dinner, Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers and Board of Directors.

Here are the Event Details:

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 5:30PM
Location: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Toyota Meeting Hall, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503
Cost: $15.00 per ticket (reservation and payment must be received by February 14, 2017)

Ticket Order and payment information are included in the attached reservation form. You can also purchase tickets online at our website http://torrancerosefloat.org/form_celebration-dinner-2017.html

The 2017 City of Torrance “Be Your Own Knight” Float received the Tournament Volunteers’ Trophy for the “Best floral design of Parade theme under 35 feet in length.

Special Guest entertainment will be provided by Marty G Magician

The Celebration Dinner is open to all who support the Torrance Rose Float. Please feel free to pass this invitation and ticket order form along. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Sincerely,

Torrance Rose Float Association
3031 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
310-618-2425

http://torrancerosefloat.org/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/torrancerosefloatassociation/
http://www.cafepress.com/torrancerosefloatstore

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NAR Reports Nations Home Sales Rocking in the New Year

Existing sales jumped out to a fast start in 2017, increasing 3.3 percent in January and surpassing November as the strongest pace (5.69 million) since February 2007 (5.79 million).

For the most part, homebuyers have showed resilience in recent months by overcoming dearth supply levels and higher rates and home prices. Whether or not this can continue remains to be seen.


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Southern California Real Estate

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Space Science Day Student Arts Contest

Space Science Day Student Arts Contest:
Students in grades 5-12 invited to
enter original artwork

Torrance, CA — Student-artists are encouraged to enter their original creations in El Camino College’s 2017 Onizuka Space Science Day Arts Contest.

The winner will receive an invitation to bring three guests to attend the Onizuka Space Science Day Dinner with NASA astronaut Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren on March 10, 2017. Entries are due by 10 p.m. February 28, 2017.

Students should create original artwork inspired by the theme “Heroes of the Space Program.” Accepted genres of artwork include: drawing, painting, printmaking, computer-generated image, photograph or photographic collage.



To enter the art contest, email a scan or photo of the artwork to spaceday@elcamino.edu or mail to Robin Dreizler c/o Space Science Day Arts Contest, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA, 90506. Entries should include the student’s name, age, home address, phone number, parent or guardian email, grade in school, teacher’s name and current school.

Onizuka Space Science Day 2017 runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 11, 2017, and is open to science-minded students in fifth through 12th grade. The Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, El Camino College, and American Honda Motor Co. Inc. sponsor the free hands-on conference.

The event will feature a presentation from Lindgren, a physician who spent 141 days in orbit aboard the International Space Station and logged 15 hours and four minutes of spacewalk time. Students can also participate in hands-on science activities and experiments, egg drop and paper plane competitions, as well as classroom presentations and demonstrations led by El Camino College professors and guests from other institutions, such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Lunch is free for the first 900 students.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in which Astronaut Ellison Onizuka perished along with the six other crew members. The annual event was created to honor Onizuka’s memory and his dream of inspiring youth to strive for their career goals.

Though reservations for the event are at capacity, walk-ins are welcome the morning of Saturday, March 11, 2017. Please note, walk-ins are not guaranteed participation in the breakout sessions. If you are interested in participating as a walk-in and would like to receive more information, please submit this form to let us know: http://bit.ly/eccspacedayinterest.

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Calif 4th Qtr 2016 Housing Affordability

From www.car.org

The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in fourth-quarter 2016 remained at 31 percent, unchanged from the third quarter of 2016 but was up from 30 percent in fourth-quarter 2015, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional

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36th Annual TUSD College Fair at South HS

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at South High School, students and parents will have the chance to learn about various colleges and universities in California as well as from around the nation. The College Fair is an annual event sponsored jointly by the Torrance Council of PTAs, the Torrance Unified School District, and the PTAs at North, South, Torrance, and West High Schools. The purpose of the College Fair is to assist students as they navigate through the various steps to higher education. The event provides students and parents the opportunity to speak to representatives from a variety of schools, including community colleges, regional occupational programs, state colleges and universities, private schools, and Ivy League universities.

The College Fair also provides students and parents the opportunity to participate in workshops that cover a wide range of topics, including admissions processes, scholarship opportunities, and preparing for college entrance exams. TUSD counselors and college and career counseling coordinators will also be available to answer questions.

All students are encouraged to attend and take advantage of this event. It is never too early to begin thinking about college, and which one will best serve your future educational goals. There is a college or program that is right for every student’s future career plans.

The College Fair is free and open to the public. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South High gym. South High is located at 4801 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, California 90505.

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Louie Zamperini’s 100th Birthday Celebration

To celebrate Louie Zamperini’s 100th birthday, Torrance high School  students, faculty, staff and Senior Robert S., who wore a replica of Louie’s track uniform and held his shoes, gathered to take a photo on the stairs leading to the Senior Patio. We tried to spell out “LZ 100”. Louie’s children, Luke and Cynthia, are standing on either side of Robert and grandson Clay is actually right in the middle of the picture. Thank you to Lifetouch Photography for taking this memorable photo!

For those of you who don’t know, Louie shares a 100th birthday with Torrance High School. A Centennial Celebration is being planned for September 2017. Join our mailing list at www.TorranceHighCentennial.com to get information and updates of the activities that are being planned.



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Pet Adoption at Carson

 

We are partnering up with Carson Animal Shelter to help clear the cages. They have SO many adorable little fur kids there waiting for someone to give them a loving home. If you know anyone looking for a doggy or kitty, this Saturday, January 28th all adoption fees are covered!

Carson Animal Shelter Adoption Event

Carson Animal Shelter
Adoption Event
Carson Sheriff Station invites you to join us in helping some of our friends get out of lock up and find their forever homes

Saturday, January 28, 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
216 W. Victoria Street, GardenaAll adoption fees at this event are FREE thanks to the generosity of radio personality Luz Maria Briseno of Jose 97.5fm
Spay4LA will be on-site providing services as well

For more information, please contact Chris Kim atckim@animalcare.lacounty.gov or contact Jennifer Atenza at (310) 847-8343 or jaatenza@lasd.org

Address/Location
LASD – Carson Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
21356 Avalon Boulevard
Carson, CA 90745

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 310-830-1123

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Southern California Housing Highest Since 2007

Housing keeps getting scarcer in Southern California.  Demand is high and they are not making any more land.

Over the course of the year, prices in LA County rose four percent, while prices across Southern California jumped up nearly seven percent.

The report notes that the recent increases are likely due to a strengthening economy and low supply, compared to other housing markets. Also helping things along: an uptick in sales of newly built homes. Typically pricier than older residences, homes selling to their first owners accounted for 12 percent of all transactions in December. That’s the highest share in eight years.

Overall, the number of total sales increased nearly five percent in SoCal and more than six percent in LA County since last month. The small spike in sales may have been brought on by fears of rising interest rates following the election.

With some of the highest home prices in the nation, Southern California continues to draw a large number of real estate investors. More than one in five homes sold in the area went to buyers who didn’t plan to live in them full time.

On a related note, 21 percent of buyers paid in cash. (That’s actually down quite a bit since 2013, when over one-third of buyers did so.) http://la.curbed.com/2017/1/25/14376560/los-angeles-home-prices-falling-southern-california-rising

So Cal is still seen as a destination that attracts people who desire to live here.

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2016 Home Buyers and Sellers Report

The 2016  buyers and sellers stats.

2016-home-buyers

2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 

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Torrance Float Wins Rose Tournament Volunteers Trophy


The 128th annual Rose Parade displayed a wide diversity of creative floats.

 

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