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Articles by Loreen Berlin

 The H. Louis Lake Senior Center in Garden Grove was a hub of activity Wednesday, May 1, as the center held an early Cinco de Mayo celebration for members who range in age from 50 to 90 years old.

  J.J. Jauregui, owner of Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Garden Grove, is running his third at the Orange County Marathon on Sunday, May 5, on behalf of Acacia Adult Day Services.

His goal: to raise $10,000.

St. Poly Carp Catholic Church in Stanton held its annual Easter vigil Saturday, which marks the beginning of Easter.

“People who have been studying to come into the church will have their baptism, confirmation and first communion in celebration of life and light,” Fr. Michael St. Paul said.

Three businesses stand out in Garden Grove for their beauty and were acknowledged recently by the city.

Driving by or going into the businesses, it's easy to see why they were honored for beauty, because they each have landscaped their buildings with small trees, palms and succulents and/or have used water-wise plants and ground covers.

In a word, they are “beautiful” and pleasant on the eyes.

The competition is heating up in the arena of the Lions Club's annual Student Speaker Contest.

First, there's the Club Level, then Zone, Region and District.

The Garden Grove Lions Club hosted the “Zone Level,” for its area, of the annual Student Speaker Contest last Friday at the group’s club building, 9860 Larson Ave. in Garden Grove.
Two well-prepared young men, dressed in suits, gave extremely well-planned-out talks on the topic of, “How do we create and keep jobs in America?”

Whether it’s “Black Friday” or “Small Business Saturday” it all means the same thing – businesses are “in the black” - and customers are in the “smile” with all kinds of sale values for gifts and themselves.

There were deals and door-busters to entice people to “spend,” but reports were that only 10 percent of people surveyed said they expected to spend more this year during the holidays than last year.

Giuliano Specialty Foods, Garden Grove, had its beginnings in 1959 when father and son loaded up the family’s stake-bed truck with high-quality Italian products and went door-to-door selling them to Italian delis throughout Southern California.

Their products at that time were acquired from vegetable farmers in the area, as well as imported in bulk from international briners and completed in their hand-packed operation.
Today, their facility is semi-to-fully automated and they have a staff of 25-to-30 employees depending on the time of year.

The Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Factory is an incredible sight to see – all decked out in Halloween attire – with a huge assortment of pumpkins in varying sizes and colors.

Visit the Pumpkin Factory at 1025 Westminster Mall, in Westminster, for your Halloween pumpkin needs and to see the mall’s large selection of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes to take home and carve with your family members.

There are carnival games, rides, slides and ponies for the children; face painting and a petting zoo too, along with food.

For the third year in a row, members of the H. Louis Lake Senior Center, 11300 Stanford Ave. in Garden Grove, showed off their skills during the annual Wii Bowling Tournament.

Coordinator of Activities Juan Medina said the seniors bowl three games, with the winners being determined by the total points of the three games.