Temple City to Kick Off 50th Anniversary Celebration Next Friday

The City will celebrate 50 years of incorporation.

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published April 1, 2011 (ONLINE ONLY)

Next weekend, the city of Temple City will celebrate 50 years of incorporation.

Two events will officially launch the festivities: the Golden Anniversary Dinner and the Community Celebration.

The Anniversary dinner will take place Friday, May 28 at St. Luke’s Parish. Social hour is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., while dinner will begin at 7 p.m.

“The evening will include introductions of dignitaries in attendance, presentations, a slideshow and raffles,” Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs wrote in the May 20, 2010 weekly city manager’s report.

On Saturday, May 29, a community-wide celebration will take place at Temple City Park.

The City plans to dedicate a bust of Walter P. Temple, the founder of Temple City around 6:15 p.m.

“The dedication ceremony will be on the sidewalk area in front of the bandstand,” Burroughs said.

The city of Temple City was incorporated in 1960.

Planning for the 50th anniversary celebration began in 2009 with the support of the Parks and Recreation commission.

A book drive was launched in January to encourage residents and businesses to purchase a book or DVD on behalf of the Temple City public library. To date, more than 150 books and other media items have been donated.

In addition, businesses and residents have come together to sponsor 50th anniversary festivities. Donors include the Amida Society, Athens Services Inc., Burke, Williams, and Sorensen, LLP, Inland Empire Transportation, and Sunnyslope Water Company.

Temple City officials expect a huge turnout for next week’s festivities, as well as attendance by state and federal representatives.

For more information, please contact City Hall at 626-285-2171.

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