Thumbs up: To the Calexico Firefighters’ Association, which to the delight of young and old alike held its first Pumpkin Patch on Friday. The event allowed the community to mingle in what is a fall tradition in much of the rest of the nation, where in cooler climes the pumpkins typically are picked from or near the fields in which they are grown.
Little ones examined the orange gourds, carefully choosing just the right one, while other, stronger children hoisted their selections above their heads.
The event also featured a 1939 fire engine called “The Mack,” performances by the Calexico High drum line and entertainment booths.
Thumbs up: To Norma Aguilar, Diana Peacher and Helen Noriega, who were honored Friday at the 16th annual Las Primeras Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser at the Old Eucalyptus Schoolhouse in El Centro.
The Latina nonprofit advocacy organization MANA de Imperial Valley annually selects women to be honored who empower Latinas through leadership development and community service.
Aguilar, Peacher and Noriega are credited with helping the Imperial Valley community through promoting education, supporting those with cancer, and by assisting the elderly.
Thumbs up: To Southwest High School Associated Student Body, which on Friday night, before the City Championship football game against Central Union High School, staged what may become an annual tradition: The City Championship Tailgate Party.
The tailgate party featured games and food, offering a carnival-type atmosphere where student groups sold, among other things, baked goods and pregame trinkets.
Thumbs up: To the Holtville Rotary Club, which donated dictionaries to students at Finley Elementary and Pine schools in Holtville.
The club has been purchasing dictionaries for school for 10 years.
Not only did they buy the books of word definitions, but club members did lessons with the children after delivering the books to the schools.