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June 25, 2005 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Elena Valencia, who founded community service programs for homeless senior citizens, disabled athletes and single mothers, has died. She was 73. Valencia was hospitalized with pulmonary fibrosis at Marlinda Convalescent Hospital in Pasadena. She died there June 18, according to Corrine Cardiel, a close friend. In East Los Angeles, she was as well known for being Cha-Cha the Clown as she was for her volunteer work.
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June 25, 2005 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Elena Valencia, who founded community service programs for homeless senior citizens, disabled athletes and single mothers, has died. She was 73. Valencia was hospitalized with pulmonary fibrosis at Marlinda Convalescent Hospital in Pasadena. She died there June 18, according to Corrine Cardiel, a close friend. In East Los Angeles, she was as well known for being Cha-Cha the Clown as she was for her volunteer work.
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November 28, 1997 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 100 whimsical clowns peer down from the walls of Elena "Cha-Cha" Valencia's snug East Los Angeles home, quiet testaments to two decades of goodwill. Fanciful ceramic dolls with polka dot shirts and red noses dangle their legs from her living room shelves. Paintings of clowns adorn the walls, and gold clown bookends bracket her bookcase. "People are always giving me another one," the longtime Eastside volunteer said with a laugh.
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November 28, 1997 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 100 whimsical clowns peer down from the walls of Elena "Cha-Cha" Valencia's snug East Los Angeles home, quiet testaments to two decades of goodwill. Fanciful ceramic dolls with polka dot shirts and red noses dangle their legs from her living room shelves. Paintings of clowns adorn the walls, and gold clown bookends bracket her bookcase. "People are always giving me another one," the longtime Eastside volunteer said with a laugh.
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October 16, 1999
More than 200 disabled athletes are expected to participate today in the Special Fun Games, a daylong event held every year in Belvedere Park. The 14th annual event, sponsored by the East Los Angeles Remarkable Citizens Assn. and the county Department of Parks and Recreation, is free and open to the public. The day includes relay races, ball tossing, art projects and entertainment.
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August 4, 1998
East Los Angeles residents will participate tonight in the area's first National Night Out event, a crime and drug prevention program sponsored by the National Assn. of Town Watch. Community leaders have urged residents to turn on their porch lights and join a rally and candlelight vigil at a nearby community service center.
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October 17, 1991
Comision Femenil de Rio Hondo presented the second annual Dolores Huerta Achievement Awards recently to honor women for their contributions to the Latino Community in the greater San Gabriel Valley area.
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October 25, 1995
Martha Martinez Cooper, the founder of a neighborhood group that battles violence, graffiti and pornography, was honored as Outstanding East Los Angeles Senior of the Year in a ceremony attended by hundreds of seniors in Boyle Heights. Martinez Cooper, who founded the Laverne Avenue M.A.S.H.
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October 19, 1999 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drive down 3rd Street through East Los Angeles, and you can't help but notice Belvedere Park, with its tranquil lake and sloping grass field. Less eye-catching, however, is the row of county buildings on Fetterly Avenue just outside the southwestern edge of the park. Some buildings have no signs, and confused visitors often circle the block, unsure where to go or where they can park.
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