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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Area cities plan firework celebrations

Several area cities are celebrating the Fourth of July with community festivals that include fireworks shows beginning July 1.

The city of Pico Rivera holds a festival at El Rancho High School, 6501 Passons Blvd., beginning at 5 p.m. Planned are inflatable amusements for children, food and game booths, live music and fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free.

East Los Angeles holds its Fourth of July Festival July 1 at Belvedere Park at the East Los Angeles Civic Center, 4801 E. Third St. It includes live entertainment, activities for children and a fireworks show.

The city of Norwalk is hosting its annual Independence Day Pageant July 3 on the Civic Center Lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Activities begin with games and face painting at 5 p.m. with live musical entertainment provided by Liquid Blue at 6 p.m. A fireworks display begins at 9 p.m.

The city of Cudahy also conducts a fireworks show at Cudahy Park, 5220 Santa Ana St., starting at 9 p.m.

The city of Downey holds its Freedom Fireworks Show July 4 at 9 p.m. at Downey High School Stadium, 11040 Brookshire Ave. Admission is free.

The city of Commerce celebrates July 4 from 2 to 10:30 p.m. at Rosewood Park, 5600 Harbor St. It includes a carnival, live entertainment and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

The city of Huntington Park celebrates on July 4 from 5-10 p.m. at Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave. Festivities include games, food booths, live entertainment, family fun and fireworks at 9 p.m.

The city of Monterey Park celebrates July 4 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave. It includes live entertainment, food and game booths with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, June 30

Support group: Senior citizens who have lost a spouse, family member or friend can share their experiences from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. The group is led by a trained professional from the Telecare Corporation. (562) 929-5580

Library market: A farmers market is open in the Bruggemeyer Library parking lot, 318 S. Ramona Ave., Monterey Park, from 4 to 8 p.m. It features fresh and organic fruits, vegetables and flowers grown at California farms. Also available are hummus, breads and tamales, raw honey from Energy Bee Farms, peaches from Arnett Farms and a wide selection of Asian vegetables from Vu Produce of Fresno. (626) 307-1388

Saturday, July 1

Downey market: A farmers market offers fresh produce and other items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Downey Avenue between Second and Third streets in Downey. Parking is available in the city’s parking structure there or on marked spaces on surrounding streets. (562) 904-7284

Monday, July 3

Bellflower market: A farmers market operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Simms Park, 16614 S. Clark Ave., Bellflower. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, breads, sprouts, honey and more are available. (562) 866-7510.

South Gate market: Harbor Area Farmers Markets sponsors a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South Gate Park, Tweedy Boulevard and Walnut Avenue. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, fish, eggs, honey, baked items and gardens plants are available. (323) 774-0159

Junior golf: Youngsters from 7 to 17 may participate in the Pico Rivera Junior Golf Club at the Pico Rivera Golf Course, 3260 Fairway Drive, from 5 to 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per week or $30 for the month. (562) 692-9933

Wednesday, July 5

Fresh produce: The Huntington Park Farmers Market offers fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and other items from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave. (323) 584-6218

Thursday, July 6

Coloring club: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, conducts a coloring club called Color us Happy from 1 to 2 p.m. Coloring is a no-pressure art form that helps people unwind from a day at the office. Materials are provided. (562) 868-0775

Friday, July 7

Friday night fun: The city of Bellflower holds the first of its four Food, Flicks and Fun events at Town Center Plaza, 16521 Adenmoor Ave., beginning at 6:30 p.m. It includes a free concert by the Colony Boys, followed by the movie “Sing” at dusk. Food vendors provide food for sale.


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