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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Bellflower school launches program

The Bellflower Unified School District holds a teddy bear picnic from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Washington Elementary School, 9725 Jefferson St., to launch an interactive learning program with an array of language, literacy and school readiness classes designed to help children under 5 and their families prepare for public school.

Bellflower Early Learning Link features classes in music and motion, a story hour and hands-on crafts on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the school.

The BELL program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and include drop-in programs featuring dramatic play, dress-up centers, puzzles and one-on-one reading time. Parents or caregivers can attend an entire day’s program, or pick just the classes that appeal to them. Most sessions have a capacity of about 25 families.

Information: (562) 804-6535.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, Sept. 16

Health screenings: PIH Health and the Los Nietos School District continue the fourth annual series of Healthy Los Nietos, a comprehensive school-based wellness collaborative program aimed at reducing the rising rates of childhood obesity, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School, 11233 E. Charlesworth Road, Santa Fe Springs. Blood pressure and body mass index screenings are taken for all students. (562) 692-0271

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

El Grito festival: Los Angeles City Councilman José Huizar hosts a special El Grito 2016 Festival at City Hall Spring Street steps and Grand Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Performers include  Los Tigres Del Norte and Ezequiel Pena. The annual city of Los Angeles event celebrating Mexican Independence Day is being expanded this year to include the September independence celebrations of Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The event includes food trucks, booths, kids’ activities, such as rock climbing, bungee-jumping, kid-friendly mechanical bull, as well as live painting by local artists voter registration booths.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Academy workshop: U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard hosts a free informational workshop from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Downey City Library, 11121 Brookshire Ave., for high school students who live in the 40thCongressional District and are interested in attending one of the five U.S. service academies: the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students may learn about the academy requirements, including the application process for receiving a nomination from the congresswoman. The service academies provide a free college education in return for five years of military service as a commissioned officer following graduation. (323) 721-8790

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

Grandparents dance: The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, hosts a special Grandparents Day Dance from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person and include an afternoon of music, dancing and drawings with ice cream sundaes served to all in attendance. Grandparents may bring up to four grandchildren, 8 and older. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 14. (562) 929-5580

Sunday, Sept. 18

Symphony concert: The Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra begins its 84th season with a free concert at the Vic Lopez Auditorium on the Whittier High School campus, 12417 Philadelphia St., at 3 p.m. The orchestra, under the direction of Kimo Furumoto, will perform music by Beethoven. (562) 698-8626

Monday, Sept. 19

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

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Farmers market: The Norwalk Committee on Aging conducts a farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Excelsior High School south parking lot, on the south side of Alondra Boulevard west of Pioneer Boulevard. Fresh fruits, flowers, vegetables and fish are available.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

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, Sept. 22

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

Saturday, Sept. 24

Citizenship clinic: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, in partnership with the South Asian Network, hosts a citizenship clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Participants will receive application support, legal review, study materials and a fee waiver application. Registration is required. (562) 868-0775

Mayoral coffee: Downey Mayor Alex Saab hosts a free coffee at 10 a.m. at the Green Olive Restaurant in the new Downey Promenade, 8830 Apollo Way. Residents may ask questions about city issues and express concerns. (562) 904-7274

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