George L. Pla, a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist whose business and civic activities have helped communities across California, will be awarded a Cal State Los Angeles Presidential Medallion during Commencement 2017 at noon May 20 on the Cal State L.A. campus, 5151 State University Drive.
A Cal State L.A. alumnus, Pla is president, CEO and founder of Cordoba Corporation, a nationally recognized civil engineering, program and construction management firm specializing in transportation, education, and water and energy infrastructure.
Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino presents the medallion during the College of Natural and Social Sciences Commencement ceremony. The medallion is the university’s highest honor and is bestowed upon individuals who have displayed outstanding leadership and extraordinary service to the students and faculty of Cal State L.A.
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, May 19
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
Commencement: Cerritos College holds its 2017 commencement ceremony to honor graduating students at 6 p.m. in Falcon Stadium on campus, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk. More than 2,300 students are receiving degrees and certificates, making it one of the largest graduating classes in Cerritos College history. The commencement speaker is Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity.
Saturday, May 20
Paper shredding: The city of Bellflower offers free shredding of documents for residents from 8 to 11
a.m. at Simms Park, 16614 S. Clark Ave. A limit of five boxes or bags of documents per vehicle is required on a first come basis. Personal documents are accepted. Phone books, hardcover books and plastic or metal items are not accepted. (562) 866-7510
River walk: River LA and EverWalk co-sponsor a 6.5 mile along the Los Angeles River, starting at North Atwater Park, 3900 W. Chevy Chase Drive, Los Angeles, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Endurance swimmers Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll are among the participants. (323) 221-7800
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
Water festival: The Water Replenishment District of Southern California, 4040 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, presents its 10th annual Groundwater Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. There are educational booths on water conservation, a petting zoo and face painting, along with food vendors. (562) 275-4231
Museum reopens: The city of Norwalk celebrates the reopening of the Hargitt House Museum, 12426 Mapledale St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Eastlake Victorian style home was built in 1891 by the D.D. Johnston family as part of a 120-acre ranch where wine grapes, avocados and citrus fruits were cultivated. The local historical landmark has been closed for several months due to a massive restoration project that included rebuilding the stairs, installation of a new roof, exterior painting, as well as several landscape improvements. The museum resumes regular operating hours June 3. (562) 929-5521
Braves gala: St. John Bosco High School, 13640 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower, holds the 2017 Braves Gala on campus, beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, entertainment and a live auction follow. The sixth annual Braves Gala benefits academic, athletic and service programs that support students and faculty. Tickets are $175. (562) 920-1734
Cal State concert: Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés performs in concert at 8 p.m. in the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster and via the Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600.
Monday, May 22
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, May 23
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, May 24
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, May 25
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, May 27
Holiday barbecue: The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, conducts a barbecue in honor of Memorial Day from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The menu includes barbecue chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, bread roll, ice cream cup and a beverage. Live entertainment is provided by Brasas. The event is open to seniors 50 years and older. Admission is $5 per person and tickets are on sale through May 25. No tickets available on the day of the event. (562) 929-5580
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