The Living Tree Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans, conducts a Blue Star Family Day at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at Downey High School, 11040 Brookshsire Ave.
The event honors families with loved ones currently serving in the armed forces. Entertainment, food and veteran resource information are offered to the families, their supporters and Downey residents.
Information: (562) 869-7301.
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, Sept. 25
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
Dance nights: Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, Whittier, hosts Friday night dances from 6 to 10 p.m.Dance professionals Rudy andMaria Hernandez offer lessons on a specific style of dancing from 6 to 7 and then a dance party runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes light refreshments. (562) 567-9450
Saturday, Sept. 26
Downey market: A farmer’s 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. It is operated by a nonprofit group called Raw Inspiration. Parking is available in the city’s parking structure there or on marked spaces on surrounding streets. (562) 904-7284
Drug disposal: The Downey Police Department offers area residents no questions asked free disposal of old prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the police station’s west parking lot, 10911 Brookshire Ave. Over-the-counter medications may also be dropped off but sharps and needles are not be accepted. (562) 904-2374.
New location: A ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and an open house takes place at 10:30 a.m. at the new location of Alba Professional Services/H and R Block, 11825 Alondra Blvd. Headed by John Alba, the firm has been in business in Norwalk for 51 years. (562) 864-7785
Beatles tribute: A tribute to the Beatles festival is planned from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, 11003 Rooks Road. It includes live performances by Beatles’ tribute bands, a karaoke stage, memorabilia, and a kids’ zone. Children under 10 are admitted free. Tickets are $25 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Batman day: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, conducts a teen Batman day for teenagers 12-18 from 4 to 6 p.m. Episodes of “Batman: The Animated Series” are expected to be shown and a Batman-themed scavenger hunt is planned at 5 p.m. (562) 868-0775
Final movie: The last of the summer movies in the park is “The Goonies” at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, Whittier. The movie, shown on a 28-foot inflatable movie screen, begins at dusk. Moviegoers may bring lawn chairs and blankets for festival-style seating and a picnic. Pets, barbeques and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. (562) 567-9450
Monday, Sept. 28
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
Coloring club: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, conducts a coloring club for adults from 6 to 7 p.m. Coloring is a no-pressure art form that helps people unwind and from a day at the office. Materials are provided. (562) 868-0775
Tuesday, Sept. 29
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. 30
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
Teen movie: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, shows popular teen movies from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for students 13 to 18. All movies are rated G or PG 13. (562) 868-0775
Thursday, Oct. 1
Ribbon cutting: The Downey Chamber of Commerce conducts a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. to welcome La Terra Mia, an Italian restaurant, at 8335 Rosecrans Ave. (562) 923-2191
Oktoberfest: The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce conducts an Oktoberfest-themed fundraiser and mixer from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at So-Cal Pizza, 12253 Imperial Highway. Cost is $40 per person and includes beer tasting, appetizers, games and music. (562) 864-7785
Saturday, Oct. 3
Health fair: Bridge to Health, a free health and wellness fair, is planned from 8 a.m. to noon at the Mariachi Plaza, 1831 E. First St., Boyle Heights. It is sponsored by White Memorial Medical Center and the White Memorial Community Leadership Council. Featured are health screenings, flu shots, information booths and a kids’ zone. (323) 307-8937
Shred-a-thon: Electronic wastes are received for disposal and important papers shredded, free of charge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Items accepted include televisions, cell phones, computers, printers, stereo equipment and microwave ovens. Shredding is limited to five boxes per vehicle. Service is on a first-come basis. (562) 929-5964
Winningham honored: The city of Downey honors a former mayor, the late Robert C. Winningham, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. by unveiling a plaque formally naming the banquet hall of the Rio Hondo Event Center, 10627 Old River School Road, for him. The ceremony and dedication is at 10 a.m. Winningham served on the City Council from 1998 to 2002, and was mayor during 2000-01. (562) 904-7238
Drought gardening: The Downey City Library, 11121 Brookshire Ave., hosts a free workshop on water-efficient landscaping from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Starter kits are provided free while supply lasts. Sponsors are the city of Downey, the Central Basin Municipal Water District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. (562) 904-7360, ext. 132.
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