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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Downey Library offers reading program for toddlers

The Downey City Library, 11121 Brookshire Ave., offers a reading program for babies up to 24 months from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Nov. 28 in the Cormack Room. The program is for children and their parents.

Information: (562) 904-7361.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, Nov. 27

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, Nov. 28

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

Monday, Nov. 30

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 7:30 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, Dec. 1

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.

Ribbon cutting: The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce conducts a ribbon cutting for Kids Dental Kare, 10965 Firestone Blvd., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Downey and Santa Fe Springs chambers also are participating. (562) 864-7785.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

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

Health screening:AppleCare and Pioneer Medical Groups provide free blood pressure screenings for those age 50 and older at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, at 9:30 a.m.

Screenings are performed by certified medical staff, with results discussed afterward. (562) 929-5580

Holiday boutique: The Women In Business Council, serving the greater Lakewood area, conduct a holiday boutique from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Country Club, 3101 E. Carson St. Hand-made craft items and holiday gifts are on sale along with refreshments and drawings. (562) 864-7785

Holiday lunch: The Norwalk Community Coordinating Council conducts its annual holiday lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex, 13000 Clarkdale Ave. Tickets are $10. Featured organizations are the City of Norwalk Angel Tree Program and the Free Wheelchair Mission. RSVP by Nov. 30 to Gordon Stefenhagen, (562 ) 400 8188, or by email to bluecamino85@yahoo.com.

Status of women: Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia co-hosts the second in a series of public hearings conducted by the Select Committee on the Status of Girls and Women of Color from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cerritos College Student Center, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk. (562) 861-5803

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, Dec. 3

Health planning: PIH Health presents a free self-management education program helping those with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, for those age 50 and over. (562) 929-5580

Holiday mixer: The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce conducts a holiday mixer for members and their guests 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sproul Reception Center in the Barn at Norwalk Park, 12239 Sproul St. Refreshments are served. There are drawings, a silent auction, a crazy holiday hat contest and other activities. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Norwalk Food Bank and receive a free drawing ticket. (562) 864-7785.

Toy drive: State Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, conducts a holiday open house from 5 to 7 p.m. at his new district office, 17315 Studebaker Road, Suite 332, Cerritos. Those attending are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for distribution to needy children. Refreshments are served. (562) 860-3202

Christmas festival: The city of Lynwood begins a four-day Christmas Festival on Martin Lurther King Jr. Boulevard near Bullis Road. It includes carnival games and rides and food booths. (310) 603-0220, ext. 502

Friday, Dec. 4

Star gazing: Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, hosts a free evening of star, planet and galaxy gazing for guests at its Gordon D. Crowell Astrophysical Observatory, which houses one of the largest telescopes open to the public on a regular basis, at 7 p.m. Visitors meet in the Rio Hondo College Child Development Center parking lot 15 to 20 minutes before the start time. Viewing nights are contingent on clear weather. (562) 692-0921.

Lynwood parade: The city of Lynwood’s 94th annual Candy Cane Lane Parade begins at 7 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue. It proceeds west on King  Boulevard to Bullis Road. The parade includes radio and television personalities, five school marching bands, drill teams, community groups and floats, one of which carries Miss Lynwood Kenia Avalos and Santa Claus. (310) 603-0220, ext. 502

Comedy night: The Cerritos College Theatre Department presents an evening of comedic shows, such as improv and late night interview programs, at 8 p.m. at the Burnight Studio Theatre, on campus,
11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk. The show continues on weekends through Dec. 13. Tickets are on sale online or in the Theatre Office from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Advanced tickets are $15 general admission, $14 for seniors and middle and high school students with identification and $12 for children age 5 to 12.  Tickets sold at the door are $17 general admission, $15 for seniors and students and $13 for children age 5 to 12. (562) 860-2451 ext. 2638

Sunday, Dec. 6

Downey parade: Ernie Hudson, who appeared in the movie “Ghostbusters,” is the grand marshal in the “Christmas With the Stars” holiday parade to be presented by the Downey Chamber of Commerce Dec. 6. The 64th annual Christmas Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on Downey Avenue at Florence Avenue and proceeds south on Downey to Third Street, then east on Third to the Civic Center. Featured in the parade are area marching bands, floats, fire trucks, Miss Downey and her court, storm troopers from the “Star Wars” movies and Santa Claus. (562) 923-2191.

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