An estimated 15,000 are expected at the fourth annual Downey Dia de Los Muertos Art Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Downey Theatre and Civic Center, 8435 Firestone Blvd.
The entertainment lineup includes film, ballet folklorico, music, urban art, fine art, a costume contest, face painting, plus food trucks, shopping, altar displays and more.
Dia de Los Muertos, literally “Day of the Dead,” is an annual Mexican tradition that honors and celebrates deceased family and friends.
There is a shopping corridor with more than 30 vendors selling Dia de Los Muertos-themed merchandise, and a commercial zone with a dozen small, local businesses presenting their wares.
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, Oct. 28
Dental screenings: Northeast Dental offers seniors basic dental health screenings from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. A dental assistant consults with individual seniors who can then address issues with their own regular dentist. (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, Oct. 29
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
Day of the dead: Calvary Cemetery,4201 E. Whittier Blvd., East Los Angeles, hosts Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) activities beginning with a Mass at 10 a.m. and followed by a cultural program featuring Aztec and folkloric dancers.Traditional altars are displayed throughout the cemetery in memory of loved ones.
Monday, Oct. 31
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
Halloween festival: The city of Norwalk hosts its annual Halloween festival from 6 to 9 p.m. on the lawn of City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. The event includes a costume contest, games, food booths, crafts and music. (562) 929-5702
Tuesday, Nov. 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.
Grief seminar: Representatives of Forest Lawn visit the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, from 10 to 11 a.m. to discuss grief and the importance of coping skills in the process of healing. (562) 929-5580
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Outreach assistance: The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, hosts a representative from the CalFresh program from 9 a.m. to noon to explain how individuals 65 years of age or older not receiving Social Security can qualify for CalFresh benefits, which help to put healthy, nutritious food on the table each month. The program is limited to the first 20 people. (562) 929-5580
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, Nov. 3
Debt seminar: The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, offers a debt consolidation seminar from 10 to 11 a.m. A representative of Heartland Institute of Financial Education teaches seniors how to consolidate debt, keep spending under control and maintain healthy finances. (562) 929-5580
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
College play: Rio Hondo College stages a production of “The Laramie Project,” a play chronicling the city of Laramie, Wyoming, during the year after Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, was tortured and killed near the town, at 8 p.m. in the Wray Theater on campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. The play continues Nov. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Nov. 6. During the play’s run, the lobby of the Wray Theater will be turned into an informational center about issues related to gender and sexual orientation. A portion of the proceeds of concession sales will benefit advocacy groups.
Friday, Nov. 4
Supportive services: The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, hosts staff from Personal Assistance Services Council of L.A. to explain in-home supportive services from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. In-home supportive services help Medi-Cal recipients pay for residential assisted care, which covers personal care, laundry, cleaning services and grocery shopping and more. Individuals who are over 65 years of age, legally blind, or disabled adults qualify. (562) 929-5580
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