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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Downey space center to conduct rocket festival Aug. 18

Wave Staff

The Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, conducts an urban rocket festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18.

Rocket-building activities include water rockets, stomp rockets, balloon rocket and straw rockets. A specialized rocket-building class costs $7. All other activities are free.

Partnering organizations include Aerojet Rocketdyne, Virgin Orbit, Boeing, Southern California Rocket Association, Orange County Rocket Society, Discount Rocketry, Downey Amateur Radio Club and Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach.

Information: (562) 231-1200.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, Aug. 17

Movie night: The city of Norwalk closes out its family movie night series with “Transformers: The Last Knight” at Norwalk Park, 13000 Clarkdale Ave. The movie begins at dusk and is shown on a 400-foot screen. Residents may bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments are sold on site. (562) 929-5763

Grief support: Trained mental health professionals from Telecare Corporation in Norwalk provide those who have experienced the loss of a spouse, family member or friend, the opportunity to share their experience in a safe and supportive environment from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. (562) 929-5580

Bellflower movie: The movie “Boss Baby” is shown as part of the city’s Food, Flicks and Fun events in the Bellflower Town Plaza, 16521 Adenmoor Ave. Food vendors and trucks are on site at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk, around 8:30. No alcohol or pets are allowed. (562) 804-1424

Saturday, Aug. 18

Family health fair: St. Francis Medical Center, 3630 E. Imperial Highway, Lynwood, hosts a free family health fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair features health screenings for children and adults, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, height/weight, body mass index, vision and hearing, as well as adult immunizations. The fair also includes free food, drawing prizes, giveaways, an activity corner for kids and entertainment. (310) 900-7305.

Block party: Norwalk residents are invited to connect with neighbors and law enforcement personnel at a neighborhood watch block party from 1 to 3 p.m. at Vista Verde Park, 11459 Ratliffe St. The event allows residents to engage with their neighbors, public safety officers and sheriff’s deputies on how to make neighborhoods safer and learn about available programs and services. Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks are provided. (562) 929-5732

Symphony concert: The Bellflower Symphony Orchestra Association presents a free concert at 7 p.m. at Caruthers Park, 10500 E. Flora Vista St., Bellflower. Attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets. (562) 867-4871

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Diabetes seminar: A seminar on how to effectively manage diabetes is held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. Staff from AppleCare Medical Group present information on diabetes management, highlighting lifestyle changes seniors can make to lead healthier lives and manage the disease. (562) 929-5580

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Fresh produce: The Huntington Park Farmers Market offers fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and other items from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave. (323) 584-6274

Thursday, Aug. 23

Blood pressure screening: The Pioneer Medical Group provide free monthly blood pressure screenings for senior citizens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. Screenings are performed by licensed/certified medical staff, with results discussed afterward. (562) 929-5580

Farmer’s market: A farmer’s market is open at George Elder Park, 1950 Wilcox Ave., from 4 to 9 p.m. Fresh produce and other items are on sale. (626) 307-1388

Friday, Aug. 24

Homeless funding: The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority hosts a meeting at 9 a.m. at the Gateway Council of Government Office, 16401 Paramount Blvd., Paramount, to seek input from service and housing providers, persons with lived experience of homelessness and other partners on how to allocate about $80 million in new funding for the homeless. The funds are from the state as part of $500 million one-time allocation to address homelessness, with funding going to cities and continuums of care across the state later this fall. (213) 683-3333

Saturday, Aug. 25

Chat with cops: Zero Degrees, 12209 Norwalk Blvd. (Paddison Square), Norwalk, serves boba while offering residents a chance to talk with local law enforcement personnel from 1 to 3 p.m. (562) 929-5732

Barks and brews: Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Drive, Commerce, celebrates National Dog Day with “Barks and Brews” in Center Court from 4 to 7 p.m. Dog owners may bring their pets for a relaxing day of beer tasting, live entertainment, pet adoptions and more. Admission is free. Drink tickets are $5 each with proceeds going to Best Friends Animal Society of Los Angeles. www.citadeloutlets.com


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