COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Downey space museum to host science festival

The Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, marks the end of the month-long City of STEM Science Festival with a free, public celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28.

The event features more than 60 booths, indoor and outdoor activities, music, food trucks and special guest Jason Latimer of “Impossible Science” and the Discovery Channel show “SciJinks.” It also includes the first ever L.A. STEM Icon Award to be given to Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus.

Among the organizations taking part in the event are Space X, Tesla, Virgin Orbit, the Natural History Museum, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Planetary Society, Biocom and Ozobot.

Information: (562) 231-1200.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, April 27

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

College fundraiser: The Rio Hondo College Foundation holds a silver anniversary edition of its “A Taste of Rio” wine, beer and food tasting event at 6 p.m. to celebrate the organization’s 25 years of support for Rio Hondo College students. The event is held on campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. More than 500 guests are expected to sample cuisine from 20 local restaurants as well as select libations, entertainment and more than 60 opportunity drawing prizes. General admission tickets are $50 at the door.

Painting class: The city of Norwalk conducts a painting class from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center, 13200 Clarkdale St. The evening will feature a predetermined painting and step-by-step instruction, simple enough for painters of all experience levels to follow. Cost per person is $25, which includes painting materials and light refreshments/ (562) 929-5521

Saturday, April 28

Tree planting: The city of Norwalk celebrates Arbor Day from 8 to 10 a.m. at Sara Mendez Park, 11660 Dune St. School clubs, service organizations, parishes and community members are invited to participate in the tree-planting event. All planting tools will be provided. (562) 929-5511

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 or on marked spaces on surrounding streets. (562) 904-7284

Retirement planning: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers a free retirement planning workshop from 11 a.m. to noon. Those attending can learn about pensions, retirement savings and how to plan for the future. (562) 868-0775

Monday, April 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

Business mixer: To mark National Small Business Week, Bellflower City Hall, 16600 Civic Center Drive, hosts a business mixer from 6 to 7 p.m. This is a special event open to Bellflower business owners and operators. RSVP to Jane Ramirez at (562) 804-1424, ext. 2010.

Tuesday, May 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.

Legal assistance: In partnership with L.A. Law Library, the Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, is offering free law librarian assistance from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Each help desk visit includes assistance locating information and resources concerning legal issues and court procedures. L.A. Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. (562) 868-0775

Wednesday, May 2

Breakfast workshop: The Clifton M. Brakensiek Library and Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board present their business services at the Rise and Shine Breakfast Workshop from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Green Room at Bellflower City Hall, 16600 Civic Center Drive. Those attending can learn what assistance is available to business owners at no cost. (562) 804-1424, ext. 2249

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 3

Business panel: The Long Beach Small Business Development Center and the city of Bellflower Economic Development Department host an informative 90-minute resource panel on small business resources at 5 p.m. at Kalaveras Mexican Cuisine, 16530 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower. Audrianna Adams Lee, Jim Dellalonga, Karie Williford and Victoria Byrne serve as panelists, with Brad Pollak of the Long Beach SBDC as moderator. Topics include human resources issues, writing a successful business plan, insights about retail development and powerful marketing tips. Refreshments and snacks are provided. (562) 804-1424, ext. 2249

Friday, May 4

Chamber tour: The Bellflower Chamber of Commerce holds an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 16730 Bellflower Blvd., Suite A. All first-time businesses can receive a 50 percent discount off the chamber’s membership fee. Refreshments are served all day. (562) 867-1744


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