The Downey Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd., presents its fifth annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Art Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 28.
Included are film screenings, a costume contest, a papel picado demonstration and display, live music and dancing, a performance of Ballet Folklorico, Aztec dancers, decorated calaveras (a representation of a human skull), an altar contest, built to honor the deceased; a car altar display, exhibits by local artists, Urban Art Alley, food trucks, a beer and wine garden and shopping for crafts items.
The event is a traditional Mexican observance to honor and remember deceased friends and relatives. Admission is free.
Information: (562) 861-8211
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, Oct. 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
Saturday, Oct. 28
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
Band competition: High school marching bands from throughout California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and Indiana compete in one of the nation’s most prominent championships, Music for All’s Bands of America Southern California Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha, at Warren High School, 8141 De Palma St., Downey. The competition begins at 9:30 a.m., with the finals starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the preliminaries or finals are $15 general admission with all day passes available for $23. (800) 848-2263
Monday, Oct. 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
Tuesday, Oct. 31
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.
Halloween Party: The Norwalk Senior Citizen Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, hosts a Halloween dance from 9 to 11 a.m. Music is provided by Ruben Cantu. It includes refreshments, a costume contest and prizes and is open to senior citizens 55 or older. (562) 929-5580
Wednesday, Nov. 1
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. 2
Flu shots: Free flu shots are being offered on a first come basis from 9 a.m. to noon at the Norwalk Senior Citizen Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. Those age 50 or older are eligible along with persons age 18 to 49 with chronic medical ailments. Those who are allergic to eggs or have a senior illness are requested to see their doctors for permission to get a shot. (562) 929-5580
Job fair: Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, hosts a free job fair in front of the library from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Job seekers may speak with more than 45 employers and explore current job opportunities, apply for positions on site and network with employers from several industries including health care, sales, retail and government and public sectors. Job seekers should dress in business attire and bring copies of their resumes. (562) 860-2541, ext. 2366
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
Saturday, Nov. 4
Day of the dead: The Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles hold a dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration starting at noon at Calvary Cemetery, 4201 E. Whitier Blvd., East Los Angeles. People are encouraged to build their own altars for a deceased loved one or in honor of a group – those who died due to recent natural disasters, victims of violence, military veterans or injustice in the U.S. or abroad. Food and refreshments are provided by local vendors. (213) 637-7254
Sunday, Nov. 5
Day of the dead: The Tweedy Mile Association conducts its second annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) observance from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersection of Tweedy Boulevard and San Carlos Avenue. Admission is free. The event features food, games and activities, including cash prizes for best costumes for children and adults, and for altars decorated in honor of a deceased person or persons. (323) 920-5886.
Playwright session: Award-winning playwright Josefina Lopez holds a question-and-answer session after the performance of her new play “An Enemy of the Pueblo” at Casa 0101 Theater, 2012 E. First St., Boyle Heights. The play is staged Friday through Sunday with show times at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range from $15-$20. (323) 263-7684
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