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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Downey to host STEAM street festival

Art combines with science at the second annual STEAM Festival set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 on New Street between Third and Fourth streets in Downey.

The festival is free and open to families but aimed at elementary school-age youngsters, offering then a chance for hands-on science and art-related activities. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Sponsors include the Downey Federal Credit Union, Stay Gallery, handling the art activities; the Downey Unified School District, the Columbia Memorial Space Center, the Downey Kiwanis Foundation, the Bayha Group and the National Academy of Sciences.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, June 3

Bingo play: Bingo is hosted at 10 a.m. at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street, Whittier. (562) 567-9470

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 night: 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, June 4

Car show: The Whittier Uptown Association conducts its 16th annual car show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Greenleaf Avenue between Penn and Hadley streets and on Philadelphia Street between Comstock and Painter avenues. About 500 cars from 1979 and earlier are expected, along with 40 vendors including Uptown merchants selling automotive parts, food and other items. (562) 696-2662

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


Financial literacy: A free financial literacyworkshop is being held by state Sen. Tony Mendoza from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Pico Park, 9528 Beverly Blvd., Pico Rivera. Topics to be discussed include budgeting, money management, managing credit cards, saving, investing and others. Call (562) 860-3202 to RSVP.

Golfing with the police: Golf N’ Stuff, 10555 Firestone Blvd., Norwalk, hosts the Norwalk Recreation and Park Services Department’s annual Kops N Kids golf event, starting at 11 a.m. The tournament, which pairs youth with local law enforcement, aims to foster positive, impactful connections in a fun setting. The $10 per player cost includes golf, a T-shirt, and a barbecue lunch at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex, plus awards and drawing prizes. The tournament is open to youth ages 8 through 17. (562) 929-5566.

Movie in the park: The city of Whittier begins its series of free family film series at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, with “The Good Dinosaur,” rated PG. Movies begin at dusk. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for festival-style seating and a picnic while enjoying the movie. Pets, barbeques and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. (562) 567-9450.

Sunday, June 5

Sports experience: Telemundo, the Spanish language television station, conducts its annual sports experience from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave., Huntington Park. Admission is free for sports exhibitions, vendor and food booths, inflatable games and musical entertainment. (626) 676-8523

Community picnic: The Bell Gardens Recreation and Community Services Department and the Neighborhood Watch Program sponsor a community picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marlow Park, 6640 Marlow St. Free hot dogs are provided by the Rio Hondo-Vernon Rotary Club.  There are outdoor games, crafts and activities for all ages. A special feature is an anti-bullying workshop for parents and children conducted by Neighborhood Watch staff. (562) 806-7650.

Monday, June 6

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

Community forum: Boyle Heights residents may attend a community unity forum with Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King at 4:30 p.m. at Roosevelt High School, 465 S. Mathews St. The forum provides an opportunity to meet the new superintendent and hear her vision for improving attendance and graduation rates.

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, June 7

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.

Smartphone assistance: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers assistance to be people with smartphones and tablets from 10 to 11 a.m. Those attending are asked to charge their device in advance. Assistance is on a first come basis and those needing more than 15 minutes of assistance may be asked to make an appointment. (562) 868-0775


Wednesday, June 8

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

Networking info: The Women in Business Council conducts a seminar on improving networking techniques at 11:30 a.m. at Frantone’s Restaurant, 10808 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk. Cost is $20 at the door for lunch, tip, tax and educational program. Chambers of commerce members from Bell Gardens, Cerritos, Downey, Lakewood and Norwalk are participating. RSVP to Vivian Hansen at ceo@norwalkchamber.com or Jodee Kilroy at advertise@lakewoodchamber.com.

Teen art activity: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, shows teens between the sixth and 12 grades how to decorate a tote bag with personalized foam “stamps from Styrofoam takeout boxes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (562) 868-0775

Thursday, June 9

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

Chamber mixer: The Subway Sandwich shop, 16607 Bellflower Blvd., hosts a mixer for members and guests of the Bellflower Chamber of Commerce from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (562) 867-1744

Friday, June 10

Bingo play: Bingo is hosted at 10 a.m. at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street, Whittier. (562) 567-9470

Dance night: The Whittier Parks, Recreation and Community Service Department sponsors a dance night, starting with a social at 6 p.m., followed by dance lessons from Rudy and Maria Hernandez at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. Featured is disco music from the 1970s and 80s. Light refreshments are also provided. Cost is $10. (562) 567-9450.

Saturday, June 11

Oil recycling: Bell Gardens residents may recycle their used motor oil and filters free of charge and receive two free replacement filters from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at AutoZone, 6107 Florence Ave. Residents who bring in used oil may also receive a free oil recycling kit (funnel, shop towel and drainer container) while supplies last. Proof of Bell Gardens residency is required. (562) 806-7770

Cooking demonstration: Chef Marco Zapien offers a free Mexican food cooking demonstration from noon to 1 p.m. at the Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway. Children must be accompanied by a parent. (562) 868-0775

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