The 71st annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 10.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa is the parade grand marshal.
The parade route will run along Cesar Chavez Boulevard from Mednik Street to Gage Avenue. Following the parade, a festival will be held at Belvedere Park, 4801 E. Third St.
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, Sept. 8
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, Sept. 9
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
Library concert: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, presents a musical performance by Finger Dancers from 2 to 3 p.m. Inez Woods plays the guitar and sings and Gloria Estrada plays the upright electric bass in this musical act that combines jazz and blues. The concert is sponsored by county Supervisor Janice Hahn. (562) 868-0775
Night in the park: Norwalk families are invited to connect with city public safety staff and local law enforcement at the final Night Out in the Park event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Sara Mendez Park, 11660 Dune St. The evening includes a free hot dog barbecue, ice cream social, field games and several activities, such as kid fingerprinting, face painting and a meet and greet with Rocky the Raccoon. (562) 929-5732
Artist reception: Los Angeles-based artist Johnny Quintanilla opens a display of his artwork at the Annex Gallery in Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 7. (323) 258-1435
Monday, Sept. 11
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, Sept. 12
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.
Retired teachers meet: The Whittier Division of the California Retired Teachers Association meets at 11 a.m. at the Whittier Elks Lodge, 13620 E. Whittier Blvd. A lunch of chicken with capers, rice and salad costs $18. Reservations are required (562) 696-0265
Library book club: The classic book discussion club at the Alondra Library, 11949 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, discusses “Lord of the Flies” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Written in 1954 by Nobel-prize winning author William Golding, it focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves. (562) 868-7771
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Leadership series: Education is the topic at the next phase of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Leadership Series, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Norwalk Sports and Arts Complex, 13200 Clarkdale Ave. Main speakers are Jose Fierro, president of Cerritos College; and Hasmik Danielian, superintendent of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. There is networking from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., followed by breakfast and the speakers. Cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members. (562) 864-7785
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, Sept. 14
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
Hispanic heritage: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a class on Mexican bark painting for adults only from 2 to 3 p.m. All material are provided. (562) 868-0775
Saturday, Sept. 16
Coffee with a cop: The Norwalk Public Safety Department and the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station invite community members for a cup of coffee from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Starbucks Coffee Shop, 10716 Firestone Blvd. The program allows residents and business owners to meet with local law enforcement in an informal setting to help build partnerships that enhance safety and improve the quality of life. (562) 929-5732.
Academy workshop: Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce, conducts her annual free informational workshop for high school students interested in attending a military academy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Downey City Hall, 11111 B5rookshire Ave. Those attending the workshop learn how to obtain a congressional nomination to a service academy, eligibility requirements, cadet life, athletics and career opportunities after graduation. (323) 721-8790
Music festival: The city of Downey conducts its annual International Food and Music Festival from 4 to 11 p.m. on Downey Avenue between Second and Fourth streets. Admission is free. Food is available for purchase from local vendors and food trucks. Entertainment is provided by a live disc jockey and bands on three stages. (562) 904-7238
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