A coalition of Eastside community, labor and nonprofit leaders gather Aug. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Mariachi Plaza, First and Pleasant streets in Boyle Heights, for the Eastside Sol (sun) festival that spotlights the need for solar power in the area.
The festival features artwork by artists from Self-Help Graphics and music by Buyepongo performed on a solar-powered stage.
Also planned are educational workshops and clean-energy and water-saving demonstrations.
Participating are the RePower L.A. Coalition, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Leadership for Urban Renewal, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, July 31
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 nights: 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
Summer concert: The city of Santa Fe Springs conducts one of three summer concerts at Heritage Park, 100 Mora Drive, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A Beach Boys tribute band performs. (562) 946-6476
Saturday, Aug. 1
Downey market: A farmer’s 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. It is operated by a nonprofit group called Raw Inspiration. Parking is available in the city’s parking structure there or on marked spaces on surrounding streets. (562) 904-7284
Backpack giveaway: The Hispanic Outreach Task Force conducts its seventh annual backpack giveaway and community health fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lee Owns Park, 7930 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier. There are booths offering information on social services, community resources and activities for children. (213) 590-2494
Community fair: Reynoso’s Hit and Walk, a business-oriented community organization founded and headed by Huntington Park resident Alex Reynoso, conducts its sixth annual community fair, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave., Huntington Park. Admission is free for entertainment by Latino celebrities and food is available for purchase. During the program, a ceremony and remembrance is planned for Huntington Park Police Officer Robert Keller, killed in the line of duty Oct. 3, 1967. (323) 514-6089
Sunday, Aug. 2
Park concert: The city of Pico Rivera’s summer concert in the park series returns to Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. The Pico Rivera Jazz Band and Dons of Distinction perform. In addition to the music, there are free art activities and face painting for children. (562) 801-4430
Monday, Aug. 3
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
Medicare counseling: The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program provides free community education, counseling and advocacy on Medicare and related health insurance issues at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only. (562) 929-5580
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
Concert in the park: Whittier’s summer concerts at Central Park, 6532 Friends Ave., begin at 7 p.m. The Wonderelles, a female singing group, performs songs from the 1950s and ’60s. Concertgoers may bring lawn chairs or blankets. Pets, barbecues and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Food is available from vendors.
Tuesday, Aug. 4
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.
Community workshop: The city of Lynwood conducts a community workshop on the city’s Transit Area Strategic Plan from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Yvonne Burke and John D. Ham Park, 11832 Atlantic Ave. Proposed recommendations on how to improve neighborhood bus and rail transit services are to be discussed along bicycle use and increased pedestrian mobility.
Park production: The Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse presents the rock musical “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” along with a picnic in the park at 8 p.m. at Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. Subsequent performances are Aug. 5-8. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for those 12 and under, seniors 60 or older, students and those in the military. (562) 229-2057
Wednesday, Aug. 5
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
Concert in the park: The city of Downey launches its Summer Twilight Concert Series at 7 p.m. in Furman Park, 10419 Rives Ave. Mojo Sonic performs. (562) 904-7223
Blood pressure screening: TheNorwalk SeniorCenter, 14040 San Antonio Drive, in partnershipwithAppleCareMedical Group andPioneerMedical Group,providesmonthlybloodpressurescreeningstoseniorsfreeofcharge, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Screeningsareperformedby a licensed or certified medical staff member. No appointment is necessary. (562) 929-5580
Summer concert series: The city of Downey continues its Summer Twilight Concert Series at 7 p.m. in Furman Park, 10419 Rives Ave. Conganas performs Latin music. (562) 904-7223
City Hall concert:Norwalk’s summer concert series begins from 7 to 9 p.m. on the north lawn of City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. The Mariachi Divas perform. (562) 929-5521
Thursday, Aug. 6
Market and movies: The city of Lynwood again offers its farmers market and street fair from 4 to 8 p.m. in Burke-Hamm Park, 11832 Atlantic Ave. Fresh produce, baked goods, specialty items, hand-made crafts, plants and more are for sale. A family film is shown on a 30-by-35-foot screen at 7:45 p.m. (310) 603-0220, ext. 254
Street festival: The city of Bellflower offers a street festival featuring live music at 6:30 p.m. on Bellflower Boulevard between Flower and Oak streets. The dance group Hot Sauce performs. Food vendors are available along with Bellflower Recreation In Motion, the city’s motor home carrying games and activities for youngsters. (562) 804-1424, ext. 2261
Concert in the park: Whittier offers its concert in the park series at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, at 7 p.m. Smooth performs a tribute to Santana. Concertgoers may bring lawn chairs or blankets. Pets, barbecues and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Food is available from vendors.
Friday, Aug. 7
Summer concert: The city of Santa Fe Springs conducts one of three summer concerts at Heritage Park, 100 Mora Drive, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A Beatles tribute band performs. (562) 946-6476
Saturday, Aug. 8
Free disposal: Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts sponsor a free disposal of household waste too toxic for regular dumping from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, 9300 Imperial Highway, Downey. Items accepted include brake fluid, used motor oil, paint thinner, household cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides, vehicle batteries, expired drugs and fluorescent light bulbs.Dry items must be in a sturdy box. Liquid items must be in a closed container. The limit is 15 gallons of liquid and 125 pounds of hazardous dry wastes.Items not accepted include any wastes from a business, trash, tires, explosives, ammunition, large appliances and controlled substances. (800) 238-0172
Art workshop: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, holds a hands-on art workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. to teach how to make marble magnets and learn to fold origami boxes. The first five adults to arrive receive a coupon for a free cheeseburger from the Habit Burger Grill. All materials and light refreshments are provided. (562) 868-0775
Skate to end cancer: The Paramount Iceland slating rink, 8041 Jackson St., hosts an ice skating fundraiser for the Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation from 6 to 9 p.m. People can register as teams or individuals. To sign up, visit www.scottcares.org.
Sunday, Aug. 9
Park concert: The city of Pico Rivera’s summer concert in the park series returns to Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano perform. In addition to the music, there are free art activities and face painting for children. (562) 801-4430
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