Two area cities are celebrating their birthdays with special activities Oct. 14.
The city of Montebello is observing its 97th birthday and the city of Bellflower is celebrating its 60th birthday.
The Montebello celebration begins with a five-kilometer run at Montebello City Park, 1301 W. Whittier Blvd. At 11a.m. the Montebello Heritage Parade begins at Whittier Boulevard and Fourth Street. The parade proceeds west on Whittier Boulevard to City Park, where a festival featuring food, games, live entertainment and arts and crafts booths takes place until 5 p.m.
The city of Bellflower celebrates its birthday with a program from 4 to 8 p.m. on Bellflower Boulevard between Flower and Oak streets. There will be live music, food vendors, a cake ceremony and a fireworks show. Britain’s Finest, a Beatles tribute band, performs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. followed by the 802 Allstars from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, Oct. 13
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. 14
Waste collection: The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts conduct a free collection of electronic items and trash too toxic for regular pickup from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Huntington Park city yard, 6900 Bissell St. All electronic items and household cleaning fluids plus used motor oil and paint are accepted. Explosives, radioactive wastes, tires and large appliances are not accepted. (800) 238-0172
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
Comic invasion: The Commerce Public Library invites comic book lovers and cosplayers from all over the region to its third annual Comic Book Invasion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rosewood Library, 5655 Jillson St. The event is free and open to the public with workshops, presentations, panel discussions and signings from more than 30 comic book artists, writers and cosplayers. (323) 722-6660
Monday, Oct. 16
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. 17
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.
Wednesday, Oct. 18
Open house: The East Los Angeles Skills Center, 3921 Selig Place, Lincoln Heights, will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon, featuring campus tours, class demonstrations, program information and more. The event is for people interested in starting a new career, learning English or earning a high school diploma. (323) 224-5970, ext. 5980
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
Tea party: The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, hosts a tea party from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Guests may bring their own tea cups. Others are provided. Assorted pastries and finger sandwiches are served along with tea. Games and prize drawings are provided. Cost is $6 per person and tickets may be purchased at the center through Oct. 17. (562) 929-5580
Thursday, Oct. 19
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
Smartphone assistance: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers assistance to people with smartphones and tablets from 2 to 3 p.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
Saturday, Oct. 21
Women’s conference: Paul Gibson discusses Friends of Foster Children, a nonprofit, volunteer organization to enhance the quality of life for abused, abandoned and neglected children, at the fall conference of the Sierra Mar District of Business and Professional Women at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2009 S. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park. Registration is at 8:45 a.m. with the meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. The conference and luncheon is open to all interested people. There is no registration cost for guests, but the cost of the luncheon is $10. Call or email Marie Clifton (626) 287-5306 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation or for questions.
Halloween parade: The city of Norwalk conducts its annual Arturo Sanchez Sr. Halloween Parade at 11 a.m. starting at the corner of Norwalk Boulevard and Mapledale Street. The parade proceeds south on Norwalk to Alondra Boulevard, then west on Alondra to Horst Street and south on Horst Street to 162nd Street and then west on 162nd Street to Hermosillo Park. A costume contest is held in conjunction with the parade, with contestants lining up at 9:15 a.m. (562) 929-5702
Mall event: As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Shops at Montebello, 2134 Montebello Town Center, announced its Be More Than Pink campaign at 2 p.m. in Center Court. The event includes fashion, music, food and fun with all proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the day of the event at Guest Services, located on the lower level near Macy’s Home Store. Attendees will receive a swag bag filled with samples, treats and a $10 retailer gift card at the event. Seating is limited.
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