The city of Monterey Park celebrates the year of the monkey at its annual Lunar New Year Festival Jan. 30 and 31 along seven blocks of Garvey Avenue from Alhambra to Ramona avenues.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 31
The event celebrates the Asian new year and showcases a variety of cultures from the Southern California area.
More than 270 booths staffed by business owners, merchants, organizations and food vendors are expected.
Live entertainment is provided on two stages.
Information: (626) 307-1390.
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, Jan. 29
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
Saturday, Jan. 30
Family search: The Whittier Area Genealogical Society conducts its 33rd annual seminar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave. Seminars with talks by genealogy professional Thomas MacEnbtee, author of seven books on genealogy, are featured. Cost is $45 for late registration after Jan. 16 or at the door with another $10 optional for lunch. (562) 695-8511
Tax assistance: The Cal State Los Angeles Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is offering free income tax preparation services to individuals who make $54,000 or less and need assistance preparing and filing tax returns. Tax assistance is available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third floor of Salazar Hall, room 343 on campus, 5151 University Drive, Los Angeles. Tax help also is available for persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance. (323) 308-8485
Waste disposal: Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County conduct a free waste disposal program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rio Hondo College Fire Academy, 11400 Greenstone Ave., Santa Fe Springs, for household items too toxic for regular trash collections and for electronic waste. Accepted items include brake fluid, paint thinner, household cleaning fluids, vehicle batteries, motor oil, oil filters, expired prescription medications, anti-freeze and fluorescent light bulbs. Electronic items accepted may include computers, TV and stereo sets, computer printers and cellular telephones. (800) 238-0172
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
Citizenship clinic: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, in partnership with the South Asian Network, hosts a citizenship clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants receive application support, legal advice, study materials and a fee waiver application. Call the library to register at (562) 868-0775.
Winter concert: The Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Taylor, is in concert at 7 p.m. at the William and Jane Bristol Auditorium, 16600 Civic Center Drive. Bellflower residents are free. For non-residents, general admission tickets are $12, $10 for students and senior citizens. (562) 867-4871.
Monday, Feb. 2
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, Feb. 3
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, Feb. 4
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
Tax assistance:College students certified by the IRS provide free basic income tax return preparation for individuals and families who earned $52,000 or less in 2015 as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program from 2 to 6 p.m. at Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Those seeking assistanceshould bring photo identification for all those on the return, Social Security cards, birth dates for filers and all dependents, wage and earnings forms, a copy of 2014 federal and state returns, if available; a blank check with bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit and interest statements, day care records, day care tax ID number. Appointments are recommended. (562) 463-7359
Thursday, Feb. 4
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
Friday, Feb. 5
SKILLS dance: The SKILLS Organization presents the Club Friday Forum dance from 7 to 10 p.m. for all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who live or attend school in Whittierat the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. Admission is $5. A school photo I.D. and a permission slip signed by parents is also required. (562) 325-5620
Saturday, Feb. 6
Shred-a-thon: Norwalk residents may dispose of unwanted documents and electronic items free of charge from 9 am. to 2 p.m. at Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Accepted are televisions, computers, printers, stereo equipment, radios, microwave ovens, cell phones and game systems. Shredding is limited to five boxes of documents per vehicle. (562) 929-5964
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