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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Native American veterans groups to conduct powwow

The Native American Veterans Association conducts its annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Day Powwow from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 and again Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at South Gate Park, 4900 Southern Ave. It is open to the public and admission is free.

It includes Native American music and dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, food for purchase, an Indian Village with crafts for sale and information on resources and services for veterans.

Opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. include a prayer, spiritual prayer and the national anthem, followed by gourd dancing. A grand entry is at noon and a veterans roll call is at 1 p.m.

All Native American dancers and drums are welcome.

Information: Beth Henderson, (818) 471-9114.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, Nov. 13

Workforce conference: Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, hosts a workforce development conference from noon to 3:30 p.m. during an education program dedicated to connecting adults with careers in the trades. The conference is followed by a regional trades night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. County Supervisor Hilda Solis. A former Rio Hondo College trustee, is expected to take part. Both events are hosted by the Rio Hondo Region Adult Education Consortium.bambam6@earthlink.net

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, Nov. 14

Fund-raising run: Friends of La Serena High School conduct a fund raising five-kilometer run-walk from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. with some 400 participants using a looped route including Youngwood Drive, La Serna Drive and other streets around the school at 15301 Youngwood Drive, Whittier. (562) 698-8121, ext. 6000.

Community day: The Southeast-Rio Vista Family YMCA, based in the Maywood Community Center at 4801 E. 58th St., hosts a community day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for YMCA members and area residents interested in learning about YMCA programs. Activities include zumba exercise to music, tumbling, Latin dance moves, a boot camp, youth ballet, youth gymnastics and belly dancing and a health fair sponsored by LA Cares from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (323) 588-2256

Church boutique:Trinity Lutheran Church, 11507 Studebaker Road, Norwalk, hosts a neighborhood fall boutique from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors offer collectibles, gift baskets, home-baked goods and other items for sale. Lunch is available and drawings are planned. (562) 864-3713

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

Weather warning: “Preparing for El Niño” is discussed from 9 to 11 a.m. at Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Experts discuss the current drought, explain more about El Niño weather, tell what the state is doing to prepare for it and list government services available during an emergency. (562) 860-3203

Senior crafts: The Pico Rivera Senior Center, 9200 Mines Ave., hosts a crafts boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors offer a variety of hand-crafted gift items, including jewelry and clothing, for the holiday season. (562) 948-4844

Mayoral coffee: Downey Mayor Luis H. Marquez holds a coffee with the mayor from 10 to 11 a.m. at Porto’s Bakery, 8233 Firestone Blvd. Residents are invited toask questions on city issues and voice concerns. (562) 904-7274

Smartphone help: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers free smartphone and tablet assistance from 10 to 11 a.m. Residents are invited to bring in their charged device and library card and get their questions answered. (562) 868-0775

Sunday, Nov. 15

Faculty concert: The Cerritos College Music Department presents its annual Faculty Gala at 2 p.m. in the Burnight Center Theatre
on campus, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk. Faculty members perform musical selections with proceeds going toward scholarships for music students. Advanced tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, middle and high school students with identification and $8 for children ages 5 to 12. Cost at the door is $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children 5 to 12. (562) 860- 2451, ext. 2629

Art show: Pop Secret Gallery, 5119 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock, conducts an art sale benefitting Literature for Life from 4 to 7 p.m. Literature for Life is a Los Angeles-based online literary journal, salon and resource for educators designed to spark a love of reading and writing. Original art and prints are available for purchase, along with food, drinks and entertainment. http://litforlife.wpengine.com/

Monday, Nov. 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

Coloring club: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, conducts a coloring club for adults from 6 to 7 p.m. Coloring is a no-pressure art form that helps people unwind and from a day at the office. Materials are provided. (562) 868-0775

Tuesday, Nov. 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.

Designer den: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers instruction on building a holiday cork tree at a designer’s den from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (562) 868-0775

Wednesday, Nov. 18

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

Teen movie: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, shows popular teen movies from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for students 13 to 18. All movies are rated G or PG 13. (562) 868-0775

Thursday, Nov. 19

Environment symposium: The Nature Conservancy joins county Supervisor Hilda Solis and Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz for a symposium on enhancing biodiversity in urban environments from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Gate Community Center, 4900 Southern Ave. A light breakfast is provided. Early registration ends Nov. 12. margaret@watershedhealth.org

Friday, Nov. 20

Health program: The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, conducts its annual health program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Salt Lake Park, 3401 Florence Ave., Huntington Park. Admission is free for rock wall climbing, zumba, an array of health screenings and food distribution from the Los Angeles Food Bank. (323) 278-3891

Saturday, Nov. 21

Symphony concert: The Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, directed by Joseph Taylor, conducts its fall concert at 7 p.m. in the William and Jane Bristol Auditorium, 16600 Civic Center Drive. General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Bellflower residents are admitted for free. (562) 867-4871

Sunday, Nov. 22

Rain barrels: The city of Downey offers 55-gallon rain barrels for those who wish to store water in case of emergencies from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center, 7810 Quill Drive in the south parking lot. Cost is $85 but the Metropolitan Water District offers rebates of $75 for up to four barrels per family. Purchases can be made in advance by Nov. 19 at www.RainBarrelsIntl.com under the events tab city of Downey.

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