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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Norwalk to conduct art festival March 17

The Norwalk Recreation and Park Services Department conducts “Artastic,” an annual art festival featuring a variety of art displays, music, dance, crafts, a movie, ceramics, chalk art competition, a book fair and art walk from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex, 13200 Clarkdale Ave.

Included is an open mic night, which provides a forum for performers to gain exposure before a receptive audience. Luna Nova is the featured performer.

All types of performances are welcome, but must be appropriate for all ages. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to sign up.

Admission is free. Food is available for purchase from food trucks.

Information: (562) 929-5763

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, March 17

Tax assistance: College students who have been certified by the IRS are providing free basic income tax preparation services from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, for individuals and families who earned $54,000 or less in 2016 as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The service is offered in the Administration of Justice Building, Room 203. Those needing help with taxes must bring all documents needed for tax services. (562) 463-7359

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, March 18

Tax assistance: Cal State Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, and its 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 help is available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance. In addition, there are free services on financial literacy and asset building, as well as microcredit and business planning.The service is available in room 343 on the third floor of Salazar Hall. Appointments are not necessary. (626) 820-3925.

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

Grand opening: The city of Bell and the developer of The Residences at Walker conduct a grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. for the new housing development at 6522 Walker St. The project has 14 new homes. (562) 307-0266

Police fundraiser: Retired Montebello Police Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez holds a fundraiser to support the family of Whittier police officer Keith Boyer from 1 to 7 p.m. at Mulcaheys Gastro Bar, 15334 Whittier Blvd., Whittier. Boyer was shot to death Feb. 20.The event includes a silent auction and live music by local groups the Bootleggers Blues Band and the Flashback Cowboys. Couso-Vasquez plays drums for both groups. (562) 943-3112. 

Monday, March 20

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, March 21

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.

Blood pressure checks: Pioneer Medical Group provides blood pressure screenings for seniors at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Screenings are performed by licensed/certified medical staff, with results discussed afterward. (562) 929-5580

Legal resources: In partnership with L.A. Law Library, the Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers a free law librarian workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., providing an overview of legal information search tools and techniques. L.A. Law Library does not provide legal advice. It provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. (562) 868-0775

Wednesday, March 22

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

Businesswomen meet: Marjory Hopper, program and projects chair of the California Federation of Business and Professional Women, shares facts about women whose achievements have been overlooked at the dinner meeting of the East Los Angeles-Montebello Business and Professional Women at MERCI Board Room, 525 N. Chandler Ave., Monterey Park. Networking starts at 4:30 p.m. with dinner following at 5 p.m. Price of the dinner will be in the $10-$15 range. The program and dinner is open to all interested people, but reservations are required. (626) 307-5650

Thursday, March 23

Disaster seminar: The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 Norwalk Blvd., hosts a “Disaster Planning for Seniors” seminar provided by CareMore staff, from 10 to 11 a.m. Seniors can learn what to keep on hand, such as an emergency kit, and community resources available in the event of a disaster. (562) 929-5580

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.

Rail to river project: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority holds two meetings to discuss segment B of the Rail-to-Rail River project. Meetings take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oldtimers Housing Development Corp., 3355 E. Gage Avenue, Huntington Park. The project includes a walking and bike path in two segments between the future Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Los Angeles River. Segment B is the portion of the route between the Blue Line’s Slauson Station and the river. (213) 922-9228

Saturday, March 25

School meal samples: The Downey Unified School District conducts a school meal expo and tasting event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Downey High School, 11040 Brookshire Ave. Those in attendance rotate through various taste-testing stations featuring homemade entrees, authentic gourmet tamales, antibiotic-free chicken tenders, fresh grilled 100 percent beef hamburger and many more. The event is designed to showcase the variety of healthy and delicious meal options that are available to Downey students at all grade levels. (562) 469-6675

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