The city of South Gate conducts its 11th annual Earth Day event from 8 a.m. to noon at South Gate Park, 9599 Pinehurst Ave.
Volunteers join forces for a community cleanup, including tree planting, graffiti removal, bulky item pickups, green exhibits and free composting kits.
All volunteers must bring a signed waiver, which is available online at www.cityofsouthgate.org.
Information: (562) 802-7880, ext. 239.
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, April 22
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 night: 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, April 23
Waste disposal: The 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 Tweedy Boulvard-Hildreth Avenue entrance to South Gate Park for household items too hazardous 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 include computers, TV and stereo sets, computer printers and cellular telephones.
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
Practice exam: Teens between the eighth and 12th grades can take a practice exam of the new SAT test for free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway. Those attending are expected to bring two pencils, a calculator and a snack. There will be one break during the program. Registration is required and space is limited. (562) 868-0775
Poker party: Friends of South Gate Park conduct their eighth annual charity poker tournament at noon at the Girls Club House, at the park, 4940 Southern Ave. Proceeds go to community youth programs. Cost is $30 for registration in advance for $2,000 in chips. Cost the day of the event is $35. (323) 563-5447 or (323) 357-9636
Daddy-daughter dance: The Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department conducts a “Daddy and Daughter” dance for girls ages 3 to 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex, 13100 Clarkdale Ave. Cost is $12 per couple for “daughter appropriate music” and dessert. Girls may also bring their grandfathers or uncles. (562) 929-5734
Sunday, April 24
Final concert: The Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kimo Furumoto, concludes its 83rd season of free concerts at 3 p.m. in the Vic Lopez Auditorium of Whittier High School, 12417 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier, with a program called “Dreams of America. Selections by American composers are “Liberty Fanfare,” by John Williams; and “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” by Peter Boyer. Voice and string winners of the 48th annual Youth Artist Competition, which took place in February, are featured. (562) 698-8626
Monday, April 25
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, April 26
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.
Smartphone assistance: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers assistance to be people with smartphones and tablets from 11 a.m. to noon. 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
State of the city: Downey Mayor Alex Saab is the speaker at the State of the City Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 26 at the Rio Hondo Event Center, 10627 Old River School Road. Saab discusses the city’s current and upcoming development projects, the city’s financial standing and his short- and long-term goals. Tickets are $35. (562) 923-2191.
Wednesday, April 27
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
Stroke prevention: The Roxanna Todd Hodges Stroke Foundation offers free carotid artery screenings and blood pressure checks from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rio Hondo Event Center, 10627 Old River School Road, Downey. A physician from the Keck Medical Center at USC is guest speaker. Screenings are limited to the first 100 to register. (888) 794-9466
Senior home repair: Norwalk Community Development Department representatives present information on a program to assist homeowners with the cost of home repairs from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Citizen Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. It’s free to those 50 or older. (562) 929 5580
Thursday, April 28
Chamber tea: The Bellflower Chamber of Commerce conducts a women’s business mixer tea luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Muriel Macgregor Terrace, 16322 Bellflower Blvd. Cost is $10. Deadline to RSVP is April 22. (562) 867-1744
Friday, April 29
Job fair: The Richard Slawson Southeast Occupational Center, 5500 Rickenbacker Road, Bell, conducts its third annual Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A group of employers and community resource agencies offer information on hiring. Anyone looking for employment or who would like to become familiar with available resources is welcome. (323) 397-1849
Dental screening: NortheastDental providesseniors 50 or older with a free dental health screening from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Citizens Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. A dental assistant discussesfindingswith patients,who can then address issuestheirregulardentist. (562) 929-5580
Dance night: Club Parnell hosts a community dance night at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, Whittier. Rudy and Maria Hernandez conduct a program called Disco Nights, with music of the 1970s and 80s. Registration and social begins at 6 p.m. and lessons at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance party until 10 p.m. Light refreshments are provided. Cost is $10.
Saturday, April 30
Citizenship fair: State Sen. Tony Mendoza hosts a free citizenship fair from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the former Excelsior High School, 15711 Pioneer Blvd., Norwalk. It’s in cooperation with the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, the NALEO Education Fund, the Mexican Opportunity Foundation, Cerritos College and the Council of Mexican Federations. Information and help is provided on becoming a United States citizen. (888) 839-8682
Arbor Day: The Norwalk Public Services Department conducts an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony from 8 to 11 a.m. at New River Park, 13432 Halcourt Ave. There are information booths and tools are provided for those who wish to help plant. (562) 929-5511
Drug disposal: The Downey Police Department offers free disposal of unwanted or unneeded drugs and prescriptions, which could cause safety problems in the home, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. at the Police Department Headquarters, 10911 Brookshire Ave. Over-the-counter medications will be accepted, but sharps and needles will not. (562) 904-2374
Riverfest: GrowGood, the Salvation Army Bell Shelter and TreePeople host the second annual Southeast Los Angeles Community Riverfest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the GrowGood farm, 660 Mansfield Way, Bell. behind the Salvation Army Citadel on Rickenbacker Road, west of Eastern Avenue in Bell. The nonprofit organization grows food in its garden to supplement that of the Salvation Army shelter on Rickenbacker Road adjoining the farm. (213) 321-7778
Talent winners: Winners of the 27th annual Concerto Competition for Young Artists are presented in concert with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, directed by Joseph Taylor, at its Annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. in the William and Jane Bristol Auditorium, 16600 Civic Center Drive, Bellflower. (562) 925-1785
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