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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Southeast cities take part in CicLAvia program

Four southeast area cities and part of South Los Angeles close down several main thoroughfares for the first area CicLAvia program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15.

Bicycle riders, pedestrians, skate boarders and roller skaters may use the streets any time during the event and can enter or leave anyplace in the route.

Various activities and entertainment take place along the 10-mile route.

Affected streets are Pacific Boulevard between Florence Avenue and Gage Street in Huntington Park; Long Beach and Firestone Boulevard in unincorporated Los Angeles County, generally south from Huntington Park through Walnut Park; Tweedy Boulevard and Long Beach Boulevard in South Gate; State Street in Lynwood; and Central Avenue and 103rd Street in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, where  the closures end near the Watts Towers Art Zone.

CicLAvia, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, coordinates the event.

Information: (213) 355-8500.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, May 13

Bingo play: Bingo is hosted at 10 a.m. at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street, Whittier. (562) 567-9470

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

Artist reception: The Mary Paxon Art Gallery, 13200 Clarkdale Ave., Norwalk, hosts a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. for Roy Anthony Shabla, a local artist and poet whose paintings and sculptures titled “Water Music, Fire Dance,” are on display through May 28. Gallery hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. (562) 929-5521

Saturday, May 14

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

Health fair: Whittier conducts its annual Community Health Fair and Police Department Open House from 9 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 13230 Penn St. A Kiddie-K Fun Run starts at 10 a.m. for children. The quarter mile run is for children 1 to 5 and the half-mile run is for youngsters 6 to 12 years. Pre-registration is accepted at the Parnell Park, 15300 Lambert Road, and the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. until May 6. (562) 567-9400

L.A. River plans: Members of the organization River LA conduct a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Gate Park Girls Clubhouse, 4940 Southern Ave., to receive community input on plans for the Los Angeles River. (323) 221-7800

Pottery program: Professor G.Lola Worthington discusses Native American pottery from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway. (562) 868-0775

Monday, May 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

Health program: A program on how to prevent osteoporosis is offered at 10 a.m. at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., Whittier. (562) 567-9470

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, May 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.

Free screenings: AppleCare and Pioneer Medical Group offer free blood pressure screenings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to those 50 or older at the Norwalk Senior Citizens Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. (562) 929-5580

Stroke awareness: The staff of Coast Plaza Hospital in Norwalk offers information on strokes, free to those 50 or older from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Citizens Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. (562) 929-5580

Wednesday, May 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

Thursday, May 19

Bike day: Residents who ride their bicycle to work on Bike to Work Day may participate in a free bicycle pit stop from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Palm Park Trailhead of the Whittier Greenway Trail, 5703 Palm Ave., Whittier. The Pit Stop includes free refreshments, prizes, giveaways, information booths and bicycle displays. (562) 908-3666.

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 be people with smartphones and tablets from 4 to 5 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

Miniature golf: The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce conducts its 93rd annual miniature golf fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. at Golf ‘n Stuff. 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk. Cost is $30 for an individual golfer and $100 for a team of four. Registration deadline is May 13. (562) 864-7785

Friday, May 20

Bingo play: Bingo is hosted at 10 a.m. at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street, Whittier. (562) 567-9470

Cerritos commencement: Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is the guest speaker at the 59th annual Cerritos College commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. in Falcon Stadium, on campus, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk. The college presents associate degrees and skills certificates earned during the academic year. Admission is free.

Dance night:Musical hits of the 1960s are featured at a Motown Night dance program at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, Whittier. Rudy and Maria Hernandez conduct the program. Registration and social begins at 6 p.m. and dance lessons at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance party until 10 p.m. Light refreshments are provided. Cost is $10. (562) 567-9450.

Talent sought:Norwalk’s Cultural Arts Center, 13200 Clarkdale Ave., offers members of the community a chance to perform at an Open Mic night at 8 p.m. It is open to musicians, poets, singers, comedians or other types of entertainers. The Image Sharks also perform a unique fusion of blues, rock, country and Latin percussion. (562) 929-5521

Saturday, May 21

Cancer relay: The American Cancer Society conducts a 24-hour Relay for Life, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Downey Adult School, 12340 Woodruff Ave. Participants form teams and obtain sponsorships to benefit the cancer society. A team member must be on the track at all times during the 24-hour event. It starts with a ceremony and a survivor’s lap. At night, bags of sand with lighted candles are placed around the track in memory of cancer victims. (800) 227-2345

E-waste collection: The Bellflower Chamber of Commerce sponsors electronic waste collection and recycling from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. in the Somerset High School parking lot, 9242 Laurel St. Accepted are computer equipment, televisions, stereo equipment, printers, scanners, radios, telephones and cellular phones. (562) 867-1744.

Cultural carnival: Central American Foundations conduct a fundraiser cultural carnival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the baseball diamond at Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave. Huntington Park, with proceeds going to its program of aiding abandoned children of Nicaragua. The event features cultural entertainment, native food, information booths, dancers and other public activities. General admission is $20, $10 for senior citizens. Children are free. (213) 321-7260.

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