A two-day music festival is planned Sept. 5 and 6 at Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia.
The Mad Catfish Blues Festival features top musical talent from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, with several bands planning to pay tribute to the late B.B. King.
General admissions tickets are $40 each day, with premium tickets available for $65. Two-day passes are $75 general admission, $115 for premium seats.
Information: (800) 838-3006.
Other upcoming events include:
Friday, Sept. 4
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
Free movie: The Parks and Recreation Department of Santa Fe Springs offers a free movie with popcorn, at 8:15 p.m. in the Town Center Plaza, 11740 Telegraph Road. Those attending may bring lawn chairs and picnics. The featured film is “Big Hero 6,” a cartoon. (562) 863-4896
Saturday, Sept. 5
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
Family picnic: State Sen. Tony Mendoza sponsors a Labor Day Family Picnic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Artesia Park, 18750 Clarkdale Ave. There is free food and refreshments along with games and prizes. It’s open to all residents of Mendoza’s 32nd district, which includes Bellflower, Downey, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Montebello, Pico Rivera and Whittier. (323) 890-2790
Technology help: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers tablet and smartphone assistance from 10 to 11 a.m. Assistance is first come, first served. Questions longer than 15 minutes may be referred to a private appointment. A library card is required. (562) 868-0775
Tuesday, Sept. 8
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, Sept. 9
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
Technology help: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers tablet and smartphone assistance from 6 to 7 p.m. Assistance is first come, first served. Questions longer than 15 minutes may be referred to a private appointment. A library card is required. (562) 868-0775
Friday, Sept. 11
Patriot’s Day: Monterey Park conducts its annual Patriot’s Day observance at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Ave. The program includes comments by elected officials, presentations by firefighters and police officers and participation by American Legion Post No. 397, conducting the ringing of the bell for a moment of silence to honor those killed Sept. 11, 2001. (626) 307-1388
High school homecoming: Whittier High School celebrates its homecoming football game with a procession from its campus at 12417 E. Philadelphia St. east to Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia St. at 5:30 p.m. Students march to the college football field behind two motorcycle officers with another three police officers following, under a special event permit from the City Council.
Saturday, Sept. 12
Service academy workshop: U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard holds her annual workshop for those considering attending a U.S. military service academy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Downey Library, 11121 Brookshire Ave. High school students in the 40th Congressional District can learn about the various service academies. (323) 721-8790
Heroes honored: The Bellflower Chamber of Commerce honors military veterans with a free program from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Town Center Plaza, Belmont Street east of BellflowerBoulevard. It includes displays of military, fire and police vehicles and equipment, vendor booths, music by Dave Storm and Thundercreek, dancing, children’s activities and guest speakers. Light snacks are offered for sale. (562) 867-1744
Read-a-thon: The Downey City Library, 11121 Brookshire Ave., marks Literacy Month with a Read-A-Thon for children from 1 to 3 p.m. Volunteers read books to the youngsters. There are giveaways, crafts and balloons. (562) 904-7360.
Food festival: The city of Downey conducts its annual International Food and Music Festival from 4 to 11 p.m. on Downey Avenue at Third Street. Featured are food from local restaurants, food trucks, face painting, henna artists, festival attractions, live entertainment on two stages, a family fun zone and a beer and wine garden hosted by Soroptimist International of Downey. The event replaces the Farmers Market, usually held Saturdays at that site. (562) 904-7238
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