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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Vernon to host H.P. Chamber festival

The city of Vernon has agreed to serve as host this year of the Huntington Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Sabor de Mexico Lindo (A Taste of Beautiful Mexico)” street festival to be held Oct. 1 and 2.

The event is planned near Vernon’s Civic Center at the intersection of Pacific Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue. Traditionally, the festival is held along Pacific Boulevard in Huntington Park’s main commercial district, but the event had to be moved this year because of street and sidewalk improvements taking place along Pacific Boulevard.

The festival offers arts and crafts, cultural exhibits, live performances on two stages, food and vendor booths and carnival rides.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, Sept. 30

College open house: The Cerritos College’s Science, Engineering and Mathematics Division hosts the fifth annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) open house from noon to 6 p.m. between the Physical Science and Technology and Business Education Buildings on the Norwalk campus, 11110 Alondra Blvd. The event features chemistry ice cream making, strawberry DNA extraction, water scum analysis, sunspot observation with a 14-inch telescope, lab demonstrations and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Food trucks provide food for purchase. (562) 860-2451, ext. 2623

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, Oct. 1

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

Bike rodeo: The South Gate Police Department conducts a bike rodeo for bicycle riders from 5 to 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Gate Park, 4900 Southern Ave. Bicycle safety inspections are offered and riders can demonstrate their skills on the skills course. Drawings will be held for helmets and bicycles. (323) 595-9530

Smartphone assistance: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers assistance to people with smartphones and tablets from 10 to 11 a.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

Sunday, Oct. 2

Art festival: The Downey Art Coalition and the city of Downey conduct the Stardust Art Festival from noon to 6 p.m. around the Downey Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd. Local artists display their work and local musicians perform. Food is available for purchase from food trucks. (562) 904-7238.

Monday, Oct. 3

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, Oct. 4

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, Oct. 5

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

Benefits available: A representative of CalFresh will be at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon to provide information on how people 65 and older can qualify for CalFresh benefits, which help put healthy, nutritious food on the table each month. This is limited to the first 20 people who sign up. (562) 929-5532

Senate debate: California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, meet in the only scheduled debate for the U.S. Senate race in the Student Union Theatre on the Cal State Los Angeles campus, 5154 State University Drive, from 7 to 8 p.m. An overflow room will be open to the public in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. (323) 343-3770

Thursday, Oct. 6

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

Saturday, Oct. 8

Oil recycling: People can bring in their used motor oil and used oil filters to the AutoZone at 3801 E. Whittier Blvd., East Los Angeles, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and receive one free new oil filter.

Moon night: The Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, hosts International Observe the Moon Night on from 6:30to 9:30 p.m. A special presentation about the moon begins at 6:45 and a screening of “Apollo 13” begins at 7:15. Admission is $5 for those who are not members of the space center. (562) 231-1200

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