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COMMUNITY CENTER: Group to honor Assemblywoman Garcia

Parents, Educators and Students in Action, a regional group promoting better schools, honors Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Downey, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at 7825 Sixth St., Downey.

Garcia is being honored for her work to promote Teen Court, a high school program in which students sit as jurors to hear cases of misconduct by fellow students. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge presides.

Admission is $50 with proceeds going to Teen Court programs at Bell Gardens High School, Downey and Warren high schools, El Rancho High in Pico Rivera, South Gate High and Esteban Torres, Cabrillo and McBride high schools in Los Angeles.

Information: (800) 894-7201.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday, Jan. 15

Dental screening: Northeast Dental provides seniors with a basic dental health screening from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Citizens Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, Findings are discussed so patients can address issues with their regular dentist. (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

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

Saturday, Jan. 16

Weight loss challenge: The city of Lynwood launches its sixth annual Weight Loss Challenge in which teams of four see which team can lose the most weight over a 12-week period. The challenge begins with a four-hour program from 7 to 11 a.m. at Yvonne Burke/Ham Park, 11832 Atlantic Ave. There were 148 participants in the 2015 Challenge with the winning team receiving $3,000. (310) 603-0220

Trash disposal: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County conduct a free trash disposal program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bell City Yard, 5320 Gage Ave. for household items too toxic for regular trash collections and for electronic wastes. 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 may include computers, TV and stereo sets, computer printers and cellular telephones. Not accepted are any wastes from businesses, hazardous wastes, explosives, trash and tires, large appliances and controlled substances. (800) 238-0172

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

Monday, Jan. 18

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

Coloring club: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, conducts a coloring club for adults from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Coloring is a no-pressure art form that helps people unwind and from a day at the office. Materials are provided. (562) 868-0775

Tuesday, Jan. 19

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.

Bone screening: SCAN Health Plan representatives offer free bone density scanning to those 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. (562) 929-5580

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Hearing check: The California Telephone Access Program and Connect Hearing conducts a free hearing assessment to those 55 or older from 9 a.m. to noon at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. (562) 929-5580

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, Jan. 21

Transportation talk: Representatives from the Norwalk Transportation Department, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Rider Relief Program offer a free forum on transportation options for senior citizens from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Norwalk Senior Citizens Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. (562) 929-5580

Talent show: Staff members of the Norwalk Senior Citizens Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, conduct an open microphone talent program offering members of the audience to perform on stage from 2 to 5 p.m. (562) 929-5580


Friday, Jan. 22

Counselor breakfast: Rio Hondo College hosts counselors from 25 area high schools for its third annual Regional Counselor Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Rio Café on campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. This year’s event includes a discussion of the college’s academic programs, including the Common Assessment initiative aimed at California’s community colleges and how high school transcripts play a role among other measures in placing students in English and math classes.It also includes a tour of the college’s Automotive Technology Department, which has launched a four-year bachelor of science degree as part of a state pilot program, and of the college’s Career Technical Education facilities.

Saturday, Jan. 23

Health fair: State Sen. Tony Mendoza sponsors a free health fair and Covered California (health insurance) enrollment session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cerritos College Student Center, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk. A variety of health screenings are available including bone density, glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. For appointments, call (562) 860-3202

Smartphone assistance: The Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, offers assistance to be 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

Comedy night: The Norwalk Elks Lodge, 13418 Clarkdale Ave., will hold a dinner comedy night beginning at 6 p.m. Six comedians perform following the dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. (562) 868-6603

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