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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Column One
Family fun events continue through summer
Next event is Friday, July 25 at The Centre

This Friday the Centre at Sycamore Plaza hosts Street Beat’s performance of “Repurposed Percussion,” a high-energy explosion of urban rhythm and uplifting music. This family show mixes the elements of music and rhythm together in a fresh format and has earned its mark as one of the best drum duo shows!


Pets get another Bow Wow and Meow Day
Saturday, August 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The city’s convenient pet licensing and vaccination program has added an August date. Bow Wow and Meow Days returns Saturday, August 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the usual location at the northeast corner lot at Clark Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard near the Lakewood Civic Center.


See pets available for adoption this month

Pet adoptions can be done through the Adopt & Shop store at Lakewood Center, or in Downey at the main facility of Lakewood’s animal control agency, the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority, (SEAACA). Click here to see video of pets available for adoption.

Splashing through summer!
Friday, August 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Free heat-beating fun returns to San Martin Park this August with another edition of “Summer Splash.” Set for Friday, August 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the event features large water inflatables, water-based games and activities. It’s just one of a wide menu of family fun and pool-based programs this August.


Council Recap: Mandatory water conservation comes to Lakewood
Tuesday, July 22 meeting

Because of the ongoing drought, the state government is requiring every water department in California, including Lakewood’s Water Resources Department, to implement mandatory water conservation rules. At its regular meeting last night, the city council approved a plan to implement the state rules in Lakewood.

The rules technically go into effect immediately, but Lakewood will enforce them gradually over the weeks ahead as a public information campaign educates residents about the changes. The state’s new rules in Lakewood forbid the washing down of driveways and sidewalks along with limiting the watering of lawns and gardens to two times a week for only ten minutes each time. For yards with multiple sprinkler zones, each zone can be watered for ten minutes each time, with exceptions outlined in the following paragraphs. And watering can only be done in the evening and early morning (between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.), which are the most efficient times for water to be applied to avoid loss through evaporation.

“We want to help our residents successfully learn and follow the rules, and not be too quick or heavy-handed in our enforcement,” said Jim Glancy, the director of Lakewood’s Water Resources Department. “But we all need to get on board with the new conservation program as soon as possible.”


Vietnam Wall fundraising ongoing, August event nears
Donations needed now

Grassroots fundraising efforts and donations by individual Lakewood residents are helping bring a traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to the city from August 14 to 17. Organizers stress that every little bit counts.
“We’re so appreciative of this giving community. People have been very generous giving at the Civic Center Block Party and each week at Concerts in the Park. Those donations, be they $1, $10 or $100, are adding up,” said John Kelsall, president of the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the visit of the traveling Vietnam Wall. “And it’s so great that they will all be matched by L.A. County Supervisor Knabe.”
Knabe, a Navy veteran, made his own donation of $1,000 and in addition pledged to match donations made by the public, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $5,000.
Longtime Lakewood resident Jerry “Doc” Spulecki has been giving volunteer help to the chamber and its effort to bring the traveling Vietnam Wall to Lakewood. Spulecki served as a medic in Vietnam from May 1967 to May 1968. “As a combat vet of the Vietnam War, I am proud and humbled that our Chamber of Commerce is bringing the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Lakewood. It honors the 58,286 men and women who paid the ultimate price for our country.” Spulecki has volunteered as a docent on traveling wall showings numerous times across the nation.


Cheese and the ‘Wiz’ at Monte Verde Park movie night
Friday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m.

The classic film “The Wizard of Oz” will be shown under the stars at Monte Verde Park Friday, August 8. The event will also feature The Grilled Cheese Truck, which will donate a percentage of their proceeds to support the Lakewood Teen Board’s volunteer efforts.

Guests attending this free, family-friendly event are encouraged to participate in the pre-movie costume contest by coming dressed as their favorite character from the movie. Before the show, kids can win prizes by participating in fun activities.

Attendees can bring chairs and a picnic dinner, or purchase dinner from The Grilled Cheese Truck beginning at 7:00 p.m. prior to the film. The movie will begin at 8:15 p.m. In addition, the Lakewood Teen Board will be selling drinks and candy.


News shorts and calendar of events . . .
Doo-Wah Riders return for this week’s concert at Del Valle Park
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through August 7

For over 30 years, The Doo-Wah Riders have been entertaining crowds with their unique sound of high-energy country with a Cajun twist. The group has appeared in concert with numerous performers such as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Brooks and Dunn. They have also served as a back-up band for several artists including Lee Ann Womack and Martina McBride.

This week the Super Mex Catering Truck will be on site selling tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Proceeds from their sales benefit the Pan American Association. Additionally, Mr. B’s Kettle Corn will be at the park selling kettle corn and shaved ice.
60th Anniversary collector’s pins will continue to be available for a modest cost. Consider the special pin of Giganta the playground robot that was a Lakewood park favorite for decades. Limited edition “Club Lakewood” products will be available too. They include things like hats, polo shirts, sweatshirts and stadium blankets. Visitors can also make a donation to the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial.


Lakewood Youth Sports volunteer coaches needed

Volunteer coaches are needed for baseball, softball and T-ball teams for the summer season at all Lakewood parks. Although moms and dads of players make great coaches, it’s not necessary to have a child playing to enjoy the volunteer experience. No coaching experience is necessary.

Warm months bring on more flying friends

Warm summer evenings mean more outdoor activities for you and your family…and more exposure to mosquitoes potentially carrying the West Nile virus. Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found throughout L.A. County this summer. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District,, urges residents to take the following precautions to protect against West Nile virus.

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