Good Morning Lakewood/Upcoming events and happenings in Lakewood CA

Get your ‘Zumba on’ (and other fitness classes too) Classes ongoing Affordable fitness and recreation pro­grams for all ages and condition levels are available in Lakewood most days. “Zumba with Cindy” is one of hundreds of classes happening each week in Lakewood. Like many programs, several multi-session classes occur each season and they’re offered at a variety of times.
Trying Zumba, or jumping into a fitness or sports activity that fits your interests, is made convenient by their being held at Lakewood’s many neighborhood parks. “The most important part of being healthy is keeping moving and keeping a positive mindset. My class, and lots of others, do exactly that,” said instructor Cindy Emami. “Facilities close to home make it even easier.”

Teen job interview class, Job Fair and volunteer signups help youth succeed Tuesday, April 1 and 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Several Lakewood Youth Center programs are set to help teens succeed in finding a job or a resume-building volunteer position. Efforts begin with “job interview prep” classes on Tuesday, April 1 and 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Teens will learn to sharpen their job interviewing skills by taking part in a mock interview process and other useful activities.


Next up is the “Finding that Job” workshop on Friday, April 4 from 5:00 p.m. at 6:00 p.m. It pays special attention to honing job-finding and preparation skills. For more information call the Youth Center at 562-429-7472, between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. [FULL STORY]

Income tax assistance at Weingart Senior Center  Volunteers are available at Weingart Senior Center to help low-income families, individuals and seniors prepare their basic tax returns. Appointments are for Mondays and Thursdays through April 10. Reservations are required. Call 562-630-6141 to make an appointment. If you are filing a joint return, both husband and wife must come to the appointment. The Weingart Senior Center is located at 5220 Oliva Avenue in Lakewood.
Individuals with appointments should be prepared to bring in their tax information (W-2 or 1099 forms) and last year’s tax return. The returns generally take about two hours to prepare, and every return is reviewed by a second tax preparer before they’re filed.

Great deals at Friends of Lakewood Libraries book sale  Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. From romance novels to large-format books, visitors will find surprisingly low-priced deals on used books at the Friends of the Lakewood Libraries (FOLL) sale on Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sale items include hardback books for $1 and up, textbooks, encyclopedias, computer materials, children’s books, a ‘Teacher’s Table,’ unusual books, cassettes and videos. Proceeds support Lakewood’s two local libraries.


FOLL “Members only” sales are scheduled for Thursday, April 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those interested in becoming members at the pre-sale can take advantage of the widest selection before the public sale. [FULL STORY]

Free spring-cleaning help for hazardous and e-waste Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Lakewood residents can take their hazardous and e-waste to EDCO’s large transfer facility at 2755 California Avenue in Signal Hill. The facility is only 10-15 minutes from the Lakewood Civic Center..

The next free event is Saturday, April 12 and will accept household toxics like paints, insecticides, chemicals, e-waste, sharps and used cooking and motor oil.
To assist “spring cleaners,” EDCO reminds Lakewood residents they are also entitled to six free bulky-item pickups a year at their home. To schedule a pickup, call EDCO at 562-531-3054 by 3:30 p.m. the day before your normal trash pickup. The bulky-item pickup program is intended for things like used furniture, appliances, mattresses, e-waste and broken-down boxes tied in twine, but not for building materials. Donating items to worthy causes is also strongly encouraged. A list of potential charities is online at

Be a hero, give a little blood Thursday, April 17 from 12:00 noon to 6:15 p.m. Residents have another chance to give back to their community by donating blood this spring. The American Red Cross, in cooperation with the Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center, has a blood drive coming to the center at Lakewood Center mall: Thursday, April 17 from 12:00 noon to 6:15 p.m.
     All participants will receive a “Buy One Get One FREE Sub” from Quizno’s, a voucher for two tickets to an LA Galaxy game ($20 processing fee) two discounted tickets to select LA Kings Hockey games and two complimentary VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory. Donations take about an hour. Participants are encouraged to drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious meal ahead of time and bring a photo ID.

Lakewood Shreds! returns for tax season Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon The tax season is a time of pay slips, receipts, account summaries and a potpourri of other sensitive personal documents. In the wrong hands, they can be a windfall to anyone wanting to steal your identity.
The City of Lakewood and EDCO Waste Services are teaming up again to help. Residents are invited to safely dispose of documents containing sensitive information like old bank statements and tax records at “Lakewood Shreds!” on Saturday, April 26. The free shredding event has added “green” features like a mulch giveaway and e-waste drop off.

Through the years, spring means Pan American Fiesta 3-day event starts  Friday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m. Lakewood’s fiesta is the nation’s only community-wide celebration of Pan American culture outside of Washington, D.C.–and it’s coming back in May! It’s a great way for Lakewood residents to take part in one of the city’s longest-running traditions.
The Pan American Fiesta begins its three-day, family-friendly celebration at Mayfair Park on Friday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m. The family-friendly festival continues on Saturday and wraps up on Sunday.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at The Centre Sunday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This Mother’s Day, show mom how much you appreciate her with an unforgettable, all-you-can-eat brunch and dining experience provided by TGIS Catering at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza on Sunday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Centre’s in-house caterer prides itself on being one of the premier catering and event-planning teams in Southern California.


In addition to a delightful brunch buffet, there will be live entertainment, a complimentary photo booth, complimentary face painting for children, and each mom in attendance will receive a special tote bag with gifts inside. Guests can also surprise their mother with a special personalized greeting that will be displayed on the big screen during the brunch. [FULL STORY]

Participate in Relay For Life Saturday, May 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Before going into real estate in 2001, I worked in the medical field. Found it very rewarding helping others and decided to make a switch and help those, who want to achieve the "American Dream". As a homeowner, I know the importance of home ownership and nothing gives me more pleasure than to place those keys into the hands of a new homeowner. I look forward to helping you, with all your real estate needs.

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