The effort by the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and local veterans groups to bring a traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to the chamber's "Summer Stampede" car show in Lakewood this August got some big help—and a big challenge—from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.
It costs money and takes a small army of volunteers to staff the traveling Vietnam Veterans wall while it’s on location. Local veterans and others have stepped up to provide the volunteers, but funds are needed to pay the transportation and related costs of the wall and to financially support the car show in general. Knabe, a Navy veteran, has pledged to match donations made by the public, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $5,000, and he has also made his own donation of $1,000 to the effort. More...
Lion meets world (Lakewood's recreation mascot "Professor Fun" blog post) During my cub years, I spent much of my time learning the ways of life from the travails of one Cory Matthews in the television show "Boy Meets World." Well… OK… I probably learned the lessons from his trusted mentor, Mr. Feeney or from his parents, but I also learned a bit from Corey himself.
Looking forward to this week’s concert, I found myself taking a trip down Memory Lane back to the halcyon days of Corey, Topanga, Eric, Shawn and Feeney. Why? Cause this week is 90’s week!!!! Woooooooo!!!! On July 17th, make sure to stop by Del Valle Park and catch In the Mixx play your favorite 90’s hits. The show starts at 6:30pm, so bring your family for some great, flash-back fun!
‘Vacation check’ program increases safety for homes
Lakewood Station Commander Keith Swensson is encouraging residents to call the station to report anything unusual. “’See something, Say something’ is huge in helping us be proactive in stopping property crimes like home burglaries and people breaking into cars,” says Swensson. “Residents should call the Lakewood Sheriff Station’s 24-hour business line at 562-623-3500 without hesitation to report anything out of the ordinary.”
Swensson also wants residents to call to use the station’s “vacation check" program. “Letting the station know you’ll be gone and what patrol staff should look for is another key way to keep your home and property safe.”
You can request a vacation house-check by calling the Sheriff Station’s 24-hour business line at 562-623-3500 or online at www.lakewood.lasd.org.
Lakewood’s long-standing commitment to family fun continues through July as popular “Finally It’s Friday” and “FUN-Tastic Family Night” events continue.
July 25 - FUN-Tastic Family Night featuring “Street Beat-Repurposed Percussion” - at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $8 per person includes dinner and show ($5 for children 3 and under). Advance registration is required by 7/22.
Summer’s longer days and warmer nights mean more outdoor activities for you and your family…and more exposure to mosquitoes potentially carrying the West Nile virus. West Nile testing is ongoing throughout the region and some positive mosquito samples have been reported this year.
As of late-June, two human case had been reported this year. Agencies advise continued caution. Although the West Nile disease isn’t severe in healthy individuals, often passing unnoticed, those with weakened immune systems and the chronically sick can be hit with a devastating illness.
A new eatery has joined the Lakewood Center and nearby Restaurant Row's list of dining establishments. Applebee’s, a national casual dining restaurant, opened Monday, June 23. Applebee’s menu includes steaks, fish, creative salads (like strawberry, avocado and grilled chicken), and value meals like “one appetizer and two entrees for $20.” Check out their menu at www.applebees.com.
Two major park improvements coming to Lakewood
The Veterans Memorial Plaza at the jet plane at Del Valle Park will be renovated and expanded in time for Memorial Day in 2015. And a new pumpkin carriage and expanded Cinderella theme will come to the school-age playground at San Martin Park by the end of 2014.
Free battery collection kits at city hall
Convenient plastic battery collection containers can be picked up at the public works counter in city hall. The free green collection containers can be used to gather spent household single-use and rechargeable batteries ONLY.
They can later be dropped off at city hall and many electronics retailers.
Air conditioned facilities provide heat relief for seniors
Triple-digit temperatures are hitting Southern California early this year. Older residents can feel more distress from heat and humidity and often have fewer options for beating the heat. The City of Lakewood wants to remind seniors that the air-conditioned Weingart Senior Center is a comfortable oasis, especially during the hottest time of the day--from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Seniors can use the free DASH Transit service as transportation to Weingart if they can't drive or don't have a ride. For more information on DASH call 562-924-0149.