DOWNEY - The Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center is planning a series of events for the upcoming holiday season.•The annual Halloween pumpkin patch will be held Oct. 31 from 5-9 p.m. in the center's back lot. The free event will feature carnival games, costume contests, crafts for young children, a glow walk, and free food. The event is co-sponsored by the city of Downey, Optimist Club and Soroptimist International of Downey. •The second annual Winter Wonderland Festival on Dec. 5 will feature a holiday craft boutique, breakfast with Santa Claus (pre-sale only), and performances from children and adults. Entertainment will be provided by the Polynesian Dancers, youth folklorico performers, jazz dancers, and pre-school singers. Applications for holiday craft vendors will be accepted until Nov. 5 or all tables are sold. Fee is $30 for a 6-ft. table and two chairs. •Contest registration forms are still being accepted for the annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest, an event to highlight and award homeowners who have decorated for the holiday season. Entry deadline is Dec. 10 and the date of judging is Dec. 14. The contest is only open to Downey residents. •Grandstand tickets for the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena are still available. Tickets are $67 for persons over age 8. The ticket includes transportation and a "great grandstand location." There is no limit on the number of tickets residents can purchase. Tickets are available at the community center. •Fee-based classes for children and adults are still available for the fall season. Registration is available in-person or by calling (562) 904-7223. Classes beginning in November and December include: Canta Con Migo, ages 3-5, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m., 5 weeks, $28; Total Body Sculpting, ages 18+, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-6 p.m., 4 weeks, $56; Zumba Gold, ages 18+, Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. or 6-7 p.m., 5 weeks, $38; Intro to Acting, ages 12-18, Mondays and Wednesdays 4-5 p.m., 5 weeks, $60; Audition Tech, ages 12-18, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., 5 weeks, $60; Kids Love Music, ages 4 months to 4, Monday times vary by age, 4 weeks, $44; Jazz Dance, ages 7-12, Thursdays 4-5 p.m., 6 weeks, $40; Teen Jazz Dance, Ages 13+, Thursdays 5-6 p.m., 6 weeks, $40; Tap/Jazz Combo, ages 7-12, Tuesdays 4-5 p.m., 6 weeks, $40; Theater Dance, ages 7+, Thursdays 5-6 p.m., , 6 weeks, $40; Pequeno Picasso, ages 3-5, Mondays 3:30-4:15 p.m., 3 weeks, $15. For additional information regarding any of the programs or events, call the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center at (562) 904-7223.
********** Published: October 23, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 27