Warren High School Humanitarian Society President Debora Jeong

Warren High School Humanitarian Society President Debora Jeong took first place at the Optimist International Area Oratorical Contest Tuesday night in South Gate.  She is pictured with Optimist District Oratorical Chair Marie Durflinger.  Debora will be one of just four female students competing for a $2,500 scholarship in the upcoming Pacific Southeast District Contest on May 17 in Long Beach.  The district encompasses major parts of Southern California and Nevada and all of Hawaii.  

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Published: April 24, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 02

Downey band hosting car wash

DOWNEY - The Downey High School Marching Band and Color Guard will host a car wash fundraiser Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon.Cost is $5 per vehicle. The carwash will take place on Brookshire Avenue.

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Meet DUSD-approved tutors

DOWNEY - Parents of middle school students are invited to a "provider fair" Sept. 12 where they can meet DUSD-approved tutors.Free after-school tutoring is available to middle school students who receive free or reduced-price meals at school. The fair will take place at Sussman Middle School, 12500 Birchdale St., from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Writers' group issues awards

DOWNEY - Lorine Parks, a poet and regular contributor to The Downey Patriot's "Poet's Corner," has won first place in a non-fiction contest sponsored by Writers' Workshop West of Downey.Parks won for her entry "So Small." Second place went to Peggy Smith for "Dogs Are Smarter Than People." Yolanda Adele's "All Shook Up," her account of meeting Elvis Presley in Las Vegas, won third place. The winners were awarded cash and certificate prizes at the Writers' Workshop West meeting Aug. 18. The next competition due in November will be for fiction. Several competitions are held each year including poetry. Potential members and visitors are welcome to the meetings, which are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Downey High School library. For more information, call (562) 862-3106.

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Katherine Henryk debuts in "My Fair Lady" at the Downey Theatre Oct. 1

Katherine Henryk will make her Downey Civic Light Opera debut as Mrs. Higgins in "My Fair Lady" opening Oct. 1 at the Downey Theatre. Henryk is an award-winning actress who has appeared at the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Old Globe and off-Broadway. She is a veteran of film and television and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For tickets and information, call (562) 923-1714. Photo Courtesy Downey Civic Light Opera

OLPH lunch Sept. 16

DOWNEY - The Women's Guild of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church will host a luncheon Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. inside the Parish Center. The community is invited.Cost is $10 for a hot lunch and bingo cards. Tickets for the Oct. 10 "Shopping Extravaganza" at Citadel Outlets may be purchased at the luncheon. A $20 ticket includes three raffle tickets, wine tasting, lunch from Ruby's Diner, a goody bag and shopping discounts from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Mixer at Rose Float site

DOWNEY - The Downey Rose Float Association will host a mixer Sept. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.The mixer is free and will feature door prizes and networking opportunities. The Rose Float Association operates from 13030 Erickson Rd., north of Gardendale Street. For more information, call the Downey Chamber of Commerce at (562) 923-2191.

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Rise 'N Shine on Tuesday

DOWNEY - Mike Daniels of the Small Business Development Center, and Louis Grimaldi, of State Farm Insurance, will be guest speakers Tuesday at Rise 'N Shine Networking at Downey Brewing Company.The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. Cost is an order from the menu. RSVP by calling the Downey Chamber of Commerce at (562) 923-2191.

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Christopher Gutierrez

Christopher Gutierrez, a 2005 graduate of Downey High School, was captain of the Point Loma Nazarene University debate team that recently won the national championship for Parliamentary Debate. Gutierrez is a two-time champion, as Point Loma also won the national title in 2007. Christopher is the son of Willie (DUSD school board member) and Carol Gutierrez. ********** Published: August 28, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 19

Johnson to speak at meeting

DOWNEY - Shirley Johnson of Best Travel will present the Special Feature when the Downey Christian Women's Club meets Sept. 9 at Los Amigos Country Club.The meeting's guest speaker is Ella Mae Rawlings, who will speak on "The Making of a Dandelion." The Ukulele Ladies will provide music. The meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. Cost is $13 for the buffet lunch. RSVP by calling Sonja at (562) 862-4347 or Jean at (562) 861-1114. Both men and women are invited to attend.

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The 12600 block of Dunrobin Avenue

The 12600 block of Dunrobin Avenue recently held its first annual neighborhood watch barbecue. The event was well-attended, residents said, with visits from Councilmen David Gafin and Luis Marquez, and Sgt. D. Samano and Officer A. Villegas of the Downey Police Department. ********** Published: August 28, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 19

ESL volunteers needed at Downey Adult School

Downey offers many opportunities for volunteer work, and here is one you may not know about. First, the qualifications (these are tough):Do you like people? Do you like talking with people? Do you speak English? Can you spare a little time on Thursday mornings? If you answered yes to those questions, you may be an ESL angel and didn't know it. Please read on. The advanced-level course in English as a Second-Language (ESL) at Downey Adult School needs a few more volunteers to act as "facilitators" in the classroom. A facilitator sits at a comfortable conversation table with a small group of the students. The instructor gives you a printed sheet with that day's topic and a bunch of interesting questions to get you started, and then you simply talk with these adult students, in English, to help them polish their new language skills. Many students in the class are parents, busy with families and jobs, but they are here every day to learn. Some have been in this country 20 years or more, some less than a month. Their native language might be Farsi or Thai or Spanish or Korean. But all are here for the same purpose: to learn one of the world's most difficult languages. And you can help so easily. Downey Adult School is on Woodruff Avenue at Imperial Highway with free parking. You would start Thursday, Sept. 10, 9-10:15 a.m. For more information, or to volunteer, please phone Debbie, the teacher, at (714) 609-2721, or Joyce, one of the volunteers, at (562) 928-4122. Thank you.

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Downey band hosting car wash

DOWNEY - The Downey High School Marching Band and Color Guard will host a car wash fundraiser Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon.Cost is $5 per vehicle. The carwash will take place on the school parking lot.

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Lloyd Bradshaw

Downey resident Lloyd Bradshaw was named a finalist in the Cr?®me de la King "Karaoke Style" Elvis singing competition held Sunday at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa as part of the 10th Annual Elvis Festival. Bradshaw, who sang "The Wonder of You," will now compete in the finals for best Elvis karaoke singer at the L.A. County Fair on Sept. 5. The Elvis Festival is an annual tribute to Elvis Presley, who died Aug. 16, 1977, and features tribute artists, impersonators, karaoke, and other entertainment amidst a swap meet. ********** Published: August 28, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 19

Bellflower chorus in concert

BELLFLOWER - Remember that first love and the "Shadow of Your Smile"? Do you need some encouragement to "Climb Every Mountain"? What about getting picked last to play in "Right Field"?The 50-member Bellflower Civic Chorus will be performing a wide variety of show-stopping songs in their next concert, "Say It With Music," scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at the William Bristol Auditorium in Bellflower. Performances are Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m., and Sept. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and available by sending a check and self-addressed stamped envelope to Bellflower Civic Chorus, P.O. Box 1058, Bellflower, CA 90707. Tickets will also be available at the box office before each performance. The William Bristol Auditorium is at 16600 Civic Center Drive, next to Bellflower City Hall.

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SAT, PSAT seminars for students next month

DOWNEY - A series of seminars to prepare high school students for the SAT and PSAT exams will be offered by the Assistance League of Downey beginning next month.Students who attend the seminar will take practice SAT and PSAT tests while instructors offer test-taking tips. The seminars will be offered Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24 and Nov. 21. All seminars are from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Downey High School. Students who attend a DUSD school are allowed to attend. Registration before Sept. 5 is $40 and includes the book, "Preparing for the SAT 1/PSAT." The price increases to $60 after Sept. 5. Enrollment is limited. For an application, call Alice Yamada at (562) 861-2318.

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Hearing loss group to meet

LAKEWOOD - The Hearing Loss Association, Long Beach/ Lakewood chapter, will meet Sept. 10 at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., in Lakewood.Sonja Webb will speak on "My Experience with a Cochear Implant." Webb is a member of the Hearing Loss Association and also attends lip-reading classes. Admission is free and reservations are not necessary. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (562) 433-6509.

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Downey Adult School

Downey Adult School will hold registration for its parent-child participation class next Friday, Sept. 4, from 9-11 a.m. on the children's playground. The program, in existence for more than 68 years, offers parenting techniques for the adults and pre-school classes for children ages 2-5. The curriculum also includes field trips and guest speakers. Bring your child's immunization record when registering, along with proof that a TB test has been taken on the child and parent within the past four years. ********** Published: August 28, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 19

Downey native in OC musical

HUNTINGTON BEACH - "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," the second longest off-Broadway musical in the history of theater, is currently in performance at the Huntington Beach Playhouse, where Melissa Greilach, a Downey native, shares the ensemble lead.Greilach is a 2003 graduate of Warren High School, where her interest in musical theater began to develop. Following academic and theater study at Cypress College, she completed a 2-year program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, before returning to the Southland. Set as a series of vignettes with a revolving cast of six characters, "I Love You…" chronicles male-female relationships from dating through old age. Some of the song titles include "A Stud and a Babe," "Single Man Drought," "Why? 'Cause I'm a Guy!," "He Called Me," "Always a Bridesmaid," "The Marriage Tango," "The Baby Song" and "I Can Live With That." The ensemble cast shares solo, duet and full chorus honors and is accompanied by piano and solo violin, as in the original production. Performances are Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through Sept. 6. Tickets are $18-$20. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (714) 375-0696 or visit www.hbph.com.

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