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Five things to know this Thursday morning:
1.) As part of street construction, La Reina Avenue at Firestone Boulevard will be closed for four days, beginning today. Consider Myrtle Street as an alternate route until La Reina reopens Monday.
2.) In addition to the Downey Avenue block party, the AARP is hosting a World Cup viewing party at Joseph’s Bar & Grill. They’ll have free appetizers, information on programs and services, and more. The AARP is making a push in the Downey community, and recently hosted a small business expo at the farmers market.
3.) Downey has received a $62,650 grant from Metro to host a bicycle event in the summer of 2016. According to a press release, the Downey Ride & Stride Open Street Event will feature a 5-mile bicycle ride that will start and end in Downtown Downey.
“Our city is committed to promoting activities and implementing policy that improve the overall health and wellness of our community,” Mayor Fernando Vasquez said in a statement. “This bike event will do exactly that and we are extremely pleased and grateful for Metro’s support in helping Downey become an active and healthy bicycling community.”
4.) Fire Chief Mark Gillaspie said the fire department has already responded to five drownings this year, most involving kids ages 3-4. In response, the city has declared July 14-20 “Pool Safely Week.”
“Safe summertime swimming starts with proper supervision and we strongly encourage parents to keep a close eye on their children during swimming activities,” said Gillaspie.
5.) Alex Sarmiento, a fourth grader at Rio San Gabriel Elementary, recently caught the first pitch at a Dodgers game. Alex, a former preschooler with Los Angeles Universal Preschool, caught the first pitch as part of the sixth annual LAUP Dodger Day.
“I felt like a professional Dodger,” Alex said after the game.