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Five things to know this Wednesday morning:
1.) Downey’s concerts in the park begin tonight at Furman Park, with the Smokin’ Cobras performing at 7 p.m.
2.) The Planning Commission tonight will consider a proposal from a zumba studio that wants to open at 8847 Imperial Hwy. (in the Little Caesar’s Pizza complex). City planners have recommended the permit’s approval.
3.) Brookshire Park, in the midst of an extensive renovation, will officially reopen Saturday, July 19, with a new playground and walking trail.
4.) Downey resident Bert Garcia is trying to raise $5,000 for a missionary trip to Africa. He’s already collected $2,130, according to his Go Fund Me page.
“We will be volunteering in Pemba at the Village of Joy, rebuilding homes (due to the recent extreme floodings), providing sustainable food sources, doing outreaches… teaching, helping with building and construction projects, administrative work projects, assisting in the medical clinic, helping in the dorms, sorting donations, organizing events, and getting involved with children’s activities,” Garcia wrote. “Each of these things are important to their growth and survival as a community.”
5.) This year’s Dia de los Muertos festival at the Downey Theatre will include a screening of “Macario,” nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1960. It will be followed by a Q&A with Ramon Villalba, a Mexican film historian and educator. Now in its second year, Downey’s Dia de los Muertos will also feature prominent local artists. Click here to learn more.