Five things to know this Monday morning:
1.) Temperatures in Downey are expected to reach triple digits today, prompting the city to active "cooling centers."
These cooling centers include the Downey City Library (open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today) and Barbara J. Riley Center (open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Though not an official cooling center, residents can also find relief at Stonewood Center. The Columbia Memorial Space Center, which has been used as a cooling center in the past, is closed today.
2.) This probably isn't new, but I just found out that Stonewood Center has a mobile concierge service.
When you're at the mall and have a question ("How late is Macy's open today?" for example), text (562) 294-5700 and you'll get an answer right away.
3.) The Downey Masonic Lodge is hosting a comedy night fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 6, with proceeds benefiting the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
The event is part of the 10th annual Sue Phillips Memorial Fundraiser, held each year in honor of late Downey resident Sue Phillips.
Tickets to the comedy fundraiser are $25 before June 30, $35 after July 1, and $40 at the door. Scheduled to perform is Vic Diaz, Jake Leos, Nick Phillips, Luis Marquez (not the council member, at least I don't think), and Julian Fernandez.
4.) Downey CERT is hosting a basic ropes and knots course tomorrow from 6-7:30 p.m. at Fire Station 1.
More details are posted on Facebook.
5.) Speaking of emergency preparedness, Downey emergency services manager Andrew Stevens was live on Facebook last week providing an update on the city's hazard mitigation plan.
The video is an awesome new use of social media by the City of Downey, even if it was a little too long at 25 minutes.