Thursday morning report, July 14

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The Downey Symphonic Society has been awarded $20,100 in grant funding from the L.A. County Arts Commission, it was announced yesterday. 

According to its grant application, the Symphony will use the money "[to] support season concerts by composers of diverse cultures and countries, including more contemporary selections."

The Symphony appears to be the only Downey entity to receive funding from the commission for the 2016-17 year. Here is the full list of grant recipients. 

2.) Desert Reign Church will host a clean comedy night fundraiser this Saturday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. 

Performers include Jay Lamont, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston tributes, Gilbert Esquivel and 5 Tempting Men, a Motown tribute band. The show is hosted by Monty B. Sharpton.  

For ticket information, contact the church office at (562-861-6011 or online at

3.) The Downey City Library announced it will host mystery writer Diane Vallere on Saturday, July 23, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. “A Disguise to Die For,” the first in her Costume Shop Mystery series, came out in February of 2016. 

4.) There's now a Pokemon Go club in Downey, created by resident Laura Phillips.

5.) The Downey Tennis Club will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this Saturday at Independence Park.