Thursday morning report, July 16

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) City officials have announced additional amenities coming to Apollo Park's walking trail, including pedestrian lights and fitness equipment. 

The improvements are made possible by a $300,000 grant through the L.A. County Regional Park and Open Space District Prop. A funds. 

"Apollo Park is central to recreational opportunities in the city of Downey, and this improvement project is going to create an even better experience for thousands of visitors each year," said Mayor Luis Marquez. "No matter the time of day, feeling safe and secure is an important part of enjoying the outdoors, and we are certain that our park patrons will appreciate these additional improvements." 

2.) Greg Chapek, program manager in the Strategy and Business Development group at Aerojet Rocketdyne, will be at the Columbia Memorial Space Center on Saturday, July 25, for a special presentation titled "Is NASA Still Around?" 

The lecture begins at 1 p.m. The presentation is included with $5 admission. 

3.) Jeannette Savage, a retired longtime teacher in the Downey Unified School District, died July 6. 

She was born Sept. 20, 1923 in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was a teacher and coach at East Junior High and Downey High, retiring in 1990 after a 46-year teaching career. 

A family graveside service was held yesterday at Rose Hills. A complete obituary will publish in this week's paper. 

4.) Joseph's Bar & Grill is offering salsa and bachata dance classes this Sunday at noon. The class is free but confirm your attendance on Facebook

5.) Amapola Market is profiled in a KPCC story on water conservation. The story includes quotes from Downey resident and community leader Carlos Galvan Jr.