Thursday morning report, Nov. 12

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The city of Downey is looking for volunteers to coach its new Special Olympics basketball team. 

Practices will be held Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m., Feb. 2 through June 7. If you're interested, there will be an orientation meeting Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Apollo Park gym. 

RSVP to Eddie DeLeon at edeleon@downeyca.org by Nov. 16. 


2.) The Fair Housing Foundation will offer free certificate management training for property managers this Monday from 1-5 p.m. at the Downey Library. 

Experts will explain state and federal housing laws, discuss state and federally protected classes, advertising guidelines, and how to prevent allegations. Participants receive a Fair Housing certificate if they successfully pass a course exam. 

An RSVP is required by calling (800) 446-FAIR.


3.) U.S. Marine veteran Simon Litke committed suicide Nov. 2, and friends are raising money to give him a "final salute." 

"I feel like I am alive to this day...because of Marines like Litke, and the rest of my Marines in 2/4 Echo Company," says Nick Velez, co-owner of Bastards restaurant and founder of Save the Brave nonprofit. "To this day, I still want to take care of them as much as possible and be there for them." 

Velez hopes to raise $20,000 so 30 Marines can attend Litke's funeral in Minnesota. A Go Fund Me page has more details. 


4.) Local comedians Jake Leos, Nick Phillips, Alan Jamil, Carlos Martin and Ricky Escarsega will perform at Stay Gallery this Friday night. Tickets are only $5 with refreshments available for purchase. 

The show, titled "Art Attack," is being produced by Downey's Vic Diaz. Diaz is a supporter of the #SupportLocalComedy movement that seeks to bring shows to local cities that don't have a strong presence in the stand-up comedy scene. 

The show begins at 8 p.m. 


5.) Lazy Dog Cafe has pushed back their grand opening from Dec. 2 to January 2016.

That means 24 Hour Fitness will be the first tenant to open at the Promenade when it officially opens Dec. 5.