Thursday morning report, Oct. 6

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The authors behind "Sharing Stories: The Ties that Bind," the popular memoir series that appears weekly in the Patriot, will be at the Rio Hondo Event Center at 11:30 a.m. today to celebrate the release of a new book anthology. 

"Sharing Stories: Global Voices Coming Together" features select stories that were published over the past three years. The book was published Los Nietos Press, in associated with the Downey Patriot. 

Admission to today's event is $22, which covers the cost of lunch.

2.) The Downey Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Let's Do Lunch" mixer at the new Green Olive restaurant at the Promenade today. 

Admission is $20 at the door and includes food. The event begins at noon. 

3.) HomeStreet Bank at the Promenade will be offering free document shredding this Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

CDs, newspapers, phone books, VHS and cassette tapes, newspapers, and hanging file folders also can be safely disposed of at no cost. 

4.) Congratulations to Michael Chirco, who was installed last night as president of Downey Los Amigos Kiwanis.

Chirco is also a board member with the Downey Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers with Gangs Out of Downey. 

5.) The Downey Gateway food court at Downey Avenue and Firestone Boulevard is for sale. Asking price: $16.525 million.