Tuesday morning report, June 30

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The Downey Historical Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a luncheon last Saturday at the Rio Hondo Event Center. 

Larry Latimer offered a slideshow presentation of Downey's history, and Jim Stecklein, whose father owned Steck's Store near the Avenue Theatre, spoke on growing up in Downey. 

Christian Brown snapped this photo of historical society past president John Vincent (left) and current president Bob Thompson. 

.) Speaking of Christian, read this. (I can't express how proud I am to call Christian a colleague and friend.)

3.) Juliette Ramirez, a student at Kirkwood Christian Schools and a Downey resident, along with members of First Baptist Church of Downey, traveled to Guatemala recently on a mission trip. 

The delegation is helping to build stoves for families in El Hato. Juliette (center) is pictured above with several of the village girls. 

4.) Downey AYSO is sending six teams and more than 80 players to Oahu, Hawaii to compete in the annual Aloha International Cup tournament in mid-July.

Players range in age from 8 to 19. All of the players paid for their trip fees by doing local fundraisers as well as sponsorships from local businesses.

You can support the Downey AYSO soccer teams by purchasing fireworks at their stand located in the Ralph’s parking lot off Lakewood Boulevard.

5.) Here is the second part of KCET's profile on Downey.


"Like so many cities in Southern California and across America, Downey is in the midst of reinventing itself. Nonetheless, it has such a strong foundation that its future will inevitably be as great as its past."