Wednesday morning report, Dec. 9

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Downey High's Music Department will present its Winter Concert tonight at the Downey Civic Theater. 

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the concert band, women's choir, and all the jazz groups, including the award-winning EPIC Jazz Choir and the top Jazz Band, both of which will perform next April at the Apollo Theatre in New York. 

Tickets to tonight's concert are $10 and available at the box office. 


2.) Zocalo Public Square columnist Joe Mathews cites The Carpenters' Downey upbringing as one of the reasons "California is the true home of Christmas." 

"For my money, the best California Christmas film is the original “Die Hard” — an action film set in a Century City skyscraper that ends with snow in L.A. — and the best Christmas music came from the Carpenters, the city of Downey’s gift to the world."


3.) Former Warren High basketball standout Danielle Rodriguez is a nominee for the 2016 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, which recognizes women's college basketball players for their community service work. 

Rodriguez, who is now a guard for the University of Utah, organizes several community projects, including "Lunch for the Lunchless," which provides lunch to more than 300 homeless people. 

Rodriguez also organized two canned food drives; a box top fundraiser for a local elementary school; a shampoo and conditioner fundraiser for community donation; two blood drives; two high school registrations; and two Pennies for Patient-Leukemia and Lymphoma Society events. 

She also delivers sandwiches and water to the homeless on weekends; speaks to underprivileged middle school girls about the importance of getting a college education; and volunteers with Operation Christmas Child, the local veterans hospital and the Special Olympics. 

Rodriguez is currently working to implement a project called Dog Days of Winter, which allows volunteers to walk a senior citizen's dog to prevent injuries from occurring while walking through snow or on icy sidewalks. 

From this year's record 103 nominees, a final roster of 10 award recipients will be announced in February.


4.) Old River Elementary School is inviting all former chorus and glee members to participate in a reunion concert. 

The first meet-and-greet, and practice, will be held this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. A second practice will take place Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., also in the cafeteria. January practice times will be scheduled at the Dec. 16 meeting. 

Former members who participate will sing one or two songs of their choice, as well as join the current group on some of their selections. 

For more information, contact chorus and glee advisor Miss Atlas latlas@dusd.net. 


5.) Moving Stills Pictures made a neat video of Downey's tree-lighting ceremony Monday. I can't seem to embed the video here, but it's posted on Facebook