Wednesday morning report, July 20

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, one of 12 U.S. Marines bands stationed around the country, will perform at Furman Park at 7 p.m.

As always, bring chairs and blankets. Pop-ups and umbrellas are not allowed. 

2.) Downey Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Grocery Outlet Downey, is hosting a wine tasting mixer on its second-floor patio from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Grocery Outlet is providing the wine. Admission is $5 with proceeds benefiting PTA HELPS. 

3.) The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. inside council chambers. 

There is only one item on tonight's agenda: a request to operate a yoga studio at 8036 3rd St.

4.) The family of the late Jim Busby is raising money to send his ashes into space. 

Busby was a space historian and founding board member of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation in Downey. 

"Despite his great love for this industry he also had an empty place in his heart," wrote his widow, Arlene Busby. "Jim would look up in the sky with wonder and sadness because he knew that while he lived he would never make it to the place he always wanted to go SPACE.

"I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to the love of my life than to send a token amount of his ashes into space.  The money you give will go towards making this happen."

Arlene hopes to raise $8,000 in time to send Jim's ashes on a November 2016 flight to space. 

5.) Reminder that July 31 is the deadline for a space-themed poetry contest in Downey.

The winning poet will receive $100 plus season tickets to the Downey Symphony. The poem will also be published in the Oct. 22 concert program. 

The Symphonic Society is sponsoring the Poetry Matters contest to celebrate Downey's 60th anniversary. Send up to three poems (no more than 40 lines each) to