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If you've come as far as Downey...
When you have friends who've come all the way from the Midwest to visit you in Downey, what's another 2-hour drive to go see the wonderful animals at SeaWorld in San Diego? Especially when the Shamu show is ending after this year? After the death of a train...

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Two views
Looking southward down the Rio San Gabriel Riverbed, you can see the stately pillars and wavy connecting lines of the redesigned Firestone bridge. Below, you can see a homeless village. See Volunteers canvass Downey streets to inventory homeless for informa...

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The ABCs of Halloween
Halloween decorations have popped up all around town. Most are traditional. But some are a little harder to interpret than others. I'm still puzzling over the meaning of this display—any suggestions?

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Fall exposure
Each spring and summer, I enjoy the trees full of leaves, especially the shade they provide. But fall rolls around every year to remind me that trees are often most interesting when they are bare—when you can see the twisted and wiggy shapes of the branches...

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Halloween thrift (part 2)
 Yesterday, I told you about some strange Halloween laws for kids. Well, there are laws for adults, too. Years back, there was some problem with clowns in Vendragues, France. Now it is illegal on Halloween to wear clown costumes or makeup if you are more th...

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Halloween thrift (part 1)
If you're a kid, the Second Tyme Around Shoppe has something for you. From Winnie-the-Pooh to cheerleaders, they've got the traditional costumes covered. And if you're a kid, you should keep in mind some of the strange Halloween-related laws in effect aroun...

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Here's another electrical box work of art that I noticed lately. This one celebrates Downey's space history. It's located, appropriately enough, right around the corner from the Columbia Memorial Space Center, where you can see exhibits related to all of th...

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Off to a good start
We like to keep up with the local Downey news at our house. All of us!

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Stardust Art Festival
Today was the first Stardust Art Festival, a celebration of art, film, space combined with a celebraton of Downey’s 60th Anniversary. The Downey Arts Coalition and the City of Downey presented free movies provided by GlennFest Film Festival. The Aerospace ...
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