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Attend the Award of Valor luncheon to honor Lakewood’s finest

Every November at the Award of Valor Luncheon, Lakewood takes the time to recognize Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and residents who have demonstrated heroism and...

Free flu shots on October 18

The flu season is here and a walk-in, flu shot clinic is set for Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the...

Thank a Servicemember – you can help

Since the launch of the City of Lakewood’s “Thank a Servicemember” campaign in 2014, more than 20,000 postcards and letters of appreciation have been...

Lakewood water meter inspections underway

The City of Lakewood has retained the company Fathom to conduct a field inspection of every water meter in the city system.  The inspection...

Lollipop Lane returns with more than 100 artisans

Mayfair Park will come alive with more than 100 crafters offering handmade, affordable holiday gifts on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3...

Help for home repair projects available for low-income residents

Using special federal and local housing funds, the City of Lakewood is offering grants of up to $3,000 and interest-free, deferred-payment loans up to...

Win a tour of the historic Macy’s building

This year is the 65th anniversary of the opening of Lakewood Center and its anchor tenant, the Macy’s building. To celebrate, those interested can...

Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on in October!

Lakewood’s CityTV television channel 31 looks at the realities of living in “earthquake country”. Their video, “Shake, Rattle and Survive,” complements two October disaster...

Two senior events focus on health and benefits

Seniors and their family members are encouraged to take advantage of two free programs running this month. Seniors can get help demystifying the maze...

New City Manager for Lakewood Gets Started

September marked the first month on the job for Lakewood’s new city manager, Thaddeus McCormack.   McCormack was selected by the Lakewood City Council to replace...

Halloween fun at Lakewood parks

Lakewood's traditional Halloween Carnivals will offer fun and safety for youngsters on the year's scariest night. Special carnival activities are scheduled for Tuesday, October...

Shop Lakewood.org has deals for Lakewood shoppers

Tracking the latest bargains for Lakewood shoppers is what ShopLakewood.org is all about. ShopLakewood.org is a fun Facebook page offering money-saving coupons, promotions and...

New Restaurants Coming to Lakewood

Lakewood residents will soon have three new eateries to satisfy their taste buds: Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Piggie's Adobo Taco Bar and Dickie’s Barbecue...

98-year-old shows patriotism through a pen

One original Lakewood resident has proven that age is but a number, and patriotism knows no bounds. Although Alleen Cooper will reach an astounding...

Golf tournament to help aid families of fallen, injured officers

By Daniel Van Hoosier - Contributing Editor The Lakewood Sheriff’s Station and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have put together a day of fun for...

Dodgers create a special day for Lakewood Special Olympians

The Lakewood “Dirtbags” Special Olympics softball team has earned a spot representing Southern California in the U.S. Special Olympics games in 2018. To honor...

Pennies for Pines

Lakewood Women's Club ("LWC") has partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings to raise money for reforestation of California burned areas. This event will kick off...

Air conditioned facilities provide heat relief for seniors

High humidity and triple-digit temperatures typically blanket Southern California each summer and even into fall. Older residents can feel more distress from heat and humidity...

L.A. Farmers Market Food and History Tour

Lakewood's affordable travel program is heading to L.A.’s Original Farmers Market on Saturday, October 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Explore this landmark, unlike...

LEF charity golf helps Lakewood kids

Sign-ups for this year’s Lakewood Education Foundation (LEF) charity golf tournament are underway. Proceeds directly support classroom improvement projects at Lakewood schools. Thanks to...

Costa Rican residents thankful for re-use of Lakewood playground

“How did we get so lucky?” and “Thank you for choosing our town!” were the two phrases that Rotary Club of Lakewood member Valarie...

Fall brings a new focus to Lakewood

By Mayor Diane DuBois Fall is right around the corner. Schools are coming alive again with children full of energy and creativity. I love living...

Long time City Manager Howard Chambers retires

After 41 years as the top staff member in Lakewood city government, City Manager Howard L. Chambers retired on July 31. Chambers, 72, was...

Patriot Day in Lakewood…a time to reflect and give thanks

Lakewood has commemorated Patriot Day every year since the tragic events of 9/11/2001. City residents stop to remember and honor those lost in the...

Labor Day city services

Lakewood City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. Trash service will continue without interruption. However, there will...

WIN-LA set to provide jobs, opportunities

By Daniel Van Hoosier - Contributing Editor A new program developed by Metro is set to create numerous career opportunities within the transportation industry. The Workforce...

“20th” Summer Stampede Car Show features innovator Jessi Combs, promote female...

By Daniel Van Hoosier   With Lakewood’s Summer Stampede Car Show just around the corner, there is no shortage of exciting new elements on...

The benefits of becoming a Chamber Member

Joining the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is a priority for many businesses. But as business progresses, we can experience time poverty: limited discretionary...

Ease your pet’s back-to-school blues

Dogs, cats, and other pets used to more activity with family over the summer can suffer when kids head back to school in the...

August is back-to-school time in Lakewood, remember to drive safely

Drivers and students need to take care as Lakewood’s school districts open their doors again for the new school year in mid to late...

Protect your family from mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can quickly breed in water left standing just a few days. Serious illness and even death can result from mosquito-borne diseases like West...

Updates made to two-year city budget

In June of last year, the Lakewood City Council passed a $177 million balanced budget covering two fiscal years, from July 1, 2016 to...

Outward signs of aging in your pet and how to take...

(BPT) - It seems like just yesterday you brought her home and made her a part of the family. If you own a cat...

Shop Lakewood and help Project Shepherd get kids back to school

Lakewood Project Shepherd is collecting “Back to School” backpacks and school supplies for low-income families with school-age children in Lakewood through August 10. The...

More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation

(BPT) - Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of...

Lakewood resident and business owner wins multiple ribbons at Orange County...

Lakewood resident and Chef Sydney Berman, of Syd’s Yummy Stuff, entered a few of her jams in the Orange County Fair this year and...

Do these 5 things for a stress-free summer adventure

(BPT) - The beloved summer season tends to come and go too fast, so there’s no time to waste when planning a summer trip...

There’s fun for the whole family at Community Summer Fest

Lakewood Center is hosting a “Lakewood Community Summer Fest” all day on Saturday, August 19 with a Macy’s fashion show, kids’ activities, 15 food...

City of Lakewood to host Red Cross blood drive

The American Red Cross, in cooperation with the City of Lakewood, has a blood drive set for Thursday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to...

Longest serving CA City Manager Howard Chambers retires

After 41 years as the top staff member in Lakewood city government, city manager Howard L. Chambers is retiring on July 31. Chambers, 72,...

4 affordable weekend DIY projects that completely recreate your home

(BPT) - The cold months of winter have a batten-down-the-hatches feel to them, don't they? Fortunately, they're over. Now that summer is here, you...

Increase comfort and lower energy bills for the warmer months

(BPT) - As the warm weather creeps in and the country heats up, now is the time for homeowners to make sure they’re doing...

Last opportunity for low-cost pet services

Lakewood’s pet-friendly summer tradition, Bow Wow and Meow Day, returns Sunday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to noon along Civic Center Way, behind The...

Understanding the link between salt and health

(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not...

Construction back to full speed for Bolivar Park’s reservoir

The work to build an environmentally-friendly, water conservation project is continuing at Bolivar Park, but so is the fun at Bolivar this summer. As...

Beat the heat: Tips to stay healthy and hydrated

(BPT) - Americans love summertime and with good reason. It is the best time for outdoor fun and travel with family. Many people enjoy...

Lakewood Education Foundation dedicated to helping kids and teachers

Thanks to generous donations from Lakewood residents and businesses, the Lakewood Education Foundation (LEF) has been able to provide grants for hundreds of classroom...

Last chance to register for the Chamber’s China Trip!

Plan now to join Lakewood Chamber of Commerce trip with business leaders and friends for this once in a lifetime China Adventure from Oct....

Easy ways to lighten up your cookout

(BPT) - The mouthwatering taste of grilled foods, the indulgence of rich desserts and the joy of entertaining with family and friends — a...

Tell Lakewood the story of your family’s veteran

The City of Lakewood created the Veterans History Project website last year as a follow-up to the commemorative brick installation at Veterans Memorial Plaza...

Simple ideas to get in shape for summer

(BPT) - Getting in shape for summer is more than just feeling good in a swimsuit. It's being healthy so you can participate in...

Save-a-life event … be a ‘water watcher’

Swimming is the most popular summer activity, but unsupervised water play can lead to tragedy. A child can drown in a matter of seconds...

Lakewood’s CityTV wins three awards

People love to watch videos…for fun and to learn. Lakewood is fortunate to have a city TV crew that, for more than 30 years,...

6 ways to stay cool when entertaining

(BPT) - When the temperature rises, hosts need to stay as cool as can be when entertaining friends and family. The secret is planning...

Speaker Rendon honors Lakewood resident as Veteran of the Year

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) honored World War II veteran and Lakewood resident Sam Sachs as the 2017 Veteran of the Year for the...

Health and Wellness Benefits of Volunteering

(BPT) - In the business world, we hear a lot about the bottom line and quarterly reports. For those in the nonprofit sector, it’s...

Combs brings the “real deal” to this year’s car show

“The world’s fastest woman on four wheels” will soon bring her unique talent and empowering message to Lakewood’s Summer Stampede Car Show, which celebrates...

Welcome warmer weather with a picnic

(BPT) - This time of year, the urge to go outside increases by the day. What better way to welcome warmer months than with...

Lakewood graduate goes on to author two books

When I first heard that my childhood friend, Dennis, had written not one, but two books, I thought to myself, really? Both Dennis and...

There’s plenty of ‘family-friendly fun’ in Lakewood

Lakewood’s long-standing commitment to family fun continues through July. “Finally It’s Friday,” “FUN-Tastic Family Night” and “Family Night Swim” events offer free or affordably...

Early illegal fireworks reports encouraged

The Lakewood Sheriff’s Station reminds residents to celebrate the Fourth of July safely by not using illegal fireworks--and not tolerating those who do. To...

A smarter way to buy a home

(BPT) - Are you considering buying a home? With mortgage rates on the slow and steady incline, there may be no better time for...

Party themes for a summer bash to remember

(BPT) - When summer party season arrives, your guests will be happy to eat the grilled food you serve and down gallons of iced...

Beauty and utility: Designing a functional, stylish home

(BPT) - Spring is a time of renewal and home improvement. More and more, homeowners are looking for maximum practicality and durability from everything...

New green waste carts coming to homes in August

The Lakewood City Council has approved a proposal from the city’s trash and recycling contractor, EDCO Disposal, to provide free green waste rolling carts...

The Civic Center Block Party is Back!

The Lakewood Civic Center Block Party begins at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, June 24, with the Family Fun Zone activity area for kids and...

Celebrate summer with the Concerts in the Park and Buffalo Wild...

Buffalo Wild Wings is celebrating summer at Del Valle Park every Thursday, June 22-August 10, with the Concert in the Park Party Feast* for...

Summertime is here and concerts in the park is back!

For eight Thursday nights in a row starting June 22, Del Valle Park will come alive with popular and diverse musical acts. Each concert...

Reorganize your kitchen to encourage healthy eating habits

(BPT) - More than half of Americans say they can judge how healthy a family’s lifestyle is by the contents of their refrigerator, and...

5 tips to conquer your packing challenges while traveling

(BPT) - You may be counting down the days until you leave on your vacation, but if there's one thing you dread, it's packing....

Make your staycation feel like an actual getaway

No stringent schedule. Eating new, exotic foods. Getting lost in a page-turning novel. Trying a new activity that takes you outside your comfort zone....

Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Pediatric Rehabilitation Patients Take...

Pediatric rehabilitation patients from Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach took a break from wheelchairs and therapies for a special scuba diving event....

Summer’s here, and the time is right…

Can you complete that sentence? Yes...“for dancin’ in the streets!” And in the parks of Lakewood…and for a whole lot of other family fun,...

Registration for Youth Program begins soon

Registration for the summer 2017 College for Youth program is now open at Cerritos College. Classes begin June 19 and continue through August 11. The...

Health and Information Fair for Seniors

Lakewood’s Senior Health Fair will be held Friday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Weingart Senior Center at 5220 Oliva Avenue...

It’s all about a Lakewood business with a great sense of...

Who wouldn’t want to indulge in a little bite of creamy goodness? Luckily, Lakewood residents don’t have far to go to try this little...

Lakewood named “Most Playful City” for eighth straight year!

The national non-profit organization KaBoom!, which selects the winning cities, took into account Lakewood’s regular upgrading of its parks and play areas, its free...

Success in raising funds to reuse old playground

Thanks to the generosity of Lakewood residents and businesses, over $10,000 was raised to refurbish the used playground equipment from Bolivar Park and transport...

Public safety expo helps kick off summer with free, fun events...

Two classic and free Lakewood events return on Saturday, June 17 at Mayfair Park. Lakewood Youth Sports (LYS) kicks off its 61st year with opening...

Traffic Alert for next three months

The Southern California Gas Co. will close one eastbound lane of Del Amo Boulevard crossing over the 605 Freeway until approximately mid-August while the...

Assemblymember Rendon office hours at Lakewood community center

Assemblymember Anthony Rendon's office will be holding community office hours at the Weingart Senior Center in Lakewood on two Wednesdays each month from May...

What we resist persists!

When negative emotions come up, our tendency is to resist them. We fight them tooth and nail, resulting in feelings of anxiety, worry, anger,...

A time to honor those that sacrificed all at Lakewood’s Memorial...

Lakewood residents are invited to join in the city’s annual tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in...

Preventing neighborhood crime

Preventing neighborhood crime reduces loss of property and assets and increases your sense of security. One step in prevention is detection. Learning how to...

Food and fun at WRD Groundwater Festival

On Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) will host its 10th Annual Groundwater...

The Pan Am Fiesta kicks off with $1 carnival rides tonight

The Pan Am Fiesta kicks off at Mayfair Park Thursday, May 11 with discounted carnival rides for just $1 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00...

Students have invested in their futures… now it’s time to shine!

Cerritos College will hold its 2017 commencement ceremony to honor its graduating students on Friday, May 19 at 6pm in Falcon Stadium. The College...

Central Basin kicks off water awareness month

Just one month after Governor Jerry Brown declared the drought over, Central Basin is kicking off May Water Awareness Month by encouraging residents and...

Food Finders 7th Annual “Summer to End Hunger”

Local nonprofit food rescue organization Food Finders launches its annual “Summer to End Hunger” Summer Food Drive, collecting food for families with children. The...

Home is where the heart is add a pet and fill...

Shelters fill with animals in the spring, making it a great time to consider pet adoption. Over 25,000 animals per year go through the...

Spring blooms beautiful purple in Lakewood!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and sometimes we need a reminder to take time out of the busy day to open...

Family Camp at Monte Verde Park

Parents and children, ages 3-11, can enjoy an outdoor experience together and spend a night out under the stars at Monte Verde Park May...

Older Adult Volunteer of the Year is…Victor Thompson!

On April 18, 2017 the City of Lakewood hosted an appreciation luncheon to thank all the senior Lakewood volunteers who have given so much...

Farmers Market celebrates one year in Lakewood

A longtime dream of many Lakewood residents came true a year ago when a Farmers Market opened up at Lakewood Center. On Saturday, May 27...

Lakewood business owner is honored as Women of the Year

Senator Tony Mendoza recently honored Dr. Michelle Litzinger, Owner of Back to Life Chiropractic in Lakewood as the 32nd Senate District 2017 Women of...

It’s all about the performance and Mayfair High Choir proves they...

Music in its totality, whether singing or performing, is what the kids that make up Mayfair High School Choir are all about. They wake...

With the pass of a gavel the Lakewood Chamber welcomes their...

The evening began as the sun set, with a beautiful view overlooking the city lights of the Greater Lakewood area. The Lakewood Chamber of...

Big “THANK YOU” for Volunteer Day

“On behalf of my city council colleagues and the residents of Lakewood, I want to thank everyone who helped out on this year’s Volunteer...

‘Lakewood Shreds’ event is coming up this Saturday

Identity theft is a continuing problem and the City of Lakewood and EDCO Waste Services are teaming up again to help. Residents are invited to...