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The Lakewood Community News (LCN) is the only publication dedicated solely to Lakewood and is published by the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce with a residential and business distribution of 30,000 copies. The LCN is a great way to market your business to the Lakewood Community and stay on top of the “Happenings Around Town.” Chamber Members enjoy a 20% discount on their advertising in the LCN. Another value-added benefit of Chamber Membership. We also welcome news about the community, individuals, students, organizations, and clubs.

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“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...

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...

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...

Promote Your Business at the Concert in the Park Events

Attention Chamber Members! Showcase your business and interact with hundreds of Lakewood residents at the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce / Shop Lakewood booth. 

We...

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...

Lakewood City Council Recap: April 25, 2017

At its Tuesday evening meeting, the city council approved a proposal from the city’s trash and recycling contractor, EDCO Disposal, to provide free green...

Mouthwash may be harmful to your child’s health

Many people have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages as well as eating and drinking utensils. They avoid high fat...

Traveling with your special needs child

Spring kicks off the season of travel, but for families who have a child with special needs, traveling can seem more like work than...

NBA playoffs feature Lakewood Hall of Famer

Keep your eye on Artesia High School grad James Harden as he leads the Houston Rockets into the first round of the NBA playoffs...

Lakewood family named Ambassadors for the upcoming Walk for Kids

This Sunday, April 23rd, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) and local residents will join together in support of critically ill children...

Job preparation is the key that opens the door to that...

Teens age 12 to 17 can take advantage of the free Career Builder Series at the Lakewood Youth Center, 4658 Woodruff Ave. Teens can learn...

Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Lakewood

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lakewood Sheriff’s Station, will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on May 1, 2017 with focused enforcement...

Family friendly Pan Am Fiesta coming soon

Do you like a family-friendly mix of amusement rides, live music with dancing, crafts for sale, and food trucks and food booths? Then, mark...

Tell the story of your family’s veteran

As a follow-up to the commemorative brick installation at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Del Valle Park, the City of Lakewood created the Veterans History...

Diane DuBois named mayor by city council

The Lakewood City Council completed its annual reorganization on April 11, selecting Diane DuBois to serve as Lakewood’s mayor from April 11, 2017 until...

Last weekend of tax season means crunch time for taxpayers

Whether you’re a third-shift worker, a “night owl” or self-proclaimed procrastinator, you may need tax help beyond regular business hours as the April filing...

Spoil mom in style with a Lakewood Mothers Day Brunch!

Show mom how much you appreciate her with an unforgettable, all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day brunch experience provided by TGIS Catering at The Centre at Sycamore...

Summer camp programs keep children technology-free, active and mentally sharp

Summer should be the time of year when children spend hours outside, enjoying the warm weather, long hours of daylight, and fun activities that...

Keep your cell phone out of your hand while driving or...

April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, CHP, local...

Trash your toxics this Saturday at EDCO in Signal Hill

Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm, Lakewood residents can take their hazardous and e-waste to EDCO’s large transfer facility at...

I Made A Difference campaign wraps up

As Ron Piazza ends his term as mayor of Lakewood on April 11, 2017, the I Made A Difference campaign that he initiated is...

Original resident celebrates 104th birthday

  Original Lakewood resident Freda Mandel recently celebrated her 104th birthday at the Weingart Senior Center, surrounded by friends and family. Council Members Jeff Wood, Todd...

Get your rain barrel and start saving water for a rainy...

Water-saving rain barrels will be on sale at the next "Lakewood Shreds" event behind the Iacoboni Library on Saturday, April 29 from 9am to...

Now’s the time to prepare for warm weather water safety

As the weather gets warmer, you can't help but stare at your backyard pool, anxious to begin a new season of memories with friends...

Lakewood student gets dream gig as beat writer for the L.A...

As any good writer knows, you must have passion to pursue the art of formulating words into meaningful, albeit, heartfelt sentences. Amy Wesselman of...

There’s no time like the present to get started on strengthening...

As the President & CEO of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, it’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to support, encourage...

Get in shape for summer at Core Fitness Boot Camp

Looking for a fun way to get in shape? Register now for the new Core Fitness Boot Camp that meets near the fitness equipment...

Spring-clean the outdoors for warm weather fun

Your backyard might be looking a little neglected after winter. That’s normal for any backyard, but the urge to freshen it up comes right...

Kids get visit from Zootopia characters

Arbor Week was celebrated in Lakewood in mid-March, with city recreation staff putting on a fun, educational program about the value of trees at...

Youth Hall of Fame video and photos online

At the Hall of Fame's recent 36th annual induction banquet, Montana Dixon from Lakewood High School was honored as the 2016 Lakewood Youth Hall...

Over 1,000 take part in Lakewood Run to help local charities

The women of Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach and the women and men of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station are expressing a huge “thank you”...

Nature is making its spring debut in Lakewood!

Thanks to the winter rains and recent warm days, the California native landscape of the San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail in Lakewood is...

Local business rounds-up volunteers to cleanup the beach

Over fifty volunteers participated in LBS Financials recent Adopt-a-Beach event. More than a dozen employees of LBS Financial made a commitment to come to Junipero...