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The Downey High School graduate will later sign photos and the magazine at Mambo Grill, 11018 Downey Ave. Workshop to address housing WHITTIER – The Housing Rights Center is hosting a free housing rights workshop from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. HRC will discuss fair-housing laws, protected classes, unlawful housing discrimination practices and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities. Other topics of discussion include rent increases, evictions, notices and more. The HRC is a private, nonprofit, civil rights organization dedicated to actively supporting and promoting freedom of residence through education and advocacy. For information call (800) 477-5977, Ext. 27. Lions club hosts Christmas party WHITTIER – The East Whittier Lions Club is hosting its annual Children’s Christmas Party from 7-9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Whittier Masonic Lodge on the corner of Greenleaf Avenue and Mar Vista Street. The event will include breakfast, a puppet show and a gift from Santa for children. Admission is $12. For information call (714) 571-1899. Santa Fe Springs to light its tree SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is hosting its annual Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting Ceremony from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Town Center Green, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of holiday activities to enjoy, including a craft area, train rides, a winter play area and entertainment provided by local schools. Children will be able to take a photo with Santa Claus for $2. Santa’s reindeers will also be attending the event, and children will be able to visit with them. A variety of vendors will be selling unique and special holiday gifts. For information call (562) 863-4896. Create your own gift book SANTA FE SPRINGS – Wonder what to buy for that special someone for Christmas? Make something instead. The Santa Fe Springs Public Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, is holding a free workshop from 2-4 p.m. Saturday to teach the public how to make an accordion book to give as gifts or to keep. Registration is required. To register or for information call (562) 868-7738. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Celebrate Christmas around the world without leaving Whittier at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Whittier College, 6760 Painter Ave. “The Worlds of Christmas” Friday show will feature a Celtic yuletide celebration by Craicmore, and The Alley Cats on Saturday. The Alley Cats, a doo-wop group, will entertain the audience with “A Christmas Long Ago.” Tickets are $25 and $20 for seniors. For information call (562) 907-4203 or visit the Web at www.shannoncenter.org Pianist to perform during parade DOWNEY – World renowned musician Sebastian Sidi will serve as grand marshal at the Downey Christmas Parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He will be performing his “smoking piano” on the back of a huge, red, lifted 4×4 pickup truck. Those who arrive early at the parade route, which starts at Downey Avenue and Florence Boulevard, will receive a free copy of Downey magazine with Sidi on the cover.