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By Lourdrie McNamee, MRP | Agent in Lakewood, CA

Good Morning Lakewood/Was there every any Doubt?

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Gallup just released its poll, American Dream of Owning Home Lives On. Their conclusion?

“Gallup data on homeownership provide strong support for the idea that the American Dream of owning a home continues to be alive and well.

The majority of Americans who own a home plan on continuing to do so in the future, and most of those who don’t own a home plan on buying one.”

 Thank you to the KCM BLOG

Volunteer sports coaches needed Volunteer coaches are needed for baseball, softball and T-ball teams for the summer season at all Lakewood parks. Although moms and dads of players make great coaches, it’s not necessary to have a child playing to enjoy the volunteer experience. No coaching experience is necessary. City staff will provide the appropriate training. Inquire at any Lakewood park for complete details or call 562-866-9771, extension 2408. Volunteering is easy. Just ask at any Lakewood park or click to use our online form. More…

Free ‘smart’ gardening programs Two free educational programs can help would-be “green thumbs” make water-wise plans. The county offers dozens of free “Smart Gardening” workshops on ways to get a great looking yard while using less water and energy and wasting fewer resources. More…

Lakewood in

May Take the new City of Lakewood opinion survey
 Take Lakewood's surveyTo help maintain high-quality service to residents, the City of Lakewood regularly conducts a survey of local households for their opinions on city services and issues. New this year, the survey will be conducted online, which will enable more residents to conveniently participate. To take the survey, go to www.lakewoodcity.org/survey. 
If you don’t have computer access, call city hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2140 and they’ll be glad to mail you a survey to fill out.  The last day to take the community survey will be Monday, May 27.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at The Centre This Mother’s Day show mom how much you appreciate her with an unforgettable, all-you-can-eat brunch and dining experience provided by TGIS Catering at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza on Sunday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Centre’s in-house caterer prides itself on being one of the premier catering and event planning teams in Southern California.

In addition to a delightful brunch buffet, there will be live entertainment, a complimentary photo booth, complimentary face painting for children, and each mom in attendance will receive a special tote bag with gifts inside. Guests can also surprise their mother with a special personalized greeting that will be displayed on the big screen during the brunch. More…

Participate in Relay for Life opening ceremonies Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s overnight event held at sites across the nation to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer.

Relay for Life is returning to Lakewood, starting Saturday, May 18, at 9:00 a.m., at Stephen Foster Elementary School at 5223 E. Bigelow Street in Lakewood. The 24-hour event will wrap up the morning of Sunday, May 19.

Lakewood teams and volunteers for Relay for Life are organizing now. The official website offers signup information at



Register for free ‘Survive for 7′ disaster planning program
Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states and its earthquake-like damage and should remind Californians they will have very similar needs following the “big one.” A free “Survive for 7” disaster prep planning program is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sign up online or learn more at


Pan American Fiesta has fun for everyone 3-day event begins Friday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m. Lakewood’s longest-running community event begins its three-day celebration at Mayfair Park on Friday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m. The family-friendly Pan American Fiesta continues on Saturday and wraps up Sunday evening. For a complete schedule of fiesta events, times and ticket prices, go to www.lakewoodcity.org/panam. [FULL STORY]
Family Camp ‘under the stars’ at Monte Verde Park Saturday, May 18, 1:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 19, 12 noon Families can spend a night out “under the stars” at Monte Verde Park at the Family Camp overnighter event on Saturday, May 18, 1:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 19, 12 noon. Activities include games, crafts, nature walks, a marshmallow roast and singing around the campfire. Camp guides will help families set up ‘camp’ and help children enjoy the experience. [FULL STORY]
Nominate a neighbor! The Lakewood Beautiful Home Awards program kicks off its 33rd year by asking Lakewood residents to nominate their neighbors or themselves for accomplishments in landscaping and maintenance. Nominations can be made by calling the Community Relations Office message line at City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2160, or by using the online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 28. [FULL STORY]
Trashing your toxics the RIGHT way just got lots easier Helping keep toxics out of the trash or from oozing into the ocean is everyone’s responsibility. Doing it just got lots easier.

Lakewood residents can now drop off their toxic debris once a month at the EDCO Recycling & Transfer in Signal Hill. Just six miles from the Lakewood Civic Center, it will open every second Saturday of the month to accept household hazardous waste, sharps and e-waste.

“This is a huge convenience for residents. Instead of waiting for a regional roundup, they can plan to make an environmentally friendly drop-off near home,” says Lakewood Public Works Director Lisa Rapp. The facility can be phoned at 562-997-1122, and is located at 2755 California Avenue between Spring Street and Willow Street and north of 27th Street in Signal Hill. Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/VkwMX. [FULL STORY]

Energy-saving links for at home and on the road Practical energy-saving tips that help the environment can also save Lakewood consumers money. Saving strategies can be applied to your home electric and gas utility use, driving and your choice of light bulbs. Take advantage of some consumer-friendly alternatives that are handy on a number of utility and government websites.

Consumer Reports magazine published a “light bulb buying guide” last August that notes how efficient new bulbs can be and how to pick the best ones. They suggest that before you shop you should visit www.dsireusa.org/incentives or www.energystar.gov to find utility rebates, and search online for manufacturer rebates. [FULL STORY]

This month on CityTV In May tune in to Traveling Tails: As the City Grew, Café 5050 and Community Digest. CityTV Channel 31, on Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV, produces programming each month ranging from local news and entertainment to sports and special events.   More…

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Orson Wells & George Clooney

If you feel you are ready to start the home buying process, give me a call.  It would be my pleasure to offer you my services and have the opportunity to serve you. 


Lourdrie “Lou” McNamee 

Coldwell Banker    






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