Category: Sightseeing

Last Day for Holiday Home & Business Decor Contest!

Tomorrow is the last day to enter! December 16, 2016. Submit online to: http://norwalk.org/i-want-to/enter-the-home-and-business-beautification-contest

Show your holiday spirit and win!

It’s that magical time of year when our community celebrates the season with lights and ornaments of all colors, shapes and sizes.  The City of Norwalk Community Promotion Commission invites merry and creative residents and merchants to enter our Holiday Home and Business Decor Contest.

Holiday Home and Business Decor contest

Entries are not required to be self-nominations.  Applicants may nominate other individuals’ homes or businesses.  Nominated parties must be Norwalk residents or Norwalk business owners/managers.

Apply one of three ways (photo or brief video must accompany entry):

  1. Click on the application to fill out, print and submit in person, through email or postal mail.
  2. Complete the online form below to automatically enter (Photos should be emailed separately to publicaffairs@norwalkca.gov with nominee’s name in the header).
  3. Pick up an application at any City facility and mail or submit in person.

Holiday decor must be outside of the business or home (not inside)and viewable from the street. Winners will be selected in the following categories:

  • Best Display-Residential
  • Best Display-Business
  • Best Group Entry*

Contest winners receive signage commemorating their award and will be recognized at a City Council meeting.  Gift cards to a local home improvement store will also be awarded to residential winners only.

Application deadline is December 16, 2016. Commissioners will be visiting nominated properties December 17 through December 30.

*Group Entry must be three consecutive homes or businesses decorated in a unified theme.

All nominations must comply with City of Norwalk building codes.

Tomorrow is the last day to enter! December 16, 2016. Submit online to: http://norwalk.org/i-want-to/enter-the-home-and-business-beautification-contest

Pigeon Party at the Radha Krishna Mandir – Hindu Temple?

One day on one of my errand runs, while waiting at a red light on Pioneer Blvd., I happened to glance over to my right and noticed a large gathering of pigeons. Some of them nestled up between the dry dirt, others parading around puffing about like the Godfathers of pigeons, and a few feeding off insects in the dirt. I hadn’t seen such a large gathering of pigeons in quite some time, certainly not randomly on a busy city sidewalk like this. Couldn’t quite figure out why they chose this one spot, it isn’t really shaded. Perhaps they’re sun bathing? or maybe even fed occasionally from someone nearby?

As I looked around, I spotted a peculiar building next to where the pigeons decided to make their stomping ground. When I got back home I looked the place up and was surprised to find that it was a Hindu temple, Radha Krishna Mandir. I have drove down the street many times and had never noticed this building, but, the inside is a sight worth stopping by for.

I wonder what else Norwalk is hiding in plain sight.

 

If you would like to see this temple, the address is:

Radha Krishna Mandir – Hindu Temple

12634 Pioneer Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650

The Shark Buggy

It is not Shark week but I have definitely seen quite a few shark references this week. I was invited to a boy’s birthday party held here at Norwalk and was told it would be a shark theme which I’ve never heard of before but sounded interesting. When I arrived to the party, sure enough there were elements of an aquatic theme and sharks. There were some pretty clever decorations both edible and not but one in particular drew my attention. This fruit salad creation was neat and delicious!

Shark Fruit SaladCouldn’t help but feel like he would snap at any second when trying to reach into his mouth.

When leaving the party later that night I ran into a buggy. Yes, those Volkswagen Beetle cars. One of the older models, like the famous Love Bug, Herbie. This one in particular had wire frame design on it with lighting that looked like, yes you guessed it, a shark!

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This Shark Buggy sits at 15115 Greystone Ave, Norwalk CA 90650 if you want to check it out. It’s always curb side but I don’t know if it’s lit every night although I do often see it lit up when I drive by. What other little quirky curiosities does Norwalk hide?

Norwalk Sheriff’s Station

Recently became the victim of identity theft. They didn’t infiltrate any of my cards or banking but the perp(s) somehow managed to get two new iPhone 6s and two lines on my Sprint mobile account. Not sure how they pulled that off; made me wonder what kind of documents they had that they presented or what information, if any, the staff at this Sprint/Radioshack requested as proof of account ownership. Regardless, I got some emails about all kind of changes I did not make while I was at my step-son’s soccer practice. It was almost 8pm and at this point Sprint customer service was closed.

The following morning I called Sprint and requested they close, remove and reverse all these changes. Case was opened and forwarded onto their Fraud department. Now I had to pay a visit to my local police department to file a police report. Never had to do one of these before so drove out toward the Norwalk City Hall, one of the police officers in the area pointed me in the direction of the Sheriff department. When I walked in the place looked exactly like how I pictured a police department to look. Large lobby, the front desk was tall, back offices were all covered in the one way glass not being able to see inside. The hispanic lady at the front desk greeted me right away and was very nice. She advised one of the officers would be out to take my report shortly.

As I waited, I glanced around on their wall which had several community photos ranging from several time periods. These older black and white photos lured me right away. I looked at each of these thoroughly, made me curious as to what the history of these photos were. I suppose I’m a bit of a history fan, anything regarding the beginnings of a subject always fascinated me. IMG_1242 IMG_1244 IMG_1245 IMG_1246

The officer came and started taking my report. He seemed a bit cold and I felt like I was being questioned and scolded like if I was the one who did something wrong. But, I understand why he was doing that; he has to ask questions and see if I was possibly trying to pull a fast one to scam Sprint of new phones.  After talking to him for a bit he was more friendly and guiding, offering me advice on what steps to take next such as calling the credit bureaus so nobody can open new accounts under my name. Officer handed me a report slip with my police report number and told me I was done. The lady at the front desk thanked me for coming in and additionally mentioned a Halloween event they are having at the station on October 15th. Haunted Jail Open house with plenty of activities for kids and a camel. I will most definitely coming back for that.

 

Norwalk Sherrif Station:

Address: 12335 Civic Center Dr, Norwalk, CA 90650
Open 24 Hours a day

The Hargitt House of my dreams..

So, among the various locals I drove past in Norwalk this one stood out to me the most. Not only is it very close to my home and I see it every time I drive down Mapledale but it is unlike all the neighboring houses around it.

After a couple curious stares while driving I decided to stop and see what the inscription on the sign said, Hargitt House Museum. Of course! This vintage home turned out to be a museum that is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month from 1-4 PM. Seeing how I was a couple weeks away I made plans to come back for a visit.

Hargitt House Museum

Hargitt House Museum, Norwalk CA. Under renovation.

Well, guess what… turns out I will be waiting an undisclosed amount of time to visit this place since it will be undergoing renovations. And as I drove by it again I am now confirming the alert on the website was not an outdated announcement. Several trucks and workers were at the house, hopefully it’s not too much longer.

I must admit though, I am drawn to it because of it’s oddly creepy vibe it gives off. I’m sure it has lots of great history, I wish I can film here one day.

What to expect…

I will go ahead and jump right to it; I have developed many websites in my time and this is just another one to add to my list. Although, this one is possibly the most personal one I have of them all. I will be showcasing places and events I personally am at or will be going to. Writing reviews of the places I go to eat, drink, receive services or go for entertainment. I may end up saving you a bad trip or end up showing you of a new place you have not quite heard of yet. Welcome to my adventure and I, Frankie, will be your guide for the ride.

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