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Activities to do in Norwalk

By Jason Leyva

Are you looking for something fun to do in Norwalk? These November activities are fun for individuals, friends, or your whole family. They all offer new experiences that you won’t forget, and they are a ton of fun. Here are seven great activities you can participate in, according to the website for The City of Norwalk.

So you’re looking for something fun to do over November? This list includes activities that you can do with friends or by yourself. Experience is not needed for these events as they are beginner friendly. They all offer new experiences that you won’t forget and they are tons of fun. Some come on and check the activities out. From the official Norwalk.org website, I collected 7 activities that you should try. Here they are: 

 #1. Visit the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex 

In this complex you can do a variety of physical exercise activities such as basketball, rooms, etc. As a feature you can also have a personal trainer to help you. You can also donate food to help families in need.

#2. Try the Aztec Dance Event

In this activity you learn the basics of how to dance like the Aztecs while getting in a good workout. Ages of 5 and above can participate in the activity and can participate for free. The event will be held on a Thursday at 7:15-9:15. The date the event will be held on is Nov 29- Dec 15.

#3. Try the “paint class and a glass” event 

In this activity anyone who doesn’t know how to paint or does know how to paint a little bit or a lot can attend. In this activity anyone can attend because you are painting with an instructor step by step, in the end you will leave with a masterpiece. Stay in the night for bonus work for a predetermined  painting. The event will be held on Nov 18 on a Friday at 7-9:30p. The fee for entering this event is $25.

#4. Piano for beginners 

In this activity you learn the basics of playing the piano such as finger placing, rhythms, etc. Anyone who is age 5 and above can attend and you must provide for your own instrument (keyboard piano) and you must buy a 15 dollar book on the first day of class. The event will be held on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:10 pm on October 18-Nov 15. There will be a $60 fee to enter the class.

#5. Yoga for life 

In this activity you are getting in a gentle exercise from yoga. This activity focuses on all the primary focuses of yoga which is balance, endurance, peace, flexibility, etc. To attend the event you need to bring a mat, small towel, water and comfortable clothing. The event will be held on a Tuesday from Oct 18- Nov 8 at 6:30-7:30p. Anyone who is age 14 or above may attend with a parent and there is a $28 fee.

#6. Friendsgiving Potluck 

In this activity you celebrate the thankfulness of Thanksgiving by having a “Friendsgiving Potluck.” The Norwalk events website explains, “More details and information about the event will be given out later when we are approaching the event.” As of now, we know that anyone between the ages 13-18 can attend and you can enter for free. The event will be held on a friday on Nov 18 through 6-9:30p.

 #7. Tae Kwon Do

In this activity you will learn the fighting skills of the Korean style martial arts tae kwon do, you also learn the terminology and respect associated with tae kwon do. Anyone between the ages 5-18 can attend the event. The event will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Oct 17- Nov 11 or Nov 28-Dec 16. The event will be from 5:30-6:30p and there is a $50 fee to enter between Oct 17- Nov 11, or you can pay a $40 fee from Nov 28-Dec 16. 

*Honorable mentions: 

•Visit the D.D Johnston Hargitt House Museum 

When you visit this museum you are visiting the house of one of the first families in Norwalk. The activities that you can do inside the house are pumpkin painting, a trail tour, games, and more.

Visit the Los Angeles County Fire Museum 

This museum is dedicated to the history of the Los Angeles County Fire Museum where you can view 60 antique fire engines, as well as many other pieces of Los Angeles history of firefighting. 

TV Review: She-Hulk on Disney+

By Andrea Alfaro

Now streaming only on Disney+, She-Hulk, becomes the next installment in the ever growing MCU franchise. 

Featuring cameos from fan favorite Marvel characters and a certain well known rapper, Meghan thee Stallion, this nine-episode series will be sure to keep you thoroughly entertained, despite its flaws.

We are first introduced to our protagonist, Jennifer Walters AKA She-Hulk, who is played by Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany. She is an LA based lawyer who just so happens to be the cousin of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), everyone’s favorite green Avenger, Hulk. Due to a near collision with a spaceship Banner’s blood mixes with hers, prompting her transformation into a Hulk. 

After her transformation she is fired from her job due to an incident involving Titania (Priyanka Chopra), She-Hulk’s glamorous rival throughout the series. Lucky for her though she is employed to be the face of the Superhuman Law Division at GL and KH law firm. 

This new job leads to her representing past MCU villain Abomination, Emil Blonksy, (Tim Roth) in his parole hearing. He is a well known character to anyone who’s watched the Incredible Hulk movie, as he is Hulk’s past nemesis.

MCU fan favorite, Wong (Benedict Wong), also makes a cameo as both witness and client of She-Hulk. Wong is a character most recognized from the Doctor Strange movies. 

One of the most anticipated cameos however was of fellow lawyer and hero, Daredevil, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). Murdock is most known for his own series, suitably called Daredevil.

This show makes She-Hulk her very own character despite her association with the Hulk. She isn’t a rip-off of him, but instead her very own stand alone character with her own story and personality. 

However, she seems to have not been treated with the same amount of care as every other Marvel character. Many complained before the release of She-Hulk about the character herself looking horribly made and obviously CGI’d. With all the criticism one may think they would improve her character design before the release, especially with the amount of money at their disposal. Spoiler alert, they didn’t. 

This makes it obvious that this show was rushed to be released before the CGI could be properly made to be up to the standard of other Marvel shows and movies. 

To sum it all up, despite its questionable CGI, She-Hulk is a fun show that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s perfect for an audience looking for a decent comedy to binge. Some episodes can seem a bit unnecessary, but as a whole She-Hulk is a good show worthy of a chance.

Film Review: The Woman King

By Muna Agada

Actors: Viola Davis (Nanisca), Thuso Mbedu (Nawi), Sheila Atim (Amenza), Lashana Lynch (Igozie), John Boyega (King Ghezo); Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood; Writer: Dana Stevens; Film Studio: Sony Pictures

Synopsis:

The Woman King is about a group of all female warriors in the year 1800 from the African country of Dahomey. They train to be skilled fighters in a way of combat that helps them fight an enemy who is trying to destroy their way of life. It follows a young woman named Nawi (Thuso Mbedu) who is on her journey to becoming a Dahomey warrior, after her parents disown her for not marrying the man they picked for her. The experiences she goes through is what shapes her into becoming the warrior she is by the end of the movie.

Things I liked:

While watching this movie you learn a lot. I had no idea that in Africa, women could once be warriors or rulers of countries. I thought men held all the power, so finding out something new like that was a great experience. Who says you can’t learn from movies? 

The actors in this movie were extraordinary. There was a scene where Igozige (Lashana Lynch) dies and the actress who plays Nawi (Thuso Mbedu) gave an excellent performance. She was crying her eyes out, while spit came out of her mouth. The audience could really feel that she was absolutely heartbroken. Another scene where Viola Davis (Nanisca) revealed to Nawi that she was her mother was really powerful and made me once again acknowledge the effort put in by the actors. 

Anytime companies create movies about people’s culture they have to make sure they are being real and authentic about it or it will be labeled as culturally offensive. And I know this movie was not culturally offensive, because my mother wouldn’t stop talking to me about how she grew up doing the exact same things the movie was portraying. So for them to actually take the time and study the culture speaks volumes.

Things I didn’t like:

The movie was a bit too long. There were things that it could have definitely done without. For example, the small scenes with the extra warriors could have been left out, because they were not important to the storyline, why give them that much screen time? Same thing goes to the little romance that was going on with Nawi (Thuso Mbedu) and Malik (Jordan Bolger), a mixed race Brazilian who associated himself with slave traders and owners. It was an unnecessary and a ridiculous addition to the film. The thing about Dahomey women warriors is that they cannot be with men, they stay away from them and for her to be breaking their number one rule was crazy to me. If you didn’t believe in the whole no men rule, then why be a warrior in the first place. She would act as if the rules didn’t apply to her. 

I furthermore hated how they killed off Igozie (Lashan Lynch). Killing her off didn’t add anything to the story, because the movie was almost over at the time of her death. Why not just keep her in? I will say however that her death did make me want to cry.

 Also before I watched the movie I believed it was going to be a lot more pretty and eye-catching. There was definitely color in the film, but it seemed very saturated at times. I understand they did that in order to show that it’s not exactly an upbeat movie, but I couldn’t help feeling a bit disappointed by the visuals. 

Minor Controversy:

The movie actually has a bit of controversy to it. Many members of the black community wanted to boycott it. I am aware that when you are going into the movie it says that it’s based on true events; which it is, but very loosely. Some things are going to be changed to present a certain story to the audience. And this movie was changed drastically. In the movie the Dahomey people and warriors are presented in a good light. They are essentially made to look like good people. When in reality that was not the case. The Dahomey people played a big role in the slave trade, as they were the ones capturing people and selling them to the Europeans and Americans. That is what led to it becoming a controversial film.

Advice Column: Ask Miss Diary

In early October, The Bugle asked readers to send in some questions for advice from our columnist. Here is our advice:

I hate my friend’s new boyfriend. She wants to invite him to hang around with us but I literally can’t stand him. What should I do?

I always like to say you don’t have to like someone your friend is dating, but maybe tolerate them out of respect for your friend, you know. Plan some things to do outside of school without him. If she wants to invite him, hint that it’s “just a girls’ thing,” or maybe even tell her that you miss hanging out with her alone.

How can a person move on from their past mistakes?

Well, there’s two things to remember: One, you can not change the past and that’s ok; two, not to beat yourself up over your mistakes. You’re going to make a million mistakes in this lifetime, and I like to think of it as learning from them, rather than moving on from them.

How can you manage time with school, work, etc.? 

The biggest advice I can give you for this is time management and organization. You have to WANT to work, be able to make big commitments, and prepare to sacrifice your social time. It is totally manageable and possible, but I personally recommend starting with a new job in the summer because it’s easier.  😉

How do you cope with the transition from a student to an independent person going into university or college?

I answered this last question with help from Mr. Derrick Wroten, our senior Economics and Government teacher. So how do you prepare yourself for a drastic transition from student, to an independent person going into a college/university? Mr. Wroten recommends preparing ahead of time, and picking your career so you can find the college that will help you with that career. He talked about finding colleges that fit you and your interests, instead of going for those big popular colleges everyone talks about. Some great points he made are the fact that you’re, “Surrounding yourself in a new atmosphere,” and, “if that school isn’t your vibe due to certain subjects or rules, you shouldn’t go.” Lastly, Mr. Wroten ended it with something that sticks to me, saying, “Go into college with the confidence that you’re going to get what you need out of this school.” Thank you Mr. Wroten!

Bring Your “Bestea” and Drink Some Boba

By Michael Rodriguez, Richard Sanchez, and Genesis Garcia

Besteas Boba knocked it out of the park for the grand opening on August 20th 2022.

Located at 13041 Rosecrans Avenue, STE204 in Norwalk, Besteas Boba customers were spotted lining up around the building just for a taste of their delicious boba. Exclusive Besteas boba tumble cups, coming in either baby blue or pink, and tote bags were given to the first 50 customers purchasing any of their delectable treats and drinks. Grand opening deals were also included, such as “Buy 2, get 1 free” on all drink options. 

Norwalk Mayor Rick Ramirez was present at the opening and eagerly waited to cut the red ribbon with owners, Young and Dave. With Mayor Ramirez’s help, Dave and Young cut the ribbon to welcome their customers into the shop. 

The name Besteas Boba is a portmanteau, which means the name has multiple meanings, such as Best-Teas referring to the shop having the best teas in the area and another for Besties, because in most cases when getting boba people bring their best friends along.  

Many guests were in a hurry just to be one of the first 50 people to receive a tote bag and tumbler cup. Some customers even reported a lady repeatedly trying to grab a tumbler cup and tote bag through plexiglass until she was finally able to reach around and grab the items. A customer reported, “She kept trying to get the bag and the plexiglass kept shaking, when the lady grabbed the bag and cup she tried to hide it away and play it off like nothing happened, then she just scooched her way out and left.”

Besteas Boba now includes new milk options such as almond and oat milks; it serves macarons in 6 flavors (Strawberry & Cream Cheese, Vanilla Bean, Espresso, Taro, Earl Grey, and Green Tea).

You can check their Instagram @Besteasboba, where they constantly post their BTS pop up events, happy hours, and boba deals, plus their regular updates to the menu, and much more. They have even reduced prices for students and are currently having happy hour from 12-4pm. At happy hour, you can spin a wheel after a purchase to possibly win prizes, such as a free drink, free macaroon, free snacks and many more deals.

Besteas is open every day from 11:30am-9pm.

Horror-scopes for Halloween

Celestial Messages from Lady Selene

It’s that time of the year again. What do the stars hold for you this spooky season? 


Aries (March 21-April 19)

Aries, you enjoy Halloween every year, but this year you might feel different. Have you been stressed about that ghost following you around? Try communicating with him? Maybe he can offer you a helping hand. 

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Taurus, make this Halloween a night to remember. Party with your ghouls, just don’t let other phantoms bring you down, or their negative energy may ruin your evening. We know you’re a people pleaser but you might need to make a compromise just for that night. 

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Gemini, the time has come to creep out your fellow witches on Halloween night. Maybe you’ll decide to pull a simple little jinx.  

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Cancer, you might be drained this Halloween. Consider staying home to recharge yourself. Maybe brew a hot cup of coffee, bake yourself some pumpkin pie, or cuddle with the lonely troll in your home. 

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Leo, you are always on the lookout for love. Despite the haunting costumes you might come across Halloween night. It won’t stop you from finding your perfect match. Just make sure not to get ghosted. It happens more often than you think.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Virgo, you might be under pressure. I mean, when are you not? Consider taking some pressure off and focus on enjoying yourself for once. Carve some spooky pumpkins or half fun with the trick-o-treaters at your door.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Libra, tap into your inner witch and cook up a spell in your kitchen for self-love. Just be sure not to include the head of your lover or the blood of your enemy. 

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Scorpio, don’t cause too much drama this Halloween. You are known to be one of the most dramatic zodiac signs, (maybe as dramatic as the Sanderson Sisters), but you should avoid conflict. Instead, enjoy your night trick o’ treating with your friends and if you see any witches flying above you…RUN!

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Sagittarius, it’s time to party! Whether you throw the best Halloween party or you attend one, be sure to enjoy your night under the horrific moonlight. 

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Capricorn, have you been feeling drained lately? I fear that your candle may have been put out by the wind at night. Take your time to find your candle and relight it. 

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Aquarius, if you are making any plans to go out this year make sure you go with your gut. Make plans according to your feelings and desires. Don’t let any ghost, monster, or witch derail you from what you want. 

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Pisces, although it is Halloween. Now may be a good time to catch some rest. You may be busy the weekend before Halloween which will drain your energy and that’s okay. You were busy having fun with your friends. Take things slow and take a nap. But, if you see a shadowy figure in the corner of the room, you might have to call the Ghostbusters. 

Protect our Bewitching Black Cats

By Destiny Padilla

The superstitions of black cats have led to the cruelty, abuse, and non-tolerable acts on Halloween day. Usually cats are adorable furry animals that people adopt to love for a lifetime, but on Halloween, black cats do not get the same treatment.

For centuries, black cats have been viewed as cursed and causing you to have misfortune, this has led to the despicable injuries that go as far as death to black cats.

European folklore tells how if a black cat crosses your path then they will give you a future worth of bad luck. The reason this myth is valued is because black cats are viewed as witches’ companions. The injuries that they endure are getting their fur cut off, being held against their will, and even being beaten.

These harmful acts only get more extreme during Halloween, and some people go to the extent of adopting black cats the day before Halloween. The reason why they adopt them is not your typical “love at first sight adoption,” it is to hold the black cat captive until the 31st so that they can take advantage of them.

Black cats do not deserve this treatment, there needs to be protection to make the abuse stop. One thing you can do to help is when you see a stray black cat you can take care of it or let someone trustworthy give it a home. Protecting our loving black cats must start now!

Halloween Fun: Activities to do Around the City

By Beatriz Galvez

Looking for something fun to do with your family for Halloween? This article might be for you! Local activities including pumpkin carving, Halloween themed sensory activities, Halloween tours, and much more!

If you live near Norwalk, you may want to check out “Jack-O-Lantern Fun” at the Norwalk Arts & Sports Complex, where you can carve a pumpkin and play fun games happening October 12th through November 2nd at 13200 Clarkdale Ave.

If you live near the La Mirada area or want to drive about 10 minutes east down Rosecrans, you can check out Halloweenfest at Neff Park, where you can go through a haunted maze, participate in a costume contest, go through a trick or treat area, play games, and do crafts. This event should be very fun and especially great for children, happening October 31 between 4:30-8:00PM at Neff Park, 14300 San Cristobal Drive.

The historic Neff Barn in La Mirada

Other fun events that just happened to look for next year include the Halloween Spooktacular at the Cerritos Towne Center. On October 23, visitors could go trick or treating, get an airbrush tattoo, balloons, complete kids’ crafts and listen to music by a DJ.

There are always fun and safe events to check out in the community around Halloween, and they make for a great time to do something a little different than just trick-or-treating every year.

Film Review: Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+

By Karissa Meno

3.5 out of 5 stars

The sequel to Hocus Pocus has been anticipated for years and is now kicking off this Halloween season, September 30th on Disney+. 

Hocus Pocus 2 is a Disney+ only special. Directed by Anne Fletcher with executive producers Adam Shankman, David Kirschner, and Ralph Winter. Production designer, Nelson Coates and set decorator, Andrew Baseman. The cast included the return of the incredible 1993 actors Bette Midler (Winifred Sanderson), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson), Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson), Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson), and introduced a new cast with Whitney Peak (Becca), Belissa Escobedo (Izzy), Lilia Buckingham (Cassie Traske), Sam Richardson (Gilbert), Tony Hale (Jefry Traske), and Froy Gutierrez (Mike).

Thirty years after the first release of Hocus Pocus in 1993, the 2022 adaptation re-introduces the Sanderson sisters to the modern world of 2022 Salem. 

Becca is a high school student who, with the accidental help of her best friend Izzy, relights the black flame candle that brings back the legendary Sanderson sisters. Throughout that Halloween night Becca, Izzy, and Cassie attempt to stop the sisters from taking revenge on Salem. 

Summary:

The story opens with the young Sanderson sisters in Salem. They struggle with the town’s residents and their close minded thinking. The sisters eventually run away seeking to escape their neighbors, who attempt to separate them. While on the run they meet a witch who peaks their interest in witchcraft. Later on you can understand that the events of 1993 have already taken place when they cut to present-day Salem. Becca and Izzy head to school Halloween morning to talk about Becca’s birthday tradition. While at school you can see the struggling friendship between Becca, Izzy, and Cassie.

Since 1993, the Sanderson sisters have become town legends, with the all knowing Gilbert running the now Sanderson tour house. Later that night, with a gift from Gilbert, Becca and Izzy have accidentally brought back the Sanderson sisters. As the siblings try to get back into old habits, Becca and Izzy show them around “new Salem”, they show the sisters modern day life, but eventually they don’t want to shift into new habits and head back to their lifestyle. Even with the conflicts between Becca and Cassie they try to gain her help to send the Sanderson sisters away.

The Opinion:

A lot of people have asked me what my opinion is on Hocus Pocus 2, the only sentence I have been able to fabricate is, “It’s actually pretty great.” Obviously sequels can’t beat the originals, but Hocus Pocus 2 is a good enough sequel to correlate with the original.

While watching it I was enjoying and appreciating the effort put in by the new and returning cast members, as well as the set designers who really made the movie visually appealing to me. It doesn’t feel like they just put something together. I got the sense that they had been planning this film for months, maybe even years. 

I was a little disappointed with the absence of a certain talking cat from the original film, Thackeray Binx, but I did enjoy seeing one particular previous cast member, Doug Jones, who reprised his role as “Billy” Butcherson. 

A particular scene where Sanderson sisters began to sing, felt a little strange; it didn’t quite sit well with me. They did sing in the original, but I felt that they were so dedicated to focusing on the story and characters in the sequel that the singing just felt out of place within the storyline. Even though some of the characters were a little cliche the movie felt more mature due to their acting and the character’s personalities. I do believe that the true Disney and Hocus Pocus fans will love and admire the sequel this Halloween season. 

This sequel’s goal was to send a message to appreciate the people you have and the power that comes with having a good group of people around you. I wasn’t entirely sure of the movie’s theme other than focusing on the Sanderson sisters’ return. The most I could interpret was the importance of having people that you connect with even through hardship. 

Hocus Pocus 2 was an overall joy and an exciting experience to watch for the first time. This movie really made me want to buy a Roomba for the fun of it (you’ll understand if this convinces you to watch it).

What an amazing start to almost everyone’s favorite month, October!

Origins of Halloween

By Alicia Cram

You can tell that Halloween is approaching as the days grow cool and the evenings grow eerie. Have you ever thought about asking, “Why do we celebrate Halloween?” as the eerie season draws near?

Regardless of Halloween’s past or roots, it is a holiday that is enjoyed by a wide range of people all over the world. All Hallows’ Eve was traditionally the time when the deceased were commemorated. It became cultural over time. Halloween has become incredibly marketed for Americans in the last couple of decades.

Several months before Halloween, we start to see decorations for the holiday in stores. Unfortunately, this commercialized festival now places much more of an emphasis on all things scary or nasty than on innocent costumes. Without question, modern Halloween customs have turned this commercial festival into something that discreetly emphasizes the hideous and diabolical.

Even though it might seem strange, the bible has a lot to do with Halloween. On All Saints’ Day, Christians would celebrate the saints and the metaphysical link between heaven and Earth. All Hallows’ Eve, the night before Halloween, served as its inspiration.

It was claimed that on All Hallows’ Eve, the veil between this world and the afterlife was particularly thin. Especially throughout the Middle Ages, harvest time meant earlier nights, colder weather, and a challenge in maintaining food. In October, spirits were supposed to freely roam because death was always only around the corner. This explains why Halloween has the eerie, haunting vibe we’ve come to enjoy.

Halloween got its start when the earliest settlers came to America. Many of the early English settlers carried numerous ghost and witchcraft beliefs with them. Many immigrants from Scotland and Ireland came to the United States in the 1800s and brought their Halloween customs with them. Other groups modified Halloween traditions to reflect their own cultural influences. African and Haitian immigrants contributed their voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft, and German immigrants added a vibrant witchcraft mythology.

Why do we say trick or treat?

Trick or treating originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain, which was a celebration of the arrival of winter or the “dark half” of the year. The Irish would dress up and visit houses door to door singing songs to the dead on the nights before Samhain. In return, they got nuts, cash, or baked goods called soul cakes. The Christians then modified this custom and gave it the new name All Souls’ Day.

So now, as the spooky night draws near, you know about the old customs and traditions that have become part of our modern Halloween. Whatever traditions you like to celebrate probably have roots in other cultures from the past, but it’s also fun to make your own traditions.

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