WHITTIER – Police blocked parts of Greenleaf Avenue and Walnut Street for about 30 minutes Thursday after discovering a suspicious package that bomb squad members later determined to be harmless. The incident began about 9 a.m., when police received a call about a suspicious package left at an upholstery shop in the 7700 of Greenleaf, police spokesman Jason Zuhlke said. Police blocked off streets, but about 30 minutes later, they learned that the package had been incorrectly sent to the business and was harmless, said Zuhlke. Streets were then reopened. VFW to host fundraiser dinner AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2LA MIRADA – VFW Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., is holding a shrimp dinner to raise funds for area veterans, beginning at 6 p.m. tonight. A donation of $7 per plate is suggested. For more information, all (562) 941-2782. Man faces charges in 1983 slaying WHITTIER – A defendant in a more than 20-year-old murder case was ordered Thursday to return to court June 30 to receive a date for his preliminary hearing. John Alcantara, 50, is charged with murder in the death of his former boss, Robert Bennett. On Feb. 16, 1983, Bennett disappeared from a Whittier Narrows sanitation plant in Whittier after an argument with Alcantara, detectives have said. Alcantara is being held in Men’s Central Jail on $1 million bail. Neighbors to paint north end murals NORTH WHITTIER – North Whittier Neighborhood Watch members will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday to paint vine murals on walls in the area. Organizers say the vine murals not only beautify the neighborhood but reduce and cover over graffiti. Everyone is welcome to help in the effort. The group will meet in the parking lot of the Ralph’s shopping center at Workman Mill Road and Don Julian Road. For more information, call Ruben Hernandez at (213) 388-8352. Amigo Park summer festival slated WEST WHITTIER – The public is invited to Amigo County Park’s Welcome Summer Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 at 5700 S. Juarez Ave. Register your kids for summer camp or shop at a community yard sale. There also will be face painting and crafts. For more information, call (562) 908-4702. Car wash raises funds for funeral WHITTIER – Friends of Joe Pacillas Jr., who died in a motorcycle accident on May 27, will hold a car wash to help his family pay for funeral expenses, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Food-4-Less, 11133 Washington Blvd. The event will feature music, tacos for sale and raffles of merchandise donated by Kragen Auto Parts. For more information, call (562) 307-4616. Adoption agency seeks families SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Children’s Bureau, a private foster and adoption agency, is seeking individuals and families willing to bring a child into their homes. An information meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 24 at the agency’s Santa Fe Springs office, 12070 Telegraph Road, Suite 203. For more information, call (562) 946-2881. Cooking class set at Activity Center LA MIRADA – An easy cooking class takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at the La Mirada Activity Center. An instructor from Cerritos College brings recipes for desserts, main dishes and holiday fare, For more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!