Be a part of a Christmas spectacle WHITTIER – If you love a parade, consider applying to be in this year’s Uptown Whittier Christmas Parade. The 54th annual spectacle will unfurl at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at Greenleaf Avenue and Mar Vista Street and wind through Uptown Whittier. Organizers estimate more than 30,000 will watch the parade. The theme is “Peace on Earth – A Patriotic Salute to the Armed Forces.” A cadre of floats, marching bands, dignitaries and performing groups will ring in the holiday season. The application deadline is Nov. 26. For more information or to obtain a parade application, call (562) 696-2662 or visit www.WhittierUptown.org. Mental health topic of meeting WHITTIER – The Whittier Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting its monthly business and educational meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, in Room 121 at First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Building, 6725 Friends St. Shelley Levin will speak on “Prevention and Early Intervention of Psychosis: What’s New? Does It Work?” and the Mental Health Service Act for Los Angeles County. Materials will be distributed on the subject. “With the passage of the Mental Health Services Act in 2004, California has the unique opportunity to lead the way in the United States in adopting mental health programs,” Levin said. The act was approved by California voters in November 2004. To date, it has generated about $1.6 billion, earmarked to assist counties in providing improved mental health services for children, teenagers, adults and seniors. For more information, call (562) 692-8006. MySpace seminar slated for parents WHITTIER – The Whittier Evangelical UMC is hosting a free seminar, “Are You Lost in `MySpace’?” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at 10262 Colima Road. Internet consultant Orlando Flores will look at the popular Internet social network and similar sites and show why they are attracting so many young people. These sites, he said, are basically fun but can pose potential hazards. Parents, grandparents and guardians concerned about MySpace and other youth-oriented Web sites will find helpful information through an on-site demonstration. They will see how it works and what they need to know to protect their children. For more information, call (562) 944-8909. Learn about foster adoptions SANTA FE SPRINGS – As part of celebrating November as Adoption Awareness Month, Aspira Foster and Family Services is hosting an adoption orientation from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 10350 Heritage Park Drive, Suite 202. The orientation will address questions regarding foster care and adoption. Information will also be provided in Spanish. For more information, call (562) 941-6967. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Help decorate a parade float SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is accepting volunteer signups to decorate its 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade float. This year’s entry, titled “Dia de los Muertos,” will be one of the largest floats in the Jan. 1 parade. The float will be 75 feet long and stand 30 feet at its peak. The float is representative of the holiday – “Day of the Dead” – celebrated throughout the world. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It is in keeping with the Tournament of Rose’s theme, “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” The float, designed by award-winning float designer Raul Rodriguez of Whittier, will feature marigolds, the most prominent flower used for decoration in Mexico on Dia de los Muertos. Volunteers must be at least 14-years-old. They will be selected on a first-come basis. More than 600 community members volunteered to decorate the 2007 float. To register or for more information: (562) 863-4896 or www.celebrate50thsantafesprings.org.