From glow-in-the-dark bowling to a marionette show, the city will mark its 83rd birthday in October with a host of activities to entertain kids and adults.
This year's Founder's Day theme is "Happy Days," with bands playing '50s music and vintage cars parked on the streets for atmosphere.
Proceeds benefit the Save Our Pool Foundation, which is raising money to refurbish the community pool at McGaugh Elementary School, said Nancy Beard, city parks and recreation director.
The city needs about $130,000 to refurbish the pool's 30-year-old deck and shell. Since October, $70,000 has been raised, including $7,500 from the previous Founder's Day.
* Saturday, Founder's Day Parade and Day on the Green. Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. on Electric Avenue at 10th Street. Activities on the green, which runs through the center of Old Town, are from noon to 4 p.m.
* Oct. 10, Cosmic Bowling, 12:30 p.m., $10 per person, includes shoe rental. Brunswick Rossmoor Bowl, 12311 Seal Beach Blvd. Tickets should be bought in advance. Glenda Snyder, (562) 598-6902.
Founder's Day information: (562) 431-2527, Ext. 328.