LONDON – Amy Winehouse lived and died in north London’s Camden neighborhood – and in the month that she would have turned 30, her presence is still being celebrated.

The beehived diva’s spray-painted image adorns several Camden walls, and fans still flock to the area more than two years after her 2011 death from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27.

Winehouse got her start amid the pubs and clubs of Camden, so local businesses are holding a series of events this month to raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up by the singer’s family.

An exhibition opening Thursday at the Proud art gallery includes photographs of the singer — many taken in Camden — along with paintings, sketches, graffiti art and the street sign from the square where she died at home, which is covered with tributes from fans.

“Camden meant everything to Amy, and Camden recognizes that,” the singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse said Wednesday at a preview of the show.

Other events for the charity, which helps young people nurture their love of music and steer clear of drugs, are a pop-up shop selling Winehouse-themed merchandise, an Amy Winehouse walking tour, benefit gigs and a charity skydive by the singer’s mother, Janis.

A bronze statue of the singer is soon to be erected at the Roundhouse concert hall, where she gave her final public performance.

Camden has been home to bands from Madness to Blur, and to rock stars including Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Noel Gallagher of Oasis.

Chewbacca actor gets new knees

FORT WORTH, Texas – Actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed towering Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has had double knee-replacement surgery at a Texas hospital.

Mayhew was recovering Wednesday at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. Angie Mayhew said her 69-year-old husband had the surgery Monday.

Peter Mayhew was born with a condition known as gigantism. He’s 7 feet 3 inches tall. The British-born actor’s medical issues will be the subject of an upcoming documentary, “Standing in the Stars — The Peter Mayhew Story.”

– From news service reports