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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 20
10/5/2012




Candidate Forum

A forum featuring candidates for the 47th Congressional District will be held this evening from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Pointe at the Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB). Participating will be 47th District candidates Gary DeLong, Long Beach city councilman, and Alan Lowenthal, state senator.

The forum is jointly sponsored by the League of Women Voters, CSULB, University of California, Los Angeles, and their partners. Parking for the event is free to community attendees in Lot 13.

Nature Walk

Learn about the remaining wetlands in Long Beach on Saturday, Oct. 6, 8-10 a.m. Ecologists will lead a nature walk in the wetlands. Learn how the wetlands are being acquired and restored. See some of the many creatures that thrive in the wetlands. Participants in previous hikes have observed song birds, hawks, owls, rabbits and even coyotes. Park at the intersection of PCH and 1st St., just at the border of Long Beach and Seal Beach. For more information or to RSVP, contact Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net.

Cut-A-Thon

Static Salon is hosting their annual Viva La Cure Cut-A-Thon and Casino Night on Saturday, Oct. 6. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering $25 haircuts and $10 brow waxing. The Casino Night will be from 6-9 p.m. for a $25 donation.

All of the profits will be donated to the Downtown Women’s Center to provide mammograms for homeless and low income women of LA’s Skid Row Community. Call for more information at (562) 429-1700.

Kids Fun Run

Spaces are still available for the Aquarium of the Pacific “Kids Fun Run” on Saturday, Oct. 6. Held in conjunction with the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, the event is free to kids ages 6 to 12 and emphasizes improving youth health and fitness as well as helping to counter the major childhood obesity epidemic. Entry information is available at www.runlongbeach.com.

At 9 a.m. some 2,000 kids either dressed in blue or as their favorite marine creature, will take part in the one mile walk/run. All participating runners will receive a commemorative Penguin Medal, a finisher certificate and free entry to the Aquarium. Kids are timed and run in waves with their own age group. The event begins with a ceremony at 8:45 a.m. and lasts until noon.

Anniversary Dinner

The Long Beach Rescue Mission will celebrate its 40th Anniversary Oct. 11 with a dinner at The Grand, 6:30-9 p.m. Speakers include Mission founders Wayne and Janet Teuerle, and New Life Program ’95 graduate Henry Joseph who will highlight the global nature of the Mission’s impact. After graduating from the Mission’s discipleship and rehabilitation program, Joseph went on to become a successful businessman in Jackson, Miss. and founder of mission organizations in Africa, including a Christian rehabilitation center in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Mission CEO Jim Lewis stated, “We invite the community to put effort on their concern for the growing needs of the mission in order to sustain the services to homeless men, women and children.” The program will also recognize those who serve and make the ministry possible. Tickets are $50. Call (562) 591-1292 for reservations and information or go to www.LBRM.org to register. Sponsorships are available.

New Mentors Sought

POWER 4 Youth, an academic mentoring program for middle school students will be holding an information meeting for prospective volunteers on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at 607 E. 3rd Street (at Atlantic), one of the five mentoring sites POWER 4 Youth operates. The program is looking for adults who can meet one-on-one with a youth weekly at the supervised locations to assist with academic help while building a trusting mentor relationship with a young person. Training is provided at no cost; the program is free and open to all adults and students.

To find out more about the information meeting or POWER 4 Youth, call (562) 435-2352 or email info@power4youth.org.

Baskets Offered

Baskets of “Good Dog,” “Coffee and Tea,” “Mary Kay,” a special “Halloween” and more will be offered at the Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter of Hearing Loss Association’s fundraiser for their annual Founder’s Day event on Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood. Founders Day is held once a year when members have the opportunity to raise funds so that other chapters may start up in an area near them. Each participant receives one free ticket at the door. Tickets are $2 per ticket or 3 for $5. All monies earned are sent to the State Chapter of HLAA.

No reservations are necessary and admission is free. For more information, please call (562) 438-0597 or visit www.hlalongbeachlakewood.org. Light refreshments are served.

Portrait of Love

The Stearns Musical Theater Company presents A Musical Portrait of Love … The Whole Truth on Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Gina M. Woodruff Gallery, 5555 E. Stearns St. Surrounded by beautiful fine art, this high energy, talented group of local performers will tell the tale of the woes and ways of love with a colorful medley of songs from classic musicals. Tickets are $13-$16; contact Gallery Director Sherri Gleason at (562) 519-1614.

HR Awards

The Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award will be given on Oct. 18 by the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) to the following individuals for their exceptional contributions to improving human relations in Long Beach: Doris Cooper-Robinson, principal, William Cullen Bryant Elementary School; Francisco Rodriquez, community development specialist, Neighborhood Services Bureau; and Justin Rudd, community leader.

CCEJ will also introduce its officers and new board members at the 49th annual dinner meeting and report to the community, to be held at the Old Ranch County Club in Seal Beach. For more information or to purchase tickets at $75 per person, please visit www.cacej.org or call (562) 435-8184.

Guest Lecturer

Bernard Roberson, MSM, BA, HSC, Administrative Director, Patient and Family Centered Care, Georgia Health Sciences Health System, will discuss how the quality of care is enhanced through the application of the patient and family centered care approach at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Van Dyke Theater, 2801 Atlantic Ave., on Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30-9 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For questions, call (562) 933-0104.

Fall Carnival

Cubberley School is inviting neighborhood artisans, businesses, nonprofits and service providers to host a booth at its annual fall carnival, set for Friday, Oct. 19, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The school is also seeking tax-deductible cash or equipment donations. All participants and supporters will be recognized on flyers, event signage and announcements, as well as in the school’s e-mail newsletter, Cubberley Connection On-Line, which is distributed bi-weekly to more than 1,000 local families.

This year’s theme is “Blast from the Past,” and organizers are planning an array of activities and food booths for an estimated 1,000 revelers. Plans include carnival games, a vendor boutique, classic car show, stage with contests and live entertainment, super inflatable zone and Cub’s Coffee Shop, a covered lounge area for parents. Carnival proceeds benefit Cubberley’s classrooms, enrichment programs and sports groups. To sign on as a vendor, send an e-mail to Alisa Rocha at alisa.rocha@verizon.net. For more details on the carnival or to offer donations, equipment or services, please contact Elizabeth Powell at ecpowell6@verizon.net.