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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 24

Holiday Boutique

Our Lady of Refuge Parish is holding a boutique featuring handmade crafts, jewelry, home décor, fashion accessories, corporate representatives and much more on Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5195 Stearns Street (at Clark and Los Coyotes) in the auditorium. Proceeds send youth in the area on retreat. For information call (562) 597-3102 or

Holiday Traditions

Rancho Los Alamitos will continue to celebrate Hispanic holiday traditions with its exhibition of “Nacimientos” Wednesday–Sunday, 1-5 p.m., Dec. 1-15. Traditional Mexican Nacimientos (nativity scenes) will be the subject of a lecture by Guest Curator, Alice Rumbaugh. It is her extensive collection of nacimientos that will be on display for the holidays in the ranch house at Rancho Los Alamitos.

Parking for this event is onsite at the Rancho. Space is limited. Tickets at $10 each may be purchased by calling the Rancho at (562) 431-3541 or online at the Rancho’s website

Canadian Healthcare

This documentary on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., narrated by Keifer Sutherland, tells the real story of how the health care system in Canada turned out to be so completely different from that in the United States, given that at one point they were essentially the same.

Explore questions about healthcare in Canada and California with Dr. Sherif Emil, a pediatric surgeon from Canada. Seen at CSU Long Beach, Beach Auditorium, Student University Union, 1250 Bellflower Blvd.

Wrigley Pot Luck

The Wrigley Association will hold its annual Christmas party & pot luck on Monday, Dec. 3. Members of the Association, as well as local restaurant and merchants will donate food for the occasion. The guest speaker will be Elsa Ramos, the Multi Service Coordinator of the City of Long Beach, to speak about the 2013 Homeless Count, “Everyone Counts.”

Later next month, will be the famous Christmas Tree Lane activities, including the parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. The 4th Annual Snow Day will be held at Veterans Park on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info:

Tree of Love

Celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season by attending the Tree of Love on Thursday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m. in the Community Cafe at Community Hospital Long Beach, 1720 Termino Ave. Free parking is available in the parking structure. Come and enjoy refreshments, entertainment and the lighting of the Tree of Love. For a $20 donation for each, you can honor, thank and remember those you love. You will be able to decorate and put an ornament on the TREE OF LOVE, in honor of or in memory of, with the name of the person or persons.

Donations should be made by Nov. 30 to be included in the program for that evening. Checks should be made out to CHLB Auxiliary/Foundation and mailed with names of those being honored to CHLB Foundation, 1720 Termino Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. For additional information, go to or call (562) 494-0576.

Motorcycle Show

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show is set to roll into the Long Beach Convention Center Dec. 7-9 with the hottest two-wheeled rides. This is the place for motor enthusiasts to see hundreds of the newest sport bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, customs, ATVs and more, all under one roof. From the latest gear and aftermarket accessories to informative seminars and interactive entertainment, both new and experienced riders are invited to experience the latest in the world of motorcycling.

Admission for the event is $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-11. Advance tickets are available at Info: (800) 331-5706.

Explorer Fundraiser

Long Beach Explorer Post 295 Piggy Bank Fundraiser raises money to support the young men and women – ages 14 to 20 – in competitions, on field trips, at training academies and in giving back to the community. Just in time for that “special holiday” this gift giving supports the 50+ participants in Police Explorer Post 295.

To purchase a piggy bank for $25, contact: Det. Sondra Benskin at (562) 570-8597 or Sgt. Stephen Stough at (562) 570-1454. Checks may be made payable to Long Beach Police Foundation, which actively seeks donations from private businesses and individuals, and facilitates direct. Designated donations support LBPF’s community safety mission.

Friends Fundraiser

Enchanted Holiday is the theme for a fundraiser of the Friends of Languages, an Associate Group of the LBCC Foundation that offers scholarships to outstanding students who study a foreign language or English as a second language. It will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, 4-6 p.m. in a private home in Naples. Join them for entertainment, delicious food and beverages, opportunity prizes and beautiful gift baskets. There will also be an on sight auction for a Gondola Getaway Adventure.

Price is $40 per person or $35 each for two or more persons. The public is invited. For further information and reservations, call (562) 938-4767.

Art Holiday Sale

From Dec. 9-13, the students and faculty of Cal State Long Beach provides a very special holiday shopping opportunity for area lovers of art and fine craft – an opportunity that has been offered each year for the past 45 years. Thousands of unique and individual pieces will be on display and available for purchase in the CSULB School of Art Student Galleries and courtyard between Fine Arts buildings 2 & 3.

Sale hours are Sunday, Dec. 9 from 4-7 p.m. and Monday-Thursday, Dec. 10-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historically, patrons have begun lining up 2-3 hours prior to the opening of the sale, to ensure the best selection of these one-of-a-kind objects. Cash, check, and Visa are accepted forms of payment. Info: or email

Basketball Classes

Registration is going on now for pre-school and youth basketball programs conducted by Hawks Hoops Camp, an organization founded by former NBA Houston Rockets player Juaquin Hawkins. Juaquin is bringing basketball winter break camps and monthly classes to Chavez and Pan American Park in December and January for youth groups from four years of age through 17 years.
Fees range from $40 to $70. For more information about Hawk Hoops programs, visit For registration information for Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine classes, visit or call (562) 570-3111.

Parks/Rec Classes

Zumba – Get fit, healthy, and ready for winter with two new classes. Zumba Toning (ages 14 and up) and Zumba Gold (ages 50 and up) classes are offered in December, January and February in morning and afternoon sessions. Costs range from $10 to $35 per participant.

Beginning Ballet is great for home-schooled children 6-10 years looking for fun and creative exercise. Ballet shoes are suggested for classes at Recreation Park on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6 to Jan. 17 or Jan. 24 to Feb. 28. Fee is $48 per participant.

Morning Photography Tour meets at Cesar Chavez Park over 10 weeks from Dec. 5 to Feb. 6 on Wednesdays 8:30-11 a.m. at $50 per participant plus a $8 material fee. Learn to capture water reflections, architecture as well as people in landscape.

Voice Level I Intensive Kick-start & reinforce your beginning vocal training with this twice-weekly class in five sessions Dec. 3-17, 11 a.m. to noon at College Estates Park. For ages 14 and up at $55 per participant with a $5 material fee to be paid in class.

Most fees are cash only. For more information, call the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department at (562) 570-3111.