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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 26
12/28/2012




Rugby Signups

The Belmont Shore Rugby Club is currently accepting young players from Long Beach and contiguous communities at all age levels with first matches on Jan. 5. The youth program was founded approximately five years ago as a division of the long standing Belmont Shore Rugby Club. Youth players are coached by past rugby players and current Belmont Shore Rugby men’s players.

Registration is at St. Anthony’s High School field, 4832 Clark Ave., Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7-9 p.m. Information: Leslie Wood, (714) 624-6807 or email tlwoody2@msn.com.

Athletes in Skirts

The Long Beach branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) presents “Athletes in Skirts,” an original play on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Long Beach Petroleum Club at 11 a.m.. The play was written by Jacky Mason of the Readers Theater group of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Branch of AAUW and features four outstanding pioneering women athletes who were breaking down gender barriers in sports long before Title IX was passed; they are Annie Oakley, Gertrude Ederle, Babe Didrikson and Billie Jean King.

Social begins at 9:30 a.m., business meeting at 10 a.m., program at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Cost of the luncheon is $30. For more information and reservations, please call Margy Arthur at (562) 799-8479 by Dec. 31.

Learn about Wetlands

Learn about the remaining wetlands in Long Beach on Saturday, Jan. 5. Ecologists will lead a nature walk from 8-10 a.m. Learn how the wetlands are being acquired and restored. Winter is a perfect time to observe the wetlands due to the rains. There are many plants and birds to learn about. 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 for the Jan. 5 nature walk, contact Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net.

Discuss ‘Plainsong’

The Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Club invites you to discuss Plainsong by Kent Haruf on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. The club meets at 5614 E. Britton Dr. (behind Lazy Acres) on the second Saturday of each month and is open to all adults. For more information on this program, call (562) 570-1045. The February pick is A Taste for Death by P.D. James. For information on other Long Beach Public Library services and events, please call (562) 570-7500 or visit www.lbpl.org.

Pollution Prevention

A Water Pollution Prevention Workshop will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hughes Middle School, 3846 California Ave. for Los Angeles middle and high school teachers, administrators, and students (up to 5 per school) interested in creating a water pollution prevention project on their campus.

Learn to (1) understand the dynamics of urban watersheds in Los Angeles County, (2) utilize watershed management techniques to restore your watershed, (3) positively affect water quality in Los Angeles County, (4) prevent water pollution in Los Angeles County and (5) survey water flow across your campus. Register at www.generationearth.com or call (818) 623-4856 for details.

Dr. Emery Recognized

The Ernie Award, presented in memory of Ernie Davis, the founder of Tippers, was given this year to Alyson Emery Zahn, the incoming President of Tippers for 2013. Emery is a local dentist who was selected for the prestigious Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the oldest honorary professional organization in dentistry. She and her partner, Douglas Emery, offer all aspects of general dentistry, including cosmetic, dentistry, crowns, bridges, dentures, extractions, root canal therapy, dentistry for children and implant restoration.

Each of the 85 members of Tippers, officially named Professional Business Associates of Long Beach, represent a different category of business. Members own their own business or are representative of a specific industry, such as insurance, sign making, social media or bail bonds. The group meets every Friday at 7 a.m. for breakfast and networking. Professionals and business owners can find additional information about Tippers at www.TheTippersClub.com.

Local Dog to Star

In honor of the featured selection of Long Beach Reads One Book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, one local dog will win the contest for the “Long Beach Enzo,” named after the narrator of Garth Stein’s best-selling book. “Book Week” officially takes place March 12-19.

Contestants must submit a photo of the dog and a 100-word essay in the “dog’s words” about why he or she should be chosen as Long Beach Enzo. All entries must be emailed to LBReadsOne@Gmail.com and must be received by Jan. 18. More information can be found at www.lbplfoundation.org.

Rotary Group Study Exchange to Finland

Rotary District 5320 is looking for four young working professionals to become part of a four week Group Study Exchange (GSE) with Rotary District 1390 in Finland. The team will be led by Long Beach Rotarian and former Congressman Steve Kuykendall. The team will leave April 7, 2013 and return on May 5. Rotarians in Finland will house, feed and transport the team while they are in Finland. Rotary International pays for the airfare. Team members may have some incidental costs.

The team will learn about their specific profession in Finland and share their experiences and knowledge with their Finnish counterparts. The team will also study the Finnish culture and will serve as goodwill ambassadors of the United States. The team will make presentations to Rotary groups in Finland. After the tour, the team members will make presentations to local Rotary Clubs.

Team members must be between the ages of 25 and 40 on April 7, 2013 and cannot be directly related to a Rotarian. Team members must be an active working professional and must live or work in Rotary District 5320 area, which is southeast Los Angeles County (from Long Beach to Whittier) and all of Orange County. The district website is: www.rotary5320.org

To find out more about Rotary International’s GSE program, just Google Rotary GSE. Applications can be found on that website. Applications are due by Jan 5, 2013.

Questions: Contact Ken Montgomery at (949) 857-1478 or kentennis@cox.net.