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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 9
5/3/2013




Wetlands Wildlife Walk

At 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, two ecologists will lead a nature walk through the Long Beach wetlands. Many creatures reside in the wetlands. Sea eagles hunt for fish. An owl makes his home in the ground. Frogs appear in the spring. A group of sea turtles has taken up residence where the Haynes Power Plant discharges warm water into the San Gabriel River. Learn about and look for the creatures of our wetlands.

This two-hour hike is appropriate for ages 7 and above. Park on the inland side of the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 1st St., at the border of Long Beach and Seal Beach. RSVP to Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net.

Membership Garden Party

Member Jean Aldrich’s El Dorado Park Estates home will be the gathering venue for members and guests of the Long Beach branch of American Association of University Women on May 4, 2-4 p.m. Displays and information from the task force teams and interest groups like Tech Trek, STEM, Great Decisions, Legal Advocacy, Education funds, and Public Policy will be available.

For more information, call Margy Arthur at (562) 799-8479. AAUW Membership is open to those with an AA degree or higher. To learn more about membership in AAUW, please go to www.aauw-longbeach.org.

Free Writers Event

California Writers Club of Long Beach presents “The Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself-Publishing” (and how to avoid them!) on Saturday, May 11, 3-5 p.m. (Networking starts at 2:30) at the Los Al-tos Branch Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. Speaker Tom Underhill is a veteran printer, custom publisher and founder of Creative Continuum.

All writers and the public are welcome. For info, visit www.calwriterslongbeach.org.

Rancho Event

On May 19, celebrated actress and native Southern Californian, Diane Keaton will be at Rancho Los Alamitos with her award-winning co-author, D.J. Waldie, to sign their latest book, House, and their previous work, California Romantica. Guests have the opportunity to attend a private reception and book signing in the Rancho Center 11 a.m. with an admission price of $150 per person or the general book signing from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. which will be free with the book purchase from the Rancho’s Gift Shop or from the Rancho’s website.

From 11 a.m. – noon, guests who pay $150 will enjoy a private reception with food and drink, a casual conversation between Diane Keaton and D.J. Waldie, and book signing in the Rancho Center. Reception guests will receive a complimentary copy of House or California Romantica and complimentary onsite valet parking. Reservations for both the private reception and the general book signing may be made by calling The Rancho at (562) 431-3541 or online at www.rancholosalamitos.org.

30 Years Proud

1983 marked that year of the inaugural Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival – a feat that was, undoubtedly, the spark of a tradition that now brings over 80,000 revelers every year. Fes-tivities this year are May 18 and 19, with the theme “30 Years Proud!”

The centerpieces of Pride are the festival, which spans both days, and the parade, which occurs on Sunday morning along Ocean Boulevard. Info: www.longbeachpride.com.

Dance Team #1

The Wilson High School Advanced Dance Team won first place in their division at the Sharp National Dance & Cheer Competition in Las Vegas, where they competed against other top dance teams in the nation. The 37-member dance team competed in a number of dance categories including Jazz and Lyrical. Dancers: Courtney Goffney, Amanda Nakasuji and Claire Schulte also won individual awards for “Best Leaps & Turns” “Highest Kicks” and “Best Toe Touches.”

The team is headed by Michele Mehler-Jusionis who has been running the dance department for nearly 10 years. The final dance concert of the year is May 23 and 24 at the Wilson Auditorium.

Auditions for next year’s dance department are scheduled for May 9 (beginning dancers with no prior dance experience.) June 3-4 for intermediate, and June 6-7 for advanced/intermediate. For more information, visit www.lbwilsondance.weebly.com.

Early Long Beach

On May 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. Gerrie Schipske will discuss her book,
Early Long Beach, and the natural assets, the people and the events that shaped the first fifty years of history in Long Beach, California, her native city. She will cover its residents, from the Tongva people to the Spanish, to real estate speculators; its history as a resort area, a landing strip for early aviators, a fishing in-dustry site, a port for shipbuilding and trade, and a location for the United States Navy to anchor its fleet in 1919; the discovery of oil in 1921 and its role in the Southern California war effort after 1938. Located at the Aquarium of the Pacific, cost is $5 for the public. For info and tickets call (562) 590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

Tell Me, Doc

Community Hospital’s Behavioral Health Program team is kicking off a free quarterly health information series Tell Me, Doc on Friday, May 17, from 11:30 am to 1 p.m.. A light lunch will be provided at the hospital’s auditorium at 1720 Termino Ave. with plenty of free parking.

You’ll learn about the hospital’s: (1) inpatient geriatric psychiatry program, (2) partial hospitalization treatment, (3) outpatient behavioral health clinic, (4) newly opened perinatal mood-anxiety disorder program, (5) 24-hour Behavioral Health Hot Line at (855) 245-2443. RSVP to Pamela Dingwell by May 15: (562) 494-0576 or email Pdingwell@memorialcare.org.

Pacific Islander Festival

Discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands through traditional craft demonstrations, ethnic cuisine, educational programs, storytelling, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. The 10th annual Pacific Islander Festival will feature various cultures, including Hawaiian, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tahitian, Samoan, Tokelau, Tongan and Maori at the Aquarium of the Pacific on June 1 and 2 at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Costs for general admission are $25.95 per adult, $22.95 for seniors, $14.95 for children and free for kids ages 3 and under. For info and tickets call (562) 590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.