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From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 16

Spirit of ‘45

A 6-foot replica of the famous Seward Johnson sculpture depicting the famous “Times Square kiss” has been transported to the USS Iowa to continue the tradition of promoting public awareness about National Spirit of ’45 Day. The Spirit of ’45 “statue” is a national symbol of the importance of assuring that returning veterans from every era receive the recognition and support they deserve for their service, especially those who made exceptional sacrifices defending our country.

Once again, the community of Long Beach will be honoring these great heroes of war, their families, the USS Iowa and the great iconic Queen Mary. This year’s local events take place over two days: Saturday, Aug. 10, at the USS Iowa in San Pedro, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Queen Mary, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (For specific information on the Day’s activities, please visit

‘Flipping Houses’

California Flipping Network will present a free two-hour workshop for beginning investors and realtors on how to get started finding, fixing, and flipping houses. Featured speaker will be Lloyd Segal, author of “Flipping Houses.” Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. Reservations are required. To register visit, or call (310) 379-0101.

Greek Celebration

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church at 5761 E. Colorado St. is observing a two-day “Panagia” celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. in recognition of the Virgin Mary, for whom the church is named.

After services are completed a Lenten Reception will follow in the Betty Reckus Cultural Center. All are invited to attend, including the Thursday luncheon in the Cultural Center. After this celebration the grounds will turn into a typical Greek Village as they prepare for the annual “64th Greek Festival” on Labor Day Weekend.

SAS Fundraiser

The Loft on Broadway (3300 block) will be holding a fundraiser on Aug. 15 from 4 to 9 p.m. for Sarah, who is fighting Leukemia. The event is called SAS, which stands for Strength Around Sarah. All proceeds will go to the family to help them with medical bills and anything they may need to bring their daughter home. She is still living in the hospital due to black mold found in the house.
That night’s proceeds will go to the family directly from a silent auction, raffles, bake sale, haircuts, mini facials, mini massages, and food trucks.

MADD Vigil

Mothers Against Drunk Driving invites you to attend the 2013 Victim/Survivor tribute Honoring the Past, Creating Hope for the Future Candlelight Vigil. While fostering hope, the 2013 Victim/Survivor Tribute serves as a time of reflection to remember and honor those who have been killed or injured in impaired driving crashes.

They encourage all family, friends, neighbors and community members to come out and support this event on Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m. at the Belmont Plaza Pool, 4000 E. Olympic Plaza (Vigil by Ocean & Granada on the beach. Free metered parking after 6 p.m.) R.S.V.P. by Aug. 12: (310) 215-2905 or

Jackrabbit Alert

The Poly High Class of 1963 is gathering for their 50th reunion on Saturday evening, August 24, at the Long Beach Marriott. They need to locate those who are still wandering around LB, “searching for Grisinger’s and The Hutch.” Will you help bring them back to the Quad? Want to come? Call (714) 826-8310 and leave a message.

Prayer Breakfast

The 31st annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast will present its Emerging and Community Leader awards at its September 19 event. The Long Beach Rescue Mission hosts the annual event, which takes place at The Hyatt on Sept. 19 at 7:15 a.m. The program ends promptly at 9 a.m. Individual tickets are $40; a table of 10 is $400. Sponsorships are also available and may be tax deductible. Order online at: or call (562) 591-1292.