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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 20
10/4/2013




Oktoberfest in Park
Friends of Pathways’ 17th annual fundraiser will be held in the Park Estates neighborhood on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. With the theme of “Oktoberfest in the Park,” the event will raise funds to support the young women enrolled in the Pathways to Independence program.
Guests will feast on delicious food from over 30 of the finest restaurants in Long Beach while enjoying wonderful wines, cold beer and a special event cocktail. Attendees are invited to bid on amazing silent and live auction items to further support the cause. A live band featuring genuine German Oompah music, and a DJ spinning all the latest hits will keep the party going. Raffle tickets are also available with prizes; winners need not be present to win. For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, visit www.pathwaystoindependence.org.

Free Health Fair
A free community health fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tri-City Regional Medical Center, 21530 Pioneer Blvd. in Hawaiian Gardens. The event offers many free health screenings such as blood pressure, podiatry, stroke, diabetes, vision, bone density, asthma, pulmonary disease, acupuncture, colon cancer and orthopedic conditions. Free flu shots to first 250 guests upon request. Tri-City physicians will answer questions on health conditions.
Experts from Covered California will be present to answer questions on the Affordable Care Act and assist with enrollment. For more information call (562) 303-1100.

Nature Walk
Two ecologists will lead a free nature walk of the Los Cerritos Wetlands on Saturday, Oct. 5 8-10 a.m. See the channel providing tidal flow to and from the ocean. Learn how oil operations coexist with the wetlands. Stroll along a lovely walkway with native plants and educational placards. Park on the inland side of the intersection of Pacific Coast Hwy. and 1st St. RSVP Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net.

Free School Enrolling
“Neighbors teaching neighbors” is the driving vision for the new Long Beach Free School, which has opened enrollment for its second session. Prospective students can go to LBfreeschool.com to become members and enroll in classes. The six-week term of classes is scheduled to run from Oct. 6 through Nov. 17. Some of the classes include photography, public speaking, gardening, guerilla herbalism, upcycling, marine science, yoga, career development and more. For more information call (562) 287-4661.

GOP Mixer
The Long Beach Area Republican Party invites you to a mixer and social on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at Malarkey’s Grill, 168 N. Marina Dr. Meet the local candidates running in 2014 and enjoy complimentary appetizers. RSVP to michele@longbeachrepublicans.org or call (562) 424 1246.

COA Gala
Christian Outreach in Action, a non-denominational community organization, is having their 12th annual gala, Waves of Change, on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Reef Restaurant. The organization provides meals, clothing, furniture and groceries to nearly 8,000 homeless and poor families annually, as well as providing transitional housing for women and children.
The gala event will have music, a silent and live auction, appetizers, dinner in a beautiful setting for a great cause. For more information and tickets contact Virginia Cohn at (562) 597-1916 or email vsc2@verizon.net.

Free Writers Event
The California Writers Club of Long Beach celebrates Long Beach Arts Month, National Arts & Humanities Month and California Writers Week with “Three-Minute Stories – Open Mic” Club members and guests are invited to read from their original prose or poetry for three minutes on Saturday, Oct. 12, 3-5 p.m. (networking starts at 2:30) at the Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr.

Encore 2013
International City Theatre re-invents its annual black-tie fundraising extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 12, putting the focus on fun at the spectacular new Long Beach Arena. Guest emcee for the evening is Lacy Phillips (ICT’s smash hit production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’”) and live entertainment is by The Fabulous Temptations and The Dance Kings. Get ready for a night of dancing, a gourmet dinner, live auction, awards ceremony and dessert buffet. All proceeds go to support International City Theatre’s productions and outreach programs, including a free Saturday Family Theatre Series, Senior Outreach, Summer Youth Conservatory, Performing Arts and Classroom Teaching (PACT), Student to Stage and Internship Program.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom at the Long Beach Arena. Tickets are $185 - $250. For more info, call (562) 436-4610 or visit www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.

Kids’ Art Exhibition
Join Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach for “Artful Healing for Our Heroes.” The 6th annual pediatric patient art exhibition will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, 12–7 p.m. at Miller Children’s Pavilion, Conference Rooms A1 and A2. The free exhibition will feature the work of current and former Miller Children’s patients. An artist’s reception will be held 12-4 p.m. to celebrate the patients and their work.
A compiled art calendar will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to the Artful Healing Program at Miller Children’s – a program developed to help make the hospital experience a more positive one for children of all ages through distraction and coping techniques. For more information, contact Denise Clayton-Leonard at (562) 243-0170 or dclpaints@aol.com.

Genealogy Testing
Questing Heirs Genealogical Society is holding its monthly meeting on Sunday Oct. 20, 1 p.m. at the
Resurrection Lutheran Church Parrish Hall, 1900 E. Carson St. Presenting is Cele Moore on “Introduction to DNA Testing for Genealogy.” For more information call Liz Myers at (562) 598-3027 or visit www.ghgs.info.

Vendors Invited
Cubberley School is inviting neighborhood artisans, businesses, performers and classic car owners to take part in its 60th anniversary carnival, set for Friday, Oct. 25, 3-7 p.m. This year’s theme is “It’s Time to Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and organizers are planning an array of activities and food booths for an estimated 1,000 revelers. Plans include carnival games and food booths, a vendor boutique, classic car show, stage entertainment, a super inflatable zone and appearances by Elvis impersonators. Carnival proceeds benefit Cubberley’s classrooms, enrichment programs and sports groups.
Vendors can register by sending an e-mail to Carolyn Brooks at cbenbrooks@verizon.net. For more details on the carnival, to enter the car show or to provide 50s style entertainment, contact Elizabeth Powell at ecpowell6@verizon.net.

Spirit of Harvest
Rancho Los Alamitos celebrates the Spirit of the Harvest and a day of local history on Oct. 27, noon to 4:30 p.m. Bring the family for games, crafts, sheep shearing, antique farm equipment display, the annual Children’s Fall Harvest costume parade, and much more. Parking for this event will be at CSULB Lot 11A with free continuous, handicap accessible shuttle service. Free admission. For information, please visit rancholosalamitos.org or call the Rancho at (562) 431-3541.