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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 22
11/1/2013




LB Wetlands

Learn about the remaining wetlands in Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 2, 8-10 a.m. Ecologists will lead a walk in the wetlands. Learn how the wetlands are being acquired and restored. Learn how businesses co-exist with and impact the wetlands. See some of the many creatures that thrive in the wetlands. 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, contact Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net.

Shine a Light

November is lung cancer awareness month, and the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, 2810 Long Beach Blvd., at Long Beach Memorial is sponsoring Long Beach’s “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” event on Sunday, Nov. 3, 4-5:30 p.m. – providing a voice for the millions impacted by lung cancer. Dr. Mariusz Wirga, medical director, Psychosocial Oncology, Long Beach Memorial and a patient in the Lung Cancer program at Long Beach Memorial will be the key speakers at the event.

All participants will receive a glow stick to commemorate Lung Cancer Awareness Month and will place their glow sticks in a giant ribbon formation in honor of those touched by lung cancer and spread awareness. A special tour of the new Todd Cancer Pavilion will begin at 4 p.m.

Holiday Faire

The Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary will hold its annual Holiday Faire on Monday, Nov. 4 and Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Houssels Forum. Community members are invited to participate in a silent auction, purchase tickets for a gift basket raffle and buy pastries from a bake sale. More than 60 vendors will have items available for sale, including clothing, jewelry, toys, candles, beauty products and more. Proceeds benefit patients and families of Miller Children’s.

For more information, call Gloria Villalobos at (562) 933-1668 or email GVillalobos@memorialcare.org.

White Sharks

Professor Christopher G. Lowe, director of CSULB’s Shark Lab, and Manny Ezcurra, associate curator of elasmobranchs (sharks, rays and related fishes) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, both CSULB alumni, are among marine biologists collaborating to learn more about where young sharks live and how they survive in the region’s urban ocean environment. As part of the university’s Homecoming Week events, Lowe and Ezcurra will discuss their work at the next CSULB College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) Fellows Colloquium Tuesday, Nov. 5, at The Pointe in the university’s Walter Pyramid.

The event is open and free to the public and begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required by visiting www.beach-biology.com or calling (562) 985-7446.

Oldest Living Trees

Barely over 200 miles from Los Angeles, in California’s White Mountains grow the two oldest known trees in the world. There’s Methuselah, at 4,845 years of age, the junior of the two. The other, unnamed as of yet, is 5,062 years. They are part of the state’s Bristlecone Pine Forest, a collection of gnarled, wind-sculpted trees that are the oldest trees in the world. They inhabit some of the least hospitable terrain in all the Sierras, where they range as high as 11,000 feet.

On Nov. 6 Dr. Gil Thibault will share his expert knowledge of the Bristlecone Pines in a Sierra Club presentation that includes his award-winning photography. The meeting is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E. Willow St.

Asian Culture

In China, people celebrate the Moon Festival. In Japan, regional harvest festivals, or matsuri, are held. Chuseok is the traditional Korean fall festival. Celebrate the magic of fall through the arts, cuisines, and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s eleventh annual Autumn Festival. Held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this festival offers a weekend of diverse learning opportunities and family entertainment.

Autumn Festival is included with general admission – $25.95 adult (12+), $22.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11) and free for children under age 3 and aquarium members. Info: www.aquariumofpacific.org.

Republican Women

Republican Party of Los Angeles County Executive Director Jason Maruca will address topics: “Connecting to the Republican Party. What is Central Committee? How are members elected? How does the Central Committee and the Republican Party of Los Angeles County fit into the Republican Party as a whole?” on Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lakewood Country Club. Men and not-yet members are welcome. Cost is $15 for the meeting, which includes a buffet breakfast. RSVP tinamthompson@hotmail.com or call (562) 260-5601.

Long Beach Republican Women Federated has 150 members and 20 associate members. They celebrate 60 years of developing trained activists and community leaders this December.

Bands Compete

Outstanding high school marching bands from throughout California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon will compete in one of the nation’s most prominent championships, Music for All’s Bands of America Regional Championship in Long Beach at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

The championship event will feature 15 high school marching bands in the preliminary competition and the top 10 bands will advance to the evening finals competition, starting at 6:30 p.m., which will ultimately name the Regional Champion. Ticketing and schedule information is available online at musicforall.org or by calling (800) 828-2263. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Standard general admission is $14 for preliminaries or finals, or $22 for both.

Dogs with Cancer

Partnering with the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF), Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) will host the 7th Annual VPI K9K Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday, Nov. 9, 9-11 a.m., to raise funds for pet cancer research, the number one disease-related killer of dogs in the United States. The walk will feature a fun-filled 3K (1.8 miles) walk for both pets and people.

Registrants for the VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk receive entry to the K9K, a commemorative T-shirt, a bandanna for their pooch, and other post-event refreshments/snacks. For more information or to register, visit VPIK9KLongBeach.com.

Heart Walk

Join the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial at the American Heart Association’s Long Beach Heart Walk on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Village Dr. & Linden Ave. Money raised from the event will help fight cardiovascular disease and stroke. New teammates are welcome! To join a Long Beach Memorial team, visit LongBeachHeartWalk.org.

Memory and Hope

Join Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7-8 p.m. in honoring those that have passed away. We encourage you to bring one memento or photo of your loved one to the service. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. at Houssels Forum, 2801 Atlantic Ave. For info call (562) 933-1450.

Youth of the Year

Three Long Beach teens will compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach Youth of the Year at a dinner on Nov. 14. The event, held at 6 p.m. at The Grand, allows the youths to share their stories of overcoming obstacles and achieving success with the help of the Boys & Girls Clubs. The local candidates are: high school seniors Savajae Bolds, 17, Cabrillo High School; Leigh Graham, 17, Jordan High School and Metita Tuileata, 17, Jordan High School.

The evening’s winner will go on to compete on the state level and could proceed to the regional level. Ultimately, five regional winners contend for the title of National Youth of the Year. The event also will honor Cheryl Fox and the Ackerman Family for their outstanding service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach. Tickets at $100 each can be purchased online at www.bgclublb.org.

Young Professionals

The Young Professionals Association (YPA) is looking for members under the age of 55 to help lend philanthropic support and engage community members in the needs of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Programs and activities are fun, social and designed for the lifestyle of younger professionals wanting to give back to their community. Their next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Info: Kari Cho at (562) 933-1670 or kcho@memorialcare.org.

Brain Fitness Classes

LBCC Lifelong Learning Center is the only place in the greater Long Beach area offering two unique Posit Science computer-based brain fitness classes, Brain Tune-Up and Brain HQ. No prior computer knowledge is necessary. An instructor will be present to assist you.

Classes are offered each month on Mondays and Wednesdays at Long Beach City College, Lifetime Learning Center - FF108, 1305 East Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90806. To register or get more information, please contact Beverly Norberg at (562) 938-3047 or at bnorberg@lbcc.edu. The price per class is $40; $1 parking fee/day.