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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 1
1/10/2014




Book Publishing

The California Writers Club of Long Beach presents “What I wish I had known before my book was published” on Saturday, January 11, 3-5 p.m. (networking starts at 2:30) at the Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. Speaker Marcia Lee Harris wrote “Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach’s Inspirational Firebrand,” which was published in January 2013 and tells how Fanny -- the last daughter born to Jotham Bixby, the “Father of Long Beach” -- served on the Long Beach police force and was America’s first policewoman.
For information see www.calwriterslongbeach.org.

Republican Mixer

Wednesday, January 15, the Long Beach Area Republican Party is holding an “energizing your Republican Party” mixer at the Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave., Long Beach, 6-8 p.m. Meet and visit with the candidates running for city, county and state offices and enjoy a fun evening. $5 donation and there will be light refreshments. RSVP’s are required to (562) 424-1246 or email info@longbeachrepublicans.org.

Audubon Society

The Jan. 16 meeting at 7:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St., will feature Jon Feenstra, who will present photographic tour of birds found in Ecuador, a birding destination that is difficult to rival, from the Turquoise Jay to the world’s longest and shortest billed hummingbirds.

Raised in the Appalachian ridges of northwestern New Jersey, Jon Feenstra’s playground was the outdoors. When not traveling the country or the world, Jon lives in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and works as a free-lance ecological consultant. He volunteers for the Pasadena Society, has served on the board of directors of Western Field Ornithologists, leads many of Southern California’s pelagic trips, and has contributed to several publications on terrestrial and pelagic bird distribution.”

Grandparents Day

This meaningful event at The Hebrew Academy on Thursday Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is an intergenerational experience for the children to connect the past with the future on a personal basis and give the families and community a first-hand glimpse at the advanced and engaging academic program at the Hebrew Academy. We are seeking ‘adoptive’ grandparents in the community to stand in for the children whose grandparents live too distant to attend or have no living grandparents .

We urge senior community members especially in Leisure World to contact us if you are interested to volunteer for the day. Info: Nicole Levy-gray, Nlevygray@hacds.org, (215) 808-0776.

Free Artist Talk

Discover the inspiration behind the art work of Frank E. Cummings III as the Long Beach Museum of Art will host its free Artist Talk entitled The Creative Process on Thursday, Jan. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Oceanview Gallery. Cummings will be sharing his thoughts that spark his imagination, and showing images of his work that are in other collections. After the lecture Cummings will tour the exhibition and answer questions. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call (562) 439-2119.

Hearing Devices

Free hands-on display of devices that help with hearing difficulties. Includes information on how they work and where they can be purchased. New item is bone conduction earphones to use during walking, jogging, cycling - no obstruction to your ear canal. Presented by the Hearing Loss Association of America, Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter, 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Jan. 17, at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood. Information: (562) 630-6141.

Blood Pressure Class

Mobül, the new home mobility store in Long Beach, will offer its next class at its very own Mobül University on the ABC’s of High Blood Pressure, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. Find out about the numbers, symptoms, causes, and risk factors associated with high blood pressure. Learn how high blood pressure is diagnosed, complications, treatments involved with high blood pressure, and lifestyle choices that may help decrease the chance of high blood pressure.

Carol Hahn is a Registered Nurse, Certified Personal Trainer, and a Yoga Teacher. She works with older people in the community to help them with their balance, flexibility, and quality of life. She serves as Director of Education at ALLPOINT Home Health. The class is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Call Mobül (562) 343-7333 to reserve your spot.

Brain Fitness Courses

Long Beach City College Lifetime Learning Center is offering two unique brain fitness courses, Brain Tune-Up and Brain HQ. The first 2014 courses start Monday, Feb. 3 through Monday, Mar. 3 at the reduced fee of $35 per course; parking is $1 per class day. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LBCC Lifetime Learning Center (FF108), 1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Contact Beverly Norberg: (562) 938-3047; bnorberg@lbcc.edu for more information or to register. This brain fitness program is funded in part by the Archstone Foundation.

Diabetes Support

The Outpatient Diabetes Clinic at Long Beach Memorial offers a support group for adults with diabetes that desire support and interaction with peers on a variety of diabetes-related topics. Meetings are on the fourth Monday of each month, 6 - 7:30 p.m., at the Diabetes Clinic (Outpatient), 2nd Floor, Suite 210
2840 Long Beach Blvd. Significant others are welcome. This support group is free. Call (562) 933-8681 for more information.

MarketPlace Marsh

Learn how the remaining wetlands in Long Beach/Seal Beach are being acquired and restored. Ecologists will lead a nature walk on Saturday, Feb. 1, through a 33-acre parcel acquired in 2010 through a land-swap. Walk among the freshwater marsh habitat, which was created by water runoff from the Market Place Shopping Center. The two-hour walk begins at 8 a.m. 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 February 1st nature walk, contact Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net.

ScotsFestival

The Queen Mary presents the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXI on February 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests will catch a glimpse of Scotland’s rich culture by watching world champions compete for reigning titles, or testing their own might and skill during novice demonstrations and contests.
Tickets to ScotsFestival start at $8 online ($12 at the door) for guests age 4-11 and $18 online ($22 at the door) for guests age 12+. Hotel packages are also available. Visit http://queenmary.com/scotsfestival/ for more details and to purchase tickets online.