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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 2
1/24/2014




Water Less

Although it has been unseasonably warm and dry, the Long Beach Water Department recommends to water landscapes at only 40% of what we would in the summer. The reasons for this are (1) many plants such as grass are dormant or semi-dormant, and (2) because the amount of sunlight (which triggers photosynthesis, turning the plants little factoring on and off) is much less than in the summer. Both these factors reduce plants’ need for water.

Looking ahead, there is little or no chance of rain over the next 10 days, with daily high temperatures in the mid-70s to low 80s. Thank you for conserving water.

Lunafest Film Festival

Nine award-winning films by, for and about women will be presented at Lunafest, a benefit film festival hosted by the Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB). The festival will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Art Theatre in Long Beach, 2025 East 4th St. There will be two showings: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lunafest films are selected from more than 800 submitted annually by talented women filmmakers. This year’s stories range from competitive basketball-playing grandmothers in their seventies to an animated tale about learning to love your changing body. Others offer a look inside the world of co-ed high school wrestling and an exploration of the ups and downs of blind dating. More information about this year’s films is available at www.lunafest.org.

Matinee tickets are $25. Gala celebration tickets are $45. Visit www.jllb.org/lunafest, email jllblunafest@gmail.com, or call (626) 394-9344 to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor.

Girl’s Self Esteem

Fifth-grade girls interested in becoming happy, confident, strong decision-makers are invited to the no-cost, Especially Me! event offered by the Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB) on Saturday, February 1, from 8:30-3:30 at LB Polytechnic High School, 1600 Atlantic Avenue.

This is an interactive workshop specifically designed to teach girls the skills they need to be happy and confident, to make good decisions, to be assertive, to express themselves and to have a strong sense of self. In small, interactive classes with discussions and crafts, trained JLLB volunteers will cover age-appropriate topics including self-esteem, puberty, nutrition, positive body image, good decision-making, assertiveness and goal-setting. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, as well as a short physical activity.

Registration is required by January 28. Further information about the program and registration go to www.jllb.org. Information is also available from school counselors.

Fun Run

Super Kids 5K and Fun Run on Feb. 1 is an event supported by the University of California, Irvine/Children’s Hospital of Orange County Pediatrics Residents and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach to raise awareness about childhood obesity, and promote a day of fitness and wellness, to go along with fun wellness activities, for people of all ages. Registration: 7 a.m.; 5K: 8:30 a.m.; Fun Run 9 a.m. Register online today at MillerChildrens.org/5k.

Adults Only

Please come to the 4th Annual “For the Love of the Arts” Fundraiser at the Reef Restaurant on Feb. 9. It’s a fun “adult only” evening with dinner, dancing and a silent auction. All proceeds from this event are donated directly to Millikan’s Arts Programs (choral, band, dance, drama, art, photography, etc.). Tickets are $25. Contact Mary Massich at (562) 201-0172 or mmassich@lbschools.net for ticket sales.

Chinese New Year

On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Long Beach - Qingdao Sister City Association, in partnership with the People’s Republic of China Consulate, Los Angeles; Long Beach Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; and the Orange County Bar Association, join together for Chinese New Year and the Celebration of the Spring Festival 2014 – the Year of the Horse, at the International City Center Masonic Lodge, 5155 East Pacific Coast Hwy, 4-7 p.m.

Members of each organization and the general public are invited to the LBQA’s 14th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The event is a family event and an opportunity for all to enjoy not only the wonderful tastes and culture of the country, but also participate in a program of Chinese tradition, magic, music, acrobats and history of China. Focused around the family, guests are encouraged to bring their children (under 10 are free of charge with parents), and dress in costume – a children’s activity corner will be provided. (Early-bird special before Jan. 31, adults $35, children 11-17 $15). For Chinese New Year event reservations and payment information, visit: www.lbqa.org or call David Zanatta at (562) 244-7644.

The Art of Love

Enjoy an evening of fine dining, dance and a romance-infused multi-media presentation by renowned speaker, Gregorio Luke on Friday, Feb. 14, from 6 p.m. to midnight, at the Museum of Latin American Art’s Valentine’s Dinner. The evening begins with a champagne reception and an intimate stroll through their galleries. Then enjoy an exquisite three course dinner with an aphro-disiac dessert. The evening includes the return of Gregorio Luke’s “Art of Love” show.

Ticket cost is $65-$75 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (562) 437-1689 or go to www.molaa.org.

Catalina Cleanup

The Catalina Island Conservancy’s 33rd Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup on Feb. 22 is one of the more unique events of the West Coast diving year. Tons of debris from the depths in previous harbor cleanups includes cell phones, signs, bottles, cans, motor parts, credit cards, cash, tires and tools.

For the second straight year, Lovers Cove joins the standard dive sites at Casino Point, Green Pier and Step Beach. Information and registration: catalinaconservancy.org.