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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 4

Docent Training

Get involved in your community, learn about local history, meet new friends and enhance your public speaking skills as a member of Rancho Los Cerritos’ upcoming docent-training class. History enthusiasts will learn about the rancho and early California history, then give tours one afternoon per month to visitors from near and far. Training for house docents (tour guides) begins Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:30-9 p.m. and continues for ten weeks; there is no charge. For more information, call (562) 570-1755.

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern, urban society it is today.

Ethics Seminar

Mohamed El-Erian will be the featured speaker at the Living Ethics Every Day breakfast seminar from 7:15 to 9:45 a.m. on Feb. 27 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. His talk is entitled “Unleashing the Transformative Power of Ethics in Finance.” El-Erian is CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO, a global investment management firm and one of the world’s largest bond investors. The seminar will also feature a panel discussion about real-life ethical challenges faced by business leaders. Panelists include Michelle Wroan, an audit partner at KPMG LLP, and Aaron Beam, providing an insider’s look at the collapse of HealthSouth Corporation and white-collar crime.

This annual seminar is offered by the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach. Cost for the seminar and breakfast is $50 for individuals. Online registration is available at For more information, contact Samantha Cardenas at or (562) 432-7830 or Jane Roeder at or (562) 985-8600.

Heritage 2014 Awards

The 26th Annual Long Beach Heritage preservation awards, gala and fundraiser will be held in the Grand Salon on the RMS Queen Mary on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $120 per person. Call (562) 493-7019 or visit to order via PayPal.

Free Tax Help

Accounting majors at Cal State Long Beach are offering free income tax preparation for students and members of the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which runs through Friday, March 28, at the university. Offering free e-filing for federal and state tax returns, VITA is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide income tax assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals, the handicapped, the elderly and limited English proficient individuals.

The program gives student volunteers valuable experience that can further help them to attain full-time employment in the accounting field. There are limitations to those who can use the service, however. VITA program volunteers do not prepare business tax returns, and they do not do itemized returns. In addition, the CSULB program can only assist those who made $51,567 or less in 2013. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, e-mail

Turtle Trek

Ecologists will lead a walk of the Los Cerritos Wetlands on Saturday, March 1, 8-10 a.m. This family-friendly nature hike will go through salt marshes to the San Gabriel River in search of a glimpse of the sea turtles. Recent rains have brought fresh growth, making this a perfect time of year to visit the wetlands. The tour begins at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 1st Street, just at the border of Long Beach and Seal Beach. There is ample parking. The hike is appropriate for ages seven and up.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Elizabeth at Learn more about the wetlands at

Blood Drive

Help save lives by donating blood through the American Red Cross. Los Altos United Methodist Church offers its facility for a blood drive on Sunday, March 2 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the church lounge. The church is located at 5950 E. Willow St. (corner of Willow and Woodruff.) Sign up online at and type in sponsor code: LAUMC or contact the church at (562) 598-2451 for additional information.

Land of Many

Rancho Los Cerritos’ 2014 lecture series, “California – A Land of Many: The Immigrant Experience & Its Legacy,” focuses on the legacy of key immigrant groups in 19th century California — Spaniards, Mexicans, Chinese, and those who came from many lands in search of California gold.

The next lecture is on Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. with the screening of “Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)” – Episode I of the PBS Documentary Series on Latino Americans, followed by Q&A with Professor Vicki L. Ruiz, Department of History, University of California at Irvine.

Rummage Sale

The public is invited to shop for great finds and delightful treasures at a large rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will be located in the parking lot of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St. Proceeds benefit Rising TIDE at Marguerite Kiefer Education Center.

Individuals wanting to purchase their own sales space at the rummage sale may do so by pre-registering at (562) 437-0958, ext 25 and paying a fee of $20 by Thursday, March 6. Donations of articles are welcome and will be accepted through Wednesday, March 5. Please drop off clean and usable clothing, toys, household items, etc., at the center.

Woofs & Wishes

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is hosting its 6th annual Wines Woofs & Wishes Wine and Cheese Tasting Extravaganza on Sunday, March 9 at L’Opera Ristorante, 101 Pine Avenue in Long Beach. Enjoy an amazing wine adventure while meeting new friends and helping our orphan German Shepherds. GSROC rescues and finds good homes for approximately 400 dogs every year. Contact for more details.

Annual Golf Open

Long Beach Day Nursery announced that its 10th annual golf tournament will be held at Palos Verdes Golf Club on Monday, March 17. Shotgun start is at 12 p.m. with registration opening at 10 a.m. A box lunch will be provided on each cart and there will be a 19th hole reception with a dinner in the clubhouse. The cost per player is $250.

For more information, contact Traci Glassock, at (562) 591-0509, ext. 112 or