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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 9
5/2/2014




Retro Ramble

Retro Row is hosting one its most popular fun-filled events on Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on 4th Street, between Temple and Hermosa Avenues. Its semi-annual sidewalk sale, now dubbed Retro Ramble, includes a vintage van show, street musicians, free trolley service and event T-Shirts.

With its 50-plus locally owned vintage and trend-setting shops, coffeehouses, wine bars, and artisan-inspired restaurants, Retro Row is where the vibrancy and creative spirit of Long Beach lives! Shop Retro Ramble for bargains on items ranging from furnishings, accessories and fashion (for kids and adults) from vintage to hip contemporary. You’ll find surf and skate gear, gifts, one-of-a kind tchotchkes, art framing, books, vinyl, CDs and more.

And you can make a day of it! Grab lunch or dinner at any of the eateries along the street, which offers organic Vietnamese, authentic Mexican and Greek, upscale Peruvian, artisan pasta and pub fare as well as handcrafted gourmet coffee and sandwiches and boutique wine & gourmet snacks.

Doc Shredding

Free document shredding and e-waste disposal is available on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring all your sensitive documents for safe, on-site shredding by trustworthy Sergeant Shredder Inc. There is no charge but don’t hesitate to make a small donation.

Electronic waste is a great way to clean out and bring money to the Stanford PTA at the same time. Anything that at one time had a cord is accepted. Computer hard drives can be wiped clean upon request. We are taking batteries, but no light bulbs please.

Free refreshments and prizes! Event organized by local Realtor Michele K as way to raise funds for the ever exciting Middle School Jeopardy Tournament. For more information visit www.ShredByMichele.com

Writers Meeting

The California Writers Club of Long Beach presents “Bridget Jones meets William Shakespeare” on Saturday, May 10, 3-5 p.m. (Networking starts at 2:30) at the Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 E. Britton Drive. Speaker Lian Dolan is a writer and broadcaster who hosts “Satellite Sisters,” the top-rated podcast for women online, and “The Chaos Chronicles” about modern motherhood. Her latest best-selling novel is “Elizabeth the First Wife.”

Started in 1909, California Writers Club is a non-profit organization. Info: calwriterslongbeach.org or email info@calwriterslongbeach.org.

Musical Fundraiser

Looking for somewhere to take your mom or grandmother on Mothers Day weekend? Bixby Elementary School is collaborating with Stearns Musical Theatre and producing a Mothers Day musical and fundraiser for the school. The show will be about women and their journey through life, set to songs such as “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Grease,” “Welcome to the 60s” and much more with the help of 25 Bixby Elementary School children learning the skills of musical theater.
Shows are May 9 at 7 p.m. and May 10 at 2 and 7 p.m. Donation is $10 with children under three free at the Bixby Auditorium, 5250 E. Stearns St. Tickets can be purchased online at the bixbypta.com website or call (562) 716-6829 for ticket and show information.

Streetcar Desire

On Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m., the El Dorado Neighborhood Library will host an LA Opera Lecture Series featuring the opera, A Streetcar Named Desire. This program is part of the LA Opera Lecture Series providing insightful talks on opera’s history, literature, philosophy and fine arts. For more information on this program or other El Dorado Library Services, call (562) 570-3136.

Stroke Awareness

Join Long Beach Memorial and the Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation to learn the risk factors and warning signs associated with stroke, as well as prevention methods on Wednesday, May 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. Free carotid artery, cholesterol/glucose and blood pressure screenings available.

Visit rthfoundation.org or call (888) 794-9466 to register.

The Success Network

George L. Jackson, founder and CEO of Prosenergy, will talk about “How To Ignite Sales Using Social Media, Even If You’ve Never Done Social Media” at The Success Network’s next meeting on Wednesday, May 14, 7:30-9 a.m. at Roots Gourmet in The MarketPlace, 6473 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Membership is not required. The Success Network is a unique networking event for people who seek an opportunity to build relationships through professional connections, a positive attitude and a personal touch. George L. Jackson is CEO/Founder of Prosenergy in Long Beach. He is a marketing professional who helps local business owners attract and retain ideal customers, and dramatically boost profits.

Republican BBQ

Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, will be the guest speaker at the Long Beach Area Republican Party Annual BBQ on Thursday, May 15. Also speaking will be Republican gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari. Other candidates to speak include John Goya, State Assembly 70th and Andy Whallon, Congressional 47th.

The event is 6-8 p.m. at El Dorado Golf Course, 2400 N. Studebaker Road. Cost is $50. RSVP is required: longbeachrepublicans.org or call (562) 424-1246.

Sing Out Loud

Do you have a golden voice? If so, you may consider participating in “Sing Out Loud,” an eight-week competition sponsored by Alegria Cocina Latina. Budding singers will vie for a top prize of $1,000 and a contract to perform at the downtown restaurant.

Held each Wednesday evening until May 28, starting at 9 p.m., contestants are invited to open mic nights where they may sing their favorite songs karaoke-style. Then starting in June, semifinalists will be invited back on subsequent Wednesdays to sing before a panel of judges. Finally, on Wednesday, July 2, the finalists will be invited back to the final round of competition where the winner will be announced. All finalists will receive restaurant gift cards.

Alegria is located at 115 North Pine Avenue. For more information call (562) 436-3388 or visit www.alegriacocinalatina.com.

Heart Games Relay

In support of the Center for Women’s Cardiac Health & Research at Long Beach Memorial, Heels for Hearts will host its first Heart Games Obstacle Relay on Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m.-noon at Alfredo’s Beach Club, 5101 E. Ocean Blvd. . The relay will promote heart health as contestants get their heart rates up while being active in a friendly relay race competition.

Teams of four may participate in beginner, intermediate or advanced challenges.

$100 per team. A heart healthy breakfast and lunch is included. Call (562) 933-1955 to register.

Genealogical Meeting

Questing Heirs Genealogical Society is holding its monthly meeting on Sunday May 18, 1 p.m. at the Resurrection Lutheran Church Parrish Hall, 1900 E. Carson St.

Alice Colby Volkert will speak about “Finding Hidden Ancestors.”

Info: www.qhgs.info or call Liz Myers at (562) 598-3027.

Gala for Disabled

Local attorney Jennifer Sawday is chairing the second annual gala for Arts and Services for the Disabled on June 14, 2014, at MOLAA. ASD is a local organization that has been serving disabled adults with music and art therapy located just north of the traffic circle on PCH. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or learn more, email Jennifer at jsawday@tldlaw.com.

Mobility Initiative

Mobül, the home mobility store in the Los Altos MarketCenter on Bellflower Blvd., rolls out “The Mobility Initiative.” From May through August, Mobül will offer special discounts, demonstrations and events surrounding its plan to help people become more active. Each month will focus on a different way to keep moving.

May: Scooters
June: Wheelchairs and Transport chairs
July: Rollators and Walkers
August: Orthopedic and Exercise Equipment.