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Community News

Community News

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 12

Sand Sculpture Contest

Rotaract Long Beach is seeking sponsors for the 82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest, a free, two-day community festival featuring professional and amateur sand sculpting, arts and crafts, live music and more. This year’s event will take place on August 16-17 at Granada Beach. All event proceeds raised will benefit the Long Beach Library Foundation.

The Great Sand Sculpture Contest is a Long Beach tradition and one of the city’s most popular summer events. The past several years, more than 10,000 people attended the contest, raising more than $6,500 for various community organizations. Seven internationally recognized professional sand sculptors will construct the centerpiece of this year’s contest, projecting to attract even more community participants and attendees.

Rotaract is seeking day-of sponsorships and in-kind donations from area businesses and vendors. A number of sponsorship levels are available to help offset the costs of the event, staffed entirely by volunteers, generating funds for the Library Foundation. To see all sponsorship, vendor opportunities or register a team, sign up at or contact Rotaract Long Beach at

Super Volunteers

Do you and/or your friends volunteer your time to help others? If so, they may be among the five honorees who will be recognized as “Super Volunteers” at the grand opening of the “rebooted” Alegria in downtown Long Beach on Friday, June 20, 5:30-7 p.m. The event will be held the Latin-themed eatery on Pine Avenue that is under new ownership.

To be considered, simply write a brief description why your “Super Volunteer” deserved the honor and email it to no later than Monday, June 16.

Those selected and their friends and family will be invited as guests of honor at the grand opening on June 20 and receive a $100 gift card to Alegria. Super Volunteers must either live, work or volunteer in Long Beach to be considered. For more information, call (562) 491-1000.

Chancellor on TV Show

Timothy P. White, Chancellor of the 23-campus California State University System, will be the guest on the next edition of Straight Talk. He joins host Art Levine to discuss the challenges facing public higher education and describes the focus on access, graduation rates and student success and the pressing need for additional state funding. CSU is the largest four-year public higher education system in the world, with more than 400,000 students.

The show will air in Long Beach and 40 surrounding cities on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on LBTV 3 and FiOS 21 and at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Charter Channel 101. It will be repeated the following weekend at the same times.
The shows are also viewable on demand at and on YouTube and iTunes.

Stroke Awareness

Join Long Beach Memorial and the Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation to learn about the relationship between atrial fibrillation and stroke, as well as how to prevent the possibility of a stroke on Wednesday, June 25, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. Free cholesterol/glucose and blood pressure screenings available. Visit or call (888) 794-9466 to register.