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Around Town : December 6, 2007

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WANA Holiday Party
WANA, the lead Wrigley neighborhood group for Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane, is celebrating its first Christmas. Members of the public are invited to attend a holiday party tonight at 7 p.m. in the Jackie Robinson Academy Cafetorium located at 2750 Pine Avenue behind the Wrigley Marketplace. Admission and parking are free. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Firefighters Toy Drive and the Long Beach Police Department’s “Toy Patrol.” For more information contact Joan Greenwood at (562) 355-8679 or [email protected]

Community Hiking Trip
The Long Beach Group of the Sierra Club invites the public to join them Saturday, Dec. 8 for a hiking trip designed for beginners. The 5.5-mile hike begins at 9 a.m. near the recycling center at Cal State Long Beach. The route will travel along Winter Creek Trail from Chantry Flat picnic area to Hoegees campground. A packed lunch is recommended along with 2 quarts water and comfortable footwear.

Community Coffee with Rae Gabelich
Join 8th District Council Member Rae Gabelich Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at Avila’s El Ranchito. Gabelich, along with special guest Commander Billy Quach of the Long Beach Police Department, will host a Community Coffee, an informal discussion about issues affecting the community. Avila’s El Ranchito is located at 5345 Long Beach Boulevard in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 570-6685.

Chamber Holiday Party and Toy Drive
The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the holidays with a party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Signal Hill Community Center. The event will have a traditional turkey meal, a variety show, an opportunity drawing and a toy collection for the Salvation Army’s toy drive. The cost is $25 per person and an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army is encouraged. Reservations are required. To RSVP, contact John Elliot at (562) 773-1282 or at [email protected]

Grief Support Lecture
The Disabled Resource Center will host guest lecturer Diane Heesen from the New Hope Grief Support Community on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Disabled Resource Center is located at 2750 East Spring Street, Suite 100 in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 427-1000, ext. 23.

Hearing Loss Association Meeting
The Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will have a meeting Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. The support group offers education on coping skills and resources to help the hearing impaired. The HLAA meets monthly at the Weingart Senior Center, located at 5220 Olivia Avenue in Lakewood. For more information, call (562) 433-6509.

Christmas Caroling
A group will meet on the corner of Daisy and 20th Street Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. to go caroling throughout the Wrigley neighborhood. The get-together is hosted by the Wrigley Association, and residents are encouraged to attend. Song sheets will be provided. For additional information e-mail the Wrigley Association at wrigley [email protected]

Interactive Theatre for Kids
From now until Dec. 22, the Garage Theatre is hosting its 5th Annual melodrama “Long Beach is Sinking! or Hard Time is Easier Than a Life of Injustice” by Jamie Sweet. The production lets children and audience members participate in live theatre with set painting and tomato throwing. The melodrama is at 8 p.m. on Fridays and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets cost $10 general admission and $5 for children. The Garage Theatre is located at East 7th Street in Long Beach. For reservations, call (562) 433-8337 or visit

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Around Town : December 6, 2007