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Around Town : February 28, 2008

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Local events and happenings for the coming week

Kindergarten registration
Alvarado Elementary School is now pre-enrolling kindergarten students for the 2008/2009 school year. Children who will be five years of age on or before Dec. 2, 2008 can register. Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residence and three emergency phone contacts to the Alvarado Elementary School office, located at 1900 East 21st Street in Signal Hill, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (562) 985-0019.

Blood Donation
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital will host a bone marrow registration and blood donation drive Friday, Feb. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A quick, painless cheek swab registers donors into the national bone marrow registry, where thousands of people a day look for a second chance at life. All donors will receive a coupon for a free oil change or $35 toward car service. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (562) 933-0808.

All-Day Reading Event
As a kick-off event for Long Beach Reads One Book Week, Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team (CAT) will host an all-day read Saturday, Mar. 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests and volunteers will each read from Long Beach-area resident Lynne Cox’s book “Grayson”- a story of a long distance swimmer’s encounter with a whale calf in the ocean and her plight to return the 18-foot-long baby to its mother. The event will take place in front of Washington Mutual Bank, located at 5200 East 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. For more information, call (562) 439-3316 or visit

Uranga to speak at AAUW Meeting
“Women Serving the City” will be the topic when Long Beach Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga, addresses the Long Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women at their meeting Saturday, Mar. 1 at the Long Beach Yacht Club, located at 6201 Appian Way. She will tell guests what led her to serving on the city council and the effect of women in politics on the city level. The public is welcome to the program, which begins at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. For more information, call (562) 429-6923 or visit

Candidates Forum
The Wrigley Association will hold a debate with all the candidates for the 6th city council and 2nd and 4th school board seats Monday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. All candidates for the upcoming election have been invited to attend. The moderator for the forum will be Alan Tolfkoff, longtime leader of the Wrigley Association. The forum will take place at Veterans Park, located at 101 East 28th Street in Long Beach. For information, visit

Health Screening
Long Beach Memorial Audiology Service is having an open house and hearing screening clinic Thursday, Mar. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Receive a free hearing screening test and stay for complimentary refreshments. Reservations are required. Audiology Service at Memorial Rehabilitation also offers a hearing screening clinic the third Wednesday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center is located at 2801 Atlantic Avenue. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call (562) 933-9077.

1933 Earthquake Anniversary
The Long Beach Fire Department invites the public to remember the 75th anniversary of the Long Beach Earthquake Monday, Mar. 10 at 5:54 p.m., the same exact time the 6.4 magnitude earthquake began back in 1933. Dr. Lucy Jones from the U.S. Geological Survey will speak as well as various city leaders in a panel discussion on the past, present and future of Long Beach and its state of preparedness. The event will take place at city hall, located at 333 West Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 570-2516.

BK Literary Society Meeting
The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association is launching its new community book club, the Bixby Knolls Literary Society, Monday, Mar. 10 at 7 p.m. The society will meet every month beginning on March 10, at Nino’s Italian Restaurant located at 3853 Atlantic Avenue, at 7 p.m., to discuss a new selection. The first book up for discussion will be “Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir,” by D.J. Waldie. For more information, call the BIA office at (562) 595-0081.

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Around Town : February 28, 2008