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What Food & toy drive
Who McKenzie Mortuary
Where 3843 E. Anaheim St.
When Friday, Dec. 6 throughout the month of December
More Info McKenzie Mortuary will be collecting donations throughout the holiday season. The mortuary will match donations, based on the monetary value of the donated items. Unused gift cards can also be donated. Donations can be dropped off at the funeral home, or pick-ups can be arranged. Call (562) 961-9301.

What Food and toy drive
Who South Coast Interfaith Council
Where 759 Linden Ave.
When Friday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9am to 4pm
More Info The South Coast Interfaith Council will be collecting non-perishable food items and new and unwrapped toys to donate to local food pantries. Call (562) 983-1665.

What Book signing
Who Historical Society of Long Beach
Where 4260 Atlantic Ave.
When Friday, Dec. 6 from 7pm to 8pm
More Info Long Beach Press-Telegram columnist Tim Grobaty will be signing copies of his latest book, Growing Up in Long Beach, at the Historical Society of Long Beach during the Bixby Knolls First Fridays Art Walk. Growing Up in Long Beach will be available for purchase for $20.

What Free mobile animal clinic
Who Fix Long Beach
Where MacArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim St.
When Saturday, Dec. 7 from 7am to 4pm
More Info Event will offer free spay and neuter procedures to those who have made appointments. Micro-chipping, de-worming and flea-control products as well as nail-trimming will be offered at discounted prices. Appointments are not necessary to get required shots for dogs and cats. Visit .

What Neighborhood clean-up
Who The Wrigley Association and South Wrigley Neighborhood Advisory Group
Where 19th Street and Daisy Avenue
When Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8am to 11am
More Info The clean up will include e-waste and tires without rims. A dumpster and tools will be provided. The goal of the event is to clean up the neighborhood for the Daisy Avenue Parade.

What Drill school graduation
Who Long Beach Fire Department
Where Long Beach Fire Training Center, 2249 Argonne Ave.
When Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11am
More Info The Long Beach Fire Department will host a graduation for its firefighter recruit class. During the ceremony, the recruits will show off their skills with a variety of demonstrations, including vehicle extrications and live fire-fighting exercises. Parking will be available at the Tucker School playground, located next door to the training center.

What General meeting
Who National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
When Monday, Dec. 9 at 1pm
Where Community Center at Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.
More Info The meeting will include an officer installation and holiday luncheon. NARFE meetings recur the second Monday of each month.

What Monthly breakfast meeting
Who The Good Neighbors of North Long Beach
Where Spires Restaurant, 1935 Del Amo Blvd.
When Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7am
More Info The guest speaker will be Tim Gilmore, LB Poly Alumni president.

What Monthly community book club
Who The Bixby Knolls Literary Society
Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave.
When Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7pm
More Info This month, the club delves into Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email [email protected] .

What Potluck and rap meeting
Who Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America
Where Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood
When Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6pm
More Info Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share for the potluck. The potluck will be followed by a rap session during which members and guests will break into groups and share coping strategies that help them to interact in the hearing world. Admission is free. Call (562) 438-0597 or visit .

What Parents’ Night Out
Who City of Signal Hill Community Services Department
Where Signal Hill Youth Center, 1780 E. Hill St.
When Friday, Dec. 13 from 6:30pm to 10pm
More Info Parents will be able to drop off their kids for a night of games, crafts and more. Cost is $15 per child. Pre-registration is required. Call (562) 989-7325.

What Holiday networking
Who California Writers Club
Where Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 E Britton Dr.
When Saturday, Dec. 14 from 3pm to 5pm
More Info The meeting will allow attendees to meet local writers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish for a potluck. Call (562) 400-1100 or visit .

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