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Long Beach City College Spring 2009 class schedules are now available. LBCC has new facilities, including learning resource centers, an Aviation and Automotive Center, and a Child Development Center. For class schedules, visit or pick one up at either campus bookstore. Classes begin January 12. Call (562) 938-4353.

The Belmont Shore Residents Association will hold their regular monthly meeting today at 6 p.m. at the Bay Shore Library. Planning and Development Manager Dennis Eschen from the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine will be the featured speaker, discussing the plans for the rebuilding of the Leeway Sailing Center in Alamitos Bay. All residents of Belmont Shore are invited to attend the BSRA’s monthly meetings held the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Bay Shore Library, 195 Bay Shore Avenue.
The Signal Hill Police Department will be hosting an emergency preparedness fair, highlighting the importance of emergency awareness in the event of a major disaster, such as a significant earthquake. The event will be take place on Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jessie Nelson Circle. Emergency equipment from all emergency response agencies will be available for public viewing. Signal Hill Community Services Department will have emergency provisional backpacks available for purchase. The police department will also be providing and accepting applications for the position of police recruit. A written exam for the position will be given at 1 p.m. in the Signal Hill Community Center. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event.
A free Family Resource Fair and Kindergarten Festival Kickoff, co-sponsored by the Long Beach Unified School District and the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. will take place Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Poly High School, 1600 Atlantic Ave. The event is a day of information and fun for families with children of all ages, especially those entering kindergarten. Events will include music, arts and crafts and resource booths. Food will be available for sale. Call Miriam Garcia at (562) 422-6868 ext. 231.
The League of Women Voters is hosting a “Press in Transition” panel meeting to address questions regarding what the future holds for print journalism, what is happening to the line between news and entertainment, whether people will lose their voice, and what the role will be for “journalism” in a time of transition. The meeting will take place Saturday, November 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Main Library Auditorium, 101 Pacific Avenue. Panelists will include Rich Archbold, Press Telegram; Harry Salzgaver, Gazette Newspapers; Neena Strichart, Signal Tribune; Professor Danny Paskin, CSULB School of Journalism; Jeff Rabin and Douglas Shuit, former Los Angeles Times writers.
The Disabled Resources Center will start a Peer Counseling Training on Tuesday, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the center, located at 2750 E. Spring St. Ste.100. The training is an eight-week communications course which will prepare them to volunteer with nonprofits. Call Cheryl Wilson at (562) 427-1000 ext. 23.
“Let’s Talk Port” – the Port of Long Beach’s series of informal community forums- will be at its last stop of the year at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., on November 19 at 7 p.m. The program features a presentation on Port operations, followed by questions and comments from the audience. There will be refreshments and giveaways. Call (562) 590-4121 or email [email protected]
The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s Community Happy Hour will take place Thursday, November 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bixby Business Center, 4401 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor. Special guest speaker will be Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, speaking on “Toyota Grand Prix: Past, Present and Future.” Complimentary refreshments and door prizes. Contact: (562) 595-0081 or [email protected]
Temple Israel will be having its 11th Annual Hanukkah Boutique Sunday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the temple, 3538 E. 3rd St. In addition to the boutique, which will have clothing, jewelry, artwork, and more, there will be a book fair and silent auction. Call (562) 434-0996.
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church will host “The Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan,” a free event in honor of the Feast of St. Andrew and the Scots in America on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. at the church, located at 525 E. 7th Street and Atlantic Avenue. There will be an evensong service, toasting, refreshments and Scottish dancers from UC Riverside. Call David York at (562) 436-4047.

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