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The North Long Beach Community Action Group will be hosting its monthly meeting at the North Police Substation, 4891 Atlantic Ave., on Sunday, Aug. 2 from 2pm to 4pm. This is an open education meeting featuring the Committee of the 300 who host the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Questions will be taken from the floor. There also will be a drawing. Contact Dan Pressburg at (562) 572-1602.
The Signal Hill Library, 1770 E. Hill St., is inviting kids to celebrate the arts through its summer reading program. During July, August and September, the library will explore music, theater, painting, literature and other fine arts. Children can win prizes for reading too. Call the library at (562) 989-7323.
Vice Mayor Val Lerch and the Committee to Write-in Val Lerch for City Council 2010 are hosting a campaign kickoff and fundraiser 6pm to 8pm on Monday, August 3 at El Ranchito Restaurant, 5345 Long Beach Blvd.
The next Bixby Knolls Supper Club meeting will be at 6:30pm on Monday, Aug. 3 at Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave. Complimentary appetizers served with entrée. Reservations required. RSVP to: [email protected] The idea behind the Supper Club is to support local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically slow for restaurants.
On Tuesday, August 4, the Signal Hill Police Department will be hosting its sixth National Night Out at Reservoir Park, just south of Wardlow Road between Orange and Walnut avenues, from 5pm to 8pm. National Night Out is an event that is celebrated nationwide, with a focus on unifying the community with an ultimate goal of crime prevention. The event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. Activities will include: a balloon artist, a face painter, a craft maker, a jump house, a DJ with popular music, a barbeque, a raffle, and a dunk tank that provides the opportunity to dunk the chief of police and other officers. Numerous businesses and organizations will provide free items and information. Children will also have the opportunity to tour the mobile command vehicle and a Los Angeles County fire engine. Free parking at Burroughs Elementary School.
On Friday, August 7, the Long Beach Police Historical Society (LBPHS) will host its third annual LBPHS Casino Night fundraiser at Skylinks Long Beach, 4800 E. Wardlow Rd., from 7pm to midnight. The LBPHS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and sharing the history of the Long Beach Police Department. Casino Night is the primary fundraiser, and funds raised from this event will assist the LBPHS in acquiring and preserving artifacts of the Department and ultimately to establish a Long Beach Police Museum. Tickets are $50 per person and worth “$1,000 casino play,” full buffet prepared by Skylinks and free parking. Tickets are available from the LBPOA at (562) 426-1201 or Lisa Culver at (562) 570-5816.
WE Succeed, a professional networking group with a unique format,
has a breakfast and meeting the second Wednesday of each month
at 7:30am at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. $20 cash only. No membership requirement. For more information or to RSVP call Yaffa Balsam at (714) 527-8111.
Guest speaker for the Thursday, August 13 Hearing Loss Association, Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter (HLA) meeting will be Amelita Mendoza, RNC, who will be speaking on the California Newborn Hearing Screening Program. Mendoza is the neonatal hearing specialist program coordinator for the Southern California Hearing Coordination Center at Miller Children’s Hospital. HLA is a support group offering education on coping skills and resources to help survive in a hearing world and meets at 6:30pm on the second Thursday of each month at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue in Lakewood. Admission is free. Reservations not necessary.
Peer counseling training at the Disabled Resources Center, 2750 E. Spring St. # 100, will start on Saturday, August 18 from 1:30pm to 3pm and continue on Tuesdays from 1:30pm to 3pm for eight weeks. This training is a course to develop communication skills when conversing with individuals who have disabilities. Call Cheryl Wilson at (562)427-1000 ext. 23.

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