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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB (OLLI) will conduct a Fall Registration & General Membership Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 9am in the CSULB Human Services and Design building, Room 101, near the corner of Palo Verde Avenue and E. University Drive. Classes will be offered from Oct. 4 through Dec. 4. Call (562) 985-8237 or visit

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Rd., is seeking new volunteers for a variety of programs at its “Volunteer Opportunities Coffee,” scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11 at 10am. Volunteers may work as living history characters, find out how to share Long Beach history and culture as a tour docent, learn about opportunities in the historic gardens, explore work on the historical collections and research needs or work in the museum shop. Staff and volunteers will also share information on the Rancho’s educational programs and events, including the award-winning fourth-grade school program Adobe Days Revisited, and seasonal family activities Christmas Candlelight Tours, Summer Concert Series and Mud Mania. Complimentary continental breakfast provided. For reservations call (562) 570-1755. Visit

Eighth District Councilmember Rae Gabelich will be joined by Long Beach Chief of Police Jim McDonnell for a community meeting on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10am to noon at Mirage Café, 539 E. Bixby Rd. Residents are welcome to share concerns and suggestions on issues affecting the neighborhood. Call (562) 570-6685.

Dana Neighborhood Library Book Club’s next meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10am to 11am in the library, 3680 Atlantic Ave. The book that will be discussed is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Call (562) 570-1042.

Paramount Elks Lodge #1804 will host its 54th Annual Deep Pit BBQ on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 4pm to 8pm at 8108 E. Alondra Blvd., in Paramount. Adults $9 and children $5 (sold only at the door). Group ticket pre-sales are also available from the Lodge office at (562) 633-1804.

Eighth District Councilmember Rae Gabelich will be the guest speaker at the North Long Beach Community Action Group monthly meeting Sunday, Sept. 12 from 2pm to 4pm at the North Division Police Substation, corner of Del Amo Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue. Call (562) 570-6685.

The American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter will conduct a free safety workshop on Monday, Sept. 13 from 6pm to 7:30pm at 425 Atlantic Ave. The workshop will cover how to create a family emergency plan, how to prepare a disaster supplies kit and first-aid kit, emergency preparedness tips,  how to achieve five days of self-reliance, the City’s Disaster Management Plan and Reverse 9-1-1 emergency notification system. RSVP to the Neighborhood Resource Center at (562) 570-1010 or email Scottie Hinkey at [email protected] Attendees are invited to bring canned food to donate to Food Finders to assist Long Beach neighbors during the current economic crisis.

The next restaurant for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s Supper Club will be Baja Sonora, 3502 Atlantic Ave. The group will meet on Monday, Sept. 13 at 6:30pm. RSVP to [email protected] The concept of the Bixby Knolls Supper Club is to support local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically slow.

The Good Neighbors of North Long Beach will meet at Spires Restaurant, 1935 Del Amo Blvd., on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7am. Guest speaker will be Jim Lewis from the Long Beach Rescue Mission, who will discuss the new permanent winter shelter and other services his organization provides.

The St. Mary Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity will host a free “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Weight Loss Surgery” seminar Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7pm. The seminar takes place every second Tuesday in the Health Enhancement Center Parr Room, on the St. Mary campus at 1050 Linden Ave. The seminar is conducted by a bariatric surgeon and the Obesity Center’s clinical staff. The community is invited to learn about surgical weight-loss procedures and get their questions answered about the life-enhancing benefits the surgery can have on those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, joint pain and sleep apnea. To register, call 1-888-4ST-MARY (888-478-6279). Call (562) 491-7935 or visit

The September book selection for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Literary Society will be The End of the Affair by Graham Greene. The next Society meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7pm at The Expo building, 4321 Atlantic Ave. Parking available along Atlantic and on Burlinghall. Refreshments will be provided. Visit

The Long Beach Garden Club’s program on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 9:30am will be a slide show trip through the English Gardens. Meet at St. Gregory’s  Parish Hall, 6201 E. Willow St. Tea and scones will be served afterwards. Call (562) 428-6552.

The Covenant Presbyterian Church will host a Scrabble Scramble Tournament on Friday, Sept. 17, beginning at 6pm. All proceeds benefit the local nonprofit Rising TIDE at Marguerite Kiefer Education Center, a program serving over 300 inner-city children and youth. Contact Sandra Lawler at (562) 432-4293 or [email protected] 

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