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The Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP), a nonprofit that assists low-income individuals and families in Long Beach, will host a groundbreaking ceremony to announce details of its latest “green jobs” projects, which will provide a skills field site for returning veterans, grow fresh produce for The Salvation Army food bank, and create a drought-tolerant demonstration garden walk to support local water-saving initiatives. Groundbreaking ceremonies will take place Friday, Oct. 1 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at 3012 Long Beach Blvd. Visit

Eighth District Councilmember Rae Gabelich, Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal and Long Beach Development Services Staff will host a community workshop on the design of the North Village Center Project on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10am to 12:30pm in Jordan High School’s cafeteria, 6500 Atlantic Ave. The North Village Center is the commercial corridor on Atlantic Avenue between 56th and 59th streets and includes plans for a new library and new residential and commercial development between South Street and 59th Street. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking in staff lot off of Atlantic Avenue. Contact Tony Foster at (562) 570-6393 or [email protected]

The 6th Annual Green Port Fest will take place Saturday, Oct 2, from 10am to 3pm, offering the public a rare behind-the-scenes journey through one of the world’s busiest and greenest seaports. This year’s Green Port Fest will welcome, for the first time, the Wyland Living Green Fair, a one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit by muralist and environmental activist Wyland, who will be on hand to paint a large mural with the help of children and families attending the festival. Free parking provided by the Long Beach Convention Center, but attendees are encouraged to carpool, bike or ride city buses. Train tours are courtesy of Metrolink. Visit

Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Heart Association and Union Bank will host a free Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10am to 3pm at 1900 Atlantic Ave. The expo is designed to provide vital information for anyone who may be experiencing particular medical issues. Call (562) 570-6816 or visit

Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow St., will host its third vintage car show on Sunday, Oct. 3. Viewing time for the public will be from 9:30am to 2pm. The public can view a range of cars in the large church parking lot at the corner of Woodruff Avenue and Willow Street. Admission is free. Gates to the parking lot will open at 8am for cars entered into the show. Vintage car owners are welcome to enter their cars. Download a registration form at or call (562) 598-2451. All proceeds benefit the church’s homeless task force.

The North Long Beach Community Action Group will have its monthly community general meeting on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 2pm to 4pm at the North Long Beach Police Substation, 4891 Atlantic Ave. City Prosecutor Doug Haubert will be the guest speaker. The meeting is open to the public, and there will be opportunity drawings and information regarding community activities, the City of Long Beach and redevelopment. Call Dan Pressburg at (562) 428-7710.

The Long Beach Rescue Mission will host a Greater Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7am at The Grand Event Center, Grand Ballroom, 4101 E. Willow St. Guest speaker will be Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. Call (562) 591-1292 or visit

Friends of Signal Hill’s 4th Annual Show & Sell Art Affair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 3pm to 8pm at the Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St. The annual exhibition and sale is designed to highlight talent of artists and crafters from Signal Hill and the surrounding communities. Admission is free to the public. Music, hors d’Å“uvre and wine will be available. For more information or to apply to show work, email [email protected] or leave a message at (562) 989-7370.

The Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., will present a concert by Carver Cossey, bass-baritone, on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 4pm. Cossey will perform jazz, spirituals, classical, and gospel selections. Free-will offering accepted. Child care provided. Visit or call (562) 595-1996.
The City of Long Beach and Cal State Long Beach are coordinating the Third Annual Bike Count, for which they are seeking 300 volunteers to help conduct bike and pedestrian counts at more than 35 locations throughout Long Beach on Thursday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 17. There are multiple volunteer time slots and count locations. Senior high-school volunteers are welcome to participate with parent permission. The count will help the City acquire a better understanding of locations of bike and pedestrian activity, and which areas and infrastructure are used the most. Ultimately, it will help inform where bike and pedestrian improvements need to be made. To volunteer, visit

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