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The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of The ALS Association will conduct its first Long Beach Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, Oct. 9 at El Dorado Park. Registration for the walk is at 9:30am, and the opening ceremony will begin at 11am. The two-mile walk is open to the public, and all funds raised will be donated to The ALS Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding the cause and cure of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Call (818) 865-0867 x 229 or visit

The Long Beach Junior Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation will host its second Long Beach Street Food Festival on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10:30am to 5pm at Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 Shoreline Village Dr. The festival will feature more than 25 of Southern California’s favorite gourmet food trucks, a beer garden and live entertainment. Tickets are $6 per person in advance, $8 at the gate. Visit Ticket proceeds benefit the Adopt-A-Teacher program, which provides grants to local teachers to pay for unreimbursed classroom supplies that the districts no longer provide.

The Long Beach Fire Department will host an open house at all Long Beach fire stations, in honor of National Fire Prevention Week, on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1pm to 4pm. The public is invited to go to neighborhood fire stations to meet firefighters. The focus of this year’s event is smoke-detector awareness, and two free smoke detectors will be available to each Long Beach household. Visit

Friends of Long Beach Animals will host the 2010 Walk and Run for the Animals at the Long Beach Marina Green at Shoreline Drive and Linden Avenue, near Shoreline Village, on Sunday, Oct. 10 from 7am to 2pm. The event will help fund low-cost spay/neuter where it’s needed in Long Beach. It will also fund much needed medical attention for shelter animals, disaster relief for animals, and humane education in the Long Beach Unified School District and other civic organizations. Registration starts at 7am. The 10K Run will begin at 7:30am with staggered starts. The 5K Run will begin at 8:30am. The opening ceremony will start at 9am. The 2K/5K Walk will begin at 9:30am. For information and online registration, or to make a donation, visit or call Friends of Long Beach Animals at (562) 988-SNIP (7647).

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, spiritual, classical, and gospel selections. Free-will offering accepted. Child care provided. Visit or call (562) 595-1996. 

The St. Mary Senior Health Program will offer free hearing checks on Monday, Oct. 11 from 9:30am to 11:30am. The screening will be done at the Raymond & Helen Bazzeni Senior Center,1027 Linden Ave., on the St. Mary campus. Registration is required. Call 1-888-4STMARY (888-478-6279).

The Good Neighbors of North Long Beach will have its monthly breakfast meeting at Spires Restaurant, 1935 Del Amo Blvd., on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Sign-in and breakfast begin at 7am.

The Neigborhood Resource Center, 425 Atlantic Ave., will host a free seminar on fundraising essentials on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Topics will include: how to locate funding opportunities; who gives grants/differences in funding sources; how to determine if a funder is a good match; how to identify essential organizational information; and more. The workshop will be presented in English, with Spanish and Khmer translations available. RSVP at (562) 570-1010. Attendees are invited to bring canned food to donate to Food Finders.

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 infrastructures are used the most. Ultimately, it will help inform where bike and pedestrian improvements need to be made. To volunteer for the count, visit

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust will welcome to Long Beach renowned land-use planner and environmental mediator Terry Watt, who has a long career of bringing together unlikely partners to protect some of California’s most threatened lands, Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7pm at Kettering Elementary School, 550 Silvera Ave. Email [email protected]

Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews will offer a “Sixth District Food Distribution” at Ernest S. McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., on Friday, Oct. 15, beginning at 9am until all the food is disbursed. Call (562) 570-6816.

The Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood will sponsor the monthly Rocky Stone Hearing Device Exhibit on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., in Lakewood, from 10:30am to noon in the craft room. The free exhibit will be a hands-on display of a variety of devices that help enhance the quality of life for the hearing impaired. Provided will be information on devices that help in hearing conversations in restaurants, televisions, doorbells, alarm clocks, smoke and fire alarms, telephone conversations and more. Call (562) 425-5651 or visit

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