Around Town

Local events and happenings for the coming week!

POWER 4 Youth Meeting
POWER 4 Youth, an academic mentoring program for middle-school students, will be having an information meeting for prospective volunteers tonight at 6:30 at their community site, located at 607 East 3rd Street. The program is looking for adults who can meet with a young person one-on-one to assist with tutoring and academic help while building a mentor relationship. The program is open to all adults and students, and training is provided at no cost. For more information, call (562) 435-2352.

Wrigley Crime Prevention
The public is invited to the Wrigley area “crime prevention” meeting, hosted by the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance and the Long Beach Police Department tonight at 7 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Academy, located at 2750 Pine Avenue in Long Beach. The meeting will consist of updates on the gang and drug violence occurring in the area, information about the neighborhood watch program, and tips on graffiti abatement. For more information contact Maria Norvell at (562) 427-5021.

Rancho Retreat
Rancho Los Cerritos (RLC) is hosting its Rancho Retreat Friday, Sept. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the RLC Historic Site, located 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. The event is a joint presentation by Friends of RLC and RLC Historic Site, Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and the City of Long Beach. Spend an afternoon playing board games, painting, or reading at Rancho Los Cerritos and its historic gardens. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. For more information, call (562) 570-1755 or visit

NLB Community Action Group Meeting
The next general meeting of the North Long Beach Community Action Group (NLB CAG) will be Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at the North Long Beach Police Substation, located at 4891 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach. City prosecutor Tom Reeves is expected to speak on Gotcha, Graffitti and other programs within or a part of his office’s purvue. For more information, contact Laurie Angel, NLB CAG president, at (562) 985-7990.

Radiation Therapy Lecture
Long Beach Memorial invites the public to attend “High-Tech, State-of-the-Art Radiation Therapy… Tomorrow’s Treatment Today,” a lecture about the life-saving machines of the future that are here today. Hear about high-tech equipment that eliminates cancer with fewer side effects. The lecture will be on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Houssels Forum at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, 2801 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach. RSVP is required. For reservations, call (562) 933-0961.

Education Panel Discussion
The League of Women Voters is having a meeting regarding the educational system in Long Beach on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Los Altos Library, located at 5614 Britton Street in Long Beach. Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser and Assemblywoman Betty Karnette will discuss the direction of schools and education in Long Beach. The meeting is open to the public, and new members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Pat Thompson at (562) 438-3912 or visit

Discovery Well Park Family Festival
The City of Signal Hill’s Community Services Department invites the public to participate in the annual Discovery Well Park Family Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The theme is “safari party,” and the festival will include a safari hunt, games, contests, arts & crafts, a jumper, face painting, reptile display, photos with wild animals, and live musical entertainment. Food will be available for purchase, and all events and activities are free. Discovery Well Park is located at 2200 Temple Avenue in Signal Hill. For more information, call (562) 989-7330.