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The main branch of the Long Beach Public Library, 101 Pacific Ave., will present selected monoprints by Patty Grau in the Miller Room through December. Grau feels that “the very physical effort of hand-cranking the press to complete the transfer of the original image to the ‘print’ is as visceral as sculpting!the end result can be as visually stimulating as a well-designed poster— and thrilling and so satisfying.” The exhibit will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. Call (562) 570-7500.

Tickets are on sale now for Renaissance High School for the Arts’s upcoming musical, Once On This Island. The production runs Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:30pm at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Tickets can be purchased at the Center Theater Box Office, at, or by calling (562) 436-3661.

Kiwanis’s annual rummage sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 8am to 3pm at Orozco’s Auto Service, 3619 Atlantic Ave. There will be a wide variety of items for sale including clothing, kitchenware, books, and plenty of unique finds. Donations can be dropped off at Orozco’s Auto Service in the morning Thursday, Nov. 11 through Saturday, Nov. 13. Call (562) 508-1707 or visit

The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) will host its quarterly cleanup Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9am to noon. Registration will be at Cressa Park at Pacific Coast Highway and the Riverbed Bike Path. Community service credits will be given to students. Tools, gloves, water and chips will be provided. Call (562) 599-1822 or email [email protected]

Rare and unusual California and Southwest native plants will be available for sale at the El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E Spring St., on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9am until all plants are sold. All proceeds support habitat restoration at the Nature Center. Plants available include California buckwheat, island snapdragon, California mountain lilac, Baja fairy duster, Toyon and many more. The plant species available are suited to Southern California’s dry climate and require minimal watering once established. Many have fragrant foliage and vivid flowers that attract native butterflies and birds. Call (562) 570-1745.

The City of Long Beach will officially kick off its Low Cost Pet Clinics on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10am to 1pm at the Lincoln Park Dog Park, located at City Hall on Pacific Avenue and Broadway. Residents of Long Beach and surrounding communities can receive pet vaccinations and licenses. Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal will deliver remarks, and dog training specialist Carley Hovis will be available to answer questions and provide training demonstrations. Activities will include education on the humane treatment of animals, coloring for kids, spay and neuter vouchers, and giveaways. Call (562) 570-PETS.

On Saturday, Nov. 13 at 10am, the Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Group will discuss Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, a sweeping novel that moves from India to Ethiopia to a Bronx hospital, while revealing the intertwined lives of twin brothers. New members are always welcome. The library is located at 5614 E. Britton Dr. Call (562) 570-1045.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Long Beach Republican Women Federated will visit the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. The docent tour starts at 10am and includes lunch at the library. Reservations are required and the cost is $25. Email [email protected] or call (562) 439-9390.

The Brewitt Neighborhood Library will present an Upcycled Eco Art Class for teens and adults on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 11am in the Brewitt Neighborhood Library Community Room, 4036 E. Anaheim St. Micaela Salatino, supporting artist at Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUse, will show how to make three art projects from recycled materials. Create coasters from computer disks, mini books from scrap paper, and a fabric basket from plastic. This event is free. All recycled materials will be supplied. Contact Julianna Robbins at (562) 570-1040 or [email protected]­

Newcomb K-8 Academy, East Long Beach is hosting a “Run Like It’s Recess 5K” run/walk, 1K kids’ run/walk and 50-yard Toddler Run family event on Sunday, Nov. 14. Runners will dash through El Dorado Park East. Top three finishers will receive medals. Registration is $33. Sponsors are welcome and goodybags will be given out to the first 500 registrants. Registration available at Contact [email protected] or call (562) 355-1776.

Rancho Los Cerritos is again offering specialized tours for youth groups. Given by teen docents, these tours include hands-on games and activities. Rancho Los Cerritos’s Adventure Program will meet every Thursday afternoon through May, from 4:15pm to 5:45pm, at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Rd., located northwest of the intersection of San Antonio Dr. and Long Beach Blvd. Cost is $3 per participant. Advance reservations are required. Call (562) 570-1755.

California Heights United Methodist Church will offer an “Alternative Christmas Market” on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 9am to 1pm at 3759 Orange Ave. This market provides an opportunity to buy handcrafted items such as clothing, home décor, ornaments, handbags, toys, jewelry and more from non-profit cooperatives which will directly support artisans and craftspeople in Guatemala, Kenya, and Tanzania, as well as from the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. Donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Church World Service and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Visit or call (562) 595-1996.

Shoppers will get a head start on their holiday gift-buying with a relaxed evening at the Rancho Los Alamitos gift shop, Nov. 16 from 4pm to 7pm. Everyone is welcome to this exclusive shopping event and a 15-percent discount will be extended to RLA Members at the Barn Raiser ($100) level or higher. Visitors will find unique gifts, from decorative tiles and Bauerware pottery to jewelry and apparel as well as items created onsite in the blacksmith’s shop. The gift shop carries books on local history, gardening, and cooking. Wine and cheese will be served on the patio, compliments of Teak Catering. Parking at the Rancho is limited. Carpooling is encouraged and admission is free. Call (562) 570-1755.

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