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The Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge #888, 16426 Bellflower Blvd., invites the public to its monthly breakfast Sunday, Nov. 28 from 8am to noon. Admission is $6 per person for the buffet-style breakfast, which includes eggs “as you like them,” bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee.

St. Barnabas Church will have its annual craft fair in the Parish Hall, 3955 Orange Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 28 from 8am to 3pm. There will be a pancake breakfast, bake sale, raffle prizes, kettle corn, handmade crafts, jewelry and more. Attendees may earn instant cash for unwanted or broken gold/platinum jewelry as well. Call (562) 424-8595.

Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell will welcome Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert to next month’s “Chat with Pat” standing monthly community meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 4:30pm to 6pm. Each month, Councilmember O’Donnell hosts the meetings to keep residents informed on issues facing the city and what is happening in the district. The meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month at the Los Altos Library, 5614 N. Britton Dr. This is a free event.

The cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill will be ringing in the holiday season with the annual tree-lighting ceremony at Discovery Well Park, 2200 Temple Ave., in Signal Hill, on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6pm. Local dignitaries representing both cities will be on hand to celebrate the season with residents and guests. The Wireless Communication Antenna Tower Holiday Tree will be lit as Kris Kringle makes a guest appearance. Entertainment will be provided by the Wilson High School Choir, and holiday cookies and hot drinks will be served. The event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

The Assistance League of Long Beach Thrift & Vintage Shop, 2100 E. 4th St., invites the public to its Glitz event, from Thursday, Dec. 2 to Monday, Dec. 6. Shop for specialty gift baskets, holiday trees, ornaments and other décor. Evening attire, jewelry, toys and other gently used items will be for sale at low costs. All profits from the sale of any item support Assistance League philanthropic programs such as school uniforms for children in the community. Visit

The public is invited to an annual Holiday Open House and Boutique on Friday, Dec. 3 from noon to 7pm, and Saturday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 5 from 10am to 4pm at 175 E. Roosevelt Rd. Dichroic glass, origami note cards, semi-precious beaded jewelry, felted handbags, silk flower arrangements and more will be available.

Members and guests of the American Association of University Women Long Beach Branch will start off the holiday season by serving their traditional wassail on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Bay Shore Community Congregational Church, 5100 The Toledo, in Belmont Shore, from 10am to noon. The wassail is free to members and guests. AAUW membership is open to anyone. Visit

The St. Isidore Plaza, 10961 Reagan St., will offer a tamale-making workshop on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $60. All ingredients, necessary steamers and equipment are provided along with a detailed “how to” booklet. Call (562) 595-9918 for reservations or email name and phone number to [email protected]

The 2nd City Council Art Gallery and Performance Space, 435 Alamitos Ave., will present a Mosaic Fundraiser & Hidden Treasures Art Sale on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10am to 4pm. All proceeds support the gallery’s programs. Lots of gently used art items will be available, including art books, jewelry, instruments, paintings, art note cards, 3D books, and more. Admission cost is a $5 donation per person or $15 per group of four. Email [email protected] or visit For information on calls for artists, receptions, classes and events, call (562) 901-0997.

The public may experience 19th century Christmas traditions, and learn about local history at Rancho Los Cerritos’s (RLC) annual Christmas Open House, 4600 Virginia Rd., on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1pm to 4pm. Throughout the afternoon, costumed volunteers will share past traditions with guests as they explore the adobe home, which will be adorned with Victorian-era swags and wreaths, as well as evergreen trees. Check out the “new” 1870s blown-glass ornaments, as well as handmade ones by children, and learn about gift-giving in the late 1800s. Out on the lawn, children may make old-fashioned holiday decorations and small toys for their own trees at home. The RLC Storytellers will entertain youngsters with seasonal tales, and children can take a turn swinging at the piñata. Santa will visit, and photos may be taken. All guests will be treated to cookies and spiced cider, and live music will be provided by three vocal groups. Call (562) 570-1755 or visit

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