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What A mini-exhibit of turn-of-the-century children’s portraits based on antique photographs
Who Artist Loraine Shue-Weber
When March through April
Where Miller Special Collections Room of the Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave.
More Info The Miller Room is open daily from noon to 5pm. Call (562) 570-7500.

What Lecture and book signing
Who Heidi Durrow, guest speaker for Literary Women 2011 conference and author of award-winning novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
When Friday, March 11 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Where Long Beach City College, Room P104, 4901 East Carson St.
More Info Free to students with ID; $15 for community members. Books will be available for sale at the event. RSVP to Ginny Baxter at (562) 938-4634 or [email protected] Call (562) 243-7114 or visit

What Fish fry
Who Hosted by the Knights of Columbus
When Fridays, March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8 and 15 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where St. Barnabas Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3955 Orange Ave.
More Info Deep-fried Icelandic cod and shrimp will be served, as well as grilled shrimp, pancit, camarones, fish tacos, clam chowder, macaroni and cheese and some weekly chef’s specials. Trimmings, desserts, ice cream and a variety of drinks will also be available. Family-style seating, music, and door prizes. Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children. A family of four (2 adults and 2 children) is $20. Call (562) 225-1946 or email [email protected]

What Lecture “What You Should Know About Christian Science Healing”
Who Sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist; with speaker Ron Ballard
When Friday, March 11 at 7pm
Where The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St.
More Info Call (562) 427-6061.

What Breakfast meeting
Who Hosted by Rebuilding Together Long Beach
When Saturday, March 12 from 9am to 10:30am
Where El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd.
More Info RTLB is a nonprofit, nondenominational volunteer organization which works in partnership with the community to rehabilitate homes of low-income individuals. Call (562) 490-3802.

What Discussion of the book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, a story of star-crossed lovers set in the circus world circa 1932, during the Great Depression
Who Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Group
When Saturday, March 12 at 10am
Where 5614 E. Britton Dr.
More Info New members are always welcome. Call (562) 570-1045.

What “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Weight Loss Surgery” free seminar
Who Hosted by the St. Mary Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity
When Saturday, March 12 at 10am
Where Health Enhancement Center, Glenn Room, on the St. Mary campus at 1055 Linden Ave.
More Info The community is invited to learn about surgical weight loss procedures and get their questions answered about the life-enhancing benefits the surgery can have on those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, joint pain and sleep apnea. Call 1-888-4ST-MARY (888-478-6279) to register. For more information or to schedule a free orientation, call (562) 491-7935 or visit

What A noncompetitive children’s choir festival
Who Sponsored by America Sings! Inc.
When Saturday, March 12 from 11:30am to 8pm
Where El Dorado East Regional Park
More Info Seventeen children’s choirs from California and Arizona will be performing individual concerts on a stage erected near Golden Grove and the Glider Field. At 7pm all 800 children will join voices in a mass-choir finale celebration. The event is free and open to the public. El Dorado Park charges for parking. Call 1-800-372-1222 or email [email protected]

What Free screening of Nanny McPhee Returns, starring Emma Thompson
Who Los Altos Neighborhood Library Family Film Festival
When Saturday, March 12 at 2pm
Where 5614 Britton Dr. (behind Bristol Farms)
More Info Street parking is available. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own snacks to enjoy during the movie. Call (562) 570-1045.

What “Chanson du Soir” in concert, with soprano Chelsea Camille and classical guitarist David Isaacs
Who Presented by the Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church
When Sunday, March 13 at 4pm
Where 3759 Orange Ave.
More Info Visit or call (562) 595-1996. Free-will offering. Child care provided.

What Willow Wellness Center Senior Book Club’s discussion of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
When Monday, March 14 (the second Monday every month) at 11:30am
Where Willow Wellness Center, 2799 Temple Ave.
More Info All are welcome. Call (562) 981-9500.

What Community and Police Dialogue: “Strengthening the Connections Between the Community and Local Law Enforcement”
Who In collaboration with the City of Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), Human Dignity Program and The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ)
When Three-part session: Monday, March 14; Wednesday, March 16; Monday, March 21, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Where 2201 E. Anaheim St. #200
More Info Open to youth 12-18 years of age. Dinner and prizes all three nights. Space is limited & reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, call (562) 435-8184 or email [email protected]

What Discussion of “Passionately Positive: The Beverly O’Neill Story”
Who Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI) with former Mayor Beverly O’Neill and author Harry Saltzgaver
When Wednesday, March 16 from 1:30pm to 3pm
Where Room 101 on the CSULB campus, building HS&D, 1250 Bellflower Blvd.
More Info The book traces O’Neill’s life from her childhood in Long Beach through her leadership as both president of Long Beach City College and as a three-term mayor, leading the city through the transformation from Navy town to a vibrant 21st century coastal city. The pair will offer insights to O’Neill’s collaborative leadership approach and answer questions. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free.

What Community meeting
Who Councilwoman Rae Gabelich
When Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30pm
Where Expo Building, 4321 Atlantic Ave.
Why To discuss the proposed skate park for Bixby Knolls Park
More Info Contact [email protected]

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