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GIVING BACK
What Fundraiser
Who Hosted by Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
When Until Friday, Dec. 14
Where Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute, 701 E. 28th St., Suite 202
More Info In time for the holiday season, the annual “Adopt-a-Family” program encourages donations of cash, gift cards or gifts for children diagnosed with cancer and other serious blood disorders. To adopt a family or get involved, contact the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute at (562) 933-8600.

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS
What Walking tour
Who Hosted by Long Beach Heritage
When Various dates and times until Dec. 22
Where 953 Park Circle (At the west end of 10th Street)
More Info Event organizers with Bembridge House are hosting a “Far and Near” Victorian Christmas. Docents will provide guided tours of the house. Several ticket options will be available, including daytime tours every Tuesday and Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, two evening events (Friday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 14, from 6pm to 8pm) for ages 21 and over. Tickets range from $15 to $20 and can only be purchased through Eventbrite. No cash or checks. Visit lbheritage.org for ticket info. All proceeds will support maintenance and operation of the Bembridge House.

GIVING HOLIDAY CHEER
What Toy giveaway
Who Hosted by the American University of Health Sciences Foundation (AUHS)
When Friday, Dec. 14, from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Where 1600 E. Hill St.
More Info The AUHS Foundation will be giving away free toys, books and snacks to children ages 11 and under at its 9th Annual Santa Claus Toys for Joy. Children can take a free picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the event. Visit auhsfoundation.org.

CELEBRATORY CHRISTMAS
What Holiday party
Who Hosted by the Long Beach Branch NAACP
When Sunday, Dec. 16, from 3pm to 5pm
Where Ernest McBride, Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
More Info In its 18th year, the Long Beach Branch NAACP will be giving presents to select LBUSD students and home-school youth. Special guests for the event will be Santa Claus and members of the Long Beach police and fire departments. The event is invitation only. To make a donation, email the branch at [email protected] or call (562) 856-7586.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSISTANCE
What Support-group gathering
Who Hosted by the Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
When Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 3pm to 5pm
Where Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, Conference Room A1, 2801 Atlantic Ave.
More Info The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group invites attendees to come together to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a safe environment. Attendees will also learn ways to better cope and manage the challenges of dementia. To register, call (323) 930-6256.

CREATIVE COMMUNICATION
What Writing workshop
Who Hosted by the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute
When Thursdays, beginning Jan. 10 from 11am to 1pm
Where Meet at the Todd Cancer Pavilion, Group Rooms 1 and 2 in the 2nd Floor, 2801 Atlantic Ave.
More Info This eight-week workshop for cancer patients and survivors will explore how writing can help with communication, mental health and stress through creative prompts and exploring different genres. The workshop is facilitated by cancer survivor and published writer, Margaret Towner. To register, call (562) 933-0971.

MEDICINE, MUNCHIES AND MOVIES
What Health education lecture
Who Hosted by the Long Beach Medical Center
When Friday, Jan. 11, at noon
Where Meet Long Beach Medical Center, Houssels Forum, 2801 Atlantic Ave.
More Info the MemorialCare Senior Plus Program at Long Beach Medical Center for a free health-education lecture. Desiree Thomas, medical expert, will host a lecture on how to stop a bleed to save a life. The discussion will be followed by a screening of The Greatest Showman. Lunch will be provided. To register, call (562) 933-1650.

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