The Guidance Center hopes to foster mental-health awareness with event

Nonprofit also aims to raise ‘unrestricted’ funds for initiatives not covered by government contracts

When attendees at the 7th annual Sunset Sip– the annual fundraiser for The Guidance Center– partake in the event’s festivities this year, they’ll be asked to nurture their “inner child.” That idea is the theme of the fundraiser, and organizers are hoping it will help the community gain a better understanding of what it takes…

DAR chapter accepting entries for student essay contests

Students in grades 5 through 12 can now enter an annual essay competition to win a monetary scholarship prize from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The Long Beach-based Susan B. Anthony chapter is one of many DAR groups that presents awards to students from each grade level, with the winning essays moving up…

Open-streets event returning to uptown area

After its debut on June 6, 2015, Long Beach’s open-streets event is returning to the uptown area. The public is invited to participate Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10am to 4pm at Beach Streets Uptown, in which they can walk, bike or roll along a car-free route while sporting their favorite, family-appropriate Halloween costume (no masks…

LB Symphony to salute heroes at Veterans Day concert

On Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8pm at the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., the Long Beach Symphony will pay tribute to all branches of the armed forces with a program of music by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries entitled A Salute to…

CDPH warns consumers about risks of wearing decorative contact lenses

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith this week warned consumers about the risks associated with wearing decorative contact lenses as part of Halloween costumes. “Advertised as color, cosmetic, fashion and theatrical contact lenses, decorative contact lenses are especially popular around Halloween,” Smith said. “Wearing any kind…

LB to host grand opening of restored Willow Springs Park Wetlands

The public is invited to attend a grand-opening ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10am for the restoration of Willow Springs Park Wetlands, 2755 Orange Ave. “This restoration will allow the public to experience the historical, natural surroundings of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “From hiking to nature exploration to educational experiences, this project…

‘So powerful for children’

Photo courtesy Goodwill SOLAC Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (SOLAC) is donating more than 50,000 children’s books to 16 Long Beach schools this month, according to the organization. The gently used books were originally contributed at Goodwill SOLAC donation centers. The total value of the books is estimated at $100,000, according…

The ‘destructive’ choice between abuser and homelessness

Local event recognized victims of domestic-violence incidents and promoted prevention strategies

About two weeks ago, the gated community of Island Village– on the border of Seal Beach in southeast Long Beach– was rocked with the sound of gunfire when a husband fatally shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide. Wayne Havron, a 53-year-old off-duty Los Angeles Fire Department captain,…

City of LB celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The City of Long Beach is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October for the second consecutive year with two signature events coordinated by Long Beach’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD). This year’s national theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” On Thursday, Oct. 26, a public celebration to commemorate Disability Employment Awareness Month…

A scorching situation

Photos by Denny Cristales | Signal Tribune Firefighters responded to a widespread fire in Anaheim Hills on the morning of Oct. 9, as several homes were evacuated. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia wrote on his Facebook page that a Long Beach Fire Department strike team had been deployed to assist in the fire. As of…

15 years of kindness

Dignity Health–St. Mary Medical Center on Oct. 6 honored one of its long-time volunteers, Tim Smith, with its Humankindness Award for his dedicated service to the hospital’s CARE Center Food Pantry. For the past 15 years, Smith, a career education teacher for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, has taught hundreds of teenagers and…

Long Beach Shakespeare Company celebrates 15 years of theatre

Performances to continue as director Helen Borgers remains in hospital

As Hamlet says, “The play’s the thing…” No, not Hamlet the Pig– the cute, ruff-collared mascot of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s (LBSC)– the other Hamlet from William Shakespeare’s play. And plays have been the thing at the LBSC, a gem in the Long Beach community that has brought relevant classics to life for 15…

LBCC opens new building, renovates another to house various programs

College moves Electrical Technology Program to its Pacific Coast Campus

It wasn’t your typical ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning at the Pacific Coast Campus of Long Beach City College (LBCC), when the site’s officials, staff and students celebrated the grand opening of a new building and the completed renovation of another. The one who had the honor of actually cutting the ribbon was a robot designed…