Fall fashion show to benefit college student program

“Fall Fashion 08,” a fashion show fundraiser to benefit Operation Jump Start, will take place Sunday, October 26 at The Reef, 880 S. Harbor Scenic Drive Long Beach, CA 90802. From 11 a.m. to noon, attendees can participate in a silent auction featuring a variety of exciting items donated by local businesses followed by lunch.…

Remotely Familiar: Umberto D

By Cory Bilicko Umberto D didn’t stand a chance when it was released. A neorealist film that dramatizes the struggles of an elderly man nearing destitution in post-war Rome, it premiered to Italian audiences in 1952 who were ready to put the past behind them and look to the brighter economic future that would indeed…

Websites help consumers select contractors, decorate homes

By Rachael Rifkin Memoirist I love collecting helpful hints. When someone’s recommendation helps me get out those stubborn brown stains from a pan or points me in the direction of a restaurant that actually delivers to Cal Heights, it makes my day. Besides my mother-in-law, who is a bottomless pit of information, I like to…

Food, beverage industry leaders to be honored

The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), formerly known as The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), is celebrating its 34th Annual Food and Beverage Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 23, at The Hyatt Regency in Long Beach. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7…

FOLBA sponsors virtual ‘walk’ for animals

Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA) is hosting a month-long trek to help our animal friends. In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, the virtual “walking” begins on October 1 and will end October 31. Along with the Virtual Walk will be a great auction as well as a Virtual Blessing…

Reptile show crawls its way to Nature Center

On Sunday, September 28, the Southern California Herpetology Association had a reptile show at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach. Approximately 2,500 people passed through the doors that day. Pictured are SCHA member Steve Strichart and his grandson Carson Cooper, 2, with an 18-foot Burmese python named Rama. For more information about the…

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to give keynote at Speaker Series

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh will give the keynote address at the second annual Cal State University, Long Beach Distinguished Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 15 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the university campus. One of the most heralded investigative journalists of our generation, Hersh will address and update issues raised…

Harbor Gateway neighborhood to host candidate forum

Harbor Gateway neighborhood to host candidate forum The people of the Harbor Gateway South Neighborhood invite the public to a candidate forum to take place during their next neighborhood council meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 9 at Halldale Avenue School Auditorium, 21514 Halldale Avenue, in Torrance. The candidates’ forum will be in three…