Be A Bookworm

The January 2010 selection for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s Literary Society is Wonderland by Joyce Carol Oates. The next Society meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7pm at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave. Call (562) 997-1494.

Adventures in Cardiovascular Medicine

Respected cardiologist and Harvard Medical School professor of medicine Dr. Eugene Braunwald will give a talk on cardiovascular medicine on Jan. 8 at 4:30pm in the Van Dyke Theater at Long Beach Memorial, 2801 Atlantic Avenue. Call (562) 933-7174 to register.

Mandarin Classes Come to Los Cerritos

Starting this January, Los Cerritos Elementary School, in conjunction with Savior Faire Language School, will begin offering Mandarin classes to all elementary age children. The course kicks off with a demonstration class on Friday, Jan. 9 at 2:45pm, and will be held regularly on Tuesdays from Jan. 19-Mar. 23 at the Los Cerritos School Library,…

Little League Signups

Baseball, softball and challenger players can register to participate in the 2010 season on Saturday, January 2, 9 or 16 from 11am to 3pm at El Dorado Field #6 (the big league field behind the skate park), at the intersection of Studebaker Rd. and Spring St. Online registration is available at

Great-great grandmother “Jerry” remembered

Geraldine “Jerry” Wilma Fosnaugh, Signal Hill city clerk Kathee Pacheco’s mother, passed away quietly in her sleep on December 14th. The 90-year-old great-great grandmother is survived by her husband Harland, daughter Kathee, son-in-law Al, three grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Thoughts from the Publisher

Happy New Year’s! Those words have been in the air for the last few days and will linger there for a few more. Many of us look at the New Year as an opportunity to start life anew with big resolutions, like to quit smoking, diet or to simply make small changes in our lives.

A commentary on commentaries

By Rachael Rifkin Staff Writer I kept trying to figure out what bothered me so much about the Dec. 25, 2009 commentary “The First Christmas Gift” by staff writer Nick Diamantides. There’s the obvious– I’m a Jew and we don’t believe in telling God that we “want to receive Christ” as our Lord and Savior.…

Sierra Club Hosts Energy Efficiency Presentation

Under the soon-to-be launched Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Program, property owners can receive low-interest loans—to be repaid through tax bills—for energy projects. The Long Beach Sierra Club will be hosting a free presentation on this new national program on January 6 at 7:30pm at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 East Willow St.

Free Classes Offered at 360 Combat Club

The 360 Combat Club, 1136 E. Willow St., will be holding an open house every Thursday in the month of January. Open house events include free kick boxing or Krav Maga (a self defense system originally developed for the Israeli military) classes. The first open house class begins at 6pm and the last one starts…

Contest Win Will Benefit Local Nonprofits

Held in conjunction with the 2009 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, The Long Beach Convention & Visitor Bureau’s 2nd Annual Dog House Decorating Contest highlights local organizations and raises funds for local charities. This year’s winner of Best in Show—the LB Transit for their “Pawsport” dog house—donated their $3,500 first place winnings to the Long Beach City…

Garden Trends for 2010

By Jennifer E. Beaver Last year, it became politically correct to be a gardener. For the first time since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden in 1943, the White House included a vegetable garden in its expansive grounds. It was a move that set the tone for the country. Community gardens sprang up across town…

Greening the holiday season

Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than the rest of the year, which amounts to about 1.2 million extra tons per week. Taking a few simple steps can easily reduce this annual waste.