A Hero’s Welcome

Ronald McDonald was but one of the VIPs on hand early Tuesday afternoon when Miller Children’s Hospital celebrated the opening of its newly built 124,000-square-foot in-patient pavilion. The ongoing theme for the expansion project has been “The Hero’s Journey,” and the day’s festivities included a parade of those instrumental in getting the facility “off the…

Commentary: True Holiday Spirit

By Bryan Golden Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. The question most often asked of people is, “what did you get?” Much less frequently asked is, “what did you give?” Invariably, the inquiries concern material gifts. Purchasing a gift can certainly be thoughtful and a wonderful gesture, especially…

MoLAA exhibit brings fresh approach to Latin-American geometric abstract art

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is presenting “Sites of Latin American Abstraction: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection,” which inaugurates the Museum’s 2009-2010 schedule. The exhibit, which will remain on view through Jan. 24, proposes a fresh approach to the Latin-American tradition of geometric abstract art produced between the decades of the 1930s…

Art exhibit presents various interpretations of Virgin Mary

Picture This Gallery & Custom Framing, 4130 Norse Way, will host an artist reception for its annual “La Virgen” exhibition on Sunday, December 13 from noon to 4pm. In the exhibit, which will run through Saturday, Jan. 2, various artists will display their own interpretations of the Virgin Mary. Artists include Agustin Baron, Armando Baeza,…

SH Chamber offers info packet for prospective members

The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce has announced the completion of its new membership packet. The Membership Committee has been working to produce an informative package of material about Signal Hill and the Chamber to highlight the benefits of membership. Included in the packet is information about monthly membership luncheons, Second Thursday mixers, benefits of…

New SH ordinance reduces use of landscape irrigation water

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Starting early next year, owners of newly developed, large landscaped areas in Signal Hill will have to employ techniques and install systems that conserve water. The limitations on the use of irrigation water are part of an ordinance adopted by the Signal Hill City Council during its Tuesday night meeting.…

New policies in place for this year’s Belmont Shore Christmas parade

The 27th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade will come to town Saturday, Dec. 5 at a new time of 7pm. A celebrated holiday tradition, the parade features approximately 100 entries, including marching bands, local personalities and dignitaries, floats representing Long Beach businesses and associations, and of course, Santa Claus. This year’s parade theme is “A…

Thoughts from the Publisher

After weeks of taking it easy after a six-week illness, I am now back to work full time. My first “all day” at the office was Tuesday. I drove myself to work in the morning and stayed at the office until 5pm. From there I scooted up to Bixby Knolls to meet with a prospective…

Schools selected by California Business for Education Excellence for 2009 Honor Roll

Eight schools in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) are among the statewide Honor Roll schools announced by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE). Schools receiving the distinction from California’s business community have demonstrated consistently high academic achievement and have made significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all of their students. The CBEE…

Garden Variety: A Book List for Gardeners

By Jennifer E. Beaver With Christmas right around the corner, you may be wondering what to give the gardener in your life. Choose the right book, and the lucky recipient will thank you all year long. Or grab one for yourself. The following reflect my personal preference for gardening books that have practical value. Many…