Local events and happenings for the upcoming week
New Year’s Eve Sleepover
The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to join them in ringing in the new year with their New Year’s Eve Family Sleepover on Monday, Dec. 31. The event, which begins at 5 p.m. Monday and lasts until 7 a.m. Tuesday, will give guests the opportunity to celebrate with the fish as they observe the nocturnal behaviors of the Aquarium’s animals. Participants will get to feed fish, watch a 3D film and sleep in front of one of the Aquarium’s exhibits while counting down to the New year. The cost is $60 for each Aquarium member and $70 for non-members. Price includes a pizza dinner, snack, breakfast, beverages and a souvenir T-shirt. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.
Say Cheese, Long Beach
A 24-hour digital photo contest for amateurs and professionals hosted by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team will take place in Long Beach from noon to noon on Jan. 5-6. Documenting and celebrating vibrant life in Long Beach, California, the best images will be awarded cash and prizes. Entry is free and all ages are welcome. Photographers do not have to live or work in Long Beach to enter. The public can view the top 200 images at a free outdoor exhibit on Saturday, Jan. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of Washington Mutual Bank, 5200 East 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the reception. Details and rules are posted online at www.JustinRudd.com/photocontest.html or send an email to JustinRudd@aol.com.
University Women Meeting
Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud will be speaking to the Long Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. Doud will speak about her duties as City Auditor and about being the second woman to ever take on the role. The meeting will be held at The Grand Long Beach Event Center, located at 4101 Willow Street in Long Beach. The program is open to the public. For more information, call (714) 894-9416 or visit www.aauw-longbeach.org.
Comic Art Workshop
David G. Brown’s Comic Art Workshop is coming to Signal Hill Park Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 3:30 p.m. Experience Brown’s hands-on program, which demonstrates drawing techniques used in comic books, story boards and animation. Participants will learn to draw their favorite cartoons and superheroes or even create their own. For more information call (562) 989-7330.
Volunteer Tutors Needed
OASIS and the Long Beach Unified School District need volunteers 50 and older for one hour a week to help children ranging from kindergarten to third grade for one-on-one assistance to improve their reading skills. Training will be held on Jan. 10, Jan. 11, and Jan. 31, 2008. For more information, call (562) 601-5009 or visit www.oasisnet.org.
Ham Radio Classes
The Shoreline Yacht Club is offering no-code ham radio classes in 2008. On January 19 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the club will be teaching the course for those interested in receiving their technician license. The cost for the class is $70 and it includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and textbook. After the final class, students will have the opportunity to take the FCC license exam for an additional $14. To enroll in the ham radio class, call (562) 435-4093 or e-mail the club at email@example.com.
Learn from a panel of experts what you can do to stop scam artists in their tracks. Come discuss legislation pertaining to identy theft and scams in such areas as insurance, telemarketing, consumer products and home improvements. Presented by Assemblymember Betty Karnette, the program will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25 inside the Signal Hill City Hall Council Chamber at 2175 Cherry Avenue.