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What Garden planting beautification project
Who Hosted by The Visionaries from the Neighborhood Leadership Program
Where Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd.
When Saturday, July 28 from 8am to 2pm
More Info All members of the community and general public are welcome to come out, take part in the launch and learn about California Native Gardens. This interactive, educational event will include activities for children, such as a coloring contest and the planting of various plant cuttings. Call (562) 570-1010 or email for more information on the Neighborhood Leadership Program.

What Free eco-gardener classes
Who Hosted by the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD)
Where WRD Headquarters, 4040 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood
When Saturday, July 28 from 9am to noon
More Info The WRD is offering a series of classes on how to garden with water wisely. Topics include drought-tolerant plants, irrigation, horticulture and garden design. Sign up by calling (562) 275-4234, emailing or visiting, where the full class schedule is available.

What Fourth annual community health fair
Who Hosted by New Hope
Where New Hope Baptist Church, 1160 New York St.
When Saturday, July 28 from 10am to 2pm
More Info The fair includes free health screenings and referrals, as well as vaccinations, CPR demonstrations and other health-related activities. Participants include the American Red Cross, California Aquatic Therapy and Wellness Center, the Long Beach Fire Department and more local health organizations. The event will have games and prizes for children and free non-perishable foods and clothes.

What Monthly breakfast
Who Hosted by the Long Beach Elks Lodge 888
Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd.
When Sunday, July 29 from 8am to noon
More Info Breakfast will be open to the public at $6.50 per person. The meal includes eggs cooked as requested, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee.

What Community meeting
Who Hosted by Gary Timm, the district manager for the Coastal Commission
Where Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
When Tuesday, July 31 at 7pm
More Info The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust invites community members to learn more about the important role of the Coastal Act and the Coastal Commission in state and local coastal development. A representative from the Long Beach Development Services will also be at the meeting to brief attendees about the status of Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP).

What Jordan Panthers community event
Who Hosted by the Long Beach Panthers Booster Club in collaboration with the Panther Pride Group of the Neighborhood Leadership Program
Where Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
When Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon to 5pm
More Info All members of the community and general public are invited to come join and support the Jordan Panthers football team. There will be food, games, awards and a special guest appearance from an NFL star. The family-friend event hopes to raise awareness of the Long Beach Panthers Booster Club.

What Youth theater performance workshop
Who Hosted by Public Theatre of Long Beach
Where Bungalow Arts Building, 737 Pine Ave.
When Monday through Friday between Aug. 6 and Aug. 19 from 3pm to 7pm
More Info The workshop covers theater games, stagecraft, and vocal technique; it culminates with a two-day performance of comical melodrama Dogsbreath Deveraux, the Dastardly Doctor. Participation costs $125, and ages 10 to 17 are welcomed. Performances are Aug. 17 through 19. Visit .

What Book club meeting
Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Literary Society
Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave.
When Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 7pm
More Info The Society will discuss John le Carré’s famous Cold War novel The Spy Who Came in From The Cold. Parking will be available on Atlantic Avenue, and refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email .

What Informative lecture
Who Hosted by the Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Where Thursday, August 9 at 7pm
When Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave.
More Info Linda DeGuire, Professor Emerita of Mathematics at CalState Long Beach, found her professional career threatened 12 years ago because of her increased hearing loss– until she discovered lip reading (or speech reading) classes at the local chapter of the HLAA. DeGuire will discuss it and how it may help persons hard of hearing. DeGuire now facilitates a Wednesday lip reading class at the local chapter, which resumes Aug. 29 from 9:30am to 11:30am. No reservations necessary, admission is free and light refreshments will be served. All meetings are captioned. Visit or call (562) 438-0597.

What Free electronic waste recycling event
Who Hosted by the American Legion
Where American Legion District 19 Post # 496, 5938 E. Parkcrest St.
When Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9am to 3pm
More Info Items accepted include CRT monitors, televisions, mice and keyboards, LCD monitors, cables, computers, printers, copiers, toners, shredders, DVDs and VCRs, cell phones, fax machines, telephones, laptops, servers, and all other electronics. Fluorescent bulbs as well as household and kitchen appliances are not accepted. Funds will benefit the American Legion District 19 Post # 496. The American Legion is a nonprofit organization that supports veterans and their families, and funds college scholarship opportunities.

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