Around Town : March 27, 2008

Local events and happenings for the coming week

Chili Cook-Off
The Long Beach Fire Department has something cooking as several fire stations and amateur chefs serve it up in a Chili Cook-Off tonight at 6 p.m. at the Rock Bottom Brewery, located at 1 Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach. The free event is part of the department’s annual Fire Fighter Ale celebration. For more information, call (562) 570-2519.

Endangered Species Habitat Day
Help save endangered birds from extinction with the Aquarium of the Pacific at the annual Endangered Species Habitat Restoration Day Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will be removing the non-native grasses from the habitat. The event will take place at the Seal Beach Wildlife Refuge, located on the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. The event is free and RSVP is required. For reservations and more information, call (562) 590-3100 or visit

Elks Breakfast
The Elks Lodge of Bellflower/Long Beach is having its monthly breakfast on Sunday, March 30 from 8 a.m. until noon. Enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, waffles, orange juice and biscuits with gravy at this public event. The cost is $5.50 per person and the lodge is located at 16426 Bellflower Boulevard in Bellflower.

Living History Tours
The Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is giving Living History Tours on Sunday, March 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can tour the 164-year-old adobe house with “visitors from the past” who will step forward in time to haunt the Rancho Halls. These “living history” characters will take visitors to the realms of somewhere between 1840 and 1940. The free, guided tours will be offered every half hour throughout the afternoon, with the last tour leaving at 4 p.m. Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 570-1755 or visit

Candidates Forum
The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce and Concerned Citizens of Signal Hill are hosting a Long Beach Unified School Board District 4 Candidates Forum Monday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be moderated by Alan Tolkoff and will take place at the Mercedes Benz Long Beach-Signal Hill meeting room, located at 2300 East Spring Street in Signal Hill.

Community Health Lecture
The Todd Cancer Institute is hosting a community lecture Thursday, April 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The lecture “Vitamins, Minerals and Me” will take place at the Houssels Forum at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, located at 2801 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach. Learn the effects of vitamins and how they can fit into your lifestyle from Todd Cancer Institute medical director Robert Nagourney, MD, who will discuss how vitamins and minerals are essential components of a well designed cancer prevention program. For more information or to RSVP, call (562) 933-0961.

Church Concert Series
The Grace First Presbyterian Church is continuing their concert series with former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The free-will-donation concert will take place in the church’s sanctuary, located at 3955 Studebaker Road in Long Beach. For more information about Juber or the concert, call (562) 420-3393 or visit

Hometown Heroes Event
Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross will be hosting the fourth annual Hometown Heroes Recognition Breakfast Tuesday, April 8 at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel starting at 7:30 a.m. The organization will honor those from the chapter’s nine-city community who found themselves in heroic situations. The Long Beach Hilton Hotel is located at 701 West Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 490-4002.

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