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What Author talk
Who Dana Branch Library
Where 3680 Atlantic Ave.
When Friday, July 12 at 11:30am
More Info Marcia Lee Harris will discuss her book Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach’s Inspirational Firebrand. Harris’s book captures the life of Bixby by chronicling her achievements and humanitarianism, in addition to showcasing some of Bixby’s poetry. Harris will be dressed as Bixby to share stories from her book, as well as answer more in-depth questions about Bixby’s life. Call (562) 570-1042 or visit visit .

What Business networking meeting
Who Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Where Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport Hotel, 2640 N. Lakewood Blvd.
When Wednesday, July 17 starting at 7:15am
More Info Corrina Lewis, founder and owner of Professional Sales Advantage, gives a presentation on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Leadership.” Tickets are $15 for members and $30 for non-members. Event will include buffet breakfast and door prizes. Visit .

What 24th annual meeting
Who Friends of Long Beach Animals
Where Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St.
When Thursday, July 18, from 6pm to 8pm
More Info Friends of Long Beach Animals will host a meet-and-greet with refreshments, a business meeting and a presentation on caring for pets. Attendees will learn about spay/neuter programs, humane education, fundraising, community activities and educational seminars. Visit .

What Public hearing on 1-405 Freeway Project
Who Caltrans
Where Hill Classical Middle School, 1100 Iroquois Ave.
When Wednesday, July 24 from 6pm to 8pm
More Info The public will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions about the proposed Caltrans project to widen the I-405 Freeway from Costa Mesa to Orange County/Los Angeles County border. The purpose of the project is to ease traffic congestion and improve traffic, interchange operations and road safety to meet state and federal standards. The review period for the environmental impact report is from June 28 to Aug. 12. Visit .

What Latin Jazz & Blue Festival
Who Hosted by the office of 9th District Long Beach Councilmember Steven Neal
Where Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
When Saturday, July 27 from noon to 8pm
More Info This free community event will feature The Jazz Angels, New Blues Revolution, Dat EZ Band, Box Car 7, Susie Hansen Latin Jazz, and DW3. There will also be a kids zone, food trucks and a vendor fair. Call (562) 570-6137 or email .

What Bixby Knolls Literary Society Meeting
Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave.
When Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 7pm
More Info For the month of August, the Literary Society will read Invisible Man, considered a milestone in American literature since its appearance in 1952. The novel by Ralph Ellison describes the main character’s growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood,” and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the invisible man he imagines himself to be. Call (562) 595-0081.

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