Around Town: April 24, 2008

Local events and happenings for the coming week.

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR HELPING PEOPLE
Teams of local firefighters will fan out with boots in hand across L.A. County today through Saturday, April 26, for their annual Fill–the–Boot fundraiser for children and adults with muscle–wasting diseases. Firefighters will be located at the following cross streets: Avalon and Carson in Carson; Santa Fe and Del Amo in Compton; Artesia and Pioneer in Cerritos; and Lakewood and Del Amo in Lakewood. Call Dave Gillotte at (310) 639-1014 for more info.

TIRED OF THE PRESSURE?
Big O Tires is helping motorists learn basic tire care this week during National Tire Safety Week, a tire industry initiative to teach drivers about proper tire safety and maintenance. Drivers can take advantage of free tire pressure inflation services at all Big O Tires locations. Tire technicians will even show motorists how to check their own tire pressure and tread depth and provide other important tire care tips. Big O Tires can be located at 1181 E. Pacific Coast Highway (at Orange Avenue).

FAMILY FIESTA FAIR
The St. Joseph Parish and Elementary School Fair will take place Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27 at the school, which is on the corner of Willow Street and Palo Verde Avenue in Long Beach. Hours for the fiesta-themed fair are 4 p.m.–10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. Rides, games, prizes and lots of food make this a great activity for the whole family. Call (562) 596-6115 for more info.

ROLL UP THOSE SLEEVES!
The Los Altos Little League is having its 2nd annual blood drive at El Dorado Park for patients of Miller Children’s Hospital from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26. For more info, call Cheryl Berlow at (562) 234-9516. Those who can’t attend the blood drive but still want to help the hospital’s patients can contact the blood donor center at (562) 933-0808.

WALK, TALK AND GAWK At SIDEWALK CHALK
Second Street will come alive with the Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Contest Sunday, April 29 starting at 9 a.m. More than 100 artists are expected, but spaces are still available. The first 75 registrants have already been accepted for free. Anyone else registering will need to pay $10 on Sunday morning upon arrival. For more info, go to http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html.

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN…..ANOTHER ADULT?
The 2008 National Adult Spelling Bee in Long Beach is now accepting entrants for the upcoming local bee. $1,000 will be awarded, with $500 going to the individual who wins and $500 going to his/her favorite nonprofit, school, or church. Any adult, at least 16 years old, who is a resident or student in the U.S. may enter. The entry fee is $20 advance or $40 at the door. Spectators are welcome; admission is $5, payable at the event, which will take place Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo in Long Beach. Check out www.AdultSpellingBee.com for entry form.

TWELVE INFLUENTIAL WOMEN
The Historical Society of Long Beach will host a book/DVD release and signing event from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10 for Breaking Through, Lighting the Way: Twelve Black Women Who Made a Difference in Long Beach History at 4260 Atlantic Ave. Contact Carolyn Watts at (562) 427-3702 for more info and go to www.sunnynash.com to see an excerpt of the DVD.

THEATRICAL TEST–DRIVE
As part of Long Beach Playhouse’s ongoing commitment to help emerging playwrights, the theater is presenting its New Works Festival, staged readings that help the playhouse discover new plays that may be suitable for full productions. The next reading will be that of Heartland by Anita Simons and Lauren Simon on Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m. Pay–what–you–can donations are accepted, and a discussion will follow the reading. The playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St. Call (562) 494-1616 for more info.

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