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What Book signing
Who Author Jack Mierop
Where Babe’s Kitchen, 1106 E. Wardlow Rd.
When Friday, Aug. 9 from 10am to 1pm.
More Info Award-winning communication professor Jack Mierop will present his book Becoming…. In his book, Mierop assists readers in shifting their thought processes toward seeking answers and creating a positive self-image.

What Book club and author talk
Who The Long Beach Main Public Library
Where Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave.
When Saturday, Aug. 10 at noon
More Info The book club will discuss the book Runaway Girl with the author Carissa Phelps. Light refreshments will be provided. At 2pm, Phelps will give a talk at the Main Library Auditorium to share her personal story of being a runaway and homeless at age 12. Call (562) 570-6420.

What 81st Annual Great American Picnic
Who Democratic Women’s Study Club of Long Beach
Where Wardlow Park, 3457 Stanbridge Ave.
When Saturday, Aug. 10 at noon
More Info This year’s event co-hosts include Congressmember Janice Hahn, Congressmember Alan Lowenthal, Senator Ricardo Lara, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, former Councilmember Tonia Reyes-Uranga, and others. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be donated and grilled by Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372. Call (562) 652-5600 or email .

What Re-dedication and Open House
Who Long Beach City College
Where 4901 East Carson St., Building A Courtyard
When Monday, Aug. 12 at 10:30am
More Info LBCC’s Student Services Center, a place where students can access all student services, will be re-dedicated with the unveiling of a plaque, refreshments, giveaways and tours of the new facility.

What General meeting
Who National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
Where Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.
When Monday, Aug. 12 at 1pm
More Info Financial adviser Kathryn Hackny will be the speaker. NARFE meetings recur the second Monday of each month.

What House-flipping workshop
Who California Flipping Network
Where Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave.
When Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 6pm to 8pm
More Info California Flipping Network will present a free, two-hour workshop for beginning investors and realtors on how to get started finding, fixing, and flipping houses. Featured speaker will be Lloyd Segal, author of Flipping Houses. RSVP required. Call (310) 379-0101 or visit .

What Annual Fifth District community meeting
Who Hosted by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske
Where Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 6pm to 8pm
When Long Beach Water Treatment Plant, 2950 Redondo Ave.
More Info The meeting will focus on the 2014 Fiscal Year budget. Residents are invited to comment and make suggestions about the mayor’s proposed budget. Call (562) 570-6932.

What Musical comedy
Who Jammin Music
Where Bixby Knolls Christian Church, 1240 E. Cason St.
When Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7:30pm and Sunday, Aug. 18 at 6:30pm
More Info Jammin’ Music will host a production of Aladdin, directed by Cheri Harris. Call (562) 490-0220.

What 4th Annual Free Children’s Public Theater
Who Friends of Bixby Park
Where Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave.
When Sunday, Aug. 18 starting at 11am
More Info Performance by Bob Baker Marionettes will begin at 11am. At 4pm, there will be a fundraiser, in which attendees may purchase food from local gourmet food trucks. After the fundraiser, Long Beach Cinematique will present an outdoor screening of Mary Poppins. Visit .

What Housing Element Workshop
Who City of Signal Hill
Where Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St.
When Monday, Aug. 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
More Info The City will conduct a workshop about the Housing Element Update for 2013-2021. The purpose of the workshop is to receive public input and share information about the legal requirements and purpose of the Housing Element. Call Colleen at (562) 989-7344 or email .

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