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What Food and toy drive
Who McKenzie Mortuary
Where 3843 E. Anaheim St.
When Friday, Dec. 13 throughout the month of December
More Info McKenzie Mortuary will be collecting donations throughout the holiday season. The mortuary will match donations, based on the monetary value of the donated items. Unused gift cards can also be donated. Donations can be dropped off at the funeral home, or pick-ups can be arranged. Call (562) 961-9301.

What Library Fines Amnesty Month
Who Signal Hill Library
Where 1770 E. Hill St.
When Friday, Dec. 13 through the month of December
More Info The Signal Hill Library will waive all overdue fines during the month of December.

What Parents’ Night Out
Who City of Signal Hill Community Services Department
Where Signal Hill Youth Center, 1780 E. Hill St.
When Friday, Dec. 13 from 6:30pm to 10pm
More Info Parents will be able to drop off their kids for a night of games, crafts and more. Cost is $15 per child. Pre-registration is required. Call (562) 989-7325.


What Christmas pageant outdoor walk
Who Local churches
Where 5500 block of Wardlow Road to Bellflower Boulevard
When Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 15 from 7:30pm to 9pm
More Info The route will begin at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, continue to the Neighborhood Church, back along Wardlow Road to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and Long Beach Christian Reformed Church (LBCRC), and will end at University Baptist. Each church will have additional musical performances in their sanctuaries.

What 60th anniversary celebration
Who Long Beach Republican Women Federated
Where Pacific Room at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow.
When Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9:30am to 11:30am
More Info A number of previous club presidents, local candidates, area elected officials and staff will join club members and associate members to celebrate the group’s history in Long Beach. Visit Visit .

What Family holiday event
Who California Heights United Methodist Church
Where 3759 Orange Ave.
When Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10am to noon
More Info The event will include crafts, games, the nativity, and activities for children of all ages. Admission is free, but canned food items will be donated to the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Visit or call (562) 595-1996.

What Free pictures with Santa
Who Deforest Park Neighborhood Association and Alvarez Realty
Where Deforest Park, 6255 Deforest Ave
When Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11am to 3pm
More Info This will be a free event for the residents of Deforest Part and the surrounding community. Call Javier Alvarez at (562) 318-4021.

What Holiday party
Who Democratic Women’s Study Club of Long Beach
Where Polly’s Pies, 4680 E. Los Coyotes Diagonal
When Saturday, Dec. 14 from noon to 2pm
More Info The holiday party will be co-hosted by Congressman Alan Lowenthal, Senator Ricardo Lara, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Vice-Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, Sunny Zia and Megan Kerr. A traditional turkey meal will be served. The cost is $10 for members and guests and $25 to attend and join or renew. Both men and women are welcome to attend the holiday party and become members of the DWSC. Call (562) 652-5600.

What Holiday networking
Who California Writers Club
Where Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 E Britton Dr.
When Saturday, Dec. 14 from 3pm to 5pm
More Info The meeting will allow attendees to meet local writers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish for a potluck. Call (562) 400-1100 or visit .

What Ugly Sweater Kidical Mass Neighborhood Bike Ride
Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association
Where Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave.
When Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1pm
More Info Kids and adults will bike for roughly two and a half miles, beginning at Georgie’s Place. Participants are encouraged to wear an ugly sweater to celebrate the holidays. Email, visit kidicalmass.html or call (562) 595-0081.

What Advent Celebration concert
Who Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church
Where 3759 Orange Ave.
When Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3pm
More Info The concert will feature music groups Fire Within Us, the Chancel Choir, and Chancel Orchestra. The program will include “Gloria” by Boccherini and contemporary and traditional holiday selections. Visit or call (562) 595-1996. Free-will offerings will be accepted. Child care will be provided.


What 85th anniversary celebration
Who Signal Hill Library
Where 1770 E. Hill St.
When Tuesday, Dec. 17 from noon to 8pm
More Info The library will be serving cake and beverages all day in honor of their 85th anniversary.


What Annual Community Holiday Party
Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association
Where Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave.
When Thursday, Dec. 19 from 7pm to 10pm
More Info The community celebration will feature live music from Mexico68 and Bearcoon, food, giveaways and an opportunity for association members and the community to meet, greet, mix, mingle and network. Entry will cost $5. Call (562) 595-0081 or email

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