Around Town

GIVE A PINT TO RECEIVE A PINT
Those who donate blood to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center: Miller Children’s Hospital during the months of May, June, July and August will receive a free pint of ice cream. Appointments can be made by calling (562) 933-0808 or by visiting 2801 Atlantic Avenue.

KICK IT AT THE KIWANIS KARNIVAL
The Kiwanis Club of Bixby Knolls/North Long Beach is having its annual Kiwanis Karnival during Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through May 26, at Houghton Park, located at Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street. Hours of the carnival are Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Monday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The “Friday Night Special” is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when all rides are only 50¢ each. The Kiwanis Club is offering ride “wristbands” on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Wristbands cost $18.00 and give unlimited access to all rides for the day. Admission is $1, and children ages 3 and under are free. All proceeds are given directly back into the local community through Long Beach schools, food banks, and other nonprofit organizations.

HAVE A WAFFLE WITH THE ELKS
The Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge #888, 16426 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower, invites the public to its monthly breakfast on Sunday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to noon. Admission is $5.50 per person for the buffet-style breakfast, which includes eggs as you like them, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee.

MAKE YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER PROUD
Pulitzer-Prize winning author Sonia Nazario will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library’s Annual Literary Luncheon Saturday, May 31 at noon at the Reef Restaurant, 880 Scenic Drive in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 438-9818.

A THEATRICAL TEST-DRIVE
Heartland by Anita Simons and Lauren Simon will be the next play featured in the Long Beach Playhouse’s New Works Festival, part of the playhouse’s ongoing commitment to help established and emerging playwrights develop new work. Admission is based on a “pay what you can” policy and the staged reading will be followed by a discussion of the play. The reading will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E Anaheim Street. Call (562) 494-1616 for more info.

TRY, KIDS, TRY…..AT THE TRIKIDSTRI
The second annual TriKidsTri Youth Triathlon will take place at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow Street, Sunday, June 1 at 7:30 a.m. This is a unique sporting event just for kids to swim, bike and run. There will be separate distances for ages 6-9 and 10-14 so this is a perfect event for all active kids wanting to experience a real swim, bike, run event. The cost is $35 per participant plus a $5 USAT fee. Proceeds help support youth programming at the AJCC and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Registration for this event is available at www.active.com (type in “TriKidsTri California”).

RAP SESSION FOR THE HEARING-IMPAIRED
Hearing Loss Association, Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter, a support group offering education on coping skills and resources to help survive in a hearing world, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue in Lakewood. Admission is free. On June 12 the group will start at 6 p.m. with a pot-luck followed by a rap session on coping strategies that work. Call (562) 433-6509 for more info.

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