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STROLL THE KNOLLS, SAVOR THE FLAVOR
It’s A Grind Coffee House, 4245 Atlantic, is the new home for the Bixby Knolls Strollers. The group meets there every Saturday at 7:15am and leaves for the walk at 7:30am. Free coffee is provided to all strollers.

CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION SATURDAY
Members from the Red Cross and the Long Beach Fire Department will conduct CPR Saturday on May 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Long Beach City College, 4901 E. Carson Street. This event teaches CPR and other safety practices to members of the community at a reduced rate. For more info, contact Frank Hayes at (562) 570-2586 or frank_hayes@longbeach.gov.

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 be held 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”).

WHAT WOULD RICHARD PRYOR THINK?
The Long Beach Playhouse is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Clean Comedy Nights, which take place the first Sunday of each month. The first comedy night took place May 2007 to a sold-out crowd of 105 people. The word has since spread and sold-out shows continue with some people actually having to be turned away. Each month the show organizer, Brian Mann, puts together a lineup of top comedians from all over the Southern California area. The lineup of comedians for June includes: Mike McCulley, Tom Riehl, Jay Hewlett, Barry Weisenberg, and a comedian who has made appearances on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno–Steve Mittleman. Doors open Sunday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office or online at www.LBPH.com. The Playhouse is located at 5021 East Anaheim Street.

GET THE 4-1-1 ON DISTRICT 5
Gerrie Schipske will host a 5th District community meeting Monday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Senior Community Center, 2800 Studebaker Road. Schipske will be providing updates on several issues impacting the 5th Council District. For more info, go to www.schipskedistrict5journal.com

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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