Around Town : July 24, 2008

Local Events and Happenings for the coming week.

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center each month hosts “The Inspirations,” a support group for persons living with chronic lung disease. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month and meets today from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center Conference Room, 2840 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 210. Call (562) 933-5864 for more info.

The Wrigley Association is cosponsoring the second annual summer fest which takes place tonight at Veterans Park, 101 East 28th Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will conclude with Movies in the Park, featuring Bee Movie. For more info, visit

Long Beach Police Department is having its 3rd Annual “9-9-9” Benefit Ride Saturday, July 26 at 9 a.m. to raise money for the department’s Widows and Orphans Fund. Free breakfast will be served at Life Style Cycles, 1534 N. State College Blvd., in Anaheim, which will be the starting point of the ride, to begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at Blue Cafe, 210 Promenade, in Long Beach. For more info, email

The Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge # 888, 16426 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower, invites the public to its monthly breakfast on Sunday, July 27 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.

The Signal Hill Friends of the Library will welcome author Vonda Pelto at their Monday, July 28 meeting at Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E Hill Street. Her book Without Remorse is an account of her years working as a clinical psychologist counseling serial killers. From 1979 to 1982, Pelto worked with Freeway Killers James Munro and William Bonin, and Hillside Stranglers Kenneth Bianchi, Angelo Buono Jr. and many others. Copies of her book will be for sale. Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. and will be a free program.

Friends of Long Beach Animals will have its annual membership meeting and election on Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Signal Hill Community Center, 1780 E. Hill Street. The evening’s topic will be “Walk on the Wild Side.” The public is invited to meet Steve Strichart of the Southern California Herpetology Association and LBAC Officer Kevin Law and enjoy their presentation about creatures that crawl. For more info, call (562) 988-SNIP (7647).

The August selection for the Bixby Knolls Literary Society is The Golden Spur by Dawn Powell. The book tells the story of Jonathan Jamison who, at the age of 26, leaves his Ohio home in search of his father in Greenwich Village. Jonathan’s mother had worked as a typist briefly in the Village before she returned home and married what she found a rather conventional man. She delivered prematurely and told Jonathan that his true father was in New York. And Jonathan goes to search for his father– and himself. The next society meeting will be on Tuesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Avenue. For more info call (562) 595-0081.

Long Beach Memorial will host a lecture entitled “Cancer Patients, Survivors and Loved Ones” on Thursday, August 14 at 6 p.m. at Cal State Long Beach’s Soroptimist House, 5900 Beach Drive. The latest findings on the psychosocial effects of cancer and chemotherapy will be discussed. Cost is $25, which includes refreshments and parking. To RSVP or for more info, call (562) 933-0100.

The Long Beach Bar Association is presenting the Annual Kenneth Zommick Charity Golf Classic to benefit Shortstop, which teaches at-risk youth and their families about legal rights and responsibilities and consequences to their actions by giving them a taste of what it would be like to go into custody. The event takes place at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 12, 2008 at the El Dorado Park Golf Course. For more info, visit

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