Around Town : August 21, 2008

Local events and happenings for the coming week.

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association has added a little twist to its guest speaker series for its monthly Community Happy Hours. This month Mayor Bob Foster will be giving his presentation on the “Roman Republic” rather than an abbreviated state-of-the-city address to Bixby Knolls business owners and residents. The free event is open to everyone and will will take place today at 5:30 p.m. at Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Avenue. For more info, call (562) 595-0081 or

The public is invited to join Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich and Seventh District Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga for a joint community budget meeting today from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Avenue. For more info, call Gabelich’s office at (562) 570-6685.

Dr. Robert Dalrymple will be speaking at the Aquarium of the Pacific Honda Theater, 100 Aquarium Way on Tuesday, August 26 at 7 p.m., as part of the Top 10 Lecture Series. He will draw on his experiences in tsunami-flooded Thailand and hurricane-flooded New Orleans to illustrate two coastal hazards and some lessons learned. Cost is $7 for the public, $4 for Aquarium members and students with ID. Reservations recommended. Call (562) 590-3100 ext. 0 or visit

The Signal Hill Youth Library Program will feature “Illusions by Allen” on Wednesday, August 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Signal Hill Community Center, 1780 E Hill Street. Billed as “a well polished act with a live rabbit and doves, astonishing slight of hand, fun comedy for all ages, incredible levitation and plenty of audience participation,” this show is a free presentation sponsored by the library. Call (562) 989-7330.

The Kiwanis Club of Bixby Knolls/North Long Beach will be having “A Golf Tournament in Miniature” on Thursday, September 4 at Boomers in Fountain Valley at 16800 Magnolia St., right off the San Diego Freeway. The event will start with a casual buffet dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. “shotgun” start. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners, plus everyone gets a chance to win some of the great prizes. The cost is $25 per person, $10 for children under 12. For more info, contact Susan Cooper via email at or call (562) 508-1707.

The September selection for the Bixby Knolls Literary Society will be The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. Julie Rivett, one of four grandchildren of Dashiell Hammett, will be the special guest discussion leader. Although her only memories of her grandfather stem from a weeklong visit to Martha’s Vineyard in 1960, her famous grandfather continues to play an important role in her life. Working with Hammett scholar Richard Layman, she helped to edit both Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett 1921-1960 and her mother’s memoir, Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers. The next Society meeting will be Wednesday, September 10 at 7 p.m. at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Avenue. For more info, call the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association at (562) 595-0081.

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