Around Town : August 28, 2008

Local events and happenings for the coming week.

The Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge # 888, 16426 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower, invites the public to its monthly breakfast on Sunday, August 31 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.

Long Beach Heritage is hosting Bembridge House Home Tours every Tuesday and every fourth Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bembridge House, 953 Park Circle (Park Circle is located at the west end of 10th Street at Drake Park). Considered one of the most significant historic properties in Long Beach, the 1906 Queen Anne Victorian is being restored for use as a public educational resource. The home is listed as a local, state and federal historic landmark. Suggested donation is $5 per person. For reservations for large groups, call (562) 493-7019.

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.

Councilman Dee Andrews will be hosting a “Sixth District Evening” at the Long Beach Museum of Art from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 5 at the museum, which is located at 2300 E. Ocean Boulevard. Admission to the museum and parking are free, but RSVP is required. Call (562) 570-6816.

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. Both books were nominated for Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America. 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.

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 youth 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 Gold Course. Visit

Children’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will have its annual membership luncheon and tour for current and potential members at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Children’s Hospital, Conference Room A, 2801 Atlantic Avenue at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16. Contact Jane Nielsen at (562) 933-2309.

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