Around Town : September 18, 2008

Local events and happenings for the coming week.

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association will host a Community Happy Hour today from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Orozco’s Auto Service, 3619 Atlantic Avenue. Guest speaker will be Andreas Mitisek, executive director of Long Beach Opera. Call (562) 595-0081 or email

The Neighborhood Advisory Group (NAG) will meet today at the Community Center at 2023 Pacific Avenue from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Special guests will include Ray George from the Long Beach Deputy Prosecutors Office, LBPD officers to discuss crime in the area, and Dan Pressburg to discuss the benefits of a business improvement district.

Come learn what your writing reveals about you, your personality, and your subconscious at a handwriting and personality analysis event presented by Sigrid Zandate Friday, Sept. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mirage Coffeehouse, 539 E. Bixby Road. Bring a handwritten writing sample.

The River Church, 345 E. Carson Street, will host a yard sale Saturday, September 20 starting at 8 a.m. All proceeds will help sponsor the mission team heading to Kenya in May 2009 who partner with to serve AIDS orphans. More info at

Volunteers are needed for the 112th consecutive monthly “30-Minute Beach Cleanup” Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. This month’s cleanup is being sponsored by University by the Sea. There is free parking at the start/finish point: 1 Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore. All groups and individuals of all ages are welcome. Bags, gloves, refreshments, volunteer credit forms, door prizes and free parking are provided. Contact Justin Rudd at or (562) 439-3316.

The City of Signal Hill Community Services Department is offering a Discovery Well Park Family Festival Saturday, September 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the park located at 2200 Temple Avenue. Games, crafts, airbrush face painting, musical entertainment, jumper, treasure hunt and more are all free, as well as food available for purchase. Call (562) 989-7330.

The Questing Heirs Genealogical Society of Long Beach will have its September meeting on Sunday, September 21 at 1:15 pm in the Parish Hall of the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1900 East Carson Street (one block west of Cherry Avenue). The topic for the meeting will be “One-Name Studies” presented by Hal Horrocks. Prior to Hal’s presentation, David Werts will discuss “Publishing Your Family Genealogy Hardcopy” and regent Carol Bachand will talk about the Daughters of the American Revolution. Call Liz Myers at (562) 598-3027 or visit

Sunday Night Live, at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., is a comedy night at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, hosted by Lynda Montgomery, with two performances, raffles, door prizes, and beer and wine. 21 and older w/ ID. Proceeds benefit Friends of Long Beach Animals and Animal Match Rescue Team. Purchase tickets for $10 in advance at or $15 at the door.

The Greater Long Beach/San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the Autism Society of America will present a workshop entitled “Empowering Children’s Educational Progress One Parent at a Time” at Emerson Parkside Academy Charter School, in Parent/Teacher Bungalow #35, 2625 Josie Avenue, Tuesday, September 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call Joey Hayashi at (562) 982-9129.

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