Local Events and happenings for the coming week.
The Signal Hill Library Book Club is conducting a Women of Mystery series, which will meet every first Friday through December 5 in the library meeting room at 1770 E. Hill Street. Based on the film Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction, this program is for adults over the age of 18. Call (562) 989-7323.
BREAKING THE WAVES
Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell will host a public meeting Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Honda Theater to discuss the timeline and scope of the Long Beach Breakwater Reconnaissance Study. The study, which was approved by the Council in 2005 but remained unfunded until July of 2007, would help determine the federal government’s interest in a full assessment of the breakwater’s reconfiguration. This event is free and open to all residents. There will be a $6 charge for parking. Call (562) 570-6918.
The Seventh Annual Interfaith Blessing of the Animals, in honor of St. Francis Day, will take place Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. on the north side of Marine Stadium, 5225 E. Paoli Way. Included will be a small-dog festival, cat/dog adoptions, Obama/McCain look-alike contest for pets, vendor fair and a chihuahua beauty contest. Visit http://www.hautedogs.org.
STOP ELDER ABUSE
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), in partnership with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ Elder Abuse Prevention Team, invites the public to attend a training that will prepare participants to help save older adults from physical or financial harm. The event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St. Attendance is free, but reservation is required. RSVP by Oct. 3 by calling (562) 506-2801.
The Disabled Resources Center will be offering “Dealing with your Emotions” on Friday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. with Pam Krug from Long Beach Community Hospital as the presenter. The presentation will take place at the Disabled Resources Center at 2750 E. Spring St. Suite 100. Call Cheryl Wilson at (562) 427-1000 ext.23.
AN ODE TO DEAD PRESIDENTS?
Koo’s Art Center, 540 East Broadway, will host kunst AmeriCO.nia!, an art extravaganza dedicated to our consumer culture and its never ending race to the bottom, on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Visit www.thejonesparty.com.
MAKE YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER PROUD
The October selection for the Bixby Knolls Literary Society is Native Son by Richard Wright. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Avenue. The discussion will be led by Dr. Richard Yarborough, who has lectured and published widely on African-American literature and U.S. popular culture, with essays on writers such as Frederick Douglass, Charles W. Chesnutt, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Wright. Call (562) 595-0081.
WALK THE WALK
Support Miller Children’s Hospital in “Walk Across America,” a nationwide three-mile walk. Proceeds will help Miller and other children’s hospitals across the nation tackle the toughest health issues facing kids. “Walk Across America” takes place Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 at 8 a.m. at California State University, Long Beach. To register to walk on behalf of Miller Children’s Hospital, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.togetherforkids.org” www.togetherforkids.org.