Around Town: Oct. 30, 2008

Local Events and Happenings for the coming week.

The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Long Beach Department of Community Development, Neighborhood Services Bureau invite the community to celebrate the dedication of a new “Welcome to Cambodia Town” mural Saturday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. at 1350 East Anaheim Street. The 53′ x 17′ mural was designed and produced by Long Beach artist Guillermo Avalos. He and the community members who volunteered to help him design and paint the mural will be honored. Call Heather Green at (562) 570-1786.

The Monday, Nov. 3 Wrigley Association meeting at Veterans Park Community Center, 101 W. 28th St., will feature Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts and City Prosecutor Tom Reeves, who will discuss how the budget cuts have affected their departments and how they work together to get results for the community. They will also discuss the effects that the budget cuts will have on the community and participate in an informal Q&A. Beforehand, there will be refreshments and a mixer at 6:45 p.m. followed by a short general meeting from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visit

Starting today, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, with assistance from the American Red Cross, will operate special influenza vaccination clinics for seniors and others at high-risk for serious complications of flu. Long Beach Unified School District students can get free flu vaccinations Monday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Nov. 7 at the LBUSD Adult Center, 3701 E. Willow Ave. Hours are 2 p.m. to 5 pm. Students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. There are various participating locations, and special services offered, including free flu shots for seniors. Call (562) 570-4221 for more info or appointments.

Residents can beat the holiday rush and support the Signal Hill Public Library. By shopping at Barnes & Noble bookstore at Long Beach Towne Center, 7651 Carson Blvd, from Friday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 9, shoppers can notify the cashier to donate a percentage of their purchases to the library, at no extra cost. Call (562) 989-7324.

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center will host its 8th Annual Caregiver Conference in the hospital’s Houssels Forum on Monday, Nov 10 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn from a Long Beach Memorial physician how to take care of themselves while taking care of others. RSVP required. Call (562) 933-1650.

The Disabled Resources Center will start a Peer Counseling Training on Tuesday, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the center, located at 2750 E. Spring St. Ste.100. The training is an eight-week communications course which will prepare them to volunteer with nonprofits. Call Cheryl Wilson at (562) 427-1000 ext. 23.

“Let’s Talk Port”- the Port of Long Beach’s series of informal community forums- will be at its last stop of the year at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., on November 19 at 7 p.m. The program features a presentation on Port operations, followed by questions and comments from the audience. There will be refreshments and giveaways. Call (562) 590-4121 or email

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