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The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce’s February membership meeting will take place today from noon to 1:30pm in the Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 East Hill Street (behind the library). The featured speaker will be Kelly Flint with a presentation on “The Power of email Marketing.” Flint is a marketing expert with more than 11 years of experience developing and implementing marketing strategies for small businesses and organizations and is the regional development director for Constant Contact. She uses her expertise to teach effective e-mail marketing strategies to small businesses and organizations, explaining how technology can be used to develop strategic partnerships with customers as a key to growing business. Socialize with other Chamber members, local officials, and legislative representatives while enjoying lunch prepared by Triple R Catering. Cost is $25 per person but will be discounted to $15 for members with advance reservations made before noon on the day before the luncheon. Make reservations by leaving a voicemail message at (562) 424-648 or by visiting and clicking on the “Pay Online” tab.
The Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church will present the program “Celebrating Music of the Theater” on Saturday, February 28. This dinner theatre fundraiser for the choir, Fire Within Us, will include selections from Porgy and Bess, Gypsy, Company, and other shows. Dinner is at 6pm with the program at 7pm. Suggested donation for the dinner is $20. Tickets available pre-sale or at the door. The church is located at 3759 Orange Avenue. Go to or call (562) 595-1996.
Community Hospital of Long Beach will host a free health lecture entitled “There is More to Diabetes Than You Can Imagine!” by Linda Basile, RN, certified diabetes educator, on Wednesday, March 4 from 6:30pm to 8pm. There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware they have the disease. In addition, there are 57 million Americans who have pre-diabetes. Learn more about how to live with diabetes and help loved ones who have been diagnosed. Call (562) 494-0532 to make reservations. The event will take place in the hospital’s auditorium at 1720 Termino Avenue.
The story of two men (Kurt Wedberg and Greg Mortenson) raised on opposite sides of the world who came to climb the tallest mountains in Asia will be told at the monthly meeting of the Long Beach Sierra Club, Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30pm. at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E. Willow Street. Wedberg, who grew up in a Sierra Club family climbing Southern California’s mountains, will share his observations and love of the outdoors, including the backcountry of the High Sierras. His talk will be preceded by a video introduction of Mortenson. The event is free and open to the public.
“Presidency, Media, Gender and Race in America” will be the topic of Dr. Caroline Heldman’s lecture at the Saturday, March 7 American Association of University Women (AAUW) monthly luncheon meeting at The Grand– Pacific Room, 4101 E Willow St. Heldman received her Ph.D in political science from Rutgers University and is currently an assistant professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She has co-authored Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House? The program begins at 11am with lunch served at noon. All prospective members are invited. Reservations are necessary; call (562) 421-5348.
Hearing Loss Association, Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter is a support group offering education on coping skills and resources to help survive in a hearing world. HLA meets at 6:30pm on the second Thursday of each month at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue, in Lakewood. Admission is free. Reservations are not necessary. Guest speaker for Thursday, March 12 is Nanci Linke-Ellis, who will be speaking on “Captions, Captions, Captions.” Linke-Ellis is on the California HLA board of directors and president of the Santa Monica Chapter. She is very involved in captioning for movies, theater, etc. Meetings at the Long Beach/Lakewood chapter have been captioned for the past two years and made possible from a grant from Boeing’s Employee Community Fund.

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