Around Town

The Long Beach Area League of Women Voters invites members and the public to an informal book discussion at the Los Altos Library (5614 E. Britton Dr.) on Saturday, June 27 from 10am to noon. Anyone interested can just listen or bring a favorite book and say a few words about it. The book can be fiction or non-fiction; prose, poetry, drama or a graphic novel; serious or frivolous or anything in between; current, classic or obscure; uplifting and inspiring or just a good read. There is no charge, and parking is available on the street or in the Los Altos Shopping Center.
Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews is sponsoring a Sixth District “Law Enforcement and Public Safety” Job Fair on Saturday, June 27 from 10am to 1pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Social Hall, 1950 Lemon Avenue. The free job fair will host numerous government agencies and corporations looking for employees to fill positions in law enforcement and pubic safety. Call Tonya Martin at (562) 570-6816.
Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center Summer Carnival and Japanese Cultural Festival will take place Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 at the Center, located at 1766 Seabright Ave., (two blocks west of Santa Fe Avenue and just south of PCH). Festival hours are 3pm to 9pm on Saturday and 1pm to 7:30pm on Sunday. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Off-street parking available in a lot south of the Center. View a special exhibit featuring the untold story of the Manzanar fishermen– “From Barbed Wire to Barbed Hooks.” Live performances include taiko drumming, ondo dancing, and judo and kendo martial arts demonstrations. Also: food, games, crafts, ikebana flower arrangements, bingo, and more. Call (562) 985-8420.
The Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge # 888, 16426 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower, invites the public to its monthly breakfast on Sunday, June 28 from 8am 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.
Bixby Knolls Christian Church will present an informal “Evening on the Patio,” featuring professional flutist and recording artist Michael Morton on Sunday, June 28 from 6:30pm to 8pm at 1240 East Carson St. This is a family event; children are welcome. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided. Call the church at (562) 426-0428.
The Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 East Anaheim St., will host an evening of comedy and entertainment with a performance of SNL (Sunday Night Live) Comedy on Sunday, June 28. Proceeds will benefit two non-profit organizations: Friends of Long Beach Animals and Animal Match Rescue Team, for spay and neuter programs, humane education, and animal welfare. The evening begins at 7pm with happy hour and show time at 8pm. Tickets are $15 per person if ordered in advance or $20 at the door. Audience members must be at least 21 years old with a valid ID to purchase tickets or attend event. Call (562) 988-SNIP (7647).
The Disabled Resources Center, 2750 E. Spring St. Ste. 100, will have a presentation at 1:30pm on Wednesday, July 1 from Heather Hanson of the R.O.A.D.S. Center, which provides a day program for people with emotional or mental illness. Call Cheryl Wilson at (562) 427-1000 ext 23.
The free River Runners fitness-training program will meet every Thursday outside Buono’s restaurant, 401 W. Willow St., at 6:15pm. Park on the street, not in the parking lot. Walkers and runners of all different speeds are welcome. Participants receive a 15-percent discount from Buono’s. Dogs and children welcome too.
The Wrigley Association will celebrate summer with a potluck at Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St., on Monday, July 6 at 7pm. The festivities will begin after a short presentation on the Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor Study. Bring a side dish and a dessert to share. Contact Annie Greenfeld-Wisner at
Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews has announced a Sixth District Community BBQ on Saturday, July 25 from 10am to 4pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. The Long Beach Firefighters Local 372 will cook the free meal, WSS Shoes will host live music and entertainment, and the Weed and Seed program will serve free refreshments. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, or a special summer side dish to share and enjoy a game of cards, checkers, dominos, or horseshoes, while watching kids enjoy sack races and other fun outdoor activities. Call Tonya Martin at (562) 570-6816.
The River Church, 345 E. Carson St., is hosting a Kids Adventure Vacation Bible School July 27–31 from 6pm to 9pm. Kids from preschool age to those entering sixth grade are welcome. For more information and to register, go to or call (562) 981-9168.

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