The Long Beach Police Foundation will host a farewell celebration in honor of Long Beach Police Chief Anthony W. Batts on Friday, Oct. 16 at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, and the community is welcome to attend. After 27 years of service to the Long Beach Police Department and the city of Long Beach, Batts has accepted the position of chief of police for the Oakland Police Department. Reception at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm. Cost is $75 per person, $750 per table of 10, or $1,000 for “partnership table” with preferred seating (and $250 charitable contribution to support the LBPF). Reserve tickets at www.lbpolicefoundation.org or (562) 570-7301.
AN END TO VIOLENCE
As communities across the region and country struggle to address the cycle of violence, the African American Network for Violence-Free Relationships (ANFVR) will host a dialogue, education, and visioning program aimed at creating a culture of peace. “Calling All Men of Faith: A Day of Dialogue To End Violence Against Women” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 8:30am to 3pm at St. Mary Medical Center’s Parr Health Enhancement Center, 1055 Linden St., as a way to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more info or to register, call (562) 594-9492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH? HOW ABOUT…..
Nonprofit organization We Love Long Beach will provide a free community breakfast at Longfellow Elementary, 3800 N Olive Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9am to 11am. Visit www.welovelongbeach.com.
“JOBLESS” RECOVERY 101
The League of Women Voters, Long Beach Area, will present an Economic Outlook and Panel Discussion at the Los Altos Library, 5614 E Britton Dr., from 10am to noon on Saturday, Oct. 17. The event and parking are free, and the public is invited. Kimberly Ritter, an economist with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, will give a presentation on the national, state and regional economy. Her talk will focus on the shape of the recovery with emphasis on the outlook for Southern California and what economists mean when they talk about a “jobless” recovery. Afterwards, a panel discussion will examine how the downturn has affected Long Beach, particularly in terms of city finances, health care and the area’s homeless population.
Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, in conjunction with St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Women of Color, will present “A Woman’s Worth Health Awareness Seminar” Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10am to 1pm at Martin Luther King Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. Discussions will cover two types of breast cancer, common symptoms of menopause, insomnia and incontinence. Medical experts will be on hand to answer questions. Free flu shots will be given. Call (562) 570-6816 to RSVP. Parking is free, and light refreshments will be served.
OVERCOMING DEAD ENDS IN GENEALOGY
The Questing Heirs Genealogy Society of Long Beach will have its monthly meeting on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 1:15pm to 4pm in the parish hall of Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1900 E. Carson St. Nancy Carlberg, the featured speaker, will give a presentation titled “Overcoming Dead Ends,” followed by her main presentation, “Beginning Scandinavian Research.” Call (562) 598-3027.
CAL HEIGHTS CONCERT
The Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., will host a concert by the Pacific Handbell Ensemble on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 4pm. Go to www.calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996. Free-will offering. Child care provided.
REFRACTING THE SPECTRUM OF AUTISM
Autism Partnership, 200 Marina Dr., in Seal Beach, will offer a workshop entitled “Developing Meaningful Relationships: Teaching Authentic Social Skills that Change Lives,” presented by Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D., on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Cost is $90/person, $75 for parents of children with autism. Lunch provided. Parents may request funding for workshop registration through Regional Center (service code 102, vendorization #PM0382). Email email@example.com, call 1-800-816-9293 or visit www.autismpartnership.com.