The Long Beach Qingdao Sister City Association will host its 13th annual luncheon Friday, Dec. 4 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel, 701 W. Ocean Blvd., honoring Consul General Zhang Yun of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles. Special guest will be Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. Tickets are $50, $25 for students with valid ID. Call (562) 244-7644.
CLEAN BEACH, GREEN GARDEN
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites the public to participate in its monthly Beach Clean-Up and Native Garden Workdays on the first Saturday of each month. Volunteers learn about shoreline habitats and the coastal sage scrub native plant community, while discovering the benefits of protecting these environments. The collective effort of volunteers who spend two hours removing beach debris and garden weeding can make a real difference along the heavily impacted shoreline. The next clean-up and workday will be Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8am to 10am. Reservations are required. Call (310) 548-7562. Volunteers of all ages and abilities welcome. Parking tickets will be validated.
MIXING BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE
The North Long Beach Community Action Group will host its annual Christmas gathering and community meeting Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2pm to 4pm at Arnold’s Restaurant, 3925 Atlantic Ave. Call (562) 428-7710.
AN EVENING WITH THE CLAUSES
Toorak Coffee, 5555 Stearns St. #103, will host “An Evening With Santa” as a benefit for the “Breast Cancer Angels” Sunday, Dec. 6 from 6pm to 8pm. Activities will include: photos with Santa, holiday crafts, story time with Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate & snacks, gift bags for children (only guaranteed for tickets purchased in advance). All activities are included with $25 minimum gift donation. Purchase tickets at www.AnEveningWithSanta.com or at Toorak Coffee.
THE NEXT SUPPER
The next restaurant to be featured for the Bixby Knolls Supper Club will be Hof’s Hut at 4251 Long Beach Blvd. on Monday, Dec. 7 at 6:30pm. Bring your own wine; no corkage fee. Order straight off the menu, and enjoy free individual pie for dessert with dinner order. Reservations a must. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The purpose of the club is to promote local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically their slowest nights.
BE A BOOKWORM
The next selection for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s Literary Society is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston. The next Society meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7pm at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave. Call (562) 997-1494. Parking available along Atlantic and on Burlinghall. Refreshments provided.
GET A “HANDEL” ON THE HOLIDAYS
Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., will present Part I of the “Messiah” by Handel on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4pm with the Chancel Choir, orchestra and soloists. Visit www.calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996. Free-will offering. Child care provided.
SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff will offer a holiday workshop to teach participants Gyotaku, the ancient art of Japanese fish printing, Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9:30am to noon in the marine laboratory, which will double as an artist’s studio where beginners and experienced fish printers can create one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. After a brief introduction to this Japanese art form, participants will select from a variety of local fish, paints, and brushes that will be provided in class. Participants may bring: T-shirts, aprons, towels, pillow cases, or specialty papers they wish to print on. Workshop is limited to participants 10 years of age and older. Fee is $18 per person. Pre-registration required at (310) 548-7562. The aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro. Visit www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.