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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. After a brief introduction, 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, pillowcases, or specialty papers they wish to print on. Workshop 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
The Nutcracker returns to the Terrace Theater/Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20. Performance times on Saturday, Dec. 19 are 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, December 20 at 2pm. Tickets are on sale at all TicketMaster outlets and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office, 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. Tickets are priced from $20 to $46. To charge by phone, call TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit
Those receiving disability benefits who would like to return to work are invited to attend a free workshop conducted by The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network that will provide important information on how work incentives can help participants achieve self-sufficiency, how the Social Security Administration computes trial work periods, and how meeting one-on-one with a benefits specialist can provide more individualized assistance. The workshop will be Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 1pm to 3:30pm at the Career Transition Center, 3447 Atlantic Ave. Parents of individuals with disabilities and professionals who work with people with disabilities are also welcome. Interpreters can be arranged by calling (562) 570-2738 at least 72 hours in advance. For program information or directions, call (562) 427-1000.
The January 2010 selection for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s Literary Society is Wonderland by Joyce Carol Oates. The next Society meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7pm at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave. Call (562) 997-1494.

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