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Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich will conduct a “Coffee and Conversation” at Il Poggio restaurant, 3819 Atlantic Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10am to noon. Call (562) 570-6685.

The nonprofit Recovery International, which provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing emotions, has free-will contribution meetings (everyone is welcomed whether they can pay or not) every Monday at 10am at the San Pedro Mental Health Center, 150 W. 7th St., in San Pedro. Call (310) 306-6766 or visit

Barnes & Noble Books at Marina Pacifica will donate a percentage of its upcoming book fair’s sales to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSULB. Book fair customers who buy books, CDs, DVDs or greeting cards and say, “OLLI at CSULB sent me” will have a percentage of their purchase donated to OLLI, which will be coordinating three special events at the fair: Monday, Feb. 8, from 2pm to 4pm– Fun facts about U.S. presidents, for all ages; Thursday, Feb. 11, from 3pm to 5pm– Children’s Hour, featuring members of OLLI and its governing board reading to children; and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 2pm to 4pm– Meet couples who have been married for 50 years or more, see their photos and hear their stories. Free food and beverages, plus door prizes, will be offered at each event. The Marina Pacifica mall is located at 6326 E. PCH. Call (562) 985-8237.

Long Beach residents are invited to learn about the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services, on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 425 Atlantic Ave. The Bureau’s manager and chief of operations will discuss strategies for public safety and the humane treatment of animals, responsible pet ownership, community engagement, and improvements to the Bureau’s investigations and enforcement. Participants will also learn about local laws to make neighborhoods safer for people and animals. There will also be a pet-food drive for the Multi-Service Center to help low-income pet owners who need assistance. The free workshop will be presented in English with Spanish and Khmer translation available. Free parking behind building and on street. To RSVP or get more info, call (562) 570-1010.

The Hispanic Ministry of Community Presbyterian Church, 6380 Orange Ave., will host a Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday, Feb. 12 at 6pm. Cost is $6 per person or $10 per couple. Free childcare is available for infants to kids 12 years old. For tickets or to RSVP, call (562) 423-0451.

The Children’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, whose motto is “Have a heart and help a child,” will conduct a fashion show followed by a silent auction (with more than 200 items) and luncheon Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10am at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 S. Pine Ave. Call (562) 933-2309.

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network will offer a no-cost Expungement Education Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 4pm to 5pm at the Center for Working Families, 1900 Atlantic Ave. Participants will receive pertinent information from experts on certificate of rehabilitation, information on expungement of adult convictions and sealing of juvenile records, and assistance with completing required expungement forms. Call (562) 570-WORK.

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