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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 Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine El Dorado Nature Center will present the Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10am to noon at the Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St. All bird and nature fans of all levels of expertise are invited. For information or to sign up, contact a naturalist at (562) 570-4876. There is a $7 parking fee.
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.
Local youth are invited to volunteer to serve the homeless on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10am to 2pm at Walteria United Methodist Church, 3646 Newton St., in Torrance, for the church’s Interfaith Hot Meal for the Homeless event. Contact Anthony Manousos at
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.
The California Heights Neighborhood Association 7th District safety meeting that was cancelled because of rain in January has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7pm. As a courtesy to Gold Star Manor, a gated senior facility, interested those interested in attending should RSVP to Ricardo Linarez at (562) 570-6139. Visit
The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s (BKBIA) annual meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 18 from 7pm to 9pm at the Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. The public is invited to the meeting, which will include the BKBIA’s annual report and presentation “Bixby Knolls Work Plan in Action” with entertainment provided by Grammy nominee Anne Walsh Band. Come hear the progress being made in the district and join the local community to meet, greet, mix, mingle, and network. Call (562) 595-0081.
The next Signal Hill cleanup will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20. It will target the Walnut Avenue corridor and the Crescent Heights Historic District. The February event will start at 8am, and the City of Signal Hill will provide tools, bags, gloves, coffee and doughnuts. Interested volunteers should meet on Crescent Heights Street at Gaviota Avenue, which is located between Walnut and Cherry avenues. Contact the Community Development Department at (562) 989-7340.
The Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., will present “Broadway Blast” on Saturday, Feb. 27. This dinner theatre fundraiser for the choir Fire Within Us will include selections from Hairspray, The Wiz, Sunday in the Park with George, Cinderella and other shows. Dinner is at 6pm with the program at 7pm. Suggested donation for the dinner is $20. Tickets are available pre-sale or at the door. Visit or call (562) 595-1996. Childcare provided.
Shred-4-Good, a social enterprise of Goodwill Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (SOLAC), will continue hosting monthly open houses on the second Tuesday of each month. The next shredding event will be Tuesday, March 9 from 8am to 10am. The first box is free, each additional box is $5. The event is open to residents and businesses in the South Bay and Long Beach area. Documents will be shredded on the spot, and Certificates of Destruction will be issued. Shred-4-Good is AAA certified by the National Association for Information Destruction. SOLAC is located at 800 W. PCH. Call Andrea Estrada at (562) 216-5256.
The Long Beach Area Republican Party, Long Beach Republican Women Federated, Long Beach Republican Women Federated/GOP, Long Beach Lincoln Club, Long Beach Young Republicans and the Los Angeles Young Republicans will host a meet-and-greet Wednesday, March 24 for all local Republican candidates in the upcoming election to introduce themselves to the public. The event will take place at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. Doors will open at 6pm, and presentations will begin at 6:30pm. Admission is $25, and there will be a light buffet and beverages. RSVP to (562) 424-1246.

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