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Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, along with the Long Beach Fire Department and the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach, will host a 6th District Bike Registration at the Boys & Girls Club, 1920 Lemon Ave., on Saturday, March 13, from 9am to 11am. Each year hundreds of bicycles are stolen throughout the city. Registering bicycles with the Long Beach Fire Department can assist the police department in recovering them, as well as possibly uncovering other stolen bikes. Andrews will also be giving away two new youth bicycles at the event in a special drawing for those registering bicycles. Participants must bring their bicycles to the registration event. Cost of registration is $3. More info at (562) 570-6816.

Jim McDonnell will be sworn in as chief of police for the Long Beach
Police Department during a community celebration at10am on Saturday, March 13 at the Terrace Theater in the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. The free event will be followed by a reception. No RSVP necessary. Call Valerie Davis at (562) 570-7301.

The Junior League of Long Beach will present Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy Eating and Exercise Fair on Saturday, March 13 from 10am to 2pm at the Vons Market, Circle Center parking lot, 1820 Ximeno Ave. The community event will educate youth and families to make healthy food choices. Invite neighbors and friends with children to participate in fitness challenges, hands-on cooking stations, veggie bowling and a buffet of snacks, games and activities that serve up a healthy lifestyle. Free admission, free food, games and prizes. More at

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California, 4040 Paramount Blvd., will host its 3rd Annual “Treasure Beneath Our Feet” Groundwater Festival on Saturday, March 13 from 10am to 2pm, with an awards ceremony at noon. The free event will have fun, educational interactive activities and exhibits on water resources, water conservation and the environment for the whole family. The Groundwater Festival is part of National Groundwater Awareness Week, which recognizes the importance of groundwater as a valuable and renewable resource across the nation. Locally, groundwater is vital to south Los Angeles County because it is responsible for providing almost half of the water supply to 4 million residents.

California State University Long Beach’s 40th annual Pow-wow, an American-Indian social celebration, returns to the campus’s Central Quad on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14. The two-day event will feature American-Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food, and is open at 11am each day, running until 10pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. Admission is free, and parking is $4. Call (562) 985-8528.

On Saturday, March 13, the Historical Society of Long Beach will present four stories of women at work in the 1940s, told through the voices of women who worked in the Long Beach area’s aircraft factories during World War II. Each of the women’s stories is unique– some older, some younger, some married, some single, they tell of living and working during the war years of the 1940s. In addition to the presentations, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske will be signing her book Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach. The event will also feature a traditional tea service, including sandwiches, scones, desserts, and of course, tea. “Tea with Rosie” will take place in The Historical Society of Long Beach gallery at 4260 Atlantic Avenue from 2pm to 4pm. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 for non-members, $10 for members.

Explore the historic garden and grounds at Rancho Los Cerritos with a docent-led tour offered the second Sunday of each month through November. The first tours of 2010 will take place on Sunday, March 14. Tours are free and offered on the half-hour between 1pm and 4pm. Call (562) 570-1755 or visit

The Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts will conduct its Winter Art Workshop on Sunday, March 14 from 2pm to 4 pm at Discovery Well Park, 2200 Temple Ave. A choice of art projects for all ages will be available to participants. The free workshop provides families the opportunity to spend an afternoon utilizing their creativity, promotes an appreciation for the arts and is designed for children ages 4 to 15 years. (All children must be accompanied by an adult.) Space is limited to the first 50 participants. Call (562) 989-7330.

Great spellers are sought for Justin Rudd’s 9th Annual Elementary School Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 14 at 2pm at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo. The competition is open to students in grades 3–5. All words in the dictionary are fair game, and the winner will receive $1,000. The entry fee is $40. Visit

Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow St., will present a concert of the world’s first bass-only handbell ensemble, San Francisco’s Low Ding Zone, on Sunday, March 14 at 4pm in the church’s sanctuary. A free-will offering will be accepted. Parking is free. The church also provides free child care for infants and toddlers. Visit

The Arts Council for Long Beach’s A LOT series brings temporary visual and performance-based artwork to vacant lots in the city’s targeted areas. Each project is accompanied by an open-air symposium related to urban planning, civic engagement and art. The first installment of the A LOT series will feature an original performance from Collage Dance Theatre, whose mission is to redefine the relationship between audience and art by presenting bold choreography in extraordinary places. The event will be
Sunday, March 19 at 6pm at the intersection of Anaheim and Walnut, across from Mark Twain Library. Visit

St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 3955 Orange Ave., will host Friday Lenten Dinners with Flair each Friday evening through March 26 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Parish Hall. Offered will be specially prepared gourmet dishes which include fish tacos, seafood pancit, clam chowder, camarones, grilled cod, grilled tuna steaks, mac & cheese, deep-fried cod and shrimp and a surprise weekly chef’s special.Each meal includes all the trimmings. Many desserts, some homemade, are available for $1. Adults $9, seniors $8 and children $5.

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association will host an ‘80s New Wave Night at the Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave., on Friday, March 26 from 8pm to midnight. DJ Neon Hunter will spin, and the best ‘80s attire will win dinner for two at the Petroleum Club. The $5 donation goes to the BKBIA’s First Fridays event for the Big Red Bus. Book dinner reservations in the Red Room starting at 6pm. 

Centro C.H.A. Inc. will present the Cesar E. Chavez Festival on Wednesday, March 31 from 3pm to 7pm at Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave. The event will include guest speakers, Chyle-Music Organization, Clara Ballet Folklorico, and a student poetry contest (College Scholarship Awards, $500–$1,000). Call (562) 570-4722.

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