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The Port of Long Beach offers the popular 90-minute, free tours every year from May through September. It is an opportunity for the public to learn more about operations and environmental initiatives at one the busiest seaports in the world. Seating is limited and spaces go fast, so reserve early. Reservations can be made starting at 8am, April 1. Visit, click on “Community” then “Port Tours.”

The Historical Society of Long Beach and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter
Foundation will be closing their exhibit Produce for Victory: Posters from the American Home Front 1941–1945 with a party featuring live entertainment by The Swing Dolls, a female vocal trio with a 1940s vibe, on Friday, April 2 from 6:30pm to 10pm at the Historical Society, 4260 Atlantic Ave. In vintage attire, looking and sounding much like the Andrews Sisters, the Swing Dolls will perform hits from the era, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” The exhibit features posters that were created by the Office of War Information to rally Americans in support of WWII and to influence their behaviors and beliefs. More at or (562) 424-2220.

The City of Signal Hill will sponsor Spring Fest 2010 on Saturday, April 3 from 9am to noon at Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. Free events will include: egg hunts for children; SHPD will issue child identification cards; L.A. Fire Department Station 60 will have their fire truck on display; and the Signal Hill Library will conduct activities. A wristband for $1 will allow children access to additional activities, including airbrush artist, balloon artist, crafts, games, and jumper. The egg hunt schedule will be as follows: 9:30am– ages 3 and 4; 10am– ages 5 and 6; 10:30am– ages 7 and 8; and 11am– ages 9 and 10. Each child must bring his or her own basket or bag to gather eggs. Families may bring their own cameras for a picture with the bunny. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. Call (562) 989-7330.

Children through 5th grade are invited to an Easter egg hunt with crafts, games, face painting, a visit with the Easter Bunny and more on Saturday, April 3 from 10am to noon at California Heights United Methodist Church and Children’s Center, 3759 Orange Ave. Admission and activities are free. Jamba Juice fundraiser for youth summer work trip also available. Kids, bring your parents. Parents, bring your cameras. Visit or call (562) 595-1996.

The community is invited to take part in creating public art in North Long Beach by joining artist Greg Navarro Pickens and neighborhood residents and helping to paint a new mural. Pickens will lead a spring break mural painting opportunity Saturday, April 3 from 10am to 4pm at 4800 Long Beach Blvd. Those interested are invited to just show up and grab a brush.
Call (562) 570-1326.

The Bixby Knolls Supper Club’s next meal will be at the Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. on Monday, April 5 at 6:30pm. Reservations required by emailing The purpose of the Supper Club is to support local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically slow. More at

The Alpert Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Long Beach and West Orange County will host a community Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) observance on Sunday, April 11 at 4pm at the Alpert JCC, 3801 E. Willow St. Community rabbis and cantors will lead the Yom HaShoah service along with Rabbi Abba Perelmuter, who is the keynote speaker for the event. A commemorative candle lighting to honor the Holocaust survivors and their families will be part of the event as well as the music of Ryan Ross, who will be singing selections of Jewish composers who perished in the Holocaust. At the conclusion of the event, guests are asked to visit the Schlesinger Memorial in remembrance of those who perished. The Yom HaShoah Event is free and open to the public.

The Rocky Stone Hearing Device Exhibit will meet on Friday, April 16 at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue, in Lakewood, from 10:30am to noon. A variety of devices which help enhance the quality of life for the hearing-impaired will be on display for hands-on demonstration. The display does not include hearing aids or cochlear implants. Admission is free and reservations are not necessary. More info at (562) 425-5651.

The Questing Heirs Genealogical Society of the surrounding Long
Beach area will have its regular meeting on Sunday, April 18 at 1:15pm.  Nancy Huebotter will discuss keeping timelines and researching cemetery and mortuary records. The meeting is free, open to the public and will take place at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1900 E. Carson St. After the presentations, a beginning genealogy class will start. Call (562) 598-3027 or visit

St. Joseph Parish and Elementary School will host their annual fair Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25 at the school, which is located at 6200 Willow St. The hours are 4pm–11pm Friday, 11am–11pm Saturday and 11am–6pm Sunday. The fair will include carnival rides, games & prizes, a cantina and lots of food. There will be live music Friday night with The Elm Street Band and on Saturday with Big Box of Men, from 7pm to 10pm each night. Discounted presale tickets will be available at the school April 20–April 22 from 2:30pm to-3pm. Call (562) 596-6115.

Soroptimist International of Long Beach is inviting the community at large to attend the Women Who Make a Difference awards presentation and luncheon on Saturday, May 1 at 11am at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. The program honors women in the community who use their influence to improve the lives of women and who have distinguished themselves in their profession and in the community. Call (562) 713-8981 or visit

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