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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

The 100 Black Men of Long Beach, Inc., will host its Second Annual Gala and Awards Banquet on Friday, April 23 at 6pm at The Grand, 4010 Willow St. The program will recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in various endeavors. Call (562) 235-6479 or visit

The Signal Hill Honorary Police Officers Association will have its second annual Texas Hold ‘em Tournament on Friday, April 23, at the El Dorado Golf Course, 2400 Studebaker Rd. Check-in starts at 5:30pm, and the tournament begins at 6:30pm. The $65 donation includes two drink tickets and appetizers. No host dinner available. The tournament benefits the Widows and Orphans of the Signal Hill Police Department. Contact George Lopez at (310) 629-0109.

Volunteers are needed as the Wrigley Garden, in conjunction with Southern California Edison, the City of Long Beach, Office of Sustainability and Councilmember Tonia Reyes-Uranga, plant 40 trees on Saturday, April 24 at 9am at 1315 Taper St. Students who volunteer can receive credit for community service hours. Volunteers should bring a shovel and gloves. More info by emailing

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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