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FAIR-MINDED FUN
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.

TEXAS HOLD ‘EM FOR A GOOD CAUSE
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.

A GRAND AFFAIR
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 100blackmenlbc.org.

FAIR PLAY
St. Cyprian Church, 4714 Clark Ave., will host its annual Community Fest Carnival Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25. The festival will feature carnival rides, live entertainment, food, games and a spring shopping boutique. Admission is free and all are welcome. Hours: Friday 6pm–10pm;
Saturday noon–10pm; and Sunday noon–8pm. Free parking available next door at St. Anthony field. Visit stcypriancommunityfest.org or call (562) 421-9487.

WRIGLEY IS GOING GREEN
Volunteers are needed as the Wrigley Garden, in conjunction with Southern California Edison, the City of Long Beach, the 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 wrigleyisgoinggreen@hotmail.com.

SHRED SHREWDLY
With the growing concerns about identity theft, The Office of Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich is conducting a Shred Fest on Saturday, April 24 from 9am to noon at Scherer Park, corner of Atlantic Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard, in front of the North Division police substation. The first five boxes will be shredded for free, and each additional box is $5. Future Shredding, Inc. will destroy the documents on-site and then recycle the paper shreds. Call (562) 570-1326.

ON A MISSION
Faith Presbyterian Church, 500 E. San Antonio Dr., will host a handcraft and bake sale from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, April 24 to raise funds to send young people to do mission work, including in Haiti, which is still recovering from the severe earthquake. Items on sale include hand-crafted jewelry and artwork as well as baked goods prepared by church members and local crafters.

EGGS WITH THE ELKS
The Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge # 888, 16426 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower, invites the public to its monthly breakfast on Sunday, April 25 from 8am to noon. Admission is $5.50 per person for the buffet-style breakfast, which includes eggs as you like them, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee.

CLEAN SWEEP
The Cal Heights Clean Streets team hits the streets every Thursday to create cleaner, healthier and safer Bixby Knolls and Cal Heights neighborhoods.
Bags and plastic gloves will be supplied. Clean-ups are every Thursday morning at 8:30am and usually last until 10am. Those interested should email cleanstreets@calheights.org.

…ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE
Community Presbyterian Church, 6380 Orange Ave. will host a rummage sale Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 at 9am to 3pm each day. For more information, or to donate items that are clean and in usable, operating condition, contact the church office at (562) 423-0451.

FREE FILM FRIDAYS, FOLKS
On the last Friday of each month, the City of Signal Hill will present a free movie night for the community in the Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St. The first screening will be April 30 at 6pm, and will feature James Cameron’s Avatar. Concessions will be sold during the movie to benefit library programs. Call (562) 989-7323.

DE-CLUTTER!
Space is still available to participate in Signal Hill’s Community Yard Sale. Pre-registration is required. For $25 and a $50 refundable deposit, participants can sell wares on Saturday, May 1, from 8am to noon in Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. The City of Signal Hill will provide marketing for the event. Vendor applications are available at the Signal Hill Library and City Hall until April 26. Call (562) 989-7330.

LADIES WHO LUNCH
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 si-longbeach.org.

VISIT OLD CALIFORNIA
Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Rd. will host a Spring Festival on Sunday, May 23 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Titled “A Visit to Old California,” the event will explore ranch life in the early 19th century through: living-history performances by Father Serra, Lotta Crabtree and others; a skit on traveling cross-county by wagon; demonstrations of blacksmithing, rope making and leather tooling; and many hands-on period crafts and activities. Cost is $5, or $3 for children ages 4-12. Visit rancholoscerritos.org.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
In honor of Memorial Day, the Friends of Signal Hill Library will present John J. Gobbell, author of five historical novels on World War II, on Monday, May 24 at 7pm Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St. Gobbell was a U.S. Navy deck officer aboard destroyers who participated in the Vietnam conflict and served in the weapons department. He has conducted assignments for military contractors interviewing hundreds of executives responsible for major defense systems. The process piqued his interest in character development, and, coupled with a keen interest in the events of World War II, it led to the development of his first four novels. Books will be available to purchase and have signed after discussion. Call (562) 989-7323 or visit johnjgobbell.com.

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