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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.

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.

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.

California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., will host its annual church-wide rummage sale on Friday, April 30 and Saturday May 1, to raise funds for the community-centered church. Bargains will include gently used clothing, toys and games, home goods and furniture, and a special boutique with jewelry and collectibles. Hours will be Friday 8:30am to 4pm and Saturday 8:30am to noon. More at

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

The Bixby Knolls Supper Club’s next meal will be at Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant, 3626 Atlantic Ave., on Monday, May 3 at 6:30pm. Order off the menu; no corkage fee for wine opening. Patricia’s will be donating 10 percent of sales to the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association. RSVP to The purpose of the Supper Club is to support local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically slow. More at

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

Musical Theatre West’s Footlighters fundraiser will be Sunday, May 23 at 4pm at the historic Bixby House in Bixby Knolls. Honorary co-chairs Jean Bixby Smith and Barbara Bixby Blackwell will preside over the festivities, which will include a barbecue, entertainment, house tour and raffle. Proceeds will support youth cultural enrichment programs and yearly scholarships for talented area high school students. More info at (562) 533-2276.

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

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