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DRIVE UP AND SHRED
Third District Councilman Gary DeLong and the Naples Island Business Association will host a “drive through” paper-shredding event on Saturday, May 15 from 9am to noon. The first five file boxes per vehicle are free, and each additional box is $5. Service will be provided by Future Shredding. The event will take place in the Sea Scout Base parking lot at 5875 Appian Way. Call (562) 570-8756 or visit longbeach.gov/district3/default.asp.

HELLO, HIKERS!
Those who love the outdoors and want to lend a hand while hiking at the Nature Center are invited to join the trail stewards volunteer program at El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 East Spring St. The Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine is offering the opportunity to share with visitors information about the history and wildlife that make El Dorado Nature Center a treasure in Long Beach. The Nature Center will offer a two-session training program, which will meet on Saturdays, May 15 and 22, from 9am to noon at the Nature Center. Attendance at both training session is required. Call (562) 570-4885 for more info and to register.

CARS AND A CARNIVAL
Tincher Preparatory School, 1701 Petaluma Ave., will have its annual Carnival and Car Show on Saturday, May 15, from 11am to 5pm. The event will take place on the school grounds, located near the corner of Atherton Street and Studebaker Road. There will be carnival attractions, food, games and activities for kids of all ages. Ticket prices start at $5. More info at (562) 900-8065.

A MEAL ON WHEELS?
The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association will conduct a Bixby Knolls Progressive Dinner on Saturday, May 15, which will include a three-course meal in local restaurants. Tickets are $50 per person, which covers transportation on the Big Red Bus to take participants to The Factory Gastrobar, Nino’s Italian Restaurant, and Phil Trani’s. Call (562) 595-0081.

FULL OF GLEE
The Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., will offer a concert of favorite musical selections presented by their Chancel Choir, Carillon Handbell Choir, and Fire Within Us on Sunday, May 16, at 4pm. Visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996. Free-will offering accepted. Child care provided.

A GRAND OLE PARTY?
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Long Beach Area Republican Party– an organization that now includes the Long Beach Republican Women Federated, Long Beach GOP Republican Women Federated, Long Beach Young Republicans, Long Beach Lincoln Club, and the Los Angeles Youth Republicans. The organization will have its annual “Red, White, and Blue Texas BBQ” at 6pm on Wednesday, May 19 at the El Dorado Golf Course, 2400 Studebaker Rd. To buy tickets, visit longbeachrepublicans.com.

HOME HELP
Community Grace Brethren Church, 5885 Downey Ave., will host a free Foreclosure Counseling Clinic on Wednesday, May 19 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, targeted to homeowners who are or will be experiencing challenges with their loans. Participants should bring a copy of their mortgage statement and monthly budget. To sign up, call 1-888-895-2647 or email RSVP@lanhs.org. Include name, address, phone number and clinic date in email.

HOW DOES A FAIRY GARDEN GROW?
Long Beach Heritage will conduct a Fairy Garden Workshop Seminar at the Bembridge House, 953 Park Circle, across from Drake Park, on Saturday, May 22 at 12:30pm. Cost is $25, which includes planting mix and sphagnum moss. Master gardener Jan Brider will demonstrate and guide participants in making a fairy garden with succulent plants. Tickets online with PayPal at lbheritage.org or call (562) 493-7019. More info at (562) 433-7771.

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.

FUN RAISER
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.

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.

MUSIC IN THE AIR
Vocal ensemble Women of Note will present Sing Serendipity, a family-friendly program of songs, varied in style, new and familiar. Identical concerts will be performed on Sunday, June 6 at 4pm at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd., and on Sunday, June 13 at 4pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 E. Seventh St. Both concerts are open to the public and are free of charge. Find out more at womenofnotelb.blogspot.com.

CONFIDENTIALLY SPEAKING…
James Ellroy, creator of American crime fiction over the past 30 years, will visit with the Bixby Knolls Literary Society and friends at 7pm on Wednesday, June 9 at The Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave. Ellroy’s book L.A. Confidential will be the subject of the evening, which will begin with an interview then move into free exchange between the writer and guests.

TO YOUR HEALTH
St. Mary Medical Center is currently providing free to low-cost medical services to seniors at the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. 4th St. The Center’s services are available to men and women over the age of 50, encompassing specialty care in the fields of dentistry, ophthalmology, geriatrics, endocrinology, pulmonary, rheumatology, and podiatry. The clinic also provides free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index, fall and balance evaluations, and diet. Call (562) 570-3500.

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