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Readers of all ages are invited to join the summer reading program at their local Long Beach Public Library, which offers activities, games, and prizes for everyone from babies to adults. The summer reading programs began June 17 and will continue through early August. Kids who sign up at their local library receive a reading folder on which to record their “minutes read” and the titles of the books they read. By reading throughout the summer, children can also earn their very own brand-new books. Weekly children’s activities are provided free of charge at all 12 libraries. Visit

The Knights of Columbus Council 3449 invites the public to a spaghetti dinner on Friday, June 25, in the St. Barnabas Parish Hall located at 3955 Orange Ave. Hosted by the ladies auxiliary, the meal will feature different kinds of pasta and sauces at $7 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. The price includes salad, breadsticks and a soft drink. The dinner is from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and take-out is available.

On Saturday, June 26, the Friends of Long Beach Animals will partner with the City of Long Beach to provide animal owners with the opportunity to microchip their cats and dogs for only $10 (including registration). The Low-Cost Microchip Clinic will be at the Center for Families and Youth in Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave. from 10am to 2pm. Residents may also get their pets licensed. Costs include: $10 AVID Microchip (includes registration); $20 dog licenses (for altered animals); and $90 dog licenses (for unaltered animals). Call 570-PETS (7387) or visit

The Bellflower/ Long Beach Elks Lodge # 888, 16426 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower, invites the public to its monthly breakfast on Sunday, June 27, from 8am to noon. Admission is $6 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.

The South Coast Interfaith Council has organized an event to feed homeless people on Sunday, June 27 from noon to 4:30pm. Those interested in volunteering should meet at the Urban Community Outreach Drop-in Center, 241 Cedar Ave. Call (562) 607-4006 or visit

The June meeting of the Long Beach Young Republicans will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, June 29 at Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, 4828 E. 2nd St. Guest speaker will be Nathan Mintz, founder of the South Bay Tea Party and the Republican Party nominee for the State Assembly in the 53rd District. Visit

Long Beach residents are invited to a workshop entitled “Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?: Essentials of Community Association Leadership,” on Wednesday, June 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm at 425 Atlantic Ave. The workshop, which is tailored for boards of directors in common interest developments (CIDs), is presented by the Neighborhood Resource Center and the Community Association Institute, Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Topics will include an overview of Common Interest Development governance, legal documents, rights and obligations, board roles and responsibilities, and The Davis-Stirling Act. Attendees are invited to bring canned food to donate to Food Finders to assist Long Beach neighbors during the current economic crisis. This free workshop will be presented in English with Spanish and Khmer translation available. Free parking is available behind the building and on the street. To RSVP or get more information, call (562) 570-1010. 

As part of its adult summer reading program, the Los Altos Neighborhood Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr., will present a Friday Film Festival series on Fridays at 1pm from July 9 through Aug. 27, focusing on books made into films. Call (562) 570-1045.

The Dana Neighborhood Library Book Club meets the second Saturday of every month. Join neighbors to discuss this month’s book choice, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, on Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 10am to 11am. The Dana Library is located at 3680 Atlantic Ave. Call (562) 570-1042.

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