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The next restaurant for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s Supper Club will be Phil Trani’s, 3490 Long Beach Blvd. The group will meet on Monday, Nov. 1 at 6:30pm. RSVP to The concept of the Bixby Knolls Supper Club is to support local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically slow.

Hof’s Hut’s Los Altos location, 2147 Bellflower Blvd., will be hosting a fundraiser dinner to support Meals on Wheels of Long Beach on Nov. 3 from 4pm to 11pm. Fifteen percent of customer purchases will be donated back to Meals on Wheels. Valid for dine-in and take-out, as well as delivery purchases. All are welcome; no reservations are required. Call (562) 597-5811.

The Long Beach Sierra Club will present a special program on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7:30pm in honor of Native American History Month. Linda Gonzales, a Tongva-Gabrielino/Yaqui, will speak on the history and culture of the LA Basin’s indigenous peoples, with a special emphasis on the Long Beach area, home to one of the largest and most sacred of the settlements. The program is free and open to the public, and will take place in the meeting room of the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 East Willow St.

Westerly School has announced the launch of a new education series for Long Beach families. The first presentation of the three-part series will be “How Arts Education Builds Student Confidence,” a panel discussion from 6pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Westerly School Arts Village, located at 2950 E. 29th St. Featured panelists will include: Geraldine Walkup, Visual and Performing Arts Administrator at the Los Angeles County Office of Education; and Carlton Wilborn, artist, life coach, author, and inspirational speaker. Sponsored by Westerly School PTO, this informative and interactive parent education series is free and open to the public. The events are geared toward parents with children aged 5 to 17. Call (562) 981-3151.

The public may do their holiday shopping while enjoying home-baked goods at the Children’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Faire, 9am to 5pm Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 5. The Faire will be at Houssel’s Forum at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, 2801 Atlantic Ave. Call Collette Anderson at (562) 618-7868.

The US Vets–Long Beach Advisory Council will host a luncheon entitled “Honoring Those Who Serve,” as a tribute to veterans, on Friday, Nov. 5 from 11am to 1pm at the Hilton International Ballroom, 701 W. Ocean Blvd. Cost is $75 per person. Business attire is required. Call (562) 388-8015.

The Assistance League of Long Beach will have its annual major fundraising event, the Second Annual Holiday Gift Boutique, on Friday, Nov. 5 from 9:30am to 7pm, and Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9am to 4pm at the Philanthropic Center, 6220 E. Spring St. More than 35 vendors will be present with high-quality gift items, including decorative home accessories, holiday décor, gourmet foods, scarves, purses, stationery, women’s and children’s clothing and more. Admission and parking are free. Major credit cards accepted. Drawings for door prizes will take place hourly. All proceeds will be used to support the League’s philanthropic programs. Call (562) 627-5650 or visit

A Dia De Los Muertos celebration and artists’ reception will take place Saturday, Nov. 6 from 6-10pm at the 2nd City Council Art Gallery and Performance Space, 435 Alamitos Ave. There will be music, dance, children’s art projects, a youth art exhibit, parade and festival. Concessions will be sold, and proceeds support a local charity. The event is free and open to the public. Call (562) 901-0997.

The public is invited to Su Casa’s “Communi-Tea” Friend & Fund Raiser to end domestic violence. The event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 1pm to 3:30pm at Lakewood Youth Center, Del Valle Park, 5939 Henrilee St. in Lakewood. Cost is $20 for one admission or $25 for two, and $100 to host a table for a group or organization (up to 8 people). Admission includes tea or coffee, tea sandwiches, and sweets. Group recognition for Best Table Theme– arrange a group of 8 friends or club members to plan a theme, then bring decorations, tableware and serving pieces that carry out the theme. Table decorators will be admitted at 12:45pm, and prizes will be given to winners. RSVP by Monday, Nov. 1 to or by calling (562) 866-8755.

The 2008-2009 NUSA National Champions, The North Long Beach Community Action Group will have newly elected Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert as its featured guest speaker Sunday, Nov. 7 from 2pm to 5pm at the North Police Substation, 4891 Del Amo Blvd. This monthly meeting provides education, information and current events for the North Long Beach Community. The meeting is open to the public the first Sunday of each month (except for holidays). Call (562) 428-7710.

The Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church will present a concert by the California Baptist University String Ensemble on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 4pm. The group, conducted by Dr. Angela Brand, will perform works by Bach, Mozart and others. The church is located at 3759 Orange Ave. Free-will offering. Childcare provided. Visit or call (562) 595-1996.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10am, the Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Group will discuss Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, a sweeping novel that moves from India to Ethiopia to a Bronx hospital, while revealing the intertwined lives of twin brothers. New members are always welcome. The library is located at 5614 E. Britton Dr. Contact the librarian at or (562) 570-1045.

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