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WHAT An annual crafty event for family, food, fun, and handmade holiday gift items.
WHO Hosted by the Los Cerritos PTA
WHEN Friday, December 10th from 2:35pm to 5:30pm
WHERE Los Cerritos Elementary School, 515 W. San Antonio Dr.
WHY It is a wonderful way for the whole family to spend time together creating lovely (and inexpensive) handmade items for their friends and loved ones. A handmade gift from the heart is a meaningful way for the children to express themselves.

WHAT Rancho Los Alamitos’s holiday open house
WHO Hosted by Rancho Los Alamitos
WHEN Friday, Dec. 10 from 4pm to 7pm
WHERE 6400 Bixby Hill Rd.
WHY To get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the yuletide sparkle of the ranch house, the trimmed tree, mantles and hearths festooned with greens, complimentary holiday treats and strolling carolers.
MORE INFO $5 donation suggested. Free on-site parking available. Reservations required. Call (562) 431-3541 or visit

WHAT Fall Walk and Nature/Bird Walk
WHO Hosted by Los Cerritos Wetlands
WHEN Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8am
WHERE Gum Grove Park, off Pacific Coast Highway at the border of Seal Beach and Long Beach. Meet at the Avalon Street entrance.
MORE INFO Take a relaxing walk and see birds, butterflies, spiders, native ground squirrels, hawks, turkey vultures, Canada geese, egrets, herons, and migrating fall warblers. Ponds from recent rains are visible on the Hellman property, which the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority is in the process of purchasing. Join as the walk leaders share their knowledge and passion for the wildlife of the wetlands. Contact

WHAT Lunch With Santa
WHO Dine with Santa Claus and enjoy music performed by the Wilson High School Choir
WHEN Saturday, Dec. 11 from noon to 2pm
WHERE Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St.
MORE INFO Tickets include a meal, craft for children, entertainment by the Wilson High School Choir, and story time with Santa. Price for residents is $13 for children 13 and under and $8 for adults; price for non-residents is $18 for children 13 and under and $14 for adults. Breakfast sold out, but lunch is still available. Call (562) 989-7330.

WHAT Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Group’s discussion of A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
WHO Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Group
WHEN Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10am
WHERE 5614 E. Britton Dr.
WHY Spend the holiday season with Oswald T. Campbell in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River, and discuss the book with others.
MORE INFO New members are always welcome to attend the discussions. Call (562) 570-1045 or email

WHAT Annual Holiday Brunch and Officer Installation for 2011
WHO The Long Beach Republican Women Federated
WHEN Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10am
WHERE At a waterfront home in Belmont Shore (call for details)
MORE INFO Joy Bliss, President-Elect for LA County Federation of Republican Women, will be the Speaker and Installing Officer. Guests are welcome. Call (562) 439-9390 or email

WHAT Bixby Knolls Holiday Bazaar, a neighborhood shopping event
WHO Hosted by the BKBIA; all are welcome to attend
WHEN Sunday, Dec. 12 from 10am to 2:30pm
WHERE The Expo building, 4321 Atlantic Ave.
WHY To benefit the local economy and spread good cheer

WHAT Bethany Lutheran Church’s 41st Annual Christmas choir concert Rejoice and Be Merry!
WHO Hosted by Bethany Lutheran Church, with music under the direction of Dr. Carol R.S. McDaniel, minister of music
WHEN Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1:30pm, 4pm and 7pm
WHERE 4644 Clark Ave.
MORE INFO The musical presentation will include handbell choirs, a 75-voice adult choir, children-through-high-school choirs, a festival orchestra, organ and piano. This year’s concert will feature portions of Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as many other Christmas favorites. There is no admission charge. A free-will offering will be accepted. Free parking available. Call (562) 421-4711 or visit

WHAT A night of festivity, fun, frolic, food and fifties-vibe
WHO Hosted by Grand Prix Committee of 300 & the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB)
WHEN Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
WHERE Frisco’s Carhop Bar & Grill, 4750 Los Coyotes Ave.
MORE INFO Entertainment will include food, dancing, opportunity drawings for prizes, Santa Claus, a silent auction, and more. Tickets are $20 at the door ($15 for kids under 12). Ticket proceeds will be donated to the HSLB. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1950s-style clothing, such as poodle skirts, sweater sets, cuffed jeans, ponytails, ducktails and pompadours or favorite holiday attire. All ages are welcome.

WHAT The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s annual community holiday party
WHO Hosted by the BKBIA (Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association)
WHEN Thursday, Dec. 16 from 7pm to 10pm
WHERE The Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave.
WHY This annual party brings local businesses and residents together to celebrate community with holiday cheer.
MORE INFO Entertainment will be provided by DJ Bill Child and jazz band Majic Bullet Theory. Call (562) 595-0081.

WHAT Signal Hill Historical Society Christmas party
WHO Hosted by Signal Hill Historical Society with guest performer Wilson High School Choir
WHEN Friday, Dec. 17 at 6:30pm
WHERE Signal Hill Community Center, 1780 E. Hill Street (behind the Signal Hill Library)
WHY To enjoy a Mexican food buffet, drawing for gifts, Christmas music and karaoke, and more holiday fun. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food and an unwrapped toy for donation to charity.
MORE INFO Cost is $20 per person. RSVP to (562) 544-6003.

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