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What Nature and bird walk
Who Hosted by Los Cerritos Wetlands
When Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8am
Where Meet at the parking lot of Gum Grove Park, off Pacific Coast Highway at the border of Seal Beach and Long Beach, near the Avalon Street entrance.
More Info Walk the wetlands and see birds, butterflies, spiders and native ground squirrels. Contact

What Monthly breakfast meeting
Who Hosted by the Long Beach Republican Women Federated
When Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9:30am
Where Lakewood Country Club, 3101 Carson St.
More Info RSVP is required. Cost is $15. Contact or (562) 439-9390.

What A three-part training series at the El Dorado Nature Center
When Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9am to noon
Where El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St.
Why To “give back” as part of a dedicated group of volunteers who plant, restore, and care for the Nature Center grounds. Make friends, learn planting and care techniques for native plants, and invest a bit of time and passion to help restore and create new habitat.
More Info Call (562) 570-1748 for an application or more information.

What Monthly coffee and conversation
Who Councilwoman Rae Gabelich
When Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10am to noon
Where Mirage Cafe, 539 E. Bixby Rd.
Why To share and voice concerns and suggestions on issues affecting the neighborhood
More Info Call (562) 570-6685 or email

What Free “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Weight Loss Surgery” seminar
Who Hosted by the St. Mary Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity
When Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10am
Where Health Enhancement Center, Glenn Room, on the St. Mary campus at 1055 Linden Ave.
More Info To register for the seminar, call 1-888-4ST-MARY (888-478-6279). For more information or to schedule a free orientation, call (562) 491-7935 or visit

What Discussion of Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, in which two sisters leave Shanghai to find new lives with Chinese-American husbands in 1930s Los Angeles
Who Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Group
When Feb. 12 at 10am
Where 5614 E. Britton Dr.
More Info New members are always welcome. Call (562) 570-1045.

What Theatre audition for Cuban/Latin actors, musicians, singers and dancers
Who Long Beach Shakespeare Company
When Saturday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 13 between 10am and 2pm (open call)
Where Expo backroom theatre, 4321 Atlantic Ave. through the side door
More Info Bring monologue, headshot, resume, and/or an instrument, voice or dancing shoes. Cuban/Latin only. Bilingual a plus. Contact

What Interactive workshop
When Saturday, Feb. 12 from 1pm to 3pm
Where Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, 18127 South Alameda St.
More Info Go to the Rancho and learn about the early modes of transportation on the Rancho San Pedro. Have the chance to create a wagon, train, and/or plane and join in one or all of the races: a pine wood derby car race, airplane race, and wagon race to the Pueblo of Los Angeles. Experience history hands-on through this interactive activity. Admission is free. Visit

What 6th annual Valentine’s Tea & Tunes
Who Hosted by the Friends of Banning Museum
When Saturday, Feb. 12 from 1pm to 3pm
Where 401 East “M” St.
More Info Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a light luncheon and a special selection of teas. Live entertainment will be provided by the musical group Goode Time Strings. Complimentary tours of the Museum and a distinctive “Crazy Quilts” exhibition assembled especially for this event will follow the program. Call (310) 548-2005.

What 2011 Long Beach Heritage Awards Benefit
When Thursday, Feb. 17 at 6pm
Where Grand Salon aboard the RMS Queen Mary, 1126 Queen Highway
More Info No-host bar and silent auction begin at 6pm. Dinner and awards ceremony begin at 7:15pm. Hosted parking available. Cost is $115 per person; $1,150 for tables of 10. Call (562) 493-7019 or visit to order via PayPal.

What Monthly meeting
Who Hosted by the Questing Heirs Genealogical Society of the greater Long Beach area
When Sunday, Feb. 20 at 1:15pm
Where Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1900 East Carson St.
More Info A beginners’ class called “Traveling in Time” by Linda Ivers will be held at 4pm. all (562) 598-3027 or visit

What General meeting
Who Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club
When Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7pm
Where First Congregational Church, 241 Cedar Ave.
More Info Join in as the club elects its new executive board, discusses plans for 2011 and hears from candidates in the March 2011 elections. Visit

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