The Assistance League of Long Beach’s Kids on the Block program has a newer presentation called “Understanding Aging.” Puppeteers Kathy Burke, Linda McCarley and Rosemarie Cartwright perform with their senior puppets, Mary Margaret and Pete, with her red-headed grandson Michael in the middle.
Assistance League of Long Beach’s yearlong celebration of its 70th anniversary will culminate on Sunday, April 3, with an open house designed to showcase its philanthropic center and programs that aid the local community’s children in need.
Attendees at the open house will receive a “passport” as a guide. The building tour will feature exhibits and hands-on activities to acquaint visitors with ALa Carte, assault survivor kits, The Kids on the Block, the orthodontic program, Operation School Bell, mentoring, scholarships and music awards, Operation Shoebox and Adopt-A-Family.
Kimono-clad docents will lead tours of the Howard Collection of Asian Art, and visitors will learn how the Assistance League’s Thrift & Vintage Shop on Fourth Street’s Retro Row helps supports the organization.
Long Beach Polytechnic High School’s Jazz Combo and String Ensemble will perform, and The Kids on the Block troupe will perform puppet shows.
Founded in 1940 by Mrs. Hancock Banning and a group of her friends, the organization’s philanthropic programs have evolved through the years from activities supporting the war effort during World War II to focusing on the education and orthodontic care of Long Beach students today.