Community News

Goals For Life On TV Show

Reggie Berry, founder and executive director of Goals For Life will be the guest on the next edition of Straight Talk. He joins host Art Levine to discuss the work of the organization in introducing retried NFL football players to at-risk youth to teach them the skills and strategies necessary for success. Goals For life deploys a team of carefully trained former professional football players to provide a 24-week curriculum that teaches goal-setting, and aims to use the core values learned on the football field to steer kids onto a path of long-term success.

Reggie is also the longest serving member of the NFL Players Association board of directors, where he has been instrumental in furthering the concussion issue in football and youth sports, as well as assisting former players in obtaining medical help. Reggie was a recent recipient of the F&M Bank Integrity Award.

This show will air in Long Beach/Signal Hill on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on LBTV Channel 3 and FiOS 21 and in Long Beach and 70 surrounding cities at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Charter Channel 188. Straight Talk is also viewable on demand at

2017 City Plans

Mayor Robert Garcia will provide an update on 2017 Plans for Long Beach at the Friends of Belmont Shore meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m. at the St. Bartholomew Church Meeting Hall, 5100 Broadway, at Granada.

Membership is $15 per person per year. Friends is a organization of individuals – residents, business owners, property owners and community supporters – who are dedicated to the quality of life in this unique beachside community. Info:

Honor and Duty

 Long Beach- American Association of University Women will meet at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 9:30 hear a panel of three women, Wilma Powell, Neya Gilliam and Wendy Lewis, who will relate their experiences as members in the military and as veterans. Networking starts at 9:30 a.m. with a short meeting at 10, program at 10:30 followed by lunch at 11:30. Cost of the luncheon is $25. RSVP to Lee Tsao at (562) 805-0672 by Dec. 28.

Volunteers Needed

Pathways, a non-profit organization in Lakewood, is currently looking for volunteers to help seniors in our area stay independent and in their own homes by providing volunteers to: ensure their safety, provide companionship and keep them active. Volunteers are fully trained and only required to work a minimum of 2-4 hours per week.

There are many other areas to volunteer like event planning, clerical and grief support. See their website at for more details. The next volunteer training is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24. If you or someone you know is interested in helping out in this way, please give them a call at the Pathways Office at (562) 531-3031.

Holiday News Briefs

There’s no better place to ring in the New Year than Café Sevilla. Join us on New Year’s Eve where we will be featuring live music and serving a special four-course Prix Fixe NYE Menu in addition to our regular dinner menu. We will also feature a dazzling Flamenco Dinner Show, which will include our special four-course Prix Fixe NYE Menu. On New Year’s Day, we will be serving our nine-course Tapas Brunch in addition to our regular dinner menu. For reservations, please call (562) 495-1111. More information can be found online at

Ring in the New Year at Saint & Second. Now accepting reservations for a special four-course New Year’s Eve Dinner. $70 per person which includes a sparking wine toast. Call to reserve your table: (562) 433-4828

Cielo at The Sky Room, 40 S. Locust Ave. Come spend New Year’s Eve at Long Beach’s hidden gem, located on top of the historic Breakers Building in downtown. Tickets will include all-you-can drink premium handcrafted cocktails, unlimited street-style homemade tacos, and a champagne toast while the ball drops. DJ Wes will be spinning all of the favorites in front of a 360-degree view of Southern California’s best firework displays. Prices exclude tax and gratuity: $129 until December 30th or $149 day of. RSVP: (562) 983-2703. 

International City Theatre invites you to see the popular musical “Forever Plaid.” A fan favorite chock-full of classic 1950s hits, the New York Post said this show will “put a smile on your face, a hum in your throat and a tap to your feet.” Witness the story of four guys who come together to become their idols – The Four Freshmen. The show runs Feb. 15 – March 5. For tickets, call (562) 436-4610 or visit




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