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Red Cross Needs Donors

While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions.

The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now.

Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.

To thank donors who help refuel the blood and platelet supply this month, all who come to give July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon.com gift card via email and will also receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). More information and details are available at rcblood.org/fuel.

Also, all those who come to donate throughout the entire month of July will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm. To learn more, visit rcblood.org/CedarFair.

Donors who give now will help stock the shelves for the rest of the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Long Beach Blood Donation Center, 3150 E. 29th St. (See RedCrossBlood.org for hours)

7/18: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 6500 Stearns Ave

7/19: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave

7/23: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., ICONIX Belmont Shore, 4101 E. Olympic Plaza

7/25: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 3955 Orange Ave.

7/25: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 E. 7th Street

7/26: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Westland Real Estate Group, 520 W. Willow St.

7/26: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Marina Pacifica Shopping Center, 6310 E. Pacific Coast Hwy

7/27: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., CSULB SAE at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St.

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

National Wildlife Refuges

Explore the National Wildlife Refuge System through the lens of award-winning nature photographer and filmmaker Ian Shive as part of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s First Wednesdays Lecture Series on August 4 at 7 p.m. A book signing and cocktail hour will follow the presentation.

The National Wildlife Refuge System, the largest network of protected lands and waters in the world, preserves America’s natural habitats, from the rugged reaches of Kenai, Alaska, to the vibrant coral reefs of the Palmyra Atoll in the South Pacific.

Shive, recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, will share his images of these landscapes and their wildlife from his new book Refuge: America’s Wildest Places [Earth Aware Editions; $50], which has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The New York Times, and more. Witness the migratory birds of Midway Atoll and the golden prairies of the Rocky Flats during this illustrated lecture in the aquarium’s Ocean Theater.

Shive is the host and executive producer of Nature in Focus, a digital series on Discovery Channel, and the director and producer of Hidden Pacific, an IMAX 3D film that brings to life the vibrant marine national monuments at the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean. He is the author of several books, including The National Parks: An American Legacy. Shive is the founder and CEO of Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc.

Online streaming live at aquariumofpacific.org/news/lectures. The lecture is free. Reservations required to reserve your seat in the theater. (Beverages available for purchase during the cocktail hour.)

Info: (562) 590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/refuge_americas_wildest_places/

LB Playhouse Reopens

During the month of July, the Playhouse box office will work with ticket holders from 2020 to set up new reservations. On August 1, the remainder of the 2021 season will be open to the public to buy tickets. At this time the Playhouse expects patrons to be masked while in the theatre.

“All of us look forward to welcoming patrons, actors, and the community back to the playhouse,” said Director Madison Mooney. “And we have some surprises including a fresh paint job on the outside and new plush seats for the Mainstage. We can’t wait to see you!”

Mainstage

Sept. 10 – Oct. 9: Noises Off by Michael Frayn

Oct. 22 – Nov. 20: Sister Act, A Divine Musical Comedy, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, and Douglas Carter Beane

Dec. 3 – Dec. 19: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Studio Theatre

Oct. 1 – Oct. 30: Angels in America Part One, Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner

November / December: The Collaborative Series. The Collaborative is part of the Playhouse’s commitment to the community. It gives small theatre troupes and local art makers a place in which they can put up their shows. The Playhouse expects some of the smaller theaters that lost their spaces during the pandemic to participate in the 2021-22 Collaborative Series. For more information about applying for The Collaborative, please visit www.lbplayhouse.org in August.

Questing Heirs

Next meeting of the Questing Heirs Genealogy Society is at Heartwell Park across from the Masonic Lodge, 5918 Parkcrest St., Sunday, July 18, at 1 p.m. Bring a chair and lunch.

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