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MADD 5K Walk

The Southern California Region of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host its signature non-competitive 5K fundraising event, Walk Like MADD, on Saturday, Nov. 6, starting at 7 a.m. at Granada Beach in memory of Aiden Gossage.

MADD’s 5K walk events raise funds and rally support for MADD’s critical community services and Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.

In 2019, 949 people in California were killed in drunk driving crashes. Nationwide, more than 10,000 lives were lost due to drunk driving, and another 290,000 people were injured in drunk driving crashes. Fatal crashes involving alcohol were up 9% in 2020 compared to 2019, even as vehicle miles traveled fell by 13% during a pandemic. In fact, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. Walk Like MADD gives victims and survivors a safe place to remember their loved ones and help raise mission-critical funds to help save lives and serve victims in Southern California.

The timing of the walk is significant because on Sept. 4, Aiden Gossage, a 16-year-old Long Beach resident and student from Millikan High School, was struck and killed by a 31-year-old suspected drunk driver while walking home from a friend’s house. According to law enforcement, Aiden was pronounced dead at the scene despite efforts from officers and bystanders to provide life-saving measures.

Info: (714) 838-6199 Ext. 6654 or pat.rillera@madd.org.

Nature Walk

Marketplace Marsh is an amazing feature of Los Cerritos Wetlands. Check it out for yourself on Saturday, Nov. 6, 8-10 a.m. There will likely be water within Marketplace Marsh, and lots of interesting plants and animals to learn about along the way. The tour is led by environmental educators from Tidal Influence, who will lead participants on a walking tour that will take us to Marketplace Marsh on Long Beach’s wetlands and over to the San Gabriel River on property held by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. We will likely come across great blue herons, as well as egrets and other water-loving wildlife.

During this two-mile urban hike, you will learn about the history of land acquisitions in Los Cerritos Wetlands and leaders will show some freshwater marsh habitats that few people have ever viewed. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at how wetlands and oil operations co-exist at Los Cerritos Wetlands.

Close-toed shoes are required to attend the walk, and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to RSVP, send an email to elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org.

Jewish Film Festival

The 18th annual Long Beach Jewish Film Festival celebrates the best in Jewish films from around the world. The Film Festival kicked-off with a special in-person premiere night event on Wednesday with a screening of the 2019 fashion documentary Mrs. G, followed by guest speaker Wendy Manasse.

Mrs. G is a documentary about Mrs. Lea Gottlieb, a Holocaust survivor who established a small factory in Israel in 1956 to design swimwear and beach outfits. This was the start of what became the Gottex swimwear empire, which was the leading exporter of swimwear to the United States and valued at $60 million in 1991.

After the premiere night, Long Beach Jewish Film Festival continues virtually streaming five films from varying genres over the span of three weeks from Nov. 3-21.

November 3–7 – Mrs. G, 2019, (Documentary) Mrs. Lea Gottlieb, the legendary designer, founder and owner of the Gottex swimwear empire. The film follows her complex relationships with her two daughters, and her unbridled passion, for which she paid a heavy price. Language: Hebrew, English Subtitles

November 6–10 – Persian Lessons, 2020, (Drama/War) A young Jewish man pretends to be Iranian to avoid being executed in a concentration camp. Language: German/French, English Subtitles

November 10–14 – Kiss Me Kosher, 2020, (Romantic Comedy) When two generations of Israeli women fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man, chaos follows. What happens with lovers who don’t fit but do belong together? Language: Hebrew/German, English Subtitles

November 13–17 – They Ain’t Ready for Me, 2020, (Documentary/Social Issues) The story of Tamar Manasseh, the black rabbinical student who leads the fight against gun violence on the south side of Chicago. Tamar’s identity and personality combine to make her a force to be reckoned with. Language: English

Tickets available at $18 per person/$15 for AJCC members. All visitors will have to present proof of vaccination before entering the building.

Film Festival Pass – includes streaming for all five films, plus admission to Premiere Night and VIP Lounge: $65/$50 for AJCC members. Individual films are available for $15/$12 AJCC members. Visit https://alpertjcc.org/filmfestival/ for the official selection.

Tomb of the Unknown

The public is invited to join Los Cerritos Chapter, National Society Daughters of the Revolution in partnership with the Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in celebrating the 100th anniversary of this sacred site.

The event is scheduled at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4644 Clark Ave., on Nov. 11, A 21-bell salute will be rung, a color guard will present the colors, the National Anthem will be sung and taps will be played as we commemorate this iconic monument to our fallen soldiers. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Please arrive early enough to be seated for the bell ringing.

On Veterans Day this year the people of the United States will mark the passage of 100 years since the interment of an unidentifiable member of the American Expeditionary Forces of World War I in Arlington National Cemetery. This iconic place of interment has come to be known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is regarded as America most sacred shrine. As intended, it is dedicated to all that have served and sacrificed for America in times of war or armed conflict from the American Revolution to the present and to those yet to come.

Vets Admitted Free

The Aquarium of the Pacific honors and thanks veterans and active military personnel and invites them to visit the aquarium on Nov. 11, with free admission in celebration of Veteran’s Day. During their visit, they can see more than 12,000 animals and over 100 exhibits, including Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities, featuring a green sea turtle, glowing reefs and flashlight fish.

To receive free admission, veterans and active military personnel should make an online reservation in advance and can visit the aquarium’s Veterans Day webpage for more information.

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

2nd & PCH

Join the fun Friday evenings at 6 p.m. to view fan-favorite movies on the center’s 32-foot inflatable movie screen. The musical favorite Mamma Mia! will air on Nov. 12. Movies are complimentary to the community; self-seating and heaters will be available along Seaport Way on a first come first serve basis. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. 2ND & PCH offers an array of restaurants, retailers and specialty services within the center for the community to enjoy before, during or after the movie.

Film screenings take place on the ground level of the center, along Seaport Way.

‘Variance’

The CSULB College of the Arts and Department of Dance present Variance with performances Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. Variance is the 5th annual presentation of BFA and faculty work featuring premieres by Tsiambwom Akuchu, Danzel Thompson-Stout and Andrew Vaca and BFA Candidates David Bernal, Kevin Holland, Yukiko Nimura and Aisha Reddick. An audio described version of the show will be available shortly after the live premiere. 

After over a year of dancing through a screen, the CSULB Department of Dance returns to the stage as they celebrate 50 years as a department. Help us cheer on these makers and movers in this seminal moment by joining us through our virtual presentation streamed live from the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater.

New to the faculty this year are esteemed performers and choreographers Tsiambwom Akuchu and Danzel Thompson-Stout, who will both be premiering work in Variance. 

For tickets and information, call (562) 985-7000 or visit www.csulb.edu/dance

Human Trafficking

The community is invited to attend the Saturday, Nov. 13, Long Beach Republican Women Federated breakfast meeting to hear Dr. Brenda Flores discuss the issues of human trafficking including the various types of trafficking and the forces that lead people to be both victims and perpetrators. Flores will also discuss common myths surrounding the issue of human trafficking, current trends in our community, red flags to recognize signs of trafficking around us, applying victim centered perspectives and action steps to make a difference in our own communities.

Held at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., the morning meeting includes information that would benefit all members of the community. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with breakfast served at 9:30 a.m. The cost is just $30 for members and $35 for non-members and there is free parking.

Info: (562) 760-1556 or visit http://www.longbeachrepublicanwomen.com/calendar.html

Direct from U.K.

The FABBA Show is the sensational, authentic and truly magical tribute to Abba and returns to the Gaslamp Restaurant on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. Atomic Blondie – Tribute to Blondie, will open the show.

$20 tickets may be purchased online at www.GaslampTix.com or by phone at (562) 596-4718. The Gaslamp is located at 6251 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

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