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Donate Blood or Platelets

Concern is rising for the nation’s blood supply, which has dipped to concerning levels and could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood and platelet transfusions for patients.

Historically low blood supply levels not seen in more than a decade persist for the American Red Cross, which supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood. The ongoing decline comes at a time of year when donations typically fall. Holiday get-togethers, school breaks and winter weather often lead to lower donor turnout, potentially further compounding the situation.

Potential donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If there is not an immediate opportunity available to donate, donors are asked to make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and then maintain a sufficient blood supply.

Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. As an extra thank-you from the Red Cross, those who come to donate in January will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card. Terms apply; visit for more information.

Support St. Bart

Take Out Tuesday and Dine In Too at Naples Rib Company on Tuesday, Jan. 4 is a great way to start out the New Year. 5800 E. 2nd Street in Naples is the place with indoor dining from 4 to 9 p.m. and Take Out starting at 10 a.m.

Call in orders to (562) 439-7427. Mention that you support St. Bartholomew’s Church and Naples Rib Company will credit the church with a percentage of the proceeds. All proceeds go to local charities through the St. Bartholomew Women’s Council.

Jan. 8 Turtle Trek

Start the New Year in Nature. Walk with ecologists, learn about the flora and fauna of Los Cerritos Wetlands and search for Pacific Green Sea Turtles in the San Gabriel River. This two-hour nature walk begins at 8 a.m. and is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Closed toes shoes are required.

Parking is available on the inland side of the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 1st Street, at the border of Long Beach and Seal Beach.

For more information or to RSVP contact Elizabeth at Learn more about the wetlands at

Feedback Sought

The City of Long Beach is inviting the community to submit feedback and recommendations for the future Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center. Topics include key considerations such as programming, fees, access and transportation to ensure the new center’s amenities equitably reflect the diverse needs of the Long Beach community.

As a component of the California Coastal Commission’s approval of the project, the city assembled an Equitable Outreach Program to engage and incorporate input from Long Beach neighborhoods of various racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The city is gathering community input via an online survey, available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog, as well as through randomly selected in-person intercept surveys occurring at select locations throughout North, West and Central Long Beach.

The city is committed to hearing from these communities before entering the final planning stages of the new center. Input collected from the online survey and intercept surveys will inform entry fees, recreational activities and transportation to the proposed Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center. The Equitable Outreach Program will be presented to the California Coastal Commission in spring 2022 for consideration.

The new center will replace the former pool with a new state-of-the-art aquatic center that will:

  • Provide community aquatic space for both teaching and recreation.
  • Provide aquatic competition and practice space for swimming, diving and water polo.
  • Maximize the use of its prime beachfront location by fostering access and availability to waterfront amenities.

The survey is available online at More information about the Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center project is available at

Volunteer Drivers

The International Seafarers Center (ISC) announced it is currently seeking volunteer drivers, 25 or older, with clean driving records, to transport seafarers.

According to Guy Fox, the center’s chairman of the board, the non-profit charitable organization is planning to start a GoFundMe campaign and PayPal account in January 2022, to accept electronic donations, in addition to checks and money orders.

The ISC also seeks the following items:

  • Phone cards and SIM cards.
  • Woolen hats, socks and gloves for extreme, cold weather conditions.
  • Like-new clothing, blankets, bedding, sheets and pillow cases.
  • Toiletries, such as razors, toothbrushes and deodorant.
  • Cleaning supplies, toilet paper and paper towels.
  • Coffee, tea, sugar and creamer.
  • Electric kettles,and coffee makers, plus 110/220 volt adapters for converting electricity on international vessels.
  • Food items, such as ramen noodles, canned goods, dry pasta, cereals, pancake mix and potatoes.

Contact: International Seafarers Center, Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, 120 S. Pico Ave., Long Beach, California, 90802, (562) 432-7560,

Violins of Hope

The much-anticipated Violins of Hope concerts on Jan. 8 and 9, 2022 – rescheduled from 2020 – feature Long Beach Symphony musicians playing instruments from the Violins of Hope collection originally played by Jewish musicians during The Holocaust. Thanks to the painstaking restoration by father and son, Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, they now bear testimony to the power of music to lift hearts in the most horrific circumstance.

For more information or to purchase subscriptions visit or call (562) 436-3203.


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