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Geological Society

The next Zoom meeting of the QHGS will be held on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. Presenter Christine Cohen will speak on “Grand Army Of The Republic – Researching Your Union Civil War Veterans.” Contact questingheirs@gmail.com for access.

Lunch & Learn

Sunday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Long Beach Unity Church, 935 E. Broadway, “Mindfulness and The Law of Attraction,” presented by Charla Gae, Suggested donation: $10. Info: Bobbie (562)-435-2246.

Guitar Brilliance

Music at the Point, the popular concert series at Grace First Presbyterian Church, continues its season with a Jan. 23, 3 p.m., performance by DuoSF, a San Francisco based classical guitar duo (Christopher Mallett and Robert Miller). DuoSF is quickly becoming recognized as one of America’s most promising young guitar ensembles.

In a review of their debut CD, Classical Guitar Magazine wrote, “effortlessly played” and “this interpretation is one of the very best I have heard ... an outstanding recording of some lovely music in superb performances beautifully captured. One to hunt for!”

Grace First Presbyterian Church, is at 3955 N. Studebaker Road, at the intersection of Los Coyotes Diagonal. For more information contact Stan DeWitt at (562) 972-3324 or stan.gracefirst@gmail.com.

Aquarium Lecture Series

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7-9 p.m. Topic: Killer Whales of Southern California / Speaker: Alisa Schulman-Janiger, research associate, Natural History Museum of LA County; lead research biologist, California Killer Whale Project; and director, ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project

This lecture series is open to the public for free and will feature guest speakers from various universities, research institutions and non-profit organizations each month

Info: (562) 590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org.

Rockwell Paintings

The Catalina Museum for Art & History will present the exhibition Norman Rockwell in the 1940s: A View of the American Homefront, featuring a collection of Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers during the 1940s that were inspired by life on the American homefront during World War II.

Opening on March 5, the exhibition pays homage to the 80th anniversary of Catalina Island’s involvement during World War II and the brave soldiers who defended the country.

In 1942, Catalina Island was closed to tourism and shifted to support the American troops as a training center for the U.S. Maritime Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Signal Corps and the Office of Strategic Service (O.S.S.). In fact, many of the Island’s signature landmarks were used as training sites during this time.

“Catalina’s mobilization and role during WWII was extraordinary,” said Johnny Sampson, Deputy Director and Chief Curator for the museum. “Yet it is easy to gloss-over the sacrifice of the island’s citizenry. Norman Rockwell’s poignant portrayal of everyday heroism honors the American humanity and is a tribute to the island’s history and all the families who supported the effort here and abroad.”

Festival of Authors

Literary Women’s annual Long Beach Festival of Authors will be held March 19, at the Long Beach Convention Center, 110 S. Pine Avenue. Featuring seven authors each year, the event is a star attraction for book lovers and aspiring authors alike. Founded in 1982 by Harriet Williams and Virginia Laddey, this year marks the all-volunteer organization’s 40th anniversary.

“We are excited to be able to host the event live this year with our traditional crowd-pleasing agenda,” said the organization’s Chairwoman Barbara Wilde. “We will have four authors featured to speak to the entire group in the ballroom, and three breakout sessions featuring authors who will share with a smaller group.”

The three breakout sessions happen simultaneously. Registrants choose one of those three authors who will present in a smaller breakout room with about one-third of the traditionally sold-out crowd.

Visit the Literary Women website www.literarywomen.org to make a reservation and choose one breakout session. Tickets are $115 each and include lunch.

Grand Prix Show

All-star rock band Royal Machines – with special guests – will headline the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach’s Saturday night, April 9 concert presented by Acura and ASM Global.

The show will take place at approximately 6 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center and is free to Saturday race ticket holders. Space at the plaza is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Based in Los Angeles, Royal Machines performs a selection of well-known rock covers, while also bringing iconic rock stars as special guests at each performance. The result is a unique experience for every audience.

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