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Common Sense Law & Order

The community is invited to hear Eric Early, the common sense, law and order candidate for attorney general speak at the April 9 Long Beach Republican Women Federated breakfast meeting. Held at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., the morning meeting includes information that benefits all members of the community. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a buffet breakfast at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members and there is free, covered parking.

Many Californians know Early from his 2020 congressional campaign. They hear his common sense approach on his weekly radio show The Early Edition, heard every Sunday live at noon on Salem radio station KRLA -AM 870, The Answer.

A highly respected attorney, Early is committed to rolling back the criminal attack on suburbia and wants to investigate the state’s entire election system, which many Republicans believe lacks minimal integrity. There’s much more that Early would do as attorney general to stop California’s slide into a third-world abyss. Come to the meeting for a riveting presentation!

Info: (562) 594-0936 or visit http://www.longbeachrepublicanwomen.com/calendar.html.

2nd & PCH

Hoppin’ Photos with Bunny are available April 9 & 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 16, 12-4 p.m. on Seaport Way. Capture memories and grab a selfie in front of a spring-themed backdrop, including a vintage Volkswagen bus. Crafts and additional activities will be provided by Family Church in Signal Hill on April 16. Hoppin’ Photos with Bunny are on a first-come, first-served basis; a photographer will not be present – selfies are encouraged.

Shop for hand-crafted treasures and support local artisans at the Creative Communal Makers Market on April 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Seaport Way. The unique open-air market features a curated assortment of vendors, kids’ activities, a photo op and live music from Ernando and the Nandos, 2-5 p.m.

All are welcome to celebrate Earth Day at 2nd & PCH on April 23, 10 a.m. to noon. Activities will include hands-on arts and crafts plus live entertainment.

For additional event information and a complete list of tenants visit 2ndandpch.com.

LGB Open House

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is commemorating the opening of its new Ticketing Lobby and Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) facility with a Community Open House on Saturday, April 30. The projects are part of a major $110 million Phase II – Terminal Area Improvement Program to make strategic pre-security enhancements to the airport.

Family-friendly activities, music and light refreshments will be staged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the new building, adjacent to the historic terminal. There also will be opportunities to tour the new Ticketing Lobby. Parking is complimentary.

The $26 million investment in the Ticketing Lobby – designed by Corgan and constructed by Swinerton – complements the adjacent historic terminal and builds upon LGB’s status as a first-class gateway to Southern California, holding a special niche in the aviation industry with its easy access, sustainable facilities and welcoming feel for travelers.

Features of the 16,700-square-foot Ticketing Lobby, which is anticipated to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, include:

  • Common use ticket counters and self-service kiosks for greater flexibility according to flight schedules and demand.
  • Ticket counters and well-positioned kiosks with non-porous, anti-microbial surfaces.
  • Ample square footage for improved passenger circulation.
  • Improved bag checking and screening efficiency.
  • Optimized energy performance, high efficiency LED lighting and reduced indoor and outdoor water usage.

The Ticketing Lobby’s official opening day will be Wednesday, May 4. Ticketing services were previously centered in the historic terminal building, which is scheduled to undergo major renovations, including a seismic upgrade, and eventually transition into space dedicated to rental car customer service functions.

The state-of-the-art $25.5 million CBIS operation, at 6,545 square feet and connected to the Ticketing Lobby, allows the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) to more efficiently screen checked bags. It replaces what was originally designed to be an interim facility after the events of 9/11. Relocating these functions will restore access to the west side of the historic terminal, revealing its classic design.

Completion of the newer, larger Ticketing Lobby, as well as the new CBIS facility, represent the first two components of the Phase II – Terminal Area Improvement Program. A Consolidated Baggage Claim Facility is currently under construction and scheduled to open in late 2022.

The Phase I – Terminal Area Improvement Program, which included $100 million in various priority projects completed in 2012, culminated with the award-winning, LEED Silver certified passenger concourse featuring modern design, local eateries and an innovative indoor-outdoor design with a spacious post-security garden. Phase I also included construction of Parking Structure B.

LGB offers nonstop service to 16 destinations across the nation, including Hawaii. Learn more at www.lgb.org/destinations.

PRM Day Camps

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer in-person Summer Day Camps weekdays beginning June 20 through August 26, where youths ages 5 to 12 will enjoy games, crafts, physical fitness, enrichment activities and more. Registration was originally scheduled to begin April 9 but has been changed to April 16.

Summer camps will operate weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for those enrolled in extended care. Fee information will be available beginning April 13 on LBParks.org. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Registration begins Saturday, April 16, online at 10 a.m. More information about these programs and other activities for youth is available at LBParks.org or by calling (562) 570-3150.

Library Showcases HelpNow

The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is showcasing HelpNow, powered by BrainFuse, for the month of April. HelpNow is a collection of online homework and educational resources for K-12 students and for college-level math and science help.

Students can connect with live tutors daily between 1 and 10 p.m. (Spanish-speakers available), submit their writing assignments for review or receive live assistance through the Writing Lab, watch video lessons, conduct online meetings with peers and receive Spanish language tutoring. HelpNow is available for free to LBPL card holders.

Students, parents and teachers can be confident in the quality of help provided because all the tutors are fully vetted by Brainfuse, a top provider of online tutoring for more than 20 years. Students can also submit questions to HelpNow tutors outside of the live business hours and will receive a response within 24 hours.

HelpNow can be found in the Digital Library on the Library’s website along with numerous other homework resources. The HelpNow app is also available in the Apple Store for iOS and in the Play Store for Android.

LBCC Extends Deadline

The deadline to apply to the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC) has been extended to Fri., April 29, 2022. The COC currently seeks three community members for the two Community-at-Large positions and one Senior Citizens’ Organization representative.

Citizens’ Oversight Committee applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the LBCCD boundary, which includes the cities of Avalon, Lakewood, Long Beach and Signal Hill.

Applicants who are applying to be the representative of a Senior Citizens’ Organization must be a member of any current and active organization that advocates for senior citizens that is active within the District boundaries.

The LBCCD Board of Trustees will be asked to approve the new members at its May 25, 2022 meeting. The term of service for the new appointees is May 26, 2022, through June 30, 2024. The COC has two mandatory meetings each year and may schedule others as needed. The next COC meeting date after the appointment will be Aug. 15, 2022.

The COC oversees both Measure E, a $440 million bond measure approved by the voters in 2008 and Measure LB, an $850 million-bond measure approved by the voters in 2016. Funds are used exclusively for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of LBCCD facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for use by the district.

Complete information about the bond measures, the COC and the application form can be found online at https://www.lbcc.edu/citizens-oversight-committee. Community members can call (562) 938-4540 with questions.

Act Out Theatre Company

With a cast and crew of nearly 75 participants and volunteers, Act Out will open its 10th season with a production of the hit Broadway musical “James and the Giant Peach.”

“The first show we did was a 45-minute play version with nine middle school kids and two adults,“ says Founder and Executive Director Travis Wade, “how fitting that we come full circle and present this two hour musical with a huge cast and an anticipated audience of 2,200 people!”

The show plays for audiences on May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 with ticket sales now open online at www.actoutlb.com.

Performances will be held at the Hoover Auditorium, 3501 Country Club Dr., Lakewood.

For more info call (323) 920-5069.

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