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Youth Chorus Concert

On Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., the Long Beach Youth Chorus’ winter concert will carry the theme “Legatum: A Program on Legacy & Authenticity.” The centerpiece of the concert, to be held at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach, is “Legatum,” by composer Ryan Main.

The translation for “Legatum” is: “How do I want to be remembered? What kind of life will I choose to live? How will I make an impact? What legacy will I leave behind? I will leave a legacy of love. I will leave a legacy of truth. Love, joy, grace, truth!”

The chorus, under the artistic direction of Stevie Hirner, now has almost 50 singers in two groups: the Long Beach Youth Chorus (grades 6-12) and the Young Musicians Program (grades 2-5). The concert will also feature a movement of local composer Curtis Heard’s “October Mourning,” which the Youth Chorus performed with multiple other groups last month. There will also be a holiday singalong and a silent auction to benefit the chorus.

The concert will be a free-will donation at the door. For more information visit the LBYC website at

Free ‘Ageism” Lecture

On Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. a free lecture on “Ageism” will be offered to the public by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Long Beach. The program will be held at the Alpert Jewish Community Center located at 3801 E. Willow St.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Daniel Else, a professor of educational psychology and lecturer at Chapman University. He will discuss ageism in our society and how the elderly are treated depending on their respective culture, including the emotional, moral, and ethical implications.

Attendees will receive free parking and light refreshments. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Dec. 15 to:

For over 27 years OLLI at CSULB has been dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults in the greater Long Beach area through educational programming and social engagement.

Christmas Radio Show

Come experience the classic “A Christmas Carol.” A mean, selfish, bitter old man with no friends. On one Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a frightening journey visiting his past, present and future. Will Scrooge learn the error of his ways and learn to love and appreciate Christmas and all the people in his life?

You don’t want to miss this annual retelling of this classic Charles Dickens radio show this year! Come to the Helen Borgers Theater and celebrate the holiday season. Performances: Dec. 15 & 16 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets, $13 a person, information, and directions to The Helen Borgers Theatre, at 4250 Atlantic, are available at

Choral Masterpiece

The community is invited to attend a special service at First Church on Sunday, Dec. 17, featuring John Rutter’s choral masterpiece “Gloria” accompanied by a brass and percussion ensemble from Cal State Fullerton. The service starts at 10 a.m. and the church is at the corner of 3rd Street & Cedar Avenue downtown.

Afterward you are invited to enjoy an open-air fair trade Christmas Market, and a book signing and sale to celebrate the publication of Singing Fierce Gratitude: Daily Poems of Abundance, Generosity, and Gratitude by Poet in Residence Tina Datsko de Sánchez. Copies of Singing Fierce Gratitude, as well as Drinking Pure Light; Dancing through Fire and Swimming in God will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Proceeds from book sales support the Board of Cultural Arts.

For more info visit:

Winter Fun Days

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer free extended supervised recreation programs for youth over the winter school break from Dec. 26 through 29, and Jan. 2 through 5, 2024. Youth may come and go at their own discretion and PRM staff will be on-site to lead a variety of recreational activities from noon to 5 p.m. at parks throughout Long Beach.

The Winter Fun Days Program will offer youth ages 5 through 12 opportunities to enjoy free games, crafts, sports tournaments, field trips and holiday celebrations. Onsite registration when youth show up to participate is required.

More information about the program, including phone numbers of participating locations, is available on the Winter Fun Days webpage: [


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