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Republicans Welcome Barbara George

On Saturday, March 9, Barbara George, State Liaison CA Moms for America, will share how every person can make a difference during the Greater Long Beach Republican Women breakfast meeting. Held at The Grand in Long Beach, registration starts at 9 a.m. followed by an all-you-can-eat breakfast served at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members and there is free covered parking.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Moms for America mission is to empower moms to raise patriots and promote liberty for the healing of America. They are building a national movement of mom to promote the principles of liberty to restore the republic, and create a culture of truth, family and freedom in our homes and communities.

George’s presentation will share how we can all make a contribution and a difference in our current climate, communities and situation.

The independent Greater Long Beach Republican Women is a growing organization that brings together women and men who work together to pass propositions and elect officials that will have an impact on improving life in Long Beach, the state and nation.

For information and reservations: vonderhorstm@aol.com or phone (562) 760-1556.

Free Youth Play Days

Join Bridge the Gap Tennis and Councilmember Daryl Supernaw on Saturday, March 23, for a fun-filled family event with tennis, music, food, and games at El Dorado Park Tennis Center from noon to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the El Dorado Park Tennis Center located at 2800 N. Studebaker Road. All ages and levels are welcome to attend.

The kids will have a chance to be introduced to the game of tennis in a fun atmosphere. They will play games, hit for prizes, enjoy face painting and balloon art, and have free food. We will also have rackets available to use! Wilson Tennis will have a demo court, and USTA SoCal will be there sharing local tennis resources. Parents are welcome to join their players on the court or watch from the seating area.

This is the second of eight free Saturday events this year brought to you by Bridge the Gap Tennis, a 501c3 non-profit organization sponsored by District 4 Councilmember Daryl Supernaw, BTG Management and SC Tennis Academy.

Bridge the Gap Tennis uses tennis to promote life skills, education, and physical and mental health among underserved youth in Long Beach and its surrounding areas.

To register, visit tinyurl.com/freetennislb.

Free Spring Spectacular

Long Beach Towne Center invites children and their families to its Spring Spectacular event on Sunday, March 24, from noon to 2 p.m. During the event, which will be held in the Regal Promenade, attendees will enjoy free photos with the Easter Bunny, kids crafts, balloon twisting and face painting. This event is free and open to the public and no pre-registration is required. To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/48bKcAk.

With 1 million square feet of retail space, Long Beach Towne Center offers a unique collection of over 54 name-brand and boutique shopping, entertainment and dining options located off the 605 Freeway at Carson Boulevard.

For more information, visit https://www.lbtownecenter.com.

Author’s Day Features Novelist Iris Yamashita

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Long Beach will hold its 12th annual Author’s Day Event featuring mystery novelist Iris Yamashita on Saturday, March 30 at Long Beach City College.

The event begins at noon with a lunch and silent auction, followed by a talk by the author and her signing of books. Proceeds from this event go to scholarships for students at both Long Beach City College and California State University Long Beach.

Iris Yamashita gained widespread recognition for her screenplay for the critically acclaimed film “Sands of Iwo Jima,” directed by Clint Eastwood. She has taught screenwriting at UCLA and traveled to many parts of the world. “City Under One Roof” was her debut novel, set in a tiny Alaskan town where all of the residents live in a single high-rise building.

Her latest novel “Village in the Dark” is a follow up in the Cara Kennedy mystery series and is set to be released in February 2024.

All are invited to attend this benefit event which will be at Long Beach City College in Building T 1200 with complimentary parking in the nearby structure off Clark Avenue. The cost to attend is $75 and may be made via Zelle or by check sent. Invest in the future of promising young women by participating in this special event.

For more information and event reservations call JoAnn Kuroda at (562) 429-6923.

Adaptive Sports Fair

Playmakers, SoCal Adaptive Sports, The Long Beach City College Foundation, and Long Beach City College (LBCC) announce the inaugural Adaptive Sports Fair, a groundbreaking event aimed at fostering inclusivity and celebrating the diversity of athletes of all abilities. This pioneering initiative, slated for April 13, marks a significant milestone in the city’s commitment to accessibility and equality in sports.

The Adaptive Sports Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a wide range of adaptive sports demonstrations, and interactive activities, tailored to individuals with disabilities. From wheelchair basketball to beep baseball, attendees will have the opportunity to explore various adaptive sports and engage with experts in the field.

The Adaptive Sports Fair promises to be an inspiring and transformative event, showcasing the talents and resilience of athletes with disabilities while promoting awareness and understanding of adaptive sports.

For more information about the Adaptive Sports Fair and how to get involved, visit www.LetsBePlaymakers.org or contact cynthia@letsbeplaymakers.org.

Catalina Water Ski Race

One of Long Beach’s oldest annual traditions will celebrate its diamond anniversary this year out of Queensway Bay on Saturday, July 13. Operated by the Long Beach Boat & Ski Club since 1949, the race has become one of the most prestigious of its kind, drawing elite athletes from around the world to compete at our Aquatic Capital of America.

An average of 40 skiers compete in the 63-mile course that loops from the Long Beach Harbor to Catalina Island and back in as fast as 45 minutes. Skiers on single skis are pulled by high-speed race boats, reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour on the open water. To put it in perspective, the speedy catamaran ferries that take visitors to Catalina Island take about an hour – one way – to traverse these same waters.

This summer, spectators can watch the race start and finish in-person, or via streaming on the Long Beach Boat & Ski Club Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100079607777323).

The race leaves the Long Beach Harbor at 9 a.m., weather permitting, with racers usually crossing the finish line anywhere from 45 min to hours later with a race cutoff at 12 noon.

For those attending in person, the Long Beach Boat & Ski Club recommends watching the starting line for free from Junipero or Alamitos Beach areas and watching the finish line at the mouth of the Los Angeles River, directly across from the Queen Mary along the bike path that extends toward Grissom Island.

The view from the decks of the Queen Mary is ideal, but note the ship charges a fee for entry.

Those interested in competing in the race or looking to start a team can visit http://www.catalinaskirace.net for information and entry forms.

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