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Munch and Movie

Soroptimist International of Long Beach (SILB) offers lunch and a private showing of “I Love You to Death,” Saturday, Jan. 21, 12:30 p.m. at the Art Theatre of Long Beach. Tickets are $30 each. 100 percent of the net proceeds of this fun-filled event benefits Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, which was founded by SILB in 1971. This stranger-than-fiction 1990s American black comedy features an all-star cast, Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, William Hurt, and Keanu Reeves.

Before viewing the film, each movie-goer will enjoy a sampling of pizzas provided by Flippin’ Pizza, K Pasta and Ecco’s Pizza and dessert. A Q&A follows the film with actor/writer/producer Joe Sabatino. There will be door prizes, a raffle, and beer and wine available.

The Soroptimists are also grateful to additional event sponsors are Lynn Shrum and Farmers and Merchants Bank. Tickets are available online at or by contacting Jaye Johnson at (562) 596-6859 or by email at

Comedian to Entertain

Rossmoor-Los Alamitos Republican Women Federated invite like-minded women and men to “board” the MS Donald Trump when the club cruises to victory at its Jan. 21 meeting at the Marriott Courtyard in Cypress, 5865 Katella Ave. Since every cruise needs outstanding entertainment, comedian and former Democrat Eric Golub will share his observations, starting with how he accumulated fat The buffet breakfast meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and is just $20 per person. To make your reservation contact Chris Barnes at or (562) 865-3258.

Knabe on Straight Talk

Former LA County Supervisor Don Knabe will be the guest on the next edition of Straight Talk. He joins host Art Levine to reflect upon his 35 years of public service, including time as Cerritos City Councilman, Mayor of Cerritos, and 20 years as Los Angeles County Supervisor for the 4th District. He shares his views of some of his most significant accomplishments, including the safe surrender program and preventing Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center from closure.

Don credits much of his success to the continued support of his wife Julie. He also discusses his plans for the future.

This show will air in Long Beach/Signal Hill on Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on LBTV Channel 3 and Frontier FiOS 21 and in Long Beach and 70 surrounding cities at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Charter Channel 188. Straight Talk is also viewable on demand at

News Briefs

Planning to travel? Apply for your passport at the U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Office at California State University, Long Beach. Service is fast and friendly. The office is open Monday-Thursday, from noon to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Passport photographs are taken on-site. For information about required forms, documents and fees, go to To make an appointment, call (562) 985-7790.

Long Beach resident and historian Patty Civalleri found an unaddressed niche in the travel market and created a book for the want-to-know-more Florence, Italy traveler. With an extremely visual approach (450+ images), it tells the fun back stories of the great men that created the city of Florence, as well as the entire Renaissance Era. Names you know: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Dante, Machiavelli, Raphael, Donatello, the Medici, and more. (Did you know they all knew each other?) If you purchase this book and mention “Beachcomber,” the author will send you a free matching Florence Game Book. Visit: or search Patty Civalleri in

Harbor Breeze Cruises announced the arrival of its new custom-built power catamaran, La Espada, to join the fleet of eight vessels including two other custom-built catamarans. All catamarans are equipped with stadium seating. Join Harbor Breeze Cruises on daily whale watching excursions in search of the largest animals to ever live on earth, blue whales. Also offered are daily narrated sightseeing cruises for panoramic views of the scenic Long Beach harbor. Senior pricing is available for cruises and open Memorial Day and weekends. Vessels are also available for private events with loved ones. Call (562) 983-6880, email: or visit



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