Community News

Walking Tour

Join Long Beach Heritage on Saturday, Feb. 4, for their North Pine Walking tour.

As well as celebrating successful re-activation projects such as Kress Lofts, Walker Lofts, the Famous Department Stores building, York Temple Lofts, and Molina’s Press-Telegram and Meeker-Baker buildings, this tour highlights the charm of some of our earliest extant commercial structures along the Pine Avenue corridor between 4th and 8th Streets and reviews ongoing adaptive-reuse projects such as The Long Beach Professional Building and Vault 350.

This two-hour tour takes place four times a year. $10 donation. For  information, call (562) 493-7019.

ICT on Straight Talk

International City Theatre (ICT) will be the focus of the next edition of Straight Talk. Joining host Art Levine will be ICT Artistic Director/Producer Caryn Desai and Scott Dreier, Co-Director/Choreographer of ICT’s upcoming production of Forever Plaid.

This show will air in Long Beach/Signal Hill on Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on LBTV Channel 3 and Frontier FiOS 21. It also airs Saturday and Sunday 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

Republican Women

Brad Dacus, founder and president of Pacific Justice Institute, will be the speaker at the Long Beach Republican Women Federated meeting on Saturday, Feb. 11. Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive. RSVP is required to or call (562) 938-9180 and leave a message. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for guests and includes breakfast. You may register online at All are welcome.

Heart Health

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center will be hosting a Heart Health Awareness Lunch and Learn. A physician-led lecture by cardiologist Dr. Nik Kapoor will accompany a heart healthy lunch as part of the hospital’s Heart Health Awareness Program.

The first open heart surgery in Long Beach took place 60 years ago at St. Mary. Special guest, Michael J. Rivard, the first open heart surgery patient, will briefly share his story of gratitude.

The program will take place in the Health Enhancement Center at the hospital. Parking is $5, except for Bazzeni Wellness Center Gold Card members.  Reservations are required and attendance is limited. Call 1-888-4ST-MARY to register.

Valentine’s News Briefs

L’Opera invites you to celebrate love and romance this Valentine’s Day with decadent Italian cuisine and beautiful live performances. Executive Chef Walter Cotta will offer his regular menu and a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu with optional wine pairings, Saturday, Feb. 11 through Tuesday, Feb. 14. Seating is available in the lively Main Dining Room and the cozy Wine Cellar on the 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.. Live performances by acoustic guitarist Tara Rose, soprano Shannon Miller and tenor Sam A. Capella. Please visit for more information, and call (562) 491-0066 for reservations.

Champagne and Canvas – paint your date picasso style on Mon., Feb. 13, 5-8 p.m. at The Boathouse on the Bay. It is a fun class to show your date how you really see them. We’ll take you through step-by-step instructions to create a 16” by 20” portrait Picasso style while you enjoy drinks and appetizers. No date? No problem! Just bring a photo of yourself to create your own self portrait. Sign up now because space is limited: or call (562) 433-7156 for more details.

Allen’s Flower Market is gearing up for a 36-hour Valentine celebration. They will open at 8 a.m. on Monday the 13th and not close their doors till Tuesday the 14th at 9:30 p.m. Enjoy the taco cart from 8 p.m. the 13th until 2 a.m. Enjoy the ease of shopping during those crazy off hours and get free tacos to boot! We’d love to see you – during the night or during our daytime hours. If you can’t come in, we’d be glad to take your order by phone or online at We will deliver your flowers, candy, teddy bears and balloons without you ever having to leave your house




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