Community News

Lincoln Club Luncheon

Political strategist and publisher Steve Frank will discuss the state of Republican politics in California and nationwide, including the potential accomplishments of a Trump Administration supported by a Republican controlled Congress. Please join us at the Lincoln Club for the noon luncheon meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23,  at 6201 Appian Way, Long Beach. Cost is $35; please RSVP to Paul Carter at or by calling (562) 435-1426.

Dancing for Our Stars

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that more than 735,000 Americans will have a heart attack each year. To continue providing state-of-the-art cardiovascular care to the community, the Ninth Annual “Dancing for Our Stars” Gala will raise funds to support the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) at Long Beach Memorial.

Based on the television series Dancing with the Stars, the “Dancing for Our Stars” Gala pairs five prominent community members or physicians with professional dancers, or their significant other, to compete in a dance competition all while supporting a good cause. This gala raises funds not through live and silent auctions, but by collecting votes from the crowd.

The Ninth Annual “Dancing for Our Stars” Gala, will take place Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Participants include Katherine Keesal, Dr. Glenn Levine and Dr. Stacey Epstein Levine, Denise Naughton, Gayle Pillsbury with daughter Stella Piburn, and Dr. Alyson Emery Zahn and John Zahn. Equal weight will be given to the pre-event fundraising, event night fundraising and judges’ scores to crown the overall winner. Once the winner is announced, all attendees will be invited to the dance floor to strut their stuff.

This event is open to the public. For sponsorship information or tickets, call (562) 933-1661 or visit

Red Carpet Event

It will be a red carpet community spectacular leading into the Art Theatre’s annual fundraising event during its Academy Awards party on “Retro Row” on Sunday, Feb. 26, 4-8 p.m. The Fourth Street stretch will be lined with limo wannabes and live action as Long Beach’s own celebrities walk the Art Theatre’s red carpet amid the glare of neighborhood paparazzi. A special event photographer will also be on-hand to capture the event arrivals at the valet and drop-off areas.

The Art Theatre will feature the live telecast of the “Oscars” on the house screen with its new digital projection system. Guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while specialty food trucks will dot the landscape. Black tie dress is encouraged but not required.

The Art Theatre “2017 Red Carpet Oscar Event” fundraiser is open to the public through a membership purchase, but advance registration is required. Individuals interested must register by Feb. 24 at or email at  The Art Theatre is located at 2025 E. Fourth St.

Heritage Awards

Join Long Beach Heritage on Thursday, Feb. 23, for the 29th annual awards benefit and gala honoring leaders in architecture, preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of several of the city’s noteworthy buildings and artifacts. The elegant event will take place in the Grand Salon of the RMS Queen Mary, also a prime example of restoration.

The event not only honors their achievements, but the friends of preservation whose efforts are instrumental in maintaining the city’s heritage. As it is the primary fundraiser for Long Beach Heritage in support of its preservation activities, a silent auction will be held offering an array of unique antique items and gift certificates for bid.

The public is invited to join in the festivities. The silent auction and no host bar begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $125 per person. Parking is hosted. To order tickets or obtain additional information, call (562) 493-7019 or visit

Join the S.H.A.R.K. Team

The Youth Center in Los Alamitos is now looking for a few good staff members and interns for their new Camp S.H.A.R.K. 2017. The summer camp is held at Rossmoor Park.

S.H.A.R.K. stands for Science and Self-Esteem, Hands on and Happy, Art and Action, Recreation and Relationships, Knowledge and Kindness. It runs for 10 weeks from June 19 through Aug. 25, offers a unique opportunity for staff and interns to gain further and extensive experience working with kids ages five to 17. There will be weekly themed events, crafts, games, classes, sports and field trips geared toward the overall growth and development of healthy kids.

Summer camp staff must be 18 or older and have some experience working with children. Pay is $10 per hour. Additional desired experience, skills, knowledge and abilities include:

Planning and directing youth programs

Crafts and tournaments

Possessing a “take charge attitude” and team oriented skills

Must love to smile and laugh

Maintain a high standard of control and discipline

Be responsible, professional and have a strong work ethic

Being energetic, creative and enthusiastic.

Interns can be high school age or older and have an interest working with children, have enthusiasm for planning and directing special events, crafts and tournaments, provide staffing for field trips and more for this non-paid position.

For both positions, their most important responsibility will be to represent the Youth Center with integrity, positively interacting with campers as they contribute to lasting memories and empower a sense of community.

Hours are flexible between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. The most qualified applicants will be determined by an application and interview evaluations. To apply, visit online at or call John Manley at (562) 493-4043. Once completed, the application can be emailed to or faxed to (562) 596-4747. 



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