Community News

Senior Care Expert on TV 

Dr. Michael Tehrani, primary care physician and geriatric specialist, will be the guest on the next edition of Straight Talk. He joins host Art Levine to discuss some of the steps seniors should take to minimize the chances of tripping or falling, the most common cause of injuries or death to seniors.

The show will air Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on LBTV Channel 3.

Aquarium Lectures & Offers

Jan. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. “Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crisis”

Jan. 16, 7-8:30 p.m., “Survivors on the Edge of Land and Sea: How Coastal Life Shaped the Evolution of our Species”

Jan. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. “City Unseen: New vision of an Urban Planet”

Jan. 1, Discounted Late Night, 5-8:00 p.m., The public is invited to enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific after hours while taking advantage of special savings. During this special winter week of Late Nights, admission will be just $14.95 per person for adults or children after 5 p.m., and the aquarium will remain open until 8 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to journey through the Pacific Ocean to meet over 11,000 animals, including more than 150 sharks they can touch. In addition, the aquarium’s short films will be shown in the Ocean Theater throughout the evening. Please note: The Lorikeet Forest aviary closes at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $14.95 per person and free for kids ages three and under and Aquarium members. Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/late_nights/ (for a full list of Discounted Late Nights)

Saturday, Jan. 12, Underwater Parks Day, 9 a.m.- noon, Learn more about Southern California’s network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) through films, educational booths, and activities in the Great Hall. Guests will be able to learn about the commercial and recreational activities permitted and ways to explore these special ocean places. Cost: General Admission--$29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. Info/Tickets: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/underwater_parks_day

Friday evenings, Jan. 18 through May 17 (except Feb. 1, Feb. 8, March 22 and 29, and April 12), Shark Lagoon Nights, 6-9:00 p.m. The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators for free during Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Guests will have the opportunity to touch small sharks and see large sharks at the Shark Lagoon exhibit on select Friday evenings. Guests can touch and learn about sharks, purchase drinks and snacks, and enjoy live music during select Shark Lagoon Nights. Cost: free. Info: (562) 590-3100 or aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/shark_lagoon_nights/

Sacred Feminine

On the day Arminé Iknadossian was baptized, a bus full of civilians was bombed by rebel forces in her hometown of Beirut, Lebanon. Born in the middle of a civil war, Iknadossian is a poet with stories to tell. After 13 years of studying the craft of poetry, and after leaving a 20-year career in teaching, this Armenian-Californian poet will launch her debut collection of poems, All That Wasted Fruit (Main Street Rag, 2018), on Saturday, Jan. 5, 6-9 p.m. at Art Share LA. The event is free and open to the public.

The book launch follows the theme of the book: celebrating the sacred feminine. Performers dressed as goddesses will be present. Poets from the Melrose Poetry Bureau will offer free on-the-spot typewritten poems to guests. Homemade Lebanese-Armenian delicacies will be served, and the first one hundred people to buy a book will receive a free “goddess” gift.

All That Wasted Fruit explores how women are represented in classical mythology, Armenian history, and the Bible, reimagining the stories through a modern woman’s perspective. When Iknadossian had a hysterectomy at the age of 40 to avoid uterine cancer, she knew then what she had always known in her heart, that children would not be in her future. In six sections, each titled after a specific manifestation of the goddess archetype, Iknadossian reveals the risks one must take to find their own strength within.

Iknadossian is a poet whose fierce vulnerability and bold authenticity is sure to inspire generations of women traveling their own road of empowerment. The event will be held at Art Share LA, 801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles. Parking is free. Guests are encouraged to reserve a free ticket here: www.wastedfruit.eventbrite.com.

Needlepoint

Needle Artists by the Sea, Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. at The Los Angeles Yacht Club, 285 Whalers Walk, San Pedro, at 10 a.m.  Come and meet a friendly group of needlepoint enthusiasts. The day’s program will be a Snowman Face Ornament, designed by Kim Griffin.

Call (424) 224-9254 for further information.

Writers Club

The California Writers Club of Long Beach is holding its free monthly meeting on Saturday, Jan. 12. This month the meeting will be in the community room at the Angelo M. Iacoboni Library, 4990 Clark Avenue, Lakewood.

The meeting is 3-5 p.m. with networking starting at 2:30. The club’s January speaker is award-winning journalist and author Martin J. Smith who will talk about “How Nonfiction Writing Techniques Can Improve Your Fiction.” His recent novel “Combustion” and his essay collection “Mr. Las Vegas Had a Bad Knee” illuminate Smith’s topic.

For more information, please see www.calwriterslongbeach.org; info@calwriterslongbeach.org.

Cemetery Tour

The LB Chapter of AAUW invites the public to a special guided “History Tour of Long Beach Burial Sites” on Monday, Jan. 21. The tour will be guided by AAUW member and local historian, Gerrie Schipske. The bus departs and returns to the parking lot of Grounds Bakery at 6277 E. Spring St. Tickets are $35 each and includes a light lunch. Reservations are required by contacting: Joann Kuroda at (562) 429-6923 or sojoinlb@aol.com.

The guided tour will learn about the symbols and practices of early Long Beach burials as the bus takes participants to: the Puvunga memorial, the Municipal Cemetery and its oldest grave as well as the graves of William Willmore, a former slave, Long Beach’s first teacher and many others. Steps away lies Sunnyside Cemetery with numerous Civil War veteran graves and plots where babies died of influenza in 1918.

A stop at Willow Springs park for lunch and then on to Sunnyside II or what is known as Forest Lawn Long Beach. The cemetery and mausoleum were built in 1923 to draw families away from the potential gold mine of oil under the original Sunnyside. Inside, participants will view the first silent mortuary elevator, a Focault pendulum, several stain glass art pieces and the only Jewish burial area in the city.

Before the tour ends, the bus stops at the site of a massive burial of cattle from the Bixby Ranch caused by an epidemic of “foot-and-mouth disease.”

Schipske is the author of numerous books on the history of Long Beach, including “Historic Cemeteries of Long Beach” which will be on sale during the tour for $22.

Thorpe Celebration

The celebration of life for educator and former LB City College Trustee Darwin Thorpe has been rescheduled for noon, Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach at 5450 E. Atherton St.

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