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Lawn-to-Garden Tour

Long Beach Water announces the Sixth Annual Lawn-to-Garden (L2G) Tour on Saturday April 1. It has expanded this year with an all-new, family-friendly festival featuring games and prizes, a succulent giveaway, water-saving tips and sustainability resources, live music and food trucks. The tour provides residents a chance to experience nearly 30 Long Beach homes that have transformed their thirsty lawns into colorful, water wise landscapes using the L2G turf removal incentive program.

Long Beach residents and L2G attendees are  welcome to start their day at 9:30 a.m. at 1800 E. Wardlow Road for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for our newly revamped demonstration garden. Festival activities (at 1800 E. Wardlow Road) and the self-guided tour at selected homes throughout the city start at 10 a.m. The tour is free and open to the public. Homeowners are available at each house to talk about how they designed, installed and maintain their highly successful L2G landscapes.

Open House

Prisk Native Garden, in its 22nd year, is holding an annual open house on Sunday, April 2 and April 9, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

The ample rains this year are ensuring a spectacular wildflower bloom in this schoolyard habitat on the grounds of Prisk Elementary School. The garden is near the intersection of San Vicente and Los Arcos across the street from Stanford Middle School, 2375 Fanwood Ave. For more info: letteriello@charter.net or call (562) 439-6002 and leave a message.

Prostate Support Group

A new prostate cancer support group is meeting the first Tuesday of each month at the Los Alamitos Medical Center, 6-7:30 p.m. with Robert Pugach, MD, as the first guest speaker. Meetings will be held at the Total Care Cancer Center, 3851 Building, Room 110 with free parking and a light dinner provided. Info: (562) 799-3211.

Roar in the Shore

The 6th annual “Roar in the Shore” fan festival in the Belmont Shore area will take place Wednesday, April 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., a preview of the April 7-9 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Free to the public, the event will be centered on Second Street, between Covina and Corona Avenues. The Belmont Shore Business Association is presenting Roar in the Shore in partnership with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and Legends Restaurant & Sports Bar.

Fans will be able to see race cars on display from the Pirelli World Challenge Championship, as well as vintage and exotic cars on Corona and Covina Avenues. There will also be several professional drivers on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.

Back by popular demand is Tony Carbajal’s motorcycle stunt show at Corona and 2nd Street, performing at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Following the stunt show, fans will get a chance to meet and greet and get autographs from the stunt riders.

Adding to the festivities, KLAC-570 AM’s “Petros & Money Show” will broadcast live from Legends, 3- 6 p.m.  They will interview the race car drivers at the event.

Those who attend will also get a chance to test their skills with free racing simulators located on Covina and 2nd St.

Weight Loss Seminar

On Saturday, April 8, 10-11 a.m., Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center will be hosting a free physician-led informational seminar on surgical weight loss options, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, Fobi-Pouch, Adjustable Lap-Band, as well as non-surgical options, including gastric balloon.

St. Mary Medical Center recently underwent its triennial accreditation survey with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. The St. Mary Surgical Weight Loss Center has been re-accredited as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

The program will take place in the Health Enhancement Center at the hospital. Come learn how surgical weight loss may change your life. Reservations are required and attendance is limited, so call (562) 350-0485 to register.

Republican Women

Linda Paine, president & co-founder, of the Election Integrity Project, Inc., will be the speaker at the Long Beach Republican Women Federated meeting on Saturday morning, April 8. This will be a special “activism” workshop to combat voter fraud. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive.

RSVP is required to LongBeachRWF@gmail.com or call (562) 938-9180 and leave a message. Cost is $27 for members and $32 for guests and includes a continental breakfast. You may register online at www.longbeachrepublicanwomen.com. All are welcome.

Senior Day Tours

Stems and Gems – Los Angeles Flower & Jewelry Mart and surprise stop, guided by Jonathan Daugherty. Lunch on your own at the Original Philippe’s on Thursday, April 13. Cost $69. Check-in 8 a.m. at the LBCC Foundation Office. Leave at 8:30 a.m. and return 4:40 p.m. Info (562) 938-3047.

The Newly Renovated Getty Villa – Lunch included at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday, April 27. Cost $84. Check-in 10 a.m. at the LBCC Foundation Office. Leave at 10:30 a.m. and return 4:30 p.m. Info: (562) 938-3047.

Architectural Los Angeles – Guide tour by Jonathan Daugherty to the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Biltmore Hotel, Staples Center, Our Lady of Angeles Cathedral and 1925 Central Library. Lunch included at the HMS Bounty on Thursday, May 4. Cost $94. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. at the LBCC Foundation. Leave 9 a.m. and return 4:30 p.m. Info: (562) 938-3047.

Downtown Walking Tour

Join Long Beach Heritage, Saturday, April 15, for a walking tour of downtown Long Beach. Long Beach is filled with historic gems. From modern architecture to the Art Deco style, it’s all here and waiting to be discovered.

The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. and lasts two to two and a half hours. Tickets are $ 10 each and can be purchased through PayPal at www.lbheritage.com. Tickets will be held in will call and distributed at the meeting site. Free parking at the Third and Promenade parking structure until noon. For additional information, call 562-493-7019 or visit www.lbheritage.org.

50th Anniversary

Long Beach Section, National Council of Negro Women 50th Anniversary Gala and Awards Presentation will be held Saturday, April 15, at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. Honorees for outstanding contributions to the Long Beach community are Dr. Felton C. Williams and NCNW Long Beach charter members.

Admission is $75 for adults and children 6 to 12, $25. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Marsha Chapman at (562) 989-0353 or email ladymgc@verizon.net.

Craft Fair

The Trinity United Methodist Church is holding a craft fair on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a variety of vendors, bake sale and lunch. The address is 5730 South St., Lakewood.

Scuba Show

The 2017 Scuba Show will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Discounted tickets are available online at scubashow.com/attendees/tickets and full price tickets will be sold at the door.

Single-day tickets range from $12 (single day exhibit hall) to $32 (single day exhibits plus seminars), and two-day passes are $62 (includes exhibit hall and seminars). For more information, visit www.scubashow.com.

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