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LBX’plorers at LBX

Join Long Beach Exchange for the second LBX’plorers Kids Club event of the summer. This fun and interactive program led by Kids Club Coordinator Stephanie Holdridge is a place for your little ones to enjoy an hour of books, music and crafts while making new and long-lasting friends. It will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to noon on the grassy area outside The Hangar at Long Beach Exchange, 4069 N. Lakewood Blvd.

The Kids Club will feature family yoga led by the professional instructors at Ra Yoga of LBX. The yoga session will take place outside The Hangar and will be followed by a yoga-themed craft activity. Each kids club will also include a prize raffle filled with items such as gift cards and tasty giveaways for those who RSVP.

For further information and to register your child for the LBX’plorer Kids Club Program, please visit:

Writers Club

The California Writers Club of Long Beach is holding its free monthly meeting on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library, 4055 Bellflower Blvd.

The 3-5 p.m. meeting begins with networking at 2:30. The speaker is Gwendolyn Womack, author of the award-winning reincarnation thriller, “The Memory Painter,” “The Time Collector” and the USA Today bestseller, “The Fortune Teller.” Her topic is “Intuitive Writing: Strengthening Your Sixth Sense at the Keyboard.”

California Writer’s Club is a non-profit 501(C)(3) educational organization. For more information visit or email

Questing Heirs

The Questing Heirs Genealogy Society will hold their Sunday, Sept. 15 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 5918 E. Parkcrest St. The speaker will be Sara Cochran on the topic “Disaster Proofing Your Genealogical Research.” The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be available.

Parking Management

The follow-up to the May 23 “Alamitos Bay Parking and Circulation Master Plan” meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m. at the Long Beach Yacht Club.

The update by Economic Development and Public Works officials will take place at a meeting of the City’s Marine Advisory Commission. The meeting will feature a presentation by CenterCal Development on the Parking/Traffic Management Plan for 2nd & PCH.

Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Signal Hill Library invite all book lovers to attend their Fall Book Sale on Friday, Sept. 20, noon to 4 p.m. The event will be held on the entrance patio of the new library at 1800 E. Hill St. where there is plenty of free parking.

Come fill a bag for $5 (we will provide the bag) and choose from gently used biographies, children’s, cookbooks, classics, diet & fitness, fiction, health, history, novels, self-help, spiritual, teen’s, textbooks, travel and more. There will one table of specially marked unique and rare books for sale. AudioBooks are $2 and DVD movies $1.

Cash only. All proceeds benefit Signal Hill Library programs. Info: (562) 989-7323.

Haunting of Hill House

The Long Beach Playhouse opens its 2019-2020 season on Sept. 21 with The Haunting of Hill House. The play is adapted by F. Andrew Leslie from the novel written by Shirley Jackson in 1959. Dr. Montague invites his small team of volunteers to join his paranormal investigation of an unwelcoming mansion with a history of secrets and tragedies. As each guest is affected by the house’s psychological manipulations, their minds, souls, and very lives become endangered.

“The Haunting of Hill House is one of the most terrifying supernatural thrillers of all time,” said Madison Mooney, Playhouse Executive Director. “That makes it the perfect show to open the Mainstage Season.“

The play is the epitome of Halloween spookiness with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. It’s set in a stately mansion that stands alone on a hill shrouded in an eerie fog. It has a grand staircase, locked rooms, and unexplained noises. Trapped in this cauldron of mystery are two women who are sensitive to unseen phenomenon and a group of people whose true motives are not easily discerned. But it’s more than it appears and it’s that element of surprise that keeps audiences on the edges of their seats.

Tickets ($14-$24) are available at, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.

Library Opening

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the City of Long Beach will celebrate the grand opening of the new Billie Jean King Main Library. The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the official program starting at approximately 10:15 a.m. The celebration will take place on Broadway between Pacific Avenue and Cedar Avenue.

The Billie Jean King Main Library, 200 W. Broadway, replaces the Main Library, which closed earlier this year. The new 92,500-square-foot building is a LEED Gold-certified building of glass and wood, and includes space for about 300,000 books as well as a Family Learning Center, the Center for Adaptive Technology, a Veterans Resource Center, study rooms, meeting rooms, a special collections area, and an extensive children’s area with a storytelling space, an art studio and more. The library’s programs will include financial planning, a citizenship corner, job skills training and literacy services.


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