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Pemberley at Playhouse

The holidays are upon us filled with good cheer and family traditions. What better family to spend some time with than the Bennets from Pride and Prejudice at the Long Beach Playhouse Nov. 2-30? Lamenting a shortage of new plays for the holiday season, playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon decided to take on the challenge.

The story begins two years after the conclusion of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as the Bennet family gathers at Pemberley, the home of Elizabeth and her husband, Mr. Darcy. Mary, the quiet, bookish sister, has grown tired of watching her sisters’ romantic escapades and has yet to find a beau of her own. Into this family gathering walks Mr. Darcy’s cousin Arthur, a bumbling bookworm, who could be the perfect match for Mary.

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

University Theatre

Romeo & Juliet: Hard Way Home will open at the CSULB University Theatre on Friday Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. An adaptation conceived by director Beth Lopes, Performances will continue through Nov. 16. Go to www.calrep.org, to buy tickets and for more information

Holiday Boutique

The Hearts & Hands Ladies Group of the Lakewood Village Community Church is sponsoring a holiday boutique on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be homemade gifts, food and fun for all. All proceeds go to support Lakewood Village Community Church’s community outreach activities. 4515 Sunfield Ave. Long Beach. Info: www.thelvcc.org.

Hands On Demo

Hearing aids aren’t the only solution! Come see and try a variety of devices that help enhance the quality of life for the hard of hearing. HAT (Hearing Assistive Technology) Demo is offered at the Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter on Saturday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood. No reservations required and admission is free. For more information, call (562) 438-0597 or visit hlaa-lb-lakewood.org.

Treasure Trove

St. Bartholomew’s Church at Broadway and Granada will be having their annual upscale/resale event on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is a treasure trove of household goods, decorations and exciting gift items. All are welcome and it is a great event for those seeking unique items at a really good price.

Path to Publishing

The California Writers Club of Long Beach is holding its free monthly meeting on Saturday, Nov. 9, 3-5 p.m. at the Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library, 4055 Bellflower Blvd.

The club’s November speaker is Janis Thomas on “Lessons Learned on the Path to Publishing.” Janis has led workshops at the Southern California and Santa Barbara Writers Conferences, and has most recently published Amazon Best Seller, “All That’s Left of Me.”

For more information, visit www.calwriterslongbeach.org.

Wake & Walk

“Grab Your Sneakers and Grab Some Trash” at Wake & Walk. Starts at Heartwell Park, Carson Street and Bellflower Blvd. at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 9. Help in beautifying our park. Meet Linda Brayton, “our park angel as she strolls the park, stylishly picking up both trash and treasures.” Presented by Friends Of Heartwell Park.

Preservation in Action

Long Beach Heritage and First Congregational Church invite the community to Preservation in Action: Restoration of First Congregational Church with John Fidler. The free tour, discussion and reception takes place Sunday, Nov. 10, from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m., at 241 Cedar Avenue in Downtown Long Beach.

Intended “as a tower of faith in the heart of the city” as described at its 1914 dedication, First Congregational Church is the city’s oldest standing church structure and one of its oldest congregations. More than a century of ocean air and pollution have taken its toll on the building’s beautiful brickwork, decorative terra cotta, and distinctive windows of lead and stained glass. Technical preservation specialist John Fidler will describe the $2 million restoration currently underway at the church, funded by an ongoing capital campaign.

Fidler’s presentation starts at noon, followed by Q&A. The event is free, though the church welcomes donations to benefit the restoration. Reservations are recommended at www.lbhfidler.eventbrite.com.

Lunch & Learn

Mark Whicker and Robyn Norwood will be speaking about their newspaper careers on Sunday, Nov. 10, 12:15-1:45 p.m. at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 N. Studebaker Rd.

Both have been sports writers in some of the nation’s largest markets and have covered virtually every sport. Their experiences include Olympic Games, NCAA Final Fours, Grand Slam golf tournaments, Super Bowls and World Series, and they have also covered local sports extensively. They will describe their careers and will be happy to answer questions from the audience.

The Lunch and Learn program is free for the public.

Anti-Bullying Workshop

Councilwoman Price invites you to a family workshop on bullying, empowerment and creating a kinder community on Sunday morning, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to noon at the CSULB campus.  This free event will focus on 5th through 8th grade students and their parents, but all are welcome to attend.

For more information about the event, call (562) 570-6300 or e-mail District3@LongBeach.gov.

Film Festival

The Battleship IOWA Museum will host a free Veteran’s Day Film Festival on Monday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first-ever film festival will feature the 2019 Emmy Award winning documentary, The Last Signal (2017) and WWI documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old (2018), with a live Q&A by Emmy Award winning Director Kyle Olson. Free family-friendly activities and ship tours will be offered throughout the day on the Fantail of the ship including mural painting, Vicky the Dog storytime, food vendors and more. All active, reserve and retired military will receive free ship tours.

Battleship IOWA Museum is at 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro. Film Festival screenings and the live Q&A will take place on the 3rd deck. Admission to the Veteran’s Day Film Festival screenings and Q&A is free, RSVP’s are required at https://www.pacificbattleship.com/event/veterans-day-celebration-2019/.

Free Admission at Parks

California State Parks is honoring the service of veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel, by offering free admission to 144 state parks on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

 A valid military ID must be presented to park staff in order to receive free admission to the California State Railroad Museum (Sacramento), Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (Jamestown), eight state vehicular recreation areas and 134 state parks accessible with the “California Explorer” Annual Pass. A list of participating park units is available at www.parks.ca.gov/VeteransDay2019.

Belt and Road Initiative

All eyes will be focused on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s ambitious global infrastructure program when the Long Beach-Qingdao Association (LBQA) hosts its annual business luncheon on Friday, Nov. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the 14th floor of the downtown Long Beach law firm, Keesal, Young & Logan, located at 400 Oceangate. How does the BRI impact US businesses in today’s volatile relationship climate? And the citizens of other Chinese trading partners?

The Long Beach – Qingdao Association was founded in 1985, following a trip to Qingdao by City leaders who realized Long Beach had much in common with its “big sister.” Today, the LBQA is one of the members of Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc., and a member of Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C. LBQA members follow the theme of “citizen ambassadors” with a people-to-people mission, as envisioned by the original SCI founder, Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower back in the 1950s.

For more information and to RSVP for the Annual Business Lunch, visit http://www.lbqa.org/lbqa/2019/08/28/2019-annual-fall-luncheon.

Questing Heirs

The next meeting of the Questing Heirs Genealogy Society will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Masonic Lodge, 5918 E. Parkcrest St. November Speaker Linda Serna will address “Hints for Maximizing Results Using Family Search” as she talks about what’s available on FamilySearch.org.

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