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3 Community Conversations

Long Beach Opera is bringing back its popular and relevant series of Community Conversations June 14, 21 and 28 that were inspired by the LBO world premiere production of The Central Park Five, which recently won the Pulitzer prize. These Conversations are available on facebooklive and archived following at

These three virtual events hosted and curated by LBO’s Director of Engagement and Equity Dr. Derrell Acon are Equity and Diversity in the Arts plus breakout panel on Contemporary Blackface (June 14 at 4 p.m.) with Dr. Naomi André, Julia Bullock, Ailyn Pérez, Andrew Stenson, Christian Reif, Soloman Howard, Kenneth Overton, Karen Slack, Brandon Alexander Bell, & John Holiday, including performances by Julia Bullock, Solomon Howard and John Holiday; To IG or Not to IG – Opera in the Age of Social Media (June 21 at 4 p.m.) with Aaron Crouch, Zach Finkelstein, Catalina Cuervo, Simon Barrad and Kseniia Polstiankina; and ‘Till the Fat Lady Sings – Opera and Body image (June 28 at 4 p.m.) with Tracy Cox, Kyle Albertson, Frederick Ballentine, & Joanna Ceja. All Conversations will include a featured speaker, panel discussion and live and pre-recorded performances.

All conversations will take place live on Long Beach Opera’s Facebook channel, and will be archived following the discussion at Although the events will not be held in person, the live virtual nature of the events will allow even more participation as audience members can comment in real time on the discussions.

Virtual Race

As the world faces the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, it would be almost impossible to find a person whose life has not been upended to some degree by this serious public health crisis. What has not changed is that now, more than ever, the greater Long Beach community needs access to affordable mental health counseling and social services for everyone, regardless of religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity or immigration status.

How can you help? Participate in JFCS Virtual Race With A View and help JFCS bring attention to the importance of access to affordable, professional mental health counseling and support for everyone in our community, particularly during this time when many find themselves struggling with depression, anxiety and grief. This event began on May 1 and continues through May 31 to coincide with National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Register at and then any time before June 1, go for a walk or a run outside or indoors on a treadmill. Create a team of registered friends and family members and remember to observe all physical distancing and safety guidelines. Walk any distance you choose along any route you like. Upload your time and post your activity and photos on social media via the links provided on the website.

For more information, visit or, or call (562) 427-7916.

DMV Help

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has provided COVID-19 relief to Californians. Here are important measures taken so far:

  • The DMV is extending all expiring driver licenses.
  • All commercial drivers’ licenses, endorsements and certificates expiring from March through June are now valid through June 30.
  • Identification cards expiring on or after March 4 are now valid through June 22.
  • The DMV is waiving late fees and penalties for vehicle registration renewals due between March 16 and May 31 and paid within 60 days of the original expiration date.
  • The DMV is extending driver license permits and commercial learner’s permits.
  • Driver license permits expiring between March and June 30, 2020 are extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application, whichever is earlier.
  • Commercial learner’s permits expiring between March and June 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020. The extensions require no individual action on the part of drivers.
  • Permanent Disability Placards are automatically renewed by mail. Temporary placards must be recertified by an authorized individual.
  • Available DMV online services include:
    • Renew your Driver License or Identification Card
    • Temporary Driver License Extension
    • Renew your Vehicle/Vessel and License Plates
    • Change your address.

 For additional details, visit


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