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Southeast Asia Day

The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate its sixteenth annual Southeast Asia Day as a virtual festival. The event celebrates the diversity of cultures in the countries of Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Indonesia. Those tuning in online can enjoy performances, including music, dance and cultural craft demonstrations.

The public can tune in for free to the festival’s activities on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The aquarium will stream festival events live on its website and social media channels throughout the day:

Info: (562) 590-3100.

Republican Women

The community is invited to hear two speakers at the Saturday, Oct. 10, Long Beach Republican Women Federated breakfast meeting: Janice Hauser of the California School Choice Foundation and Susan Shelley, editorial writer for Southern California News Group.

The October breakfast meeting is held at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. with registration starting at 8:45 a.m. and the meeting starting at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members with free parking and includes a served breakfast.

The reserved outside area is shaded; however, if the situation changes to allow indoor events, the meeting can be moved inside. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about Republican Women Federated and how women and men can be part of America’s largest grass roots organization. For information and reservations: email:


Questing Heirs Genealogical Society will be holding its monthly Zoom meeting on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. Speaker and experienced genealogist Christine Cohen’s topic is “Cousin Baiting & Cousin Stalking.”

For access information please email

Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence, is hosting an online DVAM campaign during the entire month. What is normally an in-person community awareness event, has been translated into an interactive online 31-day activity calendar.

This year’s theme, We Have Work to Do! focuses on the impact we can have individually and as a community in the mission to end domestic violence. WSLB offers daily opportunities to learn and participate in domestic violence awareness activities. The interactive calendar can be downloaded from the WSLB website,, or with this link:

Coping with the effects of a pandemic, struggling to dismantle systemic racism and addressing natural disasters have brought longstanding inequities and injustices to the forefront across the globe. As an organization serving domestic violence victims and survivors, we have witnessed how these issues have compounded the trauma, barriers and vulnerability of those affected by domestic violence.

At WomenShelter, it has become abundantly clear that we have work to do as individuals, service providers, communities and a nation. In recognition of DVAM, we invite you to begin or to continue this work by participating in our interactive online We Have Work to Do #WHW2D 31-day calendar.

All of the activities on the 31-day WSLB DVAM calendar are free and open to the public. There are opportunities for youth, college students, adults and families to learn and engage. This is also an opportunity to share community resources and highlight local anti-violence efforts.

During COVID-19 the Los Angeles Times reports an increase in calls to the Los Angeles County’s domestic violence hotline and to the Los Angeles Police Department. Prior to the pandemic, statistics show that 1 out of 4 women and 1 out of 7 men have experienced domestic violence at some point in their life. The exact impact of the pandemic on domestic violence is unknown, but it is important for us as a community to recognize the prevalence of domestic violence and find ways that we can lead with love by working together to advocate for change.

To learn more about WSLB, please visit Contact Letticia Settle with any questions regarding this event:, (562) 437-7233.

Support Athletes

Whether bidding for wine packages, running a 5K, or playing bingo piques your interest, Special Olympics Southern California has fun, social and virtual opportunities for everyone to support the immediate and long-term needs of SOSC athletes during the COVID-19 health crisis.

During October and November, join Special Olympics in the following virtual events and fund raisers: We Run The City, Mega Auction, Torch Run, Bingo and more!

All funds raised will contribute to providing fitness kits, technical equipment, PPE and hygiene equipment, alternative virtual programming and more for SOSC athletes. Learn more at

People with intellectual disabilities need Special Olympics now more than ever. Throughout the global pandemic, SOSC has continued to support the vulnerable population through inclusive virtual sports, health, fitness, social and education programs. In fact, nearly 600 athletes participate in SOSC’s Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, which is designed to help set healthy patterns and routines in athletes’ daily lives.

The Healthy Lifestyle Challenge also offers live group Zoom workouts for athletes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The live workouts are growing in popularity every week. During the most recent session, 68 athletes tuned in to train together live.

Since March, all SOSC competitions, events and practices have been canceled. The virtual online programming is the only way a lot of athletes get to keep in touch and stay active. A majority of the athletes who have had contact with someone from Special Olympics reported the support they were provided helped reduce their sense of isolation and correlated to higher COVID-19 prevention measures.

A total of 38,200 athletes and 18,000 volunteers participate with SOSC. Funding programming and purchasing equipment are essential to continuing to improve health, self-confidence and independence among athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Yet, all of SOSC’s fundraising events, endowment funding, corporate sponsorships and individual contributions have been dramatically impacted by the current pandemic. As a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis and the economic downturn, we face a revenue shortfall in 2020-2021.

Special Olympics programming is essential to helping the under served and vulnerable ID population. Learn how you can make a difference at


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