June Wine Classes in the LBC with LA’s Only Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer

Monday June 1st from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer will begin a June series of five wine classes titled Wine, Wisdom & Wit in collaboration with Long Beach’s The Grand Long Beach Event Center at 4101 E.

City of Long Beach Cable Channel Wins Awards

The City of Long Beach’s cable channel LBTV, Channel 8, received nine government programming STAR awards at the States of California and Nevada National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SCAN NATOA) annual conference in Santa Monica on May 21, 2009. 

Wrigley River Run Takes Off Saturday, June 6

Run a flat, fast course through Wrigley Village and along the L.A. River bike path in the Long Beach Neighboorhood Foundation’s 2nd Annual Wrigley River Run 5K/10K and Tadpole Trot on Saturday June 6, 2009. Last year’s Wrigley River Run was the focus of most of LBNF’s energies for 2008.

A Victorian Affair Takes Visitors Back in Time at Rancho Los Cerritos

This Sunday, May 31 don your best Victorian attire and step back 100 years at Rancho Los Cerritos A Victorian Affair. Experience the dynamic Victorian era, complete with live music, dancing, unusual entertainment, and even a May pole dance.

Museum Express Offers Direct Transportation to Southern California’s Finest Museums

June 2 through August 30, Long Beach Transit express bus service to a variety of local museums will depart from the Transit Information Center on the Long Beach Transit Mall, with direct service to a different venue 6 days a week (excluding Mondays).

LB Unity Festival Fills Rainbow Harbor with High School Talent

Great entertainment, music, dance, food, fun, inspiration, and lots of audience surprises are in store as the 2009 Long Beach Unity Festival braces for its largest turnout to date on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at Rainbow Lagoon Park from 10 a.m.

Onisko & Scholz Launch Website With Free Financial Calculators, Tips and Information

Onisko & Scholz, LLP is excited to announce the launch of its new website. The new site is very user friendly and features tools for businesses and individuals and provides basic information for startups, small & medium sized businesses and individuals.

“Hand to Hand” Features Collage Collaboration at {open}

{open} is pleased to showcase a collection of collaborative collages from artists Rebecca Trawick and David Wallace . The exhibit begins this weekend with a reception Saturday, May 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The reception coincides with Last Saturdays on Fourth Street.

Federal Stimulus Bill Funding Could Upgrade Arlington Storm Drain

On June 2 the City Council will consider a proposal to fund the critical Arlington Storm Drain project using the City’s allotment of Community Development Block Grants-Recovery (CDBG-R) funds. Long Beach will receive $2,332,444 for Community Development Block Grants from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the Stimulus bill. 

Summer Shutters 2.0 Encourages Photo Exploration

UPDATE: The images have been turned in for the Bixby Knolls Summer Shutters 2.0 contest. The BKBIA will soon allow people to vote online for the “People’s Choice” award. Visit the summer shutters website for the most up-to-date information.

CSULB hosts Arts Day June 7 at the Japanese Garden

Families can enjoy a full day of live performances and art making during Arts Day at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, on Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will deepen their visual literacy as they learn from professional artists and CSULB art students the joy of art making and explore art projects that are a fusion of influences from both modern and traditional Japanese art.

Everywhere a Tweet, Tweet: City of Long Beach on Twitter and Facebook

Do you Tweet? You’re not alone. How about Facebook? Yep. Our neighbors are all on Facebook, too. And now, the city of Long Beach is using social media to reach out to residents and engage in its citizens in local government like never before.

Pop Artist Romero Britto’s Sculptures Brighten Landscape at The Pike

With the belief that “art is too important not to share,” internationally known artist Romero Britto is bringing his museum-quality work to communities across the country. One of the premier pop artists of our time, Britto’s artwork will be show in downtown Long Beach May 28 through June 21, 2009 at The Pike.

Rancho Los Alamitos Celebrates Opening of the Restored Native Garden

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens will commemorate the newly restored one-acre historic native garden on Saturday, June 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join the celebration of the renowned cultural landscapes that have become a part of Southern California’s rich historic heritage.

Long Beach Police Warn Business Owners “Bulk Buy” Scam; Additional Victims Sought

On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 North Division patrol officers responded to a grand theft report. The victim told police that he was approached in the parking lot by a male Hispanic, who stated he was employed by “Jetro”, a restaurant distributing business located in the 2300 block of east 68th street in Long Beach. 

Rubber Duck Tours

EverythingLongBeach recently spoke with Carl Tautenhahn, CFO of Rubber Duck Tours, via email. Rubber Duck Tours will open this Friday, May 29 in Downtown/Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach. For more information read our previous article about Rubber Duck Tours.

Youth Opportunity Fair on Thursday Connects More Than 50 Employers With Interns

Youth ages 14 – 24 can meet with more than 50 employers and agencies at the 5th Annual Youth Opportunities Fair, Thursday, May 28, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.

This Week at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Michael Welland Book Signing & Lecture • Sand: the Never-Ending Story Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. From the bottom of the sea to the landscapes of Mars, Michael Welland reveals some of the extraordinary stories of one of nature’s humblest, most powerful, and most ubiquitous materials—sand.

Choral Duo Teams up for Dressed In Black Concert June 7

What do a love of music and the board game “Scrabble” have to do with the upcoming concert, “Dressed in Black”? Apparently everything, according to singers Meredith Kennedy and Nancy Pfeffer. Both are members of the Long Beach Camerata Singers, a sixty member community choir, in which Meredith sings soprano and Nancy sings alto.

The Found Theatre Presents “Dirty, Rotten Pirates”

They’re sloppy, they’re slovenly…they’re every parent’s worst nightmare! They’re “Dirty, Rotten Pirates”…until they discover their role in polluting our oceans. Climb aboard the Savage Prow with the fierce Captain Grossbeard and his disorderly crew for a unique spin on the ever popular pirate’s life, using outrageous humor to promote environmental stewardship.

13th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Honors the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln

The west coast premiere of the Bicentennial Symphony, will be the highlight of the 13th Annual Juneteenth event this year “Celebrating the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln” – on Saturday, June 13, from 12 to 5 p.m., at Martin Luther King, Jr.

Farmers & Merchants Bank “Robust and Healthy”

Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach (OTCBB: FMBL) recently reported financial results for the first quarter which ended March 31, 2009. “We continued to experience solid deposit growth in the first quarter, a function of our customers’ trust and confidence in Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach at a time when the soundness and strength of a financial institution is absolutely imperative,” said Henry Walker, chief executive officer.

The Sounds Of New Orleans: 23rd Annual Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras Festival June 27-28

Hear the sounds of New Orleans at the 23rd Annual Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras Festival, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28th at the Rainbow Lagoon Park, 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. This two day celebration will feature Cajun, Zydeco and Blues music along with a daily Mardi Gras Parade led by New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band.

California Senate Approves Sen. Oropeza Bill to Ban Smoking at State Beaches, Parks

Earlier this month, the state Senate approved a plan to ban smoking at state parks and beaches to protect the marine environment and reduce fire danger statewide. “From Day One, this measure has been built on two pillars: education and prevention,” Sen.

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