SambaLa brings Brazilian dance to Jack’s Rose Parade float

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance say the folks at SambaLa, the Long Beach Brazilian dance school that is bringing 65 dancers to the Rose Parade. “Jack’s Samba Carnival” is the second Rose Parade entry for Jack in the Box restaurants.

Clean Trucks Program nears major milestone in replacing older trucks

The Port of Long Beach Clean Trucks Program is on track to achieve dramatic air quality and road safety improvements as the ongoing changeover of the big-rigs that serve port terminals approaches a major milestone on January 1, 2010.

LB resident Glenn Matsuki promotes organ donation on Rose Parade float

Long Beach resident Glenn Matsuki will be one of 24 transplant recipients riding on the Donate Life Rose Parade float. The seventh annual Donate Life Rose Parade float will dramatize the remarkable difference that organ and tissue donation makes to those in need of transplants. 

Kids invited to sing out, sing loud in the Whaley Park choir

Does your child like to break out in song? The Whaley Park Kids Choirs are looking for new members. The kids choir is a great opportunity for children who love music to make new friends and have some fun. There are two separate choirs (ages 5-8 or 9-13) with rehearsals to teach kids how to sing as an ensemble, and develop basic skills in harmony and musicianship.

Long Beach Mounted Police saddle up for the Rose Parade

The Long Beach Mounted Police in 2004. Horses have always played a major role in the Rose Parade. For more than 120 years, riders have thrilled the crowds with their colorful pageantry at the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

What is the Community Development Block Grant and it’s Advisory Commission

The Community Development Advisory Commission (CDAC) is appointed by the Mayor and Long Beach City Council to provide citizen support and advice on matters related to the plans to use Community Development Block Grant funds that come from Housing and Urban Development grants.

Long Beach twins to ride in the Rose Parade with Ronald McDonald House Charities

Jake Kasten with his twin Dylan Jake and Dylan Kasten, twin boys from Long Beach, will take a place with four other teens for a trip down Colorado Boulevard in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) has selected a group of everyday heroes who exemplify strength, courage and remarkable ability, to ride aboard its Tournament of Roses Parade float on January 1, 2010.  

Cal State Long Beach’s Daily 49er now available for download from iTunes

The Daily 49er readers have long been able to get their news on paper and online, and now they can be the first news media consumers in the country to get daily downloads from iTunes. Readers of the student daily newspaper at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) can get their campus news, 49er sports, entertainment and opinion on their computers after the college daily started making PDFs available on iTunes this semester. 

Nate Trimmer, from CSULB’s Rotaract, boards the Rotary Rose Parade float

The Rotary International float captures the ideal of Rotary service as well as the 2010 Tournament of Rose theme “A Cut Above the Rest.” The float, titled“Service Above the Rest,” is based on the motto of Rotary International — “Service Above Self.” According to, the float riders represent the new face of Rotary, young men and women who are members of Rotary clubs, Rotaract clubs, and Rotary New Generations clubs.

The Reef set the table for 2,400 guests on Christmas

Continuing its longstanding tradition, The Reef Restaurant opened its doors on Christmas morning to provide warm holiday meals to local underprivileged and homeless families. In conjunction with the Salvation Army and with help from several volunteers, The Reef served approximately 2,400 people from Long Beach and the surrounding communities in just three hours.

Volunteer for the Clean Team, keep LB parks beautiful

Partners of Parks has set Saturday, January 9, for its very first park Clean Team Day at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. This kick-off event is one of many that Partners of Parks will schedule throughout Long Beach in 2010.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber takes the stage at Musical Theatre West

Musical Theatre West kicks off the new year with the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece, Sweeney Todd. Previewing on January 29, 2010, Sweeney Todd opens January 30 and runs through February 14 at the spectacular Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.

City Council Representative Tonia Reyes Uranga Appearing Tonight On Swoop’s World Radio

City Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga will appear on Swoop’s World Radio tonight at 9 P.M. She is slated to tackle a wide range of topics including an in-depth review of 2009, and what the council might hope to accomplish in 2010.

Sierra Club meeting to discuss energy efficiency and renewable energy

On January 6, 2010, the Long Beach Group of the Sierra Club will host special guest speakers to discuss how renters and owners can improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy bills at their home or business. Howard Choy, Director of Los Angeles County’s newly formed Office of Sustainability, will discuss AB 811, a special funding mechanism that allows property owners to finance renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements with low-interest loans repaid through their property tax bills.

Preschool kids discover nature at Long Beach parks

Start your child early on a love of nature with preschool sessions at El Dorado Nature Center. Enrich your child’s learning in an interactive natural setting. Preschool sessions are designed to help children learn social skills, creativity and group cooperation, while exercising minds and bodies on the trails of the Nature Center.

Downtown Retail Visioning Project holds second community meeting

The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), in partnership with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, will hold the second community workshop for the Downtown Long Beach Retail Visioning Project on Wednesday, January 6 from 6:00 p.m.

Governor appoints Naomi Rainey to state commission on special education

Last week Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Naomi Rainey, 59, of Long Beach, to the Advisory Commission on Special Education. Rainey is a member of the Long Beach City College Foundation Board of Governors and serves on the Foundation Grant and Annual Fundraiser committees.

Bike boxes will make cyclists more visible on Second Street

Want to test out the latest innovative bike safety treatment in Long Beach? Head over to Second Street at Bayshore or Second Street at Marina Drive to test out the first Long Beach bicycle boxes.  Bicycle boxes are an increasingly common type of bicycle safety treatment and can be found in bike-friendly cities such as Portland, Oregon and even Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition 2010

Celebrity judge Suhalia for the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition. Belly dancing is an ancient art form that inflames the imagination with mystery and seduction. The expressive movements blend culture and entertainment in a mesmerizing rhythm that is enjoyed by audiences the world over.

Study finds dramatic air quality improvements

Air pollution from ships, locomotives, trucks and other Port-related sources dropped significantly from 2005 to 2008 — including a 21 percent decrease in diesel particulate matter — a new air quality study shows. The biggest part of the improvement came thanks to cleaner technology, not from a slowdown in cargo.

Beethoven Comes to the Beach continues with Symphony No. 8

Maestro Enrique Arturo Diemecke and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra continue the 2009-2010 “Beethoven Comes to the Beach” season on Saturday, January 16, when the orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No.

Pilates Joe: A friendly, affordable fitness studio

Although it’s taken nearly a century to become mainstream, Pilates is now here to stay. Pilates — with its focus on the body’s core and its practice of slow and smooth strengthening, breathing, stretching and concentrating — began in the mid-1920’s with a man named Joe Pilates.

Playhouse hosts vintage party for 80th anniversary

Turn the clock back to 1929 and come celebrate Long Beach Playhouse’s 80th Anniversary at Joey “The Saint” Valentine’s Speakeasy.  You won’t want to miss the swankiest 1929 opening night the city of Long Beach has ever seen since the Playhouse became the city’s first performing arts organization in February of that year – it will be the cat’s pajamas (vintage attire is encouraged)!

MIller Children’s Hospital opens 69-bed NICU

Jennifer Babbitt, RN, rolls an infant from the existing Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) into the expanded NICU in Miller Children's new inpatient pavilion. After six years of planning and construction, pediatric patients throughout the Southland received a special holiday gift Tuesday morning as Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach began caring for patients in its new, 124,000-square-foot inpatient pavilion.

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