Rancho’s Creation Station has Winter Wonders for Kids

Rancho Los Cerritos Creation Station offers free Winter Wonders arts and crafts for kids. Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site offers an exciting afternoon of free and good old-fashioned fun for children at Creation Station: Winter Wonders, scheduled for Saturday, January 4, 2014.

City Begins SEADIP Update: A New Plan for Southeast Long Beach

SEADIP Project Area Map The City of Long Beach has begun a new effort to comprehensively review and update the project historically known as the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP), an area covering 1,500 acres of southeast Long Beach.

Long Beach Republican Women Federated Installs 2014 Officers

Long Beach Republican Women Federated 2014 Elected Officers.Back Row: Donna Bennett, Third VP; Tina Thompson, President; Davina Keiser, First VP; Melina Morgan, Treasurer/Membership Secretary. Front Row: Linda Toomajian, Second VP/Parliamentarian; Linda Eagen, Corresponding Secretary; Sue Blair, Fourth VP; Lois Ledger, Recording Secretary.

Explore Billy Budd with LA Opera at the El Dorado Library

LA Opera will lead a discussion of Billy Budd at El Dorado Library. What is opera? Opera is a merging of orchestral music, vocal music, dance, and the drama of theater. What is theater? Theater blends cultural diversity, literature, and social studies.

Mayor Foster Will Deliver His Last State Of The City At The Pacific Ballroom On January 14

Mayor Foster will present the Long Beach State of the City on January 14. – photo courtesy of mayorbobfoster.com In two weeks, Mayor Bob Foster will deliver the 2014 State of the City address. All Long Beach residents are invited to attend for free, but must reserve a ticket for admission.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 Endorse Steve Neal For Assembly

Assembly District 64 candidate and Long Beach City Councilmember Steve Neal Long Beach City Councilmember Steve Neal today announced that he has secured the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770 in his bid for California’s 64th Assembly District.

Miller Children’s Patients Surprised By a Visit From Santa and LBFD

A Miller Children’s patient receives a surprise greeting from Santa and the LBFD firefighters while strolling the halls of the Hematology/Oncology unit. More than 50 firefighters from the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) joined Santa and Mrs.

Mayor Foster and Councilman Andrews to Lead 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Photo from Wikipedia As a part of the City of Long Beach Peace Week activities, Mayor Bob Foster, Councilman Dee Andrews, and distinguished community members will be leading the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr.

City of Long Beach Christmas and New Years Holiday Closures

Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 and on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. City offices and services will adhere to the following schedule for the 2013 Christmas Holiday and the 2014 New Year’s Day Holiday:

Kemp Receives Endorsements of Police and Fire Associations in Bid For Council Seat

Carl Kemp is running for the Long Beach City Council seat in the 5th District. Carl Kemp, 5th District candidate for Long Beach City Council, today received the endorsements of the Long Beach Police Officers Association (LBPOA) and the Long Beach Firefighters Association (LBFF) Local 372.

Over 83,000 Apply for Fall 2014 at CSULB; Tops Among CSU Campuses

Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), again, leads the way among California State University (CSU) campuses in the number of applications received from prospective first-time freshmen and transfer students interested in attending classes at the university next fall.

Long Beach Opera Opens 35th Anniversary Season with Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie

Opera heads to Harlem for a Big Band makeover in Long Beach Opera’s (LBO) production of Duke Ellington’s only opera, Queenie Pie, running January 26 through February 2 at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in downtown San Pedro.

Injury Collisions Down 10%, Police Urge Caution Through the Holidays

LBPD Field Support Division Commander Michael Beckman, accompanied by Traffic Enforcement Section Lt. Kristopher Klein, stressing the importance of roadway safety, especially during the busy holiday season. With the holiday season in full swing, the Long Beach Police Department is encouraging everyone to be cautious on the roadways, follow all traffic laws, and always pay attention whether you’re a motorist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian.

Doug Drummond Elected Harbor Commission President

Doug Drummond newly named Harbor Commission President – Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners elected Doug Drummond as its new Board President on Tuesday night, Dec.

Long Beach Transit Announces Free Bus Service on New Years Eve

Free system-wide bus service will be available on Long Beach Transit starting at 5 p.m. this New Year’s Eve. The promotion encourages residents to take public transit to and from festivities in Long Beach to avoid drinking and driving.

Murder Investigation Leads to Arrest of Hawaiian Gardens Resident

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at approximately 10:05 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a call in the 3500 block of Monica Avenue regarding a report that a person had been shot, which resulted in the death of a female adult, and the injuring of a male adult.

LB Animal Care Services App Available for iOS and Android

Local pet owners and animal lovers can now easily search for adoptable cats and dogs, find local dog parks, search impounded animals and locate emergency and after-hours veterinary facilities with the new Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) mobile application.

It’s A Grind Launches New Menu in Bixby Knolls

The new menu at It’s A Grind includes gourmet breakfast and lunch items. It’s A Grind Coffee House in Bixby Knolls announces the launch of their new Gourmet Menu. Guests can experience hand-crafted breakfast sandwiches, waffles, artisan sandwiches, salads, soups and specialty desserts.

Long Beach Artist Registry Even Better After Updates

Thanks to the support received from Keesal, Young and Logan and several of its technology partners, the Arts Council for Long Beach launched a new and improved Artist Registry. The registry (database), originally developed as a project of the Leadership Long Beach Class of 2009, is a free online resource designed as a comprehensive and inclusive list of artists and arts organizations serving Long Beach, California.

Harbor Commission Moves Board Meetings to 6 p.m.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has set a meeting schedule for 2014 that will shift the panel’s regular, twice-monthly board meetings to the second and fourth Mondays of each month, starting at 6 p.m. Next month’s meetings are scheduled for Jan.

Councilwoman Schipske Announces Year-End Surplus

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today announced that due to careful management of resources, her office will realize an $18,173.44 surplus from the FY 2013 budget cycle. “I am pleased to announce that we have a surplus in our district budget and that we will be able to forward these funds for programming use by both Parks, Recreation and Marine and Library Services departments,” says Schipske.

ICT Kicks Off the 2014 Season with “Let’s Misbehave”

It’s delightful. It’s delicious. It’s de-lovely! International City Theatre opens its 29th season with the California premiere of Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter, conceived by Karin Bowersock (book) and Patrick Young (musical arrangements) and directed and choreographed by Todd Nielsen.

New Executive Director of Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA Selected

Emilio Sosa, Senior Executive Director of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA After a nationwide search, Emilio Sosa has been selected as the Senior Executive Director of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA. Emilio has had a successful career leading the Early Childhood Education (ECE) department of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and will bring excellence in program operations, staff development, community involvement, and fundraising experience to the Lakewood community.

Long Beach Celebrates Successes from 2013

From filling thousands of potholes to achieving comprehensive pension reform, from completing a new fire station to getting more homeless people off the streets and into shelters, the City of Long Beach had a productive year in 2013.

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