Health Department to Hold Health Insurance Enrollment Event at The Center Long Beach

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will hold a health insurance enrollment event on Saturday, December 6, from 10 am to 2 pm at The Center Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St. Certified Enrollment Counselors will assist community members with Medi-Cal and Covered California applications during the current enrollment period.

Black December Fashion Show Highlights Local Businesses in an Unconventional Way

Groundwork Fitness is planning another fashion show to entice Long Beach shoppers to stay in the city. The Black December Fashion Show will keep locals shopping local for another weekend. On December 6, 2014 fashionistas will gather at 236 Pine Avenue, an empty storefront which will soon belong to Localism.

St. Anthony High School Students and Parents Serve More Than 600 Thanksgiving Meals to Homeless and Needy Families

On Sunday, November 23rd, more than 200 Saint Anthony High School volunteer students and their parents joined together to serve more than 600 meals to homeless and less fortunate families in the courtyard of St. Anthony High School in downtown Long Beach.

City Offices and Services Thanksgiving Holiday Closures

City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday. Trash and recyclables will be collected as normal on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28.

Aquarium Names Baby Penguin After ‘Madagascar’s’ Character

Photo credit: Aquarium of the Pacific One of the four Magellanic Penguin chicks born at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has officially been named Skipper. Skipper was named after one of the main penguin characters from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox animated film Penguins of Madagascar.

CSULB Study Finds Tongue Not Needed for Taste or Speech

According to new research at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), we may not need our tongues to taste or speak. This information could prove invaluable when it comes to helping rehabilitate those who have lost or damaged their tongues as a result of cancer or other means.

Artisans and Entrepreneurs to Highlight DLBA Small Business Saturday

After a frantic Black Friday, customers are encouraged to enjoy the artisans and entrepreneurs that call Downtown Long Beach home for Small Business Saturday. A joint venture of the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) and the East Village shops, the Downtown Long Beach Small Business Saturday celebration on November 29 will feature a Makers Mart, live music, shop discounts, a photo booth, free bike valet and more.  

Rebuilding Together Helps Elderly East Long Beach Woman Stay in Home

By Michele K Kreinheder Rebuilding Together Long Beach, a local non-profit organization will be partnering with over 30 volunteers from the firm Ultimate Software on December 3 to make much needed repairs to Janice Kelley’s home in the Artcraft Manor area.

Long Beach Enters Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage, First in City’s History

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners declared a Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage Thursday that will put into effect a two-day per week landscape watering schedule on Mondays and Thursdays until the end of March 2015. Three-day per week landscape watering will resume in the summer months from April 1st, 2015 to September 30th, 2015.

Armed Man Shot by Police During Missing Person Investigation

On November 21, 2014, Long Beach Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Eucalyptus Avenue to assist in locating a missing female juvenile. During the investigation, an officer involved shooting occurred which resulted in the death of a male adult.

Police Arrest Sexual Assault Suspect, Seek Additional Victims

Miguel Avila arrested in connection with two sexual assaults. On November 9, 2014, around 2:00 a.m., a female victim reported that as she was walking with a friend near 4th Street and Orange Avenue, a male subject ran up behind her and slapped her buttocks.

Bryant L. Francis Selected Director of Long Beach Airport

Bryant L. Francis Appointed Director of Long Beach Airport City Manager Pat West today named Bryant L. Francis, C.M., an aviation expert with over 18 years of industry experience, as Director of Long Beach Airport (LGB). Mr.

Robert G. Luna to be Sworn In as Chief of Police Saturday

Deputy Chief Robert Luna to be sworn in as Chief of Police for the City of Long Beach On Saturday November 22, 2014, Robert G. Luna will be sworn in as the 26th Chief of Police for the City of Long Beach.  Members of the public are invited to attend the free ceremony, which will begin at 12:00 pm in the Long Beach Arena Lobby.

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Detail Set For Sunday

Long Beach Police Department will conduct a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Sunday, November 23, 2014, in an effort to reduce injuries and deaths. Additional officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and areas where motorcycle crashes occurred.

Retail Theft Operation Nets 72 Arrests

The Long Beach Police Department, in cooperation with our retail partners, conducted a three-day retail theft operation prior to “Black Friday” and the start of the holiday shopping season, to send a strong message to would-be criminals that retail theft will not be tolerated.

Shakespeare Theatre Plans a Duo of Holiday Classics

Originally a 1938 radio play by Norman Corwin, LBSC’s The Plot to Overthrow Christmas is a fully-costumed, staged version of that play, with colorful characters. For the third year in a row, LBSC will present Orson Welles’ classic 1939 radio adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Inaugural Diabetes Festival Raised Awareness in Long Beach

Attendees at the Diabetes Family Festival learned facts about diabetes and see the many faces of diabetes in the community. Nationwide there are 29.1 million people who are living with diabetes. In that group, there are 8.1 million people who are currently undiagnosed.

Better Balance for LB Needs Donations to Fund Annual Christmas Store

The “One Day Christmas Store – Shopping with Dignity” by Better Balance for Long Beach (BBLB) is gearing up for its 8th year of helping families who need help with their Christmas presents. The event provides a dignified, free shopping experience each year for hundreds of families who would not, otherwise, have gifts for Christmas.

Santa’s Breakfast Fundraiser at Parkers’ Lighthouse to Benefit Child Life Program at Miller Children’s Hospital

Abandoning his sleigh for a trip to Parkers’ Lighthouse via a Spirit Cruises Yacht, Old St. Nicholas is due to arrive at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 6th for an annual benefit that has become a favorite tradition at Parkers’ Lighthouse over the more than 20 years that the restaurant has been hosting Santa’s Breakfast.

LBCCD Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley Appointed to University of California Board of Regents

Eloy Ortiz Oakley Superintendent – President Long Beach Community College District Governor Jerry Brown announced Monday that he is appointing Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley to the University of California (UC) Board of Regents.

CSULB Professor Craig Smith Receives Two National Awards

CSULB Professor Craig Smith Earns Prestigious National Awards Craig Smith, a former presidential speechwriter and prolific author, is the recipient of two prestigious national awards. The director of the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Center for First Amendment Studies will be presented with a pair of awards at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 100th annual convention in Chicago on Nov.

LBFD Capt. Gonzalo Medina Appointed Marine Safety Chief

Capt. Gonzalo Medina newly appointed Marine Safety Chief – Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach. Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee today announced the appointment of Capt. Gonzalo Medina, a 19-year veteran of the Fire Department, as Marine Safety Chief, effective December 5, 2014.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Serving Up Southern-Inspired Favorites for Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que restaurants will dish up new Southern-inspired dishes as part of its special Fall Classics menu that focuses on its popular, deliciously moist hickory-smoked turkey. Lucille’s famous hickory smoked turkey is also the centerpiece of its Thanksgiving Day meal, available for dine in or a take out feast that serves 10 – 12.

Michael Krajewski Leads LBSO in an Evening of James Bond Music

Beloved former Long Beach Symphony POPS! conductor Michael Krajewski returns to the stage of the Long Beach Arena on November 22 at 8:00 p.m., bringing his legendary wit and sense of humor to the POPS! audience in a concert that celebrates the world’s most famous spy!

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