Harbor Currents-Announcements for May 31, 2012

  • 05/31/2012
  • Terelle Jerricks

June 2
Youth Employment Preparation Fair
Register online for the Youth Employment Preparation Fair San Pedro, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2, at the Port of Los Angeles High School.

All students, ages 16 to 25 years old, are welcome. This is not a job fair.  Rather, it is an opportunity for youth to learn about how to obtain a job.  As part of the day they will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with employers, some of whom may have job openings.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, getting experience when you don’t have experience, union apprenticeships, college scholarships, and using social media to obtain a job.  
250 W. 5th St., San Pedro

June 7
Pacific Battleship Center Public Hearing
In accordance with the Guidelines for Implementation of the Port of Los Angeles Certified Port Master Plan, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive comment relative to the proposed project during a 8:30 a.m. June 7 meeting.  

Any person unable to attend the public hearing may submit written comments to the Director of Planning and Economic Development, P.O. Box 151, San Pedro, CA 90733. Written comments should be submitted no later than the day before the scheduled hearing date.

The staff report and recommendation relative to the proposed project are anticipated to be available for review after 5:00 p.m. June 1 on the Port of Los Angeles website www.portoflosangeles.org.

Details: (310) 732-3850
Port of Los Angeles Board Room
425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

June 9
Change is in the Air
Green Long Beach 4th Annual Festival is an exciting day of local art, music, education and activities, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 9, at the Marina Green in Long Beach.
Details: (562) 646-SOIL; www.greenlb.org
Venue: The Marina Green
Location: East Shoreline Drive, Long Beach

June 9
PSST: Art in San Pedro 2000-2012
The Warschaw Gallery will host PSST: Art in San Pedro 2000-2012, featuring selected works by Craig Keith Antrim, William Crutchfield, Marie Thilbeault and others. The showing kicks off with an artist’s reception beginning at 4 p.m. June 9. The exhibit will run until Aug. 4. Click here for more info.
Details: (310) 832-4273
Venue: Warschaw Gallery
Location: 600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro

June 9
Relay for Life of Wilmington
Celebrate, remember and fight back cancer, starting at 9 a.m. June 9 and 10, during the Relay for Life of Wilmington at Banning High School.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivors and raise money for research and programs offered by the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people will gather at Banning High School’s track and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

Although the main objective of Relay is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who have lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer.
Details  (510) 677-457
Venue: Phineas Banning High School
Location: 1527 Lakme Ave., Wilmington

June 10
Youth Service Award Deadline Extended
The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council is seeking applicants for our $500 Youth Service Award.  More information and the application form are available at www.nwsanpedro.org.  The deadline for applying is June 10.

June 10
New Family Resource Center Grand Opening
An invitation-only grand opening celebration will be held at 3 p.m. June 10 at the Harbor Interfaith Services’ new three-story, 15,000-square-foot Family Resource Center building.  

The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted wine and hor de oeuvres, music and a light dinner on a terrace overlooking the harbor. Guests will be invited to tour each room and consider sponsoring services such as food for the pantry, hygiene products, childcare services and other items.

Tickets for the event are $150 each. Donors who give $1,000 will receive tickets to a VIP reception.

Details: (310) 831-0603; www.harborinterfaith.org/sqft.html
Harbor Interfaith Services’ building
670 W. 9th St., San Pedro 

June 12
Farmer’s Market Returns to Bixby Park
Mayor and Second District Councilwoman Suja LowenthaI announced that a Farmers Market is coming to Bixby Park. Local Harvest Farmers Market will have its grand opening at 3 p.m. June 12 p.m., at the Band Shell plaza. Every Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m., residents can expect to see farm fresh fruits and veggies, field cut flowers, gourmet specialty foods, fresh cooked fare, arts and crafts, live music and more.

Local Harvest Farmers Markets is a certified farmers market that operates in Marine Stadium, Huntington Beach, Buena Park, Wilmington, San Pedro and Garden Grove. Movie nights at the band shell sponsored by Lowenthal are also being planned after the market closes.
Details: (562) 570-1601
Venue: Bixby Park
Location: Long Beach

June 12
CentraI San Pedro Neighborhood Council Elections
On June 12, the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council stakeholders will select community members to fill 17 at-large Board Member positions. Members serve 2-year terms and work together to make this community a better place.

If you are at least 14 years old and live, work, or own property in the Central San Pedro neighborhood or if you declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm a factual basis for it, than you qualify as a stakeholder.

Voting will be from 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Port of Los Angeles High School.
Details: (310) 918-8650; www.centralsanpedro.org
Venue: Port of Los Angeles High School
Location: 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro

June 15
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Symposium 
Community members are invited to attend the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Symposium, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15, featuring experts in the field of elder abuse, aging issues, law enforcement, mental health and social services at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach.

RSVP required. Admission is free.
Venue: Alpert Jewish Community Center 
Location: 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach

June 21
Draft Port Master Plan Amendment No. 27
A public hearing on draft amendment No. 27 will be held at 8:30 a.m. June 21, during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners.
Written comments may be submitted to the Port of Los Angeles Planning and Economic Development Division 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro, CA 90731 or emailed to mcham@portla.org. Deadline for receipt of written or emailed comments is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 21. The Draft Port Master Plan Amendment No.21 is available on the Port of Los Angeles website, www.portoflosangeles.org and available for public inspection at the Port of Los Angeles Planning and Economic Division.
Venue: Harbor Administration Building
Location: 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

June 24
YWCA of the Harbor Area and South Bay Gala
The YWCA of the Harbor Area and South Bay is holding their 10th Annual International Festival gala, from 3 to 7 p.m. June 24 at the Norris Pavilion in Rolling Hills.

This year’s theme, “Salute to Worldwide Rodeo” features a western-themed event with hometown barbecue, entertainment, and auction.  
Details: (310) 547-0831
Venue: The Norris Pavilion
Location: 501 Indian Peak Road,  Rolling Hills
Take Action!
Long Beach District 9 Councilman Steven Neal is asking residents to take action and submit a letter to Cal-trans and state representatives asking to clear the debris and trash found along the interstates 91 and 710 freeway ramps.

By submitting a letter, residents can ensure that every visitor to North Long Beach is welcomed to a clean, safe, and beautiful community.

“The condition of the freeway on and off ramps have been a cause for serious concern among 9th District residents,” Neal said. “I encourage all residents to contact their Cal-trans and state representatives to clean up the trash that pollute our community. Submit your letter today.

Summer Activities
Are you and your family looking to get in shape this summer? Join Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine for brand new classes in preschool, youth and adult fitness:

Fit for a Kid
This is a fun fitness and nutrition education class for children. From hula-hoops to hopping sacks, we incorporate a variety of activities to develop a good attitude towards fitness.

Combining elements of aerobics, yoga, dance, and sports, we create a unique, non-competitive environment for girls and boys. This class will be taught by Naima Woodson at Bixby Knolls Park, and has a cost of $50 per child. Fit for a Kid will take place every Thursday in three sessions: June 7 to 28, July 5 to 26, and August 2 to 23. Preschool class, for children ages 3 to 5, will take place from 10 to 10:45 am. Youth class, for children ages 6 to 10, will take place from 11 to 11:45 am.

Body Sculpt
Resistance training can be intimidating. However, developing lean muscle is crucial to building an efficient metabolism to drop weight and keep it off. All equipment for the class will be provided, and walk-ins are welcome with an additional cost of $10. This course is for adults 18 and older, $85 per person. Class will take place Monday through Thursday from 9 to 10 am, June 4 to 28, at Marrillyn McDowell Studio of Dance, 324 Redondo Ave.
Details: (562) 570-3111; www.LBParks.org
Venue: El Dorado Park Administration Building
Location: 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach

Tell The City What You Think
The Council of Business Associations is asking for your participation in the new Customer Service Survey that will finally allow small business owners to have a voice about their experience with multiple departments of city hall. 

COBA has developed and released an online customer service survey to the Long Beach business community as a way to gather feedback that describes the experience of the city’s licensing, permitting and inspection processes. 

COBA is made up of representatives of business improvement districts and business alliances that include: Bixby Knolls, Downtown, 4th Street, Belmont Shore, East Anaheim, Naples, Cambodia Town, East Spring Street, Andy Street, and Broadway corridor.  COBA has met monthly for three years discussing common issues and concerns pertaining to businesses in Long Beach. The most common issue was the perceived difficulty of going through the “process” to open, expand, or modify a business in Long Beach. 

The goal of the survey is to provide enough specific feedback, both good and bad, that can be analyzed and presented to city management with solutions to implement and help change any negative perception of Long Beach as a place to do business and create a real “business friendly” environment. 

Survey questions were developed by COBA and reviewed in a partnership with the City of Long Beach Department of Development Services for clarity of language in order for city staff to be able to pin point where complaints or feedback should be directed and addressed.  An independent consultant was hired to help polish the survey for formatting and data analysis.  Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cobasurvey 

Details: (562) 595-0081

June 26
NOAA Eelgrass Public Meetings
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hold its Southern California public meeting on eelgrass preservation at 10 a.m. June 26 in Long Beach.
Eelgrass warrants a strong protection strategy because of the important biological, physical, and economic values it provides, as well as its importance to commercially and recreationally important fish species. NOAA Fisheries Services developed this policy to establish and achieve a goal of protecting this resource and its functions, including spatial coverage and density of eelgrass beds.
Details: (562) 980-4006
Venue: City of Long Beach Council Chambers
Location: 545 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

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