Harbor Currents: ANNOUNCEMENTS March 22, 2013

  • 03/22/2013
  • Terelle Jerricks

March 23
Community Workshop for City of Long Beach Housing Element
An interactive Community Workshop will be take place, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 23, at the Houghton Park Community Center.
The City of Long Beach is updating the Housing Element of the General Plan. The General Plan is the city’s master plan for the physical layout and future development of the city. The Housing Element is a critical component of the General Plan and is updated periodically as housing affordability continues to be a major issue in California. This update, for the 2014-2021 period, will identify constraints and opportunities for affordable housing and offer goals, policies, and programs to preserve and create housing in Long Beach.
The city wants your input to create an updated Housing Element that is responsive to the needs of the community.
Details: (562) 570-6315
Venue: Houghton Park Community Center
Location: 6301 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach

March 23
Dare the World to Save the Planet  
On March 23, at 8:30 p.m., thousands of cities around the world will go dark for one hour during Earth Hour, World Wildlife Foundation’s annual campaign to raise awareness of the environmental challenges we all face, such as climate change.
Earth Hour is a simple idea that quickly turned into a global phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people around the world turn off their lights for one hour on the same night, to focus on the one thing that unites us all-our planet.
Details: http://worldwildlife.org/earthhour

March 23
Spanish Conversation Group (planning)
Join a Spanish conversation group, at 1 p.m. March 23, at Building Healthy Communities in Long Beach. The initial meeting will be to get input from novice, intermediate, and fluent Spanish speakers, and to work together in planning future conversation groups for Time Exchange members.
Venue: Building Healthy Communities
Location: 920 Atlantic Ave., Suite 102, Long Beach

March 23
EqualityTV PSA
EqualityTV is offering the opportunity to have people participate in a video PSA, from 12 to 6 p.m. March 23, in Signal Hill.
The PSA will broadcast on EqualityTV and other media outlets.
This PSA will take its Photo Campaign concept further, and allow individuals and families to express themselves by literally embracing one another, and sharing what makes us each different, whether we are ‘Gay,’ ‘African-American,’ ‘Gothic,’ ’82 years old,’ ‘Christian,’ ‘Buddhist,’ ‘Former Marine,’ ‘Man,’ ‘Woman’ or  ‘Trans-Gendered.’ Everyone will have a voice and be accepted. This PSA will be an artistic and emotional piece that will redefine the way we perceive ourselves and others.
Details: (323) 989-3788
Venue: AMG Studios Video Photo Film Stage
Location: 2225 E 28th St., Suite 511, Signal Hill

March 24
Street Maintenance Project ClosesSouthern Terminus of 710 Freeway
On March 24, the southern terminus of the Long Beach (710) Freeway will be closed below Anaheim Street from 5 am until 1 pm so crews can complete street maintenance during an annual maintenance project.
Signs will inform motorists of detours, as the following ramps will be closed:
Southbound 710 downtown off-ramps that access 6th Street, Broadway and Golden Avenue exits
Northbound 710 on-ramps from Shoreline Drive, Ocean Boulevard, 3rd Street and 7th Street
Harbor Scenic Drive will not be affected by this closure.
The project will supplement the maintenance work that is done throughout the year, and will focus on street repairs; traffic signs and lights; pavement markings; tree trimming; weed abatement; graffiti removal; rail repairs; landscape improvements; street lighting; and street sweeping.

March 28
LBPD East Division Community Forum
Cmdr. Rick Faran will discuss property crimes, trends of crimes in neighborhoods, safety and community watch, at 7 p.m. March 28, at the Long Beach Police Department Police Academy Fire Room.
Venue: LBPD Police Academy
7290 E. Carson Blvd., Long Beach

April 2
Ports O’ Call Redevelopment Meeting
A free public outreach Ports O’Call Redevelopment meeting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. April 2, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro
Venue: Warner Grand Theatre
Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Apr. 3
How Will Obamacare Impact Your Small Business?
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Small Business Majoirty will hold a public meeting on Apr. 3, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,  to discuss how Obamacare will impact the small businessses of those in the area.The meeting will tackle questions of whether or not there will be any government assistance to provide healthcare to employees, California’s health exchange and if you qualify for the small business tax credit. Call or email the number or address given below to make reservations.
Details: (310) 831-1799; hahnRSVP@mail.house.gov
Venue: Dominguez HIlls Locker Student Union
Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

Apr. 4
Draft Port Master Plan
A public hearing on the Draft Port Master Plan will be held at Banning’s Landing Community Center on Apr. 4, at 8:30 a.m.Th Draft Port Master Plan is a long-range plan to establish policies and guidelines for future development within the coastal zone boundary of the Port of Los Angeles.
Details: www.portoflosangeles.com
Venue: Banning’s Landing Community Center
Location: 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington

April 4
Long Beach Small Business Seminar
Participate in the Long Beach Small Business Seminar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4, at the Community Multipurpose Room T1200 of Long Beach City College.
Details: (888) 847-9652; www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/sbf.htm
Venue: Long Beach City College
Location: 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach

Apr. 6
The Habitat for Humanity will host a bike ride on Apr. 6. This ride will help raise funds to help build homes in need. The course will begin at Terranea L.A. Oceanfront Resort and will have three destinations to choose from. The destinations will depend on the length of your ride. A 17, 34 and 50 mile course is being offered. Th 17-mile course will begin at 8:45 a.m., the 34-mile course will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the 50 mile course will begin at 6:30 a.m. You can register now for $65, but will be charged $75 after April 1.
Details: www.habitatla.kintera.org/bikeride
Venue: Terranea Resort
Location: 6610 Palos Verdes Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes

April 6
San Pedro Youth Employment Preparation Fair
Pathways to Employment, an event designed to help any young person between the ages of 16 and 24 gain an advantage in their job search, is taking place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6, at the John & Muriel Olguin Campus in San Pedro.
Participants will have the opportunity to attend three different workshops, visit with employers and training providers and participate in a practice interview.
Workshops include: communications, interviewing, marketing oneself, obtaining work experience, union apprentice programs, and more. Representatives from the restaurant industry, civil service, retail, financial services, and many more will be on hand to provide information about their application process and what they look for in applicants
This event is free to all youth in the Harbor Area ages 16-24, with lunch being provided at the event. It is preferred that all people planning to attend register prior to the event, however, there will be registration at the event as well. Those that register prior to the event will have a guaranteed lunch.
Details: www.nwsanpedro.org
Venue: John & Muriel Olguin Campus
Location: 3210 S. Alma St., San Pedro

April 8
Urban Ocean Poetry Contest
The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting its 4th Annual Poetry Contest as part of the Urban Ocean Festival. Poems submitted must address the following theme:
Humans and Nature: Coexisting with an Urban Ocean
Maximum length: 300 words
One entry per person
Deadline: 5 p.m. April 8
Submit online:
Submit by mail:
Attn: Linda Brown
Urban Ocean Poetry Contest
Aquarium of the Pacific
320 Golden Shore, Suite 100
Long Beach, CA 90802

April 11
People’s State of the City 2013
Participate in Long Beach’s 2nd annual People’s State of the City, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 11, Grace United Methodist Church in Long Beach.
The event will include:
* Highlight community organizing victories from the past year
* Look at issues facing Long Beach residents, including jobs, housing, the safety and health of our neighborhoods, education, the environment, and immigration
* Connect with each other around a plan to ensure that our voices are heard and represented in Long Beach
Details: (562) 396-4552
Venue: Grace United Methodist Church
Location: 2325 E. 3rd St, Long Beach

April 15
Learn about the Affordable Care Act’s Impact in Long Beach
Join State of California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 9 Director Herb K. Schultz this community forum examining the new health care law, at 5 p.m. April 15, at Long Beach Memorial.
Venue: Long Beach Memorial
Location: 2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

April 21
Gathering for the Grand
The Gathering for the Grand, which is scheduled  for 5:30 p.m. April 21 at Palos Verdes Golf Club, provides the means for Grand Vision to continue important preservation work at the Warner Grand and high quality music production at the Annex for families and for youth.
Tickets are $150.
Details: (310) 833-4813; GrandVision.org
Venue: Palos Verdes Golf Club
Location: 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates

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