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LBPD Collects Prescription Drugs for Safe Disposal
The Long Beach Police Department will join forces with Long Beach Memorial to collect prescription drugs for safe disposal, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26, at Long Beach Memorial.
This initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft through the collection of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The event will offer a drive-thru service that is free and anonymous. The driver of the 25th, 50th, 75th, and 100th participating vehicle will be awarded a pair of Aquarium of the Pacific tickets.
Details: (562) 570-7221
Venue: Long Beach Memorial
Location: 2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach
ECC Presents STEM Week Celebration
El Camino College will present its first Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Week April 28 through May 2.
Students and guest speakers will demonstrate and communicate the opportunities and innovations found in these fields of study.
The weeklong celebration is organized in conjunction with the opening of the college’s new STEM Center, scheduled for May 8.
STEM Week activities begin April 28 with student club demonstrations from 12 to 2:30 p.m. on the Library Lawn. In addition, Math instructor Jasmine Ng will give the presentation “The Monty Hall Problem” from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in room MBA 113.
April 29 activities begin with the presentation “STEM Careers in Biotechnology” from 1- 2 p.m., by speaker Nancy Hurtado in room LS-105. Lino Gonzalez, a protein chemistry scientist from Genentech, will speak from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Distance Education conference room. Student club activities and demonstrations are the highlight on April 30, from 12 to 2:30 p.m. on the Library Lawn.
May 1 begins with a “STEM Careers in Earth Science” presentation from 1 to 2 p.m., delivered by geography instructor Julienne Gard, room NATS 205. The presentation “A Tool of the Trade: The Engineering Notebook” led by Industry &Technology professor Steve Cocca is set for 1 to 2 p.m. in room TA 105, and guest speaker Ana Orellana Sandoval, ECC graduate and Northrop Grumman engineer, will address students from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Distance Education conference room.
An open house is on the agenda for May 2, with tours of various locations, from the Planetarium to the computer labs in the Math Business Allied Health (MBA) Building. Tours run from 1 to 5 p.m. and begin at the MESA Center.
The El Camino College STEM Center opens the following week on May 8 and will support student success, retention and graduation by serving as a hub for tutoring and academic support programs.
This new $3.4 million, 9,334-square-foot learning support center is designed for students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines. The STEM Center will house the highly-successful Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program and provide STEM enrichment and outreach activities. The new STEM Center and numerous other improvements on campus were made possible with funds from the 2002 Measure E facilities bond.
Venue: El Camino College
Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.
State Refinery Task Force Information Meeting
Learn about the goals of the State Refinery Task Force, from 6 to 8 p.m. April 29, at Wilmington Middle School.
The goals relate to safety, oversight enforcement, outreach and response activities by regulatory agencies.
Venue: Wilmington Middle School
Location: 1700 Gulf Ave., Wilmington
Meet the NWSPNC Candidates
Stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet candidates for the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, from 7 to 8 p.m. April 30, at Peck Park.
Venue: Peck Park
Location: 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro
Harbor L.I.T.E.S Tea Fundraiser
Harbor L.I.T.E.S will be hosting a tea fundraiser 11:30 a.m. May 3 at Ma Griffe’s in San Pedro.
This is the 4th annual event that will go in support of the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division Youth Program. Tickets are $35.
Details: (310) 548-1493, (310) 977-5482
Venue: Ma Griffe’s
Location: 3624 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project Workshop
Community members are invited to an informal, open house-style workshop about the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. May 8, at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Project team members will answer questions and discuss the upcoming long-term closure of the southbound I-710 Freeway to westbound Ocean Boulevard connector scheduled for May 10, along with detour information, associated traffic impacts, construction updates and more.
Venue: Hotel Maya
Location: 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach
Long Beach Organizations gather for community forum
The Long Beach Coalition Group to End Wage Theft will gather, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 10 at the First Congregational Church.
The group is comprised of several community organizations, bringing together, low-wage workers, community groups, interfaith leaders, residents and youth performances.
Venue: First Congregational Church
Location: 241 Cedar Ave. Long Beach, CA
Overnight Road Closures on 1-110 North/John S. Gibson On-Ramp
The John S. Gibson Boulevard on-ramp to the Interstate 110 North will be closed through May 14, during the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., as part of a major Port of Los Angeles roadway project to improve the Harbor Freeway and nearby surface streets in San Pedro and Wilmington.
Long Beach 2nd Annual Dyke March
Long Beach women will take to the streets in Long Beach’s 2nd Annual Rally and Dyke March, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. May 16, starting at Bixby Park.
The goal of a Dyke March is to increase lesbian visibility, but has grown to be more inclusive of all women regardless of labels, including bisexual and transgender women. Disparities in heath care, equal pay and opportunities are some of the issues highlighted.
This year, author and activist Jeanne Cordova will be the keynote speaker.
After the March, the women will celebrate at Ambrosia Café for a no-cover after party. Songwriter and acclaimed drummer Michelle Mangione will take the stage from 8 to 10 p.m.
Venue: Bixby Park
Location: 130 Cherry Ave, Long Beach
LULAC 2014 State Convention
The California League of United Latin American Citizens 2014 State Convention will take place, May 16 through 18, at the Westin Long Beach Hotel.
Founded in 1929, LULAC is the nations oldest and largest Latino organization in the United States. With National memberships of 250,000, there are over 900 LULAC Councils in virtually every state in the nation and in Puerto Rico, with California being on of the largest LULAC regions. Since 1946, California LULAC has enjoyed a rich history of advocacy in civil rights, voter rights and education, economic development, immagration and equal employment opportunities.
Venue: Westin Long Beach Hotel
Location: 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
The AOC7 Literacy Fair
The AOC7 Literacy Fair will take place, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17, at MacArthur Park in Long Beach.
Everyone is encouraged to attend this free event and enjoy the literacy booth, multicultural dancing, food, storytelling, and music. There will be free books for the children.
AOC7 (Anaheim, Orange, Cherry and 7th Street) is a neighborhood organization that strives to make the community a safer place while preventing community deterioration.
Details: (562) 570-6816
Venue: MacArthur Park
Location: 1321 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region Solicits Environmental Award Nominations
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest region is encouraging citizens in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific islands to nominate a friend, peer or organization for this year’s Environmental Awards program.
This year’s nomination closes May 31.
The program seeks to recognize individuals and groups outside of EPA who made significant contributions to improve the environment. Anyone can be nominated, such as scientists, teachers, journalists, community activists, young people, organizations, business representatives, public officials and others committed to protecting public health and preserving our natural surroundings.
EPA expects to notify winners this fall. Awardees will be recognized in events in their local areas or in conjunction with existing events, such as a conference or meeting.
Details: www.epa.gov/region9/awards/, http://tinyurl.com/m33ev2n
Northwest SPNC’s Youth Service Award
Applications are now being accepted for NWSPNC’s annual $500 Youth Service Award.
Candidates must currently be a high school senior or enrolled in a college or vocational/technical school and have at least a 2.5 grade point average. The candidate must live, work, volunteer or attend school within the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council boundaries.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Increasing in Long Beach
City Health Officer encourages residents to protect themselves Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, which is on the rise in Long Beach.
City health officials are encouraging residents to immunize themselves and their families against this preventable disease.
So far this year, 42 confirmed cases of pertussis have been reported in Long Beach. There have been no deaths. The majority of the cases are school-age children. Among the vaccine-preventable diseases, pertussis is the most common.
Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread by the coughing of an infected person. Unimmunized or incompletely immunized young infants are particularly vulnerable and at increased risk for severe complications. In these cases, parents, older siblings and others in the household are often the source of their infection. A typical case of pertussis in a child or adult starts with a cough and runny nose lasting up to 2 weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits. Symptoms in young infants may be more variable and severe. Typically symptoms in young infants include intense coughing accompanied by a whooping sound and vomiting after coughing. If you suspect that you or your child may have pertussis, contact your doctor right away. Complications can include pneumonia, seizures and in rare cases death.
Although most children receive five doses of pertussis vaccine (DTaP) before kindergarten, immunization does not provide lifelong immunity. Because immunity wears off over time, booster doses (shots) are needed throughout life. To protect you and your child from pertussis, make sure everyone in the home has been vaccinated against pertussis.
. Young children need five doses of by kindergarten (ages 4-6).
. All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called “Tdap”).
. Pregnant women are recommended to receive a Tdap booster during their third trimester of each pregnancy, even if they got it before pregnancy.
. Adults should receive Tdap in place of their routine 10-year tetanus (Td) booster, especially if they are in contact with infants or are health care workers.
Long Beach residents are encouraged to contact their regular healthcare provider to arrange for recommended vaccinations.
Those who do not have a regular healthcare provider or health insurance covering vaccines can dial 2-1-1 or the LBDHHS Immunization Program at (562) 570-4516 for information on community sites offering immunizations at reduced cost.
Details: (562) 570-4302; www.longbeach.gov/health