• 05/23/2014
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May 24
Weekend Closure to Affect 710 Route to Queen Mary Area

A short-term closure Memorial Day weekend of southbound Harbor Scenic Drive at the southbound Interstate 710 Freeway will require travelers headed to Queen Mary-area destinations, including the Carnival cruise terminal, south waterfront hotels and the Port of Long Beach Piers F-J, to take alternate routes.
Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive at the southbound 710 Freeway is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. May 23, and reopen by 6 a.m. May 27, for construction related to the Port’s Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.
Access to downtown Long Beach via the 710 Freeway at 6th Street, Broadway and Shoreline Drive will not be affected by the closure.
To access Piers F-J during the Memorial Day weekend, the detour route is the 710 Freeway onto southbound Pico Avenue to Harbor Plaza West. Long Beach visitors heading via the 710 Freeway to the Queen Mary, cruise terminal and hotels are encouraged to use the “Downtown Long Beach” exit and Shoreline Drive to Queensway.
The closure is necessary during a freeway connector demolition over southbound Harbor Scenic Drive. Demolition of the 710 Freeway/Ocean Boulevard connector ramp is necessary to clear the way for the construction of the foundations of the new bridge replacing the existing Gerald Desmond, and to build a new southbound 710 Freeway connector ramp. The new bridge will be constructed just north of the existing structure.
Demolition of the connector began May 12 and is scheduled to continue through mid-July. A few other localized road closures will occur during the demolition. The public is encouraged to sign up at www.newgdbridge.com for weekly traffic alerts and download the “LB Bridge” mobile app from the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store. The alerts and app inform motorists about construction-related detours and provide project updates.
The closure of the connector will take 30 months. Southbound 710 traffic heading to Terminal Island and the San Pedro area is being diverted briefly onto southbound Pico Avenue, then to an on-ramp that joins westbound Ocean Boulevard to cross the Gerald Desmond Bridge.  Road improvements along the detour route have helped to accommodate traffic in the area.
Details: Downtown Long Beach detour, Port traffic detour
May 27
Veteran Opportunity
Pacific Gateway invites Veterans for an opportunity to learn, participate and connect, May 27 through 29, at the Career Transition Center in Long Beach.
Details:  (562) 570-3673; roxana.gomez@edd.ca.gov
Venue: Career Transition Center
Location: 3447 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach
May 27
Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners Meeting
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting will take place, at 6 p.m. May 27, at the Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices.
The board will consider authorizing the executive director to execute Change Order No. 5 for more than $2.29 million, authorize addition spending of $2.3 million and approve an adjusted project budget of $35.9 million for Pier T Berths T132 to T140, Shore to Ship Power Retrofit Project and The Ryan Co.
Details: Legislation Text, Change Order No. 5, TTI Agreement
Venue: Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices
Location: 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach

May 27
Trauma Awareness Month Safety Celebration
Learn how to make your home safer, how to prevent burns, and how to make your own disaster kit to have on hand in case of a disaster.
A free Safety Summit will be take at the Health Enhancement Center at St. Mary Medical Center, 1050 Linden Ave., on May 27 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
The first 75 people who check in will receive a free gift pack with emergency supplies. After checking in, participants will receive complimentary flashlights and be entered into a drawing for door prizes that include: dual carbon dioxide/smoke detector alarms, and various other emergency supplies.
Details: (888) 478-6279
May 28
Happy Hats
Join a fun workshop and make a difference in the lives of hospitalized children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in 50 hospitals throughout the United States. Sew, cut patterns or decorate Happy Hats, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 28.
Details: (310) 787-0970
Location: 923 Van Ness Ave., Torrance
May 29
Toberman Neighborhood Center Families Honored
The National Center for Families Learning and Toyota will honor families at the Toberman Neighborhood Center’s promotion event, from 7 to 8 p.m. May 29.
The first 34 participant in a ground-breaking family learning program will be honored.
Projects to connect to the San Pedro community included: college and career readiness activities, packaging food and hygiene kits for the homeless, visiting local senior centers and mentoring other families to do the same.
Toberman Neighborhood Centeris among the first recipients of the prestigious Toyota Family Learning grant, awarded by the NCFL and Toyota for innovation in engaging families in learning. The three-year, $175,000 funding grant is a part of Toyota Family Learning’s pioneering movement to bridge the gap between the classroom and home to lead to family success and lifelong learning. Toberman Neighborhood Center’s Toyota Family Learning Program focuses on families learning with each other, from other families and by serving their communities through instruction, service learning, mentoring and technology use.
Details: www.familieslearning.org
Venue: Toberman Neighborhood Center
Location: 131 N. Grand Ave., San Pedro
June 1
Grupo de Español Conversacional
Join the Long Beach Time Exchange for a conversational Spanish group, from 3 to 5 p.m. June 1, at the Building Healthy Communities Building.
The session will start with a short cultural movie and a discussion among people who are fluent in Spanish, followed by small group sessions with people who speak Spanish at an intermediate level. Participants also will practice speaking Spanish in life scenarios that could take place as part of a time exchange.
Participants can gain time credits for bringing something to eat. Fluent Spanish speakers can gain two time credits for their participation. People who speak Spanish at an intermediary or beginning level can spend two credits for attending.
The event is free.
Details: (562) 346-4617; lbtimeexchange@gmail.com
Venue: Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach
Location: 920 Atlantic Ave, Ste 102, Long Beach

June 2
Green Long Beach
Monthly Green Long Beach Community meetings, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every first Monday of the month, at Rebel Bites.
Details: greenlb@gocatalyst.org
Venue: Rebel Bites
Location: 649 E. Broadway, Long Beach

New Disaster Preparedness Website
Long Beach released a new Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications website for residents to have a quicker and simpler way to get information on how to keep themselves and their family safe at home and at work in the event of a disaster or major emergency.
The new website is available at www.longbeach.gov/disasterpreparedness.
Information available at the website includes:
A comprehensive guide to personal and family preparedness; links to Federal Emergency Management Agency and other state and federal preparedness websites; how to “be informed and stay connected” to get up-to-date information before, during and after a disaster; how to volunteer and donate responsibly to those impacted by a disaster; and best practices for families with infants, seniors, special needs, and pets
Details: www.longbeach.gov/disasterpreparedness, www.longbeach.gov/fire/cert.

Summer Youth Jobs Program
On May 20, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network kicked off its summer Youth Jobs Program.
This year’s program includes resources to help businesses hire a youth employee at no cost to them. Pacific Gateway will provide an average of 100 hours of paid work experience at $9.00 an hour.
A key component of the program is the completion of Personal Enrichment Training, which provides up to 20 hours of paid training to the youth in the following categories: financial literacy; work ethic; career exploration; and life skills.
Pacific Gateway’s goal is to place 500 youth this summer in jobs.
Businesses that are interested in reaping the benefits of the Youth Jobs Program are encouraged to get more information by visiting www.pacific-gateway.org or calling (562) 570-3681.

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