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Southbound Interstate 710 Freeway closure connector to westbound Ocean Boulevard will close for 30 months, starting May 10.
Officials reminded commuters and truck driver heading to the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles about the long-term closure and detour routes that are needed.
The Interstate 710 Freeway will be under construction to demolish and rebuild the connector ramp, as apart of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.
When the connector closes, southbound I-710 traffic heading to Terminal Island traffic will be briefly diverted onto southbound Pico Avenue, then to an on-ramp that joins westbound Ocean Boulevard to cross the Gerald Desmond Bridge.
Trucks and other vehicles whose destination is beyond the Port of Long Beach are being asked to consider using the I-110 Harbor freeway, State Route 47 or other alternate routes to avoid the surface street detour.
Free Women’s Health event for all ages
St. Mary Medical Center is hosting a free women health event, from 5 to7 p.m. May 12, in Long Beach.
Internist Visal Nga, Do and Interventional cardiologist Amar Kapoor will host a lecture. There will be a demonstration meditation and yoga. There also will be health screening.
Details: (888) 478-6279; www.dignityhealth.org/heart.
Venue: Bazzeni Wellness Center
Location: 1050 Linden Ave, Long Beach
A Major Water Line Construction Project
The Metropolitan Water District work will replace and/or reline 900 feet of a major water feeder line, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 12, near west Bixby Road and Cedar Avenue in Long Beach.
The work will continue through mid-August.
Cedar Avenue and the alley between Cedar and Pacific avenues will be closed at the north side of Bixby Road for the duration of the project. The two north lanes of west Bixby Road and the adjacent sidewalk will be closed from Country Club Drive to Pine Avenue, as well. Two-way traffic will continue in the two south lanes of Bixby Road.
Details: (213) 217-6752
LB Board of Harbor Commissioners
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners will meet, at 6 p.m. May 12, at the Miller Family Health Education Center.
Commissioners will consider the approval of the second amendment to the contract with the South Coast Air Quality Management for up to $30 million in funds from Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program.
Venue: Miller Family Health Education Center
Location: 3820 Cherry Ave., Long Beach
Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting
The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council welcomes the new commander of the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division, Capt. Gerald Woodyard at its 5:30 p.m., May 13 meeting, at Port of Los Angeles High School.
The situation of the unused jail at Harbor Division will be addressed by Capt. David Lindsay, commanding officer of Los Angeles jails. We’ll also hear from the new neighborhood prosecutor, Lauren Halligan, and section chiefs of the Customs and Border Patrol about the policy regarding detaining cruise ship members in our port.
The neighborhood is looking for community members to fill 17 at-large board positions that begin July 2014. Potential candidates are invited to come to the May 13 meeting at 5:30 to learn more about the opportunity to serve the community. Candidate applications are due May 16.
Venue: Port of Los Angeles High School
Location: 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro
Hands Across the Sand
The 5th Annual Hand Across the Sand event will take place, from 10 to 1 p.m. May 17, at the Wilmington Waterfront Park and at Long Beach Cherry Beach. The event will kick off with workshops at 10 a.m. and holding hands will take place at 12 p.m. in Wilmington.
The groups are meeting in solidarity to voice their opposition to dirty fossil fuels and to call for an end to climate change.
Details: (310) 303-7950, (323) 350-0873
Venue: Wilmington Waterfront Park, Long Beach Cherry Beach
Location: 326 King Ave., Wilmington; Junipero at Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach
The Long Beach Opera Needs Volunteers
The Long Beach Opera is looking for Volunteers Usher to assist at performances.
Volunteers are welcome to stay and watch the performances free of charge. Details: (562) 432-5934,
Location: 507 Pacific Ave., Long Beach
Women Shelter Needs Volunteers
The Women Shelter of Long Beach need volunteers in various capacities, contributing to the thousands of families overcoming trauma caused by domestic violence.
Volunteers are need in assisting in planning and participating in community awareness campaigns, providing service to its board of directors, direct service support and others.
Details: (562) 437-4663; www.womenshelterlb.org