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Harbor Currents: ANNOUNCEMENTS Dec. 26, 2013


Kick Ball
The World Adult Kickball Association is looking for people in Long Beach interested in joining the group.

The WAKA CA Big Kahuna Winter 2013 will kick-off its winter season Jan. 12. Registration deadline is January 1, 2013.
Details: www.kickball.com/season/cabigkahunawinter2013

State of the Center
Community members are invited to attend the annual State of The Center Long Beach to learn about its past year’s accomplishments and its goals for the future, Jan. 26, at The Center Long Beach. RSVP requested.
Details: porterg@centerlb.org

Help Count the Homeless
The South Bay Coalition for the Homeless needs your help to reach their goal of raising 250 volunteers for the upcoming Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count.

The Count is vitally important because when we know who and where homeless people are in the South Bay, we’re better able to plan and identify resources to provide vital services and, ultimately, move homeless families and individuals into housing.
Sign up for the count at http://theycountwillyou.org
Use the Team Name: South Bay Coalition for the Homeless

Solar Grand Prix Competition Comes to LB
Students, grade 6 to 12, are invited to design and build a solar-powered model car that will complete a race in the shortest possible time using the available power at the fourth annual Long Beach Solar Grand Prix competition.

A mandatory team orientation will take place Feb. 9, 2013. Car kits will be provided at this time. The competition takes place April 20, 2013.

The Solar Grand Prix challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork to design and build high-performance model solar vehicles.

Teams will receive a Solar Car Kit, which includes a solar panel and an electric motor. Using any other materials, competitors will design and build a model solar-powered vehicle that will race on a 20-meter (65-foot) racecourse. The winner of the competition will be the team whose vehicle is the top finisher in a series of head to head elimination rounds.
Details: (562) 570-6932

Vision for Peace
A special reading of the entries for the Vision of Peace Project will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 16, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Long Beach.

The Vision of Peace Project is an opportunity for the community to express their vision of peace through the written word. Submissions are being accepted for poems and short stories.

The poems and short stories will be displayed at the 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Celebration, as well as read throughout the event and at Peace Week events.

All ages are encouraged to enter a submission. E-mail entries to teresa.gomez@longbeach.gov.
Details: (562) 570-6816; www.longbeach.gov/district 6
Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Location: 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach

Ponte Vista Comments Due
Community members with concerns about the draft environmental impact report for the Ponte Vista project are encouraged to submit their comments by 4 p.m. Jan. 7, 2013.

The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee is reviewing the report.

Although the applicant submitted a plan for 830 units, the report is based on a plan for 1,135.

The draft EIR is available at the San Pedro Library or at http://cityplanning.lacity.org (click on “Environmental” then “Draft EIR” then Ponte Vista). It is important to put the following into the subject line of your comments:  Ponte Vista ENV-2005-4516-EIR.
Comments should be addressed to:

Erin Strelich, Planning Assistant
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, Room 750
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fax: (213) 978-1343

It’s recommended to send a copy to Councilman Joe Buscaino, 638 S. Beacon, San Pedro 90731 or by e-mail to councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org and to usboard@nwsanpedro.org.

Candidates Sought for Vacant Board Seat
The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council is seeking candidates from census track 2964 to fill a seat for the term ending June 30, 2014.

Candidates must be at least 16 years old and live, or own property within the census track. The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 31, 2012.
Details: http://nwsanpedro.org

State of the LB District 5
Community members invited to the seventh annual State of the 5th Council District, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan 10, at the Long Beach Water Treatment Plant.

Representatives from the police department, the fire department, public works and city management to review 2012 accomplishments and goals for 2013, will join Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske.
Details: (562) 570-6932
Venue: Long Beach Water Treatment Plant
Location: 2950 Redondo Avenue

Holiday Parking and Refuse Collection Information
Long Beach City Hall will be closed Dec. 25, 2012 for the Christmas holiday, and Jan.1, 2013, for New Year’s day holiday.
Parks - www.lbparks.org
El Dorado Nature Center, Rancho Los Cerritos, Park offices, swimming pools and community park facilities will be closed on Dec. 25, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013.
El Dorado Regional Park will be closed on Dec. 25, but open on Jan. 1.

Animal Care Services - www.longbeach.gov/acs

Animal Care Services and SPCALA are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Field services are always available by calling (562) 570-7387 (PETS).
Refuse Collection and Recycle scheduleswww.longbeach-recycles.org There will be no collection on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.  Collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of each week, ending on Saturday.
Street Sweeping
Street sweeping will not occur on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Street sweeping will occur on its regular schedule after the holidays with no delays or make-ups. (There is no Street sweeping on Mondays.)
Parking Control
Meters with holiday exemptions will not be enforced on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.  All meters and time zones will be enforced on Dec. 24, and on Dec. 31, 2012.
Librarieswww.lbpl.org

All libraries will be closed on Dec. 25, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013. All libraries will reopen to the public on Dec. 26, 2012 and Jan. 2, 2013. (All libraries are closed to the public on Mondays.)
Treecycle www.longbeach-recycles.org

The city’s 21st annual Holiday “Treecycling” Tree Recycling program gives residents a chance to dispose of trees free of charge while keeping the trees out of the trash after the holidays.

From Dec. 26, 2012 through Jan. 12, 2013 residents can drop off trees at several locations throughout the city. Residents with city refuse service can leave their trees out where trash is normally collected by 7 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2013.

All trees must have decorations and stands removed, and trees taller than 12 feet should be cut in half.


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