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Last December, a 3-year-old boy entered a Hilton Hotel ballroom filled with Christmas trees, “snow” and Santa waiting to take a selfie. Around the ballroom were 10 stations filled with, among other things, toys, bicycles, shoes and sporting goods.

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EPIC (Economic & Policy Impact Center) will recognize three community members for their work in creating economic opportunity for all families and children at their annual gala at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday., Nov. 14), at the Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr. Honorees are State Senator Lena Go…

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“Essentially, the purpose of being a contessa is to act as a role model for the youth to get involved in the community,” Katie Mayo, the current Naples contessa, said.

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Between now and Nov. 30, restaurants participating in the Dine LBC program will accept donations to their Holiday Kids Pajama Drive. Items collected will be passed along to Lydia House (Long Beach Rescue Mission) and New Life Beginnings. For a list of restaurants, go to www.DineLBC.com.

The oldest church structure in Long Beach — the First Congregational Church on Third Street and Cedar Avenue— is more than 100 years old, and in dire need of repairs.

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Easterseals Southern California raised more than $100,000 for disability services at its Strides For Disability Run/Walk earlier this month. More than 1,500 people participated.

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It isn't surprising to anyone who frequents Nextdoor.com that the website often features complaints and frustrations from residents, ranging from suspected porch thieves to street parking woes to homeless people.

The Long Beach Branch NAACP is hosting its general membership meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 20, at Ernest McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

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Operation Jump Start will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Cafe Sevilla, 140 Pine Ave. The group helps students enter and graduate from a four-year college. Tickets are $125. Call (562) 988-2131 or go to www.operationjumpstart.org/25thgala.

Darick J. Simpson, executive director of the Long Beach Community Action Partnership, will become the next president and CEO of the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation — one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the city.

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Dr. Gerhard Kohn and his wife Irena had studied the impacts of early childhood development — or the lack of it — intensely in the mid-20th Century. In 1967, they determined to do something about it, at least in Long Beach.

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Sunset Sip on Sept. 14 raised more than $170,000 for the Guidance Center, which provides children and family mental health care to residents of Long Beach, San Pedro and Compton.

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Six homes in the largest historical district in Long Beach will open their doors to the public on Sunday, Oct. 6., for the Cal Heights Historical Home Tour.

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Runners and walkers are hitting the beach Saturday, Sept. 28, to raise money for cancer support programs at Long Beach MemorialCare, and there's still plenty of time to register before the price to participate goes up.

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The LBS Financial Credit Union donated supplies to the Franklin School earlier this month including 1,400 Crayola markers, 864 colored pencils, 60 uniform shirts, 50 gift cards for student incentives and more.

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A Night at the Aquarium, a fundraiser for Century Villages at Cabrillo, runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Sept. 12), at the aquarium, 100 Aquarium Way. Tickets are $100 and money raised supports the Villages, which works to break the cycle of homelessness. Go to www.centuryvilla…

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Sanghak Kan and his wife, Sophea Chim, moved to the United States from Cambodia in 2017 with their two daughters — now 7 and 2 years old — leaving behind their home, job and family.

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John Chapman, a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

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Paul Kaminski, former vice president/chief development officer at  the Providence St. Joseph Health St. Mary Medical Center, has become the new executive director of the Long Beach City College Foundation.

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What would you do after a 44-year career of public service, almost half of that square in the public eye as one of Long Beach's top elected officials?

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Giving quilts to those in need, knowing what a difference a little warmth can make in a person’s life, is the driving force behind North Long Beach-based Wrap the Kids: The Homeless Making a Difference.

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The Harbor of Hope Women's Cancer Foundation hosts a Meet-and-Greet fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Seal Beach Yacht Club, 255 N Marina Dr. in Seal Beach. There will be live music, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets are $20. Visit www.harborofhopewcf.org/events.

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It's 7 p.m. on a Tuesday night on Fourth Street and people have been lined up since 2 p.m. outside a laundromat here. They've been waiting for a chance to do their wash — for free.