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A Shabu Shabu class and meal, to raise money to send packets to soldiers stationed overseas in time for Valentine's Day, runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Long Beach Coffee & Tea, 480 Pine Ave.  For details, call 562-619-8299 or go to www.longbeachcoffeeandtea.com

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His Little Feet presents its "Heart N Sole" gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 E. Appian Way. The evening includes dining, a shoe fashion shoe, a silent auction and more. Money raised goes to His Little Feet, which helps the underprivileged. Tickets a…

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LBS Financial Credit Union employees donated more than 200 toys to the Guidance Center as part of their annual holiday breakfast.

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LBS Financial Credit Union employees donated more than 200 toys to the Guidance Center as part of their annual holiday breakfast.

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The Christmas season is about family and friends, but it's also a time to help others. Here some ways to reach out to others in the spirit of the season.

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Food Finders have started their annual food drive and will accept donations between now and Dec. 31. Contributions may be in the form of time, money or canned food. For a complete list of locations, go to www.foodfinders.org.

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It took two large donations from members of the same family, but the Grunion Gift Card Drive to benefit victims of domestic violence topped the $20,000 mark this week.

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For a person who loves dogs so much — he was the guiding force behind starting the largest dog beach in Los Angeles County right here in Long Beach — you would think Justin Rudd had dogs as pets growing up in Ozark, Alabama.

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"It's a Drag," which features "notable community members" and raises money for a variety of community organizations, begins with cocktails at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Tickets are $15 and VIP tables are available. Go to www…

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Racks of vintage clothing form a zigzagging route to the back patio of La Bomba on Fourth Street, where the business conducts its infamous “pile” sale throughout the year.

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Christmas is less than three weeks away and while most businesses and homes hang bright, colorful ornaments off their trees, Shannon Francis and Tom West take a different approach.

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"Miracle on Anaheim Street," a holiday improv show to benefit WomenShelter, returns at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Long Beach Playhouse. Sponsored by the Playhouse and the Held2gether improv group, the money supports WomenShelter's work in the field of domestic violence. Tickets are $20. C…

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The Christmas season is about family and friends, but it's also a time to help others. Here some ways to reach out to others in the spirit of the season.

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The Salvation Army hosts is Christmas Kettle Luncheon from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at The Reef, 880 S. Harbor Scenic Dr. For tickets and more information, call 562-247-3534.

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Each November, homes across the country are filled with relatives and tables are heaped with platters of food. Unlike other gift-centered holidays, Thanksgiving is a time for families to share a meal and spend time together.

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Photographer Matt Roberts donated $1,750 from sales of his book "Humans of Long Beach" to Christian Outreach in Action at COA's recent gala. An additional $2,100 was raised from individuals who are donating to be featured on Roberts's HOLB blog.

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The red carpet was crowded in Long Beach last week. On Nov. 6, 250 people came together to celebrate the first night of the Long Beach Jewish Film Festival and the official launch of a newly formed nonprofit, Jewish Long Beach.

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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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“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.