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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 Long Beach Branch NAACP hosts its 40th Annual Founders Day Dinner Gala and Awards Presentation starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Long Beach Hilton. Tickets are $200. Call 562-856-7586 or go to www.lbcanaacp.org.

A special evening at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Aquarium of the Pacific, featuring the work of artist Danielle Eubank will benefit the Long Beach State Shark Lab and the aquarium. Eubank has visited five oceans to create her work. The event, "Ocean Resiliency Gala: A Call to Action," includes a panel discussion in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater and a reception with the artist. Tickets are $25. Search Ocean Resiliency Fundraiser on eventbrite.com. The Aquarium of the Pacific is at 100 Aquarium Way downtown. 

The Footlighter's Holiday Fundraiser, which raises money to support the educational and outreach programs of Musical Theater West, runs from 6 to 6 8 p.m Wednesday, Nv. 13, at Deux Amies Gifts and Boutique, 10678 Los Alamitos Blvd. in Los Alamitos. Admission is $15 cash at the door and includes refreshments, wine and beverages.  

Community members who support the community will be honored with the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award at a banquet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at EXPO, 4321 Atlantic Ave. The awards are presented by the CCEJ (the California Conference for Equality and Justice). Tickets are $50-$75. Call 562-435-8184 or go to www.cacej.org.

EPIC (Economic & Policy Impact Center) will recognize three community members for their work in creating economic opportunity for all families at children at their annual gala at 7 p.m. Thursday., Nov. 14, at the Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr. Honorees are State Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-33), Uduak Joe-Ntuk, vice president of the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees and Bob Schoonover, president, SEIU California State Council, Tickets are $150 and are available at eventbrite.com.

Performance Tires hosts is 22nd annual Hot Rod Happening and Food Drive from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3910 Cherry Dr. They're accepting food donations at the store now and their goal is to deliver boxes of food to more than 600 families. The car show family friendly and open to the public.

Precious Life Shelter, which helps homeless pregnant women, is seeking donations and volunteers for its thrift shop. Call 562-431-5025 or email Tammy@PreciousLifeShelter.org.

Fisher House Southern California, which supports houses in Southern California including Long Beach, is seeking donations of gift cards, food and other items. Fisher Houses provide accommodations for families so they may be near a loved one receiving medical care at VA facilities. Visit www.fisherhouseocal.org.

Operation Jump Start, which helps first generation students get in and graduate from four-year colleges, is looking for mentors to work with students. Visit www.operationjumpstart.org.

Long Beach Heritage is looking for volunteers. The organization promotes knowledge and preservation of the architecture and culture heritage of Long Beach. For more information, call 562-493-7019 or visit www.lbheritage.org.

Rebuilding Together Long Beach is looking for financial donations to help it repair homes for those who cannot afford it. To donate, visit www.rebuildingtogetherlongbeach.org.

The Guild of Musical Theatre West is looking for volunteers to help with the shows. Jobs included ushering, selling gift booth items, assisting with costumes and fundraisers and more. It's a few hours a month. Call 310-325-6023 or send an email to dianawilkins@sbcglobal.net.

Support the Historical Society of Long Beach by becoming a member of the Crest Circle, which is comprised of individuals and family foundations. The Crest Circle recognizes the historical significance of the Crest Theatre building, which was located near the Historical Society's current home in Bixby Knolls. Visit www.hslb.org.

Goodwill is offering to partner with schools to conduct fund-raising donation drives. Goodwill provides attendants and donation bins and the schools get $50 per bin filled with gently used items. Call 562-435-3411, ext. 268 or send an email to CashForSchools@GoodwillSOLAC.org.

Volunteer Action for Aging, a group that assists area seniors, is looking for new “Friendly Visitor” volunteers. Call 562-637-7175 or send an email to thershberg@scanhealthplan.com.

The ASK Foundation is collecting school uniforms and supplies as well as cash donations for education and scholarship programs. Visit www.asklongbeach.org.

The Heart of Ida is looking for male or female volunteers who can help seniors stay safe with small repairs and installation of things like smoke alarms and grab bars. Volunteers should have their own tools and be able to contribute 4-8 hours a month. Call 562-570-3548 or send an email to heartofida6@gmail.com.

The Long Beach Blues Society, which stages the New Blues Festival in September and also sponsors community activities including Blues in the Schools, workshops and assemblies for students, Blues for Vets Concerts and more, is looking for members and donations to help support its activities. Visit www.longbeachbluessociety.org.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach, which helps provide safe after-school care for children, could use your help. Eighty-three percent of club kids live in poverty so community support is extremely important. Visit www.bgclublb.org.

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