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Innovative Hackathon

Cal State Long Beach’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is inviting the community to sign up now to participate in the Global 24-Hour Hackathon taking place Friday, Oct. 26.

With the motto “hack your city into a green future,” the 2018 Climathon Challenge will focus on solutions to creating sustainable housing. Here in Long Beach, the local event will focus on how the city can meet its own goals set in the Long Beach’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

“As the climate continues to change, there is a need to find innovative and creative solutions that reduce fossil fuel use and to meet energy and transportation needs,” organizers said. “The city of Long Beach along with other communities are addressing many challenges in developing sustainable housing that meets the needs of a growing population.”

Registration for the free event — from 10 a.m. Oct. 26 through 10 a.m. Oct. 27 — is open now. Visit

Holistic Health Here

Offering a family centric and holistic approach to healthcare, MY Pediatrics and Respiratory Care Clinic is hosting a grand opening celebration Saturday, Oct. 20.

Owner Leila Yoonessi, MD, said the grand opening doubles as a wellness day to promote health and happiness. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a live performance by Absoulute and John “JRick” Edwards and the Hotflashers; live painting by muralist Michael Pukac; the Garcia Shack food truck will be parked on site; and Yoonessi promises health information, workshops for new parents, prizes and other surprises.

Several local vendors will be there, including Claris Health, Tichenor Orthopedic Clinic, The Natural Birth, Elizabeth from Grace and Gratitude, Carri from Recharge Therapy, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Long Beach Public Library.

MY Pediatrics and Respiratory Care Clinic is at 720 Alamitos Ave. For details, call (562) 491-9001 or visit

Parkinson’s Focus

Recreation Fitness in Bixby Knolls now offers group fitness classes specifically for those living with Parkinson's disease.

Business owner Emily Duval Ledger said the classes are designed to help participants slow the progression of the disease, build strength and overall health, and improve balance and mobility.

The classes are called PD Fit, and Duval Ledger said they are taught by instructors certified in the Parkinson’s-specific skill training program called PWR!Moves.

“Sadly, only about 15% of people with Parkinson's are in an exercise therapy program, so we’re on a mission to get them moving,” Duval Ledger said.

Located at 4234 Atlantic Ave., the Recreation Fitness studio founded in 2008 offers a variety of group classes and nutrition training for anyone to enjoy.

“In addition to our traditional weight loss and sports performance clients, our team has been working with more and more folks who have Parkinson’s, autoimmune issues, and other chronic conditions, and it gives us so much joy to help people reclaim their lives,” Duval Ledger said. “Medications can only get you so far, so this ‘exercise as medicine’ approach is an excellent way to fill in the gaps and improve quality of life.”

For details, call (562) 243-2221.

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