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Visionary Talk

Tickets and table sponsorships are still available for the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 California Visionaries Luncheon, with Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn as the featured speaker.

The event, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Grand Ballroom at the Long Beach Convention Center, will include an introduction by Mayor Robert Garcia, according to organizers.

For details or to register, visit www.LBChamber.com/CAVL.

Picture Downtown

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance, in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach, is inviting photographers to compete in DTLB UNFILTERED.

Photographs taken within the downtown area this month, through a deadline of Oct. 31, can be entered online to be named among the best in various categories: architecture; environment; events; people or places; and skyline.

Work from 25 finalists will be chosen for exhibitions at The Collaborative Gallery and MADE by Millworks in addition to a yearlong showcase in the DLBA’s office. Five participants will receive prizes.

For details about entering the free contest, visit http://DTLBUnfiltered.com.

DLBA’s New Hire

A new marketing and communications manager has been hired by the nonprofit Downtown Long Beach Alliance.

The organization has welcomed Christina Mancebo to manage the development and implementation of marketing and communications strategies for the DLBA, focusing more on increasing downtown’s visibility and competitive positioning in the market.

Mancebo most recently served as the director of marketing and communications for Metropolitan Theatres. The University of California, Los Angeles, graduate also previously worked for MarVista Entertainment, Magnolia Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and MGM Home Entertainment, according to a release.

“As the DLBA is focused on achieving its Vision 2020 Plan, Christina’s knowledge and experience … will add a needed unifying layer to better support efforts in improving downtown for its business and residential stakeholders,” DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian said.

Catalina Asks Lina

The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has launched a new feature for visitors and travel planners called Ask Lina.

Now instead of calling or messaging the Catalina Island Visitor Center for assistance, people seeking information about Catalina also can use a chat feature to Ask Lina about anything they want to know about the island.

Lina, represented by a winking cat, has her own button on the CatalinaChamber.com website, where visitors can see other recently asked questions and answers.

“Wondering where to find the best cup of clam chowder on the island? Or perhaps you are after the best place to track down Catalina’s elusive bison? … Lina has all the answers you are looking for,” according to the website. “She’s a local with a lifetime of experience, and she’ll get you pointed in the right direction.”

Visit www.CatalinaChamber.com/Ask-Lina/.

Ashleigh Ruhl is a contributor for The Grunion. Reach her at ashleighruhl@gmail.com.

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