The Grunion

This year's Soroptimists of Long Munch and a Movie will be a virtual event on Saturday, Jan. 30. Tickets are $75 and the group will deliver a lunch provided by Berg Catering and a DVD of your choice from the following movies: "All of Me," "L.A. Story," "Bringing Down the House" or "Honey I S…

Long Beach’s annual CANstruction competition will return in May for its seventh year, after the coronavirus caused organizers to cancel the event originally scheduled for October 2020. The event that benefits Food Finders food rescue organization is scheduled for May 6-16.

The San Pedro Fish Market (which has a location in Long Beach) donated celebratory "World Famous Shrimp Tray" dinners to the Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System for New Year's Eve.

The Long Beach Community Improvement League, which creates quality public service programs for all aspects of life in Long Beach, is requesting donations to help in its work. Go to

Urban Plates is continuing its Nourishing Heroes program, which provides food to first responders and healthcare workers. Customers are invited to sponsor a $12 meal in support of the program. For every meal sponsored, Urban Plates will donate a second meal to first responders through the en…

The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is looking for volunteers to help distribute food from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral parking lot, 855 Elm Ave.

Su Casa-Ending Domestic Violence has received a $1.25 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund. The fund was created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to help the needs of young families.

Edwin Starr sang about being “25 Miles” from his girlfriend. The Proclaimers proclaimed “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and Dwight Yoakam crooned that he was “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.”

Three organizations will benefit from an online night of music and comedy from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Held2gether improv group, Long Beach Playhouse and WomenShelter of Long Beach will split 100% of the money raised. Tickets start at $5. Go to

Many seniors in the Long Beach community will spend the holiday season alone this year as coronavirus cases rise to a record high, prompting health officials to discourage large gatherings with family and friends.

To share some holiday spirit during a difficult year with communities that have been most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Long Beach Branch NAACP hosted a Thanksgiving food program Saturday, Nov. 21, for homebound seniors, low-income families, homeless students and families facing …

Urban Community Outreach is in need of clothing donations and food for their Thanksgiving Bags. There will be a table for donations in the alley behind 241 Cedar Ave.

Long Beach's Performance Plus Tire has fed more than 11,000 families across 22 years through its annual food drive and car show, but because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the tire shop had to cancel this year's in-person gathering.

Precious Lamb Preschool raised more than $130,000 during its virtual gala last month. Precious Lamb provides faith-based pre-school for homeless children.

Precious Lamb preschool hosts a virtual gala from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Oct. 22). The goal of Precious Lamb is to break the cycle of homelessness one child at a time The virtual gala is free to watch. Go to

For the past 24 years, the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) has shared local lore in a unique way. Each October, the group has re-enacted meaningful moments in Historical Cemetery Tours.

The recent Long Beach Walk to End Alzheimer's raised more than $90,000 to pay for free, local dementia care, support, education, advocacy and research. The walk was one of a 14-city series sponsored by Alzheimer's Association California Southland Chapter.

Cindy Bender-Farber and Richard Farber have donated $100,000 to the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Institute at MemorialCare Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. The money will support care, research and support programs for more than 800 children affected by cancer each year.

The CRayProject — a nonprofit platform for black artists and performers — is hosting a community pop-up concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, via a Zoom conference.Called "When Art Happens​," the series will consist of free community pop-up concerts every second Saturday of each month. Area a…

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