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“Canstruction” Begins

Local architects and engineers will be taking part in the first-ever Long Beach Canstruction Competition Thursday, Aug. 21. The event is a benefit for the nonprofit Food Finders.

Using canned foods that are commonly needed at area food banks, the Canstruction Competition will take place at the Mercedes Benz of Long Beach dealership (2300 E. Spring St. in Signal Hill). The canned food structures will be designed and built on site in a period of 12 hours. Each structure will measure as much as 10 feet wide and 10 feet tall and weigh as much as 7,000 pounds.

Completed structures will be on display at the auto dealership from Aug. 21 through Sept. 2, and visitors who want to see the structures are encouraged to donate canned goods — those donations can be used to “vote” for the best structure. 

“This unique event will heighten awareness of food insecurity in our community and play an important role in helping to feed the hungry in our own backyard,” Diana Lara, vice president of operations for Food Finders, said in a release. Food Finders distributes seven million pounds of food to the hungry each year.

Competitors for this inaugural event include: Sennikoff Architects, Moffat & Nichol Engineering, Jeffrey Rome & Associates, P2S Engineering and MHP Structural Engineers.

For details about donating canned food or seeing the Canstruction displays, visit www.longbeach.canstruction.org.

Knolls Welcomes OB-GYN 

Complete Women Care, an OB-GYN provider, has established a Gynecology Emergent Care Center in Bixby Knolls.

The first of its kind in California, the Gynecology Emergent Care Center offers a range of services that include lab tests, imaging, surgery and medication in a setting that is more convenient and affordable than a traditional emergency room, according to Dr. Miriam Mackovic-Basic, founder of Complete Women Care and the new Gynecology Emergent Care Center (GYN ECC).

Mackovic-Basic explained that the new emergency facility is part of her lifelong mission to provide the most advanced healthcare for women. Gynecological emergencies are often considered low priority in emergency rooms, where patients are likely to be treated by doctors who are not OB-GYNS, she added.

“The GYN ECC boasts an all-female staff of accomplished physicians who together have performed more than 50,000 surgical procedures and assisted more than 10,000 women during labor and delivery,” according to the release.

Mackovic-Basic said: “This is a micro-specialized OB-GYN hospital.”

GYN ECC is at 3711 Long Beach Blvd. Suite 101. For details, call (855) 376-2496 or visit www.gyn-emergentcare.com.

Shirt Design Wanted

Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) will be the beneficiary of a yet-to-be-created Dia de los Muertos T-shirt. 

Designs for the T-shirt are being accepted now from artists throughout the Los Angeles area. The competition is being organized by HERDEZ, a salsa brand, which is donating all proceeds from the sales of the T-shirts to the museum. HERDEZ also is a sponsor of MoLAA’s Dia de los Muertos gala set to take place in late October.

In addition to having their design printed on the 2014 HERDEZ Dia de los Muertos T-shirts, the winning artist will claim a $1,000 grand prize. 

“As an authentic Mexican brand that is synonymous with traditional Mexican cooking, HERDEZ promotes and celebrates the preservation of Mexican heritage, culture and tradition,” according to a release. “Dia de los Muertos is a customary holiday that parallels the authenticity of the brand.”

The T-shirt contest is open to all Los Angeles artists and submissions will be accepted through Sept. 14. Selected artwork should be one-of-a-kind and capture the essence of the holiday.

Visit www.herdeztraditions.com/tshirt-design-contest.

Molina Helps Seniors

Long Beach’s senior citizens were there to celebrating the opening today (Wednesday) of Molina Healthcare’s new Senior Resource Center at the College Medical Center at 2776 Pacific Ave.

Those at the grand opening were able to tour the new facility, where seniors can take classes, paint, garden and more. The services offered at the Senior Resource Center are available at no cost to seniors.

For more details about this new facility, visit www.molinahealthcare.com.

Ashleigh Ruhl can be reached at aruhl@gazettes.com.

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