The 8th annual event, returning to Long Beach from Sept. 15 to Sept. 25, provides participating local architecture and engineering firms with 12 hours to construct a design made solely of canned goods, and according to a theme.
Long Beach Gives returns for its fourth annual 24-hour giving day on Sept. 22.
“I can confidently say that it’s about visibility and being included, so that we are not just living in the shadows, that we are creative, that we experience trauma like other people experience trauma, but that we also experience joy, and that we have many things to celebrate about ourselves and are proud of our communities,” said the executive director of the LGBTQ Center.
The nonprofit, founded in 2020, offers a delivery service for essential baby items, as well as educational programming, workshops, support groups, and connection to resources for Long Beach mothers.
This year, 30 students were awarded scholarships, for amounts ranging from $4,000 to $12,000, said president and CEO Marcelle Epley.
While performing is central to the organization, the emphasis isn’t necessarily on becoming the best performer possible, but more on discovering an appreciation for theater.
This year, the Mammal Care Center celebrates its 30th anniversary, and the current president said she is ready to move out of her role and into a volunteer position on the board.
“I quickly realized, before the young folks that I was speaking in front of can get excited about the environment, excited about the Redwoods or the Mojave Desert, and the depletion of the aquifer and climate change, they have to get excited about themselves,” the executive director said.
Since its 1957 founding, the Long Beach Century Club has supported thousands of amateur athletes throughout Long Beach.
In April, City HeARTS was able to return to its storytelling roots, with the release of its first magazine, “Art from Ashes.”