Aquarium of the Pacific showcases student videos—and other nonprofit news

The following is part of a series on nonprofit news with weekly roundups on updates and upcoming events. Are you a nonprofit with news to share? Email [email protected] with “nonprofit news” in the subject line. 

The Aquarium of the Pacific hosted a virtual screening and awards ceremony at its first annual High Tide Student Film Festival, focusing on a variety of science and conservation topics.

The two- to three-minute videos were made by Southern California students in grades 9-12 during their spring semester. The topics include “Responsible Seafood,” “Thriving in a Changing Environment” and “The Ocean and Me.”

The finalists will all receive cash prizes and awards, including $2,000 for gold, $1,500 for silver and $1,000 for bronze.

The public is invited to watch the videos shown during the live event, held Wednesday, June 2, by clicking here.

The awards and presentation were sponsored by Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg, whose inspiration was “their recognition that while data and discovery are the fuel of science, that science only changes the world with personal stories and the sort of human connection that art provides,” according to a statement from Peter Kareiva, CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Enjoy a concert with Long Beach Youth Chorus

Grace First Presbyterian Church will host its first in-person event of the season, with a hybrid concert and video premiere celebrating the Long Beach Youth Chorus’s end to their 2020-2021  season at 5 p.m. on Sunday June 13.

The singers, led by new artistic director Stevie Hirner, stayed together throughout the pandemic, transitioning their rehearsals to Zoom.

The performance will consist of three videos the singers prepared over the spring, along with live vocal solo performances.

At the same time, concert-goers can participate in an online silent auction, and can register for the 2021-2022 season, expected to be back in-person.

Optional donations will be accepted at the door.

The church is located at 2955 Studebaker Road, at Los Coyotes Diagonal.

Join Grace First Presbyterian Church for a Juneteenth Concert

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, celebrate Juneteenth with Long Beach’s Grace First Presbyterian Church as they also welcome back the return of indoor concerts.

The performance will feature Diane White-Clayton, known affectionately as “Dr. Dee,” acclaimed for her expressive soprano voice. She is also a scholar of gospel music and the role of African American music in American history.

Read more about White-Clayton here.

Masks will be requested, and social distancing will be implemented.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

The church is located at 2955 Studebaker Road, at Los Coyotes Diagonal.

Browse the Bay Shore Church Rummage Sale

Anyone who loves a bargain is invited to browse a bargain sale on Saturday, June 19 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the church’s lawn at 5100 E. The Toledo.

Items will include gently-used clothing, houseware, linens, decorative items, sports equipment, furniture, rugs, small appliances and electronics, houseplants, toys and books.

Prices start at $1.

For questions, contact event coordinator Melanie Brossus at 562-889-9300.

Parking is available at the corner of The Toledo and Granada Avenue.

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride with an interactive ‘The Wizard of Oz’ screening

Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Center Long Beach, an interactive screening of “The Wizard of Oz” will  be shown at Harvey Milk Promenade on Saturday, June 26, in celebration of community and pride, for both LGBTQ+ members and allies.

Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring blankets and low chairs.

A restroom will be available on  site, and two-hour free parking is available at City Place – Lot C garage with entrances on Third and Fourth streets.

The event is free but donations to the Center are encouraged.

Reserve your tickets here.

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach supports over 25,000 people each year with programs such as youth and family services, older adult services, mental health counseling, legal services, domestic violence support, trans health programs, support groups, and HIV/STI testing Monday through Friday by appointment. The Center is located at 2017 E. Fourth St.

Participate in a beach cleanup with Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation invites community members to the first beach cleanup in more  than a year at Belmont Pier on June 5 and 10 a.m until noon.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own  gloves, buckets, reusable bags and/or grabbers.

Make sure to also bring water and sunscreen.

A parking code will be provided.

RSVP here.

Attend an interactive poetry workshop

Join accomplished poet Mike Sonksen for a 2.5 hour workshop as part of the Arts Council for Long Beach’s “Sunday Series” workshops on June 20 at 1 p.m.

The workshop will combine both craft talk and a writing class, and attendees will have the opportunity to share newly-generated work with each other.

No writing experience is necessary, and all types of artists are welcome.

Participants will need access to a computer or tablet with Internet, a camera/webcam, mic, and a Gmail address.

The workshop is $35, with a need-based scholarship and student discounts available.

Purchase your ticket here.

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