Executive director of Long Beach Day Nursery steps down—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 executive director of the Long Beach Day Nursery, a nonprofit that provides education and early childcare for working parents, is stepping down at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, officials said.

Whitney Leathers joined the day nursery in 2014, having previously served as executive director of the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children.

“Whitney’s unwavering dedication, passion and forward thinking resulted in new and better ways for Long Beach Day Nursery (LBDN) to prepare children for success in kindergarten and well into their future,” Board Chair Robyn Gordon-Peterson said in a statement. “Her commitment to the children and their families, love of learning, and her capacity to inspire, even in challenging times such as these, are the benchmarks of her leadership. She has continued to build on over 100 years of rich history that will allow LBDN to thrive in years to come.”

The Board of Directors named Jennifer Allen, currently associate executive director of the day nursery, as Leathers’ replacement after a national search.

The Long Beach Day Nursery serves more than 300 Long Beach children and their families each year.

Participate in a 30-minute beach cleanup

Arrive at Rosie’s Dog Beach on May 15 at either 9:30 or 10 a.m. and stay as long as you’d like for the Community Action Team’s monthly beach cleanup, which occurs on the third Saturday of each month.

Bags, gloves, and free beachfront parking will be provided.

Register here.

Rosie’s Dog Beach is located at 1 Granada Ave.

“Sculpt It Out” during virtual workshop with Slanguage Studio 

On May 15, from 11 a.m. to noon, create your own sculpture inspired by emotion during a free virtual workshop hosted by artist Adam Luft.

Complementary activity kits are available to those who register for the event before 10 a.m. on May 14.

This event is part of the “Bridging Wellness” series of community pop-ups supported by We Rise LA and in partnership with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Check out more information and register here.

Attend virtual panel on mental health in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community 

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this panel hosted by We Rise LA will discuss mental health topics related to creativity, dating, entrepreneurship and identity on May 15, from 7 until 8 p.m.

Panelists will include Vickey Li, entrepreneur, Serena Hope, founder of Breaking Taboo and Chloe Longfellow, vice president of Tangible Movement.

Watch live here, and view other digital workshops and events hosted by We Rise here.

Grab free supplies at Spring By Pop-up

Project Navigate is hosting a Spring By Pop-up at Tay Academy on May 19 from noon to 3 p.m.

Free items will include Clorox/Lysol wipes, toys, food and snacks, hygiene and household supplies, school supplies, and boxed lunches.

Tay Academy is located at 2025 E. Seventh St.

Attend 2nd annual spousal caregivers’ symposium 

On May 22, Well Spouse Association, a national non-profit organization will host a virtual event from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

The organization advocates for and addresses the needs of people who care for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse, while providing support groups and other resources.

Speakers include Arthur Kleinman, author of “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor,” Cynthia Lim, author of “Wherever You Are: A Memoir of Love, Marriage and Brain Injury,” and Kelly Rees, a sexologist who specializes in sexual issues and alternative relationships.

View more information here.

Register here.

Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Musical Theatre West

From May 27 until June 6, Musical Theatre West is virtually featuring selections of the musical “Allegiance,” to celebrate the closing of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

with special performances from Broadway and West Coast cast members.

“Allegiance,” with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thone, is set during the Japanese internment during World War II, with a framing story set in present day. It was inspired by the personal experiences of George Takei, who starred in the original Broadway production.

Actors who will be participating include Chad Takeda, Scott Watanabe, and Sam Tatsuo Tanabe.

Tickets are $27.50 per household, and can be purchased here.

Donations are also suggested here.

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