Surfrider beach cleanups are back—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. 

With the coronavirus receding locally, the Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter is hosting its first beach cleanup of the year.

The event is Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. until noon starting at the Belmont Pier. The foundation will also discuss other volunteer opportunities.

Be sure to sign up beforehand because there are only 50 spots available in order for volunteers to maintain social distancing.

“We are excited to be able to host in-person events again and it is important to us to keep everyone safe and healthy for more events to come,” the foundation said.

Bring your mask, your own reusable bags and/or gloves, and look for the blue Surfrider banners and canopy. Parking will be free.

Register ahead of time here.

Learn about the language of art with Art Muse LA

Virtually join visual artist Regina Mamou of Art Muse Los Angeles and explore fine art photography from the 19th century to the present. Discuss photography with tips and games, while learning photo-specific language and vocabulary to describe art.

The event will be on Thursday, May 27 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Register for the $15 event and get more info here.

For those who are unable to attend, a recording will be sent to all ticket-holders available for viewing within seven days.

Attend an LGBTQ+ Community picnic

We Exist is hosting a wellness-focused picnic for the LGBTQ+ community in honor of Mental Health Awareness month at Bixby Park on Friday, May 28 from 4 until 6 p.m.

The picnic will include pizza from Canadian Pizza, donation-based coffee from Cafablanca, free tarot readings from Gas Station Television, a tie-dye station (bring something white!), pin making, music, hygiene kits, and a sex toy giveaway.

CDC guidelines will be followed.

For more info, DM We Exist on Instagram at @WeExist.TTC or text at 818-527-6562.

Enjoy a day of art and spiritual healing with Cambodia Town

“Bridging Wellness,” in partnership with WE RISE LA and Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, will host its next community pop-up on Saturday, May 29 at 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Participants will be guided to meditate on memories and objects that bring forth healing and resilience, then express those ideas through art onto birdhouses.

Participants will be able to bring their birdhouses home with them. The event is at 1336 Gladys Ave.

Register here.

Support youth during Dream Big virtual event

You Run This Town Foundation will host an event honoring youth throughout Los Angeles on Thursday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The organization works to empower youth to become successful members of their communities.

The event will feature awards honoring youth and mentors, special guest speakers, a talent showcase and performances, and raffle prizes.

Admission is $25, and will support a student’s attendance in a work-study experience, and in a financial planning component.

Purchase your ticket here.

Attend the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 18th annual Pacific Islander Festival

On Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. the aquarium will broadcast a virtual festival featuring traditional music, dance, cultural displays, and craft demonstrations.

Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Tongan, Chamorro, Kiribati, Marshallese, and Maori cultures will be represented.

At 3:15 p.m. the aquarium will present its annual Heritage Award.

View the livestream and the schedule here.

Support the LGBTQ+ community with the WomenShelter of Long Beach

The WomenShelter of Long Beach is hosting a virtual panel, “Domestic Violence & The LGBTQ+ Community: Youth-Related Barriers to Safety” on Thursday, June 10, from 4 until 5:30 p.m.

Panelists who identify as LGBTQ+ will discuss intimate-partner violence and LGBTQ+ youth, discussing barriers that youth experience, risk factors for dating violence, and advice for parents and guardians. The panel will have an intersectional, trauma-informed approach.

The event will also include a gift card raffle for youth attendees.

Register for the free event and read more about the panelists here.

For questions or to support the WomenShelter’s prevention education programs, email Angela Kim, Outreach and Education Coordinator at [email protected].

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