Rancho Los Alamitos receives grant—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. 

Rancho Los Alamitos has been awarded $5,000 for its project, “Women’s Stories from the Gathering Place” from California Humanities.

The Humanities for All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program that supports locally initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programs, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy to cultivate a thriving democracy, according to a press release.

The project, “Women’s Stories from the Gathering Place” is a three-part, virtual public program series inspired by the Long Beach  2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial celebration. With the help of Cal State Long Beach students, Rancho Los Alamitos explored historical archives that demonstrated how the women  of Rancho Los Alamitos have influenced and shaped the community.

The first program, “Cooking for a Crowd,” highlights Lydia Shrinkle, the Rancho’s cook from 1920 until 1943, and will include a  virtual tour along with a cookie-making activity. The program takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 26.  Participation is free, but registration is required here.

The next programs will take place on Aug. 8 and Oct. 10, and will highlight Tongva storytelling and cultural traditions, and women’s roles in civic engagement, respectively.

View ‘Forgotten Images’ Exhibit June 17, 19

The African American Cultural Center of Long Beach will host its “Forgotten Images” photo gallery at 6 p.m. June 17 on Zoom, and in person from 10 a.m. to noon on June 19.

“Forgotten Images” is a traveling educational exhibit with authentic artifacts dating from the early 1900s to present.

The Zoom code is 994 7297 2198.

The cultural center is located at 4321 Atlantic Ave.

Learn about DDT near Catalina at virtual town hall 

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, learn about the latest efforts to address the DDT chemical waste dump site off the coast of Catalina Island.

Hear from expert speakers from Scripps Institution of UC San Diego, Cal State Long Beach, and Heal the Bay.

Get the Zoom link by RSVPing here.

Attend a virtual teach-in event 

Youth activists involved with the Sunrise Movement Long Beach will host an event to educate community members on the “Good Jobs for All” campaign, which advocates for Congress to pass a Federal Jobs Guarantee to help power the work of the Green New Deal.

Sunrise Movement is a youth movement with the mission to stop climate change and create millions of jobs in the process.

The virtual event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 includes numerous speakers  from Sunrise Long Beach and other local organizations such as Housing Long Beach, the Puvungna Wetlands Protectors, and the Poly Green Schools campaign.

The organization will ask Congressman Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to sign the Good Jobs for All pledge, which was recently signed by Senator Alex Padilla.

Register here.

Library Foundation executive director resigns

The search for a new Library Foundation director is underway as Kate Azar, executive director and CEO for the past five years has resigned and will move on to a new position at a social enterprise consultancy by the end of June.

During her time at the Library Foundation, Azar led initiatives to raise more than $15 million for Long Beach libraries and literacy initiatives. She is credited with strengthening the organization, dramatically increasing its supporters, and leading successful fundraising campaigns, according to a press release.

A transition committee has been formed to oversee the hire of an interim executive director and new executive director.

Enjoy a free guided virtual tour at MOLAA

The Museum of Latin American Art offers free guided tours from to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The June 13 tour will include a guide through HERland: Women Artists in the MOLAA Collection.

Register here.

Long Beach Meditation returns to in-person

Long Beach Meditation, a long-time local organization, plans to return to offering in-person sessions beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 11.

Online sessions will continue to be offered via Zoom, including both livestreamed in-person sessions along with recurring online weekly meditation sessions.

Anyone from beginners to experienced meditators are welcome, and the programs are by donation or free of charge.

View more information here.

The first live meeting will take place at the Gabrielson Chapel at 5100 E. The Toledo, Long Beach.

Safety measures will be put in place according to any COVID-19 guidelines at the time.

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