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Interested in becoming a CERT member?

Interested in CERT Training?

Registration is open, but space is limited

The next CERT Class will begin on January 3rd and run for six consecutive Thursday nights, plus one Saturday morning. Classes will be held in the evening from 6:00 PM till approximately 9:00 PM. The dates are as follows: January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, February 7th, and Saturday morning February 9th.

If you would like to attend and can make the dates involved, registration is now open. Before signing up, please make sure that you are able to make all the classes involved. If you sign up then drop out, someone else has lost the opportunity to attend. Missing class is acceptable, as long as those same classes are made up at a later date and you are able to complete the program.

All classes are held at the Long Beach Fire Training Center at 2249 Argonne Avenue, near Stearns Park.

Topics of discussion will include:
Disaster Preparedness
Fire Extinguisher Training
Disaster Medical Operations
Search & Rescue Operations
Organization & Disaster Psychology
Terrorism and Bio-Medical Awareness

Classes are FREE to the public. You must be over 18 to enroll. Additional information on the LB CERT Program may be found on-line at: Look for the CERT link on the left side of the page.

Send an email to to indicate that you would like to sign up. You will receive a confirmation email if you are added to the class. Should the class already be full, you will be placed on the standby list or the Interest list for future classes.

Sgt. MacPherson to Be Honored at The Rosie the Riveter Park Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Long Beach, CA. - The annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15th, will include a tribute to Sergeant Thomas R MacPherson who was recently killed in Afghanistan with the commemoration of a Hometown Hero banner in his honor.

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation are participating in the nationwide Wreaths Across America ceremony by laying wreaths in memory of our fallen heroes and to honor those who serve our. This will be the third year the ceremony has taken place at the park.

Thousands of Christmas wreaths will be placed simultaneously on the graves of the women and men who gave their lives in service of our country at Arlington and nationwide. The wreath laying ceremony is a project of Wreaths Across America.

Pastor Chris Lankford, MacPherson family pastor of the Long Beach Alliance Church, will offer the invocation.

This ceremony is held in coordination with the annual "Wreaths Across America" program that lays wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and 450 other sites nationwide on December 15th. For more information, call 562-570-6932 or email

Send in Your Christmas Light Photos

5th District Challenges City of Long Beach for Top Prize in Christmas Light Contest

The 5th Council District is challenging the rest of the city in the Christmas light contest being sponsored by Belmont Shore Patch.

The contest starts November 26th and the winner will receive $500 to pay their electric bill and $100,000 for their local schools. Popular internet community news site, Belmont Shore Patch will post videos and photographs of homes decorated in Christmas light.

Fifth District residents are being asked to send their videos and photographs to be posted on and then sent along to Belmont Shore Patch for entry in the contest.

"This is a great way to help our local schools and show off our holiday spirit in the 5th District," declared Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske when asked about why the district is taking on the rest of the city in the Patch holiday lights competition.

Urban Agriculture Survey

Chickens, goats and bees -- should LB allow them?

You might have read the local press about a City Council committee asking staff to draft an ordinance that would allow residents to raise chickens, goats and bees in their backyards.

I need your input on this important issue. So I have prepared a brief survey that I would appreciate your taking time to complete. As always, feel free to contact me at should you have questions, comments or concerns. Thanks for taking time.

Take the survey here

Help Grow the Nature Center

Habitat Stewards Volunteer Training

Help keep the Nature Center a beautiful and healthy place for wildlife. A three-part training session will get you ready to plant California natives in the fall.

Monthly meetings, work parties and educational field trips throughout the year will provide ongoing opportunities to sharpen your skills, meet new friends, and increase your knowledge base.

Applications due by January 3. Training takes place January 19, 26 and February 16, 9am-noon. Applicants must attend all three sessions. Call 562-570-1750 for an application packet.

El Dorado Nature Center
7550 E Spring St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

Long Beach AIDS Ride Announced As New Local Annual Fundraising Event
Event to benefit HIV/AIDS Services at The Center Long Beach and C.A.R.E. Program at St. Mary Medical Center

During a candlelight World AIDS Day event in Long Beach, representatives from The Gay and Lesbian Center of Long Beach (The Center) and The Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education (C.A.R.E.) program at St. Mary Medical Center announced the kick off of Long Beach AIDS Ride, a new major annual fundraising event to help support the work of these two organizations in the areas of education, prevention, testing and treating of the HIV/AIDS pandemic locally.

Long Beach AIDS Ride will take place next year and every year on the Saturday closest to World AIDS Day. The date for the inaugural event is the morning of November 30, 2013. This one day bike ride will begin at the Junipero Beach parking lot and wind down our beautiful local southern CA coast. Riders can choose to do a 40 mile or 70 mile route, returning the Junipero Beach lot. Participants can register as a rider or choose to be a fundraiser. Either way cyclists will be raising money that will stay here in Long Beach.

This mission of the ride is simple:

The Long Beach AIDS Ride (LBAR) is a fundraising event produced by, and benefiting The Gay and Lesbian Center of Long Beach (The Center) and The Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education (CARE) program at St. Mary Medical Center. The event is designed to support local Long Beach efforts in the areas of education, prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses. LBAR is also a platform to increase positive, life-affirming experiences for people affected and infected by HIV and to encourage activism in the Greater Long Beach community.

To register or for more information, please visit the Long Beach AIDS Ride Facebook page, which will get you to the registration site, or contact the Center at 562-434-4455.

Long Beach AIDS Ride

Home Front Theater
December's Featured Film: White Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2012
El Dorado Community Senior Center, Bridge Room
2800 N. Studebaker Road