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Your chance to prepare for a disaster
Long Beach CERT Program
Intensive 3 Day Class
Due to increasing demand and as part of our continued outreach to support increased CERT training throughout the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Fire Department will conduct a 3-day intensive Basic CERT class. The class will start on Friday evening, May 17th (5pm until 10pm) and for 9 hours on both Saturday and Sunday (8am until 5pm), May 18th and 19th. This 3-day delivery will cover the same material and undergo the same dynamic training that previous CERT classes have participated in. However, the delivery format will be condensed and delivered over the course of one weekend instead of one night per week for 7 weeks.

If you would like to participate in this exciting opportunity and are available for all three days, registration is now open. Based on the uniqueness of this delivery, make up sessions will be very difficult to accommodate. Thus, a total commitment is necessary from each participant. If you sign up then drop out, someone else has lost the opportunity to attend.

To enroll in the INTENSIVE WEEKEND CLASS, email Firefighter Will Nash at Please include your Name, Phone number, and Address.

If you are one of the first 35 people to sign up, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that you have been selected to attend. Responses received after the first 35 are registered will be put on a standby list and kept on the Interest List for future classes. 

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:

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Long Beach CERT at (562) 570-2525.

PLEASE NOTE: Space is still available for the Wednesday night CERT Class starting March 27th.
Get Ready Long Beach


You are invited to join Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske & KCET's SoCal Connected AnchoVal Zavala for an important forum on how to organize our community and prepare for the next major earthquake.

The morning workshop (9am-12noon) includes presentations by 
Cal E.M.A. 
Long Beach Fire Department
Long Beach CERT 
American Red Cross
Information regarding predictions for the next major earthquake that will effect our city will be made available and how to prepare and develop your Neighborhood Plan. 


Saturday, March 9, 2013
9am - 2pm
El Dorado Community Center - 2800 N. Studebaker Road


5th District Night at the Aquarium

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske invites you to a free night at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
(Proof of 5th District Residency Not Required)
While this event is free, parking is $8 at the Aquarium Parking Structure.

As part of Councilwoman Schipske's Open Up Long Beach initiative, 30 Night at the Aquarium attendees will be selected at random to participate in a behind the scenes look at the Aquarium.  

Those who register for the Night at the Aquarium by Friday, February 22nd will have a chance win a behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium during the event.

The 30 participants selected at random will be contacted during the week of February 24th. Must be 7 year old or older to be participate on the tour.

The Millikan Performing Arts Department presents "The Music Man"


Oh, we've got trouble, right here in River City..." - Well, perhaps not trouble, but there is definitely a "ruckus" going on at Millikan High School. The Millikan Performing Arts Department is staging "Music Man" the renown musical, which recently celebrated its 50th year since the release of the famous movie starring Robert Preston as the lovable con man, Professor Harold Hill.
Staging an annual musical production is a tradition at Millikan dating back to the 1970's. These productions, utilizing the music and staging notes from original Broadway shows, provide a real life experience for the students, including many hours of rehearsal time. It's quite an accomplishment for high school students to be performing this type of professional level material. All of the actors, singers, dancers, the musical pit orchestra, and the stage crews manning the sets and lighting are to be commended for their efforts- and this especially includes all the behind-the-scene support of the dedicated teachers, family and friends of these students.
This year's cast and crew is especially large with over 120-plus students involved in the production, including members of the school's marching band and orchestra for the grand finale number "76 Trombones."
Performance Dates:
Thursday, February 28 - Saturday, March 2
$15 Premium Seating
$10 General Seating
Purchase tickets at the door or order here.
 So, come on out to Millikan High School for a grand time and support these very deserving and hardworking student performers.
Violence Prevention Community Forum


The first Violence Prevention Community Forum is scheduled for March 2013: 


Saturday, March 9, 2013

9am - 12pm

Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Avenue


These forums will discuss violence in Long Beach and strategies to prevent it.

Show Your Public Library Some Love


The annual spare change drive, I Love My Public Library launched on February 14!


Help raise money for books and materials in our Long Beach Public Libraries. This year, when you stop in at your local library, dig into your pockets and put your coins and small bills in the donation box at the front counter.


Each branch library will have a donation box at their check out desk starting February 14th. When you make a donation, ask for a sticker which proudly proclaims, "I Love My Public Library".   


More information and list of libraries.

LBUSD Measure K Updates


Long Beach Unified School District has sent out a Measure K School Bonds update.


Learn about the progress at McBride High School

Read about the demolition at Newcomb Academy


Read the Spring 2013 update in its entirety here

Councilwoman Schipske's State of the 5th 


Did you miss the 7th Annual State of the 5th Council District on January 10th?

You can watch Councilwoman Schipske's presentation here

You can read Councilwoman Schipske's report - Six Years of Progress - here

Visit the 5th district website for additional information