In response to increased temperatures that are likely to occur over the next few weeks, the City of Los Alamitos Community Center located at 10911 Oak St. has been designated as a Cooling Center by the Orange County Office on Aging.
During high temperatures, various local facilities are open as public cooling centers to provide safe, air-conditioned facilities where you can relax from the heat and avoid running your own cooling devices at home. The Los Alamitos Community Center offers an air-conditioned facility during the business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.
Excessive heat increases the risk of health problems from heat exhaustion and heat stroke and people with health conditions, including the elderly and children, are encouraged to take advantage of cooling centers in order to reduce health hazards and minimize the risk of a medical emergency.
The Los Alamitos Community Center offers a variety of classes and programs for the community to enjoy in addition to providing a cool atmosphere for patrons to beat the heat. Visit www.cityoflosalamitos.org for more information or call 562-430-1073.
Beloved toddler class instructor Monkey Steps is offering new dance classes at the City of Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department for children ages 1½ to 3 years old. Classes will be held on Wednesday mornings for 10 weeks from Sept. 9 to Oct. 11 at the Community Center at 10911 Oak St., in Los Alamitos.
Parent & Me Tutus & Tap Shoes will teach basic elements of ballet and tap followed by a creative craft. Children will be introduced to dance terminology through movement games and imaginative exercises incorporating props and instruments. Class# PS11-41; 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Move To The Music will explore the magic of fall through song, dance and dramatic play for tiny toes. Classes include circle time, instrumental jam sessions, creative movement, sensory crafts and a puppet show featuring special guest Elmo. Class# PS12-41; 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Register is going on now. The fee per 10-week class is $140, with an additional $10 material fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. For additional information, please contact the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-430-1073 or visit online at www.cityoflosalamitos.org.
Rotary Club of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach will be having their 24th Annual Seal Beach Fishing Derby for kids up to the age of 15 years old on Aug. 22 at the Seal Beach Pier. Registration is between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and the derby runs until noon.
Kids can bring their favorite rod and reel, borrow a loaner and get free bait. Free refreshments will be provided.
The derby is catch and release, and qualifying fish will be weighed once they are reeled in. The youth involved will have fun and leave with first-hand experience in fish identification. After the fish are caught, derby participants will use the sign on the pier to determine whether the fish they hooked are safe to eat or qualify for the tournament.
For more information, please call Patricia Eskenazi at 562-882-0533.
Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library will be showcasing books on history, political science, business, finance and children’s books at their bi-monthly book sale on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Front Porch of the library and in the conference room. There will be special pricing on all unmarked paperback fiction books for only 25 cents. These sales have a much larger selection of books than there is room for in the Book Store, which will also be open.
The Golden State Water Company recently held a public information meeting at the Courtyard Marriott, that drew and overflow crowd. Because the venue was so inadequate for the crowd, the company agreed to arrange a second meeting as quickly as possible.
That meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, at Cottonwood Church. The church is at 4505 Katella Ave. in Cypress (on the border with Los Alamitos, at Lexington Ave.).
Residents of Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Stanton are encouraged to attend to find out about upcoming water restrictions. These four communities are mandated to lower their water usage 16 percent below a 2013 baseline. Those who attended the first meeting, you should not feel the need to attend this one, as the same information will be discussed.
For more information, visit gswater.com.
Honoring Our Fallen (http://www.honoringourfallen.org/), a Southern California-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing assistance to families whom have lost a loved one while serving and protecting our country, is currently hosting a children’s toy drive at the Chick-Fil-A located at 12101 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, 92649.
Citizens are encouraged to donate toys for children who have lost their loved ones during their service. Various local companies are also helping to support Honoring Our Fallen by donating toys, goods, and other services. TrampolinePartsCenter.com, a local e-commerce company specializing in replacement trampoline parts, has not only donated a case of educational building block toys to the organization but have also set up a program to donate 1 percent of their website’s sales in May to commemorate fallen soldiers and their grieving families. Additionally, a portion of cookie sales from Chick-Fil-A this week will be donated to Honoring Our Fallen to be used for birthday and Christmas presents.
As we continue to look at ways to address the ongoing drought in California, organizations continue to weigh in on ideas and concerns. The idea of desalination seems logical, given the amount of water available from the Pacific Ocean.
Plans are being proposed for what is being called the Poseidon Desalination plant in Orange County, but environmental groups are expressing strong concern. One group, Orange County Coastkeeper, is concerned over the impact, cost and effectiveness of building a desalination plant in Orange County.
“We don’t want Orange County to repeat the mistakes made in Santa Barbara and Australia,” said Coastkeeper Executive Director Garry Brown, referring to their rush to desalination during serious times of drought that resulted in dormant plants today. “We have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and think more strategically about water supply options that work now and are more cost effective.”
As it stands the proposed Poseidon—Huntington Beach facility will damage the three E’s of Orange County: economy, energy and environment.
Economy: Poseidon is a $1-billion project that will raise water rates in Orange County, projecting to cost the ratepayer three to 10 times as much as the average Californian for water.
Energy: The Poseidon Desalination facility will use enough energy to power 30,000 homes. This will expose our water supply to energy price spikes, increasing the already high cost of desalinated water.
Environment: As proposed, the Poseidon Huntington Beach facility will use an outdated intake and outfall built in the 1960’s for a power plant, not desalination. This will impact marine life along 100 miles of coast and pollute our ocean at a State Park. The plant will also create 96,740 tons of additional CO2 annually, fueling climate change.
“With California in the midst of the worst drought on record, Poseidon is acting fast to capitalize on Orange County’s coast. This facility will take years to build before Orange County sees any water from it. “Orange County needs solutions now that are sustainable, such as conservation,” adds Garry Brown.
If you would like to hear more from both sides, the Orange County Water District is holding a desalination meeting on May 14, at 5:30 p.m. at their facility in Fountain Valley. The address is 18700 Ward St. Fountain Valley, 92708.
Los Alamitos Unified School District will host a Parent Education Night on human trafficking and child exploitation on Wednesday, May 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Los Alamitos High School.
This crime is purported all over the world and has become a growing problem in Southern California and specifically in Orange County. Victims of human trafficking come from all backgrounds, cultures, races, ages and socio-economic statuses.
Guest speaker is Opal Singleton, the founder of Million Kids and Board Member of Rapha House International organizations that exist solely to combat human trafficking and child exploitation. Her efforts have reached across the US and around the globe.
Singleton has trained civic leaders, school administrators and faith based organizations and is training outreach coordinator for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.
The District sincerely invites all community members to attend this informative presentation. For more information, please contact Director of Safety and Student Services Chris Vlasic at 562-799-4700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) invites the community to its 2015 Open House from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24. The animal shelter is located at 7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815. No RSVP is necessary, all residents, friends and guests are welcome to attend.
“In the past year ACS was able to increase the number of animals being adopted and rescued, establish new partnerships, increase the live release rates, and collaborate with local and national organizations to rehome guests in their care,” says George Chapjian, Director Parks Recreation and Marine, “the coming year promises to be an exciting year for building on the vision of becoming California’s safest large city for people and animals.”
A report card will be presented, giving an overview of the past year’s accomplishments as well as an exciting preview of opportunities available for residents in 2015. Refreshments, tours and a brief question and answer session from residents will be included. Information on animal adoption, volunteering, spay and neuter programs, and animal care will be available.
For more information on this or other Animal Care Services opportunities, please call 562-570-PETS(7387), or visit www.longbeach.gov/acs. For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call 562-570-3100 or visit www.LBParks.org, sign up for E-notify and we’ll e-mail you the latest information.
For more information about Long Beach Animal Care Services, visit www.longbeach.gov/acs or call 562-570-7387. Follow Long Beach Animal Care Services on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LongBeachAnimalCare.
The Friends of the Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library will hold the first bi-monthly book sale of the year on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the parking lot of the library located at 12700 Montecito Rd., in Seal Beach.
Their sales are scheduled for the third full weekend of every odd month, which allows for six sales per year. The schedule for 2015 is as follows:
Jan. 15 and 16, March 20 and 21, May 15 and 16, July 17 and 18, 5) Sept. 18 and 19, and Nov. 20 and 21. That’s 12 sale days per year for their Outside Sales. The bookstore is open five days per week, being closed on Thursday and Sunday.
Their schedule for outside sales and the bookstore/library has remained the same through all of the construction on their Front Porch Project, and they really appreciate your patronage during this time.
As the project nears completion, they hope you will join them in enjoying a beautiful new entry area and continue to support your local library and Friends. Look for a date in February or March for project completion.
Donations can still be made for the Front Porch Project by stopping by the library or bookstore.
Are you a member of the Friends of the Library? If not, do you want to be? Membership can be had for as little as $15 per year, and that makes sure that you are on the mailing list for all events, sales and other special events. It’s a great way to support your local library.