Things to do in Long Beach: Long Beach Jazz Festival, free school supplies and Monkeypox study session

A young girl reads a book while her mother listens to speakers in the KidSpace at the Billie Jean King Main Library in Long Beach during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 13, 2022. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

friday august 12

Asian Film Series, Screening of “Sweet Bean”: 2:30-4:30 p.m. The public is invited to a screening of the PG-rated Japanese film “Sweet Bean” at the Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway). The plot follows an elderly woman looking for a job who convinces the owner of a pancake stand to hire her using her homemade jelly beans. The film will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Free.

Long Beach Jazz Fest: A three-day music event at Rainbow Lagoon Park (400 E Shoreline Dr.) A variety artists will perform jazz songs. General admission costs $80.47. Tickets can be purchased at showpass.com/o/rainbow-promotions/.

Story time for toddlers: 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Caregivers and parents are encouraged to bring toddlers ages 1-3 to enjoy story time, songs, bubbles and more at the Bach Neighborhood Library (4055 N. Bellflower Blvd.). Free.

A domestic cat lounges on a piece of furniture (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Saturday August 13

School supplies contest and health fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to school-aged children at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave.) Registration is required to attend this event and can be completed at https:// linktr.ee/ProjectOptimismInc. Each family can only register a maximum of four children. Participants must bring identification. Free.

Anti-displacement fundraising: Noon to 6 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy dancing, music, raffles, food, drink and an informative presentation on local tenant activism at Silverado Park (intersection of Sante Fe and W 32nd St.) Free.

Workshop on the basics of genealogy: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A workshop at the Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway) where attendees will learn how to use the Ancestry TM genealogy database available through the Long Beach Public Library website/digital library services to research their family history. Only 20 places are available and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Free.

Summer festival: Noon to 10 p.m. A performance by local bands and a silent disco at Port City Tavern (4306 E Anaheim St.) The event will include craft cocktails, food vendors and a beer garden. Participants must be 21 years or older. Free.

Summer Sizzle Half Marathon: 7:30 a.m. An oceanfront race featuring 5k, 10k, and 15k marathons starting at 5400 E Ocean Blvd. (Off 54th Place and Ocean Blvd.) 5K and 10K attendance is $25.99 and 15K attendance is $35.99. To register, go to www.abetterworldrunning.com/summer-sizzle-8-13-22-lb.

Salty AF Comedy Show: 8 p.m. Six comedians will perform stand-up routines surrounded by cats at the Feline Good Social Club (301 Atlantic Ave.). Tickets are $30 and include a drink. Those interested can purchase tickets at felinegoodsocialclub.com.

Firefighters gather shortly after extinguishing the truck fire. (Kristen Farrah Naeem | Signal Tribune)

Sunday August 14

Drill schedule for potential Long Beach Fire Department recruits: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This workshop at the Long Beach Fire Training Division (2249 Argonne Avenue) will introduce aspiring firefighters to the physical demands of the job. Participants should bring a mask, t-shirt, shorts, running shoes, water, pen, paper for taking notes, work gloves and a good attitude. All participants will be required to sign a waiver and complete an interest card prior to participating. Maps of interest can be found on the Fire Department’s website www.longbeach.gov/fire. Free

Many popular infant formula brands are sold out and those that remain must be purchased at the cash register of a Ralph store in Long Beach on May 16, 2022. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

tuesday august 16

Reading buddies: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parents and caregivers can bring children to the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.) where a teen volunteer will give them up to 30 minutes of one-on-one reading practice. Free.

Monkeypox Study Session: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to this monkeypox information session by the City Clerk’s Office at 411 W. Ocean Blvd. Free.

Distribution of infant formula: 9 am People with a child under 9 months old who are on federal assistance and need food in the household can receive formula at the St. Mary’s Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) office (1043 Elm Ave., #401). Free.

“The Princess Bride” at Granada Beach: 8 p.m. Attend a screening of “The Princess Bride” at Granada Beach (5000 E. Ocean Blvd). The event will feature pre-show entertainment from local bands. The event is part of the summer-long Moonlight Movies at the Beach series. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Food trucks will be present. Film screenings are family and pet friendly. The event is sponsored by Long Beach Transit. Free.

A photo of someone crocheting with white yarn (Castorly Stock via Pexels)

Wednesday August 17

We are not talking about the crochet club: 5-6 p.m. Teens ages 13-17 are invited to this weekly crochet club at the Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway). Participants will learn the basics of crochet and how to make granny squares. Free.

Bach Teen Advisory Group: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Local high school students are invited to help the library organize events, crafts and activities for their peers at the Bach Neighborhood Library (4055 Bellflower Blvd.) Free.

A stock photo of a baby holding an adult’s finger (Pixabay via Pexels)

Thursday August 18

Baby Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring babies ages 6 months to 18 months to enjoy finger games, books, and interactive songs at the Los Altos Neighborhood Library (5614 Britton Dr.) Free.

Drive In Film: 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to this outdoor screening of the film “A League of Their Own” hosted by the Women’s Council of Realtors Long Beach at the Scottish Rite Event Center (855 Elm Ave.) Admission is $20 for those who arrive on foot or on a bicycle and $30 for cars.

Be SAFE Films in the park: 8 p.m. The public is invited to a screening of the 2020 film “Mulan” at Scherer Park (4600 Long Beach Blvd.) Free.

“The Wizard of Oz” at LBCC: 8 p.m. Attend a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Liberal Arts Campus of Long Beach City College (4901 E Carson St.). The event will feature pre-show entertainment from local bands. The event is part of the summer-long Moonlight Movies at the Beach series. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Food trucks will be present. Film screenings are family and pet friendly. The event is sponsored by Long Beach Transit. Free.

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