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PARTYLINE
DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE: A digital bookmobile, a one-of-kind traveling exhibit, will be at the Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library Monday, Feb. 24, from noon-4 p.m. Readers of all ages can learn how to access free eBooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and instructional videos. A gadget gallery—featuring Kindle HD, iPad Mini, Android Galaxy Tablet, NOOK HD, Sony Reader, Kindle Paperwhite, Windows Phone 9 and more—will help patrons  discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s download service. For further information about this open house, call 430-1048.

SEAL BEACH BOOK CLUB: The Seal Beach Book Club will hold its first meeting from 1-3 p.m., today, Feb. 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. All book lovers are welcome to attend.

FRIENDS BOOKSTORE SALE: Beginning March 1, birthday cards will be on sale for 25 cents in the Friends of the Library Bookstore. Also stop by the Boutique Bookcase on the back wall for fun shopping year around. The bookstore is open Monday-Friday, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

PUBLICIZE LW CLUBS ONLINE: Kathy Rapp of the GRF Website Subcommittee wants Leisure World club contacts to know that they can add detailed information about their clubs to the GRF website by contacting the web administrator at webmaster@lwsb.com. Club presidents and authorized signers are encouraged to provide photos, meeting times, dates and locations, club descriptions and special activity news. This is an excellent way to promote clubs and activities in the community. The site also has a “Club Spotlight” section to feature specific clubs.

WATER WISE LOGO CONTEST
BE WATER WISE—Mutual 3 is one of several Leisure World neighborhoods that has planted drought tolerant common gardens, featuring California natives among other species. Leisure World is starting a “Water Wise” campaign in the wake of a drought emergency declared by Gov. Brown last month. A logo contest to highlight LW’s water conservation effort is now under way. Residents may drop off designs at the Administration Building or email submissions to GRF Executive Director Randy Ankeny at randya@lwsb.com (PDF files are recommended) by March 7. Golden Rain Foundation Board members will review submissions. The final selection will be made March 10 and featured in the March 13 edition of the Golden Rain News.

WEST COUNTY CONNECTOR
The southbound I-405 to westbound SR-22/7th Street connector has been closed daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., through today, Feb. 20. 
Work is part of the West County Connectors project to link carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with those on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605). The Seal Beach Bridge is also under construction to add lanes.
Crews are also building a sound wall on the slope that runs alongside the connector.
Sound wall construction is expected to continue for 4-6 weeks. Although most of this activity will be conducted at night or behind k-rail, intermittent daytime closures may also be required. During daytime closures, the contractor will remove vegetation and shrubbery and haul the material out of the area. 
Last week, crews completed a concrete deck on the I-405/I-605 carpool connector.
For more information on ongoing daytime closures, including recommended detours, visit www.octa.net/WCCDetourMap.

AES MEETING ON EXPANSION
AES Alamitos, a six-unit, 2,000 mega-watt, natural gas-fueled power plant that can provide enough electricity to power about two million homes, is seeking to modernize its plant near Leisure World.
AES representatives will hold a meeting to explain the project at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Clubhouse 4.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

FREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS
The Long Beach Symphony believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to hear its musicians play, so from February through June, it will perform four free chamber music performances at various locations throughout the area.
The performances are part of the Symphony’s Sounds and Spaces program, which was originally conceived by a group of musicians from the orchestra as a means for the symphony to connect with the diverse communities of Long Beach and beyond.
The series will be held Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. as follows: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 East 7th Street, Long Beach, Feb. 23; Temple Israel, 269 Loma Ave., Long Beach, March 23; Homeland Cultural Center, 1321 East Anaheim St., Long Beach, May 18; and F&M Bank, 302 Pine Ave., Long Beach, June 8. Programming runs the gamut from Bach to Cuban jazz.
Executive Director Kelly Ruggirello said:
“We want to take classical music outside the concert hall to venues that people know and love.”
The atmosphere at Sounds and Spaces is casual, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Concerts usually fill up quickly, so arrive early to claim a seat and enjoy light refreshments at pre-concert receptions with the musicians. Everyone who attends and signs the Symphony mailing list will receive a voucher for two free balcony-seating tickets at an upcoming Long Beach Symphony Classical or POPS! concert of choice.
Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra will mark its 79th season in 2013-2014.
For specific program information, log on to www.lbso.org.