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Local brothers assume LB furniture legacy

March 11, 2011

Mayan artist illustrates plan for a greater cause Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern

A delicate paintbrush guided by a detailed stroke glides across handmade paper to create the image of a little girl and woman standing before the pyramid of knowledge. The painting, much like the function of the amate paper made from tree bark, is a piece of Mayan his-

tory that represents the gift of storytelling and fruit of knowledge. Sixty-two years and 150 drawings later, the little girl in the painting has taken the stories inherited from the woman standing next to her, her grandmother, to canvas in hopes of continuing the spread of Mayan culture and knowledge. Raised by her Mayan grandmother, Mila, up until the age of

10, Carlotta Giangualano’s inspiration and dedication to retelling Mayan mythologies comes from the knowledge passed on to her through bedtime stories. “The best years of my life were the first 10 years I lived with my grandmother,” said Giangulano, (or “Tita,” as she affectionately likes to be called). “Every night she’d tell see Mayan page 11

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Gregg Munro (left) and Kent Munro at one of the oak dining tables from their Amish line of furniture at their new House to Home Furniture Store in Long Beach, located on Lakewood Boulevard. CJ Dablo Staff Writer

The Munro brothers looked comfortable enough in their furniture showroom last Monday evening to prop their feet on top of a coffee table. Seated at one of their livingroom sets on display at their west store of the House to Home Furni-

ture on Lakewood Boulevard and Stearns Avenue, Long Beach business owners Kent and Gregg Munro acknowledged there’s a lot of a history they’ve inherited– and a lot of history they’re about to put behind them. “One of our problems I think see Munros page 14

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For 20 years, Carlotta Giangualano has been sketching and painting out her childhood memories in a primitive style of art in hopes of reviving the Mayan tradition of passing knowledge on to others.

Bixby Knolls UPS Store celebrates its success by opening new location Vivian Malauulu Contributing Writer

At Monday’s grand reopening event were: UPS Store owner Anthony Wingfield (third from left, pictured with his wife Stephanie and daughter Amaya); Jerry Caliguiri from Councilmember James Johnson’s office; and John Howard from Chick-fil-A of Long Beach Towne Center.

Anthony Wingfield, owner of the UPS Store at the Bixby Plaza, attributes the success of his business to good, old-fashioned customer service. On Monday, he celebrated the grand opening of his newest store, after operating from his former location for eight years. The significant growth of that first store, in spite of an unstable economy, prompted him to lease a larger space just two doors down. The grand re-opening gala, held right in the center’s parking lot, ran from 3pm to 7pm and included performances by the Grace Christian School Advanced Band and local musician Michelle Mangione, who says she is a loyal customer of the UPS Store. Jerry Caligiuri, a representative from

Seventh District James Johnson’s Office, conducted a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, and the UPS Store gave guests water bottles and other items bearing the store’s logo in show of their appreciation. The new store’s larger space has allowed for an expansion of products and services such as more mailboxes and advanced copying and printing services. “We have been blessed with a very loyal customer base,” said Wingfield. “Many of our customers stop by just to say ‘hello,’ even if they don’t need anything, because they tell me it feels good in the new store and they feel welcome. I look forward to many more years of continuing to serve this great neighborhood and its wonderful residents.” Wingfield shared the secret to his business: greeting customers with a smile and calling them by name. ß

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The Grace Christian School Advanced Band provides musical entertainment for the UPS Store’s re-opening event.


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LBPD commander honored by anti-Defamation League The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has recognized Long Beach Police Commander Josef Levy with the Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate, which is awarded to law-enforcement personnel who are committed to combating extremism, hatred, and bigotry, and who make a significant difference in their communities. Levy is a 26-year veteran of the LBPD and was promoted to the rank of commander in June of 2010. He is currently assigned to the West Patrol Division. According to a press release issued this week by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), Levy has dedicated himself to improving human relations and building inclusive communities. For two decades, he has delivered human relations and hatecrime training across the country and has trained thousands of law-enforcement and educator professionals on issues surrounding hate crimes, cultural diversity and racial profiling. He speaks regularly on the local, state, federal and international level, training delegations from Canada, France, Germany and Russia. He was an early pioneer of the LBPD’s human-relations training program, a staunch supporter of police and youth dialogues, and a volunteer trainer for the City of Long Beach’s Human Dignity Program, which trains community leaders in hate-crime response. Levy is credited with helping to dismantle stereotypes in some of Long Beach’s toughest neighborhoods and working to improve police-community relations. “This year’s honorees exemplify

DiD They Say “CheeSe?” What A mini-exhibit of turn-of-the-century children's portraits based on antique photographs Who Artist Loraine Shue-Weber When March through April Where Miller Special Collections Room of the Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave. More info The Miller Room is open daily from noon to 5pm. Call (562) 570-7500.

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LBPD Police Commander Josef Levy (pictured with Police Chief Jim McDonnell) was honored Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League for improving human relations and building inclusive communities.

the importance of protecting our communities while at the same time respecting our constitutional rights and our commitment to seek justice and fair treatment for all,” said Amanda Susskind, director of ADL’s Pacific Southwest Region. “We have a unique partnership with the law-enforcement community, working together on hate incidents and hate crimes, extremist and terrorist threats, and sharing intelligence about haters.” Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said Levy exemplifies the

finest in what a true humanitarian does. “He has a true passion and commitment for improving human relations that is reflected through his many years of service, and that is highly commendable,” McDonnell said. Levy and the other honorees were recognized Wednesday, March 9, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. ------------------------------MORE InFORMATIOn adl.org

Motorcyclist succumbs after crashing into median On Saturday, March 5, at approximately 7:40am, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the area of Del Amo Boulevard and the 710 Freeway in response to a traffic fatality involving a motorcycle that resulted in the death of an adult male. The preliminary investigation revealed that a motorcycle rider

was traveling westbound on Del Amo Boulevard east of the 710 Freeway when he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with the center median, causing him to be ejected and fatally injured. Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department responded and determined that the rider was deceased at the scene. no other vehicles were involved in the inci-

dent, and the rider did not have a passenger. The decedent has been identified as Emilio Cambero, a 19-year-old Long Beach resident. Those with information regarding this incident are asked to call Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detail Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. ß

ShPD to conduct Thursday-night DUI checkpoint The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Thursday, March 17 at Cherry Avenue and 27th Street between the hours of 7:30pm and 4am. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, as well as being a valuable means for heightening awareness of the dangers of impaired driving. Officers will be checking drivers through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and or drug impairments. Officers will check for proper licensing and will strive to impact motorists only momentarily. If officers suspect that a driver has been drinking or is impaired, they will conduct a field sobriety test. Those who fail should expect jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspension and insurance rate increases, along with fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Statewide, overall traffic deaths have declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to federal statistics. Alcohol-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2009, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk or impaired driver. “Everyone in California should be heartened with these figures,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety

(OTS). “But as encouraging as this is, we can’t let up on the efforts to encourage and support traffic safety. You can help make your community safe– if you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.” Funding for this and other DUI checkpoints are provided to the SHPD

by a grant from the California OTS, through the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver. ß

SkyWRiTiNg What Lecture and book signing Who Heidi Durrow, guest speaker for Literary Women 2011 conference and author of award-winning novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky When Friday, March 11 from 3pm to 4:30pm Where Long Beach City College, Room P104, 4901 East Carson St. More info Free to students with ID; $15 for community members. Books will be available for sale at the event. RSVP to Ginny Baxter at (562) 9384634 or gbaxter@lbcc.edu. Call (562) 243-7114 or visit lbccbaughncenter.com. goNe FiShiN’ What Fish fry Who Hosted by the Knights of Columbus When Fridays, March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8 and 15 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Where St. Barnabas Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3955 Orange Ave. More info Deep-fried Icelandic cod and shrimp will be served, as well as grilled shrimp, pancit, camarones, fish tacos, clam chowder, macaroni and cheese and some weekly chef's specials. Trimmings, desserts, ice cream and a variety of drinks will also be available. Family-style seating, music, and door prizes. Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children. A family of four (2 adults and 2 children) is $20. Call (562) 225-1946 or email bobkalowes@hotmail.com. PRayeR, healiNg, aND yoU What Lecture “What You Should Know About Christian Science Healing” Who Sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist; with speaker Ron Ballard When Friday, March 11 at 7pm Where The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. More info Call (562) 427-6061. Make a DiFFeReNCe What Breakfast meeting Who Hosted by Rebuilding Together Long Beach When Saturday, March 12 from 9am to 10:30am Where El Dorado neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd. More info RTLB is a nonprofit, nondenominational volunteer organization which works in partnership with the community to rehabilitate homes of low-income individuals. Call (562) 490-3802. Big-ToP loVe What Discussion of the book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, a story of star-crossed lovers set in the circus world circa 1932, during the Great Depression Who Los Altos neighborhood Library Book Group When Saturday, March 12 at 10am Where 5614 E. Britton Dr. More info new members are always welcome. Call (562) 570-1045. yeS, yoU CaN loSe What “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Weight Loss Surgery” free seminar Who Hosted by the St. Mary Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity When Saturday, March 12 at 10am Where Health Enhancement Center, Glenn Room, on the St. Mary campus at 1055 Linden Ave. More info The community is invited to learn about surgical weight loss procedures and get their questions answered about the life-enhancing benefits the surgery can have on those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, joint pain and sleep apnea. Call 1-888-4ST-MARY (888-4786279) to register. For more information or to schedule a free orientation, call (562) 491-7935 or visit yesyoucanlose.com. aMeRiCa SiNgS! What A noncompetitive children’s choir festival Who Sponsored by America Sings! Inc. When Saturday, March 12 from 11:30am to 8pm Where El Dorado East Regional Park More info Seventeen children’s choirs from California and Arizona will be performing individual concerts on a stage erected near Golden Grove and the Glider Field. At 7pm all 800 children will join voices in a mass-choir finale celebration. The event is free and open to the public. El Dorado Park charges for parking. Call 1-800-372-1222 or email info@americasings.org. FaMily FilM FUN What Free screening of Nanny McPhee Returns, starring Emma Thompson Who Los Altos neighborhood Library Family Film Festival When Saturday, March 12 at 2pm Where 5614 Britton Dr. (behind Bristol Farms) More info Street parking is available. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own snacks to enjoy during the movie. Call (562) 570-1045. VoiCeS aND STRiNgS What "Chanson du Soir" in concert, with soprano Chelsea Camille and classical guitarist David Isaacs Who Presented by the Friends of Music at California Heights United Methodist Church When Sunday, March 13 at 4pm Where 3759 Orange Ave. More info Visit calheightsumc.org or call (562) 595-1996. Free-will offering. Child care provided.


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Union Jack flags fluttered in the air as spectators witnessed maritime history when the Queen Mary met its sister cruise liner, the Queen Victoria, for the first time last Thursday. The Cunard “Royal Rendezvous,” presented by the company that built the ships, provided free entrance to attendees. Those aboard the Queen Mary witnessed, for only the second time in history, a modern queen visiting its docked sister ship. Visitors filled the Queen Mary’s Promenade Deck as claps of fireworks marked the occasion while the sister ships exchanged a series of whistle salutes. The event provided music, drinks from the ship’s Observation Bar and access to shops and

restaurants for all on board. Queen Victoria, the third-largest Cunard cruise liner built, made the stop to Long Beach as part of its Americas Season debut, which continues through late March and embarks on a 15-day Panama Canal voyage. Queen Victoria is set to return to the West Coast in early 2012. The event was also in conjunction with the upcoming celebration of the Queen Mary’s 75th anniversary maiden voyage from Southampton, England. “I thought it would be pretty cool to see Queen Victoria, and it’s a historic event,” said Long Beach resident Sandra Gutierrez, who brought along her husband and children. ���She’s gorgeous and beautiful.” The first rendezvous took place in

February 2006, when Queen Mary II, on its maiden call to Los Angeles, met its namesake. The Queen Mary served as a Cunard liner for more than 30 years and hallmarked the golden age of ocean travel. The ship served as a troopship during World War II and Royal Mail ship with the British Royal Mail service. Retired in 1967,

the ship now serves as a hotel, museum and tourist attraction. Amy Lindow, who has boarded the Queen Mary II as part of a transatlantic voyage, said she’s been a fan of ocean liners since she was 16. “I think it’s neat the way they try to perpetuate the legacy of these great ships,” said Lindow. “It’s such a great part of history.”

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The Queen Victoria, the third-largest Cunard cruise liner ever built, made a stop in Long Beach last week and exchanged whistle salutes with its sister ship, the Queen Mary.

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With the weather so beautiful these days, it is nice to spend a bit of time outdoors. Most of the time I feel like a mole-person, as my lily-white skin rarely is exposed to sunlight except when I to go cover a story or see an ad customer. I know that constant sun exposure isn’t good for one’s health or beauty regimen, as it can cause cancer and wrinkles, but my total lack of sunshine has left me practically transparent. Coming from Swedish, German, Polish, and Scots-Irish stock, we are not a dark-complexioned people to start with. Add my cloistered daytime lifestyle to my fair-skinned heritage, and it leaves me pretty much invisible to the naked eye. My mom says I was so pale as a toe-headed baby that I was difficult to see against the white sheets in my crib and that she never would have found me if it weren’t for my dark-brown eyes that stood out like two holes in the snow. Lovely woman, my mother. Through the years I have tried to tan– both naturally and via tanning booths. A bright red burn is what was usually achieved so I tried the self-tanning stuff in a tube for a while. not bad for a fake, healthier tan, but in some cases I looked more like a giant carrot rather than my goal– a tanned, blonde goddess. I’ve seen sitcoms and other television shows that promote the virtues of spray-on tans, but I am hesitant to try. Guess I’ll stay with a bit of bronzer make-up and leave it at that for now. Speaking of my mother, she’s been dealing with a bout of pneumonia that seems to be lingering. Two emergency-room visits and a few days in the

hospital seem to have her on the mend. I’m looking forward to her being back to her sassy self so we can go out for a drive or out to eat. With her feeling pretty lousy these days, I know she won’t be able to join us to celebrate Steve’s birthday this weekend. That’s okay. We plan to go to Azteca Restaurant in Garden Grove Friday night for some good Mexican food, an Elvis fix and to walk through the weekly car show on the street just outside the front door of the restaurant. Great fun. I also have a surprise for Steve on Saturday, but I’m not going to spill the beans now. Happy birthday, honey. I love you. Here are some beans I will spill. The former location of Koyo Restaurant in Signal Hill (across from Costco near Turner Outdoorsman) is under new ownership and they plan to open sometime in May. The new name will be Kashiwa Restaurant and the new owner is…drum roll please…Keichi nakai, former owner of Kinokawa Restaurant. Remember, you heard it here first! now, for serious matters. For those who want to know the final official tally of the Signal Hill election, here they are: Larry Forester – 569 Tina L. hansen - 660 Matthew D. Simmons – 429 Kathleen Pacheco (City Clerk) – 776 emerson Fersch (City Treasurer) – 755 Total ballots cast – 986 For more information, go to cityofsignalhill.org

when zero means a lot Last week, I participated on the Patt Morrison Show on KPPC (89.3) in a conversation about childhood health issues in Long Beach and how they are affected by poor air quality (hear me at the 38:30 mark). As the panel noted, the science is clear– children who live near freeways and the ports are at higher risk of asthma and many other ailments from diesel particulates. I asked a simple question: How do we move towards a zeroemissions future where we move containers from the ports to train facilities without polluting our neighborhoods? To those who wonder if electric trains are technologically feasible, I respond that we had electric trains in Long Beach in 1902– it was called the Red Car. By returning to such technologies in the future, I know we can grow our port and improve our environment at the same time. If you are interested in learning more, please come to our upcoming discussion on zero-emissions technologies. This event, which will be cosponsored by the West Long Beach Association, the Air Quality Management District, and the 7th District Council Office, will be an opportunity for community members to learn more about how these technologies can improve our residents’ health while bringing more economic growth and jobs to Long Beach. It will be on Thursday, March 24 at 7pm at Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st Street in West Long Beach. I hope to see you there. James Johnson Long Beach City Councilmember 7th District


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wrD’s groundwater Festival to provide interactive education for public gio Calderon. During the event, the WRD board of directors will present the WRD Groundwater Ambassador Awards to California State Senator Kevin De Leon, Assembly Member Isadore Hall, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, environmentalist Belinda Faustinos and local reporter Arnold Adler for their unique contributions to regional groundwater issues. Locally, groundwater supplies nearly 40 percent of the region’s

water consumption that is used by 10 percent of the state’s population. The Water Replenishment District of Southern California is the regional groundwater management agency that protects and preserves the quantity and quality of groundwater for two of the most utilized basins in the state of California, with a service area that is home to over ten percent of California’s population residing in 43 cities in southern Los Angeles County. ß

american red Cross greater LB Chapter shows its readiness for disaster-recovery situations Brett ashley hawkins Editorial Intern

Most people are aware of the American Red Cross. They see their ads on TV and even donate blood to that organization, especially after a wellpublicized disaster. Commuters traveling northbound on the 405 Freeway likely see the large mural of the American Red Cross (ARC) Greater Long Beach Chapter near the freeway’s Lakewood Boulevard exit. However, most people probably wouldn’t be able to explain the organization’s function in emergency situations. Instead, their responses are usually boiled down to “they help others” or “they have blood drives at local schools and parishes.” As a part of March being Red Cross Month, nancy C. Kindelan, chief executive officer of the ARC’s Greater Long Beach Chapter, hosted an open house for donors and community members last week. In attendance were several volunteers and members of the board of directors, and Chief Alan Patalano of the Long Beach Fire Department. At the event, Jo Bracken, chairperson of the chapter’s board, opened a disaster-relief simulation by mentioning that a disaster’s occurrence is a matter of when it will happen rather than “if” it will happen. “Our chapter covers nine cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Catalina Island, Hawaiian Gardens, Paramount, and Signal Hill,” Bracken said. “We all need to be prepared before a disaster happens, not after the fact.” Patalano then recounted the chapter’s largest local disaster, the Paradise Garden apartment building fire of December 8, 2006, at 6478 Atlantic Ave. He noted that the fire department contacted the ARC for their services, and an on-call Disaster Action Team was

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Several Red Cross members wait to be deployed to a simulated emergency scene outside the Greater Long Beach Chapter building during last week’s demonstration.

deployed immediately. They arrived at the scene with several emergency-response vehicles and provided victims with any vital needs and assistance. Meanwhile, a feeding team, a shelter team, and a logistics team quickly assembled a shelter at nearby Jordan High School. A trailer full of emergency supplies, such as flashlights, fire extinguishers, and several cots, arrived with them. A nurse’s station was also put together at the shelter. “There’s always a health-service representative in the shelter during a disaster,” said Karen Wells, a volunteer nurse for the ARC since 2008. “Whatever the needs are, we’re here to help.” An animal shelter took in any pets belonging to victims. “Your pet also has to be prepared in case of an emergency,” said Willie Mussman, a community

Orozco’s Auto Service HELPING THE LONG BEACH RESCUE MISSION MARCH 10, 2011 – MAY 30, 2011 times are hard and the need for support is even bigger. We are motivated to help and make a difference in our community. during the next three months, bring in $20 worth of canned food or a non-perishable donation and receive $20 off toward any service or repair at orozco’s. the long Beach rescue Mission is a non-profit organization which provides food, clothing, shelter and spiritual guidance to the homeless and less fortunate people of the community. let’s turn hunger into hope!

volunteer. “Your pets may not get into the shelter because they are not service animals. There are animal health requirements such as vaccinations in order for your pet to successfully enter an animal shelter in a disaster, so it’s best to be prepared for that situation.” As soon as the disaster itself had subsided, the attention of the ARC was devoted completely to the case work and recovery of the victims involved. The case work for this disaster in particular began at Houghton Park. A goal of the ARC is to achieve total preparedness for all– even the smallest of efforts can make a major impact in a disaster situation. “We prepare for earthquakes, floods, and other disasters,” Mussman said. “There’s preparation for the safety of your home, and not just in your actions [during a disaster].” One of the classes the ARC provides is a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course. “If you just learn to do compressions, you can save somebody’s life,” said Cindy Martinez, the Health and Safety director for the chapter. “It can even save a pet’s life.” To educate those who wish to be ready for future disasters, the ARC offers free disaster-preparedness training the third Thursday of every month from 6pm to 6:45pm at their building at 3150 E. 29th St. The training, which operates under the slogan “We can’t predict…. But we can prepare,” welcomes individuals, households, and groups to test their knowledge of disasters and give them safety tips for immediate use in the case of a disaster. ----------------------------------------MORE InFORMATIOn redcrosslb.org (562) 595-6341

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CSULB wind symphony and vocal jazz group to perform at national conferences The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Wind Symphony and the Pacific Standard Time Vocal Jazz group from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music will perform at separate national conferences in March, prestigious honors for both. Christine Guter’s Pacific Standard Time vocal jazz group will perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference, which takes place in Chicago from March 9 through March 12. Guter’s group will perform on March 11. The Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Carnahan, has been selected to perform at the College Band Directors national Association (CBDnA) Conference, which takes place in Seattle from March 23 to March 26. The Wind Symphony will perform on Thursday, March 24. Guter’s Pacific Standard Time Vocal Jazz ensemble is made up of 12 singers and four band members and will be one of only three groups in its

category performing at the event in Chicago.“This is the first time we have ever been invited to go,” said Guter, who has a master’s degree in studio music and jazz from the University of Miami. “In order to get invited, you have to submit recordings of the last three years, so your submission is not based on one year alone. You actually have to show that your program has a history and tradition of excellent ensembles, and they have a panel that chooses a certain number of groups that are invited to perform. So, we are obviously happy about being selected.” She notes that while traditional jazz groups are smaller, generally six or eight members, and there are some with as many as 20 individuals, she feels working with her ensemble of 12 provides some subtle differences. “The harmonies are a lot tighter and more dissonant,” she said. “Twelve is a nice medium number. I think it’s well-rounded and gives the group a little bit of a fuller sound.” Guter is active nationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, adjudicator and clinician. She also teaches private jazz classes and classical voice lessons. In addition, Guter is a jazz vocalist, pianist and studio singer who has worked with legendary musicians, including Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, Lionel

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The Pacific Standard Time vocal jazz ensemble, which consists of 12 singers and four band members, will be one of only three groups in its category performing at the American Choral Directors Association conference on March 11. Hampton, Mel Tormé and Bobby McFerrin. She has also toured internationally with the Dorsey Then and now Orchestra. She has worked extensively in studio settings since 1990, having sung on Hollywood soundtracks of such movies as X-Men 3, Superman Returns, Charlotte’s Web, Deep Sea 3D and Happy Feet. The invitation for the CSULB Wind Symphony to perform at the University of Washington comes “because we are recognized by many as one of the finest wind bands,” said Carnahan, director of bands and director of the Cole Conservatory. “The

conference is held every two years, and you compete for a spot with nearly every university in the country. This is a validating recognition for CSULB, The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and the Wind Symphony.” The CBDnA conference is one the most prestigious in the wind band field and CSULB’s Wind Symphony is one of only seven, and the lone representative from the CBDnA Western Division, selected to participate in this conference. The group will perform for hundreds of college wind band conductors, their students, and members of the Seattle community.

Carnahan has been a professor of music at the university since 1988, and his teaching responsibilities include serving as conductor of the Wind Symphony and professor of graduate conducting. In addition, Carnahan is active nationally as a guest conductor, adjudicator, lecturer and composer/arranger. He received his bachelor of music degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a master of education degree from the University of San Francisco. -----------------------------MORE InFORMATIOn csulb.edu/depts/music

art show and film series dedicated to enigmatic film director Phone Booth Gallery and Long Beach Cinematheque will present Oh, You Are Sick…, a juried group exhibition of visual work loosely informed by the films of David Lynch, the enigmatic director who turns the mundane into grisly, surreal adventures. The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, March 12 from 7pm to10pm at Phone Booth Gallery’s exhibition space, 2533 E. Broadway. The work will remain on view through Saturday, April 9 at both the exhibition space and at phoneboothgallery.com.

Each week throughout the show, die-hard Lynch fans and curious newcomers alike can view one of Lynch’s seminal films presented by the Long Beach Cinematheque. Each screening will be accompanied by the release of a limited edition, signed 18” x 24” print. Films will be screened at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 East 4th St., on Saturday nights at midnight (Eraserhead on March 12; Lost Highway on March 18; and Wild at Heart on March 25). David Lynch’s filmic oeuvre manages to pull noir, camp and sometimes

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glamour that would be at home in Mulholland Drive, or even parts of Blue Velvet. David Atkinson’s bloody “What About Bob?” makes implicit, eerie Lynchian violence aggressively explicit, and John Ottinger’s “Dark Father” speculates on what would have happened if Lynch had directed Return of the Jedi. It’s been 40 years since Lynch moved to Los Angeles, and 35 since Eraserhead debuted. In that time, he’s become embedded in the collective psyches of aesthetes and film buffs. This exhibition explores what his legacy might mean, though it makes no definitive interpretation, generously leaving the interpreting to its viewers. ------------------------MORE InFORMATIOn phoneboothgallery.com lbcinema.org

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The Sixth Annual Kids in the Kitchen Fair, a signature event of The Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB), will take place Sunday, March 13, from 10am to 2pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. This free “healthy eating and exercise” fair will help educate youth and families about making the right food choices through entertaining lessons and demonstrations, including kid-friendly snack-making stations, fitness challenges, veggie bowling, cereal limbo, a bicycle rodeo, games, music and raffle prizes. In the past four decades, obesity rates have soared among children of all age groups, and today, nearly 25 million children are overweight or obese. The goal of the Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and its member Leagues, is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. This year’s Kids in the Kitchen event will include major event sponsor Healthy Active Long Beach (a division of the Long Beach Health Department), providing education and fun activities that teach families how to get more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Also included: Primal Alchemy’s Chef Paul will conduct a healthy food demonstration and tasting; the community Peace Garden will offer tours and teach seed planting; Long Beach Junior Runners (a program of Long Beach Parks and Recreation) will discuss their fitness and nutrition program and lead group exercises; Bike Long Beach will conduct the “Safe Routes to School” bicycle rodeo, teaching children how to bike safely on the street; and Miller Children’s Hospital Childhood Safety Coalition will provide free bike helmets and teach bike-safety techniques. Additional activities and services will be provided by Prep Kitchen Essentials, Dole, Seafood for the Future, CSULB Dietetic Interns, Mobile Kids Smile and Big Smile dental screenings, Belmont Athletic Club, Long Beach Tennis, Long Beach Fire Safety House, Long Beach School of Music, A Bridge Club, and CalFresh: Food Stamp Enrollment Unit. -------------------------------MORE InFORMATIOn jllb.org

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After being unsuccessful on the road so far, the Los Angeles Clippers look to change things around on their current fivegame road trip. With playoff ambitions already tarnished, they’re still playing with hope and confidence. They beat the Denver nuggets

in front of a sold-out crowd at the Staples Center on Saturday, 10094. If they can play on the road with the intensity level with which they played against Denver last Saturday, they can win at least four or five games. This will be the first time the new team will be tested on the road with their new point guard, Mo Williams. He was acquired in a trade that sent Baron Davis to Cleveland last month. It isn’t taking Williams long to adapt to the Clippers style of play. The chemistry so far has been positive.

He seemed to be jovial as I talked to him in the locker room, after the game, about his move to Los Angeles. “I’m happy to be with the Clippers, and I will continue to work on building chemistry with my teammates,” Williams said. “So far, so good.” While the Clippers have astonished elite teams in the East and West at home, they have yet to become a productive force playing on the road. The Clippers are 6– 24 while away, but they will

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MarCh 11, 2011 now have an opportunity to amend that. So far, they have won their first two games on their road trip. Working on second-half woes will be the key to success for the team. If Clippers Coach Vinny Del negro can get his guys to keep up with the pace of the game in the third and fourth quarter, they will become a threat. Blake Griffin has already put his team on the map. His flashy dunks and monstrous highlight reel is selling out games at home and on the road. Griffin is transforming into a leader, which we had anticipated, but not this early. He’s still young with so much to learn, but with over 50double doubles at the age of 20, he’s making a statement as a rookie. Eric Gordon is also a huge factor to the Clippers offensively and defensively. He rarely gets talked about anymore because of Griffin’s dominant presence. But lately Gordon has made the headlines because of an injured wrist. After being absent for nearly three weeks, Gordon was in uniform to start in his second game since returning to the line-up. After playing only 14 minutes, he was forced to leave the game after driving to the hoop and re-aggravating his wrist. Hours later, it was reported that the X-rays were negative but he would be out indefinitely. This was bittersweet news to the organization. After the game, Gordon addressed his injury in the locker room. “I would say the pain level isn’t as bad as it was, but it’s re-aggravated and it’s going to take some time,” Gordon said. “The big relief

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Basin from a portion of the vehicle registration fee set aside for mobile source projects that result in emission reductions. “Following last year’s successful launch, Metro is pleased to offer fans the Dodger Stadium Express bus service, which provides a direct link to Dodger Stadium from a vast network of trains and buses coming into Union Station,” said LA County Supervisor and Metro Board Chairman Don Knabe. “We encourage fans to take advantage of public transportation throughout the season to save time and money.” Round-trip tickets on Metrolink trains associated with the Dodger home games will cost between $8 and $10, depending on the distance traveled. Regular fares will apply on all bus and rail lines connecting with the Dodger Stadium Express service. Funding under the MSRC grant will be used to offset the cost of fares on the Dodger Stadium Express bus service for passengers possessing a Dodgers ticket. Service will be provided starting 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the games and will end 45 minutes after the end of the game. Service will be provided every 10 minutes prior to the start of the game and run approximately every 30 minutes throughout the game. Metro will deploy state-of-the-art 40-foot clean-burning compressed natural gas buses. Dodgers admission tickets will be honored as fare payment to ride the bus service. Those without a ticket will pay regular one-way fare of $1.50. ----------------------------------MORE InFORMATIOn metro.net 323.GO.METRO


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Prayer, Healing, and YOU!

Mayan

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Giangualano’s mother was never involved in her daughter’s life, so the only childhood she knew was spent in Mila’s care after the decision was made by the father to have her live with her grandmother. The young girl, of French and Mayan descent and the oldest of six brothers, stayed in the home state of Quintana Roo, Yucatan with her grandmother, who was also a healer and spiritual leader. “Many people don’t understand the Mayan culture. The only thing they know is that the world will come to an end in 2012 [according to the Mayan calendar]. That’s it. That’s what they know,” said Giangualano. “My paintings tell stories delivered from the past Mayan events, briefly and personal experiences.” Being raised without a formal education for the first 10 years did not hinder her dedication to acquiring a proper schooling. She began a nursing education in Juarez, Mexico at 22 years of age and was even accepted into a medical school in

• What constitutes healing, focusing on the need for spiritual regeneration and development • e benefits of moving beyond physical care to spiritual restoration and well-being Ron Ballard is an international speaker and practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. With a degree in political science he formerly worked as a campaign consultant and had clients on both sides of the aisles in Congress, the White house and some state houses. As a member of the Christian Science Board of lectureship, Ballard has spoken in a wide variety of venues, including hospices, health expos and interfaith conferences.

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In addition to her paintings, Giangualano creates images of Mayan gods using molds from her native Yucatan.

Mexico City. However, she gave up the chance to attend the school for a greater opportunity. At around the same time, she decided to apply and was accepted to work for the US armed forces as a nurse in El Paso, Texas. She immigrated in 1962 and was later denied the position because of her struggle with speaking English. “I had fights almost all the time with my English teacher because that was part of the curriculum in Mexico, and then she told me once, ‘Senorita, what about if one day you go to United States?’” said Giangualano. “And I said, ‘Me? Go to United States? You’re crazy!’ She wasn’t crazy– she was right.” She laughs. At the age of 23, she received her registered nurse credentials from Los Angeles Community College, worked as a nurse in Culver City and, two years later, married and had to her first child. She has since remarried, raised six more children, all of whom are college graduates, and lives with her husband of 30 years, Italian-born Franco. “I had seven, which was very brave. They told me that they’re cheaper by the dozen but they lied to me,” the 72-year-old retiree laughs. At the age of 35, she began working as a food inspector for the health department– a job she fondly remembers as her favorite. “I loved that job. It’s interesting how strong a person can be when your knowledge expands,” she said.

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Hanging from Giangualano’s neck is a gold jaguar necklace. She says it’s always on her and represents the spirit of fire. The necklace easily serves as an extension of the burning passion she possesses for her Mayan heritage. Her technique follows the art of her home country by using amate paper dyed with organic colors and painting with standard acrylic and organic paint. The strength of the canvas allows for the recording of long-term works and oftentimes served as an offering to burn in a

fire ceremony. Her art book, which is based on a book written about her relationship with her grandmother contains pictures drawn from the stories her grandmother would tell her. She is currently working on a Spanish edition of the art book. Her desire to inspire others with her stories so they can continue their studies and educate themselves a little more is the reason she continues the art. “now that my kids are gone and my husband is still working and I’m retired, I just have more time to dedicate to my work,” she said. She and her husband alternate yearly trips to Italy, to visit his family, and to the Yucatan in August, for the Mayan new Year for a reunion with her family and friends. She also belongs to a cultural community that preserves the background to Mayan history. For now, she will continue to climb the pyramid of knowledge for her Mila’s sake and in hopes of further sharing the artistic expression of Mayan art to the community. “Knowledge is what we need to save ourselves and to help our whole world,” she says. “I want to deliver something to the community, not only for myself, but for other artists here.” -----------------------------------MORE InFORMATIOn mayamystics.com

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Robert Garcia, Long Beach city councilman and former Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) Associated Students’ president, will return to the campus to give a talk titled “new Media, Culture, and Public Life” on Thursday, March 17, beginning at 7pm in Room 108 of the campus’s University Theater. “It’s an honor to return to Cal State Long Beach and to share some of what I have learned since I graduated,” Garcia said. “The university holds a very special and important place in my heart– it provided me with a world-class education and introduced me to some incredible mentors and life-long friends. Go, Beach!” Free and open to the public, the talk is part of the CSULB Communication Studies Department’s Distinguished Speaker Event series, which highlights its alumni. Garcia is a college administrator at Long Beach City College

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we’re going to have is getting people to understand that we’re a different company,” said Gregg Munro. He acknowledged that his family used to operate their furniture stores from the same two locations on the east and west sides of Lakewood Boulevard. Wall Units Home Furnishings used to occupy what is now the east store of House to Home Furniture. Munro's Furniture occupied the west store. When they operated

(LBCC), who has taught communication studies at both CSULB and LBCC. In addition, he was elected to the Long Beach City Council on April 7, 2009, and re-elected to a full four-year term in April 2010 to serve the citizens of the city’s First District. With his election at the age of 31, Garcia became the youngest and first Latino city councilmember ever elected in Long Beach history. As councilmember for the First District, Garcia has championed the causes he promised to address when campaigning and has led the charge to bring the city into the 21st century by bringing forth new technology initiatives and an open government legislative initiative to make government more transparent and accountable. He has supported public-safety services; enhanced streets, sidewalks, and business corridors; and activated downtown with events and support for new businesses. He has

worked on issues important to business and is also the co-founder and co-owner of the Long Beach Post, a Long Beach news website. Garcia was recently appointed to the Gateway Council of Governments,

Munro's Furniture, the Munro Family also had other locations in Orange County with stores in Santa Ana and Costa Mesa and a warehouse in Huntington Beach. After more than four decades of business, when the Munro family officially closed their stores towards the end of 2010, the brothers decided they weren’t through with selling furniture. Kent and Gregg Munro decided to form their own company. They reopened only the Long Beach stores this year under their exclusive leadership. The Munro brothers grew up in their parents’ furniture business when the family started their company in 1965. From the time they were teenagers, Kent Munro, now 45, and his younger brother Gregg Munro, 42, took on just about every role in the family company. The boys delivered and eventually sold the furniture. It was a true family affair; another brother, their father, mother and grandfather also helped run the business. Telling the story behind their family business can reveal so much about Long Beach history. The city of Long Beach used to be a furniture destination in the 1960s, according to their father. In a telephone interview, Doug Munro easily rattled off the names of competitors who closed their doors in Long Beach ages ago: Frank Bros., Lloyd’s of Long Beach, the Davis Brothers, Aaron Schultz. Doug Munro said that out of these iconic home-furnishing stores, the Munro family business managed to survive even when times were tough for the furniture trade. The Munro men acknowledged they stayed in business because they could adapt to changing trends. “I think it’s because we were very flexible and changed with the times. A lot of stores came and went,” Doug Munro said, “and they [the former furniture stores] just became archaic.” While the Munro family started the business when wall units were popular, they also learned to offer higher-end furniture, including authentic Amish furniture. Later, oak became a best seller, and other styles have come and gone. From the 1980s, Kent and Gregg Munro recalled one fad– an eggshaped chair (the kind you might see on Mork & Mindy, a popular sitcom from 30 years ago). “The Egg Chair” not only exuded kitsch charm, but it also offered a radio with built-in speakers. The business evolved over time. Through the years, the family expanded their store space as neigh-

boring tenants moved out. They even expanded to a store across the street that had been the home of RB Furniture. But while the Munro men remember well the styles that have influenced modern Southern California home décor, they recognize that times were hard before the painful decision was made to close down the family business. “The past two years [have] been probably the toughest two years of our family’s existence, as far as I’m concerned,” said Gregg Munro. By 2007, the family business had expanded into Orange County, but a recession took its toll on the furniture business. “The furniture industry really started feeling the effects of the recession a lot sooner than a lot of other industries because we were much more tied into the housing market,” said Gregg Munro. His father simplified the situation. “The simple fact of the furniture business: if you don’t sell housing, you don’t sell furniture,” said Doug Munro, who also pointed out that during a recession, customers will only replace furniture one piece at a time. “We all faced the reality,” he said. Then Mrs. Munro became gravely ill, and by 2009, their father decided to retire to care for their mother full-time. The family held a retirement sale that summer. But the recession lasted even longer than they had anticipated. “Finally we were looking at things, saying, ‘Hey we got to make some changes here. We got to do something. We can’t just sit here and keep doing the same thing and hope it gets better,’” said Gregg Munro. By spring of 2010, they had planned to close two of their stores with future plans to reopen them under a different name, and, at the time, they announced a closing sale. But when the they began to see that the financial outlook had not improved, the family announced that they would go out of business altogether. A “going out of business” sale began in the fall of 2010, during which time they liquidated all of the stores. The brothers said they understood that, to outside world, it may have looked as if they have been closing for two years. “And it’s so hard to explain to every customer . . . You don’t have 30 minutes to explain to every customer about the full story, the sequence of events and how it happened and how it’s led to what we’re doing right now,” said Kent Munro. After the family declared that

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Robert Garcia is Long Beach’s first Latino city council member.

representing Long Beach, and serves as the chair of the Public Safety Committee, the Elections Oversight Committee and the Long Beach Housing Authority. He also serves on both the Federal Legislative and State Legislative Council Committees. Additionally, he is a graduate of Americorps, Leadership Long Beach and the Sierra Club. Born in Lima, Peru, Garcia immigrated to the United States at age 5 with his family and grew up in Covina. He was the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college, and his passion for education led him to pursue a doctorate degree in higher education, which he was awarded in 2010 from CSULB after publishing his dissertation on California’s Master Plan for Education. Garcia also holds a master’s degree in communication management from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from CSULB. While at CSULB, Garcia worke with university administrators to create new scholarships and campus leadership programs for students. ß

they were going to close the business, the brothers realized that they needed to decide what to do with their own careers. They only knew furniture, and there weren’t many jobs in a shrinking market. After reviewing the financials for their Long Beach businesses, they determined that the stores on Lakewood Boulevard were profitable. The boys decided to strike out on their own, this time as partners. Lounging on a leather sofa, the Munro men pointed out the changes they’ve made to their store. This time, the stores under their leadership were going to offer more products from Amish country than the family had offered before. Through a local contact, the brothers had already developed relationships with about 50 Amish families from Indiana and Ohio. They’ve parked a buggy made by Amish craftsmen from Indiana by a front window. They were eager to talk about the quality of the Amish work and the new bedroom and dining sets that were scheduled to arrive soon. “And a lot of people recognize it right off,” Kent Munro said. “This is well built furniture. This is worth the money. And it’s affordable and it’s going to last.” They also pointed out their new line of Ekornes Stressless recliners and sofas from norway. The sleek recliners in their showroom were leather models with sweeping gentle curves. Their furniture won an endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association. At House to Home Furniture, they have split up the inventory between the east store at 2198 Lakewood Blvd. and the west store across the street at 2189 Lakewood Blvd. At the east store, they will feature more moderately priced furniture, but they also offer customized Wallbeds. At the west store, they offer higher-quality furniture. Both stores just opened within the last few weeks, but a special grand-opening date will be announced later this year. Father Doug Munro said he’s proud and confident that his sons will carry on a great tradition of customer service. After all, the brothers said they’ve now sold furniture to three generations of customers: children and grandchildren of customers who were originally served by the Munro brothers’ father and their grandfather. “Our family started in Long Beach, and we’ve always done well,” said Gregg Munro. “We’ve had a great customer following.” ß


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