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lb Playhouse offering free show in exchange for food-drive donations The Long Beach Playhouse will offer a special dress-rehearsal performance of The Plight Before Christmas, a Christmas melodrama adapted by Fred Cusick and Diane Moore, on Thursday, Dec. 2. As part of this year’s Long Beach Community Food Drive, the public is invited to bring human or pet food in exchange for free admission to the performance. The show will begin

at 8pm, and seating is limited to 200 seats– first-come, first-served. Arriving early is recommended. In this family-friendly classic melodrama, Ebeneezer Humbug is about to “raise the dickens” by foreclosing on everyone in town and forcing Felicity Fuzziwig to marry him, much to the dismay of his clerk, Bob Scratchit. There will be a two-for-one pre-

view show on Friday, Dec. 3 and an opening-night champagne reception with the cast on Saturday, Dec. 4. The Plight before Christmas will continue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through Saturday, December 11. Tickets are available at lbplayhouse.org or by calling (562) 494-1014. ß

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simply because you failed to buckle up.” While seat belt use is at a record high of 83 percent nationwide, 45 million Americans still fail to buckle up. Although in California 96.2 percent use their restraints, more than 1.5 million don’t buckle up. National statistics also show that those least likely to buckle up are teens, young adults, males, nighttime riders, motorists traveling on rural roads, and individuals traveling in pickup trucks. During the holiday period, more than 35 vehicle occupants who are not buckled up will be killed in motor vehicle crashes each day nationwide. Statewide, overall traffic deaths have declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009, due in part to the increased use of seat belts. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. “Sadly, the holidays, which for many are the happiest times of the year, are also the deadliest and most tragic,” McDonnell said. “Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Law enforcement estimates indicate that over 1,300 Californians survived by buckling up last year. Sadly, however, about 150 others will not be gathering with families during the holidays because they chose not to use their seat belts.” More than 100 law-enforcement agencies statewide and the California Highway Patrol will be participating in this year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Funding to support the campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ß

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