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74th Lions Fish Fry
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

The 74th annual Lions Fish Fry is right around the corner on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22. Be sure to come down to Eisenhower Park from 11 a.m.– 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For this year’s 26th annual Car Opportunity Drawing, the Lions are keeping for the second year a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek as Grand Prize. In striking Topaz exterior with a leather interior, this comfortable, roomy four-door mid-range SU, has received much attention at the Pier. It has been on display every weekend since its debut at the Seal Beach Classic Car Show in late April. The incredible work of Mike Gibbons and Ramona Kies, along with their team of new and long-term Lions working consistently was a key to their success.

In addition to the Fusion, the other drawing prizes have been upgraded this year as well, thanks to the generous assistance of local merchants Pedego and mac-fusion. This summer, two electric bicycles will be awarded (separately), along with a MacBook Air laptop to round out the prize package.

The merchant raffle will have dozens of prizes and baskets from our local Chamber of Commerce and other businesses, so be sure to grab those tickets as well. Enthusiastic Lion Elizabeth Kelly will once again manage that key component and is still looking for wonderful prizes from our local merchants.

Attendance as always is free, and there is band entertainment, a continuous merchant opportunity drawing, sponsored by the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce. We hope you will buy some food and drink (please don’t bring your own) and enjoy the event. There is fried fish, cole slaw, brats, hot dogs, an assortment of beverages and a beer /wine garden, so no need to pack lunch. Next. this year has a great lineup of bands.

Specially, and according to band organizer, Lion Dino Syrengelas, “Joe Schmoe has the distinction of being the band that has played since we started having music at the fish fry. It must have been at least seventeen years by now.”

Due to parking increases at the beach lot and the attentive parking team, if you can, ride, walk, scooter, skateboard or travel any way other than driving, as parking will be a premium.

So be sure to come down on to the Fish Fry and enjoy music, some age-appropriate beverages, fish, hot dogs or brauts, and the best of Seal Beach’s laid-back community feel See you there!  So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to rock all afternoon long with your friends, neighbors and maybe a stranger or two.

Depression /Bipolar Support group serves Seal Beach area
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm

At 7 p.m., Wednesdays, the DBSALongBeach offers an open support group meeting for people diagnosed with mood disorders and their friends where members help one another by sharing effective ways of coping with Depression and Bipolar Disorder. It is held in the Veteran Administration Campus on Seventh St. in Long Beach. For directions:

For more information on mood disorders:

Huntington Beach Depression and Bipolar support group meets
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From 7-9 p.m., Wednesdays, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance-Orange County hosts a support group for individuals with bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder. The group is for patients and family/friends, ages 18 and older. The group meets in the Hall Conference Room next to the Music Ministry Office, on the South side of the . Bonaventure Catholic Parish at 16400 Springdale St., Huntington Beach. The cross street is Heil Avenue.

For more information, email Kristen Pankratz at or call her at 714-846-6891.

Weight loss group meets every Friday morning in Long Beach
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

From 10 to 11 a.m., every Friday, the weight loss group TOPS, (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets in the Social Hall of the Christ Lutheran Church, at 6500 Stearns St., in Long Beach. The group has weekly meetings and weigh-ins; up to date health and nutritional information and fun, meaningful programs. TOPS is a friendly group working toward the same goal—to reach a healthy weight.

Everyone is welcome. Dues are $2 per week, with a once a year national fee of $34. A visit is free. For more information, call 562-439-2264.

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge
Jul 28 all-day

On the last Saturday of each month, escorted tours of the National Wildlife Refuge in Seal Beach are held on the grounds of the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach (except for December, when there is no tour). US citizens only. Government issue photo ID is required for all adults. Smoking and weapons are prohibited. Taking photos of Navy personnel or buildings is prohibited. Reservations are required by the Wednesday before the event. For reservations or information, call 562-598-1024.



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