1. Students in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District had Monday off, theoretically for Rosh Hashanah, and will have Wednesday, Sept. 26 off for Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown the day before. The school calendar posted on the MBUSD website doesn't mention the two Jewish holidays, instead calling each a "Local Holiday."
2. The Manhattan Beach Unified Teachers Association expects to tally all of its members' votes on a proposed contract with MBUSD Tuesday. Word is MBUTA will ratify the proposed contract, which would then have to pass muster with the school board and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
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3. An Olympic athlete is listed on the City Council agenda for recognition during the "ceremonial calendar" during the Tuesday, Sept. 18 meeting. The Olympian will receive Mayor Wayne Powell's "I Heart MB Award."
4. Mayor Powell's free Town Hall Meeting on Earthquake Preparedness is set for Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Manhattan Beach Fire Apparatus Bay at 400 15th Street. Dr. Margaret Vinci, CalTech, Office of Earthquake Programs and the Earthquake Country Alliance, will speak at the event, which will cover the latest understanding of earthquake hazards and potential losses, earthquake preparedness resources and information and help attendees empower themselves to be ready for the next large earthquake.
5. Distinguished speakers and a panel of local experts will address how to successfully navigate and prosper in today's evolving economy during the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce's economic forum called "Navigating Through Economic Evolution" on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 7-10 a.m. at the MB Marriott, 1400 Parkview Avenue. MB entrepreneurs Mike Simms and Michael Zislis will be on the panel. The fee per person is $40.