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Things to do this weekend in Long Beach, CA July 15 – 17 2016

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The Long Beach Sea Festival is back,  showcasing the upcoming events in the area from June to September. This year is already proving to be another amazing season filled with events the whole family can enjoy.

Tomorrow night (July 12th), at Granada Beach – Moonlight Movies on the Beach is featuring Jaws! What a perfect movie for a summer night on the sand.

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This coming weekend (July 15th and 16th) the Catalina Ski Race is happening. This water ski race features competitors from all over the world, racing from Long Beach to Catalina and Back – 62 total miles! This is an exciting event to watch from the beach, as multitudes of boats rev their engines and take off towards Catalina. The race begins and ends near the Queen Mary. For more information, visit the Catalina Ski Race website.

Also happening this weekend (July 16th and 17th) is the Love Long Beach Celebration. This is a FREE 2 day event, featuring all the things we love about Long Beach. There will be DJ’s, vendors, food trucks, stand up paddleboard races, yoga, and more.

The Sea Festival goes until the end of August, and there are many more fun activities to come. For a full list of events and info visit www.lbseafest.com

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The Queen Mary’s Maiden Voyage 80th Anniversary

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May 27th marks the 80th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of the RMS Queen Mary. Built in Scotland and taking three and a half years to complete, The Queen Mary sailed the North Atlantic Ocean for 31 years carrying more than 2 million people. Now she’s the iconic centerpiece of the Long Beach shoreline.

Since the ships retirement in 1967, The Queen Mary has been a popular attraction for tourists and photographers. It’s size and beauty is something that can only be understood in person and its dormant state in the harbor makes it easy to admire.

For more information on The Queen Mary or to book a tour visit www.queenmary.com

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Downtown Long Beach Street Sweeping

It’s About Time!

The days of waking up at 4am to move your car are done. Residents of Downtown, Alamitos Beach, and adjacent areas in Long Beach are finally free to use the much needed street parking space that has been burdened with an atrocious 4am to 8am No Parking zone schedule. The city’s new street sweeping map show that most sweeping will begin after 8am and will only last two hours instead of four (with the exception of streets such as Ocean Blvd, due to driver safety concerns).

The changes will phased in over one year – as this will mean replacement of thousands of signs across the city.

Below is a map, courtesy of the City of Long Beach website, indicating the proposed changes to take place.

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Please see the city website for the most current information.

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Where to go for Thanksgiving in Long Beach, CA

What is there do to in Long Beach on Thanksgiving?

Plenty, apparently. If you decide that cooking a huge meal and cleaning up the mess is just too much to deal with, I’ve found some great restaurant options for Thanksgiving Dinner. If you’re going to go this route — make your reservations as soon as possible. Seats will probably sell out quickly.

The Sky Room

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from The Sky Room

If you haven’t eaten dinner at The Sky Room, it has, arguably, the best panoramic views of Long Beach from the dining room, and the elegant setting is sure to impress.

Leave all the preparation and clean up to us this Thanksgiving and enjoy an unforgettable Thanksgiving Dinner at The Sky Room Restaurant in Long Beach. Featuring the finest Thanksgiving cuisine in an unmatched atmosphere that only The Sky Room Restaurant can offer. Made to order with multiple entrée choices, The Sky Room’s Thanksgiving Dinner features a smattering of traditional Thanksgiving offerings prepared by Executive Chef Juan Carlos Olvera in a manner you will only find at The Sky Room. Available Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 3pm until 8pm, The Sky Room’s Thanksgiving Dinner is an extraordinary holiday dining experience that you’ll not want to miss.

The price is $49 per person. The reservations number is: (562) 983-2703

Fuego

 

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from HotelMayaLongBeach.com

Fuego is at Hotel Maya, on the water near the Queen Mary. The patio has a spectacular view looking back at the Long Beach skyline.

From the Gazette:

Fuego at the Hotel Maya has a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a traditional evening dinner from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The buffet will be accompanied by live Latin Jazz and features traditional Thanksgiving dishes as well as a seafood station, omelet station, carving station and more. The buffet is $59.95 per person, $29.95 for ages 12 and younger. The evening dinner has four entree choices (turkey, Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, Salmon Filet) and buffet stations with soups, salads and desserts. Evening prices are $50 for adults, and $25 for ages 12 and younger.”

The reservation number is: (562) 481-3901

At Last Cafe

At Last Cafe is doing three seatings for Thanksgiving Dinner at 1, 3, and 5 pm. The price is $26.95 per person. The reservation number is: (562) 437-4837

Michaels on Naples

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Michaels on Naples is a gorgeous restaurant with very elegant food. The Thanksgiving menu at Michaels on Naples is a gourmet take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. The price is $50 plus tax and gratuity.

The Turkey Trot

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from JustinRudd.com

If eating a huge Thanksgiving meal has you worried about your waistline, or if you’re one of those people that like to run, or if you’re looking for something to do while the turkey is cookng: Belmont Shore is home to the yearly Turkey Trot – a 5k and 10k run on Thanksgiving morning. Pre-sale registration is $38 or $40 at the door. The Turkey Trot is for a good cause, to benefit the charity organization CAT.

“We will raise thousands for the 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.) for their events/projects that include the monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanup, the Long Beach Giving ProjectHaute Dogs, the $1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee, the National Adult Spelling Bee, the Fourth of July Kids’ Bike ParadeOperation Easter BasketOperation Santa Paws, Long Beach Losers, the Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, Miss Long Beach and more. The group puts on more than 60 annual projects/events focused mostly on animal, environmental and youth welfare.”

No matter how you spend your Turkey Day, we wish you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

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What’s happening in Long Beach This Week – November 3-10, 2013

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Things to do in Long Beach, CA this week

The Long Beach Playhouse is now featuring Avenue Q in their studio theater.

“Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and all heart. A laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned. He discovers that it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.”

This show may have puppets, but due to the mature content, you may want to leave the kids at home. The show runs until November 16th on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets are $24, available on the Long Beach Playhouse website.

The South Bay Fall Home and Garden Show is at the Long Beach convention center on Nov. 8-10, 2013. 

Show hours are Friday from 12-7pm, Saturday from 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm. Amission is FREE! 

Holiday Gift Shopping at Rancho Los Alamitos

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On Friday November 8th, the Historic Rancho Los Alamitos is hosting a holiday shopping reception from 4-7pm. Champagne and light refreshments will be served – admission is FREE!

If you haven’t been to the Rancho Los Alamitos before, it’s a hidden gem in Long Beach – and a great place for an afternoon stroll.

The Night Dive

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The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting the Night Dive event on Friday, November 8th,

“Enjoy a cocktail and spend some time among the fishes as we celebrate all the crazy stuff Mother Nature has created. Spend an evening filled with art and music as you marvel in the majesty of the sea.

Take in the Aquarium at night, when the lights go down and the bubble curtain goes up in the three-story-tall Honda Blue Cavern exhibit. At the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Night Dive, geared toward adults ages 18 and up, enjoy bands, groove to some DJs, and be moved by works of art. We may have a few tricks up our sleeve, so be sure to check our Facebook page to get the latest scoop!

Fine Art Experience curated by Miranda Castillo. In addition to the works of a select group of talented local artists, this show will feature the work of Mallory Morrison, Los Angeles-based underwater conceptual and fashion photographer.”

This event is 18+, tickets are $14.95, but Aquarium Members get in FREE! 

The 12th Annual Autumn Festival

The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting the 12th Annual Autumn Festival on Nov 9-10.

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“The Autumn Festival highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American cultures. The festival will feature traditional crafts, music, dance, demonstrations, cultural arts exhibits, ethnic cuisine, storytelling, and much more. Move to the sounds of taiko drumming, watch dancers, acrobats, and martial arts demonstrations. Try your hand at origami, and purchase hand-made crafts.”

Admission is included in general aquarium admission, aquarium members get in FREE! 

Hotel Maya Taste of Nicaragua Brunch on Sunday Nov. 10.

The Hotel Maya’s restaurant Fuego is hosting a sunday brunch featuring a Taste of Nicaragua on Sunday, November 10th. This is part of their November Latin Brunch Series. The menu looks delicious and the view of Long Beach and patio at Hotel Maya is one of the best in the city.

As you can see, there are lots of fun events this weekend in Long Beach. If you know of another interesting event in Long Beach this weekend, please comment below.

Have a great week!

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Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Stores, and “Parklets” in Long Beach, CA

Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Stores, and “Parklets” in Long Beach, CA

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Last weekend, I braved the rain, wind, and cold to explore the Long Beach Antique Flea Market held on the third Sunday of every month at Veterans Stadium. It’s hard to believe it was my first time there, but it will definitely not be my last. I’m planning on going next month, too.  If you enjoy really interesting and unusual items, this is the place! Parking is free, and entrance is $5, but if you look on the website, there are discount coupons available (which means more money to spend!).  The next date is April 15, which I believe would be the perfect antidote to the stress of “tax day”.

4th Street Retro Row

If you simply must have an antique ashtray or mid-century modern coffee table before then, I recommend 4th Street Retro Row (on 4th between Cherry and Junipero). This is one of my favorite places in the city, a street lined with antique and vintage stores, interesting eateries, and the beautiful Art Theater.

There are many events held on 4th Street each month. Here is a list from the 4th Street Long Beach website of this week’s events:

Wednesday – 4th Street Vine is hosting their weekly “Emerging Sounds of Wednesdays” series at 8pm. Savor a glass of wine while enjoying a showcase of local musicians.

Thursday The Art Theater is screening “Can You Feel It”, The Ultimate Music Festival Experience in HD at 9pm.

Friday – The Center is hosting a series of speakers for Women’s History Month, featuring women who are successful in male-dominated careers. This week’s speaker is Patricia “Peanut” Manuel, “2009 USA Boxing National Champion Gold Medalist, 2010 USA Boxing National Championships Silver Medalist, Two-Time Golden Gloves Champion 2006 and 2008, National PAL Champion 2006.” The event begins at 6:30, followed by a light reception.

Saturday – Clutter for a Cause – a rummage sale to benefit The Center LB. From 9am – 2pm. For more information, check The Center LB’s website.

Saturday – Bike Saturdays! This is a weekly event in which participating retailers throughout Long Beach give a discount to those who arrive on bicycle. Click here for a list of participating businesses. On the last Saturday of each month, Bike Mania offers free bike tune-ups from 4-6pm.

Sunday – The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures at Lil Devils Boutique on 4th Street, from Noon – 4pm, each sitting is $5.

What’s a Parklet?

If you attend any of the events on 4th Street this week, you may notice a change on the street. 4th Street has new “parklets” or miniature dining parks in front of a Lola’s and Number Nine. These parklets, which are popular in cities such as San Francisco, are on a deck about the size of two parking spaces, which bump out from the sidewalk into the street. Lola’s Mexican Cuisine has some outdoor seating in the rear, but the new seating provided by the parklets out front is really interesting, and they provide the perfect perch to people watch on a sunny afternoon.

Have a great week!

@ParkEstatesLB

Coralyn Wahlberg

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

ParkEstatesHouses@gmail.com

Farmers Markets in Long Beach, CA

Farmers Markets in Long Beach, CA

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Long Beach residents are lucky to have so many local Farmers Markets to choose from – there seems to be one almost every day of the week! Just this past Sunday, I visited the Farmers Market held at Alamitos Bay. I love being able to visit a market right on the water; breathing in the salty sea air, getting some sun on my shoulders and tapping my toes to the weekly live music.

This week the strawberries and oranges smelled divine. I sampled so many delicious varieties and ended up bringing home some beautiful blood oranges and enormous pomelos. I’m sure they’ll make an amazing citrus salad. I also purchased some delicious heirloom tomatoes, which were a hit in the bruschetta I made for our guests on Oscar Night. (my recipe below)

I’d like to start making the farmers markets part of my weekly shopping trips. If you’d like to visit one yourself, here is the schedule:

Sunday: Alamitos Bay on Marina Dr., south of 2nd Street. 9am to 2pm

Sunday: Old McDonald’s Farmers Market. 5000 E. Spring St. 8:30am to 3pm

Wednesday: Marine Stadium 3pm to 8pm

Thursday: Uptown – Bixby Knolls. 46th St. and Atlantic Ave. 3pm to 6:30pm

Friday: Downtown – City Place Center. 4th St. and Pomenade. 10am to 4pm. (free parking available with valiation at any City Place parking structure)

I am going to try a few more of these markets, and post pictures and recipes for what I find.

Bruschetta Recipe

8 large fresh tomatoes

1 clove garlic

1 tsp sugar

1/2 sweet onion

2 tbsp fresh basil – minced

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

salt and pepper

1 baguette

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 6 tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds (reserve 2 tomatoes for later). Lay tomatoes and 1/2 onion on baking sheet “face up”, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast until soft and slightly browned – remove from oven and let cool. Chop roasted tomatoes and onion into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Dice 2 remaining tomatoes and add to bowl. Add minced basil and sugar, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar – toss to combine. Let marinade until ready to serve.

Slice baguette into pieces, brush with olive oil, and toast under the broiler until lightly browned. Rub toast with a piece of garlic for flavor. Top with tomato mixture. Eat with pleasure.

Enjoy!

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Coralyn Wahlberg

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

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Valentine’s Day Ideas in Long Beach, CA

Valentine’s Day Ideas in Long Beach, CA

It’s that time of year again, when the stores bring out heart shaped boxes of chocolate and florists suddenly start charging a lot more for red roses. Many of us celebrate this occasion with an expensive dinner out with our sweetie, share valentine’s candy to our co-workers, (and some refuse to acknowledge it altogether).

If you’re thinking about going out tonight, but don’t know where to go, here are a few ideas to get you started:

There is no shortage of great restaurants in Long Beach offering special Valentine’s Day menus. You can trip the light fantastic at the Sky Room, enjoy fine cuisine on the rooftop deck at Michael’s on Naples.

For a fun take on the traditional “dinner and a movie” date, there is a great option on the 4th St. Long Beach website.  “Treat your date to a fabulous meal… at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine. Owners Luis and Brenda are offering a 3-course dinner for 2 (appetizer, main dish, and dessert), including a house bottle of wine & two movie passes for $44.95! RSVP now at: 562.343.5506.”  Harold and Maude starts at 9:30pm at the Art Theater across the street.

If you’re looking for something even more romantic, you can book a gondola ride through Naples with Gondola Getaways, enjoying a basket of wine and cheese, and gazing at the stars (and into the beautiful homes on the canals).

Tonight the Aquarium of the Pacific is open until 9pm with discount entrance after 5pm ($14.95 for adults). There is a “multi-course gourmet dinner” available as well.

The Laugh Factory is hosting a “My Funny Valentine” event. There are a few ticket options available online, including a “sweethearts package” so it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something less traditional.

If you’re looking for something sweet to do without breaking the bank, the El Dorado nature center is hosting Valentine’s night walk from 7-9pm (adults only) in which you can explore the trails after dark. Admission is $5 and requires pre-registration. This looks like a fun (and inexpensive) Valentine’s Day outing.

However you choose to spend your evening, enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

@ParkEstatesLB

Coralyn Wahlberg

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

ParkEstatesHouses@gmail.com

Squirrels, Raccoons, and Opposums… Oh My! Urban Wildlife in Long Beach, CA

Squirrels, Raccoons, and Opossums… Oh My!

Whether you see a masked bandit scampering across a quiet neighborhood street, smell something offensive on the block, or hear something scurry through your backyard at night, I’m sure you’re aware that we share our city with a population of urban wildlife.

Just last night, my dog alerted me to the presence of something running across our roof (not that I was going outside to investigate at 2am). There are many wild animals that call Long Beach home, such as squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and even coyotes.

Most of the time, we are not aware that they are there; so it’s easy to peacefully co-exist with our urban wildlife. While many people may not appreciate these misunderstood animals, most urban wildlife pose little to no threat, and will gladly stay out of our way if left undisturbed. In fact, State Law requires that healthy animals be left alone (CCR 251.1)

The City of Long Beach website has a section on Urban Wildlife that has many tips and links to the Humane Society and The Department of Fish and Game. There is also an online form to report coyote sightings, a list and map of coyote sightings, and information on what to do in case of wildlife encounter.

Keep Me Wild

In the interest of safety for all (people and animals included) the California Department of Fish and Game has a campaign, “Keep Me Wild” to help educate the public about the dangers of feeding wildlife and making them accustomed to human interaction. Humans feeding wildlife makes them dependent on us for food – or at least look to humans as a reliable food source.

Often, the food that urban wildlife finds is in the form of trash, pet food left outside, and sometimes our small pets.  Following some simple steps will help to prevent some problems with our wild neighbors:

  • Secure your trash and compost bins. Make sure not to leave anything enticing where a curious critter will find it.
  • Bring pet food indoors. Animals such as raccoons, skunks, opossums, and coyotes will happily eat pet food.
  • Keep small animals indoors and lock pet doors at night. Leaving pets outside increases the likelihood of your beloved pet having an encounter with a wild animal, even in the back yard. Remember –a coyote can easily jump over your fence.
  • Remove sources of water and pick up fallen fruit.

There’s Something in the Attic!

Even if we are careful, it is possible for wildlife to make their home within our home; whether in the attic, in a crawlspace, or a shed in the backyard. Fortunately, there are ways to handle the issue without resorting to lethal methods. Check out the raccoon retrieval method used in this video on the Humane Society website.

Raccoons have been known to enter attic spaces through open vents or sometimes removing roof tiles to have a warm dry place to give birth to their young. Sometimes they will even nest inside chimneys. Even though raccoons are notorious for being destructive to our homes, do not try to get rid of wild animals on your own– consult a professional that is experienced in humane wildlife retrieval such as Animal Capture Wildlife Control, www.animalcapturewildlifecontrol.com

If a coyote is in your yard, the Humane Society recommends using negative reinforcement or “coyote hazing” to make sure it goes away, such as yelling or spraying with the garden hose. Do not injure or trap the animal – this will only increase the likelihood of attack. Coyotes are naturally timid and will usually shy away from people and loud noises.

I hope this was helpful in informing you about some of the array of urban wildlife we have in Long Beach, and hopefully I eased your concerns about co-existing peacefully with these beautiful and misunderstood animals.

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Coralyn Wahlberg

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

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Recreation, Education, and Enrichment Classes in Long Beach, CA

Many Recreation, Education, and Enrichment Classes Offered In Long Beach…

Now that December is behind us, and good weather is returning (faster than expected), it seems like a great time to get out in the city and try new things. A great way to sample what this great city has to offer is to take one of the many low-cost or free classes offered throughout the city.

The City of Long Beach offers many fun and reasonably priced classes to residents through its Parks, Recreation, and Marine program. Class offerings are for many interests, such as Dance, Cooking, Music, or Art. If you made a resolution this year to improve your health or fitness, there are many exciting fitness options available, such as Zumba, Fit Camp, Yoga, Martial Arts, and Aerobics for all fitness levels.

If your canine companion is a bit unruly, or you’d like to improve their leash skills, there are Canine Classes for Obedience and Agility. There are even classes available for us to take advantage of our city’s location on the water, such as sailing, kayaking, or even canoe trips to brunch through Naples.

In the Youth Division, there are many classes to choose from, including Dance, Sports, Music, Driver’s Education, and even Tutoring in Math and SAT prep.

The Long Beach Water Department offers free landscaping classes to residents at their location at 1800 E. Wardlow Rd. from 9:30am to 1:00pm. Classes cover topics such as landscape design, plant selection, irrigation, and hardscape. For a list of class dates and topics, click here.

Another interesting class lets you experience the best view of the Long Beach waterfront upside down –  in the Downward Dog position, that is! Weekdays at 11 am at The Bluff there are yoga classes offered by Trilogy Yoga for a donation in the open sea air. For a schedule, see here.

I hope this has provided some valuable insight into how we can utilize the wealth of education our wonderful city has to offer.

See you in class!

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Coralyn Wahlberg

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

ParkEstatesHouses@gmail.com

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