Thursday, July 30, 2009

Free treats on your birthday!

Here's a list of stuff you can get for free on your birthday:

P.S. Happy Birthday, Rachel!

Friday, July 24, 2009

National Day of the Cowboy

Saturday, July 25

B&B Stables
10730 Artesia Blvd.
(Off Durmont St.)

Adults $5
Kids Free
Fundraiser for the Ride Your Horse Therapeutic Riding Program

  • Pony & horse rides

  • Petting zoo

  • Horse demonstrations

  • Vendors, crafts, & artists

  • Raffle prizes

  • Long Beach Mounted Police

  • Blacksmith and Wood Branding

  • Barrels, Reining, & Roping

  • Jumping

  • Buffalo Soldiers

  • US Territorial Marshals "Old West Reenactment"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Long Beach Food Cooperation

This is a yahoo group created to put together a community food buying network. There are various drop points for each co-op and members who sign up are required to pick up from a location in LB. Currently, there are groups that buy produce from Tanaka Farms, bulk/organic/natural foods from Azure Standard, citrus boxes from Ramona, CA, and grass-fed beef from J&J Ranch. There are occasionally other offers for avocadoes or fruit from members' own trees.

There is no obligation in joining and the various groups are not headed by the same person. Members are encouraged to come up with ideas for other buying opportunities.

Join at

Tanaka Farms CSA
delivered on Mondays
seasonal vegetables and fruit
Contact: Beth G.

Azure Standard
drop is once a month
organic/bulk foods
Contact: Alexis

Citrus box
seasonal fruit from Ramona, CA
drop is every other week on Mondays
Contact: Jenny S.

J&J Ranch CSA
grass-fed beef
every other month
Contact: Carrie

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The OC Fair!

July 10 - August 9
Wednesday - Friday: noon - midnight
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - midnight
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

OC Super Fair
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa

General: $10
Children (6-12): $5
Kids (5 & under): FREE

Free admission and parking Noon - 1pm July 10th ONLY

Kids Free Thursday
Kids 12 and under receive free admission every Thursday. Valid all day.

We Care Wednesday
July 15 Noon - 6pm: One free admission ticket and one carnival ride with donation of
5 canned food items.
July 22 Noon - 6pm: One free admission/one carnival ride with donation of one NEW children's book for ages 5-9.
July 29 Noon - 6pm: One free admission/carnival ride with donation of one NEW toy valued at $8 or more.
August 5 Noon - 6pm: One free admission/ride with donation of one school item valued at $5 or more.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Get Your Origami On!

Saturday, July 11
El Dorado Nature Center
Origami Outdoors
Bring the family and learn to create beautiful paper art inspired by nature.

Session 1 10am-11:30am (Families with children under 12)
Session 2 1pm-2:30pm (Families with children 13 and up)
Pre-registration is required

Sunday, July 12
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, CSULB
Origami Festival
Adults $7
Children under 12 free
Some of the best origamitors (my word invention) attend
More than 40 experts from local and national origami clubs will present demonstrations and teach guests of all ages and skill levels.

Family Artmaking Workshops - LBMA

Fridays, July 10 through August 28

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach

Ralston Family Learning Center
The summer schedule has changed to every Friday afternoon.
Come get your hands dirty and your brains engaged!

In these FREE drop-in workshops, adults and children will work together to create artworks inspired by art in the Museum's Collection or on exhibit in the Museum's galleries.

To see the list of events, go here.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Parents Night Out - Free!

Did you know Long Beach has our very own Shakespeare Festival? Yeah, me neither. :-)
And the best part is it's free. Find a babysitter and enjoy the show!

Julius Caesar

July 18, 19, 25, 26. August 1, 2, 8, 9.

At the Expo Building, 4321 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach.
Saturdays at 6:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

Long Beach Shakespeare Company's FREE Summer Shakespeare Festival is back for its 11th Season!

Intrigue, conspiracy, murder... and a ghost! It's a power struggle--Roman style. On stage in the classic political thriller! William Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR . A glorious spectacle!

Julius Caesar is part of our annual FREE summer festival, so no tickets or reservations are required. However, if you would like to sit in our preferred seating area, please email us with the number of people in your party and we will hold a place for you. It's first come, first served seating, but the preferred seating area is limited in size, so reservations are recommended.

JULIUS CAESAR is playing July 18th through August 9th -- Saturdays at 6pm, Sundays at 2pm at the Expo Building, 4321 Atlantic in Bixby Knolls in Long Beach. It's festival seating: bring blankets or low-backed chairs to sit on. Bring a picnic or get a meal there! Food and beverages will be available on site!

Fourth of July displays

Celebrate the 4th at these local firework displays. All fireworks begin at 9pm.

Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
view from any shoreline in Long Beach or San Pedro

Party on the Pier
Belmont Pier
Enjoy live music, a fish fry and BBQ, beer and wine gardens, boat rides on the shoreline.
Reserve seating for fireworks in advance. Go here for price and details.

Veteran's Stadium
5000 Lew Davis Drive
$10 adults, $7 kids (5-11) and seniors, under 5 free
Buy tickets until 5pm on July 4 at LB Fire Station #19, 3559 Clark Ave.
Demonstration by the LB Police K-9 and Helicopter divisions
Live band
Gates open at 5pm, entertainment starts at 6pm

Joint Forces Training Base
11200 Lexington Dr.
Los Alamitos
Gates open at 2pm
Free admission and parking
Everyone over 16 years old must bring ID
Arrive by 7:30pm to gain entry
Food court, vendor fair, kids fun zone (additional fee), military displays, WW II re-enactment
Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged (no bleachers available this year)
No alcohol, dogs, fireworks, or motor homes

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Enjoy the aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks.
Guests can choose special combo tickets to enjoy admission to the aquarium plus
an Independence Day BBQ buffet.
Dinner 6-8pm
Aquarium opens at 9am
Admission $29,95 adults, $11.95 child (3-11)
Aquarium + dinner: $31.75 adults $27 child
Advance reservations required for dinner

Harbor Cruise
100 Aquarium Way Dock #2
Join Harbor Breeze Cruises for a spectacular fireworks display from the water
in beautiful Rainbow Harbor