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Pages 2-3 – Destinations Long Beach Airport Destinations Welcome From The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pages 22/23 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Bixby Knolls More Things To Do In Long Beach

Page 4 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Rainbow Harbor

Pages 24-25 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Breakfast In Long Beach Biking In Long Beach Sports In Long Beach

Page 6 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Port Side Of Queensway Bay The Pike At Rainbow Harbor

Page 8 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Pine Avenue North The Promenade East Village

Pages 10 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Convention Center Other Downtown

Pages 12 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Broadway Retro Row

Pages 14/15 – Southern California Map Pages 16/17 – Long Beach Map

Pages 18/19 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Belmont Heights Belmont Pier/Peninsula 2nd Street/Belmont Shore

Pages 20 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Naples Island Alamitos Bay Landing Cal State Area

Pages 26/27 – Destinations’ Tour Of The City Shopping In Long Beach Seal Beach San Pedro

Pages 28/29 – Destinations’ Tour Of The Island Catalina

Pages 30/31 – Hotels/Motels Which Provide In-Room Distribution Of Destinations

Pages 32 – Cover Feature – Aquarium

Vol. XI No. 1 • January 2014 PublisherGeorge Economides Vice President Sales & MarketingMartha Rangel Sales & Marketing AssistantHeather Dann Assistant EditorTiffany Rider Staff WriterSamantha Mehlinger PhotojournalistThomas McConville DistributionConrad Riley DESTINATIONS magazine is a monthly publication of South Coast Publishing, Inc., a California corporation founded in 1985, which also produces the biweekly Long Beach Business Journal newspaper and the monthly Employee Times magazine for Boeing employees. Offices are located at 2599 E. 28th St., Suite 212, Signal Hill, California 90755. Destinations’ Phone: 562/988-9357; Fax: 562/988-1239. Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited.

ABOUT THE COVER The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting the annual Festival of Human Abilities on January 25-26, featuring live art demonstrations. See story and more details on Page 32. Photograph of Kelly Hancock of Bethune Theatredanse by Destinations’ Thomas McConville

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2 JANUARY 2014 Airlines Serving Long Beach* Alaska Airlines Daily nonstop flights to Seattle and Portland, Oregon 800/252-7522 Delta Delta Connection daily nonstop flights to Salt Lake City are operated by SkyWest Airlines 800/221-1212 JetBlue Airways Daily nonstop flights to Austin, Boston, Las Vegas, New York (JFK), Oakland, Portland, Sacramento, Seattle, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Washington D.C. (Dulles) and Anchorage (seasonal) 800/538-2583 US Airways Daily nonstop flights to Phoenix 800/428-4322 *Most U.S. cities can be reached from Long Beach via connecting flights

Long Beach Airport Information 562/570-2600 Web site: Airport Lost & Found: 562/570-2640


Bus Service Long Beach Transit Bus Route #111 runs from the airport to Downtown Long Beach ($1.25) and connects with Metro Blue Line at Transit Mall Rental Car Companies At Airport Avis 800/331-1212

Budget 800/527-0700 Enterprise 800/736-8222 Hertz 800/654-3131 National 800/227-7368 Taxi Service Long Beach Yellow Cab (Note: Taxis are available at Long Beach Airport without reservations.) 562/435-6111 Flat Taxi Fees (fares subject to change) from Long Beach Airport to: $23 – Most Downtown Hotels/ Long Beach Convention Center $30 – Queen Mary Hotel/ Hotel Maya/Carnival Cruise Terminal $37 – Knotts Berry Farm $45 – Disneyland or Anaheim Convention Center $45 – San Pedro/Cruise Ships $55 – South Coast Plaza $60 – LAX/John Wayne Airport $72 – Downtown Los Angeles



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Dear Visitor, Happy New Year, and welcome to Long Beach, Southern California’s urban waterfront playground! January is a perfect month to visit our city. While many cities are experiencing the cold temperatures of winter, Long Beach is usually warm and sunny, and there are always lots of waterside activities to enjoy. Three prestigious tradeshows return to our Convention Center this month: the Imprinted Sportswear Show, International Salon and Spa Expo and the Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo. This month, Long Beach is the host city for the 2014 Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA pageants. January is a great month for music. The Barbershop Harmony Society’s annual mid-winter competition is in the Terrace Theater. The Long Beach Symphony and the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra both perform at the Long Beach Entertainment Center this month. Long Beach boasts two world-class attractions. The Queen Mary, once the largest and fastest ocean liner on the Atlantic, is now a first-class hotel with shops, restaurants and historic tours depicting the ship’s illustrious past. The Aquarium of the Pacific showcases the many creatures that live in and around the Pacific Ocean. Long Beach’s downtown waterfront features attractions, shopping, entertainment, nightlife and more than 100 quality restaurants, all within walking distance of first-class accommodations. Long Beach boasts more than 30 restaurants with on-the-water panoramic views. Be sure to visit historic Pine Avenue, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village. Run, walk or bike along our 5-½ mile beach bike path. Just three miles from downtown you’ll find our Belmont Shore neighborhood, where 2nd Street is the place to see and be seen, along its 11 blocks of trendy shops, boutiques and restaurants. If you’re into “Retro Style,” then our “Funky 4th Street” vintage shops and unique restaurants are just minutes from downtown. With numerous theater, music and dance ensembles, there is always something to see on stage in Long Beach and our East Village features cutting-edge galleries, shops and restaurants. Long Beach is also home to four distinctive art museums; Long Beach Museum of Art, Museum of Latin American Art, Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum and the University Art Museum. Or you can step back into the history of early California at Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos, with their Spanish era adobe houses and spacious historic gardens. For a complete list of attractions and activities, go to Please enjoy your stay in Long Beach and we hope you will come back soon. Sincerely,

Steve Goodling, President & CEO Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

301 E. Ocean Blvd., 19th Floor, Shoreline Square, Long Beach, CA, 90802 Ph: 800/452-7829 • Fx: 562/435-5653 •

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Rainbow Harbor ❑ Home to more than 11,000 ocean animals, the world-class Aquarium of the Pacific is a must see for all ages. The facility explores the diversity of the Pacific Ocean through three permanent galleries representative of Southern California and Baja, the Northern Pacific and the Tropical Pacific. Of the Aquarium’s exhibits, some of the most popular are those in which guests get to interact with the animals! Stop by the Shark Lagoon, where guests can touch a variety of sharks and stingrays, or head into the Lorikeet Forest, where visitors can feed sweet nectar to more than 100 chirping lorikeets as they land on their head and shoulders! The Aquarium’s sea otter, seal, sea lion and penguin exhibits are also guest favorites. In addition to its aquatic creatures, the facility houses several educational and interactive displays and science centers that highlight our planet’s current concerns in regards to its oceans and their inhabitants. The Aquarium hosts several regularly scheduled events, exhibits and lectures, too! 100 Aquarium Way;; 562/590-3100

❑ Located right on the water, Parkers’ Lighthouse is a Long Beach dining staple with its vast variety of menu options, and live evening entertainment Tuesday-Saturday. Parkers’ is also home to the Queensview Steakhouse, located on the third floor and open Tuesday through Saturday nights.The area is also home to fantastic restaurants such as Tequila Jack’s and Yard House! and the new Louisiana Charlie’s. If pizza is your choice, then head over to Stefano’s for hot New York-style pizza. The city’s only waterfront Irish grill and sports bar is Shenanigans, which also has 12 TV screens to watch your favorite sporting events. Louisiana Charlie’s: 429-H Shoreline Village Dr.; Parkers’ Lighthouse: 435 Shoreline Village Dr.;; 562/432-6500 Tequila Jack’s: 407 Shoreline Village Dr;; 562/628-0454 Shenanigans: 423 Shoreline Village Dr.; 562/333-6477 Stefano’s Pizza: 429-C Shoreline Village Dr.;; 562/437-2880; Yard House: 401 Shoreline Village Dr.;; 562/628-0455

❑ Have fun with the kids (or be a kid again) in Shoreline Village. Ride the carousel and play more than 70 fun and exciting video games at the Pelican Pier Pavilion, all while snacking on popcorn, funnel cake and frozen yogurt from one of the Village’s several sweet shops. The area is home to many original stores: Pirates Cove is a treasure house of pirate, nautical, Long Beach and California memora-


bilia, collectibles and film, plus souvenirs for every member of the family; The Beach House is an eclectic collection of merchandise that reflects the pleasures of being at the beach; Company SAGA offers a wide selection of women’s clothing and accessories; Hot Licks features an assortment of hot items from all over the world, including salsas, hot sauces, nuts and more; Latin Sun stocks authentic handmade men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from Mexico, Central America and South America; RainDance features an assortment of authentic Native American and southwestern-style arts, crafts and jewelry; The Purple House is filled to the brim with purple-hued items from candles to home decor; the Village Hat Shop allows its customers to select headwear from an enormous selection of hats; Exotic House of Jerky carries a unique assortment of jerky made from alligator, buffalo, wild boar, salmon and more! 401-435 Shoreline Village Dr.;; 562/435-2668

❑ There is even more to do in Shoreline Village on the water! Narrated harbor cruises are offered through Spirit Cruises, which also provides romantic dinner cruises on selected dates. If you’re interested in renting a large vessel, Marina Sailing offers 100 affordable sail and powerboat rentals and charters including fishing boats and catamarans. Marina Sailing: 429 Shoreline Dr.;; 562/432-4672 Spirit Cruises: 429 Shoreline Dr. #100;; 562/495-5884

❑ Catch your dinner off of Long Beach’s coast by going on a deep sea fishing adventure. Both Long Beach Berth 55 Sportfishing and Pierpoint Landing offer guests the experience of chartered fishing in the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean. Long Beach Berth 55 Sportfishing: 555 Pico Ave.;; 562/432-8993 Pierpoint Landing: 200 Aquarium Way;; 562/983-9300

❑ Take the family on a memorable whale-watching cruise with Harbor Breeze Cruises. On this educational adventure, guests have the opportunity to view Fin Whales, Gray and Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, orcas and a variety of dolphins. 100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2;; 562/432-4900

If you want a unique alternative to a hotel or are planning a romantic night, consider the Dockside Boat & Bed and stay in one of its beautiful yachts docked in Rainbow Harbor. Alternative bed and breakfasts are a perfect way to “get away from it all.” 316 E. Shoreline Dr.;; 562/436-3111


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DESTINATIONS’ TOUR OF THE CITY Fuego at Hotel Maya: 700 Queensway Dr.;; 562/481-3910 The Reef Restaurant: 880 Harbor Scenic Dr.;; 562/435-8013

The Pike At Rainbow Harbor ❑

Act like a kid again at Kitchen Den Bar, whose state-of-the-art bowling alley and massive game room make it easy to return to your childhood. Make sure to take advantage of their extensive menu and signature martinis, too! While it’s a great place to bring children during the day, it is strictly 21 and over after 10 p.m. 10 Aquarium Way;; 562/308-7529

Port Side Of Queensway Bay

If you’re looking to test your knowledge, go to the Auld Dubliner for the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz night. Their traditional Irish fare, live music and premium beers and spirits are also a great reason to drop in!

71 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/437-8300

Spend the day aboard the Queen Mary, one of the most famous ocean liners in history. The ship offers a variety of tours, which range from the paranormal to the historically informative: the Self-Guided Audio Tour allows visitors to explore the ship at their leisure with an audio guide steering them through the story of the Queen Mary; the Glory Days Tour is a guided walking tour that provides a deeper look into the ship’s history; Her Finest Hour: A WWII Tour teaches the story of the ship during the war and how her involvement helped lead the allied forces to victory; the Haunted Encounters Tour leads guests through the most haunted areas of the Queen Mary as a tour guide reveals the stories of the ship’s most famous apparitions; and the Ghosts & Legends Show takes guests on an interactive, special effects journey as a tour guide walks you through the ship’s haunted past. Located next to “Diana: Legacy of a Princess. A Royal Exhibition” on the Sun Deck, The Queen Tea Room offers dazzling harbor and skyline views in an elegantly casual setting. After your adventure around the ship, enjoy a meal at any of the Queen Mary’s signature restaurants and cafes! Whether you choose Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge, the Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, the Promenade Café, your palate will be delighted at any of their creations! Finally, top off your evening with a cocktail or a glass of wine on board at the Observation Bar. The Queen Mary Event Park also has several events occurring throughout the year! 1126 Queens Hwy.;; 877/342-0738

❑ Tour the formerly forbidden confines of the Scorpion Russian Submarine, now docked next to the Queen Mary. Once used to perform top-secret missions during the Cold War, you can explore the submarine’s torpedo rooms, crew’s quarters and more. 1126 Queens Hwy.;; 877/342-0738

For a sophisticated menu with amazing views, dine at The Reef Restaurant or Fuego at the Maya. Both restaurants specialize in creating delectable dishes your palate won’t soon forget.

Deepen those laugh lines with a visit to the Laugh Factory Comedy Club. With comedy’s top stars and today’s newest talents gracing the club’s stage, it’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy a night of sidesplitting laughter. 151 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/495-2844, ext. 1

Bring the family or that special someone for a ride on Long Beach’s giant Ferris wheel. It’s a fun way to get a great view of Rainbow Harbor and Downtown Long Beach! 95 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/432-8325

❑ Grab your friends for a sing-along at Sgt. Pepper’s Dueling Pianos Cafe. This piano bar will take any music request from the tunes of the ‘50s to today’s jams. If you have children, they are welcome to an all-ages brunch on a select Sunday of each month. 91 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/499-4600

❑ Visiting Long Beach but wishing you could eat at your favorite restaurants from home? With these national eateries lining the area, your local longings are sure to be satisfied. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company: 87 Aquarium Way, Unit F-100;; 562/437-2434 California Pizza Kitchen: 61 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/628-1800 Chili’s Grill & Bar: 30 Shoreline Dr. West;; 562/590-5103 Famous Dave’s BBQ: 300 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/436-9260 Gladstone’s Long Beach: 330 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/432-8588 Hooters: 71 Aquarium Way;; 562/983-1010 Islands Fine Burgers: 55 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/436-6590 Outback Steakhouse: 20 W. Shoreline Dr.;; 562/435-0002 P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: 340 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/308-1025

❑ Catch a movie at Cinemark at the Pike. This theater’s stadium seating allows you to comfortably enjoy the latest feature films while snacking on popcorn and sipping on soda! 99 S. Pine Ave.;; 562/435-0353


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❑ For a game of pool, a cold beer and comfort food visit The Port Sports Bar and Billiards Lounge. This pool hall and restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features two full bars, 26 flatscreen televisions and 13 pool tables. 145 W. Broadway Ave.; 562/437-0123

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La Shish Mediterranean Kabob House is the newest addition to the Pine Avenue dining and entertainment experience. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, La Shish offers a wide array of menu choices for diners of all ages. 130 Pine Ave.;; 562/437-8648

❑ Learn how to cut a rug at Sevilla’s salsa dancing lessons. Every Wednesday evening, the restaurant offers classes with instructors for both beginner and intermediate levels and you are not required to bring a partner. Top off your Spanish experience by dining on their tapas! 140 Pine Ave.;; 562/495-1111

Every item on the menu at George’s Greek Cafe is sure to make you yell “opa!” With authentic cuisine and specials such as half off bottles of wine on Monday, this restaurant is the perfect spot to bring family and friends. Be sure to check out their second location in Belmont Shore, too! Visit 135 Pine Ave., Downtown; 562/437-1184 5316 E. 2nd St., Belmont Shore; 562/433-1755

❑ If you’re interested in dining at other restaurants, you’ve got several to choose from in this neighborhood. From sushi to steak, this area has it all! Agave: 200-A Pine Ave.;; 562/435-7700 Alegria Cocina Latina: 115 Pine Ave.;; 562/436-3388 Gaucho Grill: 200 Pine Ave.;; 562/590-5000 Johnny Rockets: 245 Pine Ave.;; 562/983-1332 Kabob Curry: 108 W. 3rd St.;; 562/495-2262 King’s Fish House: 100 W. Broadway;; 562/432-7463 L’Opera Ristorante: 101 Pine Ave.;; 562/491-0066 Octopus Japanese Restaurant: 200 Pine Ave.;; 562/901-2100 Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: 1 Pine Ave.;; 562/308-2255 Taco Beach: 211 Pine Ave.;; 562/983-1337 The Federal Bar, 102 Pine Ave.;; 562/435-2000

Enjoy upscale pub food and expansive beer selections at Congregation Ale House, whose Gothic church setting creates a unique atmosphere, and Beachwood BBQ, where its meats are slow smoked and dry rubbed, and The Stave, with its 60-foot angled wood bar. Dine on the innovative sushi rolls and seafood dishes at Wokcano Restaurant & Lounge. Its happy hour offers several great deals with classic favorites being served at appealing prices! The Promenade’s newest addition is Michael’s Pizzeria with his highly accliamed wood-fired pizza.

Beachwood BBQ: 210 E. 3rd St. #A;; 562/436-4020 Congregation Ale House: 201 E. Broadway;; 562/432-2337 Michael’s Pizzeria, 210 E. 3rd St. #C,; 562/491-2100 The Stave, 170 The Promenade North;; 562/612-4750 Wokcano,199 The Promenade North;; 562/951-9652

❑ Treat your ears to the smooth sounds of jazz music with an evening of live local, national and international entertainment acts at Harvelle’s. The establishment’s crooners are sure to keep you dancing the night away. 201 E. Broadway;; 562/239-3700

East Village ❑ See and hear live music or attend one of the many events happening at Long Beach’s famous Fingerprints Music store. With a wide selection of music and friendly customer service, the store is a music fan’s mecca. After you’ve picked up your favorite album, be sure to grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at Berlin, the adjoining coffeehouse and bistro. Fingerprints Music: 420 E. 4th St.;; 562/433-4996 Berlin: 420 E. 4th St.;; 562/435-0600

Wind down with a glass of wine and some flatbread pizza or premium cheese at the East Village Arts D i s t r i c t ’s District Wine. The establishment offers a great happy hour nearly every day of the week! 144 Linden Ave.;; 562/612-0411

For hearty fare and fine art, visit Utopia. This restaurant brings even more warmth and magic to the East Village with dishes like Caribbean scallops paired with interesting art lining the walls.

Utopia: 445 E. 1st St.;; 562/432-6888


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❑ Zephyr Vegetarian Café is one of Long Beach’s most popular vegan eateries featuring a menu that is free of meat and animal byproducts. Herbivores should also be sure to check out Steamed, a restaurant whose organic vegetarian menu items can also be made vegan. Keep your eyes peeled for dishes that cater to the meat-free lifestyle at many of the city’s other restaurants, as several of them off vegan and vegetarian options, too! Steamed: 801 E. 3rd St.;; 562/437-1122 Zephyr Vegetarian Cafe: 340 E. 4th St.; 562/435-7113

Enjoy quality coffee, tea and food at The Greenhouse. This green business purchases its ingredients from local businesses such as Rose Park Roasters, which uses bicycles to deliver its locally roasted coffee beans to the establishment. For a different kind of cuisine, head directly next door to the ASHA Moroccan Mediterranean Kitchen for a delicious, flavorful meal.

DESTINATIONS’ TOUR OF THE CITY International City Theatre:; 562/436-4610 Long Beach Opera:; 562/432-5934 Long Beach Symphony Orchestra:; 562/436-3203

Other Downtown ❑ The City Place shopping center is a 350,000-square-foot urban, pedestrian-oriented shopping and restaurant destination in the middle of downtown. The center is bounded by 3rd and 6th streets and Pine Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. For more information, call 562/439-2221, or visit: ❑ Savor delectable filet mignon and a glass of wine while listening to jazz and taking in the views at The Sky Room, located above Long Beach’s historic Breakers Hotel. Since its opening in 1926, this romantic restaurant has continuously drawn a clientele of locals, celebrities and politicians alike.

ASHA Moroccan Mediterranean Kitchen: 149 Linden Ave., Suite E; 562/628-2255 The Greenhouse: 149 Linden Ave., Suite C; 562/491-1111

❑ Take in the sights at the Museum of Latin American Art, whose collections and exhibitions of modern and contemporary Latin American art help preserve and promote the culture. The museum also hosts workshops and festivals throughout the year, and carries gifts made in Latin American countries. 628 Alamitos Ave.;; 562/437-1689

❑ Submerse yourself in the Pacific Islander cultures at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM). The museum’s exhibitions include sculptures, textiles, painting and a variety of other mediums including living arts showcases and interactive cultural demonstrations. 695 Alamitos Ave.;; 562/216-4170

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❑ If you feel like seeing some great architecture and getting some fresh air, take the downtown walking tour with the Long Beach Heritage organization. You’ll be led on a one and a half mile tour to some of the most interesting buildings in Southern California.; 562/493-7019

Treat your taste buds to some of Long Beach’s soul food at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. Its unique combination of breakfast and dinner in one meal will leave you completely satisfied! Afterwards, stop by the Sea Bird Jazz Lounge, connected to the restaurant, to top off your evening with some soulful sounds. Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles: 730 E. Broadway;; 562/437-8355 Sea Bird Jazz Lounge: 730 E. Broadway;; 562/243-3335

❑ Have a blast at Hamburger Mary’s Drag Show Brunch at its new, larger downtown location. Every Sunday morning, eat a tasty breakfast while viewing a one-of-a-kind show with the fun-loving Brunchettes. Nightly entertainment. Reservations are recommended! 330 Pine Ave.;; 562/436-7900

There is always something happening at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. With more than 400,000 square feet of space, the convention center complex is also home to the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, comprised of the Long Beach Arena, Terrace Theater and Center Theater. Whether it’s a performance by the International City Theatre group, the Long Beach Opera, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and its unique Symphony POPS! concerts, or an adventure travel expo, make sure to check out its schedule for the exciting events taking place at the Convention Center! 300 E. Ocean Blvd.;; 562/436-3636 LBC&EC Box Office: 562/436-3661

❑ For a savory slice of pizza, stop by B u o n o ’ s Pizza. With fresh topping options ranging from avocado to eggplant, its menu is loaded with variety. You’re guaranteed to leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face! 250 W. Ocean Blvd.;; 562 432-2211

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scribed as being wacky and over-the-top, with interactive sets and innovative performers, while The Garage Theatre’s plays extend beyond the conventional notions of what theatre entails. The Found Theatre: 599 Long Beach Blvd.;; 562/433-3363 The Garage Theatre: 251 E. 7th St.;; 562/433-8337

� Along the bike path in Alamitos Beach, rent a beach cruiser or surrey bicycle from Alfredo’s Beach Club. At its Rainbow Harbor location, pedal boats are available to rent for exploring Rainbow Lagoon up close. 700 Shoreline Dr.;; 562/314-8778.

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to L.A., the facility provides easy access to route information and schedules, bus passes and more. You’ll also find a touch-screen kiosk with 24-hour transit information here! 130 E. 1st St.;; 562/591-2301

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❑ Just one block west of the Long Beach Transit Mall is the Long Beach Main Public Library, which offers book lovers 135,000 square feet of books, computers, meeting areas and free wireless Internet. 101 Pacific Ave.;; 562/570-7500

❑ Visit La Traviata Restaurant for sumptuous Italian fare that will leave your taste buds yearning for more! From its dining room to its lounge, the establishment emits upscale elegance and offers its customers the opportunity to enjoy a variety of dishes while listening to world-class musicians on select nights. After your meal, head across the street to the First Congregational Church of Long Beach. Its breathtaking architecture makes it a must see destination! First Congregational Church: 241 Cedar Ave.;; 562/436-2256 La Traviata Restaurant: 301 N. Cedar Ave.;; 562/432-8022 The Potholder Cafe Too, 301 W. Broadway;; 562/432-6824

Broadway ❑ Pamper yourself at Spa Sidney or The Loft on Broadway. Getting your hair done for a night out, a European facial or a Swedish massage are just a few of the many services these local salons offer.

Retro Row ❑ See a movie at the historical Art Theatre of Long Beach. Built in 1924, this beautiful theatre hosts classic and current films as well as showings of theatre productions, concerts and operas. Before your showtime, stop by Portfolio Coffeehouse for a cup of coffee or tea. Art Theatre: 2025 E. 4th St.;; 562/438-5435 Portfolio Coffeehouse: 2300 E. 4th St.;; 562/434-2486 ❑ Taste wine from around the world at the Art Du Vin Wine Bar next door to the Art Theatre or 4th Street Vine. Both establishments offer an atmosphere that is perfect for good company and conversation.

Spa Sidney: 3519 E. Broadway;; 562/433-9665 The Loft on Broadway: 3300 E. Broadway;; 562/433-4979

Art Du Vin Wine Bar: 2025 E. 4th St.;; 562/438-5435 4th Street Vine: 2142 E. 4th St.;; 562/343-5463

Go to Paradise Piano Bar to enjoy cocktails and delicious American fare while listening to live music. This LGBT-friendly restaurant serves dinner until midnight Monday through Saturday and hosts a fantastic weekend brunch.

1800 E. Broadway;; 562/590-8773

As the central core for Long Beach’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, The Center offers assistance and education regarding health, cultural and social activities, in addition to legal and social justice. 2017 E. 4th St.;; 562/434-4455

❑ Transform into English royalty for high tea at one of Long Beach’s ❑ With more than 40 shops, Retro Row makes shopping vintage

tea rooms. The Vintage Tea Leaf hosts tea parties with a variety of salads, sandwiches, scones, and other treats. If you have children, there are plenty of options for them as well. 969 E. Broadway;; 562/435-5589

❑ If it’s coffee you’re looking for, Hot Java will certainly fulfill your craving with its quality coffee and ambiance. This community favorite provides its patrons with free wireless Internet, a large plasma TV and a fireplace.

easy! Whether you’re looking for great antique furniture, vintage clothing or classic jewelry, you’re sure to find something in these unique and independently owned shops. ❑ Give back while you shop with a visit to the Assistance League of Long Beach Thrift & Vintage Shop or The Feed Store. Each of these shops donate a portion of their proceeds to help out those in need.

2101 E. Broadway;; 562/433-0688

Assistance League Thrift & Vintage Shop: 2100 E. 4th St.;; 562/434-7121 The Feed Store: 2001 E. 4th St.; 562/433-7500

❑ After you’ve filled your shopping bags, delight your taste buds with

On a budget with an empty stomach? Chen’s Chinese Restaurant offers its customers enormous portions at affordable prices. Chen’s: 2131 E. Broadway;; 562/439-0309

❑ Having served Long Beach residents for more than 30 years, The Pizza Place & Garden Café is a must try for visitors. With menu items such as Mediterranean pizza or grilled eggplant and chicken sandwiches, you won’t be disappointed with your meal! 1431 E. Broadway;; 562/432-6000

a meal at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine (pictured), a family-owned restaurant that prepares its dishes from scratch using its Guadalajaraborn grandmother’s recipes, or Number Nine, whose Vietnamese sandwiches and rice noodle soup are sure to hit the spot. New to Retro Row is P3 Artisan Pasta with pizza, pasta and much more. Lola’s Mexican Cuisine: 2030 E. 4th St.;; 562/343-5506 Number Nine: 2118 E. 4th St.;; 562/434-2009 P3 Artisan Pasta: 2306 E. 4th St.;; 562/439-8565

❑ More dining options can be found just east of Retro Row. Experience the fusion of Greek cuisine and American classics at KafeNeo or the friendly service and eclectic menu at Shillelagh, which is connected to one of Long Beach’s first bars, O’Connell’s Cocktails! KafeNeo: 2800 E. 4th St.;; 562/987-1210 O’Connell’s Cocktails: 2746 E. 4th St.; 562/433-5068 Shillelagh: 2742 E. 4th St.; 562/916-3288


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Belmont Heights ❑ Amazing coffeehouses are found all over Long Beach, and this neighborhood is no exception. The Library Coffeehouse provides coffee lovers a cozy place to indulge in tasty beverages and hot food. Viento y Agua Coffeehouse’s organic Mexican Moka and the coffeehouse’s open mic nights are a local favorite. The Library Coffeehouse: 3418 E. Broadway;; 562/433-2393 Viento y Agua Coffeehouse: 4007 E. 4th Street;; 562/434-1182

❑ E.J. Malloy’s Pub has given Long Beach residents hearty food and a mean pint of beer for years. With different food and drink specials every night, this pub’s Gaelic ambiance can put anyone in a good mood. They have a location in Bixby Knolls, too! Visit 3411 E. Broadway; 562/433-3769 or 4306 Atlantic Ave.; 562/424-5000

fee, the facility’s indoor and outdoor pools offer great ways to have fun or exercise during any season of the year. Swimming classes and private lessons are also available. 4000 E. Olympic Plaza; 562/570-1806

Looking for more fun? Walk across the street and head to the Reno Room. Relax with a cocktail and some Mexican food at this local hang out.

❑ Go on a nautical adventure at the Leeway Sailing and Aquatics Center. The facility offers classes in canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing for individuals of all ages and skill levels. Although many classes are part of a multiple week class package, visitors are welcome to request a private lesson for every activity.

3400 E. Broadway;; 562/438-4590

5437 E. Ocean Blvd.; 562/570-1719

❑ Rent a kayak through Kayaks On The Water and tour the canals of Naples Island, or go on a romantic gondola ride with Gondola Getaway in the evening. If you have children, take them on one of their “pizza cruises!”

New to east Broadway is The Attic, located in one of the city’s famous Craftsman-style homes, and offers southern inspired cuisine with a Southern California twist. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides plenty of outdoor dining. 3441 E. Broadway;; 562/4433-0153

Gondola Getaway: 5437 E. Ocean Blvd.;; 562/433-9595 Kayaks On The Water: 5411 E. Ocean Blvd.;; 562/434-0999

❑ Take a scuba-diving course at Deep Blue Scuba and Swim Center, one of the oldest dive shops in the United States. Its first-class instructors will make scuba diving an incredibly rewarding and safe experience. 11 39th Place;; 562/434-1604

❑ Sample beers at Southern California’s oldest operating brewpub, the Belmont Brewing Company. Located at the foot of the Belmont Pier, this restaurant offers its visitors American fare and awardwinning ales along with picturesque views of the ocean and the Long Beach skyline.

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25 39th Place;; 562/433-3891

❑ Learn how to windsurf with the Long Beach Windsurf Center in the protected Long Beach harbor, which has just the right conditions. The authorized dealer offers private and group lessons, a large inventory of products, professional staff and accessories. 3850 E. Ocean Blvd.;; 562/433-1014

❑ Take a swim at the Belmont Plaza Pool. For a small swimming

Learn the sport of kiteboarding in the air and on the water with Southern California Kiteboarding in Belmont Shore, known as the only beach in the Los Angeles and Orange County area where beginners are allowed. Private lessons, gear and kite wear are available Wednesday through Sunday. Southern California Kiteboarding: Belmont Shore Launch Ramp, Claremont Plaza;; 800/939-4640


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Enjoy a quality cup of espresso or coffee in Belmont Shore at Polly’s Gourmet Coffee. The staff is always friendly and the espresso is always right. Polly’s roasts its own beans in store, so a perfect cup of coffee is guaranteed. Polly’s Gourmet Coffee: 4606 E. 2nd St.;; 562/433-2996

❑ Once the sun goes down, 2nd Street remains bustling with people looking to have a great time at one of the many pubs and bars. Whether you’re after a wild night or great conversation over a pint with friends, there is a place for everyone on 2nd Street. Acapulco Inn: 5283 E. 2nd St.; 562/439-3517 Dogz Bar and Grill: 5300 E. 2nd St.;; 562/433-3907 Murphy’s Pub: 4918 E. 2nd St.; 562/433-6338 Panama Joe’s: 5100 E. 2nd St.;; 562/434-7417 Quinn’s Irish Pub & Grill: 200 Nieto Ave., Ste. A; 562/434-2606 Riley’s Pub & Grill: 5331 E. 2nd St.; 562/856-1612 Second location: 4133 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach 90804; 562/494-4300 Shannon’s Bayshore: 5335 E. 2nd St.; 562/433-5901 Second location: Shannon’s on Pine: 209 Pine Ave.; 562/436-4363

❑ Eat your way around the world on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. There you will find dining options to satisfy nearly every culinary craving, with American, Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican and Thai restaurants lining the street.

❑ Enjoy a full menu and bar while watching a sports game at Legend’s Sport Bar on its famous 326-inch screen, the largest noncommercial television projection screen in the nation! With more than 30 televisions, you’re guaranteed to catch a variety of sporting events. 5236 E. 2nd St.;; 562/433-5743

idea, stop in Venissimo Cheese and We Olive. We Olive also holds interactive classes and demonstrations on Wednesdays. Angelo’s Deli, 190 La Verne Ave.; 562/434-1977 Olives Gourmet Grocer, 5000 E. 2nd St., 562/439-7758 Venissimo Cheese: 195 Claremont Ave.;; 562/433-4986 We Olive: 4725 E. 2nd St., Suite C;; 562/433-8000

❑ Feel free to indulge your sweet tooth, as 2nd Street is home to a variety of establishments that specialize in creating savory treats. Babette’s Feast: 4621 E. 2nd St.; 562/987-4536 Frosted Cupcakery: 4817 E. 2nd St.;; 562/987-1080 Le Donut & Croissant: 5272 E. 2nd St.; 562/439-7262 Paradis Ice Cream: 5305 E. 2nd St.;; 562/438-8580 Powell’s Sweet Shoppe: 5282 E. 2nd St.;; 562/434-6105 Sweet Jill’s Bakery: 5001 E. 2nd St.; www.; 562/438-4945

❑ The area is also home to an eclectic mix of boutique shops that draw people from all over Southern California. From gardening gifts to baby clothing, one of these shops is sure to have what you’re searching for! ❑ Take a guided bike tour through Long Beach with Cali Bike Tours, which offers fun and unique adventures such as couples rides, family rides and even wine tasting rides! Cali welcomes riders of all skill levels and ages, and groups of all sizes. 5318 E. 2nd St., Suite 585;; 562/334-2453

❑ Have fun learning about, sampling and shopping for gourmet foods. If you’re looking for a gourmet treat, or even a great gift

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If you have your dog (or are just a dog lover), stop by Rosie’s Dog Beach. Located at Granada Beach between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues, this nearly 3-acre stretch of land is the only off-leash dog beach in all of Los Angeles County. Rosie’s Dog Beach is open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

❑ For the past 12 years, community service extraordinaire Justin Rudd has hosted his 30-minute Beach Clean Up. If you’re here on the third Saturday of the month, come to Granada Beach in Belmont Shore for this community event. Enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments while making an impact on the environment! 1 S. Granada Ave. at Ocean Boulevard;

❑ Dine on fantastic seafood at one of the restaurants of Alamitos Bay Landing. These eateries have some of the best views in town and each bring their own delicious perspective to California cuisine! Crab Pot: 215 N. Marina Dr.;; 562/430-0272 Joe’s Crab Shack: 6550 Marina Dr.;; 562/594-6551 Malarkey’s Grill: 168 N. Marina Dr.;; 562/598-9431 McKenna’s on the Bay: 190 N. Marina Dr.;; 562/342-9411

❑ Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Schooner or Later. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this Long Beach restaurant’s expansive outdoor seating overlooking the marina makes for an amazing dining atmosphere. 241 N. Marina Dr.;; 562/430-3495

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❑ Take your family and friends out on the water for a Duffy Boat experience with Bay Boat Rentals. For up to 12 people, a Duffy boat provides everyone with the fantastic experience of dining and listening to music while cruising the harbor. 186 N. Marina Dr.;; 562/598-2628

For an amazingly tender rack of ribs, check out Naples Rib Company. In addition to heaping sides of garlic mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and other items, the eatery also offers a gluten and casein free menu! 5800 E. 2nd St.;; 562/439-7427

If you’re looking for a sophisticated night out, there are two restaurants to try in Naples Island. Established in 1958, Michael’s on Naples Ristorante serves Italian food at it’s finest with homemade pasta dishes like Canaroli risotto with Maine lobster, leeks and cream. Finally, Nico’s Restaurant offers elevated entrees like New York steak with a prosciutto blue cheese butter that you won’t soon forget. The elegant, new Chianina Steakhouse opened in late December and promises to become a favorite. Michael’s on Naples: 5620 E. 2nd St.;; 562/439-7080 Chianina Steakhouse, 5716 E. 2nd St.;; 562/597-4000 Nico’s Restaurant: 5760 E. 2nd St.;; 562/434-4479 Russo’s Ristorante & Bar: 5856 E. Naples Plaza.;; 562/433-1616

❑ Learn to sail with the U.S. Sailing Center. The center offers a wide range of programs for all ages, and facilities include docks, workshops, classrooms and a fleet of more than 30 different vessels. 5489 E. Ocean Blvd.;; 562/433-7939

❑ From coffee and fruit smoothies to sandwiches and baked goods, the Royal Cup Cafe will eliminate your hunger with its delectable menu. Be sure to stop by its other location, too! Visit 194 Marina Dr., Suite 101; 562/363-6069 994 Redondo Ave.; 562/987-1027

Cal State Area ❑

The historical ranch and gardens of Rancho Los Alamitos are rich with California history and are open to the public free of charge Wednesday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

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Explore Long Beach’s waters with Long Beach Hydrobikes. Bike on the water through Naples’ canals or the marina without getting too wet (unless you want to, of course!). 110 N. Marina Dr.;; 562/5462493

❑ Groove to the sounds of live reggae and blues bands with Star Party Cruises & Reggae Boat Parties. Its chartered cruises take you around the Long Beach harbor and Naples Island while you take advantage of the boat’s dance floor and full bar. 140 N. Marina Dr.;; 562/799-7000

6400 Bixby Hill Rd.;; 562/431-3541

❑ El Dorado Park offers a scenic 18-hole disc (frisbee) golf course. This spin on traditional golf is an affordable way to have fun outdoors. El Dorado’s course has on-site equipment rentals and welcomes individuals of all ages and skill levels. 2900 N. Studebaker Rd.; 562/570-1771


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Visit California State University, Long Beach’s 1.3-acre Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens. Admission is free and the gardens are open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Please note that it is closed on major holidays and during the campus’ winter recess. 1250 Bellflower Blvd.;; 562/985-2169

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❑ Looking to escape the city life? Go to the El Dorado Nature Center (pictured) whose nearly 100-acre grounds provide sanctuary for a variety of animal and plant life. Hike the center’s two miles of dirt trails and a one-fourth mile paved trail around two lakes, a stream and vast forested areas.

❑ The EXPO Arts Center is host to several exhibits featuring the work of local artists. From photographs to sculptures, the talent of Long Beach is evident throughout this facility.

7550 E. Spring St.;; 562/570-1745

pride at the Long Beach Clothing Co. This retail store carries something for everyone, with stock ranging from sweatshirts to stickers.

❑ The best of Broadway is right at your fingertips with a visit to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, home to Southern California’s premier musical theatre company, Musical Theatre West. As host to several other performances and groups as well, you’re sure to have an enriching and entertaining night out! 6200 E. Atherton St.;; 562/985-7000

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❑ Stock up on clothing and accessories that display your Long Beach 4218 Atlantic Ave.; www.longbeachclothing. com; 562/988-5900

❑ If you’re a Shakespeare buff, head to the Richard Goad Theater, home to the Long Beach Shakespeare Company! If you’d rather spend your evening with Sherlock Holmes than Hamlet, the company also puts on several other classic productions from the works of various authors. 4250 Atlantic Ave.;; 562/997-1494

❑ Visit the Historical Society of Long Beach. This nonprofit organization features a variety of exhibitions and collections all relating to the material history of the city. 4260 Atlantic Ave.;; 562/424-2220

❑ As one of the oldest bakeries in Long Beach, Alsace Lorraine Fine Pastries has been providing the community with delicious baked goods since 1947. With an assortment of danishes, quiche, cupcakes and more for you to try, you might want to stop here more than once! 4334 Atlantic Ave.;; 562/427-5992

Tap into your artistic side with a visit to California State University, Long Beach’s University Art Museum. The facility houses a variety of rotating exhibitions and collections, in addition to offering lectures and tours.

1250 Bellflower Blvd.;; 562/985-5761

Bixby Knolls ❑ Go back in history with a visit to the Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Part of an early Spanish land grant, the site features one of the few remaining two-story adobes in Southern California along with a variety of gardens. 4600 Virginia Rd.;; 562/570-1755

❑ If you’re craving great food, Bixby Knolls is home to many fantastic choices! Since 1958, Nino’s Italian Restaurant has served favorites like homemade lasagna and chicken marsala. Another Italian restaurant that receives high marks for its food and service is La Taverna Cucina Italiana. Part of a group whose members are craving different types of food? Go to Café Bixby and Pizza, where the menu features everything from Thai chicken pasta to BBQ pizza, or The Factory Gastrobar, uses traditional Spanish techniques and ingredients that gives the menu a Mediterranean flair. Visit Phil Trani’s Fine Food and Spirits to have a truly personal restaurant experience, where the kitchen’s walls are lined with memorabilia and signatures of the professional athletes and celebrities who Phil is a fan of. If sushi is what you yearn, then head over to Atun, a sushi, yakitori and izkaya bar. Atun: 4262 Atlantic Ave.,; 562/513-3243. Cafe Bixby and Pizza: 3900 Atlantic Ave.;; 562/427-2233 La Taverna Cucina Italiana: 3819 Atlantic Ave.; 562/427-8600 Nino’s Italian Restaurant: 3853 Atlantic Ave.;; 562/427-1003 Phil Trani’s: 3490 Long Beach Blvd.;; 562/426-3668 The Factory Gastrobar: 4020 Atlantic Ave.;; 562/595-4020


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More Things To Do In Long Beach ❑

Located on a bluff-top site overlooking the Long Beach Harbor and the Pacific Ocean, the Long Beach Museum of Art is a definite must see. There you will find two floors of expansive gallery space, oceanfront gardens and several other features. After your visit, be sure to stop by the museum’s restaurant, Claire’s at the Museum (pictured), to discuss art over bruschetta and seared ahí salad!

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Take to the skies with a Los Angeles Helicopters tour. Departing from the Long Beach Airport, these helicopter rides offer guests a unique perspective of the Southland. From the “Long Beach Roundabout” tour that showcases Long Beach, its ports and the surrounding Palos Verdes Peninsula coastline to the “Catalina Odyssey” that brings unforgettable views of the island’s mountains and canyons, it is sure to be an experience of a lifetime. 3501 Lakewood Blvd.;; 562/377-0396

Bring out the country in you at Cowboy Country Saloon. This unique dance hall and saloon has three dance floors for cowboys and cowgirls who want to line dance the night away. Consider yourself a novice line dancer? The saloon offers dance classes every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

3321 E. South St.;; 562/630-3007

Enjoy the talents of local artists by visiting one of Long Beach’s art walks. The Second Saturday Art walk takes place in the East Village Arts District every second Saturday of each month (, while Bixby Knoll’s First Fridays Art Walk occurs on the first Friday of each month ( The neighborhoods’ shops and restaurants also participate!

2300 E. Ocean Blvd.;; 562/439-2119

Be sure to check out Long Beach’s five veterans memorial sites, all honoring the military men and women who served in war. • Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier: 39th Place and Ocean Boulevard • Lone Sailor Memorial: Paloma Avenue and Ocean Boulevard (pictured) • Long Beach Navy Memorial: Shoreline Park near the Aquarium of the Pacific • McDonnell-Douglas UAW Veterans Memorial: Lakewood Boulevard and Carson Street • Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Houghton Park, Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street

❑ The east side of the city beyond 2nd Street, Belmont Shore and Naples is home to some exotic dining establishments: Forbidden City Restaurant features fresh and authentic Chinese and Japanese cuisine that pair perfectly with the outdoor garden patio and marina views; Sababa Restaurant and Lounge transports diners to glamorous Tel Aviv with its elegant lounge and Mediterranean menu; and Tantalum Restaurant offers waterfront dining, captivating Indonesian decor and “California cuisine with Asian soul.” And for vegetarians, there’s the strictly vegetarian, The Veggie Grill, while Roots Gourmet provides all organic, healthy homemade fare. Forbidden City: 6380-A E. Pacific Coast Hwy.;; 562/961-3500 Nomad Asian Bistro: 6563 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.,; 562/430-6888 Roots Gourmet: 6473 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.;; 562/795-7668 Sababa Restaurant and Lounge: 6527 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.;; 562/252-3572 Tantalum: 6272 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.;; 562/431-1414 The Veggie Grill: 6451 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.;; 562/430-4986

❑ No matter where you are in Long Beach, an antique store is close by. Stores like Warehouse 1333 in Belmont Heights or Inretrospect on Retro Row can keep any shopper gazing for hours. Antique fans must also check out the Long Beach Antique Market at Veteran’s Stadium. Every third Sunday of the month, this enormous 20-acre market has been named one of the top 10 flea markets in the United States for its huge selection of antiques and collectibles from more than 800 dealers. Inretrospect: 2122 E. 4th St.;; 562/433-6600 Long Beach Antique Market: 4901 E. Conant St.;; 323/655-5703 Warehouse 1333: 1333 Redondo Ave.;; 562/494-1333

Have a great night at the theatre at the Long Beach Playhouse. It produces a variety of shows throughout the year, in addition to offering writing workshops and acting classes for youth and adults. 5021 E. Anaheim Street;; 562/494-1014

Relax your mind and spirit with a donation-based yoga class. Enjoy the ocean air during your downward dog every Saturday and Sunday on the corner of Cherry Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, or take part in any of the daily classes Trilogy Yoga offers. It only costs what you can give! 3141 E. Broadway;

Stop by the Long Beach Homeland Cultural Center in MacArthur Park. This award-winning center celebrates the city’s cultural diversity and puts on workshops, classes and performances for everything from African drums to poetry.

1321 E. Anaheim St.; 562/570-1655

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❑ Visit, learn and possibly join a team of rowing enthusiasts at the

1445 Peterson Ave.;; 562/570-8628

Pete Archer Rowing Center. This center was established during the 1932 Olympics and provides a perfect course for practices or competitions.

If you’re a fan of fire trucks, be sure to pay a visit to the Long Beach Firefighter’s Museum! Its collection of early firefighting devices preserves the history of the city’s fire department.

5750 Boathouse Lane;; 562/438-3352

❑ The City of Long Beach is proud of the cost-effective and con-

venient public transit system offered in the city. The popular red Passport bus is an excellent way to get around. All four lines service much of Long Beach and certain routes are completely free to ride. During the summer, Long Beach Transit also offers the AquaBus and the AquaLink water taxis for a quick and fun way to get where you need to go across the water! Outside of public transportation, locals rely on Long Beach Yellow Cab and the Long Beach Pedaler Society.

Immerse yourself in Cambodian culture with a walk through Cambodia Town. Known as the Cambodian capital of the United States, this roughly one-mile long corridor along Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Avenues has numerous Cambodian restaurants and retail shops, as well as several churches and temples.

Long Beach Pedaler Society:; 562-980-1861 Long Beach Transit:; 562/591-2301 Long Beach Yellow Cab:; 888/529-3556

Breakfast In Long Beach

Step back in time with a visit to Joe Jost’s. Founded in 1924, this establishment is one of the oldest continually operated taverns and is famous for having the coldest beer in the area, served at 29 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t forget to try one of their pickled eggs! The establishment also houses a pool room in the back.

2803 E. Anaheim St.;; 562/439-5446

❑ Through the support of loyal customers, many great establishments have been in business for several years. For more than 20 years, Rossmoor Pastries has been providing locals with gourmet desserts, pastries, breads and a variety of other items, while The Wine Country has sold fine wine, artisan spirits, craft beer and gourmet food to the area for 17 years! Rossmoor Pastries: 2325 Redondo Ave.;; 562/498-2253 The Wine Country: 2301 Redondo Ave.;; 562/597-8303

Those who would like a different way to live the Long Beach lifestyle should check out the Golden Shore RV Park. This beautifully landscaped park among the palm trees has an array of amenities including a pool, spa, horseshoes, shuffleboards, picnic areas and a clubhouse.

101 Golden Shore;; 562/435-4646

❑ If you’ve brought your boat to enjoy the Long Beach waters, there are five boat launch ramps to take advantage of. Davies Launch Ramp: 6201 E. 2nd St.; 562/570-8636 Marine Stadium: 5255 Paoli Way; 562/570-8636 Claremont Launch Ramp: 5300 E. Ocean Blvd.; 562/570-8636 Granada Launch Ramp: 1 S. Granada Ave.; 562/570-8636 South Shore Launch Ramp: 590 Queensway Dr.; 562/570-8636

❑ The Long Beach Oil Islands have long been a fun and often mysterious landmark. While on the mainland, the fun colors and lights fool Long Beach visitors and locals alike and transform an oil operation into what looks like a sought after exotic destination or condos.

❑ For the early-riser, start your day off right with breakfast at unique mom-and-pop diners recognized in Long Beach as not-to-miss breakfast destinations. And for those of you who enjoy Long Beach Cafe sleeping in, don’t fret; most of these establishments serve brunch, too! Blackbird Cafe: 3405 Orange Ave.; 562/490-2473 Chuck’s Coffee Shop: 4120 E. Ocean Blvd.; 562/433-9317 Egg Heaven Cafe: 4358 E. 4th St.;; 562/433-9277 Eggs Etc.: 550 Redondo Ave.;; 562/433-9588 Long Beach Cafe: 615 E. Ocean Blvd.;; 562/436-6037 (pictured) Omelette Inn: 318 Pine Ave.;; 562/437-5625 Starling Diner: 4114 E. 3rd St.;; 562/433-2041 The Coffee Cup Café: 3734 E. 4th St.; 562/433-3292 The Original Park Pantry: 2104 E. Broadway; 562/434-0451’ The Pot Holder Cafe: 3700 E. Broadway;; 562/433-9305 212 Patio Bistro: 2708 E. 4th St.;; 562/439-8822 The Breakfast Bar: 70 Atlantic Ave.;; 562/726-1700 Two Umbrellas Cafe: 1538 E. Broadway;; 562/495-2323 Village Cafe: 4148 N. Viking Way; 562/421-5515

Biking In Long Beach ❑ While you’re in one of the most bike friendly cities in the nation, take advantage of Long Beach’s many bike paths. Take in some fresh air on the 3.1-mile bike path stretching from Alamitos Bay to Shoreline Village along the ocean or the 28-mile


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Sports In Long Beach; 562/570-6334

❑ Long Beach is home to five golf courses that offer players varying degrees of difficulty. One of the courses, Heartwell Golf Course, offers night golf, too! Visit for course information and to book your tee times.

As one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the stateo f - t h e - a r t BikeStation. Utilize BikeStation’s lockers, changing rooms, 24-hour indoor bicycle parking and or even rent a bike to tour the city. For additional rental options, visit 404 Bike Sales & Rentals! BikeStation: 223 E. 1st St.;; 562/436-2453 404 Bike Rentals/2Girls bike Shop: 3329 E. 4th St.; 562/343-1411

Save money, have fun, and support local businesses. Ride a bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer. Just stop by at any time on Saturday and ask about their Bike Saturdays special for bicyclists. Look for this window decal at participating shops and eateries: The list of participating businesses is at

El Dorado Golf Course (18 Hole): 5000 E. 7th St.; 562/438-4012 Heartwell (18 Hole): 6700 E. Carson St.; 562/421-8855 Recreation Park North (18 Hole): 5000 E. Anaheim St.; 562/494-5000 Recreation Park South (9 Hole): 5000 E. Anaheim St.; 562/438-4012 Skylinks (18 Hole): 4800 E. Wardlow Rd; 562/421-3388

❑ Practice your best Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant impression at any of the city’s basketball courts. Visit www.longbeach. gov/park/recreation/sports/basketball.asp for a list of locations. ❑

Have fun while working out on any of the city’s 69 tennis courts. If you don’t have equipment or are looking for professional instruction, stop by the El Dorado Park Tennis Center or the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Both facilities offer these services and much more. For a complete list of tennis courts and their locations, visit Billie Jean King Tennis Center: 1040 Park Ave.; 562/438-8509 El Dorado Park Tennis Center: 2800 Studebaker Rd.; 562/425-0553

❑ With several beach volleyball courts lining Alamitos Beach and Granada Beach, it’s easy to have fun in the sand. Gather a group or join a team of locals, who are always more than happy to accommodate an extra player! ❑

For more information on recreational acitivies in Long Beach, visit:, or call 562/570-3100.

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Shopping In Long Beach ❑

Whether you’re looking for a grocery store to pick up a few forgotten traveling items or an IMAX movie theatre to delight the entire family, one of Long Beach’s shopping centers is sure to have whatever it is you’re searching for! City Place: 151 E. 5th St.; Long Beach Marketplace: 6401-6605 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.;; 562/431-6282 Long Beach Towne Center: 605 Freeway and Carson Street; Los Altos Gateway: 2100-2900 Bellflower Blvd. Los Altos Market Center - North: 2086-2180 Bellflower Blvd. Los Altos Market Center - South: 2270 Bellflower Blvd. Marina Circle Center: 2100-2400 E. Carson St. Marina Pacifica Center: 6232-6250 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.;; 562/598-2728 Parkview Village Shops: Bellflower Boulevard and Carson Street Spring Street Center: Palo Verde Avenue and Spring Street Wrigley Market Place: 141-381 E. Willow St.

Seal Beach ❑ Let Main Street in Seal Beach bring out the Irish in you, where four Irish pubs and restaurants sit on the same block. Drink a Guinness or munch on shepherd’s pie by the beach!

beach or watch surfers from above in charming Old Town Seal Beach. Seal Beach Pier: Main Street and Ocean Avenue

❑ Since its construction in 1977, the U.S. Submarine Veterans World War II National Memorial West has been a place for visitors to honor the more than 3,000 American submariners who died during the war. Main entrance to the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, 800 Seal Beach Blvd.

If you love old trains, take a trip to the Seal Beach Red Car Museum. Through its collections and exhibitions, the museum strives to preserve the rich history of the city. Corner of Electric Avenue and Main Street

San Pedro ❑

Stroll through the cobblestone streets of San Pedro’s Ports O’ Call Village. With 15 acres of attractions and one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops, you are guaranteed to find something for everyone. The area’s namesake eatery, Ports O’ Call Restaurant, makes for a wonderful waterfront dining experience, too! Ports O’ Call Restaurant: Berth 76;; 310/833-3553 Ports O’ Call Village: Berths 75-79;; 310/548-8076

Clancy’s: 111 Main St.;; 562/594-8143 The Irisher-By-The-Sea: 121 Main St.; 562/596-1427 Hennessey’s Tavern: 143 Main St.;; 562/598-6456 O’Malley’s on Main: 140 Main St.;; 562/430-0631

❑ For more than 40 years Walt’s Wharf has served some of the freshest fish in town. An extensive wine list, perfect ambiance and delicious seafood make this Seal Beach staple a perfect place to take someone special. 201 Main St.;; 562/598-4433

❑ In Seal Beach, northern Italian cuisine and jazz music make a perfect pairing at Spaghettini Grill & Lounge. Top jazz artists from all over grace their stage in the performance lounge Wednesday through Sunday. 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy.;; 562/596-2199

❑ Take the family to the Seal Beach Pier. This inviting pier is enjoyed by fisherman, surfers and locals alike. Stroll along the

❑ The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has been dedicated to marine science education and community recreation since 1935. This donation-based aquarium allows the public to learn about local marine life through exhibits, tide pools and activities. 3720 Stephen M. White Dr.;; 310/548-7562

❑ Locals in San Pedro know that the Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion atop Angels Gate Park has one of the most impressive views of the harbor and Catalina Island. This beautiful site serves as a memorial for the veterans of the Korean War. An additional veterans memorial in San Pedro is the USS Los Angeles Naval Memorial, which honors the navy veterans of World War II and the Korean War. Korean Friendship Bell: 3601 S. Gaffey St., Angels Gate Park; 310/548-7705 USS Los Angeles Naval Memorial: 550 S. Harbor Blvd.

❑ LA Harbor Sportfishing offers half-day, three-quarter-day, full-day and overnight boat trips. The company has a full service landing with all fishing equipment and supplies necessary and also offers whale watching tours in the winter! 1150 Nagoya Way;; 310/547-9916


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❑ Cruise around Terminal Island and the Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors with Spirit Cruises. During your boat ride, you’ll see more than 150 points of interest. Spirit Cruises also features dinner cruises with cocktails and dancing! 1199 Nagoya Way, Berth 77;; 562/495-5884

If you have a passion for ships and boats, stop by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. This facility is the largest maritime museum in California, with 75,000 square feet of ship and boat models, a variety of navigational equipment and several exhibitions. Berth 84 at the foot of 6th Street;; 310/548-7618

❑ Since 1945, the historic SS Lane Victory has served our coun-

❑ Take yourself back to old England at The Whale & Ale, an English pub and restaurant that specializes in seafood dishes. Their Victorianstyle oak panels and brass bar fittings make for a classic atmosphere and their fish and chips are sure to fill you up.

Warner Grand Long Beach Opera Performance Of ‘Queenie Pie’ – Infused with jazz and blues music, Duke Ellington’s little-performed opera, “Queenie Pie,” addresses issues of social status, beauty and race in 1930s Harlem. Queenie Pie, a Harlem native with big dreams, traverses these waters on her way to becoming a self-made woman. Performed by the Long Beach Opera, January 25 and February 1 at 8 p.m., and February 2 at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 562/432-5934 or visit

327 W. 7th Street;; 310/832-0363

❑ The lavish, art deco Warner Grand Theatre has led San Pedro entertainment since 1931. Take advantage of the opportunity to see a classic or foreign film and live performances in this historic theatre. 478 West 6th St.;; 310/833-8333

❑ The Deane Dana Friendship Community Regional Park & Nature Center is a 123-acre park that features several different amenities ranging from a picnic area with barbeques to a 4,000-square-foot nature center. There are also hiking trails throughout the park where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the area’s mountain ranges. 1850 W. 9th St.

try in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Today, visitors can board the restored vessel for a small C.San Pedro Inn & Suites entry fee and step back in time. 111 S. Gaffey St. Berth 46;; 310/519-9545 310/514-1414

❑ The USS Iowa, known as the “Battleship of Presidents,” is the southland’s newest attraction. The 887-foot-long ship was built in 1940 and took part in every conflict from World War II until the post-Cold War period when the ship was decommissioned in 1990. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last boarding at 4 p.m. General admission is $18, with discounts for military, seniors, retired, children and groups.


B. Best Western Sunrise Hotel 525 S. Harbor Blvd. 310/548-1080

250 S. Harbor Blvd., Berth 87;; 877/466-9261


A. Doubletree Hotel by Hilton 2800 Via Cabrillo Marina 310/514-3344

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Catalina Island ❑ Make your way across the Pacific Ocean to Catalina Island on the Catalina Express. With year round service from Long Beach, you can be exploring the shores and trails of Catalina in just an hour with a trip on one of the fleet’s eight high-speed vessels. Looking for a different way to get to the island? Take to the air in a helicopter with Island Express! Its flights will have you soaring over the Pacific Ocean and on Catalina’s sandy beaches in a mere 15 minutes. Catalina Express:; 800/481-3470 Island Express: 1175 Queens Hwy.;; 800/228-2566


❑ Spend some time in Avalon, Catalina’s most visited tourist destination. With more than 30 places to eat, over 40 shops and endless activities ranging from art galleries to snorkeling, this charming island town offers something for everybody.

❑ See Catalina from up to 1,400 feet with Para Sailing Catalina. Choose your altitude to see beautiful panoramic views of the island and the California coastline. All captains are experienced and licensed with the U.S. Coast Guard. 105 Pebbly Beach Rd.;; 310/510-1777

❑ Fish the waters of Catalina Island with Fish Catalina. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or a novice, Fish Catalina offers halfday, full-day, extended-day and split-day charters. 105 Pebbly Beach Rd.;; 310/447-4669

❑ The Catalina Island Museum inside the famous Casino Building in Avalon is a great way to get to know the history of Catalina. The museum houses a collection of more than 150,000 historical and cul-


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Catalina Island January 11th – Aero Club Social Fly-In – Pilots from the region fly in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky. Airplane viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 310/5100954 or 11th – Avalon Benefit 50-Mile Run – Annual run from Avalon to Two Harbors and back. Proceeds benefit local charities. 909/399-3553 or Through March 31st – 100 Year Anniversary Celebration – The Catalina Island Museum hosts an exhibit highlighting the colorful, strange and sometimes shocking history of the island, as well as the events and moments that shaped the culture of Avalon. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 310/510-2414 or

tural items and features fascinating exhibits that showcase the magic of the island. #1 Casino Way, Casino Building;; 310/510-2414

Go camping on Catalina Island. There are several campgrounds throughout the island, with each offering a different aspect of the land. Whether you’re looking for complete seclusion or easy access to Avalon, there is a campground for you!

❑ Have an adventure on the island and check out the tour packages provided by companies Catalina Adventure Tours and Catalina Tours. Both companies offer packages for the land and sea and there is certainly something for every person’s interests.

Let them plan your itinerary so you can sit back and have fun! Catalina Adventure Tours:; 877/510-2888 Catalina Tours: 228 Metropole Ave., Avalon;; 310/510-0211

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Beach Plaza Hotel 2010 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90803 Phone: 562/437-0771 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. • Check Out: 11 a.m.

Best Western Of Long Beach


Beachrunners’ Inn Bed And Breakfast

Best Western Golden Sails Hotel

Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites

231 Kennebec Ave. Long Beach, CA 90803 Phone: 562/856-0202 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3- 6 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.

6285 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Long Beach, CA 90803 Phone: 562/596-1631 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: Noon

16912 Pacific Coast Hwy. Sunset Beach, CA 90742 Phone: 562/592-4770 Pets Allowed: Yes Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.

Comfort Inn & Suites

Courtyard By Marriott

Doubletree By Hilton

1725 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90813 Phone: 562/599-5555 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11:30 a.m.

Near The Convention Center 200 E. Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90806 Phone: 562/426-7611 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.

500 E. 1st St. Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone: 562/435-8511 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: Noon

2800 Via Cabrillo Marina San Pedro, CA 90731 Phone: 310/514-3344 Pets Allowed: Yes Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: Noon

Extended Stay America Long Beach Airport

Hampton Inn & Suites Seal Beach

Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport

Hotel Current

4105 E. Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90815 Phone: 562/989-4601 Pets Allowed: Yes Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.

2401 Seal Beach Blvd. Seal Beach, CA 90740 Phone: 562/594-3939 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: Noon

2640 N. Lakewood Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90815 Phone: 562/597-4401 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: Noon

5325 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Long Beach, CA 90804 Phone: 562/597-1341 Pets Allowed: Yes Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: Noon


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Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Long Beach Marriott

200 S. Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone: 562/491-1234 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m Check Out: Noon

4700 Airport Plaza Dr. Long Beach, CA 90815 Phone: 562/425-5210 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: Noon

Residence Inn Long Beach Downtown

San Pedro Inn & Suites

600 Queensway Dr. Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone: 562/495-0700 Pets Allowed: Yes Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: Noon

111 S. Gaffey St. San Pedro, CA 90731 Phone: 310/514-1414 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: Noon

Travelodge Long Beach Convention Center 80 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone: 562/435-2471 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. • Check Out: 11 a.m.

Vagabond Inn 150 Alamitos Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone: 562/435-7621 Pets Allowed: Yes Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.

The Pacific Inn

Quality Inn

600 Marina Dr. Seal Beach, CA 90740 Phone: 562/493-7501 Pets Allowed: Yes Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.

Near The Long Beach Airport 3201 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Long Beach, CA 90755 Phone: 562/597-3374 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.

Sunrise Hotel

Super 8 Long Beach

525 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731 Phone: 310/548-1080 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: Noon

4201 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Long Beach, CA 90804 Phone: 562/597-7701 Pets Allowed: No Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.

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Aquarium’s Festival Of Human Abilities Celebrates Talent, Creative Spirit The churn of the economy – the day-to-day work performed at an incredible pace – often masks the wonder of human abilities. Taking time to recognize talent, particularly that of individuals triumphing disability, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its annual Festival of Human Abilities the weekend of January 25. Guests with or without a disability are welcome to experience performances and live art at the festival, including: Walk and Roll Dance Team, a hip hop wheelchair dance troupe; Love in Motion, a sign language choir; Dat Nguyen, a world music guitarist who is blind; Kodi Lee, a singer who has autism and is blind; and others. Tommy Monje, director of development and school programs for Bethune Tehatredanse, said the arts education program for disabled children and youth is bringing about 30 performers to the festival this year. “We love it every year,” he said. The event also features visual artists from the local community. Many of those artists are from Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, located in the City of Downey. The Rancho’s committee, Art of Rancho, has been in existence for 18 years, hosting art shows across the U.S. The Rancho has participated in the Aquarium’s Festival of Human Abilities for each of its seven years. Artists from the Rancho participate in the live demonstrations and get a chance to enjoy the exhibits at the Aquarium. Debbie Tomlinson, director of volunteer and support services for Rancho Los Amigos, said the Rancho is bringing about 10 artists to the festival this year, including Rocio Villalobos, Robert Thome and

Performance and visual artists are participating in live art demonstrations at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Festival of Human Abilities, held January 25 and 26. Pictured top, from left, are participants Kelly Hancock of Bethune Theatredanse; Carlos Benavides, Rocio Villalobos and Robert Thome of Rancho Los Amigos’ Art of Rancho program; and guitarist Dat Nhuyen. Above, Thome, one of the founding members of the committee that started the Art of Rancho at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, is a mouth stick artist and quadriplegic. (Photographs by Destinations Magazine’s Thomas McConville)

Carlos Benavides. “People are really amazed at what talent our participants have,” Tomlinson said. To recognize the Rancho’s dedication to providing care and restoring hope to those with disabilities, the Aquarium is presenting the center with its Glen McIntyre Heritage Award. “This award from the Aquarium of the Pacific acknowledges the Rancho story, which is one of service to people with disabilities by a responsive local government and a compassionate and dedicated staff,” Jorge Orozco, CEO of the Rancho, said in a statement. Other activities at the festival include storytellers, games and an adaptive SCUBA demonstration. The festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 25 and 26. For more information, visit – By Destinations’ Tiffany L. Rider

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