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BEST OF LONG BEACH COVER PHOTO CONTEST TOP 10 FINALISTS The fans have spoken, and we have a winner for this year’s photo contest. With that being said, we want to thank everyone for being engaged and participating. We also want to recognize all the photographers for submitting their work to our annual photo contest. The entries left our followers with so many great options to choose from. This not only underscores the success of our contest, but it highlights just how rich the art scene in Long Beach is. Our community is diverse and robust, this gives all of us at Long Beach Home + Living a never ending stream of local creativity to showcase. Congratulations to the Cover Photo Contest Winner: Lance Bachelder! Check out his work at



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Arts & Entertainment Museum MoLAA The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California and serves the greater Los Angeles area. MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. MOLAA expands knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American art through its Collection, ground-breaking Exhibitions, stimulating Educational Programs, and engaging Cultural Events. 2628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-1689

Art Gallery Dark Art Emporium For all your abstract obsessions look no further, located in beautiful downtown Long Beach, Ca., The Dark Art Emporium is a diverse art gallery environment dedicated to showcasing the artists and creators that often fly under the radar of most people’s perception of fine art. Here you will find everything from real human skulls, creepy dolls, unorthodox taxidermy, to low brow, and dark fine art. 256 Elm Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 612-1118

Local Bands Knyght Ryder From Beastie Boys to Journey, Knyght Ryder has got your favorite hits on lock! They are a kick-ass 80’s (and 90’s) tribute band rockin all over Long Beach. Be sure to

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catch them at the Gaslamp or hire them for your next event! (562) 305-0998

Performance Group Aerial Butterflies Aerial Butterflies are a dynamic circus performance company representing ground performance artists and performers in the air. From aerial dancers to stilt walkers, hula hoopers and more, they are sure to bring beauty and grace to any stage. You can catch them at most Long Beach events and even take a class with them at Groundwork Fitness. Make your next event fly with Aerial Butterflies. (562) 208-8556

Local Attractions Aquarium of the Pacific One of Long Beach’s best known attractions with over 1.5 million visitors every year. The Aquarium of the Pacific has been offering visitors from around the world a look at a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. In October of 2018 the Aquarium celebrated a milestone in the construction of its expansion, Pacific Visions, opening to the public in spring 2019, will house a state-of-the-art immersive theater, expanded special exhibitions, art galleries, and additional space for live animal exhibits. 100 Aquarium Way. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 590-3100

Theatre/Performance Venue

Long Beach Playhouse Established in 1929, the Long Beach Playhouse has become a Landmark of the city and a staple for performances for decades. Producing over 12 shows annually, the Long Beach Playhouse cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries to nurture and cultivate audiences. Their vision; to serve our diverse community with quality theatre, strong educational programs and collaborative efforts, to produce socially significant, classic and contemporary plays. 5021 E Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 494-1014

Local Artist Kevin Wood Singer. Pianist. Actor. Musician, Kevin Wood is the triple threat. Originally from Cody, Wyoming, Kevin Wood moved to Long Beach after traveling around the US as well as Canada with the national tour of the Broadway smash hit RENT. Kevin has been seen on stage in productions of Musical Theatre West’s “Wedding Singer”, “Bat Boy” (Stages Theatre) as well as a member of Orange County’s Gay Men’s Chorus “Men Alive” and at Downtown Disney in the acappella group “WestBeat”.

Event/Festival Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc. was established in October 1983 and produced the first annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade in June of 1984. Over the past several years, the Long Beach Les-

bian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade has become the 3rd largest in the nation, now attracting over 80,000 participants over the twoday celebration. More than 200 marching groups and floats comprise the parade entries since 1995, representing various religious, human service, governmental and social organizations. Their mission statement; to engage in and support bridge building activities that educate, encourage and celebrate LGBT inclusion and pride. Coming in May 2019, the parade is held along Ocean blvd.

1017 Obispo Avenue, Long Beach CA, 90804 (562) 987-9191

Live Music Alex’s Bar Serving up live music Thursday through Sunday nights, Alex’s bar has become one of Long Beach’s best live music venues, “Turning down the suck since 2000”. From the decor to the killer sound system, great cocktails and friendly staff, they have it all. Alex’s bar is a staple for up and coming bands from far and wide. Drop in for some live music, good beer, trivia night or a classic 80’s night. You will not be disappointed. 2913 E Anaheim St Long Beach, California (562) 434-8292

Auto Services Body Shop Orozco’s Auto Service What started with one auto repair shop in 1999 has now grown to four locations, two in Long Beach and two in Bellflower. This family owned business offers full service auto repair and maintenance services which include complex diagnoses, engine repair and even simple oil changes. They truly go a step beyond at Orozco’s. Check out their blog for great advice on keeping your car running smoothly! 3033 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90807 (562) 426-6322

Car Wash/Detailing Circle Marina Car Wash Looking for a hand car wash and detailing center you can trust? Look no further! Circle Marina Car Wash is the most friendly, honest hand car wash auto detailing team in the area. Their experienced car wash and detail service attendants will keep your vehicle looking its best. Their team is highly skilled and have years of experience. Most of all: they love cars and care about yours. 4800 E Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach, CA (562) 494-4698

Auto Repair Joe’s Auto Repair Serving the Long Beach community since 1995. They also have many customers residing outside Long Beach continually returning for premier automotive service. They hold themselves to the highest standards of automotive

quality and customer service. Their main priority is to make sure you enjoy affordable quality service and leave well informed and safe.

2801 Long Beach Blvd Long Beach, CA 90806 (562) 492-1198

Tire Shop Tom’s Automotive Service Center Established in 1981, Tom’s Automotive Service Center is the trusted name in auto service in Long Beach, and surrounding areas. Family-owned and operated, Tom’s offers personalized service for your car, truck, or SUV. See them for regular maintenance, tire sales, lift and leveling kits, and auto repair. They are a TIA certified tire dealer and carry only the most respected tire brands. 4401 East Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 424-0404

Car Dealership Cabe Toyota One of the original Toyota dealers in Southern California, Cabe has been family owned and operated since the beginning in 1966. You’ll notice the difference in experience the moment you walk on the lot. Their staff is helpful and attentive while maintaining a level of honesty and integrity that you won’t find anywhere else. Their competitive advantage is a direct, family oriented atmosphere without the usual high pressure sales. 2895 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90806 (562) 595-7411 | 11

Food & Restaurants Breakfast The Potholder Cafe The Potholder Cafe is the undisputed “King” of Long Beach when it comes to breakfast, which they proudly serve all day. Weekday mornings and early afternoons find plenty of starving artists and blue-collar diners wolfing down stacks of pancakes and bacon. Weekends are packed with hungry friends and families enjoying the atmosphere and history of this Belmont Heights landmark. So the next time you’re in the mood for waffles at 1pm be sure to check in to any of their 4 locations in LB. 3700 E. Broadway

self the perfect date night. Thank me later. 555 E Ocean Blvd

Brunch The Attic A house turned restaurant the coziness factor is real, add fresh Southern cuisine with a Southern California twist. What more can you ask for? Be sure to add the Attic to your LB bucket list, from the welcoming staff to the bloody marys with a slider on top, you will not be disappointed.

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Fine Dining 555 Steakhouse For all you romantics out there 555 steakhouse is the perfect combination of sexy and cool. The talented piano player sets the scene while the vast selection of wine elevates the mood. Top it off with an exquisite dish and you’ve got your12 |

Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-0626

Juice Bar Rainbow Juices Rainbow juices was born out of a natural expansion of love for delicious, living foods and a passion to educate and serve others says the owners Donna and Chrissy. Rainbow Juices takes the time to provide you with the very best juice on the planet: sourcing the freshest local, organic ingredients and cold-pressing it to perfection. The result is always a delicious, raw, living juice that contains the nutrients to keep you happy, healthy and thriving!

Mexican Lola’s Mexican Cuisine Nestled in the heart of ‘Retro Row,’ Lola’s seamlessly blends traditional and contemporary culinary creations drawing inspiration from all over Mexico while staying true to original family recipes passed down from generations. Everything they serve are farm-to-table fresh ingredients. Their green salsa has become famous in the area, affectionately known as “green crack,” and luckily it’s available for purchase by the pint and half pint. Although it’s a great spot any day of the week (and brunch on the weekend), you won’t want to miss Taco Tuesday where guests

will enjoy $2 tacos and $2 Pacifico’s that will satisfy both the carnivores and vegans among us! 2030 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90814 (562) 343-5506

Mediterranean/Greek Open Sesame Since 1999 Open Sesame has offered cuisine created from scratch with heart and passion - to nourish and revive memories of the flavors and traditions that the owner, Ali Kobeissi cherishes. His love of herbs and spices began at age 15, when he worked for a neighborhood spice factory in Lebanon. Now with two locations, open sesame brings the flavors of tradition to our part of the world. 5215 E 2nd St Long Beach, CA 90803 562.621.1698

Thai Food Thai District This boutique Thai restaurant is like no other. In the heart of the East Village, Thai District is a must stop for locals and visitors alike. Some of their signature dishes include a spicy lemongrass soup and Khao Soi, a house specialty from the owner’s hometown in Northern Thailand. Your taste buds will never be the same! 149 Linden Ave Ste E Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 951-7181

Sushi Bar Sushi on Fire Sushi On Fire is all about good food and fun! Serving some of the best fusion

and traditional Japanese sushi dishes since 2005. All items are prepared with authentic Japanese ingredients, flavored by their famous recipes, and presented to you in the Sushi On Fire style. As they would say, “Come light the fuse!” 5325 E 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 433-0221

Italian Food La Paraloccia Osteria La Parolaccia Osteria is a family owned and operated restaurant with a relaxed and intimate atmosphere where everyone is treated like family! Perfect for birthday celebrations, date night or just to enjoy some delicious pasta and wine, which is never scarce around these parts. You are sure to leave happy and satisfied. 2945 East Broadway Long Beach CA 90803 US (562) 438-1235

Cambodian Food Sophy’s Signature Dishes Thai & Cambodian Cuisine If you’re looking for comfort on a cold day, Sophy’s has got you covered. With their array of Cambodian and Thai dishes you are bound to find a bowl that fits your needs. Not to mention the Phnom Penh noodles, Beef jerky, and the BBQ pork are divine! and with the largest population of cambodian residents in the nation, here in Long Beach, there is no question they know their dishes. 3240 E Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 494-1763

Taco Tuesday Hole Mole Hole Mole restaurants are the definition of “Southern California Comfort Food.” They are a family-owned and operated chain servicing Long Beach, Carson, Tustin, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa, but don’t let the word “chain” fool you. For anyone looking for that authentic Ensenada style fish taco, Hole Mole is what you seek. From the crema to the fresh fish, add a little of their tasty salsa and you’ve got yourself a taco tuesday straight from baja. 1327 E. 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-0878

Burger MVP’s It’s game day and MVP’s really is Long Beach’s MVP. They have it all, meaty American style burgers, huge baskets of seasoned fries and an outdoor patio. You can watch the big game and chow down on a delicious burger, sounds like a home run to us! 3701 E 4th St Long Beach, CA 90814 (562) 439-0809

Pizza Michael’s Downtown A Long Beach favorite since 2013, Michael’s Downtown transforms the freshest locally sourced ingredients into Italian-inspired dishes like handmade pasta and wood-fired pizza. It’s the quality of food, combined with their warm and casual atmosphere, that has made Michael’s Downtown the

go-to spot for fresh and healthy Italian food. 210 E. 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 491-2100

Farmers Market Marina’s on Sundays This Sunday tradition is the perfect place to grab a bite from one of the many vendors, sample artisanal foods, pick up farm fresh produce, shop local artists or just enjoy a Sunday stroll. There is truly something for everyone at this beautiful waterfront market. Starts at 9 AM Ends at 1 PM N Marina Dr. Long Beach, CA 90803

Healthy Food // Vegan/ VegetarianSeabirds With the growing Vegetarian/Vegan movement, it’s no surprise Long Beach has one of the best veggie restaurants in Cali! This vegan eatery started as a food truck and has stayed true to their artisan approach throughout the years. Their menu changes with seasonal produce and all of their condiments are made from scratch. Whether your appetite requires a hearty Irish Stew, Kimchi Tacos, or a Warm Cauliflower salad; their variety of offerings is sure to fill you up and treat your taste buds. 975 E 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 317-5545

Food truck Kogi The crazy little taco truck used Twitter and started a food revolution in 2008 with the game changer known as the Korean Short Rib Taco. So popular you need to check their social media to see where they’ll be parked for the day. In just under a decade, Kogi has become a southern california institution, whether it be the tacos, blackjack and kimchi quesadillas, the blue moon mulita or their chocolate tres leches cake, you are in for a life changing experience. (323) 315-0253

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Retail Women’s Clothing 4th & Elm This fabulous boutique perfectly exemplifies the owner’s rebellious spirit and love for music. Lori is a fashion angel sent from rock and roll heaven, here to glam you up. She will help you put together a personalized look that helps you step outside your usual comfort zone and elevate your style with the unique edge you’re looking for. With Lori’s help, you will be feeling and looking like a queen in no time! Disclaimer: Available online only. (562) 606-2438

Men’s Clothing Stay Anchored Founded in 2014, Stay Anchored perfectly embodies the essence of Long Beach. Their mantra; A State Of Mind, To Remain Anchored Amidst The Storm®️ Sold in shops around Downtown Long Beach like MADE by Millworks and most Art Walks/community events. To top it off, it will be the comfiest tee-shirt you own. Don’t forget to check out their instagram and website. @stayanchoredlongbeach

Gift Store MADE by Millworks Looking for something truly unique and made by local artists? There’s no better place than MADE by Millworks where you’ll find products from over 150 local makers, artisans and designers. Not your typical boutique; you’ll find opportunities here for art shows, vegan pop-ups and 14 14 |

even pasta making classes. The eclectic spirit of Long Beach is truly exemplified in this local treasure in the heart of Downtown on Pine.

240 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 584-6233

Home Decor Recircle Home Looking to expand your inner spiritual being, need some sage? stones? or books on natural magic? Well, Recircle Home on the corner of Broadway and Linden has everything you need. They are a small indie shop that specializes in home decor and magical goods to make any space feel more like a home. Manifest your magic with this local gem. 501 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 882-6026

Antiques/Thrift Store Magnolia & Willow Calling all treasure hunters! Magnolia and Willow needs to be at the top of your list for hot spots! With an eclectic selection of antiques, large furniture, electronics, jewelry and more, you are bound to find some funky gems. With great prices and a super friendly staff, Magnolia and Willow is the shop you never knew you needed. 490 W Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90806 (562) 988-8844

Bike Shop Long Beach Bike Shop Long Beach is no stranger to the bicycle lifestyle, from fixies to beach cruisers, we Long Beachers love our

bikes. The Bike Shop on Broadway is your one stop shop for all bike related issues. Bicycles are their life! They offer quality new bikes from all the best brands along with accessories and maintenance services. Carlos is sure to have what you need! 540 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 436-7447

Marijuana Dispensary One Love As one of the first dispensaries in LB, One Love Beach Club has been serving the community for over 10 years! One Love is family owned and operated and dedicated to bringing patients the highest quality medicine in a clean and safe environment. 2767 E. Broadway, Long Beach, Ca. 90803

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Experience Long Beach is booming with new restuarants/shops and attractions popping up every month and with Spring around the corner the city is about to trade in it’s winter coat for summer dresses and sandals! So I grabbed my besties and planned a day out in Long Beach visiting some of the O.G. LB experiences!

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Gondola Getaway • With no table space on the smaller gondolas small bites work best. 16 |

• Don’t forget to bring your own bottle of champagne/wine to the Gondola Getaway, they have free corkage and provide cups and an Ice Bucket. • Appetizers/food is available call ahead to make arrangements. GONDOLA GETAWAY | 562.433.9595

Aquarium of the Pacific • Check out the lorikeet forest, it’s an additional fee but so worth it! • There is free admission to the shark lagoon on Friday nights, they have live music and adult drinks available ;) • The new Pacific Visions wing opens up May 24th, 2019 and will include a massive theater where viewers will be submerged into a virtual ocean environment. 562.590.3100

Happy Hour at Padre • Spicy Cucumber Margarita. That is all. • Daily Happy Hour is from 4-7pm with taco and drink specials. • If you’re looking for an outside patio, they have the best rooftop bar in town! 525 E Broadway, LB. | 562.612.4951 | 17

Wellness & Beauty Acupuncture Long Beach Acupuncture Tara Grace Perry, LAc, NBAO has been serving the Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Greater Los Angeles area since 1996. She completed a year at one of the top five traditional medical hospitals in China as well as three years at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica (the #1 California College). She was chosen to be the first acupuncture teacher at UCLA’s prestigious Arthur Ashe Center. This was the very first time any UC campus offered acupuncture to its students for their medical care. It was highly successful and continues to this day. Tara completed an additional 600 hours of study in acupuncture orthopedics and is a member of the National Acupuncture Orthopedics Board (NBAO). She is state and nationally licensed. 4301 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807

Barber Zoe Garcia Zoe Garcia of Dapper & Dames Parlour is your goto hair extraordinaire, from razor shaves to styling, she provides the ultimate experience. Servicing women and men, she exudes versatility and style. Building lasting relationships is her business model and has gotten her where she is today, servicing the East Village in Downtown Long Beach. Book your appointment on dappers and dames website today. 507 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 802-4963 18 |

Barber Shop Dappers & Dames Parlour is a one of a kind barbershop servicing men, women, and children in Downtown Long Beach. Their welcoming and dependable, dual licensed Barbers|Stylists are passionate about executing top quality crafted services, specializing in men & women hair cutting and traditional hot towel razor shaves. It is their mission to build strong, long-term relationships with every client. Whether you have short hair or long hair they can help create a look that perfectly complements you. 507 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 802-4963

Beauty Salon The Den Salon The Den Salon in Long Beach is without a doubt the place for men’s and women’s contemporary hairstyles in an authentic barbershop environment. This relaxing atmosphere is the perfect place to try out something new, seductive highlights or sensational colors; or just the usual chop. Their seasoned stylists can help suggest hair products to maintain your look. Their attention to detail and uniquely comfortable environment is what brings their repeat customers back over and over again. 300 W Ocean Blvd. Ste F Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 612-3361

Stylist Robert Orgill Robert has spent 20 years pursuing the best training possible, both following and shaping current trends and styles while specializing in color treatments and precision cuts. He has been part of the Spa Sidney Team since opening day in 2002. His philosophy is simple, “I have a clear understanding that you wear your hair every day and it is your most important accessory. To book an appointment visit the Spa Sidney Beauty Lounges website. 3519 E. Broadway St Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 433-9665

Tattoo/Piercing Location Outer Limits When you’re considering a permanent addition to your body in the form of ink, choosing a shop with a long history is always crucial. Look no further than the Outer Limits Tattoo shop, the oldest continuously operated tattoo shop in the USA and the second oldest worldwide. The shop originally opened in 1927 inside the then “Seaside Amusement Park,” part of the original “Pike District” and gave many young seamen their first nautical tattoos. Whether you’re looking for a tattoo or a little piece of Long Beach history, Outer Limits is a must see. 22 S Chestnut Pl. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-9121

Tattoo/Artist Kari Barba Kari Barba started tattooing at age 19 and has built a 35 year long career, she is now considered one of the most prestigious tattoo artist of her time. She has won over 500 awards, including Best Tattooist 3 times, and a lifetime achievement award. Kari loves to tattoo colorful Asian styles, Portraits, Realism, and Black and Gray. Kari thrives on the diversity of her clientele and the endless options of art styles. She’s constantly growing and learning and it is reflected in her ever changing style. She is now the owner of the oldest tattoo shop in the U.S., Outer Limits Tattoo. If you are interested in a consultation or an appointment with Kari, feel free to contact her directly. ( See Outer Limits)

Day Spa Susan Hammond Skincare Susan has been an esthetician and skin care professional for over 17 years. She customizes facials to each individuals skin type, needs and personal goals using holistic therapy such as facial acupressure and essential oils. Susan is a firm believer in wellness and relaxation on top of good skin care, if you’re seeking expert advice on how to get your skin looking 100%, she is your woman! On top of all that, her space is a hidden oasis of relaxation. Book your appointment online!

503 E Broadway, Long beach, CA 90802 (562) 472-7197

Health & Fitness Nail Salon Kiwi Nail Salon Kiwi Nail Lounge is a fun and classy getaway from the regular nail experience, focused on you – pampering you, treating you, making you feel beautiful, and having a party while they do it. Prepare to be greeted with a warm smile, relax in one of their leather lounge chairs, or pull up to the nail bar and enjoy a bottle of water, juice, iced/ hot tea or coffee. It can get tiring shopping down 2nd street, so why not kick off your shoes and let the girls at kiwi salon pamper you. 4612 E 2nd St, Unit B Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 856-5494

Massage Massage by Staci - Naples PB Massage by Staci specializes in neck and shoulder release, as well as whole body. People tend to hold stress and tension in the neck area and she can provide deep structural work to free and mobilize these areas. She is nationally certified in personal training and can also recommend stretches and exercises to help correct muscle imbalances or pain. Whether you’ve slept wrong or just feeling stressed, Staci has got you covered. 2250 E. 2nd Street #6 Long Beach, CA 90802 (630) 709-7397

Gym 9Round Long Beach 9Round is a specialized fitness center for people who want a unique, fun, and proven workout that guarantees results. 9Round offers a kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens. Perfect for people on the go who still want to get their sweat on. There are no class times, you go in, do your 30 minute workout and you’re done! Clarissa and all the trainers are super friendly and helpful, get ready to feel strong and badass! Visit their site to sign up for 1 free class. 5668 E 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803 562-247-0899

Boot Camp Groundwork Fitness When you’re training to get fit, having the right coach is key to success. Giovanna Ferraro and her staff of highly motivated fitness coaches at Groundwork Fitness have got you covered. She’s been faithfully transforming the health and fitness of locals for over 7 years; helping customers overcome obstacles and reach their ultimate fitness goals. At Groundwork, you’ll benefit not only from the popular circuit training, but also the functional training that benefits you throughout the movements of life. 333 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 624-0900

Yoga Yogalution Movement Have you ever driven by bluff park and seen a huge group of people laying on the grass? Well my friend, welcome to yoga on the bluff! Yogalution Movement has brought yoga, meditation, workouts and a general sense of community to Long Beach in the best possible way, by offering donation based yoga on a beautiful oceanfront bluff. These classes offer endless possibilities to quiet the mind while strengthening the body and soaking up the sun. Can’t make the bluff times? The studio offers classes throughout the day, be sure to check their website for class times. 3141 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 230-5545

Running Group Shoreline Front Runners Established in 1984, the Shoreline FrontRunners of Long beach is a gay and lesbian running and walking club that welcomes folks of all abilities and without regard for who you love. This supportive community offers Tuesday and Thursday night runs that meet at Ocean and Redondo. On Saturdays, the group meets for a 7 a.m. long distance run and a 9 a.m. run/walk followed by breakfast at 10:30, which is a great way to connect with the members. The group provides speed training sessions posted throughout the week, Friday night potlucks and happy hours.

Personal Trainer Scott Sonderman Scott Sonderman holds a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and has worked with a variety of athletes and people, which makes him well equipped to guide you on your fitness journey. Scott founded the I DEFY FITNESS community to make fitness a part of your lifestyle. Scott fuses physiology and nutrition together with what he calls the viking warrior spirit to make training fun with tools and weapons. 3424 Los Coyotes Diagonal Long Beach, CA 90808 (562) 451-5775

Sports Team Dirtbags When it comes to baseball teams Cal State Long Beach State outshines the rest! They have produced more big leaguers than any other school in the country. Head coach, Troy Buckley has laid down a solid foundation that has turned these young athletes into professional baseball players. The Dirtbags established themselves as one of the strongest teams on the West Coast and continue to dominate college baseball. California State University, Long Beach | 19

Nightlife Bar Blind Donkey The blind Donkey has a cool, casual vibe, and offers some of the most delicious whiskey drinks in town. Their most popular drink? Old Fashioned. Made with Wild Turkey rye, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and orange rind it is absolutely delicious and a must have if you find yourself in here. Definitely a great place to visit for a whiskey fan. 149 Linden Ave. Ste B100 Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 247-1511

Brewery Ballast Point With one of the best outside patios overlooking Alamitos Bay, it’s no won-

der Ballast Point won best Brewery in Long Beach. This two story brewery has outside fire pits, incredible water views, over 60 beers on tap and the food is delicious. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, on a day date or just want to grab a burger and a beer, Ballast Point is a must. 110 N Marina Dr Long Beach, CA (562) 296-4470

Dance Club Hamburger Mary’s Start your meal by taking shots. This is the spot to savor your classic cocktails and brunch with some entertainment. Known for its gay-themed environment, Hamburger Mary’s started in San Francisco and now

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has 17 locations across the country. You can also take home a souvenir bottle if you order the 20 oz or the 60 oz Mary’s Leg specialty drinks. 330 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA (562) 436-7900

Happy Hour Beer Belly Beer Belly is a beer bar focused on serving craft beer, and crafty food. At the corner of Long Beach Blvd and 3rd, this downtown gem is full of surprises. They feature craft beers from all over the greater Los Angeles region and are committed to cultivating an appreciation for the quality and creativity behind craft beer. Don’t forget to check

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Wine Bar District Wine A full service wine shop, tasting room and lounge! District Wine specializes in small production wines and imported beer. This engaging and relaxing environment where wine lovers gather to learn, taste and enjoy wine in the eclectic East Village of Long Beach offers happy hour specials everyday of the week that you don’t want to miss. They offer a tasty selection of small plate appetizers and yummy flatbread pizzas to nibble on while

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Karaoke The Prospector The Prospector, located on the corner of 7th St. and Junipero Avenue was opened in 1965 and

has not lost its old timey charm. This frontier-themed steakhouse and saloon has prime rib, mashed potatoes and entertainment. Catch a local band or sing your heart out on karaoke night, a must for all karaoke lovers.

2400 East 7th Street Long Beach, CA 90804 562-438-3839

Cocktails Blind Donkey Located in the basement of the BroadLind Hotel, the blind donkey is a local hangout famous for a killer old fashioned. Serving a menu of small-batch whiskeys, draft beer & American bar bites you are guaranteed to find the drink of your choice. Not to mention it was once

turned into Ryan Gosling’s “Seb’s” from the feature film “La La Land”. The Blind Donkey offers games, brews and is a whiskey lovers delight. 149 Linden Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 247-1511

Community & Leadership Non-Profit AIDS Food Store In 1985, a group from Christ Chapel Long Beach came together to address the issue of hunger in a community where many social service agencies were unable or unwilling to help. AIDS Food Store Long Beach was born with a commitment that no one in the Long Beach area living with HIV/AIDS disabilities would ever be without food, love and support. After two decades of distributing tons of food to thousands of clients, AIDS Food Store remains true to its mission. We commend all the wonderful volunteers that give their time and energy to support such an impactful organization. If you are interested in volunteering visit their website for more information. 3935 E. 10th Street Long Beach CA 90804

Activist Justin Rudd Volunteer - Justin Rudd Born and raised in a small town in Alabama, Rudd has dedicated his time

to providing community help around Long Beach. He founded a non-profit organization known as Community Action Team. Rudd’s organization hosts community programs and events annually from beauty pageants to the monthly 30-minute beach clean up to the famous Howl’oween Dog Parade. Visit Rudd’s website and facebook page for more information on his next event.

Public Official Mayor Robert Garcia Long Beach made history when we elected Mayor Robert Garcia in 2014. He is the first openly gay mayor to be elected in the city’s history and he comes with a long list of accolades. Before serving as mayor he was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2009, then re-elected to a full four- year term in 2010. He also serves on the Senate Rules Committee and works to keep our coastline beautiful as one of the California Coastal Commissioners. Education has been a passion

throughout his life and led him to pursue a Doctorate in Education; he’s taught at University of Southern California, Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College.

House of Worship First Congregational Church The First Congregational Church of Long Beach is a community of seekers who care for each other as they explore what it means to be people of faith. They embrace a liberal theology and are committed to social justice – working to bring about God’s realm of peace to the world. They celebrate diversity, welcoming folks from varied life experiences. Services of Celebration Sunday mornings are at 10 a.m.

this particular group of realtors has got it down! Every Thursday morning they meet to build relationships, share knowledge, discuss market updates and more. Broker Preview is open to Industry professionals and is a great way to mix and mingle with like minded individuals. 255 N. Marina Drive, Long Beach, CA 90803 (714) 483-0587

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Networking Event Long Beach Broker Preview These days networking is a huge part of business and | 21

News & MEdia Local Blog Long Beach Home + Living LONG BEACH home + living – is the premier lifestyle multimedia platform in Long Beach and beyond A favorite among Long Beachers for their hyper local content, the “Best Of” awards and the women’s issue. Stay tuned for their 1st Annual Long Beach Architecture Week and Magazine that will showcase all the most loved architecture our city has to offer!

Journalist Brian Addison Brian Addison is an award-winning writer and photographer based in Long Beach, where his love of books, whiskey, and perspective are continuously fulfilled. In 2015, he was named the Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club, adding to recognitions from the California State Senate, the California Bicycle Coalition, the City of Long Beach, California State University Long Beach, and others.

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Photographer Justin Rudd (see info on activist) Social Media Influencer/ Personality Jewels For over 15 years, wildly popular entertainer and personality Jewels has been proud to call Long Beach her home. Jewels produces and hosts dozens of events, shows, and fundraisers throughout all of Southern California, but her heart belongs to Long Beach. Since the beginning, Jewels’ mission has always been to ensure that everyone who visits Long Beach feels welcome, loved, and entertained, and her enchanting work has not gone unnoticed. She has a long list of awards and achievements for her community work. Charity and community outreach are near & dear to her heart.

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Long Beach Local News When news breaks around the greater metropolitan Long Beach area, Long Beach Local News is on the scene! Tune in nightly at 6 pm on Channel 32 and 41 for the latest breaking news in the community, politics, entertainment, business and more! (562) 653-6397

Newspaper/Local News Long Beach Post The Long Beach Post is a daily, digital publication covering news, life, business, placemaking, food, sports, LGBT issues and more in the city of Long Beach, California. The Long Beach Post was founded February 13, 2007.

Medical & Local Services Chiropractor Bob the Chiropractor Dr. Bob Benaderet, most known as Bob the Chiropractor, mixes chiropractic care with physiotherapeutic methods and nutritional care to help you achieve your goals in life. Before he was Bob the Chiropractor, he was also a patient himself and couldn’t function without experiencing pain for six months. Dr. Benaderet is focused on bringing his patients back to their original, healthy lifestyle. (562) 472-5585 416 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802

Dentist Dr. Hosena DDS As a person who comes from a history of bad dental experiences, Dr. Hosena is a life saver! The best dentist, staff, office and quality of care. I had to have a wisdom tooth removed and was very nervous, Dr. Hosena was gentle and caring and the procedure took less than a few minutes. If you’re looking for someone who cares about your oral hygiene and will give your smile that boost you’re looking for, Dr. Hosena is the one for you. I refuse to go anywhere else! 2743 E 4th St, Long Beach CA 90802 (562) 987-0434

Doctor/Clinic Healthcare Partners Throughout Long Beach and Lakewood you’ll find more than 80 primary care physicians to choose from. Some practice out of offices that say “HealthCare Partners” on the building, and many others have their own private practices and

affiliate with HealthCare Partners. Cleaning Services Rug’it Cleaning Rug’it Cleaning, your local and trusted carpet cleaning and stone care experts! They have years of experience providing quality residential and commercial carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile & grout cleaning and natural stone cleaning and polishing. Looking to give your home some love? Maybe a carpet cleaning is exactly what you need to start the new year fresh. 2321 East 28th Street #408 Signal Hill, CA 90755 (562) 606-2560

Dry Cleaning Katella Cleaners When looking for expert garment care, Sam is your man! Family owned for over 3 decades, Sam at Katella Cleaners is a local favorite. Mending repairs, alterations, stain removal, general cleaning, anything you name it! He will have your clothes looking like new in no time! With fair prices and great personal customer service it’s no wonder they have been in business for 37 years.

decor and stunning views of Long Beach Oceanfront make Hotel Maya an excellent corporate or wedding venue. Book your next getaway or staycation with the beautiful Hotel Maya, don’t forget to check out their Mariachi Sunday Brunches at “Fuego”.

700 Queensway Drive Long Beach, CA 90802 562-435-7676

Boutique Hotel Hotel Royal Hotel Royal was built in 1923 and retains its Art Deco roots, with upgraded rooms for every traveler and modern comforts. Their European style accommodations are each decorated differently, so that each stay is like no other. Hotel Royal is right in the heart of downtown Long Beach, in the East Village Arts District that is pulsing with art galleries, coffee shops, and unique retailers. Whether you’re traveling from far away or a local, the Hotel Royal is a must stay! 431 E. Broadway Long Beach, CA, 90802 562-283-8755

5748 E 2nd St Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 434-8344

Hotel Hotel Maya The newly renovated Hotel Maya - a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel offers spacious guest rooms with a private balcony and is minutes from the Long Beach Convention Center. The lush tropical gardens, colorful | 23

Professional Services Insurance Agent Keir Jones - State Farm You might have a lot of questions and concerns about insurance and it is driving you nuts. Keir will answer any questions you have about homeowners, car, and life insurances. Keir is dedicated in providing quality service to his customers while also supporting the community of Long Beach. (562) 433-5573

Real Estate Team Irvin Jack and Barbara have been Professional Real Estate agents in the Los Angeles area for over 40 years. Their knowledge of the real estate market, market trends and luxury properties combined with their understanding of the needs and wants of their clients have helped them become Long Beach’s favorite real estate team. There is no property or client that is too big or too small for Team Irvin. Whether it’s a luxury estate or a condominium – first time home buyer or investor, they have helped numerous clients buy and sell real estate. Their ability to make every client feel like they are the only client, has set them apart from the rest. Discover the Team Irvin difference for yourself. (562) 961-1203

Lawyer/ Law Firm Macksoud & Macksoud Macksoud & Macksoud, LLP, offer full service family law for the benefit of clients throughout Southern California. Alexander E. 24 |

Macksoud, the founder of Macksoud & Macksoud is an experienced trial lawyer and negotiator who has been handling divorce and family law cases since 1971. He is one of a select group of California family law attorneys who is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Attorney Alexander E. Macksoud is joined by his son, Alexander E. Macksoud II — an experienced family law attorney in his own right. If you are involved in a family law dispute, the attorney you choose is important. One of the most important criteria for any family law attorney is the ability to protect your rights at trial. Macksoud & Macksoud loves to settle cases when it is in their client’s best interest and are never afraid to take a case to trial when it is necessary to protect a client’s financial or parental rights. One World Trade Center Ste. 2320, Long Beach, CA 90831 310-961-2989

Taxes/Accounting Stephanie Anderson Stephanie Anderson may be an accounting and tax professional, but she’s really in the business of helping others. She assists businesses and individuals with tax debt through the resolution process and gives them a fresh start. She works with a number of small businesses preparing their payroll, financial documents and taxes. Skip the software when it comes to filing your taxes and visit Tax Prose where someone

on Stephanie’s team will guide you through the process and be a resource for you, your family and business for years to come. 235 E Broadway, Suite 324, Long Beach, CA 90802 562-331-4320

Mortgage Broker/Lender Bixby Knolls Mortgage If you have any questions about buying a new home, don’t worry because Bixby Knolls Mortgage has you covered. They will translate jargon so you have a better understanding of your loans and give you advice on managing your accounts such as raising your credit score to get the best loan for your new home. Bixby Knolls Mortgage was established in 1989 and has been named as pilot company to start programs for California State Teachers Retirement System Loan Programs. (562) 427-2222

Pet Services Pet Store Pussy and Pooch The supreme pet store where convenience meets community in Belmont Shore is without a doubt, Pussy & Pooch. This avant garde pet lifestyle boutique is directed at the modern pet with a focus on nutrition and green living for pets that goes above and beyond. This pet shop has interior design services which help create the perfect pet environment in your home! 4818 E 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 434-7700

Pet Sitting/Daycare Bark! Bark! Your dog will be lonely no more at this loving, fun and safe doggy daycare created by dog lovers for dog lovers. Bark Bark! makes sure that its employees get their Dog First Aid Certification within 90 days. At this cage-free doggie daycare, you can make sure that your dog will have lots of fun and playtime while you are away. Bark Bark! is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dogs are supervised 24/7 and are separated in groups based on size, style of playing, and age. 325 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-3655

Pet Grooming Pawsitively Long Beach Abigail Gibson, owner and groomer of Pawsitively Pet Grooming is a lifelong animal lover. She has been grooming professionally for over 10 years. Her love and passion for animals started

by training dogs for 4-H at the tender age of 8 and was soon found bringing home every stray in the neighborhood on a mission to reunite the pets with their owners. Abigail discovered animal grooming at the age of 19 and the rest is history. She loves that she gets to work with dogs and cats everyday and has a soft spot for the aggressive or fearful pets. She has a special needs Chihuahua named Lucy (who you will see around the shop) and 2 cats named WallE and Eva. 254 Elm Ave at 3rd Street, Long Beach CA 90802 (562) 612-1215


Long Beach Animal Hospital

Open from morning until Midnight, Long Beach Animal Hospital is always there for you and your fur babies (also scaled babies, feathered babies, pot bellied babies, etc.)! They’re always there for you no matter if your pet is sick or just needs boarding and bathing; they offer a full range of services which even includes prescription diets to keep your companion healthy and house calls for those times when you just can’t transport your pet. They run a wildlife rescue that offers free medical care to injured wildlife critters and has successfully re-released 50% of the wild animals to their native habitat. If you spot an injured wildlife animal, you know who to call! 3816 East Anaheim Street Long Beach, CA 90804 (562)434-9966 | 25

BIG BEAR FROM SAND TO SNOW Every winter, Southern Californians trade their sunglasses for ski goggles and hit the road for Big Bear. But if you only have one day to spare, is it really worth the journey? We decided to find out.

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t was an early Saturday morning, or, evening, depending on how you’d like to think of a 3 AM wake-up call. While the rest of the city would see upwards of 60 or 70 degrees later that day despite it being winter (the perks of living in Southern California), we were digging through our closet, searching for long underwear, snow boots, and gloves that probably hadn’t seen the light of day in months. We had one free day to spare on this particular weekend, and we had our sights set not on the beach, but on Big Bear. We were on the road before most alarm clocks would ever dare go off on a weekend morning, having never been to Big Bear and not really sure entirely what to expect. While Big Bear is, by definition, a sleepy mountain town (population 5,200), this “little” town snowballs into hundreds of thousands of visitors each winter, when the powder is fresh and the ski rentals open their doors for the season. And, despite only being a quick 110 mile leg from Long Beach, the traffic conditions can be fierce, with swarms of anxious townies beelining for the mountains on any given Saturday morning, all dreaming of the same high-altitude escape. If you’ve checked your Google Maps by this point, the CA-38 begins to seem like a nice green alternative to the bright red, traffic-laden CA-330 N route on your screen, and it is. We glided on past the congestion and on towards Sugarloaf Mountain, where finally, the trees outside our windows began to outnumber the cars left on the road. So, why is this little town, nestled in the hills of the San Bernardino mountains, such a hot destination? The answer can be found propped up on 2 skis, or 1 board if that ’s how you roll. Like many, we were headed towards Snow Summit, one of two main destinations boasting 240 acres of skiable terrain aimed at quenching the thirst of hoards of snowhungr y Californians each year. Never having skied before, and only a brief 2-hour lesson later, we were far from qualifying for the 2022 Olympics, but that ’s all it took for us to understand the unmistakable flavor that lingers in your memor y once you’ve been here. Knees sore, hearts pumping from the equally thrilling and stomach-churning sensation of wanting to go faster without wanting to fall face-first, we turned our attention to food. The Village, Big Bear ’s central hub of shopping, food, and drink, is situated right up against the town’s eponymous lake, and proffers just about anything you could possibly want after a morning up on the mountain snow. We wandered around, ate a far too generous lunch (at Santana & Maverick’s, which I’d argue has the best view of the Lake of any restaurant in The Village, not to mention a rooftop area to make even the most Hollywood of visitors feel right at home), and took it all in before loading into our car to head back west. | 27

Desserts & Coffee Coffee Portfolio Coffeehouse On the cutting edge of creative expression for over 20 years, Portfolio Coffeehouse serves up culture, cooking and caffeine. They made history in 1990 as the first coffeehouse to present poetry readings and the tradition continues with live entertainment select Friday and Saturday nights. Just like the rest of Retro Row, you’ll feel right at home among the vintage furnishings, fine art and outdoor patio. (562) 434-2486

Ice Cream Long Beach Creamery You’ll scream for Long Beach Creamery! Their frosty, handcrafted desserts are made using local, organic ingredients which tell a story unique to Long Beach. With so many delicious flavors, it’s best to choose a whole flight so you can get a taste of all they have to offer. It’s easy to see why their customers are devoted fans with options for the traditional ice cream lovers, vegans and sorbet lovers. You’ll find a frozen treat you can’t live without! A fan favorite is the Key Lime Pie ice cream with actual Key Lime Pie mixed in! 4141 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach CA 90807 (562) 513-3493

Bakery Sweet Jill’s A staple in Belmont Shore for over 28 years, this bakery is a Long Beach classic! Taking a glance at their 28 |

baked goods will make your mouth water, especially their cinnamon rolls that look like they were made for a king! It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting your day or need a treat after dinner - Sweet Jill’s is the place to go. Although the bakery started with just one location in Belmont Shore, they now have additional locations at the Long Beach Airport and Seal Beach’s Old Town. 5001 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 438-4945

Desserts Romeo Chocolates Chef Romeo started taking chocolate making classes to blow off some steam on his time off from work. This little hobby soon became a passion and he decided to leave his job to become a chocolatier full time. Chef Romeo thoughtfully sources cocoa from around the world in order to create chocolates that are unique and delicious. He has a passion for social justice that guides his principles, he uses fair trade chocolate and creates real relationships with farmers. Stop by his shop and taste his chocolatey creations yourself or better yet, book them for your next event and give your guests a chocolate experience they’ll remember forever! 460 Pine Ave, Long Beach CA 90802 562-432-7999

LGBTQ Gay Bar/Nightclub Hamburger Mary’s Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach is a full service restaurant and bar in the heart of Down Town Long Beach, California on Pine Ave! They’re a favorite around town for delicious food, the best drinks and some of the greatest drag shows around! Their Drag Brunch is a favorite among locals, not to mention some of the greatest drag performers in the business who stop by several nights a week to perform jaw dropping routines. They also have a number of theme nights and one of the greatest dance floors around. If you’re hungry, thirsty or just down to boogie then let Hamburger Mary’s host and entertain you any day of the week!

Drag King Phantom It’s easy to see why King Phantom (Elena ‘Rita’ Olivera) is Long Beach’s favorite drag king, she is elevating the art of drag with her spooky aesthetic. She’s serving up looks like Jack Skellington, Stephen King’s “It”, Hellraiser, Edward Scissorhands, The Mad Hatter, and Marilyn Manson. She can also serve some looks on the lighter side, like Pinocchio and Where’s Waldo. Off the stage, she is an advocate for autism awareness. And a proud mother of two amazing kids on the autism spectrum. She’s also an ally and supporter of her trans sisters and brothers. If you have not seen her perform yet, you’re missing out! Drop what you’re doing and make plans to see this illusion artist now! Check out her youtube Channel as well.

Drag Queen Jewels When it comes to Drag Queens and Long Beach, Jewels is the first entertainer that comes to mind. For over 15 years, she has been spreading her talents hosting events all over Southern California, and we couldn’t be happier that she calls Long Beach her home. Her personal mission is to make sure all who come to our fine city feel welcomed, loved and entertained; she also has a long established dedication to charitable causes which have earned her numerous honors throughout her career. She is truly a local legend and LGBT icon like no other.

Fundraiser Easter Walk When it comes to home town traditions, there is just nothing like Long Beach’s Easter Walk. Each year a diverse group of people, Drag Queens, Kings, Sisters, Fairies, Leather Folks, City Officials, Bunnies, and just plain fun-loving people, gather to raise much needed funds for the C.A.R.E. Program at St. Marys Hospital, in Long Beach, California. 100% of the funds raised are given directly to the cause, with local businesses and supporting sponsors providing the funds necessary for printing and publicity. The walk was founded by Rick White (drag name:

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Sheeya Mann) and when Rick moved away the walk found a new leader in Long Beach Drag Legend, Jewels. The walk is a huge undertaking and takes hundreds of volunteer hours to execute with fundraising events leading up to the big day. Make your Easter special this year and attend the walk to see for yourself how much fun it can be to give back to our community!

Activist/Volunteer Justin Rudd Born and raised in a small town in Alabama, Rudd has dedicated his time in providing community help around Long Beach. He founded a non-profit organization known as Community Action Team. Rudd’s organization hosts community programs and events annually from beauty pageants to the monthly 30-minute beach clean up to the famous Howl’oween Dog Parade. When he first moved to Long Beach, Rudd washed cars, cleaned offices and cut grass to earn some cash. Rudd was ranked 8th by Long Beach Post in the 2010 Most Powerful People in Long Beach.

dent changed his life. Something oddly magical happened to him as a result of the car accident, he gained the ability to play almost any musical instrument and hear full songs with vocals in his head. After being a member of several bands and getting sober, he began learning to record, produce, and mix on his own. Smurks began writing/recording in Jan of 2017. He made it a point to produce music that could be played on the radio or at clubs. Smurks released “Persona”, an 11 track debut album, featuring some of Sierra Vista’s (his original hometown in AZ) most promising artists, in Jan 2018. For booking info:

Theme Night Bearracuda It is not hard to see why this Bear and Cub party that travels the world is Long Beach’s favorite theme night. Bearracuda made its big splash in Long Beach at Eagle562 early in 2018 and its worldwide popularity caught up with it here. Bearracuda is held several times a year, so stay tuned for more parties to come!

DJ DJ Smurks Steve Johnson, better known to Long Beachers as DJ SMURKS grew up in Northern California. His musical passion started in the 4th grade when he learned to play guitar. He never considered a career in music until his sophomore year of high school when a car acci-

LGBTQ Event/Festival Long Beach Pride For so many people today, it would be hard to imagine a time when Long Beach Pride did not exist. Started in 1984 to foster cooperation and mutual respect between the LGBT and greater Long Beach community, the Pride celebration quickly grew to become the 2nd

largest revenue earning event for the city, attracting over 80,000 guests to their two-day festival. The organization maintains an office year round to continuously inject a sense of greater self-worth within the community. Over the past 31 years, Long Beach Pride has become a large philanthropic foundation which has funnelled over $1 Million back into the community in the form of grants and scholarships.

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Bartender Melissa Almeraz Long Beach’s favorite bartender serves up frosty beverages at The Sweetwater Saloon! Melissa will make you feel at home in her bar and is an experienced mixologist like no other in the city. She mixes a little bit of love into every cocktail and we can guarantee you’ll taste the difference. You’ll come in for the drink, but you’ll stay for her lovely personality that enchants guests and has won her a top spot as Long Beach’s favorite bartender! Karaoke Executive Suites Who doesn’t love to sing? Executive Suites has been a favorite among Long Beachers for years! Their Karaoke Nights on Tuesdays & Wednesdays have gathered a following and if you stop by, you’ll see why. On Tuesdays, the drink special is out of this world and it gets even better on Wednesday’s, Host Lenny Sinatra will give you a $2 drink chip for each of your | 29



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