This is the 100th anniversary of offshore powerboat racing in California, and there is no way to celebrate that without celebrating Long Beach, which has contributed some of the sport’s most-iconic events---and will continue that tradition this weekend.
It’s hard to say how pirates---thieving, violent and anti-social---have come to be perceived as Teddy Bears of the High Seas, but it’s easy to see how they are staying that way. The Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier Saturday and Sunday includes Captain Jack Sparrow’s Kids’ Treasure Hunt, belly and fire dancers, a pirate costume contest, a pirate parade, sword fights and a movie.
Retro Row didn’t need a city motto and a federal grant to become bicycle friendly. On the other hand, nothing wrong with a windfall, which is kind of what Fourth Street will boil down to when the Family-Friendly Bike Kitchen starts cooking Saturday.
Spend a Saturday in Bixby Park, where locals have been doing exactly that for more than a century, and in the process help ensure that this recreational gem will be polished preserved for future generations. Friends of Bixby Park is presenting this carnival as a fundraiser.
Eight years in, the Ink-N-Iron Festival is a local tradition and an international attraction, yet it remains a little difficult to explain. Here's our take: much of this culture comes from Long Beach; it's our bandwagon---welcome aboard!
Bottom line, today's debut of "Have A Greater Weekend" invalidates all excuses for having anything less. Greater Long Beach reporter Georgina Montepeque will lay out the itinerary every Wednesday, and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday you will follow it. This week it's belly dancing, First Friday, Q's and A's with composer David Lang and a night in a museum with Tim Burton.
On the steps of the Capitol Building, with chants and cheers echoing off its walls, I realize I am really here---hundreds of miles from home, soaked to the bone, representing thousands of students whose futures may be on the line.