Saturday, August 02, 2014 2:12am

Marine Stadium

HAVE-A-GREATER PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ON THE FOURTH OF JULY


Just how much happiness can one patriot pursue? This year, as the celebration of Independence Day spreads into a five-day weekend, we just may find out. But for now, let's stick with today.

HAV-A-GREATER WEEKEND: DRAMA QUEEN, SKA, PATCHWORK, GREAT HOMES


No matter what kind of mood you're in---cold, condemning, absurd, hyper-happy, deeply angry, wannabe hippie, house-envying ---there's something going on in Long Beach this week that's sure to exacerbate it. Take it to the limit! One more time!

PATCHWORK IS TODAY, RAIN OR SHINE—PLEASE DON’T BE A WUSS


The Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival features about 100 booths stuffed with creative people and the stuff---clothing, accessories, art, pottery and glassware, pet items, jewelry, soaps, candles, stationary and paper goods, plushies, purses, handbags, gourmet chocolate with sea salt on it---they have created. Sure hope it doesn't rain..

HAVE-A-GREATER-WEEKEND: BOAT-DACIOUSNESS, BOOBATION & A KILLER DINNER


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.

BIKING THROUGH PUVUGNA TURNS SAD ANNIVERSARY INTO SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE


I rode my bike to places Cindy would have enjoyed. When I reached ceremonial Puvugna at Long Beach State and saw the dedication to the Tongva ancestors---portraits with black, yellow and red flags---I realized they looked just like Cindy’s pictures of laundry!

MEETING TONIGHT TO CONSIDER RESCUE PLANS FOR COLORADO LAGOON


The Colorado Lagoon was a popular swimming hole until the late 1960s, when water quality began to diminish. It was reconfigured during plans for a cross-town freeway. Now 11 storm drains empty into it, one for every acre of its water.