I logged onto Facebook today, and  – as always – it reminded me of my memories “on this day.” Lots of photos of the Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier were popping up. I thought to myself, “oh. I wonder if the Pirate Invasion is this weekend?” It is. It’s this Saturday and Sunday. But, it’s not at Belmont Pier! IDK if it’s because of the structural issues the Pier is still having from those storms back in February, or if there is another reason, but I’m kinda’ bummed. It’s going to be at ShoreLine Aquatic Park (on the island where the lighthouse is in Shoreline Village.) I’m sure it will still be fun. Live music, yummy food, sword fights, pirates, mermaids; you can check out the full schedule and map here. But there is just something to be said about being able to stumble walk right home after enjoying some tasty rum drinks overlooking the water…





Summer Lovin’


I don’t mean to sound old, but where is the time going?! The other day, Mr. and I were talking about Independence Day. I was like, “Psssht! That’s next month. We’ll figure something out later.” ummm, it’s in two weeks, dummy! July 4th. That’s like the middle of summer already! I guess technically, summer doesn’t start until tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Really, it starts on June 21st at 12:24 am. But because of the time difference, it’s the 20th at 9:24 pm for PST. There. Have I thoroughly confused you? It doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that it’s time to mark your calendar for fun, free outdoor events, and say hello to sunny skies (goodbye June Gloom,!) and longer days.

PS: Can we talk about the movie Grease? I loved that movie growing up. After seeing it a hundred times, I recall The Girls and I sitting around, listening to the double-album on our turntables. We knew every word to every song. Yes. Records, people. And if that doesn’t make me sound old enough, I just Googled that Grease was released in June, 1978. That means it was released almost 40 years ago. I don’t mean to sound old, but…







Cinema Paradiso


Y’all know I love to hang out on the beach. Whether it’s walking along the shore, riding on the bike path, playing lawn darts in the sand, or just chilling in my beach chair. But, I like to hang out on the beach in the evening, sometimes, too. And that’s where Moonlight Movies on The Beach comes in! It kicks off this Thursday on Granada Beach with the action-packed Rogue One Star Wars. Movies are FREE and there is plenty of free parking. What more could you ask for on a lovely summer night than cozying up to a great movie?! Maybe a little picnic dinner on the sand. Smuggle in some adult beverages (you didn’t hear that from me!) Or, keep it simple and pick up something from the snack booth there. So get your sweetie, gather up your family, or round up some friends, as they have another great line-up this year! BYOC (chair) and get there early if you want a good spot…





Good Will Hunting


I know it’s only Thursday, but I have plans for you for the weekend already! This Saturday, City Grace is coming to BS! What’s City Grace? Think The Amazing Race, but local, and for charity. It’s a scavenger hunt kind of event that starts at the Belmont Pier, and it will take you all over Long Beach, but you’ll have to get clues to find out where you’ll be going. You get your clues by completing challenges. Here’s the cool part: each challenge requires you (and your team) to complete a task that provides direct benefit to our community. Think helping out in a food kitchen, picking up trash from the beach, or even assisting in a community garden. City Grace is founded on the simple premise that having fun and doing good are not mutually exclusive, but best achieved when performed together. What better way to spend a Saturday than enjoying the outdoors, getting in some exercise, having fun and benefitting our community?! Heck, you might even learn a little something about our city or yourself…








Keep on Truckin’


Most people spend a lot of time in their cars commuting back and forth to work. Sometimes, we’ll see big trucks zooming by. Or, we’re driving through a construction zone, past all of the equipment. We often hear the sirens of fire trucks off in the distance. But do you ever stop and wonder how these vehicles operate? What they look like inside? Well, tomorrow (Sunday,) you’ll have the opportunity to find out! More than 100 large vehicles are expected to be on display at the 3rd annual Long Beach Touch-A-Truck event.

It takes place in the Granada Beach parking lot from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. The best part? it’s FREE! You can pre-register online to get a wristband that will allow you to sit in the drivers’ seats. If you don’t pre-register though, you can still get up close and personal. There will be large trucks, tractors, military, public safety, and construction vehicles, and you can even “ride” up in the cherry picker (for a $10 cash donation to benefit C.A.T.) Oh yeah, and food trucks! Food and water will be available to purchase, along with other snacks, and t-shirts. If you want to see the vehicles in action, you can plan on getting there early or staying late to watch them as they arrive and leave. It’s a family-friendly, interactive experience that I’m sure will bring out your inner child…