August 4, 2022

Things to do in Long Beach: Movie nights, free concerts, skate parties and orchid talk

“Another day in paradise,” the saying goes, and while Long Beach and Signal Hill have their issues (lack of housing, ongoing attempts to increase equity, COVID-19, and now multiple local cases of monkeypox – the list is long), cities always seem heavenly, especially during those hot summer months. And what better way to enjoy it than to get out there and participate in your community.

This week offers multiple opportunities to show your support for Roe v. Wade, including a candlelight vigil at the courthouse and a fundraiser at Alex’s Bar.

As you try to beat the heat this week, don’t forget to take care of your plant friends. Our local orchid society is holding a conference on cultivation during droughts. (You can find our full article on the club here.)

If you’re hoping to escape your home this weekend (we’re looking at you people without central air conditioning), there are plenty of opportunities to get out to one of our many parks or beaches to listen to music or watch a movie—fingers crossed for that lovely sea breeze, and don’t forget your snacks!

Photo of the Bixby Park Community Center in Long Beach, California. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Friday22nd of July

My pediatric and respiratory care clinic: Noon to 4 p.m. This mobile medical clinic from Claris Health will provide pregnancy tests, initial pregnancy ultrasounds, blood pressure checks, STD tests, exams for healthy women, and social and medical referrals at 720 Alamitos Ave. Visits without an appointment are welcome. All services are free.

Grill and cool: 12-3 p.m. The first of a new monthly event at Bixby Park (130 Cherry Ave.) hosted by Mental Health America of LA. The public is invited to enjoy music, food and games. This event will take place on the fourth Friday of every month going forward. Free.

Social Connections Art Exhibition: Member access at 4 p.m., public access at 6 p.m. Residents are invited to celebrate the existence and resilience of the LGBTQ community, primarily LGBTQ seniors. This art exhibit at the Long Beach LGBTQ Center (2017 E. 4th Street) will feature artwork created in workshops and classes at the Center as well as by local students and artists. Free.

Members of Amnesty International speak to protesters after official speakers end at Governor George Deukmejian’s courthouse in Long Beach on June 24, 2022. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Saturday July 23

Plastic Free July Cleanup Challenge: 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to participate in this beach cleanup organized by LA Water Keeper and OC Coast Keeper. The goal of the event is to remove as much plastic waste as possible from the shore. Meet at Junipero Beach. Sign up by visiting lawaterkeeper.link/plasticfreelb. Free.

Cheers to the Queers Skate event: 10:30 a.m. Queers and queer allied skaters are invited to skate together. The theme of the event is “Rainbow” and attendees are encouraged to dress in rainbow-colored clothing, or anything that makes them feel validated and seen. Meet at the intersection of Junipero and Ocean. Free.

Gender-Affirming Clothing Exchange and Supply Closet: Noon to 4 p.m. The Long Beach LGBTQ Center will host a gender-affirming clothing swap and supply closet. To participate, come to The Center (2017 E. 4th Street) to swap, trade or pick up gently used clothing for free. The clothes will be available from 13 years old. Mask up! Call 562-434-4455 for more information. Free.

Soft opening at Long Beach Exchange: 1-6 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate the soft opening of local clothing brand Stay Anchored’s new location inside the Long Beach Exchange hangar (4150 McGowen St. Suite 9). Free shirts will be given away while supplies last.

City By The Sea, Live Panting and Music: 2-6 p.m. Inside a local gallery (1740 E 7th St.), attendees can enjoy live painting by Azteksoulart, music from multiple artists, food from Quesadilla Calling, and various vendors.

Free concert in the park: 4:30 p.m. A free outdoor concert by the Long Beach Camerata Singers at Scherer Park. Free.

Critical Eye Movie Nights: 6-9 p.m. A screening of director Sean Baker’s film “Tangerine” at Wood Coffee Co. Mexican plant-based dishes from Dear Mama will be available for purchase. ($20-$30)

Kevin Land Band with Luke Elder and The Infinite Ways: 7:30 p.m. to midnight. A music video shoot and show featuring local bands at Elinor’s Drinkery (250 N Tribune Ct.). For ages 21 and over. Attendees can also enjoy a selection of ciders, beers and wines made by women. Surprises are planned for the public. Free.

Roe vs. Wade Candelight Vigil: 7:00 p.m. A candlelight vigil hosted by LB/OC Women Rising will be held at the Long Beach Courthouse. Attendees can write postcards to President Joe Biden demanding action, contribute to a mural by a local artist, listen to speakers and light a candle for Roe v. Wade. Free.

Courtesy of Nancy Fox

The Long Beach Camerata Singers recently welcomed 16 new members to their ranks in preparation for a new season.

Sunday July 24

Clothing exchange: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3 Women Company will host a clothing swap and summer market under the patio at the corner of 1st Street and Linden Avenue. Bring 10 slightly used clothes and exchange your coins with the same number you brought. All remaining clothing will be donated to the Long Beach Community Table. Free.

Free concert in the park: 4:30 p.m. A free outdoor concert by the Long Beach Camerata Singers at Los Cerritos Park. Free.

The Long Beach County Fair will feature musicians like the band featured above at a previous county fair. (Image courtesy of Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association)

Monday July 25

Concerts in the Park(ing Lot): 6:30 p.m. Listen to the band Buyepongo play pan-Latin Caribbean tunes, salsa, cumbias and more at the Bixby Joe Parking Lot (4245 Atlantic Ave.). Residents are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own chairs. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Organized by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association. Free.

Mayor Robert Garcia and various community members unveil the new beach access mats at Granada Beach on July 15, 2022. (Kristen Farrah Naeem | Signal Tribune)

tuesday july 26

LB Disability Pride Month Rally: 5:30-7 p.m. This gathering celebrating Disability Pride Month will feature guest speakers, music, a sign-making station and more at Harvey Milk Park (185 E 3rd St.) Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Queer Film Club: 7 p.m. A screening of the 1974 film “Female Trouble” by director John Waters. Drinks and snacks will be available. Participants must bring their own seats. All gender identities are welcome. The movie starts playing at 8 p.m.

“Encanto” at Granada beach: 8 p.m. Attend a screening of “Encanto” at Granada Beach (5000 E. Ocean Blvd). The event will feature pre-show entertainment from local bands. The event is part of the summer-long Moonlight Movies at the Beach series. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Food trucks will be present. Film screenings are family and pet friendly. The event is sponsored by Long Beach Transit. Free.

Heaven Kosonoy descends and touches the park from the half-moon ramp of the new mini skate park added to Lincoln Park in downtown Long Beach on February 11, 2022. The park reopened on Tuesday, February 8 after the city made a d extensive renovations to the lot and adjoining Billie Jean King Main Library. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Wednesday July 27

Summer lunch cruise: All day. With any purchase of a take-out order from participating residents, guests will receive a complimentary 30-minute harbor cruise by Spirit Cruises in the Shoreline Village area. Customers must pre-order their meals by calling participating restaurants to place their orders and reserve their tickets. Boarding passes will be distributed at the same time as meal orders. Participating restaurants include Gilan Pizza, Shenanigans Pub and Tug Boat Pete’s.

Bel Canto Books CelbrAsian Laughs and Sass: 6pm CelbrAsian: Laughs and Sass will take place at the Hangout. Four Asian American women from the Pacific Islands (contemporary novelist Jayci Lee, young adult novelist Susan Lee, two-time Lefty Award-nominated author Jennifer Chow, and author Suzanne Park) will be in attendance . RSVP at www.belcantobooks.net/events. ($10)

Beatles cover band at Signal Hill Park: 6 p.m. Twist and shout with the Beatles cover band Britain’s Finest at Signal Hill Park (2175 Cherry Ave.) as part of the city’s Concerts in the Park series. A diversity showcase hosted by the city’s Diversity Coalition committee will begin at 6 p.m., with music at 6:30 p.m. Bring snacks and seating (unless you like to sit in the grass). Free.

LBC Skating Night: 7 p.m. An intermediate skating course. Participants should be comfortable roller skating 10 miles or more at a moderate pace, uphill and stopping abruptly. Meet at Rosie’s Dog Beach (5000 E Ocean Blvd.). Deployment is at 7:30 p.m. Free.

South Coast Orchid Society conference on cultivation during droughts: 7-9 p.m. The South Coast Orchid Society of Long Beach will host a program by Donna Ballard on “Growing Orchids in the Midst of a Drought” at Whaley Park Community Center (5620 E. Atherton Street). Ballard has professional experience caring for houseplants, training in the American Orchid Society’s judging program, and volunteer work with major orchid collections, with numerous awards to his credit. She will share her thoughts on how to adapt growing methods to new situations, such as water restrictions, extreme heat, alternatives such as growing indoors under lights, and some of the gadgets, tricks and strategies that have been proposed. Ideal for plant lovers. Free.

A protester holds a sign while listening to speakers during a rally in support of Roe v. Wade at Harvey Milk Plaza on May 7, 2022. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Thursday July 28

Queer date night: 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. This romantic evening will include a pizza-making workshop led by Miller Butler Pasta and a tasting led by a sommelier of natural wines from the Art Du Vin Wine Bar. The party will take place at The Urban Farm (1336 Gladys Ave.). Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite for $60.

Pro-Roe Fundraising: 8 p.m. A show by local band Bad Cop Bad Cop and Stromhouse at Alex’s Bar (2913 E Anaheim St.) which will raise funds for reproductive rights. Tacos from Cheyrap! Filifusion will be available for purchase. The event will be filmed and broadcast live. ($10)