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Spoken Word Sandwich # 7
Enjoy the Spoken Word Sandwich #7, from 8 to 11 p.m. May 17, at the Croatian Cultural Center in San Pedro.
The Spoke Word Sandwich #7 is an evening of word jazz and poetry.
Spoken Word Sandwich #7 will feature music by Garretson & Gorodetsky; L.A. spoken word artist Rich Ferguson; poet/Lummox Press publisher Raindog; and the Circuitry & Poetry of Mona Jean Cedar’s communicative arts of dance, poetry, and sign language, accompanied by Jeff Boynton and his homemade/modified electronic instruments.
Weba Garretson and Ralph Gorodetsky will perform “What Must the Hummingbird
See?” that is a backyard song cycle of 15 short pieces about the daily occurrences of our urban wilderness, where skunks, opossums, owls, hawks, and cats manage to thrive. The music evokes a multitude of inﬂuences — from Hank Williams to Hanns Eisler. Their program will be divided into four 15-minute sets, and in between each set each poet will perform a 15-minute set, hence the “sandwich” effect.
Details: (562) 331-4351; www.croatianculture.org/portal
Venue: Croatian Cultural Center
Location: 510 W. 7th St., San Pedro
Join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for a lecture and book signing, from 7 to 9 p.m. May 17, at the John M. Olguin Auditorium in San Pedro.
Join us for an evening of the gelatinous kind as former CMA volunteer and researcher Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin debuts her book, Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean. Cost is $7.
Details: (310) 548-7562 x 211; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
Venue: John M. Olguin Auditorium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive
Port of Los Angeles Free Public Boat Tours
The Port of Los Angeles is offering free boat tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18, starting the Cabrillo Way Marina in San Pedro and Banning Landings in Wilmington.
Tours are on the hour and they are first-come, first-serve. Tours will be leaving from 2 locations: From the Cabrillo Way Marina located at Berth 43, 2293 Miner Street in San Pedro and at Banning’s Landing, 100 E. Water Street in Wilmington.
Adobe Day at the Historic Dominguez Rancho
Experience a day at the Rancho learning how to make adobe bricks, pan for gold and how to make a branding iron, furniture and other items that were created by a blacksmith, from 1 to 3 p.m. May 18, at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.
Details: (310) 603-0088; www.dominguezrancho.org
Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.
Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez
Long Beach Basket Brigade Fundraiser
The Long Beach Basket Brigade cordially invites you to its Hope Gala, starting at 5:30 p.m. May 18, at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach.
The event includes a silent auction, cocktails, Texas hold’em and bunco tournaments, dinner and a live auction.
Venue: The Grand Event Center
Location: 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach
Lawns to Gardens
Take a special bike tour of converted lawn to garden landscapes of Belmont Shore homes, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18, as part of the Long Beach Water Department’s Lawn-to-Garden Tour.
The rolling classroom will pass by 30 newly landscaped homes and will be led by Janine Cormier, principal of the Green Genie, a Long Beach landscape and maintenance company. Cormier will spend 10 to 30 minutes at each of five featured homes, describing the drought-tolerant landscapes and answering questions.
The bike tour is free to 40 participants, but registration is required.
On May 19, the family of Vice Admiral William Renwick Smedberg III will present the Battleship Iowa with an 84-page scrapbook featuring a record of his service while commanding the Iowa.
This collection features articles, magazines, telegrams, photos and most impressively a log of the number of shells fired and targets hit during its service under Smedberg III.
A short presentation will take place at 1 p.m.
Smedberg III was captain of USS Iowa from the time it was re-commissioned on August 25, 1951 until July 29, 1952. He later became a vice admiral and honored superintendent of the U.S. Navel Academy. Known as “the enlisted man’s Captain” for his concern and compassion for his crew, he came from a long line of distinguished officers with ancestors serving as far back as the Revolutionary War. Smedberg III passed away in 1994, and his storied Naval career reflected a strong family tradition of military service.
Venue: Battleship Iowa
Location: 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
St. Luke’s Celebrates Long Beach Pride
Join St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to celebrate their 23rd year at Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, at 9 a.m. May 19, on the bluff between Orizaba and Temple for their Communion on the Bluff, before marching in the parade.
Details: Click here
Salt Marsh Open House
Marshes are more than mud. Step out into nature at the Salinas de San Pedro salt marsh. Bring your binoculars, camera, sketchpad, journal or just your curiosity.
Discover the many animal residents of the salt marsh with guidance from Sea Ranger naturalists and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Education staff, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
Harvey Milk Park Opens
Join the dedication and opening of the Harvey Milk Promenade Park, at 11 a.m. May 21, in Long Beach.
The Park is the first park in America to be named after civil rights and LGBT leader Harvey Milk, and the first park in the City of Long Beach to be named after an openly gay person.
The park will include areas to sit, a memorial to Milk, including a replica of his famous soapbox, and dedicated space to learn about Harvey and his legacy to civil rights.
The park will also include Equality Plaza, an area where local LGBT community members will be honored. The 9 members of the local LGBT community will be inducted and honored at the dedication are:
Bob Crow – Co-Founder, Current Co-President, LB PRIDE
Ray Lowen – Founding member of The Center, activist and artist
Patty Moore – Former Chair and Asst. Director, The Center; longtime activist
Michael Noll – First openly gay Signal Hill Councilmember; 20 years on Council; The Center Board
Frank Rubio – Former President, LB PRIDE
Ellen Ward – Signal Hill Councilmember 12 years; Former Exec Director AIDS WALK
Pastor Michael Cole – Founder, Christ’s Chapel Long Beach; Founder, AIDS Food Store
Ellen “Mary” Martinez – 25 year member of LB PRIDE; Board Member, The Center
Jean Harris – Former Executive Director, CA Alliance for Pride and Equality; political leader
Details: (562) 570-6919.
Be part of the Electric Run, from 8 to 11 p.m. May 24, at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
Electric Run is the country’s brightest and most outrageous nighttime 5K run/walk.
The event features amazing, artistic light displays, an energized crowd and premiere live musical performances, attracting more than 100,000 participants to date, including Carmen Electra and Seth Rogan. Participants dressed in their brightest running gear will travel through a neon wonderland, with mesmerizing light art installations, glowing neon trees, rainbow-hued tunnels and lip-up lakes.
Venue: Home Depot Center
Location: 18400 S. Avalon Blvd., Carson
The San Pedro Friends of the Library welcome Madeleine Drake, at 2 p.m. May 25, at the San Pedro Library Community Room
“Underneath the Lintel” by Glen Berger is the story of a Librarian on a quest to solve the mystery of a 113-year overdue library book. Event is free.
Venue: San Pedro Library Community Room
Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
POLAHS Green Festival Announcement
Port of Los Angeles High School is hosting the 2nd Annual Green Festival, from 12 to 3 p.m. May 31, in San Pedro.
The event is student-run, and will feature environmental technologies like solar power, aquaponics and electric cars. There will be an E-waste collection, locally-grown vegetables for sale, and important information on fracking, the controversial fossil fuel extraction method coming to California. Bring your DWP bill and get a free fruit tree from Million Trees LA.
Details: (310) 832-9201
Location: 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro