One of the best ways to get a sense for living in Long Beach is to check out one of eight farmer’s markets in the city. Not only will you have access to some of the city’s freshest produce, flowers, and even honey, but you can also enjoy good music and peruse unique and hand-crafted items such as candles, jewelry, and purses. For your convenience, Ricardo and his team have compiled a list. These farmer’s markets offer free parking and are centrally located in some of Long Beach’s finest neighborhoods!LOCAL LONG BEACH FARMER’S MARKETS
Local Harvest Farmer’s Market
Cherry Ave. and Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
Tuesdays, 3 pm to 8 pm (7 pm in winter)
Appian Way and Nieto Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Wednesdays, 3 pm to 7 pm
Uptown Farmer’s Market
Atlantic Ave. and E. 46th St.
This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held in Bixby Knolls, at Atlantic Ave. & E. 46th St., flanking the east side of Atlantic Ave. (between Del Amo Blvd. and San Antonio Dr.)
Thursdays, 3 pm to 6:30 pm
Long Beach Downtown
Broadway & the Promenade
Long Beach, CA 90806
Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held in the City Place Mall, on the lovely Promenade North between E. 5th and 4th streets, and on a lot across from WalMart, right next to parking structures (2 hours validated FREE! – validation machine on-site), a block east of Pine Ave.
Long Beach East
Wardlow Rd. and Norwalk Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90806
Saturdays, 10 am to sellout
This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held on the southwest corner of the Long Beach Health Department parking lot, a block south of E. Willow St. and just east of Redondo Ave. along E. Burnett St.
The Greener Good
2125 Santa Fe Avenue
Center Space in Admiral Kidd Park
Long Beach, CA 90810
Saturdays, 9 am to 2 pm
5th District Farmer’s Market
Corner of Clark Ave. and Spring St.
Long Beach, CA
Sundays, 8:30 am to 2 pm
Long Beach Marina
Marina Drive, south of 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90806
Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held in the parking lot of the Alamitos Bay Marina, on E. Marina Dr., one-quarter mile south of E. 2nd St., just west of Pacific Coast Highway.
When you purchase items from a stand, you can get to know the people who grow and make your food. Harbor Area Farmers Markets manages the city’s farmer’s markets and is dedicated to “encouraging cross-section interaction of the population, supporting low-income and oppressed populations, and offering a venue particularly focused on maintaining small family farms.”
Shopping at farmer’s markets is also good for the environment. Since many of Long Beach’s farmer’s markets only sell produce grown in California—usually within 200 miles— it reduces the time that the produce spends in transport, refrigeration, handling, and storage. Selling in an outdoor market eliminates the need for buildings, land, lighting, and air-conditioning, which is reflected in the cost of the products. Oftentimes these items are organic, so not only is it good for your body since it eliminates the chances of you ingesting pesticides and chemicals, but it also benefits the environment by reducing the amount of run-off in our water system.
Long Beach is full of community activities including our terrific farmer’s markets. They are open year-round and offer great food, products, and entertainment. These markets truly help enhance the lifestyle of Long Beach. Since many of these farmer’s markets take place on the weekend, why not plan your day around them? Take in the sights of Long Beach’s varied neighborhoods, get some light exercise, and befriend your fellow Home Owners!
LONG BEACH CHRISTMAS – HOLIDAY PARADES & FESTIVITIES: Belmont shore, Naples Island, Downtown Long Beach
CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY PARADES & FESTIVITIES IN LONG BEACH
Get ready to start off this holiday with parties and parades! This year is full of so many cheery opportunities to share with friends and families of Long Beach. Lifestyles of Long Beach gathered around the yule log and compiled a list of local Long Beach “have to do’s” for this holiday season! Top on our list is the Belmont Shore 31st Annual Christmas Parade. This is a great year to live in Long Beach!
30TH ANNUAL BELMONT SHORE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Saturday, December 7, 2013 6:00pm – 9:00pm
GENERAL BELMONT SHORE CHRISTMAS PARADE INFO: This year’s parade is Presented by “Chill” at The Queen Mary” and Sponsored by the Port of Long Beach. The theme is “Christmas by the Sea”. This year’s parade is on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, so the theme will support our troops, honor our veterans and remember Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1942). The Grand Marshal is Long Beach 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong.
The Belmont Shore Christmas Parade will march down East Second Street to the beat of over a dozen local marching bands. Featuring over 100 entries, including floats designed by Long Beach businesses and associations, marching bands, and local personalities and dignitaries. And of course, no Christmas Parade would be complete without an appearance by good ole’ St. Nick!
The parade route is along East Second Street and begins heading east from Livingston Avenue to Bayshore Avenue. The route is 1.2 miles long. Entries return to Livingston Avenue heading west along the north side of East Second Street. Start time will be at 6:00pm. East 2nd St. will close to traffic at 5:00pm, at which time spectators may set up chairs and blankets for a front row seat to the parade.
RULES TO REMEMBER DURING ANNUAL BELMONT SHORE CHRISTMAS PARADE
The Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013, and the Long Beach Police Department is encouraging all attendees to comply with all laws for the safety of everyone:
– Allow yourself plenty of time to find LEGAL parking, and consider using public transportation, which is affordable and allows you to avoid traffic congestion. All parking laws will be strictly enforced and illegally parked vehicles will be subject to tow.
– Sidewalk areas and center medians CANNOT be reserved with personal property until 5:00 p.m. During previous parades, the placement of personal items along the parade route has created pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic issues, in addition to causing problems for businesses. In an effort to prevent any accidents or injuries, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, personal property found along the parade route prior to street closures may be confiscated at the direction of the L.B.P.D., and taken to the Bayshore Library for pick-up after the event.
– The public is also reminded that the law strictly prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property (sidewalks, medians, roads, etc.), and anyone found in violation will be subject to citation or arrest
– Municipal and Penal Code sections in regards to under-age drinking and/or possession of alcohol will also be enforced
– Street vendors selling items without a business license are also subject to citation or arrest and may have their property confiscated
– NO dispensing of Silly String … violators may be cited for littering
– Signs notifying the community of potential enforcement action will be posted along the route and inside most businesses
– Parade goers are reminded to report any suspicious activity immediately to the nearest officer or by calling 9-1-1. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING … SAY SOMETHING!
Affected streets closures and times are as follows:
– Livingston Avenue will be closed from Ocean Boulevard to Second Street at 2:00 p.m. for staging parade participants
– At 4:00 p.m., all north/south streets from Quincy to Claremont Avenues will be closed up to the immediate alleyways that run parallel to 2nd Street on both the south and north sides
– Second Street will be closed from Livingston Drive to Bayshore Avenue at 5:00 p.m.
– We anticipate all roads being reopened to traffic by 11:00 p.m.
The Long Beach Police Department would like to thank the community in advance for their understanding and cooperation, and wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Naples Island 67th Annual Boat Parade
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Island of Naples hosts its 67th round of the Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade. This sparkling event is visible from several vantage points around the island. It’s a great for families living in Long Beach. Each year just keeps getting better with the boat owners getting very creative with decorating. Along with the boat parade, there will be three groups of carolers walking around the Island and singing holiday songs by the bridges. Homes in Naples will be festively decorated for the annual home decoration competition. Restaurants and businesses also will be decorated. The Boat Parade will be held on December 21st. Big Boat Parade starts at 6 p.m. Little Boat Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Note that the streets in Naples close at 5 p.m. on parade night. You can access Naples off 2nd Street via several streets, including Naples Plaza, Revenna, Tivoli and The Toledo. Large Boat Parade Starts at 6:00 PM Lg Boat Parade MAP Small Boat Parade Starts at 6:45 PM Sm Boat Parade MAP
QUEEN MARY’S CHILL
NOW THRU JANUARY 6, 2013
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Queen Mary presents CHILL – an enchanting winter event for the whole family! The main attraction takes place in the Queen Mary dome that has been transformed into a giant igloo. This is the location of The Ice Kingdom which showcases an exciting exhibit of larger-than-life ice creations. Walk through the 3,000 square feet of sculptures which range in size from 8 feet to 24 feet tall. The entire exhibit is made up of about 4,500 blocks of ice, weighing 2 million pounds. The tent has to be kept at 9 degrees, so each visitor will be given a special parka to walk around the tent in. In addition CHILL also features outdoor Ice Tubing, an Ice Skating rink, and a Holiday Village, complete with Christmas trees, “Candy Lane,” gingerbread decorating, carolers, and of course, Santa Claus! There is a 6,500-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink and a 100-foot-long elevated slide for tubing. The holiday village will be fitted with themed retail, food and beverages will also be on site. Santa will be in the village to take pictures with children, along with a gingerbread craft area and live entertainment. There is a comprehensive display of lights and holiday decorations, including a special Candy Lane with giant-sized pieces of holiday candy like gum drops, candy canes and ribbon candy. Chill will take place from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6. at the Queen Mary Dome, Village & Market Place & Seawalk in Long Beach. It will be free to enter the holiday village, but there will be individual ticket prices to go into the Ice Kingdom, go ice-skating and go tubing.
Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade
Saturday, December 14, 2013
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The 60th Annual Daisy Lane Parade is a unique community event sponsored by the City of Long Beach. The event will include holiday displays, entertainment and a parade. Many area residents decorate their homes and their will be a beautiful Christmas Village and nativity scene. Bring your blankets, chairs and don’t forget to bundle up. You won’t want to miss one second of the magic! The fun starts Saturday, December 14th at 5:00pm on Daisy Avenue. The parade runs along Daisy Avenue between Burnett Street and Pacific Coast Highway.