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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.
LIFESTYLES OF LONG BEACH PRESENT:
GUIDE TO SHOPPING & SERVICES
The 4th Street Corridor, also known as Retro Row, is a small business district in the city of Long Beach, California, along 4th Street from Walnut Avenue to Junipero Avenue.
Located east of Downtown Long Beach, this section of streets is the place for Long Beach visitors who enjoy vintage and kitschy shopping. Furniture and clothing from bygone eras is available in good condition at antique and used clothing stores.
4th Street Postal
We’re not just mailboxes;
we’re a full range of helpful services!
HOURS: M – F 9:00 to 6:00 | Sat 10:00 to 4:00 | Closed Sunday | Plus 24 Hour Mail Box Access
AIDS Assistance Thrift Shop
Non-profit charity benefiting those with HIV/AIDS.
2011 East 4th St
Long Beach, California 90814
HOURS: Tue-Wed 11:00 to 4:00 | Thu-Sat 11:00 to 5:00 | Sun 11:00-3:00
Custom framing, art and gallery.
2105 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Assistance League Thrift & Vintage Shop
Gently used but new to you clothing, collectibles and jewelry.
A vintage-inspired women’s boutique featuring new clothing, shoes and accessories with a retro flair and hand-selected vintage pieces.
Vintage modern furniture and unique retro bars.
East 4th Skate
Skateboards, footwear, and apparel.
Hawleywoods Long Beach Barbershop
World-famous babershop and shaving parlor.
2234 B 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
HOURS: Tue – Sat 9:00 to 7:00
HOURS: Mon – Wed 12:00 to 6:30 | Thu-Fri 12:00 to 7:00 | Sat 11:00 to 7:00 | Sun 11:00 to 6:00
Vintageware with contemporary flair.
Vintage clothing for men and women. Shoes and accessories.
Home of the Pile Sale!
New and Vintage Clothing for guys and gals.
Official retailer for Viva Las Vegas Mercandise. Big Ed’s Rockabilly Records.
Lil Devils Boutique
Unique gifts and apparel for youngsters, moms and dads
Long Beach Trading Co.
Quality apparel, footwear, and accessories, for Men and Women!
2148 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
1940s-80s vintage/new old stock clothing and accessories
Moxi Roller Skates
Cultivating a new breed of lifestyle roller skaters.
2312 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Mens & Womens Lifestyle Boutique
402 St. Louis Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90814
Fine vintage clothing, unique jewelry and vintage-inspired accessories.
2234 E. 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
One-stop novelty shop for fun gifts, clothing and accessories
Salon Pop & Barber Shop
One-stop novelty shop for fun gifts, clothing and accessories
The Feed Store
A vintage-inspired boutique that sells new & recycled goods to help feed families!
Interior design, custom furniture, fine art, and new and vintage furnishings
2116 E. 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
Vintage, unique and hard-to-find items, American and Danish Modern
HOURS: Mon – Tue by appt. | Wed-Sat 12:00 to 6:00 | Sun 12:00 to 5:00
With turkey day coming up quicker than you can blink. It can be sometimes difficult to decide what to make. Many of us amateur chefs like to leave our guest hungry for more and begging for the recipe. But we don’t always have a brand new dining trick up our sleeve. The Lifestyles of Long Beach team decided to put a call out to all of you amazing Long Beach cooks. We invite you to share one of your signature dishes with us. We will post the best of the best on Friday Morning with your name and any image you provide. We encourage recipes for all types of dining including vegetarian and vegan and for any situation such as on-the-go or including-the-kitchen sink. Whether you just moved into a new home or you have your entire family coming over at noon, what recipe are you flourishing this holiday? Please feel free to send us your entry via our facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Lifestyles-of-Long-Beach-Real-Estate/ or by email us at RTR@RicardoTheRealtor.com, and don’t forget to add a picture!
To get our taste buds warmed up, here are some intriguing Thanksgiving Day Recipes we have found around the net. There are some handy tips on how to roast a turkey, make a vegan dish, or a simple and scrumptious pie:
Something Traditional: A Crash-Course on How to Roast a Turkey
One Day Ahead: Prep the Turkey
- Remove neck and giblets from the body cavity, reserving for stock, if desired.
- Rinse turkey well under cold water and pat dry with paper towel.
- With a sharp knife, remove the wing tips (up to the first joint) and add those to the stock pot, too.
- Place turkey on a tray or pan and lightly salt all over. Leave uncovered in the fridge overnight. This will allow the bird’s skin to dry out, making it crispier, plus the salt will add flavor to the meat without the hassle of a wet brine.
Bring to room temperature
- Remove turkey from the fridge. Rub a softened stick of butter ALL over the bird. Coating the skin with butter will help to keep the meat moist, add flavor, and ensure the skin turns a perfect golden brown color.
- Place the turkey on a wire rack in a large, shallow roasting pan.
- Leave the turkey on the counter and allow it to come to room temperature.
Roasting the Perfect Turkey – Temperature
- 5 lbs – 1 – 1/2 hrs
- 8 lbs – 1- 3/4 hrs
- 10 lbs – 2 hrs
- 12 lbs – 2 – 1/2 hrs
- 15 1bs – 2 – 3/4 hours
- 17 lbs – 3 hours
- 20 lbs – 3 – 1/2 hours
Tip: Loosely cover the turkey with aluminum foil if it looks like the top is browning too quickly. I also have to rotate the pan 180° every hour or so for even browning in my old oven.
The All-Important Step: Resting
After pulling it from the oven, do not transfer the turkey to its place of honor at the center of the table… just yet. Instead, tent it with foil and let it rest for at least thirty minutes (and up to an hour). Place the turkey directly on a tray (not on a rack), as this will allow the cooking juices to be re-absorbed by the meat instead of losing the moisture as soon as the turkey is sliced into.
Check out the rest of the recipes and other great turkey tips at the Simple Bites blog.
Something Simple: Pom-Apple Cranberry Relish
Something for Vegan: Butternut Tangerine Pecan Stuffing
6-7 cups diced bread cubes
3 Tbsp vegan buttery spread
1 cup onion, chopped (white or yellow)
2 cups celery, sliced thin
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 Tbsp poultry seasoning (spice blend)
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup pecans, whole
1/2 cup dried cranberries/cherries or chopped apricots
3/4 cup fresh-squeezed tangerine juice
1 Tbsp tangerine zest
1/4 tsp dried orange peel (optional)
1/4 tsp black pepper
dash of salt
1 cup butternut squash puree (canned or fresh)
1/2 cup vegetable broth
optional: 1 cup fluffy wild rice
1. De-crust your bread. Slice into small cubes. Set aside.
2. Prepare your fluffy wild rice if you are using it. Set Aside.
3. In a medium soup pan, turn heat on med-high, and melt in the buttery spread. Add the celery, onion, parsley and poultry seasoning. Saute until tender.
4. Add in the pecans, dried fruit, tangerine juice, tangerine zest, salt, pepper and dried orange peel. Stir for a few minutes.
5. Fold in the butternut squash puree. Then add in your veggie broth.
6. Fold in your bread cubes. Try not to ‘mash’ the bread, but you also want it soaked through. If adding wild rice, fold it in now. You may need to add more or less bread cubes depending on the dryness of your bread. Too soggy? Add more cubes. Too dense? Add a bit more veggie broth.
7. Transfer stuffing into your “stuff it” selection and proceed as stated above.
To see the entire recipe and other terrific vegan options, check out The Healthy Happy Life Blog.
First, the pie dough recipe….
[Note, this makes 2 crusts, so halve the recipe, as I did, or divide in two and freeze the other half.]
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter
3/4 cup ice cold water
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together.
Cut the cold butter into cubes and toss the cubes in the flour mixture to coat. Put the mixture in the bowl of a food processor and pulse in short bursts until the pieces of butter are the size of hazelnuts.
While pulsing in quick, 4-second bursts, drizzle the ice water into the food processor through the feed tube.
As soon as the dough comes together in a ball, remove it from the food processor and divide it into two equal balls. Flatten to a disk and wrap each disk first in parchment paper and then in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the disks until firm, about 1 hour. (The dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before proceeding with the recipe.)
Now for the actual pie….
1 ball of Classic Pie Dough (1/2 of the recipe above), chilled
2 cups pecan halves, toasted (<–important to toast! don’t skip)
3 large eggs
3/4 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons bourbon
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Dust a work surface with a sprinkling of flour. Unwrap the ball of chilled dough and put it directly on the work surface. [Note: use Amanda Hesser’s trick and do this between two sheets of plastic.]
Roll out into a 12-inch round.
Transfer the dough to a pie dish and carefully work it into the pie dish, folding any overhang under and crimping the edge as you go.
Wrap and freeze the crust until firm, about 2 hours, or up to 3 months.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Coarsely chop 3/4 cup of the pecans. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until combined. Add the corn syrup, sugars, butter, salt, vanilla, and bourbon. Whisk again until combined. Stir in the chopped pecans and set the filling aside.
Spread the chocolate chips evenly along the bottom of the frozen pie shell.
Slowly pour the filling on top of the chocolate chips.
Arrange the remaining 1 1/4 cups pecan halves on top of the filling.
Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, then cover the edges of the crust loosely with aluminum foil and bake for another 30 minutes. [Note: I didn’t do this and it was fine, but check periodically to see if the edges are getting too brown.] Test the pie by sticking a knife in the center of the filling. If the knife comes out clean, the pie is done. If the knife comes out with clumps of filling sticking to it, bake for another 5 minutes and test again.
Cool the pie on a wire rack and serve warm or at room temperature. [I served with a big dollop of whipped cream.] The pie can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 2 days.
This pie recipe is from The Amateur Gourmet website. Check out the other great recipes they have.
Ricardo The Realtor (RTR) and his team are looking forward to receiving your recipe submissions! Please feel free to send us your entry via our facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Lifestyles-of-Long-Beach-Real-Estate/ or by email us at RTR@RicardoTheRealtor.com, and don’t forget to add a picture!
We wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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