Great Festivals Bring Aloha Friday Closer To Your Long Beach Home

Say Aloha Friday with a Long Beach home loanWelcome to Aloha Friday where we keep tabs on the good stuff along with finding you the perfect home loan!  Several great festivals are happening near your Long Beach home this weekend, just in time to enjoy some fun this Labor Day weekend.

The Queen Mary is the location of this weekend’s Art Deco Festival, which begins today, August 30th  and continues until September 2nd. Take a Captain’s Strolling Tour and learn all about the beautiful Art Deco work on the Queen Mary. Get yourself an Art Deco Day Passport and spend the day learning Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, September 1st, put on your best frock or nattiest suit and come to the Sunday Tea Dance.  Find out more and purchase tickets, by clicking here.

Come to the 64th Annual Grecian Festival by the Sea, August 31st, September 1st, and 2nd from noon to 9 p.m. each day.  It will be held at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church. There will be fun for everyone in your Long Beach home and plenty of Greek food and dancing, carnival rides, and lots of great vendors.  Click here for more information.

For an authentic Aloha Friday experience near your Long Beach home, come to E Hula Mau. It’s the 19th Annual Hula and Chant Competition! Come to the Terrace Theater, located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard, anytime between August 30th  and September 1st for a true Aloha experience! Hawaii was never closer to your Long Beach home. You can take several fun workshops, including lei making and slack key guitar or enjoy live performances. Be sure to sample the delicious Hawaiian food, too.  Click here for all the details.


Tiki Festival Near Long Beach Homes Celebrates Aloha Friday All Weekend

Aloha at the Tiki Festival By Long Beach homesNormally I highlight a sampling of events for you to enjoy near Long Beach homes each Aloha Friday. However this weekend highlights a very special festival – the 13th Annual Tiki Beach Festival at Granada Beach – and it’s so much fun it deserves it’s own post!

Starting at sunrise on Saturday and lasting well until the night (9:30 p.m.) locals turn out for this free and exciting community event. Bring the entire family for a day (or two) of Aloha fun near Long Beach homes on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s event concludes at 5:30 p.m. Get your fill of island music and dancing, costumes and Polynesian culture, tiki carving, and canoe rides! There will be a special kids fun zone, too, as well as an island market place and plenty to eat from Hawaiian shaved ice to specialty drinks and SPAM in the Aloha Food Court.

If you, like me, love Hawaii and are happy to welcome such a festival once again to the Mainland, you’ll have a blast watching (and trying to copy) the dancers. If you live in Long Beach, but are considering a Hawaii home, we should talk. I can help you find the home loan to finance your dream of life in the islands. Be sure to read my Hawaii home posts to get familiar with the programs and tips on buying in Hawaii. Aloha!


Good Times Near Your Long Beach Home on Aloha Friday

Aloha Fiday & Your Long Beach Home MortgageIt’s time for Aloha Friday and that means getting the low down on the best events near your Long Beach home.

If you enjoy firing up the grill the Long Beach BBQ Festival is the place for you!  Friday, August 16th from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, August 17th from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday August 18th from noon to 10 p.m. the barbeques will be smoking!  This is a delicious event for everyone in your Long Beach home.  Click here to read more about this event and get a $2 off coupon.

Summer may be winding down, but you don’t have to give up the Aloha spirit this weekend!  On Saturday the 17th come to First Street and Linden Avenue in downtown Long Beach for the BuskerFest.  Music will be rocking from 5 to 11 p.m.  You can discover great artists who live in Long Beach and then stick around for the after party with DJ Lithuanian Prince.  Click here for more information.

If you’re trying to create an Aloha atmosphere in your Long Beach home and you’re on a budget, come to the Long Beach Antique Market on Sunday the 18th.  Held at Veterans Stadium, there’s plenty to see and parking is free.  For a discount coupon and more information, click here.

Along with these fun events, now is also a great time to lock in a low mortgage rate, call me to find out about your purchasing power.

Aloha Friday Brings Fun Near Your Long Beach Home

Aloha Friday Fun Starts With a Long Beach homeThis week’s Aloha Friday is here with some super fun events near your Long Beach home!

Any serious cycling race enthusiasts who live in Long Beach should come for the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships.  Head over to the VELO Sports Center for racing on Friday, August 9th and Saturday August 10th.  Admission is only $10 per day, but you’ll be amazed at the speed you’ll see.  Click here to buy tickets.

The Long Beach Jazz Festival is happening this weekend at Rainbow Lagoon Park near your Long Beach home, too.  On Friday, August 9th, the gates open at 5 p.m., and the show goes from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.  On Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th,  the gates open at 11 a.m.  Shows run all day,  from noon to 10:30 p.m.  Click here to see the full schedule and buy tickets.

For the most amazing family event (and one that will FILL you with Aloha spirit) come to the 81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest.  It will be at Granada Beach on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There will also be food, live music, arts and crafts, vendor booths, and kids activities.  And, of course, amazing sand sculptures.  It’s a great beach tradition near your Long Beach home.  Click here to read more about it.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend enjoying these one-of-a-kind events that can only be found near your Long Beach home! If you happen to be looking for Long Beach real estate or need to find out how much of a home loan you can qualify for to start your home search, call me or click here. I’d love to help you out!


Start Your Aloha Friday with A Splash Near Your Long Beach Home

Aloha Friday near your Long beach homeIt’s Aloha Friday and that means it’s time to think about how you will be spending the weekend near your Long Beach home!

Have you ever been to the dragon races? You’ll be thrilled by the speed, tradition and competitive spirit found at the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival! Held this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, the Marine Stadium near your Long Beach home will be filled with dragon boats in one of the largest competitions of this newly recognized international sport.

All weekend long you can visit Long Beach’s Marina Green Park on East Shoreline Village to see the FIVB World Tour. This Beach Volleyball extravaganza sponsored by ASICS World Series is free and you’ll be able  to see a host of volleyball showdowns and pick up some sunglass and frisbee swag. See the website for details.

If you live in Long Beach and would rather spend some time indoors, you may want to visit the Omelette Inn for breakfast and an exhibit of colorful acrylics focused on Long Beach Harbor activities. Located at the corner of Third and Pine Avenues, it’s a perfect way to start off your morning! Read more about this local business and eatery by clicking here.


Aloha Friday Fun Continues All Weekend Near Downtown Long Beach Homes

Your Aloha Friday Weekend Starts Near Downtown Long Beach HomesStart your Aloha Friday by planning some time with the family relaxing and giggling outdoors by attending the free movie and popcorn night at Wardlow Park! Showing tonight, July 12th is Hotel Transylvania at 7:30 p.m. Wardlow Park is located at 3457 Stanbridge Avenue and you can pack up a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets for an even more memorable night!

On Saturday, July 13th, you’ll find lots to do near downtown Long Beach homes! Meet over at the Pike at Rainbow Harbor to enjoy outdoor dance music with Phat Cat Swinger. Blankets and lawn chairs can be brought to this event as well, and along with being free, attendees will also receive 90-minute parking validation! You’ll find people congregating on the Pike Event Lawn, located at the crossroads of Shoreline Drive & Pine Avenue between 5 and 7 p.m.

If you happen to be near Shoreline Village, however, you may also want to stop in and see the stilt walker on Saturday between 1 and 5 p.m. and enjoy their Seaside Summer Concert Series at the Off Boardwalk Stage, beginning at 2 p.m.

Downtown Long Beach will be buzzing Saturday as the 2nd Saturday Art Walk occurs at the Long Beach East Village Arts District on Ocean Boulevard, Linden Avenue, 1st Street, Broadway and Elm. Linden Avenue closes to traffic to become a free street art fair featuring paintings, sculpture, photography, dance and theatre, crafts and workshops by local artists between 4 and 10 pm. The spirit of sharing that you’ll see at this street fair (and seaside artwork) will no doubt extend your Aloha Friday fun. Find out more at their website.

Pirates, Dogs and Music Celebrate Aloha Friday

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Celebrate Aloha Friday with a wealth of events from dog shows to pirates at the pier and get to know Long Beach!

The Long Beach Dog Show comes to town this weekend with the Great West Terrier Association Dog Show through June 30th, 2013. Featuring the Long Beach Kennel Club and Kennel Club of Beverly Hills, this show will delight all ages and admission is free. Lot parking is $15 and you can find out more by visiting here or call: Jack Bradshaw, Dog Show Superintendent at (323) 727-0136.

On Friday, June 28th at 7 p.m., you can also take the family to a Shoreline Symphonic Winds performance which includes swing dances and childrens’ music programs. The show will be held at Bixby Park, located at 130 Cherry Avenue.  A free longtime community tradition, this musical extravaganza spans 63 years and makes for a perfect Aloha Friday event.

On Saturday, June 29th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 30th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you’ll be amazed at the Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier. Located at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier 25 39th Place, you’ll find pirates, buccaneers, live theatre, battle re-enactments, costumes, dancing, and more, including a kids zone and pirates market.  For more information click here.

Maybe Spend Your Aloha Friday, Saturday, Sunday Golfing?

Celebrate Aloha Friday through golfing near Long Beach homesA treasure trove of golf courses are located near your Long Beach home and though Hawaiian shirts may not be the norm at most of them, you’ll definitely find the Aloha spirit. On the green you’ll see people taking turns amicably, friends greeted warmly, and above all you’ll experience the beauty of the sunshine and ocean breeze. It may not be the Ko’olau or Kapalua Golf Course, but Long Beach certainly carries some weight when it comes to hitting the links.

Great Long Beach Golf Courses – The Perfect Aloha Friday Activity

When those who work and live in Long Beach talk public golf courses, the five listed below rank pretty highly.

    • Bixby Village Golf Course, located at 6180 Bixby Village Drive
    • El Dorado Park Golf Club , located at 2400 North Studebaker Road
    • Recreation Park South, located at 5000 East 7th Street
    • Skylinks Golf Course, located at 4800 East Wardlow Road
    • Heartwell Golf Course, located at 6700 East Carson Street

In terms of private courses in Long Beach, top on the list is Virginia Country Club, located at 4602 North Virginia Road. However, Old Ranch Country Club, located at 3901 Lampson Avenue in Seal Beach is pretty popular, too.

If golf is not your thing, don’t worry because there is plenty of exploration you can do near your Long Beach home. Take a look at my 10 Summer Adventures Near Long Beach homes post and have a great Aloha weekend!


10 Amazing Summer Adventures Near Long Beach Homes

Enjoy Summer Fun Near Long Beach HomesThis post is dedicated to parents with Long Beach homes who seek to answer the statement, “I’m Bored” this summer. I hope these activities and places will help you to embrace your local community and teach your children who live in Long Beach the value of their surroundings!

Exploring Adventures Near Long Beach Homes

1. Played Frisbee Golf Lately? El Dorado Park West, at 2800 Studebaker Road, has a great FREE course that is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The perfect way to exercise and test skills as a family, this nearly 6,000 foot, 18 basket course will build some solid memories! call 562.570.3100 to find out more.

2. Need to Cool Off? The Belmont Plaza Pool,  Martin Luther King Jr. Park Pool, and Silverado Park Pool offer admission for kids and seniors for $3 or less and $4 for adults all summer for morning or afternoon swimming. Click here to find out more.

3. Tennis Anyone? Were you aware that more than ten tennis courts are available for no-cost play near your Long Beach home? Of course you could also choose to pay $6/hr Monday through Thursday and play at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, as well.  Learn more here.

4. Want More General Play? The City of Long Beach offers Summer Fun Days at most local parks, too.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids between 5 and 12 years of age can stop in for crafts, games, and other supervised, structured, free activities. Check the list here to see if the park near your Long Beach home is participating.

5. Lots of Camp Options, too! Long Beach kids can sign up for all types of day camps, for a fee, too. Click here to see.

6. Camp Is Not Just For Kids! Adults can find classes throughout Long Beach too, from yoga and fitness to sewing and ceramics, many options are available. See the online class catalog – page 16 is where the adult classes begin!

7. Ready for Some Music? The Long Beach Municipal Band has concerts scheduled at local parks throughout July. See dates, times and places here.

8. Jump in the Ocean or Visit the Sea Fest! The Long Beach Sea Festival has plenty to offer at well all summer long, you can view scheduled events online at their website.

9. Interested in Nature? Walk the trails or visit the Nature Center at El Dorado Park this summer and learn some fascinating things!

10. For a daily list of Long Beach happenings, visit 100 Days of Summer and find even more fun to do near Long Beach homes!

Say Aloha Near the House You Can Afford

Celebrate Aloha Friday with Ric Dizon and the house you can affordThis weekend is a time to celebrate fathers everywhere, and here are some fun events to consider near the house you can afford in Long Beach. If you’re still wondering about gift ideas, check out my Father’s Day post, which lists ideas to have Dad feeling the Aloha spirit in no time!

Long Beach Events Near the House You Can Afford

Come down to the beach on Saturday evening for some sunset movie fun at 5825 East Appian Way where families can settle in for some low-key, aloha-styled family fun watching the Lorax outdoors, away from their Belmont Heights homes. The movie and parking are free, so bring some lawn chairs and blankets and a little money for kettle corn to enjoy on your night out. Click here for a map of the location.

Sunday, June 16th is the perfect day to join in the hunt for fabulous finds for the house you can afford at the Long Beach Antique Market, unless you have something special planned for Dad! Held all day long in Long Beach Veterans Stadium, located at 4901 East Conant Street, you can peruse more than 800 vendors, in your search for the perfect eclectic item for your Long Beach home. From nautical and Hawaiian treasures to bikes, vintage clothing and furniture, you’ll be delighted with the selection. Visit their website to learn more.

As always, if you see a Long Beach home you are interested in learning more about on my website, give me a call. I can help you determine how much house you can afford and maybe even find the perfect Los Altos home for you!