Movies in the Park

How much fun is that?  Pack a picnic dinner and a quilt and enjoy.  This is another reason I love Long Beach.Family Entertainment inside 18


Long Beach Municipal Band Schedule

“The Sizzling Sounds of Summer”



Celebrate 109 years of the Long Beach Municipal Band. Come out with your family and friends for music under the stars. Bring a blanket, chairs and food and enjoy the sounds of big band, pop, jazz and more. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are FREE! For more information, visit

  • Tuesdays – June 26 & July 3 at Whaley Park • Tuesdays – July 10 – 24 at Bluff Park
  • Tuesday – July 31 at Ramona Park
  • Wednesdays – June 27 – August 1 at Los Cerritos Park (no concert July 4)
  • Thursdays – June 28 – August 2 at Marine Stadium
  • Fridays – June 29 – August 3 at El Dorado Park West

Lakewood Concerts in the Park

2018 Concert Schedule of bands and food trucks:

June 21: 90s210 (’90s)
(Austyn Burger, Chronic Taco, Paradise Cookies)

June 28: Jungle Boogie (’70s)20180608_122552
(Chronic Taco, Yogurtland, Austyn Burger)

July 5: Smokin’ Cobras (’50s)
(Chronic Taco, Paradise Cookie, Greasy Weiner)

July 12: Stone Soul (Motown)
(Chronic Taco, Greasy Weiner, Yogurtland)

July 19: Doo Wah Riders (Country)
(Peaches Smokehouse BBQ, Chronic Taco, Paradise Cookies)

July 26: Hard Day’s Night (Beatles Tribute)
(Austyn Burger, Chronic Taco, Paradise Cookies)

August 2: Escape (Journey Tribute)
(Austyn Burger, Chronic Taco, Paradise Cookies)

August 9: The Answer (Classic Rock)
(Chronic Taco, Greasy Weiner, Yogurtland)

Long Beach Development Plans

I was downtown the other day showing condos and noticed lots of new construction going on.  We’re getting new condos, hotels and business buildings as well as improvements to the Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific.  This article summarizes what’s going on.  The Blue line is getting an update too. I hope there will be enough parking.


Looking at a half dozen homes?

Looking at a bunch of houses? With digital photography making it easy and inexpensive to record images, be sure to take a digital camera along, first taking a picture of the listing sheet so you can remember which pictures go with which home, and then key elements of each home.

Also, make a checklist before you visit the first house so that you can keep each of them straight. Here is a list of items you’ll want to include (rank each as either excellent, good, fair, needs repair soon, needs repair now).

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom(s)
  • Roof
  • Windows
  • Furnace
  • Air conditioning
  • Floors (rate by each level of home)
  • Closet/storage space
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical (does it have 60, 100 or 200 amp service?)
  • Basement
  • Master bedroom
  • Siding
  • Garage

Then customize the list with your own “must haves,” for example, fireplace, master bath, walk-in closet, two (or three) car garage, dining room, open floor plan, eat-in kitchen, screened-in porch, large (or small) yard.

What am I looking forward to?

In an effort to be more mindful and to write more in my blog, I’m using journal prompts. So what am I most looking forward to? Right now? This week? Long term goals?

Let’s start with right now. It’s been a long day and I’m still getting over last week’s cold. I’m looking forward to home, dinner and bed. A long talk with my husband, which isn’t likely since I generously shared my cold with him. More immediately – eye drops. OK done. Getting older isn’t much fun and I’m not liking these chronic dry eyes.

This week I’ve got a couple of appointments with people who want to sell their homes. I enjoy my profession and helping my clients make the next step is always exciting. Plus – foolish me – I still fall in love with most of the homes I’m involved in selling so it’s fun imagining how I would live in this house.

On Sunday I get to sing. Any day I can sing is a good day as far as I’m concerned. Sunday morning there is church. The Greek Orthodox Divine Liturgy is sung. Although we mostly sing the same thing every week, I’m always finding new things in the text and melodies. Then in the afternoon I get to sing with Festival Singers of Orange County. We’re having a fun concert of songs celebrating life. I have a couple solos I need to work on including singing It’s a Small World in German. There’s a quick transition from 4/4 to ¾ that’s messing me up. Also, I need to be funny instead of just singing beautifully. That I can do on Let There Be Peace on Earth.

Hmmm, this is more than I thought at first thought. Think I’ll save some other the time frames for a different post