Longshoremen Weekend Guide: July 5-July 8, 2012

We’re bringing the Longshoremen Weekend Guide a day early so you can enjoy all the food, fireworks and family time tomorrow, during the 4th of July. And if you’re still looking for 4th of July events/activities, check out the recent Daily Breeze article.

Thursday, July 5
San Pedro Labor Fest
Thursday, July 5; Grand kick-off at the Grand Annex. The Labor Fest will continue until July 8.
Admission: Suggested donation of $10 at screenings and performances. Celebrate labor artists together with ILWU Locals 13, 63, 94 and numerous union and community members. The San Pedro Labor Fest commemorates Bloody Thursday and recognizes the ILWU and other labor unions through several gallery exhibits, musical performances, book signings, poetry readings and special presentations of films documenting labor struggles. For specific event details and schedule visit the San Pedro Labor Fest Facebook page.

Friday, July 6
San Pedro’s Swingin’ Salute
Friday, July 6, 6 PM to 10 PM
Admission: FREE. Enjoy a 7-piece swing band, free swing lessons and plenty of good food! The event will be held on Sixth Street, which will be closed and set-up as a “Restaurant Row” between Centre Street & Pacific Avenue. Celebrate San Pedro and the installation of the Tivoli lights in the 1940s fashion. 1940s attire and military uniforms are welcome. Location: 6th Street, from Pacific to Centre in San Pedro, CA 90731. Visit sanpedro.com for more event details.

Oklahoma Ollie Blues Jam Tour, Summer 2012
Friday, July 6 at 7 PM
Admission: FREE. 21+ event. Oklahoma Ollie is a seasoned blues vet who has played for legends including Etta James, Curtis Griffin, Lowell Fulson, Willie Mae Thornton, George Smith, JD Nicholson and Lil Johnny Adams. Join him and other local bands and artists this Friday. Live music begins at 7 PM. Ollie’s performance will be begin at 9 PM followed by a Blues Jam at 10:30 PM. Location: Palos Verdes Bowl, 24600 Crenshaw Blvd in Torrance,CA 90505. For more information visit socalrocknblues.com.

Saturday, July 7
USS Iowa – Opening Day
Saturday, July 7
Admission: Starting at $10; children 5 years of age and under are free. USS Iowa opens to the general public this weekend. Check out this historic and amazing WWII battleship and floating museum. Location: Berth 87 at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA 90731. USS Iowa website and ticket information.

2012 Summer of Music, Free Concerts at the Pier 
Saturday, July 7 6 PM to 8 PM
Admission: FREE. Kick-off the Summer of Music concert series at Redondo Beach Pier with the disco band, the Funk-O-Matics. Location: 100 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Visit the Redondo Beach Pier website for more details and other future events.

Sunday, July 8
Concert in the Park – Library Park in El Segundo
Sunday, July 8. Activities begin at 4 PM
Admission: FREE. Concerts begin at 4:30 PM. This Sunday, check out ‘Lyvyn Skynrd’, a tribute to Lynrd Skynyrd. The event is open to all ages. Kids are encouraged to stop by the park’s gazebo for free face painting and  arts & crafts. Local food vendors will also be present. Location: Library Park, 600 Main Street in El Segundo, CA 90245. For more information, contact the city of El Segundo at (310) 524-2700 or visit their website.

17th Annual Bridge USA Summer Festival 2012
Sunday, July 8 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: $5 for adults; children under 12: $3; children under 3 and seniors receive free admission. Experience cultural performances, marital art demonstrations, exhibits, live music, Japanese food, booth games for kids and a traditional Mikoshi parade. Over sixty booths will be filled with food, kimonos, and souvenirs.

Cleopatra the Exhibit at the California Science Center
Exhibit is currently running and will end on December 31, 2012
Admission: Various ticket prices starting at $12.75. From the producers of the King Tut exhibition comes  this 13,000 sq. ft. exhibit featuring the largest collection of Cleopatra-era relics. Location: California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles, CA 90037. Visit the California Science Center website for more information.

[Image credit: Travis Wabschall]

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Alejandra Gutierrez Alex is the new Social Media Specialist for the ILWU Credit Union. She's a 'nerd' at heart who enjoys community building. Her obsessions: baked goods and old mariachi ballads.