Longshoremen Weekend Guide: June 22-24, 2012

Your weekend guide is here! What will you do this weekend?

Friday, June 22
2nd Annual Green Car and Drive
Friday, June 22, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, June 23, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM
Admission: $20-$45. Test drive and ride-along in the best green cars – Acura ILX Hybrid, Audi A3 e-tron, Infiniti M Hybrid, and many others! Join Dwell Magazine and Ron Cogan from Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The test drive/ride-alongs are part of a larger-scale event, Dwell on Design: http://www.dwellondesign. Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, CA 90015. Green Car and Drive webpage.

A Taste of Greece, 34th Annual Greek Festival
Friday, June 22, 2012 5 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, June 23, 2012 12 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, June 24, 2012 12 PM to 9 PM
Admission: $3, Kids under 10 are free. Free admission for Seniors 65+ on Saturday from noon to 5 PM. A fun-filled festival for the entire family. Enjoy delicious Greek food, pastries and wine taverna, along with cooking demonstrations, Greek folk dancing lessons, church tours, drawings, gift items and a full-scale carnival. Location: St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Pkwy in Irvine, CA 92604. Taste of Greece, 34th Annual Greek Festival website.

Sabor Latino: A Food and Wine Showcase
Friday, June 22, 2012 7 PM to 10 PM
Admission: $25-$35. RSVP at (562) 437-1689 or purchase tickets online. Savor Latin America’s best food, wine and music. Sample over 40 wines, learn to pair them with your favorite dishes and enjoy various food samples from local restaurants. Entertainment by DJ Cornejo along with a special live performance. Location: Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 628 Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach, CA 90813. MOLAA website.

Saturday, June 23
Riviera Village Summer Festival
Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10 AM to 7 PM
Sunday, June 24, 2012, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: FREE. Presented by the Rivera Village Association. Enjoy over 250 arts and crafts booths, an International Food Court with various food samples, carnival rides for the entire family, live entertainment and a beer garden. Ride your bike to the event and take advantage of a ‘No-cost Bike Corral’ valet service on Vista del Mar & Camino de la Costa. Or park at West High School and use the free shuttle service to the event. Riviera Village Summer Festival website.

Long Beach Bayou Festival
Saturday, June 23, 2012, 11 AM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, June 24, 2012, 11 AM to 8:30 PM
Admission: $10-$65. Share your love for all Louisiana specialties – Zydeco dancing, Creole foods, live entertainment and laughter. The Long Beach Bayou Festival offers a wide variety of Cajun, Zydeco (top groups from both Louisiana and Texas) and Blues artists. Younger Zydeco music groups will also perform. Location: Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 Shoreline Village Drive in Long Beach, CA,90802. Long Beach Bayou Festival.

Banning Museum and Women of the West Present: Keeping History Alive Lecture Series – Victorian Attire 
Saturday, June 23, 2012 10 AM

Admission: FREE to Banning Museum members and children under 12 years of age. $5.00 for non-members. The lecture will present fashions from 1865 through 1899 in two separate segments. Dive into history and learn what it was like to live as a true Victorian Lady. Banning Museum website

Street Food Cinema – Viewing of Avatar
Saturday, June 23, 2012. Doors open 5:30 PM, band at 6:30 PM and movie begins at 8:30 PM
Admission: $10, Kids ages 6-12: $5, children 5 and under are free. An outdoor movie, food truck and live music event series happening at Exposition Park. This Saturday, check out Avatar. The film will be played at Exposition Park on a giant screen (52′ wide x 35′ high). Live entertainment presented by The Viper Room. Food trucks present will include: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, Cambalache’s Gourmet, Ludo Truck, Rebel Bite + A ROCKin ICE! Location: Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles, CA 90037. Street Food Cinema website.

23rd Annual Mariachi USA Festival
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 6 PM
Admission: Various prices ($36-$172). Buy tickets online. Mariachi music under the sun and stars! Enjoy five of the top mariachi groups from the United States and Mexico. Location: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA 90068. 23rd Annual Mariachi USA Festival website.

Sunday, June 24
Wilmington Community Bike Ride
Sunday, June 24 11:30 AM
FREE and open to the entire community. Bike rides take place on the last Sunday of every month. Participants will meet-up at the Banning High School entrance on Lakme at 11:30 AM. The ride will start shortly after and take you to the Waterfront Park, and back to Banning High – easy and perfect for slow riders or those that just want to cruise along. Next bike ride is scheduled for Sunday, July 29. The event is organized by Womyn of Wilmington.

About the Author

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.