Things to do in Long Beach this weekend, including…a yard sale and pop-ups • the Hi-lo

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Long Beach gets the weekend off to a strong start with two local markets worth checking out – one dedicated to garden produce and the other supporting local businesses. And locals can hail the launch of a new queer community gathering and a unique and thought-provoking art exhibit.

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CHEERS TO QUEERS MIXER – BEACHWOOD BREWING (Thursday)

Beachwood Brewing Hospitality Manager Bill Child stands outside the downtown brewery holding a pride sticker that reads ‘You’re welcome here’. Photo courtesy of Beachwood Brewing.

A new monthly event series hosted by Visit Gay Long Beach and the Safe Spaces Alliance kicks off Thursday, March 24 at Beachwood Brewing, inviting Long Beach’s LGBTQ+ community and allies to an evening of drinks, dancing, giveaways and entertainment.

“We are thrilled to launch our new initiative, ‘Cheers to Queers’ with the sponsorship and hosting of Beachwood Brewing,” said Ellie Perez, executive director of Visit Gay Long Beach and co-founder of SafeSpaces Alliance and Cheers to Queers in a communicated. “This is the next step in directly connecting our LGBTQ+ community to businesses that have made our ‘You’re Welcome Here’ pledge, sending a bold message of inclusion and solidarity to our community in Long Beach and beyond.” “

The free mixer will provide attendees with a variety of drink specials and giveaways with a live DJ pumping out lively tunes throughout the three-hour gathering. Future “Cheers to Queers” events will take place at LGBTQ+ and allied businesses across the city. Follow Visit Gay Long Beach to stay up to date.

“Cheers to Queers” is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to RSVP. Must be 21 or older to participate.

Beachwood Brewing is at 210 E. Third St.

WETLAND CLEANUP – DEFOREST PARK (Friday and Saturday)

Help beautify the DeForest Wetlands in the DeForest Park area on Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26 with the helpful folks at the nonprofit Publish.

Cleaning is free, but the first 50 to arrive will receive free breakfast.

Wetland cleaning is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

DeForest Park is located at 6255 De Forest Avenue.

POP-UP MERKADO – BIXBY KNOLLS (Saturday)

KUBO, a new community and event hub, is hosting its first Merkado Pop-Up, a market featuring local Filipino food and arts businesses on Saturday, March 26 at Bixby Knolls.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., check out eight local food businesses offering Filipino cuisine, including hot dishes, pastries, and desserts. Guests can also browse nine stalls with products from local artists and makers.

Merkado Pop-Up is open to the public, but entry is donation-based and costs $2-5 on a sliding scale.

The KUBO Event Center is located at 345 E. Carson St.

PLANT MARKET AND FUNDRAISING – ZAFERIA JUNCTION COMMUNITY GARDEN (Saturday)

In this file photo: Volunteers and interns wash produce from Long Beach Organic’s Zaferia garden. Proceeds will go to students using CSULB’s ASI Beach Pantry drive-thru. Photo by Asia Morris

Long Beach Organic’s annual plant fundraiser, Plants R Us, returns Saturday, March 26 with a four-hour Farmer’s Market where visitors can purchase fresh produce grown right in the Zaferia Junction Community Garden.

Choose from a variety of spring and summer vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuce, eggplant, herbs and more. Those wishing to order in advance can visit the Long Beach Organic website, here, and choose your products. Proceeds will benefit Long Beach Organic.

Plants R Us is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Zaferia Junction Community Garden is located at 3709 E. 10th St

“HOUSE CONCEPTS” EXHIBITION – RANCHO LOS CERRITOS (Sunday)

Digital flyer courtesy of Rancho Los Cerritos.

On Sunday, March 27, the Rancho Los Cerritos Museum unveils a new, never-before-seen exhibit on life at home, exploring the complex concept of family, belonging, and domestic life through oral histories, video interviews, photographs, and autographs.

“Roots in California: Concepts of Home” is a multi-dimensional show, where guests can experience historic photos and artifacts of Mexicans and Mexican Americans who lived in the adobe house of Rancho Los Cerritos more of a century while listening to the stories of these tenants. . These historical elements will juxtapose contemporary stories through the gallery in video interviews where Mexicans and Mexican-Americans living across California today will share what the house means to them.

Experience the year-long exhibition first and for free by responding to the opening day celebration, Click herewhich will include a tour, activities for children, and food and drink for sale.

Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 E. Virginia Road.

SPONSORED BY LONG BEACH SYMPHONY

PAUL SHAFFER PRESENTS: AN EVENING OF LEGENDARY TRIBUTES AND MUSIC (Saturday)

Presented by your Long Beach Symphony and series sponsor F&M Bank, the legendary Paul Shaffer will share symphonic renditions of his favorite pop, R&B and jazz tunes. David Letterman’s longtime sidekick and musical director, will take you on a fascinating journey with his stories, reminiscences and anecdotes, and will welcome special guest and Motown legend Valerie Simpson (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “I’m Every Woman”) on stage as part of this exciting show.

Join in for an evening of music, dancing, picnics and libations on Saturday, March 26. Doors to the Long Beach Arena (300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach) will open at 6:30 a.m. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at LongBeachSymphony.org. Single tickets start as low as $30. For tickets, go to LongBeachSymphony.org or call 562-436-3203, ext. 1. Proof of Covid vaccination is required for entry. Masks are recommended but not required at this time. This performance is generously sponsored by Craig Dougherty and Jayne Lastusky, and Dougherty Company Insurance Brokers.

The Long Beach Arena is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

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