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Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… a plant market and a live monkey appearance • the Hi-lo

This weekend we’ve found events to kick your creative spirit into high gear, to learn something new, or to connect more with nature. Plus, a local favorite vegan food fair and live monkey demonstration.

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“BEER SIDE TALKS” – BEACHWOOD BREWING (Thursday)

Selection of Beachwood beers. Photo by Brian Addison.

This free educational series open to the public at Beachwood Brewing on Thursday, March 10 brings together craft beer industry leaders to talk about the history and state of Southern California’s brewing industry and their West Coast-style IPA approaches, a popular style that has made a small comeback in recent years.

The conference will be led by Julian Shrago of Long Beach, award-winning brewer and co-owner of Beachwood Brewing, as well as Jill Olesh, Senior Brand Manager of Port Pizza Brewing, and Joe Arguello, Chief Marketing Officer.

Attendees will also have the chance to try the reissue of the Beach Retreat IPA, the brew being a collaboration between Beachwood Brewing and Pizza Port Brewing. Beach Retreat IPA will be available at all Beachwood stores and select retailers beginning March 10.

“Beer Side Talks” is a free event, but RSVP is highly recommended, click here. If you can’t get there in person, you can also tune into Beachwood Brewing’s Instagram page. The conference is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Beachwood Brewing is at 210 E. Third St.

KUBO OPEN HOUSE – BIXBY KNOLLS (Saturday)

On Saturday, March 12, Long Beach is invited to experience a new community space launched at Bixby Knolls called KUBO, dedicated to creating a space for Filipino, BIPOC, and LGBTQ social entrepreneurs and allies with the help of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association.

Expect a number of featured businesses and arts events over the next few months, but for opening night, you can check out several local Filipino-owned businesses and organizations.

Romeo Chocolates will be offering a selection of rare gourmet chocolates in small batches that you won’t typically find in their stores, Flipp Family will be on hand with Filipino food and crafts for kids. Additionally, Philippine plant company Birdie Home Botanicals will sell a selection of indoor plants as well as candles and aromatherapy from Kubo California.

The open house is from noon to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. Follow the KUBO Instagram for more information.

KUBO is at 345 E. Carson St.

VEGAN DISTRICT FOOD FAIR – THE SCOTTISH RITE EVENT CENTER (Saturday)

Devi’s donuts. Courtesy picture.

The Long Beach Vegan District Food Fair has been around for years, but this Saturday, March 12, organizers are changing it up and taking over the Scottish Rite Event Center downtown.

The six-hour food fair will feature 15 local and regional plant-based vendors selling animal-free food, beverages, desserts, skincare and other products.

The event is free.

The Scottish Rite Event Center is located at 855 Elm. Av.

INTRO TO JOURNALISTIC POETRY – COMPOSE (Saturday)

Taiwanese-Hong Kong American writer and poet Jireh Deng will lead a journalistic poetry workshop at Compound on Saturday, March 12. Photo courtesy of Voicewaves/Compound.

This special poetry workshop at Compound on Saturday, March 12 aims to help writers (not just journalists or poets) develop their observational writing skills through a poetic lens.

The workshop will be led by a CSULB student Jireh Deng, a writer and poet whose creative works have been added to the newsrooms of the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio. For the event, Deng created a special poetry workshop inspired by poet Safia Elhillo’s generative writing approach.

The two-hour workshop will also include works by famous poets, including Jericho Brown, Denise Levertov, Noor Hindi, Franny Choi and many more. You just need to bring writing materials to participate.

The workshop is free, but those who can afford a ticket are encouraged to do so. Click here for more information.

The compound is at 1395 Coronado Ave.

SOIL EDUCATION PLANTING WORKSHOP – LOT 59 (Saturday)

A sunflower, photo courtesy of Ground Education/Lot 59.

Teachers from Ground Education invite the community to visit the local urban farm Lot 59 on Saturday March 12 to take a guided tour of the farm and plant sunflowers.

The two-hour event, which begins at 9 a.m., costs $15. Planting materials will be included, but guests are encouraged to wear clothing suitable for gardening.

Click here for more information.

Lot 59 is at 2714 California Ave.

TROPICAL PLANTS MARKET – BAMBOO CLUB (Sunday)

From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, local and regional plant vendors set up shop at the Bamboo Club and offer you a fine selection of indoor tropical plants.

The event, titled “Tropicalia” Tropical Plant Market, is in collaboration with Studio Elysium, a Southern California-based indoor plant retailer. The market is free to enter.

The Bamboo Club is located at 3522 E. Anaheim St.

“MAYA ANIMALS” LIVE MONKEY EXPERIENCE – FUEGO (Sunday)

Dexter the monkey. Photo courtesy of Hotel Maya.

Those dining for brunch at Hotel Maya’s Fuego Restaurant on Sunday, March 13 will also have the chance to meet and take pictures with a live monkey named Dexter.

The event is the third installment of the hotel’s “Maya Animals” experience, a year-long endeavor that aims to showcase and educate guests about the many animals whose characteristics the Maya attributed to their deities. . According to the hotel, the mischievous monkey was the patron god of the arts, appearing in Mayan pottery, murals and carvings.

Guests can meet and take pictures with Dexter the Monkey, Sunday, March 13 from noon to 3 p.m. in the sculpture garden adjacent to Fuego. The attraction is free for guests dining at Fuego for brunch.

Click here to make a reservation.

The Maya Hotel is located at 700 Queensway Drive. The Fuego restaurant is located inside the hotel.

SPONSORED BY LONG BEACH SYMPHONY

AN EVENING OF FANTASY AND FIREBIRDS WITH YOUR LONG BEACH SYMPHONY – TERRACE THEATER (Saturday)

Trolls, ogres and a firebird, oh my! Savor an evening of unforgettable mythical melodies as the Long Beach Symphony presents a performance of folklore, fantasy and drama, complete with the finest oboe concerto of the 20th century.

On Saturday March 12, discover Peer Gynt’s iconic first movement, Edvard Grieg’s Suite No. 1, as the composer paints an idyllic sunrise over the Moroccan desert, followed by Strauss’ masterful 3-movement oboe concerto featuring the Long Beach Symphony’s own principal oboe, Rong-Huey Liu. Finally, Stravinsky’s exotic, thrilling and beautiful tour de force, The Firebird Suite, tells the thrilling story of Prince Ivan as he captures a mythical bird and is transported on a dazzling and daring adventure that sees love triumph over forces of evil. Rhythmic, soaring and passionate, you won’t want to miss this unforgettable evening of enchantment.

Doors to the Terrace Theater will open at 6:30 p.m. with a LIVE pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m. sharp. Great seats start at just $32 by calling 562-436-3203, ext. 1, or visit LongBeachSymphony.org. Proof of Covid vaccination is required for entry. Masks are recommended but not required at this time. This performance is generously sponsored by Elizabeth and John Hancock

The Terrace Theater at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

SPONSORED BY CAMERATA SINGERS

LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS FILLING THE NIGHT WITH BRIGHT SOUND AT THE CHORALFEST – BEVERLY O’NEILL THEATER (Sunday)

Long Beach Camerata Singers invites you to ChoralFest!

Hear what the silent Northern Lights would sound like as music with the Long Beach Camerata Singers and acclaimed composer Ola Gjeilo.

Tickets for the luminous ChoralFest on March 13 are available now at, click here.

The Beverly O’Neill Theater is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

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