Meet Mary Poppins, enjoy uptown jazz and learn about butterflies


Here are a few odds and ends that we’ve just found out about. Sorry, if it’s too late to sign up for some, but in most cases there’s another one next month.

On Saturday, June 24 a new exhibit will have people heading to the wild blue yonder aboard Battleship IOWA as the historic ship and museum takes off with Battleship FLIGHT – A Naval Aviation Experience.

Guests will get to see up-close a Korean War-era Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever Helicopter, fully restored and sitting on IOWA’s flight deck. Guest will also be able to have an Augmented Reality HUP Experience of flying an actual HUP helicopter, as well as, take a simulated ride in a Virtual Reality Navy Flight Theatre.

Battleship FLIGHT is part of the expanding self-guided tour aboard Battleship IOWA. Ticket prices will remain the same, $19.95 for Adults, $16.95 for Seniors and Military, $11.95 for Youth, and children 5 and under are FREE. There is an additional fee of $8 to ride the Navy Flight Theatre, which will be located on the dock next to the ship.

If you can’t get enough Shakespeare at the ongoing plays at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. Shakespeare by the Sea performed “Taming of the Shrew” last week, and is doing “Macbeth” this week with the last show at 8 p.m. tonight.

But you can get into the act at the Shakespeare Read Aloud from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. today, June 24, in the art museum at Cal State Long Beach. The group is reading “The Two Noble Kinsmen.”

Readings are free, but if you want to read a character you had to sign up at They meet every month, with “Henry VIII” scheduled for Saturday, July 22.

The Uptown Jazz Festival returns today at noon in Houghton Park with an incredible line up. Long Beach’s premiere summer concert starts at noon the beautiful park at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street.

Groups include: Ozomatli, DW3, Elaine Gibbs & Nu Soul, Susie Hansen Latin Band, Shy but flyy and the All Starz plus Alvin Hayes Jr. and Friends.

Come out and enjoy music, food trucks, vendors and a kids’ zone. The community concert is free but there are a few rules.

– Feel free to bring your own low back lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets.
– No canopies or tents allowed.
– Do not bring alcohol. There is a beer and wine garden available for consumption within the boundaries.
– No smoking allowed.

Public transit or ride sharing is encouraged as parking is offsite and limited.

They say butterflies are free, but the presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the El Dorado Nature Center at 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach, costs $10. Butterfly enthusiasts 16 and older can learn about the many different species living in the area.

Then you can use you expertise to  help with the butterfly count on Saturday, July 8. There is a $5 fee for the count offered twice from 9:45 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. Pre registration for El Dorado events is required and there is a parking fee.

If you’re a big Mary Poppins fan like me, you’ll want to get your picture taken with her today. Mary’s library tour is being sponsored by Musical Theater West, which is promoting its upcoming musical in July.

Join Mary at 12: 45 p.m. at El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 3 p.m. at Bay Shore Library and 3:40 at the Seal Beach Library.
And finally, there’s a big Jewish festival at the Alpert Jewish Center in Long Beach. I’ve included the flyer above.




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