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Lemonade Day 35: Sno Cone, Pan Jive at Pan American Park

When life gives you lemons, make Community Lemonade in Long Beach with me. Day 35 - I listened to Pan Jive in the shade and cool breeze.

. I'm taking the opportunity of this unplanned time off to connect with the many artists and creators in this wonderful city that I love. Come with me on my 100-day odyssey of art and creativity in Long Beach. I call it .

August 5th was Day 35.  I visited the, Pan Jive concert at Pan American Park.

On the way, I stopped at Lowe's to take a peek in their scrap bin near the giant saw. Yay!  I came away with several nice pieces of wood.  When I asked whether it was ok to have them, I didn't even have to mention .

Pan American Park is on Centralia, between Clark and Bellflower.  Just north of Carson Street.

Today, Pan Jive was playing soca and reggae, and the music felt right for the scene.  Who can pass up sitting in the cool grass under a shady tree and listening to steel drum music?

I said Hi to Ms. Schipske as I wandered from booth to booth.  If you live in the 5th district and you're looking to catch up with your councilwoman, you can call or email her office or... do it face to face at one of the district sponsored events!

It was a nice afternoon at the park on a hot, lazy day.

Wandering around, I found out some bits of information about the park services from a park employee who was there:

  • There is a basketball gymnasium, with open court time between 4 and 7 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  Some Saturday hours, but you should check the posted signs.
  • The park trailer near the gym houses free art and craft activities for kids during summer week-days, noon-6PM. 
  • During the school year, there are free after-school activities and help with homework, 3-6PM, again at the park trailer.

Want more lemonade?     

Tidbits, Things, Trails

  • I got some really nice wood pieces from Lowe's.  I want to use them to make wood stamps for printing on fabric.
  • I'm remembering a toothpick model of Long Beach that I saw in a building downtown... years ago.  I wonder if it is still there

Next up: 

  • I really should start making some of those wood stamps!
  • I want to start documenting some of the cool, quirky, arty things around town, like bike racks, meter shadows, street pottery and random boxes.

Need to contact me?  info@handmadepenguin.com

Trish Tsoiasue writes as herself about creative and maker topics for and as Handmade Penguin for the Handmade Penguin Blog.

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