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The 28th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show returns to 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Every year from 9am to 3pm on the Sunday following Labor Day, hundreds of cars go on display at this FREE and all-ages car show, along with many food and car-themed vendors on 2nd Street. From classic to modern, spectators can exhibit all sorts of vehicles. The entire stretch of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore closes to through-traffic to allow visitors to freely roam the streets and gaze at all the cars on exhibit. During this time, all local businesses remain open for business, and typically see increased volume due to the influx of visitors. Instead of attempting to describe all the cars, perhaps these photos could tell a better story, and maybe even entice you to visit this year.

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The 17th Annual Tiki Beach Festival returned to the Granada Launch Ramp in Long Beach this past weekend. This all-ages event allows all guests to experience various Pacific Islands inspired food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, and more. Situated right on the beach, the festival required no admission, so anyone could walk up and begin enjoying the sights and sounds right away. Dozens of themed vendor booths lined the main walkway leading up to the sand, selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, home goods, and more. Further down, we found all the food booths, selling lots of Pacific Islander food as well as American or Californian street food. However, the main attraction of the festival lie just beyond those booths on the right. Hundreds of guests flocked to the sand to gain a view of the main stage, where all the music and dancing resonated in everyone’s bodies. Every performance contained traditional music accompanied by dance performances, appealing to the eyes and ears. The hot sun and sand did not keep guests away, for the performers kept the action even hotter.

Come back next year! The Tiki Beach Fest occurs around mid-August annually and lasts two days, which gives you ample time to plan to show up at the beach.

Because we want equality for all, this upcoming Saturday represents National Go Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. This movement aims to spread awareness that women have the Constitutional right to bare their tops in public, despite local laws that otherwise prevent that. Many states actually allow top freedom; however, the police can still arrest bare-chested women for “disorderly conduct” even if the person did nothing else wrong. This Sunday across the nation, numerous movements will occur to shed light on the true legality of topless women in public, and aim to take a stand against authorities by marching topless. Certain cities allow bare tops during this movement, such as New York. However, Californian police will make arrests, so all women participating in this Sunday’s march in Venice must still cover up their nipples, either with pasties, stickers, or non-transparent tape.

In order to make this parade fun and successful, participants should make a few preparations for this event. Definitely prepare for prolonged exposure to the sun, so have sunscreen applied and available for reapplication. Part of this parade involves walking on sand with the rest on concrete, so sandals work best for footwear. The event page lists the approximate location as “198 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90291” so when you get there, you may have to wander around a bit to find the meeting spot. Speaking of which, though the event starts at 1pm, the parade will not begin until some time between 2pm to 3pm. I still suggest arriving early to get settled, cover up the nipples if you had not already done so, mingle with others, and get a feel for the layout and parade path. Prepare to face a lot of troublemakers, gawkers, creeps, and generic immature people. They simply want attention, so just ignore them the entire time. All participants have the right to refuse photos, so if people start randomly taking pictures of you, kindly let them know that they cannot take a picture of you. Lastly, just let loose and have fun!

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners united this past Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation’s Summer 2017 SoCal Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gathered for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of the Alamitos Beach in Long Beach. Over 700 Corgis appeared to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily included an Instagram photo meet-up and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consisted of mingling, chatting, and playing with all the cute pups.

Looking forward to the next Corgi Beach Day? Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28th as they return to Huntington Beach. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from this past Saturday at the Summer 2017 SoCal Corgi Beach Day.

Some of California’s strongest athletes competed in a strongman competition this past Saturday morning in Huntington Beach as part of the 15th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest. Taking place in a parking lot just east of Jack’s Concession Stand at Huntington State Beach, this competition allowed visitors of all ages to spectate these weightlifting feats for free, as the competitors exhibited their strength and finesse among five different lifting rounds. While most of the competitors represented various lifting and/or barbell clubs or organizations, the contest still allowed independent competitors to compete. Competitors exhibited their athletic ability in the following events:

  1. Log clean & press: a power clean followed by a press/jerk using a log, barbell, or dumbbell
  2. Keg toss: throw a weighted keg over a high bar
  3. Farmer’s carry: hold onto two weights and move it over a distance
  4. Tire flip: flip heavy tires a set amount of times
  5. Atlas Stones: picking up a heavy Atlas Stone and lifting it over a hurdle

Both men and women competed and gave their all, proving that fitness does not discriminate. Some of the women competitors who looked like they weigh just a little over a hundred pounds could effortlessly move a tire weighing over 500 pounds. One can never start lifting weights too late, so if you feel motivated to get strong like these competitors, search locally for a weightlifting gym or a barbell/lifting club or organization. Try to avoid mass “fitness centers” such as Planet Fitness that deter heavy lifting – those do not provide proper training, and will usually trap you in convoluted contracts that you cannot easily escape without an attorney. For best results, search for actual weightlifting gyms or CrossFit gyms with a lifting program. Not all CrossFit gyms have dedicated lifting space, so do some research on these gyms to see if they allow a lifting-only membership without the CrossFit workout shenanigans.

Some of California’s strongest athletes will compete in a strongman competition this Saturday morning in Huntington Beach as part of the 15th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest. Taking place in a parking lot just east of Jack’s Concession Stand at Huntington State Beach, this competition allows visitors of all ages to spectate these weightlifting feats for free, as the competitors exhibit their strength and finesse among five different lifting rounds. While most of the competitors represent various lifting and/or barbell clubs or organizations, the contest still allows independent athletes to compete. Competitors will exhibit their athletic ability in the following events:

  1. Log clean & press: a power clean followed by a press/jerk using a log, barbell, or dumbbell
  2. Keg toss: throw a weighted keg over a high bar
  3. Farmer’s carry: hold onto two weights and move it over a distance
  4. Tire flip: flip heavy tires a set amount of times
  5. Atlas Stones: picking up a heavy Atlas Stone and lifting it over a hurdle

The event runs starting at 9:30am and goes until about 2:30pm. Its exact location resides in the parking lot across Pacific Coast Highway from the Waterfront Beach Resort. The closest free parking lies on Atlanta Avenue and the neighborhood north of it. Anyone planning to spectate should have sunscreen applied and prepare for hot weather. Spots to stand around the competition area to spectate operate on a first come first served basis. Spectators can find plenty of food & drink options at Pacific City one block up Pacific Coast Highway.

As of the time of this post, open competitor spots still remain – refer to the website linked above to inquire about registering to compete. For more information regarding this event as well as weightlifting training, check out East Coast/West Coast Strength Speed Conditioning on Facebook, or check out their YouTube for videos that include competitions from previous years.

Who appreciates the warmer weather recently? With Spring starting this week, Southern California definitely feels the turn of the seasons in the weather. The warmer weather combined with increased daylight hours allow people to do more things that they could not do a month or two ago due to weather restrictions. Perhaps people opt to travel to the beach as the most popular option. The beach certainly feels like a unifying area bringing together strangers onto one strand of sand all for the purpose of relaxation. Find other reasons to gather large groups of people, and the beach turns into the perfect venue for attracting said large groups. In this case, Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach provides the right expanse for AID LA to host their annual Holi On The Beach.

Holi originated in India, where they celebrate the arrival of Spring with a grandiose public party filled with colors, music, and joy. Traditional celebrations included nonstop live music, dancing, and the unique act of throwing or smearing color on other people. Like the color runs prevalent across the world today, these events typically involve using dry colors made with natural ingredients as to not stain the attendees’ clothing; however, traditional Holi also utilized wet colors, which the attendees at Holi On The Beach love to use.

Holi On The Beach lacks a structured schedule – instead, attendees simply arrive, receive colors from the organizers, and let loose on the sand. A live DJ provides music all throughout the afternoon while everyone dances and get merry with colors. Whereas other fests contain vendors and other content such as yoga, Holi On The Beach only provides the colors and the space to run around and get dirty. A food vendor eventually sets up on the sidewalk between the parking lot and the beach, but other than that, all attendees just show up and get crazy. Sometimes, you need no rules to live a joyful life.

Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale or $15 on the day of the event. Guests can find plenty of street parking in the nearby neighborhoods, but should prepare to walk a bit towards the event location. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners united this past Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation’s Fall 2016 SoCal Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gathered for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of the Huntington Beach Dog Beach. Over 600 Corgis appeared to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily included an Instagram photo meet-up and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consisted of mingling, chatting, and playing with all the cute pups.

Looking forward to the next Corgi Beach Day? Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd as they move to Belmont Shore in Long Beach. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from this past Saturday at the Fall 2016 SoCal Corgi Beach Day.

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation’s Fall 2016 SoCal Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gather for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of the Huntington Beach Dog Beach in Orange County. Hundreds of Corgis will travel here to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily include an Instagram photo meet-up, a costume contest, and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consists of mingling, chatting, and playing with all of the cute pups.

The 27th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show took over 2nd Street and its side streets this past Sunday. Every year from 9am to 3pm on the Sunday following Labor Day, hundreds of cars go on display at this FREE and all-ages car show, along with many food and car-themed vendors on 2nd Street. From classic to modern, spectators could exhibit all sorts of vehicles. The entire stretch of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore closes to through-traffic to allow visitors to freely roam the streets and gaze at all the cars on exhibit. During this time, all local businesses remain open for business, and typically see increased volume due to the influx of visitors. Instead of attempting to describe all the cars, perhaps these photos could tell a better story, and maybe even entice you to return next year.