Just Keep Swimming!

Take some time this summer to make a splash in one of Long Beach's many pools!

Are the kids aching to get out of the house? Is the summer heat making them (and you) a little irritable and grumpy? Well, pack up that mini van and head on over to the nearest pool for some recreational swimming!

Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool

4000 E. Olympic Plaza

(562) 570-1806

Hours: Mon.-Fri. Noon-3 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs. 7:15-9 p.m.

Admission: $3-$4

Jordan High School Pool

6500 Atlantic Ave.

(562) 442-9091

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1-3 p.m.

Admission: $1.50-$2.50

Martin Luther King Jr. Park Pool

1950 Lemon Ave.

(562) 570-4405

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 1-3:30 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 6-8 p.m.

Admission: $1.50-$2.50

Will J. Reid Scout Park Pool

4747 Daisy Ave.

(562) 422-2532

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 1-5:30 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Silverado Park Pool

1545 W. 31st St.

(562) 570-1675

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 1-3:30 p.m.; Wed. 6:30-8 p.m.

Admission: $1.50-$2.50

Millikan High School Pool

2800 Snowden Ave.

(562) 425-7441

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1-3:30 p.m.

Admission: $1.50-$2.50

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6 Surprising Money Savers…Hiding in Your Home!

Save some money and use some of the products you already have in your home to replace products you would normally buy!

We can all agree that the cost of household cleaning supplies and essentials can drain our budgets. But here’s some good news: there are some products that we tend to overlook – or even throw away – that can be used to replace some of the items we purchase on a regular basis.

Here are 6 surprising items that can save you some money – and a trip to the store:

1. Onion and Potato Bags: The mesh bags that these vegetables come in are great when it comes to scrubbing pots and pans. Their naturally abrasive texture are far more gentle on hands than S.O.S. pads filled with chemicals.

2. Coffee Filters: Because of the rising price of items such as paper towels, many people have resorted to using old washcloths or sponges. But for those that prefer to throw away the rag used to clean the toilet, coffee filters are a great alternative. They clean better than paper towels (especially mirrors) and are way cheaper.

3. Baking Soda: Simply, baking soda should become your new best friend. Baking soda, splashed with vinegar, makes for a great cleaner for the shower and toilet, and is especially great at opening clogged drains. If your bathtub is clogged with hair, for example, replace Drano with a few shakes of baking soda, a splash or two of vinegar, and a kettleful of boiling water.  Also, if you pour about half a cup of baking soda into a small dish and add 12 drops of essential oil (or your favorite scented oil from Bath & Body Works), you will have yourself a homemade air freshener to place wherever needed.

4. Dryer Sheets: Remove gunk from the soleplate of an iron by turning your iron on low and rubbing the iron over the dryer sheet until residue disappears.

5. Toothbrush: Who doesn’t love freshly grilled corn on the cob in the summer? Who truly loathes having to remove all those little strands of corn silk? If you answered yes to both of those questions, there’s a simple solution: use a toothbrush to brush the corn and rid it of any hiding silk.

6. Shower Curtain: Outdoor activities like concerts and picnics can be less comfortable if you are sitting on a blanket in soggy grass. For these types of events, lay down a cheap shower curtain before laying down your blanket. The liner keeps the blanket dry and it’s easy to wipe away dirt rather than washing a blanket.

Feast Your Eyes…

There's a plethora of good books out there to read - so pick one up and read it this summer!

Nothing makes a trip to the beach more delightful than a good book in hand. You may be a hopeless romantic that gets swept away by a romance novel. Maybe your imagination runs wild as you journey through fantasy fiction. Or maybe you find yourself at the edge of your seat while reading a juicy mystery. Whatever your genre of reading may be, below are some summer reads Barnes & Noble recommends. So grab your beach towel and sunscreen and starting flipping (or scrolling for you Nook users) your way through a literary adventure!

• “State of Wonder” By Ann Patchett

• “A Dance with Dragons” By George R. R. Martin

• “Portrait of a Spy” By Daniel Silva

• “Smokin’ Seventeen” By Janet Evanovich

• “Before I Go to Sleep” By S. J. Watson

• “Maine” By J. Courtney Sullivan

• “The Hypnotist” By Lars Kepler

• “Happy Birthday” By Danielle Steel

• “Silver Girl” By Elin Hilderbrand

• “10th Anniversary” By James Patterson

• “The Silent Girl” by Tess Gerritsen

• “Sisterhood Everlasting” By Ann Brashares

• “The American Heiress” By Daisy Goodwin

• “Summer Rental” By Mary Kay Andrews

• “Ghost Story” By Jim Butcher

• “Escape” By Barbara Delinsky

• “The Snowman” By Jo Nesbo

• “Folly Beach” By Dorothea Benton Frank

• “The Devil Colony” By James Rollins

• “Caleb’s Crossing” By Geraldine Brooks

• “Carte Blanche” By Jeffrey Deaver

• “Conquistadora” By Esmeralda Santiago

• “Iron House” By John Hart

• “The Jefferson Key” By Steve Berry

• “Fallen” By Karin Slaughter

• “Whiplash” By Catherine Coulter

• “Buried Prey” By John Sandford

• “Undead and Undermined” By MaryJanice Davidson

• “Buried Secrets” By Joseph Finder

• “Witches of East End” By Melissa de la Cruz

• “The Secret Mistress” By Mary Balogh

• “Breaking Silence” By Linda Castillo

• “Star Wars Fate of the Jedi #7” By Aaron Allston

• “Robopocalypse” By Daniel H. Wilson

• “The Final Storm” By Jeff Shaara

• “I’ll Walk Alone” By Mary Higgins Clark

• “Sex on the Moon” By Ben Mezrich

• “Heat Wave” By Nancy Thayer

• “South of Superior” By Ellen Airgood

• “Good Stuff” By Jennifer Grant

• “Long Gone” By Alafair Burke

• “Crave” By J. R. Ward

• “The Dog Who Came in from the Cold” By Alexander McCall Smith

• “Vision Impossible” by Victoria Laurie

• “Sixkill” By Robert B. Parker

• “All That Is Bitter and Sweet” by Ashley Judd

• “Swamplandia” By Karen Russell

• “The Troubled Man” By Henning Mankell

• “Mobbed” By Carol Higgins Clark

• “2030” By Albert Brooks

• “All My Life” By Susan Lucci

• “Trader of Secrets” By Steve Martini

• “Lady Blue Eyes” By Barbara Sinatra

• “Bloodmoney” By David Ignatius

• “Naamah’s Blessing” By Jacqueline Carey

• “Jeannie Out of the Bottle” By Barbara Eden

• “Murder on Sister’s Row” By Victoria Thompson

• “A Drop of the Hard Stuff” By Lawrence Block

• “Kiss of Snow” By Nalini Singh

• “Tabloid City” By Pete Hamill

• “Those in Peril” By Wilbur Smith

• “Dandelion Summer” By Lisa Wingate

• “Unraveled” By Maggie Sefton

• “The Big Fight” By Sugar Ray Leonard

• “A Time for Patriots” By Dale Brown

• “The Devil’s Light” By Richard North Patterson

• “Robert Redford” By Michael Feeney Callan

• “Watch Me Die” By Erica Spindler

• “How to Moon a Cat” By Rebecca M. Hale

• “Thunder of Heaven” By Tim LaHaye

• “Ten Thousand Saints” By Eleanor Henderson

• “Shut You Eyes Tight” By John Verdon

• “Outrage” By Robert K. Tanenbaum

• “The Girl Who Disappeared Twice” By Andrea Kane

• “Blood Trust” By Eric Van Lustbader

• “Pride Mates” by Jennifer Ashley

• “Abyss” By David Hagberg

• “Disturbance” By Jan Burke

• “Keys to the Kingdom” By Bob B. Graham

• “The Girl in the Garden” By Kamala Nair

• “We All Fall Down” By Michael Harvey

• “Found” By Tatum O’Neal

• “Furious Love” By Sam Kashner

• “The Profession” By Steven Pressfield

• “The Left Hand of God” By Paul Hoffman

• “Prophecy” By S. J. Parris

• “Heaven’s Shadow” By David S. Goyer

• “My Dear I Wanted to Tell You” By Louisa Young

Go Green with Video Tours!

It’s no secret that shopping for a new place to live can take a lot of time, but do you know how much pollution it creates too?

‘On average, homebuyers see 15 properties before choosing one’

That means while shopping for a home, the average home shopper finds 14 homes interesting enough to go and see – but not suitable to move into! That’s a lot of wasted time in the car, and a lot of needless pollution. How much pollution?

The US Census Bureau statistics show that 40 million Americans move each year. That’s a lot of people looking for new homes every year, and if they all drive to see 15 homes , that’s 600 million showings per year!

What does each showing mean to our environment? Let’s say each showing burns a half gallon of gas. Burning one gallon of gas creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, so 600 million showings produce 6 BILLION pounds of pollution every year.

What if there was a way to reduce the number of homes people actually drive to before they find the one they want? What would that mean to our environment?

Ernst & Haas is now offereing video walk-throughs available to prospects from wherever they are via the Internet. Lets work together to protect our environment/

If Realtors, Landlords and Property Managers began using these types of simple videos to cut their showings by 65%, together we could reduce harmful carbon emissions by 4 billion pounds per year. That’s making our world a better place – one video at a time.

Movies in the Park!

The City of Long Beach will be showing kid-friendly movies throughout the summer at numerous parks!

Looking for something FREE to do this summer? How about something that’s fun for the whole family? Well look no more because the City of Long Beach is offering free viewings of kid-friendly movies throughout the summer at numerous parks in Long Beach. So pack up those lawn chairs and PB & J’s and check out some of these flicks (all movies are shown at 8 p.m.

July 8

Cats and Dogs

Chavez Park

July 11

Despicable Me

Somerset Park

July 13

Despicable Me

Coolidge Park

July 15

Despicable Me

Whaley Park

July 18

The Karate Kid

Atlantic Plaza

July 20

The Karate Kid

Veterans Park

July 22

The Karate Kid

Admiral Kidd Park

July 25

How to Train Your Dragon

Wardlow Park

July 27

How to Train Your Dragon

Scherer Park

July 29

How to Train Your Dragon

Stearns Champions Park

August 1

Tron Legacy

Seaside Park

August 3

Tron Legacy

MacArthur Park

August 5

Tron Legacy

Heartwell Park

August 8

Toy Story 3

Pan American Park

August 10

Toy Story 3

College Estates Park

August 12

Toy Story 3

Houghton Park

August 15

Yogi Bear

King Park

August 17

Yogi Bear

Ramona Park

August 19

Yogi Bear

Signal Hill Park

August 22

Shrek for Ever After

Recreation Park

August 24

Shrek for Ever After

Cherry Park

August 26

Shrek for Ever After

Silverado Park

August 29

Tangled

Grace Park

August 31

Tangled

El Dorado Park

September 1

Justin Bieber Never Say Never

Blair Field

For more information, visit www.100daysofsummer.org.

Beat the Heat!

Stay cool this summer with these beat the heat tips!

Ladies and gentlemen, it is officially summer! With temperatures rising – and our energy bills increasing – here are some tips to keeping cool this summer (and preventing heat-related illnesses) without having to run the AC all day:

-Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. Wearing a hat or using an umbrella is also recommended.

-Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.

-Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.

-Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.

-Stay indoors when possible.

-During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who don’t have air conditioning.

We hope these tips help you stay cool and healthy this summer!

Let Freedom Ring!

The City of Long Beach is offering numerous Fourth of July fireworks shows this weekend!

In an effort to celebrate the Fourth of July in the most safe way possible, the City of Long Beach encourages it’s citizens to attend one of their organized fireworks shows this holiday weekend. Below is a list of shows that will be taking place:

Red, White, & Blues @ The Queen Mary, July 4

The day-long celebration includes live music, dancing, strolling performers, balloon artists, face painters, and an appearance by Uncle Sam! Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Admission includes full access to the event area, ship and entertainment. Food, tours and parking are additional costs.

Admission: Adults $24.95, Kids $12.95, Seniors (ages 65+) $21.95

Tickets can be purchased online at www.queenmary.com, or at the box office the day of the event.

Independence Day Fireworks Preview @ Rainbow Harbor, July 2

The Downtown Long Beach Associates and Gladstone’s will be hosting an Independence Day Fireworks Preview from 6-9 p.m. The event will also include live music.

Admission: FREE

For more information, call (562) 436-4259

53rd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show @ Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium

This yearly event will include live music, Long Beach Fire Department clowns, a bicycle raffle, and fire demonstrations.Event takes place from 4-9 p.m.

Admission: Adults $10 and Kids $7. Tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily until July 4 at 5 p.m. at Long Beach Fire Department Station 19, located at 3559 Clark Ave. in Long Beach. parking is an additional $5.

4th of July BBQ @ The Aquarium of the Pacific

Combo tickets include admission to the aquarium plus an Independence Day BBQ buffet with home-style grilled entrees and decadent desserts. Event is from 5-10 p.m. and dinner is from 6-8 p.m. Aquarium opens at 9 a.m.

Admission: $12.95 for everyone after 5 p.m. Regular admission is Adults $24.95, Kids 3-11 $12.95, Seniors $21.95. Aquarium plus dinner is Adults $35 and Kids $27. Advance reservations are needed for dinner.

For more information, call (562) 590-3100, or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

Long Beach Kids’ July 4th Bike Parade

Children and adults are encouraged to decorate their bikes and themselves for this annual patriotic procession on wheels. In addition to the parade, the event will also include competitions for children 12 and under.  Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. followed by the parade at 10 a.m.

Admission: FREE

Meet at Granada Avenue and the bike path. Free parking will be available at Granada Beach’s parking lot.

For more information, please visit www.justinrudd.com.

Ernst & Haas wishes you and your family a very safe and fun 4th of July!