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     As an "extra" for site visitors, this page lists a few other things you can do, get or see for free this summer. The lists include everything from free movies, Shakespeare performances and museum days to car shows, nature-related events and birthday treats. The page also incorporates the same type of information as found in the site's Twitter postings during the rest of the year. (Twitter and Facebook postings also can be viewed on the News page.)

     Some events/activities may be open only to residents of certain cities; others are open to the general public. Check with the sponsoring venue if you are unsure. The list of events and activities below is a dynamic list; it is updated over the course of the summer as information is received. Input from visitors is welcome, too! (Latest Update: August 12)





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ART WALKS/ART OPEN HOUSES
CAR SHOWS
FARMERS MARKETS
FROM TOTS TO TEENS AND FAMILIES
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !
LECTURES/LECTURE SERIES
LIBRARIES
MISC. FREE PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND WEB OFFERS
MOVIES
MUSEUMS
NATURE CENTERS/PROGRAMS/EVENTS
SENIORS
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SPECIAL EVENTS/OTHER
SPORTS/RECREATION/DANCE


ART WALKS/ART OPEN HOUSES

This Month or Summer Only

  • BOLD BEVERLY HILLS - Art Walks. Art Walks on August 10 and 17 are part of this year's BOLD Beverly Hills programs. Visitors can choose to take either a guided tour with an Art Curator or a self-guided tour of the city's most coveted galleries. See website for hours of programs. Information: www.lovebeverlyhills.com.

  • MONROVIA: AUGUST 14 - Monrovia Summer Art Walks 2018. The Monrovia Summer Art Walks will take place from 7 - 10 p.m. in the 400 and 500 blocks of South Myrtle Avenue in Old Town Monrovia. The events will include art, music and mingling. Information: www.monroviafinearts.org.

  • SANTA MONICA, TUES/WEDS JULY 24 - AUGUST 29 - Sea-Saw at the Santa Monica Pier. Sea-Saw at the Santa Monica Pier is an all new art series featuring six genre-bending artists showcasing their bold, eclectic and interactive works. The programs will take place Tuesdays and santamonicapier.org/seesaw.

Ongoing

The following is a partial listing of art walks. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events prior to attending since days and times may change periodically.

  • ANAHEIM - Downtown Anaheim ArtCrawl Experience. This event takes place quarterly on the second Saturday of the month from 5 - 8 p.m. The progressive art walk will begin at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 Center Street. The next event will take place in August. Information: (714) 956-3586 or www.downtownanaheim.com, go to "Events" or "ArtCrawl Experience."

  • CLAREMONT - Art After Hours at Pomona College Museum of Art. The event takes place most Thursdays at the Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Avenue, from 5 - 11 p.m. May include entertainment, special exhibits, student presentations or other programs, and the event is usually during the school year. Information: (909) 621-8283 or www.collegescalendar.org

  • COVINA - First Saturday Citrus Art Walk. The new First Saturday Citrus ArtWalk will take place on the first Saturday of each month from 3 - 7 p.m. on Citrus Avenue in downtown Covina. There will be art displays and a variety of dance/music performances. Information: www.covinaca.gov

  • FULLERTON - First Friday Art Walk. Every first Friday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in Downtown Fullerton. Art events and exhibition openings; map available on website. Information: (714) 879-1993 or http://www.fullertonartwalk.com

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Third Wednesdays Art Walk. ArtWalk will take place every third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street, Fifth Street and a number of individual locations. Maps will be available at each art stop. Information: (714) 536-8300 or http://www.hbdowntown.com

  • LAGUNA BEACH - First Thursdays Art Walk. Every first Thursday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna. Information: (949) 683-6871 or http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com

  • LONG BEACH - Second Saturday Art Walk in the East Village Arts District. Every second Saturday of the month from 4 - 10 p.m. Art, street performances, and music in the East Village Arts District area, Linden Ave., 1st Street, Broadway, Elm. Information: (562) 682-9735 or http://www.artwalklb.com

  • LONG BEACH (BIXBY KNOLLS) - First Fridays on Atlantic Avenue. Art, a variety of entertainment and other exhibits along Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls on the first Friday of each month. Information: (562) 595-0081 or www.firstfridayslongbeach.com

  • LONG BEACH - 3rd Thursday Artwalk at Shoreline Village. Shoreline Village, 423 Shoreline Village Drive, holds an artwalk every third Thursday of the month from 5 - 9 p.m. The event includes art, music, and food and drink specials at participating restaurants. Information: (562) 437-3734 or www.shorelinevillage.com

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Downtown L.A. Artwalk. Every second Thursday of the month from noon - 9 p.m. Information: (213) 624-6212 or www.downtownartwalk.com

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Leimert Park Village Art Walk. The Leimert Park Village Art Walk takes place every last Sunday of the month along the streets of 43rd Place and Degnan Boulevard from 2 - 8 p.m. Local cultural spaces, art studios and storefronts will host art exhibits, spoken word and music programs, children's activities and more. Information: www.leimertparkbeat.com/events.

  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - Miracle Mile Art Walk. More than 40 galleries and museums hold the ArtWalk four times a year. See website for quarterly details. Information: (323) 651-3512, www.miraclemileartwalk.com or www.midcitywest.org

  • LOS ANGELES (NORTHEAST) - Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Artwalk. Every second Saturday of the month in the Highland Park area of Northeast Los Angeles from 7 - 10 p.m. Information: www.nelaart.org

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - Annenberg Space For Photography. Not an artwalk, but regular exhibits, lectures and slide shows in a space "dedicated to exhibiting digital and print photography in an intimate environment." Located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. Current exhibit through the summer is on country music. Information: (213) 403-3000 or www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org

  • ONTARIO - Ontario Emporia Arts District ArtWalk and Studio Tour. The ArtWalk and Studio Tour takes place the third Saturday of every other month from 6 - 10 p.m. at 211 - 223 Emporia Street and 119 W. Transit Street in Ontario. No information yet on upcoming dates. Information: (909) 437-6962

  • POMONA - Metro Pomona Art Walk. Music, food and art every second Saturday of the month in the Pomona Arts Colony off Garey Avenue between Holt and Mission Boulevard. Hours are from 6 - 9 p.m. Information: (909) 261-5004 or www.metropomona.com

  • RIVERSIDE - First Thursdays Arts Walk. Arts Walk is from 6 - 9 p.m. in the downtown Riverside area; includes Riverside Museum. Information: (951) 682-6737, (951) 826-5273, www.riversideculturalconsortium.org or www.riversideca.gov/museum

  • SAN CLEMENTE - Village Art Fair. First Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. along Avenida Del Mar. Information: (949) 218-5378 or www.villagesanclemente.com.

  • SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Second Saturday Art Fair. Over 50 juried fine artists, craftsmen and musicians along the sidewalks of downtown SJC from the Mission to Los Rios Street, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Information: (949) 493-4700 or www.sjcartfair.org

  • SANTA ANA - Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village Open House. Every first Saturday of the month from 7 - 10 p.m., Second and Broadway area. Exhibits and occasional performances vary from month to month. Information: (714) 564-5625, www.aplaceforart.org www.santaanaartsdistrict.com, www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us

  • SANTA ANA - Santiago Art District ArtWalk. Artwalks are on the third Saturday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. in the Santiago Art District at Santiago Street Lofts, Santa Ana Boulevard between Santiago Street and Poinsettia Street. Parking at Santa Ana Train Depot. Information: www.santiagoartdistrict.com

  • SAN PEDRO - First Thursday ArtWalk. On the first Thursday of each month, open galleries and studios, street vendors and entertainment in the downtown San Pedro arts district. Event is from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown San Pedro between 4th and 8th Streets. There also are periodic Third Saturday artwalks from 2 - 6 p.m., with more than 30 galleries and studios plus guided tours. Information: www.1stthursday.net

  • TEMECULA - First Friday Art Showcases. First Friday programs in 2018 will take place on June 1, July 6, August 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2. Artist meet and greet from 6 - 7 p.m., plus display of featured artist works at The Merc, 42051 Main Street, and Art Off the Walls from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street. Information: (951) 694-6480 or www.temeculaca.gov

  • UPLAND - Artists on "A" Street. Over 20 different types of art for show and sale every last Saturday of the month at the corner of "A" Street and 3rd Avenue. No time listed. Information: (909) 931-4100, (909) 204-4465 or www.ci.upland.ca.us

  • VENICE - Venice Art Crawl. The Venice Art Crawl takes place quarterly on the third Thursday of month from 6 - 10 p.m. at locations north and south of Windward Avenue. Visit site for current locations and upcoming dates. Information: www.veniceartcrawl.com.

  • WHITTIER - Whittier Art Stroll Uptown. The Whittier Art Stroll Uptown takes place from 5 - 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. The event includes art from more than 40 artists, plus live music, treats, a variety of vendors and more. A variety of events are hosted primarily at local businesses. The event takes place in Historic Uptown Whittier, Greenleaf Avenue and vicinity (a map is available on the Facebook page). Information: www.artstrolluptown.com or www.facebook.com/artstrolluptown.

If your city has a monthly or regularly-scheduled arts open house/art walk you'd like listed, please send an e-mail message to the site using the link at the bottom of the page. Information will be posted as it is received!

CAR SHOWS

  • FONTANA - Fontana Car Show. The Fontana Car Show takes place the first Friday of the month through September from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Fontana Civic Center, 8353 Sierra Avenue (staging is from 5 - 6 p.m.). Due to special events/holidays this year, there will not be a show in June. This is a non-cruise event which will include food vendors, live music and cars on display. Information: (909) 349-6900 or www.fontana.org.

  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - Car-Related Events at the Petersen Automotive Museum. August 15 - Reimagining Mobility for Los Angeles from 6:30 - 9 p.m. The panel presentation will include discussion and demonstrations of new mobility technology from the U.S. and Japan. See additional details and RSVP using form on event page on Petersen Museum website. August 26 from 8 - 10 a.m. - August Breakfast Club Cruise-In. The event will take place on the third floor parking structure; stroll through rows of performance and classic cars while enjoying complimentary coffee and bagels. RSVP on event page on website. Also, August 31 - Movie night screening "Cars 3" from 7:30 - 10 p.m. Screening will be on P3 parking level; RSVP on website. The Petersen Automotive Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard. Information: (323) 964-6331 or www.petersen.org.

  • REDONDO BEACH - Rods, Rides and Relics Car Show. The event will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on September 23 at the Redondo Pier in Redondo Beach. Information: www.redondopier.com.

FARMERS MARKETS

Several area Farmers Markets have weekly entertainment, though not always music. Markets with occasional entertainment or for which no published band schedule has been located will be listed here. If a schedule is forwarded, the concerts will be listed in the regular concert listings portion of the site.

  • BUENA PARK - Local Harvest Farmers Market. The farmer's market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Buena Park Downtown, La Palma/Stanton. The market includes farm fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade and unique items and live entertainment. Information: (562) 449-9299 or www.localharvestfarmersmarkets.com.

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Surf City Nights. Event is from 5 - 9 p.m. on Tuesdays on Main Street (between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Avenue). There will be street entertainers/live performances, an organic farmers market, food booths, activities for children, sidewalk sales by area merchants and more. Free parking for two hours in the Main Promenade parking structure between 4 and 8:30 p.m. Information: (714) 841-3034 or www.hbdowntown.com.

  • RIALTO - Rialto Certified Farmers Market. The farmers market takes place on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 290 W. Rialto Avenue. There is music, easy access and plenty of parking. Information: (909) 820-2519 or www.facebook.com/rialtofarmersmarket.

  • SAN DIMAS - San Dimas Farmers Market. The farmers market takes place on Wednesdays from 4 - 8:30 p.m. along Bonita Avenue (142 E. Bonita) in downtown San Dimas. Entertainment and additional entertainment with weekly city concert series. Information: (909) 581-4744 or www.sandimasfarmersmarket.com.

  • SANTA MONICA - Santa Monica Sunday Farmers Market. The Sunday Farmers Market takes place from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Main Street/Ocean Park. Music is from about 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Information: (310) 458-8712, (310) 458-8411, www.smgov.net/farmers_market/index.htm or www.farmersmarket.santa-monica.org.

FROM TOTS TO TEENS AND FAMILIES

  • CERRITOS - Tuesday Family Nights and Wednesday "Little Kids' Big Show." Tuesday Family Nights are at one of four Cerritos parks at 6:30 p.m. from July 10 through August 14. The 45-minute programs begin with a pre-show craft or activity. See city website for additional details. Wednesday night Little Kids' Big Show gates open at 6 p.m. with the 45-minute show beginning at 6:30 p.m. The programs take place at Liberty Park, 19211 Studebaker Road, July 11 - August 15. Information: (562) 916-1254 or www.cerritos.us.

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - Mall/Shopping Center Kids' Clubs. Many local malls shopping centers have weekly or monthly programs for children. The programs are usually during the week, last a half hour to an hour, and offer either a variety of entertainment or craft activities. Check your local mall events page for further information.

  • RIVERSIDE - Discovery Days at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. Discovery Days programs are designed for children ages 10 and under and take place every third Wednesday of the month from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Programs include hands-on activities, live plants and animals and animal experts. The museum is located at 3580 Mission Inn Avenue at Orange. Information: (951) 826-5273 or www.riversideca.gov/museum.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Having a birthday soon? Why not celebrate? Many organizations offer free food or other goods on your birthday if you give them an e-mail address/join their e-clubs. Examples of some available offers are listed below. Be sure to read all the details/conditions on the company/organization's website before agreeing to any offers. Offers may change periodically without notice.

  • ACAPULCO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the Acapulco e-mail club. Information: www.acapulcorestaurants.com.

  • BASKIN ROBBINS - Free ice cream on your birthday at Baskin Robbins when you sign up on their website. Information: www.baskinrobbins.com.

  • BENIHANA RESTAURANTS - Birthday Dinner Offer. Sign up for Benihana's "Chef's Table" newsletter with an e-mail address, get a certificate for $30 free toward your birthday dinner. Policies for the offer have changed recently in that your offer is only good if other paying customers are dining with you; check website for most current information. Information: www.benihana.com.

  • BJS RESTAURANTS - Get a free Pizookie dessert on your birthday at BJs Restaurants when you join their e-club. Information: www.bjsrestaurants.com.

  • BOOMERS PARKS - Get a free unlimited 4-hour play pass good on all attractions when you join the Boomers discount club. The pass is good on any day during your birthday month. Go to the website, pick a location, and enroll online. Information: www.boomersparks.com.

  • CINNABON - Sign up for Cinnabon's e-mail list and get a free Minibon now plus an iced coffee on your birthday. Information: www.cinnabon.com.

  • DEL TACO - Get two free chicken soft tacos now plus a birthday shake for joining the Del Taco Raving Fan eClub. Information: www.deltaco.com/connect.html.

  • EL TORITO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the El Torito e-mail club. Free birthday meal no longer advertised, so you'll have to wait until your birthday to see if a free entree coupon arrives. Information: www.eltorito.com.

  • FAMOUS DAVES - Get a free burger or sandwich on your birthday when you sign up for the P.I.G. (Pretty Important Guest) e-mail club. Information: www.famousdaves.com or www.facebook.com/famousdaves.

  • FARRELL'S ICE CREAM PARLOR - Sign up for Farrells Fan Club e-mail and receive a free small sundae on your birthday. Information: www.farrellsusa.com.

  • GOLDEN SPOON YOGURT - Get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday when you sign up for Golden Spoon Yogurt's G Club. Information: www.goldenspoon.com.

  • HOOTERS - Join Hooters Hoot Club, get special e-mail offers and a free entree (up to $7.99 value) on your birthday. Information: www.hooters.com.

  • JERSEY MIKE'S - Join Jersey Mike's e-mail club, get special e-mail offers and a free sub and a 22 oz. drink on your birthday. Information: www.jerseymikes.com.

  • PANERA - A "My Panera Rewards" card can be picked up at any location, or sign up online for the program. Free pastry on your birthday. Information: www.panerabread.com.

  • RA SUSHI - Sign up for RA Sushi's "The Hook Up" e-mails and get a certificate worth $20 during your birthday month. Information: www.rasushi.com.

  • RED ROBIN RESTAURANTS - Free burger on your birthday. Stop in any Red Robin and pick up a Red Royalty card, then register the card online. Information: www.redrobin.com/redroyalty.

  • RUBIOS - Rubios offers a free taco upon sign-up to their Beach Club e-mail, plus a free birthday meal. Also news on free products testings, other events. Information: www.rubios.com.

  • SAN MANUEL CASINO - Go to San Manuel on your birthday and get a $10 food credit and a chance to spin the wheel for up to $100 in free slot play (but also can be $5). Club Serrano membership required, but membership is free. Information: www.sanmanuel.com.

  • SCHLOTZSKY'S DELI - Free small sandwich or 8" pizza on your birthday when you sign up for their e-club. Information: www.schlotzskys.com.

  • SONIC DRIVE IN - Sonic will give you a choice of one of three items for your birthday. Sign up on website for Sonic Cruisers e-club. Information: www.sonicdrivein.com.

  • SPRINKLES CUPCAKES BIRTHDAY CLUB - Sign up online for Sprinkles Birthday Club and get a free cupcake on your birthday. Information: www.ilovesprinkles.com.

  • TGI FRIDAYS - Free dessert or appetizer now plus free line pass; free birthday treat when you join TGI Friday's "Give Me More Stripes." Information: www.tgifridays.com.

LECTURES/LECTURE SERIES

  • "ALOUD" AT THE LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY - Lecture series. Most programs begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Wide variety of topics. Reservations required. Fall listings are now available. Information: (213) 228-7025, www.lfla.org or www.aloudla.org.

  • "DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN CENTER" AT UC IRVINE - Insights on Science, Technology and Medicine lectures. Events start again this month through June. Lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Beckman Center on the UCI campus and open to the public. Programs are by reservation only and fill up quickly. Visit the website listed and join the e-mail list to receive notices for each session and invitations to register online. Seating is limited. Information: (949) 721-2266 or www.voicesatbeckman.org.

  • "IRIS NIGHTS" LECTURE SERIES AND OTHER EVENTS AT THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. - Photography-related lectures and events. Thursday night IRIS Lectures, Slide Shows and other events are at the Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. Reservations recommended. Information: (213) 403-3000 or www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org.

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Platica @ LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main Street. Upcoming lectures will be: August 16 at 7 p.m. - Walkouts in Pasadena. Discussion of walkouts by Mexican American students leading to establishment of Chicano-based curriculum, cultural centers and reforming of hiring policies. Speaker will be writer and historian Roberta H. Martinez. Also, on August 23 at 7 p.m. - The 1968 East LA Chicano Blowouts: 50-Year Report Card on Student Demands. Guest speaker will be David L. Moguel of CSU Northridge. Information: (888) 488-8083 or www.lapca.org.

  • SANTA MONICA: PRO/CON AT THE SANTA MONICA PIER - Pro/Con is a non-partisan debate series designed to better inform public discourse on ballot measures and current issues. Experts from both sides of an issue debate an issue with a neutral moderator to facilitate discussion. Programs will be Mondays in August from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the West End of the Pier. Topics will be: Aug. 6 - Marijuana, Aug. 13 - Rent Control, Aug. 20 - Water/Desalination and Aug. 27 - Immigration/ICE. Information: www.santamonicapier.org/procon.

  • TORRANCE - ARTFUL DAYS LECTURES. The lectures on a variety of art-related topics take place from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at either the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, or the George Nakano Theater, 3330 Civic Center Drive at the Torrance Civic Center. Lectures are presented by art historian Mary Drobny. Upcoming topics will be: Series resumes in September. Information: (310) 618-2376 or www.torranceca.gov, search "Artful Days."

  • WILLIAMS-SONOMA - Williams-Sonoma offers a variety of classes in cooking techniques and junior chef sessions. No set time; check website listed for most current information. Many classes have a fee, but some events are free. Information: http://www.williams-sonoma.com, scroll down to bottom of home page for classes link.

  • ZOCALO PUBLIC SQUARE LECTURE SERIES - Series of public lectures in a variety of locations throughout the Los Angeles area and on a variety of topics. Reservations are required for most events. Information: www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

LIBRARIES

  • CITY AND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PERFORMANCES AND PROGRAMS - Most libraries throughout Southern California offer patrons a wide variety of free performances, workshops and other events/activities. Some are geared toward adults, and others are special programs for teens or children. This summer many libraries are focusing summer programming around the theme "Read to the Rhythm," so there are many more programs with music-related themes. It is recommended that you check your local library website often for the best and most current information. In addition to individual city libraries, some Southern California library system links include:

    Los Angeles County Library System - www.colapublib.org
    Los Angeles Public Library - www.lapl.org
    Orange County Public Libraries - www.ocpl.org
    Riverside County Libraries - www.riverside.lib.ca.us
    San Bernardino County Libraries - www.sbcounty.gov/library/home
    City Libraries: For individual city libraries which are not part of a library system, check directly with your local library.

  • LA OPERA "OPERA TALKS" - The LA Opera talks offers one-hour talks at various Los Angeles public libraries during the year, though not usually during the summer. To find a list of current Opera Talks, go to www.laopera.org, "community," and "general."

MISC. FREE PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND WEB OFFERS

Many local and national companies and organizations provide special free offers during the year. Some are open to all; some are open only to specific audiences. Check for availability. Most, but not all, require some type of online registration or submitting an e-mail address to qualify. Read all details/conditions of offers before accepting, as offers may change periodically without notice. Some of the recently-available offers/products/services include:

  • BEN AND JERRYS - Free scoop of ice cream when you join Ben and Jerry's "Chunk Mail" online. See site for store locations. Also, follow Ben and Jerrys on Twitter to find our where their Scoop Truck will be dishing up free ice cream treats. Information: www.benjerry.com.

  • BRUEGGERS BAGELS - Get a free bagel with cream cheese, plus a birthday treat, when you sign up for the e-mail newsletter at Brueggers Bagels. Information: www.brueggers.com.

  • BUCCA DI BEPPO - The Italian restaurants offer a free pasta on your next visit plus other special offers for joining their e-mail club. Information: www.bucadibeppo.com/eclub.

  • CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN - Enroll in CPK's Pizza Dough Rewards and get a free small plate now, plus a birthday treat. Information: www.cpk.com/pizzadough.

  • DENTAL CARE - Dentistry from the Heart provides free dental care for those in need at specific locations on specific days. Some events take place locally. See website for location and other information. Information: www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.

  • DER WIENERSCHNITZEL - Get a free original chili dog from Der Wienerschnitzel when you sign up for their Wiener Lover's Club. Information: www.wienerschnitzel.com.

  • FREECYCLE.ORG - The Freecycle Network is a grassroots/nonprofit movement of people in local communities giving/getting stuff for free. Information: www.freecycle.org.

  • GODIVA CHOCOLATES - Get a free piece of Godiva Chocolate every month when you sign up for their Rewards Club. Information: www.godiva.com.

  • IHOP - Get a free meal now, plus one on your birthday, plus another on your first anniversary of joining IHOP's Pancake Revolution. Sign up online. Information: www.ihop.com/pancake-revolution.

  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) - Take MIT courses from home. Over 1900 courses are offered through the web in their open university program. No registration is required. Information: www.ocw.mit.edu.

  • OPERATION SAUCE DROP - Free gift box of specialty sauces to U.S. military with an APO or FPO address. See details at "Operation Sauce Drop" on website. Information: www.carolinasauce.com.

  • POLLY'S PIES - Get a free slice of pie plus cup of coffee for joining Polly's e-mail club. Information: www.pollyspies.com.

  • SEA WORLD - Admission to Sea World is free for active military and up to three dependents. Registration is required; see details on website. Information: www.herosalute.com or www.seaworld.com.

MOVIES

Some of the most popular free summer programs are the free outdoor summer movies offered by many cities or organizations. Most of the city-sponsored movies are "G" or "PG" rated family films. Some of this summer's movies include (with many more to come):

  • ARTESIA - Movies in the Park. Movies are screened at dusk at either Artesia Park, 18750 Clarkdale, or AJ Padelford Park, 11870 169th Street. Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Films will be: July 12 - Peter Rabbit at Artesia Park, July 18 - Coco at AJ Padelford Park after concert, July 19 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Artesia Park, August 2 - Book of Life at Artesia Park, August 9 - Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at Artesia Park, and August 15 - Jumanji at AJ Padelford Park after concert. Information: (562) 860-3361 or www.cityofartesia.us.

  • BELLFLOWER - Food and Flicks. Films are screened at dusk in the Town Center Plaza, 16521 Adenmoor Avenue. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Movies will be: July 6 - Despicable Me 3, July 20 - Justice League, August 3 - Coco, and August 17 - The Boss Baby. Information: (562) 804-1424 x 2261 or www.bellflower.org.

  • BUENA PARK - Friday Night Films at The Source, 6940 Beach Boulevard (at Orangethorpe). Movies are screened at 7 p.m. August films will be: Aug. 3 - Black Panther, Aug. 10 - Spiderman Homecoming, Aug. 17 - Avengers Infinity War, Aug. 24 - Rampage, and Aug. 31 - Justice League. Information: (714) 521-8858 or www.thesourceoc.com.

  • CERRITOS - Monday Night at the Movies. Popular family and animated classics are screened in Liberty Park, 19211 Studebaker Road, at 8:15 p.m. Movies are from July 9 - Aug. 13. Blankets only are allowed in the amphitheater. Snacks will be available for purchase. Movies will be: July 30 - The Incredibles, August 6 - Cars 3, and August 13 - Coco. Information: (562) 916-1254 or www.cerritos.us

  • COSTA MESA - Summer Time Movies in the Park. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. Films/parks will be: July 25 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Balearic Park, 1975 Balearic Drive, and August 22 - Despicable Me 3 at TeWinkle Park. Information: (714) 754-5300 or www.costamesaca.gov/recreation.

  • FOUNTAIN VALLEY - "Super Summer" Movies in the Park. Films screen at dusk at a different park each week. Films will be: August 7 - "The Incredibles" + National Night Out at the Fountain Valley Rec Center and Sports Park, August 17 - "Zootopia" at Los Alamos Park, August 24 - "Mulan" at Harper Park, and August 31 - "Trolls" at Vista View Park. Activities start at 6 p.m. Information: (714) 839-8611 or www.fountainvalley.org

  • GARDEN GROVE - Outdoor movie series. August 23 - Despicable Me 3 at the Atlantis Play Center. Activities start at 5:30 p.m., and the film screens at 8 p.m. Information: (714) 741-5200 or www.ggparksandrec.com

  • INGLEWOOD - Movies in the Park. All films begin at dusk; call movie hot line closer to date for film information. Movies will be: August 4 at Inglewood City Hall, One Manchester Boulevard, and August 18 at Edward Vincent Jr. Park, 700 Warren Lane. Information: (310) 412-8880 or www.cityofinglewood.org

  • LA HABRA - Summer Movies in the Park. Movies are at a different school or park for each screening; call or visit website for movie locations. Activities begin at 6 p.m. and films screen at dusk and will be: August 7 - The Incredibles at Portola Park, August 17 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Crossroads Church, and September 21 - The Star at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Information: (562) 383-4205 or www.lahabraca.gov.

  • LAKE FOREST - Movies in the Park. Movies are at dusk (with events beginning at 7:30 p.m.) at the Lake Forest Sports Park, 28000 Rancho Parkway, and will be: August 10 - Despicable Me 3, and August 24 - The Lion King. Information: (949) 461-3450 or www.lakeforestca.gov.

  • LONG BEACH - Movies in the Park. Movies are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in a different park each day with free popcorn. Upcoming films will be: Coco - July 30 at Admiral Kidd Park, August 1 at MacArthur Park and August 3 at Chavez Park; The Nut Job 2 - August 6 at Somerset Park, August 8 at Coolidge Park, and August 10 at Stearns Champions Park; Sherlock Gnomes - August 13 at Heartwell Park, August 15 at McBride Park, and August 17 at Scherer Park; A Wrinkle in Time - August 20 at Veterans Park and August 22 at El Dorado Park West. Visit Long Beach Parks website for park addresses. Information: (562) 570-3100, www.100daysofsummer.org or www.lbparks.org.

  • LONG BEACH - Be S.A.F.E. Movies in the Park sponsored by the Port of Long Beach. Movies are at dusk in a different park each week and upcoming films will be: August 2 - Spiderman: Homebound at Houghton Park, August 9 - Thor: Rangnarock at Orizaba Park, August 16 - Transformers: Last Knight at Ramona Park, and Black Panther screens August 21 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and August 23 at Silverado Park. See Long Beach Parks website for park addresses. Information: (562) 570-3100, www.100daysofsummer.org or www.lbparks.org.

  • LONG BEACH - Alfredo's Beach Club "Moonlight Movies on the Beach." Movies are screened at Granada Beach, Cherry Beach or Alamitos Beach, June 19 - August 21. Films will be: July 31 - Jaws at Granada Beach, August 7 - Mary Poppins at Granada Beach, August 9 - The Lion King at Alamitos Beach, August 14 - Weird Science at Granada Beach, and August 21 - The Karate Kid (Original Version) at Granada Beach. Information: www.alfredosbeachclub.com.

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Friday Night Flicks at Pershing Square. Movies are Fridays at 8 in Pershing Square, Olive/5th Streets. Summer schedule will be: August 3 - Top Gun, August 10 - Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and August 17 - Clueless. Lawn seating; dogs on leashes OK. Information: (213) 847-4970 or www.laparks.org/pershingsquare.

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Outside the Box (Office) at USC. The current session of USC School of Cinematic Arts' ongoing weekly showcase of upcoming international, documentary and independent films continues through August 16. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public (unless otherwise noted), but they also are overbooked to ensure capacity. To subscribe to the mailing list for upcoming free screenings and events, e-mail the word "subscribe" to aago@cinema.usc.edu. To see the current schedule of screenings, visit the website listed. Information: http://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=27678.

  • LOS ANGELES (SILVER LAKE) - Silver Lake Picture Show. Movies screen on Thursdays at dusk at Sunset Triangle Plaza, 1523 Griffith Park Boulevard, and event is from 7:30 - 11 p.m. Upcoming films will be: August 2 - Remember the Titans, August 16 - Sister Act, August 30 - Get Out, and September 13 - Rush Hour. Information: www.silverlakepictureshow.com.

  • LOS ANGELES (SOUTH) - Summer Movie Nights at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. with movies screening at dusk in the Sears Bowl near Sears Automotive. Films will be: August 9 - Space Jam and August 30 - Love & Basketball. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza is located at 3650 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Information: (323) 290-6636 or www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com.

  • NEWPORT BEACH AREA/CRYSTAL COVE - Movie Nights on the Beach. The Crystal Cove Conservancy will host three different historic movies outside the Historic District's "Beaches" Film and Media Center. Movies screen at 8 p.m. outside cottage #13 and will be: August 2 - Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and August 16 - Casablanca (1942). The state park parking pass/day-use fee is $15. Information: (949) 376-6200 or www.crystalcove.org.

  • NORWALK - Family Movie Nights at Norwalk Park, 13000 Clarkdale Aveue. Films screen at dusk and will be: August 3 - Wonder Woman. Also, Friday Night Flicks with food trucks. Movies screen at dusk and will be: June 29 - Jumanji at Vista Verde Park, and August 17 - Transformers: The Last Knight on the City Hall Lawn. Information: (562) 929-5763, www.norwalkca.gov or www.ci.norwalk.ca.us.

  • ORANGE COUNTY PARKS - OC Parks Sunset Cinema (various OC locations). Activities begin at 6 p.m. and movies begin at sunset (about 8 p.m.) and will be: At Irvine Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange: July 27 - Zootopia and August 3 - The Karate Kid (1984); at Yorba Park, 7600 E. La Palma Avenue, Anaheim: August 10 - The Secret Life of Pets and August 17 - A League of Their Own (1992); at Laguna Niguel Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel: August 24 - Coco and August 31- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); and at Salt Creek Beach, 33333 S. PCH, Dana Point: September 7 - Moana and September 14 - Jaws (1975). See OC Parks website for directions and additional information. Information: www.ocparks.com or www.facebook.com/orangecountyparks

  • PLACENTIA - Movies in the Park. Films are screened Fridays at dusk at the Champions Sports Complex, 505 N. Jefferson. Movies will be: August 3 - Despicable Me 3, August 10 - Coco, August 17 - Cars 3, and August 24 - People's Choice (TBA). Information: (714) 993-8232 or www.placentia.org/movies.

  • SAN DIMAS - Movies in the Park. Remaining summer film will be: "Coco" on August 15. Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m. and films screen as dusk at the San Dimas Civic Center Park. Information: (909) 394-6230 or www.cityofsandimas.com.

  • SAN PEDRO - Movies Under the Guns on the Battleship Iowa. Films screen at 8 p.m. on the deck of the Battleship Iowa and will be: Seating is on a first-come basis and limited to 450 people. Bring chairs; no outside food allowed. Summer movies will be: August 17 - Guardians of the Galaxy and September 21 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Pacific Battleship Center is located at 250 S. Harbor Boulevard. Information: (877) 446-9261 or www.pacificbattleship.com.

  • SIERRA MADRE - Family Movie Fridays. Movies will screen at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Park Bandshell, 222 W. Sierra Madre at the Civic Center. Films wil be: August 10 - A Wrinkle in Time and August 17 - Coco. Information: (626) 355-5278 or www.cityofsierramadre.com.

  • SOUTH GATE - Movies in the Park. Movies will be shown at 8 p.m. at the South Gate Golf Course. Films will be: August 3 - Nut Job 2, August 10 - Coco, August 17 - The Power Rangers, August 24 - Jumanji, and August 31 - Wonder Woman. Information: (323) 563-5447 or www.cityofsouthgate.org.

  • TORRANCE - Movies in the Park. Movies will be screened at dusk. See city website for park addresses. Films will be: August 25 - Moana at Wilson Park. Information: (310) 618-2720 or www.torranceca.gov.

  • WEST LA - Movies on the Lawn at Stoner Park. Events are from 7 - 10 p.m., and films will be: August 3 - Iron Giant, August 10 - Tangled, August 17 - Black Panther, and August 24 - Coco, plus end-of-summer party before the show. Information: www.westlasawtelle.org or www.westlacommunitycoalition.org.

  • WHITTIER - Movie Nights at Parnell Park. Movies will be screened outdoors beginning at dusk at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. There will be a craft for kids prior to the movie, and films will be: August 4 - A Dog's Purpose and September 1 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Information: (562) 567-9450 or www.whittierrec.com.

  • WOODLAND HILLS - Movies on the Green at the Valley Cultural Center. Movies are Saturdays at dusk July 21 - August 18; pre-show entertainment begins at 7:15 p.m. Movies will be: August 4 - Grease, August 11 - Coco, and August 18 - Black Panther. Information: (818) 704-1358, (877) 704-FILM or www.valleycultural.org

  • YORBA LINDA - Movies in the Park. Movies screen at dusk in the park listed. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for seating. Films will be: August 18 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Mustang Fields, and September 15 - Despicable Me 3 at Hurless Barton Park. Information: (714) 961-7192 or www.yorbalindaca.gov

MUSEUMS

The following is a partial listing of free museum days. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events/open days prior to visiting the museum since free entry days and times may change periodically.

This Month or Summer Only

  • BLUE STAR MUSEUMS - Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Many museums nationwide offer free admission for active-duty military personnel and their families through the Labor Day weekend. Visit the website listed to find participating museums. Information: www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.

Ongoing

  • BOWERS MUSEUM - First Sunday of the month - family programs are generally from about 12:30 - 3 p.m. (see concert pages). Museum address is 2002 N. Main Street in Santa Ana. Please note: museum admission is no longer free during the first Sunday programs. Information: (714) 567-3100 or www.bowers.org

  • BROAD MUSEUM - The Broad is LA's new contemporary art museum. It is located in downtown Los Angeles on Grand Avenue next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The museum is closed on Monday; hours vary on other days of the week. Advanced tickets may be reserved online, or there is an onsite standby line each day for admission on a first-come basis. See website for additional details. Information: (213) 232-6250 or www.thebroad.org

  • CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM - Target Sundays are every second Sunday of the month. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live programs generally begin about 1 p.m. General admission to the museum is also free. Museum address is 600 State Drive in Exposition Park (Los Angeles Coliseum area). Information: (213) 744-2132, (213) 744-7432 or www.caamuseum.org

  • CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER - There is free admission to all permanent exhibition galleries at the California Science Center (excludes IMAX and special exhibits). The museum address is 700 Exposition Park Drive (Los Angeles Colisum area). Information: (323) 724-3623 or www.californiasciencecenter.org

  • CHINO YOUTH MUSEUM - The Chino Youth Museum offers Free First Friday programs from 3 - 5 p.m. Programs include art projects, snacks, time to explore the museum, exhibits and entertainment. Also for July, first 1000 people at Museum get in free. The museum is located at 13191 6th Street in Chino, one block north of the Chino Transit Center. Information: (909) 464-0499.

  • FIRE STATION/MUSEUM OPEN HOUSES - Two area historical fire stations offer free tours on Saturdays. In San Pedro, Old Fire Station 36 (located at 638 Beacon Street) is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. In Hollywood, Old Fire Station 27 is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both offer a variety of artifacts and exhibits. Information: (323) 464-2727 or www.lafdmuseum.org.

  • THE GETTY CENTER - Free admission; parking is $15, but $10 after 5 p.m. The museum does not require parking reservations. Off the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. There are a variety of art-related and storytelling activities for children and families, free programs, lectures and movies, and more. See the museum's calendar for listing of events and programs. Information: (310) 440-7300 or www.getty.edu

  • GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY - There is no admission charge to enter the observatory, but a fee for planetarium shows. Monthly public star parties offer the public a chance to try out telescopes and talk with amateur astronomers from 2 - 9:45 p.m. Check for upcoming star party dates. Information: (213) 473-0800 or www.griffithobservatory.org

  • HOMESTEAD MUSEUM - Free admissions and programs like behind-the-Scenes tours and children's storytelling hours. Some programs require reservations. The museum is at 15415 East Don Julian Road in the City of Industry. Information: (626) 968-8492 or www.homesteadmuseum.org.

  • HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - Free admission the first Thursday of every month. Tickets are required and reservations become available on the first date of the month prior to the visit (i.e. reservations for the first Thursday in August become available starting July 1). Reservations for free days fill up quickly. Also, check monthly schedules for free lectures and other presentations. Information: (626) 405-2100 or www.huntington.org

  • THE IRVINE MUSEUM OF ART - The Irvine Museum of Art is a small OC museum dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist period (1890 - 1930). 18881 Von Karman Street, Irvine, Ground Level. Admission policy had changed; admission is free now only for seniors, students and children. Information: (714) 476-2565 or http://www.irvinemuseum.org/

  • LA HABRA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - The Children's Museum at La Habra offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month for the Target Free Saturdays program. Check website for upcoming dates. Information: (562) 905-9793 or www.lahabracity.com/section.cfm?id=41.

  • LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART - Admission to the Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday. Museum address is 2300 East Ocean Boulevard. Information: (562) 439-2119 or www.lbma.org

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) - Admission to the museum's regular exhibits is free every second Tuesday of the month and to LA County residents with ID after 5 p.m., 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. A schedule of Target Free Holiday Mondays can also be found on the museum website, as well as information on other free lectures and performances. Information: (323) 857-6000 or www.lacma.org

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - BANK OF AMERICA "MUSEUMS ON US" PROGRAM - Over 70 museums nationwide are now offering free admission on the first weekend of every month for anyone showing a Bank of America check, ATM or credit card. Visit website for list of museums. Information: www.bankofamerica.com/museums.

  • MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA). Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art is free on Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m., 250 S. Grand Avenue. Information: www.moca.org.

  • THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART - LONG BEACH Free Target Sundays programs include special activities each month with a variety of family-oriented art workshops and/or music. Address is 628 Alamitos Avenue. Information: (562) 437-1689 or www.molaa.org/

  • NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard at Exposition Park in the downtown Los Angeles/USC campus vicinity, offers free museum admission every first Tuesday of the month. Information: (213) 763-3466 or www.nhm.org

  • NORTON SIMON MUSEUM - The Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, offers free admission from 6 - 9 p.m. on every first Friday of the month. Information: (626) 449-6840 or www.nortonsimon.org

  • ONTARIO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART - The Museum is located in the Historic Old City Hall Building, 225 South Euclid. Hours are noon - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free. Also a variety of art and public programs. Information: (909) 983-3198 or www.ci.ontario.ca.us

  • ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART - The Orange County Museum of Art offers free admission on Fridays. There also are Target Free Second Saturday programs with free admission and family-friendly activities. The Museum is located at 850 San Clemente Drive near the Fashion Island shopping center. Information: (949) 759-1122 or www.ocma.net

  • PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS - The Page Museum allows visitors to watch fossil excavation and assembly and has interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Free admission day is the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August). The museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 934-7243 or www.tarpits.org

  • SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER - The Skirball Cultural Center is open with free admission every Thursday, and also a variety of both free and fee performances and activities. Includes Passport Screenings of films one Saturday per month. The Center is located off the 405 Freeway at the Skirball Drive exit. Information: (310) 440-4500 or www.skirball.org

  • SOUTHWEST MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN - The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, part of the Autry Museum system, is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m on Saturdays. The Museum is located in the Mt. Washington area at 234 Museum Drive. Information: (323) 667-2000 or www.theautry.org

  • UCLA FOWLER MUSEUM - The museum regularly offers free admission and a variety of free music, film and art-related programs. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus. Information: (310) 825-4361 or http://www.fowler.ucla.edu

  • UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM The museum offers a wide selection of lectures, poetry readings, music and other programs and performances. See the event calendar on museum website for a full schedule of events. 10899 Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

NATURE CENTERS/PROGRAMS/EVENTS

  • CHINO BASIN WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT LANDSCAPE WORKSHOPS - Want to create a beautiful landscape AND save water? Attend one of the free landscape workshops offered by the Chino Basin Water Conservation District. Register at the website listed. Upcoming workshops will be: August 4 - DIY Landscape Design, and August 25 - Irrigation Basics. Information: (909) 626-2711 or www.cbwcd.org

  • GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY STAR PARTIES (LOS ANGELES) - Look through a large variety of telescopes to view stars, moon and planets, and talk to amateur astronomers. Monthly free star party events take place from 2 - 9:45 p.m. This summer's star parties will be on June 23, July 21, August 18 and September 15. Admission to the Observatory grounds and building is also always free (with a fee for shows in the Planetarium). Information: (213) 473-0800 or www.griffithobservatory.org

  • IRVINE RANCH CONSERVANCY ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS - The Irvine Ranch Conservatory and the City of Irvine offer a variety of free hiking, mountain biking, and interpretive programs as well as wilderness access days in Bommer Canyon, Hicks Canyon, Quail Hill Trail Head and other areas. Though many are free, advance registration is required. Register at website listed. Information: (949) 724-6610 or www.letsgooutside.org.

  • LOS ANGELES ARBORETUM - The Los Angeles Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, offers free admission every third Tuesday of the month. Trams are not available on this day. See website for details. Information: (626) 821-3222 or www.arboretum.org

  • ROGERS GARDENS, COSTA MESA - Free weekend gardening lectures most months. Ongoing; variety of topics. Information: (949) 640-5800 or www.rogersgardens.com.

  • TORRANCE/MADRONA MARSH PROGRAMS - Nature Walks are every fourth weekend of the month on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. - noon. Explore the preserve with a trained docent. Also Audobon Bird Walks every 4th Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m., plus special lectures, classes, habitat restoration opportunities and more. The Madrona Marsh Nature Center is located at 3201 Plaza Del Amo. Information: (310) 782-3989, www.torraceca.gov or www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com

  • VARIOUS LOCATIONS - NATIONAL PARKS - A free annual pass is available from the National Parks System to all active duty military personnel with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173). The pass admits owners and accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to three additional adults at sites that charge per person. Also, all National Parks will have free admission to the public for National Public Lands Day on September 22. Information: www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm, or go to "Stores" at www.store.usgs.gov.

SENIORS

  • LA MIRADA - At The Movies - A program for older adults with movie screenings at 12:30 on Thursdays in the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard. Call phone number listed for movie schedule; free popcorn served. Also, free weekly open play card games, at La Mirada Activity Center. Information: (562) 902-3160 or http://www.cityoflamirada.org.

  • LA VERNE - Senior Seminar Series - Every 4th Wednesday of the month at the La Verne Community Center. Classes are open to all and generally last 30 - 60 minutes. RSVP requested to phone number listed. Upcoming seminars will be: July 25 - Medicare Education by HealthNet at 9:30 a.m., August 22 - Long Term Care Insurance by Bankers Life at 9:30 a.m., and September 26 - Medicare 101 at 2 p.m. Information: (909) 596-8776 or http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us.

  • LAKE FOREST - Clubhouse for Seniors - The Clubhouse is a place for card games, board games, exercise classes, craft classes and more. There is BINGO and a free hot lunch provided every Thursday. Programs take place Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Lake Forest Community Center, 25550 Commercentre Drive. On Thursdays BINGO is at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Information: (949) 461-3450 or http://www.lakeforestca.gov.

SHAKESPEARE/THEATER/PERFORMING ARTS/MUSIC

  • ANAHEIM: PEARSON PARK AMPHITHEATRE. Anaheim residents who are veterans or active duty military are eligible to receive a complimentary pass for themselves and up to three guests for the Summer Family Shows at the Pearson Park Amphitheatre. To receive the pass, Anaheim residents must show an Active Duty Service Card or veterans ID at the box office. See website for summer show calendar and facility information. Information: (714) 765-5191 or www.anaheim.net/pearsontheatre.

  • BEVERLY HILLS: PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA. Leonard Bernstein: A Centennial Celebration with selected television work from the Paley Archive. As part of the Bernstein at 100 international celebration of the legendary American composer and conductor, the Paley Center will be screening a selection of historic broadcasts, including Bernstein's television conducting debut and other rarities (many of which are not available commercially). Screenings will take place August 5, 12, 19 and 26 between 12:15 and 5 p.m. at the Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive. See website for full schedule of programming. Information: (310) 786-1000 or www.paleycenter.org.

  • INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AT GRIFFITH PARK. Performances of Midsummer Night's Dream (June 30 - July 22; also Aug. 5, 8, 12, 18, 22, 26, 31 and Sept. 1) and Titus Andronicus (July 28 - September 2) will take place in Griffith Park Thursday through Sunday (and some Wednesdays) from June 30 - September 2 at 7 p.m. No reservations necessary. See website for full schedule and directions to performance area. Information: (818) 710-6306 or www.iscla.org.

  • LONG BEACH - KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND (TURN)TABLE. Knights of the Round (Turn)Table is a new monthly event modeled after a book club. Each month a different historically significant album is chosen, and participants listen to both sides and discuss it. Back in the day, people used to listen to the records while staring at the album artwork and liner notes. The programs seek to recreate this experience in the company of other music lovers. The August album selection and date TBA. The event will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (listed in some places as 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) in the Linden Lounge at the Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Avenue. Leading the discussion will be Chris Schlarb of Big Ego records. Information: (562) 595-0081 or www.bixbyknollsinfo.com.

  • LONG BEACH - SHAKESPEARE ALOUD. "Shakespeare Aloud." Each month Shakespeare Aloud hosts readings of Shakespeare's plays. Community members are invited to participate as readers or audience members. Readings take place at 10:45 a.m. in the CSULB Theatre Arts Department Arts Building, corner of 7th Street and East Campus Drive. Capacity is limited, and reservations are required. Upcoming reading will be: July 7 - Coriolanus Acts I, II, and III, July 21 - Coriolanus, Acts IV and V, August 4 - Cymbeline, Acts I, II, and III, and August 18 - Cymbeline, Acts IV and V. Information: (562) 985-7000 or www.carpenterarts.org/artsforlife.

  • SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA - PERFORMANCES OF THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR AND THE WINTER'S TALE. Performances will take place this year in the following cities: San Pedro, Aliso Viejo, Beverly Hills, Carson, Encino, Hermosa Beach, La Mirada, Laguna Niguel, Lakewood, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rossmoor, Rowland Heights, San Pedro, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, South Pasadena, Torrance, and Whittier. Performances will be from June 14 to August 18; June performances are in San Pedro only. For a list of other dates and locations, visit the website. Information: (310) 217-7596 or www.shakespearebythesea.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS/OTHER

  • IRVINE - Activities at the Orange County Great Park. - The Orange County Great Park offers movies, garden workshops, lectures, concerts and a variety of activities on an ongoing basis. Movies will be listed above; see website calendar for other information. The OCGP is located off the 5 Freeway at the Sand Canyon exit. Information: (949) 724-7404 or www.ocgp.org.

  • LONG BEACH - Long Beach Sea Festival. Variety of events through the end of August include sports competitions, concerts (will be included in listings), festivals and more. Some events free, others fee. Visit website(s) for a full list of activities. Information: (562) 426-7670, www.100daysofsummer.org or www.longbeachseafestival.com, and (562) 434-1542 or www.alfredosbeachclub.com.

  • SANTA MONICA - Beach=Culture Events/Performances at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway at Beach Coast Way. The Beach=Culture programs take place on varying nights and reservations are required. Events with music will be included in the listings; there are also poetry readings, docent tours, photography exhibits and more. Most events required ticket or reservation. Check for current schedules and parking fees. Information: (310) 458-4904 or http://beachhouse.smgov.net.

SPORTS/RECREATION/DANCE

  • ANAHEIM - Yoga at the Farmers Market. The Sunday farmers market at the Packing District offers a free yoga class from 10 - 11 a.m. The market is located at Farmers Park, 400 S. Anaheim Boulevard. Information: (714) 956-3586, www.downtownanaheim.com or www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com.

  • BEACH CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT (MANHATTAN BEACH/REDONDO BEACH) - Free Summer Fitness Classes. The summer free fitness series will include Mindful Yoga, a hybrid class incorporating restorative yoga practices and mindful techniques, and Zumba. Mindful Yoga takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 2, 9, 16 and 23. Zumba will take place at Alta Vista Park in Redondo Beach on August 6, 13, 20 and 27. Registration is required and can be done online or on site. Information: www.bchd.org/freefitness.

  • BUENA PARK - Dance Classes at The Source. Dance classes by RICA are every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6 - 6:30 p.m. in the first floor step plaza. Classes through Aug. 30 are Kids' Dance Fitness, and beginning September 4 will be Dance and Freestyle. The Source OC is located at Beach Boulevard and Orangethorpe in Buena Park. Information: www.thesourceoc.com or www.facebook.com/thesourceoc.

  • GLENDALE - Yoga on the Green. Lululemon Athletica presents free yoga classes every Thursday from 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on the Green at Americana at Brand (Brand/Harvard). There is also a yoga class for kids (3 - 6 years old) on Wednesdays from 11 - 11:45 a.m. Information: (818) 637-8982 or www.americanatbrand.com.

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICNITY) - Boot Camp Classes at Grand Park. Grand Park will be hosting a free boot camp class on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. through September. The class is open to everyone and all fitness levels, and it will be held on the event lawn between Spring Street and Broadway. Information: www.grandparkla.org.

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - The World ITOTIA Festival. The dance festival featuring dances from around the world will take place on August 19 from noon - 3 p.m. at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main Street. Confirmed dance companies include Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo, Global Motion World Dance Company, Santa Monica College, Souly Dance Arts, Ballet Fundadores de Puebla and Halau Keali'l O Nalani Hula. Free to watch. Information: (888) 488-8083 or www.lapca.org.

  • LOS ANGELES (SOUTH) - Zumba and Cardio Kick Classes. Free Zumba and Cardio Kick classes are offered at Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Classes have size limits; check website for current schedules. Information: (323) 290-6636 or www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com.

  • ORANGE COUNTY (VARIOUS LOCATIONS) - Free Bike Classes. Learn the rules of the road and how to fix your bike at free classes offered by the OCTA. Remaining classes will be held on Saturdays in the following locations - Fullerton on Aug. 11, Yorba Linda on Aug. 18, Fountain Valley on Aug. 25, Westminster on Sept. 1, Irvine on Sept. 8 and San Clemente on Sept. 15. Make a reservation for a specific classs via Eventbrite. For reservations, click the link toward the top of the page at the website listed. Information: www.octa.net/bike/overview.

  • RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Yoga on the Green. Yoga classes are offered every Thursday morning from 9- 10 a.m. in Chaffey Town Square at Victoria Gardens, 12505 North Mainstreet. Information: (909) 463-2830 or www.victoriagardensie.com.

  • REDONDO BEACH - Yoga at the Pier. The Redondo Beach Pier offers a free yoga class every second Saturday of the month from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Octagon. Information: www.redondopier.com.

  • SANTA MONICA - Roga at the Pier. Roga, an 8 a.m. run and 9 a.m. yoga, returns to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday mornings from July 14 - August 18. The warm-up run is a 2 mile or 5 mile run along the beach, and yoga takes place at the far west end of the Pier. See website for additional/instructor information. Information: www.santamonicapier.org/roga.

     

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