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Fall Class Registration Begins August 1

Registration for a variety of new and existing recreation classes offered by the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) begins Monday, Aug. 1. More than 700 activities in art, music, nature, fitness, special interest subjects, adult sports leagues and aquatics will begin in September and continue through November.

Residents can browse the fall classes in the latest issue of Recreation Connection, PRM’s programs catalog, at LBParks.org or at Long Beach park community centers and Long Beach Public Library branches.

In addition to fee-based classes, Recreation Connection lists free activities for families including youth sports leagues, teen centers and senior centers, supervised after school recreation programs, and much more.

“Within this issue of the Recreation Connection, residents can find opportunities for leisure classes, educational experiences, encounters with nature, and great health and fitness programs. Our sports programs are back in full gear for participants of all ages and skill levels,” said PRM Director Brent Dennis.

The new class additions for the fall include options for every age range, including:

Pre School

  • Preschool Cake Design (ages 2 years, 6 months to 6)
  • Parent & Me Pre-K Readiness (ages 3 to 5)
  • Tot Soccer (ages 3 to 5)

Youth

  • Mexican Folklórico Dance – Beginning (ages 5 to 9)
  • Exploring Instruments (ages 7 to 11)
  • D-Up Ballers Basketball (ages 7 to 15)

Teens

  • Ceramics Workshop (ages 16+)
  • B.L.A.S.T. Total Body Fitness (ages 16+)
  • Drawing Fundamentals – (ages 16+)
  • Online Drivers Education – (ages 14 to 18)

Adults

  • Oil Painting
  • Argentine Tango
  • Jujitsu

Adults Ages 50+

  • Senior Line Dancing
  • Chair Based Yoga
  • ZUMBA® Gold

Beginning Aug. 1, residents can register for classes online, in person or by mail:

Online: Register anytime on LB Reconnect.

By Mail: Send the completed registration form (page 55 in Recreation Connection) and payment to: City of Long Beach, 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90815. Please write address, phone number and class #(s) on the check.

In Person: Bring completed registration form and payment to the PRM Registration Reservations Office (2760 Studebaker Rd.) weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information call (562) 570-3111.

More information about PRM programs and offerings is available at LBParks.org.

St. Bart’s Ribs

Take Out Tuesday and Dine In Too at Naples Rib Company on Tuesday, Aug. 2. When it’s too hot to cook at home, Take Out to the rescue at Naples Rib Company or, enjoy a cool dine in. Call in orders for Take Out from 10 a.m. or to make reservations for dining in between 4 and 9 p.m. at (562) 439-7427.

Mention to your server that you support St. Bartholomew Church and Naples Rib Company will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the St. Bartholomew Women’s Council who then donates it to local charities.

Virtual Day Camp

Kids can dive into ocean learning through dance and movement, learn about whales and fish, and explore ocean habitats during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Summer Kids Club. The aquarium’s Online Academy is hosting free virtual programs during Summer Kids Club that pair ocean exploration with activities such as crafts, scavenger hunts, coloring pages and guided exploration with the aquarium’s exhibit live webcams to view animals.

You can join live and text in your questions and observations for an Aquarium educator to answer during the program. You can also watch on-demand and email your questions. No sign-ups are required, and participation is free.

During Summer Kids Club Pre-K and kindergarten-aged children can tune in at 9 a.m. each day for sessions that explore ocean life through dance and movement, shapes and colors, and making crafts. The 10 a.m. sessions will be geared toward kindergarten through second graders and feature classes on whales and fish. Third through fifth graders can tune in at 11 a.m. for the Tidepool Travelers and Colorful Coral Reef programs to explore these ocean habitats.

The half-hour online classes led by an aquarium educator will be offered each day for various grade levels and will take the place of the Online Academy that week. Summer Kids Club will include English-Spanish programming on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m., and the at-home activity for this day is in both languages.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug. 5 (30-minutes classes will be held at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. each weekday during the period / Spanish programming offered on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m.)

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website: pacific.to/onlineacademy

COST: Anyone can tune in for free (no RSVPs required)

INFO: (562) 590-3100 or visit pacific.to/onlineacademy

Pirate Invasion Returns

After an unavoidable hiatus due to the global pandemic, Pirate Invasion Long Beach returns at a larger venue with supercharged fan favorites including a larger VIP area, complete with private entertainment and unique libations, and interactive encampments with activities for every pirate in the family. All the skullduggery is scheduled for July 30-31, at Harry Bridges Memorial Park, 1126 Queens Highway.

All weekend long, pirates will be roaming the grassy seaside park while magical mermaids will be in their cove ready for photo opportunities, wandering entertainment acts, all new black powder and sword fighting shows, food/drink and merchandise vendors selling pirate booty from the seven seas, a fire show after dark, and much more. Hard rock, sea shanties, and folk music will accompany the pirate adventure all day as bands are slated on a revolving stage.

“There is not a moment at the event that some form of entertainment is not happening,” said Jesel Ortloff, owner of Alfredo’s Beach Club whose father Fred Khammar founded the event 15 years ago. “This annual event is a tradition for all southern California would-be pirates, and we are glad to be able to bring the swashbuckling fun back this year. There’s truly nothing else like it!”

“The Biggest Pirate Fest in the West” promises something for every age. Activities for the youngest mates includes face painting, inflatables, new games, and unique pirate goodies. For those interested in the history of pirates, there is an interactive pirate encampment as well as pirate battles twice a day with muskets, cannons, swords, and pistols. Come dressed in your best pirate regalia and enter the adult costume contest to name the Duke and Duchess of the Pirate Invasion.

For best pricing, purchase online: Ticket price for each day is $5 for kids 6-12, $10 for 13+, with a 20% discount on two-day passes. $75 for adult VIP one day pass available online at: https://ticketpro.io/pirateinvasion/pirate-invasion-2022

At the event: $10 for kids 6-12, $15 for 13+, and a 20% discount on two-day passes; $75 for adult VIP one day pass.

For more information and updates, visit the Pirate Invasion of Long Beach website: https://www.pirateinvasionlongbeach.com/.

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