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Things to do in Long Beach: outdoor movies, Juneteenth celebrations, a micro-gallery art crawl, and more!

If you haven’t had the feeling yet that summer is just around the corner (starting June 20 to be exact), then this list of outdoor film screenings, nature explorations and ‘summer kick-offs’ might help.

The first screening of the week will be “Finding Nemo” in Lincoln Park on Friday evening, followed by “Wish” in Silverado Park on Monday evening. If live theater is more your style, International City Theater will premiere “The Outsider,” a political satire, on Friday evening.

Soak up the sun and contribute to the community all at once during Willow Spring Park’s Restoration, even on Friday afternoon, or the Wetland Warrior Cleanup on Saturday morning. Local artists are also in the spotlight this week with a photography club meeting on Saturday morning, a micro-gallery art crawl on Saturday afternoon or an art workshop on Sunday.

Oranges grow at the Orange Avenue entrance to Willow Springs Park in Long Beach on September 28, 2021. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Friday 14/6

Restoration Friday: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Volunteers are needed to assist with native plant care and weeding at Willow Springs Park (2745 Orange Ave.). Volunteers are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle, comfortable shoes, and sunscreen. Free.

Kick-off youth summer: From 3 to 8 p.m., Long Beach youth can kick off summer with this resource and career fair at Future LB (508 W Willow St.). Participants can learn about local internships, community resources, and connect with youth-focused organizations. Free.

Movie in the park: 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM The public is invited to an outdoor screening of the animated film “Finding Nemo” in Lincoln Park (101 Pacific Ave.). Visitors are asked to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic food. The film starts at sunset. Free.

Live theater: 7:30 PM International City Theater (330 E Seaside Way) performs the play “The Outsider,” which tells the story of unlikely political candidate Ned Newley. General admission tickets cost $55 and can be purchased on the theater’s website.

Nigel Lifey opens the peach cobbler he ordered from The Cultured Soul food truck during the Long Beach Juneteenth event on June 18, 2021. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Saturday 6/15

Wetland warrior cleanup: 10am to 12pm. Volunteers are needed to clean up the Colorado Lagoon Marine Biological Reserve (5119 E. Colorado St.). Volunteers meet at the bicycle sheds along the Via Appia. Parking fees are waived for volunteers.

Photo club: 10am to 12pm. Photographers of all levels are invited to the Signal Hill Public Library (1800 E Hill St.) to share and discuss their work. Newcomers are asked to bring a USB stick containing five images that fall under this month’s lesson theme of ‘night photography’. This club is suitable for people aged 16 and over. Free.

June celebration: 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM This celebration of Black culture takes place at Rainbow Lagoon (400 East Shoreline Dr.), featuring a live DJ performance by Anderson .Paak, family-friendly activities, vendors, food and more. General admission tickets are sold out, but reserved seats can be purchased for $80 on Eventbrite.

Khmer story time: 11am to 12pm. Parents and guardians are invited to bring children of all ages to the Signal Hill Public Library (1800 E Hill St.) to enjoy Khmer stories, music and movements led by local company Khemara Kids. Free.

LB Micro-Gallery Art Crawl: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM The public is invited to visit these six micro art galleries around Long Beach during this unique community art event. Micro galleries participating in the art crawl include Gallery 17 (2483 Eucalyptus Ave.), Gallery 23 (2489 Eucalyptus Ave.), Gallery 30 (2543 Eucalyptus Ave.), Gallery 99 (3461 Woodruff Ave.), The Mantel Gallery (3539 ). Fanwood Ave.) and Black Box Micro Gallery (7119 E Metz St.). Various artists will exhibit their work in these small galleries. Free.

Condensation forms on a beer tap as beer is being tapped by bartender Michael on the first day of the first Long Beach Oktoberfest on Oct. 23, 2021. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Sunday 6/16

Father’s Day Beer Tasting: From 12:00 to 18:00. Those 21 and older are invited to bring their favorite dads to District Wine (144 Linden Ave.) for a special beer flight. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the company’s website. The beer flight costs $19.

Art workshop celebrating LGBTQ families: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Gay, bisexual and transgender fathers, as well as straight fathers with LGBTQ+ children, are invited to celebrate Father’s Day together during this art workshop at the Museum of Latin American Art (628 Alamitos Ave.). All materials are provided. The workshop is led by Polaris Castillo. Free.

LB Bottle Baby Brigade: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Cat lovers are invited to learn how bottle feeding and caring for newborn kittens works, as the current kitten season has brought a flood of kittens in need of care and homes. This workshop will be held at Long Beach Animal Care Services (7700 E Spring St.). Free.

An aerial view of the playground and gym at Silverado Park, which recently had a gate built around it for a planned winter shelter for people experiencing homelessness on Feb. 14, 2023. The city canceled plans for the shelter on Feb. 28 after public outcry. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Stand)

Monday 6/17

Family bingo evening: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM The public is invited to bring their friends and family to play bingo together at the Signal Hill Public Library (1800 E Hill St.). The winners receive prizes. This event is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Free.

Movie in the park: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM The public is invited to an outdoor screening of the animated film “Wish” at Silverado Park (1545 W 31st St.). The film starts at sunset. Visitors are asked to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic food. The film starts at sunset. Free.

A row of guitars showcasing work primarily by Jordan High School students and teachers at Flatline Gallery’s Ax of Art on Wednesday, July 28. (Karla M. Enriquez | Signal Tribune)

Tuesday 6/18

LB Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Local children are invited to touch, handle and try out various musical instruments at the Harte Neighborhood Library (1595 W. Willow St.). The event is intended to increase interest in playing music. Free.

Book Club: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM The public is invited to discuss the book “River Sing Me Home” by Eleanor Shearer at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (1401 E. Anaheim St.). While supplies last, copies of the book are available at the library. Free.

The neon lights and marquee of the Art Theater of Long Beach illuminate the sidewalks of 4th Street on February 28, 2023. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Wednesday 6/19

Baby story time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Infants, toddlers up to 2 years old and their caregivers are invited to the Signal Hill Public Library (1800 E. Hill St.) to enjoy storytime and playtime. Free.

Do-it-yourself craft club: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Children ages 8 and older are invited to make crafts at the Signal Hill Public Library (1800 E Hill St.). Children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials are provided. Free.

Film screening: 6:30 PM The Long Beach Art Theater (2025 E Fourth St.) invites the public to a screening of the film “Origin.” This biographical film follows the story of a woman as she travels the world to investigate the origins of caste in different societies. Free.

Protesters from the Long Beach African American Cultural Center play drums as they move along MLK Avenue during the annual MLK Day Parade on Jan. 13, 2024. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Thursday 6/20

Ocean Carnival: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM The public is invited to learn more about the ocean through activities, games and crafts at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.). Free.

Family Drum Circle: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Local families are invited to play African djembe drums while practicing rhythms and simple songs at the Signal Hill Public Library (1800 E Hill St.). Free.

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