Los Angeles Free Friday

May 21, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Yes, it’s finally Friday.

After a hard week of work it’s time to have a little fun–free fun!

To be sure, you can always do the same old things you always do on the weekend, like visiting a local park, walking the Broadway Theatre Corridor, hiking Tamescal Canyon, playing volleyball at the beach, just relaxing at home watching TV or catching up on your latest reading.

Be that as it may, there’s several free events going on in town this weekend:

The Santa Monica Public Library is sponsoring two events this weekend:

To mark the first observance of Harvey Milk Day in the State of California, the Celebration Theatre Company of West Hollywood is showing a special staged reading of Patricia Loughrey’s play, Dear Harvey – A Play About Harvey Milk, on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010, at 3:00pm, at the Main Branch of the Santa Monica Public Library. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be released one hour prior to event in the library lobby. One ticket per person and each guest must be present to receive a ticket. Seating is first come, first served. No seating will take place after the performance has begun.

Featuring workshops on bike safety, bike repairs and maintenance; bicycle registration; demonstrations on locks, helmets, and other gear; crafts and bike parade for kids; and entertainment including a documentary, unicyclist, and a bike parade, the iCYCLE Bicycle Festival is a day-long event on Saturday, May 22nd. Bike Valet service will be available for those who arrive on two wheels. It will be held at these three libraries–the Main Branch at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. from 10am-4pm, the Fairview Branch at 201 Ocean Park Blvd. from 1-3pm, and the Montana Avenue Branch at 1704 Montana Ave. from 4-5pm.

After you get to check out iCYCLE, head over to Bikerowave, at 12255 Venice Blvd, for Bikeside Speaks, a lightning round of talks on current projects in bike activism, each of them followed by a Q&A session. Scheduled presenters include Sara Bond, Enci and Stephan Box, Ron Durgin, Jeremy Grant, and quite a few other speakers. Food and drinks will be provided. The event starts at 5pm, so come prepared with lots of questions about bikes.

If you’d like a bike ride before Bikeside Speaks, the Culver City Family Ride on Saturday, May 22nd from 10am-12pm, might be just the ticket. It will feature two great rides, an easy paced ride under 10 miles, and a faster paced ride of about 20 miles. Riders of all abilities are encouraged to participate. The Culver City Family Ride starts and ends at Veteran’s Memorial Park Children’s Playground, at 4117 Overland Blvd, in Culver City.

On Saturday from 4pm-6pm, the Pacific Asia Museum and the Dumpling Station truck celebrate an integral part of Asian culture as experienced through one of its main culinary staples-the dumpling. Featuring music, games, and a dumpling eating contest,  the Dumpling Festival in Pasadena, should prove to be a fun event for all. Come and enjoy fresh dumplings and drinks in the beautiful museum courtyard.  Admission to the Pacific Asia Museum is free during the event.

Are you tired of Zuma and Surfrider? Want to find and use the 20 miles of public beaches that are lined with private development? Los Angeles Urban Rangers equips you with the advanced skills necessary to find and use the Malibu public beaches legally and safely. Activities include signwatching, trailblazing the public-private boundary, and a public easement potluck. Sunday, May 23rd, The Last-Hurrah Malibu Public Beaches Safaris will hold its last event of the season. Three 1 1/2-hour free mini-safaris will take place at 9am, 11:30am, and 2pm, and start at the public beach access way, between 22140-22126 Pacific Coast Highway. Park on either side of PCH, and walk through the access way to the beach, or take the 534 PCH bus and get off at Carbon Canyon Rd.

If you’re not into biking or beach walking, how about a little Cuban music? On Sunday, May 23th, Echo Park Lake is playing host to the 16th Annual Cuban Music Festival. It is a celebration of “Día de la Independencia de Cuba” (Cuban Independence Day), which commemorates this Caribbean island’s freedom from Spain, on May 20, 1902. With live contagious Cuban music, a dance floor open to everyone, food, art vendors, they’ll be fun for all ages, including a Children’s Play Area. The Cuban Music Festival is open to everyone. It’s being held from 12-7pm.

Biking activities do seem to be the dominant activity this weekend, but with Bike to Work Week just past, it’s always good to get ready for next year.

Regardless of what activities you do this weekend, have fun and play safe.

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