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     As an "extra" for site visitors, this page lists a few other things you can get or do for free this summer. Art walks, movies, and outdoor theater are just a few of the events you'll find listed below. Some events/activities may be open only to residents of certain cities; call the venue listed for information if you are unsure. This will be a dynamic list, and it will be added to over the course of the summer as information is received. Your suggestions are also welcome. If you are aware of an event, activity or item that you think should be included on this page, please send an e-mail to 4dorothyb@dorothyswebsite.org. Be sure to include a reference phone number or web address! Thank you and enjoy the summer! (Latest Update: Sept. 21)


  • CLAREMONT - First Friday Art Walk. Every first Friday of the month from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Claremont Village. Art demos and live entertainment. Information: (909) 626-1147 or http://www.claremontchamber.org

  • LAGUNA BEACH - First Thursdays Art Walk. Every first Thursday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna. Information: (949) 497-0716 or http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com/

  • LONG BEACH - Last Saturday in the East Village Arts District and Second Saturday ArtWalk. Last Saturday and second Saturday of the month from 6 - 10 p.m. on Linden Avenue between 1st and Broadway. Information: http://www.lastsaturday.com/

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

  • MONROVIA - Summer Art Walk. July 1, August 5 and Sept. 2 from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. in Old Town Monrovia. Information: See links page

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


  • REDONDO BEACH - 2006 Rods, Rides and Relics Car Show will take place at the Redondo Beach Pier on September 24 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission. For further information visit www.redondopier.com


     Many cities offer free family movies. Some of these include:

  • BELLFLOWER - Movies Under the Stars in Town Center Plaza are shown every Friday from June 2 through September 8. Information: (562) 804-1424, x2268 or http://www.bellflower.org/

  • LA MIRADA - Family Saturdays at the Movies. Movies at 1 p.m. in the La Mirada Activity Center. Information: (562) 902-3160

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  • NEWPORT BEACH - Newport Dunes Summer Film Series. Weekends through September. Admission is free but parking is $10. Location: 1131 Back Bay Drive. Information: (949) 729-3863 or http://www.newportdunes.com

  • SANTA MONICA - Santa Monica Drive-In at the Pier. August 1 through September. See website for schedule. Information: (310) 458-8900, http://www.santamonicapier.org, or www.smff.com/smdi/films.html


  • BREA - Brea Jazz Festival. Fridays and Saturdays in September in Downtown Brea beginning September 8. Check the concert pages in September or visit www.breadowntown.com.


  • THE GETTY MUSEUM - Free admission; parking is $7. The museum no longer requires parking reservations. Off the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. Information: (310) 440-7300 or http://www.getty.edu/

  • 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. Information: (714) 476-2565 or http://www.irvinemuseum.org/

  • LONG BEACH - Free admission on Fridays to the Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean, (562) 439-2119/www.lbma.org and the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos, (562) 437-1689/www.molaa.com.

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) - Admission to the museum's regular exhibits is free every day after 5 p.m. and every second Tuesday of the month. 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Information: (323) 857-6000 or http://www.lacma.org/

  • OTHER FREE ADMISSION DAYS - First Tuesday of every month is free admission day at the Natural History Museum (900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, (213) 763-DINO) and the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, (323) 934-PAGE). Also in Exposition Park, the California Science Center is always free ((323) SCI-ENCE, or www.californiasciencecenter.org).

  • SECOND ANNUAL "MUSEUMS FREE FOR ALL" - On October 1, twenty museums in Los Angeles county will participate in a free-admission day (regular parking fees apply; does not apply to ticketed exhibitions). For a full list of museums and other details, visit www.museumsla.org.


  • ANAHEIM - OAK CANYON NATURE CENTER - The Oak Canyon Nature Center, located at 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, offers Wednesday "Nature Nights" beginning at 7 p.m. Information: (714) 998-8380 or www.anaheim.net.

  • BOLSA CHICA WETLANDS TOUR - First Saturday of the month, free tours by Amigos de Bolsa Chica. Tours 9 - 10:30 a.m. depart every 15 minutes. Meet at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve walk bridge on east side of Pacific Coast Highway between Warner and Seapoint. Information: (714) 840-1575 or http://www.amigosdebolsachica.org

  • IRVINE - OPEN SPACE PRESERVE AND IRVINE RANCH LAND RESERVE - A variety of activities are planned during the summer including a number of hikes and bike rides. Some are for a fee, but many are free. Access to the open space preserve is by guided hike only. Visit http://www.irvineranchlandreserve.org/activities for program listings. Other information: (949) 724-6610 or http://www.ci.irvine.ca.us/.




  • 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. Information: (562) 902-3160 or http://www.cityoflamirada.org.


  • 2ND ANNUAL SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL - The 2nd Annual Shakespeare Festival at the Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena, will be held September 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Performances of Hamlet will take place each night at 7 p.m. The Levitt Pavilion is in Memorial Park, Holly/N. Raymond. Information: (323) 253-1983 or http://www.crowncitytheater.com.

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