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Cool Treat

Summer’s official start is this weekend, and Long Beach’s Southland Credit Union is celebrating the season with free treats Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25, the bank is offering scoops of ice cream from Recess food truck at 2250 N. Bellflower Blvd.

The Memorial Day Weekend giveaways also include beach toys, sunscreen, lip balm and beach totes filled with summer essentials.

Southland Credit Union officials said the event is part of the organization’s commitment to giving back to the community it serves.

Taste Downtown

Kitchens in the East Village are heating up for the summertime return of Taste of Downtown.

In its 12th year, the Taste of Downtown culinary sample series — hosted by the Downtown Long Beach Alliance — will get cooking in the East Village (May 29-30), followed by Pine Avenue and The Promenade (June 26-27), and finish at The Waterfront (Aug. 28-29).

“Downtown Long Beach has so many culinary treasures to be proud of, and we are excited to once again offer a fun way for locals and food enthusiasts from across the region to enjoy them,” DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian said.

Each evening, Taste of Downtown happens from 6 to 10 p.m.

Admission is free, and signature dishes from local eateries will be available to taste in exchange for $1 tasting tickets available for purchase in advance or during the event. Early bird specials are available online now at

Port Awards

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently awarded 153 sponsorships totaling $419,060 in its spring call to advance local charitable causes.

Since 2007, the Port of Long Beach has provided more than $9 million to the community through its twice-annual sponsorship program, supporting community events and projects. Application periods are open in the spring and fall.

For the 2019 fiscal year that began Oct. 1, the board approved a $1 million budget for the program.

“The port is honored to be in a position to help local organizations support vibrant programs and beneficial projects throughout our community,” Harbor Commission President Tracy Egoscue said. “The sponsorships are just another way the port sustains our commitment to the city of Long Beach.”

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