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Rumba Ready

Get ready to rumba at the Hotel Maya’s Latin American Dance Festival coming up next Friday through Sunday, March 1-3.

Dance lessons by celebrity instructor and dance champion Jackie Rios are part of the festivities taking place in Fuego, the Latin-themed restaurant at the hotel. Friday will focus on tango; Saturday on samba and rumba; and Sunday will include a spicy salsa brunch.

“Our unique Mayan-themed setting and Latin infused cuisine paired with the beats and movement of Latin dance will be a wonderful immersive cultural experience for our guests and locals alike,” according to Jason Cervantes, director of restaurants at Hotel Maya — a Doubletree by Hilton.

For reservations, the dance schedule and pricing information, call (562) 481-3910 or follow Fuego Long Beach on Facebook.

Play Nice Art

A new vintage sporting goods boutique, Play Nice LBC, which opened in September, is debuting its own in-store gallery space.

A collection of photographs called “The Girl With The Lost Film” by the artist XIOUPING will get things started tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 22, at 1029 E. Fourth St. The gallery opening will take place from noon to 6 p.m., with live entertainment, food trucks and more.

Business co-founder Ryan Hoyle said providing a gallery space for local artists has always been part of the plan for Play Nice LBC, which specializes in vintage sports apparel and a curated collection of sports memorabilia, including jerseys, lapel pins, footwear and more for buy, sell or trade. The store also features a meeting space for a variety of planned public events.

Visit Play Nice at 1029 E. Fourth St.

Port Report

January cargo container traffic at the Port of Long Beach slid down slightly, compared to the record-month reported the previous year.

In the first month of 2019, dockworkers handled 657,286 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs, the standard cargo measurement). That was a 0.1% decrease compared to the port’s all-time January record set in 2018, which was the busiest year on record. Imports totaled 323,838 TEUs, down 0.3%; exports tallied 2.7% lower at 117,288 TEUs; and the number of empty containers shipped overseas rose 1.6% to 216,160 TEUs.

“While it will be a challenge to top last year, when we moved the most cargo in our 108-year history, we do anticipate modest growth in 2019,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Tracy Egoscue.

Monthly cargo numbers are available at POLB.com/stats.

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