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Stroll, Savor Shore

Second Street’s summer-long Stroll & Savor series starts cooking next Wednesday and Thursday, May 15-16.

Giving attendees samples of the finest cuisine offered from more than 40 different participating restaurants in Belmont Shore, the event is hosted by the Belmont Shore Business Association.

Besides tastes from Shore restaurants, there’s always live entertainment as families, friends and dogs take part in Stroll & Savor.

To have a taste, the price is $10 for booklets of 12 food/drink tickets. Ticket books can be purchased in advance at The Beach on 2nd, Blue Windows, La Strada, Salon Soma, Shore Business Center and Sweet Jill’s. Same-day tickets are sold outside of Chase Bank.

Other Stroll & Savor events will take place June 19-20, July 17-18 and Aug. 21-22.

Fresh At Michael’s

Michael’s Downtown, a popular promenade restaurant since its opening in 2012, is in the midst of an extensive $75,000 patio renovation.

Representatives from Michael’s Restaurant Group, which operates several eateries in town, said the remodel will be complete in the next four weeks and will elevate the look of The Promenade.

New glass railings, landscaping, lighting, raised planters and large trees are all part of the improvements.

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Fair Trade Find

The fair trade movement is growing in this seaside city thanks to the opening of Fair Trade Long Beach at Parkview Village Shops.

A retail collective of ethically sourced and sustainable artisan crafts, the new business is celebrating the opening of its brick-and-mortar storefront at 4105 Bellflower Blvd. It’s already open, and a grand opening celebration is forthcoming with activities soon to be announced for Saturday, May 11 (which also happens to be World Fair Trade Day).

The collective features 20 vendors under one roof, with assurances from sellers that the artisans were paid fair prices for their products and labor, while also protecting the environment through sustainable practices.

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Airport Reopens

Catalina Island’s Airport in the Sky reopened Friday after being closed for three months of runway repair work.

The Catalina Island Conservancy hosted a grand reopening attended by members of the Marines and Seabees who did the work as part of a construction training exercise to prepare them for missions to remote destinations. The project was part of a partnership between the Conservancy and the Department of Defense.

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