David Mendez

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Riviera Village Summer Festival

The Riviera Village Summer Festival returns for its 41st year on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.

The two-day festival will feature over 300 arts and craft booths and exhibitors, as well as a food court, carnival games, and rides.

Two live entertainment stages will be rocking throughout the festival. The main stage, at Avenue I and Catalina Avenue, adjoins the beer and wine garden, for ages 21 and up. The community stage, at Catalina Avenue and Elena Avenue, will have all-ages entertainment.

Local non-profit group Keeps the Esplanade Beautiful is among the festival’s exhibitors and will lead-free Butterfly Walks during the entire two-day event to observe the endangered El Segundo blue butterfly and other inhabitants of the beach bluff just steps from the sidewalk.

Keep the Esplanade President Ann Dalkey says “Our new non-profit status is giving us the opportunity to build our programs for providing positive advocacy for our Esplanade so that everyone will always have a lovely setting for enjoying the Esplanade and its environs.”

The event is free. For more information on performers and a map of the area, visit rvsummerfestival.com.

Registration still open for Swim the Avenues

The First Annual Redondo Beach Open Water Swim takes place on Sunday, July 15, featuring both one mile and half-mile races, in both wet-suit and non-wet-suit categories.

The event is considered an official qualifying race for the Manhattan Beach Pier to Pier Swim.

Awards will be given to the top five overall in the One Mile Swim, the top three for each age group in the One Mile and Half-Mile swims, and each finisher will receive a t-shirt.

Online registration closes at noon on Friday, July 13, 2018, costing $50 for the One Mile race and $40 for the half-mile race.

For more information, visit villagerunner.com/swim-the-avenues.

Redondo Beach Art Group hosts Summertime Art Fair

This Saturday, June 23, the Redondo Beach Art Group is hosting the Summertime Art Fair and Exhibition, on the shared patio of the Greenstreet Commercial Center

The fair and exhibition will collect works from local artists, and will include a free art workshop “for people of all ages.”

Attendees will also be given discount coupons to nearby cafe Roman Aroma.

The Summertime Art Fair and Exhibition runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GreenStreet Commercial Center, 901-903 N. Catalina Avenue.

For more information about the Redondo Beach Art Group, visit facebook.com/RBArtGroup.

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