Monthly Archives: July 2010

PHOTOS: Whale watching, and listening, off the coast


A blue whale takes a dive off the Palos Verde Peninsula in Southern California on July 28, 2010. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth. The Aquarium of the Pacific is debuting it’s new whale-listening device on its daily boat excursions to go with its Whales: Voices in the Sea exhibit. A new whale-listening device onboard allowing the public to listen to the blue whales and dolphins as they see them. This exhibit update has been made possible by the Pacific Life Foundation, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the NOAA Fisheries Service and was developed by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with the Aquarium of the Pacific. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: The Port of Long Beach


LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Crane operator Ted Thangan loads empty containers on to a ship at the Long Beach Container Terminal in Port of Long Beach (Calif.) on July 15, 2010.

The Port of Long Beach showed vast growth by handling 520,100 shipments in June 2010, a 25.8 percent increase from June 2009, Imports were up 27 percent and exports were up 1.8 percent. Year-over-year figures reflect an overall 19.8 percent increase in shipments coming through Long Beach during the first six months of 2010. See more pictures>>

PHOTO: The Lakewood Project


Tom Johnson with his photo catalogue called the “Lakewood Project”. The show is part of Phantom Galleries LA at 350 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, Calif. The Phantom Galleries make use of empty store fronts to showcase artwork. His work will be on display from July 17 – Aug 2. Johnson was raised in Lakewood, Calif.

PHOTOS: Acres of Books… and crates


Customers search for the perfect fruit crate to cart away their books during Acres of Books’ last hurrah in Long Beach, Calif. on July 10, 2010. The ArtExchange, who now owns the iconic Long Beach building, reopened the Acres of Books building Saturday for a fundraiser involving the bookstore’s leftover inventory of 30,000 books and 1,500 vintage fruit crates. For $25, visitors were able to choose a crate and fill it to the brim with books. Alex Salto, executive director of the ArtExchange estimated the crowd to be between 600 and 700 people.

The fruit crates, some dating back to 1900, were used to haul books to their Long Beach Blvd. location when Acres of Books moved in 1960. The crates served as shelving in the store until it closed in 2008.

In its long history Acres of Books has served clientele such as Jack Vance, Upton Sinclair, Stan Freberg, Gary Owens, James Hilton, Greg Bear, Tim Powers, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Paul Schrader, Fran Lebowitz, Robert Easton, Eli Wallach, Diane Keaton and most notably Ray Bradbury, who immortalized the bookstore in an essay entitled “I Sing The Bookstore Eclectic”. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Hyundai Hope on Wheels


Abby Dettelbach reacts before putting handprints on a Hyundai Santa Fe during the Hyundai Hope on Wheels event at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. on July 7, 2010. Hyundai gave $40,000 to the hospital for pediatric cancer research. Young patients at the hospital also got to put their handprints on a Hyundai Santa Fe. Dettelbach was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor when she was two years-old. Her tumor was removed and the cancer has not returned. Wilms’ tumor, a rare type of kidney cancer that affects children. It causes a tumor on one or both kidneys.

From the press release: Hyundai Hope on Wheels is the united effort of all 780 Hyundai dealers across the U.S. to raise awareness about childhood cancer and celebrate the lives of children battling the disease. Hyundai Hope on Wheels has donated more than $14 million to childhood cancer research since 1998, when it began as a local initiative supported by New England-area Hyundai dealers. Every time a new Hyundai vehicle is sold in the U.S. $5 is donated to Hope on Wheels, which donates those funds to children’s hospitals across the country during the Hope on Wheels Tour. This year’s tour will travel to more than 40 children’s hospitals and donate $2.1 million to support doctors engaged in childhood cancer research, making 2010 the largest single year of donations in the organization’s history. See more pictures>>