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For fun things to do this last half of July and all of August look below. The events run the gamut from art shows to reptile shows with a play or two thrown in the mix. Here’s the list by city:

Arcadia: 80 artists from the Pasadena and Altadena communities have gathered at Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden for a show entitled “The Nature of Sculpture”. Through August 1

626-821-3222 or www.arboretum.org

Redondo Beach:  every Thursday and Saturday , through September 5, live music will take place at the Redondo Beach Pier.

www.redondopier.com or facebook.com/redondopier

Culver City: July 18 and 19 the Obon Festival will be held at Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. The festival will showcase Japanese folk dancing and food

Long Beach: From July 18 and 19 Long beach is hosting the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival. Enjoy dragon boat competitions, acrobats, traditional music and ,of course, food all happening at Marine Stadium (626) 288-2888 www.lbdragonboat.com

Azusa:  August 1. This one is weird but oh so intriguing—White’s Funeral Home will be doing a Hearse & Reptile Show. Yep. You read that right.  Enjoy a hearse and emergency vehicle car show. Live entertainment (no pun intended) and a kids’ corner with reptile show. Only in California? White’s Funeral Home (626) 334-2921 www.whitesfuneralhome.com

Long Beach: Like quilts? Long Beach Armory will be displaying over 200 quilts as well as offering quilting classes, a quilters café and special exhibits. August 1 & 2. (562) 290-3242 www.quiltersbythesea.com

Santa Ana: August 2 watch the release of native butterfly out of the seasonal butterfly pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (909) 625-8767 www.rsabg.org

Encino: See a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Los Encinos State Historic Park at (310) 217-7596 www.shakespearebythesea.org

Los Angeles: A modern day play about our obsession with social media will be playing at the Odyssey Theatre from August 20 through October 11. Café Society performance dates can be found at www.plays411.com/cafe

Culver City: August 28 through August 30 Veterans park will be holding the Fiesta La Ballona festival which offers live music, food trucks, a beer and wine garden and artisan wares. (310) 253-6650 www.fiestalaballona.org