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Enjoy the bounty of our area’s farms and learn more about how to grown and cook with them. Check out art exhibits of many different kinds. Kick back with food, music, and a movie. We’ve rounded up some fun and unexpected events to attend all over the Southland this week.

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Tuesday, May 22

One of LA’s best, The Torrance Farmer’s Market operates every Tuesday from 8:00am-1:00pm. A large variety of top quality produce is brought in each week by 60 California farmers. The market feature in season selections of locally grown fruits, nuts, vegetables, eggs, honey, baked goods, fish, cut flowers and nursery stock.

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Wednesday, May 23

In its final week, the My Little Pony Project 2012, is an art exhibition celebrating the characters made famous by the Hasbro toy line. My Little Pony has achieved cult status with male “Bronies” and female “Pegasisters” perhaps trying to recapture some of their youth. To be sure, the associated offerings are for all members of the family. Twenty-five notable artists have created their own one-of-a-kind painted MY LITTLE PONY 18-inch vinyl figures. The customized ponies will be available for sale during the run of the exhibition, ending May 26, 2012. Ten percent of the sales from the MY LITTLE PONY one-of-a-kind ponies will be donated to a children’s charity.

Open Daily
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Friday, May 25

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission: FREE

Every Friday at the Long Beach Museum of Art is free thanks to the LA County Arts Commission. Visit exhibits like “Small Expressions,” a celebration of fiber art. Also, find out what fiber art is. Dine oceanside at Claire’s. Stroll the ocean front gardens. The museum is kid-friendly, so stick a pin in this idea for the summer, too.

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Saturday, May 26

Kicking off this Saturday and continuing for 17 Saturdays through September 15, Eat/See/Hear brings together three fun things LA is known for: food trucks, movies and music. With the “largest widescreen west of the Mississippi”, attendees will get to watch favorite PG movies from the last 30 years such as The Goonies, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and this Saturday it’s Anchorman, The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Local bands will provide pre-show entertainment and a rotation of our city’s favorite food trucks will be on hand. LA is a big place and Eat/See/Hear knows that, so they will move to a different location every week. For location, time and what’s showing visit the schedule on their website.

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Join Macy’s for a day inspired by the Amazon Rainforest. Bring the kids for an interactive book reading, scavenger hunt, drum making workshop and be ready to catch the butterflies. Be the first 50 to purchase a $3 Brasil Pass for this exclusive day of activities and you’ll be helping the Amazon Rainforest conservation efforts. The event starts at 2:00 PM in Level 1 of the Men’s and Children’s Building.

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Sunday, May 27

Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost: Free with admission

Today is all about edibles! Meet the groups that are working locally to promote sustainable growing practices. Get tips from the Master Gardeners on how to grow your own organic food, take a tour of the Museum’s Edible Garden, and plant an herb of your own to take home.

Elizabeth Peterson is a Los Angeles blogger who writes Traded My BMW For a Minivan.