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Venice Beach festival adds ray of relief in wake of shark attack and drowning

California beaches have gotten a bad rap this week. First a 40-yeqr-old man was bitten by a great white shark off Manhattan Beach and then a lifeguard was killed while trying to rescue a swimmer in Newport Beach. Let’s hope the worse is over—although shark spotting’s and possible attacks are expected to increase this summer.

Peaceful Venice Beach California
Courtesy Discover LA

Anyhow happier times are happening in Venice, California as Summerfest on Venice Beach kicks off July 26, 2014 bringing with it live music shows and delicious food to sample. This year it will be held for two days (Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) at Venice Beach’s Ocean Walk Front (1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA). The annual Festival attracts about 50,000 people, mostly families. Admission is free. Summerfest performers include the likes of Jimmy Jax Pinchak Bank, Eileen Carey, RandomNinjas and more than 60 bands and performers playing all day. About 200 plus exhibitors will strut their stuff. There’s also a Fun Kids Carnival, the Beer gardens and more. Vendors include unique arts and crafts, home improvement, jewelry, and environmental goods.

You can also give back by joining the walk for homeless youth with Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.). Safe Place for Youth’s mission is to inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time. Visitors can donate to help out the homeless youth and help their cause. Click on for more information.
Whatever you do this summer, if it includes ocean swimming, be careful out there. Never turn your back to the waves, swim in numbers and be vigilant. If lifeguards tell you to get out of the water, don’t think twice, get out. Be safe my friends and have a fun summer.

Check out the video of the Bieb biking around Venice Beach with a hot chick.

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