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Circus and Two Concerts Slated at Long Beach El Dorado Parks

August 29, 1987|ELLEN MELINKOFF

Long Beach's East and West El Dorado parks will hold family celebrations this weekend, timed so people can make the two-mile drive west to east at the appropriate time without missing a thing.

Circus in the Park is a two-day event at the Willow Grove picnic area in El Dorado West Park, 2800 Studebaker Road. Acrobats, jugglers and mimes will roam the realm from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Children can have their faces painted and try for prizes at the game booths.

The Pickle Family Circus will perform both days at noon and 3 p.m. This small, old-fashioned circus has a band but no animals--it's like a carnivalesque vaudeville troupe and is especially suitable for young children.

On Sunday (only) it's the KLON Children's Blues Festival, with shows starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Everything is free except the food and the Pickle Family Circus, which is $7 for adults, $4 for children. Parking is free.

The fifth annual Great American Picnic is really a concert on the grass at El Dorado East Regional Park, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and starring Nancy Wilson and the Long Beach Municipal Band. Families are encouraged to come as early as two hours before show time to spread a blanket and enjoy a leisurely picnic dinner. The concert will be at the archery range, site of the 1984 Olympic archery competition. It's free but there's a $3 parking fee. Information: (213) 421-9431, Ext. 3150.

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