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Best Of LA: Week Of August 4

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Summer isn't over yet. This week is full of great activities. From a s'more roasting bonfire to a family-friendly festival overlooking the ocean, summertime offers a variety of things to do. Consider a show at the outdoor Ford Amphitheatre or a sunset watching dinner with live entertainment.

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Monday, August 4Celebrate National Peach Month
Messhall Kitchen
4500 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6377

Celebrate the beginning of National Peach Month (August) at Messhall Kitchen where they are offering up sweet, tasty peach based specialties all month long. Try the Farmer Salad with grilled peaches, arugula, burrata, white balsamic, and foccacia or the Pork Chop with bourbon peach BBQ sauce, sides of cheddar grits and collard greens with ham hock. Ready for dessert? The Peach and Blue Corn Polenta Cake served with peach compote and raspberry ripple ice cream is sure to delight and a muddled peach and basil cocktail can round out any culinary peach desire.

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Tuesday, August 5
Tony's Darts Away
1710 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 253-1710

Enjoy a night out with good beer for a great cause. Tony's Darts Away and Golden Road Brewing are teaming up to support a special "Tuesdays at Tony's" event: Ales for ALS, a fundraiser for the research project dedicated to ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. A custom hop variety developed by Hop Breeding Co. will be utilized in a custom beer for this cause; each pint purchased will donate $1 to research for ALS.

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Wednesday, August 6Sunset Live! Waterfront Music Series
Whiskey Red's
13813 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-4522

This one-of-a- kind waterfront music series will take place on Wednesday nights from 7-10 p.m. and feature extended happy hour until the sun goes down - literally. Watch a perfect SoCal sunset on the harbor and listen to sounds of LA's best emerging singer/songwriters and bands under the stars. Guests can enjoy the sounds and bay front views from every seat in the house while enjoying their new summer menu.

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Thursday, August 7Evening Campfire
Temescal Gateway Park
15601 W. Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

This Thursday, take advantage of the last campfire of the season at Pacific Palisades' Temescal Gateway Park. The free nature program, located at Stone Amphitheater, lasts 1 & 1/2 hours and includes marshmallow roasting, campfire song singing, and a short program to celebrate the end of summer. It's the perfect chance to sit back and relax. And, who doesn't love a campfire?

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Friday, August 8The Echo One Acts 2014
Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave
Atwater Village, CA 90039
(310) 307-3753

For a night of world-premiere theater, head to the Atwater Village Theatre for The Echo One Acts 2014. Boasting six world premiere plays by hot American playwrights, all in a single evening, the event features a great lineup. The festival lineup includes "What Are You Doing On The Bed," by Shawna Casey; '"Say You, Say Me" By Lionel Richie,' written by Miki Johnson; "As We Sleep," by John Lavachielli; "Laileen On The Way Down," written by Jen Silverman; "The Optimist," by Brian Tanen; and "General Sherman's Hollow Body," written and directed by Wes Walker. Attend this great event for just $25.

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Saturday, August 9
"Forever Flamenco"
Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 461-3673

Join an all-star lineup of flemenco artists banding together to honor dancer/choreographer/teacher Roberto Amaral in a one-night performance at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood. Forever Flemenco at the Ford will feature passionate flamenco dance, music, and song. Reserved seating starts at $50; be sure to dress warmly for the outdoor weather. The event begins at 8:30 pm.

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Sunday, August 10
Summer Block Party
3835 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-7300

This Sunday, celebrate summer at the famed Malibu Country Mart as they host their 2nd annual Summer Block Party from 12pm to 3pm. The whole family can join in the fun too with a street fair full of nostalgic food, live music, and plenty of activities including face painting and a petting zoo for the kids. Adults can enjoy caricature portraits, Henna tattoos, and a mobile phone booth to capture your favorite moments from the day. Complimentary treat stations are offered including cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, snow cones, and ice cream.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.
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