Where to Watch March Madness in Long Beach CA

It is that time of year again!  No, not Spring, not the presidential primaries, it is MARCH MADNESS!  Whether you are a die hard fan or were convinced to enter the office pool (like 50 million other Americans), the Division 1 NCAA Tournament is a must see event!  So where will you be taking in the game near your Long Beach apartment.

Hooters is famous for their wings and yes, their wait staff, but they are also a great place to watch the NCAA March Madness.  From now until the end of the Men’s Tournament (April 4), they have a Busted Burger special.  Location: 71 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Tilted Kilt will be showcasing the tournament on their large TVs and plenty of tournament games on.  Location: 6575 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803

Legends – This sports bar mecca begins highlighting March Madness on March 15th and goes all the way throug the 4th of April on their many large screens.  This bar is a fun place to watch a game with other fans!  Location: 5236 East 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803

The Break Room – This rowdy dive bar has TVs and is a great spot for younger locals to catch a NCAA Game.  Location: 1920 W Willow Street,  Long Beach, CA 90810

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Long Beach Style

Are you looking for fun St. Patrick’s Day events near your Long Beach apartment? Check these out and soon you will be feeling the luck of the Irish.

Long Beach Irish Heritage Parade & Festival

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the annual Long Beach Irish Heritage Parade and Festival.  The parade goes for six blocks starting at Pine Avenue heading east to the Promenade.  The parade starts at 2:00 P.M., enjoy the festival at the Promenade Park.

Queen Mary Long Beach will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the Shamrock ‘N Roll event!  Enjoy music, contests, food and drink!  Tickets are $20 at the door and there are events all night long!

Check out this great lineup!

6:30pm RADIO DOMINGO – Royal Salon
7:00pm MCKINTREE BOYS – Queen’s Salon
7:45pm Luck O’ the Irish Trivia Contest – Royal Salon
8:15pm BELLES of BEDLAM – Royal Salon
8:30pm CALIFORNIA CELTS – Queen’s Salon
8:45pm RADIO DOMINGO – Royal Salon
10:00pm CRAIC HAUS – Queen’s Salon
10:00pm ShamRock Yer Noggin’ Trivia Contest – Royal Salon
11:15pm It’s Not Easy Being Green Contest – Royal Salon
11:30pm HOIST THE COLORS – Queen’s Salon



Celebrating the Oscars in Long Beach CA

So, you didn’t score an invitation to the 88th Annual Academy Awards and you didn’t win the lottery to watch the stars arrive on the Red Carpet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the Oscars!

The Oscars will air on ABC at 8:30 P.M. and the Red Carpet will air at 7:00 P.M., both on ABC and E!.  Invite some friends over to watch the big night or get all dressed up and attend an Oscar Viewing Party near your Long Beach apartment.

The Red Carpet Oscar Viewing Party at the Art Theatre in Long Beach is open to any one that makes a donation of $25.00 or more.  Located at 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA.  The event starts at 4:00 P.M. with a live viewing on the big screen and wine and champagne ready for purchase at the concession stand.

Get your tickets here.


Tips for Dealing with Construction Noise Near Your Apartment

You love your Long Beach apartment; the location, the interior it is all good and then one day, boom, it starts, and construction noise is ruining your once quiet oasis.  What can you do?

The city of Long Beach has a noise ordinance where you can report noise complaints.  Here is the link.

If the construction seems like a long-term project, you may want to consider making some changes within your apartment.

Such as:

  1. Purchase a white noise machine.
  2. Rearrange your furniture so that your bed or couch are furthest from the window.
  3. Purchase some inexpensive curtains that help with noise. Walmart has a large selection in a variety of colors and patterns.
  4. Purchase some noise blocking headsets. There is a large variety out there of varying sizes.

One good thing is that the construction will be gone and you will be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of your Long Beach apartment again.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day in Long Beach CA

Looking for something fun to do this Valentines Day in Long Beach, CA? Look no further. Long Beach provides a number of entertaining things to do with a loved one or close friends. Check out the Aquarium of the Pacific, a 5-acre site in Rainbow Harbor and get up-close and personal with the creatures of the sea. The swirling colors of these unique and exotic underwater beauties is not a sight to be missed. Though, if that’s a little too fishy for you, try a leisurely stroll through the beautiful greenery at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens. The romantic site is popular amongst couples and has hosted many a wedding over the years. Regular tours are held and will be available from noon-4pm this Valentines Day. If you’ve got a thing for museums, you might like to check out the Museum of Latin American Art and take in all of the history and culture it has to offer. This beautiful collection is dedicated solely to the modern and historical arts of Latin America and will be open from 11am to 5pm this Valentines. To end your night, check out The Long Beach Waterfront. It provides an excellent place for a late night stroll, with many dining options and places to see along your walk, with of course, its gorgeous view of the water.

Celebrating Super Bowl 50 Long Beach Style

It is Super Sunday and the matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos should be a great game. Not to mention the commercials and the ½ time show. If you are looking for a place near your Long Beach apartment to watch Super Bowl 50, we have a list of some good spots.

If you are wondering why the NFL isn’t using Roman numerals this year, it is because L is the Roman numeral for 50 and the NFL decided that it would be confusing to most.

Any way …

Claim Jumper will have happy hour all day long with $2.00 for Bottomless Chips and Salsa, a $7.00 for the Widow Maker Burger and premium draft beers are $4.00 a pint, and a selection of cocktails and wines at $4.00.

Location: 6501 East Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA

The Tilted Kilt, you know the sports bar with the Scottish theme and scantily clad servers, will have a $10.00 cover charge, which includes a free domestic draft. They have prizes and great appetizers.

Location: 6575 East Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA

Legends opens at 9:00 am for breakfast and has a $10 cover charge for the big game.  They have specials and a large projection screen TV to enjoy the game.

Location: 5236 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA

Malarkey’s annual Super Bowl Bash has an all-you-can-eat buffet, raffle prizes and specially priced beers.

Location: 168 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA

Where to Watch Super Bowl 50 in Sacramento

Maybe your favorite team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, but like millions you will want to catch the game, the commercials, and the half time show with Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars.

The game starts at 3:30 PST and will be aired on CBS.  You can watch the game at your Sacramento apartment or head out to watch the game at one of the local sports bars in the area.

Club Raven is a fun local sports bar with great specials, free popcorn, and friendly staff!

Location: 3246 J St, Sacramento, CA

Cheaters Sports Bar is another great place to catch the game and cheer on your favorite team.  This traditional bar will have great specials on Super Bowl Sunday. OK, insert Patriots joke here!

Location: 3221 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA

Cornterstone Restaurant is not your typical sports bar, but they are located only minutes from your Sacramento apartment and have football specials.  The crowd tends to be young and loud.  They will be busy this year, so get their early.

Location: 2326 J Street, Sacramento, CA

In nearby Folsom, Mark’s Sports Bar will be having a Super Bowl party with over six TVs, over 12 beers and a full bar. This is a fun spot to watch the game. If you aren’t a Panther or Bronco fan, you can play pool or video games!

 Location: 303 Iron Point Road, Folsom, CA

Fun Things To Do in Long Beach CA

Every now and again you just need to get out of your Long Beach apartment and enjoy all that this harbor city has to offer.

 If you love theater and a classic who-dunnit, then you will love Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap at the Long Beach Playhouse; 5021 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA

 Show Times: Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 P.M., Sunday, January, 31 at 2:00 P.M., Friday, February 5 at 8:00 P.M., Saturday, February 6 at 8:00 P.M., Sunday, February 7 at 2:00 P.M., Friday, February 12 at 8:00 P.M., and Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 P.M.

  If you like a little Luck of the Irish then head down to The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursdays from now until the end of March.  Located at 71 South Pine Street, Long Beach, CA.

 Haven’t been to a museum in a while?  Long Beach has some great museums with permanent and rotating exhibits, here are just a few:

Long Beach Museum of Art

2300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803

Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum

695 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

Tips to Get Your Security Deposit Back

Whether you are new to your Tampa apartment or thinking about moving out, it is never to early to start thinking about your security deposit.

Follow these tips to ensure that you get your security deposit back:

Read your lease before you sign it.

Yes, it is long and there is a lot of legal jargon, but sit down and read it. Ask questions and understand the terms of your lease; what you can and cannot do while living in your apartment and lease terms.

Walk through your apartment before moving in and document what you see.

Ask the landlord or property manager to walk through your apartment with you, take notes and discuss items with them. Even if you are not expecting them to be fixed you should document or take pictures of small deficiencies or repairs.

Follow the rules while you live there.

I know this seems obvious, but if your lease says no pets, you shouldn’t get one. If painting and making holes in the walls are against your lease, you should look for other ways to decorate. Use 3-com hooks to hang pictures, instead of painting, use a large picture or a room divider to add color. If your lease has a clause about sub-letting, you should think twice about listing your apartment in Airbnb or VRBO as it may violate your lease.

Give the appropriate notice in writing.

Your lease will detail the amount of time you need to give for your notice, be sure to follow the guidelines. Even if you are friendly with the management team, make sure that the notice is in writing and that it that management acknowledges the notice date in writing. An email is sufficient in most cases.

Clean your apartment before you turn in your keys.

The general rule is that you should leave your apartment in the same condition as you found it. Some leases refer to broom cleaned which in general means that you will remove all personal belongings, debris and trash and vacuum the carpets and/or sweep the floors. It is also a good idea to clean the kitchens and bathrooms thoroughly and wipe down all cabinets.

If you pay a cleaning service, keep the receipt and record of what they cleaned.

Walk through the apartment before you leave.

Just like the walk through you did when you moved in, experts suggest that you ask for a move-out walk through. This allows you to document and review items and allows you to discuss what items may hinder the return of your security deposit and give you time to correct them.

We suggest taking pictures as well.

Provide a forwarding address for your returned check.

In most states a landlord must return a security deposit within a certain amount of time (typically between 15 and 45 days). If the full amount is not returned, they MUST document these items. You have the right to dispute these charges. If you are depositing or cashing a check for a partial return, you should make sure that it does not say “Payment in Full”.

Follow these tips and you should have no problems getting all or part of your apartment security deposit returned.

Move Out Cleaning Check List

When you sign a lease, they require you to put down a security deposit. This protects the landlord or property manager from damages that may occur while you are leasing your Long Beach apartment.

In order to get your security deposit back, you need to make certain that your apartment is clean. Here is a move-out cleaning checklist that you can print out and check off.

The Kitchen
Clean cabinets, drawers and doors inside and out
Clean microwave inside and out
Clean the Range, hood, filter and fan
Clean oven inside, outside, pull it out and move underneath it
Clean refrigerator inside, outside, and kick plate
Scrub sink, faucet, and countertops, remove any water deposits or soap scum
Mop the kitchen floor, clean grout and the edges
Sanitize the counter tops

The Bathroom
Clean shower, tub, faucet, and grout
Clean sink, countertops, and faucet
Clean the toilet thoroughly and put a toilet cleaner in the basin for that just fresh look
Wipe down and clean cabinets and drawers inside and out
Mop floor and wipe down the baseboards
Clean mirror and any windows and window sill

The Living Area
Vacuum carpets and clean any stains
Clean all windows and window sills
Wipe down baseboards
Dust and remove cobwebs
Clean and dust the blinds
Wipe down lighting and fixtures
Wipe down inside and outside of doors

The Entry Way and Patio
Clean the tiles or flooring
Wipe down the door and handle
Wipe down baseboards
Remove furniture and plants from the patio and sweep