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Get Out: Tortoise's Japan Fundraiser, Redondo Beach Kite Festival, Benjamin Franklin At Bowers Museum

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Go Fly A...: Redondo Beach takes off today as thousands of people converge on the city's pier for the 37th annual Festival of the Kite. Organizers will by flying a "red, white and blue 25-by-14-foot behemoth" during the free-to-attend even, and prizes will be awarded for the best handmade kite, best ground display, highest-flying kite, youngest kite flier and youngest-at-heart kite flier, notes the Daily Breeze. No pun intended. Also scheduled, a yo-yo competition and hot-dog-on-a-stick eating contest. Redondo Beach Pier, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Tortoise in Venice: Tortoise General Store owners, Keiko and Taku Shinomoto are currently in Japan and both are safe. While they wait to hear the whereabouts of vendors, craftsmen, and friends across the country, a Japan Relief Fundraising event is already underway At the Venice studio, led this weekend by flower arrangement teacher, Mikiko Ideno. For the rest of the month, donations and a portion of proceeds will go to relief efforts. Ideno will be selling a variety of flower bouquets for $10 a piece and pottery artist, Shio Kusaka, will donate a few of her planters for this event, too. Tortoise General Store,1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291, Noon-6:00 p.m. (or while supplies last).

Fabulous Franklin: Today is the final day of the Bowers Museum exhibit Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. Featuring "seventy-five rare and important artifacts from Franklin’s life, this exhibition is an immersive, interactive visitor experience for all ages," that presents stories of the scientist, inventor, diplomat, humorist, philanthropist and entrepreneur's life through his personal belongings from the "early years in Boston as a rebellious teenager, during his life as a printer and during his years of service to the American colonies and the newly formed United States." Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., $14-18

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