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Morning Brief: End of Summer Mosquitos, More #988 Funds, Summer Swing Nights

A close up of an Aedes mosquito, which appears to be black with small white spots, on skin.
The Aedes mosquito can transmit diseases such as Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika.
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Good morning, L.A. It’s Friday, August 12.

NOTE: Next week we're going on a summer break. We'll be back in your inbox on Aug. 22 with a new ‘do and a new name. Enjoy your week!

Whew. We finally made it to the weekend, my friends. It looks like we are going to have a hot one. I don’t know about you, but I’m headed to somebody’s pool to cool down. If you or someone you know needs relief from the heat, check out these resources in LA County – there’s a list of cooling centers, pools and other information.

But sorry to say folks, it’s not only the heat you have to worry about these remaining days of summer. There’s the mosquitoes. Given our warm weather year-round, it’s kind of like mosquito season most of the time, but summer is when those buggers get really active. Fortunately, for me, mosquitoes only like me in the Midwest. I don’t think I’ve ever been bitten by a mosquito in California. *knocks on wood*

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So how can we all avoid mosquitoes as the weather gets hotter in Southern California? Well, my colleague Caitlin Hernández is not only good at helping us navigate hectic LAX and find great coffee shops, they also have some good advice on the bug front, too.

In their latest story, Caitlin tells us about the two main types of mosquitoes in our region: the native Culex mosquito, which can transmit the West Nile Virus, and the Aedes mosquito, which originated in Africa. They love to show their love and appreciation for our skin at two different times of the summer. For the Culex, it’s in the early summer months. The Aedes has already made a grand appearance, but unfortunately for us, it’s about to REALLY show out in September. And though the Aedes is rare, it’s pesky.

So, are you ready to find out HOW you can get rid of them? Me too. Let’s get down to business and read Caitlin’s article.

As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below the fold.

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Before You Go...Watch A Shakespeare Play Live OR Swing Through A Jazzy Night

A flyer with a truck that is advertising The Echo Theater Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream showing.
The Echo Theater Company will be acting out A Midsummer Night's Dream at Elysian Park on August 13, 2022.
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I got your FREE.99 and NOT SO FREE Favorite events already lined up for you today. As always, my colleagues Christine Ziemba and Jessica Ogilvie have tons of events you can check out throughout this weekend. One includes a trip to one of my favorite spots: the Hollywood Bowl!


I LOVE Shakespeare. My absolute favorite play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I played the character of Helena in a theater class and I even shed a tear as I passionately acted out a scene between Helena and her good friend Hermia. Well, now you can watch much better actors in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Elysian Park. Echo Theater Company’s Theater Truck is coming back to the park with a family-friendly version of the classic play on Saturday at 4 p.m. 


Do you like to dance? What about swing dancing? Well, this might be your chance to try it out at the Summer Swing Nights music series at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo today through Sunday. Starting at $35, you can go back to the time of live seven-piece big bands, vocal harmonies and postmodern twists. If you’re interested in a dance class, get there at 7 p.m. If you just want to enjoy the show, it starts at 8 p.m. It sounds like a really good swing of a time!

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