Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe, with mud relay races, adobe-building workshops and clay sculpting. Get ready to sling some mud. (Shoes required.) Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach; Sun., Aug. 17, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 children. (562) 206-2040, rancholoscerritos.com.
Pigs roll in mud because they have so few sweat glands. It's cooling. Humans, however, have plenty of ways to sweat, so what excuse do we have to roll around in the mud? Why, our own entertainment, of course. Long Beach's Rancho Los Cerritos, a historic home–turned-museum, has found evidence of inhabitants on its property dating back to 3000 B.C. But what's important here is that the first established adobe structures were built on site in 1844. To celebrate this ingenious form of native construction, the museum is hosting