By the time you read this, the misty cool weather of late, that yearly turn of summer giving way to fall, will have either abruptly reverted back to summer or impatiently collapsed into winter, whichever way the atmospheric gods of the Southland choose to satisfy their whims. Regardless of the actual weather, embrace the awesomeness of autumn at the Long Beach Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show , a weekend of handmade creations sure to make you happy to be alive. You can even check up on how much longer you might have at the free health screenings, courtesy Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, including blood-pressure checks, skin exams, vision screenings and body mass index calculations. Ceramics, jewelry, blown glass, paintings, photography, candles, woodwork and sculptures are among the arts and crafts, in addition to holiday ornament demonstrations and child fingerprinting. Warning: “Strolling entertainment includes mimes.”

Oct. 1-3, 2010

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