Blue Dog Beer Tavern raises money for gulf cleanup; the Parlor Hollywood opens; yoga and breakfast at the Beachcomber Cafe at Malibu Pier
On Tuesday the Blue Dog Beer Tavern in Sherman Oaks is holding a fundraiser to benefit the International Bird Rescue and Research Center. Based out of San Pedro, the IBRRC was among the first groups to arrive in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Blue Dog will donate 10% of the day's gross sales to the cause and also sell donated items, including strawberry chocolate cookies and T-shirts.Not in the mood for something sweet? Order a Blue Dog burger and fries or a bowl of vegan chili and you'll still be helping. 4524 Saugus Ave., Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-2583; www.bluedogbeertavern.com.
The Parlor Hollywood, the sister restaurant to the lively Santa Monica sports bar the Parlor, is opening in the former El Guapo space tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. just in time for the USA vs. Algeria World Cup match. The bar will begin regular afternoon and evening hours over the weekend and host a grand opening party sometime in the next few weeks to showcase its new gastropub food and drink menu. Expect a wide variety of sliders, wraps and salads as well as house specialties like grilled lamb lollipops and pork belly flautas. Oh and don't confuse this place with Craig Trager's new Parlour Room on Yucca Street--apples and oranges. 7250 Melrose Ave.; www.theparlorsm.com.
The Beachcomber Cafe has partnered with radio stations KIIS FM and 98.7 FM to host a regular Saturday morning event called "Yoga on the Pier" through September 4. From 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. listeners of both stations can take part in a free yoga session on the pier (taught by Lori Rischer) followed by a complimentary continental breakfast at the Beachcomber Cafe. This is the second year the event has been held. Last year more than 150 people were saying "om" together by the end of the series, so if you plan on attending get there a bit early to reserve a prime spot for your mat. 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 456-9800; www.thebeachcombercafe.com.
Photo: Patrons enjoy the pier and the ocean at the outdoor lounge area of the Beachcomber Cafe on Malibu Pier. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.