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First things first, we want to thank readers who asked a variation on, "Was that 'Deals That Don't Stick' article reflecting something that was going on? Is it OK?"

And the answer seems a qualified "yes." So, thanks. Maybe we close the deals with issues this week.

Is this a weekend for real estate, or volleyball?

At DigMB.com, they're saying volleyball. See daily coverage and photos of the MB Open. There's this post on some of the main draws, and a general feature here.

Dig will have results Sunday and Monday. They've got live links to online streaming video as well.

Also, DigMB notes that our boys just missed the Junior League World Series (for 13-14 year-olds). Texas took them in the last game 4-2. But what a great effort – and a summer-long one, at

Two things that just would not happen in Manhattan Beach: Shark Week on our beach (a.k.a., "Fin Fest") or Jimmy Buffett showing up for a free concert.

Those things can happen in Hermosa, and it's all good. It's close and easy to visit. But MB is going to take a pass every time.

Especially this year, after (gulp) an enraged, hooked shark bit a swimmer and made MB out to be some kind of modern-day Amity Island in the American public mind. Thanks a lot, chummers.

MB gets its shot at Summer craziness next weekend with the AVP MB Open volleyball tourney, starting Thursday. It's neither Buffett nor the 6-man, but it will envelop the pier with the biggest event of the Summer.

As always, to plan your open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of

Sunday morning was the first of the annual Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier swims to take place after a great white bit a swimmer near the pier in MB.

To judge by the crowd, no one was deterred, although shark sightings during the race seem to have given quite a few participants something more to talk about after the fact.

Hey, it's MB, there have always been sharks here. We just came along and started swimming through their territory. Mostly that's uneventful, and it seems to have wound up that way today. Whew!

As always, to plan your open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of open houses, or click here for the Beach Reporter list of opens.

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can click "Open All Images" right

It's another rite of passage for Manhattan Beach.

As our little town gains recognition for destination restaurants and luxury real estate, now folks are looking to MB for architectural inspiration.

Each year, Sunset magazine helps to develop an "idea house." This year, it's a big East MB project at 111 S. Meadows.

Starting this weekend, and running through Sept. 7, you can visit any Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Tickets are $18 each, and can be purchased online here or at the door during the open hours between 10AM-5PM.

They're calling this one the "ultimate modern beach home," playing up beach themes without "the typical Cape Cod motif of seashells or anchors," according to one designer. (Would it be rude to note that this "beach home" is east of…