— MAY 2023 —
Don’t miss this awesome event! There’s still time to join the Art Deco By the Sea tour!
 
The Bluff Heights Neighborhood Association’s architectural tour has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 6.
 
Enjoy the spring weather while cruising through downtown Long Beach in an open-air double-decker bus, giving you the perfect view of the Art Deco details of many of the city’s historic buildings. John Thomas, a notable Art Deco historian and co-author of Long Beach Art Deco, will guide the tour. This is a great way to learn more about Long Beach and fall deeper in love with our charming city. 
 
Ticket holders will meet at The Wine Crush (3131 E. Broadway) before boarding the Big Red Bus to enjoy specially priced wine and light snacks. This is a good opportunity to arrive early and get to know some of your neighbors. Tour check-in is 1:30 p.m. and the bus will depart at 2:00 p.m. Street parking is limited, so walk or bike to The Wine Crush.
 
BHNA has put together a snack/refreshment bag for each tour participant, which includes a complimentary copy of Long Beach Art Deco.

Tickets are $60 per person and must be reserved in advance because seating is limited. Tickets are selling quickly and no tickets will be sold at the door. Purchase your non-refundable tickets at www.bluffheights.org/events-1/bhna-art-deco-by-the-sea-bus-tour. We hope to see you there!

Get Ready for the 4th of July, 2023
by Donna Sievers

Did you know that the 4th of July, 2023 will be on Tuesday this year and…did you know that your Bluff Heights Neighborhood Association Board is already planning and in the midst of organizing this popular event?

Bluff Heights Neighborhood Association (BHNA) will be again hosting the 4th of July Block Party on Vista Street between Obispo and Orizaba. We hope you will invite your families and friends and plan to join us for another wonderful event. All of the old favorites will be there including the cake walk, chili cook-off, water balloon toss, pet parade, bike parade, fabulous food and family/kids arts and crafts. We also are planning to include more musical groups and perhaps some old cars to view.

We need your assistance to make this year the best ever! Let us know if you are part of a musical group that could play or if you can volunteer in our BHNA booth selling tickets. We also need a helper at the Chili Cook-Off and assistance with the Cake Walk. Did I mention we also need lots of help setting up and cleaning up. Believe it or not…it is fun! We are hoping volunteers will join us as Committee Chairs and/or be willing to volunteer for one-hour shifts at one of the events on the 4th. Please email us at info@bluffheights.org and let us know you are willing to volunteer!

We are so fortunate to have the Port of Long Beach as one of our sponsors. If you also want to be a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze sponsor, we still need more assistance as there are lots of costs involved. We are also hoping to receive donations/gift baskets/tickets/ etc. for our Opportunity Drawing/Silent Auction so let us know if you can sponsor us in any way. If you have contacts in the community and would like to assist us in requesting donations, we could certainly use your assistance.

On Tuesday, July 4th, the Bluff Heights neighborhood will be transformed into a “small-town” block party creating memories for all. We hope you will be there and will participate in our 4th of July celebration.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Initially, when reading The Glass Castle, I didn’t find it believable. How can someone in their forties remember anything in great detail from when they were three years old? I certainly don’t. I mentioned this to a neighbor, who then relayed a story in great detail from when she was three years old. Encouraged by my neighbor’s excellent memory, I continued reading the book, which begins with the author, Jeannette Walls, was three years old and boiling hot dogs unsupervised when her pink tutu caught fire, putting her in the hospital for six weeks.
Homelessness Services and Information Hub Website

The city of Long Beach has launched a new tab on its Homelessness Services and Information Hub website detailing the city’s response efforts for the homelessness state of emergency. The new tab, available at longbeach.gov/homelessness, will offer a one-stop-shop for city news, data, and resources surrounding the homelessness crisis and will also support the city’s efforts to provide timely, transparent information to the public.
Ten Tips for Springing into Spring

Living on the California coast offers an idyllic environment that fosters a light, fresh, and healthy lifestyle. To keep your living space ready to embrace that lifestyle, Bluff Heights residents need to take that perennial rite of Spring cleaning. To help ease the amount of effort needed to complete this daunting, sometimes overwhelming task, please find 43 easy ways of attacking each cleaning chore. Good luck!
Native Gardening-
Creating Your Own “Certified Wildlife Habitat”

There are many nature lovers who continue to wonder what they can do on a hyper-local level to help our wildlife thrive. The answer is simple: create your own native garden in whatever space (or container) you may have.Habitats for birds, bees, butterflies, and other animals have become increasingly scarce due to the detrimental effects of urbanization and human-induced climate change.
Each month we will publish a photograph from our neighborhood. The photo above was taken by Rick Schank, who loves the magical clouds that come with the arrival of Spring. 
If you have photos that highlight the beauty and uniqueness of our neighborhood, please send them to info@bluffheights.org

Concert in the Park
The bandshell in Recreation Park is starting regularly scheduled events. This is the opening event. Bring your Dinner and enjoy a concert with Barefoot Rider and Higher Ed.
Saturday, May 6, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Rec Park Bandshell
Find more details HERE


Art Deco By the Sea 
Join the Bluff Heights Neighborhood Association for an Art Deco Architectural Tour of
Long Beach on Saturday, May 6 at 2 - 4PM
Enjoy a glass of specially-priced wine at The Wine Crush (3131 E. Broadway) before boarding the BIG RED BUS and delight in a fun and educational Art Deco Tour of Downtown Long Beach with notable Art Deco historian John Thomas, co-author of Long Beach Art Deco. Tour check-in is 1:30 p.m. at The Wine Crush, so don’t be late. Street parking is limited, so walk or bike to The Wine Crush.
More information and tickets can be found HERE.


Touch-A-Truck Event
Kids of all ages will love the 7th annual “Long Beach Touch-A-Truck” interactive event, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 9 AM – 1 PM in the beachfront parking lot at 1 Granada Avenue.  
Find more details HERE


Backyard Bounty
The second Sunday of the month is Backyard Bounty day in Bluff Heights. Share the bounty from your backyard by placing it in front of your house. Take a walk through the neighborhood, get a little exercise, and enjoy the bounty. Find the label HERE
Sunday, May 14, starting at 9:00 AM


Beach Streets 
Beach Streets is an Open Streets event designed to showcase businesses & neighborhoods. For a single day, we close a major traffic corridor to cars & open the street to people walking & bicycling. The event attracts local residents & visitors from across the region to explore & discover the area at a slower "foot-traffic" pace. 
Saturday, May 20, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, On E. Broadway, between Cherry Avenue and Pine Avenue
Find more information HERE


LB Architecture Week 
Long Beach Architecture Week is a series of tours, events, and educational opportunities that celebrate architecture and promote preservation, sustainability, and new developments. Participants can expect both experiential events and learning opportunities geared toward both architecture and Long Beach enthusiasts.
Wednesday, May 31 – Friday, June 2
Find more details HERE


Fresh Produce at Local Farmers Markets
Farmers Markets and farm stands are great places to browse, sample, and buy fresh produce and handmade products. Visit the market at Bixby Park (130 Cherry Avenue) every Tuesday starting at 3:00 PM and every Saturday starting at 9:00 AM 
Find more details HERE.


Saving Water Is the Long Beach Way 
As we face unprecedented drought across California, we all need to do our part to conserve water. HERE is a flyer from the Long Beach Water Department outlining the new rules. Find more information on water conservation HERE.


Is it Time to Trim your Waste-Line? 
It's really simple to trim your "Waste-Line!" All you need to do is collect your e-waste, hazardous waste, and/or old tire waste and bring it to one of three local collection centers under the conditions set by the City of Long Beach on this flyer.
You will feel much lighter now that you took care of those extra notches on your Waste-Line! Doesn't being a loser feel good?

STAY INFORMED ON CITY AND DISTRICT NEWS

District 2 - Councilwoman Cindy Allen
(562) 570-2222
Cindy.Allen@longbeach.gov or district2@longbeach.gov
Connor Lock, Chief of Staff

LBPD Blotter
On March 17 2022, the Long Beach Police Department debuted a new tool for the Long Beach community to access information about police activity and investigations.
To view this new community resource, and other Police Department information, please visit the LBPD Homepage and LBPD News.



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