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BIXBY PARK TO SHOWCASE “ART IN THE PARK” EXHIBITION

posted Jun 17, 2013, 12:12 PM by Samuel Plambeck   [ updated Jun 17, 2013, 12:12 PM ]

Long Beach art lovers and residents will gather at Bixby Park Bandshell to benefit historic Bixby Park’s Second Annual “Art in the Park” (formerly Art Under Umbrellas) exhibition and fundraiser on Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The exhibition will feature artworks by local artists in a colorful and whimsical setting. Guests will enjoy poetry reading by local performance artists as well as live music performed by Second Wind.  Picnic box lunches will be available at Olives Gourmet Grocer, Paradise Piano Bar & Restaurant, Café Ambrosia and Park Pantry for $10 per box. A portion of the proceeds from box lunches will be donated to the park. The event is free and open to the public. 

 “I’m excited to organize the second annual Art in the Park,” said organizer Nancy O’Neill. “This is a great opportunity to showcase local artist and bring people together at the park. This event is crucial to the revitalization of the park.”

 Art work on display will be sold to the public. Artists will make a donation to the park to participate. Proceeds will go toward Parcel 1 Renovation Project. Bixby Park is located on the corner of 1st and Junipero Streets in Long Beach-between Broadway Ave. and Ocean Ave.

Friends of Bixby Park has partnered with Olives Gourmet Grocer, Café Ambrosia, Paradise Piano Bar & Restaurant and Park Pantry to offer attendees picnic meals for $10 and under. Each restaurant will donate $2 from every picnic meal to Friends of Bixby Park’s Parcel 1 Renovation Project. To order a picnic meal, please call: Park Pantry the Original- 2104 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 562.434.0451; Café Ambrosia- 1923 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA, 562. 432.1098; Paradise Piano Bar & Restaurant- 1800 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 562. 590. 8773; Olives Gourmet Grocer- 3510 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 562.439.7758 or  5000 E 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA  562.343.5580.

"MARY POPPINS" Free Screening at Bixby's Park Picnic With A Purpose

posted Jun 17, 2013, 12:07 PM by Samuel Plambeck

Long Beach Cinematheque is proud to partner with Friends of Bixby Park on an exciting free community event – August 18th’s Picnic with A Purpose, which will culminate with an outdoor screening of the Disney classic Mary Poppins!

In their continued effort to bring diverse and family-friendly programs to the Long Beach community, Friends of Bixby Park has launched Picnic with A Purpose in homage to the famous Iowa State Picnics that took place at the park in the 1930s.  A celebration of music, food, film, and community, Picnic with A Purpose will start at 4:30pm and feature food trucks, a live DJ spinning eclectic sounds, and a classic family film when the sun goes down!

Friends of Bixby Park has lined up some tasty options to meet all taste buds: food trucks will include Crepe N Around, My Tornado Potato, Palazzo Truck, and The Greasy Wiener – with more to be announced!  Proceeds from your food truck visits will benefit the Bixby Park Parcel 1 Renovation Project!

Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Actress – Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins is Walt Disney Pictures’ beloved musical adaptation of P.L. Travers’ stories of a magical nanny who comes to the aid of the bickering Banks family, taking young Jane and Michael through some surprising adventures while teaching the grown-ups a thing or two as well.   We won’t stop you from singing along to “Chim Chim Chir-ee,” “Step In Time,” and of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

This free event furthers Friends of Bixby Park’s mission to rehabilitate the park by sharing a vision for the park’s future with fellow Long Beach residents. Picnic with A Purpose will complement recent events such as public performances, non-profit fundraising picnics, and children’s theatre which have been providing a spotlight on this expansive and beloved park.

 

This event is being provided free-of-charge to our community thanks to the generous support of the following businesses, individuals, and organizations:

Bixby Park Farmers Market
Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District of Long Beach

"ANNIE" Free Screening at Bixby Park's Picnic With A Purpose!

posted Jun 17, 2013, 11:55 AM by Samuel Plambeck   [ updated Jun 17, 2013, 12:05 PM ]

Long Beach Cinematheque is proud to partner with Friends of Bixby Park on an exciting free community event – August 25th’s Picnic with A Purpose, which will culminate with an outdoor screening of the 1982 musical classic Annie!

In their continued effort to bring diverse and family-friendly programs to the Long Beach community, Friends of Bixby Park has launched Picnic with A Purpose in homage to the famous Iowa State Picnics that took place at the park in the 1930s.  A celebration of music, food, film, and community, Picnic with A Purpose will start at 4:30pm and feature food trucks, a live DJ spinning eclectic sounds, and a classic family film when the sun goes down!

Friends of Bixby Park has lined up some tasty options to meet all taste buds: food trucks will include Crepe N Around, My Tornado Potato, Palazzo Truck, and The Greasy Wiener – with more to be announced!  Proceeds from your food truck visits will benefit the Bixby Park Parcel 1 Renovation Project!

Annie brings the beloved comic strip adventures of everyone’s favorite plucky redheaded orphan to life, in a musical extravaganza featuring screen luminaries Albert Finney and Carol Burnett, and stage veterans Ann Reinking and Tim Curry.  Directed by two-time Academy Award winner John Huston, Annie takes place during the Great Depression, and sees the mischievous orphan make her way across New York City, from the hellish torments of Miss Hannigan, to the spoils of America’s richest man, Oliver Warbucks.

This free event furthers Friends of Bixby Park’s mission to rehabilitate the park by sharing a vision for the park’s future with fellow Long Beach residents. Picnic with A Purpose will complement recent events such as public performances, non-profit fundraising picnics, and children’s theatre which have been providing a spotlight on this expansive and beloved park. 

 

This event is being provided free-of-charge to our community thanks to the generous support of the following businesses, individuals, and organizations:

Bixby Park Farmers Market
Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District of Long Beach
Gary DeLong, 3rd District of Long Beach

Bob Baker Marionette Theater Performance

posted Jul 14, 2012, 8:48 AM by Samuel Plambeck   [ updated Jul 24, 2012, 8:23 PM ]

BIXBY PARK HOSTS TRAVELING SHOW

Bob Baker's traveling show is a classic variety show. A boy and his tap dancing frog, juggling clowns, Spanish tango dancers; a collection of musical numbers and hand crafted marionettes. 

Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times has described Baker’s shows as “a staple of a Los Angeleno childhood. It is the cultural equivalent of the annual march by the nation’s third graders to the neighborhood firehouse.”

Bixby Park will host a performance on August 19th and August 26th.  Both shows begin at 11 AM.


About the Bob Baker Marionette Theater

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater in downtown Los Angeles is the oldest of its kind in the United States and has been a staple for children and families in Los Angeles since its inception in 1960. At that time, Bob Baker and his business partner Alton Wood turned a scene shop in Los Angeles into the family entertainment landmark that it is today.

The theater has an inventory of nearly three thousand puppets with just about everything from robots that light up, to dancing frogs, to egg laying chickens. Baker’s marionettes have entertained nearly seven hundred thousand people since the theater’s opening.

Aside from running the theater, Baker maintains an active role in the company's traveling shows. Baker has taken his marionettes to countless fairs, puppet festivals, and of course, birthday parties. The Bob Baker Marionettes have entertained audiences in Las Vegas, Toronto, New York, Germany, and have even performed on Navy ships and submarines.

Baker is the former president of the Los Angeles Puppet Guild and Governor of the Television Arts & Sciences Animation Branch and currently sits on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"Art Under Umbrellas" Exhibition

posted Jun 22, 2012, 8:46 PM by Samuel Plambeck

BIXBY PARK TO SHOWCASE “ART UNDER UMBRELLAS” EXHIBITION

(LB Historic Park to Host an Art Exhibition Fundraiser on 07/14)

 

Long Beach art lovers and residents will gather around Bixby Park Bandshell for Friends of Bixby Park’s First Annual “Art Under Umbrellas” exhibition and fundraiser on Saturday, July 14th from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The exhibition will feature artworks by some 20 local artists in a colorful and whimsical setting. Musical entertainment will be provided by indie rock band, Sympathetic Frequencies throughout the day. Snacks and refreshments, sponsored by OnBroadway businesses, will be available. The event is free and open to the public. 

Art work on display will be sold to the public. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Friends of Bixby Park’s Parcel 1 Renovation Project, slated to begin later this year. Bixby Park is located on the corner of 1st and Junipero Streets in Long Beach-between Broadway Ave. and Ocean Ave.


For more information, please contact:

Claudia Schou

562-983-8139

claudiaschou@gmail.com

Free Jazz in the Park 2012

posted Jun 22, 2012, 8:29 PM by Samuel Plambeck   [ updated Jun 22, 2012, 8:47 PM ]

BIXBY PARK TO SPOTLIGHT MASTERS OF JAZZ WITH FREE SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK

 

Friends of Bixby Park is pleased to announce that it will host Free Jazz in the Park concert series beginning Sunday, July 1st from 5p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring Poly Jazz Combo. The series will run every Sunday from 5 p.m. 7 p.m. through the end of August. Poly Jazz Combo’s young and talented musicians will present two programs, taking place at Bixby Bandshell: “Great Jazz Composers” in July will highlight the works of Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Cole Porter and “Masters of Jazz” in August will feature the works of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Myles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, John Coltrane and Dexter Gordon. Bixby Park is located on the corner of 1st and Junipero Streets in Long Beach-between Broadway Ave. and Ocean Ave.

“Poly Jazz Combo performed at our annual fundraiser at the Long Beach Museum of Art last February and they knocked everyone’s socks off. These guys are serious about their jazz!” said Friends of Bixby Park President Claudia Schou.

The jazz concerts are open to the public, and concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and blanket. Friends of Bixby Park has partnered with local restaurants, including Park Pantry, Olives Gourmet Grocer, Café Ambrosia and Paradise Piano Bar & Restaurant, to offer concert goers picnic meals for $10 and under. A portion of the funds collected for picnic meals will be donated to Friends of Bixby Park’s Parcel 1 Renovation Project, slated to begin later this year. To order a picnic meal, please call: Park Pantry the Original- 2104 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 562.434.0451; Café Ambrosia- 1923 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA, 562. 432.1098; Paradise Piano Bar & Restaurant- 1800 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 562. 590. 8773; Olives Gourmet Grocer- 3510 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 562.439.7758 or  5000 E 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA  562.343.5580.

Friends of Bixby Park thanks Councilman Gary DeLong and Mayor Bob Foster for their support of Free Jazz in the Park.

For more information, please contact:

Claudia Schou

562-983-8139

claudiaschou@gmail.com


Farmer's Market Comes to Bixby Park

posted Jun 12, 2012, 3:10 PM by Samuel Plambeck   [ updated Jun 22, 2012, 8:36 PM ]

Starting today, June 12, 2012, Bixby Park will host a Farmer's Market every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the bandshell.  Please join us for some fresh produce and tasty treats.

Evening Under the Stars Fundraiser

posted Feb 4, 2012, 11:06 AM by Samuel Plambeck   [ updated Feb 4, 2012, 11:14 AM ]


Tickets are now on sale for Friends of Bixby Park's Evening Under the Stars Fundraiser at the Long Beach Museum of Art on Thursday, March 1st beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a delightful silent auction, savory food and wine and an exceptional line up of guest speakers, including Art Deco Aficionado  John Thomas, Councilman (and Congressional candidate) Gary DeLong,  and Honorary Guest Speaker Pamela Seager, Director of Rancho Los Alamitos!

 

Live jazz music will be performed by Poly High Jazz Quartet. Come and experience the ambiance of live music and stunning scenery on the museum's back patio area.

To purchase a ticket, please visit the "Donations" Page and specify Fundraiser Ticket Purchase in the Memo Box.

 

Bixby Park Halloween Carnival

posted Oct 19, 2011, 6:08 AM by Samuel Plambeck   [ updated Oct 24, 2011, 6:13 PM ]

BIXBY PARK TO HOST A CHILLING HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE AND GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS (LB Historic Park will Host 2nd Annual Halloween Carnival Fundraiser on 10/29) 

One of the scariest days of the year will be celebrated by Long Beach families and thrill-seekers when Friends of Bixby Park and Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine will hosts its second annual “Bixby Park Halloween Carnival” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th. The day will be complete with prizes for carnival games, Halloween costume contest, ghoulish activities, Edgar Allen Poe-try Contest, Best Home-Decorated/Home-Carved Pumpkin Contest and Scary Arts and Crafts. Tickets cost 50 cents each, contest entries are $2 and bouncer is $1.  The event will have gourmet food trucks, too; Crazy Creole Cafe, Mandoline Grill, Slapfish, Curbside Cravings, Canter's, Grilled Cheese Patrol, Macho Nacho, Chunk n Chip, and Atomic Cafe will be serving their tasty creations to all the spooky spectators. Bixby Park is located on the corner of 1st and Junipero Streets in Long Beach—between Broadway Ave. and Ocean Ave. Proceeds from the event will be used for new park furnishings. For more information, please contact
(562) 983-8139.  Bixby Park will be transformed into a scary forest with bats, ghosts, witches and werewolves. This is a family event for all ages. Carnival goers are encouraged to dress up in their finest Halloween attire and enjoy the day’s ghoulish activities. A costume contest will take place at 2 p.m., participants will pay a $2 entry fee. Attendees are encouraged to bring their best home-decorated/home-carved pumpkins and enter them in a pumpkin contest for $2.  During the afternoon actors dressed as Bram Stoker and Mary Shelly will perform excerpts from the novelists’ famous works. Performances will take place near the bandshell at Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Bixby Park Halloween Carnival sponsors include: ZPizza, Long Beach Museum of Art, Park Pantry, Sasha Witte Design, Beachrunners Inn, Spa Sidney, Aquarium of the Pacific, Media Boutique, Zieba Builders, On Broadway Business Association and Grunion Gazette.  ABOUT US Bixby Park Preservation’s mission is to preserve the historic integrity of Bixby Park, while providing the necessary restorations and beautification to make the park a desirable place for residents and visitors. Bixby Park Preservation is partnered with Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation, a non-profit entity that provides support and resources for parks in Long Beach.

For more information call Claudia Schou at (562) 983-8139

Botanical Garden

posted Oct 19, 2011, 6:05 AM by Samuel Plambeck

A new botanical garden will be installed at Bixby Park, at the playground on Oct. 22. Designed by Sustainable Long Beach's David Magdangal, the botanical garden was designed for the enjoyment of native plant lovers and, of course, our Bixby Park kids! Our new garden will be maintained by Friends of Bixby Park Gardening Club. For more information or to participate in our Gardening Club, please call 562 983 8139.

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