4th Restoration Trade Fair & Fundraiser to Spotlight “The Culture of Restoration”

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 4th Restoration Trade FairYou can’t open a paper or turn on a TV these days without hearing the word, ‘makeover.’ Everyone is redoing their personal spaces from the ground up; both inside and out. Homeowners, and those who aspire to owning property, often have a daunting challenge when it comes to navigating the processes of starting new projects—whether it’s picking a subcontractor for a big job or selecting paint to do it themselves. Add in the aspect of owning in a historic district, and those questions are often compounded due to the city’s seemingly procedures and guidelines.

A great place to gather knowledge and information is at the upcoming 4th Restoration Trade Fair & Fundraiser, slated for Sunday, September 25, 2011, 9:30am-4:00pm at the Luther Burbank School [4th & Junipero in Long Beach, CA]. Hosted by the Rose Park Neighborhood Assn., in partnership with the Luther Burbank School, this Rose Park annual event provides the ultimate one-stop resource base. Over 50 specialty vendors and exhibitors will be on-hand, as will a variety of non-profit, city, heritage, historic and community groups providing educational services to add color and character to the day. Plus, top-notch local vendors and artisans offering services and consulting in a variety of areas, including landscaping and nursery resources, interior/exterior design, flooring, painting and finishing, and much more! Not sure where to start on a project? The Trade Fair offers lots of opportunities to meet restoration specialists, so bring photos of your home with a list of questions.

“The theme for this year’s fair is the Culture of Restoration,” offered coordinator, Gretchen Swanson. “With tight homeowner budgets comes the appreciation of a simpler way of life and the gratification of restoring one’s own home. It can often be a intimidating process and the Restoration Trade Fair was created several years ago with the goal of offering resources and education.”

Event Highlights (with more to come):

  • Workshops & Crafting Area: Trade fair demonstrations and workshops are scheduled on window glazing, blacksmithing, and basket weaving. Plus, artist Dawn Mendelson will teach a one-day mosaic workshop.
  • Movie: WWII documentary about Long Beach “Long Days Working Hard”.
  • Resources: The City of Long Beach’s Development Department will be on-hand to answer individual questions, and the Long Beach Heritage Society will share their accomplishments along with Rose Park, Craftsman Village, North Alamitos Beach, Bluff Heights and Belmont Heights neighborhood groups.”
  • The Garden of the Mind: A joint effort of the Luther Burbank School and Rose Park Neighborhood Assn. will host Jorge Ochoa of the LBCC Horticultural program to docent the Burbank Demonstration Gardens. Alford’s English Gardens will donate two additional garden beds.
  • Silent Auction!

This year’s sponsors include: Alford’s English Gardens, Anderson Realty, UPS, Cottages & Bungalow magazine and the City of Long Beach’s Planning Department.

The event is a fundraiser for the Rose Park Neighborhood Association (RPNA), a 501c non-profit organization. Funds will be used for education and participation in RPNA restoration activities. The event is Free to RPNA members and children under 18; $5 for all others. Street parking is available and in designated locations around the neighborhood.

For more info and up-to-date-details, go to: www.rpna-tradefair.org and Facebook ‘Restoration Trade Fair’.

About The RPNA
The historic Rose Park neighborhood is located in the City of Long Beach, California and just blocks from the beautiful Pacific Ocean between Cherry Avenue and Redondo Avenue to the west and east, and Fourth Street and Tenth Street to the south and north. The icon of our neighborhood is a small historic park located on Orizaba Avenue at Eighth Street.

The Rose Park Neighborhood Association is a recognized a nonprofit volunteer organization organized to represent the residents of this area and to protect and promote its interests. Our Association is responsible for one of the largest geographical association areas in the city, with more than 22,000 residents and two designated historic districts. www.rpna.org.

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