14th California Heights Home & Garden Tour Returns Sunday, October 20

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The California Heights Home and Garden Tour returns Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Check in begins at 9:30am at Longfellow School, 3800 Olive Ave. Guest speaker presentation at 10am.

Presented by the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) and sponsored by local realtor, Lewis Ebersole, the tour showcases five vintage homes, two charming gardens and a refreshment house in the California Heights Historic District of Long Beach, consisting mainly of modest Spanish, Tudor and other revival style homes dating from the early 1920s. Neo-traditional and WWII era bungalows as well as Craftsman bungalows relocated after oil discovery on nearby Signal Hill call Cal Heights home.

Guest speaker, John Brinkmann, founder and publisher of American Bungalow Magazine, presents the virtues, livability and charm of small home living. Sweet Lucie’s vintage ice cream truck’s organic ice cream, two restored iconic Helm’s Bakery trucks featuring local Sweet & Saucy Bakery treats, antique autos, and local home improvement and restoration resources will also be featured.

The tour, which began in 1997, draws 600-800 visitors, with more than 100 volunteers dedicating their time and talent throughout the day.

While highlighting the value added aspects of maintaining and restoring the neighborhood’s historic fabric and sense of place, the home tour remains the largest source of income for the volunteer-run CHNA, providing funding for ongoing community improvement projects and public outreach, including historic lamp post restorations, Cal Heights ReLeaf, weekly Clean Streets clean ups, CalHeights.org, The Heights newsletter, and other community events and projects. Past projects include the Cal Heights mural at Orange and Wardlow by Art Mortimer, historic district street signage and a neighborhood information kiosk. And because CHNA understands that community doesn’t end at neighborhood borders, activities include local community partnership projects along our Bixby Knolls commercial corridors and beyond.

California Heights earned the 2012 Neighborhoods, USA Neighborhood of the Year award, recognizing the Home and Garden Tour and the ambitious community projects it funds.

Walk or bike the tour! Bicycle racks will be provided at each location courtesy of Bikeable Communities Long Beach, and the charming Cal Heights Trolley will provide free service throughout the tour.

Tickets are $20 presale and $25 at the door. All tickets include a Cal Heights Local Dining Discount Card and the popular home tour brochure, featuring home portraits by Ellen Kirk.

Purchase tickets online through October 18th at calheights.org, or mail checks to CHNA Home Tour postmarked no later than October 11th, to 3553 Atlantic Ave #350, Long Beach, CA 90807. No paper tickets will be issued. All guests will check in beginning 9:30am at Longfellow Elementary School, 3800 Olive Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807.

VOLUNTEER and receive a free ticket to the tour! Leave your name and contact information at hometour@calheights.org or 562.424.6727.

Visit us at calheights.org,

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