Revitalization of Long Beach Boulevard Corridor to be Celebrated at Second Sundays June 9

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A community celebration is taking place on Sunday, June 9th on Long Beach Boulevard in North Long Beach, with live music, cultural dances, kids’ activities and a mural dedication.

All of this is part of the new Second Sundays in the Village, a free community event organized in partnership between Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin and the Virginia Village Business Association, to celebrate the revitalized Long Beach Boulevard corridor and develop a stronger partnership between the neighborhoods and the local businesses.

Second Sundays in the Village launches on Sunday, June 9th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Long Beach Boulevard between 53rd Street and 56th Street, with the main stage located at the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Market Street. The event is free to the public and there will be entertainment and information for the entire family.

“Second Sundays in the Village is the product of a partnership with the businesses on Long Beach Boulevard, that we hope will be a great new community tradition,” said Councilmember Al Austin. “We wanted to bring to Virginia Village the community event model that works well in other parts of the Eighth District, while giving it the local flavor and culture of this neighborhood and the local businesses.”

“Second Sundays in the Village is an opportunity to showcase the businesses along Long Beach Boulevard, and for the entire community to enjoy a fun time for the whole family. We invite everyone to come and experience the new Virginia Village,” said William Gonzalez, owner of Los Eduardos Restaurant.

The program will kick-off at 1:15 p.m. with the dedication of a new community mural entitled “Memory Lane” at the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Market Street. Created by artists Gregory Navarro Pickens and Steve Elicker, the mural celebrates many of the historic buildings and landmarks that once graced the neighborhoods of North Long Beach. The project was funded by the 8th District Council Office.

The main stage at Long Beach and Market will feature an international line-up of musicians and dancers from the local community, including Latin, Cambodian and Samoan performers. More than two dozen city and community organizations will be on hand along the corridor with information and services for residents.

The Kids’ Zone, located at the parking lot at Long Beach Blvd. and 53rd Street, will feature the Aquarium on Wheels from the Aquarium of the Pacific, face painting, arts and crafts, music and a moon bounce.

Many of the restaurants and businesses along Long Beach Boulevard will be offering specials for the day and participating in the activities. There will also be a bicycle safety rodeo, a fashion show, and the Port of Long Beach will be providing free snow cones.

Virginia Village is the business corridor on Long Beach Boulevard between 53rd and 56th Streets. It derives its name from the history of this area, which was known as Virginia City before it was annexed by the City of Long Beach in 1924.

In the last couple of years, the City of Long Beach, and its former Redevelopment Agency, invested more than $5 million in streetscape improvements along the Long Beach Boulevard corridor between Del Amo Boulevard and 56th Street.

This work included repaving the street, new medians and landscaping, façade improvements, new pedestrian lighting and bus shelters, and the creation of a pedestrian paseo. The public parking lot where the new mural will be dedicated at Long Beach Boulevard and Market Street was recently landscaped and repaved with an environmentally-friendly porous asphalt.

Community sponsors for the event include the Long Beach Airport, Signal Hill Petroleum and the Port of Long Beach.

For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/district8, or contact Councilmember Austin’s office at (562) 570-6685 or by email at district8@longbeach.gov.

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