Party Like it’s 1913 at Unitarian Universalist Church Centennial Festival

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach was established in 1913. This church will host a community festival to celebrate their centennial.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach (UUCLB) today announced that it will launch its centennial year celebration with a community festival open to all. The congregation invites everyone to join them at the Time Warp Festival: Party Likes it’s 1913 on Saturday, April 20, 2013 on the church grounds in Long Beach.

“The Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach is proud to have been a member of this dynamic and progressive community for the past 100 years,” said UUCLB’s Rev. Mitra Rahnema. “Long Beach has long been a welcoming and diverse community with a pioneering spirit – reflecting our values and faith tradition.” 

The centennial festival is a free family-friendly event, featuring living history ambassadors from each decade, vintage cars, Main Stage entertainment, and a meditative labyrinth. A beer (and root beer) garden, BBQ lunch and pie palace will be available, as well as a full roster of kids activities and crafts and bounce house await the youngest celebrants.

Highlights of the day will include plays, music and storytelling on the main stage. Poet, journalist and co-founder of The Taco Shop Poets Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, who will share his spoken work poetry at 11:15 a.m. In addition, UUCLB minister emerita, the Rev. Marguerite Lovett will conduct an animal blessing at 11:45 a.m.

A number of public officials have also announced their intentions to attend, including Congressman Alan Lowenthal, Long Beach City Council members Patrick O’Connell and Al Austin, California Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal, and Patrick Kennedy of Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization executive director Patrick Kennedy.

“Our goal is to share this celebration with the larger Long Beach community, who are a constant source of inspiration, strength and support to us in our social justice, arts and cultural, and spiritual work,” said UUCLB board president Michael Lyde. “We want the community to know that we are a welcoming church who embraces people of all faiths, backgrounds, and family structures. And we thrive in a place like Long Beach, which shares our core values.”

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach centennial celebration, Time Warp Festival: Party Likes it’s 1913, takes place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on church grounds at 5450 East Atherton Street in Long Beach.

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