Communiqué from Rae

Rae GabelichBy Rae Gabelich, Long Beach 8th District Council Member
I’ve spent the better part of this rainy day doing a bit of early spring cleaning that led me to enjoying numerous photo albums that highlighted my entire life.
From the carefree days of childhood surrounded by loving family, for which I am so grateful, to my transition into the creation of my own family and our journey over the past two decades. Amazing how fast life does go by!
Each day we create new memories with friends, family and experiences, which, if captured on film or today’s digital world, will bring us smiles tomorrow.
I want to share with you a number of events that could be the background for creating those magic moments.
Starting March 7, the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit entitled “The Way We Worked” comes to the Long Beach Historical Society located at 4260 Atlantic Avenue.
Through more than 80 riveting photographs from the National Archives, this exhibition portrays our American workforce and the workplace from the mid-1800s through the 1980s. This event is an opportunity to share a piece of history with our children who are inclined to believe that things have always been as they are. The presentation runs through May 17.
I would love to have you join me for a “Tea Party” at Elise’s Tea Room at 3924 Atlantic Avenue on Sunday, Mar. 16 at 2 p.m. This is an opportunity to support the Fairfield Family YMCA’s “Send a Kid to Camp” program with your $100 donation and to enjoy delicious food and great entertainment in the High Tea experience with a friend, sister, mother or daughter.
Thanks to 8th District resident Richard Jacobs, the Private Client Group of Wachovia Securities is underwriting this event, so all proceeds will go directly to the “Send Kids To Camp” program.
Seating is limited, so please call my office at (562) 570-6685 or contact the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association at to arrange for tickets.
On Thursday, Mar. 20, please join us for a free evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring the entire family and friends to share one of Long Beach’s highlights.
And last on the list for the upcoming “Kodak Moments” is our 3rd annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show, which will be held on Saturday, July 12. This year should be bigger and better than ever with music, food and great nostalgic moments.
We know through the grapevine that there are many one-of-a-kind, restored automobiles parked in the garages located within our neighborhoods. We would like to encourage you to show off your beauties, so without hesitation our car show director, Steve Beatty, has agreed to reduce the entry fee to $15 for early entries if you live within the 90807 and 90805 zip codes.
Who knows? You may win a trophy to place on your mantel, just like the good old days! You can call our office or contact the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association for an entry form.
And finally, not on the Kodak scale, but of utmost importance to support our environmental efforts and clean our garages, on Saturday, Mar. 15, we will be hosting the 2nd annual E-Waste Drive. All electronic items can be dropped off at our north police sub-station from the hours of 9 a.m. to noon.
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal has challenged us to surpass the 2nd District’s collection of over 17 tons of e-waste at their drive this year. I’m counting on each of you to do your part this year and bring the trophy home to the 8th District!
Keep smiling and stay involved!
— Rae

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