The homes and gardens so generously opened by our homeowners will constitute the Cal Heights Home & Garden Tour’s main event, demonstrating the value of maintaining our historic fabric. But much thought goes into our little extras, too.
Our 2013 guest speaker, John Brinkmann, founder and publisher of American Bungalow Magazine, will present the virtues of small-home living, acknowledging the Spanish and Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Neo-Traditional and Storybook bungalows that make up the majority our architectural fabric. John’s passion for bungalows recollects his family’s SoCal history; both of his grandfathers built Craftsman bungalows for a living and he grew up in the bungalow his mother still calls home. It’s no wonder that in 1987, John, inspired by his own enthusiasm, the interest he witnessed in others, and the lack of published bungalow resources, founded his magazine. John’s talk begins at 10am in the Longfellow Auditorium.
You were here! Cal Heights own Rachael Rifkin, of lifestoriestoday.com, will offer an opportunity to share recollections of Cal Heights’ past. Too often we allow special memories, photos and mementos to fade away, forever lost in time. Remember the ’33 or ‘71 quakes or a long forgotten popular hangout? Even the most mundane reflections provide a window to who we were. So bring Grandma or Grandpa along, or share your own memories and photos to contribute to our historic record. Rachael will be at our refreshment house most of the day. Collected photos will be digitally copied and returned.
Enhancing our small display of vintage autos, two So Cal blasts from the past will join the tour. Sweet Lucie’s lovely 1950s ice-cream truck, featured in Sunset Magazine’s March issue, and an impeccably restored 1930s Helms Bakery wagon, offering treats from our local Sweet & Saucy Shop, will enhance the refreshment-house area. Owned and operated by Mike and Geri Czako and named for their daughter, Sweet Lucie’s make their mark serving carefully crafted, premium organic ice cream, adding vintage flair to the food-truck craze.
For those who grew up in So Cal from the 1930s to 1960s, who can forget the anticipated arrival of the Helms Bakery wagon? With the adapted reuse of the iconic Helms Bakery complex in Culver City recently completed, what perfect timing! We’re grateful to local collector Rick Lorentzen for this beautiful piece of local history.
Our very local Red Eye Media will offer live screen printing at Longfellow Elementary. Guests can select from two designs, the vintage lamppost image offered this summer and a limited edition 2013 Home & Garden Tour tee only available at the tour, offered at $7 each.
The 2013 tour spans the length and breadth of Cal Heights. Due to requests from 2011 tour guests, we’ve partnered with Bikeable Communities Long Beach to improve convenience for bicyclists navigating the tour. As our first stab, we expect a learning curve, but perhaps it’s the start of reduced automobile-impacted tours. Of course, the Cal Heights Trolley will roll again, in from San Pedro this year, for those who wish to forgo pedal, foot, or car power.
The Cal Heights Home & Garden Tour will be Sunday, Oct. 20 from 10am to 4pm. For complete info and tickets, visit the California Heights Neighborhood Association Facebook event page or visit calheights.org. Volunteers make the tour possible, plus, volunteers attend the tour free! Two shifts are available between 11am and 4pm. Please leave contact info at (562) 424-6727 or hometour@calheights .org. See you at the tour!
John Royce is the president of the California Heights Neighborhood Association.