Fair to educate about, celebrate sustainable-living practice of home restoration

Flip no more. Home restoration is the new sustainable lifestyle. Now in its third year, the family-friendly 2010 Restoration Trade Fair (RTF) event on Sunday, Sept. 19 from 9:30am to 4pm will bring together city personnel knowledgeable in the historic preservation permit process, specialty contractors and vendors, and experts on historic district lifestyle issues.
For two subsequent years, the RTF has reached approximately 700 homeowners living in historic districts in and around the Long Beach area.
Event highlights will include:
• More than 50 specialty vendors and exhibitors. On hand will be a variety of non-profit, city, heritage, historic and community groups providing educational services to add color and character to the day. Plus, top-notch local vendors and artisans offering services and consulting in a variety of areas, including landscaping and nursery resources, interior/exterior design, lighting, flooring, furniture and cabinetry, painting and finishing, house numbers, and more.
• Workshops and speakers, covering topics such as: How to Buy in a Historic District, Discovering Your Home’s History, How to Work with an Architect, and more to be announced soon.
• Architectural photography movie and lecture. Screening at the Art Theatre on 4th Street will be Visual Acoustics, a film about mid-century architectural photographer Julius Shulman, directed by Eric Bricker and narrated by Dustin Hoffman.
• Community mosaic project. Participate in a historic mosaic mural at the Luther Burbank School, a project of the Garden of the Mind. Inspired by Luther Burbanks’ Shasta Daisy, the mosaic mural will hang in the school’s reception area.
• Morning Swing music, courtesy of the Union Station Band, a 1930s and 1940s era swing orchestra.
The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Rose Park Neighborhood Association (RPNA) . Funds will be used for education and participation in RPNA restoration activities. The event is free to RPNA members and children under 18; $5 for all others. There is no on-site parking.

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