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Neighborhood Exchange at Rose Park

Bountiful Earth

Join Alan Mullikin at Rose Park (8th St & Orizaba Ave) this coming Saturday, August 24th, between 2:00p and 4:30p for a “Neighborhood Exchange.” Bring something to trade that you’ve created or grown — vegetables, fruit, baked goods, arts, crafts, etc. Come connect with neighbors and showcase your creations!

Bring a blanket or simple stand to show off your goods and trade what you have for something a neighbor has created. If you don’t have something to share just come enjoy an afternoon in the park, meeting neighbors.

For more information or to get more involved contact Alan at

Announcing the 2013-2014 Rose Park Neighborhood Association Board of Directors!

Each July brings with it the opportunity to reconstitute RPNA’s Board of Directors. This year we’re happy to announce that a wonderful group of dedicated and involved RPNA members took up the call to join the board.

A special acknowledgement and the organization’s sincerest thanks go out to last year’s executive committee members, who are retiring from the board. Each of them has been deeply committed for many years to improving our neighborhood and serving her or his fellow residents, and each has offered RPNA continued support and involvement in its future activities, and for that we are very grateful:

Emily Stevens, Past President
Gretchen Swanson, Past Vice President
Carl Lipo, Past Secretary
David Hennage, Past Treasurer

Two members of last year’s board continue on this year’s board:

Scottie Hinkey, Past Events Coordinator, now Vice President
David Clement, member at-large

New Members include:

Jeff Anderson, President
Sarah Vinci, Secretary
Ken Matlock, Treasurer
Joanna Alpízar, member at large
Chuck Barrick, member at-large
Rachel de Jong, member at-large
Chris Wisniewski, member at-large

The new board can be contacted via e-mail at

The Rose Park Neighborhood Association was formed in 1999 to serve the 22,000 residents of Rose Park, which is bounded by 10th St on the north, 4th St on the South, Cherry Ave on the West and Redondo Ave on the East. Its mandate is to foster cooperation, communication, and pride among residents of the area; create a positive identity for Rose Park throughout Long Beach and beyond; encourage an understanding of citizenship and civic responsibility; promote an appreciation for the neighborhood’s architectural history and preservation; and increase the quality of life in our neighborhood. If you’re not yet a member, we encourage you to join us! We need your ideas, your expertise and your participation! Everyone is welcome! Annual memberships run January 1st through December 31st, and cost $25 per household. To find out more, e-mail or visit our membership page