RPNA is happy to let our readers know of this Saturday’s inaugural Idea Fest: Long Beach, a one-day festival presented by members of the 25th class of Leadership Long Beach, which will take place this Saturday, June 7th, from 11:00a until 7:00p. The event will be held in Orizaba Park (14th St at Orizaba Ave) and in several nearby locations—Alex’s Bar, Joe Jost’s, Gladys Urban Farm, and the Artist Co-Op (1330 Gladys Ave). Idea Fest is designed to transform and inspire the Long Beach community through classes, music, art, food, and fun. Stop by, exchange ideas, enjoy live music, sample wonderful food, and celebrate the diversity of our city.
More than 20 classes, lectures, and idea exchanges (all an hour long) will be held throughout the day either at the park, which features a wonderful new LEED-certified community center, or at the four other locations. Topics will include urban gardening, the sounds of Long Beach, the history of the Zaferia District, an overview of the oil islands of Long Beach, and many others. In the park, on the main stage, entertainment will be offered, including performances by the Long Beach Community Band, Riot Stage, Peacemakers, Evin Shegina, and other local Long Beach musicians.
You can review details about the courses and other offerings at the event’s website, ideafestlb.org. Seating is limited for classes and lectures and can be reserved on the event site. Classes costs $3.00 plus a very small service fee when purchased via the web site; they can be purchased for $4.00 in cash on the day of the event at the door of any class that has remaining seats available.
In addition to the event’s classes, entertainment, and food—which, by the way, will be prepared by local restaurants and some terrific food trucks—organizers are hosting several IF:LABS, which are topically oriented discussions for atendees that will be facilitated by local thinkers, creators, and community builders. All IF:LABs are free. The graphic below, which shows the day’s events arranged into its hour-long tracks (11:00a, 12:00p, 1:00p, and so on) will give you a means to know how to plan your day so that you won’t miss any of the classes, lectures, or labs that look interesting to you. Clicking on that graphic will permit you to view it as a downloadable/printable PDF document.
Everyone is invited to attend. It looks to be a great day of food, music, and fun, where participants can greet, meet, and network with neighbors and other lovers of Long beach, and engage in some constructive dialog about the future of our city.