The Downtown Long Beach Alliance is hosting their Celebrate Downtown event on Thursday, March 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Lincoln Park.
The event will feature music by Heather and Aly on the main stage beginning at 7:20 p.m., exercise classes from Urban School of Self Defense from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and F45 Training from 6:10 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pet owners can bring their four-legged friends for the Bark! Bark! Obedience Class from 6:25 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
Although food tickets for the local vendors at the event have sold out, guests are welcome to bring their own food to the park and enjoy all the other activities Celebrate Downtown has to offer.
The event will kick off with The Downtown Long Beach Alliance recognizing the 2021 Spirit of Downtown Honorees who have made an impact on the downtown community.
“The accomplishments achieved by the individuals and organizations, especially during the pandemic, reflect the strength and resiliency that is part of the Downtown DNA,” said Broc Coward, Downtown Long Beach Alliance Chief Operating Officer.
The Downtown Long Beach Alliance will be honoring six groups and organizations that have contributed to the betterment of the downtown community through creating community unity and helping those in underserved communities.
Jamaica Aali will be accepting the honor of the Black Everywhere organization which aims at empowering the black community through community unification. Sheila Gibbons and Alan Giomi of Willmore Baking Company are accepting the honor as they have contributed to the community by offering free eight-week professional baking workshops to low and no-income individuals.
Rob Smith of Alley Cat Deliveries is being honored for his contribution of labor and materials to businesses that experienced vandalism in the downtown community. Mayor Robert Garcia is being honored as well for his work in Long Beach and his commitment to supporting women’s rights, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Two organizations, Pedal Movement and Downtown Runners, will also be honored for their ability to bring community members together and support small businesses and local causes.
The Downtown Long Beach Alliance will also give an update on progress made in Downtown Long Beach and what might be in store for the future of the growing community.
For more information, follow the Downtown Long Beach Alliance @dlba on Instagram.
By Morgan Trivitt