Thursday, April 9, 2009

Green Long Beach! Festival Update 04.09.09

Hi Friends in our Local Green Communities!

We are exactly one month away from our Green Long Beach! Festival in the East Village Arts District on May 9th! The festival planning team is plugging away working out details for a successful event and we are all very excited about the incredible response and interest that there is both locally and from out of state. The festival theme of "Down to Earth" really describes our local Long Beach community - we are neighborhoods connecting with each other, helping each other, and encouraging each other towards making sustainable choices. This is not only Long Beach's first "green" festival, but this is "our community's" festival. And it will be a fun time too!

We've done so much in a short period of time and we are in our last month's stretch before the festival. The team wanted to thank you so much for your support and willingness to be part of our broader green community. We hope that further connections with other green groups, businesses, and individuals will bear much fruit for you!

If you have submitted your participation forms for vendors, booths, performances, volunteering, or workshops, we will be sending you a confirmation packet and will contact you soon to work out details. If you have yet to submit your participation forms, you can get the forms here:

Festival Reminders:

+ Bring your own reusable tote bag to the festival.

+ Bring your own T-shirt to the festival to have the festival logo printed right on for just $5! Keep an eye out for pre-festival opportunities to get your early-bird festival T-shirt.

+ Ride the bus to the festival or ride your bike.

+ Bring your own water bottle or jug, straw, utensils or chop sticks to the festival.

+ If you'll be passing out materials at the festival, think green and creative - use multi-purpose type advertising like t-shirts or buttons or write on someone's shirt or tote bag or some other fun way to tell others about your group or business. Let's try to minimize paper flyers! Or at least, let's use recycled paper!

Here are ways that you can stay connected with us:

+ Check out our Web Site:

+ RSVP on Facebook:

+ Follow us on Twitter:

Here are ways that you can help out:

+ Pass word along to your family, friends and social networks about the festival. Here's a Social Media Release that you can use:

+ Volunteer for set up and clean up crews, assist with various errands, and more. Go here for more on volunteering:

+ Artists join the Creative Landscape Team to help design a street, alley, the art park, or the main stage. Contact Ryan Blanc at

+ Join the Marketing Team to help get the word out to the local community. We'll be meeting every Monday and Wednesday at 7pm at the new coffee house Sipology on Broadway and Linden. Contact Ryan Blanc at

+ Support the festival by becoming a Sponsor! You can offer financial support or have your organization offer an endorsement. Go here for more on sponsoring:

Thanks everyone! Let's stay connected and let's get "down to earth"!

Eric Leocadio
Green Long Beach! Festival Communications Director

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