May Events in Willmore City Historic District


May Day Festival in Drake Park

On Saturday, May 5, 2012 1:00pm – 4:00pm  will be the annual May Day Festival in Drake Park celebration.  This event brings Willmore City Historic District residents, friends from throughout Long Beach, and various community groups together to enjoy a fantastic Long Beach afternoon in the park.

In honor of May Day, there will be May Pole dancing led by the Dalmation-American Club and Narodni Folk Dancers.  Attendees young and old are encouraged to participate.  Mexican Culture Ballet Folklorico  will also be on hand to present an impressive dance showcase.

There will be several FREE activities for the children:  a bounce house, games led by Long Beach Parks and Recreation & Marine, and fun crafts to take home.  Friend’s House at Drake Park is hosting a free book give-away.

Long Beach Heritage’s Bembridge Homesite is offering house tours from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for a $2 donation. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.  The house is a magnificent and highly ornate example of late Victorian architecture, and both the exterior and interior exemplify the finest accomplishments of turn-of-the-century architectural designers and craftsmen. It is the single most important example of this style of architecture remaining in the Long Beach today, and is considered by many to be the most significant residential historic landmark structure in the City. Amazingly, the house is in almost pristine original condition, and contains many of the original furnishings dating from the early 1900’s which were owned by the Rankin family when they purchased the house in 1919.

A Health Fair  will offer information and screening services.

The event sponsors are: Long Beach Heritage and the Bembridge Heritage Homesite, Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Dept., Willmore City Heritage Association, The Dark Park Community Center, St. Mary Medical Center, Friends’ House at Drake Park, The Dalmation-American Club, Narodni Folk Dancers, Community Partners Council, Mexican Culture Ballet Folklorico, and Robert Garcia 1st District Council Office and Beacon House.

PLACE:  Drake Park  – 951 Maine Avenue

DATE:  Saturday, May 5, 2012

TIME: 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Code Enforcement Meeting

This meeting gives neighbors a platform to report code violations they observe occurring in the Willmore City / Drake Park Historic District and the West End neighborhoods with a City of Long Beach Code Enforcement representative.  To learn more about the City’s Code Enforcement program, Neighborhood Services Bureau visit

PLACE: Drake Park Community Center – 951 Maine Avenue

DATE:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Monthly Meeting:  “I Remember Long Beach”  Screening

This month we will be screening “I Remember Long Beach” a film that shares eyewitness accounts and photographs of Long Beach. You can learn more about this documentary series by visiting:

PLACE:  Drake Park Community Center – 951 Maine Avenue

DATE:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TIME: 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Bembridge House Docent Training:  Available Every Tuesday!

Come learn about Long Beach history, the Bembridge House, and be a docent at the Bembridge House Historic Site to share the home’s story.  It takes approximately 2 hours.  Docent training available most Tuesday’s between 1-4pm.  Contact Jill Black at or  562-495-3377  to schedule your class.

953 N Park Circle Drive, Long Beach CA 
In the Drake Park,  Willmore City Historic District of Long Beach California

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