Big news + many happenings in February!



Willmore City Enterprise

View the February WCHA Newsletter, the award winning Willmore City Enterprise:  WCHA will send you a hard copy of next months Willmore Enterprise in the mail.  Email your mailing address information to


WCHA Board + Elections

Contact:  Cheryl Perry –  562.715.0804

The WCHA Board is sad to announce that Michelle Muniz, Vice President will be stepping down in March, due to her new job and family obligations. We all appreciate her service to our community and look forward to her and José’s continuing support. 


At the March General Meeting, WCHA will host Board Elections to fill  the open seats.  Both Patty Lund, Secretary and Emily Tanaka, Web Communications seats are up for re-election.  If you are interested in becoming a Board Member please contact Cheryl Perry. 


Grant Writing Committee

Contact:  Kathleen Irvine – 562.612.0639

If you are not aware, the WCHA has written many grants that have improved our neighborhood – from Port of Long Beach, Neighborhood Partners Program, DLBA, Long Beach Navy Heritage etc. There are many many grant opportunities that we come across – WCHA cannot write them all! If you are interested in trying your hand at writing, please let Kathleen know – we appreciate your help getting all that free money!


Available Willmore City Trash Can

Contact:  Michelle Muniz –  714.478.9647

We have ONE Willmore City trash can available for anyone who is interested in helping us reduce the amount of trash in our streets and parkways. Please contact Michelle for more information.




Tree Planting

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Location: Meet on 7th Street between Locust Ave and Long Beach Blvd

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The Downtown Residential Council and North Pine Neighborhood Alliance invite you to help beautify Downtown Long Beach further by attending + volunteering at this tree planting event. They are planting 7+ trees to enhance the business corridor on 7th in the North Pine neighborhood. 


Spirit of Downtown Award + Celebrate Downtown 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Event information:

The event is free, but space is limited and an RSVP is required.

To RSVP call the DLBA at 562-436-4259.


Willmore’s very own Jim Danno and Kathleen Irvine, along with Millworks Long Beach, are being recognized on February 7th by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) for their contributions to the Downtown community. They are receiving the “Spirit of Downtown Award” from the DLBA at “Celebrate Downtown 2013”, an annual event that lauds the accomplishments made in Downtown during the past year and honors those who have worked to make Downtown successful. 


Tree Planting

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Time: 9:30 am- finish

Location: Meet at the parking lot on Broadway and Elm in the East Village

Facebook Event Link:


The Downtown Residential Council and East Village Alliance invite you to help beautify Downtown Long Beach further by attending + volunteering at this tree planting event. They are planting approximately 25+ trees in the East Village within the 2nd District Boundaries (Long Beach Blvd – Alamitos & North of Ocean Blvd – Third Street)


Neighborhood Cleanup

Saturday, February 16, 2013

10:00 am – until we are finished

Kick-off location: Jana Shield’s House 646 W. 9th Street, Long Beach, CA 90813


Calling all neighbors and friends of Willmore City! It’s that time of year again – winter cleanup getting ready for spring!


Tools and the dumpster are provided by City of Long Beach, Neighborhood Services Department. Volunteers can troll the streets, and courts and ways with WCHA, looking for unsightly trash—last year, over half a dozen couches along with many other unwanted furniture pieces were collected. You may also wish to bring your own unwanted NONHAZARDOUS trash to the dumpster.


The cleanup will include the Willmore Heritage Garden, at 7th and Maine. Certified Horticulturist, Kathleen Irvine, will lead the way, showing how to cut back the plants, and which ones are weeds and which ones are wildflowers.


Free refreshments and a chance to work with your neighbors to get ready for a fresh, new spring—what could be better?!


Willmore City General Meeting

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Drake Park Community Center:  951 North Park Circle Drive, Long Beach, CA 90813


Please join the WCHA for presentations by renowned artist, Art Mortimer (, and the City of Long Beach, Department of Public Works. Derek Wieske from Public Works and Kekoa Anderson will be speaking about the planned Shoemaker Bridge (7th Street, 710 on-ramp) replacement, the mural and the LA River Bike Way. Art will be sharing his vision for the planned mural that will go on the 150-foot wall at the Willmore Heritage Garden.  This meeting is open to all and there will be an opportunity drawing for attendees to enter.


Long Beach Heritage Preservation Awards

Thursday, February 21, 2013

5:30 pm, no host bar + silent auction

7:15 pm, dinner

Queen Mary of Long Beach

Contact: + 562.290.2962

Event information:


The Willmore City Heritage Association is proud to announce that Long Beach Heritage will be honoring the WCHA with an award for rehabilitation for the Jergins Pillar Project at their annual Preservation Awards Benefit.  We hope that you will join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the WCHA and the other preservationists in our City while helping Long Beach Heritage with their mission of advocacy and education. 


Please contact Emily if you are attending the Benefit.  She is compiling of Willmore City attendees, so LBH will seat us (cheer squad) all in the same vicinity.  

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