The Long Beach Post: Something From Nothing
Written by Sander Roscoe Wolff
For June’s Bixby Knolls’ First Fridays event, which is taking place this Friday from 6-9 PM, Nino’s Restaurant invited Amy to host a GreenLB preview event in their parking lot. The restaurant has a long history of hosting art and music in their bar area, so this seems like a natural extension of that.
“Carina [Cristiano, who organizes banquets and special events for the family owned restaurant -srw] reached out to me personally, wanting to do a collaboration between Nino’s and GreenLB,” Amy said. “She wanted to help promote our festival and our efforts to fund-raise, and we in return are grateful and want to also support what Nino’s does during 1st Fridays.
“Since Nino’s always has art and music, I decided to incorporate some of our festival participants, such as musicians, artists, and fashion designers into the mix. This way, we market the festival, we support a local business, and we also give these artists another outlet to showcase their talents.
“I told the artists/musicians from the beginning,” Amy explained, “that them getting involved with GreenLB not only meant participating in the festival, but also for other events we hold.
“Jose Pina and myself will be ‘live painting’ outside. GreenLB will have a table in the parking lot where we will be selling plants, desserts made by our very own members, and two bands: The Lost Hours and The LBians. We’ll also feature two local fashion designers, Amabelle Aguiluz and Tania. We also have bands inside as well: Glasshouse Construction Co, and Along for the Ride.
“So I am very happy about how this Friday will go,” said Amy. “I think this is a great opportunity for GreenLB because we have been trying to bring the Downtown Long Beach community closer to other parts of Long Beach. In the future we want to continue spreading our roots into Belmont Shore, Naples, and other neighborhoods.
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