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Long Beach Rosie The Riveter Park And Interpretive Center Service Project
This three acre park located at 4900 E. Conant Street in Long Beach in an east side neighborhood, adjacent to the former Douglas Aircraft Plant. The park includes a walking path with a historical time line etched in the pavers along with symbols and quotations detailing the events of World War II. A memorial acknowledging that "All Gave Some and Some Gave All" during World War II in the military and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), is tucked into a grove of trees and surrounded by flowers. 
On the Monday after our meeting of each month, an LBGC volunteer work party meets in Rosie the Riveter Park for one hour to cut roses, rake up pine needles, weed around plants, cut back bushes, and generally tidy up the landscape to give visitors a tranquil spot at which to sit and reflect. We meet during fall, winter and spring at 9 a.m (September through May/June depending upon the temperature and switch to summer hours, meeting at 8 a.m.  fall/winter hours beginning in October, meeting at 8 a.m. (May/June-August).  We do not meet in December.  All volunteers are welcome. Please note that work parties have been cancelled in response to LA County and City of Long Beach guidelines until further notice.
 
Penny Pines Restoration Saving Forests $68 At A Time
The National Garden Club and the USDA Forest Service have formed a partnership sustaining our national and urban forests through the Penney Pines reforestation/forest education program.
Local Garden Clubs are encouraged to participate in a meaningful and practical conservation project by contributing $68.00 to a Penny Pines plantation as part of the costs of replanting replacement trees indigenous to a particular damaged area. Whether by fire or by other natural catastrophe, pine trees and other trees are replaced.
Under a conservation agreement, the forest service will do the planting, using garden club donations together with federal funds, and will provide to the plantation the same protection from fires, insects, and disease given other forested areas. The plantations are a part of the regular national forest reforestation program planted on burned-over and brush-covered areas which are potentially productive timberlands. Planting sites are selected by the supervisor of each national forest. These plantations provide soil protection, watershed protection, soil stabilization, future harvestable timber, as well as beauty and shade for recreation.
The Long Beach Garden Club budgets $272.00 annually to support 4 Penny Pines plantations.  In southern California, contributions may be used to prepare plantation sites for new trees or for planting seedlings grown in Forest Service nurseries throughout California. Seedlings are grown from local seeds and acorns, and replanted near the areas where the seeds were collected to improve their chance of survival. Funds are raised via member and guest Penny Pines contributions at  LBGC meetings and gatherings.
 
Horticultural Program at LBCC
The Long Beach City College Horticulture Program provides students with the training and practical experience for an entry-level position as well as continuing education for those working in the horticulture industry. Faculty from the program have spoken at LBGC meetings and provided tours of the Horticultural Program facilities. Donations to support the LBCC Horticultural Program are provided through club member LBGC Charitable Fund donations raised from gatherings including spring teas, summer/fall potlucks and raffles held at in-person meetings.
 
Sempervirens Fund: Conserving Redwood Forests
Since 1900, Sempervirens Fund has permanently protected more than 53 square miles of redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains at Big  Basin Redwoods State Park and beyond, by raising more than $50 million to purchase and protect forest lands. These lands provide critical wildlife habitat, clean air and water, and opportunities for us all to go out and enjoy the incredible local redwood forests.  By pooling funds from donors, Sempervirens Fund can buy land, establish conservation easements and negotiate trail easements. 
CGCI has officially been involved with the Sempervirens Fund since 1975 and CGCI donations have helped to protect over 200+ acres of Redwood forest land for future generations! LBGC is proud to be a part of this conservation effort. Donations are provided through club member LBGC Charitable Fund donations from gatherings including spring teas, summer/fall potlucks and raffles held at in-person meetings.
 
St. Gregory's Food Bank
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, which hosts LBGC monthly meetings, runs a volunteer “shelf stable” Food Bank that distributes bags of food to needy Long Beach clients. The church distributes food to 50-70 clients on the first Wednesday of each month. LBGC members are encouraged to bring “shelf stable” products from the Food Bank shopping list to support this local program.  Please note that LBGC in person meetings at St. Gregory's have been cancelled in response to LA County and City of Long Beach guidelines until further notice.
 
CGCI President's Project 2019-2021: Plant America - Plant Parks
The one and one-half acre San Bruno Mountain Botanical Garden was created in the late 1990's but exists in name only. The 2019-2021 President Project goal is to create a garden that represents native plant communities as well as provides an outdoor classroom to learn about the unique flora of San Bruno Mountain. This restoration project provides an opportunity to engage many communities: schools, neighborhood organizations and local businesses, as well as garden clubs throughout California. Donations to the President's Project are provided through club member LBGC Charitable Fund donations from gatherings including spring teas, summer/fall potlucks and raffles held at in-person meetings.
 
El Dorado Nature Center
The Long Beach municipal parks system began in 1888 when the City established Pacific Park. Post WW II expansion saw the construction of a number of new recreation facilities including a five-year land purchasing effort that created El Dorado Regional Park, situated along the San Gabriel River in northeast Long Beach. El Dorado Nature Center was begun in 1969, giving visitors a chance to experience a genuine wildlife habitat and forget they're in the City. Now the center's two lakes, stream and trails winds through grassland and forested areas that are home to foxes, gophers, turtles and hawks. LBGC is proud to support the Center's mission. Donations to the El Dorado Nature Center are provided through club member LBGC Charitable Fund donations from gatherings including spring teas, summer/fall potlucks and raffles held at in-person meetings.
 
Huntington/Seal Beach Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.
The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was formed in 1989. In 1998 the Chapter split off as the Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter, leaving the Long Beach Chapter to concentrate on the Long Beach Breakwater issue. H/SB Chapter programs focus on public awareness of environmental issues like runoff and litter that end up on our beaches and in our oceans. Activities include beach cleanups and presentations to community groups and schools. Donations to the H/SB Surfrider Foundation are provided through club member LBGC Charitable Fund donations from gatherings including spring teas, summer/fall potlucks and raffles held at in-person meetings.
 
Blue Star By Way Marker
The Blue Star Memorial Markers are a tribute to the United States Armed Forces.
The Blue Star became an icon in World War II and was seen on flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war, as well as in churches and businesses. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way. Memorial Markers and By-Way markers were added in 1994 to the Highway Markers, to be used at locations such as National cemeteries, parks, veteran's facilities and gardens. The program was expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would serve in the armed services of the United States. Since its inception, garden clubs have dedicated nearly 3,000 memorials and markers. Funds to establish and maintain the Blue Star Marker are provided through club member LBGC Charitable Fund donations from gatherings including spring teas, summer/fall potlucks and raffles held at in-person meetings.
 
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