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First Friday Fun Around the Corner!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
City Councilmembers' Rae Gabelich & James Johnson of the 8th and 7th districts share a special moment with BMX founder Scott Breithaupt and Mayor Bob Foster at the last Friday First

City Councilmembers' Rae Gabelich & James Johnson of the 8th and 7th districts share a special moment with BMX founder Scott Breithaupt and Mayor Bob Foster at the last Friday First

Yippi Kai Yay Bixby Boomers!  It’s your old pal and eponymous blogger of thissy here website,  The Knolls Ranger!  (cue tumultuous fanfare)

Knolls Ranger: Lover

Knolls Ranger: Lover

And boy george, am I ever excited right now!  “Why is that?” you respond with obligatory interest.  Because dear internet chum, another First Friday is soon to be upon us.

First Friday:  A Hat-Swappin' Good Time For Everyone!

First Friday: A Hat-Swappin' Good Time For Everyone!

“Holy Cats!”  Come the cries from the other ends of screens snaking infinitely outwards from within the nebula that is the information superhighway, “You really mean it Knolls Ranger!  You mean that my beloved Bixby Knolls (located just North of the 405 around the Cal heights region of Long Beach) is gearing up for another one of their slam-dunk epochal arts and community events lovingly dubbed First Fridays wherein there will undoubtedly be potent potables, merry-making musicians, live art, and colorful characters!”

To which we at Knolls Ranger Dot Com, nod once, close both eyes contentedly and utter our favorite word, “Yes.”*

Hooray!

Hooray!

Last month’s First Friday was a palpable potpourri of community engagement and artistic expression.  Our wonderful Mayor Bob Foster showed up at the Dana Branch Public Library with City Councilmember James Johnson to crack-wise with the kids and impart valuable lessons on the import of reading.

De Mayor und Ich

De Mayor und Ich

Tiny tots gettin' their learnin' on!

Tiny tots gettin' their learnin' on!

A bunch of roving bands took to the streets like bohemian buskers playing everything from smooth jazz to death metal.

Much Merriement

Much Merriement

Drumming and dancing!  Looks like community engagement to me!

Drumming and dancing! Looks like community engagement to me!

There was lot’s of live painting from local practicing artistes!

Don't.  Move.  A Muscle.

Scott Breithaupt, the founding father of BMX bikes was on hand at the Expo Furniture Warehouse for their display of 40 Years of BMX History.  Which featured classic collector bikes, old jersies, National Champion Trophies, and historical clippings.

Bicycle Moto Cross got it's start in Long Beach after all.

Bicycle Moto Cross got it's start in Long Beach after all.

And I was of course there to see, taste, experience, and document it all!

Check out my 180 Barspin Y'all!

Check out my 180 Barspin Y'all!

So the question is, how do we match it this month?  Can lightning strike the same place twice even though conventional logic stubbornly maintains it cannot.  Well; with a tree and Menorah lightning ceremony, Christmas carolers, rock-a-billy rovers, the eagerly anticipated return of the Long Beach Clothing Company, and special appearances by both Kris Kringle and Harry Potter; it certainly seems like it will.

Some Special Guests to Bixby Knolls

Some Special Guests to Bixby Knolls

* Here is a partial list of other words we very much like: Shin-dig, hootenanny, lugubrious, and cheese-wheel.  Thank you for your time.

The Ranger Marshals the Marshalls Grand Opening!

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Councilwoman Gabelich, Congresswoman Richards, Bill Baker, the ranger, and more!
Get your shop on Bixby! After over a decade of decadent degradation on a plot of property in the Northern quadrant of beauteous Bixby Knolls, it was high time for a hootenanny of epic proportion when dynamite retailer Marshalls opened their ambrosial doors last Thursday to the public. The coffee and coco flowed like wine as Long Beach dignitaries and citizens alike flocked to the Grand Opening.

Can we shop yet?
To fully appreciate the grandeur of this North Long Beach victory we must understand the tremendous history behind this unveiling. So gather ‘round kiddies and travel back with me through the fogs of yesteryear to a time nearly forgotten. And as we ride the space-time continuum, I beseech you to beware of the dreaded Morlocks. (I ain’t trustin’ nothin’ that ain’t got no melanin. My regards to auld H.G.)

Gut Munching Troglodytes from Man's Future
Y’see before 4450 Atlantic was a Marshalls (holla!), it was a pigeon riddled pit of despair. Formerly a Robert’s department store, this vacant building hadn’t seen a customer in ages. But property owners at Gaska Inc. weren’t unawares of the Knolls eye sore, and in fact were working quietly night and day for the better part of six years to correct this!  Deep within their business laboratory, they labored to concoct the perfect elixer which would transform the space by the light of the full moon into the denim-jeans-and-designer-hand-bag-slinging retailer you see today! But in order to achieve this dream they needed the aide of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency.

Amy Bodek and the Knolls Ranger
“Development of this modern Marshalls Department Store has concurrently eliminated a blighting condition at the former vacant Roberts store site and serves as a beacon for the continued revitalization of North Long Beach,” stated RDA Executive Director Amy Bodek in her now famous, “Marshalls Woot Woot!” speech. The RDA approved a $3.7 million loan (which roughly translates to ₩4,543,600,000 for our readers in South Korea) to develop the new Marshalls as well as a $500,000 façade improvement grant (614 million won, [you’re welcome Satchmojoey]). With these kind of smackaroo’s backin’ ‘em up, it was merely a matter of convincing Marshall’s parent company TJ Maxx that such a venture was a good idea. Easy peasy.

Leave it to me Gaska!
Last October Bixby Knolls residents took turns heaving bricks and boulders at the old domicile à la Shirley Jackson. (I was there y’all!) And for the better part of a year the Ed Grush Construction company had been building the beautiful Marshalls you see today.  Finally, on an unusually crisp August morning, the unveiling began…

Councilwoman Gabelich and the Ranger Remember
All of the Long beach big-wigs were at the grand opening ceremony including Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Councilwoman Rae Gabelich of the Eighth District, Chair of the Long Beach Redevelopement Agency Bill Baker, RDA director Amy Bodek, executive director of the BKBIA Blair Cohn, the Duke and Duchess of Bixby, and yours truly, the Knolls Ranger. (I raffled off a couple blow dryers.)

And the winner is...

The Ranger and the Duchess

Woo-hoo!

The Duke and Duchess

The new Marshalls is your one-stop shop for all your back to school needs.  Check them out at 4450 Atlantic!  Photos courtesy of Blair Cohn and Thomas Wasper.