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America – He’s Your President for Goodness Sake!

By William Thomas

There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon…

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Baby Shower!!!

Baby ShowerWe are about to welcome a new baby to the #LBCTweetup. You are invited to @ResaMichelle‘s baby shower on November 21 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving).

Come join us in celebrating Resa Barillas’ upcoming baby boy! We’re celebrating with afternoon h’ors d’ouvres, games and of course, a great time.

RSVP to Resa Barillas on Facebook. You can send Resa a message with your address if you’d like a snail mail invitation, too!

Be sure to bring a baby picture of yourself!

Resa is registered at Target.

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Let’s Salsa!!

Salsa dancing

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All right ladies and gents, by popular demand, and sponsorship of The Reef, we are going dancing! If you don’t dance, feel free to come and watch, eat, drink, and make merry with the LBC crowd.

What: Tweetup and Salsa Dancing (with lessons!)

When: Thursday, August 20, 2009 from 7:00 PM on. Dance Lessons start at 8. Happy Hour is from 4-7.

The Reef
880 S. Harbor Scenic Dr Long Beach, CA 90802

Please RSVP in the comments. I will need a headcount.

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Check out SoCal tweetups for details and to RSVP for a Downtown Disneyland Tweetup

Downtown Disney Summertime Tweetup

June 21, 2009 from 3 pm-5 pm

Tortilla Jo’s at Downtown Disney.

So RSVP to @ResaMichelle or @SoCalTweetups for a spot at Tortilla Jo’s (we’re calling in for tables on Friday the 19th – make sure you let us know by then!!).

See you there!

All ages are welcome
It’s free to hang out, but food and park admission are at your own cost
Non-tweeps are welcome too!

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We Love Long Beach Community BBQ

We Love Long Beach Community BBQ

On Saturday, May 23rd, We Love Long Beach (WLLB) will host its first Community BBQ of 2009. The event will be held at Marine Stadium Park from 1:00pm – 5:00pm and feature free food, live music, art exhibits, kid’s activities and an exhibition roller derby match!  We are particularly excited to introduce what we are calling “NGO Row”, where 10 different Long Beach based non-profit organizations will be on hand to build awareness and provide opportunities to make a difference in the needs of our city. We invite you to take part by attending this great event.  

We also would like to ask for your thoughtful support of WLLB. Whether it be for an individual event or the organization as a whole, your donation(s) of physical items, personal expertise and financial resources are essential to the ongoing mission of “knowing and serving” this great city.
Here’s how you can help:
o        Donate a Raffle Prize for the Spring 2009, WLLB Neighborhood BBQ.
Suggested items might include: Physical merchandise or a gift certificate for your retail, restaurant or professional services. (WLLB Tax ID #26-4139875)
o        Donate Financially. Checks can be made payable to “We Love Long Beach” or you can securely donate online through Paypal by clicking on the “Make a donation” button found on our homepage: www.welovelb.org. (WLLB Tax ID #26-4139875)
o        Donate your Time and Expertise.
·         Volunteer for the Spring BBQ or any other event. Contact: Robin Jones (robin@welovelb.org)
·         Become a Media Partner and contribute creatively through writing, graphic design, photography, video production, music, and/or web support.
·         Provide your professional expertise to support the ongoing operations and development of WLLB.  
We Love Long Beach is motivated by the belief that each person has a fundamental longing for relationship, justice and beauty. Our desire is to foster a community where knowing and serving the people, the neighborhoods and the city of Long Beach brings help, hope and restoration wherever it is needed. We invite you to partner with us in these efforts and thank you for your consideration.    

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Port Tweetup


We had a pretty good showing this past weekend for the Port tweetup. The Long Beach set of tweeters seems to have a healthy dose of photographers.

As a followup, @LBMatt and the Port want our feedback. Please take this survey. Enough positive feedback and we might be able to do it again!

Don’t forget to check out the photos in our Flickr Group, there are some pretty amazing shots.

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Impromptu Tweetups this week only


From @missmotormouth: Long Beach Impromptu Tweetup! The Aptera.com electric car at Smooth’s on Pine Thursday 6-8pm? Come find your inner-Jetsons! I am there!

Or dinner with @daNanner, @OakMonster and @Jasperblu at EJ’s on Broadway at 7:30, also on Thursday.

And if you’re really good at scheduling yourself you might be able to do both.

There is even a rumor going around of hanging around Downtown Long Beach to catch some of the TED attendees.


TweetUp in Long Beach-The Jazz Concert is Dawn Brooks & Cory Johnson Trio 7:30 pm at www.GraceFirst.org Free Will $ Offering

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