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Rancho Los Alamitos Annual Cotton Award Luncheon recognizes Steve Goodling, Jean Bixby Smith and Barbara Bixby Blackwell

Over 420 community and business leaders, educators and residents attended the 8th annual Cottonwood Award Luncheon at Rancho Los Alamitos on Thursday, May 30, 2019. This a one-of-a-kind experience hosted by the Rancho celebrates individuals who have shown significant leadership in enhancing, promoting and supporting the cultural communities of the Southern California region.

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Barbara Bixby Blackwell (left) and Jean Bixby Smith (right) congratulate Steve Goodling at the 8th Annual Cottonwood Award Luncheon. Photo by Doug Cox.

This year’s recipient of the Cottonwood Award was Steve Goodling, President and CEO of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. The award was presented by Mayor Robert Garcia who praised Goodling for his enthusiasm, acumen, and endless energy in promoting Long Beach and its cultural institutions. Steve Goodling has been a long-time friend and supporter of Rancho Los Alamitos and many other arts and cultural organization in the city. On numerous occasions and for many causes, Steve has committed his personal time and the time, talent, and resources of the CVB to help raise much-needed funds and promote cultural events and activities throughout the city.

Special recognition was also given to Jean Bixby Smith and Barbara Bixby Blackwell of Rancho Los Cerritos for the significant impact they and Rancho Los Cerritos have made to the cultural development of the City of Long Beach.

Funds raised by the “sold-out” event help to support the extraordinary educational programs the Rancho provides to children, families and visitors to the site. Rancho Los Alamitos, the “Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods,” is a Long Beach City Landmark and is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rancho has a continuous history that stretches back for more than 1500 years and reflects the many people who have called it home – from the first people, the Tongva-Gabrielino settlers to the European colonists to the American ranchers and farmers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The 7½-acre historic site includes four acres of nationally significant historic gardens, a ranch house (1790-1933), and restored barnyard of the early 20th-century working ranch.

Children and adults alike are enlightened and delighted when touring the ranch house and interpretive center, communing with nature in the lush gardens and visiting with the farm animals (horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits) housed in the barns area.

The Rancho is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and is located at 6400 E. Bixby Hill, Long Beach, CA 90815 (guests enter at the Bixby Hill residential security gate at Anaheim and Palo Verde.) Guided tours of the Ranch house, and Barns Area start every 30 minutes from the Rancho Center with the last tour beginning at 4:00 pm. Visitors may tour the gardens with a docent or opt for a self-guided tour. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 562-431-3541 or email [email protected]. The not-for-profit Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation operates the Rancho in a public/private partnership with the City of Long Beach under the Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine.

This article was released by Rancho Los Alamitos.