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Relay for Life La Mirada May 14th at Splash! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by News Services/Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 17:52

In cooperation with the American Cancer Society, this year’s La Mirada Relay for Life event is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 15. All residents are invited to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and raise funds for cancer research.

There is still time for families, work groups and companies to form teams and participate I the event to help fight cancer.

Cancer survivors are invited to help open the event by walking the Survivor Lap on Saturday at 9 a.m. Note: Survivors are not required  to join a team or donate any money, just show up.

The Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. that evening. Fun activities will be held throughout the event including riding down the Buccaneer Bay waterslides on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Admission to Relay for Life is open to the public. For more information or to join the event, here or contact Relay for Life Specialist Silvia Constanza at (213) 700-7485. 

Day of Service is First Event for New Community Group PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:46

The first “Love La Mirada” day of service event will be held on April 30. Projects include painting and cleaning up local parks, improvements at schools, letters to veterans, visiting with seniors and other creative ways to serve.

The event day will begin at 8 a.m. with a launch rally at La Mirada First Church of the Nazarene, 15575 Foster Road. At the launch rally, volunteers will provide t-shirts, coffee, official wristbands, and further instructions on service projects. Projects will finish around noon and teams will return to the First Church of the Nazarene for lunch and a time of celebration with music, a bounce house and other activities.

Inspired by the Love Our Cities movement started in Modesto, California, Love La Mirada began with the support of a dozen local church leaders who decided to partner with La Mirada organizations, businesses and residents for the benefit of the community.

To sign up for a service project, visit

UFC Offering Free 22-Day Pass for Veterans to Support Awareness Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 22 April 2016 19:19

La Mirada~UFC GYM hosted their #22ADAY Campaign to generate awareness for the #22Kill Veteran Awareness Program, a global movement bridging the gap between veterans and civilians to build a community of support to help and address issues of veteran mental health.

UFC teamed up with 22 local business partners within Whittier, La Mirada, La Habra and Buena Park to share the experience and members and partners did 22 pushups each on Friday April 22nd at 2:22pm.

UFC Gym has a goal of generating 222,000 pushups to support the cause. Members who participated received a #22ADAY UFC Gym branded rubber bracelet to show their support after the event.

From April 22nd-30th, all Veterans will receive a 22-day UFC membership. Military ID required, contact UFC GYM/La Mirada at (714) 332-1770 for details.

La Mirada Carnival at Benton Now Open Through Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 04:23

La Mirada~The annual "4 La Mirada Kids" Community Carnival to be held at Benton Middle School is fast approaching. Guests can expect a fun-filled weekend with family and friends enjoying amusement park rides, food, and entertainment.

Entertainment acts include performances by Benton Middle School Band, The Oaks Sisters, The Grey Matter, Royals Cheer, Glory of Paradise, and Alohi Polynesia dancers.Craft vendors will be selling handmade items and decorative crafts. A variety of food trucks will be offering food items for sale. Tony Aiello of the La Mirada Blog will MC the festivities on Saturday.

Exciting rides and amusements will be available for those seeking thrills. Milder rides for younger children will also be offered.Tony Aiello of the La Mirada Blog will MC the entertainment on Saturday.

The La Mirada Community Foundation sponsors the carnival to raise funds for youth groups and community organizations that provide educational, cultural, and extracurricular opportunities in La Mirada. Carnival days and hours are Friday, April 22, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, April 23, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, April 24, 1 to 6 p.m.

Norwalk-La Mirada Middle School Students to Perform With La Mirada Symphony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 18 April 2016 17:50

La Mirada~30 Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District middle school students will showcase their musical talents at 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday, April 19 when they perform with the La Mirada Symphony at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

The annual music program highlights the District’s stellar visual and performing arts program. Two NLMUSD music teachers – Vanessa Trevino and David Yamamoto – will serve as guest conductors. The 1,000-student audience will include advanced band, orchestra and guitar students from District middle schools and the entire fifth-grade class.

The District offers every NLMUSD student the opportunity to take a music class upon entering sixth-grade. These performances with the La Mirada Symphony will allow potential VAPA students to experience the benefits of the program and inspire them to take advantage of the education opportunity.

In other Symphony news, their upcoming American Masters POP concert this Saturday night will feature revered works from George Gershwin, Morton Gould, and Leroy Anderson. They're also thrilled to premiere two new pieces from modern composers, Chris Anderson and Cody Gil.

For tickets to Saturday's performance and more information visit the Symphony's website here.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada.

Phantom Projects and La Mirada Blog Partner to Provide Free Theatre for all La Mirada Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 11 April 2016 17:37

La Mirada~On April 21 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Phantom Projects Theatre Group will continue it’s mission of using live theatre as a way to reach and teach teen audiences, with the powerful production of THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. The production, which mixes multi-media presentations and live theatre, focuses on the overall value of human life by comparing tragic historical events with stories inspired by today’s headlines.

The production features an all-youth cast, and an engaging post-show discussion with the audience and the performers.

Thanks to the 2015/16 Season Sponsor, La Mirada Blog, the message of the production, which also tackles bullying, racim, violence and intolerance, will be available for free to all students of La Mirada schools, and students living in La Mirada. The offer, which is only available in person at the La Mirada Theatre Box Office (14900 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada) is valid on new orders only.

La Mirada's Phantom Projects Presents The Center of the Universe April 21st PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 08 April 2016 18:46

Journey into the past and gain new perspective on the present as stories from slavery and the Holocaust are woven with events inspired by today's headlines.

Phantom’s Project’s next production of their 2015-16 season presented by the La Mirada Blog, The Center of the Universe will leave you motivated with an unforgettable message about the value of human life.

The Center of the Universe, written by Bruce Gevirtzman and directed by Steve Cisneros shows April 21st, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Boulevard.

Tickets: $10.00. Box Office: (562) 944-9801. Web:

One Killed, Two Injured in Late-Night Crash On Valley View PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 08 April 2016 18:28

La Mirada~A single-vehicle fatal traffic incident occurred around 11:45 p.m. last night near the intersection of Valley View Avenue and Artesia Boulevard along the La Mirada/Cerritos border.

The vehicle struck a tree and killed a male passenger and injured two females, one of them the driver. They remain hospitalized in serious condition.

Sheriff's officials, who have indicated speed was a factor, continue their investigation of the crash.

The Habit Coming to La Mirada; McDonald's Plans Continue to Move Forward PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 04 April 2016 18:18

La Mirada-If current plans continue, the city will have another dining option, The Habit Burger Grill.

City Planner Gabriel Bautista told the La Mirada Blog that The Habit has submitted plans for tenant improvements at the old Starbucks facility located at the southwest corner of La Mirada Boulevard and Imperial Highway.

The plans call for The Habit to convert the store and also take over part of the current wireless retail outlet adjacent to the unit.

With the amount of work to be done, including the installation of a full kitchen, no time frame can be set at this time for the possible opening of the restaurant said Bautista.

With headquarters in Irvine, The Habit currently operates 147 fast-casual stores, according to its website. It was founded in 1969 by two brothers in Santa Barbara.

We are hopeful, if plans continue to move forward, that the opening of the new restaurant would be before the end of the year.

Other Development News

Let’s hope The Habit doesn’t take as long as McDonald’s.

Across the street, as far as we can tell, McDonald’s still plans to lease and build where the iconic Carriage still stands at The Crossroads Center at Imperial Highway and Telegraph Road.

The project continues to move forward, even though now it’s been over two years since Rich Development (property owners) and McDonald’s announced the agreement.

Residents stormed city hall to save The Carriage, a famous La Mirada eatery, in March of 2014. It was then shuttered by a major kitchen fire in December of 2014.

The plan for the new Mickey D’s has already gone through the city planning process for approval, including two public hearings last year. Yet ,there has been little movement, even though McDonald’s presented tenant plans in February of last year.

Bautista told us McDonald’s, as far as he knows, still has intention to build however they have yet to pull a demolition permit for The Carriage.


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