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9/11 Remembrances in La Mirada E-mail
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Sunday, 11 September 2016 11:06

La Mirada~Members of the La Mirada area clergy invite congregations and members of the community to take part in the 9/11 La Mirada Prayer gathering today 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the Eternal Flame in the civic center courtyard.

Also at 6:00 p.m. an informal Patriotic Rally will be held at the intersection of La Mirada Boulevard and Imperial Highway to honor our fallen heroes of September 11, 2011.

 
La Mirada Independence Day Celebration E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:10

La Mirada Blog recommends to NOT bringing your dog to this event

La Mirada~A spectacular fireworks show will light up the skies over La Mirada on Sunday, July 3 as part of the city's annual Independence Celebration.

Festivities will take place at La Mirada Regional Park starting at 4 p.m. A variety of food will be offered for sale by local community service organizations.  Live music will be played throughout the evening by Eagles tribute band, “Heartache Tonight,” and 80s band “Betamaxx.”

“The Independence Celebration is a favorite event of the year for many,” says Community Services Director Lori Thompson.  “Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun-filled day as we celebrate our nation’s independence.”

The evening will conclude with a patriotic program and fireworks show.

As a reminder to those planning to attend, charcoal bbq's are not permitted at the park. To help prevent trip hazards, rope and caution tape around picnic areas should not be used.

For more information, call (562) 943-7277.

Editors note: The La Mirada Blog does not recommend taking your dogs to this event annually held on July 3rd. It is our belief large crowds and of course the large mortar fireworks in the evening are a recipe for disaster. Many disturbing incidents involving dogs have been witnessed at this event over the years.

Of course, it is not illegal to bring your dog to an open space park, but we strongly discourage it on this day. Over 10,000 people traditionally attend this event. Also, if you live near the park, on this day, make arrangements for babysitters for your pets or stay home with them yourself.

Then, the next day on the 4th, of course, the responsibility continues as La Mirada is STILL a city that allows the sale of safe-and-sane fireworks. The fireworks sales/stands are a fundraising opportunity for many local groups who say they just cannot do without the money-it being one of the largest fundraisers of the year.

Thus, the city becomes a war zone for the night with large sophisticated projectiles detonated by residents, mixing in with the families enjoying their legal fireworks.

Law enforcement is overwhelmed and of course cannot keep up with the dozens of calls and infractions. The deputy city manager doing a ride-along with officers just doesn't cut it. The economic effect is also troubling. The city has to pay an astronomical amount of money to pay for all the deputies and other personnel it has to deploy.

ALL fireworks should be banned in La Mirada, period, just like in other cities, who's non-profits and other organizations seem to get along just fine without selling fireworks.


 
Spring Beautification Winners to be Presented With Awards E-mail
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Monday, 13 June 2016 04:11

The winners of the annual La Mirada Spring Beautification program will be announced tonight.

The program recognizes the efforts of homeowners, schools, and businesses who enhance and preserve the beauty of the community. Property owners who have achieved a measure of excellence in the exterior maintenance and landscaping of their property are honored through this program.

Spring Beautification reinforces the high standards of the City and the spirit of neighborhood pride, which is the foundation of a well-kept community. Well-kept homes increase neighborhood property values and preserve La Mirada as an attractive community.

For this year’s program, volunteer judges reviewed homes in La Mirada from March 14 through March 25 for excellence in landscaping and exterior maintenance.

Award recipients will be honored at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Monday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. The “Most Improved” and “Most Outstanding” award recipients will be shown during a slideshow presentation and winners will be presented with awards. Over 200 residents will receive recognition.

 
Kiwanis Awards $1000 to Five La Mirada High School Seniors E-mail
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Thursday, 02 June 2016 04:17

Fom right to left:  President Steve Jones,  Dante Gonzales,  Michael Caplan,  Vittoria Reynoso-Avila,  Tori Pflanzer,  Madison Friend, Scholarship Chair Pat Ruiz

La Mirada~The winners of the 2015-2016 La Mirada Kiwanis Senior Scholarships were honored at the  May 18th breakfast meeting of the club. Each will receive a $1000 award which will be deposited in their student account at the college of their choice.

All of the awardees are senior students at La Mirada High School graduating in 2016.   Dante Gonzales will study Environmental Science at UC Berkeley.  Michael Caplan will seek a career in Law at UCSB.  Vittorio Reynoso-Avila will study for an Engineering Degree at Princeton U.  Tori Pflanzer will study Psychology at Biola University. Madison Friend will attend UC Davis to become a Veterinarian.

In the past few years, Kiwanis has distributed over100 computers which were brought up to standard by Chris Staples, Kiwanian and owner of Advanced Network Consulting. They were distributed to children at Elementary Schools in La Mirada for their home use. Also, children with special needs were thrilled to get 10 IPads for their classroom use.

This year, $5000 was allocated to Middle School teachers who applied for the grants for projects or equipment to benefit students in their classrooms, their MP Rooms or their grade level studies. Teachers from Benton, Los Coyotes and Hutchinson Middle Schools benefitted from this special grant program from Kiwanis.

Kiwanis President, Steve Jones, said, “We are proud of the projects that La Mirada Kiwanis night and morning groups have chosen to fulfill the motto of Kiwanis International “Serving the Children of the World.” These projects have enriched the lives of the children of La Mirada in sports, in schools, in Scout groups, in the arts and more.”

La Mirada~The winners of the 2015-2016 La Mirada Kiwanis Senior Scholarships were honored at the  May 18th breakfast meeting of the club. Each will receive a $1000 award which will be deposited in their student account at the college of their choice.

All of the awardees are senior students at La Mirada High School graduating in 2016.   Dante Gonzales will study Environmental Science at UC Berkeley.  Michael Caplan will seek a career in Law at UCSB.  Vittorio Reynoso-Avila will study for an Engineering Degree at Princeton U.  Tori Pflanzer will study Psychology at Biola University. Madison Friend will attend UC Davis to become a Veterinarian.

In the past few years, Kiwanis has distributed over100 computers which were brought up to standard by Chris Staples, Kiwanian and owner of Advanced Network Consulting. They were distributed to children at Elementary Schools in La Mirada for their home use. Also, children with special needs were thrilled to get 10 IPads for their classroom use.

This year, $5000 was allocated to Middle School teachers who applied for the grants for projects or equipment to benefit students in their classrooms, their MP Rooms or their grade level studies. Teachers from Benton, Los Coyotes and Hutchinson Middle Schools benefitted from this special grant program from Kiwanis.

Kiwanis President, Steve Jones, said, “We are proud of the projects that La Mirada Kiwanis night and morning groups have chosen to fulfill the motto of Kiwanis International “Serving the Children of the World.” These projects have enriched the lives of the children of La Mirada in sports, in schools, in Scout groups, in the arts and more.”

 
SATURDAY/SUNDAY: Relay for Life Information E-mail
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Friday, 13 May 2016 18:04

La Mirada~The entire community is invited to come out to this year’s La Mirada Relay for Life event 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.

Visit relayforlife.org/lamiradaca for the entertainment schedule, theme lap log and other information.

Cancer survivors are encouraged to show up by 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning to participate in the Survivor Parade.

No food trucks this year. Only La Mirada Restaurants will be represented and they are donating part of their proceeds. They include: Green Chile, Sizzler, Pizza Hut, Jersey Mikes, Tom's Tailgate and BFF Itailan Ice.

The Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday 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 free and open to the public. For more information contact Relay for Life specialist Silvia Constanza at (213) 700-7485.


 
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