Relay for Life La Mirada/Whittier May 18th and 19th at Splash! E-mail
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Friday, 19 April 2019 16:11

La Mirada~The Relay for Life La Mirada/Whittier will be held May 18 through May 19 at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center. Relay for Life is a 24-hour community gathering designed to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and raise funds for cancer research, services and advocacy.

The day begins on May 18 at 9 a.m. with a “Survivors Lap” during which cancer survivors are honored, followed by a second lap where survivors are joined by their family and caregivers. We are adding something new this year by having our oncologists, radiologists, nurse navigators, and nursing staff that made surviving Cncer possible, join our survivors for the Caregiver Lap.

Fun activities will be held throughout the event including riding down the Splash! Buccaneer Bay waterslides on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person, or free to 2019 Buccaneer Bay season pass holders.

At 9 p.m. luminaries are placed around the track for those being honored for surviving, those who are currently fighting cancer and those who are being memorialized.

The event closes on May 19 with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis Club followed by a “Fight Back Ceremony” where the community and individuals pledge to work to eradicate cancer.

11th Annual Duck Derby Follows Easter Egg Hunt E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:41

The 11th Annual Going Quackers for Kids Derby Duck Race is this Saturday, March 31 immediately following the Easter Egg Hunt. This fun–for-all-ages event will take place at Splash! Enter the back gate of Splash! by following the duck prints!  Bring a blanket, and enjoy some family time. All kids’ games and activities are FREE!

The Duck Race is sponsored by La Mirada Kiwanis and benefits multiple La Mirada community groups. Fifty percent of duck sales go directly to the selling groups. With $3,500 in cash prizes, and many other prizes, your odds are better than the lottery, and more fun!

There is a sponsor race and the main race with 5,000 ducks. Individual ducks for main race are $5.00 or 6 for $25.00, visit the Duck Race web site for more information including how to purchase a duck corporate sponsorship.

We’ll see you and your family this Saturday at Splash! after the Easter Egg Hunt!

It’s the “End of an Era” in La Mirada E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:49

By Brooklynn Ackerman and Tony Aiello

La Mirada~April has a different feel in town this year as it appears that the “4 La Mirada Kids Carnival” at Benton Middle School will not take place after a 23-year run.

The three-day event has been held since 1994, when it was started by a core group consisting of Howard Haas (La Mirada High School Principal), Pete Dames (La Mirada City Council), Gary Sloan (La Mirada City Manager) and visionary Ray Haugh (Kiwanis Club of La Mirada).

Haugh originally pitched the idea about hosting a carnival in 1983, but it was shelved until 1994 when Haas approached the group saying that La Mirada High School was falling short by $10,000 for extracurricular activities. These funds were jeopardized by education budget cuts at the time.

So, the group started the event to help raise funds for local educational programs and activities such as field trips, sports and band equipment. In 1996, the carnival raised $33,500 for this purpose.

The carnival would go on to raise over $30,000 annually and consistently, for many years, with 100% of the proceeds going back into the community.

The Kiwanis Club was the major underwriter of the event until the La Mirada Community Foundation took over about 15 years ago. The Foundation has stated they would not be the signing authority (insurance) in 2018, putting the carnival in jeopardy.

Foundation member and former City Councilman Hal Malkin, an early-year organizer and contributor for many seasons said, “There have been some disasters over the past few years. Rain two years ago and last year the county shut down the rides,” he said in a phone interview, “It’s just dwindled over the years and it’s the end of an era, it’s seen its life.”

Also in question this year is where the carnival would be hosted as Benton is currently undergoing major athletic field renovations.

Current organizers are hopeful and said the event could possibly be held at an alternate location this year and perhaps return to Benton next year if a new sponsor could be found.

UFC to Host Taste of La Mirada/Farmers Market August 31st E-mail
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:55

La Mirada~ Join the UFC GYM La Mirada for the Taste of La Mirada Food & Fitness Event Thursday, August 31st from 4:00pm-9:00pm.

Various restaurants and food vendors from the greater La Mirada area will be converging on the UFC parking lot which will also feature a La Mirada Farmers Market.

Prizes will be raffled off including a 48” television and autographed boxing gloves.

There will be music, entertainment, fitness, games and more.

UFC will also be offering free guest workouts to the community from August 18th to August 31st. 

Local restaurants or food trucks interested in participating may contact James at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

UFC Gym La Mirada is located at 14000 La Mirada Boulevard, adjacent  to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

First Annual Health & Wellness Fair This Saturday E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:39

La Mirada~The community is invited to participate in the first annual La Mirada Health and Wellness Day on Saturday, July 22nd from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at La Mirada Regional Park

The event is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, the City of La Mirada and UFC Gym/La Mirada.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a great day of fitness, health, and delicious food from the Farmers Market.

UFC Gym will be hosting various fitness classes throughout the day including Yoga, Zumba, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Athletic Training, Functional Training, wrestling for both youth and adult and various fitness seminars.

Bring the entire family as fitness and health education programs will be hosted for kids as well. Many health organizations will also be onsite to provide wellness related information as well as a blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross.

UFC Gym will also be bringing out several up-and-coming UFC fighters for pictures, autographs, and live demonstrations throughout the day.

UFC/La Mirada General Manager James White says this new event provides a great partnership opportunity, “It really brings forth an important goal of Supervisor Hahn for our region. Her vision that communities can enjoy healthy lifestyles that promote happiness, family, and overall wellness of individuals has been the inspiration for the La Mirada Health and Wellness Day, he said in an email.

“La Mirada has always been an active community that enjoys safety, strong engagement, and family oriented programs. This is our way of helping to continue that tradition of making La Mirada a great place to live.”

A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to Love La Mirada, an organization dedicated to helping people discover more about La Mirada by serving and connecting with La Mirada residents and Catch a Lift-the organization enabling post 9/11 combat wounded veterans all over the U.S. to recover and rehabilitate both physically and mentally through physical fitness, motivation and support.


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