La Mirada Group to Host Fundraiser for Children Fighting Cancer E-mail
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Children fighting cancer will benefit from a fundraiser sponsored by a La Mirada group on Friday, July 18 at the Friendly Hills Country Club.

The “Reach for the Stars” event will be presented by members of From Maddi’s Closet, a nonprofit organization started nearly a decade ago after Madison Leslie Holmes lost her battle with cancer at four years of age.

Maddi’s family and friends began the organization to carry on the extraordinary spirit of generosity and compassion the young girl had shown to other children fighting cancer. Maddi had frequently befriended other children undergoing treatment, and given her own toys and clothing to those in need.  She even asked her family members to go and sit with other children who were more sick, frightened or lonely when they had no family members at the hospital.

Since its early days, participation in From Maddi’s Closet has grown, and the organization has broadened its efforts to support children with cancer.  The group now raises funds for pediatric cancer research. The organization also offers support to ill children and their families whose special emotional and financial needs are unmet by other assistance programs. The group provides many services – from an annual toy drive to events and activities geared for patients at CHOC and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Set a Record at Splash! With Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Janet Evans E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 18:32

La Mirada~Splash! Regional Aquatics Center will join aquatic facilities around the world to break the world record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 a.m.  The free event aims to promote the importance of teaching children to swim and water safety.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson spokeswoman, and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Janet Evans will kick off the event at Splash! Janet is recognized as the best female distance swimmer of all time!

Statistics indicate drowning is the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related deaths for children ages 1-14.  The World’s Largest Swim Lesson was created to promote drowning prevention and understand water safety.

On Friday, June 20, all participating organizations around the world, including Splash!, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record by hosting swim lessons all together.  Community members of all ages and swimming abilities are encouraged to take part in this event at Splash!

Participants will receive a free swim lesson, an opportunity to meet four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Janet Evans, admission to a free water safety fair and early admission for themselves to the Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark for just $5 per participant. The Waterpark will open early at 9:30 a.m.; participants can enjoy the park until closing at 5:30 p.m.

To register for “The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson”, or for more information, call  (562) 902-3191 or visit Splash! is located at 13806 La Mirada Boulevard.


La Mirada Resident to Walk 39.3 Miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 18:11

La Mirada~Tammy Ostrowski of La Mirada will join thousands of women and men in the upcoming Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Santa Barbara, raising funds and awareness that will help defeat breast cancer and support those facing the disease.  She is on the team The Pink Ribbon Gemz and together they will participate in the non-competitive event.  Each walker will complete a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over the weekend of September 6-7th.

“Every year, thanks to thousands of participants like Tammy, we are able to save lives by providing significant funds for vital breast cancer research as well as access to care, screening, support services and education,” said Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Foundation for Women, the public charity that produces the events.  “For the past decade, tens of thousands of dedicated women and men took personal action to help others through the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. We are truly inspired by our participants’ passion and enthusiasm.”

The Avon Walk Santa Barbara is one of eight weekend walks taking place in 2014.  The complete 2014 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer schedule includes: Houston (April 12-13), Washington, DC (May 3-4), Boston (May 17-18), Chicago (May 31 -June 1), San Francisco (July 12-13),  Santa Barbara, Calif. (September 6-7), New York City, (October 18-19), and Charlotte, N.C. (October 25-26).

Tammy was inspired to take part in the Avon Walk Santa Barbara because she wanted to make a difference, “This will be my 3rd year walking and the first year with The Pink Ribbon Gemz. The first year was to challenge myself and I walked every bit of the 39.3 miles. I was so inspired by hearing all the stories from people walking and cheering us on I knew I would be walking again and again and again, for as long as I’m able.

As I prepared for my second Avon walk I learned several women I knew (Baseball mom, my sons first grade teacher, Girl Scout mom) was fighting this disease. I was even more determined to walk and raise awareness and funds needed to help in the fight against breast cancer. This year I am not walking alone I am proud to be a part of The Pink Ribbon Gemz team and I’m walking for all the girls in my life.”

RESTAURANT REVIEW: The New Dami Sushi and Isakaya Stays Open Late For Dinner E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:32

Buena Park~I wouldn’t consider myself a food critic or reviewer and I am certainly no food expert, but I recently had a chance to visit a new place to eat in town and I thought I would provide my feedback.

Dami Sushi and Isakaya is located at the Village Circle on Beach, the new shopping center at the intersection of and Beach Boulevard, where La Mirada Boulevard meets Malvern Avenue -just a stone’s throw from the La Mirada city limits.

The shopping center was constructed on the site of the old Big T Golf Course and Big T Burgers-two iconic establishments that will be forever  be etched in the nostalgic minds of anyone who lived in and around old La Mirada.

Today, the new shopping center is primarily Asian influenced, serving the multi-cultural population in the East La Mirada and North Buena Park area.

Dami has been open a little over two months and recently the La Mirada Blog was invited, along with other media outlets, to attend a press sampling and reception at the eatery.

My ignorance and lack of preparation showed as I thought out loud that the word isakaya was a type of egg roll or dish. Yeah, I know, go ahead and laugh.

I quickly learned from a Dami staff member that in Japan, an isakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking. In other words, like a pub or tavern.

An isakaya is also similar to a lot of well-known American restaurants that also serve as drinking establishments, yet an isakaya is more intimate and local.

Dami co-owner Brandon Lee sat down with us for a quick visit and told us he is well aware of the large Korean population in the area and wants to “break the mold” of the traditional Japanese restaurant and he said that Dami wants to “serve the community’s needs.”

Thus, the Dami menu features a mixture of Japanese and Korean dishes along many unique fusion meals of the two cultures. I guarantee you will find a dish at Dami you have never seen anywhere else.

AMBIANCE: The restaurant has open ceilings and a very spacious modern interior giving it that un-cramped feeling, which I like. There is a balance of industrial and wood finishes along with simple Japanese design concepts.  It features a brightly-lit sushi and oyster bar along with three 55-inch televisions and two 45-inchers.

Lee quickly got my attention when he mentioned what I think is one of the most appealing facts about Dami. He told me that after 9:30 p.m. a 180-inch projection screen descends from the ceiling, the lights dim and the sound system gets a little louder. He said the large screen will be showing whatever the hottest sports game or event of the night is.

Local Resident Picked for U.S. Paralympic National Team E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 17:28

Buena Park~Local resident Shea Cassidy was recently selected to represent the United States on the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team.

The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team is an elite level program that selects players from across the United States in preparation for International standard competition.

The 22-year old Shea has TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and was only given a 5% chance of living after a skateboard accident a few years ago.

Not only did he obviously survive, he will now travel around the world to represent the United States.

To qualify to be on the team, players must have had a Stroke, have Cerebral Palsy or have had a Traumatic Brain Injury/Acquired Brain Injury.

Team USA trains at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and the StubHub Center in Carson.

In addition to friendly matches and invitational tournaments, the National Team competes in the following events:  the Intercontinental Cup, Copa America, the World Championships, Parapan American Games and the Paralympic Games

The La Mirada Blog and the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Shea and the Cassidy family on this accomplishment and wish him the very best while he travels around the world representing the United States of America. Way to Go Shea!


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