Saturday Walk at Creek Park Will Raise Awareness For Children With Apraxia E-mail
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La Mirada Resident Coordinates Local Event After Daughter Receives Help From National Organization

La Mirada~-A local woman, Laura Wetzel, is coordinating the La Mirada Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Saturday, October 19th at La Mirada Creek Park. Already nearly 100 registered participants have raised over $6,000.  All proceeds will benefit important Apraxia programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children.  This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language.  The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech® is held as a means to heighten awareness and funding.

Grand Opening for New Model Homes Scheduled for November E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 15:49

La Mirada~Brandywine Homes marked the start of construction on The Orchards housing development with a groundbreaking ceremony last month.  The new residential development on Alondra Blvd. will include 41 single family homes.

“We are very excited about the enhancements this new neighborhood will bring to our community,” said Mayor Steve De Ruse who lives nearby, “I have watched this site since 1975 and I know all my neighbors and everyone who knows about this are really waiting for this project and are really excited about it.”

“Brandywine has a record of building quality neighborhoods throughout our region, and I’m certain The Orchards project will meet these high standards,” De Ruse added.  “This neighborhood will be an important addition to the supply of quality and attractive homes in La Mirada.”

The two-story, Craftsman-style homes will range from approximately 1,300 to 2,000 square feet.  Each home will offer three or four bedrooms, two and one-half to three and one-half bathrooms, two-car attached garages and will feature private fenced rear yards.  A new decorative block wall, perimeter landscaping, and street and sidewalk improvements will also be completed as part of the project.  Four model homes will open in mid-November.

Mayor Steve DeRuse tells the gathering he is very excited about the new new community currently under construction in La Mirada. Photo Bishop Imaging

This was the last ceremony for former City Manager Tom Robinson who told the La Mirada Blog, “We are very pleased to see the Brandywine project move ahead. It’s been four years in the making (with Brandywine). We are pleased we have gone through the various steps of the process that were necessary and get this project moving. I think we’ll see some real high-quality product that people can live in and enjoy for many years to come.”

“La Mirada is an excellent place to live and raise a family, and these homes will be a fine addition to our community,” said Robinson.

Brandywine indicated that a grand opening for the model homes is scheduled to be announced for mid-November.

For more information about the model homes and new neighborhood visit:

For additional photos of the groundbreaking ceremony visit our Flickr feed here. Photos courtesy Bishop Imaging.

Three Former La Mirada Rival Musicians Now Playing Together E-mail
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Friday, 20 September 2013 14:43

La Mirada~At this year’s la Mirada Olive Fest, three musicians who once competed against each other growing up in La Mirada will perform as The Groovetones at this year’s la Mirada Olive Fest, Saturday September 21st from 11-4 at Regional Park.

This is the second year in a row the band has played at the festival.

Guitarist Steve Gage was born and raised in La Mirada and started playing the guitar when he was eight years old. He took guitar lessons at the old La Mirada Music Box from 1964-1967 and started playing in various bands since when he was about 10.

In 1968 at 12 years old, Gage played at the old La Mirada Movie Theater on Halloween and at Pepe's Pizza Parlor in La Mirada.

He also played at the first and third La Mirada Regional Park 4th of July event  1972 and 1974 with a band called Audio and continued playing shows, with Johnny Winter, Eric Burden and the Animals, Mountain with Leslie West and Corky Lang and the Zombies.

Today, he still lives in La Mirada and currently plays in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute band called Crosstown Traffic.

Drummer Rick Morton was also born and raised in La Mirada and his first performing band was Elipse, with all members being from La Mirada.

They played at three different Fiesta de Artes, two shows at the La Mirada mall and one at the La Mirada Stadium.

Morton also played in a battle-of-the-bands for the opening of the old La Mirada Civic Theatre, and the opening of the Kling Teen Center.

The members of Eclipse changed and the band became Slyder, playing for the opening of Roberts Department store and at a dance-a-thon for Muscular Dystrophy at the La Mirada Mall.

Morton attended Eastwood Elementary, Los Coyotes Junior High, and La Mirada High School and lived in La Mirada until recently.

Bass player Steve Bravin moved into La Mirada in 1959 and went to Mesa Elementary School, Benton Middle School, and La Mirada High School.

He played music with a lot of friends in the area, and ended up in a band called Fuze, with all members from La Mirada. They played the Fiesta de Artes Battle of the Bands and won first place.

Gage still lives in La Mirada.

The Groove tones are set to perform at the Olive Fest at 12:30 p.m.

Name Change for Festival Reflects La Mirada's Heritage E-mail
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La Mirada~The 4th Annual La Mirada Olive Fest (formerly the La Mirada Blog Fest), in cooperation with the La Mirada Symphony and the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce, is set for September 21st at La Mirada Regional Park from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The free event, which celebrates the history of La Mirada, along with its artistic and musical heritage, will feature live entertainment, an art walk, a La Mirada Legends meet-and-greet, an opportunity drawing with a $500 grand prize, food trucks, and vendors selling arts and crafts.

“La Mirada is a special place and it really deserves its own family-friendly unique event that it can call its own,” says La Mirada native and Olive Fest Committee President Tony Aiello, “What we seek to do is incorporate elements from past events in La Mirada that have proven to be successful; the olive trees are so encrusted in our heritage, it was an obvious choice for a name.”

“We have taken ideas from the old Fiesta de Artes, (an outdoor art show that was very popular in the 70’s and 80’s). Also, we have ideas from the Celebration in the Park at Neff, the La Mirada Kids Carnival, and the La Mirada Chamber Business Expo. We are talking about adding an olive recipe contest, olive oil tasting, Mr. and Mrs. Olive and more as each year goes by.”

“This is our fourth year, and each year we have grown in size. We have always considered ourselves a grassroots organization and we have somehow sustained ourselves the first three years. We are very excited to have new sponsors aboard and new groups involved. We love the idea of community organizations using our event for a fund raising opportunity.  The seed has been planted to maintain an annual community-driven event that celebrates growing and living in a great town.”

Sign-Ups This Weekend for La Mirada Girls Softball 2013 Fall Season E-mail
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La Mirada~Sign-ups for the La Mirada Girls Softball Association 2013 Fall Ball season will take place this Saturday and Sunday July 13th & 14th, for residents and non-residents at Behringer Park North from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Also, girls may sign up Monday July 15th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mirada Resource Center.

Check out their website for more news, updates and additional dates to sign up at

The fees for girls 8-18U are $85.00 for residents and $100.00 for non-residents.

The season runs from August to November, and new players must bring their driver license, birth certificate and a current utility bill.

For more information or if special arrangements need to be made for a sign up time or date please contact the league president at 562-522-6077.


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