Local Fundraiser Helps La Mirada Families in Need E-mail
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Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:09

Whittier~Grab some dinner and help the less fortunate by attending a fundraiser for the Interfaith Food Center at KFC this Tuesday evening.

Interfaith Food Center (IFC) is a non-profit organization located in Whittier that has for 28 years been the primary provider of food services to the neediest residents of Whittier and La Mirada.

Founded in 1983, their mission is to alleviate hunger and food insecurity by providing supplemental food services to the hungry, disadvantaged, disabled and homeless population of the City of Whittier and its adjacent unincorporated area, and the City of La Mirada.

They distribute 3 million pounds of food annually, seeing an average of 260 families each day they are open – this totals over 51,000 visits last year, and assistance with over 500,000 meals.

The Interfaith Food Center/KFC Fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, August 14th between 4-9 p.m. at KFC, 16161 Leffingwell Road in Whittier (Leffingwell & First Ave).

Interfaith Food Center will receive 20% of all Pre-Tax Sales when presented with a flyer to a store salesperson.

For additional information, including how to download flyer, contact Amy Catt at the Interfaith Food Center at 562-903-1478 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Richard Hopkins KFC/Whittier at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

IFC is one of the largest food pantries in California, serving more than 1,000 households on a weekly basis from a 5000 square foot warehouse/distribution facility equipped with commercial refrigerators and freezers and a walk in cooler unit to properly handle & store food donations.

Annually, IFC places more than two million pounds of food in the hands of struggling families and individuals. Food is obtained from the Los Angeles Regional Food bank, local markets, churches, community organizations, and individual donors.

John Glenn High Alumni Planning 30-Year Reunion E-mail
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The John Glenn High School Class of 1982 will be holding its 30-Year High School Reunion on Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Double Tree Hotel (formerly Marriot) in Norwalk, CA.  The cost for the event is just $70 per person and includes dinner, dancing and other surprises.

Don’t miss out on this special evening catching up with friends and classmates you grew up with.

For more information, please contact Maclovia Chaidez Esnayra via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You may also contact Maclovia Chaidez Esnayra, Socorro Lazalde or Yolanda Romo Ortega on Facebook for additional information, comments and questions.

The committee members are Anabell Ortega Sanchez, Socorro Lazalde, Yolanda Romo Ortega and Maclovia Chaidez Esnayra.

La Mirada Resident Plays Music as Therapy After Brush With Death E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

La Mirada~La Mirada resident Kenny Metcalf who “was at death’s doorstep” just a few short years ago, will headline at the Orange County Fair July 27th and the Los Angeles 

Elton-The Early Years Will Play at the Orange County Fair July 27th and the LA County Fair September 7th.

County Fair September 7th with his tribute band “Elton-The Early Years.”

He is another of one of the many teen musicians in La Mirada from the 1960’s and 70’s that still play music in one form or another today.

Metcalf’s family moved to La Mirada in 1964 from an area in Inglewood that was directly affected by the Watts riots that year a short time later.

“For me growing up in the 70’s in La Mirada; it was party central. We all grew up at the same time and the city didn’t know what to do with all of us. I lived here when you could ride motorcycles at Regional Park before there was a Regional Park. It was a small town, everybody knew everybody, and it was full of kids.”

He decided he wanted to play music when he saw the Beatles on TV and chose the drums. He grew up taking music lessons at the La Mirada Mall and other places, and was in the Los Coyotes Intermediate School Band.

But it was his freshmen year in 1973 at La Mirada High School that would determine his musical path and when the Elton “bug” first hit him.

“A guy walks into the drama room, his name was Marty Adams, who was a junior, and he started playing Benny and the Jets which was number one on the charts at that time. Then all the girls in the room gathered around him.  I turned to a friend and told him I’ve never had that effect on a girl playing drums.

So, since my Mom had just bought a piano, I went home and taught myself to play.After 10 years, I gave up playing drums and  started jamming with other guys I had met in La Mirada.”

Metcalf is part of a long list of local La Mirada teen musicians that performed back then including: Mark Servi, Mike Ferlita, Joe Caruso, Don Brennan, Anthony Cortez, Joe Allesandro, Steve Gage, Mark Cortez and others.

Kenny at his home studio.

Brennan is performing at this year’s La Mirada Blog Fest August 18th at Regional Park.

In 1977, Kenny assembled a band called Amulet and entered the band in the first talent contest at the newly opened La Mirada Civic Auditorium and has a funny story to tell, “Our band got mispronounced at the show, they called it The Kenny Metcalf Band, and the other guys got real mad at me at the time.”

In that same talent show there was a band called Robert Sweet and the Firestorm Band. This band went on to become Stryper, the well-known heavy metal Christian band. Kenny toured as the original keyboardist for them in 1985-86. Before they embarked on their world tour, he says he left the group to raise his kids.

Amulet, which featured Metcalf, Servi, Ferlita, and Allesandro played again at the La Mirada Theatre in 1978 in front of a packed house of 1200 people and they were featured in an article in the La Mirada Lamplighter newspaper.

Metcalf married his wife Evelyn in 1980 and they have resided in La Mirada for the past seven years after raising two children Desiree and Sharlene. Evelyn was his junior high school sweetheart.

Bike Trail Closes for One Year E-mail
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Santa Fe Springs~The North Fork Coyote Creek bike trail has been closed by Caltrans for one year.

The trail, used by many La Mirada residents, is located on Foster Road, just east of Marquadt Avenue just outside of the city limits in Santa Fe Springs.

Caltrans says the closure is necessary because it falls within the limits of the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Project scheduled to be completed in 2015.

The trails travels 13 miles to Seal Beach, meeting up with the Mid San Gabriel trail about six miles from the ocean, in northeast Long Beach.

For more information call 855-454-6335 or visit our links page and click the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Project link.


Mayor, City Council Celebrate Mary Pearson's 90th Birthday With Her E-mail
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Written by Randy Economy   
Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:04

La Mirada~The La Mirada City Council honored longtime resident Mary Pearson for celebrating her 90th birthday with a special recognition at this week's meeting.

Mayor Gabe Garcia highlighted many of Pearson's accomplishments and pointed out that she was born in Billings, Montana on May 15, 1922

Pearson was thrilled with the honor and thanked the city for "a lifetime of memories."

Mayor Gabe Garcia highlighted many of Pearson's accomplishments and pointed out that she was born in Billings, Montana on May 15, 1922.

While in high school, she met her future husband Nilis Pearson.

Nilis was enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was schedule to be deployed on a mission in January of 1941, and the couple was married on January 1, 1941. Mary worked at a coat factory in the Bronx until Nilis was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1943. In 1943, their first child, Karen, was born.

In 1944, the Pearson family moved to Hawthorne, California. After several years in Hawthorne, they moved to Big Bear, where they lived for 22 years and established and pioneered a Chinchilla Farm. While establishing the Chinchilla Farm, the Pearson family founded Chinchilla Standard Select, which became internationally known as the leading standard in American Chinchilla Pelt Production. Mary was the office manager of the business for many years before retiring and moving with Nilis to Canoga Park in 1976 to be closer to the family.


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