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La Mirada Carnival at Benton Now Open Through Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 04:23

La Mirada~The annual "4 La Mirada Kids" Community Carnival to be held at Benton Middle School is fast approaching. Guests can expect a fun-filled weekend with family and friends enjoying amusement park rides, food, and entertainment.

Entertainment acts include performances by Benton Middle School Band, The Oaks Sisters, The Grey Matter, Royals Cheer, Glory of Paradise, and Alohi Polynesia dancers.Craft vendors will be selling handmade items and decorative crafts. A variety of food trucks will be offering food items for sale. Tony Aiello of the La Mirada Blog will MC the festivities on Saturday.

Exciting rides and amusements will be available for those seeking thrills. Milder rides for younger children will also be offered.Tony Aiello of the La Mirada Blog will MC the entertainment on Saturday.

The La Mirada Community Foundation sponsors the carnival to raise funds for youth groups and community organizations that provide educational, cultural, and extracurricular opportunities in La Mirada. Carnival days and hours are Friday, April 22, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, April 23, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, April 24, 1 to 6 p.m.

Norwalk-La Mirada Middle School Students to Perform With La Mirada Symphony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 18 April 2016 17:50

La Mirada~30 Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District middle school students will showcase their musical talents at 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday, April 19 when they perform with the La Mirada Symphony at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

The annual music program highlights the District’s stellar visual and performing arts program. Two NLMUSD music teachers – Vanessa Trevino and David Yamamoto – will serve as guest conductors. The 1,000-student audience will include advanced band, orchestra and guitar students from District middle schools and the entire fifth-grade class.

The District offers every NLMUSD student the opportunity to take a music class upon entering sixth-grade. These performances with the La Mirada Symphony will allow potential VAPA students to experience the benefits of the program and inspire them to take advantage of the education opportunity.

In other Symphony news, their upcoming American Masters POP concert this Saturday night will feature revered works from George Gershwin, Morton Gould, and Leroy Anderson. They're also thrilled to premiere two new pieces from modern composers, Chris Anderson and Cody Gil.

For tickets to Saturday's performance and more information visit the Symphony's website here.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada.

Phantom Projects and La Mirada Blog Partner to Provide Free Theatre for all La Mirada Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 11 April 2016 17:37

La Mirada~On April 21 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Phantom Projects Theatre Group will continue it’s mission of using live theatre as a way to reach and teach teen audiences, with the powerful production of THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. The production, which mixes multi-media presentations and live theatre, focuses on the overall value of human life by comparing tragic historical events with stories inspired by today’s headlines.

The production features an all-youth cast, and an engaging post-show discussion with the audience and the performers.

Thanks to the 2015/16 Season Sponsor, La Mirada Blog, the message of the production, which also tackles bullying, racim, violence and intolerance, will be available for free to all students of La Mirada schools, and students living in La Mirada. The offer, which is only available in person at the La Mirada Theatre Box Office (14900 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada) is valid on new orders only.

La Mirada's Phantom Projects Presents The Center of the Universe April 21st PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 08 April 2016 18:46

Journey into the past and gain new perspective on the present as stories from slavery and the Holocaust are woven with events inspired by today's headlines.

Phantom’s Project’s next production of their 2015-16 season presented by the La Mirada Blog, The Center of the Universe will leave you motivated with an unforgettable message about the value of human life.

The Center of the Universe, written by Bruce Gevirtzman and directed by Steve Cisneros shows April 21st, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Boulevard.

Tickets: $10.00. Box Office: (562) 944-9801. Web:

One Killed, Two Injured in Late-Night Crash On Valley View PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 08 April 2016 18:28

La Mirada~A single-vehicle fatal traffic incident occurred around 11:45 p.m. last night near the intersection of Valley View Avenue and Artesia Boulevard along the La Mirada/Cerritos border.

The vehicle struck a tree and killed a male passenger and injured two females, one of them the driver. They remain hospitalized in serious condition.

Sheriff's officials, who have indicated speed was a factor, continue their investigation of the crash.

The Habit Coming to La Mirada; McDonald's Plans Continue to Move Forward PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 04 April 2016 18:18

La Mirada-If current plans continue, the city will have another dining option, The Habit Burger Grill.

City Planner Gabriel Bautista told the La Mirada Blog that The Habit has submitted plans for tenant improvements at the old Starbucks facility located at the southwest corner of La Mirada Boulevard and Imperial Highway.

The plans call for The Habit to convert the store and also take over part of the current wireless retail outlet adjacent to the unit.

With the amount of work to be done, including the installation of a full kitchen, no time frame can be set at this time for the possible opening of the restaurant said Bautista.

With headquarters in Irvine, The Habit currently operates 147 fast-casual stores, according to its website. It was founded in 1969 by two brothers in Santa Barbara.

We are hopeful, if plans continue to move forward, that the opening of the new restaurant would be before the end of the year.

Other Development News

Let’s hope The Habit doesn’t take as long as McDonald’s.

Across the street, as far as we can tell, McDonald’s still plans to lease and build where the iconic Carriage still stands at The Crossroads Center at Imperial Highway and Telegraph Road.

The project continues to move forward, even though now it’s been over two years since Rich Development (property owners) and McDonald’s announced the agreement.

Residents stormed city hall to save The Carriage, a famous La Mirada eatery, in March of 2014. It was then shuttered by a major kitchen fire in December of 2014.

The plan for the new Mickey D’s has already gone through the city planning process for approval, including two public hearings last year. Yet ,there has been little movement, even though McDonald’s presented tenant plans in February of last year.

Bautista told us McDonald’s, as far as he knows, still has intention to build however they have yet to pull a demolition permit for The Carriage.

REVIEW: Catch the Dream at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sandra Green   
Saturday, 02 April 2016 18:45

When it comes to diversity in the arts, the McCoy Rigby Entertainment Group is ahead of the game (you know what I'm talkin' about), especially with their latest presentation, the Tony and Oscar Award winning musical Dreamgirls, currently in its off-Broadway run from now through April 17th at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts that continues to bring phenomenal productions to our own diverse community.

Brittney Johnson, Jasmin Richardson and Danielle Truitt star in the production of "DREAMGIRLS" - Directed and Choreographed by Robert Longbottom and now playing at LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

Set in the early 60's when the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York was busting at its seams with performers like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and The Supremes, an amateur night of sorts is where Dreamgirls begins.

This musical moves quickly as The Dreamettes (channel The Ronettes) miss out on their chance of stardom.  They are quickly offered to sing back up for the star known as Jimmy "Thunder" Early and despite hesitation by the groups lead singer, Effie (played by Moya Angela) Lorrell (Brittney Johnson) and Deena (Jasmin Richardson) the other two-thirds of The Dreamettes convince Effie this can be the groups "big break."

Cut to The Dreamgirls, now taking stage with Early, popular with hit after hit--- no.  What actually happens is indicative of the early 60's when musicians like Little Richard or Muddy Waters penned the songs that would be sung by the non-African American contemporary--- a popular hit on the backs of an artist not credited. Soon the tension becomes apparent amongst The Dreams (formerly The Dreamettes) and a split and replacement of a lead singer transpires.  Over a course of nearly a decade, we see the evolution of a female trio, the decline of a musical genre, and the success of writers and performers alike.

I went to see Dreamgirls without much known of the story as I have never seen the movie that starred Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson.  I'm happy I didn't because going in with preconceived notions on how this cast "should" perform hits like "one Night Only" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" would be unfair to the cast.

Teen Series Continues at La Mirada Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:38

The La Mirada Library is pleased to announce the “How to be a Grown Up for Teens”, a life skills series, will continue at the La Mirada Resource Center during renovation. This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

This program series is ideal for teen’s grades seven and higher to gain essential life skills for surviving adulthood. Don't get caught off guard, come learn about getting fit and staying healthy and how to present the best you to the world.

Upcoming topics include:

Cyber Safety and Social Media on April 5, 2016, 6:00-7:00 PM
Fitness on April 19, 2016, 6:00 -7:00 PM

Please note: The La Mirada Library is closed for refurbishment and this program will be held in the La Mirada Resource Center lower level at 13710 La Mirada Blvd.) For more information about this program please call 562-943-0277.

For other programs in this series please visit the County of Los Angeles Public Library website:

The La Mirada Spring Market is Here PDF Print E-mail
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If you’re buying or selling a home in the La Mirada area, turn to the exclusive real estate partner of the La Mirada Blog, Century 21 Westworld. Located at the La Mirada Theatre Center, Century 21 Westworld is the only Century 21 office in La Mirada and offers a prime location for the most walk-in buyers.

Owner/Broker Joel Kushell and Century 21 Westworld Realty have served the La Mirada area since 1975 when the office was opened with just two agents.

The current team at Century 21 Westworld delivers professionalism and expertise unsurpassed in the area, making them the leader for buying and selling homes in La Mirada and the surrounding communities for over 41 years. There are 25 experienced real estate agents at Century 21 Westworld and the Broker, Joel Kushell is proud that 80 % have been with the company between 20 and 32 years.

Located in the center of La Mirada for over 41 years, caring for their clients is top priority at Century 21 Westworld. Agents avoid the use of transaction coordinators and assistants. From meeting appraisers to installing lock boxes, to fielding clients’ calls, agents walk clients through every aspect of the process, every step of the way.

“When our clients hire us, we feel we owe them our time and expertise. We are there for them when they need us,” says Kushell.


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