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Gala for a Cause October 14th at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Raising the Roof with Laughter La Mirada Foundation Invites Community to “Party for a Purpose”

The La Mirada Community Foundation is teaming up with nationally known “Clean Comedians” and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, for a Gala for a Cause, on October 14th at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

 Humor is often used to tear people down. But the producers of this comedy show hope to do some building up…literally.

“We are going to enjoy a fun evening of entertainment and assist some people who need home repairs," said Michael Lord, President of the La Mirada Community Foundation, who believes laughter may be the best medicine for helping local Veterans and seniors.

According to Hal Malkin, former Mayor of La Mirada, the beginning of the Foundation goes back to one generous woman. “Years ago, before her death, gifted monies from the sale of her home was initially used to help fund the Foundation. This Gala is in part possible because of her decision to pay it forward.”

Comedy & Variety with Zero Vulgarity

Adam Christing is the founder of CleanComedians.com and a long-time La Mirada resident. “Humor doesn’t have to be dirty to be funny,” says Christing, who will emcee the Gala.

The talent line includes: Carlos Oscar, a stand-up comedian who has appeared on the "Tonight Show”, the magic of Michael Grandinetti from TV’s “Masters of Illusion”, and Michael & Amy, a high-energy dueling piano duo.

Young players from Biola Youth Theatre will perform “Circle of Life” from their fall production of Lion King. Simply Irresistible will provide desserts. The Gala for a Cause will feature a silent auction and a chance for one attendee to win the opportunity to sink a putt on-stage for $10,000. Doors open at 6:30 pm for the silent auction & desserts. The live show will begin at 7 pm.

Tickets & Corporate Sponsorships are available here.

 
Reports of Abduction Attempts Continue to Unfold PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 06 October 2016 18:48

La Mirada~We recently received multiple messages from concerned parents and residents about a possible child abduction at Windermere Park this past Monday and then at Behringer Park on Tuesday evening, but authorities have told us no crimes have been committed in either instances.

La Mirada Soccer Association President Ruben Orozco sent out a letter to parents Monday evening advising them of an apparent abduction attempt. The letter quickly went viral on social media within the La Mirada area.

Tuesday, a school administrator in La Mirada became concerned when hearing of the letter so she contacted Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District officials, according to our unnamed source.

An e-mail was immediately sent out to NLMUSD board members from the head of security for the district, Elaine Williams, advising that local law enforcement officials had informed the district no crime occurred near a child and there is no merit to the claim.

We contacted Lt. Robin Limon at the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station who said the call came in at 5:40 p.m. but was a “suspicious person only” incident and a report was taken.

However, Limon said there currently is an active ongoing investigation.

The league then sent out an additional letter on Tuesday evening stating a similar “kidnapping” attempt had occurred, this time at Behringer Park.

Limon told us there is no record of an incident at Behringer Park on Tuesday night.

Calls made to La Mirada Lieutenant Kevin Beggs have gone unreturned.

We will have more information here if it becomes available.

UPDATE: 21:28-100616: Since our initial report, the father of the child involved in the incident has contacted us. He advised us the first incident DID occur at Windermere Park on Monday. He asked his name not be used. He said a kidnap attempt investigation is ongoing. He told us his three-year old child was playing near bushes at the park while his five-year old played soccer. He said a male popped out "from behind the bushes" with his arms outstretched towards his daughter. He chased the man away. Report was taken, investigation ongoing.

We apologize if anyone was misled. We only reported the information that we were given. Parent recently exclusively contacted us only.

The family of the child has asked us to share the description of this man:

Hispanic Male, approximately 5'7 to 5'8, about 150-160 lbs, light complexion, dark brown hair, facial goatee, wearing cap; drove away in a tan 4-door sedan.

 
The Latest #3: College Expo at JGHS, Fall Youth Sports Leagues Forming, Friends of Library Book Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 03 October 2016 16:16

Annual College Expo at JGHS

Admission representatives from over 50 colleges will offer workshops and information at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s 5th annual College expo.

The event was created by counselors in the district to connect students with college and career readiness.

Topics including financial aid, community college transfer options, admissions and entrance exams, among others, will be covered by specialists to help young people plan to meet their goals.

The expo runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 19th at John Glenn High School, located at 13520 Shoemaker Avenue. Food will available for purchase from clubs.

Friends Fall Book Sale

Join the Friends of the La Mirada Library at the Fall Book Sale to purchase books at astoundingly low prices. The Friends will have their annual sale on Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center. The Activity Center is located at 13810 La Mirada Boulevard.

A pre-sale for members only will be held on Friday, October 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The $10 annual membership can be paid at that time. A wide variety of books will be available.

For more information, contact the Friends of La Mirada Library at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or look on Facebook for Friends of the La Mirada Library.

Youth Sports Leagues Forming

Register now for fall youth sports leagues offered by the City of La Mirada. Recreational youth sports offered for the fall season includes Friday Night Football, Volleyball, and Volleytennis. Children ages 5 to 17 are invited to participate.

Get ready to spend Friday nights out at the field, with La Mirada’s semi-annual Friday Night Football league.  Open to participant’s ages 5 to 14, the league is played with flags and emphasis is on football fundamentals. Friday Night Football games are played at Behringer Park during the fall season. The league cost is $70, and includes one practice during the week and one game on Friday night.

The City of La Mirada’s Youth Volleyball league is back in swing for the fall season.  Open to ages 9 to 17, the league focuses on the basics of volleyball, including passing, setting, hitting, serving, and defense.  The Youth Volleyball league is held at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium and the cost is $75.

Volleytennis is offered to 7 to 8 year olds who want to play volleyball. The net in this league is lowered to a tennis-level height, and the ball may bounce between each hit. This league is the perfect introduction to the sport of volleyball and allows kids to learn basic passing and serving techniques. Games are played on Saturday or Sunday afternoons at the community gym.

 
City Debuts New Smartphone App PDF Print E-mail
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La Mirada~Keeping in step with these technological times, the City of La Mirada recently launched the “My La Mirada” smartphone application and web portal for residents to access local services. “My La Mirada” enables residents to submit, track, and view service requests through their smartphones or online.

Residents can submit a variety of service requests and report issues such as graffiti, potholes, broken, street signs, and public records requests using one convenient system. Requests and issues are delivered to City staff and are tracked from start to finish. Residents have the option to receive notifications, real-time status updates, and comments on the submitted requests.

“My La Mirada” enhances communication between residents and City officials. To help reach all residents, the application supports 17 languages In-app widgets provide users information about local news, programs, services, events, and public facilities.

“My La Mirada” was launched in partnership with Accela, Inc., an innovative civic software company that helps residents and local governments connect to improve the quality of life in their communities.

“The ‘My La Mirada’ service request system is an innovative and convenient way for residents to stay connected to the City and report issues affecting local neighborhoods,” says City Manager Jeff Boynton.

The “My La Mirada” smartphone app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Service requests can also be submitted online at www.cityoflamirada.org. For more information on the “My La Mirada” system, call (562) 943-0131.

 
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Written by Tony Aiello   

Arts Colony

The Arts Colony of La Mirada will hold its October meeting on Monday the 3rd at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. at 6:30 p.m.  They will be discussing the upcoming "Mirrors of your Mind" open art show in November.  Oil artist David Min will present a demonstration of his art and unusual method of applying paint to canvas.  The public is welcome to join.  For further information call 562-448-3427, 562-941-4116 or find the colony at acolm.org.

Disaster Preparedness

The City of La Mirada is joining thousands of communities across the country to participate in National Preparedness Month throughout the month of September. The month-long nationwide effort is hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. Preparing can start with three important steps:

1. Get an emergency supply kit

2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency

3. Be informed about emergencies that could happen locally, and identify sources of information that will be helpful before, during, and after an emergency.

National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging individuals and communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. The La Mirada Disaster Preparedness Steering Committee (DPSC) will be meeting later this month to discuss plans for the upcoming Communitywide Disaster Exercise. This year the exercise will be held on October 20 in conjunction with the statewide earthquake awareness campaign The Great California ShakeOut.

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La Mirada Soccer Association and Biola Womens Soccer Team Up PDF Print E-mail
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La Mirada~ Biola University’s Women's Soccer has partnered with La Mirada Soccer Association to host families that participate in the youth soccer league for their match against Menlo College on Saturday September  24th.

The Biola coaching staff invites La Mirada Soccer Association families to come out to the soccer match at a steep discount and enjoy a night of competitive collegiate soccer as the No. 11 Eagles (7-0, 1-0) host Golden State Athletic Conference foe Menlo College (5-2-1, 0-1).

Any La Mirada Soccer Association player will be given free admission to the match, with their family receiving half-priced cash-only admission ($3 per person). Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

 
City Council to Elect Members by District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 22 September 2016 06:19

La Mirada~ At its September 13th meeting, city council members voted 4-1 to approve a settlement with a Latino voting rights group, avoiding a possible expensive litigation process.

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) sent a letter to the council in July accusing the city of violating the California Voting Rights Act of 2001. The letter imposed a deadline of August 17th to respond or risk being sued.

As part of the settlement, the city will create voting districts for the upcoming March 2017 election, including one that must be Latino-majority. The city must also pay MALDEF $30,000 for their expenses.

Councilman Andrew Sarega was the lone vote against the settlement saying the city gave in to group.

The city doesn’t believe it violated the act, but feel it is in their best interest to settle.

Resident Noel Jaimes said on his Facebook page, “The city capitulated to a lawsuit threat by a bully without a fight and now will be forced to divide the city of La Mirada into five districts, something that most La Mirada residents don't want.”

La Mirada City Councilman Steve DeRuse responding to the thread noting that as to date, no city has challenged and won a case against MALDEF and that the council acted to protect the city and limit the liability to $30,000 and to maintain control of the districting process, saying, “If this went to court a judge would be drawing our districts.”

After a series of public hearings for community input, including assistance by residents in drawing the districts, the council looks to have boundaries in place by November 8th.

 
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Do you have an opinion, comment or information you would like to share with the community? Email the La Mirada Blog at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , text us at (562) 483-3574 or send us a message on our Facebook or Twitter pages. Please give us permission to use your name or if you would like to remain anonymous. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the La Mirada Blog or its advertisers. Here’s the latest:

COYOTE SIGHTINGS: I've seen a pack (4) of them a couple of weeks ago in my neighborhood. Tanfield Drive and Steprock. We have had several cats and small dogs killed by them in the last couple months.-Alicia Jones

There was a coyote trotting down the sidewalk on Tacuba Drive near La Mirada Blvd., on Wednesday morning at 4:30 am. Not sure this is the forum to tell folks to keep small pets indoors? -Pamela Narney

My parents, 87, lost their chihuahua to a coyote yesterday and are heartbroken. Can the city trap and euthanize the coyotes? –Bonnie Valles

A light at the intersection of Rosecrans and Stanton would be great! People are flying up/down Rosecrans and there is a school very nearby! Many accidents here and would hate if a child was struck while crossing for school (or anyone). Very scary intersection. Please, please, please! -Mishele Emerson

Hi, I just wanted to let people know that there are three individuals (one female mid to late 30s and two males in theirs mid 20s) at the La Mirada shopping center today that tried to steal my purse while I was putting my kids in the car I front of the Starbucks on Rosecrans and Adelfa. The woman distracted me by asking me if I was from the area and knew where the Nordstrom Rack was as the men tried to grab my purse. I called the cops to let them know but I wanted to let other local La Miradians know so it doesn't happen to them. This happened today around 2:15pm. -Anonymous

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Los Angeles Premiere of Hunchback at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Who is the monster and who is the man? Based on the Victor Hugo and songs from the Disney film

La Mirada~La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment  are thrilled to present the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale.

This brand new musical is the only stage collaboration from two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). With a lush, emotionally rich score and beautiful choral arrangements, it’s a dramatic retelling of the epic but tragic Victor Hugo novel.

Darker than the Disney film, closer in plot to the novel, the musical showcases the film’s Oscar-nominated score and introduces stunning new songs.  For the first time, Quasimodo -- who is deaf in the original novel -- will be played by a deaf actor. Parental discretion is advised.

Hunchback will preview on Friday, September 16, 2016 (with a press opening on Saturday, September 17) and run through Sunday, October 9, 2016 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Performances are 7:30pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays; and 2pm on Sundays. There will be no performances on Saturday, September 17 at 2pm.  Talk backs with the cast and creative team will be on Wednesday, September 21 and Wednesday, October 5.

Tickets range from $20 - $70 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre’s website or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Student, Senior, Child and group discounts are available.

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

 
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