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FREE: Electricity Safety Story Time for Kids/Adults at LM Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:16

La Mirada~Join the La Mirada Library for a special story time with a Southern California Edison Lineman this Saturday November 1st from 2:00-3:00 PM.

You can hear stories and learn about the importance of electrical safety. This program is ideal for school-aged children and their families.

No pre-registration required and coloring books and safety kits will be available for attendees.

For more information call (562) 943-0277 or visit

New Bike Trail Connection in La Mirada Opens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:43

Mayor Larry Mowles and OCTA Officials at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Coyote Creek Trail segment of the OC Loop.

Another option for La Mirada bicyclists and pedestrians as they can now travel from Imperial Highway to La Mirada Boulevard via the trail which includes an entrance at Behringer Park.

La Mirada~The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) officials recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at La Mirada Behringer Athletic Facility. The ceremony marked the completion of a two-mile segment of the OC Loop, a path for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel throughout the county.

OCTA Chairman Shawn Nelson and CEO Darrell Johnson led the ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Coyote Creek Trail segment that runs near Beach Boulevard, between the Cities of La Mirada and Buena Park.  La Mirada Mayor Larry Mowles and other City, OCTA, and OC Parks representatives were also in attendance at the ceremony.

OCTA is working with transportation officials in cities along the OC Loop to create 66 miles of bikeway and pedestrian connections across Orange County.

The OC Loop provides a convenient pathway for residents to bike, walk and connect to some of California’s most scenic beaches and inland reaches.  The OC Loop also provides commuters with connections to many bus stops and three Metrolink stations, as well as major employment centers.

The loop is about 70 percent complete. The County of Orange, through a Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) grant, is working with cities along the OC Loop on a feasibility study to close the remaining gaps.  The study will provide cities with grant-ready information on their segments including design concepts and costs.  Nearly 46 miles of the loop already in place are off-street trails along the San Gabriel River, Coyote Creek, Santa Ana River and the Coastal Beach Trail.

When completed, bikers will be able to travel the 66-mile loop from La Mirada, south to Seal Beach, southeast to Costa Mesa, north to Carbon Canyon and back to La Mirada.

Another option for La Mirada bicyclists is the North Fork Coyote Creek.The trail head is on Foster Road just east of Marquardt Avenue in Santa Fe Springs just up the street from Frontier Park in La Mirada. That trail meets up with the San Gabriel River trail downstream and ends at Seal Beach-about a 13 mile ride declining slightly for most of the ride as the river leads to the ocean. Check it out here.

For more information on the OC Loop, visit

Enjoy La Mirada's Halloweenfest at the Neff Estate PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 October 2014 03:57

La Mirada~The City of La Mirada invites families to enjoy a festive time at the City’s annual Halloweenfest on Friday, October 31 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the historic Neff Estate.

The free event will feature a haunted maze, a Jack-O-Lantern contest, games and crafts, and food booths. House tours of the historic Neff Estate will also be offered. This family-oriented event is perfect for all ages.

A costume contest for participants and their pets will take place throughout the evening. Arrive early to enter and win!  The costume contest categories and start times are as follows: Pets, 5:00 pm; Children 2 and under-5:20 pm; 3 to 5-5:50 pm; 6 to 8-6:20 pm; 9 to 12-6:50 pm and kids 13 and up-7:20 pm.

For more information, call the City’s Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277.

La Mirada Theatre Receives 17 Ovation Award Nominations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 26 October 2014 16:46

La Mirada~The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment recently received 17 Ovation Award nominations from the LA Stage Alliance for their 2013-14 season.  The La Mirada Theatre received the second most nominations for a theatre in the greater Los Angeles area.

The LA Stage Alliance announced the nominees at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.  La Mirada Theatre award nominations include those for Best Season, Best Production of a Musical (Large Theatre), Acting Ensemble of a Musical, Music Direction, and several individual performers nominated for Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Musical.

Brian Kite, Producing Artistic Director for the La Mirada Theatre, is nominated for Best Director of a Musical for Les Misérables.

“We are honored and excited to be nominated among an incredible group of artists and theatres.  We are proud of our 17 nominations and hope that they reflect the Theatre’s work in providing high quality programs to audiences throughout the Southern California region,” says Kite. “We look forward to the awards ceremony in November.”

Norwalk-La Mirada Schools to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 October 2014 16:37

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified schools will hold a series of activities October 27th-31st to celebrate Red Ribbon Week’s anti-drug message.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Corvallis Middle School students will write positive statements about themselves or another person and place the notes on a banner to share them and at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, a SWAT team will visit Gardenhill Elementary in La Mirada.

The La Mirada High School band, color guard and cheer team will perform Wednesday at Benton Middle School in La Mirada, followed by a presentation by La Mirada Public Safety Education Officer Mary Cipres. On Thursday, Oct. 30, the Norwalk High School band will perform during lunch at Los Alisos Middle School in Norwalk. M

Free Health Services and Information Highlight La Mirada Senior Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by City Services   
Sunday, 26 October 2014 14:31

A Biola Nursing student assisting a senior with her cholesterol and glucose screening.

The City of La Mirada recently held its 2014 La Mirada Senior Health and Wellness Fair.  Nearly 40 organizations including nurses, healthcare providers, and local businesses, participated in the health fair, offering everything from free blood pressure testing to derma scan screening.

“We were happy with the turnout this year,” said Community Services Supervisor Lisa Montoya.  “The City provides a great mixture of free health services, information booths, and community groups that provide a one-stop health and information experience for seniors.

Inside the Activity Center, attendees grabbed a hot coffee and a slice of pie, compliments of Polly’s Pies, before meeting with local vendors providing information on the upcoming flu season, senior support groups and counseling services, and public transportation options in their area.

SCAN Health Plan set up an RV outside and offered free stroke screenings to participants, Biola University’s Nursing Department provided free cholesterol and glucose screenings, while CareMore Medical Group provided free spa manicures. Family Dental Works was also in attendance and offered free dental screenings.

The La Mirada Activity Center provides information on local health services for seniors year round.  Call (562) 902-3160 for more information.

La Mirada Shaquatics Participate in Charity Scrimmage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 24 October 2014 22:10

Brea~The La Mirada Shaquatics participated in a charity scrimmage this past Tuesday night at Brea Olinda High School to benefit Homes for our Troops-a nonprofit organization helping with adapted mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group raised $540 and had high attendance and generous donations from Shaquatic parents.

La Mirada Shaquatics is a year-round water polo club for kids 9-15 based at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center.

To get more information about the club visit www.

Annual St. Paul of the Cross Carnival Kicks Off PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 24 October 2014 20:10

La Mirada~The annual Parish Festival at St. Paul of the Cross kicked-off tonight and will continue through Sunday.

The traditional event features live entertainment, rides, food, vendors, a swap meet and a beer garden.

Hours are Friday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 12--9 p.m.

La Mirada's first church established in 1956 is located at 14020 Foster Road. For more information call (562) 921-2914 .

What's Happened to Our Beloved Drive-In/La Mirada Woman Stabbed to Death in Dispute Over Parking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 24 October 2014 19:14

Santa Fe Springs~The former La Mirada Drive-In, once a community treasure filled with countless memories for La Mirada residents, now bears the Santa Fe Springs name and is for the most part a swap meet-and has been since the early 70's.

The complex was built in a orange grove adjacent to the brand-new, budding Interstate 5 freeway in the early 1950's and was originally called the La Mirada Drive-In because it was the closest named-area or town.

Movies are no longer shown and many would argue the swap-meet, once a teenagers dream for that first job, has become somewhat unstable since it instilled its Friday night version of the flea market.

The latest incident occurred this past Friday.

Elizabeth Yanez, 43, was stabbed in front of her adult children in a dispute over a parking space at the historic venue as reported by Brian Day of the Whittier Daily News here.

We normally don't refer our readers to other media outlets or the competition but we believe in some instances it is appropriate for the community to be informed.


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