It’s the “End of an Era” in La Mirada E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:49

By Brooklynn Ackerman and Tony Aiello

La Mirada~April has a different feel in town this year as it appears that the “4 La Mirada Kids Carnival” at Benton Middle School will not take place after a 23-year run.

The three-day event has been held since 1994, when it was started by a core group consisting of Howard Haas (La Mirada High School Principal), Pete Dames (La Mirada City Council), Gary Sloan (La Mirada City Manager) and visionary Ray Haugh (Kiwanis Club of La Mirada).

Haugh originally pitched the idea about hosting a carnival in 1983, but it was shelved until Haas approached the group saying that La Mirada High School was falling short by $10,000 for extracurricular activities. These funds were jeopardized by education budget cuts at the time.

So, the group started the event to help raise funds for local educational programs and activities such as field trips, sports and band equipment. In 1996, the carnival raised $33,500 for this purpose.

The carnival would go on to raise over $30,000 annually and consistently, for many years, with 100% of the proceeds going back into the community.

The Kiwanis Club was the major underwriter of the event until the La Mirada Community Foundation took over about 15 years ago. The Foundation has stated they would not be the signing authority (insurance) in 2018, putting the carnival in jeopardy.

Foundation member and former City Councilman Hal Malkin, an early-year organizer and contributor for many seasons said, “There have been some disasters over the past few years. Rain two years ago and last year the county shut down the rides,” he said in a phone interview, “It’s just dwindled over the years and it’s the end of an era, it’s seen its life.”

Also in question this year is where the carnival would be hosted as Benton is currently undergoing major athletic field renovations.

Current organizers are hopeful and said the event could possibly be held at an alternate location this year and perhaps return to Benton next year if a new sponsor could be found.

Although the carnival has struggled financially in recent years, money was still going back to the community annually in the form of partial proceeds schools received for selling ride tickets before the event.

However, in what may be a final blow, financial records obtained by us from the City of La Mirada indicate that pre-sale ride ticket revenue in 2017 fell almost 40% from the previous year.

Bonnie Murphy was a familiar face and volunteer at the carnival during its heyday, “It’s too bad. It was a source of community pride. A revenue source for groups, that could help sustain their activities for the year and it was a way to bring the community together.”

UFC to Host Taste of La Mirada/Farmers Market August 31st E-mail
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:55

La Mirada~ Join the UFC GYM La Mirada for the Taste of La Mirada Food & Fitness Event Thursday, August 31st from 4:00pm-9:00pm.

Various restaurants and food vendors from the greater La Mirada area will be converging on the UFC parking lot which will also feature a La Mirada Farmers Market.

Prizes will be raffled off including a 48” television and autographed boxing gloves.

There will be music, entertainment, fitness, games and more.

UFC will also be offering free guest workouts to the community from August 18th to August 31st. 

Local restaurants or food trucks interested in participating may contact James at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

UFC Gym La Mirada is located at 14000 La Mirada Boulevard, adjacent  to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

First Annual Health & Wellness Fair This Saturday E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:39

La Mirada~The community is invited to participate in the first annual La Mirada Health and Wellness Day on Saturday, July 22nd from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at La Mirada Regional Park

The event is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, the City of La Mirada and UFC Gym/La Mirada.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a great day of fitness, health, and delicious food from the Farmers Market.

UFC Gym will be hosting various fitness classes throughout the day including Yoga, Zumba, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Athletic Training, Functional Training, wrestling for both youth and adult and various fitness seminars.

Bring the entire family as fitness and health education programs will be hosted for kids as well. Many health organizations will also be onsite to provide wellness related information as well as a blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross.

UFC Gym will also be bringing out several up-and-coming UFC fighters for pictures, autographs, and live demonstrations throughout the day.

UFC/La Mirada General Manager James White says this new event provides a great partnership opportunity, “It really brings forth an important goal of Supervisor Hahn for our region. Her vision that communities can enjoy healthy lifestyles that promote happiness, family, and overall wellness of individuals has been the inspiration for the La Mirada Health and Wellness Day, he said in an email.

“La Mirada has always been an active community that enjoys safety, strong engagement, and family oriented programs. This is our way of helping to continue that tradition of making La Mirada a great place to live.”

A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to Love La Mirada, an organization dedicated to helping people discover more about La Mirada by serving and connecting with La Mirada residents and Catch a Lift-the organization enabling post 9/11 combat wounded veterans all over the U.S. to recover and rehabilitate both physically and mentally through physical fitness, motivation and support.

Album Release Party at Sportsman's Lounge Will Help Fight Cancer E-mail
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Friday, 14 July 2017 17:49

La Mirada~If you have had someone you love affected by Breast Cancer or any other cancer, you will not want to miss the release of TiMo's the Pink Album being released on Saturday, July 22 at Sportsman's Lounge in La Mirada.

The album cover and t-shirts have the names of those who have sailed on from cancer. Those who would like to attend the release can click on the link below.

A percentage from every sale is helping fighters directly through A Promise of Hope Foundation--a local breast cancer organization.

TiMo Tunes is a 4 Piece Band dedicated to improving lives through music.

To purchase tickets for the event visit here and to purchase the album visit here.

La Mirada High Sophomore Receives NASCAR Award Recognizing Racing Skills E-mail
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Written by NLMUSD News Services   

La Mirada~Zooming across a black-and-white checkered finish line at 140 miles an hour in a 400-horsepower car is not unusual for La Mirada High School sophomore Ryan Vargas, who’s been racing since he was 11.

“Growing up, I always loved monster trucks, demolition derbies and Thomas the Tank Engine,” Ryan said. “When my dad took me to a NASCAR event at Irwindale Speedway, I found out that kids could actually race cars and saw it as an opportunity to do something I loved.”

Since then, Ryan has tied for national championships in the Bandolero division in 2014, set five track records across Nevada, California and Arizona, and earned Rookie of the Year in 2015 at The Bullring at Las Vegas. In 2016, he competed in 27 races, placing in the top five 12 times and top 10 25 times, along with reaching fifth place in the California state standings.

Most recently, he was awarded the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award by NASCAR, which recognizes a high-performing minority or female driver contributing on and off the track in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

“I’m just really, really thankful,” Ryan said. “Being selected to receive this amazing award is such an honor in my life and in my career.”


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