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La Mirada Rotary and Walmart Team to Help Local Families
ROTARY ASSISTS GOOD SAM PANTRY – Members of the Rotary Club of La Mirada donated $1,100 worth of Thanksgiving turkeys, canned goods and other items to the Good Sam Pantry at Beatitudes Church in La Mirada. Pictured are (l to r) Chris Robinson, Rick Jones, John Lewis, Tom Polley, Jose Lombera, President Russell Hall, Hal Malkin and Sean Bracey. The donation, which was made possible by a grant from the Walmart Community Foundation, is one of several Rotary projects to assist needy families.
La Mirada~The Rotary Club of La Mirada marked the Thanksgiving holiday by donating $1,100 in turkeys, canned goods and other food items to the Good Sam Pantry at Beatitudes Church in La Mirada.
The donation, which was funded in part by a grant from the Walmart Community Foundation, purchased complete holiday meals for 40 families.
Rotarians purchased the food at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, located at Imperial Highway and La Mirada Boulevard, on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 19. The food was then distributed to needy families that afternoon by volunteers at the Good Sam Pantry.
Rotary plans to donate a similar amount of meals for local families prior to the Christmas and Easter holidays.
The Rotary Club of La Mirada performs a variety of community service projects throughout the year. The group meets on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Elephant Bar Restaurant on Firestone Boulevard North in La Mirada. Visitors are welcome to attend.
Help Fight Children’s Cancer at Butterfly Wishes at Golden Dreams Event
The fight against children’s cancer will take a step forward during a fundraiser sponsored by From Maddi’s Closet on Friday, Nov.13 at the Friendly Hills Country Club.
“Butterfly Wishes and Golden Dreams” is the theme of From Maddi’s Closet’s major fundraiser for efforts to assist children fighting cancer. In recent years, the local non-profit group has donated more than $230,000 to help with children’s cancer research and provide emotional and financial support to thousands of patients and their families.
“Childhood cancer is the number one disease-related killer of children in our country, and it is critically important that we increase awareness of what we can do to fight this terrible disease,” says Donna Holmes, president and founder of From Maddi’s Closet.
The honorary committee for the event includes: Robert and Virginia Ball; Whittier Mayor Fernando Dutra and Mary Dutra; La Mirada Councilmember Ed Eng and Catherine Eng; Whittier Chamber of Commerce President Elect Chris Hardeman; Randy and Joyce Herbon of Relay for Life; Steve and Janice Jones of La Mirada; Art and Rita Leslie of La Mirada; Tom and Priscilla Robinson of TR Management Services, Inc.; Dr. Gerald Roodzant, DDS; Brian and Sandy Sherman, Seventh Son Gourmet Catering and Events; and Pastors Kelly and Stephanie Warner, Whittier Area Community Church. Janice Roodzant, Details Business Organizer, is serving as chair of the event.
Dulles Elementary Selects Student of the Month
La Mirada~Often, being called into the principal’s office means you’re in trouble. However, Norwalk-La Mirada’s Dulles Elementary is turning that stigma around.
This month, first-grader Nicolas Diomedes said he enjoyed being called to the principal’s office to be highlighted as the Student of the Month.
The reward program, coupled with the Staff of the Month award, is part of Dulles’ Positive Behavior System to employ recognition to foster good student behavior and recognize the work of teachers and staff who have made a “Dulles Difference” by contributing to a supportive learning environment.
Free Flu Clinic Offered at La Mirada Activity Center
La Mirada~It’s flu season, and the La Mirada Activity Center is offering free flu shots to community members. The flu shots will be given on Tuesday, October 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard. Flu shots and nasal sprays will be offered for all ages. The program is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Recent studies show that flu vaccines can reduce the risk of doctor visits due to flu by 60 percent. Those who get a flu vaccine are less likely to get sick with flu than someone who does not get vaccinated.
“We encourage all community members and especially seniors, to visit the Activity Center and receive the free flu shots,” says Community Services Supervisor Lisa Montoya."
The flu shots and sprays are provided by the City of La Mirada in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
For more information, contact the La Mirada Activity Center at (562) 902-3160.
La Mirada Rotary Seeks Donations to Help Fight Polio; World Polio Day Marks Progress
La Mirada Rotarians are seeking donations to support efforts to end polio throughout the world as part of Rotary’s World Polio Day on October 23.
Established by Rotary International more than a decade ago, World Polio Day honors Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the team that developed the first polio vaccine.
“Rotary is very proud of the remarkable progress that has been made towards a polio-free world over the past 30 years,” says Russell Hall, president of the Rotary Club of La Mirada.
“No child anywhere should have to suffer from this terrible disease, which can be so easily prevented by immunizations,” says Rotarian Hal Malkin, whose Rexall pharmacy served the La Mirada community for many years.
“Rotary launched PolioPlus, the first global campaign to immunize the world’s children against polio in 1985, at about the same time I joined Rotary,” says Dr. Wayne Wong, a dentist who has served the La Mirada community for decades. ”At that time there were more than 350,000 cases of crippling polio each year in over 125 countries.”
In 1988, Rotary mobilized the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to join in this effort. Since Rotary began working with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to immunize more than 2 billion children, the incidence of polio has decreased 99 percent. Rotary has contributed over $1.4 billion and countless volunteer hours to polio eradication.
An Opportunity for Residents to Help Keep La Mirada Safe
La Mirada~Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Curtis Jensen is inviting residents, business leaders, faith communities and service group members to join a crime prevention initiative to reduce property crimes in La Mirada. Hear from your community leaders on how crime affects everyone and what you can do to get involved!
A meeting will be held on Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. Attendees will be encouraged to be a part of a community based solution to prevent property crimes.
In the first half of 2015, residential and vehicle burglaries combined for nearly one-third of the property crimes reported in La Mirada. Of the 438 Part I crimes reported from January to June, over 90 percent were crimes involving stolen property.
Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting, be a part of the solution, and help the Public Safety Team keep La Mirada safe.
For more on the meeting, call the La Mirada Community Sheriff's Station at (562) 902-2960.
Fall Youth Sports Leagues Registration Now Open
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 participants ages 5-14, 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’s Youth Volleyball league is back in swing for the fall season. Open to ages 7-17, the league focuses on the basics of volleyball, including bumping, setting, hitting, serving, and defense. The Youth Volleyball league is held at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium and the cost is $65.
West Nile Virus Activity Confirmed in La Mirada
La Mirada~The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) confirmed West Nile virus activity for the first time this year in La Mirada.
GLACVCD encourages residents to take the following safety precautions to protect against mosquito-borne diseases:
Eliminate or manage all sources of standing water to discourage mosquito breeding every week. The work residents do now will make a big difference.
If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and use an insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredient such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and Oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD). Always apply according to label instructions. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
Contact GLACVCD at 562-944-9656 or visit glacvcd.org if there is a significant problem or potential mosquito breeding source where you live or work. West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito.
There is no cure for West Nile virus. One in five persons infected with West Nile virus will exhibit symptoms. Symptoms usually occur between five and 15 days, and can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash. These symptoms can last for several weeks to months.
One in 150 people infected with the virus will become extremely ill. Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis, and possibly death.
GLACVCD offers a variety of digital content on their website’resources page.
Summertime Safety Series Offered by La Mirada P.A.R.K. Program
The La Mirada Positive Alternatives and Recreation for Kids (P.A.R.K.) program is hosting a Summer Safety series for youth. The series will include special presentations from first responders and other safety professionals emphasizing safe behavior. The activities are held from 2:15 to 3 p.m. every Thursday, from July 9 through August 27, at the following sites:
July 9th, Gardenhill Park – Animal Safety; July 16th, Frontier Park – First Aid; July 23rd, Windermere Park – Insect Awareness; July 30th Gardenhill Park – Fire Safety; August 6th, Frontier Park – Personal Safety; August 13th, Windermere Park – Pedestrian Safety; August 20th Gardenhill Park – Bicycle Safety; August 27th Frontier Park – Electrical Safety.
“We encourage all kids to attend the Summer Safety series,” says Safety Education Officer Mary Cipres. “Through presentations and activities, children will learn valuable tips to stay safe and avoid trouble.”
The P.A.R.K. program is a free recreation program that offers a variety of activities such as reading club, homework club, science workshops, sports tournaments, crafts, and cooking classes. During the summer months, the program is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The P.A.R.K. program is offered at Frontier, Gardenhill and Windermere Parks in La Mirada and is available to ages 5 to 17.
For more information on the P.A.R.K program or the Summer Safety series, visit Windermere, Frontier or Gardenhill Park or call (562) 943-7277.
Annual Independence Celebration at Regional Park
La Mirada~The city’s annual Independence Celebration will be held July 3 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at La Mirada Regional Park.
The celebration will include live music by 80's band "Neon Nation", and motown band "Stone Soul". A variety of tasty food will be on sale by La Mirada’s local service and athletic groups. The celebration will conclude with a patriotic program and exciting fireworks spectacular.
Be sure to keep the following guidelines in mind on the day of the event:
Parking: In addition to parking at La Mirada Regional Park, overflow parking is available at the La Mirada High School stadium lot, BIOLA University (entrance off of La Mirada Blvd.), and Civic Center Plaza. All red curb restrictions are being enforced. Patrons parking in red zones will be issued citations. Parking along Foster Road is allowed only after "No Parking" signs have been covered the day of the event by the City.