Annual kids holiday event

Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends at the City's annual Chili Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center. 

The event includes the official tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, holiday crafts, cookies, warm beverages, and chili. Guests can also enjoy snow sledding, photos with Santa, and ride the holiday train through a winter wonderland.

Guest are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and new unwrapped toys to the event in support of local families in need. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. 

Holiday toy and food drive

Through December 9th you can help spread holiday cheer to those in need this season! Donations of new unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for the holiday toy and food drive will be collected and distributed to local organizations. Bring donations to any of the designated drop off locations and help make this a season of giving. 

Locations include the Activity Center, City Hall, Community Sherriff’s Station, Community Gymnasium, La Mirada Library, Resource Center and Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center.

                Donated items will be distributed to the following organizations: La Mirada Volunteer Center, Interfaith Food Center, Grace Evangelical Free Church, St. Paul of the Cross Church, and Beatitudes of Our Lord Church.

                Contest application deadline December 16 

                Don't miss your chance to showcase your artistic talents by participating in the City's Traffic Control Box Art Contest. 

                Artists may submit an entry for consideration to have their original artwork applied to one of several traffic control boxes located in La Mirada. The theme is “Community Life”, and all artists must incorporate this theme into their art proposals. Applicants must be artists living, working, or attending school in La Mirada. 

                The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 16 at 4 p.m. Selected winners will receive $250 each. For more information, call (562) 943-7277.

                Minion House and Griswold House return and Big Lots is closing

                Over 50 minions will greet you when you arrive at the Minion House at the intersection of Corley Drive and Plantana Drive in La Mirada. Quickly becoming a La Mirada favorite these past few years, you can check out the the display through Christmas. 

                The Griswold Family Christmas returns this season with new additions. The display created by resident Jeff Norton has received national and worldwide recognition is located at 15912 Golva Drive, just south of Rosecrans off Mercado Drive. It is available for viewing 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. daily through December 31st. Hot cocoa will be served on selected evenings and visitors can donate a toy to Spark of Love.

                The Big Lots at 13800 Imperial Highway has signs in the windows stating the store is closing. We will have more information as it becomes available. Check out our video on La Mirada Blog TV.

                Former director passes away

                Central Basin Director Phil Hawkins passed away last month at age 79. According to his Pastor, Steve DeRuse of Artesia Baptist Church, he was admitted to the hospital beforehand due to a stroke. 

                He had previously served in the State Assembly representing Lakewood, Artesia, Cerritos, Bellflower, Downey, the northern part of Hawaiian Gardens, and the northern part of Long Beach. He was a founding member of the Cerritos Republican Club and a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. He was also a friend to the Asian Pacific Islander Communities of our area.

                Before being a member of the State Assembly has was a real estate broker in the Cerritos area and was an active member in a number of local Chambers of Commerce.
                He was both kind and wise. He will be missed. 

                His wife Janice had passed away in 2020 from complications due to COVID. He is survived by his children and grandchildren. No word yet on funeral or memorial arrangements. -Soo Yoo