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A herd of 150 goats is hard at work in the hills of east Anaheim. 

But they wouldn't call it work. It's just snack time. 

As part of our wildfire prevention efforts, we’ve brought in the goats to spend the summer helping us clear brush from our hillsides.

The goats are starting their work in the 130-acre Deer Canyon Park and will make their way to the Oak Canyon Nature Center by the end of August.

As we saw in October's Canyon Fire 2, dry brush can create the perfect wildfire fuel.

The risk of wildfire is a fact of life in east Anaheim. But we are doing our part to minimize the risk of and potential damage from future wildfires.

And the goats play a leading role.

They love to eat the dry brush and they make quick work of it.

Residents are welcome to come see the goats in action at Deer Canyon, 7502 E. Hollow Oak Road. Their location on the hillside will vary depending on how much they’ve eaten in a certain area.

When you’re there, be careful of the white fence around the goats. It has electricity running through it, which helps keep predators out and the goats in.

So here’s to the goats. They’re chomping their way to wildfire prevention.


In April, Anaheim’s Elmer Thill celebrated another milestone in a long life of them — his 104th birthday.

An Anaheim High School graduate and lifelong resident, Thill is believed to be the oldest person in our city.

At Thill’s age, he is in is in rare company. But he’s not alone.

Thirteen percent of Anaheim residents are age 60 or older. That’s more than 48,000 people, or the population of a small city.

And Anaheim’s senior community is growing. By 2040, seniors are projected to make up a quarter of our population.

But the golden years aren’t always easy. Nearly a quarter of Anaheim’s seniors live alone. About twice that, 43 percent, have no one to help them as they age.

That’s why we’ve launched our new campaign to reach out to seniors and connect people of different ages and generations across Anaheim. 

Part of our effort includes what we call the Big Door Knock.

It’s a friendly knock on the door of a senior you know or know of in your neighborhood. It’s about reaching out and making a small but meaningful connection.

The Big Door Knock is an easy way to get involved with your neighbors and contribute to kindness in our community.

So think about seniors in your neighborhood and how you might reach out to them.

We’ll be sharing videos and photos on Anaheim’s social media channels about the city’s and community’s efforts to reach out to Anaheim’s seniors.

You can share your stories by messaging us on Facebook or Instagram or post using #BigDoorKnock.


Summer is here, and as things heat up it’s the perfect chance to go for a dip at Pearson Park Pool.

And it’s totally free!

The city, partnering with Anaheim Family YMCA, offers free public swim on Saturdays and Sundays June 9 through Sept. 2. The pool is open from 1 to 5 p.m. both days.

The pool will also be open for free public swim on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The YMCA also offers swim lessons for all levels and ages throughout the summer at Pearson Park Pool, with financial assistance options available.

For more, visit


We’re just a month away from the Fourth of July, and that means it’s almost time to stock up on sparklers and smoke balls to celebrate and support your favorite school or nonprofit group.

Last month we held a lottery to select eight nonprofits that will host stands this year, in addition to all eight Anaheim high schools.

Here are the groups you can support:

  • West Anaheim Little League
  • The Rotary Club of Anaheim
  • Goals Academy 
  • Anaheim Small Business Organization
  • Anaheim Host Lions Club
  • Calvary Chapel Northgrove
  • Anaheim First Christian Church
  • Bethesda University Soccer
  • Anaheim High School Band Boosters
  • Canyon High School Education Foundation
  • Esperanza High School Aquatics Boosters
  • Katella High School Band Boosters
  • Loara High School Band Boosters
  • Magnolia High School Band Boosters
  • Savanna High School Football Boosters
  • Western High School Aquatics Boosters

Fireworks sales will begin at noon on June 28 and go until 9 p.m. on July 4. The 16 community stands will be spread out across the city. Find a map at

Buying safe and sane fireworks helps raise money for great programs in our community, while setting off sparklers with the kids is a fun way to celebrate America’s birthday.

But remember that fireworks are only legal in Anaheim on July 4 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. So save it for the Fourth!

And illegal fireworks — the professional kind that fly up in the air with a big explosion — are never allowed in our city.

All fireworks, even safe and sane ones, are not allowed east of the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway and south of the Riverside (91) Freeway due to fire concerns.

You could be fined up to $3,000 for using illegal fireworks or for misusing safe and sane fireworks.

You can help do the Fourth right by reporting illegal fireworks use or sales to police at (714) 765-1900.

Find more information at


Summer in Anaheim kicks off with an all-star lineup of events that will keep kids busy and families entertained.

Open Mic Night at Central Library
Meet Anaheim’s Poet Laureate Grant Hier and hear a reading from poet Donna Hilbert
June 7
6-7:30 p.m.
500 W. Broadway

Family Series Fridays at Pearson Amphitheatre
Start a new Friday night tradition with family friendly entertainment
June 15: Circo Etereo Circus
June 22: The Mad Scientist
June 29: Le Polynesia
126:30 p.m.
401 N. Lemon St.

CampVenture Summer Day Camps
Kids, ages 6 to 13, can enjoy weeklong programs filled with crafts, games, movies, science, cooking, sports and special events
June 18-22: Super Hero Week
June 25-29: Jurassic Camp Week
Peralta Park
115 N. Pinney Ave.
Details: (714) 765-5191 or

Oak Canyon Nature Nights
Start the evening with a twilight walk followed by presentations on unique nature topics
June 20, 27
Oak Canyon Nature Center
6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road

O.A.K.S. Summer Day Camp
Kids, ages 5 to 12, can develop outdoor awareness, knowledge and skills by taking part in trail walks, art, nature, games and Native American traditions
June 18-22: Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs
June 25-29: Fin-tastic Shark Week and Zombie Survival Camp
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Oak Canyon Nature Center
6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road

Disney Movie Nights
Bring the family out to enjoy a Disney classic under the stars
June 22: “Finding Nemo” at Ponderosa Park, 2100 S. Haster St.
June 29: “Ratatouille” at Modjeska Park, 1331 S. Nutwood St.
flag day

Honor America’s flag and celebrate with the community at the 23rd annual Flag Day celebration on June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pearson Park.

There’s something for the whole family at this free event, including music, family activities, giveaways, barbecue, cake and ice cream and more.

The day kicks off at 1 p.m. with the traditional Patriotic Parade, which begins at Lemon and Cypress streets, goes up Lemon, across Alberta Street and down Clementine Street to finish on the north side of the park.

There will also be a special recognition for World War II veterans and we’ll honor the winners of the “What the American Flag means to me” essay contest.

Parking and admission to the event are free. Pearson Park is at 401 N. Lemon St.

Find more at


Nearly 200 Anaheim city employees and their families came together on May 12, for a day of volunteer community service benefiting seniors, veterans, students, neighborhoods and those in need.

Volunteers spent the morning working on nine projects across Anaheim as part of the Big Give, an inaugural day of community service by Anaheim employees.

Here’s a look at the projects and their impact:

American Legion Post 72

  • Twenty-four volunteers buffed 1,200 square feet of floor, patched 10 parking lot potholes, recarpeted a stage and installed a sink.

Haskett Library in west Anaheim

  • Seventeen volunteers dusted 35 bookcases and computer stations, painted three study rooms as well as fences and handrails.

Brookhurst Park

  • Thirty-two volunteers painted a 300-square-foot City of Kindness mural including 86 volunteer and community handprints.

Transitional home for women

  • Seventeen volunteers put together seven dressers, three bunk beds, a desk and planted a backyard garden.

Walnut Village senior community

  • Seven volunteers worked with 12 senior residents to paint 20 terracotta pots for planting.

Sycamore Junior High

  • Thirty-eight volunteers painted 7,000 square feet of campus wall, planted 68 trees and plants and spread 11 yards of mulch.

Miraloma Park and Family Resource Center

  • Twenty volunteers planted 50 plants, spread 25 yards of mulch and cleaned 13 benches and tables.

Habitat for Humanity home

  • Thirteen volunteers painted six walls and planted landscaping at an elderly resident’s home in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.

Vineyard Church Food Bank

  • Nineteen volunteers packaged 500 bags of groceries for needy families in our community.

The Big Give included employees from across Anaheim, including the Anaheim Police Department, Anaheim Fire & Rescue, Anaheim Public Utilities, Public Works, Community Services and the city’s administrative departments and divisions.

A big thanks also goes out to Love Anaheim, a nonprofit that brings together community service volunteers, Habitat for Humanity and other community groups that also pitched in.

The community service day comes after Anaheim’s City Council in November adopted “City of Kindness” as the city’s official motto and encouraged additional efforts to spread kindness throughout Anaheim.

Check out a video from the event here.

Is your home ready for summer?

With high temps just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to lower your electric bills.

And Anaheim Public Utilities is here to help, offering rebates on energy efficient cooling alternatives.

Your house will be cooler for the hot summer months, and you’ll have more money in your pocket for ice cream.

You can get:

  • $100 back for installing a whole house fan
  • $20 for installing ceiling fans
  • $30 for using attic fans
  • $200 per ton for having an efficient central air conditioner
  • $1 per square foot for high-performance windows
  • $75-$100 for getting an air conditioning tune-up
  • $50 for recycling your old refrigerator or freezer

Find more information, plus additional energy saving tips, at

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