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Andy Anaheim, the city’s lovable mascot, is leading the way on the most comprehensive look at our parks in nearly 30 years.

Anaheim Community Services is reviewing each of our 57 parks from now through April 2018. We’re looking at how parks serve communities and what might be needed down the road.

Anaheim’s residents will play a leading role by offering their thoughts about our parks today and what’s important to them in the future.

The initiative, called Planning for Parks, is made possible by $830,000 in funding approved by Anaheim’s City Council in February.

Andy Anaheim, the city’s cartoon mascot dating back to the 1950s, has gone outdoorsy for the effort. Check him out in suspenders and flannel with a shovel in hand at

There, you also can take our parks survey and share your vision for Anaheim’s parks.

Is it more playgrounds, soccer fields, picnic areas or something else? Tell us what you’d like to see. Your answers will have an impact.

And look for Andy Anaheim’s Community Services helpers at upcoming community events this spring, summer and beyond. They’ll be walking around with tablets and the survey ready to go for you. It’s easy!

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Celebrate Mexican culture with music, food and family fun at the annual Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Carnival and Fiesta Thursday through Sunday.

The fun kicks off on Thursday night with the Cinco de Mayo Carnival. Get a special half-price ride wristband, only available on the first day – just $15 for unlimited rides.

The carnival continues through Sunday, offering the regular price $30 ride wristband as well as a host of fun rides and games. Tickets can also be purchased for individual rides.

All are welcome to get a taste of Hispanic culture at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, which will feature Mexican food, live bands and mariachi music, dance performances and more.

Fans can also see the championship games of the Fiesta Soccer Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Glover Stadium.

New to the festival this year is a classic car show on Friday evening and the fiesta’s first folklorico dance competition on Saturday morning.

Entrance to the event is free.

Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Fiesta:

  • When: Thursday, May 4, through Sunday, May 7
  • Car Show: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday
  • Folkloric competition: 9 a.m. on Saturday
  • Food booths: noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
  • Entertainment: noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
  • Carnival hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday
  • Where: La Palma Park, 1151 N. La Palma Parkway
  • More: or call (714) 765-5191

It’s budget time in Anaheim!

Now, before your eyes glaze over, remember Anaheim’s budget touches just about everything you do in the city.

What’s in Anaheim’s budget?

  • 600 police officers and firefighters who respond in our time of need.
  • 57 parks where kids play sports, families celebrate birthdays and music lovers enjoy concerts.
  • Ten community centers providing recreation, classes, homework help and assistance finding a job.
  • Eight libraries that help kids learn and serve as meeting places for the community.
  • Our electric and water utility, which provides service to 120,000 households, nearly 20,000 businesses and 25 million annual visitors.
  • Road improvements, including new pavement, sidewalks and pothole repair.

There’s a lot more in Anaheim’s budget. But you get the picture: Anaheim’s budget makes your city what it is!

We are just starting to put together the budget for the 12 months through June 2018.

Like the state of California and other cities, Anaheim operates on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

So from May through mid-June, we’ll be seeking community input on the budget at neighborhood meetings and workshops at City Hall.

You can share your thoughts on the budget by joining us for a meeting, by visiting our website at or by emailing us at

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Fireworks sales are changing in Anaheim this year.

Eight nonprofit groups and eight public high schools will be able to host their own fireworks stands to raise money for the year.

This is a change from the past two years, when all fireworks sales were combined into two large stands in the city.

The City Council recently approved the new process to better benefit local nonprofits and school groups.

Using a lottery, the city will select eight nonprofits to host fireworks stands. Any interested nonprofits should submit a lottery application in person to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., by May 19.

Applications are available from the City Clerk’s Office or online at

Each of Anaheim's eight public high schools will automatically be granted one fireworks sales permit and can determine which school groups or teams will benefit. Schools do not need to apply for the lottery.

Sales of safe and sane fireworks will begin at 12 p.m. on June 28 and go until 9 p.m. on July 4.

Questions? Call (714) 765-5162 or email

For more, visit


Enjoy food, fun entertainment and party with your neighbors at the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council’s 21st annual Western Barbecue on Saturday, May 13.

The barbecue features food booths, live entertainment, a raffle, free cake and activities for the family.

Children’s activities include pony rides, games, animals, Disneyland Resort’s Junior Chef Program, a reptile show and more.

Adults can enjoy the classic car show, horseshoe games, community resources and shopping at craft booths and vendors.

The day’s entertainment will include performances from school groups and demonstrations by the Anaheim Police Department, along with other stage performances.

Admission to the event is free and all are welcome.

WAND Annual Barbecue:

  • When: Saturday, May 13
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Twila Reid Park, 3100 W. Orange Ave.
  • More:

Nearly a dozen people have been referred to treatment under an innovative Anaheim program designed to address drug abuse in our community.

Since January, 11 people have contacted Anaheim Police to ask for help with drug problems under a program known as Drug Free Anaheim.

The program finds treatment for those who voluntarily come forth for help. As long as a person isn’t wanted for a crime, police will refer them to help without fear of punishment.

Those seeking help also can reach out directly to the city’s nonprofit partner, Social Model Recovery Systems Inc.

The program is part of Anaheim’s larger City of Kindness initiative and brings a more holistic approach to a community problem.

Drug Free Anaheim was inspired by the Angel program started in 2015 in Gloucester, Mass.

A fishing town north of Boston, Gloucester has been hard hit by the opioid-abuse crisis.

Anaheim businessman Orin Abrams, who runs The Clubhouse at Anaheim Hills Golf Course, heard about the program and shared it with city leaders.

More than 150 police agencies across the country have adopted programs similar to Gloucester’s.


That citrus tree in your backyard may be bearing more than just fruit.

Tiny bugs carrying a plant disease that kills citrus trees have been found in Anaheim.

The disease, called Huanglongbing, is spread by a small, flying insect known as an Asian Citrus Psyllid. They’re about the size of an aphid.

If a tree is infected, the disease produces lopsided, bitter, discolored fruits.

There’s no risk to humans or pets, but Huanglongbing could be devastating to California’s fruit industry.

And while Anaheim is no longer a major citrus producer, infected trees here can spread the disease to groves elsewhere.

State agricultural officials are knocking on doors in central-west Anaheim and are likely to expand their outreach to other parts of the city.

California Department of Food and Agriculture officials are inspecting citrus trees in front and backyards. If you have a diseased tree at your house, it will be removed at no cost.

Officials also have the go-ahead to spray trees on private and public property. They’ll also install tree traps to catch and test the pests.

Workers will be in uniforms, carry identification and will not ask to go inside homes.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Be on the lookout for signs of the disease or pests on your trees.
  • Visit your local garden center for products to treat your trees for the pest.
  • Do not move citrus plants from your home to another location.
  • If you suspect the pests and disease, call (800) 491-1899.

For more, visit

There's a fun way to support those who serve. 

The Anaheim Semper 5K&10K Run/Walk is an annual tradition that raises money for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

This year's event is May 20 at Riverdale Park in east Anaheim.

You can walk or run 5 or 10 kilometers, those 10 and younger can take part in a Kid's Fun Run and everyone can join in a patriotic costume contest. 

Marines and Sailors from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be running alongside race participants.

In 2007, the A
naheim City Council adopted the unit to show support for our military. Community volunteers hold fundraisers throughout the year to support the 13th. 

Known as the "Fighting Thirteenth," the unit conducts a variety of military operations, including  amphibious assaults, recovery of aircraft and personnel, peacekeeping, electronic warfare and anti-terrorism efforts.

For more on the Anaheim Semper 5K&10K, visit For more on the Anaheim Marine Adoption Committee, click here.

Winter rains did a lot to address the drought, but water conservation remains a way of life in Anaheim and across the Golden State.

Visit the Anaheim Public Utilities booth at the Downtown Anaheim Farmers Market on May 11 to take part in a special Water Awareness Month celebration.

From noon to 3 p.m., you can enter to win prizes including a free rain barrel. Plus, get tips on water conservation and learn more about the programs and incentives we offer to our residents.

Every drop counts when it comes to conserving water, so make sure you’re doing everything you can to help.

For more, visit

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