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We’re at summer’s peak, and it’s been a hot one.

Anaheim has seen weeks of temperatures in the 90s and even some scorching triple-digit heat in early July. And now August is off to a hot start!

Thankfully, there are some easy ways to beat the heat in Anaheim.

Our community centers and libraries serve as cooling centers for those who want to conserve energy or don’t have air conditioning at home.

The shady trees and shelters of Anaheim's parks also can provide relief from the hot sun.

You can find hours and locations of our community centers, libraries and parks here.

Here are some tips on coping with the heat:


  • Hydrate early on hot days by drinking 16 ounces of water before heat peaks.
  • Drink more water than usual while outdoors, about 8 ounces every 20 minutes.
  • Pace yourself and do less than usual in high heat.
  • Wear light colors and loose-fitting clothes.
  • Stay in the shade whenever spossible.

 At home

  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Put off running appliances or using your oven until late in the day.
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day.
  • Use fans to circulate air.
  • Put a cold, damp towel around your neck for short-term relief.
  • Put a bowl of ice in front of a nearby fan for short-term relief.

Know the signs
Heat stroke and other impacts can occur when you get too hot. The warning signs:

  • Dry, hot, red skin.
  • It's really hot, but you’re not sweating.
  • Rapid pulse.
  • Confusion.
  • Weakness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Cramps.
  • Sweating beyond normal for a hot day.

Find more at


From short stories and poetry to photography and illustrations, you'll find creativity in bloom later this month at Orange County Zine Fest at Central Library.

The annual OC Zine Fest, now in its fifth year, showcases local authors and artists and their published work, while also inspiring future zinesters.

While you’re there, you can also enjoy food trucks, more than 100 vendors, speakers, panels, workshops and more.

A zine, shorthand for a do-it-yourself magazine, is any kind of printed writing, photography or artwork that is independently constructed and self-published. There’s no limit to what content zines can include, and they’re a great form of self-exploration and self-expression.

In Anaheim, we’re fortunate to host this annual countywide festival for the second time. The festival not only brings artists and authors from all over, it also is a great chance to highlight local talent. At least one Anaheim author will even be highlighted on a panel discussion this year.

And the fest also helps highlight our library’s unique collection of zines — in fact, we have the only library zine collection in the county! They’re available for anyone with a library card to check out.

The fifth annual Orange County Zine Fest will be at Anaheim Central Library from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.

For more, visit or call (714) 765-1880.


Residents and businesses in northeast Anaheim have greater peace of mind with the opening of the city’s first new fire station in 10 years.

Station No. 5, the newest of Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s 11 stations across the city, celebrated its grand opening in late July.

The station marks a new chapter for emergency response services in Anaheim while rekindling some ties to the past.

For Anaheim Fire & Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Tim O’Hara, the new station brings back memories.

O’Hara, who oversaw the building and opening of Station No. 5, got his first real job as a box boy at Sportsman Spirits, a market that once stood in the exact location of the new station.

“Having grown up just down the street, I know this area well,” O’Hara said. “It’s so satisfying to know that this piece of ground will now allow us to better help those we serve.”

Station No. 5 replaces a 56-year-old station at 1154 N. Kraemer Blvd. that is going out of service.

The new station improves fire and paramedic response times for those who live and work in the area.

The Anna Drive neighborhood is one example.

The neighborhood is home to many first-generation residents and their families who live in tightknit apartments around a U-shaped street off La Palma Avenue.

Working with residents, we have focused on Anna Drive with improvements to streetlights, sidewalks, traffic safety and stronger community ties with Anaheim’s public safety teams.

Station No. 5 continues that effort.

It houses two fire engines, an ambulance and a specialty response truck used in major traffic accidents and other significant incidents.

Four firefighters and an ambulance crew of two paramedics call the station home.


There’s an unwanted guest at your summer barbecue, day at the pool and evening on the patio: mosquitoes.

Those flying, biting bugs are more than just a pest. They bring the risk of disease, most notably West Nile Virus.

The good news is most cases of West Nile Virus result in no or mild symptoms, typically fever and headache. But for a few, West Nile can be more severe.

You can avoid the annoyance of mosquitoes and the risk of illness by taking some simple steps to make your home mosquito-free:

  • Look for and clear standing water around your house.
  • Empty and change water in pet bowls each week.
  • Pour out water from potted plant saucers.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your home by making sure open windows and doors have screens.
  • Where mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Orange County Vector Control, which works to deter disease-spreading pests across the county, has been working in Anaheim.

You might see Vector Control trucks in and around parks, gutters and other public spaces doing localized spraying to control mosquitoes.

The spraying helps control the growth of mosquitoes and the illnesses they can carry.

You can find out more from Orange County Vector Control. Visit

Maria Luisa Camarena

There are new faces around town.

But you won’t find them at your local grocery store or favorite restaurant.

You’ll see them on street light poles in west, downtown and east Anaheim.

They are the new faces of the city’s military banner program.

Set against a field of stars and stripes, you’ll find these 16 brave men and women on 10-foot banners proudly representing the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy.

These banners not only honor Anaheim residents serving overseas, they serve as a gentle reminder of a loved one for Anaheim families.

During a ceremony last month at George Washington Park, we honored the new recipients by unveiling their banners. In the audience were the families, filled with pride, love and support for their spouse, sibling or child.

“George is the glue that keeps our family together” said Eunice Padin, wife of Sailor George Padin. “I’m so happy I was able to do this as a surprise for him!”

Eunice and her four young children were there to honor father and husband George who is deployed with the Navy.

His banner will fly on Brookhurst Street in west Anaheim for the next two years or so.

As banners start to show their wear and tear, we respectfully retire them with their families to help make way for new honorees.

We’ve made it easy for you to find where the new banners are located by grouping them into three areas.

Brookhurst Street in west Anaheim
  • Zacharias Jonas Elliott, Navy
  • Daniel Jesse Orgea, Marines
  • George C. Padin, Navy
  • Destiny Marie Perez, Marines
  • Favan Gerardo Perez Jr., Marines
  • Nicholas Alan Ruiz, Marines

Lincoln Boulevard in downtown Anaheim
  • Maria Luisa Camarena, Army
  • Joaquin Collister, Army
  • Kamron O’Neil Craig, Army
  • Bradley D. Hitchcock, Marines
  • Joseph Narciso, Navy
  • Bradley Olsen, Marines
  • Luis Andrew Sanchez, Army

Weir Canyon Road in east Anaheim
  • Robert Nicholas Dovalis Burns, Army
  • Zachary Jones, Marines
  • Rebekka Poss, Army


The smiles say it all.

Kids in the Ponderosa neighborhood are already making great use of the bright, new splash pad and playground at Ponderosa Park.

Pass by the park any day and you’ll see kids running through the green and orange rings of spraying water or waiting underneath the dunk bucket. Look a little to the side and you’ll see them climbing, swinging and playing on the bright blue play equipment.

It’s the perfect summer day.

The splash pad and playground, which opened in June, are the finishing touches on a $16 million, multiyear renovation at the park that also included a community center, skate park, picnic areas, outdoor plaza, restrooms and fitness stations.

The family resource center and park improvements stem from five years of working with residents to bring upgrades to one of Anaheim’s most used parks.

The splash pad is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

We have seen a lot of you using the splash pad already, and that’s exciting. To keep everyone safe and ensure the water in the play area stays clean, sometimes the splash pad has to shut down when the water gets too dirty.

You can help us keep the splash pad open for everyone by making sure you leave your shoes and your clothes on the picnic tables, all you need is your bathing suit.

And we know little Fido loves the water, but he’s not very clean. Please make sure to keep your pets out of the water, too.

Ponderosa Park is at 2100 S. Haster St. For questions, call (714) 765-5155.


Street sweepers — they’re Anaheim’s unsung heroes.

You’ve probably seen them rolling down your street once a week, maybe you’ve even gotten to know your driver.

But did you know that Anaheim’s street sweepers clean more than 90,000 miles of roads, alleys and parking lots every year?

That’s more than for times around the Earth!

And all that sweeping picks up nearly 5,000 tons of trash and debris that would otherwise be littering your curb.

That’s a lot of junk — it’s the same as 750 elephants.

You can help us keep your neighborhood clean.

Here are few simple ways to make it easier for our sweepers:

  1. Put your leaves and trash in your bins, not on the road. Our sweepers fill up fast, and if they have to dump it can slow them down.
  2. Remember to move your car on your sweeping day. You can put it back on the street after the patrol car, which follows the sweeper, passes by.
  3. It’s not just your car that gets in the way, those basketball hoops also cause problems for the sweepers. Make sure to put them on the sidewalk when the sweeper comes.

Remember, you don’t have to worry about sweeping or citations on major holidays, as well as some of the days surrounding those holidays. We also don’t sweep during heavy rain.

Find a full list of holidays and more information at


Electricity is life. It makes just about everything we do possible.

Here in Anaheim, we enjoy rates that are as much as 20 percent lower than neighboring cities, thanks to Anaheim Public Utilities, our city’s own electric service provider.

Still, for many folks in our community, the cost of electricity bills can be a challenge.

Anaheim Public Utilities can help our community by passing along savings from solar power generated at Anaheim schools.

You’ll be taking part in Anaheim’s efforts to better our environment — without having to install your own solar panels!

We are offering a six-month billing discount for those living on lower incomes. Program participants can see a discount of $6 to $10 a month.

Eligibility is determined by your annual income and how many people live in your household and ranges from $23,000 for someone living alone to $43,000 for a household of eight.

This program is for Anaheim electric customers, including residents living in apartments and mobile homes.

You can find out more and complete an application here.

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