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Anaheim Offers Free Community Events and Opportunities During the Month of April
ANAHEIM, CA - (April 3, 2009) - The City of Anaheim continues its commitment to community service by offering many free events and opportunities during the month of April.  Below is a list of descriptions, dates and contact information, as well as additional useful information on City services.

EAST ANAHEIM NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETING The East District Neighborhood Council will meet on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Canyon High School Library, 220 South Imperial Hwy.  The East District encompasses the area of Anaheim east of Rio Vista St.  April’s meeting agenda will include updates and information on the Freeway Complex Fire; the Fairmont/SR-91 Overcrossing; the Santa Ana Canyon Road landscaping project; Community Development Block grant funding; and Anaheim Alert.

The District Neighborhood Council is part of the Anaheim Neighborhood Improvement Program that uses an inter-departmental approach to improve the livability of Anaheim’s neighborhoods.  Utilizing four neighborhood districts (East, West, South and Central), neighborhood improvement is accomplished by creating partnerships between City departments, residents, property owners, school officials, the religious community, business community ,and non-profit organizations.

For more information, please contact Beth Lapkowski with Neighborhood Services at (714) 765-4456 or blapkowski@anaheim.net.

BABY STORYTIMES AT ANAHEIM LIBRARY
Baby storytimes will be held at the East Anaheim Branch Library beginning Tuesday, April 7 through Tuesday, May 12.   Hug-a-By Baby Storytime is designed for infants ages 2-12 months and their parents or caregiver.  A librarian will share 20 minutes of songs and lullabies, fingerplays and picture books to stimulate language development.   Attendees will be able to repeat the activities at home to encourage the baby’s literacy skills.  Registration is required for this six-week program to ensure optimal interaction for the storyteller and participants.

The East Anaheim Branch Library is located at 8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA  92808.

Please call (714)765-3887 to register, and visit www.anaheim.net for a complete list of additional storytimes for infants, children and their parents and/or caregivers.

SPRING EGG HUNT
Anaheim’s traditional spring egg hunt will take place at Pearson Park on Saturday, April 11.  Activities, including arts and crafts, entertainment and face-painting, begin at 9 a.m.  The popular egg hunt will start promptly at 10 a.m.  Children ages 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12 are invited to participate.

Pearson Park is located at 400 N. Harbor Blvd.  For more information please call (714) 765-5219.


ANAHEIM CELEBRATES NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK, APRIL 12-18
The City of Anaheim is pleased to participate in National Library Week, an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

National Library Week 2009 will be celebrated with the theme, "Worlds connect @ your library."  Each of Anaheim’s six libraries will offer a variety of free programs, including storytimes, craft times, a gaming tournament, and movies.  In addition, East Anaheim Branch Library will sponsor a t-shirt design contest.

Please visit www.anaheim.net for a complete list of activities, contact information and directions to each of the libraries.

ANAHEIM HOSTED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT DAY
The City of Anaheim once again participated in Youth in Government Day on April 1, and nearly 150 local high school students took part in the event.   Students were greeted by Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, Mayor Pro Tem Bob Hernandez, and Council members Lorri Galloway, Harry Sidhu and Lucille Kring, the entire City management team, and numerous City employees.   The students spent the morning in City Hall to learn about the different department functions and services offered to residents and businesses.  Lunch was served at the Downtown Community Center.

CITY HALL VISITOR’S PARKING LOT
Visitors to Anaheim’s City Hall have a new parking lot, convenient to the front door and reception area at 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.  The newly paved parking lot is located at the corner of Broadway Ave. and 42nd St., directly across from Heritage Forum, and will be open during the regular business week, from 7:30 a.m. to the close of business.

ANAHEIM ALERT
Anaheim Alert, the City’s emergency notification system, launched on Feb. 9, and residents, businesses, visitors and surrounding neighbors are encouraged to sign up.  Anaheim Alert complements the City’s 311 customer service initiative and vision of providing 24/7 access to information about happenings in Anaheim.  Anaheim Alert will serve as the City’s text-based alert messaging system notifying users of emergency information.  Users may sign up for this free service at www.AnaheimAlert.net, where they can self-subscribe from a range of message groups that will inform them of fires, evacuations, utility interruptions, and public safety information.  In addition, citizens may also sign up for Anaheim Alert by texting the word “resister” to 311ANA (311262).  Standard text message rates do apply.


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ABOUT ANAHEIM – The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.

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