Anaheim Convention Center Set to Expand
As one of the City's main pillars, the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) is centrally located in the heart of Southern California, and welcomes millions of visitors to the City of Anaheim for tourism, business, conventions, and meetings. Being the largest exhibition center on the West Coast, the ACC is part of the Anaheim Resort, which generates nearly 50 percent of the City's general fund tax revenues. These revenues pay for critical City services such as Fire, Police, and other important community assets, like our parks and libraries.
Currently the ACC is operating near maximum occupancy and given the ongoing success of the Convention Center and the continuing demands from event planners for more space, the City presented a financially sound plan to expand our convention center. At the March 11, 2014 City Council meeting, the Anaheim City Council approved the ACC expansion, the financing plan, and the design-build contract with Turner Construction and Populous, one of the nation's leading convention center design-build teams. Construction is scheduled to begin late summer 2014 with project completion by Fall 2016.


To learn more about the ACC expansion, please visit


New tool-Community Resource Map  

The City recently created an online tool to make it easier to learn about the resources that are available in your area. With the My Community Resource Map, users can input any address and discover nearby non-profit agencies, libraries, and more. To find out what free resources, programs, or classes are available in your neighborhood, click here
to get started.

Improvements in the Works

The City has recently made improvements to Lincoln Avenue by removing overgrown and aging shrubs. Efforts to construct new sidewalks, install traffic signals, and landscape medians have already begun on Kraemer Boulevard between Tustin Avenue and La Palma Avenue. These improvements will help to support the heavy

foot traffic between the metrolink train station, Kaiser Hospital, and surrounding businesses.

World of Difference

For the past 35 years, the Community Services department has held an event to thank all of its volunteers. This year's

luncheon helped to 

recognize more than 400 volunteers, the largest group of volunteers in a number of years. Volunteers of all ages, from children to senior citizens, have all helped to make "A World of Difference," and they can't be thanked enough for all of their support. 

Scrapbook Expo

Are you serious about scrapbooking or just looking for new and creative ways to capture precious moments, make handmade cards, or jewelry? Then you don't want to miss out on the three-day Scrapbook Expo, held at the Anaheim Convention Center from March 20-22. Check out the latest gadgets, tips and ideas. To purchase tickets or to view the schedule of planned workshops, click here

More Play Space

After this weekend, John Marshall Park will have a brand new playground. This is the fifth park in Anaheim to be "KaBOOM'd." With the help of hundreds of volunteers, made up of local residents, City of Anaheim team, members of the Anaheim Family, YMCA volunteers, Disney VoluntEARS, and KaBOOM! And just in time for the summer months, the West Anaheim Youth Center has just installed air conditioning in the gym!


Not on Facebook Yet?

The City's Haskett Branch Library is hosting an "Introduction to Facebook" class on March 29 from 10-11:30 a.m. The class will simplify social media and help you stay in touch with loved ones and friends. You will learn how to post pictures but keep your profile private, and receive a number of great tips to help bring you up to speed. For more information, click here

Welcome Home Bags
The Anaheim Marine Adoption Committee is gathering donations for "Welcome Home" bags for the Marines and Sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The 13th MEU was formally adopted by the City Council in 2007 to show support for military personnel and their families. The bags will be placed in the barracks prior to the MEU's arrival home from their overseas deployment. For more information, click here.
Mystery Author's Luncheon
Reserve your seats for the Anaheim Public Library Foundation's 19th annual Mystery Authors Luncheon. This year's event, themed
"A Time to Thrill," will be held on Sunday, April 6 at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort. Best-selling authors: Steve Berry, James Rollins, and William Bernhardt will speak. To learn more,
click here.
A Taste of Vegas
On Friday, April 11, 
Anaheim's Cops 4 Kids, the OC Family Justice Center Foundation and the Anaheim Police 
Homeless Resource fund will join forces for a joint fundraiser. This Casino Night event will be held from 5-11 p.m. at 2259 E. Via Burton, Anaheim, CA 92806. The evening will include casino table games, a silent auction and opportunity drawings. To learn more, click here.

Do you really know what to do in an earthquake?

For many, living in California means you have experienced your fair share of earthquakes. Finding ourselves somewhat immune, we even attempt to predict the magnitude of a recent jolt. This week's 4.4 earthquake may have some wondering- when is the "big" one coming and do we really know what to do in the event of a large earthquake? 


"Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. 


If you do not find a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Placing your body in a tucked position allows you to protect your vital organs. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.  


The main point is to not try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be the start of the big one.


Things you should not do in an earthquake:

Do not get in a doorway. In modern homes and buildings, doorways are not safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead.  


Do not run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.                         


We encourage you to be prepared. To learn how you can protect yourself, your family, and loved ones, click here.

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