Honoring Our Nation's Veterans This Veterans Day 

Our nation's veterans will be honored at a special event ceremony hosted by the city of Anaheim on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. All are welcome to attend to enjoy the patriotic celebration and to offer thanks to veterans in attendance. The free event will take place at the Anaheim Veterans Plaza in downtown Anaheim, starting at 11 a.m. The Anaheim Veterans Plaza is at Anaheim Boulevard and Broadway, next to the Muzeo. Free parking is available in the parking structure behind Anaheim City Hall at 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., or on Center Street. 
The city of Anaheim is proud of its commitment to supporting veterans and active military members. Anaheim's Veterans Resource Center is available online at Anaheim.net/veterans.  

The Fun and Kitsch 
of Anaheim 

Helping Customers Lower Utility Bills 

Cops Join Kids for Walk to School 
Linbrook Bowling Center, the topiary garden at Stovall's Inn and Pearson Park's cactus garden - these are some of Charles Phoenix's favorite slices of Americana in Anaheim. 
The "Ambassador of Americana," Charles recently visited Anaheim to share his enthusiasm for some classic locations and hidden gems here. From Linbrook Bowl's giant bowling pin sign to other local landmarks and national treasures, Charles illuminates classic American life and style in this special video. "Anaheim is an extrava-ganza of little, special places," he says. "There's something around every corner no matter where you go." Join the adventure by clicking here.
Ongoing warm weather has many residents thinking about how to cool their homes and keep utility bills low. Anaheim Public Utilities has announced a new incentive for home cooling - a $100 rebate for an air conditioning tune-up by a licensed contractor. Additionally, existing rebates have been doubled for a limited time on select home cooling upgrades, such as ceiling fans, attic fans and whole house fans. It's not too late to create a long-term cooling solution for your home! Click here for details on these offerings and to learn other ways to save energy and money.

School kids from across Anaheim walked to school on Oct. 7 with some special buddies - more than 50 members of the Anaheim Police Department. Led by Chief Raul Quezada, officers joined 4,500 children and their parents on this year's Walk to School Day. The event, in partnership with the Anaheim City School District, included students at all 24 of the district's elementary schools. Walk to School Day began in 1997 and has grown into a global event involving communities from more than 40 nations. Among the goals is to promote strong communities and traffic safety. This year's Walk to School was a great success!

Firefighters and Residents Partner on Ready, Set, Go! Program 
Japanese-American Wartime Experience Focus of Library Exhibit
Halloween Parade Enjoyed by More Than 25,000 Spectators 
Wildfires are one of the most unpredictable and dangerous incidents you may ever encounter. Anaheim Fire & Rescue is counting on residents to know how to READY their  property, SET plans for home survival and evacuation if needed, and be able to GO! early during a wildfire.
"Our firefighters train hard to prepare for the event of a wildfire, but every effort taken to protect property creates a greater defense against wildfires," said Fire Chief Randy R. Bruegman. "There may not be a lot of time to determine what to take, where or when to go so it's best to be prepared." 
Visit Anaheim.net/fire to review the Wildland Fire Action Guide and take the Wildland Fire Home Risk Assessment.  

The Anaheim Public Library Foundation on Nov. 10 will unveil a digital photo collection and a screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary "The Legacy of Heart Mountain," inspired by photographs taken by Anaheim resident Frank C. Hirahara during his time at a northern Wyoming internment camp during World War II. His daughter Patti, an Anaheim High School graduate, will present the documentary and family photo collection. More than 2,000 photos her father and grandfather took and developed in their own secret underground darkroom in the Wyoming camp became the inspiration for "The Legacy of Heart Mountain." Anaheim was
a major center for the Japanese-American community in Orange County for many years, with families settling here before 1920.
Anaheim's 91st annual Halloween Parade, held on Oct. 24, featured colorful floats, bands and entertainment, and more than 25,000 spectators were not disappointed with the festivities.  This year the Halloween Parade and Fall Festival expanded to a three-day event, and fun was had by all. The Anaheim Halloween Parade was first held on Oct. 30, 1924 as part of the larger Anaheim Hallowe'en Festival begun the year prior. Approx-imately 20,000 residents and neighbors from nearby towns crowded onto the sidewalks on both sides of Center Street to watch the 45 minute procession led by Baseball greats Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson. This time-honored tradition continues today and will continue to be enjoyed by future generations of Anaheim families.

Change Your Clocks, Change the Batteries 

It's that time of year when we all look forward to an extra hour of sleep! And it's also a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Testing the alarms monthly is recommended in addition to changing the batteries in the fall and spring. If a smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, experts recommend it be replaced. Not sure about the current status of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms? Anaheim Fire & Rescue's Home Safety Visit program can help. Visit Anaheim.net/fire for details. The change to Pacific Standard Time (from Pacific Daylight Time) occurs Sunday morning at 2 a.m.


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