Olympic Hardware Returns to Anaheim

It's a long four-year journey to make it to the Olympic Games, which makes earning a gold, silver or bronze medal that much sweeter.

For the Anaheim-based U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team, the 2016 Games were a chance at redemption. After winning gold in 2008, then finishing outside of the medals in London 2012, the pressure was on to return to the medal podium. The Men's Team began their 2016 Olympic campaign 0-2 but then quickly turned things around to compete in, and win, the bronze medal match against Russia on the final day of the Olympics. 

Also home to Anaheim, the U.S. Women's Olympic Volleyball Team entered the games ranked No. 1 in the world and a favorite to stand atop the medal podium. With an impressive 7-1 record at the Rio 2016 Games, it was their one semifinal loss to a strong Serbia team that knocked them out of the gold medal match. With 48 hours to regroup and refocus, the Women's Team, led by volleyball legend Karch Kiraly, rallied in the bronze medal match to defeat the Netherlands in four sets.  

Off the volleyball court and over in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, Anaheim resident Courtney Mathewson was in the pool with her water polo teammates looking to make history, again. At the London 2012 Olympics, the U.S. Women's Water Polo Team made history by winning a gold medal for the first time. Bringing that momentum into the Rio 2016 Olympics, the Women's Water Polo Team dominated in their gold medal match against Italy 12-5 to claim gold and become the first women's water polo team in history to win back-to-back gold medals.

Congratulations to all our hometown Olympians!  


Olive Hills Dog Park Debuts
 Job Fair
A Visit to
the Doll Hut
Dogs of all shapes and sizes helped open Anaheim's newest dog park on Aug. 6.

Olive Hills Dog Park in east Anaheim is an acre of dog heaven with tunnels, ramps, agility posts and separate play areas for large and small dogs.

For owners, there are new restrooms, a walking path, native landscaping and additional parking spots.

Olive Hills Dog Park pays tribute to the police dogs of the Anaheim Police Department with an iconic bronze statue.

"Vigilance," by artist Susan Bahary, depicts a regal police dog on alert.The 3.5-foot-tall statue honors Anaheim's current and past K-9 officers.

The peril police dogs face was brought to the world's attention by Anaheim Police dog Bruno, who was shot in the line of duty in 2014 and died this May.

For details on Olive Hills Dog Park, please visit Anaheim.net/Parks.
Looking for a job?

The 2016 Anaheim/OC Job Fair Expo is coming up fast: Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The job fair is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking also is free.

The expo helps job seekers connect with new opportunities, meet more than 200 qualified employers and receive free advice. 

Attendees can also visit career workshops to explore their talents and interests. Resume reviews by professionals also are available.

Military veterans are welcome to tap into the many resources that will be available. Please help spread the word to job-seeking veterans. 

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register. Job fair registration and additional information can be found here
The World Famous Doll Hut sure lives up to its name.

The music venue in downtown Anaheim is little more than a roadside hut. 

But it is world famous in music circles, having hosted iconic bands such as Social Distortion, Sublime and The Offspring.

With roots in Orange County's punk rock scene, the Doll Hut isn't for everyone. The club is tiny, and the decor is decidedly edgy.

But the Doll Hut is authentic Anaheim: a homegrown music venue far off the beaten path from the Anaheim Resort or Platinum Triangle.

We recently visited with the Doll Hut's owner, Mike "Mac" McGarvey, who restarted the venue in 2014 after a two-year shutdown.

McGarvey says he sees himself as a steward of the legendary club, which also is listed as a historic landmark.

You can check out our feature video on the Doll Hut here.


Marking 15 Years
Since 9/11
Anaheim Adds
Skate Parks
More Than
Just Pests
2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The city of Anaheim will honor the anniversary with a remembrance and community service ceremony at City National Grove of Anaheim on Sept. 11 at 2 p.m.

As part of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, nearly 40 nonprofits representing a range of causes will be on hand to offer ways to volunteer and give back on Sept. 11 and beyond.

OneOC, Orange County's nonprofit resource center, is organizing the volunteer fair. 

Attendees of all ages are encouraged to take part in a day of charitable service and volunteerism.

Key details:
  • What: 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
  • When: Sunday, Sept. 11
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Location: City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: free parking onsite
  • Ages: all ages welcome
  • Volunteer: Nearly 40 nonprofits on hand
  • More: Visitanaheim.org/Sept11.
Skaters are putting two new Anaheim skate parks to the test while a third is in the works.

Residents joined with the city on Aug. 13 to open a 10,000-square-foot skate park at Ponderosa Park. 

The skate park has a pool-style bowl, rails, steps, decks and other street features that challenge all ages and abilities.

On Aug. 11, skaters around Palm Lane Elementary School joined the city and Disneyland Resort to open a 4,000-square-foot skate park alongside the school.

Skate park designer Spohn Ranch Skateparks Inc. staged skating demonstrations.

The Palm Lane skate park is one of two being built, along with other park upgrades, with a donation from the Disneyland Resort.

A skate park is set to open at Schweitzer Park in west Anaheim in coming months.

The Disney donation also is funding a pickleball court, softball field renovation and soccer field overlay at Twila Reid Park in west Anaheim.

For more, visit Anaheim.net/Parks.
As summer winds down, don't forget that mosquitoes are a year-round issue in Anaheim. 

Anaheim and all of Orange County are dealing with West Nile Virus and the threat of Zika, infections both spread by mosquitoes.

As the largest city in the county, Anaheim plays an important role in keeping infections in check.

Here's some simple things you can do: 
  • Limit exposure to mosquitoes at dawn or dusk
  • Wear light-colored clothes outdoors
  • Wear long sleeves and pants outside
  • Use repellent with DEET, Picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil
  • Use mosquito netting on infant carriers outdoors
  • Check your property for the smallest water buildup and drain it
  • Fix or replace window screens
  • Stock ponds with mosquito-eating fish
For more details, head over to the Orange County Vector Control District's web site.

You can find a lot of information on dealing with mosquitoes and the diseases they can spread.

For more, visit Orange County Vector Control's mosquito page.

Recycled Water Heading to Pearson Park
Did you know we have a water recycling facility in Anaheim? It's located within the Water Sustainability Campus and you can find it next to City Hall in the heart of downtown Anaheim. 

Each day, the facility works around the clock to clean and recycle water that is used in the landscaping and medians around City Hall and Anaheim West Tower, as well as to flush the toilets at Anaheim West Tower. 

This fall, we'll embark on a project to expand the reach of the water recycling facility to Pearson Park. 

Approximately 30,000 gallons of clean recycled water will move through 2,300 feet of pipe and into a holding tank at Pearson Park.  

By using the recycled water at the park, we'll be saving roughly 6 million gallons of drinking water. Plus, we'll be able to irrigate the park as needed to keep the grass green and our sports teams in action year round. 

The project is expected to be complete in Spring 2017.

We invite you to check out the Water Sustainability Campus where you can not only see the water recycling facility, but also a water-wise garden, the use of porous pavement in an urban setting and how we can catch rain water for irrigation (when it rains of course).

To learn more about the Water Sustainability Campus, click here.  


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