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    Anaheim briefs: Anaheim Reads celebrates community and reading
    • October 12, 2023

    Each year, the Anaheim Public Library hosts Anaheim Reads, a month-long celebration of reading.

    This year, the chosen book is “There, There,” a debut novel by Cheyenne and Arapaho author Tommy Orange. The book is about a large cast of Native Americans and a month of activities are planned around the theme of exploring Native American culture and history.

    For children, companion books to read are “Waa’ake: The Bird Who Fell in Love with the Sun”  by Cindi Alvitre and “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story” by Kevin Noble Maillard.

    The opening reception for Anaheim Reads will be held at the Central Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 14. Virginia Carmelo, a leader from the Tongva-Gabrielino Tribe, will speak and there will be children’s activities, traditional dance performances and a Tongva language learning lesson.

    There will be a number of activities and workshops held at the various library branches throughout the month, including making fry bread, book discussions, cooking lessons and basket weaving.

    A Native Arts Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Founder’s Park on West Street.  For more information visit

    Get the story behind the crime

    The Anaheim Police Department will again present “Anaheim Confidential,” a popular fundraiser for the department’s Cops-4-Kids nonprofit.

    Don’t miss Anaheim Confidential on Oct. 13 at the River Arena in Anaheim.

    Join homicide detectives as they unravel a decades-long cold case, walking the audience through how long-awaited justice was delivered to the victim’s family.

    The event will be 4 to 9 p.m. at the  River Arena in Anaheim. For more information, visit Eventbrite and search for “Anaheim Confidential.” Tickets are $45.

    Historic property workshop offered

    A free workshop is being offered at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 about having a historic property in Anaheim.

    There will be information on the Mills Act property tax program, maintaining a historic home and researching the history of properties.

    The workshop will be held in the Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St. RSVP by Oct. 20 by emailing [email protected]

    Test your trivia knowledge

    The Anaheim Historical Society has a Halloween trivia night planned for Oct. 24, with prizes for top team and individual player.

    The event will be held at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 150 E. Center St.  Check in at 6:30 p.m. and the trivia challenge begins at 7 p.m.

    All are welcome to this free event. RSVP to 714-904-6725 by Oct. 20.

    Getting ready for Halloween festival Oct. 28

    The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade is getting ready for its 100th year celebration.

    The Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 on the Center Street Promenade and will include an old-fashioned Halloween carnival, local artists, live music, magic shows, kiddie and doggie costume contests, float decorating, kids crafts and much more. The parade follows that night

    The group needs more help working on the floats and parade’s organization.  Visit and sign up as a volunteer or donate to help fund this community effort.

    Celebrating 55 years

    The Anaheim High Class of 1968 is planning a reunion on Oct. 21.

    There will be a golf game at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course at 10 a.m., contact Dan Royer at [email protected] for information. Non-golfers are invited to breakfast.

    From 4 to 9 p.m. there will be a no-host event at the El Torito Grill in Brea (555 Pointe Drive, Brea); everyone will need to pay for their own food and drinks.

    This is a great chance to see your old friends.  For information contact Joni Hanger Gramstad at [email protected].

    Alzheimer’s OC plans workshop

    Alzheimer’s OC will present an in-person conservatorship workshop at the Anaheim Central Library on Oct. 27.

    The one-hour workshop will begin at noon in the Multipurpose Room.

    For a list of classes the organization offers, visit or call 844-373-4400.

    Anaheim Beautiful property awards

    Anaheim Beautiful is looking for nominations for honoring those in the city who have taken extra steps to make their property beautiful.

    Nominations are being accepted now through midnight Oct. 31. Properties will be adjudicated during November and announced in December.

    You can self-nominate your property or submit any residential or commercial property to be considered for an award with a photo and some basic contact.  For more information visit

    Weekly market gets spooky

    Nightmare on Center Street will be hosted at an upcoming Downtown Anaheim Farmers Market.

    Look for spooky vendors, trick or treating, and more at the weekly market on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 435 W. Center Street Promenade.  For more information, visit

    Andrea Manes shares with her neighbors events and news about the Anaheim community. If you have an event to share, contact her at [email protected] or 714-815-3885.

    ​ Orange County Register