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October 20, 1991 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cheerful strains of violins and trumpets, guitars and guitarrones filled the courtyard of a San Fernando church, where hundreds of mariachi music fans gathered Saturday for the San Fernando Valley's first annual mariachi festival. By 3 p.m.
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December 31, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A year after law enforcement agencies prepared for possible millennial meltdowns, their focus tonight shifts to more routine New Year's safety threats--drunk driving and celebratory gunfire. Los Angeles police are especially concerned about reducing the number of shots fired into the air around midnight because Valley residents reported increased gunfire last year. "The bottom line is that bullets come down, somebody's going to get hurt and somebody's going to go to jail," Police Lt.
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November 25, 1994 | JOHN CHANDLER
Hearth and home, turkey with all the trimmings, family members reunited from afar. These are the usual images of Thanksgiving, a holiday outdone only by Christmas in its sense of tradition and fireside warmth. But tradition does not reflect all of today's reality, as definitions of home, family and even food are evolving in our society. Throughout the San Fernando Valley, residents gathered in their own unique ways to observe a national holiday that has deep roots in American history.
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January 17, 2000 | ANN L. KIM
Martin Luther King Day events around the Valley today include: * The L.A. theater troupe We Tell Stories performs "The Spirit of Black Folklore" and "Letters to Harriet Tubman" at 4 p.m. at Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. East, (661) 267-2787. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and members of the military, and $6 for children 12 and younger. * The San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council celebrates its annual Martin Luther King Jr.
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January 17, 2000 | ANN L. KIM
Martin Luther King Day events around the Valley today include: * The L.A. theater troupe We Tell Stories performs "The Spirit of Black Folklore" and "Letters to Harriet Tubman" at 4 p.m. at Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. East, (661) 267-2787. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and members of the military, and $6 for children 12 and younger. * The San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council celebrates its annual Martin Luther King Jr.
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November 3, 1994 | TIM MAY
In an attempt to recognize the hard work and good deeds of thousands of San Fernando Valley residents during and since the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake, a group of residents has organized a day of celebration and ceremony honoring a vast cross-section of the community. Scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Balboa Recreation Center, "San Fernando Rebuilds" will include celebrity participation in softball, volleyball, basketball, raffles, picnics and door prizes.
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October 13, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
An estimated 10,000 people celebrated the diversity of cultures within the west San Fernando Valley on Sunday at the second annual International Fall Fest '97, featuring a multicultural mix of food, music and children's activities. Festivalgoers chowed down on Mexican tamales, Hawaiian popcorn and Cajun hot links as well as barbecued ribs, ice cream, roasted corn and shaved ice. Visitors also perused Aztec-style clothing, colorful pinatas and ethnic bric-a-brac.
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December 23, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES
It looked like Santa had just flown in from Puerto Vallarta: The twinkle in his eye was masked by dark shades and, somewhere along the line, he had traded his red cap for a sombrero. But that didn't stop the spry old elf from delighting hundreds of Canoga Park children. "He gave me a toy I could play with," said 9-year-old Jose Luis Mara, holding up a plastic dump truck. "I never had one like this before."
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March 30, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the summer of 1971 in Dinuba--one of the scores of farming towns sprinkled across the San Joaquin Valley--when Cesar Chavez came to town on a recruiting mission. The local sheriff met the labor leader at the city limits and said: "You can't march here, Cesar Chavez. You don't have a permit." Miguel Contreras, who was 18 at the time, related the event for a crowd at Brand Park on Sunday. "The choice is yours," Chavez replied. "I don't know how big your jail is."
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December 31, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A year after law enforcement agencies prepared for possible millennial meltdowns, their focus tonight shifts to more routine New Year's safety threats--drunk driving and celebratory gunfire. Los Angeles police are especially concerned about reducing the number of shots fired into the air around midnight because Valley residents reported increased gunfire last year. "The bottom line is that bullets come down, somebody's going to get hurt and somebody's going to go to jail," Police Lt.
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January 2, 2000 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS and HILARY MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the San Fernando Valley, the Big Night turned into the Big Flop. On one of the quietest New Year's Eves in memory, public revelry amounted to a few thousand people huddled in cold knots at parties at Van Nuys Airport and Universal CityWalk. Even the criminals stayed home. Los Angeles police were maximally deployed, mustering three times the usual number of officers and detectives on patrol in the Valley.
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January 2, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was minutes before closing and the last traces of new millennium euphoria were fading fast at the Queen Mary female impersonator bar on Ventura Boulevard. Most of the crowd had already gone home, save a lone couple clutching each other to the final verses of "Purple Rain" and a woman who tumbled off a bar stool onto the floor sticky with spilled champagne. For a 6-foot-2 cross-dresser who called herself Weekend Marie, the party--and the whole new millennium craze--was over.
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January 1, 2000 | STEPHANIE STASSEL and ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Some prepared for unforgettable celebrations. Others prepared for calamity. Many geared up for both at once. Across the San Fernando Valley on Friday, residents made last-minute runs to stock up on everything they deemed necessary to meet the year 2000--from champagne and cash to bullets and crossbows. Merchants reported unprecedented business as cautious customers loaded up on propane, gasoline, nonperishable foods and water.
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July 4, 1999 | PAMELA DAVEGA CARR
FIREWORKS * Pat Boone and Jericho headline "Valley of the Stars and Stripes," a Fourth of July festival and fireworks celebration from 2 to 9:30 p.m. today at Cal State Northridge's North Campus, corner of Devonshire Street and Zelzah Avenue. The event, sponsored by the Granada Hills, Chatsworth and Northridge chambers of commerce and CSUN, will include entertainment by the rock band Angeles, country band Carnes County and a Polynesian dance revue. Admission is $5 to $8; parking is $3.
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July 2, 1999 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With so many media people living here, the Valley enjoys one advantage when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July. Where else in the country could you combine a carnival, a concert, an antique car show and fireworks display and get away with calling the event "Valley of the Stars and Stripes"? That is what the welcoming banner will say on Sunday at the entrance to the Independence Day celebration on the North Campus at Cal State Northridge.
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January 17, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA
The San Fernando Valley Branch of the NAACP will hold two community forums Monday in commemoration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Valley NAACP president, the Rev. Zedar E. Broadous, said the events are part of the association's 1999 theme: rekindling the spirit by providing opportunities to discuss important issues affecting San Fernando Valley minority communities. Both forums are free to the public and will be held at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 11266 Glenoaks Blvd., Pacoima.
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May 26, 1998 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid waving flags and blaring horns, a cavalcade of horses, bands and fancy cars commemorated America's war dead Monday with the 10th Annual Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade. Overcast skies provided ideal cool weather for the event that drew thousands of spectators ranging from veterans who lost their innocence long ago on a battlefield to wide-eyed tots enjoying their first parade.
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May 26, 1998 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid waving flags and blaring horns, a cavalcade of horses, bands and fancy cars commemorated America's war dead Monday with the 10th Annual Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade. Overcast skies provided ideal cool weather for the event that drew thousands of spectators ranging from veterans who lost their innocence long ago on a battlefield to wide-eyed tots enjoying their first parade.
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May 23, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
The nation's fallen soldiers will be honored at numerous parades and commemorative services across the Valley this Memorial Day weekend. The Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce will honor the nation's war dead Monday during its 10th annual Memorial Day Parade. Grand Marshal Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the "Star Trek" television and motion picture productions, will lead the procession themed "Proud to Be an American." "We are honored that this representative of . . .
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