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In 1976, when the City of La Habra formed the Cultural Arts Council, the city did not have a community performing arts facility.  That was soon rectified. 

The first performance by the La Habra Community Theatre was a Children’s Theatre project; Twelfth Night by Shakespeare.  Without a performing arts facility this first play was in La Habra High School’s lecture hall. 

By 1977, in an effort to revitalize downtown La Habra, the Mayor of La Habra, the City Council, and community members restored a 1909 Pacific Electric Depot (train station) building as the jewel for a community performing arts facility, The Depot Playhouse.  This restoration was mainly funded by the Federal Government Restoration of Historical Landmarks; Orange County Historical Landmark #14.  The Depot was moved to Portola Park and began its new career.

In 1980, Cultural Arts Council included the La Habra Community Theatre; which consisted of 100 members by the time the group moved to the Depot Playhouse in 1982.  The musical Oklahoma was the first play performed in the restored building; boxcars are used as dressing rooms for the artist.

“On August 15, 1995 the Depot Playhouse became a non-profit tax-exempt organization and officially became known as Depot Theatre of La Habra. The theatre’s board of directors and all production committees are comprised of community volunteers. The Depot Theatre is one of the few community organizations which functions without a single paid staff member.”

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Whittier, California’s Greenway Trail offers  it all - fun, convenience, and conservation. The trail is for bicyclist and pedestrians ..  The Greenway is a part of Whittier’s Parks and Recreation Department; with art sculptures called Wind Sculptures by Lyman Whitaker. The sculpture are placed in three different locations along the trail.

The Greenway was originally a railroad right-of-way that wasn’t being used.  The City of Whittier with “grants received from the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles River and Mountain Conservancy and Congressman Gary Miller” , turned this into a convenient method of travel for the local residents.

“Construction of the Greenway Trail began in 2006, and the trail was completed on January 31, 2009. The trail passes through residential, commercial, and industrial land, connecting the various areas of the community and allowing residents and visitors to hike or bike through town.” The Greenway Trail connects to four different bus lines: Norwalk Transit, Metro, Foothill Transit, and Montebello Bus Lines.  Having the 4.5 mile Greenway Trail wander through the center of Whittier helps to alleviate traffic congestion and improve air quality. A drawback to the Greenway – it crosses several large highways.

The Greenway has three stations with historical themes of Whittier:

  • The Citrus Station represents Whittier’s agricultural history in citrus growing and shipping.  The old Sunkist packing plant is currently being used as an antique mall near the Greenway
  •  Sycamore Station, the sycamore being a native tree, represents the transportation of the citrus crops via wagons, railroads, and the Pickering and Whittier railroad bridges.
  •  Oak Station represents the community roots.  Many historical figures are listed at this station, from the Quakers to the last Mexican president of California.

 To help alleviate drought stricken plants the Greenway Trail has “60 different plants, shrubs, and trees” that are drought tolerant.  The City of Whittier hopes local residents will follow suit by designing their home landscape to decrease the use of water too. This brochure used by the city offers some guidelines.

 For those who wish to reduce the consuming of water in their yards; here are some tips from Central Basin Municipal Water District:

  Reduce lawn size. Lawns are very thirsty, use groundcover plants instead of grass.

Avoid over watering. After the first growing season, your California Friendly plants will need less water. Adjust water­ing habits accordingly.

Add mulch. Cover around each plant with a 3-inch layer of mulch to help maintain soil moisture and control weeds. Use bark, wood chips, pebbles or compost.

Reduce runoff. Select permeable materials for walkways, patios and paths to allow water to filter into our grounds and aquifers.

Timing is everything. Take advantage of cooler temperatures and moister soil by planting in the fall or winter.

Courtesy of Tim and Linda Domis, Neighborhood Specialist


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Portola Park - Best Park for Kids

by The Domis Team

Did you know that in 2008 Portola Park won an award, Best Park for Kids?

Since the City Commissioners of La Habra developed this 10.08 acre park in 1975; to help revitalize the downtown area of La Habra, it has been a favorite spot for the residents of La Habra and Whittier, CA.

Portola Park has a unique theme that makes it fun to visit.  The theme is train depots and train cars that house the first Children’s Museum west of the Rocky Mountains and the La Habra Depot Theatre.

La Habra Depot Theatre is housed in a 1909 Train Depot and the Children’s Museum is housed in a 1923 Train Depot.  The outside has a 1943 caboose with a dinosaur topiary exhibit and the museum inside offers 14 hands-on exhibits for the children.  The La Habra Depot Theatre uses train cars for the actors dressing rooms.

Portola Park just gets better.  There are two City-operated day care centers with enclosed playgrounds, which serve over 600 children.  La Habra Tennis Center is also located at Portola Park with 12 lighted courts, pro shop, locker facilities, and lessons being offered. 

Inside Portola Park there are:

  • Three Hardball Fields with Bleachers
  • Picnic and Barbecue Areas
  • Park Benches
  • Paths
  • Snack Bar
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Stage

Portola Park is an award winning sparking jewel among La Habra parks.

Courtesy of Tim and Linda Domis, Neighborhood Specialist

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La Habra Rotary Club – a service club

by The Domis Team

The Rotary Club has been an established club for 105 years.  Many people don’t know how or why this came to be.

In 1905, Paul Harris, a lawyer in Chicago, IL was trying to build a clientele base for his business and found it difficult to accomplish.  At the turn of the 20th century people that were considered professionals and people who were in business and trades did not always understand one another.  Ergo, people were reluctant to do business with each other.  Realizing this gap Paul Harris invited a coal dealer, a tailor, a mining engineer, a printer, and a real estate dealer to discuss starting a club that people in the trades and the professions should be friends.

The Rotary Clubs acquired its name because original the meetings were “rotated” between the six members businesses. 

In the beginning, the Rotary helped the members to expand business opportunities and in 1907 they decided to reach out to the community by establishing a service project.  From that gesture of good will the Rotary was the club to emulate as a service club.

In 1908 a second club was founded in San Francisco, CA and from there clubs began emerging in every major city across the country.  By 1910 the Rotary was an international club. 

Rotary International, is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.”

With such a long and rich history the Rotary has the Rotary History and Archives housed in Lincolnwood, IL to maintain its collection of information about the Rotary.

Our own La Habra Rotary Club has four (4) types of service: Club Service, Community Service, International Service, and Vocational.  Over the years you have seen the La Habra Journal,  articles on the clubs community services.

If you wish to join contact Aubrey LeBard

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