Free Compost Giveaway

The city will host its annual Compost Giveaway event on March 18 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Honda Center.

To get free compost, bring proof of Anaheim residency, such as a driver's license or utility bill, and a container. Earth Machine Compost Bin and Kitchen Collector Buckets will also be available for purchase at the event.

The event will be held rain or shine at Honda Center parking lot 5, with entrance off of South Douglass Road.

For more, call (714) 238-2444 or visit or

Renewable Farms Helps Those in Need 
New Playground at Imperial Park 
Flying Drones in Anaheim
Nestled amid a quiet Anaheim neighborhood next to Boysen Park, you'll find an urban oasis of vibrant vegetables standing tall in raised garden beds.

Known as Renewable Farms, this one-acre, 50-bed garden is using sustainable practices to grow vegetables for local nonprofits and those in need.

In 2014, the city partnered with Renewable Farms, which turned an underutilized space into a farming operation that uses a technique called hydroponics to raise fish and grow vegetables.

Each month, Renewable Farms donates 40 percent of its harvested vegetables to Anaheim nonprofits.

Youth groups, including Anaheim's Project S.A.Y., Anaheim Family YMCA and local high schools, also benefit by volunteering their time to help around the garden.

To learn more about Renewable Farms, click  here.
Anaheim kids have a brand new place to play, after more than 200 volunteers built a structure last week at Imperial Park.

The playground was based on kids' drawings from a special Design Day event organized by the Disneyland Resort and KaBOOM! 

It is the eighth playground built by Disney and KaBOOM! in Anaheim since 2011. 

And Saturday's effort was just the beginning: Disneyland Resort and KaBOOM! plan to build four more playgrounds in the city during the next three years.

The Imperial Park playground was made possible by a collaboration between the city of Anaheim, Disneyland Resort, KaBOOM! and Girl Scouts of Orange County.

For more on KaBOOM!, click here.

Do you have a drone and want to take to the air in Anaheim? Here are a few tips.

First, register your drone online with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Always keep your drone in sight and keep it below 400 feet. Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports or emergency responders.

Be cautious when flying over groups of people, stadiums, or sports events.

Flying in Anaheim also comes with additional rules.

Above and around the Anaheim Resort is a federal no-fly zone. Stay away form this area to avoid any problems.

You can download the FAA's B4UFLY app for real-time information on where it is safe to fly.

Anaheim welcomes the safe and responsible use of drones. Happy flying!

For more, visit


Spring Class Registration  
Mystery Authors
Event at Library
A Better Beach Boulevard
Registration is now open for a variety of city-offered classes, trips and activities for spring .

Popular classes include power Pilates, yoga, dog training, tennis lessons, gymnastics and dance. 

Summer day camp r egistration is also open. 

You can register online, by phone at (714) 765-5191 or at any community center.

For a full listing of programs, view the spring activity guide here

Or pick up a copy at the nearest community center, family resource center, or library.

Listen to stories from award-winning mystery authors during "Who Dunnit?" on March 19, an event hosted by the Anaheim Public Library.

The 22nd annual Mystery Authors Luncheon and Silent Auction will feature talks from authors Daryl Wood Gerber, Naomi Hirahara and Sheila Lowe. 

Critically-acclaimed mystery author Sue Ann Jaffarian (pictured above) will moderate.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, 1855 S. Harbor Blvd. 

To buy tickets and for more information, contact Ginny Gardner at 
(714) 772-0577 or 
Th ings are happening on Beach Boulevard.
Work has started on Anaheim Express Carwash at Ball Road. Set to open in late summer, the car wash replaces the closed Lyndy's Motel.
The project is part of Anaheim's initiative to revitalize Beach.
In September, the city approved the sale of 25 acres at Lincoln Avenue for development as a shopping center with retail, dining and gathering places. T he city also has a pending offer to buy the Americana Motel and adjacent property for future development as a mixed-use project.
And work continues on the Beach Boulevard Specific Plan, a rezoning to spur new uses. The plan is set to wrap up in late 2017. 
Turf Removal Program
We've seen a lot of rain in recent months, but summer is just around the corner .

One easy way to save water and money is by replacing the grass in your yard with drought-tolerant plants and other landscaping. And Anaheim Public Utilities is here to help, offering turf removal grants to qualified customers.

Through the program, which is done in partnership with the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, customers can get a new landscaped yard at no cost. 

Most customers use 50 percent of their water outdoors, so replacing grass can bring a huge cost savings. Saving water also helps the city meet state conservation requirements.

Grants are available for income-qualified customers with large grass areas. To find out if you qualify, call (714) 765-4184 or email

For more, click here.


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