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San Dimas celebrates 50th anniversary

Drivers exiting the 57 Freeway south at Arrow Highway come across the entrance to San Dimas and its connection to the old west. This year San Dimas celebrated its 50th year as an incorporated city with a series of events based on the theme, “ Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” The next event in the celebration is the Ed Jones Memorial Golf Tournament at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course. All the proceeds from the Ed Jones Memorial Golf Tournament will go towards Bonita Unified School District’s student perseverance awards and scholarships and teachers mini-grants. / photo by Rafael Anguiano

Drivers exiting the 57 Freeway south at Arrow Highway come across the entrance to San Dimas and its connection to the old west. This year San Dimas celebrated its 50th year as an incorporated city with a series of events based on the theme, “ Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” The next event in the celebration is the Ed Jones Memorial Golf Tournament at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course. All the proceeds from the Ed Jones Memorial Golf Tournament will go towards Bonita Unified School District’s student perseverance awards and scholarships and teachers mini-grants. / photo by Rafael Anguiano

Rachel Smith
Staff Writer

The City of San Dimas is officially embarking on “ An Excellent Adventure” of turning 50. Some may say turning 50 is tough, but not for San Dimas. A year of fun festivities is the only thing waiting over the hill.

“All parks and recreations events will be bigger and better, adding attractions for the 50th,” said Tanya Orr, City of San Dimas recreation coordinator.

The city, along with the chamber and other local organizations, have hosted and will be hosting an array of fun-filled events for San Dimas residents of all ages. Orr said there are four main events the City supports and other smaller sanctioned events hosted by various San Dimas organizations.

“The birthday celebration is a great event,” said Curtis Morris, mayor of San Dimas and resident for 67 years.
The birthday celebration and BBQ on Aug. 7 will be the biggest event during the 50th celebration year. The chamber has been putting on the event for 50 years, but this year, along with the city’s help, it will be the biggest celebration to date, said Ted Powl, San Dimas Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.

The band, The Answer, will be the special entertainment of the evening at the birthday celebration and will incorporate video screens, fireworks, confetti and T-shirts in their show for the San Dimas crowd, Powl said.

From pony rides to deep pit BBQ, the families of San Dimas will be able to enjoy a full day of fun, entertainment and food at a very low cost.

“It’s great to know that you are helping with affordable family events,” Powl said.

Theresa Bruns, San Dimas Parks and Recreation director, said many of the events are self-sustaining except for the birthday celebration. She said the city has put together a budget of around $12,000 for the added activities for the special celebration.

The city is offering a banner program that will allow businesses and residents to have their names hung along the streets of San Dimas to show their support. The fee for a banner is about $225 and applications are available online at the City of San Dimas Web site, she said.

“ It’s pretty amazing that the events don’t cost much for the city or the residents,” Morris said.

He also said that he did not want cost to prevent families from participating in the events.

A committee made-up of city staff, the chamber of commerce and community members have been working diligently for about two years to prepare for this 50th celebration year. Many hours and ideas have gone into creating a yearlong celebration for San Dimas residents, Orr said.

People attending some of the events will receive special mementos Bruns said. A 50th anniversary lapel pin with “ An Excellent Adventure” inscribed will be just one of the special keepsakes community members can receive at the 50th Anniversary Celebration events. DVDs of historical and current photos of San Dimas will also be available at certain events.

The mayor’s State of the City address on Jan. 13 was a wonderful black tie optional event that was part of the yearlong celebration. The event gave people an update on the current state of the city and also introduced some past accomplishments. Each speaker at the state of the city emerged from a telephone booth constructed by students of San Dimas High School, Powl said. The people in attendance were taking on “ An Excellent Adventure” as they listened to past city officials speak about the decades that have come and gone.

San Dimas was not always San Dimas, back in the late 1800’s the area was called the “ Mud Springs” and was known for the lemon and orange groves. San Dimas was one of the world’s largest lemon packers back in the early days, Powl said. It took hard work by the Chamber of Commerce, which used to be known as the Board of Trade, and many concerned citizens to get San Dimas incorporated in August of 1960.

Morris said San Dimas has changed a lot over years, but has managed to maintain its small town atmosphere.

“So far people are enthusiastic about the celebration,” said Morris. He also said they are looking at record numbers in attendance at the events this year. San Dimas residents can attend events like the Ekstrand Growl Prowl Walk A Thon on April 1 to Relay for Life- American Cancer Society event on May 15 – 16.

The final event of the 50th Anniversary Celebration will be the New Year’s Eve Party held on December 31. It will be a black tie event at the Via Verde Country Club and will cost about $100 per person. Dinner, dancing and music will end the yearlong celebration while taking San Dimas on to new and exciting adventures.

To learn more about San Dimas 50th Anniversary events or if anyone has a San Dimas event they would like to have sanctioned as a part of the celebration go to www.cityofsandimas.com.

Rachel Smith can be reached at rachel.smith@laverne.edu

Drivers exiting the 57 Freeway south at Arrow Highway come across the entrance to San Dimas and its connection to the old west. This year San Dimas celebrated its 50th year as an incorporated city with a series of events based on the theme, “ Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” The next event in the celebration is the Ed Jones Memorial Golf Tournament at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course. All the proceeds from the Ed Jones Memorial Golf Tournament will go towards Bonita Unified School District’s student perseverance awards and scholarships and teachers mini-grants. / photo by Rafael Anguiano

Drivers exiting the 57 Freeway south at Arrow Highway come across the entrance to San Dimas and its connection to the old west. This year San Dimas celebrated its 50th year as an incorporated city with a series of events based on the theme, “ Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” The next event in the celebration is the Ed Jones Memorial Golf Tournament at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course. All the proceeds from the Ed Jones Memorial Golf Tournament will go towards Bonita Unified School District’s student perseverance awards and scholarships and teachers mini-grants. / photo by Rafael Anguiano

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