Southern California 9/11 Events

By Alexis Shaw
|  Sunday, Sep 11, 2011  |  Updated 7:43 AM PDT
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Events in the LA area commemorating 9/11 range from the dedication of a memorial garden in Beverly Hills to a charity motorcycle ride from Point Mugu to Malibu. All events are Sunday, Sept. 11 unless otherwise noted.

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Beverly Hills

The unveiling and dedication of the Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden will be held at 4 p.m.

The garden is located at the Fire Department grounds at 445 North Rexford Drive (on the North/West corner of Rexford and South Santa Monica Boulevard).

Also in the area, The Grove is hosting a “Spirit of Los Angeles” Commemoration Ceremony to honor the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 in The Grove Town Square and Park at 1 p.m.

An honorary tree planting at the event will memorialize those who fell victim to the attacks.

Burbank

The City of Burbank hosts “Burbank Remembers 9/11” on the City Hall Front Steps at 275 East Olive Avenue at 8 a.m.

Mayor Talamantes, Fire Chief Ray Krakowski, and Police Chief Scott LaChasse are all expected to speak at the event.

Century City

The First Annual Emergency Preparedness Event will be held at The Westfield Century City Mall, at 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Councilmember Paul Koretz, LAPD, LAFD, The American Red Cross, community organizations and other local agencies will provide information to guests and community members as to how to prepare in case of an emergency.

A tandem event will be held at the Sherman Oaks Galleria from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Downtown LA

At 12 p.m. at the Bovard Auditorium on USC’s University Park Campus, the university will host “Remembering 9/11: 10 Years Later” in tribute to the victims of the attacks of September 11th ten years earlier.

Speakers will include University President C. L. Max Nikias and Mayor Villaraigosa, with additional commentary by former Dean of Religious Life on campus, Rabbi Susan Laemmle, current Dean of Religious Life, Varun Soni, and Undergraduate Student Government President Monish Tyagi.

Echo Park

The Los Angeles Fire Department is holding a local “Remembrance Ceremony” at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center (located at 1700 Stadium Way, 90012) from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

On display will be the 23-ton, 22-foot-tall steel column “that originally was part of the World Trade Center lobby,” perhaps the largest remnant of the building on the West Coast.

Irvine

The Orange County Brew Ha Ha, the annual beer festival at Hidden Valley Private Park (88000 Irvine Center Drive), is to be held this Saturday, September 10th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to celebrating custom craft and import beers, the OC Brew Ha Ha plans to honor 9/11.

According to the official site, the event plans to donate “a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that aids families of Orange County Fire Fighters lost in the line-of-duty.”

General admission tickets cost $40, VIP tickets cost $55.

Malibu

Pepperdine University will be holding a special 9/11 remembrance day on their Malibu campus

The University’s sprawling lawn will display 2,977 flags, commemorating the victims and emergency responders who lost their lives 10 years ago in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the University will host a bevy of events to memorialize the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on campus, starting with a service at the University Church of Christ at the Elkins Auditorium.

Following the service, a reading of the victims’ names at Alumni Park will be held from 11 p.m.to 3 p.m..

In addition, a screening of the film, "United 93," is to be held at the Elkins Auditorium at 1 p.m. Following the screening, actor Christian Clemenson, who played Burnett, will be hosting a discussion about the film and its impact.

At 4 p.m., Pepperdine will hold an hour long memorial service at Alumni Park to honor the lives of fallen heroes.

According to the university’s website, scheduled speakers include University President Andrew K. Benton, LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavksy, former California Governor Gray Davis, and California Assemblywoman Julia Brownley.

Pepperdine’s Heroes Garden will also be open to visitors all day, with the exception of 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., when it will be closed for a private ceremony.

Northridge

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Northridge Fashion Center (located at 9301 Tampa Avenue) is hosting "A Day of Service and Remembrance" to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

Led by MyGoodDeed, a nonprofit organizaiton, and the HandsOn Network, their goal is to “organize the single largest day of charitable service in United States history.”

At the event, there will be a board where visitors can post tribute messages and a booth where they can also write encouraging letters to troops serving overseas.

Pasadena

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. at the intersection of New York Drive and Bradley Street in Pasadena. This ceremony will mark the official unveiling of the New York Drive memorial sign, an initiative put forth by local air force veteran, John McDannel, to remember the victims of the terrorist attack 10 years later.

To accommodate the crowds, 480 Rose Parade grandstand-style seats will be set up, and 1,500 parking spots will be made available. Additionally, food trucks and refreshments will be on site.

According to Janette Williams of the Pasadena Star-News, this memorial is a victory for McDannel, who worked to create a local memorial in Pasadena for the past decade.

He started his initiative by planting oak trees between Sierra Madre Boulevard and Altadena Drive (the area to be demarcated New York Drive), and now has permission to erect temporary memorial signs before the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11 in Pasadena this Sunday.

In the future, McDannel hopes to establish a new 9/11/01 Memorial Lake in Pasadena and develop a park in the Eaton Canyon basin.

According to PasadenaNow.com, The New York Port Authority has been asked to “release two I-Beams from the World Trade Center to Pasadena with the hope that city leaders will incorporate them into the permanent memorial park.”

Additionally, the Pasadena Museum of History is holding Patriot Day, “honoring the memory of those lost on 9/11 and celebrating the brave men and women in our local police and fire departments" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

At the event, there will be flag making, as well as displays that celebrate the role of first responders, and an opportunity to take photos with an old police car or a hook and ladder truck.

Pt. Mugu

The 4th Annual Ride to the Flights event, an all-volunteer charity motorcycle ride starting from Naval Base Ventura County in Pt. Mugu, and ending at the Pepperdine University campus’ 9/11 memorial at Alumni Park will be held on Sunday, September 11th.

All of the riders' donations are going to charity.

The gates open at the Naval Base at 10 a.m. At 2:15 p.m., bikes will leave the park in groups of 500 to Pepperdine via Oxnard and Hidden Valley, and arrive by 4 p.m. for the remembrance ceremony at Pepperdine University.

Redondo Beach

The City of Redondo Beach is hosting a 10 Year Remembrance of the events that passed on 9/11/2001 at Civic Center Circle at 11 a.m.

Leading the ceremony will be Mayor Mike Gin. He will be joined by Senator Ted Lieu (28th California Seante District), Redondo Police Officer and Afghan War Veteran Brian Weiss, the Redondo Beach Veterans and Memorial Task Force, and members of the Redondo Beach Police and Fire Departments.

San Clemente

Park Semper Fi on Alameda Lane in San Clemente will host a bagpipe performance in remembrance of 9/11 by Duncan Wilson at 1 p.m.

In addition, “The Orange County Fire Authority personal will conduct services at the flagpoles of the OCFA stations in San Clemente and throughout the county” at 8:46 a.m. on Sunday to show respect for the fallen members of the NYFD, NYPD, and Port Authority Police.

Sherman Oaks

"Firehouse," a play about the moral choices of firemen, will have its final three performances Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th at 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 11th at 5 p.m. at the Whitefire Theatre, located at 13500 Ventura Boulevard, in Sherman Oaks.

The 5 p.m. Sunday performance will have a simultaneous broadcast, “making the play the first 99 seat theatre to broadcast live, worldwide under AFTRA’s new media contract,” according to the Broadway World News Desk.

Tickets to the performances are $25.

Simi Valley

Sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and MilitaryConnection.com,the 6th Annual Simi Valley Freedom Walk will be held at 4:30 p.m.

The program starts with musical performances, speeches, and a flyover before the walk kicks off at 5:30 p.m.

The walk is 1.8 miles from the Library’s main courtyard down to Rancho Madera Community Park.

Complimentary shuttle service will be available at Rancho Madera Community Park to drive participants back to their cars.

Early registration for the event is recommended as seating is limited.

Ventura

The 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will be held at the Ventura County Government Center, located at 800 S. Victoria Avenue at 11 a.m.

Presented by the Ventura County Emergency Planning Council, the event is scheduled to include a traditional Bell Ceremony, flag ceremony, helicopter fly-over, bagpipe performance and other musical tributes.

Woodland Hills

A special screening of the film, "New York Says Thank You," from Woodland Hills filmmaker Scott Rettberg, will be screened at the Warner Center Park, on Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Califa Street at 7:45 p.m.

Preceding the screening, there will be a nonprofit information fair held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., as well as Fire and Police Department Equipment Displays.

At 7:30 PM, remarks by local officials will be made before the film is shown.

Yorba Linda

The Nixon Library (18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard) is holding a week long commemoration to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001.

The week’s events began on Monday September 5th and culminate on Sunday, September 11th.

On Friday, 9/9 at 10:30 a.m. a presentation will be held on the First Response Efforts on 9/11, featuring guest speaker Chris Kawai of the LAFD in the East Room at the Nixon Presidential Library.

On Saturday, 9/10, burned World Trade Center steel and a damaged FDNY aerial ladder truck are on display and open for public viewing all day.

On Sunday, 9/11 at 10:30 a.m., the event will culminate in Remember 9/11: The 10th Anniversary presentation, featuring remarks by Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Joe Torrillo, a FDNY Lieutenant who survived the collapse of the towers.

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