Monthly Archives: February 2012

Join Cypress Recreation For A Kayak Adventure On March 17th

Bring your family and friends and join Cypress Recreation for a day on the bay on March 17 from 9am-1pm!  Whether you’re an avid kayaker or a beginner, you will enjoy a cruise through the beautiful Naples Canals in Long Beach.

Instruction will be given prior to the paddle and a relaxing lunch will be served afterward.  Instruction, equipment and food are included in the $27 fee.   Call the Cypress Community Center for more information at 714-229-6780.  Come play with us on the Bay, you don’t want to miss this great experience!

2012 Cypress Community Festival Date Set For July 28th

The date for the 32nd annual Cypress Community Festival has been set for Saturday, July 28, 2012. The public is invited to attend this annual “birthday party” for the City of Cypress and admission is free. This huge event has become a tradition in the community as families, friends and neighbors commemorate the date of incorporation of Cypress by enjoying the Festival.

The Festival is produced by a dedicated group of volunteers known as the Cypress Community Festival Association. This group of about 20 community residents meets on the third Wednesday of each month from January through September to plan and produce the celebration.

The Cypress Community Festival is held at Oak Knoll park located at 5700 Orange Avenue. Festival day begins at 7 a.m. with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Then there is the annual 5K/10K run/walk which starts at 7:30 a.m. The Festival grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craft vendors from all over the southland bring their wares to sell and display. Crafters, artisans, non-profit groups and individuals desiring booth space may email:

The event is the largest one-day Festival in Orange County and draws about 30,000 visitors each year. Families will discover activities for all ages. There are food vendors, rides for the kids, game booths and clowns.

The annual classic car show draws a large crowd. Last year there were many participants in the hot and spicy chili cook-off and the salsa contest. In addition, the Cypress Chamber of Commerce conducts a Business Expo at the Festival where many companies large and small are able to display their products and services as they reach out to the community.

“We are looking forward to an exciting Festival again this year,” said Carol Fafara, the Festival Entertainment Chair. There will be shows throughout the day on four stages. Planned artists and entertainers for the 2012 Festival include: country artist Peter Brandon, the Chris Anderson Group Go Country 105 FM, and many other bands, artists and dancers.

Past Festivals have included appearances by Snoopy from Knott’s Berry Farm, a magic show by Ronald McDonald and a police dog demonstration by the Cypress Police Canine Unit. Local non-profit organizations have information booths to let the community know about their activities and Festival visitors are invited to cheer for their favorite youth softball teams.

The Festival is dependent on sponsorship support from local corporations, businesses and individuals. In 2011 major support was received from the law offices of Aleshire & Wynder, LLP; Consolidated Disposal Service; The Event News; The Gardens – Hawaiian Gardens Casino; Go Country 105 FM; The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach; The HomeMag of Orange County; UnitedHealthcare and Yamaha Motors Corp. – USA. Those desiring to sponsor the 2012 Festival may obtain information by email at

Information about the Cypress Community Festival, Business Expo, Car Show, and the Chili and Salsa contest is available on the internet at The community is encouraged to follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter. Information is also available by email: or by phone at (714) 886-9749.

Photo Caption #1: Headliners at the 2012 Cypress Community Festival include country artist Peter Brandon.

Photo Caption #2: The Cypress Community Festival includes lots of fun for families and kids including Snoopy from Knott’s Berry farm and clowns Dizzy Darla and Silly Susan.

Cypress Festival Favorites Chris Anderson Group Win Ducks Concert Series

The Chris Anderson Group, a hot local blues and rock band, has been selected as the winners of the Anaheim Ducks OC/LA Concert Series. Bands from all over the greater Southern California area participated in this contest which began in October 2011. The final voting by fans was due on February 4, 2012 and CAG took home the Grand Prize.

CAG is well known to Cypress area residents as one of the featured entertainers at the local Cypress Community Festival held on the 4th Saturday of July each summer. Festival goers thrill to the high energy music of Chris Anderson, Rich Smith and Mike Casper on the Festival Main Stage each year.

CAG loves to perform and currently plays eight to ten shows per month at numerous venues, such as Taps in Corona, Stubrik’s in Fullerton, and Lucille’s BBQ restaurants, all throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County.

As a result of winning the Ducks Concert Series, CAG will be performing on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the 2nd Annual Rivalry Hold ’em Poker Challenge. This event will take place at the San Manuel Casino located at 777 San Manuel Blvd. in Highland, CA. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. The Grand Prize package will also include a pre-game performance by CAG and shows during intermissions at the Honda Center on March 16th when the Ducks take on the Los Angeles Kings.

When you attend at CAG show you will hear Chris Anderson singing and playing his guitar, Rich Smith on the drums and Mike Casper on bass guitar. The group has been influenced by Chicago, Memphis and Texas style blues along with rock, soul and reggae. CAG’s live shows excite and electrify their audiences.

Whether they are playing original material or cover tunes, CAG live shows are always fun! Fans can follow them on Twitter at: or on Facebook at:

Cypress residents are invited to hear the group at the 2012 Cypress Community Festival on Saturday, July 28th. The Festival is held at Oak Knoll Park located at 5700 Orange Ave., Cypress, CA. This annual event attracts about 30,000 visitors and includes fun and entertainment for all ages. Information about the Festival is available at or follow the Festival on Twitter (@CypressCAFest) and Facebook.

Photo Caption: Cypress Festival fans thrilled to rock & blues tunes from the Chris Anderson group (CAG) at the 2011 Cypress Community Festival held at Oak Knoll Park.

Cypress Mayor Praises Festival at State of the City Luncheon

The City of Cypress held its annual State of the City luncheon on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the Cypress Community Center. The event featured Mayor Douglas A. Bailey who shared with the community the many accomplishments of the City in 2011.

During his address the Mayor had high praise for the Cypress Community Festival and the many volunteers who produce this annual birthday party for the City of Cypress. Mayor Bailey stated: “Our Community Festival was a successful and a joyous occasion for all, highlighting the high quality of life the residents of Cypress have come to expect and enjoy.”

The 2011 Festival was well-attended with about 30,000 guests and continued the tradition of being the largest single day festival in Orange County. Main stage entertainment last year included Go Country 105 DJ Shawn Parr, Orange County country artist Peter Brandon and the rock/blues band Chris Anderson Group (CAG).

Thousands participated in the Chili & Salsa contests and the annual Cypress Car Show while being entertained by the Roadhouse Band. Families & kids enjoyed the Ronald McDonald magic show, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Snoopy character and the furry creatures from Wild Animal Kingdom.

The Festival is planned and produced by a group of volunteers known as the Cypress Community Festival Association. These hard working citizens partner with our local Cypress Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of Cypress Recreation, the Cypress Kiwanis Club and representatives from the City Recreation Dept.

The 2012 Cypress Community Festival is set for Saturday, July 28th at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress just east of Valley View. The Cypress 5K and 10K Walk/Run is scheduled for the same date. There will be a Kiwanis Pancake breakfast in the morning and continuous entertainment on 4 stages from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

One of the best things about the Festival is that it’s absolutely free to the public. This is only possible because of the generous support of our business sponsors and the hard work of many dedicated volunteers. The Festival includes a Business Expo as well as vendor booths with arts & crafts. Many local non-profit groups also have booths at the Festival with games, food and information. There are food vendors, rides for the kids and lots of fun for all ages.

Businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations are encouraged to inquire about becoming vendors or sponsors. Information about the Cypress Community Festival is available by phone at (714) 886-9749, by email at, on Twitter, Facebook and the Festival website located at:

Volunteer Opportunities Available Through Cypress Church

Lately we have been hearing a lot in the news about upcoming elections. Many of us wonder what direction our community and our nation are headed. We would like to be a positive part of the process but we just don’t know how to do it.

The ultimate exercise of democracy is volunteering to serve our community. We only vote in elections once every few years, and voting is important. But, when we volunteer, we are voting every day about what kind of community we want to live in.

Church is committed to serving our local area in the name of Jesus and we invite you to join us. We have put together a list of many opportunities to serve Cypress and the surrounding cities. Community service volunteer opportunities include:

Los Alamitos “Race on the Base” – Saturday, February 25, 2012 – 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Last year, Cypress Church volunteers staffed a water station. In addition to staffing a water station, there are many other volunteer opportunities including registration, course monitors, reverse triathlon, junior reverse triathlon, finish line, kid’s fun zone, etc.

If you are interested in participating in any of the events which include 5K run, 5K walk, 10k run, 10K In-Line Skate/Wheelchair, and the Reverse Triathlon (Run 5K, Bike 12 miles, and Swim 200 meters), please contact Brent Theodore at:

Habitat for Humanity – Volunteer Orientations – Habitat for Humanity will be constructing a housing development in Cypress beginning in May 2012. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with this project. The next two volunteer orientations are on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on February 7 and March 6. These upcoming orientations will be at Sisters of St. Joseph Center, 480 S. Batavia, Orange. There will also be an orientation on April 3 at Sea Coast Grace Church.

Cypress Senior Center – Assist with the serving of lunch on special occasions: Valentine’s Day Lunch on Tuesday, February 14th – lunch service only (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.). St. Patrick’s Day Lunch -Friday, March 16th – lunch service only (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).

Cypress Teen Fashion Show – Saturday, March 17, 6:00 p.m. at the Cypress Community Center – 4 volunteers are needed from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. to help with the raffle and hand out programs. There are also needs for teens that have an interest in fashion design or would like to model. Find our more about this event on the internet: and

Tree Donation Project for City of Cypress – March 9 and April 14 – As part of its Arbor Day Celebration, Cypress is seeking donations to plant trees in the city. If you, the company where you work or a group you belong to are interested in supporting this program, the cost is $250 for each tree. Donations are needed by March 9 with all donors being recognized on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. More information is available at:

We Care – Saturday, March 24, 2012 – We Care is a non-profit Family Resource Center serving the cities of Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Rossmoor, Cypress, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and Stanton. We Care provides services for families in crises i.e. rent and utilities assistance, food bank, case management and referrals. We Care’s 6th Annual “From the Heart” Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 6:00p.m. The casual and fun-filled event features dinner, refreshments, music, and a live/silent auction and will be held at Aegean Designing Whims in Los Alamitos. Tickets for the event are $60 and all proceeds go directly to helping families in crisis. For tickets or additional information, please contact We Care at (562) 598-9790 or visit their website at:

Spring Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Knoll Park – A total of 60 volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help with egg hunts, crafts, activity areas. About 10 people from Cypress Church volunteered for this event last year. Come and join the fun. This is a great event to volunteer or attend with your kids.

Nature Park Summer Opening Day Event – Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. at Cypress Nature Park – 4 volunteers are needed from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to help with set-up, directions to where the show will be, and help with tear down.

July 4th Celebration – July 4, Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos – 2 shifts (2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) 20-25 people per shift depending on how many rides and booths. Cypress Church provided all of the volunteers for the Kid’s Zone last year. It was a great time for everyone.

Cypress Community Festival – Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park – 10 volunteers are needed from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to assist vendors to their booth space. 80 volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the 5K & 10K Run/Walk starting at 7:30a.m. at Council Chambers. This is one event you can volunteer for or participate in. Cypress Church will also have a booth at the Festival again this year so volunteers will be needed to serve in the booth. Mark your calendars. You may discover more about the Festival at:

City Council Meetings – Attend your city council meetings. Important business impacting your city is conducted and you have a unique opportunity to be in prayer for the city’s leadership. Upcoming Cypress City Council meetings are on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. February’s meetings are on the 13th and 27th starting at 7 p.m.

The Boys and Girls Club in Cypress – This is a great opportunity to love our city by being a blessing to the children. Just two hours a week will have a significant impact. Helping kids with homework and interacting with them in the computer lab, during game time, and listening to them read are a few of the examples of the volunteer opportunities. The Boys and Girls Club is located at 10161 Moody St in Cypress. Their program hours are from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the school year. More information is available at:

To indicate your interest in volunteering for any of these opportunities or for additional information about community volunteer opportunities, please contact: George or Lynn Pardon at: or or phone (714) 827-3585. As additional volunteer opportunities come up, you can be informed of them by providing your email address to George or Lynn Pardon. You may also call the Cypress Church office at (714) 952-3001.

The Bible tells us in the Book of Jeremiah to: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”