By Sarah Sanchez
Diamond Bar – The City of Diamond Bar is inviting the community to their 29th Birthday Bash on Saturday, April 14. This annual event celebrates the city’s incorporation with a day of family fun at Pantera Park, located at 738 Pantera Drive.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature a variety of new activities for kids and adults. Kids will love the carnival rides, games, inflatables, and a new Kiddie Land area that will cater to children ages 8 and younger. The Kiddie Land will feature several age appropriate inflatables, activities, a puppet show, and a magic show.
Community members can also sit back and watch local groups and solo acts perform on stage, while enjoying food provided by various vendors. In addition, several volunteers will be recognized at this birthday celebration, as part as the City’s Community Hero Award program. Then, you will be able to enter various giveaways at the information booths and business showcase. But the event highlights will be the Heritage Display, and the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Area.
The Heritage Display will feature a short video, a display of photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts that tell the story of Diamond Bar’s ranch days. This area will discuss how Diamond Bar’s land was “once known as Rancho Los Nogales, founded in 1840 by Jose de la Luz Linares to a grant issued by Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado of Mexico,” according to the City of Diamond Bar. Established by Frederick E. Lewis II in 1918, the Diamond Bar Ranch was known as one of the most respected ranches in Southern California. If you want to find out more about Diamond Bar’s Ranch history, stop by the Heritage Display, where you will take part in activities like rope making, blacksmithing, and gold panning to demonstrate the life in the 1800s and 1900s.
The Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Area will feature our local public safety agencies, such as the Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire departments, and emergency medical response personnel. The information, resources, and giveaways that will be displayed are aiming to improve personal safety, reduce property crime, and prepare for emergencies, such as earthquakes or wildfires. This will be a great area to visit, meet the local personnel, learn about crime prevention techniques, and pick up a free pine tree seedling ready for planting. You will also be able to enter the “Shakey Quakey School House” that simulates shaking, falling objects, and sounds typical during an earthquake. In addition, your child can have an identification card made with his or her fingerprints, height, weight and other identifying information documented for your records.
Event admission is free for this birthday party, but there will be nominal fees for the kids’ activities: carnival rides ($10 unlimited access), Kiddie Land ($5 unlimited access), and games and activities ($1 card for any four). Don’t forget to bring cash too, as this is a cash-only event, and bills larger than $20 cannot be accepted.
Also, if you park on a surrounding neighborhood street, a free and frequent shuttle service will take you to and from Pantera Park. This shuttle service will start to transport local residents at 10:30 a.m. and continue until the end of the event.
There are so many great things to look forward to at this year’s Diamond Bar Birthday Celebration. But many local residents are excited to simply get together with the members of our community.
Gil Rivera, Diamond Bar resident and local realtor, agrees that the community is a big reason why he loves attending the birthday celebration each year. “I enjoy the fact that our community is so diverse,” said Rivera, who is also the Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Booster Club President. “Especially on that day, we gather together as one family to enjoy rides, food, and entertainment!”
So stop by this year’s Diamond Birthday Celebration on April 14th for a great day of fun, food, and activities to enjoy with your “like family” community!