Monthly Archives: September 2013

Who will be crowned next queen?

OK, we’re down to the sweet 17.

The final contestants for the upcoming Miss Garden Grove and Miss Garden Grove Outstanding Teen are inked in and ready to compete.

The winner of the Miss Garden Grove 2014 contest will replace outgoing Miss Garden Grove Missy Mendoza, who’s had a busy year attending events as well as pursuing her studies at Cal State Fullerton.

Mendoza will be a touch act to follow; the ambitious young lady seems to have been everywhere this year – parades, ribbon cuttings, networking events, you name it.

In all, there are 11 gals competing for Miss Garden Grove and six facing off for Miss Garden Grove Outstanding Teen.

The Miss Garden Grove contest is scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Anaheim Marriot Suites.

For pictures of the contestants, see pages 7 and 12 in this week’s OCN.

In addition, a “Fan Favorite” that allows fans to click and vote for their contestant can be accessed at It allows fans to click and vote for their favorite contestant. The winner will receive extra scholarship money.

For more information, go to or

–Brady Rhoades

‘Peter Pacifica’ packs his bags

I received a call last week from a fellow who calls himself “Peter Pacifica.”

He noted — quite rightly — that we’ve been covering a lot of Garden Grove prep football teams this season, but hadn’t given much ink to Pacifica High.

Point well taken. We’ll see if we can do better in the coming weeks.

But there was more to the call: Peter Pacifica, who declined to give his real name, has, he said, not missed a Pacifica High football game since he graduated from that school in 1969. But … it looks like the streak will be broken soon. Peter Pacifica is moving east for reasons that are too detailed to go into here.

Peter, I have to note, has had his troubles with school leaders, and was banned from attending games for a spell — in the 1980s, I think — for allegedly misbehaving (I don’t know what he meant by that and he denied the accusations).

I suppose I’ll dig a bit deeper and find out more, but just wanted to report to Pacifica High folks that very, very soon you may have seen the last of Peter Pacifica.

–Brady Rhoades

City to locals: let’s make a deal…

Delicious pizza on the cheap?

Yep, I could go for that, along with a host of other great deals.

Local discounts to favorite stores in Garden Grove, like Oggi’s Pizza & Brewery and Next Level Sports Complex, can be found by visiting the city of Garden Grove’s website at and looking for the “Buy in Garden Grove (BiGG)” webpage found under the “What’s New in GG” tab.

More than 100 local businesses, ranging from mom-and-pop shops to five-star hotels, participate in the Buy in Garden Grove program.

“BiGG” offers local consumers exclusive markdowns on merchandise and services as an incentive to invest their dollars at home.

For more information, call the Office of Community Relations at 714-741-5280.

And with that, I believe I’ll sign off and head to … Oggi’s.

–Brady Rhoades

GG Elks offer fun for kids

Calling all kids ages 5 to 13. You’re invited to participate and/or attend the annual Soccer Shoot and the Hoop Shoot that will take place on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge at 11551 Trask Ave. (corner of Newhope).

The soccer competition will be for boys and girls ages 5 to 13 and the basketball hoop shoot will be for boys and girls 8 to 13. There will be first, second and third place winners trophies by age groups. Registration will be at 11 a.m. and is open to all boys and girls in their respective age categories. There is no entry fee.

Adding to the big day of fun and games will be LA Galaxy Street Team the “Futboleros,” demo and clinic, an opportunity for each child attending to have a photo taken with the “MLS CUP” in addition to meeting the Galaxy Mascot “COZMO” and “Elroy the Elk.”

For more information, call Keith Mitchell, the coordinator, at 562-244-9241 or the lodge office at 714-534-1952 during business hours.

–Brady Rhoades