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Elvis Festival on Main St. GG Sunday

ELVIS PRESLEY performing live in 1956 (Wikipedia photo).

ELVIS PRESLEY performing live in 1956 (Wikipedia photo).

The 17th annual Elvis Festival will come to Garden Grove’s Main Street on Sunday. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a wide variety of performers and other entertainment.

LogoforNewsBriefsAdmission is free to the Festival, which will include:

  • The King of the Cadillacs Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Performers including Krazy Kirk & the Hillbillies with Kirk Wall and Lil Joe Banuelos at 12:30 p.m.; Lil Joe & The Burnin’ Love Band at 11:15 a.m. and Martin Anthony at 11 a.m.
  • Ace, the Rockabilly Illusionist.
  • Jailhouse Rockers of California Elvis Fan Club
  • Strolling entertainment and memorabilia for sale.

For updates and more information, go to Facebook and look for the 17th Annual Elvis Festival.


Two-thirds of 11th grade students in the Garden Grove Unified School District have met or exceeded standards in English language arts and 54 percent of third-graders met or beat the math standards in the state’s Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments test.

GGUSDlogoResults were released this week by the state and show that in its category – with 65 percent or higher students qualifying for free or reduced lunches – the GGUSD had the highest percentage of meeting or beating the state standards in those subjects among the 25 largest school districts in California.

According to the GGUSD, district scores improved across all grade levels from 2015. The GGUSD serves most of Garden Grove and portions of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.


An open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to transform parking spaces into art, Park-ing Day will be held on Garden Grove’s Main Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. The event is hosted by the Active Transportation Leadership Program with participants from Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. For more information, go to .

TERRORIST attack in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 (Wikipedia).

TERRORIST attack in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 (Wikipedia).


Special observances are planned locally to commemorate “9/11,” the date of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

In Huntington Beach, on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 2-4 p.m. at City Hall (2000 Main St.) a new memorial will be dedicated which will include two pieces of steel recovered from Ground Zero in New York City. There will be a fly-over by Orange County air support units, pipe and drum music and the singing of the National Anthem by students at the Huntington Beach Academy of Performing Arts.

In Garden Grove, Shakespeare Orange County will conduct a memorial music event featuring Ochestre Surreal in the Festival Amphitheatre on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. John Walcutt, artistic director of SOC, will be the host. Tickets are $20, but free tickets are available to all families of first responders (police, fire, ambulances). For more information, go to .

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