Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 21, 1987 · Page 17
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 17

Ukiah, California
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Monday, September 21, 1987
Page 17
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THE UKIKHtJAniY JOURNAL CITY OF UKIAH PARKING LOTS Ukiah Civic Center Celebration Park free and walk Parade route Those who live near the civic center are encouraged to walk to the celebration. The map above shows city parking lots located all over town. They are free on the weekends.The parade route which goes from the police station to the civic center Is indicated. LOOKING GOOD UKIAH! ...and we've been helping Ukiahians Look Goodsince 1957. Mendocino Optical Now Celebrating 30 years as a family business in Ukiah, caring for your eyewear needs. NOW inVMO YOU • ANNIA JOANNI • IN HOUSE LAB • 1 DAY SERVICE WHEN NEEDED • OVER 700 FASHION FRAMES IN STOCK •ADJUSTMENTS! REPAIRS • FRAMES FOR MEN, WOMEN, TEENS i CHILDREN MENDOCINO OPTICAL Hundreds worked hard to perfect gala celebration By ROSE-MARIE YULL Dedication Chairman Hundreds of volunteers arc still vigorously working to put the finishing touches on Ukiah's dedication gala this Saturday. The official committee for the dedication of the new civic center was appointed by Mayor Colleen Henderson and began work in April with direction to put a "ceremony" together. Six months later, with the help of 15 sub-committee chairmen and several hundred volunteers, the 12-hour party extravaganza is about to begin. My first thoughts of a "ceremony" were a ribbon-cutting affair on the front steps smothered with stilled political speeches followed by catered sandwiches and champagne for the local VIPs. It didn't take long for the committee to undertake a totally different approach — one that made this ceremony a community happening — an event to bring the community together in celebration of the opening of this grand structure. People of all ages were to be a part of this special day, and special effort was made to include the cultural richness of our valley. In the ensuing months this incredible group created and organized the celebrated opening of this spectacular $3.2 million civic facility. This structure will join the ranks of the Sun House, Ukiah High School and Mendocino Community College as tributes to our city and its residents. The tremendous outpouring of participation by countless organizations and individuals was unexpected. There is so much local talent that the entertainment committee under Sheridan Malonc, Carol Bartolpmci and Paulcltc Arnold established four stages to run consecutively and a separate fifth stage for Young People's Theater. The variety show expanded to five hours. Bill Stcclc will be master of ceremonies for the 25 acts while stage crews arc busy behind the scenes under the direction of Oini La Gioia. Pat Denny experienced the same enthusiasm as she enlisted groups to provide the food and drinks. She has 12 concessions plus a Rotary-hosted barbecue featuring steak and all the trimmings. Kathy Crane and Judy Prudcn spent countless hours digging up hard facts about the "then" civic government and buildings. They have put together a fascinating historical exhibit complete with enlarged photos and text. Their historical section featured in the program is of special interest and amusement as well. Commemorative buttons, badges, bunting, signs, corsages, floral arrangements, chairs, tables, and other decorations don't just happen. They are the result of Sandra Gcronzin and Sara Anderson who arc so well- organized and who put together hordes of teacher-friends to help. One of the day's highlights will be the narrated guided lours by Marie Myers and her 35 tour guides. Running every few minutes, up to 2,000 people will be able to tour the civic center. Our local talent is not just in the performing arts, but also includes many artists. Adcle Pruill has organized an art exhibit featuring 32 local artists and more than 100 pieces of art. Charlie and Joan Kelly have Ukiahans helping city leaders in the move lo the civic center via a "moving parade." Marilyn Cowan has choreographed the "locking up" of the city buildings as representatives from local clubs, sports teams and musicians follow local dignitaries to the new building. The actual dedication ceremony has been well-planned by Mayor Colleen Henderson and features the appropriate pomp and pageantry befitting the occasion. Many former civic leaders along with the present city council will participate. Colleen will conclude the official ribbon-cutting and cutting of a spectacular cake provided by Ukiahi Regional Occupation Program stuclcnls. Publicily has been outstanding with Barbara Evcrsolc supplying photos and articles to the media. A recording of the day's events, listing of participants, financial sponsors, historical reference and other special features are included in the 16-page program designed by Bob Sandc- lin, co-chairman of the dedication. This commemorative program displays the dedication V^o as created by Bard Zenscn. These special people have been magnificent in their tasks and so patient with my details, agenda, countless meetings, schedule requests, etc. The day doesn't just happen, these extraordinary pcdplc and their crews will give Ukiah its grandest and biggest party, and the Ukiah Civic Center its rightful introduction into history. Thank you. /r>(i South Slate Uttl* People" Main Street Here's a complete town with a drive-through bank, a grocery store, a lire house with a bell alarm and lire truck, an ice cream shop,a post office and morel UKIAH SELLS MAIN STREET Fisher Price's Main Street SALE PRICE *22 99 r*g. Here'$allof Main Street for your child. The Bank, Pott Of flee, Candy Store etc. SANTA ROSA CoddlngtownCtr. ^ 528-14M Award-Winning Toy Store toy & model » SANTA ROSA 2311 Montgomery Dr. 527.S700 NOHNUITfAIIK •311 Commtrot Blvd. M4-M11 UKIAH Orchard Mini I 'kiah

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