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Great Black Friday Activity!

Watch “My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera #49” the night of Nov. 23rd to see how the Ghost Girls triggered paranormal activity at the old Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar: “seance participants at a haunted cemetery get more than they bargained for when some spirits show up…”  9 pm on the Biography Channel. 

National exposure for Sylmar,  Pioneer Cemetery, San Fernando Valley Historical Society, Ghost Girls.  WooHoo!

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Memorial Day at Pioneer Cemetery, May 28 11 a.m.

Please join us for a heartfelt-hometown tribute to America’s freedom heroes on Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar.

Among the program highlights are:
– “Star Spangled Banner” & “God Bless America” – Stefni Valencia
– Historical readings
– State of the Cemetery update
– Wreath laying – Civil War re-enactors, Union & Confederate
– “Songs of World War 2” – Sentimental Journey
– Tribute to fallen soldier: U.S. Army Green Beret Andrew Britton-Mihalo (killed Afghanistan, April 25, 2012)
– “Amazing Grace” – Bagpiper, Craig Mathias
– 21-Volley Rifle salute – All Veteran’s Burial Squad
and more….

We appreciate your support!  The cemetery is located at 14551 Bledsoe St. at Foothill Blvd, Sylmar. Call 818-365-7810 for more details.

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The Best Memorial Day Ever

We had the best Memorial Day event ever at Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar on May 30, when well over 400 people came to visit, pay their respects, and learn a thing or two about the Civil War.  Sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, our heartfelt and hometown program was highlighted by re-enactors who portrayed the 5 Civil War veterans buried at Pioneer Cemetery, who also performed a 21-volley rifle salute with authentic arms of the period and blew “Taps.”  We also honored fallen local hero Marine Cpl. Julio Vargas with an engraved memorial brick in the front entrance, along with a tribute brick to the All Veterans Burial Squad.  We hope you will attend next year!

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FREE Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 30 at Pioneer Cemetery, Sylmar

The historic San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Sylmar will host a free Memorial Day Observance for the public at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 30, 2011.  Sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society for the 9th consecutive year, the event will include a U.S. flag-raising and 21-volley rifle salute and “Taps” performed by the All Veteran’s Burial Squad. 

Five Civil War veterans buried at the old cemetery will be honored in a presentation about the Civil War by a Daughters of the American Revolution historian, coinciding with the national 150th anniversary observance of the Civil War.  Visitors will also be given an update on the results of the recent ground penetrating radar survey conducted to find unmarked gravesites at the cemetery. 

During the observance, the public will be invited to buy a memorial brick ($60) to help support the cemetery. A special brick will be installed in the cemetery entrance honoring Sylmar resident USMC Cpl. Julio Vargas, who perished in Afghanistan last July.

The old cemetery is located at 14451 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, at the corner of Foothill Boulevard. (Directions: From the 210 Freeway, exit at Polk Street and go south to Foothill. Turn right onto Foothill and drive a half mile to the stoplight at Bledsoe. Parking in rear of cemetery.)

For additional information, please call 818-970-1286 or visit www.sfvhs.com.

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Helping Hands Comes to Pioneer Cemetery April 30

As part of an annual “Mormon Helping Hands” statewide day of service, members from local congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be working to beautify the historic San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 30, at 14451 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Bledsoe Street.

The public is invited to join the volunteers in weeding, painting, removing damaged shrubs, and other beautification tasks in preparation for the cemetery’s annual Memorial Day Observance on May 30. Anyone interested in volunteering should bring a pair of protective work gloves.  Any other tools (if needed) will be provided, as will water and lunch for all volunteers.

The historic cemetery was established in 1874 and is currently operated by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society and supported entirely through donations.

For additional information, please call 818-365-5860 or visit www.sfvhs.com.

Directions: From the 210 Freeway, exit at Polk Street and drive south to Foothill. Turn right onto Foothill and go a half mile to the stoplight at Bledsoe.

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Voices of Pioneer Cemetery:Flashlight Ghost Tour

Pageant of the Masters meets Dracula! Don’t miss “Voices of Pioneer Cemetery: Flashlight Ghost Tour” on Friday, Oct. 29 or Saturday, Oct 30 at Foothill & Bledsoe in Sylmar. Provoking, disturbing, different. Ticket form at www.sfvhs.com or call me at 818-970-1286. $20 until Oct 15, then $25 in advance and at the door. Buy now and save!

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Sylmar Farmers Market Has It Made in the Shade


The Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College is absolutely one of the best farmers markets I’ve ever attended. On Saturday I visited for the second time, and was pleased to see it growing from its grand opening on June 26.

The uniqueness of the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market is that it is on the first floor inside the parking structure at L.A. Mission College. That’s right…you are under shade and protection from the weather at all times while shopping!  When our searing hot August days arrive, you’ll be comfortable and protected from the sun by the parking structure’s shade and a cool breeze that stirs through the parking spaces while you shop. When the rains come during our mild winter months, you’ll enjoy the protection of the parking structure and still be able to purchase farm fresh produce. The Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College will be open and operational all year round.

Having the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College inside the parking structure is truly brilliant!

I spent almost three hours at the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College chatting with local Sylmarians and talking with vendors.  I also taste-tested many picture-perfect fruits and vegetables, and purchased beautiful fresh produce at great prices.

Many of the vendors come from far distances to participate: Fresno, Santa Maria, Oxnard.  They are among the friendliest I’ve encountered at any Farmers Market, and I’ve been to all of them in the Valley and many points beyond.

Other vendors are local residents with very nice arts and crafts to sell, again at great prices. You can also buy cookware, handbags, and fresh flowers. The day I visited, the agricultural department from North Hollywood High was selling their fresh cut flowers grown on the school grounds. Beautiful and very inexpensive. 

Food booths are also available at the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College. You’ll find many great foods ranging from barbecued meats to kettle corn to fresh doughnuts to puffy tacos to Peruvian fare, such as a wonderful delicate sauce made from blended lettuce and jalapenos that tops a delicious rice and meat dish.

Los Angeles Mission College, the Sylmar Neighborhood Council, the Sylmar Chamber of Commerce, and the Sylmar Business Improvement District have done a wonderful job in bringing the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College to Sylmar and the northeast San Fernando Valley. Heretofore, we have had to drive long distances to enjoy the festive atmosphere, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and energy a farmer’s market brings. 

If you haven’t gone to the Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College, give it a try. It’s great, it’s unique, and it’s in the shade.

The Sylmar Certified Farmers Market at L.A. Mission College is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar (Hubbard exit off 210 Freeway, north to Mission College), 818-833-3417.

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