Friday, December 30, 2016

Double Tree by Hilton is now in Whittier

Well it was the Whittier Grand Hotel for about five minutes. It is now a Doubletree by Hilton. Located in the Uptown area on Greenleaf Ave. I remember spending many great nights hanging out at the Whittier Hilton back in the 80's & 90's glad to see that the Hilton is back at the helm.

My Whittier Podcast #8 Last Show of 2016

Hey Whittier! Make sure to listen and subscribe to the My Whittier Podcast. We will be pod-casting all year in 2017 bringing you great shows with great content. We will be talking about current events, local happenings, interviews all with a My Whittier twist. Check out the free listen on itunes and Google Play.

If you have a comment or if you have an event or news to share make sure and contact us. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


My deepest sympathies go out to the families that suffered horrible losses in Whittier this month. I offer you my thoughts and prayers and well wishes during this very difficult time.

Condolences to the victims of the Penn Park accident and to my childhood schoolmate Peter Volkoff who lost his wife Friday night when two street racers crashed in to her on Colima Road.  

Make a donation for Natalie Volkoffs Funeral  

I took this picture admiring the majestic beauty of
Penn Park. From this day forward I will always think of the
family that suffered the loss of their beloved mom and say a prayer
for them whenever I visit the park.
We are 5 days away from Christmas weekend and we are all rushing around trying to get through the week. We are working, stressing, shopping for that perfect gift. We are all trying to find the money for bills and gifts. We are basically living our lives because that is what we do but this year will be different for me. This year I will hold my loved ones a little tighter and let them know just how much they mean to me. I will look them in the eyes and make sure they know I mean it. This holiday I will be grateful for what I have because I know how quickly things can change. 

If you took the time to read this please do me a huge favor and send some positive thoughts and prayers out to the families that suffered loss this month. I think about them everyday and I can only hope time will heal their wounds. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December Events in Whittier

December Events in Whittier

6755 Newlin Ave

Whittier Museum is hosting 
Friday December 2
From 1pm-4pm
Please join the Athenian Ladies as they host free tours at the 

It is always great to see the lighting of the Xmas Tree

Rick's 22nd Annual Grand Alumination 
Friday December 2
5pm - 9pm
Visit with Santa Clause, Whittier High Marching Band
Uptown Holiday Window Contest - Winner Announcement by the Uptown Whittier Association
Studio Danza Dancers
7pm Grand Lighting of XMAS Tree

So great to see people like this stepping up and
doing positive things here in Whittier
Straight Outta Whittier 
Hellman Park Clean Up
Saturday December 3rd 
Making Your City Prettier
meet@hellmantrailhead follow on IG #straightouttawhittier

Hoover School
6302 Alta Ave

Hoover Choir Holiday Boutique
Vendors, Music, Fun for the Whole Family & Raffle
Saturday December 3 
Hoover School of Fine Arts

Help Support Hoover Choir

One of my favorite events!
Whittier Uptown Association 
The 24th Annual Holiday Sonata
Saturday December 3rd  
Trolly Rides, Live Entertainment, Photos with Santa, Winter Village
School Choirs, Dance Performances

Make sure you are up early to get a good spot!
Whittier Uptown Association 
The 63rd Annual Christmas Parade
"An Old Time in Uptown"
Saturday December 10th / 10am-12pm

This looks like a great little play
The Amakua
"A Hawaiian Christmas Story"
Friday December 16th at 7pm
Whittier Center Village Theatre
Tickets will be sold at the door $20.00

Monday, October 31, 2016

Bobby Ruiz of "My Whittier" Discusses All Things Whittier
October 31 at 6:50 a.m by Denise De La Cruz

I was so honored and humbled to sit down and talk with local writer Denise De La Cruz. She is a resident of Whittier and writes for the OC WEEKLY. Having spent time in Orange County I jumped at the chance to sit down and discuss Whittier on this platform. Denise and I met up for lunch at one of my favorite spots in the city, Jack's Family Restaurant. Here is how it all went down :)

Bobby Ruiz of "My Whittier" Talks Whittier

This is my 40th year as a Whittier resident and
I wouldnt have it any other way.
Be sure to check out OC WEEKLY and read all of the the previous write ups Denise De La Cruz has inked! I have a feeling we will be seeing big things from Denise in the very near future!

A huge thank you to everyone who supports the My Whittier Brand as I said before it has been a wonderful experience. I have met and talked with so many people since the beginning of this project and it always amazes me to hear and see all of the love for the city of Whittier. Our page and products would not be possible without you Whittier.

A huge thanks with the deepest gratitude.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Stop by and meet Horror Author & Whittier Local  David James Freeman 
He is a great writer and a great dude! Stop by and meet a Whittier local this Saturday at Half Off Books in Uptown Whittier.

Folkhlore , Book-II (Vol.I & II) Prurple, Black, & Silver are David's fourth, and fifth books in only a matter of five years- Folkhlore being the continuing chronicles of the Vanpyre Yorris Folkhe, his Creator, those he created, those created by others that were forced upon him, and his existence. David does make sure to seperate himself from the Vampyre genre by publishing stand-alone works in-between the Folkhlore novels-such as his firt book 37 planes, and the widely praised Forensic Black. The original Folkhlore novel Death, then Life will be re-issued by the end of 2016, or the begining of 2017 ...All of David's novels are available via Paperback, and Kindle formats ... ...David lives happily in Southern California with his wife Alice, and his beloved Pitbull, Soli Boy- although their lives have not been the same after the loss of their first Pitbull, Wally Gator, in the fall of 2015 - for which this book is dedicated. David continues to draw inspiration from daily life, past and present experience, and whater may jolt him awake in the middle of the night ....

Super great dude I am so happy for him.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Lions Host Lions Club Farmers Market

Make sure and check out the Whittier Host Lions Club Farmers Market every Saturday 9am-1pm
I am really excited about attending this Saturday October 15, 2016 I will be among all of the other great vendors that attend this market. If you have some time on Saturday stop by and say hello.
I will have a special on all hats, t-shirts, Cool A Coo shirts for ladies all $5 bucks! 
Hope to see you there.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


I have lived in this city for almost 40 years and as the landscape of Whittier continues to change it seems like our parks hold the key to Whittier's historic past. With new housing tracks going up and old historic buildings coming down it is good to know that our beautiful parks are still here for us. Parks are a great place for Whittier traditionalist to retreat to when we need to get away. I have compiled a list of my 5 favorite parks.

Park # 1
Central Park  

When it comes to real estate and parks it is all about location, location, location and Central Park has it. Located in the heart of Uptown Whittier Central Park is home to one of the most iconic statues in town. When the sun is about to set and the weather is right this place can take you away in to a dream like state.

 Most people don't know that John Greenleaf never actually ever stepped foot here in Whittier.

Great photo taken by #ilonuno check her out on

Christoph Rittershausen is the amazing artist who Finally brought John Greenleaf home to Whittier

This park is home to so many great community events. Surrounded by historic homes of Whittier this park really does take you back to a simpler time. They do concerts in the park, movie nights, people have married here and Founders Day is always a great time to visit and enjoy this park.

Founders Day will be held here May 7th

The Shelters Right Hand held a great event at Central Park
This April 2016

This is a great place to take a walk, stop by for a picnic or maybe let the kids play on the playground while you catch a restful seat on a park bench. This will be home to this years Founders Day festivities on May 7th. Great chance to visit this park.

My Whittier is a proud sponsor of the Founders Day Event
and we will also be a vendor. We hope to see you there!

Park # 2
Penn Park

You can literally flip a coin for the best park in Whittier and if it came up heads it would be Central Park could be one or two and if it came up tails it would be Penn Park could be one or two and I don't think anyone would argue either way. Boasting some of the most jaw dropping scenery Whittier has to offer Penn Park is truly one of the best when it comes to parks in Whittier.

Penn Park has some of the mos beautiful trees in the city.
Take a walk or grab a seat and read a book
Tranquility awaits you.

Penn Park has been home to Weddings,Birthdays, romantic walks and quiet get a ways. The thing I enjoy most about this park is no place in the park is the same. If you want a water feature or a quiet area under a tree or a bench seat with a view Penn Park offers it all. You can even BBQ here but make sure you get here early they fill up quick.

Penn Park is a great place to Zen out.

Park # 3
Parnell Park

It would be impossible to leave Parnell Park off of my list. Parnell Park is host to concerts in the park and it even has it's own zoo, You can't beat that. This is a fantastic park with a great location. Basketball courts and BBQ's, super clean and large enough to find a great place to relax.

Artist: Tom Askman, "Rocket Robin" 

Rocket Robin:Aluminum Panels and LED light system
 I actually stopped by here on my lunch break one day and I had totally forgot about the zoo. It was so great to experience it I can only imagine what kids think when they see it for the first time. Even though you can no longer pet the animals it is still a great place to get real close to these cute little creatures. Parnell Park is my third favorite park in town.

I really love this park and all of the things it has to offer.
This is one of the cleanest parks on my list. I actually visited this park on a Monday morning on purpose to see what it looked like after a busy weekend of bbq's and parties and I couldn't find even a piece of paper on the ground. Kudos to the Parks and Recreation you do a great job.

Amazing BBQ area. Cook right here under the trees.
Beautiful Park

Park #4
Palm Park

Good ole Palm Park will forever hold a special place in my heart for many reasons. I actually went to Dexter Junior High and if you were lucky enough to have gym for first period there was a good chance you would be headed over to Palm Park for a dip in the pool first thing in the morning. Yikes!

Palm Park has a pool, Tennis courts and Basketball Courts.
It is also part of the beautiful Greenway Trail.

Wow thirty plus years goes by so fast! I remember the huge Airplane and Fire Truck on the old playground. We would hang out here for hours and hours. Back in the day when a Big Gulp was super huge and a Big Mac was actually big.

Flashback! I am thinking this was taken around 1982
I wonder what these guys were up to?
 Palm Park has all of the bells and whistles. They have a great pool and tennis courts. These tennis courts were so, so, so nice way back when. They have a bbq area great for parties, playground area, basketball court and the Greenway trail runs right through Palm Park.

Palm Park has some amazing trees! It is a great place to find a quiet area for a nap
or a great place to crack open a book and get lost for awhile.

Park #5
Founders Memorial Park 

This has always been one of my favorite parks in Whittier. This park is the site of two former cemeteries dating back to 1881. Vandals damaged the monuments in 2012 and have since been replaced with two new beautiful monuments.

Some say this park is haunted. I can't confirm or deny this but there is
something special about this park that I just love

This park is called a "passive" area because it was once an active cemetery. That is why there are no restrooms or cooking areas. There is something special about this park when I start walking around this park there is an immediate calming affect that takes over my body. If I visit for 5 minutes or 1 hour I always feel renewed every time and I am always so glad I visited.


Whittier Parks Map

For more information about the city of Whittier and all of the amazing parks in the city click on this link Whittier Park Information for addresses and information regarding every park in the city of Whittier, California

If you get the opportunity make sure you get out and experience the parks of Whittier. We have over 20 parks to choose from and every single one of them is unique and has a little something special to offer. I would love to hear about your favorite parks.


Make sure and explore the city of Whittier and all it has to offer.

Monday, April 18, 2016


One of my favorite things happening in Whittier right now is the emergence of Two Moons Bakery. I am a huge advocate of entrepreneurial spirit and Two Moons Bakery has it! They have a passion for baking coupled with a creative and fun take on baking.

Two Moons Bakery
Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Fresh Bread and so much more

Two Moons Bakery was started by Lauren and Jessica two girls who met in High School and they have been best friends ever since, Both women are mom's and they both LOVE to bake. If you get lucky you will catch some of their baked goods at Lovells Record store in Uptown Whittier. 

Lauren (on the left) & Jessica
High School BFF's who love to bake
It is so refreshing to come across two people who are doing something for the pure love of it. Their baked goods are made from the heart and inspired by just about everything. Totally unique and creative but most of all delicious. 

Some of the best tasting treats I have ever had.
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 It really doesn't get any better than this, Records and Dessert. Lauren and Jessica sell their delectable treats right out of Lovells Record Store. Genius!

It is so hard to be original these days but Two Moons Bakery
is doing it everyday. Great flavor profiles, something new happening all of the time in the 
Two Moons Kitchen.

6719 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier, CA 90601
So awesome to see things like this happening here in Whittier. Whittier is home to so many talented people. As I mentioned before the entrepreneurial spirit that lives here in the city of Whittier is second to none. I urge all of you with talent and dreams to go for it. Don't wait around jump right in with a no fear attitude and soon you will see what you can bring to this great city. 

And Who knows you might end up on the My Whittier Blog one day!

Sprinkled Love!
Follow Two Moons Bakery on Twitter

Now Go Eat, Shop, Live, Whittier.

Friday, April 15, 2016


We are so happy to be one of the sponsors of this event and we are honored to be a part of this great day. This is our second year in a row to attend as a vendor and we can't wait to set up on May 7th. Live music, free entertainment, homemade bread and butter. This is such a fun little event I really hope you decide to come out and say hello. This will take place at 
Central Park right in the heart of Uptown Whittier.

My Whittier will have a booth this day with all of the
items you have been looking for

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Great Events Happening Here in Whittier

Support Whittier's Brave Little Humans as They Perform
The Jungle Book

Such a Great Event for the
Shelters Right Hand