Rams score as leaders of RAD parade

TOUCHDOWN—The City of Agoura Hills selects the Los Angeles Rams team as grand marshal of this year’s Reyes Adobe Days celebration. Above are Agoura Hills City Council members and RAD organizers. Courtesy of Judi Uthus

TOUCHDOWN—The City of Agoura Hills selects the Los Angeles Rams team as grand marshal of this year’s Reyes Adobe Days celebration. Above are Agoura Hills City Council members and RAD organizers. Courtesy of Judi Uthus

The parade in the upcoming 14th annual Reyes Adobe Days has taken a detour from its usual celebrity grand marshal pick. Rather than one local celebrity, a whole team has been selected for the post.

This year, the Los Angeles Rams were named as the grand marshal. The team’s corporate headquarters is in Agoura Hills.

The Reyes Adobe Days weekend will take place Oct. 11 to 14. The annual four-day festival celebrates Agoura Hills’ history and culture.

Although the Rams will be out of town that weekend competing in Green Bay, Wis., Nick Newkirk, Agoura Hills recreation supervisor, said there will be no shortage of team representation for Reyes Adobe Days.

“There will be cheerleaders and mascots,” he said, especially during the parade on Sat., Oct. 13.

The L.A. Rams became one of Agoura Hills’ star residents in 2016 when the NFL team returned to Los Angeles from St. Louis, Mo., and opened new headquarters at 29903 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills.

The title sponsor of this year’s RAD, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, will be out in force with informational booths on a variety of water issues and demonstrations that tell the story of water.

The water district’s new public affairs and community manager, Mike McNutt, was chosen to kick off the 5K and 10K runs with the blast of the starting pistol.

In addition to celebrating the city’s history, the water district will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The district is preparing an anniversary float for the parade, and a mascot, Little Drop, and many employees will also represent LVMWD.

At the Day of the Adobe event on Saturday and Sunday, the district will host a water-wise booth and offer commemorative giveaways and specialty items to people of all ages.

McNutt said October is the official anniversary month for the district.

“I’m excited to partner with the city,” he said. “I couldn’t think of a better event.”

“Selfies” montage

Each year, the city incorporates an art gallery during the festival in the historic Reyes Adobe barn. The gallery features competitions and other art-related activities suitable for every age group.

A new interactive photography exhibit highlighting California culture with a variety of activities will include “selfie stations” throughout the festival where people can capture fun photos. The city will then create a montage of the photographs and share them online and at City Hall.

The Night at the Adobe art reception slated for 6 to 10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 12 is an adult-only event that offers guests a sneak preview of the gallery and a taste of local wine, beer and snacks.

The Las Virgenes water district will provide anniversary cupcakes and entertainment under the stars.

The cost is $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Admission includes 10 tickets for beer, wine and food tastings.

The Senior Fiesta with a Mexican buffet and music is slated for the day before, Thurs., Oct. 11. Tickets are $10 per person and reservations are required.

Day at the Adobe

The free family festival at Reyes Adobe Park on Saturday and Sunday will feature new family activities as well as some old favorites. New this year will be pottery and nature-related crafts and rancho-themed activities. The pony rides, train rides, petting zoo, blacksmith and drum circle will return.

Live entertainment includes concerts and cultural performances on Oct. 13 and 14 at the park. The headliner will be The Long Run, an Eagles tribute band, who will perform on Sunday afternoon.

Food and drink will be plentiful at the event. Locally crafted beer and wine will be served in the Farmhouse tent, and food trucks will feature barbecue, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches and desserts.

Runs, volunteerism

The 10K and 10-mile RAD runs scheduled for 7:15 a.m. Sat., Oct. 13 will have participants running through historic and scenic courses in the Santa Monica Mountains. The races begin at City Hall and will continue past Paramount Ranch and Malibu Creek State Park.

Music and massages, giveaways and post-run pizza are included in the $40 registration fee. To register and view course runs, visit RADruns.org.

Volunteer opportunities opened this week and will continue through the festival weekend. Sign up at reyesadobedays.org/volunteer.

In addition, there is still time for businesses and organizations to enter a float or participate in the classic car event.

“Reyes Adobe Days celebrates the spirit of community through the generations, from our historic roots to our present-day culture and lifestyle,” Agoura Hills Mayor Bill Koehler said.

For more information and updates on Reyes Adobe Days, runs and events, visit reyesadobedays.org or call Newkirk at (818) 507- 7361.