first_img “The city of Simi Valley and its residents have been awaiting this day for years, and this night of entertainment is especially our gift for the community to celebrate Simi Valley’s first regional center,” said Greg Lenners, the Town Center general manager. The show is open to the public in the shopping center’s center court. The entertainment is designed for the whole family. Although the opening ceremony is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., festivities continue throughout the evening. Gordon Goodwin’s 18-piece Big Phat Band, lead by Emmy-award-winning composer Gordon Goodwin, is the main musical attraction. Ellis Hall, a former lead vocalist and keyboardist of the band Tower of Power, is scheduled to open the ceremony with the national anthem. The celebration also will include dozens of elaborately costumed and masked performers who will parade and dance throughout center court. The costumes, an array of brightly colored sequin and satin ensembles with matching masks, will resemble a 19th-century Venetian masquerade reflecting the night’s “Carnivale Grande” theme. Flashes of theatrical lighting, including pyrotechnic blasts, will conclude the show. Radio station KOST 103.5 FM will be broadcasting live from Simi Valley Town Center, offering a number of contest giveaways and prizes. When it opens it will includes Macy’s and Robinsons-May department stores, but because of the merger between Federated Department stores Inc. and the May Department Stores Co. the Robinsons-May is expected to be eventually converted to a Macy’s. Then the original Macy’s site is expected to be converted to another anchor. The mall will also include more than 100 other retailers, including Anthropologie, BombayKids, Brighton Collectibles, California Pizza Kitchen, Coach, Urban Outfitters, White House Black Market and Z Gallerie. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] ON THE WEB For more information, visit 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Workers are completing freeway ramps, entry roads, landscaping and interiors for scores of stores and restaurants throughout the 600,000-square-foot open-air center. It is expected to generate more than $3.6 million in new retail sales tax, property tax and business license taxes annually. Shopping center officials say the opening festivities are designed to reflect the community’s excitement and the center’s Italian Mediterranean village style. There are tile roofs, Romeo and Juliet-style balconies, stone facades, fountains, sculptures and ornamental lighting, with olive and oak trees. Because it is situated in the hills on the city’s north side, the shopping center offers panoramic views across the valley to the south. SIMI VALLEY – Hundreds of people are scrambling to prepare for Simi Valley Town Center’s grand opening – a community celebration with the theme of a Venetian masquerade carnival. The city’s first regional shopping mall north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway between First Street and Erringer Road will open the morning of Oct. 27 and shoppers will be there throughout the day before the “Carnivale Grande” festivities begin in the evening with musicians, costumed dancers and pyrotechnics. The $300 million Town Center is the first regional shopping center built in Ventura County in more than 25 years, and its opening represents a goal Simi Valley civic leaders have worked decades to attain. “I’m going to have my party hat and my dancing shoes on, and I’m going to welcome the mall with open arms,” said Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson. “I am going to thoroughly enjoy myself. This has been a long time coming.” last_img read more