President George W. Bush is scheduled to arrive today in Southern California, the day before his appearance at an invitation- only dedication of the $31 million Air Force One Pavilion at the Reagan Presidential Library. Bush will be joined by first lady Laura Bush and former first lady Nancy Reagan at the ribbon-cutting of the 87,000-square- foot pavilion, which houses “The Spirit of ’76,’ the Boeing 707 that served as the official plane for him, Reagan and six other former presidents. “We are very proud that President and Mrs. Bush accepted our invitation to attend our grand opening,’ said Melissa Giller, a spokeswoman for the Reagan Library. “We know it means a lot to Mrs. Reagan. “Not only did Bush fly on the plane, he represents what this is all about: the `Flying White House.’ ‘ But the highlight, for many, will be the brief appearance by the commander in chief. “Any time the president of the United States attends an event in your hometown it’s a huge honor,’ said Simi Valley City Councilman Glen Becerra, who will attend Friday’s ceremony. “It’s something I’m very proud of because it says how important the event is not only to the community but the country.’ The Reagan Library will be closed today through Sunday to prepare for Monday’s grand opening, although private, invitation-only events are scheduled for the weekend. “It’s really come full circle for us,’ Giller said. “We can’t wait to open our doors and let the public come see what we have been able to see every day.’ Because of Bush’s visit, Madera Road between Country Club Drive West and Country Club Drive East and Wood Ranch Parkway between Madera Road and Country Club Drive will be closed on Friday. Hundreds of law enforcement officers, including those with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Simi Valley Police, and California Highway Patrol, will be on hand to assist Secret Service agents with the visitation of the president. “Because there are a number of dignitaries who have been invited to the event, there will be extensive security,’ said Ventura County Undersheriff Craig Husband. — Angie Valencia-Martinez can be reached at (805) 583-7604, or by e-mail at [email protected] 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The jet serves as the centerpiece for the new pavilion, which also features a former Marine One helicopter, presidential limousine and a replica of an Irish pub. The exhibit tells the story of Reagan’s legacy in promoting peace and democracy worldwide. About 750 people are expected at the exclusive grand opening, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the hilltop library, where Reagan is buried. The 45-minute program includes remarks by Bush and Nancy Reagan, a flyover by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and a 75-piece orchestra. A separate luncheon program features speeches by former Air Force One pilots.