June 10th, 2008
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Huntington Beach Senior Services
The Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center is hosting a great new class. The Arts: History of Jazz will be held June 17 – July 21, from 1 – 3 p.m. Trace the origins and development of an American art form, jazz, from the rhythms of Africa through slave fields; Dixieland, swing to modern styles. This free class is offered through the Huntington Beach Adult School. To register, call 847-2873 ext #232.
Summer Swim Program
The city of Huntington Beach is pleased to offer a complete summer swim program again this year. Our program is designed to meet a variety of swimming needs. Whether it is learning new swimming techniques or recreational enjoyment of the water, we have something for everyone. Our swim instructors are well trained and enthusiastic. The swim courses follow the American Red Cross standards. Classes are offered to ages ranging from six months through adult and teach skills all the way from water adjustment through lifeguarding techniques. In addition to offering classes at the City Gym and Pool, we will also be offering classes at Edison High and Huntington High School pools. Anyone interested in classes at Edison High can register at Edison Community Center on June 7, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and on June 14 and 21, from 1 - 4 p.m. For classes offered at Huntington High, registration will take place at the City Gym and Pool on June 7, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and on June 14 and 21, from 1 - 4 p.m. After June 23, registration will be taken at the pool sites. Registration for the City Gym and Pool classes are currently being offered by mail with walk-in registration beginning on June 17 at 9 a.m. For information, please call 960-8884.
Annual Pier Swim
The Community Services Department will hold the 58th Annual Huntington Beach Open Rough Water Pier Swim this Saturday, June 14. The first race is for ages 16 through 31 and starts at 8:45 a.m. The second race for Masters through Ultra Masters will start around 9:30 a.m. The Junior Men and Junior Women race for the 12 – 15 year age bracket completes the swimming program and starts at 10:15 a.m. Trophies will be awarded to first through third place in each of the 11 divisions with the “Gene Belshe Memorial Perpetual Trophy” going to the winning team. A trophy will be awarded for a first to finish Huntington Beach boy and girl. Almost 400 contestants participated in last year’s event. The Pier Swim is one of the first regular ocean swimming events of the season. The public is invited to participate or come and watch the competition. Registration will be taken at the beach on June 14 between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., and the fee is $15 without a shirt. A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase. For further information, please call 536-5486.
Beach Boulevard Repaving Project
Contractors working for Caltrans will begin the repaving project on Beach Boulevard, between I-405 and Ellis Avenue, beginning June 16. The vast majority of the work will be completed at night beginning at 10 p.m. and finishing by 5 a.m. The section between Ellis and Talbert will be completed during the day to minimize noise impacts to adjacent residential properties. Caltrans anticipates the majority of paving work will be completed by early July, with minor finishing work lasting two additional weeks. Except for the section with work scheduled for daytime hours, all travel lanes will be open to traffic from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, and all access will be maintained at all times. Information flyers will be sent to all adjacent properties by Caltrans Public Relations office. After hours contact with Caltrans should be directed to their Traffic Management Center at (949)724-3600. For additional information regarding any details of the construction, contact Caltrans Public Relations at (949) 724-2000.
Water Main Replacement on Lake Street
One segment of the downtown water main replacement project has moved to Lake Street, south of Yorktown Avenue. The existing cast iron pipe is over 50 years old and will be replaced with 12" PVC. Traffic control will move with the trenching component. Trenching and line replacement should be completed by the end of this week. Service line replacements will begin early next week and take approximately two weeks. Asphalt paving will be in place prior to July 1. This project is also completing main replacement and alley pavement between Lake Street and Main Street, south of Adams Avenue. The project is funded by the Water Master Plan at a cost of $4 million.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department charges for emergency medical services and ambulance transportation. However, residents can join the FireMed Program and protect their out-of-pocket costs! Read more about the FireMed Program.