November 27, 2007
Community Services Guide – Winter
The winter 2007 Community Services Guide, the Sands, is in the mail and ready to provide a lot of fun for you and your family. It includes city news; information on cultural & historic services, beach, human services, recreation facilities, special events, workshops, and classes for seniors, adults, teens, and tots. Mail-in registration continues now through December 11, with walk-in registration beginning January 3 at Murdy and Edison Community Centers, City Gym & Pool, Huntington Beach Art Center, and Rodger’s Seniors’ Center. Note: When mailing in your registration, please put the initial of the class location on the outside of the envelope’s lower left-hand corner.
Candy Cane Capers
Need a shopping day without the kids? Sign up children (ages 6 – 12) for an exciting five-hour day of crafts, games, songs, snacks, movie, and a visit from Santa. Held on Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Murdy and Edison Community Centers, it is a great deal for $20 per child, plus a $10 materials fee.
Send your 3 - 6 year old to a week of “helping Santa.” They will make, wrap, and be able to give Christmas gifts to their whole family. This is a perfect opportunity for parents to do Christmas shopping while their little ones are safely preoccupied at Murdy Community Center, November 30 through December 14, from 2 - 3 p.m. Snacks are provided, and the cost is $35 per child with a $20 fee for materials.
During the 06/07 fiscal year, Huntington Beach Senior Services social workers served 304 clients, made 1,418 home visits, and provided 11,700 Huntington Beach seniors and their families with information referrals. Funding for three, part-time social workers is provided by the Huntington Beach Council on Aging and the California Development Block Grant. The goal of the Senior Services Outreach Center is to promote self-sufficiency and independence for seniors. The Care Management staff work with seniors, families, and caregivers to develop a plan for facing late-life transitions. According to a recent study published by Health Affairs, per capita health care spending on Americans over 85 has decreased from 6.9 percent of total health care spending in 1987 to 5.7 percent in 2004. Health Affairs attributed the decline to a wider use of community-based organizations such as Seniors’ Outreach in place of nursing homes for long-term care.
Taste of New Zealand
Surf City’s Taste of New Zealand will be this weekend, December 1 & 2, in downtown Main Street. The Taste of New Zealand is brought to you by the city of HB, in conjunction with HB Sister City, Waitakere City, New Zealand, and several other organizations. The Street Fair will include New Zealand top chefs cooking it up “kiwi-style” and giving away free food samples, New Zealand short films, a top Maori wood carving artist, the Te Manawa of Southern California dance troop, an opportunity drawing for a trip for two to New Zealand, a Saturday wine tasting happy hour, and a Saturday evening film “The World’s Fastest Indian” featuring film director Roger Donaldson at Pierside Surf City Cinema. Participating restaurants will serve New Zealand specials from Friday to Sunday, and you will have the opportunity to “Meet the Chef” during dinner on Saturday. For more information, please contact the Economic Development Department at 536-5582 or click onto: www.surfcity-hb.org/tasteofnewzealand.
Huntington Beach is Growing
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approved the annexation of the Brightwater Project, located on the upper portion of the Bolsa Chica mesa, on November 13. The actual incorporation of the project into the City of Huntington Beach will take place in phases, with the recording of the first 23 parcels anticipated to take place in two weeks. The City Council approved the Specific Plan and pre-annexation agreement earlier this year. The Brightwater Development Project (BDP), which is currently under construction, comprises 105.3 acres including a 37.1-acre habitat preservation & creation area and 349 homes. The BDP received entitlements from Orange County and the California Coastal Commission (CCC) in 2005.
Plan your wedding on the City Beach! Sunrise or sunset, or anytime in between – beautiful location information is found here