July 3, 2007
Huntington Beach Fourth of July Celebration - The city of Huntington Beach celebrates 103 years of patriotism with the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade and Celebration. The 2007 festivities include a full day of family entertainment with the Pier Plaza Fun Expo, a Main Street home decorating contest, the July 4th Pancake Breakfast at Lake Park, the Surf City 5K Run and Fitness Expo, and the famed 4th of July Parade on Main Street. At 9 p.m., don't miss a spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza at the Huntington Beach Pier. Come join us!
Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center Blood Drive - In April, the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive. They successfully received 23 donations. The Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center will be hosting a second blood drive here at their facility on Tuesday, July 10. They will be offering a coupon toward $10 off a trail ride to all participants. The American Red Cross is also offering special prizes for the Warped Tour. This is a great cause, and they welcome the public to come and take part in this event.
Huntington Beach Art Center Hosts Surf Fest 2007 - The Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC), in partnership with Big Red Productions and independent Curator/Programmer Keiko Beatie, is hosting its first surf film festival featuring eight afternoon and evening events taking place June 29 through September 9. All events are held at the HBAC located at 538 Main Street and are free to the public. Surf Fest 2007 explores the culture of surf and skate boarding through various mediums including film, followed by casual discussions and autograph sessions with contributing directors, producers and actors; panel discussions with shapers, skateboard experts, authors, artists, and photographers; and an ongoing urban-era surf and skateboard display with items owned by industry icons and collectors. There will also be a surprise visit by a professional skater at the August 30 Skate Panel.
Friday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. - Movie: Chasing Dora - This world-wide, award-winning indie film is the story of three California surfers who take on an epic challenge presented by one of surfing's greatest stylists, the renowned maverick Miki Dora. Filmmakers Wes Brown & TJ Barrack and surfer Mickey Munoz are scheduled to attend.
Summer Sunday Concert Series at Pier Plaza - The city of Huntington Beach presents the Summer Sunday Concert Series, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank, at the Huntington Beach Pier. On July 8, rockabilly artist Lee Rocker will be performing. Playing on July 15 will be the rock band Venice. Concerts begin at 1 p.m. and are free to the public.
Summer Series 2007 Concerts in the Park - The Huntington Beach Concert Band presents their Summer Series 2007 Concerts in the Park. On July 8, Henebry's 1920's Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra will be performing the original musical sounds of the Golden Age of Radio with Flapper Vocalist Ginger Pauley. On July 15, Golden State British Brass will present a program of traditional British style Brass Band Music. The concerts are held at the Bandstand behind the Central Library at 5 p.m. every Sunday. Admission is free.
City Café - The City Café is now offering wraps with a variety of choices: tuna, chicken, or turkey wraps for only $4.95. You also have a choice of flour or sun-dried tomato tortillas. Try it out today!
Surf City Nights - Surf City Nights will take a break on July 3 due to preparations for the 4th. Starting July 10, Surf City Nights will add an additional block, making it a three-block event from Pacific Coast Highway to Orange Avenue. Check out the fun as there will be additional entertainers, exhibitors, and more!
Coastal Commission Hearing on Parkside Estates Scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 - The California Coastal Commission has scheduled the hearing on the Parkside Estates project for Wednesday, July 11. In 2002, the City Council approved an Environmental Impact Report, General Plan Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, Local Coastal Program Amendment, Tentative Tract Map, Conditional Use Permit, and Coastal Development Permit for the development of approximately 50 acres on the west side of Graham Street, south of Warner Avenue, owned by Shea Homes. The city-approved development includes 170 single-family residential homes, an 8.2 acre public park, private open space, and many public infrastructure improvements. The hearing will take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 333 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Additional information is available on the Coastal Commission webpage http://www.coastal.ca.gov/mtgcurr.html.
Major Projects on Edinger Avenue - The Planning Department has issued Requests for Proposals for the environmental review of three major projects on the Edinger Avenue Corridor: Bella Terra Phase II, the Beach Boulevard/Edinger Avenue Corridor Study, and The Ripcurl development. Bella Terra Phase II is a proposed mixed-use commercial, residential, and office development at the former Montgomery Wards property immediately west of the Bella Terra Mall. The Beach Boulevard/Edinger Avenue Corridor Study is the development of a Specific Plan to create an identity and a synergy for land use along these thoroughfares. The Ripcurl project is a mixed-use commercial/residential development located at the Southeast corner of Gothard Street and Center Avenue near to Goldenwest College. Proposals are due to the Planning Department on July 23.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors. You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed. This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.