May 27, 2008
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
2008 Youth Character Awards Honorees Announced
Mayor Debbie Cook was on hand at Bella Terra Huntington Beach to welcome and honor the 2008 Youth Character Award nominees. The Children’s Needs Task Force recognized 68 nominees from schools and youth groups throughout Huntington Beach and honored 15 students for the 2008 Youth Character Awards. The 15 honorees will be recognized by Mayor Cook and the City Council at their June 2 meeting. Additionally, the honorees’ names will be memorialized on a bronze plaque and placed at Bella Terra’s Youth Character Award “Wall of Fame.” The Youth Character Awards highlight students, grades 3 through 12, for their unique achievements that demonstrate an enduring commitment to qualities associated with good character.
Community Services Open House
The Community Services Department held its second Open House on Saturday, from 12 - 3 p.m., at Bella Terra in the theater area. Performances by Community Services classes included: Huntington Beach Youth Band, Ballet, Ukulele, Gymnastics, Polynesian Dance, Sunshine Generation, Love of Music Singing, and Karate. Games were provided by the Youth Sports Division, and an art project was led by the Huntington Beach Art Center. There was a lot of information provided to the public about Community Services programs including development projects and beach information.
Huntington Beach Senior Services
Hiking Instructor and Senior Services driver Chuck Nelson served homemade key lime pie on the last of four guided hikes in the Hiking Beautiful Southern California class that was offered through the spring Sands. A nice age range of participants, from 28 to 75, took this beginning hiking class starting with easy strolls and progressing to moderate hikes in the local mountains. In addition to the wonderful terrain for exercise and natural space enjoyment, the class also looked forward to Chuck’s homemade treats at the lunch break. All of the participants, no matter their age, did amazingly well and received material that will enable them to continue to explore local hiking opportunities. The next class will be offered through the fall Sands starting October 10 for four Fridays finishing before Thanksgiving.
This summer, the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center is offering a beginning water color class. Students will learn basic watercolor technique, make new friends, and have a lot of fun. The class will be offered on Mondays, June 2 - July 7, from 9 - 11 a.m., in room D. This is a free class for adults. Come prepared to the first class with a few watercolor supplies and a good attitude. To register or for more information, call Rodgers Seniors Center (714) 536-9387. For summer fun, join the Huntington Beach Woodcarving Club on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center. Experience is not necessary. Woodcarving is so easy that anyone can do it. Experienced woodcarvers will teach you the basics and assist you with more difficult projects. Learn more about this fun hobby of transforming pieces of wood into fabulous shapes and figures. It’s great for the hand-eye coordination and bolsters your creativity. You’re welcome to attend any of the free meetings. For more information, call Rodgers Seniors Center at (714) 536-9387.
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.