City Administrators Weekly Report

October 07, 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Friday Night Blues at Huntington Beach Art Center

The Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) presents the stirring vocals and electrifying stage presence of Michele Lundeen on October 10, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., as part of the HBAC’s Friday Night Blues series.  As a powerful and soulful vocalist, Michele blends classic and contemporary blues to create her own incomparable style.  The Art Center, along with our celebrated partners, invests each year in bringing the contemporary and energetic sounds of blues and jazz to the community.  Together, these genres make up the Art Center’s annual music series Live at the Center. In previous years, Live at the Center has enjoyed corporate sponsorship and is currently seeking new partners to continue this tradition.  General admission tickets for Michele Lundeen are $25, and HBAC members are $20.  Prepaid reservations are required for guaranteed seating.  Please call (714) 374-1650 for tickets and information.  The HBAC is located at 538 Main Street in Huntington Beach.

Santa to Visit Huntington Beach Residents

City officials have once again extended a special invitation for Santa Claus to visit Huntington Beach.  As he has done in the past, Santa has agreed to visit children in their homes to share his special Season’s Greetings, give candy canes, and make memorable moments.  “I love to make the pre-Christmas Eve tour to Surf City” Santa said.  The Community Services Department gladly schedules the visits for Santa.  The home visits will begin on Wednesday, December 3, and ends Sunday, December 21.  Old Saint Nick’s busy schedule will only allow him to make the visits between 6 - 9 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays, and noon to 9 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays.  A fee of $40 is charged for each 15-minute visit.  It is recommended to have no more than five children per 15-minute visit, and extended visits can be arranged.  For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the Community Services Department at (714) 536-5486.

Huntington Beach Senior Services - 2008 Southland Senior Olympics

The city of Anaheim partners with the cities of Bellflower, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Orange to present an exciting array of events for older adults (50+) to compete representing their city for bronze, silver, or gold!  The city of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging will host the surfing competition on Saturday, November 1, south of the Pier at PCH & Main.  The first heat starts at 7:30 a.m.  Judges look for wave selection, maneuvers, fluidity, and style.  “A surfer must execute the most radical, controlled maneuvers in the critical section of a wave with speed and power throughout.  The surfer who executes such maneuvers on the biggest and/or best waves for the longest functional distance shall be given higher scores.”  Athletes will compete within a five-year age group: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75+.  The registration of $25 includes an athlete T-shirt, goody bag, and Olympic medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  Advance registration is required by October 26.  For more information or to receive an application, please contact event coordinator, Chris Cole (714) 374-1710, ccole@surfcity-hb.org

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Open House

The Fire Department will be hosting Open Houses this Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at all fire stations except Station 2-Murdy, located at 16221 Gothard Street, due to a construction project.  This event is for the entire family.  Come meet the local firefighters, tour the stations, and have some free goodies.  You will learn valuable information about disaster preparedness and fire safety.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

Public Works Employee on US Rifle Team

Larry Taite, from the Engineering Division, was recently selected to shoot for Team USA in the F-class Open Rifle International Competition.  Larry made the national team within a few short years after beginning competitive shooting.  F-class is precise target shooting at two distance levels; Mid Range (300 - 600 yards) and Long Range (800 - 1,000 yards).  The F-Class World Championships are held every four years at different hosting countries.  In July 2009, the team will travel to Bisley, England.  To make the team, shooters were graded on a variety of attributes including being able to hold vertical consistently, being outstanding individual shooters, and having personalities that work well within a team.  Flawless equipment is also a necessity.  After a grueling tryout period over many months and different venues, Larry was selected as one of the 12 team members.  Anyone who has interacted with Larry is not surprised by this accomplishment.  Larry’s focus, dedication, and commitment to getting the job done carry on in every aspect of his life.  Best of luck to Team USA!

Residential Water Consumption September 2008

Remember we are in a drought.  Make every drop count.

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