July 24, 2007
Annual Distance Derby Benefiting Project Self-Sufficiency - On August 18, the city and Project Self-Sufficiency (PS-S) will hold the 53rd Annual Distance Derby, the oldest and longest running race in the county. Proceeds will help support PS-S, a program providing support to low-income, single parents (childcare, school books, auto repair, and other necessities). Wal*Mart is the Hospitality Sponsor for the derby, and there are opportunities for other businesses and nonprofit organizations to get involved. If you are interested in being an event sponsor or a volunteer, please contact Community Services at 536-5486, or to register for the event see page 19 of the SANDS bulletin or visit www.active.com
Community SeniorServ Lunch – Recently, the Office on Aging awarded the SeniorServ lunch program at Rodgers’s Seniors’ Center a grade of 98 percent on its inspection of the kitchen facilities. The lunch program serves a hot lunch each weekday at 11:30 a.m. to older adults 60+ for a recommended donation of $2.50, or $3.50 for those under 60. Menus for the remainder of July include taco salad, jambalaya, fish Florentine, meatloaf, and sweet & sour pork. Complete monthly menus are included in the Bright Outlook Newsletter or can be picked up at Rodgers Seniors’ Center, 1706 Orange Avenue. Take-home salads are available each Wednesday during the summer but must be pre-ordered. The annual Luau, sponsored by SCAN Health Plan and Greater Newport Physicians, will be held on Friday, August 17. There will be island-style entertainment in a festive Aloha atmosphere. The HB Council on Aging (COA) will once again sponsor the non-alcoholic tropical tiki bar. Bartenders Chris Cole, Recreation Coordinator, and Cathy Meschuk, COA President, will be blending Jimmy Buffet style. After the Luau, stay for the Friday afternoon movie showing, what else but Blue Hawaii! Transportation is available for Huntington Beach seniors. Reservations are required for this popular event. To make reservations or for any questions on the SeniorServ lunch program, please call Pat Mullins, Site Coordinator, at 536-8404.
Huntington Beach Donates Art Work to Sister City Anjo, Japan – Four local artists donated their art to Huntington Beach sister city, Anjo, Japan. Each artist presented their work to Toshiaki Omi, City Treasurer of Anjo, and the leader of the 25th Anniversary Anjo Delegation visiting Huntington Beach at a special luncheon held at the Waterfront Hilton over the 4th of July holiday. Participating artists included Ruth Geller, a painter, photographer, and mixed media artist, donated an abstract, but recognizable landscape; and Suzanne Krol-Boller creates artwork of visual images that transform us to various realities. She donated a painting that she captured while driving along Pacific Coast Highway and stopped with her canvas and easel. Robert Repp captures and visually creates stunningly beautiful moments and images, which somebody might not otherwise notice. He hopes that his photograph of poppies makes the viewer realize the world we live in is made of many small things. Robin Repp has been documenting and commenting on contemporary society with different photographic methods for over 35 years. Her piece of digital infrared photography portrays the emotions of fear and anticipation in the landscape. The city of Anjo recently donated four pieces of art which are prominently located throughout city hall.
Citizen Participation Advisory Board (CPAB) Recruitment - The mission of the Citizen Participation Advisory Board is to submit recommendations to the City Council on allocations for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds received from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CPAB reviews all eligible applications for funding and hosts presentations by applicants and may conduct site visits and/or tours of agencies or activities. CPAB recommendations for CDBG funding are submitted to City Council for its public hearing and City Council approval. The CPAB will have four vacancies by the end of September 2007. Huntington Beach citizens desiring to serve on the board need to complete an application and submit it to the City by August 24 to be considered for appointment to a four-year term that would commence on October 1. The Board holds regular monthly meetings, generally on the first Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. in Room B-8 of City Hall, typically excluding the summer months. The application may be obtained through www.surfcity-hb.org/government/Boards_Commissions/citizens_participation_advisory_board.cfm or at the City Clerks office located on the Second Floor of City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach. For questions regarding this volunteer appointment, please call Carol Runzel, Senior Analyst, at 536-5224.
Library in the Blogosphere! - Three new blogs expand the Library’s online offerings to our users. In addition to searching our catalog, reserving and renewing books, and utilizing research databases, visitors can now browse the Teen Blog, the Film Blog, and the Music Blog. Librarians post information here about what’s new and what’s happening in the library. The Teen Blog (“Teen Space”) has advertised our Teen Summer Reading Program while allowing teens to sign up online. It also features news, announcements, book reviews, and other information of interest to teens. The Film Blog describes not only new additions to our film collection, but also shines a light on lesser-known, classic, independent, and foreign films in the collection. If it’s here, it’s about film! The Music Blog highlights some of the interesting and lesser-known recordings in the Library’s vast music collection. It has had over a thousand visits! Have a look at our blogs by visiting our homepage (www.hbpl.org) and clicking the blog that interests you. The film blog started 4/27/2007 and has had 390 visits. The music blog started 11/29/2006 and has had 1,030 visits.
Citizen's Academy Class - The Police Department hosts this class every year. The next class starts Tuesday, September 18, and ends December 4. The sessions are held from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Police Department. The program is open to residents of Huntington Beach or citizens who work in town. The Academy runs 12 weeks and discusses all facets of the Police Department. For further information, you may contact Officer Jerry Abrahams, Directed Enforcement Team/North Area, at 375-5095
Continuing the Call to Conserve – Due to the extremely dry winter and water supply issues in the Sacramento River Delta, Southern California is facing a potential water shortage. The city of Huntington Beach, Public Works Utilities Division is requesting that our customers implement voluntary 10% water conservation efforts. For information on water conservation and ongoing rebate programs go to www.bewaterwise.com or www.mwdoc.com or call the Utilities Division at 536-5921. Remember, when you practice water conservation you also practice energy conservation by saving the energy that it takes to produce water and deliver it to your home or business.
The Public Works Graffiti Removal program responds to over 2,500 reports of graffiti on public and private property throughout the city. Request Graffiti removal online.