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HB Jubilee 2024

The City of Huntington Beach will commemorate many significant milestones in 2024 through a year-long Jubilee Celebration. To honor the array of occasions, the City will feature special stories, activities, and events throughout the year. Each month will feature a location, facility, or program that has reached a significant anniversary in our City’s history. 

There is more to come with our year of celebrations, check back here for more info on upcoming celebrations!

Calendar of Jubilee Events
January 2024

Most notable will be the celebrations of Huntington Central Park’s 50th anniversary. January is the month to enjoy winter birdwatching in the park and all the natural resources the park has to offer.

Known throughout the birding world as a gem for spotting birds, Huntington Central Park is home to over 300 species of birds that have been reported.  A photographer’s dream, the Park offers birders an opportunity to see locals as well as discover new species.  Don’t be surprised to see an occasional rare wild exotic, as well. Visit Shipley Nature Center at Huntington Central Park West or online at shipleynature.org, or contact the Sea and Sage Audubon Society here for details on the types of birds you may run into in Huntington Central Park.

You’re not a birder?  That’s ok!  Huntington Central Park is also a great place to exercise and get your steps in! You can take an adventurous hike, jog around the lakes, or just relax and be one with nature. Bring the kids and make it a family event! Check out the miles of trails that wind their way through and around Huntington Central Park – with elevations that range from flat to 49 feet, you will find what suits your needs.  This beautiful park, with its rustic landscape, open meadows, large lakes, and abundance of wildlife, is a great place to sit and contemplate, walk, hike or run, while you enjoy nature in the heart of Huntington Beach. 

February 2024

As our Jubilee Celebration rolls into February, we turn our attention to the fantastic Huntington Central Library. The library was originally built in 1975 and stands today as an iconic staple in Huntington Central Park East. February is also “We Love Our Library” month, and there will be special programs and events scattered throughout the month. In particular, on February 29th we are having an Open House in the lobby of the Central Library from 5 – 7pm. Our whole HB community is invited to come and learn about library services and other local organizations, enjoy some crafts and activities, and finish up with some refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library!

Over in Huntington Central Park West, the wonderful Shipley Nature Center will be having a plant sale on February 24, from 9am – 1pm. There will be hundreds of California native plants available for purchase. The plants will mostly be one-gallon size plants for the coastal, chaparral areas of Orange County. Vermiculture (worm castings) will be available in 10 lb bags. Volunteers will also be on hand to answer any questions. Named after former Huntington Beach Mayor, Donald D. Shipley, the nature center was opened in 1974. Dr. Shipley’s vision was to have a place that reflected what California was 100 years ago. The Nature Center features thousands of native plants, a 1,500 sq. ft. interpretive building and 4,00 feet of well-maintained walking trails! For more information about this amazing oasis nestled in the heart of Huntington Central Park, visit shipleynature.org/.

March 2024

Join us for a California Arbor Day program, followed by the final mulching & watering of a restoration grove in the picnic meadow near Gothard Street; and for the planting of native flowering pollinator bushes to grace the park with like, shade & color for the next 50 years and well beyond. For more info, please view our California Arbor Day flyer.

Huntington Central Park is listed as one of the 30 best places to see cherry blossoms in the United States! Visit Huntington Central Park in late March to mid-April to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom!

Also in the month of March, we will shine a light on our unique dining options in Huntington Central Park. Looking for something delicious to eat in a beautiful park setting? Well, you have two excellent options!

In Huntington Central Park West, there is a quaint restaurant that offers wholesome eats and a gorgeous view. Nestled along the edge of Lake Huntington, Kathy May’s Lakeview Café is a perfect place to enjoy a meal and nature simultaneously. Guests can choose a seat inside the cozy restaurant or sit outside on the expansive patio overlooking the water. Restaurateur Kathy May opened the restaurant in 1999. When Kathy passed away in 2018, her daughter, April May, took the reins and has been serving the community with pride ever since. Known for their famous peach cobbler, Kathy May’s offers a variety of fresh breakfast and lunch items daily from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Jumping the Goldenwest divide over to Huntington Central Park East, you will find the iconic Park Bench Café. Mike and Christie Bartusick opened up the restaurant in 1988 and have transformed the once dine-in building to a top notch, outdoor-seating culinary delight. The couple are always looking to keep the menu fresh and like to try new dishes that meet the diverse needs of their loyal customers. Most recently, Mike began offering his now famous smoked brisket. Many people would say they are known for their cinnamon roll pancakes and cinnamon roll French toast – a must try. The Park bench serves breakfast and lunch Wednesday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

April 2024

BSA Troop 1 Huntington Beach was founded in 1917, and is widely recognized as the “oldest United States Troop West of the Mississippi River.” With over a century of excellence, Troop 1 and the “Log Cabin at Lake Park” have been a staple in the Southern California Scouting Community, and the City of Huntington Beach as a whole. Founded in 1924, the Paxson Cabin remains one of the last true Scout Houses to grace the scouting community. In 1974, the Lions Club of HB helped to renovate the cabin. As we now embark on the 100th Year Anniversary of the Paxson Cabin, what better way to celebrate than to raise funds to renovate the cabin once more? Please join us in helping the Troop 1 Paxson Cabin be home for another 100 years of scouting! For more info, please view our Paxson Cabin 100th Year Anniversary flyer.

The Shipley Nature Center will be hosting an event on composting in April. Kinetic Academy Green Team students will be hosting a vermiculture composting education presentation on Saturday, April 20 from 10 - 11 a.m. and again from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Students will share why it's important for our environment to compost kitchen scraps, how vermiculture composting works and how to create your own DIY vermiculture compost bin. This presentation is family-friendly and will have an interactive corn hole game.

May 2024

It’s May and we are almost half way through our year-long celebrations. This month we focus on gardening and birding.

Every spring at Shipley Nature Center beautiful Great Egrets nest in the many sycamore trees throughout the property. These amazing birds are all-white and stand over 3-4 feet tall, have a wingspan of over 4.5 feet, a S-curved neck, a knife-like yellow bill, and long black legs. The Great Egret slowly walks through freshwater or estuarine habitats hunting and foraging with stand-and-wait techniques. Fish are the Great Egret's main meal, but they will eat frogs, snakes, amphibians, grasshoppers, aquatic insects, and small rodents or mammals. Back in the late 1800s they were nearly wiped out in the United States when its plumes were sought for use in fashion.

On May 3rd and May 31, guests to Shipley Nature Center can get free tours of these special nesting birds by one of the center’s naturalist. No hiking required. Each tour is 15 minutes and binoculars encouraged. For more information, visit www.shipleynature.org

Magic of Composting – Since 2008, Public Works and Shipley Nature Center have presented the Magic of Composting seminars to Huntington Beach residents. Please come to our scenic Nature Center and learn how to transform yard trimmings and kitchen leftovers into rich compost. HB residents who attend receive a discount on compost bins purchased that day. Please click here to sign up for the seminar. Sign-ups begin approximately one month ahead of the seminar.  After the seminar, you are encouraged to walk the trails and enjoy all the sounds and sights within the Nature Center. The first seminar will be on May 18, 2024