Surf City Weekly - May 24, 2024

AVP HB Open Recap: The AVP Huntington Beach Open returned to the Northside of the Huntington Beach Pier May 17-19. This year, the Huntington Beach Open was the first event in a shortened AVP season, sandwiched around the 2024 Olympic Games. 2024 also marks the inaugural season for the AVP league, a new competition format that will feature eight women’s and eight men’s teams in a season through September, with playoffs and championships in November. The winners of the Huntington Beach Open, Melissa Humana-Parades and Brandie Wilkerson on the women’s side and Taylor Sander and Taylor Crabb on the men’s side, confirmed their spots in the AVP league with the victories. The event featured sold-out general admission grandstands as well as VIP areas within Club AVP and a host of vendors from the lifestyle and sports industry. Attendance is estimated at over 26,000 visitors over the three-day event and served as the perfect kick-off to summer events in Huntington Beach.  

HB Junior Guard 5K Run & Pancake Breakfast - June 1: Morning run at the beach, check! Saturday, June 1, the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard New Zealand Exchange Team is putting ether an amazing 5K Run and Pancake Breakfast for their spring fundraiser. The event features live music from Crew 52, a delicious HB Lions Club pancake breakfast, and a Kids’ Fun Beach Run. The 5K is set for the beach path, starting from Junior Lifeguard Headquarters to Goldenwest Street. The HBJG New Zealand Team has raised over one-fifth of their goal of $125,000. Registration is available at and the team will be selling their awesome shirts. Parking is available at the City Beach parking lots and along the side streets. A donation of $30 is appreciated.

Bike Safety Month:  It’s Bicycle Safety Month, and HBPD is conducting additional traffic safety operations to focus on behaviors that endanger bicyclists and pedestrians. During recent operations, we noticed several common violations: not wearing a helmet or wearing an unbuckled helmet, riding against the flow of traffic, and performing wheelies—meaning not keeping both wheels on the ground while riding on the road. All these violations can lead to severe accidents and injuries. The bicyclists contacted were warned, cited, or offered to attend an education class held by the HBPD’s Traffic Unit. We’re committed to keeping everyone on the road safe, and we’ll continue to offer education and issue citations when necessary.

Join the Teen Leader in Training Program:
  The City of Huntington Beach's Community & Library Services Department is thrilled to offer the Teen Leader in Training Program. This initiative provides teenagers aged 13-16 with a unique opportunity to connect with their community while developing essential skills and gaining valuable experience. Held in conjunction with the City's Summer Day Camp, the Teen Leader in Training Program offers dynamic, leadership-based training. Participants get the chance to lead under the guidance of seasoned Recreation Leaders, engaging in structured recreational activities that nurture their leadership potential.

This program aims to empower teens by providing mentorship and fostering responsible leadership practices. Whether it's their first year or they're seasoned campers, the program seeks team-oriented, hard-working, enthusiastic, motivated, and goal-driven teens to contribute to Camp HB. For more information, please contact the Murdy Community Center at 714-960-8895.

Summer Registration Kicks Off:  On May 21, the Community & Library Services Department kicked off the first day of registrations for summer recreational programs. The event was met with enthusiastic participation, resulting in a significant turnout of 2,363 registrations across a diverse array of activities. The department recorded a total of 2,032 transactions, with the majority being processed through the website. A staggering 1,684 registrations were completed online, highlighting the community's preference for digital convenience. In addition to online activity, in-person registrations were also strong. The Senior Center in Central Park was particularly busy, handling over 175 in-person transactions, reflecting the center's role as a vital hub for community engagement. This enthusiastic response highlights the community’s eagerness for fun, friendship, and fitness, embodying the community spirit of the "Parks Make Life Better" initiative. For more information and to join the summer activities, visit the department's website at

Fostering Positive Relations with Local Businesses: The City of Huntington Beach had a great time connecting with our community last week Mayor Gracey Van Der Mark, Council Member Dan Kalmick, Interim City Manager/Chief Eric Parra, and City and police personnel visited Whole Foods Market, Monster Muffins, and OC Scalp Spa. It was a fantastic chance to hear their thoughts and build stronger relationships. We also enjoyed celebrating the grand opening of the new 7-Eleven with a ribbon-cutting ceremony– another exciting moment for our community.   The City of Huntington Beach staff and representatives are here to work together with our community to make our City an even better place to live, work, and visit.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27: Join Mayor Gracey Van Der Mark, American Legion Post 133, Huntington Beach High School Band, and more for a tribute to honor the brave men & women who gave their lives to defend our freedom. The Ceremony will be held at Pier Plaza at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27. In addition, Huntington Beach Civic Center & other City facilities will be closed on Monday, May 27. Street sweeping & related enforcement will not take place. Trash will not be collected on Monday & will be delayed by one day.