Surf City Weekly - June 21, 2024

Jump Into Summer: Community & Library Services is launching a vibrant summer season filled with ten weeks of exciting activities and programs for all ages. Beginning the week of June 24, a variety of SANDS classes, day camps, aquatics programs, youth sports, and the much-loved Adventure Playground will kick-off. The Adventure Playground, open from June 22 to August 17, offers children ages 5-12 a unique outdoor experience with thrilling mudslides, wooden forts, and lagoon inner-tubing. For movie enthusiasts, "Movies in the Park" will feature family-friendly films on July 12, July 26, August 9, and August 23, starting with pre-show fun at 7:00 p.m. Additionally, the Overnight Family Campout in Central Park from August 17-18 promises a memorable night under the stars with games, crafts, and meals included.  Registration details for all programs can be found at Parks Make Life Better!

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month: Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month offers the perfect opportunity for all Americans to take charge of their brain health. Nearly seven million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. While some brain changes may be inevitable as we age, research suggests that adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors may help our brains age healthier. The top five tips include regular exercise, having healthy sleep, eating a heart-healthy diet, staying mentally and socially active, and keeping your mind challenged and engaged. Since about one in ten people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia, it’s helpful to be aware of the warning signs and to reach out for a diagnosis and assistance early on.

Report Illegal Fireworks on MyHB App: Firework Reporting: Did you know you can report illegal fireworks in Huntington Beach using the MyHB app? The app makes it quick & easy to notify us of the unlawful use or sale of fireworks. It’s very important that when reporting via the MyHB app, you enter the address of the fireworks activity (not your address). Download the app for FREE today!

HB Jubilee Celebration Honors Distinguished Guests:  On Saturday, June 15, the Community & Library Services Department hosted a recognition luncheon at the Senior Center in Central Park in honor of the Department’s 75th anniversary, the Community & Library Services Commission’s 75th anniversary, and Huntington Central Park’s 50th anniversary. 

The star-studded guestlist featured current and past Mayors and City Council Members, current and past Commissioners, current and past volunteers, current and past City staff members, Central Park business operators, and the original architect of Central Park. Guest speakers included the architect, Eric Katzmaier, City Archivist Kathie Schey, Juana Mueller from the Huntington Beach Tree Society, and author/historian Chris Epting. 

The program culminated with Mayor Van Der Mark presenting certificates of appreciation to Eric Katzmaier, the HB Tree Society, and Charlene Bauer, who played a key role campaigning for the park to be built in the late 1960’s. The end of the program featured the unveiling of a commemorative plaque that will memorialize the park’s 50th anniversary and pay tribute to the volunteers and supporters that make the park the beautiful place it is today.

HB Home Decorating Contest: Take part in HB Independence Day - register now for the HB Home Decorating Contest.
Registration is open now through June 29 & winners will be selected citywide. To learn more about the rules & registration, visit

Surf City 5K
Celebrate Independence Day by kickstarting your morning with a 5K run alongside friends & family on the historic HB 4th of July Parade route! Gear up for the Surf City 5K run from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on July 4. Please be aware that Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) will be closed from Goldenwest Street to Beach Boulevard, & Main Street will be closed from PCH to Gothard Street from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To register for the Surf City 5k Run, please visit

Summer Reading Program Begins Tomorrow, June 22:
Attend the Friends of the Children’s Library Summer Kickoff Carnival on Saturday, June 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Central Library to sign up for the challenge and start your summer off in style. There will be games, shows, food, special performances, and more, but the best part is that it’s all FREE! We hope to see you there!  

Surf City ART Exhibition in Downtown Opens Tomorrow, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. : The Huntington Beach Art Center presents Surf City ART, a multimedia exhibition celebrating the Surf City arts community. Jurists Lyn Semeta, accomplished artist and former Huntington Beach Mayor, and Mark Zambrano, author of “Surfing in Huntington Beach,” selected approximately 70 works from over 200 submissions to shape this vibrant exhibition. Orange County’s Poet Laureate Gustavo Hernandez completed an original poem for presentation in the exhibition. Visitors are invited to carve out some time to ride the Surf City ART wave. Galleries are always free and open to the public. Hodads, grommets, and kooks are welcome in the lineup anytime!