City Administrators Weekly Report

June 24th, 2008


Huntington Beach Art Center

The Huntington Beach Art Center will hold the opening reception for Ground Us on Friday, June 27, from 7 - 9 p.m.  Ground Us is a new exhibition featuring installations by three artists: Kiel Johnson, Lucrecia Troncoso, and P. Williams.  A brief performance associated with the exhibition is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the artists will be in attendance.  Collectively, the artists explore and investigate the sprawling environment and the constant development of concrete encroaching on our natural space.  The use of everyday materials such as cardboard, wood, paper, and sponges are used in the creation of the artists’ ideal utopias.  Three large scale, site-specific installations will amuse, engage, and imagine a new and improved world.  The reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibition continues through August 31.  For more information, please call the Art Center at (714) 374-1650.

“Art at the Beach” Brings Summer Fun

Youth Camp (ages 6 – 12)       June 23 – August 15
Teen Camp (ages 13 – 15)       August 18 – 22
Camp Art Exhibition                 August 15 – 28

The Huntington Beach Art Center kicks off “Art at the Beach” Summer Camp on June 23, offering a variety of contemporary art activities centered on improving creative and active imaginations.  The HBAC staff of professional artists will work on different themes each week to assist campers in producing works ranging from new technology to installation art techniques.  A few of this year’s themes include From Bread and Butter to Toast and Jam, From Head to Toe and Everywhere In-Between, From Monsters to Minotaur’s, and more!  “Art at the Beach” culminates with an exhibition of visual art work produced by campers.  (There will be no camp June 30 – July 4 due to the holiday).  For more information and reservations, please call (714) 374-1650 or see the Sands Community Brochure at

Youth in Government

Youth Board Chairman Kevin Edwards has been selected as President of the Orange County Region of California Association of Student Councils (CASC).  Kevin has served on the Youth Board for two years and will continue his service for the 2008/09 year, at which time he will graduate from Ocean View High School.  CASC is the state’s student leadership organization.  Founded by the state in 1947, CASC is for all students ranging from those on student council, to youth without experience who want to build their leadership skills.  CASC puts on over 40 state and local programs each year to build youth leaders and give students a chance to “be somebody and make a difference.”  CASC supports the student councils across California and works with government to improve education and give students a voice.  Congratulations to Kevin Edwards!

Council on Aging – On Course Golf Tournament

The Huntington Beach Council on Aging (HBCOA) is planning a spectacular event again this year. The HBCOA’s On Course Golf Tournament raises money for senior services programs and activities throughout the year.  This year’s tournament will be held on Friday, June 27, at Meadowlark Golf Course with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.  Each player package of $100 includes green fees, cart, BBQ lunch, and a buffet awards dinner.  A tournament package is available for an additional $50, which automatically enters the golfer in the putting contest, 5 raffle tickets, and one mulligan.  The buffet awards dinner and no host bar will immediately follow the tournament at 6 p.m.  Additional dinner tickets for $35 each are available to all sponsors, players, and anyone in the community who would like to attend.  Single players are welcome!  Sign up today at Rodgers Seniors Center, 1706 Orange Avenue, (714) 536-9387, or online at

Huntington Beach Reads Program

At the June 16 City Council meeting, the City Council announced its support of the new book selected for the 2009 Huntington Beach Reads program – “the kids from nowhere” by George Guthridge.  The HB Reads program is a partnership of the Human Relations Task Force and the Huntington Beach Library Board of Trustees.  Hilarious, disturbing, densely atmospheric, and packed with surprises at every turn, the kids from nowhere is a powerful, poignant story.  In thekids from nowhere, George tells the story of his own transformation and that of his Native American students who study while hauling water and hunting whales and walrus.  Learn more about the book at the author’s website, and in the July Huntington Beach Community Connection.  Copies of the kids from nowhere will be available at Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra, an HB Reads sponsor.  Huntington Beach residents can support HB Reads by purchasing the kids from nowhere or any other book(s) during the week of July 1 - 5.  Tell the cashier you are supporting HB Reads, and a percentage of your purchase will go toward funding this community-wide reading program.  For information about HB Reads, call the HB Reads information number (714) 374-1645.

Did you know?

The city has over 1,000 parking spaces near the beach!  You can purchase the Annual Beach Parking pass that allows discounted parking prices near the City beach.  Learn more about this beach parking pass.

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