May 8, 2007
Huntington Beach Youth Board - Congratulations to Youth Board Chair Ann Quan, who is the proud recipient of a 2007 Disneyland Scholarship Award. Ann was one of ten award winners and the only winner from Huntington Beach who received $5,000 for her activities as a Huntington Beach High School Key Club Member for three years. Ann’s outstanding résumé includes organizing beach clean-ups, developing numerous fund-raising events, starting a tutoring program for students of all age groups, and chairing fund-raising events to benefit youngsters and elderly adults. Ann sees a need and promptly responds. Her contagious smile and willingness to help in any situation are remarkable and noteworthy. Ann will be attending UCLA in the fall, majoring in Economics. The Youth Board has been blessed to have Ann a member for three years.
Seventh Annual Benefit Art Auction - The Huntington Beach Art Center’s annual art auction fundraiser, featuring the work of 40 contemporary artists, will be held May 11 – 19. The event kicks off with a free, wine and hors d’oeuvres “Meet the Artists Party” on Friday, May 11, from 7 – 9 p.m., where the public can view the artwork and mix with the artists. The “Live Auction Party” takes place Saturday, May 19, from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., with 25 pieces being auctioned off to the highest bidders. The party also features the Art Center’s popular Artini bar, fine food and wine from local restaurants and the captivating music of Glenn Hartman. Proxy bidding is available for those unable to attend the live auction party. Funds raised benefit the Art Center’s exhibition and educational program. Admission is $50; HBAC members $45. Purchase tickets by May 10 to save $10. Please call 374-1650 for more information. To view artwork online, visit www.surfcity-hb.org/Residents/recreation_culture/Art_Center.cfm.
Annual Home Tour and Boutique - The Huntington Beach Educational Foundation will conduct its annual Home Tour on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This event includes a spectacular tour of prestigious Huntington Beach homes and a gourmet lunch at the Huntington Beach Art Center. A boutique will be held in the Art Center parking lot at Main and Acacia. Home Tour tickets are $50. For more information, please call 374-1650.
Community Services Department Open House - The Community Services Department will hold its first Open House on May 19, from 1 - 4 p.m., at Bella Terra in the theater area. Activities will include performances by city classes, art, displays, and more!
Marine Safety - While off duty and surfing on the south side of the pier, city lifeguard Greg Eisele noticed three teenagers jump from the pier near Ruby’s Restaurant. Greg immediately paddled toward the group who were soon struggling to stay afloat in an area not visible to Tower Zero. As Greg reached the group, two of the pier jumpers were in serious distress and would have soon gone underwater. Greg managed to float the three pier jumpers on his surfboard as he moved them to an area where the Tower Zero guard could see what was happening. The Tower Zero guard radioed for back-up, and Marine Safety Officers were quickly on scene. Greg continued to assist the pier jumpers until all three were safely on shore. Had it not been for the quick thinking and immediate response of Greg Eisele, two of the pier jumpers would probably have drowned. On Wednesday, May 2, Marine Safety Officers Matt Karl and Eric Dieterman successfully removed a submerged dock from the city’s public launch ramp adjacent to the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club. Using SCUBA gear and lift bags, they were able to float the 12-foot section of dock to the surface then drag it out of the water using one of the department’s Nissan Frontiers.
Surf City Nights - Join the fun on Downtown Main Street tonight, May 8, from 5 - 9 p.m. The headliners this week include Music Factor, a local group that plays Rock & Roll for kids who will perform at 5 p.m.; Cloggers will do a folk dance during the intermission in the Main/Olive intersection; and Lisa Leawalt, a high school senior with a music/dance style similar to the young Britney Spears and a regular at the Promenade, will perform at 7 p.m. Additionally, you can enjoy an evening stroll through the street fair that includes a certified farmer’s market, bounce houses, trains, balloon artists, sidewalk sales, and outdoor grilling. The farmer’s market offers roasted peanuts, kettle corn, organic veggies/fruits, fresh cut flowers, cookies, spices, organic olive oil, and more. More live entertainers will perform with various acts that may include twin tap dancing brothers, break dancing group, Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole impressionists, and a rock flamenco guitarist duet. Make a night of it and grab dinner at a downtown eatery and shop at our local stores. The City Parking Garage offers two hours of free parking from 4:00 - 8:30 p.m. Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed. For more information in participating as a performer, send an email to [email protected]
City Café - Yes, the rumors are true!!! The time is quickly approaching for the opening of our new City Café. An anticipated opening date will be within the next week or so. Keep your eyes open for upcoming details and announcements. Free samples and discounts will be offered to all city employees on Grand Opening Day! Details will follow shortly. In the meantime, please check out the City Café’s website for the delicious menu at www.citycafe-online.com.
Coastal Commission Hearing on Parkside Estates - On Thursday, May 10, the California Coastal Commission will consider the Local Coastal Program Amendment for the Parkside Estates (Shea Homes) project. In 2002, the City Council approved an Environmental Impact Report, General Plan Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, Local Coastal Program Amendment, Tentative Tract Map, Conditional Use Permit, and Coastal Development Permit for the development of approximately 50 acres on the west side of Graham Street south of Warner Avenue and owned by Shea Homes. The city-approved development included 170 single-family residential homes, an 8.2 acre public park, private open space, and many public infrastructure improvements. The hearing will take place at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel located at 601 South Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro. Additional information is available on the Coastal Commission webpage, http://www.coastal.ca.gov/mtgcurr.html.
Arbor Day in Huntington Beach - On April 28, over 200 volunteers met at Central Park for an Arbor Day celebration and tree planting. Eagle Scout candidate Adam Weimer was the community project organizer and kept the program and volunteers moving. Mayor Gil Coerper, Council Member Joe Carchio, and Miss Huntington Beach Erin Britt attended the ceremony. The Huntington Beach Tree Society donated 35 Torrey Pine trees. All of the trees were planted, staked, and watered in no time. Public Works staff from the Park, Tree and Landscape section provided equipment and expertise. HB Tree Society President Jean Nagy and long-time resident Elaine Craft plan the annual springtime event.
Did you know the Historic Resources Board has organized a Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Huntington Beach? Pick up your walking tour brochure today on the 3rd floor of City Hall! Check out the Historic Huntington Beach webpage for more information!