Surf City Weekly - June 28, 2024

Totally Awesome Summer Concert Kicks Off at the Senior Center in Central Park: On Saturday, June 22, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., the Senior Center in Central Park welcomed nearly 300 members for their first summer concert of the season, and it was totally rad! Neon Nation, an 80’s tribute band, rocked the house for two hours while guests boogied down and enjoyed dinner and refreshments.

This event would not have been possible without the support of the Huntington Beach Council on Aging and sponsorship from MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center and Alignment Health Plan. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Public Works team for providing power, the Library team for providing security, and the Senior Center’s hard-working staff members and dedicated volunteers for putting together this event.

Events like these are truly exceptional because they enhance the quality of life and foster social connections among our older adult community in Huntington Beach. The Community & Library Services Department is thrilled to support such initiatives that bring joy, togetherness, and fun to our residents’ lives. For more information on classes, programs, services, and events at the Senior Center in Central Park, please call (714) 536-5600.

Surf City ART: On the evening of Saturday, June 22, over 250 guests, exhibited artists, City board members and staff members attended the opening of the Surf City ART exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center, on view until August 17. Juried by guest jurors Lyn Semeta and Mark Zambrano, Surf City ART features artwork by local artists and artwork with ties to Surf City and its vibrant culture. 

On the evening of Tuesday, June 25, Surf City ART jurors Lyn Semeta and Mark Zambrano joined Orange County Poet Laureate Gustavo Hernandez for an engaging conversation about their participation in the Surf City ART exhibition. Gustavo shared the inspiration for his original poem created specifically for the exhibition, while Lyn and Mark detailed their process for selecting the final 70 artworks from over 200 submissions. Audience members engaged in a lively discussion with the panelists and bought copies of Gustavo’s poetry collection, Flower Grand First. 

Fire Department Provides Stop the Bleed Training: On Tuesday, June 25, Fire Department staff provided Stop the Bleed training for twelve Public Works Department supervisors and crew leaders. The training provided valuable skills and equipment for responding to accidents field employees might encounter. At the conclusion of the course, participants received basic first aid kits.

Huntington Beach Police Swearing In and Promotional Ceremony: 
On Wednesday, June 26, we proudly held a distinguished promotion ceremony to honor our newly promoted team members: Detention Administrator Tolmasoff, Detention Shift Supervisor Wagner, Communications Supervisor Werk, Records Supervisor Clausen, Police Services Specialist Escarrega, Police Services Specialist Thompson, and Account Technician Portaro. Together, they have dedicated approximately 70 years of service to the Huntington Beach community.

We also warmly welcomed Police Lateral Officer Lara, who brings three years of law enforcement experience, and Detention Officer Palmer to the team. Please join us in congratulating our promoted personnel on their achievements and extending our best wishes to the newest members of the HBPD family as they begin their journey of serving with dedication, respect, professionalism, and integrity.

A special thank you goes to Mayor Gracey Van Der Mark, Mayor Pro Tem Pat Burns, Council Members Natalie Moser and Dan Kalmick, Interim City Manager/Chief of Police Eric Parra and Assistant City Manager Travis Hopkins for joining us to celebrate this occasion.

Huntington Beach Police Community Engagement: Chief Parra, along with the men and women of the HBPD, are actively engaging with the community they serve. This week, Chief Parra and Lt. Smith had the privilege of meeting with the managers and staff at Sprout Farmers Market, No Ordinary Moments Inc., Surf City Still Works, and Simple Green.

HBPD is dedicated to fostering these connections within the HB community by listening and collaborating to enhance the quality of life in our City.