June 19, 2007
Head ‘Em Up-Move ‘Em Out - The theme of the 2007 Orange County Fair is “Cowabunga! The Year of Herefords, Surfers, and Sand.” As part of their marketing efforts, the fair is organizing a media event that consists of a cattle drive on Huntington City Beach on Thursday, July 26. The cattle drive will include 100 head of cattle, 25 riders, and cattle dogs. They will stage at Goldenwest Street and PCH on the beachside at approximately 6 a.m. From that point, they will proceed 1½ miles to the pier. Travel time is estimated to be 30 minutes each way. Upon their arrival at the pier, there will be a coordinated media event to tie the cattle drive into the US Open of Surfing. Following the media event, the cattle will return to the set-up area at Goldenwest Street where they will be transported back to Costa Mesa. The city of Costa Mesa will be hosting a larger cattle drive that will take place on their city streets. The entire Huntington Beach event will take approximately two hours, from 6 – 8 a.m. Event organizers have worked with city staff to address public safety and environmental issues.
Adventure Playground to Open Soon - The ever popular Adventure Playground, in Huntington Central Park east of Central Library, will open for the summer on June 26. Thereafter, hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Children may raft in a pond, use a tire zip line, balance on a rope bridge, use tools to build their own creations, and play on a mud slide. Donations of wood, hammers, and saws are always appreciated. The fee for entry is $2 for Huntington Beach children and $3 for nonresident children or for those in groups or birthday parties of 10 or more. Adults may enter free and are encouraged to participate. Everyone must wear shoes that cover the entire foot. Parking is available at the library.
It’s Summer – Be Safe - United States Lifesaving Association's Top 10 Safety Tips – (1) Swim near a lifeguard; (2) Learn to swim; (3) Never swim alone; (4) Don't fight the current; (5) Swim sober; (6) Leash your board; (7) Don't float where you can't swim; (8) Life jackets = boating safety; (9) Don't dive head first; and, (10) At home, you're the lifeguard.
Opening Night Reception for “On Board” Exhibition Takes Place June 22 - The work of four international contemporary artists will be featured the night of June 22, 7 – 9 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Art Center’s On Board Opening Night Reception. The On Board exhibition explores the ocean, surfing, and boards through the site-specific installations of artists Rob Sweere from the Netherlands, Nguyen Minh Thanh from Vietnam, and Kasia Badach and Alfredo Ramos from Cuba and Europe. The opening reception is free to the public. The exhibition runs June 23 – September 9 and is sponsored in part by the Huntington Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau and the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation. For more information, please visit http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/Residents/recreation_culture/Art_Center.cfm or call 374-1650 for more information.
Surf City Senior Providers Network - On Thursday, June 21, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., at Rodgers Seniors’ Center, Huntington Beach Senior Services will host the Surf City Senior Service Providers Network, a countywide group of professionals who provide services and products for seniors. The lunch is sponsored by Monarch Healthcare, and the speaker will be Rene Burton who will present, “It’s Never Too Late – Healthy Aging.” Fitness instructor Burton leads fellow seniors to challenge stereotypes about aging, and she has produced a Healthy Aging DVD Series that introduces a comprehensive exercise program specifically aimed at senior fitness. It is designed for adults 55+ who have not exercised consistently and want to get into the best shape of their lives at a slow and steady pace. It empowers seniors, both male and female, to reach their potential regardless of age or infirmity. The Surf City Senior Service Providers Network is a forum founded to address senior issues and concerns, facilitate access to needed services, provide advocacy on behalf of older adults, and improve communication between interested professional and community organizations. All Senior Service professionals are invited to attend this luncheon. RSVP to Teri Simonis 374-1517.
Rodgers Seniors’ Center in Need of Volunteer Computer Teachers - Are you computer literate and have a desire to volunteer your time and knowledge? If so, Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center is looking for volunteers to help teach basic computer to adults and seniors. You don’t need to be a computer genius to teach basic computer, just someone who knows how to use the basic programs of a computer, who has a few hours a week to spend, and who feels comfortable speaking in front of a group of eight. Courses offered at the center include Computer for Beginners, Windows XP Essentials, and Microsoft Word. There are also fun workshops such as Google Galore, Photo Organizing, and E-Bay. You can even teach a class that you create yourself. More than 600 adults and seniors have been introduced to the world of computers, e-mail, and the internet through the senior center. We need a few good people to help continue this great progress. We will even train you. If you are interested in this special opportunity, please call Chris Cole at 374-1710. Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center is located at 1706 Orange Avenue. The center is a focal point for an array of free services important to the quality of life for all older Americans. The center offers opportunities for involvement and companionship with a wide range of social, recreational, and educational activities. For more information, please call the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center at 536-9387.
First Of Its Kind Parking Meter - IPS Company from San Diego has developed a single space parking meter that accepts credit cards. This new technology is the first of its kind. The city of Huntington Beach has been selected as their test site, and we have installed twenty meters at Dog Beach as a six- month pilot program. This added option gives our customers another payment method. Staff has been on site assisting and polling people, and we have been getting very positive responses to this new technology. The word has been spreading to other cities; they have been calling for information and are very excited about this new technology that they did not know existed.
57th Annual Pier Swim - Over 340 participants entered the water on Saturday for the 57th Annual Pier Swim. After 8 minutes and 17 seconds, Keith Ryan ran from the surf to take first place and breaking a 21- year-old record. Awards were given in 13 different divisions. Beach Lifeguards were stationed in the water and on the beach to make sure that everyone made it around safely. The Gene Belshe Memorial Trophy went to the Long Beach Shore Unified team with a total of 5 wins.
City Cafe - Our City Café is up and running!!! If you haven’t done so already, come on down to the lower level and enjoy the variety of pastries, sandwiches, and espresso drinks. Don’t forget that you can always call 536-5050 to place your order ahead of time to avoid the wait! Be sure to check out the newly decorated outdoor patio seating area - complete with umbrella covered tables for those of you who like to dine in the shade! Gift cards are now available for purchase!
Shopping Center Survey - In response to City Council direction, the Economic Development Department completed a preliminary survey of neighborhood shopping centers located throughout the city. The purpose of this preliminary study is to assess the existing physical and economic conditions of the shopping centers to determine if they are in need of upgrades. Over 50 shopping centers were included in the survey, and each was placed in one of three categories based on their existing condition. The next step in the process will be to determine what financial tools are available to each of the centers to help fund upgrades which can range from minor cosmetic upgrades to complete redevelopment. The shopping center survey was presented at last night’s City Council Study Session.
Surf City Nights - Join the fun on Downtown Main Street tonight, June 19, from 5 – 9 p.m. This week’s entertainment will feature Shawn & John the twin tap dancing brothers; Steven King a young, local singer/songwriter; and direct from Graceland, “Elvis” the King of Rock and Roll. Additionally, you can enjoy an evening stroll through the street fair that includes a farmer’s market, bounce houses, train, balloon artists, merchant exhibits, 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 entertainers will perform with various acts. 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 – 8:30 p.m. Due to county health regulations, dogs are not allowed. Please note that Surf City Nights will take a break on July 3rd, due to the planning for the 4th, and will return on July 10th. For more information in participating as a performer, send an email to [email protected].
Beach and Edinger Corridor Study Community Meeting - The city’s Economic Development and Planning Departments will hold a community meeting on the Beach Boulevard/Edinger Corridor Study area on Wednesday, June 20, from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m., at the Central Library Lower Level in Rooms C & D. This second community workshop will focus on goals for Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue, including new vision, new zoning, and a new image. The notice is available on the city’s website. If you live, work, or do business along or near Beach Boulevard or Edinger Avenue, we want to hear from you. For more information, contact Rosemary Medel, Associate Planner, at 536-5271, or Paul DaVeiga, Project Manager, at 536-5544.
Police Department Receives Donated Helmets - The Huntington Beach YMCA, along with the Knights of Pythias California and the Kiwanis Club, have donated 80 bicycle helmets to be distributed by police officers. The helmets will be placed in the trunks of the police cars. While on patrol, officers seeing children riding bicycles without a helmet could stop and give them one of the donated helmets. This is a great collaborative effort by these organizations to reduce the number of injuries to children as a result of bicycle accidents.
Bank Robber Captured - On Thursday, June 14, at about 3:50 p.m., a man entered the Albertson’s Market at 19640 Beach Boulevard and committed a robbery of the Bank of America inside the store. The suspect brandished a small handgun and was given money containing a dye pack by the teller at the bank. As he was running out of the bank the dye pack exploded and was seen by a witness getting into a vehicle in the parking lot. The witness provided a description and partial license number of the car to arriving officers. After a broadcast of the information, officers from the Police Department patrolling in the area of the 405 freeway and Beach Boulevard saw a car matching the description. They conducted a stop of the car and arrested the driver who was positively identified by the witness and bank teller. A loaded gun was also located in the car after the arrest. This was a great observation leading to the arrest of a dangerous individual who is also now being looked at for several other robberies.
Energy Efficient Lighting Replacements - The Public Works Maintenance Division has been actively installing energy efficient lighting during routine replacement programs. Redevelopment Agency funds allocated last year were used to replace T-8 fixtures in the Parking Structure. A $9,400 SCE Lighting Incentive application has been submitted for project, which also has an estimated annual savings of $28,000. This means the savings will pay for the project in less than a year. Over 500 incandescent bulbs have been replaced to date. Approximately 250 more lights in the Central Library Theater, Art Center, and Council Chambers have unique characteristics. Some of the issues encountered are that lumen levels are not consistent, and the color rendering is not conducive to display lights and theater settings. Staff is working with vendors and other agencies with similar facilities to resolve these special needs.
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