Wednesday, June 27, 2007

4th of July in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is once again preparing for its Fourth of July event celebrating the American Spirit. The City of Huntington Beach celebrates 103 years of patriotism in 2007 with the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade and Celebration. The 2007 festivities offer four full days of entertainment starting July 1st with a huge 4day Family Fun Expo at the famed Huntington Beach Pier. The celebrations include a Main Street home decorating contest, the July 4th Pancake Breakfast at Lake Park, the Surf City 5K Run and FExpo, and the famed 4th of July Parade oMain Street. On the evening of July 4th, a spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza at the Huntington Beach Pier will put a fitting final bang on the celebration. Be sure to bring your entire family out for this event and start a tradition of your own.
Parade Marching bands, military troops, community groups, dignitaries, clowns, equestrians and celebrities make up more than 300 parade entries that will thrill parade goers until just past noon. The103rd Annual Huntington Beach Parade begins at 10 am sharp with hundreds of entries and attractions along the Historic Main Street Parade Route. The parade heads south to Main Street, proceeds up Main through the downtown area, ending at Yorktown Avenue and Main Street. Celebration sponsor, Time Warner Cable television, will be on hand again to tape the Parade for re-broadcast over KOCE later in the day at 3:30 in the afternoon.
The 2007 Celebrity Grand Marshal will be Johnny Grant. As Hollywood’s Honorary Mayor, he has been one of the community’s most enthusiastic supporters for more than 50 years.
He also serves as Chairman of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee and the Hollywood Historic Trust.

Pier Plaza Fun Expo & Entertainment - Entertainment will be at Pier Plaza every day of the Expo – Surf Bands, Dancers, Swing Bands, Singers from 12:00 to 9:00 PM. See HBTV Scroll for names and times. It entertain the family with kids’ entertainment, crafts and other delicious treats. The Expo will run 10 am to 9 pm on July 1, 2, and 3. On the day of the parade, the activities will run from 12:30 pm to 8 pm, with entertainment starting at 1 pm. The 4th of July activities will feature live music and a "Children’s Village Expo" on the first three blocks of Main Street from 1 pm to 7 pm. The Expo is located at Pier Plaza at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

Pancake Breakfast in Lake Park
The Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast at Lake Park from 7 am to 10 am. Tickets are $5 and will benefit the many important community projects of The Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach. The breakfast is located at Lake Park, at Main and 11th Street.

Surf City 5K Run and Fitness Expo
The Annual Huntington Beach 4th of July celebration kicks off with the Surf City Run 5K. The race begins promptly at 7 am, with early registration beginning at 6 am at Huntington Beach
High School. The registration costs for the Surf City Run 5K are $25 before June 17 and $30 after June 17. The Surf City Run benefits the Huntington Beach Jr. Lifeguard program.
The Surf City Run Fitness Expo will be open from 6 am to noon fthe enjoyment of runners and their families in Worth Park at 17thand Main Street. Participants can enjoy a variety of food and refreshments, entertainment and music, and view some of the latest in health and fitness. Entertainment will be provided by local surf band favorite, The Breakaways. For more information on the run or to register online, visit .

Surf City Kids Run
Everyone is a winner in the popular Thomas Kemper Soda Kids Run. Held after the Surf City Run 5K, kids 6 and under will run. The kids’ races are not timed and all kids receive an official race t-shirt, goodie bag and finish medal. The race begins promptly at 9 am at Huntington Beach High School and will last until 10 am. Registration costs for the event are $13 before June 17 and $17 after June 17.

Fireworks Extravaganza
After the sun sets, grab a seat on the beach for the spectacular fireworks display over the beach. Thousands of fireworks, synchronized to patriotic music will be launched from the pier. K-Earth 101 continues celebrating 35 years of playing "The Greatest Hits on Earth" with live radio from the Pier and will simulcast the fireworks’ musical accompaniment. The show will begin at 9 pm and end by 9:30 pm.
Seating on the Pier can be purchased at a cost of $10. Tickets are available on the 4th of July website at or at the Pier on the July 4th. Or call Kim at 714-536-5486 for more information.

4th of July information provided by the city's Community Connection.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Reality Show on Life Gaurds coming to HB

Reality Show on Lifeguards Got the Okay

A studio got City Council's permission to do a reality series about Surf City lifeguards for Court TV. You may not see bodacious babes in red bathing suits bounding down the city's shoreline in super slow motion any time soon. Those "Baywatch" images wouldn't be part of a 10-part series called "Beach Patrol," to be aired on the Court TV cable channel after the City Council gave its blessing to the production Monday night. "Beach Patrol," a reality show along the lines of Fox Network's "Cops," would stick to what lifeguards do on the job rather than their off-duty antics or personal relationships, said Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lt. Michael Baumgartner. The show will be filmed over the summer. A production crew from Burbank-based Evolution Film and Tape will follow lifeguards seven days a week, capturing their every move on the job, from ocean rescues and medical aids to jelly-fish bites and their interactions with beach-goers, Baumgartner said. "We look at it as an opportunity to showcase what we do as lifeguards and create awareness about beach safety," he said. Evolution Film and Tape also produces the popular reality show, "The Real Housewives of Orange County." City Council members gave city officials the authority to control what goes on film and to take out "embarrassing or unprofessional" portions, if necessary. The studio is also offering the city an $8,000 donation per episode to be used for marine safety programs. Susan Ievoli, a senior publicist for Court TV, declined to talk about the Huntington Beach production because it is "still being developed." "Beach Patrol," which airs in prime time, begins its fourth season July 16 with episodes of lifeguards in Honolulu, Ievoli said. Huntington Beach would potentially be featured for its fifth season. The show consciously steers clear of the type of sensationalism associated with lifeguards, and instead, focuses on their daily heroics and behind-the-scenes action from daring rescues to brawls on the beach, Ievoli said. "Their everyday lives are so dramatic," she said. "We don't feel the need to add more sensationalism to it. We just want to show their importance and heroism." If the show moves forward, it would be the first time Huntington Beach lifeguards were featured on a series-type cable show.


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

NEW to website!!

New to website. If you are planning on visiting Huntington Beach (or if you are a local and plan on having visitors come in to town), you can now make reservations,at a discount, right off the website!! check it out on the travel page. Here is the direct link: RESERVATIONS
While visiting the site, make sure to check out the calendar for things going on in town. You can also find things to do, shopping & specials, and even buy logo merchandise for locals!
See you around Huntington Beach!

Victoria - Your HB Local

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Press Release - The Local HB


HB’s Very Own Goodwill Ambassador
How a Quest for Information Became a Business…

“Huntington Beach is my home and I didn’t know everything
going on here!” was the personal quandary that began Victoria Alberty’s newest online business.

“I’d check out a huge array of websites and don’t get me wrong, some of them are really great”, Alberty says, “But I wanted to know what we could do with our friends IN Huntington Beach. When we travel, I want to know where the locals go, NOT the tourist spots. This way, through ‘The Local HB’, I’m bringing that idea home.”

Alberty talked to a lot of HB Locals and that hurdle seemed to be a common cry throughout the beautiful community of Huntington Beach. Sure, the ‘Independent’ gives us a plethora of information, and there’s always the ‘View’ and ‘The Wave’, but these days, so many people are used to surfing the ‘Net to get their information instead of actually sitting down with a cup of coffee and holding a print publication in their hands. Of course, they can turn to the HB City or Chamber sites, but there wasn’t an online site that was a ‘one-stop-shopping’ for information, discounts, reviews, and ‘local’ happenings.

So Alberty got busy. She began by using a photo taken by a friend took as the basis of her logo. Then she bought the domain name: ‘’ and began to envision her design ‘plan’ for her website. Only a few close friends were privy to her initial plans and they supported (and encouraged!) her 100%. Of course, all of them were filled with ideas!

“The Local HB” began as a source of information and has turned into her full-time quest, as well as being a favorite desktop icon on numerous computers.

“The Local HB” is totally unconventional. It doesn’t follow a format – it just ‘is’. A hodge-podge of information, it somehow all comes together to give you a total overview of beautiful Huntington Beach. The photos on the site are a combination of events and locations that Alberty takes as well as those contributed by friends and visitors. Alberty attends everything and anything sponsored for and by Huntington Beach and is frequently found chatting with locals, always looking for content to add to the site.

Readers contribute their opinions about local restaurants; submit photos of events they attended and even short digital videos. Businesses are jumping on ‘The Local HB’ bandwagon and advertising on her site, offering a variety of discounts. Several HB hotels distribute her flyer in their rooms so guests can log on to find out what’s happening on the days they’re visiting. Alberty’s friends tout her site and these days, you’ll see a lot of ‘The Local HB’ t-shirts and memorabilia floating around. Her shopping cart is just another of her great additions.

‘The Local HB’ isn’t just a run-of-the-mill website. It IS what HB is all about… Friendly, upbeat, informative and exciting. When you live in Huntington Beach, why should you go anywhere else to add to your day? It’s all right here… Just ask Victoria Alberty!

Now it’s your turn. Go to and surf through Alberty’s site, and while you’re at it, add a shortcut to your desktop. Don’t forget to share the site with your in-and out-of-town friends, too. Send in your opinions, experiences, pictures, short videos and if you have a business, you just might want to take advantage of the advertising opportunities! Get involved with ‘the Local HB’ and become a part of the best thing to hit Huntington Beach since Jan & Dean!

Press Release by: EFS Internet Marketing
Contact: B. Donohue
714-330-5433 – Phone

Calendar for June

Below are some things going on in Huntington Beach for the month of June:

Red Bull Illume Photography Unveiling - June 6 - 17 - 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Just north of th epier at Pier Plaza. Experience the most dramatic compilation of action and adventure sports imagery ever assembled! Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2006 was the first-ever international competition to celebrate the world of action and adventure sports photography. Over the course of the contest, thousands of amazing images were submitted from more than 90 countries. Photo editors from PHOTO Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Surfer Magazine, Skateboarder Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and others were among the specialized individuals who determined which 50 photos stood above the rest. for more information:

Dance Competition - Thursday, June 7 - 4:30 pm
Our very own HB dance studio, A Global Rhythm, will host a dance competition for the YMCA Youth Achievers in our neighboring town of Costa Mesa at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. See Flyer for more information.

Relay for Life - Saturday, June 9/10
American Cancer Society event – Relay for Life – Held at Huntington Beach High School. It is a 24 hr event that celebrates life for cancer survivors and honors those that have passed away. Last year we raised about $65,000 for ACS. This year we hope to break $100,000 and we need volunteers, donations, and most importantly participants. Cancer survivors are treated to gift packs, special recognition and to encourage others in their fight to survive. It is a great event with entertainment, music, food, camping, brotherhood and raising money to fight cancer. For more information: Bradford J. von Grote 714-799-9020

Pankcake Breakfast - Saturday, June 9 - 7:30 am to 11:00 am
Huntington Beach Search & Rescue in association with the Lion's Club of Huntington Beach presents our first annual Pancake Breakfast in the Park. For $5 you will be served an all you can eat pancake breakfast by the members of HBS&R, HB Lion's and Team RESCUE1000. In addition to the breakfast, raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each. Team RESCUE100 will also be selling their team gear . For more information check out their website

Free Fishing Days - June 9
Fish without a license today in Huntington Beach. Bag and size limits still apply.

Beachside Summer Fest - Saturday, June 9 - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Free music festival, northside of the Pier. Featuring Phil Wickham, Moi, Superhero, Dancefloor Prophets, Olivia the Band, M.O.D. For more info or 465-3026

Surfrider Celebrity Surf Jam - June 9 & 10 - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
The Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam features teams of professional surfers, celebrities and pro-athletes competing for the Surfrider Title (in a game format). Public can watch. Location: HB pier, PCH & Main. Call: 949-492-8170

Surfin' Sundays Concert Series - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
see dates below Summer performances at The International Surfing Museum (parking lot), 411 Olive (@ 5th). Free!For more information: June 10 - SoundWaves - special guest Eddie Bertrand from Eddie and the Showmen who is well known for the songs 'Squad Car' and 'Mr. Rebel'.
June 24 - 3 Balls of Fire with guest 60's legend Jerry Cole (this one ends at 4pm)

The Longboard 16th Annual Golf Tournament - June 12
To be held at Sea Cliff Country Club, 6501 Palm; $140/person or $560/foursome. Includes shotgun play, beer, shirt, BBQ dinner, goodies and drawings. 2 man scramble, minimum 7 drives per player, purchase 2 Mulligans per player; putt your own once on the green; prizes for low gross score (men's & women's); prizes for Calloway scoring. Sign up with Heather or Ron at Longboard Pub, 217 Main, HB. Call: (714) 960-1896;

57th Annual Pier Swim - Saturday, June 16 - 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Participants (12 to 60 & up) will swim once around the Huntington Beach Pier, approximately half a mile. Registration is being accepted now through June 7 with a $17 (t-shirt fee), and a $13 (no t-shirt) pre-registration fee. Late entries will be accepted on the day of the swim from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. only for $15. No wetsuits. First through third place trophies will be awarded in each of the divisions. Call (714) 536-5281 for an entry blank

Summer Sunday Concert Series - 1:00 pm
see dates below - Event Flyer Mark your calendars for the following summer performances at Pier Plaza which start at 1:00 p.m. and are sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank:
June 17 - Bob Malone (New Orleans-style blues)
June 24 - Mariachi Divas (mariachi

White Collar Crime: Identity Theft Seminar - Tuesday, June 19 - 7:00 am to 9:00 am
"How Not To Be A Victim Of Identity Theft". Presented by Detectives Larry Pitcher & Chris Nesmith, Huntington Beach Police Department. Covered: What is identity theft? How can thieves steal your identity? What do thieves do with stolen identity: How to find out if your's has been stolen? What is "Phishing" & "Pharming"? How can you help fight identity theft? Location: HB Council Chambers, 2000 Main St. Seating limited. RSVP to HB Chamber of Commerce 536-8888

Dachshund Races - Sunday, June 24 - 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Old World, 7561 Center Ave. WienerNapolis starts at 2pm admission is $1.00 and parking is FREE

Summer Series of Free Concerts - Beginning June 24 - 5:00 pm
These free concerts are sponsored by the Huntington Beach Concert Band as a community service. The concerts are staged in the picturesque, natural-bowl setting behind Huntington Beach Central Library at 7111 Talbert Avenue at Golden West Street. The Huntington Beach Concert Band is composed of professional and amateur musicians from throughout Orange County area and is commemorating its 33rd year as the cultural representative of the City of Huntington Beach. Bring family, friends, chairs, blankets, & picnic dinner! For additional concert series information call (714) 891-6856

Play: And Then There Was Nun - June 29 to July 15
Huntington Beach Playhouse at the Central Library Theater, 7111 Talbert Ave. Stylized after Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, the story revolves around ten members of the Holy Order of the Sisters of San Andreas who have gathered to meet at Grauman's Chinese Island for their annual retreat. $20 tickets. For moe information: 714-375-0696 or