Still can't figure out who's going to be the designated driver this New Year's Eve?
Southern Californians have several options for getting around New Year's Eve when bus and light rail lines offer all-night service.
Orange County Transportation Authority buses will run all night four of its most heavily used routes. To Read the full story from the Orange County Register, go HERE.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Still can't figure out who's going to be the designated driver this New Year's Eve?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
By ERIC CARPENTER
The Orange County Register
The rush is on. Today begins the final push toward the 120th Tournament of Roses parade, which will feature floats from three Orange County cities – Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo.
There's been no shortage of enthusiasm from O.C. residents who want to help their cities show off in the parade, which just happens to be watched by an estimated 40 million Americans on New Year's Day.
Hundreds of people from local community groups and families who just want to help out have volunteered to attach seaweed, carnations, tulips and, of course, roses to the floats' bare metal frames. Volunteer shifts for each city filled up weeks ago. Read the rest of the story HERE.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Boutique featuring upscale home decor items, holiday paper products, children's toys. All major holiday themes. Deeply discounted prices. Up to 90% off. Gift wrapping services available. Benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. Sponsored by the HB Host & Surf City Lions Club. Location: Villa Pacific Community Clubhouse, 9933 Villa Pacific Dr. For more info call Lee Love 714-349-7706
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Savannah's is a great place not just in the summer for their outdoor patio, but for all your holiday needs as well. Enjoy a beautiful sunset at this great ON THE BEACH restaurant. And for the holidays if you are planning a party, you can receive a $50 gift card as a thank you for all holiday parties of 15 or more guests that are booked for the month of December. The deadline is November 15th, 2008. They must call Marilee Movius, Shellie Carrillo, or Jennifer Kruse at the restaurant (714-374-7273) to book the party for Savannah at the beach.
And a few other things to note at Savannah:
~ Check out the updated Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet. It is now $24.95 and children 12 and under are $12.95, the menu can't be beat.
~ Kids 12 and under eat free on Wednesday nights (4 pm – close). 2 children per adult.
~ Happy hour is Monday through Saturday 2 – 6 pm. Their mango martini’s are the best!
~ There is live music every first Friday night of each month from 7 pm – 10 pm. by Louie Pascua in our Inside Lower Dining area. He is a guitarist and singer who works at Dukes. He sounds a bit like John Mayer and Jack Johnson.
Get down to Savannahs at the Beach, 315 Pacific Coast Hwy at the Pier, for some great atmosphere, food and drink.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
For you local Chamber of Commerce members, you already know about the Surf City Lunch Bunch networking lunches. For those of you who might like to check out the chamber, feel free to visit us at our next lunch, Tuesday, October 7 - 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. Cost $15 members, $20 non members. We switch locations every two months, and this next meeting will be held at Martini Blues , 5874 Edinger Ave, (at Springdale). If you haven’t been to Martini Blues lately, you need to check them out. New ownership, new look - remodeled, great new menu. Come check out the Chamber and meet fellow local businesses. Bring business cards (display area for chamber members), self introductions. For more info, you can call Linda at the HB Chamber (714) 536-8888
Monday, September 22, 2008
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
A Huntington Beach junior lifeguard program merges discipline and water safety techniques.
While the kids in the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards program do laugh and play, it is not unusual to see a whole squad drop and do 20 push-ups for their instructor and finish their sentences with "yes, sir!"
"We work a lot in our program on structure – discipline and structure," says program administrator Dave Simcox. Young kids swimming in the ocean need to be able to follow the directions. With 45 years of lifeguarding experience, Simcox knows the ocean can be a dangerous place.
The program was started in 1963 with an inaugural class of 24 boys. This year, 1,200 boys and girls ages 9 to 17 will spend eight weeks learning water safety and lifesaving techniques, making the program one of the largest in the country.
While not all junior lifeguards will go on to be the real thing, many do. Simcox estimates that 70 percent of the lifeguards on the beach today went through the junior lifeguard program.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
www.dreamdinners.com . Located at 8760 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The Huntington Beach city departments hosted a chili cookoff Tuesday to launch a campaign that will raise funds and support for their Relay for Life team called HB United.
The team's goal is to have 300 residents and 30 cancer survivors and to raise $30,000 for the American Cancer Society's signature event.
For the cookoff, members of most city departments brought chili, cornbread and other lunch-time treats to sell, with the proceeds going to the team. There was also a mock jail where city officials had to contribute to HB United in order to be released. The cookoff raised about $2,240 for the team.
Councilman Keith Bohr, Rainbow Disposal Chairman Ron Shenkman and Wave columnist Stan Cohen were the judges for the chili in the categories of best overall, most unusual ingredient and best meatless, vegetarian.
Relay for Life will be held June 21-22 at the Ocean View High School track. The event honors cancer survivors and memories of those lost to the disease. Information: www.relayforlife.org or the City Clerk's office at 714-536-5227.
The episode will be aired on Thursday, May 22nd on KCET at 7:30 pm with a repeat following at 12:30 am.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
By FRED SWEGLES
SUN POST NEWS
After a pair of 2008 contests on American soil, U.S, surfers are at the top of their game in the ASP World Qualifying Series standings this week. Now – can it continue?
San Clemente's Patrick Gudauskas remains No. 1 in the world after finishing fifth Sunday at the Vans Pier Classic, a 2-star WQS event held at Huntington Beach. He and San Clemente's Jason Miller tied for fifth out of 160 competitors.
At the moment, seven of the top eight WQS surfers in the world are Americans, led by Gudauskas. Brett Simpson from Garden Grove is No. 3. Gudauskas' brother Dane is No. 11. San Clemente's Mike Losness is No. 16. San Clemente's Nathan Yeomans is No. 20.
That's after two WQS contests in North America, one in Hawaii, one in Australia and one in Spain.
It's a testament to the power of the surfing industry producing big-dollar WQS events in home waters carrying hefty WQS points. Most of the U.S. surfers' success so far is due to one big contest – the 5-Star O'Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro, won by Patrick Gudauskas in January in Florida. His victory there earned him 2,000 points. By comparison, Huntington Beach's Shaun Ward got just 500 points for winning the Vans Pier Classic on Sunday. Those points aren't enough to help Ward qualify for surfing's major leagues in 2009. But the Sebastian Inlet Pro has elevated a lot of U.S. surfers high in the ratings.
In North America, the ASP is having nine WQS contests in 2008 – a 6 star, a 5 star, two 4 stars, four 2 stars and a 1 star.
Brazil, by comparison, has eight WQS events – four 6 stars, two 5 stars and two 4 stars. No low-end contests. Europe has 13 WQS events – six 6 stars, one 5 star, two 4 star, two 3 star and two 1 star. The more big-points events that a region hosts, the better chance local surfers have to rise in the WQS.
The next West Coast event, at Trestles from April 29 through May 3, is the 4-star Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro. There's talk of making it a 6 star in 2009.
That would be good news for Patrick and Dane Gudauskas, their brother Tanner, Miller, Losness and other WQS hopefuls like Yeomans, who reached the quarterfinals of the Vans. Chris Drummy, another quarterfinalist Sunday, isn't a fulltime WQS surfer but no doubt would relish some higher-stakes competition, apt to attract more overseas surfers to California to try for big points.
San Clemente's Trevor Saunders could also use higher-powered WQS events here as a launching pad. He was a finalist Sunday in the Ezekiel Pro Jr. division of the Vans, placing third. Tanner Gudauskas was a quarterfinalist, finishing ninth of 64 contestants.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Dante Giuliano, operations manager for event, said a crew of about 75 people has been picking up paintballs from 6 a.m. to midnight to clean up the aftermath. They’ve been literally on their hands and knees plucking balls from the sand, and scooping them up with a shovel with holes that allows the sand to sift through.
Mike Martin was driving down Pacific Coast Highway when he heard a pop-pop-pop noise under his car. When the Huntington Beach resident saw what made the racket, there was orange paint under his wheel well, tires and bumper.
“The street was covered in them, you couldn’t dodge them,” he said. “They were still cracking and popping and squirting all over.”
The mess on Martin’s car occurred after balls accidently came out of a dumpster and landed at the intersection of Beach St. Wednesday morning.
Giuliano said he and four other workers had it cleaned up within a few hours. Giuliano said the paintballs are 100 percent biodegradable.
“It comes off very quickly with water alone,” Giuliano said. City spokeswoman Laurie Payne said the city gets complaints every year about the event, but clean up crews are allowed a week to get the beach back to normal.
The event brings about $480,000 in revenue to the city, and the event organizer pays for the clean up. And the paint isn’t actually paint, it’s a water-soluble substance, she said.
Giuliano said part of the consequence of a fun event is the clean up afterward. “Afterward, we hit it like gangbusters to make it clean,” he said. “I personally can’t leave the beach with a clear conscious if it’s not.”
Environmental crews are on hand to monitor the effort, he said. They will be out there until Friday. “A large portion of the crew is Huntington Beach residents, we take pride in the places we live,” said Giuliano, who helps put up the infrastructure for the U.S. Open of Surfing and Boardfest, an all-girls event held in fall. “This is the beach I come to, this is the beach I bring my kids to, Giuliano said.
Martin still wonders why the city would allow paintballs at the beach. “It’s just ridiculous,” he said. “I’m glad they have someone cleaning it up.”
Saturday, March 29, 2008
You must RSVP to attend this event. One of the new stars of Sunset Tan, Jenae, will be offering spray tans for $50 that day (as opposed to her normal fee of $75). If you are interested in being 'sprayed' by Jenae and being featured on the show, call HB Skin Spa to schedule an appointment with her. She arrives at 5pm and will have appointments from 6pm to 10pm. And that is not all that is happening at HB Skin Spa that day, it is also a Spa / Botox / Filler party!! Special guest hosting this spa party is Drag Sensation Empress Jackie. this will take place from 4pm to 9pm - you get your self younger looking, leave looking fabulous! Special rates for this day only! Call for more info, 714-969-9713, and to get your reservation in.
Earlier this month, Tom Larkin was convinced that a shark bumped and bit his surfboard on the back end while waiting for a wave at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Huntington Beach lifeguards dismiss this and other reports. "Even though great whites have been spotted in the area in years past as far as we know, there's not any evidence there's great whites in our vicinity," said Steve Reuter, marine safety officer, of the Huntington Beach city lifeguards.
The only shark-related incident recently was an injured 3-foot mako shark, which normally stays in deep water, which washed ashore in HB and subsequently lifeguards had to destroy it due to it's condition. Usually dolphins are easily mistaken as sharks by the untrained eye. But afterall, "It's springtime; people are saying 'shark' and they're freaking out," Reuter said.
If you want to keep abreast of eyewitness reports on shark attacks, check out
www.sharkresearchcommittee.com/index.html - a nonprofit research website.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
The question was: When will the eyesore on the northwest corner of Warner Ave & Magnolia St. be cleaned up? The eyesore in mention is the old Asian restaurant Doson. It has been vacant for several years now.
Answer they provided: The site of the old Asian restaurant will be transformed into a new Asian restaurant. The building at 8901 Waner Ave in HB that was formerly the Doson Beach restaurant is the future site of the Seven Sushi Lounge, according to property manager Kathy Buchoz of Bridgecreek Realty Investment Corp. The road to the restaurant has been a long one, Buchoz said. the family that owns the business has had some personal setbacks since they bought the building about two years ago and has been plagued with problems with the contractors, she said.
Still, Buchoz said that there has been a lot of work done ion the inside of the building and the exterior will match the adjoining buildings when completed. "A lot of it is cosmetic now," Buchoz said, adding that the restaurant could open in as little as two to three months.
I've been watching this building just sit there for a very long time. It will be a relief to see it finally done, but I won't hold my breath for the 2 to 3 month range!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
The menu offers a variety of chilled coastal shellfish, grilled steaks, chops, ribs, seafood and nightly specialities from our custom fruitwood burning oven. Our signature dishes include Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs, Pecan-smoked Prime Rib, Maple Glazed Alaskan Salmon, 'Voodoo Shrimp' and 'Old School' Seafood Newburg. Their wine list offers an extensive selection of California and Oregon boutique labels.
They are located literally, 'on the sand' at the base of the Huntington Beach pier and have the largest beachfront patio in Orange County complete with firepit, palm trees and killer ocean view. We offer a variety of chilled beers, tropical cocktails, wines by the glass, aged tequilas, margaritas and our signature Mango infused martini.
Lunch: Monday - Saturday, 11:30am - 4pm, Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday, 4pm - 9pm,Thursday, 4pm - 10pm,Friday - Saturday, 4pm - 11pm
Brunch: Sunday, 11am - 2pmHappy Hour: Monday – Thursday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Menu:Appetizers - $6 - $14
Entrées - $16 - $45
Location:315 Pacific Coast HwyHuntington Beach, CA 92648
Call for reservations: 714.374.7273
Monday, January 28, 2008
So, you've decided you want to lose some weight and are committed to it.....well, it is not too late to join the Malibu Fish Grill Weight Loss Challange - Malibu Fish Grill of Huntington Beach, Santa Ans, & Redondo Beach will hold a eat and lose weight contest. The deadline to enter is January 31, and the contestant who loses the highest percentage of body weight by March 31 will win $1000. See RULES AND REGULATIONS for all the details.
Now for some fun! Have you ever gone go-karting? you've heard of those extreme karting places around Orange County? well we now have one closer by - right in Costa Mesa: OC Raceway Extreme Indoor Karting at 1670 Sunflower (south of Ellis near Hyland). This Wednesday they are having their Ribbon Cutting grand opening, January 30, 4:30 pm. Invite friends and come check them out, show them some support. It's a heck of a lot of fun. For more info: 714-444-1001 See what it's all about on their website: www.xindoorkarting.com
Friday, January 25, 2008
Let's kill this idea before it gets any further. Please urge the governor to back off of this wrong-headed move. Here is the LINK for you to do your part and send in an electronic letter. Please help save our parks.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The City Treasurer’s Department has recently instituted three new “paperless” ways to pay your Municipal Services Utility statement and an easy way to find information about them all on our city’s official website: www.surfcity-hb.org/payments. This webpage has generated quite a buzz, doubling traffic to the Surf City payments website from November to December! Come check out what all the buzz is about! Our online “ePay” service makes it easy to pay your utility bill by MasterCard or Visa online safely and securely. Link directly to “ePay” at www.surfcity-hb.org/payments. Our voice automated “PhonePay” system at 877-309-4915 also conveniently allows utility bill payments by MasterCard or Visa. If you have any problems with using this service, call our Official Payments customer services representatives at 888-357-8394, and they can assist you in making the payment. Find out more about “PhonePay” at www.surfcity-hb.org/payments. If you prefer to pay using your bank checking account, our “AutoPay” program is the way to go. We can securely deduct your amount due every month directly from your account automatically. Download at “AutoPay” application at www.surfcity-hb.org/payments. Find out more about these three options at www.surfcity-hb.org/payments, or visit us at 2000 Main Street on the 1st floor at our cashiering windows and receive a free “stress reliever” when you turn in your AutoPay application!
Friday, January 18, 2008
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GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER THROWS TRESTLES AND SAN ONOFRE UNDER THE BUS - Governor Announces Support For Environmentally Harmful Road
San Clemente, CA (January 16, 2008) – Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a letter in support of the proposed 241 toll road extension in South Orange County. The letter was issued just two weeks before a critical vote by the California Coastal Commission to determine if the proposed extension violates the California Coastal Act. A staff report prepared by the CCC concludes that it does.
“We are absolutely taken aback by this,” said Surfrider Foundation CEO Jim Moriarty. “For the Governor to take this unprecedented step of interfering with the workings of an independent and non-political commission, an entity which was established by California voters and whose sole responsibility is to decide the future of California’s coasts and beaches based on law and fact, is entirely inappropriate.”
The disappointing announcement comes just six days after the California Governor unveiled his plans to close forty-eight California State Parks, allow for the early release of prisoners from state correctional facilities, and raise Department of Motor Vehicle fees.
“We had hoped that Governor Schwarzenegger was insincere in his threat to close state parks and beaches,” says Moriarty. “It now appears that he is absolutely intent on sacrificing our state park system and natural resources for his political objectives.”
The California State Parks Department has maintained that they may be forced to abandon nearly sixty percent of San Onofre State Beach Park, including the popular San Mateo Creek Campground, should the proposed extension to the 241 toll road be completed,
Governor Schwarzenegger’s failure to support San Onofre State Beach Park by endorsing the 241 toll road extension is in direct contrast to the efforts of his Republican predecessors, President Richard M. Nixon and then-Governor Ronald Reagan, both of whom worked to establish San Onofre State Beach as a part of their legacy; hoping that it would exist as a resource to be used and enjoyed by future generations.
The Surfrider Foundation activists and other opponents to the planned toll road will be gathering in Oceanside, California on February 6th for a planned rally outside the California Coastal Commission hearing. All members of the public are invited to attend. Please go to www.savetrestles.org for more information.
About the Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to www.surfrider.org.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Scheduled to open in 2010, the W Huntington Beach and the Residences at W Huntington Beach will be owned by an affiliate of Makar. In addition to the 250 guest rooms, the property will include approximately 92 private residences, a signature restaurant, a bar and a destination spa. The opening of W Huntington Beach will mark the fifth California property for the W brand.
Paul Makarechian, president and CEO of Makar Properties, sees Orange County as "an untapped market" for the W Hotel brand. Makar's planning for Pacific City has included a hotel from the outset.
Scheduled for completion in early 2010, Makar's Pacific City will feature 424 luxury condominium units and 191,000 sf of retail and office space, including 48,900 sf of restaurant space. The Pacific City retail village portion of the project is scheduled to open in late 2009.
Pacific City overlooks an eight-mile stretch of beach, which attracts more than 11 million visitors each year. The city was once a sleepy haven for surfers, but it has developed into a resort-style vacation and entertainment district with local breweries, pubs, restaurants and shopping.
The Pacific City project will link the two existing luxury resorts in Huntington Beach, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, with the city pier and the existing downtown district. Hotel designers on the Pacific City project include KKE Architects and MBH Architects, with KTGY Group for retail/office and residential, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the interior of the hotel and Lifescapes International for landscaping.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Extreme Indoor Karting is new to the area, located at 1670 Sunflower Ave in Costa Mesa. Located just over the 'border' in Costa Mesa, they are Southern California’s premier indoor electric go karting raceway. Their European karts reach speeds up to 45 mph on their ¼ mile long track. Conveniently located off the 405 freeway and Harbor Blvd. Get down there and race your friends, family, and co-workers. You won't believe how much fun you'll have!
Contact them at 714-444-1001 for more info or their website at: www.xindoorkarting.com
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Everyone is invited to attend the kickoff event for the store's five-day grand opening celebration.
Fresh & Easy will present a donation to West County Family YMCA as part of the opening.
The company is opening stores throughout Southern California, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Other Fresh & Easy markets in Orange County are in Orange, Buena Park and Lake Forest.
The neighborhood markets are smaller than the typical supermarket and offer a selection of already prepared meals.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Surfing is Angela's first love. On New Year's Day she is usually out surfing in Huntington Beach with all her surfing buddies. She would like to thank all her surfing buddies, the Huntington Beach Long Board Crew, and the Surf Museum in Huntington Beach, for the support they have given her. Well what would New Years be without surfing? Well apparently the powers that be also thought Angela should surf today. The wind was blowing the wrong way today. The water was choppy and not good for rowing. Then it happened….the wind created big waves, excellent for Ocean Rowing Boat Surfing. Angela and Franck guided themselves with their oars and were able to catch a dozen or so good waves. They did not get long rides, but it was fun. Franck caught on to the English surf logo. Soon after the first wave, he kept asking if the next wave was a good one for surfing. We are going to work on him saying, "Dude." Both Angela and Franck seemed exhilarated by their morning session of surfing the 2/3 meter waves. So, while the rowing completely sucked today….the surfing was EXCELLENT.
The weather has been very rough and the winds not good for rowing. They are hoping for the winds to start blowing back in the westerly direction so they can take advantage of the winds and the equatorial currents. It has been tough to make progress and Angela and Franck have been rowing together many hours a day. It has taken a physical toll, but their spirits remain high. I just found out at the beginning of the race Angela fell off her seat and bruised her back very badly on Franck's foot stretchers. She was unable to do anything but crawl out onto the deck. She was not able to row. That was one of the reasons for their slow start. Also Franck was very sea sick at first and not able to row. So compared to the start, they are doing well now, but it is still not a picnic. They are trying to make sure they take the time to get rest so they can heal and stay healthy. It is a long race and they are ready for the long haul.
Angela is the Founder and Director of the California Adaptive Rowing Program in Long Beach, CA www.carplb.net . It is a free program where differently-abled people learn row with the help of dedicated volunteers. It is part Long Beach Rowing Association and they row out of the Pete Archer Rowing Center.
Adaptive Rowing is rowing/sculling for the physically challenged. There are classifications of abilities in adaptive rowing similar to paralympic classifications with class 1 being the most challenged and 5 being the most able. There is fixed seat rowing for people who have limited or no functional use of their lower extremities (class 1-4) and sliding seat events are for all other rowers (class 5 and 5B for the visually impaired).