Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Quicksliver crowns "King of the Groms" in Huntington Beach

Yesterday in Huntington Beach, California, Quiksilver crowned Hawaii’s Josh Moniz 2010 ‘King of the Groms’ regional west coast winner in a competition that saw some massive wave destruction by forty-eight of the top groms in the west. In addition to winning the title and a $400 cash prize, Josh will also be going on an all-expense paid trip to the Quiksilver Pro France to compete in the Global King of the Groms Championships this September.
“Winning the King of the Groms feels super good,” says Josh. “I didn’t think I was going to able to win it, so I’m super stoked! I'm really excited to be going to France and I’ll be bringing my dad.”
Please read
press release outlining Quiksilver's King of the Groms competition and Josh Moniz's massive win!

Top 5 Reasons to Spend Your Senior Years in Huntington Beach

(guest blog entry provided by www.SeniorHomes.com)
At first glance, Surf City USA may seem like the last place seniors would want to spend their aging years. On the contrary, Huntington Beach offers a range of activities that appeal to a broad range of age groups – from Huntington Beach assisted living residents to college students. If you're considering a move to Surf City USA, consider this list of the top five reasons to spend your elder years in Huntington Beach.

1. The beach, of course. You'll relish the ability to put your toes in the sand every day. Huntington Beach's 8.5 miles of coastline provides plenty of opportunities for beach-going and people watching.
2. Fabulous dining. Foodies can't get enough of Huntington Beach's wide selection of local cuisine. Choose from Coach's Mediterranean Grill, Black Bull Chop House, Bodhi Tree Café, and more right in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach. On the outskirts of town, Kona, The Bee Hive, and Fitzgerald's Pub are among dozens of fine dining options.
3. Nature. If the beach isn't enough for you, take a walk in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands or Huntington Central Park. Within Central Park, Shipley Nature Center offers 18 acres of wildlife and free programs on Thursday evenings during July and August.
4. Arts. Browse art exhibits at the Huntington Beach Arts Center, or take in a live jazz or blues concert. If jazz and blues aren't your thing, the Pier offers plenty of live music events of various genres throughout the summer.
5. A caring community. Huntington Beach isn't all fun and games. The community boasts excellent medical care, residents that are active in supporting worthy causes (such as the American Cancer Society), and a strong safety record.
Huntington Beach is sun and sand, paired with plentiful opportunities for wholesome, young-at-heart fun. Whether you prefer to relax on the beach and watch the ocean or hit the town, Surf City USA is a great location to live an active lifestyle well into retirement.

Chris Rodde is the CEO of SeniorHomes.com, a free resource for people looking for senior housing or senior care for a loved one or themselves. With valuable articles and a comprehensive directory of care options, SeniorHomes.com is the best place to start your search for assisted living, independent living, Alzheimer's care, a retirement community or home care

Friday, June 18, 2010

Big Fun in Huntington Beach this weekend

Huntington Beach is the place to be this weekend. So much is going on. Here are some highlights: Project Save Our Surf is having a 24 hour surfing event (south of the pier) which is a full on two day festival of surfing, live music, film, guest speakers, and eco-friendly vendors. It starts at noon on Saturday and closing ceremonies are noon on Sunday. Live music, guest speakers, and eco-friendly vendors.

Also on Saturday & Sunday, stroll up Main to enjoy the annual "Chili at the Beach" family fun event starting at 11am. Activities will include a Chili Cook-off (Saturday only), Charity Raffle with prizes galore, (benefiting CHOC), a Business Expo, Special Attractions, Children’s Activities, Street Performers, Father’s Day specials, Auto and Motorcycle exhibits, a Surf City Art Show, and much more. When there on Saturday, make sure to visit the booth by Tommy Pastrami . They are teaming up with Surf City Kiwanis. Their chili is called "Tommy Pastrami's Good Time Save the World Kiwanis Chili".... now that's a mouthful. And I heard it is going to be some tasty stuff!!

On Sunday afternoon make your way up Beach Blvd to check out the " Pups & Pinot" wine/food tasting, 2-5pm. This casual event will be held at the Newland House (19820 Beach) and will feature the finest wines from Napa Co., Sonoma Co. and will be paired with our favorite foods from Lazy Dog, Fred's, The Hilton Waterfront and more. Bid on fabulous bargains at the silent auction tables. Week long stay trips in vacation homes from Sonoma to a few days in Catalina, home decor, gift cards, fantastic wines, pet pampering items to name a few. Listen to jazz, meet Ed McCabe in person (the closest thing to a dog whisperer in The OC), and enjoy a dog parade. Feel free to bring your dog, pet sitting is available! Proceeds to go to A Leg Up Animal Rescue. All guests receive a free gift! All for only $30. Just show up!!

Now with the wild and crazy weekend, hopefully you don't get yourself in any kind of trouble, but if you happen to, who you gonna call??? One local specialist is Rosanne Faul . She is an Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer to help those finding themselves in the unfortunate position of being charged with DUI, assault, possession of marijuana, driving offenses and other misdemeanors and even felonies. I'm sure none of that applies to you, but just in case..... or maybe someone you know, you can get ahold of her at 949-275-6377. Tell her you are a friend of TheLocalHB.com and she'll be happy to help you out.

Since we are on this lovely topic, what if that bad thing did happen and you went and got yourself arrested? Before you can get Rosanne to help you out, you might need bailing out. And that is where Awesome Bail Bonds comes in. The owner, Rod Frontino, is a long time friend and very good at what he does. He can take care of all kinds of bonds and is available 24/7. Maybe some day someone you know will need this service... keep his number handy: 888-877-BAIL (2245).

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Father's Day in Huntington Beach

Can you believe Father's Day is right around the corner?! yikes. Have you picked up something for dad yet? How about skipping the tradition "tie" type of gift? What about giving a gift of auto repair? How about a gift certificate for an oil change? Pop in to see Francisco's Automotive and pick up a gift certificate for dad!! Francisco will certainly take care of you. Find him at 7662 Slater Ave. (714-375-2661).
Here's an additional idea for dad: Take him to the "Pups & Pinot" wine & food tasting . On Father's Day from 2-5pm you can enjoy an amazing afternoon of tasting great wines and foods, as well as jazz entertainment and a fashion show. There will be a silent auction for some great stuff and all is to benefit A Leg Up animal rescue. Only $25 per person or $30 at the door. And if you don't have a dad, gather up friends and come out to support a great cause. I already have my tickets!! Want more info? 714-328-8661 or
Need something fun to do this weekend? Think about hitting The Strand from 3-8pm on Saturday, it is the Liquid Aloha Festival presented by the Kona Brewing Company & OC Weekly. Great music, great beer. What more do you need? For full details, visit www.ocwe ekly.com/micros ites/liquidaloh a-event .
There are some other fun events happening this weekend and can be viewed on the calendar of TheLocalHB.com or go directly to
www.ThisWeekInHuntingtonBeach.com . And speaking of events, our very own HB Scooters (5960 Warner Ave, at Warner and Springdale behind the Mobil Station) will be hosting a Scooter & Electric Bicycle meet up which will be held every Sunday thru the summer starting on 6/20, Father's Day, @ 11am till 12pm. Meet new friends, start a local club, exchange ideas, go for rides together and most of all, have fun on your gas savers with like minded people from all walks of life. See the latest models on display, free coffee and donuts. All Scooters and Electric Bicycles are welcome, any brand, any type and any age. 714 840 8090 www.hbscooters.com .
And if all else fails, enjoy some World Cup Soccer... Old World (7561 Center Ave) will be having all the games on and it is sure to be a wild time. Bar open early to accommodate all the fans. Check out their other events at
One last thing,,, Thursday evening, the 24th, the Huntington Beach Lions Club will be hosting a mixer for folks interested in learning what the Lions are all about. I happen to be a Lion myself and they do a lot of good in town! The mixer will be at the Orange Community Bank, 6491 Edinger Ave (at Edwards) from 6-8pm. Refreshements will be served. Come meet some Lions, do some networking and have a good ol' time. www.hbhlions.org .

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

"Pups & Pinot" Wine & Food Tasting to benefit A Leg Up Animal Rescue

Join for an amazing afternnon of tasting great wines along with delightful morsels of food on June 20, 2pm to 5pm. To be held at the Newland House, Newland Shopping Center (Adams Avenue & Beach Boulevard) in Huntington Beach. A silent autction will allow you to bid on a 3 night stay in Napa Valley, a week’s stay on the Sonoma Coast, dinners at local restaurants, jewelry and many more surprises. free gift to everyone in attendance. There will even be a parade of pups!! To benefit A Leg Up Animal Rescue, which rescues animals from shelters and other situations where they are in immediate danger of euthanasia. Once in the program, the animals are treated for any medical issues, microchiped and vaccinated, spayed or neutered and placed in a foster home where they remain with a family until an adoptive forever home can be found. $25 donation pre event. $30 at door. info: campagne123@socall.rr.com or 714-328-8661