SurfCityCalifornia Information, Entertainment, Hotels & Resorts News Edition
HBNEWS 2004 NOVEMBER
|Plan now for the Cruise of Lights
The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee presents the 42nd annual Cruise of Lights; a 45-minute narrated boat tour through the sparkling waterways of Huntington Harbour. This year's theme is Starlight Symphony and over 20,000 visitors will see thousands of lights on boats, decks, docks and homes, plus incredible animation.
Proceeds from the Cruise of Lights benefit the Philharmonic Society's nationally recognized music outreach programs for over 250,000 Orange County students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Cruise of Lights is often described as "The most spectacular light show on water." This year's dates are December 13 through the 22nd. Prices are: Monday through Friday, Adults $12 and children $8, with cruise times 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Saturday and Sunday, adults $14 and children $8, with cruises at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm. There will be a special "Family Night" on December 14 with reduced prices: adults $10 and children $7.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee office at 714 840-7542, or visit us on the web at www.philharmonicsociety.org.
Huntington Beach Central Library presents
"The Slouch in the Couch" Children's Corner Band Rock and Roll Fun for Kids!
Come celebrate Children's Book Week with a fun-filled performance by the innovative musical group "The Slouch in the Couch" on Wednesday, November 17 at 4 pm. Based on a series of children's learning books, this family oriented educational band will create a fantasy world for all ages. Tickets are $3.00 child/$5.00 adult. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.
For more information call (714) 375-5107. Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at 4 p.m. Library Theater, Central Library $3.00 child / $5.00 adult
Experience Contemporary Art, Live Blues, and Much, Much More at the Huntington Beach Art Center
Brush Strokes: An Exhibition of Traditional & Contemporary Asian Calligraphy remains on view in the Art Center's galleries and runs through Sunday, November 7, 2004. Admission is free.
Friday Night Blues: "The Melvin Eddy Blues Band" Friday, November 5, 2004, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Renowned vocalist Melvin Eddy and his band carry on the Chicago Blues tradition, delighting crowds across the Southland with their authentic blues sound. General Admission: $20; HBAC Members: $15
PER/spectives on Art
Part III: Friday, November 19, 2004 7-8:30 p.m. Part III, presented by Christopher Miles, is the final lecture in the Per/spectives Series. Part III focuses on California art and artists, beginning with California Modernism and continues on through contemporary works. Presented in a relaxed coffeehouse-like setting, enjoy an evening of entertainment and artistic adventure. Seating is limited. Please call for reservations: 714.374.1650. General admission: $5; HBAC members: Free.
In a League of Their Own
November 20 - December 19, 2004
Reception: Saturday, November 20, 7 - 9 p.m. The Huntington Harbor Art Association and The Huntington Beach Art League: Two group exhibitions of various media by members of the H.H.A.A. and Art League, and a photographic installation "Land and Sea" by Monica Furmanski.
Save the Date!
Friday-Sunday, December 3-5, 2004
"It's a Wonderful Life" Presented by the Newport Repertory Theater.
Thursday, December 2, 2004
Special event for HBAC members, dress rehearsal/dinner theater.
The H.B.P.D. Retired Senior Volunteer Program is Looking for New Members
The Huntington Beach Police Department is currently accepting applications for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Applicants must be at least 55 years of age and live in the City of Huntington Beach.
Participants perform many duties for The Department including performing vacation house checks, taking down illegally posted signs, citing illegally parked cars and performing public relations duties. Volunteers also participate in community special events and assist police personnel within the Department.
All interested applicants should contact the program coordinator for an application at (714) 536-5933. Training for the new RSVP class is expected to begin March, 2005
Lia Hernandez receives Mayor's Award
A popular and respected Librarian is the most recent recipient of the Mayor's Award. Lia Hernandez received this honor at the City Council meeting on October 18th. Ms. Hernandez's enthusiasm and dedication to the Central Library's Young Adult program is most impressive. She has transformed a weary and worn section within the main book stacks into a bustling, bean-bagged book area for teens.
She is shown standing between Library Director Ron Hayden and Mayor Cathy Green and joined by her husband Daniel and co-workers.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department has been presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for the year 2003 by the Residential Fire Safety Institute (RFSI). The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire prevention activities that contribute to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires.
The Fire Department qualified for this award in year 2003 because it recorded zero fire deaths in structures during that year. Since 1995, the Fire Department has received this award for eight years. Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20% of all fires, they result in 80% of all fire deaths.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau
The Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau is a non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation that promotes HB as the premier overnight beach destination in Orange County and Southern California - a vision that our city's founders had more than 100 years ago but is only now coming to fruition. By providing important visitor services and luring more guests to Surf City, the Bureau helps strengthen our economy and enhance our lifestyle.
Those of us who live and work here are well aware of HB's charms. Without visitors, however, our cost-of-living would be higher and our quality-of-life would be diminished. Visitors enrich our economy with purchasing power and revenue generated from room, sales and property taxes. And don't forget all of the jobs created - not only in the hospitality industry. Many of the recreational, dining and shopping options that make HB so dynamic would not exist today without tourism. (Even our police department and parks are partially funded by these vital tax dollars.)
The Bureau offers a free visitors guide, toll-free 24-hour recorded information, advertising, public relations, a first-rate website - www.hbvisit.com - and numerous other promotions and activities to attract and inform visitors. Additionally, it staffs two visitor information centers (main office and a seasonal pier-side kiosk) to welcome visitors and direct them to area businesses.
Want to learn more? Well, here's your chance! The HB Pipeline, an online Bureau publication, is available bimonthly from the City's Website.