October 30 , 2007
The Huntington Beach Youth Board - Members of the Huntington Beach Youth Board held a successful bake sale on October 24. A Halloween theme added to the fun of Youth Board members visiting each floor of City Hall with their “goody cart.” The Youth Board hopes to hold three bake sales per year: Halloween, Christmas, and Easter, to offset costs of Youth in Government Day. The board wishes to thank all those who contributed toward this successful and fun-filled fundraising event.
National Geographic Features Former HBAC Artist Rob Sweere - The November 2007 issue of National Geographic magazine features the work of artist Rob Sweere, one of four international artists showcased in the Huntington Beach Art Center’s (HBAC) “On Board” exhibition this past summer. The magazine’s monthly Visions of Earth series, which shows a view of the world through a photographer’s eye, features Sweere’s Silent Sky Project #13 taken in the Netherlands honoring 25 years of Terschelling Island’s Oerol Theater festival. Two thousand people lined up along twenty five giant rings of sand sculpted on the beach in what Rob called “a silent conversation with the sky.” This photograph was also one of 19 Silent Sky Project photographs shown at HBAC’s “On Board” exhibition. Silent Sky Project #20, the first project to be produced in the United States, took place in Huntington Beach with Rob inviting surfers to become part of the “conversation with the sky” experience. On a cloudy June 15th, 12 dedicated surfers paddled out to a buoy-secured line just south of the Huntington Beach Pier and relaxed on their backs for 30 minutes. Once back on land, the participating surfers described their personal connections with the sky and water. A full-color, 24-page exhibition catalog featuring Rob’s work is available for purchase at the HBAC for $20. Please call 374-1650.
Autumn Health Fair & Flu Shots - The city of Huntington Beach Senior Services is sponsoring an autumn health fair in conjunction with its annual, free flu shot clinic on Thursday, November 8, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ center, 1706 Orange Avenue. On average each year, the County of Orange Health Care Agency administers 650 inoculations to seniors 50+ at the center. This year, in addition to their shot, seniors will also have access to a variety of information regarding senior health and successful aging including hearing testing, stroke screening, derma scan, and cholesterol screening. Transportation is provided by HB Senior Services Seniors on the Go program for Huntington Beach seniors to the Autumn Health Fair and flu shot clinic. Unique to this flu shot clinic is the opportunity for elders too frail to wait in line to be inoculated from the comfort of their bus seats. Seniors on the Go will pick the seniors up at their homes and bring them to the center where a nurse will board the bus and give shots to all who remain seated. Then they will be bussed back to their homes. For more information, please call the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center at 536-9387.
Community Senior Serv - Celebrating the recent merger of Feedback Foundation with South County Senior Services, Community SeniorServ hosted 175 seniors and special guests at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center to a roasted turkey lunch on Wednesday, October 24. With their merger, Community SeniorServ anticipates better service to Orange County seniors. Community SeniorServ provides the freshly prepared meals that volunteers from Huntington Beach Senior Services deliver each weekday to community seniors. Community SeniorServ also runs the congregate lunch program at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center. At the luncheon, Community SeniorServ recognized Huntington Beach Seniors’ Outreach as a Star Supporter of SeniorServ.
Youth Sports Grants - Applications for the city of Huntington Beach Youth Sports Grants are now available on line and from the Community Services Department 536-5486. The Youth Sports Grant Program is designed to improve facilities for youth sports in Huntington Beach by providing supplemental assistance to nonprofit youth groups’ existing resources for projects as proposed (not ongoing operational costs). Grants must be for capital expenditures such as permanent construction/repairs (backstops, lights, etc.), not portable fixtures or equipment. The project must be located on public property within the city of Huntington Beach. For more information regarding qualifications and requirements, please refer to the Youth Sports Grant Application.
City of Huntington Beach Receives “The Certificate of Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting” - The city of Huntington Beach received an award for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) from the Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) for the year ending September 30, 2006. The PAFR is a high-level, financial report intended for casual users that presents the city’s financial information in a user-friendly format. The program started in the early 1990’s, and the city is one of few cities in the United States to prepare such a report. The 2006 report met the GFOA’s requirements for creativity, presentation, understandability, and reader appeal. This is the first year the city submitted this report for the awards program.
Southeast Area Traffic Public Forum - The city of Huntington Beach will host a forum to discuss traffic safety issues in the southeast area of the city. Elected officials and staff from the Police and Public Works Departments will present current information about efforts to improve traffic safety in the area and answer questions from residents. Anticipated topics include vehicle speeds, pedestrian and bicycle safety, school-related activities on the streets, enforcement efforts, and upcoming street improvements. Residents are encouraged to come and share their concerns and perspectives on these and other traffic safety issues. The meeting will be held at the John H. Eader Elementary School Cafeteria on Thursday, November 1, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors. You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed. This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.