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Hello Friends,

Just A Reminder: If You Live Off Of Edwards In Huntington Beach Between Slater And Varsity. You’ll Notice The Road Construction. What’s Happening Is A New Sewer Line For A New Lift Station Is Being Constructed. This New Sewer Line Is Going From Balmoral To Slater. The Scheduled Time For Competition Is One Week For The Work On Edwards Street. The Newer Sewer Lift Station Is Scheduled To Be Completed In Mid November On Balmoral. If You Have Any Additional Questions Contact Dereck Livermore In Public Works At: (714) 374-1732.

Here Are Some Events Happening:


The Fifteenth Annual Fishing Derby On The Seal Beach Pier Takes Place Starting With Registration From 7:00AM To 9:00AM, Tournament 7:30AM To Noon, Catch, Weigh And Release. Bring Your Own Rod And Reel. Free Refreshments For Participants, Great Prizes And Trophies For Largest Fish Caught. This Event Is For All Youth To 15 Years Old. The Bait Is Provided Free And The Registration Fee Is Free. This Event Is Sponsored By The Rotary Club Of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach. if You Have Any Questions Please E-Mail Pat Eskenazi Event Chairperson At: .

The Second Annual Pro-Line Surf City Classic RC Race Is Being Held At The OC Raceway On Jason Circle In Huntington Beach Which Is Off Of Bolsa Chica Near Argosy.
3 Qualifiers On Saturday Are Advancing To Sunday’s Finale Race. The Entry Fee Is $45 For The First Class And $30 For Each Additional Class. Log On To: For More Information On The Event. It Is Free For Spectators To Come And Watch.


From 1PM To 4PM At The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum Is A Free Surfin Sunday Concert In The Parking Lot At 411 Olive Avenue Near 5th Street. The Surf Bands Chum And Jason Lee And The Rip Tides Are Playing. There Is Covered Seating.
If You Have Any Questions Please Call: (714) 960-3483.

Plum Festival at Old World Village German Day Celebration. Live Music with plum dishes such as the delicious dessert, Pflaumenkuchen (plum cake), Food and Bounce House for the Kids. No cover.   Location: 7561 Center Avenue #49, Huntington Beach, California. Time: 2 - 6 p.m.  Phone: (714) 647-7107. Website: .

Next Tuesday Is Art For Lunch At The Huntington Beach Art Center From 11:30AM To 1:30PM At 538 Main Street In Huntington Beach. Beverages And Deserts Are Provided. You Could Bring Your Own Lunch, Some Friends And Enjoy The Exhibit Which Is: Land Sea Air. If You Have Questions Please Call: (714) 374-1650.

Next Wednesday Is The Finale Of The Free Seal Beach Summer Concert Series Featuring The Elm Street Band From 6PM To 8PM At Eisenhower Park Near Ocean At Main Adjacent To The Seal Beach Pier. Again Many Thank You’s To The Sponsors Which Are:
The Seal Beach Chamber Of Commerce, Verizon Fios, The Eric Lenahan State Farm Insurance Agency BAYTOWN REALTY, AMERICAN REALTY BROKERS And More.The People That Put This Event On Deserve Recognition And They Are: Seal Beach Chamber Of Commerce President Jim Klisanin, Seal Beach Chamber Of Commerce Vice President Seth Eaker And Chamber Members Erik Dreyer-Goldman, George Banker, Joann Adams And Ron Grunzweig. If You Have Any Questions Please Call: (562) 799-0179.

Don’t Forget That If You Want To Know What Events Are Happening In Huntington Beach Log On To: .

Greg Furlong, Award Winning News Cameraman for KOCE, along with Ely Santos of the Surf City Store have teamed up to create a Centennial commercial promoting the awareness of the 100th Anniversary of Huntington Beach and the Centennial product line. It’s a fun commercial with a lot of locals included and points out which stores are selling Centennial Mementos. Check it out you may see someone you know. It is now airing on HBTV-3 approximately every two hours on or around every even hour. If you can’t get HBTV-3 click on this link,
to see it on YouTube. Happy 100th Anniversary Surf City Huntington Beach!!

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Chris MacDonald (Your Friend)

28 Aug, 2009

Huntington Beach Coupon Discounts and Food News

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: beaches| california| dining

Huntington Beach Weekly News from Chris MacDonald

Hi HB Locals and Visitors! We have new coupons this week. One is even a free gift.

Have You Logged On To: Lately?  You Could Start Saving Tons Of Money At The Places You Shop At. Here Are Some Of The Businessest:

We have four free items now: 1 pack of Free NFL Football Trading Cards just for dropping Baseball Cards Plus at the small shopping center near the corner of Edinger and Edwards Streets. It is in the mall where we also feature another coupon for Sportfishing at Mako Matt’s. Also get a free Slurpee, free cup of coffee, and a free shopping bag from First Bank.

Food is one of our most popular coupon items. Here are a few coupon discounts for Huntington Beach:


New Zealand Natural Ice Cream At The Strand  $1 Off
Baskin Robbins at Springdale & Warner ,or $3 off a $15 cake purchase
Cake Box 10% of your purchase
Rocky Mountain Chocolate 3 cookies for $5
IHOP  Kids eat free after 4 p.m. in downtown Huntington Beach


Caffe Gazelle Authentic Italian Cuisine 10 Percent Off Any Entree
Round Table Pizza $3 Off Any Extra Large Pizza, $2 Off Any Large Pizza And $1 Off Any Medium Pizza;
Pancho Frijoles Mexican Restaurant Save 50 Percent On Second Combo Plate With Purchase Of Another Combo At Regular Price;
Linda’s Mexican Restaurant 50 Percent Off Second Combo Plate With Purchase Of A Combo At Regular Price And Two Beverages.


Gyro Kabob Soon To Be California Greek 10 Percent Off $20 And More
Coach’s Mediterranean Grill And Bar 15 Percent Off Of The Dinner Menu


Himalayan Grill


Gong’s Special for 2 People $8.95 (full dinner!)


John’s Philly Grill - get free order of Philly fries
Subway after 4 p.m. special for 2 with 2-6″ sandwiches, 2 beverages and two bags of chips
Coach’s Deli 20 Percent Off  any food order

There’s a lot more to enjoy when you click and save online at!

28 Aug, 2009

Love a Halloween Boo Parade in San Diego Oct. 24

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: beaches| events

San Diego, Calif.–Halloween is California’s favorite holiday practically, and the parades and celebrations abound. One special event with a carnival, parade, and dog costume contest is San Diego’s  Boo Parade and Carnival that travels along El Cajon Blvd. and culminates in an afternoon of music, entertainment and carnival rides at Clay Park. The event is free, free, free! For more information,  Here are some nearby hotels.

Solvang, Calif. –Get out your best appetite for Danish culture at its finest in the Danish Capital USA, Solvang! We love the bakery goods prepared year-round, and locally-crafted wines. But during this event you see the city simply shine with Great Danes, a parade with the beer wagon, and Danish culture on display. The event is now in its 73rd year! It will be held in California’s favorite escape and beaches–Central Coast.  The event this year honor’s a great Dane, Victor Borge, who will be commemorated with a special exhibit.  When you enter town, go pat the head (bust) of Hans Christian Anderson in the park for good luck!  And while visiting, stop by famous road stop, Anderson’s Split Pea Soup, for a cup or bowl of the tasty green food across the highway in Buellton.  Just exit Interest 101 at the Solvang exit and head for town. Local hotels in Solvang still offer a few rooms though they’ve raised their rates. My best options include beach close hotels in Lompoc, less than 30 minutes by car where there’s an Embassy Suites that’s very nice.

28 Aug, 2009

California Fires–Stick to California News Source

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: beaches| california| events

“California governor declares wildfire emergency,” so goes AP news service release as of 11 a.m. PST on Fri. Aug. 28, 2009.   If you click Google news search links and don’t pay attention, you may get news about the fires, earthquakes or other breaking news from New Delhi or Taiwan search engines. Such sources are absorbing original sources, re-sifting and spewing out news from yesterday. If you don’t pay attention, you would be grossly misinformed and think that you are reading today’s breaking news.

While Bing and Yahoo have not reached the sophistication of search engine parsing for news just yet, Google’s algorithms look like they need some work, or they are based on things that don’t bring the most relavent information into the top of the lists. Generally among the best sources for AP coverage digestion and breaking news in California San Jose Mercury News does a good job. Los Angeles Times isn’t quite as useful on state coverage, but they are still among my top sources for reading about breaking news events.

28 Aug, 2009

San Diego Restaurants…What’s New?

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: beaches| california| dining| travel

San Diego, CA– Dining in San Diego is one of the best things to do when you visit. There’s always something new going on. Here’s a few developments in the dining & cuisine scene:

Cucina Urbana, a small plates Italian-American restaurant, provides  a rustic Italian kitchen highlighting seasonal and classic cuisines from various Italian regions combined with a distinct California farm-to-table flair. Pizza Mia kids menu, 100 wines from the Americas and Italy for adults, award-winning cocktails infused with seasonal ingredients and a rotating selection of local microbrews and Italian beers accept comfort foods.

Casa de Bandini opened in Carlsbad  to recreate the romantic essence of Old Mexico.  Dine in cozy indoor dining rooms that feature authentic Mexican folk art and festive hand-painted walls or on beautiful outdoor patios under colorful umbrellas.  Casa de Bandini’s menu showcases traditional Mexican cuisine and innovative entrees that pair the restaurant’s famous giant margaritas.  For more information call 760-634-3443, or

Casa de Reyes restaurant and a new restaurant, Barra Barra, were greeted in Old Town San Diego’s Fiesta de Reyes this summer.  Casa de Reyes, an outdoor courtyard restaurant in the center of Fiesta de Reyes, features an outdoor tortilla factory, mariachi stage and California hacienda décor. Mexican food includes classic favorites like homemade tamales, chile rellenos and sizzling fajitas.  Barra Barra serves eclectic Latin American fare in an intimate home-style building.   Mexican artifacts, artwork, furniture and decorations adorn the indoors, while authentic firepits and outdoor chandeliers decorate the outdoor patio dining area.  Bara Bara’s menu features a unique blend of homemade chips, tacos, tortas, combination platters, enchiladas and more.  Call 619-297-3100,

28 Aug, 2009

Ventura Co. Okto-Beerfest Sep. 26-27 Newbury Park

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: california| events| travel

Ventura County’s Underwood Family Farms is hosting an annual event everybody loves. On Sept. 26 and 27 get ready for some tough competition.  The Newbury Park Rotary club is holding their 23rd annual Oktoberfest with live German music and dancers, wine and beer tasting with California wines and German brews available, Bavarian costumes and stein-holding contests. Craft vendors, a petting zoo, pumpkin and vegetable picking, corn slingshot, pig races, and free
hayrides are also on tap. German food will be available as well as a full food court with variety of tastes. Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, kids under two free. Free parking. Active military (with current ID) enter free! Tickets: Call: (805) 701-7248. Just 20 minutes away is Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach in Oxnard. Nice place on the beach…it’s the the best choice.

28 Aug, 2009

Pleasanton Street Party Sept.2 Closes Summer Season

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: california| events

Pleasanton, Calif.–1st Wednesday Street Party… Celebrate Pleasanton! on September 2, 2009. Street Parties are coming to an end and what better way to say “so long!” than to celebrate the wonderful city and a very special downtown at the “1st Wednesday Street Party - Celebrate Pleasanton!” from 6-9 p.m. on September 2 in the downtown.  Dance under the stars to the music of D-Lucca, the featured band. Stroll down the middle of Main Street  and visit the many unique shops, businesses and restaurants that line the streets of our historic downtown. Beer, including selections from Anheuser Busch, Trumer Pils and micro-brews from the Main Street Brewery will be on tap.  Wines from Elliston and Fenestra will also be available.  Purchase drink scripts for $5 from the volunteer booth.  Ticket sales end at 8:30 p.m. and alcohol stops flowing at 8:45 p.m. Call: Pleasanton Downtown Association, (925) 484-2199.

A delightful place to stay in the heart of downtown is The Rose Hotel, a newly constructed, thirty-eight room boutique hotel for business and leisure travelers. Guestrooms, created with an upscale residential flare, have an eclectic mix of fine furnishings. Designed for business, high speed internet access, laptop computer on request, complimentary newspaper,  polished shoes each morning, bed turn-down, and the finest European-style bedding assure a great stay at the Heathman Collection - Distinctly Local Luxury Hotels.

28 Aug, 2009

San Francisco Treasure Island WineFest Oct. 11

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: california| events

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF - Treasure Island WineFest.  Built for the 1939 Expo in San Francisco, Treasure Island was named after the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. The artificial island in the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland is the ideal spot for a Treasured Day of wine sampling featuring Lodi Wine Country growers and vintners.  The First Annual Treasure Island WineFest will  feature Lodi wines exclusively. Attendees will sip on Lodi’s Award-winning wines while enjoying culinary creations from Wine Valley Catering. There will also be educational seminars, strolling entertainment and Fleet Week aerial shows. Time: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  Admission is $55 in advance and $65 at the door. Location: Pavilion by the Bay at Treasure Island Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, Ca. 94130. Call: (877) 367-4757 anna@tiwinefest. Need a hotel room? Jack London Inn is quite affordable and accesses the Jack London Square, a great place to be on Farmer’s Market weekends. The Waterfront Hotel (a Joie de Vivre hotel), is a bit nicer and had waterfront views. The price for this particular day is incredible.

Glenn Miller Orchestra, the most popular and sought-after big band in the world for both concert and swing dance engagements, will perform onboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet on Saturday, September 12. The Glenn Miller Orchestra will play from 8 p.m. to midnight with dancing on three large dance floors on the enclosed hangar deck. The Singing Blue Stars will perform a tribute to the Andrews Sisters during intermission. Period attire is encouraged.

Glenn Miller was a Swing era (30s and 40s) composer and performer known for hits such as In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade, and Tuxedo Junction. Time: 8 p.m. (dance lessons at 7 p.m.)  Cost: $45 up.



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  • Jesse: It was a great day all over Southern California. All the fans wore their jersey and hats to the beach. Even little kids showed their pride for L.A.'s
  • Lisa: OHh.. I wanna do hair for this event next time! =)
  • Herb Spitzer: Surfer/Guitarist Ray Spitzer passed away 6/18/10. He is survived by his wife and 2 childern. Ray had been battling cancer in his back for years. He wo