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Around Town: Downtown Residents Assn. makes endorsements

Downtown residents group makes election endorsements

The Huntington Beach Downtown Residents Assn. says it is endorsing Planning Commissioner Mark Bixby and incumbents Joe Shaw and Connie Boardman in the Nov. 4 City Council election.

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The group also endorsed incumbent Jennifer McGrath in the city attorney race.

For more information, visit hbdra.com.

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H.B.'s Olloclip gets Small Business of the Year award

Olloclip, based in Huntington Beach, was awarded the Small Business of the Year honor this month at the Consumer Electronics Assn.'s Innovation Entrepreneur Awards.

Olloclip founder and Chief Executive Patrick O'Neill used the Kickstarter crowdfunding system to help develop a quick-connect photo lens for mobile phones. The 3-year-old company recently expanded its products to include the Samsung Galaxy in addition to the Apple iPhone and iPad.

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California Pizza Kitchen contest winner gets $100,000

California Pizza Kitchen's location at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach hosted the restaurant chain's chief executive, G.J. Hart, for a presentation of $100,000 to Westminster resident Victoria Hunt, winner of the grand prize in the company's "Slice of the Prize" contest.

During the sweepstakes, which ran in June and July, California Pizza Kitchen guests nationwide were given sealed envelopes good for a range of prizes including meal and travel offers, shopping sprees and cash. Hunt, an employee of Huntington Harbour Veterinary Clinic, received the envelope containing the grand prize during a visit to a CPK in Long Beach. She redeemed it a few days later at the Huntington Beach restaurant. She received the check Oct. 8.

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Developer's Belize project raking in awards

Real estate venture Eco-Futures Development, spearheaded by Huntington Beach resident Luke Chadwick, has received 17 international awards for Sanctuary Belize, a master-planned community in Belize, a country on the northeastern coast of Central America.

The 14,000-acre retirement and vacation community has won the International Property Award for Best Mixed-Use Development for three consecutive years, along with various other honors. About 70 percent of the property is permanent open space in correlation with the development's 10,000-acre private wildlife reserve.

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Alzheimer's center recognized for excellence

The Alzheimer's Family Services Center of Huntington Beach said it has achieved the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's "Excellence in Care" distinction by meeting the foundation's national standards for dementia care, including safety and security, staff training, activities, communication and responding to clients' physiological, functional and social needs.

The center provides care for people in various stages of memory loss, offering therapeutic activities, counseling, socialization, and support for caregivers and families. For more information, visit http://www.afscenter.org.

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MADD 5K fundraiser Saturday in Huntington

Mothers Against Drunk Driving will present its annual Huntington Beach Walk Like MADD 5K from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Huntington City Beach.

The event includes a 3.1-mile walk, live entertainment, food, a products and services marketplace, contests and more. Visitors can post on a wall of honor a photo of someone killed or injured by a drunk driver.

Teams will walk to raise funds for MADD's efforts to fight drunk driving and help victims and their families.

To participate or donate, visit http://www.walklikemadd.org/huntingtonbeach.

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Local restaurant hosts benefit for pet rescue

Mama's on 39 restaurant in Huntington Beach will host Partida for Paws from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, when pets will compete in costume contests and owners can partake of food and drinks. Proceeds from sales of cocktails made with Partida tequila will benefit The Pet Rescue Center, based in Mission Viejo.

Mama's is at 21022 Beach Blvd. For more information, visit mamason39.com.

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Sunday is Family Arts Day at art center

Children can try their hand at a variety of art activities taught by professional artists from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday during the annual Family Arts Day at the Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St.

The event will include performances by the Seabreeze Youth Orchestra and Tupua Dance Productions. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

For more information, call (714) 374-1650.

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