Around Town: The British (and Americans) are coming to H.B. Central Park

Members of the British army fire during an American Revolutionary War reenactment in Huntington Beach in 2018. Another will be held Saturday and Sunday at Huntington Beach's Central Park.
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The Huntington Beach Historical Society will present a reenactment of the American Revolutionary War on Saturday and Sunday at the city’s Central Park, 7111 Talbert Ave.

Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

For a complete schedule and other information, visit

Sportfishing festival comes to fairgrounds

The 11th annual Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival is set for Friday through Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

It will feature fishing seminars and gear for sale.

Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

General admission is $15. Active-duty military and children 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking is $10.

For more information, visit

Laguna junior lifeguards testing begins Friday

Testing for the Laguna Beach junior lifeguards program begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Laguna Beach High School pool, 670 Park Ave.

Tryouts will repeat at 6 p.m. on the following Fridays: March 13 and 27; April 17; May 1, 15 and 22; and June 12 and 26.

Saturday tests will be held at 4 p.m. this Saturday and March 14 and 28; April 18; May 2, 16 and 23; and June 13 and 27.

Junior lifeguards must be ages 8 to 15. They learn about ocean safety and rescue techniques and complete beach and fitness activities.

For more information, call (949) 497-0788.

Participants run on the beach following an ocean swim during Huntington Beach lifeguard tryouts in 2018. This year's tryouts are Saturday.
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H.B. lifeguard tryouts set for Saturday

The city of Huntington Beach is hiring 20 lifeguards, and tryouts start at 8 a.m. Saturday near the lifeguard headquarters at 103 Pacific Coast Hwy., near the pier.

Testing involves an ocean swim and running. Applicants must be age 17 by June 1 to be eligible.

Oral interviews will take place Sunday.

Applications are available at For more information, call (714) 536-5497.

Costa Mesa med spa holding benefit for Working Wardrobes

Beauty with a Mission, a medical spa at 234 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa, will hold a benefit Friday in which 100% of proceeds will go to help Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit whose Irvine headquarters was destroyed by fire Feb. 2.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering services including facials, chemical peels, laser hair removal and more.

    Services purchased Friday can be done at a later date.
    For more information, call (714) 504-8927.

    Seabirds Kitchen dessert gets place on PETA’s list of top vegan sweets

    Looking for a sweet, animal-friendly alternative to chocolate for Valentine’s Day on Friday? Seabirds Kitchen, which has locations at the Lab and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, has whipped up a dessert that recently snagged a spot on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ national top 10 list of vegan treats.

    PETA honored the Chaffle, a churro waffle topped with dairy-free vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and chopped walnuts, for being free of animal products such as eggs, milk or saturated fat and cholesterol.

    “Seabirds Kitchen’s vegan Chaffles are two decadent desserts in one — and the perfect way to show a little love to animals this Valentine’s Day,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. “PETA’s top 10 list is a love letter to the bakeries that whip up sweet treats without harming chickens, cows or any other animals.”

    Newport bird count to help conservation efforts

    The Great Backyard Bird Count, part of a nationwide initiative designed to aid bird conservation through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, will be held in Newport Beach on Saturday and Sunday.

    Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. either day at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive.

    The count will involve walking two to three miles. Rain will cancel the event.

    Registration is required by calling (949) 923-2250 or emailing

    Benefit for cat charity Saturday in Huntington Beach

    Second Chance Pet Adoptions will present a craft and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 5961 Warner Ave. in Huntington Beach.

    Cats also will be available for adoption.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit Second Chance, a nonprofit that rescues and find homes for abandoned cats.

    For more information, visit

    American Legion presents pancake breakfast in H.B.

    American Legion Post 133 will hold a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Rodgers Center, 1706 Orange Ave., Huntington Beach.

    Guests will get pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee for $5.

    Mardi Gras celebration Saturday at Segerstrom Center plaza

    The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts will be the site of a free Mardi Gras musical celebration starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

    New Orleans jazz and zydeco will be performed.

    The plaza is at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

    IKEA to host sleepover at Costa Mesa store

    Fans of IKEA can enter a contest to win an overnight stay in the furniture giant's Costa Mesa store, pictured.
    (File Photo / Los Angeles Times)

    IKEA’s Costa Mesa showroom will host a sleepover March 13, coinciding with World Sleep Day, and fans of the European furniture giant can enter a contest for a chance to win an overnight stay for themselves and a guest, with 20 potential winners.

    The night will include food, interactive activities, prizes, movies, an “insomniac lounge” and more, according to IKEA.

    Entries will be accepted through Feb. 23. Winners will be selected the next day and notified by email.

    The contest is open only to people who start a free membership in IKEA Family. To join, visit

    To enter the contest, visit

    H.B. Subaru dealership to host free festivities

    McKenna Subaru at 18801 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach is having a grand-opening event Saturday through Monday.

    Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with free festivities including face painting, food, business demonstrations and a rock climbing wall.

    For more information, visit

    ‘Loving Tiara’ author comes to Newport Beach

    Seaside Gallery and Goods in Newport Beach will host Tiffani Goff, author of the memoir “Loving Tiara,” on Saturday for a discussion, book signing and light lunch.

    Admission is free to the event, which runs from noon to 3 p.m.

    Seaside Gallery and Goods is at 124 Tustin Ave. For more information, call (949) 290-7249.

    South Laguna garden presents composting workshop

    The South Laguna Community Garden Park will offer a free composting workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    The class will be led by Ryan “Farmer Leo” Goldsmith and Ruben Flores. The garden is at 31610 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

    Reservations are requested by emailing

    Census information meeting at Newport library

    Representatives of the 2020 Census will speak in Newport Beach from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

    The discussion at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., will focus on what the census entails and how people can participate by generating community readiness, forming or joining count committees and applying for census jobs.

    Feedback on grant funding requested

    Newport Beach city officials are seeking residents’ views on Community Development Block Grant funding.

    Interested parties can attend a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd.

    State treasurer to speak in Newport

    The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club will host California Treasurer Fiona Ma during the club’s meeting Tuesday.

    Ma will give a presentation about the state’s financial health.

    The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Oasis Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

    To RSVP, visit For more information, call (949) 423-6468.

    H.B. literacy group picks book for 2020

    Huntington Beach Reads One Book, or HBReads, a local organization dedicated to promoting literacy in area high schools and the larger community, has selected “The 57 Bus” by Dashka Slater as its book for 2020.

    Events about the book are scheduled through March in Huntington Beach.

    They are:

    • Children’s events at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Oak View Library and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Central Library
    • Community panel at 7 p.m. March 5 at Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra
    • Movie night March 6 at the senior center
    • Meet-and-greets with Slater at 4 and 7 p.m. March 12 at the Central Library

    To learn more, visit

    OCTA starts new H.B.-Anaheim Hills route

    A new Orange County Transportation Authority bus route is serving Huntington Beach.

    Route 123 runs from the Goldenwest Transportation Center, 7301 Center Ave., to the Anaheim Canyon Metrolink station, with stops in several cities in between. Route 123 replaces Routes 21 and 24.

    OCTA also announced that Route 72, which travels between Sunset Beach and Tustin, will have more-frequent service.

    Forum in H.B. to discuss homelessness

    Homeless United Huntington Beach will present the Have a Heart Forum, a discussion about homelessness and faith-based leadership, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Community United Methodist Church, 6652 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach.

    Speakers will include the Rev. James Pike, pastor of Huntington Beach’s Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, John Begin, homeless initiative director for Trellis, a Costa Mesa-based consortium of local churches, and Huntington Beach City Manager Oliver Chi.

    Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for a light supper. Registration is required at

    For more information, email or call Pat at (714) 847-6617.

    ‘Last Boat Out of Shanghai’ author to appear at library

    Helen Zia, author of “The Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao’s Revolution,” will speak at the Newport Beach Central Library from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20.

    Tickets to the lecture are $27, or $21 for library foundation members.

    The library is at 1000 Avocado Ave. For tickets and more information, visit or call (949) 717-3892.

    Business meeting set for Laguna Beach

    A community meeting for people interested in starting a business in Laguna Beach will start at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

    The seminar will be at the Community & Susi Q Center, 380 Third St.

    For more information, call Anthony Viera at (949) 497-0398

    H.B. Art Center to host poetry night

    The Huntington Beach Art Center will host a night of poetry, music and storytelling from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

    Admission is by donation.

    For more information, visit

    Corona del Mar meeting to feature housing talk

    The Corona del Mar Residents Assn.'s Feb. 20 meeting will feature a discussion of housing-related issues affecting Newport Beach.

    Guest speakers will be Jim Campbell, assistant director of the city’s Community Development Department, and Ben Zdeba, an associate planner.

    The meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Oasis Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

    For more information, visit or call (949) 478-2454.

    UCI to host 2-day conference on artificial intelligence

    The UCI Forum for the Academy and the Public will present a two-day conference on “The Future of the Future: The Ethics and Implications of AI” on Feb. 21-22.

    Keynote speaker Bruce Sterling, a science-fiction author, and an international panel of writers, academics and communicators will discuss artificial intelligence.

    The forum begins at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Crystal Cove Auditorium at UC Irvine’s Student Center and continues at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22 in the Humanities Gateway building.

    All events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested at (search for the conference name). Visitor parking will be available in the Student Center and Mesa parking structures for $13 per day or $2 per hour.

    For a full events schedule, visit

    O.C. fire yearbook available to the public

    Capt. Chip Gilmore of the Laguna Beach Fire Department holds a copy of the newly published 2020 yearbook for the Orange County Fire Services Assn.
    (Courtesy of Jonathan Molvik)

    Orange County fire departments have put together a 2020 yearbook for the Orange County Fire Services Assn. that is available to the general public.

    The 342-page book commemorates the past 10 years of the Orange County fire departments with pictures and portraits of firefighters and staff members. Also featured are photos of fires throughout the state over the past decade.

    To order a copy,

    Applications open for Newport Beach Art Exhibition

    The Newport Beach Arts Commission is inviting artists to participate in the 56th annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition, which will be held June 20.

    Artists 18 and older can submit one or two original works to be displayed and judged. Entry fees are $30 for one entry and $40 for two. Awards will range from $100 to $300.

    The entry deadline is May 29. For more information, visit or call (949) 717-3802.

    Design event coming to Costa Mesa

    South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa will host its Design & Dine event from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

    It will feature Audrey Crisp, a social media influencer and interior design expert, and Heather Ballard, a stylist, at Room & Board, 3309 Hyland Ave. Suite A. Refreshments will be provided.

    The event is free, but registration is required. To register, visit and search for “Design & Dine.”

    Laguna Art Museum auction raises $500,000

    The Laguna Art Museum’s California Cool Art Auction raised more than $500,000, according to a news release.

    The 38th annual benefit auction attracted nearly 400 guests to its live event Feb. 1.

    Proceeds will benefit the museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

    Hoag named one of top 50 hospitals for ninth year

    Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach was recently named one of America’s 50 best hospitals by

    Hoag has received the distinction for nine consecutive years and is the only Orange County hospital ranked in the top 50.

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