Around Town: Choose your battles — Civil War Days in Huntington Beach this weekend

Union army rides into battle vs. the Rebel fighters at the Huntington Beach Historical Society's Civil War Days in 2019.
The Huntington Beach Historical Society will present Civil War Days this weekend. Above, the Union army rides into battle vs. the Rebel fighters in the 2019 reenactment.
(Raul Roa)

The Huntington Beach Historical Society is hosting the 29th annual Civil War Days living history event in Huntington Beach Central Park this weekend.

Camps open to the public on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Battle times are at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The event will also feature historic recreations, such as President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and a conversation with Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.

For more information on the free event, visit

Labor Day weekend at Newport Dunes

The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is hosting a number of events and activities this Labor Day weekend.

Live entertainment and music on Saturday, “Tunes at the Dunes,” will begin at 3 p.m. Several food trucks and a full bar will make food and drinks available.

An inflatable water park will offer some additional fun throughout the weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, visit

Original Lobster Festival returns to Fountain Valley next weekend

The Original Lobster Festival is coming to Fountain Valley Sports Park from Sept. 9 to 11.

The festival, which is in its 26th year, will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Attendees will have the chance to enjoy succulent crustaceans, a dance floor, tequila and whiskey tasting and a karaoke lounge.

For the kids, there will be a magic show, balloon twisting, face painting and carnival rides and games.

Gate admission is $5 on Friday, and it is $15 on the weekend. Children age 12 and under will be admitted at no cost, and parking is also free.

For more information, visit

Huntington Beach spokeswoman wins statewide honor

Jennifer Carey
Jennifer Carey, spokeswoman for the city of Huntington Beach, has been honored with a statewide award for her work.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Huntington Beach public affairs manager Jennifer Carey has been honored as the California Assn. of Public Information Officials Crisis Communications Leader of the Year.

Carey received the honor at the annual CAPIO conference in San Diego on Wednesday night.

Carey was previously the public information officer for the Huntington Beach Police Department, starting in May 2021, before being promoted in January. A Huntington Beach native, she was honored for her work including coordination efforts following the oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach last October during the Pacific Airshow.

“I am tremendously grateful to serve my hometown of Huntington Beach,” Carey said in an email. “I have the profound privilege of working alongside many talented and hardworking individuals who are dedicated to making this community the best it can be. Without their ongoing support, this award wouldn’t have been possible.”

‘Protect & Preserve’ online day of giving Wednesday to honor O.C. environmental, marine groups

The Orange County Community Foundation invites local residents and supporters of environmental causes to help protect the county’s natural habitats and marine protected areas by supporting nine area nonprofits in “Protect & Preserve,” a collaborative online giving day Wednesday.

Contributions may be directed to nine nonprofits whose work benefits Orange County’s open spaces and 52 miles of marine protected coastline waters, including the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Crystal Cove Conservancy, Environmental Nature Center, Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, Laguna Canyon Foundation, Laguna Ocean Foundation, OC Habitats and the Ecology Center.

The virtual fundraiser hopes to raise a collective $100,000 during the 24-hour day of giving. For more, visit

John Wayne Airport to host job fair Sept. 17

Job seekers can meet with airport tenants who serve John Wayne Airport to learn more about positions in a variety of industries and locations, as JWA hosts a job fair Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 3160 Airway Ave. in Costa Mesa.

The event will be held in the Airport Commission room in the John Wayne Airport Administration Building. Parking is free.

OC Public Libraries celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month in September

OC Public Libraries joins the American Library Assn. and libraries nationwide in an initiative intended to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Throughout September, libraries across Orange County will host a monthlong photo campaign, in which new and existing OC Public Libraries cardholders can share a photo with their library card or at their favorite library branch, tag @ocpubliclibraries and be featured across social media platforms. Those who participate will be entered to win a prize at the end of the month.

Special guest “Froggy” will be available for additional photo opportunities at Fountain Valley Library, 17635 Los Alamos, in Fountain Valley, on Sept. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. Froggy will also make appearances at Westminster Library on Sept. 27 and Aliso Viejo Library on Sept. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more visit

Taste of Laguna set for Oct. 13

Looking ahead to next month, the Taste of Laguna food and music festival will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious bites from local restaurants. A live music performance will feature the Mighty Untouchables.

General admission for the event is $85. Or guests can opt for a $150 VIP ticket, which includes a one-hour early entry at 5 p.m. and a private tequila tasting and bar. The event is open to individuals who are at least 21 years of age.

For more information, visit

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