Around Town: Want to be a Huntington Beach lifeguard? Tryouts are Feb. 17

Around Town: Want to be a Huntington Beach lifeguard? Tryouts are Feb. 17
Huntington Beach will have lifeguard tryouts Feb. 17. The process involves ocean swimming and running on the sand. (File Photo)

Tryouts to be a Huntington Beach lifeguard will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 17.

The tryouts will require swimming and running near the Huntington Beach Pier. Applicants must be age 17 by June 1.


Pay starts at $18.65 an hour.

Applications are available at and must be submitted by noon Feb. 15. For more information, call (714) 536-5497.


UC Irvine named command post for free-speech center

The University of California announced Thursday that UC Irvine would serve as the command post for the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman will oversee the center’s administration and begin searching for an executive director who will manage operations and programming.

The university also announced the inaugural class of 10 fellows. The group of scholars, students and analysts from across the country will research First Amendment issues for a year.

Each fellow will reside for a week at one of the 10 UC campuses to engage with students, faculty, administrators and community members.

Revolutionary War comes to Huntington Beach in reenactment this weekend

A Revolutionary War reenactment is scheduled for this weekend at Huntington Beach’s Central Park.

The Americans and British will again fight it out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, courtesy of the Huntington Beach Historical Society.

The free event is open to the public and will include battle re-creations, live entertainment, demonstrations, food options and more.

Central Park is at 7111 Talbert Ave. For the full schedule and more information, visit

OCC’s 24 Hour Play Festival set for Saturday and Sunday

Orange Coast College’s student repertory will present its eighth annual 24 Hour Play Festival, Again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Both performances will be at the college’s Drama Lab Studio Theatre at 2701 Fairview Road in Costa Mesa.

Admission is free. The production is recommended for mature audiences.

For tickets, visit

LCAD to unveil new mural Monday

Laguna College of Art + Design will unveil a new mural called “Upside Downtown,” by alumnus and faculty member Timothy Robert Smith, on Monday.

The unveiling is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the campus, 2265 Laguna Canyon Road.

Costa Mesa installing new bike racks at 13 parks

Costa Mesa city employees have begun installing bike racks at 13 parks.

The racks are custom-made and feature the city logo.

Some of the new racks will replace old racks.

Ocean View School District and administrators honored for leadership skills

The Ocean View School District received awards from the Assn. of California School Administrators Region 17 for demonstrating leadership skills in education programs and student achievement.

Ocean View and the nonprofit Assistance League of Huntington Beach will receive the Partners in Educational Excellence Award.

Ocean View Deputy Supt. of Administrative Services Michael Conroy was named Administrator of the Year for Business Services.

Marine View Middle School Principal William Lynch was named Administrator of the Year for Middle Grades.

The award recipients will be honored at the Orange County Administrators of the Year Banquet on May 7 in Irvine.

Sunburst Youth Academy cadets help clean Fairview Park

More than 55 female cadets from the Sunburst Youth Academy National Guard ChalleNGe Program of Los Alamitos visited Fairview Park in Costa Mesa on Jan. 27 to clean up and clear brush around the Orange County Model Engineers’ rideable railroad.

The academy focuses on helping high school dropouts develop skills, education and self-discipline.

H.B. Art Center to host ‘Art for Lunch’ event

The Huntington Beach Art Center will host “Art for Lunch” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

The event will feature the center’s latest exhibition, “Centered on the Center,” which includes more than 300 works and 225 artists.

Desserts and drinks will be provided. For more information, call (714) 374-1650.

Newport fire chief to speak to CdM residents group

The Corona del Mar Residents Assn. board of directors will have its monthly meeting Feb. 15, featuring Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan as guest speaker.

The meeting will be held at the Oasis Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave.

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

Southern California Edison to use helicopter for Laguna project

Southern California Edison will be using a helicopter to replace a pole in Laguna Beach on Feb. 15.

City officials said the job, in the open space east of Moulton Meadows Park, has permission from Orange County. The helicopter will use a fire road between Top of the World and Arch Beach Heights as a landing and loading zone.

Golden View Elementary to host meeting on new science program

Golden View Elementary School in Huntington Beach will host an informational meeting Feb. 15 about its new environmental science program scheduled to begin in the 2018-19 school year.

The program will include biology, chemistry, ecology, physics and geology and use the school’s new 2½-acre farm and garden.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at 17251 Golden View Lane.

Fundraising bar crawl coming to Newport

The second annual Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Newport Beach. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Orange County.

The event will begin at Malarky’s Irish Pub and include a raffle.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at

Crystal Cove Conservancy to present program about cottages

The Crystal Cove Conservancy will present a program about the Crystal Cove cottages Feb. 25.

Laura Davick, founder of the conservancy and one of the authors of “Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the California Coast,” will be present. The event, which includes a second-edition book signing and a tour, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crystal Cove State Park’s visitor center.

For more information and to RSVP, visit

Pelican Hill Golf Club to host KidWorks Classic tournament

Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast will host the sixth annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament on May 3 to help neighborhoods in Santa Ana.

For sponsorship information and event details, call Lis Gels at (714) 834-9400, ext. 126.