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TODAY

Community for Class Size Reduction will hold "McClass Size

Reduction Nights." Family and friends of the Huntington Beach City

School District's eight elementary schools can visit their local

McDonald's from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and McDonald's will give the group

25% of the proceeds, which will go to the campaign to keep low class

sizes in the district. Tonight's events are scheduled for the

McDonald's restaurants at 19350 Goldenwest St. and 20362 Beach Blvd.

Companion Hospice is now recruiting volunteers for an upcoming

training session, which will be facilitated in the Huntington Beach

area, and is scheduled to begin Feb. 19. Become a friend for someone

who needs that extra special caring at the end-of-life. Each

applicant will receive 16 hours of orientation and training from a

professional team. Information: (714) 560-8177 or

volunteers@Companion Hospice.com.

SATURDAY

Save Our Strays of Huntington Beach will sponsor a low-cost

microchip identification and dog licensing event at the Lake View

Park Clubhouse at 17451 Zeider Lane. Microchipping will be available

only to Huntington Beach residents and will cost $5. To be eligible,

dog owners must provide proof of residency and have a valid dog

license. Annual dog licenses will also be available. Information:

(714) 442-1446.

The American Assn. of University Women will host a lunch meeting

on the topic of "Iran Revisited." University of Phoenix professor

Jackie Shahzadi will discuss her visit to Iran after spending 22

years outside of that country. The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m.

at the Meadowlark Golf Club, 16782 Graham St. The cost of admission

will be $15. Information: (714) 895-1268.

WEDNESDAY

Huntington Harbour Republican Federated will host a general

meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Meadowlark Golf Course, 16782 Graham St.

Newly elected California President Martha House is the featured

speaker. A lunch following the free meeting will cost $15.

Information: (714) 840-0995.

JAN. 30

Inventors Forum, the Huntington Beach-based nonprofit inventors'

support group, will meet at Rodgers' Senior Center, 1706 Orange Ave.

The $5 entrance fee includes refreshments. This meeting is for

members only but interested inventors may join at the door.

Information: (714) 540-5491 or http://www.inventorsforum.org.

FEB. 7

The Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tour is a free one-and-a-half-

hour tour that makes five stops along the walk-bridge and loop

trail of the wetlands. Trained tour guides discuss bird

identification, ecology, endangered species, early history and

current status. Displays, literature and merchandise are available in

the parking lot. No reservations are required for the public tour.

Warm clothing and binoculars are recommended. The time will be 9 to

10:30 a.m. Meet at the walk-bridge of the Bolsa Chica Ecological

Reserve on the east side of Pacific Coast Highway between Warner

Avenue and Seapoint Street. Admission will be free. Information:

(714) 840-1575.

FEB. 8

Huntington Dog Beach is seeking volunteers to help clean up the

beach. The cleanup will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and free

pizza will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Quarters for

parking and cleaning supplies will also be provided. Huntington Dog

Beach is along Pacific Coast Highway between 21st and Seapoint streets. Volunteers will meet at the bluff near Tower 24 at the white

canopy. Nearest parking is between Goldenwest and Seapoint streets.

Information: (714) 841-8644 or http://www.dogbeach.org.

FEB. 13

Cupid's Arrow will be offered by Hotel Huntington Beach to

travelers and locals. This special event includes a two-night stay

with a king-size bed, four cocktails and hors d'oeuvres Friday night,

breakfast on Saturday morning, dinner Saturday night including

champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in your room and

breakfast or brunch on Sunday. The offer will cost $225. The hotel is

at 7667 Center Ave. Information: (714) 891-0123.

The Hearts Desire Package will be a Valentine special that

includes reservations for a four-star room or suite at Hilton

Waterfront Beach Resort. Upon arrival, champagne or sparkling cider

is delivered to your room along with six chocolate-covered tuxedo

strawberries. Sunday brunch for two at the Palm Court Restaurant will

be included, as well as tax and gratuity for the meal. The Hilton is

at 21100 Pacific Coast Highway. The prices for packages start at

$309, plus 11% tax. Information: (714) 845-8000, ext. 2222.

FEB. 14

Be My Valentine at Hotel Huntington Beach will feature a one-night

stay with king-size bed, four cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner

for two, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in your room

the same evening and breakfast or Sunday brunch. The cost will be

$155. The hotel is at 7667 Center Ave. Information: (714) 891-0123.

Valentine's Dinner by the Sea will be served at the Palm Court

Restaurant at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort and will feature

live music and a special five-course meal with dessert. The Hilton is

at 21100 Pacific Coast Highway. The meal is scheduled from 5 to 11

p.m. The cost will be $125 per couple, including tax and gratuity.

Information: (714) 845-8000, ext. 8444.

ONGOING

CIVIC GROUPS

The SOS Investment Club meets regularly on the second Monday of

each month and is seeking new members interested in studying

companies and making long-term investments. The group's meetings are

held at 913 California St. Information: (714) 960-7225.

The Huntington Beach

Chapter of the National Assn. of the Physically Handicapped

provides disabled children and adults the opportunity to make their

lives become more vital to the community through providing

informative newsletters four times a year from National Headquarters.

It meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at

Wycliffe Gardens at 18765 Florida St. Anyone interested in becoming

either a regular member or an associate member may contact Bernadette

at berntrav8@aol.com or call Dorothy at (949) 646-4771 for more

information.

The Clara Barton chapter

of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will

meet at 9:30 a.m. on the Thursday preceding the third Saturday of

each month at Community United Methodist Church, 6652 Heil Ave.

Membership in the club is open to any woman who is at least 18 and

can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in

achieving American independence. Information: (714) 848-4297.

The Pacific Coast Mothers

Club is inviting new members for a new infant group and a

2-year-old group. The Huntington Beach-based organization brings moms

together for companionship and support in child rearing and offers

weekly playgroup and seasonal parties for children ages newborn to 5.

Information: (714) 843-5737.

The MISS Foundation is a support group for families who have

experienced the death of a child that meets on the first Thursday of

every month. The group gathers at 6:30 p.m. and begins at 7 p.m. Call

Katie at (714) 442-3669 for location or peer support.

Toastmasters Club No.

6641, an organization dedicated to enhancing anyone's public

speaking skills, presents "Tongue Tamers" from noon to 1 p.m. the

first and third Friday of every month at the Huntington Beach Civic

Center, 2000 Main St. room B-8. Information: (714) 964-9813.

The Point-to-Point

chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild meets on the fourth

Wednesday of each month (except December) at Rodgers Senior Center at

17th Street and Orange Avenue. Hospitality is at 6:30 p.m., followed

by a general meeting at 7 p.m. The Guild promotes interest and

provides education in needle arts, particularly needlepoint, and is

open to all who share in the joy of needlepoint. Information: (714)

962-1562.

The Pacific Coast Mothers

Club, a Huntington Beach-based organization that brings mothers

together for companionship and support in child rearing, is inviting

new members. Moms and their children, from newborns to 5-year-olds,

attend weekly playgroup and seasonal parties. The longtime

organization also holds monthly dinner meetings and supports the

community with volunteerism and charity fundraisers. Moms from all

cities are welcome. A new infant group is starting in August.

Information: (714) 843-5737.

The Kiwanis Club of

Huntington Beach Surf City Breakfast Club has just formed and will

meet every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. at the International House of

Pancakes on Beach Boulevard. The club is already 25 members strong

and looking for new members. Information: Glen Cauble (714) 848-8102

or Randy Golden (562) 884-4145.

The Huntington Beach Host Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. every first

and third Thursday of the month at Old World Restaurant on Center

Street behind Huntington Center. The club's purpose is to create and

foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian

needs by providing voluntary service through community involvement

and international cooperation. Information: (714) 964-6212.

The Huntington Beach

American Legion Post 133 meets the third Wednesday of each month

at 7 p.m. at the Rodgers Seniors' Center, 170 Orange Ave. (corner of

17th Street and Orange Avenue). The Women's Auxiliary Unit 133 meets

at the same time at the same place. Information: Cmdr. Johnson, (714)

968-4061.

Huntington Beach

Newcomers hold their Main Event Luncheon on the second Tuesday of

each month. The group's purpose is to develop interest in the

community through a wide range of groups. Information: Connie

Tredway, (714) 969-0571, or Myrna Haire, (714) 962-2449.

The Friends of the Shipley Nature Center invites new members to

join. The group meets every second Saturday of the month to discuss

restoration of the Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach Central

Park. Meetings take place at 9 a.m. every second Saturday of the

month at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave.

Information: (714) 892-0875.

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