Around Town: Memorial Day ceremony Monday at Pier Plaza

Around Town: Memorial Day ceremony Monday at Pier Plaza
MOMS Orange County's 2015 Client Mother of the Year Gina Pito of Fountain Valley, center, is congratulated by the nonprofit's chief executive, Pamela Pimentel, left, and 2014 Client Mother of the Year Andrea Lunel. (Courtesy MOMS Orange County)

Huntington Beach Pier Plaza will be the site of a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday to pay tribute to people from the city who fought and died in war.

Speakers and City Council members are scheduled to attend the event, which also will feature the Huntington Beach High School band, bagpipers and a rifle salute in memory of those lost.


The city and Huntington Beach American Legion Post 133 are organizing the service.

For more information, call Dennis Bauer at (714) 536-3855.


IRS home-business tax workshop in H.B. on Tuesday

The Internal Revenue Service will offer a free tax workshop Tuesday in Huntington Beach for people who run a business from home.

Guests can find out how to determine the home-office deduction and which types of expenses to include and how to include them.

The IRS will provide materials for the workshop, which will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave.


To register, email

F.V. woman wins award from MOMS Orange County

Fountain Valley resident Gina Pito was honored May 7 as Client Mother of the Year for 2015 at the fifth annual MOMS Orange County luncheon, which raised more than $58,000 for the organization. The luncheon was dubbed Healthy Beginnings, Bright Futures.

Pito was injured 13 years ago in a car accident that left her confined to a wheelchair. When she became pregnant at age 35, she joined the nonprofit's home visitation program, which provides education and health screenings for mothers during pregnancy and the first year of the baby's life. It also provides infant health and development screenings.

Pito and her daughter, Madison, graduated from the program in February.

Milkshake bar opens in Huntington Beach

Shakeaway, billed as "the world's largest milkshake bar company," opened a location this month at The Strand shopping center at Fifth Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach.

Shakeaway, which originated in England in 1999, has a milkshake menu featuring more than 180 ingredients that guests can choose from to customize their orders. The chain has 50 stores around the world.


Kids Ocean Day beach cleanup set

Orange County Coastkeeper, a Costa Mesa-based environmental group, will present Kids Ocean Day on May 28 in Huntington Beach.

More than 1,300 students will participate in a beach cleanup and an artwork display that will have them form a wave, shells and the phrases "Unite for the Ocean" and "Kids Ocean Day 2015."

The event will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Huntington State Beach off Brookhurst Street and Pacific Coast Highway. It is part of the 22nd annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup.

Local senior care facilities on list of best recently released its list of the nation's best senior care providers for 2015, and assisted-living facilities European Loving Care II in Huntington Beach and Carmel Village in Fountain Valley are on it.

The website said it used more than 71,000 reviews and ratings of senior living facilities from residents and their families to narrow the list to the top 1%.

—From staff reports