The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge #1959 located at 7711 Talbert Ave. in Huntington Beach 714-848-9440 holds regular bingo Matinee every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020; Starts 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020; Starts 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020; Starts 10:00 a.m.




Early Birds at 11:00 a.m. Free – Coffee, Tea and Popcorn, Food and Soft Drinks Available for Purchase ATM On Site, Lunch Served.

 


 


For the benefit of youth, vets, special kids, police, firefighters and other groups in South Orange County Saddleback Valley communities, Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444 is holding its regular Wednesday night Charity Big Bucks Bingo on the following dates:


Wednesday, February 12, 2020; Starts 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020; Starts 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020; Starts 6:00 p.m.



Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444
25092 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 9269


 

Musical Theatre West (MTW) brings five-time Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center 6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach on February 7-23.  Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed novel, the 13-time Tony-nominated musical tells the story of three families trying to find their way during the turn of the 20th century in New York City; each struggling with the changing cultural climate in America and each facing the promise of hope and new beginnings in the midst of prejudice and bigotry.  Showcasing music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally, Ragtime features a score with such memorable songs as "Your Daddy's Son," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day" and "Make Them Hear You."

Ragtime paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three diverse groups in the United States: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia.  Many early 20th century historical figures are interwoven into the fabric of the story, from Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, and Booker T. Washington to J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, and Emma Goldman.

Musical Theatre West's production stars Terron Brooks as Coalhouse Walker, Jr..  A two-time NAACP Award nominee for supporting actor, Brooks won acclaim for his portrayal of Eddie Kendricks in the Emmy Award winning NBC mini-series "The Temptations" for which the Los Angeles Times described his voice as "smooth and soulful."  In 2001, Terron starred opposite Debbie Allen and Hamilton's Renee Elise Goldsberry in the film All About You, for which he also co-wrote the theme song and contributed original music to the soundtrack.  Broadway credits include the roles of Simba in The Lion King and Seaweed in Hairspray. 

Brittany Anderson (Sarah) has starred in productions with the Cupcake Theatre: The Old Maid and the Thief (Laetitia), The Mikado (Yum-Yum), Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma-Sarah) and Dreamgirls (Charlene). Additional credits include Newsies (Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center) and The Music Man (5-Star Theatricals).  Anderson can also be seen on the PBS special "Josh Groban: Stages Live."

Gary Patent (Tateh) is an award-winning actor and screenwriter. Theatre credits include Ragtime (3-D Theatricals - Ovation Award Nomination), Plunge (Sons of Semele Ensemble - Stage Raw Nomination), and The Immigrant (Pico Playhouse - Ovation Award Nomination).  Patent also appeared in Awake and Sing (Odyssey Theatre), Hello Dolly! (3-D Theatricals), Soul Doctor (Lincoln Center), and Var Plays (La Jolla).  Audiences may also recognize Patent for his film and television credits including "Modern Family," "Burning Dog," "Undercovers," and "Law & Order: CI."

Jessica Bernard (Mother) recently took a break from the stage to serve as the Disney Ambassador, the official representative and spokesperson for The Disneyland Resort. Favorite credits include the title role in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Best Actress nominee) and Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein (Moonlight Theatre); Book of Mormon in Concert with Josh Gad (Geffen Playhouse); Martha in 1776 (MTW); Eliza in My Fair Lady (Candlelight, Santa Barbara Symphony); Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls (Cabrillo, Riverside, Candlelight), Jellylorum in CATS (Cabrillo); and Pocahontas in Mickey and the Magical Map (Disneyland Original Cast). 

Paul David Bryant directs MTW's production of Ragtime. A member of Ragtime's original national tour in 1998, he has since worked on almost two dozen different productions as an actor, choreographer and director. For Disneyland Resorts, Bryant serves as Show Director, staging productions from California to Hong Kong. His additional credits include directing productions of  The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre and Norris Theatre),  Ragtime (San Diego Musical Theatre), Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre), and Promises, Promises (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). With Musical Theatre West, Bryant appeared in The Producers and the Reiner Reading Series performance of Anyone Can Whistle.

Music Director Brian Kennedy is a Drama Critics Circle Award nominee for his work with Carrie: The Musical with The Transfer Group (Los Angeles Theatre and La Mirada Theatre).  Additional credits include the second national tour of Something Rotten! (Associate Musical Director); Oklahoma! (Music Director – Cabrillo Musical Theatre); and the concert staging of Sweet Smell of Success (Music Director – Musical Theatre Guild)./

MTW's production of Ragtime is made possible thanks to the support of the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles County Arts & Culture; Season Sponsors: Ackerman Family/Evalyn M Bauer Foundation, Kathy Baker Campbell and KC Wilson, Ken & Dottie Reiner, and Don & Marlene Temple; Honorary Producer: Mari Hooper; Associate Producer: Jon & Amanda Hall; and Youth Performance Underwriters: Don Black & Judy McNulty Black, Ron & Sylvia Hartman, and Edward Parker.  Paul Garman serves as Executive Producer/Director of Musical Theatre West. 

Tickets are now on sale for Musical Theatre West's production of Ragtime.  For tickets, go to www.musical.org, call (562) 856-1999, or visit the Musical Theatre West Box Office.  Tickets start at $20 for select performances.

DATES:        

                        Thursday, February 13, 8:00 p.m.

                        Friday, February 14, 8:00 p.m.

                        Saturday, February 15, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

                        Sunday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

                        Friday, February 21, 8:00 p.m.

                        Saturday, February 22, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

                        Sunday, February 23, 1:00 p.m.

                                               


 

Orange County wine lovers and foodies alike will unite in support of at-risk youth during the 10th annual "Love Grows by Giving" fundraiser. Guests will celebrate the month of love by raising funds for nonprofit Waymakers' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, a "safe haven" for homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth. The charitable event will feature wine tastings, beer samplings, live music and an exceptional culinary experience from local fine dining restaurants.

Waymakers is a nonprofit organization that builds safer communities by helping individuals make their way through conflict and crisis to a place of strength and stability. They do this through five key areas: sheltering children, supporting victims, counseling families, resolving conflicts, and educating communities.

Featured participants will include Jackson Family Wines, Duckhorn, Rodney Strong, Main Street Wine Company, Cambalache Grill, Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, BLK, Mesa Verde Country Club and Duke's Huntington Beach. The event will also offer live and silent auctions to raise funds for the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, with prizes to include a stay in a Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa.  Dennis Kuhl, chairman of Angels Baseball and a longtime supporter of Waymakers, will chair Love Grows by Giving.

Event sponsors will include the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Angels Baseball, Speedo USA, Chevron, AES Huntington Beach, the Woravka Family Foundation as well as individual sponsors.

Tickets are $85 each until February 1 and $100 each starting February 2. Tickets can be purchased at https://waymakersoc.org/events/love-grows-by-giving-wine-tasting/ or by contacting Elsa Greenfield at (714) 842-6600. Cocktail attire is encouraged.

 Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Mariner's Ballroom, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, Calif. Complimentary valet parking is available for media. Advanced media RSVP is required.

Proceeds from "Love Grows by Giving" will benefit the Waymakers' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, which since opening its doors 13 years ago has helped over 1,800 homeless, runaway and struggling Orange County youth and their families between ages 11 and 17, most who are trying to cope with issues kids should never face, such as early-childhood trauma. The trained staff has an excellent success rate of reuniting children with their families, over 90 percent, by finding solutions to their very complex problems. The Shelter's mission runs much deeper than just a place to stay. It aims to achieve: family strengthening and reunification, homeless prevention, diversion of at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system, and school drop-out prevention. In addition to providing youth with a safe haven and protection from the dangers of the streets, the Shelter also provides youth and their families with professional comprehensive services including individual, group and family therapy, academic support, job/career readiness, life skills and aftercare. 

Last year's Love Grows by Giving event raised over $125,000 for the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter.


 

 

Nationally touring Beatles tribute act, Abbey Road, returns to diPiazzas Restaurant on Thursday, February 13 for a Farewell Command Performance for Mark diPiazza from 7 - 9 pm.  Admission is $20 and the show is appropriate for all ages. Reservations for tables are recommended at 562 498 2461.

Dipiazzas is located at 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach 90804 and their website is www.dipiazzas.com. Abbey Road's site is www.abbeyroadtributeband.com. Mark diPiazza has been a live music staple in Long Beach since 1995. He retires on March 1 and has sold his restaurant/club.

Mark diPiazza

 

"Mark booked Abbey Road for one of their first shows in 2008," said manager Andy Nagle. "At that time, no one was interested in booking a brand new, entry level Beatles band."

Mark and Marilyn diPiazza opened a little restaurant 37 years ago in Belmont Shore on Ocean Blvd. They would pick out music from a collection of vinyl they had been collecting since they were teens and play the records for patrons.

"It was tough dropping that needle on the record and running back to the kitchen to cook," said Mark. 

In 1995, they moved the restaurant to Java Lanes in Long Beach. In addition to serving delectable Italian dishes, the diPiazzas revamped a vacant room into a live music venue and booked bands to perform. 

In 2000, the diPiazzas moved their operation up the road on Pacific Coast Highway to Park Estates and transformed the space into one of Southern California's most iconic live music venues. DiPiazza has been a music staple in Long Beach and his club has hosted countless shows featuring local bands and artists.

Mark and Marilyn will retire on March 1.

Abbey Road also performs in two nationally touring shows, "Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown" and "In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles."  

"The show delivers!" said the L.A. Times. "If you see one tribute show, see this one – smart and loads of fun," said the O.C. Register. "This is the ticket for you," said the Idaho Statesman.

Abbey Road performs on Thursday, February 13 from 7 - 9 pm at diPiazzas Restaurant in Long Beach. Admission is $20 and the show is appropriate for all ages. Reservations for tables are recommended at 562 498 2461. Dipiazzas is located at 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach 90804 and their website is www.dipiazzas.com. Abbey Road's site is www.abbeyroadtributeband.com. Photos:AbbeyRoad



 

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (HB APA) will present three showings of PLAYLIST 2020, a contemporary rock concert, from February 14-15, 2020 in the Huntington Beach Union High School District Auditorium. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $16 for students and seniors at hbapa.org/see.

 

HB APA's innovative Music, Media and Entertainment Technology Department (MMET) will hold the eighth installment of the contemporary rock concert PLAYLIST. Known as Southern California's "School of Rock," the MMET Department encourages their Pop Music students to write and perform original songs of their own: culminating in a performance of these songs at the annual PLAYLIST concert.

PLAYLIST will additionally showcase work from the MMET Department's Media majors. The students tackle filmmaking and live TV directing throughout the year, and create music videos for the Pop Music majors' original songs for the PLAYLIST show.

"PLAYLIST is the purest distillation of our purpose and mission at HB APA," says MMET instructor Michael Simmons. "It's a big rock 'n' roll festival show full of our students' latest creative work in original music and film, paired with the best in contemporary music."

PLAYLIST 2020: THE ORIGINALS ALBUM

For the sixth year in a row, each of the original songs performed at PLAYLIST 2020 will be featured on one album: Playlist 2020: The Originals. Produced by MMET instructor Michael Simmons, the album boasts 21 tracks written and performed entirely by students from HB APA's MMET Department.

To listen to Playlist 2020: The Originals on Bandcamp, visit tinyurl.com/playlist-2020-the-originals.

 


 


 

Join us for upcoming volunteer workdays on The Monarch Nature Trail! (This is the abandoned Navy railroad right-of-way in Huntington Beach.) Neighbors and other volunteers are restoring a section of the trail with native California plants and other water-wise plantings, and maintaining the site for public enjoyment! Kids are welcome (with supervision)!

Dates (Saturdays):

February 15

March 14

April 4

May 2


We go from 9 a.m. until around 11. We plant, weed, water, pick up trash, spread mulch, etc. We'll provide tools, trash bags and drinking water.

Enter at the Rancho Rd. entrance (near Spa Drive, where you can park), and look for our table.

Thanks for helping us maintain this popular walking/jogging/dogging/biking trail!!

https://zippyandpeep.wixsite.com/monarchnaturetrail/dates


 


 

The 10th Annual Fit and Fabulous Fashion Show benefitting the senior services in Fountain Valley presents Passion for Fashion! The Fashion Show will be held at The Center at Founders Village Senior and Community Center on Monday, February 24, 2020, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The event will feature fashion designs by Soft Surroundings, a delicious lunch, and opportunity drawings. A select few Fashionistas will be recognized by our Spotlight Sponsors with a special gift.  The Spotlight Sponsors for this 10th Annual event are Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center, and MemorialCare Medical Group. Our event sponsor is Monarch HealthCare. All proceeds for this event will benefit The Center at Founders Village, Senior and Community Center in Fountain Valley. 

The Fit and Fabulous Fashion Show will be held at The Center at Founders Village Senior and Community Center, 17967 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley.  Tickets for this event are $20 per person and are available for purchase at The Center’s Reception Desk. For additional information on this program and other recreation activities, please contact the Fountain Valley Recreation and Community Services Department at 714-593-4446 or go to www.fountainvalley.org.


Brethren Christian High School is putting on a benefit concert to support those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  Brethren Christian High School is being proactive in getting good news of compassion for those affected in the local, and  global, communities. We are using the talents of our youth to shine a positive light on this troubling situation and make a real difference in the world.  We want to give people hope that the Christian community is not only praying for them, but desiring to do something tangible during this time. Come on out and join us for this music-filled night of hope.

On Friday, February 28, 2020, at 7pm at Brethren Christian High School  6931 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.

Phone: 714-962-6617, email: info@bchs.net


 

Mark your calendar for Friday, February 28 at 7 pm when the Rawlins Piano Trio takes center stage at the Norman P. Murray Center.

A dynamic group of performers, teachers and scholars, the Rawlins Piano Trio distinguishes itself in arts outreach, masterclasses and performances.

The group has performed at prestigious venues including the Sejong Chamber Hall (Seoul, South Korea); Chiang-Kai-Shek Cultural Center (Kaohsiung, Taiwan); Teatro de Anita Villalaz for the Fundación Sinfonía Concertante de Panama; and national conferences of the College Music Society and Chamber Music America.

The trio’s diverse repertoire ranges from standard works to new and undiscovered pieces the public will embrace. With expertise as a preeminent interpreter of American music, the ensemble has recorded five CDs. 

The members of the trio are on the faculty of the University of South Dakota Department of Music. As enthusiastic teachers, outreach is a vital component of their touring schedule throughout the country and abroad. The ensemble is named in honor of the late Marjorie and Robert Rawlins, the principal benefactors and graduates of the University of South Dakota in the 1940s. 

Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. For more information, call 949-470-8440.


 

Gem Faire, the Largest Jewelry & Bead Show in Southern CA, is set for Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2020 at OC Fair & Event Center, located at 88 Fair Dr., in Costa Mesa.  Hours are Fri. 12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, and Sun. 10am-5pm.  The event is open to the public.  Admission of $7 is valid for the entire weekend.

Nearly 200 exhibitors from all over the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, minerals, pearls and much more.  Take advantage of buying direct from the importers and wholesalers.  From loose gemstones, raw minerals and millions of bead strands, to finished jewelry, fashion accessories, supplies and tools, find them all under one roof.  Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing service is available while you shop.  Free door prize drawings are conducted every hour throughout the weekend.

Mark your calendar!  Gem Faire will be in Costa Mesa for three days only!  Buy quality gems, jewelry and beading supplies directly from the source right in your town only at Gem Faire.  For more information, visit www.gemfaire.com or contact Gem Faire, Inc. at (503) 252-8300 or info@gemfaire.com.


 

You are invited to join us on March 1, 2020, for our first ever  WALK FOR HORSES in Huntington Beach!

Grab your family and friends and join us for a walk around the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, the Urban Forest, and the Free Rein Pastures with lots of fun all the way around! Register early: we will send you the map and more information about this #NationalHorseProtectionDay Event!!

We need volunteers: to guide walkers, help with water stations, direct people around the hills and curves that up the beautiful HCPEC!

 

 


 


 

Our St. Patrick's week celebration features a band new to the Muck, The Praties.  They're a traditional Irish band specializing in jigs, reels, polkas and shanties. The five-piece band bring fiddles, flutes and tin whistles to every party. 

St. Patrick's Day Celebration presented at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, known affectionately as The Muck, is located at 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton, California 92833.

Thursday, Mar 12
6:30PM Irish Whiskey Tasting (extra cost payable at event)
7:30PM Concert
Concert Tickets: $30 non-member,
$20 student/senior, $15 member 

 


 

The Los Angeles County Air Show “Aerospace Valley USA®” presented by Lockheed Martin has extended their STEM Scholarship application deadline to Sunday, March 8, 2020. A minimum of three students will be recognized and rewarded scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each.

To be eligible for the Los Angeles County Air Show STEM Scholarship, applicants must be entering college for the first time in the Fall of 2020, and plan to pursue college/university level studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), or Aerospace. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the Antelope Valley region and maintain credits to graduate high school during the Spring semester of 2020 and start college in the Fall of 2020.

Criteria and information can be found at https://lacountyairshow.com under the Scholarships link. 

The Los Angeles County Airshow is considered to be one of the nation’s premier Air Shows. Headlining this year’s Air Show will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels who will perform both days on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2020.  In addition to the Blue Angels, this year’s schedule includes the USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team, the Lightning Formation Team, Tora, Tora, Tora, and a full schedule of world-renowned aerobatic performers from all over the country. In addition to the attractions in the sky, the Los Angeles County Air Show is home to an impressive, interactive STEM exhibition, believed to be one of the largest expo of any air show, extensive static displays, and an iconic aeronautical historical panel Heroes and Legends and so much more. 

For more information on the Los Angeles County Air Show, “Aerospace Valley USA®”, STEM Expo, and presale tickets, please go to www.lacountyairshow.com. Follow the Los Angeles County Air Show on FacebookTwitter @LACountyAirShow and Instagram and SnapChat for updates and announcements.


 

As though they were sprung from an outlaw Renaissance fair, The Merry Wives of Windsor deliver traditional bawdy ballads, madrigals, Irish drinking songs and original comedic pieces, that are based in the ways of their foremothers...but end up taking on a 21st Century wit and spirit.

The Merry Wives of Windsor presented at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, known affectionately as The Muck, is located at 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton, California 92833.

Thu, Mar 26 @ 7:30PM
$30 non-member, $20 student/senior,
$15 member       


 

To support autism charities and special education, Fullerton Cares' tenth annual FREE family carnival benefit, "Mardi Gras for Autism" will be held outside Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in the adjacent Fullerton Train Depot parking lot located at 110 E. Commonwealth Ave. in Fullerton on Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Says Larry Houser, co-owner of Bourbon Street Bar and Grill and founder of Fullerton Cares, "For 10 years, this event has been evolving to be fully inclusive to every one of our community's families and friends, we can't wait to show what is in store for 2020." Houser became involved with autism after his son Boyd, age 11, was diagnosed with autism at age 2.

Mardi Gras for Autism began in 2010 and has provided a family-friendly, all-abilities, free event designed to encourage families to enjoy the fun of Mardi Gras while raising money for Fullerton special education programs, featuring many sensory friendly activities appropriate for children of all ages and abilities.

 


 

Bestselling author Lisa See will headline the Westminster-Fountain Valley-Huntington Beach Branch of AAUW's annual fundraiser, an author luncheon and silent auction. The event is set for Saturday, March 21, from 10 to 2:00 at the Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. 

For its 28th annual author luncheon, the AAUW branch, now celebrating its 50th year, has chosen as its theme, "A Rising Tide of Strong Women." In addition to speaking, the author will be selling and signing her books

A native Southern Californian, See's latest novel, The Island of Sea Women, deftly treats the themes of gender roles, betrayal and forgiveness. It follows the lives of an ancient guild of female divers on a South Korean Island reckon with the destruction of modernity from 1938 to 2008. Previous bestselling novels of See's include The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1 on nationwide bestseller lists.

The AAUW fundraiser supports the AAUW Economic Security Fund (legal case support and campus outreach projects), Educational and Training Fund (educational fellowship, grants, scholarships) and Educational Opportunity Fund, the Legal Advocacy Fund, and Tech Trek,  summer camps for middle school girls with Outreach projects. This branch sends Orange County girls to Tech Trek.  

Doors open at 10, with book signing and silent auction scheduled for 10:15 to 11:15. Silent auction items must be paid for by check, no cash or credit cards. The luncheon will include barbecue chicken salad, rolls and butter and New York cheesecake. A no host bar will be available. Note any dietary needs (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.) when making reservations.

For more information about these programs and for reservation forms, see the branch website, http://wfh-ca.aauw.net.

AAUW cautions that it cannot permit walk-ins and that this is a non-refundable event. Price for the luncheon is $60 before March 5, $70 after. Deadline for reservations is March 10. Reserve by sending name, address, phone number email address and a check, made out to AAUW Funds, to Carole Smith, 13982 Milan Street, Westminster, CA, 92683.


 

This new decade marks the Taste of Huntington Beach’s 20th Anniversary!  Since 2001, we have been producing one of the best food, wine, and craft beer festivals in Orange County for the benefit of the Huntington Beach Children’s Library.

Just think, many of the young readers who benefited from Friends of the Children’s Library programs in Huntington Beach are in college or working now.  Some are even old enough to return to the Children’s Library with their own young ones, joining us in raising a new generation of readers.

The idea for what is now the Taste of Huntington Beach began in the late 80’s as a Valentine’s Day fundraiser held in the library with a handful of local restaurants serving appetizers and desserts. In 2001, the Taste of Huntington Beach debuted at the Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel. It soon needed more space and was moved to the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. 

By 2008, the Taste outgrew the Hyatt’s largest ballroom and relocated to the city’s new Sports Complex space, near the library.

The 20th Annual Taste of Huntington Beach will be held on April 26, 2020 at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex.

Tickets are available now at http://tastehb.com and at the Children’s Desk of the Huntington Beach Central Library.  Early bird pricing is available through the end of February, with prices increasing to $75 and $95 on March 1st.

Here are a few interesting facts about the popular Taste of HB.
By the numbers:

  • Date of First Taste of HB – 2001 – Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
  • Number of Locations it’s been held = four, including the library (when the event was not yet called the Taste of HB)
  • Number of food & beverage participants in 2019 Taste of HB:  Over 80 different food tastes and 50 beverage samples provided by 50 restaurants, 18 craft breweries, 21 wineries
  • Money Raised to Date: over $650,000

 

  Huntington Beach News


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