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Huntington Beach Happenings

by: Chris MacDonald
Posted: November 29, 2021


HUNTINGTON BEACH...I Hope you all had a Blessed Thanksgiving.

My Newest Subscriber is Huntington Beach Marine Safety Chief Eric McCoy.

Subway at 6918 Warner Avenue In Huntington Beach is offering 3 Footlongs for $17.99. Come in the Store for your coupon savings.

Huntington Beach Police Department's Public Information Officer Jennifer Carey shared this from Huntington Beach Deputy Community/Library Services Director Ashley Wysocki : The City of Huntington Beach Unveils Ice Rink in Iconic Pier Plaza as Part of Surf City Winter Wonderland The City of Huntington Beach unveiled a new ice rink in the City’s well-known Pier Plaza, opened Friday, November 26, 2021. This exciting new offering is part of the City’s Surf City Winter Wonderland event taking place November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022. Surf City Winter Wonderland will transform downtown Huntington Beach into a holiday destination by providing various winter activities, such as ice-skating, live entertainment, festive programming and more.

“Surf City Winter Wonderland is a great way to reimagine the holidays in Surf City and make new memories with your family,” said Mayor Kim Carr. “In Huntington Beach, we are always looking for new ways to activate our downtown and provide family-friendly programming for our residents and visitors. Thanks to our partnership with Ice-America, we have an opportunity to bring this fun and merry event to our City.”

The ice rink will be open daily beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving during the following hours:

For even more fun, our downtown shops and restaurants will also be taking part in Surf City Winter Wonderland by offering various promotions for the holiday season. Businesses throughout the area will be decked out in festive holiday décor.

Tickets for the ice rink can be purchased online at or at the rink,availability permitting, for $15.00 per person. If needed, skate rentals will be available for $5.00 and skate-aid rentals will be available for $8.00. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount, with an online purchase. Free parking is available for visitor’s first 90 minutes in the City’s Main Promenade Parking Structure.


From Patrick Brenden, Bolsa Chica Conservancy CEO...
As this holiday season approaches, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how thankful we are for folks like you who share our love for the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. From the wetlands to the uplands, from the ocean to the mesa, your amazing support in so many ways throughout the year sustains us and inspires us to continue our critical mission of preserving, protecting, and restoring the Bolsa Chica.

Every year, the nonprofit world comes together on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving for a united appeal for donations. If you would like to donate to the Bolsa Chica Conservancy this #GivingTuesday, please go to our website at or use this direct link

On November 19th, the “Temporary” Interpretive Center that has been in place since 1994 was dismantled and removed to make way for the all new Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Interpretive Center which is scheduled to open in March, 2022. The new facility will feature expanded aquariums, touch tank, herpetology displays, a vast array of taxidermy bird specimens, stunning murals, new classroom/lab space, and public restrooms. Stay tuned for updates and mark your calendars for a Grand Opening tentatively set for March 26th.  During construction, Bolsa Chica Conservancy staff may be reached by email ( or by phone (714-846-1114).

The parking lot and trails will remain open to the public, as always, from sunrise to sunset.

The Cheryl Coleman Team, Socal's most trusted Real Estate team, will be hosting a Holiday Open House at Kathy May"s Lake view Cafe Thursday, Dec 16th from 3pm to 6pm.  Bring the kids so they can get their picture taken with Santa, enjoy free deserts and swag bags.   6622 Lakeview Drive, Huntington Beach.

Huntington Beach City Historian Jerry Person Said: Remember When:

Opening Night at the Huntington Beach Athletic Club

These days because of the pandemic we seldom hear about great boxing matches. But the sport was so popular in the early days that many small towns put on boxing matches.

I remember the city to the north of Huntington Park where fights were attended by both sexes, that was located at Gage Avenue and Alameda Street. What is not so well known is our own town of Huntington Beach also had its own boxing arena.

Years ago I talked to boxing enthusiast and former boxer Karl Wirth of Fountain Valley who informed me that very early in our history that Huntington Beach had its first real boxing arena and this week were going to remember what took place on that first night. So with a little imagination lets go back to that night.

It's a Friday night, July 6, 1923 and we're standing in front of the new Huntington Beach Athletic Club at 214 Fifth Street to see the six matches scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. We have paid our admission of $1.50 or $2.00 for reserved seats that included a war tax, World War I that is

.In the audience are club owners L.A. Lawton and Jack McDonnough, seated in two of the 100 ringside opera seats. The cluster lights above the ring comes on as Referee "Chic" Brown enters the ring followed by the first fighters of the evening, Jack Eller of LA and Tony Ross this fight would last the full 4 rounds and end in a draw.

Next up on the card it's Babe Ortner vs. Huntington Beach's own Eddie Dugan, but this match would go the four rounds before Dugan won.

Looking around the audience we could see bankers & merchants, oil operators and their workers along with the ladies, some carrying babies in their arms, cheering and booing their favorite fighter.

Ring announcer Joe Chamberlain could be heard about the crowd calling the next bout as Battling Doty of Huntington Beach would be battling Joe Metzler of Anaheim until Doty won his fight. Popular Huntington Beach Beach lifeguard Harry Lee was next to battle LA's Ted Frenchie, unfortunately Frenchie won in the first round. The audience seated in their multi-tiered chairs watched Joe Grimm of Huntington Beach loose to Young Terry in the 3rd round.

But now came the main event of the evening as Kid Mexico (Todd Faulkner) of Huntington Beach stepped into the ring to fight Steve "Sailor" Biss that would turn out to be a draw. Kid Mexico would later become a local hero and boxing champ and during the 1960-70s he would operate his Kid Mexico sports museum in Long Beach.

Well enough of boxers and boxing as we leave the arena to the fighters as they retire to their changing rooms and we fight the traffic on Beach Boulevard on our way home in 2021. Today we just beat our brains out trying to budget our money.

You can e-mail Jerry your questions at:


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