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HUNTINGTON BEACH...This coming weekend the ground may shake and smoke fill the air around Huntington Beach Central Park east. On Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31st., the park will come alive with this year's Civil War Days.

Bright flames issue forth from cannon barrels as smoke fills the air from the black powder that is used in the Civil War. The North called it the American Civil War and the South called it the War between the States. Whatever you call it today, it will be a fun time for the children of all ages.

The war lasted from 1861-1865 and this was the only time in American history that we had two sitting presidents, Lincoln and Davis. Scholars still debate what would of happened if the South had formed their own nation. One scholar suggests that if that had happened, within a few years it would have rejoined the North and the bloodiest war in our history would not have happened.

But it did and you will have a chance to see just how hard it was as these professional reenactors relive those moments during the two day event sponsored by the Huntington Beach Historical Society.

The camp opens Saturday at 10 a.m. with demonstrations of how soldiers and their wives, mothers, and sweethearts lived. Yes in those times women followed their men and tended to them if they became sick or wounded. Saturday's battles will take place at 1:30 p.m. and at 4:00 p.m. A Living History Weapons Demonstration at 2:30 p.m.

On Sunday morning the soldiers will hold their church services before heading off for battlefield. Sunday's battles will start at 11 a.m. and the last battle will start at 2 p.m. Living History Weapons Demonstration at 12 noon. There is no admission charged to come and watch the two day events.

This year you will want to see President Lincoln as he rallies the troops for this may be the last time he will be appearing in our event. William Peck "Abraham Lincoln" recognition and retirement ceremony will be held on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Generals Grant and Lee will know doubt be wandering around the their camps. FilePhotos:HBNews2013

...The Knights of Columbus Council 8336 of Saints Simon and Jude are once again hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, September 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Colman Hall at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 20444 Magnolia Ave (@Indianapolis) in Huntington Beach.

A Delightful Evening of Spaghetti, Salad, Bread Music and Dancing Desserts & Refreshments Opportunity Drawing Adult Dinner $8 Pre-Sale/$9 at Door Teens: $5 Children (3-12): $3 Pre-sale tickets available at Office or after all Masses.


HUNTINGTON BEACH..PMS is alive and well in Surf City USA.

Mama's 39 was filled Wednesday afternoon, August 27th to see and hear their favorite sport's talk show hosts Petros Papadakis and Matt "Money" Smith of the Petros and Money Show or "PMS" from KLAC-AM radio.

People who came to the eatery sporting white pants between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. got a chance to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies in the United States.

But there was another reason for all the people at Mama's 39. The funds from food sales will benefit the McKenna Claire Foundation to find a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) that took the life of 7-year-old McKenna Claire, the young daughter of the owners of Mama's 39, Kristine and Dave Wetzel, on July 21, 2011.

McKenna Claire

Some were there to remember the bright and vivacious child with a smile for everyone she met. In the short time she was with us, she brought happiness and joy to those who were sad and lonely.

There were no sad faces in the restaurant Wednesday afternoon. Why, because McKenna wouldn't want it that way.

The fun-filled event is the restaurant's pre-Labor Day blowout, designed to give people the opportunity to enjoy meeting their favorite sports radio hosts and tasting some of the best food around. McKenna's Photo:McKenna Claire Foundation


HUNTINGTON BEACH...On September 12 2014, one of Huntington Beach’s most well-known personal training companies, The Training Spot, will begin its nationally known weight loss challenge called “The TakeDown™ Challenge.”  When people registered for their TDC program they will receive menus, a grocery list, easy to follow recipes, free boot camp, and weekly hikes around Orange County.

The TakeDown Challenge weight loss program is the “new wave” in nutrition.  The program is growing across America for two synergistic reasons:

  1. Participants report getting better results faster than with any other nutrition program, and
  2. People learn while doing the program.  This explains why they stick to it and get better results.

 “We’re very excited about this program and so is the community,” says Carolyn Fetters, co-owner of The Training Spot.  “Since 2001, my company has served the Huntington Beach area, helping 1325 H.B. residents improve their fitness and health with personal training, but nothing has created this much anticipation,” Fetters explains.  “Nutrition in general and The TakeDown™ Challenge specifically, is the fastest growing trend in fitness. We already have solid traction across the country, and more people are being introduced to this weight loss solution every day,” says Fetters.

“This year we’ve added a chance for our challengers to give to their favorite charity as well! For every pound lost we will ask our challengers to donate one dollar to either, United Cerebral Palsy Of Orange County,  The Pancreatic Cancer Chapter of Orange County, The Training Spot will match their donation to their charity of choice.” Says Fetters.
(The previous TakeDown Challengers lost 1500 LBS in just 4 weeks!)  

At The Training Spot, one of our core values is to give back to the community.  In that vein we are offering two sponsorships to this Fall’s TakeDown™ Challenge.  One male and one female recipient will participate in the TakeDown™ Challenge at NO COST.  These two winning individuals will also receive four FREE semi-private training sessions at either of our two premier personal training studio in Huntington Beach. (440 Main Street or 16942 Gothard Street) 

To win one of these two fantastic opportunities, entries must send Name, Phone Number, email address and a brief story on why they would be a good candidate for this sponsorship.  The address to register is:    Entries must be received by September 3rd 2014.
 The TakeDown Challenge lasts 28 days.  “That’s all it takes for anybody to become empowered with the habit of good nutrition, and to be on their way to a lifetime of good health,” explains Fetters.  “We love the fact that most people continue with the program after the four weeks because they love the recipes, the increase in energy and it just plan works!  We’re completely confident in our ability to provide everyone with good sound nutrition no matter what the condition,” Fetters concludes.

People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome. The “progressive programming” of The TakeDown™ Challenge is perfect for everyone.  For more information and to register for our next TakeDown™ Challenge, visit:


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The following people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all crimes, are considered innocent until proven guilty.

  • Jess A. Garcia, 22, Anaheim
  • Steven C. Millington, 59, San Clemente
  • Erika G. Cortes, 22, Los Alamitos
  • Justin A. Correia, 35, Huntington Beach
  • Kacie N. Tuomala, 23, Long Beach
  • Lacey L. Sakert, 52, Long Beach
  • Daniel J. Ryan, 21, Costa Mesa
  • Elizabeth R. Greyshock, 27, Huntington Beach
  • Michael J. Wolff, 26, Huntington Beach
  • Jason L. Brown, 36, Huntington Beach
  • Jessica M. Burgos, 32, Huntington Beach
  • Theodore J, Lee Jr., 39, San Clemente
  • Claudius N. Ram Jr., 32, Rialto


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The weather on Saturday morning may have been in the low 80s, but it was much hotter at the Ralphs Market at Garfield Ave. and Goldenwest St.

The store was featuring a taste of Mexico with fire-roasted chiles. Shoppers were able to buy green chiles and have them roasted right there. Hatch Chile Roasting brought their flame roaster for this "hot" event. Along with the Hatch roaster were two other food vendors featuring carne asada seasoning, chips, etc.

Add these hot roasted chiles with tomatoes and onions and you got a head start on a homemade salsa for a backyard gathering of family and friends.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...A large crowd gathered Sunday afternoon, August 24th behind the Huntington Beach Central Library to enjoy music of Latin great Bob DeSena and his Latin Jazz band from Los Angeles.

People arrive early to get a good place on the lawn

Were you in the mood for some tight well-balanced Latin Jazz? Well if your answer is affirmative then the music of Bob Desena and his group did not disappoint you Sunday.

The major influence in Bob DeSena’s personal music career was the legendary vibraphonist Roy Ayers.

DeSena was passionately infatuated with the sound of the vibes and its contribution to Latin music. Other important Latin / Jazz influences were the late great Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Herb Alpert and Antonio Carlos Jobim. As a vocalist, Bob also idolized such icons as Frank Sinatra, Matt Monroe among others.

Huntington Beach Concert Manager Linda Couey greets some of her four-legged friends

An impressive musician, Bob DeSena plays a multitude of instruments that include vibes, trumpet, flugelhorn and vocalist. His group consists of very talented musicians plus DeSena, making for an entertaining and vibrant ensemble that performs classic standards and Latin standards with an energetic feel.

One of the two donation tables where the public can help keep these concerts coming each summer

Bob Desena Latin Jazz Band is composed of the following:

Bob De Sena- Vibes, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob Luna- Piano
Paul Perez- Bass
Arnie Silva- Congas, Timbales & Percussion
Bobby Loya- Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Sonny Dovey- Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Lou Norman- Trombone
Billy Watson- Trombone
Dave Victorino- Baritone Sax & Flute
Dave Holland- Flute

Playing was Bob DeSena, Exciting Latin jazz and fiery rhythms in the legendary tradition of Tito Puente and Cal Tjade

Next Sunday, August 31st. will be the last of this year's concert series and will feature Mike Henebry internationally acclaimed orchestra. The orchestra authentically recreates the sounds of the famous Big Bands of the Swing Era of the early1940s. Don't miss a note, so come early and relax to the music. Photos:Gus Marsh


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Applications for Miss HB competition are available online at Deadline to enter is Sept. 20. The 2014 Miss Huntington Beach and her Court will be crowned on October 4, 2014 at City Hall during final competition for the title to represent the community at various events.

The pageant is open to women 18-25 years of age, who either live, work or attend school in Huntington Beach for at least 6 months prior to October 4, 2014. Miss HB scholarship funds will be awarded to finalists, from minimum (s) of $125 each for runner-up contestants, and a minimum of $2,000 for the 2014 Miss Huntington Beach, to use towards their educational expenses. Three princesses will be selected to receive either a $500 or $1,000 award in scholarship funds.

The Pageant will be held in the Council Chambers at the Huntington Beach Civic Center on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. and is $15 to attend. For more information, including applications, visit


HUNTINGTON BEACH...At noon Saturday, August 23, 2014, the grand opening of the new A.T.&T. store was held in the Bella Terra shopping center .As part of the afternoon's opening event, radio station KROQ did a live broadcast from 1 to 4 p.m.

A.T.&T employee Cynthia Garmong  gets ready to show off what's new in cell phones

Once inside an A.T&T employee, Cynthia Garmong, spent the morning making sure that everything on display was given a second dusting including a new music section with an electric guitar featured center stage on the display table.

The mainstream A.T.&T store in the Vons/Target center near Heil and Beach in Westminster will remain with this new store featuring more of the middle and high end cell phones and accessories.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The weather will be getting hotter in the month of September and Huntington Central Park west would be the place to relax outdoors with a family picnic or just by yourself. Pack a lunch, spread a blanket on the lawn under the shade of one of the many trees and get to know your family and friends better.

Be it Tables


or Lawn, It's always fun

That is just what some people were doing last Sunday, August 24th. A family/friends reunion  at the tables and in another part of the park a family BBQ was taking place


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