January 29, 2009 Library Storytime - for Ages 18 months to 3 years at 10 a.m. and ages 3 to 5 years at 11 a.m. Cost: Free. Location: Banning Library, 9281 Banning Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 375-5005. hbpl.org
January 29, 2009 Robby Armstrong Band - at Harpoon Harry's. Time: 8:30 p.m. Location: Harpoon Harry's in Sunset Beach, California. Harpoon Harry's Restaurant 16821 Pacific Coast Hwy. Sunset Beach, CA 90742. Phone 562-592-5216.
January 29, 2009 Perqs Open Jam Night. Bring your guitar. . No cover, 21+. Fun begins at 9 p.m. Location: 117 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 960-9996. perqs.com
January 29, 2008 Winter Camping Class - Learn about the gear and preparation to get to your favorite back country places in the snow. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Huntington Beach REI store.Call: (714) 379-1938, registration NOT required. Address: Bella Terra Mall, , 7777 Edinger Avenue, Ste 138, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 rei.com/stores/88
January 29, 2009 Ebb & Flow Art Exhibit - A Centennial Exhibition 2009, includes art and photographs representing 100 years of change in the city of Huntington Beach. Historic Resources Board and HB Art Center co-sponsor this event. Exhibit runs thru Feb. 22. Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: 538 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 536-5258.
January 29, 2009 Journeys to the Past and Craft Workshop - Join in the fun with a walk through time and opportunity afterwards to make your own piece of art. February 25, 2009 Peter and the Wolf - Kids presentation at Central Library. Time: 4 and 6 p.m. Cost: $4/person, $2 for craft project. Location: Library Theater, Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 842-4481. hbpl.org.
NOT YOUR MOMMA'S HB
Finally realizing we're not living in a small town anymore, we look at the high-rise hotels, the vertical builds and recognize that this little town called Huntington Beach isn't what it used to be. It has changed.
The most striking thing tourists observe when they return after visiting years ago is that it looks urban. When transitions are slow, you hardly notice the way things are. But one day you take a picture of a surfer and instead of a graffiti-painted decaying wall behind the dude, you see a 12-story luxury resort hotel and understand that this is no longer Mayberry, contrary to what some say or think.