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By Alicia Lopez | December 26, 2012
Old World Village held the 11th annual International Celebration of Christmas and live Nativity play on Dec. 2. The money raised from proceeds and donations will benefit World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization. Bell choir "Beach City Bells" from the Newport Beach stake of the LDS Church performed and then La Posada was celebrated with guitar music and vocalists from St. Jude Thaddeus Old Catholic Church . The Rev. Kristina Hine of the Old World Community Church performed the lighting of the Advent Wreath and explained the significance of the German, Austrian and Swiss tradition.
NEWS
December 19, 2002
A LOOK BACK I always enjoy writing about Christmas in Huntington Beach and how much it meant to the people who lived here. For this week's look back, we are going back to another of Huntington Beach's wonderful Christmas seasons and see how they were celebrating the holidays in December 1925. The merchants on Main Street began two weeks before Christmas to put away their regular goods and began filling the shelves with gifts suitable for the Christmas season.
ENTERTAINMENT
By By Mike Sciacca | November 24, 2005
Seven locals perform in elaborate `The Glory of Christmas' at Crystal Cathedral. Allison Jakubowski, an angel, will fly through the air.Allison Jakubowski says she doesn't fear dangling 80 feet above center stage. Christine Tomasello has managed to balance a grueling rehearsal schedule with a full-time job. Ryan Lisack says that rehearsals have him excited about opening night. As to why they wanted to become a part of one of the Southland's favorite holiday traditions, "The Glory of Christmas," the three say it's the reason of the season, the glory of the story -- and it looks good on a resume too. The 25th season of the production opens Friday and runs through Dec. 30 at the Crystal Cathedral in Santa Ana. Jakubowski, Tomasello and Lisack are three of seven Surf City residents who landed parts in the extravaganza, joining dancers Annie Koeller, 9, Diana Perreira, 24, Kathleen Edens, 26, and Jessica Pontillas, 10. An ensemble cast of 150 soloists, dancers, performers, volunteers and live animals, with prerecorded orchestration by the London Symphony Orchestra, make up a spectacular produced and directed by Paul David Dunn -- who also has ties to Huntington Beach.
NEWS
December 4, 2003
Jenny Marder Amid the flurry of jingle tunes and mass marketing that surrounds the holidays, Edwin Cook is determined to show people what Christmas is really about. That's why Cook took the stage at his church's drive-through nativity scene Wednesday night to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. "The king of the Jews is born, we have seen his star in the east," Cook said, again and again, as each car drove by. "Oh, I have waited so long for this time and now the heavens declare it is here."
NEWS
December 18, 2003
JERRY PERSON This is the time of year for folks to relax in front of a warm fire, remembering past Christmases and the wonderful friends and relatives that made them memorable. Last week we looked at how Huntington Beach celebrated Christmas of 1935 and this week we'll jump ahead to Christmas of 1947, bringing back memories of the fun and people who made it so. Part of the Christmas tradition is the giving of gifts, and in 1947 Crosby's music store was giving away a new RCA-Victor combination radio phonograph onstage at the Surf Theater.
NEWS
December 18, 2003
Mary Furr This Christmas give your family the gift of a hassle-free holiday -- Mom won't have to cook, Dad won't have to carve, daughter can bring a boyfriend and the little sis can have her own down-sized buffet. Where else but the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach? This casually elegant restaurant managed by Edmund Browning III opens to pink marble floors, double staircases draped in evergreen garlands and tiny fairy lights that lead to the second-floor Palm Court Restaurant.
NEWS
December 19, 2002
SOUL FOOD Six days before Christmas, there are no sugarplums dancing in my head. There are sundry thoughts of Christmas humming through it instead. When someone asks if I have the Christmas spirit, they can mean any number of things: Have you succumbed to the urge to shop in a credit-ruinous way? Are you caving in to the temptation to party from now clear to New Year's? Have you heard the angels sing? Sale ads, greeting cards, Christmas movies and even some carols make it sound like everyone is gearing up for the same celebration, but the Christmas season can just as well have very little to do with the holy day called Christmas.
FEATURES
By By Tom Polkow | December 1, 2005
On the first day of Christmas, our NIMBYs gave HB, A red herring in a wetland On the second day of Christmas, our NIMBYS gave HB, Two PowerPoints And a red herring in a wetland On the third day of Christmas, our NIMBYs gave HB, Three fallacious arguments Two PowerPoints And a red herring in a wetland On the fourth day of Christmas, our NIMBYs gave HB, Four screeching activists Three fallacious arguments...
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | December 15, 2005
Will Santa Claus cancel Christmas? He just might at the Huntington Beach Playhouse next week. For three days -- Tuesday through Thursday -- the playhouse will present its annual children's Christmas show, "Cancel Christmas," by Huntington Beach playwright Sam Younghans. It'll be staged with music composed by Paula Samonte under the direction of Chris Grisey. A troupe of young actors from the Orange County area will comprise the cast of this fantasy -- in which the evil troll King Bogwig of the North orders Santa to cancel Christmas.
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By JERRY PERSON | December 28, 2006
We all know that modern children's Christmas classic about how the Grinch came to town and tried to cancel Christmas by stealing all the Christmas toys and goodies from the people of Whoville. He had termites in his smile and all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile. The best words to describe this Christmas spoiler are, and I quote, "stink, stank, stunk." These words are apt for someone who would spoil the holidays for others. But Mr. Grinch was not the only one to spoil the joy of Christmas.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 18, 2013
For Huntington Beach resident Dom Maggio, spending a winter night at Bolsa Chica State Beach is the typical way for a Californian to enjoy the holidays. The 50 of so other people must have felt the same way as they joined Maggio on Friday in celebrating the second annual Christmas at the Beach, hosted by the Huntington State Beach Lifeguards Assn. State park officials and volunteers passed out free hot dogs and hot cocoa to guests. One lifeguard even dressed up as Santa Claus and took pictures with children as they sat atop a jet ski with a miniature palm tree wrapped in lights behind them.
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By Beau Nicolette | December 4, 2013
With a multicultural celebration at Old World Village and Santa Claus sightings expected throughout the city, the holiday season is coming to life in Huntington Beach. In a celebration of holiday diversity, the Old World shopping, dining and entertainment center will hold its 12th annual International Celebration of Christmas and live nativity play at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 in the festival hall. The event focuses on how "different cultures celebrate Christmas," said Old World German Restaurant owner Cyndie Kasko.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 26, 2013
Downtown Huntington Beach's Christmas tree may be a fraction of the size of those found in neighboring cities, but it still garnered cheers and applause from those attending Sunday's lighting ceremony. Hundreds of residents packed Main Street between Walnut and Olive avenues for the Huntington Beach Business Improvement District's fourth-annual lighting event. With help from Santa Claus, who stood on the second-floor balcony of the parking structure near Hurricane's Bar and Grill, the 20-foot artificial tree came to life, its multicolored light bulbs flickering.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | November 25, 2013
The day after Thanksgiving, it will be another reunion of sorts. Four decades ago, music-lovers walked past the Golden Bear sign overlooking Pacific Coast Highway and went in to see Peter White perform. Friday night, those who remember the 1970s can pass the same sign and hear the same musician - even if the beloved concert venue was demolished decades ago and White is long past his days with British folk-rocker Al Stewart's band. The guitarist, who has led his annual "A Peter White Christmas" tour since 2003, will kick off the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa's new Concerts on the Shore series with saxophonist Mindi Abair and trumpeter Rick Braun.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | November 18, 2013
Back in 1951, Gene Kelly and director Vincente Minnelli put together a movie composed entirely of George Gershwin music. The result, "An American in Paris," won the Oscar for Best Picture of that year. Three years later, Hollywood took another shot at this format, this time choosing Irving Berlin's many musical contributions. "White Christmas" didn't win the Oscar, but its story and melodies linger on, particularly Bing Crosby warbling the title tune. Currently, "White Christmas" is being celebrated again in a sparkling production at Golden West College, where director-choreographer Martie Ramm brings the show's familiar characters back to life.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013
The Golden West College theater arts department is holding auditions for roles in the Irving Berlin musical "White Christmas" at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11. Callbacks will be held Sept. 12 by appointment only. All roles are open. The director is also looking for a 9- to 12-year-old female performer who sings and dances to play a featured role. Auditions will be held on the campus, in the former KOCE studio building, Gothard Street at Center Avenue in Huntington Beach. Performers should enter the campus from the Gothard side at the marked KOCE/bus shelter entrance.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
I wanted to write to thank fellow Huntington Beach residents who generously gave of their time and means to help impact thousands of hurting kids this Christmas. Together we were able to pack over 5,600 shoe boxes — filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities — for Operation Christmas Child. Our packed shoe box gifts, combined with millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in 100 countries. During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone — more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993.
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By Andrew Shortall | December 26, 2012
St. Bonaventure Catholic Parish officials were greeted by an unpleasant display when they arrived for mass Sunday morning to find the church's nativity scene vandalized. St. Bonaventure Business Manager Nancy Cesar said the damages, which were discovered at approximately 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning, included drawings of 666, a swastika, phallic symbols, writings of "Hail Hitler" and curse words on the nativity figures in Sharpie marker. A recent Los Angeles Times article reported another nativity display at a Huntington Beach home was also defaced.
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By Alicia Lopez | December 26, 2012
Old World Village held the 11th annual International Celebration of Christmas and live Nativity play on Dec. 2. The money raised from proceeds and donations will benefit World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization. Bell choir "Beach City Bells" from the Newport Beach stake of the LDS Church performed and then La Posada was celebrated with guitar music and vocalists from St. Jude Thaddeus Old Catholic Church . The Rev. Kristina Hine of the Old World Community Church performed the lighting of the Advent Wreath and explained the significance of the German, Austrian and Swiss tradition.
NEWS
From KTLA News | December 20, 2012
An enormously bright Christmas display at a house in Fountain Valley is attracting crowds from far and wide, as well as controversy among neighbors, according to KTLA . Jan Stewart covered her home with 65,558 Christmas lights and synced them all to music. “Amazing,” said one child who came to see the display. “It's so cool,” said another. The display, which is in its second year, is in memory of Stewart's late husband. But the display doesn't inspire Christmas spirit in everyone, as some neighbors have complained to the police.
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