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December 7, 2011
About 5,000 people attended the Fountain Valley 2011 Tree Lighting on Saturday at the city's Recreation Center and Sports Park, where Santa made an appearance with Mrs. Claus, according to a news release issued by the city. The four-hour event was a full-on night of entertainment that included a fireworks show and snow. There were carnival-style games, crafts, letters to Santa, a storybook walk-through and pictures with Santa, among other highlights. The event was sponsored by the Fountain Valley Community Foundation, Rainbow Environmental Services, Care Ambulance Service, Southern California Edison and Independence Bank.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2007
Bella Terra is giving Huntington Beach a taste of a traditional white Christmas with a nightly snow shower in its amphitheater. The faux snow falls in 15 shows set to holiday music. Sometimes there is even live music for the show, entertaining children and adults alike. ?They love it, absolutely love it,? said Nicole Peterson of the Bella Terra administration. The snow is a nontoxic foamy substance made up of many of the same properties as toothpaste, Peterson said. The snow is shot from snowblowers on buildings surrounding the amphitheater, where it drifts down for spectators.
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | February 22, 2007
It has been a pretty dry winter thus far in the Southland, with the local mountain resorts relying on artificial snow guns to make it happen. But the last two storms earlier in the week gave a much-needed boost to the 2007 ski and snowboard season. Most resorts picked up 6 to 8 inches of new snow, providing some soft, shreddable powder. Base depths are 1 to 4 feet, and with the colder temperatures they were able to add even more snow with the snow blowers to really take advantage of these last lows going by. There's another storm expected, so there's another chance of snow tonight.
FEATURES
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | January 7, 2010
No matter where you live, it’s nice to experience a different environment once in a while. Northerners and inlanders love to visit our beaches. But one of our family traditions is to get away from the beach each winter for a few days of playing in the snow. Most years, Vic and I go to Yosemite National Park to get our fix. We’ve stayed at Curry Village, the Ahwahnee Hotel and the Wawona Hotel inside the park. But our favorite place by far is Tenaya Lodge, a resort just outside the park entrance.
NEWS
August 1, 2002
"My favorite kind of animal is Panda Bears because they are in the snow and they like to slide on the snow." JAMIE VIVEROS, 6 "My favorite kind of animal is rabbits. I like how they jump and their ears because they are soft." JENNIFER TORRES, 8 "My favorite kind of animal is a dog. I like it if you play with them and play ball with them that they can go catch it." RAUL TORRES, 10 "My favorite kind of animal is a dog because I like to pet them.
NEWS
January 10, 2002
o7 The Independent went to the Huntington Little League baseball field on Magnolia Street to ask children, 'What do you look forward to about winter?' f7 'Wind, because it's usually hot in the summer. I like the rain because I can go jump in puddles.' John Benvenuti, 8, Huntington Beach 'Christmas and the snow. You can make a snowman, play in it and have snowball fights.' Anthony Benvenuti, 10, Huntington Beach 'Spending time with family and friends, playing winter ball and football.
NEWS
December 25, 2003
S.J. CAHN In the fourth and fifth grades, I never wore long pants. Neither did any of my friends. Throughout 1978 and 1979, we cavorted about the campus of Manhattan Beach's Grandview Elementary School in the uniform of the day: OP shorts. Those corduroys, which were painfully short with narrow legs, eventually turned up across the country during the early to mid-1980s surf culture boom. By then, we beach kids had moved on to some other outfit, which didn't set the world on fire or even lodge itself firmly in my memory.
NEWS
March 10, 2005
VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY After a dreary winter of one storm after another, sunny blue skies finally returned to Huntington Beach this past weekend. Vic and I could have stayed home and enjoyed the first warm weekend in ages. But you know us better than that. We're perverse. We chased the disappearing storm into the mountains to catch what might be the last drops of winter rain and falling snow. The weekend weather in Big Bear was perfect for a romantic getaway -- cold, wet, and miserable.
NEWS
March 14, 2002
Michele Marr To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. -- Ecclesiastes 3:1 This is beyond doubt my favorite season of the year, both on the secular calendar and on the Church calendar. It's the place where winter and spring and death and new life cross paths. California is blessed with singularly temperate weather. Those who visit us from more frigid climates mention it often and never let us forget it. I've lived in ice and snow, so I can empathize.
NEWS
January 1, 2004
VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY As we say goodbye to yet another year, we wonder what environmental assaults and accomplishments the new year will bring. Last year, our column topics touched on many topics including snakes in the grass and flights of dragonflies overhead. We wrote about red tides taking oxygen from the ocean, ticks sucking the lifeblood from baby bunnies and forest fires damaging our lungs with smoke. Many people enjoyed our tales of travel as we ventured into the local mountains, but what drew the most comments in the past year was our tale of woe about the exploding can of Mandarin oranges in our kitchen cupboard and our failure to clean it up immediately.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 20, 2013
Plenty of Californians take pride in knowing they can surf in the morning and enjoy winter sports in the mountains in the afternoon, but it's a privilege not often taken advantage of. For three years, Red Bull has sponsored an event called the Switchboard, making the trek possible for hundreds of college students. On Saturday, Switchboard participants from various California schools were treated to a morning of surfing at Huntington Beach or La Jolla, food, transportation to Bear Mountain, a lift ticket and discounted ski or snowboard rental for $25. Zev Friedman, 19, from Chapman University, grew up surfing in Huntington Beach and even attended the Super Surf Camp held by the California Junior Lifeguards when he was 10 years old, he said.
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NEWS
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | February 1, 2012
Thursday is Groundhog Day. According to legend, if a groundhog comes out of hibernation and sees its shadow on this day, we will have six more weeks of winter. We sure could use more winter. Since California, like most of the United States, hasn't had much of real winter yet, our only chance for a good snow in the mountains lies ahead of us. It's been so warm that some pundits were calling the past month "Junuary. " Let's hope that Mr. Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, because we sure need the snow.
NEWS
December 7, 2011
About 5,000 people attended the Fountain Valley 2011 Tree Lighting on Saturday at the city's Recreation Center and Sports Park, where Santa made an appearance with Mrs. Claus, according to a news release issued by the city. The four-hour event was a full-on night of entertainment that included a fireworks show and snow. There were carnival-style games, crafts, letters to Santa, a storybook walk-through and pictures with Santa, among other highlights. The event was sponsored by the Fountain Valley Community Foundation, Rainbow Environmental Services, Care Ambulance Service, Southern California Edison and Independence Bank.
FEATURES
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | January 7, 2010
No matter where you live, it’s nice to experience a different environment once in a while. Northerners and inlanders love to visit our beaches. But one of our family traditions is to get away from the beach each winter for a few days of playing in the snow. Most years, Vic and I go to Yosemite National Park to get our fix. We’ve stayed at Curry Village, the Ahwahnee Hotel and the Wawona Hotel inside the park. But our favorite place by far is Tenaya Lodge, a resort just outside the park entrance.
FEATURES
December 31, 2008
Lifeguards Anthony Villalobos, middle, and off-duty volunteer Mike Sweet, right, under the direction of veteran Huntington Beach Lifeguard John Beebe, left, rescued an injured sea lion at the surf line under the Huntington Beach Pier Saturday. The adolescent with a broken flipper was caged quickly without incident after a few menacing barks toward its captors. Its next destination is the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Beebe said. The center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine mammals.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2007
Bella Terra is giving Huntington Beach a taste of a traditional white Christmas with a nightly snow shower in its amphitheater. The faux snow falls in 15 shows set to holiday music. Sometimes there is even live music for the show, entertaining children and adults alike. ?They love it, absolutely love it,? said Nicole Peterson of the Bella Terra administration. The snow is a nontoxic foamy substance made up of many of the same properties as toothpaste, Peterson said. The snow is shot from snowblowers on buildings surrounding the amphitheater, where it drifts down for spectators.
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | February 22, 2007
It has been a pretty dry winter thus far in the Southland, with the local mountain resorts relying on artificial snow guns to make it happen. But the last two storms earlier in the week gave a much-needed boost to the 2007 ski and snowboard season. Most resorts picked up 6 to 8 inches of new snow, providing some soft, shreddable powder. Base depths are 1 to 4 feet, and with the colder temperatures they were able to add even more snow with the snow blowers to really take advantage of these last lows going by. There's another storm expected, so there's another chance of snow tonight.
NEWS
August 31, 2006
Twenty tons of fresh snow will fall on Huntington Beach's city beaches as part of Boardfest '06, a surf, snow and skate competition. All-girl teams will be snowboarding down a three-story platform at the Huntington Beach Pier Boardfest, starting Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, during the Labor Day weekend. The event is known for its all-female snowboard rail jams, where world-class athletes will compete for a $1,000 "trick" prize. Competition organizers plan to build a custom platform for the snowboarders.
NEWS
By VIC LEIPZIG and LOU MURRAY | March 2, 2006
The Salton Sea ? located in the Imperial Valley south of Indio ? sounds lovely. This 35-mile long inland lake, the largest body of water in California, sparkles in a desert valley bordered by the colorful Chocolate Mountains. Birds abound on the water and in the agricultural fields and feedlots that surround it. Some species are found nowhere else in Southern California. That's why Vic goes there four times every year to lead birding trips. I usually stay home. If you've ever been there, you know why. For one thing, the Salton Sea stinks.
FEATURES
By By Lindsay Sandham | December 22, 2005
At the Lake View School's Winter Carnival, kids get a chance to frolic in the white stuff and have their faces painted.For many of the children, the Lake View School's Winter Carnival gave them a first chance to see snow. While it may have only been a minimal amount of the man-made variety, the Dec. 14 event brought smiles of delight to the children's faces, even as they waited in the seemingly endless line to take a short sled ride. "We wanted to do something fun for the holiday," said Huntington Beach resident Allison Palmer, Parent and Teacher Organization co-president.
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