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Around Town: Plaque to be placed at old Golden Bear site Monday

Huntington Beach's famed Golden Bear nightclub will be remembered with a plaque placed at 1 p.m. Monday at its former site at 306 Pacific Coast Hwy., now the Pierside Pavilion.

The Golden Bear opened as a restaurant in the 1920s and frequently served movie stars who were in town for a day at the beach. After founder Harry Bakre's death in 1957, the site was mostly vacant until 1963, when it became a music club and continued under various owners, hosting shows by the Doors, Dizzy Gillespie, the Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Martin, Blondie, the Ramones, Neil Young and many more.

The venue was closed and demolished in 1986 amid plans for downtown redevelopment and as it faced costs of seismic retrofitting.


Free Thanksgiving meal at Tumbleweeds

Tumbleweeds owner Frank Tahvildari will host his 19th annual free Thanksgiving meal at his restaurant Thursday.

Turkey, gravy, stuffing, vegetables and pumpkin bread will be served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tumbleweeds, 21094 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach.

For more information, call (714) 960-2776.


White House honors local surf volunteers

Five volunteers with the Huntington Beach-based International Surf Lifesaving Assn. received President's Volunteer Service Awards from the White House this month. The medals came with a letter signed by President Obama.

The winners are association President Henry Reyes (gold), director Olin Patterson (gold), Vice President of Operations Will Koon (silver), Vice President of Development Raquel Lizarraga (silver) and information technology manager Michael Lopez (bronze).

A gold medal was awarded for at least 500 hours of service in a year's period. Silver required 400 hours and bronze 100.

The International Surf Lifesaving Assn. was started in 2008 by four Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard instructors, including Reyes and Patterson. The mission was to send volunteers around the world to teach about water safety, provide equipment and train lifeguards with the aim of preventing drownings.


Library to host children's holiday party

A holiday tree-trimming party and marionette show are coming to the Huntington Beach Central Library at 10 a.m. Dec. 6.

Children can decorate their own handcrafted Christmas ornaments to hang on the library tree or take home. Santa Claus will stop by.

Tickets are $4 per person and are available at the library children's desk, 7111 Talbert Ave. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Children's Library.

For more information, call (714) 375-5107.


Huntington man receives caregiver award

Fredy Dominguez of Huntington Beach was one of 10 Orange County caregivers honored by Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary at its third annual Oliver Halsell Care Awards ceremony Nov. 12.

Dominguez, community relations director at Attentive Home Care, a Southern California provider of in-home care services, created a networking group for professionals in the care industry to gather monthly to share experiences and advice, Fairhaven said.

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