10 New Year's Resolutions To Make Huntington Beach A Better Place
Happy 2017, Huntington Beach! As we map out this trip around the sun, let's center our goals around a better you and a better HB. Because if you're happy and healthy, you're in an elevated state to also uplift your neighbors and neighborhoods. Here are a few ways to give a little bit to yourself, the environment, small business, and other loving locals.
1 // Clean Up A Beach
Countless cleanups are scheduled throughout the year to keep HB's sands and waters safe and pristine, including our two monthly regulars: Huntington Beach/Seal Beach's Surfrider Foundation Chapter and OC Coastkeeper. Spend your morning combing the shoreline for rubbish, and you'll not only champion the environment that weekend, you'll be inspired to carry the torch throughout your daily actions.
2 // Surf More (Or Finally Suit Up)
Checking the surf report isn't quite the same as actually paddling out, now is it? Life is busy, and while our number one priority should be our health, it often times takes a backseat. Make a promise to honor yourself and our consistent swell by shredding at least one weekday and one weekend day per week—to start. And if you've never been, it's never too late to try. Tag along with an experienced friend, or take a lesson.
3 // Buy Local Every Tuesday
The Surf City Nights Certified Farmers Market & Street Fair gifts Main Street with local produce and goods every Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. Need some leafy greens for dinner? Got 'em. Hunting an edible gift like local honey or Bloody Mary mix? Done. Bonuses include food vendors, live music, and kids games.
4 // Throwback At The Bungalow
Don a 1950s or 1960s getup and sip a signature cocktail on the whimsical oceanfront al fresco patio. The vintage "abode" and its mesmerizing tchotchkes will have you floating on nostalgia and slipping back to simpler times.
5 // Visit A New Yoga Studio
Our wonderfully diverse yoga market offers experiences from zen stretch to primal buti to gravity-defying aerial sessions. We are huge fans of Class Pass for this very reason. If without the Pass, score a free first session or pony up for a single class at a new spot to challenge both body and mind. ICYMI, HB Yoga Collective is fresh on the scene.
6 // Get Centered At The Center
Since 1995, the Huntington Beach Art Center at 538 Main St. has curated exceptional collections of various media "to advance public awareness and understanding of cultural, historic, and contemporary perspectives." Visits are free and welcome donations, and not-to-miss opening receptions as well as "Art for Lunch" events are timed with featured exhibitions. Check their website for monthly happenings.
7 // Join The Bolsa Chica Stewards
We are fortunate to have the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary right in our own backyard, and it needs our TLC. Every first Sunday and third Saturday of the month, the Bolsa Chica Land Trust Stewards meet from 9 a.m.-noon to restore native habitat at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Join them, and check off volunteering and visiting the wetlands from your list.
8 // Eat Breakfast At SeaSalt
SeaSalt Woodfire Grill rolled out its hearty weekend breakfast menu in June 2016, taunting locals with lumberjack-style wood-fired plates like the T-Bone Steak, Cheese Eggs & Welch's Grape breakfast and cocktail combo; Rum Salted Caramel Cinnamon Roll; Santa Maria Breakfast Burrito; and much, much more. It's comfort food to a T (bone), and isn't well-being one of our intentions? As a side, SeaSalt was also just named one of "O.C.'s 10 Most Important New Restaurants Of 2016" by the L.A. Times.
9 // Color With The Big Kids
Awaken your inner child and artist by visiting the HB Central Library in HB Central Park every first Tuesday of the month for its free "Coloring for Adults" night. Chat, relax, and de-stress from 5:30-7 p.m. Coloring materials, tea, hot chocolate, and music provided.
10 // Join The Forum
Be in the know and connect with other locals by joining the Huntington Beach CommUNITY Voice forum on Facebook. This locals-only group, uniting more than 15,500 residents, allows free rein—to a degree—to self-promote, discuss local politics, and crowdsource for tips.