Across the Area

Mix with the cops, and race with dogs

DOG WISDOM in “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” opening this week in local cinemas.

Here’s a look at what the coming week looks like for those of us who live, work or play in Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster.

WEATHER: Warm but not too warm across the area. Some patchy fog in the mornings, with highs in the high 70s to mid 80s during the day, and mid-60s at night.

MEETINGS: Huntington Beach City Council meets on Monday at 6 p.m. Top item on the agenda will be hiring a new city manager.

On Thursday, the Westminster School District Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m.

ENTERTAINMENT: A bunch of new movies out this week, including

  • “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” based on the popular kids books and games.
  • “Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark,” also based on a book in which horrible things start happening in a small town.
  • “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is about a very smart dog and his man, with lots of canine philosophy.

On the live stages, “West Side Story” concludes this weekend at the Gem Theater in Garden Grove. At the Westminster Community Playhouse,” a young performers edition of “Wizard of Oz” is offered Friday to Sunday.

At the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” has shows on Friday and Sunday.

EVENTS: Tuesday is National Night Out events in all four of our cities, with exhibits, contests, information and more about public safety. For the details, go to

There are also free summer concerts scheduled this week. In Garden Grove’s Eastgate Park, Soto will perform Latin, R&B and funk music starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. In Westminster, the Surf City Allstars will perform Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center Sunken Garden. In Huntington Beach, the Smokin’ Cobras tribute band will perform on Saturday in the Central Park from 5-8 p.m.


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