Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper, right, recently proposed to his girlfriend Elizabeth Byrne. She said yes. (HB Independent / February 20, 2013)

Exciting news for Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper. He announced that on Valentine's Day he asked Elizabeth Byrne to marry him. Best news is, she said yes.

The couple attended Huntington Beach High School together, but Harper said they didn't start dating until after they were reunited three years ago.

"Both [my fiancé] and my sister were both in the theater arts program at Huntington Beach High School together, so my sister and my fiancé know each other well from then," Harper said. "It's just absolutely the perfect match."

Fittingly, the couple got engaged on the Huntington Beach Pier. We wish them well.

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Fundraisers

Sweatin' for health and funds

The goal for the 19th annual jog-a-thon at Eader Elementary School in Huntington Beach is to raise $20,000 as well as to raise awareness about healthy eating. There will be a week-long push to focus on health and fitness culminating with the jog on March 22.

Raising the funds is a bit tough for the school according to Tammy O'Neill who chairs the Eader Elementary School jog-a-thon. She said the campus is located in a place that prevents many businesses from knowing it is there and they therefore receive fewer sponsorships than some other schools.

Last year the event raised $12,000 and they are striving for even more this year.

The event will include a "SWAT" truck with parents who are firefighters and police officers in Huntington on it. They will pass out Eader Eagles rubber bracelets and offer a photo opportunity for the students. Mother's Market staff will be giving the Eager Eagle joggers organic oranges and bananas after the run.

For information about the jog-a-thon, contact O'Neill (714) 501-3325.

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Library's friends invite thrilling authors

William Sewell, author of spy thriller "Nonessential Asset" and S.A. Stolinsky author of the comedy mystery "Counterfeit Lottery," will visit the Huntington Beach Central Library for its regular fundraiser luncheon on March 14.

The event will benefit the Friends of the Library and will be held at the Central Library in Rooms C/D. Doors open 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon and lecture starting at noon.

Cost is $20. Reservations may be mailed to FOTL, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

Reservation forms and checks payable to FOTL must be received no later than March 11.

For information, call (714) 375-8429.

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Notable

Congressional honor

Huntington Beach headquartered NuVision Federal Credit Union's LJ Tarman, vice president of marketing and public relations, has received special recognition from the United States Congress for her outstanding leadership and community relations outreach on behalf of the public credit union. 

On Feb. 12 Chris Palmer, deputy district director for U.S. Congressman John Campbell (CA-48), presented an official Congressional Certificate of Recognition to Tarman at NuVision's Huntington Beach headquarters.

NuVision was also recognized for the many charitable contributions it has made to the communities it serves throughout Southern California and Arizona.  

AROUND TOWN is a weekly column about people and events in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. Please submit information about your fundraiser, charity event or a person deserving attention to hbindependent@latimes.com or alicia.lopez@latimes.com.