Community briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
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Bird on a chain overlooking the ocean on the Pacific Beach boardwalk. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Bird on a chain overlooking the ocean on the Pacific Beach boardwalk. / Photo by Thomas Melville
PB graffiti clean up

Volunteers are needed for graffiti clean up day 9 a.m. to noon on April 28. Volunteers receive training and supplies to clean up graffiti in areas throughout Pacific Beach. Every year, volunteers remove hundreds of graffiti tags and make a positive difference in the community. Students may earn community service hours (under 18 must have waiver signed by parent).

This event is made possible by contributions from local businesses and residents and the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, 1675 Garnet Ave. To donate or for more information, visit or call 858-483-6666.

Kiwanis Club benefit

PB Kiwanis Club is holding its fundraising dinner at Pernicano's Pizza House, at 711 Turquoise St., on Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 10 p.m. The donation is $12 per person for a spaghetti dinner! 

Community cleanup in Mission Bay

Join I Love A Clean San Diego as they team up with Councilmember Lorie Zapf for a community cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Bonita Cove in Mission Beach, at 1100 W. Mission Bay Drive. Volunteers will remove litter and debris from the area and paint over graffiti as well.

There will be cleanup supplies, snacks, and water. I Love A Clean San Diego will also provide community service hours and letters of appreciation for volunteers.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable items such as water bottles, work gloves, and buckets to promote zero waste practices.

All volunteers are required to fill out a waiver form to participate and anyone under the age of 18 needs a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

Walk for Animals

This area is noted for the enlightenment of its pet communities – and on Saturday, May 5, an annual San Diego County Humane Society fundraising dog-walk is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants and volunteers whose support helps fuel that reputation.

The Walk for Animals consists of a two-mile stroll around NTC Park at Point Loma’s Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road (a half-mile course has been set aside for dogs and owners who prefer a shorter trail). It begins at 9 a.m., with registration, breakfast and opening ceremonies starting at 7 a.m. Families and children are welcome.

Proceeds will help fund the humane society’s lifesaving programs and services, including shelter, adoptions, veterinary care, humane law enforcement, emergency rescue and behavior and training on behalf of the 30,000 animals expected to come into the humane society’s care this year.

Registration fees range from $10 to $40. Further information is available at or at 619-243-3469. 

Serving San Diego County since 1880, the humane society operates campuses in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside. It is a private nonprofit, not affiliated with any other humane society or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It receives no government funding and is supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from its retail store and small service fees.

Crawfish cookouts

Pacific Beach Fish Shop’s Crawfish Cookout dates are Tuesday, April 24; Wednesday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 22; and Wednesday, June 5 and Tuesday, 19.

The venue is at 1775 Garnet Ave. The number is 858-483-1008. Beginning at 3 p.m. and lasting until the food’s gone, traditional Louisiana crawfish will be served by the pound, with corn on the cob, red potatoes and andouille sausage and local craft beer in bottles or on draft. 

Established in 2010, Pacific Beach Fish Shop features 50 microbrews and allows customers to tote their own wine inside, with no corkage fee.

PB restaurant walk set for May 22

There’s only one thing more monotonous than a Tuesday, and that’s vegetables – or so the saying goes. Discover Pacific Beach, the neighborhood’s business district, has had it up to here with that kind of talk – accordingly, it will host the Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk Tuesday, May 22, from 4 to 9 p.m., featuring coastal cuisine choices from participating restaurants west of Dawes Street to the coastline.

This self-guided event will be vegetarian friendly, and eateries that offer a vegetarian option will have special notice on the map.

Tickets are $25 online now and $30 on the day of the event. Will-call will be set up at the PB farmer’s market, corner of Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street, starting at 3 p.m. the day of the event. For more information, see or call (858) 273-3303.

Hands Across the Sand

Hands Across the Sand, a coalition of organizations, activists and citizens around the world that brings the message of clean oceans to local and world leaders, will hold an event at 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19.

Founded in 2010, Hands Across the Sand grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy.

Eight years later, there’s a rising tide of grassroots activism demanding that the U.S. and the world ends the expansion of offshore oil drilling. For more information, visit or the local group’s Facebook page, Hands Across the Sand – Mission Bay.

Launchit named finalist

LaunchIt Public Relations, a Pacific Beach provider of public and industry relations services to transportation technology suppliers, has been named a finalist in the 2018 Public Relations and Marketing Excellence Award program by the Business Intelligence Group.

The award identifies leading agencies that delivered quantifiable business results for their clients. The program, judged by business executives as opposed to their firms, uses a scoring system that measures performance across multiple business domains.

Since 2000, LaunchIt has been representing technology companies as it seeks to increase visibility of their products and services in the North American trucking industry. In 2018, it joined the Stryker-Munley Group, a consortium of public relations and marketing professionals with more than 20 years’ experience in their respective industries. It maintains ten offices in cities from Los Angeles to New York, including San Diego. For more information,

Poll workers needed for June 5 election

Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of six specific languages, are needed for the June 5 Gubernatorial Primary Election.

The Registrar’s office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese.

In addition, a survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley showed a need for speakers of Arabic and Korean at just under 90 precincts across the county so the Registrar’s office is also recruiting poll workers who are bilingual in those languages.

To become a poll worker, applicants must be a U.S citizen and registered to vote in California, or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States. Poll workers must have transportation to their assigned polling location, access to the internet to take an online training and attend a two-hour class in person.

Poll workers receive a stipend ranging from $100 to $175 depending on the assignment, and those who are bilingual receive an additional $15 if they are assigned to provide language assistance to voters.

Apply online at For more information, call 858-565-5800 or email

CEO awards

The Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine will host a Most Admired CEO awards program on Thursday, June 7 at 4 p.m. an exclusive reception to honor the winners and finalists.

The event, held every year by the San Diego Business Journal, is designed to recognize local business leaders’ achievements within their companies and in the community. The nomination deadline is April 22. Nomination forms and tickets are online at Tickets include admission to a no-host bar and a n evening of hors d’oeuvres.

Judges will select winners in the publicly and privately traded company categories as well as in the nonprofit, government agency, family-owned business and education areas.

The Hyatt Regency is located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. Further information is available at 858-277-6695.

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