The sunset silhouettes the Electric Eel roller coaster during SeaWorld San Diego's grand opening reception of the new amusement ride on Wednesday, May 16. The party featured gourmet food stations, glowing drinks, dancing and desserts, along with rides on the new roller coaster for invited guests. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Over-the-Line Tournament and Beerfest at Mariner’s Point
The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club is kicking-off the summer with an Over-the-Line Tournament and Beerfest on Saturday, May 19 at Mariner’s Point in Mission Beach. Held from noon to 4 p.m., attendees can sip craft beer from local breweries and enjoy fare from food trucks.
Breweries participating include BNS Brewing, Bay City Brewing, OB Brewery, Alesmith, Coronado Brewing, Thorn Brewing, Mason Aleworks, Ballast Point, Helix Brewing, Fall, SR76, Duck Foot, Groundswell, Benchmark, 3 Punk Ales, Second Chance, Resident, Mike Hess, Iron Fist, Bitter Brothers and Dos Desperados. Cutwater Spirits will also be selling craft cocktails.
The OTL Tournament will field 120 teams in a double-elimination format. The first rounds will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 19 with winning teams returning from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Tournament divisions include: Men's Pro, Men's Open, Men's Masters and Women's Open. The entry fee is $120 per team and will increase as the tournament fills up.
This two-day event is a precursor to the 65th annual World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament set for July 14-15 and July 21-22 at Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. General admission, including the four-hour beer tasting for guests ages 21-plus, is $35 with advance online purchase via eventbrite.com.
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 pacificbeach.org 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 handsacrossthesand.org or the local group’s Facebook page, Hands Across the Sand – Mission Bay.
San Diego NF Walk
The annual San Diego NF Walk at De Anza Cove 9 a.m. on May 19 unites families and friends for a fun-filled day with food, face painting, kids activities, yoga, music, and lots of fun. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Affecting 1 in 3,000 people, there is currently no treatment or cure for NF, but we’re walking to raise money to fund critical research. For more information, visit www.ctf.org.
Poke Fest at Bali Hai
I love Poke Festival is back Tuesday, May 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bali Hai Shelter Island at 2230 Shelter Island Drive. This year’s all-ages tasting event will feature 30 of San Diego’s top chefs and restaurants, along with special guests from Hawaii including Ahi Assassins Fish Co., Aloha Shoyu and Hawaiian Pie Co.
Guests can enjoy poke tastings from Pokeland Competitors like Island Life Foods, Hollywood Casino, The Lanai and more and delight in other island-inspired food and desserts.
Event attendees may also enjoy dancing and live music. Tickets cost $75 and include taste testing.
For more information or tickets, go to onoyum.ticketspice.com/ilpsd18.
San Diego Derby Dolls boardwalk skate and benefit
The San Diego Derby Dolls are ready to kick off the summer right with a beach skate starting at Belmont Park stating at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25. The Dolls will skate up the boardwalk to Woodstock’s Pacific Beach, at 1221 Garnet Ave, for a one-night fundraiser.
For any in-store sales from 7 to 11 p.m. (dine-in, take-out, and pick-up) that mention the San Diego Derby Dolls, Woodstock’s will give a percentage toward the total funds raised. They will have a special tapping of the Mike Hess and San Diego Derby Doll collaboration Solis IPA No. 84 at the bar. The money raised will go toward creating a new training facility for the Dolls and their partner programs.
This is a short 2.6 mile skate and should take even the novice skaters only 30 minutes to complete. The Derby Dolls have invited all skaters in the San Diego area to put on their skates to celebrate the unofficial start of summer over the first evening of the Memorial Day weekend.
Event information at facebook.com/events/242777366288100/.
Belmont Park to offer $5 deals after 5 p.m.
Everybody likes to confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexican independence day from Spain, which actually isn’t for another four months. Saturday, May 5, marked Mexico’s victory over those pesky French in 1862’s arduous Battle of Puebla – and for the rest of the month, its lessons won’t be lost on the folks at Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd.
The park’s $5 offerings will begin this month at 5 p.m. They include deals on the new Sky Ropes obstacle course along with others on food, drinks, ride wristbands and shopping.
After 5 p.m. every day through May 31, the venue will offer $5 deals on burgers, two-patron admissions on one ride, T-shirts and hats, climbs on the rock wall and more. Check belmontpark.com for particulars.
Belmont Park is a 12-ride seaside amusement center built in 1925 by sugar magnate John Spreckels, who sought to promote a citywide electric railway.
Circus Center Jubilee
The San Diego Circus Center, at 2050 Hancock St., will hold its inaugural Jubilee, highlighting a display of circus acts from talented and amazing performers May 25-27. There will be acts on Chinese pole, contortion, trapeze, Cyr wheel, Lyra, teeterboard, tight-wire, silks, rope, clowning and more. For more information, visit sandiegocircuscenter.org. For tickets, visit SDCCtickets.com.
Blood drive in PB
Big O Tires will host a mobile blood drive, in partnership with San Diego Blood Bank, 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at 1106 Garnet Ave. About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives.
Approximately, 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10 percent do annually. Since blood is always needed, volunteers are asked to give blood for patients, such as those going through cancer or trauma.
Pacific Beach Fish Shop’s Crawfish Cookout dates are Tuesday, May 22; and Wednesday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 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.
Illegal marijuana delivery service busted in Pacific Beach
On May 8, at approximately 8 a.m., the San Diego Police Department’s Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at an apartment in the 3800 block of Ingraham Street. This location is located in a residential apartment complex and was being used to operate an illegal marijuana delivery service called “Beach Budz.”
The search warrant yielded approximately two pounds of high grade marijuana, concentrated cannabis and edibles, $1,200 in cash, and business documents and records. The owner/operator (Anthony Cruz, 29 years old) was arrested and issued a citation for operating a business without a license and sales of marijuana.
SDPD and the City Attorney’s office are continuing to conduct enforcement on all illegal marijuana delivery services, as well as, all other illegal marijuana businesses operating in the City of San Diego. All persons operating these illegal marijuana businesses will be arrested and prosecuted.
County releases report on hepatitis A outbreak
The County of San Diego released an “After Action Report” on May 10 that summarizes the County’s response to an unprecedented hepatitis A outbreak that began in early March 2017.
A local public health emergency was declared on Sept. 1, 2017, and stayed in effect until Jan. 23.
The purpose of an after action report is a self-evaluation to document an agency’s response after an emergency. This Hepatitis A Outbreak After Action Report looks at the County’s response to the local health emergency and actions taken during the outbreak to assess what worked well, what could be improved, and a plan for making recommended improvements.
Among the 21 recommendations in the report:
Enhancing the use of an incident command structure to coordinate regional actions, including convening a group of County and regional executive leadership from affected areas that meets regularly;
Ensure more County staff not normally assigned to emergency situations are trained so that they may be utilized for large-scale, long-lasting or unique public health emergencies;
Work with local healthcare providers to ensure that people who work with homeless individuals and drug users receive the HAV vaccine and that all healthcare providers enter the vaccinations into the immunization registry;
Educate all County jail inmates on hepatitis A risk and encourage them to be vaccinated.
The report also highlights several novel approaches taken to combat the outbreak including the use of foot teams. The teams paired up County Health and Human Service Agency public health nurses with homeless outreach workers and public safety officers who were deployed to provide vaccinations and education in homeless encampments, difficult to reach areas near river beds, in canyons and at locations that provide services to homeless people.
The complete report is available online.
Seafood sandwich shop to expand to Pacific Beach
SuperNatural Sandwiches, which currently features rotating specials and signature seafood sandwiches from its space on Miramar Road, will expand to Pacific Beach in June, replacing Nom Nom Bento and its Asian-fusion fare at 4658 Mission Blvd.
The 1,100-square-foot venue will reportedly feature seven sandwiches on its grab-and-go menu as well as items exclusive to Pacific Beach. Aguas frescas -- nonalcoholic combinations of fruits, cereals, flowers or seeds blended with sugar and water -- will initially mark the beverage menu, with beer and wine to follow.
The proprietors recently launched branches in Tijuana and Santa Ana. They announced an expansion to Little Italy earlier this year; that venue is scheduled to open in the fall and offer Southeast Asian dishes and desserts. They are also exploring growth possibilities in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
Rum tasting experience at Catamaran Resort
To celebrate the re-emergence of tiki culture, San Diego’s original Polynesian-themed resort, Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, is launching a new signature rum tasting experience with local distiller Malahat Spirits Co.
Set on the patio overlooking scenic Mission Bay, Rum Social at Oceana Coastal Kitchen will debut Wednesday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and showcase the Malahat rum that was created exclusively for the Catamaran during this casual food and drink pairing event where mixing and mingling will be encouraged.
Each $35 ticket will include two Catamaran rum drinks per person plus small plate pairings that enhance the rum flavors, such as deviled chicken with pancetta, short rib on toasted brioche, shrimp cocktail with a Malahat-infused dipping sauce, and strawberry tiramisu from the resort’s executive chef Steven Riemer.
Attendance for Rum Social will be capped at 40 people to ensure that each event has an intimate, mixer feel that encourages socializing. Tickets can be purchased at:www.catamaranresort.com/dining-entertainment/rum-social.
“We are thrilled to partner with San Diego’s premier distiller, Malahat, to bring this event to life,” said Jono Tapp, Director of Outlets. “We’ve orchestrated Rum Social to be a community event where San Diegans can get to know their neighbors while sipping on Catamaran’s exclusive spiced rum and enjoying Chef’s delectable creations.”
Rescue House slates annual cats benefit
More than 25,000 lost or neglected animals receive second chances every year in San Diego County – and a regional cat-rescue venue has scheduled its annual fundraiser to retain its stake in the effort.
A Cause for Paws, the Rescue House’s 10th annual gala, will take place Saturday, June 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, 1441 Quivira Road. The evening includes a dinner buffet and silent and live auctions. Contact email@example.com with questions or donations. Ticket prices are $75 to $95, and all proceeds go directly to the care of homeless cats.
The Rescue House is an Encinitas-based nonprofit no-kill volunteer organization dedicated to assisting unwanted, abandoned, homeless and abused socialized cats regardless of age and, often, handicap. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has rescued more than 13,000 cats and has found homes for more than 3,600 through its seven adoption centers in San Diego County. More information is available at rescuehouse.org or 760-591-1221.
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, launchitpr.com.
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 sdvote.com. For more information, call 858-565-5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 sdbj.com/bizevents. 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.