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    Coming together: Students and volunteers unite to clean Mission Beach
    May 19, 2017 | 17518 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Following the cleanup, students created a piece of living art – an aerial art image to spell out “Come Together” along South Mission Beach.
    Following the cleanup, students created a piece of living art – an aerial art image to spell out “Come Together” along South Mission Beach.
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    I Love A Clean San Diego engaged nearly 900 elementary school students and volunteers at Mission Beach for the 24th annual Kids’ Ocean Day on Thursday, May 18. Instead of turning a blind eye to the abundance of litter found across San Diego’s coastline and the Pacific Ocean, the students channeled their appreciation for the environment into action to protect it. During this four-hour event, the students and volunteers significantly improved the health and beauty of San Diego’s natural environment by removing litter and forming a stunning aerial art image of a snorkeler, jellyfish, sea star, garibaldi and the words “Come Together.” All the students who participated attend local Title I schools and otherwise may not have the means to go to the beach. For some students, this event was their first beach experience. The youth participants represented Central Elementary, Ericson Elementary, Fay Elementary, Joyner Elementary, Porter Elementary, Spreckels Elementary, and Whitman Elementary. Following the cleanup, students created a piece of living art – an aerial art image to spell out “Come Together” along South Mission Beach. This powerful image shows that each individual role plays a crucial part in accomplishing the larger goal of protecting the coastline, ocean, and marine wildlife friends. With more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans, now is the time to make a difference. If the world continues as is, it is estimated that pieces of plastics will soon outnumber fish in the ocean. The good news is that everyone, including youth, can contribute to creating a cleaner future. Kids’ Ocean Day was made possible through the generous support of many sponsors, including California’s Coastal Commission’s Whale Tale grant program, Cox Communication, Sony, Qualcomm, Jack in the Box, Kohl’s, Einstein’s Bagels, Starbucks, Jimbo’s Natural Grocers, and Outside the Lens. Groups of volunteer teams were also in attendance representing Millennium Health, San Diego County Bar Association, HP Inc., Kohl’s, and Jack in the Box.  Kids’ Ocean Day is one of hundreds of cleanups hosted by ILACSD. In 2016, ILACSD mobilized over 33,000 volunteers who removed nearly half a million pounds of debris from San Diego County. ILACSD’s next cleanup, with Councilmember Lorie Zapf, will take place at Bonita Cove in Mission Bay on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information about how to get involved, visit CleanSD.org.
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    Ocean Beach serves up 25 years of flavors, flowers and fun at its farmers market
    by JONATHAN LO
    May 17, 2017 | 10355 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Sampling sea urchin at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Troy Orem
    Sampling sea urchin at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Troy Orem
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    An eclectic mix of people and products at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    An eclectic mix of people and products at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Buskers usually line the sidewalk during the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Buskers usually line the sidewalk during the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The flower booths are popular at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The flower booths are popular at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    “Barney and Friends,” “Super Mario Kart,” “The Bodyguard,” Cartoon Network, and the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. What do all these have in common? All of them are turning 25 this year. The Ocean Beach Farmers Market traces its origins back to the late 1980s; Ocean Beach was struggling to revitalize its downtown area, which looked bleak because of loss of business and general community fervor. After numerous town hall meetings and workshops, residents put together a list of projects and events they wanted to enact or revive. One item on that list was a farmers market. Thus, in 1992 the first OB Farmers Market was funded and set up on Newport Avenue, two blocks from the beach. It was and still is managed by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA), a private non-profit merchants guild. Denny Knox is the executive director of the OBMA, and has overseen the running of Ocean Beach Farmers Market since its inception. Even with all the excitement surrounding the farmers market, it took five years for it to be able to sustain itself. Until then, the OBMA was pouring money into it to keep it afloat. To combat that issue, Knox said, “We made a concerted effort to bring visitors here and make this a destination for people who like an eclectic community. There’s not a lot of places like Ocean Beach.” Moreover, OBMA listened to community feedback on the farmers market. “People made suggestions all along. Having music, having crafters, and we have a number of local merchants who go out and go to the farmers market even though they have a nice shop,” said Knox. Now, the attraction has evolved into a unique mix of local music and booths. “We’ve had a good number of businesses start here at the farmers market,” she said. “There’s quite a few people who made a product and they’ve been able to branch out and get it in stores.” There are a myriad of reasons as to why the Ocean Beach Farmers Market has stayed so popular. “It’s fun. It’s just fun. It’s very different. OB is a very social place,” said Knox. “If you like people-watching you’ll love our farmers market.” Moreover, the farmers market is close and convenient to many. Not only is it just two blocks from the beach, but it is also nested in the downtown area, surrounded by numerous restaurants and bars. The market is also within walking distance for many, and for those further out, the 35 and 923 bus routes have a stop right next to one end of the market. On the longevity of the Ocean Beach Farmers Market, Knox beamed, “I’m surprised at how the farmers market has gone on for so long and how rock solid it has been over the years. I really appreciate it because we want it to be successful.” The loyalty of the Ocean Beach residents also greatly contributed to the success as well as the OBMA’s efforts to spread the word. Indeed, there are now around 100 booths, some three-quarters of whom have been around for a long time. OBMA has also found that about 45 percent of the farmers market visitors are not from the area. OBMA does not only work with the Ocean Beach Farmers Market, though. The market makes enough to sustain itself and then some. “The extra funds allow us to plow back into the community by doing projects and programs that are needed to make OB better,” Knox said. OBMA has a hand in various community events such as beautification and small fairs. When asked if there were any changes, reasonable or unreasonable, she wanted to enact on the OB Farmers Market, Knox mused, “I would expand the street by four feet. I would also like to string lights across the palm trees all the way down the street. So when it’s at night or at dusk, those lights would kick in and we don’t need to have our own lights.” Knox also expressed a desire to have an area devoted to cooking classes at the farmers market, but unfortunately there is no space for anything of the sort to be possible. The Ocean Beach Farmers Market is located at 4900 Newport Ave. It takes place every week on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association is located at 1868 Bacon St. OBMA will also be having a giveaway of reusable produce bags on Wednesday, May 17.
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    Cinema under the stars at Liberty Station this summer
    by LUCIA VITI
    May 13, 2017 | 11924 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Guests at Liberty Station’s grassy North Promenade during last year’s Second Saturday Cinema Series. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
    Guests at Liberty Station’s grassy North Promenade during last year’s Second Saturday Cinema Series. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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    Grab your picnic blankets, beach chairs and comfy throws to relax beneath the stars at Liberty Station’s Second Saturday Summer Film Series on 8 a.m. Saturday, May 13. Screening at Liberty Station’s grassy North Promenade, guests will enjoy a free, Academy Award-winning movie – “La La Land” – projected from a 12-foot-high, 20-foot-wide screen. Curated by Arts District residents, flicks will be shown from May to October. Produced in partnership with Pacific Arts Movement, six feature films will spotlight the Arts District theme, “Heroes of the Arts on Film.” “The Second Saturday Cinema Series will showcase films in dance, music, comedy and drama,” said Andrew Waltz, marketing and program manager of the NTC Foundation. “We collaborated with Liberty Station’s Arts District resident groups to select movies as creative outlets to highlight their unique and individual missions.” The films are curated by Liberty Station’s Arts District resident groups including Outside the Lens, San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet, Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy, San Diego Comic Art Gallery, Recreational Music Center, Guitars in theClassroom, Pacific Arts Movement, Comickaze Comics Books and More and San Diego Comic Art Gallery. “Each film reflects the art forms of Arts District resident groups, lending further voice to the diverse arts and culture community at Liberty Station,” continued Waltz. “Our first film, ‘La La Land’ – based onHollywood’s film and photography – is a perfect match for Outside the Lens. ‘Strictly Ballroom,’ a high-energy dance film was picked by our dance companies, San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet, and Neisha's Dance & Music Academy.” Sporting a Comic-Con theme July’s screening of “Lego Batman,” will be curated by Comickaze Comics Books and More, followed by “Sing” in August, chosen by the Recreational Music Center, “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings” in September, chosen by Pacific Arts Movement and “Ghostbusters” from San Diego Comic Book Art Gallery in October. Outside the Lens will also curate a short film series of independent, experimental, and documentary flicks prior to each feature presentation. Outside the Lens is a community program that “empowers” youth to create change through digital media. Writers, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, artists and teachers encourage “disconnected” students to share their stories. Since 2001, Outside the Lens has worked with more than 13,000 “undeserved” or “at-risk” youth from kindergarten to high school. “’La La Land’ is the perfect reflection for Outside the Lens,” said Lucy Eagleson, Program Director for Outside the Lens. “’La La Land’ celebrates the art of making movies, and we teach young people the art of taking a story from stage to screen. We’re also excited to be curating short, independent film-festival films –– not always seen in the mainstream –– that will be screened before each feature film. We love cinema and story-telling and we’re excited to show the community who we are and what we do.” Second Saturday Cinema is one facet of The NTC Foundation’s year-long, Arts District’s 10th Anniversary celebration. Events will be conducted through its 100-acre campus exposing its140 galleries, museums, artists, nonprofits, boutique shops, restaurants and cafés, within the Station’s 45 newly-renovated buildings. According to Waltz, activities will honor past and present members who aided the Arts District achieve this milestone. “Celebrations include exciting community programming, public art installations and cultural activities,” he said. “Signature popular events will include Friday Night Liberty Art Walk, Salute the Season and our seasonal Block Parties. New anchor events will also include a free Summer Concert Series. “If you add up our Arts District programming, celebrations, art fairs and activities of our resident groups and venue users, there’s s always something new and exciting happening on our campus,” added Alan Ziter, the NTC Foundation’s Executive Director. “So, come early and enjoy music and performances that will highlight our Arts District groups in residence,” concluded Waltz. “Visit our art galleries, studios, and museums and our Liberty Public Market with more than 30 vendors hosting grab and go foods.” Cinema schedule May 13 – “La La Land” at 8 p.m. June 10 – “Strictly Ballroom” at 8 p.m. July 8 – “Lego Batman Movie” at 8 p.m. Aug. 12 – “Sing” at 5 at 8 p.m. Sept. 9 –  “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings” at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 – “Ghostbusters” at 7 p.m.
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    Community and news briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    May 12, 2017 | 3165 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Cairo Beats, which features rhythmic drumming with belly dancers, who also dabble in fire eating, entertains the crowd at last week’s Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Cairo Beats, which features rhythmic drumming with belly dancers, who also dabble in fire eating, entertains the crowd at last week’s Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    TB case reported at Naval Base Point Loma The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is working in close collaboration with Navy officials to notify individuals who were possibly exposed to tuberculosis on Naval Base Point Loma. The periods of exposure are from Oct. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31 in the Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex in building OT3 and from Feb. 1 to April 7 in the Naval Base Point Loma Topside building No. 40. The Navy will provide no-cost testing to all identified individuals at Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex beginning May 9 and on May 15 and 16 in the auditorium on Topside A-33. People who would like more information are asked to call County TB Control Program at 619-692-8621. Annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels The California Department of Public Health recently announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast. The quarantine began May 1 and applies to all species of mussels that are recreationally harvested along the California coast, including all bays and estuaries. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning that can lead to serious illness, including coma and death. “The toxins found in shellfish can kill a person within 30 minutes. There are no known antidotes, and the toxins are not reliably destroyed by cooking,”said CDPH director and State Public Health officer Dr. Karen Smith. The quarantine is designed to prevent paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) and domoic acid poisoning (DAP) in people who might otherwise consume sport-harvested mussels. Both of these toxins are linked to plankton consumed by shellfish, including mussels and clams. Historically, the majority of human cases of PSP illnesses occur between spring and fall. In California, PSP is extremely rare in part due to the efforts put forth by CDPH to protect the public against poisoning. There have been no reported cases of DAP in California. OB Exposed photo show Ocean Beach Historical Society presents OB Exposed! Photographic Impressions of Ocean Beach and Point Loma at the Masonic Center,1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 19. The special subject prize photo category is “25 year anniversary of the OB farmers market.” Also, enter other categories. Suggested OBHS donation $5, but any donation is appreciated. Details and entry forms available at OB Business Center or www.obhistory.wordpress.com. Gator by the Bay San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club is presenting its annual Gator by the Bay! festival May 8-11. The festivities will be held at Spanish Landing Park across from San Diego Airport. Included in the schedule is Louisiana-themed dancing, dancing lessons, music, music workshops, food and cooking demos. For more information, visit www.gatorbythebay.com. OB Kiwanis Kite Festival The 69th annual Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival, Off-Street Fair, and Carnival will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Dusty Rhodes Park, Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. There will be free parking and shuttle from Robb Field. There will be kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers and kite demonstrations and games, crafters, community organizations, gourmet food, carnival activities and live music from Beer Feat. Youngsters are taught how to make and fly kites. All materials are supplied. There are prizes for the best decorated kites. Any handmade kite can be submitted, not just kites made at the festival. This free family event is the oldest children’s kite festival in the U.S. OB photo contest The Ocean Beach Town Council has started a "Share Your OB" photo contest. To enter just tag your best photos of OB with #shareyourOB and post on Instagram or Facebook. Winner receives bragging rights and is entered in a monthly drawing for some cool swag. Each Saturday, a new winner will be announced. So get out there and #shareyourOB. VanDover named sales manager at The Park Zephyr’s The Park, Bankers Hill, has added luxury high-rise real estate specialist, Micah VanDover, as its community sales manager. VanDover is married with two children and one on the way. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, building sand castles with his kids and doing mission work.
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    Traveling is TranscenDANCE at San Diego Airport
    by MANNY LOPEZ
    May 08, 2017 | 65419 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Members of TranscenDANCE perform at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Kevin Walsh
    Members of TranscenDANCE perform at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Kevin Walsh
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    Members of TranscenDANCE perform at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Kevin Walsh
    Members of TranscenDANCE perform at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Kevin Walsh
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    Members of TranscenDANCE perform at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Kevin Walsh
    Members of TranscenDANCE perform at San Diego International Airport. / Photo by Kevin Walsh
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    Airports, by nature, tend to be chaotic places existing in a world of perpetual motion. To some commuters, commercial airline travel has become similar to facing a riot. But along comes a one-of-a kind arts program, developed at San Diego International Airport, designed to enrich the airline traveler’s experience, while simultaneously cultivating the regional performing arts community. Currently in its second year of operation, San Diego International Airport’s Performing Arts Residency Program brings residency acts to the airport, which includes dance, music and theater groups, for a 12 month period. “The phrase that we use a lot around the airport is gateway,” said Christopher Chalupsky, senior manager of arts and community partnerships at San Diego International Airport (SAN). “The airport is a representation of what the region is all about and this program gives people a taste of what San Diego has to offer in terms of performing arts.” TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project, an 11 year old organization based in National City that serves young people between the ages of 13 and 23 through holistic dance and performing arts programs, was selected after a public call for applications was put out by the San Diego Airport Authority in the fall of 2016. “It was an interesting thought to be charged with the idea of doing community building through the arts with a transient community in a place like the airport,” said Cat Corral, co-founder of TranscenDANCE. “What really intrigued me was how our young people would create workshops and performances with the idea of building a temporary community space that both uplifts and inspires staff and travelers for that brief period that they're going to be in the airport.” The group has already begun performing for travelers around the airport environment in such places as the pedestrian bridge, escalators and baggage claim area. Corral explained how the group had to be site sensitive to the permanent and temporary art installations, physical space, people and energy within the environment. “We’ve done some work with dancers suddenly coming down the curbside and catching people by surprise as they’re getting picked up or dropped off. It’s a real pleasure to see the delight in people’s eyes as they’re experiencing dance in an unexpected time and place. There’s a feeling of taking the street and bringing the joy, beauty and energy of dance to all of the people along the way,” Corral said. As part of the SAN’s Public Art Program, which includes public artwork, temporary exhibitions and performing arts, TranscenDANCE will perform monthly at the airport until December. “The reflection of art and culture from San Diego can really have a positive impact on the traveling experience,” Chalupsky said. “The residency program is a way to offer something even more unique to the airport patrons and also for the arts groups around town.” More information on the San Diego International Airport’s Art Program can be found at www.art.san.org. More information on Transcendance can be found at www.tdarts.org or by calling 619-255-3812.
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