The Californian sails through San Diego Bay with downtown as a backdrop. The Californian is a replica of the 1847 Revenue Cutter C.W. Lawrence, which patrolled the coast of California enforcing federal law during the gold rush. The yacht was built from the ground up in 1984 at Spanish Landing in San Diego Bay. She was launched with great fanfare for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In July 2003, the governor signed a bill into law designating the Californian as the official tall ship of the State of California. She is the only ship to carry this prestigious title. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Easter Sunrise Service
Easter is April 16 this year and the gates to Cabrillo National Monument will open at 6 a.m. with the non-denominational service beginning at 6:30 a.m. There is seating for approximately 700 attendees and the public is encouraged to arrive early. The Kiwanis Club of Point Loma will again present an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at the Cabrillo National Monument.
The services will be held in the lower parking lot, giving those who attend a great early morning panoramic view of San Diego Harbor and the city behind it. The speakers this year are Capt. Howard Warner, commanding officer, Naval Base Point Loma, Lonnie Folsom, Kiwanis Division 21, and Matt Lemas, president Point Loma Kiwanis Club.
Free entry at Cabrillo National Monument
National Park Week is an annual week for celebration and recognition of national parks. Visitors to Cabrillo National Monument will be granted free admission April 15, 16, 22 and 23.
- Junior Ranger Day will take place on Saturday, April 15. Ask for a free Junior Ranger program at the visitor center. New Junior Rangers will be awarded a National Park Week badge.
- Open Tower Day will take place on Wednesday, April 19. Visitors will be able to climb the 31 stairs to the top of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Groups of 10 at a time will be guided to the top. No bags will be permitted. This event is weather permitting. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cabr.
Republican Women monthly luncheon
Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. Program: Eric Golub – a popular Republican commentator and comedian. A no host lunch follows. Guests welcome. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for information.
Veterans plaza fundraiser
Join the Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation to honor veterans at Wonderland Ocean Pub on Abbott Street in Ocean Beach 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. This event is the kickoff for a capital campaign to raise $1 million to build a new regional veterans plaza in Ocean Beach in 2018. The event is sponsored by the OBCDC with the support of the Ocean Beach Community groups.
All donations are tax-deductible and pledge-sheets will be available. There is a minimum $50 per person donation at the door. Detailed information about the new veterans plaza will be presented. For advance information, visit obcdc.org.
Meeting about Saratoga Park options
The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation will hold its second neighborhood meeting regarding the children's park/lifeguard fitness areas at Saratoga Park. This is an opportunity to meet the designers and have questions answered. The forum is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center.
Crystal Pier Bait and Tackle will be having a seashell hunt on Easter Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Children can come to Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, find a seashell (one per child) and bring it to the shop for a treat and a chance to win a grand prize.
OB Green Center annual celebration
Ocean Beach Green Center is celebrating Earth Day and 28 years of environmental, peace and social justice activism at its annual anniversary celebration fundraiser 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at 4843 B, Voltaire St.
There will be live music and presentations on solutions to the homeless situation, climate change, and social justice issues. For information, visit oceanbeachgreencenter.org.
Lenten food drive
Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church is holding its annual Lenten food drive through April 16. Consider donating non-perishable food or personal hygiene items that supports the Mission Beyond Partners, Presbyterian Urban Ministries, Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry, OB Community Dinners and Military Outreach Ministries. Any questions, contact Kathy Zorn and Eddie Dees at 619-224-2177.
You can drop off items at:
Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd. 619-223-1633;
Stump's Family Marketplace, 3770 Voltaire St. 619-226-9575;
Jensen's Foods, 955 Catalina Blvd. 619-550-2097;
US Bank, 2150 Chatsworth Blvd. 619-226-5557.
Talmadge Art Show
The Talmadge Art Show artists have created works of contemporary craft and clothing just for this show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road. For more, visit talmadgeartshow.com.
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.
Miracle Babies 5K
The ninth annual Miracle Babies 5K will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at NTC Park at Liberty Station (2455 Cushing Road), with registration beginning at 7 a.m. The event includes a timed 5K run at 8 a.m. followed by a family friendly 5K walk at 9 a.m. Attendees are invited to show their spirit by dressing up as their favorite hero.
Participants will receive a collectable race medal and are encourage and invited to attend in the postrace celebration including a Kid Zone, Family Resource Fair, merchandise vendors, food trucks and exotic cars. Registration fee for walkers is $25 for adults and free for children under 12. Runners’ fee is $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Register at www.miraclebabies5k.com.
Summer concerts series seeks sponsors
As the Point Loma Summer Concerts board gears up for another season of free, summer concerts at Point Loma Park, they are seeking new community sponsors. After losing a major sponsor this year, the board had an idea: Since the event is truly a neighborhood event, why not ask neighbors to sponsor the concerts? The neighborhood with the most donations will get reserved seating at their concert of choice – complete with signage.
Those interested in donating on behalf of their neighborhood can go to the Summer Concerts website at www.plconcerts.org, click on the donate button at the top of the page, enter a donation amount, and – this is critical – click “Write a note,” then enter their NextDoor neighborhood name.
The Summer Concerts are on Fridays, July 14 through Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s lineup (in concert order): The Mighty Untouchables, Detroit Underground, PettyBreakers, Cash’d Out, and Battle of the Bands: Beatles vs. Stones. For more information, go to www.plconcerts.org.
Battle of San Diego Bay
House of Spain, Casa De España will host the Battle of San Diego Bay 214th anniversary celebration through the courtesy of the U.S. Naval Base Point Loma. This event commemorates the only Pacific Coast, ship-to-shore battle between an American ship, the Lelia Byrd, and Spain’s Fort Guijarros located on Naval Base Point Loma from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, April 22 at Naval Base Point Loma, at the end of Rosecrans Street.
The ceremony begins at noon with a flag raising ceremony, accompanied by Spain and U.S. national anthems. Following the ceremony there will be a Spanish dance performance by Doña Juanita Franco, and her Classical Dance Academy Ole Flamenco. The fiesta will include a variety of historical, cultural and maritime displays; historical costumes; children’s craft activities, bounce house, and food and beverage services including paella (by Paella Valenciana Catering), tapas, desserts, beer, wine and sangria.
VanDover named sales manager
Zephyr’s The Park, Bankers Hill, has added luxury high-rise real estate specialist, Micah VanDover, as its community sales manager. With more than 16 years of experience selling luxury condominiums and private residences in high-profile buildings and hotels, VanDover brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role.
“I’ve always worked with luxury buyers, and while they have unique preferences, the one commonality they all share is a love of five-star service,” he says. “I’ll provide that level of service to buyers and the brokers and agents who represent them.”
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.