A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.
Monday, Sept. 13
SALSA ON THE BEACH
Salsa on the Beach on Saturday, Sept. 25, 4-8:15 p.m. 3020 Ocean Front Walk. Free dancing. Free parking. Family friendly. There will be salsa, cha cha, and bachata music being played. 6:30 p.m. September birthdays dance. 6:40 p.m. group photo.
NEW POINT LOMA MEXICAN RESTAURANT
The owners of Oaxaca-inspired Mexican restaurant Cocina De Barrio, which opened its flagship location in Hillcrest in 2019, will soon open a new outpost in Point Loma. In November 2019, executive chef and co-owner of Cocina de Barrio Jose J. Flores teamed up with Swami's Cafe founder Jaime Osuna to open the first Cocina de Barrio restaurant in Hillcrest. In its nearly two year tenure, the all-day eatery has received rave reviews for its menu of Oaxacan-style Mexican cuisine.
A new Cocina de Barrio is in the process of being installed at the space that last housed a Swami's Cafe on West Point Loma Boulevard in the Midway area. Expect the same menu as the Hillcrest location, featuring daily brunch offerings, tlayudas "Oaxacan pizza," enfrijoladas fried tortillas, tacos on hand-pressed tortillas, tamales, and a multitude of moles, as well as a full mezcal bar with cocktails, beer, Micheladas and wine. Cocina De Barrio is expected to open this October at 3924 W Point Loma Blvd. For more information, visit cocinadebarriohillcrest.com.
WEST MISSION BAY DRIVE BRIDGE
Installations of cast-in-drilled-hole piles and concrete pours for the columns on the southside of the new southbound bridge occurred throughout August. Tentatively scheduled to take place at the southside abutment, concrete pours for the pins and footing of the structure will occur in early September. Falsework of the new southbound bridge is expected to take place near the end of September and will mark a major milestone for the project as the form of the second bridge becomes recognizable. Hours and days of operation are Mondays to Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with modified hours for specific items of work. Occasional night hours between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The West Mission Bay Drive Bridge Replacement Project replaces the existing four-lane West Mission Bay Drive Bridge, built in the early 1950s, with two separate three-lane structures, providing an improved transportation link across the San Diego River. Key improvements to the new bridge include: two new parallel bridge structures with three lanes in each direction; a bike path on both bridges; and roadway widening and improvements along Sports Arena Boulevard, West Mission Bay Drive and the westbound I-8 off-ramp. The project is expected to be complete in mid-2022.
WALK FOR SOBRIETY
McAlister Institute will hold its ninth annual 5K Walk for Sobriety on Saturday, Sept. 25 at NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road. The community is invited to join the organization and its supporters for a fun and uplifting celebration that brings help and hope to thousands of individuals and families impacted by addiction. The signature event will also feature a Recovery and Community Resource Fair, silent auctions, raffles, and games, music, and a fitness dance warm up before the walk.
Participating walkers are encouraged to show why sobriety is worth celebrating by wearing the number of days that they have been clean and sober and what it means to them or share why they are a supporter and wear the number of days of sobriety of a loved one. For more information and to register visit, walkforsobriety.com.
“Our Walk for Sobriety celebrates a clean and sober lifestyle and honors ouryears ofserving the San Diego community,” said Jeanne McAlister, founder and CEO of McAlister Institute. “Each of us at McAlister Institute are dedicated to helping individuals regain their lives by supporting the recovery process. Each success story begins with a single day of sobriety and this Walk is an opportunity to celebrate that journey.”
HARVEST FOR HOPE
The Emilio Nares Foundation is holding the 18th annual Harvest for Hope Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser featuring some of California’s tastiest bites and sips. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 2-5 p.m. at Coasterra at 880 Harbor Island Drive. All of Harvest for Hope’s proceeds go toward ENF’s free programs for low-income families whose children are battling cancer. ENF has raised $100,000 so far. Attendees will be wined and dined by some of California’s best breweries, wineries and restaurants showcasing a wide assortment of cuisines.
POINT LOMA PLAYHOUSE
“Glorious!” A comedy based on the true story of the astronomical success of the worst singer in the world opens the Point Loma Playhouses’ new season and will be performing from Sept. 17 to Oct. 9 at 3035 Talbot St. The play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in a hilarious and heartwarming comedy.
The play stars Pati Reynolds, Robert Nickel, Raymond Lynch, Bobbi Randall, Gabriela Sosa, and Maxine Levaren, and is directed by Pati Reynolds with associate director Dena Mattox. Dates of shows are Sept. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, Oct. 1, 8, 9. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 3 p.m.
BIRD E-BIKES ROLL INTO SAN DIEGO
This September, San Diego becomes one of the first cities in the world to launch Bird’s brand new fleet of shared e-assist bikes. The launch comes as part of Bird’s exclusive micro-electric mobility partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU). Together with their scooters, the shared Bird Bikes will be available to help SDSU’s 34,000 students as well as hundreds of staff and faculty members navigate the beautiful 280-acre campus without needing to rely on gas-powered cars.
The new, shared e-assist bikes come with safety and sustainability features including dual hand brakes, advanced onboard diagnostics, aerospace-grade aluminum alloy framing and a maximum range of 56 miles on a single battery charge. SDSU students will have access to reduced prices for unlocks on campus as well as a host of incentives for riding responsibly including Helmet Selfie and automatic ride credits for proper parking.
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City Attorney Mara W. Elliott announced that 15 criminal charges have been filed against a San Diego man suspected of trafficking illegal items crafted from the ivory of elephants in defiance of California law. The investigation began when officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife spotted advertisements online offering items for sale that appeared to be made of ivory. Undercover wildlife officers contacted the seller and eventually arranged to meet him in person.
In two separate incidents, Stephen Shu Wang sold thousands of dollars’ worth of ivory to an undercover wildlife officer. The investigation culminated in Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel executing a search warrant at Wang’s home and seizing hundreds of pieces of ivory. The items intended for sale included ivory chess sets, sections of carved elephant tusk, and a wooden room divider constructed with ivory panels.
“Ivory trafficking is a despicable business that perpetuates the brutal slaughter of elephants,” Elliott said. “If you are in possession of ivory, it is illegal to sell it, and there are consequences for breaking the law. I thank our partner, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, for prioritizing the prosecution of those who profit from the illegal ivory trade.”
A first-time violation of this law is a misdemeanor, subject to criminal penalties of up to a year in jail and fines up to $40,000 per count, depending upon the value of the items. A law banning the sale of nearly all ivory in the state of California took effect on July 1, 2016.
FREE CHIPS & GUAC
On Thursday, Sept. 16, Rubio’s is celebrating National Guacamole Day by giving out free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt. Guests can use the coupon rubios.com/coupons/national-guacamole-day in restaurants across California.
HOMES FOR DOGS ADOPTION EVENT
As part of Coldwell Banker Realty’s Homes for Dogs Project, Patrick Cohen, Susi Besenbruch and Rissa Edwards, agents affiliated with the Pacific Beach and Point Loma offices of Coldwell Banker Realty, are partnering with Viva Rescue and San Diego Humane Society to host a Homes for Dogs adoption event on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at the Pacific Beach office of Coldwell Banker Realty, located at 4090 Mission Blvd. From Tuesday, Sept. 14 to Thursday, Sept. 30, the Pacific Beach office of Coldwell Banker Realty will also be accepting pet supply donations during regular business hours. To learn more about Coldwell Banker Realty’s Homes for Dogs Project, visit blog.coldwellbanker.com/homes-for-dogs.
SD LOYAL LAUNCHES INITIATIVE
San Diego Loyal SC, and presenting partner Quidel, announced the launch of its newest initiative, 18/86, in efforts to connect with San Diego’s 18 cities and 86 neighborhoods. Beginning this month and extending indefinitely, the club plans to pick a new city or neighborhood during their seasons to host a week of activities in efforts to engage with fans, raise awareness about communities and bring neighborhoods together. Activities include practices at local fields, team lunches at local restaurants, volunteer efforts, community events and unique ways to highlight local small businesses. The week will end in celebration of that city or neighborhood at one of SD Loyal’s home matches.
The 75th anniversary of the San Diego Genealogical Society will be Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This Zoom webinar will have special guest speakers Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist and CeCe Moore, The DNA Detective. They will each present two topics.
Judy G.Russell: Session 1: Making a Federal Case Out of It; Session 2: Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War.
CeCe Moore: Session 3: Genetic Genealogy Case Studies from the PBS Television Series “Finding Your Roots.” Session 4: The Power of Investigative Genetic Genealogy to Solve Cold Cases and Identify John and Jane Does.
To join in this celebration. You will need to be a member in good standing at the time of this event. For more information go to casdgs.org and click on 75th anniversary program.
Chef Franck Tasic brings years of luxury hotel culinary experience to his role as executive chef for the InterContinental Hotel in San Diego where he oversees the hotel’s signature restaurants Garibaldi and Vistal, and outdoor lounge Layover. Most recently coming from the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, Tasic served as executive chef for over six years and managed the operations of the entire culinary department. Hailing from France, Tasic’s cooking style blends traditional French cooking techniques with a more modern California approach, highlighting second to none seasonal produce and ingredients. He began working in the culinary industry at age 17 alongside his father, who is also a French chef, and continued to learn the art of french cooking in his father’s restaurant while attending fine art school in Florida. Although Tasic has lived in three different states, San Diego is where he feels most at home. He enjoys the weather, proximity to Mexico, and the food scene.
FAT FISH CLOSES
After a decade serving Mexican fare in Pacific Beach, Fat Fish Cantina Grill permanently closed Sept. 7. "We'd like to take this time to thank each and every one of you who dined with us,” said Fat Fish Cantina Grill's Instagram page. “It has been one hell of a ride. If you find yourself missing us after we've gone, head to our sister restaurant World Famous Pacific Beach."
Fat Fish Cantina Grill was opened in 2011 on the same block as Crystal Pier. The Mexican restaurant was popular for its Taco Tuesday specials and Monday lobster nights. The restaurant was owned by Austria-native Dieter May, who also has operated nearby World Famous oceanfront restaurant on the Pacific Beach boardwalk since 1994.
SD BLOOD BANK
San Diego Blood Bank is issuing an urgent call for blood donations, as mobile blood drives are being canceled due to concern over increased COVID-19 cases amid the Delta variant. Over 50 SDBB mobile blood drives have been canceled since the beginning of August. In addition to facing a new surge of COVID-19, SDBB is preparing to help blood centers like The Blood Center in New Orleans, which anticipates the need for blood next week as hospitals in the area ramp back up in the wake of hurricane Ida. To date, SDBB has a three-day or less supply of most blood types on the shelves. A 7-10-day supply is considered ample. To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 1-800-4-MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).
VOIGT DRIVE BRIDGE REOPENED
The Voigt Drive Bridge has reopened. A full closure of the bridge went into effect in October 2020 for crews to widen the bridge and make improvements to UC San Diego sidewalks. These efforts are part of the Voigt Drive Improvements project, a Caltrans effort being constructed by SANDAG, the region’s transportation planning agency. The Voigt Drive Improvements project is being constructed concurrently with the Mid-Coast Trolley Extension and is expected to be completed this fall. The project will improve traffic flow near the future UC San Diego Health La Jolla Trolley Station.
FEEDING SD GRANT
Feeding San Diego is a recipient of a $100,000 grant from The Conrad Prebys Foundation for its 2021 summer grant cycle. The funds will go toward the non-profit’s Feeding Kids initiative, specifically its School Pantry Program. This longstanding program, which is Feeding San Diego’s largest hunger-relief program for children, alleviates child hunger by providing free, nutritious food to children, youth, and their families at their schools. This ensures consistent, reliable access to healthy food on a dependable schedule at familiar locations. The School Pantry Program operates throughout San Diego County.
The awarded summer applicants reflect a balance between focus areas of personal interest to Conrad Prebys – including visual and performing arts, higher education, medical research, health care, youth development and animal conservation – and urgent needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Feeding San Diego’s grant falls under the youth development category, to help kids and their families who face hunger across San Diego County. Visit ConradPrebysFoundation.org, for more information on the School Pantry Program, visit feedingsandiego.org/feeding-kids.
CHEF DINNER SERIES
Kicked off in August, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa’s Local Chef Dinner Series features some of San Diego’s most beloved culinary talents. Next up on the calendar, is the Puesto team on Sept. 14 from 6-9 p.m. Inspired by travels throughout Mexico, award-winning tacos and celebrated craft cocktails, enjoy an evening with San Diego’s finest culinary talent. Join Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa for a special collaboration between Puesto’s culinary director Erik Aronow, executive chef Ian Tenzer and creative bar and spirits director Beau Du Bois alongside Estancia’s executive chef Vincent Savignano.
A playful evening set in the olive tree lined garden at Estancia, the dinner will feature a unique dining experience showcasing innovative Mexican flavors and local ingredients. Throughout the dinner, guests will enjoy a selection of chef-crafted courses, each paired with a curated cocktail or wine, while being presented with the thought and inspiration behind each dish and drink. Limited tickets are available for $150 and include this intimate food and beverage experience and complimentary valet parking. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Must be 21-plus and present valid ID at check-in.
NO VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS
In a recent study, published in the online edition of Breastfeeding Medicine, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that breastfeeding mothers who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination reported the same local or systemic symptoms as what has been previously reported in non-breastfeeding women, with no serious side effects in the breastfed infants.
“A mother’s first concern is the safety of her child,” said Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and professor in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science. “Our study, along with previous research, suggests the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not red flags for breastfeeding mothers and their infants.”
The results found that more than 85 percent of the 180 breastfeeding women in the study who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine reported temporary localized symptoms, such as pain, redness, swelling or itching at the injection site, and systemic side effects, including chills, muscle/body aches, fever and vomiting, with higher frequency following the second dose.
Additionally, following the second dose of vaccine, women who received the Moderna brand were significantly more likely to report symptoms. A small proportion of women following the first dose of either vaccine brand reported a reduction in milk supply, and significantly more women reported a reduction in milk supply following the second dose of Moderna.
SD REP LINEUP
San Diego Repertory Theatre has announced the lineup for its 2021/2022 season and return to in-person performance at the Lyceum Theatre. For its super-sized 46th season, San Diego REP invites audiences to go on a trip that flips “The Grapes of Wrath” on its head as the Joads head back to Oklahoma in “Mother Road”; to laugh their heads off with “She the People” by The Second City; to dive deep into the mystery and adventure of the 2015 Tony Award-winner for Best Play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”; to take a journey of self-discovery, with a hilarious surprise visitor in “The Great Khan”; to spend Passover with the Levi-Katz family in the JFest favorite “In Every Generation”; to dance the night away and find true love with a musical adaptation of “Twelfth Night”; to head for the stars on a hilarious intergalactic adventure penned by Playwright-in-Residence Herbert Siguenza, “Isaac Asimov Grand Master Funk”; and to finish the season with one of the biggest and best offerings San Diego REP has brought to the stage in its 46-year history, to be announced later. Season 46 tickets are currently available by subscription only and can be purchased by calling the box office at 619-544-1000.
HOME START HALLO-WINE FALL FESTIVAL
Home Start, a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency, will hold its 14th annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 3-6 p.m. The event will take place outdoors on the grounds of the Historic Burnham House in Balboa Park, located at 3565 Seventh Ave. This event is held every October in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and raises funds for the organization’s programs that provide critical assistance to vulnerable children and families in San Diego. Tickets are on sale at halowine.org.
TI AMO BRUNCH AT SCUDERIE ITALIA
Scuderie Italia, at 1525 Garnet Ave., has introduced a crafted brunch menu complete with savory dishes and breakfast beverages from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Created by executive chef Gabriella Titoto, new brunch menu items include polenta sandwich with sausage and cheese served with spinach and arugula salad; baked half potatoes stuffed with mushrooms and cheese served with steamed spinach; poached eggs and asparagus in parmesan cream; prosciutto filled and rolled with seasoned ricotta cheese and arugula; and focaccia bread with ham and two eggs.
Pizzaiolo Johncarlo Ferraiuolo has created new pizza selections for the brunch menu, including pizza Alsatian, topped with caramelized onions, pancetta, Gruyère cheese, mozzarella, thyme and extra virgin olive oil; bruschettone topped with prosciutto cotto, mushrooms, smoked mozzarella and arugula; and pizzetta caprese with basil, mozzarella, tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil.
LANDINI’S PIZZERIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL PEPPERONI DAY
Landini’s Pizzeria, located at 1827 India St. in Little Italy, and Liberty Market at Liberty Station, will dish up double pepperoni with a buy one, get one free pizza offering on National Pepperoni Pizza Day, available exclusively on Monday, Sept. 20. Landini’s Pizzeria will offer a free 18-inch pepperoni pizza with the purchase of another 18-inch pepperoni pie, priced at $19.50. In addition to the classic pepperoni-topped pie, Landini’s Pizzeria offers a variety of pizzas with pepperoni, including Sopranos Pie, topped with pepperoni, sausage and meatballs; La Picante Pie, served with no sauce and layered with ricotta cheese, pepperoni, jalapeños and pineapple; Ponte Vecchio, topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and olives; and more. More information is available at LandinisPizzeria.com.
Thursday, Sept. 2
PB BEACHFEST DOWNSIZED
Discover PB’s annual Pacific BeachFest will return Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., but the event is being downsized due to COVID. “BeachFest is being scaled down this year to only the 5K run and beach volleyball tournament,” said Sunny Lee, executive director for Discover PB, the business improvement district that holds the family friendly festival. “This is due to the pandemic causing indirect obstacles in the event industry that made it impossible to put on the full event.”
The free festival typically offers live music, action sports on the sand, a fish taco contest, and local artisan goods for sale, and is held along the boardwalk from Felspar to Thomas streets in Pacific Beach. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Beachfest, which draws more than 50,000 visitors annually. For more information, visit pacificbeachfest.org.
NEW DIVE COASTER TO OPEN NEXT SPRING
SeaWorld San Diego will be opening the dive coaster, Emperor, in March 2022. Joining other thrill rides at the park, Emperor will be the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.
Named after the world’s largest penguin, the new coaster will mimic this species’ amazing underwater diving ability. Climbing to 153 feet with feet dangling in the air, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop, accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour. Riders will also experience inversions, barrel rolls, Immelmann loop, hammerhead turn and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows. This is the first seating configuration of its kind in North America.
“Due to the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, the opening was delayed, we know this has been disappointing and we’d like to thank our guests for their patience for this long-awaited ride to open,” said John Dunlap, SeaWorld San Diego park president.
The OMBAC 27th annual Classic Longboard Surfing Contest will take place Sept. 18 from 8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the North Side of Crystal Pier.
TOURMALINE CLUB CLASSIC
The 11th annual Tourmaline Club Classic will take place Oct. 2-3. This two-day event is a coalition-sanctioned event whereby points are tallied for the best longboard clubs (and of course, bragging rights) up and down the California coast. Oftentimes, clubs from Hawaii, the East Coast, and Baja compete. The contest will have a range from Menehunes to 70-plus in men’s and women’s heats. There will be a paddle race as well along with DJs (The Bus Bros) spinning vinyl records and an elaborate raffle. More information at pacificbeachsurfclub.com.
TEAM PHUN ACQUIRES MIRUS AGENCY
Team Phun, a Pacific Beach-based branding and promotional products company at 5026 Cass St., announced the completion of the acquisition of Mirus Agency’s Experiential Marketing division. Team Phun is known for their unique blend of passionate team members, colorful brand imagery, and a desire to push the envelope in growth as evidenced by its acquisition of San Diego-based and woman-owned Mirus Agency’s nationally recognized experiential marketing division.
“Building innovative solutions for our clients is our number one priority,” says Team Phun partner Sean Burns. “Adding event support, retail activation, and experiential marketing services to our promotional products, fulfillment, and online store offering will allow our clients a one-stop solution.”
All existing staff, workflows, and service offerings will remain in place, allowing Team Phun immediate access to 47 new markets and hundreds of new employees. Find more information at teamphun.com.
PB HABIT BURGER
American fast casual chain The Habit Burger is opening a branch in the standalone building that last housed a taco shop on the corner of Grand Avenue and Cass Street in Pacific Beach. The restaurant offers a menu centered around charbroiled burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and fries.
Construction on the new Habit Burger will begin at the building that last housed Macho's Mexican Grill and several other taco shops before that. The Habit Burger is expected to open by year's end at 980 Grand Ave. For more information, visit habitburger.com.
CITY TACOS LABOR DAY
Enjoy the last hurrah of the summer season with a Labor Day special at City Tacos and its eatery at 4516 Mission Blvd. The taqueria, known for its innovative authentic taco recipes, will feature two tacos and a Mexican beer for $10, available all-day Monday, Sept. 6.
TASTE AT COVE POSTPONED
In the interest of hosting a quality 20th anniversary fundraiser, Taste at the Cove, tasteatthecove.com, has been delayed until May 26, 2022. This move is being made primarily due to the low staffing levels of restaurants. If anyone would like to pre-purchase a table for 2022, that would help. You can click here to sign up. If anyone is interested in donating, go to tasteatthecove.com.
GUARD CHANGES AT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The La Jolla Historical Society’s board of directors has appointed Lauren Lockhart to succeed executive director Heath Fox, who is retiring this fall. She started Aug. 30. Lockhart was arts manager for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority for eight years. While there, she helped curate permanent public art and establish rotating and performing arts offerings. Lockhart’s eager to help grow the local arts community and further the cause of the historical society moving forward.
FACE FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY IN LJ
The 15th anniversary event for the Face Foundation will be held outdoors at The Lot La Jolla at 7611 Fay Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Established in 2006, The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a nonprofit public charity, whose mission is to enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education. Based on established criteria, FACE provides financial grants to animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet's emergency or critical care. All proceeds will support saving pets and helping families.
BUCS CHEER CAMP
Mission Bay High School Bucs Cheer Camp will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at MBHS softball field, 2475 Grand Ave. The $25 cost includes a Future Buc shirt. Join them for the second annual Cheer Camp for Future Buc Night, which will be on Sept. 17. The cheerleaders will be leading activity booths, and will also be teaching cheers/routines for them to perform at the game on Sept. 17. The cheerleaders will also be providing a small snack.
SUMMER RACING SEASON ENDS
The last weekend of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer racing season is this Labor Day weekend. It will be the last time fans can see their favorite horses race at the iconic seaside racetrack this summer. Racing takes place Thursday through Sunday until closing day on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6. Fans have options to enjoy a day at the races from limited general admission, grandstand seating to trackside tables and dining. First post on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is at 1:30 p.m. and Friday at 4 pm.
URGENT CALL FOR BLOOD DONATIONS
San Diego Blood Bank is issuing an urgent call for blood donations, as mobile blood drives are being cancelled due to concern over increased COVID-19 cases amid the Delta variant. Over 50 SDBB mobile blood drives have been cancelled since the beginning of August. In addition to facing a new surge of COVID-19, SDBB is preparing to help blood centers like The Blood Center in New Orleans, which anticipates the need for blood next week as hospitals in the area ramp back up in the wake of hurricane Ida. To date, SDBB has a three-day or less supply of most blood types on the shelves. A 7–10-day supply is considered ample.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 1-800-4-MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).
NEW MTS PRONTO
Circulate San Diego has congratulated the Metropolitan Transit System for launching the PRONTO fare payment system. “Circulate San Diego has advocated for years to modernize our region’s fare payment options,” said Colin Parent, executive director and general counsel with Circulate San Diego. “We are very pleased that the new PRONTO system incorporates many of our recommendations, and will make transit more affordable and accessible.” PRONTO will replace the Compass Card and Cloud systems entirely, offering riders a better payment experience when choosing transit.
GREAT PUMPKIN BEER FEST
The legendary Seattle Great Pumpkin Beer Festival hits San Diego for a mischievous day of pumpkin-themed brews, live entertainment and more on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 3:25-10:25 p.m. At that time the streets of East Village will be transformed into a gourd-geous mecca of all things nonsensical as misfits unite to celebrate brews, boos and beats.
Enter to compete or take a seat on the bleachers to root for your bestie in the Gourd Games. These strong man-style games include; Pumpkin Throwing, Pumpkin Pole Climb, The Pumpkin Squat, Pumpkin Pie Eating, Pumpkin Seed Spitting, and more. Visit greatpumpkinbeerfestsd.com to get all of the details.
GUITARS FOR AUCTION
Bidding has begun for more than 30 custom Fender guitars designed by local artists as well as world-renowned musicians Jason Mraz and Tom DeLonge. Proceeds from this auction will benefit ArtReach San Diego, a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing equity in visual arts education in K-8 schools throughout San Diego County by delivering free or low cost workshops to schools that have no other resources for art. Guitars will also be on display during the 37th annual Mission Fed ArtWalk in Little Italy Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3. To bid on the guitars, click here.
Point Loma Playhouse is offering a stand-up comedy workshop Sept. 21-Oct. 30. This is a six-week intensive workshop and showcase. Directed by comedian Tony Calabrese, this workshop gives you all the tools you need to put together a bang-up comedy routine. Whether you are brand new to stand-up comedy or you would like to improve your act, this is the class for you. Learn how to write funny stuff. Learn how to deliver in front of an audience. Learn how to be a great public speaker. Workshops Tuesdays. Sept 21-Oct 26, 7-10 p.m. Showcase Saturday Oct 30 at 8 p.m. All workshop members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or must produce a negative test result, taken within 72 hours of the of the first scheduled class. Register at eventbrite.com/e/stand-up-comedy-workshop-showcase-with-tony-calabrese-tickets-166696502727.
NATIONAL FORESTS CLOSED
The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing all California National Forests due to wildfire risks. The closure takes place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m. Locally, the order affects Cleveland National Forest, which includes popular hikes to Cedar Creek Falls and Three Sisters Falls. Mt. Laguna Campground and trails are closed as well.
SAN DIEGO OPEN
Tickets are on sale for the $600,000 San Diego Open. The ATP 250-Level tournament is scheduled to be played Monday, Sept.27 through Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Barnes Tennis Center in Point Loma. Fans can purchase tickets at barnessdopen.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the tournament box office, which will be open daily from Thursday, Sept, 23 through Sunday, Oct. 3. The Box Office will be located at Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W Point Loma Blvd.
FISH SHOP DONATION
Fish Shop locations in Pacific Beach at 1775 Garnet Ave. and at 1110 Rosecrans St. in Point Loma have partnered with No Kid Hungry throughout September and October. For every bottle of Tribute, Imagery, and Cupcake wine sold on-premise, $1 will be donated the national campaign, which is run by Share Our Strength. Share our Strength is a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. The nonprofit launched No Kid Hungry in 2010, and as a child hunger organization, ending childhood hunger is their primary focus. Those interested in supporting the cause can donate through their website, host a fundraiser, or shop and dine at support partners, like Fish Shop.
SEALS DRAFT CATHOLIC ALUM
Reed Rezanka, a Cathedral Catholic High School alumnus was selected by his hometown team, the San Diego Seals, in the fifth round of the 2021 NLL Entry Draft. “This is crazy, a dream come true,” said Rezanka. “I’m so pumped and thankful for this opportunity. I can’t wait to get out there. I’m going to be ready for training camp.” Rezanka was a standout defenseman while playing on the San Diego Royals team that took home the National Collegiate Box Series national championship earlier this month.
DRAFT EIR OUT
The San Diego Association of Governments, the region’s transportation planning agency, has released the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2021 Regional Plan for public review and comment. This milestone will put the region another step forward in creating a transportation network that is faster, fairer, and cleaner for all – and you can help bring this vision to life. Comments are accepted through Oct. 11 during a 45-day public comment period. You can submit comments the following ways:
Email: RegionalPlanEIR@sandag.org subject line “Regional Plan EIR.”
Phone: 619-699-1934, toll free 877-277-5736, and TTY 619-699-1904.
Mail: SANDAG Regional Plan EIR, 401 B St., Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101, C/O Kirsten Uchitel, Associate Planner.
The next quarterly Climate Hub webinar, “Invest in Yourself: Building a Better Transportation Future” will take place on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. The virtual discussion is about how to advocate for an equitable and sustainable transportation system in San Diego. Investing in a future where every San Diegan can choose to bike, walk, and roll is an investment in your health, the local economy, stopping the climate crisis, and more. Join us for a primer on everything you need to know to advocate for sustainable transportation.
ANIMAL EMERGENCY PLANNING
In honor of September being National Preparedness Month, San Diego Humane Society is urging all people who have animals to ensure they have an emergency plan in place for their pets and livestock. Whether an emergency occurs because of an illness, wildfire, earthquake or other disaster in San Diego County, planning ahead is the key to keeping you and your animals safe.
“San Diego is no stranger to disasters and we have our Emergency Response Team at the ready to help if needed,” said chief of humane law enforcement Bill Ganley. “But it starts with you at home. You can reduce the burden on first responders and protect your loved ones. Animals cannot fend for themselves and we don’t want anyone to be faced with the difficult decision to leave them behind because they didn’t prepare for an emergency.”
SDHS recommends preparing an emergency kit, practice transporting your pet, planning for large animals, make sure your pets wear identification, plan ahead, create a care tree detailing how sick pets will be cared for, learn pet first aid and know your vet. For more information, please visit sdhumane.org.
ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL
The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents its first screenings in-person since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Coming up in September: Volevo nascondermi (Hidden Away) at Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, Thursday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com/film/volevo-nascondermi.
Everyone working and attending SDIFF’s in-person screenings and indoor events must be vaccinated for COVID. Please see the complete COVID policy here: sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com/blogs/sdiff-2021-covid-19-information.
Friday, Aug. 27
PCPB BOARD SEEKS STUDENTS
The Peninsula Community Planning Board has established and approved two student liaisons to participate in board meetings and subcommittee meetings this fall. Applicants must submit applications before Sept. 30, and two applications will be pulled from a hat at the board’s environmental meeting on Oct. 13. Final approval will be at the main board meeting on Oct. 21, when the applicants who were selected will be announced. For more information email email@example.com.
FAMOSA OPPOSITION HIRES COUNSEL
A community group has retained attorney Everett DeLano, the same lawyer fighting the implementation of Measure E, to represent them in opposing the City Council’s July 13 decision to enter into an agreement with Bridge Housing Corp. to design and determine the feasibility of building at least 78 affordable housing units in Famosa Canyon. The City Council authorized the San Diego Housing Commission to build affordable housing on the 5-acre parcel in Famosa Canyon in Point Loma, which is to include a $910,000 predevelopment loan for developer Bridge Housing Corp.
The affordable housing development has been a bone of contention for many months, with some community residents arguing for preserving the long-vacant site as open space/parkland.
Peninsula Realtor Robert Tripp Jackson feels the development is unworkable. “Just a bad location with the location and terrain,” he said. “This has been on the table since the early 1980’s. My office had the land in escrow in 1993 with a church that was interested and it failed. If enough push back happens to the project, and our economy cools down, that would be a combination for possible failure or serious compromise.”
But not all Peninsulans agree. “The Famosa property has been identified for development as affordable housing for years – perhaps decades,” said David Dick. “The project is inevitable. Due to the current housing affordability climate, time has only made it more inevitable. So, rather than try to block the project altogether, the Peninsula would be better-served if the focus was less on obstruction and more on making sure the project that gets built is the best possible addition to our community.”
ROCKY HORROR IN OB
Tickets are available through Sept. 18 at OB Playhouse for “The Rocky Horror Show Live.” The outrageous musical comedy features a Transylvanian transvestite, a cryogenically preserved zombie motor biker, and Frankenstein’s monster in Greek god form. This sexual parody of horror and science fiction films premiered onstage in London in 1973, becoming the popular cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in 1975. All patrons must wear masks and provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.
GROWLERS IN PLAYOFFS
The Growlers will take on the Dallas Roughnecks 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 in the West Division championship game at Mission Bay High School. The Growlers are in the playoffs and will take on the Roughnecks for the third time this season. For the 10-2 Growlers, it is their third straight season making the postseason, and second straight season reaching 10 wins. The 8-4 Roughnecks have won a division title every season they’ve been in the league, since their 2016 inception. The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to Championship Weekend 10, held in D.C.
SAN SALVADOR SAILS
Maritime Museum of San Diego announces the return of the popular four-hour day sail adventure experience aboard San Salvador, a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on Sept. 28, 1542. Unique to the experience is the opportunity to sail with an onboard historian to explain how San Salvador is sailed, navigated, and in the 16th century, was defended. Guests will learn of the ship’s history, connecting story to our Pacific heritage, and the impact of ships like Explorer Cabrillo’s San Salvador during the age of exploration. Tickets can be purchased in advance at sdmaritime.org/tickets/ or by calling 619-234-9153.
MEET THE PRIMES
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) will host eight virtual “Meet the Primes” events between Sept. 14 and 30. First introduced in 2015, “Meet the Primes” is a free annual event for the business community to connect with and learn from, the Airport Authority, the Airport Authority’s partners, San Diego’s small business support service centers, and public agencies. The “Meet the Primes” event and matchmaking sessions will be conducted via Zoom Sept. 14-16, 21 and 23, and 28-30. The event is free to businesses and registration is now open at sanmtp2021.eventbrite.com. For more information on the Airport Authority’s Small Business Development Program, visit san.org/smallbusiness.
Through its Small Business Development Department, the Airport Authority works towards maximizing small, local, veteran, and underrepresented business participation in contracts with the Airport Authority and its partners. Attendees will learn how to do business with the Airport Authority, how to apply for the Airport Authority’s Local Business Enterprise (LBE) certification, and subcontracting opportunities for the New T1 program.
CALL TO AID AFGHAN WOMEN
Lawyers Club of San Diego is calling on Congress to provide immediate support for Afghan women and others who have worked to advance democracy and human rights and who are in grave danger as the United States withdraws its military operations from Afghanistan and the Taliban takes control.
Lawyers Club, whose mission is to advance the status of women in the law and society, sent letters to numerous members of Congress this week, calling on representatives to ensure the urgent evacuation of Afghans most at-risk, grant humanitarian parole to any Afghans in danger, and expand and expedite the priority processing of refugees from the region.
CLEAR THE SHELTERS
San Diego Humane Society is participating in a nationwide campaign to “Clear the Shelters” in partnership with NBC Universal and Telemundo through Sept. 19. To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing, this year’s Clear the Shelters adoption event will span an entire month, just like in 2020. The longer adoption drive will allow for spaced-out adoption consultations at San Diego Humane Society’s campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego
Besides promoting adoptions, the campaign encourages donations to participating shelters. Out of the 550,000 animals who have found homes during the Clear the Shelters campaign nationwide since 2015, 2,817 were adopted from San Diego Humane Society. For more information, visit sdhumane.org.
INTERM SD LOYAL PRESIDENT
Richard Campos has been named interim president of San Diego Loyal SC following the departure of Warren Smith last month. “We are grateful that Ricardo has enthusiastically agreed to step up and lead our organization through the challenges and successes of being one of the newest clubs in the league,” said chairman of SD Loyal, Andrew Vassiliadis.
Campos is a tri-lingual soccer executive with more than 10 years of league and team experience in the U.S. soccer landscape and has been involved with the club since it was founded in 2019. He served as SD Loyal’s vice president of operations and general manager prior to his newest appointment. For more information, visit sdloyal.com.
COASTAL CLEANUP DAY
Nearly 6,000 registered volunteers are expected to participate in cleanups within their own neighborhoods and in groups at more than 100 litter hotspots for the 37th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County on Saturday, Sept. 18. The event is officially produced by I Love A Clean San Diego County for the region. Online registration opens on Sept. 1. All volunteers must register at CleanUpDay.org to participate and complete the online litter survey to be counted in the global results.
Since the event’s inception in 1985, over 269,000 volunteers in San Diego County have removed more than 5.4 million pounds of litter and debris from local communities. Despite the effects of the pandemic in 2020, San Diego County stood out. The region’s effort accounted for 1% of international litter totals, nearly 6% of the national totals and 20% of California’s results.
CHANGING OF GUARD AT POST OFFICE
Longtime U.S. Postal Service representative Eva M. Jackson retired after 36 years service on Aug. 24.
Her colleague, Duke Gonzales, will take over media responsibilities for San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial and parts of Inyo Counties. He can be reached by email at Duke.Gonzales@usps.gov.
LATINA APPOINTED FOR BORDER POSITION
President Joe Biden has appointed Dr. Maria-Elena Giner to serve as the United States Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico. Giner, the second woman and first Latina to hold the post, previously served as general manager of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, an institution that developed environmental infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border in association with the North American Development Bank.
“I am truly humbled and honored to once again serve the residents of the U.S.-Mexico border region. I would like to thank all of the local governments and organizations and state agencies that communicated their support,” said Giner.
TROLLEY APPRECIATION FESTIVAL
Join the San Diego Association of Governments, the region’s transportation planning agency, and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System at a free community appreciation event for the Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the future Trolley stations along Morena Boulevard. Festivities will include family-friendly activities, food, live music, giveaways, and dignitary speeches. You’ll also get to ride the Trolley extension before it opens later this year. Arrive at the event by taking a free Trolley from the Old Town Transit Center. Event signage will be in place and staff will be on site to direct you.
The Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line will extend Trolley service from Downtown San Diego to the University community, serving major activity centers such as Mission Bay, the VA Medical Center, UC San Diego, and University Towne Centre. Nine new stations will be constructed. Major construction work began in 2016, with service anticipated to begin late this year.
ARTWALK RETURNS TO LITTLE ITALY
Mission Fed ArtWalk returns with an in-person free event to the streets of Little Italy with a weekend-long premier arts and culture event on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3. This year marks 37 years of the premier fine arts festival bringing visual and performing arts to the historic San Diego community. Locals and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase artwork from local, national, and international artists in a variety of mediums. Every medium of art will be on display including painting, sculpture, glasswork, fine jewelry, photography, and more.
LA MESA OKTOBERFEST
The free 48th annual Bob Stall La Mesa Oktoberfest Presented by Viejas Casino & Resort will transform the streets of the La Mesa Village into a German paradise for three days from Friday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 3. As if tons of traditional German cuisine and flowing bier pints weren’t enough of a reason to break out into a chicken dance, Oktoberfest will host three stages of non-stop interactive games and music featuring everything from traditional Bavarian and German music, live oompah bands, traditional rock bands, DJs, cover pop and more. To see a complete list of all the fun and purchase VIP passes, visit LaMesaOktoberfest.org.
LABOR DAY COCKTAILS
Ease the pain of summer ending and indulge in Labor Day weekend programming at La Valencia Hotel at 1132 Prospect St., which include three new stone fruit spritzers, the iconic Piper-Heidsieck weekend brunch, and live music from local favorites all weekend long.
LA JOLLA HAS MYSTIQUE
Something magical will arrive in La Jolla on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Mystique Dining announces the opening of a new dining experience in La Jolla Village at 915 Pearl St. Mystique boasts seating for 30 in an elaborately decorated Grand Dining Chamber. Guests are served five decadent courses of gourmet food made by executive chef Johhny Hornibrook. Dinner is served by experienced butlers and hostesses. At the conclusion of dinner, after the last plate is cleared, a master of mayhem and magic enters the room. Guests will enjoy a 45-minute magical performance from one of the many acclaimed and world-famous magicians. A new magician arrives every 1-2 weeks, making Mystique an experience that can be enjoyed time and time again. Reservations can be made at mystiquedining.com.
NEW PARTNER AT CALIBRE ONE
Calibre One has appointed Victoria Lakers as partner at the San Diego-based firm. Lakers is a dual specialist in C-suite placements for innovative mission-driven consumer businesses and investor-backed B2B software companies. Before joining Calibre One, Lakers was a partner at a boutique search firm focused on C-suite and board placements for private equity-backed portfolio companies, where she also led its diversity practice.
PLHS BAND CAMP
Point Loma High School Band Camp will be through Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PLHS softball field and music hall. Band Camp is where all members of the Point Loma High School Vanguard are invited to build a strong foundation of performance fundamentals for one week prior to the start of the school year. During the week, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice marching skills, rehearse musical selections to be performed at football games and halftime shows.
TASTE AT THE COVE
Taste at the Cove is back for its 20th anniversary outdoors on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Scripps Browning Park at La Jolla Cove. This event will benefit the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation. San Diego Chargers great Antonio Gates will be the Community Legend honoree. The Medical Champion will be announced soon. For everyone's safety, the taste will require proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR/antigen COVID test taken within 48 hours to attend Taste at the Cove this year. If you would like to get your vaccination card digitally, please click here. Visit tasteatthecove.com/ for more information.
WATER QUALITY TESTING
The County Board of Supervisors has approved purchasing equipment to expedite water quality test results. This action builds on actions from two years ago when chair Nathan Fletcher, then the lone Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, was instrumental in securing funds in the county budget for improved and faster beach water testing. “This new technology will speed up beach water quality testing. The results will be available the same day we complete the test, which will allow us to more quickly take the required actions to mitigate the risk of danger to our residents and protect beach-goers,” said Fletcher.
ARTSBUSXPRESS GETS GRANT
ArtsBusXpress (ABX), which provides on-site and virtual field trip experiences for San Diego County K-12 students to scores of local arts and science venues, has received a $25,000 grant from The Parker Foundation. The grant will be used to acquire professional staff members, according to Ted Peña, president of the board of the nonprofit. ABX has provided more than 200,000 students “a ride to the arts and sciences” since its inception. The program is available to more than 530,000 children in the 42 school districts in San Diego County.
SPANISH IMMERSION SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND
Longfellow K-8 Spanish Immersion School broke ground in late July for a new learning garden, intended to be a learning resource for the students as well as for the community of Bay Park. The garden was made possible through the collaborative effort of the Legacy Team of the American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter, the ACE Mentor San Diego program, and the Garden Committee at Longfellow Elementary. After a lengthy pause, the Legacy Team has now organized with the Garden Committee to restart the project and began construction in late July with the aim of completing the work in late August, prior to students returning to campus.
Multicultural Health Foundation is proud to announce it was honored as the 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber with a proclamation at MacArthur Park in La Mesa. Multicultural Health Foundation is one of more than 100 nonprofits that was honored by their state senators and assemblymembers for their tremendous contributions to the communities they serve.
The Multicultural Health Foundation is in partnership with the County of San Diego to address the urgent COVID-19 related needs of African American and Black individuals and families throughout San Diego County who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic through the Together Against COVID campaign.
“Our hope for the campaign is to address the needs of people who are underrepresented and give them the resources they need. We are deeply humbled to be recognized by Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber as a 2021 Nonprofit of the Year,” said Multicultural Health Foundation interim executive director Cynthia James-Price.
KARINA’S GROUP IN GASLAMP
Karina’s Group has expanded with a new multi-level dining and entertainment destination in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter at 755 5th Ave. The new space features 7,000-square-feet of communal and private dining, a full cantina, outdoor patio, house and guest DJs, and weekly live music for patrons.
The new venue boasts a mix of colorful and eclectic décor with a menu that delivers Karina’s most adored options, such as ceviche, Mexican seafood specialty dishes, prime steaks, tacos and more.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT FESTIVAL IN BALBOA PARK
The inaugural California Native Plant Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature a variety of native plant-themed activities for both kids and adults, including artists, vendors, exhibitors, and live music. A selection of chapter-grown native plants will be available for sale. This will be an opportunity to spotlight both the importance and the joy of California native plants for both enthusiasts and novices alike. Funds raised will benefit the activities of the CNPS-San Diego chapter.
Come learn about the significance of California native plants for creating habitat and biodiversity. California native plants are optimal for saving water; attracting native birds, bees and butterflies; and preserving San Diego’s natural heritage. For more information on the festival, visit cnpssd.org/events/nativeplantfestival2021.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
PAESAN & PB TOWN COUNCIL ANNIVERSARY
Pacific Beach Town Council is holding the 41st Police and Emergency Services Appreciation Night (PAESAN), an annual community event honoring first responders, on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 4-6:30 p.m. at North Crown Point Shores Rotary Club Pavilion, 3700 Corona Oriented Road off Crown Point Drive at Moorland Drive.
San Diego Police Department Northern Division, Station 21 of San Diego Fire & Rescue, San Diego Lifeguards and Mission Bay Park Rangers and park maintenance staff of the San Diego Park & Recreation Department will all be recognized at the special appreciation event. Upon arrival, check-in at the VIP desk to receive a wristband for the barbecue. The program will begin at 5 p.m.
PAESAN is an annual tradition in Pacific Beach, a community barbecue and awards ceremony honoring the first responders who serve the community. It’s also a fundraiser. Each year, a group is honored and supported rotating between lifeguards, firefighters, park rangers and police. Typically, PBTC purchases items that are needed but not funded for first responders in the current City budget. Barbecue tickets are $5 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free. Find tickets at pbtowncouncil.org or call 858-483-6666. Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $10.
“PAESAN is my favorite PBTC event. It brings our entire community together and allows us to show our appreciation for all of our first responders,” said event chair Cathie Jolley. “I don't know of another community that does anything like this: It's a PB thing. This year, the PBTC is celebrating our 70th anniversary. That's a milestone for any organization. But for a small nonprofit, 70 years is a huge accomplishment. I'm grateful to be a part of it.”
Mossy Toyota is hosting the carne asada barbecue, OMBAC will be serving traditional fare, and PBTC members will be whipping up their appreciation-packed PAESAN salad. The Pacific Beach Woman’s Club will provide a PBTC 70th anniversary cake, and the VFW is providing drinks. Nightingale Music will provide music and crafts. The police, firefighters, lifeguards, and parks staff will nominate one of their own to receive the PBTC Service Award. RSVP by Sept. 15 and/or send questions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PB RESTAURANT WALK
Get a taste of Pacific Beach in the heart of the community’s business district at the annual PB Restaurant Walk sponsored by Discover PB on Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 4 to 9 p.m. This year, attendees will enjoy a leisurely stroll on this self-guided food tour between Dawes and Lamont streets. Sample a great variety of menus from local restaurants. Will call will be at 1503 Garnet Ave. from 3-7 p.m.
Participating restaurants include Armonia Kitchen, Broken Yolk Cafe, Café Athena, Donut Bar Pacific Beach, Freshii, Hoboken Pizza, Iron Pig Ale House, Juice Kaboose, La Michoacana Estrella, Mr. Frostie, PB Fish Shop, SD Taproom, Woodstock’s Pizza and Yogurt on the Rocks.
“The restaurant walk is important to PB to get people out into our business district and to give them an opportunity to try the restaurants that they may not have visited or haven’t visited in a while due to COVID,” said Sunny Lee, executive director of Discover PB, the community’s business improvement district. “The restaurant walk is a showcase of those businesses in the heart of Pacific Beach.”
The event will be vegetarian-friendly and restaurants that offer a vegetarian option will be noted on the ticket map. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 day of. Tickets will have a map on the back to help guide patrons through the neighborhood. In honor of Sept. 11 Remembrance Day, there has been added an additional donation option for those choosing to add it to their ticket price, with 100% of that donation going to Pacific Beach Fire Station 21.
LJ MAD REPORT
July 1 marked the beginning of a new fiscal year for Enhance La Jolla and the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). Janitorial, landscaping and sidewalk pressure washing activities continue, along with several new projects that will improve the appearance and enjoyability of the district.
A project to replace declining floral arrangements growing in hanging baskets located in the district began in July. The condition of these hanging flower baskets will be improved with the planting of red zonal geraniums.
An election to fill several Enhance La Jolla board positions will be held in September. All applicants, including current board members seeking re-election, will be required to submit detailed applications. The application form is available at enhancelajolla.org and must be returned to email@example.com by 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Voting will occur online, and election results will be announced during the Oct. 21 Enhance La Jolla board meeting, scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the La Jolla Ridford Library. If you see an issue needing attention within the district, contact Enhance La Jolla at 858-444-5892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAUNTED AQUARIUM RETURNS
Haunted Aquarium returns to Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego on Oct. 22, 23, and 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. During this family friendly event, guests will meet slimy sea creatures, learn about mysterious animals from the sea, and get up close with spooky science. Costumes, especially those that are ocean-themed, are encouraged.
Haunted Aquarium tickets will go on sale Sept. 1. The aquarium continues to operate at a limited capacity, and to require face coverings for all guests ages 2 and up indoors and outdoors regardless of vaccination status. Capacity for Haunted Aquarium is limited to allow for social distancing and the event is anticipated to sell out. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. General admission aquarium tickets cannot be used for Haunted Aquarium. Children ages 2 and under are free, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Visit aquarium.ucsd.edu for reservations and more information including details about the latest safety guidelines.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring Haunted Aquarium back again this year and provide our guests with the opportunity to make fun and spooky memories. Safety is still our top priority and the event may look a little different than it has in the past, but it will still be a ton of fun for all ages,” said Cari Paulenich, the aquarium’s program manager of public engagement.
PB BEACH CLEANUP
Join the Duck Dive for its Toast to the Coast community beach cleanup, taking place on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Participants to meet at Duck Dive at 11 a.m. at 4650 Mission Blvd. to get signed in and get supplies – gloves, trash bags, and trash pickers, which will be provided upon arrival. After venturing to the beach to help pick up trash and keep the coast looking pristine, participants can join Duck Dive for happy hour, which consists of hosted cocktails from Humboldt Distillery, Mr. Black, and Starward, in cooperation with the United States Bartender’s Guild: San Diego. There will also be hotdogs. No need to sign up ahead of time, just show up ready to do your part to help clean one of the area’s most beloved stretches of beach.
LJ HOTEL LUNAR SERIES
Join Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa for its Lunar Series: Core & Cocktails for an evening of wellness experiences by moonlight. Estancia La Jolla’s Lunar Series encourages attendees to engage their core in a 45-minute ab workout class before enjoying cocktails and relaxing by the pool or swimming under the stars. Starting on Aug. 20 with additional dates on Sept. 24 and Oct. 22 starting at 5:30 p.m., the evening includes complimentary valet parking and a mindful activation from Spa Estancia along with 15% off at Estancia La Jolla’s restaurant, Mustangs & Burros.
BELMONT VILLAGE NEARS COMPLETION
Construction is close to topping out at Belmont Village La Jolla, a 17-story senior living community that will offer 180 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care near UTC. While construction began in April 2020, Belmont Village Senior Living and Greystar have been collaborating on the project since late 2017. It also marks Belmont’s first partnership with another developer. Belmont is collaborating with the UC San Diego Stein Institute for Research on Aging on the programs and activities that will be available to residents – all designed to promote resilience and well-being.
PB BEACHFEST IS COMING
Discover PB’s annual Pacific BeachFest will return Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The free, family friendly festival will have two stages of live music, action sports on the sand, a fish taco contest, shopping and more. The event will be held along the boardwalk from Felspar to Thomas streets in Pacific Beach. Join DPB for its 23rd anniversary with more than 50,000 visitors for the biggest party on the beach. For a complete list of activities, register for the 5k or any action sports and see the upcoming music line up. visit pacificbeachfest.org.
DISCOVER PB ELECTION
Nominations are currently being solicited for five seats on the 15-member board of Discover PB. The board has appointed a nominating committee to whom nominations may be made by submitting a petition or letter. The nomination petition or letter must be submitted to the nominating committee by Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. either by mail or at email@example.com. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the Sept. 7 meeting.
The board of directors will also review the list of business and rental property license holders to confirm their representative’s eligibility to be voting delegates for the election. The annual meeting of the board of directors is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 5 p.m., at Discover Pacific Beach office, 1503 Garnet Ave.
KEEP PB CLEAN
Discover Pacific Beach welcomes the summer months and extra visitors and this means more trash and debris throughout the business district. However, the business improvement district has maxed out on the funding available for clean up. DPB is asking the business community to help it out by maintaining curbside trash barrels and the area outside businesses as needed. If each business could monitor their area at this time, it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to formally volunteer for a regular clean up shift or organize a monthly clean up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GROWLERS HOME GAME
The San Diego Growlers of the American Ultimate Disc League will play their final regular season home game this Friday, Aug. 20 against the San Jose Spiders. Opening pull is at 7 p.m. at Mission Bay High School. Coming off back-to-back wins over LA, the Growlers have officially clinched a home playoff game for the second consecutive season. In two weeks, they’ll battle the Dallas Roughnecks — a team that has been to every Championship Weekend since their 2016 inception — for the West Division title.
With a win this Friday, the Growlers would lock in their second straight 10-win season, after going 10-2 and winning the West Division in 2019. The two winning seasons come after the Growlers franchise started with a combined 21-33 record through their first four seasons. By developing homegrown talent and attracting out-of-town stars, they’ve gradually bolstered their roster over the years to position themselves for postseason success.
Wednesday, Aug. 4
MARINE ROOM’S CHEF BERNARD DEPARTS
The Marine Room, a San Diego landmark and award-winning oceanfront restaurant for over 75 years, announced the departure of world-renowned and award-winning chef Bernard Guillas. Chef Bernard recently got married and introduced us to his new born son. So after 27 years, he is hanging up his apron to spend time with his family.
Under his leadership as the executive chef, Bernard has been honored Best Chef in San Diego, and The Marine Room as best restaurant for countless years. He published two books, which brought him a tremendous amount of press not only locally in San Diego but also nationally and internationally. He traveled the globe cooking and is a well-known radio and TV personality.
The Marine Room offers diners global cuisine rooted in French classics. Its spectacular views, exemplary service and outstanding wine list have made it a dining destination for over seven decades. The Marine Room is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. and is located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla. Visit MarineRoom.com for more information.
PB REC CENTER MURAL PROJECT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Work has begun on the PB Rec Center mural project, and the volunteers are having a great time. A lot of local people signed up to volunteer, but only a handful have shown up for each work session so far. The project really needs volunteer help in order to stay on schedule. Remember, you don't have to be an artist, just be willing to help up; pick a time and show up: Friday, Aug. 6 (4-7 p.m.), Saturday, Aug. 7 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), Friday, Aug. 13 (4-7 p.m.), Saturday, Aug. 14 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). What do the mosaicked surfboards look like? Check out the video!
KEEP PB CLEAN
Discover Pacific Beach business improvement district welcomes the summer months and extra visitors and this means more trash and debris throughout PB’s business district. Discover PB has maxed out on the funding available for clean up. They are asking the business community to help out by maintaining curbside trash barrels and the area outside your business as needed. If each business could monitor their area at this time, it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to formally volunteer for a regular clean up shift or organize a monthly clean up, email email@example.com.
Volunteers are being sought for PB Counts, an annual project of BeautifulPB. The project, to be conducted by volunteers and community members in the western central area of Pacific Beach, will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. It is the only community-led traffic count conducted regularly in San Diego County, and one of the few that consistently tracks all modes of transportation including pedestrians, skaters, e-scooters, and cars on PB Pathways. Volunteers will be meeting at the corner of Cass Street and Felspar Street. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LJCC SPEAKER SERIES
La Jolla Community Center has speakers lined up in resuming its iPhone/iPad class (in-person) coming up in August. The first is Dr. Joseph Casciani, psychologist, author and expert on mental health, aging and longevity, who will speak on “9 Must Have Strategies for Living Well While Living longer” on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 10-11 a.m. (virtual). This presentation encourages the audience to “turn aging on its head,” with an uplifting perspective on aging successfully, overcoming obstacles, and the resilience needed to start new chapters. The event is free. To register, go to ljcommunitycenter.org/DSS.
FIDO VICTORY LAP
Nonprofit Fiesta Island Dog Owners are celebrating their victory in saving the Fiesta Island off-leash area, and also continuing to raise money to help with maintenance and improvements in the No. 1 dog park in the nation. FIDO is switching gears to focus on improvements to the area to make it even more enjoyable for all users and our furry friends. FIDO is asking if any members or supporters in the civil engineering field might work pro bono (or with a nonprofit discount) on maintenance and improvement projects for berm-to-shore trails. FIDO is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization working to preserve the fenced off-leash area on Fiesta Island.
LJ HOTEL SUPPORTS SHELTER DOGS
Order La Valencia’s new locally made Key Lime Pie for Two ($18), and the pet-friendly hotel will donate a portion of proceeds to Shelter to Soldier, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and rescue organizations and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress, and other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. The Key Lime Pie for Two will be available for purchase for both lunch and dinner.
HSWRI SEAL RESEARCH
SeaWorld San Diego and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute are currently tracking the movement and behavior of two Guadalupe fur seals (listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act) as they were returned to ocean waters.
Earlier this month, Hubbs attached a transmitter on each animal to be able to collect data that will provide information on location, movements, and behavior of these seals. Over the next 3-4 months (dependent on their molting), the Hubbs research team will be able to track the movements of the fur seals in near-real-time via satellite, which will allow them to map where the animals have been as well as their current location. Watch the animals being returned to the water here. Additional information about the Institute can be found at hswri.org.
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES COVID RELIEF TO SMALL BUSINESSES
Mayor Todd Gloria’s plan to provide $10 million to support businesses and nonprofits hardest hit by the pandemic won the unanimous approval of the City Council. The action authorizes the San Diego Foundation to administer these funds to help small businesses and nonprofits sustain operations and retain employees so they can economically recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Gloria’s “Back to Work SD” budget allocated a total of $14.2 million in one-time funding for programs to get San Diegans back to work through a variety of initiatives, including $10 million in financial assistance to small business and nonprofits hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and in historically underinvested communities.
The San Diego Foundation provided an additional $2 million to increase the total program funding to $12 million. This funding will be administered through grants by the San Diego Foundation starting next week. More information on qualifications and the application process will be made available soon. To find updated funding availability, visit sandiego.gov/economic-development/resources/relief.
LJ CHEF DINNER SERIES
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is launching a Local Chef Dinner Series kicking off in August with some of San Diego’s culinary talents. Estancia wanted to create a special collaboration event where chefs could play, collaborate and create for a unique guest chef series event. Taking place at Estancia in their olive tree lined garden, attendees can enjoy a decadent multi-coursed dinner under the stars paired with a curated cocktail and or wine to accompany the meal. Each guest chef will collaborate with Estancia’s executive chef Vincent Savignano to create a one-of-a-kind menu where the inspiration behind each dish will be shared by the chefs.
The series kicks off on Aug. 17 with locally-celebrated chef Phillip Estaban from White Rice. Future dinners include collaborations with chef Ian Tenzer and bar and spirits creative director Beau Du Bois from Marisi, Puesto’s upcoming project on Sept. 14, chef Sara Harris from Herb & Sea on Oct. 5 and chef DuVal Warner from Ranch 45 on Oct. 26. Limited tickets are available.
BLACK SWAN SUMMER GALA
On Saturday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Black Swan Initiative will be holding a Gatsby Summer Gala; an exclusive experience like nothing San Diego has ever seen, with 100% of net proceeds to be donated to Corazon de Vida. This special event, set to take place at a private home in La Jolla, will include craft cocktails, Michelin chef-inspired hors d’oeuvres, live music, art, dance, a silent auction and more. Cocktail attire is mandatory – meaning a cocktail dress or gown for women, and a tuxedo or suit with a jacket and tie for men. Tickets to the Gatsby Summer Gala can be purchsed here. Further details, including location and times will be sent with ticket confirmation.
Corazon de Vida, established over 26 years ago, is a “for-purpose” organization, providing life-changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico. The mission of Corazon de Vida to end child abandonment by breaking the vicious cycle of poverty, is carried out by funding local orphanages, providing quality-of-life improvement services, and investing in children’s futures by funding higher education.
PEDAL THE PACIFIC
On Saturday, July 31 a dozen college-aged women from across the country finished a 1,700-mile bike ride from Seattle to San Diego to raise awareness for domestic sex trafficking, having raised over $135,000. With a finish line event at Crown Point Park in Mission Bay, the fifth Pedal the Pacific team completed their seven-week bike tour that sparks conversation and raises awareness about the under reported issue. Over the last five years, Pedal the Pacific teams have raised over $600,000 for organizations that lead the fight against sex trafficking including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and The Refuge for DMST.
LIBRARIES EXPAND HOURS
San Diego Public Libraries is now offering in-person services at 28 libraries including the Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library at 4275 Cass St. In-person services include: Item Checkout, Computer Usage, Printing, Holds Pickup, Reference, Browsing, Library Account Assistance. New hours of service are: Monday-Tuesday from 11:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed. For all of the latest information about library services visit sandiego.gov/public-library/in-person-library-services.
Goodwill San Diego hosts hiring events at select locations countywide every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goodwill provides a great work environment with plenty of opportunities to grow and learn. We have a variety of positions available throughout the organization. Be interviewed in-person at all Hiring Tuesday events every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following Goodwill retail locations including La Jolla, La Mesa, San Diego Midway and San Diego Downtown. Applicants must apply online at sdgoodwill.org before the event and bring a printed copy of the application to the interview.
PB WEED & TRASH PICKUP
The community needs a little extra attention. Pacific Beach Town Council is especially focused on high-traffic entry points into PB, because first impressions matter. Join PBTC for its next weed and trash cleanup Saturday, Aug. 14. Check in is at 7 a.m. at Mission Bay Drive near I-5 North exit and I-5 South entrance. The event lasts until 9 a.m To participate, sign up at pbtowncouncil.org/weed-removal/is.
GREEN NEW DEAL
All are invited to the San Diego Green New Deal Alliance’s first in-person event of the year, Celebration for Climate, Jobs, and Justice, on Saturday, Aug. 14 at Balboa Park from 10 a.m.-1p.m. Join the alliance for free food from United Women of East Africa, live music from Mariachi Victoria de San Diego, inspiring speakers, volleyball, a pinata and an opportunity drawing.
UCSD GERIATRIC UNIT
UC San Diego Health has become the first health system in San Diego to have fully accredited geriatric emergency departments at both hospitals. On Aug. 2, the medical center in Hillcrest received a Level 2 accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Seniors who arrive in either emergency department at UC San Diego Health are treated by a team of specialists in geriatric emergency medicine, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers and case managers. As a group, these clinicians focus on senior-specific issues, such as fall risk, cognitive and memory problems and medication interactions — all common issues when treating older adults. Additionally, the team seeks to reduce hospital admissions and re-admissions for seniors, and work with patients and caretakers to ensure a smooth transition back home.
Point Loma High School yearbooks have arrived and distribution is Thursday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the PLHS cafeteria (thru the drive way entrance behind the 400 building). Wear a mask. Graduated seniors: If the distribution time does not work for your family, email Mrs. Haz before distribution day for alternative pick up. Friends or other family members can also pick up on distribution day. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Promises2Kids, a nonprofit whose mission is to create a brighter future for foster children, has established a CEO Advisory Council made up of 16 members who will assist in providing valuable expertise and council to the CEO on various issues with a goal of better assisting the thousands of foster youth served through Promises2Kids’ programs. These programs include Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars, Foster Funds, and the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center. Mission Beach residents, Robert Gleason and Jaymie Bradford, are two members of the newly established Advisory Council. Robert was appointed president and chief executive officer of Evans Hotels in 2014. Jaymie leads the Chamber’s strategy and vision as the executive vice president and COO overseeing the Chamber’s day to day operations.
SDHS PHOTO FUNDRAISER
San Diego Humane Society’s annual Photo Fundraiser is open for submissions and voting. It is easy to participate by submitting your favorite pet photo at sdhumane.org/photocontest. Then get family and friends to vote for your pet's photo through Aug. 31. Prizes include having your pet featured on a full month spread of San Diego Humane Society’s 2022 calendar, a professional photo shoot for your pet, tickets to the organization’s annual Fur Ball gala on Oct. 2 and other special gifts. All photo entries with five votes or more are guaranteed inclusion in the calendar or on the collage pages. For more information how to participate in the 2022 Photo Fundraiser, visit sdhumane.org.
The San Diego Unified School District has begun a series of community engagement sessions to gather public input and help shape the search for a new superintendent and the future of the district. A total of 30 in-person and Zoom meetings will take place across the district through September. “The goal is not simply to choose the next outstanding leader for our schools but to truly engage the entire city – every community – about the future of San Diego Unified,” Board of Education President Richard Barrera said. “We are inviting everyone in this community who cares about public education to participate in our series of public input sessions and to share with us their vision for great public schools and the qualities they would like to see in a superintendent to lead us toward that vision.”
NONSTOP TO VANCOUVER
Air Canada has resumed service between Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada via Vancouver International Airport and San Diego International Airport. The year-round nonstop flights operate once daily. The resumption comes after Air Canada suspended service in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air Canada began operations at SAN in December 2005, providing up to three flights daily to Vancouver before the suspension. Now that the Canadian government is opening the border on Aug. 9, to fully vaccinated travelers, Air Canada is the first airline to resume flights between Canada and SAN. For schedule and tickets, visit aircanada.com.
Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest is offering up to $5,000 in scholarships to high school students in graduating classes 2022-2025, residing in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Contest requires students to submit a 400-word or less essay on the topic of “‘The Importance of Ethics and Integrity in the Community.” There is no cost to enter. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 29. Five scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $500, $750, $1,000, $1,250 and $1,500 to help students pay for college tuition and expenses. Winners will be recognized at the annual Torch Awards for Ethics celebration on Sept. 15. Applications are accepted at torchessay.bbbcommunity.org. To request a paper application or for more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird is launching its new “Please help me up” initiative to make it easy for everyone to righten tipped or misplaced scooters. The initiative will be carried out in two parts. Scooter baseboard messages: The underside of each Bird scooter baseboard will have the message “Please help me up” in bright, reflective font and in the language of its operating city. Community Mode: This reporting tool in the Bird app allows anyone to quickly contact their local Bird support team about any misparked or damaged Bird scooters they encounter on the street.
COMIC-CON BLOOD DRIVE
The 45th Comic-Con Robert A. Heinlein blood drive continues through Aug. 29 at any San Diego Book Bank donor center or mobile drive. Donors receive a limited-edition Marvel Black Widow T-shirt and Comic-Con retro pins. Sizes subject to availability and while supplies last. Appointments are encouraged and available at SanDiegoBloodBank.org/donate. Over the past 44 years, donors at Comic-Con have donated 34,822 pints of blood, potentially impacting up to 104,466 lives.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADE CHANGE
Assembly Bill 104 authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) provides high school students who have fallen behind during the pandemic with the immediate opportunity to request changes to letter grades on their 2020-21 academic transcript to "Pass" or "No Pass" grades. AB 104 gives high school students a limited window of time to take advantage of the grade change option. San Diego school districts are required to notify parents and students of the option in writing, and post a grade change request form on their website by the week of Aug. 2, or sooner. Once the form is provided, parents and students have 15 days to submit the form to their school. Schools must approve the Pass/No Pass grade change request if they receive a valid form within the 15-day timeframe.
Wednesday, July 29
STEM AT CABRILLO
Cabrillo National Monument will hold a meet and greet with 12 girls ages 9-16 from EcoLogik STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) summer day camp at the Visitor Center from 10:15-11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7. They will conduct scientific investigations in San Diego’s only national park. The EcoLogik Project is a free STEM summer day camp at Cabrillo National Monument for girls. A unique fusion of ecology, nature, and technology, EcoLogik connects the next generation of environmental stewards to the natural resources and science. Funded by the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, the camp makes technology more accessible to students while inspiring them to choose careers in STEM fields. For more information, visit nps.gov/cabr.
WHITE RICE IN LIBERTY STATION
White Rice has opened at Liberty Public Market food hall. The creation of award-winning Filipino chef Philip Esteban alongside chef/kitchen manager Jan Tejada, White Rice features a diverse array of rice bowls based on traditional Filipino dishes, including Lechon Kawali, or crispy pork belly, Pinoy BBQ, Mushroom & Tofu Sisig, and Filipino Spaghetti with hot dog bolognese, egg noodles, queso de bola and fresh herbs, along with sides including the classic Ube Pandesal, a Filipino sweet roll made with ube and filled with Hayala served with cultured butter, and Lumpia Shanghai. Esteban is excited to raise Filipino cuisine to the forefront of San Diego's culinary experience.
Prior to Covid, Esteban and his team operated Craft Meals Catering, specializing in business lunches and corporate clients, with offices across San Diego County closing in March 2020, the company quickly expanded their operations and launched a meal program preparing and delivering Filipino Silog (rice bowls) across southern San Diego County. The success and demand for these rice bowls turned into an opportunity to open a physical location, an extension of the meal service company in the form of a food stall within Liberty Public Market. White Rice hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily offering pickup as well as delivery through third party apps and catering options.
USTA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships presented by Adidas will be played Aug. 4-15 at the Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd. More than 400 of the top junior tennis players in the country, aged 16 and 18 and under, will compete for the title of national champion, as well as a wild card entry into the women’s singles main draw of the 2021 US Open (for the 18s champion) and a wild card into the 2021 US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s champion). The 18s doubles champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open women’s doubles main draw.
“Once again we are privileged to host the most important junior girls’ tournament in the United States here in San Diego at the Barnes Tennis Center,” said tournament director Lornie Kuhle. “We are very excited that our Honorary Chair Billie Jean King will be present during these championships, which are named after this tennis legend.”
The Girls’ 16s event will begin Wednesday, Aug. 4 and conclude with singles and doubles finals on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway Sunday, Aug. 8 and conclude with singles and doubles championships on Sunday, Aug. 15. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.
POINT LOMA PLAYHOUSE
Point Loma Playhouse at 3035 Talbot St. is hosting the San Diego premiere of “Glorious” by Peter Quilter. In New York in the 1940s, the performer whom everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as ‘the first lady of the sliding scale,’ she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter.
But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, comfortably surrounded by devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was. Glorious is a sparkling comedy based on the true story of the astronomical success of the worst singer in the world opens the Point Loma Playhouses’ new season. The play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in a hilarious and heart-warming comedy.
Directed by Pati Reynolds, “Glorious!” features Bobbie Randall, Ray Lynch, Robert Nickle, Gabriela Saso, Maxine Levaren and Pati Reynolds. The production is scheduled to open Sept. 17 and run through Oct. 9 for tickets and other info, visit pointlomaplayhouse.com or call 619-800-5497.
LIBERTY STATION ART WALK
In August, Liberty Station will be holding ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Aug. 7-8, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Ingram Plaza. This year’s show will feature more than 150 artists from across the United States and Mexico, showcasing various mediums of artwork, including painting, photography, glass and ceramic, jewelry and sculpture.
WOW AT LIBERTY STATION
In partnership between Liberty Station and the La Jolla Playhouse, this special Pop-Up WOW (Without Walls) event brings unique, interactive and site-inspired theatre to Liberty Station’s Arts District all day, Aug. 14-15 at North Promenade. As the event returns for the 2021, Pop-Up WOW will feature five short, commissioned projects by WOW artists, including David I. Reynoso/Optika Moderna, Blindspot Collective and Jesca Prudencio, Kenny Ramos, and The San Diego Black Artist Collective.
BLOOD DONORS NEEDED
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood and platelet donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now. The Red Cross has been distributing about 12% more blood products to hospitals across the U.S. compared to this time last year. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet the current hospital demand and end the severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O, which stands at just a one-day supply right now.
To thank donors who help ensure a strong blood and platelet supply in August, all who come to give Aug. 1-15, will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who come to donate throughout August will also receive a free four-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/FeelTheBeat. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
PLHS SEEKING COACH
Interested in coaching field hockey and/or girls' lacrosse at Point Loma High School? PLHS is currently looking to hire a new head coach for both field hockey and lacrosse. If interested, send resume (with references) to athletic director Manny Diaz at email@example.com.
Write Out Loud, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature aloud for a live audiences, has announced the 12th annual TwainFest. TwainFest will take place Saturday, Aug. 21 from 11a.m.-6 p.m. This year, Write Out Loud’s TwainFest takes place in Heritage County Park, 2455 Heritage Park Row in Old Town. Make your reservations at writeoutloudsd/twainfest. TwainFest is an all-day free festival celebrating Mark Twain and the literature and culture of 19th century America.
SEAWORLD VETERANS SPECIAL
SeaWorld San Diego is offering free tickets to U.S. military veterans for themselves and three guests to visit the park through Dec. 24. This offer is part of SeaWorld’s longstanding Waves of Honor program, which salutes active-duty military members, veterans, and their families by offering special pricing and promotions throughout the year. U.S. military veterans and retirees must register at WavesofHonor.com in advance and verify their proof of service through the ID.me qualification process.
AGE-FRIENDLY PROGRAMS FUNDED
The San Diego Foundation has announced $200,000 in grants are available to support local efforts focused on supporting quality of life for older San Diegans. The Age-Friendly Communities grant is open to San Diego-based nonprofit organizations to further assist older San Diegans in low-income and underserved communities throughout the San Diego region. Eligible organizations may request a maximum of $30,000 per proposal to advance and sustain older adult-serving initiatives to address health and socioeconomic disparities, including access to safe transportation options, supportive housing services and affordable healthcare. The grant application window is open now through 5 p.m. Aug. 13. To apply for the AFC grant, visit sdfoundation.org/grantseekers/apply-for-assistance.
BLENDERS MARKETING EXPERT
Blenders Eyewear has announced the hiring of Christian Scott as VP of marketing. Most recently, Scott served as VP of global marketing at video camera company OPKIX. With previous stints at GoPro, Element, Oakley, and Nike, Scott brings more than two decades worth of sports marketing experience to Blenders. In his new role at Blenders, Scott will be responsible for all of Blenders’ global strategic marketing functions and brand building.
GROWLERS BACK AT MBHS
The San Diego Growlers of the American Ultimate Disc League are back at home Saturday, July 31 at 5 p.m. at Mission Bay High School. They’ll take on the Seattle Cascades for the second time this season, first at home. Sitting atop the West Division through the first eight weeks of the season, the 6-2 Growlers will look to continue their push for a home playoff game with four games remaining in the regular season. In their last meeting against Seattle, the Growlers rallied late in the fourth quarter to force overtime and secure the eventual 18-16 win.
CELEBRATORY BIKE RIDE
On Sunday, Aug. 1, cyclists of all skill levels are invited to join the San Diego County Bike Coalition and other cycling advocacy groups to demonstrate their support for safer cycling infrastructure. Launching from Eppig Brewing at 3794 30th St., cyclists will take part in a guided, group ride along 30th Street to celebrate the new protected bikeway there. The new protected bikeway, a necessary addition to a critical traffic corridor, was constructed as part of the City’s Capital Improvements Program. Once completed, the lane will increase bike and pedestrian access to local businesses along 30th Street.
TAXPAYER OLYMPICS CANCELED
Due to the uncertain and changing public health environment, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, with offices in Liberty Station, has unfortunately had to make the difficult decision to cancel the inaugural Taxpayer Olympics, scheduled for July 29. In the meantime, be sure you have Oct. 6 on your calendar for the 26th annual Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards. Registration is open and award nominations are being accepted. Find all the details at sdcta.org/the-goldens.
TrustedHousesitters holding a #PawtyInThePark DOGust event at the Little Italy Dog Park on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. DOGust, Aug. 1, is traditionally known as the universal birthday for all shelter dogs, and what better way to celebrate than helping shelter pets find their furever home. Attendees of the event will get to meet adoptable dogs from local dog rescue The Animal Pad, receive a complimentary dog caricature from local artist @poisonousme, face painting by Art by Wendy and Debbo, special frozen treats from Paw Pleasers and be entered to win some awesome prizes including memberships to TrustedHousesitters, branded bandanas, T-shirts and gift cards. @dogsofinstagram will also be posting live from the event and featuring local pups on their page.
AIRPORT SUPPORT BUILDING
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority recently celebrated the completion of the Airline Support Building, a modern 93,000-square-foot building that houses airline belly cargo, ground service equipment maintenance, and serves as a storage area for aircraft provisioning items. The facility provides a convenient location for the public to pick up and drop off live animals or bulky cargo items shipped in the bellies of passenger jets. Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Delta Airlines, Lufthansa, and United Airlines/PetSafe are all housed in the facility. The new ASB is located on the south side of San Diego International Airport’s airfield along the main roadway towards the airport entrance which improves access for public and transport vehicles.
Millions of people delayed medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local oncologists are participating in a new initiative encouraging Californians to schedule potentially lifesaving cancer screenings. Led by two national nonprofit organizations with local ties — the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) and CancerCare — the “Time to Screen” campaign provides assistance and educational resources to help adults screen for six common cancers: breast, colorectal, cervical, prostate, lung and skin. The initiative lets consumers access information on the importance of screening and find local cancer screening locations through a website and toll-free hotline. People can visit TimeToScreen.org or call toll-free 1-855-53-SCREEN (1-855-537-2733) to learn more about cancer screenings and find a convenient location.
ROTARY NAMES PRESIDENT
San Diego Rotary, the oldest and largest service club in the region, officially swore in renowned business and civic leader Phil Blair as its president for the 2021-2022 term. The nonprofit also installed its most diverse board of directors in its century-plus-old history, the majority of the 17-member body being women. “Our theme for this year is ‘Mentoring to Success,’” said Blair. “I, along with the more than 500 members of San Diego Rotary, will place a keen focus on getting involved with young people who are struggling to find their way in life.” More information is available at sandiegorotary.club.
HELP HOMELESS STUDENTS
So far, the community has donated $49,000 to San Diego County Credit Union’s Stuff the Bus program to help provide back-to-school supplies and meals for students experiencing homelessness in San Diego County. A portion of donations will also assist San Diego Youth Services’ various food programs to provide meals for homeless youth. The fundraiser kicked off on July 1 and its getting closer to the goal. Through the end of the month, donations can be made at sdccu.com/donate or in-store at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store location throughout San Diego County.
SCRIPPS HEALTH RANKS HIGH
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Scripps Health’s orthopedics and urology programs the best in the San Diego region, and named Scripps among the nation’s best in six specialties in the magazine’s annual “Best Hospitals” list. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 32nd year, recognize the nation’s top 50 hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most challenging health care needs. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties and 10 procedures and conditions in order to determine the ranking. More than 4,500 hospitals are evaluated each year.
Tuesday, July 20
CONCERT ON THE GREEN IN PB
The next Concert on the Green at Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach will take place 4-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8, with local band Dirty Bird. Bring blankets or low back chairs to sit on. Woodstock’s Pizza and Yogurt on the Rocks will be selling pizza by the slice and frozen yogurt.
PB WOMAN’S CLUB FUNDRAISER
The Pacific Beach Woman’s Club will hold a bunco fundraiser 1-4 p.m. on July 24 at the VFW at 853 Turquoise St. Only 30 seats left. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
DANGEROUS CORNER IN LA JOLLA
Recently, a white Mercedes Benz vehicle coming from La Farms Road crashed into University Lutheran Church’s wall while trying to make a left turn about 1 a.m. at the corner of Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Shores Drive.
“We were informed by the police who were at the scene that the car was going at 65-70 mph before it crashed, said Suneel Bhasker, current church congregation president. “We were informed that no one in the car was injured. We thank God that the car did not reach our sanctuary, or the parsonage where our pastor resides. Given the several accidents that have occurred in this part of La Jolla, we feel that there is a need for police presence to stop these reckless automobile and motorcycle drivers. This is a peaceful residential area where my family and I have been living for nearly 20 years. We wonder what it will take for the City and the peace officers to clamp down on these traffic lawbreakers.”
The Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla at 4126 Executive Drive is starting to reopen its in-person programming. As you make your plans to return to the JCC, prior to coming back fill out the COVID-19 waiver online (for JCC members click here; if you are not a dues-paying JCC member, fill out the visitor form here). If you have any other questions, you can contact Sarah, or Melanie. Front and back entrances will once again be available. Bring your member or visitor ID cards to gain entrance to the building. Please click here for all of the important information related to returning to the JCC.
PB LIBRARY OPEN
Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library is now among 26 City libraries now offering in-person services at 4275 Cass St. In-person services include item checkout, computer usage, printing, holds pickup, reference, browsing, library account assistance. Hours of service are Mondays-Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Enter the PB Library through the Reed Ave/south entrance. For all of the latest information about library services, visit sandiego.gov.
CITY ENCOURAGE RESIDENT PARTICIPATION ON BOARDS
To improve diversity and encourage participation in the City of San Diego’s 46 boards and commissions, Mayor Todd Gloria has launched a new website called “OnBoard,” which offers residents an opportunity to more easily volunteer their services on matters important to improving the City. Boards and commissions advise and help make important policy decisions on topics including arts, finance, public parks, policing and more.
At onboard.sandiego.gov residents can learn about the City’s many boards and commissions, view vacancies and expiration dates, and apply for open positions. The management tool will allow staff to receive and manage applications online, track membership over time and across boards, generate reports related to term expirations and vacancies, and securely store and manage membership data.
“Creating a city for all of us is not the job or responsibility of one person; we need the help of everyone,” Gloria said. “I know there are many passionate San Diegans who want to make our city a better place. There’s no better way to express that passion than to step forward, volunteer your talents, and make a real difference as we work together to chart a new course for San Diego.”
CHECK VOTER REGISTRATION NOW TO GET MAIL BALLOT
The California Gubernatorial Recall Election is fast approaching, and the Registrar of Voters is preparing election ballots for mailing. Voters are urged to check their voter registration now to get a mail ballot at their address later. Mail ballots start going out the week of Aug. 16. If your information is up to date, you can expect your ballot in your mailbox that same week.
Have you moved since you last voted? Whether you are new to San Diego County or just moved down the street, you need to re-register to vote with your new information. You can do this by completing a new voter registration application online at sdvote.com. Registration forms are also available if you call 858-565-5800 or email email@example.com.
FEEDING SAN DIEGO JOINS WITH PRODUCEGOOD
Two local nonprofits are working together to focus on food rescue and help feed San Diegans facing hunger across the county. On Sunday, July 25, ProduceGood, with the help of 25 volunteers from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), will collect up to 4,000 pounds of citrus at a private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. After the two-hour event, the produce will be handed off to Feeding San Diego, the county’s leading hunger relief and food rescue organization, to distribute to those in need in San Diego County.
By working with ProduceGood, a nonprofit that engages local volunteers to harvest excess produce in backyards, on farms, and at farmers markets, Feeding San Diego continues to amplify its mission to connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals by maximizing food rescue. Sunday’s pick is part of the program known as CropSwap, which includes different types of backyard and small farm harvesting. ProduceGood volunteers, including those from corporate groups like SDG&E, utilize picking poles to reach fruit and become part of the solution through community-driven work.
CITY EXPANDS HOURS AT RECREATION CENTERS
The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department is increasing hours at local recreation centers beginning Monday, July 19, giving San Diegans additional access to park facilities and programs this summer. The latest expansion in hours brings the majority of recreation centers back to their normal hours of operation from before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted operations last year. In addition to expanded hours, more recreational programming has been made available for people to enjoy.
For more information on available activities and individual recreation center hours, visit the City’s online list of recreation centers. Residents are encouraged to call the recreation center directly for specific updates. For details about programs and to register for a particular class or activity, visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s registration platform at SDRecConnect.com.
Friday, July 16
PB LIBRARY BIG BAG SALE
Friends of the Pacific Beach Library will hold its Big Bag Sale July 19 -July 21 at Cass Street Plaza, next to the PB Library. Purchase the bag for $5 and fill it with books, DDs, DVDs, etc. No limit on bag purchases. All kinds of books, fiction, non-fiction, classics, history, sports, health, cooking, children’s as well ad nice selection of puzzles, CDs, DVDs, books on CD.
SANDAG VIRTUAL HEARINGS
This month, SANDAG, the region’s transporation planning agency, will host at virtual public hearing on the draft 2021 Regional Plan at meetings of the SANDAG Transportation Committee and Board of Directors on Friday, July 23, at 9 a.m. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be available at each public hearing. Comments provided at the public hearings will be documented and responded to within the final 2021 Regional Plan. Last month, hundreds of community members joined SANDAG’S virtual open house series to explore the draft 2021 Regional Plan and proposed community improvements. Those who missed those open houses can view them at SANDAGmeetings YouTube channel. Aug. 6 is the deadline for the public to submit comments on the draft 2021 Regional Plan.
Gafcon, Inc. has been recognized among the Top 50 Program Management and Top 100 Construction Management firms in the U.S. by Engineering News Record. Gafcon provides comprehensive services in construction, program and project management, as well as construction and technology consulting support. With offices in San Diego, Los Angeles County and Orange County, Gafcon manages and directs projects both nationally and internationally.
Point Loma Playhouse is presenting a La Playa Books’ virtual event with Jeff Katzman, MD, and Dan O’Connor on July 29 at 4 p.m. La Playa Books will virtually host the book tour of Katzman and O’Connor and their new book “Ensemble! Using the Power of Improv and Play to Forge Connections in a Lonely World.” The event is free and for all ages, RSVP is required at https://forms.gle/vavX6Nx3QcqpCiTk6. The event link will be sent to everyone who registers. For more information, visit Point Loma Playhouse – Home.
San Diego County Credit Union is a sponsor of the 47th San Diego LGBTQ+ Pride celebration, held as a hybrid event this year, including both virtual and in-person community events happening through July 18. San Diego’s Pride celebration has grown to become a premier event in California for the LGBTQ+ community bringing over 320,000 spectators in 2019 and $26.6 million in total economic impact to San Diego. For a schedule of events and more information, visit sdpride.org.
GASLAMP SUMMER LINE-UP
Hot girl summer or not, the Gaslamp Quarter goes big this season with events and experiences designed to provide a little bit of something for everyone. For Summer 2021, the Gaslamp Quarter brings you:
Throwback Thursdays: With extended happy hour specials running until 8 p.m., you’ll be fueled for your decade themed roller-skating session. Hosted by Sunset Roller Club, Island between 4th and 6th from 6-9 p.m. comes alive with your favorite all-time hits of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s.
Gaslamp Disco: Saturday nights from 6-11 p.m. there will be Silent Revival, a Gaslamp Disco. This outdoor and silent disco experience for the whole family takes place right in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter at 5th and Island. With three DJ booths to choose from including ’80s-’90s, Top 40, reggaeton, and house music. Headset rentals are $20 in advance and $25 day of. A percentage of the proceeds of each event will be donated to The Gaslamp Quarter Association.
Gaslamp Flicks: Happy hour followed by some outdoor cinema! Underneath the iconic arch will be a double-header of movies on July 23 and Aug. 27. July’s films will be “Ghostbusters” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” Stay up to date on all Gaslamp Summer experiences and learn about parking options at Gaslamp.org.
LJ BEACHFRONT SALE
Former presidential candidate and current Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s beachfront home in La Jolla has reportedly sold for $23.5 million and is in escrow. The property’s original 3-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home was demolished to make way for a 5-bedroom mansion somewhere between 8,100 and 11,000 square feet. The expansion of the home now includes a library, a wraparound porch, a spa, and a car elevator. Romney’s home was sold on June 30, accordiong to the San Diego County Recorder’s Office.
CAF GETS DONATION
Thanks to the communities’ support, San Diego’s Challenged Athletes Foundation was officially awarded a $10,000 donation from BJA Partners. CAF is a local organization dedicated to providing opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The $10,000 donation will change the lives of so many children by providing necessary equipment such as a set of prosthetic legs, adaptive wheelchairs or specialized coaching to relearn how to walk or run.
SD DOG PARK RANKING
Dog parks are great places for pups and their owners to meet. While their fur baby roams free and makes pals, mom and dad can socialize with fellow dog lovers. But you won’t find pup-friendly green spaces everywhere in America, and if you do, they won’t all be up to snuff. So what are 2021’s Best Dog Park Cities? LawnStarter ranked 97 U.S. cities based on access, quality, and climate factors to find out. San Diego's Rank for some key metrics: Dog Parks per 100,000 Residents – 45th; Average Rating for Dog Parks – 87th; Average Number of Very Cold Days – first; Average Number of Very Hot Days – fifth.
San Diego Humane Society has reduced adoption fees by 50% for small animals from through July 18. During the promotion titled “All the love, half the price,” adoption fees will be reduced for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats. “We currently have more than 200 guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and rats in our care at SDHS and more are relying on us for help every day,” said SDHSchief operating officer Jessica Des Lauriers. “Every animal who is adopted makes space for another animal who is in urgent need of care.”
How to Adopt: Get started by browsing the available pets at sdhumane.org/adopt. Choose “guinea pig,” "rabbit" or "other" to see all of the wonderful small animals currently available for adoption. San Diego Humane Society is open for walk-in adoptions on a first come, first-served basis at any campus locations in Oceanside, El Cajon, Escondido and San Diego.
JFS CHAIR NAMED
Jewish Family Service of San Diego has named Emily Jennewein as chair of the nonprofit’s board of directors. Jennewein will depart from her role as first vice chair to replace Adam Welland as chair. An experienced leader in the Jewish community for the past 20 years, Jennewein served as president of Hillel of San Diego from 2017 to 2018 and 2014 to 2016. There she oversaw construction of the Melvin Garb Hillel Center at San Diego State University and won unanimous approval from the San Diego City Council to build the Beverly and Joseph Glickman Hillel Center at UC San Diego.From 2011 to 2013, Jennewein was president of the Congregation Beth Israel. Jennewein’s daughters started the family’s involvement with the nonprofit after volunteering with JFS’s Hand Up food pantry.
Cox Charities is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations through July 31 as a part of its annual Community Grants program. This year, Cox Charities will be awarding a total of $100,000 in grants to San Diego area nonprofits, with individual grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Apply at coxcharitiesca.org/communitygrants. Grant recipients will be announced in September.
HUMPHREYS TIKI BASH
San Diego distillery, Cutwater Spirits, announced that tickets are on sale for Tiki Bash 2021 – taking place on Friday, Aug. 6 from 6-10 p.m. at Humphreys Outdoor Concert Lawn, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. All of the ticket sales will benefit the San Diego Food Bank. Headlining the summer event is national touring act - The English Beat, supported by El Vez and Creepxotica. Tiki Tronic to play a Yacht Rock DJ set in the Marina Ballroom. Tickets available at sandiegofoodbank.org/tiki/.
The County Board of Supervisors voted July 13 to allocate more funding to wildfire preparedness. “Our region has invested significant resources into our regional wildfire preparedness, but the increased fire danger from drought and climate change require us to do more,” said board chair Nathan Fletcher. “The action taken today moves forward on investing more than $2.5 million towards a regional vegetation management strategy, while also taking into consideration environmental impacts, to ensure evacuation readiness. This is an important step and I will continue to work to explore anything else we can do to protect our region.”
INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP AWARDS
RISE San Diego is now accepting nominations for 2021 Inclusive Leadership in Action Awards, the fifth annual celebration of leaders making a difference in the San Diego region. Awards recognize local changemakers committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Nominations open now until Aug. 2. Award winners to be announced at an Oct. 11 event. To submit nominations for the 2021 ILIA awards, visit risesandiego.org/ilia.
MEET THE BREEDS IN SAN DIEGO
Tickets are on sale for San Diego’s first AKC Meet the Breeds, which comes to the San Diego Convention Center on Aug. 14-15. The American Kennel Club and GF Sports & Entertainment bring this two-day educational event to San Diego to give attendees the opportunity to meet and play with hundreds of dogs all while learning about responsible pet ownership and which breed(s) is best for their lifestyle straight from the experts. For more information, visit akc.org/meetthebreeds.
SD LOYAL’S PRIDE NIGHT
Pride night celebrates a “Loud and Proud” initiative in season-long partnership with San Diego Pride. On July 24, at 7:30 p.m., SD Loyal, in partnership with SD Pride, will hold its Pride night at USD’s Torero Stadium against Phoenix Rising FC as the club continues its unbeaten streak. Twenty percent of all tickets sold to the game will be donated to SD Pride. To learn more, visit sdloyal.com.
GROWLERS AT MISSION BAY HIGH
The San Diego Growlers of the American Ultimate Disc League are back at home 1 p.m. Sunday, July 18 at Mission Bay High School. They’ll take on the Austin Sol for the first time in franchise history. The Growlers will look to build on their 1-0 record against Texas opponents this season, as the Sol travel to SoCal. In Week 4, the Growlers took down the Dallas Roughnecks 21-20 in the AUDL Game of the Week, asserting themselves as the top team in the West Division. Since the Growlers’ Week 2 loss to the Aviators, they’ve won three straight and this week will take on a Sol team currently sitting at 4-3 in second place in the West.
Thursday, July 8
CHALKUP! SUMMER ART FEST
Building on the success of community chalk art events that sprung to life during the pandemic, the ChalkUp! Summer Art Fest is a family-friendly community celebration of voting rights, community diversity, and the power of “us.” The public is invited to add their voices to a community canvas stretching along a section of the La Jolla Bike Path, between Vincente Way and Via del Norte. On Saturday, July 10, from 9:30 a.m. to noon learn about the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and write postcards to their U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla.
VETS HONOR KELLOGG
The Mt. Soledad Memorial Association recently honored William Kellogg for his many years of efforts as the association’s chair emeritus. Kellogg served as president/chairman of the association from 1989 until 2012. He contributed toward the organization’s raising the money to build and operate the new Veterans Memorial Walls at the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla. Kellogg’s multiple-year effort helped guarantee that the memorial will remain, and he believes it is one of his greatest accomplishments.
Kellogg also served for five years as president of the La Jolla Shores Association, and is a member of the La Jolla Town Council, the La Jolla Community Planning Association, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, and the La Jolla Historical Society. Kellogg was also named to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Director’s Circle Cabinet and to the Advisory Council of the Scripps Memorial Hospital.
SALK INSTITUTE SCIENTIST KILLED LA JOLLA
The cycling community is reacting to the tragic death of Swati Tyagi, 34, a scientist at La Jolla’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the mother of an 11-month-old son, who was killed by a car June 23 in La Jolla. San Diego Police said the crash occurred in the late afternoon in the southbound lanes of North Torrey Pines Road approaching La Jolla Village Drive. Tyagi died at the scene.
“A tragic loss for our community, our heartfelt condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones,” said Andy Hanshaw, executive director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. “While we know little about the circumstances, we convey our sorrow and urge everyone to be cautious while driving on our streets. We all share the same roads and need to pay close attention at all times to our surroundings. especially to cyclists.”
NEW DEPARTMENT CHAIR AT UC SAN DIEGO
After a nationwide search, a new chair has been named for UC San Diego’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, brings an extensive background in maternal-fetal medicine, clinical research, academic education and lessons learned from the global pandemic to her new role.
“We are beyond grateful to have Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman join our faculty,” said Steven Garfin, MD, interim dean of UC San Diego School of Medicine. “She brings strong leadership, a breadth of knowledge and a highly respected reputation that aligns with the goals and vision of UC San Diego.”
Gyamfi-Bannerman joins the faculty from Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where she spent the last 16 years of her career. She chose UC San Diego because of its innovative research environment, rich leadership history and remarkable patient care. As a board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Gyamfi-Bannerman is internationally recognized for her work in obstetric complications, with a primary focus on preterm birth, both in prevention and in the use of antenatal corticosteroids, or steroids.
PB JULY FOURTH TRADITION
Residents of the 800 block of Wilbur Avenue in Pacific Beach went all out again in 2021, as they have for years, decking out their homes, trees, sidewalks and their entire block with red, white and blue in honor of our nation’s birthday. Banners were strung across the street. A huge American flag in the neighborhood proudly proclaims loyalty and national pride. The annual event is sponsored by a local group of men in the neighborhood who call themselves El Barracho and wear black T-shirts with their group's name.
The Wilbur Street El Barrachos said they started the tradition in 2003 because they all had small children at the time, and the beaches were so crowded July 4th, that it was better to party at home. So they use ladders every year to suspend banners across the street and hang a flag high up between trees.
The El Barrachos said they’ve done a lot of civic stuff in PB participating in year-end caroling and the holiday parade, as well as celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. “We’re a group that sponsors no one, supports no causes,” quipped one El Barracho adding, “By the way, this small group here (barbecuing) has been going on (celebrating) since the third.”
CANCER RISK STUDIED
University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have identified a possible link between inadequate exposure to ultraviolet-B (UVB) light from the sun and an increased risk of colorectal cancer, especially as people age. Reporting in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers investigated global associations between levels of UVB light — one of several types of ultraviolet light that reach the Earth’s surface — in 2017 and rates of colorectal cancer across several age groups in 186 countries in 2018.
Lower UVB exposure was significantly correlated with higher rates of colorectal cancer across all age groups. After other factors, such as skin pigmentation, life expectancy and smoking were considered, the association between lower UVB and risk of colorectal cancer remained significant for people aged 45 and older. Lower UVB exposure may reduce levels of vitamin D, wrote the authors. Vitamin D deficiency has previously been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. The authors suggested that future research could look directly at the potential benefits of correcting vitamin D deficiencies to reduce colorectal cancer risk, especially in older age groups.
Join the Women's Museum of California on Saturday, July 10 from 1-6 p.m. at the Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1500 University Ave. for She Fest. The Women's Museum will be bringing the Women of Pride exhibit to the celebration. Enjoy live music, activities, LGBTQ+ vendors and community groups, workshops, interviews, and more. She Fest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within and between the LGBTQ+ and larger San Diego communities.
SDYS MAESTRO RETIRES
After a quarter-century leading one of the nation’s most prestigious music education programs for young people at San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, maestro Jeff Edmons has announced his retirement from the podium. Edmons is stepping down for personal and health reasons prior to the start of the 2021-2022 season in September.
“I am so honored and fortunate to have been able to work with so many incredible and inspirational students,” said Edmons. “I am so proud of this organization and everything it does for young people across San Diego County and beyond. After 25 incredible years with such incredible and inspirational students, families, and colleagues, I knew it was time for me to step down and to make way for a new music director who can lead this historic organization to new heights.”
Edmons started at San Diego Youth Symphony in 1996 after a year-long, international search for a new Music Director. Under his leadership, the organization has expanded from two to 13 ensembles and serves as many as 700 students each year in the Balboa Park ensemble program.
SDF APPOINTS CHAIR, NEW MEMBERThe San Diego Foundation Board of Governors has appointed Steven Klosterman, AIF, as chair for the 2021-2023 term, and unanimously approved the addition of three new board members: Rudolph A. Johnson III, Pacific Beach hotelier Elvin Lai and Amanda Montgomery. Klosterman, Johnson, Lai and Montgomery started their terms on July 1. The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors is composed of volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds, who are involved in many community and charitable activities throughout San Diego.
PAWS FOR PURPLE HEARTS
Nonprofit Paws for Purple Hearts San Diego will hold its first Service Dog Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 5550 Oberlin St., Suite B from 3-6 p.m. Tickets are available to the public for a $35 suggested donation. Veterans and Active-Duty Military are free. Guests will enjoy refreshments, speeches from community members, program participants, and PPH representatives, and service dog demonstrations.
PPH provides Warrior Canine Therapy to veterans and service members by involving those with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury in the training of service dogs for their comrades with disabilities. Once trained, the service dogs are placed with Warriors to assist with disabilities including PTSD, TBI and mobility impairment at no charge. For more information about the Service Dog Graduation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW SCIENCE BOARD CHAIR
The Elementary Institute of Science, a science, technology, engineering, and math education organization for youth, has announced the appointment of Debra Roy as the board president. EIS is committed to providing rich learning opportunities that prepare children for bright futures. EIS collaborates with schools, parents, businesses, and community partners to engage students in authentic, hands-on science learning. EIS primarily supports children who live in neighborhoods with underfunded schools and lacking education enrichment programs.
Roy is a staff engineer in the Engineering Process and Metrics Department at General Atomics and supports engineering and continuous improvement efforts. With her love of engineering and creative skills as a fashion designer, Roy has a passion for exposing youth to science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
President Biden has signed into law a bipartisan resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to reduce dangerous methane pollution. Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) was among legislators introducing the resolution which will reinstate two key Obama-era rules that set stronger regulations on methane pollution emitted by the nation's oil and gas industry. The production of oil and natural gas is the largest source of methane pollution in the United States.
"Controlling methane will immediately help slow global warming, strengthen our economic competitiveness, and restore our international leadership on the climate crisis," said Peters following the resolution's enactment ceremony. "Today, the United States reinstated critical methane regulations that prove our nation is building back better following the disastrous environmental rollbacks imposed by the previous administration. Republicans and Democrats united behind this important action because climate change is real and requires real solutions."
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The iconic Centro Cultural de la Raza is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday, July 10, 4-5:30 p.m, via Zoom as well as an in-person reception and poster exhibition, and on Sunday, July 11, noon-4 p.m., which is free and open to the public. The virtual Gala will highlight the history of Centro through a theatrical timeline, taking the audience through Centro’s evolution. Embedded in the timeline are crafted performances featuring participants involved with the organization through the years and currently. Some of the presenters and guest speakers include: DJ Xavier “The X-Man," Laura Castaneda, Ariana Gallegos, Victor Ochoa, Beto Perez, Salvador Torres, Ethan Van Tillo, Bill Virchis.
Streamed on Facebook Live: Centro Cultural de la RazaViewable on YouTube after the event at AAC Centro
NO MASK CHANGES FOR VARIANT
“We continue to monitor the situation with COVID -19 and in particular the Delta variant and want to emphasize the single best action you can take to protect yourself and your family is to be fully vaccinated,” cautioned County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who is co-chair of the County of San Diego COVID-19 Subcommittee. “Almost 95% of our delta variant cases are from those not fully vaccinated. We will continue to align our public health guidance with CDC and CDPH and do not anticipate any changes.”
NONSTOP FLIGHTS TO KONA
Southwest Airlines has begun nonstop service to Kona, Island of Hawaii via Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport and Lihue, Kauai via Lihue Airport from San Diego International Airport. Flights to Kona operate Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays until Sept. 27 when they increase to one flight daily.
Flights to Lihue operate Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until Sept. 27 when they increase to one flight daily. Southwest Airlines is also increasing their service to Kahului, Maui from one flight daily to two flights daily.
CHOIR REGISTRATION OPEN
Do you have a child between 4-18 years old who enjoys singing, is eager to learn more about music and wants to perform in exciting places? If so, now is the time to join the San Diego Children's Choir. Registration for fall after-school choir programs opens soon with convenient rehearsal locations in Mission Valley, Carmel Valley, Rancho Bernardo/Poway, Grossmont, and Eastlake. Full schedule with locations was announced July 1. To register or find out more email email@example.com or call 858-587-1087 or visit sdcchoir.org.
FISH SHOP PARTNERS FOR PETS
Fish Shop's locations in Pacific Beach at 1775 Garnet Ave. and Point Loma at 1110 Rosecrans St. have partnered with Pets for Patriots throughout July and August. For every bottle of Tribute, Imagery, and Cupcake wine sold on-premise, a portion of proceeds will be donated by the national non-profit.
Pets for Patriots was created to give the gifts of fidelity, joy, and love to veterans and pets through companion animal adoption. The organization works to build a nationwide network of rescue and veterinary partners, find homes for overlooked shelter animals, reduce the cost of pet guardianship to prevent veterans from returning adopted pets to shelters,and provide ongoing support to nurture the healing bonds between veterans and their adopted companion pets.
Fish Shop allows guests to create their own customizable dishes, by first selecting the fresh fish, then the marinade or seasoning, and finally the style - tacos, salad, sando, or plate. Diners can also choose from favorites like the TKO Taco or Fish N’ Chips. Each location is family- and dog-friendly.
STUFF THE BUS
Kids face many hardship and school supplies should not be one of them. That’s why San Diego County Credit Union’s Stuff the Bus is once again collecting monetary donations to purchase back-to-school supplies for students experiencing homelessness to help set them up for success in the coming school year. The annual Stuff the Bus campaign, now in its seventh year, was launched in partnership with San Diego County Credit Union, the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations in support of Live Well San Diego. A portion of donations will also assist San Diego Youth Services’ various food programs to provide meals for homeless youth.
This year, in addition to the online collection, the community can also make in-store monetary donations at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store location in San Diego County. Having a backpack and all of the needed back-to-school supplies is essential for success in the school year. A small donation can make a big difference in the life of a student in need.
More than 20,000 school-age children were identified as homeless during the last school year. Homelessness for school-age children can mean living in a shelter, sharing a residence with multiple families, living in a car or trailer in San Diego County or sharing a room in an apartment with relatives. Homelessness is not limited to urban, downtown San Diego, it also affects suburban school districts all over the county. Monetary donations will be accepted in-store at all Ralphs and Food 4 Less grocery store locations in San Diego County through July 31, as well as online at sdccu.com/donate.
Thursday, June 30
PARKING ISSUE RAISED
At Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s June 16 meeting, Ron Slayen addressed the group about a serious ongoing parking problem. “Block after block you see many curbs inappropriately colored, a lot of yellow that does not conform to any businesses,” Slayen said. “There are also a lot of green curb sites that have limited 30-minute parking.”
Slayen contended that eliminating inappropriate color-coded curbing restricting parking would “make some concrete change in Midway” freeing up more needed parking space. “I recommend we could ask City staff, a traffic engineer, to come out and assess the situation and return with some options at a future meeting,” he concluded.
MIDWAY HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS
Growing concern was expressed at Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s June meeting about a surge in unsheltered tents pitched around the former Sports Arena and Goodwill Industries at 3663 Rosecrans St. as well as Big Lots across the street at 3705 Rosecrans St.
“We’ve seen 30 to 40 tents in public areas and we’ve been in constant contact with outreach workers from the County to try and get resources deployed to make sure folks get to shelters and get what they need,” said District 2 staffer Josh Coyne. “We had a meeting with Goodwill last week and want to make sure the police’s Neighborhood Policing Division and the mayor’s office are aware of it and are all on the same page about sharing accurate information about it.”
“If you’ve got the resources, why do you have to meet with all these stakeholders?” asked Midway Planning chair Cathy Kenton.
“Homelessness is a very complex issue and we’re working very closely with our government and police partners to address this,” answered Coyne. “It’s not illegal to be homeless. The police will tell you that. We’re working hard to make sure folks get permanent housing along the way, and don’t end up back in the (unsheltered) system.”
“I go over there to donate some things to Goodwill and there’s no toilets, no water,” noted Midway Planning member Kathy Holiday. “We’re talking about hygiene and health issues.”
ROCK CHURCH FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Rock Church is continuing its monthly food distributions for San Diego families to receive much-needed groceries at its campuses including every third Thursday at the Rock Church in Point Loma at 2277 Rosecrans St. The next Peninsula distribution will be Thursday, July 15 at Rock Church Point Loma Campus Parking Lot P with drive-thru service starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until supplies run out. In June, at the Point Loma campus, 268 households comprising 670 individuals received 7,897 pounds of food. Since the birth of this project on April 3, 2019, an average of 212 households have come through each of the three sites at the monthly distributions equating to over 31,535 individuals receiving much-needed groceries, diapers, and household supplies to date.
PIE, ICE CREAM IN POINT LOMA
With flagship locations in University Heights and Costa Mesa, Pop Pie Co. and sister company Stella Jean’s Ice Cream are headed next to Point Loma where they’ll open later this summer on Voltaire Street near popular Italian restaurant Cesarina. Taking over The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s former corner spot, the businesses will share a roof but retain their own separate counters and distinct branding in a space designed by local firm Tecscape, that will offer both indoor and outdoor seating.
Co-owners Steven Torres and Gan Suebsarakham, who operate Pop Pie and Stella Jean’s under The Sweet and Savory Collective, were able to ramp up their takeout and delivery service during the pandemic by renting a commissary kitchen in the Clairemont area that should also aid the partners in their expansion plans.
A coffee fanatic who lived in Seattle for a decade, Torres runs Pop Pie’s coffee program with a rotating roster of micro-roasters but has been working to develop his own line of high-end coffee that will fuel its locations going forward. Torres says that he’s looking for a space to house the roastery with plans to be up and running by this fall.
HUGE HOME FOR SALE
One of the largest homes in Point Loma is for sale. A one-of-a-kind home at 3402 Gage Place in Point Loma is on the market for $11.8 million, listed by Leslie Huntley of Willis Allen Real Estate. Built in 1988, this 6-bed, 7-bath, 10,406-square-foot home sits on an acre with views of the bay.
SDIA NONSTOP SERVICE
Southwest Airlines has announced it will add nonstop service to Bozeman, Mont. via Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport from San Diego International Airport beginning Nov. 23. Southwest Airlines has also announced it will resume nonstop service to New Orleans via Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport beginning Nov. 7. The resumption comes after Southwest Airlines suspended service in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-COVID-19, the airline offered daily nonstop flights.
MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has announced the winners of its Man and Woman of the Year fundraising contest. Candidates and their campaign teams were judged solely on virtual fundraising success this campaign season, each dollar counting as one vote. Their totals are then considered for the national title. Newly honored Man of the Year, Jeff Peters, accepted his nomination in honor of his mother, who passed from Acute Myeloid Leukemia just one year ago, and his aunt, who passed just over 30 years ago from a blood cancer.
Lauren Phinney, San Diego’s newest Woman of the Year, met countless families facing a blood cancer diagnosis over the years as a morning anchor for KUSI News and decided to use her platform to do something good for others. The community rallied behind her good will – and helped to make an incredible impact.
In addition to top fundraising awards, candidates were recognized for their commitment to the LLS Mission, Leadership, and Community Involvement. The award for Mission Integration was given to: Charlene Ewell from Team Kevin. The award Volunteerism went to: Sandra Shebani from Team Linda’s Light and the award for Community Involvement went to Lauren Phinney from Team For A Cure.
DEL MAR ANTIQUES
The all new Del Mar Antiques + Art + Design Show at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., organized by Dolphin Promotions, will be held July 9-11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall and feature 100 quality dealers from California and across the U.S. The show is completely redesigned and under new management. New organizer Dolphin Promotions has over 30 years of show experience. The upcoming show will be the second edition organized by the new management team after a hiatus of 18 months due to the pandemic. For more information including a list of exhibitors, visit delmarantiques.com.
NEW LJ SYMPHONY DIRECTOR
The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus has appointed Dr. Arian Khaefi director of choral studies at San Diego State University, to serve as interim chorus conductor of the LJS&C chorus during the 2021-2022 season. Khaefi will succeed Dr. Ruben Valenzuela, LJS&C choral director since 2018. Valenzuela is stepping down to assume full time leadership of the Bach Collegium, of which he is the founding director. Khaefi was selected following a search whose success was much facilitated by the active participation of a small committee of long-time LJS&C chorus members, and executive and artistic leadership.
SD FOUNDATION HIRES
The San Diego Foundation hired three new directors. Christiana DeBenedict is director, environmental initiatives; Jason Rogers, AIF, CWS, is director, wealth advisor relations; and Lorena Nava Ruggero is director, communications. “Christiana, Jason and Lorena are wonderful new additions to our team who will help lead the work of our new Strategic Plan that benefits communities across our region,” said Mark Stuart, president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation.
DeBenedict will lead programs and directs resources to build a more equitable and resilient San Diego. She has built her career locally, developing capacity, resources, programs and networks in support of our regional and binational environment and community. Ruggero is responsible for creating awareness for The San Diego Foundation’s products, services, programs and impact on the San Diego community. She works with departmental teams to provide updates on the foundation’s initiatives and community impact programs to donors, nonprofit partners, locally elected officials, community members and other stakeholders.
COMMUNITY CENTER RECEPTION
Artists from the La Jolla Art Association will be holding a reception at the La Jolla Community Center in the Great Room on Friday, July 9 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The art exhibit will feature the works of painter Lindsay Ahart and photographer Gloria Moeller. Both artists will discuss the stories behind their artwork. Titled, "Alive by the Sea," featuring seascapes and ocean-related topics.
There will be two additional artists, Daniel Kilgore and Minnie Valero, who will be exhibiting in the Las Patronas Room at the La Jolla Community Center. Daniel is an artist who paints in oil and Minnie is a watercolor artist. For more information visit www.ljcommunitycenter.org/art-reception.
Following the reception, the art will be exhibited at the Community Center through July 31. The event is free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending event is required as is a face covering during the reception. No food will be served. RSVP is required to Gloria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIG TABLE DONATION
Thanks to the communities’ support via social media, San Diego’s Big Table was officially awarded a $10,000 donation from San Diego’s Mainline Insurance Services which will allow the organization to provide food and housing for up to 120 restaurant and hospitality workers. Big Table is a local organization dedicated to caring for restaurant and hospitality workers in crisis and they are equipped to provide care for all areas of a person’s life and usually includes rental and utility assistance as well as food security through gift cards to local grocery stores.
FATHER JOE’S FOURTH
Father Joe’s Villages will host a Fourth of July event at its outdoor courtyard on Friday, July 2, from 11 a.m. to noon. The Independence Day celebration is being hosted to distribute food, gift bags and hope to people in San Diego County that are currently homeless. Father Joe’s Villages president and CEO Deacon Jim Vargas will kick off the event with an inspiring prayer and there will be patriotic music, decorations and food.
The goal of the event is to provide nourishment, hygiene products and a day of hope to homeless or housing-insecure people – many of whom served in the armed forces. Local experts estimate that up to 8% of people without shelter in San Diego County are members of the veteran community. An estimated 7,600 individuals throughout San Diego County are living in homelessness.
SCOOTER PETITION DRIVE
Jonathan Freeman who started Safe Walkways, a nonprofit advocating for the restoration of safety for pedestrians on walkways, has begun a petition drive to bar motorized scooters from walkways. “From its arrival in San Diego in February 2018 the motorized scooter rental industry has created obstacles and hazards for pedestrians as well as liabilities for property owners,” said Freeman. “We’ve had over three years of mayhem and chaos, and the safety of pedestrians being put at risk, with a City that’s doing virtually nothing to alleviate the problem.”
Proposed solutions advocated by Safe Walkways to scooter issues include: requiring that rented motorized scooters only be staged and parked in City-designated corrals and prohibited from parking on sidewalks; limiting the number of companies renting scooters; requiring companies to remove their vehicles from corrals where road sweeping will occur; and creating a fines schedule and enabling traffic officers to give citations to the companies parking their vehicles on sidewalks. The scooter petition is available at safewalkwaysusa.com.
“Bird is a reliable last-mile electric scooter rental service,” replied the Bird Co. “Our mission is to make cities more livable by reducing car usage, traffic and congestion.”
LJ LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the La Jolla Library will be holding an outdoor book sale on Saturday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the library at 7555 Draper Ave. Books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles and DVDs for all ages will be available starting at 25 cents (cash or credit/debit only). During sale hours only, the Friends will be accepting donations of gently used books, magazines, puzzles and DVDs for future sales. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Friends of the La Jolla Library in support of the La Jolla Library.
Miracle Babies, a nonprofit whose mission is to unite parents with hospitalized newborns by providing transportation and supportive services, celebrated its Miracle Circle Auxiliary on May 26 at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. The annual Breakfast at Tiffany’s included a cocktail reception, decadent brunch and exciting program. This year’s event raised nearly $100,000 which will fund a “Heart” shuttle designated to transport parents and babies receiving care at Rady Children’s Hospital Heart Institute. For more information, visit miraclebabies.org.
Friday, June 25
SAN DIEGO GROWLERS HOME GAME
The San Diego Growlers (3-1) of the American Ultimate Disc League are back at home this Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Torrey Pines High School to take on the Dallas Roughnecks (1-1) in the Week 4 AUDL Game of the Week. Each Game of the Week this season will re-air on Fox Sports 2 the following Wednesday as part of a two-year deal the AUDL signed with Fox Sports after the 2019 season; this week’s Dallas vs. San Diego game will air on FS2 on June 30.
The first meeting between the two teams came in the semifinals of Championship Weekend 8 in 2019. In a back-and-forth game, Dallas narrowly edged out San Diego 23-18 with a strong showing in the fourth quarter. Following the 2019 season, the AUDL realigned the four divisions, which included moving Dallas to the West Division. A budding rivalry between Dallas and San Diego will start to take shape starting with the first of two regular-season meetings this Saturday. Both teams are favorites for the two playoff spots up for grabs in the West this year.
BEATING VICTIM NOT CHARGED
The City will not seek prosecution against a homeless black man who was witnessed by a bystander allegedly being beaten during an arrest for public urination in La Jolla by two San Diego police officers on May 12. “Our city’s resources may be better used to provide public toilets,” said City Attorney Mara Elliott.
The May 12 incident occurred about 9 a.m. in the 4100 block of Torrey Pines Road near Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “Two officers on patrol witnessed a man urinating in public,” said SDPD spokesperson Shawn Takeuchi. “The man would not stop to speak with officers, therefore an officer held the man to detain him. Despite the officers repeatedly telling the man to ‘stop resisting,’ the man would not comply. One of the officers struck the man several times.” Takeuchi noted the man was taken into custody and transported to the hospital. The SDPD Internal Affairs Unit has been investigating the incident including reviewing Body Worn Camera video.”
LA JOLLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL RETURNING
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival will return Oct. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to Girard Avenue in La Jolla. There is rolling admission for artists this year. It is a juried art show meaning artists are fine artists and we're estimating at least 40% of the artists will be new to the show. While the entire festival is free, there will be ticketed entry to the wine and beer garden. Early bird tickets are on sale now for $35 and include five tasting tickets. The wine and beer garden will feature 30 boutique wineries, craft breweries and San Diego's finest craft distillers.
The event will have live music with a special performance by the San Diego Opera. The La Jolla High School Marching Band will join us on Saturday of the festival. Featured artists this year are Krista Schumacher ljawf.com/featured-artist-krista-schumacher and Josh Serafin ljawf.com/featured-artist-josh-serafin. The LJAWF has donated $951,000 to the five public schools in La Jolla since inception, 13 years ago – Torrey Pines Elementary, La Jolla Elementary, Bird Rock Elementary, Muirlands Middle School and La Jolla High School.
WORKPLACE FACE COVERINGS
Discover PB, the beach community’s business improvement district, is reminding residents and businesses of new guidance from the state on new regulations governing face coverings to protect customers and employees. In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:
Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
Require all patrons to wear masks.
No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.
The PB Rec Center is designing a mural/mosaic using surfboards. Please donate your old surfboards in any shape to them. This will be a permanent art fixture and donations are being accepted to sponsor a surfboard mosaic and will be acknowledged with a tile. Amounts vary in sponsorship from $25 to $5,000 and are tax deductible to the amount of IRS allows. Designed by a local artist and having PB volunteers helping to create the finished project this will become a jewel of Pacific Beach.
PB WOMAN’S CLUB
Pacific Beach Woman’s Club has been sold and is under new ownership. It is no longer available for rent by the PBWC. The club will be dark in July and August but social events may be planned. Check out its Facebook page for possible events. Fall meetings will commence at the VFW Hall on 853 Turquoise St., first Thursday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. Social half-hour meeting at 6:30 pm.
MOON JELLY AT BIRCH AQUARIUM
This is a new permanent installation in the Hall of Fishes at Birch Aquarium. Sometime in the fall, the Moon Jellies will be replaced by ctenophore jellies in a named exhibit, but for now, we are just calling this a Moon Jelly experience.
It is a 600-gallon cylindrical tank that curves out into the walkway and is at the perfect height for even our youngest guests to get up close to these amazing creatures.
Named for its ethereal moon-like bell, these jellies are known to go with the flow and travel with ocean currents. As they drift, they use their short tentacles to sweep food towards their oral arms, aka the frilly part on the underside of the jelly.
“Moon Jellies are found around the world from the warm waters of the tropics to the cold waters of the northern and southern oceans,” said Jennifer Nero Moffatt, the aquarium’s senior director of animal care and husbandry. “These highly resilient and ancient creatures are made of 95% seawater. Some jellies pack a punch with potent stings, and adapt quickly to warming oceans. This new exhibit is a great opportunity for guests to get up close and personal with jellies, sting free.”
LJSA FAVORS PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
At a special June meeting, La Jolla Shores Association voted unanimously in favor of a motion to take action promoting pedestrian safety in the neighborhood. The following motion was made and voted 11-0: Install crosswalks with pedestrian-activated flashing beacons along La Jolla Shores Drive at Vallecitos. Place pedestrian striping at all stop signs at Avenida De La Playa, Paseo del Ocaso and El Paseo Grande. Install pedestrian warning signs at the intersections of La Jolla Shores Drive that do not have stop signs. This is the first phase in solutions for traffic congestion and pedestrian safety in La Jolla Shores. The first phase is in response to the recent traffic incident involving and injury to an adult and two small children.
NEW VENDOR FOR LJ SIGNAGE
A new vendor, EnSight, has been selected replacing Texas-based FlashParking for La Jolla Village Merchant Association’s directional wayfinding signage program for the Village, a multiyear effort by the community’s La Jolla Coastal Access and Parking Board. In January Flash Parking was selected by LJVMA to fabricate and install electronic signage, hardware, software and installation for its camera-based technology. However, FlashParking, without elaborating, withdrew its proposal recently saying only it felt that it was not the right company to do the job. About $121,000 accrued from contributions from office space developers as required by the California Coastal Commission is available for the community improvement project.
NEW MUSEUM COUNCIL DIRECTOR
The board of directors of the San Diego Museum Council has named Bob Lehman as the organization’s next executive director. Lehman is a nonprofit leader with expertise in organizational management, strategic planning, fundraising, and institutional growth. “Bob’s visionary leadership as director in performing arts organizations transfers extremely well to our association of San Diego County museums,” says SDMC’s incoming board chair Christine Stokes. “We are incredibly fortunate to have him as our new executive director and look forward to the leadership he brings to the museum community.”
SDHS WALK-IN ADOPTIONS
After more than a year of appointment-only, outdoor services, San Diego Humane Society is opening its doors to the public and offering walk-in adoptions once again. “We’re thrilled to welcome people into our buildings again,” said SDHS president and CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman. “Our staff and volunteers did a great job adapting during the pandemic with an appointment-based adoption system. It worked and it allowed for a safe way to continue to find homes for our animals. But nothing can replace the joy that comes from walking through the adoption gallery and finding your new family member.” For more information, visit sdhumane.org.
OB CHARITY GETS CERTIFIED
Ocean Beach Emergency Food, Inc., which has continuously served the community since 1977, has received Gold Certification from the Nutrition Pantry Program at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
OBEFI, also known as Ocean Beach Loaves & Fishes, is supported by area churches and community organizations and currently distributes monthly 4,800 pounds of food and hygiene items to 435 individuals, including the elderly, disabled, families and unsheltered. Distributions occur every Monday morning from space generously provided by Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
“We are deeply grateful to receive this meaningful award in recognition of our ongoing mission to feed the hungry in Ocean Beach,” said Father Lawrence Bausch, president of OBEFI’s board. “It is especially meaningful to be recognized at this time as we have seen the need for our services double during the pandemic, as many in our community have struggled to feed their families.”
The Nutrition Pantry Program supports food distribution centers across San Diego in implementing practical, client-based strategies aimed at improving health. The program, which was designed by Leah’s Pantry, leahspantry.org, is directed by the UC San Diego Center for Community Health, which works to improve health equity in diverse communities.
Lawyers Club of San Diego applauds the establishment of Juneteenth as a federal holiday, following President Biden’s signing of legislation to make it a federal holiday, designating June 19 as the national day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The name Juneteenth stems from June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, issued General Order No. 3, which announced that in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, “all slaves are free.” President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, declaring that all slaves in the Confederate States would be free, effective Jan. 1, 1863.
BIG TABLE AWARDED
Thanks to the communities’ support, San Diego’s Big Table was officially awarded a $10,000 donation from San Diego’s Mainline Insurance Services, which will allow the organization to provide food and housing for up to 120 individuals. Big Table is a local organization dedicated to caring for restaurant and hospitality workers in crisis and they’re equipped to provide care for all areas of a person’s life and usually includes rental and utility assistance as well as food security through gift cards to local grocery stores.
SANDAG VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
The draft 2021 Regional Plan virtual open houses begin this week. Join us at an upcoming open house for an opportunity to hear from SANDAG leadership and staff on key considerations of the draft 2021 Regional Plan, proposed improvements in the event’s subregion, and an opportunity to give verbal public comment on the draft plan. Attendees are encouraged to join the meeting focused closest to their residence. Click to join: Central San Diego: Wednesday, June 30, 6-8 p.m. To learn more and participate in these events, visit SDForward.com. To join the open house by telephone, dial+1 669 900 6833 and use webinar ID: 987 9265 8224.
HOWL-O-SCREAM AT SEAWORLD
A visit to SeaWorld San Diego will turn frightful on select evenings this fall when the park unleashes the all-new Howl-O-Scream, a family-friendly Spooktacular during the day with trick-or-treating, then transforming the park into an intense horror-filled haunt at night. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event with tickets now available for purchase starting at $39.99 for general admission with exclusive discounts available for pass members. Fans of fear can sign-up at howloscream.com/CA to be the first to receive more dark details on new houses, experiences and more coming to at SeaWorld as additional gruesome details are announced.
MEET THE CHEF AT SCUDERIE ITALIA
Things are heating up at Scuderie Italia at 1525 Garnet Ave. The Italian ristorante is welcoming in the warmer weather with a selection of seasonal dishes created by newly appointed executive chef Gabriella Titoto. A sampling of new dishes will be unveiled at a Meet the Chef four-course dinner on Thursday, July 1. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Titoto at an exclusive dinner served family style. The meal will be $55 per person, with the option to pair fine Italian wines for an additional $25. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling 858-352-6912. More information about Scuderie Italia can be found at ScuderieItalia.com.
PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR
City Attorney Mara W. Elliott announced that deputy city attorney Monique Rohani Dulanto has been honored by the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving as its Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year. Dulanto received her award at a virtual ceremony on June 23 during MADD’s annual Law Enforcement & Prosecutor Recognition awards. Dulanto is the lead prosecutor on the City Attorney’s special Drug DUI vertical prosecution team, which prosecutes thousands of DUI cases a year, with a conviction rate of more than 98%.
LA V FOURTH OF JULY
San Diego landmark, La Valencia Hotel is hosting a new Piper-Heidsieck brunch as part of its “Red, White and Brut” Fourth of July celebration at both The Med and La Sala. The restaurants are open to the public and reservations are highly encouraged through OpenTable. The historic property has partnered with illustrious French Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck for its iconic weekend brunch, available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diners can now experience a new, branded champagne cart to enjoy "Piper on the Patio." Plus, exclusive Piper-Heidsieck by the bottle (Cuvee 1785’ Brut NV, Brut, Rose Champagne Blend and Rare Brut Millesime) and specialty champagne cocktails, including the 1926 champagne cocktail (Piper-Heidsieck ‘Cuvee 1785’ Brut NV, angostura, brown sugar, $25).
AIR TRAFFIC RETURNING
“We've been seeing an increase of passengers through the terminals since March and anticipate we'll continue to see traffic slowly increase throughout summer,” said Sabrina LoPiccolo, San Diego International Airport senior communications specialist. “The top three traffic days (to date) have been June 18, 20 and 21. Each of these days we saw more than 60,000 people coming and going each day.”
FREE TOTES AT RUBIO’S
The shipment has arrived and Rubio’s Coastal Grill is continuing their 10-year World Oceans Day tradition by giving out free, reusable tote bags. The bags, which were previously delayed, are now available while supplies last, with any purchase, on Wednesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 1. This year’s reusable bags read, “for the love of the ocean” and are perfect for summer adventures.
Rubio’s locations are now open at 100% capacity. Guests may order online, or through the app, for curbside or express pickup, or delivery for just $1.99. The imaginative Rubio’s x Blais Street Taco Plate, developed with celebrity chef Richard Blais, is on the menu through the summer. For more information and to view the menu, visit Rubio’s.
LLS FUNDRAISER WINNERS
A San Marcos woman and a San Diego man have been named the winners of this year’s Man & Woman of the Year for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s San Diego Chapter. The two winners, Jeff Peters, and Lauren Phinney, raised $130,984 and $135,502 respectively, to support LLS’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. During a spirited 10-week fundraising period, beginning with a virtual kickoff celebration, candidates across the county competed in honor of local blood cancer survivors, Boy of The Year, Liam Vest of Chula Vista, and Girl of the Year, Jocelyn Croxen of San Marcos. The 11 candidates and their teams raised a total of $693,676, a new record for San Diego, all in support of LLS’s mission. Five out of the 11 candidates rallied the support of their teams and communities to raise over $50,000 each.
UC SAN DIEGO ENDOWMENT
Iris and Matthew Strauss, longtime supporters of cancer research and patient care at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, have given $2 million to establish the Iris and Matthew Strauss Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Head and Neck Surgery to support excellence in research, education and clinical care. “We believe in the missions of UC San Diego and UC San Diego Health and their commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and health care. UC San Diego Health is at the forefront of transformative health care innovation and practice, and we want to ensure that it is able to attract and retain world-class experts and provide the resources needed for it to continue to change the landscape of clinical care well into the future. We are proud to support UC San Diego Health and its important role as an international leader in head and neck surgery,” said Matthew Strauss.
Joseph A. Califano, III, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine, has been named the inaugural chair holder. An endowed chair is one of the highest honors that an academic institution can confer upon a faculty member. It recognizes excellence in their research and clinical practice. To learn more about supporting the Head and Neck Cancer Center, visit health.ucsd.edu.
NEW ARC BOARD
The Arc of San Diego, one of the county’s largest nonprofits serving people with disabilities, announced its new Board of Directors for 2021-2022 at its 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Installation Ceremony June 2. The Arc of San Diego2021-2022 board of directors officers:
Board Chair: Esther Coit – of San Diego
1st Vice Chair: Dwight Stratton – of Vista
2nd Vice Chair: Lily Fallah – of San Diego
Secretary/Treasurer: Christine Miller, MA – of Encinitas
Past Board Chair: Doug Hoehn – of Santee.
AIRPORT’S CLEAN ENERGY COMMITMENT
San Diego Community Power , the not-for-profit community choice energy program, announced San Diego International Airport’s enrollment into its service and SAN’s decision to opt-up to the Power100 service level. SDCP will provide 100% renewable, 100% carbon-free energy to SAN, who continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship for the travel industry and region. The airport served 25 million passengers in 2019, making it the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the United States.
“Having the opportunity to work with San Diego Community Power enables us to reach our goal of 100 percent renewable electricity well before our planned timing of 2035,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. “SDCP’s ability to provide reliable, zero-carbon energy at competitive costs is a game-changer for us and everyone in the region.”
Thursday, June 17
The San Diego Floral Association Garden Tour titled Vistas and Verandahs: Gardens of Ocean Beach will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Find details and tickets at sdfloral.org. Enjoy ocean views and sea breezes on this first garden tour of the beautiful Ocean Beach community. Known best for its pier, sandy shores and colorful history, Ocean Beach is also a gardener’s paradise.
Stately palms and araucaria trees rise into blue skies while hillside home gardens abound in a wide array of plants that flourish in the microclimate of this coastal area. The tour offers variety and a window on the horticultural talents of artists and master gardeners. Proceeds of this tour will help to support scholarships for horticulture students and a school garden program.
SALSA ON THE BEACH
Free dancing. Free parking. Family friendly. There will be salsa, cha-cha, and bachata music being played from 3:30-8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at 3020 Ocean Front Walk in Mission Beach. 3:30-5 p.m: music: timba (75%), salsa (25%); 4 p.m.: follow along line dance; 5-7 p.m. music changes to a mix: salsa (55%), bachata (25%), timba (20%); 5 p.m.: follow along line dance 2, beginner timba salsa (no partner needed); 6:30 p.m.: June birthday’s dance; 6:40 p.m.: group photo; 6:45-7:45 p.m.: music changes to a mix: salsa (50%), bachata (50%); 7:45-8 p.m. rumba.
BANK PROPERTY SOLD
Flocke & Avoyer Commercial Real Estate has completed the $3.7 million sale of 5,812- square-foot former Chase Bank at 1740 Rosecrans St. The seller of the property was C.E. John Partners 12, LLC and the buyer was Z-Axis Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare management company. The buyer plans on occupying more than half of the building for an AFC Urgent Care and leasing the remaining space. Bill Thaxton of Flocke & Avoyer Commercial Real Estate represented the seller. Kirk Allison of Commercial Pacific Properties represented the buyer.
ROCK CHURCH FOOD DISTRIBUTION
On June 17 at 10 a.m. the Rock Church Point Loma campus at 2277 Rosecrans St. will launch their community food, diaper and supplies distribution. The Point Loma Campus launch is part of an ongoing monthly effort to help those that have found themselves in an unexpected place of need during the COVID-19 crisis. According to the San Diego Food Bank, out of San Diego County’s 3.2 million residents, 450,000 people face food insecurity every day. Not all San Diegans have access to obtain groceries at local organizations like the San Diego Food Bank.
The Rock Church food distributions occur weekly at its different Rock campuses including every third Thursday at the Rock Church Point Loma. The community is invited to get free food and supplies. The drive-thru set-up is designed for easy pick up. The distribution of groceries and supplies begins at 10 a.m. at Point Loma. The distribution ends when supplies run out for the day.
The Provision Ministry, along with the Rock Church, are especially appreciative to the local businesses that have supported and donated to this local effort including Point Loma Nazarene University’s Business Management Club. If you would like to participate and receive groceries and other household supplies, or if you’d like to volunteer, partner or donate to the Provision Ministry, visit sdrock.com/ministries/provisions/.
TAXPAYERS OLYMPICS AT LOMA CLUB
The first of its kind in San Diego, the Inaugural Taxpayers Olympics is an opportunity for elected officials, community leaders, and San Diegans from all walks of life to put aside their differences of opinion and engage in friendly competition. Teams of 10 will compete for gold at the beautiful Loma Club, 2960 Truxton Road in Point Loma. The event will be held the afternoon of July 29. For team sponsorship information, call 619-234-6423 or email Info@sdcta.org.
LIBERTY STATION BUILDING AWARDED
San Diego's countywide preservation group, Save Our Heritage Organisation, celebrated its 38th annual People In Preservation Awards with an online award presentation May 27. SOHO’s Shane Liberty Adaptive Reuse Award this year went to The Fort Rosecrans Post Exchange, now more commonly referred to as Navy Building 158. That structure is situated within the Fort Rosecrans Historic District. It was constructed in1908 for use as a post exchange and gymnasium.
Boasting a Georgian Revival architectural style, this large red brick building was recommended for remodeling many times, but these projects never happened, and the historic building has sat vacant for the last 20 years. In 2019, Shane Liberty of Barnhart-Reese Construction, Inc. was awarded the contract to carry out a massive adaptive reuse project that would showcase this important military structure and Point Loma's development. Today, the Fort Rosecrans Post Exchange houses administrative offices and a training center, with a wonderfully intact historic exterior.
GULLS BACK AT PECHANGA ARENA
When the Gulls announced earlier this year they were moving temporarily to Irvine from Pechanga Arena San Diego they did so with the hope that if restrictions on fans at indoor events eased, they could return late in the season or at least for the postseason.]However, the Gulls won’t be back until the 2021-22 American Hockey League season begins this fall.
“While we eagerly anticipate welcoming our great fans back to Pechanga Arena, state guidelines regarding indoor events will not provide ASM Global the necessary time to prepare the arena for normal business operations for the remainder of the 2020-21 season,” the Gulls said in a statement. “As a result, the Gulls will finish the 2020-21 AHL season at FivePoint Arena in Irvine.”
NEW LAW PARTNERS
Leading insurance and civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP at 5661 La Jolla Blvd. in Bird Rock has announced the promotion of Michael Drews, Candice Hamant, Allison Lawrence and David Ramirez to partner. Drews joins the firm’s partnership in Denver, Hamant and Lawrence in Northern California, and Ramirez in the firm’s San Diego headquarters.
PAWS4thought Animal Rescue is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with Petco Love, a national nonprofit working to lead and inspire change for animals, and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by recognizing lifesaving foster volunteers in San Diego, and encouraging more people to foster pets.
“They say it takes a village and if it weren’t for our many dedicated foster volunteers who share the same passion, we couldn’t do what we do. As a foster-based rescue, our fosters are our lifeline to saving lives. Without our fosters, our dogs and puppies would have no safe place to go to heal, be loved and learn how to be “a family pet” while they wait for their forever homes,” said Judy Clayton, co-founder at PAWS4thought.
Throughout June, Petco Love will share foster resources and stories to show how fostering is easy, highly rewarding, and significantly helps end preventable euthanasia of pets. Through sales of its BOBS from Skechers collection, Skechers has donated more than $3.1 million to support Petco Love’s more than 4,000 animal welfare organization partners. The company’s funds have helped Petco Love save and care for more than 700,000 shelter animals. To learn more about PAWS4thought Animal Rescue and how you can help foster, visit paws4thoughtrescue.com. For more on Petco Love and to view foster resources, visit petcolove.org/foster.
MARITIME MUSEUM OPENS INDOORS
Maritime Museum of San Diego reopen indoor exhibits, below ship deck galleries and the USS Dolphin submarine June 15. The Museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance to all exhibits are included in general admission, with Maritime Museum Bay Boat tours an additional $10 or $15 per person. For more information, ticket purchase, advance reservations and to make a donation or learn more about the restoration projects underway, visit sdmaritime.org.
On Friday, June 18, Mavericks Beach Club at 860 Garnet Ave. is partnering with Juneshine and Teremana Tequila to host JuneBOOM, an event celebrating the launch of Juneshine's new Paloma. From 5-9 p.m., there will be dancing, drink Specials, and a silent auction with items such as custom Callaway golf clubs, Adidas gear, signed bottles, golf tee times and more. And the first 100 guests get a Juneshine Bucket Hat.
Proceeds from drink specials and the silent auction will benefit of Puppies & Golf Charity, a California nonprofit whose mission is to protect and advocate for dogs in need of companionship by supporting and promoting organizations dedicated to connecting humans and dogs for a lifetime of purpose and love, with an emphasis on Military veterans.
TASTE AT THE COVE IS BACK
After skipping the 2020 event, Taste at the Cove, tasteatthecove.com, is returning Thursday, Sept. 23, for the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation sdsmf.com.
YACHT ROCK SUNDAY BRUNCH
Batten down the hatches, you're invited to Yacht Rock Brunch at Tower Beach Club, 1010 Santa Clara Place in Mission Beach, on Sunday, June 27 at 11 a.m. As brunch and bottomless Champagne is served on the deck, the smooth grooves and lush sounds of Band Overboard will take you back to the late ’70s and early ’80s when Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, and Toto ruled the world.
SDHS CAUTIONS PET OWNERS ON HEAT
With temperatures soaring, San Diego Humane Society urges pet owners to take extra precaution. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind when it is hot outside: Always provide plenty of cool, clean water for your animal; Leave your pets at home as much as possible. they will be much more comfortable in your cool home than riding in a hot car; If you must take your pet along for the ride, don’t leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle; In extremely hot weather, don’t leave your dog standing on the street, and keep walks to a minimum; Don’t force your animal to exercise in hot, humid weather. Exercise your pet in the cool of the early morning or evening; Dogs can get sunburned too — don’t forget to protect hairless and light-coated dogs with sunscreen; Always provide plenty of shade for an animal staying outside the house. Bring your pet inside during the heat of the day and let them rest in a cool part of your house; A clean coat can help to prevent summer skin problems, so keep your pet well groomed; Take your companion animal to the veterinarian for a summer checkup. Have the doctor recommend a safe, effective flea and tick control program; and Be alert for the signs of heat stress: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red tongue. If you believe your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, contact your veterinarian right away — it could save your pet's life. For more information, visit sdhumane.org.
Friday, June 11
Cormorant Boutique Hotel and Birdseye will open in La Jolla this summer. The coastal property offers a relaxed version of La Jolla luxury and features 26 guestrooms with ocean-view balconies, and a new rooftop restaurant and bar offering small plates and craft cocktails called Birdseye for its Pacific Ocean views.
The development will include Prospect Market, an upscale grab-and-go marketplace. Located within walking distance to La Jolla Cove and dozens of boutique shops, art galleries and restaurants in The Village, Cormorant Boutique Hotel, perched on a dramatic seven-mile stretch of sunny coastline, is an ideal place to stay in one the most picturesque destinations in Southern California.
BLOOD DRIVE AT PECHANGA
Pechanga Arena San Diego and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help hospital patients through a community blood drive Thursday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. The Red Cross currently has an emergency need for type O blood donors as hospital demand for these blood products continues to outpace donations. As a thank you, all who come to donate June 14-30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Restrictions apply and are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together. Patients rely on volunteer donors to receive blood transfusions since blood is perishable and cannot be manufactured or stockpiled.
FISHING TRIP GIVEAWAY
San Diego company Offshore Lifestyle is giving away a one-day offshore fishing trip for two for Father's Day. Their boat is out of Point Loma. It's a $4,500 value. The giveaway runs through June 17 and the winner will be announced on June 18, so they can surprise their dad with the news on Father's Day. Contest entry page at bdoutdoors.com/osl-fathers-day/.
LJ MAD PROGRESS
The La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) is about to wrap up its fiscal year. The Enhance La Jolla Board of Directors managing the MAD voted unanimously to exercise its option to extend the contracts with existing vendors Urban Corps and Nissho of California for another one-year term.
In May, the La Jolla MAD worked to better address sidewalk pressure-washing activities, meeting with leadership from Urban Corps to perform a physical walkthrough of the district. Problem areas have been identified and the vendor is now sending a daily day-after report of those specific areas that were addressed in the previous night’s shift. Areas of particular focus are high-traffic spots along Girard Avenue, Prospect Street and Wall Street.
Regarding landscaping, a meeting was held between representatives from the Village of La Jolla Garden Club, the La Jolla MAD and Nissho of California, the current vendor responsible for attending to landscaping needs. The 21 jacaranda trees that the garden club generously donated are being watered every Tuesday and Friday. It will, however, likely be another year or so before the signature purple flowers begin to appear on these young saplings. The freshening of Girard Avenue tree wells from south of Pearl Street to Prospect Street is also underway. We are on schedule to have all tree wells on Girard Avenue completed by the end of June.
If you see an issue needing attention, contact Enhance La Jolla at 858-444-5892 or email email@example.com.
AQUARIUM EXTENDS HOURS
For the first time, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is offering extended hours this summer. From July 1-Aug. 31 the aquarium, which has traditionally closed at 5 p.m., will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with the last entry at 6 p.m.
“Summer is here and our guests are excited to get out and experience a bit of normalcy,” said Harry Helling, executive director of Birch Aquarium. “Our new extended hours in July and August will help San Diegans celebrate the long, warm days of summer.”
During extended hours, all exhibits and hands-on activities — including the newest touch pool exhibit where guests can touch juvenile sharks — will remain open and guests will also be able to explore a new 600 cylindrical Moon Jelly experience in the Hall of Fishes.
Though health and safety regulations are beginning to loosen across the county, guest and staff safety remain a priority at Birch Aquarium. The aquarium continues to operate at a limited capacity, and to require advanced reservations, in order to allow for social distancing.
The aquarium still requires all staff and guests ages 2 and above to wear masks both indoors and outdoors. More information, including the latest safety protocols and other important details for guests planning their next visit, can be found at aquarium.ucsd.edu. Advanced reservations for a specific time and date are required to visit Birch Aquarium, even for members. Reservations are available online only.
FISH SHOP DONATION
Summer in San Diego is just around the corner and Fish Shop is providing plenty of opportunities to drink and dine for a good cause. All three restaurant locations in Pacific Beach, Encinitas, and Point Loma are encouraging guests to stop by and support three causes through the end of September. For every bottle of Tribute, Imagery, and Cupcake wine sold on-premise, $1 will be donated to the below causes:
June - Direct Relief, whose mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.
July/August - Pets for Patriots, a non-profit created to give the gifts of fidelity, joy, and love to veterans and pets through companion animal adoption.
September - No Kid Hungry, an organization whose mission is to end child hunger in the United States, where $1 equals 10 meals for children in need.
FATHER’S DAY TACOS
Treat dad to free tacos this Father’s Day at City Tacos. With seven locations across San Diego, including Pacific Beach, the taqueria will host a buy one, get one free taco specials for all dads on Sunday, June 20. Enjoy innovative taco selections including the Mexicali or the Pescado Taco, and pair your order with a signature Michelada.
LOUD & PROUD SAN DIEGO LOYAL
To kick off Pride Month, San Diego Loyal SC Soccer Club has announced the debut of their “Loud & Proud” fan section as part of their new partnership with San Diego Pride. SD Loyal’s new game-day initiative is said to be the first-ever in sports history. For all of SD Loyal’s home matches in their 2021 season, USD’s Torero Stadium dedicates section 110 to those within the LGBTQ community, as well as those who support and share the vision of inclusion in professional sports. The section, permanently decorated with Pride-related elements, collects 20 percent of ticket sales and donates to SD Pride to help with their mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities locally, nationally and globally. Fans are encouraged to stay connected by downloading the official team app or signing up for updates and news via SDLoyal.com.
BEATLES VS. STONES AT BELLY UP TAVERN
The Belly Up Tavern has announced that the PettyBreakers and Beatles vs. Stones shows will perform this summer. The PettyBreakers – A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform on Sunday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at BellyUp.com. The two greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time face off as the Belly Up Tavern hosts tributes to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash engage in a musical showdown of the hits on Sunday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be at BellyUp.com.
DOG BITE AWARENESS
More than 5,800 U.S. Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs last year. A recent report placed the city of San Diego among the top 10 of the nation for dog attacks. To emphasize the seriousness of this issue, USPS is sponsoring Dog Bite Awareness Week, June 12-18. You can review dog safety tips at uspsblog.com and https://go.usa.gov/x6K6E. A short animated video is also available at YouTube.com/USPSTV.
Point Loma High School graduation is this Saturday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Petco Park.
Check the Petco entry policies at mlb.com/padres/ballpark/entry-policies.
Graduates cannot wear leis until after the ceremony is over.
Families are only allowed to bring in a small clutch-sized purse of 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches.
Masks must be worn at all times, unless guests are actively eating/drinking. Graduates can remove their masks when they are walking across the stage only.
You can find the graduation livestream link and the most up-to-date graduation details on the PLHS website.
Mainly Mozart has announced the 2021 All-Star Festival Orchestra at the Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park from June 11-19. This event welcomes the return of in-person, socially distanced, assigned seating in an outdoor venue. Opening night – Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m. For information on the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra Festival or to purchase tickets, visit mainlymozart.org.
Anyone who has done business with the City of San Diego in the past three years, including paying business taxes or utility fees, could be owed money. Check amounts range from $1 to $35,000. The City regularly receives returned checks that are undeliverable based on the address on file. Checks that remain uncashed after six months become unclaimed money. Currently, the City has $1 million in unclaimed money owed to people or businesses due to refunds or vendor payments. The Unclaimed Monies Report is available at sandiego.gov/finance/unclaimed and is updated quarterly.
UTLIMATE FRISBEE AT MBHS
The San Diego Growlers of the American Ultimate Disc League will play their first home game of the season at noon Sunday, June 13 at Mission Bay High School. The American Ultimate Disc League is an ultimate frisbee league in North America. The AUDL was founded in 2010, and played its inaugural season in 2012 with eight teams. Regular season games are played through July.
REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL EVENT
The Republican Party Of San Diego County expects more than 800 Republicans from across San Diego County and Southern California to gather and hear from gubernatorial candidates Caitlyn Jenner, Anthony Trimino, Jenny Rae Le Roux, Sarah Stephens, Joseph Luciano, and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Heng on Monday, June 14. The event will be held at Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley at 500 Hotel Circle North. The reception is at 6 p.m. with speakers beginning at 7 p.m.
LJ PLAYHOUSE COFFEE
On Friday, June 11 at 10 a.m. La Jolla Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley is hosting another of his behind-the-scenes coffee chats interviewing artists and previewing what’s next at the playhouse.
Listen in as Christopher talks to four theatre artists presenting Playhouse-commissioned works at the upcoming Pop-Up WOW weekend, taking place Aug. 14-15 at Arts District Liberty Station. You can log into YouTube to ask questions during the Q&A. Here's a 3-minute tutorial on how to login to YouTube. If you've missed any past events, catch up by watching previous episodes via this YouTube playlist.
LITTLE ITALY ART WALK
ArtWalk Little Italy Summer Series announces its debut in Little Italy beginning Sunday, June 27 from 11a.m.-6 p.m. Taking place at the Piazza della Famiglia and the adjacent block of W. Date Street, each one-day show will include 30 select artists exhibiting their stunning works of art. The event will run every other Sunday including June 27, July 11, July 25, Sept. 5, and Sept. 19, giving locals and visitors incredible opportunities to purchase one-of-a-kind art from local, national, and international artists in a variety of mediums. Attendance is free. For more information on ArtWalk and its programs, visit artwalksandiego.org.
PAWS4thought Animal Rescue is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with Petco Love, a national nonprofit working to lead and inspire change for animals, and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by recognizing lifesaving foster volunteers in San Diego and encouraging more people to foster pets. Through sales of its BOBS from Skechers collection, Skechers has donated more than $3.1 million to support Petco Love’s more than 4,000 animal welfare organization partners. The company’s funds have helped Petco Love save and care for more than 700,000 shelter animals. To learn more about PAWS4thought Animal Rescue and how you can help foster, visit paws4thoughtrescue.com.
GASLAMP NEW NORMAL
Recently, the Gaslamp Quarter has had to pivot focus to continue to host San Diegans and visitors by creating spacious outdoor retail and dining experiences. After a year and several waves of quarantine, the Gaslamp Quarter is more than ready to welcome everyone back as we enter this next chapter of life by launching “The New Normal is Now Campaign.” Stay connected to the @GaslampQuarter social media accounts for frequent chances to win gift cards, freebies and more. Weekly giveaway “Drops” will invite you to visit a local business to redeem a restaurant gift certificate (no purchase necessary, proof of parking at 6th & K Parkade or Park-It-On-Market required). Use #GaslampStory as you share your favorite Gaslamp Quarter memory to social media for a chance to win exciting prizes. For more information, visit Gaslamp.org.
SDIA NONSTOP TO HAWAII
Southwest Airlines began daily nonstop service to Kahului, Maui via Kahului Airport from San Diego International Airport. The route will add a second daily flight beginning June 27. Southwest Airlines has also added a second daily flight to Honolulu, Hawaii. “Southwest Airlines continues to grow its presence at San Diego International Airport and we are thankful for the new flights to Maui and added a daily flight to Honolulu,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president/CEO.
GUIDED CABRILLO TOURS
The Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego is offering special guided walks in June and July, including tours in American Sign Language. Members of the deaf and/or hard of hearing community can take an ASL tour given every Saturday in June and July from 10 a.m. to noon. The tours will be led by a Deaf Science Communications intern. The ASL walking tours are 45 minutes long and limited to 10 people. RSVPs are required at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guided walking tours will also be available in English every Saturday in June and July from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours are limited to 10 people, and no reservations are required. Those interested in joining a tour are asked to meet at the visitor center.
Admission for the national park, which features protected tide pools, hiking trails and the iconic Old Point Loma Lighthouse, begins at $10 per individual entering by foot or by bicycle. Groups of up to four people will be capped at $20 and anyone 15 years or younger can enter the grounds for free. To learn more about Cabrillo National Monument, click here.
Been too busy to get COVID protected? Been waiting to see how vaccine distribution progresses? An easy path to join the vaccinated and protected from COVID population is coming soon, a free vaccine pop-up event open to everyone on Friday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Village San Diego, 2061 Kurtz St. in the Midway District. You can walk in or make an appointment for your vaccination. The one dose J&J COVID vaccine will be available at Veterans Village San Diego for those aged 16 and up. There will also be limited Pfizer vaccine doses available for those under the age of 16 and the County will schedule a second dose with those individuals on-site for a different location. For more information, visit www.vvsd.net.
The United States Tennis Association Cor Jewelry National Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Hard Court Championships, featuring some of the top doubles teams in the country, will be played Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13 at the Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W Point Loma Blvd. Teams will compete for titles in the following divisions during the USTA National Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Hard Court Championships:
Father-Daughter Open Doubles (No age limitation for either player)
Senior Father-Daughter Doubles (Father must be 60 or older)
Super Senior Father-Daughter Doubles (Father must be 70 or older)
Ultra Senior Father-Daughter Doubles (Father must be 80 or older)
Mother-Son Open Doubles (No age limitation for either player)
Senior Mother-Son Doubles (Mother must be 60 or older)
Super Senior Mother-Son Doubles (Mother must be 70 or older)
Play will begin at 8 a.m. each day of the tournament. Spectators are invited to watch matches with free admission and on-site parking. COVID 19 protocols will be in effect at the Barnes Tennis Center for all participants and spectators during the championships.
OB COTTAGE AWARDED
A charming turn-of-the-20th-century cottage in Ocean Beach owned by Susan and Pat James, both active in Ocean Beach Historical Society, was among those honored at Save Our Heritage Organisation’s 38th annual People In Preservation Awards on May 27. This modest OB landmark on Niagara Avenue was constructed in 1907 as a beach cottage. Each year, during wisteria season, Susan and Pat open their historic home and its magical gardens featuring abundant blooms of colorful purple wisteria vines to members of OBHS and community dwellers to gather and share its history and greater history of the neighborhood.
This tradition was started by Ned Titlow, past president of OBHS, and Carol Bowers, OBHS co-founder, and is now known as the Wisteria Garden Party, where local artists and famous OB residents play music, showcase art, and bring photos and memorabilia to showcase the community's history. Pat and Susan honor this tradition, and their efforts showcase the importance of keeping the spirit of local history alive right in your own backyard.
Monday, June 7
PB BEACH CLEANUP ON WORLD OCEANS DAY
Shore Buddies is holding a beach clean up for World Oceans Day on at 8 a.m. June 8 at Law Street Beach. Bring your own items needed for a clean up mission: gloves, bucket/bag, trash grabber, face mask, water bottles, and anything else you might need.
PIZZAS FOR PAPAS
Landini’s Pizzeria, at 1827 India St. and 2820 Historic Decatur Road in Liberty Public Market, will show dads that they’re the greatest thing since sliced pizza with specially priced pies in honor of the holiday. Fathers and father-figures alike may purchase Landini’s signature New York-style pizzas for half-price between 3-5 p.m. on June 20.
Scuderie Italia, at 1525 Garnet Ave., will toss around some dough and show dads how much they pop with two featured offerings for Father’s Day: a specialty “Pizza Papà” and jalapeño poppers. Pizzaiolo Johncarlo Ferraiuolo will prepare Pizza Papà topped with sausage, oven-roasted peppers, caramelized onions, tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil at $18.50; and an appetizer of oven-roasted jalapeño poppers wrapped in bacon and filled with cream cheese, at $9.50.
HOME START FUNDRAISER
Home Start, a nonprofit dedicated to child abuse prevention and providing evidence-based family strengthening services, successfully raised nearly $100,000 from its annual “Blue Ribbon” event held recently. This year’s event was titled “Blue Ribbon Broadcast for Bright Futures – It's a Family Affair,” and was held virtually via Zoom. The theme played on the important family-bonding time that historically happens when families are gathered around a television enjoying famous shows. For more information about Home Start or to help support Home Start’s clients, visit home-start.org.
LOUD & PROUD
To kick off Pride Month, San Diego Loyal SC Soccer Club has announced the debut of their “Loud & Proud” fan section as part of their new partnership with San Diego Pride. SD Loyal’s new game-day initiative is said to be the first-ever in sports history. For all of SD Loyal’s home matches in their 2021 season, USD’s Torero Stadium dedicates section 110 to those within the LGBTQ community, as well as those who support and share the vision of inclusion in professional sports. The section, permanently decorated with Pride-related elements, collects 20 percent of ticket sales and donates to SD Pride to help with their mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities locally, nationally and globally. Fans are encouraged to stay connected by downloading the official team app or signing up for updates and news via SDLoyal.com and #SDLoyal.
COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR
San Diego County Credit Union has announced that SDCCU SVP of Business Development and Community Relations, Sarah Bilyeu, was named the 2021 IABC/San Diego Communicator of the Year. The award recognizes local leaders who demonstrate strategic excellence in communication, and lead the way with their contributions and high quality work.
ROCK CHURCH DISTRIBUTION
On Thursday, June 17 at 10 a.m. the Rock Church Point Loma campus will launch their community food, diaper and supplies distribution. The Point Loma Campus launch is part of an ongoing monthly effort to help those that have found themselves in an unexpected place of need during the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to participate and receive groceries and other household supplies or if you’d like to volunteer, partner or donate to the Provision Ministry, visit sdrock.com/ministries/provisions/.
NEW BIA CEO
Lori Holt Pfeiler has been named the president/CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County. Holt Pfeiler replaces retiring CEO Borre Winckel, who led the BIA for 13 years. Winckel’s last day is July 16. Holt Pfeiler starts July 6. “I believe deeply in the transformative power of housing, and the ripple effects it has,” Holt Pfeiler said.
“I have seen the success a stable home can provide a family – for generations. As the new leader of the BIA, I look forward to putting my efforts to work to influence change that helps create thousands of homes in our region at all income levels. Improving the supply of housing and advocating for efficient and effective changes in the building process are important steps I’ll pursue. My affordable housing expertise will complement the work of traditional home builders, with the ultimate goal of making our region an even better place for families and business.”
NAVAL BASE MEETING
The next Restoration Advisory Board meeting for the Naval Base Point Loma Complex Environmental Restoration Program is Wednesday, June 16 at 5:45 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting to discuss relevant issues and is open to the public. To request a link for this virtual meeting, contact Kellie Koenig at Kellie.Koenig@jacobs.com. For more information, call 619-556-8926.
Thursday, June 3
CAMPBELL RECALL FAILS
The effort to gather enough signatures in District 2 to get a measure placed on an election ballot to recall Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell has failed.
"This recall was unwarranted and unnecessary, reckless and ridiculous, desperate and divisive – and San Diegans were too smart to fall for it,” said Dan Rottenstreich, Campbell's campaign consultant. "In rejecting this recall, San Diegans have shown once again that they want leaders focused on bringing people together to get things done, not more divisive politics tearing communities apart.”
“We want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who gathered signatures and the thousands of District 2 residents who signed the petition. You are the heartbeat of D2 and the reason we do what we do,” said the Committee Supporting the Recall of Jennifer Campbell in a statement. “Although we came close, gathering over 10,000 signatures, unfortunately this was not enough to force the recall of Jennifer Campbell. The next round in that battle will be decided in November 2022, and we are already gearing up.”
CARMENCEMENT AT MESA COLLEGE
On Friday, June 4 at 11 a.m., San Diego Mesa College will host the 2021 Drive-Thru Graduation Parade, or “Carmencement,” to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021. Graduates will follow a parade route through campus in their vehicles, receive gifts and be cheered on by faculty, staff and administrators. Over 350 students are scheduled to participate.
This year, Mesa conferred over 2,200 academic degrees and 411 certificates, a 3% percent increase over 2020. The class of 2021 is boasting 75 valedictorians, 560 students graduated with honors and over 400 students received more than one degree or certificate. Among the graduates are the third class set of 28 students receiving a bachelor of science degree in health information management, as well as the third set of San Diego Promise students, who participated in the San Diego Community College District’s free-tuition program.
NUTRITION COUNSELING SERVICE AT GELSON’S
Gelson’s, with locations in Pacific Beach, Del Mar and Carlsbad, has announced the addition of virtual nutrition counseling sessions with onsite registered dietitian Jessica Siegel. Private virtual office hours are available for rewards members located in the Southern California area on an appointment-only basis. Members can schedule their complimentary appointment by emailing Siegel at email@example.com. Siegel developed a line of healthy salads available in the Gelson’s Kitchen all of which use the Mediterranean diet as a guideline, making them full of veggies, fruits, beans, nuts and healthy fats such as olive oil and avocado.
NINJA WARRIORS EXCEL
Five junior ninjas from KidWonder, San Diego’s first Ninja Warrior Gym at 4735 Point Loma Ave. in Ocean Beach, qualified recently for UNAA World Series Championships in Vegas on July 29.
Those qualifying were Luke M (7&under), Harper K (9&under), Paxton Faltico (9&under), Levi Jones (11&under), Kaleb Server (13&under). American Ninja Warrior Junior is an American children's sports competition game show on Universal Kids that premiered in 2018. It is a head-to-head competition with multiple rounds and triple elimination each episode. There are no teams, and each child competes for themselves.
The Liberty Bike Commons, a fundraising project of the San Diego Bike Coalition to re-purpose Building 191 at NTC Park in Liberty Station, has officially been launched. Cyclists intend to convert the long-vacant building with private funding, transforming it into a regional bicycling hub. Astride dedicated City parklands, Building 191, once planned for demolition, straddles a major spur on the San Diego bike path system. The 20-by-80 foot structure was the 191st building constructed at the former NTC. The Liberty Bike Commons Campaign seeks to raise $ 2.6 million to convert Bldg.191 to help connect bicyclists of all ages and backgrounds from diverse regional communities. For more information visit sdbikecoalition.org.
Little House of Flowers on Friars Road will be expanding their business to Point Loma at 1017 Rosecrans St., with a grand opening celebration scheduled for June 25-27. Owner Hilary Bateman is a San Diego native and Realtor. She decided to take a dive into the floral industry when she recognized the community's need for a boutique local florist. The original house was built in the ’80s, Hilary, alongside her designer Auburn Torres, have refurbished the house into the iconic shop it is today. The charming shop is the go-to for everything from custom arrangements, to succulents, to wedding and event flowers.
The expansion of Little House of Flowers to Point Loma has been highly anticipated for Bateman and Torres. The duo is looking to expand their services to the Peninsula community. Both Bateman and Torres hope to use their continued success with Little House of Flowers as an inspiration to their daughters and other young women who aspire to be business leaders. For more information, visit littlehouseofflowerssd.com.
PLHS PARKING LOT
The Clove Street parking lot near Point Loma High School at 2335 Chatsworth Blvd., is now closed for construction and the entrance is not accessible. Parking will need to occur in the surrounding neighborhood. Click here for the updated entrances and map for observers, in addition to spectator guidelines. Observers of athletic events will now enter through the following two entrances: for stadium events, use the Voltaire Street entrance, for gym events, use the Chatsworth Blvd. entrance.
Three San Diego based dance companies – Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet and San Diego Dance Theater – have come together to present four weeks of outdoor performances through June 13 at the Arts District in Liberty Station. After months of pivoting programs to film and online formats, the resident dance companies at the Dorothea Laub Dance Place are ready to convene audiences safely outdoors for this live event in person. Attend all three weeks to see, feel, and experience the variety of mixed reparatory presented by all companies. Cost is $30 plus fee. Students, military and seniors pay $25 plus fee. For more information, visit malashockdance.org.
LPES LOGO WEAR
Loma Portal Elementary School has brand new log wear just in time for summer. Items available include brand new neon trucker hats and for the first time, fitted baseball hats. Check them out on the school’s online logo wear shop. Orders can be sent home with your child or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit lomaportalshop.square.site.
Fiesta Island Dog Owners group is calling for supporters to submit comments by Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. to the California Coastal Commission, which will decide on June 10 whether or not to support FIDO’S preferred alternative for reconfiguration of the island, a popular off-leash area for dog owners.
The city's adopted Plan B which preserves the off-leash area open and intact. FIDO has worked for 15 years to get this through various committees, including the City Council by a unanimous vote. Unfortunately, the commission staff is recommending that the commissioners throw out Option B and instead approve Option A, which puts a road, fences, parking lots, etc. in the fenced area. Go to FIDOSD.org, which has a link to the Coastal Commission agenda page and instructions on how to leave your comments. There is also still time to mail in comments to: 7575 Metropolitan Drive 103, San Diego, CA 92108. Call 619-767-2370.
SEA LION PUPPING
June 1 marks the first day of pupping season in which many of the female sea lions in La Jolla will be giving birth and caring for their young. To ensure the safety of sea lions and humans alike, District 1 Councilmember Joe LaCava spoke to new signage and educational materials being created with partners to be displayed around Boomers Beach and La Jolla Cove this summer. LaCava was joined by representatives from the City’s Parks and Recreation division to further detail responsibly enjoying the area during this delicate natural process. LaCava represents City Council District 1, which includes the communities of Carmel Valley, Del Mar Heights, Del Mar Mesa, La Jolla, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, and University City.
PRIDE MONTH CELEBRATED
The San Diego Unified School District held its annual flag-raising ceremony of the Rainbow Pride and Trans Pride flags on June 1 at the Eugene Brucker Education flagpole at 4100 Normal St. in recognition of June as Pride Month. District representatives were joined by members of the Board of Education, students, educators, and special guest, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, to mark the occasion. The ceremony highlighted the district's ongoing commitment and education plan to promote safe and affirming school spaces for LGBTQIA+ students, families, and staff.
LICENSE TO LOVE
San Diego Humane Society is waiving all fees, including late fees, for dog licenses throughout June during its A License to Love campaign. Dog owners who live within San Diego Humane Society’s jurisdiction sdhumane.org/resources/animal-service-jurisdictions.html can receive a free one-year license if completing the process before July 1. The promo code FREELICENSE will be required. The amnesty offer applies to first-time licenses and renewals, and all late fees (if applicable) will be waived. Licensing can be completed online, in person or by mail with the promo code FREELICENSE. To complete the license process, or to access information and resources such as low-cost vaccine clinics and spay/neuter services, visit sdhumane.org/license.
SANDAG OPEN HOUSES
The San Diego Association of Governments, the region’s transportation planning agency, will be hosting a series of virtual public open houses and hearings throughout June and July to share information about the draft 2021 Regional Plan and ensure everyone has an opportunity to provide their comments. Below is a list of ways to submit comments as well as dates of upcoming virtual events. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be available.
Tuesday, June 15.
Wednesday, June 16.
Tuesday, June 22.
Thursday, June 24.
Tuesday, June 29.
Wednesday, June 30.
Friday, July 16, at the SANDAG Transportation Committee meeting.
Friday, July 23, at the SANDAG Board of Directors meeting.
You can submit your comments on the draft plan through July 30:
Phone: 619-699-1934, toll free 877-277-5736 and TTY 619-699-1904.
Mail: Attention 2021 Regional Plan, SANDAG, 401 B St., Suite 800, San Diego CA, 92101.
Friday, May 28
SPIRIT BARRE BACK
Spirit Barre, a new barre/pilates studio in Pacific Beach at 1559 Garnet Ave., opened on May 22 with a refurbished studio. Barre classes have been absent from PB since the two studios offering it closed during the pandemic. Spirit Barre is offering free classes through Friday, May 28. For more information, email email@example.com.
PENINSULA PROJECTS CITED
Two Point Loma entries are among 18 major construction projects honored with awards by the San Diego and Imperial counties chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).
They are: Nimitz Bridge at NTC Rehabilitation (Structures under $2 million) – Installation of two pedestrian curb ramps as well as new handrails, guard rails, and new light fixtures to ensure ADA compliant access at either end of the bridge; Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Phase II Trail and Revegetation (Environmental $2 million to $5 million) – Various improvements including trails, parking, benches, signs, ball field, pedestrian bridge and landscaping.
Winners of the 2021 San Diego Region Public Works Project of the Year Awards include 11 City parks, playgrounds and facilities; water and wastewater system upgrades; air operations facility construction; and seismic retrofit and rehabilitation projects. Another seven City projects received Honor Awards from the San Diego APWA. The contracted construction projects were overseen by the City’s Engineering and Capital Projects Department as part of its Capital Improvement Program.
MARUTA GARDNER PLAYGROUND HONORED
A Mission Bay coastal park is among 18 major construction projects honored with awards by the San Diego and Imperial counties chapter of the American Public Works Association. Honored was the Maruta Gardner Playground at Bonita Cove West (Parks $2 million to $5 million). The renovation of the park’s playground including ADA-compliant sidewalk upgrades, security lighting, and new comfort station and new picnic pavilion.
Winners of the 2021 San Diego Region Public Works Project of the Year Awards include 11 City parks, playgrounds and facilities; water and wastewater system upgrades; air operations facility construction; and seismic retrofit and rehabilitation projects. The APWA supports professionals in all aspects of public works and promotes improved practices in public works administration.
JOB TRAINING GRANT
The San Diego Workforce Partnership received a $310,000 grant from Together Toward Health, a program of the Public Health Institute, to fund a new behavioral health job training program. It is part of a statewide initiative to expand workforce development opportunities for Californians most impacted by COVID-19 and amplify outreach efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
Workforce Partnership’s newest paid training program is aimed at helping San Diegans launch meaningful careers in behavioral and mental healthcare. The grant is in place from now until Dec. 31. Funding from the grant will provide 120 hours of paid behavioral health and job readiness training, stipends, supportive services and childcare solutions to program participants. Workforce Partnership will prioritize the recruitment of women, refugees, youth, and Black and Latino community members for the paid behavioral health program. People interested in participating can share their interest and be notified when program applications open.
AIRBNB PARTY BAN
With travel coming back and COVID restrictions easing nationwide, the Airbnb industry has announced it will continue the party ban on its properties it issued in August 2020 indicating it would “remain in effect indefinitely until further notice.”
“Today Airbnb is announcing that this ban is being extended through at least the end of Summer 2021,” Airbnb said in a statement. “In addition to our party ban, our policies also mandate that hosts and guests adhere to local public health laws. San Diego County is maintaining clear guidance on COVID-19, including regarding indoor gatherings. In advance of Memorial Day weekend, we want to make clear that those violating Airbnb’s rules or San Diego’s public health rules risk suspensions or bans from our platform, and even potentially legal action.” Read more about Airbnb’s party ban extension here.
HOPE FOR VISION ZERO
Circulate San Diego released its report, “Hope for Vision Zero” this month, showing modest improvements to street safety in the City since committing to Vision Zero in 2015. However, traffic injuries and fatalities remain unacceptably high. Recently, a 30-year-old e-scooter rider was injured in Pacific Beach attempting to stop after the driver in front of him stopped, when he stepped off of the scooter and slipped and fell. The rider sustained a fracture to his left ankle and was transported to the hospital. For more information, visit circulatesd.org/visionzero.
ALLEGIANT AIR SEASONAL SERVICE
Allegiant Air began seasonal nonstop service from San Diego International Airport to Mesa, Ariz. via Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The airline will begin seasonal nonstop service to Kalispell, Mont. via Glacier Park International Airport and Pasco, Wash. via Tri-Cities Airport on May 28.
Flights to all three destinations will be offered until Aug.16. Beginning June 3, Allegiant Air will offer nonstop service to Bozeman, Mont. via Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport through Aug. 15. Beginning July 1, Allegiant Air will offer nonstop service to Des Moines, Iowa via Des Moines International Airport through Aug. 15. To view the latest schedules, fares, and flight times, visit allegiantair.com.
San Diego County Credit Union is holding a blood drive on Tuesday, June 1, at its Sports Arena branch at 3455 Sports Arena Blvd. Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has put an incredible strain on the blood supply in the community. There is currently an extremely low inventory of blood, hospital shelves are almost empty and this short supply is affecting thousands of patients. The community is encouraged to help – lives depend on it. For more information, visit sandiegobloodbank.org.
SEAWORLD KIDS’ WEEKEND
Kick-off the summer this Memorial Day weekend at SeaWorld’s Sesame Street Kids' Weekend. Elmo can’t wait to see everybody at a fun-filled weekend in Sesame Street Bay of Play. Join your favorite Sesame Street friends for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Memorial Day now until June 6. Sesame Street character-themed weekends, storytimes with furry friends, physically distanced dance parties, and more continue.
PADDLE FOR PEACE
The Surfrider Foundation of San Diego County is sponsoring an International Surf Day barbecue celebration on Saturday, June 19 at La Jolla Shores from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Special guests include professional longboarder Nique Miller and other surfers. Join them for a zero-waste vegetarian-style bbq.
Created this year by the San Diego Unified School District and The San Diego Foundation, Level Up SD, a Summer of Learning and Joy features in-person classroom instruction in the mornings at neighborhood schools with San Diego Unified teachers and summer activities offered by dozens of nonprofits in communities across the city. There is no cost to families for the classroom instruction or the activities, thanks to a $31 million commitment by the San Diego Unified Board of Education. To be eligible for #LevelUpSD, students must be enrolled in San Diego Unified for the 2021-2022 school year.
Summer school generally is offered to a select group of struggling students. Level Up SD is open to all K-12 students. This means thousands of kids from every corner of our community can now take advantage of academics and free activities beyond the classroom, like learning to kayak or learning to fly a drone, for the first time. Learn more at SDFoundation.org.
PB BIKEWAY OPEN
The Rose Creek Bikeway was officially opened recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The bikeway is a two-mile segment of the Coastal Rail Trail and a priority project as part of the Regional Bike Network Early Action Program, connecting University City to Mission Bay and Downtown San Diego.
People biking, walking, and rolling can now travel safely along the new multi-use path as it is completely separated from vehicle traffic and includes environmentally sensitive lighting for night rides. The Rose Creek Bikeway was constructed concurrently with the Mid-Coast extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley. Together, the Rose Creek Bikeway and Trolley extension will provide a Complete Corridor near I-5 giving people more options to travel between points north like Sorrento Valley, University City, and UC San Diego, and points south including Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, Mission Valley, and Downtown San Diego.
Set to open this summer in the 1920s-era cottage that last housed a branch of Brick & Bell in Pacific Beach, Palmys aims to be an all-day neighborhood espresso bar, bistro, market and community hangout space. Palmy's is the creation of longtime restaurateur Dillon Berkabile. Palmys will offer an all-day menu with healthy options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and eventually dinner. The eatery will have an espresso bar, organic smoothies and juices, and health-focused bowls, sandwiches, toasts and entrees for breakfast and lunch. Palmys aims to open in late June to early July at 976 Felspar St.
Thursday, May 27
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES GAS AND ELECTRIC FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS
The City Council voted on May 25 to approve the tentative gas and electric franchise agreements with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) secured by Mayor Todd Gloria and the City negotiating team. SDG&E has held exclusive franchises with the City to provide gas and electric service since 1920. The agreements allow the franchisee to use the public right-of-way to install and maintain the pipes, poles, wires and other infrastructure necessary to provide energy to San Diego’s residents and businesses.
In January, Gloria initiated a public-outreach effort to educate city residents about the franchise agreements and solicit opinions about San Diego’s energy future. The process included partnering the City Council to hold 13 virtual community forums, which hundreds of people attended, and an online survey that drew nearly 1,400 responses.
MEMORIAL DAY VACCINATIONS
Saint Brigid Parish at 4735 Cass St. is hosting vaccinations on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First and second doses available at no cost. Health insurance and appointments not required to be vaccinated. Appointments also available, if preferred. Number of no-appointment vaccinations limited per location. Parents or legal guardians must provide their consent for an eligible minor to receive the vaccine.
Consent must either be provided in-person by the parent/guardian at the vaccination site or a parent/guardian can provide their consent in advance by completing a consent form. Only the Pfizer vaccine may be provided to minors at this time. For information on scheduling a vaccination appointment, visit Coronavirus-SD.com or call 2-1-1, which is available 24-hours a day in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.
LA JOLLA LIBRARY OUTDOOR BOOK SALE
The Friends of the La Jolla Library will be holding an outdoor book sale on Saturday, June 5, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in front of the library at 7555 Draper Ave. Books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, and DVDs for all ages will be available starting at 25 cents (cash or credit/debit only). For a limited time, the Friends of the La Jolla Library will be accepting donations of gently used books, magazines, puzzles, and DVDs for future sales. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Friends of the La Jolla Library in support of the La Jolla Library.
The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Jacobs Family Campus offers beginner, intermediate, and youth pickleball clinics open to the community. Pickleball is growing in popularity. The sport – a mix of tennis, badminton, and ping pong – is an outdoor, socially distanced sport. Beginners can learn easily, and advanced players can enjoy the fast-paced, competitive game. To learn more about pickleball, visit usapickleball.org.
The JCC encourages players to bring their own pickleball paddle to the court. The level of intensity is a player’s preference and JCC offers different clinics based on experience: Beginner Clinics – overview of court and game, basic rules, scoring, proper grip and body placement, and groundstrokes; Intermediate Clinics – serve and return techniques, improve consistency, develop strategies, drop shots, and point play. Adult beginner clinic will take place Sunday, June 13 from 9:30-11 a.m., and the intermediate clinic will take place Sunday, June 27 from 9:30-11 a.m.
Instructors are advanced pickleball players, as well as experienced coaches and teachers. Beginner and intermediate clinics are $24 per session, or $20 for JCC members. For JCC members, only private, semi-private, and group clinics are available. For more information on pickleball clinics or pricing, visit www.lfjcc.org/qualcomm/tennis.
UC SAN DIEGO DEED RESTRICTIONS
The City Council voted 7- 1 recently to remove land use restrictions on a 43-acre portion of UC San Diego’s East Campus. With the City joining the U.S. Navy and the County in lifting deed restrictions across university properties, UC San Diego will now be able to use public-private partnerships to finance and complete East Campus development that serves one or more public purposes. As part of the Council action, UC San Diego will allocate certain tax revenues generated by the new uses to the City.
“UCSD is a regional partner,” said District 1 Councilmember Joe LaCava. “Providing the flexibility to fund projects through public private partnerships assures that the university will continue to deliver San Diegans education, health, and economic benefits.”
MBHS PETCO GRADUATION
The 2021 commencement for Mission Bay High School will be held at Petco Park at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 11. Each graduate can receive up to four guest e-tickets for immediate family members only. E-tickets cannot be used for non-family members. Guests will need to adhere to the health/safety guidelines provided by Petco Park, which includes limitations on items that can be brought in by guests. Students will need to arrive to Petco Park at 7 a.m. Guests may park at any of the nearby parking lots or structures, including Tailgate Park, Padres Parkade, Premier Lot, and Bayfront Hilton garage.
Noting last year’s graduation was a drive-thru event, MBHS principal Ernest Remillard said San Diego Unified School District this year has “been focused on how we have classes graduating together. Our connections with the Padres and Petco Park came through and we’ll have as many classes as possible graduating together while social distancing.”
Remillard said the graduation stage will be at second base facing inwards so graduating students will be in the first section behind home plate. “We’ll have the Jumbotron going on with all the lights going and the banners suspended around the stadium. It will be really nice, and tailored for our kids.” The principal noted MBHS has 260 students graduating this year. “We’re anticipating five days a week, normal full days, this fall.”
MT. SOLEDAD MEMORIAL DAY
The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, and various memorials and museums, will honor Air Force Airman 1st Class William Pitsenbarger (Honor of Medal recipient), the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm, and the nation’s heroes through a live and virtual tribute event on May 31 from noon-1 p.m. and streamed at memorialdaylive.com.
This event will honor Pitsenbarger whose story was portrayed in the recent movie “The Last Full Measure,” which showcased his story in the Vietnam War including actions that led to him being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, saving a number of American soldiers in 1966. Attendees and speakers will include the film director, producer, and airmen who served with Pitsenbarger, and the Army soldiers that he saved.
“This is an unprecedented chance for us in person in San Diego, and those online, to hear the important story of Pitsenbarger and his sacrifice,” said Phil Kendro, vice president of the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Association’s board of trustees and executive producer of the event. “Every American has the ability to take a moment to reflect upon such persons, and they should.” The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is located at 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South and is open daily from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
GARNET BLOCK CAPTAIN PROGRAM
The Garnet Block Captain Program held a Save Garnet’s Trees day on Tuesday, May 25 to refresh stressed trees with water. Program chair Eve Anderson pointed out the 1400 and 1500 blocks (Gresham to Ingraham) had jacarandas “looking puny, with faint flowers and tiny leaves.”
Anderson added about 23 trees total in the program area needed care the form of water poured slowly on them with buckets, a practice, she said, which should be repeated every three weeks until it rains again in the fall. “We might need to schedule a ‘bucket brigade’ for the future,” Anderson said. The Garnet Block Captain Program is looking for volunteers, working roughly from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays. For questions or more information, email eandersonPB@gmail.com.
PB COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES SOLD
Tony Franco of the Franco Realty Group reports sales of several commercial properties in the 92109 ZIP Code. They include 1146 Garnet Ave. (two commercial units, one residential unit) for $1.6 million; 3746-48 Mission Blvd. (two commercial units, two residential units) for $2.5 million; 3449 Ocean Front Walk (six residential units, highest price per unit ever for a commercial building throughout all of San Diego County) for $7.45 million; 1261-69 Garnet Ave. (three retail units, largest retail sale in more than 24 months in 92109) for $5.3 million.
PET SUPPLIES NEEDED
FACE’s Community Outreach Program focuses on connecting under served pet owners with resources to veterinary care and pet supplies. This year, outreach is being expanded to significantly increase the amount of assistance provided to pets in need and their families through this program. They need help to achieve this goal: consider donating pet products for this program.
How you can help: Donate your new pet items, such as unused collars, leashes, blankets, unopened pet food, and other supplies; schedule a donation pickup or drop-off; provide a financial donation that will go directly to purchasing supplies. For more information, visit sdhumane.org.
NEW NONSTOP SERVICE TO JFK
Alaska Airlines has begun daily nonstop service from San Diego International Airport to New York via John F. Kennedy International Airport and seasonal nonstop service to Bozeman, Mont. via Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. “Alaska Airlines’ new flights to JFK will provide San Diegans yet another option to access the greater New York area,” said Kimberly Becker, president /CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “We are excited to add more service to Montana, a state that has an abundance of outdoor recreation and is home to several national parks.”
Alaska Airlines will offer nonstop service to Bozeman and Kalispell through Sept. 7. With these additions, Alaska Airlines now offers nonstop service to 32 destinations from San Diego, more than any other carrier at SAN. To view the latest schedules, fares, and flight times, visit alaskaair.com.
VETERANS HELPING VETERANS
Ahead of Memorial Day, Feeding San Diego will host a special free food distribution for veterans and military families that is also a day of service for residents of Veterans Village of San Diego. In partnership with the Veterans Village of San Diego, a “Veterans Helping Veterans” food distribution will be held on Thursday, May 27 from 10 a.m.-noon at Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., in a drive-through format.
At the distribution, residents of Veterans Village will volunteer to distribute food, including fresh produce, dry goods and a frozen meat protein, to San Diego’s military community. This event is the chance for veterans to extend their hands and hearts to provide the gift of food ahead of a holiday that honors and remembers fallen comrades. Military families and veterans can register to attend here.
PREPARE FOR WILDFIRES
Residents can help protect their homes and lives from disastrous wildfires by reducing the flammable brush and fuels materials from around their properties. Creating Defensible Space zones and removing cleared brush and dead tree limbs that provide fuel for wildfires can make all the difference between a prepared neighborhood and one more prone to wildfires. The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, in partnership with the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, has been awarded $3.5 million by the San Diego River Conservancy via Senate Bill 85 to immediately implement protective measures by homeowners and residents to reduce wildfires within wildland urban interface areas of the San Diego River watershed.
The Wildfire Early Action Program is allocating resources to implement fuel reduction projects by creating fire breaks, removing dead, diseased or dying trees, assisting elderly, disabled and low-income residents in establishing defensible space around their homes, and hosting workshops and fire preparedness training in preparation for the coming fire season. Contact the Fire Safe Council at 619-562-0096 for more information, questions, or application assistance.
SOHO PRESERVATION AWARDS
Save Our Heritage Organisation, San Diego's countywide preservation group, celebrates its 38th annual People In Preservation Awards, on Thursday, May 27, at 4 p.m, during National Preservation Month. At that time, find the free online awards ceremony atsohosandiego.org/pip2021/awards.htm.
This year's awards will honor 12 distinctive people and projects ranging across multiple historic preservation mediums, from building restorations and adaptive reuse to historic community traditions and important arts and cultural centers. They include the extensive restoration of a Mid-Century Modern coastal gem, the rehabilitation of a support building at the beloved Hotel del Coronado, and the recognition of a long-time writer, Carol Olten, especially known for her work in La Jolla.
You will be hard pressed to find another writer who has a better way with words for sharing San Diego and La Jolla history than La Jolla Historical Society historian Carol Olten. The breadth of topics she has written about include discussions of popular architectural styles and building types in La Jolla. She has also chronicled La Jolla landmarks, such as the Red Roost and Red Rest, the long-lost Green Dragon Colony, and the Marine Room restaurant. For more information about SOHO visit SOHOsandiego.org.
San Diego Humane Society’s veterinary team is urging owners of pet rabbits to have them vaccinated against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2, a contagious and fatal disease for rabbits. Because RHDV2 is extremely contagious and spreading fast in Southern California, San Diego Humane Society is also asking for the public’s help in quarantining rabbits who do not require immediate medical attention for 18 days, if at all possible, before bringing them to SDHS or rehome the rabbit on their own.
Rabbits who have been vaccinated one week to one year against RHDV2 before admission into the shelter do not need to be quarantined. Rabbits should be kept indoors and separate from other rabbits who may go outdoors or be exposed to wildlife, as well as separate from rabbits who do not live in the home. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture cdfa.ca.gov/AHFSS/Animal_Health/RHD.html, RHDV2 has been confirmed in domestic rabbits at 49 backyard properties in Southern California since July 2020. To date, six counties, including San Diego County, have detected the disease in wild cottontail rabbits and/or jackrabbits.
A coalition of six United States subsidiary companies have sponsored a COVID-19 mobile clinic to vaccinate 10,000 maquiladora workers employed in Baja California, Mexico. “We started, six to eight months ago, talking to the private sector on how to help our people with their health and the economy of our state. We have to accelerate the pace of recovery from this pandemic because our health and our economy are hurting,” said Luis Lutteroth, president of Consejo de Desarrollo de Tijuana, speaking on behalf of Cámara Nacional de la Industria de la Transformación Tijuana and the participating companies: Poly, Compañía Embotelladora Del Fuerte-Coca Cola, Jacuzzi, Flex, Call Center Services International-CCSI and Sempra-IEnova.
Approximately 1,500 workers, recruited by their employers, will be vaccinated daily over seven non-consecutive days at a temporary UC San Diego Health mobile clinic in San Ysidro. The companies are covering operating and vaccine costs. Because of the complex logistics required to vaccinate 10,000 people, the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine was selected for this clinic. Visit health.ucsd.edu or sandiegocounty.gov to find the nearest vaccine clinic.
SANDAG REGIONAL PLAN
The draft 2021 Regional Plan is now available. Join the SANDAG Board of Directors meeting Friday, May 28, at 9 a.m. for an overview of key milestones that led to the development of the draft 2021 Regional Plan, which will be available for public comment May 28-July 30. The draft 2021 Regional Plan is the result of years of planning, data analysis, and community engagement to re-imagine the San Diego region with a transformative transportation system, a sustainable pattern of growth and development, and innovative demand and management strategies.
Nova Easy Kombucha in Ocean Beach is gearing up for summer with the rollout of their new Sexy Mojito hard kombucha. Infused with bright flavors indicative of the popular Cuban libation, Sexy Mojito showcases an effervescent blend of mint, Tahitian lime, lemongrass and agave syrup, all while touting probiotics for your gut and clocking in at 8% ABV per 12-oz. can. Folks can get their hands on a can of this at select retailers, online and at Nova’s Ocean Beach taproom at 4845 Newport Ave.
SD LOYAL HOME OPENER
San Diego Loyal Soccer Club (SD Loyal) is prepared to take on Las Vegas Lights FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29 for its home opener of the 2021 USL regular season. San Diego’s men’s professional soccer team will have fans in the stands (season ticket members and partners only) for the first time since its last inaugural match against the same club on March 7, 2020 prior to the pandemic.
San Diego Loyal SC announced that single match tickets for their 2021 season are now on sale to the general public. Fans can purchase tickets and return to Torero Stadium for the first time since its 2020 inaugural match for all matches beginning on June 19. For more information, visit sdloyal.com.
Monday, May 24
IV HYDRATION BAR AT LIBERTY STATION
Eden IV hydration therapy will open doors in Liberty Station’s Quarter District at 2445 Truxtun Road, Suite 100 in June 1. Founded by local business partners Dr. Larry Lyle and Kemble Ng, the IV hydration bar offers treatments combining luxury service with quality products. The menu of services spans the entire wellness gamut, with infusions intended for everything from chronic illnesses to glowing skin.
A graduate of osteopathic medical school, Lyle is a respected medical professional with more than 30 years of experience. He has done pivotal work in Washington, D.C. and San Diego treating people living with HIV. Since retiring from the active practice of medicine in 2011, he remains active within medical communities and has served as a community advisor for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group advising the development and implementation of HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis clinical trials.
VIETNAM VET BOOK
Local author Bruce A. Bastien draws back the curtain on that era’s high-conflict period to share his experience as a young Marine – both the common notions of war and the mundane, daily life experiences that shaped his 13-month tour of duty. His novel, “13 Months,” sweeps readers up on a coming-of-age journey through a U.S. Marine Corps grunt’s daily struggles, battles, and funny moments as he navigates a new and sometimes unforgiving environment. Bastien’s book shares with readers the range of emotions and physical discomfort he experienced during his service, from unmitigated terror to utter boredom, hot and dry to wet and cold, rested and ready to frazzled and wired. “13 Months: In the Bush, In Vietnam, In 1968” is available through iUniverse, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.
POP-UP PUPPY PICNIC
Founded by influencer-and-entrepreneur Ciera Chang, Puppy Picnic Co. is the latest vendor to tap into the booming pop-up picnic trend. The business at 850 Womble Road, Suite 100, launched Mother’s Day weekend. Having signed on as Liberty Station’s exclusive picnic partner, Puppy Picnic Co. offers a variety of dog-approved experiences – think “yappetizers,” “barkuterie boxes” and (non-alcoholic) dog beer and wine. Meanwhile, guests can choose their picnic fare from Liberty Station’s lineup of gourmet eateries or opt to pack their own meal. The stylized picnics include chic tablespaces, cozy throws, bohemian décor, and even a vintage 1970 Volkswagen bus with a retrofitted photo booth.
Operating its event services out of a unit in Liberty Station’s South Promenade, Puppy Picnic Co. also doubles as a retail boutique. The pop-up shop, which is currently open by appointment only, totes a variety of doggie treats and toys, trendy picnic supplies, tote bags, home décor and more, with 10% of merchandise sales donated to a local animal shelter.
JEWISH LECTURE SERIES
Jews, Race and Racism: A four-part lecture series" will be held Wednesdays through June 16 from 10-11 a.m. Engage in this virtual four-part lecture series that covers the most important historical moments for American Jews and questions of race. For more information, visit Lawrence Family JCC (lfjcc.org).
NONSTOP SERVICE TO HAWAII
Southwest Airlines has announced it will expand service to Hawaii from San Diego International Airport (SAN) by adding nonstop service to three Hawaiian cities and expanding their Honolulu service from one flight daily to two flights daily beginning June 6.
SD BUSINESS HUB
In partnership with local tech company GoSite, San Diego Regional EDC has launched the San Diego Business Hub, which in its first phase will offer up to 100 small, service-based businesses a full suite of digital tools at no cost. Made possible by grants from The San Diego Foundation and Union Bank, SDbizhub.com is accepting applications from businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic — women, minorities, veterans and other economically under-resourced groups. FAQ and applications are available at SDbizhub.com, and will remain open until the cohort is full.
Mainly Mozart today has announces its 2021 All-Star Orchestra Festival at the Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park from June 11-19. This event welcomes the return of in-person, socially distanced, assigned seating in an outdoor venue. With five concerts featuring members of prestigious orchestras, this festival presents well-known works, ranging from Mozart to Beethoven to J. Haydn to name a few. For information on the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra Festival or to purchase tickets, visit mainlymozart.org.
VIRTUAL POETRY READINGS
The second round of SDPA 2020-21 virtual anthology readings will take place Friday, June 11 and Friday, June 18. Both of these Zoom readings will run from 6-8 p.m. Poets can choose to read at one or both events. Preference will be given to any poets who didn’t get a chance to read during the Point Loma Library virtual reading in April. Any 2020-21 anthology poets reading for the first time this year will also be given first crack at the mic.
Returning poets are encouraged to sign up and can choose to read a new poem or the same poem from the anthology. New poets–who aren’t in the anthology this year but are interested in publishing with us–are also welcome to sign up to be seen and heard and supported by our community. Sign up here: SDPA Signup
Friday, May 13
OB PIER COMMITTEE
A committee is being formed to explore the future of OB Pier, the longest concrete pier on the West Coast. The pier is suffering from old age and wave/saltwater abuse. The City of San Diego completed a recent study and has three ideas for solutions. Volunteers are being sought to serve on a committee to make recommendations and work toward a solution. If you have expertise in construction, architecture, marine environment, finance, marketing or grantwriting, OB needs you. Send an email to Denny Knox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIDO ON FIESTA
Fiesta Island Dog Owners is asking supporters to join them in lobbying the California Coastal Commission to back the City’s plan preserving Fiesta Island’s off-leash area. That plan, which FIDO has worked for 15 years on, would leave the off-leash area intact with no roads or fences bisecting it. The Fiesta Island issue is expected to be on the Coastal Commission’s June agenda, meaning public comments will open in late May. The public will only have an eight-day window in which to submit comments. FIDO is asking supporters to submit personal stories about why it's important to keep the off-leash area intact, focusing on the benefits to people and not just dogs. For more information visit, FIDOSD.org.
The Loma Portal Yearbook can still be purchased online until Friday, May 28. Send any questions to email@example.com. Inviting all incoming TK and kinder students (fall 2021) to join for the annual Day As a Dolphin event on Friday, May 21 from 9-10:30 a.m. RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Maritime Museum of San Diego invites San Diegans and regional visitors to celebrate Fourth of July at the museum at at 1492 N. Harbor Drive. Plans call for a pre-fireworks kick-off at the event with a demonstration of historical gunnery to ignite the celebration, the largest collection of fully operational artillery west of the Mississippi. The museum has two options to choose from; social distancing dinner ashore or an evening bay cruise. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Each activity includes general admission to tour the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s historical vessels and open exhibits. Reservations can be made at sdmaritime.org.
CABRILLO UNDER THE STARS
After years of hosting fundraising Cabrillo Under the Stars at Cabrillo National Monument, the Cabrillo National Park Foundation will hold its first virtual fundraiser, Cabrillo For the Stars, on May 22 at 7 p.m. In a fun half-hour, you will discover all that the foundation does to support San Diego's only National Park by protecting the tide pools, promoting science education and environmental stewardship with our youth, and much more. There is also a silent auction that kicks-off Saturday, May 15 going through Sunday, May 22. The event is free to attend. Register and learn more at http://1cau.se/aSr
The American Red Cross urges all who are healthy to make this a summer full of life for patients by scheduling an appointment to give blood or platelets. As the nation transitions to a new, hopeful phase of this devastating pandemic and people begin to return to some of their favorite activities, the Red Cross is concerned about the impact this could have on blood donor turnout and the blood supply this summer. The need for lifesaving blood transfusions never takes a break. It’s critical to have blood ready to go when every second counts.
Individuals of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now to give blood, and in most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
PB REC CENTER MURAL
The Pacific Beach Recreation Center has served the beach community for more than 65 years and is in need of improvements. The PB Town Council is working with San Diego artist Rob Tobin to install mosaic murals, part of an overall project to update the space inside and out. Donated surfboards will be used to create a flower mosaic on the north wall and a sunset on the south wall. People can help by being a sponsor, donating a used surfboard, helping prepare the artwork for installation and sharing news about the project. Get more details at pbtowncouncil.org.
DANCE IS IN THE AIR FESTIVAL
San Diego Dance Theater’s new artistic director Terry Wilson announces “Other Times, Other Places.” This weekend of performances are May 21-23 and will be on the outdoor stage at Arts District Liberty Station's South Promenade. It is part of a greater collaboration with Malashock Dance, and San Diego Ballet, for the Dance is in the Air Festival, which will take place on an outside stage in the South Promenade of Liberty Station in May and June. Performance times will take place Friday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at sandiegodancetheater.org/performances/rep-show.
LJ BUDGET TOWN HALLS
District 1 City Councilmember Joe LaCava said his office has received hundreds of calls and emails regarding city services, attended community meetings and webinars, and met with constituents and stakeholders leading up to the City’s annual budget deliberations which have begun. “I invite you to share your neighborhood budget priorities in (virtual) person and attend one of our two upcoming District 1 Budget Town Halls featuring independent budget analyst Andrea Tevlin,” said LaCava. Register for May 15 at bit.ly/D1BUDGETMAY15.
SUNNIE’S OCEAN FRIENDLY TO-GO
The growing mountain of take-out waste grew a little less last week as the first San Diego restaurant began implementing “Ocean Friendly To-Go.” Sunnie’s Ocean Beach Mexican Cuisine & Coffee at 4723 Point Loma Ave. is ready for you to place your to-go orders sans the disposable container waste. All you have to say is “Ocean Friendly To-Go” when you place your order and your order will come out on reusable dinnerware. From there, you can pack it up in your own containers at their designated and sanitized “Ocean Friendly To-Go” station and be on your way. Nothing complicated about it. For more information, visit sandiego.surfrider.org/sunnies-offers-ocean-friendly-to-go/.
LA JOLLA LUNCH BRUNCH
La Jolla Community Center is holding a Lunch Brunch on Monday, May 24 at 11 a.m. for members and guests at the Plaza courtyard on the corner of Herschel and Torrey Pines Road. There will be cuisine from three restaurants – Marketplace Grille, Himitsu Japanese Bistro, and Karina's Cantina Mexican Restaurant. Each individual will order and pay for their own lunch. RSVP by email at email@example.com or call at 858-459-0831.
LA JOLLA COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAM
Hiking San Diego: Tips and trails for all ages. Join Scott Turner, co-author of “Afoot and Afield San Diego County,” and Stefanie Maio, Sierra Club San Diego Chapter Outings leader-trainer for a presentation on San Diego’s beautiful hiking Wednesday, May 26, 10-11 a.m. This virtual presentation looks at some of the best hikes in San Diego suitable for all ages while breaking down how to determine whether a trail is right for you. Maio and Turner will reveal some of the best local trails with a few further afield while touching on strategies to get the best of the San Diego hiking experience. Register at ljcommunitycenter.org/wc.
Turner is a local hiking guide author, photographer, and therapist. Turner has written four additional books covering some of the most beautiful national parks in the American West, including “Hike the Parks: Joshua Tree National Park”; “Hike the Parks: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park”; “Hike the Parks: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks”; as well as the soon-to-be-released “Day Hiking Yosemite National Park,” due out on Oct. 1.
Maio has been active with the Wilderness Basics Course since 2007 as a participant and later chair of the organization that teaches people how to hike, camp and backpack safely. She is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys inspiring others to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. Her favorite places to hike usually involve water and/or slot canyons.
MISSION FED NEW VP
Mission Fed Credit Union has appointed Amy Goodrich as VP, director of contact center operations and strategy. In this new role for the organization, Goodrich is responsible for the needs of Mission Fed’s San Diego-based call center and the remote engagement services the credit union provides its members. Members rely on the contact center for new accounts and loans, a wide range of financial transactions and inquiries, and assistance with online and mobile banking services. The contact center receives over 2,000 calls per day, in addition to assisting members via email and chat.
ARMED FORCES DAY
Pay tribute to the men and women who have served (or are serving) in the U.S. military on Saturday, May 15 by participating in a fundraising barbecue from 1-5 p.m. at VFW Post 5985 at 853 Turquoise St. Cost is $10 per plate, which includes hamburger, cheeseburger or hot dog (choice of one), sides and dessert. Affordable libations will be available for purchase at the canteen. Socially distant indoor and outdoor seating will be available. Food can be ordered to go. Face masks are required. All proceeds will benefit VFW Post 5985.
New paintings titled “Resurgence” by Rex Yuasa will be on exhibit May 22 to June 26 at R.B. Stevenson Gallery at 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 101. An opening reception for the artist will be Saturday, May 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. This exhibition will be the third show for the artist at the gallery. Visitors will be required to wear face masks and social distance while in the gallery. For more information, call 858-459-3917 or visit rbstevensongallery.com.
Saint Brigid Catholic Parish at 4735 Cass St. in Pacific Beach has applied to be a walk-up, no-appointment-needed COVID vaccination clinic site. The County Health Department is working on getting final approvals for that effort, and more will be known after a scheduled onsite visit to the church by the health department on May 19.
LA JOLLA SYMPHONY AND CHORUS
The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus has re-imagined its 2020-2021 season combining some favorite things: lively conversation, fascinating ideas and extraordinary music. In this six-part monthly series, LJS&C is preparing a menu of musical encounters featuring interviews, solo and small ensemble performances and selected pre-recorded works from the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus archives.
On May 14, LJS&C will release a new program titled “A Meeting in Time." In this next virtual event, selections of Bach’s Cantata #106 will be arranged and performed. Visit lajollasymphony.com.
PB LIBRARY VACCINATIONS
The County of San Diego is providing free COVID vaccinations in the PB Library’s north (Thomas Avenue) parking lot Thursday, May 27, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Drop-ins welcome, or you can make an advance appointment at coronavirus-sd.com.
FOOD DELIVERY APPS
Assembly Bill 286 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to require companies like DoorDash, UberEats, and GrubHub to provide an itemized cost breakdown of each transaction to both customers and restaurants passed the Assembly with bipartisan support on a 55 to 8 vote. "Small mom and pop restaurants and their customers have a right to know when they’re charged hidden fees on delivery orders so they can make informed decisions,” Gonzalez said. “This bill ensures customers and business owners can understand what they're being charged, and delivery workers are actually receiving the full amount of their tips.”
AUTO BUYING WEBINAR
San Diego County Credit Union will present a free auto buying webinar on Wednesday, May 19 from noon-1 p.m. During the webinar, SDCCU auto professionals will walk attendees through the car buying process discussing topics including ways to shop and find your vehicle, pros and cons of a new vs. pre-owned vehicle, loan vs. lease and how to make the financing process smooth and convenient. This free webinar is open to the public, but virtual space is limited and reservations are required. To register or for details, visit sdccu.com/fww.
LJ BUDGET TOWN HALLS
District 1 City Councilmember Joe LaCava said his office has received hundreds of calls and emails regarding city services, attended community meetings and webinars, and met with constituents and stakeholders leading up to the City’s annual budget deliberations which have begun. “I invite you to share your neighborhood budget priorities in (virtual) person and attend one of our two upcoming District 1 Budget Town Halls featuring independent budget analyst Andrea Tevlin,” said LaCava. Register for May 15 at bit.ly/D1BUDGETMAY15.
Over the past month, SANDAG crews have continued construction of the Fourth and Fifth Avenue Bikeways in the City. Construction has been ongoing of raised concrete median islands, storm water drainage improvements, and upgraded curb ramps on Fourth Avenue between Walnut and Pennsylvania avenues and on Fifth Avenue between Walnut and Robinson avenues. Concrete was poured in raised concrete median islands on Fourth and Fifth avenues between Redwood Street and Robinson Avenue. Crews also installed soil materials in raised concrete median islands that will be landscaped before project completion.
BOATING SKILLS VIRTUAL TRAINER
San Diego West Marine at 1250 Rosecrans St. is one of nine select stores nationwide to offer a Boating Skills Virtual Trainer in-store simulator from America’s Boating Club starting this weekend of May 14 – May 16. The simulator allows boaters to practice essential boating exercises. Customers will need to register for a 30-minute time slot via this Eventbrite link. In addition to the simulators, West Marine will offer exclusive resources and tools both in-store and online throughout the month.
LITTLE CAKES KITCHEN PARTNERS WITH GELSON’S
Gelson’s in Pacific Beach has expanded its local partnership with the Vista-based bakery and two-time winner of Food Network's “Cupcake Wars” Little Cakes Kitchen by offering up its bakery space at 730 Turquoise St. Baked from scratch and using the finest ingredients, the bakery is now open and is serving up its famous eclectic cupcakes in addition to full-size cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies, and other baked goods. Family-owned and operated, Little Cakes Kitchen now operates four locations in San Diego including their flagship bakery in Vista, where they offer more than 100 rotating cupcake flavors, and Gelson’s three San Diego locations – Del Mar, Carlsbad and now Pacific Beach.
VIETNAM VET BOOK
Local author Bruce A. Bastien draws back the curtain on that era’s high-conflict period to share his experience as a young Marine – both the common notions of war and the mundane, daily life experiences that shaped his 13-month tour of duty. His novel, “13 Months,” sweeps readers up on a coming-of-age journey through a U.S. Marine Corps grunt’s daily struggles, battles, and funny moments as he navigates a new and sometimes unforgiving environment. Bastien’s book shares with readers the range of emotions and physical discomfort he experienced during his service, from unmitigated terror to utter boredom, hot and dry to wet and cold, rested and ready to frazzled and wired. “13 Months: In the Bush, In Vietnam, In 1968” is available through iUniverse, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.
The U.S. Small Business Administration will begin delivering economic relief from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, established by the American Rescue Plan and signed into law by President Joe Biden, to more than 16,000 approved applicants. This first round of funding represents over $2 billion of relief awarded since last Monday’s successful program launch. Restaurants and other food and beverage businesses across the nation will begin to see funds in bank accounts as early as Tuesday, May 11.
Under RRF, restaurants are eligible for funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue losses, capped at $10 million per business and $5 million per location. The SBA will continue to fund approved applications until all funds have been exhausted. SBA has prioritized a customer-centric approach to the delivery of economic aid, eliminating cumbersome application requirements, streamlining the application process, and by partnering with point-of-sale (POS) vendors to provide seamless ways to apply to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Apply through SBA-recognized POS vendors or directly via the SBA online application portal: https://restaurants.sba.gov.
CARLSBAD FLOWER FIELDS
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, is extending its season to May 16. The original last day of the season was May 9. Thanks to Mother Nature and her cooler spring weather she has extended blooming season. There are still approximately 14 acres currently of bloom. For more information, visit www.theflowerfields.com.
UC SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION
Hanna and Mark Gleiberman have given $12 million to UC San Diego Internationally recognized head and neck cancer center at UC San Diego Health now named after the couple. Hanna and Mark’s $12 million gift will support many areas within the Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center, including:
Supporting innovative clinical trials for head and neck cancer treatment;
Training the next generation of head and neck cancer experts by building and growing a fellowship program;
Investing in junior faculty by creating start-up and retention packages and funding pilot projects
Creating an endowed fund to provide seed support for research projects, equip physicians and physician-scientists with resources to develop life-changing tools and therapies, initiate clinical trials, pursue additional grant funds for head and neck cancer exploration and discovery, and provide matching funds to augment extramural grants;
Enhancing patient experience through patient-centered, caregiver supported programs and care navigation services;
Providing services not covered by health insurance to those who cannot afford them.
The City has a Climate Action Plan in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the ultimate goal of getting to a reduced- or zero-carbon economy.
Carbon neutrality seeks net zero carbon dioxide emission by balancing carbon dioxide emission with removal, working toward eliminating carbon dioxide emissions altogether.
Carbon dioxide-releasing processes are associated especially with transportation, but also with energy production, agriculture, and industrial processes. Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation account for about 28 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest contributor of U.S. GHG emissions.
Carbon neutrality can be achieved in two ways: Balancing carbon dioxide emissions with carbon offsets; and reducing carbon emissions to zero through changing energy sources, shifting towards the use of renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind, geothermal, solar, and nuclear power.
“Zero carbon means getting off fossil fuels entirely,” said Maleeka Marsden, co-director of policy for the Climate Action Campaign. “It’s important to secure a safe and livable future. An international panel on climate change has said we need to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by around 2045 (to counteract global warming).”
The San Diego-based Climate Action Campaign is working toward a zero carbon future and a San Diego Green New Deal to protect clean air and promote action to limit climate change.
Point Loma resident Jerry Lohla believes in global warming and is all in on reducing his carbon “footprint,” how much carbon his family produces through their daily activities.
“According to most scientists, the major contributor to global warming is CO2 emission from fossil-fuel vehicles,” said Lohla. “Moving away from gasoline-powered vehicles toward electric vehicles is in the best interest of the planet. Oil prices will continue to decline as we transition away from internal-combustion technology. Sell your Exxon, Mobil, and BP stock now.”
Added Lohla: “The State of Califonia and the City of San Diego are moving in the right direction. The federal government will move in the right direction now that we have a president who listens to scientists and understands science.”
Lohla has taken numerous steps personally to work toward achieving carbon neutrality.
“We installed a more energy-efficient furnace, thermostat, and attic ductwork in 2020,” he said. “We replaced the last of our single-pane windows with low-E energy-efficient windows. We try to minimize our vehicle trips by planning ‘multiple goal’ shopping trips, about once a week during the COVID pandemic. Our primary vehicle for short trips is a ‘Smart Car.’”
Living more sustainably carries over to areas of Lohla’s life outside his home.
“For my volunteer work on the USS Midway Museum, I bicycle to/from there along Harbor Drive when weather and daylight allow,” he said, adding technology is making it easier for people to minimize their carbon emissions.
“We capture virtually all precipitation off our roof with four 50-gallon and one 250-gallon water barrel,” Lohla said. “We’re fortunate to live in Point Loma, where we are able to keep our total monthly utility costs (electric water, sewer) to about $300.”
In 2015, the City Council approved San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for the City to cut half of all greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. The CAP’s strategies include 100 percent renewable electricity, water and energy efficiency, zero waste, and encouraging bicycling, walking, transit and land use.
The City has gone far in implementing its aggressive Climate Action Plan.
“The 2020 Climate Action Plan Annual Report demonstrates the advancements we have made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote equity, and encourage growth in clean-technology jobs,” said City spokesperson Alec Phillipp. “San Diego continued its trend of decreasing greenhouse-gas emissions each year, reaching a 25% decrease in 2019 from our 2010 baseline. We are building community partnerships, integrating equitable solutions in Citywide policies, and supporting a 20% increase in jobs that support climate action. We are also ensuring that we better monitor our energy consumption and reduce waste at City buildings.”
Added Phillipp: “We are also accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in the City fleet. These efforts are in addition to our commitment of having our City facilities use 100% clean energy through San Diego Community Power. This year we also introduced new policies, like Complete Communities, that will make walking, biking and taking public transit a more convenient choice while investing in our Communities of Concern. In alignment with this effort we plan to incentivize City employees, encouraging them to continue working remotely while considering the use of alternate methods of transportation.”
Other agencies in the City, like the Metropolitan Transit System operating bus and trolley lines, have followed suit in taking concrete steps to lower carbon emissions from its fleet making mass transit more environmentally sustainable.
On Oct. 19, 2017, the MTS board of directors unanimously approved a multi-year Zero Emissions Bus Pilot Program. The decision builds upon MTS’ strong track record of operating one of the cleanest public transit fleets in the nation.
On Sept. 17, 2020, the MTS board of directors approved the agency’s plan to get the bus fleet to all zero-emissions vehicles by 2040. The plan will fast-track the purchase of 17 vehicles over the next two years including the agency’s first 60-foot articulated electric buses.
Currently, the entire MTS fleet of 40- and 60-foot buses use compressed natural gas, which is one of the cleanest and most affordable fuels available. In addition, MTS also operates 130 zero-emission light rail (trolley) cars.
Moving toward carbon neutrality is a difficult task, but one that needs to get done, said Marsden of CAC.
“People are afraid of change and they’ve been using fossil fuels for a really long time,” she pointed out. “But we’ve found that the percentage of people who care about climate action is much higher than people think. We all have to learn to be vocal, and to inspire other people to be vocal.”
For more information on what MTS is doing to fight carbon emissions, visit sdmts.com/inside-mts-current-projects/zero-emissions-bus-pilot-program.
Since 2012, Shelter to Soldier founder and president Graham Bloem, his wife Kyrié, and friend Krys Holc have synergistically paired “specially trained rescue dogs to post 9/11 combat veterans working through post-traumatic stress and/or TBI (traumatic brain injury).”
To accomplish that mission, they have incredible support and fundraisers like this ‘Be the Light’ at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Guests including Tina and Bruce McCullough, and Mia Parks arrived to the festive sound of music by K. Emeline, tempting auction items, and mingling with hero soldiers and their very well-trained rescue dogs.
Dinner with a live auction presented big donations including dinner for 10 cooked by chef Brian Malarkey. Later, a poignant speech by soldier/engineer Christine Wonder. With her pup alongside, Christine revealed a determined drive to learn, and learn more that got her to the top of commanding a fleet of Apache helicopters.
The David C. Copley Foundation and Petco LOVE have been steadfast supporters, and this year COX was the lead sponsor with sponsor Griffin Funding taking a whopping four tables… Oorah!
Meanwhile, beachside by Scripps Pier, the Legends of Surfing Invitational benefiting the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego was held. Although modified per COVID safety, the event still raised a half million net! The numbers get better with approximately $10 million brought in since its founding 28 years ago by Sam Armstrong and John Otterson.
Among the support that’s been there from the start are Sam Iacobellis, Fred Borrelli, Jon Roseman the king of Cloudbreak in Fiji, Genentech, Tyler Callaway, and humbly me as volunteer photographer, media surfer, press, and table sponsor.
The winning team was Cymer, but frankly the community is the ultimate winner as major cancer research breakthroughs are being made by Dr. Scott Lippman and his team.
Till next time!
Margo Schwab is the owner and publisher of The Social Diary. She has produced TV segments, acted, and is currently filming a documentary “Wild for Versace,” which will include elements of her passions, animals and fashion. For event coverage inquiries, Margo can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.