During last Wednesday's Farmers Market in Ocean Beach the 'Bubble Man' was on the beach during the sunset. / Photo by Patty Sammuli
Disney on Ice at Valley View Casino Center
Enter the world of Disney magic Live on Ice with four of your favorite stories at Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment at Valley View Casino Center Jan. 26-28. See Lightning McQueen, Mater and the Disney-Pixar’s cars race across the ice. Dive into undersea fun with Ariel in “The Little Mermaid’s” kingdom. Experience the adventures of Buzz, Woody and the Disney-Pixar “Toy Story” gang as they race for home. Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s “Frozen” as they learn true love comes from within.
Get warmed up for the show at Mickey’s Dance-Along pre-show. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, Disney moments will come to life. For more information, visit valleyviewcasinocenter.com.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill tickets available
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill recently announced their “Soul2Soul: The World Tour 2017” that kicks off in New Orleans on April 7. The 65-city tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of the record-breaking “Soul2Soul II” tour, the highest-grossing country music tour of all time, and the first time Faith Hill has toured since 2007.
The tour plays Valley View Casino Center on July 23. Tickets are on sale at valleyviewcasinocenter.com.
"We have the best fans in the world, who have been with us through our entire journey and we are so excited to celebrate with them by going back on the road and showcasing an exciting new show,” said Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. “It’s always great when we get to work together and it’s been a while since we got to do that.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers in San Diego March 5
The Red Hot Chili Peppers recently announced the first three legs of their 2017 North American Tour, which includes a stop at Valley View Casino Center on March 5.
The band is touring in support of its 11th studio album, the worldwide No. 1 “The Getaway.” Tickets are on sale at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-929-7849 or at the Valley View Casino Center box office.
The Getaway Tour kicks off Jan. 5 in San Antonio, and will crisscross its way across North America.
“The Getaway” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Sales Chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release.
“The Getaway” marks the Grammy Award-winning band's seventh top 10 album and third No. 2 on the Top 200 Chart. The album debuted at No. 1 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, and New Zealand and at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and Germany. The Getaway was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich.
HomeStreet Bank opens branch in Point Loma
Most recently, Simas served as the vice president and regional banking manager at San Diego Trust/Pacific Premier Bank.
“We are excited to serve the families and businesses of Point Loma,” said CEO Mark Mason, who has close ties to the community. “Point Loma has a rich history supporting the U.S. Navy and the tuna fishing industry, and we look forward to supporting the community and the families that have made Point Loma an international attraction.”
Raymond Simas will manage the new branch. Simas comes to HomeStreet Bank with more than 35 years of experience at San Diego financial institutions. Most recently, Simas served as the vice president and regional banking manager at San Diego Trust/Pacific Premier Bank.
Maria Gorete Correia will serve as the customer service supervisor and comes to HomeStreet with 32 years of experience serving the financial needs of customers.
This branch is HomeStreet’s fifth location in the San Diego area.
OB Historical Society program
The Ocean Beach Historical Society program will take place 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Maggie Espinosa, traveler journalist and author, embarked on an 800-mile walk to visit California’s 21 missions from San Diego to Sonoma along the El Camino Real. What ensued was the journey of a lifetime to become the 11th person to complete this sojourn.
Espinosa is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and NATJA Silver and Bronze Award winner. She was also the San Diego Press Club president during 2013 & 2014. Espinosa is author of “Author of On a Mission” and “The Privileged Pooch.” More about Espinosa at travelwithmaggie.com.
Grants available for biking programs
SANDAG is offering $3,000 grants for programs or projects that encourage biking. Local government agencies, community-based and nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and business improvement districts, main street associations, or chambers of commerce are all eligible to apply for the grants. The SANDAG iCommute program will award up to $30,000 in GO by BIKE Mini-Grants in this funding cycle.
Examples of eligible activities include: community rides, bike scavenger hunts, or guided bike tours; bike commuting, maintenance, and safety classes; “Bike to Business” promotions in a neighborhood business district; local “Bike to Work” or “Bike to Campus” events; campaigns or contests that promote bike riding; and public events or rides that open city streets to people on bikes. Projects that focus on bike education, building support for biking, and promoting biking as an everyday transportation solution will be prioritized.
Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Jan. 20. Funds will be awarded by Feb. 17. Funded activities must take place between April 1 and June 15. Complete details on eligibility, reporting requirements, evaluation and selection criteria, timelines, and application procedures are available at 511sd.com/iCommute or call 511 and say “iCommute.”
Point Loma Garden Club
Point Loma Garden Club meets monthly on the second Wednesday. This month's meeting will take place 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal. The program will feature several experts on fermentation. Fermentation is an excellent way to preserve vegetables from your garden while also increasing their nutritional value. There will be fermentation kits for sale. www.plgc.org.
Capretz on NY Times top 10
The New York Times recently named Climate Action Campaign executive director Nicole Capretz as one of the top 10 Californians of the Year. NYT states: "The Climate Action Campaign founder is a force in environmental advocacy in San Diego."
Capretz is on the list with luminaries such as Elon Musk, Vin Scully, Gov. Jerry Brown and Senator Kamala Harris. Capretz is the founder and executive director of the Climate Action Campaign, known for her work crafting the City of San Diego's groundbreaking, legally binding 100 percent clean energy Climate Action Plan.
In addition to being named one of the top 10 Californians of the Year, Capretz was named:
- Voice of the Year 2016 for Climate Change by Voice of San Diego;
- Best People of San Diego 2016 - San Diego CityBeat;
- Bike Advocate of the Year, San Diego County Bike Coalition;
- Leadership Award, San Diego County Democratic Party;
- Finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2016 San Diego Woman of the Year and San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” awards.
Climate Action Campaign is a climate watchdog organization with the mission: “stop climate change and protect the quality of life.”
For more information, visit www.climateactioncampaign.org.
Daniels joins Coastkeeper board
San Diego Coastkeeper announces the addition of Marie Tahan Daniels to its board of directors. Daniels has been very involved in the San Diego community and has served as chair, committee member or board member for local organizations such as Kids Korps USA, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum and United Cerebral Palsy’s Beach & Country Guild.
In addition to her experience with local organizations, Daniels is president of Caelum Marketing, an agency specializing in public relations, digital marketing and events. She also runs an online media outlet Cur8eur.com, which highlights upcoming events, food and lifestyle from San Diego to Baja.
“Marie has a passion for engaging in her local community and making a difference,” says Board President Elizabeth Taylor. “Marie’s experience working with local organizations will be very valuable for what the board has in store for the new year.”
San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County. For more information on San Diego Coastkeeper and its staff, board members and work in San Diego County, please visit www.sdcoastkeeper.org.
OB attorney on board
Zachariah Rowland, resident of Ocean Beach and a senior attorney with the San Diego law firm Balestreri Potocki and Holmes, has been elected to the San Diego Defense Lawyers’ 2017 board of directors. Rowland’s practice encompasses all types of commercial, employment, personal injury, and construction-related litigation.
Balestreri Potocki and Holmes is a boutique law firm headquartered in San Diego. The firm provides representation to a diverse range of business clients with an emphasis in the legal advocacy and consultation of business owners and companies working in or related to the construction, transportation and hospitality industries. www.bph-law.com.
Paw It Forward
Buying your dog a festive doggie sweater or coat for the holidays? Throw two into the shopping basket or donate an old one to County Animal Services’ “Paw It Forward” campaign for pets of homeless people. Every year, Animal Services takes part in Project Homeless Connect, an event that offers a wide array of services to the local homeless population. Dozens of dogs, and even cats, show up with their homeless owners.
The Project Homeless Connect event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Golden Hall. For more information, contact Animal Services at 619-767-2675.
Sunroad Boat Show
San Diego Sunroad Boat Show is back at the Sunroad Resort Marina, 955 Harbor Island, Jan. 26-29 and will be expanding this year with the addition of more floating docks to moor several larger vessels. In addition to the tremendous boats, there will also be a plethora of marine vendors and electronics with the latest nautical products and services, boating seminars, free boat rides, as well as food and beverages – making a great time for all to enjoy a day on the San Diego Bay. For more information, visit www.bigbayboatshow.com.
The annual meeting of the United Portuguese S.E.S. Inc. known as the Contas will take place 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2818 Avenida de Portugal. All member and potential members are invited to attend.
Information on unsolved homicide
Authorities on Dec. 6 renewed their call for information that could lead them to whoever carjacked a 77-year-old man, then fatally struck him with his own pickup truck in a Pacific Beach alley 15 years ago.
Investigators believe Edward Wager was carjacked after he stopped his white Toyota pickup truck in an alley off Grand Avenue near Noyes Street shortly before 2 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2001. He was subsequently run over by his truck as the suspect sped off, according to San Diego police and Crime Stoppers.
Police found Wager's truck in the Encanto neighborhood in southeastern San Diego three days later, authorities said.
Anyone with information on the case was asked to call San Diego police at 619-531-2293. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contacting the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org.