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    Creek to Bay Cleanup to draw 6,000-plus helpers April 26
    Apr 23, 2014 | 2241 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Volunteers put a big dent in removing debris from beach, bay and inland locations during a previous Creek to Bay Cleanup. This year’s massive event takes place April 26. 	                          Photo by Don Balch
    Volunteers put a big dent in removing debris from beach, bay and inland locations during a previous Creek to Bay Cleanup. This year’s massive event takes place April 26. Photo by Don Balch
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    I Love A Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, is gearing up for its 12th installment on Saturday, April 26 to help restore the pristine nature of the region’s waterways and beaches. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon as part of the national Great American Cleanup, including cleanup sites in Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Mission Beach and Mission Bay. Thousands of volunteers will gather at more than 90 coastal and inland sites around San Diego County to help preserve the local environment by cleaning and beautifying these outdoor areas. Twelve years ago, ILACSD hosted its first Creek to Bay Cleanup with only 27 cleanup sites and 2,000 volunteers. The event has continued to grow and is now one of the biggest cleanup events of the year in San Diego County. In 2013, about 6,000 volunteers removed 100 tons of debris from their local communities during the three-hour event. The removal of trash is not the only focus of this annual event. Volunteers will also perform storm-drain stenciling, landscaping and graffiti removal. ILACSD hopes to engage thousands of San Diego residents to beautify and restore the local environment. “As I Love A Clean San Diego celebrates its 60th anniversary year, it is more important than ever that our events, such as the Creek to Bay Cleanup, work to build the next generation of environmental stewards,” said Pauline Martinson, executive director of I Love A Clean San Diego. “Through these cleanup efforts, volunteers young and old will be empowered to take action in preserving our local environment.”  The Creek to Bay Cleanup is one of a handful of community engagement projects coordinated by ILACSD each year. The organization has been mobilizing volunteers around beautification and pollution prevention projects since 1954. Combined, volunteers remove an astounding one million pounds of debris every two years. Cleanup sites will include beaches, bays, canyons, creek beds and urban areas throughout San Diego County from Oceanside to Tijuana, as well as Ocean Beach to Alpine. While beach and bay locations are always popular for participants, ILACSD organizers point out many other inland locations are in desperate need of help, too, because there is a strong emphasis on protecting inland communities and preventing marine pollution before it reaches local waterways. LOCAL CLEANUP SITES • Clairemont — Mount Etna Canyon; Tecolote Canyon • La Jolla — Windansea Beach; La Jolla Shores • Mission Bay — Crown Point Shores South (site full); Fiesta Island; Santa Clara Point; Ski Beach; South Shores • Mission Beach — Belmont Park • Ocean Beach — Dog Beach; Veterans’ Plaza • Pacific Beach — lower Rose Creek at Mission Bay High; Tourmaline Beach For a complete list of cleanup sites and to register to volunteer, visit www.CreektoBay.org. For more information and to volunteer or donate, visit www.cleansd.org, or call (619) 291-0103. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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    Celebrating all things Cajun at 4-day Gator by the Bay
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 23, 2014 | 247 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Cajun food, music and lifestyle will be on full display for four days during this year’s Gator by the Bay event at Spanish Landing Park from May 8 through May 11.                   Courtesy photo
    Cajun food, music and lifestyle will be on full display for four days during this year’s Gator by the Bay event at Spanish Landing Park from May 8 through May 11. Courtesy photo
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    Cajun food, music and lifestyle will be on full display for four days during this year’s Gator by the Bay event at Spanish Landing Park from May 8 through May 11.                   Courtesy photo
    Cajun food, music and lifestyle will be on full display for four days during this year’s Gator by the Bay event at Spanish Landing Park from May 8 through May 11. Courtesy photo
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    Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend Cajun style this year at Gator by the Bay event, the 13th annual Louisiana parade, music and food festival running from Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11 at Spanish Landing Park on North Harbor Drive across from the San Diego International Airport. The largest authentic Louisiana-themed festival west of the Mississippi features four days of live music on six stages. Guests will enjoy a zesty gumbo of music, food and joie de vivre with 85-plus entertaining performances and culinary delights, including 10,000 pounds of fresh live crawfish straight from the Louisiana Bayou. Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, the festival annually hosts more than 17,000 visitors of all ages and backgrounds. “This festival is the best way to experience the rich and exciting culture of Louisiana, aside from actually being there, of course,” said Al Gardner, president of The Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego. Since the first festival in 2001, which focused heavily on the Louisiana sound with Zydeco and Cajun bands, the festival’s lineup has grown to include a wide variety of musical genres with both local and visiting musicians. The Zydeco and Cajun artists hail from a noble legacy of American music, originating from the bayous of southwest Louisiana and the descendants of African and Caribbean immigrants. Blues acts include a wide range of blues styles from deep-rooted Delta and Chicago Blues to lively jump, jive and boogie-woogie offerings. Also on stage is a great sampling of regional and visiting bands performing gypsy jazz, salsa, western swing, rockabilly, bluegrass and traditional country. The food, served up in the French Quarter Food Court, features the authentic tastes of Louisiana with many vendors making the cross-country trip especially for the festival. Shoppers will delight in the carefully selected vendors participating in the crafts market that will feature art, handmade jewelry, sculptures, candles, mosaics, dancing shoes, outlandish hats, Mardi Gras-inspired festival clothing, exciting fashion accessories, musical artwork, puzzles and intriguing games. In partnership with Gator by the Bay, the Louisiana Office of Tourism is sponsoring a free sweepstakes drawing, open to all ticket holders, for a chance to win one of two trips for two to visit Louisiana — a New Orleans trip or a trip to the Bayou country of Lafayette and Lake Charles. For more information and a full entertainment schedule, visit  www.gatorbythebay.com.
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    Garden Walk set to woo lovers of Peninsula’s exquisite home beauty
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 23, 2014 | 235 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Participants take in the sights of Peninsula homes and gardens during a previous Point Loma Garden Walk, sponsored by the Dana Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital. 
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    Participants take in the sights of Peninsula homes and gardens during a previous Point Loma Garden Walk, sponsored by the Dana Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital. Courtesy photo
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    The 13th annual Point Loma Garden Walk will again showcase eight gorgeous Peninsula home gardens to raise money to support the Dana Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. The event will be held in Roseville, the oldest settled part of Point Loma, on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s walk spotlights the select home gardens — some with interior tours — and includes a popular Garden Boutique and Dana Diamond Tour, as well as featuring a private shuttle to the gardens with lunch in a home not on the regular tour.   “The Garden Walk is San Diego’s most beautiful way to support Rady Children’s Hospital,” said Pam Caldwell, chairwoman of Dana Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. “The tour features family-friendly gardens, traditional gardens, a lush and colorful succulent garden, homes that have maximized their bay and city views and homes whose gardens join seamlessly with the interior rooms,” she said. Proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital’s Craniofacial Department, which diagnoses and treats complex disorders of the face and skull that can be caused by birth defect, trauma or disease.   The nature of the facial disorders often requires long-term treatment. A multi-disciplinary team approach enables highly complex surgeries to be performed. Team members include surgeons, geneticists, ophthalmologists, orthodontists, pediatric dentists, speech pathologists, social services, psychologists and audiologists.  Proceeds from the Garden Walk will assist patients who require multiple interventions, team visits to help with feeding, social services, parent education and medical management. In the past, specialized plastic surgery and microsurgical instruments have also been funded. The homes and gardens on the Point Loma Garden Walk reflect how gardening has changed over the last 13 years.   “Gardens are no longer separate spaces but important living areas of the home,” said Caldwell. “Today’s gardeners have an amazing variety in plant selection and hardscapes are as important as plantings.” The annual garden tour draws local support from the Point Loma Optimist Club,  Point Loma Rotary Club, Girl Scout Troop  4081 and the Point Loma Artists Association, as well as local businesses who sell tickets and advertise in a map/brochure.    Baron’s Marketplace and Stumps provide complimentary water for garden walkers.   Roseville is named for its developer, San Diego pioneer Louis Rose, who bought the area in 1866, laid out streets and built a wharf and a hotel. Many Portugeuse fishermen and fishing boat owners settled in the area and it is still the focus of San Diego’s large Portuguese community. To purchase $25 garden tour tickets online, visit www.pointlomagarden-walk.com. Tickets can also be purchased at Ace Hardware-Liberty Station, Armstrong Center-West Morena, Cedros Garden Nursery in Solana Beach, Green Gardens Nursery in Pacific Beach, Mission Hills Nursery on Fort Stockton Drive, Pacific Sothey’s-Point Loma and at Walter Anderson’s Nursery in Point Loma. Exchange tickets for a garden map on the day of the event at 3449 Addison St. For more information, call (619) 224-6494.
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    OB Restaurant and Hospitality Week set to treat hungry guests
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    The OB Restaurant and Hospitality Week is set for April 28-May 4.
    The OB Restaurant and Hospitality Week is set for April 28-May 4.
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    More than 15 Ocean Beach restaurants will show off their chops at Ocean Beach’s second annual OB Restaurant & Hospitality Week, running from Monday, April 28 through Sunday, May 4. Restaurants will offer special menus and deals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. This year’s event has been expanded to include local lodging establishments. The OB Hotel, The Ocean Villa Inn, Elsbree House Bed and Breakfast and The Inn at Sunset Cliffs will host OB Restaurant & Hospitality Week’s open-house-style launch parties at each of their locations on Sunday, April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. Party guests will be able to take in the view, check out the rooms and enjoy some nosh from participating restaurants. Each open-house location will raffle off an “Enjoy Ocean Beach” gift basket, complete with hotel, dining and beauty-treatment gift certificates, among other goodies. “The Ocean Beach food scene keeps growing and expanding and bringing in more and more great dining establishments,” said event chairman Mike Zouroudis of Raglan Public House. “We’re excited to open up our doors and show everyone what the great food and hospitality of Ocean Beach is all about,” he said. PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS • Bobeau Kitchen & Bar, 4996 W. Pt. Loma Blvd., (619) 224-2884, www.cohnrestaurants.com/bobeaukitchenbar; • Chris’ Liquor & Deli, 2275 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., (619) 222-0518, www.chrisliquor.com; • Daybreak Island Grill, 2296 Bacon St., (619) 222-0406, www.Daybreak-IslandGrill.com; • Espresso Cucina, 1776 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., (619) 224-2227, www.-espressocucina.com; • Lighthouse Ice Cream, 5059 Newport Ave., #102, (619) 222-8600, www.facebook.com/lighthouseicecream; • Nati’s Mexican Restaurant, 1852 Bacon St., (619) 224-3369, www.natisrestaurant.com; • OB Noodle House, 2218 Cable St., (619) 450-6868, www.obnoodlehouse.com; • Ocean Beach Kabob, 4994 Newport Ave., (619) 222-9700, www.obkabob.com; • Olive Tree Marketplace, 4805 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., (619) 224-0443, www.olivetreemarket.com; • Pirates Cove Tiki Port, 4896 Voltaire St., (619) 213-3984, www.facebook.com/tikiport; • Pizza Port Brewing Co., 1956 Bacon St., (619) 224-4700, www.pizzaport.com; • Raglan Public House, 1851 Bacon St., (619) 794-2304, www.raglanpublichouse.com; • Sessions Public, 4204 Voltaire St., (619) 0756-7715, www.sessionspublic.com; • Shades Oceanfront Bistro, 5083 Santa Monica Ave. #1F, (619) 222-0501, www.shadesob.com; • South Beach Bar & Grill, 5059 Newport Ave. #104, (619) 226-4577, www.southbeachob.com; • Sundara Indian Cuisine, 1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., (619) 889-0639, www.sundaracuisine.com; • The Joint, 4902 Newport Ave., (619) 222-8272, www.thejointob.com; • Tiny’s Tavern, 4745 Voltaire St., (619) 523-1002, www.tinystavernsd.com; • To the Point, 4161 Voltaire St., (619) 226-6222, www.tothepoint-sandiego.com and; • Wonderland Ocean Pub, 5083 Santa Monica Ave., (619) 255-3358, www.wonderlandob.com.
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    Egg-citement builds for Easter festivities
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 16, 2014 | 15346 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    he Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at Belmont Park on Easter Sunday, April 20, during the second annual Easter egg hunt on the beach. He will take photos with children and their families.                          Courtesy photo Belmont Park
    he Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at Belmont Park on Easter Sunday, April 20, during the second annual Easter egg hunt on the beach. He will take photos with children and their families. Courtesy photo Belmont Park
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    Children race for coveted Easter eggs at last year’s Belmont Park Easter Egg Hunt at the Beach event. 			            Courtesy photo Belmont Park
    Children race for coveted Easter eggs at last year’s Belmont Park Easter Egg Hunt at the Beach event. Courtesy photo Belmont Park
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    Pacific Beach and Mission Beach residents will have a multitude of events and activities to look forward to during the Easter weekend celebration — including an Easter egg hunt at the beach and other community offerings. Among the more notable events is the second annual Easter egg hunt on the beach at Belmont Park, which returns by popular demand. Belmont Park will stage the egg hunt on the sand, as well as within the park itself. Organizers said there will be more prizes and fun this year. The Easter egg hunt is planned for Sunday, April 20, beginning at 9 a.m. Eggs will be filled with candy and vouchers for single rides, single attractions and other Belmont Park goodies. Up for grabs during each hunt will also be “golden eggs” that feature unlimited ride passes, free days at the park and one egg filled with one free birthday party. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be registered online prior to the hunt at www.belmontpark.com.easter. Because of the popularity of this hunt last year, the event will be broken up by age group to allow more available spots: • 9 a.m.: Up to 3 years old • 10 a.m.: 4-5 years old • 11 a.m.: 6-8 years old • Noon: 9-12 years old The hunt in the park begins at noon and will go until supplies last. This portion of the egg hunt is free to children. Guests will “hop” from store to store, collecting eggs from various stops in the park like The Coaster Museum, the arcade, various midway games, The Sweet Shoppe and Sun Diego. The Easter Bunny will be around for pictures from 2 to 4 p.m. to greet guests, and a Belmont Park photographer will be onsite to capture the memories. Belmont Park is located at 3146 Mission Blvd. For more information on the Easter egg hunt or Belmont Park in general, visit www.belmontpark.com/easter. PACIFIC BEACH EVENTS • The Pacific Beach Recreation Center will host an Easter egg hunt April 19 at 10 a.m. The rec center is located at 1405 Diamond St. For more information, call (858) 581-9927. • Christ Lutheran Church will host an Easter Sunrise Service at the beach at the foot of Law Street on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 6 a.m. This will be followed by an Easter egg hunt at 10:15 a.m. For more information, call (858) 483-2300, or visit www.christpb.org. • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will host an Easter Sunrise Service at at Santa Clara Point at 6 a.m. For more information, call (858) 272-6363, or visit stpaulspb.com. IN THE AREA • The Kiwanis Club of Point Loma will again present an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at the Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive in Point Loma, on Sunday, April 20 in the lower parking lot. This year’s service marks the 65th consecutive year the club has presented the service. Speakers this year include Capt. Scott Adams, commanding officer, Naval Base Point Loma; Gary Jander, immediate past governor, Kiwanis CalNevHa District; and Doug Beckham, past lieutenant governor, Kiwanis Division 21. Chaplain Jerome Hinson of the Third Fleet will conduct the service. The Navy Band Southwest will provide pre-service patriotic music, and the Naval Base Point Loma Color Guard will open the ceremony. Soloist Jojo Ito and accompanist Brent Johnson will be featured. National Park Service visitor and parking fees are not in effect for the Easter Sunrise Service. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served immediately following the services. For more information, visit www.kiwanispointloma.org.
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