News and community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
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Classic San Diego evening at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Classic San Diego evening at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
OB Historical Society presentation on activism

Ocean Beach Historical Society will present “OB Activism in My Activist Youth” by Robert Burns at Point Loma United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

“This presentation will address OB activism of which I was aware or in which I was involved in the 1970s and 1980s,” Burns said. “The focus is not on me but, rather, on that of which I was aware of sometimes with my involvement and sometimes only with my observation.”

Organizations and phenomena to be discussed encompass: Ocean Beach Planning Board, OB Free School, OB collectivism, OB rock ‘n’ roll bands, OB Tenants Union, Winchell’s opposition, Committee to Save Black’s Beach, CEAN, OB CRAB, OB People’s Food Store, Committee to Save Red House, Committee to Save Sunset Cliffs, and Friends of Famosa Slough.

Burns grew up in Ohio where Lake Erie died, the Cuyahoga River caught fire, forests were clear-cut, farms were strip-mined, and students were murdered at Kent State by the Ohio National Guard. After five months of ill living within the Big Ag plume in Imperial Valley, he moved to OB to go to law school, with a passion for organic produce.

Burns was involved in quite a few grassroots movements and causes, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. He became a lawyer in 1980 and for a while used the legal system as a vehicle for grassroots activism and change. Over time, marriage, children, music, and spiritualism competed for his time. 

Bay City Brewing to hold comedy show

Craft beer enthusiasts should prepare to laugh the night away on Aug. 11 as Bay City Brewing Co. hosts “40 oz. to Funny” – a comedy night featuring an array of hilarious acts. The joke-filled performances will take place in Suite C to launch the brewery’s new event space next door and set the stage for future fun.

Comedic acts, hosted by Tommy Lucero, will begin at 8 p.m. Other comedians include Rob Deez, Colin Dodge, Jimmie Dave Menezes, and Daniel Howard. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Peace & Humanity Day

San Diego-Wish is a local not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to educate both local and global communities about the importance of peace, partnership, and cross-cultural friendship. 

Their seventh annual “Peace & Humanity Day 2017” will take place on 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Yokohoma Friendship Bell on Shelter Island to celebrate the past 72 years of freedom from any use of nuclear weapons and the powerful friendship between the United States and Japan. The “Floating of Paper Lanterns” will take place 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at Coronado Community Pool, 1825 Strand Way, to wish for peace on earth.

Pinot and Ping Pong

The Wine Pub, 2907 Shelter Island Drive, invites all table tennis warriors in San Diego to grab their paddles and compete for the title of Pinot and Ping Pong champion – all for a good cause 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. Competitors will battle it out individually in a round-robin style tournament – sipping refreshing pinot in between plays. The winner of the afternoon tournament will choose a nonprofit organization to benefit from 20 percent of the proceeds from the afternoon. 

Solar Experience at Point Loma Library

The San Diego Solar Experience will be at the Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library, 3701 Voltaire St., from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The San Diego Solar Experience is an educational seminar series open to the public answering the pressing questions about going solar, utility rate changes and lifetime savings of going solar. The seminar is sponsored by Sullivan Solar Power in collaboration with local nonprofits Center for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Campaign.

More than 100,000 solar systems have been installed in the San Diego Gas & Electric territory, making the San Diego region a global leader in the adoption of rooftop solar.

Pups in Tuxes

Very Important Pooches (VIPs) of San Diego: it’s time to prepare for the go-to doggie event of the year at The Wine Pub, 2907 Shelter Island Drive, which raises funds for a local animal rescue nonprofit that works on both sides of the border. New this year, the stylish event includes a dress-up competition, complete with a panel of judges. 

On Sunday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., The Wine Pub will roll out the red carpet and “pup”arazzi will photograph dozens of San Diego’s socialite pups and their humans for the fourth annual Very Important Pooches. Four-legged friends in tuxes and dresses will enjoy an evening of pampering at The Pub, complete with bottle-bowl service and gourmet doggie treats, including dishes of chicken and wild rice, “pupsicles” and homemade, all-natural dog treats. 

No tickets are required for the VIP event – just a fancy dress code. Guests can enroll in the costume judging contest when they arrive. All guests will receive a goodie bag donated by Good Dog Pet Outfitters. To learn more, visit

OB photo contest

The Ocean Beach Town Council has started a "Share Your OB" photo contest. To enter just tag your best photos of OB with #shareyourOB and post on Instagram or Facebook. Winner receives bragging rights and is entered in a monthly drawing for some cool swag. Each Saturday, a new winner will be announced. So get out there and #shareyourOB.

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