Community briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
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Sunset over Mission Bay at Hospitality Point. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Sunset over Mission Bay at Hospitality Point. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Best Bloody Mary at the Beach contest

Mission Beach Realty is hosting its inaugural “Best Bloody Mary at the Beach” contest at Guava Beach Bar & Grill from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Bring your best Bloody Mary recipe to compete for prizes up to $500 in value. There will be live music and prizes all day with drink specials promoted by Ketel One Vodka.

A charity raffle will take place with items donated from Mission Beach businesses that include new surfboards and beach cruisers. All proceeds from the raffle are to benefit Johnny’s Big Push and the National MS Society. Visit for more details or to enter the Bloody Mary contest.

Polish Festival in Pacific Beach Oct. 7-9

Celebrate all things Polish Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church at 1735 Grand Ave. in Pacific Beach.  

The colorful Polish Festival is a tribute to Polish heritage, culture and cuisine. St. Maximilian was built in 1995 in Pacific Beach to serve the Polish community, a large number of whom who emigrated from their native land during the Solidarity labor-union movement of the 1990s. The church is named for St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar and World War II-era hero who voluntarily sacrificed himself in the place of a stranger at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Boomont Park opens

For the fifth consecutive year, Belmont Park transforms into a Halloween-themed beachfront amusement park to create a family-friendly fall festival featuring activities for monsters of all ages. Admission and parking are free.

Activities will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 p.m. to close plus Tuesday, Oct. 31. Boomont Park’s weekends include free trick-or-treating from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attractions include: Zombie Laser Tag where creatures will join you in this three-floor adventure, superhero Zip Line and Rock Wall and a pumpkin patch. For more information, visit

Haunted Aquarium

Meet some of the creeps of the deep and get hands-on with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego science at the eighteenth-annual Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash. Families are invited to dive into the spooky, slimy side of ocean science and enjoy a Halloween-themed evening of music, crafts, and close encounters with underwater creatures. Costumes are encouraged.

On Oct. 20 and 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., guests will experience eerie and unusual organisms from the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, see a super-sized squid dissection, and create their own seaweed slime to take home. Meet Scripps Oceanography scientists studying ocean creatures big and small and get an insider's look into what it takes to study different creatures of the deep. For more information, visit

Pacific Sotheby's Realty expands to PB

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced that it has joined forces with Re/Max Coastal Properties in Pacific Beach. The firm will now operate as Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and will broaden the company’s existing operations in the coastal community of Pacific Beach.

“Re/Max Coastal Properties has long been respected in the San Diego real estate community and we are excited to join forces with such an exceptional agency of experienced associates,” said Steve Games, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

Owned and operated by Greg and Shayne Flaherty, Re/Max Coastal Properties has provided professional real estate services along San Diego’s coastal communities since 1995. With the transition, Greg, who has been Broker of Record for Re/Max Coastal Properties, will now focus on his “true passion” of selling luxury real estate, and along with his wife, Shayne, who owns Penny Realty, Inc., Property Management and Vacation Rentals, will also focus on the continued growth of their business.

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