OB and Point Loma Briefs: Best winery in San Diego revealed, Boards Across Borders fundraiser and more
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Gianni Buonomo, voted the best San Diego Winery, continues to revel in its time in the spotlight.

The voting took place in the 2019 San Diego Magazine Reader’s Poll. It was just last August when this same boutique Ocean Beach winery was named Best Urban Winery in San Diego.

The main thing that sets Gianni Buonomo Vintners apart from the other local wineries is the source of their grapes. Owner and winemaker Keith Rolle, who studied Enology and Viticulture in Washington state, brings in grapes from the Pacific Northwest and vinifies them in his beach town winery.

Gianni Buonomo Vintners is San Diego’s only fully-functioning beach winery. Just steps from the Pacific surf in the heart of Ocean Beach, Gianni Buonomo sources super- premium grapes from both El Dorado County and Washington. Grapes are brought to the beach to vinify, barrel age, blend, bottle and serve in a line-up of truly exceptional, award-winning wines.

For more information visit www.GBVintners.com.
Olio is hosting its second Boards Across Borders fundraiser and donation drive on May 9 from 7:30-10 p.m. at Amplified Ale Works, 4150 Mission Blvd. The organization is raising money to head back down south and hook the kids down at Siempre Para Los Ninos up with some more gear and much-needed supplies. The event will include raffles, a benefit concert by Band of Gringos and a donation drive. The following items will be accepted:

  • Skateboards
  • Helmets
  • Art supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry soap
  • Snacks for school
  • General Cleaning Supplies
  • Linens
  • Tennis shoes
  • Kids underwear
Can’t make it? Contribute to the GoFundMe page by visiting gofundme.com/boardsacrossborders-w-siempre-para-los-ninos. Visit siemprekids.org for more information. 

Free Comic Book Day is an event on May 4 that encourages longtime fans and curious newcomers to visit their local “Mom and Pop”-style comic shops. A huge selection of free comic books from many publishers will be offered to store visitors throughout the day. The primary goal is to support local businesses, but a secondary goal is to encourage literacy among children, as the vast majority of free comics are kid-friendly.

IDW Publishing, the fourth largest publisher in the comic book industry, is based in San Diego at Liberty Station, and this year, two of our comic books – Star Wars Adventures and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  – will be some of the highest-profile comics available as free items at local comic shops.

Here are the Ocean Beach and Mission Bay
 comic shops participating:

  • Comickaze Comics, located at 2750 Historic Decatur, Suite 101. Contact: 619-363-0004
For more information, visit freecomicbookday.com.

Other upcoming events: 

Pet Adoption Day — Looking for your fur-ever friend? Then join Duck Dive in partnership with PAWS4thought Animal Rescue on May 22 at 6 p.m. Duck Dive will be transformed into a puppy playhouse! Paw-it-forward while enjoying cute furry friends, raffle prizes and drinks specials. Proceeds will be donated to PAWS4thought Animal Rescue. Visit paws4thoughtrescue.com for more information.
Gender-Bending Concert — Award-winning Bodhi Tree Concerts (the San Diego nonprofit that presents eclectic musical concerts that raise funds for local nonprofits) is hosting local tenor Enrique Toral in “Back to Broadway: The Songs I’ve Never Sung.” Held at the La Jolla Community Center on May 18 at 7 p.m., 100 percent of the proceeds from this concert will benefit The San Diego LGBT Community Center, one of the largest LGBT community centers in the nation that provides targeted programs and services to the full diversity of the San Diego LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, transgender and non-binary individuals, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those living with HIV. For information and tickets visit bodhitreeconcerts.org.
Public Cottage Chat — St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea's current Pastor, Karen Marohn, announced she would be retiring later this year. The congregation is hosting a Public Cottage Chat on May 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Light fare and drinks will be provided. For more information, visit stpetersbythesea.org
Wine Tasting Fundraiser — Don’t miss out on tasting over 70 different wines from dozens of wineries on Friday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. The event is being held in the Jensen’s San Diego office space, which is right across the street from Jensen’s Foods in the Loma Plaza building. The wines being tasted will be offered at a special one day only pricing. Proceeds will go to help Meals on Wheels San Diego County. Tickets are $25 per person and can be bought in-store or online at jensensfoods.com/winetasting

OB Blood Drive — The Ocean Beach Community is teaming up with the San Diego Blood Bank to host a blood drive on May 1 from 1:30-7 p.m. at 4840 Niagara St. Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. All donors must show picture identification. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, visit www.sandiegobloodbank.org or call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).

Senior Resources Seminar — Learn about the community services available for seniors in San Diego at this free one-hour class. The seminar is being held Monday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library in the Marla Haas Community Room at 3701 Voltaire St. San Diego, CA 92107. To register, and for more information on other free City of San Diego health and wellness classes, go to sharp.com/citywellness.
Beginning Vegetable Gardening — The Master Gardener Association of San Diego will be a 6-part series on May 18 from 2-3 p.m. at Ocean Beach Branch Library, 4801 Santa Monica Ave. Hosted by the Ocean Beach Seed Library, this program will teach attendees how to establish a garden in their own backyards. Beginners welcomed. Free and open to the public. Visit sandiego.librarymarket.com.

Saving Heirloom Seeds — On May 21 from 6-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Branch Library, 4801 Santa Monica Ave., Executive Director of the Mongol Tribe Nathan Lou will guide participants through a "Saving Heirloom Seeds" course and discuss the history of heirloom seeds and their conservation. You will learn what heirloom seeds are, why they are important, where to find them and which ones are easy to save. Also, participants will be able to check-out heirloom seed varieties of their own from the OB Seed Library. Visit sandiego.librarymarket.com.
Walk For Animals — On Saturday, May 4 at 7 a.m. at NTC Park at Liberty Station, San Diego Humane Society will host its annual Walk for Animals, an event that raises critical funding to give second chances to local homeless, injured, orphaned and abused animals. Festivities will include a pancake breakfast, a two-mile walk, doggie activities, an Adoption Alley and flying disc routines by the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children. Price will increase on the day of the event. Register at sdwalkforanimals.org.
The Fantasticks — Featuring Heather Armstrong, Sky Molina, Kaivan Ameen, Brian Evans, Tom Fitzpatrick, Richard Rivera, Ryan Nebreja, and Madeline Tamlove. Directed by Jerry Pilato with Musical Direction by Nina Gilbert. Held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. starting May 17 at the Point Loma Playhouse. Tickets are $25 for adults with discounts for seniors, military, students and groups. Visit pointlomaplayhouse.com for more information. 
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