Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
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Rainbow appears over Ocean Beach after last week's rain storms. / PHOTO BY JIM GRANT
Rainbow appears over Ocean Beach after last week's rain storms. / PHOTO BY JIM GRANT
Garden Club

Point Loma Garden Club meets monthly on the second Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon. The Feb. 8 meeting will feature a Valentine Floral Design Show. Dale Rekus, member of PLGC and president of the Flower Arrangers Guild of San Diego, will create several special Valentine-themed floral designs. The meeting is free. There will be tickets available for purchase, for an opportunity drawing of the creations.

Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic set for Feb. 4

Hodads' Burgers and AWOL Productions will present the second annual Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb 4. AWOL is a local brand inspired by surf, skate and moto. Established in 2002, AWOL stands for A Way of Life. The local surf competition is for all ages young and old in the community.

There will be longboard, shortboard and family divisions along with trophies, prizes and a raffle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ocean Beach Community Foundation. Advance registration is required at

Republican Women

The Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will take place 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. Program: Chaldean Christians and refugees in San Diego County. A no-host lunch follows. Guests welcome. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for additional information.

Native Plant Society

The SD Chapter of CA Native Plant Society will hold a community meeting 6:30 p.m. on Wednsday, Feb. 8 at OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave. To be discussed is a request for community input on the society's native plant garden at the north end of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

The meeting will be preceded by a social gathering from 6 to 6:30 p.m., during which snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 858-277-3233.

Ocean Beach Historical Society program

Ocean Beach Historical Society will hold a presentation on the “Point Loma” book written by Eric DuVall, Kitty McDaniel and authors from La Playa Trail Association 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.16 at Point Loma United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Point Loma is one of San Diego’s most historic neighborhoods. The newly-released book by Arcadia Publishing is packed full of lovely historical photos and information about the peninsula community.

Newly elected OBHS president DuVall and newly elected OBHS board member McDaniel, along with other collaborating authors from La Playa Trail Association, will present wonderful images and stories from the book. The Ocean Beach Historical Society program on this book will cover Ballast Point and La Playa, where the first Europeans stepped ashore in California, to the Theosophical Community Lomaland, on the crest of the Point. The book explores the community’s unique neighborhoods, people, businesses, public institutions, and military bases.

Nimitz Blvd. art selection

The Point Loma Association’s next project is a piece of public art to be placed on the Nimitz Boulevard median, just south of West Point Loma Boulevard. Several well-known artists have submitted proposals. Now, you can help make the selection. See the possibilities and cast your vote at one of these public presentations:

n Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m., in the Family Life Center at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd.

n Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., in the Dick Laub NTC Command Center at 2640 Historic Decatur Road at Liberty Station. For more information, visit

Hanna-Blentzas named to Rising Stars list

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez and Engel recently announced that Point Loma resident Catherine Hanna-Blentzas has been named to the 2017 Rising Stars list. Each year no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers are selected to this Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars.

Shareholder Hanna-Blentzas has been selected to the California Rising Stars for the first time in the areas of Insurance Coverage and Construction Litigation. Hanna-Blentzas’ construction law practice includes contract and performance disputes spanning both public works and private projects. She also represents policyholders in a variety of insurance coverage disputes primarily arising out of property damage in construction defect actions.

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.

Easter Sunrise Service

Easter is April 16 this year and the gates to Cabrillo National Monument will open at 6 a.m. with the non-denominational service beginning at 6:30 a.m. There is seating for approximately 700 attendees and the public is encouraged to arrive early. The Kiwanis Club of Point Loma will again present an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at the Cabrillo National Monument. The services will be held in the lower parking lot, giving those who attend a great early morning panoramic view of San Diego Harbor and the city behind it.

Club President, Matt Lemas points out that this year’s services will mark the 68th consecutive year that the Kiwanis Club of Point Loma has provided this community service for the people of San Diego. The speakers this year are Capt. Howard Warner, commanding officer, Naval Base Point Loma, Lonnie Folsom, Kiwanis Division 21, and Matt Lemas, president Point Loma Kiwanis Club.

City seeks storm damage data from residents

The City of San Diego is asking residents to participate in a survey to assess damage done by the recent storm that hit the area. The City is teaming up with the County of San Diego to assess damage to see if renters and homeowners may have access to federal emergency funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

If so, the information collected will help determine if the region is eligible to receive emergency SBA funding. Renters and homeowners may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars, or appliances damaged or destroyed in the storms. Homeowners may apply for up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence to its pre-disaster condition.

Visit to fill out an initial damage survey. The City will work with the County to determine if the region meets minimum damage estimates for federal support. If the region qualifies, you will be notified and given the opportunity to submit a formal application for SBA funding.

For additional information, contact the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

Celebrate San Diego Rally at Petco Park’s Park at the Park

Local sports teams, elected officials and community leaders are joining forces on the Celebrate San Diego Rally, to be held Saturday, Feb. 11 at Petco Park’s Park at the Park.

The free public celebration will feature special appearances by athletes and leaders who call San Diego home, including Padres Hall of Famers Trevor Hoffman and Randy Jones, Padres manager Andy Green, former Chargers Nick Hardwick and Rolf Benirschke, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Gulls head coach Dallas Eakins, and more.

The Celebrate San Diego Rally is a collaboration between the San Diego Padres, San Diego Gulls, San Diego Sockers, San Diego State Aztecs, University of San Diego Toreros, University of California San Diego Tritons and the City of San Diego, celebrating what it means to be part of America’s Finest City.

Gates to the Park at the Park (Gaslamp Gate on 7th Avenue at K Street and East Village Gate on 10th Avenue at K Street), where guests can enjoy family-friendly activities, will open at 10 a.m. Padres season ticket members will have access to a dedicated member line at each gate by showing their member card. Standard Petco Park event security measures, including walk-through metal detectors and bag checks will be in place for this event. Event activities will conclude at 3 p.m.

The event will feature live music, interactive games, a kids zone and photo booths. The Park at the Park whiffle ball field will be activated and the Padres Hall of Fame will be open during event hours. Guests 21 and older can enjoy a San Diego craft beer garden. A selection of Petco Park concessions stands will be open for food and drink purchases, while standard Petco Park policies will be in place for those who wish to bring in outside food.

The rally itself, which is also supported by local community colleges, will get under way at 1 p.m. Padres and Aztecs broadcaster Ted Leitner will serve as master of ceremonies. Speakers will include Hoffman, Green, Hardwick, and other local leaders. The SDSU Aztecs spirit squads, Sockers First Team Players, and local mascots including the Padres Swinging Friar, the Gulls’ Gulliver and Sunny the Socker will be on hand to engage the crowd.

Parking will be free of charge in Padres-controlled lots around the ballpark, including the Lexus Premier Lot and Tailgate Lot on Imperial Avenue, as well as the Padres Parkade on 10th Avenue at J Street. Parking is expected to fill up quickly. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and take public transportation.

Guests in attendance will receive a commemorative Celebrate San Diego hat compliments of Sycuan. Adult and youth hats will be available upon entry while supplies last.

The Padres will be offering those in attendance the opportunity to win a suite, with food and beverage included, for a game during the Padres Opening Series April 7-9. Guests may pre-register online at or register on-site at the rally to be entered for a chance to win a Padres suite. The winner will be announced following the rally. Event information can be found at

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