Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
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A woman takes in the sunset and high surf at Sunset Cliffs in June. / Photo by Thomas Melville
A woman takes in the sunset and high surf at Sunset Cliffs in June. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Call for entries for Beacon’s annual Amateur Photo Contest

Photos for the newspaper's ever-popular 25th annual Amateur Photo Contest must be taken in the Ocean Beach, Shelter Island, Point Loma, La Portal and Sports Arena/ Midway area by residents. 

They will be featured and voted on at the Peninsula Beacon's booth, No. 256, in the 4900 block of Newport Avenue, during 39th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair.

“Be sure to send in your best photo of the Peninsula area. There are some great prizes for the top three places, including some $100 gift certificates to great restaurants. The best part is your photo will be published in the newspaper,” said Mike Fahey, Beacon advertising rep.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 19. Photos submitted must have been taken between June 15, 2017 and June 15, 2018. Entries may be dropped off at 1621 Grand Ave. on the second floor, or mailed to: Peninsula Beacon, Attn: Photo Contest, 1621 Grand Ave., Suite C, San Diego, CA, 92109.

Fahey's always amazed at just how many people drop by the Beacon booth to say hello, check out the photos and select their favorite entries.

“The quality of photos for amateurs is really impresive,” Fahey said. “Be sure and come down and take a look and vote. We usually get more than 400 ballots.”

Benefit concert for Music At Dusk series

The San Diego Tremble Clefs will play a benefit concert for the Music At Dusk series at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3598 Talbot St. Tremble Clefs is a San Diego county chorus and a nationwide program for people with Parkinson’s. This group focuses on the therapeutic results of focal exercise, the joy of singing and community performances.

Republican Women monthly luncheon

The Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will take place at 10 a.m. June 20 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. The program will be Daniel Piedra speaking about SDUSD’s sex education program. A no host lunch will follow. Guests welcome. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for more information.

Religious opera at Point Loma church

“Noye’s Fludde’’ (‘‘Noah’s Flood’’), an opera about Noah’s Ark and the world-engulfing deluge it weathered, will be performed Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Point Loma’s All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd.

British composer Benjamin Britten’s opera centers on the 40-day Genesis Flood and God’s rescue of Noah, his family and the world’s animals. Britten wrote it in 1957 in an effort to bring together youth and adults for community music-making. Several Point Loma schoolchildren will participate. 

This opera is considered a masterpiece of its time and is rarely performed due to its large scope – the upcoming production will feature more than 70 musicians, including a full orchestra. Major portions of ‘‘Noye’s Fludde’’ were featured in the 2012 movie ‘‘Moonrise Kingdom.’’

This production is a collaboration between All Souls’ Episcopal Church, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church of Poway and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Newport Beach. For further information, contact [email protected] or call 760-715-7956. For tickets and reservations, contact [email protected] or 619-223-6394.

Abbot of Absurdity All Souls’ Episcopal Church

Linguist, educator and language maven, Richard Lederer, will present “An Evening of Language and Laughter,” spiced with faith-filled fun from the Bible, as a fund raising event at All Souls’ Episcopal Church at 1475 Catalina Blvd. at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22.

Dubbed the “Abbot of Absurdity” by the Boston Globe, “America’s Wittiest Verbalist” by the Book of the Month Club, and “the first name in popular linguistics” by the Denver Post, Lederer has been entertaining and educating audiences for almost three decades on the joys and weirdness of the English language.

“The money we raise through this event will support out current capital campaign to upgrade and modernize our campus, making it more welcoming to the community and discovering more ways to be in mission and ministry with our neighbors in Point Loma and Ocean Beach,” said The Rev. Joseph Dirbas, rector of All Souls.

Donate blood in OB

San Diego Blood Bank will be at the Rite Aid parking lot, 4840 Niagara St., 1:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives.

Donors must meet the following eligibility requirements: be 17 and older, at least 114 pounds, and in good health.

To schedule an appointment, visit call 619-469-7322.

OB book discussion

Kathy Blavatt, author of “Ocean Beach Where Land and Water Meet,” will speak about the book at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire St. Books will be available at a discount.

Fiesta Island dog park cleanup

The next Fiesta Island Dog Owners’ volunteer clean-up of the dog park will take place 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 10. To help clean-up, just show-up. Bring your own gloves if you prefer, and picker-uppers. Please be sure to sign-in at the welcome tables. All volunteers receive one raffle ticket and additional tickets are available for a $1 donation each.

Enter the annual Chili Cook-off contest

Prove your chili-making chops at this year's Ocean Beach Chili Cook-off and have loads of fun whole helping to support the OB fireworks show by entering the contest. It's $30 to enter, and contestants may win up to $300, not to mention epic bragging rights. There will be a restaurant division and an amateur division. Submit an application soon to make sure to reserve a spot. Visit for more information and an application.

Rescue House slates annual cats benefit

More than 25,000 lost or neglected animals receive second chances every year in San Diego County – and a regional cat-rescue venue has scheduled its annual fundraiser to retain its stake in the effort.

A Cause for Paws, the Rescue House’s 10th annual gala, will take place Saturday, June 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, 1441 Quivira Road. The evening includes a dinner buffet and silent and live auctions. Contact [email protected] with questions or donations. Ticket prices are $75 to $95, and all proceeds go directly to the care of homeless cats.  

The Rescue House is an Encinitas-based nonprofit no-kill volunteer organization dedicated to assisting unwanted, abandoned, homeless and abused socialized cats regardless of age and, often, handicap. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has rescued more than 13,000 cats and has found homes for more than 3,600 through its seven adoption centers in San Diego County. More information is available at or 760-591-1221.

Meals on Wheels Over the Rainbow Ball

Meals on Wheels San Diego County invites San Diegans to their “Over the Rainbow Ball” and ninth annual Chef Appetizer Challenge on Saturday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. The theme-driven bash is Meals on Wheels San Diego County’s largest annual fundraiser. This event will raise critical funds to support the independence and well-being of over 3,200 seniors in San Diego County. Last year’s fundraiser gala raised nearly $300,000 for San Diego homebound seniors.

The “Over the Rainbow Ball,” where guests dress in theme-matching attire, will take place at the Pavilion at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive. This event includes a full course meal, an open bar, and a fun filled night. Tickets are available at or call 619-278-4041.

Brats and Beer on the Bay

The Maritime Museum of San Diego plans Father’s Day fun Saturday, June 16 or Sunday, June 17, with a day full of sailing on San Diego Bay and beer. Guests will have the opportunity to sail aboard schooner Californian, official tall ship of California, San Salvador, a 1542 Spanish galleon replica or America, a replica of the first vessel to win the America’s Cup. 

Each adult receives a bratwurst sandwich, chips, and a cold beer prior to sailing. Hotdogs and soft drinks are available for the kids. The three-hour sailing trip will begin boarding at 11:30 a.m. and return to the Maritime Museum of San Diego at 3 p.m. Passengers have the option to join the lively crew and trim the sails or simply relax and enjoy the weekend sail on San Diego Bay. Tickets and vessel schedule available at or by calling 619-234-9153 ext. 106 for details.
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