Spring is in full force at the Robin Stribley Marsh Reserve next to Crown Point Park. / Photo by Thomas Melville
SALT MARSH INTERACTION DAY Students from Mission Bay High School are holding a Salt Marsh Interaction Day at the Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve, 2055 Pacific Beach Drive, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 6. Students and other volunteers plan to remove invasive species, plant native species, and beautify the marsh. There will also be kid-friendly events such as art projects and birdwatching. Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve is a 20-acre University of California Natural Reserve System reserve on the northern shore of Mission Bay. Administered by UC San Diego, the site is owned by the University of California and managed for teaching and research. SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC AT CROWN POINT The 46th annual San Diego Crew Classic will take place 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 6-7 at Crown Point Park. Come see the beautiful setting along the shoreline where people in attendance will get to experience the city view, sunshine, and have access to food trucks, and a diverse offering of craft beers, cider, and wine. Tickets are $15 plus a $2.50 fee for general admission for Saturday and Sunday, and can be bought on eventbrite.com. Youth are free, as well as those in the military. For more information on the event itself, check out classiccrew.org, or contact Luke Walton at email@example.com or at 619-225-0300. PACIFIC BEACH BUSINESS AWARDS PRESENTED Discover Pacific Beach held the 2019 Casino Night and Awards on March 28 aboard the William D Evans Sternwheeler. The night consisted of lively casino game action, a three-course meal by Bahia Hotel and an award ceremony celebrating outstanding businesses and volunteers. “The annual Casino Night and Awards is a great opportunity to celebrate the diverse business mix we have in PB,” said Sara Berns, Discover PB executive director. “It’s great to see business owners from restaurants, pet shops and realties all gather together and have a chance to connect as well as an opportunity for us to thank all of those that support Discover PB throughout the year.” The results: New Business Award – The Facility Dance Studio; Design and Improvement Award – Maverick’s Beach Club; Heart of PB Award – Crown Point Coffee; Community volunteer – Brian Dunlap, The Mad Beet; Community patron – Jacob Gelfand, Campland on the Bay; and Duran-Galliher Community Spirit – Debbie Conca, Mr. Frosties. BE PATIENT DURING SPRING BREAK IN PB Due to the different school systems and diversity of visitors, spring break iruns through March and April, said Sara Berns, executive director of Discover PB. “We encourage people to be patient and hospitable, of course, as we are a leading visitor site in San Diego. There are families who save for more than a year to take vacations, and with the world becoming more accessible, what used to be a given isn’t necessarily any more,” said Berns. “Many of our small businesses depend on the tourist season, and those are your neighbors and friends.” Continued Berns: “So if you find yourself behind someone driving a little too slow with Arizona plates, keep these things in mind before yelling ‘Go home zonie!’ Of course, as always, we want people to be safe and get out and enjoy what will hopefully be our renowned weather soon.” CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY ON TROLLEY TUNNEL Crews have begun work in preparation for construction of the Trolley underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive. To accommodate construction, lanes on La Jolla Colony Drive will be reconfigured to provide one lane in each direction. Construction is expected to be complete by late 2019. Some full weeknight and weekend closures may be required throughout construction, during which time, there will be no access to La Jolla Colony Drive from east of the Interstate 5 on- and off-ramps to Rosenda Court. One lane of northbound and southbound traffic will remain open on La Jolla Colony Drive, except during intermittent closures. Access to Rosenda Court and to Gilman Drive West will remain open, except during intermittent closures. Work will be scheduled Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. when weeknight closures are necessary. Detour routes and signage will be in place with those passing through urged to heed all traffic signs and use caution when traveling near the work area. Work activities will include drilling, road widening, excavation, removal of dirt and concrete construction. This work requires the use of heavy machinery and will generate noise. Crews will minimize impacts as much as possible. SANTA FE STREET PARKING REDUCTIONS NEXT MONTH Within the next month, crews will begin the permanent removal of parking on the west side of Santa Fe Street, between Karl Strauss Brewing Co. (5965 Santa Fe St.) and Coventry Cars of San Diego (5097 Santa Fe St.), in preparation for construction of the Rose Creek Bikeway. Portions of Santa Fe Street will be intermittently reduced to a single lane to accommodate construction. Access to businesses will be maintained. Construction will generally take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but night and weekend work may also be required. Work activities will include utility work, drainage improvement, street widening, and bikeway construction. Crews will minimize impacts as much as possible. During construction, access to all properties will be maintained. People passing through the area are urged to follow all posted traffic signage and traffic controls. NEW SEAWORLD ROLLER COASTER TO OPEN IN MAY The unique dueling roller coaster ride, Tidal Twister, featuring high-speed turns and upside-down twists is scheduled to open at SeaWorld on May 24. The first of its kind in the world, this unique ride is an exhilarating experience that demonstrates the power of the ocean. Accelerating to 30 mph, riders will twist and bank as if they are riding the tide along a tight figure-8 track that includes dynamic Zero-G roll at the center section. Two trains, holding 16 passengers each, load at opposite ends of the figure-8 and cross in the center with guests facing both forward and backward on the trains. SAFE FUNDRAISING PARTY AT KARL STRAUSS IN PB The San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies party will take place Thursday, April 18 at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room and Beer Garden in Pacific Beach from 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy beats from Z90's DJ INDO, craft beer, tacos, and games, raffle prizes and more. Can't make it to the party? You can still donate to help the cause by visiting safesandiego.org/donate. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. ANOTHER BETTER BUZZ COFFEE COMING TO PB Better Buzz is finally coming to La Jolla and another one is on the way for Pacific Beach. The growing coffee company recently announced that it is opening two new locations this spring. A coffee bar with a drive-thru window and a rooftop deck will open in May at 822 Grand Ave., and a new cafe with folding glass doors and a wrap-around patio will open in June in La Jolla at 909 Prospect St. The La Jolla location will feature a menu similar to the Better Buzz location in Hillcrest. The company currently also operates locations in Mission Beach, Point Loma, Fashion Valley, Encinitas, and San Marcos. For more information, visit betterbuzzcoffee.com. OCEANA COASTAL KITCHEN KICKING OFF RUM SOCIAL SERIES Using their Rum Social “passport," guests may receive one signature Catamaran rum cocktail and a Catamaran rum tasting guided by one of Malahat’s founders, Ken Lee. The cocktail and tasting at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, will be paired with views of Mission Bay while the sun sets, live music and passed appetizers. The signature cocktails include: Cat Collins with Catamaran rum, soda, lemon, simple syrup, on the rocks and garnished with a lemon and cherry; Cat Dark & Stormy with Catamaran rum, ginger beer, on the rocks and garnished with a lime; and Cat & Cola with Catamaran rum, Pepsi, on the rocks and garnished with a lime. Tickets are $35 per person, plus tax and ticketing fee. Visit catamaranresort.com. BEACH AND BAY HALF MARATHON The Beach and Bay Half Marathon, 5K and 10K will take place 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, starting at Tecolote Shores Park, 1292 East Mission Bay Drive. Bib pick-up and expo will be at Road Runner Sports
, 5553 Copley Drive 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12. You can pick up your bib starting at 5 a.m. on race day, but it is highly recommended to pick it up earlier. For more information, visit sandiegobeachandbayhalfmarathon.com.