Hundreds of participants paddle around the Ocean Beach Pier during the 27th annual Paddle for Clean Water on Sept. 23. The event brings together ocean lovers, environmentalists and the community at large to rally around the importance of clean water in San Diego. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Dogs from Florida now available for adoption
Some of the dogs transferred to San Diego from shelters in Florida are ready to find loving homes. On Oct. 18, 93 dogs were flown to San Diego to create space at shelters in the Florida Panhandle for animals who have been displaced by Hurricane Michael. The Florida dogs are available for adoption at San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus (5500 Gaines St.).
These pets are not direct victims of Hurricane Michael. They are dogs who were transported to San Diego to create room for pets who have been lost, strayed or abandoned due to the hurricane. These pets do not have owners who will be searching for them when the conditions improve.
All of the dogs will be spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations and microchipped. The available dogs can be found at sdhumane.org/pet and can be identified by the tag “#hm.” Adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ocean Beach Historical Society program
Ocean Beach Historical Society will present “Memories that Will Never Go A way,” the 40th anniversary of the crash of PSA Flight 182, by Alexander D. Bevil, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
Bevil’s presentation will be based on his recently published Journal of San Diego History article on the Sept. 25, 1978 crash of PSA Flight 182, and the effect it had – and still has – on San Diego’s collective memory. He will also discuss how the crash’s aftermath contributed to major changes in modern commercial air travel safety rules and procedures; and he will invite attendees to share their memories of that horrific day.
For the past 30 years Alexander Bevil has played an active role in identifying and preserving several San Diego historic landmarks. He is an award-winning local free-lance historian, writer and preservationist. Visit obhistory.org for information.
Ride the Point on Nov. 10
Ride the hidden, unridden, and forbidden Point Loma to support pancreatic cancer research. The Point Loma Rotary Club is holding the sixth annual Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride the Point on Nov. 10. The ride will start and end at Oggi’s in Liberty Station and traverse exclusive scenic bike paths and routes around beautiful San Diego.
Ride the Point has three distances to accommodate different levels of bicycling experience. The 10 mile is a relatively flat course on bike paths in Liberty Station, Spanish Landing, and Harbor Island along beautiful San Diego Bay and is perfect for cruisers, beginning riders, challenged athletes, and families. The 25 and 62 mile are street rides with exclusive routes and challenging climbs around Cabrillo National Monument, Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach, Mission Bay, Mission Valley, and Mission Gorge.
The public is invited to the free healthy lifestyle expo at Oggi’s in Liberty Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with local vendors, music, and refreshments. For more information on Ride the Point, visit RideThePoint.org.
Point Loma Republican Women luncheon
Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will take place 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. Program: Jason Gascon regarding the Nov. 6 elections and Daniel Piedra from Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund speaking on CAIR and SDUSD. A no-host lunch following. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for additional information.
Alternative Christmas Fair
Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 3598 Talbot St., will hold an Alternative Christmas Fair to benefit Westminster’s supported missions 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.on Sunday, Nov. 18 on the church courtyard. Items for sale include handmade crafts, holiday cards and decorations, gift baskets of food and toiletry items, and more. Consider a non-traditional gift of a donation in the name of a loved one to a worthy project.
Participating organizations include Genesis Diez Ministries, Women’s Empowerment International (WE), the Guatemala Mission Project, Heifer International, Serve International, Friends of Los Ninos, San Diego Habitat for Humanity, Peace Resource Center of San Diego, San Diego Military Outreach Ministries, and Presbyterian Urban Ministries. Enjoy free refreshments while shopping for gifts with a purpose.
College District receives funds for Dreamer Resource Centers
The San Diego Community College District has received a $336,000 grant to create and expand programs at its three colleges to support undocumented students and their families so that more people will be able to realize their full potential. San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges are among 32 campuses throughout California that will receive support this academic year from the new California Campus Catalyst Fund.
To date, the Catalyst Fund has raised nearly $10 million for this three-year initiative, which was founded by educators, funders and advocates. The fund increases support for undocumented students and their families on campuses representing the state’s three public higher education systems: California Community Colleges, California State University, and the University of California.
“When undocumented young people are able to pursue education and careers, they can create new, brighter futures for themselves, their families, and their communities,” said Lynn Neault. “As educators, we are not satisfied with only some people doing well. Everyone should have the support, resources, and environment they need to realize their full potential.”
Fall Fest at Belmont Park
Belmont Park’s Fall Fest continues during November, Fridays through Sundays, 5 p.m. to close. In the spirit of giving, Belmont Park has partnered with the San Diego Food Bank by hosting a free-ride food drive with a donation of five canned food items Fridays through Sundays, 5 p.m. to close.
On Saturday nights in November, guests (18 and older) may sign up to compete in free pie eating contests to win a family four-pack of combo wristbands. Free entertainment will also be offered on select dates.
The park will hold a military and veterans’ weekend 5 p.m. to close November 9-12, including all day on Nov. 12. Wristbands will be half off for veterans, military and dependents with valid I.D. On Monday, Nov. 12 at Beach House, veterans can enjoy a free burger and beer with I.D.
I Love A Clean San Diego hires new executive director
I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) recently announced the hire of Rear Admiral Leendert (Len) Hering Sr. USN, (retired) as the organization’s new executive director. Hering was selected for his longstanding experience in environmental sustainability and nonprofit executive management. As executive director, Hering will lead the organization toward its vision of a zero waste, litter-free, and environmentally engaged San Diego region.
Hering, a native of Portsmouth, Va., retired from the Navy in 2009 after more than 32 years of service as a surface warfare officer. As one of the Navy’s top experts in base operations and facility support, Hering built a team recognized as the best in environmental protection and sustainable innovation throughout the Department of Defense, and he received the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management from President George W. Bush.
In 2009, Hering joined the University of San Diego, where as vice president for Business Services and Administration, he initiated numerous sustainable measures on the campus including the installation of the largest solar system of any private campus in the country. Hering comes to ILACSD from the Center for Sustainable Energy having served as the president and executive director for five years.