Vera, the new Ocean Beach mermaid, made her debut Dec. 1 riding on the lifeguard boat at the Holiday Parade. Instead of topping Ross Rock, like her sister Marina did, Vera is to be a ‘guest’ rotating between several OB businesses throughout the year in her new role as a community ambassadress and beacon. / THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
Ocean Beach Torrey pine saved
A public outcry to spare a 44-inch diameter Torrey pine at 4633 Long Branch Ave. in Ocean Beach from the chopping block has succeeded.
“While public safety is foremost in evaluating whether an old, mature tree with defects or health issues should be removed, it’s also important to balance that with the wishes of the surrounding community,” said Anthony Santacroce, City public information officer.
“Therefore, the Torrey Pine on Long Branch Avenue will remain in place and will receive corrective pruning to alleviate the weight contributing to the tree’s moderate lean. The tree will also be monitored and evaluated on a regular basis to detect any changes in the health or physical standing of the Torrey pine,” Santacroce said.
On Nov. 26, City forester Brian Widener of the city’s Urban Forestry Program emailed the City Forestry Advisory Board advising them that, instead of cutting down the pine, three of its branches would be removed instead, reducing the crown by as much as 15 percent, as well as painting the adjacent curb red. The Torrey pine will be trimmed no sooner than Monday, Dec. 10, Widener said.
Letters to Santa in OB
Can you picture the ear-to-ear smile of children when they receive a letter from Santa, post marked from the North Pole? Every year at the Ocean Beach Business Center, at 4876 Santa Monica Ave., there is a “Letters To Santa” mailbox program where kids can write their letter to Santa and drop it off with a self addressed stamped envelope, and later receive a response letter from Santa. For more info on how it works, call 619-222-4876. The last day to mail out letters, ensuring a response before Christmas, is Dec. 10.
OB Toy and Food Drive
Ocean Beach Business Center, at 4876 Santa Monica Ave., is looking for donations for the OB Toy and Food Drive. Call 619-222-4876.
Early days of surfing at Sunset Cliffs
Come join Jim “Mouse” Robb (85), John Holly (75), Tom “Lizard” Chapman (75) and Billy Chapman (73) as they present their first hand experience with the “surfer’s life” at Sunset Cliffs 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 8 at Ocean Beach Branch Library, 4801 Santa Monica Ave. They will share their anecdotal recount of surfing culture and boards, surf board design, cultural change and the explosion in popularity of surfing.
A Christmas Carol
Westminster Presbyterian Vanguard Youth will present “A Christmas Carol” 6 p.m. on Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Westminster Theatre, 3598 Talbot St. All ages may experience the message, drama and joy of this Dickens tale. There is no charge for this event and it is general seating so please arrive about 20 minutes before show time. For more information, call the box office at 619-224-6263.
Peninsula Singers concert
Peninsula Singers will present “An American Holiday,” 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at All Souls’ Episcopal Church at the corner of Catalina and Chatsworth. Songs will include holiday favorites such as, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" "Mele Kalikimaka," and much more.
PLHS winter concert
The music program at PLHS will perform at Crill Hall at Point Loma Nazarene University 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 11. Performances include Symphonic Winds, Orchestra, Vocal Point (chorus) color guard, and small musical ensembles
Jensen's wine tasting fundraiser
Jensen's is holding a wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the music program at PLHS 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Event will be held in Jensen's San Diego office space, across the parking lot of Jensen's Foods in Point Loma. Purchase tickets at Jensen's PL store or at jensensfoods.com/cart/wineTasting.php.
‘First Night’at Point Loma Playhouse
Point Loma Playhouse continues its 2018-19 season with the sweet comedy “First Night” by Jack Neary. It’s New Year’s Eve 1992. With a dreamlike plot, film-obsessed Danny Fleming is watching an old movie at the video store where he works. When he wanders into the back room, Meredith O'Connor appears at the window then sneaks in and hides behind a rack of tapes in order to jump out and surprise Danny.
These two haven't seen each other in 20 years, since they were in eighth grade. Danny's dreams of being a writer are all but forgotten and Meredith's two decades as a nun have taken a different direction; for Meredith it’s reminiscent of Maria Von Trapp and for Danny it is making a big splash owning his own cinema. What hasn’t changed is the past – when they were in eighth grade. Featured in this heartfelt love story are local actors Timothy Benson and Sarah LeClair Klacka with direction by Jerry Pilato and technical direction by Jay Maloney.
“First Night” takes to the stage at Point Loma Playhouse 3035 Talbot St. at the historic Point Loma Assembly Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Dec. 16. Tickets may be purchased at pointlomaplayhouse.com.
Parade of Lights in San Diego Bay
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, presented by the Port of San Diego, will delight spectators with a dazzling display of decorative vessels 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 16. About 80 pleasure craft are participating in this year’s parade. The boats will be festively bedecked to align with the parade theme, “Tropical Island Christmas.” The parade begins at 5 p.m. at Shelter Island. The route proceeds to Harbor Island, the North and South Embarcadero areas, then turns south at Cesar Chavez Park and heads toward the Ferry Landing on Coronado.
This is the 47th year of the event, which attracts approximately 150,000 spectators to the shoreline of San Diego Bay. The entire procession takes about two hours. Ideal viewing areas for the parade are Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South, Cesar Chavez Park and Pier and the Coronado Ferry Landing.
Election coming up for Ocean Beach Town Council
The 2019 Ocean Beach Town Council board of directors election is approaching and letters of intent are now being accepted. If you would like to take your community involvement to the next level, here’s a great opportunity.
By being an OBTC director you can be an elected voice in communicating the views and needs of the community to the appropriate agencies, be at the forefront of community discussions, take appropriate action on community issues and be a leader in promoting the general betterment of Ocean Beach.
There are 15 seats on the Ocean Beach Town Council board of directors and OBTC members elect board directors for two-year terms. Half of the board stands for election every year. This year, eight seats are up for election. If you would like to be considered for candidacy, submit your candidate statement to: email@example.com by Jan. 21.
Eligible candidates must be over 18 years of age, already be a paid-in-full OBTC member, and either live, work, own property, or operate a business in Ocean Beach (92107). Voting for this election will take place from Monday, Jan. 28 to Friday, Feb. 8.
The Ocean Beach Town Council is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to expressing the will of Ocean Beach residents and representing the welfare of the community. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit obtowncouncil.org.
Open registration for spring semester begins Dec. 10
Those interested in jump-starting their educational plans can begin as early as Dec. 10 when open registration for the spring semester begins at the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). The 16-week spring semester begins Jan. 28 and runs through May 25. At $46 per unit, student enrollment fees are among the lowest in the country for a higher education system. Most students attending City, Mesa or Miramar College, however, do not have to pay for tuition, thanks to the San Diego Promise, the California College Promise Grant, and other financial aid opportunities.
Students can also earn a semester’s worth of credit during the winter intersession which will offer four- and six-week sessions both of which begin from Jan. 2.
City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges are offering a variety of classes online and at night to accommodate students’ busy schedules. In addition, City College in the spring will debut renovated A, D, and T buildings – among the last of the Proposition N projects that began nearly a decade ago. The A building renovation features upgraded space for admissions, counseling, financial aid, and other services. Renovation of the D building includes a new roof that will be transformed into student and faculty gathering areas, outdoor furnishings, and landscaping. The T building renovation provides a new home for the engineering department and space for machine technology and a technology incubator.
Mesa College, meanwhile, will dedicate a new 57,800-square-foot Center for Business and Technology and a new Fine Arts Building that was constructed within the former I-300 Building.
Students can register for classes online. For more information visit the SDCCD admissions page.