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    State and federal officials advise outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibly over the holidays
    Nov 28, 2020 | 19639 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Officials advise outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibly by being prepared, flexible, and respectful when venturing into the outdoors. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    Officials advise outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibly by being prepared, flexible, and respectful when venturing into the outdoors. PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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     With the holidays approaching, California State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)), and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) advise outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibly by being prepared, flexible, and respectful when venturing into the outdoors. With many activities limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor public spaces have been essential to many Californians. As a result, high visitation surges are expected this desert season, including over the holidays.

    “With most of California’s counties now in the most restrictive COVID-19 blueprint tier, it is more important than ever for everyone to continue slowing the spread of the virus by planning ahead, wearing face coverings, and practicing physical distancing, even in the outdoors,” said Director for California State Parks Armando Quintero.

    “We encourage visitors to remain vigilant when recreating on public lands. As a reminder, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention continues to issue critical information about COVID-19 and how you can best protect yourself from the virus,” said California State Director for BLM Karen Mourtisen.

    “A thank you to outdoor enthusiasts, as we collectively enable responsible recreation to protect the health of all Californians,” said Director for Cal OES Mike Ghilarducci.

    Here are 15 tips to help reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any outdoor setting and to stay safe during the upcoming desert season:

    1. Stay Local: Stay close to home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Do not travel if you are sick or someone in your household has had coronavirus in the last two weeks.

    2. Plan Ahead: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of the local outdoor destination you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, if camping reservations can be booked and what visitor guidelines are in effect.

    3. Stay Safer at 6 feet: Do your part – practice physical distancing and recreate responsibly. Be considerate of others enjoying the outdoors by giving them as much space as possible in parking lots, at trailheads and out on public lands.

    4. Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times. For details, please visit covid19.ca.gov.

    5. Keep Clean: Be prepared. Not all restrooms are available. In some cases, restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Camping: If you are camping in an RV, please use the restrooms in your own unit. This will help reduce the use of the shared restrooms at campgrounds. View additional camping tips.

    6. Minimize Campfire Impacts: Where permitted, use established fire rings, keep fires small and burn all wood and coals to ash. Make sure to put out campfires completely. Learn about campfire permits.

    7. Be Prepared: With many counties having restrictions, businesses may be limited or closed. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food. Carry plenty of water when hiking to avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

    8. Dress Appropriately: Bring layers of clothing. Wear appropriate shoes such as hiking boots and close-toed shoes.

    9. Have an Outdoor Plan: Leave an itinerary of your trip with a family member or friend with information such as name and age of hikers/campers, level of outdoors experience, trailhead or campsite name and location, and time of departure and expected return. This will ensure law enforcement personnel have a better understanding of your location in the event of a rescue.

    10. Avoid Alcohol: Operating your boat or an off-highway vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more is against the law. Impaired operators will be stopped and can be arrested even with a lower BAC if the conditions are not safe. Your off-highway vehicle and boat can be impounded.

    11. Share the Road: Observe posted speed limits. Stay in your lane on blind curves and do not cut corners. Do not pass on double-yellow lines and pass only when you have a clear view of oncoming traffic and it is safe to do so. Be prepared for equestrians, pedestrians, joggers, cyclists, wildlife, rocks, tree limbs, etc., on roadways.

    12. Know Your Vehicle’s Limits: Have a proper vehicle for your outdoor desert activities to be able to navigate through rough roads. Make sure to fill up your vehicle’s gas tank. Depending on your location, the nearest town with amenities can be a substantial distance. 

    13. Cell Phone Use: Cell phone coverage can be spotty or nonexistent. This is especially true for desert public outdoor spaces. Have a way to communicate if there is an emergency. Find out the location of the nearest park ranger station. Bring a hard-copy map and know your route before leaving home.

    14. Dispose of Waste Properly: Pack it in, pack it out. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. All waste, including hygiene products and toilet paper, must be carried out and disposed in trash bins at home or trash receptacles provided by the park. Read Leave No Trace website.

    15. Respect Wildlife and Vegetation: Wildlife and vegetation are integral parts of the ecosystem and natural community of parks. As such, they are protected by federal and state laws. Help us keep this outdoor setting natural by observing wildlife from a distance. Do not follow, approach or otherwise harass wildlife. Never feed animals; feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Do not approach or attempt to move sick or injured wildlife. Please report any encounters to park staff.

    Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.

    Below are some important COVID-19 links:

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    DAILY BRIEFING – The Right Stuff lands in San Diego, Mission Fed ArtWalk goes virtual, blood drive at Broken Yolk
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    The popular TV show ‘The Right Stuff,’ which explores the origin and growth of the U.S. space program in the 1960s, has announced it is moving filming of its second season to San Diego.
    The popular TV show ‘The Right Stuff,’ which explores the origin and growth of the U.S. space program in the 1960s, has announced it is moving filming of its second season to San Diego.
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    A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.

     

    Thursday, Nov. 25

     

    THE RIGHT STUFF IN SD 
    The popular TV show “The Right Stuff” is officially touching down in San Diego. The popular Disney+ series, which explores the origin and growth of the U.S. space program in the 1960s, has announced it is moving filming of its second season to San Diego. The show is based on the 1983 Academy Award-winning film, “The Right Stuff,” which starred Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and Dennis Quaid, and was based on the book written by Tom Wolfe. The hit series is scheduled to shoot for 88 days, starting in March 2021. Locations for shooting have yet to be determined. 
    “We are thrilled to welcome ‘The Right Stuff’ to the San Diego region. The California Film and TV Tax Credit Program has been a critical incentive in attracting productions to San Diego,” said Brandy Shimabukuro, film liaison for the City of San Diego’s Film Office. “Productions like these help bolster our local economy and civic pride, while also creating and sustaining jobs in the film industry.” 
    Because the region offers diverse locations and nearly impeccable weather year-round, San Diego is attractive to film and television productions. The San Diego Film Office was established by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego City Council in 2015 to support and grow the local film industry and to promote the San Diego region as a competitive, film-friendly destination. These efforts have bolstered an increase in film and television production, including facilitating production for the eagerly-anticipated “Top Gun: Maverick,” FOX’s “Pitch,” Netflix’s “Ingobernable,” and TNT’s “The Last Ship.” 

     

    DISCOVER PB URGES SHOP SMALL
    Take a moment to reach out and commend the small business owner, the heart and soul of the community. You've become a survivor with all that was thrown at you this year. As part of Discover PB’s Shop Small Campaign this year, the group continue to promote our small businesses and market to your customers. But this year more than ever it is important to show how truly essential you all are.
    Stories like Lotus and Luna, which distributed over 220,000 free masks to essential workers, teachers and local businesses. Did you create a beautiful outdoor space, get published or (not so) simply manage to keep your employees this year? If you have upcoming events, promotions, or news to share with the community? If your business would like to participate, email a blurb or link along with some images and Discover Pacific Beach will promote it through various social media sites. Email details and photos to [email protected] or simply tag us @discoverpb.

     

    ARTWALK GOES VIRTUAL
    Mission Fed ArtWalk  announces its return this year with a virtual experience beginning Saturday, Dec. 5. Instead of a weekend-long event, this virtual experience is running through Thursday, Dec. 31. This year marks 36 years of the premier fine arts festival which brings visual and performing arts to the historic San Diego community. With live art shows canceled for most of 2020, Mission Fed ArtWalk Virtual Edition serves as a symbol of hope for the community by providing a platform for artists and creatives to showcase their work during a time when many have been unable to do so. Browse through and support these amazing creators by visiting missionfedartwalk.org.

     

    NEW SD HARBOR CAM
    Virtually travel to the Maritime Museum of San Diego with its new live streaming EarthCam. The museum enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. It has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship, Star of India. Check out EarthCam's new live streaming San Diego Harbor Cam here. YouTube: youtube.com/earthcam.

     

    BROKEN YOLK BLOOD DRIVE
    Now through Friday, Nov. 27 Broken Yolk Café locations are hosting a blood drive to help keep blood supply safe levels as we head into the holiday season. There are Broken Yolk locations along the coast at 1851 Garnet Ave. and 3577 Midway Drive. Donors will receive a voucher for a free entrée at Broken Yolk Café ($14 value) while supplies last. Antibody testing is being done as part of the blood bank’s regular testing panel to qualify donations for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. This is not a diagnostic test and will not detect active COVID-19 infections or recent exposure. Free entrees for anyone who donates at any SDBB location now until Dec. 13. Anyone not able to attend one of these drives can still receive the voucher for the free entrée by donating blood at any SDBB donor center or mobile drive until Dec. 13. Appointments are required and available at sandiegobloodbank.org/brokenyolkcafe or by calling 619-400-8251.  

     

    VIRTUAL CITY INAUGURATION
    Due to the current State of Emergency and in the interest of public health and safety, the inauguration ceremony for the newly elected mayor, city attorney and the 73rd City Council (Districts 1,3,5,7, and 9) will be held virtually on Thursday, Dec. 10. The public will be able to view the inauguration via CityTV, channel 24 on Cox and Time Warner, channel 99 on ATT, or online. There will be brief remarks by the outgoing elected officials, and swearing-in and brief remarks by the newly elected officials.

     

    SHOP SMALL THIS HOLIDAY
    Small businesses are the cornerstones of communities, creating jobs and spurring local economic growth. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, a day dedicated to supporting these local companies on the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest  encourages consumers to shop their local Main Street businesses, particularly those that operate ethically and honestly. 
    Launched by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday was created to pledge a commitment to small businesses as the foundation of every neighborhood. A decade later, our economy is facing hardship again and small town, local businesses are taking the brunt. Now more than ever, they need the support of their local community as they compete with big deals from large companies.
    Small Business Saturday offers a unique opportunity to keep dollars spent in your local economy and celebrates the diversity of businesses. While this holiday season looks a little different with increased demand of online shopping as we remain socially distanced, BBB offers a few tips to keep spirits high: 

     

    • Shop small and smart: Search bbb.org for local, trustworthy companies.

    • Purchase gift cards: Help your favorite neighborhood shops make it through this time by paying for products and services in advance.

    • Spread the joy: Spur the conversation and share your experiences by leaving reviews at bbb.org

    • Give recognition: Make your favorite business feel extra special by nominating them for a BBB Torch Awards for Ethics.  

     

    CITY WINS ON UNDERGROUNDING
    The City of San Diego has prevailed in a court case that could have put an end to the City’s ongoing program to bury utility lines underground. On Nov. 20, the Fourth District Court of Appeal found that the City’s Utility Undergrounding Surcharge, which is paid by ratepayers to SDG&E, is a legally permissible fee. The appellate court’s 62-page published opinion upheld the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the City, effectively dismissing the suit before it got to trial.
    A class-action lawsuit against the City alleged that the utility undergrounding surcharge was not permitted because it was not approved by the voters. Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, was passed by the California voters in 1996 and generally requires that local governments obtain voter approval prior to imposing new taxes. The Court of Appeal, however, upheld the original finding of San Diego Superior Court Judge Judith F. Hayes, who confirmed that the utility undergrounding fee was not a tax, and therefore Prop. 218 did not apply.

     

    THANKSGIVING SERVICE DELAY
    Waste Management of San Diego’s curbside residential trash and recycling and commercial pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day beginning on Thursday, Nov. 26, and through the remainder of the week, in observance of Thanksgiving. City of San Diego business customers/HOA residential customer’sservice on Thursday are being asked to place their carts out for service on Friday, and those who receive service on Friday should place their carts out on Saturday: All local Waste Management operations will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, with normal operations resuming on Friday, Nov. 27. Customer service is available at 1-866-967-3292.

     

    AVOID SEWER BACKUPS
    During the holiday season, you may be cooking more at home, but you don’t want your festivities ruined by sewer problems. The City of San Diego reminds residents that it’s important not to pour fats, oils and grease down the drain, which could lead to clogged pipes and sewer spills. Blockages of sewer pipelines can cause health hazards, damage home interiors and harm the environment. 
    “Properly disposing fats, oils and grease is very important so that you don’t cause plumbing problems,” said Shauna Lorance, director of the City’s Public Utilities Department. “Preventing sewer spills can save you money and headaches.” 
    Grease is a byproduct of cooking that comes from meat fats, lard, oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, baked goods, sauces and dairy products. When washed down a sink drain, grease sticks to the inside of sewer pipes. Over time, it can build up and block an entire pipe. 
    By following these simple steps, you can help prevent costly sewer spills in the future: 

     

    • Never pour grease down the sink drain or garbage disposal. Home garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the plumbing system.   

    • Put strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids and then empty in the trash or composting bin. 

    • Wipe dishes and pots that are coated with greasy leftovers with a disposable towel prior to washing or placing in the dishwasher, and put the towel in the trash. 

    • Place fat trimmings from meat into the trash, not the garbage disposal. 

    • Keep roots out of sewer pipelines by planting trees and bushes away from your home’s lateral connection to the City sewer main. 

     

    To report a sewer spill, call the emergency hotline at 619-515-3525. Visit the City’s website for more information about preventing sewer spills

    Monday, Nov. 23

    RESTAURANTS OFFER THANKSGIVING DINNERS 
    The Lodge at Torrey Pines – Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go – pre-order by noon Thursday, Nov. 19, $85 per person, two-person minimum per household. Available for curbside pickup, this decadent family-style Thanksgiving feast includes chimney-roasted turkey with duck fat braised thighs, cornbread pecan stuffing, cranberry relish, pumpkin mouse and more.  
    Bahia Resort Hotel – Thanksgiving To-go – pre-order by Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. $49 per person. To pre-order, call 858-539-7635. Enjoy a family-style three-course feast with all your Thanksgiving favorites, including slow roasted prime rib, turkey (of course) and pumpkin bread pudding for dessert.
    Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa – Thanksgiving To-Go – pre-order by Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. $45 per person. To pre-order, call 858-539-8635. Give thanks and grab a plate – the Catamaran’s family-style Thanksgiving feast includes oak-smoked turkey breast, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie.

     

    FATHER JOE'S VILLAGE THANKSGIVING
    Father Joe's Villages' Thanksgiving 5k turkey mascot and volunteers will greet families, children and individuals experiencing homelessness in the Franklin Antonio Public Lunch Program Courtyard for a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 25. Staff and students from the organization's Culinary Arts Program will prepare more than 700 meals of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pies to serve for lunch.
    Those experiencing homelessness will celebrate the holiday amidst live music and decorations, leaving with backpacks filled with resources to protect them during the winter. This year, the pandemic poses another hurdle to enjoying the holidays. It’s more important than ever that people experiencing homelessness maintain hope for a brighter future.

     

    SDCA TO HOLD THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
    San Diego Community Assist (SDCA), a nonprofit, announced that they will be having a Thanksgiving food drive and turkey giveaway on Nov. 24-25. The organization aims to raise $20,000 to offer 500 turkeys to police officers and first responders and 1,500 meals to homeless, veterans, and COVID impacted individuals. The disbursement of turkeys will be on Nov. 24, while the food drive will be on Nov. 25. Interested volunteers who want to participate or send help can visit sdcagiveaway.org.
    The San Diego regional economy noticed a downturn because of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in an official recession. With an estimated 176,000 workers still unemployed because of the epidemic, lower-income workers tend to be out of work as the crisis continues. San Diego Community Assist believes in strengthening the quality of life in San Diego by offering social, educational, medical, and business services to people in need and offering career building and training opportunities.

     

    HOWL-IDAYS IN GASLAMP
    Jingle all the way through downtown San Diego with your furry friends this holiday season. The Gaslamp Howl-iday Paw-Tay returns to the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pet owners and their adorable companions are invited to deck the halls in the festive costumes of their choice and step out on the town during this jolly promenade. Enjoy a free afternoon of pup-tastic fun with a self-guided sidewalk trot, pet holiday market and Yappy Hours.
    Pre-registration is required and includes a holiday goodie bag full of fun pet samples, toys, coupons, and other gifts. Registration includes complimentary photo opportunity with your pet from 11:30 a.m-2:30 p.m. This will enter you into the Holiday Costume Contest. Categories: Best Pet + Family Costume| Most Holiday Spirit | Best in Show. To register or for more information, visit Gaslamp.org/events.

     

    WESTFIELD UTC HOLIDAYS
    Although this holiday season may look a bit different, the Westfield Centers of San Diego including Westfield UTC are still embracing the Westfield UTC spirit of the season by bringing lively holiday decor, magical photo moments, a re-imagined Santa experience, drive-through Christmas Extravaganza, a new Grinch’s Grotto and much more to each community while keeping safety, services and fun at the forefront. All Westfield Centers of San Diego will continue to provide the great services and amenities that will not only make it safe to shop, but fun and festive too.

     

    COUNTY SEEKS COVID BUSINESS RELIEF
    Chairman Greg Cox and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, co-chairs of the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Subcommittee, are proposing the County make $20 million in general funds available to provide COVID-19 relief to businesses negatively impacted by the Purple Tier indoor closures.
    COVID-19 Subcommittee members Fletcher and Cox released the following joint statement about their proposal: "Due to the massive spike in COVID-19 cases and very concerning increases in hospitalizations we have to take action to slow the spread in San Diego County. Through no fault of their own, COVID-19 highest-risk entities have to stop indoor operations. While we know this step is vital to help slow the spread in our community, we want to step up and help those impacted. Our goal for the $20 million is to provide relief to restaurants, gyms and other entities that have been directly impacted by the indoor closures due to our county’s Purple Tier status. We want to provide this critical relief to them as our community works to slow the spread and stop the surge of COVID-19 cases.”
    A special virtual meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. so the entire Board can consider the proposal authored by Supervisors Fletcher and Cox. If the Board approves their proposal, the County will be able to accept applications for the funds. The funding would be divided evenly between the five supervisorial districts – $4 million each.

     

    FEEDING SAN DIEGO PROVIDES THANKSGIVING MEALS
    Feeding San Diego is distributing Thanksgiving meals at five of its distribution sites in partnership with its vendor Top Notch Catering and Chef Ricky Fierro. Over 1,400 Thanksgiving meal kits will be provided for free to those in need, focusing on the children and their families that pick up from the organization’s Summer Food Service Program sites, which have been extended through the end of the year. Since the pandemic began, Feeding San Diego has seen an estimated 50 percent increase in need, and increased its services to help meet the need of children, families, seniors, veterans, military families, and all those experiencing hunger across San Diego County.
    The kits that will be distributed on Nov. 25 are family-style and include turkey, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. For more information, visit feedingsandiego.org.

     

    PET-FRIENDLY THANKSGIVING TIPS
    Thanksgiving can be a very food-centric holiday, but is it safe to share what you’re eating with your dog or cat? San Diego Humane Society has tips to help make this a safer celebration for everyone:
    Feed your pets their normal food. It’s best to stick to their regular diet of wet and/or dry food and usual treats to keep their digestive tracts happy. Avoid sharing prepared holiday dishes, which might have ingredients that could make your pet sick.
    Offer some lean, white turkey meat. If you really want to share some of the meal with your pets, and they have no known food allergies or history of stomach sensitivity, save a small amount of lean white turkey meat (with no skin, bones or fat). Feed your pet in their bowl rather than from the table, so you can prevent future begging.
    Avoid the following foods. These can cause anything from vomiting and diarrhea to liver failure or pancreatitis:

      *   Bones, skin, turkey fat and gravy.
      *   Stuffing and other dishes with onions, garlic, grapes or raisins.
      *   Anything cooked with butter.
      *   Desserts.
    If you have guests, ask them not to share food with your pets. Your family and friends may mean well, but it is important to remind them of the potential dangers. You can also prepare some sealed snack bags in advance and let your guests use those treats instead of sharing from their plates.
    Offer some pet-friendly fun. Give your pets a treat dispenser, such as a Kong for dogs, that will reward them as they stay focused. Toys can provide activity, distraction and comfort, so offer different kinds of toys. A new one, like a catnip mouse for your feline, can be a welcome surprise. Provide access to a quiet place to retreat. To reduce stress levels, give your pet the option to step away to an enclosed room with their favorite toys and bed.

     

    Friday, Nov. 20

    CITY BALLET TO PERFORM NUTCRACKER AT DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS
    City Ballet of San Diego’s award-winning production of the classic holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” will be performed as part of the Concerts in Your Car holiday programming Saturday, Dec. 19, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the new outdoor stage at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. All the event information can be found at concertsinyourcar.com/sandiego.
    Directors Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich, formerly of the Boston Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, have created a lavish production with their company of professional dancers. Fashioned after the choreography of the great Russian master, Lev Ivanov, who created the very first Nutcracker more than 100 years ago, the production is dazzling, with virtuoso dancing and opulent costumes. Children’s roles are performed by talented young dancers from the City Ballet School in Pacific Beach, the official school of City Ballet. Also, $1 per ticket helps local San Diego charities, Emilio Nares Foundation and Shelter to Soldier.
    The show will include a visual light show, multi-media entertainment and video screens. The combination of an extra high 360-degree stage and screens will ensure a good viewing experience for everyone. Outside food and nonalcoholic beverages permitted. No outside alcohol allowed due to state laws. Food and beverages are available for purchase on-site. Portable restrooms will be available onsite.

    FATHER JOE'S VILLAGES' THANKSGIVING 5K
    Father Joe's Villages' President Emeritus Father Joe Carroll will make a special public appearance ahead of the organization’s annual Thanksgiving 5K. Father Joe will be in Balboa Park on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. to help promote this year's Thanksgiving 5K Your Way. The newest addition to this holiday tradition, turkey mascot Feather Joe, will accompany Father Joe in hope of recruiting more runners to join the 5K and raise money for the organization’s food services program as a result.
    As the number of people facing food insecurity is heightened by the pandemic, the Thanksgiving 5K Your Way aims to raise $400,000 toward the organization’s critical mission. Father Joe’s Villages relies on the money raised during the event to fund its food services program, which provides nutritious meals to thousands of people experiencing homelessness each year and expanded in 2020 to provide meals in new locations and at additional times. For more information, visit thanksgivingrun.org.

    SANTA SAVES CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE
    Gather the family together and help Santa, Mrs. Claus and their magical team of characters spread cheer this Holiday Season with a live holiday performance of “Santa Saves Christmas” at the Del Mar County Fairgrounds 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Just as Santa and his elves pull their sleigh into the fairgrounds, they run out of gas. Santa, and his team need to fill the tank with Holiday Cheer or Christmas will be ruined. Snowy surprises, holiday sing-along songs, spectacular performances and more await you in this brand-new holiday adventure live on stage. The show will include a visual light show, multi-media entertainment and a video screens. The combination of an extra high 360 degree stage and screens will ensure a good viewing experience for everyone.

    NONPROFIT MILK BANK
    University of California Health and UC San Diego Health have launched a nonprofit milk bank to serve families in Southern California and statewide through all six UCH academic health centers. Pasteurized, donated breast milk is critical for feeding sick or premature infants when mothers do not have a sufficient milk supply for their baby’s nutritional needs. Operated by UC San Diego Health and located in the San Diego Blood Bank, the new facility represents one of the first groundbreaking partnerships between a blood bank and a mothers’ milk bank. The University of California Health Milk Bank, the first milk bank located in San Diego, is the only Human Milk Banking Association of North America accredited milk bank in Southern California, and only one of 30 nonprofit milk banks in North America. 
    Improving the lives of fragile babies is a key focus for Lisa Stellwagen, MD, the executive director of the milk bank and the facility’s medical director—the only nonprofit milk bank in North America directed by a physician. A professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Stellwagen brings years of clinical and academic experience to the job, with an expertise in milk banking, infant nutrition, breast milk feeding and medical care of newborns.
    “California has high rates of breastfeeding and there is plenty of extra milk, especially when so many women are working at home during the pandemic. But there is a huge distribution problem that has resulted in shortages of pasteurized donor milk for ill or premature infants. A significant percentage of NICUs in our state are still not using donor milk despite more than a decade of scientific evidence regarding the important benefits to the smallest infants,” said Stellwagen. “We aim to address these shortages and disparities in donor milk use in our region.”
    A milk bank accepts donated frozen mother’s milk and processes it to provide a safe pasteurized human milk product for hospitalized and/or fragile children. Healthy breastfeeding or pumping mothers who have 100 ounces or more of extra frozen milk are welcome to contribute to the University of California Health Milk Bank. Mothers complete an extensive questionnaire and are carefully tested before donation; the milk is also tested and processed, using high quality laboratory practices. For more information about the University of California Health Milk Bank, visit the website at UCmilkbank.ucsd.edu. 

    LA JOLLA CANTINA OPENS 
    Karina's Group has expanded its Mexican seafood empire with its new dining concept, Karina's Cantina, at 1055 Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla Village. In keeping with Karina's other popular South Bay restaurants, this latest outpost for the group is an inviting mix of colorful décor, savory aromas, and delicious south-of-the-border flavors featuring favorites such as shrimp tacos, surf-and-turf burritos, ahi poke tostadas, and a large selection of ceviche. For those who prefer dry land to salt water, there are delectable carne and vegetarian options including rib-eye burritos, chicken enchilada and carnitas plates, and rajas (Poblano pepper) tacos. A charming patio offers the perfect spot to pair these delectable dishes with handcrafted cocktails, margaritas, signature michelucas and micheladas, or an ice-cold draft beer. 
    Karina's launched in Spring Valley in 1981, when the late Don Arnulfo Contreras and wife, María Inés Curiel, opened the first of many restaurants with their eldest daughter's namesake. Today, there are several "types" of Karina's throughout San Diego county, including Karina's Mexican Seafood, Karina's Ceviches & More, Karina's Taco Shop, and now, Karina's Cantina — each offering a unique take on the original. 
    Karina's Cantina is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for lunch and dinner. The restaurant can be contacted at 858-999-0744 or online at KarinasSeafood.com. Patio dining options are available as well as online ordering, takeout services, and delivery through third-party partners such as GrubHub. Taco Tuesday specials are featured weekly, offering taco selections for just $3.

    Tuesday, Nov. 17

    SHOP SMALL OB
    Shop Small Ocean Beach falls this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. Although the holidays will look a little different this year, Ocean Beach will be decked out with holiday cheer including bright and colorful holiday banners and lamp posts adorned with garland and bows. Spend $50 or more in Ocean Beach on Nov. 28 and enter to receive an eclectic OB Gift Basket filled with local items, services, and gift cards. Stop by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association’s storefront at 1868 Bacon St. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 28 to enter the drawing. Drawing details and general information will be available at the OBMA storefront.

     

    LA JOLLA APARTMENT SALE
    CBRE Group, Inc, has announced the sale of a six-unit apartment community in La Jolla to a private buyer for $3.01 million. CBRE’s John Newton represented the seller, a private investor, in the transaction. The buyer was represented by an outside firm. Located at 7670 La Jolla Blvd., the 4,224 square-foot property is comprised of four one-bedroom apartments and two studio apartments. The community is within walking distance from the beach.

     

    NEW UC SAN DIEGO ACCELERATOR
    StartBlue,  a new accelerator program has been launched at UC San Diego seeking to boost San Diego-based innovators working to solve the ocean’s greatest challenges. Set to launch in fall 2021, StartBlue supports startups that are tackling ocean challenges and devising solutions that can be integrated into science, industry, investment, and government networks. The program is led by the Rady School of Management and based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
    StartBlue will start accepting applications from San Diego science and engineering early-stage startups in spring 2021. Ten final teams will be selected to start the eight-month program in fall 2021, with teams participating in weekly workshops, receiving one-on-one mentoring from industry experts, and more. The program is made possible thanks to an award by the Economic Development Administration and a match gift by philanthropic supporters.

     

    FUNDRAISER FOR OB MAN
    Cassandra Avila is organizing a fundraiser on behalf of Jeremiah Bjork, a former employee for James Gang’s production team in OB. Bjork was recently diagnosed with Aggressive Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. To help raise money for his medical expenses, specially designed T-shirts are being sold. The wording on the back of the shirt says U R LOVED, with a crow holding hearts; and on the front are crow feathers with his initials in the center (JB).
    All of the proceeds from these shirts will go to Jeremiah’s battle with cancer and his basic needs regarding medical and day to day. If you are interested in supporting or sharing their fundraiser, contact Cassandra via her Instagram @coonesse or by donating to their GoFundMe at http://ow.ly/yYWs50ClVKw.

     

    AQUARIUM OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS
    Thanks to the generosity of donors including Price Philanthropies, The Pincus Family Foundation and the Illumina Corporate Foundation, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is able to offer 600 free virtual programs to local Title 1 schools this year. In response to the K-12 loss of learning created by recent school closures, Birch Aquarium’s Education Team adapted their Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned Discovery Lab programs into new 30-and 45-minute virtual opportunities for Pre-K through grade 12 students. These Virtual School Group Programs are led by aquarium instructors and are designed to be exploratory and engaging, as they encourage students to ask questions and virtually interact with ocean creatures. 
    “Most school districts anticipate using a virtual or blended learning environment for the remainder of the school year, and unfortunately, those who are most adversely affected by this are students attending Title 1 schools. Birch Aquarium believes that all students should have equitable access to STEM learning opportunities, and we are so thankful to have financial aid available to ensure that every student is able to connect to the wonders of the ocean, even during this significant learning shift” said aquarium director of education, Megan Malaska Medley. Scholarships for free virtual programs are available for San Diego County schools in need through an online application.
    Birch Aquarium also offers a Virtual After School Series for individual students. The six-week multi-series is geared for kindergarten through grade 5 students and aims to provide those caring for kids at home with fun and educational experiences to bridge the gap between school and dinner time. Topics and themes will switch seasonally and build upon kids’ curiosity, allowing them to join others in their age group to explore ocean science in novel ways. The winter series begins Jan. 25 and registration will open Nov. 30. For more information, email [email protected] or call 858-534-7336.

     

    VIRTUAL PAESAN AWARDS
    The Pacific Beach Town Council’s 40th annual Police And Emergency Services Appreciation Night (PAESAN) celebration with a virtual awards ceremony will live stream on the PBTC Facebook pageWednesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. 2020 honorees are:

     

    • SDPD Northern:  David "Bryan" Brecht, Sergeant

    • Lifeguard Services:  Thomas Valente, Lifeguard II

    • Parks and Recreation:  Araceli Dominguez, Park Ranger

    • SD Fire-Rescue:  Jared Cheselske, Captain

     

    During the course of 2020’s "Year of the Police" efforts, PBTC has purchased helmet intercom devices for Day Beach Team officers as well as a new refrigerator, office chairs, and workout station for Northern Division. “While this year has been challenging for many reasons, it's important that we honor our first responders – even if virtually – rather than the traditional community picnic at Crown Point Shores,” said PBTC. “After the virtual awards ceremony, we will proceed with our regular monthly PBTC meeting, which will include updates from local emergency services and public officials from city, county, and state offices. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the live stream. It will be accessible to all on the  PBTC Facebook page

     

    COVID-SAFE CONCERTS
    The weekly Covid-safe concert series being put on by the Spreckels Organ Society in Balboa Park. spreckelsorgan.org, are webcast Sundays at 2 p.m. The Spreckels Organ is the world’s largest outdoor instrument, and for the first time in its 104-year history, you don’t have to be in San Diego to witness its majestic pipes. Organist Raúl’s playing has been described as “fearless, brazen, and very entertaining to watch,” combining Spreckels Organ’s historic significance with Raúl’s vibrant performance.

     

    MARITIME MUSEUM MOVES OUTDOORS
    Maritime Museum of San Diego which collects, preserves and presents the City’s rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific, will continue their special re-opening offer as San Diego County moves into the Purple Tier. This restriction requires museum indoor operations to temporarily close to continue to fight the spread of COVID-19. The museum staff has prepared the museum to abide by public health safety and CDC recommendations to ensure visitors enjoy a clean and safe experience. MMSD has maintained, since reopening Aug. 22, an outdoor-only visitor experience. 
    The museum will remain open Thanksgiving day, Nov. 26 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and plans are to extend the offer through Dec. 31 if state and county guidelines go unchanged. This outdoor experience includes a walking tour of the upper decks of the Maritime Museum’s historic fleet and a complimentary boat ride, which is normally an additional charge when guests purchase general admission to the museum. Four 45-minute narrated bay tours are offered daily at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For more information, to make a donation or learn more about the restoration projects underway, visit sdmaritime.org

     

    DRIVE-THRU DECEMBER NIGHTS
    The City is bringing some holiday cheer to residents who are disappointed at the cancellation of the annual December Nights event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, having announced it will host a re-imagined version of the popular festival this year at Inspiration Point, across the street from Balboa Park. Taste of December Nights will bring together a variety of delicious offerings from some of San Diego’s most popular food vendors in a convenient, contactless and safe environment. The three-day event will be held Friday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Inspiration Point Way. The first 500 vehicles to arrive each day of the event will receive a commemorative tote bag with giveaway items. 
    The annual December Nights holiday festival is the City’s largest free event and has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to Balboa Park during its more than 40 years in existence. Typically, the event offers more than 150 food booths and 100 performances, as well as a variety of shopping opportunities. All safety protocols will be in effect. Masks must be worn by every customer. People must remain in their cars and no pedestrians, bicyclists or scooter riders will be allowed to participate in order to protect the health and safety of all participants. Visit sandiego.gov/TasteofDecemberNights for more information.  

     

    HOLIDAY BOWL BLOOD DRIVE
    The second annual SDCCU Holiday Bowl Blood and Food Drive will take place Thursday, Nov. 19, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa on the west court next to Chuze Fitness. All donors will receive a T-shirt and a gift bag of coupons from Grossmont Center. Currently antibody testing of each blood donation is being done as part of a regular testing panel to qualify donations for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. This is not a diagnostic test, and will not detect active COVID-19 infections or recent exposure. To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17-years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Visit sandiegobloodbank.org/COVID19 for more information.

     

    MASKS DON’T IMPAIR LUNG FUNCTION
    While they might feel uncomfortable, researchers report facemasks do not significantly change the actual work of breathing or the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide when worn while exercising. In a new study, published Nov. 16 in the “Annals of the American Thoracic Society,” a team of American and Canadian researchers concluded that while sensations of dyspnea might increase, there is little empirical evidence that wearing a facemask significantly diminishes lung function, even when worn during heavy exercise.
    “There might be a perceived greater effort with activity, but the effects of wearing a mask on the work of breathing, on gases like oxygen and CO2 in blood or other physiological parameters are small, often too small to be detected,” said the study’s first author Susan Hopkins, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and radiology at University of California San Diego School of Medicine.
    Wearing a facemask helps limit the spread of COVID-19 by reducing respiratory droplets and aerosols spewed into the air when people breathe, talk, laugh, sneeze or cough. But the physical barrier created by masks has prompted concerns that they might impair the cardiopulmonary system by making it harder to breathe, by altering the flow of inhaled oxygen and exhaled carbon dioxide and by increasing dyspnea — a medical term that describe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, especially during physical activity.
    “There’s also no evidence to support any differences by sex or age in physiological responses to exercise while wearing a facemask,” added Hopkins, who specializes in exercise physiology and the study of lungs under stress. The single exception, the authors note, may be persons with severe cardiopulmonary disease in which any added resistance to breathing or minor changes in blood gases could prompt dyspnea great enough to affect exercise capacity. View the full study at atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1513/AnnalsATS.202008-990CME. 

    Friday, Nov. 13

    JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
    With unprecedented numbers of San Diegans facing unemployment, evictions and/or reduced income, many people in our region are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. From home-delivered meals for isolated older adults to a free, no-touch drive-thru food distribution, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) provides tens of thousands of meals every week to individuals and families impacted by the pandemic.
    In the spirit of the holidays, JFS is asking for donations of healthy, nonperishable holiday favorite food items as part of its Thanksgiving Food Drive. Suggested items include canned goods such as pumpkin and cranberry sauce and boxed items like stuffing and cornbread mixes. General items such as canned meats and vegetables, pasta, rice, peanut butter and granola are also encouraged. Donations may be made at the JFS Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus (8804 Balboa Ave.) every Monday through Friday between 1-4 p.m.

    TURKEY DINNERS FOR VETS
    Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), a San Diego based non-profit serving junior enlisted and transitioning veteran families through a financial crisis, which will be providing 200 Turkey dinners to young military families experiencing financial hardship this holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 9915 Business Park Ave. Suite A, in the back alley of the building. Military and veteran families will receive two bags of groceries and a $25 grocery gift card for a turkey. STEP is supported by partners including Southwestern College, School of Social Sciences, Business & Humanities, MRM Nutrition, Associated General Contractors of America, Jewish Family Services, USAA, San Diego Downtown Lions Club, San Diego Food Bank. stepsocal.org.

    PRESENTS FOR PAWS
    San Diego County Credit Union is collecting “Presents for Paws,” a special holiday fundraising campaign benefiting animal shelters and rescues in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. This will be SDCCU’s ninth consecutive holiday season supporting the “Presents for Paws” campaign. SDCCU hopes to raise $10,000 throughout the holiday season. In San Diego County, with collections benefiting San Diego Humane Society. For more information, visit sdccu.com.

    DINNER & MOVIE AT PEARL HOTEL
    The Pearl Hotel at 1410 Rosecrans St. has a lineup of classic holiday flicks sure to get you in the spirit of the season this December. Held weekly on Wednesdays, Dinner and a Movie is an elevated movie-and-poolside dining experience perfect for date night, girls’ night or just because. Enjoy a three-course menu by chef Peter Ziegler with themed cocktails inspired by the evening’s featured film:

    • Dec. 2: “Nightmare Before Christmas”

    • Dec. 9: “Elf”

    • Dec. 16: “Christmas Story”

    • Dec. 23: “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation”

    • Dec. 30: “It's a Wonderful Life”

    Call 619-226-6100 for reservations (required). Arrive by 7:45 p.m. at the latest.

    BIRCH AQUARIUM MOVES OUTDOORS
    Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla will be operating outdoors-only beginning Saturday, Nov. 14 in accordance with state and county COVID-19 regulations. The outdoor spaces at the aquarium have been enhanced with new animals and activities, and are open to guests with discounted ticket prices. 
    “Our Birch Aquarium team has done a wonderful job pivoting to a safe outdoor-only experience for our guests,” said executive director Harry Helling. “New outdoor exhibits that provide more animal encounters, along with the amazing ocean views during the Gray Whale migration, make Birch Aquarium a great place to visit during the more restrictive Purple Tier.”
    The outdoor Smargon Courtyard and Tide Pool Plaza are both open with new activities added for guests to explore and enjoy. On Tide Pool Plaza, guests can see and touch some of their favorite creatures in the life-like tide pool displays as well as in the new touch experience that allows guests to come nose-to-nose with local species. 
    Two recently-added touch exhibits feature unique and charismatic invertebrates and juvenile sharks, allowing guests to get hands-on and experience animals that are not usually seen at Birch Aquarium. Discounted Outdoor Admission tickets will be available online beginning Friday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. More information can be found on the Know Before You Visit page.

    CHRISTMAS TREES IN LA JOLLA
    Beginning Nov. 27, Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees, with a location in La Jolla at 6710 La Jolla Blvd., will open this 2020 holiday season with online ordering, delivery, drop-off, installation and tree-removal services amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Jingles’ Christmas Trees are hand-picked premium-grade trees shipped from the best Christmas tree growers in the country. Their fresh trees come from Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Canada. Mr. Jingles provides six different types of fresh trees ranging from two feet to over 20 feet, along with wreaths, garland, mistletoe (select locations), lights, ornaments, flocking and more. For more information, visit mrjingleschristmastrees.com/pages/covid-19-update.

    BEER TASTING AT STONE
    Right now, beer festivals aren’t really a “thing.” But what if you could travel from beer station to beer station just like you were attending one – without all the crowding, lines and general hullabaloo? Stone is getting together with a few of their closest beer buds to curate a progressive guided tasting experience at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 5. While safely distanced from other folks, you’ll make your way through each station and learn all about these heroic hometown brewers and their creations from brewery representatives themselves. 

    Thursday, Nov. 12

    WINSTONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED 
    Ocean Beach live-entertainment venue Winstons Beach Club has closed its doors temporarily, the establishment said “until something gives. Our last day open for business was Sunday, Nov. 8. Until we are able to either get another loan from Washington, a grant, or if live music starts up again, and we don’t see any of those things happening anytime soon. Remember, we love you all.”

     

    LJ PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BLOOD DRIVE
    La Jolla Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7715 Draper Ave. in the Sun House Hall accessed from the courtyard on Draper Avenue. Donors must present a photo ID, be age 17 and older, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in good health. The Blood Bank recommends an adequate meal and plenty of fluids prior to giving. To schedule an appointment call 619-400-8251 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.

     

    LOMA PORTAL VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR
    The La Jolla Portal Elementary Virtual Book Fair will take place Nov. 16-29, when the Book Fair will go live and be open for online shopping. Share the homepage with family and friends. Books make wonderful holiday gifts. All books will be shipped directly to your home and there will be free shipping for all book orders over $25. In the meantime, check out Book Fair Flyer. With an Online Fair, families will have hundreds more titles to choose from than our traditional fair. LPE will receive 25% of all sales. The LPE Foundation uses proceeds to purchase Scholastic News Magazines for the classrooms, update books for the classrooms, and purchase books for LPE families in need during the Holiday Food Drive and throughout the year.  

     

    FIDO MUG AND SHIRT SALE
    Check out Fiesta Island Dog Owners special "HOWLIDAY" sale, open now until Nov. 28. They have two different shirt designs in eight styles and festive holiday colors to brighten the season – perfect for gift-giving and to celebrate the holidays. They also have a new mug with a favorite FIDO design in red or green. Order by Nov. 15 to receive items by the first week of December. Orders placed by Nov. 28 should arrive by mid-December. Visit the FIDO Online Store to see all the styles and colors.

     

    NEW COLDWELL BANKER AFFILIATE
    Kathy Cornell has associated with the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Realty as an affiliate agent. “My background working with high-level executives in a myriad of different environments and being responsible for meeting the high expectations of the boss and all the people directly related to them gives me a unique advantage working with buyers and seller when taking care of their expectations, getting things done on their behalf while dealing with the other side of the transaction,” said Cornell.

     

    STONE COVID DONATION
    Stone Brewing  has announced a sum of more than $140,000 will be given to employees who were laid off due to COVID-19 shutdowns in a second round of disbursements from the Team Stone Relief Fund. The donation is announced as San Diego entered the most restrictive Purple Tier in California’s system of coronavirus tiers. In late June, Stone’s laid-off employees who applied for the Team Stone Relief Fund received $1,000 each, totaling a $250,000 contribution. More than $140,000 will be dispersed in a second round of funding later this month totaling nearly $400,000 in funds for the Team Stone family.
    The Team Stone Relief Fund was initiated by Stone Brewing and is administered in cooperation with The San Diego Foundation. To kick off the fund, Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch contributed his entire 2020 salary and co-founder Steve Wagner and other Stone leadership followed suit. The fund was later opened to all Stone employees and the public. In an outpouring of support, Team Stone stepped up with huge contributions making this second round of giving possible. For more details on the Team Stone Relief Fund, visit stonebrewing.com/blog/philosophy/2020/stone-time-covid

     

    POINT LOMA HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC FUNDRAISER
    On Monday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mr. Moto Pizza at 1180 Rosecrans St. is donating 25% of all proceeds when showing this flyer or mentioning the Point Loma High School music fundraiser. This applies to dine-in, take-out or delivery orders. If ordering in person, look for any music students who may be working behind the counter too.

     

    ENDOWED CHAIR FOR ENVIRONMENTALIST
    Citizens’ Climate Lobby founder Marshall Saunders died in late 2019, but his legacy lives on in the nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization he established. Now 200,000 supporters strong nationwide, CCL is poised to influence bipartisan climate legislation under the incoming Biden administration. In honor of Saunders’ inspiring legacy, Joan and Irwin Jacobs have established the Marshall Saunders Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Global Climate Policy and Research at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. 
    “Over the years, we have been so impressed with what Marshall was able to accomplish with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby—he built an amazing organization that is well on its way to influencing many members of congress,” said Irwin Jacobs, who is a past member of the CCL Advisory Board. “When Marshall passed on, we thought it was important to remember his accomplishments, and a chair at GPS seemed to be a very good way of doing so.” 
    The inaugural chairholder of the Marshall Saunders Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Global Climate Policy and Research is GPS associate professor Jennifer Burney. An environmental scientist, Burney’s research focuses on simultaneously achieving global food security and mitigating climate change. Burney studies poverty alleviation and agricultural adaptation, the relationships between energy and food security, the environmental effects of food production and consumption, and climate and air pollution impacts on agriculture. 

     

    SCRIPPS PHYSICIANS RECOGNIZED
    Scripps Coastal Medical Center physicians were presented the Excellence in Healthcare Award by the Integrated Healthcare Association for achieving top marks in quality of care, patient satisfaction and cost management. IHA also recognized Scripps Clinic physicians and those from Scripps Coastal for performing in the top 10% of all participating California physician organizations in patient experience measurements. More information can be found at scripps.org.

     

    CHALKER JOINS COLDWELL BANKER
    Cory Chalker has associated with the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Realty as an affiliate agent. “I’m interested in construction and architecture so real estate is great fit,” said Chalker. “Last year, I flipped a house and enjoyed the process and reward of seeing it finished. Not only did the flip make a difference for the home, it helped the neighborhood and community look better. I am excited to help my clients achieve their real estate goals.”

     

    DUI EARLY RELEASE CONTESTED
    In strongly worded letters to both Gov. Gavin Newsom and CDCR Secretary Kathleen Allison, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan has objected to the early prison release Richard Sepolio, 28, who crashed a pickup truck over the side of a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, killing four people and injuring several others when it landed in Chicano Park.
    Stephan has characterized Sepolio’s  early release  as a “miscarriage of justice,” arguing that Sepolio should not receive extra credits and an early release due to COVID-19. Sepolio was released after serving two years and 10 months of his nine-year, eight-month sentence. He was convicted by a jury last year of four counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of DUI causing injury.

    Monday, Nov. 9

    LA JOLLAN HONORED FOR SERVICE
    On Nov. 6, La Jolla Parks & Beaches, Inc. board member Phyllis Minick presented Bill Robbins with a couple of special awards, a plaque made from the remains of a fallen “Lorax” Monterrey cedar tree from Scripps Park, along with a watercolor painting. “We’d like to thank him for his service to our community,” said Minick of Robbins at the October meeting of LJPB. The gifts Robbins received from the beach community included a Dr. Seuss book, “The Lorax,” donated by Warwick’s Bookstore.
    “This has special significance,” noted Minick of the wooden plaque. “This absolutely gorgeous plaque has stainless steel lettering with an inscription that reads, ‘In appreciation for your devoted guardianship of our La Jolla Village shores. This wood from the historic Lorax tree, once in EB Scripps Park, represents the one-of-a-kind gratitude of our community.”
    The plaque was signed by LJPB board members as well as Andy Field and Dan Daneri from the City’s Parks and Rec Department. It also carried the signatures of plaque designer Chris Cott and La Jolla’s “The Dawn Patrol Swimmers.”
    “Bill is the first person along the shores daily and the last to leave, overseeing all special events and even routine (park) usage of all our areas,” said Minick. Robbins was honored with a semi-private early-morning ceremony. 

     

    BLOOD DRIVE
    La Jolla Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7715 Draper Ave., in the SunHouse Hall accessed from the courtyard on Draper Avenue. Donors must present a photo ID, be age 17 and older, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in good health. The Blood Bank recommends an adequate meal and plenty of fluids prior to giving.  COVID antibody testing will be provided upon request. A coupon from the Broken Yoke will be provided as a thank you for your contribution. Please schedule an appointment at 619-400-8251 or sandiegobloodbank.org.

     

    MAVERICKS GIVES BACK
    Mavericks Beach Club is encouraging guests to help give back this month with two opportunities throughout November. From now until Nov. 30, order the Toasted For Nuts, a coconut margarita made with Don Julio Tequila. For every cocktail purchased, $1 will be donated to Movember.org, the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. This organization is committed to making a difference in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancer, and Mavericks is proud to support Movember all month long. 
    If you’re looking to support a local organization, Mavericks will also be hosting a food drive for North Shores Alano Club. From Wednesday, Nov. 18- Nov. 25, the beach bar is encouraging diners to bring in canned and pre-packed food items, which will be delivered to the Alano Club the day before Thanksgiving. The North Shores Alana Club serves as a safe and welcoming gathering place for people to begin and grow their life in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Mavericks Beach Club is at 860 Garnet Ave.

     

    FREE WORKOUTS FOR VETS
    As part of its ongoing commitment to support the military, 24 Hour Fitness is offering free workouts and classes to all retired and active duty members of the military this Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at all locations nationwide. With stress levels arguably at an all-time high, the timing couldn’t be better to support military members’ fitness, wellness and mental health goals. And, for those looking for a dose of military fitness inspiration, the free 24 Hour Fitness app offers military-inspired workout options you can experience whether you’re inside or outside of the club. 24life.com/a-military-inspired-trx-ready-to-serve-workout/.

     

    MCASD HONORS VETS WITH MURAL
    ArtOASIS, an art-based program presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego that supports active-duty members of the armed forces in recovery from the symptoms of combat-related stress, has continued despite the inability to meet in-person. In its sixth year, this partnership joined MCASD with Veterans Village of San Diego. In past years, ArtOASIS has paired an art therapist with a case manager to lead weekly conversations and art-making sessions with participants.
    When the pandemic struck, the importance of these connections became even more pronounced. MCASD transitioned to virtual art therapy sessions and began offering ArtLine (a hotline of sorts.) The demand for more art during a stressful time is a testament to its power. The result is a powerful mural on display outside the Museum’s downtown location called TRANSFORMATION: BE THE CHANGE. MCASD hosted a virtual unveiling of this mural with the artists that created this work on Nov. 6.

    Friday, Nov. 6

    KING TIDES NOV. 15-16 
    The California King Tides Project is calling on you to photograph the highest high tides of the year. Documenting these tides helps us preview the impacts of sea level rise and understand how shoreline is affected by high water today. King tides themselves are not caused by sea level rise, but allow people to experience what higher sea level will be like. King tides are the highest high tides of the year, about a foot or two higher than average tides, which corresponds to the one- to two-foot rise in sea level expected during the next few decades. When you observe the king tides, imagine seeing these tides (and the flooded streets, beaches, and wetlands) every day. Understanding what a king tide looks like today will help plan for sea level rise in the future.
    If you're able to safely take photos during king tides you will be contributing to an important community science effort. Find your local king tide times and learn how to upload your photos on the website or with a free app. You can check out a selection of photos from each coastal county and access a map of all the king tides photos from the last few years. Educators and parents can find ways to incorporate king tides into student learning, including with an elementary-level science journal downloadable in English or Spanish. Middle and high school students may want to use king tides images and concepts as they enter the Climate Video Challenge.

     

    VIRTUAL VETERANS DAY
    The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial in La Jolla and Honor Flight San Diego will host an hour-long tribute honoring Veterans Day that will be streamed live on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon at soledadmemorial.org.

     

    “With a highly successful Memorial Day live virtual broadcast and events still being canceled due to COVID regulations, we knew it was still very important to honor our local World War II veterans here in San Diego County, this being the 75th Anniversary since the ending of that conflict,” said Phil Kendro, vice president of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association’s Board of Trustees. “The opportunity to express our sincere thanks to these brave men and women is running out.”
    The event will be hosted again by National University’s director of public safety outreach, reserve El Cajon police officer, and former San Diego news anchor, Marc Bailey. The hour-long virtual tribute will include inspiring remarks from World War II veterans, video messages from elected, business leaders, and celebrities, musical performances by Marine Band San Diego and young prodigy singer Chelsea Snow, and finally a flyover by World War II aircraft.  

     

    2-1-1 SD RECEIVES COVERED CALIFORNIA FUNDING
    2-1-1 San Diego was awarded $50,000 from the State of California for Covered California outreach and enrollment efforts. The grant will support 2-1-1’s Certified Enrollment Specialists as they help individuals and families in the San Diego region renew their plan or enroll during Open Enrollment, which began on November 1. It will also be used for outreach, marketing, and education efforts about Covered California health care plans and the application process. This year, an estimated 5.4 million people lost their health insurance between February and May as a result of job losses due to COVID-19. As of Sept. 22, 289,000 people signed up for coverage during Covered California’s COVID-19 special enrollment period. To learn more or to receive help finding and applying for a Covered CA plan, visit 211sandiego.org/coveredca or call 2-1-1.

     

    PB SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
    Nov. 28 marks the 11th Annual Small Business Saturday, a celebration of small businesses and the positive impact they have on communities across the country. An average two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business stays in that local community. Invest in bettering the Pacific Beach neighborhood and commit to shopping small for the holidays. Celebrate the season to shop small with all of your PB retailers. Discover Pacific Beach will kick off the holiday season with the annual Shop Local discount cards, local business specials promoted on social media, and a special shop small section at the PB Farmers Market. Follow @discoverpb to make sure not to miss any deals. Discover PB is also keeping the neighborhood looking festive by holding the annual business window decorating contest and hanging holiday wreaths on Crystal Pier. 
    Shopping small is made easy with all of your favorites in one spot. Discover Pacific Beach will be curating a special shop small section within the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers Market featuring retailers from around the neighborhood. With all the perfect PB picks, you will find exactly what you want for everyone on your holiday gift list. When: Every Tuesday from Nov. 17-Dec. 15 from 3-7 p.m. at Hornblend and Bayard.

     

    ROSE CREEK CLEANUP
    A community collaboration, Rose Creek neighborhood cleanup, will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at Wasabi Sushi parking lot, 2662 Garnet Ave. Volunteers should wear masks, hats, gloves and sunscreen. Water and snacks will be provided. For more information, call Caryn at 858-900-7024.

     

    ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY
    In order to better understand the impact on communities, the City of San Diego has released its first comprehensive study analyzing the intersection between San Diego’s creative industries and the local economy. The City’s Commission for Arts and Culture and the Economic Development Department initiated the 2020 Creative Economy Study, in partnership with the San Diego Regional EDC, to examine the economic impact creative industries and their workers have on the region. 
    “San Diego’s creative industries have an important ripple effect in the broader economy. Every job in the creative industry supports another 1.1 jobs,” said Christina Bibler, director of the City’s Economic Development Department. “This means that creative industries are a powerful component in the region, with many industries employing creative workers.” 
    The creative economy is defined as a sector made up of nonprofit and for-profit businesses and individuals who produce cultural, artistic and design goods or services and intellectual property. In San Diego, the creative economy employs more than 107,000 people at nearly 7,400 creative firms and organizations and generates more than $11 billion annually.  
    “With a 23% decline in jobs, the arts have been hit even harder by the pandemic than most sectors of our economy,” said Mark Cafferty, president/CEO of the San Diego Regional EDC. “As San Diego recovers, it is imperative we continue to work with our arts and cultural leaders to create a more diverse and resilient arts industry to weather future economic downturns - for the sake of the vibrancy of our communities and our culture.” 

     

    SAN DIEGO BEER WEEK 2020
    A 10-day celebration promoting more than 150 independent craft breweries in San Diego County, San Diego Beer Week will take place Nov. 6-15 with events held throughout San Diego County at participating breweries, bars and restaurants. The event is being brought by the San Diego Brewers Guild and Sycuan Casino Resort, with participation from the region’s local craft breweries, allied and affiliate members. This year, the industry has faced immense challenges, but never wavered in producing the exceptional craft beer for which San Diego is known.
    The 12th annual #SanDiegoBeerWeek will look a bit different than years past, with both virtual and safely curated in-person events held countywide. Visit sdbw.sdbeer.com for brewery-specific events, regularly updated by the brewery teams themselves.

     

    FLIGHTS TO HONOLULU
    Today marks Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight from San Diego International Airport (SAN) to Honolulu, Hawaii via Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). This is the first time Southwest has provided daily, nonstop service from SAN to Hawaii.  “We’ve been anticipating this route for many months and welcome Southwest’s new daily service to Honolulu,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president/CEO. 
    Passengers traveling to Hawaii are encouraged to review the state’s travel policy, which includes a pre-travel testing program, the Mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form, and temperature screening upon arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to review Southwest’s COVID-19 travel recommendations and procedures. For available flight days and times, visit southwest.com.  

     

    SILVERGATE A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
    Silvergate Elementary School in Point Loma is one of 36 California schools to receive National Blue Ribbon School honors for 2020. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
    The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. 

     

    NAVAL BASE BOARD MEETING
    The next Restoration Advisory Board meeting for the Naval Base Point Loma Complex Environmental Restoration Program is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:45 p.m. The board meeting is being held to discuss relevant issues. This will be a virtual meeting open to the public. To request a link for this virtual meeting, contact Kellie Koenig at [email protected]. For more information, call 619-556-8926.

     

    LACROSSE RESUMES APRIL 2021
    The National Lacrosse League has announced the League is targeting to start their 35th season the weekend of April 9-11 in 2021. The focus of the league and NLL teams is to work with health authorities and local jurisdictions to develop health and safety protocols for the players and fans at their games. A detailed schedule will follow at an appropriate time.
    Under the current plan, teams would report to individual training camps – some virtual and some in-person – under strict guidelines in mid-March, with all teams beginning game play in April. “We’re eagerly anticipating the NLL’s 35th season, and excited for the opportunity to get back to playing lacrosse in San Diego,” said Seals president Steve Govett. The 2019-20 NLL season ended March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Tuesday, Nov. 3

    PARKING METER MEETING
    The Parking Advisory Board for the Pacific Beach Parking District is holding a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. regarding a proposal for parking meters to be installed in certain areas of Pacific Beach. They're seeking feedback from the community. For more information, visit pbparking.org.

     

    PB WEED ABATEMENT
    Pacific Beach Town Council’s next weed abatement removal project will be Saturday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 a.m. The clean-up will focus on Grand Avenue from Mission Bay High School to the corner at Mission Bay Drive. This stretch has weeds along the sidewalk curb lines near MBHS and the golf course areas, and some weeds in center medians closer to Mission Bay Drive. Volunteers will be fanning out in teams to remove weeds in these different areas. PBTC’s volunteer sign-in table will be set up in the eastern-most MBHS parking lot on Grand Ave next to Rose Creek.

     

    ONLINE CHINESE LECTURE SERIES 
    Don’t miss the upcoming installment of the online lecture series presented jointly by the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and SDSU Chinese Cultural Center. On Nov. 7, Catherine Jones will speak about the heavenly qualities associated with jade in the Chinese tradition:
    What is jade? Not an ordinary stone. Jade was more valuable than gold or diamonds in China. It has a special quality that made a Chinese emperor offer 15 cities for a jade carving he could hold in his hand. As far back as 5,000 years ago, jade was buried in tombs. Later, different colors of jade were carved for many decorative or symbolic purposes. Among the SDCHM permanent collection is a most astounding full-scale jade suit for burial purposes. Zoom: https://sdsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAodOGurTssHNXBR97Df74N5u2wgMGNoviS. After you register, you will receive information about how to connect to the event on Saturday via email.

     

    LJ MAD ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
    The La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (LJ MAD) celebrated one full year of operations in October, working to proactively ensure cleanliness in the district in the Village of La Jolla with regular litter abatement, landscaping and pressure-washing activities. Current projects underway include landscaping improvements and more precision-focused sidewalk pressure washing activities. Sidewalk pressure washing continues three times a week.
    A project to restore weathered and rusting streetlight poles concluded with 21 streetlight poles getting a fresh coat of new paint. Following sanding and priming, these streetlight poles located from the district’s southernmost border on Girard Avenue to Silverado Street were painted from top to bottom, as was an additional streetlight pole on Herschel Avenue between Wall Street and Silverado Street.
    Discards from 41 city trash receptacles located within the geographic boundaries of the MAD are collected seven days a week, the city’s first stop on a daily route spanning from La Jolla to San Ysidro. Looking forward, a redesign is underway of the Enhance La Jolla website to augment content about LJ MAD activities. Watch for an announcement when the new enhancelajolla.org website goes live. Lastly, a consolidation plan for nearly 70 newsstands located throughout the district is in its final phase. Discussions with publication owners and the City of San Diego are nearing mutual finality regarding newsstand placement in several proposed locations. Contact Enhance La Jolla at 858-444-5892 or [email protected]hancelajolla.org.

     

    COMPLETE COMMUNITIES AT CITY COUNCIL
    On Monday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. the City Council will consider the proposed Complete Communities plan at a special meeting in the City Administration Building at 202 C St. On the 12th floor. Complete Communities include planning strategies that work together to create incentives to build homes near transit, provide more mobility choices and enhance opportunities for places to walk, bike, relax and play. These efforts ensure that all residents have access to the resources and opportunities necessary to improve the quality of their lives. Thoughtful and inclusive planning initiatives and programs aim to create a healthy environment and thriving communities that will serve to enhance the quality of life for all residents, regardless of their background and identity.


    Friday, Oct. 30

    SURFING, YOGA, TACOS, DRINKS, AND NIGHTMARES THIS HALLOWEEN
    - There will be a Halloween surf at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Tourmaline Surf Park. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
    - There will be a “Celebration of Life” yoga class and bonfire at 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 (Día de los Muertos) at Jersey Court and the beach in Mission Beach. Costumes encouraged. The sunset beach yoga is a donation-based class (suggested donation of $10-$20). Sign up at Facebook.com/OceanFitnessCA.
    - If you are looking for a frighten-ly good time… don’t miss out on the Mavericks Beach Club third annual Nightmare on Garnet. Costumes encouraged on Halloween, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., as Mavericks is going all out with their nightmare-themed decor, haunted special cocktail menu, spooky swag, and more. This promises to be one Halloween celebration you won’t forget.
    - Visit the Pacific Beach City Tacos location on Halloween Day Oct. 31 and receive a free quesadilla when you come in wearing your Halloween costume. The taqueria will also host a social media costume contest, with a chance to win a $25 gift card. To participate, simply snap a photo in costume while at City Tacos and tag the taqueria on social media.
    - Head to Break Point this Halloween for fun, food, and boos. The Pacific Beach destination will feature specialty cocktails such as the Pumpkin-Tini and the Blue-BOO-ry Passionfruit Sour alongside savory bites including wings and carne asada fries. Come in dressed to impress and enter Break Point’s Costume Contest – upload a photo in your costume at Break Point for a chance to win a prize

     

    BEST OF THE BEACH FISH TACO CONTEST
    Tickets are still on sale for Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest until Nov. 11. Ticket holders can stop by competing restaurants across PB to sample their selected signature fish taco between now and Nov. 15. After tasting all tacos, votes will be cast through an online survey emailed to ticket holders. Voting closes Nov. 18. Tickets are on sale now at pacificbeach.org for $12 apiece. Each ticket entitles you to one signature taco from the six participating restaurants listed below.
    Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest participating restaurants:

     

    • California Taco Club (4465 Mission Blvd.) - Beer Battered Fish Taco.

     

    • City Tacos (4516 Mission Blvd.) - Pescado Taco.

     

    • Maverick's Beach Club (860 Garnet Ave.) - Mahi Mahi Taco.

     

    • PB Fish Shop (1775 Garnet Ave.) - TKO Taco.

     

    • PB Shore Club (4343 Ocean Blvd.) - Grilled Mahi Taco.

     

    • Sandbar Sports Grill (718 Ventura Place) - TKO Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco.

     

    MISSION BAY JETTY REPAIR
    Repair work by the Army Corps of Engineers is continuing on the Mission Bay jetty. The work involves repairing the large rock structure of the jetty outer layer near the ends of each jetty, as well as a portion of the north jetty close to the South Mission Beach parking lot. 
    Additionally, the large concrete pad that used to support the navigation light at the end of the north jetty will be removed along with graffiti. The contractor will be using a barge-mounted crane to place the rock and a tug to position it. 
    The barge will be staged in the turning basin between the entrance to Mariner's Basin and the West Mission Bay Drive Bridge. The area will be secured and barricades and warning tape will be used to block certain areas currently accessible to the public. The work started in July and is expected to be completed in November.

     

    COMPETING MEASURE E RALLIES
    Rallies both for and against Measure E, the Nov. 3 election ballot proposal asking to remove the 30-foot height limit from the former Sports Arena and the Midway Area only, was held one-hour apart on Oct. 30 at the site at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. At 2:30 p.m. a group of Measure E supporters assembled in front of Pechanga Arena San Diego including Assemblymember and mayoral candidate Todd Gloria, District 2 Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell, District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman, representatives of the AFL-CIO and Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planners Cathy Kenton, Dike Anyiwo and Amy Stark.
    “The people who live in this neighborhood put Measure E on the ballot so we can reside in a community that is livable, beautiful and walkable just like other parts of San Diego,” said Midway resident Anyiwo. “We’re in a terrible economic and health crisis, and Measure E will create the jobs, parks and public spaces San Diego needs.”
    Proponents claim a new sports arena cannot be built under the current height limit in the Midway area, making Measure E crucial to creating world-class sports and entertainment complex. At 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 two other groups – Save San Diego Neighborhoods and Save Coastal Access-No on E – led by First District Council member and mayoral candidate Barbara Bry also gathered at the arena site.
    You've likely heard the fake pitch about affordable housing in the ‘blighted’ Midway District and may have seen the pretty drawings paid for by big money campaign contributors,” said opponents in a prepared statement. “Don't buy it. Measure E is nothing more than another scheme by land speculators and labor unions and the oh-so-many corrupt politicians they hold in their pockets. The plan is to fleece San Diego residents and steal public land. Increasing the height limit is the brass ring for developers and paves the way for thousands of high-end luxury apartments further enriching campaign contributors, lobbyists and no-doubt, their political puppets.”

     

    NAVAL BASE BOARD MEETING
    The next Restoration Advisory Board meeting for the Naval Base Point Loma Complex Environmental Restoration Program is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:45 p.m. The board meeting is being held to discuss relevant issues. This will be a virtual meeting open to the public. To request a link for this virtual meeting, contact Kellie Koenig at [email protected]. For more information, call 619-556-8926.

     

    FEEDING SAN DIEGO
    Feeding San Diego continues to support youth in need through its extended Summer Food Service Program, a critical part of its hunger-relief services across San Diego County that usually ends come fall. Due to COVID-19, waivers, and extensions have been put into place that allows the distribution sites to go on into 2021. Typically, SFSP provides vital support during the summer months to ensure youth are getting the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. Now, that support is available through the end of June 2021. In total, there are 28 sites (22 of which are open to the public), ensuring that there are many access points throughout the county for youth and families facing hunger.
    Before COVID-19, one in six children faced hunger in San Diego County. Now the need has surged by an estimated 50 percent. With schools primarily operating with virtual learning and unprecedented levels of unemployment across the county, youth are increasingly affected by hunger. At the 28 youth meal sites hosted by Feeding San Diego, children aged 1-18 can receive a free breakfast and lunch daily. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal: a parent or guardian can pick up meals for them if they provide the names of their children. Feeding San Diego has fully adapted its operations to follow San Diego County health guidelines, and these sites are operating as drive through pick-ups, with meals served on a first-come, first-serve basis to be taken home for consumption. Meals follow the USDA SFSP meal pattern and are either hot or cold. For more information visit feedingsandiego.org.

     

    BIKE FOR HUMANITY
    With wildfires continuing to rage throughout the Western United States, Bike for Humanity (BikeforHumanity.com), the global initiative co-created by Basketball Hall of Fame member Bill Walton, is set to return to the streets this Saturday, (Halloween Day, Oct. 31), with a socially-distanced, virtual ride to raise much-needed funds for wildfire relief efforts in both California and Oregon. The primary beneficiaries of Bike for Humanity are the California Fire Foundation (cafirefoundation.org) and the 2020 Community Rebuilding Fund, facilitated through Oregon Community Foundation (oregoncf.org). In California alone, there have been more than 8,000 wildfires since the beginning of 2020 and nearly 4 million acres have burned. And since mid-August, nearly 30 people have lost their lives due to the devastating wildfires. In Oregon, more than 1 million acres burned and nearly 40,000 people have dealt with evacuations during the worst fire season on record.
    There are several ways to sign-up and participate in Bike for Humanity’s Halloween Ride. Most importantly, you can ride for as long or as short as you choose, so long as you sign up and get out and ride your bike on Saturday. For people who simply want to participate, there is no cost to sign-up and register, however, there are multiple options for participants to donate as little as $25 and receive commemorative keepsakes, including official Bike for Humanity T-shirts, medals, and more. There are also a number of VIP experiential opportunities to choose from, as well as chances to register and win great prizes. Riders can visit BikeforHumanity.com to register and learn more.

     

    WESTFIELD UTC HALLOWEEN
    Halloween Inspired Scavenger Hunt: During the two weeks leading up to Halloween, make your way over to Westfield UTC for a Halloween-inspired scavenger hunt, taking place Oct. 31. The scavenger hunts are free to participate in between 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and will engage a number of different retailers and tenants of the center and all participants will receive fun Halloween treats upon completion. Costumes are welcome.
    Halloween Drive-In at Westfield UTC (Oct. 31): Westfield UTC continues their partnership with the San Diego International Film Festival to put on a Halloween-inspired drive-in movie experience at the center. On Saturday (Halloween), the drive-in will be showcasing a screening of “Hocus Pocus.” Costumes are welcome. VIP tickets are $50 per car and general admission tickets are $30 per car and the proceeds will benefit the San Diego Film Foundation Focus on Impact Educational Program. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the film will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

     

    CHARLIE BROWN AT THEATRE BOX
    You may have heard that the classic Halloween movie  “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will not air on network television this year for the first time in more than five decades. Well, fear not, ghouls and goblins, the “Halloween Brew & View” presented by the Museum of Beer at the Theatre Box in Downtown San Diego, has you covered. This fall craft beer tasting experience and food pairing will be narrated by the museum’s “Curator of Craft,” Bruce Glassman, who will take guests through a sensory and flavor experience as he shares a little bit of history about each of the participating breweries. Attendees will enjoy six hand-selected San Diego craft beers perfectly paired with delicious bite-sized savory and sweet treats from the popular Sugar Factory restaurant.
    Following the food and libations will be a very special showing of the Halloween cult-classic movie, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and there will be a prize for the “best in show.” The Halloween Brew & View takes place on Oct. 31 at the Theatre Box in Downtown San Diego, starting at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets or to learn more about this new holiday tradition, visit museumofbeer.com.

     

    COVID DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
    Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, in partnership with community leaders, will honor the nearly 900 San Diegans who’ve died due to COVID-19 and recognize the more than 223,000 lives lost across the United States, during a Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ceremony on Nov. 1  at 5:30 p.m. at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway.
    Dia De Los Muertos is a Meso-American tradition observed annually on Nov. 1 and 2 to honor those who have passed away. The Altar de Muertos is traditionally decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of those who passed away and other items of remembrance. The ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. to dedicate the COVID-19 Altar de Muertos will be live-streamed. Viewing locations will be on Supervisor Fletcher’s Facebook and Twitter.  

     

    ART CENTER DIRECTOR NAMED
    The Balboa Art Conservation Center announced that it has hired cultural heritage champion and experienced arts administrator Leticia Gomez Franco as its next executive director. She will start in early December. “I am incredibly honored and humbled to lead BACC as its new executive director and committed to the possibilities in this new position,” Gomez Franco said. “Conservation centers play a pivotal role in ensuring the objects that make up our historical cultural inheritance survive the times. Let us dare to reimagine our role as more than caretakers of objects, but also of the stories they keep, the societies they represent, and the people they exclude.
    “Let this be the moment we shift — along with the world — into the uncharted territory of inclusivity. As the leading conservation center in the west, the small but mighty team at BACC is ready to engage communities, demystify the field of conservation, stimulate dialogue, and usher the work into a more inclusive framework.” A nonprofit organization, BACC is located in the heart of Balboa Park. Learn more at bacc.org.

     

    LACROSSE RESUMES APRIL 2021
    The National Lacrosse League has announced the League is targeting to start their 35th season the weekend of April 9-11 in 2021. The focus of the league and NLL teams is to work with health authorities and local jurisdictions to develop health and safety protocols for the players and fans at their games. A detailed schedule will follow at an appropriate time.
    Under the current plan, teams would report to individual training camps – some virtual and some in-person – under strict guidelines in mid-March, with all teams beginning gameplay in April. “We’re eagerly anticipating the NLL’s 35th season, and excited for the opportunity to get back to playing lacrosse in San Diego,” said Seals president Steve Govett. The 2019-20 NLL season ended March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

     

    LOW-CALORIE WINE DEBUTS
    BABE Wine, the wine-in-a-can under the Anheuser-Busch umbrella, has just launched a new low-cal product, available exclusively in San Diego. The all-new BABE 100 is a light and refreshing canned wine with only 100 calories per can. This canned wine is meant to fill the void of a low-cal, delicious option for people who prefer the taste of wine over hard seltzer. It tastes almost too good to be true. San Diego was selected for the pilot program because of its vibrant food, wine, and cocktail scene. While BABE 100 will roll out nationally in 2021, only those in San Diego can get their hands on a can of the low-cal bev this year. BABE 100 is available in 4-packs of Rosé and a variety 12-pack of Rosé, White, and Red. You can find a list of all local San Diego retailers who carry BABE 100 HERE.

     

    Monday, Oct. 26

    MARATHON PRESALE BEGINS
    Presale for the 2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon taking place June 5-6, 2021 is now open by visiting runrocknroll.com/Events/San-Diego/Register. Presale registration is now open through Sunday, Nov. 1 featuring the lowest prices of the year. In addition, participants that register during presale will receive a free  Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego training T-shirt mailed directly to their door.
    Since 1998, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego has brought the fun to the run. As the original Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, Rock 'n' Roll San Diego is proud to return for its 24th year, taking participants on the ultimate running tour of San Diego. See America’s Finest City on foot next June 5-6, 2021 with a marathon, half marathon, half marathon relay, or 5K distance. To learn more about Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, please visit runrocknroll.com/Events/San-Diego.

    COMPLETE COMMUNITIES
    The City Council will consider Mayor Faulconer’s Complete Communities plan to encourage denser development near transit on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The proposed plan will offer a new optional incentive package developers can use for projects within half a mile of transit stations. The plan includes bus lines as well as trolley routes. The plan has come under fire from some community groups opposing more development in their neighborhoods.

    DON’T SPOOK PETS ON HALLOWEEN
    Creepy costumes, glowing jack-o’-lanterns and candy galore make Halloween a treat for kids and grown-ups alike, but they can be seriously scary for pets. To keep your pets safe and healthy this Halloween, San Diego Humane Society recommends keeping the following tips in mind:
    • Stay in: Keep pets inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. To reduce stress levels, keep pets in an enclosed room with their favorite toys and with the television or radio on.
    • Doorbell damage control: Excessive ringing of the doorbell can make some dogs bark and raise their stress levels. Consider leaving a note on your door that asks trick-or-treaters to lightly knock rather than ring the doorbell.
    • Keep Sweets out of reach: Chocolate and other ingredients can be toxic to animals, so keep candy somewhere they won’t be able to get into. Also, be mindful of wrappers and foil — they can be a choking hazard to animals.
    • Costumes are not for everyone: Just because animals look adorable in costumes, doesn’t necessarily mean they like it. Don’t make your pet wear a costume unless you’re sure they enjoy it. A simple Halloween bandana can be a more comfortable alternative to a full costume.
    • Use caution with Halloween decor: Keep jack-o’-lanterns with flames out of reach of your pets, or use flameless candles to prevent curious pets from getting burned. Also, use caution with fake cobwebs and other decorations that could be a choking hazard for your pet — and inadvertently catch wildlife outside.
    • ID your pet: Make sure that all of your pets are microchipped and wearing tags with a current ID. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities for your pet. If your pet does go missing, a pet ID and microchip will help ensure a quick reunion. Microchips are offered at San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego, Escondido, and Oceanside campuses for just $25. To schedule an appointment, visit sdhumane.org.

    LIBRARY FOUNDATION FIGHTS DIGITAL DIVIDE
    Digital inequity has existed for decades and has long been a focus of the San Diego Public Library Foundation and its partners. However, the pandemic is putting a shining spotlight on the issue, with the deep impacts of COVID-19 affecting San Diego’s most vulnerable communities and widening the digital divide. To address this, the Foundation did an innovative rethinking of what libraries are able to offer and how they can be set up to give technology access to those needing it most. The Foundation’s actions provide a unique model for other communities to follow and demonstrate how libraries are more than just books and can be used as a key solution to provide technology and access to those in need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    The San Diego Public Library Foundation helped libraries with three specific initiatives:

    1. For students – The Foundation is expanding a program to provide the technology needed for remote learning that started by giving out 240 Chromebooks

    2. For adult learners – The Foundation donated computers to participants in the Career Online High School program and READ/San Diego, an adult literacy program.

    3. For job seekers – The Foundation provided 200 Chromebooks for libraries to lend to patrons to use in outdoor library spaces. The program, colloquially called Computers in the Courtyard, continues to expand to more locations and more laptops available for check out. These computers can also be used by individuals who need the internet for a myriad of reasoning including college applications, research or social media.

    4. For the city - The Foundation stepped up to develop a broader response to address the digital equity problem. This initiative is now a part of the Mayor’s SD Access for All citywide initiative involving local government and its various departments, showing the value of libraries as a key solution to bridging the digital divide. 
      The San Diego Library Foundation was created as a catalyst for creating stronger communities through investment in the San Diego Public Library system. It helps provide access to resources supporting literacy, work readiness and lifelong learning, helping to ensure equal opportunities and for success for all.

    5. The foundation works within the community to raise funds, build partnerships and honor its patrons and donors. Since its inception in 2002, the San Diego Public Library Foundation has raised more than $130 million in private funds to augment and support library programs, collections, expansions and services. For more information, call 619-238-6695 or visit supportmylibrary.org.

    Friday, Oct. 23

    FISH SHOP CELEBRATES 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
    Sunday, Nov. 1 marks the Fish Shop's 10 year anniversary of opening their first location in Pacific Beach. To celebrate and thank the community for 10 years, the team has fun planned for the entire week prior, including an in-store raffle. From Monday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 1, every customer who dines in will receive a raffle ticket with their order. There will be a box setup where you can drop your ticket and enter to win prizes such as a bottle of Fish Shop seasoning, Fish Shop apparel; $10 gift cards; and free tacos. Those who dine-in on Nov. 1 will receive 10% off their order. PB Fish Shop is located at 1775 Garnet Ave. and open for dine-in service from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

     

    UCSD LAUNCHES INSTITUTE
    From improving wildfire monitoring to developing biodegradable products for a more sustainable future, the University of California San Diego has pushed boundaries and challenged expectations to promote positive change. Now, the university is poised to continue advancing its efforts to solve society’s most urgent issues with the recent launch of the Changemaker Institute at UC San Diego.
    A changemaker is anyone who has the courage to do things differently and takes creative action to solve social problems. By envisioning a better world, we all have the potential to be a changemaker.
    As the nucleus of the university’s Changemaker programs, the new campuswide institute serves as a supportive infrastructure to champion, oversee, and reinforce change-making efforts throughout UC San Diego. Its mission is to advance UC San Diego’s ecosystem for changemaker education, research, and community engagement among the campus community including students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
    For the 2020/2021 academic year, the institute has selected a theme of, “Inspiring Changemaking for a Just and Equitable Future.” This theme will be reflected across affiliated events, programming, and initiatives such as the upcoming Oct. 21 Global Ethics of Affirmative Action panel discussion in observance of Global Ethics Day and the 2021 Changemaker Week.
    The Changemaker Institute at UC San Diego invites the campus community to nominate individuals dedicated to channeling their talents and skills for the greater good. To nominate a Changemaker, visit the Changemaker Institute website. Selected changemakers will be recognized and honored throughout the academic year by the institute.

     

    PB HALLOWEEN HOLIDAY
    Visit the Pacific Beach City Tacos location on Halloween Day Oct. 31 and receive a free quesadilla when you come in wearing your Halloween costume. The taqueria will also host a social media costume contest, with a chance to win a $25 gift card. To participate, simply snap a photo in costume while at City Tacos and tag the taqueria on social media. Make sure to try the October Taco of the Month before October ends – the Vegan Sweet Potato Taco, featuring a golden fried purple sweet potato over black bean mousse and topped with microgreens, pico de gallo, and vegan basil aioli.
    Head to Break Point this Halloween for fun, food, and boos. The Pacific Beach destination will feature specialty cocktails such as the Pumpkin-Tini and the Blue-BOO-ry Passionfruit Sour alongside savory bites including Wings and Carne Asada Fries. Come in dressed to impress and enter Break Point’s Costume Contest – upload a photo in your costume at Break Point for a chance to win a prize

     

    PET BOOKS AT WARWICK’S VIRTUAL
    On Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m., Warwick’s in La Jolla will host veterinarian and San Diego Humane Society president and CEO, Dr. Gary Weitzman, who will present his two new companion titles to help families seeking the best tips and tricks for training their furry best friends. Titles include “Fetch! A How to Speak Dog Training Guide” and “Pounce! A How To Speak Cat Training Guide” (National Geographic Kids Books, ages 8-12). 
    This is a free Facebook Live virtual event for pet owners around the world to tune-in, listen, learn, and enjoy. Brian Daugherty, senior vice president and chief philanthropy and communications officer with San Diego Humane Society will interview Weitzman during this event. Also, joining the conversation will be Amanda Kowlaski, SDHS’ director of behavior programs. Kowlaski served as an expert reviewer for the books. With the pet adoption and ownership “boom" linked to COVID-19 quarantining, Weitzman will present information on responsible pet care, ownership, and training.

    FOPBE FUNDRAISER
    FOPBE (Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary) remains committed to supporting the PBE community. They are now holding the PBE STRONG Contribution Drive through Oct. 30.  By contributing, you are helping students benefit from social/emotional support as well as science enrichment. To make a contribution, visit fopbe.org. There are a number of great perks that come with your donation including a raffle ticket for prizes and PBE STRONG gear. Any amount is appreciated and all proceeds go directly to benefit students at every grade level.

     

    VIRTUAL DANCE RETURNS
    Award-winning New York City-based b-girl, dancer, and choreographer Ephrat Asherie embarks on a virtual dance residency at ArtPower from Oct. 27 through Nov. 19. Public events include film screening of “Everything Remains Raw: Hip Hop’s Folkloric Lineage” (Oct. 27), which traces the fundamental role African Americans have had in American popular dance. Director of the film Moncell Durden joins Asherie to discuss social dance and its physicality after the screening.
    On Nov. 5, a film screening of “Check Your Body At The Door” and conversation with the film’s griot/guiding star Archie Burnett and Asherie about the golden decade of dancing. On Nov. 12, audiences are invited to participate in an intimate “Conversation with Asherie” and UC San Diego lecturer Grace Jun as they discuss Asherie’s life and works. The fall 2020 residency concludes on Nov. 19 with a work-in-progress showcase of Asherie’s latest work “UnderScored.”
    All Ephrat Asherie Dance Residency events take place via online live stream. Tickets are $10 per device and can be purchased online at artpower.ucsd.edu. ArtPower at UC San Diego presents performing arts that engage, energize, and transform the diverse cultural life of the university and San Diego. For more information, visit artpower.ucsd.edu/

     

    MB BEACH CLEANUP SUCCESSFUL
    In September, Don’t Trash Mission Beach held its first beach clean up and art installation at Belmont Park. More than 60 people came out to volunteer and support. The volunteers picked up 523 pounds of trash from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    At 2 a.m. participants began setting up the installation along the boardwalk at Belmont Park with tables stacked with thousands of items picked up from the beach in just 30 days. That brought awareness in the form of a shock for many who stopped by and asked questions. We met new folks and those who want to collaborate with us in the future.

     

    BIRD ROCK MERCHANTS ON FACEBOOK
    The Bird Rock Merchants group has established a Facebook group dedicated to all merchants in Bird Rock. The aim of the group is to highlight the attractions of the various Bird Rock merchants and to provide information on their various offerings. A growing number of videos are already posted on the site, providing virtual tours of stores and introductions to business owners. If you are a Facebook user, you will want to join the site and to check in often for the latest updates.

    Monday, Oct. 19

    PACIFIC BEACH TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
    The next Pacific Beach Town Council virtual public meeting will be live-streamed on the group’s PBTC Facebook page Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include:

     

    • Q&A with local police, fire, and lifeguards.

    • Updates from public officials.

    • PBTC board elections with a vote on the 2021 slate of candidates. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the live stream. 

     

    MISSION BAY JETTY REPAIR
    Repair work by the Army Corps of Engineers is continuing on the Mission Bay jetty. The work involves repairing the large rock structure of the jetty outer layer near the ends of each jetty, as well as a portion of the north jetty close to the South Mission Beach parking lot. 
    Additionally, the large concrete pad that used to support the navigation light at the end of the north jetty will be removed along with graffiti. The contractor will be using a barge-mounted crane to place the rock and a tug to position it. 
    The barge will be staged in the turning basin between the entrance to Mariner's Basin and the West Mission Bay Drive Bridge. The area will be secured and barricades and warning tape will be used to block certain areas currently accessible to the public. The work started in July and is expected to be completed in November.

     

    HISTORIC SENIOR FUNDRAISER
    On Wednesday, Oct. 21, San Diego Seniors Community Foundation will host a virtual press conference to announce its No Seniors Alone Initiative, which will provide $1 million to support isolated older adults across San Diego County. The event will feature president/CEO of San Diego Seniors Community Foundation Bob Kelly and other community leaders who will discuss the challenges older adults face as the COVID-19 pandemic continues; as well as the pathways that will enable San Diego’s older adult population to thrive and the region to continue to benefit from their contributions.
    The widespread impact of COVID-19 and associated social distancing measures have hit San Diego's older adults especially hard. This has resulted in what AARP calls social isolation and the "loneliness epidemic." Increased social isolation for older people across San Diego County significantly threatens their overall health and wellbeing.
    In addition to the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on older people, San Diego’s service providers tasked with caring for this population lack adequate infrastructure and funding to deliver safe support services in the midst of a pandemic. For more information visit, sdscf.org. Featured speakers:

     

    • Bob Kelly, founder, CEO, and president of San Diego Seniors Community Foundation;

    • Abigail Sahm, Sahm Family Foundation; 

    • Congressman Juan Vargas; 

    • Aaron Ruiz, supervisor at Norman Park Senior Center; 

    • Shelley Lyford, CEO of West Health Institute. 

     

    SR 52 WESTBOUND CLOSED
    Construction crews will be working around the clock this weekend to smooth the pavement on State Route 52 (SR-52). All lanes of westbound SR-52 between State Route 163 (SR-163) and Interstate 805 (I-805) will close from 4:30 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Motorists will be detoured to southbound SR-163, to eastbound Interstate 8, to northbound Interstate 5 to SR-52.
    Crews began in late August on a $16.5 million project to smooth the pavement between SR-163 and I-805. Crews are working daily to complete the project by early November. On weeknights, at least one lane remains open during the construction hours between 4:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Nearly 30 highway workers are working this area each night. Motorists are advised to slow down and obey the speed reduction signs posted on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway.

     

    ASID ELECTS PRESIDENT
    Suzi OBrien, the principal designer and CO of EcoLux Interiors of San Diego, has been elected president of the American Society of Interior Designers’ San Diego chapter for a one-year term.
    OBrien focuses on residential interiors, specializing in eco-friendly design. A recent remodel achieved “Platinum” status from Green Point Rated, which provides third-party verification of green homes, and was featured in the San Diego Green Building Council’s Home Tour. 
    She prides herself in being able to create homes that reflect the personal “love stories” of her clients and incorporates each family’s history, treasures, travels and interests. Her interior design work has been featured in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, La Jolla Lifestyles and the San Diego Union-Tribune.  For the past seven years, she has been honored as the “Best Interior Designer” in the Peninsula Beacon’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
    In addition to OBrien, the new ASID board of directors includes Beppie Mostert, Allied ASID, director of communications; Shannon Miller-Rice, ASID, membership director; Robin Kelley, ASID, director of finance; Chelsea Metheny, ASID, director of professional development; Edwin Clement, Industry Partner ASID, director at large; and Vallerie Dalrymple, Student ASID, student rep to the board. 

     

    PB HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS
    The Taco Stand understands that trick-or-treating might look a little different this year, which is why they’re offering $1 Paletas on Halloween. Whether you opt for Oreo, pistachio, coconut or one of their many other indulgent flavors, this is one treat you can count on this year. Also, have a hoppy Halloween at Pacific Beach AleHouse, where you can get your fill of brews and views with $5 house beer available all day.

     

    Friday, Oct. 16

    SUPERHERO TRIVIA
    Because 2020 needs a superhero, Duck Dive will be celebrating Halloween in superhero-style. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Superhero Trivia will take place at 8 p.m. Reservations required for groups of 4-plus, and you can call 858-273-3825. For smaller groups, it will be first come, first served starting at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the best costume and trivia winner, along with superhero themed cocktails. On Friday, Oct. 30, Duck Dive will be gearing up for the festive weekend with superhero brunch at 10 a.m. Enjoy superhero themed cocktails and bottomless mimosas until 2 p.m. and costumes are highly encouraged.

    NIGHTMARE ON GARNET
    If you are looking for a frighten-ly good time… don’t miss out on the Mavericks Beach Club third annual Nightmare on Garnet. Costumes encouraged all week long and the beach bar’s spooky decor officially goes up on Monday, Oct. 26. On Halloween, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mavericks is going all out with their nightmare-themed decor, haunted special cocktail menu, spooky swag and more. This promises to be one Halloween celebration you won’t forget.

    VIRTUAL VISIONWALK
    The Foundation Fighting Blindness, committed to finding treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, will host its San Diego Virtual VisionWalk on Saturday, Oct. 24. This new one-day event is an opportunity for VisionWalk supporters from across the nation to come together virtually to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation’s mission. On Oct. 24, VisionWalk participants are encouraged to be creative in taking steps to fighting blindness by walking on a treadmill, going on a socially distanced walk outdoors, or hosting a virtual meeting with team members. Participants are also invited to show their strength and how they’re celebrating by posting a picture or video using #VisionWalkStrong on social media. Join the National Virtual VisionWalk by visiting VisionWalk.org

    SIDEWALK VENDING IN PB
    Pacific Beach Town Council has sent a letter to District 2 City Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell stressing the need for sidewalk vending regulations. “Due to inaction by the City of San Diego, we’ve seen a major uptick in street vendors along our boardwalks in Pacific, Mission and Ocean beaches,” wrote PBTC president Brian White in the letter. “We’ve sent pictures and complaints without any attempts by the City to remedy the situation. When the draft ordinance for sidewalk vending was brought to City Council committee in September 2019 by the mayor’s office, PBTC voiced full support for the new regulations.
    “The proposed rules called for the prohibition of vending on our boardwalks and other areas of high- pedestrian traffic, while still allowing this activity in certain areas with rules and proper permitting in place. After SB 946 opened up sidewalk vending across the state in September 2018, Carlsbad quickly responded by adopting new regulations in March 2019, while this issue remains unaddressed here in San Diego. We urge you to bring forward the draft ordinance to full council for approval as soon as possible.”

    ON-LEASH DOG HOURS
    “Our all-volunteer PB Town Council is seeking increased hours for on-leash dogs in Mission Bay Park,” said PBTC president Brian White. “We believe the current hours are too restrictive, so we're proposing that the City of San Diego to loosen up the hours a bit to give dog owners a little more time in the mornings and evenings to enjoy the bay with their pups. Changing the hours to 10 a.m.-4 p.m. year-round (for "Dogs Not Allowed") would provide more consistency as well.”
    Mission Bay Park Committee on Oct. 6 endorsed, in principle, extending on-leash dog hours and that meeting can be viewed on YouTube at youtube.com/watch?v=xkvaLnKMQdM&t=3805s, starting at 43:30.

    TOURETTE FUNDRAISER
    The Southern California Chapter of the Tourette Association of America, the only national non-profit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community, will host a virtual fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. The program will raise funds and awareness for the chapter, while celebrating Southern California’s children, adults and families that are living with TS. Featured presenters will include actor and director Dash Mihok, who will serve as the program’s emcee, Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, as well as animator, comic book artist, and musician Chance Raspberry — all of whom have Tourette Syndrome and are vocal advocates for the condition. For more information, visit socaltaa.org/virtualcelebration2020

    WALK TO BEAT ALS
    The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter will present its 2020 Walk to Defeat ALS, the nonprofit’s 20th annual fundraising walk, on Sunday, Oct. 18 as a virtual fundraiser due to Covid-19 restrictions. The fundraiser is free and open to the public. Information is available at alsasd.org. Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s programs, services and services provided to local families living with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain and the spinal cord.
    The theme for the 2020 Walk to Defeat ALS 2020 is “Walk Your Way,” which refers to the many different ways supporters can participate virtually while maintaining physical distance and still raising money for a cure, according to Steve Becvar, executive director, ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter. The 2020 fundraising goal is $300,000, and a minimum donation of $90 is requested to qualify for a walk T-shirt.

    DUCK DIVE HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL
    Duck Dive, a favorite PB hangout, is going basic this fall by transforming one of their beloved cocktails into a delicious, pumpkin-flavored delight. The Deja Brew, made with vodka, Kahlua, Modern Times Cold Brew, Coco Lopez, crème de cacao, and vanilla, will now also have fresh pumpkin and pumpkin spice blend. This frozen concoction comes served with leaf sprinkles to truly get anyone who orders it in the mood for fall. Duck Dive is at 4650 Mission Blvd., and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Monday, Oct. 12

    MISSION BAY MEDICAL BUILDING SOLD
    The retail-commercial building at 2168 Balboa Ave. has been sold for $1.7 million. The seller was the Carmel Creek LLC, and the buyer was 2168 Balboa Ave LLC, a company led by Dr. Brett Berman. The Franco Realty Group, led by Tony Franco and Seth Pite, exclusively represented the seller. Marcus & Millichap, led by Ben Tashakorian and Bradley Peters, was able to locate a buyer who plans on operating their cardiologist practice in one of the four units.
    The property includes four office units totaling 3,960 square feet and 14 onsite parking spaces. All four units were leased prior to COVID-19. After the businesses were shut down during quarantine, two of the four tenants never reopened. The vacancies provided an opportunity for Berman to purchase the building and open his cardiologist practice. For more information regarding the sale of the building, call The Franco Realty Group at 858-717-1697.

    POINTER PRIDE THIS WEEK
    The first virtual spirit week is being held this week at Point Loma High School. The schedule of spirit days is:

    Monday: Tie-Dye Day;

    Tuesday: Pointer Pride;

    Wednesday: Bring Your Pet to Zoom;

    Thursday: Class Colors;

    Friday: Pink Out.

    There will be a competition for the class that has the most spirit. If you dress up for Spirit Day, post a story in Instagram and tag your class Instagram for points.

    LIBERTY STATION VIRTUAL COSTUME CONTEST
    Liberty Station invites guests to participate in a virtual costume contest throughout the month of October. Strike a pose anywhere around campus and upload the photo to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, making sure to hashtag #HalloweenAtTheStation. Contenders will be entered to win first, second, and third prizes from kids, families, and pets categories (plus most creative and fan favorite picks). Prizes include gift cards from Liberty Station businesses including Stone Brewing, Solare, The Presley, Pigment, Moniker Coffee, Liberty Public Market, The Hot Spot, and more.
    Visitors are also encouraged to Follow the Anchor throughout the historic hub to locate festive photo ops, complete with fall décor of haystacks, corn stalks, and pumpkins galore. For more information, go to halloweenatthestation.com.  

    ONLINE CHINESE LECTURE SERIES
    Don’t miss the upcoming installment of the online lecture series presented jointly by the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and SDSU Chinese Cultural Center. On Oct. 17, starting at 10 a.m., author Russell N. Low, a California-born, fourth-generation Chinese-American physician, will recreate the world of Tong Yan Gai, or Chinatown, before the turn of the 20th Century. He will recount the story of his great-grandparents, Lai Wah, a railroad worker, and Ah Ying, a rescued child slave. 
    Their saga is intertwined with the history of the American West, beginning with the construction of the transcontinental railroad.  Later in the story, Low will explore the devastating impacts of the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the subsequent trafficking of young Chinese women as part of the illegal slave trade.
    Based on his novel, “Three Coins: A Young Girl's Story of Kidnappings, Slavery, and Romance in 19th Century America,” Russell's talk will touch upon the themes of immigration, discrimination, human trafficking, and romance that are as relevant today as they were 140 years ago. "Ripples in Time" will celebrate all the immigrant stories that make us uniquely American. Register in advance to attend this presentation in Zoom: SDSU.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAodOGurTssHNXBR97Df74N5u2wgMGNoviS. 

    YOUTH SPORTS RALLY
    Families, youth athletes, coaches and organization management within the Southern California soccer community rallied Oct. 10 at the County Administration Building in downtown San Diego to ask Gov. Newsom to open up gaming competition in California. In addition to the soccer community, organized by the Presidio Soccer League, all youth sports organizations and athletes were invited to attend. The participating organizations and leagues have waited patiently since June for the state to consider moving forward from individual training exercises within the state's reopening. Efforts made to seek conversation with state officials have gone unanswered.

    Friday, Oct. 9

    OB PUMPKIN PATCH
    The OB Pumpkin Patch will pop-up at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, on Santa Cruz Avenue between Bacon and Cable streets. Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer will be provided. Donations will be accepted. Children will receive a pumpkin.

    PB RESTAURANT ANNIVERSARY
    Steak N Fries at 1039 Garnet Ave. In Pacific Beach is celebrating its three-year anniversary Sunday, Oct. 18. “We opened our doors October 18, 2017 after relocating to San Diego in September of 2016,” said restaurant owner Angel Pagan. “We are 100% family owned and operated. The most important part of our business is ensuring every ingredient is fresh. We slice our ribeye fresh everyday along with our mix-ins (onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, jalapeños and cherry peppers) and cheeses (American Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Pepper Jack). Every item on the menu is customizable, you pick your meat (steak or chicken) your mix-ins, and your cheese.”
    For his anniversary date, Pagan has something special planned. “We will be picking three names to win a free meal,” he said. “We have the sign up sheets in store and all they have to do is leave their contact info, and if we draw their names, we will contact them. Also, the first 25 customers that day will receive a gift from us including some of our exclusive merchandise and special offers. We will also have special treats for everyone who stops in to celebrate with us.”
    Pagan added that, as always, seniors, students and military will receive 10% off. “We will be operating during the hours of 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays our hours are 11 a.m.-midnight,” he added.

    SD AIRPORT RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION
    San Diego International Airport has achieved Airports Council International World’s Airport Health Accreditation for its “Let’s Go Safely” program that prioritizes the health and safety of passengers, employees and the community through a number of modifications and improvements at the airport. The ACI Airport Health Accreditation program provides airports with an assessment of how aligned their health measures are with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and International Civil Aviation Organization Council Aviation Restart Task Force recommendations along with industry best practices.  
    The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority voluntary initiated the request to achieve accreditation by submitting a questionnaire and a cleaning and disinfecting plan that details the process in which SAN has addressed topics including cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications, and passenger facilities. Once submitted, the questionnaire was reviewed by ACI and accreditation was granted for a period of one year. 
    “This accreditation provides SAN with third-party verification and recognition of professional excellence in maintaining safe, hygienic facilities and promoting best practices that align with efforts across the aviation industry,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority president/CEO. “I want to commend our operations team for their diligent efforts in achieving this important accreditation.”   
    Since March, SAN has been implementing several health and safety modifications throughout the terminals, Rental Car Center, Parking Plaza, and Airport Authority administration building. Those modifications and protocols include increased cleaning of high touch points, electrostatic spraying, signage on preventive health measures, floor decals and seat separation signage to queue six-foot social distance, hand sanitizer stations, Plexiglas sneeze guards in certain public spaces, and facial coverings required on all airport property. For more information on ACI Airport Health Accreditation program, click here. To learn more about what SAN is doing to keep travelers safe, visit san.org/gosafely

     

    LGBTQ VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
    Several San Diego LGBTQ-serving organizations will be hosting a conference to increase culturally competent services in San Diego County for victims and survivors of sexual violence who identify as LGBTQ. The three-day conference entitled #MeTooLGBTQ will be held online from Thursday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 17.
    The goal of the #MeTooLGBTQ conference is to increase culturally competent services for victims and survivors of sexual violence and relationship violence that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer and to create space for LGBTQ+ survivors to connect with each other and community resources. For more information and to register, visit sdpride.org/metoolgbtq.

    Thursday, Oct. 8

    PACIFIC BEACH SURF CLUB DONATION
    Union Bank Pacific Beach branch manager Catherine Principato recently presented a check to Ron Greene, Pacific Beach Surf Club president, for the philanthropy work the PB Surf Club has provided to the Pacific Beach community, such as StayHomeSD, Pacific Beach Middle School Surf Team, Mission Bay High School Surf Team, and the Pacific Beach Middle School Orchestra Music Program.

    EAST MEETS WEST WITH CRAFT BREWS
    Craft beer royalty from both ends of the country are joining forces for an imperial collaboration like no other. Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, N.Y., and AleSmith Brewing of San Diego, have teamed up to give a new twist to their best beers. Philosophy and Velocity combines each brewery’s most iconic beers: Ommegang’s Three Philosophers and AleSmith’s Speedway Stout. Each brewery crafted a singular blend to release in their respective markets.
    Though they share a name, the two varieties of Philosophy and Velocity have distinct regional differences. Philosophy and Velocity: West Coast, from AleSmith, pours velvety black with a creamy white head. Aromas of roast espresso and chocolate lead to semisweet caramel malt flavors. Full-bodied and textured, this is an incredible sipper.
    “We have always been huge fans of Brewery Ommegang, and are thrilled to be able to work with their team,” said Ryan Crisp, director of brewery operations/head brewer at AleSmith Brewing Co. “Each step of the creative process has been natural and seamless. These rich and complex beers are meant to be compared, savored, and enjoyed. We hope our fans love them as much as we do.”
    Philosophy and Velocity hits shelves in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, and a few dozen other markets and will be sold in 4-packs with 16 ounce cans.

    SPORTS ARENA COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
    Following selection by the City of San Diego to redevelop the Sports Arena Site, Brookfield Properties and ASM Global launched the Sports Arena Community Advisory Board today. The group is comprised of 19 members representing the business, transportation, neighborhood, climate action, military and higher education communities and will actively provide input to help shape the future of the Sports Arena property.
    Community participation is a key principle for all projects that we engage with,” said Zach Adams, vice president of development at Brookfield Properties. “We are excited to collaborate and work in close partnership with the Sports Arena Community Advisory Board throughout the entire process to reimagine the current Sports Arena property into a special, mixed use destination.”
    The Sports Arena Community Advisory group held its first meeting virtually this week and will continue to meet throughout the planning and development process of the Sports Area property.
    The Brookfield Properties and ASM Global team were selected as winners of the opportunity to redevelop the Sports Arena property in August, following a public Request for Proposals (RFP) process through the City over the last year. Brookfield Properties and ASM Global have initially envisioned a mixed-use district of parks, housing, office space, modern entertainment venue and retail that is convenient, walkable and transit oriented.
    Sports Arena Community Advisory Board membership includes: Cathy Kenton, Midway-Pacific Highway Planning Group; Dike Anyiwo, Midway-Pacific Highway Planning Group; Byron Wear, Point Loma Resident; Anthony Pretto and Chuck Pretto, Kobey's Inc.; Kevin Sheehan, Phil’s BBQ; Rebecca Lieberman, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; Nicole Capretz, Climate Action Campaign; Jason Riggs, San Diego Stadium Coalition; Chris Duggan, California Restaurant Association; Andy Hanshaw, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition; Jason Paguio, Asian Business Association; Mark Balmert, RADM, USN, San Diego Military Advisory Council; Lynn Reaser, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, Point Loma Nazarene University; Sherry Ryan, San Diego State University; Angeli Calinog, Circulate San Diego; Karen Thatcher, Walter Anderson Nursery; Sunny Lee, Old Town Chamber of Commerce; and Coleen Clementson, SANDAG.

    AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB KIDS PROGRAM
    The American Kennel Club has launched AKC PupPals for kids in need of uplifting with a message from a canine friend. In light of the crisis California is facing right now, the club thought it was fitting to expand the program to cater to anyone in need of some cheer – medical professionals (HEROES), nursing home and hospital patients, and anyone else impacted by the California wildfires and coronavirus.

    Anyone can nominate a person to receive a letter or video from a canine companion, just sign them up here: form.jotform.com/200776189576166. More than 500 requests have been received and fulfilled and AKC is happy to do more. To learn more about this program, visit akc.org/puppals.

    FESTIVAL OF FAITH IN LA JOLLA
    St. James By-The- Sea will present A Festival of Faith: Lament and Hope from Oct. 18 to Nov, 1. The event will feature two special services, a photography exhibition, and the premiere of a sound installation, which will take place at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. During the two-week period. The event will begin with a sung Compline-by-Candlelight Service on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. This calm, contemplative choral service, meant for the end of the day, will be led by the Schola Cantorum of St James. The service will include solo voices and polyphony in both ancient and modern styles.
    On Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m., a Jazz Vespers service will close the festival. Come, bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket. For information call 858 459-3421. The services will be held on the church patio with appropriate social distancing. Space is limited and masks will be required at all events. Reservations are required and can be made at sjbts.org. For additional information, contact Walter DuMelle 646-457-8707 or [email protected].

    NEWSSTANDS REMOVED
    In September, in partnership with a volunteer crew from La Jolla GolfCarts, the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District removed and disposed of 26 abandoned news stands located on sidewalks throughout the Village of La Jolla. Special thanks to Robert Mackey, Israel Alvarado and Dylan Adler of La Jolla Golf Carts for their help and the use of a trailer to facilitate this project.
    After more than two years of off and on and trying to get this project done, the La Jolla MAD removed 26 rusty, abandoned news stand racks. The La Jolla MAD would like to thank the owners of the news racks that gave permission to dispose of their racks. The La Jolla MAD still has work to do, however, with the news racks that are left.  The La Jolla MAD intends to consolidate the locations for the remaining news racks to better inventory and keep track of these publications.  We're going to need help from existing news stand owners to update or come up with a plan to better represent their product in La Jolla Village.

    Tuesday, Oct. 6

    PB PARKING METERS DISCUSSED
    The Parking Advisory Board for the Pacific Beach Parking District is holding a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. regarding a proposal for parking meters to be installed in certain areas of Pacific Beach. They're seeking feedback from the community. Join the zoom meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85044305709?pwd=UWlGMFlTYS9EaEprZkdIT2

    VZUkVBUT09. To register email [email protected].

     

    BALLOT DROP-OFF SITES

    The Point Loma/Hervey branch library at 3701 Voltaire St. will serve as an official Mail Ballot Drop-Off location for the 2020 Presidential General Election from Tuesday, Oct. 6 through election day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Your signed, sealed and dated voted mail ballot envelope can be dropped off during these hours:

    • Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    • On Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd, hours for dropping off voted mail ballots will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    • Questions regarding the Mail Ballot Drop-Off program should be directed to the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters 858-565-5800.

     

    I-5 RAMPS TO SR-52 CLOSED NIGHTLY

    Caltrans construction crews will close the southbound Interstate 5 (I-5) connector ramp to eastbound State Route 52 (SR-52), between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. now through Thursday, Oct. 8 for electrical work.

    Motorists will be detoured to the Clairemont Drive off-ramp, east on Clairemont Drive to the northbound I-5 on-ramp. For real-time traffic information including traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, and more, go to quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.

     

    VIRTUAL FORUMS FOR CLIMATE ACTION 

    In order to gather public feedback on climate action efforts and future goals, the City of San Diego is hosting a series of virtual community forums for residents in all nine City Council districts. The virtual forums are scheduled in place of in-person community events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Earlier this year, the Sustainability Department launched Our Climate, Our Future, an expanded vision for climate action in San Diego. When the City’s landmark Climate Action Plan was adopted in 2015, it included a commitment to update the plan in 2020. This update will incorporate changes in state laws and policies, advances in technology, and new goals for creating a more sustainable future for all. 

    Upcoming dates and registration information for the virtual forms are available on the City’s website. All of the forums will be held on Zoom and a link will be sent to participants after they register. Language interpretation services will be available. 

    The Climate Action Plan calls for the City to cut half of all greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. Strategies include 100% renewable electricity; water and energy efficiency; zero waste; bicycling, walking, transit and land use; and resiliency measures. Anyone who is unable to attend a virtual forum can share their viewpoints through a public survey available online at SDClimateSurvey.org.

     

    MEASURE E SUPPORTED

    Businesses and environmentalists joined at a press conference at Pechanga Arena San Diego to support the “Yes on E” campaign on the Nov. 3 ballot calling for removal of the 30-foot height limit from the Midway District and the former Sports Arena. Citing the economic and climate benefits of the ballot measure, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and non-profit Climate Action Campaign both urged voters to approve Measure E, which they claim will allow for a new sports arena in the Midway District and spur the creation of jobs, housing and parks at no cost to taxpayers.
    “Measure E will create jobs in a variety of industries and give our economy the shot in the arm it needs right now,” said Jerry Sanders, president/CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “In the midst of the worst economic downturn in generations, Measure E will put San Diegans back to work.”
    “Measure E will revitalize the Sports Arena district, bringing parks, public transportation, residential and recreational opportunities to this deteriorating area,” said Matthew Vasilakis, co-director of policy for the Climate Action Campaign. 

    Measure E will make it easier for San Diegans to walk, bike and take transit, improving quality of life and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.”
    Measure E has also been endorsed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmembers Jen Campbell and Chris Cate.

     

    RENTERS MARCH ON HALL OF JUSTICE
    More than a month after Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature passed AB 3088, San Diego renters marched on the Hall of Justice Courthouse downtown protesting and contending the bill affords no real protections from eviction while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage statewide. On Oct. 5, courts throughout California re-opened to allow landlords to start filing evictions in accordance with AB 3088. Renters and renters’ rights advocates are demanding that all evictions must stop, and that state legislators must cancel rent immediately.

    “AB 3088 is not enough,” said protesting renter Patrica Mendoza. “Landlords are still finding ways to evict and intimidate tenants.” 

    Some renters are claiming, although AB 3088 provides some protections against evictions, that most tenants are still unaware of the law and what resources are available to help them navigate the system. 

    “This is not our fault, we did not cause the pandemic, and we should not have to worry about being evicted,” said protest leader Barbara Pinto. “It’s the responsibility of our leadership to find solutions to this problem.”

    “The problem is that San Diego as a region has done a poor job investing in tenant support or programs,” said rent protester Grace Martinez. “The rental relief available isn’t enough. The law needs to change and elected officials, both local and statewide, have to make a decision, are they going to fight to protect tenants and families, or not?” 

     

    VIRTUAL POEFEST

    The third annual virtual PoeFest, filmed performances of works by Edgar Allan Poe and
    other authors of the phantasmic, in partnership with Save Our Heritage Organisation, will be held

     Oct. 23- Nov. 1. Artistic director, Veronica Murphy, has shared that “PoeFest has quickly become a San Diego favorite Halloween adventure. Everybody loves the wonderfully chilling stories of Poe. And there are so many authors to explore that have followed in his footsteps. Virtual is our only option for storytelling now – so we are embracing the challenge of capturing a phantasmic theatrical experience on video. We’ve recreated the atmosphere, filming by candlelight in the Historic Adobe Chapel in Old Town.”

    Performers include Brittney Caldwell, Manny Fernandes, Linda Libby, Brian Mackey, Paul Maley, Sandra Ruiz, Rachael VanWormer, and Travis Rhett Wilson as Edgar Allan Poe.

    For more information, visit writeoutloud.ticketspice.com/poefest.

     

    NEW BRUNCH AT BREAK POINT

    Brunch lovers can add a new destination to their list of must-try spots in San Diego. Pacific Beach’s Break Point has launched a new brunch menu with sweet and savory dishes that are sure to satisfy. Guests can indulge in selections including a Breakfast Sandwich, Chilaquiles and Mac-Nut Pancakes which include three buttermilk pancakes topped with macadamia nuts, toasted coconut, and served with house-made coconut syrup. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., and will also feature quintessential brunch beverages including $15 bottles of champagne and mimosa specials. Break Point is at 945 Garnet Ave. and is currently open for indoor dining, and will soon accommodate outdoor dining with a new parklet.

     

    DRIVE IN TO DRIVE OUT CANCER

    The Immunotherapy Foundation, a San Diego-based non-profit organization working to accelerate cancer immunotherapy research and cancer prevention programs, is hosting “Drive In to Drive Out Cancer” on Saturday, Oct. 10. The drive-in movie event will take place at the East lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd,,and will screen “School of Rock,” featuring Jack Black. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the feature film will begin at 7 p.m. Three no-host food trucks will also be available on site to enhance the drive-in movie experience.     

    Reserve your parking spot for $100 for a Family Night Out package. Families can also upgrade their spot to a Red-Carpet Experience for $500. There are also a limited number of opportunity tickets on sale, sponsored by John Matty Co., and a small silent auction featuring a 3-night stay at the exclusive Whitworth Family home in La Jolla Shores, a private chef cooking class and lunch by Chef Dan (the Whitworths’ private chef) and a weekend stay at the La Jolla Shores. Tickets are available for purchase at IFCure.org and on-site.  

    Proceeds from the fun-filled, family-friendly movie event will benefit Immunotherapy Foundation’s mission to accelerate cancer immunotherapy research. “Drive In to Drive Out Cancer” will follow all socially distant regulations for a safe and family friendly gathering.  

     

    VIRTUAL FILM PREVIEW PARTY

    The San Diego International Film Festival (Oct 15-18) sdfilmfest.com is coming right up in less than two weeks, and a Virtual Preview Party is being hosted this Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    You can RSVP Here to access. At the Preview Party you'll hear more about the films and learn your way around the Virtual Platform.

     

    MAIL BALLOT DROP-OFF

    Starting today, San Diego voters looking for a convenient and quick way to turn in their mail ballot can drop it off at any of the 36 San Diego Public Library locations. Any registered voter in San Diego County is welcome to drop off their mail ballot. Signed, sealed and dated mail ballot envelopes can be dropped off at City library locations during drop-off hours: Through Nov. 2, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  On Election Day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.  

    An official mail ballot drop box, staffed by workers from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, will be in front of every library location during drop-off hours. The library sites are for mail ballot drop-offs only and are not early voting locations. Information on mail ballot drop-off services and a list of library locations can be found on the San Diego Public Library’s website. Election and voting information is available from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters at sdvote.com or by calling 858-565-5800. 

     

     

    Saturday, Oct. 3

    PACIFIC BEACHFEST FISH TACO CONTEST

    For the last 22 years, tens of thousands have gathered along the boardwalk near Crystal Pier on the first Saturday in October to enjoy family friendly fun, delicious food and drink, and action-packed activities at the Pacific BeachFest. Even though Discover Pacific Beach announced they will not be holding the official Pacific BeachFest in all of its glory this year, they are committed to bringing the PB community a new way to experience some favorite BeachFest events.

    One activity that is coming back with a new spin is the Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest. As part of “a new Pacific BeachFest experience,” this contest will take place over six weeks, allowing ticket holders to stop by competing restaurants across PB to sample their selected signature fish taco between Oct. 1-Nov. 15. After tasting all tacos, votes will be cast through an online survey emailed to ticket holders.

    Voting closes Nov. 18. Tickets are on sale now at pacificbeach.org for $12 each. Each ticket entitles you to one signature taco from these six participating restaurants:

    • California Taco Club (4465 Mission Blvd.) - Beer Battered Fish Taco;

    • City Tacos (4516 Mission Blvd.) - Pescado Taco;

    • Maverick's Beach Club (860 Garnet Ave.) - Mahi Mahi Taco;

    • PB Fish Shop (1775 Garnet Ave.) - TKO Taco;

    • PB Shore Club (4343 Ocean Blvd.) - Grilled Mahi Taco;

    • Sandbar Sports Grill (718 Ventura Place) - TKO Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco.

    Finally, runners rejoice. There is still a chance to earn swag and record their time – with multiple attempts – for the Pacific BeachFest 5K. Register, run, and record your time virtually during October for the 2020 Pacific BeachFest 5K. Find out more and register to run at sandiegorunningco.com.

     

    HARVEST WALK AT BELMONT PARK

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    Shoreline Community Services helps unsheltered people and families in beach areas
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Nov 25, 2020 | 7355 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Cory Stapleton, of PATH, speaks with Keith Boyers.
    Cory Stapleton, of PATH, speaks with Keith Boyers.
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    Shoreline Community Services is helping unsheltered individuals and families in the central beach area including Pacific Beach by helping fulfill their unmet needs, one person or family, at a time.

    They (unsheltered) are interwoven into the fabric of our community: That’s just a fact,” said Caryn Blanton, a SCS volunteer and board member. “Are we going to treat them like dirt? Or give them dignity and respect or care?”

    Added Blanton: “We can fix this. We can, together, make a big change. We’re starting to make a dent. Things are starting to happen. We’re going to make a difference. We’re going to keep plowing forward.”

    The goal of SCS with its nine-member board is to help provide for the health and financial needs of the unsheltered. Ultimately, the objective, besides taking care of their personal needs, is to transition the unhoused off the street and into permanent housing.

    We’re not a service provider,” said Blanton. “We connect with other providers.”

    SCS also approaches aiding the homeless differently.

    We talk about relief versus development services,” pointed out Blanton. “Relief services (food, hygiene items) go around and around… you get what you (immediately) need, but you’re not moving up and out. If you mix in development services (housing, drug/domestic abuse treatment, employment) with relief services, then people go up, and out, moving somewhere.”

    Blanton added aiding the homeless is accomplished, initially, through providing meal services to them. “We learn their names there, their stories,” she said. “That’s where we engage and connect with people. If we stopped doing that, they’d scatter and we would never be able to get them what they need.”

     

    SCS’s strategy for transitioning the unsheltered:

    • Determine their most pressing challenges;

    • Find the solutions to those challenges;

    • Identify and organize community members who can assist;

    • Facilitate the execution of the solution.

    SCS fills aid gaps to the unsheltered by working with other groups that offer them meals, services and access to housing options. SCS partners with a growing number of organizations and businesses as well as numerous local churches. Those include Pacific Beach United Methodist Church, Christ Lutheran Church, St. Brigid’s Parish, St. Andrew’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, and Pacific Beach Christian Church.

    SCS helps provide services to more than 300 needy individuals weekly. It also continues a long-standing working association with the UC San Diego Student-run Free Clinic and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine offering medical, dental, and acupuncture services to more than 75 unsheltered individuals and families every week.

    SCS also works collaboratively with high-profile civic groups Discover PB, beautiful PB, the Pacific Beach Town Council, Duwara Consciousness Foundation, District 2/City of San Diego, and the Pacific Beach Woman’s Club.

    SCS has deep roots in the PB community going back about 20 years, said Blanton, noting the group earned nonprofit status in 2015.

    With a strong background in community development, Blanton discussed how she conceived of, and implemented, the PB Street Guardians program, which for three years hired the unhoused to do community clean-up and beautification in PB.

    I went for daily walks with my dog and became friendly with some of the unhoused,” she said. “I remember walking the day after July 4th and it was a disaster and I thought, ‘Who’s going to take care of this?’”

    It was then it occurred to her there was plenty of unsheltered looking for a hand up. So she organized unsheltered work crews to “cruise around picking up garbage.” That led to contracting with Discover PB and the ultimate creation of the street guardians.

    Where SCS is unique in its approach to helping the unsheltered is its focus said Blanton on “engaging the whole community in helping out so it’s not just us doing it. Shoreline is the community. Here at the beach, there are no services to speak of. If you are unhoused, there is nowhere to go. No mental health clinics. No addiction or abuse services. No place to get an i.d., a voucher or a bus pass. Our volunteers are trained to be mentors, helping the unsheltered get what they need.”

    Blanton said SCS’s top priority is helping the community’s most vulnerable. Right now, that’s its unhoused population, especially the elderly. She estimated the PB-La Jolla area’s current unsheltered population numbers between 300 and 400.

    It’s a lone wolf society,” she said of the unsheltered. “You’re on your own. There’s lots of crime against each other. Women, especially older women, are very vulnerable. If the right thing (employment, housing) comes along… when they’re ready, we can move people (up and out). With some, it’s quicker than others. It’s a process.”

    Concluded Blanton: “We need volunteers to make that happen. We’re hoping to engage the community in solving the problem.”

     Want to help? Visit shorelinecs.org to volunteer.

     

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    Drive-in Nutcracker, art walk, and holiday tree lighting at Liberty Station
    Nov 25, 2020 | 1594 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The San Diego Ballet Company will present eight outdoor matinee performances of the Nutcracker Ballet at Liberty Station. COURTESY PHOTO
    The San Diego Ballet Company will present eight outdoor matinee performances of the Nutcracker Ballet at Liberty Station. COURTESY PHOTO
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    Liberty Station will hold some seasonal events this year with their Salute the Season happenings, which feature an itinerary of events including a drive-in Nutcracker performance, festive art walk, Christmas tree photo opportunities and much more.

    • Drive-In Nutcracker – The San Diego Ballet Company will present eight outdoor matinee performances of the Nutcracker Ballet on Friday, Nov. 27 – Sunday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 6. The outdoor, drive-in, pop-up auditorium will accommodate 30 parking spots per show. As a “tailgate” format, guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and food from local neighborhood restaurants. To note, this event is currently sold out.

    • Holiday Tree Lighting – Liberty Station’s traditional 88-foot-tall Christmas tree will be lit and decorated beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Located directly behind Stone Brewing, the holiday tree will be open for visitors and photo-ops. To note, they will not be holding a lighting ceremony.

    • Salute the Season Art Walk – In partnership with the NTC Foundation, the Salute the Season Art Walk features 12 installations throughout Liberty Station’s North and South Promenade inspired by the “Twelve Days of Christmas” carol. Guests will be able to take themselves on a self-guided tour. They are encouraged to snap a photo with an installation and post on social media with #SaluteTheSeason to be entered into a raffle to win a Zoom chat with Santa. This installation is free and will take place from Thursday, Nov. 26 to Sunday, Jan. 10.

      At 361 acres, Liberty Station is inspired by the Spanish Colonial Revival-style and is divided into five districts which include Arts District, The Quarter, The Neighborhood, South Point and NTC Park. A full directory of businesses can be found here

       

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    All Souls’ Point Loma Home Tour to be virtually fabulous
    by CYNTHIA ROBERTSON
    Nov 22, 2020 | 4372 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A decorated interior of a home in the annual All Souls' Episcopal Church Christmas Home Tour. COURTESY PHOTO
    A decorated interior of a home in the annual All Souls' Episcopal Church Christmas Home Tour. COURTESY PHOTO
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    Every year since the 1950s, the ladies at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma have organized and hosted a much-anticipated home tour. In the mid-’80s, the event was moved to the first Saturday in December with an added Christmas marketplace. It has become such a beloved holiday tradition that one year when the church did not have the tour, people in the community were greatly disappointed.

    The Rev. Joseph Dirbas explained that happened before his time. “From what I understand, there was such an outcry in the community that they picked it up again the next year. The home tour is a community tradition.”

    The home tour is always on the first Saturday of Advent, and the Christmas marketplace has many unique handcrafted items. This year will be the 69th annual All Souls’ Point Loma Home Tour — with a few significant changes, pandemic-style.

    Mary Brown, who is the home tour coordinator this year, explained. “In the spring, of course, we were not sure if our Home Tour event could go on as a live event, but many were not ready to give up planning,” she said.

    December seemed like a long way away back in April, and the home tour committee thought things could change a lot as the spring and summer progressed.

    “But by midsummer, as COVID-19 took another tougher hold on the nation, we realized that we would have to get creative and start fashioning something very different if we were going to have an event at all,” Brown said.

    The committee started imagining how an online home tour event day could go. While the home tour committee did have many hospitality skills, most of them did not have the technological know-how to envision, much less execute, an online event.

    What they did decide to do, as part of their robust event website, which will be unveiled on the virtual tour day, Saturday, Dec. 5, is to have a gala slideshow on the website of many of the festivities of previous years’ home tours. There will also be photos and videos of the homes and holiday celebrations of past years.

    This new perspective serves the participants — the ones who post and those who view it — a uniquely personal tour experience. Additionally, the marketplace, which has always been a part of All Souls’ Home Tour experience, will be available through an online sale of items this year. The committee is working hard on this now, busy loading photos, descriptions, and prices on the event website.

    “Folks can buy and pay for the items online, and the items will be picked up or delivered in a safe manner. There will be special new musical offerings on the event website as well,” Brown said.

    Instead of obtaining tickets, we are asking the community to donate the amount they usually spend on tickets, which they can easily do on the website while they are getting into the holiday spirit with Christmas music, marketplace shopping, and all the other online festivities planned.

    Brown explained that the home tour committee had to convince themselves, the parishioners, and the friends of the tour that this year was going to go forward in abundance even though it would be very different than previous years. The preparation for the home tour this year has been challenging, to say the least.

    “But it’s funny, there is actually less to manage, especially with regard to homeowners and logistics,” Brown said.

    “The planning and management of hundreds of people walking through four or more different homes are not there this year. What’s the challenging part this year is starting with a clean slate and getting a vision of what we could do--and it’s all a very new take on what we have traditionally done. 

    I think our convincing skills have been exercised quite a bit. Like many institutions, but maybe more so as Episcopalians--we have jokes about how hidebound we can be — we had to encourage people to embrace this needed new version of our annual home tour event,” she said.  

    As a result, Brown and the other committee members have been helping the congregation community to imagine and look forward to this newly fashioned virtual home tour.

    “The most important thing to us all was to continue this year to raise money for outreach projects. As every year, our proceeds help our local community as well as humanitarian projects worldwide,” Brown said.

    Father Dirbas agreed. “During this strange year when we all feel a bit disconnected from our communities the Home Tour gives us an opportunity to remember that we are all in this together and, most importantly, we will get through this together.

    “We're a community. All Souls' Episcopal Church, as a faith community, is dedicated to serving and caring for our wider community,” he said.

    Brown said that there are already plans to do a live version of the home tour next year. But she does believe that the committee will incorporate some of the safety and health considerations of 2020 as they go forward. In future years, very likely the technology innovations developed this year will be implemented.

    “While it is our signature fundraiser to support our mission and ministries, All Souls’ considers the home tour as a gift to our community with a festive way to start the Christmas season,” Dirbas said.

    To find out more about this year’s virtual home tour — which has been dubbed the Christmas Home un-Tour and to make donations, check in regularly as the website adds more details to ptlomahometour.com.

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