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    Restaurants and businesses open in Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla areas
    Mar 29, 2020 | 21934 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Find your favorite takeout food options at places still open in the San Diego coastal areas. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Find your favorite takeout food options at places still open in the San Diego coastal areas. / Photo by Thomas Melville

    Here is a list of some of the restaurants and businesses that are open for takeout/delivery in the Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla areas.

    For updated information on businesses, visit their website, social media or call. If you see businesses on this list that are closed or businesses that are open and not listed, let us know at




    55 Thai Kitchen – Offering take out and delivery.

    710 Beach Club – Noon-sunset daily. Offering a limited takeout food and drink. 858-483-7844.

    B-Mo’s Sandwich Shop – Offering take out, pick up, and delivery via UberEats, GrubHub, and Postmates.

    Baked Bear – Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone or via DoorDash, UberEats, Postmates, or Grubhub.

    Bare Back Grill – Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Offering delivery through Bring It To Me SD, Postmates, and Doordash or call 858-274-7177 for curbside pickup.

    Bayside Landing – Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Offering pick up and delivery. Order at 858-270-9200. 10% off pick-up orders if you mention their IG post.

    Better Buzz – Hours: PB West 5 a.m.-5 p.m.; PB East 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; PB Grand 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Offering take out orders and encouraging drive-thru.

    Biggie’s Burgers – Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Offering delivery through regular partner services, as well as curbside pickup.

    Board and Brew – Call in your order for pick up or order at or via the Board & Brew app. Get 10% off online orders with code: 10TOGO.

    Brazilian Bowls – Offering in-store, online, and mobile ordering and pick-up and delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, UberEats, and Grubhub.

    Breakfast Republic – Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Offering full menu, including monthly specials for takeout orders. Call or walk-in to place order.

    Broken Yolk Cafe – Hours: 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. daily. Offering curbside pick up and delivery via UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub.

    Cafe Athena – Offering pick up and delivery. Order at 858-274-1140, at, or via DoorDash, UberEats, or Postmates. 15% off take out orders.

    Cali Banh Mi – Offering delivery and pick up. Order at

    Charlie’s Best Bread – Open for take out.

    Cheba Hut – Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone or via DoorDash, GrubHub, or Postmates.

    Coffee Cycle – Offering take out. Only two customers allowed in the store at one time.

    Costa Brava – Hours: 1:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Offering take out only. Order at 858-273-1218.

    Crushed PB – Offering pick up orders and delivery via DoorDash.

    Dirty Birds – Offering pick up and delivery through Postmates, DoorDash, and Grubhub.

    The Donut Bar – Hours: Wednesdays-Fridays 7 a.m.-sold out; Saturdays-Sundays 8 a.m.- sold out; Fridays-Saturdays “encore hours” 5 p.m.-sold out; closed Mondays-Tuesdays. Offering pick up, curbside pick up, and delivery. Order delivery via DoorDash, order curbside pick up by phone 858-900-2012, or order next-day pick up at beginning at 3 p.m. each day.

    Fig Tree Café – Offering pick up orders. Walk in or call 858-274-2233 to place an order.

    Firehouse – Hours: 1-8 p.m. Offering delivery and take out. Place orders at 858-274-3100.

    The Fishery – Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays; closed Mondays. Offering take out including to go menu, prepared items, fresh fish, and wine. Order by phone.

    Flame Broiler Pacific Beach – Offering pick up and delivery. Order pick up by phone and order delivery through Doordash or Postmates.

    French Gourmet – Bakery still open offering take out.

    Freshii – Offering take out orders.

    Hoboken Pizza – Offering curbside pick up and no contact delivery (curbside pick up and no contact delivery upon request). Place orders at, by phone 858-270-7766, or via DoorDash, Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats, or Slice.

    Iron Pig Alehouse – Hours: 4-9 p.m. daily | Order at for curbside pickup.

    Koffee Kat – Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone 858-247-74640 or via UberEats, GrubHub, or Postmates.

    Konito’s Café – Offering take out orders. Call in orders 858-230-7355.

    Kono’s Café – Offering pick up and delivery. Order pick up by phone 858-483-1669 or delivery via DoorDash.

    Leilani’s Cafe – Open at 7 a.m. daily. Offering curbside pick up and walk-ups welcome. Order by phone 858-361-1280.

    Local H2O – Hours: Mondays-Fridays 9:30 a.m.-7 pm; Saturdays-Sundays 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Offering curbside pick up.

    The Mad Beet – Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone, DoorDash, or GrubHub.

    Mamma Mia – Offering take out and delivery. Order by phone 858-272-2702.

    Miss B’s Coconut Club – Offering curbside pick up and delivery ($50 minimum for delivery). Cocktails available to go. Order by phone.

    Mr. Moto Pizza – Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Offering delivery and carryout only. Last delivery half an hour before closing. 858-490-0501.

    Oscars Mexican Seafood – Offering pick up and delivery within PB area. Order online through their website or in person.

    Our Green Affair – Offering curbside pickup. Call in your order 858-352-6641.

    PB Fish Shop – Offering takeout and delivery services through UberEats and DoorDash or call 858-483-4746 to place your takeout order.

    PB Oriental Offering take out and delivery via Grubhub. 858-886-7811.


    Poke Chop SD – Offering take out and delivery. Order by phone or via Doordash, Grubhub, and Postmates.

    Powerhaus Pizza – Offering curbside pick up and delivery. Place order by phone 858-886-7666,, or via Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash, and UberEats.

    Pure Cupcakes – Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays-Mondays. Offering take out orders, pre-orders, and local delivery. Place pre-orders by phone 858-274-2253, email, or via GrubHub or Postmates.

    Rhythm’s Chicken and Waffles – Offering take out and delivery through Grubhub, DoorDash, and UberEats. Giving 20% off to all health care professionals to say thanks.

    Rickaroons – Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Offering curbside pick up. Order by phone 858-859-2220.

    Safi Mediterranean Grill – Offering take out and delivery.

    Sandbox Pizza – Offering take out and delivery. Order online through their website or by phone.

    SD Taproom – Offering full menu and beer for pick up or delivery to 92109 residents at no charge. Order online for an additional 10% off, all day every day. Ordering direct is always appreciated.

    Second Nature PB – Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone (858-247-5236) or via Postmates, UberEats, DoorDash, and Grubhub.

    Spice Lounge – Offering take out and delivery. Place take out orders online (, and order delivery via Postmates, DoorDash, or UberEats.

    Square Pizza Co. – Offering curbside pick up and delivery through Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub and directly through their website.

    Steak n Fries – Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Offering pick up, delivery, or curbside pick up. 858-352-6600.

    Thai Village – Offering pick up and delivery. Order online through GrubHub.

    Treeology – Offering pick up only. Order by phone 858-247-7425.

    Truckstop – Offering delivery and takeout. Order by phone 858-274-8785.

    Vallarta Express – Offering drive-thru, take out, and phone orders.

    Wokou Ramen and Yakitori – Hours: Noon-8 p.m. daily. Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone 858-400-4511. 15% off pick up orders. $5 meals offered for service industry, health care providers, and first responders.

    Woodstock’s Pizza PB – Offering to go, curbside pick up, and free delivery (can request no contact). Open for lunch, dinner and late night. Order by phone, online, or walking in. $5 off XL Pizza order using code: FIVEOFF.

    Woody’s Breakfast and Burgers – Offering take out only by phone 858-273-9663.

    World Famous PB – Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays-Thursdays. Offering take out.

    Yerba Mate Bar & Empanadas – Offering take out and delivery. Order pick up by phone at 858-900-3309 or in person. Order delivery via Postmates or DoorDash.

    Yogurt on the Rocks – Offering take out and delivery. Call in your take out order or order delivery all major delivery platforms. 20% off gift card sales.

    Olive Café – 858-488-1224 Open for takeout 7 a.m.-5 p.m., delivering 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


    Olive Baking Co. – 858-291-8222 Open for takeout 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., delivering 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


    Cheesy Express – Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Take-out, call-in, walk-in. 858-886-7480, 3219 mission Blvd.

    Blenders Eyewear –

    Blooms + Threads –

    Mimi & Red –

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    9Round Boxing – Offering virtual workouts through the member portal on the 9round website.

    BarreBody – Posting IGTV workouts @barrebodystudios.

    MVMT Warehouse – Offering group online training program.

    Ooh La La Dance Academy – Offering online dance classes.

    Pacific Beach Training – Live streaming all traditional workouts and uploading daily workout options.

    Performance 360 – Offering an online classroom & daily IG live Q&As.

    Red Dragon Martial Arts – Offering a Virtual Dojo for clients and a free two-week course for adults and children.

    Spirit Yoga – Posting IGTV/IG Live classes and meditations.

    Versatile Fitness/VF Revolution – Posting live and recorded workouts daily on IG @versatilefitness.



    Bistro Pazzo
    Bubba’s BBQ
    Burger Lounge
    Cafe La Rue (La Valencia Hotel)
    Candor by Giuseppe
    Cherry Wine Modern Asian Cuisine
    China Chef
    Coffee Cup
    Cove House
    Don Carlos Taco Shop
    El Ranchero
    Girard Gourmet
    Goldfish Point Café
    Green and Lean Cafe
    Green Door Cafe
    Isola Pizza Bar
    Jack in the Box
    Jersey Mike’s
    Juice Kaboose
    Juice Crafters
    Karl Strauss
    La Dolce Vita
    Lifely Wellness
    Mr. Moto Pizza House
    Nekosan Sushi
    Nektar Juice Bar
    Parakeet Café
    Piazza 1909
    Pinpoint Cafe
    Pizza Pronto
    Qala Peruvian Restaurant
    Shorehouse Kitchen
    Sicilian Bella
    Small Goods Cheese Shop & Cafe
    Sugar and Scribe Bakery
    Taste of Himalayas
    Thai Gulf
    The Spot (occasional promotions)
    The Taco Stand
    Trilogy Sanctuary
    We Olive

    House of Pizza 858-551-0125

    Osteria Romantica – 858-551-1221 (5-9 p.m.)

    Shore Rider – 858-412-5308

    Piatti – 858-454-1589 (noon to close)

    Cheese Shop – 858-459-3921 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

    Scoops Ice Cream – 858-246-6321

    Brick & Bell – 858-333-1673

    Shore House Kitchen – 858-459-3300

    The Corner Mercantile & Eatery – 858-246-6294

    NeighborSaver Market – 858-456-0260


    Wheat & Water






    Don Bravo Grill and Cantina



    Bird Rock Fine Wine




    Corner Bakery Café: Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Din Tai Fung: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Lemonade: Open Mondays-Fridays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. for takeout and delivery only.

    Noodles & Company: Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Queenstown Bistro: Open Mondays-Saturdaysnoon-7 p.m., Sundays noon-6pm for takeout and delivery only.

    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews: Open Mondays-Sundays 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Seasons 52: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Delivery available til 7 p.m. Curbside and takeout access til 8 p.m. 

    Shake Shack: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Tender Greens: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. for takeout and delivery only.

    Veggie Grill: Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only. 


    BBQ House

    5025 Newport Ave.



    Beach Sweets

    5022 Newport Ave.



    Café Bella

    4984 Voltaire St.



    Chris’ Liquor & Deli

    2275 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.




    3960 W Point Loma Blvd.



    Daybreak Island Grill

    2296 Bacon St.



    Dirty Birds

    1929 Cable St.



    It’s Raw Poke

    4991 Newport Ave.



    Litickers Mexican Grill

    4955 Voltaire St.



    Little Chef Chinese Food

    4910 Newport Ave.



    Mad Munch Grilled Cheezers

    4871 Newport Ave.




    4955 Newport Ave.



    Mike’s Taco Club

    5060 Newport Ave.

    Just stop by


    Mr. Moto Pizza

    1929 Cable St.



    Newbreak Coffee & Café

    1959 Abbott St.



    Newport Quik Stop

    4921 Newport Ave.



    Nico’s Mexican Food

    4918 Newport Ave.



    OB Beans

    Bulk beans available for delivery.


    OB Kabob

    4994 Newport Ave.



    OB Noodle House Bar 1502

    4993 Niagara Ave.



    OB Voltaire Quik Stop

    4984 Voltaire St.



    Olive Tree Deli

    4805 Narragansett Ave.



    Old Town House

    4941 Newport Ave.



    P.L. Bagels

    3704 Voltaire St.



    Poma’s Italian Delicatessen

    1846 Bacon St.



    Pizza Port

    1956 Bacon St.



    Raglan Public House

    1851 Bacon St.




    5049 Newport Ave.



    Sundara Indian Cuisine

    1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.



    Sunnie’s Café

    4723 Point Loma Ave.



    Surf Rider Pizza

    2163 Abbott St.



    Surfside Deli

    1912 Rosecrans St.




    2232 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.



    The Coffee Method

    4993 Niagara Ave.



    The Harp

    4935 Newport Ave.



    The Tilted Stick

    4970 Voltaire St.



    Pirates Cove Tiki Port

    2201 Cable St.



    Your Mama’s Mug

    4967 Newport Ave.




    1776 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.



    Vlil’s Heath Bar

    4861 Newport Ave.



    Jennings House Cafe

    1018 Rosecrans St.



    Pummarò Pizzeria

    1101 Scott St.




    Dirty Birds

    Take out available. Click here.


    Moniker Coffee/Moniker General

    Coffee to go and curbside grocery options. Click here.


    Point Loma Tea

    Online sales and virtual tea tastings. Click here.


    Slaters 50/50

    Take out available. Click here


    Solare Ristorante

    Curbside pick up and online cooking classes. Click here.


    Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

    Special pricing on to-go orders. Click here.


    The LOT

    Beer and wine options available with food orders. Click here.


    Wicked Maine Lobster
    Live lobster and frozen tails available for delivery. Email  




    Artist Leslie Pierce/ And Something Different Studio
    Online art classes beginning March 30. Link


    Cornel/Henry Art

    Online exhibition available here.


    Lovejoy Creations Studio

    Daily YouTube live painting sessions & videos available here.  Enroll in Lovejoy's "Paint with a (palette) Knife" course. For course details and to sign up click here.


    Outside the Lens

    Virtual workshops, screenings and other events coming soon.  Check their website for updates here.


    Reading Legacies

    Providing engaging activities for families with little ones at home. Check out family friendly activities and read-a-louds on their Instagram here.


    San Diego School of Ballet

    Online ballet, pilates, tap and stretch classes for students at home. The classes are 1 hour and are free with a suggested donation. Class schedules and information available here


    San Diego Watercolor Society

    Shop online through March 29 and see April Members Show, ‘Cheeky Monkey,’ online after April 2. For online shop and exhibit information click here.


    Songbirds Music

    Virtual music classes for families available beginning April 6. Tuition includes three classes per week for 10 weeks. For additional information and resources, click here


    Theatre Arts School of San Diego

    Free and low cost online classes available for young theatre artists to feel inspired, supported, and engaged. Participate in classes remotely from home using Zoom.  For information and to register, click here.


    The Energy Coalition

    Environmentally focused PEAK@Home lessons can be done with materials found at home. Online Professional Development Training for PEAK programs is available to all educators TK-8th-grade. All opportunities are FREE and some require registration.  For more information and resources, click here.


    Visions Art Museum

    Online classes and a virtual gallery docent tour throughout the month on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Visit their website for activities, online challenges coloring pages and more. For more information click here.




    Apricot Yarn & Supply

    Shop online, curbside pick up, phone in orders available Mondays-Fridays 10am-12pm. Free shipping for San Diego addresses. To order, click here.


    Hire Heroes USA

    Professional development services to active duty military, veterans, and military spouses. Services are provided completely virtually including workshops and career fairs and at no cost to the service member or spouse. For more information, click here.


    Karen Jones Fine Art

    Originals and prints, cards as well coaster tiles available for sale. For information and pricing, click here


    Lauren LeVieux Artist Studio

    Original oil paintings available to view and purchase online here


    Lovejoy Creations

    Painting KITS- supplies shipped to you! Choose from one project, three projects or Paint Your Pet at Home. All projects are geared toward first time and beginner painters of all ages. Purchase here


    Moment Bicycles

    Open for business and offering free delivery and in-store pickup. For questions and information click here


    The Hot Spot

    To-Go Pottery, Mosaic & Slime kits are the perfect way for some "in home" creativity. For more information click here.  



    Place custom invitation orders. Consults available via phone or Zoom and samples and swatches will be mailed. For information and to make an appointment, click here.






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    Beacon back lighting the way – ‘New' Point Loma Lighthouse restored
    Mar 26, 2020 | 30726 views | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The lantern comprises two levels: the upper lens room is now removed, leaving the barrel of the watchroom as seen from a drone camera. PHOTO BY RYAN STRACK
    The lantern comprises two levels: the upper lens room is now removed, leaving the barrel of the watchroom as seen from a drone camera. PHOTO BY RYAN STRACK
    The crane was used for lifting 20,000 pounds of recast iron, piece by piece. Here, the roof frame is being lowered into place atop the lantern. PHOTO BY KIM FAHLEN
    The crane was used for lifting 20,000 pounds of recast iron, piece by piece. Here, the roof frame is being lowered into place atop the lantern. PHOTO BY KIM FAHLEN
    Under a glorious January sky, the fully restored lighthouse looks rather dapper in its coat of many covers. PHOTO BY KAREN SCANLON
    Under a glorious January sky, the fully restored lighthouse looks rather dapper in its coat of many covers. PHOTO BY KAREN SCANLON
    San Diego has a new lighthouse, sort of! The leggy iron tower that has stood beckoning ships at the lower tip of Point Loma since 1891 has undergone a full restoration. Now the old rust bucket is in good standing for another century. And just in time. Straightening a three-degree tilt of the upper two sections and rooting out layers of lead paint and desecration from rust-jacking was no easy feat for independent contractor, Neil Gardis of ‘Ohana Industries, Ltd. and his team of three: Nickolas Bliler, Ryan Strack, and Kevin Goodman of San Diego. “From the start, we were more than aware of the lantern and watchroom precariousness,” Gardis explains. “The upper section supports had deteriorated significantly. A three-degree list doesn’t seem like much but it’s a ton of trouble when you realize that there’s metal failure of support points holding 120,000 pounds. It’s a double whammy!” A QUICK HISTORY Thirty-seven tons of ironwork rolled into town on rail flatcars from Trenton, N.J. in July 1890 intended for San Diego’s new lighthouse. This lighthouse would supersede the operation of the little Cape Cod structure that has graced Point Loma since 1855. The station would be re-established at a lower elevation where the fog and low clouds were less likely to obscure its light. Point Loma Lighthouse was commissioned on March 23, 1891, and has since been the operational beacon at San Diego. Automation in the early 1970s replaced the need for on-site personnel, and thereby, the tower’s deterioration began in earnest. Other forced priorities overtook regular maintenance. Alas, the future of the iron skeleton remained sorrowfully uncertain. TO THE RESCUE: U.S. COAST GUARD FINANCE OFFICE It seems when lighthouse properties are sold into private or non-profit ventures that those monies are used to rehabilitate other U.S. lights. In June 2017, San Diego’s leaning tower was awarded a contract for restoration because of its historic significance and location at the southwestern-most point of the continental United States. Initial Coast Guard (hereafter, USCG) condition assessment of the lighthouse had called for abrasive blast cleaning of the entire tower, and removal and replacement of cast iron components showing greatest deterioration. In September 2017, multi-level scaffolding was constructed around the lighthouse, which for many months was wrapped in plastic sheeting. Abrasive blast cleaning removed rust and layers of paint (some, lead-based). This prepared surfaces for new coatings, although at this point, a sacrificial generic paint was given to avoid ‘flash rust’. Ultimately, at least three coatings were applied to everything. As the Gardis team’s disassembly of the upper lighthouse sections began, it became evident that the condition was far beyond USCG anticipation. Gardis sent a quantitative report with a revision of work to the design office in Oakland. “There was no mechanical way to replace some items and not all,” Gardis says. “A multitude of cast iron components would require complete replacement, or be ‘recast’—about 20,000 pounds of it.” Castings were fabricated in Jacksonville, Fla., in an exhaustive process requiring wood molds and sacrificial sand molds for every piece. Fortunately, the original architectural drawings exist and dimensions were taken from these. Delivery of castings arrived bit by bit, the last not until mid-2019. Though the project took two-and-a-half years instead of six months, and $2.1 million, the end result of this massive restoration is a structurally sound and like-new lighthouse. LIGHTING THE WAY AGAIN A rotating, third-order Fresnel lens served Point Loma Lighthouse until 1997. The rotation had ceased so it was removed by Coast Guard personnel in 2001 and placed in storage at Cabrillo National Monument. The giant prismatic lens, a modern marvel of the1890s, gave way to a small, rotating Vega-25 beacon placed on the outside gallery railing. All the while, the tower stood condemned. In 2005, a new structure — known as the Assistant Keepers Quarters—was completed at San Diego’s only National Park to display the lens. It stands today for all to see at Cabrillo National Monument. During restoration work, the functioning Vega beacon was taken from the railing and attached with the sound signal on a platform behind the lighthouse. On March 4, USCG Aids to Navigation Team, Sector San Diego, but the ‘icing on the lighthouse cake.’ To the excitement of these author-historians, present for its first flash, a modern VLB-44 array was installed in the lantern, precisely where the giant lens was once positioned. The next day, San Diego’s operational lighthouse sent the first signal to sea, again.
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    Jan E Hutchinson
    March 27, 2020
    Very interesting piece of history. The photos are wonderful and give you a sense of actually being there. Giant project but they did a super job in restoring a landmark in San Diego. Everyone should take the time to visit Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse.
    Tips for keeping children busy while staying at home
    Mar 24, 2020 | 25150 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A family checks out the tide pools south of the Ocean Beach Pier at sunset. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A family checks out the tide pools south of the Ocean Beach Pier at sunset. / Photo by Thomas Melville

    Schools out… for the summer?

    Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said most schools will not return to class this spring due to the school closures associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

    The closures have caused teachers and parents to quickly put together resources, schedules and plans to keep students on track with learning goals. In San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District announced a partnership with KPBS and the San Diego County Office of Education to continue to provide learning resources for its students. The partnership will include a TV broadcast and an online component. 

    The TV programming will air on KPBS 2 from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The content will be aired according to grade levels (6-8 a.m., grades TK through 3; 8 a.m.-1 p.m., grades 4 through 8; 1-6 p.m., grades 9 through 12). The digital component will provide access to a library of free educational videos, lesson plans and training sessions. Schools are also continuing to provide food for students in need.


    Having students and young children at home provides time to bond as a family, but it also means parents and caregivers are responsible for keeping everyone busy and engaged. Below are some resources to help better structure the time without it turning into a movie marathon day after day.



    Consider taking a virtual tour. While you may not be able to physically go to a museum or theme park right now, some are offering virtual tours at Try checking out of these national parks in California virtually: Death Valley, Channel Islands, Joshua Tree, Redwood, Sequoia, Yosemite. 

    The San Diego Zoo has a full webpage dedicated to children that include facts and videos about different animals, activities, and games. The Women’s Museum of California has digital exhibits available where students can learn about notable women of California, women in the military and more.



    Universal Pictures is releasing some of its movies early on digital platforms, including Trolls World Tour,” which will be available Friday. Disney+ released Frozen 2” earlier than planned on its streaming platform earlier this month.

    In addition to movies, you can watch Broadway musicals,educational shows on Netflix, and live cameras from aquariums. 



    Some educational companies are offering free subscriptions during the school closures and Scholastic is releasing free courses daily through its “Learn from Home” website. The site offers projects for students related to reading, history and more. Its projects are divided by grade-level.


    You can also take advantage of digital access to San Diego County libraries, which provides access to e-books and audiobooks.



    NASA is providing access to its digital images through this website. Paris museums have put images from their collections online. The Metropolitan Opera in New York is streaming live performances nightly.


    Consider turning to Instagram accounts for arts and craft projects. These teachers and parents share ideas on making things and fun activities that can provide a break from a screen.


    For a full list of resources, click


    Lynn Walshis a freelance journalist and an Obecian. She works to promote trust between journalists and the public through the Trusting News projectand teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University. Originally from Ohio, Lynn has grown to love living at the beach and posts way too many San Diego sunset photos on Instagram.













    • Apps to help you learn and study from home





    Resources were compiled by Lynn Walsh for SDNews and last updated on March 18. 

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    Staying active while isolating at home
    Mar 24, 2020 | 4494 views | 2 2 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A woman runs through Sunset Cliffs on Saturday, March 21. Currently, city parks and beaches are closed. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON
    A woman runs through Sunset Cliffs on Saturday, March 21. Currently, city parks and beaches are closed. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON

    Last week, San Diego County ordered all gyms in the county to close. On March 23, the City of San Diego closed beaches, parks, and trails. People can still walk and run outdoors in their neighborhoods, but must not be in groups and need to practice social distancing.

    Going to the gym or a favorite workout class is part of a daily routine for many people. Luckily, just because facilities are closed it doesn’t mean that routine has to end. Below are some ideas to stay active while practicing social distancing.

    To see a full list of digital workout resources available, visit



    Many local and national gyms are taking their classes on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. In many cases, these live-streamed classes are available to members and non-members alike and streamed publicly. In some cases, you may have to join a private group on Facebook or an email list to see the content. Some local studios taking this approach include Performance 360, Fortis & YOGALUX and the November Project San Diego


    Individual instructors from studios are also hosting live classes through social platforms and video conferencing tools like Zoom. Some local instructors include Lauren with Hello Heart Space, Alexa Dorazioand Natalya with Bridal Bootcamp San Diego.



    Some fitness apps, like Peloton and DownDog, are extending their trial periods or making their apps free for a few weeks. Through an app called Studio Sweat, the San Diego County YMCA is providing free access to a variety of workouts, including TRX, pilates, cycling and strength classes.

    While some classes do require equipment there are so many options that just require showing up and pressing play. To see a full list of digital resources available, visit


    Back to basics

    While access to the gym can make working out easier, don’t forget about the basics. You will want to make sure to still practice social distancing though.


    • Walking and running. Get reacquainted with your neighborhood by walking or running around the block – say hello to neighbors from a safe distance.

    • Bodyweight exercises. From pushups to squats, there are a lot of exercises you can do without any equipment. Try committing to doing 100 sit-ups, push-ups and squats a few times a week. Or holding a plan for 100 seconds. And don’t forget about jumping rope.

    • Point Loma hills. If you need a quick burn, just head up one of the many hills leading from Ocean Beach to Point Loma. It’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

    • Bike rides. Don’t forget about riding your bike. There are plenty of roads – now with less traffic – to cruise around.


    Lynn Walsh is a freelance journalist and an Obecian. She works to promote trust between journalists and the public through the Trusting News project and teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University. Originally from Ohio, Lynn has grown to love living at the beach and posts way too many San Diego sunset photos on Instagram.



    • YMCA San Diego has a website and app that features workouts to do at home.


    • Planet Fitness is live streaming home “work ins” on their Facebook page.



    • All DownDog apps are free until April 1. For students and teachers the apps are free until July 1.






    • The Little Yoga Studio is offering classes through Zoom. Members should sign-up for classes using their account or through the MINDBODY app.


    • Yoga Six is offering its members free access to at-home workouts through its mobile app, Y6Go.



    • Alexa Dorazio is offering free yoga class downloads on her website.


    • Natalya with Bridal Bootcamp San Diego is posting workout videos to her Instagram account.



    • Free Workout Apps: (search for them in the Apple App Store)

      • Daily Leg

      • Daily Butt

      • Simply Yoga

      • Daily Arm

      • Daily Ab

      • 7M Workout

      • WorkoutWomen

      • Ab Workout

      • Butt Workout

      • HIIT Workouts

    Resources were compiled by Lynn Walsh for SDNewsand last updated on March 18. Want to add to this list? Feel free to make a suggestion by adding a comment in the document.


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