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    Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Jun 21, 2018 | 2300 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Visitors check out the high surf at Sunset Cliffs last week. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Visitors check out the high surf at Sunset Cliffs last week. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Claudia returns Due to the popularity of her previous Ocean Beach Historical Society Program, Claudia Jack is back to talk about her OB tales going back to when she came here in 1957 at 7 p.m. on June 21 at Water's Edge Faith Community at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. She will also show her latest sign collection acquisitions.  Jack will end the program with a fun new game. Radio operators to participate in field day On June 23-24, the Point Loma Radio Operators Group (PLROG) will participate in a national annual amateur radio event known as Field Day, which demonstrates the ability of amateur radio operators to communicate effectively with each other across the United States and Canada under simulated emergency conditions. The PLROG will be operating from a radio location high on Point Loma. In past Field Days this location has proven its ability to contact other stations across the USA and Canada. Further information on Field Day, and all aspects of amateur radio, is at www.arrl.org. Benefit concert for Music At Dusk series The San Diego Tremble Clefs will play a benefit concert for the Music At Dusk series at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3598 Talbot St. Tremble Clefs is a San Diego county chorus and a nationwide program for people with Parkinson’s. This group focuses on the therapeutic results of focal exercise, the joy of singing and community performances.  Abbot of Absurdity at All Souls’ Episcopal Church Linguist, educator and language maven, Richard Lederer will present “An Evening of Language and Laughter,” spiced with faith-filled fun from the Bible, as a fund raising event at All Souls’ Episcopal Church at 1475 Catalina Blvd. at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22. Dubbed the “Abbot of Absurdity” by the Boston Globe, “America’s Wittiest Verbalist” by the Book of the Month Club, and “the first name in popular linguistics” by the Denver Post, Lederer has been entertaining and educating audiences for almost three decades on the joys and weirdness of the English language. “The money we raise through this event will support out current capital campaign to upgrade and modernize our campus, making it more welcoming to the community and discovering more ways to be in mission and ministry with our neighbors in Point Loma and Ocean Beach,” said The Rev. Joseph Dirbas, rector of All Souls. Free block party, summer camps New Genesis Church, a Southern Baptist ministry that maintains its worship location at Point Loma’s Dewey Elementary School, invites the community to its vacation Bible school block party, to be held Saturday, June 23 from noon to 4 p.m., followed by its 12th annual summer church camps Monday through Friday, June 25 to 29 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Both events are free and are held at the school, 3251 Rosecrans St. Children of all denominations are welcome. The block party will include beverages, hot dogs and hamburgers, face painting, a bounce house and a game truck. The summer camps study content features looks at Jesus’ influence on daily life. June 29 is Family Night, wherein families are invited to view student-created crafts.  Dewey Elementary is funding the party and the school. To register, call 619-994-1214 or visit kideventpro.lifeway.com. Registration is also available at the door at 5 p.m. Monday, June 25. Free microchipping for pets in June San Diego Humane Society is offering free microchipping on select days in June for dogs and cats in anticipation of the July 4th holiday, when shelters typically see a substantial increase in lost pets. July 4th is a festive day of celebration for people, but it can be a terrifying time for our pets due to the loud noises associated with fireworks. Also, pets spooked by the noise have been known to jump fences out of fear, resulting in a higher number of stray animals entering the shelter after July 4th. To schedule an interview or for more information, contact Dariel Walker at 619-250-6801 or dwalker@sdhumane.org. Vanguard Productions presents ‘Annie’ Vanguard Productions will present “Annie” at Westminster Theatre in Westminster Presbyterian Church 3598 Talbot St. on July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Purchase Tickets at vanguardsd.org. Call the box office for information at 619-224-6263. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Annie” should be on your July to do list. No matter how many times you’ve seen it before, you will laugh, cheer and weep through the music and antics of this little girl and a dozen of her fellow orphans as they dance, sing and play tricks on the orphan manager, Ms. Hannigan.  SD Airport launches online parking reservation system  The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority launched a new parking reservation system on the heels of opening the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza last month.  A special parking rate of $17/day (regularly $32/day) is available in the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza and $15/day (regularly $20/day) in the Long Term Lot for a limited time with an advance reservation. Reservations can be made online at reservations.san.org. 
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    Ocean Beach has a love affair with skateboarding – celebrate international Go Skateboarding Day on June 21
    by GILLIAN WEINSTEIN
    Jun 20, 2018 | 1522 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Point Loma resident Brooke Young rides her Sector 9 skateboard down Newport Avenue heading to the beach. / MICHELLE YOUNG / CONTRIBUTOR
    Point Loma resident Brooke Young rides her Sector 9 skateboard down Newport Avenue heading to the beach. / MICHELLE YOUNG / CONTRIBUTOR
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    Deanna Naegele and Tori Peck with their skateboards on the OB Pier. / ERICK NELSON / C.O.V.E PHOTOGRAPHY
    Deanna Naegele and Tori Peck with their skateboards on the OB Pier. / ERICK NELSON / C.O.V.E PHOTOGRAPHY
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    High Tech High student John Boyce attempts a trick at the Robb Field Skate Park in Ocean Beach.  / GILLIAN WEINSTEIN / PENINSULA BEACON
    High Tech High student John Boyce attempts a trick at the Robb Field Skate Park in Ocean Beach. / GILLIAN WEINSTEIN / PENINSULA BEACON
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    I n Ocean Beach, skateboards are more than just a piece of maplewood with wheels. Skateboards are a method of transportation, a statement of identity, and are deeply ingrained in the vibrant beach culture. As the international “Go Skateboarding Day” approaches in San Diego (on June 21), area skate shops are organizing skate sessions, barbecues, and competitions that will gather the skating community together for fellowship, to raise awareness of the cause, and, of course, to have fun. So how did skateboarding become the wheels of a generation in SoCal? The Peninsula Beacon asked several local skate shop owners about skateboarding’s appeal. “Skateboarding became popular because of the strong surf culture, which ultimately led to skate culture because there is a lot of overlap between the two,” said Pablo Lanatta, owner of Adrenalina Skate in La Jolla. Paul (Pablo) Smith, owner of Soul Grind Skate Shop in Pacific Beach, spoke about his experience in the skating community, saying that the connection is strong because it is created through a passion for a thrill-seeking sport. He also brought up the originality factor within the community of skating. “There is a strong community of skaters,” he said, “but each person has a different style, does unique tricks, and follows a certain brand to express themselves.” According to reports, the skateboarding market is worth an estimated $4.8 billion in annual revenue with 11.08 million active skateboarders in the world. A common way to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day is to purchase new equipment, and locally-owned shops are a great place to start. Tyler Ashton, general manager at Sun Diego Boardshop in Mission Beach, says that most shops that sell skating equipment actually stock the same products, only the brands are different. He mentioned that it is important to know that some brands are owned by big corporations and don’t actually benefit the skating community. “Brands owned by skaters are a better option to buy from because you know that the owner of the company is in it for the passion of skating,” Tyler said. Some skater-owned companies that Tyler mentioned are Sk8mafia, Creature, and Santa Cruz. If you are looking to be active on June 21, Lanatta says that Adrenalina Skate is holding its annual skate event. Every year, the skate shop typically meets at a secret location that is announced shortly before the day, and skates in a group around the beach area. Lanatta also expressed his love for skating and how it benefits the environment by reducing the amount of motorized vehicles on the streets. He wants to share that message with the people outside of the skate community. “Not only is skating a good alternative mode of transportation to keep you fit, but it also gets people out of their cars, which keeps the air clean,” he said. Another event will take place at Robb Field Skate Park in Ocean Beach, City of San Diego’s first skatepark. Ocean Beach Surf and Skate organizes a ride every year from the store to the skate park, where they have a cookout to unite the community. Andrew Stoner, general manager of Ocean Beach Surf and Skate, explained that OB has a large number of skaters mainly because of the culture that the community emits. He described this culture as “a Bohemian vibe,” further clarifying that “Ocean Beach is a perfect beach area for people that enjoy the freedom of just riding around in the streets.” Ocean Beach Surf and Skate is known for being a family friendly skate shop that promotes and supports local skate companies. Revoked, a company that keeps its focus on the “lighter side of skating” while ensuring they give back to the community, sells their boards in OB Surf and Skate. Josh Utley, owner of Revoked, is a long time skateboarder who actually attended the opening of the Robb Field Skate Park when he was a freshman in high school. Revoked is currently doing a promotion with the San Diego native, ska/punk band, Buck-O-Nine. The company is selling 50 of each of the four unique deck designs that incorporate the band’s logo. For every Buck-O-Nine deck purchase, a deck will be given to a young skater in need at a local San Diego skatepark. “I lead the San Diego chapter of Skate For Change,” Utley said, “I give either homeless kids, or kids that come from low income families skateboards products. We have already given out a board at Washington Street.” Purchasing one of these skateboards will not only treat you to a brand new deck, but also give back to the community. For more information, or to purchase a board, go to revokedmob.com. Skateboarding is a fantastic way to stay fit, travel somewhere not too far, learn more about yourself, and be apart of a unique and supportive community. It’s even going to be an Olympic sport. In 2016, it was announced that skateboarding will be represented at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. So get outside and enjoy Go Skateboarding Day on June 21. Essential skate shops Soul Grind Skate Shop 4645 Cass St., soulgrind.com Soul Grind Skate Shop is a family owned business that is specifically geared toward skateboarding. The staff is knowledgeable about skateboarding and the different brands that are offered in the store, but also other brands being sold. This skate shop also has a huge selection of decks and all parts of the board, giving shoppers the option to build their own board or purchase one already completed. Ocean Beach Surf and Skate Shop 4940 Newport Ave., obsurfandskate.com Ocean Beach Surf and Skate Shop is a great place to go for skating lessons, camps, and clinics for ages 6-16. They offer a community for new skaters to learn beginner tricks. They also offer a lot of safety equipment for starters. Adrenalina Skate Shop 5745 La Jolla Blvd., adrenalinastore.com Adrenalina Skate Shop is family friendly, offering equipment for men, women, and children. They also have a price match guarantee where they will match lower prices found at competing stores. They also hold many events for the skating community to participate in. Every Sunday they have a “dock session,” where riders of all levels meet at the Broadway Pier and freestyle skate. In addition, every Tuesday during the summer they have an event called “Taco Tuesday Skate,” which is a skate session down the Pacific Beach boardwalk to Mission Beach and back, followed by food and drinks with friends. Sun Diego Boardshop 3126 Mission Blvd., sundiego.com Sun Diego Boardshop is a mini chain with eight different locations around San Diego County. This store offers a huge selection of brands and different style boards. You can purchase already-built boards or build your own from the parts at the store. The employees at Sun Diego are knowledgeable about skating and suggest great boards or pieces for each individual. Revoked revokedmob.com Sold at OB Surf and Skate, Clairemont Surf Shop, Slappy’s Garage in Linda Vista, Local Skate Shop in Lakeside. Revoked is an Ocean Beach-Point Loma company that makes and sells skateboards. The company manages the San Diego branch of Skate for Change, which donates skateboards to children in need. Skateboarding timeline 1958 — The skateboard is made from roller skates attached to a board in Southern California. As surfing becomes popular, "sidewalk surfing" becomes a way to surf when there are no waves. 1963 — Surfboard companies start making better-quality skateboards with clay wheels. The first skate contest is in Hermosa Beach. In 1964, Jan and Dean sing "Sidewalk Surfing" on “Dick Clark's American Bandstand.” Skateboarder magazine debuts. 1973 — With the invention of urethane wheels and fiberglass boards, new possibilities emerge as banks and curves become skateable, and skating is never the same. 1977 — The California drought forces homeowners to drain their pools, and skateboarders use the new spaces. New tricks are invented daily – aerials, inverts, and the ollie. 1982 — The Bones Brigade Video Show, which includes Stacey Peralta, Steve Caballero, and Tony Hawk, starts producing skateboarding videos that will reach kids all over the world. 1995 — Skateboarding takes a giant step into the mainstream with ESPN's Extreme Games, becoming more of a spectator sport. By the late ’90s, skating appears in mainstream commercials. 2000 — Robb Field Skatepark in Ocean Beach, constructed by the City of San Diego, opens February 2000. In 2004, International Association of Skateboard Cos. conceives Go Skateboarding Day. SOURCE: TEACHER.SCHOLASTIC.COM
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    Class of 2018’s voices heard at Point Loma’s graduation
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Jun 15, 2018 | 7380 views | 3 3 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The ceremony ends with the traditional tossing of caps into the air. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    The ceremony ends with the traditional tossing of caps into the air. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    ASB President Charlie Ekstrom welcomes a huge crowd. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    ASB President Charlie Ekstrom welcomes a huge crowd. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    One graduate couldn't wait to dance before receiving his diploma. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    One graduate couldn't wait to dance before receiving his diploma. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    Senior class president Andrew Bass leads the tassle-turning moment. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    Senior class president Andrew Bass leads the tassle-turning moment. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    The class was led by, from left, co-valedictorians Kyle Grady and Jonathan Omens and salutatorian Kevin Mather. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    The class was led by, from left, co-valedictorians Kyle Grady and Jonathan Omens and salutatorian Kevin Mather. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    A recurring theme of Point Loma High School's 93rd commencement ceremony last Wednesday was "Voices." In congratulating the approximately 415 members of the Class of 2018, principal Hans Becker noted that one characteristic of the group was its voice, citing the students' rallies and outcry in support of gun control after recent school shootings. Earlier in his speech, co-valedictorian Jonathan Omens spoke of a poster he saw in the classroom of popular history teacher Glenn Richard. It featured a photo of author Kurt Vonnegut and a quote: "True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." Omens admitted he was scared at this thought when he first saw the poster as an underclassman but now, in retrospect, he realized every high school class in history has made mistakes. "We're all going to make mistakes but we can't let that be what defines our class," Omens said. "If we own our mistakes and come back from them even stronger then we have what it takes (voices) to be defined by our successes and not our failures." Omens said he now feels confident in his classmates' ability to someday run the country. For co-valedictorian Kyle Grady, it was a recent trip to India followed by traveling alone through 11 European countries that taught him the value of non-verbal communication. He often found himself in situations where he was unable to communicate (voices) with local people when, for instance, he was trying to locate a hostel for the night. Grady said he learned the value of a smile in communicating with those he sought help from on the streets and in stores, a universal recipe for interacting with others. The Class of 2018 is headed to universities from Hawaii to New Hampshire and has been awarded over $2 million in scholarships. Sixteen are attending SDSU, nine will go to UC San Diego, five will be at PLNU, six at CSU San Marcos. Six are entering local junior colleges and several are joining the armed services. About 210 of the graduates were honor roll members, earning grade point averages of 3.3 or higher. And yes, Jonathan, maybe you will wake up some morning and find members of this class are running the country.
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    June 16, 2018
    Nice Arricle Scott. Thank you for your support of PLHS. The kids and teachers have been great.
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    June 15, 2018
    51 years ago today ( June 15, 1967) my class graduated from PLHS. Reading this article brings back fond memories of that day !!
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    June 16, 2018
    Thank you for the comment Eric. As a member of your class, we had over 700 students! I don't know how the stands held all those who came to celebrate with us. Maybe back in the day it was only mom, dad and maybe grandparents? Now it's aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The crowd overflowed onto the field and there were hundreds of others behind the stands where refreshments were sold. But it never ceases to be a special and memorable day! "Once a Pointer, Always a Pointer!"
    Magical mermaid vanishes from Sunset Cliffs
    Jun 14, 2018 | 6013 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    As mysteriously as she arrived, the nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock vanished during the night of June 13. Although high tides have been pounding the cliffs the past week, it seems her departure was not from natural causes. According to 10News.com, the “Cliffs Crew” is claiming they removed the mermaid. Members of this group told 10News that they witnessed people trying to climb 50-foot-high Ross Rock to take selfies with the blue-haired goddess. The crew didn’t want anyone to be harmed attempting to scale the rock. An Arizona man, who admitted to being part of the group who placed the mermaid on the rock, told KUSI News they want it back. The man, who remained anonymous, said it took a year of planning and that they’re disappointed she’s missing. He added it would be great if there was a local business or restaurant that would want to put her up. Point Loma resident Lucie Leonard took photos on May 31 that showed a rope ladder and two men on the rock installing the Marina the mermaid. “I wouldn’t call it art. I wouldn’t call it vandalism. I think that someone was just trying to bring some joy to the world,” Leonard said. She said one of the men must have free-climbed the side and dropped a rope ladder for the mermaid to reach her seat. The mermaid isn’t the first to perch aloft the notorious rock. In 2010, the numbers “2010” stood proud. Before that, in 2006, a peace sign was put up, only to be stolen and returned to the roof of the OB Hostel on Newport Avenue. Other royalty to grace the top of the formation includes a pterodactyl, an Easter Island head replica, a Christmas tree, and a toilet with a Raiders fan wedged inside.
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    Listen to The Peninsula Beacon Podcast: June 7, 2018 Edition
    Jun 08, 2018 | 4630 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Peninsula Beacon Podcast: June 7th, 2018 Edition
    The Peninsula Beacon Podcast: June 7th, 2018 Edition
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    The latest Peninsula Beacon podcast is now online!
    Topics for this week include: 

    • Mermaid at Sunset Cliffs 
    • Construction to start in July to replace West Mission Bay Drive bridge 
    • Kadampa Meditation Center in Point Loma holds weekly meditation classes 
    • The CADO, an immersive pop-up experience devoted to California avocados
    • The 39th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

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