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    Plenty of pink will walk through Pacific and Mission beaches during Susan G. Komen’s 3-Day event
    Nov 14, 2017 | 33195 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    On Friday, Nov. 17, the San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park where participants will camp. Above, participants walk by pink tents set up at Crown Point Park last year. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    On Friday, Nov. 17, the San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park where participants will camp. Above, participants walk by pink tents set up at Crown Point Park last year. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Pacific and Mission beaches will be well represented, as well as being part of the route, in the annual Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk to be held Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday Nov. 19. The 3-Day is a 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer forever. Participants raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, educating tens of thousands of people about breast health and raising funds to help support breast cancer research and community outreach programs.  During the past 14 years and 156 events, the Komen 3-Day has raised more than $820 million, which Komen has used to save lives and make huge strides in breast cancer research. In 2016, Susan G. Komen set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. The Walk/Run Route Schedule: Friday, Nov. 17:  The San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. After lunch on the beach, the route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park where participants will camp. Saturday, Nov. 18:  On Saturday morning, participants will walk by SeaWorld before heading toward the ocean. The route will showcase Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the beautiful homes along the ocean in Sunset Cliffs. The second half of the route will travel along the ocean boardwalk in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach before heading east. Sunday, Nov. 19:  The final day begins with a tour through Pacific Beach heading to the pedestrian path on the east side of Mission Bay Park. After lunch in Mission Hills, the route will tour Hillcrest, Balboa Park, and Downtown. The route will end in East Village with a celebratory closing ceremony at Petco Park. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised from the 3-Day help Susan G. Komen support the global research program and other mission objectives, while the remaining 25 percent helps affiliates support local programs including medical assistance, patient navigation and provider education — all of which support Komen’s Bold Goal. Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer unsuccessfully with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and long hospitalization, Komen spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, her sister, Nancy G. Brinker, promised Komen that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer and help women who were suffering. The legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen, the nonprofit Texas-based organization and public charity Nancy started. Susan G. Komen is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion in breast cancer research since its inception in 1982.  For more information, visit The3Day.org or call 800-996-3DAY. Connect on Facebook at Facebook.com/The3Day, Twitter @The3Day and Instagram @Komen3Day. 
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    Point Loma grads grab the brass ring to preserve Balboa Park landmark
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Nov 14, 2017 | 1095 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Point Loma alumni are attempting to raise $35,000 to sponsor the golden ‘Pointer’ dog on the carousel. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
    Point Loma alumni are attempting to raise $35,000 to sponsor the golden ‘Pointer’ dog on the carousel. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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    Two Point Loma High grads, "Pointer Sisters" from the Class of '66, are heading up the campaign to not only keep the Balboa Park carousel — but restore and protect it too. Of the $3 million PLHS alumna Ann Wilson and Kathy Anderson Kim are hoping to raise over the next two years, $1 million has already been donated. One of the ways funds are raised is through sponsorships in the $15,000 to $50,000 range in perpetuity for the carousel animals. Wilson, chair of the nonprofit Balboa Park Carousel Capital Campaign Committee of Friends of Balboa Park, said her alma mater is pitching in to resuscitate the park carousel. “Point Loma alumni are attempting to raise $35,000 to sponsor the golden Pointer dog on the carousel (which will have a permanent brass plaque acknowledging the donation),” said Wilson's committee co-chair, Anderson Kim. “Thus far, Pointers from many graduating classes have reached the $23,000 mark.” Wilson noted previous private owners of the Balboa Park Carousel, a historic 1910 model valued at $2.6 million, were “low key” about its upkeep. “They (previous owners) took loving care of the carousel, but they did no publicity or special events with it (for maintenance). Friends of Balboa Park bought the carousel last July. We are on a mission to spruce it up, have more events and give it a higher profile.” The 1910 Herschell-Spillman menagerie carousel was made in New York and shipped to Los Angeles. Adjacent to the San Diego Zoo, the carousel is a menagerie of animals, and all but two pairs are original with hand-carved European craftsmanship. Also original are the hand-painted murals surrounding the upper portion of the carousel and the military band music. This carousel is one of the few in the world still offering the brass ring game for everyone taking the five-minute ride. In 1915, the carousel was displayed in Coronado, before being moved up to Balboa Park around 1922. It originally was placed at the east of Balboa Park, near the San Diego Natural History Museum. In 1968, the carousel was moved north, to its current location, to make way for construction of the Bea Evenson Fountain, and the building that now houses the Fleet Science Center. Wilson said Friends of Balboa Park got a break when purchasing the historic carousel. “The Steen family offered it to us for $1.6 million (a $1 million discount) because they could take that as a tax benefit as we are a 501c3 nonprofit,” she said adding, “Now it's going to stay here.” Wilson said Friends of Balboa Park made a $600,000 down payment on the carousel. “We have a second installment, $500,000, due in March 2018, and third and last installment in March 2019,” she said. The Friends of Balboa Park's committee co-chair said funding for carousel maintenance/refurbishment is coming mostly from donations from private individuals and foundations. “I'm proud to say we've raised slightly more than $1 million for the down payment, and we're well on the way to have the next payment (second installment) in our hands. But we have a ways to go.” Wilson encouraged PLHS alumni to pitch in for a good cause. “We want to spread the word that we still need money, and so we're asking alumni to contribute whatever they can, $25 or $50, so that we can have our plaque on the (Pointer) dog.” Wilson got involved with the carousel project because, she said, “I've been riding it since I was 3 years old, and it's near and dear to my heart. I couldn't bear the thought of it leaving the park. It's a real treasure — and a rare one.” Balboa Park carousel Where: Park Boulevard at Zoo Place. Hours: Open Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer open daily until 5:30 p.m. Info: campaign@friendsofbalboapark.org, 619-232-2282, balboaparkcarousel.org.
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    Community briefs for Point Loma and Ocean Beach
    Nov 10, 2017 | 5057 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Children and adults check out the tide pools at low tide in Ocean Beach next to the pier. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Children and adults check out the tide pools at low tide in Ocean Beach next to the pier. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Republican Women The Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will take place 10 a.m. Nov. 15 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. Program: John Hancock, well known author of “Liberty Inherited.” A no-host lunch follows.  Guests welcome. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for additional information. Alternative Christmas Faire Westminster Presbyterian Church will hold its Alternative Christmas Faire 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Gift ideas from around the world and local nonprofits at 3598 Talbot St., corner of Talbot and Canon in Point Loma, in the courtyard along Talbot Street. All are invited to participate! SD United - Remembering Vegas victims, heroes The community of San Diego is coming together for a night to raise funds for the Southern California families affected by the Vegas shooting. From 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov 10, the Hard Rock Hotel, 207 5th Ave., will host craft beer, food, a silent auction and many local artists. A Marine veteran and Ocean Beach resident Taylor Winston will be awarded for his heroic actions taken during this tragedy. Visit nightout.com for information on tickets. Naval Base Restoration Advisory Board meeting The regular meeting of the Naval Base Point Loma’s Restoration Advisory Board to discuss relevant issues will take place 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Qualtrough St. The meeting is open to the public. Pocket park update A third workshop on the proposed Avenida de Portugal pocket park will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. in the Cabrillo Recreation Center, 3051 Canon St. near Rosecrans. The purpose of the workshop will be to blend 90 percent of a conceptual plan the public liked with portions of an alternative plan.   There has been community consensus favoring a nautical/historical/cultural themed park with drought- tolerant plants, a history wall, unique children’s play area features and small conversational areas — a passive park with something for adults and children. Estimated completion of the park is spring 2020. Meantime, a piece of public art is on a separate funding and approval track.  Artist Nate Page has been commissioned to do the work.  He met residents at the Point Loma branch library recently, but will not start on proposals until after the conceptual plan and theme are approved. Liberty Station earns development award The City of San Diego received a 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council in the Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse category for the transformation of the Naval Training Center into Liberty Station. The Naval Training Center San Diego (NTC)/Liberty Station Redevelopment Project is the ongoing, public-private redevelopment of 430 acres of the former NTC, which opened in 1923 and closed in 1997 under the federal Base Realignment and Closure Act. With extensive public input, the NTC Reuse Plan aimed to recreate jobs lost with the closure, revitalize the then-flagging economy and add recreational amenities – all while celebrating San Diego’s rich maritime heritage in a vibrant, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly community.  Spanning more than two decades, the project involved building NTC Park, Sail Ho golf course, 349 private homes, two hotels and 1.4 million square feet of commercial, educational and civic/arts space. The city leased and sold parcels that are now subject to property tax, allowing tax increment reinvestment in the $400 million redevelopment project.  More than 2,500 San Diegans reside at Liberty Station, enjoying the waterfront NTC Park and Liberty Station’s artisan spaces and eclectic restaurants. Nearly 300 businesses employ more than 5,100 people, contributing more than $13M in property tax revenue. In 2016, Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund activity was $5.8M, more than double the projected $2.2M in annual tax revenue. Nearly complete, NTC has become a center of history, tourism, commerce and a "best place to live."  "The redevelopment of the Naval Training Center and Liberty Station shows all that can happen when the whole community – residents, business owners, the master developer and local government – commits and works toward developing a vision of San Diego's future,” said Erik Caldwell, Director of the City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department. “It's a place for people to live, work, play and enjoy, a new part of San Diego that still honors its rich military and maritime heritage."
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    Groundswell Community Project empowers women in waves
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Nov 10, 2017 | 26541 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Groundswell Community Project founder Natalie Small leads a group of women through surf therapy at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
    Groundswell Community Project founder Natalie Small leads a group of women through surf therapy at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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    Natalie Small (second from right) with a group from Groundswell Community Project.
    Natalie Small (second from right) with a group from Groundswell Community Project.
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    Groundswell Community Project is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that builds safe and brave spaces for women to heal, empower, and unite through the art of surfing. Our mission at Groundswell Community Project is to let the ocean be a space for women who are overcoming personal problems to heal and to give them the opportunity to explore their own strengths,” said Natalie Small, the founder and facilitator of Groundswell Community Project. The organization provides four- and eight-week programs for individuals and groups to engage and expand themselves through surf therapy. The programs create safe spaces for self expression, exploration, and healing for self and the community. “I wanted to give women an opportunity to get together and be able to be children again playing and exploring their strengths. As adult women, we don’t really get to play and playing is really important,” said Small. Small is a state-licensed marriage and family therapist and she works at a private practice for individuals, families, and couples using experiential therapies to help empower them to overcome mental disabilities like anxiety and depression. She is also a first aid arts facilitator, trained in how art can be a tool to overcome trauma and its triggers. Six years ago, Small combined her passions and therapist skills into the Groundswell Community Project. She wanted to take her training and experience in therapy to the ocean and let the ocean be the venue for healing. “I just see an instant transformation that occurs when the women get into the ocean and reconnect with their bodies in a positive way. It breaks down the barrier and the judgment that we hold against ourselves and each other, and just lets us be free to connect with our soul,” said Small. The Groundswell Community Project helps women who have been victims of sex trafficking, and who are overcoming addictions, abuse and depression. The project’s mission is to be a creative community that allows women to embrace healing and empowerment, through bold and beautiful engagement with each other, the outdoors and the arts. To join the team, and become a surf sister, visit groundswellcommunity.org.
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    Blue Water Seafood to open new restaurant in Ocean Beach
    Nov 08, 2017 | 2624 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Shrimp and mussels will be on the menu at the new restaurant in Ocean Beach.
    Shrimp and mussels will be on the menu at the new restaurant in Ocean Beach.
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    Oysters on the half shell.
    Oysters on the half shell.
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    Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill, known by locals for its fresh seafood and genuine experience, recently announced plans to open a second location in Ocean Beach. Brothers and Ocean Beach natives, Matt and Judd Braun, opened the original restaurant in 2004 in Mission Hills, where they continue to experience crowds of dedicated regulars – thanks to their commitment to serving the highest quality fresh fish and creating a customer and family-first culture. The Point Loma High grads grew up in and on the water in Ocean Beach, encouraging them to create a restaurant concept where “fresh” and “local” aren’t just words describing the menu, but rather a way of life. As much as possible, the Braun family buys seafood directly from the local fishermen who catch them, or the avid watermen catch the fish themselves. Also, the Braun’s long-established relationships with first-rate seafood purveyors ensures every plate, sandwich, and taco is a true reflection of Blue Water’s commitment to excellence. “The Braun Family and dedicated team of employees have worked hard for the past 14 years to make our dream of bringing Blue Water to Ocean Beach a reality,” said Judd Braun, co-owner. “We are deeply honored and humbled to have the opportunity to expand our business into the community that raised us and where we are raising our kids. That feeling of coming home and bringing our labor of love back to our roots is simply indescribable.” The new restaurant, which will be located at 5083 Santa Monica Ave. near the Ocean Beach Pier, will offer a fast-casual concept, with a full seafood market loaded with fresh fish, shellfish, poke, smoked fish, lobster bisque and more. Customers can see the morning tuna catch hand-cut in front of them to enjoy raw or cooked at the restaurant or to take home. There’s also an option to customize any meal by choosing the fresh fish and marinade, and choice of sandwich, salad, plate, or taco. So, whether it’s white sea bass, pulled from the Baja surf and grilled on the spot over a mesquite campfire, or yellowtail, caught off the coast of La Jolla that morning, the menu is how Judd, Matt and the team share their experiences with guests. Every day, the restaurant starts with the freshest fish possible and carefully prepares it to enhance its flavor.  “We’ve been fortunate to have the Mission Hills community welcome and embrace us for over a decade,” said Matt Braun, co-owner. “We’ve always envisioned being a small neighborhood fish market and have been blown away by the love and support we’ve received over the years. And, opening up a second location in Ocean Beach, where I can look out at the pier, the ocean, avalanche and jetty, where I spent the majority of my life, is humbling.” Slated to open in the spring of 2018, the Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill will be located next to Ocean Beach hot spots – Wonderland Ocean Pub and OB Surf Lodge – both operated by Social Syndicate. Matt and Judd Braun have been collaborating with the San Diego-based restaurant development group and have plans to create a family-friendly destination for the community. Updates to the plaza will include a stage for local artists, along with refreshed décor and more. Blue Water’s friends-and-family vibe is a welcomed addition to the continued evolution of the plaza steeped in local history. “I have been blown away by Matt and Judd’s commitment to the highest quality standards in fresh fish, guest experience and their vision as a company for the past 14 years,” said Brendan Huffman, CEO of Social Syndicate. “They’ve never deviated from their standards since opening Blue Water and that’s who we want as neighbors and collaborators. We’re honored to be working with them to create a next-level culinary and entertainment destination in this awesome community.” “I remember buying 50 cent hamburgers at Spucky’s as a kid – the exact same space we will be going into,” added Judd Braun. “I can’t wait to create this place for the community to embrace and to show visitors our way of life.” For more information on its Mission Hills location, visit bluewaterseafoodsandiego.com.
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