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    Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day walk raises $7.6 million
    Dec 04, 2016 | 7660 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., finish up day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., finish up day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., look for their tent in a sea of pink on day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Jenny Dich and Heidi Howard from Redmond, Wash., look for their tent in a sea of pink on day two of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Walk at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Thousands of Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day participants – women and men – walked 60-miles over the course of three-days in the fight for a world without breast cancer, raising $7.6 million. These funds will benefit breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Since 2003, the San Diego 3-Day has raised more than $113 million. “We could not accomplish this feat without our incredible participants,” said Carrie Stovall, Susan G. Komen events director. “The preparation and dedication of these walkers is inspiring and helps us get closer each day to eliminating this disease.” Participants spend months training and fundraising to prepare for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. Throughout this weekend, lifelong friendship and memories are formed in honor of those who have battled and for those who continue to fight breast cancer. Participants spent the weekend walking through San Diego communities and camping in pink tents each night. What began early Friday morning at the Del Mar Fairgrounds concluded with a moving closing ceremony Nov. 20 at Waterfront Park. Susan G. Komen has provided more than $920 million in funding for breast cancer research and $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. For more information or to register for the 2017 Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day, visit The3Day.org. For opportunities to support the breast cancer movement in San Diego year-round – including through the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – contact the Susan G. Komen San Diego affiliate at 858-573-2760 or www.komensandiego.org.
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    Ocean Beach Christmas tree hits the beach, ready for memories
    by CYNTHIA ROBERTSON
    Dec 01, 2016 | 1966 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The OB Christmas tree is placed on the beach at the end of Newport Avenue on Tuesday morning. /
PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    The OB Christmas tree is placed on the beach at the end of Newport Avenue on Tuesday morning. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    How lovely indeed are the branches of the Ocean Beach Christmas tree? So special it is, that its arrival to Ocean Beach merits a police escort. On Nov. 29, Claudia Jack, chair of the OB Tree Project, went in the early morning with a crew of 15 people from a landscape company to a private property in Ocean Beach where the 45-foot tree was located. At 11 a.m., the tree was finally loaded onto a huge truck. San Diego police escorted the truck carrying the tree through the OB community to the foot of Newport Avenue. A sleeve, or manhole in the sand, had been uncovered and cleaned out for the tree. Once the tree was settled and placed into the sleeve, it was time to put the electrical wiring in place and add the lights, topping it with a star. That first day on Newport Avenue, the tree was left alone. First thing the next day, the beach ball decorations were all blown up and hung on the tree. On Thursday, Dec. 1, the children from local schools will make a visit to see Santa from 9 a.m. to noon and bring hand-made ornaments to hang on the tree. The tree’s big day is Saturday, Dec. 3, when Santa comes around from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for people to visit with him and take pictures. The tree’s shining moment comes at 5:05 p.m. that same day, when the parade starts. “Where else can you have a picture taken with a Christmas tree in the sand, with a pier and waves in the back ground? We put it up early enough so take pictures to send to all your friends back east,” Jack said. The OB Christmas tree on the beach draws visitors, who come to Ocean Beach to gaze at the tree and then go shopping and dining in the town. “I don't believe there is another beach town that puts a Christmas tree on the beach,” said Jack, who has volunteered for 23 years on the OB Holiday Committee and Ocean Beach Town Council. Nate Bazydlo, vice president of the Ocean Beach Town Council, explained that the tree came from a resident who was already going to have the tree removed from their property. “Instead of putting it straight into the chipper, the tree has a wonderful farewell as the iconic OB Christmas tree. Also, local artists and residents re-purpose wood from the tree when it is brought down on the beach in January,” Bazydlo said.  The OB Christmas tree has been donated at least the past 12 years by homeowners, and once from the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. Usually, the homeowner has to remove the tree because it has caused damage to the house and surrounding property. “It is very expensive to remove a tree of this size, but we remove the tree at no cost to the homeowner. We have removed trees from many areas of San Diego,” Jack said. The OB Christmas tree is one of the town’s iconic images and many stories and memories surround it. Jack recalls a couple of funny incidents regarding the transport of the tree. She said that years ago, the tree was being hauled to Ocean Beach and fell off the truck. “So a few us went to Mount Laguna, and we picked out a tree and got it cut and when it landed it split in two, so we had to select another tree. “Another time a tree was being cut in a neighborhood near Cowles Mountain, and on the way to Ocean Beach, some of the branches scraped a bridge, Jack said. The best story-telling about the tree, of course, is the time spent around it, gazing at it and making memories with family and friends. “My favorite part of all the tree and parade activities is seeing the kids’ faces when they get to talk to Santa,” Jack said.
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    North Course at Torrey Pines reopens after $12.6 million renovation
    Nov 29, 2016 | 14091 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Torrey Pines North Course - No. 15. Photo credit: Torrey Pines Golf Course
    Torrey Pines North Course - No. 15. Photo credit: Torrey Pines Golf Course
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    Following a comprehensive nine-month, $12.6 million renovation, the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course has reopened to an eagerly awaiting golfing public. Originally designed by William F. Bell and opened in 1957, the renovated North Course now stands to rival the popularity of the world famous South Course, host of the U.S. Open in 2008 and in 2021. The North and South courses, owned and maintained by the City, are both public courses, and the North averages approximately 82,000 rounds of play per year. “We are excited to re-open the North Course to the global golf community,” said Herman Parker, director of Park and Recreation for the City of San Diego. “Torrey Pines is a world-renowned golf facility, and we are pleased to be able to offer two outstanding courses, each with their own unique characteristics. Now, no San Diego golf excursion is complete without playing both the North and South at Torrey.” Course architect and golfing great Tom Weiskopf visited Torrey Pines this week to officially unveil the renovated North Course, a project that holds a special place in his golf career and design portfolio. His first career win came at Torrey Pines at the 1968 Andy Williams-San Diego Open, predecessor to the current Farmers Insurance Open played every January at Torrey Pines. “It’s really special,” Wesikopf said. “And to work on a piece of property that amazing doesn’t happen very often. The sheer beauty of the place always captivates me. Now people can look forward to playing 36 incredible holes at Torrey Pines by playing the North and the South.” While the North Course maintains a similar feel to its original design, there were some significant changes. The number of bunkers has been reduced from 59 to 41, and the average green size increased from 4,500 square feet to 6,400. All 18 greens were completely reconstructed to United States Golf Association standards, with the existing poa annua grass replaced with 100 percent bent grass – a Tyee 007 blend. The front and back nines were also reversed, allowing golfers spectacular ocean and canyon views as they finish their rounds. Carts paths have been replaced, and irrigation has been improved. Greens were fitted with an advanced SubAir system that pulls moisture out of the surface and can cool greens during hot weather. The work was completed on time and on budget. “Switching the nines is very significant because the back nine is so iconic with its incredible views,” Weiskopf said. “The larger greens allow for more pin placements and more variety, and we’ve taken out bunkers but kept others that are strategically placed.” Weiskopf’s renovations have successfully struck a balance between providing ample challenge for professional and scratch golfers and keeping the course playable for amateurs and casual golfers of all abilities. The North Course now features five sets of tees, allowing it to play as long as 7,258 yards or as short as 5,197. In total, the North has been lengthened nearly 200 yards from the tips. “I tried to bring the North Course into the 21st century,” Weiskopf said. “It was built in the 1950s, and nothing of significance had ever been done to it. Everything we did in the redesign was to bring it up to current standards. It’s now a top-of-the-line golf course.” Weiskopf Design Group has completed 60 golf course design projects since 1985. Among those are five that have been included in Golf Magazine’s list of the top 100 courses in the world – Troon Golf and Country Club (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Forest Highlands Golf Club, The Canyon Course (Flagstaff, Ariz.); Troon North Golf Club, The Monument (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Loch Lomond Golf Club (Scotland) and Double Eagle Club (Galena, Ohio). Weiskopf was named Golf Architect of the Year by Golf World magazine in 1996. A winner of 16 tournaments during his nearly 30-year career on the PGA Tour, Weiskopf owns one major championship trophy (The Open Championship, 1973) and finished third or better in six other majors. Housed within the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, the City’s Golf Division manages and operates Mission Bay, Balboa Park and Torrey Pines golf courses. Its mission is to serve patrons and players of all ages and abilities while enhancing their enjoyment of the game by providing a high quality golf experience. For more information about the City’s Golf Division, visit www.sandiego.gov/golf.
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    November 29, 2016
    Ahhhh, my old home course while growing up in the 80's! Played Jr. Golf and H.S. Golf there, and just lots of good memories with my dad. Can't wait to get back there and try it out.
    WINEderland rings in the holidays with arts, crafts and fine wines
    by LUCIA VITI
    Nov 27, 2016 | 3187 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Winter WINEderland will offer arts, crafts, fine wine and scrumptious cuisine 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at The Wine Pub in Point Loma. / Photo contributed
    Winter WINEderland will offer arts, crafts, fine wine and scrumptious cuisine 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at The Wine Pub in Point Loma. / Photo contributed
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    Point Loma’s The Wine Pub hails the onset of the Christmas season with its Winter WINEderland by offering arts, crafts, fine wine and scrumptious cuisine 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Hosting spirits and artistic ingenuity on its dog-friendly, holiday-festive outdoor patio, guests may choose between a painting class led by ArtBeat San Diego’s founder, creative director, artist Kristel Boe, or a succulent box designing class led by Sweet DIGYs owner-craftswoman Lindsey Tiers. Boe will lead a three-hour painting workshop that highlights a tropical winter wonderland complete with Christmas lights adorning palm trees and a sand-made snowman enjoying the beach. “Artists will paint a tropical painting that kick-starts the Christmas season San Diego style,” says Boe. “San Diego is blessed with perfect beach days so we’re going celebrate this good fortune and create a holiday scene that represents our town.” ArtBeat San Diego is no stranger to The Wine Pub as the ‘perfect’ place for creativity. “Working with The Wine Pub is like visiting the The Wine Pub,” explains Boe. “The warm and inviting atmosphere is like working from home. Our partnership is valuable because our students feel at home, which allows them to expand on their creativity. Public spaces can make you feel vulnerable and creativity requires comfort.” Tiers will lead a succulent class showcasing the how-to of assembling a custom, Christmas-themed, decorative box filled with drought-tolerant plants. “If you’ve been in California for more than a minute, you know that succulents are the craze,” says Tiers. “Succulents are unique, colorful and tolerant to anyone who lacks a green thumb. They spice up any abode without the hassle of maintenance. We’re excited to add our holiday flare!” Tiers spoke highly of The Wine Pub’s team. “I love working with The Wine Pub,” she continues. “What a great way to spend your time; hang out with your friends, enjoy a glass of wine and great snacks while making great succulent arrangements that last for months, maybe even years.” “Believe it: wine and art make the perfect combination,” says Sandy Hanshaw, owner of The Wine Pub. “The two provide a mental escape, allowing you to shut off your mind and enjoy what you’re working on – from intricate artwork to simple succulent potting.” Noted as the home away from home for local residents, The Wine Pub offers an extraordinary selection of handpicked wine and craft beer. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested for the Winter WINEderland. Advanced sign-up is less expensive with an early bird discount offering. All materials, including aprons and gardening gloves, will be supplied. All levels welcome. Adults only. Tickets should be purchased separately based on the chosen class. “The Wine Pub loves hosting events that offer something for everyone,” concludes Hanshaw. “As the holidays are so often hectic, Winter WINEderland can be a gift to yourself. Relax and enjoy this mini-getaway. The Wine Pub offers a 50 percent discount on all wines every Sunday which can only add synergy to creativity!”
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    Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Nov 25, 2016 | 10989 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The latest super moon, named the Beaver Moon, reached the peak of its full phase on Monday, Nov. 14. The full moon won't come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034. Above, the Beaver Moon sets over the OB Pier. / Photo by Jim Grant
    The latest super moon, named the Beaver Moon, reached the peak of its full phase on Monday, Nov. 14. The full moon won't come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034. Above, the Beaver Moon sets over the OB Pier. / Photo by Jim Grant
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    Peninsula Singers concert “A Celebration of British Carols and Songs” with selections from the “Messiah,” will be presented by Peninsula Singers 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at All Souls Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd. The concert includes songs with influences from British classical and folk, Celtic, traditional English countryside and even a French dance tune. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and military. Children age 10 and under may attend for free. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit peninsulasingerssandiego.org. Peninsula Singers is a Community Choir based in Point Loma under the direction of Sarah Suhonen and accompanied by Stewart Simon on piano. A varied repertoire has included music from choral classics to Broadway shows. Holiday Tea and Bazaar Point Loma Garden Club hosts its annual Holiday Tea and Bazaar from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal. Open to the public. Beautiful fresh and dried decorations include wreaths, table arrangements, centerpieces and swags for your home and special holiday gifts for giving. Homemade gifts include crafts and home-made delectables – all created by Point Loma Garden Club members. Prices are reasonable and all proceeds go to philanthropies. www.plgc.org. Key of She concert Key of She performs at Liberty Station’s White Box Theater 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The concert will feature jazzy versions of old holiday favorites, traditional holiday tunes, and a bit of miscellany. There will be a reception following the concert. Key of She was formed in February 2016 by Patricia Cox, Pamila Whitney and Kerri De Rosier. The three of them had a dream of a high-quality, all-women ensemble consisting of experienced and committed singers who could perform a variety of music – from Classical to Big Band Standards – with close harmonies. The group currently has 14 members. The group is the newest Artist-in-Residence at Recreational Music Center – also the site of their rehearsals. White Box Theater is located at 2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 205, at the corner of Truxtun and Roosevelt Road. The group is holding auditions at Recreational Music Center on Jan. 9, 2017. For more information, go to www.keyofshe.org. Holiday 5K run at NTC Liberty Park The Holiday 5K Run will take place on Dec. 3 at NTC Liberty Park from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The theme is “Holiday Spirit.” Costumes? Encouraged. Team outfits? Absolutely. The zanier, the merrier. The course is fit for everyone including runners, walkers and those pushing baby strollers. It will start and end at NTC Liberty Park. OB Holiday Ornament The 2016 OB Holiday Ornament celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ocean Beach Pier. The beautiful full-color, die-cast soft metal ornaments are 2 inches in diameter and come with a gold ribbon for hanging. The ornament comes in a commemorative and protective box perfect for gift-giving and storage. They cost $25 each or two for $40 available at Ocean Beach MainStreet Association, 1868 Bacon St., or at www.OceanBeachSanDiego.com. OBMA working on new business directory The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association is beginning work on the 2017-2018 OB Local Business Directory. All OBMA member businesses receive free listings in the directory; the OBMA promotions committee will be delivering informational packets to all members in good standing within the next month. Opportunities to advertise inside the directory and/or offer a coupon are available. Special advertising pages in the directory, such as the covers and first and last pages, will be chosen by lottery. If you're unsure of your business' membership status, contact the OBMA office at 619-224-4906 or info@oceanbeachsandiego.com. Otherwise, be on the lookout for your information packet arriving soon! Once the new directory is complete, approximately 20,000 copies will be printed with 14,000 copies delivered to Ocean Beach/Point Loma residents and businesses. Complimentary copies will be continuously available from local merchants as well as at the OBMA office at 1868 Bacon St, and at the OB Farmers Market every Wednesday.
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