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    9 things to do while in Ocean Beach
    by LAINIE FRASER
    Jun 23, 2016 | 7615 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Ocean Beach sunset as seen from the intersection of Newport Avenue and Guizot Street. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Ocean Beach sunset as seen from the intersection of Newport Avenue and Guizot Street. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Visiting Ocean Beach this weekend for the annual Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off? If this is your annual trip to the eclectic beach community (or if you rarely make it out here), there are many unique things to do before, during and after the Street Fair. We decided to give you a glimpse of some fun experiences available in Ocean Beach. Pier fishing The Walking on Water Cafe is located on the longest concrete structure of its kind on the West Coast, Ocean Beach Pier, and is serving up delicious and fresh snacks daily. Next to the restaurant is a fully stocked bait and tackle shop where customers can rent or buy all of their fishing needs. The pier itself is lined with benches, lights and fish-cleaning stations making it easy and simple to fish throughout the day and then watch the sun set. Retro glam styles Temptress is a rock ’n’ roll inspired clothing boutique located on Bacon Street. The small store is lined with clothes that allow customers to find and embrace their inner Hollywood-inspired glamorous looks. Temptress offers pin-up-style clothing for women and what can only be described as retro looks for men. Everything about Temptress is wild and fun from the people working there to the clothing sold. Retro cocktails Pacific Shores opened in 1941 and is one of the oldest bars in San Diego. The bar opened the day before Pearl Harbor and has remained a landmark of Newport Avenue serving strong and cheap drinks ever since. With an under the sea theme, traditional cocktails, an authentic jukebox and an overall dimly lit room, Pacific Shores will take you back in time. Bird watch Next to Dog Beach is the San Diego River estuary where all types of birds gather to eat, mate and nest. It’s a birder’s paradise. The San Diego Audubon Society offers classes of varying skill level that allow people to enjoy and interact with the birds in the area, learn about their habitats and current conditions and also learn what they can do to help them. More information and how to register for a birdwatching class may be found at sandiegoaudubon.org. Beer tasting - The rustic open-air design of the Culture Brewery tasting room in Ocean Beach is made to mimic the style of the flagship location in Solana Beach. This is the second satellite tasting room for the company, it opened nearly two years ago on Newport Avenue. The Culture tasting room has 18 beers on tap and hopes to tie the community into their success by displaying local artwork and talent. The tasting room offers tastings, full pours and growler fills. - Helm’s Brewery has recently joined the collection of craft beer tasting rooms in OB on Newport Avenue. Helm’s hopes to be able to offer a large variety of beer and continue their community-first philosophy. The company has a promise to service and the tasting room staff will participate in numerous local community safety events. The tasting room has 16 beers on tap and has designed the space in line with their original nautical theme. - The Mike Hess tasting room in Ocean Beach prides itself on serving great beer and being pet and family friendly. Each Mike Hess location is uniquely different providing a different experience and representing a different part of the brewery’s story. With more than 20 beers on tap, and a vibrant fun environment, Mike Hess on Voltaire Street is both a social scene and tasting room. Unique gifts The Black Bead on Newport Avenue is a boutique filled with a wide selection of materials for jewelry making from an array of beads down to the necessary tools to complete any crafting project. The store is fully stocked with charms, beads and pendants that can add a special touch to any piece or serve as stand-alone gifts. It is easy to get lost in the rows and rows of beautifully unique gems hidden away at The Black Bead. The staff is prepared to help customers learn the basics, solve any problem and find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift. Walk the cliffs The cliffs south of Ocean Beach Pier are the perfect spot to walk, check out tide pools, and watch the waves splash against the rocks. There are a couple hidden beaches and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. Others looking for something more calm may lay out blankets to enjoy the view and watch the sky change as the daylight fades away. Change perspectives A different way to take in the scope of the Street Fair, Ocean Beach and the pier is from above. Walk up the hill to the intersections of Newport Avenue and Guizot Street or Niagara Avenue and Guizot Street to check out the view of OB, the pier and the ocean. Go there for sunset and get a whole new perspective on the horizon. Jump off the Pier Six years ago the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation started the Pier Jump. The event involves jumping off the side of the Ocean Beach Pier 35 feet into the ocean below. Initially the jump was only open to the children who were members of the Junior Lifeguard Foundation, but today it is open to the public. Find the Junior Lifeguard Foundation’s booth at the Street Fair and for $75 sign up to jump. The money helps the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation fund educational programs for kids. There are two jumps this year – in July and in August. More information can be found at www.sdjgfoundation.org.
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    Sea Gods come back to bless Ocean Beach
    by MARK-ELLIOTT LUGO
    Jun 22, 2016 | 3355 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Thomas Marine employees Jody Lofton and Marcos Biard apply finishing touches to the Sea Gods sculpture on Newport Avenue. / PHOTO BY MARK-ELLIOTT LUGO
    Thomas Marine employees Jody Lofton and Marcos Biard apply finishing touches to the Sea Gods sculpture on Newport Avenue. / PHOTO BY MARK-ELLIOTT LUGO
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    Sea Gods, a colorful-but-aging sculpture that vanished months ago from its site at the foot of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, returned home this week after receiving a major facelift. Conceived in the mid-1990s by San Diego-based artists Matthew Welsh and the late Jill Moon as part of the San Diego’s effort to enhance neighborhoods with original art, Sea Gods depicted a colorful and whimsical array of mythical sea creatures. The 28-foot-long painted steel sculpture became an instant landmark when it was installed on a landscaping strip bordering the OB Pier parking lot. Over the years, the stylized figures representing King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, surrounded by their court of imaginative beings, offered beach visitors a light-hearted visual distraction from the drabness of the parking lot and provided a backdrop for countless snapshots and selfies. Children, especially, were attracted to the sculpture’s bright colors and Seuss-like forms. Climbing it (not recommended) was irresistible. While gods may be immortal, the sculpture was not. As time passed, the corrosive effects of salt air, harsh sunlight, vandalism, and everyday wear and tear devastated the art. Rust was literally eating away parts of Sea Gods and its vibrant, inventive color scheme was fading badly, as well. To the distress of locals, the sculpture was becoming an eyesore. Restoring Sea Gods was no easy task, requiring five months of labor by specialists from several local companies, including Thomas Marine, a custom metal fabricator based in Point Loma, and RW Little, noted for its expertise in epoxy and urethane coatings. Coincidentally, Brian Thomas, owner of Thomas Marine, and Jody Lofton, a foreman with the firm, were members of the original crew that manufactured the sculpture in 1995. “Giving Sea Gods life again is an amazing feeling,” Thomas said. Lofton, who recreated several of the sculpture’s disintegrating steel components, expects the restoration to last another generation. “Paint, anti-graffiti coatings, and welding technologies have improved substantially since the 1990s,” he explained. “The restored art should be much more durable than the original.” The $39,000 cost of the project was funded by the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture, the same agency that commissioned Sea Gods two decades ago. According to senior public art manager Christine Jones, the commission’s responsibilities include maintaining public works of art that, like Sea Gods, are part of San Diego’s vast Civic Art Collection. Locals agree that the restoration was masterfully done and improves the neighborhood. Michael Amaya, an amateur photographer, praises the sculpture as he views it at various angles through his lens. “It’s representative of OB and the merging of the land and the water. It reflects the quirkiness of Ocean Beach,” Amaya said. Art Raya, seated on the sea wall and accompanied by his sunglasses-wearing Chihuahua, echoes Amaya’s sentiments. Sea Gods “embodies the goofy, serendipitous nature of OB,” he says. “It’s great that the sculpture has lasted as long as it has.”
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    New sign for cafe on Ocean Beach Pier
    by LAINIE FRASER
    Jun 22, 2016 | 771 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Walking on Water Cafe operator Chuck Fisher next to the new sign. / Photo by Jim Grant
    Walking on Water Cafe operator Chuck Fisher next to the new sign. / Photo by Jim Grant
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    The Walking on Water Cafe on the Ocean Beach Pier has a brand new sign thanks to the local community. The original completely blue sign on the cafe was installed in 1993. The plan was to put the sign up and have it changed not long after. That never happened. “The old cafe sign was installed ‘temporarily’ and was in much need of replacement,” said Walking on Water Cafe operator Chuck Fisher. Twenty-three years later, Johnny Fisher, a server at the Walking on Water Cafe, designed the new sign to be red, white and blue in time for the Fourth of July. There are plans to return the sign to the original blue letters at some point. Pastor Carter Moss with the Newbreak Church in Ocean Beach helped bring the volunteers together who built and painted the sign in one day. Fisher and his crew then used a plank hung off the side of the pier to hang the sign in time for the 50th anniversary of the pier. “Everyone just absolutely loves the new sign,” Fisher said.
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    Class of 2016 graduates from Mission Bay High
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jun 22, 2016 | 4765 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Caps fly in the air as Mission Bay High's Class of 2016 graduates on Tuesday, June 21. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Caps fly in the air as Mission Bay High's Class of 2016 graduates on Tuesday, June 21. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    A near-capacity crowd turned out June 21 to witness Mission Bay High School's Class of 2016 graduate. Commencement exercises at the school's new stadium were infused with a fun and lighthearted spirit as MBHS seniors, in the words of principal Ernest Remillard, transformed into “alumni.” “I wanted to let you know how proud I am of each and every one of you,” said Remillard, who was also principle for some of the graduating class's seniors previously at Pacific Beach Middle School. “I am confident that they'll take their experiences and memories with them as they depart on their next journey.” Remillard thanked his staff personally for aiding him in helping “this terrific group of young men and women.” “Please remember: Always be respectful, and appreciate your life experiences,” Remillard counseled the graduating class. At the start of the ceremony ASB and class president Victoria Grabowski told the crowd she hoped the ceremony “wouldn't be too long or boring,” then sat down. “I actually thought that speech was going to be a little longer,” responded Remillard. “We are one big, truly happy family,” said senior class vice-president Donald (Ozzie) Osborne. He concluded with a quote from NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis who said, “Leave your mark to endure.” Co-valedictorians Hannah Bloom and Kyra Forsyth, as well as salutatorian Dan Tran, gave commencement speeches. Bloom, the captain of girls softball team who will be playing the sport in college, said the old adage that “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” doesn't apply to MBHS. “MBHS with its International Bacclaureate (IB) program and new sports complex is now the envy of all high schools in San Diego Unified School District,” said Bloom, citing all of her instructors for contributing to students' success noting, “They never get the credit they truly deserve.” Forsyth spoke about 10 “lessons” she'd learned at MBHS. Her list included being honest, having a positive attitude, trying not to procrastinate, not being afraid to ask for help and learning to prioritize. “No matter what you do, be you,” advised Forsyth, adding, “Don't listen to what other people tell you about you, because they aren't – and never will be – you.” Tran, whom principle Remillard referred to as “always having a smile on his face,” discussed procrastination. “Don't just wait around doing nothing until something happens,” Tran said. “You have to be proactive with your life.” SDUSD board president Dr. Michael McQuary accepted MBHS's Class of 2016 and put everything in perspective during his remarks. “There are 60 million students in K-12 schools in 27,000 high schools throughout the nation,” said McQuary, adding “there are six million students in California and 133,000 students in SDUSD in 25 high schools.” McQuary noted that MBHS's 2016 class of 215 graduates “are a big part of making a difference, not only in this community, city and state, but in the nation and the world.” The school board president noted this was a record-setting year at SDUSD pointing out the district, the second largest in the state, had a “92 percent average of all students graduating,” which he added is “the highest percentage of any urban high school in the state of California and the nation.” McQuary added the Class of 2016 was also exceptional given the diversity of SDUSD and the large number of English as a second language students which it enrolls.
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    Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off set for June 25
    Jun 17, 2016 | 35819 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Thousands will flock to Ocean Beach to enjoy food, drinks, chili, live music, art and great people watching at the 37th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival on Saturday, June 25. / Photo by Jim Grant
    Thousands will flock to Ocean Beach to enjoy food, drinks, chili, live music, art and great people watching at the 37th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival on Saturday, June 25. / Photo by Jim Grant
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    Thousands will flock to Ocean Beach to enjoy food, drinks, chili, live music, art and great people watching at the 37th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival on Saturday, June 25. The free festival will include an oceanfront chili cook-off, vendor and food booths, Artists Alley, a beachside beer garden, live music and entertainment, family friendly activities, carnival rides and games, art, the Community Mural Project and more. The street fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 4800 to 5000 blocks of Newport Avenue, along the waterfront and in the pier parking lot, and along the cross streets of Newport Avenue at Bacon Street and Cable Street. Free trolley services will run for people parking near Robb Field (every 30 minutes) and on Sea World Drive at Pacific Coast Highway (every hour) from 9:30 a.m.to 9 p.m. There will also be a free bike valet at the intersection of Bacon Street and Newport Avenue, courtesy of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. The highlight of this year's fest will be the 50th anniversary celebration of the OB Pier, which opened on July 2, 1966. Ocean Beach MainStreet Association will commemorate the pier with photos dating back to its inception in 1966, and information about the OB Pier’s rich history in partnership with the Ocean Beach Historical Society. Other pier activities will include a kids fishing game, photo kiosk with a lifesize photo backdrop of the pier’s opening celebration in 1966, Living Coast Discovery Center’s interactive crab display and the opportunity to sign up for the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation’s annual pier jump. The Kiss tribute band will be back to rally the crowd. This time they'll support the Year of the Pier by donning their ’60s surfer best and rocking out to the Beach Boys. Attendees can stop by Rock and Roll San Diego’s booth to get a free 15-minute music lesson alongside the wild and zany Kiss tribute band, as they’re dressed in full face painting with long hair and Hawaiian shirts. The booth will also have drawings, giveaways and loads of cool stuff. The chili competition will feature more than 20 tastings from amateur entrants competing for the titles of Hottest Chili, Judges’ Award and the grand prize winner: People’s Choice Award. Chili tastings will begin at 11 a.m. and will end when contestants run out of samples. Tastings can be purchased for $2 per chili entry, or attendees can buy a master ticket for $20 to try every recipe and vote for the best. The Hodad’s Burger-Eating Competition is back by popular demand offering contestants a chance to be featured on the Hodad’s Wall of Fame at its Ocean Beach site. The Bloody Mary competition will also make a return with 15 local restaurants and bars competing for the title of Best Bloody Mary in Ocean Beach. Tickets can be purchased for $20 to sample each entry and vote for your favorites. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to purchase a $10 square to contribute to this year’s Community Mural Project. Visit the mural area on Bacon Street just south of Newport to reserve and then paint your square. After the Street Fair, the murals are sealed and installed in the community. On Cable Street, Artists Alley will feature accomplished artists and their handcrafted items. Family-friendly attractions include the Wonderland Fun Zone in the parking lot adjacent to US Bank near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Newport Avenue. The Zone will have a 20-foot slide, OB Express Train Ride for the little ones, Zip Line, Zorb balls, Hop ’n’ Rock, laser tag, kids games and more. There will be five stages of nonstop music throughout the day. Music genres include acoustic, rock, blues, alternative, Americana and more. For more information, visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com.
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