Community and news briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
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Cairo Beats, which features rhythmic drumming with belly dancers, who also dabble in fire eating, entertains the crowd at last week’s Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
Cairo Beats, which features rhythmic drumming with belly dancers, who also dabble in fire eating, entertains the crowd at last week’s Ocean Beach Farmers Market. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
TB case reported at Naval Base Point Loma

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is working in close collaboration with Navy officials to notify individuals who were possibly exposed to tuberculosis on Naval Base Point Loma. The periods of exposure are from Oct. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31 in the Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex in building OT3 and from Feb. 1 to April 7 in the Naval Base Point Loma Topside building No. 40.

The Navy will provide no-cost testing to all identified individuals at Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex beginning May 9 and on May 15 and 16 in the auditorium on Topside A-33. People who would like more information are asked to call County TB Control Program at 619-692-8621.

Annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels

The California Department of Public Health recently announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast. The quarantine began May 1 and applies to all species of mussels that are recreationally harvested along the California coast, including all bays and estuaries. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning that can lead to serious illness, including coma and death.

“The toxins found in shellfish can kill a person within 30 minutes. There are no known antidotes, and the toxins are not reliably destroyed by cooking,”said CDPH director and State Public Health officer Dr. Karen Smith.

The quarantine is designed to prevent paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) and domoic acid poisoning (DAP) in people who might otherwise consume sport-harvested mussels. Both of these toxins are linked to plankton consumed by shellfish, including mussels and clams.

Historically, the majority of human cases of PSP illnesses occur between spring and fall. In California, PSP is extremely rare in part due to the efforts put forth by CDPH to protect the public against poisoning. There have been no reported cases of DAP in California.

OB Exposed photo show

Ocean Beach Historical Society presents OB Exposed! Photographic Impressions of Ocean Beach and Point Loma at the Masonic Center,1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 19. The special subject prize photo category is “25 year anniversary of the OB farmers market.” Also, enter other categories. Suggested OBHS donation $5, but any donation is appreciated. Details and entry forms available at OB Business Center or

Gator by the Bay

San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club is presenting its annual Gator by the Bay! festival May 8-11. The festivities will be held at Spanish Landing Park across from San Diego Airport. Included in the schedule is Louisiana-themed dancing, dancing lessons, music, music workshops, food and cooking demos. For more information, visit

OB Kiwanis Kite Festival

The 69th annual Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival, Off-Street Fair, and Carnival will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Dusty Rhodes Park, Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. There will be free parking and shuttle from Robb Field.

There will be kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers and kite demonstrations and games, crafters, community organizations, gourmet food, carnival activities and live music from Beer Feat. Youngsters are taught how to make and fly kites. All materials are supplied. There are prizes for the best decorated kites. Any handmade kite can be submitted, not just kites made at the festival. This free family event is the oldest children’s kite festival in the U.S.

OB photo contest

The Ocean Beach Town Council has started a "Share Your OB" photo contest. To enter just tag your best photos of OB with #shareyourOB and post on Instagram or Facebook. Winner receives bragging rights and is entered in a monthly drawing for some cool swag. Each Saturday, a new winner will be announced. So get out there and #shareyourOB.

VanDover named sales manager at The Park

Zephyr’s The Park, Bankers Hill, has added luxury high-rise real estate specialist, Micah VanDover, as its community sales manager.

VanDover is married with two children and one on the way. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, building sand castles with his kids and doing mission work.

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