Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
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Sunset at Ocean Beach Pier on Wednesday, Aug. 30. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Sunset at Ocean Beach Pier on Wednesday, Aug. 30. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Mobile blood drive

Ocean Beach to host mobile blood drive in partnership with San Diego Blood Bank 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 4840 Niagara St. (Rite Aid parking lot). One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives. Approximately, 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10 percent do annually. To schedule an appointment, call 800-469-7322 or visit

Surf contest and fair

The Revolt Summer Surf Series next competition and the inaugural Ocean Beach Surf Fair will take place next to the OB Pier and in Veteran’s Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Revolt Summer Surf Series is a non-WSL domestic surfing competition dedicated to providing a fair and balanced platform for male and female surfers (Pro/AM) to perform in their sport.

The OB Surf Fair is a surfing and beach community gathering designed to show San Diego and the thousands of daily tourists who visit Ocean Beach, that there is a vibrant community of retailers and business owners in Ocean Beach that care about their community.

Sponsors and vendors are encouraged to set up a booth offering activities, product and or services for visitors. This is a great way for the beach and surfing communities to connect directly with your company.

At the event, there will be a swap meet, live music, food, raffles and fun. For more information, contact

OB scholarships offered

Ocean Beach Scholarship Fund is awarding three $500 community service scholarships to OB residents who are attending college full time and that have completed 25-plus hours of community service in Ocean Beach in 2017. Applications are due Sept. 5. Applications are at Ocean Beach Scholarship Fund is a program of Ocean Beach Community Foundation.

Memorial concert for Aristotle Georgio

On Sept. 17, a memorial will be held at Winston’s Beach Club from 1 to 5 p.m. in honor of Aristotle Georgio, who died on Aug. 2. Georgio was a musician who has been playing at OB venues since the ’70s. He spent his career moving from band to band; he played the harmonica for a number of local groups, including BB King, Bo Diddley, and The Allman Brothers. Georgio was a well-known figure in Ocean Beach — some referred to him as the “Mayor of OB,” due to his expansive personality and Southern charm.

His friend, Paul Bolton, described him as quite the character. “He was very friendly,” Paul told us. “No one you could talk to would have a bad word to say about him.”

Georgio’s friends from the industry will attend, volunteering their time and talent to provide live music. All proceeds from tickets and T-shirt sales will go toward Blues San Diego, a nonprofit that runs a summer blues workshop for kids. Donations will go into a scholarship set up in Georgio’s name, which will be used to fund the enrollment of a number of aspiring children.

Peninsula Singers invite new members

The Peninsula Singers community choir invites singers to join for the fall season. No audition is needed and singers with all levels of experience are welcome. Rehearsals are every Monday night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 11, in the community room at Point Loma Hervey Branch Library at 3701 Voltaire St.

Performances in December will include a variety of seasonal music from old-style carols to jazz and modern arrangements of holiday music, as well as classical favorites. Interested singers can visit for more information and to register online. Registration is also available at the first few rehearsals.

The choir is directed by Sarah Suhonen and accompanied by Stewart Simon on piano. Peninsula Singers has performed at many venues throughout the community, including U.S.S. Midway, the Point Loma Village Cultural Faire, Southwestern Yacht Club, Point Loma High School, several local libraries, “December Nights” in Balboa Park and the San Diego Botanical Garden.

Established in 2003, Peninsula Singers is a Committee of the nonprofit Ocean Beach Community Foundation.

Loma Portal Elementary Swap Meet, Yard Work Day

The second annual Loma Portal Elementary Swap Meet and Ecological School Yard Work Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Loma Portal Elementary School. Come shop around during the Swap Meet from 7 to 11 a.m. You never know what treasures you'll find. Stay and help in the garden and Steam Lab from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. to prepare for the school year.

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.

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