Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
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Sunset from Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Sunset from Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Ocean Beach Historical Society presentation

Ocean Beach Historical Society will present “Kumeyaay Resistance and ‘Abusive’ Art at Mission San Diego and the San Diego Presidio” by Richard Carrico at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Do you ever wonder how the Kumeyaay might have resisted Spanish colonization besides sacking Mission San Diego in 1775?

Is there any chance that they used art forms to show their disdain for the Spaniards right beneath (and above) the eyes of the colonists?

In this highly informative and engaging talk, historian and anthropologist Carrico will delve into the “dark art” that the Kumeyaay used to continue their ancient artistic practices and their use of symbology.

The Kumeyaay served as laborers at both the mission and presidio and as part of that work effort they formed and fired the adobe roof tiles (tejas) and floor tiles (baldosas) at both outposts. Probably unknown to their supervisors and to Spanish authorities, some Kumeyaay inscribed the wet adobe with images and symbols.

Many of the images are comparable to designs in local rock art and on ceramic pots and vessels that predate the arrival of the Spaniards. They include circles, concentric designs, cross-hatching, and what may be human figures. In addition, some of the designs depict things and places on Presidio Hill.

Through a series of slides and images, Carrico will guide you back to the 1770-1820 period when the tiles were formed and decorated and then link the art work to a far more ancient period. Carrico will strongly suggest that the images have deep- rooted meaning and form what one scholar has called “abusive art;” art that is meant to reflect cultural persistence and a rejection of some of the Spanish dictates.

Fire Fighters and Friends Celebrity Luncheon 

Over the past 34 years, the San Diego City Firefighters have donated thousands of dollars and volunteer hours to United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego. This year marks the 34th consecutive year that the San Diego City Firefighters have served as the major sponsor and underwriter of the annual “Fire Fighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters Luncheon” for UCP.

The luncheon, to be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa, draws a host of local and Hollywood celebrities to serve some 400 participants. Attendees will have a chance at some live, silent and raffle items at the luncheon.  

Tickets start at $80 per person and reservations may be made by calling the UCP office at 858-571-5365 (ext. 112) or at Sponsors for the event include KyXy 96.5, Energy 103.7, Location Edit,  Berkshire Hathaway HomeState Cos., the San Diego Community Newspaper Group and KUSI-TV 9/51 News.

Garden Club meeting

The Point Loma Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Oct. 11 at Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal. The topic is “Succulent Tapestries” by Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity. Guests are welcome to attend. Join the club for an interesting program on these water wise plants.

Pets blessings

Pastor Deb will bless pets and animals from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Westminster Park located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3598 Talbot St. (corner of Talbot and Canon) in Point Loma. A brief, informal “Preachin’ in the Park” will follow. For questions, call 619-223-3193.

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 played the harmonica for a number of local groups, as well as BB King, Bo Diddley, and The Allman Brothers. Georgio was a well-known figure in Ocean Beach.

‘Bike for Boobs’ fundraiser

One local breast cancer survivor plans to paint Point Loma pink for the fifth year in a row. Sandy Hanshaw, owner of The Wine Pub and The Coffee Hub, announces the return of her iconic neighborhood bike ride and celebration – Bike for Boobs. Hanshaw brought Bike for Boobs to life in San Diego in 2013 as she underwent treatment for stage-three breast cancer.

On Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m., dozens of pink-adorned supporters will grab bikes and join the San Diego County Bike Coalition for a casual ride around Shelter Island. Following the ride, guests will reunite at The Pub’s enchanting outdoor patio for live music, gourmet food, auction items and, of course, wine. 

To celebrate the fifth year of Bike for Boobs, Hanshaw has partnered with Nomad Donuts to offer guests bike and boob-inspired donuts as they peruse an assortment of silent auction items donated from local businesses. A pink-mosaic picture frame, decorated by local artist and ArtBeat San Diego Founder Kristel Boe, will be on display for guests to add the names of loved ones going through a battle with breast cancer, photos or words of encouragement to women everywhere. 

Mobile blood drives

Big O Tires to host blood drive in partnership with San Diego Blood Bank, Thursday, Sept. 21, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1106 Garnet Ave.

In partnership with San Diego Blood Bank, Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 2816 Historic Decatur Road Parking Lot.

About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives. Since blood is always needed, volunteers are asked to give blood for patients, such as those going through cancer or trauma.

Donors must meet the following eligibility requirements:

- 17 and older (Age 16 requires a parental consent);

- 114 pounds and in good health.

Donors are advised to drink plenty of fluids prior to donation. Maintain usual eating habits on the day of donation, avoid fatty foods if possible. All donors must show picture identification upon signing up to donate.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment for their convenience but walk-ins are also welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322) or visit

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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