Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
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A foggy morning in Ocean Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
A foggy morning in Ocean Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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OB Library program on native plants

Ocean Beach Branch Library is holding an event at 6 p.m. on May 1 about California native plants. Come and see San Diego’s native plant life through the eyes and lenses of naturalist and photographer, Phil Roullard. The photo exhibit will be followed with a presentation by landscape architect Kay Stewart. The presentation will highlight the many activities that the California Native Plant Society hosts. Books about indigenous plants will be available for your perusal.

Rally for sustainable energy in Ocean Beach

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 there will be a rally and march in Ocean Beach with music and speakers at the foot of Newport Avenue in support of renewable energy.

Rear Admiral Len Hering USN (ret.), the past director of the San Diego Center for Sustainable Energy, will speak.

Volunteers needed for OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association is seeking applicants as volunteers at the 39th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival, set for Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, and those 14 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to fill quickly. Call the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association office at 619-224-4906 for information.

OB Green Center’s anniversary

From 2 to 7 p.m. on April 28, Ocean Beach Green Center, at 4843 Voltaire St., will celebrate its 29th anniversary of environmental, peace, and social justice activism. Live music, speakers, refreshments, raffle prizes from local businesses will be available. For more information, visit oceanbeachgreencenter.org.

Point Loma Little League donates bats to Tijuana teams

Point Loma Little League recently had its Opening Day and like all other Little Leagues this year, the league was required to purchase new bats that meet the new USA Bats standards. This left perfectly good bats that they could no longer use for games or practices. 

Through Facebook, PLLL connected with Humberto Tovalin Yanez, a former president of Liga de Beisbol Infantil y Juvenil Municipal de Tijuana (Tijuana’s Little League system), who resides in Chula Vista and is involved in their league. PLLL collected 107 bats on Opening Day to donate them to kids in Tijuana, who can still legally use the bats. Peninsula Little League also participated. Between the two leagues, nearly 200 baseball bats were donated to kids in Tijuana. 

Point Loma Pirates win

Point Loma Pirates beat the Beavers, 5-1, last week in San Diego Adult Baseball League action. The Pirates (4-0) will next play San Diego Brunch at 1:30 p.m. April 29 at Ramona High School.

At Damato Field for the Pirates win, A.J. Rodrigues was 2-for-4 and Jake Magness added a home run. Pitcher Micah Karnes started the game and Matt Gallardo finished up the game with 5 IP and 7 strikeouts.

Rescue House slates annual cats benefit

More than 25,000 lost or neglected animals receive second chances every year in San Diego County – and a regional cat-rescue venue has scheduled its annual fundraiser to retain its stake in the effort.

A Cause for Paws, the Rescue House’s 10th annual gala, will take place Saturday, June 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, 1441 Quivira Road. The evening includes a dinner buffet and silent and live auctions. Contact amy@rescuehouse.org with questions or donations. Ticket prices are $75 to $95, and all proceeds go directly to the care of homeless cats.  

The Rescue House is an Encinitas-based nonprofit no-kill volunteer organization dedicated to assisting unwanted, abandoned, homeless and abused socialized cats regardless of age and, often, handicap. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has rescued more than 13,000 cats and has found homes for more than 3,600 through its seven adoption centers in San Diego County. More information is available at rescuehouse.org or 760-591-1221.

Poll workers needed for June 5 election

Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of six specific languages, are needed for the June 5 Gubernatorial Primary Election.

The Registrar’s office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese.

In addition, a survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley showed a need for speakers of Arabic and Korean at just under 90 precincts across the county so the Registrar’s office is also recruiting poll workers who are bilingual in those languages.

To become a poll worker, applicants must be a U.S citizen and registered to vote in California, or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States. Poll workers must have transportation to their assigned polling location, access to the internet to take an online training and attend a two-hour class in person.

Poll workers receive a stipend ranging from $100 to $175 depending on the assignment, and those who are bilingual receive an additional $15 if they are assigned to provide language assistance to voters.

Apply online at sdvote.com. For more information, call 858-565-5800 or email pollworker@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Walk for Animals

This area is noted for the enlightenment of its pet communities – and on Saturday, May 5, an annual San Diego County Humane Society fundraising dog-walk is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants and volunteers whose support helps fuel that reputation.

The Walk for Animals consists of a two-mile stroll around NTC Park at Point Loma’s Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road (a half-mile course has been set aside for dogs and owners who prefer a shorter trail). It begins at 9 a.m., with registration, breakfast and opening ceremonies starting at 7 a.m. Families and children are welcome.

Proceeds will help fund the humane society’s lifesaving programs and services, including shelter, adoptions, veterinary care, humane law enforcement, emergency rescue and behavior and training on behalf of the 30,000 animals expected to come into the humane society’s care this year.

Registration fees range from $10 to $40. Further information is available at support.sdhumane.org or at 619-243-3469. 

Serving San Diego County since 1880, the humane society operates campuses in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside. It is a private nonprofit, not affiliated with any other humane society or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It receives no government funding and is supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from its retail store and small service fees.

Bay City Brewing Co. among fastest growing craft breweries in nation

Bay City Brewing Co. recently announced it was named among the fastest-growing craft breweries in the U.S. It is one of two breweries listed from San Diego County. 

The nonprofit Brewers Association released its inaugural list of the 50 fastest-growing small and independent craft brewing companies in 2017. The list represents 25 states and a diverse cross-section of the brewing community. The state of California claims the speediest growth with seven breweries listed. 

“Being in the craft brewery capital of the world can present a lot of challenges to company growth,” said Greg Anderson, co-owner of Bay City. “At Bay City, though, our priority has always been to grow community first – the families, friends and loved ones that want to make memories with good beer. It’s what we owe our fast growth to, despite the ultra-competitive industry.”    

While the Brewers Association won’t release specific volume details until May, the association noted median growth from 2016 to 2017 for the top 50 breweries was 216 percent. During that time frame, the median size of these breweries grew by 679 barrels. 

For more information on Bay City Brewing Co., visit www.baycitybrewing.com.

Literacy council fundraiser to serve food for thought at ninth Eat.Drink.Read.

More than 20 chefs representing local restaurants including Point Loma’s Solare Lounge will create a culinary journey inspired by the chefs’ favorite books and literary characters at the San Diego Council on Literacy’s ninth annual “Eat.Drink.Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy,” set for Thursday, May 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Balboa Park’s San Diego Air & Space Museum.

San Diego brewers, distillers and winemakers will also bring their products to the event, which will feature live music and a battle between the chefs, with awards for best dish, best dessert, best display and people’s choice.

Past works of inspiration have yielded creations from Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

The event raises funds to support the nonprofit council’s 27 literacy programs, campaigns and referrals that serve 180,000 residents a year at no cost.

More than 520,000 adults in San Diego have difficulty reading – and most of them are native English speakers. Many of these are parents, and their children are said to be adversely affected by low-level literacy skills in the household.

Tickets go on sale March 26, with the early bird price of $60 available through April 12. Tickets increase to $75 beginning April 13.

The museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza. For more, see literacysandiego.org or call (619) 574-1641 ext. 103.

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