A campaign by the Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation to build a children’s playground/adult fitness station on Ocean Beach Park grass is progressing.
A public workshop on the park project, which will be dedicated in honor of noted historian, teacher and volunteer Ruth Varney Held, will be Thursday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.
“The children’s playground is only about 9 percent of the overall park area,” said project organizer and former City Councilman Byron Wear. “The relocation of tables and barbecues actually creates a larger open space for flexible recreational activities.”
Current design of Ruth Varney Held Park includes 4,362 square feet of children’s playground, 1,746 square feet of fitness area and 5,137 square feet of perimeter flood control.
An illustrative site plan for the proposed new park will be presented at the workshop.
north chapel extension
The last stop for worship for sailors shipping out to war since Word War II, North Chapel in Liberty Station, which was to have closed June 30, has been granted a reprieve.
“While we are still actively seeking a long-term tenant to increase the use of North Chapel, we don't yet have a lease in place,” said chapel owners Liberty Station Marketplace Investors. “So we've extended the agreement with our operator to make the chapel available for short-term rentals through the end of this year.”
Owners added their long-term goal “is to find a use that both protects — and respects — the historic resource and allows for greater community enjoyment of the chapel.”
Proposed for conversion to restaurant use due to underutilization, North Chapel has been rented out for years on Sundays by two Catholic congregations for services, weddings and special events.
Sculpture for Nimitz
Taiji, a 14-foot-tall kinetic sculpture by Jeffrey Laudenslager, paid for and donated by Point Loma philanthropist Dorothea Laub, will soon be installed in the Nimitz Boulevard median just south of West Point Loma Boulevard.
Nonprofit PLA, which works on Peninsula beautification, has the sculpture project permit in-hand.
Kinetic art is three-dimensional sculptures and figures with movable wind- or motor-driven parts, such as mobiles.
“It's not a heavy piece,” said Laudensslager about Taiji, noting it comes apart in pieces and can be relatively easily installed. “It’s a serious sculpture working on the yin-yang (complimentary opposites) principle.”
Added Laudenslager, “All of my sculptures have the character of movement, which tends to be slow, deliberate and very precise.”
Dolphin Motel and billboard out, new hotel coming in
The Dolphin Motel property at 2912 Garrison St. and the problematic billboard above it, are both proposed to be razed and replaced by the new, state-of-the art Monsaraz Hotel.
“We’re waiting for the demolition permit, maybe by the end of summer,” said Point Loma Realtor Robert Tripp Jackson, who added a ceremony is planned following the property’s transformation.
In January, the Peninsula Community Planning Board unanimously endorsed a developer’s plan to demolish the motel’s four existing buildings and convert the parcel into a new 49,150-square-foot, 92-unit, three-story boutique hotel.
OB winery wins gold in NYC
The heart of Midtown Manhattan is where the upstart San Diego winery Gianni Buonomo Vintners, won over the judges to earn a 94-point rating and a Gold Medal in the New York International Wine Competition. The winning wine was their 2014 Maestrale, a Meritage/Bordeaux-style blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
“Ocean Beach is a universe away from New York City. To think that our little beach winery is winning awards on the international wine stage in New York is very cool,” said Keith Rolle, owner of Gianni Buonomo Vintners, at 4836 Newport Ave. “It’s all about the grapes. Great wine comes from great grapes.”
There were more than 1,400 entries from 24 countries in this eighth-annual event. Both award-winning wines are currently available for tasting at the winery. They can be purchased in the tasting room or online.
Airport launches online parking reservation system
The San Diego Airport launched a new parking reservation system on the heels of opening the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza last month. Reservations may be made at reservations.san.org. A special parking rate of $17/day (regularly $32/day) is available in the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza and $15/day (regularly $20/day) in the Long Term Lot for a limited time.
Peninsula Breakers win District Championship
After numerous heartbreaking losses in tournament semi-finals, the Peninsula Breakers went into the South San Diego District tournament with no expectations. In their first game, they started firing on all cylinders, and held their opponent to a shutout, in their second game they were trailing in the last inning by three runs only to score four runs to win the game and put them in the semi-finals.
In the semi finals, they found themselves behind by five runs in the last inning, only to score six runs in the bottom of the inning for a walk-off win, which then put them into the championship game. In the final, the Peninsula players would find themselves down by five runs in the last inning only to win in dramatic fashion yet once again to become the South San Diego District champions.
Going undefeated in the district tournament is unheard of in Peninsula Breakers history. The last time was possibly in 2008. This group of 12U Silver All-Stars has achieved something special together and although things didn’t work out at the state championships in Lancaster, the players, coaches, and parents will remember this amazing undefeated run to the South San Diego District Championship.
Point Loma Pirates in final
The Point Loma Pirates beat Team Dyna, 13-3, in the semi-finals of the San Diego Adult Baseball League at Helix High School. For the Pirates, A.J. Rodrigues went 4-for-4, and Eric Murphy pitched six innings while allowing two runs.
The final game will pair the Pirates (13-2) against the San Diego Marlins (12-4) and will take place at 3:30 p.m. on July 29 at Southwestern College.
Any players 25 and older who wish to continue playing baseball, should contact Bahi Z. at 619-726-8955.
Movies at The Wine Pub
The Wine Pub, at 2907 Shelter Island Drive, turns its patio into a gourmet outdoor movie theater for its annual Sit-In Cinema on Saturday, July 28, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Film fans can expect a custom menu of movie munchies, choice of wine or beer from its locally renowned drink menu and the option to bring a four-legged friend to keep the “night at home” theme, but with table service.
This year’s chosen film, “Sideways,” tells of two friends touring the vineyards of Santa Barbara. The film, known for skyrocketing the popularity of pinot noir, follows actors Paul Giamati and Thomas Haden Church through wine country while the pair struggle to maintain their friendship after a series of life-changing events occur.
Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and pillows for a cozy evening on the patio. Tickets are $20 per person, which includes entry and a $10 credit towards gourmet movie munchies, drinks or anything from The Wine Pub’s menu. RSVP with The Wine Pub at 619-758-9325, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vanguard Productions presents ‘Annie’
Vanguard Productions will present “Annie” at Westminster Theatre in Westminster Presbyterian Church at 3598 Talbot St. on July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Purchase Tickets at vanguardsd.org. Call the box office for information at 619-224-6263.
Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Annie” should be on your July to-do list. No matter how many times you’ve seen it before, you will laugh, cheer and weep through the music and antics of this little girl and a dozen of her fellow orphans as they dance, sing and play tricks on the orphan manager, Ms. Hannigan.
OB photographer show at Historical Society
The Ocean Beach Historical Society will present Randy Dible, local surf photographer, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Dible has been shooting ocean-theme images for more than three decades. Dible grew up in Mission Beach in the ’70s and ’80s, and now resides in Ocean Beach.
He frequently travels to Hawaii, Mexico and other exotic surf destinations. His images have been published in Surfer, Surfing, Surfer’s Journal, Ocean Magazine and other periodicals worldwide. For more information, visit obhistory.org.
Pizza & Beerfest to take over Liberty Station
On Saturday, July 21, the inaugural San Diego Pizza & Beerfest will take over NTC Park in Liberty Station, offering more than 100 craft beers, as well as live music and more than 15 area restaurants serving signature pizza slices. For more information, visit sandiego-beerfestival.com.