For the fifth consecutive year, adult fans of Girl Scout Cookies will pair them with local craft beers during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (Feb. 22-24). AleSmith Brewing Co., Mike Hess Brewing and Stone Brewing return as Girl Scouts San Diego’s official partners for Cookies on Tap.
“Backed by research, Girl Scout programs are designed specifically for girls and delivered within an all-girl, girl-led environment,” said Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol M. Dedrich. “Cookies on Tap proceeds will help underwrite innovative programs in the outdoors, life skills, entrepreneurship, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).”
Cookies on Tap participants will have an opportunity to write notes of support to accompany cookies donated for Operation Thin Mints, a Girl Scout service project that sends “a taste of home and a note to show we care” to military troops deployed around the world. Since the program was founded here in2002, San Diegans have donated more than three million boxes of Operation Thin Mint cookies to troops and local veterans organizations.
Mike Hess Brewing, which returns to Cookies on Tap for a fifth year, will participate at 3812 Grim Ave. in North Park, 7955 Silverton Ave. in Miramar and 4893 Voltaire St. in Ocean Beach, and its newest location at 805 Ocean Lane in Imperial Beach.
All Mike Hess locations will pair Hop Cloud Hazy IPA with Savannah Smiles, Habitus Double Rye IPA with Samoas, Grazias Vienna Cream Ale with Do-si-dos, and Umbrix Imperial Stout with Girl Scout S’mores. These exclusive pairings will be featured at select locations: Steel Beach Lager with Trefoils (North Park and Imperial Beach), Into the Sunset Blood Orange IPA with Tagalongs (Ocean Beach), and White Peach My Other Vice with Trefoils (Miramar).
AleSmith Brewing Co.’s tasting room is at 9990 AleSmith Court (formerly Empire Street) in Miramar. AleSmith will pair its Spezial Pils (German-style pilsner) with Trefoils Girl Scout Cookies, Nut Brown Ale (English style) with Girl Scout S’mores, AleSmith IPA (India pale ale) with Savannah Smiles, and Speedway Stout with Coffee (imperial stout) with Tagalongs.
Stone Brewing locations participating in Cookies on Tap are 795 J Street and 1202 Kettner Blvd. in downtown San Diego, 310 N. Tremont St. in Oceanside, 1999 Citracado Pkwy. In Escondido, and 2816 Historic Decatur Road, at Liberty Station. Stone’s pairings are Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse with Savannah Smiles, Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager with Samoas, Mikhail (Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout aged in bourbon barrels) with Girl Scout S’mores, and Enter Night Pilsner with Thin Mints.
During the six weeks of the Girl Scout Cookie Program (Jan. 27 to March 10), San Diegans are expected to purchase more than 2.5 million boxes of cookies. Customers can locate the nearest source with the Girl Scout Cookie Finder. The free app is available at sdgirlscouts.org.
SAN DIEGO NAMED THIRD MOST ROMANTIC CITY
When it comes to romance, new data shows that some cities seriously take things to the next level, including San Diego who's raking in at the No. 3 most romantic city in North America. Instacart, a leader in online groceries, recently released its third annual Instacart Romance Index, highlighting the country’s most romantic cities – and those lacking in the love department – based on the company’s trove of grocery data.
Baltimore took the tile for the most romantic city, while Detroit came in first place for the least more romantic city.
GOFUNDME STARTED TO FLY VAL HOME
A GoFundMe campaign was started on Jan. 26 to help raise funds for an OB woman to fly home to Brazil for her mother’s funeral. The fundraiser named “Fly Val Home!” was created by Andrea Macouzet and has raised more than $1,000 of its $4,000 goal for Val Fiorini as of press time.
“I have a very dear friend that is grieving the loss of her mother this week,” the description reads. “I'm reaching out to the OB community, friends and family for help. All donations will help with travel expenses to Brazil so Val can be with her family. Val is a huge part of our community. I stop by her coffee shop every morning and everyone there has made me feel like family.”
“Val has been a great friend over the years. She is kind, loving, compassionate, and is always thinking of others. A true gem! Losing a mother has got to be one of the most painful experiences in life. I'm heart broken for my dear friend.”
Fiorini owns Val’s Coffee Corner at 2244 Bacon St. To donate to the campaign, visit gofundme.com and search “Fly Val Home!”
NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA RESTORATION BOARD TO MEET
The Naval Base Point Loma Complex Environmental Restoration Program’s next Restoration Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. The meeting will discuss issues relevant to the program and takes place at the Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Qualtrough St. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 619-556-8926.
MARCH FOR MEALS 5K CHARITY WALK
March for Meals 5K Charity Walk, presented by Barona Band of Mission Indians, will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 a.m. to support San Diego’s homebound and isolated senior population. Proceeds from the event will help provide nutritious meals and a daily wellness check for this most vulnerable and fragile population.
The walk will be held at at Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road. Prizes will be awarded to the team and individual with the most funds raised, best costume, and most spirited team. Dogs are welcomed. Cost is $35 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Entrants may sign up at classy.org/event/march-for-meals-5k-charity-walk/ e219373.
THE BLACK MAKES TOP 10 LIST FOR HIGH TIMES
High Times recently recognized one of Ocean Beach’s longtime businesses. The Black was named as one of the “10 Legendary Headshops” in the magazine’s December 2018 issue. It originally opened on 5017 Newport Ave., in 1968. “If you come to San Diego, check it out,” owner Kurt Dornbusch told the magazine. “It’ll blow your mind.”
OB MAN NAMED BEST LAWYER OF THE YEAR
An Ocean Beach man was recently named “Best Lawyer of the Year” for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Kevin F. Quinn, a senior partner at Thornes Bartolotta McGuire in downtown San Diego, was recognized for his distinguished reputation for taking tough cases other lawyers avoid, to trial and winning them.
NEW ACTING CLASSES HELD AT LIBERTY STATION
Stephen Carpenter, an award-winning director and screenwriter, is teaching a new class at White Box Theatre that is geared toward specific, practical instruction on the basics of film and TV acting, as well as refining the subtleties and turning a good performance into a great one.
Class size is limited. Early registration is suggested. Class starts on Feb. 26 and is hosted every Tuesday at 7 p.m. until March 19. Cost starts at $135 for new Point Loma Playhouse members and $155 for returning members. Ages 18 and up. Visit pointlomaplayhouse.com for more information.
OB SURF CLASSIC
Fourth annual OB Surf Classic, presented by the Hodad’s Foundation and AWOL Productions, will take place 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb 23. This surf contest is for all the local rippers and families in the Ocean Beach community. There will be a variety of divisions for men, women, juniors, groms and a fun family division for longboards and shortboards. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Hodad’s Foundation to encourage more youth sports, summer surf and skate camps.
CRAZYTOWN X TO PERFORM AT SAN DIEGO STRIKE FORCE OPENER
CrazyTown X, the band best known for the 2000 hit single, “Butterfly,” will perform at the San Diego Strike Force’s March 3, home opener at Pechanga Arena San Diego. The Strike Force will host the Tucson Sugar Skulls in their home opener on Sunday, March 3. Kickoff is 5:05 p.m. It also marks the first game in franchise history.
Playing a blend of rock, rap and hip-hop, CrazyTown X’s hit song, Butterfly, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and their debut album, The Gift of Game, sold more than 1.5 million albums. The band has toured all around the world and sold millions of records. Subsequent album releases include Darkhorse and The Brimstone Sluggers.
UCSD HEALTH NAMED OFFICIAL PROVIDER OF SAN DIEGO SEALS
As the San Diego Seals open their inaugural season, the professional box lacrosse team has selected UC San Diego Health as its official healthcare provider.
On-site medical care for all athletes at Seals training camps and home games is led by UC San Diego Health’s David E.J. Bazzo, MD, primary care physician/sports medicine specialist and head team physician; Catherine M. Robertson, MD, chief of Sports Medicine, associate team physician and lead orthopedic surgeon; Bryan T. Leek, MD, orthopedic surgeon and associate team physician; and Kenneth S. Taylor, MD, primary care physician/sports medicine specialist and associate team physician; with the support of a massage therapist and nutritionist.
Through this partnership, Seals athletes have access to advanced sports medicine and orthopedic care, including emerging surgical techniques and imaging and diagnostic tools. The team also benefits from UC San Diego Health’s expertise in family medicine, nutrition education, and massage therapy. UC San Diego Health and the Seals will collaborate on outreach and awareness efforts to promote fitness and healthy living in the local community.
In addition to this partnership with the Seals, UC San Diego Health is the Official Health Care Provider for the San Diego Padres, Regional Medical Center for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and provides medical care for UC San Diego Athletics, the San Diego Sockers and many other local teams, schools, and community events.
AIR & SPACE MUSEUM OFFERS FREE ADMISSION
The San Diego Air & Space Museum announced that it will continue offering free admission to federal employees through Feb. 21. Federal employees can simply show their federal employee identification and they are allowed to bring as many as three immediate family members with them to the museum.
The museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with admissions until 4:30 p.m.
HEMLOCK SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT
Former La Jollan Faye Girsh, founder and current president of the Hemlock Society of San Diego, passed the reins to Barry Price of Allied Gardens. Girsh was president of the Hemlock Society USA following its founder, Derek Humphry. In 1987, she began the Hemlock Society of San Diego and was president from 1987 to 1996 and again from 2006 to 2019. She is also past-president of the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies.
Girsh initiated the Caring Friends program at Hemlock, which has become the Final Exit Network, where she serves on the advisory board. She is also on the board of Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization. For many years she was a board member and newsletter editor for the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies and is past president.
Price assumed the role of president of the Hemlock Society of San Diego in January. Price’s teaching career includes 35 years teaching at three Texas universities. He earned two Fulbright Fellowships to teach and consult on public administration in Argentina and Uruguay and to teach and research in Nicaragua.