A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.
Thursday, Dec. 16
STUDENTS MADD SUPPORT AT WOODSTOCK’S PIZZA
The Youth Advocates Club at Mission Bay High School is teaming up with Woodstock’s Pizza and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to reduce underage drinking and DUIs over the holidays with a press conference at 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 17 at 1221 Garnet Ave. During the holidays, customers at Woodstock’s Pizza in Pacific Beach are getting something extra with every pizza for takeout and delivery – a message about preventing underage drinking. Youth Advocates Club members designed stickers to go on pizza boxes, aimed at reminding adults not to provide alcohol to minors or to allow underage drinking at parties. Mothers Against Drunk Driving originally created “sticker shock” events involving stores that sell beer, wine and liquor to take home. Now, the concept has expanded to restaurants that deliver and serve food to go. This is the first “sticker shock” event in Pacific Beach. The sickers include a QR code link to a Facebook page where people can learn more about how alcohol impacts teenager’s health, what parents can do, and the laws regarding underage drinking.
SAMMY'S LJ REOPENING
Sammy’s Food + Wine reopens its original La Jolla location on Friday, Dec. 17. The restaurant has been closed since Oct. 26, due to water in the building. The restaurant at 702 Pearl St. has been closed for seven weeks. “Although it’s never ideal to experience a closure, we are very happy to open before the holidays to help host celebrations for our La Jolla friends and neighbors,” said Sami Ladeki, owner and founder. The restaurant had recently been remodeled and the new, reopened location will also boast the newly renovated aesthetics, including an updated patio. Sammy’s has also recently expanded their menu with new items to include an emphasis on more sandwiches, pitas, tacos, and fresh fish entrees. They have created a new hummus section with four different flavors.
SAN DIEGO UNIFIED COVID HOME TESTING
San Diego Unified School District is providing a kit of two COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests for all students to self-test at home prior to returning to campus after winter break in January. The iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests were provided by the California Department of Public Health and will be distributed to the more than 98,000 students in San Diego Unified this week.
“Many students will be traveling or gathering with friends and family over the winter break, and with a recent up-tick in case rates and the new omicron variant, students may be exposed to COVID-19,” said Board of Education President Richard Barrera. “These at-home rapid tests will help all of our students and their families have greater peace of mind about returning to school safely in January.”
Students who miss the distribution of the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits should plan to make appointments for testing through their health care provider or by visiting sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/testing.html to find free testing locations.
City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera has opened the process of hiring the City’s independent budget analyst to the public. The City Council president invites residents to submit input to their councilmembers on their desired qualifications in a new IBA. “San Diegans need and deserve an Independent Budget Analyst they can trust. That trust must be earned through transparency and accessibility to the people of San Diego. I look forward to working with my colleagues to fill this extremely important position with a candidate with the skill and experience deserving of the world-class city we aspire to be,” said Elo-Rivera. The mission of the independent budget analyst is to provide clear, objective and unbiased analysis and advice to the City Council and the public regarding all legislative items bearing financial and policy impacts to the City of San Diego.
LJS&C HOLIDAY CONCERT
La Jolla Symphony and Chorus is holding a holiday concert Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church at 743 Prospect St. in La Jolla. The LJS&C Chorus has joyfully returned to singing this fall. The first live choral performance in almost two years will be a holiday-themed program highlighting the works of Mendelssohn, Distler, Sweelinck, Luis de Victoria, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, and Handel. $20/general admission
NOVA Home Loans has committed to donating over $500,000 to the communities they serve through their annual Giving Campaign, with monies distributed to nonprofits throughout California and the southwest. NOVA’s donations are in keeping with their core value of philanthropy, according to Jon Volpe, NOVA’s chairman and CEO. “As a kid, I relied on help from mentors to propel me through school and athletics, which led me to where I am today,” said Volpe. “I’ve always been fully committed to giving back to the communities we serve because I believe giving is contagious.” To learn more about NOVA Home Loans, visit novahomeloans.com.
NONSTOP TO MUNICH
Lufthansa German Airlines announced they will add nonstop service between Munich, Bavaria, Germany via Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (MUC) and San Diego International Airport (SAN) beginning March 30, 2022. This service will be the first-ever nonstop service between Munich and San Diego. Flights will initially operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and grow to five times weekly service in May 2022 when Lufthansa adds service on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The route will be served by one of Lufthansa’s newest aircraft, the 293-seat Airbus A350-900, known in the industry as one of the most modern and fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in the world. Lufthansa previously offered nonstop flights to Frankfurt, Germany until service was suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. For schedule and tickets, visit lufthansa.com.
BROKEN YOLK BLOOD DRIVE
Broken Yolk Café has kicked off a series of blood drives with the San Diego Blood Bank now through Dec. 29 with times varying with restaurant locations. Anyone who donates at these drives, or any San Diego Blood Bank donation location or mobile blood drive, will receive a voucher for a free entrée at Broken Yolk Café ($14 value) while supplies last. Additionally, San Diego Blood Bank will provide 10 meals to the San Diego Food Bank for families in need on the donor’s behalf. Appointments are required and available at sandiegobloodbank.org/brokenyolk or by calling 619-400-8251.
Chateau La Jolla at 233 Prospect St. celebrates the reopening of one of its buildings on Dec. 8 after a four-year, $2.5 million renovation to the interior. Chateau La Jolla is an independent senior citizen community for people 55 and older. It was built in 1973, and one of the buildings was in need of an upgrade.
HOLIDAY BOWL SPONSOR
San Diego County Credit Union, one of Southern California’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, is the title sponsor of the 43rd annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. This will be the first football game played at Petco Park in Downtown San Diego with kickoff at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28. The bowl game will match the UCLA Bruins against the No. 18 ranked NC State Wolfpack. This year marks the first time an ACC team has ever played in the SDCCU Holiday Bowl. The bowl game will match teams from the ACC and Pac-12 through at least 2025. While this will be NC State’s first appearance in the Holiday Bowl, UCLA played in the 2012 bowl game, losing to Baylor 49-26. All ticket holders receive access to the SDCCU Holiday Bowl Pregame Party located at Gallagher Square in Petco Park. Live music, games, food, and family fun are all part of this free party. The Pregame Party will start at 2 p.m. and go until game kickoff at 5 p.m. Join in the fun and get tickets at sdccu.com/holidaybowl.
WRITE OUT LOUD
Write Out Loud, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature aloud for audiences of all ages, is currently seeking submissions from San Diego Students for two different poetry opportunities. Poetry Out Loud, the national poetry recitation competition provides an opportunity for high school students to memorize and recite poems with a chance to advance to the state and national finals. Educators and organizations can host competitions and students without an affiliation can compete. Let Your Voice Be Heard - Pandemic Poetry, open to all San Diego County students in grades K-12, is calling for original poems that address the theme resiliency through and emerging from the pandemic. Additional information on Poetry Out Loud is at writeoutloudsd.com/poetry-out-loud/. Registration deadline for schools/organizations is Dec. 20. Individual student deadline is Jan. 15. Submission and other information on Let Your Voice Be Heard - Pandemic Poetry at writeoutloudsd.com/pandemic-poetry/. Submission deadline is Feb. 28, 2022
PROSPECT HOME FINANCE RIBBON CUTTING
Prospect Home Finance, a leader in the home finance industry, held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to commemorate the company’s move to its new La Jolla office headquarters. “This ribbon cutting is a significant milestone, and I can’t think of a better way to finish out our 15th year in business,” said Prospect Home Finance CEO Jason Vondrak. “With our recent growth, we have positioned ourselves to be one of the top choices for homeowners interested in the competitive financing options we have to offer.” Hosted by the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at 7825 Fay Ave. Prospect Home Finance’s move to La Jolla from offices along Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach brings all of the company’s 150 employees under one roof. For more information, visit HomeFinance.com.
The December/Winter edition of the Pointer Press, the student-run and published school newspaper, was released Dec. 15. Check it out for all of the latest PLHS news. You can find the paper here, or you can go under the student section of the Point Loma High School website and click on the Pointer Press.
The Farmers Insurance Open is headed back to Torrey Pines Golf Course this Jan. 26-29, 2022, with fans back on the course. Don’t miss out on opening day presented by Michelob ULTRA, kicking off on Wednesday, Jan. 26. There’s no better way to spend a SoCal afternoon than taking in the breathtaking views and world-class golf at San Diego’s premiere sports and social event. Take your tournament experience to the next level with tickets to new venues, including the ULTRA Pass presented by Michelob Ultra and the Canyon Club on 17.
RUBIO’S SPREADING TACO CHEER
Last minute shoppers can still order a limited-edition “Spreading Taco Cheer” holiday gift box. Available with free shipping at rubios.com, the box is $49.99, plus tax (valued at $120), and features hand-selected items perfect for a tacos and chill night. Order by Dec. 20 for delivery before Dec. 25. The box includes $30 in Rubio’s free entrée cards, redeemable at any Rubio’s location, a 50 inches by 60 inches fleece blanket, beanie with custom-embroidered taco, lined notebook, 18 ounce mug, and exclusive dessert taco recipe card, created by Rubio’s culinary team.
Friday, Dec. 10
VIGIL FOR GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS
San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention is holding a vigil on Sunday, Dec. 12, 3:45-4:45 p.m. at De Anza Cove firepit, North Mission Bay Drive and De Anza Road, to commemorate the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. The group is a local partner in this ninth-annual, nationwide vigil led by the Newtown Action Alliance Foundation. This year’s theme is “Honor and Remember.”
The members of SD4GVP come together at De Anza Cove to remember the 900,000-plus Americans killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. Besides honoring and remembering those who have died, the vigil is a call to those elected officials who champion gun-sense legislation. It also honors the work of all those who support the families and communities destroyed by gun violence every day in San Diego and beyond.
NEW PB BAKERY
A new bakery, Wildwood Flour, is being built at 1976 Garnet Ave. on the corner with Morrell by Noah Orloff and Lauren Silver, who specialize in wild fermented sourdough bread using fresh ground wheat made daily in-house from farmers. Both bakers are La Jolla High and UC Berkeley alums. Their new bakery will be supplemented by a small grocery that will supply produce, dairy, canned goods, and other items all sourced from local farmers and producers.
“Our vision is an old-world bakery, serving high quality, handmade food at a modest price. We would love your support in this endeavor, and helping to get the information out,” said the business duo on their website. “We believe in the value of hard work, and supporting our community with a source of affordable, nutritious food.” To learn more, visit wildwoodflour.comhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wildwoodflour/wildwood-flour-bread
LJ ORGANIC KITCHEN
Clique Hospitality, the boutique hospitality company known for Lionfish and Serēa, announced their latest project, Joya Organic Kitchen, set to open at The Boardwalk at Science Center Drive in La Jolla in February 2022. Taking the reins in the kitchen will be chef JoJo Ruiz. Joya will be a contemporary restaurant serving organic farm-fresh menu items, daily specials, and delicious grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, and pressed juices. The restaurant space will also feature a variety of versatile and functional indoor and outdoor spaces, presenting itself as a location for private and corporate events.
“This area of La Jolla is a central hub for some of our county’s biggest innovators in science, medicine, and technology,” said Clique Hospitality founder, Andy Masi. “We wanted to create a space where some of San Diego’s brightest minds as well as locals and visitors to the area, could come together over organic, fresh, delicious food while soaking up the beauty of Joya’s open restaurant concept. With chef JoJo Ruiz taking the lead on Joya’s culinary direction, our guests can anticipate a fantastic, seasonal, and ingredient-driven menu.” For more information, visit joyakitchensd.com.
JCC HANUKKAH CELEBRATION
Due to a generous grant from the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center at 4124 Executive Drive was able to create special Hanukkah celebration bags, filled with treasures, and deliver them to seniors in the community. In addition, the grant supported the center’s annual Hanukkah party, which was further supported by a private donor.
The free party will take place from 1-2 p.m. in person (virtual, 9:30-10:30 a.m.) on Friday, Dec. 10 in the Senior Lounge. Meet with old friends or new while kibbitzing, sharing jokes, and telling stories with the senior department staff, Melanie and Sarah.
Mission Beach Women’s Club held a Military Outreach Ministries Collection on Dec. 7-8 at their club at 840 Santa Clara Place. MBWC partnered with the Military Outreach Ministries’ Adopt-A-Family Program. MOM’s mission is to serve a vastly underserved of junior enlisted military in San Diego County with basic needs to help stretch their limited funds. The community was asked to donate new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 12. Donations were dropped off at the MBWC Clubhouse in Mission Beach.
LA JOLLA COMMUNITY CENTER EVENTS
The community is invited to an end-of-year event at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. on Friday, Dec. 10, from 1-4 p.m. Wine and snacks will be served and there will be a silent auction, including a lithograph, books, and jewelry offered by La Jolla artist Peggy Hinaekian, who has a website at peggyhinaekian.artspan.com.
The Center will also be doing holiday meal deliveries on Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with gourmet holiday meals, cards and flower bouquets to 100 isolated seniors. Both events are funded by the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation’s No Senior Alone Grants and part of the largest collective senior holiday effort in the region, partnering with 26 nonprofits to support 4,000 older adults. This is one of three organizations supporting La Jolla older adults with these grants, including Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center and ElderHelp.
LJ CONCOURS BACK IN 2022
La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty will be back to celebrate its 16th year of automotive excellence in La Jolla on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the nation, the La Jolla Concours continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe.
The La Jolla Concours has made it an annual tradition to select a marque to honor throughout the weekend of events. The La Jolla Concours is pleased to announce that Bugatti has been chosen as the 2022 honored marque. In addition to Bugatti, the 16th annual La Jolla Concours will also celebrate the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, dubbed the sportscar of the century, along with an exquisite showcase of over 150 spectacular automobiles from around the world.
The event’s proceeds will go toward the La Jolla Historical Society, which preserves the rich history of the Village of La Jolla. In addition to the La Jolla Historical Society, the La Jolla Concours benefits several additional local community non-profit partners each year. For more information, to obtain a registration form or to purchase tickets to the featured weekend events, visit lajollaconcours.com or call 619-233-5008.
PB LIBRARY OPEN
The Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library is currently open for limited in-person services. In-person services include Item Checkout, Computer Usage, Printing, Holds Pickup, Reference, Browsing, Library Account Assistance. Hours of service are Mondays-Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays closed. For all of the latest information about library services, visit https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/in-person-library-services.
VENDING ORDINANCE DELAYED
A street vending ordinance will not be docketed Dec. 14, but instead will be returned to committee early next year, District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell’s office reported. “While I am disappointed that this important legislation will have to wait for its day at council, I understand the decision made by Council President Elo-Rivera and his plan to utilize the committee process to build momentum for this item,” said Campbell. “I am committed to working with him and my council colleagues to ensure we approve a plan that balances the needs of those looking for economic opportunity while preserving unfettered access to our parks, boardwalks and public spaces.”
RADY CHILDREN’S SUPPORT
During the month-long fundraising campaign, October is for the Kids, Cabrillo Credit Union raised $25,000, to support Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Throughout the fundraising campaign, credit unions around the country raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Cabrillo employees contributed by hosting a virtual silent auction. For more information, visit www.cabrillocu.com.
Little House of Flowers at 1017 Rosecrans St. will be hosting a holiday open house from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and a party 4-8 p.m. on Dec. 11. All are welcome to come to celebrate the holidays, gather, eat and shop small as a way to give thanks. Stop by the holiday open house for fun festivities and holiday specials. Visit https://www.littlehouseofflowerssd.com.
DEBT LIMIT REFORM
Reps. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Jodey Arrington (TX-19) have introduced H.R. 6139, the Responsible Budgeting Act, to reform how Congress tackles the national debt limit and avoid the political theater that threatens the national economy. A recent report by the Bipartisan Policy Center predicts that sometime between Dec. 21 and Jan. 28, 2022, the United States will be unable to meet its financial obligations in full and on time. As the nation faces a potential default on the debt as soon as mid-December, the members’ bipartisan proposal is designed to prevent future brinksmanship on the debt ceiling and would also promote greater fiscal responsibility.
Join in Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9-11 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. for a community planting event at Kendall-Frost Marsh, 2055 Pacific Beach Drive, to remove invasive plants and add native plants. This event is open to the public, with families from Barnard, Crown Point, Kate Sessions and PB Elementary schools welcome. Come help the tidal marsh in your school's watershed.
MESA DREAMERS CENTER
San Diego Mesa College held the grand opening of their new “Dreamers Center,” a resource center devoted to providing resources, support, and advocacy for students that identify as Undocurmented, AB540, Dreamer, and DACA. The Borderless Scholars program currently serves over 450 students, and the Dreamer Resource Center is designed to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students throughout their journey at Mesa College. Services provided include personal, career, and academic counseling; on-campus support services such as workshops and events; and community resources including free legal services.
"Mesa has been looking forward to opening this center for a long time,” said Dr. Pamela Luster, San Diego Mesa College president. "This space was created by students for students; and as a proud Hispanic Serving Institution, we are excited to have a dedicated location to continue offering support for our Undocumented, AB540, Dreamer, and DACA students."
SEASON TICKET MEMBERSHIPS
San Diego Loyal SC has announced that season ticket memberships are officially on sale for the club’s 2022 season. Building off a 2021 that included record crowds at Torero Stadium and the club’s first-ever playoff appearance in just its second year, the time is now for diehard soccer fans and event-goers alike to secure their seat(s) and experience SD Loyal match days all season in 2022. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting sdloyal.com/fullseason.
The 38th annual Economic Roundtable where you'll learn about the impacts of COVID-19 on the workplace from Jose Maria Barrero. Additionally, Alan Gin, associate professor of economics at USD, will provide a snapshot of the recently updated Jobs Without Borders publication. There will be a panel of experts speaking about the impacts of cross-border relations on the local economy. The free Zoom event is Thursday, Jan. 13 from 9-10:30 a.m. Registration is required for this free event.
Launched in August 2020, San Diego Event Coalition is a collaboration of San Diego event producers, united with a common goal of advocating for the event industry. Coalition executive director Kevin Leap boasts a career serving as a senior executive for 25 years. Throughout his career he has demonstrated excellence in growing businesses, optimizing brands, leveraging resources to grow opportunities, directing sales initiatives, and identifying and developing opportunities for a variety of industries.
“I am thrilled that Kevin Leap has accepted the position of executive director for our organization,” said coalition board president Laurel McFarlane. “The SDEC was formed to create a voice for an industry, that for the most part has had no voice. We made huge strides during the pandemic in creating a voice for our event community and bringing together seasoned event producers that have over 200-plus years of event experience to advocate for our industry.”
TOYS FOR JOY
On Saturday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m., over 3,600 families will receive much needed food and toys at the 25th annual Toys for Joy. The drive-thru style distribution will take place at two locations in San Diego. Over the past 25 years, Toys for Joy has served over 200,100 children and their families. The Rock Church with a Point Loma location along with its partners will host a drive-thru style version of Toys for Joy. Children ages 0-11 will each receive a brand new toy and families will receive groceries. Toys for Joy has increased the amount of groceries being distributed from 30 pounds to 48 pounds due to the impacts of COVID. For more information, visit www.toys-for-joy.org.
AIRPORT GROUND BREAKING
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority invites the public to a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the beginning of construction for the San Diego International Airport’s new Terminal 1 on Monday, Dec. 13 from 9-10:30 a.m. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. Construction work will include the replacement of the outdated Terminal 1, as well as improvements to the airfield, improved transportation connectivity to the airport, and a new facility for the Airport Authority administration.
LIME FOR DISABLED
Lime has launched a new program called “Lime Able” to provide micromobility to persons with disabilities. Lime also added a fleet of electric bikes to its existing Gen4 scooter fleet in San Diego, to provide additional options to residents and visitors looking to make longer trips. Lime’s multimodal and accessible service aims to broaden the spectrum of riders with varying abilities and preferences. Lime returned to San Diego in September with its industry leading Gen4 scooter and sees unlimited potential for serving even more residents and visitors by adding e-bikes and launching its Lime Able program. The new e-bikes will be deployed in City-designated equity zones to ensure access in lower-income communities, and can be ridden at a discount for riders signed up for Lime Access, a program offering half-priced rides for residents receiving public assistance.
HOLIDAY PET PARADE
Paws with your pups for the Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade and Pups in the Pub Party Sunday, Dec. 19. The holiday festivities begin at 1 p.m. with the 13th annual Pet Parade. Stroll your pet up Fifth Avenue under the Gaslamp Quarter Archway. After the parade, participants will reconvene at Island between 4th and 5th where the costume contest winners will be announced! Some of the awards include “Best Christmas Spirit,” “Best Matching Costumes,” and “Best in Show”!
After the parade, stroll to the first Pups in the Pub Party from 2-5 p.m. on Island between 4th and 5th. Enjoy six tastings from 10 craft beers, complimentary goody bags, DJ, holiday costume contest, live music, fun human and pups food booths, pups and peeps games, photo ops, and lots of puptastic fun!
To register, buy drink tickets, or for more information, visit https://www.gaslamp.org/holidays/.
SUCCESSFUL FOOD DRIVE
San Diego County Credit Union supported the SDCCU Holiday Bowl Blood and Food Drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank and San Diego Food Bank. The event took place at Grossmont Center in La Mesa on Nov. 18 and collected a total of 4,215 pounds of food which is equivalent to 3,913 meals, and over 241 pints of blood, which will impact 723 lives throughout San Diego County. To schedule a blood donation, visit the San Diego Blood Bank scheduling website. In addition to the 550,000 people that the San Diego Food Bank serves each month, they have been instrumental in hunger-relief for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For a complete list of most-needed foods as well as donation centers, visit the Food Bank website.
Friday, Dec. 3
KING TIDE NATURE WALK
On Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 a.m. join the Friends of Rose Creek, ReWild Mission Bay, and guests California State Assemblymember Chris Ward (78th District) and co-founder and original president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action and current candidate for San Diego City Council, Tommy Hough, and learn how salt marshes protect the human-built environment from sea-level rise. Participants will use app-enabled devices to document the King Tides at the Rose Creek Salt Marsh and Estuary as part of the California Coastal Commissions King Tides Project (learn more at http://california.kingtides.net). Volunteers will be on hand to help you download and use the app or get setup ahead of time at coastal.ca.gov/kingtides/participate.html.
The season's first King Tides are this weekend, Dec. 4-5. Saturday and Sunday will be some of the highest tides of the year and you can help by taking photographs of the event. You can find local high tide times, browse King Tides photos, and find resources for educators and parents on the California King Tides Project website. If you miss this weekend you'll have another chance Jan. 1-3.
It's easy to participate in this community science project. 1) Find your local high tide time for one of the King Tides dates; 2) visit the shoreline on the coast, bay, or Delta; 3) notice your surroundings to ensure you are safe and are not disturbing any animals; 4) make sure your phone's location services are turned on for your camera and then take your photo. The best photos show the water level next to familiar landmarks such as cliffs, rocks, roads, buildings, bridge supports, sea walls, staircases, and piers. 5) Add your photo to our King Tides map either by uploading it via our website or by using the Survey123 app. If you want to use the app, be sure to download it (free from your app store) before you head out and follow the instructions on the website.
OAKMONT SELLING HOLIDAY PIES
Oakmont Pacific Beach is opening its exceptional culinary programs to community members who want a perfect dessert for the holidays while helping raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. Desserts available for order include a traditional roasted pumpkin pie, a vanilla bean cranberry Bundt cake with an orange rum glaze and Dutch apple pie with toasted pecan and oatmeal streusel. Prices range $13 to $15 and desserts may be picked up from the community concierge on Wednesdays and Fridays after 3 p.m. Orders must be placed at least 48 hours prior to desired pickup date. Oakmont of Pacific Beach is located at 955 Grand Ave. 858-726-9054.
FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
The PGA Tour’s top players return to Torrey Pines from Jan. 26-29 as the tournament moves to a Wednesday-Saturday schedule for the first time and features the only Saturday finish in golf. Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open, the Century Club of San Diego announced, with some exciting new options for fans to enjoy. New offerings this year include the exclusive Canyon Club, overlooking the 17th and eighth greens on Torrey Pines’ South Course, and the ULTRA Pass presented by Michelob ULTRA, an upgraded experience at the ninth tee. Grounds tickets for the final two rounds are $75 per day. Fans are also encouraged to visit farmersinsuranceopen.com.
PB XMAS BAR CRAWL
High Noon is hosting a charity bar crawl in Pacific Beach this holiday season to support Big Josh Foundation, with the after party hosted by Duck Dive. Big Josh Foundation was created to help those within the service and freelance industries without benefits packages to support them when they’re unable to work. Their mission is to help those like Josh, a longtime worker in the service industry suddenly diagnosed with terminal cancer, handle co-payments and day-to-day expenses.
The PB Crazy Christmas Bar Crawl will take place Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. The crawl begins at PB Local and will continue to Waterbar, 710 Beach Club, Break Point, and Mavericks Beach Club, with the final stop and after party hosted by Duck Dive, where a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the Most Holiday Festive/Best Dressed. Early-bird tickets, $20, are available now through Dec. 5. Regular tickets, $25, will be available Dec 6-10. All of ticket proceeds will go to Big Josh Foundation. Tickets include drink specials and swag throughout the day.
HOLIDAY IN THE VILLAGE
The sixth annual La Mesa Holiday in the Village will once again be ringing in holiday cheer on Saturday, Dec. 4 from noon-9 p.m. La Mesa Village friends and family will have the chance to take part in free festive fun with live music, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, holiday photo opportunities, and a kids’ area bigger than Santa’s Toy Shop. Event is on La Mesa Boulevard between Spring Street and 4th Street. lamesavillageassociation.org/events/holiday-in-the-village.aspx.
LJ SYMPHONY & CHORUS
The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will celebrate its first performance before a live audience since February 2020, with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, the “Eroica.” The concert will be held on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and will be hosted by the Spreckels Organ Society. The event will begin with a virtuoso organ performance featuring organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez, followed by the LJS&C performing Beethoven's Symphony, No. 3, Op. 55, the "Eroica,” conducted by Steven Schick, LJS&C Molli and Arthur Wagner music director. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will be joined by students in the SDSU orchestras. The concert is free and open to the public. The 2021-22 season is the last for Maestro Schick, who will step down in 2022 to become music director emeritus.
SANDAG 2021 REGIONAL PLAN
The SANDAG board of directors will consider approval of the proposed final 2021 Regional Plan and certification of the final EIR, a significant milestone for the San Diego region, at its meeting on Friday, Dec. 10 at 8:30 a.m. You can access the meeting virtually or by telephone to participate. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be available. For more information, visit sandag.org.
NEW JEWISH FEDERATION CEO
Jewish Federation of San Diego County has announced that Heidi Gantwerk, who has served as Federation’s interim president and CEO for six months, will continue in that role permanently. A longtime Jewish community leader and professional consultant serving the San Diego Jewish Community, Gantwerk brings a wealth of experience, strategic vision, and deep communal relationships to the leadership position.
“We are a diverse and vibrant community with so many ways for people to engage in meaningful Jewish life and build long-lasting connections,” said Gantwerk. “Federation is the community’s connective tissue that brings together different organizations and individuals—whether it’s to support those in need, to train Jewish professionals and develop lay leaders, to engage our incredible volunteers and strengthen our connection to the global Jewish community, and so much more.”
BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROGRESSING
More than three years into construction, the West Mission Bay Drive Bridge Replacement Project is approximately three-fourths complete. Installation of steel rebar and falsework timber piles continues. In addition, crews are moving forward with work on the northside abutment of the southbound bridge. As falsework piles progress northward, crews will remove sections of the temporary work trestle. Project began July 2018 and is expected to be complete in mid-2022. For questions or concerns, call the Engineering & Capital Projects Department information line at 619-533-4207 or email [email protected] Reference the "West Mission Bay Drive Bridge Replacement Project.”
BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Palomar Health CEO Diane Hansen has been awarded 2021 Business Woman of the Year in the large company category by the San Diego Business Journal. Each year, the San Diego Business Journal recognizes dynamic women business leaders and their significant contributions to San Diego’s workplaces and communities. Hansen was nominated by her team not only for her leadership and ideals, but also because of her many noteworthy accomplishments to elevate Palomar Health in all areas. Hansen started with Palomar Health as EVP and CFO in 2012 and stepped into the president and CEO seat of Palomar Health in late 2017.
COMIC-CON BLOOD DRIVE
More than 1,000 units of blood were collected at the Comic-Con 45th Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive. The drive was held recently at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina with all donors receiving a limited-edition Comic-Con T-shirt and a collection of 4 pins. “Even with the scaled down version of Comic-Con Special Edition and our blood drive, the community really came through and helped us meet our goal,” said San Diego Blood Bank director of community relations and marketing, Claudine Van Gonka. “The blood collected that weekend will help so many patients as we head into the holiday season.” To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 1-800-4-MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).
HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
It is time for Loma Portal Elementary School’s annual holiday food drive that will be collecting non-perishable food and gift cards from Dec. 1-15. All of the donations will go to families at the school who need a little extra support this holiday season. Bag your food donations or gift cards and label them with your child's name and classroom teacher. Your children can drop the donations off at the front of the school and at the Kindergarten gate every morning. There will be volunteers helping out at both locations. If you and your children would like to volunteer to collect food this is a great opportunity for your kids to get involved and volunteer as a family. link here: signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ba8af2aabfc1-loma. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
WALRUS AWARENESS WEEK
At SeaWorld San Diego, Walrus Awareness Week runs from Dec. 6-12. As one of only three facilities in the U.S. that care for this species and a member of the of the Walrus Conservation Consortium, SeaWorld San Diego is proud to play a role in the preservation of this species through rescue efforts, research and public education. Currently, SeaWorld San Diego’s walruses are involved in three research studies. This includes a hearing study that assesses how additional noise caused by open shipping lanes due to receding ice may impact them in the wild.
Among the walruses involved in this study is Mitik, who was found abandoned and very ill at only a few weeks old off the shore of Barrow, Alaska. He was taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center where members of the SeaWorld team started the process of rehabilitating him. He is now 2,100 pounds and helping educate the public on his species.
Balboa Park is now home to the new Comic-Con Museum, which opened Nov. 26, in the newly renovated Federal Building at Pan American Plaza. Local small business and female-owned company Muse Curatorial Consulting Group was brought on to curate and install the exhibits, and the two owners were happy to do so. Museum guests can see six exhibits in the new museum, including 48 of Addams’ illustrations, which are located on the upstairs level, surrounding the Cox Innovation Lab classroom. “Downstairs on the main floor, we helped install the Gene Roddenberry exhibit, which has original artwork, scripts and props all chosen for his centennial celebration; and the Archie exhibit, which showcases memorabilia and collectibles from the beloved comic over the last 80 years. It’s really quite amazing to be immersed in those worlds,” Dellas said.
The California Air Resources Board has approved a funding plan that includes $5 million for San Diego County to implement the Clean Cars 4 All Program. County Supervisors chair Nathan Fletcher, a member of CARB, passed a policy in October 2019 to bring the affordable electric vehicle initiative to the county. Clean Cars 4 All is a California Air Resources Board cap-and-trade funded program that provides an incentive (approximately $5,000-10,000) for residents in communities disproportionately burdened by pollution to retire their older vehicle and replace it with a low or zero-emission vehicle alternative or receive a voucher for the use of alternative mobility options such as public transit, car sharing, bike sharing or to purchase an electric bicycle.
Heading into the 2021 holiday season, the maintenance and upkeep activities managed by the La Jolla maintenance assessment district are adding to the festive sparkle in the district these days. Landscaping crews completed several necessary projects. Low-hanging palm fronds on Herschel Avenue at Silverado Street were trimmed and fertilizer was applied to each palm tree to help green up yellowing fronds. LJ MAD representatives will work to ensure enhanced litter abatement in the district on Dec. 5, the day of the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival. Following the parade, nighttime sidewalk pressure washing activities will target the parade route, specifically areas along Girard and Draper avenues and Prospect, Wall, Kline streets.
Three declining stone pine trees located in the circular grassy park area along Park Row will be treated in the coming week for an insect infestation that has resulted in dead and decaying limbs on each tree.
The next meeting of the Enhance La Jolla Board of Directors is Jan. 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the La Jolla Ridford Library at 7555 Draper Ave. If you see an issue needing attention within the district, contact Enhance La Jolla at 858444-5892 or email [email protected].
TOYS FOR TOTS
On Nov. 24 San Diego Fire-Rescue kicked off the 2021 Toys for Tots toy drive in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. SDFD has been a toy drop-off point supporting Toys for Tots for more than 18 years. All SDFD facilities including several lifeguard facilities are collection sites now through Dec. 15. “We are pleased to once again work with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to collect toys and books for kids of all ages,” said Fire Chief Colin Stowell. “Our employees look forward to this time of year so they can have a hand in bringing holiday cheer to kids and families who need it.”
WINTER NIGHTS AT WESTFIELD UTC
Westfield UTC’s seasonal activities include Winter Nights (Dec. 3, 4 and 10,11 from 5-8 p.m.): Four nights featuring live entertainment on the main stage in Palm Plaza, fun hands-on activities, interactive snow globes debuting stunning new characters amidst snowfall and glistening lights and the return of Westfield’s adored Winter Fairy and friends for family-friendly storybook reading and sing-along events. The first few families to register for the 6 p.m. Winter Fairy events will receive a special gift; Photos with Santa (through Dec. 24): Partake in this time-honored tradition by visiting Santa in his new location near Macy’s and the children’s play space. Reservations are encouraged and can be made here; Letters to Santa (through Dec. 24): An official drop-off location for letters going to the North Pole, families are invited to create and drop-off their holiday wish lists at Westfield UTC, using the special letter template available for download online or pick up at the concierge. Once it’s complete, drop the letter off in the big red mailbox at the Concierge Cabana in Palm Plaza; Find the Westfield Elf (Dec. 1-12): Families are invited to join the search for Jingle the Elf during the first 12 days of December; Santa Paws (Dec. 6 and 13): Guests are invited to bring their furry friends to the center for a festive photo opp with Santa, 4-8pm. Reservations are encouraged and can be made here; Ice Skating (through Dec. 31): Enjoy music hits, disco lights, and holiday decor in a fun and safe environment at UTC Ice during open skate hours, located on the Lower Level below the Dining Terrace.
Thursday, Nov. 25
THANKSGIVING AT THE TRACK
This is the last weekend of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s Bing Crosby Fall Racing Season. Racing takes place Thanksgiving to Sunday, Nov. 28. First post daily is at 12:30 p.m. except on Thanksgiving at 11 a.m. On Sunday, enjoy gourmet cuisine and bottomless mimosas while watching your favorite horses. Tickets are $100. Tickets for the are available at dmtc.com/tickets.
CLEAN ENERGY HOF
Climate Action Campaign’s executive director Nicole Capretz will receive a Clean Energy Champion award from the California Energy Commission, and be inducted into the Clean Energy Hall of Fame. This award honors individuals and organizations making exceptional contributions to help California achieve a 100% clean energy future.
"I'm honored to receive this award and join the state’s Clean Energy Hall of Fame,” said Capretz. “This work isn’t easy, but it’s critical for clean air and a climate-safe future. I am proud of my team’s work to build a 100% clean energy future and grateful for our partners and allies in this fight. Together, we can win a zero carbon future.”
Capretz is an environmental attorney with 20 years of experience as an energy, equity, and climate policy advisor for local governments and community-based organizations. She was the primary author of the City of San Diego’s groundbreaking, legally binding 100% clean energy Climate Action Plan adopted in late 2015.
LJ COMEDY STORE
Comedian Jay Pharoah has upcoming shows at the Comedy Store La Jolla at 916 Pearly St. on Dec. 10-12. In addition to stand-up, Pharoah just released his first EP titled “Spittin Image.” All of the tracks are a marriage between Pharoah’s spot-on impressions and his love of songwriting and rapping. He most recently starred in Netflix’s feature film “Resort To Love” opposite Christina Milian and for producer Alicia Keys.
Last summer Pharoah starred in Lionsgate’s “1 Minutes of Fame” with Katt Williams and Keke Palmer. Pharoah can also be seen as the host of Nickelodeon’s “Unfiltered,” which is the No. 1 unscripted live action show for kids, where he has drawn in celebrity guest stars such as Taraji P. Henson, Keke Palmer, Chance the Rapper, H.E.R and Bill Nye.
LAST CALL FOR FIDO
Fiesta Island Dog Owners, a non-profit corporation run by volunteers dedicated to protecting and improving the fenced off-leash dog park on Fiesta Island, is ending its Bonfire fundraiser on Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. so be sure to order some T-shirts and hats. Also, join FIDO as they walk in the Pacific Beach Holiday Parade on Dec. 11 at noon. If you're interested, email [email protected] for more info and updates.
MOONLIGHT BEACH MOVIE NIGHTS
Merry Movie Night series at Moonshine Beach at 1165 Garnet Ave., which is free, kicks off with a screening of “Elf” on Nov. 30, and from there will run for subsequent Tuesdays through Dec. 14. The screenings will take place on Moonshine Beach’s recently added outdoor extension, which features a 10-foot LED screen. The movie schedule is Dec. 7, “The Grinch,” Dec. 14, “The Santa Clause.” In addition to the movies, Moonshine Beach will be getting in the holiday spirit with festive cocktail specials, along with movie essentials, including popcorn. The screenings begin at 8 p.m. and guests are asked to bring their own blankets and chairs.
San Diego County Credit Union supports Green Friday in partnership with the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and Live Well San Diego. Green Friday, scheduled for Nov. 26, encourages the community to swap Black Friday shopping for outdoor experiences throughout San Diego County. Green Friday activities will be held both in-person and virtually this year and include games, fitness meet-ups, story trails and more. In-person outdoor activities will follow public health orders and require social distancing. All events are free, family-friendly, educational, encourage activity and are designed to celebrate enjoying nature or the upside of outside. For more information and a list of activities visit livewellsd.org.
LJ GHOST KITCHEN
Reef Technology is one of the largest ghost kitchen operators in the U.S. with a business model centered around transforming parking facilities into virtual restaurants through the use of mobile trailers. Reef handles the day-to-day management of the kitchens, including all staffing and training. The first San Diego Reef virtual kitchen will launch next year at 1205 Prospect St. in La Jolla. For more information, visit reeftechnology.com/kitchens.
HOTEL DEL HOLIDAY DECOR
EPIC Entertainment Group is the mastermind behind the storied holiday décor at Hotel del Coronado in for the season. Transforming America’s beachfront legend into a classic “Home for the Holidays” experience through Jan. 2, EPIC is credited for creating the 11-minute holiday light show spectacular called “At First Light,” highlighting the world’s first lit outdoor Christmas tree, designing breathtaking holiday garlands, shimmering illuminations, and much more. Starting with the legendary hotel lobby, EPIC will dazzle the massive 23-foot Christmas tree in nearly 10,000 amber lights and over 2,000 ornaments, many of which can be purchased in the gift shops on property including the anticipated 2021 custom Hotel del Coronado collectable ornament.
Elaine Cooluris, 74, of Ocean Beach is being appointed to the City’s Accessibility Advisory Board. She has over 40 years of experience working for Able-Disabled Advocacy (A-DA), an organization that provides advocacy, universal technology assistance, disability and accessibility awareness consulting and employment-related services for disabled youth and adults. Under her leadership, A-DA was the first organization in the San Diego region to offer assistive technology computer training and employment assistance to the blind, deaf and hard-of-hearing, and individuals with severe mobility challenges.
BIRCH AQUARIUM PROGRAMMING
After nearly two years with no in-person school programs or Outdoor Adventures, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego’s Education Team is ramping up to offer a full slate of programming including Winter Camps, Tidepooling Adventures and School Programs both onsite and in-schools. For more information on Birch Aquarium and all of its programming, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu. For questions relating to Education programming, call 858-534-7336 or email [email protected].
LA VALENCIA TREE LIGHTING
La Valencia at 1132 Prospect St. in La Jolla will kick-off the holiday season with its festive annual tree lighting tradition, on Thursday, Dec. 2. This year, the property has added a new “Patio Sol experience” for those who prefer an outdoor option. Both the La Sala tree and outdoor display will be lit simultaneously. Guest can have warm holiday beverages, homemade treats, live music, carolers, and children's crafts while counting down to the tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. The event is complimentary and open to the public.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN BLOOD DRIVE
A blood drive named for the late sci-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, in conjunction with Comic-Con Special Edition will be held Thanksgiving week, Nov. 26-28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina, Marine Ballroom, 333 West Harbor Drive. Donors receive a limited-edition Comic-Con T-shirt (while supplies last, sizes subject to availability) and a collection of four pins. Appointments available at SanDiegoBloodBank.org/sdcomiccon-nov21, walk-ins welcome. Photo ID required; no Comic-Con badge required.
Prospect Home Finance, a leader in the home finance industry, announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. to commemorate the company’s move to its new office headquarters in La Jolla at 7825 Fay Ave., Suite 245. Hosted by the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, the ribbon-cutting ceremony is free and open to the public. Prospect Home Finance’s move to La Jolla brings all of the company’s employees under one roof, an action that will help streamline communication and bolster efficiency in serving clients. The company’s operations were previously housed in three separate offices located along Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach.
ADAPTING TO COVID
As the second anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic approaches, the world continues to grapple with uncertainties of the virus. Join UC San Diego experts on Dec. 2 who will describe how epidemic modeling and data-driven approaches led to the strategies behind UC San Diego’s Return to Learn program. Hosted by Kit Pogliano, dean of the Division of Biological Sciences, featuring Natasha Martin, UC San Diego professor of medicine, Health Sciences Justin Meyer, associate professor, Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, Division of Biological Sciences, Elina Zúñiga, professor, Section of Molecular Biology, Division of Biological Sciences. Registration: deeplookadaptingtocovid.eventbrite.com. More information: https://biology.ucsd.edu/about/events/index#/event/1831.
NEW COUNCIL BUSINESS MANAGER
The San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council has selected Carol Kim to be the next business manager of the council. Kim succeeds Tom Lemmon in the position, who retired on Oct. 21 after 15 years leading the council. Jeremy Abrams, president of the San Diego County Building & Construction Trades Council, said: “Carol has emerged as a force of nature for the building trades during her tenure with the council, and we’re excited to have the best possible person leading us into the next era. Tom Lemmon left a positive legacy, and in Carol, we know we have the formidable leader that our members deserve to raise the bar for the construction industry and all working people in San Diego.”
PETERS BACKS BUILD BACK BETTER
Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to pass the Build Back Better Act. The comprehensive package is designed to strengthen America’s middle class and the U.S. economy by reducing everyday costs for working Americans, building the clean energy economy of the future, and investing in families and children. The historic bill includes several of Rep. Peters’ top legislative priorities, including his plan to reduce prescription drug prices, $555 billion to reduce climate pollution, and an expanded child tax credit to drastically reduce child poverty.
Friday, Nov. 19
JUDGE RULES AGAINST OB PALM TREE LAWSUIT
A federal court judge on Nov. 10 ruled against OB residents represented by attorney Marc Applebaum who contended, on behalf of a Point Loma couple and other neighbors, that the City should be stopped from cutting down a dozen or more palm trees in their right-of-way on Newport Avenue because it would violate their property rights and depress their property values.
Ocean Beach neighbors sued the City in an attempt to block the scheduled emergency removal of several Newport Avenue palm trees, arguing the trees are healthy and historic and not a threat to incoming aircraft as the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority claims.
City crews recently were out in the neighborhood at the intersection of Newport Avenue and Santa Barbara Street intending to remove a dozen or more palm trees as requested by the Airport Authority, which claims the trees may impair the visibility of airplanes. But a group of protesting neighbors, spearheaded by Tracy Van De Walker, successfully blocked the immediate removal of all but one tree.
“My clients are asking for a report of the calculations on how exactly these trees, located five miles west of the airport and only 70-feet high, can disturb pilot’s visibility,” said Applbaum previously. “It’s very difficult to believe other things aren’t going on here. The City doesn’t want to maintain these trees, or somebody’s offered the City a lot of money to cut these trees down for whatever reason.”
LIBERTY STATION TREE LIGHTING
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for the annual Liberty Station holiday tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 26 from 5-9 p.m. in the North Promenade. Festivities will include live entertainment, fire truck rides, free photos with Santa, an ice skating rink and a showing of the movie “The Grinch.”
Fifty-two Boats Memorial Commemoration Laying of Wreaths and Placement of Flags, sponsored by U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc.- San Diego Base, 52 Boats Memorial Veterans and the Point Loma Association will be Friday, Dec. 3 from 9-9:30 a.m. at NTC Park at Liberty Station, the corner of Cushing and Dewey roads in the grassy area next to the parking lot.
A welcome will be delivered by the Point Loma Association. Invited guests include active duty and retired submarine community, their families, members of the Point Loma Association and interested parties from the Point Loma Community. Following brief remarks attendees are invited to assist in the placement of wreaths and flags at each of the memorial markers.
NEW GULLS SWEATERS
The San Diego Gulls introduced this week the American Hockey League club’s new third jersey and alternate uniform for the 2021-22 season. The Gulls unveiled the new sweater on their social media platforms in advance of the uniform’s on-ice debut on Friday, Nov. 26 when San Diego hosts the San Jose Barracuda. Following its debut on the day after Thanksgiving, the Gulls will sport the third sweater every Friday night home game as well as Fan Appreciation Night (nine occasions in all).
“Our third sweater preserves the history of the original Gulls franchise and brings forward a new adaptation of who we are as a hockey club, bringing forward a classic design,” said Gulls director of hockey operations Jillian Reddin (Samueli). “Gulls fans can resonate with this iconic nod to San Diego’s hockey history with a uniform and brand that supports the lexicon of our existing primary sweaters and uniforms. We’re excited to launch a supplementary sweater and logo with the essence of San Diego’s past for our players to don in the future.”
PLHS LOGO WEAR FOR SALE
The Music Boosters of Point Loma High School have a supply of music program logo/spirit wear for sale. Please contact Beth if you are interested in receiving a list of items and prices. Email [email protected] to inquire or place your order.
RAISING THE BAR AT SDCBA
Seasoned ethicist and litigator David Majchrzak, whose practice focuses on the law of lawyering — attorney and law firm risk management, discipline defense, and legal malpractice claims and other disputes involving lawyers and firms — at Klinedinst PC, will serve as president of the San Diego County Bar Association for 2022.
PRESENTS FOR PAWS
San Diego County Credit Union is collecting monetary donations for “Presents for Paws,” a special holiday fundraising campaign benefiting animal shelters and rescues in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. This will be SDCCU’s 10th consecutive holiday season supporting the “Presents for Paws” campaign. SDCCU hopes to raise $10,000 throughout the holiday season. In San Diego County, collections will benefit San Diego Humane Society. Monetary donations will be accepted in-branch or online this year at sdccu.com/paws. Last holiday season, SDCCU’s “Presents for Paws” combined donation efforts collected a total of $10,000 for shelter animals in need. For more information, visit sdccu.com.
GROUP GALLERY EXHIBITION
R.B. Stevenson Gallery at 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 101 in La Jolla announced the exhibition "Seeing Things." A group show featuring new paintings, sculpture and mixed media works by gallery artists.
The exhibition opens with a reception Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5-8 p.m. The gallery will be open at 1 p.m. for early viewing. Artists include Charles Arnoldi, Robert D. Cocke, Stephen P. Curry, Wayne Hulgin, Jeff Irwin, Frances McCormack, Richard Allen Morris, Astrid Preston, Peter Stephens, Geoffrey Tobe, Chris Trueman, and Rex Yuasa.
MR. JINGLES RETURNS
Mr. Jingles is a second-generation family-owned Christmas tree business. There are locations in San Diego open the day after Thanksgiving at 3901 Clairemont Drive, Belmont Park in Mission Beach, Downtown at 2128 Third Ave., and at 801 Pearl St., La Jolla. Mr. Jingles’ Christmas trees are freshly cut, loaded onto trucks, and are immediately shipped to each of their locations from Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Canada each season.
COUNTRY MUSIC LINEUP
Moonshine Beach and Moonshine Flats have announced a lineup of country artists coming this winter including Casey Donahew, and Aaron Watson, as well as female country duo Maddie & Tae. Donahew, who’s racked up 21 No. 1 singles throughout his career, is taking the stage at Moonshine Flats on Dec. 1. On Thursday, Dec. 9, Texas-native Aaron Watson will take the stage at Moonshine Flats. An authentic country artist who honors country tradition in his sound, Watson has spent over two decades making music. On Jan. 19, highly praised country duo Maddie & Tae will be bringing their tight harmonies and stellar vocal pairing to Moonshine Beach’s stage.
LOCAL SUPPORT NEEDED
Feeding San Diego’s Give Hope, Share Joy fundraising campaign has started. Funds raised will help sustain large scale drive-through food distributions, cover rising food and transportation costs, increase food supply to mobile pantries in rural areas of Eastern San Diego County and provide meals for children and families in partnership with school districts and other youth-based programs. Last year’s campaign raised more than 10.1 million meals and the goal is to surpass that this year.
Last chance to purchase Pacific Beach Town Council 70th anniversary commemorative caps. Only 10 caps remain – act now to get yours. This denim baseball-style cap features the PB Town Council 70th anniversary logo designed by Charlie Nieto. Cost of $30 includes local delivery. Also available: anniversary logo stickers. One free sticker with each cap purchase.
ART IN THE GARDEN
Bird Rock Artist Guild is hosting "Art InThe Garden" on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
at The Davis-Garitty Garden, 5571 Bellevue Ave. on the corner of Forward and Bellevue in Bird Rock. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Bring a friend.
GOSSIP GRILL RECOGNIZED
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, and SHOWTIME announced the San Diego-based business Gossip Grill as a recipient of “Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative” to support and uplift small businesses that focus on LGBTQ+ people of color, women and the transgender community and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is crucial to preserve affirming, welcoming spaces and services for LGBTQ+ people. This initiative celebrates and supports the community by identifying and donating to multiply marginalized LGBTQ+ owned, and serving, small businesses around the country,” said Nicole Cozier, Human Rights Campaign senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion. “We have been living through a public health crisis for far longer than we ever could have imagined, without a clear end in sight, which has only compounded the financial inequities small LGBTQ+ businesses face. We are thrilled to work with SHOWTIME once again to ensure that LGBTQ+ patrons, employees and business owners continue to occupy spaces freely, openly and as their authentic selves.”
HOLIDAY BOWL BLOOD AND FOOD DRIVE
The SDCCU Holiday Bowl Blood and Food Drive will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Grossmont Center in La Mesa. Blood donations are by appointment only, but food donations can be dropped off anytime during the event. The most needed food items are: canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, canned fruits, jars of peanut butter and dried shelf-stable goods like oatmeal, cereals and pasta. Glass jars, homemade food products and alcohol cannot be accepted.
LIBRARY POETRY EVENT
On Saturday, Dec. 11, from 4-6 p.m. a poetry event at the downtown San Diego Public Library. This program, featuring San Diego's most recognized poets, is part of SDPL's quarter-long project, The Rebellious Miss Breed: San Diego Public Library and the Japanese American Incarceration. This event is also a companion piece to the Conversations with Poets video program sponsored by the library to spotlight the city’s vibrant poetry scene. To find out more about Miss Clara Breed, visit the Japanese American National Museum and SDPL: The Rebellious Miss Breed.
GALAXY TACOS REBRANDING
After a six-year run in La Jolla Shores at 2259 Avenida De La Playa, Galaxy Taco has shuttered and will be rebranded by the ownership team behind George's at the Cove restaurant.
FILM BOARD DIRECTOR
The San Diego Film Foundation, the producer of the San Diego International Film Festival, announced that Andy Thomas, senior VP, business development at Evans Hotels, has joined their board of directors. Thomas shared: "I have been involved with the San Diego International Film Festival for 10 years and long admired their work. Storytelling and art play a vital role in our community, and supporting organizations that tell important stories is a passion for me. Having a thriving arts community not only engages us as people, it strengthens our city as a mecca for cultural tourism. I look forward to helping the San Diego International Film Festival continue to grow their footprint in our city to share stories that engage our community in conversation and draw visitors to our city."
TEA BAR OPENING
The PARU Tea Bar’s new location in La Jolla at 7441 Girard Ave., opened this week. PARU Tea Bar is a QPOC-owned purveyor of specialty loose leaf teas, matcha, and tisanes (herbal teas).
Blending experts from molecular genetics, chemistry and health sciences, researchers at the University of California San Diego have created a rapid diagnostic technology that detects SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The new SENSR (sensitive enzymatic nucleic acid sequence reporter), described in a paper published in the journal ACS Sensors, is based on CRISPR gene-editing technology that allows speedy detection of pathogens by identifying genetic sequences in their DNA or RNA. “CRISPR has significantly advanced our capabilities for rapid identification of infected individuals and offers point-of-care testing in low-resource settings that previously wasn’t possible,” said UC San Diego Biological Sciences Professor Omar Akbari, the study’s senior author. “SENSR further opens the toolbox for CRISPR diagnostic systems and will help detect emerging pathogens before they become pandemics.”
TROLLEY GRAND OPENING
The grand opening celebration for the new Mid-Coast extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley will be Sunday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at UC San Diego Central Campus Station, UC San Diego, Warren Field. Join in a free community event featuring family-friendly activities, food and refreshments, live music, entertainment, giveaways, and more! The event will also include remarks from local leaders and dignitaries. The Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line will significantly improve transit access throughout the region. The Mid-Coast Trolley Extension will open for service on Sunday, Nov. 21, and MTS is offering free rides all day. Take a free ride on the Blue Line to the UC San Diego Central Campus Trolley Station. From there, signage will be in place to direct you to the grand opening celebration.
FILIPINO CUISINE DINNER
San Diego chef and founder of nonprofit organization Open Gym, Phillip Esteban, will be joining acclaimed DC chefs Paolo Dungca (Hiraya Restaurant) and James Beard Award winner Tom Cunanan (Hermies), both of Pogiboy, for a one night, bi-coastal dinner on Friday, Nov. 19 from 5-10 p.m. at Parq nightclub, 615 Broadway in Downtown San Diego, with multiple seatings throughout the night. The event will bring the three chefs together to share their passion for their Filipino heritage through a curated food experience. The ticketed event is $150 for a special six course dinner, with natural wine pairings offered for an additional $75. Ticket link here.
NEW THEATRE DIRECTOR
San Diego Repertory Theatre has announced Abigail Buell as the newly appointed managing director of San Diego’s downtown resident professional theatre, now in its 46th season. Buell joins San Diego Repertory leadership after an extensive national search by M/Oppenheim Executive Search. She has spent the last 16 years as a theatrical and performing arts visionary, leader and devoted arts advocate in New York City.
“San Diego Repertory Theatre’s mission really speaks to me both personally and as a leader in the National Theatre community. San Diego REP is truly a rare jewel that not only has a progressive pursuit of celebrating diverse voices across our region, but is an organization that truly lives and breathes this both on and off-stage. I am a committed advocate for San Diego REP and seek to ensure that the incredible work we are producing is accessible and available to communities both within and beyond San Diego,” said Buell.
AQUARIUM EXHIBITS DIRECTOR
As Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego prepares to open Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins — its biggest addition in nearly 30 years — a new director of exhibits is joining the team. Megan Dickerson comes to the aquarium from The New Children's Museum, where she served for eight years, most recently in the role of director of exhibitions. In her role, Dickerson serves as the leader of the aquarium’s in-house design team, bringing with her 20 years of user-centered design experience as well as expertise in art, science and play to the development of transformative new spaces.
DOGS DONATION DRIVE
As part of Coldwell Banker Realty’s Homes for Dogs Project, the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Realty held a successful Homes for Dogs donation drive, collecting more than $500 as well as three large boxes of towels, blankets, food and harnesses for Frosted Faces and the San Diego Humane Society. “I am truly impressed by the generous support of our community members, affiliate agents and staff. They came together to make a big difference for our furry friends,” said Jeff Nunn, the branch manager of the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Realty. To learn more about Coldwell Banker Realty’s Homes for Dogs Project, visit blog.coldwellbanker.com/homes-for-dogs.
Fiesta Island Dog Owners, a nonprofit corporation run by volunteers dedicated to protecting and improving the fenced off-leash dog park on Fiesta Island, is holding a fundraiser at the FIDO store at Bonfire through Nov. 28. This year, there are 16 products in the store – old favorites and new designs. Some highlights: Happy Howlidays shirt, but with no year this time, so it's good forever! Hats! Two styles – a ballpark cap and a snapback. Funds will go toward maintenance and improvement projects. Visit the FIDO Online Store to see all the styles and colors.
2021 PEACE AWARD
The San Diego Rotary Club 33 has announced local nonprofit, National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), as the recipient of The 2021 Peace Award. NCRC received this honor for its outstanding work over the last three decades in bringing together differing factions to communicate and collaborate. In addition, San Diego Rotary Club 33 also donated $1,000 to NCRC, which will directly benefit the nonprofit’s various programs.
“We’re all about bringing people together with different life experiences and points of view, and then engaging in conversation to find common ground,” says Steven P. Dinkin, president, National Conflict Resolution Center. “We believe this is the only way to overcome hate, intolerance, incivility, and injustice.”
The annual San Diego Rotary Peace Award is designed to honor organizations or individuals in San Diego County who have made a significant difference in bringing differing communities together and has demonstrated commitment to the foregoing, and actions taken to bring about the change “to help build goodwill and peace in the world,” according to the Rotary’s Mission Statement.
LA VALENCIA THANKSGIVING
Celebrate Thanksgiving with your loved ones at the iconic Pink Lady, La Valencia at 1132 Prospect St. in La Jolla. Enjoy chef Timothy Ralphs’ three-course prix fixe menu of holiday favorites, including curried kabocha squash soup, free-range turkey served with whipped potatoes and sweet potatoes, French green beans, baby carrots, cornbread stuffing, buttermilk gravy and cranberry, and beef tenderloin served with fingerlings, cauliflower, pumpkin and cippolini. Plus, choose from carrot cake, pumpkin pie or chocolate souffle cake for dessert.
BRY RUNNING FOR OFFICE
La Jollan and immediate past District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry has announced that she is running for San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk. If elected, Bry would be the first woman assessor in San Diego County history. “I will bring the values of accountability, equity and transparency to the County Assessor’s office to ensure that everyone pays their fair share of real estate taxes, and that whether you are a big corporation or a property owner, you receive excellent customer service and respect,” said Bry.
Thursday, Nov. 4
SOLIDARITY JOURNEY AND EVENT
November is Runaway and Homeless Youth Prevention Month. San Diego County’s population of unaccompanied homeless youth is the seventh largest in the country. The YMCA team is traveling from Oceanside to San Ysidro to raise awareness of youth homelessness in the community. Their mission in November is to increase awareness, advocacy, and action on behalf of homeless and runaway youth in California.
The Solidarity Journey and Event will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the OB Pier. The walk to the Ryan Family YMCA will begin at 3 p.m. Youth homelessness is a community issue that requires a community solution. After completing the walk, join the event for a meal from the "Rice or Death" Food truck, music from a local band The Boys, create personalized "We Care Kits," play games such as ping pong, corn-hole and giant Connect 4, and learn more about this issue.
Donation items needed include socks, hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, hand sanitizer), protein bars, toilet paper, water bottles, ponchos, blankets, lip balm, combs/brushes, band-aids and journals. Items donated will be used to make "We Care Kits" that will be passed out along the journey to those in need. You may underwrite the cost of a kit for $25. If you'd like to do this or prefer to make a monetary donation, visit ymcasd.org/about-y/news-center/social-services/rooted-community.
STONE BREWING WATCH PARTY
On Friday, Nov. 5, SD Loyal SC will hold a watch party for fans and The Locals (supporter's group) at Stone Brewing - Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Road, as SD Loyal takes on San Antonio SC in the USL Championship Playoffs presented by Twin Spires. San Diego’s professional soccer club is set to play its first playoff match in franchise history on the road against San Antonio SC. Watch party starts at 5 p.m. with kick-off at 6 p.m.
PB FOOD DRIVE
Pacific Beach Woman’s Club American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring a drive-thru food drive Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at VFW Post 985 Hall at 853 Turquoise St. Fresh and canned food will be accepted.
REGIONAL FILM OFFICE
San Diego County Board of Supervisors chair Nathan Fletcher has introduced a policy to establish a regional film office to support the local economy by creating new local job opportunities and supporting the San Diego film and arts, with additional benefits for tourism and hospitality industries. “San Diego is the best location for filmmakers to work because of our fair climate, beautiful and diverse landscapes, and our talented workforce,” said Fletcher. “A regional film office can serve as a one-stop-shop for the film industry. By cutting the red tape of coordinating permits with multiple jurisdictions, creating a centralized marketing message, and having a dedicated staff to champion San Diego as a destination for filmmakers and production studios, we can lift up our local economy. It’s time we have a San Diego Regional Film Office.”
PACK THE PANTRY
Approximately 50% of local community college students grapple with food insecurity. As a result of not having reliable, consistent access to food, students are more likely to miss classes or drop out of school. With the third annual Pack the Pantry food drive, California Coast Credit Union is partnering with all of the local community college campuses and the San Diego Food Bank to raise funds and fill local college pantries. During November, donate online to help provide much-needed food for local college students at calcoastcu.org/news-and-events/pack-the-pantry-2021/.
The largest dinosaur exhibit in North America is back. More than 100 photorealistic dinosaurs are ready to delight families and kickstart the New Year when Jurassic Quest heads indoors at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Jan. 21-23. Jurassic Quest offers more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur-themed rides and attractions, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a “Triceratots” soft play area for kids, photo opportunities, and more. Tickets at jurassicquest.com or on-site. Entry is free for children under age 2.
BILL TO LOWER DRUG PRICES
Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) has announced a deal he helped broker between House Democratic Leadership, the Senate, and the White House that, if enacted as part of the Build Back Better Act, would cap what seniors pay at the pharmacy counter for the first time and would allow Medicare to directly negotiate drugs in both Parts B and D. “Americans absolutely need better, cheaper access to quality prescription drugs; that’s why it’s critical that we include drug pricing reform in the Build Back Better Act and that we do it in a way that can earn support in both chambers,” said Peters. We believe we’ve reached a resolution that everyone can get behind. Our compromise deal accomplishes my goal of establishing the first-ever out-of-pocket cap for seniors’ prescriptions, pays for these benefits using pharma profits, and generates billions in savings to the federal government that can be invested in improving other health care programs. “
A diverse coalition of San Diego unions, businesses and environmental groups have formally launched “Let’s Go! San Diego,” a citizens’ initiative planned for the November 2022 election to improve San Diego County transportation. If approved by voters, the measure would guarantee dedicated funding for zero emission transit infrastructure and transportation improvements throughout San Diego County, including repairing local roads in every community, rerouting rail lines on bluffs in danger of collapse, expanding wildfire evacuation routes, adding express trolley and bus lines, and making transit fares affordable for seniors, students and the disabled. More information, and a full copy of the ballot initiative, are available at LetsGoSD.org.
MCRD NOISE ADVISORY
Ceremonial cannon fire will take place aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 8:45-11:30 a.m. Residents should expect an increase in noise during this time. Depending on atmospheric conditions, the sound of the ceremonial firing may be amplified and heard up to 20 miles away.
MARITIME MUSEUM EXHIBIT
Maritime Museum of San Diego has announced the opening of their newest exhibit, “The Maritime Museum of San Diego Model Gallery: Celebrating the Art of the Model Maker,” located in a newly created visitor annex on the aft-end of the 1898 Victorian-era steam ferryboat Berkeley. With hundreds of models now on display throughout the spaces on its vessels, the Maritime Museum of San Diego has arguably become one of the premier locations to view and appreciate ship models on the West Coast. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive. For more information, visit Sdmaritime.org.
The U.S. Postal Service’s Operation Santa is a wish fulfillment program. The program will accept children’s letters submitted for potential “adoption” by anonymous gift givers. Adopters fulfill letter-writing children’s Christmas wishes by purchasing and sending them gifts on behalf of Santa. In 2020 more than 23,000 Santa letters submitted to the program were adopted nationwide. To participate in the program as a potential holiday gift recipient, all children need to do is write a letter to Santa, put it in an envelope with a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, include their complete return address, and send it to the USPS Operation Santa workshop address: Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole 88888.
SEAS ’N’ GREETINGS
The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family. From Dec. 1-31, Birch Aquarium is transformed into a winter wonderland. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). Enjoy fun, festive photo opportunities throughout the aquarium, plus holiday music and an interactive scavenger hunt — complete with prizes for the littlest guests. All holiday activities are included in admission. Reservations are required to visit and face coverings are required for everyone 2 and up indoors and outdoors regardless of vaccination status. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu or call 858-534-FISH.
LITTLE ITALY TREE LIGHTING
The Little Italy Association’s 23rd annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village will be on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 4-8 p.m. This year’s in-person celebration brings new magical décor including 10-foot tall gold nutcrackers, shimmery kinetic spiral trees and triangle raw wood trees, and brings back neighborhood favorites like the 25-foot Venetian-inspired tree designed by California artist Joshua Hubert, located in the center of Piazza Basilone and the permanent 25 feet tall live tree in the Piazza della Famiglia.
LIBRARY ART EXHIBIT
Local artist Leslie Jenness has an art exhibit at the Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire St., that can be viewed now until Dec. 31. Stop by and enjoy 24 abstract paintings depicting "Diversity in the Ocean.”
The United States Tennis Association’s National 40 Hard Court Championships will take place Monday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 5 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Drive. Tournament competition is slated for men and women in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events for players 40 and over (players must reach or exceed the age of 40 at any time in this calendar year to be eligible). Participants will include former touring pros and the nation’s strongest players in this age group.
Thursday, Oct. 28
Zombies will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in front of Crystal Pier, and also at the Halloween carnival hosted by Prospect Home Finance at 875 Garnet Ave. on Friday. The zombies, who learned their moves from instructors at Tap Fever Studios in Pacific Beach, will dance at the carnival 4:30-5:15 p.m. and then will perform at Crystal Pier from 5:45-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. For more information, visit thrillersd.com/calendar/.
Point Loma Playhouse is hosting a new play, a spin-off of “It’s a Wonderful Life” titled “She’s at the Library,” at the historic Point Loma Assembly Auditorium at 3035 Talbot St. The play will be held from Nov.19 through Dec. 5. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. and Sundays 3 p.m. The play was written by La Jolla author Dori Salois. Salois came up with the idea during her family’s annual holiday viewing of the film. Salois says she means no disrespect to Capra’s version. Her version depicts a woman’s point of view and choices made or not made. For ticket information, visit pointlomaplayhouse.com.
Join in for an evening of live music, wine tasting, and small bites of local food to celebrate and raise funding for the music programs of Correia Middle School and Point Loma High School. The fundraising event will take place Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at The Thursday Club, 1224 Santa Barbara St. Award-winning local wine maker Keith Rolle, owner of Gianni Buonomo Vintners, has created one barrel of a very special field blend called OB Blend and has committed a half barrel (10 cases) that will be released at this special event to benefit the orchestra and choral programs at Correia and PLHS. For more information, visit correiamusic.com/rightnotes.html.
JEWISH SENIORS AIDED
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County has established the “Kulam B’Bayit: Everyone At Home” Fund to provide emergency financial support to help seniors live comfortably in their homes. “Jewish Federation of San Diego is committed to fostering dialogue, coordination, collaboration, and partnership among Jewish organizations actively working to address poverty in our community,” said Darren Schwartz, chief planning and strategy officer. “In particular, we engage in anti-poverty approaches focused on the Jewish senior and Holocaust survivor population. Federation wants to alleviate some of the challenges faced by our organizational colleagues by offering easy, direct access to emergency funds for Jewish seniors and Holocaust survivors.” To support Kulam B’bayit and other Federation programs caring for Jews in need, click here.
LJ BOARD ELECTION
Enhance La Jolla, the community’s Maintenance Assessment District, has elected a new director, Steve Warfield, who is taking over for termed-out director Jonathan Lipsky. This board seat is the Commercial Property Owner Representative. Incumbents Barbara Bry and John Michaelsen were each re-elected to their respective board positions, Community Member at Large Representative and Commercial Property Owner Representative In January, Julie Dubick will replace George Hauer in the Enhance La Jolla board seat that represents the La Jolla Community Foundation.
GOLDEN PAINTBRUSH AWARD: Enhance La Jolla board chair Ed Witt presented the Golden Paintbrush Award to community volunteer Chris Cott. Cott is an integral part of the Enhance La Jolla/LJ MAD team who dedicates several hours of his own time each week to removing graffiti and other vandalism from public areas. He also photographs the graffiti to give to the police for possible prosecution later.
From the award-winning producers of the hit documentary “National Parks Adventure” comes MacGillivray Freeman’s “Into America’s Wild” a cross-country adventure into the hidden wonders of the natural world. The new film will open in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at Reuben H. Fleet Center in Balboa Park on Friday, Oct. 29. A celebration of the transformational allure of nature and wild places, Into America’s Wild is a non-stop ride via kayak, bike, train, hot air balloon, zipline, kite surfboard and more into some of the most beautiful but little-known landscapes of North America. For more information, visit fleetscience.org/shows/americas-wild.
Join the annual San Diego Made Holiday Market at JULEP Venue in Little Italy, 1735 Hancock St. on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m.-5p.m. This handmade shopping experience will feature 85-plus local curated makers, large floral installation, photo opportunities, a free raffle, craft cocktail bar by Snake Oil, food trucks featuring Salt + Lime and E.L.E. Burger, live music by Puerto and La Boogie Buena, an interactive art installation for adults and children. This event is family-friendly and entry is $5, including a door gift while supplies last. COVID safety measures will be in place. More information is at sandiegomade.org/holiday-market-2021.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
County Supervisors chair Nathan Fletcher, in collaboration with vice chair Nora Vargas and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, along with the families who submitted photographs, will host the second annual COVID-19 Altar De Muertos at 1600 Pacific Highway on the east plaza of the County Administration Center. A special recognition ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. San Diegans are encouraged to submit photographs of friends and family members who have passed away from COVID-19 or another cause. Visit SupervisorNathanFletcher.com/covidaltar and submit a picture by completing the form.
UC SAN DIEGO TOP RANKED
The University of California San Diego has been ranked sixth among the nation’s top public colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Global Universities. Now in its eighth year, the annual rankings are designed to showcase how universities compare globally, focusing specifically on schools' academic research and reputation overall. The Best Global Universities ranking evaluate universities on 13 indicators, such as global and regional research reputation, international collaboration, publications and total citations.
The Gaslamp Quarter is excited to announce its expanded Halloween season programs and events. Feeling particularly ghoulish? The annual Halloween San Diego Zombie Crawl is now three days long, starting on Bloody Thirsty Thursday, Oct. 28, and ending on Scary Saturday, Oct. 30. Your favorite haunts are dying to welcome you back with free entry, welcome shots, dancing, a DJ, and more. On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Seattle Great Pumpkin Beer Festival is heading to the Gaslamp. It is a one-of-a-kind experience with 40-plus craft brews, live music, costume contests, and more. Recover from a spectacular spooky season on Sunday, Oct. 31 with a Bloody Brunch in the Gaslamp. Visit Gaslamp.org/Halloween for all updates.
NEW BLOOD BANK
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Oct. 27 to celebrate the grand opening of the new San Diego Blood Bank donation location in Liberty Station. The San Diego Women’s Club presented SDBB with a check to support the needs of this new site at 2850 Womble Road, Building 30. It is across from the fountain and between Yoga Six and Ikiru Sushi. To ensure a steady blood supply and make it as convenient as possible for people to donate, San Diego Blood Bank is expanding its reach in the Point Loma community. This new location is expected to collect more than 600 donations each month, potentially impacting up to 21,500 lives every year. Appointments are encouraged and available at SanDiegoBloodBank.org.
TOYS FOR JOY
On Saturday, Dec.11, at 9 a.m., 3,700 families will receive much needed food and toys at the 25th annual Toys for Joy. The drive-thru style distribution will take place at two locations in San Diego. Toys for Joy will begin the 25th anniversary celebration with 25 days of joy. From school beautification projects to feeding families in need, the Rock Church, with a location in Point Loma, along with partners and sponsors, will be participating in 25 acts of generosity leading up to the event all across San Diego County. The events will take place throughout November and December leading up to the much anticipated 25th anniversary of Toys for Joy.
UC SAN DIEGO GRANTS
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has awarded Young Investigator Grants to Changuk Chung, Ph.D., Clare Palmer, Ph.D., Cory Weissman, M.D., and Katia Harle, Ph.D. at University of California, San Diego. BBRF Young Investigator grants support the work of early career investigators with innovative ideas for groundbreaking neurobiological research to identify causes, improve treatments, and develop methods of prevention for psychiatric illnesses. The recipients of the 2021 Young Investigator Grants were selected by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s Scientific Council, which reviewed 788 applications and selected 150 Young Investigators from the US and abroad. For more detailed information about the Young Investigator Grant recipients, click here.
On Friday, Oct. 29, students may wear a Halloween costume to school. Please be advised that all costumes must follow the Point Loma High Sschool dress code policy: costumes may not include full face masks or cover your entire face, costumes may not be violent or suggestive, costumes may not have anything simulating a weapon, costumes may not suggest racial attitudes that reinforce racial stereotypes or mock a culture, group of persons or an individual person or religion.
LINCOLN CLUB PRESIDENT
The Lincoln Club of San Diego County has announced its president, Brian Pepin, will join political consulting firm 1892 LLC as a senior vice president. Pepin will continue to serve as the lead political consultant for the Lincoln Club from his new position. Deputy director Victor Lopez will take over Pepin’s role and serve as executive director of the Lincoln Club to manage the nonpartisan pro-business organization.
LACAVA AT COMMUNITY CENTER
District 1 Councilmember Joe LaCava will speak at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. A San Diego native and civil engineer, LaCava has lived in La Jolla since 1985, where he and his wife Lorene, a kindergarten teacher, raised their two daughters. He has been a community advocate over the past 15 years and sat on nearly 30 civic boards, local planning groups and commissions addressing the city budget, land use, infrastructure, public safety, and the environment. His city-wide priorities include tackling our infrastructure backlogs, implementing San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, supporting local businesses to jump-start the economy, and providing sustainable solutions to homelessness.
NEW PB RESTAURANT
An authentic Mexican restaurant based out of Riverside, Birrieria La Huasteca, will soon open a location at 865 Turquoise St. The San Diego branch of Birrieria La Huasteca will open in the indoor/outdoor space that last housed Treelogy Cafe in North Pacific Beach. Expect a menu centered around slow-cooked, fall apart birria, both birria de Borrego made with lamb and beef birria de res. The all-day eatery will offer regional Mexican specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including ramen birria, birria tacos, chilaquiles, pizza birria, birria burritos, mulitas, gorditas, chicken mole and more. For more information, follow the restaurant on Instagram.
Friday, Oct. 22
CASS TREAT CARES
Cass TREAT Cares, a community event in support of Down Syndrome Awareness Month and GiGi’s Playhouse San Diego, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center, will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m.-noon. Mayor Todd Gloria will kick-off the event between 10-10:30 a.m. The event involves more than 33 merchants on Cass Street who will give “treats” to kids who show their Cass TREAT Cares bag. Additional activities will include face painting and games at the playhouse, a performance at 10 a.m. by a GiGi’s Playhouse client with accompaniment by his teacher from Peregrine Music, Mimi and Red at 5005 Cass St. hosting a GiGi’s Playhouse client as an intern during the event.
BING CROSBY SEASON, BREEDERS’ CUP AT DEL MAR RACETRACK
DMTC Bing Crosby Season: San Diego’s seaside racetrack will kick off its annual fall racing season from Wednesday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 28. Racing will take place on Fridays - Sundays (including Thanksgiving). Fall events at the track include Taste of the Turf Club (every Sunday beginning Nov. 14 from 12:30-6:30 p.m.) featuring gourmet cuisine, a reserved Turf Club table and bottomless mimosas, Thanksgiving Brunch at Del Mar Racetrack (Nov. 25) featuring a three-course Thanksgiving meal, a reserved Turf Club table, and bottomless mimosas, College Day (Nov. 13) all college students free admission to the races. Show valid student ID to receive exclusive access to grandstand seating on the third floor of Stretch Run, Beer & Fizz Fest (Nov. 20 from noon-4 p.m.) sample a variety of local brews and gourmet cuisine from local food trucks while trackside at the races, tickets available at dmtc.com/tickets.
Breeders’ Cup: The Del Mar racetrack will host the 2021 Breeders’ Cup horse racing world championships on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6. This two-day, 14-race event features the world’s best thoroughbreds. Tickets at breederscup.com/tickets. Breeders’ Cup Festival will also be back this year from Monday, Nov. 1 to Saturday, Nov. 6 showcasing Del Mar’s food, entertainment, and culture with a variety of free and ticketed events.
Join the San Diego Bike Coalition and Discover Pacific Beach in participating in CicloSDias Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CicloSDIas is inspired by open streets projects all over the world, open street events temporarily close streets to automobiles so that people may use them for healthy and fun physical activities like walking, jogging, biking and even dancing. CicloSDias welcomes everyone in San Diego to walk, ride, stroll and enjoy the streets. Approximately 3 miles of city streets in Pacific Beach will be opened to families, pedestrians, cyclists, joggers, skateboarders, and anyone else interested in using this public space in a new way.
PARADE OF LIGHTS’ BOAT LIGHTING SEMINAR
San Diego Parade of Lights’ Boat Lighting Seminar will take place Thursday, Nov. 4, from 5:30-7 p.m. at West Marine in Point Loma, 1250 Rosecrans St. If you’re thinking about participating in the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, join in for the Lighting Seminar. Learn about the latest developments in lighting for your boat so you’ll make a big impression on the thousands of people who flock to watch the parade. Of course, you don’t have to have a boat in the parade to learn about LED lights, using less electricity, and more. Applications and information on the parade will be available at the seminar. Send questions or comments to [email protected]. The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights takes place during the evenings of Dec. 12 and 19. This year’s theme is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
FOPBSS CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER
Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools is holding a fundraiser Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Chipotle’s at 1504 Garnet Ave. from 5-9 p.m. A total of 33% of event sales will be donated to the cause of helping local schools. Order online for pickup using the code 97QTKV9 or show the flyer in the restaurant.
BELMONT PARK PERFORMANCE
Point Loma High School’s music program is holding a concert performance at Belmont Park on Friday, Oct. 22 from 5-6 p.m. This is the high school’s first concert of the school year and all music families are invited to attend. After the performance, from 7-9 p.m., students are welcome to return to the school for a PL Music movie night on the softball field.
STREET VENDING ORDINANCE
Council President Jennifer Campbell will docket a street vending ordinance to be voted on by the San Diego City Council on Dec. 14. “Since 2019, my office has made an effort to tackle the issue of regulating vendors and welcoming them into the formal economy,” said Campbell. “After many conversations with community members, stakeholders, and enforcement agencies, I am proud to announce that I will be bringing forward a new street vending ordinance. After receiving critical input from everyone this issue touches, I believe this ordinance will balance the needs of residents, vendors, and our public spaces. I support the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals and families that do what they can to make a living but want to ensure our parks, beaches and plazas across San Diego remain open for everyone to enjoy.”
HOME GARDEN SHOW
The 31st annual Fall Home Garden Show will be held Oct. 22-24 at Del Mar Fairgrounds. At this show, ADUs, granny flats, will be featured. There will be a selection of homes open for touring and daily roundtable discussions on rules, tips and tricks for building your ADU plus how to pay for your ADU. Hosts will include the City of San Diego Development Services Department assistant director plus leading design and financial professionals. The CalHFA ADU Grant Program will provide as much as $25,000 in assistance to low- to moderate-income homeowners to build accessory dwelling units on their property. For more information visit fallhomegardenshow.com.
TOASTMASTERS HALLOWEEN ZOOM
Voyagers Toastmasters club will have a Halloween contest – compete for best Halloween Zoom background and Best Halloween Mask/Costume. Learn why Voyagers has consistently been one of the top Toastmaster clubs in San Diego. Do you want to improve your communication, leadership and networking skills? Check out Voyagers Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 a.m. http://tiny.cc/VoyagersToastmasters.
Landini’s Pizzeria, located at 1827 India St. in Little Italy and 2820 Historic Decatur Road in Point Loma’s Liberty Public Market are giving away free pizza for a year in honor of National Pizza Month in October. Guests who purchase an 18-inch pizza in person at either Landini’s Pizzeria locations will be entered into a raffle to win free cheese pizza once a month for an entire year. Entries are being accepted through the close of business on Sunday, Oct. 31. One grand prize winner will be announced and notified on Monday, Nov. 1. More information at LandinisPizzeria.com.
UNIVERSITY CITY SURVEY
The City is asking the University City community and surrounding-area residents, employees, business owners and other stakeholders to give their opinions through an interactive survey that will guide the development and growth of the area for decades to come. The City launched the survey this month as part of the University Community Plan Update (CPU) process. The CPU will eventually replace the community plan approved in 1987. The survey features questions regarding desired land-use options in five focus areas, all with the vision of supporting mixed uses such as housing and businesses. Community members can explore details, imagery and impact outcomes for each option and provide their recommendations and preferred options. Videos also give more information on each focus area. The survey will close on Oct. 31 and results will be shared at a future Community Plan Update Subcommittee meeting.
NONSTOP LONDON FLIGHTS
British Airways has resumed their nonstop service between London, England, United Kingdom via Heathrow Airport and San Diego International Airport. The resumption comes after British Airways was forced to suspend service in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline is the first carrier to resume nonstop service to Europe from San Diego. For fares and to book, visit britishairways.com.
MARITIME MUSEUM MYSTERY
Still a mystery today, the Maritime Museum of San Diego invites visitors 12 and under to solve the Mary Celeste mystery Halloween weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-31. Visitors to the Museum, open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have the opportunity to board the official tall ship of the state, Californian, to learn from one of the Museum’s resident storytellers, and uncover clues before making their contest entry at the Museum Gift Shop located on the steam ferry Berkeley.
POINT LOMA PLAYHOUSE HOLIDAY SHOW
Point Loma Playhouse presents a new, fun holiday show titled “She’s At The Library” by Dori Salois. The show offers a different look at the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Directed by Jerry Pilato, starring Carly Salway, Pete Zanko, Kirra Adams, Jody Catlin, Brian Evans with Susan Hoekenga, Emmanuelle Love, Janet Taylor and Taylor Spencer. Opening Nov. 19 running through Dec 5. Point Loma Playhouse at the historic Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St. Tickets at pointlomaplayhouse.com
PILOT LITTER PROGRAM
Caltrans has announced a new Clean California pilot program that offers Adopt-a-Highway volunteers up to $250 for picking up highway litter. The Adopt-A-Highway program has been one of the longest-standing and successful government-public partnerships in the state. Since its inception in 1989, more than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside. The new pilot program will augment the overall goals of the Clean California program by providing additional resources to maintain and beautify the state's roadways. Whether completed by an individual or group, Caltrans will award stipends up to $250 total per litter collection event. People and businesses interested in volunteering can visit CleanCA.com for more details and an online application or call 886-236-7824.
SD BUSINESS HALL OF FAME
Junior Achievement of San Diego announced they will induct Dr. Constance Carroll and David and Lesley Cohn into their San Diego Business Hall of Fame during their annual luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 26 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. JA’s Business Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to recognize San Diego entrepreneurs who give back to the community by investing in the next generation of business leaders through philanthropy, mentorship, innovation, or other creative engagement. David and Lesley Cohn own Cohn Restaurant Group. They opened their first restaurant in 1983 and their Corvette Diner in 1987. Now they own and operate 25 restaurants. For more information, visit sandiego.ja.org.
Come celebrate Howl-o-Ween this year at the Little Italy Dog Park on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.-2.p.m. Attendees will enjoy the Woof Booth photo booth, caricature drawings of their pets by Marco, complimentary embroidered bandanas for the first 40 people from lucrecia, and paw paintings. Raffles will also be taking place throughout the day with tickets being available for $1. Proceeds from the raffles will benefit The Animal Pad, a 100% volunteer-based local nonprofit, all breed dog rescue focusing on saving dogs from high kill shelters and the streets of Mexico. The Animal Pad will also have a small handful of dogs available for adoption.
CARRUTH CELLARS IN LIBERTY STATION
After more than a decade of “bringing grapes to the people” Carruth Cellars will soon debut a new tasting room location in Liberty Station in spring 2022. Carruth Cellars will be among the newest dine and drink options at historic Liberty Station, in the Arts District, 2710 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 101, in Barracks 17. The expansive tasting room, approximately 10,000 square feet, indoor/outdoor combined, will serve house made paninis, salads, and artisanal cheeses to complement Carruth’s award-winning, bold California-style wines.
HIGH-TECH FLEET DOME
The Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park announces the reopening of the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater with a Next-Generation IMAX with Laser projection system on Friday, Oct. 29. Opening on Oct. 29, audiences will be transported to planet Arrakis when they experience “Dune” in the dome. Tickets for “Dune” are now available for purchase. For more information, visit fleetscience.org/shows/dune.
CONVERSATION WITH POETS
Join San Diego Poet Laureate Ron Salisbury and co-host Michael Klam of San Diego Poetry Annual for the culminating event for the San Diego Poetry of Resilience project, featuring poetry readings, open mic and much more. Poets, workshop participants and the public alike are invited to celebrate the written word at this free, virtual event on Friday, Oct. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit Poet Laureate to find out how-to details and register HERE to attend this virtual culminating event.
WARWICKS BOOK SIGNING
Peggy Hinaekian will be presenting and signing her book “The Girl from Cairo – A Memoir” on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 2-4 p.m. at Warwick's bookstore at 7812 Girard Ave. The signing is part of Warwick's program for weekend with local authors. For more information, visit peggyhinaekian.com.
Thursday, Oct. 15
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Pets and their guardians are invited to Congregational Church of La Jolla’s Blessing of the Animals, a custom conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17. Pastor Tim Seery will conduct the ceremony as part of his congregation’s traditional Sunday worship service. The gathering will take place outdoors on the church's courtyard patio. Face coverings are recommended.
BIRD DEBUTS SMART SIDEWALK TECHNOLOGY
Bird recently announced the first-of-its-kind “smart sidewalk protection” technology – a sensor fusion solution – designed and developed in partnership with u-blox. Smart Sidewalk Protection, which is integrated into Bird’s vehicles, is designed to prevent micromobility devices from being used on sidewalks and footpaths. Bird’s sidewalk detection technology is currently being piloted in Milwaukee and San Diego, and is expected to be piloted in Madrid in early 2022. For example, as opposed to traditional GPS with cloud based maps that can take more than 15 seconds to respond, Bird's new smart sidewalk protection solution can safely bring a vehicle that has entered onto a sidewalk to a safe stop while allowing the rider to walk the vehicle back to the roadway or bike lane.
On Oct. 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Fanuel Street Park, 4000 Fanuel St. This is also a stand up paddleboard event. There will be dance at the park before all the witches embark on the water with their broomsticks.
ZOMBIE WALK & THRILLER DANCE
The zombie walk will start at Ingraham Street, near the big sign for Trader Joe's, 1640 Garnet Ave., at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 and head west down Garnet Avenue. At the end of Garnet, there will be a Thriller dance in front of Crystal Pier at 6:10 p.m.
SKATE OR TREAT
Fitzy’s Roller Skate Shop, at 4150 Mission Blvd., is holding a Skate or Treat Holloween-themed roll out along the Pacific Beach boardwalk at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 for fun afternoon of friends, skating, and treats.
DISCOVER PACIFIC BEACH ELECTIONS
Discover Pacific Beach, the community’s business improvement district, will hold its annual board meeting and elections on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at noon at 1502 Garnet Ave. Those wishing to attend virtually can do so by emailing sunny2pacificbeach.org.
KID-FRIENDLY HAUNTED FAIR
Prospect Home Finance will hold a free kid-friendly Haunted Fair on Friday, Oct. 29 from 3-5 p.m. The fair will feature pumpkin decorating, face painting, palm readings, tarot cards, balloon art, food, live music and more. Costumes are welcome and encouraged. The grand finale of the event will occur at 5 p.m. with a flash mob performance by 100-plus local dancers of all ages to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” All attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the event on Eventbrite: eventbrite.com/e/prospect-home-finance-haunted-fair-tickets-182932304447. For more information, visit homefinance.com.
NO LIMITS WALK FOR UCP
Everyone is invited to participate in the 39th annual 5k “No Limits” Walk, sponsored by Mobilityworks to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County (UCP). Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with the walk following at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at De Anza Cove, at the northeast end of Mission Bay Park. Participants can walk, run, roll or hand cycle their way on a 3 ½ mile course. Enjoy a continental breakfast and at the completion of the walk enjoy a delicious Mexican lunch while helping raise funds for UCP.
If you would like to participate and are interested in this year’s walk, assemble a team of walkers and go the distance to support children and adults with disabilities. All funds raised from the “No Limits” Walk will go to support UCP’s local programs and services. For more information go to ucpsd.org or call 858-571-7803.
CHALLENGED ATHLETES RIDE
Over 160 cyclists, including 20 individuals with permanent physical challenges will ride along the California coast in support of Challenged Athletes Foundation 15th Annual Million Dollar Challenge presented by Sully Entertainment. Cyclists will ride for seven days and nearly 640 miles from San Francisco to San Diego starting on Oct. 16 raising over $1.5 million to help thousands of athletes with physical challenges gain access to sports worldwide. The event will end in Mission Bay where riders will be greeted by the kids who benefit from their hard-earned efforts and fundraising dollars.
COMMUNITY CENTER TECH HUB
The La Jolla Community Center will continue its momentum to build a new computer lab inside the Center with the recent support of both OneWest Bank and Pacific Western Bank in La Jolla. With the banks’ contributions, the center will begin its purchasing of equipment for the newly designated space, as part of its SeniorConnect fundraising effort. La Jolla Community Center’s SeniorConnect fundraising project launched this year and will continue through February of 2022. The SeniorConnect program will include building a new computer lab inside the center, new equipment, multi-level instruction and marketing. For further information, visit ljcommunitycenter.org/seniorconnect.
LJ BIKE PATH CLEANUP
La Jolla Kiwanis Club and La Jolla Parks and Beaches are partnering to hold cleanup and maintenance of the community’s Fay Avenue Extension (pedestrian and bike path) between La Jolla High School and Bird Rock on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The objective is to preserve the natural beauty and integrity of the surrounding designated open space. Volunteer work will include clearing vegetation obstructing the bike path, removing piles of brush and clearing underbrush and dry brush that pose both fire and sanitation hazards. Volunteers meet at the south entrance of Via del Norte anytime between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wear work gloves, hat, closed-toe shoes and have mask. Tools needed include pruners, clippers/loppers, rakes, trash cans and brooms. A limited supply of equipment will be available. Funds are also needed for professional help and future pedestrian/bike path improvements. Send contributions to La Jolla Kiwanis (designate bike path), P.O. Box 81, La Jolla, CA., 92038. To sign up and volunteer contact [email protected].
ENHANCE LJ ELECTION
Enhance La Jolla, the community’s maintenance assessment district, has three directors seats up for election, each have one candidate running unopposed for each respective seat. The candidate names and respective seats are Commercial Property Owner: John Michaelsen (incumbent), Member at-Large: Barbara Bry (incumbent), Commercial Property Owner: Steve Warfield. Voting rules: Eligible voters must own property in the maintenance assessment district for the Village of La Jolla. Only one vote per eligible voter is allowed (all votes will be confirmed). Voting started at 8 a.m. Oct. 13 and ends 5 p.m. Oct. 20. All votes will be verified by a representative from the City of San Diego Economic Development Department. Here is the link to the voting form:
MUNK LEGACY CELEBRATED
On Friday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. there will be a short program to celebrate the legacy of late oceanographer Walter Munk in La Jolla Shores at The Map of the Grand Canyons of La Jolla in Kellogg Park, the south end of the park with a parking lot to the north. Information will be shared about the Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans and its education- and community-based programs. Following that about 4:30 p.m., local students will be participating in The MATE ROV Competition, part of a nonprofit educational organization, which uses underwater robotics, also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs, to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply scientific, engineering, and technical skills to solving real-world problems. In the underwater robotic competition, 12 teams of three high school students each from throughout San Diego will each build an ROV and test them in the pool next door at the Sea Lodge pool. Wildcoast will be present with their normal outreach materials, sodium alginate gummy activity and cornhole game. There will be a few bronze fish for the younger kids to do rubbings and a goodie bag for all participants.
LJ ART EXHIBIT
“Shadowland” new still life paintings by Stephen P. Curry, will be on exhibit at R.B. Stevenson Gallery at 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 101, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception for the artist Saturday, Oct. 23 from 5-8 p.m. The gallery will be open at 1 p.m. for early viewing. This exhibition will be the second solo show for the artist at the gallery.
HEMLOCK SOCIETY FILM
The Hemlock Society of San Diego will present the right-to-die film “Grace Quigley,” starring Katharine Hepburn and Nick Nolte, at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper St. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. The plot of the film involves an elderly lady who finds a hitman to provide a peaceful death to her older friends who are willing to pay a price for his services. The free film will be followed by snacks and a discussion at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza at 702 Pearl St. For more information, visit Hemlocksocietysandiego.org
PIRATE ADVENTURE RETURNS
Maritime Museum of San Diego announces two return performances of Boarded! Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 26. This hilarious interactive show puts visitors right in the middle of the pirate action. Participants will be sworn in as part of the ship crew, trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, escape from the King’s Jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills. Performances are 90 minutes and check in times are 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at sdmaritime.org or at the Maritime Museum ticket booth.
WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME
Do you know a San Diego woman who has made a positive difference in her community? This is your chance to make sure she is celebrated for her accomplishments. The San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame respectfully requests nominations of women who have significantly contributed to the quality of life for women and have made outstanding volunteer contributions in San Diego County. Every year since 2001, women from all over San Diego County have been nominated in five categories for consideration to be inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame. Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 31 to be considered for the 2022 Induction Ceremony. The nomination form is available at San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Nomination Form.
The Arc of San Diego, a local nonprofit serving people with disabilities, earned a Three-Year Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities valid through May 31, 2024. As one of the largest, most comprehensive service providers for people with disabilities in San Diego County, The Arc of San Diego serves over 2,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome each year. For more information on The Arc of San Diego, visit arc-sd.com.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will return with Yolanda López: Portrait of the Artist, the first solo museum presentation of the pathbreaking Chicana artist whose career in California spanned five decades. The exhibition presents a compendium of López’s work from the 1970s and 1980s, when she created an influential body of paintings, drawings, and collages that investigate and re-imagine representations of women within Chicano/a/x culture and society at large. Starting Saturday, Oct. 16, MCASD Downtown will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays with free admission through the entire run of Portrait of The Artist.
Face Foundation, a nonprofit public charity that provides financial grants for animal owners who are unable to afford the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care, is hosting its 10th annual fundraising golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 18. This unique tournament allows players to enjoy a day of golf with their furry friends followed by dinner, drinks, an exclusive auction, exciting awards ceremony, and more – all to support FACE’s lifesaving programs. This event is sure to be your dog's favorite day of the year. There's still time to get your tickets - register here!
Friday, Oct. 8
Join radio personality Robin Roth in a virtual pizza-making class. Mr. Moto decided to share his secret to the perfect New York-style slice with Roth, who’s now ready to spread the word to people who sign up for her free virtual class. Register here. The virtual event will be conducted via Zoom on Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. Ingredients for the class are free and will be available for pickup at Mr. Moto’s Ocean Beach location on Oct. 15 between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (must show Eventbrite registration upon pickup).
SAUSAGE PIZZA SPECIALS
Landini’s Restaurant Group is giving San Diegans a chance to bite into their favorite meaty topping with featured offerings created exclusively for National Sausage Pizza Day on Monday, Oct. 11 at Landini’s Pizzeria in Little Italy and Liberty Station, and Scuderie Italia in Pacific Beach. At Landini’s in Little Italy, pizzaiolo Garret will create a seasonally-inspired squash and sausage pie topped with butternut squash, sausage, mozzarella, red onion and sage. At Landini’s in Liberty Public Market, pizzaiolo Josue will create a specialty pizza topped with sausage, mushrooms, onions and tomato sauce. More information at LandinisPizzeria.com.
YOGA FUNDRAISER IN PB
Pura Vida will be hosting a yoga class, taught by international yoga instructor Steve Hubbard, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Law Street above the beach to raise money for Boarding for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit breast cancer awareness organization. Their mission is to promote early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. Arrive early to get a spot, and don’t forget to wear pink. Sponsors include Suja, Java Earth Coffee, Pulp Pantry, B4BC, and Blenders Eyewear. Socials: @puravida, @namasteveyoga.
Wednesday, Oct 16 from noon-2 p.m. Bring your plants, plant cuttings, seeds, homegrown fruits and veggies, and cut flowers to Cass Street Plaza to swap with other local gardeners. Weather permitting, this program will occur on the first Wednesday of each month. https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/gardening-exchange-76.
SD BALLET RETURNS
San Diego Ballet commences its 2021-2022 season with two weekends of shows outside in the Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station. SDB celebrates Latin music this fall by bringing two of San Diego Ballet’s audience favorites together on one program. Get swept away in the evocative and romantic Que Bonito Amor set to rapturous score of Mariachi music and Mambomania. Seating options include assigned ticketed seats near the front of the stage and ticketed lawn seating to the side. Shows are Oct. 30-31, 2:30 p.m., Nov. 6-7, 2:30 p.m. in Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station, 2751 Dewey Road. More information at sandiegoballet.org.
Shoreline Community Services is sponsoring a compassionate community cleanup Saturday, Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at selected sites in Pacific and Mission beaches. Bring your friends, family, team or group. The cleanup will focus on several areas that need some TLC – the boardwalk, the business district, pre-selected encampment areas/parking lots and Rose Creek. Why is it a Compassionate Community Cleanup? Because this is not an event to be judgmental or critical to the cause of the mess.
Some of the areas are in need of care due to people living on the street without means to keep things maintained in a way that is best for everyone. This is simply a time to tidy up, make (another) fresh start and even offer necessary resources/services to those who need it. Trained Shoreline Community Services outreach volunteers will be a part of the team who can address those as needed. Contact [email protected] or call Caryn at 858-900-7024.
WALK TO DEFEAT ALS
The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter will present its Walk to Defeat ALS, the nonprofit’s 21st annual fundraising walk, on Sunday, Oct. 17 as a virtual fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s programs, services and services provided to local families living with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurological disease that attacks nerve cells controlling muscles throughout the body. The theme for the 2021 Walk to Defeat ALS 2021 is “Walk Your Way,” which refers to the many different ways supporters can participate walk virtually or in their own neighborhoods while still raising money for a cure, according to Steve Becvar, executive director, ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter. The fundraiser is free and open to the public. Registration is now open. Information is available at ALSwalkSD.com.
COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY
In observance of the Columbus Day Federal holiday, post offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 11. There will be no residential or business deliveries except for Priority Mail Express, which is delivered 365 days a year. Post offices and normal delivery and collection schedules will resume Tuesday, Oct. 12. For 24/7 access to most postal products and service are available at usps.com.
O POSITIVE BLOOD NEEDED
San Diego Blood Bank is issuing an urgent call for blood donations, particularly from type O positive donors, as supply across the country has reached dangerously low levels – an uncommon occurrence for this time of year. With the recent COVID-19 case surge and continued spreading of the Delta variant, San Diego Blood Bank and other blood centers across the country are experiencing abnormal decline in donor turn out. Additionally, mobile blood drives normally hosted by schools and businesses continue to be canceled. These collection challenges have disrupted the nation’s blood supply, resulting in concerningly low inventories of blood products for patients in need. To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 619-400-8251.
RESETTLEMENT TASK FORCE
The County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal by Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer as part of a larger plan from Supervisor Joel Anderson to support Afghans resettling in the San Diego area. The board voted to incorporate Lawson-Remer’s recommendation to create an Afghan refugee resettlement task force. “We are about to see a historic number of refugees settle in the United States, the most since the Vietnam War, and this task force will help fleeing Afghans who come to San Diego County to join family members and integrate into our community,” said Lawson-Remer.
“San Diego County has always served as a beacon of hope for people looking for a better life, and now it is time to welcome Afghans seeking freedom just as our region did for the Vietnamese and Iraqi refugees who came before them. The best way to help close this chapter in American history is by doing right by our Afghan allies and helping them in their time of need. I want to thank Supervisor Anderson and my colleagues for making sure that San Diego County is preparing for this humanitarian effort.”
STILL LIFE PAINTINGS
R.B. Stevenson Gallery at 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 101. announced the exhibition "Shadowland." A solo show featuring new still life paintings by San Diego artist Stephen P. Curry. This exhibition will be the second solo show for the artist at the gallery. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist Saturday, Oct. 23 from 5-8 p.m. The gallery will be open at 1 p.m. for early viewing. For more information, call 858-459-3917 or visit rbstevensongallery.com.
TRICK-OR-TREAT ON INDIA STREET
The Little Italy Association welcomes back the spooky fun with Trick-or-Treat on India Street on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ghouls and goblins of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes and enjoy an evening of authentic trick-or-treating. Little witches and monsters will be able to stop door-to-door and get delicious Halloween treats and candy from participating Little Italy businesses. A map including participating businesses will be available for pickup at the Piazza della Famiglia. For more information, visit littleitalysd.com.
DELIVERY BILL APP SIGNED
When struggling small restaurants turned to food delivery apps to keep their businesses afloat during the pandemic, many owners reported actually losing money on their orders. Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 286 into law, requiring food delivery companies like GrubHub, DoorDash and UberEats to reveal all hidden charges and fees in a clear, itemized cost breakdown of each transaction to restaurants and their customers. “Gig companies have profited during the pandemic by keeping consumers and restaurants in the dark about the true cost of their services,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez (D-San Diego) said. “Now, small restaurants and their customers will know what they’re being charged upfront and get to see exactly how much is actually benefiting the restaurant.”
LAST U.S. EXIT MOVED
On Oct. 7, SANDAG and Caltrans District 11 construction crews will permanently relocate the Siempre Viva Road off-ramp (the last U.S. exit) east of its current location. Upon its relocation, travelers who do not wish to cross the border to Mexico will exit a half-mile earlier than before. Drivers will still have access to a dedicated U-turn located in the median of SR-905 between Siempre Viva Road and the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.As part of this work Caltrans and SANDAG crews will fully close eastbound SR-905 between La Media Road and Siempre Viva Road beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. until Thursday, Oct. 7, at 4 a.m. During this closure drivers will be detoured via the La Media Road off-ramp.
The relocation of the Siempre Viva Road off-ramp is a critical component to the SR-11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project and is one of the last remaining improvements to complete the southbound connector ramps, linking East County and State Route 125 (SR-125) to eastbound SR-11, eastbound SR-905, and the existing Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY BILL
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that will hold police accountable for violating civil rights in California. Authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Senate Bill 2 will end absolute immunity for officials who engage in malicious prosecution, injure, or kill people in custody, as well as those who intentionally deny medical care to inmates in jails or prison. The bill also creates a statewide decertification system for police, preventing officers who have been charged with serious misconduct — excessive force, sexual misconduct, dishonesty — from simply relocating to another community.
NONSTOP FLIGHTS TO CALGARY
WestJet has resumed service between Calgary, Alberta, Canada via Calgary Airport (YYC) and San Diego International Airport (SAN). The year-round nonstop flights operate two times weekly on Fridays and Sundays and increases to three times weekly adding a Monday flight beginning Nov. 1. The resumption comes after WestJet suspended service in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SAN has an on-site COVID-19 testing option through Carbon Health for travelers wanting to get tested before a trip. Appointments are required and there is a fee for tests. For more information please visit, carbonhealth.com/covid-19-travel-clearance.
LAW FOR RUBBER BULLETS, TEAR GAS
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law Assembly Bill 48 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) establishing California’s first statewide standards regulating the use of projectile weapons and chemical agents by law enforcement for the purposes of crowd control. “We’ve all seen and heard horrifying stories from those who were severely harmed by projectiles like rubber bullets and chemical agents. There is no excuse for these weapons to ever be indiscriminately fired into a crowd,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez (D-San Diego) said. “AB 48 finally creates basic standards to help minimize the excessive, unwarranted use of these dangerous weapons. This law will protect Californians’ right to safely protest without risking permanent or life-threatening injuries.”
AB 48 requires officers to be trained on the safe use of kinetic projectiles and chemical agents for crowd control situations where a person’s life is threatened or they are at risk of serious injury, or if it’s necessary to bring an unlawful and dangerous situation safely under control. In these instances, officers would first be required to attempt de-escalation techniques before deploying projectile weapons.
SD ITALIAN FILM FEST
The San Diego Italian Film Festival returns to in-person screenings with its 15th annival feStivale, Oct. 7-31. Visit the 2021 feStivale microsite for details, trailers, and lots of good information sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com/festivale-2021.
MATCHBOOK STORY CONTEST
The Library Shop announced that its fifth annual Matchbook Story Contest will be free to enter to ensure more San Diegans can participate and be given a platform to share their stories. This year’s contest will be accepting submissions until Nov. 15. The Matchbook Story Contest is San Diego’s shortest short story contest that calls on San Diego writers to submit creative stories short enough to fit inside the cover of a matchbook. The winning short story, as in year’s past, will be printed on limited edition matchbooks available for purchase at the Library Shop and all proceeds will support the San Diego Public Library System. Additional prizes include a $50 Library Shop gift card, 50 matchbooks, publication in Library Connections and an exhibition in the Hervey Family Rare Book Room at the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. To enter the contest, visit the Library Shop’s Matchbook Story Contest webpage.
Friday, Oct. 1
FALL FUN AT CAMPLAND ON THE BAY
Have you heard about the giant water slide? Campland will be operating it through October (weather permitting). Campland has added a second pontoon boat and new 4- and 6-person golf carts available for rent. Spend the afternoon with up to 10 of your family and friends and explore Mission Bay in style. Guests can now book up to two years in advance as Campland on the Bay has expanded its booking window. Lock in your next trip to Campland before dates sell out.
SAN DIEGO YOUTH SERVICES SLEEPS OUT
San Diego Youth Services’ board of directors are sleeping out on Friday, Oct. 1 to raise awareness and life-saving funds for youth experiencing homelessness. The event will take place on Oct. 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. at San Diego Youth Services’ parking lot at their administration building in Point Loma. “Many people do not know that at least 1,500 youth are experiencing homelessness on any given night in San Diego,” said Walter Philips, CEO, San Diego Youth Services. “Our goal with this event is to raise awareness of the staggering number of young people experiencing homelessness, and to rally our community to support our children and young adults.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the severity of San Diego’s youth homelessness crisis, with youth experiencing homelessness at risk for human trafficking, assault, sexual violence and death. These youth also often struggle with their mental health and are unable to finish school or find a job to support themselves. To learn more and support Street Sleep SD, visit https://streetsleepsd.blackbaud-sites.com/.
FREE RUBIO’S TACOS ON NATIONAL TACO DAY
Celebrate National Taco Day at Rubio’s and get a free à la carte taco with any purchase. On Monday, Oct. 4, guests can use the https://www.rubios.com/national-taco-day-offer in restaurants across California, Arizona and Nevada. When ordering online at Rubios.com or through the app, use coupon code TACO. Plus, Rubio’s rewards guests who place an order on National Taco Day will be entered to win $50 in free Rubio’s food. Each guest must be logged in to their rewards account or check-in at the register. A total of 150 winners will be selected randomly, based on National Taco Day total rewards check-ins.
LIQUID BLUE WINS AWARDS
San Diego-based band Liquid Blue qualified as a Certified B Corp in 2020 and this year has been recognized as one of the Best For The World B Corps of 2021. The band also received a Better Business Bureau Torch Award last week in a ceremony with other winners at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The process of becoming a certified B Corp was demanding but fulfilling at the same time. It took the band nearly a year to go through the steps to qualify, but it's that scrutiny that makes B Corps so respected. For more depth on what it means to be a "B Corp," visit liquid-blue.com. Liquid Blue is also a member of 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of their sales to qualified charities. The band believes that business should be a force for good rather than just monetary profits. The band is hoping to influence other entertainment businesses to move in this direction.
RIDE THE POINT
The eighth annual Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride for Pancreatic Cancer Research will take place on Nov. 13, The ride begins and ends at Liberty Station and includes 6, 25, and 62 mile exclusive routes through scenic San Diego and includes an after-ride healthy lifestyles expo with booths, entertainment, and refreshments. This is an all-volunteer event with proceeds staying in the local community to fund pancreatic cancer research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and other Point Loma Rotary Club civic projects. For more information on the event, visit RideThePoint.org.
CROWN POINT ELEMENTARY AUCTION
Crown Point Junior Music Academy in Pacific Beach is hosting a fundraising auction on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. at San Diego Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club, 2606 N. Mission Bay Drive. The auction is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket Tickets can be purchased at https://friendsofcpjma.com/auction2021/. It will be an ’80s-themed live and silent fundraising auction. The ticket price includes dinner, music and dancing outdoors. City Council President and District 2 Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell will be speaking at the event.
Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll with Junior Stage Band Kids Next Door and Full Strength Funk on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Ave. Bring your chairs and enjoy great music. For safety reasons, the event will not feature food for sale or a raffle. Concert sponsors include Dorothea Laub, Point Loma Assembly, Point Loma Association, Point Loma Nazarene University, Jensen's, Karan and Bennet Greenwald, Ride the Point and Bay Equity, Detail in Progress, Gallagher | Bolander | Smedley LLP, Leak Control Systems, Bruce and Gail Bailey, Carrier Johnson + Culture, Good Point Gas, Arts District Liberty Station, Banner Bank and US Bank.
SEALS SEASON SCHEDULE
The San Diego Seals have announced the team’s regular season schedule for the 2021-22 campaign. Professional lacrosse returns to San Diego for the first time in nearly 21 months on Friday, Dec. 3 when the Seals host the Vancouver Warriors to kick off the NLL’s Faceoff Weekend. For the first time in franchise history, the Seals will open their season at home. San Diego boasts a 5-1 record all-time versus Vancouver. It will be the first of five Friday home games, accompanied by four Saturday night matchups at Pechanga Arena San Diego. For more information, visit SealsLax.com.
INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP AWARDS
RISE San Diego is hosting its fifth annual Inclusive Leadership in Action Awards on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. The ceremony will recognize leaders, be it individuals or groups, who are making a positive impact in the San Diego region. The event will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado. Out of 50 nominees, seven will be selected for demonstrating exceptional commitment to community impact, advocacy work and more. Event proceeds will benefit RISE’s leadership development, civic engagement and nonprofit partnership programs. To purchase tickets, visit the ILIA Awards Eventbrite page.
STUFF THE BUS
SDCCU Stuff the Bus has reached its goal and collected over $100,000, which was used to fill 7,977 backpacks plus 120 extra supply kits, and provided 3,046 Passion Planners, 27,825 face masks and nearly 340,000 school supplies to better prepare students for success as they headed back to school this year. This year the school supply drive, which was held in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations, encouraged supporters to make monetary donations toward the cause online and in-store at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store location in San Diego County. Most notably, this year’s drive enabled SDCOE to fulfill 100 percent of all requests received. For more information, visit www.sdccu.com.
Family Halloween excitement is in full swing at SeaWorld San Diego. Join the daytime for Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. The marine park’s Halloween season is already off and running with costumes, candy, and plenty of spooky surprises. Along with amazing animals and attractions, your kids will love exploring our decorated trick-or-treat trail and showing their moves at a Halloween-themed dance party. Spooktacular is included with park admission.
Classics 4 Kids’ Gala on Sunday, Oct. 3rd from 2-5 p.m. at The Santa luz Club, 8170 Caminito Santa luz in Rancho Santa Fe will directly raise funds to support the nonprofit organization’s music education programs, including live orchestra concerts in spring 2022 at the historic Balboa Theatre, school assemblies, and interactive virtual “Meet & Greets” with a professional musician or conductor. Visit Classics4Kids.org for more information.
PADDLE FOR CLEAN WATER
Surfrider Foundation San Diego County’s 29th annual Paddle for Clean Water on Sunday, Oct. 3 is a massive group paddle around the Ocean Beach pier to show solidarity for the protection of our precious coastline. The entire surfing, paddling and beach-loving community is invited to join this free, family-friendly event. The Paddle kicks off at 9 a.m. with a 30-minute beach yoga session and free breakfast for paddlers, followed by live music from Iron Sage Wood and T. Rexico. The paddle will occur at 10:30 a.m, followed by a group photo, presentations from Surfrider leaders, and a prize drawing featuring a surfboard as grand prize. Guests can also visit booths hosted by Surfrider volunteers and event sponsors and partners Emcee is local radio personality and longtime Surfrider supporter, Chris Cantore.
LUCKY DUCK FOUNDATION
The Lucky Duck Foundation will deploy more than $2.4 million throughout the San Diego region to accelerate several initiatives designed to alleviate the suffering of homelessness. These investments were first announced at LDF’s “Swing & Soiree” fundraising event held at the Santaluz Club. LDF investments include $1 million to add more than 200 shelter beds in North County and South Bay in partnership with the San Diego Rescue Mission and $1 million to extend LDF’s region-wide employment and job training initiative. LDF also honored the late Fr. Joe Carroll, who served as special advisor to LDF’s board of directors, by creating the “Fr. Joe Hustler of the Year Award” to recognize an individual or organization who embodies his spirit and ability to help those experiencing homelessness. The inaugural recipient is Heather Fitzgerald, founder & executive director of the Youth Assistance Coalition. LDF provided a $250,000 contribution to YAC in Heather’s honor.
MIRACLE BABIES GALA
The 12th annual Miracle Babies gala, this year themed “La Fete Magnifique” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe. The annual gala will whisk guests away to a magical evening under the moon and stars. Guests will enjoy an evening of gourmet cuisine and libations, the chance to bid on spectacular live auction opportunities and will dance the night away at Club Rouge. Sandra Alavi and Selma Daniels will serve as the 2021 gala co-chairs and this year’s program will honor Dr. Edith Eger, bestselling author and Holocaust survivor, and healthcare hero Dr. John Lamberti, pediatric cardiovascular surgeon. Miracle Babies’ support allows mothers and babies to be together to breastfeed and enjoy skin-to-skin contact. This has the potential to make a lasting impact on the lives of babies in the NICU, their families, society, and possibly future generations. “La Fete Magnifique” guests will enjoy a hosted cocktail reception, seated dinner, live entertainment, a live auction, and nonstop dancing to live music. Tickets may be purchased at miraclebabiesgala.org.
OB CHALK DISPLAY
The @sidewalk_chalk_dad will be doing a live chalk display in front of Mad Munch Grilled Cheezer at 4871B Newport Ave. in Ocean Beach on Saturday, Oct. 2. When the pandemic hit, Mad Munch owners Zach Heinz and Kate Uhle stumbled upon the chalk artist’s Instagram page of his amazingly talented drawings in front of his OB residence. Come check it out.
Out of an abundance of caution, due to the uncertain and changing public health environment, the 26th Annual Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards, originally scheduled for Oct. 6,have been postponed until Thursday, April 28 at the San Diego Convention Center Terrace. The entire SDCTA Team is very excited about this fun event and look forward to seeing you in the spring. Registration is open and award nominations are being accepted so visit sdcta.org/the-goldens for all the details and to submit your nominations.
PHOTO EXHIBITS OPENING
An opening reception at the Museum of Photographic Arts at 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park, will be Saturday, Oct. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibits are "Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern" and "Beyond The Boundaries: Photographs by Norman Seeff." Siskind's "Mid Century Modern," photographs were made during the late 1940-50s when he interacted with major figures of mid-twentieth century painting. He led a transition from a documentary tradition associated with publications to an abstract mode designed to be hung on gallery walls.
In Norman Seeff's "Beyond The Boundaries", the work on exhibit is part of a larger donation of 47 Seeff photographs gifted by Hertz Lichtenstein Young & Polk, LLP, one of the largest holdings of his work to a museum. As a photographer, filmmaker and multimedia artist, Seeff focuses his camera on the artists and innovators who impact our culture today. His work seeks to create a visual dialogue with his subjects.
MOTOR CAR CLASSIC
La Jolla Concours d'Elegance has shifted gears this year due to COVID, and is hosting its annual motor car classic event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2 at Viejas Casino & Resort, 5000 Willows Road in Alpine. The free event is 21-plus only and will be held Oct. 1 from 6-10 p.m. and Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to the car show on Saturday as a spectator for free and enjoy some amazing cars, like the Spider Rosso Corsa. Be sure to stick around for the awards to see which of your favorite cars comes out on top! Indulge in a weekend of carefully curated experiences with our community of car enthusiasts.
Thursday, Sept. 23
OB PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The 23rd OB Pancake Breakfast this year is next to the pier at Veterans Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 7 a.m.-noon. There will be hourly seatings to respect social distancing. Links for more info here (https://fb.me/e/21fWiEo3M) tickets (https://2021pancakebreakfast.eventbrite.com).
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for kids under 12. There will be a raffle, music, pancakes, eggs, sausages, and fruit cups. As always, proceeds go towards the OB Food & Toy Drive. We are encouraging OB and Point Loma businesses to sponsor tables for $150.
POINT LOMA PLAYHOUSE
“Glorious!” A sparkling comedy based on the true story of the astronomical success of the worst singer in the world opens the Point Loma Playhouses’ new season. Starring Pati Reynolds, Robert Nickel, Raymond Lynch, Bobbi Randall, Gabriela Sosa and Maxine Levaren, Glorious is directed by Pati Reynolds and associate director Dena Mattox.
Play times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Remaining dates are Sept. 24, 25 and 26 and Oct. 1, 8 and 9 at Point Loma Playhouse, 3035 Talbot St. at the Point Loma Assembly.For more information, visit pointlomaplayhouse.com.
PLHS CROSS COUNTRY BOOSTERS
Point Loma High School Cross Country Boosters will next meet Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. in Room 454 of the high school. Boosters support the team and raise money to help pay for coaches, meet costs, the end-of-season banquet and other expenses. Main fundraisers each year are the Snap Raise email campaign and the Hungry Dog Dash, an annual community 5K in January. They are hoping to bring back the Hungry Dog Dash this year and will need everyone's support to make it happen. If you're interested, contact booster president Eric Leute at [email protected].
Now's the time to get your Loma Portal Elementary logowear order in to ensure you get the sizes and styles you want. This is the only time of year they do a pre-order, throughout the rest of the year they sell stock inventory only. All orders will be delivered early to mid-October. This is the time to stock up on all your Loma Portal goods to show school spirit. All proceeds go back to support the school. If you have any questions email Dain at [email protected].
OB BO-BEAU KITCHEN + BAR CLOSES
The Cohn Restaurant Group has announced the temporary closure of the original Bo-Beau Kitchen + Bar in Ocean Beach at 4996 W. Point Loma Blvd. "As we have continued to operate our little house in Ocean Beach through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come to realize that it is time to take a break and we will be doing just that starting on Sunday, Sept. 19,” said Cohn Restaurant Group. “We look forward to having you back in Ocean Beach as our guest in the near future."
A traffic circle construction and other improvements are in works for the intersection adjacent to the restaurant. The construction is expected to begin later this month through at least March 2022, and will include installation of sidewalks, driveways, curbs, gutters, asphalt paving, and a new roundabout at the intersection of West Point Loma Boulevard and Bacon Street, right where Bo-Beau is. During the closure, the Cohn Restaurant Group intends to expand the kitchen and dining space at Bo-Beau and perform other design improvements. For more information, visit cohnrestaurants.com/bobeaukitchenbar.
On Friday, Sept. 24, scores of San Diego students will hold school strikes ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference to demand public action on climate change, climate justice, and a #FossilFree future. High school and university students across San Diego county will strike from their schools to demand that the county set a goal for net-zero emissions by 2030 and center equity in their climate action plan.
Students from Point Loma High School will be participating in a climate strike being held Downtown at the County Administration Building, 1600 Pacific Highway, from 1-1:30 p.m., and then again at the San Diego Civic Center, 202 C St. from 1:50- 3 p.m. All strikes will feature colorful banners and posters, chants, and impassioned youth speakers. Info on all strikes at the San Diego Climate Strike website.
LJ PLAYHOUSE COFFEE
La Jolla Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley will talk to Charlayne Woodard, Tony-nominated artist, playwright and co-star of “The Garden,” on Friday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. for Coffee with the Playhouse where you can register. These morning chats are a way to connect with the playhouse virtually, every month as Ashley shares behind-the-scenes stories, interviews artists and previews what is new and next at the Playhouse.
Ashley will also talk about the two Playhouse-born Broadway productions he helmed for both their stage and streaming versions: “Come From Away” on Apple TV+ (now available for viewing) and “Diana: The Musical” (premiering on Netflix on Oct. 1). RSVP and you will be emailed a reminder at 9 a.m. the day-of.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS SERIES
Notable San Diego healthcare professionals will present the second series of Community Connections-San Diego, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 29, and each Wednesday thereafter through Nov. 17 from 5-6 p.m. These free lung health sessions aim to improve and protect the health of all San Diegans. Co-Hosts Dr. Timothy Morris, M.D. of UCSD Health and Tony Gwynn Jr. of the San Diego Padres, launched these informal gatherings in early 2021 to help guide San Diegans safely through COVID-19.
Community Connections sessions conveniently take place online and address helpful, and timely topics for families to get answers to pressing lung health issues. Topics include how to protect your lungs during wildfires, a healthy lung diet, minimizing COVID-19 risks on college campuses, and early detection screening to prevent lung cancer. For more information about weekly topics and to register for the series, please visit the American Lung Association website, Lung.org.
WOMEN ON WHEELS
On Sept. 26, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition invites the community to celebrate the achievements and power of women and non-binary cyclists during the organization’s Women+ on Wheels ride. The festive event includes a variety of rides throughout the day, as well as a women+ business exposition, activities and workshops. Riders of all genders, ages and skill levels are welcome to join in the celebration. Along with a 10-mile and a 25-mile road ride, cyclists are also encouraged to participate in two mountain biking events and an all-inclusive 3-mile family ride. Attendance will be limited to 225 riders. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.
IMMUNIZATION AT WALMART
Walmart’s quarterly Wellness Day on Saturday, Sept. 25 will turn into a special immunization event in more than 4,700 pharmacies across the country. Customers can walk in to receive a variety of immunizations from COVID-19 to flu to any of the others we offer. The company’s goal is to make this easy and convenient. Insurance is not required to receive your COVID-19 vaccination, which is available at no cost, and other vaccines are covered under most major insurance plans. Customers can find a free event near them at Walmart.com/wellnesshub.
VOSD SCHOOL GUIDE
With online school and other options soaring in demand, never have there been more questions about schools and the many choices parents have available to them. Voice of San Diego is proud to announce the publication of the 2021 edition of A Parent’s Guide to San Diego Schools. The print magazine, now in its fourth year of the publication, has exclusive analysis comparing schools by test scores indexed to income levels, teacher retention and more.
This year the guide includes articles about post-pandemic learning options and a list of private schools offering financial aid. But most importantly, every school in San Diego is listed with all available performance data – from test scores to chronic absenteeism. This year VOSD added a new measurement. With help from the Center for Research and Evaluation at UC San Diego Extension VOSD developed an index of how well schools performed above or below what they would be expected given the level of poverty of their students. It provides a remarkable window into schools over performing their circumstances and those that are under performing.
Published in English and Spanish, free copies are available through local public libraries, social service organizations and local preschools. See the website for a full list of distribution partners. It is also available at https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/schools-guide/.
GONZALEZ BILL SIGNED
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 506 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) into law, which mandates background checks and child abuse prevention training for all staff and regular volunteers of youth service organizations. “As a parent, I want to know that my kids are in a safe environment when they’re part of a youth service organization,” Gonzalez said. “This is a commonsense bill to make sure the adults entrusted with caring for children receive the proper background checks and training on what to look for to spot any signs of sexual abuse early on. These safeguards will help root out child abusers from serving in these organizations and better protect our kids.”
Under AB 506, youth service organizations will now be required to implement a policy of having a minimum of two mandated reporters present when staff or volunteers are working directly with children, to the extent it’s feasible. AB 506 establishes additional child abuse prevention policies, including requiring any adult volunteering more than 16 hours in a month or 32 hours in a year to complete a training in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect.
PLANNERS SEEK STUDENT LIAISONS
Peninsula Community Planning Board’s Environmental Subcommittee has two positions open to high school students residing in or attending school in the Point Loma District 2 area. Applicants must commit to attending six monthly board meetings. Students will gain experience in a civil leadership role, and may be given a letter of recommendation at the end of the six-month term. The application is located at pcpb.net. Email completed applications to [email protected] by Sept. 30. The mandatory first meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. A zoom link will be emailed to all applicants.
SD FOODIE EVENT
Kick off this fall with Good Times & Great Flavors as San Diego Restaurant Week enhances SD’s thriving culinary culture yet again from Sunday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 3. Join in as talented chefs dish out their most delectable menu offerings. San Diego Restaurant Week encourages “Restaurant Week Your Way” by creating dynamic meal options and flexibility for the diner. Create your perfect palate with personalized menu options from your favorite participating San Diego eateries. Choose between your combinations of entrée, appetizer, drink, and/or dessert to create your own customized, one-of-a-kind Restaurant Week experience. Tickets are not necessary for this delectable week of discounted dining, but reservations are recommended. Visit SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com for more information.
PUMPKIN PATCHES RETURN
Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch will open for the season with last year’s amenities including online ordering, delivery and curbside pick-up plus fun games and activities for all ages. Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch offers free parking and admission at all patches. Each patch also offers an exclusive Jack O’Pass that includes unlimited access to all games and activities, one mini pumpkin and one session of pumpkin decorating. The two locations in San Diego are at 6710 La Jolla Blvd. and 3190 Mission Blvd. Visit their website to see which games and activities are available at each location. All staff and guests will be required to wear masks, there will be sanitization stations throughout the patch and a designated on site cleaning staff to sanitize thoroughly. Along with bringing the perfect pumpkin to your door, decorating kits and carving kits will be available to order as well.
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation has announced the appointment of its new vice chair of inclusive growth, Lisette Islas. With more than 20 years of experience working in community development and philanthropy at leading, local organizations, Islas is passionate about helping under served communities be more prosperous and civically engaged. In her new role, Islas will ensure alignment between EDC programmatic and governance decisions, and track progress toward the inclusive growth goals reported annually at a community event.
“Unanimously approved by the board of directors, EDC is proud to welcome Lisette as our first vice chair of inclusive growth. With a career grounded in inclusion and community, she is the perfect person for the job – prioritizing programs that ensure an economic recovery that affords all San Diegans opportunities,” said Julian Parra, region executive at Bank of America and EDC board chair.
PINK TEA AT THE PINK LADY
This October, La Valencia Hotel will celebrate the “power of pink” by honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its first Pink Tea, the “Pink Lady” signature champagne cocktail and an exclusive room package. All month long the offerings will benefit Susan G. Komen San Diego, to help fund critical breast cancer research to prevent and cure breast cancer, as well as community support and resources. Celebrate survivorship and honor and remember loved ones at La Valencia’s Pink Tea, a special take on the award-winning signature offering. Enjoy classic finger sandwiches, pink homemade sweets, scones, plus a glass of brut rosé. Pink attire is strongly encouraged! 10% of proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen San Diego. Sip La Valencia’s signature “Pink Lady” champagne cocktail ($17), made with Glendalough Rose Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liquor, J. Laurens Brut Rose, and Lemon, and $1 will benefit Susan G. Komen San Diego. Available at both La Sala and The Med.
Thursday, Sept. 16
COASTAL CLEANUP DAY IN SAN DIEGO
International Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County is 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. Free online volunteer registration available at CleanUpDay.org. All volunteers must register to participate and complete the online litter survey to be counted in the global results. Nearly 6,000 registered volunteers are expected to participate in cleanups within their own neighborhoods and in groups at over one hundred litter hotspots. The event is officially produced by I Love A Clean San Diego County and is the largest annual environmental cleanup in the region.
Since the event’s inception in 1985, over 269,000 volunteers in San Diego County have removed more than 5.4 million pounds of litter and debris from local communities. Despite the effects of the pandemic in 2020, San Diego County stood out. The region’s effort accounted for one percent of international litter totals, nearly six percent of the national totals and 20 percent of California’s results.
MISS EARTH USA TO LEAD CLEAN-UPS IN PB AND LA JOLLA
Miss Earth USA Marisa Butler will help lead the clean-up of Rose Creek Bike Path in PB at 8 a.m. and La Jolla Cove after during World Clean Up Day on Sept. 18. Butler also conducts weekly clean-up events via her nonprofit organization We Clean Trails. “This year, we will be tackling Rose Creek, where we have removed between 700-1,000 pounds of litter in the past. We will also be teaming up with the San Diego Seal Society to assist them in a cleanup at La Jolla Cove,” said Butler.
“World Clean Up day is a global initiative combating litter and marine derbies. Each year, an estimated 8 million tons of litter ends up in the ocean worldwide. That’s the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world. Sept. 18 will be about limiting this impact globally,” Butler said.
CAMPLAND ON THE BAY CITED
Campland on the Bay and Mission Bay RV Resort have been reportedly slapped with a fine exceeding a quarter million dollars by the California Coastal Commission in penalties over public access. Coastal Commission chief enforcement officer Lisa Haage said Campland had signs posted indicating private use only, that the area was strictly for paying guests, and that their website promoted their property as if it were a private luxurious beach.
According to KGTV Channel 10, a deal has been struck for Campland on the Bay and Mission Bay RV Resort to pay $750,000 for free summer camps for under privileged youth. As part of the settlement, penalties are to include providing new public toilets, electric-vehicle charging stations, and removal of all signage or fencing that make the beaches look private. The parks have been directed by the Coastal Commission to return with a plan in 60 days for implementing the ordered changes, which are to take effect immediately.
“Campland on the Bay and Mission Bay RV Resort provide the most affordable coastal accommodations in the area, having served as conscientious stewards of public access and the surrounding environment for over 50 years in Mission Bay,” said Jacob Gelfand, vice president, operations for Terra Vista Management, Inc., which operates Campland. “The unprecedented package of public benefits offered by Campland on the Bay and Mission Bay RV Resort, including free camping for under served youth, reflects our longstanding mission to facilitate access to coastal recreation in so many forms.”
Added Gelfand: “These public benefits will also complement our plans to clean up of De Anza Cove, which the staff of the Coastal Commission previously recommended for approval. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the City, the Coastal Commission and its staff, and the local community to make these beloved destinations even more enjoyable for campers and the general public, as the need for waterfront camping and coastal recreation has never been greater in the wake of the pandemic.”
MISSION BEACH CRIME
District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell has responded to a recent surge in criminal activity in Mission Beach. “I am alarmed by the spike in crime in Mission Beach over the past few months,” Campbell said in a release. “Since June 1, the San Diego Police Department has arrested 30 people in the area. Officers have confiscated 35 guns, some of them ghost guns. This criminal activity is simply unacceptable. People should not have to fear for their safety when enjoying our beaches.”
Added Campbell, “To combat this problem, SDPD will increase their presence in the area and the City will enhance lighting near Belmont Park. I will continue to work with SDPD Chief Nisleit and Mayor Todd Gloria to do whatever I can to make the beach area safer for residents, businesses and visitors.”
SUPPORT PB BEAUTIFICATION
The PB Town Council is working with San Diego artist Rob Tobin to beautify the Rec Center with mosaic murals, part of an overall improvement project to update the space inside and out. Mosaics are being created on surfboards donated by the community, which will be permanently mounted on the outer walls of the Rec Center. The mural will be the centerpiece of the PB Recreation Center Surf Garden, an attractive re-vegetation of the area with a water-restricted landscape design.
This project is entirely funded by contributions from the community, residents, civic groups and businesses. Please consider a tile sponsorship or donation. Your customized tile will be displayed permanently on the wall. Every dollar is tax deductible and goes to the Rec Center. Visit pbtowncouncil.org for more detail on this project or to make a donation. Any amount helps.
The public is invited to attend Pacific Beach Town Council’s 39th annual Police and Emergency Services Appreciation Night, a community picnic honoring first responders sponsored by Pacific Beach Town Council. The event will be Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Rotary Pavilion, 3700 Corona Oriente Road in North Crown Point Shores. This year, San Diego Lifeguards will be honored. Tickets are $5 for adults. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the event for $10, call 858- 483-6666.
LJ POP-UP ART GALLERY
Krista Schumacher has opened an art gallery in the heart of La Jolla at 1113 Wall St. Gallery business hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. This pop-up gallery will end on Jan. 31, 2022. Visit kristaschumacherart.com for more information.
PB LIBRARY OPEN
The Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library at 4275 Cass St. is currently open for limited in-person services. Those include item checkout, computer usage, printing, holds pickup, reference, browsing and library account assistance. Wear a mask when inside the building, and enter through the Cass Street entrance (door that faces west), Hours of service are Mondays-Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays closed. For all of the latest information about library services, visit sandiego.gov/public-library/in-person-library-services.
LJ KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The club’s annual pancake breakfast will return for its 57th year on Saturday, Sept. 18 outdoors from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. Tickets are $15, which includes buffet-style unlimited pancakes and sausages along with orange juice and coffee. Children 10 and under admitted free with a paid adult. The event includes a disc jockey and an inflatable play structure and pony rides for kids.
Tickets can also be purchased for raffle prizes and guests can bid on auction items like a two-night stay at the Inn by the Sea at La Jolla, gift cards for dental services and Botox at local clinics. The fundraising event benefits La Jolla Kiwanis Club’s grants to needy local and youth-oriented groups such as La Jolla High School and the San Diego Humane Society.
VOIGT DRIVE BRIDGE REOPENED
The Voigt Drive Bridge has reopened. A full closure of the bridge went into effect in October 2020 for crews to widen the bridge and make improvements to UC San Diego sidewalks. These efforts are part of the Voigt Drive Improvements project, a Caltrans effort being constructed by SANDAG, the region’s transportation planning agency. The Voigt Drive Improvements project is being constructed concurrently with the Mid-Coast Trolley Extension and is expected to be completed this fall. The project will improve traffic flow near the future UC San Diego Health La Jolla Trolley Station.
PIER WALKS RETURN
It’s been more than a year and a half since Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has held any of its outdoor adventures, but that will change this fall when the aquarium hosts a series of Sunset Pier Walks. Guests will join Birch Aquarium naturalists on an exclusive walking tour of the Ellen Browning Scripps Pier — which is normally closed to the public — and learn about research conducted at Scripps Oceanography through interactive experiences including a plankton investigation, squid dissection, and more.
Pier Walks are priced per group of up to six people and are $135 for members, and $150 for the public. Guests must be ages 9-plus and minors must be accompanied by a paid adult. Face coverings are still required during Sunset Pier Walks for all guests, regardless of vaccination status. Visit aquarium.ucsd.edu for more information.
UC SAN DIEGO RANKED THIRD
The University of California San Diego has been ranked third among the nation’s top public colleges, according to the Forbes 2021 list of America’s Top Colleges. UC San Diego was No. 15 out of the complete list of 600 four-year private and public colleges in the country. After suspending the annual ranking in 2020, Forbes has returned with a revamped methodology that digs deeper into measures of accessibility.
FIDO FIESTA ISLAND CLEAN-UP
Join Fiesta Island Dog Owners for a volunteer clean-up, organized with I Love a Clean San Diego, at the Fiesta Island fenced dog park on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with set-up at 9 a.m.
Volunteers are being asked to help with setup/take down and to help sign-up people at the tables and gates. A raffle with dog-friendly items will take place back at the tables beginning at 10:30 a.m.
PREBYS CANCER CENTER OPENED
A new comprehensive cancer care facility has opened its doors to serve patients from central and south San Diego County. Prebys Cancer Center, located on the campus of Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, is part of Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, a clinically integrated cancer care program that treats patients throughout San Diego County. The $59 million Prebys Cancer Center is the second of two regional cancer hubs offered as part of the partnership between Scripps Health and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The other hub, located on the Torrey Pines Mesa, serves the northern region.
The new outpatient center will offer a wide range of advanced cancer treatments and patient support services. The 40,000-square-foot, four-story facility is named for the late Conrad Prebys, who earlier donated $25 million to support the facility and an endowed medical director position at Scripps MD Anderson.
FEDERAL PRESCRIPTION BILL
Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05) have introduced the Reduced Costs and Continued Cures Act to lower patients’ prescription drug costs. The plan is the first ever to cap out-of-pocket costs for seniors, addresses loopholes in the health care system and provides the most generous benefits to the poorest Americans. “Nobody should have to choose between putting food on the table and filling a prescription. Our plan will drastically lower out-of-pocket drug costs for consumers, as Democrats have promised, while we preserve American jobs and investment in future innovation,” said Peters. “The Reduced Costs and Continued Cures Act eliminates loopholes, promotes competition, and fights the exploitation of patients by placing fair checks on insurers, manufacturers and drug companies. I look forward to working with Congressman Schrader, our cosponsors, and others to make this happen.”
NONSTOP LONDON FLIGHTS
On Oct. 13, British Airways will resume service between London, England, United Kingdom via Heathrow Airport and San Diego International Airport. The year-round nonstop flights operate three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Flight BA272 will depart San Diego at 7 p.m. and arrive in London the next day at 1:25 p.m. Flight BA273 will depart London at 1:45 p.m. and arrive in San Diego at 4:55 p.m. All flight times are local. The resumption comes after British Airways was forced to suspend service in March 2020 due to COVID-19. The airline is the first carrier to resume nonstop service to Europe from San Diego. SAN has an on-site COVID-19 testing option through Carbon Health for travelers wanting to get tested before a trip. Appointments are required and there is a fee for tests. For more information, visit, carbonhealth.com/covid-19-travel-clearance.
FLEET SCIENCE EXHIBIT
The Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park has announced the Oct. 9 opening of “Mechanics Alive” featuring exhibits from the Cabaret Mechanical Theater. The engaging traveling exhibition gives visitors an up‐close look at a collection of wonderful automata. As visitors enter the curious world of Mechanics Alive, they are delighted with a fun-filled, interactive experience that combines science, technology, engineering, art and math. This exhibition explores small, surreal worlds through fantastical and amusing mechanical sculptures known as automata.
WOMENS’ FILM FESTIVAL
The eighth annual Women’s Film Festival of San Diego will be held Sept. 17-26. It is the region’s premiere event for women-led and women-directed films where through screenings, virtual panels, welcome parties and networking engagements, WFFSD attendees come to honor a diverse spectrum of female talent both on and off screen. A glittering lineup of films by established and emerging women filmmakers reflect the diverse, lived experiences of women in our community. Join us in celebrating women in film. Stream all films for $15 or one film for $5. Purchase Festival Pass
STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH
Amid continued concern about the impact of COVID-19 on youth mental health, the State Legislature has approved bipartisan legislation that enables educators in California to better identify and address student mental health concerns. Authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), the measure is the culmination of several years of effort by parents, educators, and mental health professionals, and now heads to Gov. Newsom’s desk, where it must be signed or vetoed by Oct. 10.
Known as Assembly Bill (AB) 309, the measure would require the California Department of Education to create a model mental health referral protocol for use by schools across California. These protocols would provide guidance to help educators better identify students with mental health needs and quickly and efficiently connect them with appropriate services. The bill is supported by a broad coalition of leading advocacy organizations including the California State Parent Teacher Association, the California Teachers Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
PUBLIC LIBRARY SERIES
The San Diego Public Library this month kicks off a series of programs centered around the life and legacy of Clara E. Breed. “The Rebellious Miss Breed: San Diego Public Library & the Japanese American Incarceration” includes exhibits, films, performances, book discussions and author talks.
Clara Breed is best known for advocating on behalf of the hundreds of Japanese-American families incarcerated during World War II. While working as a children’s librarian, she exchanged letters with dozens of young Japanese-Americans, sending them books and messages of encouragement. During her 25 years as head librarian, she expanded the City’s library system, promoted youth services and encouraged libraries to build multicultural collections. From Sept. 18 to Jan. 30, 2022, the San Diego Central Library Gallery will host the exhibition. For a full list of events and programs, visit the library’s “Rebellious Miss Breed” web page.
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER LAWSUIT
Dr. Nicholas Yphantides, former San Diego County Chief Medical Officer, has filed a lawsuit against the County of San Diego alleging he was discriminated against and wrongfully fired after taking a four-week medical leave of absence at his doctor’s recommendation due to the strain and stress of his duties handling the county's COVID-19 response. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages to cover lost wages and benefits, emotional distress, and attorneys' fees, as well as an injunction prohibiting the county “from continuing to engage in unlawful practices.”
KIDS FREE MONTH
Ocean Park Inn, at 710 Grand Ave. is offering kids free month in October. Ocean Park Inn is offering 15% off for parents who book an extended stay of three nights or more. The kid-friendly boutique property will also welcome kids with a welcome goodie bag to enjoy throughout their stay. The newly reimagined Ocean Park Inn, located along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, is the place for a family to enjoy mid-century vibes and an oceanfront vacation. Soak up the sun at the pool overlooking the ocean, or hang loose on the beach accessed via the hotel’s private entrance. Dozens of vibrant restaurants, including some of the city’s best tacos, casual eateries, and shops are within walking distance from the hotel.
ADU AMENDMENTS PROPOSED
Ninth District Council member Sean Elo-Rivera has proposed amendments to the City of San Diego’s municipal code on accessory dwelling units (ADUs), which are smaller homes built on single-family home lots. Recommendations include: Increased Affordability — Strengthen affordability requirements so low-income households can afford to live in ADUs built in high opportunity neighborhoods; Environmental Action – Take steps to address San Diego’s most significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging transit use through smart density; Infrastructure Investments — Pursue funding available to cities that remove barriers to affordable housing in high opportunity areas; and Speculation Mitigation — Provide incentives for local homeowners to build ADUs that do not unintentionally fuel corporate investors from buying up housing stock and increase accountability for irresponsible and exploitative property owners.
“I believe housing is a human right. Unfortunately, after decades of insufficient housing construction, more and more San Diegans are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. A range of options, including multifamily homes, single-family homes, and ADUs, must be built if we are to be successful in the fight for housing for all,” said Elo-Rivera. “I support ADUs as a piece of our housing puzzle, I support affordability, and I support clean and healthy neighborhoods for all."
SCHOOL PANTRY PROGRAM
Feeding San Diego has received a $100,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation’s Healthier Kids For Our Future grant program, as part of a five-year, $25 million global initiative. The funds will go directly towards the organization’s School Pantry program which alleviates child hunger by providing free, nutritious food to children, youth, and their families at their schools, ensuring consistent, reliable access to healthy food in convenient locations where they are already comfortable.
Feeding San Diego’s School Pantry program is a proven program, run in partnership with local school districts, that leads to improved health, well-being, food security, and school-readiness for children while alleviating stress and improving health for the parents. Since its launch in 2019, Healthier Kids For Our Future has awarded nearly $12 million in grants to nonprofit organizations working to reduce childhood hunger and improve mental health in the country's youth.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The San Diego Workforce Partnership has announced the appointment of three new board members to the Workforce Development Board: Risa Baron, manager of republic services, Brigette Browning, executive secretary treasurer, San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Labor Council, Jeremy Vellón, military program manager for Amazon Workforce Staffing. For more on Workforce Partnership governance, visit workforce.org/boards.
MISSION FED ARTWALK
The 37th annual Mission Fed ArtWalk weekend-long premier arts and culture event is returning to the streets of Little Italy on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3. The largest and longest running arts festival in Southern California showcases every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry and more. Additionally, this year’s event will feature an art guitar auction benefitting ArtReach San Diego with designs by Jason Mraz and Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 and Angels & Airwaves, as well as several well-known artists based here in San Diego.
LJ CAR CLASSIC AT VIEJAS
The Motor Car Classic, presented by the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, will debut Oct. 1-2 at the luxe Viejas Casino & Resort and is free. This innovative, expanded automotive spectacular has been designed to entice and inspire all-around automotive enthusiasts, new and old automobile lovers alike, and folks of all ages to enjoy an upscale, immersive weekend and become a part of a timeless San Diego tradition. The main attraction starts on Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. Attendees will be treated to a collection of 125 museum-quality pieces of automobile history. For more information on the event and to access discounted room rates, visit www.lajollaconcours.com/motor-car-classic/.
Monday, Sept. 13
SALSA ON THE BEACH
Salsa on the Beach on Saturday, Sept. 25, 4-8:15 p.m. 3020 Ocean Front Walk. Free dancing. Free parking. Family friendly. There will be salsa, cha cha, and bachata music being played. 6:30 p.m. September birthdays dance. 6:40 p.m. group photo.
NEW POINT LOMA MEXICAN RESTAURANT
The owners of Oaxaca-inspired Mexican restaurant Cocina De Barrio, which opened its flagship location in Hillcrest in 2019, will soon open a new outpost in Point Loma. In November 2019, executive chef and co-owner of Cocina de Barrio Jose J. Flores teamed up with Swami's Cafe founder Jaime Osuna to open the first Cocina de Barrio restaurant in Hillcrest. In its nearly two year tenure, the all-day eatery has received rave reviews for its menu of Oaxacan-style Mexican cuisine.
A new Cocina de Barrio is in the process of being installed at the space that last housed a Swami's Cafe on West Point Loma Boulevard in the Midway area. Expect the same menu as the Hillcrest location, featuring daily brunch offerings, tlayudas "Oaxacan pizza," enfrijoladas fried tortillas, tacos on hand-pressed tortillas, tamales, and a multitude of moles, as well as a full mezcal bar with cocktails, beer, Micheladas and wine. Cocina De Barrio is expected to open this October at 3924 W Point Loma Blvd. For more information, visit cocinadebarriohillcrest.com.
WEST MISSION BAY DRIVE BRIDGE
Installations of cast-in-drilled-hole piles and concrete pours for the columns on the southside of the new southbound bridge occurred throughout August. Tentatively scheduled to take place at the southside abutment, concrete pours for the pins and footing of the structure will occur in early September. Falsework of the new southbound bridge is expected to take place near the end of September and will mark a major milestone for the project as the form of the second bridge becomes recognizable. Hours and days of operation are Mondays to Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with modified hours for specific items of work. Occasional night hours between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The West Mission Bay Drive Bridge Replacement Project replaces the existing four-lane West Mission Bay Drive Bridge, built in the early 1950s, with two separate three-lane structures, providing an improved transportation link across the San Diego River. Key improvements to the new bridge include: two new parallel bridge structures with three lanes in each direction; a bike path on both bridges; and roadway widening and improvements along Sports Arena Boulevard, West Mission Bay Drive and the westbound I-8 off-ramp. The project is expected to be complete in mid-2022.
WALK FOR SOBRIETY
McAlister Institute will hold its ninth annual 5K Walk for Sobriety on Saturday, Sept. 25 at NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road. The community is invited to join the organization and its supporters for a fun and uplifting celebration that brings help and hope to thousands of individuals and families impacted by addiction. The signature event will also feature a Recovery and Community Resource Fair, silent auctions, raffles, and games, music, and a fitness dance warm up before the walk.
Participating walkers are encouraged to show why sobriety is worth celebrating by wearing the number of days that they have been clean and sober and what it means to them or share why they are a supporter and wear the number of days of sobriety of a loved one. For more information and to register visit, walkforsobriety.com.
“Our Walk for Sobriety celebrates a clean and sober lifestyle and honors ouryears ofserving the San Diego community,” said Jeanne McAlister, founder and CEO of McAlister Institute. “Each of us at McAlister Institute are dedicated to helping individuals regain their lives by supporting the recovery process. Each success story begins with a single day of sobriety and this Walk is an opportunity to celebrate that journey.”
HARVEST FOR HOPE
The Emilio Nares Foundation is holding the 18th annual Harvest for Hope Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser featuring some of California’s tastiest bites and sips. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 2-5 p.m. at Coasterra at 880 Harbor Island Drive. All of Harvest for Hope’s proceeds go toward ENF’s free programs for low-income families whose children are battling cancer. ENF has raised $100,000 so far. Attendees will be wined and dined by some of California’s best breweries, wineries and restaurants showcasing a wide assortment of cuisines.
POINT LOMA PLAYHOUSE
“Glorious!” A comedy based on the true story of the astronomical success of the worst singer in the world opens the Point Loma Playhouses’ new season and will be performing from Sept. 17 to Oct. 9 at 3035 Talbot St. The play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in a hilarious and heartwarming comedy.
The play stars Pati Reynolds, Robert Nickel, Raymond Lynch, Bobbi Randall, Gabriela Sosa, and Maxine Levaren, and is directed by Pati Reynolds with associate director Dena Mattox. Dates of shows are Sept. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, Oct. 1, 8, 9. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 3 p.m.
BIRD E-BIKES ROLL INTO SAN DIEGO
This September, San Diego becomes one of the first cities in the world to launch Bird’s brand new fleet of shared e-assist bikes. The launch comes as part of Bird’s exclusive micro-electric mobility partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU). Together with their scooters, the shared Bird Bikes will be available to help SDSU’s 34,000 students as well as hundreds of staff and faculty members navigate the beautiful 280-acre campus without needing to rely on gas-powered cars.
The new, shared e-assist bikes come with safety and sustainability features including dual hand brakes, advanced onboard diagnostics, aerospace-grade aluminum alloy framing and a maximum range of 56 miles on a single battery charge. SDSU students will have access to reduced prices for unlocks on campus as well as a host of incentives for riding responsibly including Helmet Selfie and automatic ride credits for proper parking.
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City Attorney Mara W. Elliott announced that 15 criminal charges have been filed against a San Diego man suspected of trafficking illegal items crafted from the ivory of elephants in defiance of California law. The investigation began when officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife spotted advertisements online offering items for sale that appeared to be made of ivory. Undercover wildlife officers contacted the seller and eventually arranged to meet him in person.
In two separate incidents, Stephen Shu Wang sold thousands of dollars’ worth of ivory to an undercover wildlife officer. The investigation culminated in Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel executing a search warrant at Wang’s home and seizing hundreds of pieces of ivory. The items intended for sale included ivory chess sets, sections of carved elephant tusk, and a wooden room divider constructed with ivory panels.
“Ivory trafficking is a despicable business that perpetuates the brutal slaughter of elephants,” Elliott said. “If you are in possession of ivory, it is illegal to sell it, and there are consequences for breaking the law. I thank our partner, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, for prioritizing the prosecution of those who profit from the illegal ivory trade.”
A first-time violation of this law is a misdemeanor, subject to criminal penalties of up to a year in jail and fines up to $40,000 per count, depending upon the value of the items. A law banning the sale of nearly all ivory in the state of California took effect on July 1, 2016.
FREE CHIPS & GUAC
On Thursday, Sept. 16, Rubio’s is celebrating National Guacamole Day by giving out free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt. Guests can use the coupon rubios.com/coupons/national-guacamole-day in restaurants across California.
HOMES FOR DOGS ADOPTION EVENT
As part of Coldwell Banker Realty’s Homes for Dogs Project, Patrick Cohen, Susi Besenbruch and Rissa Edwards, agents affiliated with the Pacific Beach and Point Loma offices of Coldwell Banker Realty, are partnering with Viva Rescue and San Diego Humane Society to host a Homes for Dogs adoption event on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at the Pacific Beach office of Coldwell Banker Realty, located at 4090 Mission Blvd. From Tuesday, Sept. 14 to Thursday, Sept. 30, the Pacific Beach office of Coldwell Banker Realty will also be accepting pet supply donations during regular business hours. To learn more about Coldwell Banker Realty’s Homes for Dogs Project, visit blog.coldwellbanker.com/homes-for-dogs.
SD LOYAL LAUNCHES INITIATIVE
San Diego Loyal SC, and presenting partner Quidel, announced the launch of its newest initiative, 18/86, in efforts to connect with San Diego’s 18 cities and 86 neighborhoods. Beginning this month and extending indefinitely, the club plans to pick a new city or neighborhood during their seasons to host a week of activities in efforts to engage with fans, raise awareness about communities and bring neighborhoods together. Activities include practices at local fields, team lunches at local restaurants, volunteer efforts, community events and unique ways to highlight local small businesses. The week will end in celebration of that city or neighborhood at one of SD Loyal’s home matches.
The 75th anniversary of the San Diego Genealogical Society will be Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This Zoom webinar will have special guest speakers Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist and CeCe Moore, The DNA Detective. They will each present two topics.
Judy G.Russell: Session 1: Making a Federal Case Out of It; Session 2: Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War.
CeCe Moore: Session 3: Genetic Genealogy Case Studies from the PBS Television Series “Finding Your Roots.” Session 4: The Power of Investigative Genetic Genealogy to Solve Cold Cases and Identify John and Jane Does.
To join in this celebration. You will need to be a member in good standing at the time of this event. For more information go to casdgs.org and click on 75th anniversary program.
Chef Franck Tasic brings years of luxury hotel culinary experience to his role as executive chef for the InterContinental Hotel in San Diego where he oversees the hotel’s signature restaurants Garibaldi and Vistal, and outdoor lounge Layover. Most recently coming from the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, Tasic served as executive chef for over six years and managed the operations of the entire culinary department. Hailing from France, Tasic’s cooking style blends traditional French cooking techniques with a more modern California approach, highlighting second to none seasonal produce and ingredients. He began working in the culinary industry at age 17 alongside his father, who is also a French chef, and continued to learn the art of french cooking in his father’s restaurant while attending fine art school in Florida. Although Tasic has lived in three different states, San Diego is where he feels most at home. He enjoys the weather, proximity to Mexico, and the food scene.
FAT FISH CLOSES
After a decade serving Mexican fare in Pacific Beach, Fat Fish Cantina Grill permanently closed Sept. 7. "We'd like to take this time to thank each and every one of you who dined with us,” said Fat Fish Cantina Grill's Instagram page. “It has been one hell of a ride. If you find yourself missing us after we've gone, head to our sister restaurant World Famous Pacific Beach."
Fat Fish Cantina Grill was opened in 2011 on the same block as Crystal Pier. The Mexican restaurant was popular for its Taco Tuesday specials and Monday lobster nights. The restaurant was owned by Austria-native Dieter May, who also has operated nearby World Famous oceanfront restaurant on the Pacific Beach boardwalk since 1994.
SD BLOOD BANK
San Diego Blood Bank is issuing an urgent call for blood donations, as mobile blood drives are being canceled due to concern over increased COVID-19 cases amid the Delta variant. Over 50 SDBB mobile blood drives have been canceled since the beginning of August. In addition to facing a new surge of COVID-19, SDBB is preparing to help blood centers like The Blood Center in New Orleans, which anticipates the need for blood next week as hospitals in the area ramp back up in the wake of hurricane Ida. To date, SDBB has a three-day or less supply of most blood types on the shelves. A 7-10-day supply is considered ample. To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 1-800-4-MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).
VOIGT DRIVE BRIDGE REOPENED
The Voigt Drive Bridge has reopened. A full closure of the bridge went into effect in October 2020 for crews to widen the bridge and make improvements to UC San Diego sidewalks. These efforts are part of the Voigt Drive Improvements project, a Caltrans effort being constructed by SANDAG, the region’s transportation planning agency. The Voigt Drive Improvements project is being constructed concurrently with the Mid-Coast Trolley Extension and is expected to be completed this fall. The project will improve traffic flow near the future UC San Diego Health La Jolla Trolley Station.
FEEDING SD GRANT
Feeding San Diego is a recipient of a $100,000 grant from The Conrad Prebys Foundation for its 2021 summer grant cycle. The funds will go toward the non-profit’s Feeding Kids initiative, specifically its School Pantry Program. This longstanding program, which is Feeding San Diego’s largest hunger-relief program for children, alleviates child hunger by providing free, nutritious food to children, youth, and their families at their schools. This ensures consistent, reliable access to healthy food on a dependable schedule at familiar locations. The School Pantry Program operates throughout San Diego County.
The awarded summer applicants reflect a balance between focus areas of personal interest to Conrad Prebys – including visual and performing arts, higher education, medical research, health care, youth development and animal conservation – and urgent needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Feeding San Diego’s grant falls under the youth development category, to help kids and their families who face hunger across San Diego County. Visit ConradPrebysFoundation.org, for more information on the School Pantry Program, visit feedingsandiego.org/feeding-kids.
CHEF DINNER SERIES
Kicked off in August, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa’s Local Chef Dinner Series features some of San Diego’s most beloved culinary talents. Next up on the calendar, is the Puesto team on Sept. 14 from 6-9 p.m. Inspired by travels throughout Mexico, award-winning tacos and celebrated craft cocktails, enjoy an evening with San Diego’s finest culinary talent. Join Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa for a special collaboration between Puesto’s culinary director Erik Aronow, executive chef Ian Tenzer and creative bar and spirits director Beau Du Bois alongside Estancia’s executive chef Vincent Savignano.
A playful evening set in the olive tree lined garden at Estancia, the dinner will feature a unique dining experience showcasing innovative Mexican flavors and local ingredients. Throughout the dinner, guests will enjoy a selection of chef-crafted courses, each paired with a curated cocktail or wine, while being presented with the thought and inspiration behind each dish and drink. Limited tickets are available for $150 and include this intimate food and beverage experience and complimentary valet parking. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Must be 21-plus and present valid ID at check-in.
NO VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS
In a recent study, published in the online edition of Breastfeeding Medicine, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that breastfeeding mothers who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination reported the same local or systemic symptoms as what has been previously reported in non-breastfeeding women, with no serious side effects in the breastfed infants.
“A mother’s first concern is the safety of her child,” said Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and professor in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science. “Our study, along with previous research, suggests the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not red flags for breastfeeding mothers and their infants.”
The results found that more than 85 percent of the 180 breastfeeding women in the study who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine reported temporary localized symptoms, such as pain, redness, swelling or itching at the injection site, and systemic side effects, including chills, muscle/body aches, fever and vomiting, with higher frequency following the second dose.
Additionally, following the second dose of vaccine, women who received the Moderna brand were significantly more likely to report symptoms. A small proportion of women following the first dose of either vaccine brand reported a reduction in milk supply, and significantly more women reported a reduction in milk supply following the second dose of Moderna.
SD REP LINEUP
San Diego Repertory Theatre has announced the lineup for its 2021/2022 season and return to in-person performance at the Lyceum Theatre. For its super-sized 46th season, San Diego REP invites audiences to go on a trip that flips “The Grapes of Wrath” on its head as the Joads head back to Oklahoma in “Mother Road”; to laugh their heads off with “She the People” by The Second City; to dive deep into the mystery and adventure of the 2015 Tony Award-winner for Best Play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”; to take a journey of self-discovery, with a hilarious surprise visitor in “The Great Khan”; to spend Passover with the Levi-Katz family in the JFest favorite “In Every Generation”; to dance the night away and find true love with a musical adaptation of “Twelfth Night”; to head for the stars on a hilarious intergalactic adventure penned by Playwright-in-Residence Herbert Siguenza, “Isaac Asimov Grand Master Funk”; and to finish the season with one of the biggest and best offerings San Diego REP has brought to the stage in its 46-year history, to be announced later. Season 46 tickets are currently available by subscription only and can be purchased by calling the box office at 619-544-1000.
HOME START HALLO-WINE FALL FESTIVAL
Home Start, a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency, will hold its 14th annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 3-6 p.m. The event will take place outdoors on the grounds of the Historic Burnham House in Balboa Park, located at 3565 Seventh Ave. This event is held every October in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and raises funds for the organization’s programs that provide critical assistance to vulnerable children and families in San Diego. Tickets are on sale at halowine.org.
TI AMO BRUNCH AT SCUDERIE ITALIA
Scuderie Italia, at 1525 Garnet Ave., has introduced a crafted brunch menu complete with savory dishes and breakfast beverages from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Created by executive chef Gabriella Titoto, new brunch menu items include polenta sandwich with sausage and cheese served with spinach and arugula salad; baked half potatoes stuffed with mushrooms and cheese served with steamed spinach; poached eggs and asparagus in parmesan cream; prosciutto filled and rolled with seasoned ricotta cheese and arugula; and focaccia bread with ham and two eggs.
Pizzaiolo Johncarlo Ferraiuolo has created new pizza selections for the brunch menu, including pizza Alsatian, topped with caramelized onions, pancetta, Gruyère cheese, mozzarella, thyme and extra virgin olive oil; bruschettone topped with prosciutto cotto, mushrooms, smoked mozzarella and arugula; and pizzetta caprese with basil, mozzarella, tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil.
LANDINI’S PIZZERIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL PEPPERONI DAY
Landini’s Pizzeria, located at 1827 India St. in Little Italy, and Liberty Market at Liberty Station, will dish up double pepperoni with a buy one, get one free pizza offering on National Pepperoni Pizza Day, available exclusively on Monday, Sept. 20. Landini’s Pizzeria will offer a free 18-inch pepperoni pizza with the purchase of another 18-inch pepperoni pie, priced at $19.50. In addition to the classic pepperoni-topped pie, Landini’s Pizzeria offers a variety of pizzas with pepperoni, including Sopranos Pie, topped with pepperoni, sausage and meatballs; La Picante Pie, served with no sauce and layered with ricotta cheese, pepperoni, jalapeños and pineapple; Ponte Vecchio, topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and olives; and more. More information is available at LandinisPizzeria.com.
Thursday, Sept. 2
PB BEACHFEST DOWNSIZED
Discover PB’s annual Pacific BeachFest will return Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., but the event is being downsized due to COVID. “BeachFest is being scaled down this year to only the 5K run and beach volleyball tournament,” said Sunny Lee, executive director for Discover PB, the business improvement district that holds the family friendly festival. “This is due to the pandemic causing indirect obstacles in the event industry that made it impossible to put on the full event.”
The free festival typically offers live music, action sports on the sand, a fish taco contest, and local artisan goods for sale, and is held along the boardwalk from Felspar to Thomas streets in Pacific Beach. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Beachfest, which draws more than 50,000 visitors annually. For more information, visit pacificbeachfest.org.
NEW DIVE COASTER TO OPEN NEXT SPRING
SeaWorld San Diego will be opening the dive coaster, Emperor, in March 2022. Joining other thrill rides at the park, Emperor will be the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.
Named after the world’s largest penguin, the new coaster will mimic this species’ amazing underwater diving ability. Climbing to 153 feet with feet dangling in the air, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop, accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour. Riders will also experience inversions, barrel rolls, Immelmann loop, hammerhead turn and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows. This is the first seating configuration of its kind in North America.
“Due to the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, the opening was delayed, we know this has been disappointing and we’d like to thank our guests for their patience for this long-awaited ride to open,” said John Dunlap, SeaWorld San Diego park president.
The OMBAC 27th annual Classic Longboard Surfing Contest will take place Sept. 18 from 8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the North Side of Crystal Pier.
TOURMALINE CLUB CLASSIC
The 11th annual Tourmaline Club Classic will take place Oct. 2-3. This two-day event is a coalition-sanctioned event whereby points are tallied for the best longboard clubs (and of course, bragging rights) up and down the California coast. Oftentimes, clubs from Hawaii, the East Coast, and Baja compete. The contest will have a range from Menehunes to 70-plus in men’s and women’s heats. There will be a paddle race as well along with DJs (The Bus Bros) spinning vinyl records and an elaborate raffle. More information at pacificbeachsurfclub.com.
TEAM PHUN ACQUIRES MIRUS AGENCY
Team Phun, a Pacific Beach-based branding and promotional products company at 5026 Cass St., announced the completion of the acquisition of Mirus Agency’s Experiential Marketing division. Team Phun is known for their unique blend of passionate team members, colorful brand imagery, and a desire to push the envelope in growth as evidenced by its acquisition of San Diego-based and woman-owned Mirus Agency’s nationally recognized experiential marketing division.
“Building innovative solutions for our clients is our number one priority,” says Team Phun partner Sean Burns. “Adding event support, retail activation, and experiential marketing services to our promotional products, fulfillment, and online store offering will allow our clients a one-stop solution.”
All existing staff, workflows, and service offerings will remain in place, allowing Team Phun immediate access to 47 new markets and hundreds of new employees. Find more information at teamphun.com.
PB HABIT BURGER
American fast casual chain The Habit Burger is opening a branch in the standalone building that last housed a taco shop on the corner of Grand Avenue and Cass Street in Pacific Beach. The restaurant offers a menu centered around charbroiled burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and fries.
Construction on the new Habit Burger will begin at the building that last housed Macho's Mexican Grill and several other taco shops before that. The Habit Burger is expected to open by year's end at 980 Grand Ave. For more information, visit habitburger.com.
CITY TACOS LABOR DAY
Enjoy the last hurrah of the summer season with a Labor Day special at City Tacos and its eatery at 4516 Mission Blvd. The taqueria, known for its innovative authentic taco recipes, will feature two tacos and a Mexican beer for $10, available all-day Monday, Sept. 6.
TASTE AT COVE POSTPONED
In the interest of hosting a quality 20th anniversary fundraiser, Taste at the Cove, tasteatthecove.com, has been delayed until May 26, 2022. This move is being made primarily due to the low staffing levels of restaurants. If anyone would like to pre-purchase a table for 2022, that would help. You can click here to sign up. If anyone is interested in donating, go to tasteatthecove.com.
GUARD CHANGES AT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The La Jolla Historical Society’s board of directors has appointed Lauren Lockhart to succeed executive director Heath Fox, who is retiring this fall. She started Aug. 30. Lockhart was arts manager for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority for eight years. While there, she helped curate permanent public art and establish rotating and performing arts offerings. Lockhart’s eager to help grow the local arts community and further the cause of the historical society moving forward.
FACE FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY IN LJ
The 15th anniversary event for the Face Foundation will be held outdoors at The Lot La Jolla at 7611 Fay Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Established in 2006, The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a nonprofit public charity, whose mission is to enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education. Based on established criteria, FACE provides financial grants to animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet's emergency or critical care. All proceeds will support saving pets and helping families.
BUCS CHEER CAMP
Mission Bay High School Bucs Cheer Camp will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at MBHS softball field, 2475 Grand Ave. The $25 cost includes a Future Buc shirt. Join them for the second annual Cheer Camp for Future Buc Night, which will be on Sept. 17. The cheerleaders will be leading activity booths, and will also be teaching cheers/routines for them to perform at the game on Sept. 17. The cheerleaders will also be providing a small snack.
SUMMER RACING SEASON ENDS
The last weekend of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer racing season is this Labor Day weekend. It will be the last time fans can see their favorite horses race at the iconic seaside racetrack this summer. Racing takes place Thursday through Sunday until closing day on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6. Fans have options to enjoy a day at the races from limited general admission, grandstand seating to trackside tables and dining. First post on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is at 1:30 p.m. and Friday at 4 pm.
URGENT CALL FOR BLOOD DONATIONS
San Diego Blood Bank is issuing an urgent call for blood donations, as mobile blood drives are being cancelled due to concern over increased COVID-19 cases amid the Delta variant. Over 50 SDBB mobile blood drives have been cancelled since the beginning of August. In addition to facing a new surge of COVID-19, SDBB is preparing to help blood centers like The Blood Center in New Orleans, which anticipates the need for blood next week as hospitals in the area ramp back up in the wake of hurricane Ida. To date, SDBB has a three-day or less supply of most blood types on the shelves. A 7–10-day supply is considered ample.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 1-800-4-MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).
NEW MTS PRONTO
Circulate San Diego has congratulated the Metropolitan Transit System for launching the PRONTO fare payment system. “Circulate San Diego has advocated for years to modernize our region’s fare payment options,” said Colin Parent, executive director and general counsel with Circulate San Diego. “We are very pleased that the new PRONTO system incorporates many of our recommendations, and will make transit more affordable and accessible.” PRONTO will replace the Compass Card and Cloud systems entirely, offering riders a better payment experience when choosing transit.
GREAT PUMPKIN BEER FEST
The legendary Seattle Great Pumpkin Beer Festival hits San Diego for a mischievous day of pumpkin-themed brews, live entertainment and more on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 3:25-10:25 p.m. At that time the streets of East Village will be transformed into a gourd-geous mecca of all things nonsensical as misfits unite to celebrate brews, boos and beats.
Enter to compete or take a seat on the bleachers to root for your bestie in the Gourd Games. These strong man-style games include; Pumpkin Throwing, Pumpkin Pole Climb, The Pumpkin Squat, Pumpkin Pie Eating, Pumpkin Seed Spitting, and more. Visit greatpumpkinbeerfestsd.com to get all of the details.
GUITARS FOR AUCTION
Bidding has begun for more than 30 custom Fender guitars designed by local artists as well as world-renowned musicians Jason Mraz and Tom DeLonge. Proceeds from this auction will benefit ArtReach San Diego, a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing equity in visual arts education in K-8 schools throughout San Diego County by delivering free or low cost workshops to schools that have no other resources for art. Guitars will also be on display during the 37th annual Mission Fed ArtWalk in Little Italy Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3. To bid on the guitars, click here.
Point Loma Playhouse is offering a stand-up comedy workshop Sept. 21-Oct. 30. This is a six-week intensive workshop and showcase. Directed by comedian Tony Calabrese, this workshop gives you all the tools you need to put together a bang-up comedy routine. Whether you are brand new to stand-up comedy or you would like to improve your act, this is the class for you. Learn how to write funny stuff. Learn how to deliver in front of an audience. Learn how to be a great public speaker. Workshops Tuesdays. Sept 21-Oct 26, 7-10 p.m. Showcase Saturday Oct 30 at 8 p.m. All workshop members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or must produce a negative test result, taken within 72 hours of the of the first scheduled class. Register at eventbrite.com/e/stand-up-comedy-workshop-showcase-with-tony-calabrese-tickets-166696502727.
NATIONAL FORESTS CLOSED
The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing all California National Forests due to wildfire risks. The closure takes place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m. Locally, the order affects Cleveland National Forest, which includes popular hikes to Cedar Creek Falls and Three Sisters Falls. Mt. Laguna Campground and trails are closed as well.
SAN DIEGO OPEN
Tickets are on sale for the $600,000 San Diego Open. The ATP 250-Level tournament is scheduled to be played Monday, Sept.27 through Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Barnes Tennis Center in Point Loma. Fans can purchase tickets at barnessdopen.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the tournament box office, which will be open daily from Thursday, Sept, 23 through Sunday, Oct. 3. The Box Office will be located at Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W Point Loma Blvd.
FISH SHOP DONATION
Fish Shop locations in Pacific Beach at 1775 Garnet Ave. and at 1110 Rosecrans St. in Point Loma have partnered with No Kid Hungry throughout September and October. For every bottle of Tribute, Imagery, and Cupcake wine sold on-premise, $1 will be donated the national campaign, which is run by Share Our Strength. Share our Strength is a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. The nonprofit launched No Kid Hungry in 2010, and as a child hunger organization, ending childhood hunger is their primary focus. Those interested in supporting the cause can donate through their website, host a fundraiser, or shop and dine at support partners, like Fish Shop.
SEALS DRAFT CATHOLIC ALUM
Reed Rezanka, a Cathedral Catholic High School alumnus was selected by his hometown team, the San Diego Seals, in the fifth round of the 2021 NLL Entry Draft. “This is crazy, a dream come true,” said Rezanka. “I’m so pumped and thankful for this opportunity. I can’t wait to get out there. I’m going to be ready for training camp.” Rezanka was a standout defenseman while playing on the San Diego Royals team that took home the National Collegiate Box Series national championship earlier this month.
DRAFT EIR OUT
The San Diego Association of Governments, the region’s transportation planning agency, has released the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2021 Regional Plan for public review and comment. This milestone will put the region another step forward in creating a transportation network that is faster, fairer, and cleaner for all – and you can help bring this vision to life. Comments are accepted through Oct. 11 during a 45-day public comment period. You can submit comments the following ways:
Email: [email protected] subject line “Regional Plan EIR.”
Phone: 619-699-1934, toll free 877-277-5736, and TTY 619-699-1904.
Mail: SANDAG Regional Plan EIR, 401 B St., Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101, C/O Kirsten Uchitel, Associate Planner.
The next quarterly Climate Hub webinar, “Invest in Yourself: Building a Better Transportation Future” will take place on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. The virtual discussion is about how to advocate for an equitable and sustainable transportation system in San Diego. Investing in a future where every San Diegan can choose to bike, walk, and roll is an investment in your health, the local economy, stopping the climate crisis, and more. Join us for a primer on everything you need to know to advocate for sustainable transportation.
ANIMAL EMERGENCY PLANNING
In honor of September being National Preparedness Month, San Diego Humane Society is urging all people who have animals to ensure they have an emergency plan in place for their pets and livestock. Whether an emergency occurs because of an illness, wildfire, earthquake or other disaster in San Diego County, planning ahead is the key to keeping you and your animals safe.
“San Diego is no stranger to disasters and we have our Emergency Response Team at the ready to help if needed,” said chief of humane law enforcement Bill Ganley. “But it starts with you at home. You can reduce the burden on first responders and protect your loved ones. Animals cannot fend for themselves and we don’t want anyone to be faced with the difficult decision to leave them behind because they didn’t prepare for an emergency.”
SDHS recommends preparing an emergency kit, practice transporting your pet, planning for large animals, make sure your pets wear identification, plan ahead, create a care tree detailing how sick pets will be cared for, learn pet first aid and know your vet. For more information, please visit sdhumane.org.
ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL
The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents its first screenings in-person since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Coming up in September: Volevo nascondermi (Hidden Away) at Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, Thursday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com/film/volevo-nascondermi.
Everyone working and attending SDIFF’s in-person screenings and indoor events must be vaccinated for COVID. Please see the complete COVID policy here: sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com/blogs/sdiff-2021-covid-19-information.
Friday, Aug. 27
PCPB BOARD SEEKS STUDENTS
The Peninsula Community Planning Board has established and approved two student liaisons to participate in board meetings and subcommittee meetings this fall. Applicants must submit applications before Sept. 30, and two applications will be pulled from a hat at the board’s environmental meeting on Oct. 13. Final approval will be at the main board meeting on Oct. 21, when the applicants who were selected will be announced. For more information email [email protected]
FAMOSA OPPOSITION HIRES COUNSEL
A community group has retained attorney Everett DeLano, the same lawyer fighting the implementation of Measure E, to represent them in opposing the City Council’s July 13 decision to enter into an agreement with Bridge Housing Corp. to design and determine the feasibility of building at least 78 affordable housing units in Famosa Canyon. The City Council authorized the San Diego Housing Commission to build affordable housing on the 5-acre parcel in Famosa Canyon in Point Loma, which is to include a $910,000 predevelopment loan for developer Bridge Housing Corp.
The affordable housing development has been a bone of contention for many months, with some community residents arguing for preserving the long-vacant site as open space/parkland.
Peninsula Realtor Robert Tripp Jackson feels the development is unworkable. “Just a bad location with the location and terrain,” he said. “This has been on the table since the early 1980’s. My office had the land in escrow in 1993 with a church that was interested and it failed. If enough push back happens to the project, and our economy cools down, that would be a combination for possible failure or serious compromise.”
But not all Peninsulans agree. “The Famosa property has been identified for development as affordable housing for years – perhaps decades,” said David Dick. “The project is inevitable. Due to the current housing affordability climate, time has only made it more inevitable. So, rather than try to block the project altogether, the Peninsula would be better-served if the focus was less on obstruction and more on making sure the project that gets built is the best possible addition to our community.”
ROCKY HORROR IN OB
Tickets are available through Sept. 18 at OB Playhouse for “The Rocky Horror Show Live.” The outrageous musical comedy features a Transylvanian transvestite, a cryogenically preserved zombie motor biker, and Frankenstein’s monster in Greek god form. This sexual parody of horror and science fiction films premiered onstage in London in 1973, becoming the popular cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in 1975. All patrons must wear masks and provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.
GROWLERS IN PLAYOFFS
The Growlers will take on the Dallas Roughnecks 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 in the West Division championship game at Mission Bay High School. The Growlers are in the playoffs and will take on the Roughnecks for the third time this season. For the 10-2 Growlers, it is their third straight season making the postseason, and second straight season reaching 10 wins. The 8-4 Roughnecks have won a division title every season they’ve been in the league, since their 2016 inception. The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to Championship Weekend 10, held in D.C.
SAN SALVADOR SAILS
Maritime Museum of San Diego announces the return of the popular four-hour day sail adventure experience aboard San Salvador, a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on Sept. 28, 1542. Unique to the experience is the opportunity to sail with an onboard historian to explain how San Salvador is sailed, navigated, and in the 16th century, was defended. Guests will learn of the ship’s history, connecting story to our Pacific heritage, and the impact of ships like Explorer Cabrillo’s San Salvador during the age of exploration. Tickets can be purchased in advance at sdmaritime.org/tickets/ or by calling 619-234-9153.
MEET THE PRIMES
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) will host eight virtual “Meet the Primes” events between Sept. 14 and 30. First introduced in 2015, “Meet the Primes” is a free annual event for the business community to connect with and learn from, the Airport Authority, the Airport Authority’s partners, San Diego’s small business support service centers, and public agencies. The “Meet the Primes” event and matchmaking sessions will be conducted via Zoom Sept. 14-16, 21 and 23, and 28-30. The event is free to businesses and registration is now open at sanmtp2021.eventbrite.com. For more information on the Airport Authority’s Small Business Development Program, visit san.org/smallbusiness.
Through its Small Business Development Department, the Airport Authority works towards maximizing small, local, veteran, and underrepresented business participation in contracts with the Airport Authority and its partners. Attendees will learn how to do business with the Airport Authority, how to apply for the Airport Authority’s Local Business Enterprise (LBE) certification, and subcontracting opportunities for the New T1 program.
CALL TO AID AFGHAN WOMEN
Lawyers Club of San Diego is calling on Congress to provide immediate support for Afghan women and others who have worked to advance democracy and human rights and who are in grave danger as the United States withdraws its military operations from Afghanistan and the Taliban takes control.
Lawyers Club, whose mission is to advance the status of women in the law and society, sent letters to numerous members of Congress this week, calling on representatives to ensure the urgent evacuation of Afghans most at-risk, grant humanitarian parole to any Afghans in danger, and expand and expedite the priority processing of refugees from the region.
CLEAR THE SHELTERS
San Diego Humane Society is participating in a nationwide campaign to “Clear the Shelters” in partnership with NBC Universal and Telemundo through Sept. 19. To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing, this year’s Clear the Shelters adoption event will span an entire month, just like in 2020. The longer adoption drive will allow for spaced-out adoption consultations at San Diego Humane Society’s campuses in El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego
Besides promoting adoptions, the campaign encourages donations to participating shelters. Out of the 550,000 animals who have found homes during the Clear the Shelters campaign nationwide since 2015, 2,817 were adopted from San Diego Humane Society. For more information, visit sdhumane.org.
INTERM SD LOYAL PRESIDENT
Richard Campos has been named interim president of San Diego Loyal SC following the departure of Warren Smith last month. “We are grateful that Ricardo has enthusiastically agreed to step up and lead our organization through the challenges and successes of being one of the newest clubs in the league,” said chairman of SD Loyal, Andrew Vassiliadis.
Campos is a tri-lingual soccer executive with more than 10 years of league and team experience in the U.S. soccer landscape and has been involved with the club since it was founded in 2019. He served as SD Loyal’s vice president of operations and general manager prior to his newest appointment. For more information, visit sdloyal.com.
COASTAL CLEANUP DAY
Nearly 6,000 registered volunteers are expected to participate in cleanups within their own neighborhoods and in groups at more than 100 litter hotspots for the 37th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County on Saturday, Sept. 18. The event is officially produced by I Love A Clean San Diego County for the region. Online registration opens on Sept. 1. All volunteers must register at CleanUpDay.org to participate and complete the online litter survey to be counted in the global results.
Since the event’s inception in 1985, over 269,000 volunteers in San Diego County have removed more than 5.4 million pounds of litter and debris from local communities. Despite the effects of the pandemic in 2020, San Diego County stood out. The region’s effort accounted for 1% of international litter totals, nearly 6% of the national totals and 20% of California’s results.
CHANGING OF GUARD AT POST OFFICE
Longtime U.S. Postal Service representative Eva M. Jackson retired after 36 years service on Aug. 24.
Her colleague, Duke Gonzales, will take over media responsibilities for San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial and parts of Inyo Counties. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
LATINA APPOINTED FOR BORDER POSITION
President Joe Biden has appointed Dr. Maria-Elena Giner to serve as the United States Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico. Giner, the second woman and first Latina to hold the post, previously served as general manager of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, an institution that developed environmental infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border in association with the North American Development Bank.
“I am truly humbled and honored to once again serve the residents of the U.S.-Mexico border region. I would like to thank all of the local governments and organizations and state agencies that communicated their support,” said Giner.
TROLLEY APPRECIATION FESTIVAL
Join the San Diego Association of Governments, the region’s transportation planning agency, and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System at a free community appreciation event for the Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the future Trolley stations along Morena Boulevard. Festivities will include family-friendly activities, food, live music, giveaways, and dignitary speeches. You’ll also get to ride the Trolley extension before it opens later this year. Arrive at the event by taking a free Trolley from the Old Town Transit Center. Event signage will be in place and staff will be on site to direct you.
The Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line will extend Trolley service from Downtown San Diego to the University community, serving major activity centers such as Mission Bay, the VA Medical Center, UC San Diego, and University Towne Centre. Nine new stations will be constructed. Major construction work began in 2016, with service anticipated to begin late this year.
ARTWALK RETURNS TO LITTLE ITALY
Mission Fed ArtWalk returns with an in-person free event to the streets of Little Italy with a weekend-long premier arts and culture event on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3. This year marks 37 years of the premier fine arts festival bringing visual and performing arts to the historic San Diego community. Locals and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase artwork from local, national, and international artists in a variety of mediums. Every medium of art will be on display including painting, sculpture, glasswork, fine jewelry, photography, and more.
LA MESA OKTOBERFEST
The free 48th annual Bob Stall La Mesa Oktoberfest Presented by Viejas Casino & Resort will transform the streets of the La Mesa Village into a German paradise for three days from Friday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 3. As if tons of traditional German cuisine and flowing bier pints weren’t enough of a reason to break out into a chicken dance, Oktoberfest will host three stages of non-stop interactive games and music featuring everything from traditional Bavarian and German music, live oompah bands, traditional rock bands, DJs, cover pop and more. To see a complete list of all the fun and purchase VIP passes, visit LaMesaOktoberfest.org.
LABOR DAY COCKTAILS
Ease the pain of summer ending and indulge in Labor Day weekend programming at La Valencia Hotel at 1132 Prospect St., which include three new stone fruit spritzers, the iconic Piper-Heidsieck weekend brunch, and live music from local favorites all weekend long.
LA JOLLA HAS MYSTIQUE
Something magical will arrive in La Jolla on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Mystique Dining announces the opening of a new dining experience in La Jolla Village at 915 Pearl St. Mystique boasts seating for 30 in an elaborately decorated Grand Dining Chamber. Guests are served five decadent courses of gourmet food made by executive chef Johhny Hornibrook. Dinner is served by experienced butlers and hostesses. At the conclusion of dinner, after the last plate is cleared, a master of mayhem and magic enters the room. Guests will enjoy a 45-minute magical performance from one of the many acclaimed and world-famous magicians. A new magician arrives every 1-2 weeks, making Mystique an experience that can be enjoyed time and time again. Reservations can be made at mystiquedining.com.
NEW PARTNER AT CALIBRE ONE
Calibre One has appointed Victoria Lakers as partner at the San Diego-based firm. Lakers is a dual specialist in C-suite placements for innovative mission-driven consumer businesses and investor-backed B2B software companies. Before joining Calibre One, Lakers was a partner at a boutique search firm focused on C-suite and board placements for private equity-backed portfolio companies, where she also led its diversity practice.
PLHS BAND CAMP
Point Loma High School Band Camp will be through Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PLHS softball field and music hall. Band Camp is where all members of the Point Loma High School Vanguard are invited to build a strong foundation of performance fundamentals for one week prior to the start of the school year. During the week, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice marching skills, rehearse musical selections to be performed at football games and halftime shows.
TASTE AT THE COVE
Taste at the Cove is back for its 20th anniversary outdoors on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Scripps Browning Park at La Jolla Cove. This event will benefit the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation. San Diego Chargers great Antonio Gates will be the Community Legend honoree. The Medical Champion will be announced soon. For everyone's safety, the taste will require proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR/antigen COVID test taken within 48 hours to attend Taste at the Cove this year. If you would like to get your vaccination card digitally, please click here. Visit tasteatthecove.com/ for more information.
WATER QUALITY TESTING
The County Board of Supervisors has approved purchasing equipment to expedite water quality test results. This action builds on actions from two years ago when chair Nathan Fletcher, then the lone Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, was instrumental in securing funds in the county budget for improved and faster beach water testing. “This new technology will speed up beach water quality testing. The results will be available the same day we complete the test, which will allow us to more quickly take the required actions to mitigate the risk of danger to our residents and protect beach-goers,” said Fletcher.
ARTSBUSXPRESS GETS GRANT
ArtsBusXpress (ABX), which provides on-site and virtual field trip experiences for San Diego County K-12 students to scores of local arts and science venues, has received a $25,000 grant from The Parker Foundation. The grant will be used to acquire professional staff members, according to Ted Peña, president of the board of the nonprofit. ABX has provided more than 200,000 students “a ride to the arts and sciences” since its inception. The program is available to more than 530,000 children in the 42 school districts in San Diego County.
SPANISH IMMERSION SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND
Longfellow K-8 Spanish Immersion School broke ground in late July for a new learning garden, intended to be a learning resource for the students as well as for the community of Bay Park. The garden was made possible through the collaborative effort of the Legacy Team of the American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter, the ACE Mentor San Diego program, and the Garden Committee at Longfellow Elementary. After a lengthy pause, the Legacy Team has now organized with the Garden Committee to restart the project and began construction in late July with the aim of completing the work in late August, prior to students returning to campus.
Multicultural Health Foundation is proud to announce it was honored as the 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber with a proclamation at MacArthur Park in La Mesa. Multicultural Health Foundation is one of more than 100 nonprofits that was honored by their state senators and assemblymembers for their tremendous contributions to the communities they serve.
The Multicultural Health Foundation is in partnership with the County of San Diego to address the urgent COVID-19 related needs of African American and Black individuals and families throughout San Diego County who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic through the Together Against COVID campaign.
“Our hope for the campaign is to address the needs of people who are underrepresented and give them the resources they need. We are deeply humbled to be recognized by Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber as a 2021 Nonprofit of the Year,” said Multicultural Health Foundation interim executive director Cynthia James-Price.
KARINA’S GROUP IN GASLAMP
Karina’s Group has expanded with a new multi-level dining and entertainment destination in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter at 755 5th Ave. The new space features 7,000-square-feet of communal and private dining, a full cantina, outdoor patio, house and guest DJs, and weekly live music for patrons.
The new venue boasts a mix of colorful and eclectic décor with a menu that delivers Karina’s most adored options, such as ceviche, Mexican seafood specialty dishes, prime steaks, tacos and more.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT FESTIVAL IN BALBOA PARK
The inaugural California Native Plant Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature a variety of native plant-themed activities for both kids and adults, including artists, vendors, exhibitors, and live music. A selection of chapter-grown native plants will be available for sale. This will be an opportunity to spotlight both the importance and the joy of California native plants for both enthusiasts and novices alike. Funds raised will benefit the activities of the CNPS-San Diego chapter.
Come learn about the significance of California native plants for creating habitat and biodiversity. California native plants are optimal for saving water; attracting native birds, bees and butterflies; and preserving San Diego’s natural heritage. For more information on the festival, visit cnpssd.org/events/nativeplantfestival2021.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
PAESAN & PB TOWN COUNCIL ANNIVERSARY
Pacific Beach Town Council is holding the 41st Police and Emergency Services Appreciation Night (PAESAN), an annual community event honoring first responders, on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 4-6:30 p.m. at North Crown Point Shores Rotary Club Pavilion, 3700 Corona Oriented Road off Crown Point Drive at Moorland Drive.
San Diego Police Department Northern Division, Station 21 of San Diego Fire & Rescue, San Diego Lifeguards and Mission Bay Park Rangers and park maintenance staff of the San Diego Park & Recreation Department will all be recognized at the special appreciation event. Upon arrival, check-in at the VIP desk to receive a wristband for the barbecue. The program will begin at 5 p.m.
PAESAN is an annual tradition in Pacific Beach, a community barbecue and awards ceremony honoring the first responders who serve the community. It’s also a fundraiser. Each year, a group is honored and supported rotating between lifeguards, firefighters, park rangers and police. Typically, PBTC purchases items that are needed but not funded for first responders in the current City budget. Barbecue tickets are $5 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free. Find tickets at pbtowncouncil.org or call 858-483-6666. Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $10.
“PAESAN is my favorite PBTC event. It brings our entire community together and allows us to show our appreciation for all of our first responders,” said event chair Cathie Jolley. “I don't know of another community that does anything like this: It's a PB thing. This year, the PBTC is celebrating our 70th anniversary. That's a milestone for any organization. But for a small nonprofit, 70 years is a huge accomplishment. I'm grateful to be a part of it.”
Mossy Toyota is hosting the carne asada barbecue, OMBAC will be serving traditional fare, and PBTC members will be whipping up their appreciation-packed PAESAN salad. The Pacific Beach Woman’s Club will provide a PBTC 70th anniversary cake, and the VFW is providing drinks. Nightingale Music will provide music and crafts. The police, firefighters, lifeguards, and parks staff will nominate one of their own to receive the PBTC Service Award. RSVP by Sept. 15 and/or send questions by email to [email protected]
PB RESTAURANT WALK
Get a taste of Pacific Beach in the heart of the community’s business district at the annual PB Restaurant Walk sponsored by Discover PB on Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 4 to 9 p.m. This year, attendees will enjoy a leisurely stroll on this self-guided food tour between Dawes and Lamont streets. Sample a great variety of menus from local restaurants. Will call will be at 1503 Garnet Ave. from 3-7 p.m.
Participating restaurants include Armonia Kitchen, Broken Yolk Cafe, Café Athena, Donut Bar Pacific Beach, Freshii, Hoboken Pizza, Iron Pig Ale House, Juice Kaboose, La Michoacana Estrella, Mr. Frostie, PB Fish Shop, SD Taproom, Woodstock’s Pizza and Yogurt on the Rocks.
“The restaurant walk is important to PB to get people out into our business district and to give them an opportunity to try the restaurants that they may not have visited or haven’t visited in a while due to COVID,” said Sunny Lee, executive director of Discover PB, the community’s business improvement district. “The restaurant walk is a showcase of those businesses in the heart of Pacific Beach.”
The event will be vegetarian-friendly and restaurants that offer a vegetarian option will be noted on the ticket map. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 day of. Tickets will have a map on the back to help guide patrons through the neighborhood. In honor of Sept. 11 Remembrance Day, there has been added an additional donation option for those choosing to add it to their ticket price, with 100% of that donation going to Pacific Beach Fire Station 21.
LJ MAD REPORT
July 1 marked the beginning of a new fiscal year for Enhance La Jolla and the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). Janitorial, landscaping and sidewalk pressure washing activities continue, along with several new projects that will improve the appearance and enjoyability of the district.
A project to replace declining floral arrangements growing in hanging baskets located in the district began in July. The condition of these hanging flower baskets will be improved with the planting of red zonal geraniums.
An election to fill several Enhance La Jolla board positions will be held in September. All applicants, including current board members seeking re-election, will be required to submit detailed applications. The application form is available at enhancelajolla.org and must be returned to [email protected] by 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Voting will occur online, and election results will be announced during the Oct. 21 Enhance La Jolla board meeting, scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the La Jolla Ridford Library. If you see an issue needing attention within the district, contact Enhance La Jolla at 858-444-5892 or [email protected].
HAUNTED AQUARIUM RETURNS
Haunted Aquarium returns to Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego on Oct. 22, 23, and 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. During this family friendly event, guests will meet slimy sea creatures, learn about mysterious animals from the sea, and get up close with spooky science. Costumes, especially those that are ocean-themed, are encouraged.
Haunted Aquarium tickets will go on sale Sept. 1. The aquarium continues to operate at a limited capacity, and to require face coverings for all guests ages 2 and up indoors and outdoors regardless of vaccination status. Capacity for Haunted Aquarium is limited to allow for social distancing and the event is anticipated to sell out. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. General admission aquarium tickets cannot be used for Haunted Aquarium. Children ages 2 and under are free, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Visit aquarium.ucsd.edu for reservations and more information including details about the latest safety guidelines.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring Haunted Aquarium back again this year and provide our guests with the opportunity to make fun and spooky memories. Safety is still our top priority and the event may look a little different than it has in the past, but it will still be a ton of fun for all ages,” said Cari Paulenich, the aquarium’s program manager of public engagement.
PB BEACH CLEANUP
Join the Duck Dive for its Toast to the Coast community beach cleanup, taking place on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Participants to meet at Duck Dive at 11 a.m. at 4650 Mission Blvd. to get signed in and get supplies – gloves, trash bags, and trash pickers, which will be provided upon arrival. After venturing to the beach to help pick up trash and keep the coast looking pristine, participants can join Duck Dive for happy hour, which consists of hosted cocktails from Humboldt Distillery, Mr. Black, and Starward, in cooperation with the United States Bartender’s Guild: San Diego. There will also be hotdogs. No need to sign up ahead of time, just show up ready to do your part to help clean one of the area’s most beloved stretches of beach.
LJ HOTEL LUNAR SERIES
Join Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa for its Lunar Series: Core & Cocktails for an evening of wellness experiences by moonlight. Estancia La Jolla’s Lunar Series encourages attendees to engage their core in a 45-minute ab workout class before enjoying cocktails and relaxing by the pool or swimming under the stars. Starting on Aug. 20 with additional dates on Sept. 24 and Oct. 22 starting at 5:30 p.m., the evening includes complimentary valet parking and a mindful activation from Spa Estancia along with 15% off at Estancia La Jolla’s restaurant, Mustangs & Burros.
BELMONT VILLAGE NEARS COMPLETION
Construction is close to topping out at Belmont Village La Jolla, a 17-story senior living community that will offer 180 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care near UTC. While construction began in April 2020, Belmont Village Senior Living and Greystar have been collaborating on the project since late 2017. It also marks Belmont’s first partnership with another developer. Belmont is collaborating with the UC San Diego Stein Institute for Research on Aging on the programs and activities that will be available to residents – all designed to promote resilience and well-being.
PB BEACHFEST IS COMING
Discover PB’s annual Pacific BeachFest will return Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The free, family friendly festival will have two stages of live music, action sports on the sand, a fish taco contest, shopping and more. The event will be held along the boardwalk from Felspar to Thomas streets in Pacific Beach. Join DPB for its 23rd anniversary with more than 50,000 visitors for the biggest party on the beach. For a complete list of activities, register for the 5k or any action sports and see the upcoming music line up. visit pacificbeachfest.org.
DISCOVER PB ELECTION
Nominations are currently being solicited for five seats on the 15-member board of Discover PB. The board has appointed a nominating committee to whom nominations may be made by submitting a petition or letter. The nomination petition or letter must be submitted to the nominating committee by Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. either by mail or at [email protected] Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the Sept. 7 meeting.
The board of directors will also review the list of business and rental property license holders to confirm their representative’s eligibility to be voting delegates for the election. The annual meeting of the board of directors is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 5 p.m., at Discover Pacific Beach office, 1503 Garnet Ave.
KEEP PB CLEAN
Discover Pacific Beach welcomes the summer months and extra visitors and this means more trash and debris throughout the business district. However, the business improvement district has maxed out on the funding available for clean up. DPB is asking the business community to help it out by maintaining curbside trash barrels and the area outside businesses as needed. If each business could monitor their area at this time, it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to formally volunteer for a regular clean up shift or organize a monthly clean up, email [email protected].
GROWLERS HOME GAME
The San Diego Growlers of the American Ultimate Disc League will play their final regular season home game this Friday, Aug. 20 against the San Jose Spiders. Opening pull is at 7 p.m. at Mission Bay High School. Coming off back-to-back wins over LA, the Growlers have officially clinched a home playoff game for the second consecutive season. In two weeks, they’ll battle the Dallas Roughnecks — a team that has been to every Championship Weekend since their 2016 inception — for the West Division title.
With a win this Friday, the Growlers would lock in their second straight 10-win season, after going 10-2 and winning the West Division in 2019. The two winning seasons come after the Growlers franchise started with a combined 21-33 record through their first four seasons. By developing homegrown talent and attracting out-of-town stars, they’ve gradually bolstered their roster over the years to position themselves for postseason success.
Wednesday, Aug. 4
MARINE ROOM’S CHEF BERNARD DEPARTS
The Marine Room, a San Diego landmark and award-winning oceanfront restaurant for over 75 years, announced the departure of world-renowned and award-winning chef Bernard Guillas. Chef Bernard recently got married and introduced us to his new born son. So after 27 years, he is hanging up his apron to spend time with his family.
Under his leadership as the executive chef, Bernard has been honored Best Chef in San Diego, and The Marine Room as best restaurant for countless years. He published two books, which brought him a tremendous amount of press not only locally in San Diego but also nationally and internationally. He traveled the globe cooking and is a well-known radio and TV personality.
The Marine Room offers diners global cuisine rooted in French classics. Its spectacular views, exemplary service and outstanding wine list have made it a dining destination for over seven decades. The Marine Room is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. and is located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla. Visit MarineRoom.com for more information.
PB REC CENTER MURAL PROJECT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Work has begun on the PB Rec Center mural project, and the volunteers are having a great time. A lot of local people signed up to volunteer, but only a handful have shown up for each work session so far. The project really needs volunteer help in order to stay on schedule. Remember, you don't have to be an artist, just be willing to help up; pick a time and show up: Friday, Aug. 6 (4-7 p.m.), Saturday, Aug. 7 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), Friday, Aug. 13 (4-7 p.m.), Saturday, Aug. 14 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). What do the mosaicked surfboards look like? Check out the video!
KEEP PB CLEAN
Discover Pacific Beach business improvement district welcomes the summer months and extra visitors and this means more trash and debris throughout PB’s business district. Discover PB has maxed out on the funding available for clean up. They are asking the business community to help out by maintaining curbside trash barrels and the area outside your business as needed. If each business could monitor their area at this time, it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to formally volunteer for a regular clean up shift or organize a monthly clean up, email [email protected].
Volunteers are being sought for PB Counts, an annual project of BeautifulPB. The project, to be conducted by volunteers and community members in the western central area of Pacific Beach, will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. It is the only community-led traffic count conducted regularly in San Diego County, and one of the few that consistently tracks all modes of transportation including pedestrians, skaters, e-scooters, and cars on PB Pathways. Volunteers will be meeting at the corner of Cass Street and Felspar Street. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, contact [email protected].
LJCC SPEAKER SERIES
La Jolla Community Center has speakers lined up in resuming its iPhone/iPad class (in-person) coming up in August. The first is Dr. Joseph Casciani, psychologist, author and expert on mental health, aging and longevity, who will speak on “9 Must Have Strategies for Living Well While Living longer” on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 10-11 a.m. (virtual). This presentation encourages the audience to “turn aging on its head,” with an uplifting perspective on aging successfully, overcoming obstacles, and the resilience needed to start new chapters. The event is free. To register, go to ljcommunitycenter.org/DSS.
FIDO VICTORY LAP
Nonprofit Fiesta Island Dog Owners are celebrating their victory in saving the Fiesta Island off-leash area, and also continuing to raise money to help with maintenance and improvements in the No. 1 dog park in the nation. FIDO is switching gears to focus on improvements to the area to make it even more enjoyable for all users and our furry friends. FIDO is asking if any members or supporters in the civil engineering field might work pro bono (or with a nonprofit discount) on maintenance and improvement projects for berm-to-shore trails. FIDO is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization working to preserve the fenced off-leash area on Fiesta Island.
LJ HOTEL SUPPORTS SHELTER DOGS
Order La Valencia’s new locally made Key Lime Pie for Two ($18), and the pet-friendly hotel will donate a portion of proceeds to Shelter to Soldier, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and rescue organizations and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress, and other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. The Key Lime Pie for Two will be available for purchase for both lunch and dinner.
HSWRI SEAL RESEARCH
SeaWorld San Diego and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute are currently tracking the movement and behavior of two Guadalupe fur seals (listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act) as they were returned to ocean waters.
Earlier this month, Hubbs attached a transmitter on each animal to be able to collect data that will provide information on location, movements, and behavior of these seals. Over the next 3-4 months (dependent on their molting), the Hubbs research team will be able to track the movements of the fur seals in near-real-time via satellite, which will allow them to map where the animals have been as well as their current location. Watch the animals being returned to the water here. Additional information about the Institute can be found at hswri.org.
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES COVID RELIEF TO SMALL BUSINESSES
Mayor Todd Gloria’s plan to provide $10 million to support businesses and nonprofits hardest hit by the pandemic won the unanimous approval of the City Council. The action authorizes the San Diego Foundation to administer these funds to help small businesses and nonprofits sustain operations and retain employees so they can economically recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Gloria’s “Back to Work SD” budget allocated a total of $14.2 million in one-time funding for programs to get San Diegans back to work through a variety of initiatives, including $10 million in financial assistance to small business and nonprofits hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and in historically underinvested communities.
The San Diego Foundation provided an additional $2 million to increase the total program funding to $12 million. This funding will be administered through grants by the San Diego Foundation starting next week. More information on qualifications and the application process will be made available soon. To find updated funding availability, visit sandiego.gov/economic-development/resources/relief.
LJ CHEF DINNER SERIES
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is launching a Local Chef Dinner Series kicking off in August with some of San Diego’s culinary talents. Estancia wanted to create a special collaboration event where chefs could play, collaborate and create for a unique guest chef series event. Taking place at Estancia in their olive tree lined garden, attendees can enjoy a decadent multi-coursed dinner under the stars paired with a curated cocktail and or wine to accompany the meal. Each guest chef will collaborate with Estancia’s executive chef Vincent Savignano to create a one-of-a-kind menu where the inspiration behind each dish will be shared by the chefs.
The series kicks off on Aug. 17 with locally-celebrated chef Phillip Estaban from White Rice. Future dinners include collaborations with chef Ian Tenzer and bar and spirits creative director Beau Du Bois from Marisi, Puesto’s upcoming project on Sept. 14, chef Sara Harris from Herb & Sea on Oct. 5 and chef DuVal Warner from Ranch 45 on Oct. 26. Limited tickets are available.
BLACK SWAN SUMMER GALA
On Saturday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Black Swan Initiative will be holding a Gatsby Summer Gala; an exclusive experience like nothing San Diego has ever seen, with 100% of net proceeds to be donated to Corazon de Vida. This special event, set to take place at a private home in La Jolla, will include craft cocktails, Michelin chef-inspired hors d’oeuvres, live music, art, dance, a silent auction and more. Cocktail attire is mandatory – meaning a cocktail dress or gown for women, and a tuxedo or suit with a jacket and tie for men. Tickets to the Gatsby Summer Gala can be purchsed here. Further details, including location and times will be sent with ticket confirmation.
Corazon de Vida, established over 26 years ago, is a “for-purpose” organization, providing life-changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico. The mission of Corazon de Vida to end child abandonment by breaking the vicious cycle of poverty, is carried out by funding local orphanages, providing quality-of-life improvement services, and investing in children’s futures by funding higher education.
PEDAL THE PACIFIC
On Saturday, July 31 a dozen college-aged women from across the country finished a 1,700-mile bike ride from Seattle to San Diego to raise awareness for domestic sex trafficking, having raised over $135,000. With a finish line event at Crown Point Park in Mission Bay, the fifth Pedal the Pacific team completed their seven-week bike tour that sparks conversation and raises awareness about the under reported issue. Over the last five years, Pedal the Pacific teams have raised over $600,000 for organizations that lead the fight against sex trafficking including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and The Refuge for DMST.
LIBRARIES EXPAND HOURS
San Diego Public Libraries is now offering in-person services at 28 libraries including the Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library at 4275 Cass St. In-person services include: Item Checkout, Computer Usage, Printing, Holds Pickup, Reference, Browsing, Library Account Assistance. New hours of service are: Monday-Tuesday from 11:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed. For all of the latest information about library services visit sandiego.gov/public-library/in-person-library-services.
Goodwill San Diego hosts hiring events at select locations countywide every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goodwill provides a great work environment with plenty of opportunities to grow and learn. We have a variety of positions available throughout the organization. Be interviewed in-person at all Hiring Tuesday events every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following Goodwill retail locations including La Jolla, La Mesa, San Diego Midway and San Diego Downtown. Applicants must apply online at sdgoodwill.org before the event and bring a printed copy of the application to the interview.
PB WEED & TRASH PICKUP
The community needs a little extra attention. Pacific Beach Town Council is especially focused on high-traffic entry points into PB, because first impressions matter. Join PBTC for its next weed and trash cleanup Saturday, Aug. 14. Check in is at 7 a.m. at Mission Bay Drive near I-5 North exit and I-5 South entrance. The event lasts until 9 a.m To participate, sign up at pbtowncouncil.org/weed-removal/is.
GREEN NEW DEAL
All are invited to the San Diego Green New Deal Alliance’s first in-person event of the year, Celebration for Climate, Jobs, and Justice, on Saturday, Aug. 14 at Balboa Park from 10 a.m.-1p.m. Join the alliance for free food from United Women of East Africa, live music from Mariachi Victoria de San Diego, inspiring speakers, volleyball, a pinata and an opportunity drawing.
UCSD GERIATRIC UNIT
UC San Diego Health has become the first health system in San Diego to have fully accredited geriatric emergency departments at both hospitals. On Aug. 2, the medical center in Hillcrest received a Level 2 accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Seniors who arrive in either emergency department at UC San Diego Health are treated by a team of specialists in geriatric emergency medicine, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers and case managers. As a group, these clinicians focus on senior-specific issues, such as fall risk, cognitive and memory problems and medication interactions — all common issues when treating older adults. Additionally, the team seeks to reduce hospital admissions and re-admissions for seniors, and work with patients and caretakers to ensure a smooth transition back home.
Point Loma High School yearbooks have arrived and distribution is Thursday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the PLHS cafeteria (thru the drive way entrance behind the 400 building). Wear a mask. Graduated seniors: If the distribution time does not work for your family, email Mrs. Haz before distribution day for alternative pick up. Friends or other family members can also pick up on distribution day. Questions can be directed to [email protected].
Promises2Kids, a nonprofit whose mission is to create a brighter future for foster children, has established a CEO Advisory Council made up of 16 members who will assist in providing valuable expertise and council to the CEO on various issues with a goal of better assisting the thousands of foster youth served through Promises2Kids’ programs. These programs include Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars, Foster Funds, and the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center. Mission Beach residents, Robert Gleason and Jaymie Bradford, are two members of the newly established Advisory Council. Robert was appointed president and chief executive officer of Evans Hotels in 2014. Jaymie leads the Chamber’s strategy and vision as the executive vice president and COO overseeing the Chamber’s day to day operations.
SDHS PHOTO FUNDRAISER
San Diego Humane Society’s annual Photo Fundraiser is open for submissions and voting. It is easy to participate by submitting your favorite pet photo at sdhumane.org/photocontest. Then get family and friends to vote for your pet's photo through Aug. 31. Prizes include having your pet featured on a full month spread of San Diego Humane Society’s 2022 calendar, a professional photo shoot for your pet, tickets to the organization’s annual Fur Ball gala on Oct. 2 and other special gifts. All photo entries with five votes or more are guaranteed inclusion in the calendar or on the collage pages. For more information how to participate in the 2022 Photo Fundraiser, visit sdhumane.org.
The San Diego Unified School District has begun a series of community engagement sessions to gather public input and help shape the search for a new superintendent and the future of the district. A total of 30 in-person and Zoom meetings will take place across the district through September. “The goal is not simply to choose the next outstanding leader for our schools but to truly engage the entire city – every community – about the future of San Diego Unified,” Board of Education President Richard Barrera said. “We are inviting everyone in this community who cares about public education to participate in our series of public input sessions and to share with us their vision for great public schools and the qualities they would like to see in a superintendent to lead us toward that vision.”
NONSTOP TO VANCOUVER
Air Canada has resumed service between Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada via Vancouver International Airport and San Diego International Airport. The year-round nonstop flights operate once daily. The resumption comes after Air Canada suspended service in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air Canada began operations at SAN in December 2005, providing up to three flights daily to Vancouver before the suspension. Now that the Canadian government is opening the border on Aug. 9, to fully vaccinated travelers, Air Canada is the first airline to resume flights between Canada and SAN. For schedule and tickets, visit aircanada.com.
Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest is offering up to $5,000 in scholarships to high school students in graduating classes 2022-2025, residing in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Contest requires students to submit a 400-word or less essay on the topic of “‘The Importance of Ethics and Integrity in the Community.” There is no cost to enter. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 29. Five scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $500, $750, $1,000, $1,250 and $1,500 to help students pay for college tuition and expenses. Winners will be recognized at the annual Torch Awards for Ethics celebration on Sept. 15. Applications are accepted at torchessay.bbbcommunity.org. To request a paper application or for more details, email [email protected].
Bird is launching its new “Please help me up” initiative to make it easy for everyone to righten tipped or misplaced scooters. The initiative will be carried out in two parts. Scooter baseboard messages: The underside of each Bird scooter baseboard will have the message “Please help me up” in bright, reflective font and in the language of its operating city. Community Mode: This reporting tool in the Bird app allows anyone to quickly contact their local Bird support team about any misparked or damaged Bird scooters they encounter on the street.
COMIC-CON BLOOD DRIVE
The 45th Comic-Con Robert A. Heinlein blood drive continues through Aug. 29 at any San Diego Book Bank donor center or mobile drive. Donors receive a limited-edition Marvel Black Widow T-shirt and Comic-Con retro pins. Sizes subject to availability and while supplies last. Appointments are encouraged and available at SanDiegoBloodBank.org/donate. Over the past 44 years, donors at Comic-Con have donated 34,822 pints of blood, potentially impacting up to 104,466 lives.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADE CHANGE
Assembly Bill 104 authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) provides high school students who have fallen behind during the pandemic with the immediate opportunity to request changes to letter grades on their 2020-21 academic transcript to "Pass" or "No Pass" grades. AB 104 gives high school students a limited window of time to take advantage of the grade change option. San Diego school districts are required to notify parents and students of the option in writing, and post a grade change request form on their website by the week of Aug. 2, or sooner. Once the form is provided, parents and students have 15 days to submit the form to their school. Schools must approve the Pass/No Pass grade change request if they receive a valid form within the 15-day timeframe.
Wednesday, July 29
STEM AT CABRILLO
Cabrillo National Monument will hold a meet and greet with 12 girls ages 9-16 from EcoLogik STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) summer day camp at the Visitor Center from 10:15-11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7. They will conduct scientific investigations in San Diego’s only national park. The EcoLogik Project is a free STEM summer day camp at Cabrillo National Monument for girls. A unique fusion of ecology, nature, and technology, EcoLogik connects the next generation of environmental stewards to the natural resources and science. Funded by the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, the camp makes technology more accessible to students while inspiring them to choose careers in STEM fields. For more information, visit nps.gov/cabr.
WHITE RICE IN LIBERTY STATION
White Rice has opened at Liberty Public Market food hall. The creation of award-winning Filipino chef Philip Esteban alongside chef/kitchen manager Jan Tejada, White Rice features a diverse array of rice bowls based on traditional Filipino dishes, including Lechon Kawali, or crispy pork belly, Pinoy BBQ, Mushroom & Tofu Sisig, and Filipino Spaghetti with hot dog bolognese, egg noodles, queso de bola and fresh herbs, along with sides including the classic Ube Pandesal, a Filipino sweet roll made with ube and filled with Hayala served with cultured butter, and Lumpia Shanghai. Esteban is excited to raise Filipino cuisine to the forefront of San Diego's culinary experience.
Prior to Covid, Esteban and his team operated Craft Meals Catering, specializing in business lunches and corporate clients, with offices across San Diego County closing in March 2020, the company quickly expanded their operations and launched a meal program preparing and delivering Filipino Silog (rice bowls) across southern San Diego County. The success and demand for these rice bowls turned into an opportunity to open a physical location, an extension of the meal service company in the form of a food stall within Liberty Public Market. White Rice hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily offering pickup as well as delivery through third party apps and catering options.
USTA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships presented by Adidas will be played Aug. 4-15 at the Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd. More than 400 of the top junior tennis players in the country, aged 16 and 18 and under, will compete for the title of national champion, as well as a wild card entry into the women’s singles main draw of the 2021 US Open (for the 18s champion) and a wild card into the 2021 US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s champion). The 18s doubles champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open women’s doubles main draw.
“Once again we are privileged to host the most important junior girls’ tournament in the United States here in San Diego at the Barnes Tennis Center,” said tournament director Lornie Kuhle. “We are very excited that our Honorary Chair Billie Jean King will be present during these championships, which are named after this tennis legend.”
The Girls’ 16s event will begin Wednesday, Aug. 4 and conclude with singles and doubles finals on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway Sunday, Aug. 8 and conclude with singles and doubles championships on Sunday, Aug. 15. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.
POINT LOMA PLAYHOUSE
Point Loma Playhouse at 3035 Talbot St. is hosting the San Diego premiere of “Glorious” by Peter Quilter. In New York in the 1940s, the performer whom everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as ‘the first lady of the sliding scale,’ she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter.
But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, comfortably surrounded by devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was. Glorious is a sparkling comedy based on the true story of the astronomical success of the worst singer in the world opens the Point Loma Playhouses’ new season. The play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in a hilarious and heart-warming comedy.
Directed by Pati Reynolds, “Glorious!” features Bobbie Randall, Ray Lynch, Robert Nickle, Gabriela Saso, Maxine Levaren and Pati Reynolds. The production is scheduled to open Sept. 17 and run through Oct. 9 for tickets and other info, visit pointlomaplayhouse.com or call 619-800-5497.
LIBERTY STATION ART WALK
In August, Liberty Station will be holding ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Aug. 7-8, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Ingram Plaza. This year’s show will feature more than 150 artists from across the United States and Mexico, showcasing various mediums of artwork, including painting, photography, glass and ceramic, jewelry and sculpture.
WOW AT LIBERTY STATION
In partnership between Liberty Station and the La Jolla Playhouse, this special Pop-Up WOW (Without Walls) event brings unique, interactive and site-inspired theatre to Liberty Station’s Arts District all day, Aug. 14-15 at North Promenade. As the event returns for the 2021, Pop-Up WOW will feature five short, commissioned projects by WOW artists, including David I. Reynoso/Optika Moderna, Blindspot Collective and Jesca Prudencio, Kenny Ramos, and The San Diego Black Artist Collective.
BLOOD DONORS NEEDED
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood and platelet donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now. The Red Cross has been distributing about 12% more blood products to hospitals across the U.S. compared to this time last year. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet the current hospital demand and end the severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O, which stands at just a one-day supply right now.
To thank donors who help ensure a strong blood and platelet supply in August, all who come to give Aug. 1-15, will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who come to donate throughout August will also receive a free four-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/FeelTheBeat. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
PLHS SEEKING COACH
Interested in coaching field hockey and/or girls' lacrosse at Point Loma High School? PLHS is currently looking to hire a new head coach for both field hockey and lacrosse. If interested, send resume (with references) to athletic director Manny Diaz at [email protected].
Write Out Loud, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature aloud for a live audiences, has announced the 12th annual TwainFest. TwainFest will take place Saturday, Aug. 21 from 11a.m.-6 p.m. This year, Write Out Loud’s TwainFest takes place in Heritage County Park, 2455 Heritage Park Row in Old Town. Make your reservations at writeoutloudsd/twainfest. TwainFest is an all-day free festival celebrating Mark Twain and the literature and culture of 19th century America.
SEAWORLD VETERANS SPECIAL
SeaWorld San Diego is offering free tickets to U.S. military veterans for themselves and three guests to visit the park through Dec. 24. This offer is part of SeaWorld’s longstanding Waves of Honor program, which salutes active-duty military members, veterans, and their families by offering special pricing and promotions throughout the year. U.S. military veterans and retirees must register at WavesofHonor.com in advance and verify their proof of service through the ID.me qualification process.
AGE-FRIENDLY PROGRAMS FUNDED
The San Diego Foundation has announced $200,000 in grants are available to support local efforts focused on supporting quality of life for older San Diegans. The Age-Friendly Communities grant is open to San Diego-based nonprofit organizations to further assist older San Diegans in low-income and underserved communities throughout the San Diego region. Eligible organizations may request a maximum of $30,000 per proposal to advance and sustain older adult-serving initiatives to address health and socioeconomic disparities, including access to safe transportation options, supportive housing services and affordable healthcare. The grant application window is open now through 5 p.m. Aug. 13. To apply for the AFC grant, visit sdfoundation.org/grantseekers/apply-for-assistance.
BLENDERS MARKETING EXPERT
Blenders Eyewear has announced the hiring of Christian Scott as VP of marketing. Most recently, Scott served as VP of global marketing at video camera company OPKIX. With previous stints at GoPro, Element, Oakley, and Nike, Scott brings more than two decades worth of sports marketing experience to Blenders. In his new role at Blenders, Scott will be responsible for all of Blenders’ global strategic marketing functions and brand building.
GROWLERS BACK AT MBHS
The San Diego Growlers of the American Ultimate Disc League are back at home Saturday, July 31 at 5 p.m. at Mission Bay High School. They’ll take on the Seattle Cascades for the second time this season, first at home. Sitting atop the West Division through the first eight weeks of the season, the 6-2 Growlers will look to continue their push for a home playoff game with four games remaining in the regular season. In their last meeting against Seattle, the Growlers rallied late in the fourth quarter to force overtime and secure the eventual 18-16 win.
CELEBRATORY BIKE RIDE
On Sunday, Aug. 1, cyclists of all skill levels are invited to join the San Diego County Bike Coalition and other cycling advocacy groups to demonstrate their support for safer cycling infrastructure. Launching from Eppig Brewing at 3794 30th St., cyclists will take part in a guided, group ride along 30th Street to celebrate the new protected bikeway there. The new protected bikeway, a necessary addition to a critical traffic corridor, was constructed as part of the City’s Capital Improvements Program. Once completed, the lane will increase bike and pedestrian access to local businesses along 30th Street.
TAXPAYER OLYMPICS CANCELED
Due to the uncertain and changing public health environment, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, with offices in Liberty Station, has unfortunately had to make the difficult decision to cancel the inaugural Taxpayer Olympics, scheduled for July 29. In the meantime, be sure you have Oct. 6 on your calendar for the 26th annual Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards. Registration is open and award nominations are being accepted. Find all the details at sdcta.org/the-goldens.
TrustedHousesitters holding a #PawtyInThePark DOGust event at the Little Italy Dog Park on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. DOGust, Aug. 1, is traditionally known as the universal birthday for all shelter dogs, and what better way to celebrate than helping shelter pets find their furever home. Attendees of the event will get to meet adoptable dogs from local dog rescue The Animal Pad, receive a complimentary dog caricature from local artist @poisonousme, face painting by Art by Wendy and Debbo, special frozen treats from Paw Pleasers and be entered to win some awesome prizes including memberships to TrustedHousesitters, branded bandanas, T-shirts and gift cards. @dogsofinstagram will also be posting live from the event and featuring local pups on their page.
AIRPORT SUPPORT BUILDING
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority recently celebrated the completion of the Airline Support Building, a modern 93,000-square-foot building that houses airline belly cargo, ground service equipment maintenance, and serves as a storage area for aircraft provisioning items. The facility provides a convenient location for the public to pick up and drop off live animals or bulky cargo items shipped in the bellies of passenger jets. Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Delta Airlines, Lufthansa, and United Airlines/PetSafe are all housed in the facility. The new ASB is located on the south side of San Diego International Airport’s airfield along the main roadway towards the airport entrance which improves access for public and transport vehicles.
Millions of people delayed medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local oncologists are participating in a new initiative encouraging Californians to schedule potentially lifesaving cancer screenings. Led by two national nonprofit organizations with local ties — the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) and CancerCare — the “Time to Screen” campaign provides assistance and educational resources to help adults screen for six common cancers: breast, colorectal, cervical, prostate, lung and skin. The initiative lets consumers access information on the importance of screening and find local cancer screening locations through a website and toll-free hotline. People can visit TimeToScreen.org or call toll-free 1-855-53-SCREEN (1-855-537-2733) to learn more about cancer screenings and find a convenient location.
ROTARY NAMES PRESIDENT
San Diego Rotary, the oldest and largest service club in the region, officially swore in renowned business and civic leader Phil Blair as its president for the 2021-2022 term. The nonprofit also installed its most diverse board of directors in its century-plus-old history, the majority of the 17-member body being women. “Our theme for this year is ‘Mentoring to Success,’” said Blair. “I, along with the more than 500 members of San Diego Rotary, will place a keen focus on getting involved with young people who are struggling to find their way in life.” More information is available at sandiegorotary.club.
HELP HOMELESS STUDENTS
So far, the community has donated $49,000 to San Diego County Credit Union’s Stuff the Bus program to help provide back-to-school supplies and meals for students experiencing homelessness in San Diego County. A portion of donations will also assist San Diego Youth Services’ various food programs to provide meals for homeless youth. The fundraiser kicked off on July 1 and its getting closer to the goal. Through the end of the month, donations can be made at sdccu.com/donate or in-store at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store location throughout San Diego County.
SCRIPPS HEALTH RANKS HIGH
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Scripps Health’s orthopedics and urology programs the best in the San Diego region, and named Scripps among the nation’s best in six specialties in the magazine’s annual “Best Hospitals” list. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 32nd year, recognize the nation’s top 50 hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most challenging health care needs. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties and 10 procedures and conditions in order to determine the ranking. More than 4,500 hospitals are evaluated each year.
Tuesday, July 20
CONCERT ON THE GREEN IN PB
The next Concert on the Green at Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach will take place 4-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8, with local band Dirty Bird. Bring blankets or low back chairs to sit on. Woodstock’s Pizza and Yogurt on the Rocks will be selling pizza by the slice and frozen yogurt.
PB WOMAN’S CLUB FUNDRAISER
The Pacific Beach Woman’s Club will hold a bunco fundraiser 1-4 p.m. on July 24 at the VFW at 853 Turquoise St. Only 30 seats left. RSVP [email protected] to reserve your spot.
DANGEROUS CORNER IN LA JOLLA
Recently, a white Mercedes Benz vehicle coming from La Farms Road crashed into University Lutheran Church’s wall while trying to make a left turn about 1 a.m. at the corner of Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Shores Drive.
“We were informed by the police who were at the scene that the car was going at 65-70 mph before it crashed, said Suneel Bhasker, current church congregation president. “We were informed that no one in the car was injured. We thank God that the car did not reach our sanctuary, or the parsonage where our pastor resides. Given the several accidents that have occurred in this part of La Jolla, we feel that there is a need for police presence to stop these reckless automobile and motorcycle drivers. This is a peaceful residential area where my family and I have been living for nearly 20 years. We wonder what it will take for the City and the peace officers to clamp down on these traffic lawbreakers.”
The Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla at 4126 Executive Drive is starting to reopen its in-person programming. As you make your plans to return to the JCC, prior to coming back fill out the COVID-19 waiver online (for JCC members click here; if you are not a dues-paying JCC member, fill out the visitor form here). If you have any other questions, you can contact Sarah, or Melanie. Front and back entrances will once again be available. Bring your member or visitor ID cards to gain entrance to the building. Please click here for all of the important information related to returning to the JCC.
PB LIBRARY OPEN
Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library is now among 26 City libraries now offering in-person services at 4275 Cass St. In-person services include item checkout, computer usage, printing, holds pickup, reference, browsing, library account assistance. Hours of service are Mondays-Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Enter the PB Library through the Reed Ave/south entrance. For all of the latest information about library services, visit sandiego.gov.
CITY ENCOURAGE RESIDENT PARTICIPATION ON BOARDS
To improve diversity and encourage participation in the City of San Diego’s 46 boards and commissions, Mayor Todd Gloria has launched a new website called “OnBoard,” which offers residents an opportunity to more easily volunteer their services on matters important to improving the City. Boards and commissions advise and help make important policy decisions on topics including arts, finance, public parks, policing and more.
At onboard.sandiego.gov residents can learn about the City’s many boards and commissions, view vacancies and expiration dates, and apply for open positions. The management tool will allow staff to receive and manage applications online, track membership over time and across boards, generate reports related to term expirations and vacancies, and securely store and manage membership data.
“Creating a city for all of us is not the job or responsibility of one person; we need the help of everyone,” Gloria said. “I know there are many passionate San Diegans who want to make our city a better place. There’s no better way to express that passion than to step forward, volunteer your talents, and make a real difference as we work together to chart a new course for San Diego.”
CHECK VOTER REGISTRATION NOW TO GET MAIL BALLOT
The California Gubernatorial Recall Election is fast approaching, and the Registrar of Voters is preparing election ballots for mailing. Voters are urged to check their voter registration now to get a mail ballot at their address later. Mail ballots start going out the week of Aug. 16. If your information is up to date, you can expect your ballot in your mailbox that same week.
Have you moved since you last voted? Whether you are new to San Diego County or just moved down the street, you need to re-register to vote with your new information. You can do this by completing a new voter registration application online at sdvote.com. Registration forms are also available if you call 858-565-5800 or email [email protected].
FEEDING SAN DIEGO JOINS WITH PRODUCEGOOD
Two local nonprofits are working together to focus on food rescue and help feed San Diegans facing hunger across the county. On Sunday, July 25, ProduceGood, with the help of 25 volunteers from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), will collect up to 4,000 pounds of citrus at a private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. After the two-hour event, the produce will be handed off to Feeding San Diego, the county’s leading hunger relief and food rescue organization, to distribute to those in need in San Diego County.
By working with ProduceGood, a nonprofit that engages local volunteers to harvest excess produce in backyards, on farms, and at farmers markets, Feeding San Diego continues to amplify its mission to connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals by maximizing food rescue. Sunday’s pick is part of the program known as CropSwap, which includes different types of backyard and small farm harvesting. ProduceGood volunteers, including those from corporate groups like SDG&E, utilize picking poles to reach fruit and become part of the solution through community-driven work.
CITY EXPANDS HOURS AT RECREATION CENTERS
The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department is increasing hours at local recreation centers beginning Monday, July 19, giving San Diegans additional access to park facilities and programs this summer. The latest expansion in hours brings the majority of recreation centers back to their normal hours of operation from before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted operations last year. In addition to expanded hours, more recreational programming has been made available for people to enjoy.
For more information on available activities and individual recreation center hours, visit the City’s online list of recreation centers. Residents are encouraged to call the recreation center directly for specific updates. For details about programs and to register for a particular class or activity, visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s registration platform at SDRecConnect.com.
Friday, July 16
PB LIBRARY BIG BAG SALE
Friends of the Pacific Beach Library will hold its Big Bag Sale July 19 -July 21 at Cass Street Plaza, next to the PB Library. Purchase the bag for $5 and fill it with books, DDs, DVDs, etc. No limit on bag purchases. All kinds of books, fiction, non-fiction, classics, history, sports, health, cooking, children’s as well ad nice selection of puzzles, CDs, DVDs, books on CD.
SANDAG VIRTUAL HEARINGS
This month, SANDAG, the region’s transporation planning agency, will host at virtual public hearing on the draft 2021 Regional Plan at meetings of the SANDAG Transportation Committee and Board of Directors on Friday, July 23, at 9 a.m. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be available at each public hearing. Comments provided at the public hearings will be documented and responded to within the final 2021 Regional Plan. Last month, hundreds of community members joined SANDAG’S virtual open house series to explore the draft 2021 Regional Plan and proposed community improvements. Those who missed those open houses can view them at SANDAGmeetings YouTube channel. Aug. 6 is the deadline for the public to submit comments on the draft 2021 Regional Plan.
Gafcon, Inc. has been recognized among the Top 50 Program Management and Top 100 Construction Management firms in the U.S. by Engineering News Record. Gafcon provides comprehensive services in construction, program and project management, as well as construction and technology consulting support. With offices in San Diego, Los Angeles County and Orange County, Gafcon manages and directs projects both nationally and internationally.
Point Loma Playhouse is presenting a La Playa Books’ virtual event with Jeff Katzman, MD, and Dan O’Connor on July 29 at 4 p.m. La Playa Books will virtually host the book tour of Katzman and O’Connor and their new book “Ensemble! Using the Power of Improv and Play to Forge Connections in a Lonely World.” The event is free and for all ages, RSVP is required at https://forms.gle/vavX6Nx3QcqpCiTk6. The event link will be sent to everyone who registers. For more information, visit Point Loma Playhouse – Home.
San Diego County Credit Union is a sponsor of the 47th San Diego LGBTQ+ Pride celebration, held as a hybrid event this year, including both virtual and in-person community events happening through July 18. San Diego’s Pride celebration has grown to become a premier event in California for the LGBTQ+ community bringing over 320,000 spectators in 2019 and $26.6 million in total economic impact to San Diego. For a schedule of events and more information, visit sdpride.org.
GASLAMP SUMMER LINE-UP
Hot girl summer or not, the Gaslamp Quarter goes big this season with events and experiences designed to provide a little bit of something for everyone. For Summer 2021, the Gaslamp Quarter brings you:
Throwback Thursdays: With extended happy hour specials running until 8 p.m., you’ll be fueled for your decade themed roller-skating session. Hosted by Sunset Roller Club, Island between 4th and 6th from 6-9 p.m. comes alive with your favorite all-time hits of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s.
Gaslamp Disco: Saturday nights from 6-11 p.m. there will be Silent Revival, a Gaslamp Disco. This outdoor and silent disco experience for the whole family takes place right in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter at 5th and Island. With three DJ booths to choose from including ’80s-’90s, Top 40, reggaeton, and house music. Headset rentals are $20 in advance and $25 day of. A percentage of the proceeds of each event will be donated to The Gaslamp Quarter Association.
Gaslamp Flicks: Happy hour followed by some outdoor cinema! Underneath the iconic arch will be a double-header of movies on July 23 and Aug. 27. July’s films will be “Ghostbusters” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” Stay up to date on all Gaslamp Summer experiences and learn about parking options at Gaslamp.org.
LJ BEACHFRONT SALE
Former presidential candidate and current Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s beachfront home in La Jolla has reportedly sold for $23.5 million and is in escrow. The property’s original 3-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home was demolished to make way for a 5-bedroom mansion somewhere between 8,100 and 11,000 square feet. The expansion of the home now includes a library, a wraparound porch, a spa, and a car elevator. Romney’s home was sold on June 30, accordiong to the San Diego County Recorder’s Office.
CAF GETS DONATION
Thanks to the communities’ support, San Diego’s Challenged Athletes Foundation was officially awarded a $10,000 donation from BJA Partners. CAF is a local organization dedicated to providing opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The $10,000 donation will change the lives of so many children by providing necessary equipment such as a set of prosthetic legs, adaptive wheelchairs or specialized coaching to relearn how to walk or run.
SD DOG PARK RANKING
Dog parks are great places for pups and their owners to meet. While their fur baby roams free and makes pals, mom and dad can socialize with fellow dog lovers. But you won’t find pup-friendly green spaces everywhere in America, and if you do, they won’t all be up to snuff. So what are 2021’s Best Dog Park Cities? LawnStarter ranked 97 U.S. cities based on access, quality, and climate factors to find out. San Diego's Rank for some key metrics: Dog Parks per 100,000 Residents – 45th; Average Rating for Dog Parks – 87th; Average Number of Very Cold Days – first; Average Number of Very Hot Days – fifth.
San Diego Humane Society has reduced adoption fees by 50% for small animals from through July 18. During the promotion titled “All the love, half the price,” adoption fees will be reduced for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats. “We currently have more than 200 guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and rats in our care at SDHS and more are relying on us for help every day,” said SDHSchief operating officer Jessica Des Lauriers. “Every animal who is adopted makes space for another animal who is in urgent need of care.”
How to Adopt: Get started by browsing the available pets at sdhumane.org/adopt. Choose “guinea pig,” "rabbit" or "other" to see all of the wonderful small animals currently available for adoption. San Diego Humane Society is open for walk-in adoptions on a first come, first-served basis at any campus locations in Oceanside, El Cajon, Escondido and San Diego.
JFS CHAIR NAMED
Jewish Family Service of San Diego has named Emily Jennewein as chair of the nonprofit’s board of directors. Jennewein will depart from her role as first vice chair to replace Adam Welland as chair. An experienced leader in the Jewish community for the past 20 years, Jennewein served as president of Hillel of San Diego from 2017 to 2018 and 2014 to 2016. There she oversaw construction of the Melvin Garb Hillel Center at San Diego State University and won unanimous approval from the San Diego City Council to build the Beverly and Joseph Glickman Hillel Center at UC San Diego.From 2011 to 2013, Jennewein was president of the Congregation Beth Israel. Jennewein’s daughters started the family’s involvement with the nonprofit after volunteering with JFS’s Hand Up food pantry.
Cox Charities is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations through July 31 as a part of its annual Community Grants program. This year, Cox Charities will be awarding a total of $100,000 in grants to San Diego area nonprofits, with individual grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Apply at coxcharitiesca.org/communitygrants. Grant recipients will be announced in September.
HUMPHREYS TIKI BASH
San Diego distillery, Cutwater Spirits, announced that tickets are on sale for Tiki Bash 2021 – taking place on Friday, Aug. 6 from 6-10 p.m. at Humphreys Outdoor Concert Lawn, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. All of the ticket sales will benefit the San Diego Food Bank. Headlining the summer event is national touring act - The English Beat, supported by El Vez and Creepxotica. Tiki Tronic to play a Yacht Rock DJ set in the Marina Ballroom. Tickets available at sandiegofoodbank.org/tiki/.
The County Board of Supervisors voted July 13 to allocate more funding to wildfire preparedness. “Our region has invested significant resources into our regional wildfire preparedness, but the increased fire danger from drought and climate change require us to do more,” said board chair Nathan Fletcher. “The action taken today moves forward on investing more than $2.5 million towards a regional vegetation management strategy, while also taking into consideration environmental impacts, to ensure evacuation readiness. This is an important step and I will continue to work to explore anything else we can do to protect our region.”
INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP AWARDS
RISE San Diego is now accepting nominations for 2021 Inclusive Leadership in Action Awards, the fifth annual celebration of leaders making a difference in the San Diego region. Awards recognize local changemakers committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Nominations open now until Aug. 2. Award winners to be announced at an Oct. 11 event. To submit nominations for the 2021 ILIA awards, visit risesandiego.org/ilia.
MEET THE BREEDS IN SAN DIEGO
Tickets are on sale for San Diego’s first AKC Meet the Breeds, which comes to the San Diego Convention Center on Aug. 14-15. The American Kennel Club and GF Sports & Entertainment bring this two-day educational event to San Diego to give attendees the opportunity to meet and play with hundreds of dogs all while learning about responsible pet ownership and which breed(s) is best for their lifestyle straight from the experts. For more information, visit akc.org/meetthebreeds.
SD LOYAL’S PRIDE NIGHT
Pride night celebrates a “Loud and Proud” initiative in season-long partnership with San Diego Pride. On July 24, at 7:30 p.m., SD Loyal, in partnership with SD Pride, will hold its Pride night at USD’s Torero Stadium against Phoenix Rising FC as the club continues its unbeaten streak. Twenty percent of all tickets sold to the game will be donated to SD Pride. To learn more, visit sdloyal.com.
GROWLERS AT MISSION BAY HIGH
The San Diego Growlers of the American Ultimate Disc League are back at home 1 p.m. Sunday, July 18 at Mission Bay High School. They’ll take on the Austin Sol for the first time in franchise history. The Growlers will look to build on their 1-0 record against Texas opponents this season, as the Sol travel to SoCal. In Week 4, the Growlers took down the Dallas Roughnecks 21-20 in the AUDL Game of the Week, asserting themselves as the top team in the West Division. Since the Growlers’ Week 2 loss to the Aviators, they’ve won three straight and this week will take on a Sol team currently sitting at 4-3 in second place in the West.
Thursday, July 8
CHALKUP! SUMMER ART FEST
Building on the success of community chalk art events that sprung to life during the pandemic, the ChalkUp! Summer Art Fest is a family-friendly community celebration of voting rights, community diversity, and the power of “us.” The public is invited to add their voices to a community canvas stretching along a section of the La Jolla Bike Path, between Vincente Way and Via del Norte. On Saturday, July 10, from 9:30 a.m. to noon learn about the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and write postcards to their U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla.
VETS HONOR KELLOGG
The Mt. Soledad Memorial Association recently honored William Kellogg for his many years of efforts as the association’s chair emeritus. Kellogg served as president/chairman of the association from 1989 until 2012. He contributed toward the organization’s raising the money to build and operate the new Veterans Memorial Walls at the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla. Kellogg’s multiple-year effort helped guarantee that the memorial will remain, and he believes it is one of his greatest accomplishments.
Kellogg also served for five years as president of the La Jolla Shores Association, and is a member of the La Jolla Town Council, the La Jolla Community Planning Association, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, and the La Jolla Historical Society. Kellogg was also named to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Director’s Circle Cabinet and to the Advisory Council of the Scripps Memorial Hospital.
SALK INSTITUTE SCIENTIST KILLED LA JOLLA
The cycling community is reacting to the tragic death of Swati Tyagi, 34, a scientist at La Jolla’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the mother of an 11-month-old son, who was killed by a car June 23 in La Jolla. San Diego Police said the crash occurred in the late afternoon in the southbound lanes of North Torrey Pines Road approaching La Jolla Village Drive. Tyagi died at the scene.
“A tragic loss for our community, our heartfelt condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones,” said Andy Hanshaw, executive director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. “While we know little about the circumstances, we convey our sorrow and urge everyone to be cautious while driving on our streets. We all share the same roads and need to pay close attention at all times to our surroundings. especially to cyclists.”
NEW DEPARTMENT CHAIR AT UC SAN DIEGO
After a nationwide search, a new chair has been named for UC San Diego’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, brings an extensive background in maternal-fetal medicine, clinical research, academic education and lessons learned from the global pandemic to her new role.
“We are beyond grateful to have Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman join our faculty,” said Steven Garfin, MD, interim dean of UC San Diego School of Medicine. “She brings strong leadership, a breadth of knowledge and a highly respected reputation that aligns with the goals and vision of UC San Diego.”
Gyamfi-Bannerman joins the faculty from Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where she spent the last 16 years of her career. She chose UC San Diego because of its innovative research environment, rich leadership history and remarkable patient care. As a board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Gyamfi-Bannerman is internationally recognized for her work in obstetric complications, with a primary focus on preterm birth, both in prevention and in the use of antenatal corticosteroids, or steroids.
PB JULY FOURTH TRADITION
Residents of the 800 block of Wilbur Avenue in Pacific Beach went all out again in 2021, as they have for years, decking out their homes, trees, sidewalks and their entire block with red, white and blue in honor of our nation’s birthday. Banners were strung across the street. A huge American flag in the neighborhood proudly proclaims loyalty and national pride. The annual event is sponsored by a local group of men in the neighborhood who call themselves El Barracho and wear black T-shirts with their group's name.
The Wilbur Street El Barrachos said they started the tradition in 2003 because they all had small children at the time, and the beaches were so crowded July 4th, that it was better to party at home. So they use ladders every year to suspend banners across the street and hang a flag high up between trees.
The El Barrachos said they’ve done a lot of civic stuff in PB participating in year-end caroling and the holiday parade, as well as celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. “We’re a group that sponsors no one, supports no causes,” quipped one El Barracho adding, “By the way, this small group here (barbecuing) has been going on (celebrating) since the third.”
CANCER RISK STUDIED
University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have identified a possible link between inadequate exposure to ultraviolet-B (UVB) light from the sun and an increased risk of colorectal cancer, especially as people age. Reporting in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers investigated global associations between levels of UVB light — one of several types of ultraviolet light that reach the Earth’s surface — in 2017 and rates of colorectal cancer across several age groups in 186 countries in 2018.
Lower UVB exposure was significantly correlated with higher rates of colorectal cancer across all age groups. After other factors, such as skin pigmentation, life expectancy and smoking were considered, the association between lower UVB and risk of colorectal cancer remained significant for people aged 45 and older. Lower UVB exposure may reduce levels of vitamin D, wrote the authors. Vitamin D deficiency has previously been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. The authors suggested that future research could look directly at the potential benefits of correcting vitamin D deficiencies to reduce colorectal cancer risk, especially in older age groups.
Join the Women's Museum of California on Saturday, July 10 from 1-6 p.m. at the Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1500 University Ave. for She Fest. The Women's Museum will be bringing the Women of Pride exhibit to the celebration. Enjoy live music, activities, LGBTQ+ vendors and community groups, workshops, interviews, and more. She Fest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within and between the LGBTQ+ and larger San Diego communities.
SDYS MAESTRO RETIRES
After a quarter-century leading one of the nation’s most prestigious music education programs for young people at San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, maestro Jeff Edmons has announced his retirement from the podium. Edmons is stepping down for personal and health reasons prior to the start of the 2021-2022 season in September.
“I am so honored and fortunate to have been able to work with so many incredible and inspirational students,” said Edmons. “I am so proud of this organization and everything it does for young people across San Diego County and beyond. After 25 incredible years with such incredible and inspirational students, families, and colleagues, I knew it was time for me to step down and to make way for a new music director who can lead this historic organization to new heights.”
Edmons started at San Diego Youth Symphony in 1996 after a year-long, international search for a new Music Director. Under his leadership, the organization has expanded from two to 13 ensembles and serves as many as 700 students each year in the Balboa Park ensemble program.
SDF APPOINTS CHAIR, NEW MEMBERThe San Diego Foundation Board of Governors has appointed Steven Klosterman, AIF, as chair for the 2021-2023 term, and unanimously approved the addition of three new board members: Rudolph A. Johnson III, Pacific Beach hotelier Elvin Lai and Amanda Montgomery. Klosterman, Johnson, Lai and Montgomery started their terms on July 1. The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors is composed of volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds, who are involved in many community and charitable activities throughout San Diego.
PAWS FOR PURPLE HEARTS
Nonprofit Paws for Purple Hearts San Diego will hold its first Service Dog Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 5550 Oberlin St., Suite B from 3-6 p.m. Tickets are available to the public for a $35 suggested donation. Veterans and Active-Duty Military are free. Guests will enjoy refreshments, speeches from community members, program participants, and PPH representatives, and service dog demonstrations.
PPH provides Warrior Canine Therapy to veterans and service members by involving those with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury in the training of service dogs for their comrades with disabilities. Once trained, the service dogs are placed with Warriors to assist with disabilities including PTSD, TBI and mobility impairment at no charge. For more information about the Service Dog Graduation, contact [email protected].
NEW SCIENCE BOARD CHAIR
The Elementary Institute of Science, a science, technology, engineering, and math education organization for youth, has announced the appointment of Debra Roy as the board president. EIS is committed to providing rich learning opportunities that prepare children for bright futures. EIS collaborates with schools, parents, businesses, and community partners to engage students in authentic, hands-on science learning. EIS primarily supports children who live in neighborhoods with underfunded schools and lacking education enrichment programs.
Roy is a staff engineer in the Engineering Process and Metrics Department at General Atomics and supports engineering and continuous improvement efforts. With her love of engineering and creative skills as a fashion designer, Roy has a passion for exposing youth to science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
President Biden has signed into law a bipartisan resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to reduce dangerous methane pollution. Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) was among legislators introducing the resolution which will reinstate two key Obama-era rules that set stronger regulations on methane pollution emitted by the nation's oil and gas industry. The production of oil and natural gas is the largest source of methane pollution in the United States.
"Controlling methane will immediately help slow global warming, strengthen our economic competitiveness, and restore our international leadership on the climate crisis," said Peters following the resolution's enactment ceremony. "Today, the United States reinstated critical methane regulations that prove our nation is building back better following the disastrous environmental rollbacks imposed by the previous administration. Republicans and Democrats united behind this important action because climate change is real and requires real solutions."
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The iconic Centro Cultural de la Raza is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday, July 10, 4-5:30 p.m, via Zoom as well as an in-person reception and poster exhibition, and on Sunday, July 11, noon-4 p.m., which is free and open to the public. The virtual Gala will highlight the history of Centro through a theatrical timeline, taking the audience through Centro’s evolution. Embedded in the timeline are crafted performances featuring participants involved with the organization through the years and currently. Some of the presenters and guest speakers include: DJ Xavier “The X-Man," Laura Castaneda, Ariana Gallegos, Victor Ochoa, Beto Perez, Salvador Torres, Ethan Van Tillo, Bill Virchis.
Streamed on Facebook Live: Centro Cultural de la RazaViewable on YouTube after the event at AAC Centro
NO MASK CHANGES FOR VARIANT
“We continue to monitor the situation with COVID -19 and in particular the Delta variant and want to emphasize the single best action you can take to protect yourself and your family is to be fully vaccinated,” cautioned County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who is co-chair of the County of San Diego COVID-19 Subcommittee. “Almost 95% of our delta variant cases are from those not fully vaccinated. We will continue to align our public health guidance with CDC and CDPH and do not anticipate any changes.”
NONSTOP FLIGHTS TO KONA
Southwest Airlines has begun nonstop service to Kona, Island of Hawaii via Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport and Lihue, Kauai via Lihue Airport from San Diego International Airport. Flights to Kona operate Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays until Sept. 27 when they increase to one flight daily.
Flights to Lihue operate Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until Sept. 27 when they increase to one flight daily. Southwest Airlines is also increasing their service to Kahului, Maui from one flight daily to two flights daily.
CHOIR REGISTRATION OPEN
Do you have a child between 4-18 years old who enjoys singing, is eager to learn more about music and wants to perform in exciting places? If so, now is the time to join the San Diego Children's Choir. Registration for fall after-school choir programs opens soon with convenient rehearsal locations in Mission Valley, Carmel Valley, Rancho Bernardo/Poway, Grossmont, and Eastlake. Full schedule with locations was announced July 1. To register or find out more email [email protected] or call 858-587-1087 or visit sdcchoir.org.
FISH SHOP PARTNERS FOR PETS
Fish Shop's locations in Pacific Beach at 1775 Garnet Ave. and Point Loma at 1110 Rosecrans St. have partnered with Pets for Patriots throughout July and August. For every bottle of Tribute, Imagery, and Cupcake wine sold on-premise, a portion of proceeds will be donated by the national non-profit.
Pets for Patriots was created to give the gifts of fidelity, joy, and love to veterans and pets through companion animal adoption. The organization works to build a nationwide network of rescue and veterinary partners, find homes for overlooked shelter animals, reduce the cost of pet guardianship to prevent veterans from returning adopted pets to shelters,and provide ongoing support to nurture the healing bonds between veterans and their adopted companion pets.
Fish Shop allows guests to create their own customizable dishes, by first selecting the fresh fish, then the marinade or seasoning, and finally the style - tacos, salad, sando, or plate. Diners can also choose from favorites like the TKO Taco or Fish N’ Chips. Each location is family- and dog-friendly.
STUFF THE BUS
Kids face many hardship and school supplies should not be one of them. That’s why San Diego County Credit Union’s Stuff the Bus is once again collecting monetary donations to purchase back-to-school supplies for students experiencing homelessness to help set them up for success in the coming school year. The annual Stuff the Bus campaign, now in its seventh year, was launched in partnership with San Diego County Credit Union, the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations in support of Live Well San Diego. A portion of donations will also assist San Diego Youth Services’ various food programs to provide meals for homeless youth.
This year, in addition to the online collection, the community can also make in-store monetary donations at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store location in San Diego County. Having a backpack and all of the needed back-to-school supplies is essential for success in the school year. A small donation can make a big difference in the life of a student in need.
More than 20,000 school-age children were identified as homeless during the last school year. Homelessness for school-age children can mean living in a shelter, sharing a residence with multiple families, living in a car or trailer in San Diego County or sharing a room in an apartment with relatives. Homelessness is not limited to urban, downtown San Diego, it also affects suburban school districts all over the county. Monetary donations will be accepted in-store at all Ralphs and Food 4 Less grocery store locations in San Diego County through July 31, as well as online at sdccu.com/donate.
Thursday, June 30
PARKING ISSUE RAISED
At Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s June 16 meeting, Ron Slayen addressed the group about a serious ongoing parking problem. “Block after block you see many curbs inappropriately colored, a lot of yellow that does not conform to any businesses,” Slayen said. “There are also a lot of green curb sites that have limited 30-minute parking.”
Slayen contended that eliminating inappropriate color-coded curbing restricting parking would “make some concrete change in Midway” freeing up more needed parking space. “I recommend we could ask City staff, a traffic engineer, to come out and assess the situation and return with some options at a future meeting,” he concluded.
MIDWAY HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS
Growing concern was expressed at Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s June meeting about a surge in unsheltered tents pitched around the former Sports Arena and Goodwill Industries at 3663 Rosecrans St. as well as Big Lots across the street at 3705 Rosecrans St.
“We’ve seen 30 to 40 tents in public areas and we’ve been in constant contact with outreach workers from the County to try and get resources deployed to make sure folks get to shelters and get what they need,” said District 2 staffer Josh Coyne. “We had a meeting with Goodwill last week and want to make sure the police’s Neighborhood Policing Division and the mayor’s office are aware of it and are all on the same page about sharing accurate information about it.”
“If you’ve got the resources, why do you have to meet with all these stakeholders?” asked Midway Planning chair Cathy Kenton.
“Homelessness is a very complex issue and we’re working very closely with our government and police partners to address this,” answered Coyne. “It’s not illegal to be homeless. The police will tell you that. We’re working hard to make sure folks get permanent housing along the way, and don’t end up back in the (unsheltered) system.”
“I go over there to donate some things to Goodwill and there’s no toilets, no water,” noted Midway Planning member Kathy Holiday. “We’re talking about hygiene and health issues.”
ROCK CHURCH FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Rock Church is continuing its monthly food distributions for San Diego families to receive much-needed groceries at its campuses including every third Thursday at the Rock Church in Point Loma at 2277 Rosecrans St. The next Peninsula distribution will be Thursday, July 15 at Rock Church Point Loma Campus Parking Lot P with drive-thru service starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until supplies run out. In June, at the Point Loma campus, 268 households comprising 670 individuals received 7,897 pounds of food. Since the birth of this project on April 3, 2019, an average of 212 households have come through each of the three sites at the monthly distributions equating to over 31,535 individuals receiving much-needed groceries, diapers, and household supplies to date.
PIE, ICE CREAM IN POINT LOMA
With flagship locations in University Heights and Costa Mesa, Pop Pie Co. and sister company Stella Jean’s Ice Cream are headed next to Point Loma where they’ll open later this summer on Voltaire Street near popular Italian restaurant Cesarina. Taking over The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s former corner spot, the businesses will share a roof but retain their own separate counters and distinct branding in a space designed by local firm Tecscape, that will offer both indoor and outdoor seating.
Co-owners Steven Torres and Gan Suebsarakham, who operate Pop Pie and Stella Jean’s under The Sweet and Savory Collective, were able to ramp up their takeout and delivery service during the pandemic by renting a commissary kitchen in the Clairemont area that should also aid the partners in their expansion plans.
A coffee fanatic who lived in Seattle for a decade, Torres runs Pop Pie’s coffee program with a rotating roster of micro-roasters but has been working to develop his own line of high-end coffee that will fuel its locations going forward. Torres says that he’s looking for a space to house the roastery with plans to be up and running by this fall.
HUGE HOME FOR SALE
One of the largest homes in Point Loma is for sale. A one-of-a-kind home at 3402 Gage Place in Point Loma is on the market for $11.8 million, listed by Leslie Huntley of Willis Allen Real Estate. Built in 1988, this 6-bed, 7-bath, 10,406-square-foot home sits on an acre with views of the bay.
SDIA NONSTOP SERVICE
Southwest Airlines has announced it will add nonstop service to Bozeman, Mont. via Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport from San Diego International Airport beginning Nov. 23. Southwest Airlines has also announced it will resume nonstop service to New Orleans via Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport beginning Nov. 7. The resumption comes after Southwest Airlines suspended service in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-COVID-19, the airline offered daily nonstop flights.
MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has announced the winners of its Man and Woman of the Year fundraising contest. Candidates and their campaign teams were judged solely on virtual fundraising success this campaign season, each dollar counting as one vote. Their totals are then considered for the national title. Newly honored Man of the Year, Jeff Peters, accepted his nomination in honor of his mother, who passed from Acute Myeloid Leukemia just one year ago, and his aunt, who passed just over 30 years ago from a blood cancer.
Lauren Phinney, San Diego’s newest Woman of the Year, met countless families facing a blood cancer diagnosis over the years as a morning anchor for KUSI News and decided to use her platform to do something good for others. The community rallied behind her good will – and helped to make an incredible impact.
In addition to top fundraising awards, candidates were recognized for their commitment to the LLS Mission, Leadership, and Community Involvement. The award for Mission Integration was given to: Charlene Ewell from Team Kevin. The award Volunteerism went to: Sandra Shebani from Team Linda’s Light and the award for Community Involvement went to Lauren Phinney from Team For A Cure.
DEL MAR ANTIQUES
The all new Del Mar Antiques + Art + Design Show at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., organized by Dolphin Promotions, will be held July 9-11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall and feature 100 quality dealers from California and across the U.S. The show is completely redesigned and under new management. New organizer Dolphin Promotions has over 30 years of show experience. The upcoming show will be the second edition organized by the new management team after a hiatus of 18 months due to the pandemic. For more information including a list of exhibitors, visit delmarantiques.com.
NEW LJ SYMPHONY DIRECTOR
The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus has appointed Dr. Arian Khaefi director of choral studies at San Diego State University, to serve as interim chorus conductor of the LJS&C chorus during the 2021-2022 season. Khaefi will succeed Dr. Ruben Valenzuela, LJS&C choral director since 2018. Valenzuela is stepping down to assume full time leadership of the Bach Collegium, of which he is the founding director. Khaefi was selected following a search whose success was much facilitated by the active participation of a small committee of long-time LJS&C chorus members, and executive and artistic leadership.
SD FOUNDATION HIRES
The San Diego Foundation hired three new directors. Christiana DeBenedict is director, environmental initiatives; Jason Rogers, AIF, CWS, is director, wealth advisor relations; and Lorena Nava Ruggero is director, communications. “Christiana, Jason and Lorena are wonderful new additions to our team who will help lead the work of our new Strategic Plan that benefits communities across our region,” said Mark Stuart, president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation.
DeBenedict will lead programs and directs resources to build a more equitable and resilient San Diego. She has built her career locally, developing capacity, resources, programs and networks in support of our regional and binational environment and community. Ruggero is responsible for creating awareness for The San Diego Foundation’s products, services, programs and impact on the San Diego community. She works with departmental teams to provide updates on the foundation’s initiatives and community impact programs to donors, nonprofit partners, locally elected officials, community members and other stakeholders.
COMMUNITY CENTER RECEPTION
Artists from the La Jolla Art Association will be holding a reception at the La Jolla Community Center in the Great Room on Friday, July 9 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The art exhibit will feature the works of painter Lindsay Ahart and photographer Gloria Moeller. Both artists will discuss the stories behind their artwork. Titled, "Alive by the Sea," featuring seascapes and ocean-related topics.
There will be two additional artists, Daniel Kilgore and Minnie Valero, who will be exhibiting in the Las Patronas Room at the La Jolla Community Center. Daniel is an artist who paints in oil and Minnie is a watercolor artist. For more information visit www.ljcommunitycenter.org/art-reception.
Following the reception, the art will be exhibited at the Community Center through July 31. The event is free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending event is required as is a face covering during the reception. No food will be served. RSVP is required to Gloria at [email protected].
BIG TABLE DONATION
Thanks to the communities’ support via social media, San Diego’s Big Table was officially awarded a $10,000 donation from San Diego’s Mainline Insurance Services which will allow the organization to provide food and housing for up to 120 restaurant and hospitality workers. Big Table is a local organization dedicated to caring for restaurant and hospitality workers in crisis and they are equipped to provide care for all areas of a person’s life and usually includes rental and utility assistance as well as food security through gift cards to local grocery stores.
FATHER JOE’S FOURTH
Father Joe’s Villages will host a Fourth of July event at its outdoor courtyard on Friday, July 2, from 11 a.m. to noon. The Independence Day celebration is being hosted to distribute food, gift bags and hope to people in San Diego County that are currently homeless. Father Joe’s Villages president and CEO Deacon Jim Vargas will kick off the event with an inspiring prayer and there will be patriotic music, decorations and food.
The goal of the event is to provide nourishment, hygiene products and a day of hope to homeless or housing-insecure people – many of whom served in the armed forces. Local experts estimate that up to 8% of people without shelter in San Diego County are members of the veteran community. An estimated 7,600 individuals throughout San Diego County are living in homelessness.
SCOOTER PETITION DRIVE
Jonathan Freeman who started Safe Walkways, a nonprofit advocating for the restoration of safety for pedestrians on walkways, has begun a petition drive to bar motorized scooters from walkways. “From its arrival in San Diego in February 2018 the motorized scooter rental industry has created obstacles and hazards for pedestrians as well as liabilities for property owners,” said Freeman. “We’ve had over three years of mayhem and chaos, and the safety of pedestrians being put at risk, with a City that’s doing virtually nothing to alleviate the problem.”
Proposed solutions advocated by Safe Walkways to scooter issues include: requiring that rented motorized scooters only be staged and parked in City-designated corrals and prohibited from parking on sidewalks; limiting the number of companies renting scooters; requiring companies to remove their vehicles from corrals where road sweeping will occur; and creating a fines schedule and enabling traffic officers to give citations to the companies parking their vehicles on sidewalks. The scooter petition is available at safewalkwaysusa.com.
“Bird is a reliable last-mile electric scooter rental service,” replied the Bird Co. “Our mission is to make cities more livable by reducing car usage, traffic and congestion.”
LJ LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the La Jolla Library will be holding an outdoor book sale on Saturday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the library at 7555 Draper Ave. Books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles and DVDs for all ages will be available starting at 25 cents (cash or credit/debit only). During sale hours only, the Friends will be accepting donations of gently used books, magazines, puzzles and DVDs for future sales. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Friends of the La Jolla Library in support of the La Jolla Library.
Miracle Babies, a nonprofit whose mission is to unite parents with hospitalized newborns by providing transportation and supportive services, celebrated its Miracle Circle Auxiliary on May 26 at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. The annual Breakfast at Tiffany’s included a cocktail reception, decadent brunch and exciting program. This year’s event raised nearly $100,000 which will fund a “Heart” shuttle designated to transport parents and babies receiving care at Rady Children’s Hospital Heart Institute. For more information, visit miraclebabies.org.
Friday, June 25
SAN DIEGO GROWLERS HOME GAME
The San Diego Growlers (3-1) of the American Ultimate Disc League are back at home this Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Torrey Pines High School to take on the Dallas Roughnecks (1-1) in the Week 4 AUDL Game of the Week. Each Game of the Week this season will re-air on Fox Sports 2 the following Wednesday as part of a two-year deal the AUDL signed with Fox Sports after the 2019 season; this week’s Dallas vs. San Diego game will air on FS2 on June 30.
The first meeting between the two teams came in the semifinals of Championship Weekend 8 in 2019. In a back-and-forth game, Dallas narrowly edged out San Diego 23-18 with a strong showing in the fourth quarter. Following the 2019 season, the AUDL realigned the four divisions, which included moving Dallas to the West Division. A budding rivalry between Dallas and San Diego will start to take shape starting with the first of two regular-season meetings this Saturday. Both teams are favorites for the two playoff spots up for grabs in the West this year.
BEATING VICTIM NOT CHARGED
The City will not seek prosecution against a homeless black man who was witnessed by a bystander allegedly being beaten during an arrest for public urination in La Jolla by two San Diego police officers on May 12. “Our city’s resources may be better used to provide public toilets,” said City Attorney Mara Elliott.
The May 12 incident occurred about 9 a.m. in the 4100 block of Torrey Pines Road near Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “Two officers on patrol witnessed a man urinating in public,” said SDPD spokesperson Shawn Takeuchi. “The man would not stop to speak with officers, therefore an officer held the man to detain him. Despite the officers repeatedly telling the man to ‘stop resisting,’ the man would not comply. One of the officers struck the man several times.” Takeuchi noted the man was taken into custody and transported to the hospital. The SDPD Internal Affairs Unit has been investigating the incident including reviewing Body Worn Camera video.”
LA JOLLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL RETURNING
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival will return Oct. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to Girard Avenue in La Jolla. There is rolling admission for artists this year. It is a juried art show meaning artists are fine artists and we're estimating at least 40% of the artists will be new to the show. While the entire festival is free, there will be ticketed entry to the wine and beer garden. Early bird tickets are on sale now for $35 and include five tasting tickets. The wine and beer garden will feature 30 boutique wineries, craft breweries and San Diego's finest craft distillers.
The event will have live music with a special performance by the San Diego Opera. The La Jolla High School Marching Band will join us on Saturday of the festival. Featured artists this year are Krista Schumacher ljawf.com/featured-artist-krista-schumacher and Josh Serafin ljawf.com/featured-artist-josh-serafin. The LJAWF has donated $951,000 to the five public schools in La Jolla since inception, 13 years ago – Torrey Pines Elementary, La Jolla Elementary, Bird Rock Elementary, Muirlands Middle School and La Jolla High School.
WORKPLACE FACE COVERINGS
Discover PB, the beach community’s business improvement district, is reminding residents and businesses of new guidance from the state on new regulations governing face coverings to protect customers and employees. In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:
Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
Require all patrons to wear masks.
No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.
The PB Rec Center is designing a mural/mosaic using surfboards. Please donate your old surfboards in any shape to them. This will be a permanent art fixture and donations are being accepted to sponsor a surfboard mosaic and will be acknowledged with a tile. Amounts vary in sponsorship from $25 to $5,000 and are tax deductible to the amount of IRS allows. Designed by a local artist and having PB volunteers helping to create the finished project this will become a jewel of Pacific Beach.
PB WOMAN’S CLUB
Pacific Beach Woman’s Club has been sold and is under new ownership. It is no longer available for rent by the PBWC. The club will be dark in July and August but social events may be planned. Check out its Facebook page for possible events. Fall meetings will commence at the VFW Hall on 853 Turquoise St., first Thursday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. Social half-hour meeting at 6:30 pm.
MOON JELLY AT BIRCH AQUARIUM
This is a new permanent installation in the Hall of Fishes at Birch Aquarium. Sometime in the fall, the Moon Jellies will be replaced by ctenophore jellies in a named exhibit, but for now, we are just calling this a Moon Jelly experience.
It is a 600-gallon cylindrical tank that curves out into the walkway and is at the perfect height for even our youngest guests to get up close to these amazing creatures.
Named for its ethereal moon-like bell, these jellies are known to go with the flow and travel with ocean currents. As they drift, they use their short tentacles to sweep food towards their oral arms, aka the frilly part on the underside of the jelly.
“Moon Jellies are found around the world from the warm waters of the tropics to the cold waters of the northern and southern oceans,” said Jennifer Nero Moffatt, the aquarium’s senior director of animal care and husbandry. “These highly resilient and ancient creatures are made of 95% seawater. Some jellies pack a punch with potent stings, and adapt quickly to warming oceans. This new exhibit is a great opportunity for guests to get up close and personal with jellies, sting free.”
LJSA FAVORS PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
At a special June meeting, La Jolla Shores Association voted unanimously in favor of a motion to take action promoting pedestrian safety in the neighborhood. The following motion was made and voted 11-0: Install crosswalks with pedestrian-activated flashing beacons along La Jolla Shores Drive at Vallecitos. Place pedestrian striping at all stop signs at Avenida De La Playa, Paseo del Ocaso and El Paseo Grande. Install pedestrian warning signs at the intersections of La Jolla Shores Drive that do not have stop signs. This is the first phase in solutions for traffic congestion and pedestrian safety in La Jolla Shores. The first phase is in response to the recent traffic incident involving and injury to an adult and two small children.
NEW VENDOR FOR LJ SIGNAGE
A new vendor, EnSight, has been selected replacing Texas-based FlashParking for La Jolla Village Merchant Association’s directional wayfinding signage program for the Village, a multiyear effort by the community’s La Jolla Coastal Access and Parking Board. In January Flash Parking was selected by LJVMA to fabricate and install electronic signage, hardware, software and installation for its camera-based technology. However, FlashParking, without elaborating, withdrew its proposal recently saying only it felt that it was not the right company to do the job. About $121,000 accrued from contributions from office space developers as required by the California Coastal Commission is available for the community improvement project.
NEW MUSEUM COUNCIL DIRECTOR
The board of directors of the San Diego Museum Council has named Bob Lehman as the organization’s next executive director. Lehman is a nonprofit leader with expertise in organizational management, strategic planning, fundraising, and institutional growth. “Bob’s visionary leadership as director in performing arts organizations transfers extremely well to our association of San Diego County museums,” says SDMC’s incoming board chair Christine Stokes. “We are incredibly fortunate to have him as our new executive director and look forward to the leadership he brings to the museum community.”
SDHS WALK-IN ADOPTIONS
After more than a year of appointment-only, outdoor services, San Diego Humane Society is opening its doors to the public and offering walk-in adoptions once again. “We’re thrilled to welcome people into our buildings again,” said SDHS president and CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman. “Our staff and volunteers did a great job adapting during the pandemic with an appointment-based adoption system. It worked and it allowed for a safe way to continue to find homes for our animals. But nothing can replace the joy that comes from walking through the adoption gallery and finding your new family member.” For more information, visit sdhumane.org.
OB CHARITY GETS CERTIFIED
Ocean Beach Emergency Food, Inc., which has continuously served the community since 1977, has received Gold Certification from the Nutrition Pantry Program at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
OBEFI, also known as Ocean Beach Loaves & Fishes, is supported by area churches and community organizations and currently distributes monthly 4,800 pounds of food and hygiene items to 435 individuals, including the elderly, disabled, families and unsheltered. Distributions occur every Monday morning from space generously provided by Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
“We are deeply grateful to receive this meaningful award in recognition of our ongoing mission to feed the hungry in Ocean Beach,” said Father Lawrence Bausch, president of OBEFI’s board. “It is especially meaningful to be recognized at this time as we have seen the need for our services double during the pandemic, as many in our community have struggled to feed their families.”
The Nutrition Pantry Program supports food distribution centers across San Diego in implementing practical, client-based strategies aimed at improving health. The program, which was designed by Leah’s Pantry, leahspantry.org, is directed by the UC San Diego Center for Community Health, which works to improve health equity in diverse communities.
Lawyers Club of San Diego applauds the establishment of Juneteenth as a federal holiday, following President Biden’s signing of legislation to make it a federal holiday, designating June 19 as the national day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The name Juneteenth stems from June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, issued General Order No. 3, which announced that in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, “all slaves are free.” President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, declaring that all slaves in the Confederate States would be free, effective Jan. 1, 1863.
BIG TABLE AWARDED
Thanks to the communities’ support, San Diego’s Big Table was officially awarded a $10,000 donation from San Diego’s Mainline Insurance Services, which will allow the organization to provide food and housing for up to 120 individuals. Big Table is a local organization dedicated to caring for restaurant and hospitality workers in crisis and they’re equipped to provide care for all areas of a person’s life and usually includes rental and utility assistance as well as food security through gift cards to local grocery stores.
SANDAG VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
The draft 2021 Regional Plan virtual open houses begin this week. Join us at an upcoming open house for an opportunity to hear from SANDAG leadership and staff on key considerations of the draft 2021 Regional Plan, proposed improvements in the event’s subregion, and an opportunity to give verbal public comment on the draft plan. Attendees are encouraged to join the meeting focused closest to their residence. Click to join: Central San Diego: Wednesday, June 30, 6-8 p.m. To learn more and participate in these events, visit SDForward.com. To join the open house by telephone, dial+1 669 900 6833 and use webinar ID: 987 9265 8224.
HOWL-O-SCREAM AT SEAWORLD
A visit to SeaWorld San Diego will turn frightful on select evenings this fall when the park unleashes the all-new Howl-O-Scream, a family-friendly Spooktacular during the day with trick-or-treating, then transforming the park into an intense horror-filled haunt at night. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event with tickets now available for purchase starting at $39.99 for general admission with exclusive discounts available for pass members. Fans of fear can sign-up at howloscream.com/CA to be the first to receive more dark details on new houses, experiences and more coming to at SeaWorld as additional gruesome details are announced.
MEET THE CHEF AT SCUDERIE ITALIA
Things are heating up at Scuderie Italia at 1525 Garnet Ave. The Italian ristorante is welcoming in the warmer weather with a selection of seasonal dishes created by newly appointed executive chef Gabriella Titoto. A sampling of new dishes will be unveiled at a Meet the Chef four-course dinner on Thursday, July 1. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Titoto at an exclusive dinner served family style. The meal will be $55 per person, with the option to pair fine Italian wines for an additional $25. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling 858-352-6912. More information about Scuderie Italia can be found at ScuderieItalia.com.
PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR
City Attorney Mara W. Elliott announced that deputy city attorney Monique Rohani Dulanto has been honored by the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving as its Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year. Dulanto received her award at a virtual ceremony on June 23 during MADD’s annual Law Enforcement & Prosecutor Recognition awards. Dulanto is the lead prosecutor on the City Attorney’s special Drug DUI vertical prosecution team, which prosecutes thousands of DUI cases a year, with a conviction rate of more than 98%.
LA V FOURTH OF JULY
San Diego landmark, La Valencia Hotel is hosting a new Piper-Heidsieck brunch as part of its “Red, White and Brut” Fourth of July celebration at both The Med and La Sala. The restaurants are open to the public and reservations are highly encouraged through OpenTable. The historic property has partnered with illustrious French Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck for its iconic weekend brunch, available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diners can now experience a new, branded champagne cart to enjoy "Piper on the Patio." Plus, exclusive Piper-Heidsieck by the bottle (Cuvee 1785’ Brut NV, Brut, Rose Champagne Blend and Rare Brut Millesime) and specialty champagne cocktails, including the 1926 champagne cocktail (Piper-Heidsieck ‘Cuvee 1785’ Brut NV, angostura, brown sugar, $25).
AIR TRAFFIC RETURNING
“We've been seeing an increase of passengers through the terminals since March and anticipate we'll continue to see traffic slowly increase throughout summer,” said Sabrina LoPiccolo, San Diego International Airport senior communications specialist. “The top three traffic days (to date) have been June 18, 20 and 21. Each of these days we saw more than 60,000 people coming and going each day.”
FREE TOTES AT RUBIO’S
The shipment has arrived and Rubio’s Coastal Grill is continuing their 10-year World Oceans Day tradition by giving out free, reusable tote bags. The bags, which were previously delayed, are now available while supplies last, with any purchase, on Wednesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 1. This year’s reusable bags read, “for the love of the ocean” and are perfect for summer adventures.
Rubio’s locations are now open at 100% capacity. Guests may order online, or through the app, for curbside or express pickup, or delivery for just $1.99. The imaginative Rubio’s x Blais Street Taco Plate, developed with celebrity chef Richard Blais, is on the menu through the summer. For more information and to view the menu, visit Rubio’s.
LLS FUNDRAISER WINNERS
A San Marcos woman and a San Diego man have been named the winners of this year’s Man & Woman of the Year for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s San Diego Chapter. The two winners, Jeff Peters, and Lauren Phinney, raised $130,984 and $135,502 respectively, to support LLS’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. During a spirited 10-week fundraising period, beginning with a virtual kickoff celebration, candidates across the county competed in honor of local blood cancer survivors, Boy of The Year, Liam Vest of Chula Vista, and Girl of the Year, Jocelyn Croxen of San Marcos. The 11 candidates and their teams raised a total of $693,676, a new record for San Diego, all in support of LLS’s mission. Five out of the 11 candidates rallied the support of their teams and communities to raise over $50,000 each.
UC SAN DIEGO ENDOWMENT
Iris and Matthew Strauss, longtime supporters of cancer research and patient care at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, have given $2 million to establish the Iris and Matthew Strauss Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Head and Neck Surgery to support excellence in research, education and clinical care. “We believe in the missions of UC San Diego and UC San Diego Health and their commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and health care. UC San Diego Health is at the forefront of transformative health care innovation and practice, and we want to ensure that it is able to attract and retain world-class experts and provide the resources needed for it to continue to change the landscape of clinical care well into the future. We are proud to support UC San Diego Health and its important role as an international leader in head and neck surgery,” said Matthew Strauss.
Joseph A. Califano, III, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine, has been named the inaugural chair holder. An endowed chair is one of the highest honors that an academic institution can confer upon a faculty member. It recognizes excellence in their research and clinical practice. To learn more about supporting the Head and Neck Cancer Center, visit health.ucsd.edu.
NEW ARC BOARD
The Arc of San Diego, one of the county’s largest nonprofits serving people with disabilities, announced its new Board of Directors for 2021-2022 at its 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Installation Ceremony June 2. The Arc of San Diego2021-2022 board of directors officers:
Board Chair: Esther Coit – of San Diego
1st Vice Chair: Dwight Stratton – of Vista
2nd Vice Chair: Lily Fallah – of San Diego
Secretary/Treasurer: Christine Miller, MA – of Encinitas
Past Board Chair: Doug Hoehn – of Santee.
AIRPORT’S CLEAN ENERGY COMMITMENT
San Diego Community Power , the not-for-profit community choice energy program, announced San Diego International Airport’s enrollment into its service and SAN’s decision to opt-up to the Power100 service level. SDCP will provide 100% renewable, 100% carbon-free energy to SAN, who continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship for the travel industry and region. The airport served 25 million passengers in 2019, making it the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the United States.
“Having the opportunity to work with San Diego Community Power enables us to reach our goal of 100 percent renewable electricity well before our planned timing of 2035,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. “SDCP’s ability to provide reliable, zero-carbon energy at competitive costs is a game-changer for us and everyone in the region.”
Thursday, June 17
The San Diego Floral Association Garden Tour titled Vistas and Verandahs: Gardens of Ocean Beach will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Find details and tickets at sdfloral.org. Enjoy ocean views and sea breezes on this first garden tour of the beautiful Ocean Beach community. Known best for its pier, sandy shores and colorful history, Ocean Beach is also a gardener’s paradise.
Stately palms and araucaria trees rise into blue skies while hillside home gardens abound in a wide array of plants that flourish in the microclimate of this coastal area. The tour offers variety and a window on the horticultural talents of artists and master gardeners. Proceeds of this tour will help to support scholarships for horticulture students and a school garden program.
SALSA ON THE BEACH
Free dancing. Free parking. Family friendly. There will be salsa, cha-cha, and bachata music being played from 3:30-8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at 3020 Ocean Front Walk in Mission Beach. 3:30-5 p.m: music: timba (75%), salsa (25%); 4 p.m.: follow along line dance; 5-7 p.m. music changes to a mix: salsa (55%), bachata (25%), timba (20%); 5 p.m.: follow along line dance 2, beginner timba salsa (no partner needed); 6:30 p.m.: June birthday’s dance; 6:40 p.m.: group photo; 6:45-7:45 p.m.: music changes to a mix: salsa (50%), bachata (50%); 7:45-8 p.m. rumba.
BANK PROPERTY SOLD
Flocke & Avoyer Commercial Real Estate has completed the $3.7 million sale of 5,812- square-foot former Chase Bank at 1740 Rosecrans St. The seller of the property was C.E. John Partners 12, LLC and the buyer was Z-Axis Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare management company. The buyer plans on occupying more than half of the building for an AFC Urgent Care and leasing the remaining space. Bill Thaxton of Flocke & Avoyer Commercial Real Estate represented the seller. Kirk Allison of Commercial Pacific Properties represented the buyer.
ROCK CHURCH FOOD DISTRIBUTION
On June 17 at 10 a.m. the Rock Church Point Loma campus at 2277 Rosecrans St. will launch their community food, diaper and supplies distribution. The Point Loma Campus launch is part of an ongoing monthly effort to help those that have found themselves in an unexpected place of need during the COVID-19 crisis. According to the San Diego Food Bank, out of San Diego County’s 3.2 million residents, 450,000 people face food insecurity every day. Not all San Diegans have access to obtain groceries at local organizations like the San Diego Food Bank.
The Rock Church food distributions occur weekly at its different Rock campuses including every third Thursday at the Rock Church Point Loma. The community is invited to get free food and supplies. The drive-thru set-up is designed for easy pick up. The distribution of groceries and supplies begins at 10 a.m. at Point Loma. The distribution ends when supplies run out for the day.
The Provision Ministry, along with the Rock Church, are especially appreciative to the local businesses that have supported and donated to this local effort including Point Loma Nazarene University’s Business Management Club. If you would like to participate and receive groceries and other household supplies, or if you’d like to volunteer, partner or donate to the Provision Ministry, visit sdrock.com/ministries/provisions/.
TAXPAYERS OLYMPICS AT LOMA CLUB
The first of its kind in San Diego, the Inaugural Taxpayers Olympics is an opportunity for elected officials, community leaders, and San Diegans from all walks of life to put aside their differences of opinion and engage in friendly competition. Teams of 10 will compete for gold at the beautiful Loma Club, 2960 Truxton Road in Point Loma. The event will be held the afternoon of July 29. For team sponsorship information, call 619-234-6423 or email [email protected]
LIBERTY STATION BUILDING AWARDED
San Diego's countywide preservation group, Save Our Heritage Organisation, celebrated its 38th annual People In Preservation Awards with an online award presentation May 27. SOHO’s Shane Liberty Adaptive Reuse Award this year went to The Fort Rosecrans Post Exchange, now more commonly referred to as Navy Building 158. That structure is situated within the Fort Rosecrans Historic District. It was constructed in1908 for use as a post exchange and gymnasium.
Boasting a Georgian Revival architectural style, this large red brick building was recommended for remodeling many times, but these projects never happened, and the historic building has sat vacant for the last 20 years. In 2019, Shane Liberty of Barnhart-Reese Construction, Inc. was awarded the contract to carry out a massive adaptive reuse project that would showcase this important military structure and Point Loma's development. Today, the Fort Rosecrans Post Exchange houses administrative offices and a training center, with a wonderfully intact historic exterior.
GULLS BACK AT PECHANGA ARENA
When the Gulls announced earlier this year they were moving temporarily to Irvine from Pechanga Arena San Diego they did so with the hope that if restrictions on fans at indoor events eased, they could return late in the season or at least for the postseason.]However, the Gulls won’t be back until the 2021-22 American Hockey League season begins this fall.
“While we eagerly anticipate welcoming our great fans back to Pechanga Arena, state guidelines regarding indoor events will not provide ASM Global the necessary time to prepare the arena for normal business operations for the remainder of the 2020-21 season,” the Gulls said in a statement. “As a result, the Gulls will finish the 2020-21 AHL season at FivePoint Arena in Irvine.”
NEW LAW PARTNERS
Leading insurance and civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP at 5661 La Jolla Blvd. in Bird Rock has announced the promotion of Michael Drews, Candice Hamant, Allison Lawrence and David Ramirez to partner. Drews joins the firm’s partnership in Denver, Hamant and Lawrence in Northern California, and Ramirez in the firm’s San Diego headquarters.
PAWS4thought Animal Rescue is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with Petco Love, a national nonprofit working to lead and inspire change for animals, and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by recognizing lifesaving foster volunteers in San Diego, and encouraging more people to foster pets.
“They say it takes a village and if it weren’t for our many dedicated foster volunteers who share the same passion, we couldn’t do what we do. As a foster-based rescue, our fosters are our lifeline to saving lives. Without our fosters, our dogs and puppies would have no safe place to go to heal, be loved and learn how to be “a family pet” while they wait for their forever homes,” said Judy Clayton, co-founder at PAWS4thought.
Throughout June, Petco Love will share foster resources and stories to show how fostering is easy, highly rewarding, and significantly helps end preventable euthanasia of pets. Through sales of its BOBS from Skechers collection, Skechers has donated more than $3.1 million to support Petco Love’s more than 4,000 animal welfare organization partners. The company’s funds have helped Petco Love save and care for more than 700,000 shelter animals. To learn more about PAWS4thought Animal Rescue and how you can help foster, visit paws4thoughtrescue.com. For more on Petco Love and to view foster resources, visit petcolove.org/foster.
MARITIME MUSEUM OPENS INDOORS
Maritime Museum of San Diego reopen indoor exhibits, below ship deck galleries and the USS Dolphin submarine June 15. The Museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance to all exhibits are included in general admission, with Maritime Museum Bay Boat tours an additional $10 or $15 per person. For more information, ticket purchase, advance reservations and to make a donation or learn more about the restoration projects underway, visit sdmaritime.org.
On Friday, June 18, Mavericks Beach Club at 860 Garnet Ave. is partnering with Juneshine and Teremana Tequila to host JuneBOOM, an event celebrating the launch of Juneshine's new Paloma. From 5-9 p.m., there will be dancing, drink Specials, and a silent auction with items such as custom Callaway golf clubs, Adidas gear, signed bottles, golf tee times and more. And the first 100 guests get a Juneshine Bucket Hat.
Proceeds from drink specials and the silent auction will benefit of Puppies & Golf Charity, a California nonprofit whose mission is to protect and advocate for dogs in need of companionship by supporting and promoting organizations dedicated to connecting humans and dogs for a lifetime of purpose and love, with an emphasis on Military veterans.
TASTE AT THE COVE IS BACK
After skipping the 2020 event, Taste at the Cove, tasteatthecove.com, is returning Thursday, Sept. 23, for the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation sdsmf.com.
YACHT ROCK SUNDAY BRUNCH
Batten down the hatches, you're invited to Yacht Rock Brunch at Tower Beach Club, 1010 Santa Clara Place in Mission Beach, on Sunday, June 27 at 11 a.m. As brunch and bottomless Champagne is served on the deck, the smooth grooves and lush sounds of Band Overboard will take you back to the late ’70s and early ’80s when Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, and Toto ruled the world.
SDHS CAUTIONS PET OWNERS ON HEAT
With temperatures soaring, San Diego Humane Society urges pet owners to take extra precaution. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind when it is hot outside: Always provide plenty of cool, clean water for your animal; Leave your pets at home as much as possible. they will be much more comfortable in your cool home than riding in a hot car; If you must take your pet along for the ride, don’t leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle; In extremely hot weather, don’t leave your dog standing on the street, and keep walks to a minimum; Don’t force your animal to exercise in hot, humid weather. Exercise your pet in the cool of the early morning or evening; Dogs can get sunburned too — don’t forget to protect hairless and light-coated dogs with sunscreen; Always provide plenty of shade for an animal staying outside the house. Bring your pet inside during the heat of the day and let them rest in a cool part of your house; A clean coat can help to prevent summer skin problems, so keep your pet well groomed; Take your companion animal to the veterinarian for a summer checkup. Have the doctor recommend a safe, effective flea and tick control program; and Be alert for the signs of heat stress: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red tongue. If you believe your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, contact your veterinarian right away — it could save your pet's life. For more information, visit sdhumane.org.
Friday, June 11
Cormorant Boutique Hotel and Birdseye will open in La Jolla this summer. The coastal property offers a relaxed version of La Jolla luxury and features 26 guestrooms with ocean-view balconies, and a new rooftop restaurant and bar offering small plates and craft cocktails called Birdseye for its Pacific Ocean views.
The development will include Prospect Market, an upscale grab-and-go marketplace. Located within walking distance to La Jolla Cove and dozens of boutique shops, art galleries and restaurants in The Village, Cormorant Boutique Hotel, perched on a dramatic seven-mile stretch of sunny coastline, is an ideal place to stay in one the most picturesque destinations in Southern California.
BLOOD DRIVE AT PECHANGA
Pechanga Arena San Diego and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help hospital patients through a community blood drive Thursday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. The Red Cross currently has an emergency need for type O blood donors as hospital demand for these blood products continues to outpace donations. As a thank you, all who come to donate June 14-30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Restrictions apply and are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together. Patients rely on volunteer donors to receive blood transfusions since blood is perishable and cannot be manufactured or stockpiled.
FISHING TRIP GIVEAWAY
San Diego company Offshore Lifestyle is giving away a one-day offshore fishing trip for two for Father's Day. Their boat is out of Point Loma. It's a $4,500 value. The giveaway runs through June 17 and the winner will be announced on June 18, so they can surprise their dad with the news on Father's Day. Contest entry page at bdoutdoors.com/osl-fathers-day/.
LJ MAD PROGRESS
The La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) is about to wrap up its fiscal year. The Enhance La Jolla Board of Directors managing the MAD voted unanimously to exercise its option to extend the contracts with existing vendors Urban Corps and Nissho of California for another one-year term.
In May, the La Jolla MAD worked to better address sidewalk pressure-washing activities, meeting with leadership from Urban Corps to perform a physical walkthrough of the district. Problem areas have been identified and the vendor is now sending a daily day-after report of those specific areas that were addressed in the previous night’s shift. Areas of particular focus are high-traffic spots along Girard Avenue, Prospect Street and Wall Street.
Regarding landscaping, a meeting was held between representatives from the Village of La Jolla Garden Club, the La Jolla MAD and Nissho of California, the current vendor responsible for attending to landscaping needs. The 21 jacaranda trees that the garden club generously donated are being watered every Tuesday and Friday. It will, however, likely be another year or so before the signature purple flowers begin to appear on these young saplings. The freshening of Girard Avenue tree wells from south of Pearl Street to Prospect Street is also underway. We are on schedule to have all tree wells on Girard Avenue completed by the end of June.
If you see an issue needing attention, contact Enhance La Jolla at 858-444-5892 or email [email protected]g.
AQUARIUM EXTENDS HOURS
For the first time, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is offering extended hours this summer. From July 1-Aug. 31 the aquarium, which has traditionally closed at 5 p.m., will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with the last entry at 6 p.m.
“Summer is here and our guests are excited to get out and experience a bit of normalcy,” said Harry Helling, executive director of Birch Aquarium. “Our new extended hours in July and August will help San Diegans celebrate the long, warm days of summer.”
During extended hours, all exhibits and hands-on activities — including the newest touch pool exhibit where guests can touch juvenile sharks — will remain open and guests will also be able to explore a new 600 cylindrical Moon Jelly experience in the Hall of Fishes.
Though health and safety regulations are beginning to loosen across the county, guest and staff safety remain a priority at Birch Aquarium. The aquarium continues to operate at a limited capacity, and to require advanced reservations, in order to allow for social distancing.
The aquarium still requires all staff and guests ages 2 and above to wear masks both indoors and outdoors. More information, including the latest safety protocols and other important details for guests planning their next visit, can be found at aquarium.ucsd.edu. Advanced reservations for a specific time and date are required to visit Birch Aquarium, even for members. Reservations are available online only.
FISH SHOP DONATION
Summer in San Diego is just around the corner and Fish Shop is providing plenty of opportunities to drink and dine for a good cause. All three restaurant locations in Pacific Beach, Encinitas, and Point Loma are encouraging guests to stop by and support three causes through the end of September. For every bottle of Tribute, Imagery, and Cupcake wine sold on-premise, $1 will be donated to the below causes:
June - Direct Relief, whose mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.
July/August - Pets for Patriots, a non-profit created to give the gifts of fidelity, joy, and love to veterans and pets through companion animal adoption.
September - No Kid Hungry, an organization whose mission is to end child hunger in the United States, where $1 equals 10 meals for children in need.
FATHER’S DAY TACOS
Treat dad to free tacos this Father’s Day at City Tacos. With seven locations across San Diego, including Pacific Beach, the taqueria will host a buy one, get one free taco specials for all dads on Sunday, June 20. Enjoy innovative taco selections including the Mexicali or the Pescado Taco, and pair your order with a signature Michelada.
LOUD & PROUD SAN DIEGO LOYAL
To kick off Pride Month, San Diego Loyal SC Soccer Club has announced the debut of their “Loud & Proud” fan section as part of their new partnership with San Diego Pride. SD Loyal’s new game-day initiative is said to be the first-ever in sports history. For all of SD Loyal’s home matches in their 2021 season, USD’s Torero Stadium dedicates section 110 to those within the LGBTQ community, as well as those who support and share the vision of inclusion in professional sports. The section, permanently decorated with Pride-related elements, collects 20 percent of ticket sales and donates to SD Pride to help with their mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities locally, nationally and globally. Fans are encouraged to stay connected by downloading the official team app or signing up for updates and news via SDLoyal.com.
BEATLES VS. STONES AT BELLY UP TAVERN
The Belly Up Tavern has announced that the PettyBreakers and Beatles vs. Stones shows will perform this summer. The PettyBreakers – A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform on Sunday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at BellyUp.com. The two greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time face off as the Belly Up Tavern hosts tributes to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash engage in a musical showdown of the hits on Sunday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be at BellyUp.com.
DOG BITE AWARENESS
More than 5,800 U.S. Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs last year. A recent report placed the city of San Diego among the top 10 of the nation for dog attacks. To emphasize the seriousness of this issue, USPS is sponsoring Dog Bite Awareness Week, June 12-18. You can review dog safety tips at uspsblog.com and https://go.usa.gov/x6K6E. A short animated video is also available at YouTube.com/USPSTV.
Point Loma High School graduation is this Saturday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Petco Park.
Check the Petco entry policies at mlb.com/padres/ballpark/entry-policies.
Graduates cannot wear leis until after the ceremony is over.
Families are only allowed to bring in a small clutch-sized purse of 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches.
Masks must be worn at all times, unless guests are actively eating/drinking. Graduates can remove their masks when they are walking across the stage only.
You can find the graduation livestream link and the most up-to-date graduation details on the PLHS website.
Mainly Mozart has announced the 2021 All-Star Festival Orchestra at the Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park from June 11-19. This event welcomes the return of in-person, socially distanced, assigned seating in an outdoor venue. Opening night – Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m. For information on the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra Festival or to purchase tickets, visit mainlymozart.org.
Anyone who has done business with the City of San Diego in the past three years, including paying business taxes or utility fees, could be owed money. Check amounts range from $1 to $35,000. The City regularly receives returned checks that are undeliverable based on the address on file. Checks that remain uncashed after six months become unclaimed money. Currently, the City has $1 million in unclaimed money owed to people or businesses due to refunds or vendor payments. The Unclaimed Monies Report is available at sandiego.gov/finance/unclaimed and is updated quarterly.
UTLIMATE FRISBEE AT MBHS
The San Diego Growlers of the American Ultimate Disc League will play their first home game of the season at noon Sunday, June 13 at Mission Bay High School. The American Ultimate Disc League is an ultimate frisbee league in North America. The AUDL was founded in 2010, and played its inaugural season in 2012 with eight teams. Regular season games are played through July.
REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL EVENT
The Republican Party Of San Diego County expects more than 800 Republicans from across San Diego County and Southern California to gather and hear from gubernatorial candidates Caitlyn Jenner, Anthony Trimino, Jenny Rae Le Roux, Sarah Stephens, Joseph Luciano, and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Heng on Monday, June 14. The event will be held at Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley at 500 Hotel Circle North. The reception is at 6 p.m. with speakers beginning at 7 p.m.
LJ PLAYHOUSE COFFEE
On Friday, June 11 at 10 a.m. La Jolla Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley is hosting another of his behind-the-scenes coffee chats interviewing artists and previewing what’s next at the playhouse.
Listen in as Christopher talks to four theatre artists presenting Playhouse-commissioned works at the upcoming Pop-Up WOW weekend, taking place Aug. 14-15 at Arts District Liberty Station. You can log into YouTube to ask questions during the Q&A. Here's a 3-minute tutorial on how to login to YouTube. If you've missed any past events, catch up by watching previous episodes via this YouTube playlist.
LITTLE ITALY ART WALK
ArtWalk Little Italy Summer Series announces its debut in Little Italy beginning Sunday, June 27 from 11a.m.-6 p.m. Taking place at the Piazza della Famiglia and the adjacent block of W. Date Street, each one-day show will include 30 select artists exhibiting their stunning works of art. The event will run every other Sunday including June 27, July 11, July 25, Sept. 5, and Sept. 19, giving locals and visitors incredible opportunities to purchase one-of-a-kind art from local, national, and international artists in a variety of mediums. Attendance is free. For more information on ArtWalk and its programs, visit artwalksandiego.org.
PAWS4thought Animal Rescue is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with Petco Love, a national nonprofit working to lead and inspire change for animals, and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by recognizing lifesaving foster volunteers in San Diego and encouraging more people to foster pets. Through sales of its BOBS from Skechers collection, Skechers has donated more than $3.1 million to support Petco Love’s more than 4,000 animal welfare organization partners. The company’s funds have helped Petco Love save and care for more than 700,000 shelter animals. To learn more about PAWS4thought Animal Rescue and how you can help foster, visit paws4thoughtrescue.com.
GASLAMP NEW NORMAL
Recently, the Gaslamp Quarter has had to pivot focus to continue to host San Diegans and visitors by creating spacious outdoor retail and dining experiences. After a year and several waves of quarantine, the Gaslamp Quarter is more than ready to welcome everyone back as we enter this next chapter of life by launching “The New Normal is Now Campaign.” Stay connected to the @GaslampQuarter social media accounts for frequent chances to win gift cards, freebies and more. Weekly giveaway “Drops” will invite you to visit a local business to redeem a restaurant gift certificate (no purchase necessary, proof of parking at 6th & K Parkade or Park-It-On-Market required). Use #GaslampStory as you share your favorite Gaslamp Quarter memory to social media for a chance to win exciting prizes. For more information, visit Gaslamp.org.
SDIA NONSTOP TO HAWAII
Southwest Airlines began daily nonstop service to Kahului, Maui via Kahului Airport from San Diego International Airport. The route will add a second daily flight beginning June 27. Southwest Airlines has also added a second daily flight to Honolulu, Hawaii. “Southwest Airlines continues to grow its presence at San Diego International Airport and we are thankful for the new flights to Maui and added a daily flight to Honolulu,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president/CEO.
GUIDED CABRILLO TOURS
The Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego is offering special guided walks in June and July, including tours in American Sign Language. Members of the deaf and/or hard of hearing community can take an ASL tour given every Saturday in June and July from 10 a.m. to noon. The tours will be led by a Deaf Science Communications intern. The ASL walking tours are 45 minutes long and limited to 10 people. RSVPs are required at [email protected]. Guided walking tours will also be available in English every Saturday in June and July from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours are limited to 10 people, and no reservations are required. Those interested in joining a tour are asked to meet at the visitor center.
Admission for the national park, which features protected tide pools, hiking trails and the iconic Old Point Loma Lighthouse, begins at $10 per individual entering by foot or by bicycle. Groups of up to four people will be capped at $20 and anyone 15 years or younger can enter the grounds for free. To learn more about Cabrillo National Monument, click here.
Been too busy to get COVID protected? Been waiting to see how vaccine distribution progresses? An easy path to join the vaccinated and protected from COVID population is coming soon, a free vaccine pop-up event open to everyone on Friday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Village San Diego, 2061 Kurtz St. in the Midway District. You can walk in or make an appointment for your vaccination. The one dose J&J COVID vaccine will be available at Veterans Village San Diego for those aged 16 and up. There will also be limited Pfizer vaccine doses available for those under the age of 16 and the County will schedule a second dose with those individuals on-site for a different location. For more information, visit www.vvsd.net.
The United States Tennis Association Cor Jewelry National Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Hard Court Championships, featuring some of the top doubles teams in the country, will be played Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13 at the Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W Point Loma Blvd. Teams will compete for titles in the following divisions during the USTA National Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Hard Court Championships:
Father-Daughter Open Doubles (No age limitation for either player)
Senior Father-Daughter Doubles (Father must be 60 or older)
Super Senior Father-Daughter Doubles (Father must be 70 or older)
Ultra Senior Father-Daughter Doubles (Father must be 80 or older)
Mother-Son Open Doubles (No age limitation for either player)
Senior Mother-Son Doubles (Mother must be 60 or older)
Super Senior Mother-Son Doubles (Mother must be 70 or older)
Play will begin at 8 a.m. each day of the tournament. Spectators are invited to watch matches with free admission and on-site parking. COVID 19 protocols will be in effect at the Barnes Tennis Center for all participants and spectators during the championships.
OB COTTAGE AWARDED
A charming turn-of-the-20th-century cottage in Ocean Beach owned by Susan and Pat James, both active in Ocean Beach Historical Society, was among those honored at Save Our Heritage Organisation’s 38th annual People In Preservation Awards on May 27. This modest OB landmark on Niagara Avenue was constructed in 1907 as a beach cottage. Each year, during wisteria season, Susan and Pat open their historic home and its magical gardens featuring abundant blooms of colorful purple wisteria vines to members of OBHS and community dwellers to gather and share its history and greater history of the neighborhood.
This tradition was started by Ned Titlow, past president of OBHS, and Carol Bowers, OBHS co-founder, and is now known as the Wisteria Garden Party, where local artists and famous OB residents play music, showcase art, and bring photos and memorabilia to showcase the community's history. Pat and Susan honor this tradition, and their efforts showcase the importance of keeping the spirit of local history alive right in your own backyard.
Monday, June 7
PB BEACH CLEANUP ON WORLD OCEANS DAY
Shore Buddies is holding a beach clean up for World Oceans Day on at 8 a.m. June 8 at Law Street Beach. Bring your own items needed for a clean up mission: gloves, bucket/bag, trash grabber, face mask, water bottles, and anything else you might need.
PIZZAS FOR PAPAS
Landini’s Pizzeria, at 1827 India St. and 2820 Historic Decatur Road in Liberty Public Market, will show dads that they’re the greatest thing since sliced pizza with specially priced pies in honor of the holiday. Fathers and father-figures alike may purchase Landini’s signature New York-style pizzas for half-price between 3-5 p.m. on June 20.
Scuderie Italia, at 1525 Garnet Ave., will toss around some dough and show dads how much they pop with two featured offerings for Father’s Day: a specialty “Pizza Papà” and jalapeño poppers. Pizzaiolo Johncarlo Ferraiuolo will prepare Pizza Papà topped with sausage, oven-roasted peppers, caramelized onions, tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil at $18.50; and an appetizer of oven-roasted jalapeño poppers wrapped in bacon and filled with cream cheese, at $9.50.
HOME START FUNDRAISER
Home Start, a nonprofit dedicated to child abuse prevention and providing evidence-based family strengthening services, successfully raised nearly $100,000 from its annual “Blue Ribbon” event held recently. This year’s event was titled “Blue Ribbon Broadcast for Bright Futures – It's a Family Affair,” and was held virtually via Zoom. The theme played on the important family-bonding time that historically happens when families are gathered around a television enjoying famous shows. For more information about Home Start or to help support Home Start’s clients, visit home-start.org.
LOUD & PROUD
To kick off Pride Month, San Diego Loyal SC Soccer Club has announced the debut of their “Loud & Proud” fan section as part of their new partnership with San Diego Pride. SD Loyal’s new game-day initiative is said to be the first-ever in sports history. For all of SD Loyal’s home matches in their 2021 season, USD’s Torero Stadium dedicates section 110 to those within the LGBTQ community, as well as those who support and share the vision of inclusion in professional sports. The section, permanently decorated with Pride-related elements, collects 20 percent of ticket sales and donates to SD Pride to help with their mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities locally, nationally and globally. Fans are encouraged to stay connected by downloading the official team app or signing up for updates and news via SDLoyal.com and #SDLoyal.
COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR
San Diego County Credit Union has announced that SDCCU SVP of Business Development and Community Relations, Sarah Bilyeu, was named the 2021 IABC/San Diego Communicator of the Year. The award recognizes local leaders who demonstrate strategic excellence in communication, and lead the way with their contributions and high quality work.
ROCK CHURCH DISTRIBUTION
On Thursday, June 17 at 10 a.m. the Rock Church Point Loma campus will launch their community food, diaper and supplies distribution. The Point Loma Campus launch is part of an ongoing monthly effort to help those that have found themselves in an unexpected place of need during the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to participate and receive groceries and other household supplies or if you’d like to volunteer, partner or donate to the Provision Ministry, visit sdrock.com/ministries/provisions/.
NEW BIA CEO
Lori Holt Pfeiler has been named the president/CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County. Holt Pfeiler replaces retiring CEO Borre Winckel, who led the BIA for 13 years. Winckel’s last day is July 16. Holt Pfeiler starts July 6. “I believe deeply in the transformative power of housing, and the ripple effects it has,” Holt Pfeiler said.
“I have seen the success a stable home can provide a family – for generations. As the new leader of the BIA, I look forward to putting my efforts to work to influence change that helps create thousands of homes in our region at all income levels. Improving the supply of housing and advocating for efficient and effective changes in the building process are important steps I’ll pursue. My affordable housing expertise will complement the work of traditional home builders, with the ultimate goal of making our region an even better place for families and business.”
NAVAL BASE MEETING
The next Restoration Advisory Board meeting for the Naval Base Point Loma Complex Environmental Restoration Program is Wednesday, June 16 at 5:45 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting to discuss relevant issues and is open to the public. To request a link for this virtual meeting, contact Kellie Koenig at [email protected]. For more information, call 619-556-8926.
Thursday, June 3
CAMPBELL RECALL FAILS
The effort to gather enough signatures in District 2 to get a measure placed on an election ballot to recall Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell has failed.
"This recall was unwarranted and unnecessary, reckless and ridiculous, desperate and divisive – and San Diegans were too smart to fall for it,” said Dan Rottenstreich, Campbell's campaign consultant. "In rejecting this recall, San Diegans have shown once again that they want leaders focused on bringing people together to get things done, not more divisive politics tearing communities apart.”
“We want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who gathered signatures and the thousands of District 2 residents who signed the petition. You are the heartbeat of D2 and the reason we do what we do,” said the Committee Supporting the Recall of Jennifer Campbell in a statement. “Although we came close, gathering over 10,000 signatures, unfortunately this was not enough to force the recall of Jennifer Campbell. The next round in that battle will be decided in November 2022, and we are already gearing up.”
CARMENCEMENT AT MESA COLLEGE
On Friday, June 4 at 11 a.m., San Diego Mesa College will host the 2021 Drive-Thru Graduation Parade, or “Carmencement,” to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021. Graduates will follow a parade route through campus in their vehicles, receive gifts and be cheered on by faculty, staff and administrators. Over 350 students are scheduled to participate.
This year, Mesa conferred over 2,200 academic degrees and 411 certificates, a 3% percent increase over 2020. The class of 2021 is boasting 75 valedictorians, 560 students graduated with honors and over 400 students received more than one degree or certificate. Among the graduates are the third class set of 28 students receiving a bachelor of science degree in health information management, as well as the third set of San Diego Promise students, who participated in the San Diego Community College District’s free-tuition program.
NUTRITION COUNSELING SERVICE AT GELSON’S
Gelson’s, with locations in Pacific Beach, Del Mar and Carlsbad, has announced the addition of virtual nutrition counseling sessions with onsite registered dietitian Jessica Siegel. Private virtual office hours are available for rewards members located in the Southern California area on an appointment-only basis. Members can schedule their complimentary appointment by emailing Siegel at [email protected]. Siegel developed a line of healthy salads available in the Gelson’s Kitchen all of which use the Mediterranean diet as a guideline, making them full of veggies, fruits, beans, nuts and healthy fats such as olive oil and avocado.
NINJA WARRIORS EXCEL
Five junior ninjas from KidWonder, San Diego’s first Ninja Warrior Gym at 4735 Point Loma Ave. in Ocean Beach, qualified recently for UNAA World Series Championships in Vegas on July 29.
Those qualifying were Luke M (7&under), Harper K (9&under), Paxton Faltico (9&under), Levi Jones (11&under), Kaleb Server (13&under). American Ninja Warrior Junior is an American children's sports competition game show on Universal Kids that premiered in 2018. It is a head-to-head competition with multiple rounds and triple elimination each episode. There are no teams, and each child competes for themselves.
The Liberty Bike Commons, a fundraising project of the San Diego Bike Coalition to re-purpose Building 191 at NTC Park in Liberty Station, has officially been launched. Cyclists intend to convert the long-vacant building with private funding, transforming it into a regional bicycling hub. Astride dedicated City parklands, Building 191, once planned for demolition, straddles a major spur on the San Diego bike path system. The 20-by-80 foot structure was the 191st building constructed at the former NTC. The Liberty Bike Commons Campaign seeks to raise $ 2.6 million to convert Bldg.191 to help connect bicyclists of all ages and backgrounds from diverse regional communities. For more information visit sdbikecoalition.org.
Little House of Flowers on Friars Road will be expanding their business to Point Loma at 1017 Rosecrans St., with a grand opening celebration scheduled for June 25-27. Owner Hilary Bateman is a San Diego native and Realtor. She decided to take a dive into the floral industry when she recognized the community's need for a boutique local florist. The original house was built in the ’80s, Hilary, alongside her designer Auburn Torres, have refurbished the house into the iconic shop it is today. The charming shop is the go-to for everything from custom arrangements, to succulents, to wedding and event flowers.
The expansion of Little House of Flowers to Point Loma has been highly anticipated for Bateman and Torres. The duo is looking to expand their services to the Peninsula community. Both Bateman and Torres hope to use their continued success with Little House of Flowers as an inspiration to their daughters and other young women who aspire to be business leaders. For more information, visit littlehouseofflowerssd.com.
PLHS PARKING LOT
The Clove Street parking lot near Point Loma High School at 2335 Chatsworth Blvd., is now closed for construction and the entrance is not accessible. Parking will need to occur in the surrounding neighborhood. Click here for the updated entrances and map for observers, in addition to spectator guidelines. Observers of athletic events will now enter through the following two entrances: for stadium events, use the Voltaire Street entrance, for gym events, use the Chatsworth Blvd. entrance.
Three San Diego based dance companies – Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet and San Diego Dance Theater – have come together to present four weeks of outdoor performances through June 13 at the Arts District in Liberty Station. After months of pivoting programs to film and online formats, the resident dance companies at the Dorothea Laub Dance Place are ready to convene audiences safely outdoors for this live event in person. Attend all three weeks to see, feel, and experience the variety of mixed reparatory presented by all companies. Cost is $30 plus fee. Students, military and seniors pay $25 plus fee. For more information, visit malashockdance.org.
LPES LOGO WEAR
Loma Portal Elementary School has brand new log wear just in time for summer. Items available include brand new neon trucker hats and for the first time, fitted baseball hats. Check them out on the school’s online logo wear shop. Orders can be sent home with your child or email [email protected]. For more information, visit lomaportalshop.square.site.
Fiesta Island Dog Owners group is calling for supporters to submit comments by Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. to the California Coastal Commission, which will decide on June 10 whether or not to support FIDO’S preferred alternative for reconfiguration of the island, a popular off-leash area for dog owners.
The city's adopted Plan B which preserves the off-leash area open and intact. FIDO has worked for 15 years to get this through various committees, including the City Council by a unanimous vote. Unfortunately, the commission staff is recommending that the commissioners throw out Option B and instead approve Option A, which puts a road, fences, parking lots, etc. in the fenced area. Go to FIDOSD.org, which has a link to the Coastal Commission agenda page and instructions on how to leave your comments. There is also still time to mail in comments to: 7575 Metropolitan Drive 103, San Diego, CA 92108. Call 619-767-2370.
SEA LION PUPPING
June 1 marks the first day of pupping season in which many of the female sea lions in La Jolla will be giving birth and caring for their young. To ensure the safety of sea lions and humans alike, District 1 Councilmember Joe LaCava spoke to new signage and educational materials being created with partners to be displayed around Boomers Beach and La Jolla Cove this summer. LaCava was joined by representatives from the City’s Parks and Recreation division to further detail responsibly enjoying the area during this delicate natural process. LaCava represents City Council District 1, which includes the communities of Carmel Valley, Del Mar Heights, Del Mar Mesa, La Jolla, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, and University City.
PRIDE MONTH CELEBRATED
The San Diego Unified School District held its annual flag-raising ceremony of the Rainbow Pride and Trans Pride flags on June 1 at the Eugene Brucker Education flagpole at 4100 Normal St. in recognition of June as Pride Month. District representatives were joined by members of the Board of Education, students, educators, and special guest, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, to mark the occasion. The ceremony highlighted the district's ongoing commitment and education plan to promote safe and affirming school spaces for LGBTQIA+ students, families, and staff.
LICENSE TO LOVE
San Diego Humane Society is waiving all fees, including late fees, for dog licenses throughout June during its A License to Love campaign. Dog owners who live within San Diego Humane Society’s jurisdiction sdhumane.org/resources/animal-service-jurisdictions.html can receive a free one-year license if completing the process before July 1. The promo code FREELICENSE will be required. The amnesty offer applies to first-time licenses and renewals, and all late fees (if applicable) will be waived. Licensing can be completed online, in person or by mail with the promo code FREELICENSE. To complete the license process, or to access information and resources such as low-cost vaccine clinics and spay/neuter services, visit sdhumane.org/license.
SANDAG OPEN HOUSES
The San Diego Association of Governments, the region’s transportation planning agency, will be hosting a series of virtual public open houses and hearings throughout June and July to share information about the draft 2021 Regional Plan and ensure everyone has an opportunity to provide their comments. Below is a list of ways to submit comments as well as dates of upcoming virtual events. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be available.
Tuesday, June 15.
Wednesday, June 16.
Tuesday, June 22.
Thursday, June 24.
Tuesday, June 29.
Wednesday, June 30.
Friday, July 16, at the SANDAG Transportation Committee meeting.
Friday, July 23, at the SANDAG Board of Directors meeting.
You can submit your comments on the draft plan through July 30:
Email: [email protected].
Phone: 619-699-1934, toll free 877-277-5736 and TTY 619-699-1904.
Mail: Attention 2021 Regional Plan, SANDAG, 401 B St., Suite 800, San Diego CA, 92101.
Friday, May 28
SPIRIT BARRE BACK
Spirit Barre, a new barre/pilates studio in Pacific Beach at 1559 Garnet Ave., opened on May 22 with a refurbished studio. Barre classes have been absent from PB since the two studios offering it closed during the pandemic. Spirit Barre is offering free classes through Friday, May 28. For more information, email [email protected].
PENINSULA PROJECTS CITED
Two Point Loma entries are among 18 major construction projects honored with awards by the San Diego and Imperial counties chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).
They are: Nimitz Bridge at NTC Rehabilitation (Structures under $2 million) – Installation of two pedestrian curb ramps as well as new handrails, guard rails, and new light fixtures to ensure ADA compliant access at either end of the bridge; Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Phase II Trail and Revegetation (Environmental $2 million to $5 million) – Various improvements including trails, parking, benches, signs, ball field, pedestrian bridge and landscaping.
Winners of the 2021 San Diego Region Public Works Project of the Year Awards include 11 City parks, playgrounds and facilities; water and wastewater system upgrades; air operations facility construction; and seismic retrofit and rehabilitation projects. Another seven City projects received Honor Awards from the San Diego APWA. The contracted construction projects were overseen by the City’s Engineering and Capital Projects Department as part of its Capital Improvement Program.
MARUTA GARDNER PLAYGROUND HONORED
A Mission Bay coastal park is among 18 major construction projects honored with awards by the San Diego and Imperial counties chapter of the American Public Works Association. Honored was the Maruta Gardner Playground at Bonita Cove West (Parks $2 million to $5 million). The renovation of the park’s playground including ADA-compliant sidewalk upgrades, security lighting, and new comfort station and new picnic pavilion.
Winners of the 2021 San Diego Region Public Works Project of the Year Awards include 11 City parks, playgrounds and facilities; water and wastewater system upgrades; air operations facility construction; and seismic retrofit and rehabilitation projects. The APWA supports professionals in all aspects of public works and promotes improved practices in public works administration.
JOB TRAINING GRANT
The San Diego Workforce Partnership received a $310,000 grant from Together Toward Health, a program of the Public Health Institute, to fund a new behavioral health job training program. It is part of a statewide initiative to expand workforce development opportunities for Californians most impacted by COVID-19 and amplify outreach efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
Workforce Partnership’s newest paid training program is aimed at helping San Diegans launch meaningful careers in behavioral and mental healthcare. The grant is in place from now until Dec. 31. Funding from the grant will provide 120 hours of paid behavioral health and job readiness training, stipends, supportive services and childcare solutions to program participants. Workforce Partnership will prioritize the recruitment of women, refugees, youth, and Black and Latino community members for the paid behavioral health program. People interested in participating can share their interest and be notified when program applications open.
AIRBNB PARTY BAN
With travel coming back and COVID restrictions easing nationwide, the Airbnb industry has announced it will continue the party ban on its properties it issued in August 2020 indicating it would “remain in effect indefinitely until further notice.”
“Today Airbnb is announcing that this ban is being extended through at least the end of Summer 2021,” Airbnb said in a statement. “In addition to our party ban, our policies also mandate that hosts and guests adhere to local public health laws. San Diego County is maintaining clear guidance on COVID-19, including regarding indoor gatherings. In advance of Memorial Day weekend, we want to make clear that those violating Airbnb’s rules or San Diego’s public health rules risk suspensions or bans from our platform, and even potentially legal action.” Read more about Airbnb’s party ban extension here.
HOPE FOR VISION ZERO
Circulate San Diego released its report, “Hope for Vision Zero” this month, showing modest improvements to street safety in the City since committing to Vision Zero in 2015. However, traffic injuries and fatalities remain unacceptably high. Recently, a 30-year-old e-scooter rider was injured in Pacific Beach attempting to stop after the driver in front of him stopped, when he stepped off of the scooter and slipped and fell. The rider sustained a fracture to his left ankle and was transported to the hospital. For more information, visit circulatesd.org/visionzero.
ALLEGIANT AIR SEASONAL SERVICE
Allegiant Air began seasonal nonstop service from San Diego International Airport to Mesa, Ariz. via Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The airline will begin seasonal nonstop service to Kalispell, Mont. via Glacier Park International Airport and Pasco, Wash. via Tri-Cities Airport on May 28.
Flights to all three destinations will be offered until Aug.16. Beginning June 3, Allegiant Air will offer nonstop service to Bozeman, Mont. via Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport through Aug. 15. Beginning July 1, Allegiant Air will offer nonstop service to Des Moines, Iowa via Des Moines International Airport through Aug. 15. To view the latest schedules, fares, and flight times, visit allegiantair.com.
San Diego County Credit Union is holding a blood drive on Tuesday, June 1, at its Sports Arena branch at 3455 Sports Arena Blvd. Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has put an incredible strain on the blood supply in the community. There is currently an extremely low inventory of blood, hospital shelves are almost empty and this short supply is affecting thousands of patients. The community is encouraged to help – lives depend on it. For more information, visit sandiegobloodbank.org.
SEAWORLD KIDS’ WEEKEND
Kick-off the summer this Memorial Day weekend at SeaWorld’s Sesame Street Kids' Weekend. Elmo can’t wait to see everybody at a fun-filled weekend in Sesame Street Bay of Play. Join your favorite Sesame Street friends for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Memorial Day now until June 6. Sesame Street character-themed weekends, storytimes with furry friends, physically distanced dance parties, and more continue.
PADDLE FOR PEACE
The Surfrider Foundation of San Diego County is sponsoring an International Surf Day barbecue celebration on Saturday, June 19 at La Jolla Shores from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Special guests include professional longboarder Nique Miller and other surfers. Join them for a zero-waste vegetarian-style bbq.
Created this year by the San Diego Unified School District and The San Diego Foundation, Level Up SD, a Summer of Learning and Joy features in-person classroom instruction in the mornings at neighborhood schools with San Diego Unified teachers and summer activities offered by dozens of nonprofits in communities across the city. There is no cost to families for the classroom instruction or the activities, thanks to a $31 million commitment by the San Diego Unified Board of Education. To be eligible for #LevelUpSD, students must be enrolled in San Diego Unified for the 2021-2022 school year.
Summer school generally is offered to a select group of struggling students. Level Up SD is open to all K-12 students. This means thousands of kids from every corner of our community can now take advantage of academics and free activities beyond the classroom, like learning to kayak or learning to fly a drone, for the first time. Learn more at SDFoundation.org.
PB BIKEWAY OPEN
The Rose Creek Bikeway was officially opened recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The bikeway is a two-mile segment of the Coastal Rail Trail and a priority project as part of the Regional Bike Network Early Action Program, connecting University City to Mission Bay and Downtown San Diego.
People biking, walking, and rolling can now travel safely along the new multi-use path as it is completely separated from vehicle traffic and includes environmentally sensitive lighting for night rides. The Rose Creek Bikeway was constructed concurrently with the Mid-Coast extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley. Together, the Rose Creek Bikeway and Trolley extension will provide a Complete Corridor near I-5 giving people more options to travel between points north like Sorrento Valley, University City, and UC San Diego, and points south including Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, Mission Valley, and Downtown San Diego.
Set to open this summer in the 1920s-era cottage that last housed a branch of Brick & Bell in Pacific Beach, Palmys aims to be an all-day neighborhood espresso bar, bistro, market and community hangout space. Palmy's is the creation of longtime restaurateur Dillon Berkabile. Palmys will offer an all-day menu with healthy options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and eventually dinner. The eatery will have an espresso bar, organic smoothies and juices, and health-focused bowls, sandwiches, toasts and entrees for breakfast and lunch. Palmys aims to open in late June to early July at 976 Felspar St.
Thursday, May 27
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES GAS AND ELECTRIC FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS
The City Council voted on May 25 to approve the tentative gas and electric franchise agreements with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) secured by Mayor Todd Gloria and the City negotiating team. SDG&E has held exclusive franchises with the City to provide gas and electric service since 1920. The agreements allow the franchisee to use the public right-of-way to install and maintain the pipes, poles, wires and other infrastructure necessary to provide energy to San Diego’s residents and businesses.
In January, Gloria initiated a public-outreach effort to educate city residents about the franchise agreements and solicit opinions about San Diego’s energy future. The process included partnering the City Council to hold 13 virtual community forums, which hundreds of people attended, and an online survey that drew nearly 1,400 responses.
MEMORIAL DAY VACCINATIONS
Saint Brigid Parish at 4735 Cass St. is hosting vaccinations on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First and second doses available at no cost. Health insurance and appointments not required to be vaccinated. Appointments also available, if preferred. Number of no-appointment vaccinations limited per location. Parents or legal guardians must provide their consent for an eligible minor to receive the vaccine.
Consent must either be provided in-person by the parent/guardian at the vaccination site or a parent/guardian can provide their consent in advance by completing a consent form. Only the Pfizer vaccine may be provided to minors at this time. For information on scheduling a vaccination appointment, visit Coronavirus-SD.com or call 2-1-1, which is available 24-hours a day in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.
LA JOLLA LIBRARY OUTDOOR BOOK SALE
The Friends of the La Jolla Library will be holding an outdoor book sale on Saturday, June 5, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in front of the library at 7555 Draper Ave. Books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, and DVDs for all ages will be available starting at 25 cents (cash or credit/debit only). For a limited time, the Friends of the La Jolla Library will be accepting donations of gently used books, magazines, puzzles, and DVDs for future sales. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Friends of the La Jolla Library in support of the La Jolla Library.
The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Jacobs Family Campus offers beginner, intermediate, and youth pickleball clinics open to the community. Pickleball is growing in popularity. The sport – a mix of tennis, badminton, and ping pong – is an outdoor, socially distanced sport. Beginners can learn easily, and advanced players can enjoy the fast-paced, competitive game. To learn more about pickleball, visit usapickleball.org.
The JCC encourages players to bring their own pickleball paddle to the court. The level of intensity is a player’s preference and JCC offers different clinics based on experience: Beginner Clinics – overview of court and game, basic rules, scoring, proper grip and body placement, and groundstrokes; Intermediate Clinics – serve and return techniques, improve consistency, develop strategies, drop shots, and point play. Adult beginner clinic will take place Sunday, June 13 from 9:30-11 a.m., and the intermediate clinic will take place Sunday, June 27 from 9:30-11 a.m.
Instructors are advanced pickleball players, as well as experienced coaches and teachers. Beginner and intermediate clinics are $24 per session, or $20 for JCC members. For JCC members, only private, semi-private, and group clinics are available. For more information on pickleball clinics or pricing, visit www.lfjcc.org/qualcomm/tennis.
UC SAN DIEGO DEED RESTRICTIONS
The City Council voted 7- 1 recently to remove land use restrictions on a 43-acre portion of UC San Diego’s East Campus. With the City joining the U.S. Navy and the County in lifting deed restrictions across university properties, UC San Diego will now be able to use public-private partnerships to finance and complete East Campus development that serves one or more public purposes. As part of the Council action, UC San Diego will allocate certain tax revenues generated by the new uses to the City.
“UCSD is a regional partner,” said District 1 Councilmember Joe LaCava. “Providing the flexibility to fund projects through public private partnerships assures that the university will continue to deliver San Diegans education, health, and economic benefits.”
MBHS PETCO GRADUATION
The 2021 commencement for Mission Bay High School will be held at Petco Park at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 11. Each graduate can receive up to four guest e-tickets for immediate family members only. E-tickets cannot be used for non-family members. Guests will need to adhere to the health/safety guidelines provided by Petco Park, which includes limitations on items that can be brought in by guests. Students will need to arrive to Petco Park at 7 a.m. Guests may park at any of the nearby parking lots or structures, including Tailgate Park, Padres Parkade, Premier Lot, and Bayfront Hilton garage.
Noting last year’s graduation was a drive-thru event, MBHS principal Ernest Remillard said San Diego Unified School District this year has “been focused on how we have classes graduating together. Our connections with the Padres and Petco Park came through and we’ll have as many classes as possible graduating together while social distancing.”
Remillard said the graduation stage will be at second base facing inwards so graduating students will be in the first section behind home plate. “We’ll have the Jumbotron going on with all the lights going and the banners suspended around the stadium. It will be really nice, and tailored for our kids.” The principal noted MBHS has 260 students graduating this year. “We’re anticipating five days a week, normal full days, this fall.”
MT. SOLEDAD MEMORIAL DAY
The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, and various memorials and museums, will honor Air Force Airman 1st Class William Pitsenbarger (Honor of Medal recipient), the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm, and the nation’s heroes through a live and virtual tribute event on May 31 from noon-1 p.m. and streamed at memorialdaylive.com.
This event will honor Pitsenbarger whose story was portrayed in the recent movie “The Last Full Measure,” which showcased his story in the Vietnam War including actions that led to him being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, saving a number of American soldiers in 1966. Attendees and speakers will include the film director, producer, and airmen who served with Pitsenbarger, and the Army soldiers that he saved.
“This is an unprecedented chance for us in person in San Diego, and those online, to hear the important story of Pitsenbarger and his sacrifice,” said Phil Kendro, vice president of the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Association’s board of trustees and executive producer of the event. “Every American has the ability to take a moment to reflect upon such persons, and they should.” The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is located at 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South and is open daily from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
GARNET BLOCK CAPTAIN PROGRAM
The Garnet Block Captain Program held a Save Garnet’s Trees day on Tuesday, May 25 to refresh stressed trees with water. Program chair Eve Anderson pointed out the 1400 and 1500 blocks (Gresham to Ingraham) had jacarandas “looking puny, with faint flowers and tiny leaves.”
Anderson added about 23 trees total in the program area needed care the form of water poured slowly on them with buckets, a practice, she said, which should be repeated every three weeks until it rains again in the fall. “We might need to schedule a ‘bucket brigade’ for the future,” Anderson said. The Garnet Block Captain Program is looking for volunteers, working roughly from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays. For questions or more information, email [email protected].
PB COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES SOLD
Tony Franco of the Franco Realty Group reports sales of several commercial properties in the 92109 ZIP Code. They include 1146 Garnet Ave. (two commercial units, one residential unit) for $1.6 million; 3746-48 Mission Blvd. (two commercial units, two residential units) for $2.5 million; 3449 Ocean Front Walk (six residential units, highest price per unit ever for a commercial building throughout all of San Diego County) for $7.45 million; 1261-69 Garnet Ave. (three retail units, largest retail sale in more than 24 months in 92109) for $5.3 million.
PET SUPPLIES NEEDED
FACE’s Community Outreach Program focuses on connecting under served pet owners with resources to veterinary care and pet supplies. This year, outreach is being expanded to significantly increase the amount of assistance provided to pets in need and their families through this program. They need help to achieve this goal: consider donating pet products for this program.
How you can help: Donate your new pet items, such as unused collars, leashes, blankets, unopened pet food, and other supplies; schedule a donation pickup or drop-off; provide a financial donation that will go directly to purchasing supplies. For more information, visit sdhumane.org.
NEW NONSTOP SERVICE TO JFK
Alaska Airlines has begun daily nonstop service from San Diego International Airport to New York via John F. Kennedy International Airport and seasonal nonstop service to Bozeman, Mont. via Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. “Alaska Airlines’ new flights to JFK will provide San Diegans yet another option to access the greater New York area,” said Kimberly Becker, president /CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “We are excited to add more service to Montana, a state that has an abundance of outdoor recreation and is home to several national parks.”
Alaska Airlines will offer nonstop service to Bozeman and Kalispell through Sept. 7. With these additions, Alaska Airlines now offers nonstop service to 32 destinations from San Diego, more than any other carrier at SAN. To view the latest schedules, fares, and flight times, visit alaskaair.com.
VETERANS HELPING VETERANS
Ahead of Memorial Day, Feeding San Diego will host a special free food distribution for veterans and military families that is also a day of service for residents of Veterans Village of San Diego. In partnership with the Veterans Village of San Diego, a “Veterans Helping Veterans” food distribution will be held on Thursday, May 27 from 10 a.m.-noon at Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., in a drive-through format.
At the distribution, residents of Veterans Village will volunteer to distribute food, including fresh produce, dry goods and a frozen meat protein, to San Diego’s military community. This event is the chance for veterans to extend their hands and hearts to provide the gift of food ahead of a holiday that honors and remembers fallen comrades. Military families and veterans can register to attend here.
PREPARE FOR WILDFIRES
Residents can help protect their homes and lives from disastrous wildfires by reducing the flammable brush and fuels materials from around their properties. Creating Defensible Space zones and removing cleared brush and dead tree limbs that provide fuel for wildfires can make all the difference between a prepared neighborhood and one more prone to wildfires. The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, in partnership with the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, has been awarded $3.5 million by the San Diego River Conservancy via Senate Bill 85 to immediately implement protective measures by homeowners and residents to reduce wildfires within wildland urban interface areas of the San Diego River watershed.
The Wildfire Early Action Program is allocating resources to implement fuel reduction projects by creating fire breaks, removing dead, diseased or dying trees, assisting elderly, disabled and low-income residents in establishing defensible space around their homes, and hosting workshops and fire preparedness training in preparation for the coming fire season. Contact the Fire Safe Council at 619-562-0096 for more information, questions, or application assistance.
SOHO PRESERVATION AWARDS
Save Our Heritage Organisation, San Diego's countywide preservation group, celebrates its 38th annual People In Preservation Awards, on Thursday, May 27, at 4 p.m, during National Preservation Month. At that time, find the free online awards ceremony atsohosandiego.org/pip2021/awards.htm.
This year's awards will honor 12 distinctive people and projects ranging across multiple historic preservation mediums, from building restorations and adaptive reuse to historic community traditions and important arts and cultural centers. They include the extensive restoration of a Mid-Century Modern coastal gem, the rehabilitation of a support building at the beloved Hotel del Coronado, and the recognition of a long-time writer, Carol Olten, especially known for her work in La Jolla.
You will be hard pressed to find another writer who has a better way with words for sharing San Diego and La Jolla history than La Jolla Historical Society historian Carol Olten. The breadth of topics she has written about include discussions of popular architectural styles and building types in La Jolla. She has also chronicled La Jolla landmarks, such as the Red Roost and Red Rest, the long-lost Green Dragon Colony, and the Marine Room restaurant. For more information about SOHO visit SOHOsandiego.org.
San Diego Humane Society’s veterinary team is urging owners of pet rabbits to have them vaccinated against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2, a contagious and fatal disease for rabbits. Because RHDV2 is extremely contagious and spreading fast in Southern California, San Diego Humane Society is also asking for the public’s help in quarantining rabbits who do not require immediate medical attention for 18 days, if at all possible, before bringing them to SDHS or rehome the rabbit on their own.
Rabbits who have been vaccinated one week to one year against RHDV2 before admission into the shelter do not need to be quarantined. Rabbits should be kept indoors and separate from other rabbits who may go outdoors or be exposed to wildlife, as well as separate from rabbits who do not live in the home. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture cdfa.ca.gov/AHFSS/Animal_Health/RHD.html, RHDV2 has been confirmed in domestic rabbits at 49 backyard properties in Southern California since July 2020. To date, six counties, including San Diego County, have detected the disease in wild cottontail rabbits and/or jackrabbits.
A coalition of six United States subsidiary companies have sponsored a COVID-19 mobile clinic to vaccinate 10,000 maquiladora workers employed in Baja California, Mexico. “We started, six to eight months ago, talking to the private sector on how to help our people with their health and the economy of our state. We have to accelerate the pace of recovery from this pandemic because our health and our economy are hurting,” said Luis Lutteroth, president of Consejo de Desarrollo de Tijuana, speaking on behalf of Cámara Nacional de la Industria de la Transformación Tijuana and the participating companies: Poly, Compañía Embotelladora Del Fuerte-Coca Cola, Jacuzzi, Flex, Call Center Services International-CCSI and Sempra-IEnova.
Approximately 1,500 workers, recruited by their employers, will be vaccinated daily over seven non-consecutive days at a temporary UC San Diego Health mobile clinic in San Ysidro. The companies are covering operating and vaccine costs. Because of the complex logistics required to vaccinate 10,000 people, the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine was selected for this clinic. Visit health.ucsd.edu or sandiegocounty.gov to find the nearest vaccine clinic.
SANDAG REGIONAL PLAN
The draft 2021 Regional Plan is now available. Join the SANDAG Board of Directors meeting Friday, May 28, at 9 a.m. for an overview of key milestones that led to the development of the draft 2021 Regional Plan, which will be available for public comment May 28-July 30. The draft 2021 Regional Plan is the result of years of planning, data analysis, and community engagement to re-imagine the San Diego region with a transformative transportation system, a sustainable pattern of growth and development, and innovative demand and management strategies.
Nova Easy Kombucha in Ocean Beach is gearing up for summer with the rollout of their new Sexy Mojito hard kombucha. Infused with bright flavors indicative of the popular Cuban libation, Sexy Mojito showcases an effervescent blend of mint, Tahitian lime, lemongrass and agave syrup, all while touting probiotics for your gut and clocking in at 8% ABV per 12-oz. can. Folks can get their hands on a can of this at select retailers, online and at Nova’s Ocean Beach taproom at 4845 Newport Ave.
SD LOYAL HOME OPENER
San Diego Loyal Soccer Club (SD Loyal) is prepared to take on Las Vegas Lights FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29 for its home opener of the 2021 USL regular season. San Diego’s men’s professional soccer team will have fans in the stands (season ticket members and partners only) for the first time since its last inaugural match against the same club on March 7, 2020 prior to the pandemic.
San Diego Loyal SC announced that single match tickets for their 2021 season are now on sale to the general public. Fans can purchase tickets and return to Torero Stadium for the first time since its 2020 inaugural match for all matches beginning on June 19. For more information, visit sdloyal.com.
Monday, May 24
IV HYDRATION BAR AT LIBERTY STATION
Eden IV hydration therapy will open doors in Liberty Station’s Quarter District at 2445 Truxtun Road, Suite 100 in June 1. Founded by local business partners Dr. Larry Lyle and Kemble Ng, the IV hydration bar offers treatments combining luxury service with quality products. The menu of services spans the entire wellness gamut, with infusions intended for everything from chronic illnesses to glowing skin.
A graduate of osteopathic medical school, Lyle is a respected medical professional with more than 30 years of experience. He has done pivotal work in Washington, D.C. and San Diego treating people living with HIV. Since retiring from the active practice of medicine in 2011, he remains active within medical communities and has served as a community advisor for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group advising the development and implementation of HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis clinical trials.
VIETNAM VET BOOK
Local author Bruce A. Bastien draws back the curtain on that era’s high-conflict period to share his experience as a young Marine – both the common notions of war and the mundane, daily life experiences that shaped his 13-month tour of duty. His novel, “13 Months,” sweeps readers up on a coming-of-age journey through a U.S. Marine Corps grunt’s daily struggles, battles, and funny moments as he navigates a new and sometimes unforgiving environment. Bastien’s book shares with readers the range of emotions and physical discomfort he experienced during his service, from unmitigated terror to utter boredom, hot and dry to wet and cold, rested and ready to frazzled and wired. “13 Months: In the Bush, In Vietnam, In 1968” is available through iUniverse, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.
POP-UP PUPPY PICNIC
Founded by influencer-and-entrepreneur Ciera Chang, Puppy Picnic Co. is the latest vendor to tap into the booming pop-up picnic trend. The business at 850 Womble Road, Suite 100, launched Mother’s Day weekend. Having signed on as Liberty Station’s exclusive picnic partner, Puppy Picnic Co. offers a variety of dog-approved experiences – think “yappetizers,” “barkuterie boxes” and (non-alcoholic) dog beer and wine. Meanwhile, guests can choose their picnic fare from Liberty Station’s lineup of gourmet eateries or opt to pack their own meal. The stylized picnics include chic tablespaces, cozy throws, bohemian décor, and even a vintage 1970 Volkswagen bus with a retrofitted photo booth.
Operating its event services out of a unit in Liberty Station’s South Promenade, Puppy Picnic Co. also doubles as a retail boutique. The pop-up shop, which is currently open by appointment only, totes a variety of doggie treats and toys, trendy picnic supplies, tote bags, home décor and more, with 10% of merchandise sales donated to a local animal shelter.
JEWISH LECTURE SERIES
Jews, Race and Racism: A four-part lecture series" will be held Wednesdays through June 16 from 10-11 a.m. Engage in this virtual four-part lecture series that covers the most important historical moments for American Jews and questions of race. For more information, visit Lawrence Family JCC (lfjcc.org).
NONSTOP SERVICE TO HAWAII
Southwest Airlines has announced it will expand service to Hawaii from San Diego International Airport (SAN) by adding nonstop service to three Hawaiian cities and expanding their Honolulu service from one flight daily to two flights daily beginning June 6.
SD BUSINESS HUB
In partnership with local tech company GoSite, San Diego Regional EDC has launched the San Diego Business Hub, which in its first phase will offer up to 100 small, service-based businesses a full suite of digital tools at no cost. Made possible by grants from The San Diego Foundation and Union Bank, SDbizhub.com is accepting applications from businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic — women, minorities, veterans and other economically under-resourced groups. FAQ and applications are available at SDbizhub.com, and will remain open until the cohort is full.
Mainly Mozart today has announces its 2021 All-Star Orchestra Festival at the Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park from June 11-19. This event welcomes the return of in-person, socially distanced, assigned seating in an outdoor venue. With five concerts featuring members of prestigious orchestras, this festival presents well-known works, ranging from Mozart to Beethoven to J. Haydn to name a few. For information on the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra Festival or to purchase tickets, visit mainlymozart.org.
VIRTUAL POETRY READINGS
The second round of SDPA 2020-21 virtual anthology readings will take place Friday, June 11 and Friday, June 18. Both of these Zoom readings will run from 6-8 p.m. Poets can choose to read at one or both events. Preference will be given to any poets who didn’t get a chance to read during the Point Loma Library virtual reading in April. Any 2020-21 anthology poets reading for the first time this year will also be given first crack at the mic.
Returning poets are encouraged to sign up and can choose to read a new poem or the same poem from the anthology. New poets–who aren’t in the anthology this year but are interested in publishing with us–are also welcome to sign up to be seen and heard and supported by our community. Sign up here: SDPA Signup
Friday, May 13
OB PIER COMMITTEE
A committee is being formed to explore the future of OB Pier, the longest concrete pier on the West Coast. The pier is suffering from old age and wave/saltwater abuse. The City of San Diego completed a recent study and has three ideas for solutions. Volunteers are being sought to serve on a committee to make recommendations and work toward a solution. If you have expertise in construction, architecture, marine environment, finance, marketing or grantwriting, OB needs you. Send an email to Denny Knox at [email protected].
FIDO ON FIESTA
Fiesta Island Dog Owners is asking supporters to join them in lobbying the California Coastal Commission to back the City’s plan preserving Fiesta Island’s off-leash area. That plan, which FIDO has worked for 15 years on, would leave the off-leash area intact with no roads or fences bisecting it. The Fiesta Island issue is expected to be on the Coastal Commission’s June agenda, meaning public comments will open in late May. The public will only have an eight-day window in which to submit comments. FIDO is asking supporters to submit personal stories about why it's important to keep the off-leash area intact, focusing on the benefits to people and not just dogs. For more information visit, FIDOSD.org.
The Loma Portal Yearbook can still be purchased online until Friday, May 28. Send any questions to [email protected]. Inviting all incoming TK and kinder students (fall 2021) to join for the annual Day As a Dolphin event on Friday, May 21 from 9-10:30 a.m. RSVP here or email [email protected] for more information.
Maritime Museum of San Diego invites San Diegans and regional visitors to celebrate Fourth of July at the museum at at 1492 N. Harbor Drive. Plans call for a pre-fireworks kick-off at the event with a demonstration of historical gunnery to ignite the celebration, the largest collection of fully operational artillery west of the Mississippi. The museum has two options to choose from; social distancing dinner ashore or an evening bay cruise. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Each activity includes general admission to tour the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s historical vessels and open exhibits. Reservations can be made at sdmaritime.org.
CABRILLO UNDER THE STARS
After years of hosting fundraising Cabrillo Under the Stars at Cabrillo National Monument, the Cabrillo National Park Foundation will hold its first virtual fundraiser, Cabrillo For the Stars, on May 22 at 7 p.m. In a fun half-hour, you will discover all that the foundation does to support San Diego's only National Park by protecting the tide pools, promoting science education and environmental stewardship with our youth, and much more. There is also a silent auction that kicks-off Saturday, May 15 going through Sunday, May 22. The event is free to attend. Register and learn more at http://1cau.se/aSr
The American Red Cross urges all who are healthy to make this a summer full of life for patients by scheduling an appointment to give blood or platelets. As the nation transitions to a new, hopeful phase of this devastating pandemic and people begin to return to some of their favorite activities, the Red Cross is concerned about the impact this could have on blood donor turnout and the blood supply this summer. The need for lifesaving blood transfusions never takes a break. It’s critical to have blood ready to go when every second counts.
Individuals of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now to give blood, and in most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
PB REC CENTER MURAL
The Pacific Beach Recreation Center has served the beach community for more than 65 years and is in need of improvements. The PB Town Council is working with San Diego artist Rob Tobin to install mosaic murals, part of an overall project to update the space inside and out. Donated surfboards will be used to create a flower mosaic on the north wall and a sunset on the south wall. People can help by being a sponsor, donating a used surfboard, helping prepare the artwork for installation and sharing news about the project. Get more details at pbtowncouncil.org.
DANCE IS IN THE AIR FESTIVAL
San Diego Dance Theater’s new artistic director Terry Wilson announces “Other Times, Other Places.” This weekend of performances are May 21-23 and will be on the outdoor stage at Arts District Liberty Station's South Promenade. It is part of a greater collaboration with Malashock Dance, and San Diego Ballet, for the Dance is in the Air Festival, which will take place on an outside stage in the South Promenade of Liberty Station in May and June. Performance times will take place Friday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at sandiegodancetheater.org/performances/rep-show.
LJ BUDGET TOWN HALLS
District 1 City Councilmember Joe LaCava said his office has received hundreds of calls and emails regarding city services, attended community meetings and webinars, and met with constituents and stakeholders leading up to the City’s annual budget deliberations which have begun. “I invite you to share your neighborhood budget priorities in (virtual) person and attend one of our two upcoming District 1 Budget Town Halls featuring independent budget analyst Andrea Tevlin,” said LaCava. Register for May 15 at bit.ly/D1BUDGETMAY15.
SUNNIE’S OCEAN FRIENDLY TO-GO
The growing mountain of take-out waste grew a little less last week as the first San Diego restaurant began implementing “Ocean Friendly To-Go.” Sunnie’s Ocean Beach Mexican Cuisine & Coffee at 4723 Point Loma Ave. is ready for you to place your to-go orders sans the disposable container waste. All you have to say is “Ocean Friendly To-Go” when you place your order and your order will come out on reusable dinnerware. From there, you can pack it up in your own containers at their designated and sanitized “Ocean Friendly To-Go” station and be on your way. Nothing complicated about it. For more information, visit sandiego.surfrider.org/sunnies-offers-ocean-friendly-to-go/.
LA JOLLA LUNCH BRUNCH
La Jolla Community Center is holding a Lunch Brunch on Monday, May 24 at 11 a.m. for members and guests at the Plaza courtyard on the corner of Herschel and Torrey Pines Road. There will be cuisine from three restaurants – Marketplace Grille, Himitsu Japanese Bistro, and Karina's Cantina Mexican Restaurant. Each individual will order and pay for their own lunch. RSVP by email at [email protected] or call at 858-459-0831.
LA JOLLA COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAM
Hiking San Diego: Tips and trails for all ages. Join Scott Turner, co-author of “Afoot and Afield San Diego County,” and Stefanie Maio, Sierra Club San Diego Chapter Outings leader-trainer for a presentation on San Diego’s beautiful hiking Wednesday, May 26, 10-11 a.m. This virtual presentation looks at some of the best hikes in San Diego suitable for all ages while breaking down how to determine whether a trail is right for you. Maio and Turner will reveal some of the best local trails with a few further afield while touching on strategies to get the best of the San Diego hiking experience. Register at ljcommunitycenter.org/wc.
Turner is a local hiking guide author, photographer, and therapist. Turner has written four additional books covering some of the most beautiful national parks in the American West, including “Hike the Parks: Joshua Tree National Park”; “Hike the Parks: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park”; “Hike the Parks: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks”; as well as the soon-to-be-released “Day Hiking Yosemite National Park,” due out on Oct. 1.
Maio has been active with the Wilderness Basics Course since 2007 as a participant and later chair of the organization that teaches people how to hike, camp and backpack safely. She is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys inspiring others to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. Her favorite places to hike usually involve water and/or slot canyons.
MISSION FED NEW VP
Mission Fed Credit Union has appointed Amy Goodrich as VP, director of contact center operations and strategy. In this new role for the organization, Goodrich is responsible for the needs of Mission Fed’s San Diego-based call center and the remote engagement services the credit union provides its members. Members rely on the contact center for new accounts and loans, a wide range of financial transactions and inquiries, and assistance with online and mobile banking services. The contact center receives over 2,000 calls per day, in addition to assisting members via email and chat.
ARMED FORCES DAY
Pay tribute to the men and women who have served (or are serving) in the U.S. military on Saturday, May 15 by participating in a fundraising barbecue from 1-5 p.m. at VFW Post 5985 at 853 Turquoise St. Cost is $10 per plate, which includes hamburger, cheeseburger or hot dog (choice of one), sides and dessert. Affordable libations will be available for purchase at the canteen. Socially distant indoor and outdoor seating will be available. Food can be ordered to go. Face masks are required. All proceeds will benefit VFW Post 5985.
New paintings titled “Resurgence” by Rex Yuasa will be on exhibit May 22 to June 26 at R.B. Stevenson Gallery at 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 101. An opening reception for the artist will be Saturday, May 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. This exhibition will be the third show for the artist at the gallery. Visitors will be required to wear face masks and social distance while in the gallery. For more information, call 858-459-3917 or visit rbstevensongallery.com.
Saint Brigid Catholic Parish at 4735 Cass St. in Pacific Beach has applied to be a walk-up, no-appointment-needed COVID vaccination clinic site. The County Health Department is working on getting final approvals for that effort, and more will be known after a scheduled onsite visit to the church by the health department on May 19.
LA JOLLA SYMPHONY AND CHORUS
The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus has re-imagined its 2020-2021 season combining some favorite things: lively conversation, fascinating ideas and extraordinary music. In this six-part monthly series, LJS&C is preparing a menu of musical encounters featuring interviews, solo and small ensemble performances and selected pre-recorded works from the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus archives.
On May 14, LJS&C will release a new program titled “A Meeting in Time." In this next virtual event, selections of Bach’s Cantata #106 will be arranged and performed. Visit lajollasymphony.com.
PB LIBRARY VACCINATIONS
The County of San Diego is providing free COVID vaccinations in the PB Library’s north (Thomas Avenue) parking lot Thursday, May 27, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Drop-ins welcome, or you can make an advance appointment at coronavirus-sd.com.
FOOD DELIVERY APPS
Assembly Bill 286 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to require companies like DoorDash, UberEats, and GrubHub to provide an itemized cost breakdown of each transaction to both customers and restaurants passed the Assembly with bipartisan support on a 55 to 8 vote. "Small mom and pop restaurants and their customers have a right to know when they’re charged hidden fees on delivery orders so they can make informed decisions,” Gonzalez said. “This bill ensures customers and business owners can understand what they're being charged, and delivery workers are actually receiving the full amount of their tips.”
AUTO BUYING WEBINAR
San Diego County Credit Union will present a free auto buying webinar on Wednesday, May 19 from noon-1 p.m. During the webinar, SDCCU auto professionals will walk attendees through the car buying process discussing topics including ways to shop and find your vehicle, pros and cons of a new vs. pre-owned vehicle, loan vs. lease and how to make the financing process smooth and convenient. This free webinar is open to the public, but virtual space is limited and reservations are required. To register or for details, visit sdccu.com/fww.
LJ BUDGET TOWN HALLS
District 1 City Councilmember Joe LaCava said his office has received hundreds of calls and emails regarding city services, attended community meetings and webinars, and met with constituents and stakeholders leading up to the City’s annual budget deliberations which have begun. “I invite you to share your neighborhood budget priorities in (virtual) person and attend one of our two upcoming District 1 Budget Town Halls featuring independent budget analyst Andrea Tevlin,” said LaCava. Register for May 15 at bit.ly/D1BUDGETMAY15.
Over the past month, SANDAG crews have continued construction of the Fourth and Fifth Avenue Bikeways in the City. Construction has been ongoing of raised concrete median islands, storm water drainage improvements, and upgraded curb ramps on Fourth Avenue between Walnut and Pennsylvania avenues and on Fifth Avenue between Walnut and Robinson avenues. Concrete was poured in raised concrete median islands on Fourth and Fifth avenues between Redwood Street and Robinson Avenue. Crews also installed soil materials in raised concrete median islands that will be landscaped before project completion.
BOATING SKILLS VIRTUAL TRAINER
San Diego West Marine at 1250 Rosecrans St. is one of nine select stores nationwide to offer a Boating Skills Virtual Trainer in-store simulator from America’s Boating Club starting this weekend of May 14 – May 16. The simulator allows boaters to practice essential boating exercises. Customers will need to register for a 30-minute time slot via this Eventbrite link. In addition to the simulators, West Marine will offer exclusive resources and tools both in-store and online throughout the month.
LITTLE CAKES KITCHEN PARTNERS WITH GELSON’S
Gelson’s in Pacific Beach has expanded its local partnership with the Vista-based bakery and two-time winner of Food Network's “Cupcake Wars” Little Cakes Kitchen by offering up its bakery space at 730 Turquoise St. Baked from scratch and using the finest ingredients, the bakery is now open and is serving up its famous eclectic cupcakes in addition to full-size cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies, and other baked goods. Family-owned and operated, Little Cakes Kitchen now operates four locations in San Diego including their flagship bakery in Vista, where they offer more than 100 rotating cupcake flavors, and Gelson’s three San Diego locations – Del Mar, Carlsbad and now Pacific Beach.
VIETNAM VET BOOK
Local author Bruce A. Bastien draws back the curtain on that era’s high-conflict period to share his experience as a young Marine – both the common notions of war and the mundane, daily life experiences that shaped his 13-month tour of duty. His novel, “13 Months,” sweeps readers up on a coming-of-age journey through a U.S. Marine Corps grunt’s daily struggles, battles, and funny moments as he navigates a new and sometimes unforgiving environment. Bastien’s book shares with readers the range of emotions and physical discomfort he experienced during his service, from unmitigated terror to utter boredom, hot and dry to wet and cold, rested and ready to frazzled and wired. “13 Months: In the Bush, In Vietnam, In 1968” is available through iUniverse, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.
The U.S. Small Business Administration will begin delivering economic relief from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, established by the American Rescue Plan and signed into law by President Joe Biden, to more than 16,000 approved applicants. This first round of funding represents over $2 billion of relief awarded since last Monday’s successful program launch. Restaurants and other food and beverage businesses across the nation will begin to see funds in bank accounts as early as Tuesday, May 11.
Under RRF, restaurants are eligible for funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue losses, capped at $10 million per business and $5 million per location. The SBA will continue to fund approved applications until all funds have been exhausted. SBA has prioritized a customer-centric approach to the delivery of economic aid, eliminating cumbersome application requirements, streamlining the application process, and by partnering with point-of-sale (POS) vendors to provide seamless ways to apply to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Apply through SBA-recognized POS vendors or directly via the SBA online application portal: https://restaurants.sba.gov.
CARLSBAD FLOWER FIELDS
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, is extending its season to May 16. The original last day of the season was May 9. Thanks to Mother Nature and her cooler spring weather she has extended blooming season. There are still approximately 14 acres currently of bloom. For more information, visit www.theflowerfields.com.
UC SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION
Hanna and Mark Gleiberman have given $12 million to UC San Diego Internationally recognized head and neck cancer center at UC San Diego Health now named after the couple. Hanna and Mark’s $12 million gift will support many areas within the Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center, including:
Supporting innovative clinical trials for head and neck cancer treatment;
Training the next generation of head and neck cancer experts by building and growing a fellowship program;
Investing in junior faculty by creating start-up and retention packages and funding pilot projects
Creating an endowed fund to provide seed support for research projects, equip physicians and physician-scientists with resources to develop life-changing tools and therapies, initiate clinical trials, pursue additional grant funds for head and neck cancer exploration and discovery, and provide matching funds to augment extramural grants;
Enhancing patient experience through patient-centered, caregiver supported programs and care navigation services;
Providing services not covered by health insurance to those who cannot afford them.