WEEKLY BRIEFING – Pizza for papas at Scuderie Italia beach clean-up in PB food distribution in Point Loma – A round-up of news community and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what s happening in our community. Monday June 7 PB BEACH – San Diego Community Newspaper Group

WEEKLY BRIEFING – Pizza for papas at Scuderie Italia, beach clean-up in PB, food distribution in Point Loma

Scuderie Italia in PB will offer a specialty ‘Pizza Papà’ topped with sausage, oven-roasted peppers, caramelized onions, tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil for Father’s Day.

Scuderie Italia in PB will offer a specialty ‘Pizza Papà’ topped with sausage, oven-roasted peppers, caramelized onions, tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil for Father’s Day.

A round-up of news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting what’s happening in our community.

Monday, June 7

PB BEACH CLEANUP ON WORLD OCEANS DAYShore 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 PAPASLandini’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 FUNDRAISERHome 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 & PROUDTo 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 DISTRIBUTIONOn 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 CEOLori 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 MEETINGThe 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 COLLEGEOn 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 EXCELFive 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.

CYCLING FUNDRAISERThe 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.

NEIGHBORHOOD FLORISTLittle 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 LOTThe 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.

DANCE PERFORMANCESThree 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 WEARLoma 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.

FIDO SUPPORTFiesta 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 PUPPINGJune 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 CELEBRATEDThe 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 LOVESan 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 HOUSESThe 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.

Informational open houses (virtual):

  • Tuesday, June 15.

  • Wednesday, June 16.

  • Tuesday, June 22.

  • Thursday, June 24.

  • Tuesday, June 29.

  • Wednesday, June 30.

Public hearings (virtual):

  • 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:

  • Online: (English | Español).

  • 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 BACKSpirit 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 CITEDTwo 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 HONOREDA 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 GRANTThe 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 BANWith 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 ZEROCirculate 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 SERVICEAllegiant 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

BLOOD DRIVESan 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’ WEEKENDKick-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 PEACEThe 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.

SUMMER LEARNINGCreated 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 OPENThe 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.

PALMYS PBSet 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 AGREEMENTSThe 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 VACCINATIONSSaint 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 SALEThe 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.

PICKLEBALL CLINICSThe 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 RESTRICTIONSThe 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 GRADUATIONThe 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 DAYThe 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 PROGRAMThe 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 SOLDTony 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 JFKAlaska 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 VETERANSAhead 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 WILDFIRESResidents 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 AWARDSSave 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.

RABBIT VACCINATIONSSan 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.

CROSS-BORDER VACCINATIONSA 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 PLANThe 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.

SUMMER KOMBUCHA

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 OPENERSan 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 STATIONEden 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 BOOKLocal 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 iUniverseBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.

POP-UP PUPPY PICNICFounded 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 SERIESJews, 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 HAWAIISouthwest 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 HUBIn 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 MOZARTMainly 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 COMMITTEEA 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]com.

FIDO ON FIESTAFiesta 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.

LOMA PORTALThe 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.

BAYFRONT FIREWORKSMaritime 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 STARSAfter 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

BLOOD DRIVEThe 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 donateHowever, 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 MURALThe 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 FESTIVALSan 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 HALLSDistrict 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-GOThe 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 PROGRAMHiking 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 VPMission 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 DAYPay 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. 

GALLERY EXHIBITIONNew 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.

CHURCH VACCINATIONSSaint 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 CHORUSThe 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 VACCINATIONSThe 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 APPSAssembly 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 WEBINARSan 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 HALLSDistrict 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.

DOWNTOWN BIKEWAYSOver 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 iUniverseBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.

RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION

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.