DAILY BRIEFING South Mission Beach cleanup Greek cafe coming to La Jolla and Organic Harvest Month – A round-up of news community and business briefs…

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DAILY BRIEFING South Mission Beach cleanup, Greek cafe coming to La Jolla, and Organic Harvest Month

IPA infused organic chicken kabobs.

A round-upof news, community, and business briefs from sdnews.com highlighting whats happening in our community.

Monday, Sept. 7

ORGANIC HARVEST MONTH

September marks Organic Harvest Month and Gelsons is raising awareness around organic products, and the brands, producers and farmers by partnering with Golden Road Brewing to offer a limited release brew Organic Plant Back Hazy IPA and accompanying IPA infused chicken kabobs.

Grilling and beer go hand in hand, which is why Gelsons executive chef Abe van Beek crafted Plant Back Organic Hazy IPA infused organic chicken kabobs to pair tastefully with Golden Roads latest release. Skewered with organic red bell peppers and onions, the kabobs are 100% organic, free-range, locally raised and available exclusively at Gelsons. For more information and additional organic offerings, visit gelsons.com.

BLOOD DONATION

San Diego County Credit Union is hosting a blood drive on Sept. 8 at its 3455 Sports Arena Blvd. branch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic 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.

Blood donations are especially critical at this time of year after a busy summer season, and this year has been especially challenging. While an increased need for blood exists, donations have decreased due to businesses and community partners being unable to host normal drives due to newly implemented work-from-home policies. For more information, visitsandiegobloodbank.org.

GREEK CAFE COMING TO LA JOLLA

Following more than two decades serving traditional Greek cuisine in Coronado, Spiros Greek Cafwill soon launch a second location in La Jolla. The Chaconas family has taken over the 1,220-square-foot space with a 570-square-foot patio previously occupied by a Cold Stone Creamery in La Jolla for a second location. The restaurant will offer the same menu of Greek favorites as well as a list of local craft beer and wine. The new Spiros Greek Caf is expected to open by late 2020 at 909 Prospect St. For more information, visitspirosgreekcafe.com.

MISSION BEACH CLEANUP SEPT. 12

Anew citizen advocacy group Don't Trash Mission Beach,donttrashmissionbeach.com,has been formed. The new group has announced a beach cleanup for South Mission Beach, along with a beach trash art exhibit-installation to bring awareness of beach trash and its impact on the environment, on Saturday, Sept. 12 starting at 7 a.m. at Belmont Park on the boardwalk south of the roller coaster.

The advocacy group promotes 'Pack It In and Pack It Out' along with personal responsibility and hopes that a community-visitor trash awareness campaign can precipitate change for Mission Beach.The event is presented by Don't Trash Mission Beach, Friends of Beautiful Mission Beach, and is sponsored by Belmont Park, The Felice Agency, Olive Baking Company, and ScootScoop. In addition, Pacific Beach Town Council and The Mighty Bin, a Zero Waste store, will be in attendance.

The event will occur during Coastal Clean-Up Month and National Cleanup Day. The beach cleanup will begin at 7:30 a.m. when volunteers will meet at the park and clean the beach and surrounding area until 11:30 a.m. Bags, gloves, grabbers, and sanitizers will be provided. Everyone will wear masks and observe social distancing.The Beach Art-Trash Exhibit will showcase from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. The display will feature rescued items such as hundreds of shoes, towels, toys, and personal items. In addition, tens of thousands of items like bottle caps, cigarette lighters, vaping materials, and other items carelessly left behind or purposefully left on the beach every day.Anyone interested in volunteering for either event should email the organizers at [emailprotected]

RETURN OF POLITIFEST

Politifest, an annualpublic affairs summitproduced by Voice of San Diego and launchedin 2011, will take place virtually during the week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 3. Politifestfocuses onissuesaffectingSan Diegocommunities and features arobustschedule of debates,panels, and one-on-one interviews with experts. It also provides a platform for residents to raise their voices, ask tough questions, and delve into important issues. Its a crash course in politics and policy. This years summit will examine local races, ballot measures, and major public issues through afuture-facing lens: How will this years election affect our future? What are the implications forwork, education, andourcommunities?

This year multiple ticket options are being offered. Purchase admission to the entire eventor buy a ticket for a single day or two, depending on your interests. Single admission is $50 (thru 9/20) and includes a one year Voice of SanDiego membership. For more information visit voiceofsandiego.org/politifest/.

Friday, Aug. 28

WEED ABATEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

Pacific Beach Town Council is seeking volunteers for weed abatement in the community on Saturday, Aug. 29 starting at 7 a.m. Overgrown weeds were recently removed by volunteer PBTC board members from a section of the median on Mission Bay Drive by the I-5 south on-ramp.Help is needed to tackle the rest. A volunteer sign-in table will be at the parking lot west of Mission Bay Drive near the entrance to Mission Bay Park. Donations to help defray the cost of tools, supplies, dump fees, and extra materials for this and future weed removal projects involving large groups of community volunteers is welcomed.

Extra tools for volunteers to use will be purchased, but bring your own tools if you have them.Loppers are highly recommended for the thicker weed stalks.Other handy tools include push brooms, shovels, and large dustpans.Contractor-grade garbage bags will be provided. It is recommended volunteers bring gardening gloves, sunscreen, visors or hats, and drinking water.Masks are mandatory. PBTC board members Charlie Nieto, Susan Crowers, Ron Walker, and Brian White took to the task of removing overgrown weeds from a small section of Mission Bay Drive this last Saturday.

FIRST RESPONDER FUNDRAISER

Sarah Faxon has started a GoFundMe,gofundme.com/f/first-responder039s-fight-against-cancer?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet to help defray medical expenses for the family of the first responder Amanda Ogrady who is having surgery for a rare form of cancer, thymoma. To date, 166 donors have contributed $18,251 to the medical relief effort.

LABOR DAY BBQ

Labor Day barbecues may look different this year, but they dont have to taste different.The Lodge at Torrey Pines restaurant A.R. Valentien is offering a Labor Day curbside pick-up prix fixe menu complete with savory favorites like chimney-smoked New York strip loin and twice-baked potatoes.Order by noon Friday, Sept. 4. Pickup 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. To order, call 858-777-6641. For more information, visit lodgetorreypines.com.

FIDO URGES FIESTA ISLAND CLEANUP

Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) has had to cancel all of its three traditional I Love a Clean San Diego cleanups in 2020. The most recent cleanup event was October 2019, and there probably won't be another one until early 2021, if then. But that doesn't mean cleanup isn't needed. The beaches are being used heavily and Fiesta Island is extremely popular.

This year, the California Coastal Commission is expanding its usualCoastal Cleanup Daythroughout September, and FIDO would like to invite all of members to participate. There are no large, centrally organized cleanups this year.Instead, every day that you can in September, bring along extra bags when you visit the island and pick up any trash you see or a few of those extra poop piles that sometimes get overlooked. Take a photo cleaning up and post it toFacebookor Instagram (Fiesta_Island_Dog_Owners).

BLOOD BADLY NEEDED

San Diego Blood Bankisissuinga call to the public to make appointments to donate bloodin the coming months to avoid a severe dip in donations due to the hiatus of school blood drives due to COVID-19.As back to school season approaches, many districts willbe hosting classes onlineand not hosting their regular blood drives.San Diego Blood Bank is working withschoolson creative avenues to support blood donation, such as community drives. However, high school and college blood drives wouldnormallystart this week meaning the loss of hundreds of pints of blood.

Approximately 20% of the blood SDBB normally collects comes from high schools and colleges,said San Diego Blood Bank CEODavid Wellis.Its critically importantthat wemake up for those pints we would have collected at schools, so we need people to make appointmentsfor the next couple of months.To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in generally good health.Appointments are required and available atsandiegobloodbank.orgorbycalling619-400-8251.

GOODWILL IS BACK

As Goodwill retail stores and donation centers reopen, program participants continue to be brought back to work. On March 15, the organization was asked to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the shutdown, the nonprofit employed 1,400 community members. Today, Goodwill San Diego employs 894 people in San Diego County, 47.2% of whom are persons with a disability or other barriers to employment. Goodwill San Diegos social enterprise gratefully accepts donations of clothing, shoes, home dcor, household items, small appliances, electronics, sporting goods, and furniture. Coastal area Goodwill locations include 3663 Rosecrans St., 1430 Garnet Ave., and 761 Girard Ave.

POINT LOMA LAWYER HONORED

Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel has announced that shareholder James Hill has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition ofBest Lawyers in America. Hill been selected toBest Lawyerslist in the fields of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law as well as commercial litigation. He is a founding member of Sullivan Hill, a member of its executive committee and chair of the firms Insolvency and commercial bankruptcy practice group.

UNCOLLECTED TAX REFUNDS

Many people could use extra cash during the coronavirus pandemic. Thats why the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collectors Office is doing all it can to reunite $450,324 in county refunds with its rightful owners. See if your name is on the list atsdttc.com. The Treasurer-Tax Collectors Office has 1,190 refunds in a list that is easy to search on itswebsite. If you are owed money, follow the instructions on the unclaimed money page to file a refund claim by Oct. 26, before the money is rolled into the countys general fund. You can email your claim to[emailprotected]or call 1-877-829-4732 for more information.

EVERYDAY CALIFORNIA TOURS

With SoCals warm weatherpredictedto last well into autumn, California locals dont need to travel far to continue enjoying the sunshine.San Diego-based ocean adventure and apparel company,Everyday California,offersguided toursthat take you through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Host to a variety of aquatic ecosystems, the reserve boasts one of the highest concentrations of sea life in the entire state, granting up-close encounters with local marine life including sea lions and the bright orange Garibaldi.To celebrateCalifornias170thbirthday,Everyday Californiais holding a California birthday salefrom Wednesday, Sept. 9-13.

LA JOLLA MEMORIAL BENCHES VANDALIZED

Two wooden benches on the 7900 block of Girard Avenue were vandalized recently with missing wooden planks as a result. A police report has been filed and the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) is working with SDPD Northern Division to investigate. La Jolla MAD recently began a pilot project to refurbish these wooden benches in the Village, which is why there are recent photos of the benches and a numbered catalog of benches corresponding to their location and a notation of the memorial placard on each bench. The MAD is working to ensure expedient corrective actionin this matter and encourage anyone in the community who may have seen anything suspicious to contact SDPD Northern Division Community Relations Officer Brandon Broaddus at 858-552-1631 or [emailprotected].

ANIMAL DISEASE TRANSMISSION CHALLENGING

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), delivered a special videotaped briefing and update on COVID-19 at the American Veterinarian Medical Associations (AVMA) first-ever virtual annual convention, Aug. 20-22. Speaking to thousands of veterinarians, Fauci explained how approximately three-quarters of all emerging infectious diseases in human health have their origins in animals. These zoonotic diseases include SARS, H1N1 flu, and, most recently, COVID-19. Fauci praised the industry for its One Health approach in addressing the challenges posed by these emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, recognizing that human health is connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. View Fauci videos presentation here:Dr. Anthony Fauci.

POST YOUR SUFFRAGE SELFIE

Aug. 26 was Womens Equality Day to culminate the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment. Over the past several months, the entire country paused to recognize the courageous work of thousands of women who fought and won the right to cast a ballot at the polls. The 19th amendment is a major milestone for voting rights but not the endpoint. Remember that not all women were granted the right to vote in 1920. It would be decades before women of color could celebrate their victory with the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Today, the fight for voting rights feels as relevant as ever. Disappearing mailboxes, malfunctioning voting machines, and long lines at the polls are modern-day barriers for the disenfranchised. Lets continue the work of making America a country where every voice counts where every woman, every human, can live free.

People may not be able to celebrate this milestone for voting rights in person but you can still have fun online. Instead of marching through Balboa Park this year, the Womens Museum of California, based in Liberty Station, will be hosting its annual suffrage parade across social media. How to participate: Post a photo celebrating your right to vote and use #SuffrageSelfie and tag @womensmuseumacross social media. Want to participate but you don't use social media? Email your #SuffrageSelfie to [emailprotected] and they willpost it for you.

Tuesday, Aug. 25

FREE MEDICAL CLINICS IN OB

Two free medical clinics for the underinsured have reopened in Ocean Beach. They are:

First Baptist, 4790 Santa Monica Ave., Wednesdays noon-3:30 p.m.; and ECC Clinic Episcopal Church, 2083 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Wednesdays 5:30-7 p. m. Meal at 6 p.m. Graduate and undergraduate nursing students staff the free clinics that provide medical services, nursing care, mental health services, case management and social services to uninsured and under-insured people in Southern California under the direction of medical professionals and faculty.

How to donate: For every $1 you donate the patient receives at least $10 worth of free medical services. Southern California Care Community is a nonprofit. Mail donations to: Southern California Care Community, 1249 E. Ohio Ave. Escondido, CA, 92027. Visit SoCalCC.org to make a donation. Supply and in-kind donations are accepted.

PENINSULA SINGERS

The Peninsula Singers community choir welcomes singers with all levels of experience to join them for their fall season, which starts on Monday, Sept. 14. No audition is needed. Due to the current Coronavirus situation, this will be an online semester. The choir will meet on Zoom at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays for a community singalong, or zoomalong. of a variety of songs traditional songs, folk songs, camp songs, patriotic songs, spirituals, etc. before transitioning to holiday music in November and December. There will be no formal, in-person concert at the end of this semester. Interested singers can visit peninsulasingerssandiego.org for more information and to register online.

The choir is directed by Sarah Suhonen and accompanied by Stewart Simon on piano. The choir has performed at many venues throughout the community including U.S.S. Midway, the Point Loma Village Cultural Faire, Southwestern Yacht Club, Point Loma High School, several local libraries, and December Nights in Balboa Park. They have also performed at Carnegie Hall and the European cities of Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and Munich. Last year, the choir went on tour in Ireland.

INDIE BREWERS TEAM UP

Two craft breweries have joined forces to release a nationally available collaboration beer.Stone BrewingandModern Times have announced the release ofModern Times / Stone Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA.In the Modern Times and Stone, breweries dont just brew, they seek far-off ideals, challenge convention and extol the virtues of lifes finest offerings like beer, and thoughtfully crafted coffee, and design that inspires. Centennial, Cashmere, Citra and Azacca hops are joined by two in-development hops. Altogether, these yield juicy notes of tropical citrus that play beautifully with the robust flavors and aromas of the coffee. The Modern Times blend of Ethiopia Dame Dabaye and Guatemala Huehuetenango featuresbright blueberry and melon character underscored by decadent notes of toffee and dark chocolate.

NEW LA JOLLA RESTAURANT

The local family behindPuesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Baris venturing into Italian cuisine for their next restaurant, which will be adjacent to the 1026 Wall St. location of their popular Mexican eatery. Naming the new restaurant Marisi Italiano after their grandparents, Isidoro and Marila, brothers Eric, Alan, and Alex Adler, and cousins Isi and Moy have signed a lease for the neighboring Whisknladle space, which shuttered in May after 12 years in La Jolla.

NEW MAVERICKS COCKTAIL

Mavericks Beach Club at 860 Garnet Ave. is adding a new cocktail to their lineup, theMavericks Bubble Slushie. This drink consists of your choice of Mavericks slushie flavor, topped with a mini bottle of Brut champagne, served in a custom Mavericks 32 ounce bucket that you can keep when empty. Mavericks spiked slushie flavors rotate throughout the seasons.

LJ CHURCH BLOOD DRIVE

La Jolla Presbyterian Church, in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at 7715 Draper Ave. A bloodmobile will be parked in front of the church on Draper. Donors must present a photo ID, be age 17 and older, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in good health. The Blood Bank recommends an adequate meal and plenty of fluids prior to giving. Appointments required per CDC guidelines, no walk-ins. Schedule an appointment at 619-400-8251 or sandiegobloodbank.org.

POST PANDEMIC VACATION PACKAGE

Many are vacationing closer to homethis yearand daydreaming aboutfuture far-flung adventures.Paintru, the San Diego-based D2C art company that turns favorite photos into hand-painted artwork,is teaming up with Flytographertooffer agiveawayto help you make priceless memories with the people that matter and capture them beautifullywhether in yourhometown, on a local road tripor on a bucket list trip in the future. The Ultimate StaycationGiveaway one lucky winner will win:

-$1,000 Airbnb gift card;

- A custom Paintrupainting;

- 60-minute Flytographer shoot (valid in any applicable city);

- Plus a $50 Flytographer print credit for printing photos / holiday cards.

To enter thegiveaway: paintru.com/pages/paintru-flytographer-giveaway.

WIPEOUT CASTING

The big red balls are coming back. Americas most epic competition show,Wipeout, is returning to television on TBS and is nowvirtuallycastingteams of two and three fromSouthern California. The upcoming season will feature a new three-stage obstacle course designed to challenge competitors of all backgrounds and fitness levels. Those interested, no matter their athletic capability, can applyat wipeoutcasting.com.

UC SAN DIEGO HIGHLY RANKED

The University of California San Diego has been recognized as both elite and affordable in Money Magazines annual ranking of the best colleges in America, ranked by value. The university placed third among public universities and ninth among 739 institutions in the nation. The ranking is based on graduation rates, the number of Pell Grant recipients, net costs to attend and alumni salary data. Each institution was ranked based on 26 factors in three categories quality, affordability and outcomes but this year, Money Magazine changed their rankings formula to put more emphasis on affordability, increasing the weight given to the affordability metrics to 40%.

UC San Diegos mission is to increase access to higher education for Californians though affordability, said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. The recognition reinforces our dedication to creating opportunity for students of all backgrounds, and leveraging their inclusion to drive innovation and benefit society at large.

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