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What is the Paddle For Clean Water Festival? It’s this Sat – Sept 13th
The Surfrider Foundation’s Paddle For Clean Water Festival is a gathering of the tribe, so to speak. It’s a chance for everyone to come together once a year and raise awareness for clean water issues that San Diego faces. This year the focus is on raising awareness of the border pollution issues in southern San Diego County and raising awareness of fresh water issues that impact our local coastal waters in our current drought.
The centerpiece of the day is the paddle around the Ocean Beach Pier. It’s scheduled to start at 10am so don’t be late! The event features all sorts of human-powered paddlecraft – surfboards, bodyboards, kayaks, outrigger canoes, etc. – in a non-competitive paddle out and around the Ocean Beach Pier. While the event
If you don’t have a board but still want to paddle or if you would like to take public transport to OB, get there early as we will have about 30 boards to loan from our friends at Ocean Beach Surf and Skate! The paddle around the pier is approx. one mile and takes people between 20 and 60 minutes to complete. Pace yourself, take it easy and enjoy the great vibes! Please note that while this is a non-competitive event it is still very strenuous and not for the faint-of-heart.
Even if you don’t paddle we invite you to come enjoy the event and help make a difference. Immediately after the paddle there will be a ‘Stop Border Pollution’ group photo, words from San Diego City and Imperial Beach Councilmembers along with a big raffle.
Immediately following, the music begins and lasts all afternoon!!
10:00am Paddle Around the OB Pier
11:00am Group Photo
11:30am: Live music begins with The Professors
11:30am: Stone Brew beer garden opens in parking lot & Kids arts and crafts area opens on grassy area near lifeguard tower
12:35pm: Pullman Standard
1:40pm: C Money and The Players Inc.
2:45pm: Tribal Seeds
5:00pm: Festival ends
If you are coming from outside of Ocean Beach be sure to carpool or take public transport if you can. San Diego MTS Route 35 and Route 923 go to OB. The 35 departs from Old Town while the 923 comes from downtown San Diego through parts of Point Loma to OB.
It’s a free event all day long and the more the merrier so tell your friends!
For more info go to http://paddle4cleanwater.blogspot.com/
OB Rag Blogger Gets His 15 Minutes Of Fame at the Reader as the Dog Talker
Our own blogger, Dave Gilbert, has an article about his dog walk business in the Reader – Dave is also a musician.
“I haven’t done too much playing in concert as of late,” says singer/guitarist Dave Gilbert, “so I started the OB Happy Dog Walking Service.”
He says the doggie duty requires walking from six to twelve miles each day, making the job more consistent than musician work, despite playing in three local bands at the moment. “Club owners don’t pay their acts much, if anything at all. You can make decent cash playing casinos, but it can also destroy your musical soul if you play strictly for pay.”
Gilbert launched his canine sideline by posting tear-off flyers around O.B. and Point Loma and, more recently, commissioning promo T-shirts from local poster artist George Davis. “Working with dogs is my Zen,” says the longtime animal lover. “I was born in the Year of the Dog, so I think that gave me a leg up, so to speak. The past few of years of dog walking have taught me a lot about patience and understanding.”
He says Happy Dog rarely conflicts with his show schedule. “It was a lot harder juggling music gigs back when my day job was working in the automotive industry. Not to mention few gigs are as lucrative and steady [as dog walking]…I really wouldn’t want to be in another tribute act.”
Some of Gilbert’s dog friends have shown their own musical aspirations. “I recorded my Rottweiler barking on an improvisational piece I was working on called ‘Rockweiler.’ And then I had a dog that didn’t like it when I would jam on my axe. But, when I sat the guitar down, she did a mean Jimi Hendrix-style solo, playing it with her teeth.”
“Hahaha, even my dog plays guitar!”
OB Historical Society Presents Author Richard Carrico on the Presidio de San Diego: Abu Ghrib, Guantanamo Bay or Citadel of Civilization?
Author Richard Carrico will give his presentation at the general meeting of the OB Historical Society on Thur. September 17th, at 7:00 p.m., at the PL United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., OB
In their review of frontier colonial history, many scholars, and especially more recent revisionist views, following the lead of Sherburne F. Cook, have portrayed the Spanish system in California as particularly rigid and inhumane. By contrast, mission apologists, many with Boltonian roots, have found little to criticize in the Spanish colonial system and the treatment of Indians (cf Guest 1978 and the writings of Nunis). Rather than examining specific examples of situations thoroughly, the tendency of many of these historians has been to paint a rather generalized depiction of the overarching colonial system using a broad brush approach or to focus on those examples that best support the claimants view.
Believing that we must analyze one mission and one presidio at a time if we are to gain any true understanding of the colonial system and the California Indian, this presentation focuses specifically on the Spanish colonial system as implemented at the Presidio de San Diego from 1770 to 1810. Emphasis will be placed on how laws and regulations were applied to Indian prisoners and alleged criminals, the methods used to extract testimony, instances of moral valor and of moral turpitude, and the effects of these policies on the individuals and on the native people as a whole. It will be strongly suggested that the legal and moral system practiced at the presidio included torture, leniency, close adherence to the law, and wild variations in the application of Spanish laws— in other words an out of balance, often incoherent system of law and justice.
Please join us at our Sept 17th, 7 p.m. OBHS meeting and learn more from this splendid author, and speaker.
OB Kiwanis Club to hold Fishing Derby Off OB Pier Sat September 19th
The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach is holding its Fishing Derby on Saturday, September 19th, from 8am to 11 am. And of course it will be on the OB Pier! Where else?
There will be prizes and free bait and Refreshments!
Come Join Our Anti-War High School Leafleting
Contact Stephanie Jennings for SDCPJ high school leafleting project 619-237-8870.