Green Store and OB Rag Open House a Success – Thank You!

by on April 29, 2013 · 6 comments

in Culture, Education, Environment, Media, Ocean Beach

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Photos by Patty Jones and Abby Normal.

The Open House that the OB Rag and The Green Store held yesterday, Sunday the 28th, turned out to be a huge success – with a big turnout.  The Mayor was a no-show, however, but he is forgiven as he was down at the international border opening gates, a worthy pastime.

OB Rag OpenHouse 4-28-13 017The significant turnout from the community and from supporters of both organizations is gratefully appreciated by all the volunteers who work for the two groups that are now under the same roof.  Donations were given, T-shirt sales were made, delightful acoustic music was played, and the liquid refreshments ran out before the vegetarian food.  Thanks to all who came and joined us in our celebrations, and who donated to our causes. And gracias to those who also brought food.

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Rio and Dustin.

The Green Store was celebrating its 24th anniversary in OB, and the OB Rag was celebrating the opening of our new office. Colleen Dietzel runs the Green Store – which is actually changing its name to the Green Center – and has been primarily responsible for maintaining the ecological resource for this past quarter of a century.  Kip Kruger – who also opened the Green Store with Colleen all those years ago – was on hand, helping out.

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The OB Rag also awarded prizes to the two winners of its recent T-shirt design contest.  Kat Svetlic won first place – and her design is now the current design of the OB Rag T-shirts just printed at James Gang.  Kat was awarded an official, framed certificate and a $50 check. Val Tuck – who won second place – also received the certificate and a $30 check. These T-shirts are now available for a $20 donation. (The size tags on the shirts had this great quotation: “This shirt was sewn by 9 people in a sweatshop-free environment in downtown LA, paid a fair wage and who receive health and other benefits.”)

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First place T-shirt design winner, Kat Svetlic.

The music for the Open House – coordinated by Rio Metza – enjoyed by many who attended, and was held outside under a canopy. One of the highlights was a wonderful duo set by Rio and Dustin, with Dustin on guitar.  Jim of People’s also played. David the poet entertained everyone with quiet but insightful demeanor. Megan did an impromptu song, and another couple played great tunes.

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Second place T-shirt winner, Val Tuck.

On behalf of the OB Rag and the Green Store, we’d like to especially thank Debbi Greene, our bartender. Plus we’d like to acknowledge all the hard work by Kim, Helen, Rio, Judi, Kip, that made the scene a success.  And thank you to the canopy guys, Geno and Bobby.

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Patty Jones and Frank Gormlie inside the OB Rag office, near the end of the Open House, April 28, 2013. Photo by Dennis Doyle.

We want to also give an appreciative nod and bow to the businesses that supported our event: Hungry Lu’s sent over a large platter of cookies – (thank you Charlie), and Surf Rider Pizza donated a vegetarian pizza (thanks Hilary).

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dickie April 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Damn!! I wish I could have been there with you. Congratulations on the new space and I hope the location of the obrag in the community leads to growth and even more dynamism. It is still one of my favorite reads on the web even from 700+ miles away. Kudos to the Green Center people for making this ccombining of energy, and my best to Frank, Patty and all the other Ragsters helping keep this wonderful project of citizen journalism/activist thriving. . . .
[. . . and by the way, nice pic . . .]


stu April 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Sorry I missed it I new it would be a good time Congratulations on the move and to the new Green Center also It is progressive progress !


Frank Gormlie April 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Dickie and Stu – thanks. Yes, wow! the OB Rag once again has an office – I guess it’s been about 17 years since it’s had one, huh, Dickie? Stu, thanks for keeping in touch. We miss those meetings on your upper deck.

I also wish to apologize to whomevers name I misspelled or omitted.


Denine April 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

An excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon… I love the Green Store and the OB Rag! (I’m part of the “couple” who played great tunes”. :-)


Frank Gormlie April 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

I think I had had too much champagne by that time to have remembered your name, Denine, so my apologies.


Colleen Dietzel May 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Thanks Frank for all your great words. I also want to thank Jim Bell for his visionary talk and his donations from the sales of his new book. Thanks to Chris Dotson for all his help with The Green Store and the great photos he took. Also thanks to Susie, Greg, Joanie, and Bobby. Again big thanks to all our great musician friends: Denine and Dave, Rio, Justine, Jim, David and Megan. Of course big thanks to those Frank already mentioned and to all the donors who so generously support us.
Colleen and Kip, The Green Store/ Ocean Beach Green Center.


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