UPDATED: Activist Calendar for April 2016

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This April Calendar Has Been Updated to Include Some Upcoming OB Events

April Events

Events in Ocean Beach

April 5th  Tuesday  7 p.m. Ocean Beach Green Center Board Meeting open to Everyone; 4843 B Voltaire.

April 6th   Wednesday 6pm – OB Planning Board monthly meeting; Mayoral Candidate Ed Harris to present his platform; new members and new officers to be seated; development at 4620 Del Mar to be reviewed.  OB Rec Center 4726 Santa Monica Ave

April 10th  CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN Sunday – Rally for rent control in San Diego. Foot of Newport at Veteran’s Plaza at 4 pm’ This is being organized by a group that has already gathered 3200 signatures on a Change.org petition. If you’re at all concerned about the rent increases, please attend; locals and others are invited.

April 11th  Monday – Forum on Wild Parrots and Recent Killings; hosted by SoCal Parrot – at the OB Rec Center, 6 to 8 pm;

April 14th     Thursday       7 p.m.       Film night “This Changes Everything” A  2015 documentary by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s bestseller. Throughout the film Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.  This film will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the center of it all. Free of charge

April 15th  Friday  7:30 pm  Local-Earth’s Film night ” How to Change the World”  Lazy Hummingbird, 4876 Santa Monica Ave. Ocean Beach 92107,  This 2015 film chronicles the gripping story of the formation of the modern environmental movement with access to dramatic footage that has not been seen for over 40 years.  It tells the fascinating story of eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of what we now know as the global organization that is Greenpeace. Alongside a group of like-minded and idealistic young friends in the 1970s, Hunter would be instrumental in altering the way we now look at the world and our place within it.  More info :  Josh.alvord@gmail.com, http://local-earth.org/calendar

Apr. 21st  Thursday – The Carlson & Higgins OB Scandals –  7 pm at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B. presented by the OB Historical Society; The OBHS presents “The  Carlson & Higgins  O.B. Scandals” By Bruce Semelsberger. In 1887 Billy Carlson and Frank Higgins (credited as the founders of O.B.) renamed “Mussel Beds” to “Ocean Beach”. Following that they were linked to numerous scandals. To name a few: land deals, an O.B. hotel and trains. Later Carlson became San Diego’s youngest Mayor, and ended up in prison; while Higgin’s became a tragic figure. Suggested OBHS Program donation $5, but any donation is appreciated.

April 23rd  Saturday  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Ocean Beach Green Center’s  27th Anniversary Celebration  Come help us celebrate Earth Day and  27 years of environmental, peace, and social justice activism. Music, Speakers, Refreshments, Raffle Prizes from Local Businesses.  Want to help the Green Center have a successful celebration.  Come to a volunteer meeting on Sunday, April 10th at 2 pm and/or April 17th at 2 pm at the Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire St.  We need help with food, music, raffle prizes and any other ideas to help the Green Center carry on.  Questions?  619-225-1083

April 27th – Wednesday, 7pm – the Ocean Beach Town Council holds its monthly public meeting; all are invited. Reports from the various politicians and city agencies that serve OB.  Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

April 30th  Saturday “Ocean Beach Hippies” – a Discussion, 2 – 3pm; Local political muckraker and gadfly Frank Gormlie talks about hippie life in Ocean Beach through the years. It’s free so come join the fun at the Ocean Beach Library, 4801 Santa Monica.

Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. – April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd, April 30th. Climate Mobilization Coalition Meeting Ocean Beach People’s Cooperative Community Room, 4765 Voltaire Street. Come help plan for the upcoming Climate Action events. Volunteers needed for Climate Mobilization booth at Earth Day at Balboa Park Contact:oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.com

__________________ April Events NOT in Ocean Beach __________________

April 7th – Fundraiser for Ed Harris for Mayor – Attend a fundraising reception for Ed Harris for Mayor. 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (remarks start at 6:30) Hosted by the Point Loma Democratic Club.  3318 Crown Point Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 $35 per person minimum contribution requested The maximum an individual can contribute is $1,050. Please RSVP to Daniel Orloff daniel@harrisformayor2016.com (858) 334-5338

April 8th Friday  6:30 p.m. Sierra Club’s movie night “Racing Extinction” 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #101 SD 92111  Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.  Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerrilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, this film will change the way we see the world and our role within it.  Free.  More inf 619-463=0721 orellenshively@sbcglobal.net

April 9th Saturday  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Restorative Justice:  What It Is and Why It Matters Peace Resource Center   3850 Westgate Place,  92105 We know that our criminal justice system is not serving us well. State budgets for education have steadily decreased while funds for prisons increase. We are incarcerating minorities at an alarming rate, often for nonviolent offenses. With their zero tolerance policies, schools are calling on police to arrest children for behaviors that would have meant a visit to the principal’s office in decades past. http://www.prcsd.org/

April 9th Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  San Diego Green Building Council’s Spring Green Apple Day of Service St Rita’s School, 5166 Imperial Ave. SD 92114 This project supports creating a space for learning and student and faculty engagement.  It includes building a school learning garden, planting trees, painting and fence repairs. http://www.usgbc-sd.org/event-2151384

April 12, Tuesday   5:30 PM  through  8:00 PM “Solar for Homeowners” Workshop by Center for Sustainable Energy  4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 Tailored to homeowners interested in going solar, this free workshop will outline the fundamentals of solar electricity and solar water heating for residential customers. Learn how to reduce or eliminate your electric and gas bill with clean power and find credible solar contractors in your area. Free. For more information and to register go to http://energycenter.org/events

April 15th Friday  An Evening with Dr. Ram, SanDiego350 is proud to cosponsor this event to celebrate local sustainability efforts with the interfaith community and with world-renowned climate scientist, Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan of Scripps Institute. Dr. Ram, who has been hailed as “The Pope’s Climate Scientist,” will present on his groundbreaking climate change research, his role in the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and his influential presence at the U.N. Climate Talks in Paris. http://sandiego350.org/events/

 April 15th – First Anniversary celebration of  Grassroots Oasis – 7:30 PM Doors, Showtime at about 8 PM. Inside seating in the intimate setting of The Grassroots Oasis, located just west of Old Town San Diego with lots of free street parking and a few blocks walk from Old Town Transit Center.
Wine, beer, soft drinks and light snacks available with a donation basket.  You don’t want to miss our mid-month celebration kicking off The GO’s 2nd Year with 3 powerful women of song and story, PLUS the premiere of The GO Gratitude Wall by Listen Local SD impresario, and very talented artist, Cathryn Beeks!

April 17th  Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m   EarthDay at Balboa Park   EarthFair is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world.  This will be the 27th annual event that each year draws around 60,000 visitors.  Produced by 400 volunteers it will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas,  a Food Pavilion, a special Children’s Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse.

Earth Day needs volunteers.  more info:  http://www.earthdayweb.org/EF/EF_Vol.html

April 24th – Sunday the Maritime Museum will open its doors for free to the public to celebrate the second annual Earth Day on the Bay. This event is sponsored by the Port of San Diego to bring awareness to preserving our oceans and marine life. Guests are welcome to visit booths from over 20 different organizations including Birch Aquarium, Ocean Connectors, The Living Coast, Wild Coast, Port of San Diego, etc. Guests will be allowed to visit with marine life up close and meet some local organizations working hard to preserve our oceans. 1492 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

April  30th   Saturday  8 p.m.  Tiny Footprint Challenge & Trevor Green’s  “Voice of the Wind” album release party!!  World Beat Center  2100 Park Blvd.  SD 92101$15 The Tiny Footprint Challenge is an environmental campaign inspiring healthy use of our world’s natural resources.  Our intention is to educate participants with STEPS of ACTION they can take to minimize their ecologic footprint.  We are focusing on ONE specific area of life per month for 12 monthe (Water, Food, Waste, Energy, Shelter, Transportation etc).  The Challenge begins on May 1st with WATER!! Purchase tickets on website: www.tiny-footprint.org/launch-party

April 30th   Saturday 5 p.m to 10 p.m.  San Diego Coastkeeper invites San Diego to rock for a cause at its 5th-annual Ocean Commotion Concert.  The event at Campland on the Bay celebrates our aquatic playgrounds and raises money to protect and restore San Diego County’s water quality and supply.  $15 in advance http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org/


Petition City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer!    To assure that the Homeless to Housed San Diego “Tiny Houses” project be allowed to move forward without interference or harassment, for a trial period of 6 months, beginning March 6, 2016 through September 5, 2016, for the purpose of developing this model and proving its viability as a part of our efforts to end homelessness in the City of San Diego.  Visit:  www.homelesstohoused.org

Contact Your City Council Member!   To encourage them to support the upcoming City-wide Plastic Bag Ban due to come before them soon.  District 2 City Council Member:   Lorie Zapf, 619-236-6622, email: loriezapf@sandiego.gov

New events are always happening….please check http://obgreencenter.weebly.com/ for updates to the event list and also visit the “get involved” tab to connect to other San Diego Activist groups’ websites for their event calendars  :-)

Most of the above calendar was compiled by the friendly folks at the Ocean Beach Green Center
  4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107      oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.com  619.225.1083

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OB Mercy April 6, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Missing on here is a rally this Sunday, April 10 for rent control in SD. It’s at the foot of Newport at Veteran’s Plaza organized a group that has already gathered 3200 signatures on a Change.org petition. Rally is at 4 pm.

If you’re at all concerned about the rent increases you, or others have been receiving, I suggest you attend. It’s not just OB, it’s all over SD and non locals are welcome of course too.


Frank Gormlie April 6, 2016 at 2:52 pm

OB Mercy – thanks; we just added it to our calendar.


OB Mercy April 6, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Thanks Frank.


Frank Gormlie April 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

Have heard that the Sunday rally vs rent increases has been cancelled due to chance of rain.


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