Mid-October Progressive Calendar for Ocean Beach and San Diego

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Sutliffe Building-The Original O.B. Library- Since it’s beginning, the “Sutliffe Building” on the NW corner of Abbott St. & Santa Monica Ave. has been a very important of part of OB’s history. In 1916 the very first Ocean Beach branch of the San Diego Public Library opened in the “Sutliffe Building” storefront. One room was used for the library and one room was used for storage, office, book intake and other “library tasks.” Miss Kate Spani, raised $200 to buy shelves and materials for furniture, which pioneer residents built. The library was surrounded by a noisy amusement park, but patrons were asked to speak in a whisper. Next to the library was the jail. The four tops of the jail cell’s thick concrete columns can still be seen in Newbreak Coffee & Café. In part of the 1970s-80s, Buford Seals a colorful character known as “The Candyman” owned and operated Buford’s Candy Store at 1959 Abbott St. In that same space the Newbreak Coffee & Café opened in 1999, where famed musician Jason Mraz, at the beginning of his career, played on Saturday evenings that summer. Many wonderful businesses were in this building the first 100 years. These included a camera store, several surf shops, jewelers, a bikini shop, restaurants and coffee houses. Both Stonehedge Leather and Falling Sky Pottery opened there in 1969, becoming an important part of O.B.’s artisan community.- Sponsored By the Ocean Beach Historical Society & Friends of the Library

Editor: The following Progressive Calendar has been compiled from a number of sources: the October Calendar for Green Activists from the OB Green Center, Doug Porter’s Weekly Progressive one at San Diego Free Press, as well as this editor’s perusal of local OB group events.

Mid-October Events in Ocean Beach

 October 13th    Thursday  7:00 p.m.    Film night   “Plant Pure Nation”

This 2015 documentary from the producer and director of “Forks over Knives” presents the compelling story of three people on a mission to make a science-based case for the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet. The documentary highlights how corporate lobbies have perpetuated skepticism and supported the dairy, beef and egg industries.  Free of Charge  :-)  Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107      oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.com  619.225.1083

October 15th    Saturday – Noon – Protest Project at Ebers and Greene Streets
Join the OB Rag and neighbors of this controversial project for a rally, a few speakers and an informational picket line at the site to demonstrate to the City of San Diego and the owner-developer, Nelco Properties that OB opposes the project for its many code and community plan violations.
October 16th   Sunday -2 -5 PM  100 Year Anniversary of the Original OB Library
Join the OB Historical Society from  2 -5 PM- Celebration & Historical Recognition of the 100 Year Anniversary of the Original Ocean Beach Library at the Sutliffe Building- 1951 Abbott St., Falling Sky Pottery & 1959 Abbott St., Newbreak Coffee & Café – (Corner building at Abbott St. & Santa Monica Ave.) Proceeds to Pay for a Historical Plaque on The Sutliffe Building- Other proceeds are split between the Ocean Beach Historical Society & Friends of the Library; Min. Sug. Donation:  Members $10,Non-Members $15 or $20 (Membership + Admission) Includes:  Music, Art & Historical Photos Exhibit, Coffee & Snacks, Historical Block Walk & 50/50 Opportunity Drawing, Historical Cars,  and more!!! TIME PERIOD ATTIRE FROM 1916 – 1928 OPTIONAL.
October 26 Wednesday  7:00 pm OB Town Council Meeting
The OB Town Council hosts its October public meeting. Regular speakers include local leaders, political, business and law enforcement and public safety representatives, as well as members from all corners of the Ocean Beach community. Whether you’re a long-time OB-cean or just want to learn more about OB, all are welcome! The OBTC meets at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. San Diego, 92107; info@obtowncouncil.org

October 29th    Saturday    2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Annual Green Spooktacula     Come and celebrate with us at our annual Halloween fundraiser.  This year’s event will be co-sponsored  by the SD Climate Mobilization Coalition. All speakers will be dedicated to the climate crisis and it’s solutions.  Also we will have the usual great music, food,  beverages and good vibes. Come in costume as a historical figure for the cause, political villain, or as yourself!   Free Event! oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.com  619.225.1083

 Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a. Oct 15th, Oct 22nd, Oct 29th.  Climate Mobilization Coalition Meeting   Ocean Beach People’s Cooperative Community Room, 4765 Voltaire Street.  Come help plan for the upcoming Climate Action events    Contact:oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.co

 Mid-October Events Not in Ocean Beach (San Diego)

October 14th Friday  6pm – “All-In for CPI Labor & Lawyers Tournament”
Go “All-In for CPI” and join us for our 1st Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament!We are joining with our brothers and sisters in the Labor movement and the great legal minds of San Diego for a night of gaming and fun in support of CPI, our region’s progressive policy think tank.$50 buy-in with the opportunity to win an array of prizes. $25 spectator ticket.All tickets include food. Buy-in gets you into the tournament, but we’ll have roulette and black jack for additional fun! Don Diego VFW Post 7420;2100 Logan Ave (Barrio Logan) –Info & Updates (Tickets)

October 14th Friday – 7:30 pm Matt Haeck Concert
The Grassroots Oasis is very pleased to welcome Nashville Americana artist Matt Haeck back to San Diego, where he got his start in music! Matt’s debut album, Late Bloomer features The Avett Brothers’ Paul Defiglia, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Critter Fuqua, Caitlin Rose, Elizabeth Cook, and more. Scrappy with a genuine, lyrical voice, he sings truths hard-earned from struggles most men twice his age haven’t seen. Grassroots Oasis 3130 Moore Street (Old Town) Info & Updates (Tickets) October  14th

Friday  6:30 p.m.  Sierra Club film night  ” Why in The World Are They Spraying?” 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.  #101, 92111. This documentary explores the controversial topic of geo-engineering involving weather modification programs in the U.S.  Those who have investigated these programs, such as journalist Mike Murphy and solar expert Dave Wigington, found that climate experiments have been going on for 50 years.  The movie focuses on chem-trails:  cloudseeding from airplanes, using aerosols containing aluminum, barium and strontium – and the concern that these elements could have serious effects on the human health and the environment.  Free.   More info:  Jean Costa 619-463-0721 or ellenshively@sbcglobal


October 15th – Saturday – Black Panther Party 50th anniversary, in the Student’s Union plaza 7-9pm, at San Diego State University; this free event is “simi-formal”.

 October 15th    Saturday     12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     San Diego Fixit Clinic     Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church Conference Hall, 3131 Governor Drive, 92122.  Bring your broken, non-functioning item:  electronics, appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair.  Registration is required:  http://sdfixitclinic.eventbrite.com.  More info: sdfixitclinic@gmail.com 
 October 15th  Saturday  Wild Willow Monthly Potluck    2550 Sunset Ave, 92154.   Farming is all about food, and food is best when shared with community. At our potlucks Wild Willow gives thanks to our amazing community of students, volunteers, educators, fans and eaters of every stripe. Familiar faces and new smiles are always welcome to these joyous gatherings that include educational workshops, volunteer activities, farm tour, potluck dinner, and drum circle around our cob fire pit. Cost:  $5 suggested, or bring a homemade dish, or volunteer for an hour.  More infohttp://www.sandiegoroots.org/farm/openhouse-potluck.php
 October 16th    Sunday    12:00 p.m. . – 2:00 p.m.     Bowling for the Animals     Join the Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) in one of the most fun events in San Diego at the Poway Fun Bowl, 12941 County Highway S4.  Proceeds benefit SNAP of San Diego’s mobile Neuter Scooter.   $25 registration fee gets you in the alley, shoes, ball, 2 games, door prize raffle and huge VEGAN buffet lunch.  Register at:  www.snap-sandiego.org or call 619-525-3047.
October 17th  Monday 3pm Black Panthers of Southern California in Action: Panel
Panelists explore the Black Panthers, their connections and impacts. Original Black Panthers, historians, members of related organizations including MEChA and Black Lives Matter reflect on history and outcomes. A Common Experience and One SDSU Community event co-sponsored by the Library. Free and open to the public.
Monday, , 3pm Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union;San Diego State University;Info & Updates


October  19th   Wednesday   6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Exclusive Movie Preview of “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”  Probable Location:  Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont Street, 92103.  Join Greg Palast as he hosts this fundraiser event for KNSJ FM, San Diego’s only progressive independent radio! Visit www.activistsandiego.org for updated details and ticket sales.  For more information, contact Marie Johnson, 619-283-1100.

October 24th Monday  8:00 p.m. Jackson Browne & Steve Earle concert.  Balboa Theatre.  Fundraiser to Repeal the Death Penalty

October 25th   Tuesday    5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  “Solar for Homeowners” 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego 92117 Experts from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will explain the fundamentals of solar electricity and solar water heating, and share valuable consumer awareness tips that can help you feel more confident when evaluating solar technology for your home.  Free of Charge.  To register:  phone: 858-244-1177; Email: csi@energycenter.orgwww.energycenter.org

October 27th Thursday 5:30 p.m. Center for Sustainable Energy 20th Anniversary Brick at Liberty Station, 2863 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego 92106 Celebrate with CSE and help support their mission of accelerating the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy.  Speakers, music and sustainable food catered by Kitchens for Good.  $60 More info: http://energycenter.org/celebrate

October 29 & 30  10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. So Cal Vegfest Celebrating healthy eating and conscious living.  Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Ca  More info:  www.SoCaVeFest.org


Black Panthers of Southern California in Action: Panel

Monday, October 17, 3pm
Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
San Diego State University
Info & Updates

Scan of a portion of a February 28th, 2016, San Diego U-T article on the Black PanthersPanelists explore the Black Panthers, their connections and impacts. Original Black Panthers, historians, members of related organizations including MEChA and Black Lives Matter reflect on history and outcomes. A Common Experience and One SDSU Community event co-sponsored by the Library. Free and open to the public.


  • Henry Wallace, former San Diego Black Panther
  • Roberta Alexander, former Oakland Black Panther
  • Mychal Odom, Black History professor, Mesa College
  • Arturo Casares, MEChA veteran and associate of the Brown Berets
  • Melina Abdullah, Ph.D., Pan-African Studies faculty at CSU Los Angeles and #BlackLivesMatter organizer
  • Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers, Ph.D. SDSU Africana Studies (moderator)

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