Pacific Beach News Briefs

PB Presbyterian Church member Luke Cowell and his family tackle some graffiti during a past cleanup event.
(Courtesy photos)

Call for community volunteers: Graffiti Clean-up Day is May 4

The PB Town Council will host the 11th annual Graffiti Clean-up Day, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, launching from the patio of Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, 1675 Garnet Ave. (at Jewell Street). Each year since 2008, volunteers remove approximately 1,000 tags in just a few hours. Everyone is welcome and invited to participate.

Volunteers are assigned work areas and given maps, supply buckets and a lesson on removing graffiti safely.

“This event builds pride in our community and gives everyone who participates a sense of satisfaction as they ‘take back’ and beautify our community,” said organizer Marcie Beckett. “You won’t believe how much fun it is to remove graffiti — it’s a great of accomplishment and empowerment!”

The event doubles as a community service opportunity for students, though volunteers under age 18 must sign a waiver. Refreshments will be provided. To signup or get more details, visit


Bikes, Boards & Brews festival tix on sale

Discover Pacific Beach will host its annual Bikes, Boards & Brews gathering, 1-5 p.m. (VIP hour noon to 1 p.m.) on Saturday, April 20 in Crown Point Park, 3600 Corona Oriente Road. The festival features local and regional craft beers and restaurants, displays of vintage surfboards, classic beach cruisers and locally-inspired art.

Participating restaurants include PB Fish Shop, Board and Brew, Bareback Grill, PB Local, SD Taproom, Tavern at the Beach, Mavericks Beach Club, Cerveza Jack’s and Moonshine Beach. Breweries that will be featured include Amplified Ale Works, Thorn Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Coronado Brewing Co., Mike Hess Brewing, Owl Drug Co., 10 Barrel Brewery, White Claw Hard Seltzer, St. Archer Brewing and Little Miss Brewing.

General admission is $40, VIP $45. Questions? Call (858) 273-3303. Get tickets at or

Veterinarian retires, new owners staff animal hospital

After providing more than 30 years of veterinarian service to animal-lovers in the coastal area, Dr. Marlin Grosz retired at age 74. Bird Rock Animal Clinic has been bought by husband-and-wife duo Craig Bender and Emily Ingram. The clinic temporarily shut down for renovations, but reopened as Bird Rock Animal Hospital on March 18 with Dr. Katherine Lopez, formerly of Purple Paws Pet Clinic in Coronado, as the new veterinarian.


The animal hospital services include alternative and complementary therapy, anesthesia and patient monitoring, nutritional counseling, preventive, medical and surgical services, wellness and vaccination programs, ultrasounds, house calls and more.

It is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. , Monday-Friday, closed weekends at 5588 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-3279.

Better Buzz expands in PB and La Jolla

Better Buzz Coffee Roasters has announced two new locations that will open this spring. The coffee company will launch its third Pacific Beach location, a 1,344-square-foot coffee bar at 822 Grand Ave., in early May. It will feature a drive-thru and a rooftop deck with beach views and a covered seating area. The menu will include signature Better Buzz espresso and specialty drinks, along with its substantial food menu. They will also be introducing soft-serve ice cream, with flavors like matcha and coffee.

Slated to open by early June is a café in The Village of La Jolla at 909 Prospect St. This location will serve a full menu and will feature folding glass doors that open onto a wrap-around patio.

Beach volleyball programs start

Life’s a Beach Camps offer beach volleyball training for all ages. The program was founded in 2018 by professional, national team player Emir Kavuzlu, and the training was developed by American, European and Brazilian pros and coaches, to teach fundamentals, techniques and game theory.

Drop-in clinics for each adult level are offered 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ($20 for a 90-minute session), youth training sessions take place 3-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays ($100 for four weeks, one day per week) at South Mission Beach, North Jetty Road. For more information, visit or e-mail

Kids can learn about the ocean, April 27

The Mission Bay Aquatic Center, 1001 Santa Clara Place, will host a STEM Exploration program for students, ages 6-17, that shares the relationship between humans and the ocean through hands-on games and activities, 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27. The morning concludes with an on-the-water cleanup on kayaks and paddleboards. The cost is $45. For more details, call (858) 488-1000 or register online at

The Easter Bunny is surrounded by Easter eggs along the beach.
(Janis Foley / Courtesy)

Belmont Park readies Easter Bash, Egg Hunt

The seventh annual Easter Bash will take place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21 at Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd. The Easter Bash offers a brunch from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the boardwalk at Draft South Mission, 3105 Ocean Front Walk; a rooftop mimosa bubbles bar upstairs at Cannonball; live music and free activities for children like in-park egg hunts and an Easter Bunny photo opp.

This year, ages 12 and younger can participate in multiple egg hunts on the beach at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (required purchase of $6 tickets, online only) and in-park hunts at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (no tickets required). Egg-hunters must be registered online according to their age. 24,000 eggs will include prizes ranging from candy, toys and free rides to “Golden Eggs” filled with big prize packs for dining, day passes and more. Tickets at

Medicare 101 seminar for ages 65 and older

Sharp HealthCare and the City of San Diego will present a free seminar on Medicare, 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 in the Community Room at the Pacific Beach library, 4275 Cass St. An expert from Sharp will enlighten seniors turning age 65 — or those planning to retire soon — on how Medicare works. Attendees will learn about Medicare Parts A and B, special enrollment requirements for those using Medicare after 65, and the difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement Insurance plans. There will be time for questions. Register at

Help others learn English: tutors needed

Laubach Literacy Council provides tutors for adult Englist learners with tutoring locations countrywide. No experience is needed. The next free training will take place on Saturdays, May 4 and May 11 at Clairemont Covenant Church, 5255 Mt. Ararat Drive. Attendance is required at both for Laubach certification. The registration deadline is April 27 at Questions? Contact Katie at or Lana at

Second-grade twins, Saylor and Journey, create tissue dragon masterpieces during an Arts Attack lesson at Barnard Elementary.

Barnard School gets a new art program

The Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School PTA recently purchased a new supplemental art curriculum from Arts Attack, a San Diego-based company. Over the next five years, Barnard students will learn the elements of art and be introduced to works from famous artists, other cultures and historical periods. The goal is to inspire creativity, artistic motivation and self-expression.

On Feb. 12, a dragon-themed lesson was completed by one of the second-grade classrooms. Students had the opportunity to design their own tissue-and-starch dragons to illustrate their stories after studying pictures of dragons from both China and medieval England.

Twins Saylor and Journey M. participated in the dragon lesson and interpreted the subject matter in unique ways. “Art is our favorite thing to do at school,” said Journey. “The dragon lesson was fun because we used our imaginations to create stories while doing the artwork. The dragon I created lives in the mountains and breathes snow; my sister’s dragon lives in a castle and breathes fire.”


There are 25 lessons available to each grade level at the school, exposing students to a breadth of artistic concepts and techniques during their years at Barnard.

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