Point Loma-OB Briefs November


Financial boost for Voltaire Bridge project

Volunteers behind the $95,000 Voltaire Bridge beautification project announced two recent donations to the effort — $10,000 from the Hervey Family (through the Point Loma Foundation) and $5,000 from Dr. Gary Rose (of Cabrillo Pet Hospital on Voltaire Street), boosting its current funds to $67,250.

According to Don Sevrens, one of the project leaders and a member of the Peninsula Community Planning Board, the 59-year-old nondescript Voltaire Bridge passes over Nimitz Boulevard on the 3900 block of Voltaire Street between Wabaska Drive and Sea Colony Court, and is a key entryway to Point Loma.

“There’s a ‘Welcome to Point Loma’ sign about 100 yards or so from the bridge, so we see it as a symbol of community pride. Our hope is that this is going to be symbolic project,” Sevrens told Point Loma-OB Monthly.

Architect Joe Holasek, of NOAA Associates, has designs to revamp the bridge to include a swooping railing inside the required chain-link fence, with vertical rods rising up. Two ornamental lampposts will replace the posts currently in the center of the bridge, with four other ornamental lampposts to be placed at each corner of the bridge.

Sevrens explained that when the sun is a back-light for the black, chain-link fence, there is an optical illusion that the fence seems to disappear, leaving the impression that the bridge is suspended in the air.

As a nonprofit organization, Point Loma Association is handling the funds for this volunteer-led project, but is not involved in any other aspects. To make a donation to expedite the improvements, visit

Beyond Bridge Musical Celebration, Oct. 19

The community is invited to the third annual Beyond Bridge Musical Celebration, 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Loma Club in Liberty Station, 2960 Truxtun Road. The event includes all-acoustic performances from nine bands and the opportunity to participate in a celebrity golf tournament. Tickets are $50, or $75 for the golf tournament and general admission at

The Celebration raises funds for the Pioneer Foundation, an Ocean Beach-based program with the mission statement: “to support individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities to live a fulfilled life and integrate in society through innovative community collaboration.”

Beyond Bridge is also supporting the Pioneer Foundation’s launch of its Micro-Entrepreneurship Pilot Program, intended to develop mutually beneficial strategic partnerships between private businesses and adults with autism in a supervised program. This event was born in 2017, after the cancellation of The Bridge School Benefit Concerts, which had been hosted for 30 years by musical icon Neil Young and his then-wife Pegi. To donate, visit

Happy 50th Birthday, Hodad’s burgers!

With burgers, bands, a beer garden, skateboarding ramp and vendor booths, Hodad’s marked its 50th anniversary on Monday, Sept. 30 at the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot, with a toast to its late owner Mike Hardin, who passed away in 2015. The day would have been his 61st birthday.

As every OBecian knows, Mike’s parents, Byron and Virginia Hardin, opened their first restaurant July 5, 1969, on the beach at the end of Santa Monica Avenue, and the rest is San Diego hamburger history. Hodad’s main location has been on Newport Avenue since 1991. Hodad’s also has restaurants in downtown San Diego and at Petco Park.

Chorale to sing ‘the best of the best,’ Oct. 25

Pacific Coast Chorale will present a celebration of unforgettable songs, in “A Choral Bouquet!” 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at All Souls Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd. From Benjamin Britten’s evocative a cappella “Flower Songs,” to classical pieces, such as “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem, and treasured folk tunes, like “Loch Lomond,” the pieces were selected by the group’s Artistic Director, Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, as the best of the best in choral music. Tickets: $15 at the door and

Women’s Museum cancels speaker series

A series featuring prominent women speakers — Shari Belafonte, Eve Ensler, Gloria Allred, Angela Davis and possibly Gloria Steinem — has been scuttled by the Women’s Museum of California.

“We’ve had to cancel the entire series,” said Jenni Prisk, the museum’s acting executive director. She explained that the project was just too ambitious for the small museum to undertake in the short time available. She said ticket sales were lagging, so the decision was made to pull the plug on the series and refund money to those who had purchased tickets.

“It is most unfortunate that we’ve had to do this,” Prisk added. “There just didn’t seem to be the appeal to San Diegans to attend these presentations,” for which tickets cost $75. “I don’t want people to think that the museum is going under, because it’s not. The museum is very alive and well.”

Light the Night Walk registration underway

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk runs 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway. Registration begins at 5 p.m., the Lighting Ceremony is at 7 p.m.

The walk is intended to bring light to the darkness of cancer by funding lifesaving research and support for people battling the disease. It will be filled with music, fireworks and empowering ceremonies honoring survivors and remembering lost loved ones.

All registered participants receive an illuminated lantern. Those who raise $100 or more, aka Champions for Cures, will receive a T-shirt and wristband, which entitles them to event food. Register at or call (858) 427-6653.

Mental health topic of student essay contest

The International Bipolar Foundation is hosting its annual Teen Changemakers Essay Contest, geared toward promoting mental health awareness and education in high school students. There are two essay options:

Option A: Students may meet with a principal, counseling office or teacher to learn about the mental health programs their school offers. Students will then write a report on those programs, including how they will promote and support them to raise awareness on campus.

Option B: Students may work with a principal, counseling office or teacher to create a proposal for a mental health program, campaign, or group they would like to see their school implement for students — mental health fair, mental health awareness day, mental health movie screening, #nostigma club, etc.

First, second and third prize winners will receive cash awards of $1,000, $500 and $250. The deadline is Nov. 1. Essays must be submitted to For more information, visit

‘Holiday’ tale onstage at the PL Playhouse

Point Loma Playhouse continues its season with “a dark, dark Christmas comedy,” presenting “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues,” in six 8 p.m. performances Nov. 22, 23 and 30; Dec. 6, 13, 14 at Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St. Written by Jeff Goode and directed by Jerry Pilato, scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. Tickets: $20 at or at the door.

Tickets on sale for Christmas Home Tour

All Souls’ Episcopal Church’s 68th annual Christmas Home Tour will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, presenting five Point Loma homes showcasing generations of treasured decorations and expansive San Diego views. Guests end at the Marketplace on the church campus, 1475 Catalina Blvd., to shop for apparel, crafts and garden items. There will be food trucks and more. Presale tickets: $30; Day-of: $35.

Dozens of gardeners enter club’s floral show

The Point Loma Garden Club (PLGC) presented its annual flower show, “A Touch of Class,” Sept. 14-15 at the Point Loma Library. The event had two divisions for contestants: Horticulture and Design.

PLGC is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Pacific Region and Palomar District of Californian Garden Clubs, Inc. Its mission is to foster interest in gardening, landscaping and flower arranging; protect native plants and wildlife; and promote activities pertinent to the community.

Those interested in joining the club are invited to the next meeting, a holiday arrangements demonstration, 9:30 a.m. (coffee) Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal. For more details, visit

Federal Student Aid forms due

High-school seniors planning to attend college or technical school next fall should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible beginning Oct. 1, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, an agency created to improve access to college. The information on the FAFSA determines if students qualify for federal grants and student loans. It is also required to apply for state grants and scholarships. In addition, many colleges use the information to award their own grants and scholarships.

The FAFSA asks for information about income, assets and expenses. A formula set by Congress determines eligibility for federal and state aid. Some student-aid programs have limited money and provide funds on a first-come, first-served basis. So, KHEAA emphasizes, it is important to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.

—Compiled by Point Loma-OB Monthly staff


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