Point Loma-OB Happenings: Purple Star Schools, St. Paddy’s O’Beach Party, Women of Dedication

Lt. Jennifer Maas from Camp Pendleton shows students from Dewey Elementary School emergency procedures using a mannequin.
Lt. Jennifer Maas of the 1st Medical Battalion from Camp Pendleton shows students from Dewey Elementary School in Point Loma battlefield emergency procedures using a mannequin in 2018. Dewey Elementary was recently designated a Purple Star School for its efforts to meet the needs of students connected to the military.

Three local schools get Purple Star for helping military families

Three schools in the Point Loma Cluster of the San Diego Unified School District were recently designated as Purple Star Schools, recognizing schools that are committed “to meeting the needs of students and their families who are connected to the military.”

The local honorees are Cabrillo Elementary, Dana Middle and Dewey Elementary schools.

California’s Purple Star Program works to provide support, create transition programs and offer staff development to military-connected students to help them maintain their academic, college and career aspirations. This is the first year of the award, which went to a total of 18 schools in San Diego County and 31 in the state.

Military-connected students must move whenever their active-duty parent or guardian receives a relocation order. Such relocations mean the children can expect to change schools six to nine times between kindergarten and 12th grade — three times more often than nonmilitary-connected children. — Point Loma-OB Monthly and The San Diego Union-Tribune

St. Patrick’s party on March 19

The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association will commemorate St. Patrick’s Day with a St. Paddy’s O’Beach Party on Saturday, March 19, in the parking lot by the Ocean Beach Pier at 5099 Newport Ave.

Live music, games and a beer garden will be available from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. as part of a fundraising effort to benefit the association’s “Clean & Safe” program. There also will be a Beach 5K Fun Run, a cornhole tournament, a Mr. & Ms. Corned Beef contest, a pup pageant, leprechaun limbo and more.

The first 500 people in attendance will receive gold coins redeemable for a variety of prizes and can purchase tickets to the first “Guac Off,” featuring 10 samples of guacamole from local vendors and a chance to cast a vote for their favorite.

General admission to the party is $10 at the door. VIP tickets are presold for $49 at

Two local residents to be honored at Women of Dedication event

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will honor Point Loma-Ocean Beach area residents Christy Billings and Andrea da Rosa as two of a dozen “Leading Ladies, Stars of San Diego,” the theme of the group’s 56th annual Women of Dedication luncheon and fundraiser on Friday, April 1.

The event recognizes women for their dedication to volunteerism and community service.

Billings has given more than $750,000 worth of advertising and marketing services to a variety of nonprofit organizations in San Diego.

Da Rosa is on the board of Walden Family Services, Scripps Mercy Auxiliary and the Women’s Museum of California.

The Women of Dedication event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel, 333 W. Harbor Drive. Tickets are $150. To register, visit

— Compiled by Point Loma-OB Monthly staff


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