Point Loma-OB Happenings: Summer concerts returning; group recommends new senior center; OB Street Fair; more

Funk band Full Strength plays at Point Loma Park in October in a show presented by Point Loma Summer Concerts.
Funk band Full Strength plays at Point Loma Park in October in a show presented by Point Loma Summer Concerts. The summer series returns July 15 through Aug. 12.
(Cynthia Sinclair)

Point Loma Summer Concerts return starting July 15

Point Loma Summer Concerts has set its 2022 lineup that will run five consecutive Friday evenings starting July 15.

These are the first summer concerts since 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though one show was held in October last year.

This year’s concerts will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd. Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule:

July 15: Cassie B’s ‘90s Remix

July 22: Kenny Metcalf as Elton John: The Early Years

July 29: 24K Magic (Bruno Mars tribute)

Aug. 5: Mighty Untouchables

Aug. 12: Pine Mountain Logs

Food will be available for purchase. Guests are advised to bring their own seating and blankets.

For more information, visit, email or call (619) 857-5115.

Nonprofit recommends new senior center for Point Loma-Ocean Beach area

In an inaugural study and proposed master plan for the region, the nonprofit San Diego Seniors Community Foundation is recommending construction of a new senior center in the Point Loma-Ocean Beach area to complement the existing Peninsula Shepherd Center in Point Loma, which provides decentralized programs and services for people 65 and older.

The study suggests ways that area senior centers can be improved, saying the continuing retirements of aging baby boomers will cause the need for senior support services to rise significantly in the next decade.

For Point Loma-OB the nonprofit proposes a 20,000-square-foot senior center with a commercial kitchen, an in-house theater and space for a gift shop, salon or catering business.

It also proposes including a 6,000-square-foot gym/fitness center and a 10,000-square-foot aquatics center with a five-lane pool, showers, locker rooms and restrooms.

The cost estimates for construction and equipment are $4.58 million for the senior center and an additional $2.15 million for the fitness and aquatic centers.

Overall, the Seniors Community Foundation proposes building 22 new facilities throughout the county and renovating five existing senior centers, which altogether would cost about $150 million.

“Anybody can throw a vision out there, but it’s important to back it up with a framework to at least initiate conversations around it,” said Joe Gavin, SDSCF chief programs and community engagement officer.

The foundation hopes money for its proposals would come from a mix of government and philanthropic investments, like those that supported the construction and operation costs of youth centers such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs. — The San Diego Union-Tribune and Point Loma-OB Monthly

Peninsula Shepherd Center’s Summer Celebration fundraiser is June 24

The Peninsula Shepherd Center of San Diego will present its Summer Celebration annual fundraiser on Friday, June 24, to aid its programs and services for older adults.

This year’s event will include lunch, entertainment, door prizes, an opportunity drawing and a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gooden Hall at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd., Point Loma.

Tickets are $25 each, or $22 each for a table of up to six guests. Reservations are required.

Tickets are available by calling the Peninsula Shepherd Center at (619) 223-1640 or visiting

The Peninsula Shepherd Center is a nonprofit organization that works to provide a support system for senior citizens 65 and older in Point Loma, Ocean Beach and the Midway District.

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cookoff returns June 25

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cookoff 2022 logo
(Ocean Beach MainStreet Association)

The 42nd annual Street Fair & Chili Cookoff is on its way back to Ocean Beach from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in the 4800 to 5000 blocks of Newport Avenue.

The free event features:

  • Three stages of live music
  • Beachside Beer Garden and spirits for guests 21 and older with live music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Chili Cookoff tasting and contest at 11 a.m. at Veterans Plaza
  • More than 200 food and merchandise vendors
  • Artist Alley featuring arts and crafts vendors
  • Seaside family fun zone featuring bounce houses, children’s games and crafts
  • Free music lessons with Rock & Roll San Diego
  • Community mural project
  • Hodad’s burger-eating contest
  • Dirty Birds wing-eating contest
  • Free rides to and from Ocean Beach on Old Town Trolleys running every half-hour from Robb Field and every hour from Sea World Drive at Pacific Highway between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The Chili Cookoff will feature 20 tasting booths in both amateur and restaurant divisions. Tasting can be purchased for $2 per chili entry, with a bowl of committee chili for $4. To try every recipe and vote for your favorite costs $20.
For information on entering the cookoff, visit

MADCAPS show raises $80,000 for local philanthropies

After a two-year break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies, or MADCAPS, raised $80,000 at its 60th annual benefit show for more than 15 local philanthropies.

The musical event, “Back to School Days at MADCAPS High,” presented two shows in March at Point Loma Nazarene University. Organizations receiving MADCAPS donations include Habitat for Humanity, San Diego River Park Foundation, St. Paul’s Senior Services, Serving Seniors, San Diego Humane Society, Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association, Therapeutic Recreation Services, Autism Tree Project Foundation, YMCA, La Jolla Family House, Rady Children’s Hospital, Father Joe’s Villages, Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Father Joe’s Villages Therapeutic Childcare Program and the Mean Green Team of the Point Loma Association.

— Compiled by Point Loma-OB Monthly staff


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