Point Loma-OB Happenings: Local Ukraine support, 5K benefit for Wounded Warriors, Carruth Cellars, more

Camille McKenna wraps chocolate in foil while her stepson, Eoin, and son, Gino, add Ukraine support stickers.
Camille McKenna of Mission Heights Chocolates in the Midway District wraps chocolate in foil while her stepson, Eoin, 25, and son, Gino, 15, add Ukraine support stickers.
(Courtesy photo)

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Midway chocolate shop contributes to Ukraine support effort

When a billboard promoting U.S. unity with Ukraine was removed from its perch along Harbor Drive east of San Diego’s Petco Park, the sign company promised to find a suitable replacement site.

The 24-foot-wide billboard recently was re-erected in the Midway District overlooking Midway Drive north of Kemper Street.

It turned out to be a sweet deal.

The colorful sign, which bears a portrait of Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, accented in blue and gold hues, is visible above the roof of a store that makes custom chocolates.

A billboard promoting a campaign for U.S. unity with Ukraine is celebrated after it was erected on Midway Drive.
(Courtesy photo)

Camille and Daniel McKenna, owners of Mission Heights Chocolates, created an edible chocolate tribute to the “We Stand with Ukraine” campaign and are contributing to the effort by selling custom-wrapped chocolate bars for $5 each to raise money for the beleaguered nation.

“I’m all about community and teaching my kids we are part of a greater world and we need to be active in it,” Camille said.

She was helped in the impromptu candy bar project by her son and daughter, ages 9 and 15, and her stepson, 25.

She is selling the chocolate bars in her shop at 3640 Midway Drive and will be adding them to its website offerings.

The billboard is part of the San Diego-based Spirit of Liberty Foundation’s fundraising drive to keep the spotlight on Ukraine. — The San Diego Union-Tribune

Aug. 20 5K to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project’s Carry Forward 5K will return to San Diego for the first time since 2019 on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Liberty Station’s NTC Park.

The fundraiser will help provide programs and services to injured military personnel and their families.

Participants will carry a flag, a weight of 1 to 100 pounds or even another person to demonstrate patriotism and symbolize the weight that military members take on while serving the country.

Onsite registration will begin at 7 a.m., with the opening ceremony at 8 a.m., at 2455 Cushing Road, Point Loma.

To register in advance or to donate, visit — Point Loma-OB Monthly

Carruth Cellars opens Liberty Station outlet

Carruth Cellars, an urban winery headquartered in Solana Beach, opened its fourth tasting room location in July at Barracks 17 at Liberty Station, 2710 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma.

The new 12,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor wine garden takes the place of the company’s other San Diego location in Little Italy, which closed recently after its lease ended. The new venue joins other Carruth locations in Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside.

The new location features wines by the glass and bottle and a menu of appetizers, paninis, salads, charcuterie boards and desserts, along with five-wine, 90-minute tasting sessions. There’s also a market area selling wines, cheeses, olive oils, tapenades and cured meats. To learn more, visit — The San Diego Union-Tribune

HomeTownSD adds top venue operator ASM Global to sports arena team

HomeTownSD arena rendering
HomeTownSD’s plan calls for a new arena with room for 8,000 to 10,000 sports fans or concert-goers. The arena could accommodate an additional 2,500 fans on outdoor concourses.
(Courtesy of AO Architects)

One of the development teams vying for San Diego’s sports arena property in the Midway District has drafted a highly rated venue operator to help promote its vision for a new arena with city leaders.

The Monarch Group-led development team, HomeTownSD, announced the addition of ASM Global, a premier entertainment venue manager and event producer. ASM, a subsidiary of AEG, currently runs Pechanga Arena on the property and was previously attached to Brookfield Properties’ Discover Midway plan, which was eliminated from the competition in May.

HomeTownSD’s arena, which is being designed by AECOM, would have 8,000 fixed seats and the ability to accommodate 10,000 people for games and shows. The arena could accommodate an additional 2,500 fans on outdoor concourses.

HomeTownSD currently is up against two opponents, Midway Rising and Midway Village+, in a city-run competition to lease and remake 48 acres at 3220, 3240, 3250 and 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. — The San Diego Union-Tribune


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