New electric vehicle charging stations to be celebrated
Hillcrest and North Park residents are invited to view the newly installed electric-vehicle charging stations on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., a press release from Community HousingWorks said. Community HousingWorks installed the BLINK charging stations with a grant from ECOtality, placing them behind the Kalos apartment complex at 3795 Florida St. The chargers will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day. Tours of the Kalos apartments will be offered during the event hours Aug. 3, and car2go representatives will explain the registration process of their car-sharing network. Car2go will offer a free annual membership and 30 minutes of drive time to those who sign up at the event.
Special Delivery breaks fundraising record
Special Delivery San Diego’s LGBT Pride BBQ event, held this year on July 13 at Inn at the Park, raised over $10,000, breaking the annual event’s all-time record, representatives from Special Delivery said in a press release. Special Delivery, a non-profit organization that packages and delivers nutritious meals and groceries to people in San Diego living with HIV, AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses, has held the BBQ for over 15 years. Executive Director Ruth Henricks extended her thanks in the release to the community, Inn at the Park and this year’s corporate sponsors Pecs Bar, Kaiser Permanente, The Loft Bar, California Bank & Trust and Hillcrest Pharmacy. For more information about Special Delivery, including volunteer opportunities, call 619-297-7373.
Scripps Health to use former Hillcrest hospital as hospice facility
After purchasing the Hillcrest facility late 2012, Scripps Health closed escrow on the former San Diego Hospice building and surrounding eight-acres of land, a release from Scripps Health said. Scripps will use the facility, which sits on a bluff overlooking Mission Valley, for in-patient hospice care. “We’re pleased to take another step forward in preserving an important community resource for San Diego County families for generations to come,” President and CEO of Scripps Health Chris Van Gorder said in the release. “We are committed to honoring those who received care at this facility and those who have given so generously to support this location over the years.” The hospice location is an addition to Scripps’ hospice program that was launched in February, which currently provides home-based care to approximately 200 patients.
Ordinance bans pet store sale of dogs, cats, rabbits
The Compassion Animal Protection Ordinance’s second and final reading occurred in the San Diego City Council on July 23, finalizing the ban against the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores within city limits. Pet stores have 30 days from the date of passage to cease all sales of those animals, a release from the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA said. The ordinance was created in collaboration with animal welfare organizations including Companion Animal Protection Society, Animal Defense Team, the Animal Protection and Rescue League and the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition. The goal of the ordinance is to target commercial breeding companies with irresponsible practices and to support local, responsible breeders, said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, in the release. With the passage of the ordinance, the organization aims to create partnerships between pet stores and breeders that will allow stores to direct adopters to a breeder, he said. In addition, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA are launching programs to help pet store owners who must relinquish their animals, with the goal of saving the life of every adoptable animal, Weitzman said.
HBA starts sustainability focus at CityFest
This year’s Hillcrest Business Association-run CityFest held Aug. 11 will see the organization’s initial steps toward creating a more sustainable event, a focus of the newly formed Sustainability Committee. HBA board member Nicholas Papantonakis and HBA Sponsorship + Concessions Manager Cassandra Ramhap outlined first steps in the process at the committee’s regularly scheduled July meeting, held July 16. This year’s CityFest will include a free, secure bicycle corral on Robinson Avenue hosted by the 1:1 Movement. Co-founder Amanda Tatum attended the July meeting, and the committee agreed the bicycle corral would be a good addition to CityFest considering the bicycle-focused CicloSDias event scheduled for the same day. Additionally, the HBA has partnered with Totes Upcycled to give away reusable bags at this year’s CityFest, made from recycled T-shirts. “Urban neighborhoods have an obligation to be environmental leaders,” said HBA Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls. “It’s important that Hillcrest analyzes all its efforts to become more sustainable. We’re starting with our events.” The committee will also be addressing sustainability options at the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, and is open to all interested members. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at the HBA office, located at 3737 Fifth Ave. For more information call 619-299-3330.
Local artists featured in Old Globe Jeff Buckley tribute concert
Coinciding with The Old Globe’s production of the musical “The Last Goodbye,” a musical adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” featuring the music of Jeff Buckley, a tribute concert will be held on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. Several San Diego artists will cover the songs of Buckley, including Israel Maldonado and Fernando Apodaca with Todd Hannigan, Veronica May, Eve Selis, Jeff Berkley, The Sinclairs, Gayle Skidmore, Superunloader, and Pete Thurston. KPRi FM’s “The Homegrown Hour” host Cathryn Beeks and U-T San Diego’s Director of Lifestyle & Entertainment Chris Cantore will emcee the event. The Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert will be held in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre in Balboa Park. The concert benefits The Globe’s student Shakespeare programs. Tickets start at $20 and are currently available by visiting theoldglobe.org or the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way, or by calling 619-234-5623.
Mission Hills resident is a ‘Super Lawyer’
CFO and shareholder of Klinedinst Attorneys at Law and Mission Hills resident Heather Rosing has been recognized as part of the 2013 San Diego Super Lawyers list, a press release from Klinedinst PC said. In addition, Rosing was named as the third-highest ranking attorney for all of San Diego County. Rosing earned spots on the Top 10 and Top 50 lists, as well as receiving the most votes of the Top 25 Women Super Lawyers in San Diego. “For Heather to crack the top three, let alone the top 10, is an amazing achievement in and of itself,” Klinedinst PC COO Greg Garbacz said in the release. “Her clients and fellow lawyers agree that she is a true superstar in the legal field, and we could not be more proud of her fantastic achievement.” Rosing has been featured in every publication of San Diego Super Lawyers publication since 2008.
HIV/AIDS resource nonprofit receives matching grant
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) awarded $10,000 to Christie’s Place, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive social services to individuals with HIV and their families, press releases from both organizations stated. The check, which was presented at the Del Mar Racetrack for Christie’s Place’s annual “Day at the Races” fundraiser, matched the $5,000 raised by supporters of the nonprofit. SDHDF’s grant program matches funds raised by the organization and was announced earlier this year as part of efforts to support qualified nonprofits serving the greater LGBT community. “This funding will help foster hope, health and empowerment for those impacted by HIV/AIDS in our community and will greatly contribute to their ability to live vibrant, healthy and fulfilling lives,” Christie’s Place Executive Director Elizabeth Brosnan said in a release. Christie’s Place has served the San Diego community since 1996, working to provide health care access to low-income and marginalized communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
Old Globe presents Shakespeare conversation with experts
Tickets for “Barry Edelstein in Conversation with James Shapiro,” presented by The Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, are now on sale to both subscribers and the general public. The discussion will be held Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in the James S. Copley Auditorium at the San Diego Museum of Art. Shapiro, an internationally renowned Shakespeare scholar and professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, has written several books on Shakespeare and serves on the board of governors of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The discussion will explore current trends in United States Shakespeare, controversies surrounding the play “The Merchant of Venice” and themes in the Bard’s canon. “There are two things that I think make Prof. Shapiro unique: he is a deep lover and meaningful supporter of the theater, and he has a rare ability to make complex ideas in Shakespeare accessible and immediate. I cannot wait for the real privilege of being in a conversation with him,” Edelstein said in the release. Tickets are $7 for subscribers and full-time students and $10 for general audiences. Visit the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org or call 619-234-5623 to purchase tickets.
Chef Deborah Scott adds three new executive chefs
Cohn Restaurant Group (CRG) partner and local chef Deborah Scott is announcing three new executive chefs who will head Indigo Grill, C Level/Island Prime and Vintana, a press release from CRG said. The group’s waterfront restaurant C Level/Island Prime will be led by Executive Chef Mike Suttles. Suttles has worked with CRG for 11 years, starting at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine before moving to C Level/Island Prime in 2006. Jason Maitland comes from a stint as Executive Chef of the Gaslamp Quarter’s Red Light District Dining Room and Social House to become the executive chef of Indigo Grill in Little Italy. Greg Stillman, who has previously worked at the Patina Group and Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, will take the reins at Vintana in Escondido, Calif. Scott’s creation of this team of elite chefs comes on the heels of a bigger partnership role for herself within CRG, the release stated. All three chefs will partner with Scott to create new dishes, as well as maintain her popular classics, in each restaurant.
JELL-O wrestling competition raises money for at-risk youth
The fourth annual Throw Down for a Cause Women’s JELL-O Wrestling Fundraiser raised over $10,000 for The LGBT Center’s Sunburst Youth Housing Project and Project Love Out Loud on July 4. Both organizations provide services for LGBTQ and at-risk teens, as well as promote awareness around the issue. The fundraiser drew a crowd of more than 200 people at Rich’s San Diego in Hillcrest as comedian Julie Goldman hosted the 12 wrestling matches, featuring local women volunteers. “It’s amazing to think we started as a backyard event, raising $500 just four years ago. It’s a real testament to the dedicated individuals who organize Throw Down for a Cause and our community that has given us incredible support,” Throw Down for a Cause Co-Founder Elizabeth Caliva said in a release. Project Love Out Loud provides creative workshops for teens at the Toussaint Academy in Downtown San Diego. Sunburst Youth Housing Project, run by The LGBT Center, provides affordable, supportive housing for homeless youth ages 18-24, with a focus on LGBTQ individuals who were kicked out of their homes because of sexual orientation.