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  • Team Survivor Sea Dragon: Bouts with cancer fuel paddlers’ passion for victory

    Team Survivor Sea Dragon: Bouts with cancer fuel paddlers’ passion for victory

    One by one, they pull up to the Youth Aquatic Center on Fiesta Island in the heart of Mission Bay Park in the dreary overcast of an early Sunday morning. But this crowd is anything but dreary. These are the dynamic women of the Team Survivor Sea Dragons, convening on a stretch of sandy beach to...

  • One PB Woman’s Mission: Turning ‘7’ memories into memoirs for posterity

    One PB Woman’s Mission: Turning ‘7’ memories into memoirs for posterity

    You could call it her mission, or you could call it her passion. Whatever you call it, Pacific Beach resident Patricia Benesh is determined to change the face of aging through her company, 7 Memories. Benesh has written three books on the subject and started the company to get more senior citizens...

  • Q&A with Greg Daunoras: Pacific Beach Town Council President

    Q&A with Greg Daunoras: Pacific Beach Town Council President

    Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Chicago area. I attended Northern Illinois University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. Immediately upon graduation from NIU at the age of 22, I moved to San Diego to accept a civilian job with the U.S. Navy. What do you do for a living?...

  • St. Paul’s Lutheran School: 7 Decades of Faith, Family, Foundation in PB

    St. Paul’s Lutheran School: 7 Decades of Faith, Family, Foundation in PB

    Last month, PB Monthly’s cover story was a Back-to-School interview with the community’s six public school principals. Congratulating ourselves for pulling it off during their busiest time of the year, our celebration was short-lived when the phones started ringing to say we forgot one! Acknowledging...

  • Chicago on the Beach: 710 Club huddles with Chi-Town fans on game days

    Chicago on the Beach: 710 Club huddles with Chi-Town fans on game days

    When Bob and Stacey Morrone of Las Vegas planned their 25th wedding anniversary last month, they eventually settled on enjoying their special occasion together in San Diego, like others had done before them. With all of the unique sites, great dining, fun activities and gorgeous beaches available...

  • Back-to-School Q&A with PB's Six Public School Principals

    Back-to-School Q&A with PB's Six Public School Principals

    Principal Aida Hernandez Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy Contact: 2445 Fogg St. (858) 800-5700. ahernandez1@sandi.net Grades: TK-Grade 5; since 2007, offers a Mandarin Chinese immersion program Enrollment: 492 Mascot: The Panda Bear Are there any big changes ahead? We are opening a preschool...

  • Pacific Beach Woman’s Club: Over a century of camaraderie and charity

    Pacific Beach Woman’s Club: Over a century of camaraderie and charity

    The development of Pacific Beach — from sand dunes, marshy bays, strawberry fields and lemon groves to today’s vibrant “PB” — cannot be separated from one of its oldest organizations, the Pacific Beach Woman’s Club. For more than a century, the club has been an integral and dynamic part of the...

  • Reaping What They've Sown: St. Andrew's breaks ground for PB Community Garden — ‘Bed boxes’ now on sale

    Reaping What They've Sown: St. Andrew's breaks ground for PB Community Garden — ‘Bed boxes’ now on sale

    If Pacific Beach is a fertile community with deep roots conducive to healthy growth that allow residents to blossom and bear fruit, then the new community garden at St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church will be a perfect fit. Organized and operated by the local non-profit Beautiful PB, the community...

  • Catching Up with Lorie Zapf: City Council rep working ‘to get things done!’ in Pacific Beach

    Catching Up with Lorie Zapf: City Council rep working ‘to get things done!’ in Pacific Beach

    Lorie Zapf, age 59, represents the communities of Bay Park, Morena, Midway/North Bay, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach and Point Loma on the San Diego City Council. She plans to run for a second term in 2018. She’s lived in Bay Ho (near Clairemont) for 17 years with her husband, Eric,...

  • Meet the San Diego Beach Detail

    Meet the San Diego Beach Detail

    The San Diego Police Department Northern Division has two “Beach Teams.” The year-round night detail has the primary duty of policing the bar districts, and the May-September day beach detail has the primary duty of policing the boardwalk from the Mission Beach Jetty (Point Medanos) to the Torrey...

  • Making a Dream a Reality: Fundraising underway for $17 million Beach & Bay Family YMCA

    Making a Dream a Reality: Fundraising underway for $17 million Beach & Bay Family YMCA

    Parents, children and seniors are all rejoicing over the fact that the YMCA has made Pacific Beach the next part of its San Diego expansion plans. On the corner of Ingraham and Felspar streets, and connected to the PB Middle School campus, the new PB branch will be named “Beach and Bay Family YMCA.”...

  • IN GOOD TASTE: Enoteca Adriano: Italian favorites served by 'family'

    IN GOOD TASTE: Enoteca Adriano: Italian favorites served by 'family'

    Written on a chalkboard at the entrance to Enoteca Adriano: “86 percent of a relationship is figuring out where to eat.” In North PB, couples enjoying date nights have made this cozy spot, which features an Italian wine bar, their go-to destination. They’re not alone. Since “Chef Franco” opened...

  • A List of PB Community Resources

    A List of PB Community Resources

    Civic Associations Pacific Beach Town Council, 1706 Garnet Ave., (858) 483-6666, pbtowncouncil.org Pacific Beach Business District, 1503 Garnet Ave., (858) 273-3303, pacificbeach.org District 2 San Diego City Council Rep: Lorie Zapf, City Administration Building, 202 “C” St., 10th Floor, San...

  • Pacific Beach Community Resources

    Pacific Beach Community Resources

    Police Station San Diego Northern Division 4275 Eastgate Mall UTC(858) 552-1700 Complaint Line: (619) 515-2777 Emergency Line: 9-1-1 Post office US Post Office, 4640 Cass St., (858) 272-1948, usps.com Fire station San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Station 21, 750 Grand Ave., (619) 533-4300. ...

  • Wake up and smell the coffee! PB baristas have a pot on for you!

    Wake up and smell the coffee! PB baristas have a pot on for you!

    Life for coffee lovers has really perked up in Pacific Beach. In just a few years, several coffee shops have opened along Cass Street, joining neighborhood favorites on Garnet Avenue and Ingraham Street. Each offers a unique menu and vibe, whether for quick take-out or laid-back sitting and sipping....

  • Here's a bit about the five Pacific Beach Landmarks we love

    Here's a bit about the five Pacific Beach Landmarks we love

    Pacific Beach has much in common with beach towns up and down the California coast – sun and sand, fun and a laid-back lifestyle. But a few local landmarks and attractions are unique to this community of approximately 47,000. 1) Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages – In how many places can you sleep...

  • Locals say Pacific Beach is perfect choice for weekend staycations

    Locals say Pacific Beach is perfect choice for weekend staycations

    What is your ideal 48-hour staycation? Is it to relax and do as little as possible? Stroll, take in the sights, leisurely meals and some shops? Throw yourself into biking, surfing or paddle boarding? Bar hop and dance the night away? However you define vacation, you'll find it in Pacific Beach...

  • The First 20 Years: A brief history of Pacific Beach (1887-1907)

    The First 20 Years: A brief history of Pacific Beach (1887-1907)

    The history of a place as colorful as Pacific Beach need not be encyclopedic, not when the quirks are more fun than the red-letter dates. It’s true enough that P.B. was founded in 1887, having been developed by R.A., J.R. and W.W. Thomas, D.C. Reed. O.S. Hubbell, D.P. Hale, Thomas Metcalf, Charles...

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