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‘BirdStock’ concert coming to town

Bird Rock’s going retro this year with its community fundraiser, “BirdStock,” a fall concert in the park.

“It will be Sept. 11 and our first, hopefully, annual concert in the park,” said Pamela Garvey, Bird Rock Community Council board member at the advisory meeting last week.

Garvey noted that the new event would coincide with Bird Rock Elementary School’s annual welcoming back of kindergartners from summer vacation. The fest will also feature the dedication of the new Waverly gate entrance to Bird Rock Park, which is jointly used by the city of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District.

“There will be a dedication ceremony honoring Joe LaCava and his service to the community,” Garvey added.

BRCC President Joe Parker said during a May 4 meeting at the elementary school that “it will be a supplemental event here in the neighborhood and a great marriage of folks who were traditionally involved with Taste of Bird Rock and things going on here at the school.”

Taste of Bird Rock, a July block party held the last few years that featured restaurant food tastings and live bands and entertainment, was suspended this year. Rising costs for police services combined with problems associated with traffic control, parking and public alcohol consumption led organizers to postpone the event for at least one year.

Garvey said BirdStock will have a fundraising component to replace the approximately $75,000 in proceeds for the elementary school that the “Taste” event generated between 2005 and 2009.

“We’re going to be decorating the entire wall at the end of the ramp by the Waverly entrance to the park with dedication plaques,” Garvey said, adding that 4-inch by 4-inch and 6-inch by 6-inch memorial tile plaques will sell for $100 and $250, respectively. “All of the money raised through the tiles will be donated to Bird Rock Elementary,” she added.

The fall concert event will be free and include live local entertainment. Food and refreshments will be sold.

In other matters, BRCC announced that it has updated its community website at www.birdrock.org.

  • Lorene LaCava said she plans to put together a community cookbook over the summer and have it ready for publishing in the fall.
  • Michelle Fulks said proceeds from this year’s Bird Rock home tour fundraiser in January went to purchase new comfortable chairs for Bird Rock Elementary School’s auditorium.

“We got rid of the old-issue chairs, which looked horrid,” she said. “They were very uncomfortable, and most of them were broken or had some sort of child graffiti scrawled into them.”

  • Though the community is not hosting Taste of Bird Rock this year, there are still commemorative T-shirts from last year’s event available for $5.