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 In This Issue

  • City installs Lighting SmartGrid
  • Water conservation
  • What's new in the Harbor
  • Downtown construction
  • National Night Out August 4
  • Oceanside International Film Festival
  • First Friday Art Walk August 7
  • Arts and Culture
  • Economic Development news
  • Senior Volunteer Patrol members needed
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Parks and Recreation events
  • Beach restrooms construction update
  • Buena Vista Creek cleanup September 19
  • Library news
  • Heritage Ball August 15
  • County Cool Zones are open
  • 86th Annual Labor Day Pier Swim
  • Noche Mexicana September 13
  • Oceanside Harbor Days September 26-27 
  • Club 55 Senior Fitness Center 
  • 31st Annual Longboard Contest & Beach Fest
  • KOCT community television
  • MiraCosta College LIFE program




Oceanside Installs Lightgrid System - As part of its commitment to reduce energy consumption, the City of Oceanside recently installed more than 7,700 LED streetlight fixtures equipped with a GPS-enabled control system.  Expected to derive energy and maintenance savings of approximately $600,000 annually, the installation of GE LED fixtures with LightGrid controls positions Oceanside as a leader in connected and energy-saving solutions.  





Water conservation

Oceanside is meeting conservation goals        

Water use regulations in effect

Ways to save water

City installs artificial turf

California-Friendly Landscape Workshops                                 





What's new at the Harbor?                                                     

Whale watching excursions and more

Oceanside's Harbor Drives Eco-Friendly Practices - article featured in Marine Dock Age magazine,  July/August 2015

Visitor-serving Request for Proposals - Due August 3





Downtown construction update - Pardon the dust in the downtown area, several projects are getting underway.  Check the link for news about current and future downtown construction projects, capital improvement projects, downtown parking and more.   



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National Night OutAugust 4 - National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen each day. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement, while bringing back a true sense of community, and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. The City of Oceanside will be hosting four separate community events at Crown Heights Resource Center, Joe Balderrama Park, Libby Lake Park and Melba Bishop Park and Recreation Center.  Activities range from resource booths and carnival games to crime prevention resources, but all ending with  a movie in the park. Refer to link above for details.





Oceanside International Film Festival - August 9-16 - Established in 2009, the Oceanside International Film Festival is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged. It also gives film buffs a jump-start on viewing unique local and international independent films in Southern California.  So, walk the red carpet and enjoy a multitude of cinematic genres to suit everyone's taste!





First Friday Art Walk - August 7 - Join in on the ever-growing First Friday Art Walk on Friday, August 7 downtown. August's Art Walk celebrates its First Anniversary!   Stop by the Civic Center Library or the Oceanside Museum of Art for a map and be on your way to a happening evening viewing captivating live performances and visual art in businesses and galleries along the way.  Free!



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Arts and Culture- The Arts are alive in Oceanside, and there's something for every member of the family! You won't want to miss In the Abstract:  Mid-Century San Diego Painting and Sculpture at Oceanside Museum of Art.  The Oceanside Art Walk is happening August 7 and all are gearing up for the most anticipated Oceanside International Film Festival!  Coming treat is playwrite Neil Simon's romantic comedy "Barefoot in the Park" at the Brooks Theatre in September.  See above link for details.





Economic Development News - Oceanside has a dynamic business climate with new restaurants, retail shops, and manufacturing businesses moving into the City. The City's Economic Development Division assists businesses with expansion and relocation to Oceanside by offering site searches, business visits, demographic and statistical information, and assistance with permit processing and business license issuance. Check the link above for the latest new and coming business news.





The Oceanside Police Department is hosting a Senior Volunteer Patrol Program (SVPP) Academy in September.  The academy is one week long and trains volunteers in all aspects of their position as a SVPP member.  Senior volunteers assist uniformed police officers in a variety of ways: impounding  vehicles, traffic control, assist at DUI checkpoints, conduct vacation checks, and perform elderly welfare checks.  Applicants must be 50 years of age, possess a valid California Driver’s License, and pass a background check. Volunteers drive vehicles marked as “volunteer” and frequently do a bit of walking or standing.  Those interested are encouraged to apply!  Please contact Leo Bates at (760) 435-4763.





Disaster Preparedness...It starts with you!  The time to prepare for the unexpected is when all is well.  Will you be prepared?  





Parks and Recreation has a wonderful array of events, classes and opportunities for you and your family.  From summer concerts in the park to bike traffic skills classes and a popular family movie at the pier, check the link above for all the latest happenings!





Beach Restrooms Project Phase 1 - Construction continues on the first phase of a multi-phase improvement project along the waterfront. The first beach restrooms which are under construction are located along The Strand at Breakwater and Sportfisher, Oceanside Pier and Wisconsin Street.  All project sites are scheduled to be completed by end of August 2015.




Buena Vista Creek Cleanup - Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. - noon.  Please mark your calendar and join in on the 15th annual cleanup of Buena Vista Creek!  Volunteers needed at several different sites.  Make new friends while helping protect Oceanside's waterways.  Flyer 




Library News - Your public library has fascinating summer events and programs, visit today!  The Library will be hosting the annual literary festival, "Write On, Oceanside!" in August.  They're also introducing a new program for your young ones:  1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  The Library seeks volunteers for its literacy program, Oceanside Reads.  Click link above for all the news.





Heritage Ball 2015 - August  15 at  San Luis Rey Mission.  Friends, family and supporters of this beloved historic landmark will gather together for a night of dinner, dancing and fundraising under the stars at Old Mission San Luis Rey on Saturday, August 15th.  The Ball is guaranteed to be an elegant evening to remember. Featuring the talents of Mission’s Chefs, there will be an array of delectable hors d’œuvres and a gourmet three-course dinner.  Black tie optional. 






In the summer, the County designates Cool Zone sites, air-conditioned settings where seniors and others can gather. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community.  Residents can use officially sanctioned Cool Zones to escape the heat and rest up before going back outside.  In Oceanside, Cool Zones are located at:

  • Oceanside Senior Center - 455 Country Club Lane, (760) 435-5250
  • Salvation Army Senior Nutrition Program - 3935 Lake Boulevard, (760) 631-8279
  • El Corazon Senior Center - 3302 Senior Center Drive, (760) 435-5300





86th Annual Labor Day Pier Swim - Swim or spectate, the Labor Day Pier Swim will be held on Monday, September 7 from 8:30 a.m. - noon.  The Labor Day Pier Swim first began in 1929 and has continued every year since. Competitors dive into the surf, circle one mile around the pier, ride waves back to the beach and dash to the finish line.  Some of the toughest swimmers in the country and Canada gather to compete.  This event is a fundraiser for the Oceanside Swim Club , a non-profit organization.





Noche Mexicana - September 13 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.  The 11th annual Noche Mexicana will be held on the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza.  This free event celebrates the cultural heritage of the Latino community, and brings people together to discover and share in rich traditions. It will include traditional music and dance performances, local food vendors, merchandise booths, and special activities for children.





Oceanside Harbor Days - September 26-27 - This special multi-attraction event is organized by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and will include a fishing derby, world famous Tiki Swim, the wonderfully unique "Nail and Sail" competition, over 200 arts and craft exhibits, costumed pirates, military displays and much more! 





Club 55 Senior Fitness Center -  Vista Community Clinic invites you to come and workout at Club 55 Senior Fitness Center at 448 Country Club Lane in Oceanside. Club 55 is a fitness center for adults 18 years and older. Membership is low cost and a great deal for the whole year. Membership includes access to  a variety of exercise equipment, cardio equipment, free weights, and health education information.  Annual Membership is only $65 for adults, and $55 for seniors and those that qualify, depending on income. For more information please call Herminia Ledesma at 760-631-5000x 7206.





31st Annual Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest & Beach FestivalAugust 7-9 - This annual favorite features coalition surf teams from all over California.  The event will include a beach festival in the amphitheater with food and merchandise for sale and live music in the bandshell all weekend long. The event is free to spectators. 





KOCT - Your Community Channel - KOCT shares news about new programming on Oceanside's thriving arts and culture scene, Video on Demand programs, and their recent Hometown Media Award.  Congratulations KOCT! 





MiraCosta LIFE Program - Learning Is For Everyone (LIFE) is a program organized for seniors of North County, but open to all over 18. LIFE meets most Friday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. at the Oceanside campus and offers an incredible selection of guest speakers and topics. Late summer meeting topics include Baja Underwater, soapmaking, the Panama Canal, and so much more. Please peruse the scheduled topics via the link above and join LIFE on Fridays. For more information, please call (760) 757-2121 x6972.



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