International Rescue Committee and Bikes Del Pueblo

On February 13, Bikes Del Pueblo will be holding a “build-a-bike-a-thon” at 2754 Snowdrop St (Google Maps link). Their blog post says 1-4pm, but their Google Calendar event says 3-7pm, so I’m not sure when people should actually arrive. The bikes will be given to refugees in San Diego, who may not have the resources or money to get around the city with a car or public transit.

I just recently became interested in bikes and DIY bike repair.  And when I was in Portland and Seattle, there were so many bike co-ops and community resources, I was sure there had to be something in San Diego too, considering that we have places like Velo Cult and Adams Avenue Bikes.  

Alas, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it’d be, but after some hunting, I came across Bikes Del Pueblo, a co-op which I believe is run out of someone’s home. BDP is at the City Heights Farmers Market every week, fixing bikes and teaching people how to fix bikes. I’ve yet to visit and check it out, but it sounds like a great way to help the community out.

Bikes Del Pueblo from Brian Hedden on Vimeo.

Happening This Week (October 4-10, 2010)

October means it’s time for Oktoberfest!

  • Monday, 10/4: Chef Bands 2010, presented by Voyeur, benefiting Center for Community Solutions. 8pm-12am, $10 at the door. 755 Fifth Ave.
  • Thursday, 10/7: Dinner with 6 Strangers at Alchemy, from 7pm-9pm. Three-course, family-style meal,  $48/per individual
  • Saturday, 10/9: Oktoberfest at Hamilton’s, Small Bar, and Eleven.  There will be a Cool Bus touring the three bars from 3pm-8pm.  More info at Hamilton’s event page.
  • Saturday & Sunday, 10/9-10/10: Oktoberfest at BLAH (BLAHktoberfest!).  Re-fillable Blind Lady steins to be bought for $18 (that INCLUDES an Oktoberfest beer inside it), with subsequent refills costing $7, all weekend long.  Last year, you could also bring your own stein for the refill price.  I’m assuming it’s the same this year.  Different from last year: German-style food on special by Chef Aaron.
  • Saturday, 10/10: Grrl Zines A Go Go will have a Portable Zine Reading Room at Lou’s Records in Encinitas, CA, from 11am-2pm. Check out some zines and then music!

Chef Bands 2010

This event seems to be only mentioned on Twitter and Facebook, and hasn’t been publicized on Voyeur’s event page nor on CCS’s website either. Regardless of the lack of publicity, it seems like something that would be fun to watch, and is for a good cause.

Has anybody else heard about this? Does anybody know what restaurants will be participating? I found it through Urban Solace’s Facebook wall.

From 8pm to midnight this following Monday, October 4, 2010, bands formed by different restaurants’ chefs and cooks will be playing Rock Band at Voyeur, to benefit Center for Community Solutions. CCS offers several services, including a hotline, legal and counseling services, shelters, and educational outreach for domestic violence, sexual assault, and elderly abuse.

Monday, October 4, 2010
@ Voyeur
755 Fifth Ave.

SD DrinkAbout & Pints for Prostates

If you need a reason to do some daytime drinking this Sunday…

SD DrinkAbout is held every 3rd Wednesday night of the month, but this month, they’re doing a special, 2nd DrinkAbout this Sunday the 19th, for Pints for Prostates. This is a DAYTIME event, from 1pm to 5pm!

There are 8 craft beer bars (most of them also have delicious food) participating. A dollar from each beer sold is gonna go to Pints for Prostates.

From the POP website:

Pints for Prostates is a grassroots campaign that uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message. Founded by prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008, the campaign raises awareness among men about the need for regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising.

Check out the SD DrinkAbout website for a map of the different stops.

Facebook event page