Actor and screenwriter Anthony Montes of North Hollywood, California, presented an interactive one-man show at the Ocean Beach Community House on the evening of Friday, Aug, 20, titled “Outta the Darkness into the Light.” A Saturday performance was canceled due to the storm. Sponsored by the Ocean Beach Chamber of Commerce, the event was arranged with the assistance of Anthony’s sister, Diane Montes, who summers in Ocean Beach. The show is semi-autobiographical and focuses on Anthony’s recovery after contemplating suicide at the age of 27.
“We are truly excited to be able to come together again,” said Community Fund President Holly Etlin, “as the party is as much about community as it is a fundraiser.” Over 200 supporters sporting black and white attire were in attendance for the event, which had the theme 100 Years, 100 Dances, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Village of Ocean Beach.
Art has returned to the walls of the Ocean Beach Historical Society after a year’s absence and a well-attended reception held on the evening of July 17 was evidence that people were happy to celebrate it. The exhibition features the work of photographer Robert Sherman and the assemblage sculptures of Brian Norris.
“Life would just pass in a blur if it weren’t for times like this,” Jim Henson once said of celebrations in the voice of Kermit the Frog. Every moment matters, but milestones are worth commemorating.
Christi worked with many friends in the community over the winter to raise funds for a memorial bench on Bay Walk near Evergreen in memory of her best friend, Beth Errico. The loss of Beth last September was a devastating loss for many of us in the community, and my columns this season are dedicated to her memory.
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