Young Marines help feed the hungry on Veterans Day.

Today, Veterans Day, a Celebration of Service was held at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park.

Several local organizations from around San Diego came together during the event to engage in service projects that help the community.

When I arrived at the museum in the early afternoon, I noticed that hard-working Young Marines were helping Feeding San Diego to assemble Thanksgiving boxes.

Every box makes a complete Thanksgiving dinner, minus a turkey. Those who are hungry during the holiday season will greatly appreciate the kindness of others.

The Veterans Day event is part of the #ThanksToVeterans Tour, which has traveled across the United States to celebrate the service and contributions of Veterans.

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Create a superhero and win 4 Comic-Con passes!

With less than a week to go, Comic-Con International logos have appeared all over the San Diego Convention Center!

Do you know any kids who’d like to win 4 valuable passes to San Diego Comic-Con this year? Listen up!

I just learned there’s a contest underway that ends tomorrow, put on by the Comic-Con Museum and Feeding San Diego. It’s called the Hunger Action Hero Art Contest.

Students from K to 12 are invited to create a hunger fighting superhero! Artwork and a brief superhero origin story are required to enter the contest, but kids must do so by April 22, 2022–that’s tomorrow! Fortunately, submissions can be made easily online.

Various prizes will be awarded for the top ten entries, in addition to 4 Comic-Con passes for the contest winner. To learn more, click here!

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Mosaic at God’s Extended Hand building.

There’s an elaborate, quite beautiful tile mosaic mural outside the old God’s Extended Hand building in San Diego’s East Village. You can see it at the corner of 16th Street and Island Avenue.

The colorful mural is overflowing with compassionate messages and religious imagery, including Christ as a shepherd carrying a lamb.

The God’s Extended Hand ministry endured for 96 years, feeding the homeless and hungry, until it closed down a few months ago. Father Joe’s Villages will be redeveloping the site, creating more affordable housing and support for the homeless downtown. I don’t know whether these mosaics will be preserved.

I walked past part of the artwork this morning and took these photos. I only photographed the wall along 16th Street. Some people camped on the sidewalk were by the other wall on Island Avenue.

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End hunger with the SD Fridge Project!

Here’s an idea to consider if you’d like to help neighbors who could use a little food assistance.

While out on a recent walk, I spotted a refrigerator and some shelves in front of the Normal Heights United Methodist Church. A sign on the fridge stated FREE FOOD. I had to check it out.

Members of the church are participating in the SD Fridge Project, and the canned food and fresh vegetables near the church entrance are free for the taking. If anyone in the community is in a difficult place and could use some food, they are more than welcome to help themselves.

I read the info on a sheet taped to the refrigerator and learned more about the SD Fridge Project (@sdfridgeprojects). I took a photo so you can read it and perhaps become involved, too!

You can find the enlarged email address in an upcoming photograph, if you’d like to participate!

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Ready to make history at Petco Park.

At Petco Park, everything appears ready.

Padres street lamp banners have been hung around the ballpark. Bunting decorates the stands. The playing field is immaculate. Tomorrow the home team starts a new baseball season undefeated.

Many baseball experts say 2021 might be the beginning of a Golden Age for the San Diego Padres. All of the pieces are in place. Finally.

I walked around Petco Park this evening and felt the quiet anticipation.

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How you can help USO San Diego fight hunger!

The USO is collecting food at Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets around San Diego. Buy a five dollar bag of food for a hungry neighbor, receive a five dollar coupon for the store!
The USO is collecting food at Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets around San Diego. Buy a five dollar bag of food for those who are hungry, receive a five dollar coupon from the store!

Before I post more photos of Comic-Con, let me alert my local readers to a great opportunity to help others. I just discovered an easy and essentially free way to help fight hunger in San Diego!

Walking back home from Comic-Con, I realized I needed groceries, so I swung by the downtown Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. As I stepped inside, I was greeted by two friendly volunteers from the USO. They’re working to fight hunger in San Diego!

I learned that during the month of July, shoppers who purchase a $5 bag of food from their table to help feed the hungry receive a $5 coupon from the store!

Kudos to the USO and their efforts. Kudos to Grocery Outlet Bargain Market for their generosity!

I also learned the USO collects food twice a month from a mobile food pantry in partnership with Feeding San Diego. Check out the USO San Diego Facebook page for times and locations!

USO San Diego collects food twice a month in partnership with Feeding San Diego. Check the USO Facebook page for their Mobile Food Pantry locations!
USO San Diego collects food twice a month in partnership with Feeding San Diego. Check the USO Facebook page for their Mobile Food Pantry locations!

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The Walking Dead eat fans at 2017 Comic-Con!

A hungry zombie eyes dinner at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con . . . and it's me!
A hungry zombie eyes dinner at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con . . . and it’s me!

If you are nervous or squeamish, don’t look at these photos or read the captions. I’m warning you. It’s all quite gruesome.

The events you are about to witness happened today at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. Some of the fans were completely unprepared for what happened…

Everyone was having a great time at Comic-Con. I was just wandering about, not paying very close attention.
Everyone was having a great time at Comic-Con. I was just wandering about, not paying very close attention.

That place looks cool. I'll go check that out. I wonder what they mean by Deadquarters?
That place looks cool. I’ll go check that out. I wonder what they mean by Deadquarters?

They've got a nice lounge! Awesome! My feet are tired!
They’ve got a nice lounge! Awesome! My feet are tired!

Let's all sit here and watch AMC's show Walking Dead. How entertaining and relaxing.
Let’s all sit here and watch AMC’s show The Walking Dead. How entertaining and relaxing.

Oh, wow! They've got pinball, too! This place rocks!
Oh, wow! They’ve got pinball, too! This place rocks!

A lady suddenly screamed and started running! Huh? What happened?
A lady suddenly screamed and started running! Huh? What happened?

Oh my gosh. That door says Dead Inside, and some hands are trying to open it from the inside.
Oh my gosh. That door says Dead Inside, and some hands are trying to open it from the inside.

Oh my goodness! They've got zombies loose in here! Where'd they come from.
Oh my goodness! They’ve got zombies loose in here! Where’d they come from.

Thank goodness this one doesn't seem to see me.
Thank goodness this one doesn’t seem to see me.

But this one does!
But this one does!

Get away from me! Seriously, I probably don't taste all that good!
Get away from me! I probably don’t taste all that good!

The Walking Dead Encounter! I wish I'd seen that sooner. Maybe some caffeine from a Mountain Dew will help me escape...
The Walking Dead Encounter! I wish I’d seen that sooner. Maybe some caffeine from a Mountain Dew will help me escape . . .

I see people are learning fighting skills to fend off these roving zombies.
I see fans of The Walking Dead are learning fighting skills to fend off these hungry zombies.

A tiny version of Deadpool was swinging a bat wrapped with barbed wire. I think he nailed a couple zombies.
A tiny version of Deadpool was swinging a bat wrapped with barbed wire. I think he nailed a couple zombies.

Over here, quick! Help! Where's that little superhero?
Over here, quick! Help! Where’s that little superhero?

Nobody seems to take these zombies very seriously. Watch out, people! They appear to be hungry!
Nobody seems to take these zombies very seriously. Watch out, people! They actually appear to be hungry!

Told you so!
Told you so!

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A special holiday food drive in La Jolla!

Many people in San Diego County, unfortunately, are hungry. Food collected during this holiday food drive will be distributed to soup kitchens, pantries, shelters and schools.
Many people in San Diego County, unfortunately, are hungry. Food collected during this special holiday food drive will be distributed to soup kitchens, pantries, shelters and schools.

If you’re in or around La Jolla, today I learned about a holiday food drive with nearby drop-off locations. The Heart to Hands Food Drive San Diego is run by Candi DeMoura, who has raised 2776 pounds of food in the past 3 years. Wow!

Please visit her San Diego Food Drive website. It lists the types of food that are accepted. There are several places to drop off food, including the La Jolla Farmers Market and Coldwell Banker on Prospect Street.

Together we can work to beat hunger in San Diego!

Heart to Hands Food Drive San Diego supports people in need. You can help! Visit the website to learn how! (Click this image to read the flyer.)
Heart to Hands Food Drive San Diego supports people in need. You can help! Visit the website to learn how! (Click this image to enlarge the flyer so that you can read it.)

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Please help Stuff the Bus to fight hunger!

Please help Stuff the Bus to fight hunger in San Diego!
Please help Stuff the Bus to fight hunger in San Diego!

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is getting ready for their 8th Annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive!

You can help fight hunger in San Diego by collecting non-perishable food and by spreading the word in advance!

On December 5, between 9 am and 2 pm, MTS buses will be parked in front of Albertsons and VONS stores throughout San Diego County. The objective will be to fill the buses with food to aid the hungry! Your friends, business or organization can collect canned goods and other nonperishables and help stuff a bus, or you can purchase preselected grocery items inside the stores. When the event ends, the food will be transported to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County.

Click here for store locations, the food items needed, and other important details!

Come on San Diego! Let’s jam those buses with love!

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Fintan Magee’s cool street mural in East Village!

Fintan Magee, famous Australian street artist, painted the Hunger mural in San Diego's East Village.
Fintan Magee, famous Australian street artist, painted the “Hunger” mural in San Diego’s East Village.

Some cool, thought-provoking street art was painted on the west wall of the old Jerome’s warehouse about half a year ago. It’s part of the Sea Walls Project, a collaboration with PangeaSeed to provide a view of the tuna industry (which used to be very important in San Diego decades ago). Titled “Hunger”, the huge street mural is by world-famous street artist Fintan Magee, who is often described as Australia’s Banksy!

As you might recall, the south side of this old East Village building contains the MOOPA ArtWall.

A tuna fisherman's hand and his bound, bloody catch emerge from a pile of fish.
A tuna fisherman’s hand and his bound, bloody catch emerge from a pile of fish.

An uprooted tree is weirdly suspended behind a real tree growing from a San Diego sidewalk.
An uprooted tree is weirdly suspended behind a real tree growing from a San Diego sidewalk.

Fisherman in yellow slicker seems to release a seagull from a tangle of fishing line.
Fisherman in yellow slicker seems to release a seagull from a tangle of fishing line.

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