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June Calendar of Events for San Diego

Friday, June 1st, 2012

June 1 – 3
29th Annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
Food, wine tasting, musical entertainment, kids’ fair, arts & crafts, commercial booths and hot air balloons.  The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival has become a celebration of life with flavor and appeal for everyone.
Time: Fri 3:00 pm-10:00 pm, Sat 6:00 am-10:00 pm, & Sun 6:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Lake Skinner, 37701 Warren Rd, Temecula
For more information visit

June 2
Arthritis Walk
Join the Arthritis Foundation for a national walking event to help combat arthritis. Walking moves the muscles and lubricates the joints for more flexibility.
Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: NTC Promenade at Liberty Station, 2335 Cushing Rd, San Diego
For more information visit

June 2
Art Around Adams 2012
2 mile art and music walk. This family-friendly event will showcase an array of local artists, musicians, outrageous street performers, and interactive installations.
Time: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Adams Ave, Normal Heights & Kensington
For more information visit

June 2 – 3
Wings over Gillespie
The air show will feature many famous legendary aircrafts. Also on hand will be USN/USMC helicopters, other static displays, and much more. A special KidsZone area, amusements, rides, entertainers, games and prizes, face painters, education displays, and a great variety of food and beverages.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Gillespie Field, 1960 Joe Crosson Road, San Diego
For more information visit

June 2-3, June 9-10, and June 16
Camp Pendleton World Famous Mud Run
The Mud Run’s challenging hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two muddy 5-foot walls, tunnel crawl, and final 30-foot mud pit ensures the most fun you can have running a 10K! Race individually, military or civilian, within your age division, or as a member of a 5-person team.
Time: Race starts at 9:00 am
Location: Lake O’Neill Recreation area, Camp Pendleton
For more information visit

June 3
San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon
Athletes from the world over will participate in one of the nation’s premier marathons. Local bands on 26 stages and cheerleading groups will entertain the athletes as they travel along a scenic course through the city of San Diego in either the Marathon or Half Marathon. There will be a Finish Line Festival with music, food & beverages.
Time: 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park, San Diego
For more information visit

June 5
Golf with a Hero
The Oceanside Chamber will hold its 12th Annual Military & Commercial Golf Outing. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Veteran’s Association of North County.
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Marine Memorial Golf Course, Camp Pendleton
For more information visit

June 8 – July 4
San Diego County Fair
Flower and garden shows, exhibits, art, gems & minerals, carnival rides, food booths, midway, and concerts. This year’s theme will be “Out of this World.” We’ll be exploring outer space!
Time: Closed Mondays except July 4th, see website for more details
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
For more information visit

June 9
5th Annual Carlsbad Beach Fest 2012
A mile-long free, fun filled celebration featuring competitive sporting events, free beach activities, live music and entertainment on multiple stages, food, a beach cleanup, and interactive booths.
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Carlsbad State Beaches, Frazee Beach at Pine to Tamarack Beach
For more information visit

June 9
Rock, Blues & BBQ Festival
Classic Rock n’ Blues Festival presented by the City of San Marcos. Food will be sold at an onsite barbecue with partial proceeds donated to Angel’s Depot. Bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating.
Time: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr, San Marcos
For more information visit

June 9 – 10
Taste of Gaslamp
Your ticket is your passport to come down to the Gaslamp Quarter and sample menu specialties from more than 30 locations per day. This event also features a special beer tasting garden, sponsored by the Samuel Adams family of fine beers.
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: NE corner of 6th Ave & K St at 660 K Street, Gaslamp Quarter
For more information visit

June 14
San Diego Inland Business Expo
This expo will showcase a variety of businesses, giving attendees an opportunity to find business services and products appropriate for their needs. Exhibitors and attendees have the chance to enter opportunity drawings, as well as sample tastings from local eateries.
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Chrome Collision, 13175 Gregg St, Poway
For more information visit

June 16
11th Annual Pet Fest & Doggie Dash
The 1 mile doggie dash helps raise money for local animal organizations, Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, and the Chula Vista Nature Center. There will also be pet-related vendors, demonstrations from the Chula Vista K-9 unit, puppy training specialists entertain and educate, pet contests, pet adoptions, spay and neutering services.
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Memorial Park Bowl, 373 Park Way, Chula Vista
For more information visit

June 16
Philip Rivers 5K Walk & Fun Run
This 5K walk travels along the bayside around the perimeter of the park at Liberty Station. Post-event festivities include music, snacks, and a Kids Zone. Proceeds from the event benefits the Rivers of Hope Foundation, which supports San Diego adoptions and foster care services.
Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Liberty Station, NTC Park near Cushing Rd, San Diego
For more information visit

June 16
14th Annual Old House Fair
A festival for anyone who is thinking about restoring an older home. Here you will meet local craftspeople and community businesses that specialize in restoring, repairing, and preserving the unique qualities of older homes. The event also offers historic home tours, exhibits, food, music, and activities.
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 30th Street (between Cedar & Ash) and Beech Street (between Fern & Date), South Park
For more information visit

June 22 – 24
San Diego International Beer Festival
The Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts the 6th Annual San Diego International Beer Festival during the San Diego County Fair. Approximately 150 local breweries and over 350 beers from around the world will be participating in this Beer Fest.
Time: See website for details
Location: Chevrolet Del Mar Arena, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
For more information visit

June 23
Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
A beach festival with an amateur chili cook-off contest.  Highlights include live entertainment, an Artist Alley, vendor booths, beachside beer garden, kiddie area and more.  Free event.
Time:  10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location:  Along Newport Avenue (4800-5000 Block & surrounding areas)
For more information visit

June 23-24
La Jolla Festival of the Arts
The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is among the top rated art shows in California, featuring talented artists from the USA and Mexico.  Art, music, street chalk art, fun stuff & food.
Time:  Sat. 10:00 am – 6:0 pm / Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  UC San Diego Warren Field East Campus – La Jolla
For more information visit

June 25 – August 27
25th Annual Summer International Organ Festival
Spreckels Organ Society presents the 25th Anniversary
Summer International Organ Festival, featuring internationally celebrated organists playing free concerts under the stars.
Time: Monday Evenings 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 1549 El Prado, San Diego
For more information visit
Calendar courtesy of Lawyer’s Title
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Memories of Home: Why Homeownership Should Still be the American Dream

Friday, March 9th, 2012

You have probably read the statistics that say that the younger generation of Americans have no desire to own homes. Being younger, the majority of what they have seen in their adult lives involves negativity and tragedy in the housing market – people losing their homes, underwater and unable to pay their mortgages, left with no equity and thus no way to refinance. They have seen prices drop and neighborhoods abandoned, new construction halted and the rental market hit all-time highs. No wonder they don’t want to buy!

I feel sad that the idea of homeownership has deteriorated, not just because I am in the business of finding the right home for people, but because I have children and want them to understand the value of a home. It is not just a place where we keep our things, but rather is a place where we make memories, spend time with family and friends, seek shelter from the cruelties and challenges of the world. A home is a safe harbor, a place where we can be ourselves.

I thought I would ask a question of some friends and family members, and also on Facebook, to see how important homes are to people, so I asked, “What is your favorite memory of the home you grew up in?” Here are some of the responses:

• Family holidays – they were always at our home and I loved them. My mom cooked all day and the house smelled so good and was so festive

• Playing outside at night with all the neighborhood kids…

• Sleep over parties in our huge living room! We’d have sleeping bags everywhere and [my brother] would come out in the middle of the night and mess with all of us. Fun times 🙂

• Playing Charlie’s Angels around the apartment building complete with groovy sunglasses and mom’s purse. We were SO grown up!

• Playing in the middle of the street with the other neighborhood kids, w/o any fear whatsoever, having good fun, and they had to go home when the street lights went on !

• The way the whole house smelled when my mom made her homemade marinara sauce – she cooked it all day and we would come in from playing outside and get to dip big pieces of bread in it

• Playing in our basement…climbing trees…making tree houses…and catching craw daddies in our creek.

• Walking home from high school to eat lunch and watch soap operas before going back

• Having my cousins and family over on the weekends for swimming and barbeques

• Our backyard treehouse! All the neighborhood kids came over to play in it

• Having our birthday parties in our yard – one year we had a petting zoo and pony rides, and lots of times we had jump houses

• Two of my closest friends lived next door and across the street – we would always be over each others’ houses, sharing clothes and hanging out

• Doing doughnuts in our circular driveway (not a safe thing, looking back!)

Our memories of home shape who we are. Try to think of your childhood, and I bet that your home plays a big role in the memories you have – your friends, school, family, pets, holidays…the list is endless. Please share your favorite memories from home here, to add to the many reasons why a home is so much more than just a house. I hope the American dream of homeownership will once again become one that our children not only will be able to realize, but will desire.

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Are You Ready for Carlsbad’s Art Splash?

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

This weekend one of my favorite events comes back to Carlsbad- Art Splash. Stop by on Saturday from 10:00-6:00 and Sunday from 10:00-5:00 on Armada Drive off Palomar Airport Road. The majority of the street is closed for this event, and you can park off Fleet Street. The event and parking are free.

Art Splash is a wonderful place to take the family and enjoy some of the finest local art. There are demonstrations, art vendors, performers, food, and my favorite – the street art. I am always amazed by the talent of our local artists. Your children can try their hand at street art too.

The list of performers for this year’s Art Splash is fantastic – Musicians, dancers, yo-yo and hula hoop demonstrations, cake decorating and chalk art…there is so much to see and do. So if you are looking for something fun to do this weekend that won’t leave your wallet empty, come on out and have some fun at Art Splash!

For more information and an events calendar visit the website at

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San Diego September Events Calendar

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
September 2-5
Festival of Sail 2011
The Festival of Sail is an annual event with something for everyone.  The four day event includes live entertainment from a variety of genres, a petting zoo, cruises on San Diego Bay, cannon battles, sailing on racing yachts, over 150 arts and craft vendors, multitude of food options, interaction with pirates, and more!
Time:  Refer to website for schedule
Location:  San Diego Bay – Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Dr.
For more information visit

September 2, 9, 16, 23
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park Film Festival
This festival takes place on five consecutive Friday nights beginning August 26.  You’ll see rare Hollywood Golden Era films starring Leo Carrillo, outdoors under the stars at the legendary actor’s rancho.  Bring your low back chair, warm clothes, flashlight and blanket.   No charge for admission.
Time:  Movies begin at sunset
Location:  Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying LC Lane, Carlsbad
For more information visit

September 5
82nd Annual Labor Day Pier Swim and Paddle
The event is a one-mile swim/paddle around the pier.
Registration closing date is Friday, September 2, 2011.
Time:  8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location:  Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
For more information visit

September 8
Taste of Downtown
A self-guided tour of some of Downtown’s sumptuous eateries.  Over 50 participating restaurants throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, East Village and Little Italy.  Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 the day of the event. A complimentary shuttle service will be available to take you to and from each neighborhood.
Time:  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Various Venues
For more information call 619-233-5008

September 9-11
Surf for the Sea & O’side Firefighters Surf Event
15th Annual Surf for the Sea Memorial Surf.  This memorial surf event is in honor of local surfers who have passed away.  A benefit for the environment and Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter.
Time:  7:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location:  North Pier Beach, Oceanside
For more information call 760-439-0863

September 10
Grape Day Festival and Parade
First held in 1908, this is Escondido’s oldest and longest running event.  Includes a 5K fun run, a whimsical parade, grape stomping, free grapes, entertainment stage, vendor booths, fun zone & more!
Time:  5K: 7:30 am / parade: 9:30 am / festival 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido
For more information visit

September 10
Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival
Ocean Beach will be jazzed up with 23 bands on 8 stages performing jazz music at the beach.  Bring your friends and family to the beach where you can mix, mingle, and dance.
Time:  10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location:  Ocean Beach Pier parking lot & grassy area – at Newport Ave. & Abbott St.
For more information visit

September 10-11
33rd Annual Greek Festival
For two days, the church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village atmosphere where you can experience fine food, traditional Greek dancing, and the warmth of Greek hospitality.
Time:  Sat.  10:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun. 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location:  Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea
For more information call 760-942-0920

September 11
Spirits of Mexico Festival
The 2011 Spirits of Mexico Festival is set to showcase top agave spirits brewed by hundreds of distillers, in the heart of Mexican culture, Old Town San Diego. This celebration has been noted as ‘one of four festivals not to miss’ by ‘O’, the Oprah Magazine.
Time:  2:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location:  Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St.
For more information visit

September 16-18
46th Annual San Diego BayFair Powerboat Racing
Watch the fastest boats in the world compete to win at this extreme watersport event.  Includes mini hydro racing on a pond, motor home camping, displays,  and live entertainment.
Time:  7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Mission Bay – Vacation Island / Fiesta Island / Fiesta Bay / Ski Beach /
Crown Point Shores /Stony Point / Hydro Pond
For more information visit

September 16 – October 2
Fleet Week San Diego
Thank our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen for their services to our country by participating in 2011 Fleet Week San Diego events.
Time:  Refer to website
Location:  Refer to website
For more information visit

September 17-18
Annual Rendezvous in Poway
This rendezvous is “history comes to life” as you walk back
in time to the 1820-1890’s. See life as it once was and be interactive with historical encampments, meet Mountain Men, Cowboys, Buckaroos, and more.  There will be the arts & crafts market, you can visit the Nelson House and Museum, pan for gold, or ride a steam locomotive for a nominal fee.
Time:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway
For more information visit

September 18
Annual Brazilian Day Festival & Parade
The largest Brazilian festival on the west coast showcasing the culture of Brazil and South America.  Family-oriented, non-alcoholic.  40 performances and carnival parade.
Time:  11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location:  Pacific Beach, Garnet Ave. between Bayard St. & Everts St.
For more information visit

September 24
Santee Bluegrass Festival
This festival will feature wine & beer tasting, food sampling, a silent auction and a variety of Bluegrass music.
Time:  5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location:  Town Center Community Park, Riverwalk & Park Center Drives, Santee
For more information call 619-258-4100

September 24
Wild West Bonitafest
The parade is back after 3 years! This event features food, crafts, games, an entertainment stage, a parade, a kid’s fun zone in the shopping center, and much more.  Free admission.
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Bonnie Brae Shopping Center, 5080 Bonita Rd. at Central Ave.
For more information visit

September 24-25
Oceanside Harbor Days
This event will include vendor booths, arts & craft exhibits, and food.  An outstanding opportunity for residents and neighbors to experience fun activities including the new Beach are stage, Nail “n” Sail Competition, Military, Police & Fire display.
Time:  Sat. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm / Sun. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Oceanside Harbor
For more information visit

September 24-25
Annual Pacific Islander Festival
Features continuous entertainment throughout the day and presents the food, crafts, and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.  Free admission.
Time:  Sat. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm / Sun. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Ski Beach, East Mission Bay
For more information visit

September 24-25
Adams Avenue Street Fair
A music festival that features more than 70 musical acts on
six outdoor stages, hundreds of food and arts & craft vendors, three beer gardens, carnival rides and children’s activities.
Time:  Sat. 10:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Adams Avenue, between 35th St. & Bancroft St., Normal Heights
For more information visit

September 30 – October 2
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show
Aviation expo with performances by the world’s best military and civilian pilots.
Time:  Gates open at 8:00 am
Location:  MCAS Miramar
For more information visit
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Fun Events Coming to Carlsbad

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Art in the Village: This Sunday, August 14, the city of Carlsbad hosts the 13th annual Art in the Village in beautiful downtown Carlsbad Village, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you haven’t been to one of these fantastic events, I encourage you to drop by and have some fun.

The event includes artists, painters, mixed media artists, jewelry artists, sculptors, glass blowers and others. There will be food and live music, plus art demonstrations. The festival is held at State Street and Grand Avenue. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family. For more information visit the website at or call 760-434-2553.

Snores and S’mores Family Campout: This weekend, August 13-14 this fun annual family campout takes place at Aviara Community Park, starting at 5:00 p.m. A great night of fun, food and adventures, sponsored by some of Carlsbad’s terrific family-friendly restaurants. You need to register for this event, so get your tents and sleeping bags ready and find all the details here:

Leo Carrillo Film Festival: If you are looking for something fun to do, something out of the ordinary and outdoors, this is the perfect suggestion. The annual film festival runs August through September, for five consecutive Fridays. Bring a picnic dinner, your lawn chairs, blankets and some warm clothes and watch a movie outdoors. Admission is free and tours of the historic ranch are offered before sunset as well. If you have never visited this Carlsbad gem I highly recommend it, as it is a wonderful piece of Carlsbad’s history. For more information on the film festival visit the website:

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San Diego August Calendar of Events

Friday, July 29th, 2011
August 6, Annual Clairemont Family Days
This festival offers musical entertainment, a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, food vendors, pony rides,
a carnival & more. Free admission.
Time:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  South Clairemont Family Days
For more information visit

August 6, Smokin’ Q Classic Barbeque Competition
The Smokin’ Q Classic is a California State Championship Barbeque Competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The public will have an opportunity to sample the championship recipes at $2.00 each. There will also be live music, a beer garden, other food choices, and some arts and crafts. Admission is free.
Time:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Downtown Vista, Main St. and E. Broadway
For more information visit

August 6, Annual Balboa Park 8-Mile & 3-Mile Runs
Choose between an 8-mile run or a shorter 3-mile run. The courses travel through and around
Balboa Park. See website for fees. Courses: 8 mile course: road and trails through Balboa Park – challenging hills and rolling terrain along bridal path. 3 mile course: roadways; flat and fast. Start & finish for both races are in parking lot in front of Aerospace and Railroad Museums.
Time:  7:30 am – 10:00 am
Location:  Balboa Park – East Side, off Park Blvd. & Presidential Way- in front of Aerospace and Railroad Museums.
For more information visit

August 6, Annual Kid’s Fish Derby
Fishing Derby for kids ages 6 – 16. Sponsored by the Oceanside Pier Bait Store.
Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:  Oceanside Pier Plaza & Oceanside Pier
For more information call 760-722-3936

August 6-7, Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
Experience a festival showcasing the heritage of the Philippines with traditional performing arts, folk dances, songs, music, and costumes. Merchant booths will be open for business and Philippine food will be served.  Free admission.
Time:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Balboa Park (lawn area at Park Blvd. & President’s Way)
For more information visit

August 7, Annual Lemon Festival
This free event features live entertainment on three stages, lemons, hand crafters, lemons, international foods, lemons, contests, and lemons galore!
Time:  10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location:  Downtown Chula Vista, Third Ave. from E to Roosevelt
For more information call 619-422-1982

August 13, Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival & Contest
Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products, animal adoptions, live music, food, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts, a silent auction and large ticket item raffle.
Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  Aberdeen Dr. and Newscastle Ave., Cardiff by the Sea
For more information visit

August 13-14, Fiesta Del Sol
Annual celebration of the diverse cultures and history of the people of San Diego.  A family-friendly, free event.  There will be food, music, merchandise booths, a youth zone, children’s area, educational area, green economy area, and technology area.
Time:  11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location:  Cesar Chavez Park, 1449 Cesar Chavez Parkway
For more information visit

August 13-14, Snores & Smores Family Campout
Camp outdoors in the safety and convenience of a community park. Activities begin at 5:00 pm. Games, relays, crafts, BBQ dinner and outdoor movie screening. $20 per person, free for ages 3 and under.
Time:  Activities begin at 5 pm on Saturday
Location: Aviara Community Park, 6435 Ambrosia Ln., Carlsbad
For more information call 760-602-7510

August 14, Annual CityFest
This event is a popular art & craft festival featuring over 250 vendors, games, activities, music, food, a beer garden and much more. Patrons can sit at café style seating and watch entertaining street performers while listening to live music. Free event.
Time:  12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Hillcrest – 5th Ave. & University
For more information visit

August 14, Art in the Village, Arts & Craft Show
Over 200 of the finest arts and crafts vendors in the most beautiful of settings in the Village of Carlsad, just two blocks from the beach.  Live acoustic music, artist demonstations and instruction throughout the event.
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Carlsbad Village
For more information visit

August 19-21, Annual Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival
This family oriented event features tasty food, live music, music workshops by performing artists,
jam sessions, vendors, and activities for kids.  Dry camping available.
Time:  Gates open at 8:00 am
Location:  Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave., Vista
For more information visit

August 20, Annual Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride
A costumed bike riding event that includes contests, prizes, and entertainment to support community youth programs.  The cycling route is a primarily flat loop course along some of San Diego’s most beautiful waterfront and historic areas.
Time:  8:00 pm – 3:00 am – Ride takes place at midnight
Location:  County Administration Building, Downtown San Diego – parking lot on Pacific Hwy.
For more information visit

August 20, Free to Breathe 5K Fun Run/Walk
This event is to promote awareness about lung cancer and to obtain vital funding for research.
The course is flat with sidewalk or grass options and affords views of downtown San Diego and
the San Diego Bay.
Time:  8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location:  Liberty Station NTC Park, Farragut Rd.
For more information visit

August 21, America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk
The Half Marathon starts at the Cabrillo National Monument and continues along San Diego Bay,
then through downtown San Diego, ending in Balboa Park Pan-American Plaza.  The 5K begins at the
Pan American Plaza, and is a fast loop course back to the Plaza.
Time:  7:00 am start
Location:  Cabrillo National Monument and Balboa Park
For more information visit

August 26, Annual Taste of Main Street
International Food Festival where you may sample delicious food from downtown restaurants and
enjoy live entertainment.
Time:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Downtown Encinitas, Highway 101
For more information visit

August 27, Annual Orfila Grape Stomp
The afternoon event celebrates the start of harvest with tractor rides through the vineyard, grape stomping in a huge five-foot barrel, dancing to a live band, wine tasting and a delicious buffet dinner.  Tickets available on site.
Time:  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  Orfila Vineyards & Winery, 13455 San Pasqual Rd., Escondido
For more information visit

August 27, Annual Chula Vista Rotary Wine & Food Festival
Upscale event where you can sample delicacies from over 20 of Chula Vista’s prominent restaurants.  Also available will be your choice of spirits from local breweries, wineries, and tequilerias.  Tickets: $50.
Time:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Rd., Chula Vista
For more information visit

August 28, Annual Bike the Bay
Join a 25-mile fun bike ride that begins and ends at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.  The event is for all levels of riders and for individuals, families and groups.  It concludes with food, entertainment, and a beer garden.
Time:  7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Embarcadero Marina Park South
For more information visit
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San Diego July Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Every Saturday, Stagecoach Days: Celebrating the West on the Move
Celebrate travel and transportation in the era of real horsepower – before the train and automobile. In addition to the permanent collection of historic wagons on display at Seeley Stable museum, coaches and wagons will be out in the plaza. Stay the day and enjoy activities that reflect life in San Diego during the mid-1800s. Each week will offer a different theme and activities. The activities are Free.
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park,
San Diego Ave. and Twiggs St.
For more information visit

July 4, Annual Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show
A display of some of the most technically advanced pyrotechnics will be fired from four barges floating in the bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village, and will last more than 17 minutes. Fireworks will also be discharged at the Imperial Beach Pier. Good Viewing Areas: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Spanish Landing, Seaport Village, Embarcadero Marina Park North, Tuna Harbor, Coronado Landing, & Coronado Tidelands Park, or on your own yacht on the bay.
Time: 9:00 pm – 9:20 pm
Location: San Diego Bay
For more information visit

July 4, Scripps Ranch Old Pros 10K, 2-Mile Fun Run & Bike Rides
This event offers several running and cycling opportunities to choose from.
See website for entry fees.
Time: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Miramar Ranch School parking lot, Scripps Ranch
For more information visit

July 8, Midnight Catfish Craze
San Diego County’s only nighttime catfish tournament promises to be filled with lots of big fish, big fun, and great prizes. The top five catfish by weight will be awarded prizes as well as a prize for the smallest catch of the night. The lake will is stocked with over 1,500 pounds of channel catfish. Derby Ticket plus daily permit required. See website for details.
Time: 4:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Location: Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Rd., Poway
For more information visit

July 9, Bake at the Lake
A four-mile cross-country race on the trails at Lake Hodges. Proceeds benefit Mission Vista High School Cross Country Teams and the park trails system at Lake Hodges. Participate and get a good workout for a good cause. Admission $10 – $15.
Time: 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Lake Hodges
For more information visit

July 9-10 & 16-17, Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament
Over fifty years of adult rugged sandbox softball play. A form of softball, limited to 1,200 teams of three persons each, playing almost 2,400 games in two weekends with close to 50,000 expected to attend. Admission is free. You have to be 18+ to play. 9 age divisions.
Time: 7:30 am to dusk
Location: Fiesta Island – Fiesta Island Rd – East Mission Bay
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July 10, 2011 Carlsbad Triathlon
This race is for everybody. The Carlsbad Triathlon ranks in the world’s top five longest running triathlons. The race begins with an open-water ocean swim, which is well-marked with buoys followed by a bike course, and the race finishes with a run along the Pacific Ocean coastline.
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Tamarack State Beach, Carlsbad
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July 14-17, Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center Carnival
A 4-day community carnival–fun for the whole family. There will be traditional carnival rides, challenging games, snacks, and a portrait novelty booth. Small admission fee of $2.00.
Free for age 6 & under.
Time: Weekdays 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm / Sat & Sun 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center, 1885 Coronado Ave.
For more information call 760-735-8542

July 14-17, San Diego Yacht and Boat Show 2011
Become immersed in the environment of powerboats and sailboats in the water and on land.
Marine accessory products and services are also well represented in a special expo area.
Admission: Adults $10 / Children 12 & under free.
Time: Thurs & Fri  11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sat  10:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel & Marina,
1380 Harbor Island Dr.  & Cancer Survivors Park, 4100 N. Harbor Blvd., Harbor Island
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July 16 & 17, Annual LGBT Pride Parade, Rally & Festival
Multiple events take place in Balboa Park & Hillcrest areas, including a political rally, a 5K Run & Walk, a mile-long parade down University Ave., and a two-day festival with live entertainment on three stages and much more!
Time: Refer to website for schedule of events
Location: Balboa Park and Hillcrest areas
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July 17 & 18, El Cajon Alley Cat SummerFest
Features prominent artists, entertainment, and sidewalk vendors from East County and San Diego.  There will be live music, a classic car show, motorcycle run, job fair, and art show.
Time: Fri  10:00 am – 8:00 pm / Sat  9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: Downtown El Cajon (between East Main St. & Rea Ave)
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July 20 – Sept 7, Del Mar Horse Racing
Hold on to your hats…
the Del Mar Racing Season is about to begin!
Time: Refer to website for schedule and special events
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
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July 21 – 24, Comic Con International 2011
Comic Con International features special guests, exhibitors, seminars, previews, autographs, film festival, and more on the world of comics, movies/television, animation, and art. This is the largest comic book and pop culture event in the United States.
Time: Refer to website for schedule
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego
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July 22 – 24, US Open Sandcastle Competition & Street Festival
This 3-day event includes a The Sandcastle Ball on Friday, street festival with entertainment, food,
arts & crafts, and a kids sandcastle completion on Saturday, and the main sandcastle building contest on Sunday.
Time: Refer to website for complete schedule
Location: Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach
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July 24, Solana Beach Triathlon & Duathon
Classic beach party triathlon. Come out and join the surf, sand and sun with over two thousand athletes, family and friends.
Time: 7:00 am
Location: Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
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July 31, Consignment Auction
Antiques and collectibles consignment auction including farmhouse and barnyard collectibles, estate furnishings, restored and original farm tractors, wagons, farm toys, rustic farm implements, yard art, tack & saddlery, historic memorabilia, county primitives, and hundreds more antiques and collectibles. Consignments are accepted.
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista
For more information call 760-941-1791 or visit

July 31, 3rd Annual Doggie Street Festival
Southern California’s Largest Dog Adoption Focused Festival. This event celebrates our furry friends and is dedicated to educating the public about pet care, training, spay/neuter and responsible adoption options. Besides traditional festival-type food and music, the event also offers pet merchandise, pet sitting services, and dog washing & grooming. Free admission.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: NTC Park at Liberty Station (Cushing Rd between Dewey Roosevelt Rds), Point Loma
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Mother’s Day Gifts She Will Love

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Mother’s Day can be challenging– trying to figure out what to do, what gifts to buy, where to go. Since I am a mom I thought I would share some of my favorite things to do and receive.

Massage: One of my favorite presents, if someone was going to spend money on me, is a massage from my favorite masseurs. This Sunday my wonderful husband booked an appointment for me in the morning, to start off my day by relaxing. I can’t wait! There is a caveat on this one, though: if your giftee does not have a favorite place or person to go to, be wary about purchasing a massage from a chain place or someone you do not know. I recently made the mistake of purchasing a Grupon massage/facial deal at a chain place and it was HORRIBLE. It’s better to ask friends or neighbors if they can recommend a great place.

Walk: One of my favorite things to do is take a beautiful walk. Here is North San Diego we have so many wonderful places to choose from – Carlsbad beach boardwalk, the Batiquitos Lagoon, Torrey Pines trails. A good walk with my husband, kids and dogs just makes any day perfect…and even better, it’s free! Of course, you can make it a bike ride or roller skate, whatever mom prefers.

Beach/Park Picnic: Spending time at the beach or a great park is another fantastic idea. Just pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful weather. Here in North San Diego the weather has been summer-like lately, so being outdoors is a great choice for Mom.

Lunch: Many people plan elaborate brunches on Mother’s Day, and they are usually expensive and are buffets. Personally, I prefer to wait until lunch time, and then go to one of my favorite local restaurants and get a fresh, healthy lunch I can eat with my family on a patio. That’s what I am doing after my massage (and before my walk) on Sunday! This way you can dress casually and enjoy your favorite dishes.

Flowers: Flowers are nice but I personally prefer ones I can plant in my garden. This is such a great time of year to garden. If you have a Mom-giftee who loves to spend time gardening this is the perfect gift. If you want mom to relax and not do any work on Mother’s Day you can offer to plant them yourself!

Manicure/Pedicure: Another gift that gives Mom a bit of pampering to thank her for all the work she does.

“Cupons:” A few years ago my children (young at the time) made me a cupon book and gave it to me as a present. There were cupons for cleaning dishes after dinner, doing laundry, walking the dog… this is another great way to pamper mom. Make her dinner, offer to fix a few “honey do’s” around the house, do the grocery shopping. It’s a fun way to get the children involved too, as they love to come up with good cupon ideas.

No matter what you do or what your budget, you can make Mother’s Day a day to remember. The most important part is to be together as a family and enjoy.

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San Diego April Event Calendar

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Can you believe April is here? There is a lot to do in San Diego this Spring, so get out there and enjoy!
April 2-3 & 9-10, Escondido Renaissance Faire
The age of chivalry will be recreated among the wonders of nature in an idyllic setting. Activities include several of Will Shakespeare’s new plays, battle pageants, music in the streets, jugglers and hundreds of costumed re-enactors performing in this giant outdoor play.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 6:00 pm
Location: Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido
For more information call 805-496-6036

April 3, San Marcos Spring Festival
The festival route is dotted with over 300 vendor booths. A huge children’s area features rides for children of all ages. The Beer Garden not only includes local microbreweries, but also wonderful food fare from many restaurants of Old California Restaurant Row.
Time: 9:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: San Marcos, on Via Vera Cruz
For more information visit

April 5, Padres Opening Day Block Party
This is an East Village block party in celebration of the opening day of the baseball season. The event will have trade show merchandise, great music, a beer garden, a food court, live entertainment, and more! Free event.
Time: 11:30 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown San Diego, J Street ‚ between 7th & 9th Ave.
For more information visit

April 8, Padres Car Series ‚ Lowrider Showcase
A pre-game Lowrider Showcase takes place before the Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. A fine collection of these decorated vehicles are lined up along the street for viewing and judging. You will also see an amazing demonstration where a specialized lowrider vehicle comes to life. Free event.
Time: 4:30 pm ‚ 8:00 pm
Location: Downtown San Diego, on J Street, between 7th Ave. & 10th Ave.
For more information call 619-795-5146

April 8-9, Golf Fest San Diego
Two-day golf expo where you can meet and get incredible deals from all the top golf club companies, as well as deals on clothing, golf resorts, and golf courses.
Time: 9:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Riverwalk Golf Club, 1150 Fashion Valley Rd., San Diego
For more information visit

April 8-9, Home Decorating & Remodeling Show
This show features home improvement products and services offered by local businesses.
Free admission.
Time: Fri & Sat 10:00 am ‚ 7:00 pm / Sun 10:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit

April 8-10, Fallbrook Film Festival
The Festival provides an opportunity for local and visiting film enthusiasts to view a wide array of creative, diverse and compelling works of cinematic art from features to shorts to documentaries.
Time: Varies, refer to website
Location: Ultra Star Cinemas, River Village Plaza in Bonsall
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April 9, Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
Over 30 local craft brewers will be offering samplings from a variety of their homegrown beers.
The event is accompanied with entertainment and tasty food. There is an admission fee.
Time: 1:00 pm ‚ 6:00 pm
Location: El Cajon Blvd. between Texas St. & Mississippi St. (in front of the Lafayette Hotel)
For more information visit

April 9, Canine Companions Balboa Park
A Festival for dogs and people. This event features flyball, disc dogs, a K9 agility playground, contests, great shopping, delicious food and more! Peace, Love & Canine Companions dog walk precedes the festival.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 3:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park (lawn area at Park Blvd. & President’s Way)
For more information visit

April 9-10, Annual Encinitas Street Faire
Browse among 400 unique booths featuring a little of everything. In addition, children’s rides,
four live stages, and the Karl Strauss Brewery beer garden guarantee that you’ll find fun for
the whole family.
Time: 9:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Encinitas, South Coast Highway 101
For more information visit

April 10, 5K Walk for Life & Health Fair
Fundraiser 5K walk, starting and finishing at the Pier Amphitheater. Walk and health expo sponsored
by the Cardiovascular Disease Foundation.
Time: 8:00 am ‚ 12:00 pm
Location: Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside
For more information call 760-730-1471

April 15-17, Annual Del Mar Antique Show & Sale
More than 250 premier antique dealers from all over California and the western United States will be selling the finest in antiques & collectibles. Appraisal service will also be available for $5 per item.
Time: Fri & Sat 11:00 am ‚ 7:00 pm / Sun 11:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit

April 16, Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair & Parade
A cultural celebration offering food, merchandise, performances, climbing wall, and carnival rides. There will be a Kids Zone, World Arts Village, and Teen Stage. This event is in conjunction with the Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Parade.
Time: 10:00 am -5:00 pm / Parade 11:00 am ‚ 12:00 pm
Location: Linda Vista Rd, between Comstock & Ulric, Linda Vista
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April 16-17, Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival
The only Busker Festival in Southern California. Professionals from across the country will perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling unicycles. Shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment. Free to attend.
Time: Noon ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Seaport Village ‚ Embarcadero, San Diego Bay at Harbor Drive & Pacific Highway
For more information visit

April 17, Avocado Festival
Celebrating agricultural heritage while providing an opportunity for entertainment and camaraderie. There will be agricultural displays, avocado culinary demonstrations, a guacamole contest, avocado ice cream, holy guaca-moly, the art of the avocado contest and much more!
Time: 9:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Fallbrook ‚ Main Street
For more information call 760-945-9288

April 17, Annual San Diego EarthFair 2011
The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world showcasing a wide variety of causes, goods, and services pertaining to the environment and quality of life. Free to attend.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park ‚ Central Mesa Area
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April 23, Spring Fling & Egg Hunts
Liberty Station will be transformed into a land of Springtime pleasures. There will be an inflatable slide, bounce houses, games, giveaways, a scavenger hunt, food, music, raffle prizes, the Easter Bunny, and a huge egg hunt.
Time: 12:00 pm ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Liberty Station, 2624 Historic Decatur Rd., Point Loma
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April 23, Annual Chicano Park Day
The Annual Chicano Park Day celebration features a children’s art workshop, traditional and contemporary music & dance, live bands, food, arts & crafts vendors and a classic low rider car display.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Chicano Park ‚ Cesar Chavez Parkway exit, under the Coronado Bay Bridge
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Do You Take Time to Smell the Roses?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This past weekend was a whirlwind of excitement in my family, and it made me appreciate the importance of family time, time away from work and routine. Both my children accomplished incredible goals this weekend–my daughter’s Odyssey of the Mind (academic competition) team advanced from regionals to the state competition, and my son won two trophies in his motocross races (including 2nd place overall). Needless to say I sent them both off to school this morning feeling pretty great about themselves (my daughter wearing her medal around her neck). I am sure that confidence will carry them through the day and more. Although I am exhausted and need a weekend to recover from my weekend, I feel happy and proud.

We all know that there are those things in life that can sometimes pinch us and make us realize what is truly most important. Sadly, many of us tend to put things on the back burner and keep trudging along, usually until something happens that makes us realize how important it is to spend time with family, take a day to yourself, have a leisurely lunch with a dear friend, or visit loved ones. In this fast-paced world, with things going faster by the minute, it is so easy to forget these life lessons.

If you haven’t taken some time to really enjoy the company of those you love, watch a sunset, read a good book, hike a beautiful trail, smell the roses or just laugh with a friend…do it. Schedule time to do a little of this every week, every day if possible. Not only will it lift your spirits, but it will make you feel fulfilled and energized. Life has to be lived, and the more living we do, the more we can contribute to not only our own success and happiness, but the success and happiness of others. Make it a fantastic week!

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