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January Calendar of Events for San Diego

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe 2011 is coming to a close. I am excited for 2012 and hope that you all have a wonderful year, filled with good health, happiness, laughter and success. There is a lot going on in January in San Diego, so enjoy!

 

January 6-7, 2nd Annual Free E-Waste Recycling Event
Need to get rid of the electronic waste just sitting around your home or office? This free E-waste recycling event is sponsored by Computer Circulation Center, Inc. and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  2205 Vista Way, Oceanside
For more information call 760-722-1534

January 6-8, Gem Faire
The Gem Faire, established in 1989, has become a world-renowned marketplace for the finest gemstones, beads, jewelry, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary equipment, metaphysical items and much more at the lowest prices in today’s market.  Workshops and classes are also offered.
Time:  Fri.  Noon – 6:00 pm / Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm / Sun.  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall
For more information visit www.gemfaire.com

January 8, Annual San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K
San Diego Resolution Run will take runners on a loop around Fiesta Island in scenic Mission Bay Park’s De Anza Cove while raising funds for charities that seek to keep the environment healthy.
Time:  7:00 pm
Location:  De Anza Cove, 3000 East Mission Bay Dr., Mission Bay
For more information visit www.sandyfeetevents.com

January 15, Petco Foundation Walk, Run, Wag
This is a do-not-miss event for San Diegans and their beloved four-legged family members!  Walk or run a  5K or 1 mile course with your dog, or without a dog, or with a team.  This event will also include an expo where dogs and their owners can shop together for sports products, pet products and more.
Time:  Starts at 7:00 am
Location:  2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

January 15, 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
An annual event commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.  The Parade features marching bands and floats, drill teams, dance groups, and other community groups.
Time:  2:00 pm
Location:  Harbor Dr. – Embarcadero
For more information visit www.alpha-zsl.org/mlkdayparade.html

January 15-20, San Diego Restaurant Week
Extraordinary three-course menus from San Diego’s best restaurants.  Choose from
180 of the city’s best restaurants and enjoy a fixed price, three-course dinner for $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant.  There are no tickets or passes required.  For a complete list of participating restaurants visit the
San Diego Restaurant Week website.
Time:  Varies
Location:  Refer to website for participating restaurants
For more information visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com

January 20-22  San Diego Lunar New Year Tet Festival
The Vietnamese community, in celebration of the
Lunar New Year, is presenting a festival to promote homeland traditions.  There will be a mock structure of a Vietnam village where  you’ll experience ancestral rituals and entertaining performances; plus contests, rides, food, and merchandise.
Time:  Fri. 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sat. 11:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Balboa Park – lawn area & parking lot at Park Blvd. & President’s Way
For more information visit www.sdtet.com

January 20-22, Del Mar Antique Show
More than 250 premier antique dealers from all over California and the western
United States will be selling the finest antiques & collectibles.  Appraisal service is available
for $5 per item.  Restoration services are also available.
Time:  Fri. & Sat.  11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall
For more information visit www.calendarshows.com

January 21, Whale Festival
The free Whale Festival is a family community event offering a wide variety of interactive and hands-on displays to spark the interest and imagination of any child.  Activities includes a walk-through gray whale, live sea creatures, free face painting, a kids art mural coloring project, a festival train ride and a bounce house.  Live music on-stage.
Time:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier, on the corner of Broadway and N. Harbor Dr.,
Downtown San Diego, on the Embarcadero
For more information visit www.whaledays.com

January 22, Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon
This marathon features a rolling course, including 14 miles along the Pacific Ocean.  Includes 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support.  The marathon and half marathon start and finish at Westfield Plaza Camino Real.
Time:  5:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Westfield Plaza Camino Real, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad
For more information visit www.carlsbadmarathon.com

January 23-29, PGA Tour Golf Tournament
San Diego is the host for the “Farmer’s Insurance Open” at the exclusive Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Time:  Opening round 26th: 7:30 am
Location:  Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd.
For more information visit www.pgatour.com/tournaments/r004/

January 26-29, San Diego Sunroad Boatshow
The San Diego Sunroad Boatshow is complete with both land and in-water locations, focusing on the latest boats and marine equipment.  This years show includes over 100 new & pre-cruised sailboats and motor yachts, dozen of marine vendors with the latest nautical products & services, delicious food and drink sponsored by local restaurants, and special boating events and boat rides for kids and adults.  Fun for the whole family.
Time:  Thurs. & Fri. Noon – 6:00 pm / Sat. & Sun. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Harbor Island, San Diego Bay, East end of Harbor Island
For more information visit www.bigbayboatshow.com/

January 27-29, Home Decorating & Remodeling Show
The show features home improvement products and services offered by local businesses.  This show will have a “green theme” and will highlight businesses that offer environmental products.  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 & Activity Center
For more information visit www.delmarhomeshow.net

January 28, 2nd Annual Stephen Strasburg 5K Walk
& Fun Run with Tony Gwynn
A family-friendly event that will include games and fun for everyone.  By registering for this event you will receive an all-inclusive package featuring autographs, tickets, t-shirt and more.  After the walk/fun run there will be lots of activities for all ages.  Live music, food court, Kids Fun Zone and more.
Time:  Start time @ 8:25 am
Location:  Tony Gwynn Stadium, San Diego State University
For more information visit www.strasburg5k.com

January 29, Bridal Bazaar
At the January Bridal Bazaar there will be thousands of wedding ideas, fashions, products and services…all in one place.  You’ll meet more than 300 of San Diego’s most trusted wedding professionals offering everything you need to make your wedding extraordinary.
Time:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  San Diego Convention Center, Halls E & F, 111 West Harbor Dr.
For more information visit www.bridalbazaar.com
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San Diego November Calendar of Events

Monday, October 31st, 2011
November 5
Curie’s 33rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair
One of the largest holiday craft fairs in San Diego, drawing thousands of visitors, and is extremely popular with crafters statewide.  Each year the fair generally has entertainment for the whole family including over 100 booths of handmade art and craft items, a kid’s corner, bake sale, food booths, silent auction baskets, and an opportunity drawing.  Free parking.
Time:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  Marie Curie Elementary School, 4080 Governor Dr.
For more information call 858-643-9720 or visit www.curiepta.org

November 5
FAAN Walk for Food Allergies
More than 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies.  Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction to particular foods. Proceeds from this walk will bring awareness and provide education and advance research on behalf of persons affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Time:  9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location:  East Mission Bay – De Anza Cove, 3000 East Mission Bay Dr.
For more information visit www.foodallergywalk.org

November 5
24th Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Benefit Ride
Staging area for Toys for Tots ride will depart the Oceanside Harbor parking lot and end at Casino Pauma.  All motorcycles welcome.  Bring $10 ($5 active military with ID) and a new unwrapped toy.  Lunch will be provided by Casino Pauma.  Oceanside Police escorted ride departs at 11:30 am.
The ride benefits Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:  Oceanside Harbor Parking Lot #1
For more information visit www.gwrra-ca1n.net

November 5
Bike The Coast – Taste the Coast
A non-competitive bike ride that begins at the Oceanside Pier and travels down along the Pacific Ocean coastline and into the rustic north county of San Diego and then back to the Oceanside Pier.  Choose from a 7-mile ride, or a 25-mile ride.
Time:  7:00 am – 4:30 pm / Expo opens at 9:30
Location:  Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
For more information visit www.bike-the-coast.com

November 5-6
Escondido Renaissance Faire
The age of chivalry will be recreated among the wonders of nature in an idealic setting.  Travel back to the 16th century and the glories of the reign of Elizabeth the First. Activities usually include battle pageants, music in the streets, jugglers and hundreds of costumed re-enactors performing in this giant outdoor play.  There is an admission fee, which covers all entertainment.
Time:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido
For more information call 805-496-6036

November 6
Carlsbad Village Street Faire
The largest one-day street fair in California.  A non-profit event to benefit the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce with over 900 vendors, international food, kids rides, pancake breakfast, and a stage of live music with a beer garden.
Time:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Village of Carlsbad – Downtown Carlsbad
For more information call 760-945-9288

November 6,
16th Annual Komen San Diego Race for the Cure
Proceeds from this 5K run/walk will fund breast cancer education, screenings, and treatment programs in San Diego County as well as national research for the prevention of breast cancer.  Includes post-event activities at the park.
Time:  8:00 am
Location:  Balboa Park, 6th Avenue & Palm Street
For more information visit www.komensandiego.org

November 6
11th Annual Gaslamp Fall Back Festival
Children’s Cultural & Historic Street Faire.  Learn about the history of San Diego and enjoy pony rides, hay rides, a Wild West shootout, pan for gold, and two stages of live entertainment.
Time:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 4th & Island Avenues
For more information visit www.gaslampquarter.org

November 10-13
33rd Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby
A fun-filled event for anglers of all ages with many ways to win great prizes. The only cost to enter the derby is that each fisherman must purchase a daily permit, normally required to fish the lake anyway.  Permits: $7 adults, $5 seniors over 60, and $5 for kids under 16.
Time:  6:00 am – 4:45 pm
Location:  Dixon Lake, 1700 North La Honda Dr., Escondido
For more information visit www.escondido.org

November 11
9th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade
This parade is held in admiration of veterans of past wars and to give a salute of recognition and honor to our military men and women of today who strive to keep our country safe.
Time:  Parade begins at 11:00 am
Location:  Downtown San Diego, Cedar St. & Pacific Hwy.
For more information www.sdvetparade.org

November 11-13
Head to Toe Women’s Expo
An extraordinary event – products and services appealing to women, such as apparel, jewelry, handbags, makeup and skin-care products; spa services, health & fitness and much more. Complimentary wine tasting, and even a 5k run/walk!
Time:  Fri & Sat  10:00 am – 5:00 pm / Sat  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
For more information visit www.headtotoewomensexpo.com

November 16-20
8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
This is Southern California’s largest wine and culinary event with 170 world-class wineries and spirit producers, 70 of San Diego’s top chefs, celebrity chefs, cooking & wine tasting classes, big bottle auction, continuious food and wine tastings – over 800 wines and much more!  See website for ticketing and additional information.
Time:  Refer to website for schedule
Location:  Embarcadero Marina Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd., San Diego
For more information visit www.worldofwineevents.com

November 20
65th Annual Mother Goose Parade
The Mother Goose Parade is the largest, single-day event in San Diego County and one of the biggest parades of its kind in the United States.  Generally there are over 100 entries featuring clowns, floats, bands, equestrians, giant balloons, and Santa Claus.
Time:  10:00 am
Location:  Magnolia Ave., Main Street, El Cajon
For more information visit www.mothergooseparade.org

November 20
Encinitas Street Faire & Fall Festival
400 unique booths featuring arts & crafts, antiques, clothing, items from around the world, and more.  The Fall Faire Festival also offers children’s rides, and two stages of live entertainment for everyone.
Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas/

November 23-27
San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival
The 32nd annual celebration of Dixieland Jazz featuring bands from all over the US.  The festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, Dixieland and swing styles.  Refer to website for more information and admission prices.
Time:  Wed & Thurs  7:00 pm – 11:00 pm / Fri. 10:00 am – 11:00 pm / Sat  9:00 am – 11:00 pm / Sun 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley
For more information visit www.dixielandjazzfestival.org/festival.html

November 24
Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5k
Proceeds from this 5K event will help provide basic provisions for underprivileged persons through the St. Vincent De Paul Village.
Time:  8:00 am
Location:  Archway at the Museum of Man, Balboa Park
For more information visit www.thanksgivingrun.org

November 24-January 1
Holiday of Lights – Del Mar Fairgrounds
Drive around the Del Mar Racetrack and view more than 400 spectacular lighted scenes from the comfort of your car.  Open every night including holidays.
Time:  Sun – Thurs  5:30 pm – 10:00 pm / Fri & Sat  5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.holidayoflights.com

November 26
Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village
Santa will arrive via a pirate ship and head to shore for a variety of holiday festivities.  Holiday music and live entertainment, tempting treats, face painting, fanciful balloon sculptures and the Seaport Village Historic Carousel add to the excitement.
Time:  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Seaport Village, 849 Harbor Dr. San Diego
For more information visit www.seaportvillage.com
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San Diego October Calendar of Events

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Through October 31
Pumpkin Station – Del Mar
This event is ideal for children ages 3 to 13 and includes pumpkins, several children’s rides, slides and jumps. School programs are available for children to learn about the harvest of the season. Pumpkin Station offers a wide variety of gourds, squashes, Indian corn, and pumpkins. Admission is free, but tickets are sold for rides.
Time:  Mon – Thur 9:00 am – 7:00 pm / Fri – Sun  9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds – East Parking Lot, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.pumpkinstation.com

Through October 31
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park that you will never forget. When the sun goes down–run for your life! Red eyes glow and creepy fingers reach out to get you. Experience outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors.
Time:  Refer to website
Location:  Balboa Park – Marston Point, east of 6th Ave. & Juniper
For more information visit www.hauntedhotel.com

Through October 31
Fall on the Farm – Bates Nut Farm
Weekend entertainment consists of pony rides, straw maze, kid ‘n paint, food, including BBQ, kettle corn, ice cream, a Scarecrow Contest, pony rides, rock climbing and tons more! Get your pumpkin!! The Pumpkin Patch will be open September 24th through October 31- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day. See the Pumpkin Patch page for all the activities available, prices, times, etc.
Time:  Pumpkin Patch open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Location:  Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center
For more information visit www.batesnutfarm.biz

September 30 – October 2
Miramar Air Show
Annual aviation expo with nearly seven hours of performances
by the world’s best military and civilian pilots. Military aircraft scheduled include the Navy’s Blue Angels and Super Hornet demo, the Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier, the Air Force F-22 Raptor and F-16 Falcon, and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) with spectacular special effects pyro. New this year is an hour of Vintage Warbird fly-bys and special demos.
Time:  Refer to website
Location:  MCAS Miramar
For more information visit www.miramarairshow.com

September 30 – October 2
Octoberfest 2011 – La Mesa
This is the Big ‘un… La Mesa’s Oktoberfest is among the largest celebrations of its kind on the West Coast. Traditional German celebration featuring dancing, food, beer gardens, Bavarian bands, arts & crafts, commercial booths, and a kids’ carnival.
Time:  Fri & Sat  11:00 am – 11:30 pm / Sun 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  La Mesa Blvd between Date & Fourth Streets, La Mesa
For more information visit www.lamesavillage.com

October 7 – 9
Annual Polish Festival San Diego
This Polish festival will tantalize your taste buds with delicious Polish food such as stuffed cabbage, sausage, or hunter’s stew. The beer garden will offer imported Polish beer. Costumed performers will sing and dance. Polish merchandise and jewelry will be available for sale. Admission $3.
Time:  Fri (21+) 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sat  12:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sun  12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location:  St. M Kolbe Roman Catholic Polish Mission, 1735 Grand Ave.

October 7-8
Annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
A Bavarian Oktoberfest with traditional German festivities will happen in Ocean Beach. Dine on delicious food and drink and be entertained with music, costumed dancing, and fun games. Fun Run registration at 9:00 am, Race at 10:00 am.
Entrance donation: $3.
Time:  Fri.  4:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sat. 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Location:  Ocean Beach, parking lot at Newport Ave. & Abbott St. & grassy area
For more information visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com

October 9
Annual Little Italy Festa
Free event takes place in San Diego’s downtown Little Italy business district. The Little Italy Festa is known to be one of the largest single-day Italian American festivals West of the Mississippi. Enjoy the wine & beer garden, entertainment on 2 stages, over 120 Italian food & crafter booths, sidewalk chalk art, and shop to your heart’s content.
Time:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Little Italy, India St., Downtown San Diego
For more information visit www.littleitalysd.com

October 9
San Marcos Harvest Festival
Featuring a variety of food and unique vendor booths, arts & crafts, live entertainment, a beer garden, and a champagne breakfast. There will be a live music stage in the beer garden and carnival rides will be available for children. Also featuring The American Muscle Classic Car Show, the largest in San Diego County that includes approximately 200 classic cars and hot rods.
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Via Vera Cruz – San Marcos, Grand Ave. & San Marcos Blvd.
For more information visit www.sanmarcoschamber.com

October 12 – 23
Oceanside Music Festival – OmFest
The 10th Annual Oceanside Music Festival, OMFest, offers 6 concerts this year boasting a variety of music genres, showcasing both student and professional musicians from throughout Southern California. OMFest’s goal is to raise funds for performing arts scholarships for local high school seniors.
Time:  Refer to website
Location:  Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside
For more information visit www.ocaf.info/OMF/

October 15 – 16
San Diego Pet Expo
Information about pets, including pet product and service vendors. 2 stages of entertainment, animal celebrities, petting zoo, splash dogs, expert speakers, pet adoptions, breed area, food court, and much more. Admission: Adults: $9.00 / Seniors (65+): $4.00 / Juniors: (0-15) free w/adult.
Time:  Sat  10:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sun  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
For more information visit www.sandiegopetexpo.net

October 16
Escondido Downtown Street Faire
Over 700 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the
Escondido Downtown Street Faire a family tradition since 1989. This is the second largest street fair
in California.
Time:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Downtown Escondido, Grand Ave. between Centre City Parkway & Ivy
For more information call 760-945-9288

October 22
Annual Light the Night Against Crime 5K
Join law enforcement personnel to show your concern against crime and for the victims of crime by participating at a nighttime 5K run/walk. Includes a post event social and a Kid’s Zone with activities and games. Wear a costume and be sure to bring a flashlight! Costume contest & awards at 8:30 pm. See website for registration fees. The course begins and ends in Balboa Park.
Time:  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Kids Run @ 8:15 pm
Location:  Balboa Park – Old Navy Hospital, Park Blvd & Presidents Way
For more information visit www.sdcrimestoppers.com/

October 22-23
Annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival
The Festival is free and open to the public. Entertainment, food, arts and crafts and the Dragon Boat Race. Race with the Dragons is for everyone and no experience is required. Each team will be made up of 16 paddlers. Free for all spectators, so get everybody you know to come and cheer you on!
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Mission Bay Park – Playa Pacifica, north of the Hilton Hotel
For more information visit www.sddragonboatrace.com

October 29
Annual Monster Bash
Adult Halloween Block Party with live entertainment, food, dancing, cocktails. Wear a costume & mingle. There’s a costume contest with a $3,000 CASH prize for the winner.
Admission: $30 per ticket in advance, $35 at the door.
Time:  6:00 pm – Midnight (21+)
Location:  Gaslamp Quarter, 6th Ave & Island Ave., Downtown
For more information visit www.sandiegomonsterbash.com

October 29
Annual Nightmare on Normal Street
Normal Street goes Abnormal tonight! The streets will be filled with people showing off their elaborate Halloween costumes and enjoying the festivities. Proceeds from this event benefit more than 40 community programs at The Center. You’re welcome to come with or without a costume…but do you really want to be “Normal” tonight?
Time:  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location:  Hillcrest, Normal St. between University Ave. & Blaine St.
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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 http://www.carlsbadartsplash.org/

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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 www.sdmaritime.org

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 www.carlsbadca.gov

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 www.oceansideswimclub.com

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 www.escondidohistory.org

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 www.obmusicfest.org

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 www.polishedpalate.com

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 www.sandiegobayfair.org

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 www.fleetweeksandiego.org/events.html

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 www.poway.org

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 www.braziliandaysandiego.com

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 www.bonitacalifornia.org/bonitafest.html

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 www.oceansideharbordays.com

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 www.pifasandiego.com

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 www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

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 www.miramarairshow.com
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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 www.shopcarlsbadvillage.org 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: http://tinyurl.com/3ka64gz

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: http://tinyurl.com/3lahul7

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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 www.clairemontfamilyday.com

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 www.vvba.org

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 www.sdtc.com

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 www.samahanphilippinedance.com

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 www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com

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 www.fiestadelsolsandiego.org

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 www.hillcrestcityfest.com

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 www.kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad

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 www.summergrass.net

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 www.sandiegomidnightmadness.com

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 www.freetobreathe.com

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 www.afchalf.com

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 www.encinitas101.com

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 www.orfila.com

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 www.mcfarlanepromotions.com

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 www.bikethebay.net
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Bring on the Horses!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Today is opening day at the Del Mar race track – one of the most exciting and best people watching events in San Diego County. Grab your hat and head on over to Del Mar today through September 7. Opening events begin today at 2 p.m. and races are Wednesday through Sunday.

The race track is not only for horse racing fans, and there are all kinds of activities for guests of all ages. Events include Friday summer concert series, food festivals, handicapping seminars, and a host of other fun activities.

Family fun weekends are a great way to share the experience with the entire family. Every Saturday and Sunday children get in free and adults are only $6. Free family events in the infield include obstacle courses, pony rides, magic shows and face painting, as well as games, rides and a playground.

For a list of all Del Mar events, prices and tickets visit the track’s website at http://www.dmtc.com/.  See you at the races!

 

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San Diego June Calendar

Monday, May 30th, 2011
June 3 thru 5, Wings over Gillespie
The air show will feature many famous legendary aircraft such as the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-25 Mitchell bombers, Northrop N9M Flying Wing, and many more “Flying Museums.” Also on hand will be USN/USMC helicopters and other static displays, special military and law enforcement vehicles and equipment, a NASA display, and much more.
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Gillespie Field (Near I-8 and Rte 67), 1960 Joe Crosson Road, El Cajon
For more information visit www.wingsovergillespie.com

June 3 thru 5, 28th Annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
This event includes a food court, wine tasting in the wine gardens, musical entertainment,
kids fair, arts & crafts and commercial booths.
Time: Fri., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sat., 6:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun., 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Lake Skinner – Temecula Valley, 37701 Warren Rd., Winchester
For more information call 951-676-6713, or visit www.tvbwf.com

June 3 thru 5, St. Spyridon Church Greek Festival
This Annual Greek festival offers tours of the St. Spyridon Church, Greek food, and imported beer. Join in and dance Greek-style while lively Greek music plays. Games for kids & prize drawings.
Time: Fri., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sat., 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 3655 Park Blvd., San Diego
For more information call 619-297-4165, or visit www.sdgreekfestival.com

June 4, 8th Annual Art Around Adams
This art and music fest will raise funds and bring awareness for the Adams Recreation Center that provides services for the community. Relax, shop, and be entertained by live music, outrageous street performers, and an array of unique art.
Time: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Normal Heights & Kensington
For more information visit www.artaroundadams.org

June 4, 4th Annual Carlsbad Beach Fest 2011
Come participate in the Low Tide Beach Run Blast, the Low Tide Beach Walk, and/or the Kids One Mile Fun Run. Check out the gigantic sand sculpting by U.S. Open Champions, Archisand. There will be multiple stages with bands & other live entertainment, sports competitions and clinics in paddle board, surfing, kayaking, and more! Don’t miss the artist’s exhibits, kids sand sculpting, face painting, kite flying, celebrity appearances, food & beverage vendors, and so much more.
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Carlsbad State Beaches, From Frazee Beach to Tamarack Beach
For more information visit www.carlsbadbeachfest.com

June 4 & 5, Annual Fiesta del Sol – Solana Beach
Celebrate the start of summer at this free two-day party featuring live music, an international food court, beer & wine garden, children’s activities, arts & crafts, and a ‚ÄúGreen Alley‚Äù featuring environmentally-friendly products and services.
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Fletcher Cove – Solana Beach
For more information call 858-755-4775, or visit www.solanabeachchamber.com

June 5, San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon
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. There will be a Finish Line Festival with music, food & beverages. This event is in conjunction with the ‚ÄúRock n’ Roll Half Marathon‚Äù. See website for details & fees.
Time: 6:10 am – 4:00 pm
Route: Visit website for route details.
For more information call 858-450-6510, or visit www.san-diego.competitor.com

June 10 thru July 4, San Diego County Fair
San Diego’s annual county fair boasts flower and garden shows, exhibits, art, gems & minerals, carnival rides, food booths, midway, concerts, and so much more! This year’s theme will be ‚ÄúRace to the Fair.‚Äù
Time: Refer to website
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
For more information call 858-793-5555, or visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com

June 11, Rock, Blues & BBQ Festival
The 3rd Classic Rock n’ Blues Festival is presented by the City of San Marcos. Spend a day relaxing in the park listening to the unique sounds of several great bands. Food will be sold at an onsite barbecue with partial proceeds donated to Angel’s Depot. There will be a beer garden for those 21 and over. Bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating.
Time: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: San Marcos – Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr.
For more information call the Race Office 760-744-9000, or visit www.san-marcos.net

June 11, 3rd Annual Fiesta Metric Century Bicycle Ride
Participate in a recreational group ride for cyclists that begin in downtown San Diego and travels to Otay Lake. Upon returning, the cyclists can enjoy an expo with musical entertainment, shop for bike related merchandise, and have a delicious Mexican buffet. Refer to website for fees.
Time: 6:30 am – 2:00 pm
Route: County Administration Building Parking lot at 1600 Pacific Hwy > Ash St > Harbor Dr > National City >
Chula Vista > Otay Lakes > then back to the Admin Building.
For more information visit www.shadowtour.com

June 17 & 18, Powwow By The Sea
A traditional powwow at the beach! The 8th annual family oriented Powwow By The Sea will host
a Gourd Dance, an Iron Dancer contest, Hand Drum contest, Tiny Tot contest, and Grassdancer contest.
Time: Fri., 11:00 am ‚ Dusk / Sat., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Portwood Pier Plaza, 874 Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach
For more information visit www.oneworldbridge.org

June 18, Set Free North Park Outreach
Community outreach event presents a car and motorcycle show where lowriders, bombers, and choppers will be displayed. The event takes place in a family-friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy raffle drawings, activities, and inspiring music. Free event.
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: North Park Recreation Center, 4044 Idaho St.
For more information call 619-647-4344

June 18, Pet Fest & Doggie Dash
Third Avenue Village is going to the dogs! 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: Refer to website
Location: Memorial Park Bowl, Chula Vista Third Avenue Village
For more information visit www.thirdavenuevillage.com

June 18 & 19, Julian Gold Rush Days
Julian’s Gold Rush Days is a period of remembrance of the gold rush of 1869 that brought the town of Julian to existence. Three days of events including gold panning, living history demonstrations, gold mine tours, book signings, face painting, old fashioned games, historic skits, and more!
Time: Refer to website
Location: Julian, CA
For more information visit www.juliangoldrushdays.com

June 18 & 19, Family Campout – Poway
Perfect for the first-time camper! Activities include a fun interpretive program, free pedal boating and night hikes. Families will need to bring their own camping supplies and food to barbecue. There will be grills available, but you are encouraged to bring your own. Campsite setup: 7:00 am. Costs: $52 Residents / $62 Non-Residents, up to 5 persons per family. $10 for each additional family member. No alcohol permitted.
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 am (overnight)
Location: Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Rd.
For more information call 858-668-4772, or visit www.poway.org

June 25, 32nd Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
Ocean Beach’s very own beach festival and 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: Ocean Beach, Newport Avenue (4800-5000 Block & surrounding areas)
For more information call 619-224-4906, or visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/ob-street-fair

June 24 thru 26, Temecula Street Painting Festival
Watch artists create colorful “street murals” on the asphalt of 6th Street in Old Town Temecula.
Plein Air artists will be painting in locations throughout Old Town on Friday and Saturday.
Street painting and live music on Saturday & Sunday. A free event.
Time: Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm / Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Old Town Temecula
For more information call 951-506-5100, or visit www.cityoftemecula.org
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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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