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North San Diego’s Best Coffee Houses

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Many people use big chains to grab their favorite brew each day, but I have always been a fan of small, local coffee houses – and it makes me feel good too to support local businesses. Here in North San Diego we are lucky to have some fantastic places to grab your tea or coffee, sit and do some work, have a business meeting or visit with a friend or spouse. Here are my favorites from Carlsbad to La Jolla:

LCCRLa Costa Coffee Roasting: This place has been a staple in the Aviara community of Southwest Carlsbad for as long as I can remember (at least over 20 years). The coffees and teas are great, they feature daily specials, and there are a variety of pastries. They sell coffee in bulk, which is roasted on the premises, and whole leaf teas as well (no boxed tea bags here!). On Friday nights there is live music, and once a month they host open mic nights. The outdoor seating area is wonderful, with comfortable sofas and big umbrellas. 6965 El Camino Real, Ste 208 Carlsbad, CA 92009 (off El Camino between Aviara Pkwy and Dove Lane). 760-438-8160.

Vinaka Cafe, Carlsbad Village: This quaint coffee house serves wonderful coffee and tea drinks, and sits in the heart of the IMG_4939Village. There are many local regulars and the food is fresh and delicious and not overpriced. There is a very relaxed feel here and you will always be welcomed. 300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Ste 211, Carlsbad, CA 92008. 760-720-7890.

 

oBetter Buzz, Encinitas: The newest coffee house in the ‘hood of downtown Encinitas is creating a buzz. The atmosphere is wonderful, with high ceilings and a funky, hip vibe. Coffee and tea drinks are tasty, and they also offer yummy smoothies and a selection of eats, including the famed avocado toast and fresh acai bowls. Located in the heart of downtown Encinitas, this is a new favorite hang out, whether relaxing or on the way to and from shopping, dining or a trip to Whole Foods. 578 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024. 760-487-5562.

 

Pannikin, Encinitas: Pannikin is a landmark on Coast Highway in Encinitas, and the big yellow Victorian house has been a thfavorite among locals and visitors since 1968. The atmosphere and coffee/tea drinks are fantastic (serving whole leaf teas, with loose tea for sale), and the food can’t be beat. Enjoy a full breakfast and lunch menu, from healthy breakfasts to scrumptious sandwiches and soups, and a delicious selection of baked goods. If you’ve never visited you are missing out on a iconic Encinitas spot that is great for people watching. Sit inside or out. 510 N. Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024. 760-436-5824.

 

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Swell Cafe, Del Mar: Located in the redesigned Flower Hill Promenade, this former Pannikin is a great place to relax, meet or work/study. The coffee and food is good, and the outdoor seating is plentiful – plus it a great shopping center and there is a Whole Foods downstairs. 2670 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014.

 

The Living Room, La Jolla Village: I love stopping in here when I am in the Village, and have been visiting for many years. It is a comfy and eclectic coffee house with a vibe that truly lives up to its name, complete with antique furniture and a velvet cushioned love seat. Sit in the back and enjoy ocean peeks. Great coffee drinks and smoothies, delicious desserts and and a full lunch and breakfast menu. A great place to stop when out walking the beach, shopping the Village or after visiting the seals/sea lions at the Children’s Pool. 1010 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037. 858-459-1187.th

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Next time you are in the mood for coffee or tea, support local small businesses and try one of our local coffee houses – you’ll be happy you did. If you have a North County favorite coffee/tea spot that I did not mention, or make a new discovery, please comment with name and location…I love trying new places!

 

 

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San Diego Calendar of Events for January 2016

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

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San Diego Calendar of Events for December 2014

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

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San Diego September 2014 Events Calendar

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Happy September to everyone! Have a wonderful month.

 

September 5 – 7, Annual Challenge Walk MS
The event is a 3-day, 50-mile walk from Carlsbad to downtown San Diego. Participants can experience a personal journey of spirit and physical stamina while benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Refer to website for registration information.
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Starting point: Carlsbad Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad
For more information visit www.mymschallenge.com
September 6, 50th Annual Poway Days Parade 
This event includes a 5k race, pancake breakfast, old-fashioned parade (along Poway Rd.), and Motorhead Madness event. There will be food, entertainment and fun for the whole family!
Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 am, Parade: 9:00 am
Location: Poway Community Park, Poway
For more information visit www.powayparade.org  
September 6, Grape Day Festival, Parade and 5K
This parade features equestrians, floats, marching bands, and walking groups. In celebration of its heritage, this festival will have grape stomping, free grapes, entertainment stage, vendor booths, fun zone, and a wine and craft beer tasting pavilion!
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
Powerboat Racing & Festival
Join the crowd at Mission Bay to watch the fastest boats in the world compete to win at this extreme watersport event. You’ll see sleek powerboats and hydroplanes race so fast that they nearly become airborne. See website for tickets and campsite fees.
Time: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Mission Bay, 1404 Vacation Rd., San Diego
For more information visit www.sandiegobayfair.org
September 13, Santee Bluegrass Festival
This festival will feature wine and beer tasting, food sampling, a silent auction, and live Bluegrass music. Participants will receive a commemorative wine glass and designated drivers will receive an engraved water bottle. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr., Santee
For more information visit www.ci.santee.ca.us
September 13, Fiestas Patrias – Mexican Independence Day 
Fiestas Patrias celebrates Mexican Independence with colorful displays of dancing, storytelling, and music. Enjoy lively free activities, including children’s games. Other activities include branding, corn husk doll making, relay races, and vaquero games.
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Old Town San Diego - adjacent to the Old Town Transit Center
For more information visit www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/events.html
September 13, Bonitafest
Bonitafest will feature vendor booths with food, crafts, and exhibitors. There will also be free style motocross with X-Game riders. The parade will feature horse groups, high school bands, antique cars, youth groups, service clubs, and military. This is a free event.
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Bonita Vista High School, 751 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista
For more information visit www.facebook.com/Bonitafest
September 13 – 14, Annual Coronado Art Walk 2014
This is an open-air arts festival. Artists have been selected by a jury for their ability to express the vast and varied world of art in their particular art form. Painting, hand crafted jewelry, photography, ceramics and other mediums will be featured.
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 1st St., Coronado
For more information visit www.coronadoartwalk.org
September 19, 20th Annual Festival of Beer 
This indoor/outdoor event will feature live music and nearly 60 different breweries serving up 120 varieties of beers. Inside will be food items and munchies for sale plus a selection of fine wines for purchase by the glass.
Time: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego
For more information visit www.sdbeerfest.org
September 20, 45th Julian Music Festival 
Julian celebrates the end of summer with music and this year will be no disappointment! There will be a variety of music everyone will enjoy including bluegrass to western ballads.
Time: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Rd., Julian
For more information visit www.julianmusicfestival.com
September 20, 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day 
This event is a major part of an international coastline cleanup that includes all 50 states and over 100 countries worldwide. Refer to website for registration information.
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: San Diego coastline beaches and bays
For more information visit www.cleanupday.org
September 20, Annual Mira Mesa Street Fair 2014
This event includes entertainment on two stages, a carnival, children’s crafts and games, free rock painting for kids, craft, vendor, and info booths, and a Scout village, showcasing camping skills and equipment.
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Camino Ruiz from Mira Mesa Blvd. to New Salem St.
September 21, 19th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest 
There will be Bavarian dancers, a German-American band, a street craft faire with over 200 vendors, authentic German food and beer, and a ceremonial parade at noon. There will also be a family fun zone with children’s games, family oriented activities, and much more.
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: 1690 Wandering Rd., Encinitas
For more information visit www.encinitaschamber.com
September 21 – 26, San Diego Restaurant Week
Over 180 participating restaurants will be offering three-course prix-fixe (a set meal at a fixed price) dinner and lunch menus. See website for a list of participating restaurants. No tickets or passes are necessary but reservations are recommended.
Time: Times vary
Location: Various San Diego Locations
For more information visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com
September 27, Tour de Fat Festival & Bicycle Parade
There will be a festival of colorful Brazilian dance performances, delicious cultural foods, New Belgium beer, arts and crafts, unusual bike contests, and a costumed bicycle parade. This event promotes the use of bicycles as a sustainable form of transportation. This is a free event.
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Golden Hill Community Park, 2600 Golf Course Dr., San Diego
For more information visit www.newbelgium.com
September 27, 25th Annual AIDS Walk/Run San Diego
This is the largest one-day HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego where you can participate in a 5K walk or the USA Track and Field Certified 10K Run. This event also includes a health and wellness fair. Refer to website for registration information.
Time: Opening ceremonies start at 7:20 am
Location: Normal St. and University Ave., San Diego
For more information visit www.aidswalksd.org
September 27 – 28, 33rd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
This is a truly popular event where you can enjoy 7 stages with 90 musical performances. There will also be about 300 art, food, and craft vendors, plus carnival rides and a beer garden. This is a free event.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Adams Avenue - between 32nd St. and 35th St., Normal Heights
For more information visit www.adamsavenuebusiness.com 
September 27 – 28, Carlsbad’s Annual ArtSplash 
A free festival of arts for the entire family! This event will include chalk art street paintings, creation of art on-site, street performances, car show, food, fun, and much more. The funds raised will benefit North County schools.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Armada Dr., above the Flower Fields, Carlsbad
For more information visit www.carlsbadartsplash.org
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San Diego Calendar of Events for July 2014

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Happy July everyone!

 

July 3, Dash & Dine Gaslamp 5K
This is a night 5K run through the Gaslamp Quarter with nightclub music and wafting smells of fine dining. After the run, participating bars and restaurants will offer the runners delicious local fare. Refer to website for registration and admission.
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Gaslamp Quarter,
5th Avenue (between L St & K St), San Diego
For more information visit www.sandyfeetevents.com
July 4, Scripps Ranch Old Pros 10K, 
2-Mile Runs & Bike Rides
This event offers several running and cycling opportunities to choose from: a 10K road race, 2-mile fun run, 12-mile cycle, 28-mile cycle, or a 50-mile cycle. See website for entry fees.
Time: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Scripps Ranch – Miramar Ranch School parking lot
For more information visit www.srop.org
July 12, Descanso Parade & Fair
This fair includes a parade, games and rides, food, vendor booths, arts, crafts, dancing and live entertainment. The parade route starts on Viejas Grade Road and ends at the elementary school. The fair helps raise funds for the preservation of the historic town hall.
Time: Parade: 10:00 am, Fair: 11:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Descanso Town Hall,
24536 Viejas Grade Rd., Descanso
For more information visit www.descansotownhall.org/descansodays.html
July 12, American Cancer Society’s Vista Relay for Life
At Relay for Life, cancer survivors are honored for their courage and strength. Caregivers are recognized for their encouragement and support. Teams of people camp out around a track and members of each team take turns walking around the track throughout the 24 hours. Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie.
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Rancho Minerva Middle School, 2245 Foothill Dr., Vista
For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/vistaca
July 12 – 13, San Diego Night Market
Designed as a traditional Asian night market where vendors line the streets with their wares, there will be dozens of Asian food and merchandise booths, live musical entertainment, and a craft beer garden, as well as delicious food tastings and a special movie screening. This is a free event.
Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Raytheon Rd.
(between Convoy St & Ruffner St.,San Diego)
For more information visit www.sdnightmarket.com
July 12 – 13 and 19 – 20, Annual World Championship
Over-The-Line Tournament
This event is a form of rugged sand softball play, with over 1,300 teams of three persons each, played on 50-mini courts over two consecutive weekends. Crowds of people gather to watch the games amid music and beer.
Time: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Fiesta Island, San Diego
For more information visit www.ombac.org
July 17, Del Mar Racing Season 
Opening day at the Del Mar Race Track. Put on your best hat and head down to the racetrack!
Time: Refer to website for specific times.
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
For more information visit www.delmarracing.com
July 18, Wine & A Bite Art Walk
Enjoy several destination venues in Historic Downtown Fallbrook where you can stroll along and taste great food, wine, desserts and have an art experience. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Fallbrook Chamber office.
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Historic Downtown Fallbrook,
Village Square Main and Alvarado
For more information visit www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org
July 18, Pride Block Party & Stonewall Rally
This is a prelude to the upcoming LGBT Pride Parade and Festival events. This is an evening block party rally that consists mostly of speeches, and then the event continues and becomes a street fair with live entertainment, food, cocktails, dancing, and merchandise. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Location: University Ave., Hillcrest
For more information visit www.fabuloushillcrest.com
July 19 – 20, San Diego Annual LGBT Pride Parade, Rally,
and Festival
Multiple events take place in Balboa Park and Hillcrest areas. There will be a music festival, block party, rally, parade and so much more! See website for all events, dates, times, and prices.
Time: Refer to website for specific times
Location: Balboa Park and Hillcrest
For more information visit www.sdpride.org
July 20, Kaiser Permanente Bolt to the Q 
5K & Kids 5K Fun Run
Join this 5K event that begins at Qualcomm Stadium, goes outside, and then back into the Stadium to the 50-yard line inside the bowl. The Chargers Kids Fun Run is also held at the stadium with the same finish line on the field. This event is presented by Kaiser Permanente. Refer to website for registration information.
Time: 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego
For more information visit www.nflrunseries.com
July 24 – 27, Comic Con International 2014
Comic Con International features special guests, exhibitors, panels, seminars, previews 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. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: Thurs to Sat: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm, Sun: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center,
111 W Harbor Dr., San Diego
For more information visit www.comic-con.org
July 25, Movie in the Park
Free Family Fun in La Mesa with this summer’s Movie in the Park “Mary Poppins.”
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: La Mesita Park, 8855 Dallas St., La Mesa
For more information visit www.cityoflamesa.com
July 26, Joggin’ For Frogmen 5K
Joggin’ for Frogmen is a 5k chip timed run/walk to jog in honor of the Navy Seals (Frogmen) and all military Heroes who have sacrificed their lives while protecting our country. All proceeds benefit the Navy Seal Foundation, The 31Heroes Project, and Travis Manion Foundation through their One Team One Fight partnership. Following the 5k is a “Tadpole Trot” for the kids.
Time: 8:15 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Naval Training Center Park, 2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego
For more information visit www.jogginforfrogmen.com
July 27, July Jubilee
This event will address the needs of homeless persons in downtown San Diego. Volunteers will provide basic hygienic services, food, clothing, housing and legal resources, prayer and fellowship. There will be musical entertainment. Service opportunities are listed in the sign up form.
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Downtown San Diego, 1625 Newton St.
For more information visit www.julyjubilee.org
July 31 – August 3, Annual Ramona Country Fair 
At Ramona’s Annual Country Fair there will crafts, carnival rides, vendors, live entertainment, a great amusement ride section, food contests, the annual Ramona Idol competition, great food, and lots of animals. Admission is free.
Time: Thurs to Fri: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm,
Sat: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Ramona Outdoor Community Center,
421 Aqua Ln., Ramona
For more information visit www.ramonafair.com
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Explore San Diego: Torrey Pines Gliderport

Monday, April 7th, 2014

If you haven’t been to the Torrey Pines Gliderport you are in for a treat. You don’t have to hang glide or paraglide to visit, and you will get to enjoy some of the best views in San Diego. I have lived here for over 20 years and this past weekend was my first time visiting – and I found myself asking why!images

Hang and paraglider enthusiasts know this famous spot because it offers some of the best winds and views, gliding 320 feet above sea level and the cliffs of La Jolla. It is really wonderful to sit and watch them…and you may end up wanting to do so yourself. There are also some great trails just next door too, if you want to take it all in that way. Many people also visit this spot to fly sail planes.

images-1The Cliffhanger is a little restaurant that serves up sandwiches, salads, coffee and soft drinks, and a daily soup, and you can enjoy your lunch on the large view deck. The wait on weekends can be long but the view is a great distraction. On weekends you may even get to enjoy a live band. It is definitely a wonderful place to just sit and relax. It is windy, so bring a light jacket.

For those who are inspired by the flyers, there is a shop and you can sign up to fly tandem with an experienced pilot. They also offer a flight school – check the website for more information.

The glider port is located at 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive in La Jolla. The number is 858-452-9858, or you can visit the website by clicking here.

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San Diego March 2014 Calendar

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Ongoing (Tuesdays), Tasty Truck Tuesday Gatherings
Tasty Truck Tuesday is a popular weekly gathering that occurs every Tuesday evening. Enjoy various offerings from many different food trucks.
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: 3441 Adams Ave., Normal Heights
March 1, 66th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival
A fun day of festivities which includes a street fair, crafts, food and entertainment along with kite making, decorating, demonstrations, and even a kite flying contest. There will also be a craft fair and carnival. This is a free event.
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Dusty Rhodes Park, 2500 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach
March 4, 20th Annual Mardi Gras Gaslamp Quarter 2014
Masked revelry in the streets! There will be entertainment on multiple stages, a masquerade parade, International DJ talent, themed areas, and beads, beads, beads! Eat, drink, and enjoy. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 5:00 pm – Midnight
Location: Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego
March 8, Spring Forward MusicFest
A family fun festival with activities that include several workshops, live music, great food, a hot dog eating contest, BBQ vendors, dancing, kids zone, inflatables, and a ton of fun!
Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Grape Day Park, 321 N Broadway, Escondido
March 8, Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk
This is a timed 5K run/walk to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and cancer screening. In an effort to do this, participants are encouraged to wear undies over their running attire. Yep, you heard right, dress appropriately and be as creative as you want! Refer to website for registration information.
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Location: Mission Bay Park, 2750 N Mission Bay Dr., San Diego
Just-A-Note:
March 9th, Daylight Savings Time Begins
Daylight Savings Time 2014 begins at 2:00 am on Sunday March 9th. Remember to turn your clocks forward 1 hour. Or turn them forward on Saturday night before you go to bed.
March 9th, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries
As you change your clock for daylight savings, remember to change your smoke alarm batteries!
This is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to protect yourself and your family!
March 9, San Diego Half Marathon Gaslamp Block Party
This is a fantastic block party that celebrates San Diego. The festivities are at the finish line for the San Diego Half Marathon. Mix and mingle, browse the vendor booths, listen to music, or hang out at the belly bars. There will also be a family fun zone with jumps, rock wall, and slides. Refer to website for registration information.
Time: 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Gaslamp Quarter, 5th Ave from Island Ave to L St., San Diego
March 15, ShamROCK 2014
The 19th Annual outdoor musical block party celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the green streets of Historic Gaslamp Quarter is in full swing this year. This event features live entertainment, DJ’s, Irish food, green beer, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and much more! All proceeds benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 4:00 pm – Midnight
Location: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
March 15, 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade
Wear something green when you enjoy the festivities in a celtic village filled with Irish culture, music, dancing, merchandise, food, and beer; plus a kid’s zone with rides and activities.
Time: Festival: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Parade: 10:00 am
Location: Balboa Park, San Diego
March 16, 3rd Annual North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Once a year everyone can be Irish!  Join in the fun for the only North County family friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This festival is complete with a parade representing all North County cities, awards, street fair, vendors, live music, and children’s activities.
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Parade: 11:00 am
Location: Main St., Downtown Vista
March 22, 10th Annual San Diego Race for Autism & Resource Fair
Race donations support San Diego programs and classrooms that benefit thousands of local children with autism. This run features a 5K chip-timed run, a 5K walk, 1-mile family fun run, an educational resource fair, children’s activities, awards ceremony, music, and much more. The Race for Autism Resource Fair runs in conjunction with the Race. Refer to website for registration information.
Time: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park, 6th Ave. and Laurel St., San Diego
March 22, South Park Spring Walkabout
Browse, shop, and explore the charming neighborhood of South Park. This is a fun-filled evening festival where the shops are open late, plus entertainment, specials and surprises.
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: South Park neighborhood, 30th and Fern Streets, San Diego
March 23, Hot Chocolate 5K & 15K
America’s sweetest race! This is a 5K and 15K road race that begins at Petco Park, winds downtown, through Golden Hill, North Park, and back to Petco Park. Participants can choose their course, run off a few pounds, then put them back on again by attending the post-race party with music, hot cocoa, and treats dipped in chocolate fondue. Refer to website for registration information.
Time: 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego
March 29 – 30, Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival
This is the only Busker Festival in all of Southern California. Professionals from across the country will perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. There will even be escape artists and comedic stuntmen. Shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment. This is a free event.
Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Seaport Village, San Diego
March 30, 18th Annual Rolando Street Fair
A free event where residents of Rolando can meet their neighbors at this block party that promotes community unity. Enjoy live music, kid’s corner with rides and activities, a food court, and more than 100 vendor booths.
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: One Rolando Blvd., between El Cajon Blvd. and Solita Ave., Rolando Village
March 30, Paws in the Park 2014
Join the fun as this event celebrates the bond between people and their pets. Help to raise funds and awareness for animals in need. Proceeds benefit the Escondido Humane Society. There will be fun contests, entertainment, shopping, giveaways, games for people and pets, an opportunity drawing and more!
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido
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San Diego Calendar for February 2014

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Happy February everyone…enjoy!

Ongoing (Wednesdays), Eastlake Food Truck Gathering
Cheesy sandwiches, sausages, fried loveliness, seafood, BBQ, decadent desserts and more await your pocketbooks and taste buds. Bring your own chair, table and/or picnic blanket if you can’t hang with perching on the curb while you grub.
Time: Wednesdays, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Eastlake Design District, 871 Showroom Place, Chula Vista
February 1, The Great Urban Race– San Diego
Great Urban Race is a fun and challenging puzzle where your city holds the pieces. Teams solve clues, tackle challenges and race for cash prizes in this all-out test of smarts and speed!
Time: All day event
Location: Downtown San Diego – refer to website for specifics
February 1-28, Museum Month: Half-Off Admission
Leap into over 40 museums in San Diego this February. This popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40 San Diego Museum Council membership museums for the entire month of February.
Time: Museum hours vary
Location: Various locations

www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/events/item/73-museummonth/

February 2, San Diego Maritime Museum – Family Day
Enjoy a great day with your family exploring ships and stay for free craft activities on the upper deck of the Berkeley. Kids 12 & under get FREE admission all day, 2 children per paying adult. For an additional $5.00 per person, families can sign up for a historic bay cruise on San Diego Bay aboard the museum’s historic 1914 harbor pilot boat Pilot.
Time: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Location: 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101

February 7-8, Video Game Tournaments
Fanboygaming.com hosts tournaments “of some of the biggest videos games out there” at Microsoft Store Fashion Valley Mall. Sign ups start at 5:00 pm, tournament starts at 6:00 pm. All tournaments are free to enter.
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road
February 8 & 9, The 32nd Annual 2014 San Diego Chinese
New Year Food and Cultural Fair
Festivities in downtown San Diego include Asian cuisine, martial arts, cooking demonstrations, cultural exhibits and traditional Lion and Dragon dances. This is a FREE, family friendly event! Come celebrate our 32nd year of hosting the fair and our 42nd year of providing social services to the San Diego community.
Time: Both days 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown, San Diego, Third Ave and J Street
February 8, Prevention 5K, 10K 1/2 Marathon Mermaid Run
Kick up your heels and enjoy a scenic run along Mission Bay. The flat course is ideal for both runners and walkers. Come out and experience the joy of crossing the finish line. Don’t forget to bring out your mini mermaid for our girls 1.5 mini mermaid run! The mini mermaid is for girls ages 6 to 12.
Time: Tentative start times – refer to website
Location: Mission Bay Park, Tecolote Shores
February 9, The Amazing Acro-Cats
The Amazing Acro-Cats delight and astound audiences of all ages as they perform their remarkable feats of agility, pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, jumping through hoops, and much more!
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Victory Theater, 2558 Imperial Avenue
February 10, Stone Game Night
Grab some friends or make new ones while playing king-sized games including chess, checkers, Jenga, Connect 4, pick-up sticks, lawn bowling, and more. For guests 21 and older.
Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Ongoing Monday nights)
Location: Stone Brewing Liberty Station,
2816 Historic Decatur Road #116, San Diego
February 14, The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
on Valentine’s Day
The Dinner Detective® is America’s largest murder mystery comedy dinner show! You’ll solve a hilarious murder case while you enjoy a fantastic four-course plated dinner. A tantalizing prize package awaits our top sleuth of the evening.
Time: 7:15 pm
Location: Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
February 16, 4th Annual Coronado Valentine’s Day
10K & 1 Mile Fun Run
In it’s 4th year, the event has earned a great reputation for its attention to detail, race management, and an awesome post race party.  Each participant receives a high quality tech tee, a finisher’s medal, and local discounts throughout Coronado. Whether you are looking for a new 10K Personal Record (PR) and some prize money ($3,000 prize purse!) or you just want a great flat course through beautiful Coronado…  this course is for you.
Time: Refer to website for race schedule
Location: Tideland’s Park, Coronado
February 22, San Diego Winter Brew Fest
The San Diego Winter Brew Fest will celebrate craft beverages from around California and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association (SDMBA).
Time: General admission 7:00 pm -10:00 pm. VIP 6:00 pm -7:00 pm.
Location: The San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park
February 22, 5K Paw Walk
Rancho Coastal Humane Society and San Diego Botanic Garden are teaming up for the first-ever “5K Paw Walk in the Garden”! You are invited, with our without your pooch, to be there when dogs are allowed to walk through the Garden for the first and only time in history, but chances are this could be an annual event!
Time: 9:00 am
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden (former Quail Botanical Gardens),
230 Quail Gardens Dr., 
Encinitas
February 22, Ugandan Orphans Choir
The Ugandan Orphans Choir brings a message of hope by sharing their African folklore through music and dance. They are the fortunate few who have been rescued from poverty and are now a voice for children who are still waiting to be sponsored. Free event.
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Worldbeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Boulevard
February 27, Cruizin’ the Art Scene
Every fourth Thursday of the month the art galleries will host an art walk, featuring local artists. Stroll the beautiful garden of the Carlsbad Village Faire shopping mall, enjoy the live music and visit the art galleries for new art shows and demos. Live music, hors d’oeuvre and wine.
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Carlsbad Oceanside Art League’s COAL Gallery,300 Carlsbad Village Drive #101
February 28, Foodie Friday at La Jolla Playhouse
Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend
Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting.  Two great food trucks scheduled to be on site are
Green Truck and Red Oven.
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive
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San Diego Calendar of Events for September 2013

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
September 2
84th Annual Labor Day Pier Swim
The Oceanside Pier Swim is an annual event celebrated by athletes from all over California to help raise money for the Oceanside Swim Club.  The event is a one-mile swim around the pier, beginning and ending on the beach.  Minimum age for participation is 12 years.
Time: Check-in begins at 7:30 am. First heat starts at 8:30 am
Location:  Oceanside Pier, Oceanside

For more information visit  www.oceansideswimclub.com

September 7
Julian Grape Stomp Festa
Julian celebrates the harvest of the grapes with an olde-world style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. Italian music, dancing, Bocci Ball competitions, stomping, wine tasting, a jumbo jump for the kids and a variety of food and crafts for sale.  $10 for adults 21 and over, $5 ages 20 to 6, 5 and under free.
Time:  11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location:  Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian

For more information visit  www.menghiniwinery.com

September 7
Fiesta de Kustom Kulture
Car and low-brow art show featuring pre-1972 hot rods, street rods, customs, muscle cars & trucks.  Painters, pinstripers & low-brow artists.  Live pinstripping and lettering demos.  Vendors include car & motorcycle related items, vintage apparel, accessories, helmets and more.
Time:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Old Town San Diego – San Diego Ave. – Harvey & Twiggs Streets

For more information visit  www.fiestadekustomkulture.com

September 7
Annual Poway Days Parade
An old-fashioned parade which is part of Poway Days. Includes a 5K
& 1 mile fun run/walk.
Time:  9:00 am – 11:30 am
Parade Route:  Poway Road, from Pomerado to Bowron
For more information visit  www.powayparade.org

September 7
Grape Day Festival and Parade
First held in 1908, this is Escondido’s oldest and longest running event.  The event starts off with a 5k fun run.  The short, whimsical parade features equestrians, floats, marching bands, and walking groups.  In celebration of its heritage, the Escondido Grape Day Festival features grape stomping, free grapes, entertainment stage, vendor booths, fun zone, food trucks and 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 7-8
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, live entertainment, kid’s zone, live auction, marketplace, 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., Cardin-by-the-Sea

For more information visit  www.cardiffgreekfest.com

September 8
Annual Brazilian Day Street Fair & Parade
The largest Brazilian festival on the west coast showcasing the culture of Brazil and South America.  Family oriented, non-alcoholic.  Two stages with  musical bands and performing groups.  Kids zone, Brazilian food vendors, multicultural arts and crafts. The highlight of the festival is the carnival style parade, with vibrant floats, extravagant costumes and infectious rhythms. Free event.
Time:  Festival 11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Parade 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location:  Pacific Beach – Garnet Ave. between Bayard St. & Everts St.

For more information visit  www.braziliandaysandiego.com

September 8
Annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim
Nationally ranked #1 America’s premier open water swimming competition event, the La Jolla Rough Water Swim has been a summertime tradition since 1916.  The course consists of a Junior Swim (250 yards), Amateur Swim (1 mile), and a Gatorman Swim (3 miles).  See website for entry fees.
Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  La Jolla Cove, Scripps Park, 1150 Coast Blvd.

For more information visit  www.ljrws.com

September 13-15
Annual San Diego BayFair Powerboat Racing
Join the crowd at Mission Bay to watch the fastest boats in the world compete to win at this extreme watersport event.  Vendor & food booths, several RV campsites and tent campsites on Fiesta Island.  See website for tickets and campsite information.
Time:  Refer to website
Location:  Mission Bay – refer to website

For more information visit  www.sandiegobayfair.org

September 15
Fiestas Patrias – Mexican Independence Day in Old Town
Fiestas Patrias celebrates Mexican Independence with colorful displays of dancing, storytelling, and music from early San Diego. Enjoy lively free activities, including children’s games. Other activities include branding, corn husk doll making, relay races, and vaquero games and more.
Time:  12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location:  Old Town San Diego, adjacent to the Old Town Transit Center

For more information visit  www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego

September 21
Annual Mira Mesa Street Fair
The event includes entertainment on two stages, a carnival, children’s crafts
and games, free rock painting for kids, craft, vendor, and info booths,
and a Scout Village, showcasing camping skills and equipment.
Time:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Mira Mesa – on Camino Ruiz from Mira Mesa Blvd. to New Salem St.

For more information visit  http://www.miramesatowncouncil.org/

September 21
HarborFest
The first ever San Diego seafood tasting and a free day filled with family fun.  Enjoy live music at the main stage, a wine & beer garden, a youth zone and stage with BMX riders, pro skateboarders, DJs, and live bands, plus educational exhibits from The Living Coast Discovery Center.  The shores will be lined with exotic automobiles and arts and crafts exhibits.
Time:  11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location:  Bayside Park, Chula Vista

For more information visit  www.chulavistaharborfest.com

September 21 & 22
Annual Pacific Islander Festival
Features continuous entertainment throughout the day and presents the food, crafts, and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.  An alcohol and tobacco-free event.  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 21 & 22
Annual Coronado Speed Festival / Fleet Week
The “Race at the Base” is generally comprised of over 200 of the world’s most unique vintage racecars, chosen to compete on the basis of their historical significance and certified authenticity.  Fans are invited to tour the pits and speak with the drivers.
Time:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: San Diego Bay – Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado

For more information visit  www.fleetweeksandiego.org

September 22
Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
The Fest will feature Bavarian dancers and bands, a street craft faire with over 200 vendors, authentic German food and beer, and a ceremonial parade.  There will also be a family fun zone, and much more!
Time:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  6-block marketplace at Mountain Vista Dr. & El Camino Real, Encinitas

For more information visit  www.encinitaschamber.com

September 22
Annual Paddle for Clean Water
A festival that promotes an environmental need for clean oceans.  Over 1000 surfers will paddle around the OB Pier.  The event will be celebrated with a free, light breakfast for all paddlers, guest speakers, a raffle, and beach clean up.
Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:  Ocean Beach Pier, Newport Ave. & Abbott St.

For more information visit  www.surfridersd.org

September 27 & 28
Poway Days Annual Poway Rodeo
Professional rodeo cowboys from all over the country compete.  Bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, mutton busting and more.  Craft and food vendors.  A free rodeo dance will be help on Friday and Saturday nights following the rodeo performance.  Se  website for schedule and admission cost.
Time:  Refer to website schedule
Location:  Poway Valley Riders Association Arena, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd. – Twin Peaks & Tierra Bonita

For more information visit  www.powayrodeo.com

September 27-29
Annual MS Challenge Walk
The event is a 3-Day, 50 mile walk from Carlsbad to Downtown San Diego.  Participants can experience a personal journey of spirit and physical stamina while benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Time:  Fri. 6:30 am – 4:00 pm / Sat. 6:30 am – 4:30 pm / Sun. 6:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location:  Carlsbad Flower Fields – Day 1

For more information visit  www.mymschallenge.com

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