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THIS ISSUE FEATURE Father Pham A P-47 Thunderbolt, the same plane flown by pioneering pilot Betty Gillies. (Courtesy Tony Hisgett/Flickr via Creative Commons)

The neighborhood airstrip that time nearly forgot Father Michael Pham defied odds in harrowing journey to America. Page 3

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Tom Sixty-year Allied Gardens resident Tom Kelly (center) cuts the ceremonial birthday cake at the neighborhood’s 60th birthday celebration; (right) the new Allied Gardens Community Clock. (Photos by Mary Haas)

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he celebration of the 60th birthday of Allied Gardens was a huge success. Several hundred Allied Gardens residents and friends gathered at the old Union Bank building in the Allied Gardens Shopping Center to celebrate the good life of living in our great community. Many original owners of Allied Gardens homes, bought in the 1950s, were in attendance and received special seating. The highlight of the day was the unveiling of the new Kiwanis Allied Gardens Community Clock and the dedication of the commemorative bricks that were sold to pay for and maintain the new clock. The beautiful,


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new atomic clock was unveiled and about 330 commemorative bricks were on display in a ceremony conducted by District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman and Kiwanians Joe Huston and Kathy Wiskur. The Allied Gardens community owes a debt of gratitude and thanks to Paving Stone of San Diego for installing the bricks, and to RCP Block and Brick for proving the bricks necessary to complete the array. Sherman and his staff provided the guidance and expertise necessary to navigate the rules and regulations of the city of San Diego to install the new clock and bricks. The Allied Gardens History Display, created by Edie Odierno,

arrived here from the Midwest about five decades ago to work in aerospace out in Kearny Mesa. In those days, Mission Valley had a far different look and style than today. Interstate 8 had not arrived yet, and red lights at Texas Street, Murphy Canyon Road and College Avenue (if memory serves me correctly) controlled traffic on the two lanes heading both directions on old Highway 80. Mission Valley Center had recently been activated, with fields of cattle still providing a steady farm scent as you drove east from the center. It was a smell that reminded me of the considerable time I spent out on grandma’s farm, where the dairy cows were regular participants. I recall giving a speech to my College Area Toastmasters Club about the value of those farm critters to the atmosphere of what was slowly becoming a fast developing Mission Valley.

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A time for butterflies Cynthia

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ate fall in my San Carlos neighborhood is still a time for butterflies. The dozens of cloudless sulphurs that fly erratically around our yard have quite a story to tell. But since they can’t speak, I’ll tell it for them. A swirling cloud of yellow butterflies had always surrounded our Cassia splendida tree that blossoms bright yellow flowers September through November. These butterflies are the most elusive ones I’ve ever seen,

always flitting about, never staying in one place long enough for me to study up close. While my husband and I had coffee out on our porch in the mornings, we would watch the elaborate mating dance of the male and female butterflies. Then, about two and a half months ago, my husband and I noticed several small pockets of a pink and green hue hanging on the wall and posts of our front porch. We also saw the empty shells of the pockets, their yellow fragments waving in the breeze. As I looked closer, I could see See BUTTERFLIES page 18

A cloudless sulphur butterfly on a Cassia splendida tree (Photo by Cynthia Robertson)


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From rocky waters to parish priesthood Ken



he boat crept silently through the night toward the harbor entrance. A feeling of desperate fear hovered over the 119 occupants. The only sound was the chugging of the engine and the lapping of the water. Silent prayers to various deities were offered, asking that the patrol boats would ignore their radar return as they headed for the South China Sea. It was July 1980, and the boat was loaded with escapees from South Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Michael Pham stood with the other occupants in a boat designed for half the number aboard. He had no money, no contacts and no experience of the outside world. “We were jammed in like sardines,” Pham recalled. “There was barely room to sit down.” The fear in the boat was palpable. Two months earlier, the police had learned of a previous escape attempt and descended on the crowd waiting to board the boat. Most successfully fled the area, but those arrested spent months in detention camps. The boat had been confiscated, and returned the morning of Pham’s departure. The decision was made to depart that night, before the boat was lost again. Pham constantly checked his party, older sister and younger brother, to make sure they were safe. “I was the oldest son,” he said. “By tradition, I was expected to take charge.” Pham’s father’s background was a perfect trifecta to qualify him as an “enemy of the state” to the new communist rulers of Vietnam. He was a Roman Catholic Christian who served in the South Vietnamese military and worked with Americans. His properties were confiscated and he spent several months in a concentration camp, undergoing “re-education.” He was eventually returned to his family with a small group. The calm waters of the harbor gave way to the waves of the open seas. The feeling of relief was powerful. But the feeling was tempered by a new problem. The overloaded boat did not ride the waves well, with constant pitching and rolling. “I got very seasick,” Pham recalled. “I was miserable.” Dawn came. The occupants of the boat could see nothing but water. The rising sun also brought the boiling heat of summer in the South China Sea. It worsened other problems: no food, limited water and no toilet aboard. They needed to get to the sea-lanes quickly, or they would all die of thirst. Soon, a larger boat approached them at high speed. It pulled alongside and forced their smaller vessel to stop, but not until it either deliberately, or by poor seamanship, rammed

Fr. Michael Pham (Photo by Ken Denbow)

them, causing a crack in the bow of their boat. The intruders were pirates. “Nobody on board had much,” Pham recalled. “But the pirates took any rings, jewelry or cash that anyone had. We had to plug the hole in the bow with our clothes.” The people had little money left after paying the three gold bars required for the passage. Pham’s father did not have the gold for the trip, but had something even more valuable. As a fisherman, he had an allocation of fuel from the government, which he provided to fuel the engine. For three more days, the boat traveled eastward. Water ran out. Thirst was extreme. Hope faded. The horizon showed no sign of a rescue ship. “A young girl near me had a lime and started to eat it,” Pham said. “She saw me looking at it, and gave me a small piece. It was the most delicious thing I ever ate. I often think of her and her kindness.” On the third day, they sighted a ship. Would it see them? Would it stop? Their boat was tiny in the vast expanse of ocean, and commercial ships were becoming wary of picking up refugees from Vietnam. International law required they deliver escapees to the nearest refugee camp, an expensive, time-consuming requirement. But this ship did not veer off. It picked them up and delivered Pham and the other passengers to Pulau Bidong island in Malaysia. The camp was a collection of shacks with tin roofs. Food for the three of them consisted of a bi-weekly issue of a bag of rice, a can of beef and a can of peas. Pham remained there for three months until the red tape requirements were satisfied. As unaccompanied minors, his family group was fast-tracked for admission to the United States. Finally the three of them were sent to Kuala Lumpur for a month, then via Japan to Seattle, and finally in February, to Blue Earth, Minnesota, where a family hosted the three children.

“It was cold!” Pham remembered. “I had never seen snow before!” Pham’s 12-year-old sister followed, retracing his route by herself, joining them in Minnesota. The rest of the family followed over the next two years. Pham started high school in Minnesota, but finished at San Diego High School. His father had taken a trip to San Diego, and moved the family west the next month. Pham earned his bachelor’s and master’s in aeronautical engineering from San Diego State. He worked for Continental Graphics in San Diego, maintaining databases for Boeing Aircraft. Pham enjoyed his work, but felt a calling to become a priest. His father was against it. He also met a girl that he liked, but she seemed to have little interest in him. Then, he received a letter from her, expressing an interest in pursuing the relationship. The letter arrived the same week that his father relented and gave permission for Pham to pursue the priesthood. After days of being torn between desires, he opted for the priesthood, and applied for the seminary. “I waited, but received no word as to whether or not I was accepted,” he recalled. “I later found my application had been filed in the folder of another man. The error was corrected, and I started seminary.” Pham became Father Pham at age 32. Since then, he has served at St. Mary, Star of the Sea; St. Francis de Sales Seminary; and was pastor of Holy Family Parish for 11 years. In July, he became pastor of St. Therese Parish in Del Cerro. Despite his harrowing experience there, Pham has visited Vietnam since his escape. “Vietnam is a beautiful country,” he said. “Life is much better now, but it lacks the liveliness and vibrancy of what it was before the communist takeover. I love it here in San Diego. It’s my home.” —Contact Ken Denbow at■

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East County’s San Vicente Dam was recently raised to increase water storage capacity. (Courtesy San Diego County Water Authority)

Water bond spending? Not anytime soon Doug


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ow that California voters have comfortably approved a $7.2 billion bond issue to upgrade the antiquated California state water system, when will the money start to flow? Not this year. Not next year. And, very likely, not the year after that. What the bond measure did was promise that money would be available for water projects large and small. What it did not do was set up any kind of mechanism for seeing to it that the money is distributed to those projects. That means the California Water Commission, an appointed nine-member board, has to begin working with California’s Department of Water Resources and the water quality control board to create a system to evaluate the avalanche of applications for that money. The various entities will have plenty of time to do that, since the ballot measure specifically says that almost all of that money approved by the voters cannot be spent before December of 2016. That gives the agencies time to set up what may grow into a major new water bureaucracy governing water money. There are laundry lists of environmental and political concerns

that must be addressed before a dollar can be spent — many more than were in place for any previous water measures we’ve had in effect. There will have to be numerous public hearings involved in virtually every process. Every “T” will have to be crossed, and every “I” dotted, before anything can happen. Glenn Farrel, who oversees legislative matters in Sacramento for the San Diego County Water Authority, points out that there is a long way to go before we see much of anything. “Things are in pretty much a holding pattern right now,” Ferrel said. “There is a lot of internal planning and work that has to be done. A lot of terms and conditions have to be created and approved before anything really public can happen, and right now, that internal process hasn’t really begun yet.” Lester Snow of the California Water Foundation used to be the general manager of the county Water Authority, and followed that up with the leadership of the California Department of Water Resources. If there is a recognized expert on California’s water problems, it’s probably Lester Snow. Snow says that the current bond, while critically important, should not be seen as the overall fix for our ongoing water troubles. “I refer to [the bond issue] as a down payment on what needs to be done in California,” Snow told

the Los Angeles Times. “It gets us started, but it would be a mistake to think that now that we’ve passed this bond, our worries are gone.” Where all this goes in the next two years is problematical at best. Until the Water Commission can put together the various systems to handle the dispensing of bond issue proceeds, no one can really say exactly what will be done, and when. All the talk so far has been about where to build at least two new dams, or even whether to build them. But that only accounts for $2.7 billion of the $7.2 billion bond amount. The majority of the money will be for such important things as groundwater purification, cleaning up polluted underground aquifers, recycling and conservation efforts and other less glamorous but essential steps. That will include some $52 million for San Diego, to begin with. All of this is important to San Diego County, and it will become more so as time goes on. But the bottom line here is simple, and we’ve alluded to it before. We don’t need new dams here. We have places to put significant amounts of water. What we must have is water to put in those places. No bond issue, and no amount of legislative action or voter approval, will provide that for us. —Contact Doug Curlee at■


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Grantville medical marijuana cooperative that has been open and operating in the area without a legal permit ran into some opposition Monday night at the monthly meeting of the Navajo Community Planning Group. Living Green has been operating, admittedly illegally, at 4417 Rainier St., pending approval of the co-op’s paperwork by the city of San Diego. Despite not having the final approval from the city’s Development Services department, the co-op has been open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, while waiting for the drawn-out permit process to be completed. Living Green attorney Robin Madaffer says the owners believed the process had been pretty much completed. “We have answered all the city’s questions, and all the boxes are checked off as having been done,” Madaffer said. “We’re waiting for the hearing office to give us the go-ahead.” But community activist John Pilch challenged that and other statements by Madaffer and Living Green’s other attorney, Jeff Blake. “The City Attorney has filed a case against Living Green, and


“We’d anticipate about a hundred people a day, each spending about 50 dollars or so. Over a year, that’s going to figure out at a gross of almost $1 million a year, before expenses.” —Jeff Blake, Living Green’s Attorney they should not be allowed our approval until that’s at least done,” Pilch said. “If you recall, in August, this board voted to not hear any presentations from any marijuana providers until the paperwork process was completed. We shouldn’t even be hearing this now.”

While Living Green staff said they’ve complied with the process and answered every question, planning group chair Matt Adams said the board hasn’t received any documentation from the city to back that up. That struck a chord among several members of the plan-

ning group. Mike McSweeney and others are more than a little worried about the location of the facility, the parking concerns, and how many people would be allowed in the building at a time. Blake, in addressing some of the traffic concerns, admitted it’s likely going to be a busy place. “We’d anticipate about a hundred people a day, each spending about 50 dollars or so. Over a year, that’s going to figure out at a gross of almost $1 million a year, before expenses. Remember, no one’s going to personally profit beyond reasonable salaries — this is a totally nonprofit venture, as required by law.” Legally, the Living Green group is not required to have

planning group approval to go forward with the permitting process, but the City Council has a track record of listening closely to the findings of the community planning groups on major issues. The fate of the Living Green request was at least temporarily sealed when Adams revealed that he’d been told by the city’s Code Enforcement division that it was preparing a case against Living Green. He didn’t specify what the case is about, but the information was enough to bring a motion to table the Living Green request until at least the next meeting of the group in December. As the proceedings concluded, Madaffer said that they’ll return in December with absolutely every question answered. But, if there is a case against Living Green being prepared by Code Enforcement and the City Attorney, the process could be delayed indefinitely. That would leave room for other co-ops looking to land in Grantville to jump to the head of the line. It could also cause the city to shut down the allegedly illegal operation now open at Rainier Street until it’s resolved. Madaffer says the current operation would voluntarily shut down temporarily if there is no other choice. —Contact Doug Curlee at■


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Trailblazing effort needed on San Diego climate action plans Jeffrey



ith the recent release of a new United Nations report on the global impact of climate change, we are given still another chilling warning that we are facing catastrophe unless we accelerate efforts to confront this crisis. The release of this report comes on the heels of a court decision rejecting the San Diego County climate action plan and the ongoing development of this state-mandated plan by the city of San Diego. It raises the stakes for everyone and compels us to reach higher and dig deeper for community solutions to this crisis. The warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an urgent signal for our city and county officials to not only meet state laws on reducing greenhouse gas emissions but to explore higher standards. The law establishing minimum requirements for these plans fall under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) outlined by California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32). Critics still chafe at the impact of AB 32 and portray it as a symbol of legislators running amok over the poor and middle class. Their reasoning wrongfully centers on increases at the gas pump of at least 15 cents a gallon and how that will also impact fuel dependent businesses. Those living from paycheck to paycheck are doomed to suffer the most when climate change drives an economic collapse and profit-driven efforts to mislead them have succeeded in creating an immobilized electorate. The new IPCC report says that climate change is set to inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on people and the planet, unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly. This comes on the heels of a new government report released this year showing our nation will suffer $150 billion in economic damages every year that we fail to rein in rising temperatures. Still another recent report found that climate change will cost the nation up to $507 billion in property damages by 2100 if we fail to take action now. The world and the U.S. political labyrinth suffer a debilitating inertia in dealing with climate change. Even with the new U.S.China climate agreement, the United Nations will likely be unable

to agree to an effective climate change agreement in Paris next year. This is why our best efforts to deal with climate change may be through communities like San Diego. We have a capacity for imagining and producing extraordinary opportunities without the excessive bureaucracy embraced by nation states. There have already been innovative community models developed by Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, London, Vancouver and Melbourne. It has carried to Shenzhen, which is leading the world on urban transportation and to Seoul, leading the world with green energy technology. This phenomenon of change is creating new business opportunities and employment for these regions, and it can for San Diego as well. County officials need to return to ground zero and explore better ideas and options for its climate action plan. The appellate court ruling said their plan lacked detailed deadlines and measures to ensure emissions are reduced. If not for the lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club against the county, we would be without a credible county climate action plan. The city of San Diego is still in the adoption phase with its plan to meet mandatory targets, and in light of the failed county plan, they should reevaluate whether it will accomplish what is required or they could face a similar costly lawsuit. Just meeting reduction targets set by CEQA and AB 32 is not enough. When they were set eight years ago, there was less known about timelines for adequate action to avoid the projected collapse of economic and ecological systems. This is a trailblazing opportunity for us, and we should ask our elected representatives to model a new paradigm for communities to confront climate change and not just fulfill a state mandate.

$507 Billion The amount climate change will cost the nation in property damages by 2100 if we fail to cut carbon emissions sharply and rapidly

—Jeffrey Meyer is a volunteer with SanDiego350, an all-volunteer team of San Diegans dedicated to raising awareness, developing leaders and advocating for climate change action. Disclosure: Editor Hutton Marshall is a volunteer with SanDiego350.■

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his has been a big year for the San Diego Symphony. Not only was last season’s Summer Pops concert series the most successful one to date, but Martha Gilmer was named the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the symphony this fall. The new chief executive was able to find time to participate in a phone interview during an otherwise busy week for the hard-working music lover. Gilmer said her passion for music started when she began taking piano lessons at the age of four. “I played the piano through the beginning of college, but I realized I wasn’t meant to spend time alone in a practice room,” she said. “I really love to be with people and organize things.” This epiphany eventually led to a degree in music and arts administration, which included an internship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a place she called her “professional home” for the next 35 years. “I was the vice president for artistic planning and audience development,” she said of her role at the Windy City orchestra house. “My real passion was connecting audience members


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with the music itself.” After learning about San Diego Symphony’s search for a new CEO and hearing positive comments about the orchestra from colleagues, she visited America’s Finest City to be

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Off-bench wisdom

Al Schaffer volunteers coaching talents to SDSU men’s basketball team Johnny



l Schaffer travels down from Ramona several times a week to offer his opinions when San Diego State’s men’s basketball team takes to the practice floor. His services don’t cost a dime, just a pair of season seats in the stands. But head coach Steve Fisher and his staff take time to listen to the 80-year-old retired high school coach, who mentored championship teams that spanned 40 seasons. He’s a self-appointed volunteer coach. “Under NCAA rules, I can’t take a position on the bench, so they obtain tickets in the stands where I take notes,” he said. “After the game I can discuss San Diego State men’s basketball coaches Justin Hutson (left) and Brian Dutcher (right) with volunteer coach Al Schaffer (Courtesy Ramona Journal) them with the coaching staff. “I might be brutally frank, for instance, of time-out judgments of 373-251 at three Michigan high easier, and Schaffer believes the and about players not pressing schools. He coached 14 years at 2014-15 team members will be up Ramona High during which to the task. This bit of optimism enough.” He’s been a volunteer assis- the Bulldogs reached the CIF comes despite the loss of two key tant for the past four years, but San Diego Section Division III players from last year, Xavier he and Fisher go back more than Final and qualified for the CIF Thames and Josh Davis. 30 years. The two met in Schaffer said Fisher has 1978 when Fisher was a special way of motivating an assistant coach at and getting his players to Western Michigan. believe in their capabilities. Fisher’s Aztecs posted Aztec team members a 34-3 record and reached are Kevin Zabp, Dakarai the Sweet 16 last season. Allen, Aqeel Quinn, One poll currently lists D’Erryl Williams, Trey the team at 16th in the Kell, Parker U’u, Kibret nation. Easy to say, Woldemichael, Ryan Schaffer likes to be with Staten, Skylar Spencer, a winner. Angelo Chol, Dwayne Polee “One of [Fisher’s] II, Winston Shepard, Zylan secrets is his staff,” Cheatham, JJ O’Brien and Schaffer said. “I’ve been Malik Popen. told this by NBA people Staff members are Brian who come and watch —Al Schaffer Dutcher, Justin Hutson, practices. Some head David Velasquez, Mark coaches dominate practice but Southern California regional Fisher, Tim Shelton and Matt Steve gives his assistants duties playoffs. Soria. “I can remember Steve’s first and responsibilities. There’s trePlus outsider Al Schaffer. year with the Aztecs when he mendous teamwork.” He said the head coach is won only one conference game,” —After an award-winning, always open to suggestions, Schaffer said. “When his team lost 38-year sports-writing career including those from his son, to USD by 26 points, I said ‘you with the San Diego Union and Mark, an assistant coach who better get yourself a new team.’” authoring three books, Johnny Following the recent bout McDonald now considers writhas designed several plays for of winning seasons, recruiting ing a hobby. You can reach him the team. Schaffer holds a career record quality players has become a bit at■

“Under NCAA rules, I can’t take a position on the bench, so they obtain tickets in the stands where I take notes. After the game I can discuss them with the coaching staff.”

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Symphony, from page 7 Gilmer was able to see a musical-themed performance during the symphony’s highly popular Summer Pops series, called “Broadway Tonight.” “I am delighted it was such a successful summer,” she said. “I think the quality of the experience has to do with the increase in attendance.” Gilmer believes the Pops season has a lot to offer, from its picturesque location to the eclectic programming. These aspects, along with such high quality live music, result in “the total package” experience for attendees. “It has become iconic and more people do not want to miss these events in the summer,” she said. Part of the reason Gilmer has so naturally eased into her position is her admiration for the musical artists involved with the symphony. “This is a really fine ensemble made up of highly trained individuals,” she said. “I really look at this orchestra as a beacon both within the community and what an orchestra can be for the 21st century.” Although the current 201415 season of entertainment was planned before Gilmer was brought on board, there are a lot of musicians on the schedule she is looking forward to seeing perform. “Louie Lortie will be playing in November, and he is a fantastic pianist,” she said. “He will be playing an unusual, but fascinating concerto from Camille SaintSaëns, ‘The Egyptian.’” Gilmer said that Saint-Saëns wrote the composition while vacationing in Luxor, and that the music features influences from a variety of locations around the world. “Lortie is the kind of pianist that loves to present something that is unfamiliar to many, but sounds completely engaging,” she said. Another performance Gilmer is anticipating is “Ling Conducts Mahler,” which features the Southern California premiere of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 in E Minor.

“Mahler created a work of huge emotional impact, and his music takes the audience on a journey of life,” she said. Gilmer is equally enthusiastic about the possibilities for the symphony and already has ideas where her impact can be felt over the course of the next decade. “One of the things that is important for our audience is to make people really aware about what this orchestra does do and can do,” she said. “For instance, our musicians perform in smaller groups within the community, which people should be aware of.” Gilmer believes the passion the players have for being members of a dedicated group is vital. “Someone said not so long ago that you can’t have a great city without a great orchestra; but I would also add that a great orchestra significantly contributes to a vibrant, cultural community.” Though the symphony has already been having an exceptional year, Gilmer hopes to attract even more new fans in the future. “The biggest reason to give a concert at the symphony a try, is that it is going to enrich one’s life,” she said. “Some people are apprehensive about going to a performance, because they think they do not know enough to appreciate it. I hope to start a first timer’s event, because I have had experiences where attendees were unsure whether they would like going to a concert, due to the complexity of the music. I can assure you that the music at the symphony is not intended to intimidate; the music is meant to evoke emotion.” For more information about the San Diego Symphony, visit —A fan of film and theatre from a very young age, David Dixon has written reviews and features for various print and online publications and is currently a student at San Diego State. You can reach him at■

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he 2014 Art in the Park fundraiser and month-long art exhibition is over. Our third annual Art in the Park fundraiser held on Saturday, Oct. 11 was successful, and I want to specifically thank our local craft breweries in Grantville, Groundswell and Benchmark, for their donation of craft beers, as well as Rita’s Italian Ice in Del Cerro for their donation of samples for everyone and everyone’s support of our event. And a special thank you to Sara Smith and her students from the culinary arts department at Morse High School for their incredible hors d’oeuvres. They did an outstanding job. ***** On Veterans Day, 11 members from AmeriCorps began working with Park Rangers to provide erosion control for the 95 acres that burned on Kwaay Paay this past summer. This is the first of two groups from AmeriCorps. The first group is working in the park through the middle of December. The second group will arrive in January for another six weeks. *****

Visitor Center and Kumeyaay Lake Campground Update

There are now two virtual tours of Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP). You can go to and enter “Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center” or “Kumeyaay Lake Campground” or visit mtrp. org and under “More News,” scroll down to virtual tours. Louis Nava with Google Maps took over 1,100 photos of the campground and, using Google

software, stitched the photographs together to generate the seamless virtual tour. You can view each of the 46 campsites. ***** “Every Now and Zen” is the new art exhibition on display in the Visitor Center gallery through Dec. 5. It features two award-winning photographers: Janine Free and Beverly LaRock. About the artists Janine Free is a French artist with a camera who abstracts urban landscapes. She travels widely to catch mannequins in store windows, and then composes her pictures to include the reflection off the glass, producing a surreal effect. She is starting a new mixed media series of very large photographs she took in the streets of Europe and the United States, using spray paint, magazines and paint. Rocks, shells, and seaweed are washed up by the surf on Moonlight Beach and create myriad patterns. Beverly LaRock merges these elements together in this series of black and white images. They capture both the beauty and quietude of the beach as well as its constant motion. These composites showcase Beverly’s creative vision of nature and people drawn from her extensive travels around the world. Her photographs are seen extensively in San Diego County and published in “Black & White” magazine. ***** Linda Hawley’s “Nature Adventures!” for children 4 and up will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 2 and 3 in the Visitor Center. “Herbivores: Deer, Squirrels & Rabbits” is the topic. Factual information is introduced about San Diego’s wild animals using songs, puppets, real pelts, replicated skulls, scats, tracks, and taxidermy specimens. The lesson is followed by an easy trail walk and a return to the classroom,

where children make a related, take-home craft. Children may attend one class per month; adult attendance is required. Individual class fees are as follows: $10 per child, per class; $8 per child per class for 3 – 9 classes; and $8 per child, per class with families of 3 or more paying children. Parents and siblings under 4 attend free. MTRP reserves the right to cancel a class 72 hours in advance. You can go to under “More News” for more information and a registration form; you may also pick up a form at the Visitor Center. ***** Nora’s Children’s Art Classes, ages 5 – 12, are scheduled to resume on most Saturdays, beginning Jan. 3, in the MTRP Visitor Center. Each Saturday will be a different topic and children may take home their art project each week. All art supplies are included. The cost will be $20 per class with discounts offered for multiple classes. The topics for January will be “Stopping by the Woods” on Jan. 3, “Optical Illusions” on Jan. 10, Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life” on Jan. 17, “Charlie Brown Transfer Drawing” on Jan. 24, and “Aboriginal Dot Painting” on Jan. 31. Check our home page,, under “More News” for a complete listing of all the dates, topics, and a registration form. ***** Concerts: There will be two concerts in December: Dec. 14, “Many Strings,” with Chris and Jamie Burns, and on Dec. 21, “Panamerican Shanties II” will be presented by Jeff Pekarek with Fred Benedetti. Every day is a great day for an adventure in Mission Trails. —Jay Wilson is executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation.■

San Carlos Area Council news Mickey



ur next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. Our scheduled speaker is Mr. Kevin Beiser from the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. He will discuss: “Putting Kids First.” As a recently re-elected school board member, Mr. Beiser is working to reduce central office costs in order to preserve lower class sizes and enrichment programs for our children such as art, music, magnet schools and gifted and talented education (GATE). He is passionate about implementing research-based reforms that have helped turn

around underperforming schools. November’s guest speaker was David Akin from the San Diego Water Department. Mr. Akin’s topic was right on point discussing water conservation and the new watering restrictions. San Diego residents have only three assigned days a week (this applies to all types of systems): Residences with odd-numbered addresses: Water only on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Residences with even-numbered addresses: Water only on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Apartments, condominiums and businesses: Water only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Between Nov.1 – May 31, water between 4 p.m. – 10 a.m. for only seven minutes. Between June 1 – Oct. 31, water between 6 p.m. – 10 a.m. for only 10 minutes.

Time limits apply to standard sprinkler systems, but not to water-efficient devices, including drip and micro-irrigation systems and stream rotor sprinklers. However, you can water with a hose at any time, as long as no run-off occurs. ***** Navajo Community Planners, Incorporated: The next NCPI meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Dec. 15, at the Zion Avenue Community Church in Allied Gardens. For a copy of the upcoming agenda, or minutes of past meetings, visit navajoplanners. org. These items are available three days before a scheduled meeting. ***** San Carlos Community Garden: Enjoy a stroll or bring your lunch, or just come and sit in See SAN CARLOS page 22


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moon, we can expect good views of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) and its companion M32. He’ll also target Pleiades (Seven Sisters), Double Cluster in Perseus and numerous open clusters across the sky. Rain or fog cancels. We’ll observe 7 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Meet us at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground Day Use Parking Lot, Mission Trails Regional Park (2 Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee).

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here’s something special about visiting the park during the holidays. Replete with enchanting settings, holiday foliage, scenic wonders and the welcoming umbrella of nature, Mission Trails mirrors the true spirit of the season. Come relax. Take in “the simple life,” brushing aside the hectic aspects of the holidays. It’s a place to meander, enjoy small details, reflect on majestic scenery and embrace your surroundings. Here the rhythm is comfortable, interspersed with the poetry of patterned leaves, the whistle of wind, the music of bird song, and beat of your own footsteps. Emotions calm. Each turn on the trail offers a fresh perspective, sparking passion and appreciation. It’s a peerless opportunity to refresh amid the beauty that surrounds and inspires us. For San Diego visitors and residents alike, an outing at Mission Trails is “coming home for the holidays.” Our MTRP Trail Guide walks are an opportunity to learn more about natural Southern California, with its unique landscapes, habitats, local history and plant and animal life. The walks are free, interesting, factfilled, and geared to all ages and interests. Grab sturdy shoes, that

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Evening grasslands at Mission Trails Regional Park (Photo by Tony Andrews)

comfortable hat, a water bottle and sunscreen and hit the trail!

Old Mission Dam. We meet by the flag poles.

Morning walks are offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. You’ll start from the park’s Visitor and Interpretive Center (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos). The walk beginning from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station (2 Father Junipero Serra Trail, at the San Carlos/ Santee border) gives a different perspective of the park and its diverse habitats. These walks are offered from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and take in historic

Wildlife tracking reveals the secret life of animals and brings insight into their survival techniques and habits. Tracking Team members assist in identifying and interpreting tracks, scat and habitats. Join us at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 in front of the Visitor Center (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail), for a two-hour tracking adventure. Star Party Marvels is your invitation for solar exploration. MTRP resident star gazer George Varga tells us one night past full

Discovery Table: Animal Tracks presents the ancient art of animal tracking used by modern trackers to identify and read animal behavior signs. Stop by for hands-on science presented by MTRP Trail Guides and discover which track looks like a baby’s handprint, which is the largest of local wildlife and other interesting facts about San Diego wildlife. Try our skill game, matching animal to tracks. See you inside the Visitor Center lobby, on Saturday, Dec. 13 between 10 a.m. – p.m. La Mesa Walk ‘n Talk combines ambling along scenic shores with your MTRP Trail Guide with chatting up the topic, “Indigenous Holiday Plants and Rituals.” You’ll learn fun facts about plants with historic associations, a connection to Hollywood, and Native American ceremonials. Join us 9 – 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Meet at the boat docks (Lake Murray, 5540 Kiowa Drive, La Mesa).

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Winter Solstice Hike is an unparalleled visit to a Kumeyaay spiritual site to observe the phenomenon of rising sun rays visually split in half by distant Lyon’s Peak boulders. Bundle up and bring your flashlight for a memorable predawn walk up Cowles Mountain with your MTRP guide. Saturday, Dec. 20 or Monday, December 22, 6 – 8 a.m. Meet at Cowles Mountain staging area (Golfcrest Drive and Navajo Road, San Carlos). Bird Winter Waters along with MTRP Birding Guide Jean Raimond to seek resident and migratory water and landlubber sage and chaparral species. Keep an eye out for the tri-colored blackbird found year-round only in San Diego. Bring binoculars and bird books if you’ve got ‘em. Join us Saturday, Dec. 20, 8 – 10 a.m. Meet at the parking lot off Kiowa Drive, Lake Murray (east side) San Carlos. Meanwhile, come on out and enjoy the park! Visit for more information and our events calendar, or call 619-668-3281. Special walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Chris Axtmann at 619-668-2746 or at caxtmann@ —Audrey F. Baker is a trail guide at Mission Trails Regional Park.■

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Birthday, from page 1 was open all afternoon in the old Union Bank building and was enjoyed by all. The Kiwanis Club of Grantville-Allied Gardens kept two large grills hard at work as they cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for the crowd. All food items and drinks were sold for 60 cents in honor of the occasion and to thank the community for its terrific response to the commemorative brick fundraiser. Tables and chairs were set up in the parking lot to rest those with weary bodies. Tom Kelly, a lively 100-yearold, 60-year resident of Allied Gardens, had the honor of cutting the ceremonial 60th birthday cake, which was shaped like a brick. Tom did a great job, and that cake, as well as eleven more sheet cakes, was enjoyed by the celebrants along with coffee provided by Brothers Restaurant. Whoever coined the phrase “He has a twinkle in his eye” must have known Tom Kelly. What a nice man! The Lewis Middle School String Orchestra and Solomon Simmons Music provided musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. A proclamation from the San Diego City Council was read by Sherman proclaim-

(left) The newly unveiled Allied Gardens clock; (above) the brick-shaped birthday cake commemorating six decades of Allied Gardens; (right) Councilmember Scott Sherman speaks at the celebration. (Photos by Mary Haas)

ing Oct. 18, 2014 to be “Allied Gardens Day in San Diego.” The sale of commemorative bricks by the Kiwanis Club of Grantville-Allied Gardens will continue at least until the end of the year. (Might make a great

holiday gift!) Our hope is to fill in the entire area around the new clock with commemorative bricks. As someone said at the dedication, “These bricks tell the history of Allied Gardens.” A great time was had by

all at the celebration, but we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the sponsors of the event: SpringFest Inc, A-1 Storage, and the Kiwanis Club of Grantville-Allied Gardens. Special thanks to Linda Lasher

and Cloverfield Management for allowing us the use of the bank building and parking area. A grand party it was! —Contact John Peterson at■

Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council update Anthony



he Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council will sponsor a tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Waring/Zion Triangle. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together as a whole and engage in the upcoming joyous holiday season. Two Lewis Middle School band members will lead gatherers in a sing-along after students from Foster Elementary and Marvin Elementary light the tree. Adding to the festivities, the Holiday Festival will be held at Lewis Middle School, Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Students from Lewis and Marvin will sing, Lewis students will present dramatic readings, and the Lewis orchestra will entertain the audience with their holiday music. Refreshments will be enjoyed in the Lewis cafeteria after the festival. Everyone is welcome! —I’m Anthony Wagner, president of Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council. We represent the community interests of Allied Gardens and Grantville. Check out our website at AlliedGardens. org. Feel free to call me at 619253-4989 or write me a note at or tweet @AnthonyWagnerSD.■

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Home for the holidays with pet companions The nonprofit provides assistance to needy San Diego pet families throughout the year, Coleman focusing on homes headed by seniors or chronically ill and disome for the holidays — can abled persons. The organization, any phrase warm the heart with five paid staffers, relies on as much? But what about those a larger team of over 200 volfamilies who are in such finan- unteers. The PAWS tagline is cial distress at year’s end that “helping people keep their pets.” they contemplate surrendering The organization had its start in 1994 at founder Nancy Lubin’s dining room table in North County. It intended to serve San Diegans diagnosed with AIDS by providing athome assistance in order to keep pets together with their patient-owners Christmas stockings for pets await delivery to for the health veterinarians’ offices after being assembled at PAWS San and companionDiego. (Photo by B.J. Coleman) ship benefits that their pets into animal shelters? animals convey to the humans in PAWS San Diego was created their company. Re-organizations, to overcome such hardships and mergers and personnel changes keep companion animals in the during the intervening 21 years families they belong with. brought PAWS to its home suite



Dogs and puppies on hand for stocking stuffing with PAWS San Diego (Courtesy Kelli Schry)

of offices in central San Diego’s Grantville neighborhood, and into new collaborations with allied organizations. PAWS currently serves over 500 clients in accordance with its original mission, supporting families in their homes with more than 650 pets on 34 delivery routes in the monthly Wellness service, which assists with pet care and veterinary care. Each route serves seven to 10 clients, and during the first half of each month, pet owners enrolled in the service phone in details of their needs for food, treats, litter, and flea medications. The ordered items are assembled into paw-printed delivery bags, with any further special instruc-

tions for the delivery drivers on each route. Additional assistance is offered as needed with dog walking and transportation to veterinary offices. The cost per client averages about a dollar a day. The pets supported are split about half-and-half between dogs and cats, explains Geraldine D’Silva, executive director at PAWS San Diego. Animals in the service also include birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets. A bearded dragon that had been in the Wellness program recently passed away. On Sept. 1, PAWS merged with the San Diego Humane Society. Integration of the two organizations’ activities and missions

are ongoing, with fully seamless coordination expected by early 2015. PAWS is now considered a program within the local humane society, and its program expansions, facilitated by the merger, are slated to include more outreach and assistance to military veterans, to homeless San Diegans, and to victims of domestic violence who have fled abusive situations with their pet animals. “This allows us to become bigger and better and stronger,” D’Silva said of the merger. D’Silva credited the humane society’s added resources for enabling such far-reaching objecSee PAWS page 17

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Mission Trails Church Presents Mission Trails Church Springall Academy

6460 Boulder Lake Ave. San Diego, CA 92119 619-303-3069 |

Sunday, December 21

5:30pm & 7:00pm Mission Trails Regional Park Amphitheater

At Mission Trails Church, our motto is “no perfect people allowed.” It sounds a bit cutesy on the surface, but we take it with utter seriousness. It means we design our experiences to both welcome and connect with people who know they are far from perfect: no insider language, no obscure rituals. When you welcome imperfect people, you expect that they will change and can change. Our mission: To lead people into a life-changing relationship with the vintage Jesus; the authentic Jesus of history and the Bible. We’re so convinced that when people authentically encounter Jesus, with no gimmicks or strings attached, their lives will change. As a result, we put our best energy into helping kids, youth, young families, singles, empty nesters, and grandparents to know and follow Jesus with their whole lives. Come see! Pastor Kyle Walters, Sundays at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact

Pizazz Salon

7676 Jackson Drive #5 San Diego 92119 619-582-7459


Each holiday season, Pizazz Salon teams up with Linda and Kassy Kaiser, top real estate agents at Keller Williams Realty, to help needy families within our community. Last year our salon supported 97 families. This included 75 pounds of food for Thanksgiving, as

Geno’s Sauces 619-922-9905 | San Diego’s own Geno’s Sauces is back! What better way to celebrate 30 years in business than with two award-winning flavors: Geno’s original mild and a spicy hot made with Geno’s exclusive proprietary chili. What makes Geno’s different? Unlike other sauces that can overpower and cover up the flavor of food, Geno’s distinct savory sauces enhance and adapt to their natural flavor, and Geno’s has no aftertaste. Although originally born as a barbecue sauce, Geno’s has won national awards as a steak sauce, ketchup, hot sauce, marinade, and dipping sauce, and it’s amazing on pizza, pasta and veggies. Geno’s is low in sugar and salt, and has no MSG, cholesterol or trans fats, even under heat where they generally show up, and no preservatives or artificial colors. Geno’s was the exclusive sauce at Seau’s The Restaurant and Geno’s supports Wounded Warriors by giving back five percent of gross sales. Geno’s, the food-friendly sauce.

well as accouterments/accessories such as recipes, napkins, etc. This, of course, was a communal effort between the Kaisers, our salon experts and our clients. We create a spirit that supports one another throughout the years. Pizazz Salon has been named the Best Salon and Spa for two years in recognition of the talent and experience of our technicians, but also to acknowledge how much we care about our clients and our community.

Fiesta de Reyes

Juan Street San Diego, CA 92108 619-297-3100 Excellent dining. Unique merchandise. Fine art. And the best margarita in San Diego for only $5! Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego Historic Park, Fiesta de Reyes is a vibrant and exciting dining, shopping and entertainment experience that will delight the whole family. This is the birthplace of San Diego. The original Mexican pueblo was established here in 1821 and Fiesta de Reyes along with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park celebrates the early growth of the pueblo into a thriving city. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants inspired by 19th century pueblo life — an ongoing fiesta of live entertainment and a myriad of opportunities for visitors and locals alike. Come taste the essence of life in San Diego during its infancy. Fiesta de Reyes is located inside the northeast corner of Old Town San Diego, on Juan Street between Wallace and Mason, one block from the Old Town Trolley Station.

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4720 Palm Ave. La Mesa, CA 91941 619-303-1946 | Here at Spa Lash Studio we specializes in customized skin care, massage, eyelash extension services, waxing, and spray tanning, and we also offer monthly comprehensive eyelash extensions training certification. We are an intimate spa that caters to your every need; you will be pampered while you are here and leave feeling refreshed and relaxed. Spa Lash Studio is located in the heart of La Mesa Village on Palm Avenue and La Mesa Boulevard. Our business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Evening appointments are available and Sunday and Monday are by appointment only. Please check our website and Facebook page for weekly specials and monthly training. Gift certificates and spa packages are available for last minute holiday shopping.

4242 Camino Del Rio North #19 San Diego, CA 92108 619-546-0647 | Bringing good karma to San Diego It’s in the same mall as Tuesday Morning, Chili’s and a very busy Starbucks, but Karma Boutique is anything but a chain store. Locally owned Karma strives to bring tranquility into shoppers’ lives, giving a whole new meaning to retail therapy. “Our lives get so busy and hectic that I wanted to create a space where people could come to a tranquil environment and just breathe while browsing,” said owner and founder Michelle Klein, who is often kept company at the store by her friendly rescued bulldog, Lottie-Lu. Karma Boutique is a unique shopping experience, and Klein’s goal is to use her business to inspire creativity and encourage the community to shop local. Besides specialty items, cards and gifts, Karma supports local artists and carries oneof-a-kind art and jewelry. They also host tarot and psychic readings, along with doTERRA essential oil classes.

HOLIDAY RECIPE White chocolate peppermint fudge Start to finish: One hour Servings: 24 squares 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar 5 ounces evaporated milk 7 ounces marshmallow creme 1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips 1/2 cup peppermint candy, chopped or crushed (a hammer and plastic bag helps here!)

Line a 9-by-12-inch pan with aluminum foil folded over the sides. Grease foil with small amount of butter. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add evaporated milk and sugar and bring to boil. Cook for five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove mixture from heat; add marshmallow creme and white chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Fold in peppermint candy. Spread mixture into lined pan and refrigerate until solid. Turn pan upside down release fudge onto a flat surface, peel foil from fudge and cut into squares.

HOLIDAY CALENDAR Different from most holiday bazaars, this event at La Mesa First United Methodist Church (4690 Palm Ave., La Mesa) gives guests the chance to buy livestock, food, supplies and clothing for those in need locally and abroad. Shoppers will receive an “Alternative Christmas Card” to give friends or family members that describe the gift given in their name. Benefitting charities include the church’s own shelter and projects, Heifer International, and more. The event will be held in the church’s social hall from 9:30 a.m. – noon. For more information visit

Winter Nights Friday, Dec. 5 & Saturday, Dec. 6 A holiday weekend hosted by Sonrise Community Church (8805 North Magnolia Ave., Santee), Winter Nights will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. each night. The free event will feature snow sledding, outdoor Christmas movies, a craft fair and Christmas carolers. There will also be a vehicle Christmas light competition, so make sure to decorate your ride! Visit for more information.


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Alternative Christmas Sunday, Nov. 23

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Christmas in the City Friday, Dec. 12 – Sunday, Dec. 14

Christmas on the Prado Sunday, Dec. 14

Sonrise Community Church (8805 North Magnolia Ave., Santee) will present their yearly Christmas program at various times over this weekend. The event includes contemporary and traditional Christmas songs with a live band. Christmas in the City is free and open to everyone. Friday’s event is at 7 p.m., Saturday’s starts at 5 p.m. and Sunday’s performances are at 9 and 11 a.m. For more information visit

The San Diego Children’s Coalition will hold their first Christmas on the Prado event from 6 – 9 p.m. The charity event will be held on Patios A and B at Casa del Prado (1800 El Prado, Balboa Park). Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. The family friendly festivities will include Christmas music and entertainment, photos with Santa Claus, artwork, and Christmas cookies with hot chocolate and cider. Visit for more details.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Saturday, Dec. 13

Cookies with Santa Saturday, Dec. 20

The 21st annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk will be held at Sixth and Quince streets in Balboa Park, kicking off at 8 a.m. The holiday-themed race includes a timed 5K run and a 1K Children’s Dash with the Elves run/walk activity. Participants — including pets — are encouraged to dress up in holiday attire. The Arthritis Foundation expects over 2,000 participants will race this year to raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis. Visit for more information and to register for the race.

This event takes place from 10 a.m. – noon at Allied Gardens Recreation Center (5155 Greenbrier Ave.). The holiday gather will include an appearance by Santa, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and more. Call the center at 619-235-1129 for more information.■

(l to r) Lori Crivello-Taranto and Lisa Crivello Hudnall

Del Cerro natives and sisters open neighborhood Pilates studio Make fitness fun! Our Pilates and fitness studio located at 7215 Margerum Ave. in the Del Cerro/ San Carlos area features an intimate and friendly environment, offering private and small group training for all levels of fitness. Our Studio is equipped with stateof-the art Stott Pilates equipment, including two reformers and stability chairs. We offer classes that will continuously challenge your body, with an emphasis on individual assessment, and have created a diverse class schedule that will have you sweating from cardio intervals one day and building muscle mass and reshaping your body the next.

At Pure Power Pilates, we combine the Stott Pilates method with revolutionary fitness knowledge. Pure Power offers suggested programs to maximize your results and give you a positive experience. Lori and Lisa are certified by the worldrenowned Stott Pilates method and have gone through extensive training courses and testing processes. Together they believe fitness should be enjoyable and effective, so that clients feel positive while exercising regularly. For more information visit our website at PurePowerPilatesSD. com.

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San Carlos Friends of the Library Sue



raft Fair: Oct. 11, San Carlos Friends of the Library (SCFOL) sponsored the “Just Around the Corner, Craft Fair and Boutique” fundraiser held at the San Carlos United Methodist Fellowship Hall; a smashing success with 40 juried crafters. Co-chairs were Ruth George, Sandy Gillins and Rita Glick, with guidance from Glenice Stainbrook. They were assisted by Pam Walsh, the Patrick Henry High School water polo team, SCFOL President Judy Williams, and board members Sue and Jerry Hotz, Margrette Carr, and Joan Hayes. Joan created 45 “opportunity drawing” baskets with goodies donated by the crafters, The Trails Eatery, Nicolosi’s Restaurant, Cheers Liquor and Deli, Suzie’s Hallmark, Von’s Grocery (at Navajo and Fletcher), Lynn Gambardella of Michael Nelson Studio, Linda Krone/Manicure and Pedicure, and other individuals. We thank all who contributed to the fair’s success. The 18th annual Student Writing for Literacy essay contest is open to all fourth, eighth and 10th graders serviced by the San Diego Public Library System. Entry deadline is Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Topic choices, essay guidelines and applications are available from teachers, our website and contest sponsor websites. Four grand prize citywide winners at each grade level will each receive a monetary award and a laptop computer from C2SDK. One

(above) The Patrick Henry High School Water Polo team assisted with the Craft Fair in early October. (Courtesy Sue Hotz) (left) Craft Fair co-chair Rita Glick presents Olivia, 5, with a jar of 113 pieces of Halloween candy, which she won by guessing its quantity almost exactly (she guessed 110). (Courtesy Sue Hotz)

$500 grand prize, in memory of our own Jack and Carolyn Winer, will be awarded. ART DISPLAYS: Under the guidance of our lovely and talented art co-coordinator Barbara Stewart, SCFOL sponsors monthlong art displays in the library’s

Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery, which was renamed and dedicated in honor of the Winer Family at the annual SCFOL general membership meeting on Nov. 19. We thank the wonderful staff at Signarama for their assistance

with this project. Barbara mixes it up, inviting artists who work with a variety of media, and we co-sponsor the gorgeous spring show, “A Show in Living Color,” with the San Carlos Garden Club. The third Saturday of each month, from noon to 2 p.m., is reserved for artist receptions and demonstrations. The community room has been refurbished and we await the instillation of a new art hanging system. Daphne Gaylord’s display runs until Dec. 4. There will be no December art display due to holiday closures. In January, Hazel Ross and the

Safari Art Circle’s unique art will be on display. Don’t miss their artist reception and demonstration on Jan. 17. ADULT ACTIVITIES: Oasis: Dec. 13 at 1 p.m., get ready for the Oscars as Leslie Leech gives us the behind-thescenes scoop about your favorite award-winning movie tunes with, “And the Oscar for Best Song Goes to…” The Librarian’s Book Club will not meet in December. Read “I Am Malala” for Jan. 8. Enjoy Adult Board Game Time on second and fourth Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. YOUTH ACTIVITIES: Congratulations to the winners of our Teen Read Week Short Story writing contest. They are listed on our website at “Children & Nature” on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m., Linda Hawley discusses “Herbivores: Deer, Squirrels & Rabbits.” “STEAM2” on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. explores “Transportation: How Things Move.” Youth Services Librarian Michelle Reents has been temporarily assigned to San Carlos Branch, part-time, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Stop by to welcome her. EXPANDED LIBRARY HOURS: Four hours per week have been added to the library’s hours of operation. The library will be closed Nov. 27 – 30 for Thanksgiving. Please check at the library, and our website calendar at sancarlosfriendsofthelibrary. org for details. See you at the next used book sale on Dec. 6. —Sue Hotz is a board member handling publicity for San Carlos Friends of the Library.■


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(l to r) Geraldine D’Silva, executive director of PAWS San Diego with Kelli Schry, public relations manager for the San Diego Humane Society, in front of one of PAWS San Diego’s home-delivery trucks (Photo by B.J. Coleman)

Paws, from page 13 tives as identifying “problem” zip codes in low-income areas, out of which more animals than average are surrendered into shelters. D’Silva envisions offering PAWS services to more people in these areas to help them keep their pets. Kelli Schry, public relations manager for the newly enlarged group, agrees that the collaboration furthers the Humane Society’s goal of “getting to zero” in numbers of animals that are lost to euthanasia for lack of homes. The progressive vision involves efforts to keep pets in their current family homes and to reduce the numbers housed in shelters. The PAWS Pantry service, launched in November 2012, distributes free pet food to more than 1,500 low-income San Diego pet families, focusing on cooperation with human services organizations and certified animal welfare groups. Individuals in need can also pick up supplemental pet food at multiple sites around San Diego County. Pantry supplies are provided at the PAWS office in Grantville and through the Food Bank, the LGBT Center, Feeding America, and Jewish Family Services. Other pickup sites

include an Oceanside campus location and the humane society’s newly merger-acquired Escondido site and its central facilities on Gaines Street. Although the PAWS emphasis is on qualified low-income pet families, the pantry is flexible toward walk-in clients in crisis or such sudden financial hardship as unexpected unemployment. “We will give out a bag of food,” D’Silva said. “We don’t turn anyone away.” Major corporate-linked sponsors have recently included the Petco Foundation and the Rescue Bank. Food and cat litter have been donated by Petco, Walmart and Target. PAWS also receives support from generous individual donors. Schools and individual children have put on food drives and fundraising campaigns to benefit the organization. PAWS San Diego is located at 6160 Fairmount Ave., Suite I in Grantville, and can be reached at 619-297-7297. More information on the organization’s available services can be found at —Contact B.J. Coleman at■


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Butterflies, from page 1 a silk-like thread hanging from each pocket. We are going to be butterfly godparents, I told my husband. In the meantime, half a dozen caterpillars, bright yellow with dark stripes, inched along the grass in our yard, on our sidewalk and eventually up to our porch. The caterpillars preferred making their temporary abode in the safety of our porch rather than the branches of the C. splendida. We had to be careful not to squish the bright yellow critters. Caterpillars have twelve eyes. Their eyes are naked to our own, of course. But I could tell that they were indeed looking around their surroundings as they inched along, lifting and tilting their head. They must have thought we were giants sitting in the chairs. One morning about a month and a half ago, my husband called for me to get my camera. I rushed out to see the miracle of a newly emerged butterfly hanging onto its chrysalis, waiting for its wings to dry. Its tongue, technically known as its proboscis, extended and curled out, getting ready for its first taste of nectar. Just ten feet away a dozen other clouded sulphur butterflies flitted about our C. splendida. It took Breezy, as I called him, three hours for his wings to dry and harden. Three weeks later, my husband and I were excited to discover another pupa hanging from the underside of our porch table — and a caterpillar in classic pre-pupation J-shape hanging by

A cloudless sulphur caterpillar (Photo by Cynthia Robertson)

a thin silk-like thread. We looked at each other and grinned. Could it really be? And sure enough, the next day, when I crouched down to look under the chair, a bright yellow chrysalis had enshrouded the caterpillar. The chrysalis was still so new that I could see the stripes of the caterpillar inside. The next day, I saw that it had turned pink and green, just like the other two hanging on our porch. At this time, eight chrysalises populate our porch, so many that I’ve taken to name them. At least two of them could break open any day now; new cloudless sulphurs could be crawling out and

year, especially since this has been an unseasonably warm fall and all signs that a warm winter are here. Being so close to this miracle of life literally unfolding before us, we’re bound to have some disappointBreezy, the newly emerged cloudless sulphur, extends ments. Just today, I and curls his tongue before taking flight. (Photo by checked on a pair of Cynthia Robertson) caterpillars that I’d unfolding their flower-wings. Or rescued from the water bowl and they could overwinter. Much of put them on the brick wall of our Breezy’s family could likely live porch to let them dry out. I didn’t out several life cycles within the think they would ever pupate.

So I was really surprised to find both of them the next morning in their tidy little light pink pockets. When the strong, hot winds came through, I sheltered the newly pupated caterpillars with several rocks to keep them from blowing off. But when I checked out the pair this morning, I was disheartened to find that one of them had cracked open. Thinking the other one had died, too, I picked it up, and it wriggled furiously. I gently laid it back down. My husband and I will soon shop for native plants that attract the cloudless sulphurs. Turns out that lantana and salvia are natural nectar feeds for them, but they like almost anything with long tubular flowers. In fact, I’ve seen the Anna’s hummingbirds around here cross flight paths with the cloudless sulphurs, which have longer tongues than other butterflies. Having these flying flowers in a yard is a good sign, not just a mark of beauty. They pollinate and keep the ecosystem healthy. They do their fair share in bringing about seed and fruit production. Butterfly populations are on the decline because of pollution, habitat destruction and the misuse of pesticide. I’m overjoyed to know that our yard is butterfly-healthy. We’ll be planting that droughtresistant salvia soon. It’s always a time for butterflies. —Contact Cynthia Robertson at■

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Offering something for everyone this Christmas San Carlos United Methodist Church 6554 Cowles Mountain Blvd. 92119 619-464-4331 | An Advent Grief Group will meet Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. This group will provide support for those who have lost a loved one in the last two years. A Blue Christmas service, offered Dec. 21 at 6 p.m., honors the grief that surfaces during the holidays. Our family Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24, at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., will be followed by a “Birthday Party for Jesus” with cake for the kids. Our traditional Christmas Eve services at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., will feature “Lessons and Carols,” a Christmas message, and music by our adult choirs. San Diego Christian College and San Carlos UMC will present “Handel’s Messiah – Handeled and MisHandeled” on Dec. 4, 5, 6 and 7, featuring Handel’s original, dynamic score with jazz, rock, and gospel variations. For tickets or more info call us or visit our website.■

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he La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club, with members from Allied Gardens, San Carlos, the College Area, Del Cerro, as well as the East County communities of La Mesa, Santee and Mt. Helix, will hear noted law professor and author Marjorie Cohn at their annual holiday meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 3. We meet at the La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Drive, just off of University Avenue in La Mesa. Guests are welcomed at all meetings! As is our custom, we will have our Annual Club Holiday Party featuring freshly baked turkeys and ham, all the trimmings, and a multitude of sides and desserts. We start the meeting at 6 p.m. to have plenty of time to enjoy the food, the music and the camaraderie. We are pleased to welcome back wonderful flamenco guitarist Anthony Garcia, who will play for the group during our social hour. Our meeting will be highlighted by Professor Cohn, who recently released her fifth book, “Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geo-political Issues.” Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law. A former president of the National Lawyers Guild, she is a U.S. representative to the executive council of the American Association of Jurists. Cohn is also the author of “Cowboy Republic,” “Rules of Disengagement,” “Cameras in the Courtroom,” and “United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse.” She lectures throughout the world on human rights and U.S. foreign policy and the contradiction between the two. Cohn will have books available for signing and

sale at the meeting. Our members make a pledge every year to help others less fortunate in our community. This year, we are teaming up with the St. Vincent De Paul Society at Santa Sophia Catholic Church in Casa de Oro. Their outreach program serves the needs of more than 400 local families with an ongoing food pantry and other essential services. Members are encouraged to bring a collection of non-perishable foods and dry goods to our meeting. It’s suggested the best items are: pasta, rice, beans, canned vegetables and fruits, pasta sauce, peanut butter, boxed cereal, meal helpers, tuna, mac and cheese and cake mix. Also valuable would be paper goods and tissues, toothpaste and brushes, deodorant, shampoo, cleaning products and laundry detergent. So open up your pantry — and your heart — and help feed and nourish the needy this holiday season. Finally, a big thank you is in order for state Sen. Marty Block, who enlightened and delighted our November gathering and told us the election results in California were something we could all be proud of. All statewide Democratic office holders were re-elected, as was our local Assemblyperson, Dr. Shirley Weber, and our local Congressmember, Susan Davis. Rep. Scott Peters was winning (and now has won) the hotly contested 52nd Congressional District race over Carl DeMaio. Marty also informed us about some of the significant and successful bills he had signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year, including one making certain four-year degrees available at 16 community colleges in California. And lastly, he reminded us all that 2016 is two short years away! —Linda Armacost is president of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club.■


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ecember’s general meeting will come in the form of our holiday Christmas party at 11 a.m. in the home of member Ginny Wisley. There will be a short installation of officers and a lot of mingling and meeting other Navajo Canyon Republican Women, including the 25 new members who joined this year. The party is a fantastic way to get to know each other and talk about the election results. We will also be collecting gifts for San Diego MOM (Military Outreach Ministries). This charity takes care of all junior enlisted families in gratitude for their service. Please RSVP to NCRWF99@ or call Glenda at 619-284-9958. Please bring a dish to share, as well as a gift for the military children. M a r j i e Siekerka will return as president for the new year. Others elected to serve during 2015 are Cathie Johns as first vice president of programs; Gloria Harpenau, second vice president of membership; Sally Steele, third vice president of ways and means; Glenda Boerner, recording secretary; Kathy Riesgo, treasurer; Pat Boerner, corresponding secretary; Nancy Amador, parliamentarian; and Waskah Whelan, past president (and

current president of San Diego County RWF.) We’ll be back at La Mesa’s Brigantine restaurant Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 with guest speaker John Coleman, meteorologist and founder of the Weather Channel. He’s familiar to San Diegans as the former weather forecaster for KUSI TV. We are looking forward to another year of intriguing and informative speakers. Downtown Republican Women, our satellite club, will celebrate the holidays with a party at Diane Randolph’s condo Downtown, and will begin the new year with San Diego Councilmembers Scott Sherman and Chris Cates — who are planning to join us Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at The Athens M a r k e t , located on the corner of First and F streets Downtown. Cost is $15 for the amazing hors d’oeuvres buffet and no-host bar. Downtown Republican Women meet every third Thursday of the month in an after-work setting, and all Republicans are welcome to come and join in discussions with the guests of honor. RSVP to For more information, check out our website at

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San Carlos, from page 10 a serene setting to sort out chaos from calm, visit the SCCG. This is one of our newest treasures. The San Carlos Area Council approved renewal of the rental of their assigned garden plot for another year. If you’re interested in organic gardening or renting a plot for your personal garden, please visit Cowles Mountain Hikers and Residents: At its Nov. 5 bimonthly meeting, SCAC had the following item on the agenda: Should the SCAC directors recommend to the NCPI Board regarding all, or most, of the following in an effort to ease ongoing parking problems at the Cowles Mountain Trailhead at Golfcrest Drive and Navajo Road. The item proposed the following: (1) Removal of red curbing and subsequent re-striping to create an additional 17 parallel parking spaces on Golfcrest Drive near Navajo Road. (2) Encouraging the use of the San Carlos Library lower parking lot on weekends only. Mission Trails Regional Park will consider adding signs informing hikers about this added parking location, which will have 30 spaces that are normally unused while the library is closed. (3) Add additional red curbing around homes on Melotte, Birchcreek and Golfcrest (including the cul-de-sacs). After hearing from residents and directors, the SCAC voted unanimously to keep the red curbing in place on Golfcrest

Drive near Navajo Road rather than remove the red curb and restriping of Golfcrest Drive. The recommendation was transmitted to the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. Board, per their request that the SCAC hold a hearing on this issue ***** Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot: All proceeds go directly back into the community. You might ask, “How?” Please check out their website: ***** Service clubs: Do you want to make a difference? Have an hour or two available a week? Have some limitations but still want to help others? Then why not check out any of the various service clubs in your area. To media representatives, they are soup clubs. To young professionals, they may represent a chance to get ahead. To local charities, they are a source of funds. But groups such as the Rotary, Kiwanis, Optimists, Soroptimists, Elks, Freemasons, and Lions clubs, are a reflection of changes within the middle class. Service clubs play a crucial role in helping people adapt to corporate development and community change. The groups emerged at a time when service was becoming both a middle-class and a business ideal. As voluntary associations, they represented a shift in organizing rationale, from fraternalism to service. The clubs and their ideology

of service are still welcome as a unifying force when we are beset by economic and population pressures. They are agents for change that can help alter community traditions and help place local practices in line with national trends. Though they suffered during the turbulent 1960s, these clubs continue building international organizations and now claim memberships in the millions. The notion of community service is not new (e.g. The freemasons are an ancient fraternity that has, in effect, served as the standard by which all other fraternities strive to rise to). Their recorded history goes back 400 years but they have existed for much longer. ***** To find out what is happening in our San Carlos neighborhood, go to For crime stats, visit, click on “Police Department” and then “Crime Statistics.” You can choose the area for reports of any and all crimes in your neighborhood. If you have a matter to discuss, please call me at 619-461-6032 or email mrzeichick@gmail. com. If you wish to be put on the “Interested Persons List,” contact John Pilch at jfpilch@hotmail. com, with a cc to me. Thank you for your interest in our community. We hope to see you at future meetings.

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FEATURED EVENTS Encore ROCKS! A Jukebox Musical Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 The Encore Vocal Ensemble of San Diego presents this musical for two nights only at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla). The creative story involves a diner down on its luck and the magical talking jukebox that gives it a boost. The show features songs from stage and screen including selections from “Across the Universe,” “Rent,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and more. Show times are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. with a preshow party starting one hour before each performance with drinks and snacks. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information visit

Mission Valley). This is one of the Chargers’ longest running annual community events. San Diego Blood Bank has expanded the drive this year, adding a “Wellness Zone” with interactive exhibits, activities, food sampling, entertainment and much more. In addition to donating blood and meeting Chargers players, the first 500 people will get free blood typing and all attendees may take advantage of the free bone marrow registry onsite. Admission is just $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 3 – 12. Proceeds will help the San Diego Blood Bank get a new Bloodmobile. Those who donate will receive parking validation and may also request a refund of their admission price. Blood donations will begin at 9 a.m. with the exhibits and entertainment starting at 10 a.m. The event ends at 6 p.m. For more information call 619-2966393 or visit sandiegobloodbank. org or

stretches are performed sitting on a chair. No mats needed. San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Dr., San Carlos.

Wednesdays: Guided Nature Walks: 9:30 – 11 a.m., free nature walk with trail guide on one of three trails starting at the visitor center. Walks cancelled if raining. Mission Trails Regional Park, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. College Avenue Farmers Market: 2 – 6 p.m., hosted by the College Avenue Baptist church, this market has certified locally grown produce and handmade arts and crafts. 62nd Street and El Cajon Boulevard, College Area/Rolando. Locals Night: 3 – 8 p.m., residents of 92120, 92115, 92116, 92123 and 92108 are eligible for $2 pours of the brewery’s “beer of the day.” Benchmark Brewing, 6190 Fairmount Ave. Suite G, Grantville. Benchmarkbrewing. com.

Introduction to the Internet Wednesdays, Dec. 3 – Thursdays: 35th annual San Diego Jan. 7 Game Night: 6 – 9 p.m., Jazz Festival A hands-on class with high- bring your own or play what’s Wednesday, Nov. 26 – speed Internet connection to available while enjoying tradiSunday, Nov. 30 teach individuals how to navi- tional and vegan donuts. Donut America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society presents this annual fest at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center (500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley). With seven different performance areas, there are large concert rooms with dance floors and smaller rooms for intimate listening. Over 30 bands will perform traditional jazz as well as Dixieland, ragtime, swing and rockabilly styles. Local groups, as well as musicians from around the world, will be a part of this large festival. Tickets available before the event range from three to five-day badges for $95 – $105. Daily badges will be available at the door. For more information and a full lineup of bands visit

Chargers Blood Drive XXXVI Tuesday, Nov. 25 This year’s “Chargers Drive XXXVI for Health and Wellness” is presented by San Diego County Credit Union at the Town & Country Convention Center (500 Hotel Circle North,

gate the web and use email. Basic skills needed – using a mouse and keyboard, powering a computer on and off, and general understanding of Windows. Classes will be from noon – 2 p.m. each Wednesday at the College Avenue Center in the Beth Jacob Synagogue (4855 College Ave., College Area). The classes are provided through the San Diego Futures Foundation. Visit for more information or contact Sara Diaz by phone: 858-637-3217 or email:

“Les Misérables” in Concert Thursday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 7 The San Diego State School of Theatre, Television and Film and the SDSU School of Music and Dance will present these four special performances at the school’s Don Powell Theatre (5500 Campanile Drive). A 100-voice choir and 50-piece orchestra will accompany a cast of 30, including Musical Theatre Masters of Fine Arts graduate students, SDSU’s Director of Choral Studies Dr. Patrick Walders and veteran Broadway actor Ivan Rutherford. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Visit to purchase tickets online.

Panic, 6171 Mission Gorge Road #113, Grantville. DonutpanicSD. Karaoke: 9 p.m., hosted by Erica at your favorite neighborhood haunt. Pal Joey’s, 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens.

Fridays: Curbside Bites: 5 – 9 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at Westfield mall, 1640 Camino Del Rio N., Mission Valley. Rock Out Karaoke: 9:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, karaoke with a dynamic live band. JT’s Pub, 5821 Mission Gorge Road, Grantville.

Saturdays: Used book sale: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Wide selection of books and other items are available for all ages. San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive, San Carlos. Guided Nature Walks: 9:30 – 11 a.m., free nature walk with trail guide on one of three trails starting at the visitor center. Walks cancelled if raining. Mission Trails Regional Park, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos.



Guided Nature Walks: 9:30 – 11 a.m., free nature walk with trail guide on one of three trails starting at the visitor center. Walks cancelled if raining. Mission Trails Regional Park, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Karaoke: 9 p.m., karaoke to close out your weekend. Camel’s Breath Inn, 10330 Friars Road Suite 106, Grantville.

Chair Yoga: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., free class where yoga

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RECURRING EVENTS Mondays: Brilliant Babies Storytime: 10:30 a.m., recommended for pre-walkers. Allied Gardens/ Benjamin Branch Library, 5188 Zion Ave., Allied Gardens.


Jazz Fridays: Jazz at the Cosmo at The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel. Free. 6:30 p.m. OldTownCosmopolitan. com. 2660 Calhoun St., Old Town. Charlie Arbelaez Trio at The Rook. Free. 9 p.m. 7745 University Ave., La Mesa. Saturdays: Jazz with George and Alan at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Douglas Kvandal with the LiveJazz! Quartet at the Amigo Spot at the Kings Inn. Free. 7 p.m. KingsInnSanDiego. com. 1333 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley.

Pop Tuesdays: Suzanne Shea and Bob Wade at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Fridays: Nathan Welden at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 p.m. BistroSixtySD. com. 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Dec. 4: Peter Bolland playing John Denver at Vision Center for Spiritual Living. $10. 7 p.m. 6154 Mission Gorge Road, Suite 100, Grantville. Dec. 5: Phillip Phillips at RIMAC Arena. $26 and up. 8 p.m. 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla.

Classical Nov. 21 – 23: Ling Conducts Mahler at Copley Symphony Hall. $20 – 96. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. SanDiegoSymphony. org. 750 B St., Downtown. Dec. 12: Annual Messiah Sing-Along and Play-Along with chamber orchestra and choir at Founders Chapel at University of

San Diego. $5 – 10. 7:30 p.m. 5998 Alcala Park, Linda Vista. Dec. 14: Many Strings at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center Auditorium. Free. 3–4 p.m. 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos.

Alternative Nov. 22: Silvermine at Pal Joey’s. Free. 9 p.m. 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens. Dec. 6: Moving Units, All Leather, Qui and Secret Fun Club at Brick by Brick. $15. 8:30 p.m. 1130 Buenos Ave., Morena. Dec. 13: Vinyl Pirates at Chico Club. Free. 8:30 p.m. 7366 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa.

Other Nov. 28: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Viejas Arena. $39.50 and up. 4 and 8 p.m. 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, College Area. Dec. 18: Berkley Hart’s annual Christmas Monkey performance at Vision Center for Spiritual Living. $15. 7 p.m. FolkeyMonkey. com. 6154 Mission Gorge Road, Suite 100, Grantville. Dec. 21: Panamerican Shanty II at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center Auditorium. Free. 3 – 4 p.m. 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Bands, venues, and music-lovers: please submit listings for this calendar by emailing Jen@ ■

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Surreal, satiric ‘Enron’ opens at Moxie Charlene

“Enron” by Lucy Prebble 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays – Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays Through Dec. 7 Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. (92115) $27 general admission or 858-598-7620

Baldridge “Do they always do things so well?” asked my flabbergasted companion during the interval (Sunday, Nov. 16) of Moxie Theatre’s meticulous, fabulously acted production of Lucy Prebble’s 2010 Broadway play, “Enron.” The answer is yes, of course they do, but the plays are not always so fascinating as this one. Producing “Enron” is a daring move on Moxie’s part. But what is Moxie if not daring, especially when presenting plays written by women? New York Times’ critic Ben Brantley was not kind in his review, and the Broadway production closed in a week’s time, despite a cast of Broadway’s best. “Enron” had been such a hit in Prebble’s native Great Britain, that the Guardian newspaper, which called Brantley’s review “obtuse and hostile,” in part attributed its New York failure to conservative audiences that refuse to embrace anything outside the tradition of reality. With its raptors, mice and music, “Enron” is decidedly outside the realm of reality. It is delicious satire as well. The theater lover may feel as if he or she has fallen into the honeypot, what with the simultaneous opening of another satire, “Honky,” at San Diego Rep. Moreover, as my friend attests, even the avid reader of the

Lucy Prebble takes an abstract jab at the true tale of corporate crime in “Enron.” (Photo by Daren Scott)

events that led to the collapse of Enron in 2001 did not have so clear a view of its causes. In other words, what “Enron” achieves is much more than a dry case study. It achieves clarity and entertains at the same time. Enron owner Ken Lay (Mark C. Petrich) appoints a daring darling named Jeffrey Skilling (the amazing Max Macke) to the position of chief executive officer. In turn, Skilling appoints the clever, morally pliable Andy Fastow (Eddie Yaroch) as chief financial officer. Fastow conceives an ingenious way to disguise Enron’s losses by

creating a fictitious corporation in which to hide them, even persuading Arthur Anderson (accounting firm) auditors to participate in the ruse. The whistle blower may have been Claudia Roe (perfectly cast Lisel Gorell-Getz), who had expected to become CEO. Macke, who’s been seen in numerous roles at Carlsbad’s New Village Arts, exceeds all previous performances on San Diego stages as Skilling, and he does it without breaking a sweat. He is one of the founding members of the late, lamented Poor Players, where he played numerous Shakespeare

roles. This is fitting, because “Enron” has been compared to “King Lear.” Playing multiple roles are James P. Darvas, Don Evans, Jo Anne Glover, Alexander Guzman, Robert Kirk, Sandra Ruiz and Savvy Scoppeletti. Director Jennifer Eve Thorn, whose instincts are impeccable, cast her own daughter, Penelope, who is in first grade, to be Skillings’ daughter in Tim Nottage’s projections. This bit of nepotism is deeply appreciated because it is part and parcel of Moxie’s raison d’etre. Long may they wave.

In addition to Nottage’s scenic and projection design, the creative team includes Javier Velasco, choreographer; Jennifer Brawn Gittings, costumes; Matt LescaultWood, sound; Christopher Renda, lighting; Emily Smith, masks and crafts; and Angelica Ynfante, properties. San Diegans may feel more involved than people from cities other than Houston, which is where the play is set and where Enron was headquartered: Enron had a highly visible presence here. For their criminal acts, the principals were sentenced to prison and the Arthur Anderson firm was forced out of business. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at charb81@■


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Consider your options for holiday pet care Sari



ith the holidays quickly approaching, you may be seeking care for your pets while you travel. The two basic choices are either boarding or having someone come to your home to look after them. Making the best decision depends on several factors. To assist you, I have listed some things you need to consider. Is your pet a cat or dog? Cats are very territorial and do not like change. For them, staying at home with an experienced caregiver is the preferred choice. Do you have a senior pet? Many seniors, although quite social, prefer to maintain the status quo and stay at home. Familiar surroundings are much less stressful when family is away. What is the health of your pet? Dogs or cats with medical concerns often have special needs. Sometimes they require medications. In this case, you will want to have a caregiver who is skilled, experienced and comfort-

able administering medication as required. Medically compromised pets should probably remain in their home environment. Some veterinary technicians offer pet sitting and may be an excellent choice for your caregiver. If your pet requires round-the-clock attention, getting someone who is skilled and can stay at your home is ideal. Alternatively, you may want to consider boarding your pet with the veterinarian while you are gone. Most veterinary clinics offer this option. What is your dog’s personality? Is he social? Does he enjoy the companionship of humans and other dogs? For those of you who work from home, your pet is used to having someone around a lot. If you are going away for more than just a few days, your dog is really going to miss the human contact, and in this case, I would recommend boarding. Make sure you do your due diligence and are comfortable with the care your pet will receive at the boarding facility. Do you have more than one pet? With two or more dogs or cats, they have each other for companionship. Also, if you have several pets, one skilled caregiver coming to your home would be

much more practical than boarding the dogs and getting care at home for the other animals. What is the duration of your trip? If you decide on home care, be sure the frequency of visits will be appropriate to keep your pet from feeling lonely and depressed. For dogs, a minimum of two visits a day and preferably three works best. For kitties, a minimum of one daily visit. What can you afford? When planning your holiday vacation, factor in the cost of pet care and remember this is not the place to skimp. These are your family members and you want them to get proper care. By taking these factors into consideration, you can move forward in finding the best in-home caregiver or boarding facility for your furry kids, ensuring both you and your pets have a good holiday vacation. —Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services. For more information you can contact her at 760-644-0289 or visit www.■

ADOPT A PET Names: Ozzy and Harriet Age: 7 months old Gender: Neutered male and spayed female Breed: Domestic Short Hair ID #: 150523 and 150524 Adoption Fee: $125

Ozzy and Harriet, two 7-month-old Domestic Short Hair mixes, are sweet kittens looking for a fun-loving home to call their own. Since they have entered our care, their caretakers have been working with them to bolster their confidence when meeting new people, and now they are ready to find a great new family to love them. While they are a little shy and reserved at first, these little kittens have a lot of love to give. They may be adopted together or separately, as they are not bonded and can live happy lives either way. Ozzy, a velvety black male, and Harriet, a black and white female, are both fairly mellow and would thrive in a home with adults or older, respectful children, due to their shy personalities.



They are also part of our new “Everything’s Better With A Buddy” adoption program — adopt any cat or kitten, and we’ll waive the adoption fee for a second. The adoption fee includes the cost of spaying or neutering, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, and 30 days of complimentary medical insurance from Trupanion Insurance. Ozzy and Harriet are available for adoption through San Diego Humane Society at 5500 Gaines St. in the Morena/Linda Vista area. To learn more about making either (or both) of them part of your family, please call 619-299-7012.■

S.D. Humane Society & SPCA 5500 Gaines St. (92110) 619-299-7012 |


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LOCAL NEWS Sycuan, from page 22 by Sycuan Tribal Chairman Daniel Tucker. Come join the celebration and share in the fun. San Diego’s closest and friendliest casino, Sycuan Casino began as a humble Bingo Palace back in 1983. Now, 31 years later it has become a community landmark. Undergoing a massive renovation in 2012, Sycuan now features 2,000 exciting reel and video slot machines, more than 40 gaming tables, poker, bingo, off-track betting, and a variety of restaurants to choose from. Non-smokers will also enjoy over 350 slots and table games in the comfort of San Diego’s first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room – complete with its own separate entrance and Paipa’s Surf & Turf buffet. The GameDay Sports Bar & Grill has 39 wide-screen TVs, five 100” TVs, bar-top slot machines, a stadium sized menu, 12 beers on tap, and an extensive collection of sports memorabilia. Sycuan’s intimate 457-seat entertainment venue, Sycuan Live & Up Close, features national musical acts and comedians year-round. Open 24 hours daily.For additional information visit www.■

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Zion Avenue Baptist 4880 Zion Ave, San Diego, CA 92120 (619) 582-2033 St. Therese Catholic Church 6016 Camino Rico, San Diego, CA 92120 Sun: 7am, 9am, 11am; Mon: 6:20am, 7:30am; Sat: 5pm (619) 286-4605 Fr. Michael M. Pham Masjid al-Rribat 7173 Saranac St., San Diego (619) 589-6200 Imam Mohamed Gebaly Temple Emanu-El 6299 Capri Dr., San Diego 92120 Fridays 6:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:30 a.m. (619) 286-2555 Rabbi Devorah Marcus Holy Spirit Anglican Church 6116 Arosta St., San Diego 92115 Sunday, 9:30 a.m. (619) 324-9171 Father David Montzingo Palisades Presbyterian Church 6301 Birchwood St., San Diego 92120 Sunday 9:30 a.m. (619) 582-0852 Rev. Dr. Steve Davis Ascension Lutheran Church 5106 Zion Ave., San Diego 92120 Sundays 9:15 a.m. (619) 582-2636 Interim Pastor Karin Boyle Mission Trails Church-Allied Gardens 6550 51st St., San Diego (Foster Elementary School) Sundays 11:00 a.m. Pastor Kyle Walters Mission Trails Church-San Carlos 6460 Boulder Lake Ave., San Diego (Springall Academy) Sundays 9:00 a.m. Pastor Kyle Walters The Grove Church 4562 Alvarado Cyn. Rd., San Diego 92120 Sundays 9:30 a.m. Pastor John Hoffman Tifereth Israel Synagogue 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd., San Diego 92119 (619) 697-1102 Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Chabad of East County (Jewish) 8691 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa 91942 (619) 647-7042 Rabbi Rafi Andrusier Del Cerro Baptist Church 5512 Pennsylvania Lane, La Mesa, 91942 Sunday Traditional Service 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m.(619) 460-2210 Web Site Pastor Dr. Mark S. Milwee Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Church 455 Church Way, El Cajon 92020 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kevin Womack



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Airstrip, from page 1 One other memory, though this one was in the vague category, was knowing about the airstrip that was out there somewhere near the State College (not University yet). Yes, there was an airstrip out there, sort of on the mesa east from Fairmount Avenue, and occasionally you could see a small plane arriving or departing from up there. I never actually did see the airstrip, but clearly one had to be up there. As the years passed, so did those small airplanes, and eventually none were appearing, so presumably that airstrip was inactivated. It was not a major factor in the region’s transportation system, so little was said or written about it. Fast forward to recent times. I’ve asked a few cronies from back there about that airstrip in the eastern part of Mission Valley and no one seems to have any recollection. “How could there have been an air field out in the San Diego State area? That makes no sense,” is sort of a typical response. Well, the facts are that yes, there was an airstrip out there. By poking around with the search buttons, a few tidbits can be found, and the story has some tantalizing tidbits about it. You’ve likely read about some religious folks who believe someday, maybe soon, a major league “rapture” will occur and the select few will fly off up into the far sky somewhere to hook up with a major vessel waiting for them (check the several popular books by former San Diegan Tim LeHaye for specifics). Back in the 1930s and early 1940s, a leader of a Jehovah’s Witnesses group had similar thoughts about major destruction and when a cataclysmic event would occur. According to this leader, an important spot where a select few would survive was a section of land on that mesa west of today’s San Diego State. He built a special “compound” of several structures on that barren land and waited — and waited. Finally, after he died and the major shakeup did not occur, the land was sold and an air field arrived. The religious leader was Joseph Rutherford, who in 1917 was elected second president of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, a Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership group with its main headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. In 1929, Rutherford was able to get the San Diego land and built a mansion: Beth Sarim, the “House of the Princes,” who were a group of biblical religious icons. The larger property was known as Beth Shan (a Hebrew holy city mentioned in the Bible). Rutherford wintered in San Diego, driving to and fro with his two 16-cylinder Cadillacs, and enjoying the good life of San Diego with an oft-consumed alcohol supply (he was well-known for a well-flavored lifestyle) and a workforce at the ready. After some time, Rutherford was offered $75,000 for the 100 acres; however, he could not sell it because he had placed the property in the name of the Princes. He died in 1942, and after considerable legal wrangling the land was sold in 1948.

An aerial view of the Gillies Airport on the mesa west of San Diego State. Montezuma Road can be seen in the foreground. (Courtesy San Diego Air and Space Museum)

The buyers were a husbandwife team of professionalaviators who saw another valuable use for that large flat area on the mesa. Brewster “Bud” Gillies had been a vice president of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. With the start of World War II, pilots of the male type were in demand to fly U.S. military aircraft being cranked out in increasingly large numbers, which created a problem for Grumman and other aircraft companies that needed personnel to test their planes and deliver them to various locations. Gillies believed that hiring women pilots was a viable solution to these problems, and he was a key player in achieving that result. His wife, Betty Gillies, helped tremendously. In 1939, she became president of the NinetyNines, the International Women Pilots Association. The NinetyNines was founded in 1929 and by 1940 had become a strong network with more than 400 women pilots. The group, and Gillies in particular, was working hard to create new flying possibilities and to remove the restrictions imposed on women flyers. In 1942, she was the first pilot to qualify for the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. In March of 1943, she

became the first woman to fly the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft. (I was a big fan of that aircraft, arguing with my pals about which fighter was best.) She ferried various aircraft within the continental United States including the B-17 bomber, the P-38 fighter and others. After some careful, progressively more-involved phases, Bud Gillies’ efforts were supported by Grumman, and soon women became test pilots on Grumman Hellcat fighter airplanes and key players for many previously maleonly aviation roles. (The famous pilot Jacqueline Cochran became president of the Ninety-Nines in 1941.) With the end of the war, the Gillies arrived in San Diego and made an offer to the Jehovah’s Witnesses for that puzzling piece of land on the mesa. After more legal finagling, the Gillies got the land and the state of California issued an airport permit, dated Sept. 30, 1949, authorizing the Gillies to construct and operate a Class S-I Airport on their new land. Little info exists about the airstrip’s operation. Residential development began in 1948 on an adjoining section of that mesa. Lots were for sale north of the airstrip, according

to a history of Alvarado Estates. They went for $5,000. Marketing materials noted that you could fly in and out with your own plane, then taxi it over to your own lot and house. How many new developments could offer that benefit? After a while that was no longer seen as a benefit, and following further development, the airstrip was shut down in 1965. On that same space, another set of lots was set up, thus replacing the

planes with luxury housing. Greg Lambron is a local attorney who grew up in Alvarado Estates and has written articles for the Estates Community about those early arrangements. “I would often see the small planes, such as Cessnas, flying in and out,” he said. “The Gillies lived in the house that had been the Jehovah’s Witnesses compound. They were friends with my dad and we’d often head down to the Town & Country for lunch.” The Gillies lived there until the mid-1960s, then moved up to Rancho Santa Fe. Greg’s family moved into that same house in 1967. “As a kid I’d often see older people, some wearing overcoats, looking at our house and asking ‘Is this the Temple?’ My dad would say it was not.” Today, Alvarado Estates is a major locked-gate community up from Montezuma Road onto Yerba Buena Drive. A few blocks east is another compound, a hugely active institution called San Diego State University. And the Gillies’ airstrip is remembered only by a few — mainly those living right there. —Along with wife Leslie Johnson-Leech, Tom Leech is the author of the new children’s Christmas poetry book, “The Curious Adventures of Santa’s Wayward Elves,” available at and For info about all his books, visit■

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THE IDEALFromCONNECTION Don & Melissa Teemsma “It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude, it’s gratitude that brings us happiness.”

Don & Melissa Teemsma 2nd Generation Owners, Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical

Melissa and I would like to say thank you for supporting our Ideal Family for over 54 years in this community! This is the time of year to pause and reflect on the things in our lives that we are grateful for. Our relationships, health, safety, freedom and successes are all things to be thankful for. We hope that this Thanksgiving you take a moment to think about the things that enrich your life, whether large or small. Write them down, share your thoughts with a friend or simply ponder these things. Since we are a home service and repair company, we’re of course grateful for the things that benefit the homes and lives of our customers. We’re thankful for modern technology and the services we can offer that help you feel more comfortable, secure and happy in your home. We’ve compiled a small list of modern conveniences we can all be thankful for during Thanksgiving.

Toilets: Living in an area where plumbing systems have been in use for decades, we may forget what life is like for others around the world who do not have such systems implemented. According to the United Nations, of our world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. Yet, only 4.5 billion people have access to toilets or latrines. This means that 2.5 billion people live in conditions without proper sanitation. The United Nations designated November 19 as World Toilet Day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet. To learn more visit It can be easy to forget how fortunate we are. We can walk into nearly any building and find clean, running water. Not only that, we can choose the style and model of toilet that we like. Technology has even developed to include touchless features that can activate the toilet flush with the wave of a hand.

KOHLER® Touchless Toilet Heating & Air Conditioning: The cooler weather has many of us running to our thermostats to turn up the heat. A properly installed and sized heating and/or air conditioning system can transform your home to ensure you’re comfortable. Single-Speed Furnaces have improved greatly over the years, however they are still louder and have temperature swings more than other models. Two-Speed or Two-Stage Furnaces allow for more gentle heating and longer cycles to even out heat and allow your home to heat up gradually. Besides the air getting warmer, the walls and furniture will also heat up so you feel cozier in your environment. Variable-Speed or Modulating Furnaces bring incredibly consistent comfort. This system is also very quiet because air flow is slowed down and regulated. You will save on your heating and air conditioning bill with this technology. These units are truly wonderful for those who want the best. Electricity & Lighting: Again looking globally, according to National Geographic, around the world there are approximately 1.2 billion people who live without access to electricity. Additionally, 2.8 billion people depend on unventilated and inefficient wood, crop waste, dung and other biomass to heat their homes. The simple conveniences that become so commonplace for us are considered a luxury in many places around the world. With the flip of a switch, a room is illuminated. A home’s electrical supply gives us access to use appliances, such as refrigerators that preserve our food. We can charge our cell phones and laptops, which help us freely communicate and connect with those around us. Indoor and outdoor lighting provides the added benefits of safety and security.

We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving and join us in being grateful during the holidays, and all year long!

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