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From science to improv, there are plenty of opportunities for Uptown kids to help pass these short summer months

Art Around Adams

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By Anthony King SDUN Editor

(top) The view from the Northeast corner of 22nd and F streets looking south, circa 1930 (Courtesy San Diego Historical Society); (right) the same view today, showing the addition of state Route 94, with Sherman Heights just beyond (Photo by Judd Curran)

Alternatives presented for SR

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Golden Hill CDC sees potential for park lid over section of highway at 22nd Street Florencia’s basics

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By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

Golden Hill residents packed San Diego Japanese Christian Church Saturday, June 1 to hear public officials discuss the proposed state Route 94 (SR 94) Express Lane expansion, a long-term infrastructure project directly impacting their neighborhood. City of San Diego, Caltrans and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) officials attended the community meeting, which was hosted by the Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation (GGHCDC). “What this is all about is getting your feedback,” said Project Manager Andrew Rice at the meeting. Rice was presenting two alternate plans proposed to construct one express lane in each direction in a 2.7-mile stretch on SR 94 from 22nd Street to Interstate 805, partially passing through Golden Hill. The project would not reduce the number of general-purpose lanes along SR 94. The express lanes would ac-

commodate new Bus Rapid Transit service as well as car and van pools linking South Bay and Downtown. The proposals would modify interchanges, ramps, and bridge over and under crossings, connecting to a wider network of express lanes on I-805 and, eventually, state Route 15 (SR 15). Rice gave a slideshow presentation detailing Alternative 1, the “at-grade” alternative for the express lanes and Alternative 2, the “elevated” alternative for the project. Both alternatives would be constructed in the median of SR 94 beginning east of 22nd Street. Alternative 1 would replace left-hand, freeway-to-freeway connectors at SR 94 and SR 15 with standard right-hand connectors; eliminate eastbound 32nd Street and westbound 49th Street onramps to SR 94; and remove the existing northbound SR 15 to westbound SR 94 loop connector. Alternative 2 would see traffic transition to a two-mile-long elevated structure west of 28th Street and extending to Hilltop Drive on

I-805, and would remove the existing eastbound on-ramp from 32nd Street to SR 94 in order to improve weaving and merging conditions. Both alternatives are estimated to cost between $500 and $600 million, with funding coming from federal, state and local sources, including TransNet, the voterapproved, half-cent sales tax to help pay for transportation projects. “We’re in the middle of the environmental phase and will have a draft [Environmental Impact Report] in fall 2014, with a final environmental document approved in 2015,” Rice said of the project’s timeline. Depending on funding, Rice said construction “could begin in 2017, ending in 2020.” At the June 1 meeting, Golden Hill residents questioned public officials about the necessity of the SR 94 project. They expressed concerns about the cost, whether acquisition of public right-of-way by eminent domain would be required, whether the public would use

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Bill Maddox (Courtesy Delle Willett)

Bill Maddox’s mother had Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and Parkinson’s disease. After her death from complications related to the diseases, Maddox noticed some shaking in his right hand and attributed it to the stress of losing his mother and from a start up company that went sideways. But it was more than stress. And in 2006 at age 53 Maddox was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s. Originally from Indiana, Maddox moved to Los Angeles

(Courtesy Reuben H. Fleet Science Center)

in 1975 to attend the Art Center College of Design, where he earned his degree in advertising design. He came to San Diego from L.A. in 1986 and worked for Phillips Ramsey, then one of the top two advertising agencies in San Diego. As art director for seven years, he worked on award-winning ad campaigns for the San Diego Zoo, the Del Mar Turf Club, WD40 and Giant Bicycles. He then moved to the second big agency, Franklin and Associates, where for three years he was senior art director, working on the San Diego McDonalds’ regional, Padres, Thermoscan and Hungry Hunter Steakhouses accounts. He has worked as a freelance art director and designer since 1996. Maddox, who lives in Midtown, works out to help manage the effects of Parkinson’s. He has a regular exercise program that includes yoga and running. He also

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Uptown resident and Parkinson’s patient raising funds for monumental Everest climb


A Fleet camper having fun Summer Science Fun The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center offers several weekly, halfday summer camps from June 24 – Aug. 23 at their building in Balboa Park. The camps are grouped for children in grades one and two, and three and four, with select camps for pre-kindergarten and grades five through eight. “The camps are designed to be fun, educational and hands-on, and to incorporate the Fleet’s exhibit galleries,” program organizers said on the website. Of the 34 camps offered, half are already full, and they suggest early registration. Selections range from “Chemistry in the Kitchen,” “Superhero Science” and “Medieval Inventions” for younger campers to “Space Camp,” “Save the Planet” and “Biotech Bootcamp” for older kids. Most camps begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., offering parents the chance to coordinate with other summer camps being offered throughout Balboa Park, including the popular Aerosummer camps at the San Diego Air & Space Museum starting mid-July, the Museum of Photographic Arts’ camps from July 29 – Aug. 16, and the Natural History Museum’s Summer Camp ATtheNat, starting as early as Monday, June 10. “This means that a child can be dropped off at a morning

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School is out and parents across Uptown will be seeking summer camps and educational opportunities for their children to while away the summer months. With a wide selection of camps available throughout San Diego – Balboa Park has a website designated entirely to programs in the park – we offer up a short selection of opportunities for all summer campers.


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Grant Elementary early redesign process begins Vision for Mission Hills K-8 school campus discussed at series of task force meetings By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

Choosing between two proposed master-plan design concepts for a new school, teachers and parents at Grant Elementary in Mission Hills tentatively selected a combination of both. A meeting outlining the projects was held May 23 at the school, located at 1425 Washington Place. Following passage of Propositions S and Z, the San Diego Unified School District hired Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects to work with faculty, parents, students and the community to develop a state-of-the-art master plan for a complete redesign of the K-8 school’s campus, meeting organizers said. Amenities in the school’s redesign may include new classrooms and administrative offices as well as a joint-use recreational field and an indoor gymnasium. The school is situated next to Pioneer Park. Following a slide presentation at the May 23 meeting by Rick Espana, senior associate at Roesling Nakamura Terada, the Site Master Plan Task Force said they preferred to combine the NorthSouth orientation of the joint-use recreational field from one design concept with the L-shaped building configuration of the other. Likening the school’s redesign to a “Rubik’s cube,” in which de-

sign elements can be rearranged, Espana and his team walked the task force through both prospective school design alternatives at the group’s second meeting. He said the two alternative design concepts presented were the synthesis of input received from both students and task force members. “We’re presenting a couple of conceptual site plans based on what students and task force members told us so we can come back with a preferred site plan,” Espana said. “Hopefully by June 20 we’ll have this all wrapped up.” Another task force meeting is scheduled for June 20, where a working master plan will be presented. The next step in planning the school’s redesign will be to allot the square footage for various functions on the school’s smaller campus site, Espana said, and the process would move into a second phase, which will include a Design Task Force to continue the process of gathering community, student and faculty input. “We really don’t have plans or architectural elevations; that’s coming at a later meeting,” he said. “Now we’re interested in looking at volumes of space and how it works on the site.” Members of Grant Elementary’s Site Master Plan Task Force were not squeamish about registering their views on how their campus should be reconfig-


S Grant Elementary K-8 across from Pioneer Park (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat) ured. Their feedback is part of a continual vision process, creating a wish list for the finished school that takes in the changing needs of the neighborhood, the students and faculty, and the school district. “Having the library over the gym is not a good idea. There needs to be a quiet building,” said one member, who added putting a music room above the gym where noise from both could cancel each other out might be a better alternative. Another member said they thought regrouping the buildings into an L shape was an effective use of space. Nearly everyone seemed to like the concept of having a central courtyard in the school’s remodel. Yet another member suggested that more attention – and space – be devoted to a new

school garden in redesign plans. The architectural team agreed, saying that students, when asked what was important to them in redesigning their school, said adding more trees and providing more shade campus-wide were important considerations. It was pointed out at the May 23 meeting that the school would remain open while construction was being done to reconfigure the campus. It was also noted that funding is still needed for the long-term campus redesign project, however construction is not expected to begin before 2015 and could start as late as 2020. Nearly a century old, Grant Elementary is a historic institution in the Mission Hills neighborhood. Beginning as an elementary school at the start of World War I

and expanding to include a middle school in 2008, Grant is one of San Diego Unified’s top performing K-8 schools. It is now home to approximately 625 students, ages 5 through 13 and encompasses nine grade levels. The school offers programs that include accelerated math and services for advanced students, as well as instruction in art, music, drama, digital media design and Spanish language. The May 23 meeting was the second in a series for the current task force about the redesign. The third meeting was held Thursday, June 6 after this story went to press. The final meeting for the task force is June 20. For more information and to participate on a future task force, email


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breaks into Normal Heights Two ‘sober sisters’ open a bar filled with art, music & coffee By Morgan M. Hurley SDUN Assistant Editor

A new coffee shop has opened its doors at 3562 Adams Ave., nestled among a small string of businesses on the eastern edge of Normal Heights. Called Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar, the theme of this new establishment is something immediately apparent from its BGCB logo, which was closely fashioned after the infamous but now shuttered Manhattan music joint, “CBGB,” a venue that helped make punk rock and New Wave music formidable in the 1980s. The two co-owners also embody that theme, as April Walsh and Malakiah Hammers selfdescribe themselves as a couple of “over 40, old school, young at heart, punk-rocker lesbians.” While a lot of the music they play, and the Ramones and Blondie posters they’ve adorned their walls with, may be old school, there is nothing old about this coffee bar or its offerings. In fact, they are as modern as can be. To start, their water undergoes “reverse osmosis,” making each

cup as fresh as the last. In addition, their coffee menu is broader than most. Coffee drinkers of today have become all-too familiar with regular drip and the latte- and Frappuccino-styles of coffee, and although BGCB offers those types too, they have joined a newer coffee-making culture and are making two alternative styles their specialty. The first is called “pour over” coffee. “I call it camping coffee,” Walsh said. Pour over is the method of manually and slowly pouring boiling water through a filter device that contains finely ground coffee situated right above each cup. It takes a little more time, Walsh said, but for “old school” coffee drinkers, it really brings out the flavor. The second alternative is called “cold brew,” which involves five pounds of coffee grounds mixed with five gallons of water and left to steep in a refrigerator for 12 to 16 hours. Although this type of brewing is not new to teas, it certainly is to coffee. Walsh said it offers the consumer a true iced coffee that is full of flavor and low in acidity.

(l to r) Malakiah Hammers and April Walsh are bringing a modern twist to old school themes. Logo (left) designed by Eleni Diamantopoulos (Photo by Anna Frost)

“Most places just take old, leftover coffee and pour it over ice,” she said. The pair never use preservatives, and offer free WiFi, dish out doggie treats, have rotating artists on display, and offer gluten-free goods, some of which Hammers bakes in house herself. The monthly rotating artist idea is already so popular they are booked until November. Another progressive way of thinking is their “suspended coffee,” which allows customers to

pre-purchase a cup for someone less fortunate in true pay-it-forward style. “I already have 12 cups set aside right now,” Walsh said, adding that it helps build community. “I don’t like to turn anyone down, and this way I don’t have to.” The physical aesthetics of Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar is gritty and rustic, but overwhelmingly warm and inviting. The front face of the building and base of the main concrete coffee counter were made from reclaimed wood: 40 pallets that the two located, disassembled and then varnished themselves, using eight different shades. Wood tones, chalkboard paint, Spanish olive-colored walls, a hand-made steel pipe pour-over stand, iron chairs with raspberr y and black accents to match their logo, and various antiques round

out the motif. Walsh and Hammers, sober 16 and 14 years respectively, met in recovery in 2004. Hammers said she had previously toiled in the Northern California coffee business for years, so when Walsh proposed cashing in her own pension to start BGCB, Hammers was in. The two women tried out half a dozen coffee roasters before settling on The West Bean, a local, female-owned business on Mission Gorge Road. BGCB’s teas are also local, coming from the San Diego House in Old Town, and any baked goods not made in house come from Olive Oil Café. Walsh also makes regular trips to farmers’ markets for other items. Though not a couple, Hammers said the two friends are well matched in their chosen workplace. “We have good balance. She likes to shop and I like to put away,” she said. “We’ve always watched out for each other.” Walsh, who purposely put off opening BGCB until after a trip to the Coachella Festival last April, plans to launch acoustic Fridays and bands on Saturdays, and looks forward to offering “sober football,” she said, when the NFL season begins in August. On June 15 they plan a singersongwriter showcase on the front patio, and on June 22 two or three bands will play on their back patio. Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar is located at 3562 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights. They are open every day until 7 p.m., opening at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. on the weekends. On special event nights, including the June 15 and June 22 shows, they will stay open until 10 p.m. You can follow them at brokegirlscoffeebar.u


Alex Quinones takes a turn.

Christine Eco draws people’s stories.

Adams Avenue sidewalks bustled with people and artists.

(Photo by Cynthia Robertson)

(Photo by Cynthia Robertson)

(Photo by Cynthia Robertson)

A grassroots happening Artists show & tell at 10th annual Art Around Adams By Cynthia Robertson SDUN Reporter

No question about it, Adams Avenue has got the groove going on. The 10th annual Art Around Adams held June 1 was a twomile-long happening from Normal Heights to Kensington. Unlike at other San Diego street fairs, Art Around Adams organizers did not have to rope off the street. Shopkeepers flung their doors open, coffee shops had singers crooning to small gatherings, and people painted murals on walls. Even the Kensington Library had in on a piece of the action, with Aerial Revolution Circus entertaining on the lawn. At Back to Tombuctou, shop owner Claudio DeLucca said Art Around Adams has been very good at bringing people out and about. “With events like these, Adams Avenue is getting to be a destination point,” DeLucca said. The soft voice of a young girl singing

emanated from nearby Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar. Co-owner Malakiah Hammers bustled about filling orders for iced coffees. “The turnout has been great,” she said. On the patio outside, Roxy King played the guitar and sang Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me.” When King finished the song, the folks on the patio put down their iced coffees to applaud. Passersby on the sidewalk who had stopped to listen, joined. Across the street, a crowd gathered to watch mural artists spray paint on the side of Mega Dollar. Ten-year-old Alex Quinones bent down to paint a small area, with his dog Mickey at his side. “[It’s the] first time I tried this. It’s pretty neat,” he said. Chris Dyer, a skateboard artist from Canada, smiled at Quinones. “He’d been watching me work, and I wanted to give him a chance to try it,” Dyer said. Dyer has a show of his skateboard art at ArtLab Studios, who partnered with Mega Dollar to get the space for Dyer and neigh-

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borhood artists for the mural art. “I have to tip my hat to the local skateboard community of San Diego,” Dyer said. “It’s been so friendly to me.” The grassroots art scene of Adams Avenue is a boon to local artists, too, such as Steve Hilferty, who had his work for sale on the sidewalk. “I took classes at the Academy of Art from Andrea Rushing,” Hilferty said. “Now I get to be here today because, in a sense, this is like an art show.” The artists on Adams Avenue depict the heart of the neighborhoods surrounding it. In a parking lot, where fencing and wrestling demos were taking place, Christine Eco sat on the ground under a small threesided enclosure. “Tell Me a Story,” read a sign tacked up on one side. Cathrow Zishka sat cross-legged watching Eco work. “She’s drawing the story of my special friend and how we met,” Zishka said. Eco drew in some balloons, a pair of ballet slippers and a bottle of champagne. Zishka said the drawing was a perfect birthday gift for her friend. “It’s unique. She’s doing a great job,” she said about Eco. The Tell Me A Story booth was something that Eco had dreamed up after being offered a space from a friend. “This is an


This year marks the 10th annual event. (Photo by Cynthia Robertson) experiment to see how well I could do. I’m amazed at the response,” Eco said. Brenna Gebauer, who lives on Adams Avenue, summed up the experience: “Where else can you find a neighborhood with a culture like this? Where else can you find fencing, wrestling, art galleries and someone to draw and tell your story all within a 30-second radius?”u

Food is art: Kensington Café got in on the game too. (Photo by Cynthia Robertson)


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Correction The two photographs used in Michael Good’s House Calls column “Tales from the trenches,” published May 24 (Vol. 5, Issue 11), were taken by Bonnie Nicholls. We apologize for the omission.u


Avoid hidden flight, hotel fees By Jason Alderman, Visa Financial Education Program director The last few years have been tough economically for many people. Unemployment fears combined with plunging home, stock and retirement account values caused many to forgo big vacations – even though stressful times are when we most need to recharge our batteries. But with the economy turning around, many families are cautiously dipping their toes in the travel pool once again. Hotel occupancy rates have risen in many areas and airports are as crowded as ever. Airlines and hotels are notorious for tacking extra charges onto their bills. Here are a few to watch out for: • A few airlines allow one free checked bag (Southwest still allows two), but most charge up to $25 for the first checked bag each way, and even more for additional pieces. Plus, most now tack on hefty fees for overweight and over-sized checked and carry-on luggage, so

measure and weigh your luggage carefully. • Expect to pay extra for things like changing flights, extra leg room, priority boarding, unaccompanied minors, pets, Wi-Fi access and food. Some airlines even charge extra to speak to a live person or to buy your ticket at the airport counter or by phone. •, and offer great fee comparison charts for various airlines; but always doublecheck the airline’s own posted rules before booking your flight. • Some hotels charge extra if you check in before a certain time. Ask whether they’ll store your luggage for free until check-in so you can begin sightseeing unencumbered. • Many hotels charge a hefty penalty if you don’t cancel a reservation 24 to 72 hours beforehand and some also charge an earlydeparture fee, sometimes the equivalent of one night’s lodging. Read the hotel’s cancellation policy before booking, especially if you’re looking at a discounted, non-refundable rate. • Minibars often have electronic sensors

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that trigger a charge if you simply move the contents. Also, water or snacks sitting on the dresser may appear to be complimentary, but double-check before consuming. • Hotel parking in major cities can cost up to $50 a day, and many have mandatory valet parking, which means adding a tip on top of that. Research nearby municipal parking lots beforehand, or check the city’s tourism bureau for hotels offering parking promotions. Sometimes using public transportation and taxis is cheaper overall than paying for parking. • Resorts often charge extra for services they offer – such as gym access or daily newspaper delivery – even if you don’t use them. Find out the policy ahead of time and scrutinize your bill for unused services. • Ask to see your bill the night before you check out, so you can review it carefully for overcharges. • If you’re traveling abroad, be aware that using your cellphone can be mighty expensive. Research your carrier’s international calling plan and ask whether your phone is compatible with foreign networks. You may need to rent an international cellphone, or buy or rent an unlocked phone and international SIM card.u

Letters Normal Heights Community Association The Verge Salon sparks interest Congratulations Normal Heights Community Association for your new group. It is a worthy endeavor that you undertake. May you be informative to and provide a voice for your neighborhood, and have fun at the same time [see “New Normal Heights Community Association,” Vol. 5, Issue 11]. Looking forward to Ron joining the Consortium of Community Association Presidents group for conversation and sharing. —Luke Terpstra, Hillcrest Town Council chair, via Great article on the Normal Heights Community Association, and great work by those involved in getting the NHCA restarted [see “New Normal Heights Community Association,” Vol. 5, Issue 11]. For the record, however, the original NHCA started in 1980, not 1985, and had relit the Normal Heights sign, instigated formation of the Adams Avenue Business Association, started the Community Development Corporation, initiated the monthly Adams Avenue Post, and was in the process of moving the fourth annual street fair onto Adams Avenue when the fire occurred. The NHCA was involved in producing the Normal Heights Rebuilding Plan, which was delivered to the City Council 30 days after the fire. The NHCA did, however, initiate the first annual Neighborhood Awards program as a result of the fire. —Gary Weber of Normal Heights, via email

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Sounds like a great night [see “Art, inspiration and entertainment with The Verge,” Vol. 5, Issue 11]. Thanks, it’s always inspiring to hear about new art/artist making their way. Hope I can make it to a show some time! —Cassie Wieden, via

Take a skeptical view I second David Lundin’s heartfelt plea, published in the last issue, that Uptown News and other neighborhood newspapers take a more skeptical view of information they receive instead of merely embroidering press releases – especially those from politicians [see “Letters,” Vol. 5, Issue 11]. Even in San Diego, many politicians twist their words to hide their real agendas and make themselves look good. They shouldn’t be taken at face value. As for other news, not everything that happens in Uptown is a cause for celebration, nor do all plays and restaurants warrant rave reviews. Some recognition of the downsides would induce readers to take you seriously rather than simply use you as a guide to current housing prices. —John Kroll of South Park, via emailu

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UptownBriefs BIRD PARK SUMMER CONCERTS SERIES BEGINS JUNE 15 Jazz musician Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins opens the 11th anniversary season of the Bird Park Summer Concerts series June 15, followed by indie rock band Okapi Sun June 29, Latin jazz artists Todo Mundo July 13, country rockers Kanan Road July 27 and blues band Big Papa and the TCB Aug. 10. The concerts are every-other Saturday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Bird Park is located at the intersection of Upas and 28th streets in North Park, near Pershing Drive. The series began in 2002 as a part of the North Park Community Association (NPCA). “The NPCA’s main message for these concerts is to encourage the entire community to come together, bring along a picnic, enjoy the music, dance and mingle with friends,” NPCA representatives said on the website. Grammy Award-winning Rankins originally hails from Ohio and, after extensive time in New York and Pennsylvania, moved to California in 1990. His first blues album,

“Not Gonna Work This Time” was recorded in 1993 and in 1996, he was the featured artist at a special dedication to musician T-Bone Walker. San Diego-based, he continues to record and produce with his company MoonCook Productions. His album “Take A Brotha Home” was nominated for Best Blues Album at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards. The concerts are completely community supported, and the NPCA is accepting tax-deductible donations to help cover costs for staging the series. For more information visit

UPTOWN PLANNERS SUPPORT IHO EXTENSION At the Tuesday, June 4 Uptown Planners meeting, the board voted 13-1-1 to support extending the current Interim Height Ordinance (IHO), which was first established in July 2008. In 2006, the local planning group proposed an IHO to keep building heights in Mission Hills to under 50 feet and Hillcrest to under 65 feet, in part to hold potential construction until the completed revision of the Uptown Community Plan. That plan has been delayed, and while the IHO was been

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extended – the current extension is set to expire January 24, 2014 – there is no set end date for the Community Plan and Uptown Planners voted to keep the IHO in place until the implementation of the completed plan.

BE THE MATCH FUNDRAISES FOR MARROW DONORS A program of the National Marrow Donor Program, the Be The Match Registry is one of the largest overseers of volunteer cell and blood unit donators in the United States. The online-based community “helps patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant” by raising funds so more individuals can be added to the registry, increasing chances for bone marrow matches for those in need of transplants, representatives said on the website. Three events have been planned in San Diego County for one patient in need, Xavier Sutton. Sutton was diagnosed with acute liver failure in September 2012 at Rady Children’s Hospital and, after treatment, was discharged in November of that year. In March 2013, he was diagnosed with aplastic anema and

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An overview of the area slated for changes on SR 94 (Courtesy SANDAG)


ROUTE94 Bus Rapid Transit, and what steps would be taken to mitigate impacts to Golden Hill from traffic and noise caused by express lane expansion. Dave Schumacher, SANDAG principal transportation planner, answered that the expansion project would provide a critical link in the region’s multimodal transportation system, keeping pace with regional growth by streamlining the freeway system while offering viable alternatives to solo-vehicle travel. “Our experience in North County has shown that people will use Bus Rapid Transit if it’s more convenient and more reliable, especially if the buses are more high end, offering amenities like comfort and higher speed,” Schumacher said. “Long-range transportation calls for increasing travel choices like buses, car and van pooling.” Rice assured local residents that very little acquisition of public right-of-way would be required for the project. He said public officials would also work with local residents to guide them in deciding whether they would want to use mitigation measures, like sound walls, to reduce impacts from sound to their neighborhood from the project. For some Golden Hill residents, SR 94’s proposed express lanes and construction through their neighborhood presents some tantalizing possibilities. One distinct possibility could include creating a “park lid” or cover over SR 94 between 22nd and 25th streets to add green and open spaces, in part to help revitalize the community. After the June 1 community meeting, Judd Cur-

ran, GGHCDC board member, said in an email that local residents have long been disposed toward the park lid concept. “The community today is in strong support for a park lid, and it could provide the opportunity for a world-class park that would have views of Downtown, San Diego Bay, the Coronado Bridge and more,” he said. “This park would close off the noise and air pollutants from blowing into our neighborhoods [and] it would reunite the communities of Golden Hill and Sherman Heights.” Calling potential designs “low-maintenance” and “self supporting,” Curran said out-of-the-box concepts for a park lid could include: • Solar panels • An intimate outdoor music venue for concerts • A new venue for the Golden Hill Farmers Market • Street vendor kiosks, or a spot for food trucks to congregate • An art wall where students from local schools could display art projects • Native plant landscaping with interpretive signage • A playground for children to play. Rice and his project team have been holding public meetings on the project since 2010. Upcoming presentations include two for the city’s Southeastern and Eastern Area planning groups, and one scheduled Wednesday, June 12 for the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee. That meeting takes place at the Balboa Golf Course Clubhouse, 2600 Golf Course Drive, at 6:30 p.m. For additional meeting times, including two Community Enhancements Workshops in July, as well as maps and project outlines, visit keepsandiegomoving. com/sr-94-corridor/sr94-intro.aspx/.u

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How I beat cancer (l to r) Jeff Larabee, Charlie Wurzelbacher, Damon Bassett and Jake Dressler (Photo by Diane Larabee)

These beaches are made for digging By Dale Larabee SDUN Guest Columnist

One Sunday in April, while many Uptowners were shoveling through tax-code jargon, 24 loonies chose instead to shovel holes in the beach in Coronado. They paid $25 for the chance to dig deep and win … a shovel. Competitors aged 3 to 72 dug with plastic shovels, long-handled trench diggers and bare hands. Most arrived barefoot in shorts; a young girl sported cheetah pants and a 3 year old wore a Ninja Warrior headband. All diggers met on a blustery, cold day for the second yearly Urt Hole Digging Competition: “One Person One Shovel.” The Dig is the brainchild of Ian Urtkowski and his business partner Dougie Mann, who own Urt, a Coronado clothing and ocean activity company. Urt? The throaty bark of a sea lion. “Urt” is also the sound some competitors made while shoveling sand heading for, where exactly? “China” grunted one competitor. Adults, called Iron Shovelers, excavated 10 minutes, as did the Purists, or those who scooped sand with bare hands. The six younger competitors dug for five minutes in the Plastic Shovel division, and all competitors had only one goal: to dig the deepest hole. Urtkowski, a summer lifeguard – and Coronado resident since age 2 – said he loves Coronado beaches. “Beaches are for digging,” he told me. “Urt doesn’t cater to sun bathers.” The idea of digging a hole in the beach – add to that a healthy dose of

completion – is ideal for the Urt gang. Local lifeguard Damon Bassett won the Iron Shovel division last year, and it was evident that Navy’s Charlie Wurzelbacher had Bassett in his sights. “Damon got married, maybe that softened him up,” Wurzelbacher said as he staked his claim to a digging spot far removed from Bassett. But first, the children set a trend. On the word “go,” Wren Farley, our Ninja Warrior, began to heave sand everywhere sending his parents running for cameras and the rest just running. The winner, who looked to be 7 or 8, dug 15 inches to walk off with first place. Next, the Iron Shovelers dug less than 20 yards from Ocean Boulevard, a football field and, of course, the ocean, yet before their 10 minutes were up, Wurzelbacher and Bassett dug so deep they were hitting water. “Coronado beach is like a sand bar,” Urtkowski told me. “Last year we dug for 15 minutes, and when I dug a practice hole, I knew we needed to shorten the time this year.” Wurzelbacher nosed out Bassett for the 2013 Iron Shovel Prize; lifeguard Jake Dressler tied Jeff Larabee for third. The Purists, including Grace Dressler and Regina Weeks, looked at their nails when finished and grimaced. I finished last, a distant last. A friend asked if I was going back next year and when I told him yes, he asked why. “’Cause I dig it.” —Dale Larabee is a 40-year resident of Kensington, who is an occasional writer for local newspapers.u

Last Friday, I took my 4-year-old twin girls to the Natural History Museum for a return visit to the big exhibit about dinosaurs, a topic that has dominated their conversation for the past few months. They’re at once fascinated and terrified by the huge displays at the museum. They’ll play make-believe with the little T-Rexes and Stegosauruses in the play area for hours, and they’ll memorize the facts that I read them from the plaques on the more docile looking dinosaurs; but they won’t get within 20 feet of the huge animatronic dinos that grunt, paw at the ground and grind flesh with their robotic jaws. The girls raced up and down the stairs and ran laps around the galleries on the upper floors, and later picked at a pricey lunch in the museum’s café. It was a lovely outing, except for the fact that I was pretty sure I would be dying shortly afterwards. On the way to the museum, I had noticed, while making faces at the kids in the rearview mirror, a dark spot on my left earlobe. It looked kind of like an inkblot. “Perhaps it’s an inkblot,” I told myself, with false lightheartedness that only brought attention to my sudden sense of dread. I looked at it more closely once I had parked and, since it was slightly raised, determined that it was not an inkblot, but certainly a fast-acting, death-dealing tumor that was at that moment spreading its pernicious tendrils deep into my brain. I never used to think like that. Even when I technically had skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, pretty much the least deadly cancer ever) a number of years ago, I was like, “eh, whatever. It’s cool, I’ll just be better about using sunscreen.” But that was before I had kids. It was also before I passed a certain age threshold where bad things started happening to my peers. I know people my age with serious or even terminal illnesses. The extent of this knowledge is exacerbated by the miracle of the internet, through which I am constantly apprised of the comings and goings of people I haven’t seen in 20 years, as well as people I have never even met in real life. Hell, I know people my age who are dead. But mostly it was the kids who gave me the dreads. How would they react when they learned that Daddy was no longer there to take care of them? What would Mom tell them about where I had gone? How would they remember me? Worse, would they remember me? Would they feel an end-

Andy Hinds Parenting less ache for the person who was always with them as they transitioned from wiggling scream-sacks to sentient beings: for the man who contained half of the secrets that could help them understand themselves? Or would I just become a vague memory, a collection of stories that became less accurate in the telling, and more expedient to their personal narratives? Would their new Daddy be rich and have thick, luxuriant hair? These questions distracted me from the more immediate mystery of why the fossil of the land-based Ankylosaurus was found in an ancient seabed with a shark tooth in its side. I texted an ear self-pic, along with the question “what kind of cancer is this?” to a highly respected doctor in my area, with whom I happen to be sleeping: my wife. While she usually responds to any request from family for free medical advice with, “You’ve got about four months … six months, tops,” she texted me back: “The brown spot? I’d need to look at it more closely.” The lack of gallows humor only deepened my anxiety. Had she not been concerned, she would have surely mocked me for worrying about a little blemish on my ear. Her answer was very, well, professional, as if I were a real patient with a real condition. I tried to remember the pamphlets that I had received from the dermatologist when I got surgery for what I had jokingly referred to as “face cancer” seven years ago. What does melanoma look like? Was that the bumpy, colorless one? Or the one that looks like a mole? Or an inkblot? I could never keep that stuff straight. It was like Poison Oak or Black Widows: it didn’t matter how many times I saw the illustrations, the warning signs of the stuff that would mess me up didn’t stick. One thing I knew, though, was that my occupational history (lifeguard, carpenter, ski instructor), and disdain for

sunscreen until age thirty, put me at high risk. “He’s extinct, right?” Maddy asked. “What?” I said. “The Triceratops. He’s extinct, right?” “Oh. Yeah. All the dinosaurs are extinct. Or, you know, they’ve kind of turned into something else. They don’t really live anymore, but we can see still see traces of them in animals that are alive now,” I said, trailing off. “I have to pee!” Livvy interrupted. We raced to the bathroom and, after all the business was done, I rubbed and scratched at my earlobe in the mirror. “What are you doing, Daddy?”  Maddy said. “Oh, just … I have this spot on my ear,” I stammered. “Wash it off, Daddy!” Livvy said. “Well, I don’t think it’s gonna come off from washing, sweetie. It’s not that kind of spot.” “You should put water on it and use a washcloth,” she insisted. “OK. Well, I don’t think it will work, but sure. OK.” I soaked a paper towel and started scrubbing the damned spot. And damned if it didn’t start rubbing off. My earlobe turned red as I scrubbed, but the spot disappeared. “Hah,” I said.  “You’re right, Livvy. It did come off.” “What was it, Daddy?” Livvy asked. “It was just some caulk with dirt stuck to it,” I said. I realized that, as thoroughly as I had scoured myself after working on a window replacement job the day before, I hadn’t gotten every last schmear of polyurethane caulk off of my skin. I must have brushed my face against the trim of the window I had just installed as I tried to squeeze between the wall and the lemon tree. “What’s caulk?” Maddy asked. “It’s the gooey stuff that Daddy uses sometimes to fill in cracks and holes when he’s fixing stuff. Kind of like glue,” I said, but they had already stopped paying attention. “You are exti-inct! You are exti-inct!” they chanted as they ran back toward the dinosaurs. —Andy Hinds is a stay-athome dad, blogger, freelance writer, carpenter and sometimesadjunct writing professor. He is known on the internet as Beta Dad, but you might know him as that guy in North Park whose kids ride in a dog-drawn wagon. Read his personal blog at Reach him at or @betadad on Twitter.u

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There isn’t a single type of smoked meat or fish I can think of that doesn’t warrant swigging alcohol. Think brisket with stout; ribs or chicken with pale ale; pork with pear cider; fish with margaritas. During happy hour at Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar, the discounted possibilities leave a swell aftertaste in your mouth. The daily specials equate to $1 off beer, wine, well drinks and all meal starters from the regular menu. Customers are free to sit anywhere in the restaurant, which features a stylized industrial design with booths, tables and a roomy bar area that flows onto a busy outdoor deck. An old wooden wagon parked on the front lawn confirms you’ve

Tequila sunrise (Photo by Dr. Ink)

come to a Texas-style barbecue joint that hardly ever turns off its meat smokers. Fresh off a flight from Missouri, my companion had catfish on his mind. Lo and behold, the appetizer list offers a pair of tacos filled with the earthy tasting species, which came dusted in Cajun seasoning. The corn tortillas also folded in cabbage, fruit chutney and queso fresco, striking a culinary match to the grenadinespiked tequila sunrise he ordered. The orange juice in the cocktail scored particularly well to a basket of crawfish-stuffed corn fritters glistening in maple syrup, with the acidity balancing their sweetness and dispelling any residual grease left on the tongue. We loved the sneaky bursts of chili heat inside the fritters, which was just enough to nudge open our sinuses. I ordered a duo of “BBQ tacos,” choosing moist, hand-pulled chicken over the brisket and pork options. A lightstyle beer became the fitting drink of choice, and fortunately the list included more than Corona and Coors. If there was ever a beer that actually tastes better when Longserved Arctic-cold, it’s Long board Lager from Kona, Hawaii. Smooth, light and teasingly hoppy, the lager arrived super-chilled; leaving me decided that these will be my go-to suds on the hottest of summer days ahead. Better yet, it’s fairly cheap. A 12-ounce draft with the discount was $4.


FOOD BRIEFS By Frank Sabatini Jr. SDUN Reporter

The charcoal grills have been fired up for the summer in front of Albertson’s in Mission Hills, giving passersby the opportunity to purchase burgers, ribs, chicken and sausages fresh off the coals. The service, available from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through September, is spearheaded by the store’s meat department. The third-pounder “pub burgers” priced at $4 are a steal. They’re filled with Jack cheese, mushrooms and bell peppers. 422 W. Washington St., 619-291-1277.

Other beer options that step outside bulk commercial brands include Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery in Texas, Orange Avenue Wit from Coronado Brewing Company and a rotation of seasonal stouts. The wine list is limited to common varietals, with different labels divided between reds and whites. Brazen’s award-winning ribs are not on the happy hour food menu, though things like smoked chicken wings and sliders filled with brisket, sausage or pork will keep carnivores sated without breaking the wallet.u

RATINGS: Drinks: The Longboard Lager drafts are served appropriately ice-cold while a tequila sunrise, served in a smallish glass, didn’t skimp on the booze. The beer list features a mix of commercial and craft brands. Wines are limited.

Food: Seasoned catfish finds a welcome home in tacos, as does smoked brisket, pork and chicken. The happy-hour menu extends also to meaty sliders, baconwrapped jalapeno poppers and fried corn fritters stuffed with crawfish

Value: Three heavy appetizers and a couple of drinks average about $35. Not the cheapest happy hour in town, but the food portions are substantial and well drinks aren’t watered down.

Service: The friendly blue-eyed bartender who doubled as our table waiter was one fast cat.

Duration: Happy hour is held all day on Sundays and for a good portion of the late afternoon during the remainder of the week. If you take to the outdoor deck, you get the added bonus of warm, indirect sunshine.

A new restaurant showcasing handmade pastas and fresh seafood is due to open in Hillcrest by early July. Named Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen, the venture was launched by restaurateurs Wade Hageman and his wife Kristi, who also operate Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria and The Craftsman New American Tavern, both located in Encinitas. Company chef Marlaw Serasti will oversee the menu. Hageman completely gutted and redesigned the space, which was formerly Bayu Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine. The new look features interior brick incorporating wood and metal elements as well as a freshly built bar. 530 University Ave.

Get your French fries smothered in Southern red-eye gravy at the new Hubcap in North Park, which is up and running after owner Jay Porter replaced El Take It Easy with it last month. The succinct menu offers salads, appetizers and burgers using grass-fed beef, along with cocktails, wine and draft beers. For those unfamiliar with red-eye gravy, the recipe blends a little bit of coffee with beef and pork stock. As for the “fluffy cheese” that shows up on the burgers and Jalapeno poppers, it’s a mix of mild cheddar, blue and cream cheeses. 3926 30th St., 619-291-1859. Rarely do San Diego restaurants fetch a solid five stars on, despite some of the known antics of proprietors peppering their listings with stellar reviews. But even outside the ratings web site, Pomegranate Sobaka in Golden Hill has garnered huge fanfare since opening a couple months ago. With a menu strikingly similar to that of Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant in North Park, though separately owned, the café whimsically fuses Russian, Georgian and California cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with scaled pricing options tailored for “communists,” “socialists” and “anarchists.” 2469 Broadway, 619-297-4007.

Chef Olivier Bioteau of the Farm House Café in University Heights proves that duck confit isn’t a French specialty reserved exclusively for winter. Continuing through the summer, he will serve the labor-intensive dish starting at 5 p.m. every Sunday evening, pairing the meat with differently prepared summer vegetables such as squash and corn. Bioteau cures the duck in a proprietary blend of spices overnight before simmering it in its own fat for a few hours. The meat is then oven-roasted to order. Plates range between $21 and $25. 2121 Adams Ave., 619-269-9662.u

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Prices: Salads and appetizers, $3.99 to $11.99; pasta, pizza and entrees, $10.50 to $21.95; lunch specials, $5.50

BACK TO THE BASICS Italian cuisine has become rather sophisticated over the last two decades. Rarely before would you find a bottle of Chianti sharing table space with lobster ravioli or arugula-covered pizzas, at least not in the mom-and-pop kitchens that are mainstays in most American neighborhoods. Yet when the hankering strikes for a humble dish of spaghetti and meatballs or oozy manicotti, coupled with buttery garlic bread, we narrow our searches to places like Florencia’s. Setting out to eat within the hang of lunch and dinner, my friend was equally intent on finding the kind of saucy, old-school Italian food he grew up with in New Jersey and that I savored on Sundays at my grandmother’s house in Buffalo, N.Y. Lucky for us, we arrived at Florencia’s shortly before 4 p.m., at which point the extraordinarily cheap daily lunch specials end. You’ll be hard pressed to find any place else in town selling 10inch pizzas with two toppings for only $5.50. Things like lasagna, ravioli and spaghetti are also the same price during lunch, and served with jumbo slices of toasted garlic bread. At about 16 years old, the restaurant reveals its age with faded frescos adorning the entranceway and red pleather booths ripped in a few

spots. A series of ornately framed porcelain relief plaques positioned along a main wall appear oddly precious, and further confirming that a big pot of homemade red sauce is simmering in the back before you can even smell it. We ordered mostly from the lunch card, starting with a pepperoni-mushroom pizza sporting a medium-thick crust that seems on the verge of extinction in the face of today’s ubiquitous thin-crust pies. The sauce was bright and fresh, and the mozzarella was applied judiciously, much like Italians from a couple generations ago preferred. I craved plain ole spaghetti with meat sauce, adding two fairly large meatballs to the dish for an extra $4. Still, the meal with garlic bread came to just under $10. The portion was doggie bag worthy while the sauce tasted soft around with edges, striking mildly sweet notes and the right level of acidity. The meatballs also passed a very specific test I give them everywhere, in which they’re made with finely ground beef that isn’t overly salted while containing enough breadcrumbs in the mix so that they soften evenly during the cooking process. These weren’t my grandmother’s, but they were pleasingly close.

Classic spaghetti and meatballs (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)


Restaurant Review More impressive was a pair of homemade sausage links that my friend ordered with his hand-stuffed manicotti from the regular menu. “This is what I expect Italian sausage to taste like,” he said, comparing it to the sausage he savored in Jersey at a shop owned by his friend’s father. The links were lean and tender and loaded with sweet fennel, as they should be. As for the manicotti, they were generously stuffed with creamy parsley-specked ricotta and served with a side of spaghetti. One of the big sellers on the regular appetizer menu is Alfredo breadsticks, priced at $8.99. Curiously, they cost $5 more than a side of meatballs or sausage. Our waiter, a young and personable Albanian related to the owners, hinted that the sticks are big and labor-intensive, filled lusciously with the famous Parmesan-based cheese sauce. I’d be willing to give them a try after closing down a nearby bar, given that the restaurant stays open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition to pastas, Florencia’s dinner menu flaunts a bevy of other classics such as chicken picatta, eggplant or veal Parmesan, shrimp scampi and cannoli or tiramisu for dessert. With a few spots of tomato sauce soiling my notes and nostalgic flavors lingering on our tongues, we got exactly what we wanted.u

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Old House Fair Revived and Thriving in South Park Businesses, Residents Turn Neighborhood into “Old House Central” Maureen Ceccarelli, owner of Studio Maureen & The Next Door Gallery on Beech Street for the past 25 years, fields phone calls and applications for the Old House Fair, coordinates entertainment, and manages the Historic Home Tour. And that’s only a partial list of her responsibilities. Working with a dedicated team of volunteers, Ceccarelli has brought passion and consistency to the popular festival that features exhibits, vendors, food, and music on Beech and 30th streets, plus tours of South Park and historic homes. The event will again fill the tree-lined streets next Saturday, June 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. So it might surprise you that the Old House Fair, now thriving in its 15th year, almost died. Started by the South Park Action Council and later managed by the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), the fair had several directors. Ceccarelli helped with volunteers. But after a few years, attendance declined and fewer businesses signed on. Her friends told her, “You should do it, Maureen. You already know everything.” So in 2008, Ceccarelli took on the task of reviving the Old House Fair, at first working on her own. One key to survival was securing sponsors to offset the costs. “Ed Landsberg [Realtor] stepped up as our major sponsor, along with South Bark Dog Wash, Whistle Stop Bar, Thomas Bike Shop, and Mac the Inspector,” she recalled. “Without the help of these South Park businesses, it would not have happened.”

Local businesses like South Bark Dog Wash are sponsors and exhibitors at the Old House Fair. Katy Perry of the 30th St. business welcomes visitors to South Bark's booth at last year's event. (Photo by Donna Walker)

Those businesses have continued to support the Old House Fair to this day, with local restaurant (and “Grand Orchid” winner) The Station as the Presenting Sponsor for the past three years. In every measure, the event has grown into a significant annual happening. Next week’s fair features 14 sponsors, 70 exhibitors, and advertisers filling the pages of a 48-page souvenir program and resource guide. The event has expanded in other ways as well. Festival food vendors and a stage with musical entertainment were added to the mix, giving “more reason for people to hang out and explore the booths,” Maureen said. “We’ve Maureen Ceccarelli, co-Director of the Old House Fair, at her Beech Street shop in South Park. added arts and crafts for kids, (Photo by Bonnie Nicholls) pet adoptions, flamenco dancing, gardening demonstrations, and this year the Vintage Row.” SOHO continues to support it as well, providing restoration and preservation advice in its “Ask The Experts” booth. “We say this is where to come when your contractor’s been dead for 75 years,” Maureen explained. “The SOHO experts and our exhibitors offer special services for the unique needs of older homes.” Particularly successful is the Historic Home Tour. For a $25 ticket, people visit five beautifully restored Craftsman and Spanish-style homes. Trained docents describe the history and features of highlighted rooms, and all visitors don paper booties to keep floors in good condition. An estimated 750 or more are expected June 15th, many from outside the city of San Diego. “People are surprised to find the cool homes we have Nouveau Designs (Louis Plante) exhibits Arts & Crafts furniture in South Park, the variety and the history,” she said. “The at the Old House Fair. (Photo by Luci Dumas) fair shows off San Diego’s historic character, which is often the tour featured an Art-Deco style home on Kalmia Place, overlooked.” Narrated trolley tours are offered hourly ($5 overlooking the golf course. This year, a home near South per person), with visits into neighboring Golden Hill and Park’s popular Juniper Street shops is on the tour, as is a Burlingame. Urban Safaris offers walking tours of South quintessential bungalow court community. Park in the afternoon. Ceccarelli credits good public relations, managed by her The Historic Home Tour is spread over a 10-block area. co-director, Marsha Smelkinson of the South Park Business Ticket holders may walk, drive or hop on a free shuttle, Group, for the increased exposure and attendance. “Our then return to Beech Street, with time to browse through home tour price is comparatively low ($25), and we have the exhibits and enjoy the festive entertainment. the fair and the interesting neighborhood of South Park For Ceccarelli, organizing the Historic Home Tour is attached to it. There’s something for everybody.” “the really fun part. I’m always scouting for other homes. As for why she stays involved, it comes down to a love And if they say no, you can always ask again.” She relies on of old houses and community. “I love seeing inside people’s her network, such as real estate agents, business owners homes and learning the stories.  I feel like I’m giving back and friends, to find amenable homeowners, or she simply to the community that has supported my business. It’s nice knocks on the door and says she’s with the Old House Fair. to do something that’s enjoyed by so many.” “I’ve never had a door slammed in my face,” she said. “Some people say yes right away. Others have to think The 15th annual Old House Fair is in South Park on Satabout it.” Homeowners who say yes are proud of their community. urday, June 15th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free to the public, and tickets for the Historic Home Tour ($25) and “They believe in restoration and keeping the heritage alive. the Trolley Tours ($5) may be purchased at 30th & Beech St., They’re very generous to let humanity traipse through or online in advance. For more information, visit the website their homes,” she smiled. ( or phone 619-233-6679.ð Every year, she tries to do something different. In 2012,


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Bungalow Courts, Arts and Crafts Masterpiece Highlight Historic Home Tour

The living room of this South Park bungalow court cottage is comfortably designed to suit the resident's lifestyle. (Photo by Bonnie Nicholls) By Bonnie Nicholls South Park is home to several bungalow courts – individual cottages arranged around a communal garden space -- that reflect a Southern California architectural phenomenon of the early 20th century. One of these bungalow courts is included in the Old House Fair’s Historic Home Tour on Saturday, June 15th. The tour features five addresses, including six residences (two at the bungalow court), with a free shuttle available as an optional way to travel from stop to stop around South Park. At each house, docents will guide tourgoers through the architectural, historical and design highlights. Tickets are $25 per person, available in advance online or at the 30th & Beech St. Ticket Booth on the day of the event. “There is so much architectural variety among the historic homes of South Park,” explained Maureen Ceccarelli, co-director of the Old House Fair. “This year’s tour touches on that range,” from the small bungalow courts to classic Craftsman bungalows to the Arts & Crafts masterpiece built 100 years ago as the personal residence of famed local architect Edward “Ned” Quayle. Bungalow courts represent an important aspect of 20th century life in San Diego, as they carry on a legacy celebrating outdoor living and a sense of community in an urban center. The first bungalow court in Southern California appeared in 1909 in Pasadena and was built by Sylvanus Marston, most likely for rich vacationers who wanted to escape the cold winters of the East Coast, according to Robert Winter in his book, The California Bungalow. But eventually bungalow courts became known as affordable single-family residences. Typical bungalow courts are six to ten units, attached or detached, surrounding a garden or courtyard space. Architectural styles vary from Craftsman and Spanish to modernist and even Art Deco. Most bungalow courts were built on streetcar lines -- such as the one that ran through South Park in the

first half of the 20th century -- so residents could use mass transit to commute to work. Single working women often chose to live in bungalow court homes, according to Dr. Jim Curtis, a Cal State Long Beach professor of geography and urban studies. “It became a kind of niche,” he said, “especially for young women who worked downtown in office typing pools. [The bungalow court] in neighborhoods like South Park fit their needs.” They preferred bungalow courts over living in “a great boxlike building” like an apartment, a Ladies Home Journal article noted in 1913. Women could also feel safer in a bungalow court, said other articles. A 1988 study by Professor Curtis and the late Dr. Larry reported that people “liked the idea of other people being around when they weren’t.” That certainly holds true for Christine Winter, a resident of a South Park bungalow court for two years, and the Historic Home Tour docent manager for the Old House Fair. “Everyone looks out for each other,” she said. “You keep your eyes out for everyone, but you’re not in everyone’s business.” Still, there’s just enough space between cottages to enjoy privacy. “You don’t feel like you’re living with 10 other houses,” Winter said, explaining that her court is well constructed and she never hears noise from her neighbors. “No one lives above you. It’s really well laid out.” The garden also adds to the appeal.  It is attractive from the street level, and encourages residents to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, with one’s living space so small, “there’s a greater proclivity to move out into that open space,” Curtis explained. The garden setting definitely appeals to Winter, who enjoys sitting on her doorstep, without the responsibility of maintaining a large yard. Another advantage over apartments: you can go outside without having to walk down a long hallway or take an elevator to feel the sun on your face. In many ways, bungalow courts represent a sense of place – specifically, Southern Califor-

nia -- with bougainvillea and other Mediterranean plants in the gardens, and architecture typical of the region. That sense of place emphasizes a more laid-back, outdoor-oriented way of living, Curtis said, essentially a Southern California lifestyle. Most bungalow courts were built before World War II, as developers’ focus moved from urban areas to the suburbs after 1945. Still, most bungalow courts continue to thrive. Curtis’s 1988 study  found 278 bungalow courts in central San Diego, most located near Balboa Park in neighborhoods like South Park, North Park, and Golden Hill, and 80 percent were still in good condition.   “The bungalow courts still work as a viable housing option,” Curtis explained. “You get a single-family home, albeit small,” with light coming in from all four sides. “They’re just as attractive now as they were when they were built in the first half of the last

century.” Visitors to the Old House Fair will receive a copy of the souvenir Program & Resource Guide, including articles on the architec-

tural history of the Historic Home Tour residences, including “Elm Court.” Admission to the Fair is free of charge. Tickets to the Home Tour are $25 per person.ð

South Park homeowners whose residences are on the Old House Fair tour agree to open their homes to several hundred ticket-holders, who learn about the home's design and history from trained volunteer docents. This is the dining room of the Quayle House, which visitors will tour this year. (Photo by Bonnie Nicholls)

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South Park Couple Restores 103-Year-Old Craftsman, One Project at a Time By Bonnie Nicholls In its 15th year, the Old House Fair bills itself as “where to go when your contractor’s been dead for 75 years.” It is at this event where San Diegans can meet with experts, craftsmen and services that specialize in the unique demands of older homes. Over 70 exhibitors’ booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 15th, arrayed along 30th and Beech Streets in South Park. Anyone who has lived through a renovation project knows it often equals dust and inconvenience. But in the case of an old home, it also means restoring a structure to its former glory. And that means getting the right people for the job. Owning an old house is almost like a religion, according to Anne Steinberger, who lives with her husband, Bob, in a 1910 Craftsman they’ve been restoring since 2004. It’s something that you believe in. The Steinbergers are clearly strong believers. Their two-story, 2,800 square-foot home on Granada Ave. is the second Craftsman they have renovated in South Park. The first is among the five homes on the Historic Home Tour of this year’s Old House Fair on June 15th. The Steinbergers learned with their first home that “you don’t get handymen,” Bob said.  “You want true craftsmen. You’re going to pay more, but hopefully the result is going to be a lot better.” Not only that, but “you want people who are familiar with the neighborhood and understand old houses. You want someone who gets it.” The Steinbergers have made

A specialist in original quality architectural woodwork, William Van Dusen crafted this Philippine mahogany door for a Spanish Revival home in San Diego. Van Dusen will exhibit his work at Old House Fair June 15th. (Photo by William Van Dusen)

many of those connections with people they have met at the Old House Fair. This year they are both supporting the event as docents in the Historic Home Tour home they restored a few years ago. Getting experienced and knowledgeable contractors is particularly important in order to register your home under the Mills Act, as the Steinbergers did. The Mills Act provides a break on property taxes to encourage homeowners to preserve their home as a historical property. During the year-long application process, the Steinbergers learned that the original owners, Henry and Emma Neustadt of Chicago, never lived in the house they built as a spec house. Another surprising fact: All the owners up to 1956 were women. After that, it became the home of different families over the years. Two of their biggest renovation projects were the new roof and the new exterior paint job. The roof took an entire year, and because their home is registered as a historical property, it had to be restored as such, shingle by cedar shake shingle. The roofer also replaced the siding and redid the front porch. Next came the paint job, a five-month process handled by Artistic Brush. The Steinbergers selected Raz+Majette Designs to pick out the five colors: gold, white, green, brick red, and blue. All of the colors had to be permitted. Raz+Majette also selected the interior paint colors, nine in all, as well as chose the color and fabric of the window coverings and seat cushions. Anne herself sewed the window coverings, finishing the last one just before opening their home as part of the 2005 Old House Fair Tour. Other projects included ripping out the old, brown carpet on the stairs and second floor and putting in new flooring, redoing the bathroom upstairs when they discovered water damage from a leaky tub, having Authentic Fireplaces rebuild the firebox in their fireplace, and getting new concrete poured for the front walkway. But much of the house remains as they found it, including lovely wood paneling, trim and beams. In the dining room, plate rails adorn the walls, and Anne decorated them with plates purchased at the Stickley Museum in New

The Laura Tyler House, a classic Craftsman built in 1912, is included on the 2013 Historic Home Tour. (Photo by Bonnie Nicholls)

Anne and Bob Steinberger, South Park residents and Old House Fair home tour docents, in the parlor of the 100-year-old home they have restored. (Photo by Bonnie Nicholls)

Lisa Maywood of Verre Designs, an Old House Fair exhibitor, restored this window (80-100 years old) for a South Park home. (Photo courtesy Lisa Maywood) Jersey. (The Stickley brothers originated the Mission Oak design of furniture often seen in Craftsman homes.) Many of the light fixtures are original, as are the push-button light switches. The high ceilings and original single-pane, wavy-glass windows can make for chilly evenings, but Anne said that when the family congregates in the living room, lights a fire and closes the pocket door to the foyer, it’s quite cozy and The Vintage Row at this year's Old House Fair will feature shops they don’t need to turn on such as R+M Designers Corner (with lamps, pillows, linen and home the heater. Even adding the goods, pictured here), Ghianni Vintage, and Bad Madge & Company window coverings helped of Fern Street, as well as local artists and a fully-restored 1950's insulate the room, she said. camper trailer available for vacation rentals. (Photo by Johanna Hansen) “It’s a great space to come home to every day,” Bob said, as he sat in a room they call the parlor. Wood columns separate it from the living room, while still keeping an open floor plan. “This room is my favorite,” he continued, describing the ideal scenario – a fire in the fireplace, a glass of wine, and an iPad or a book to read. Bob suggested to anyone thinking of buying an old house that “depending on what your budget is, you need to make sure you understand the condition the house is in when you buy it.” A house could have crumbling foundation or faulty electrical or any number of problems. “Go in with your eyes wide open.” Still, renovation is part of the deal when you own an old house. “You have to love that that’s your house,” Anne said. And work with people who know what they’re doing. The Old House Fair Program & Resource Guide, a 48-page booklet provided free of charge at the event, includes a guide to the resources available at the event, including contact information on all the exhibitors, contractors, artists and services exhibiting on June 15th.ð

These "living fountains," are sustainable aquaponic gardens that use fish waste to grow plants, along with the soothing sound of a fountain. Produced by Thomas Cemo of Encinitas, Living Fountains is an exhibitor at the 2013 Old House Fair. (Photo by Thomas Cemo)


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A rip-roaringly funny & wacky ride Diversionary cast are master technicians, will bring audiences back for seconds By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Charles Busch is an actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director and exceptionally beautiful drag artist. Among other Broadway and off-Broadway plays, he wrote “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” “Psycho Beach Party” and “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.” Currently playing at Diversionary Theatre through June 30 – and directed by Glenn Paris of ion theatre – is a rip-roaringly funny and adept production of Busch’s latest, “The Divine Sister,” which sends up every musical, theatrical and film nun you’ve ever seen. Daren Scott plays the role of the titular sister, a mother superior of a Pittsburgh parochial school and nunnery. Mother Superior’s biggest concern is the possible closure of their crumbling facilities due to lack of funding. The second is Agnes, a young postulant (played by Lauren King) who thinks she sees visions – the most recent being St. Thomas Aquinas in a piece of rhubarb pie – hears voices and performs miracles. Other nuns are Sister Acacius (Yolanda Franklin), an old friend of Mother Superior from prior to them taking vows of poverty and chastity, and the recently arrived Sister Walburga (Jacque Wilke), who stalks and skulks around looking like something smells very bad. She’s up to no good.

“The Divine Sister” WHERE: Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. (University Heights) WHEN: Thurs. – Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. and Monday, June 10 at 8 p.m. through June 30 INFO: 619-220-0097 WEB: Other characters are the wealthy widow, Mrs. Levinson (Maggie Carney) and her houseguest, Jeremy (Dangerfield G. Moore). Both Carney and Moore play other characters, the funniest of which is Carney’s portrayal of a bullied schoolboy named Tim. Playgoers who’ve seen Busch’s works know they will be swept up in a breathless, wideranging, intelligent yet wacky ride that might be termed extreme parody: with music and mental gymnastics. Paris’s actors are master technicians whose performances will ripen to fine-tuned perfection over the run of the show, which merits

a return visit – it’s packed with that much mayhem and mirth. Scott’s performance is one for the memory book. Underlying sincerity plays a huge part in this type of comedy, tugging at the onlooker’s heartstrings even as the preposterous situation sinks in. Matt Scott’s scenic design allows plenty of space for the physical comedy, which includes Mother Superior teaching Timmy how to swing a baseball bat and an entire school bazaar. Corey Johnston’s costumes are a hoot, especially Mrs. Levinson’s upper-class rags (with jeweled buttons) and the outfit Sister Walburga wears under her wimple. Peter Herman creates the outrageously funny wigs, Luke Olson the light lighting, and Blair Robert Nelson the sound. While you’re there, check out the ongoing elegance of the lobby and the powder-room upgrades. At last Diversionary looks like the quality establishment it is.u

Daren Scott (Photo by Ken Jacques)


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Giant steps, short songs Pop icons They Might Be Giants return for another memorable evening By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

Playing at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach has become something of a yearly tradition for They Might Be Giants, the renowned alternative-pop group that has been around for the better part of the last three decades. “We’ve had some of the most memorable evenings of our lives at the Belly Up,” said guitarist and co-founder John Flansburgh. “We often end our national tours there so it’s always a big blowout. This time we’ll probably be buying a couple kegs of beer for the audi-

ence and it will just be a big party night.” This year, the band comes back to the Belly Up June 16. Flansburgh and John Linnell formed the group in 1982. The two played music together while attending the same high school in Lincoln, Mass., but never played in a band together until they both moved to Brooklyn in the early 1980s after several years apart. “Basically we both moved to New York at the same time without really knowing it,” Flansburgh said. “The previous band that I had been in just played at college dances, but I was doing some

They Might Be Giants return to the Belly Up with “Nanobots.” (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

home recording with a four-track tape recorder and teaching myself how to play guitar, and John had been in a working pop band in Rhode Island. “So when we started the band we were both kind of getting away from more standard ideas of why to put a band together. We wanted to do something that was more original and more personal to us.” Originally, the pair used prerecorded backup audio and drums during their shows, but in the early 1990s they expanded to include a backing band. The duo’s current band consists of Marty Beller, Dan Miller and Danny Weinkauf. “We’ve always had an electronic music basis to what we’re doing; we’ve always worked with drum machines; we’ve always worked with synthesizers and computers,” Flansburgh said. “So there’s something very satisfying with seeing today’s hip hop and electronic music pushing the limits of what’s possible.” The Giants have released 16 studio albums and have sold over four million records, including three children’s music albums. They put out their first release, the self-titled “They Might Be Giants,” in 1986 and reached a commercial and critical high with “Flood” in 1990, featuring the singles “Birdhouse in Your Soul,” “Istanbul” and “Particle Man.” Their current tour is to promote their latest release, “Nanobots,”

which came out in March. “We’re already signed on for a couple album projects for 2014 so our dance card is full and right now we’re just promoting our newest album,” Flansburgh said. They won two Grammy Awards: in 2002 for the song “Boss of Me” and then again in 2009 for the album “Here Come the 123s.” They Might Be Giants are perhaps best known, perhaps, for their experimental style and unconventional recordings. “Nanobots,” for example, includes 25 tracks, yet is just over 45 minutes in length. The new album has tracks that range from six, nine and 16 seconds to the typical three-minute songs. The single

“Tick” is 12 seconds long. “We’ve been doing this for 30 years so it would be strange not to evolve,” Flansburgh said. “We’re really interested in experimenting with the form of the song, which is different than being experimental musicians. The song is a really interesting format to write in because it’s so flexible and it’s kind of unlimited, but it’s also very concise and tidy, so it’s just a great vehicle for ideas.” They Might Be Giants will perform at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach, on June 16. The show begins at 8 p.m. with Moon Hooch opening. Advance tickets start at $27 and are available at or by calling 858-481-8140.u

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Students compete in 2013

now head for New York By Anthony King SDUN Editor

The 2013 Globe Honors and The Road to the Jimmy Awards were held May 20, where high school theater students from throughout San Diego County took the stage at The Old Globe Theatre to compete in several categories for the chance to win scholarships, educational trips to Los Angeles and, for two winners, the chance to travel to New York City to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Top honors went to Hunter Schwartz of Canyon Crest Academy and Annika Gullahorn of Pacific Ridge School, who won Leading Actor and Actress in a High School Musical, respectively. The pair will now compete in the national competition, held June 26 – July 1 at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Samuel Brogadir of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and Alexis Young of Escondido Charter High School won for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. Mitchell Connelly and Samantha Littleford, both of Coronado School of the Arts, won for Outstanding Achievement in Spoken Theatre, and Alexandra Adams of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts won for Outstanding Achievement in Technical Theatre. The five won the chance to go behind the scenes for two days at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, where they will participate in a casting workshop and attend a show. All winners, including Schwartz and Gullahorn, received a $1,000 scholarship. CBS News 8 anchor Marcella Lee emceed the May 20 competition at The Globe, where the students presented songs, monologues and portfolios in front of judges and a live audience. The awards are presented in a partnership with The Old Globe and Broadway/San Diego – A Nederlander Presentation.u

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Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. Children’s Craft: 10:30 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Jamie’s Joy: 2 – 6 p.m., fifth annual Make a Joyful Noise fundraiser, with music, art and activities for children, Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd. Ray at Night: 6 – 10 p.m., monthly art walk featuring over 25 galleries and businesses, Ray Street in North Park, free Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music by Crooked, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $10 Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music by organist Carol Williams, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free In aChord: 5 p.m., presented by Kensington Concert Series, In aChord Men's Ensemble concert, 5158 Edgeware Rd., $25 cash only at Kensington Video Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Wild Wonders: 10:30 a.m., first in the Summer Reading Program series, Wild Wonders is where animal experts bring live animals to the library for discussion with children, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St. Uptown Parking: 5 – 7 p.m., monthly meeting of the Uptown Community Parking District, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Mid-City Rapid Bus Project: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., first of two open house meetings of the Mid-City Rapid Bus Project, 3967 Park Blvd. North Park MAD: 6 p.m., regular meeting of the North Park Maintenance Assessment District, North Park Adult Activity Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Golden Hill Business Group: 7 – 9 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Golden Hill Business Group, Postal Express, 2801 B St.


HBA board: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular monthly board meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association,

CALENDAR Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Hillcrest Town Council: 6:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Hillcrest community group, Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Normal Heights Community Association: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Normal Heights Community Association including pot luck, Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd.


Lion’s Club of North Park: 12 – 1:30 p.m., regular weekly lunch of the North Park Lion’s Club, 3927 Utah St. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Regional Bike Corridor Project: 6 – 8:30 p.m., latest meeting in a series of the Uptown Regional Bike Corridor Project where the project team will discuss routes and potential design concepts, Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan American Road Author talk: 6:30 p.m., author J. Elke Ertle will discuss “WalledIn: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Robin Henkel Band: 8 – 10 p.m., Robin Henkel Banked with Whitney Shay, 3536 Adams Ave., all ages, donation accepted


North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free Mid-City Rapid Bus Project: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., second of two open house meetings of the MidCity Rapid Bus Project, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. Mission Hills Town Council: 6 – 8 p.m., regular trustee meeting of the Mission Hills Town Council, 4010 Goldfinch St., 2nd floor Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Rebel Without a Cause,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Preschool story time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Contra Dance: 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the San Diego Folk Heritage with live music, beginners workshop taught at 7:30 p.m. followed by live music from 8 – 11 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., $12 Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Rebel Without a Cause,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. every Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Mission Hills book sale: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friends of Mission Hills Branch Library monthly sale, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Children’s Craft: 10:30 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free UH Librar y Children’s Program: 10:30 a.m., arts and crafts event for children, University Heights Library, 4193 Park Blvd. T-32, 3rd Sat. stroll: 4 – 8 p.m., stroll the businesses of Thorn & 32nd streets, with new events monthly, North Park Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Goldfinger,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Father’s Day canyon walk: 9 – 11:30 a.m., fourth annual Fathers Day Florida Canyon Walk, meet at 2201 Morley Field Dr. near the California Native Plan Demonstration Garden, free Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Marston House Museum Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Marston House Museum, 3525 7th Ave., $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children (6-12) Organ Concert: 2 p.m., music

by organist Carol Williams with Martha Jane Weaver, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, free Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Goldfinger,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14


Hullabaloo: 10:30 a.m., part of the library’s Summer Reading Program, band Hullabaloo will perform for children and adults, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St., free Bankers Hill Residents: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly residents meeting, Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce St., free


Adams Ave. Business Association planning & development: 8 a.m., regularly monthly committee meeting, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free North Park Planning: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the NP Planning Committee, North Park Christian Fellowship, 2901 North Park Way


Old Town Chamber board meeting: 8:30 a.m., regular monthly meeting, Mormon Battalion Historic Site, 2510 Juan St. North Park BID Collaborative: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m, El Cajon Boulevard BID office, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. LEGO play time: 5 – 6 p.m., children are invited to get creative with LEGOs, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free


El Cajon BIA board: 9 – 10:30 a.m., regular monthly meeting of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association at new time, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free North Park Historical Society: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular monthly board meeting, Grace Lutheran Church, 3967 Park Blvd. Golden Hill CDC: 6:30 – 8 p.m., regular meeting of the Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation, Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Bell, Book and Candle,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14u


Campers learning stop-motion filmmaking (Courtesy Media Arts Center)


CAMPS camp at the Fleet and picked up from an afternoon camp at a different venue,” Fleet organizers said. As an alternate, the Science Center is also offering three days of programs specific for young women in grades five through eight. Called “Saturday Science Club for Girls,” the workshops stem from the fact that women are underrepresented in science, and are from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10. “This program is a unique opportunity to provide girls with the opportunity to explore science topics and to interact with female role models,” Fleet Director of Education Kris Mooney said. “From dissecting squids to constructing engineering solutions, this is a highly interactive way to build enthusiasm for science.” The Fleet offers sibling and multiplecamp discounts. For prices, specific class descriptions and times, as well as to register, visit or call 619-238-1233, extension 806. For the complete Balboa Park camp offerings, visit visit/kids/summer-camps/. Youth Media & Tech Camp North Park’s Media Arts Center is once again offering their media and technology camps, where campers learn how to use

Performing at National Comedy Theatre (Courtesy National Comedy Theatre)

multimedia tools like film cameras, stopmotion techniques, animation, photography and design software. “The Media camp is a fun way for kids to learn about the process of making movies, from conceptualizing their vision to producing a unique movie by the end of the week,” Media Arts Center Education and Outreach Coordinator Julia Richardson said. “There’s really no other place in San Diego that offers this experience.” In June, camps are broken up to focus on students from first to third grades and fourth to sixth grades. For the younger campers, the weeklong classes allow students to learn the basic functions of a camera as well as create scenery, props and costumes for an original movie. The older classes explore character, composition and sound in a series of hands-on video production, organizers said. Both groups end each week with a screening for family and friends, held in their 49-seat digital theater. These courses start June 17 and June 24, with two camps – 9 a.m. to noon and 1 – 4 p.m. – for the younger group, and 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the older. Starting July 8, the Media Arts Center will continue filmmaking courses for students in third to fifth grades and sixth to eighth grades. There are seven weeklong programs to choose from, with the final week starting Aug. 19. Campers will learn stop-motion animation, interactive media and design, and sound recording, among

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Instructors give insight into art. (Courtesy New Children’s Museum)

other skills. These courses end with a screening in the digital theater as well. For more information, including descriptions, prices and registration visit or call 619-230-1938. Summer Comedy Camp The Mission Hills-based National Comedy Theatre offers two camps, an improvisation and a sketch comedy camp for children and teens, ages 12 – 17. In the improv class, workshops will feature the fundamentals of stage work and comedy, including character and scene development, organizers said. For the sketch writing class, students will develop their own scenes, focusing on structure, character and timing. Both courses will culminate in performances open to family and friends. “Much like NCT’s professional team, our group of students will quickly form an ensemble of performers, working together to develop their skills and, ultimately, build a quality performance,” organizers said on their website. “Our goal is to give our students the skills they need to go on creating long after our camps end and, of course, have a blast in the process.” The camps – Improvisation from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Sketch Comedy from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – are from July 22 – Aug. 2 and are $350 for each two-week course, or $600 for both. More information and course applications can be found at or by calling 619-295-4999.

Think Play Create Summer camps at the New Children’s Museum, located Downtown, are extensive and include specific arts-based programs for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children, grades one through three and grades four through six. Called “Camps for Littles,” the kindergarten’s themed, weeklong camps “encourage creativity and foster self-confidence,” organizers said, and include classes “All About Me,” “Art-ish” and “Storybook Art,” among others. In their “Creativity Rules Camps,” for grades one through three, campers will work closely with local artists Angela Estes, Evan Apodaca, Liz Siskowic, Mark Dzula, Albert Songalia and Van Tran, depending on the course. Chris Rubio, a five-year veteran of “Stomp!” will facilitate one class, and Joseph “Dyno Rock” Corrales of Cypher City Kings will teach kids about the art of dance, music and hip-hop culture. The older campers, in the “Art Invasion Camps,” will also work with contemporary artists, “focusing on in-depth art projects in a variety of media,” they said. Media featured includes 3D art, digital photography and recycled products, in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Trash.” Prices, times and dates vary, with the programs running from June 17 – Aug. 30. The museum offers a scholarship program for families in need. For more information and registration visit or call 619-233-8792.u


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EVEREST enjoys his hobbies, which include fishing, music and photography. Having Parkinson’s has affected his ability to work full time but it hasn’t kept him from volunteering a solid 20 hours a week as a very active volunteer at Summit4StemCell, using his professional design skills to create their print communications. A board member, he is currently helping to raise awareness and funds for an upcoming three-week fundraising trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest. Maddox got involved in Summit when he met Sherrie Gould, his nurse practitioner at Scripps Clinic Movement Disorders Center and the architect of a recent Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, as well as the upcoming Mt. Everest trip. The actual three-week trek, with an altitude of 17,598 feet, will take place this October. The training began with a kick off on April 6 and continues every other Saturday through July, and then every weekend through the first of October. “The trek is focused on self empowerment as well as bringing essential funding and awareness to cutting-edge research that may lead to a viable long-term treatment for those afflicted with Parkinson’s disease,” Maddox said. In 2011, some members of this group climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro – at 19,341 feet, the highest mountain in Africa – to raise money for Parkinson’s research. They raised $350,000. Sixteen climbers consisting of three men, each in their 50s with early to midstage Parkinson’s, and their support team of 13 summited the mountain. Thirteen of the climbers were from San Diego, two from L.A., and one from Canada. “The goal of the trek is to draw attention and support to an amazing breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease that could put the lives of those with Parkinson’s back on track: using stem cells created from a patient’s own skin,” Gould said. Researchers can now turn simple skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs, that abandon the need for embryonic


stem cells, thereby avoiding the ethical and political issues that have plagued stem cell research. “We know the climb is a courageous act, but we want to inspire all who face seemingly insurmountable odds to rise above them and escape the limitations we all set for ourselves,” Gould said. “It’s time to not only meet this mountain, but to move it.” Two local doctors are masterminds of this breakthrough research. Dr. Jeanne Loring, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Scripps Research Institute, is an internationally recognized authority in the field of stem cell research and has already generated and banked nearly a hundred iPSC lines. She is partnering with Dr. Melissa Houser, neurologist and director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Scripps Clinic, in a research project that will involve eight of Houser’s Parkinson’s patients. Maddox said the energetic Gould and her team of trekkers, who will pay all their own expenses, are seeking donations, large and small. All money raised will be used for this research as a long-term treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Fundraising is being done through a partnership with the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. “Inspired by a future free from the degenerative effects of the disease, the team is determined to raise $500,000 to fund this ground-breaking study to treat, and possibly conquer, Parkinson’s disease,” Maddox said. Another important consideration is that this research is happening right now, right here in San Diego. And this is also considered a great opportunity for San Diego to share the fruits of its biotech community with the rest of the world. As much as Maddox would love to do the

$7,000 trek, he said he is not sure he can pull the funds together to pay for the trip. Maddox is seeking help online at Whether he goes or not, he’s doing everything he can to spread the word of the trek and encourage others to sign up. Only people who have Parkinson’s disease or are closely connected to someone who does can participate in the Everest trip, and any climber with Parkinson’s needs to bring a buddy along with them on the trek. For questions about qualifying, email Gould at For more information visit

Parkinson’s disease There are an estimated 1.5 million Americans living with Parkinson’s and approximately 50,000 new cases diagnosed every year. This degenerative disease causes the brain to lose its ability to produce dopamine. The shortage of this critical neurotransmitter can cause a host of motor and non-motor function disorders that compromise balance, posture, walking, digestion and even the sense of smell.

has since been hospitalized for platelet and blood transfusions, the website stated. The first registration event was held Thursday, June 6 at the University of California, San Diego campus. Additional events are being held Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Mabuhay Festival at Kimball Park in National City, and June 15 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the 2900 block of Imperial Avenue. “We will be a part of the Cooper Foundation Juneteenth event, and you will have the opportunity to join the Be The Match registry in person that day,” representatives said. For more information visit

COLLAGE ARTIST CREATES FIRST GOLDEN HILL COMMUNITY MURAL Golden Hill’s first community mural went up May 29 on the side of Jaroco’s Market, located at 1148 25th St. The mural is a street-sized reproduction of an original collage designed by local artist Giancarlo Pia, a press release stated. The composite mural, a layered collage, is also the first of its kind in San Diego. Representatives said the mural reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the community by incorporating representations of Golden Hill residents and symbols of the Golden Hill neighborhood and Downtown skyline. “The vision for street art is to bring beauty, a sense of pride, and a feeling of optimism and connectedness to residents in urban communities,” Pia said in the release. For more information about the artist, visit RACE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR NEXT STAGE OF HILLCREST PRIDE MONUMENT Organized by the Hillcrest Business Association and Eddie Reynoso of Mo’s Universe, the third annual Amazing High Heel Race is set for June 15, with all money raised going to the second stage of work to be done at the Hillcrest Pride Monument: a permanent, four-panel historical marker highlighting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Hillcrest. The race began as a fundraiser for the Pride Flag Monument, which was completed July 2012 at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue. The historical monument will be installed at the base of the flagpole. “It is important for youth throughout San Diego and the world to continue to see our flag flying high and proud,” Reynoso said in a press release. “It serves as a welcoming beacon for all who visit Hillcrest and San Diego and has quickly become a symbol of our community.” Organizers are hoping to have the money raised for the monument’s unveiling at this year’s Pride Festival, held July 12 – 14. The Flag and Monument mark the start of the annual Pride Parade. Pre-event individual registration is $35 and $150 for teams of up to six for the race, which sees participants on teams completing tasks at numerous Hillcrest businesses, all the while wearing three-inch minimum high-heel shoes and, for some, outrageous costumes. On June 15, individual registration is $45, and the start time is 1 p.m. at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, located at 350 University Ave. Awards will be given out at the finish line at Gossip Grill. For more information and to register visit


Blood, sweat & cheers:

Why you should do a mud run

Brian White F itness

Obstacle mud runs have exploded in popularity the last few years. Races like the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and Warrior Dash, just to name a few, require athletes to display both strength and endurance as they navigate the obstacles that are spread about on a three- to 12-mile course. It is a great challenge for all fitness levels. Beginners will have a ton of fun doing the shorter “dashes,” runners may struggle with the obstacles and strength athletes may breeze through the obstacles, but struggle with the distance. If you are thinking about doing your first mud run this summer, here a few strategies you can use to not only survive, but thrive. 1. Train like you will race If you have never done a mud run, then it is really hard to know exactly what to expect. They change the obstacles fairly often and you’ll never know what awaits you around the next corner. A great way to train for the unexpected would include a circuit of running for a quarter of a mile, 10 pull-ups or pull-downs, and 20 push-ups. See how may times you can do this circuit in 20 minutes. 2. Don’t forget to add in distance running If you are not used to running long distances, you’ll need to build up your stamina. To build a good aerobic base you need to be consistently running. I suggest aerobic runs weekly. For example, if you are running a three-mile event and you have somewhat of a running base already, try staggering your training: one walk-run of two miles, one of three miles and one of four miles each week.

3. Know what you are getting into Generally, the shorter races are going to be geared towards people who have never done a mud run before. The obstacles will be a little less intense. However, if you decide to do a Tough Mudder or a Super Spartan be prepared to be tested not only physically but mentally. Tough Mudder is notorious for their Electroshock Therapy and their ice bath. Spartan Races are known for their 25-burpee penalty for every obstacle you fail. These longer 12-mile races will have you running, crawling, swimming, sliding and falling towards the finish line. You will find all fitness levels at every type of event, so don’t let anyone talk you out of it. I liken the longer mud runs to the same mental and physical grind that your first marathon gives you. 4. Know what to wear Some people or teams will dress in costumes for these races. That is fine, just make sure it is something you can crawl in tight places with, make sure that it won’t hold water once it gets wet and make sure – once you start sweating – you won’t overheat. I actually saw a person dressed in a pristinely white Stay Puft Marshmallow Man suit. I would love to have seen if he actually made 50 yards before he took it off. If costumes aren’t your thing, you’ll want to dress light. The biggest mistakes first timers make are wearing baggy shorts and T-shirts. You get so muddy and so wet so many times throughout the race, your T-shirt will be below your knees by the end of the race. Spandex shorts and a spandex shirt are great because they don’t hold water and have a better chance of surviving getting torn from barbed wire. For shoes, I say wear what is comfortable for you. Many people will wear FiveFingers shoes by Vibrams, but I have never had trouble with my bulky running shoes. 5. Don’t forget to enjoy it These races are a blast; don’t forget to enjoy them. These races can be grueling but they are a lot more fun if you are doing them with a group of friends. It is a great way to stay motivated and be consistent with an exercise routine. Most mud runs stress helping each other out. Usually

at every obstacle there will be someone to help you over a wall or shouting encouraging words. And besides there is always a cold beer waiting for you at the finish line. —Brian White owns BWF, San Diego’s Premier Training Service located in Hillcrest. He runs boot camps in Balboa Park and trains clients in Diverge Gym. Go to to read his blog, or take his seven-day video challenge to get back into healthy habits. Contact Brian at brianpwhite@gmail. com or on his website.u

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San Diego Uptown News | June 7–20, 2013

San Diego Uptown News  

June 7, 2013 edition

San Diego Uptown News  

June 7, 2013 edition