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VOLUME 5 ISSUE 13

June 21–July 4, 2013

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Old Town • Mission Hills • Bankers Hill

Hillcrest • University Heights • Normal Heights • North Park • South Park • Golden Hill • Kensington • Talmadge

Rapid Bus Project to start

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SANDAG holds two meetings on upcoming construction

Going Greek at Alexis

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By Dave Schwab SDUN Reporter

For some, the Mid-City Rapid Bus Project is all about interconnectivity.

Old Home resource guide

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(l to r) Frans van der Lee and Chip Breitenkamp, last year’s Mission Hills BBQ Competition winners, will return to defend their trophy this year. (Courtesy Our Mission Hills)

Summer in Mission Hills

Annual concert series, Fourth of July celebration return to Pioneer Park By Anthony King SDUN Editor

Mo’olelo’s historic moments

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To some, summer in Mission Hills officially starts Friday, June 21 with the launch of the successful Summer Concerts in the Park series, quickly followed by the Fourth of July Extravaganza: a patriotic community celebration highlighted by a parade through the neighborhood, the popular BBQ Competition and more good, live music. “The 2013 Mission Hills Concerts in the Park series offers a free Friday night activity where

neighbors and friends can enjoy this family-friendly event that offers a wide array of music genres,” said Lara Evans, Mission Hills Town Council president. The Town Council sponsors and organizes the concert series with the Mission Hills Main Street Foundation, which began the series 20 years ago. The shows are from 6 – 8 p.m. each Friday through Aug. 23 – except for the week of July Fourth, which is on a Thursday – and are staged at Pioneer Park, adjacent to Grant Elementar y and near the intersection of Randolph Street

and Washington Place. Patty Ducey-Brooks of the Mission Hills Foundation said they are grateful for the community support and partnership with the Town Council, as well as the Mission Hills Business Improvement District (BID). “We’ve seen significant improvements in the concert series and the outreach efforts. It’s a wonderful celebration of community and a legacy for future generations,” Ducey-Brooks said. While not organizing the events,

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DUI’s military customers include not only Coast Guard rescue swimmers, for which DUI is the exclusive provider, but also Navy SEALs and Army combat divers. It also makes suits for commercial, public safety and scientific divers. “The bulk of the market is serious recreational divers,” Long said. “North America is our biggest market.” DUI employs 75 people, most of them assembling the product one suit at a time. A tour of the facilities reveals a small room with a few sales people and two large warehouses for manufacturing. DUI makes

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Longtime Uptown business keeps divers warm and dry in chilly waters By Bonnie Nicholls SDUN Reporter

When local Coast Guard rescue swimmers plunge into the frigid ocean to save people in distress, they’re wearing drysuits manufactured by a family-run business in Golden Hill. Diving Unlimited International (DUI) has been making drysuits for the past 50 years from an unassuming building near the east end of C Street, where Interstate 15 meets Highway 94. And it has done so despite a tough business climate and invitations to move operations out of California. What does it take to survive? “Having a good group of people,” said CEO Susan Long, “[and] people who believe in the same thing that you do.” Unlike wetsuits, which keep you warm through neoprene insulation, drysuits are watertight and allow you to wear fluffy, full-body undergarments that trap air against your body, like the insulation in your house. They are ideal for extremely cold water, and required by the Coast Guard rescue swimmers for water temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

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That’s what Eric Adams, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) project manager, told local residents about the objective of the project between San Diego State University (SDSU) and Downtown at a June 10 open house, held at the Grace Lutheran Church at 3967 Park Blvd. A second meeting, hosted by the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, was held three days later, June 13. “You’ll have a really good rapid bus transit system that ties SDSU into Downtown San Diego via El Cajon and Park boulevards,” Adams said about the project’s outcome. Explaining how rapid buses differ from regular Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS) buses, Adams said the rapid system will have “express, limited stops with higher-level amenities at stations offering more of a trolley-type feel.” The $44.5 million project, scheduled to begin construction by the end of June, includes building bus-only lanes on a portion of Park Boulevard, new stations with customized shelters and “next bus arrival” signs, improved sidewalks and crosswalks, and new landscaping, street lights and traffic signals. There will also be installed fiber-optic lines to improve traffic flow along El Cajon Boulevard, and a fleet of new low-floor, natural-gas powered buses will serve the route. When the rapid bus transit

Diving with a good name Cycling Münster

Eric Adams of SANDAG

Diving Unlimited International CEO Susan Long (Courtesy Susan Long)


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Cards and camaraderie Balboa Park-based bridge club in its 65th year By Dave Fidlin SDUN Reporter

Not long after he moved to San Diego a year ago, Stuart Showalter was walking down Sixth Avenue and came across a banner advertising a local bridge club. Inquisitive, he decided to check it out. Fast forward a year later and Showalter, a Hillcrest resident, has reignited his love of a game he began playing in junior high. The San Diego Redwood Bridge Club has been a staple at Balboa Park for more than 65 years. Today, the venerable organization boasts 150 active members. On average, another 50 people frequent the club on various dates and times on an ad-hoc basis and pay a per-game fee. At age 66, Showalter was born almost at the same time the club was founded. In jest, he said club members are generally part of a “greying demographic,” though he is one of the younger members. The eldest will celebrate his 100th birthday later this year. Age aside, club members share a common bond: they are young at heart and as mentally sharp as ever. “Bridge is a lot like golf,” Showalter said. “It drives your patience, but it’s a great sport. It’s also a challenging mental sport.” Club members and infrequent drop-ins are at varied states with the game. Some participants hold hundreds of master points – a

prestigious designation – through the American Contract Bridge League. Others view it as merely a fun pastime activity. “For the most part, we’re all just here to have fun,” Showalter said. “Bridge involves a lot of strategy, intrigue and competition.” Evelyn Lantz-Murphy, also a Hillcrest resident, has been a part of the club since 1998. An avid, longtime bridge player, she had previously played at the Admiral Baker Clubhouse and decided to make a transition when cost became an issue. “We have a very nice time here,” Lantz-Murphy said. “Redwood is a very nice club. Everyone’s friendly, and it turns out to be an enjoyable outing.” Lantz-Murphy is among the club’s regulars. She plays on five of the six days the club is open each week. “Sometimes I’ll come in and substitute for someone else when I’m not normally scheduled

to play,” Lantz-Murphy said. “I live just six blocks from [Balboa Park], so it’s pretty easy to do.” Showalter credits the club’s longevity in part to the strong relationship with the San Diego Park and Recreation Department, which oversees Balboa Park. Showalter said the city charges the club modest rent to use its facility within the venue. Throughout the day, the club generally has between six and 10 tables set up to accommodate the players participating. Four people are seated at each table. When the club is not holding games, an associated, offshoot organization, the San Diego Bridge Academy, holds classes in the same facility. Dave Walters is director of the academy and

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Redwood Bridge Club members in action (Courtesy Stuart Showalter) one of the center’s teachers. Walters began teaching bridge classes about a decade ago when people began expressing interest. “I have a passion for teaching,” Walters said. “I began holding lessons with private, small groups and was doing this out of people’s homes. After about a year, it became clear I needed a bigger space.” Walters approached the club about renting the same space at Balboa Park, and the relationship between the two organizations began eight years ago. The academy holds three series of classes perbased on a per son’s skill level.

“You get better over time, but you never quite master the game of bridge,” Walters said. “After a few years of classes, people usually stop and work at their own pace.” The club plays bridge Mondays through Saturdays at the Balboa Park location, 3111 Sixth Ave. Games begin at 12:15 sharp, organizers said, and there are also regularly scheduled lectures and open games in the evenings. Cost is $2 for members and $5 for guests, with annual memberships at $25. For information about the San Diego Redwood Bridge Club, call 619-296-4274. For the San Diego Bridge Academy, visit sandiegobridgeacademy.com or call 619-298-5756.u


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Monster of a party for the community SD Craft Monsters promote small, independent artists while giving back By Cynthia Robertson SDUN Reporter

On Thursday, June 20, a “monster of a crafts party” took place at Back from Tomboctou Gallery and Imports, located at 3564 Adams Ave. The event was a celebration of the fourth annual Global Party for Etsy, an online marketplace for crafters and artists. Back from Tomboctou hosted the local gathering of Etsy members, who are also SD Crafts Monsters. “The Etsy Craft Party presents the perfect opportunity to flex your creative muscles,” said Marisol Apostol, founder of SD Craft Monsters and owner of Wink Artisans in North Park. Apostol spoke before June 20, and said she was heading up the Lost Earring Project at the event. “The Monsters,” as SD Craft Monsters partners are called, began forming last December and include Christal Blu Creations, Gar-Mol Photography, My Lucky Dragon, Pina Art, Penny Sparkle Designs, Streetheart, Velapure and Vida Mia Boutique, as well as Back from Tomboctou and Apostol’s Wink Artisans. The group consists of artists and artisans who create handcrafted items and teach fun Do It Yourself workshops while they hone their entrepreneurial skills. They said they work together for the power of peer-to-peer learning. “[We] work with other creative people, community partners and leaders who are ready to make a cultural impact in communities they serve,” Apostol said. “The crafts party will celebrate two of the best things in our handmade lives: craft and community.” For Maribel Siman-Delucca, co-owner with her husband of Back from Tomboctou, becoming a partner with Apostol in the crafts coalition provided the cohesion with other crafters that she needed. “SD Craft Monsters believe in the power of unity,”

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SANDAG project is complete – service is expected to start on the new route sometime in 2014 – it will interconnect with other freeway systems providing direct access to employment and shopping centers in North and South County. Adams characterized the MidCity project as one “piece in the puzzle” to future long-term transit improvements, creating a seamless County-wide transit network. At the June 10 open house, transportation planners and engineers gave a brief presentation and then answered questions one-on-one with audience mem-

Siman-Delucca said. “We want to work with other creative artists, community partners and leaders who are ready to make an impact in our culture and communities.” Back to Tomboctou showcases hand-made traditional crafts and folklore items made by a selection of artisans that use traditional techniques from many regions of the world. It is a practice they are passionate about. “We refuse to sell industrialized copies of traditional designs. Keeping artisan traditions alive is our mission,” Siman-Delucca said. One way that San Diego Crafts Monsters helps keep alive the tradition of crafting is giving people a hands-on experience, and they also conducted a food drive to help gather donations for Feeding America San Diego, one of the region’s food banks. Participants were asked to donate canned foods and other nonperishables during the crafting event. As artisans and entrepreneurs who support artisans internationally, SD Craft Monsters engage others in creating hand-made art, as well as supporting family and community efforts. They also help each other through utilizing social media and creating events like the June 20 party. “We all believe that buying handmade is important. We believe that small businesses are a vital part of the economy which empowers artists who are creating articles with soul and love,” Siman-Delucca said. “And, maybe more importantly, we help each other as consultants.” For those who missed the June 20 event, several SD Craft Monsters will be participating in the San Diego Indie Craft Market on Sunday, June 23 from 2 – 6 p.m. This event, which will include over 30 local artisans, will take place at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St. in North Park. For more information on the Monsters, visit sdcraftmonsters.com or call 619-282-8708.u

bers, using charts and diagrams set up in the church’s Fellowship Hall. About 100 Mid-City residents packed the church hall to hear the presentation, and some were uncomfortable with the one-onone interaction, preferring instead to group responses. Residents questioned the project’s cost and need. One expressed concern that new rapid bus transit would bring uninvited drug-related or other crime to the area. Mostly, residents were concerned about how their neighborhood would be impacted by yearlong construction, which many said they fear will be disruptive to the normal flow of daily activity. Adams told residents during

the presentation their goal was to “come back to the community before construction and present our project team, and get feedback on any concerns [residents] have about construction impacts to the neighborhood or the community at large.” Gary Bosse of Simon Wong Engineering, a go-between with SANDAG and contractor West Coast General Corporation on the transit improvement project, talked about how the project will be delivered. Noting that his company will coordinate with the City via public outreach through Katz and Associates, Bosse said, “Anything we can do to mitigate construction impacts we will absolutely do it. … We need to build this project and keep it on schedule.” Overall plans for the transportation plan include approximately 38 minutes of travel from SDSU to Downtown, running from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Seven parking spaces along Park Boulevard will be eliminated, and 24 new parking spaces are planned for nearby streets, making a “net gain of 17 spaces,” SANDAG said in the project’s master plan. A traffic signal at Polk Avenue will be moved to Lincoln Avenue, in part to accommodate an existing plan from the City, and pedestrian crossings with protected flashing or solid lights will be added. Additionally, left turns will no longer be allowed from Howard Avenue to southbound Park Boulevard. For more information about the Mid-City Project call 877-3790110 or visit keepsandiegomoving. com/midcityrapid/.u


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When 31 years might be just enough By Dale Larabee SDUN Guest Columnist

On May 27, Kensington enjoyed the 31st Holiday At Home celebration, an all-day affair featuring a running race, old-fashioned parade, pancakes, hot dogs, and silly hats along with countless barbeques, impromptu parties, music and dance. For one glorious day, all activity moves outside, doors stand open and people catch up with those unseen since the last Memorial Day. A rare sad note to this year’s perfect day was an unanticipated change of leadership when Julie Braden stepped aside as “The Boss,” John Kaheny loosened reigns as parade director and Kensington’s Milt Keller started looking for a new master of ceremonies. All three leaders have been present since the 1982 event start and won’t be easily replaced. “When I grew up in Ohio,” Braden told me, “our neighborhood pool opened on Memorial Day. The kids owned the day. We rode our crepe-papered bikes down carless streets with our parents walking along in funny hats and costumes. Our goal was to reach the pool together, renew relationships, swim races and eat watermelon.” Braden said that when her son was two she realized no nearby neighborhood had such an event. “I wanted an event with a sense of community for the children just like we had,” she said. Braden called a summit with her friends Alyce Lynn, Terry Mendez and Annemarie Sprinkle and brought Ohio memories to reality in Kensington. She drafted Kaheny – recently promoted to Marine lieutenant colonel – to command a parade, and insurance salesman Keller to announce. The day they created has thrived unchanged ever since. Other leaders have come and gone, these three have stayed. Now retired, Keller parks at the parade’s end directly in front of the Kensington Church and, for two hours, hawks pancakes, hot dogs, T-shirts and library books, and tells the thousands who line the parade route about the 40 plus entries that move one mile down Marlborough Drive to Adams Avenue. “I have a mic and I wing it,” he said. “Adlibbing is dangerous. I receive the same piece of hate mail each year. In pencil of course, telling me

how dumb my jokes are and ‘why don’t I move to La Jolla?’ If I knew who it was I’d tell him to grab a mic and the job is his.” But Keller is kidding about this, too. “Announcing makes the day for me,” he said. “I hope I don’t find anyone who seriously wants to take it over and I enjoy getting mail.” Kaheny’s job of controlling the parade may be the toughest. “I was drafted because Julie and the others thought military parades were always orderly,” he said. “Well ours has never been orderly. How about ‘unpredictable’ or ‘chaotic chaos?’” Kaheny, who has never met an entry he doesn’t like, admits the belly dancers of past parades may have been a mistake. “They didn’t come back,” he said. The tanks were also mistakes, as Kaheny was in Desert Storm when they snuck in. “Remember the crazy guy who stole a tank from the National Guard facility near Kearny high [school] and drove it down [Highway] 163? Same tanks. Sixty tons with rubber treads,” he said. “The drivers thought they would spin at each intersection, not only laying 360 degrees of rubber but also causing chunks to break free. One piece blew out a window on Marlborough.” Kaheny spoke of too many stories for here including a guy pulling a sailboat with the mast up, a hearse that may have contained a body, a fire engine ordered to an emergency mid-parade – the crew roared off with sirens blaring and lights ablaze, while the crowd thought it was planned – and hundreds of unexpected Shriners in tiny cars. “Every year it’s been another group of hyper 5 year olds or someone showing up who wants to parade,” Kaheny said. “Remember 2013’s Grand Prize Winner was the Kensington Chickens. Ours is not the Rose Bowl.” And the Kensington Memorial Day celebration may not be the bowl either, though come 2014 Keller will still be there cracking jokes midst another group of unruly 5 year olds, and waiting for his letter come the following Tuesday. —Dale Larabee is a 40-year resident of Kensington, who is an occasional writer for local newspapers.u

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about 5,000 drysuits a year, plus military waterproof bags for weapons, radios and other equipment. Over the years, the company has improved on the product, reconfiguring zippers, offering heated undergarments and creating patented seals that work like Ziplock mechanisms on plastic bags. All suits go through rigorous testing and have a seven-year warranty. “The people here know that the customers who buy our equipment are putting their lives in our hands,” Long said. The company was founded by Long’s father, Dick, who at 76, still works for DUI, managing the demo tours to dive shops across the country to market their suits. “My dad always smelled of neoprene,” Long said, who grew up around the business. “He always had a ‘farmer John’ tan.” Long, however, didn’t immediately take to the business. She didn’t even like diving. Instead, she made her own career as director of catering for various Marriott Hotels. Then, a vacation break on Roatán, an island off the Caribbean coast of Honduras, turned into a 14-month stay where she ran a resort and fell in love with diving. In 1995, she moved back to San Diego to temporarily help with the business, she said. Eventually, she and her dad made a plan to transition running the business to her, and she’s been heading DUI for the past 10 years. “I knew I could never fill his fins,” Long said, so she found her own way of doing things, including streamlining operations. “We have to get better and better

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if we want to be here five years from now,” she said. Long implemented a new scheduling process with the existing manufacturing staff and cut down the time it takes to make a drysuit from six weeks to three. She brought in a cutting machine programmed with DUI-specific software that uses a customer’s measurements to select a pattern, make changes to that pattern and lay out the fabric. She added new overlay materials that customers can choose from to personalize their black suits. And just this year, after three years of development, DUI rolled out BlueHeat, battery-powered heated undergarments. Still, DUI has had its share of choppy waters. “Diving is stagnant, it’s not growing,” Long said. And San Diego has stringent rules and regulations for manufacturing. “They really don’t want you here,” she said, adding that the majority of successful businesses are in biotech and restaurants. “Running a factory in San Diego is challenging.” Companies outside of San Diego – as well as the U.S. – have come calling. “We’ve had countless companies from China come here to ask us how to make the dry suits and they’ll make them for us,” Long said. But DUI is not going anywhere. “One of the things I find so rewarding is making something,” Long said. As she walked through the warehouse at 1148 Delevan Drive, she addressed every employee by name. She beamed as she showed the innovations her employees have come up with in testing, research and development. In the larger scheme of things, she said, DUI is “very small: a niche within a niche business. In the diving world, we have a great name.” For more information on DUI, visit dui-online.com or call 619-236-1203.u


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Correction In the article “A grassroots happening” from the June 7 issue [Vol. 5, Issue 12] we incorrectly named a partnership of one aspect of the Art Around Adams event. Chris Dyer was working on a mural as a partnership between Mega Dollar and VISUAL/Visual Art Supply. Jason Gould of Visual Art Supply, 3524 Adams Ave., also helped set up several other artists at the event. For more information visit visualshopsd.com.u

It’s local, connected, black ‘n’ white... and read all over Uptown A birthday message to Uptown News from the Hillcrest Business Association There’s a rumor going around about the death of newspapers; I’m happy to say that rumor has been greatly exaggerated. As evidence of this, I congratulate San Diego Uptown News on its fourth birthday. San Diego Uptown News has been telling the stories of our neighborhood, connecting our community and making a profit for over four years. In doing so they’ve proved that community newspapers are here to stay. With national newspapers scaling back across the County and ‘local’ news on television that is stale and flat, people are seeking out news that is useful and relevant to them. Folks want news they can pick up and hold in their hands so they can

read the stories happening in their neighborhood – in their backyards and to the people and places around them. This is the tangible treat we find quenching our thirst for connection and information every week in San Diego Uptown News and her sister papers, Gay San Diego and San Diego Downtown News. Moreover, the thirst for local provides a micro demand that most major media outlets cannot provide. “Hyper-local” is certainly an overused buzzword in the media industry, but San Diego Uptown News is glowing example of how that buzz connects community. Hyper-local news reaches a level of detail that other news outlets just can’t get to. Where else can you find articles about

the everyday events and decisions right around the corner from you and your business? From the Hillcrest Pride Flag, to the recently installed bicycle corrals, the Hillcrest Trolley and the Uptown community plan update, San Diego Uptown News has built a dedicated readership because of its hyper-local focus. Here, here! Yes, it’s local, right here. So, congratulations and happy birthday to publisher David Mannis and his passionate crew at San Diego Uptown News for being at the forefront of hyper-local, connected and responsible news and story telling. Thanks for reminding us that even in the case of the news business, it not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.u

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Closing the wage gap By Rep. Susan Davis On June 10, 1963, a group of women gathered in the Oval Office, dressed in delicate white gloves and flowered hats that belied their fierce courage and tenacity. Although President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act that day, it was these women who fought tirelessly to make it happen. Decades later, the promise of the Equal Pay Act has not been fully realized. On average, women in America still earn only 77 percent of what men make, and this gap is even more pronounced among women of color. In all this time, and despite these shortcomings, the Equal Pay Act has never been updated or strengthened. It’s clear that we have not finished the work that those brave women started. On the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and I gathered with community leaders in Chula Vista to celebrate the strides women have made, and to discuss the work that still needs to be done. We talked about the wage gap, as well as the other hurdles that women face in the workplace. Most importantly, we discussed what can be done to empower young women and girls. The wage gap is an enduring and complicated problem. We know that much of it cannot be explained by the career choices women make or the hours they work, and is likely due to discrimination. To address this element of the wage gap, we need reforms like the Paycheck Fairness Act, which closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and provides effective remedies to women facing pay discrimination.

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with women leaders in Kyrgyzstan and Kenya who were struggling to make their voices heard in governments dominated by men. I know these struggles. Women in our own Congress and in boardrooms across the country face the same challenge every day. I spoke with women legislators in Tunisia about the need for governments to move beyond quotas and recognize that listening to women is more than fair, it is vital. Government and business can flourish with the unique input that comes from a woman’s perspective. On a visit to Afghanistan, I was privileged to speak with a group of young girls who told me of their dreams to be doctors and lawyers. Girls around the world aim for the stars when we tell them what they can be, instead of what they can’t. This experience showed me the importance of reaching girls while they’re young and nurturing their natural curiosity and ambition. Closing the wage gap will require community engagement and broad social change, but there are important steps that the government can take as well. We can work to make early childhood education affordable and available to all Americans, for the good of women and their families. And this Congress must work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which makes it easier for women to find out if they are being discriminated against, protects them from retaliation, and helps them hold employers accountable for pay discrimination. It’s time to update the Equal Pay Act and deliver on the promise of fair pay. Making these steps towards equality will not be easy, but we have a solid foundation to stand on. We are standing on the shoulders of the

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UptownBriefs HBA FORMS SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) held their first sustainability committee meeting Tuesday, June 18 at Snooze – An A.M. Eatery. The committee is headed by current board member Nicholas Papantonakis of Snooze and HBA staff member Cassandra Ramhap, and Ramhap said the first meeting was in part to discuss three focus areas: zero waste events, business and community education, and a potential community garden. The committee was formed out of increased “interest and passion for a more sustainable Hillcrest,” Ramhap said, emphasizing the importance to reach both businesses and residents. “This committee really believes in a strong relationship between business owners and residents in Hillcrest. There is no way we can do this divided.” As an initial step, the committee will be auditing the HBA’s Sunday Farmers Market on June 30, where they will walk the market and observe ways to help make it more sustainable. Ten people attended the first meeting, and Ramhap said they welcome more participation, including at the June 30 Farmers Market walkthrough. “People are really excited and enthusiastic,” she said. Regular meetings will be held at the HBA office, 3737 Fifth Ave., the third Tuesday of each month at 2:30 p.m., with the next scheduled for July 16. For more information and to participate call 619-299-3330. FORMER CALTRANS BUILDING TO BE TRANSFERRED TO PARK SYSTEM The former CalTrans headquarters located near Old Town State Park will be transferred to the state parks system after the final state budget is approved. Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins successfully persuaded the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee to approve

the transfer, Atkins announced in a press release June 11. The building, located at the southwest corner of Juan and Taylor streets, was built on the site of the first permanent European settlement in California and of a Kumeyaay Native American village, dating to 500 CE. The site will either be integrated into the Old Town State Park or developed as a separate historic park, the release stated. “This is a three-way win for the people of California and San Diego,” Atkins said in the release. “This action preserves a site rich with our heritage and removes an eyesore from the historic center of our city, all without cost to taxpayers.” The agreement was in limbo for several years as CalTrans vacated the building in 2006 and, after failing to reach an agreement with the parks department, began the process of auctioning the property to private investors. In the transfer, the state will not be purchasing the property from CalTrans. Development for the property is being discussed and will most likely include demolishing the former CalTrans building.

CITY DELI IN HILLCREST SLATED FOR NEW OWNERSHIP Announced Tuesday, June 18, City Delicatessen at the intersection of University and Sixth avenues will soon be under new ownership. Michael Wright and Alan Bilmes opened the restaurant in 1984. Under the pending purchase, partners Tom Brown, Frank Lechner and Mike “Big Mike” Phillips will retain the restaurant’s furnishings and full liquor license for approximately $325,000, U-T San Diego reporter Lori Weisberg said in a story printed Thursday, June 20. Following the sale, Brown, Lechner and Phillips will rebrand the location as Harvey Milk’s American Diner, in honor of the LGBT civil-rights activist. In the U-T article, Brown said they had support from the Harvey Milk Foundation, led by Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk. In a separate article printed June 20 in LGBT Weekly, Phillips

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Your financial life after graduation By Jason Alderman To the millions of college and high school seniors who recently graduated (and to their parents, who weathered the ups and downs of reaching that summit): congratulations on a job well done. After the celebration dies down, you’ll no doubt be eager to embark on life’s next chapter, whether it’s finding a job, preparing for college or enrolling in military or community service. Before you jump in feet first, however, let me share a few financial lessons I learned the hard way when I was just starting out. They might save you a lot of money in the long run and help you get closer to your life goals, whether it’s buying a house, starting a family or even retiring early – as far off as that may sound. First, pretend you’re still a starving student. After landing your first full-time job, the urge to go on a spending spree for new clothes, a better apartment and a car from this decade will be irresistible after surviving on ramen noodles for four years. But unless you had generous scholarships or a rich aunt, you’re probably already saddled with thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Note to entering freshmen: tread carefully around student loan debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has a great guide for making informed decisions about paying for college at consumerfinance.gov/students.

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said they had been working on plans for a Harvey Milk diner for three years. Pending the sale, staffing and remodel, Brown said they intend to open by August or September.

HILLCREST RUMMAGE SALE RETURNS JUNE 27 Members of the congregation of University Christian Church in Hillcrest will once again welcome the community into their Friendship Hall for one of San Diego’s oldest and biggest rummage sales. The community sale opens 9 a.m. Thursday, June 27 and organizers said they expect a “long line of shoppers.” The sale is June 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds support local and international charities, including the Heifer Project International, Big Sister League, the Monarch School and Education Project International. Church members will be sorting items – from antiques, jewelry and furniture to clothing and collectibles – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24 – 26. The sale is sponsored by the church’s Disciples Women organization, and will be located at 3900 Cleveland Ave. ROSE WINE PUB HONORED AS SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR South Park’s The Rose Wine Pub was honored as Small Business of the Year for the 78th Assembly District at a ceremony held in Sacramento, Calif. June 10. Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins congratulated The Rose owner Susan Prise at the ceremony and special business appreciation luncheon. “Rose Wine Pub is a place to gather and relax with neighbors and friends in a pleasant, warm atmosphere of good food and drink,” Atkins said in a press release. “This local establishment captures the essence of the surrounding area and exemplifies why San Diego is known as a cosmopolitan city of neighbor-

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After you’ve factored in rent, car payments, renter’s and car insurance, credit card charges, student loan balances and other monthly bills (not to mention payroll taxes such as Social Security tax, which went up two percent this year), your new salary probably won’t go as far as you’d like, especially if you’re trying to save for one of those life events. That’s where a budget can help. Numerous free budgeting tools, including interactive calculators, are available at such sites as the government-sponsored MyMoney.gov, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (nfcc.org), Mint.com and Practical Money Skills for Life (practicalmoneyskills.com). Next, know the score, credit-wise. Many people don’t realize until it’s too late that a poor credit score can trash your financial future. After you’ve missed a few loan payments, bounced some checks or exceeded your credit limits, you’ll probably be charged higher loan and credit card interest rates and offered lower credit limits (if not denied credit altogether), unless and until you can raise your credit score. You may even have to pay higher insurance rates and harm your ability to rent an apartment or get a cell phone. To know where you stand, review your credit reports from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) to find out whether any negative actions have been reported and to look for errors or possible fraudulent activity on your accounts. You can order one free report per year from each bureau if you order them through AnnualCreditReport.com; otherwise you’ll pay a small fee. To learn more about credit reports and scores, visit the CFPB’s “Ask CFPB.” Another good resource is What’s My Score (whatsmyscore.org), a financial literacy program for young adults run by Visa, which features a free, downloadable workbook called, “Money 101: A Crash Course in Better Money Management,” and other free tools. You worked hard to graduate. Just make sure you don’t sabotage your efforts by starting out on the wrong financial footing. —Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs. Follow him at twitter.com/PracticalMoney. u

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Neighborhood “taste of” events have become increasingly popular in the last decade, with Uptown areas such as Hillcrest, North Park, Mission Hills and even Downtown joining the trend. This month, the Adams Avenue Business Association (AABA) – a Business Improvement District formed in 1982 that covers the Adams Avenue corridor running through University Heights, Normal Heights and Kensington – will be hosting their 13th annual “Taste of Adams Avenue” on June 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beginning with the Farm House Café, located at Adams Avenue and Mississippi Street to the west, and ending with Kensington Café at Adams Avenue and Marlborough Drive to the east, 31 different businesses have lined up to shell out food and drink, up from 24 in 2012. Many other vendors along the route will also be joining in the festivities, with special offers and music. Taste of Adams Avenue offers participants a fun, social, foodie-style event that not only satisfies a hunger but also helps them get to know their many longstanding – or altogether new – businesses along the route. With ticket prices at $30 presale and $35 the day of the event, individual tastes add up to less than a dollar each. Attendees can make their way down the two-and-ahalf mile route either by foot, bicycle, or by way of the free trolley, which will have frequent stops and is being made available by the AABA. Newcomers on the restaurant side include Fish Public, Heights Tavern, Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar, The Haven Pizzeria and Soda & Swine, and many of this year’s participants have been on board since the ver y beginning, like Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, DiMille’s Italian Restaurant and Lestat’s Coffee House. While no bar-only locations are officially part of the four-hour event, three of the 31 establishments do require ages 21 and up: Rosie O’Grady’s, Proprietors Reserve and Wine Bar, and Clem’s Bottle Service & Tap Room.

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9. Sabuku Sushi 10. Incredible Cheesecake Co. 11. El Zarape Mexican 12. Viva Pops 13. Tao Vietnamese & Japanese 14. Lestat’s Coffee House 15. Jyoti Bihanga 16. Heights Tavern

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The Farm House Café, located at 2121 Adams Ave. and a participant since their opening in 2008, will be ser ving samples of their ricotta pancake with orange butter. “It’s a perfect dish to start from west to east on Adams,” said chef and owner Olivier Bioteau. “We are looking for ward to talking to the attendees and meeting old and potentially new customers. It’s always a great time.” April Walsh, co-owner of the new Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar located at 3562 Adams Ave., said they plan to ser ve their already popular “cold brew” coffee and will also have live entertainment 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For the past 13 years, mainstay DiMille’s at 3492 Adams Ave. has offered up hefty samples of their traditional, family-style Italian fare, but General Manager Don Hill, who has overseen the restaurant’s participation for the last seven years, said change has come. “We’ve made a move to include more organic and gluten-free items on our menu,” he said, adding it is a

conscious attempt to “reach out to a different clientele” and those who may be more sensitive to cheese, carbs and gluten. As a result and after 35 years, DiMille’s is expanding their menu to include many non-traditional options, such as kale salad, a gluten-free pasta salad, and other fresh, organic, vegetable dishes. Taste of Adams Avenue participants should expect to find samplings from these newer menu items this year. With 500 to 600 people moving through their large outdoor patio for samplings during the event, Hill said they’ve come to realize there won’t be much sit-down, dollar-generating business that day, but his staff always looks for ward to it ever y year. “[The Taste of Adams] is our way to give back to the neighborhood,” he said. AABA Executive Director Scott Kessler said 800 peo-

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TASTEOFADAMS ple took to Adams Avenue for last year’s taste event, but this year he expects over 1,000 participants. “[Taste of Adams Avenue] shows off the diversity of our dining and entertainment community,” Kessler said. “It’s a great value for four hours of tasting and strolling down Adams. If you walk the entire distance, you just might break even on the calorie intake.” Presale tickets for the June 30 taste can be purchased online at tasteofadams.com, while dayof tickets can be purchased at Smitty’s Ser vice, located at 3441 Adams Ave. This location is also acting as will call.u

The façade used to be incredibly plainer at The Air Conditioned Lounge, where hipsters and jocks unite inside a 1960s-style playpen replete with a James Bond poster wall, a sunken seating area and a little VIP room in back that features a dancing pole. “Before you couldn’t tell what it was from the street,” said a regular neighborhood patron, referring to the old, featureless signage that simply read, “air conditioned.” Now, fresh paint flanks a large, open window in front that lets in fresh air and afternoon sunlight while an angular blue-and-white sign hanging above boldly identifies the place as a lively watering hole. Daily happy hour caters to drinkers who couldn’t give a damn about overly designed cocktails and obscure craft beers. But the choices are plentiful nonetheless, with basic well drinks, margaritas, Bloody Marys and about eight different drafts available for $4 each. In addition, “shots of the moment” are periodically announced via a flat screen monitor behind the bar. They’re essentially shooters

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concocted with a few ingredients rather than straight-up liquor, selling usually for a mere couple bucks. The well bargains apply also to several mid-level liquors such as Jack Daniels, Absolute vodka, Jameson Irish whiskey and Tanqueray gin. You call it. I chose the latter mixed with minimal tonic water while a few friends swigged from tapped pours of Racer IPA and Red Trolley Ale for the same price. If you must, the beer lineup also includes Bud Light. With unpretentious drinks come no-attitude bartenders, probably the friendliest and most down to earth in town. One of them, named Chad, was quick to point out that nearby Sabuku Sushi offers a 15 percent discount off meal bills if you bring in your drink receipt. The offer comes in handy considering that Air Conditioned doesn’t serve food, although as Chad further explained, customers are permitted during happy hour to tote in munchies from other places, whether it be subs, tacos or coq au vin, for that matter. Just be sure to pack your own forkware. The lounge also features a DJ booth in the middle of the room with a small dance space in front of it. Both were active during our visit. For any place that spins Depeche Mode before sunset, I’m in.u

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Greek on the cheap From nearly any table at Alexis Greek Café, the pedestrian parade that unfolds outside the windows makes for dynamic people watching. Curiously, many folks browse back with waves and smiles just as you might be sinking your maw into a slab of moussaka. That attention, however, isn’t likely directed at you, but rather to longtime owner Jorge Salcedo, a reserved but delightfully animated guy whose steadfast presence in the semi-open kitchen is interrupted only when he doubles as a waiter. Salcedo’s outgoing wife Margarita also waits tables occasionally and has generated her share of fanfare as well. At the very least, the couple’s popularity can be attributed to keeping meal prices below $10 since they took over the restaurant from its original founder more than 20 years ago. Among the stellar lunch specials are pita sandwiches filled with gyros or falafel, and served with fries or salad plus a medium drink for $5.75. For dinner, entrees such as Greek-style chicken, plated gyros, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and moussaka (beef and eggplant lasagna) sell for $8.50. To the surprise of newcomers, they include a feta-laced salad; classic avgolemano soup accented with lemon, chicken and rice; French fries; pita bread and the all-important tzatziki sauce mingling garlic and grated cucumbers.

The most expensive menu item is the well-endowed Mediterranean platter for $9.50. It yields decent portions of chicken souvlaki, spanakopita and gyros while also including the full list of sides. Consider it two meals in one. In several visits to Alexis, at least one person in my group always submits to the “combination appetizer,” priced at $7.50. Share it or prepare to singly bust your belt on stuffed grape leaves, spanokopita, falafel balls, olives, hummus, warm pita and big chunks of creamy feta that tastes superior compared to the cheaper, overly brined varieties. For a flaming good time, we always kick off our feast with saganaki, a pyromaniac’s dream dish consisting of buttery Kasseri cheese doused in brandy and then set ablaze for a few seconds before being extinguished with fresh-squeezed lemon. On a recent visit, the toasted aftermath and citrus overtones were particularly flavorsome. Normally a stickler for falafel, which Alexis does well despite underplaying the tahini and lemon zest in the chickpea mixture, I chose the chicken kabob dinner instead. Though served on a single skewer, it was packed with at least eight juicy chunks of breast meat, seasoned mildly with the right amount of salt and perhaps oregano and onions in the marinade. Another person at our table ordered the gyros plate featuring a heap of the beeflamb shavings. In

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plate form, it requires a fast mouth because the meat tends to dry out quickly. I prefer it tucked into a pita sandwich, whereby the meat stays hydrated for the duration from tomatoes and tzatziki sauce. Vegetarians have it easy here, considering that many Greek dishes such as dolmades, falafel and spanakopita are naturally meat free. Moussaka, which normally contains a couple layers of ground beef or lamb, is available without the meat while still maintaining its virtues from standard béchamel sauce and allspice. Alexis’ menu also features standard American diner fare that doesn’t quite jive to the faded photographs of Greece hanging on the walls. Such items include charbroiled burgers, pork chops, BLT sandwiches and even fish and chips made with pollock. As most of us boxed up our leftovers and left too full for dessert, we unanimously celebrated the low blow to our wallets, and with no coupon required. Additionally, with Salcedo calmly running the show by himself on this busy evening, we never for a second felt shortchanged on service.u

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HouseCalls

Michael Good Last weekend at the Old House Fair, a surprising number of people asked me if I knew someone who could make an authentic wood window sash for their old house. I say surprising because San Diego Sash, the leading local manufacturer of replica window sashes, was in the booth right next door. But then finding the right guy to restore your old house can be a complicated process, even if he is standing right in front of you. It involves a lot of research, cogitation, photographs, putting stuff in folders, losing the folders, starting your own blog, forming a secret society, tossing the I Ching and, finally, asking an expert if he knows a guy. So if you didn’t make it to the Old House Fair, or you did and I blanked out when you asked me for the name of a plasterer, read on. I know most of these specialists personally, and not only have seen their work, but have seen them at work. Some are included on this list because I’m impressed by their expertise, some are included because I’m impressed by their attitude, and some I just like personally. And not a one has borrowed my sawhorses and then forgotten to give them back.

FINISH CARPENTRY

William Van Dusen of Van Dusen Millworking has been replicating and installing wood trim for years. But not every homeowner can afford to replace all his or her architectural millwork. So Van Dusen is adapting by designing and building a single focal point for homeowners of modest means: a mantel, bookcase or china cabinet that stays true to the craftsman tradition. He’s also making and restoring doors, another old house focal point. Contact: 619-443-7689, william@ wvdmillwork.com.

FIREPLACES

In the California bungalow, the fireplace is the heart of the home. So it’s no surprise that Jim Crawford has an emotional connection to fireplaces. “I grew up building fireplaces with my father,” he said. “My father grew up building fireplaces also. This is not just what I do for living. This is a big part of who I am.” If you’re not sure if your tile or brick are original, or if your chimney is falling down, give Jim at Authentic Fireplaces a call. Contact: 858-274-6134, authenticfireplacesinc.com.

GENERAL CONTRACTING

Ron Ball of Uptown Home Repair and Maintenance is one of those hands-on contractors. If the job requires, he does the plumbing, window and door installation and general carpentry: he’s not afraid to get out of the truck and get dirty. But he also manages the project, rides herd over the subcontractors, meets with the homeowners, designers, architects and inspectors. He’s worked on a number of significant historic homes, such as the Josh

Upstairs hall of the Josh DelValle house: doors, windows and millwork by San Diego Sash (Photo by Michael Good) DelValle House on 28th Street, which was one of the highlights of last year’s Old House Fair tour. Contact: 619-884-3130, rbuptown@cox.net.

INTERIOR PLASTER

Lathe and plaster is a time consuming, expensive way to make a wall. Wood trim – baseboards, casings, chair rails, picture rails – were actually created to protect plaster. Many new homeowners tear out all the old plaster because it’s cracked, not realizing they’ve just destroyed one of the more valuable and beautiful architectural features of their house. To replace it would be cost prohibitive; that’s why hardly anyone does plastering anymore. Despite the name, Mr. Stuccoman, specializes in repairing plaster walls in historic houses. They can recreate the classic sand finish. And they can do it without messing up another part of the project, like the wood trim. Contact: 888-638-0119, mrstuccoman.com.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Ray at Raymond Shaw Landscape Design has a background in graphic design, fine art, set design and teaching. When he decided to change careers and get into landscape design, he made the effort to get a formal education about plants as well as the design of garden structures, paving and lighting. When you want to create a harmonious connection between your house and its surroundings, between the built and natural environment, Ray’s the man. His landscape drawings are works of art in themselves. Contact: rayshawlandscapedesign.com, rayshawdesign@cox.net.

STAINED & LEADED GLASS

You might get the impression that not many early 20th century houses had stained glass windows, but that’s only because leaded windows are fragile, heavy and when they have problems people like to throw them away. Lisa Maywood at Verre Designs repairs and replicates stained glass windows,

China cabinet restoration by Craftsman Wood Refinishing; plaster repair by Mr. Stuccoman (Photo by Michael Good) and also creates her own designs. She was trained at the Ecole de Vitrail et de Creation in Monthey, Switzerland. Contact: 858-2203282, verredesigns.com.

WINDOWS AND DOORS

If properly maintained with fresh varnish, paint and putty, wood windows can last a lifetime or two. But when they haven’t been maintained, homeowners are left with two options: repair (often more expensive) or replace. The historic resources board recognizes this, and accepts an exact copy of the original window as an alternative to repair. Shawn Woolery at San Diego Sash can build authentic replicas of your wood windows, as well as replicate wood trim and doors. Contact: 619-9448283, sandiegosashcompany.com.

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CalendarofEvents FRIDAY, JUNE 21

Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 W. Washington St., free Wine, Cheese and Chocolate fest: 6:30 p.m., sixth annual fundraiser event for the California Women’s Museum, now at their new location with Sue Palmer performing, and tastings of wine, cheese and chocolate, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, $40

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – noon ever y Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ever y Saturday, Harney Street, free Children’s craft time: 10 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 Librar y, 4193 Park Blvd. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Sunday, Hillcrest DMV, 3960 Normal St., free Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 4040 Goldfinch

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MONDAY, JUNE 24

Mission Hills summer reading: 10:30 a.m., hugely popular summer reading program with today’s guest Extreme Rahim performing magic, comedy and ventriloquism, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 Washington St. HBA Beautification: 2 – 3:30 p.m., regular meeting of the Hillcrest Business Association Beautification committee, 3737 Fifth Ave.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25

Pajama stor y time: 6:30 – 7 p.m., children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas, Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free Talmadge MAD: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District, Franklin Elementar y, 4481 Copeland Ave.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

Baby playgroup: 10 – 11:30 a.m., babies up to 18 months old are welcome, Normal Heights United Methodist Church, 4650 Mansfield St. Mid-City Community Parking: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., regular committee meeting of the Mid-City Community Parking District, 3727 El Cajon Blvd. Hillcrest Parking: 5 – 6:30 p.m., regular meeting of the Hillcrest Parking Committee, 3737 Fifth Ave. Suite 202 Bankers Hill Business Group: 6 – 8 p.m., regular monthly meeting of the business group and open to the public, this month’s guest is Council President Todd Gloria, Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce St. UH Librar y Book club and sales: 6:30 p.m., University Heights Librar y, 4193 Park Blvd.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27

North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m. ever y Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free Golden Hill community mixer: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., monthly community mixer organized by the Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation, The Rose Wine pub, 2219 30th St., RSVP required to mixer@ goldenhillcdc.org, $10 guests Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Raising Arizona,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14

FRIDAY, JUNE 28

Preschool stor y time: 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Hills Branch Librar y, 925 W. Washington St., free PGK Dance Project: 7:30 p.m., The PGK Dance Project “Welcome to Summer” event featuring performances by Freespace Dance/NJ and other guests, You are Here: Creative Spaces, 811 25th St., Golden Hill, $20 general admission 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., $12

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

Golden Hill Farmers Market: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. ever y Saturday, B Street between 27th and 28th streets, free Historic North Park tour: 9 a.m., guided tour of the North Park commercial district by the

North Park Historical Society, meet at the Birch North Park Theatre, 2893 University Ave. $10 Old Town Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ever y Saturday, Harney Street, free Bluegrass Brunch: 9:30 a.m. – noon, live bluegrass by The Big Decisions, fundraising event for Resounding Joy, 4382 35th St., $15 suggested donation Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., screening “Double Indemnity,” 4040 Goldfinch St., tickets start at $14 Fractal Pterodactyl: 9:30 p.m., live music by local band at Rosie O’Grady’s, 3402 Adams Ave.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

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Historical human behavior Suspenseful script and deep acting stand out in Mo’olelo’s latest By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

Albert Park (Photo by Crissy Pascual / Infinite Media Works)

Fascinated with human behavior, history or both? Longing for a gripping new play that goes far beyond the ordinary? Go to 10th Avenue Theatre to see Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company’s production of David Wiener’s “Extraordinary Chambers.” “Extraordinary Chambers” is directed by Mo’olelo Artistic Director Seema Sueko, recipient of a Theatre CommuCommu nications Guild leadership grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Though the grant requires that she be in Washington to work with leaders at Arena Stage, Sueko has returned to San Diego to stage the work. It premiered at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles, where it received the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for outstanding new play. The “extraordinary chambers” in Wiener’s suspenseful and human script may refer to the ruins of Angkor Wat, near the Cambodian city of Siem Reap. monuSaid to be the largest religious monu ment in the world, the temples were built during the Khmer Empire, which flourished from the ninth to 15th centuries. The ruins number at least a thousand and are overgrown by the roots of spung trees. The title could also refer to cham-

for grabs. Wiener leaves it up to onlookers to decide and, yes, there are surprises. A finer company cannot be imagined. Watanabe, who played Sopoan in the Geffen staging, is known for his work in Mo’olelo productions of “How I Got That Story” and “Yellow Face.” Known for her work in Mo’olelo’s “A Piece of My Heart” and “Since Africa,” Phillips is fathoms deep. Park does his absolute best work, as does Fernandes. Chae is a revelation as the multifaceted Rom. Sueko’s staging is astute and of a piece. The physical production created by scenic designer David F. Weiner, lighting designer Jason Bieber and Jeannie Galioto is as fascinating as the acting. All is greatly enhanced by Joseph Huppert’s sound design, infused with field recordings from Cambodia by Carmen Baden of Black Ice Sound.u

bers in the United Nations’ courts of Cambodia, a tribunal established 2003 to prosecute leaders of the Khmer Rouge, the ruling party of Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. Their leader, Pol Pot, was responsible for the deaths of more than 2 million Cambodians, a quarter of the population at the time, according to the program note. The plot of Wiener’s play concerns an American couple, Mara (played by Erika Beth Phillips) and Carter (Manny Fernandes). Carter works for a large U.S. communications company seeking a Cambodian contract. Their guide is Sopoan (Albert Park), who works for Dr. Heng (Greg Watanabe), he being a selfdescribed facilitator who helps people achieve their purpose. Heng’s wife, Rom Chang (Esther K. Chae), has her own mystery and power, evidenced in the kind of “laying on of hands” that banishes pain and intuits sorrow. Carter and Mara, whose relationship is established in the first scene upon their arrival in Cambodia, have a secret sorrow that they are unable WHERE: Mo’olelo Performing Arts to discuss. The instant Rom lays Company at the 10th Avenue Theatre, hands on Mara, healing her pain and intuiting her sorrow and need, 930 10th Ave. (Downtown) a plot is set in motion. The fascination lies in one’s mind as Sopoan, a victim of WHEN: Wed. – Sat. at 8 p.m. & Sun. Khmer Rouge torture and mind at 2 p.m. through June 30 control, reveals his sorrow in direct address to the audience. INFO: 619-342-7395 • WEB: moolelo.net Guilt, innocence and culpability – past and present – are up

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first planted when Taylor started making his own mellow acoustic-based folk songs by himself, but soon evolved into a full blown rock band once Moura, Ruiz and their former drummer joined him. “Our techniques have changed quite a bit over the years,� Taylor said. “At first it was me doing a lot of the songwriting and then we moved The Hollerin forward with everyone bringing in (Photo by Andrew Rowley ideas. Then when Cooper came in, / Rowlberto Productions) we kind of scratched all that and just said let’s sit together and jam and see what comes out of that.� Taylor is a natural born musician and it’s no surprise that he turned his passion into a career, after being surrounded by music his entire childhood, he said, naming Ray LaMontagne as someone he is particularly into. “I really like the feeling behind blues. You get a lot more emotion behind that type of music,� Taylor said. “You can hear it in the guitar and the tee, Calif. Taylor met Moura and Ruiz while vocals, especially the older stuff with a bunch working for Taylor Guitars together when of old dudes smoking a pack of cigarettes and they were younger. jamming on their guitars.� “Our music is rock ‘n’ roll infused with In March, The Hollerin played two shows blues and indie,� Taylor said. “It came about in front of some of the best music lovers at organically; we’ve all got our different styles this year’s South by Southwest music festival that we bring to the table. I’m a big blues guy, in Austin, Texas. Cooper comes in and wants to add his indie Taylor said his favorite part about playing flair, Leo’s really into Radiohead and stuff like live shows is seeing the crowd’s reaction, with that, so there’s a lot of ambient noises and lots of “dancing and booty shaking.� trance-like parts.� “There’s a lot of energy. Our audience is The band has put out several demos but a mixture of people that are always out there has yet to release a record. They will be godancing and having a great time, and that’s ing into the recording studio within the next really what me and the other guys in the band month, and are aiming to release their first feed off of,� he said. “We like to try to keep EP at the end of the summer. After that, they hope to set out on a small tour and branch out the audience involved.� The Hollerin recently had a show at The of their hometown. Casbah Wednesday, June 19, and they will “We want to get the EP out there and be playing at Bar Pink June 29. Los Angelescreate a new buzz for us, draw some new fans based alt-pop group Great White Buffalo and and then hit the road for a little bit and play some shows,� Taylor said, “hopefully up along indie-rockers Royal Campaign will open, starting at 9 p.m. Bar Pink is located at 3829 30th the coast and in San Francisco, once we’re St. in North Park. For more information visit ready.� barpink.com/.u The seeds for the group’s inception were

Local quartet The Hollerin ing their ound to Bar Pink By Logan Broyles SDUN Reporter

As June turns the corner into July, Uptown residents are in for a great show as local blues and folk band The Hollerin will be jamming at Bar Pink June 29. The Hollerin’s music is inspired by traditional blues and rock ‘n’ roll, and features hard-hitting drums and smooth flowing guitar riffs that perfectly fit lead singer Christian Taylor’s raspy voice, which seems tailor-made for a blues singer. Taylor fronts the group as singer and songwriter, while also lending his skills on backup guitar, with his friend Leonardo Moura laying down some serious talent on lead guitar. Jacob Ruiz plays bass, and the band just recently added drummer Mike Cooper, formerly of TRANSFER and a founding member of indie-electro group Hyena. Their first show was two years ago at the Ruby Room under the name Christian Taylor and the Hollerin, but after some lineup changes and recently adding Cooper to the mix, they are now starting fresh. “We kind of had a re-imaging of the band and started over because we went through a couple different members and we wanted to get a fresh start,� Taylor said. “Cooper is fairly new with us so we’re trying to revamp the music and write some new stuff to where it’s basically a new band under the same name.� With their style, they could be at home playing in a dive bar in Nashville, Tenn. or anywhere in the South where the style comes from, yet The Hollerin has local roots. Each member of this four-piece ensemble hail from different parts of East San Diego County, with Taylor and Cooper both growing up and going to high school together in San-

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TAKEDA CALIFORNIA HELPS RESTORE HABITATS FOR ENVIRONMENT DAY On Friday, June 21, a group of Takeda California employees and their family members joined The San Diego River Park Foundation in Alpine, Calif. and the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park to help restore native habitats, in part to honor World Environment Day, which is celebrated June 5. Takeda, a San Diego-based subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited of Japan, is “dedicated to making positive impacts across the region,� a press release stated. “Our employees take pride in keeping San Diego beautiful,� said Keith Wilson, Takeda California president and chief scientific officer, in the release before the cleanup. Wilson is also a resident of Mission Hills. “We are committed to improving peoples’ health and giving back to our communities to improve our local environment,� he said. As part of the efforts, the groups worked to restore trails at the Peutz Creek Reserve in Alpine, and removed weeds, non-native plants and habitat restoration in Balboa Park. Both are repeat sites for Takeda volunteer work. “We are ecstatic to have Takeda California helping us again,� said Dennis Otsuji, Friendship Garden board president, in the release. “It is companies like [Takeda] and volunteers like their employees that help maintain the Garden for the public to enjoy.�u


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MISSIONHILLS the business district and the Mission Hills BID are also involved with the concert series and Fourth of July event. BID Executive Director Gerrie Trussel said they are “thrilled to have this caliber of great weekly entertainment” in Mission Hills. Near the middle of the Summer Concerts schedule is the Fourth of July Extravaganza celebration, also at Pioneer Park. The daylong event starts at 10:30 a.m. with a community parade heading out from the park and meandering through the neighborhood’s streets, followed by games and prizes in the park at 11:30 a.m. Participants – the parade is open to all – are encouraged to dress in patriotic colors for a costume contest. “The park is full of excitement and energy by the people celebrating our country’s independence,” Evans said. “Spirits are high with everyone decked out in red, white and blue as the community comes together for this important day.” A key component to the Extravaganza is the annual BBQ Competition, taking place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Now in its third year, the contest is limited to seven teams who will cook a minimum of three full briskets however they see fit, organizers said. The sauce must be homemade. Last year’s contest winners, with judging done in a “People’s Choice” voting style, were Frans van der Lee and Chip Breitenkamp. Not affiliated with any restaurant, the pair “just like to barbeque,” they said after the win. While last year saw teams prepare barbeque pork, this year the competition has changed. “After doing pulled pork for two years, the … teams competing this Fourth of July … are excited to be smoking beef brisket,” van der Lee said. “As always, Mission Hills Town Council members can not only enjoy the delicious barbeque, but also the showmanship and smack-talking amongst the competitors.”

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If there is any question of the band’s popularity, look no further than their recent appearance at the Mission Hills Branch Library to help launch their summer reading program. Branch manager Stephen Wheeler said the Hullabaloo concert Monday, June 17 brought approximately (l to r) Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer of Hullabaloo 150 children and 75 (Courtesy Hullabaloo) adults to the library. “The Mission Hills Library and the Tastings for the barbeque contest are limited to Town Council members, however Pioneer Park shows are two of our alltime favorites,” said Steve Denyes, who family memberships will be available the plays guitar and sings for Hullabaloo. day of the event for $20. Sponsors for this Cajon percussionist and vocalist Brendan year’s Extravaganza are Whole Foods MarKremer joins Denyes in the band. ket, Sadie Rose Baking Co. and Phil’s BBQ. “The library is always jam packed with Following the barbeque contest will be people from the neighborhood and kids a concert in the park – part of the Summer Concerts series – where the band Dr. Elvis from the local schools. We all squeeze into the corner of the library to sing, will perform from 12 – 2 p.m. Families are dance and stomp our feet,” Denyes said. encouraged to bring a blanket and snacks, “There’s not much elbow room, but we and food boxes will also be available for always have a good time.” purchase from local restaurants. Yet for the opening concert of the se“At night, residents head to the variries, Denyes said they are excited to return ous neighborhood vista points to watch the fireworks light up the bay,” promoters to Pioneer Park, solidifying the connection said. “It’s a great way to celebrate the holi- once again to the neighborhood. “The park is a great contrast because day with your neighbors.” people can spread out, enjoy a family picBut before the Fourth of July Extravanic and a little music as the sun sets,” he ganza arrives, the concert series kicks said. “We look forward to it all year.” off June 21 with a family band extremely Following Hullabaloo, the Friday popular with Mission Hills parents and children: Hullabaloo. This child-friendly concert schedule includes Zydeco band focuses on authentic music as enter- Patrol, Ballad Monger, Y3K, Breezn, Hot tainment, instead of gimmick-laden and, Pstromi, High Society, Jackstraws and to some, annoying kids’ music. Cygnet Theatre. Dr. Elvis, part of the “A lot of parents raised on rock ‘n’ roll series, performs Thursday, July 4 at the have a hard time down shifting to singing Extravaganza. dinosaurs and hamsters and, frankly, For more information on the Summer we don’t blame them,” the Hullabaloo Concert Series, Fourth of July Extravawebsite says. “We’re proud to be part of a ganza and BBQ Competition, visit misgrowing number of artists that have found sionhillstowncouncil.org, missionhillsmsa way to honor and entertain kids without foundation.org or ourmissionhills.com. making their parents want to jump out of Evans can be reached at president@ a moving mini-van.” missionhillstowncouncil.org.u


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hile many Americans are familiar with the German cities of Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt, most have probably never heard of Münster, except to associate it with the similarly named, but made-in-France cheese. Pity too, because Münster is steeped in history and culture, and is an amazing destination to explore. The first thing I noticed stepping out of the train station in Münster was the huge number of students and bicycles. Crossing the street, it seemed like a river of both flowing around me. I guess

that’s why it is called Germany’s bicycle capital. The earliest roots of the city started with the emperor Charlemagne, who sent out missionaries to then-called Münsterland in 793. This sowed the seeds for the first cathedral in 850 followed by the construction of parish churches and a protective city wall. Today, the wall has been replaced by a scenic tree-lined promenade greenbelt, which runs alongside the Aa river and is a very popular place for strolling or, of course, cycling. In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia, which effectively ended the Thirty Years’ War, was signed in a room of the Town Hall now known as the Hall of Peace. This building was destroyed during World War II but has been lovingly restored back to its original splendor, and you can take a look inside for a small price. The room contains some rather ornate furnishings and wooden panels along with rare artifacts and portraits of the emissaries involved in the peace agreement. The first university of the region was also formed here in 1773, and today there are more than 50,000 students who study in Münster. Local residents and students can be found in all of the city’s quarters including the popular Prinzipalmarkt, Münster’s main shopping area. The 48 gabled buildings and covered arcades have been reconstructed since the war, and now house all manner of retail shops, boutiques and restaurants. Speaking of food, there seemed to be a bakery around every corner and shops offering fine chocolates, gelato, coffee and traditional regional cuisine from the state North Rhine-Westfalia. One of my meals included a sausage, fried potatoes and sauerkraut: quite tasty. You can then wash all this down with a local brew as there are several pubs here and a nice brewery, called Pinkus Müller. Münster is a pedestrian city and very easy to navigate. I found the tall church landmarks a simple way to remember where to find my hotel. Since everything is close, you won’t need to take a car or taxi but you may want to think about renting a bicycle, if for no other reason than to fit in with what everyone else is doing.

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MÜNSTER A couple of tips for things I particularly enjoyed: first, I found the best thick-cut pommes frites and perfectly cooked bratwurst on a crispy roll at a little stand right outside the train station. Then, for a nice evening out, try the GOP Variety Theatre, also across from the train station. They have a first-rate show featuring a blend of light, sound, acrobatics, dance and, well, bubbles: you have to see it to understand. If you have ever been to Germany but have (Photo by Ron Stern)

never let your trip planning go beyond some of the larger cities, you are missing some of the best this country has to offer. The cities I visited on this trip – adding to Münster: Augsburg, Würzburg and Osnabrück – are only four out of 13 historical cities that are part of the Historic Highlights of Germany tour group. I have been to many of these cities and only (Photo by wish I had more time to spend in Ron Stern) each one. Where to stay in Münster: The Treff Hotel (treff-hotels.de) is centrally located in Old Town and is part of the Ramada chain of hotels. The rooms are modern, comfortable and affordable. You will be steps away from shopping, dining and most of the attractions that Münster has to offer. For more information visit the Historic Highlights of Germany website at historicgermany.travel/.

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