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Serving San Diego’s Premier Urban Communities for 23 Years


Vol. 23 No. 9 September/October 2015

IT’S A THROWATHON! Annual ritual produces ceramic bowls for December’s big SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off

Swimming Down the Drain North Park residents and others who would normally be cooling off at the Bud Kearns Municipal Pool were disappointed this swim season because the facility remained closed well-past its usual April opening. PAGE 4

Burlingame Home Sale Tops $1.3 Million A historic North Park two-story home on Kalmia Street has sold for a reported $1.3 million. The sellers, Marty McDaniel and his sister Julie McDaniel Kellems, lived in the home since 1963. PAGE 5

Weekend Music Fest The 34th annual Adams Aveue Street Fair — the largest, free, two-day music festival in Southern California — returns to the street Sept. 26-27 and brings 110 musical acts on eight stages to the neighborhood. PAGE 9



Kelly Pouliot

Brittanni Powell on the potter’s wheel is part of the Throwathon that Kouta Shimazaki, owner of San Diego Ceramic Connection, holds to produce the thousands of bowls that will be sold at the Dec. 6 SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off, a benefit for McKinley Elementary School. These things last far into the night and early morning hours. See story on PAGE 10

Guardians of the Park ‘Friends’ and other groups work to keep Balboa Park alive and well into the next century Keeping Balboa Park alive and well into the next century Betty Peabody leads Friends of Balboa Park, one of several organizations working to support the upkeep and infrastructure of San Diego’s most famous icon. PAGE 7

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