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Serving San Diego’s Premier Urban Communities for 20 Years

Vol. 20 No. 11 November 2012

Jury Verdict Moves OLP Closer to Campus Expansion The years-long effort by the Academy of Our Lady of Peace to build a new classroom and parking structure on its campus moved another step forward on Oct. 19 when a federal jury found that the city violated the Catholic girls school’s religious rights when it denied permits for the construction. The jury in the trial awarded the Normal Heights school $1.1 million in damages. U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo, who presided at the two-week civil trial, is expected to hear arguments this month on whether the building permits should be issued. The Academy of Our Lady of Peace, or OLP, filed a lawsuit against the city in 2009 after the San Diego City Council overturned a Planning Commission ruling approving the building permits. OLP claimed that the city’s denial of its expansion plans was a violation of the The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA). “This was not a conflict over the law, but over the City Council’s exercise of its discretion,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said in a statement. In 2008, the Planning Commission voted to approve OLP’s project. In 2009, the City Council reversed the Planning Commission’s decision. As it turns out, the jury in this case agreed with the Planning CommisSEE OLP, Page 6


DeMaio and Filner in Dead Heat In S.D. Mayoral Race San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio and Congressman Bob Filner are in a dead heat in the race for San Diego mayor, according to a SD METRO/ Probolsky Research poll. “The race for mayor is remarkably close, as the candidates are separated by less than 1 percent,” said pollster Adam Probolsky. The telephone poll of likely voters, conducted Wednesday and Thursday, showed DeMaio favored by 41.3 percent SEE SCENE, Page 5

Are You Ready for a Parade? 49th North Park Toyland Parade & Festival ready to sparkle BY MANNY CRUZ

The North Park Toyland Parade has had its ups and downs over the years since its inaugural appearance in 1936, including an absence of more than 20 years between the late 1960s and the late 1980s. The 1941 spectacle was canceled following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and there was no parade in 1968 because of the construction of the I-805 freeway. More recently, rain put a damper on parade plans in 2007. It was canceled. All that’s past history as far as the Victoria House Corporation is concerned. The local social service agency has taken on the challenge of putting on the 49th edition of the Toyland Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1, taking the reins from North Park Main Street, the previous host. “We want to keep the integrity of the original parade while making it our own,” says Debra Fuentes, director of marketing for Victoria House. The event is now being called the North Park SEE PARADE, Page 14

Musical Theater Shines in North Park

North Park Closer to Stage pros Erin and Gary Lewis find an entertainment niche Becoming Erin and Gary Lewis got started in musical theater because State’s First of a child, an angel, a nun and a sound designer. Sustainable The child is their daughter Jill, 11 at the time. Erin and Gary were angels, “a person who contributes money and/or Main Street services to a theater company.” Erin was also a nun in the

Performers in San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of ‘White Christmas’ Dec.13-23. David Engel, Laura Dickinson, Jeffrey Parsons, Jill Townsend.

Moonlight Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music.” Gary was the sound designer. Over the years Jill continued performing in musicals in Los Angeles while attending college, and Gary and Erin continued to be involved. “We just loved the whole atmosphere of the theater community,” Erin said. “And for a number of years we thought we might like to somehow bring more musical theater to San Diego, and with our business background (Tupperware “legacy executive directors” in charge of a sales team of 600) we believed that we could be successful at it.” “We also felt San Diego was missing a regional, professional, year-round, nonprofit musical theater organization, and we thought, well, we’ll try it and see if there’s a place for us,” said Gary. On Sept. 26, 2006, they founded the San Diego Musical SEE THEATER, Page 6


Step two of a plan to make North Park greener is in the works. A second grant received last month by the Sustainable North Park Main Street program will cover the costs. The SNPMS program, principally created by local nonprofit organization North Park Main Street, became a plan on paper last year, with the help of a $25,000 grant from the Office of Historic Preservation and a $5,000 grant from San Diego Gas & Electric. An additional $13,080 grant from the OHP received in September proSEE MAIN ST., Page 17

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Ask Dr. Z

(Editor’s Note: South Park’s Dr. Tara Zandvliet -Dr. Z — answers common — and not so common — health questions for our readers.) Q. Can you get the flu from the flu shot? A. In a word, no. There is no active virus in the flu shot, only proteins. However, there are two ways that you can feel ill after a flu shot. The first is that you breathed in the flu virus (or another virus, like the common cold or stomach flu) in the few days before your shot. Then your immune system has to deal with both the infection and the flu shot proteins, and that makes the illness feel worse. The other reason you may feel ill after a flu shot is the immune response to the shot. This is what makes the flu shot work. The immune system fighting a virus or bacteria or a flu shot protein is the same. So the symptoms are the same — fever, aches, fatigue. After a shot, though, the response is mild and short. If you are still feeling poorly after three days, you really are ill and got sick in the day or so before your shot, so take care of yourself.heart definitely never stops, it just slows down a bit. Q. Does getting frequent colds mean I have a weak immune system? A. Not necessarily. The average number of colds per year is four for an adult — every other month in the winter. For children it is 8-10, which is monthly in the winter. Given that the average cold lasts two weeks, with a cough lingering but improving over the third week, this means we are rarely fully well in the winter. In a study of healthy volunteers deliberately infected with a cold virus, certain things caused some of them to get colds more than others. Psychological stress was the No. 1 risk factor for getting a cold. Smoking was another significant risk factor for getting that cold as was poor sleep or sleeping less than eight hours a night for an adult (10 hours a night for kids). So stop smoking, get to sleep, and try yoga, laughter and relaxation. Q. Why does my fever keep coming back after Tylenol or Motrin? A. Fevers are the body’s way of fighting off an infection. As long as the infection is there, the fever will be there. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin (ibuprofen) don’t cure any infections. They only reset your thermostat to lower your temperature and make you feel better. When the medicine wears off, the thermostat resets and the fever returns. So use the medicines to make yourself feel better, and take care of yourself to cure the infection. And while that fever continues, don’t go to work or school, even if you feel well or get rid of the fever temporarily on these medicines, because you are still infected and contagious. Dr. Tara Zandvliet welcomes your questions. Send them to She practices at 2991 Kalmia St. Phone: (619) 929-0030.

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Addressing Homelessness

BY COUNCILMAN TODD GLORIA Like you, I’ve noticed the growing number of homeless individuals in our neighborhoods. The city, through the San Diego Housing Commission, supports several projects and programs to end the cycle of homelessness and help our neediest

neighbors return to self-sustaining paths. The City Council recently agreed to set aside $1.3 million of our annual federal Community Development Block Grant monies to fund basic homeless support services. This means that funds are guaranteed for Connections Housing, San Diego’s first permanent year-round homeless services center which is set to open this winter; the Neil Good Day Center; the Cortez Hill Family Shelter; and the Veterans Winter Shelter. I am incredibly proud that my council colleagues understood the importance of avoiding future funding uncertainty and ensured that homeless programs administered by the Housing Commission on behalf of the city will be funded so San Diego’s homeless population can be helped with these essential services. I also recently allocated $10,000 of Community Projects, Programs, and Services funds to the operation of the homeless storage center Downtown. The facility known as the Check-in Center currently serves 315 people and holds about 30,000 pounds of their belong-

ings. This center is not only about keeping our streets, sidewalks, neighborhoods, and canyons clean of personal belongings, though those are important impacts. It’s about allowing our neediest neighbors to keep their self-respect and their few precious belongings. Further, it empowers them to find jobs and get training that would otherwise be next to impossible if they showed up to an interview with a cart full of stuff. The impact we get with a very small contribution is huge. The center’s current site will soon be lost to develop much-needed affordable housing units, and a new site is in the works. If you share my desire to help, please visit Much more needs to be done to assist our neighbors and decrease impacts on our communities, and securing these funds was a necessary and positive step forward. The Housing Commission recently produced a report on Options for Additional Housing and Homeless Service Facilities. You might be surprised to know that the greatest number of home-

can be purchased online at prior to the event or that evening CONTINUED FROM Page 1 and personalized with a mesof the voters and Filner with 40.5 percent, with 18.2 percent sage. The cost is $15 each or two for $25. All proceeds from unsure or refused to answer. The two candidates exhibit similar intensity among their sup- the Tree of Life Ceremony porters. 15.2 percent say they have already voted for DeMaio benefit Mama’s Kitchen. while 13.2 percent say they have already cast their ballots for Filner. 16.2 percent say they will definitely vote for DeMaio while Woman’s Club Christmas Craft Show The San Diego Woman’s Club will host the annual “Christ17.7 percent say they will definitely vote for Filner. mas on Third Avenue Craft Show + Live Music” shopping DeMaio shows strength among men, Republicans, those born event on Sunday, Nov. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at the club at in the U.S., those aged 55+, very high propensity voters (those 2557 Third Ave., San Diego. There will be vendors, door prizes, who have voted in five out of the last five elections), those food and live music. The San Diego Chorus and the Java Jazz who vote by mail, those registered to vote for more than 10 Band will perform. years, those from Council Districts 5, 6, and 7. Filner enjoys greater support among women, Democratic voters and Decline to State (DTS) voters (althought DTS women Girls’ Night Out Happy Hour Adventure Adventures by the Book will presents a Girls’ Night Out are divided), those aged 18-34, Election Day voters, those regHappy Hour Adventure with debut novelist and part-time istered to vote for less than a year and those from Council San Diegan Teresa Link on MonDistricts 3, 4, 8 and 9. day, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at The poll also showed support for Proposition Z on the Nov. 6 Mosaic Wine Bar, 3422 30th St. ballot, the San Diego Unified School District’s $2.8 billion Cost is $35 per person, or $60 bond proposal, falling short of the required 55 percent needwith signed, hardcover, first edied to win. The poll showed 54 percent of those polled favortion book and a glass of wine, ing the measure, 29.5 percent opposed and 16.5 percent unsure happy hour appetizers, author or refused to anser. The intensity of support for Proposition Z is significantly discussion, Q&A, book signing, greater that that of the opposition. 19.9 percent say they have and an opportunity to meet the already voted yes, vs. 12.5 percent who have voted no, and author up close. Link’s “Denting 19.9 percent say they will definitely vote yes, vs. 12.5 percent the Bosch” offers an alternatively hilarious and devastating assesswho say they will definitely vote no. Proposition Z enjoys greatest support among women, Demo- ment of modern life, marriage, cratic and Decline to State voters, those aged 18-64, Election middle age, friendship, money, Day voters and those from every City Council district except sex and the American Dream. Teresa Link For more information, contact District 5. In the presidential race poll, President Barack Obama, a Demo- Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 crat, was favored by 57.7 percent of the likely voters, and for- or at mer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nomiMore Electric Vehicle Charging Stations nee, was favored by 32.6 percent. Councilman Todd Gloria applauded the City Council for Polling Information approving expansion of public electric vehicle charging staA total of 402 surveys were collected. A survey of this size tions. San Diego will add up to 117 public charging stations on yields a margin of error of +/- 5.0 percent with a 95 percent city-owned property. San Diego currently is ranked 16th of the degree of confidence. Interviews were conducted with voters on 21 cities hosting charging stations in the nation based on its 10 both landline and cell phones and were conducted in English public charging stations, and the city will move to the top and Spanish languages. ranking with the addition of the new spaces. Thirty-three of the new stations will be in neighborhoods represented by Gloria: Tree of Life Tree Lighting • Five in Balboa Park (East lot adjacent to Park Blvd.) Mama’s Kitchen and Village Hillcrest will host the 21st annu• Four in North Park (4044 Idaho St.) al Tree of Life Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sat., Dec. 1, from 6 • Five on-street near Texas St. and El Cajon Blvd. to 7:30 p.m. at 3965 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest. The ceremony com• Five on-street at 35th St. and Adams Ave. memorates World AIDS Day. Terry Cunningham of the the • Five on-street near Normal St. and University Ave. county’s Public Health Services will lead a candlelight vigil. The • Five on-street near Goldfinch St. and W. Washington St. trees will be decorated with ornaments that honor those who


have been affected by AIDS and will remain on display throughout the holiday season at Village Hillcrest. Ornaments


Connections Housing in Downtown is set to open this winter.

less reside in the beach communities, followed by Downtown, Mission Valley/Kearny Mesa, then Mid-City neighborhoods. Creating new facilities with emergency shelter beds, transitional housing, supportive services, and permanent affordable units to fully address homelessness will take more resources than are available in the foreseeable future, but recognizing the extent of our

needs is helpful and brings added significance to the contributions recently made. Councilmember Gloria can be reached at; (619) -236-6633; 202 C Street, MS 10A, San Diego, CA 92101; and on Facebook and Twitter. Visit his website at

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Theatre (SDMT), the now award-winning nonprofit theater company that produces contemporary and classic musicals year-round, providing employment for professional actors, directors, choreographers, musicians and technicians. Now in their fourth season, they’ve produced three shows a year and this year they added Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” as a fourth show and are hoping to continue doing four each year. “White Christmas” will run Dec.13 through Dec. 23. “We would like White Christmas to be a tradition, like the ‘Nutcracker’ and the ‘Grinch’ each holiday season, in addition to our regular three shows a year,” explained Erin. SDMT does the “tried-and-true” productions, bringing in the old and new, like “Guys and Dolls” and “RENT,” a combination of productions so people can see different styles and periods. “White Christmas” will be done somewhat concert style with a 22-piece orchestra on stage in white dinner jackets. “So it’s going to look like your 1940s big band, as that was the period. People will enjoy the same singing and dancing as the movie — so nostalgic and traditional. With what’s going on in the world today, people want to see something comforting and familiar,” said Gary. For this production they are creating all of the costumes like you would see on Broadway — blue dresses, giant fans, muffs, red velvet — which will cost about $17,000. But they feel this is an investment in the tradition of performing “White Christmas” every year. Over the past four seasons the most popular shows have been “Chorus Line ,” “RENT” and “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Their presentation of “The Full Monty” was the San Diego regional premiere of the show at the Birch North Park Theatre. Plans for next year include


“Chicago,” “The Sound of Music,” “White Christmas” and another to be announced. SDMT’s vision is to create an environment where high-quality musical theater thrives in San Diego for generations to come. They would like to bring in some shows that at this time are too expensive; do more and different kinds of productions. Gary and Erin, each acting equally as executive director/producer, begin each season with deciding on shows for the season and securing the rights to produce them. They then search for the director and choreographer. In the beginning they got help from their daughter and son-in-law, who have been in the business for years; and now they are bringing back people who did a great job for them in previous productions. And as its reputation grows, some directors and choreographers are seeking out the SDMT. While others come and go, they’ve always had the same “fantastic musical director,” San Diego’s Don Le Master. Six weeks before a show, the Lewises find the talent through auditions, held at their Tupperware building in Kearny Mesa. Some aspiring performers come from as far away as New York, some “equity” actors and some non-union. The next step is lining up a production team for lighting, sound, sets and costumes, mainly using local talent and sometimes from Los Angeles, and making decisions on whether to build the sets themselves or rent them. Not having a theater of their own, SDMT held its first production at the Birch North Park Theatre, then moved to the El Cajon Performing Arts Center, then the Lyceum Downtown, and now back to the North Park Theatre this past January with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” “RENT,” “Footloose” and “White Christmas.” “We’re excited to be in North Park and in this beautiful theater. This is a growing, vibrant neighborhood and we’re hoping that we have contributed to it. People are

Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey.


J. Walcher Communications Wins PR • Four in the North Park Parking Awards Garage. Other locations for the new charging stations include the Carmel Mountain Library, Skyline Hills and two parking garages Downtown. The charging stations will be installed by ECOtality, which is using $850,000 of its federal grant funds for the expansion. Through the agreement, the city will be reimbursed by ECOtality for electricity used at the charging stations. The charging PR agency J. Walcher Communicastations are expected to be installed by tions (JWC) of South Park has received the end of 2012 four Edward L. Bernays Awards from the Public Relations Society of America San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter. Laura Walcher, principal PR counsel for the agency, also received The Eva Irving Community Service Award, given to a public relations professional whose volunteer efforts for nonprofit, philanthropic or public service organizations embody the traditions of volunteerism. Honoring Girl Scouts The JWC team received two Silver Mark From left, Alexy Dinkha with Mis- of Excellence awards for “Events & sion Hills resident Hailee Wong (hold- Observances Seven Days or Fewer” and ing a 1970s Brownie camera) and Maria “Community Relations” and two Bronze Burritt of Kensington model vintage Mark of Merit awards for Brownie and Junior uniforms in honor “Editorials/Op-Ed Columns” and “Feaof Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary at ture Stories.” Serving San Diego’s Premier Bungalow Communities Chairman/CEO Bob Page Publisher Rebeca Page

Erin and Gary Lewis founded the San Diego Musical Theatre in 2006 and have found a home at the Birch North Park Theatre.

coming from all over San Diego and saying, ‘Thank you for bringing musical theater to North Park,’” said Erin. “Our big goal,” Gary said, “is to run a theater of our own where, in addition to our own productions, we could rent to other organizations needing a space for theater, dance and music. We would also be able to run our youth musical theater program there as well.” The Lewises essentially do it all by themselves, from selecting the show to lowering the final curtain. “Every single show we learn a little bit more and a little bit more,” said Gary. “Get a little smarter. We learn how to handle things. What we have to do. Who we have to call. We didn’t’ realize what a full-time job it was going to be. Part of the reason is that because it’s just us running it.” SDMT’s board of directors is a rollup-your-sleeves board. Some members house actors, one member does the props, another does the marketing and public relations, another works as assistant stage manager — all at no cost to SDMT. San Diego Musical Theatre is the only professional musical theater organiza-

tion in San Diego that puts on large-scale musicals that does not have its own space, and doesn’t have some kind of financial backing from the city of San Diego. To date it is supported by ticket sales, individual donations and over 100 season subscribers. The Lewises need to raise about $200,000 a year, as ticket sales alone only cover 65 percent to 70 percent of production costs. Every penny donated goes toward the productions; the Lewises don’t pay themselves. As they get more people involved, build their board of directors and volunteers, they are hoping to add some staff so they can divvy up of the work and concentrate on getting donations, grants and other types of funding. “We’re looking for more angels — people who can introduce us to other individuals or companies who can help us achieve our goals: increasing our number of equity actors, producing bigger shows and hiring staff,” said Erin. They could also use the help of a nun or two, or maybe a whole convent full, who could pray that their wishes come true.


library and media center and additional classroom space as well as off-street parking. Some 750 students are enrolled in the school, which is administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. A group of neighboring residents opposed the school’s plans, claiming that the new construction would mean the destruction of three historic homes on the property — one on Collier Avenue and two on Copley Avenue. The single-family houses, built around 1930, reflect the Spanish Colonial style homes that the neighbors want to save.


sion and disagreed with the City Council.” The 130-year-old OLP, the oldest high school in the city, has been trying for more than five years to obtain the necessary permits to construct one new school building and a parking structure on land that it owns. It said the new facilities would give students state-ofthe-art science laboratories, enhanced

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‘One-of-a-Kind’ is Neighborhood Shopping Signature Unduplicated gift ideas, fashions, art featured at Holiday Walkabout on Dec. 1

Graffiti Beach in South Park features these hand-printed ties by Mr. Phipps, $32.

The WeWood Watches at Graffiti Beach are style favorites for women and men. With each purchase, the company plants a tree.

The Next Door Gallery artist Johanna Hansen’s ‘Love Beads’ are among the brooches featured in the holiday show at 2963 Beech Street. The show opens on Walkabout Saturday, Dec. 1.

The neighborhood of South Park is home to an unusual array of small merchants, corner markets and local artists. Here you will not find the ubiquitous big brands, the glossy neon of big box stores, or the all-too-familiar “fashions” trumpeted on network reality shows. Because of its interesting shops and unusual merchandise, South Park has become a popular shopping destination for San Diegans, especially during the holiday season. “Our customers appreciate finding things here that are not found in every mall in America,” says Richard Fredrick, whose Mythology Eco Boutique features organic clothing and accessories for adults, toddlers and infants. “They make better gifts, for sure.” Shops like The Next Door Gallery (Beech Street), Make Good (Fern Street), Plum Pottery (30th Street.) and Graffiti Beach (Fern Street) feature wearable artwork by local California and Tijuana talents, truly “one-of-akind” gift options that the folks on your list will appreciate. All the neighborhood businesses of South Park will be brightly welcoming shoppers to the annual Holiday Walkabout on Saturday, Dec. 1, as shops stay open late and a free trolley shuttles from Juniper to Grape to Beech Streets from 6 to 10 p.m. Traditional holiday lighting and displays will trumpet the theme “Twinkle, Twinkle, Mix & Mingle,” with many shops offering holiday refreshments, sales and gift wrap specials, raffles and games. The San Diego Mandolin Orchestra performs its annual holiday concert at The Grove on Juniper, and local students from The School of Rock entertain on Beech Street. For more information and an advance copy of the shop-by-shop Walkabout Guide, visit or the neighborhood’s Facebook page at

The ‘Housing Market’ series, using found objects and mixed media, by Deborah Housley, are featured in ‘Brooch The Subject III,’ at The Next Door Gallery in South Park.


Plum Pottery’s merchandise is always one-of-a-kind, produced by local ceramic artists and students. The Dec. 1 Walkabout begins with Plum Pottery’s annual, all-day, Christmas Student Pottery Sale at 9 a.m. through 10 p.m. New, seasonally-inspired work for Christmas gift giving will be featured.

Jeanne Abriel’s ‘Circles’ is among the dozens of locally-produced brooches at Studio Maureen & The Next Door Gallery in South Park.

Richard Fredrick’s Mythology Eco-Boutique features organic clothing and accessories for men, unisez, infants and toddlers. Shown here is an organic bamboo t-shirt (designed with temple rubbing from Angkor Wat), a mid 1970s vintage Sumac wood buckle on a reversible New Mexican tapestry belt.

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Mythology Eco-Boutique on 30th Street features organic clothing and accessories for men, unisez, infants and toddlers. Shown here is a hand-knotted organic cotton necklace beaded with Ocean Jasper and sterling silver, over an organic bamboo t-shirt with Cambodian temple rubbing design.

Jewelry by Monica Heckman, who handmakes her own beads, is featured at Make Good in South Park.

At Make Good, repurposed frames turned into succulent wall art by Richard & Megan, among the 100-plus local artisans featured at the Fern Street store.

Rings and cuffs by Robin Molino ($34) feature printer’s type. Find them at Graffiti Beach in South Park.

Junc Boutique carries popular hostess gifts including Aquiesse Candles (with 60-hour burn time) in a variety of scents for the holiday season. $36.

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WELCOME TO THE 49TH ANNUAL 2012 NORTH PARK TOYLAND PARADE & FESTIVAL! Each year, San Diegans, from near and far, gather to launch the winter holiday season with this festive event that celebrates our community. Victoria House Corporation (VHC), the new host of the Parade, is honored to share the spirit of the season by hosting the 49th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival. Many of us remember looking forward to the Parade with great anticipation. We will never forget the excitement of going to the Parade with our families, experiencing the floats, marching bands, Toyland Queen, clowns, and of course, the best of all, Santa Claus! These are memories that we treasure and share with our children and grandchildren, to be passed down from one generation to the next. This year’s theme “Back to the Past” is symbolic of these fond memories of the Parade that we hold dear to our hearts. To honor this theme, VHC is inviting all North Park residents to join us in being a part of this year’s experience. We are extending a special invitation to North Park families to dress-up their kids in Christmas attire and walk in the Parade FREE! We will be awarding gifts to the “Cutest North Park Kids.” VHC encourages all San Diegans to come out for the day to enjoy all that our unique community has to offer. The All-Day Festival is located behind the North Park Theatre featuring Live Entertainment, 2012 Miss Toyland Parade Queen Michelle Andreoli, Vendor Booths, Health & Safety Lane, Food Samplings from local North Park Restaurants, and, of course, Kiddie Lane with Santa Claus! The Grand Finale’ culminates in the San Diego Musical Theatre’s hosting of a Tree-Lighting Ceremony in front of Starbucks at the corner of 29th and University Avenue. The Parade Committee would like to thank our dedicated volunteers and offer a special appreciation to the fine merchants of the North Park business community. Our sincere thanks go out to the many sponsors listed below who have made this event possible. Join us for this wonderful and historic event. Start-off your holiday shopping season right here in North Park! Best wishes for a safe and Happy Holiday Season! Victoria House Corporation

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NORTH PARK TOYLAND PARADE ENTRIES Mayor Jerry Sanders / Grand Marshall City of San Diego / Todd Gloria Girl Scouts San Diego Imperial Council Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Blind Center of San Diego Clairemont High School Tiffany Knight & Yvonne Eagleman Brownie Scout Troop #3881 North Park Historical Society San Diego LGBT Pride Studebaker Drivers Club of San Diego Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro San Diego County Office of Education Squibob Fire Brigade-1942 Fire Truck Mother Goose Parade Queen & Court The Gift of Dance SW High School Marching Band St. Didacus Parish School Dance Team San Diego High School Cheer Team Roosevelt Middle School Cheer Team Mission Valley News Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center North Park Lion's Club So. CA Military Vehicle Collectors Big City Tattoo Silver Gate 3 Star Lodge/Free Mason Madison Warhawk Marching Regiment CYE's Miss CA Pirate Princess Float Casa de Bendicion Nazareth School Girl Scout Troops Vernetta's Dance Studio County Supervisor Ron Roberts Model T Ford Club of San Diego

McKinley Elementary Boy Scouts Color Guard Troop 53 Miss Greater San Diego USA & Miss Greater San Diego Teen USA Sherry's Gotta Dance Drill Team The Girl Can't Help It Gorgeous Salon El Comal North Park Paesano Italian Food The Lab A Salon Miss Pacific Islander of San Diego Court North Park Main Street North Park Nursery by Mooch House of Hair Thomas Bike Shop Lao American Coalition Southwestern Rottweiller Carting Group St. Augustine High School Copley YMCA US Coast Guard Color Guard Navy Color Guard Army Color Guard Marines Color Guard Undisputed North Park Lefty's Pizzeria Sabuku Sushi Sicilian Thing Pizza Uptown News Blue Foot Bar & Lounge Bar Pink Traditions of Christmas, SDCOE Santa Claus

PARADE HISTORY BY NORTH PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Toyland Parade began in 1936. One-hundred floats participated in the 1937 parade, and by 1939 the merchant-sponsored event included 3 bands and lasted for over an hour. The 1941 parade was cancelled following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. North Park’s Toyland Parade was not held for five years during World War II. Following the war, the parade grew in size and became established as a regional event. In 1949, 30 inflated balloon figures were part of the parade. Live reindeer pulled Santa’s sleigh in 1954, as an amazing 300,000 people watched. Kathy Huffman of El Cajon won the competition over 36 “final” contestants for Queen of the Toyland Parade in 1956. The Ramona Chamber of Commerce float won the grand prize in 1957. That year, the parade lasted two and a half hours and included 35 floats, 65 horsemen, 25 bands & 20 miscellaneous units.




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But as freeway-oriented shopping centers became established, the Toyland Parade was not held for over 20 years, beginning in 1968. Community groups reactivated the Toyland Parade during the late 1980’s. Most recently, the North Park Lion's Club and North Park Main Street have served as host of the Toyland Parade until 2011. Victoria House Corporation, a local North Park nonprofit organization, is now the host of the parade, effective February 2012.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR DONORS & SPONSORS: Caffe Calabria Lafayette Hotel Sea World Parks Urban Body Gym The Print Merchant Thomas Bike Shop Gorgeous Salon True North Tavarn Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro Mosaic Wine Bar Karen Worthy A7D Design North Park News Uptown News Mission Valley News TBD Graphics Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center

American Asian European Corporation Victoria House Corporation City of San Diego Paesano Restaurant The Mission North Park DUHS Commerical, Inc. El Comal Bar & Grill Lefty's Pizza Corp Sabuku Sushi Wang's North Park Rug & Carpet Co. Sicilian Thing Pizza Undisputed North Park The Lab A Salon Copley Family YMCA House of Hair Big City Tatoo

Bar Pink Blue Foot Bar & Lounge IT Consulting - Kira Mam The Metropolitan Group - Kevin Soloman

FESTIVAL: 10am - 4:30pm - Behind the North Park Theatre

ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP: Vernetta's Dance Studio - One Hour of Holiday Dance Clairemont High School Drama Team - Songs from Christmas production of "It's a Wonderful Life," plus special guest solo performances by Abbi Chick and Naomi Fuentes, directed by Stacy Allen Reverand Stickman, local North Park artist performs "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Theme Song" plus holiday favorites & originals And More to Come...! Plus...Vendors, Booths, Health & Safety Lane, Winter Wonderland Kiddie Lane, and Dining Destination North Park Tastings and special appearance by Santa Claus! The Grand Finale' is a Tree-Lighting Ceremony, hosted by San Diego Musical Theatre, to follow the festivities in front of Starbucks, corner of 29th Street & University Avenue at 5pm!

Introducing this year's Toyland Queen 2012, Miss Michelle Andreoli

Free Parking at NP Parking Structure


29th & North Park Way from 8am-6:30pm

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Toyland Parade & Festival because of the addition of an after-parade festival featuring music and dance performances, parade awards, concessions, kids activities and an appearance by the Toyland Queen. It’s an effort, says Fuentes, to have people stay afterwards and enjoy North Park. The sponsoring organization also has included a grand finale — a tree lighting ceremony with carolers from the San Diego Musical Theatre. Parade grand marshal will be San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who leaves office two days after the event. Fuentes says the new features are an attempt to expand the event to make it more business- and neighborhood friendly. Adds Li’Ma’A.A.J., director of ethics and compliance for Victoria House, “We’re going to make the parade route longer, solicit more people to participate and have more entries.”

The parade has previously been hosted by the North Park Lions Club, but North Park Main Street, the business improvement district (BID) for the area, took it over in 2006. In January, BID directors voted to relinquish responsibility for the event. “A parade is quite an intensive logistical event and with a staff of two relying on volunteers, we were being diverted from what our BID is designed to do,” said Angela Landsberg, North Park Main Street executive director. “While we do events, the parade is not one that really fits into our organization’s purpose. It’s more of a community event and we are not a community group. Victoria House is better suited along those lines, and they were willing to take on the project.” Victoria House chose “Back to the Past” as the theme for this year’s parade and festival. Plans call for titled division

names in the parade that reflect various categories, eras and times, a longer parade route, increasing the number of entries, honoring heroes from the military, involving local schools and inviting local celebrities. “It is our plan to increase patronage for North Park businesses who will offer special parade discounts extending beyond the day of the parade,” says Fuentes. Victoria House Corporation’s San Diego office is located at 4715 30th St., Suite 1. It’s stated mission: “To help people in multicultural communities with social and family issues as well as provide referrals and services for housing, education, volunteer opportunities, financial guidance and spiritual motivation.”


North Park Toyland Parade & Festival Saturday, Dec. 1 Admission: Free. Parade: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Festival, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parade Route: Starts at Utah Street and University Ave., ends at Iowa Street. Parking: Free at North Park Parking Garage. Festival Area: west of the North Park Theatre.

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December Nights Heralds Opening of the Holiday Season Park will be transformed into a holiday wonderland

Sparkling lights, multi-cultural music, choirs, bands, food and a whole lot of other holiday attractions will be offered during Balboa Park December Nights on Dec. 7-8, the region’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season. During the two days of celebration, the park will be transformed into a holiday wonderland with historic promenades, plantings and structures adorned with seasonal decorations and lights. Participating museums will open their doors free of charge from 5 to 9 p.m. both evenings. The holiday event is co-produced by the city of San Diego and the San Diego Hall of Champions. Among the attractions: • Stages Everywhere — See the annual production of Del Cerro Baptist Church Christmas Story Tree, the House of Scotland Pipers, the Sun Harbor Chorus and more on the Organ Pavilion Stage;

community musicians and dance troupes at the Botanical Building Stage and the Palisades Stage; Cajun-Zydeco sounds on the Bon Temps Dance Pavilion; music and dance at Junior Theatre Stage, San Diego Civic Dance Stage; Civic Youth Ballet excerpts from “The Nutcracker” on the Casa del Prado Stage; music and dance from around the world at the International Cottages Stage; and a host of musical performances inside many Park museums. • Food — International Cottages’ Christmas Festival features food from around the world including: empanadas, egg rolls, fried plantains, pierogi, baklava, paella and pie; many other food options throughout the park, including the Prado Pub on the Square in the Plaza de Panama. • The 31st annual Santa Lucia Procession at the California Quadrangle near the Museum of Man.

• Lightshow on the Botanical Building and the Lily Pond and the lighting of the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Free Shuttles Park at Petco Park and lots around Park Boulevard and Imperial Avenue for $5 per vehicle and take a shuttle to Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. Park free at City College lots between 16th and B streets; shuttle drops off at Sixth and Laurel. Free disabled parking will be available at the Fleet Science Center lot and the Federal lot near the Hall of Champions. Shuttle service runs from 4:30 to11 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. There will be optional preferred parking for $20 per vehicle at the Natural History Museum parking lot and the South Carousel lot, and at the Inspiration Point parking lot for $20 per vehicle.

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Lily pond and Botannical Building. Photo by Manny Cencieros.

The Art of DNA Barcoding An interactive exhibition of tropical biodiversity art, science and technology has opened at the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Sefton Atrium Mezzanine and runs through Feb. 18, 2013. BOLD features innovative Seattle artist Joseph Rossano’s biodiversity sculpture series, inspired and accompanied by tropical ecologist Dr. Daniel H. Janzen’s caterpillar and butterfly photographs from Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), Costa Rica. The exhibition is included in general museum admission. Simulating a near-future where DNA barcoding realizes a vision of reading nature — bioliteracy — via mobile devices, each BOLD piece incorporates its unique genetic sequence identity to bring the species’ natural history and science to the viewer. Visitors are invited to bring their smartphones or tablet QR readers along to enhance their experience. “Joe Rossano’s BOLD series of artwork vividly and powerfully depicts how technology is influencing our still nascent understanding of the natural world,” says Eric Palola, executive director of the Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund. The exhibition in San Diego features about 20 original Rossano interactive art pieces and 15 Janzen microphotographs.

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America’s Air & Space Legends to be Honored The San Diego Air & Space Museum will honor national and international air & space legends at its 49th Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Nov. 17. Each was selected for historic contributions to aviation, space or aerospace innovation. “We’re especially pleased to honor the Class of 2012 because these pioneers have not only pushed back the frontiers of air and space exploration, they’ve also become strong positive role models for today’s youth,” said Jim Kidrick, San Diego Air & Space Museum President and CEO. “Aviation and space exploration, as embodied by the people we honor in our Hall of Fame, is a metaphor for the American pioneering spirit.” The schedule: 5:30 p.m. — VIP (meet the honorees) reception 6:15 p.m. — Cocktail reception 7 p.m. — Dinner 8 p.m. — Program The Air & Space Hall of Fame is composed of hundreds of air and space pilots, engineers, inventors and innovators, along with adventurers, scientists and industry leaders. NASA Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts, and Russian cosmonauts are honored in the Hall of Fame, plus famous flying pioneers such as the Wright brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Chuck Yeager. Notable inductees include Jack Northrop, William Boeing, Reuben H. Fleet, Glenn Curtiss, Walter Zable Sr., Fran Bera, Wally Schirra, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, T. Claude Ryan, Jimmy Doolittle, Frederick Rohr and Waldo Waterman. The Class of 2012:

NASA’s Space Shuttle (30 Years of Shuttle): From its origins in the late 1970s to its final flight in 2011, the shuttle proved to be the longest lasting and most versatile of all America’s human space programs. A radical concept, NASA would build a fleet of enormous winged vehicles that could each be used hundreds of times.Accepting on behalf of NASA are Dave Radzanowski (NASA chief of staff) and Brent W. Savell (shuttle program manager). Dan McKinnon: As the last chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board, Dan McKinnon oversaw the deregulation of the airline industry from 1981 to 1984. He served as a naval aviator and rescue pilot and authoring books about his experiences. With family roots in San Diego, Dan fostered newspapers and a local country radio station to success. He is the president and founder of North American Airlines.

Dr. S. Harry Robertson III: As an Air Force pilot, Harry Robertson was assigned the task of investigating fatal, post-air crash fires. By 1970, he had successfully developed the first crashworthy fuel system that was eventually adopted for use by all the armed services. Today, Crashworthy Robertson Fuel Systems are affectionately known as “Robbie Tanks” and are credited for saving thousands of lives in civilian and military aircraft and ground vehicles.

Apollo 9: Apollo 9 (James McDivitt, Russell “Rusty” Schweickart, David Scott) was one of the most important missions in the entire space program. A critical precursor for the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apollo 9 perfected docking and rendezvous procedures, was the first manned test of the fragile lunar landing vehicle, and tested the space suits that would be worn on the moon. Apollo 9’s command module, “Gumdrop,” is displayed in the museum’s rotunda. Marine Corps Aviation (100th Anniversary): In 2012, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its 100 years of aviation. Beginning with Alfred A. Cunningham’s first flight as a Marine aviator in 1912, to the tilt-rotor technology of the MV-22B Osprey, Marine Corps aviation has continued to revolutionize its support of ground forces in modern-day warfare. Accepting on behalf of the Marine Corps is Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr., deputy commandant for aviation. Barron Hilton: Known as “The Patron Saint of Sport Aviation,” Barron Hilton's first love was flying. An avid pilot, he went on to pioneer the aircraft leasing business. His renowned Flying M Ranch hosts the world’s largest sailplane competition.

Ray Wagner: Ray Wagner was a well-known expert in the field of aviation history. He was a founder and vice-president of the American Aviation Historical Society, a board member of the International Aerospace Hall of Fame, and author of numerous aviation publications. Wagner served as the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s head archivist for 16 years.

Bob Wilson: Bob Wilson is the founder and president of Wilson Air Center, an award-winning fixedbase-operation company with four locations in the United States. He served in the Tennessee Air National Guard for 30 years, retiring as operations group commander.

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Councilman Todd Gloria presents an oversized check for $2,500 to Victoria House Corporation representatives to help pay expenses for the Toyland Parade. From left are Luz Arreola, Julie A. Allen, Gloria, Debra Fuentes and Dorothy Duprey.


vided the means for the search, which is now underway, for a program director to help put the project’s goals into action. A group of stakeholders in the community, including transportation planners, environmental advocates, energy conservation experts and green building consultants, among others, as well as volunteer professionals at Platt/Whitelaw Architects, assisted SNPMS in the creation of the plan’s framework.

The project’s goals are to make North Park the first green business district in the state and, hopefully, for the community to make its sustainability mark in the U.S., said Angela Landsberg, executive director of North Park Main Street. Jay Porter, owner of North Park farmto-table restaurants The Linkery and El Take it Easy, was involved in the initial planning stages of the program. Some of Porter’s suggestions for the plan included the prospect of making North Park’s streets as pedestrian friendly as possible. “People can live their lives without having to burn a lot of fossil fuels,” said Porter. “We can narrow the

streets, create pedestrian plazas and have really joyful public areas for people to live.” Porter said he is looking forward to becoming more involved in the program, once it gets jump-started. “As we can help raise awareness of these things, we'll continue to push forward into introducing more sustainable practices into our business,” he said. The project, just in its developmental stage, was recognized with the Orchid Award last year for its thorough plan of conservation. During the review process, one of the jurors said, “North Park Main Street has such a drive and dedication to improving the community

that, piece by piece, step by step, they are actually doing it!” SNPMS’ plan focuses on and provides a framework for sustainable strategies for North Park’s public areas and business district — providing a proposal of detailed changes, promoting responsible habits in the use of food, water, transportation, energy and materials. Soon, valuable, potentially cost-saving tools for local business owners will be as accessible as their computers. The planned virtual sustainability center, will, among other things, provide specific information tailored to business types, including information on tax

rebates and incentives and energy and costs savings. Landsberg anticipates a project director to be in place as early as sometime in November. It will be a highly sought after position — the “first of its kind,” she said. The project director will increase public awareness on the project and assist in its implementation and expansion. Information about the parttime, non-office project director position will soon be posted at and other professional job search sites.

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Switzer Highland Neighborhood and Nasimi District in Azerbaijan Share a Cosmic Connection in Voyager Mission When NASA launched Voyager I and II 35 years ago on a mission to the far reaches of the universe, the spacecraft carried a unique chronicle of Earth’s musical heritage, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images that portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The Golden Record, as it is called, was created for the benefit of any spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. One of the recordings on the disk is of special interest to the residents of the Nasimi District in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and to their cultural exchange partners in the U.S., the residents of Switzer Highland in North Park. It is a musical composition played by a balaban, Azerbaijan’s national wind instrument. The music is called Azerbaijani Mugham, a complex art form that weds classical poetry and musical improvisation. The special relationship between Switzer Highlands and the Nasimi District was formalized by the San Diego City Council in October 2011, calling it the Switzer Highlands-Nasimi District Sister Neighborhood Partnership. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Voyager I and II launch and the spacecrafts’s Golden Record pay-

load, a “Cosmic Music Mugham” concert was to be staged on Nov. 2 in the J. Crivello Hall at Francis Parker School in San Diego. The concert was to feature the Azerbaijani Virtuoso Mugham Ensemble with singers Aytan Maharramova, Vusala Musayeva, Ilkin Ahmadov Kamancha and instrument players Imamyar Hasanov, Rufat Hasanov and Elshan Gasimov. The scheduled guest speaker was Torrence Johnson, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory senior research scientist. Voyagers I and II are still going strong, “hurling away from the sun,” according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “Even 35 years on, our rugged Voyager spacecraft are poised to make new discoveries as we eagerly await the signs that we’ve entered interstellar space,” said Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. “Voyager results turned Jupiter and Saturn into full, tumultuous worlds, their moons from faint dots into distinctive places, and gave us our first glimpses of Uranus and Neptune up-close. We can’t wait for Voyager to turn our models of the space beyond our sun into the first observations from interstellar space.” “We continue to listen to Voyager 1 and 2 nearly every day,” said Suzanne Dodd, Voyager project manager at NASA’s

Imamyar Hasanov was scheduled to perform at the Cosmic Music Mugham.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in a prepared statement. “The two spacecraft are in great shape for having flown through Jupiter’s dangerous radiation environment and having to endure the chill of being so far away from our sun.” The Voyager spacecraft were built by JPL, which continues to operate both. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology. The Voyager missions are a part of the NASA Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate in Washington. For more information about the Voyager spacecraft, visit:

The Golden Record is aboard Voyager I and II spacecraft.

Community Board Meetings Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corp. The CDC normally meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the SDYS Golden Hill Center, 2220 Broadway. For information, call (619) 696-9992. Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Balboa Golf Course clubhouse, 2600 Golf Course Drive. For information, call (619) 533-5284. The North Park Redevelopment Project Area Committee meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. Meetings focus on redevelopment projects in construction or planning. For information, visit The North Park Main Street board meets at 7 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at its storefront office,

3076 University Ave. North Park Main Street has more than 250 members, primarily businesses paying annual assessments in the city-authorized North Park BID. For information, call 294-2501.

Community Association provides a forum for issues and concerns about public safety, education, land use, public facilities and services, commercial revitalization, community image and cultural activities. For more informaThe North Park Maintenance Assess- tion, visit ment District Committee normally meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of The North Park Historical Society every other month at North Park Com- meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the third munity Adult Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Thursday of each month. The Historical Society conducts research and educaThe North Park Planning Committee tional outreach in order to facilitate meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of preservation of North Park's cultural the month at North Park Christian Fel- and architectural history. For more lowship, 2901 North Park Way. The information, visit www.northparkhiscommittee is an advisory group to the city on North Park land use, including the general plan, infrastructure and den- The South Park Business Group sity. For information, visit northpark- meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Alchemy Restaurant, 30th & Beech. The SPBG is comThe North Park Community Associa- prised of business owners with storetion meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth fronts and service businesses located in Wednesday of each month at the South Park. The organization produces Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. The the quarterly South Park Walkabouts

and the annual Old House Fair. For Wednesday of the month at Kensingmore information, call (619) 233-6679 ton Community Church, 4773 Marlor email borough Drive. For information, call 287-3157. The University Heights Community Association meets at 7 p.m. the first The Lions Club of North Park meets for Thursday of the month in the auditori- lunch every Wednesday from noon to um of Birney Elementary School, 4345 1:30 p.m. at the club, 3927 Utah St. Campus Ave. For information, call 297- Prospective members are welcome to 3166. enjoy their first lunch on the club. For information, call (619) 692-0540. The Adams Avenue Business Associ- Uptown Rotary welcomes prospective ation board of directors normally members at its 7 a.m. Thursday breakmeets at 7:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of fasts at Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café, the month at the Normal Heights Com- 3172 Fifth Ave. For more, call (619) 500munity Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. For 3229 or visit time, place and more information, call (619) 282-7329 or visit adamsaveon- The North Park Recreation Council meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of every other month at North Park RecreThe Kensington/Talmadge Planning ation Center, 4044 Idaho St. For inforGroup meets at 6:30 p.m. the second mation, call 235-1152.

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THE CRAFTSMAN STYLE (1900-1930) (Excerpt taken from A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester.)

The Craftsman Style was the dominant style for smaller houses built throughout the country during the period from about 1905 until the early 1920s. It originated in Southern California and most landmark examples are concentrated here. Like vernacular examples of the contemporaneous Prairie style, it quickly spread throughout the country through pattern books and popular magazines. The style rapidly faded from favor after the mid-1920s; few were built after 1930. Craftsman houses were inspired primarily by the work of two California brothers —Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene — who practiced together in Pasadena from 1893 to 1914.

A two-story Craftsman house located on East First Street in Long Beach.

From about 1903 they began to design simple Craftsman-type bungalows; by 1909 they had designed and executed several exceptional landmark examples that have been called the “ultimate bungalows.” Several influences — the English Arts and Crafts movement, an interest in oriental wooden architecture, and their early training in the manual arts — appear to have led the Greenes to design and build these intricately detailed buildings. These and similar residences were given extensive publicity in such magazines as the “Western Architect,” “The Architect,” “House Beautiful,” “Good Housekeeping,” “Architectural Record,” Country Life in America,” and “Ladies’

Home Journal,” thus familiarizing the rest of the nation with the style. As a result, a flood of pattern books appeared, offering plans for Craftsman bungalows; some even offered completely pre-cut packages of lumber and detailing to be assembled by local labor. Through these pre-cut examples, the one-story Craftsman house quickly became the most popular and fashionable smaller house in the country. High-style interpretations are rare, except in California where the have been called the Western Stick style. One-story vernacular examples are often called simply bungalows or the Bungaloid style.

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Hebbard and Gill, with Gill as the lead designer, to design a large, boxy red brick house that broke with the English Arts and Crafts cottage style in favor of the more modern streamlined style of its neighbor, the Marston house. Mead and Requa designed a stripped-down, geometric home inspired by Pueblo architecture for Lorenze and Miriam Barney in 1913. It stands next to the house Lorenze’s parents had commissioned two years earlier from Pacific Building Company, a San Diego design and construction firm staffed by Gill’s former draftsmen

CORONADO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART “Hotel del Coronado Tour”: The Coronado Museum of History and Art offers a one-hour, docent-led tour of the Hotel del Coroado and its history. It is the only tour to go inside the hotel. Make reservations through the Coronado Visitors Center by calling (619) 437-8788. The fee is $15. Tours run Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. “Promenade Through the Past”: Departs from the lobby of the Museum of History and Art, 1100 Orange Ave, Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Learn about some of Coronado’s famous buildings and architectural sites, including Tent City resort. Tour fee includes “Promenade through the Past – A Walking Tour Guidebook of Coronado” and covers admission into the Museum of History and Art. $10. (619) 437-8788. Reservations Required.

Gamble House Ongoing, Pasadena The David B. Gamble House, constructed in 1908, is an internationally recognized masterpiece of the turn-of-the-century Arts & Crafts movement in America. It is the most complete and original example of the work of architects Charles and Henry Greene and a National Historic Landmark. One-hour guided tours Thursday-Sunday noon to 3 p.m. Closed national holidays. General admission: $8; Students/65+: $5; Children under 12 with an adult, free. Group tours available by reservation. For information call (626) 793-3334.

MUSEUM OF ART ONGOING, LONG BEACH The museum home includes a splendid, imposing example of the Craftsman bungalow. Built in 1912 as the summer home of heiress Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, it has the natural materials and rugged texture of wood shingles and clinker brick. The prominent gables and projecting rafter beams, like the rest of the main house and carriage house, retain their original integrity. The style is echoed by similar homes in the nearby Bluff Park Historic District. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. (562) 439-2119. Stanley Ranch Museum Ongoing, Garden Grove A California bungalow built in 1916 is one focal point of this two-acre property, home to some of Garden Grove’s oldest homes and business buildings. Phone the Garden Grove Historical Society at (714) 530-8871. Lummis Home Museum Ongoing, Highland Park The arroyo-stone home built by Charles Fletcher Lummis, founder of the Southwest Museum, is a state historic monument listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 200 E. Ave. 43. Friday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free; donations accepted. For information, call (323) 222-0546. Lanterman House Tour Ongoing, La Canada The Craftsman-style house, built in 1914 by Arthur Haley, was the region’s first concrete residence. Located at 4420 Encinas Dr., it is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the first and third Sundays of the month, from 1-4 p.m. Adults, $3; students, $1; under 12, free. For more information, call (818) 790-1421. Homestead Museum Ongoing, City Of Industry Documenting a century of Southern California history, the six-acre museum features the Workman House, La Casa Nueva and El Campo Santo cemetery; 15415 E. Don Julian Road. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. (626) 968-8492. L.A. Art Deco Tours Ongoing, Los Angeles Tours of downtown Los Angeles are led on Saturdays; $5 admission. For reservations, call (213) 623-CITY.

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Judson Studios Ongoing, Los Angeles The Judson Studios served as the turn-of-the-century core of the Arroyo Craftsman movement, located at 200 S. Ave. 66. For more information, call (800) 445-8376 or click on Heritage Village Tour Ongoing, Claremont The first Saturday of each month. The 1 3/4 hour walk begins at 10 a.m. in front of the Historic Claremont Metrolink Depot, 200 W. First St. (Walk is canceled if it’s raining at 8 a.m.) Call (909) 621-8871. Riordan Mansion Park Ongoing, Flagstaff, Ariz. One of Arizona’s best examples of Craftsman architecture, the mansion was designed by Charles Whittlesey and built as a duplex. Original furnishings, including pieces by Ellis, Stickley and Tiffany Studios, are found at the house museum. Guided, handicapped-accessible tours are held daily. The house is located at 409 Riordan Road. Further details are available at (520) 779-4395.

Boettcher Mansion of Lookout Mountain Ongoing, Golden, Colo. Tour a 1917 Arts & Crafts mansion, a 10,000-square-foot summer home built by Charles Boettcher, famous Colorado entrepreneur. Dramatic cathedral ceilings with carved beams, massive stone walk-in fireplace, some original hardware and lighting. See permanent exhibit of early mansion photos and original blueprints, including an ink-on-linen drawing. Open all year, generally Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday varies. On 110 forested acres with views of the Continental Divide and the Colorado plains. Twenty minutes from Denver. Free for touring. Call (303) 5260855. Moss Mansion Ongoing, Billings, Mont. Nearly unchanged since 1903, Moss Mansion, designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, can be found on the National Register of Historical Places. Visitors will find original furniture, Oriental carpets, handmade light fixtures, and a variety of design styles inside the mansion. Contact (406) 256-5100. Kell House Ongoing, Wichita Falls, Texas Frank Kell built one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Wichita Falls, the red-brick neoclassic Kell House in 1909. It features distinctive architecture, original family furnishings, textiles, decorative arts and early-20th-century costumes. Exhibitions change in April and September. Ask for directions to the Southland and Floral Heights bungalow neighborhoods when you visit. The Kell House is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Adults, $3; children 12 and under, $1. For information, call (940) 723-2712. Van Briggle Pottery Ongoing, Colorado Springs Nearly unchanged since 1903, Moss Mansion, designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, can be found on the National Register of Historical Places. Visitors will find original furniture, Oriental carpets, handmade light fixtures, and a variety of design styles inside the mansion. Contact (406) Frank Lloyd Wright Home And Studio Ongoing, Oak Park, Ill. These 45-minute guided tours of the restored Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio are offered year-round at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 951 Chicago, Oak Park, IL 60302, (708) 848-1976. Unity Temple Ongoing, Oak Park, Ill. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the temple is open weekdays, 1-4 p.m., with weekend guided tours. Call (708) 383-8873. More Craftsman gems are evident throughout Chicagoland neighborhoods

Johnson Wax Co. Building Ongoing, Racine, Wis. Reservations are required for tours, held Fridays only, of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building. Call (262) 2602000 for information. Bryn Athyn Cathedral Ongoing, Bryn Athyn, Pa. Guided tours of the center of the Swedenborgian community. Specialty tours by request. The cathedral was built between 1919-1927 using a purist idea of the Arts & Crafts Artisan Guild System. Some of the original guild shops are still in use and continue to house craftsmen. This building and its environment are unique among Arts & Crafts communities in that the religious beliefs of the Swedenborgian community were blended with the Arts & Crafts ideology. Tours for individuals are free. Tours for large groups $2 per person. Contact the cathedral between the hours of 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at (215) 947-0266. Gustav Stickley Exhibit Ongoing, Syracuse, N.Y. A small ongoing exhibit of Gustav Stickley and the Arts & Crafts era. Showing period examples of his work along with his peers. At the Everson Museum, corner of Harrison and State streets. Call (315) 447-6064. Guggenheim Museum Ongoing, New York Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (212) 423-3500 for more.

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In North Park the men aren’t afraid of fashion. They will wear a cuff, adorn a hat, saddle a leather man bag, sport an artful tattoo and even invest in an interesting wallet; whatever separates them from their fellow man, and gives them a sense of individuality. North Park speaks of character. It’s refreshing to see women in jeans versus an overpriced pair of workout pants that haven’t so much as grazed wood floors of a yoga studio. North Park women while casual, appreciate the art of fashion. They liken their frame to a canvas not to be left blank. North Park women are not only moms; they are women who participate in a social life, a work life and a family life. They traverse the streets in Crossbody Bag by Darling $76 their colored crossbody bags and statement iPhone covers. North Park Fashion is defined as art-influenced, characterized by what’s easy, and designed to be accessible. Check out these gadgets and accessories to keep you in the loop on staying hip in that effortless I-justthrew-this-on kind of way. (Items shown in the photos are available at To Hell in a Handbag, 3302 32nd St., between Thorn and Upas streets. (858729-4786.)

Crossbody Bag by Darling. $76.

Felt Bowler Hat, San Diego Hat Company. $52.

Green Agate Necklace. 14K gold-filled, handmade by UnEarthed. $35.

Portable Bamboo Speaker. Charge it with the included USB cord and take anywhere, plugs into anything with a headphone jack. By Triple C Designs. $31.


Hidden Credit Card Cuff. Leather with silver snaps. Inside zipper pocket holds credit cards and ID. $30.

Olympia Beer Label Belt Buckle Cast in mixed metal and silver, handmade by Booty Boutique. $64.

Even the pooch can be fashionable with these bow ties that velcro on to dog collars handmade by the Flowered Pooch. $8.

NOV.24 North Park has everything you need for holiday shopping. Come and see the neighborhood that offers unique gifts, good food and great prices. North Park is a shopping and dining destination. Check out the deals at these businesses and more!

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By Bart Mendoza

The Jig’s Up With Teada Irish quintet Teada stops in at AMSD Concerts on Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. Performing traditional folk tunes, the group first came to the public’s attention in 2001 via the Irish TV show, “Flosc,” garnering instant critical acclaim. The group has released four albums to date, though there is also a wealth of solo material available from its members. If you’re a fan in the slightest of jigs, reels and other traditional sounds from the Emerald Isle, no other show this month will be as satisfying as this performance from Teada. . Teada: Friday, Nov. 23 at AMSD Concerts, 4650 Mansfield St. 7: 30 p.m. All ages. $22-$49.

El Ten Eleven’s Atmospheric Instrumental Rock It may be slightly under the public’s radar, but there is no doubt that, thanks to promoters from the Casbah, the Irenic is bringing in some of the area’s most adventurous shows. Such is the case with the appearance by Los Angeles-based duo, El Ten Eleven on Nov. 17, 7 p.m. The pair specializes in atmospheric instrumental indie rock, propelled by Kristian Dunn’s double-necked guitar and bass combo. Dunn is well known to San Diego audiences as a member of 90’s hometown heroes, Inch, but his current group’s music is much more ambient and less pop oriented. 2012 makes it a full decade since El Ten Eleven first began making waves, but as their current album, “Transitions,” shows, the duo is just hitting their stride. El Ten Eleven: Nov. 17 at The Irenic 3090 Polk Ave. 7 p.m. All ages.

Rendering of the USO building.

Get Up and Boogie with Blowfly There is no shortage of rap or soul artists playing the club circuit today, but nothing compares to the legendary Blowfly, performing Nov. 18, 8 p.m. at the Soda Bar. Not for the faint of heart, Blowfly’s profane lyrics focus on sex, bordering on comedy, but with enough funk in the music to make even the most jaded listener want to get up and boogie. Touring behind his latest album, “Black in the Sack,” Blowfly has been at it since 1971. Though he’s never had a hit record, he’s built a fervent fan base — luckily for music fans the world over, he shows no inclination of slowing down his prolific output.

Blowfly: Friday, Nov. 18 The Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd. 8 p.m. 21 and up. $10.

Top Indie Artists in Fundraiser for North Park Toyland Parade

Full Throttle With Baja Bugs’ Beatles Sounds

While performers hadn’t been announced at press time, on Nov. 15, 6 p.m., Bar Pink will be the site of a special fundraising concert for the 49th annual Toyland Parade & Festival. The first parade was held in 1936 and over the ensuing decades has become one of the city’s most beloved events and the unofficial kickoff for the coming Christmas season. The parade itself will take place on Dec. 1, but in the meantime, this fundraiser will feature a wealth of San Diego’s top indie artists. This is a wonderful opportunity to do a good deed and help one of the area’s most fun cultural institutions, all while taking in some great music.

There are plenty of bands out there playing Beatles covers, but none can touch the Baja Bugs for sound, energy and especially authenticity. Appearing at Lestat’s on Nov. 24, 9 p.m., the quartet specializes in the Fab Four’s early material with a few forays into their later period, but it’s all full throttle rock ‘n’ roll in their hands. Featuring one of the best bass players to ever call San Diego home, Hector Penalosa, and top-notch guitarist Xavier Anaya, the Baja Bugs play these classic songs with real passion, in the process setting the bar impossibly high for cover bands of any type. .

Toyland Parade Fundraiser: Thursday, Nov. 15. Bar Pink, 3829 30th St. 6 p.m. 21 and up.

Kev & Drews Funtastical Fun Show: Monday, Oct. 9. 4434 30th Street. 7 p.m. All ages. $5.

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North Park News, November 2012  

North Park News, November 2012