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Mother’s Day Greetings! It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming spring to Mira Mesa. Now in nearly two months, summer will be upon us complete with traditions of fireworks, beach outings and outdoor fun. This issue of Mira Mesa Living is jam-packed with information for your enjoyment. If you’re a parent and are already looking for activities for your kids, Mira Mesa Mom Angela Quisumbing tells us about the community’s favorite spots for families. Just what you need for a pleasant Mother’s Day!

There is so much to read and learn in this issue of Mira Mesa Living. So enjoy the last few weeks of spring before you get out your summer gear. Keep us informed of any news and events for upcoming issues. As always, we welcome your feedback and information.

See you on the streets living life to its fullest in Mira Mesa!

Mr. Nicoles worked for nearly a decade as a professional television news reporter. He brings that experience along with several journalism awards including a regional Emmy ™ to Mira Mesa Living. As a graduate of San Diego State University, Mr. Nicoles is excited to be living and working in San Diego while focusing on one of the city’s most diverse and unique neighborhoods.

Leah R. Singer, Writer Editor, May/June issue Ms. Singer is a freelance writer and blogs about family, motherhood, traditions, cooking and other such topics. She earned a master’s degree in communication and bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science, both from San Diego State University. Ms. Singer enjoys living in Mira Mesa with her husband, daughter, and animal family. Read more about her at:

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Ms. Tsai holds an MBA with an emphasis in finance and a BA in marketing from University of San Diego. She has lived in the Mira Mesa neighborhood for nearly a decade. In that time she has joined several committees including serving as Vice President of the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Tsai believes her strengths include connecting people and groups and building long-standing relationships in the community.

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Learn about Coach Dixon and the MMHS Marauders football happenings. Be sure to read about the annual Mira Mesa Fourth of July fireworks show and how you can assure it continues for years to come. Local schools report on recent activities, including a tribute to Dr. Seuss. And check out the News and Announcements section for a full report on community happenings and upcoming events, including the return of Mira Mesa’s Got Talent!

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Mira Mesa Schools Celebrate Dr. Seuss During Read Across America In groups of approximately 25, kindergarten students were paired with Mira Mesa and Wangenheim students for shared reading, a group read-aloud, and various reading related activities in Mira Mesa High’s media center and technology lab. In addition to reading, students worked on a number of problem solving activities including jigsaw and floor puzzles, word searches to find Dr. Seuss characters, and mazes to help other characters escape a variety of dilemmas. While these activities occurred, several Mira Mesa seniors engaged in face painting elementary students to make them look like their favorite animals or insects.

By: Liz Sloan, Vice Principal at Wangenheim Middle School This year's Read Across America celebration involved ninth – twelfth grade English seminar students from Mira Mesa High School; eighth grade seminar students from Wangenheim Middle School; and approximately 450 - 500 kindergartners and their teachers from Miramar Ranch, Mason, Good Shepherd, and Sandburg Elementary schools. Seventeen kindergarten classes visited Mira Mesa High on February 29 and March 1, 2012 and engaged in a number of reading related activities in the school’s media center and auditorium. Each class of students was entertained with a Readers’ Theater production of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, Daisy-Head Mayzie, or Yertle the Turtle, performed by Mira Mesa and Wangenheim students.

On the main floor of the media center, the school’s Dance Team entertained elementary students with dances they choreographed themselves based on music from Seussical the Musical. In the auditorium, a student led band entertained everyone with a medley of interactive children’s songs, which were selected and

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Thank you for Skyping with our science class yesterday! I learned that Wolverines are actually scavengers, eating frozen dead bodies in the snow. I never thought that they would eat like that. I thought they would be the kind of animal to hunt live prey, since their name "Wolverine" is so close to "Wolf." I found out that Pikas are shy. They hide in the shadows in between rocks and avoid sunlight. You guys barely ever see them - or you never see them at all? It seems to make sense for a Pika to be hiding all the time, since it looks all small and innocent, just a shy little thing. Now I know why Snowshoe Hares are called Snowshoe hares; their feet are huge. And I'm wondering if a moose's head ever hurts when their antlers fall off. But anyway, that video chat was fun and thanks again for taking the time to teach us!

Sincerely, Rachel, 6th grader Thank you so much for Skyping with our class yesterday! We learned so much from you when you taught us about how animals adapt to different environments. It was really interesting how Moose just loose their antlers when a different season comes. It was fun how Zoe put on an actual presentation of how animals adapt to different temperatures. I am still wondering how animals bodies know that they need to change in order to survive in the wilderness. I found it very cool Skyping with all of you when you were outside in the snow and thank you very much again for your time in doing this experiment with us.

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Challenger Middle School Update By: Tamra Winchell, Challenger Middle School Each year in March, the Associated Student to raise awareness of neuromuscular and Body (ASB) leadership class at Challenger motor neuron diseases. Middle School sponsors the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) Shamrock Gladys is particularly proud that one of her Drive on campus. When students and staff legacies includes the ongoing support of donate money to the drive, they receive a MDA by the Challenger community. As the green paper shamrock for a $1 donation or first middle school in San Diego County to a gold paper shamrock for a $5 donation. participate in the MDA Shamrock Drive, Competition can become quite fierce MDA has been able to use Challenger between advisory classrooms as each class Middle School as a successful example to inspire more San Diego area schools to join strives to have the the Shamrock best display of Drive. At the colorful shamrocks completion of this appearing in their year’s sixth annual classroom windows. drive, Challenger Students also learn students have about the organization contributed an and are inspired to amazing total of help others in need. over $12,000 in The current class of donations over the ASB students, with the course of six help of their ASB years. Gladys said teacher Kelly “MDA is an Nowakowski, raised ASB leadership class 2012 surrounds seated retired organization which Challenger clerk, Gladys Swensrud, center left, and $2,732.55 this year. day in and day out ASB teacher, Kelly Nowakowski, center right. They are holding plaques awarded to Challenger by MDA. The first group of stands ready to Challenger ASB lend support to students were motivated to help MDA by a people who live with compromised beloved staff member and long-time Mira muscles. I stand in awe and am extremely Mesa resident, Gladys Swensrud. Her grateful for the continued generosity and childhood battle with polio was revisited enthusiast support Challenger’s student when the onset of new symptoms, which body and staff have demonstrated for MDA included muscular fatigue, muscular through their Shamrock contributions.” atrophy and respiratory compromise caused by Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS), For more information about Challenger and forced her to retire. Gladys has gone on to the MDA Shamrock Drive, please contact work with many doctors and organizations Kelly Nowakowski at or 858-586-7001.

Sandburg Elementary School Celebrates Multiculturalism By: Catherine Rault, Parent and PTA President at Sandburg. Every year, Sandburg Elementary has its own way of celebrating diversity. At the end of March, the PTA and school organize a Multicultural Fair. The event – which is often the most attended school function by families – is cochaired by parents. Approximately 16 countries were represented this year, thanks to the hard work put together from Debbie Molina, librarian, and one parent who happens to be this year’s PTA president, Catherine Rault. They asked parents to share a little of their culture, food, artifacts… anything they felt was important and wished to display at a booth. During the course of the evening, students “visited” the countries, going from one booth to another, and collecting stickers on their Travel Guide. The purpose of the Multicultural Fair is to learn and be rewarded at the same time. It’s a great family time, where the community of Sandburg gathers to learn more about their friends. Traditionally, Sandburg hosts a concert led by their two music teachers, Mr. Tellinghuisen and Mr. Luchs. Kids are so impressed to play in front of this audience, and for many of them, it is their first public performance. During the Multicultural Fair, Sandburg invited professional performers to dance and sing. This year featured Indian performers from Rhythm Studios ( who performed some Indian Folk, Bollywood and Zumba. At the end of their show, parents and students were invited to dance on stage, a great way to conclude the Fair. Sandburg is very proud of its diversity. The number of international flags were represented at the entrance clearly shows that. Go Tigers!

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5 Family Friendly Favorites in Mira Mesa By: Angela Quisumbing, Mira Mesa Mom One of the things I love about Mira Mesa is that it is a very family oriented community. There are several places that are fun and affordable for families to spend quality time. We’ve got something the whole family will enjoy. Java Mama Cafe is an indoor playground and cafe, the perfect spot where parents can relax over a gourmet cup of coffee, and enjoy complimentary WIFI, while the kids run free inside or out. Java Mama Cafe offers a variety of classes for children and parents, including music, fitness and baby sign language. A kids play pass is ONLY $3.50 for the first child and $2.50 for each additional sibling. This includes supervised play! Now that’s what I call a deal. If you are enrolled in a class, the fee is waived. Dance Party Monday's at 3:30pm and Silly Sing Along Saturday's at 11am are always FREE with play pass. Stop in and be sure to try my personal fave, the Javacino!

Pump It Up is a hidden indoor arena filled with gigantic inflatables. Who doesn’t love to bounce around? Pump It Up is a unique venue to host your child’s next birthday celebration, but they also offer Pop-In Playtime schedules for children in Pre-K and Elementary. They even have Family Jump Time scheduled every Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The cost is $8.00 per child and $6.00 for each additional sibling. Imagine the smiles on your child’s face when they experience you, well acting like a kid! This is the perfect place for promoting physical fitness in a fun and exciting way for the whole family.

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San Diego Ice Arena has been serving the community of Mira Mesa for over 34 years! They have been voted the #1 Hang Out for Tweens and Teens on Friday Nights by San Diego Family Magazine. San Diego Ice Arena is open for public skating, but they are also one of the largest recreational skating school programs in the country offering classes for toddlers, teens and adults! Another way for families to promote physical fitness while having fun! They even have their very own diner and Pro Shop right inside. General admission is $12, includes skate rental and $10 without. Children 12 and under, $8.00.

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New Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center Opening in Sorrento Mesa On May 29, 2012, Sharp Rees-Stealy, one of the largest multispecialty medical groups in San Diego, will open a remarkable new medical center in Sorrento Mesa. The facility will be located in San Diego’s booming biotechnology and telecommunications corridor at 10243 Genetic Center Drive just off of Mira Mesa Boulevard. The three-story, 102,875-square-foot, state-ofthe-art medical center has a modern and spacious design and even features a meditation garden for relaxation and reflection. The first floor will offer a pharmacy, urgent care, ophthalmology, optometry and optical shop, occupational medicine, radiology, podiatry and orthopedic surgery. Pediatrics (including afterhours pediatric care), obstetrics and gynecology, otolaryngology (ENT), audiology and hearing aid services and laboratory will be located on the second floor. The top floor will

house dermatology, diabetes education, family medicine, internal medicine, mammography, neurology, rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine, physical therapy and speech therapy. “Sharp Rees-Stealy Sorrento Mesa will be a popular choice for those seeking high-quality health care that is convenient and personalized,” said Donald C. Balfour III, M.D., President and Medical Director, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. “Our more than 400 physicians and 1,700 staff members are dedicated to delivering an extraordinary level of care we call The Sharp Experience, which combines clinical excellence, advanced technology and patient-centered care.” For more information or further assistance in finding a Sharp Rees-Stealy doctor who's right for you, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-8274277), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit

News from Christ the Cornerstone Academy During the first week in March, Christ the Cornerstone Academy celebrated Lutheran Schools’ Week where we rejoiced in the fact that we are part of the Lutheran School system. We are part of a wonderful heritage. Even as the first Lutherans travelled to America on boats, they set up schools with teachers aboard the ships. Some of the first colonies began with a Lutheran school before the colony even had a church. As of yester-year, so too today, the families who attend our school know how important a good education is for their children. Our school is part of the Pacific Southwest District, where we have a total of 181 schools. We are one of 114 early childhood centers and one of 58 elementary schools. In our district, approximately 20,750 students from preschool through high school are taught in a Lutheran school. To celebrate our proud heritage, we did a number of fun activities throughout Lutheran Schools’ Week. The week started off with the Regional Spelling Bee, held in Escondido. Christ the Cornerstone Academy sent two students for each grade: third through fifth Grade. All six students placed in the spelling bee. CTCA took first place in third, fourth and fifth grades as well as one fifth and two sixth place ribbons. Some of the other fun activities we did included Crazy Hair and Crazy Hat Day. Students dressed

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like teachers and teachers dressed like students. One of the students from each class was the teacher for several hours, and one of our first graders got to be the principal for the morning. Students brought a small stuffed animal to school that watched the kids do school work. Thursday was Sports Day where students competed against the other Lutheran Schools in the annual track meet. There are usually close to 500 students who participate in the track meet and we had one student take 8th place in the Third Grade Girls’ meet. Ten students placed in the top twenty in their race. Thursday evening featured kindergarten through fifth grade open house and information night. Friday was Twin Day where everyone picked a friend and the pair dressed alike. Grandparents were invited to come to school for goodies and asked them to read books in the classroom. The school chorus joined with the Chorister Guild of San Diego for a workshop on Sunday in which the students performed in a magnificent 300student concert.

Additional Funds Needed to Keep the Tradition in the Future By: Leah R. Singer and Pam Stevens The Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza, a 37-year tradition, will continue in 2012 but will be smaller than in past years due to a shortfall in funding. The City of San Diego does NOT contribute any funds to community firework displays. Fireworks are funded exclusively by the communities that put the events together; in this case, Mira Mesa. If Mira Mesa residents do not work together to raise funds for future fireworks shows, the community will no longer enjoy this tradition, as the City will not bail out community event celebrations. Scripps Mesa Fireworks, the 501(c) 3 charity behind the show, needs $24,000 to continue the traditional fireworks show, which is approximately 20 minutes in length and synchronized to music provided by KYXY radio.



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Mira Mesa News & Anno Model Homes Now Under Construction at Sorrento Terrace Model home construction is underway above Sorrento Valley for a new neighborhood of stylish condominiums by Pardee Homes. Sorrento Terrace is anticipated to open for sale this summer, bringing a collection of 71 new homes to the area. Sorrento Terrace will include seven floor plans, offering up to three bedrooms, two baths and approximately 991 to 1,541 square feet. Charming Spanish and Craftsman architecture will accent these eco-friendly, one- and two-story homes with direct-access garages. Pricing is anticipated to be from the high $300,000s. Sorrento Terrace will feature Pardee Homes’ LivingSmart® package of energy saving features and options, that incorporate measures that boost energy efficiency, help reduce water consumption and improve indoor air quality in a new home. Some of today’s most desired amenities will be standard, including slab granite kitchen countertops, stainless steel appliances, Low-E windows, recessed lighting and a convenient recycling cabinet in the kitchen. A community swimming pool is also planned. Models are anticipated to be ready this summer. Look for video updates at or call (858) 342-8797.

Challenger Middle School Welcomes Volunteer Marine Teachers More than 40 local Marines volunteered to become teachers for a day at Challenger Middle School during their second annual Marine Fitness Day. They led students through an obstacle course, helped them learn new exercises, and emphasized the benefits of physical fitness during physical education classes. Students challenged each other during tug-o-war, ran relay races, and even performed a few push-ups. Marines enjoyed meals donated by Chick-fil-A, Extreme Pita, and Callahan’s while eating lunch with the students. Additional baked goods, snacks and beverages were donated by Yogurtland, Fresh and Easy, Vons, and staff members. Each Marine was awarded a certification of appreciation during a ceremony at the conclusion of the school day.

Mayoral Candidates Face Off in Mira Mesa Hear from the San Diego mayoral candidates and understand the critical issues that affect San Diego before the June primary election. The debate takes place Wednesday, May 9, from 7 – 9 p.m., in the Mira Mesa High School Auditorium. At press time, candidates Nathan Fletcher and Bob Filner are confirmed to attend. Bonnie Dumanis and Carl Demaio were both invited to debate.

Teenage Lacrosse Players Host Tournament to Benefit Kids Fighting Cancer Middle school lacrosse players from across San Diego, Coronado, Orange County and Temecula will gather on Saturday, May 19 at Maranatha Christian Schools, in San Diego to play the first annual ”Never Ever Give Up” (NEGU) Challenge. Players ages 12 – 14 will participate in six tournament-style games from 11:30 a.m. to 6 pm. All athletes will play in honor of a child battling cancer with the patient’s name and photo taped to their lacrosse helmet. Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring new and unused toys to be included into JoyJars™ that will be delivered to children battling cancer. “JoyJars™ are one way The NEGU Foundation helps encourage courageous kids”, explains NEGU president and founder, Erik Rees. “We fill JoyJars™ with toys and fun items and deliver them to children who are hospitalized and fighting cancer.” According to Rees, JoyJars™ were inspired by his daughter Jessie. While undergoing radiation and chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC), Jessie made it known that her wish is to send JoyJars™ to every kid in America who is fighting cancer – all 50,000+ of them! More information:

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nouncements PaintNVineyard Opens in Mira Mesa Offering a unique and creative painting experience, PaintNVineyard is now open in San Diego. The two hour BYOB classes launched in March and are offered up to five times a week from 7:30pm-9:30pm. For $35, professional art instructors Jennifer Doehring and Jeff Remmer guide individuals through basic brushstrokes to create their own works of art. All painting supplies are provided and students are encouraged to bring a bottle of their favorite wine and let their creativity flow. Novice artists as well as serious painters are welcome and each student receives their own canvas painting as a takeaway. Unlike traditional art classes that require multiple commitments, PaintNVineyard can be experienced once or as frequently as one chooses. The social and casual atmosphere creates a fun experience for singles, couples, groups and special occasions. PaintNVineyard is also available for private parties, celebrations and team building events. PaintNVineyard is located at 10035 Carroll Canyon Rd., Ste. G, San Diego, CA 92126. To learn more and reserve a spot in an upcoming class, visit

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Girls Scouts 100th Anniversary Science Day Join the Girl Scouts of Mira Mesa as they celebrate 100 years of building girls of courage, confidence, and character. Local troops will be hosting a Science Day where parents can come learn more about Girl Scouts while their daughters interact with other girls and complete hands on activities. Girls can discover opportunities for travel, camp, community involvement, and more. The event will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Mira Mesa Recreation Center. For more information about Girl Scouts please contact Joselyn Poggi ( or visit


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One Book, One San Diego Comes to Mira Mesa Library Caption: Mira Mesa Branch Library held a successful "One Book, One San Diego" author talk March 27 with Zoe Ghahremani, author of "Sky of Red Poppies." From left: Zoe Ghahremani; Pam Stevens, book group facilitator; and Mira Mesa Library branch manager Jennifer Suder. Contact the library for book group titles to be discussed in May and June. Meetings are the last Tuesday at 6:30 PM, all welcome! Watch for news of an author event with Zoe Ghahremani at the Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble in June.

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By: Pam Stevens Attention singers, dancers, actors, magicians, jugglers, puppeteers, poets, and other performers of all sorts: the Second Annual Mira Mesa’s Got Talent competition, hosted by the Mira Mesa Theatre Guild, will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 7 to 10 PM at the Epicentre, 8450 Mira Mesa Boulevard. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 16, from 6 to 9 PM each night. (Attend either one.) Casting for the May 26 performance competition will be announced following the May 16 audition. Last year’s Mira Mesa’s Got Talent turned out to be a very entertaining show, with a variety of singers performing tunes from pop, rock, country, Broadway, and opera, as well as guitarists and other instrumentalists, singer/songwriters, duos, and groups, and acts that ran the gamut from comedy to drama. The top three performers, as determined by a panel of celebrity judges, will receive trophies and prizes. Grand prize value is $500 in cash and other prizes. Mira Mesa’s Got Talent winners become the ambassadors of the Mira Mesa Theatre Guild and perform at the 4th of July celebration in Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Street Fair, Miss Mira Mesa Pageant, and other events. For more information, see

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Mira Mesa News & Announcements Local Students Perform in San Diego Junior Theatre Show Brandon Banda of Mira Mesa is in the cast of the pilot stage production of “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.,” presented by San Diego Junior Theatre. The show runs April 27 through May 13 at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Theatre on Fridays at 7 p.m. and weekends at 2 p.m. Ticket range from $8 to $14 and are available online at or by calling (619) 239-8355.

Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year Dinner May 5 Honors Judy Taylor By: Pam Stevens The Mira Mesa Town Council will honor longtime Mira Mesa resident Judy Taylor, active Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch RSVP member and Golden Friends president, as 2011 Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year at the MMTC’s annual Volunteer of the Year Dinner on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Country Inn and Suites hotel ballroom, 5975 Lusk Blvd., in western Mira Mesa. The gala event will start with a reception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner. This year’s dinner will

be a fiesta! A cash bar will be open all evening. After dinner and the program with presentations to Judy by elected officials and appreciative fellow volunteers and friends, music and dancing will continue into the evening. The annual MMTC Volunteer of the Year Dinner also offers an opportunity for people to donate to the MMTC/Verne Goodwin Scholarship Fund, named after Mira Mesa's first Volunteer of the Year, Verne Goodwin, in 1984. MMTC uses the fund to award college scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Mira Mesa based on their community service. Judy Taylor moved to Mira Mesa in May 1971 with her husband and three children. Her service to the community dates back to the early days of Walker Elementary School PTA in the 1970s, where she served as president, vice president, and treasurer, as well as starting the Mira Mesa Women’s Softball League in 1974. Judy graduated with honors from Miramar College in criminal justice and then transferred to SDSU to receive her BS degree. Judy was a probation officer with the County of San Diego and after retiring became a substitute teacher. As a probation officer she started an awardwinning program for pregnant teens who were using illegal substances, to break the cycle of substance abuse.

As a member of the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), Judy Taylor is the extra eyes and ears of sworn police officers. She patrols area schools and banks, and does homeland security checks on storage tanks, pumping stations and electrical sub stations. She does vacation house checks and patrols shopping malls. She checks on the welfare of shut-ins, mostly seniors, who can no longer go out on their own. Judy is also president of the Mira Mesa Golden Friends. She gives rides to those who no longer drive and stays with shut-ins who have caregivers, allowing the caregiver a needed break to do other things. Judy organizes the setup of two RSVP booths at the Mira Mesa Street Fair, where she does fingerprinting of young children to create a fingerprint record for the parents. Judy is not only a mother of three adult children, all married and living in San Diego, but also a grandmother of eight. Her grandchildren range in age from 4 to 22. Judy’s husband, Mike, passed away a few years ago, but spending time with her children and grandchildren is an important part of Judy’s life. Born on February 14, Judy is a true sweetheart to her family and to the community of Mira Mesa as well. For further details, see

Eleven Ways to Help Yourself Stay Sane in a Crazy Market By: Peter Shusterman, MBA • Shusterman Financial Services • 11545 W. Bernardo Court • Suite 202 • San Diego, CA 92127 858-676-3300 • • Keeping your cool can be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It's useful to have strategies in place that prepare you both financially and psychologically to handle market volatility. Here are 11 ways to help keep yourself from making hasty decisions that could have a long-term impact on your ability to achieve your financial goals. 1. Have a game plan Having predetermined guidelines that recognize the potential for turbulent times can help prevent emotion from dictating your decisions. For example, you might take a core-and-satellite approach, combining the use of buy-and-hold principles for the bulk of your portfolio with tactical investing based on a shorter-term market outlook. You also can use diversification to try to offset the risks of certain holdings with those of others. Diversification may not ensure a profit or guarantee against a loss, but it can help you understand and balance your risk in advance. And if you're an active investor, a trading discipline can help you stick to a long-term strategy. For example, you might determine in advance that you will take profits when a security or index rises by a certain percentage, and buy when it has fallen by a set percentage. 2. Know what you own and why you own it When the market goes off the tracks, knowing why you originally made a specific investment can help you evaluate whether your reasons still hold, regardless of what the overall market is doing. Understanding how a specific holding fits in your portfolio also can help you consider whether a lower price might actually represent a buying opportunity. And if you don't understand why a security is in your portfolio, find out. That knowledge can be particularly important when the market goes south, especially if you're considering replacing your current holding with another investment. 3. Remember that everything's relative Most of the variance in the returns of different portfolios can generally be attributed to their asset allocations. If you've got a well-diversified portfolio that includes multiple asset classes, it could be useful to compare its overall performance to relevant bench-

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marks. If you find that your investments are performing in line with those benchmarks, that realization might help you feel better about your overall strategy. Even a diversified portfolio is no guarantee that you won't suffer losses, of course. But diversification means that just because the S&P 500 might have dropped 10% or 20% doesn't necessarily mean your overall portfolio is down by the same amount. 4. Tell yourself that this too shall pass The financial markets are historically cyclical. Even if you wish you had sold at what turned out to be a market peak, or regret having sat out a buying opportunity, you may well get another chance at some point. Even if you're considering changes, a volatile market can be an inopportune time to turn your portfolio inside out. A well-thought-out asset allocation is still the basis of good investment planning. 5. Be willing to learn from your mistakes Anyone can look good during bull markets; smart investors are produced by the inevitable rough patches. Even the best aren't right all the time. If an earlier choice now seems rash, sometimes the best strategy is to take a tax loss, learn from the experience, and apply the lesson to future decisions. Expert help can prepare you and your portfolio to both weather and take advantage of the market's ups and downs. 6. Consider playing defense During volatile periods in the stock market, many investors reexamine their allocation to such defensive sectors as consumer staples or utilities (though like all stocks, those sectors involve their own risks, and are not necessarily immune from overall market movements). Dividends also can help cushion the impact of price swings. According to Standard and Poor's, dividend income has represented roughly one-third of the monthly total return on the S&P 500 since 1926, ranging from a high of 53% during the 1940s to a low of 14% in the 1990s, when investors focused on growth. 7. Stay on course by continuing to save Even if the value of your holdings fluctuates, regularly adding to an account designed for a long-term goal

may cushion the emotional impact of market swings. If losses are offset even in part by new savings, your bottom-line number might not be quite so discouraging. If you're using dollar-cost averaging--investing a specific amount regularly regardless of fluctuating price levels--you may be getting a bargain by buying when prices are down. However, dollar-cost averaging can't guarantee a profit or protect against a loss. Also, consider your ability to continue purchases through market slumps; systematic investing doesn't work if you stop when prices are down. 8. Use cash to help manage your mindset Cash can be the financial equivalent of taking deep breaths to relax. It can enhance your ability to make thoughtful decisions instead of impulsive ones. If you've established an appropriate asset allocation, you should have resources on hand to prevent having to sell stocks to meet ordinary expenses or, if you've used leverage, a margin call. Having a cash cushion coupled with a disciplined investing strategy can change your perspective on market volatility. Knowing that you're positioned to take advantage of a downturn by picking up bargains may increase your ability to be patient. 9. Remember your road map Solid asset allocation is the basis of sound investing. One of the reasons a diversified portfolio is so important is that strong performance of some investments may help offset poor performance by others. Even with an appropriate asset allocation, some parts of a portfolio may struggle at any given time. Timing the market can be challenging under the best of circumstances; wildly volatile markets can magnify the impact of making a wrong decision just as the market is about to move in an unexpected direction, either up or down. Make sure your asset allocation is appropriate before making drastic changes. 10. Look in the rear-view mirror If you're investing long-term, sometimes it helps to take a look back and see how far you've come. If your portfolio is down this year, it can be easy to forget any progress you may already have made over the years. Though past performance is no guarantee of future

returns, of course, the stock market's longterm direction has historically been up. With stocks, it's important to remember that having an investing strategy is only half the battle; the other half is being able to stick to it. Even if you're able to avoid losses by being out of the market, will you know when to get back in? If patience has helped you build a nest egg, it just might be useful now, too. 11. Take it easy If you feel you need to make changes in your portfolio, there are ways to do so short of a total makeover. You could test the waters by redirecting a small percentage of one asset class into another. You could put any new money into investments you feel are wellpositioned for the future but leave the rest as is. You could set a stop-loss order to prevent an investment from falling below a certain level, or have an informal threshold below which you will not allow an investment to fall before selling. Even if you need or want to adjust your portfolio during a period of turmoil, those changes can--and probably should--happen in gradual steps. Taking gradual steps is one way to spread your risk over time as well as over a variety of asset classes. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES: Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. does not provide investment, tax, or legal advice. The information presented here is not specific to any individual's personal circumstances.To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, it is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Each taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances. These materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable—we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice. *Securities and advisory services offered through SagePoint Financial, Inc., member of FINRA/SIPC. Insurance services offered through Shusterman Financial Services, which is not affiliated with SagePoint Financial, Inc.

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De Simone Selected to All DOD Team By: Mike Gapasin Mira Mesa Marauder freshmen running back Joe De Simone was selected to the All DoD Team. In a ceremony at Mira Mesa High School on March 30, 2012,’s Director of Community and Government Outreach, Dr. Randy Plunkett, presented an All DoD Team jersey and certificate to De Simone on behalf of and All American Games. The program is designed to honor premier high school football players around the world who are dependents of personnel currently serving in the military. De Simone’s father is a Major in the Marine Corp currently stationed at MCAS Miramar. President and retired Rear Admiral McCreary said, “Military kids have the added burden of frequent moves and starting new schools every few years. To be able to excel in high school sports in spite of that speaks volumes about the character, integrity and talent of these athletes.” Only 24 high school players were selected from around the world. De Simone is only one of two freshmen that were selected. Players were selected by a committee last December. The selection committee consisted of former NFL players and coaches including Sam Wyche, Dave Diaz-Infante and former San Diego Chargers Wes Chandler. De Simone played on the freshmen football team where he was the Offensive MVP. He also played in some of the JV games and was later brought up on varsity for the playoffs. Varsity running backs coach Aurelio Morales said, “J.D. will help the program the next three years here. He has a great work ethic and is very disciplined.”

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Of Mira Mesa Delivers Deliciousness! By: Amanda Guerrero Ever since I began writing for Mira Mesa Living at the beginning of the year, I’ve found myself drawn to the powerful community bonds that everyone in Mira Mesa seems to possess. Even though I don’t live in Mira Mesa, I’ve always felt so welcomed by those who do. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to go to Taste of Mira Mesa 2012, a fundraiser for Mira Mesa schools held on March 28. Since I’d never been to Taste of Mira Mesa, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I took a moment to introduce myself to the vendors after one of the student volunteers at the checkin table handed me my program. Before I knew it, I had a table half-full with samples of sushi, chicken tikka masala, Fuddruckers sandwiches and a Nutella crepe straight from the pan. Just as I took the last sip from my hot chocolate, the Mira Mesa High School ROTC and Madrigals opened the event with the raising of the flag and the national anthem. Suddenly, the event burst into life. An eager audience (myself included) gathered to listen to

the Mira Mesa High School Jazz Band and Orchestra play a few tunes, while others filled up on their share of cocktail shrimp from Red Lobster, spicy chicken wings from Tomcat’s Bar and Grill and puff pastries with truffle-scented mushroom sauce from the Mira Mesa High School Culinary class. After the jazz band closed its act, the Mira Mesa Dance Team performed a high-energy routine (which I was lucky enough to watch from the front of the crowd). As I walked around the event, I stopped to ask people about the food they tasted. While some people were shy, like a few high school students who sheepishly told me about their tacos from On The Border, others were happy to talk to me, like a little girl who proudly showed off the cake she’d gotten from Opera Patisserie. But whether outgoing or not, everybody seemed more than willing to talk to me about their experience. Food and the performances only made up part of the night’s activities. Guests won prizes through random drawings and live auctions. Additionally, foldout tables filled with more than 140 baskets were donated for the silent

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auction portion of the night. Each basket was filled with trinkets suiting a theme, such as “All the Essentials” and “Fun in the Sun.” Once the performances ended and most of the food was gone, the crowd was eager to end the night with the silent auction. I watched as clipboards with bidding cards were passed back and forth. Guests frantically scribbled on the paper, hoping to outbid anyone else interested in their basket. A lady next to me jumped up and down in excitement, after finding out she’d just won. As the event wound down, it seemed that just about everybody was satisfied. Vendors happily packed up their now-empty trays and containers of food. Bidders paid for their baskets, happily toting them back to their cars. A couple happily danced to the music crooning in the background. As for me, I ended my first Taste of Mira Mesa just the way I’d hoped: extremely pleased with my night and of course, full of food. To get a glimpse at my first Taste of Mira Mesa experience, watch my video at under “Video” tab!

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Dixon Wins Community Award By: Mike Gapasin and Mark Vidano The Chargers Community Quarterback Award recognizes outstanding volunteers who exemplify leadership, dedication, and a commitment to improving the youth football and cheer experience for the children of San Diego. It is a program of the San Diego Chargers Community Foundation. Since its inception, the Chargers Community Foundation has honored volunteers, assisting with youth sports and helping critical causes important to the community. Mira Mesa Chargers Coach Roger Dixon was the winner of the 2011 Chargers Community Quarterback Award. He was recognized at halftime at the Chargers/Ravens game on December 18, 2011. Dixon said, “I never expected in my wildest dreams that something like this would happen. I just love coaching the kids. Watching a boy develop selfconfidence that will stay with them, hopefully throughout their lifetime is a reward in itself. I just thank God for the opportunity to teach a game that I love.” Dixon will be entering his 17th year of coaching at Mira Mesa Youth Football & Cheer where he also serves on the MMYFC Board of Director as the Coaches Director. He has also coached several years with local baseball, soccer and track associations. Dixon started playing football at an early age with Valencia Park Pop

Warner. He played his high school football at Lincoln High School and then played college football for the San Diego State Aztecs. After college, Dixon had a free agent tryout with the Miami Dolphins and then later with Tampa Bay Bandits of the old USFL. Dixon adds, “Sports during my formative years provided me an avenue for higher education where I received many rewarding life experiences and some sound mentorship.” A Mira Mesa Charger parent said, “Coach Roger is unbelievable and I’m not surprised that this happened. He puts in countless hours serving on the Board of Directors, at games and practices. I have seen him all day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at home games working concessions, helping the coaches and checking in teams. It is also not uncommon seeing him reach in his pocket to pay for a boy that cannot afford to play or pick kids up because their parent does not have the time to get their boy to practice. The parents love him, the boys respect him and we’re all happy for him.” Last year Dixon’s Jr. Midget team made it to the playoffs along with three other Mira Mesa Charger teams. The next sign-ups for the upcoming season are Friday, May 11th and Saturday, June 9th. It will be held at the Mira Mesa Recreation Center. For more information, visit the Mira Mesa Chargers website at

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