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Mira Mesa Living Volume 1, Number 3

Maligayang Pasko

Happy Maligayang Joyeux Nollaig felices suba nathalak Mele Holidays Pasko Noel Shona Dhuit fiestas weyva Kalikimaka

Artist: Joyce Sunde Photo: www.WissingerPhotography.com Melkame Glaeddig Gajan feliz Addis Amete Jul Kristnaskon navidad

Selamat Hari Natal

Nollaig chridheil huibh

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Michelle Tsai, publisher of Mira Mesa Living

Asian Film Festival (Oct. 21-28) I went to watch a few films during the Asian Film Festival. One movie I love is called “Café Seoul”. This movie inspired me to share with my community. Café Seoul is about how people can be born in different countries, but because of their similar life experiences they end up helping each other and become close like a family. We often fear things, people or cultures that we are not familiar with. If we open up our heart, it will lead to many opportunities and good things will happen. In this movie, two brothers competed with each other for the best dessert. In the end, the brother who made the less tasty dessert won the competition. Why? Food is about five senses. It is about how it makes a person feel. His last dish was his grandfather’s recipe. It brought back childhood memories and brought everyone together again. Sometimes, how something looks on the surface doesn’t win a person’s heart. Rather, it is how it makes the person feel inside. Let’s bring this philosophy to our community and make it the friendliest and happiest community in San Diego!

The 6th Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner (Oct. 26th) This dinner event was about bringing all cultures and people together. Pacifica Institute’s mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness. Keynote speaker Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak told us a story about Abraham: Three dusty, dirty and scary looking strangers arrived at Abraham’s door. Instead of being afraid of the men because of how they looked, Abraham took them in and provided them with hospitality. His kindness brought them all closer and they formed friendships. So, instead of intolerance, let’s open our arms with hospitality to our neighbors. This will start new friendships. Thank you to Pacifica Institute for a great event.

Evaluation of Virtual Business Plans (Mira Mesa High School) from Ms. Jennifer Kvalvik’s Business Environments Class I recently volunteered to evaluate the business plans of virtual companies created by talented Mira Mesa High School students at Ms. Kvalvik’s class. These students presented different business concepts, company names, costs & profits and marketing strategies, etc. It is the beginning of entrepreneurship and has students practice mini business plans. They get a taste of business before actually starting and running one. It was a great experience watching a younger generation be creative and work on business plans.

Happy Holidays! Happy holidays! Chag sameach! Maligayang Pasko! Gleileg jol gott og fars! However you say it, it’s our Holiday Issue! Here at Mira Mesa Living we love this time of year. We move from fall into winter which brings a welcome four degree drop in the average temperature. It’s (ugly) sweater weather, Baby! Of course the holiday season brings with it great parties with friends and family, cultural festivals from around the world and some amazing food. Guess what, we highlight all of it in this issue. Traditionally in America, “The Holidays” really means Christmas. That holiday brings its own set of ideals: the spirit of giving, gathering with loved ones, volunteering. We all know, however, that Mira Mesa has so many people from so many different cultures, so Christmas, while still a big deal, is not necessarily on everyone’s radar. That’s why here at Mira Mesa Living we are taking our cultural shovel and digging deeper into how some of our neighbors spend their time during a traditional American holiday season, including some traditional celebrations from the Philippines and India. That being said, Christmas is still right around the corner and that means buying gifts for all your loved ones. Fortunately, in Mira Mesa, we have some serious shopping available to us. Strip malls abound. Traditional malls are not far away, whether a few miles west to UTC or south to Mission Valley and Fashion Valley. Want to avoid traffic? We have some tips to ensure your gifts are as unique as you. We are happy to celebrate the holidays with you, but this is just the third issue of Mira Mesa Living, and we are continuing to try to leave our mark as the best source for news, events, cultural happenings and business and people profiles in the neighborhood. We like to think we’re making progress, but we can always use some help. If you know of a neighbor or business doing something interesting or unique, we would love to hear about it and feature them in a future issue. Here is how you can reach us: To To To To

Advertise – Sponsor@MiraMesaLiving.com submit articles, news and events – News@MiraMesaLiving.com Contact the Publisher – Publisher@MiraMesaLiving.com Join Mira Mesa Cultural Group – Culture@MiraMesaLiving.com

Since you are being so kind as to tell us all about you it is only fair we tell you a little about who we are. We have some brief bios. Happy Holidays and we’ll see you on the streets living in Mira Mesa!

Michelle Tsai, Publisher – 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 longstanding relationships in the community.

Steve Nicoles, Editor – 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 – 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: leahsthoughts.com.

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Table of Contents Community: Deli Dreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 New Thai Flavors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Inside Flying Leathernecks . . . . . 24

Holidays: p6 p18


Economical Gift-Giving . . . . . . . . 16 Having a Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Culture Connection . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Holiday Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Touring Japan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Features: Award-Winning Artist . . . . . . . . . . 6 Batmobile Unleashed . . . . . . . . . 27



Barona Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Epicentre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Schools: School Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Seniors: RSVP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Youth: p24

Coaching Passion . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Youth Football & Cheer. . . . . . . . 13

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Mira Mesa’s Art Queen By Steve Nicoles Photo: www.WissingerPhotography.com

It took several years, but eventually the comments coming from the amateur artists submitting work to the Del Mar Fair turned from light-hearted jokes to mild angst. Every year one woman walks away a winner while the other artists wonder what they need to do to dethrone the Del Mar Amateur Art Queen. Joyce Sunde has won 18 awards from 2000-2010, including two for best-in-show. The only year she did not win was 2009. That year she was travelling and missed the deadline to submit her work. In baseball terms Joyce is batting 1.000. In art terms she has the magic stroke: the uncanny ability to turn watercolor into a majestic bald eagle perched on a desert mountain range. The painting took first place. Not bad for a 75-year-old Japanese immigrant who never painted until just before the turn of the millennium. As her husband John tells it, he and Joyce were driving with their two granddaughters. The girls started acting fussy; that is John’s word. To try to calm them, Joyce drew each a quick sketch on a

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To the outsider it might seem like Joyce was born with a gift. Perhaps, but she likes to credit her elementary schooling in Japan. She says students painted with only a handful of colors. She learned how to mix colors to get the shade she wanted. She says she wouldn’t have her ability if she had grown up with a box of 100 different colored crayons. There is another secret to Joyce’s success. She does not let the art consume her. It is strictly a hobby. She only paints when she feels inspired. Unlike her work as a hair-stylist where she has to be on point at all times, with painting Joyce can sit back and relax. She waits for the inspiration to come to her. Then she makes the most of it. That includes a financial gain, but not for Joyce. She often donates her art to charity auctions. She says one painting was bought by the CEO of a local business.

Joyce’s paintings often represent what she sees in life. While on a trip to the Grand Canyon she saw several deer feeding in a meadow. A painting of a deer with its front hooves in a creek bed surrounded by a forest now hangs from Joyce’s dining room wall. The painting won first place. Judges clamor, opponents murmur, colleagues ask for help. Joyce ignores all of it and goes about her routine of painting for the art of it. It has proven a successful routine so far.

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Mason Elementary By: Deidre Hardson, Mason Elementary School Principal In November, we practice gratitude and so I would like to say thank you for all that you do to help us create a positive learning environment for our children. Remember, a strong parent teacher partnership will benefit all of our children. Parent conferences will take place November 15th through 19th (school will be dismissed at 12:15 every day that week). These conferences will be informative and all parents are expected to attend one for each of their children. Parentteacher conferences are an opportunity for you to communicate with teachers about your child’s progress. We want all of our students to meet or exceed grade level standards. At the conference, the teacher will share your child’s work and what is expected to reach proficiency.

Here are some strategies for making the best use of this time: Before the conference jot down questions and concerns you have about the teaching program and information about your child. Also, talk to your child to find out about his or her perceived areas of strength and challenge. During the conference feel free to ask questions about anything and everything so you know what is expected of your child. Afterward discuss what you learned at the conference with your child. Another way to help our children meet/exceed grade level standards is to make sure that they are in school! We cannot teach our children if they are not in school and early leave slips are a disruption to the learning environment. Have a restful Thanksgiving season!

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Message from Mira Mesa High School By: Scott Giusti Principal, Mira Mesa High School We have had an exciting year so far and look forward to the many wonderful things yet to come. Academic Performance Index (API) scores were released in the fall and MMHS is proud to have achieved an API score of 823. This ranks MMHS #9 in the top ten high schools in all of San Diego County. Our students, teachers, and stakeholders have worked hard, and we are incredibly

proud of this great accomplishment. This is the first time we have been over 800 in the history of the school. As we continue through the remainder of this school year, encourage students to stay focused, work hard, and apply for scholarships at all grade levels. Last year we gave the Class of 2010 a $1 million Scholarship challenge and they crushed the challenge receiving $2.98 million in scholarships and grants. We have challenged the Class of 2011 to reach $3 Million. For more information about financial aid or scholarships, students can check the counseling website, their Naviance account, or talk to their school counselor. Also new this year, we

have launched a tutoring program with hours before school, at lunch, after school, and two evenings per week. Please check our website under “Student Learning” for more information and encourage students to take advantage of this great opportunity. Students are closing in on the end of first semester with finals taking place at the end of January. The band and color guard have won numerous competitions, Drama performs its first play of the year December 2nd & 3rd, the Senior Talent Show is on December 10th & 11th, and basketball season kicks off with a home game on January 11th. Click on the “Calendar” link at www.sandi.net/miramesa for many other events and activities.

As the budget crisis continues to inundate the state and our district, Mira Mesa High School feels the agonies alongside everyone. We are thankful to the Mira Mesa High School Foundation and all of our many business partners for the unrelenting support given to our students during this economic turmoil. Next year will bring more cuts and our site will be faced with difficult decisions. I am confident our students will continue to flourish with the incredible Mira Mesa community backing them. Know that everything done for our students is appreciated. Have a great winter, stay involved, and again thank you from our students, parents, and staff for all the support you give every day.

Wishful Thinking By: Esther Alameddin Imagine how it would feel to be a teacher; to be able to impress and direct the minds of the leaders of your future. To know that someday you could look in a directory and find that Katie, who sat in the second row, is now a doctor. Or that Brandon, who first approached the band room so tentatively, is now a concert musician? Now imagine that you have those same children in your classroom, but the lab equipment is sorely lacking. The musical instruments are badly damaged and unable to maintain their tune.

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This second scenario is the one our high school currently faces. Although we are one of the largest neighborhoods in the San Diego Unified School District, Mira Mesa High School receives less financial support than most other schools. The challenge we are now facing is how to teach exemplary children on substandard equipment when the district offers little hope to meet our growing needs. “This year we are caught between trying to decide where the dwindling funds will go.” said Mira Mesa High School Principal, Scott Giusti. Lab tables are worn and weakened from overuse. It seems ironic that in a section of town where you cannot travel a mile without running into yet

another biomedical company or pharmaceutical research facility, our school lacks the equipment to produce scientists of the future. We see a natural mesh between what the businesses around us offer and what we need that the teachers and staff of Mira Mesa High School are creating wish lists of items to make their classrooms more effective. Community members and businesses can go on our school website to find out what they can donate to our classrooms. For example, reeds for wind instruments, hurdles for the track, paper for photocopies. Many people find that making these in-kind donations is easiest for them. In the meantime, the Foundation has our usual fundraising endeavors going on – membership drives are up again this year, and our Farmer’s Market has been helping a lot. One thing that we could still use help on is corporate donations. A list of some companies which will match specific donations from their employees is available on our website, MiraMesaHighSchoolFoundation.org. We always have e-Scrip – one of the simplest ways to support a non-profit. See their website www.escrip.com to find out how you can contribute easily for up to eight different organizations. We have a fabulous community, committed to the support and wellbeing of everyone. Contact us through the website and let us know how we can all better work together.

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SDUSD slashed MMHS supply budget by 50% for 2010-2011 school year. To combat this staggering budget cut we are turning to our parents, Foundations, community members, and all other stakeholders for support. You can help offset these cuts to MMHS by donating the following items:

• Copy paper: 8 1/2 X 11” (any color) • Hand sanitizer • Kleenex • White board markers (any color) • Graph Paper (with 4X4 squares) • Filler paper (college ruled, 3-hole) • 3X5 index cards (ruled) • Manila file folders (letter size) • 2” masking tape • Blue 2” painters tape • Index/Tab dividers • Batteries (AA or 9 Volt) • Staples (standard size) • Paper clips (small size) • Glue Sticks

Contact Mira Mesa High School Foundation if you want to help…

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Young Athletes In Good Hands By: Steve Nicoles Coach Mike Gapasin urges parents to get their children involved in sports. Parents with reservations need not worry. The children are in capable and caring hands. Coach Mike said, “That is my goal, to teach them and to make it so they want to come back the next year. Making it fun for them while learning the sport.” Mike coaches defensive line as part of Mira Mesa High School’s freshman football team. He also coaches the high school’s baseball team and heads Mira Mesa Youth Football and a recreational girls’ softball team. His passion for coaching comes from his desire to be with his own children. When they move on, however, he remains to help more Mira Mesa children learn the ropes of a new sport, as well as how to compete, work as a team and overcome obstacles. Some people call him Mr. Mira Mesa, not to be confused with the realtor of the same moniker. Coach calls himself a laid-back guy who enjoys kids and the community. He moved to Mira Mesa in 1976 and except for minor stints here and there, he has not left. Mike loves the community and helping it grow. He said, “The family, community, the

togetherness. Especially on the Fourth of July, I love going to the Rec. Center because everyone is there. I just like the community thing. I like to see how Mira Mesa has grown because it wasn’t like this in ‘76.” The Coach believes sports should be fun for children and their parents. Enjoyment breeds success and Mike has had plenty of both. In less than a decade of coaching his teams have won tournaments and district titles. When Mike is not coaching, he serves on boards for sports leagues, and helps run concession booths during games his teams are not playing. He hopes parents will join him because the kids might be learning and having fun with him as a coach, but he sees no replacement for an involved parent. Plus, sports leagues need volunteers to run successfully and smoothly, something Coach Mike has demonstrated for nearly a decade. For information on how to volunteer or get a child involved in girls softball or youth football, visit the leagues Mike works with: www.mmgs.org or www.mmchargers.org. League members can help provide information on sports and volunteer opportunities in Mira Mesa.

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MM Youth Football and Cheer Turns 35 By: Michael Gapasin This year Mira Mesa Youth Football & Cheer is celebrating its 35th season. MMYFC has been serving the community of Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch since 1976 when they started out as Mira Mesa Scripps Pop Warner. In 2004 they switched from Pop Warner to Y o u t h Football. Then in 2 0 0 9 , Scripps was dropped from the association name after S c r i p s Ranch started its own association and joined Pop Warner in 2006. Throughout the years MMYFC have won numerous Q Bowl titles in different divisions. In 2005, the Mira Mesa Chargers went to Tucson, AZ to win the National Championship in both the Jr. Pee Wee 1A Division and Midget 2A Division. In 2006, the Mira Mesa Pee Wee Chargers traveled to Lakeland, FL where they were National Champion Finalists. MFG has not only had many players go on to play college football but three

players made it to the National Football League. They include Ray Rowe, Michael Pittman and J.R. Tolver. MMYFC has also been very successful in cheer having won many competitions. Last year both the flag and mitey mite cheer squads took first place in the 2009 San Diego Youth Football & Cheer Conference Competition, while both the pee wee and midget cheer squads took 2nd place. At the American Youth Cheer Desert Pacific Regionals in Tucson the mitey mite cheer squad took second place and the pee wee cheer squad took 1st place. This year MMYFC had its first Homecoming Dance on Friday, October 22nd at Challenger Middle School. There were Princes and Princesses named from each team. This year the Mira Mesa Chargers is looking to keep the winning tradition going in both football and cheer. For more information on the MMYFC please visit their website at www.mmchargers.org.

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Mira Mesa Living Harmonium Promotes Well-being Harmonium offers counseling services in a safe, personal atmosphere. We are a “non-profit” community based agency. We understand the confusion and anxiety that mental, emotional and family problems create and are here to help you find solutions that best fit your unique situation. We have been part of the Mira Mesa community for 35 years helping our families and youth and are here now for you.

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“This program has given my child an opportunity to learn new skills so that she won’t be tempted to give in to peer pressures.” • Anger management: “I feel like I can stand up for myself without fighting.” • Life skills: “I feel like my child can make good choices now.” • Parent education and support services: “I didn’t realize how I

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Mesa High School, there was interest in expanding the game to Mira Mesa middle school aged boys to teach them fundamentals and prepare them for high school lacrosse. This spring, Mira Mesa Youth Lacrosse returns to the San Diego County Lacrosse league. Registration will be in December. Specific dates and contact information can be found on the Mira Mesa Youth Lacrosse team’s website: www.leaguelineup.com/ mmylacrosse

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Gift Giving Ways to Save This Holiday Season By: Leah R. Singer With the economy still tough and the holiday season fast approaching, many Mira Mesa residents are already on the look-out for quality gifts and good deals, hoping those two go hand-in-hand.

Homemade: Quick and Easy There are many ways to make homemade gifts that won’t break the bank, especially if you need a few inexpensive yet classy gifts for the workplace gift exchange, hostess gift, or something for your neighbor. Here are a few you can try at home.

Apple Butter Jam Jars Grab some apples at the Mira Mesa Farmer’s Market (or a case at a local store) and small jelly can jars, and get ready for a quick and easy idea. Peel and dice the apples. Toss them in a slow cooker with some sugar, cloves, allspice, cinna-

mon and water, and let the mixture bubble away for the day. Several hours later, you’ll have a nice Apple Butter Jam that can be canned in small jars and tied with some ribbon. And there you have it – an easy, inexpensive and delicious homemade gift.

Homemade Baby Food for the Busy Mom Here’s an idea for busy moms of toddlers or gifts for your playgroup. Peel, chop and steam vegetables such as carrots, squash or fruit such as apples. Puree the produce individually in a food processor with a few drops of water, and you’ll have homemade baby food. Package in small jelly jars (mentioned above). Adorn with some baby-themed material and ribbon, and you’ve got a gift for a very grateful mom.

Candy Grab Bags Even things as simple as homemade candy or snacks can be inexpensive and creative. Try

popping a bag of popcorn kernels, coating the popcorn with caramel or different seasonings, package in plastic bags with ribbon, and you’re all set. Be sure to buy a bag of kernels and not microwave popcorn – much less expensive and healthier. A similar idea can be done by dipping pretzel sticks into melted chocolate chips.

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Top Tips for Holiday Party Planning all you need for alcohol. Or if you’re feeling creative, perhaps you provide one festive cocktail and a wine option.

By: Leah R. Singer It’s time again to break out the serving platters and holiday décor, and invite your friends and family for the annual holiday party. As fun as these traditional gatherings are, entertaining and stress seem to be synonymous. To help in your party-planning fervor, we’ve put together some tips to make this year’s party is the least stressful of all. •

Make a few dishes and assemble the rest. Find one or two dishes you want to have the “wow” factor for guests, and then assemble the remaining dishes with store-bought items. If you’re hosting a dinner party, perhaps make a main course and dessert only. Then buy some appetizers, fruits/nuts, garlic bread, and a salad kit to go with the homemade items. Ask each guest to bring a bottle of their favorite wine. Worried about paying for libations? How about asking each guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine in lieu of hostess gifts.

Don’t feel as if you need to provide every aspect of a dinner. How about a dessert-themed party with cocktails later in the evening? Or perhaps an appetizer party? Everyone will have fun as long as guests know what to expect and can plan their evenings accordingly. Be sure to note the theme on the invitation.

Go natural with centerpieces and decorations. There are probably very few of us who have the time, money and skills to make a house full of homemade holiday decorations. Go simple with hurricane candles surrounded by cloves, cinnamon sticks or ornaments. Use large glass bowls with winter fruits as the centerpiece.

No tree? No problem. A finely decorated tree doesn’t make the Christmas party. Visit a local nursery or Trader Joe’s and find a small rosemary bush or baby pine. Then decorate that with ornaments you have in storage, or something as simple as tinsel or cinnamon sticks.

Make your party a multicultural theme. Want to do something unique and multicultural, but don’t want to spend days preparing new recipes? How about a Japanesethemed sushi party, Mexican tamales or lumpia?

Change it up – go with breakfast. Weekend evenings book up fast during November and December. So how about a breakfast/brunch holiday party. Many breakfast items can be prepped the day before, and then you have the entire day to relax. How about a menu of: mimosa, bloody Mary, coffee, baked French toast, quiche, fruit, poinsettias on the table, and you’re all set.

No one expects an open bar. A case or two of white, red, and perhaps some champagne for an after dinner toast is

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The Holidays Aren’t Just Christmas In Mira Mesa, the holiday season is not mutually exclusive to Christmas. Our neighborhood represents too many different cultures for Christmas to sit as the only holiday people pay attention to. While Christianity has permeated many countries and influences several cultures, there are still other ideas we would like to share with during this holiday season:

Diwali Festival Information from Asha Agrawal, Renuka Chabra, www.dwalifestival.org The Diwali festival is as big to Hindus worldwide as Christmas is to Christians. All of India celebrates this festival of lights. For Hindus, light symbolizes the destruction of evil forces through knowledge. While Christmas is actually only celebrated for one day, people get in the spirit of the holiday several weeks before December 25th. Diwali is similar. There is one day known as the actual Diwali, but there are five days of celebration

and preparation starts even sooner. The names of the days, in order: Dhanvantari Triodasi, Narak Chaturdasi, Diwali, Goverdhan Pooja and Bhratri Dooj. As the story goes, Lord Rama was a highly respected warrior and king. His father, Dashratha, banished Rama to a forest. He stayed there for 14 years until his glorious return which culminated in the victory over the demon Ravana of Lanka. The story is one of triumph of good over evil. Rama eventually made it to the city of Ayodhya where people welcomed him by lighting rows of clay lamps which is another reason Diwali is known as the festival of lights. Today the tradition of lighting lamps continues. In much of

India people will line their homes with clay lanterns or electric lights. Much like Christmas, Diwali has a commercialized aspect to it. Gifts of chocolates, nuts or clothing are often exchanged, but the arguably the main aspect of Diwali, as with Christmas and many other festivals, is to bring loved ones together. This year, Diwali is November 5th.

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Activities: Food, cultural dances, fashion shows, singing, various activities for kids, and plenty of traditional ethnic food from different regions of India. Check out www.shrimandir.net for additional information. The Diwali Mela started in 1993 by Asha Agrawal. The local Hindu temple, Shri Mandir, opened in 1994 and the Diwali Mela became part of its regular festivals. Many Indian restaurants in the plaza will showcase their cuisines including Ashoka the Great (flavor from Northern India) in smaller portions, so you will be able to enjoy different styles of Indian food in this event. The mela brings the community together to celebrate a key festival in the Hindu religion

Christmas in the Far East (Philippines) Information from http://www.seasite.niu.edu/ Christmas might seem like a western holiday, but in the Philippines, they like to boast having the longest and most festive celebration. Filipinos start going to Christmas church services early in the morning in mid-December and the holiday runs until the first Sunday in January. Many of the west’s traditions have made it to the Philippines; c a r o l i n g , Christmas trees, Santa Claus and an abundance of food are all found in the Asian country. The dining room table is often set up like a buffet with 20 or more items on it (check out the recipe for Ukoy, a shrimp patty, in this issue).

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Eid-ul-Adha By Ayesha Bokhary

One tradition at most every Christmas celebration has to do with lola, an endearing term for the family matriarch. Children often line up in front of the woman, perhaps their grandmother, and receive coins. The older children tend to receive more money. The celebration might be a long party, but there is still some religious significance to the holiday sea-

Eid-ul-Adha ('Celebration of Sacrifice') is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. It marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. It takes place on the 10th day of DhulHijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Although only pilgrims to Mecca can celebrate it fully, Muslims elsewhere also mark the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. This year Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated on November 16, 2010.

The Hajj is the Fifth Pillar of Islam and therefore a very important part of the Islamic faith. All physically fit Muslims who can afford it should make the visit to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, at least once in their lives. Eid-ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma'il as an act of obedience to God. The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey Allah and spare his son. As Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah intervened: instead Allah provided a lamb as the sacrifice. This is why today all over the world Muslims who have the means to, sacrifice a sheep (alternatively a goat or cow can be used), as a reminder of Ibrahim's obedience to Allah. They usually share out the meat with family and friends, as well as the poor members of the community. Eid-ul-Adha is a 3-day celebration and in Muslim countries is a public holiday. It starts with Muslims going to the Mosque for prayers, dressed in their best clothes, and thanking Allah for all the blessings they have received. It is also a time when they visit family and friends as well as offering presents.

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Matzo Stuffing: A Jewish Twist on a Thanksgiving Tradition By: Leah R. Singer Growing up, Thanksgiving did not simply mean the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie in my family. My mother always brought our Judaism into the all-American holiday by making matzo stuffing to go with the bird. Matzo is traditional Jewish unleavened bread (like a cracker) that's traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Passover in the spring. However, most grocery stores carry matzo year-round. And since my mom always had some in the cupboard, matzo stuffing was always a turkey staple.



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Matzo Stuffing • 1 pkg. of matzo (any variety) • 2 cups chopped brown or yellow onion • 2 cups chopped celery • 1/4 cup butter (1 stick) • 1 Tbsp. chopped thyme • 1 1/2 Tbsp. poultry seasoning • 3 Tbsp. chopped parsley • 2 cups chicken stock/broth (use low-sodium) • Salt and Pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large skillet. Add chopped celery and onion, and sauté until the vegetables are soft and translucent. In the meantime, break the matzo into small cracker sizes and place into a large bowl. Once the veggies are done, transfer them into the bowl with the broken matzo. Stir lightly. Add to the veggie and matzo mixture the following ingredients: chicken broth, thyme, poultry seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper. Gently stir all ingredients together. Sample the mixture to make sure all the ingredients are seasoned just right. You may want to add some additional salt and pepper, depending on taste. Transfer mixture into an oiled casserole dish, cover and bake for 30 minutes (350-degrees). About 25 minutes into cooking, remove the cover. This will help crisp up the top layer of matzo. This matzo stuffing can also be made in advance and kept in the fridge until Turkey Day.

Deli Dreams Come True By: Steve Nicoles All of their friends agreed: don’t do it. Not in this economy. It is too risky to open a small business right now. Well, Mary and Jaime Gutierrez always choose to follow their faith. Last winter the couple took a giant leap and bought a deli. MJ’s Deli (6450 Lusk Blvd.) is a dream come true for this couple. Jaime was looking for a restaurant opportunity when Mary says a deal for the deli fell in their laps. For Mary, the deli provides an opportunity for catering, which is work she truly loves. She thrives on the pressure. And customers dive into the deli’s food. One of the more popular dishes is the Southwestern Special. For about $7 customers enjoy buffalo chicken and ham along with melted jack cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion and a southwest chipotle sauce on toasted Ciabatta bread. Mary and Jaime broke away from the pack when they bought the deli. They also separated their store from a chain of delis in Sorrento Valley. The couple bought a business at a time their friends said to avoid. Now they are following their faith and having a great time doing it. to submit an article or events for publication e-mail news@miramesaliving.com

Touring Japan Japan is an intriguing island nation located in East Asia. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Japan's land mass is split up into four major isles; Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Together these islands make up 97% of Japan's total land mass and house the majority of its 128 million residents. The landscape of the country varies, but most areas can be accessed easily through the use of Japan's excellent railway and public transportation systems. While almost 75% of the country is made up of mountainous terrain, nearly 80% of the population live and work within urban areas. Japanese culture is unique because many of the customs and beliefs are derived from history and long rooted traditions, but a walk down the streets of Tokyo will also let you know just how modern and futuristic the Japanese are. You'll find that the majority of Japanese citizens are friendly and accommodating, and those who speak English love to practice by helping traveling tourists. Traditional Japanese apparel items such as Geta sandals and Kimonos are celebrated by the Japanese, but the majority of the population dress in Western style clothing. Eighty-four percent of the population observes both Buddhist and Shinto rites, but other world religions are commonly practiced in Japan as well. Japanese etiquette is an important part of the culture. Cultural analysis of the Japanese people dramatically separates the common practices of their country from neighboring countries in Asia; such as Hong Kong, Korea, or mainland China. Those traveling to Japan should dress to impress. The Japanese are impressed by those wearing professional and conservative attire. The customary greeting in Japan is the bow, however some Japanese may choose to greet you with a weak handshake. Do not confuse a weak handshake as an indication of character as some do here in America.

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Because Japan is such a densely populated nation, the Japanese value their personal space. “Sunimasen”, meaning “excuse me” in”Japanese, will prove to be a helpful bit of information when navigating the crowded public places of Japan. Polite terms such as “itadakimasu” at the beginning of a meal and “gochisou-sama-deshita" at the end will let

Many people also may be familiar with the snowy Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. The image of the 12,388 ft tall dormant volcano is widely recognized in many travel promotions and frequently portrayed in Japanese artwork. Annually, 200,000 people visit Mt. Fuji and 30% of them are foreigners. The greater Tokyo area is the most populous metropolitan area in the entire world with over 30 million residents. The sights and activities of Japan's capital city are endless, but so is the fun. Visitors are encouraged to try and see as much of the diverse city sights as possible. Some suggestions include a Yomuri Giants baseball game at the Tokyo Dome, an early morning at the Tsukiji wholesale fish market, and shopping in the Harajuku and Shibuya regions. Travelers seeking a more authentic Japanese experience can take a brisk bullet train ride from Tokyo to Kyoto. There you will find an elegant blend of modern Japan along with several of the historic temples and shrine which Japan is famous for.

your host know that you have enjoyed the food. Tipping is generally not expected in most restaurants, but never looked down upon. Since Japan is located on the Northern Hemisphere, the seasons follow a similar pattern to those of the United States. Most assert that November is the best time to visit Japan due to the mild temperatures, dry weather, and breath taking colors that come along with Japan's fall foliage. Winter begins in the month of December and runs through February. The weather is cold, and the country plays boasts many good ski resorts, especially in Hokkaido and the northern regions of Japan.

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Get Involved with Mira Mesa Town Council The Mira Mesa Town Council (MMTC) is a volunteer organization that works toward the improvement of the Mira Mesa Community. The Mira Mesa Town Council holds monthly meetings that provide information to the community and act as a forum for identifying and solving community problems. Elected representatives or their staff attend most MMTC meetings, and can research and respond to issues that arise at the meetings. MMTC meetings are held at 7 PM on the first Monday of each month. The Mira Mesa Town Council sponsors many community activities and events including: • The Mira Mesa Street Fair, held in September • The Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration • Clean and Green Day • Annual Volunteer of the Year Dinner • The Verne Goodwin Scholarship for Mira Mesa community High School Students • The Mira Mesa Maintenance Assessment District Advisory Committee (MMMAD) that maintains landscaping along community streets. The Mira Mesa Town Council also helps to support independent community activities including the Halloween Carnival, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, and the Regional Teen Center. For general information and membership, go to http://www.MiraMesaTownCouncil.org MMTC membership costs $20 for residents, $10 for additional residents living in the same household, $10 for seniors (age 60+) and $50 for business members. Members with addresses outside the Mira Mesa community will be non-voting Associate Members. Business members now also have the opportunity to join both the Mira Mesa Town Council and the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce at a reduced rate. Business members may have a business address and link to a commercial Web site posted on this Web page.

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Siam Nara By Steve Nicoles Many people outside Mira Mesa view the neighborhood as an area to drive through rather than stop and enjoy. A new restaurant group hopes to buck that trend and get people from within Mira Mesa and the neighboring communities to stop and enjoy some traditional Thai food. Siam Nara (8993 Mira Mesa Blvd., www.siamnara.com) opened in midOctober. It is owned by the same group running Amarin Thai in Hillcrest, one of the most popular Thai restaurants in San Diego. CEO Suree Suksudecha created a new and wholly unique menu for this new venture. Along with General Manager Patipan Paktipatt, Suree is trying to bring Thailand to Mira Mesa in a way other restaurants do not. Suree said she wants people to feel like they are sitting in Thailand and experiencing traditional Thai food that has not been sweetened to suit the American palette. Her menu items feature more traditional Thai herbs and spices. She says guests can

expect to eat a style of food similar to what the royalty in Thailand eats. That includes staples like Panang Curry and Pad Thai, along with Suree’s signature plates: Massaman pork shanks in coconut milk with potatoes, peanuts and onions as well as E-San, which equates to Northeast Thailand and is a trio of items from that region of the country. The restaurant group has a few goals to try to break away from its previous venture in Hillcrest. Patipan is shedding the casual neighborhood environment for a more upscale approach. At Siam, there is a heavy focus on presentation: everything from the uniforms which were shipped in from Thailand, to the ornate water pitchers fit for filling a king’s crystal chalice, to the plates of food garnished with an orchid. One trait that will remain throughout the Hillcrest location and Mira Mesa’s newest Thai venture is the wine. Serving wine with a Thai meal is a relatively new concept and not fully accepted, but with a menu that tops out at $16, an expected 50-100 bottles from which to choose and a staff that knows how to pair the wine and food, Patipan hopes to see success surpassing everyone’s expectations.

Ukoy (Shrimp Patties) From www.food.com Ukoy is a traditional Filipino dish often served during Christmas. This recipe could give your holiday party a twist on the typical American fare or give yourself and your guests an old-style taste of home. Batter: • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 1 cup cornstarch • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1/4 cup annatto water • 1 1/2 cups shrimp broth • 1 egg, well beaten • cooking oil Topping • 2 cups bean sprouts • 1 cup chopped green onion • 2 pieces tofu, cut into strips • 1/2 lb small shrimp, cleaned • 1 cup papaya

Directions: 1 Sift the first five batter ingredients together in a bowl. 2. Blend in the annatto water, broth and egg. 3. Beat until smooth. 4. Heat oil in high heat for deepfrying. 5. Set aside. 6. Arrange a bed of bean sprouts and green papaya in a saucer. 7. Top with some green onion, tofu strips and shrimps. 8. Add about 1/3 cup of batter. 9. Slide the mixture carefully into the hot oil. 10. Fry until crisp and brown on both sides. 11. Drain. 12. Serve with a mixture of vinegar and crushed garlic for dipping seasoned with salt and pepper.

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Vietnamese/Chinese Fusion Buffet Experience from Michelle….. I have been to Luong Hai Ky for their Lunch specials for a while. I always order their grilled chicken and pork chop. The meat is juicy and the price is very reasonable ($5.99). The owner Michelle Luong recently had a Grand Opening on their second restaurant in Convoy called Phat. It is an All You Can Eat Vietnamese/Chinese fusion buffet restaurant. I decided to give a try since I like their restaurant in Mira Mesa. In Phat, all the meats are grilled, and they have a variety of soups, noodles, spring rolls, rice cakes, etc. Considering the weather is getting cooler, it is a good restaurant to have hot food items, fresh vegetables and desserts (including basil seeds drink). If it is your first time in the restaurant, I highly recommend you to ask




the waiter to teach you how to prepare your plate. I learned from the owner to put fresh vegetables, and rice beef roll sprinkled with light sauce in one plate and then eat them together. So instead of just piling up a bunch of food in one plate, I learned how to pair up several food items to a wonderful and tasty dish. My meal experience was very pleasant and I would go back again especially since winter time is approaching. Lastly, go there early for lunch and dinner and try their 7 course Beef & Seafood Shabu Shabu!


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Miramar Museum By Steve Nicoles Miramar Road has two major distinctions: a litany of furniture businesses on the north side of the street and MCAS Miramar on the south. Part of the base is the Flying Leatherneck Marine Corps Aviation Museum (T-4203 Anderson Ave. www.flyingleathernecks.org), the only Marine aviation museum in

the world. Many of the museum’s planes are visible to drivers as they fly down the street. A couple dozen planes and helicopters sit on the opposite side of a barbed-wire fence. Harder to see from the street is the Northrup F-5E Tiger II, first flown in 1972. Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dick Miller, who also serves as the head of the museum, has his personal favorite. He loves the R4-Q2, the plane he personally flew more than half a century ago.

complete WWI female uniform. It is one of three full uniforms for women included in the exhibit. Miller said, “We are reputed to be the best woman marine memorabilia in the Marine Corps.” The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 9am – 3:30pm and is free to the public.

While anyone can see the planes from their cars, many people have not taken the time to learn about what is within the museum’s walls. For example, the museum has a large exhibit on women in the military. Museum-goers will see uniforms throughout the years and learn interesting facts, like women have served in the U.S. military longer than they have had the right to vote. Col. (Ret.) Eleanor Wilson spent more than a year putting together a

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The following are Teen Advisory Council events… Open Mic: Thursday, Nov. 18th, 5:00pm till 6:30pm @ Epicentre Looking for artist…poets, singers, guitarist, etc… Come share your talent! Jam (Breakdance competition), Friday, Dec. 3rd from 5:00-10:00pm. Battles will be; 3 v 3 (3 on 3), Poppin’, Exhibition, and New Jack Junior. If you would like to join the Teen Advisory Council please contact Sigrid Batara at (858) 271-4000, come by the Epicentre, 8450 Mira Mesa Blvd, 92126 or go to our link and download the application form www.harmoniumsd.org/services/youth-epicentre Also, check out the following shows coming up in November! November 15th….Meg & Dia with Joey Ryan, spring Standards & Little Lamb November 20th…Hey Monday with Cartel, The Ready Set, this Century, & We Are The In Crowd

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The Barona Band of Mission Indians awarded a $5,000 grant to Christ the Cornerstone Academy, located in Mira Mesa. The grant was given to upgrade the technology lab at the school. Participating in the Award Ceremony was Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, Councilwoman Beth Glasco and Director of Indian Government Affairs Shaella Alvarez. Administrator Lark Mayeski accepted the award on behalf of the school. Christ the Cornerstone Academy offers a wonderful educational program in our preschool and the day school, grades kindergarten through 6th grade. Technology is so important in today’s classroom and the school is very excited to upgrade our computer laboratory and offer an excellent technology program for the students.

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Mira Mesa’s Costliest Rides Reside in Sorrento Valley By: Steve Nicoles The type of clients working with Symbolic Motor Car Company (11455 Sorrento Valley Rd. www.symbolicmotors.com) are interested in racing renovated sports cars, some 70 years old, along a 1,000 mile course through the Rocky Mountains. The clients’ passion for their old-school sports cars is only matched by Symbolic’s mechanics desire to work on these pieces of art. The staff at Symbolic does not work on Toyotas or Chevys. Not that there is anything wrong with those cars. They just cannot compare to the original Batmobile™. Holy classic cars! The Dark Night’s original ride, one of three built of fiberglass for the 1960’s campy TV show about the Caped Crusader, needed some work done on the lights and sirens, as well as fixing the distributer and timing. The car, complete with Adam West’s autograph, will sit in Symbolic’s La Jolla showroom for awhile before getting sold. There is no telling how much someone will pay for the Batmobile™, but it will not come close to some of the shop’s prized possessions.

Volkswagen, and working on the bright yellow 1964 Ferrari 275 4-cam which is worth about $2 million. Yes, million. But, Jason says there is a mental difference. “It’s just more intense,” he said. Jason works on expensive cars, and with all the money comes a lot of power. He is hesitant to go into some of his dealings over the last several years, but when he makes a joke about clients he tosses around words like “CEO” and “Dictator.” Car enthusiasts around the world know Symbolic. The reputation comes from the quality work done as well as the ability to recreate the original car. Jason says when it is not possible to get the original leather interior, for example, his company will reproduce leather to look and feel exactly like it did the first time someone sat in the car. At times, they will spend $10 for an inch of hose connected to the engine because it is so rare.

Service Writer and Mechanic Jason Vemberg has worked on cars his entire life and at Symbolic for eight years. He says there is no physical difference between working on his first car, a

The company serves the world. The shop sits in Sorrento Valley. Jason says it is the perfect location: close to the 805, I-5 and 56. For a mechanic, Jason says working at Symbolic is heaven on earth. And it is located in the heart of America’s Finest City.


Tom Derr Owner Family Owned & Operated Since 1981

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RSVP By: Judy Taylor We are an organization of retired seniors who wish to serve our community. Our mission is to become the "eyes and ears" of the community and assist the San Diego Police Department on many different assignments. Qualifications are that you must possess a valid driver's license, pass a background check, be 50 years or older and complete a 40-hour SDPD Academy. You will learn the personal and professional standards of the SDPD. You will be trained to use the SDPD radio, traffic control and other assignments. You will need to sign up to patrol 3 times per month.

Complete Vacation House checks for people who are away from home. This is done to check the home and inspect the outside for any intrusions. RSVP also checks all the community parks in order to check the safety of the families who are enjoying them.

A few of the everyday duties of RSVP are as follows:

Write Disabled Parking citations when a car is parked in a marked space without a placard.

Check on shut-ins to insure they are doing okay; this program is called YANA (You Are Not Alone).

School patrols are done to make sure all children are safe getting to and from school. Banks are also checked to insure safety of the patrons and bank staff. RSVP also does special projects when requested by SDPD, such as assist in emergency situations like the Wild Fires, search for missing children and elders, and anything else that may be needed. We are in need of more volunteers, please contact the Police Storefront on Mira Mesa Blvd, or call 858.538.8156.

VERNE GOODWIN MIRA MESA SENIOR CENTER 4 Lunch* Mon - Fri at 12:00pm sharp Menu available on Website: www.MiraMesaSeniorCenter.org Site Manager: Gloria B. Supnet *$4 Lunch is suggested donation and is served to seniors.

Also join us for fun activities: • • • • • • • •

Monthly Dance and Social – 2:00pm to 4:30pm (Third Sunday) Exercise Classes – 9am to 11am (Monday & Wednesday) Game Day – 1:00pm (Tuesday) Game Night – 7:00pm (Wednesday) Painting Class (Thursday) Bingo – 9am to 11am (Friday) Yoga – 1:00pm to 2:00pm (Friday) Line Dancing – 7:00pm to 9:00pm (Friday)

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Our Volunteers – You are the reason our neighbors get Mira Mesa Living delivered to their door steps and businesses receive copies in their stores. You are also a great resource for our community for news and cultural education.

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What benefits you as an advertiser? • Strategic placement of ads with articles to ensure the highest level of visibility to your target audience Show your support and commitment to the community you serve • Target new customers within a three-mile radius and turn them into loyal clients • Share your personal and professional story to the community so customers have a better understanding of who you are. • A sincere approach to building bridges so your business can successfully connect with schools and organizations What benefits you as a reader? • Free publication that helps you become familiar with your community • Positive news, events and features to increase pride in the neighborhood • Get to know local businesses, so you don’t have to travel for those services • Money saving coupons for your visits • Conversation piece to meet your neighbors

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Kitchen, Bath and Floor Remodeling: Surfaces USA (p.15) Car Wash: San Diego Car Wash (p.5) Catering: On-site Catering (p.20) Chiropractor/Laser Treatment/Massage: Dr. David Anderson (p.12) Food: Yogurtland (p.2), Mandarin Garden (p.7), Extreme Pita (p.9), Robeks (p.10), Chcik-fil-A (p.16), Ashoka (p.19), Phat Restaurant (p.23) Fitness: In2it Nutrition (p.13), Academy of Martial Arts (p.14) and Primal Training Center (p.30) Plumbing: Lewis Plumbing (p.26) Hair Salon: Diamondz & Cutz (p.24) House Cleaning: Maids on Duty (p.17) Travel: AskAboutTravel.com (p.21) Eye Brow Service: Brows by Nikki (p.30)

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Car Repair: Tom’s Master Mechanics (p.27) Day Care: Cornerstone (p.10) Real Estate: Marv Miles (p.6), Sandy Smith (p. 19) Schools: Miramar College (p.8) Fundraiser: Mira Mesa High School Foundation (p.11) Financial Planning: Wissinger Financial Group (p.14) Graphic/Web/Marketing Design: BluSkye Group (p.7) Organizations: Mira Mesa Town Council (p. 22), Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce (p.25), Mira Mesa Senior Center (p.28), Harmonium (p.9) Photography: Brengel Productions (p.25) Liquor Store/Lottery: Plaza Wine & Spirits (p.17) Community Calendar: Town Planner Calendar (p.31)

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Bats Alive! – Sycamore Canyon Goodan Ranch, join bat rehabilitation expert, Cindy Meyers, for an amazing presentation featuring live bats. Learn about the intriguing behaviors and the ecological benefits of these small creatures.


through 1-2-11 – Holiday of Lights - Del Mar Fairgrounds, www.sdfair.com


Scavenger Hunt - Sycamore Canyon Goodan Ranch, 10:30am-11:30am, Join parks staff for a self guided, fun scavenger hunt designed specifically for children. Kids will have a change to follow clues and find various points in search of the final treasure.


Banned Book Club Meeting – 7:00pm, Mira Mesa Library


Mira Mesa Town Council Meeting – 7:00pm-9pm, Verne Goodwin Mira Mesa Senior Center


Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade - San Diego pet owners are invited to dress up their pet in their favorite costumes for a special promenade throughout the Gaslamp, just for the holidays.


Poinsettia Battle of the Bands – Gaslamp Quarter, Watch the marching bands from each of the competing schools in a big band battle! It's the only musical showdown on 5th Avenue and a must-see event.

Every Tuesday

Farmer’s Market, 3-7pm, Mira Mesa High School

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Reach over 10,000 Mira Mesa Families High Visibility! Put your business on display every day! More than 2 out of 3 Mira Mesa families use their Town Planner Calendar all year long! Exclusivity: Close the door on competition Seasonal Options Qualifies for co-op advertising Useful & Informative: Hard to find phone numbers. Helpful websites Community Info Easy to use, top-quality

Every Monday & Wednesday Exercising at the Senior Center from 9am-11am 3rd Monday of each month Mira Mesa Community Planning Group, 7pm, go to http://www.miramesatowncouncil.org/planning_group.htm for meeting location. 2nd Tuesday of each month Mira Mesa Recreation Council, 7pm, Lopez Ridge Park 3rd Tuesday of each month Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce Meeting/Mixer, www.miramesachamber.com for meeting/mixer location. 3rd Tuesday of each month Mira Mesa Women’s Club, 7pm, Verne Goodwin Mira Mesa Senior Center. Go to http://www.mmwomensclub.com for more info.


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Happy Holidays! Tagalog (Philippines) Maligayang Pasko

Irish - Nollaig Shona Dhuit

Vietnamese (Happy New Year) -

Arabic - eid mubarak (like congratulations on your feast)

Chinese (China) -

Farsi/Persian (same tranlsation as arabic)

Chinese (Taiwan) Japanese - (Merry Christmas) -

Russian - (with holidays) c proznkiom -

and (Happy Holidays) Spanish (Merry Christmas) felices navidad or Happy Holiday felices fiestas

Ethiopian (wishing good year) - Meklame Addis Amete Danish - Glaeddig Jul

Sri Lankan (Happy Holidays to You) suba nathalak weyva

Esperanto - Gajan Kristnaskon

Indonesian (Merry Christmas) Selamat Hari Natal

Klingon -

Hawaiian (Merry Chirstmas) - Mele Kalikimaka Scottish - Nollaig chridheil huibh

Thai -

French - Joyeux Noel Irish (Galic) -

Contact Mira Mesa Living To Advertise – Sponsor@MiraMesaLiving.com To submit articles, news and events – News@MiraMesaLiving.com To Contact the Publisher – Publisher@MiraMesaLiving.com To Join Mira Mesa Cultural Group – Culture@MiraMesaLiving.com

Happy Holidays and we’ll see you on the streets living in Mira Mesa! Publisher, Michelle Tsai (858) 335-2484

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