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Welcome… to Mira Mesa Living’s tribute to our annual Street Fair! This is the 13th year for the fair and the second year we’ve been your one-stop-shop for all the information you need regarding the fair. We couldn’t be happier to have succeeded for more than a year and to be recognized as the central resource for the Street Fair, Mira Mesa’s biggest party of the year! This year’s fair is bigger and better than any previous year. We won’t give away all the details just yet. You have plenty of time to flip through the pages in your hand to figure out where you want to go and when you need to get there. We will suggest planning early and showing up earlier. About 20,000 of our neighbors will be on hand, so parking might be tough for those of you driving. As you read through your latest edition of Mira Mesa Living, you will find more is happening than just the Street Fair. We continue to provide you with the best information regarding your comMichelle Tsai, munity and the most Publisher – informative articles about your Ms. Tsai holds an MBA with an emphasis friends and neighbors. Don’t in finance and a BA in marketing from take our word for it, just keep University of San Diego. reading! 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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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:

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By: Pam Stevens Photos By: Ted Brengel, Enjoy a full day of family fun at the 13th Annual Mira Mesa Street Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Camino Ruiz between Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street. Over 100 crafters, businesses, non-profit groups, and food vendors will entice you to learn more about this great community. This year’s Street Fair is a week earlier – the third Saturday in September – and a half hour longer than previous years and extended to 5 PM so people will have more time to visit. The Street Fair features a carnival, as well as continuous entertainment on two stages, including ethnic dance performances, martial arts demos, and a variety of vocal artists and bands. Special attractions include large earth-moving equipment – take a family photo inside the giant shovel or climb up to the cab for a bird’s-eye view of the Street Fair below you! See how bombs get defused at MCAS Miramar’s EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) exhibit. A military fire truck will also be on display. Vulcan Materials will host a free rock-painting booth for children to create their own "rock art,” a Street Fair highlight in past years. Another popular returning attraction is the dunk tank (and face painting) operated by the Mira Mesa High School boys’ and girls’ water polo teams.

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SDG&E will again offer a lamp and light bulb exchange, providing compact fluorescent bulbs and torchier lamps for the less energy efficient incandescent bulbs (up to 5) and halogen torchier lamps (up to 2), free to SDG&E customers – bring your bill for ID. The lighting exchange starts at 10 a.m. and continues while supplies last. Friends of the Mira Mesa Library will hold their biggest book sale of the year from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library’s community room.

vendors, and generally have an awesome day in your own neighborhood and back yard. Plus, all the profits go right back into community improvement efforts, sponsored by the Mira Mesa Town Council,” said Street Fair co-chair Mike Davis. At the “Vulcan Rocks” Music Stage (in the library parking lot) enjoy the alternative pop/rock band, “West of I-5,” who first began at the Mira Mesa youth Epicentre. Plus listen to pop/acoustic singer/songwriter/guitarist Jordan Reimer. The Community Stage will present local vocalists, as well as the Hawaiian Kealo Hilani Dance Troupe, JING Institute of Chinese Martial Arts, Swiftkick karate, and an Indian dance troupe from Antarnaad School of Dance. Pro DJ Ray Pinnock ( will host the Community Stage line-up.

To tantalize your taste buds, enjoy a variety of comfort and cultural food from this year’s Street Fair vendors. Some of the international selections include Hawaiian shaved ice, Jamaican jerk chicken or pork, lumpia and other Filipino food, gyros and hummus wraps, tacos, roasted corn, lemonade, frozen yogurt, kettle corn, and several different kinds of sausages – bratwurst, kielbasa, Polish, plus the all-American hot dog. In addition, booths by Homecrafters and other vendors will offer gourmet packaged fudge. “The Mira Mesa Street Fair is the annual event to get out and meet your neighbors (upwards of 20,000 of them!), shop local crafts/

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Find out more about what’s happening throughout Mira Mesa at the “big top” tent staffed by volunteers from the Mira Mesa Town Council and 4th of July Committee, Community Planning Group, Recreation Council, and Chamber of Commerce. Copies of Mira Mesa, by Pam Stevens, a photo history of the community in the Images of America series by Arcadia Press, can be purchased at the Mira Mesa Town Council booth all day. Author Pam Stevens will be at the booth from 3 to 5 PM to answer questions and autograph copies. Increase your family’s personal resources by visiting the booths from local nonprofit, youth, educational and recreational groups, such as RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol), Miramar College, Mira Mesa Women’s Club, Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, Girl Scouts / Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts. The Mira Mesa theatre groups, Mira Mesa Theatre Guild (Monster Manor and Lite Frite is due to open in October) and Pacific Coast Theatre Company will also have Street Fair booths if you would like to get involved.

There will be crafters with handmade jewelry and other handcrafted items, as well as other vendors with a variety of interesting wares. From 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. there will be a Community Ceremony at the Community Stage featuring the Mira Mesa High School AFJROTC and presentations by Mira Mesa Town Council president Ted Brengel and other dignitaries. Come meet some of the MMTC Street Fair Committee volunteers who have worked all year behind the scenes to make the event possible. The 13th Annual Mira Mesa Street Fair programs included in this September/October issue of Mira Mesa Living contain a list of participating nonprofit groups, businesses, food booths, crafters, and other vendors, as well as a ‘vendor map’ to help you find all the interesting booths and other activities. The program also includes the entertainment schedule for both stages. For more information, see

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And the Winner is….Troop 1203 of Mira Mesa! By: Wendy V. Chung, Ph. D. What an honor for Boy Scout Troop 1203 of Mira Mesa to be awarded the status of “Honor Troop” at this year’s summer camp at Fiesta Island. During their week-long camp experience, this “Quality Unit” exhibited an admirable level of excellence in their activities, performance and behavior. They were judged on their camp site inspection, which included the cleanliness and aesthetics of their camp site and their use of gadgets, such as clothes lines and camp entrance gate with flags. Other criteria included the level of excellence in conducting a flag ceremony, helping in campwide cleanups, completing a challenging camp conservation project, leading the camp in songs before breakfast, performing a skit that they wrote for the final camp fire and participating in the aquatics contest in which they earned second place. “We won the award because we were consistently good in what we did, set a perfect example for the other troops and had the

exact qualities that they believed make a good boy scout troop,” said troop Life Scout, Christopher Chung. The troop number will be etched into an Honor Troop plaque replicating an oar and placed in the Aquatic Center for as long as the camp lasts. Troop 1203 meets in Challenger Middle

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Mira Mesa Street Fair Mira Mesa Street Fair Committee 2011 • • • • • • • • •

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Mira Mesa News & A New RSVP Graduates The Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch RSVP recently graduated seven new members from the 57th RSVP Academy. Bob Antipuesto, Gary Elhard, David Gwin, Fred Josey, Michael Medina, Dick Shewalter and Don Wagner are the newest graduates.

bank checks, school patrols, crime prevention and homeland security checks. Vacation Home checks are done for those that are away from home to insure that the home is secure. YANA visits are done for the elderly and shut-ins so that they can feel safe.

RSVP members must complete the week long Academy. The San Diego Police Department provides the training which includes radio training, traffic, patrol duties and compliance to regulations. Duties of the RSVP include Vacation Home checks, YANA visits,

RSVP is always recruiting new members. Qualifications are: 50 yrs old, valid CA drivers license, must pass a background check and complete the RSVP Academy. Please call the Mira Mesa Police Storefront (858)538-8156 and speak to Administrator John Sunde.

‘Sponsor A Bus' Program Helps Schools Take Field Trips During Budget Crisis Students from Ericson Elementary School recently got a summer treat: a viewing of the theatrical presentation, A Year With Frog and Toad at the San Diego Jr. Theatre in Balboa Park.


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The Mira Mesa Public Library is having a big book sale in September. We have a very large stock of children's books and AV, plenty of fiction and nonfiction and generally a selection of items for every interest including books in Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish and other languages. The sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th during regular library hours. Fri 9:30-5:30 Address: 8405 New Salem St Sat 9:30-2:30 Phone: (858) 538-8165

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Announcements Rebuilding Together San Diego (RTSD) Rebuilding Together San Diego (RTSD) now has a roof repair/replacement program and is trying to find several homeowners living in the Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo areas who have a need of a roof repair and/or replacement. The applicant has to be low income homeowner, owner occupied home and have no other means of addressing these repairs. There is no charge to the qualifying recipient. Please contact the RTSD Office at (619) 231-7873 or visit their website: for more details.

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Mira Mesa Theatre Guild Auditions for “Greetings” Oct 4-5 Auditions for “Greetings,” Mira Mesa Theatre Guild’s holiday season comedy upcoming at the Epicentre in December 2011, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 6 PM to 9 PM each night, at the Epicentre (San Diego Regional Teen Center), 8450 Mira Mesa Blvd. Possible call backs (if necessary) will take place Oct. 10 at the Epicentre. “Greetings” will be directed by Tim Arends, with performances scheduled the first three weekends in December 2011. To schedule an audition appointment please send an email with head shot and resume to Sides are available online at for advertising information call 858-335-2484 or

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Padres, VAYA Team Up By: Alexander Nguyen The Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance is partnering with the San Diego Padres for the first ever Vietnamese Cultural Night at Petco Park on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. The pre-game entertainment will include an assortment of talented Vietnamese-Americans while fundraising for the local youth organization.

American jazz singer and songwriter, Le Toan Band, a popular top-40 band from Orange County and Y Lan, one of top-selling Vietnamese female artists at the moment. This is also a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival celebration, which falls on Sept. 12 this year. The moon festival is similar to the Halloween celebration, but instead of dressing up, the children come out at night with their decorated lanterns.

“We are so excited to have the support of the San Diego Padres,” said Nikki Lam, president of VAYA. “The funds raised will go toward putting on the Tet Festival which attracts 20,000 people each year. We see this as an inaugural event of more things to come.”

This is the first time that a Major League Baseball team has partnered with the Vietnamese community for an event such as this. San Diego has the fourth largest Vietnamese population of any metropolitan areas in the West Coast.

The pre-game entertainment, which starts at 11 a.m., features Lily Bee, an up-and-coming Vietnamese-

The entertainment will be followed by the Padres taking on the World Series Champions San Francisco Giants at 1:05 p.m.

Senior Nutrition Program The Verne Goodwin Senior Center provides a noon lunch Monday through Friday, except for holidays. For seniors aged 60 or older, the cost is just $4. Lunch is $6 for everyone else. Please sign in and 10 - 15 minutes early on the day of the meal. Home delivered meals in Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch for sick, homebound and caregivers is available on an individual or recurring status. Call the Senior Nutrition Program at (858) 578-8224 in advance for home delivery. page 13

How did a Mira Mesa Mom lose 50 pounds? Debbie Heiser is a mother of 4 young children ranging in ages 5 – 13. She left the corporate world to operate Extreme Pita with one of her former co-workers. “This restaurant has been so great for so many reasons”, Debbie says. “We knew we were on the cusp of something that was so desperately needed; a place to get a healthy, low calorie, low carb meal that was easy on your pocketbook”. As a mom, and a member of this community, she feels great about what they are offering in the restaurant. Debbie can also personally attest to the benefits, being that she has lost over 50 pounds now that she eats at Extreme Pita. “I knew something needed to change in my life, I was so tired all the time, and didn’t have energy to be the mom that I wanted to be, so I challenged myself to get back to “High School” skinny.

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The following below is Debbie’s routine in her own words: My typical day would start with an Extreme breakfast pita with eggs, bacon, grilled onions and bell peppers in a pita with a little hummus for added protein. Lunch would vary since we have so many different pitas that are low in calories and fat. I may have a grilled chicken pita (250 calories) one day, or a smoked turkey pita (195 calories), either of them stuffed with veggies. I usually skip the cheese and went easy on the sauce. Dinner would be a huge salad, stuffed with veggies, topped with chicken (315 calories) or falafel for protein. Focusing on keeping my calorie intake in check and adding 1 hour of exercise daily to my routine to burn the calories that I took in was all I needed to see the pounds that I had accumulated over the years vanish. We have a Wii at home so I have the Zumba program, which is so fun since I love to dance. I also have a stationary bike at home and I would get on the bike as soon as I got home after picking up the kids from school. My children would be having their snack and having a little downtime watching PBS cartoons or reading a book and I would be on that bike sweating like crazy but using my stubborn determination that the weight was going to come off once and for all.” “I have the best customers in the world who come into the restaurant, some are personal trainers, others compete in 5 or 10k’s, bike, surf, climb, or our special customers who are in the military, so many who are interested in keeping their bodies and minds healthy, who were such an inspiration to me and it is so much fun to hear their journeys and be able to share mine in finding myself again.”

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Have you seen the newest recreation center in Mira Mesa? NO! You are not alone! Welcome to the Field House at Hourglass Park one of the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department’s newest community recreation facilities in Mira Mesa! It is located behind the swimming pool at Miramar Community College.

increases. Look for a program flyer to come home through your local elementary school.

This much anticipated recreation center has added 20,000 square feet of state of the art recreation facilities for the community of Mira Mesa to enjoy. The Field House opened in June of 2009 and added a gym, dance studio and meeting rooms to the already existing Ned Baumer Pool, Hourglass day park and tennis courts.

The Field House is open from 2-9pm, Monday–Friday and Saturday 9am-2pm, closed Sundays.

The Field House offers a variety of recreational classes and leagues for all ages and interest, such as kajukenbo, tennis, rhythmic and traditional gymnastics, dance, fundamentals of basketball, youth and adult sports leagues. Classes are offered on a year round basis and we anticipate adding more class as participation

The Field House is also the location to obtain permits for Hourglass fields, Westview, Maddox, Mesa Verde, Mason, Walker and Wangenheim community parks.

I encourage you to stop by and check out Hourglass Park and Field House and join us for outstanding recreation programs provided by both city and contractual staff. “We Enrich Lives Through Quality Parks and Programs” For further class or program information, call 858-538-8153.

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Christ the Cornerstone Academy Summertime has been a busy place at Christ the Cornerstone Academy. We have a summer program for kindergarten through sixth graders. In the morning the students review math and reading so that their core subjects are not forgotten over the summer. In addition, the students enjoy music, computers, arts and crafts and cooking classes. Three times a week the students go on fieldtrips throughout the community. This summer they visited the zoo, the children’s museum, swam and went bowling. These are just a few of the activities the students enjoyed. Fifty-five summer program students

performed a musical, Camp Granada in early August. It was so well received that they again performed a shorter version of the same musical for the UTC School Expo, the weekend of August 13th and 14th. Our Preschool students had water days every Wednesday throughout the summer, too, to add to the summer fun. Christ the Cornerstone is a Preschool for three and four year olds and an Elementary school for Kindergarten through Fifth grades. The Preschool program is year round. The new curriculum will begin September 1st. Our


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Mira Mesa and San Diego Honor the Men and Women Lost on September 11, 2001

Freedom wak 2011 will take place on September 11, 2011 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM at De Anza Cove, 3000 North Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA.

establish a tradition to reflect on the lives lost on 9/11, renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our country, and to honor our veterans.

On this same day throughout the country citizens will gather to participate in Freedom Walks. The act of walking together as a nation will be unique in design and execution, uniting our citizens behind a commitment to never forget the lives we lost in the attacks on our country. The purpose of the event is simply to

Participation is free and free t-shirts are available while supplies last. Invite your friends and family. Registration begins at 7:30 AM, ceremony at 9AM, and the walk at 10AM. To register go to

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Patriots Day Blood Drive Patriots Day Blood Drive is the San Diego Blood Bank’s annual blood drive commemorating the heroes of September 11, 2001, and our nation’s on-going need for donated blood. Held annually since 2002, this major event is held at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park and features an all-day blood drive.

The 10th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Service The 10th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Service starts at 2:30 on the flight deck of the USS Midway. The FDNY Retiree’s of California and the USS Midway Museum are hosting the event which will include an 11-star wreath-laying ceremony representing four vice-admirals. This will be the biggest memorial to date. Volunteers will read the names of the men and women who died in the terrorist attacks. Admission to the Midway is free after 1pm on Sept. 11. To volunteer to read names or to donate to the event, contact Brennan Savage by phone at (760) 634-3539 or email at

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A Personal Reflection By: Steve Nicoles On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was a green journalist, less than a year into my career as a TV news reporter. Arizona, like many states that Tuesday, was preparing to hold primary elections. I stood in an empty parking lot at Yuma’s city hall preparing to report live on the candidates for my station’s morning show. I had a small TV at my feet and I watched in horror as the first plane hit. I called over to the photographer to watch, and we both saw the second plane hit. In a daze, I called the station and was told to come back to the newsroom. We weren’t having a morning show that day. For a couple of hours I sat frozen in the newsroom watching the events unfold, just as many of you did. I was too new to my job to fully understand my responsibilities to report a local angle of what was happening. My boss had to shake the news staff from our collective stupor. He sent me to the airport to see if I could get a comment from the staff there. My biggest memory was seeing the time and day flash in bright red LED lights hanging from the ceiling. Normally, the red color was meant to be easily seen. This morning it felt like foreshadowing in a great novel which I had missed until talking with a college professor. Red warning lights flashing 911, the number we call in an emergency. But the emergency had happened hours earlier. Calling 911 couldn’t help the thousands of peo-

ple thousands of miles away struggling to breathe through the ash; struggling to comprehend what had happened. The terrorist attack centered on the East Coast affected nearly everyone around the world. Personally, I felt overwhelmed with grief, sadness and a frustration from my inability to help. As a young, fresh reporter, I constantly fought with college ideals on how to cover such a huge story and with my boss who wanted me to focus on what was happening in Yuma; not much compared to the rest of the country. It took several years for me to truly grow up, mature and leave my selfish thoughts behind. Slowly, I realized my hardships were nothing compared to the heart-wrenching pain of the friends and family of the more than 3,000 people who died or the back-breaking pain of the brave men and women who travelled any number of miles to clean up after the disaster and search for missing people they never knew. As we reflect on the devastating attacks of 9/11 for the 10th year this September, please take a moment to put your personal trials into perspective. A decade ago we saw the worst of humanity attack our souls and the best of humanity rise from the ashes. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the recovery and rebuilding of our national spirit. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, like the Mira Mesa Street Fair or Haunted Mansion. I encourage everyone to make the most of these events by going outside, enjoying the day and community and getting to know your neighbors.

High-Speed Rail Project and 2050 Regional Transportation Plan Promise Major Change in Mira Mesa then east on Mira Mesa Blvd to Black Mountain Rd, south on Black Mountain Rd to Hillery Dr, then east to the Transit Center. The Carroll Canyon route is the one currently included in the Mira Mesa Community Plan. By: Bari Vaz As the price of gas rises, our commute times grow longer, and air travel becomes more expensive and less convenient, several local, state and federal government agencies are planning changes to our public transportation options. The San Diego Association of Governments, better known as SANDAG, is developing the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, designed to improve public transportation options in San Diego and comply with the new state greenhouse gas emission standards. At the state and federal level, high-speed rail connecting major metropolitan areas is being promoted as an alternative to air travel or driving for business. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is a state entity founded in 1996 to plan, construct, and operate an 800-mile-long high-speed train system connecting California’s major metropolitan areas. The HSRA has received funding from the 2008 passage of Proposition 1A and Federal Recovery Act funds to connect San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, while providing a few key stops in between. Each of these projects will have a significant impact on the Mira Mesa community. 2050 RTP includes several new transportation alternatives for Mira Mesa. Most residents are familiar with the I-15 Managed Lanes and the Hillery Drive Direct Access Ramp, for which numerous meetings were held in 2009 and 2010. The 2050 RTP includes new managed lanes along I-805, similar to the I-15 project. Bus Rapid Transit improvements will include Route 470 from Escondido to UTC by way of Mira Mesa Blvd, and Route 610 connecting Escondido to Downtown with stops at Sabre Springs and Mira Mesa. Most noticeable will be the new extension of the Blue Line Trolley, which will connect the Transit Center on the Miramar College Campus to UTC by way of one of two proposed paths. Depending upon funding, the 2050 RTP proposes that the trolley line travel either (1) from UTC to the intersection of I-805 and Mira Mesa Blvd, then southeast to Carroll Canyon, through Carroll Canyon to Black Mountain Rd, north on Black Mountain Rd to Hillery Dr, then east to the Transit Center; or (2) from UTC to I-805 and Mira Mesa Blvd,

• New managed lanes along I-805, similar to the I-15 project

The California HighSpeed Rail line is planned to travel from Murrieta / Temecula to Lindbergh Airport by one of two routes: (1) south along I-15 to SR 163, then to I-8, ending at Lindbergh Field; or (2) south along I-15 to just south of Mira Mesa Blvd, then by elevated rail line through the apartment complexes along I-15, through the Miramar Community College campus, through Hourglass Field, through the apartments near Black Mountain Rd and Gold Coast Dr, across Black Mountain Rd, through more apartments and businesses, and into Carroll Canyon, continuing through Carroll Canyon until it reaches Eastgate Mall, where a tunnel will be constructed from Eastgate Mall to the UTC area.

• Bus Rapid Transit improvements will include Route 470 from Escondido to UTC by way of Mira Mesa Blvd, and Route 610 connecting Escondido to Downtown with stops at Sabre Springs and Mira Mesa.

Despite the numerous changes proposed for transportation in Mira Mesa, most residents are not familiar with what is planned in either the High-Speed Rail Project or the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan. Both proposals, most notably the High-Speed Rail Project, will bring major construction and visual impacts to our community. Yet neither the HighSpeed Rail Authority nor SANDAG scheduled any community meetings in Mira Mesa. Community organizations such as the Mira Mesa Town Council were not contacted to assist in distributing this information to our community. The proposed high-speed rail path through Mira Mesa came as a complete surprise to the San Diego Community College District, which was never informed of the possible path across the Miramar campus. In a recent news article, an SDCCD representative indicated that the proposed path runs through the southeastern area of the college, where long-awaited construction and improvements to the campus are currently underway. One SDCCD official indicated that, should the path through Mira Mesa be selected, the District might consider abandoning the Miramar College campus.

• Most noticeable will be the new extension of the Blue Line Trolley, which will connect the Transit Center on the Miramar College Campus to UTC

As these transportation plans for San Diego are reviewed and completed, it is important that Mira Mesa keep a watchful eye on what others have planned for our community. We welcome improved public transportation, but worry that planners outside of Mira Mesa may not fully appreciate the impact their projects have on our community. As we learned with the Hillery Direct Access Ramp project, it is far easier to protect our community’s future if we get involved early in the process, speak out frequently regarding our concerns, and insist that our public entities keep us informed.

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Mira Mesa Moving to District 6 By: Bari Vaz For nearly a year we have followed the redistricting process for the San Diego City Council. This process takes place every ten years, following the release of the latest census figures, and has numerous legal guidelines that must be followed. This year’s process was made even more complex by the requirement that nine districts – rather than the eight previously required – be created in time for the 2012 election cycle. For the last 10 years Mira Mesa has resided in City Council District 5, along with the communities of Scripps Ranch, Sabre Springs, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, and San Pasqual. The new map presented by the Redistricting Commission moves Mira Mesa into District 6, along with the southernmost portion of Rancho Penasquitos (south of SR 56 and west of Salmon River Rd), the portion of MCAS Miramar west of I-15, the eastern 2/3 of Clairemont Mesa (east of Tecolote Canyon), and the northern 2/3 of Kearny Mesa (north of Aero Drive). During the redistricting process, several groups lobbied for their area to receive the designation of “District 9”. The assignment of a district

number is important because it determines the election cycle in which a community participates. Districts with an even number (2, 4, 6, and 8) elected their current councilmember in 2010, to serve a 4 year term ending in 2014. Odd numbered districts (1, 3, 5, 7, and the new 9) will elect a councilmember next year, in 2012. Mira Mesa has been moved from an odd numbered district to an even numbered district, which will delay our opportunity to elect a councilmember until 2014. By being assigned to District 6, Mira Mesa will be represented for two years by the current District 6 councilmember, Lorie Zapf. Ms. Zapf is currently the councilmember for Clairemont Mesa and Kearny Mesa, which will remain in District 6, and for the Bay Ho, Bay Park, Linda Vista, Serra Mesa and Mission Valley communities that will be assigned to new districts. The new District 6 will have a population estimated at 140,738, as compared to our current District 5 which has a population of 179,083. Mira Mesa, with a 2010 census population of 72,598, will make up 51.5% of the total population of the district. Being the largest community in our council district offers Mira Mesa a leadership opportunity in District 6. However, our councilmember will now be one voice amongst nine, rather than eight. Whether the needs and concerns of Mira Mesa can be better heard at the city level in this new council arrangement is yet to be seen.

The new San Diego City Council district alignment will take effect when the newly-elected councilmembers for the even-numbered districts take office in December, 2012. Until then, Mira Mesa will continue to be a part of District 5. That time lag will allow us to get to know our new city councilmember, Lorie Zapf, and to have her get to know Mira Mesa.

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Bringing the Community Together!

San Diego Foundation’s Our Greater San Diego Vision Ask Residents to “Create Your Future Now” By: Bari Vaz Many of us have probably heard the term “community visioning,” but few of us have ever participated in such a process. Community visioning, a process by which residents of a community come together to decide what they want to look or be like in the future, allows residents to set goals and directions for future development of infrastructure, schools, parks, recreation, and economic development. The San Diego Foundation is undertaking such a process for the greater San Diego area. Our Greater San Diego Vision will allow San Diegans to create a 50- and 100-year strategic vision and action plan, to create the San Diego that the residents want to see. Once this vision is created, the San Diego Foundation’s Center for Civic Engagement will keep the process going by using task forces or other agencies and organizations to ensure that the plan does not end up “sitting on a shelf”. The visioning process began last year, with a series of surveys and analysis. In March, the San Diego Foundation

recruited 150 Ambassadors - community members who represent the cultural, demographic, geographic, political, business and social diversity of the region. Their job is to help enable the community to share its voice and participate in the action plan that will help shape San Diego's future for decades to come. The second step in the process was the creation of four task forces to concentrate on specific portions of the vision. These groups are comprised of 4050 community leaders each in the fields of economic development; housing, environment, transportation and cost of living; education; and community and cultural amenities. The task forces will provide feedback on the future of the region for the public for review. In September, six public workshops will allow residents to brainstorm and help generate a variety of options for our future. Two workshops will be scheduled each day on September 13, 14, and 15. The information gathered at these workshops will

be used by the task forces to develop a list of options regarding San Diego’s future. In November, all San Diego residents will be able to go online to choose the future of San Diego. Input will be gathered through the Our Greater San Diego Vision website, or at in-person sessions by way of an iPad application. Residents will be able to rank the options created from the public workshops, and create 3-D scenarios for what the future of the San Diego region will look like. Based on the input of tens of thousands of residents across the region, a shared vision for the region’s future will emerge and be published in 2012 to guide our growth for the coming decades. Once the public’s vision is created, implementation will be led by The San Diego Foundation’s Center for Civic Engagement, Task Forces, and other agencies and organizations that can act to realize the vision. The Center for Civic Engagement will continue updating and implementing the vision for decades to come.

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A Message from Principal Deidre Hardson Dear Lion Families, I hope you had a magnificent vacation and you are ready for a stimulating year at Mason. We are looking forward to the new learning that our lions will acquire during the 2011-12 school year! We need lions to attend school daily because we have so much to teach them and we cannot educate an empty chair. We will reward lions who have perfect attendance this year and we will meet with parents when lions have excessive absences and tardiness. At Mason, we are focused on State Standards and student productivity at proficient levels. We believe all children have the ability to learn, encourage all children to work to their fullest potential and we expect lions to always do their

personal best. We also expect our lions to be good citizens. We will continue to build our school wide, Character Education Program. The trait we will be practicing/focusing on each month can be found on the school calendar. Lions are expected to show good character at Mason at all times. Monthly Den Meetings, morning classroom meetings and my Monday message will address the Character Traits. This month, please help your child focus on Responsibility-help us encourage our lions to practice responsibility both at school and at home. Like the African proverb says, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” Parent involvement is essential to student achievement. It’s important for our lions to see you involved in their education so we ask that each

family volunteer at least three hours per year. We have many projects and activities happening throughout the school year where we invite your participation. Help us by volunteering your time in the classrooms, on outside items and/or during school events. In addition, we will have a restaurant night every month to raise funds for our school. You can support us by making Lion Restaurant Night the night that your family goes out to dinner (see our calendar for details). We have so much to do and learn this year and I am convinced that working together; we can achieve all of the goals we have set for our lions! I take pride in being the Principal of the Mason Lions! I know that our lions will achieve great things this year because they are capable, hard working, excited about their learning and have involved families. This is the formula for success! I look forward to working with each and every one of you this year. For our children, Deidre Hardson, Principal

Walker Elementary Welcomes New Year Walker Elementary School is a year round school bursting with pride, rich in cultural diversity & dedicated veteran teachers. We are the little school who can & will do our best for our students & families! We are almost 600 students strong & represent a well balanced microcosm of the United Nations (Mira Mesa version) of English only, 2nd Language Learner & Military Families. In spite of the constant financial & political changes, Walker Elementary School has made great progress & maintained a positive focus on student achievement & the emotional health & well being of every child. Some of our many highlights from 2010-2011 include our annual Monster Hair Contest & Harvest Festival, Culture Fair, Math Family Fun Nights, Re-Centering Parenting Series of three workshops that included our generous teachers cooking dinners for our families, Tooth Fairy & Smiles Dental Care, Our Seven Habits of Happy Kids School-wide Character Education Program, four Star Ice Cream Parties for outstanding attendance, Students of the Month Luncheons with Principal Dawes, Weekly Perfect Attendance Otter pop incentives for every student, Dr. Seuss Read Across America week complete with Read-a-Thon, special assemblies, VIP lunch with established authors, Barnes & Noble Family Fun Night, our annual Pie Throwing fundraiser at the teachers & Principal Dawes, our Early Mental Health Initiative, PALS program & Military Family Life Counselor Support Services. We are looking forward to welcoming our new Kindergarten Eagles at orientation on September 2 and all new & returning students when the new school year begins September 6.

When one of your parents is in the military chances are you will have to move several times and experience a parent gone on deployment for long periods of time. Welcome to Dustin’s world, a second grader from Hage Elementary School, who lives on base at MCAS Miramar. It is a difficult life full of changes and the unknown. He has had to move four times already and his dad is currently on deployment for eight months. In steps Jesse, a mentor from Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s Operation Bigs program. Jesse, a Sergeant in the Marines himself, meets with Dustin once a week on base at the Milcon Community Center to offer support and positive attention. The two of them have been matched together since April of 2010, and a friendship has developed overtime. Dustin looks forward to seeing Jesse each week to play sports, work on his homework or just talk. Jennifer, Dustin’s mom, states "We have our older daughter and son in the program and are looking forward to getting our 6 year old involved. I know that Big Brothers Big Sister is a positive organization and helps improve kids’ self esteem. For Dustin, he enjoys it mostly because he doesn't have a brother to play with, dad is deployed and Jesse is a positive influence. We appreciate his time that he has spent with Dustin. He always has a great time and that makes me happy."

San Diego is home to approximately 112,000 active duty military personnel and their families. These last ten years of war have had an impact on military families who have seen their loved ones deployed up to as many as five times. In an effort to serve this population Big Brothers Big Sisters implemented the Operation Bigs program in 2004. In Operation Bigs, an adult mentor is matched with a child, who has a family member in the military, and meets with their “Little” one day a week for one hour after school in a supervised setting. The “Big” and “Little” participate together in outdoor activities, indoor games, homework assistance or share about their lives, goals and achievements. This one-on-one friendship provides needed support and encouragement to the children during a difficult time in their lives. If you would like to get involve and have an impact in a child’s life by becoming a Big or your family is in the military and have a child who could benefit from this no cost program, call 619 218 – 3335 or visit the website www. Civilian and military adults over 18 years of age are eligible to participate and there is a one year commitment. Children must between ages of 7 – 11. Start something BIG – join today.

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WOW! We have a front runner. Home #3 Northrup Dr. is on its way to be the first winner of the Mira Mesa Curb Appeal contest. Winner, which will be announced in the next edition of Mira Mesa Living will receive a $200 gift certificate from Home Depot and the winner’s neighbors on either side, or a neighbor of the winners choosing will be provided with a front yard clean up compliments of the Curb Appeal Contest. Nominate and Vote for Homes with Curb Appeal – Voters can Win a “Dinner for 2” just for participating! See more photos of the Nominated Homes, go to

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Get involved! It doesn’t take much and it will boost community pride. Just nominate a home you think stands out based on its curb appeal and vote at Mira Mesa Even voters can win. To further encourage the beautification of our community, the Curb Appeal contest will be providing Mini-Makeover plans which could provide a low cost solution to those neighbors seeking alternatives to their landscape needs. These make over plans were donated by Forget Me Not Landscape Designs. Our thanks to them for their generosity!

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September & October Calendar & Cultural Holidays Sept 3 Sept 5 Sept. 8

Filipino Day at the Padres Labor Day Vietnamese Cultural Night at Petco Park Teen Advisory Council Meeting 3:30-4:30pm at Epicentre

Sept 9 Sept 11 Sept 12

Oktoberfest Begins Patriot Day Mira Mea Town Council Meeting 7-9pm at Mira Mesa Senior Center

Sept 15 Sept 16

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins (through Oct. 15) Mira Mesa Living Magazine Sept/Oct issue Launch Party Join us at 6pm & Everyone is invited! For location info check or

Sept 17 Sept 20

Mira Mesa Street Fair 10am-5pm Mira Mesa Chamber Breakfast 7am - Business network and exchange ideas Mimi’s Café, 10788 Westview Parkway

Sept 21 International Peace Day Sept 29 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept 30 - Oct 2 Miramar Air Show Oct 3 Mira Mea Town Council Meeting 7-9pm at Mira Mesa Senior Center

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Yom Kippur Columbus Day Sukkot Simchat Torah Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights) Halloween

San Diego Padres Support Our Filipino (Sept 3) and Vietnamese (Sept 5) Cultures with special pre-game events and discounted tickets each day. Buy tickets at and use promo code pinoyamp (Sep. 3) and vana (Sep. 5).

International Peace Day (Sept. 21) was created and is sponsored by the United National to seek a global cessation of violence and war. Celebrations are held in hundreds of countries, all with the same goal in mind – to stop war and violence.

Middle Eastern Chicken Kabobs and Yellow Rice By: Cecilia V. Areta Kabobs are a well-known dish that originated from Persia and was later adopted by Turkey and the Middle East. Today, they are popular in the U.S. especially during the summer time because it's an easy dish you can quickly whip up, throw on the grill and enjoy. Antoine Gibson, a student at Miramar College, has shared his kabob recipe. He has been residing in Mira Mesa since birth and his family purchased his current residence when the homes in that section of the community were first being built. Antoine is half Iranian and Palestinian/Lebanese and has kept cultural traditions through cuisine. Yellow Rice: • • • •

6 cups of low sodium chicken stock 2 cups of short grain rice 2 onions finely chopped 2 Tbsp olive oil

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2 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 cup of Bulgar 1 tsp of turmeric powder 1/2 cup of vermicelli

Instructions: Heat large pot over medium heat and combine olive oil, butter, and onion. Once the onion becomes translucent, combine vermicelli. Stir vermicelli until golden brown. Once golden brown, combine Bulgar, chicken stock and turmeric. Let ingredients come to a boil and then bring to low heat. Let the ingredients cook on low heat for 20 minutes or until rice and Bulgar is tender. Fluff with a fork and serve. Middle Eastern Summer Chicken Kabobs • 2 bell peppers (any color) • 1 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken breast or thighs • 1 cup of white wine • 1 cup of orange juice • 1 cup of plain yogurt

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1 Tbsp of salt 1 tsp of black pepper 1 cup of cherry tomatoes 1 large onion (red or white) Wooden skewers

Instructions: In a plastic bag, combine salt, pepper, yogurt, wine, orange juice and chicken cut into 1 1/2 in cubes. Marinate for 4 hours or more. Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes so the skewers on the kabobs will not catch fire on the grill. Cut bell peppers and onion into 1 1/2 in cubes, corresponding to size of the chicken. After the chicken has marinated, put the chicken, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and onion on the skewers in any desired arrangement. Place chicken kabobs on the grill on a low temp of 275 degrees for 8 minutes on each side. Enjoy!

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on Sept.16, and Chile on Sept. 18.

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Simchat Torah (Oct 20) means "Rejoicing in the Torah.” This holiday marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. To celebrate, there are processions around the synagogue carrying Torah scrolls along with singing and dancing.

Diwali (Oct.26) – the Hindu "festival of lights" – is the best known (and brightest) of Hindu festivals. Amid the dark skies of autumn, lights illumine homes throughout India and its diaspora, while families celebrate with visits, gifts, and feasts. Diwali generally lasts for five days.

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Epicentre’s Eco-Eventerprise wins North American JA Award On Thursday morning July 28th at George Washington University in Washington DC, Harmonium’s Epicentre Eco-Eventerprise Teen Entrepreneurial Company won the second place award for outstanding Junior Achievement Company in North America. They competed with 15 other companies from the US and Canada after winning the San Diego Regional Competition in May. The three-day -event in Washington DC included presenting Eco-Eventerprises trade show booth for judging & interviews, seminars with national corporate leaders, as well as, the National Director of the Small Business Administration. They went to Capitol Hill for lunch with Congressional staffers and had a personal visit and interview with our local Congressman Representative Duncan Hunter. Each student also had a great surprise by being given a computer tablet courtesy of Best Buy which

they used on an evening photo scavenger hunt to track down famous spots to photograph throughout our nation’s capitol. The judges all expressed how they struggled with their final decisions and how extremely impressed they were with the EcoEventerprise Company business plan, trade show, commercial video and the overall professionalism of our young team of future entrepreneurs. Harmonium is very proud of these young people and the future for our EcoEventerprise business. For more information about the recycled event art products that our teen company produces, or if you are between 14 and 24 years old and interested in working with our company, contact Meredith Foellmi, Youth Program Director, at 858-684-3080 ext 301.

Teen Advisory Council By: Mae Justiniano Another great year is in store for the Teen Advisory Council! The first meeting is on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 3:30pm – 4:30 pm at the Epicentre. TAC is seeking new members to help make a difference. TAC provides a voice for teens as well as expanding their creativity and leadership skills. With their knowledge, the teens will create and plan teen activities, events, and as well serve the community. The council is known for their hard work and dedication by making positive changes. Additionally, the council gathers together every other week to plan and create activities, as well as get involved. Some events they have planned and served were ACS Relay for Life, Go Skate Day with Willy Santos, Meals on Wheels, Movie Night, Teen Night, dances, jams and many more! With the enthusiastic and dedicated teens, all events were performed greatly. If you are interested in joining the Teen Advisory Council, please contact Sigrid Batara, Youth Program Manager, at (858) 217-5636.

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“Quality Work For A Fair Price”

Student Transfer To California State Universities Eased By: Sandi Trevisan Effective this fall, San Diego Miramar College students pursuing associate degrees in Communication Studies or Sociology can expect priority consideration for admission with junior standing to any California State University that offers a similar program. “The Academic Senates for California Community Colleges and California State Universities have worked together over the last year to develop statewide transfer model curricula (TMC) in some of the most popular majors completed by students who transfer to CSU,” said Daphne Figueroa, President, San Diego Miramar College Academic Senate. “For community college transfer students, this means that once enrolled at a CSU, they will be able to complete a bachelor in arts or science degree in no more than 60 units,” she continued.


“At San Diego Miramar College, excellent progress has been made in the approval of associate degrees for transfer under SB 1440, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, which was signed into legislation one year ago,” said Dr. Patricia Hsieh, Miramar College President. To date, 53 of the 112 California Community Colleges have received approval for 122 degrees for transfer that they will offer to students in fall 2011. “Dr. Figueroa and I are proud of the effort made by Miramar faculty, department chairs, the curriculum committee and Academic Senate in facilitating and supporting this important process,” Hsieh said.

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By: Sara Leonard California’s School Recognition Program at the California Department of Education (CDE) honors some of the state’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools are selected for award eligibility based on their Academic Performance Index (API) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results. API and AYP are state and federal standards for school performance which must be met for a school to be considered. Schools go through a stringent selection process

conducted by the CDE with a team of educators from around the state participating in the evaluation of the school. Mira Mesa High School was named a 2011 California Distinguished School and was concurrently awarded for its Exemplary Career Technical Education Program. Only seven schools in the State of California received both of these honors. Congratulations to the students, staff, and community of Mira Mesa for their contributions which bring Mira Mesa High School continued success!

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On top of all that, the Market is a great Neighborhood Meeting Place where you can pick up some fresh, local produce...purchase hand crafted items... enjoy scrumptious baked goods...and eat a hot, delicious meal... Many of your neighbors promote their own businesses here! And now you can redeem this coupon for one dollar off a new treat for yourself.

MIRA MESA FARMERS MARKET Tuesdays from 3pm-7pm

10510 Regan Road at the corner of Mira Mesa Boulevard.



Enjoy a $1 savings from any vendor in the Mira Mesa Farmer’s Market when you present this coupon Expires 10-31-11. Only one coupon per customer. No photo copies accepted. Vendors: please submit to the Foundation Booth for reimbursement.

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The 11th year of Monster Manor promises to be one of the scariest to date. This year guests will visit Ghastley Manor (8325 Mira Mesa Blvd, to investigate the strange disappearances and creepy late night happenings. They will learn what happened to a team of "ghost hunters" that came to investigate the house and went missing, only leaving small clues as to what they found. More importantly, they will come face to face with a strange being only identified as "The Collector." He has been seen carrying bodies around the old manor late at night.

By: Steve Nicoles

For the younger kids who want a little less fright in the night, there is the annual Lite Frite attraction. This year marks the Return to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a Harry Potter-esque adventure where potential students will learn how to use magic and run into their favorite characters.

A Halloween Treat for Mira Mesa’s Economy A fascination with costumes formed the foundation for a thriving local business

By: Steve Nicoles With the economy continually on the collective mind, there is at least one business not afraid to grow and make money. InCharacter (5950 Nancy Ridge Rd.,, a wholesale, highquality Halloween costume design company, has grown to about 50 employees this year. Vice President of Design and Development Triton Klugh said although Halloween has been impacted by the recent economic turndown, it is still a thriving business. Klugh said, “(Halloween) is the number two money-making holiday behind Christmas. It’s an escapism holiday. Something people are willing to spend money on.”

The scaring starts October 14th at InCharacter started in 2003 7pm. Tickets are $13. when owners Chuck Martinez and Bob Pickens saw a niche for Monster Manor is an annual quality costumes. The company fundraiser for the Mira Mesa Thehas bypassed plastic masks and atre Guild. The volunteers who bibs. Their costumes reflect the spend hours working on the Manor efforts of modern day Michelanare always looking for financial and gelos creating works of art for physical help. People can act, build, people to wear in a celebration and help with security, ticket sales, of imagination and wonderelectrical knowledge and general help ment. The costumes originate in around the haunt. the minds of men and women in a Mira Mesa office. They are designed on computers and credition, the hot movie or TV show of ated on forms (headless manthe year influences the top selling linequins). Then they are made cense costumes. The challenge of overseas and shipped to dealers for every Halloween company is to set the rest of us to buy and wear. designs apart with innovation – The staff at InCharacter is about a year ahead of the market. Klugh says not to expect many drastic changes in the near future. He said, “In Halloween, there are five or six core characters that are best sellers.” Those staples include devils, pirates, witches and vampires. They were popular years ago and will continue as top sellers in the future. Klugh said tween and teen costumes tend to reflect trends and pop-culture more than adult and child costumes. In ad-

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whether it be fabrics, decorative trim or effects that add novelty value. In addition, the biggest issue for any costume company is making the costume look like what it is. Klugh said, “If someone walks up to you, you don’t want them to say, ‘What are you?’” If that happens, InCharacter fails, and suddenly a thriving company is blown away by the economic uncertainty. So far, however, this local business is able to grow in these scary times. page 30

Celebrate Oktoberfest!

How did Mira Mesa Celebrate July 4th in 2011?

By: Leah R. Singer You don’t have to travel across the Atlantic Ocean to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest this fall. With an abundance of Mira Mesa breweries and retailers, you can sample the best of Oktoberfest brews locally in your own home. Oktoberfest, which takes place September 17 to October 3, is a fall festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The original "Oktoberfest" occurred in Munich, on October 12, 1810, and has now become the most famous event in Germany. Only beer brewed within the city limits of Munich with a minimum of 13.5% Master Spice is allowed to be served in this festival. Upon passing this criteria, a beer is designated Oktoberfest Beer. Here in the United States – and in Mira Mesa – breweries roll out their Oktoberfest selections beginning this month. Look for Oktoberfest crafts at establishments such as Callahan’s, Ballast Point, Green Flash Brewing Company, Bruski House, and Karl Strauss in Sorrento Valley. Additionally, Plaza Wine and Spirits, located in the Mira Mesa Boulevard and Camino Santa Fe shopping center, carries a variety of Oktoberfest beers (see page 8)!

Photo by: Raja Abolhosn

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Primal Training Center 9811 Mira Mesa Blvd. 858-530-0990 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Kids Self Defense ~ One Week Free Training

Slithering companions looking for a lovable home. Some for adoption and some for sale. Call 619-933-1213 for more information.

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Computer Repair “I can fix that!” – Steve Stutsman Multimedia, Networking Complete Custom built systems (858) 566-0066

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Pet Sitting Service PEGGY'S ANIMAL HOUSE PET SITTING Drop in service for dogs under 40lbs., cats, small animals & birds Licensed, Insured, Bonded

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Homework Support - Test Prep and Academic Skill Development Reading, Writing, Math, Algebra 1 and 2, If you are looking for an affordable way to advertise specifically to Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, SpanMira Mesa, or if you just have a message you want to send (Happy ish, Test Prep - Grades K-12 Anniversary, Buy my bike, I need a date….) let us know…..Mira Mesa American Center for Learning Living is sent directly to the people who work and live in Mira Mesa. 858-549-4250 It is a great way to get the message out to your neighbors!

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Businesses Serving the Mira Mesa Community Category Activity Activity Bank Chiropractor Company Dance Day Care Fitness Fitness Food Food Food Food Food Liquor/Lottery Organization Organization Organization Park Pet Sitting Photographer Plumbing Realtor Realtor School Spa Travel Tutoring Yoga




Curb Appeal Contest Vulcan/Open House for Scouts Pacific Marine Credit Union Dr. Anderson Hanson Aggregates A Love To Dance Christ the Cornerstone Academy Academy of Martial Arts Being-Fit Fitness Centers Ashoka Chibugan Extreme Pita Farmers Market Roebecks Plaza Wine Harmonium Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce Mira Mesa Town Council Hourglass Park Peggy's Animal House Pet Sitting Brengel Productions Lewis Plumbing Marv Miles Sandy Smith Miramar College Zen Spa Ask About Travel American Center for Learning Four Seasons Yoga


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Mira Mesa Town Council MJ’s Deli 6450 Luck Blvd.

Callahan’s Pub & Brewery 8111 Mira Mesa Blvd.

MCAS Miramar Joint Reception Center, Library, Lincoln Housing Office and Family Practice Clinic.

Champ’s Pub & Deli 7040 Miramar Rd.

Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Christ the Corner Stone 9028 Westmore Rd.

Mira Mesa Farmer’s Market Mira Mesa High School Foundation Booth

Plaza Wine and Spirits 6755 Mira Mesa Blvd., Suite 125

Ashoka the Great, Cuisine of India 9474 Black Mountain Rd.

Endodontics, Dr. Gary Car DDS 6235 Lusk Blvd.

Miramar College Library

Happy Nails of Mira Mesa 10760 Westview Parkway

Mira Mesa High School

In2It Nutrition 6755 Mira Mesa Blvd., Suite 124

Mira Mesa Senior Center 8460 Mira Mesa Blvd.

Mira Mesa Library 8405 New Salem Street

NY Giant Pizza 9388-C Miramesa Blvd

Postal Annex 10606 Camino Ruiz, Suite 8 Property Gallery 9396 Mira Mesa Blvd. RC Realty 8250 Mira Mesa Blvd. Ste B

SD United Sports Training Center 7698 Miramar Road Sandburg Elementary Salon Renaissance 6440 Lusk Blvd. #D104 Sorrento Valley Dental Group 5915 Mira Mesa Blvd. Starbucks 6765 Mira Mesa Blvd. Suite 149 Walker Elementary

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