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Volume 13, No. 12

January | 2013

Serving the Heart of San Diego | A Publication by Presidio Communications

Robert Price of Mission Hills has written a book about his father, Sol Price, founder of Price Club. From 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, January 10, Robert Price will be at Books & Collectibles, located at 4054 Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills, for a book signing event. Robert will share a few insights about his father and he will sign copies of the book purchased by attendees. For information, call (619) 550-7749.

Junior Achievement President Receives Award


The Horses of Tir Na Nog Need Hay


Sharp Rees-Stealy Opens “Green” Facility

WEB EDITION January 2013


3rd Annual Hungry Dog Dash


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Utility Boxes Get Attractive


Girl’s Volleyball Team Wins Big

Operacaffe Offers Tuesday Special


Baci Ristorante Fine Dining



Of Politics & Principles

Dr. Andrew Weil Key Speaker


“Clybourne Park” Comes to the REPertory


Dolls & Teddy Bears Show and Sale


John Jorgenson at AMSDConcerts


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By George Mitrovich

If we know a nation is capable of enduring continuous discussion, we know that it is capable of practicing with equanimity continuous tolerance. —Walter Bagehot,

Physics and Politics (1872)

You will read this after that fact, when the dénouement of the “fiscal cliff” is known; whether the president or speaker prevailed; but deadlines are deadlines and this was written two weeks before its publication. So it goes in the world of monthly newspapers – even good ones like the Presidio Sentinel. But before that fate becomes a chapter in the history of our time, whether it was indeed a “cliff” or something less dramatic, I sought to draw a different perspective, one that argues what we too often dismiss as “politics” is really about principles. But that we, in our hurried if not harried state of being, resort to reductio ad absurdum, calling it “politics” when it isn’t. So what follows concerns treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, who in early December went to Capitol Hill to deliver President Obama’s tax and deficit plan to Speaker John Boehner

Mine Eyes Have Seen George Mitrovich

and the Republican leadership. Within hours the speaker called a press conference to say the administration’s proposal wasn’t “serious.” The “national media”, once described by Eugene McCarthy as being like blackbirds sitting on a telephone line, “when one flies away, they all fly away”, predictably responded by saying the administration’s proposal and the speaker’s reaction was politics as usual. Wrong. The administration’s proposal was a serious proposal. And Mr. Boehner’s dismissal of it as otherwise and the media’s subsequent misrepresentation is why agreement is so difficult to achieve in Washington. If both sides of an issue dismiss the other’s proposal as lacking substance or is driven solely by political considerations, then there’s little chance anything will be accomplished. Serious issues deserve serious deliberations and invoking political cant does not advance the public interest. George Orwell, writing in a slightly different context on “The Prevention of Literature,” warned of the futility on achieving common ground when one side disallows the intelligence

and honesty of the party opposite. That said, the “fiscal cliff” stalemate in Washington is but the latest in a long series of deficits, taxes, and budget impasses characterizing Mr. Obama and Mr. Boehner’s relationship. The president’s past efforts to reach compromise with recalcitrant Republicans on Capitol Hill came at considerable cost to Mr. Obama’s own moderate/liberal political base, which deemed his efforts signs of weakness not strength; a judgment shared by those same recalcitrant Republicans; the irony of which should not be lost on either side, since they seldom agree on anything. Had my counsel been sought by Speaker Boehner on his proper response to the administration I would have suggested he say the following, “I am grateful to have the president’s proposal and appreciate the spirit in which it is offered. It’s a serious document, but it is not one we can accept.” As I consider the speaker’s “not serious” response dismissive and insulting, so too would a similar response by the administration be equally dismissive and insulting. You cannot engage in substantive discussions if you doubt, to Orwell’s point, the “intelligence and honesty” of those who adhere to a belief system simply because it conflicts with yours.

It’s wrong to ask of others to concede core values and beliefs intellectually and morally fixed in their minds, when you would not cast aside your own core values and beliefs; if you want respect for your philosophy of governance you must respect the right of others to theirs – without insulting their intelligence or impugning their integrity. To expect otherwise is to practice the politics of folly and delusion and leads precisely to where we are in our national debate over deficits, taxes and the future; the idea it’s all about politics and not principles – a divide compounded in no small way by superficial media reporting. If principals won’t yield on principles, how do we proceed? We proceed by rediscovering the genius of our democracy – majority rule. If you have the votes you win, if not, you lose. The president has a mandate to save middle class tax cuts and reduce the deficit by raising taxes on the wealthy; a mandate empowered by winning the Electoral College and popular vote. True, Republicans kept their majority in the House of Representatives, but nationally the president received 12,000,000 more votes than Mr. Boehner and his colleagues. Continued on page 7


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Custom Vintage Masterpiece Furnishings Plaque Dedication Ceremony Held at Pioneer/Mission Hills Park Receives Honors The American Society of Interior Designers, San Diego Chapter, (ASID) has honored fine artist Concetta K. Antico as the 2012 Award Winner for her Best Use Of Textiles for her “Vintage Masterpiece Furnishings.” Antico has developed a unique technique of reclaiming period furnishings and reusing and repurposing them by re-upholstery with cotton duck canvas fabric and then hand painting them with oil on canvas. Original and unique signed masterpieces, they can be customized to suit any decor from the eye and hand of Concetta.  Each piece comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity from the artist.

Concetta K. Antico is surrounded by her recent period furnishings that are unique and expressive.

Arts & Crafts Movement

City of San Diego officials held a dedication to announce the replacement of a bronze plaque that was stolen last year from Pioneer Park in Mission Hills. It was one of 25 plaques taken in a rash of thefts across the region, including eight from public property Councilmember Kevin Faulconer (left) was present for and 17 others from the dedication ceremony for the replacement plaque private residences. at Pioneer/Mission Hills Park. He is photographed Many of the markers with representatives from the San Diego Police that disappeared summer Department, Parks & Recreation, Mission Hills BID and Mission Hills residents and business owners. of 2011 designated historic buildings and locations. Besides Mission Hills, is one of seven replacements that thefts took place in Chula Vista, will be paid for with office funds National City and the Old Town of Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who represents the area through section of San Diego. At least one suspect was arrested December 2012. City officials in September. Police said the stolen say the replacement plaque will items were most likely sold for include anti-theft measures, such as stronger bolts and epoxy. metal recycling. Other plaques are scheduled to be The 18-inch by 24-inch plaque that was installed at Pioneer Park replaced over the next few months.

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San Diego and the Women’s colony in La Jolla at the turn of the last century. Home restoration experts at table top displays will demonstrate techniques for rehabilitation of original window frames, light fixtures, fireplaces and woodwork in older homes. The craftsmen will be available to discuss problems and solutions throughout the event. MMH is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving the character, charm and historical resources of the Mission Hills community. Ticket sales are $10 for individuals and $15 for two and begin at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the event at Francis Parker Lower School, 420l Randolph Street in Mission Hills. Refreshments courtesy of Chism Brothers Painting. For more information, visit www. MissionHills or phone (619) 497-1193.

“The Arts and Crafts Movement in Mission Hills,” is the theme for the annual lecture series hosted by Mission Hills Heritage (MMH), Saturday, January 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Francis Parker Lower School. Guest speaker is noted New York architectural historian Leslie Fruedenheim, whose talk will focus on “The West Coast as a Center for Arts & Crafts in the U.S.A.” Hosted by MMH, the program includes three additional lectures. Ron May, archaeological preservation and consultant, will explore “The Arts and Crafts Homes of Mission Hills,” and Tom Roetker, program events chair, will discuss “Emmor Brooke Weaver, a San Diego Architect,” who designed many of the homes in the community. Molly McClain, author of an upcoming book on the Scripps sisters and their influence in




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Mission Hills Residents Beautify the Community Utility Boxes Get an Artistic Facelift By Patty Ducey-Brooks Last month I attended a community meeting in Mission Hills to learn of a beautification effort initiated by Drs. Andrew and Sonia Israel. Also present were Concetta Antico, artist and proprietor of The Salon of Art in Mission Hills, and Eddie Whittaker, owner of Nonstop Signs. Andrew and Sonia said they have a utility box in their front yard that is the result of the recent undergrounding of power lines in the community. The utility boxes, in addition to being unattractive, are prominently positioned in the front yards of Mission Hills’ homes. Andrew and Sonia decided to find a solution to camouflage the utility box in their front yard. They contacted Concetta Antico and asked if she would be willing to paint the utility box. Concetta proposed wrapping the utility boxes with a laminated material that would include artwork. Concetta offered to donate her artwork and recommended hiring Eddie Whitaker of Nonstop Signs to do the installation. The result is an attractive covering that is durable and lasting. Some of Andrew and Sonia’s neighbors have also accepted Concetta’s gift and have had their utility boxes covered with the laminated artwork. The cost of installation is $15 a square foot for the laminated material that has a UV filter

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Junior Achievement President

Nominated as 2012 Most Admired CEO “San Diego Business Journal” awarded Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties President and CEO Joanne Pastula a 2012 Most Admired CEO award in the nonprofits category. The 6th Annual Most Admired CEO Awards was presented to local industry leaders for the achievements at their organizations and community at Paradise Point Resort & Spa on Mission Bay on Thursday, Dec. 6. “San Diego Business Journal” honored executives in categories such as government, education, familyowned business and more. Since she became the president of Junior Achievement, Pastula has increased annual revenue from $300,000 to $2 million and expanded the student

participation from 15,000 to 50,000 students. Now, over 6,340 volunteers are active in Junior Achievement’s programs in San Diego. In July, 2006, under Pastula’s leadership, Junior Achievement acquired a permanent 23,000 sq. ft building in Mission Valley that is the home for Junior Achievement and the site of JA Biz Town, a life-size city run by JA students. Pastula is active in the community involved in the organizations such as The Ackerman Foundation, Downtown Rotary, Economic Development Corporation, San Diego Grantmakers, Committee of 200, LEAD San Diego, University Club, Vistage International and United Way Vision Council.

Utility boxes in Mission Hills are being decorated with laminated artwork.

and a four-to-five year warranty. Andrew and Sonia said that they are extremely pleased with the results of the installation and encourage other neighbors to consider the generous offer of Concetta, who has over 400 different images available. To learn more about the process and installation, contact Eddie Whitaker, who is also a resident of Mission Hills, at (619) 787-1831 or

Joanne Pastula is photographed with Jim Wening of Chase on the left and Gary McCormick of BDO on the right. Photo by Bob Thompson ©2011Fotowerks.

Drs. Andrew and Sonia Israel stand next to the utility box that is now covered with laminated artwork.

© A Publication of Presidio Communications | January 2013 6 Local News A New and a New Home By Ilene Hubbs

My landlords called and said they would like to meet with me in person. Not good, I thought. They could tell me on the phone if they were raising my rent or changing their minds about the new carpet. Wanting an in person meeting could only mean one thing, they are selling and I will have to find another home. Sure enough, I was right. After five years of living in exactly the perfect space, I have to move. I lived the first 13 years of my marriage in the same home and only left when we moved to San Diego. Then for fourteen years we lived in the house in the suburbs, a safe family environment complete with good schools nearby. Once the kids left home for good and the dog died, we traded the suburbs for the beach life, an ocean view condo with the sand just across the street. It was a wonderful 10 years. After I became a widow, I knew I wanted to live in a more urban setting. Being alone I needed the energy of a city neighborhood. No longer did I want to be a property owner, renting was best at this point in my life. After months of

looking at one uninteresting place after another, I found it, the ideal place, a high rise, open, spacious and right across the street from the park. The setting was right, the space was right, I felt like I could live here forever. This upcoming move has me thinking about what makes a house a home. Surely the items I surround myself with play a part. I have things from over the years that connect me with specific times of my life. That’s the first fine art we could afford and there are the two brass quail I’ve owned for over 40 years, my kids still call them the mean birds. That coffee table was made out of brass from my husband’s family business and there’s the painting we bought from a little gallery near our beach condo. The sofa is new and so are some of the other pieces in my living room. They were bought specifically to fit in my present space. Then there are the framed photos, a history that travels with me from home to home. That photo is my mom in her wedding dress, next to it one of a younger version of my mom, my sister and me. We look so good, now my mom is gone and my sister struggles with a debilitating illness.

But the photo keeps us together for posterity looking healthy, vibrant and happy. Of course, the kids are represented in various stages of life and the grandkids too. There’s a whole spare bedroom dedicated to them, including the trip to Disneyworld that the family took together. Since I got the news I find myself detaching slowly from the space itself. I know I will take the things I treasure with me, I have with every move. The other items, the ones that won’t work in my new space are, after all, just things. I know I bring my spirit with me wherever I live. At each stage of life different needs are met by the environment. A big house with a yard was perfect for a family with small children. The house with the pool was ideal when we moved to sunny San Diego where the kids spent their teen years filling that pool with lots of friends. The condo at the beach was the right move for new empty nesters, and this place by the park was has been lovely for a single woman on the go. The next step is an unknown, but I’m sure it will be the right home, it always is.

Patty Ducey-Brooks Publisher

Ilene Hubbs Associate Editor

Michal A. Tuzinkiewicz Creative Director

Phyllis E. Zawacki Graphic Designer

Contributing Writers Concetta Anitico Blake Beckcom Rick Brooks Melody Brown Richard Cone Cath DeStefano Barry Hager Ilene Hubbs David Kamatoy Alice Lowe Aubree Lynn George Mitrovich

Bet we en th e Lin es: San Diegans’ Favorite Books By Alice Lowe I

look forward to them every December—the “best” lists. My favorites are the book lists, especially in The New York Times: the top 100 of the year, then narrowed down to ten. The L.A. Times, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Amazon, Barnes & Noble— everyone gets into the act, and I like to see the differences and the duplications (Hilary Mantel’s extraordinary “Bring Up the Bodies” is on almost every 2012 list). It occurs to me with a shiver of glee that I have a forum too; I can publish a list! I read dozens of books every year (ah, the joys of retirement): some are new releases, but more are older, some obscure, plus a number of rereads. It would be easy to pick ten favorites, but, once the power surge subsides, it feels narcissistic. I like The New Yorker’s eclectic list, the favorites of a number of their contributors. So I asked some San Diego book lovers to tell me about their best read of 2012. It didn’t have to be a newly published book, but it should be one they’d read for the first time—no umpteenth reading of “Pride and Prejudice” or “The Great Gatsby.” Everyone had a hard time choosing just one, but once they did they were enthusiastic about their selections. Susan McBeth, founder of Adventures by the Book, said that “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers had the most profound impact on her. It’s more than just another war novel,

Susan says: “It is poetic, insightful, moving, and most of all, unimaginable, so that we start measuring war not in terms of economics or politics, but in terms of the human spirit.” Steve Wheeler, Mission Hills Branch Library manager, chose “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving” by Jonathan Evison, about a man whose two preschoolers die in a horrible accident. He becomes a caregiver for a teenager with muscular dystrophy with whom he develops a strong bond. Wheeler, the father of two young sons, found it “a moving book about parents’ profound love for their children, the importance of connections with others, and resilience after devastating loss.” The same theme dominates the selection of Judy Reeves, writer and teacher. She was moved by Emma Donoghue’s powerful “Room.” This riveting story is told from the perspective of five-year-old Jack, who has lived his entire life in one 11x11 room with his mother, who was kidnapped and held captive. Judy observes that, “Their physical space may be limited but their love and their spirits are not.” Kirby Kendrick, Mission Hills artist, selected “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. This saga of an American family who found themselves transported to the heart of Hitler’s Berlin in 1933 is, according to Kirby, “Nonfiction that reads like a thriller.” Carol Jahnkow, director emerita of the Peace Resource Center, was drawn by her Celtic heritage to “The Dream of the Celt,” a novel based on the true

story of Irishman Roger Casement, by Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa. He observes abuses by imperialist nations in the Belgian Congo and in Peru and then by British rule in Ireland. During World War I some Irish nationalists supported Germany in hopes of winning Ireland’s independence, and the book sets forth the ethical dilemmas, which, according to Jahnkow, “seem clearer to us in hindsight, but weren’t as clear at the time.” Encinitas attorney and yoga instructor Lynn Coulston chose “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund deWaal. Coulston: “When deWaal inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.” It’s a memoir and family history spanning Paris, Vienna, London and Tokyo from the 1890s to the present. Finally, my choice is “Evidence of Things Unseen” by Marianne Wiggins. It’s a chilling account of America at the brink of the Atomic Age through the life of a WWI veteran in Tennessee, a photographer who was swept up in the growing fascination with x-ray technology, leading to the invention of the atomic bomb. Remember those foot x-rays in shoe shops that were later found to be lethal? He traveled with one as a carnival attraction, demonstrating it on his wife, inviting everyone to try it. Happy reading in 2013!

David Rottenberg Anne Sack Sabina Starr Barbara Strona Charlotte Tenney Laura Walcher

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National Hay Bale-Out for San Diego’s Sanctuary Horses Santa has been bringing joy to people around the county as part of or Pet-Assisted Therapy program for more than a year. It is now his time to find a loving home where he can retire. Santa is a social little guy who enjoys the company of other guinea pigs, especially his brother Lil’ Bud. If you decide to adopt the two brothers, the adoption fee for the second is waived.  Santa is available for adoption at 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego.

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Horses of Tir Na Nog was recently selected to receive a grant to help supply winter hay for the 47 equines at Horses of Tir Na Nog. The horses consume 32 bales of hay each week. The $5,000 grant will allow us to purchase 330 bales, and feed the horses for about 10 weeks. “The ASPCA’s generous $5,000 Hay Bale-Out grant will help us get through the first ten weeks of winter. However, we need San Diegans’ support to feed our horses throughout the rest of winter season,” explains Amy Pat Rigney, President. “At our current hay The Horses of Tir Na Nog consume prices, it costs $20.00 32 bales of hay each week. a week to feed hay to one horse, $40 feeds a horse for two weeks, and $80 buys their tummies full this winter.” hay for one horse for a month. Along Horses of Tir Na Nog is the oldest with their hay, our horses receive daily equine sanctuary in San Diego County supplements, pellets, and rice bran. and is currently caring for fortyThanks to San Diegan’s support, seven equines. Horses of Tir Na Nog Horses of Tir Na Nog now provides is an adoption partner with County sanctuary for 41 horses, 1 mini-mule, of San Diego Department of Animal 5 burros, 4 goats, 2 camelids, and 18 Services, and we work in compliance sheep, all of which were once very with American Association of Equine hungry. And of course, even now, they Practitioners (AAEP) Rescue and are always ready for a snack. We are Retirement Guidelines. hoping people will help us to keep

It Was a Very Merry Christmas for a Cat Named Sophia San Diego Humane Society Reunites Arizona Family with Missing Cat

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It was a very Merry Christmas for a cat, named Sophia. She went missing from her family in Arizona seven years ago and found her way to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. Thanks to her microchip, the San Diego Humane Society was able to contact Sophia’s family, and a Humane Society staff member flew Sophia back to Phoenix. “We heard that the family was unable to get Sophia back home to Sophia was lost for seven years Arizona so we decided to do whatever it takes to get her back to was shocked to hear that she was okay them,” said Gary Weitzman, president after seven years. I didn’t know how I of the San Diego Humane Society was going to manage getting her from and SPCA. “Everyone deserves to be San Diego. I’m so grateful to the San home for the holidays, so we couldn’t Diego Humane Society for bringing pass up the opportunity to get Sophia my Sophia back to me. It’s the best back to her family. This is another Christmas gift I could have asked for.” great testament to the importance of For more information or to see the microchip.”  current animals available for adoption, Sophia’s mom, Trish Oster said, “I please visit



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Transformation Instead of Resolutions By Sabine Starr, Certified Life Coach

It’s another new year, and another fresh start. The first days of January have a special quality and are full of promise. Although I am a professional in habit changes and it is my passion, I am not fond of New Year´s resolutions. Too often have I seen them just ending up as empty promises and as a vehicle for self-judgment and self-loathing. Any goal that ends up in a negative feeling about ourselves has gone awry. Whereas it’s powerful and fairly simple to put together some meaningful new goals for the new year, a few things need to be considered. The very first is to allot some time alone, and in a pleasant, safe environment that allows us to get honest and compassionate with ourselves. Gift yourself 30 minutes of dreaming big, loving big and smiling big. Instead of thinking in terms of resolutions, which is very close to the word regulations in meaning, think in terms of “Who do I want to be?,” “What do I want my life to be like?,” and “What quality do I want to have more of in my life?.” Look for a warm feeling in your tummy or around your heart, a feeling like you used to have as a child, when magic happened and your wishes came true.

The next step is to translate that quality into action steps. If you, for example, want more family or friends in your life, the question is “What can you do?” Throughout the whole transformation process the important and powerful question is, “What is it that we can do to accomplish this?” In the above example one could be a caring family member and could be a good friend. The rest will follow, the transformation happens by itself. This process speaks to what we try to do with New Year´s resolutions, yet tend to forget. We might think we want things or looks or money. But in the end we always want the qualities that we associate with these items. Whereas we might not always be able to afford the desired Ferrari, we can always achieve the qualities we think owning or driving a Ferrari will get us. With a little practice, we can detect desired qualities better and faster. It becomes a new lifestyle that serves us better. We won’t initiate a resolution from this day forward, instead, we will ask, “What transformation is next?” I wish you a great start into the year. May you transform, impress and surprise yourself. For more on this topic, visit www.HealthwithTaste. Comments are welcome:

What’s Your Plan? The New Year is an excellent time to set short term goals maureen or resolutions—subtle changes or small “tweaks” to antoinette your daily routine (decrease chocolate intake, increase exercise, read more books, watch less TV, etc). But why not take this opportunity to set your sights on a greater horizon—This January, ask yourself–What is my Ten Year Plan? Many 10 Year Plans focus on important subjects such as health, travel, retirement planning, and investments. Defining your financial resolutions, making an action plan, and setting that action plan into motion is at the core of most long term planning strategies. If you are a homeowner, you may have built up quite a bit of equity in your property over the years. A valid question to ask yourself is “How can I safely maximize the potential of my equity?” Have you consulted with a seasoned local Realtor about the current value of your property in today’s market? The value may be higher than you think. If your 10 Year Plan includes moving to a larger home, a different neighborhood, or possibly downsizing in the next 10 years, meet with an experienced Realtor to discuss the best way to assure that your real estate investments work for you in the coming years. Whether it is via a personal residence or investment property, you may be able to take advantage of a changing real estate market by repositioning your equity this year. Contact us today to see how we can help you reach your short and long-term financial goals.

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The Buddy Advantage By Blake Beckcom The temptations of the holiday season – baked goods, candy canes, cocktail parties and large social gatherings centered on food – can lead you down the path of weight gain, irritability and inactivity during the cold, dark winter months. To overcome these temptations and stay focused on consistently working out and eating healthy during the holidays, you may need to enlist the help of a workout buddy. A workout buddy can help keep you motivated, dedicated and encouraged as you venture through the journey of living a healthy and fit lifestyle during the holidays and beyond. Buddy’s Bring Accountability It’s not just about you when you work out with a buddy. It’s about being there for your partner, showing up every workout session to give your best effort, and setting a good example of being dedicated to you and your partner’s workout success. It’s a lot harder to skip your 6 a.m. workout if you know you have a workout partner waiting for you at the gym to take a class together or someone is relying on you to show up at a local trailhead for an early morning run. It’s also a lot more difficult to “phone in your workout” by just going through the motions and not giving your all when you have a workout buddy beside you who is expending their time and energy to workout with you and give their best. A buddy is an essential resource to help keep you on track, on time and on point during your workouts. Buddy’s Bring Camaraderie Working out with a buddy can be a fun adventure that changes with each workout. By working out side-byside day in and day out, you naturally will begin to build a sense of community, friendship and pride from maintaining a consistent workout schedule together, accomplishing physical and mental goals together, and living by example as to what it means to be fit and healthy. Your workout buddy can quickly become more than just someone to count your push ups or hold your feet during sit ups. Your workout buddy may become a lifelong fitness teammate and friend.

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could do alone. Buddies can help push you out of your comfort zone by encouraging you to try a new adventure, they can help increase your confidence in how you look and feel about your body by motivating you to perform at levels you never thought possible, and they can celebrate with you after a strenuous workout session that leaves you sweating and feeling good about your accomplishments. Buddy Basics Finding a workout buddy who is dedicated to looking better, feeling better and performing better during the winter season with similar drive and schedule is a challenge. Teaming up with a fitness “competent” buddy who can help you exercise safely is also a consideration. Typically, you won’t find a buddy that is an exact fitness match to your fitness level. Your goals may differ as well. Being careful to not overdo it, trying to keep up with your buddy is one of several good reasons to work with a qualified fitness professional, at least initially. This guarantees your schedule; your goals, your accountability and your results getting you on the appropriate path to make the most of your efforts.

Fitness Together Mission Hills offers personal training with qualified professionals by regular appointment in private suites. Exercise and nutritional Buddy’s Bring Motivation Whether you are a competitive programs are custom designed to fit your person in nature or not, working out needs and abilities. Call 619-794-0014 with a buddy can improve your health for more information or to schedule a and fitness levels beyond what you free assessment session.

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Politics & Principles


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To change the subject but not the issue, does the slaughter of the innocent in Newtown, Connecticut, alter the equation on holding to core values and principles? Meaning, could those who believe in gun control and those who worship the 2nd Amendment find common ground? No. However intense the feelings about the nation’s economy, they pale in comparison to the feelings over the divide between those who want stricter gun control laws and those who don’t. Many Americans appear to believe the 2nd Amendment is sacred. They’re not giving up that belief because 20 school children and six adults were assassinated in a New England town. They will mourn their deaths but hold to their beliefs. The principle of gun ownership may not be your belief and it certainly isn’t mine, and we may further believe had the Framers been wiser there never would have been a 2nd Amendment, but that’s not how it played out. (Yes, the Framers were “wise” but also mistaken about slavery, and denying women and non-property owners the right to vote.) So, again, how is this divide overcome? By the means those same Framers provided, by securing more votes than the opposition. Is it that simple, really? Yes, but it requires

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long hours and hard work and organizing and door knocking and petition drives, at which point many legitimate and worthy causes falter and fail from fatigue – but that too is part of the equation. But since neither you nor I can dissuade either side of its perceived “idiocy” on guns, and the 2nd Amendment, of taxes and deficits, this is how a democratic society resolves its differences. We govern, not by coup d’é·tat but ballot box. For the president to yield on core values or beliefs would be to endanger his authority and undermine his powers of governance these next four years – as many critics believe it did the last four. I began by quoting Walter Bagehot, whose powers as editor of The Economist in 19th century England were derived from the power of his intellect, thought America “capable of practicing with equanimity continuous tolerance,” but he failed to allow that “equanimity and tolerance” are absent when your opponent’s intelligence and honesty are denied. George Mitrovich is a San Diego civic leader. He can be reached at,

Sharp Rees-Stealy Opens State-of-the-Art “Green” Downtown Medical Center Sharp Rees-Stealy Downtown opened its first “green” medical center. Doctors and services from the Sharp ReesStealy Downtown Fourth Avenue location moved to the beautiful, new 66,365-square-foot medical office building across the A rendering of the new Sharp Rees-Stealy facility street at 300 Fir Street, San helps to show the attractiveness of the green facility. Diego, CA 92101. The multi-specialty medical medicine, which are new additions center offers a vast range of services for this medical center. to patients. The first floor of the The building was designed to be pedestrian-friendly building opens a quiet space that reflects Sharp onto Fir Street and features the Rees-Stealy’s dedication to health pharmacy, optical shop, optometry and wellbeing. Its unique healing and ophthalmology, physical therapy environment design — influenced by and allergy and immunology. The first the126-year-old Moreton Bay Fig Tree floor also includes a wall of honor — reflects the restorative properties recognizes the history of Sharp Rees- of nature. The green elements include Stealy, a donor wall lists the names of energy savings, water efficiency, individuals who have made generous CO2 emissions reduction, improved donations to the Sharp HealthCare indoor environmental quality and Foundation in support of the stewardship of resources. Plus, the new downtown medical center 300-space parking structure has and display niche of historical reserved parking for electric vehicles artifacts found during excavation. and charging stations. The second floor opens onto A community grand opening Grape Street and houses the lab, event for the new Sharp Rees-Stealy occupational medicine, radiology Downtown is scheduled for January and urgent care. The third floor is 31. and will include tours, exhibits, home to internal medicine, family complimentary refreshments and medicine and specialty practices more. For more information, visit including podiatry and family

By Rick Brooks

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia. This includes 5.2 million people over age 65, most of whom are women. That’s roughly one in eight older Americans, and about one half of all those over age 85. I’m not trying to scare you, but as we live longer, the chances of developing a degenerative illness like Alzheimer’s, dementia or Parkinson’s increase. These ailments carry a whole host of complications beyond the stereotypical memory loss. They can result in changes in personality and loss of judgment, orientation and understanding. Dementia also causes considerable stress and strain on family members and other caregivers. Another symptom can be problems with money and personal finances. Besides simply forgetting to pay bills, older people with diminished cognitive function can be an easy target for scams, hard sales pitches and identity theft. They may also be prone to poor or out-of-character decisions regarding savings or investments. Degenerative illnesses like these are family tragedies that unfold slowly, and are often compounded by confusion and denial. The more planning you do in advance, the better prepared your loved ones will be. Ideally, incapacity planning is addressed early on as part of a full estate planning process before someone becomes ill. Once stricken, someone suffering from these ailments may be unable to understand complex planning needs or be able to express their wishes in proper detail. If there is no plan, family members grasp at responsibilities – or shirk them – without any idea of what the person would really want. Here are some key points to consider as you prepare yourself or a loved one for incapacity: Remember that you have help. Far too many people suffer dementia alone, or withdraw as a family unit into themselves, either through denial or a fear of losing control or independence. You will need help with even the most mundane tasks, like getting to the grocery store, so this withdrawal actually makes it more likely to worsen

the health situation for both the person with the illness and his or her caregiver. It also makes you far more likely to be a victim of frauds or scams. First and foremost, ask for help. Choose people you trust to make decisions for you. It’s not fun to imagine yourself or someone you care for in the state dementia brings, but it’s important to consider trigger points where trusted people could step in to help you. You should have pre-selected individuals to act as an executor or agents for health and financial matters. These trusted friends, family or advisors would be responsible for paying bills and executing your wishes under circumstances that you pre-define. How will major assets be used to pay for care? If an elderly relative becomes irreversibly incapacitated, you will need to review the assets that are available to cover medical and household expenses. This can include savings, investments, and even home equity. Since the home is both a major asset and an emotional focal point, it’s best to get good advice and spell out specifically what you want done with your property and under what conditions. And be very mindful of the costs; some investments like real estate or limited partnerships can be very difficult or expensive to liquidate. If you are concerned about needing to access an investment in the near future, be careful about locking it up in contracts with significant surrender charges (like annuities). Pick the right experts. Your team should consist of an estate planning attorney, a geriatric care specialist and a trained financial expert such as a Certified Financial Planner ™ professional. You may also want to consult an insurance specialist. Your advisors should have significant experience working with seniors and be prepared to interact with the other members of your team. Put it in writing. Once you’ve established the team and your plan, then you should have your instructions written into a formal estate plan with the necessary powers of attorney, wills, trust, etc. Bringing in trusted family, friends and advisors to help you and your loved ones cope with dementia improves the chance that you will live a healthy, independent life.

This column is prepared by Rick Brooks, CFA, CFP®. Rick is Vice President for Investment Management with Blankinship & Foster, LLC, a wealth advisory firm specializing in comprehensive financial planning and investment management. Rick can be reached at (858) 755-5166, or by email at Rick and his family live in Mission Hills.



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The Artful Spirit — The Joy of Living Creatively by Concetta Antico Learning how to see the beauty in our planet earth and in others is an artful skill that will bring greater joy to anyone who wants to experience life in a positive perspective. A new year is ahead of us and we have the opportunity to appreciate the vast offerings in our world differently, by shifting our mental focus, by truly seeing. Technically, we see through receptors which process what we see and send this information to our brain. This mental image creates emotion. So how you see dictates how you feel. Selective “happy” viewing can be obtained, which then results in a selective happy thoughts process. Respectively, optimistic viewing will create optimistic thinking. Can you imagine wearing rose colored glasses every day? You can! You can choose to see things artfully. Simply “seeing” artfully will help you to appreciate every special detail in everything and everyone. Your new vision will bring you bliss from all you behold. Re-visioning or re-seeing the world around you in 2013 can be attained by mental filtering. You start by throwing

out the old and worn out focus that is negative, and deciding to only see a positive perspective. Filter out bad views and replace them with artful views. By amplifying your vision and being selective, the beauty around you will be realized and re-born. Vision begins when light rays are reflected off an object and enter the eyes through the cornea.  Light rays then pass through the lens to the retina converting the light into electrical impulses.  The optic nerve sends these impulses to the brain where an image is produced.  These images signal thoughts in the brain and it’s how we “see” or  interpret these thoughts that can ultimately bring happiness and joy to our lives. By seeing our thoughts as always positive, an intense and pure elevation of the soul can emerge. How do you change the way you think by “seeing” artfully? Making changes in your thinking that last is not easy. To gain a good understanding you must start with the statement, “you are what you see.”  This is a truism of life.  It’s the way you look at things around you that can alter your thinking. A prime example: some people see a glass half empty while others see it as half full.  By approaching the world around you from an optic point of view, you can positively program your mind

to think, feel and behave in utopia. Have you ever looked at an object and been displeased? When seeing artfully, your displeased state is an opportunity for you to exercise seeing what is good. There is always good.  If you cannot find anything good then the simple task of trying is “seeing” artfully.  This activity of encouraging yourself to see beauty in the unpleasant is an activity that can stimulate positive thinking. And when practiced regularly, can elevate your sense of well being, making you a happier, more attractive and loving person. The world around us is an amazing place! Too often we take for granted its beauty, and we no longer “see” it.  The new year brings us an opportunity to focus on our vision.  I urge you to take time out of your day to truly see what is around you. Seeing artfully is simply a new way of viewing the world.  What do you look at when you “see”? Is your mind telling you to hurry? Are you in a bad mood and therefore not willing to take the time to see the roses, let alone smell them? Are you using “presumed” vision - skipping over the actual with the thought that you have “seen it all before”? It’s a shame to miss it with preconceived vision. If you don’t take the time to truly look - you cannot develop what I would

like to term “microscopic vision.” What I mean is seeing not the big picture but the tiny details: the specifics in every part of our world that we often see, but not really. This is something that all artists use when they create. You can use it too. By using your new, “microscopic” vision you will be entranced with the special details of everything.   Consider the unique colors in the eyes of your loved one, the nuances of the petal shapes of the flowers in your garden, the dappled sunlight on the lawn, the wisps and shades of colored clouds in a sunset. When did you last stop to look deeply at a sunset? Consider the complexity and color of a butterfly’s wing, the movement of the ocean’s foam and the colors in it, the sweet freckles on a beloved face, the pattern and texture of bark on a tree or the sparkle of the holiday season.   You will see the real beauty of  creation when you look deeper. Start to see the parts and pieces that make the whole in everything. You will realize how very special it all is and be amazed with child-like wonder!  When you start to re-vision, to look  closely, true beauty will be revealed and you will partake in visual happiness. Do this and you will truly be seeing from the heart so that in 2013 your eyes will be the secret path to the bliss you can live. Happy New Year! 

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Avian Angels and Devils in your Garden: Part I By Barb Strona

As I grow older, my interests expand. Living across the canyon from a “birder” couple, I have become more aware of birds. However, when Mike Matherly from the San Diego Audubon Society spoke to Mission Hills Garden Club members, that awareness rose to a new level. I am now fascinated by and curious about our feathered friends. Matherly, a retired college geology professor, leads bird watching trips to South America. My birder friends have been on at least two of his trips. According to Matherly, “Birdwatching is now the top recreational activity in the country; almost 70 million Americans a week take time to look at birds, if only in their backyards. In every state, birding is more popular than fishing, hunting, and all team sports combined. Even in North Dakota, bird watching is more popular than bowling.” Matherly pointed out that the famous painter of birds, John James Audubon, who lived from 1785 until 1851, was able to do so because he shot them. Painting still birds was easier. Some days he killed one hundred birds. Today the goals of San Diego Audubon Society is to foster the protection and appreciation of birds and other wildlife, preserves habitats through study and education, and advocates for a cleaner, healthier San Diego. Matherly discussed “resident” birds -- those who remain in Mission Hills all year long. Birds are “sentinels of the environment.” When crows and starlings increase, they signal that something is wrong. They are like “canaries in the mines,” signaling a decrease in habitat for many birds. Crows have increased and thrive in

cities and neighborhoods like Mission Hills because they dine on our garbage and street trash. Our fondness for ornamental hedges and trees give crows safe nesting sites. Finally, crows are drawn to street lights which make night-time predator-spotting night easier. Hundreds of thousands of crows might be found together, especially in night roosts. “Combine all this with intelligence and excellent memories and crows are difficult to eradicate.” Their cousin, the common raven, has the intelligence of a six year old child. Matherly told us ravens are capable of logical thought. They are known to lead larger predators to prey in order to feast on a creature too big for them to kill. We should value them as they clean up road kills and people spills. Anna’s hummingbird is another yearround resident. The female has a hard life. She builds two nests a year, lays and broods the eggs, and raises and fledges the babies. To feed herself and her young, she must carry her weight in nectar daily. Meanwhile Matherly describes the male hummingbird as “a deadbeat.” His only job is to copulate. Among other resident birds which Matherly described are Bushtits which “move in packs.” Matherly refers to them as exterminators as they go over every leaf, eating every bug in sight. Lesser goldfinch and the most common bird in San Diego, the larger housefinch, like Mission Hills as well. They sometimes hang upside down to reach their food. With a lifespan about eight to twelve years, their favorite food is dandelion seeds. This may explain an abundance of dandelions beneath their favorite trees. Although male housefinches come in several colors, red housefinches attract more females. Other resident birds include black

phoebes who are making a comeback as we build more houses with Spanish tiled roofs, their favorite site for mud-nests and California towhees, who, like many birds, mate for life. The towhee couple, however, cannot bear separation. Should one go higher or farther ahead than the other, it will frantically call its mate until they Owls are known for hunting rodents and skunks. are together again. More resident birds are Cooper’s hawks, European starlings, Mourning house pets, and even skunks. Should the owl belch or regurgitate an owl doves and western scrub jays. Sadly, imported birds crowd local pellet, the stench of skunk may linger in birds out of habitats. English house the air for hours. Another night predator, sparrows are extremely aggressive, eat the barn owl, can hear a mouse running weeds instead of insects, dump eggs a mile away. Each ear is at a different out of a nest they like and call it home height on the head enabling it to locate sounds accurately. With extremely high instead of making their own nests. The European starling, another metabolisms, each owl eats six or seven year-round Mission Hills resident, mice per night. Because they fly just shouldn’t be here at all. Sixty above roads and streets, automobiles starlings were brought to the United cause most of their deaths. These owls States from Liverpool in 1891. They mate for life, but they cannot stay spread across the country, reaching together constantly and still provide food for their young. One stays with San Diego in 1948. Still another local resident is the the owlets while the other (usually the mockingbird, aka mimus polyglottos. father) brings home the food. With Capable of mimicking calls of 200 the great horned owl and the Cooper’s other birds, it can recreate a cell phone’s hawk, they keep Mission Hills’ rodent ring or a car’s alarm. Apparently when population in check. Birds warn us of environmental males make these noises, they attract problems, control insects, pollinate and the ladies--lady mocking birds, that is. Mourning doves, although common, spread plants, and provide pleasure to are extraordinary flyers. They can the humans who watch them. Because fly 55 miles per hour; once off the of climate change, however, one in ground, even hawks can’t catch them. three land birds will be gone by 2100. Nonetheless, they become dinner often We need to preserve breeding grounds enough that they must breed as often as and to support conservation measures. Matherly’s talk included migrating six times a year to offset their losses. Some birds are night predators. Great birds as well. Tune in for Part II horned owls eat crows, raccoons, small next month.

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12 School News © A Publication of Presidio Communications | January 2013 Following 7th CIF State Championship, On Your Mark…Get Set… Postseason Honors Roll In for Parker Girls’ Volleyball Team The Francis Parker School girls’ volleyball team captured its 7th CIF State Championship back on December 1, its first since winning back-to-back state titles in ’04 and ’05. Since then, the Lancers have picked up several postseason accolades, including a Coach of the Year award and three allsection honors. John Landicho, a Santee resident, in his first year as head coach of the program, not only led the Lancers to a 37-2 record and a State Championship, but he was honored by the UT San Diego as the 2012 San Diego Section Coach of the Year.  He guided Parker to a #1 ranking in the state for Division IV teams and #2 in the nation for similar size schools.  Overall, the team finished with the #6 ranking in California and #22 in the country for all schools. The Lancers had two players, setter Erika Conners ‘13 (Serra Mesa resident) and outside hitter Michaela Dews ’14 (Clairemont Mesa resident) earn 1st Team All-San Diego Section honors while middle blocker Alexis Salmons ’13 (Old Town resident) garnered 2nd Team All-San Diego Section accolades. In the championship match, Parker defeated Sacred Heart Prep out of Atherton by scores of 25-22, 28-26, 2225, 22-25 and 15-13.  Dews recorded a match-high 20 kills to go along with 14 digs while Conners posted 55 assists and 16 digs. The Lancers’ previous State Championships came in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1998, 2004 and 2005. Landicho was an assistant coach on the ’98, ’04 and ’05 squads. Founded in 1912 and serving 1,237 students in grades JK – 12, Francis Parker School is committed to graduating students who embody those qualities essential for academic success and personal fulfillment.

The Point Loma High School (PLHS) Cross Country Team’s Hungry Dog Distance Runners present their 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m., Sunday, February 3 at NTC Park at Liberty Station Runners enjoy a flat course that is a in Point Loma. USAT&F certified course. Proceeds benefit the PLHS Cross Country Team. receive a Hungry Dog Dash T-shirt, Whether you are a serious as well as goodie bags and dog distance runner or a casual weekend tags. Awards will be given to the warrior, you’re invited to join in top three finishers in each division, on the fun to enjoy the flat fast 5K as well as top male and female run/walk on one of San Diego’s finishers. most beautiful waterfront parks. Proceeds from this event will Dogs and strollers are allowed help the team’s booster club provide and encouraged. For the serious travel expenses and registration minded, the run takes place at a fees for special meets as well as USAT&F certified course and is a defray equipment costs. Every team sanctioned event. member competes in league events. The event will include a PLHS Visit for Club Carnival and Community race registration, sponsorship, and Vendor Village, music and information about the organization entertainment. All participants will and race.

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Clairemont High School students were awarded first place at the Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego and Imperial Counties’ Titan of Industry Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 13. JA Titan Challenge, a virtual competition designed to test students’ business knowledge and skills, brought together students from Crawford, Patrick Henry and Clairemont High Schools to participate at the annual student competition at the University of Phoenix. At the event, the students acted as chief executive officers of virtual manufacturing corporations. The teams made decisions that effected profitability and sustainability of their companies as they

outperformed their competitors in profit, sales and market share. By exercising critical fiscal and managerial decision-making, the students got first-hand experience in the challenges of operating a successful global enterprise. The winning team, “AOBT Profit Margin,” took first place for the second year in a row. Team from Patrick Henry High School called “Anonymous,” that included a student who competed in the Global JA Titan Competition in Delaware this August, won second place. Team “Black Mambas,” also from Patrick Henry High School, took home third place.

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Pioneer Park Restroom Beautification By Patty Ducey-Brooks

This past month I met Christina Woods, who is a new trustee of the Mission Hills Town Council. She introduced to me a rendering of a beautification project for the Mission Hills/ Pioneer Park restroom. According to Woods, this is just a starting point so that people can see what is being proposed for the exterior of the restroom.  This neighborhood craftsman style (which is one of the traditional styles seen all over Mission Hills) will be created using  colors and materials that blend with the natural landscape of the park and trees. The colors would be neutrals of soft browns, greens and taupe. Woods says the Town Council is pursuing city funding for the exterior improvements and roof so that it is done in conjunction with upcoming ADA improvements, which are scheduled for February 2013. Included in the proposed project are “green” elements, such as solar panels to light the restrooms, and recycled materials (metal, paint etc.). 

The updated restroom would include recycled materials.

© A Publication of Presidio Communications | January 2013 14 Local News Oakley Introduces New Concept Store at UTC Swing Orchestra

Oakley Inc., the world’s leading sport performance eyewear brand, opened its latest concept store, located at the University Town Center mall in San Diego at 4485 La Jolla Village Drive. The new location is a modern retail museum celebrating the brand’s 37-year heritage. Instore displays feature iconic advertising campaigns and products introduced since The exterior of the new Oakley Store emits an the launch of the Southern attitude that is contemporary and inviting. California company in 1975. The new concept store includes against natural elements including two Oakley Custom Bars where wind, light and speed. Iconic eyewear customers can use interactive touch on display throughout the 18-piece screen displays to design their own visual timeline includes Oakley’s Over renditions of Oakley eyewear. An in- The Top® sunglasses released in 2000 store environmental chamber allows and the original Medusa goggles that customers to test their new eyewear hit the market in 2002.

Opera Tuesdays at Operacaffe Operacaffe, located at 835 Fourth Avenue in the Gaslamp, will serve up Italian arias and music, along with its authentic Tuscan cuisine on the third Tuesday of each month. Combining the joy that Italians derive from delicious food and musical artistry, the evenings will headline Operacaffe’s La

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By popular request, Pete Jacobs and his 16-piece “Wartime Radio Revue Swing Orchestra” will be in San Diego this January for one show only. On Friday evening, January 25, 2013, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., the band will provide the music for an evening of big band swing dancing at the San Diego Women’s Club, located at 2557 Third Avenue., San Diego, CA 92103. All ages are invited, as Pete and the Wartime Radio Revue will be playing the classic big band music of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw. In addition, the intricate harmonies of The Andrews Sisters will once again draw in a crowd as Pete’s young female singers, dressed in their khaki army costumes pay tribute to the much-beloved ‘40s ‘sweetheart sisters’ group.

Admission to the dance is $20.00 at the door. All ages are invited, and there will be refreshments, as well as plenty of seating for those who just want to watch. Advanced Tickets can be purchased through the Pete Jacobs Productions website: www. Pete Jacobs’ Wartime Radio Revue was formed in 1997 and has developed a huge fan-base of all ages. The band has played at such swingin’ landmarks as The Hollywood Bowl, New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Disneyland Resort, and Catalina’s Casino Ballroom. The band is composed of 8 horns, a driving 4-piece rhythm section, 3 female vocalists, and Pete leading the band and playing clarinet. For more information, visit www. PeteJacobsProductions.

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West Lewis Mini-Park Wins Award Public Invited to Feb. 1 Keynote The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects announced the winners of their 2012 design awards, recognizing professional excellence for outstanding works of landscape architecture and environmental planning that promote an enhanced quality of life in San Diego County and beyond. Of 49 submissions, awards were given to 12 projects/landscape architects, including the West Lewis Mini-Park in Mission Hills, which won a Merit Award for Parks. The park was designed by Schmidt Design Group, Inc. for the City of San Diego. Neighborhood residents came to the city of San Diego with an idea for a public pocket park at the edge of Dove Canyon. Schmidt Design Group was hired by the City of San Diego to

facilitate a design with the community for this park. The neighbors envisioned a conventional park with turf, seating and interpretive education. The poor soil compaction, lack of water for irrigation and limited city maintenance called for a very different kind of park. The design solution was to connect the grid street-pattern of the neighborhood to the park with sidewalks and mow curbs and then transition to a natural landscape of decomposed granite and seat-height boulders. A canyon-edge view-point includes an exhibit about local birdlife. The jury commented, “This is an excellent integration of a natural space in the city.” “It shows that San Diego can have mini parks that require minimal or no water and maintenance.”

A low-maintenance pocket park was recently completed in Mission Hills.

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by Father of Integrative Medicine Dr. Andrew Weil to Speak at Scripps Natural Supplements Conference The physician generally credited with establishing the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil, will deliver the keynote address on Friday, Feb. 1, at the 10th annual Natural Supplements Conference, presented by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Weil’s address will focus on true food, optimum diet and the role of supplements. It will take place at 7 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Resort on Mission Bay, located at 1775 E. Mission Bay Drive. The keynote address is open to the public, with a registration fee of $35. A book signing reception with Dr. Weil will is planned at 8:30 p.m. For more information or to register to attend, call Scripps Conference Services at 858-652-5400 or visit Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is a New York Times best-selling author and approximately 10 million copies of his books have been sold, including recent titles, “Eating Well for Optimal

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San Diego REPertory Theatre The winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, and the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Play, “Clybourne Park” has jokes flying amidst hidden agendas. Act one of “Clybourne Park” is set in 1959 in one of the most famous fictional houses in 20th century drama: the dream home of the Younger family in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” where a white couple ignites controversy when they sell their bungalow to the area’s first black family. Act two takes place in the same house, but fifty years later with the

situation reversed. Gentrification is coming, and it is a white couple who want to buy and demolish the house posing a threat to the balance of the now all black neighborhood. “Clybourne Park” previews start Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Opening night is Friday, Jan. 18 on the Lyceum Stage. Performances run through Feb. 10. The Lyceum is located at 79 Horton Plaza in Downtown San Diego. For information, visit http://www., or call the theatre box office at (619) 544-1000.

The Old Globe The Old Globe’s 100th anniversary production of the George Bernard Shaw classic Pygmalion will star Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard (“The Invention of Love”) as Professor Henry Higgins and Charlotte Parry (“The Importance of Being Earnest”) as Eliza Doolittle. Shaw’s story of a speech professor who makes a bet that he can pass off a common Cockney flower girl as the pinnacle of English society is an enduring one. In addition to its long life on the stage, the play was adapted by Shaw for the screen in 1938 with Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.  It was adapted most famously as the beloved musical “My Fair Lady” starring Rex Harrison with Julie Andrews on Broadway and with Audrey Hepburn on film. Directed by Nicholas Charlotte Parry stars as Eliza Doolittle and Robert Sean Leonard as Professor Henry Higgins in Martin, “Pygmalion” will The Old Globe’s 100th anniversary production run on the Donald and of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Jan. 12 through Feb. 17, 2013.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe. org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Left to right are Jason Heil, Monique Gaffney, Sandy Campbell and Matt Orduna from the cast of Clybourne Park.

Cygnet Theatre San Diego - Cygnet Theatre and Mingei International Museum will join forces in 2013 to celebrate the work of two African-American artists. Mingei will present “Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts” from February 9 - May 12, 2013, and Cygnet will premiere August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” from January 24 - February 24, 2013. The partnership between both organizations is designed to build audiences for these two important shows during Black History Month. Bill Traylor (1854-1949) is one of the best-known and most highly esteemed artists from the American South, while August Wilson (1945-2005) has been recognized as one of America’s most celebrated dramatists. Set in 1904, “Gem of the Ocean” is, chronologically, the first of ten plays in August Wilson’s acclaimed Century Cycle examining the African-American

experience in the 20th century. This will be Cygnet’s third production from Wilson’s Century Cycle. Mingei’s exhibition will feature more than 60 of Traylor’s drawings, including human and animal figures and depictions of his memories of plantation life or the urban landscape in Montgomery, Alabama. Although he worked largely in anonymity during his lifetime, Traylor became one of America’s most respected self-taught artists after his exposure to a larger public in the groundbreaking 1982 exhibition “Black Folk Art in America, 1930-1980,” held at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Cygnet’s website at www. or by calling the box office at 619-337-1525.  Tickets can also be purchased in person by visiting Cygnet’s box office located at the Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

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San Diego Civic Theatre “Experience the Beatles with RAIN” is the internationally acclaimed Beatles concert that returns to the San Diego Civic Theatre, running January 4 through 6. Winner of the 2011 Drama Desk for Outstanding Revue, “Experience the Beatles with RAIN” currently stars its original creators Joey Curatolo (vocals, bass, guitar, piano), Joe Bithorn (vocals, lead guitar, guitar synthesizer), Ralph Castelli (vocals, drums, percussion), Steve Landes (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica) and Mark Lewis (founding member and manager.)

Together longer than The Beatles themselves, “RAIN” has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics that The Beatles never got the chance to play live, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends. For more information, visit www. The San Diego Civic Theatre is located at 3rd and B Street in downtown San Diego.

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company and MOXIE Theatre Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company and MOXIE Theatre announced the cast and creative team for their upcoming co-production of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” adapted by Lydia Diamond. The play, about the legacy of racism on a young black girl, begins previews on February 2 and runs to March 3, 2013, at MOXIE Theatre, located at 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Suite N, San Diego, CA, 92115.

MOXIE Theatre’s award-winning Artistic Director, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, will helm the project, directing a dynamic ensemble of actors. Leading the storytelling of “The Bluest Eye” will be UCSD MFA alumnae Lorene Chesley as Claudia, last seen in Mo`olelo’s “Stick Fly” by Lydia Diamond, and Marshel Adams as Frieda. Tickets are available at www. or 619-342-7395.

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Landmark Theatre A powerful story based on one family’s survival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, “The Impossible” stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (“The Orphanage”). Maria (Watts), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin their The cast of “The Impossible” includes winter vacation in Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Thailand, looking Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast. forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning unexpected displays of compassion, of December 26th, as the family relaxes courage and simple kindness that around the pool after their Christmas Maria and her family encounter festivities the night before, a terrifying during the darkest hours of their lives. roar rises up from the center of the Both epic and intimate, devastating earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge and uplifting, “The Impossible” is wall of black water races across the a journey to the core of a human’s hotel grounds toward her. strength, courage and determination. Based on a true story, “The “The Impossible” is 114 minutes Impossible” is the unforgettable long, Rated PG-13, and opens January account of a family caught, with 1, 2013 at Landmark’s Hillcrest tens of thousands of strangers, in the Cinemas. For information and times, mayhem of one of the worst natural call (619) 819-0236, or visit www. catastrophes of our time. But the Film times true-life terror is tempered by the and dates are subject to change.

Dolls – Supermodels for over 600 years The Crossroads Doll and Teddy Bear Show & Sales

What is a doll and teddy bear show/ sale all about? The Crossroads event brings contests, demonstrations and an international group of high profile artists who share their creations.  This lighthearted show and sale is for enthusiasts of all ages, with a sales floor packed with dolls, teddy bears, A teddy bear is a comfort toy. antiques, miniatures, clothes, supplies, & more: from around the globe have prepared new antique to modern, and the carefully creations for months in advance hand-crafted. The Crossroads Doll & to tempt enthusiastic crowds with Teddy Bear Show and Sales event is their very best work.  And since Saturday January 12 from 10 a.m. to dolls displaying the latest fashions 4 p.m., and Sunday, January 13 from have been around for hundreds of 10 3 p.m. at Al Bahr Shriner’s years, and are picking up steam in Center 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd  San a new generation, their collectors, Diego CA 92111.              admirers and the just plain curious The January show in San Diego will find dolls from the finest has been the yardstick that measures antique to the latest ‘Steampunk’; what the New Year will bring to doll something for everyone. and teddy bear lovers for over 30   For information, visit www. years. For this kick-off event, more or call (775) 348 7713. than 40 teddy bear makers from



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Go Out and Play in the Yard By Charlotte Tenney, MA Integrative Health

We often refer to a person as being “well-grounded” when they seem stabile, reliable, practical and calm. That metaphor may turn out to be far more scientifically descriptive than literary. Recent research into the electrical field influences on our body functions has determined that we need to actually ground ourselves to the surface of the earth, much as you do with the electrical system of your house. The simplest way to do this is to spend twenty minutes to walk barefoot on the beach, enjoy a picnic sitting on a blanket in the grass, or lean against a shade tree to read a book. Being sent out to play in the yard has been a great prescription to improve health for many millenniums. And it is free. Of course, for all those who cannot find time or place for communing with the outdoors, there is technology to the rescue. You can purchase a special mat or sheet to place on your chair or bed and run a conducting line out the window to a stake in the ground, or connect to a grounded electrical plug in your house. The electrical energy will transmit to you, though not as effectively as when you actually make direct contact with the electromagnetic field of the earth. Since there are products available, and money to be made on those products, you will find many websites with information and marketing. If you’d like to skip the hype, you can do some interesting reading at to learn the specific research, findings and benefits. Some of the demonstrated effects of regular “earthing” are detoxification, reduction of

inflammation in joints and muscles, better quality sleep, return to circadian rhythm after jet lag, pain relief and more. And these effects are not subjective. Using heat-sensitive thermography camera, researchers documented the intense levels of joint inflammation and muscle distress in a research subject with arthritis, then photographed again after a 20 minute dose of “earthing.” The photos showed dramatic reductions of the heat signature of inflammation, as well as the subject’s personal report of less pain and better range of motion. Cardio function has been shown to respond positively to the practice of “earthing.” A couple of decades ago researchers found that a factor called Heart Rate Variability (HRV) was highly predictive of heart health. They could use an oscilloscope to track the sine wave generated by heart function (See the book called “Heart Math Solution” by Dr. Childres) and correlate the well-formed variations to good mood, proper breathing, effective response to stress, and much more. Perform those same sine wave readings before-and-after “earthing” and you can see that the practice induces the same desirable sine waves, even without doing the pesky, tedious mental exercises suggested in the ”Heart Math Solution” book. The practice of earthing is, in fact, so effective that it has earned its own set of cautions in the presence of certain medications, including blood thinners, thyroid medications, blood pressure drugs and diabetes control. It is not that you cannot do the earthing, only that you need to start slowly and monitor your response, since the negative electrical field of the earth can enhance the effects of your

Connecting with your grass, without shoes, is considered good for your health.

medications. It is recommended that you work with your health care provider to measure the changes and reduce the pharmaceutical dosages as is made possible by your “earthing” regimen. Now you have another reason to go outside and relax. If you cannot sit on the ground, you can sit in a lawn chair and wiggle your bare toes in the lawn. If you need to wear shoes, choose ones that don’t insulate you from your connection to the earth. Wear leather soles, rope espadrilles, or other non-plastic/ rubber materials. Go dig in the garden on your hands and knees. Take the toy Tonka trucks out for a spin on a dirt track that you build with your kids. Get grounded regularly. Your body will show its appreciation measurably.

What Now? We’ve Been Floored!! By

Laura Walcher If there’s one thing you shouldn’t do, domestically speaking, it’s buying new carpeting. Just keep the carpeting you’ve got, y’know? Never mind the age, its stains, the wear, the kids, the dog. Especially the dog. In our case, Barney. Don’t go listening to your kids: “Maaaaaa, your old carpeting is to embarrassing!” Just go out to dinner. We wanted wood, or tile, but there go the kids again: “Maaaaa, carpeting is so warm and cozy. Tile and wood are so cold.” They could just keep their shoes on, y’know. We gave in, decided to shop around but, surprisingly, the kids chimed in: “Maaaaaa, just go to North Park Carpet. Shopping around will drive you crazy.” Crazier? Oh, never mind. Here’s my conversation with Mike Stevenson at North Park Carpet: LW: You’re the second generation in North Park Carpets? Did you know all about it when it was time to take over? Does dad approve of your management/style? MS: I went to work for my father in 1975. When he retired, in 1995, I was experienced! And, he’d had it! LW: HAD it? And he’s the installer! MS: He was hard-nosed towards employees and hard –to-handle customers. He was a “my way or the highway” kinda guy. I try to please everyone.

LW: So, this abysmal undertaking is not your fault, right? No wonder your dad was so crabby. You’re a nice guy? By the way, not that I’m complaining, but could I have gotten a better price – you’ve seen all the ads? MS: Advertising takes a hook to work. 50 percent off! Free labor! Sure it’s “free”; just ask the guys doing the work if they are getting paid. It’s always built in. You must lie. I don’t do that, and I hate gimmicks. We don’t have sales. We don’t falsely inflate the price then discount it. Its all BS...Oops! We take a lessthan-industry average markup. Do the work ourselves and almost never get beat on price. Think you’re getting a deal? Someone who makes a living doing that has gotten over on you. LW: This ordeal is just one notch under moving altogether. MS: We don’t talk our customers into buying (as I hope you experienced). We don’t badger them. When they’re ready, we try to prepare them for the worst. We might split up a large install rather than force a long hard day. It’s more costly for us, but I’ve decided it’s worth it. The alternative is rushing, tossing furniture around and a mad dash to finish … Not our way. Even with our system, we know it’s stressful. I like to remind customers ...soon it’s over and you get to enjoy the results for many years! LW: Any advice for staying …um, sane, during the process? Do you offer counseling?

MS: Resign yourself! OK, a lot of disruption, no way around it. Ask a lot of questions and still many will remain unanswered til’ the dreaded day. LW: I learned a LOT about men (and their women) from Eric and his guys during our installation. Wow. Do you offer counseling? MS: (Silence) LW: Hello, Mike? You haven’t said one word about how to deal with a dog, either? You sold me canine-resistant carpeting, right? MS: I hope you’re loving your new carpet; got a great report from Eric and the boys. The dog cracked them up, too... You were a joy to work with for me. Thanks again! LW: Good sequel. In media training, we call that “deflection.” So, before we’d even begun to recover from the installation, I decided rather than ever do it again, I’d either live in a tent, keep the old carpet forever, or, sorry, Eric, we’d kill Barney:

Wish we had a dog named “Duke”! He’d be classy and he’d never puke. Ours up-chucks on the rug, Strides off smarmy, all smug, As if it’s just some charming fluke!

Does he care that our carpets are new? That they cost some big bucks – not some “few”? But if “Duke” were our pet We would never fret, Nor hold noses, nor never shriek, “Yewwww”!

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Kick off the New Year with Blossom By Aubree Lynn Writer/Stylist/Producer

The New Year is an opportunity to start fresh and get rejuvenated. How about some old fashioned pampering for the skin you wear. A little over a years ago I had the pleasure of meeting esthetician Tricia Beel of Blossom Organic Skin Care. Since then, she has kept my skin clear and protected from the damages we surround our skin in day in and out. There are so many harmful, chemically enhanced and modified lotions and elixirs we use daily as a part of our regimen. If we care about what we are putting in our bodies, why don’t we care as much about what we are using on our skin? Our skin is an organ that absorbs the products we use on our skin. Fact is, our skin is the lasting ensemble and the timeless piece we present to the world regardless of the clothes we choose. Aside from wearing a ski mask, most of us show our dermis daily. We want to stay in fashion but we neglect this the most. Tricia has done significant research and her findings are now used solely in her studio. She has learned how to replenish and accomplish healthy and younger looking skin. During her quest for organic healthy products she received a phone call from Dr. Alkaitis whose slogan reads, “If you can’t eat

it don’t put it on your skin.” This became the fundamental element to the line of products she uses on her skin and recommends to clients. This line contains all edible ingredients that have been proven for centuries to nourish skin from the outside in. Tricia works with only the best quality products including: Dr. Alkatis Holistic Organic Skin Food, 302 Professional Skincare, and doTERRA. In combination with ultra-sound, this is a sure fire way to visibly see results. What is better than using earth’s ingredients to hydrate, smooth, and fill the cracks that we have created over the years? One client noted, “I’m always amazed after a facial how much my creases are less visible.” Another stated, “I never knew a facial could be relaxing and I love the way my skin feels after the pampering.” Healing essential oils from doTERRA are infused into the air of her newly remodeled studio. The organic oils have proven to heal sickness, help relieve and eliminate migraines, aid in sleep, detoxify and much more. I now use them myself. If your skin is a bit lack luster from the holidays, call Tricia. She can deliver amazing results and give you quick tips about keeping your skin healthy  and

Tricia Beel is the owner of Blossom.

pamper away the stress that accumulates over the holiday season. Think of it as a New Year’s gift to your face. After all, that is what

people notice first. Call 619) 5170654 for more information. She will offer a free anti-aging pumpkin hand treatment to readers.

Human TuneUp by Cath One Life, Many Paces By Cath DeStefano

When two different paces meet at work, what is the outcome? One wants to “Move on it. Get it done!” The other wants to “Slow down. Let’s get this done right.” Uh oh. Or when two different paces marry, what is the outcome? She waits for him to hurry up. He waits for her to slow down. It’s been 17 years now. Or when frenzy pace meets clogged streets, what is the outcome? Gunning the engine, if only inside. Nascar racing in place. And then there’s the recommended sloth pace. (Sloth: a mammal with a disinclination to action) That lovely pace of a slow wakeup on a weekend morning. Resisting the siren call of the ever-present to do list. Rising, allowing lollingaround, putzing through the day. For this yet new year, let us ssume the belief of the sloth. That we will not die if we spend an afternoon on the couch. Amen.

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Music Scene

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John Jorgenson Quintet Plays Gypsy Jazz at AMSDConcerts By Richard Cone

Grammy winner John Jorgenson and his Quintet enthrall audiences with original and classic “gypsy jazz,” the dynamic stringdriven swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the 1930s. Your chance to experience the dynamic interplay of Jorgenson and his band will be at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 26 at AMSDConcerts in Normal Heights. Tickets are $22 for reserved seating and $47 for the dinner package, with seats in the first eight rows. Jorgenson himself says that AMSD is “a great venue, of all the places in that area, this works the best, it’s a good vibe, very intimate, not cramped and the music really goes over well.” The John Jorgenson Quintet features guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John’s band, (this, after initially being asked to play an 18-month tour). From an auspicious start as a Disneyland musician, where he played seven sets a day, six days a week, in three styles of bands with different costumes but the same members, Jorgenson quickly became a guitarist that artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out. Jorgenson was chosen to portray the legendary Django Reinhardt in the feature film “Head in the Clouds,” and is known worldwide as one of the

pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement. He has performed as a solo artist as well as collaborated with other musicians all over the world. His articles and lessons on gypsy jazz have appeared in prominent guitar magazines and he has given master classes around the country. Jorgenson also has his name on guitars from Fender, Takamine, G&L, Gitane, and others. He works closely with the makers in the design of his signature guitars. Fender’s is called the “Hellecaster,” after the name of Jorgenson’s band. “We were three Telecaster players who did everything you could do with a Tele,” says Jorgenson. “We used to say we ‘played the hell out of our Telecasters,’ and that’s where the name ‘Hellecaster” came from. It was never conceived that the Hellecasters would be a full or long time thing,” he adds, yet they went on to win Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year from Guitar Player Magazine. At a John Jorgenson Quintet performance, audiences are amazed by John’s dazzling guitar work as well as his mastery as a clarinet player and vocalist. Whether playing his own compositions or classic standards, Jorgenson and his band make music that is romantic and ecstatic, played with virtuosity and soul. But don’t just take my word for it. Former Byrds member Roger McGuinn (yes, that’s Roger McGuinn from the Dylan line “pick up your money, pack up your tent, McGuinn, you ain’t a-goin’ nowhere”) told me “John Jorgensen is one of my favorite musicians.

Photo courtesy of John Jorgenson.

He played multiple instruments beautifully on my “Back from Rio” CD and before that played bass on a Byrds track for the Byrds boxed set. I remember that David Crosby and Chris Hillman had left the studio and John Jorgensen, Stan Lynch [Tom Petty’s drummer for 20 years] and I recorded “Love That Never Dies” as a single. It did very well on the Billboard Charts. John, Stan and I were the Byrds on that record!” Add to that the words of Byrd’s member Chris Hillman, who said “John is quite possibly the finest musician I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He makes me reach for it and is what I like to refer to as a giving musician in that he makes me and I’m sure many others very comfortable in any musical environment. He’s a true friend and gentleman.”

Lastly, Will Ray, a former member of the Hellecasters recalls how Jorgenson made him strive higher: “Playing with John,” said Ray, “always keeps you on your toes in the Hellecasters. You can’t afford to sit on your laurels or coast along; otherwise you’ll get left in the dust.” You just don’t get endorsements any better than these. You also will want to treat yourself to the Feb. 9 AMSD show with Spider John Koerner, a bona fide legend, one of the first rank of folk/blues revivalists at the very beginning of the 1960’s who famously mentored a very young Robert Zimmerman while he was in the early stages of inventing the entity known as Bob Dylan. You can reserve tickets for both shows at www.

Gregg Allman Performs At 8 p. m., Wednesday, January 9, Gregg Allman will perform at the Balboa Theatre, located at 868 4th Avenue at E Street in downtown San Diego. He will introduce his newest album, “Low Country Blues.” As a founding member of the one and only Allman Brothers Band and in his

own storied solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. “Low Country Blues” marks the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s seventh solo recording and first in more than 13 years. Produced

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by T Bone Burnett, the album finds Allman putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and BB King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam. Like any genuine Gregg Allman performs. bluesman, Allman’s own life has been colored by myriad “This record’s one of the things that’s triumphs and too many tragedies. “Low held me together,” he says. “Because Country Blues” was initially slated for a when I woke up in the hospital from mid-2010 release, but that plan changed this incredibly big surgery, I held on when Gregg, who had long battled to the idea that, hey man, you’ve got a chronic Hepatitis C, was notified that record in the can!” he was a candidate for a liver transplant. Allman is justifiably proud of “Low In June 2010, he entered the Mayo Country Blues” and is eager to get Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida where out there to bring these songs to his he successfully underwent the difficult countless fans. surgery. Knowing that he had only just Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. made one of the defining albums of com, or by phone at (619) 570-1100. his recorded career proved to be the For more information, please visit best medicine, giving Allman the inner strength he needed to fully heal.

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Dining Scene


Baci Ristorante—An Unforgettable Old Friend by David Rottenber New Year’s celebrations have come and gone. The haunting strains of “Auld Lang Syne” have faded from hearing. By now, the year’s business has begun in earnest. “In with the new, out with the old” is a common theme, coupled with resolutions to do better, to be better. The New Year, to many, begins exciting plans for new adventures, new experiences, now pleasures. Even plans for fine dining are affected. I’ve known foodies to pore over lists of new restaurants and dishes to try, wines to sample. Some favorite eateries are glossed over with the anticipation of going to new places to dine. There is one restaurant, though, that I submit should remain in the planning. Visiting this fine dining establishment is like seeing an old friend in whose company one finds warmth, comfort and happiness. I refer to Baci Ristorante on Morena

Boulevard at Mission Bay, perhaps the finest Italian restaurant in the city. It has served legions of happy guests for over 33 years, an amazing track record. Diners include famous old time celebrities such as Anthony Quinn, Jerry Lewis and Henry Mancini as well as modern celebrities. At lunchtime, local politicians and businessmen may be found there. It is a great venue for deal making by movers and shakers. The restaurant has consistently been recognized with many awards, including the Four Diamond Award for many consecutive years. Tony D’Amato founded the restaurant so many years ago. In the late sixties, Tony D’Amato, a young, hard-working man, then in his 20s, arrived from Palermo, Italy with his family. He worked hard for many years in several local restaurants. He went from dishwasher at Mr. A’s to captain. Then he decided he learned what San

Veal chop lamberti is a specialty of the house.

Baci provides a fine dining experience through food, service and ambiance.

Diego people want when they go out for a good meal. Over the years Baci’s has grown from a small, one-room location to the comfortable multi-room restaurant and bar. It also features a comfortable outdoor patio. With the passage of years, the restaurant has become a family affair. D’Amato’s wife and now grown son work there. The longtime chef, Domenico Alioto, is a brother-in-law. Many of the servers have worked there for many years. Frequent diners are quickly recognized and welcomed warmly, truly like old friends. There is a sense of elegance at Baci, from the white tablecloths, lovely place settings and art that decorates that walls, that may not be evident from the simple wooden door entrance. A small vestibule leads to a bar on one side and a walkway to the tables on the other. The interior consists of several discrete dining areas and a lovely back patio that is accessed through an array of glass doors. The kitchen is at the far end of the restaurant, shielded from view. Service is quick, professional and attentive. The servers are all dressed in tuxedos, giving the restaurant a air of formality and specialty. The chef’s recipes have withstood the test of time. Most of the dishes have been on the menu for years and have proven their popularity. Only the freshest of ingredients are used and flavors are full and robust. These are old family recipes and one can almost taste the love in the preparations. Special mention must be given to the comprehensive wine list. It is unique. One may find special choices that cost many hundreds of dollars, some costing even several thousand dollars per bottle. Most wines have been specifically selected and imported by D’Amato and his chef to complement the dishes offered on the menu. While some are expensive, they are fairly priced. The antipasti (appetizer) selections

include such old time favorites as insalata caprese (Sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella with olive oil and basil) and prosciutto e’ melon (parma ham with melon). The calamari fritti are a full plate of deep fried chunks of calamari that combines satisfying crunch with tasty flavor. Pastas are homemade and perfectly prepared. Linguini comes either with clam sauce or with tips of veal and tomato. The fettucine alfredo combines cream, parmesan and butter into a rich, flavorful dish. Seafood, chicken, veal and beef round out the entrée choices. Surrounded by water on three sides, Italy has long ago mastered the preparation of items from the Mediterranean. Salmon is prepared with an amazing yet simple sauce made up of White wine, capers and fresh lemon juice. Pollo al limone adds fresh lemon juice, white wine and parsley to a rich chicken stock that is prepared fresh daily. Veal chop lamberti is a large grilled veal chop topped with a roasted garlic sauce in which large whole pieces of garlic add to their magic to the taste. Ossobuco, a traditional favorite, is an amazing braised veal shank over saffron risotto, with a large center bone full of wonderful marrow. The above are only a few of the many choices, all prepared to traditional recipes. Dining at Baci Ristorante is an wonderful Italian culinary experience. To me, this is one of the finest venues in the city. Prices are moderate to high, commensurate with the quality of the food and the ambiance, but Baci is not a special event restaurant. It is a place to come just for the pure pleasure of quality dining. Baci Ristorante is located 1955 West Morena Boulevard off Highway 5 between Clairemont Dr and Balboa Avenue. Reservations are recommended. Call 619-275-2094 for information and directions.



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n New Year’s Eve Sand and Sea Ball - Featuring a

gourmet meal and an eleven-person band bringing you high-energy music from Sinatra to Gaga. 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina on Harbor Island Drive. For tickets and information, call 619-398-8557 or 619-543-0412, or visit www.

January n Every Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. is Game

Day at the North Park Branch Library, located at 3795 31st Street. We have lots of board games and we want to share them with you. Come and bring a friend or make a new friend to challenge on our Game Day now every Monday. The free event is open to all ages. Donations are appreciated. , For information, call 619-533-3972 or visit www.tinyurl. com/northparklibrary.

n Every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. is

Lego Playtime at the North Park Branch Library, located at 3795 31st Street. Come and join us Lego Playtime. Fun for all ages. Let’s build something together. This free event is family friendly. Lego donations are appreciated. For information, call 619533-3972 or visit

n Every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. is

Pajama Storytime Playtime at the North Park Branch Library, located at 3795 31st Street. What a great way to end the night: with a story. Come and enjoy the stories read by the North Park Library. Pajamas and slippers are encouraged. This family-friendly event is free. For information, call 619-533-3972 or visit

n Every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. is

Homework Helpers Playtime at the North Park Branch Library, located at 3795 31st Street. Free tutoring is offered for children of all grades and all subjects. No need to sign up in advance just come on in. For information, call 619-533-3972 or visit www.

n Every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. is

Storytime at the North Park Branch Library, located at 3795 31st Street. Come and join a half an hour of stories read by a North Park Library Volunteer, and experience another world using our imaginations. This family-friendly event is free. For information, call 619-533-3972 or visit northparklibrary.

n Every Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. check

out our new program that introduces babies to books, socializing, and storytime. This family-friendly program is free. For information, call 619-533-3972 or visit

Thru Jan. n Aging Creatively Modern Dance Workshop Discover a new way of moving and expressing your

inner dancer in this FREE Workshop. Encinitas Senior Center (Dance Room 117), 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas. Fridays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Please call 619225 -1803 by Jan. 2, 2013 to reserve your spot.

n The Spreckels Organ Society present four free,

outdoor holiday concerts with San Diego Civic Organist, Carol Williams on the historic Spreckels Organ, in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego. For more information, visit

Jan 5.

Enjoy an explosive musical interaction with saxophonist, Brian Levy and Mikan Zlatkovich at 8:00 p.m. at Dizzy’s, located at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, South Pacific Beach, in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals. For more information, visit

Jan. 9 n San Diego Center for Jewish Culture presents:

Gotthelf Art Gallery Jewelry Workshop. Create your own one-of-a-kind leather cord jewelry. No experience necessary. 10:00 a.m., Astor Judaica Library, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. For registration, visit www.lfjcc. org/register or call 858-362-1154” register or call 858-362-1154.

n Robin Henkel Band w/ Whitney Shay and Billy Watson! 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Art Lab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave., San Diego. For more information, call 619-283-1151.

n Gregg Allman, a founding member of the one and

only Allman Brothers Band, performs at 8 p.m., at Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Avenue and E Street. For tickets, contact or call (619) 570-1100. For more information, visit http://www.

Jan. 10 n The International Bipolar Foundation will have

their free mental health lecture series with guest Dr. Rienzi Haytasingh on, “Bipolar Disorder in Schools: What every parent needs to know.” 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Sanford Children’s Research Center (Building 12), 10905 Road to the Cure San Diego. R.S.V.P. to Event and Parking are free.

n Book Signing - Robert Price (who lives in Mission

Hills) has written a book about his father, Sol Price, founder of Price Club, will sign copies of the book purchased by attendees. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Mission Hills Books and Collectibles.

Jan. 11 n Dizzy’s presents: Guitar wizard, Peter Sprague and Tenor Saxophonist, Brian Levy, 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, South Pacific Beach, in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals. For


Gray Whale Watching Season Has Started Founded in 1935, H&M Landing is the West Coast’s oldest, most experienced whale-watching and sportfishing company, representing San Diego’s finest ocean-going passenger fleet. Its boat captains know the waters and the whales like no others. H&M Landing takes the lead each

year to view the annual migration on coastal and offshore cruises to view tens of thousands of California gray whales making an annual migration from the Bering Sea to the warm-water lagoons of Baja California each winter to mate and bear their young.

Whales offer an important perspective of living in the ocean.

more information, visit

Jan. 12 n Dizzy’s presents: The Mikan Zlatkovich Quartet at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, South Pacific Beach, in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals. For more information, visit

Jan. 19 & 20 n San Diego Dance Theater Presents: “Water Lilies/

Nymphéas.” The 11th Annual Cabaret Dances Inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies will take place at Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego. For more information, visit www.

Jan. 12 & 13 n The Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sales

Jan. 23 n Robin Henkel Band with Whitney Shay and Billy

Jan. 15 n Opera Tuesday at Operacaffe from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.,

Jan. 25 n Pete Jacobs and his Wartime Radio Revue Swing

Event – 10:00 a.m., Al Bahr Shriner’s Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego. For more information, visit or call 775-348-7713.

835 Fourth Ave, Gaslamp. For more information, call 619-234-6538 or email

Jan. 17 n Dizzy’s presents: Jazz singer, Reine Rimon with

the Bonita Jazz Band and special guest artist, Rob Thorsen at 7:30 p.m., 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, South Pacific Beach, in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals. For more information, visit

Jan. 19 n “The Arts and Crafts Movement in Mission Hills,”

is the theme for the annual lecture series hosted by Mission Hills Heritage (MMH), from 1-4 p.m. at the Francis Parker Lower School, 420l Randolph Street in Mission Hills. Refreshments courtesy of Chism Brothers Painting. For more information, visit www. MissionHills or phone (619) 497-1193.

n Cocktail Hat/ Fascinator Workshop – Make your

own fabulous fascinator or charming cocktail hat, learning basic millinery techniques and the art of hand-stitching to craft your hat using felt, feathers, netting, ribbon and more. 10:30 a.m. 0 1:00 p.m., Jill Courtemanche Millinery, 410 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Class size is limited, call 858-8766353 to register or visit

n San Diego Woman’s Club presents: Huge Annual

Rummage Sale from 8:00 am to 1:00 p.m. at San Diego Woman’s Club, 2557 Third Avenue, San Diego. All 2600 square feet of the Clubhouse is used to house all the great buys for sale. Expect to find furniture pieces, house wares, toys, appliances, antiques, vintage clothes, suites for men and women, and so much more. For more information, visit www.

n Dizzy’s presents: Jazz Stories from Hollywood –

Music from television and the movies arranged and performed by jazz pianist, Reka Parker. 8:00 p.m., San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, So. Pacific Beach. For more information, visit

Watson from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Art Lab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave., San Diego. For more information, call 619-283-1151.

Orchestra perform from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the San Diego Women’s Club, 2557 Third Avenue., San Diego. For more information, visit www.

Jan. 26 n Dizzy’s presents: A special show from jazz trumpeter,

Gilbert Castellanos at 8:00 p.m., 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, South Pacific Beach, in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals. For more information, visit

Jan. 27 n Robin Henkel Band with Horns with guest Whitney Shay at 8:00 p.m., Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave., San Diego. For more information, call 619-282-0437.

n Dizzy’s presents: The Vibraphone Summit with Tim

McMahon, Anthony Smith and Pat Burke at 7:00 p.m. at 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, South Pacific Beach, in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals. For more information, visit www.

n The San Diego Woman’s Club presents a Bunco

Party Fundraiser to aid surviving spouses through the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. 12:30 to 4:00 p.m., 2557 3rd Avenue, San Diego. Please make your reservations with Bobbie at 619-296-5569 no later than January 23, 2013.

Jan. 30 n 10th annual Natural Supplements School - An

interactive seminar – will be held from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m., Hilton San Diego Resort on Mission Bay, 1775 E. Mission Bay Drive. For more information or to register, call Scripps Conference Services at 858-6525400 or visit

Jan. 31 n Dizzy’s presents: A special intimate solo concert with Muriel Anderson at 7:30 p.m., 4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street, South Pacific Beach, in the showroom of San Diego Jet Ski Rentals. For more information, visit

Cocktail Hat/Facinator Workshop Jill Courtemanche has made hats for celebrities including Yoko Ono, Donatella Versace and Princess Mary of Denmark and now she is sharing the tips and tricks of her trade in this fun, hands-on workshop at her new shop in Solana Beach. Make your own fabulous fascinator A hat designer invites others to learn the trade. or charming cocktail hat, learning basic millinery techniques and the art of hand-stitching to craft your hat using felt, feathers, netting, ribbon and more. Little or no sewing experience is required. The class is Jan. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Cost is $85 and all materials are provided. Class size is limited, call 858-876-6353 to register. Jill Courtemanche Millinery is located at 410 South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. For more information, visit www. A hat makes a statement about dressing with personality.

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Mission Hills Branch Library January 2013 Events LEGO Playtime

1/02, 1/09, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 (Every Wed.) from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Kids can have fun and get creative while building with LEGOs.

Mission Hills Book Group 1/03 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The Mission Hills Book Group will discuss “Death in Venice” by Thomas Mann. New members are always welcome to attend and participate. Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last.

Preschool Storytime

1/04, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 (Every Friday) from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.


Children are invited to a fun storytime with books and possibly singing and puppets.

Commissioned sales position for print, video and website ads.

1/05, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 (Every Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Children’s Craft Time

Kids can enjoy a fun craft time.

Join an exciting team and rapidly growing company. Sales experience preferred.

Pajama Storytime

Call 619-481-9817

1/08, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 (Every Tuesday) from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Children are invited to an evening storytime with books and possibly singing and puppets. Feel free to come dressed in your pajamas.

•CAREGIVER SERVICES• Need a helping hand?

Seniors, Children, Pets, House Sitting & More Great references and experience. Call Mr. Tom at 619-885-9605

Book Sale

1/19 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

DANCE & Musical Theatre Get into shape, feel beautiful, graceful, and get in touch with your creativity. Classes for Kids and Adults in North Park. Kids Musical Theatre, Pre-dance for 3-5, Adults—Broadway Stars Jazz, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, and Tap.  call 619.501.4821

Voices for Children is determined to help each and every child in San Diego’s foster care system.

TThe Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library will hold a book sale. Come by and stock up on books while supporting your Library.

Mystery Book Group 1/23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Mystery Book Group will discuss a mystery novel. New members are always welcome to attend and participate. Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last.

Mission Hills Branch Library

925 West Washington Street San Diego, CA 92103 • 619.692.4910

Meeting this ambitious goal means a CASA volunteer for every foster child who needs one. It means we must have the community’s help.

It means we need you. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and make a difference in the life of a foster child. Go to or call 858-598-2235 for location.

Grace Lutheran Church and Preschool Our website is: Sunday School and Bible Study is at 9:00 a.m. The Divine Service is at 10:00 a.m. and a Wednesday evening Communion service at 6:00 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Preschool 6 months to Pre-K directed by Rexanna Blas

UNIVERSAL SPIRIT CENTER A Center for Spiritual Living

Rev. Kevin Bucy, Senior Minister 858 Front Street (at University and Front Streets) San Diego, CA 92103 Extra parking across the street at Florence School

(619) 291-4728

SUNDAY MORNING GATHERINGS 8:00 a.m.   Meditative with full message 10:00 a.m. Music-filled gathering (with Youth Ministry available)

11:30 a.m. Music-filled gathering

Wednesday Night Gathering at 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday



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Civic Calendar Hillcrest

1st Tuesday

UPTOWN PLANNERS Joyce Beers Hall in Uptown Mall. 6:30 p.m.

1st Thursday

UPTOWN PARTNERSHIP 3101 Fifth Ave. Call (619)298-2541. 4:30 p.m.

Thursdays 7 - 8:30 pm

SAN DIEGO UPTOWN ROTARYCLUB The Uptown Rotary Club has moved to their new home at Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Cafe, 3172 Spruce at the corner of 5th. Breakfast meetings are held every Thursday 7 to 8:30 a.m. Guests are welcome to attend a meeting to learn how to become part of this dynamic organization and see why their motto is “Service Above Self.” For information, visit www. or call 619-894-0140.

Kensignton-Talmadge 2nd Wednesday

KENSINGTON-TALMADGE PLANNING COMMITTEE Kensington Community Church. 6:30 p.m. For information, call (619) 284-0551

Linda Vista

2nd Monday

LVCPC Agenda– LINDAVISTACOMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE AGENDA Linda Vista Library meeting room. Contact Jeff Perwin at 1-619-806-9559 for details 6 pm.

3rd Tuesday

Tech Committee - Technology Committee Bayside Community Center. Contact Xiongh Thao for detail at (858) 278-0771 or email or Info@ or visit our website

3rd Wednesday

LV Historical– LINDAVISTAHISTORICALCOMMITTEE Bayside Community Center. This committee is collecting historical photos, documents and memories of Linda Vista’s past. For more information, contact Eleanor Frances Sennet at (858) 277-3817. 4 p.m. LVCollab– LINDAVISTACOLLABORATIVE Bayside Community Center at 3pm. Contact Monica Fernandez at 858-278-0771 or For details visit

3rd Wednesday (Odd Months)

TCCAC– TECOLOTE CANYON CITIZEN’S ADVISORYCOMMITTEE Tecolote Nature Center. Contact Eloise Battle for details. 7 p.m.

3rd Thursday

Linda Vista Town Council Baha’i Faith Center Alcala Knoll Drive Contact Thomas Kaye 858-277-6793 at 6:30 p.m.

4th Monday

LVCPC– LINDAVISTACOMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE Linda Vista Library Meeting Room. Contact Ed Cramer at (619) 222-2047 for details. 7:00 p.m.

4th Wednesday

LVPC – Linda Vista Planning Committee monthly meeting. Linda Vista Library Meeting Room at 6 pm. Contact Jeff Perwin 619-806-9559 for details, minutes and agenda at Linda Vista View Linda Vista Town Council Community Newsletter Contact Thomas Kaye at 858-278-6973

Various Wednesdays

LVNewsletter– LINDAVISTAVIEW Civic Association Community Newsletter. Bayside Community Center. Contact Sarah Granby at (858) 405-7135 or e-mail 2:00 p.m.

Mission Hills January 19

“ The Arts and Crafts Movement in Mission Hills,” is the theme for the annual lecture series hosted by Mission Hills Heritage (MMH), to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Francis Parker Lower School, 420l Randolph Street in Mission Hills. Refreshments courtesy of Chism Brothers Painting. For more information, visit www. MissionHills or phone (619) 497-1193.

January 25

 ission Hills Garden Club will feature John Beaudry, M “Designing a Bungalow Garden.” Meetings are at Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw, between Fort Stockton and West Lewis. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the meeting beginning shortly thereafter. Meetings end by 8:00 p.m. Guests pay $10.00 which may be applied to their $35.00 membership fee. Memberships are good through August, 2013. For information, visit

Ocean Beach

OCEAN BEACH PLANNING BOARD Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave. Call (619) 523-1700. 7 - 9:30 p.m.

4th Wednesday

OCEAN BEACH TOWN COUNCIL Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Call Jere Battan at (619) 515-4400 for information. 7 p.m.

Point Loma January 9

 oint Loma Garden Club. Organic gardening will be the P topic at the monthly meeting of the Point Loma Garden Club at 10 a.m. in Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal in Point Loma. Featured speaker will be Bill Tall, owner of City Farmers Nursery in San Diego who will share his expertise in successful organic gardening. A brief club business meeting will precede the speaker’s presentation. For information, visit

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University Heights


230 W Laurel St # 603

3502 Pringle St # 305

Short sale approval received within 45 days. Top floor unit with stunning panoramic views of the downtown skyline to Point Loma, including the San Diego bay & the Pacific ocean. Unit has wood floors, stacked washer/dryer in unit, a large covered patio, newer upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops, & matching stainless steel appliances. Two parking spaces in the best location, & extra storage.

Call Lisa Mortensen, Agent DRE #00583530 at (619) 818-5566

Call James Hardy, Agent DRE #01076819 at (619) 204-9511

South Mission Hills



Desirable, west-facing, 6th floor unit at Brittany Tower with lovely bay, ocean,& Point Loma views. Condo has very spacious rooms & functional floor plan. Eat-in kitchen. In addition to master bedroom closet, additional walk in closet in master bath. Dual vanity sinks, separate stall shower & tub in master bath as well. There is an operable window in master bedroom.

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4379-83 Maryland St

Three awesome units in heart of desirable University Hts. Walk to neighborhood hub of ethnic restaurants, wine bar, coffee houses & park concerts. House (4381) is a 3br/1ba craftsman w/hardwood floors, formal dining room w/built-ins, large remodeled kitchen, laundry, forced air heat. All rooms have ceiling fans. Duplex units have dual pane windows, remodeled kitchens & baths w/ tons of storage. Tenants share laundry room. Parking for 5 cars behind the duplex

4343 Altamirano Way

Understated elegance on an A+ street in N. Mission Hills. Unassuming exterior opens into an exquisite single level 3 BR, 3 BA 2,042 sq. ft. home with hardwood floors. Beautifully redone kitchen & large traditional dining room open onto a fabulous private brick courtyard. Spacious master bedroom features a travertine master bath. Kitchen design with granite countertops, stainless hood, and separate work areas including dual ovens & sinks.

Call Rocky Rockhill, Agent, DRE #01197738 at 619-972-3033

Call Lucy A. Neale, Agent DRE #912709 at (619) 889-8807

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3433 Jackdaw Street 4 Bedrooms 4.5 Bath modern masterpiece complete with a two car garage and an elevator to the first floor. Just minutes from downtown. Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Spruce Canyon in S. Mission Hills. Fabulous great room, downtown skyline views. Enjoy this modern vision of indoor/outdoor living. Quiet and private yet in the heart of the city.

6237 Village Green Dr

Charming, beautifully maintained home is move-in ready. Light, modern 3 Bdrm, 3 Ba home w/downstairs office that can convert to 4th Bedrm. Gourmet kitchen w/ Santa Barbara granite, Beech wood cabinetry, GE Profile appliances, 5 burner gas stove & desk area. Spacious master bedroom & bathroom with his & hers walk-in closets. Two upstairs bedrooms share jack-and-jill bath. Energy-efficient amenities include low e2 rated windows, water heater.

Call Greg Glassman, Agent DRE #877550 at (619) 981-2745

5426 Waring Road

This one-of-a-kind property was designed by world renowned architect Arthur Porras and has never before been offered for sale. Over 6,000 sq. ft. of exceptional quality on huge, private canyon parcel. Please call for details.

Maureen and Antoinette

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1977 Alameda Terrace

4020 Jackdaw

the New Year

This 1922 Mission Hills Classic has been lovingly expanded & updated with a new gourmet kitchen, fabulously tiled bathrooms, and a brand new master suite. Front and back patios make this home an entertainer’s delight!

Top quality restoration completed in 2004. All new systems, hardwood floors, kitchen and baths. Large level lot with a covered deck and large backyard. Completely Turn-key!

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4210 Alder


Voted in San Diego Magazine’s, “Best in Client Satisfaction,” 2008 -2012 DRE# 01378508


1756 Essex Street, #112.


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University Heights



Short sale. 2 bedroom/1 bath condo conversion with granite counters and more. See more details at

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3 bedroom 2 bath home completely updated with wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces. Indulge your “inner chef” with this large and well-appointed eat-in kitchen.


3506 Buck Ridge

New construction over 3,000 esf. w/comm. club w/pool and more. See more details at JONATHAN SCHWEENWEISS J.D., LL.M. President

Voted in San Diego Magazine’s, “Best in Client Satisfaction,” 2008 -2012 DRE# 01378508


4711 Arizona Street

Charm galore with wood floors new kitchen and baths just blocks to Park Blvd shops and more! See more details at JONATHAN SCHWEENWEISS J.D., LL.M. President

Voted in San Diego Magazine’s, “Best in Client Satisfaction,” 2008 -2012 DRE# 01378508


Canyon Hacienda Charming Spanish home nestled in a quiet canyon in North Mission Hills. About 2,500 square feet. $1,125,000. Call Jim to view this secluded jewel, 619.920.9511

Scott & Quinn has three offices, in Mission Hills at 1111 Fort Stockton Drive, in Normal Heights at 30th and Adams Avenue, and in South Park at 2973 Beech Street. The company also features Scott & Quinn Property Management. Founded in 1982, Scott & Quinn is the oldest full service real estate firm in Mission Hills and is still locally owned and operated. Jim has been a homeowner in Mission Hills since 1976. Jim’s past Market Reports dating from 1997 are on the company web site at Jim Scott, Broker, DRE #830226, 619-920-9511

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