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Volume 15, No. 05w

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Toni Toni and and Fausto Fausto Palafox Palafox are are preparing preparing for for the the

16 Annual Mission Hills Garden Walk. th th

See articles on page 5 and 11 that share some serious concerns about the future of Mission Hills Nursery

Help a Horse Day Raises Awareness


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16th Annual Mission Hills Garden Walk



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Featured Stories

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Greatest Danger

by George Mitrovich

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a very great actor. He was also a heroin addict. February 2 of this year Mr. Hoffman was found dead on the bathroom floor of his New York apartment. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005, died with a heroin syringe in his left arm. The New York medical examiner’s office ruled his death was caused by an “acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine.” Until the moment of his tragic death, the drug epidemic in America was off the front pages, did not lead the national news, was not part of any ongoing conversation, save in law enforcement circles, where the danger is both understood and its exponential growth, feared. Before Mr. Hoffman’s destructive act, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin became the first governor to limit a State of the State address to one subject, that one subject – heroin. The governor’s decision to focus on one issue was driven by the knowledge that heroin addiction in Vermont had grown 770 percent in one year! However, national media paid little attention to the governor’s speech, save for PBS’s News Hour, where the governor was interviewed by Judy Woodruff, who seemed, surprisingly, dubious of

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the governor’s claim, that America has a drug epidemic. It took Mr. Hoffman’s shocking death to move the story from inside the nation’s newspapers to page one; from local television to network news. Like most reasonably well informed citizens I was aware drug addiction is a problem, but until personally confronted by it, I was ignorant of how pervasive it has become. Over breakfast with our district attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, my understanding of the crisis was greatly expanded. Obviously, the district attorney knows the number of arrests, prosecutions, and incarcerations resulting from drug addiction, but she also see the human side, the lives lost and families destroyed. I asked the district attorney if she gives speeches about the drug problem. Of course, she said, many, “but since it doesn’t fit easily into sound bites, media largely ignores my warnings.” From that breakfast I determined, as president of The City Club of San Diego and The Denver Forum, that both organizations would focus programs on drug addiction, beginning here with Ms. Dumanis and Police Chief Bill Lansdowne; followed in Denver with U.S. Attorney John Walsh and District Attorney Mitch Morrissey. The City Club’s program was held in concert with La Jolla Country Day School, with whom we have an ongoing

partnership, believing it is essential to have young people involved in civic life. In Denver 16 students from East High School were invited as guests of The Forum to hear Mr. Walsh and Mr. Morrissey. What we learned in both cities was alarming, especially the rise of heroin usage, which has spread its life destroying powers coast to coast and border to border; that heroin reaches into every segment and strata of American society. But it took Mr. Hoffman’s death for national media to awaken to heroin’s insidious reach, as within days of his passing both The New York Times and Washington Post published stories about heroin overdose deaths in small town USA; where everyone may know your name but not your addiction. The Times story wasn’t about someone famous, but a beautiful young woman of 21, Alysa Ivy, found dead on the floor of a cheap motel in her small northern Wisconsin town of Hudson; having died, like Phillip Hoffman, from a heroin overdose. Her mother, Karen Hale, The Times said, shocked by her daughter’s death, “is not ready to dismantle Ms. Ivy’s bedroom, where an uncapped red lipstick sits on the dresser and a teddy bear on the duvet. The jumble of belongings both comforts and unsettles her — colorful bras, bangle bracelets and childhood artwork;

court summonses; a 12-step bible; and a Hawaiian lei, bloodstained, that her daughter used as a tourniquet for shooting heroin into her veins.” The Washington Post, to its very great credit, continues, weeks after Mr. Hoffman’s death, publishing stories about deaths from drug overdoses, most of which are stories about teenagers and heroin’s lethal powers. The peril to teenagers is particularly acute, since there exists with young people a code of silence about drug usage among peers; a code so corrupting in its moral obtuseness that parents are the last to know – and often by then it’s too late. I had a conversation recently with an East Coast friend. He and his wife are greatly accomplished, as are their children. Their grandchildren are just into their teen years, which gives my friend great pause. He told me he is “terrified” what might happen, given peer group pressure to conform – and the pressure to consume alcohol and experiment with drugs. But the problem is even more acute post high school. Friday and Saturday nights on most college campuses have become for school administrators the two most worrisome nights of the week, when alcohol and drug usage is rampant. Continued on page 9


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Floral Magic in a Moment Concetta Antico’s Art Blooms at the Mission Hills Garden Walk 2014 Saturday, May 10 9am - 1 pm

Floral Magic in a Moment Dear ART & FLOWER LOVERS! I wanted to share with you that I will be performing a LIVE still life floral demonstration from a real life bouquet at my Gallery to celebrate the Mission Hills 2014 Garden Walk. The gallery will be open to the public for viewing pleasure and the benefit of passers-by on the morning of this event to see the colors of flowers as only a Tetrachromat can!

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Motherly Advice

We Need To Look Out For Each Other by Patty Ducey-Brooks

Due to the fact that the month of May includes a tribute to mothers, it seemed appropriate to use this issue as an opportunity to share some motherly advice. I feel so blessed that I had a mother who was a kind, loving and generous person. She raised us with the belief that we need to be actively involved in our family and our community family. She was committed to spreading goodwill. She was also a great gardener. In this issue, you will see that the front cover includes a photo of Toni and Fausto Palafox. They are the owners of Mission Hills Nursery, which has been in existence for over 82 years. It is

an important foundation in our community of Mission Hills and the City of San Diego. Kate Sessions, who was instrumental in “horticulturally” beautifying San Diego, started Mission Hills Nursery. The Antonicelli family became the next owners, followed by the Palafox family. For those of us who know the Palafox family I am sure we share the same feelings. They are an important part of our community and our extended family. They are more than business owners; they are the ones who’ve helped to bring greenery to our holidays, family celebrations, and our property. It’s almost impossible to define all that they have done to contribute to our lives and our homes, our properties.

I can’t fathom Mission Hills without them. Today I feel serious concern for the Palafox family because their future as owners of the Mission Hills Nursery is in question. That’s because of the property that it sits on. If you read Barb Strona’s article on page 9, you will learn more about this dilemma. I want to do everything possible to save this business, the legacy created by Kate Sessions and the nursery that Toni and Fausto have made so much a part of our community. I encourage all of you to get involved, to participate in saving Mission Hills Nursery. As my mother said, “We need to look out for each other, and when we do, good things happen.”

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A Walk on The Hill

Patty Ducey-Brooks

by Ilene Hubbs

I always find that the classes and lectures I attend at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCSD teach me something I did not know before. Recently I attended a lecture about Bankers Hill given by Dan Soderberg, a San Diego native who has a wealth of knowledge about America’s Finest City. Since I live on the “hill” I wanted to learn more about the history. First I learned that the area‘s boundaries are considered to be Date to Upas going south to north and Balboa Park on Sixth to Hwy 5 and Little Italy going east to west. The name Bankers Hill was attached to this area when it was first developed in the 1890s. It was a place that appealed to affluent residents who liked the hillside setting and the views it afforded. Although the canyons were barren then, the residents relied on the sumptuous gardens they planted, many of them laid out by Kate Sessions, the visionary who is responsible for Balboa Park’s trees and plants which she gathered from all over the world. As Bankers Hill became the place to live it attracted designs by some of the most respected and talented architects of the time. Beautiful large

Between the Lines: by Alice Lowe

linking those residents to 4th street. This was important, as the streetcar in those days ran directly down 4th which gave easy access to downtown where many residents worked. Another interesting walking bridge is the Spruce Street Bridge at Spruce and Brant, designed in 1912 by Edwin Capps who also served as San Diego’s mayor. Capps’ bridge, which is 70 feet above the canyon, helped open up Bankers Hill to development. A walking tour of Bankers Hill is a great way to see the homes and hear about the famous men who designed them. One of the homes designed by Gill is the Marston House on Upas, a little way into Balboa Park. The Marston House is now a historical landmark open to the public. To see the neighborhood on foot, The San Diego History Center has created a very inclusive tour you can go on alone. The tour route and accompanying descriptions are on their site at www. San Diego has many different neighborhoods, each unique in its own way. From the Gaslamp to Oceanside, from the Pacific Ocean to the desert, our city has much history to savor. Begin in Bankers Hill to get a sense of history and perspective and to see what has changed as the city moved from then to now.


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Contributing Writers Concetta Anitico Blake Beckcom Rick Brooks Melody Brown Ian Campbell Richard Cone Cath DeStefano Barry Hager Ilene Hubbs David Kamatoy Philip C. Lee Alice Lowe Aubree Lynn George Mitrovich David Rottenberg

Best Sellers

The New York Times Book Review publishes thoughtful and intelligent reviews of newly published books and newly released paperbacks. The Review also includes five pages of bestseller lists: print hardback, trade and mass-market paperback, and combined print/e-book rankings all broken down into fiction and nonfiction, plus a separate advice/how-to/miscellaneous section, and children’s books. I wonder how many of today’s bestselling books will be remembered 50 years from now. In 1944, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” topped the fiction list for a time— an enduring classic. But who remembers “Earth and High Heaven by Gwethayn Graham, which hit number one in 1945? After James Michener’s “Hawaii” in 1960, “The Last of the Just” by Andre SchwarzBart ranked highest at some point in 1961. Conversely, we can point to novels that never made the lists that have gone down in history. Weekly rankings are published in dozens of U.S. periodicals. In a time of shrinking newspapers, they wouldn’t run them if they didn’t think that’s what people want, that we are social animals, marching to the beat of each other’s drums. Where books are concerned, we read what other people read, often

homes were designed in many styles, notably Victorian, Craftsman, Revival and Emerging Modern. Architects played into the beauty of the area by designing homes that were equally striking. One of the most famous was Irving Gill, an architect whose work is on a par with Frank Lloyd Wright. In fact, I learned that the very building I live in is on the site of Gill’s own home, which sadly, was demolished long ago. Even though this is sad for San Diego, it is selfishly not so sad for me. I get the benefit of facing Balboa Park and claiming it as my front yard. However, this was not always the desirable direction to face. Back then the park was more of a huge lot dotted with scrub. Many of the homes were built facing south to take in the city from a once unobstructed view to downtown. A whimsical addition to Banker Hill’s charm is the alphabetical listing of tree inspired street names. This is great when figuring how far something is, I just count the streets by naming the trees and it works every time. I know it‘s seven blocks to one of my favorite restaurants. I just count from L to M to N to O to P to Q to R…easy! Take a stroll to find the walking bridges in the area. The Quince Street Bridge goes over Maple Canyon

friends and family and trusted sources, but also the nameless multitudes whose cha-chings at the cash register (or clicks to buy online) add up to a place on the bestseller lists. Rankings by sales may do more than simply reflect consumer choices, however; the lists in turn influence book-buying behavior, and a book’s appearance on the bestseller list has an independent effect on its sales. It’s a bestseller because people buy it; people buy it because it’s a bestseller. I asked a number of people, all of them readers and a few writers—by no means a random sample—about their preferences and how they decide what to read. I sent them recent New York Times bestseller lists—hardback and paperback— and asked how many of the 36 books listed they’ve read. Several, like me, had read a few, mostly after they were in paperback; a few hadn’t read any at all. For the most part they look at the bestseller lists more out of interest than as a guide. A book on the list may grab their attention, but that’s usually because they’ve heard about it or read a review. Their choices are guided mostly by word of mouth, by familiarity with an author, and by reviews in publications or from sources they trust, like the New York Times, NPR, Warwick’s.

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So what are they reading? I asked my respondents to name a book they’d read recently; most replied with two or three. The resulting list is evenly divided between fiction and nonfiction, with leanings toward history and historical fiction, memoir and biography. Novels include “Transatlantic” by Colum McCann and another by McCann, “Let the Great World Spin,” “Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd, “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss, “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert (accompanied by a robust defense of Gilbert’s controversial “Eat, Pray, Love”). Nonfiction selections were “Unbroken” by Laura Hilldebrand, “Thank You for Your Service” by David Finkel, “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwabe, “On Writing” by Stephen King, among others. Several of these books have appeared on bestseller lists, but this wasn’t why they were chosen; it appears that it’s the opposite effect—they are influencing the lists rather than the other way around. It would appear that while we may be social animals, our reading habits are eclectic. We’ll jump on the bandwagon if it’s going our way; otherwise we may start our own.

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Animal News

May 2014


San Diego Hu mane Society’s Dez is a 12-year old, domestic long hair, tortoiseshell who loves to be petted, talked to and entertained by human friends. She has a feisty and spirited personality that is hard to ignore. She has the spunk and energy of a young kitten. She would do best with a cat-savvy family with children that are a bit older and respectful. Cherie will require a little extra care since she’s a diabetic. Dez’s adoption fee of $25 includes her spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a gift from Hill’s Science Diet, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, and limited veterinary medical coverage from VCA Hospitals up to $250! Dez is currently available for adoption at the Airport Road/North Campus of the San Diego Humane Society, located at 572 Airport Road in Oceanside. For information, call 760.757.4357 or visit Cherie is a four-year old, American pit bull/terrier mix who loves to play with toys and be a lovable goofball. She will make a simply fantastic exercise buddy—being active keeps her happy and less anxious. She is a bit picky with canine friends, yet, she has the ability to learn tricks and commands, like “sit” and “down.” She is a favorite at the San Diego Humane Society. One of the volunteers has already paid her adoption fee. Cherie’s adoption fee of $0 includes spay/neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, and a license if residing in Oceanside or Vista. Cherie is currently located at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, located at 5500 Gaines Street. For more information, call 619.299.7012 or visit

Photo Fundraiser

Is your pet photogenic? Does he/she possess the flair to become an icon of adorability? Then your chance to make your pet a star is here! The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is seeking photos of extraordinary pets of all breeds, shapes and sizes for inclusion in its 2015 calendar. The animal welfare organization’s annual “Photo Fundraiser” offers pets a chance to be featured in the calendar while also supporting animals in need. Submissions to the photo fundraiser are being accepted now through August 31, and all submissions are guaranteed inclusion in the calendar. Contributors can also have friends and family vote for their pet’s

photo at for a chance to win special prizes. The San Diego Humane Society will also select its favorite pet images to be featured as full page month spreads in the 2015 calendar. Photos can be submitted online or by mail and require a minimum donation of $25 per photograph; all donations will be utilized to support the vital programs and services of the San Diego Humane Society. Your $25 donation automatically gets you a free copy of the 2015 calendar. For complete rules and regulations for participating or to submit your pet’s photographs in the 2015 Photo Fundraiser, visit www.sdhumane. org/calendar.

For more information on Dez, call 760.757.4357 For more information on Cherie, call 619.299.7012


Does your pet have the charm to be the top photo contender? Photo courtesy of Julie Warren.

Rescued Horse Helps to Promote

“Help a Horse Day”

Starved horse returns to Animal Services to encourage proper horse care

Not to be combined with any other offer. Not good for boarding, bathing, grooming, pet food and prescription and non-prescription drugs. Expires 05.31.2014

In recognition of “Help a Horse nita shelter, Simone began to gain Day,” the Department of Animal weight, and an equine veterinarian Services welcomed back to the County noticed her expression changed from Animal Shelter in Bonita a horse that one of fear and pain to contentment. it rescued from the brink of starvation Once nursed back to health, Horses in 2008. Simone, who now lives at the of Tir Na Nog adopted her. Simone was nonprofit Horses of Tir Na Nog’s horse the first of about 30 equines Animal sanctuary in East County, reunited with Services has transferred to the group, the staff that saved her. which operates the oldest equine sancThe American Society for the tuary in the county. As a result of an Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Animal Services investigation, Sim(ASPCA) launched Help a Horse one’s owner, Derek Boyd of Campo, Day to raise awareness regarding was convicted of one misdemeanor animal welfare and the plight of at- count of animal neglect. risk horses, and Horses of Tir Na Nog initiated the event at the County shelter. On June 22, 2008, an agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection made a heartbreaking find. Inside an East County corral was a starving, 12-year-old horse and its dead foal. Animal control officers immediately rescued the horse, transporting her to the County’s animal care facility in Bonita for intensive care. Named Simone by Animal Services staff, she had lost hair in part of her mane, Simone has regained her confidence and health and she staggered due thanks for the Department of Animal Services to weakness. At the Boand Tir Na Nog’s horse sanctuary



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Stop to Middle-Age Spread

by Blake Beckcom

As you approach the 40—50 age groups it can be an exciting time of change, opportunity, prosperity and positive personal growth. But, at the same time, life can get complicated and busy as your family grows, you find less time for you, finding yourself getting more involved in, well, everything. Before you know it, the growth that becomes the most present in your life is the spare tire that wraps around your mid-section. Most commonly known as the middle-age spread, this unwelcome feature to your physique is a compilation of the choices you make throughout your life in regard to the food you eat, your daily activity levels and the quality of sleep you log each night. All three of these critical factors to living a healthy lifestyle are tightly intertwined so when even one is lacking, it creates a spiraling snowball effect that can leave you feeling tired and out of energy, as well as in an unhealthy situation with additional weight in your mid-section. To successfully fight the battle of the bulge, you have to arm yourself with an active lifestyle that extends past the gym, make good whole food choices, and reserve enough time in your busy schedule for a restful night’s sleep. Stand Up for a Healthy Belly When you’re a child all you want to be is an adult, and then when you’re finally an adult all you do is reminisce about the good old days of your childhood. To tackle your mid-section spread, it can be beneficial to pull from the past and revert back to your childhood days of running, playing and moving throughout your day. The fountain of youth is strength training and running, right? But, as

we get older, we stop running for some reason…… because that’s not what adults do? Running is a fantastic exercise that is excellent for your health and your hormones, while strength training can give you the most return for the time/effort invested. The best approach is that you perform most strength training exercises standing up whenever possible. Even if you aren’t directly working the core, you still have to stabilize the trunk and mid-section muscles when you are in an upright position. It also is important to keep moving during your everyday life outside of your designated gym time. If all you do is go to the gym an hour per day and the rest of the time you’re sitting in the car, at work or on the couch, you’re not going to be happy with your results. In addition to consistently working out regularly, daily non-exercise physical activity such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking your car in the spot furthest away from the door and taking regular recess breaks from your desk to walk or stretch, will help combat your middle-age spread and sedentary adult-life tendencies. Eat Good Food While fad diets that target the abs and mid-section may seem like the best choice when you’re trying to reduce your spare tire, feeding your belly without fueling your bulge actually can be a lot simpler than following a strict eating plan. The best foods nutritionally for your belly and your total body are ones that have a mother or come from the earth. When choosing foods that are good for busting your bulge, you may see better results following these guidelines:

“I Am Who I Am!”

• 90 percent of what you eat should be good food – it comes naturally from the earth (fruits, vegetables, etc.) and it has a mother (meats, eggs, fish, etc.). •  Everything that comes in a package or a container shouldn’t be a part of your diet. •  Stay away from foods without expiration dates or with a long shelf life. •  Shop around the perimeter of the store where most fresh, preservative-free foods exist. • Everything that comes from the middle of the store should be eaten sparingly. • Shop more frequently, buy more locally and shop seasonally, when possible.

Collect Your Zs Just like you have to make deposits into your bank account regularly to be financially vibrant, it is just as important to deposit regular hours of sleep each night into your body’s wellness account to maintain the balance of your energy, hormones and internal clock. When you sleep poorly, you typically don’t eat well and then you don’t have enough energy to work out or move more throughout your day. Skimping on your sleep can start a negative chain reaction that leads to enlarged mid-sections, increased mental and physical stress, and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Getting enough sleep, eating the right foods and exercising all feed the mind, body and hormone system in a positive way. But, lack of these things does the opposite. Whether you consciously or unconsciously make the choice to

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disregard eating well, sleeping well and exercising regularly, the bottom line is that all areas in your life – your career, family, mental and physical health – will feel the repercussions when you put these essential ingredients to living a healthy lifestyle on the backburner. If you don’t put in the time to take care of yourself properly and don’t make your health a priority, then it will ultimately be impossible to stop the middle-age spread from expanding your waistline and negatively impacting your overall health. It all comes down to the personal choices you make every day and over long periods of time that add up to this middle—age spread. Fitness Together Mission Hills offers personal training with qualified professionals by regular appointment in private suites. Exercise & Nutritional Programs are custom designed to fit your needs and abilities. Call 619.794.0014 for more information or to schedule a free fitness diagnostic and private training session. See what others are saying about us on Yelp & San Diego City Search.

& Other Communication-Stoppers

by Mrs. Freud

Almost certainly you have heard someone you love utter the above exclamation in frustration, maybe it was even you. We all have lines to hold prying people at bay. This is human. We don´t always have the peace of mind at that very moment to open up to be vulnerable, and to learn from a situation at hand by analyzing it and moving forward to a better and stronger place. Communication is a big part of every close relationship. It works best when the communicators are open, willing, loving and not engaged in defensiveness, even when triggered by a subject or comment. That is the ideal. Sometimes, however, we are not our ideal selves; we get taken by surprise or are focused on something else. There are sentences that set an abrupt end to any meaningful conversation and give the clear signal that we are not interested in continuing the conversation at that moment.

Here are some of these sentences and words: “I am who I am,” is a signal of “I don´t want to discuss this, or look at this.” “Take it or leave it.” This leaves the other person no choice and shuts them out. “I don´t know,” to a question about the persons inner motives, opinions or other personal angles puts an instant stop to any closeness. The message is “go no further, I warn you,” as well as “I don´t want to deal with it,” and “I don´t care to discuss this.” “You .... never,” “... always,” “... constantly,” “... forever”.... are superlatives or extremes. Life is hardly ever this extreme and one sided. It is often used to stress a point. At the same time, it is so grossly exaggerated that the recipient often feels put down, unheard, pushed away and misjudged. “It has always been that way,” is not a good reason to allow something to continue. People and situations change continuously. Not acknowledging the possibility of change is pushing the other away. Not

wanting to deal with a situation, being afraid of change and unrealistic, as well as unaccepting about its certain occurrence is the message. Now, any of these mentioned words and phrases may have a right place in some conversations. Unfortunately, they are overused and as often mis-used as above mentioned communication-stoppers. Watch out for those phrases in the next few weeks and you will start to understand signals much better from your communication partners. When faced with a defensive line, it is good to acknowledge that it is okay if the other does not want to talk about this right now. But if it is an important agenda for you, ask when would be a good time to talk, and make it clear that you are willing to have him or her choose

the time, but that you are firm on that it must happen sometime soon. How can we react when a loved one gives us one of these “sudden-end statements”? Tune into the sentiment behind the words. Is your partner trying to be hurtful or just not good at dealing with a certain subject? Maybe he or she is simply stressed? Try rephrasing it until your partner can give you an answer that makes you feel connected. If you only get defensiveness, I suggest apologizing for prying and asking what you can do to make him or her feel better. A meaningful conversation has to have the right ambience and timing to be successful. Get more thoughtprovoking inputs by “liking” my Facebook page on www.Facebook. com/StarrCoaching.

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Retirement Plans for Small Businesses by Rick Brooks

Many of the requests we get from business owners around this (tax preparation) time of year relate to lowering the tax bill or saving for retirement. Many contribute to retirement plans steadily throughout the year, but several business owners also make last minute contributions to their plans as they figure out their tax liability and hit that ‘maximize contribution’ button in Turbo Tax. By choosing the right plan type for your business, you may be able to do a better job saving for retirement and possibly improve your cost structure as well. Generally speaking, small business owners have three types of plans available to them: SEP, SIMPLE and Qualified Plans. SEP and SIMPLE plans are based on, and act very much like, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). A Qualified Plan is much more complex and can be more costly, but may also allow a business owner to save more for retirement than the other plan types and can allow much greater flexibility in terms of plan terms and contributions. Simplified Employee Pensions (SEP) Plans. Despite the use of the word

Pension in the title, these plans really function more like IRAs. When an employer adopts a SEP, they set up an IRA (a SEP-IRA) and agree to make a contribution to each employee’s SEPIRA (including the owner’s) based on a percentage of their compensation. Employers can place some restrictions on who can participate, but they are relatively minimal as these plans are designed for maximum participation and easy administration. Contribution limits are also fairly high, up to $52,000 in 2014 but are made entirely from employer contributions; employees cannot contribute directly by salary reductions. The biggest downside for employers is that there is generally very little flexibility in allocating contributions to the accounts. Thus an owner putting 10 percent into the plan for him or herself would also typically have to contribute 10 percent or each employee. On the positive side, these plans may be set up and funded after year-end (but must be funded before the tax return is filed). Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) Plans. Unlike a SEP-IRA, a SIMPLE IRA plan is a salary reduction plan, although employer contributions are also required.

Salary deferral contribution limits are generally capped at $12,000 and employers are required to make matching contributions of between one-to-three percent of salary. Thus the total amount that can be put away by a business owner under a SIMPLE plan is often less than with a SEP plan, but there is more flexibility to work with multiple employees. The biggest downside for employers is the mandatory employee contributions and the employee participant limit; SIMPLE IRAs cannot be used by companies with more than 100 employees. Qualified Retirement Plans. The plans we normally think of as retirement plans – 401ks and pensions – fall into this general category. A Defined Contribution plan, including 401k plans, is a plan in which the employer promises to put a certain amount into an account for the employee up front, but employees are not promised a specific result. A Defined Benefit (pension) plan is one in which the employer promises to pay the employee a certain amount later on, and is responsible for contributing to the plan and investing to fund the promised benefit. 401k plans have become popular with employers because they are generally cheaper to

administer and the employer is relieved of the risk of poor investment results. Qualified plans are more complex to administer, and most businesses will need to hire a Pension Administrator to assist them in the design and management of the plans. The advantage is significantly more flexibility in allocating retirement plan contributions. With defined benefit plans, employers can also generally make much larger contributions to their plans because of the need to fund large benefit payments over many years. There are minimum funding requirements which can be onerous for some employers. Employers have lots of plan types to choose from, and a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional can help you choose the plan that meets your needs and your specific circumstances.

And save Massachusetts Governor Derval Patrick, who declared a “public health emergency”, as deaths from heroin overdoses in the Commonwealth have reached an appalling level since the first of the year. But while the governor’s action is new, the problem elsewhere isn’t. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 there were 38,329 overdose deaths in the United States, a number greater than those who died in traffic accidents. The two governors, Shumlin and Patrick, get it, but most governors are silent, as are most mayors and county executives, but the most deafening silence is from the White House, where President Obama has said nothing.

Mark this down, and someone please tell President Obama, America’s gravest threat comes, not from terrorists, but from the drug and heroin epidemic that is killing our youth and destroying our families, and unless openly confronted will impact this nation in ways beyond the imaginings of any terrorists group. If you think I’m being overly dramatic about the nature of this problem, I would respectfully suggest you are inadequately informed about the opiates danger – and you need to be informed. Going forward, the question must be asked: What kind of a nation will we become if our future “leaders” are mostly from a drug culture that thinks

recreational drugs are okay; that being “bombed” on Friday and Saturday nights, is okay; that because everyone is doing it, I can do it? What we know is many people are ignorant of the drug epidemic, while others who know are indifferent; until that is, it comes into their families, at which point everything changes. Finally, if you are a parent, hold your children close. Know their friends and their friends’ parents. Assume nothing. Let me repeat that – assume nothing. Trust me on this. I know.

This column is prepared by Rick Brooks, CFA, CFP®, with the assistance of the Financial Planning Association. 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 brooks@bfadvisors. com. Rick and his family live in Mission Hills.

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But among college and university’s leaders, only the president of Dartmouth has had the courage to speak out; perhaps driven by Dartmouth’s student applications having declined by 14 percent, part of which he believes is attributable to what occurs at the onset of the weekend, and the effect it has had on the reputation of this famous Ivy League school. But while the drug epidemic continues to grow, continues to ensnare young lives, the nation’s attention to the problem is in no wise commiserate with its dangers. Save Peter Shumlin. Save Bonnie Dumanis. Save John Walsh. Save Mitch Morrissey.

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on Goldfinch TheSoonPatio to be Open for Business The gentrification of great neighborhoods and the establishment of amazing new restaurant concepts within them has spawned the expansion of the The Patio on Lamont Street in Pacific Beach. The second location, The Patio on Goldfinch, will offer the same highly acclaimed dining experience and service when it opens in the majestic and historic community of Mission Hills early this summer. “While I was searching more than a dozen great neighborhoods within our city to develop and open our second Patio restaurant, I soon realized I had everything I ever wanted in a great location right here in my own backyard,” said Gina Champion-Cain, owner and proprietor of The Patio brand of restaurants. “I have lived in Mission Hills with my husband, Steve, for more than 25 years and realized the most wonderful place for our newest location, quite obviously, is within walking distance from my residence. How could I ever find a more charming, historic and beautiful environment than my own residential community of Mission Hills?” said Champion-Cain. Like the Pacific Beach location, The Patio on Goldfinch’s interiors will once again highlight the use of repurposed woods, will have abundant light throughout with windows and skylights, a massive bar area providing over 20 seats, three high definition TVs, and of course, a dog-friendly patio area. The Patio on Goldfinch, which is just under 4,000 square feet, will feature a large exhibition kitchen, complete with state-of-the-art ovens and ranges, all custom designed for The Patio. Executive Chef John Medall, whose culinary brilliance launched and sustained The Patio on Lamont Street in Pacific Beach, and who will move to The Patio on Goldfinch as its premier executive chef, refers to the new kitchen as his “dream kitchen.” According to Medall, “The new Patio will feature a special chef’s table, located adjacent to the kitchen, which we are calling the ‘best seats in the house’ and allow our guests to enjoy the overall unique environment and ambiance of the restaurant. We are opening The Patio on Goldfinch at 8 a.m. daily to

exclusively serve our neighborhood residents during the week who are dropping their children off at school and want a relaxing and special place to come and enjoy freshly baked croissants, scones, and muffins, with their favorite coffee creations. Our early morning variety of displayed pastries will be a special way for our neighborhood customers to start the day, provide a place for business people to have breakfast meetings and most importantly, to give the neighborhood vitality, energy and activity at the start of each day,” said Medall. The Patio on Goldfinch will serve breakfast, The Patio on Goldfinch will have abundant light throughout with windows lunch, happy hour and skylights and a massive bar area providing over 20 seats. bites and dinner daily, incorporating many of the same buting 12 new craft beers, wine on to assist customers with selections as popular small and shared plate items draft, a variety of house-made fla- well as arrange for private tastings or already featured at The Patio on vored soft drinks, and one of the most special events. Lamont Street. Chef Medall stresses, innovative cappuccino and espresso Valet parking will be provided for a however, “The Patio on Goldfinch will machines available. It will feature on- nominal fee. be creating a wide variety of new fish staff experts in wine, tequila and beer dishes, heretofore never before offered at The Patio, including a plethora of Defining the Value of a Home— innovative daily fresh fish specials, and of course a diverse variety of delicious and creative vegetarian and vegan offerings.” Over the last decade, due in part to the rise of Real The Patio on Goldfinch will Estate syndication portals, a greater volume of accessible information, and easily obtainable digital mobile technology, feature the extraordinary greenery we have become bombarded with and seemingly expected the Lamont Street location is known to demonstrate an aggressive interest and focus on data for. Champion-Cain believes the when it comes to our home buying or selling experience. Many Real Estate two new “living green walls,” practitioners have embraced the idea that presenting our customers with as will be the largest in the city. An many statistics, pie charts, and graphs as possible is of the upmost value and the additional 40 seats will be added best way to justify our commissions. to the Mission Hills location, with While most buyers and sellers appreciate the presentation of data, simply dropping restaurant amenities and features not a list of comps in front of a client is worthless. As seasoned agents, our value is ordinarily found locally. Championnot in the ability to print out numbers on a snazzy spread sheet, but instead our Cain added, “We have built San willingness to spend time with our clients to use our unique insight to analyze and Diego’s first restaurant aging room interpret the data before us that adds value to their experience and our partnership. for cheese, offering our guests an That being said, recently we are witnessing a dramatic concept shift in the “why” expansive variety of cheese they may people buy homes. Rather than the synthetic, soulless, data-driven experiences that select to enjoy with selected wine have dominated much of real estate over the past five years, buyers and sellers or draft beer. Cheese classes, which seem to be remembering the real reasons they desire the American Dream. A will educate our local patrons on home is a place to create memories—backyard barbecues, helpful neighbors, pets, the cheese aging process, are also in family dinners, neighborhood strolls, gardening, babies, teen sleepovers, sprinklers the works,” shared Champion-Cain. on a summer afternoon, restoration plans, walking to your favorite restaurant or According to Champion-Cain, The the Farmer’s Market… We have always thought about homeownership this way— Patio on Goldfinch’s bar will be dethrough the personal and emotional lens of nostalgia and cherished reminiscences.

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Mission Hills Nursery: by Barb Strona

May 2014



Will It Survive?

There may be a day in the near future when our Mission Hills Nursery is no longer a landmark on the corner of Palmetto and Fort Stockton Drive. Old time Mission Hills residents remember Mission Hills Nursery when the Antonicelli family owned and ran it. Giuseppe Antonicelli bought it from Kate Sessions in 1922. In 1989 when his son Frank decided to sell the family business, he found the perfect buyers in Fausto and Toni Palafox, people who would continue the warm, family feeling and perpetuate the tradition of the fine neighborhood nursery founded by Kate Sessions. As time went on, the Mission Hills Nursery continued to grow in importance to the community. The Palafox family was largely responsible for the birth of the Mission Hills Garden Club and its annual Garden Walk. (This year’s Walk takes place Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.) The Garden Club and the Walk have added a great deal to the community by encouraging people to create and maintain gardens, by educating the community in safe and healthy ways to care for our environment and plants, and by giving generously to various projects to improve community life from library donations to scholarships and school gardens.

Last July Toni and Fausto thought their dream of owning both the business and site was coming through. After years of saving, working, and actively supporting the community, they opened escrow on the purchase of the site. The Palafoxes were working on their loan when the bank revealed that the site used to be a gas station and that there were gas tanks stored underneath the portion at the eastern half of the site. As they spent money on reports and gathered more information, the issue of the gas tanks loomed large. The Saturday before Easter, Toni learned that someone had posted on Facebook that the Mission Hills Nursery was in escrow. Then a realtor friend told her that the property had been listed for sale and put into the Multiple Listing Service on April 13; it was advertised as “…5.9 residential city lots. . .Opportunity for redevelopment.” By the Monday after Easter, the listing was marked “Pending.” Now the Palafox family has no idea whether the nursery has been sold without their knowledge or whether they are in fact still going to be able to buy it. What agony to be in limbo after following in the footsteps of Kate Sessions and the Antonicellis nurturing a thriving nursery and local landmark. How can we save a local landmark and asset to Mission Hills? We are in danger of losing not just the 82 year

old history beginning with Kate Sessions and the Antonicelli family to the third owners: the Palafox family; but we would lose the convenience of being able to walk to the nursery with a wagon, pick up our goods and walk home, of knowing that the plants are not sprayed with poisons or toxins, of being able to get unusual items, being treated like family -- the positive aspects of small town atmosphere. How can this dilemma be solved? Will we lose our nursery and the Palafox family? We can’t lose this landmark, and we can’t lose the people who have contributed so much to Mission Hills. I am not an expert in these matters, but I believe China Tallabasa enjoys working among plants without the nursery and at Mission Hills Nursery. the Palafoxes at its helm, the community of Mission Hills contacting us at the Presidio Sentinel: would suffer a great loss. Let’s find a way to save the nursery by keeping May 28’s meeting will feature Master it in the Palafox family. We need to Gardener Meredith French’s power act now. point presentation of Bugs in the Bush, You’re invited to share your beneficial insects in our gardens at interest and support for this effort, 4070 Jackdaw from 6 to 8 p.m. to save Mission Hills Nursery, by

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St. Vincent de Paul School is hosting the 1st Annual Orson Alvarez Golf Tournament on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Bonita Golf Course. Checkin for golfers is at 12 noon and tee off at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the school’s athletic programs. Orson Alvarez was a dedicated St. Vincent’s parent. His daughter Ashlee previously graduated from the school and his daughter Julia is currently in sixth grade. Orson loved sports at St. Vincent’s and enjoyed watching his daughters play, coaching sports himself, and helping fundraise for the sports program. Orson believed that athletics teach students about teamwork, pride, discipline, and the love of the game. He truly exemplified these qualities in the way he lived his life. After fighting hard in his battle against cancer he

finally succumbed to the disease earlier this year. The St. Vincent’s Orson Alvarez Golf Tournament is named in honor of Orson so that his spirit and love of sports would live on for many years to come. He would want everyone to come out and play golf but most of all have lots of fun while raising much needed funds for the school. Tournament entry fee is $85 which includes green fee, bag lunch, and drinks & appetizers at Awards Banquet. Family and friends are invited to attend the Awards Banquet for $20 per person which includes taco bar dinner and drinks. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information about the tournament, visit or call 619.296.2222.

May 2014

Parker Girls Soccer Receives Honor from MaxPreps and Army National Guard

The Francis Parker School girls’ soccer team was recently honored by MaxPreps and the United States Army National Guard as one of the top girls’ soccer teams in the country. The Lancers received a trophy and a banner signifying them as one of only 10 recipients of this award out of the more than 10,000 high school girls’ soccer teams in the United States. Parker capped off its 26-1-2 season with a thrilling 3-2 victory

over Marymount High School (Los Angeles) to earn the program’s first-ever CIF SoCal Regional Championship. The Lancers’ lone loss came in the CIF San Diego Section Division 2 semifinals. Their two ties came against Cathedral Catholic (CIF Division II SoCal Regional Champions) and The Bishop’s School. For the year, Parker netted 117 goals while allowing only 18.

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be required to complete a variety of underwater tasks. At the end of the day, the two Warren-Walker teams took 2nd and 3rd place in the overall competition, each earning an invitation to the National SeaPerch Competition on May 17 at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Historic Home Tour “The Enchanted Island”

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The Coronado Historical Association’s (CHA) annual Coronado Historic Home Tour will again be held on Mother’s Day—this year on Sunday, May 11, from 11 am to 4 pm. Six different examples of architecture around the Enchanted Island will be featured, from the classic lines of an historic English Tudor style, to a 1950s Coastal Cottage and the hidden treasures of a traditional Mediterranean courtyard home. All six homes retain their historic charm and original architectural “bones,” but most have been meticulously remodeled, expanded or restored in some fashion. One of the featured homes on the tour this year is a 2014 GEM Award finalist for its remarkable renovation. A Coronado landmark, built in 1915

and known historically as the Sherman Mansion, this stunning 5,000+ sq.-ft. home on a 28,000 sq.-ft. corner lot has just undergone a full interior remodel and expansion. While admiring the varied architectural and design features of these lovely homes, participants will learn more about the colorful history of Coronado. And the purchase of annual Home Tour tickets helps CHA preserve more of that history to share with present and future generations. Tickets may be purchased at the Coronado Visitor Center (operated by CHA), 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado, or on-line at www. For further information or to purchase tickets by phone, call 619.435.7242.

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Canyon Rims and Valley Views:

Gardens of University Heights

San Diego Floral Association’s Annual Historic Garden Tour Join San Diego Floral Association for its annual home tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 17, for a delightful day of gardens, history and discovery in University Heights. San Diego Floral Association’s annual “garden tour with a difference” ventures to University Heights where 125 years as a distinctive San Diego neighborhood is being commemorated. Anchored by a charming business district along Park Boulevard and Adams Avenue, the neighborhood is full of carefully tended historic homes representing every architectural style of the past century. Eight homes will be featured from early craftsmen and Spanish to a magnificent round Kellogg design on a cul de sac with sweeping views of Mission Valley. Adams Avenue is full of carefully tended On the day of the tour, historic homes representing every architectural Old Trolley Barn Park on style of the past century. Adams Avenue will feature a garden market place of arti- park. Tickets are available online sans and garden vendors. Tickets at For information, and maps will be available at the call 619.232.5762.


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Monday, May 12 th, from 6–8 p.m. at the Cinema Under the Stars Theater, 4040 Goldfinch Steet (next to TOP’S Hair Salon). This “Meet & Greet” will allow all Residents & Business

Owners to learn more about “The Patio Brand” as a whole, This home retains its historic charm and original architectural “bones.”

as well as inform the community about the restaurant’s operations. This event is open to all residents of Mission Hills as well as surrounding communities. Admission is, of course, Free. We plan to fill up, as the venue holds approximately 60 people.


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May 2014

Old Town Celebrates

Cinco de Mayo de 2014

3 1 st A n n u a l F i e s t a Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo celebrates 31 years and will begin on Friday, May 2 with food and drink specials and continue on with the festivities on Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Casa Guadalajara Folkloric Dancers perform for Fiesta Cinco de Mayo.

This Fiesta will feature three stages with live entertainment, bands, traditional ballet folklorico dancers, equestrian shows, a mercado with over 100 retail and food booths, two cantina beer gardens, a soccer (futból) competition and the Lowrider Lane, transforming the streets into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. There won’t be any time for a siesta at the 31st Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo with so many activities to explore in Historic Mariachis provide music that highlights the history of the celebration. Old Town. Latin fever is spreading like wildfire and you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to be surrounded by the history and culture of Mexico. For information call 619.291.4903 or visit

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Beyond the Gate 16 th Annual Mission Hills Garden Walk The 16 th annual Mission Hills Garden Walk, Beyond the Gate is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday May 10. This popular event is a 2.5 mile walking tour that starts at the Mission Hills Nursery and follows a leisurely path through Mission Hills. This year there are 10 beautiful and varied gardens for your enjoyment. There will also be artists painting and

musicians performing throughout the walk. Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Mission Hills Nursery, Walter Andersen Nursery or online, through Paypal, at www. Tickets can also be purchased for $30 at Mission Hills Nursery on the day of the walk. Children 12 and under are free, no pets please.

Ten properties are included in this year’s Mission Hills Garden Walk.


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JCompany Youth Theatre The JCompany Youth Theatre presents its final show of the season, “Disney’s Tarzan” from Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 18 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. “Disney’s Tarzan” is directed by Joey Landwehr, with music and lyrics by Phil Collins. Hannah Houts (Jane) and Joshua Shtein (Tarzan)

star in their final show with the JCompany. Both actors have been in approximately 23 shows with the JCompany, and feel the JCompany has been a family and second home to them. Houts and Shtein plan to continue their acting pursuits in college next year. For information and tickets, call 858.362.1348 or visit www.

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Old Globe Theatre “Water by the Spoonful,” by Quiara Alegría Hudes, and directed by Edward Torres, run through May 11 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “Water by the Spoonful” is about Elliot Ortiz who is back in the States after serving in Iraq and starting a new life. At the same time, four strangers in an internet chat room seek support to face demons of their own, and soon the real world and the virtual one start to

intersect in unexpected ways. The cast includes Robert Eli (Fountainhead aka John), Sarah Nina Hayon (Yazmin Ortiz), Rey Lucas (Elliot Ortiz), M. Keala Milles, Jr. (Ghost, Professor Aman, Policeman), Ruibo Qian (Orangutan), Keith Randolph Smith (Chutes&Ladders), and Marilyn Torres (Odessa Ortiz aka Haikumom). The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. For information, call 619. 23.GLOBE [234.5623].

May 2014

Diversionary Theatre “Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story,” with book, music and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff, stars Michael Parrott & Scott Nickley and runs through May 25 at Diversionary Theatre, located at 4545 Park Boulevard San Diego, CA 92116. Two wealthy college kids and a contract signed in blood. One obsessed with crime, the other with sex. “Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story” is based on the shockingly true tale of the infamous couple Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb set in 1924 Chicago. The dangerous and titillating musical production draws on Leopold’s 1958 parole hearing as the framework to dramatize the series of events that led two wealthy law students to be forever remembered as “the thrill killers.” Tickets are available at, or by calling 619.220.0097.

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The North Park San Diego Musical Theatre presents Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” from Saturday, May 9 through Sunday, May 25 at the North Park Theatre, located at 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 John Todd is director/Choreographer, Don Le Master is music director and


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Beth Malone stars as Annie Oakley.

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Landmark Theatres “Belle” is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic greatuncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the

sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. “Belle” opens May 16 at Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas is 103 minutes long and Rated PG-13. For information and times, call 619.819.0236, or visit w w w. l a n d m a r k Th e a t r e s . c o m . Film times and dates are subject to change.

Tom Wilkinson (Lord Mansfield) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Dido Elizabeth Belle) star in “Belle.”



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San Diego REP hosts the 21st annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival from May 20 to June 18, 2014. Headlining the festival is a special one night only performance of selections from upcoming world premiere “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin.” Along with a full slate of performances at San Diego and North County venues, the festival is rich in culture, talent and Jewish soul. The Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival is curated, organized and directed by Todd Salovey, associate artistic director, San Diego REP. Festival performances are staged at various venues throughout

San Diego County including San Diego REPertory Theatre, Encinitas Library and the AVO Playhouse. Highlights include “The Dybukk (for Hannah and Sam’s wedding),” a new adaptation of the classic and timeless play featuring awardwinning actor Ron Campbell, the 13th annual Klezmer Summit featuring My Yidishe Mambo, and a performance by violinist Asi Matathias with pianist Victor Stanislavsky to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. For tickets and information, visit or call 619.544.1000.

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We Eat. We Drink. But— by Laura Walcher

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Can We Read?

Recently, Jose Cruz, the S. D. Council on Literacy’s (SDCOL) CEO was named Civic Leader of the Year at the Latino Awards program presented by U-T San Diego. This honor highlighted Cruz’s efforts to raise literacy rates in the region and reduce unemployment, homelessness, healthcare costs, and crime, among other social woes. On Wednesday, May 14, Mr. Cruz will preside over SDCOL’s fifth annual “Eat. Drink. Read A Culinary Event for Literacy” as part of the continuing effort to enhance quality of life for all…through “100% literacy via 100 percent community engagement.” We spoke to Mr. Cruz in 2010. It’s time once again: LW: Jose, your passion for this work is evident. JC:  Every day presents opportunities to show that illiteracy is a national problem—directly connected to problems we seem to be forever addressing. Crime, unemployment, homelessness, spousal and drug abuse are simply symptoms. They are illiteracy in disguise. When we seriously deal with society’s root problems spawned by illiteracy, we will see a decrease in the challenges that have plagued us for decades. LW:  “Eat. Drink. Read.”—support for a good cause! What’s new this 5th year? Changes— and/or achievements—of note? JC: In 1985, we supported five literacy programs, and the problem of adult illiteracy was virtually unrecognized. Today we support 26 affiliated programs that annually serve about 170,000 residents, with help from 6,000 volunteers—and greater literacy awareness. More people know where to go for help. And, importantly, they know that they are not alone in needing help. I am excited about our Region That Reads effort: our mayors and county supervisors are endorsing our work and expressing their commitment to supporting literacy. They will take a leadership role that will result in more resources and bring us closer to our vision of literacy for all. We’re doing good work—but more help is needed. We are thankful to U-T San Diego, the Dr. Seuss Foundation, Petco, U.S. Bank, the David C. Copley Foundation, The Shiley Foundation, Bill Lynch, Kaiser Permanente, Ashford University, Petco, the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation, J.Walcher Communications, and more, for their support.

Rather than through journalism, it turns out I am doing it, instead, through books. LW: How you work with the literacy programs? JC:  They are our primary ‘customers.’ We coordinate services for them, maximizing resources, raise literacy awareness, direct referrals, provide training for staff, engage with public officials, generate resources, and more. We never feel like we’re doing enough. Together, we strive to break cycles of illiteracy and replace these with cycles of success. It’s do—able. A few years ago, the economy took a bit hit and hurt all of us. Things now look up, and we are convening our partners to help coordinate Health Literacy San Diego with Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), our effort to address the communication breakdowns between patients and the healthcare system. These are expensive and heartbreaking; they occur when patients’ weak literacy abilities, languages, and cultures meet the literature, language, and culture of the healthcare system. LW: What is the continuing challenge? JC: It’s showing the connection between illiteracy and our social woes. As a society, we are too much about providing food, clothing, and shelter, yet not enough about giving people the tools they need to generate these things on their own. Twenty percent of U.S. adults read prose at the lowest level. The path to healthier families, communities, businesses, and to youth success continues to be literacy. We know this. LW: Where do the schools fit in? JC: Schools are vital. However, the truth is, we are winning and losing the battle in the home. The parent is the child’s first and most important teacher; the home is the child’s first and most important school. If given the choice, I would choose a functional home over a good school any time. Our teachers care deeply…every day they make a world of difference to our children. But, ask them! Teachers will be the first to say that they need our help. LW:  How has the web/social marketing, etc., impacted the state of literacy? JC: Social marketing provides an important, lowcost vehicle for our messages, in a way that helps us find and secure our support base. We need to be where the people are.

Dog Attacks on the Rise

It’s been brought to our attention that it might be a good time to remind our neighbors that being a dog owner comes with responsibilities. We need to keep our dogs on leashes and train them to act in a manner that is considered “good dog behavior.” In South and North Mission Hills we’re hearing of pet owners who don’t know that dogs must be on leashes, or kept in yards. Lose dogs can be considered a threat to the community and fines may be administered. If you have any questions about rules and regulations as a pet owner, we encourage you to contact the County of San Diego Animal Control Services at 619.767.2675; 24-hour emergency services at 619.236.2341; and

May 2014

LW:  H ow do people who struggle with reading find you? JC:  Word of mouth is still the primary way. Relationships are still worth gold. Recently, documentarian Mark Albertazzi, with funding from the United Way of San Diego County, Price Family Charitable Foundation, Sycuan, and the San Diego Foundation, produced Voices & Faces: Literacy in San Diego.  Everyone should see it! watch?v=uLjniRfnbVk Hearing, seeing the testimonials of those who struggled with reading as children, we get a greater grasp of what takes place. Truly, illiteracy is a lonely, sad, angry, embarrassing existence for too many adults; they want help, but they don’t want to be discovered. Yet adults can and do learn to read; when that happens, the transformation in their lives is dramatic and inspiring. LW: What do volunteers do? JC: They tutor adults and children, and read to children. We say, ‘change two lives: yours and someone else’s.’ You never know how great an impact you’ll have on a person, his or her family, and generations to come. In homes where children are failing, we find that there are no books, no one reading to the kids, limited language interaction, and not enough of the kind of role modeling— the key to youth success in school. Tutors are a big part of what makes the literacy world turn. (Call us! 1.888.850.READ (7323) or visit LW: If you could invite three writers to “Eat. Drink. Read,” who would they be? JC:  Hmmm… I’d pick five: Twain, Dickens, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. All would wonder why our cause was not higher up on our social radar and all would know and comment upon the importance of our work. Not only that, they might even find their books have inspired our Chefs’ creative dishes. LW: Last words? JC:  100 percent literacy through 100 percent community engagement. Mission Federal Credit Union, Stellar HealthCare, SharpHealth Care, Bob Alden, the S.D. Press Club, and more, are just the short list of donors—so appreciated! “Yet, it still takes a village. Get your $60 ticket to “Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy,”

Water Fluoridation May

Soon Be a Thing of the Past

by Dr. Richard Sauerheber

A recent news report stated that the city of Dallas, Texas will halt its water fluoridation program that has been ongoing for 50 years. Dallas water quality reports were examined over a seven year period of time to observe any trends in fluoride and lead concentrations in public drinking water. The source of Dallas water is the Trinity River. Fluorosilicic acid used in water fluoridation is known to contain a significant amount of lead contamination and in Tacoma, WA lead water levels plummeted when fluorosilicic acid was halted and raised again when the infusions returned. The study in Dallas confirms this observation. The FDA ruled that fluoride is not a mineral nutrient and its addition into water is an uncontrolled use of an unapproved drug. The Water Pollution Control Act conceived by President John F. Kennedy has the stated mission to maintain the natural chemistry of U.S. water supplies. This was modified in the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act to allow for the addition of only chemicals required to sanitize water. Fluoride infusions into water supplies to be consumed by the general public violate Federal water law designed to protect public water supplies.

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May 2014


Herbalists Retire

by Charlotte Tenney, MA Integrative Health

What possibly could have inspired Danielle Cook to volunteer as the event coordinator for the “Healing Waters & Arts Festival” that is taking place in Jacumba Hot Springs this month? It has been a more than a yearlong labor of love, not to mention inspiration, cooperation, frustration and jubilation. She has been the driving force behind the creation of a grand series of Centennial Celebrations that spotlight the rich local history of a small “once and future” famous center for health and healing, culture, music, and cinematic backdrop. As a retired herbalist and sales representative, you’d think that Cook had earned the right to relax in her garden. Instead, she is signing up holistic vendors, artists, craftspeople, musicians and food trucks of all kinds; she is scheduling activities, demonstrations, presentations and talks about everything from local historic homes, how the Native Americans came to Jacumba for the sacred healing hot springs, to a screening of the Hollywood blockbuster movie filmed in Jacumba in the 1920s called “Beggers of Life,” a silent movie with Wallace Beery and Louise Brooks. Where does Cook get the energy? She says that it is from the documented energy vortexes that surround her Jacumba home, just an hour’s drive East of San Diego. It must be so, since the community involvement meetings she holds garner a high percentage of other local residents who are equally energized. Of course, some of their enthusiasm may also be due to Cook’s ability to inspire. Her neighbors join her in the revitalization movement to rebuild this small mountain town back into the cultural and

healing hot spot that it once was, when the railroad brought international visitors to “take the waters.” Cook was attracted to the amazing, peaceful energy of Jacumba when she spent camping vacations there. She finally made it her permanent home a few years ago. She saw much potential in the place that was rapidly becoming a ghost town. And, she decided to make it her quest to invigorate the community, support a business incubator atmosphere and recruit others to her vision of Jacumba as our own local version of Sedona or Ojai: a place full of fine art, great local cuisine, music festivals, nature hikes and wonderful shops with distinctive regional products. Cook envisions sitting on the patio at the newly refurbished Jacumba Hot Springs spa, enjoying a local brew of Jacumba pilsner while eating fresh Jacumba goat cheese with native herbs. When you see what has already been accomplished at the Spa and with the sculpture installations, you can believe that the rest of her dream will follow. It will be a full spiritual, intellectual, and physical well-being center; it will be a place where it is fun and refreshing to visit; a destination for vacations, retreats, conferences and events. Cook became an herbalist through her job. She became quickly disenchanted with being the professional sales representative for pharmaceutical companies and found the herbal products industry a better fit for her integrity. As a successful sales person, she was able to represent companies that could teach her about quality raw materials, rigorous production processes and ethical representation of product benefits. Some of her favorite nutritional supplements are astaxanthin, spirolina and medicinal mushrooms, all of which she still takes

Danielle Cook is a herbalist who continues to share her talent and skills.

and continues to recommend to others. Manifesting the “Healing Waters & Arts Festival” is her way of giving back to the community. Come see the renaissance and the magical transformation for yourself. Come out to Jacumba Hot Springs on May 24th, bring friends and family to spend the day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendance is free. Take Highway 8 East to the Jacumba exit. You will find food, tunes, arts, crafts, and insight into our local history. And you will help Cook to fulfill her mission of energizing you with relaxation. Find more information at www. or contact See you there! My vendor booth will promote Healthier Living workshops.

Human TuneUp Column by Cath What is

The Way?

by Cath DeStefano

The problem is with the pronoun “the.” An Open and Affirming Congregation It tricks our mind into thinking there is “the” way to live and 3900 Cleveland Avenue • San Diego, CA 92103 off we go in search of it. Phone: (619) 295-4146 We read all sorts of self Regular Sunday Schedule help books, we follow 8:55 a.m. Contemporary Worship gurus, we un-do what our 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship parents did, we take some of their ways back, we For information, call or visit our web site -- You may also visit us on Facebook experiment with different ways of living life. Along the search, we’re struggling with various mental paths. This being one among many: Guidance: Give up all desires and find peace. MARCH 2014 Display Ad for Presidio Sentinal Guidance: Have a strong Please send Invoice to University Christian Church desire and reach your goals. 3900 Cleveland Avenue : San Diego, CA 92103 And this: Pnone: 619-295-44146 Believe in God and he will provide all things to you. If not me, who? As we step among various beliefs, trying some on for size and fits, leaving others in the dust (belief left in the dust: Women are nurses, teachers or secretaries…..),

eventually we find what ‘the way’ means to us. The way is how we “do our day.” Try to plan it all? Good luck. But in amongst what Life is going to send us no matter what, we get to design a day. For me? Rising before too many humans are up and about. The quietness before the sun’s arrival. A touch and hello to my love. An early walk with a friend. Ease on into it. This day. “This is it, this is your Life, this is my Life, Here it is.” And, you?

Cath DeStefano

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Music Scene

First Annual

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May 2014

Point Loma Cluster Choral Concert

The Point Loma High School Cluster is well known for its award-winning instrumental music ensembles, but for the past few years, choral music lost its voice in Point Loma secondary schools. May 14 will be a celebration of singing when Dana Middle School, Correia Middle School, and Point Loma High School choirs come together for the First Annual Point Loma Cluster Choral Concert at Dana Middle School. The concert is at 6:30 p.m. at Dana Middle School, 1775 Chatsworth Blvd. Kerri De Rosier, past band booster president at Point Loma High School (PLHS), told James Sepulvado, Instrumental Music Director at PLHS, that she’d come back after her daughter graduated if she could start a choir program there. And she did – with the help of her best friend and fellow singer, Pamila Whitney and a few enthusiastic students. They started an after school choir last October through word of mouth, school announcements and lots of flyers. “I was in choir at Madison High School in the late 70s and early 80s,” said De Rosier. “Point Loma High School routinely trounced us in festivals and competitions. They were the best in the city. It was sad to me that there was no choir there.” They had help from a trio of former PLHS Madrigal Alums – Mark Niederman (‘67), Anne Colt (‘67), and Kathy Lazzaro (‘66) – who spent last summer digging through filing cabinets bursting with choral music in a cluttered bathroom (of all places) in the 400 building. They found over 1200 pieces of music and organized them into a huge database that can be searched by title, composer, genre – you name it. The music is stored in eleven filing cabinets under the Music Center. De Rosier is selling off part of the library to raise funds for the high school program.

Students rehearse for the May 14 concert.

At Correia Middle School, Ina Soliz started an after school choir, which currently has 25 students. Soliz teaches guitar at Correia, but is accredited to teach choral music, and has past choral directing experience at other San Diego Schools. Recent Point Loma Nazarene University graduate Kirsten Shelter was recently hired to teach choir at Dana Middle School. “All of this takes money,” said De Rosier. “Through a grant, private donations, and the help of the Correia Association, I’ve been able to provide stipends to Ina and Kirsten. We’ll need more funding to keep this going next year.”

The Tinkersmith Trio is scheduled to perform at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at Mission Hills Nursery, 1525 Fort Stockton Drive. The trio includes Jeff Smith, guitar, vocals; Sally Tinker, vocals; and Ira Moskowitz, drums.

One of De Rosier’s goals is to have choir as an elective at all three schools. “With choir as a regular class period, you can do so much more,” said De Rosier. With the support of principals Hans Becker at PLHS, Jonathan McCabe at Correia, and Scott Irwin at Dana, she’s getting closer: for the 20142015 school year, choir is an elective at Correia, with funding from the school; choir is an elective at Dana, which will be funded through grants and fundraising; choir will continue to be an afterschool club at PLHS. To learn more about this effort, visit www.

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May 2014

Dining Scene


D.Z. Akin’s

by David Rottenberg

Customers were lined up three deep at the takeout counter at D.Z. Akin’s, waiting to pick up fish, chicken, brisket, matzo and other goodies essential for the upcoming Passover holiday, but no bread. Bread is not part of the Seder celebration. In the adjacent dining room, diners were biting into delicious mile-high pastrami sandwiches, overflowing salad bowls, chicken soup with matzo balls, mouthwatering entrees, and extraordinary desserts. Even with the advent of Passover, the bakery was pumping out huge bagels, full seeded rye breads and other wonderful products. There are only a few “delis” in San Diego county, particularly ones that serve that kind of menu available at D.Z. Akin’s. This restaurant, located in the College area, is perhaps the oldest deli and certainly one of the best. Founded in 1980 in a small store in a strip shopping center, D.Z. Akin’s is about to celebrate 34 years of service to the community. The small shop has expanded over the years, absorbing adjacent stores to the point that it now occupies the entire building. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, operates a successful catering business and has a small gift shop on the premises selling specialty items that are appropriate for holidays like Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and Passover, the holiday of redemption. Throughout

Delicatessens provide a social setting, as depicted in this piece of art.

the year, racks of loaves of breads run along the back wall next to challeh, braided sacramental breads used on Sabbath and Jewish holidays. Boxes of matzo, halavah and other packaged goods divide the arc of displays. It started off as a family affair. Debi Akins (the “D” of the restaurant’s name) operated the front of the house, sitting on a high stool like a queen to survey her servers helping diners. At the same time, her husband Zvika the “Z” of the restaurant’s name) worked the back of the house, making sure that all the dishes the left the small kitchen met their high standards of quality and appearance. Debi’s father, wearing lots of gold chains and a golden smile, roamed the restaurant, greeting guests and welcoming friends. The word delicatessen comes from German and means delicacies. There are many types of deli: German, Polish and others. D.Z. Akin’s is a Jewish deli and serves such delicacies as kugel, kishke and kreplach. If you’ve never tried this cuisine, you’re in for a treat. The restaurant adheres to a simple success formula – give customers lots of delicious food. Prices may a a bit higher at the margins but customers always leave satisfied and never hungry. I can order a dinner entrée, eat my fill and still have enough left over for breakfast and maybe lunch (I love cold Sandwiches are fully stacked with delicious and healthy ingredients. leftover dinner food for breakfast).

The success formula works! D.Z. Akin’s has a large following of devoted customers who delight in the casual ambiance, the speed of the service, and the consistency of good, tasty dishes. The menu is quite large, so there’s always something that will satisfy and breakfast is served all day. Who isn’t happy when ordering a lox and whitefish platter that comes with large bagels, cream cheese, sliced tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and Greek olives? Now, the business is managed by Debi and Zvika’s son, Elan, who left a promising career in television production in order to take over the family business. It is a family business, so you know that everything will be done right. The recipes come from a number of sources. Some are old family recipes, some are “old world” dishes, some were created in-house. The ingredients are always fresh (they sell so quickly that delivery trucks are always replenishing) and of highest quality. Meats are from the Midwest and nitrate free. Turkey is low sodium. “Today’s customer has become very health conscious and we’ve oriented ourselves to providing good healthful cuisine,” Elan said proudly. And loyal customers know what to expect. That’s why they come back. Who doesn’t love a bargain? Check out the breakfast and early bird specials for pricing that will not only satisfy one’s appetite but one’s wallet as well. D.Z. Akin’s Restaurant & Deli is located in the Alvarado area, just down the road from SDSU and conveniently off Highway 8. Parking is free. Prices are moderate. Portions are memorable. Reservations are not taken. Be sure to check out the fabulous bakery and takeout offerings. The pastry tastes as good as it looks. The meats and fish taste as good at home. D.Z. Akin’s is located at 6930 Alvarado Road, San Diego 92120. Call 619.265.0218 for information and directions.

Enjoy Mothers Day W i t h U s !

Dessert is a specialty at D.Z. Akin’s.



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May 2014

May 2014 Thru May 4

n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host The Reka Parker/Paul Seaforth to pay tribute to Chet Baker featuring Reka Parker, piano; Paul Seaforth, trumpet and vocals; Jeff Blanco bass; and Bob Daniels, drums at 8 p.m. Cost is $15; $10 students.

n San Diego area Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants are joining

forces for a 5-day fundraiser to benefit the Ninth District PTA. A total of 24 area Jersey Mike’s locations will participate in the fundraiser by giving away some of their most popular sandwiches in exchange for a donation.

Thru May 5 every Monday

May 4

n Robin Henkel & Billy Watson—Brunch with blues music at

n The San Diego State University invites you to enjoy the World

Music Series which spins the globe each week, expanding your knowledge of the world’s people through their music. All performances are in Smith Recital Hall on the SDSU Campus and are open to public. Tickets are $15, general admission and $12, students, seniors (60+) and groups of 10 or more. For information, visit


Thru May 11

n Young Scientist Session 7: Big Blue Ocean takes advantage

of our coastal world to go Under the Sea, become Marine Biologists, plunder A Pirate’s Life and enjoy a Beach Day. Preschoolers age 3-5 (and a parent) explore the scientific wonders of the world through experimentation, investigation and scientific questioning. Four 4-week sessions run monthly. Limited to eight students per class, Thursday, Friday Saturday or Sunday morning, 9—10:30 a.m. Members $75, non-members $85. See more at


May 14 thru June 8

n  Young Scientist session 8: Tinkering Lab challenges kids’

imaginations as they make Simple Machines, think hard for Invention Day, hammer and saw in Woodshop, and explore aerodynamics in Float and Fly. Preschoolers age 3-5 (and a parent) explore the scientific wonders of the world through experimentation, investigation and scientific questioning. Four 4-week sessions run monthly. Limited to eight students per class, Thursday, Friday Saturday or Sunday morning, 9—10:30 a.m. Members $75, non-members $85. See more at

Thru May 19

n  The third annual Kickin’ It Challenge, a two-day soccer

tournament that brings San Diego’s youth soccer teams together to help find the battle against breast cancer, is now open for registration and closes on May 19. The tournament will be held on June 21 and 22 at Frances Ryan Park in Escondido. Register at




Thru May

n theNAT, San Diego Natural History Museum, at 1788 El

Prado, San Diego, invites you to join the Summer Camp where you will learn about science, fun, and friendship. Discover dinosaurs, set sail with pirates, and explore nature’s wonders. Now offered, are half-day camps for pre-K and kindergarten, a full-day schedule for grades 1-5, and grades 6-8. Please call 619.255.0210 or 877.946.7797, or register in-person at the Museum.

May 1

n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host Jazz pianist/composer J. Lee & her quintet featuring Bob Boss, guitar; Bob Magnusson, bass; James Romeo, woodwinds; N. Scott Robinson,percussion; & special guest K.S. Resmi, vocals at 7 p.m. Cost is $15, $10 students.

May 1 Thru 11

n The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts is

staging three dynamic shows in a two-week period at the Lyceum Theatre at 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego; tickets are $10.00. The first one is “Suds, the Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera,” written by Steve Gunderson and Melinda Gilb, directed by Javier Velasco. A tribute to Frank Sinatra follows: The Pop Music Concert. The two-week run closes with “inMotion 2014” the spring dance concert featuring the legendary dance master Donald McKayle’s “The Rainbow Suite.” For information, visit

May 2

n Join San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and The San

Diego LGBT Multicultural Literary Foundation as they Proudly Present: A Night With Nava at the Debra Hoffman Room at the San Diego Foundation at 2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200, San Diego, 6 to 8 p.m. Famed novelist Michael Nova has just released his first book in 14 years, “The City of Palaces.” All attendees will receive a copy of Mr. Nava’s new novel along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, hosted bar, and a reading by Nava followed by a meet and greets session with the author. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.mylgbtfoundation. org/events or by phone at 619.291.3383. n The 20th Annual Taste of the Triangle 2014—“Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Build the Future”—will be an evening of fun, food and fundraising for University City public schools, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at USCD Faculty Club, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. Enjoy food from over 20 restaurants, over 100 silent auction baskets, dancing and over 4 hours of live entertainment. All event proceeds go to UC public schools. For information, visit n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host Dos de Mayo Latin Jazz. Start off the Cinco de Mayo weekend with a jazz celebration of music & culture from Mexico & Latin America featuring vocalist Allison Adams Tucker; Irving Flores, piano; Ignacio Arango, bass/guitar; Fernando Gomez, drums; & Alejandro Carballo, trombone at 8 p.m. Cost is $15. n Gap Intelligence hosts “Drives For Rides” Golf Tournament to benefit Emilio Nares Foundation at Riverwalk Golf Club, 1150 Fashion Valley Road, San Diego at 1 p.m. Proceeds to help fund programs and services for low-income or underprivileged families who have a child battling cancer in San Diego and Orange County. For reservations, sponsorship opportunities, and more information, please visit gap-intelligence-golf-tournament/, or call 619.574.1100.

May 3

n City Partners with Artists to Host the ninth annual “PaintOut” at the Water Conservation Garden at the campus of Cuyamaca College at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, at 9 a.m.—12:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Garden’s gazebo during the Spring Garden Festival. Accomplished artist Chuck McPherson will guide participants with a painting demonstration to introduce techniques that can be used in their interpretation of the water-wise garden, just bring your own materials and your own keen eye. For information, visit or call 619.660.0614. n Future Pointers K-8 Track and Field Meet, 9 a.m., Pt. Loma High School, 2335 Chatsworth Blvd., athletes will compete for their school teams with their school PE Teachers serving as head coach. It will be a fun fill day and all proceeds support Protect Our Pointers. Contact: Eleanor Snyder for more information. n Silver Gate Elementary Foundation Silent Auction and Fiesta at 6 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, 1442 Quivira Road. Help the community raise funds for this Point Loma School. Purchase tickets: n Teen Job Fair, 10 a.m.—1 p.m., at Roberts Family Branch, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, 2230 E Jewell St. Come meet local businesses that are hiring teens, organizations offering volunteer opportunities and local colleges. Contact: 619.247.3598 for more information.


Humphrey’s Backstage from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. Call 619.224.3411 for information. Tickets are $43.50. Miracle Babies will be hosting their 6th annual 5k at  Embarcadero Marina Park South at 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., the timed 5K run starts at 8 a.m. and a family friendly 5K walk at 9 a.m. The fee for walkers is $15 for adults and free for children under 12. Runners fee is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For information, visit www. . You may register on line or the day of the event. San Diego Zoo will host its 4th annual Safari Park Half  Marathon and 10K Run at Westfield North County Mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido, to benefit cheetah care at the Safari Park as well as San Diego Zoo Global’s Wildlife Conservancy. At 5 a.m. Packet Pickup opens with the run beginning at 6:15 a.m. Runners will have the chance to race thorough the scenic San Pasqual Valley and through behindthe-scenes area inside the Safari Park with views of exotic animals such as giraffes, rhinos, antelope and cheetahs. Course closes at finish line inside Safari Park at 9:30 a.m., awards ceremony at Finish Line Festival. For information and registration, visit Muirlands Rocks celebration, 4—7 p.m., Muirlands Middle School, 1056 Nautilus St. Support the school’s foundation and community by attending this festival, which includes music by student performers, games, food and fun. Contact Heather Ryan at for information. Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego presents NYC bassist Michael Feinberg and his new Humblebrag CD with jazz pianist Joshua White; Phil Dizak, trumpet; and Dan Schnelle, drums at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15, $10 students. Fabulous Craft & Wearable Art! The Spring Talmadge Art Show is coming to NTC Central Promenade at Liberty Station Bldg. 177 at Corky McMillin Events Center, 2875 Dewey Rd. & Truxton Rd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Do all of your spring and summer shopping at the show. Kids Gear for Baseball invites little league players, coaches and fans to bring their used baseball gear, especially gloves and baseballs, to the Annual Collection Drive at Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids Gear for baseball will receive the “Baseball Tomorrow Fund” equipment grant for $5000 from Major League Baseball’s “Baseball For Tomorrow Fund.”

dance performances and a classic car show. Kids can enjoy face painting, crafts and more. Visitors can shop at a farmers market, dine at a food truck pavilion, and sip beer and wine from local brewers in a sectioned-off garden. n Enjoy a conversation with Bill McClelland, vice president of International Human Resources at Qualcomm, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the San Diego Foundation, Deborah Hoffman Community Room, at 2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste, 200. This discussion will focus on the ways in which multi-natural corporations address large scale business issues, manage individual employee interactions, and promote company culture and diplomacy, while respecting local customs. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Register at n The 16th Annual Mission Hills Garden Walk Beyond the Gate is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This popular event is a 2.5 mile walking tour that starts at the Mission Hills Nursery and follows a leisurely path through Mission Hills. This year there are 11 beautiful and varied gardens. There will also be artists painting and musicians performing for your enjoyment. Tickets are $25 per sale and $30 day of the event.

May 10 & 11

n The Art Glass Guild, located in historic Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, 1770 Village Place, San Diego, is holding the largest art glass show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children and adults can participate in hands on mosaic projects. This show/sale will highlight various demonstrations including flame working and glass cutting. For information, visit:

May 11

n  Mission Valley Sunset Rotary is hosting its 2nd Annual Mother’s Day 5k on Mother’s Day at San Diego Rescue Mission at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay before brunch and church. Sign up today by visiting

May 12

n The Patio on Goldfinch will be holding a community

outreach event from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cinema Under the Stars Theater, 4040 Goldfinch St. This “meet and greet” will allow all residents and business owners to learn more about the Patio Brand as a whole, as well as inform the community about the restaurant’s operations. This event is open to all residents of Mission Hills as well as surrounding communities. Admission is free. n Concetta Antico, of The Salon of Art Gallery, located at 1920 Stockton Drive, Ste A, San Diego, will provide information on selling and marketing your art from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The session is limited to 12 students only for $595 each, which includes handouts. Beverages and cheese will be served. Call 858.344.6897 to learn more about this special night event.

May 14

n  The Robin Henkel Band will perform with Whitney

May 5

n Parents of Newly Identified Gifted Children Orientation takes

place at 6:30 p.m., Ballard Parent Center, 2375 Congress St. Parents are invited to hear what it means to have a gifted child—from parents of gifted students and from gifted students. Contact: Rhonda K. Zawadski, 619.725.7284.


May 5 & 6

n Reuben H Fleet Science Center at 1875 El Prado, San Diego invites you to the Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower Peaks (active April 19—26). The Eta Azuariids are a strong shower when viewed from the southern tropics. These are swift meteors that produce a high percentage of persistent trains but few fireballs. For information, visit


May 6

n Plug and Play San Diego will hold its third startup pitch

competition from 1 to 5 p.m. at Co-Merge facility, 330 A. St., San Diego. Local startup entrepreneurs will compete for the opportunity to receive an immediate $25,000 in funding and a slot in the Plug and Play Startup Camp program starting in June 2014 in Silicon Valley. n  The San Diego Foundation will be hosting an online networking and giving event for 24 hours (midnight to 11:59 p.m. PST). Your support is needed this year more than ever to help us close the current San Diego Diplomacy Council’s $32,600 funding gap for this fiscal year caused by government shutdown, sequestration and other program cutbacks.



May 8

n theNat, San Diego National History Museum, at 1788 El Prado, San Diego, would like all budding naturalists to enjoy an imaginative journey into nature through dynamic readings and visits to exhibition. Nature & Me Storytime every second Thursday of the month at 10:15 a.m. Open to all ages with a parent or guardian (recommended for ages 1-5). Free with Museum admission. For information, call 877.946.7797 (MF) or visit n Adventures by the Book together with Mission Hills Books & Collectibles is pleased to present another Lit & Libations Adventure with acclaimed author Amy Hatvany at 6:30 p.m. at 4054 Goldfinch St. Cost is $15 per person (includes glass of wine). Enjoy an engaging book discussion, Q&A, and book signing with a fabulous author (the “Lit”), share a glass of wine and light appetizers with fellow reading enthusiasts (the “Libations”). Her latest novel, “Safe with Me,” is the stirring portrait of two moms linked by tragedy and a successful organ donation, and who rescue each other in more ways than one. n Spinoff Goes Hollywood, San Diego’s premier live and silent auction event, will be held at the Hyatt Regency located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. Cocktail reception and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and live auction. Proceeds from the 23rd annual event will benefit patient support services at Scripps Cancer Center. Tickets to attend are $200 per person. To purchase tickets visit www. or call 858.678.6349.

May 9 thru 18

n J*Company Youth Theatre proudly presents Tarzan which tells

the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. This presentation is at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre located at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. For ticket and times visit

May 10

n Join animal lovers and their furry companions for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s 20th annual Walk for Animals. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, vendor village, and fun-filled doggie activities at NTC Park in Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego from 7 a.m. to noon. Proceeds benefit the animals and programs of the San Diego Humane Society. For information, visit walk or contact Jennifer Plunkett at 619.243.3439 ext. 223. n The County of San Diego is opening a new civic treasure— The Waterfront Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway. The 11-acre park encircles downtown’s historic County Adm. Center and overlooks the Star of India and San Diego Bay. The daylong festivities will include a grand opening ceremony when the fountain 830-foot-long will be turned on, free live music,


Shay at Java Joe’s (formerly ArtLab Studios) from 8 to 10 p.m. at 3536 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. Cost is $5. Call 619.283.1151 for information. First Annual Point Loma Cluster Choral Concert takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Dana Middle School, 1775 Chatsworth Blvd. Come and celebrate the singing of Dana Middle School, Correia Middle School, and Point Loma High School choirs, who perform together for the first time. J. Walcher Communications joins The San Diego Council on Literacy for its Fifth Annual “Eat.Drink.Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the NTC Promenade McMillan Event Center (Bldg 177) Liberty Station at 2875 Dewey Rd., San Diego. With one in five adults in San Diego County possessing below basic literacy skills, SDCOL addresses this problem with what has become their largest fundraising event of the year. For tickets and information, visit Intersections of Culture, Fusions of Form: Part II at the San Diego Foundation Hoffman Room 2508 Historic Decatur, San Diego. Two musical artists illuminate the hybrid nature of their projects: The Chinese Pipe and Latin American string instruments meet in a musical dialogue: a dance suite incorporated Afro-Cuban, Latin and Be-bop rhythms. Charles McPherson—Sweet Synergy Suite and Wu Man—When China Meets Latin America. RSVP is required. Please call 619.265.2300 for times and reservation. The San Diego Central Library at 300 Park Blvd. will host a free author talk and book signing with Anna Dewdney at 6 p.m. The author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling “Llama Llama” series, will be there in support of her new children’s book, “Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too.” Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host  authentic folklojazz from Guanabacoa, Cuba: Los Hermanos Arango featuring world-renown bassist Feliciano Arango; Ignacio Arango, guitar; Cristina Arango, vocals; Eugenio Arango, vocals and percussion; Yosvany Verdecia, Juan Carlos Blanco and Amilkar Pena, percussion; Julio Valdes, piano; Peter Green, trumpet; and Gabriel Sundy, saxophone at 8 p.m. Cost is $15; $10 students.

May 15

n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host The Spring Concert from The Mesa College Jazz Ensemble under the direction of James Romeo—with special guests at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15.

May 16

n  Rhapsody on the Point, fundraiser and signature event of the Pt. Loma High and music programs at the Pt. Loma middle and elementary schools, takes place at 6 Humphreys on the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr. Contact: or James Sepulvado for information and tickets. n theNAT gives you Forty Years of Photographing the Natural World at 7 p.m. Join award-winning photographer Tom Mangelsen on a journey from the prairies of Nebraska to Alaska and Antarctica as he speaks about his life’s work as a photographer. Reserve tickets at n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host Bonnie Wright’s fabulously adventuresome Fresh Sound Series with a performance by Vienna composer/alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi and Mexico City drummer Cosmic Brujo. Performance is at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15; $10 students. n Celebrity Poker Championship, benefitting the Junior Seau and Marshall Faulk Foundations, takes place at the Ocean’s Eleven Casino at 121 North Brooks Street, Oceanside, from 7 to 11 p.m. The event includes cocktails and a dinner buffet, silent auction and shootout tournament. Tickets are $300 and spectator passes are $100 at

May 17

n Thomas & Friends Family Day is in full steam, huffing and puffing along at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park. This is a family day celebration not to miss.

May 17 & 18

n Sleeping Beauty is being bought to you by the California Ballet at the San Diego Civic Theater located at 1100 3rd Avenue in downtown San Diego at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 18. A thirty minute pre-performance lecture takes place one hour prior to

curtain and post-performance meet the cast occurs following the ballet. For ticketing and information, and to RSVP for a brunch, call the ticket office at 858.560.6741.

May 17 & 18

n  KidsFest San Diego’s Largest Hands-On Creative Festival for Kids Returns with more than 100,000 Square Feet of Interactive Plan and fun for the Whole Family takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NTC Ingram Plaza in Point Loma. The day will include a wonderland of play, with activities designed to stimulate and celebrate the imagination. For information, visit

May 18

n University of San Diego, at 5998 Alcala Park., Jenny Craig Pavilion will host Reality Changers Scholarship Celebration at 4:30 p.m., an independent non-profit organization that helps challenged students complete high school. Speaker is Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico. Call 619.516.222 for information. n Makua’s “Vintage Hollywood” Annual Fundraiser, benefiting Voices for Children, takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Marine Room, located at 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla. This exciting evening begins with a signature cocktail, followed by a seated dinner prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas. This evening also includes silent and live auctions, live entertainment and dancing to the classic Rat Pack styling of the Richard James Quartet. Guests will walk the red carpet and be photographed with tribute artists “Marilyn Monroe” and “Frank Sinatra.” Attendees are encouraged to wear Hollywood-themed attire from movie star to supporting cast. Tickets are $150—$200 and can be purchased at

May 19

n Scripps Concert for Cancer will celebrate their fourth annual Celebrate Cancer Survivorship with three-time Grammy Award-winning blues artist Keb’ Mo’ who will headline this concert at 7 p.m. at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, located at Point Loma at 2241 Shelter Island Drive. General admission tickets are $55. Tickets for rows two through six are $75, and front-row seats are $100. Tickets are available at More information is available at 1.800.727.4777.

May 20

n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host a special presentation by the hard swinging Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15.

May 22

n San Diego Repertory Theatre at 79 Horton Plaza, invites you to attend the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival at 7:30 p.m. on the Lyceum Stage for “The Dybbuk (for Hannah and Sam’s Wedding)”. The festival has brought together artists from 13 different counties, produced numerous world premiers, and presented work in seven languages. For tickets and pricing, visit

May 23

n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host Japan-

based alto saxophonist Dave Negrete who returns stateside to convene his TRIBE OF D, featuring Joshua White, piano; Rob Thorsen, bass; and Dan Schnelle, drums at 8 p.m. Cost is $15. n  The American Freedom Foundation is holding its 3rd annual “Warriors to the Workforce Hiring Event” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. aboard the USS Midway. It’s free to attend and is open to veterans, military service personal and their spouses. This event brings together major companies from throughout the country to profile their services and provide employment opportunities for veterans. To learn more, visit

May 24

n  Saturday Science Club for Girls: Nano 101 takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park at 1875 El Prado, San Diego. Join us as we explore big ideas related to nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Girls in grades 5—8 can join the Fleet on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. Attendees must pre-register at 619.238.1233 x 806. n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host Joe Marillo on his 82nd birthday, as the treasured godfather of the San Diego jazz community tenor saxophonist. Joe and his quintet, featuring pianist Reka Parker, will perform at 8 p.m. Cost is $15.

May 25

n The Robin Henkel Band with Horns and guest Whitney Shay performs from 8 to 10 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave., San Diego. Cost is $8. Call 619.282.0437 for information.

May 27

n  The San Diego Repertory Theatre at 79 Horton Plaza

invites you to attend the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival at 7:30 on the Lyceum Stage for Yom Yerushalayim with Moshav. The festival is a celebration of artistic expressions of Jewish history, traditions and ideas. For tickets, visit

May 28

n The Robin Henkel Band with Horns and guest Whitney Shay performs from 8 to 10 p.m. at Java Joe’s (formerly ArtLab Studios), 3536 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. Cost is $5. Call 619.283.1151 for information.

May 29

n  The San Diego Repertory Theatre at 79 Horton Plaza, invites you to attend the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival at 7:30 on the Lyceum Stage for Violinist Asi Matathias with Pianist Victor Stanislavsky. This festival has brought together artists from 13 different counties, produced numerous world premiers, and presented work in seven languages. For tickets, visit

May 30

n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will host Gonzalo Bergara & his Quartet at 8 p.m. The performance features Argentinean guitar master Gonzalo Bergara with Leah Zeger, violin; Jeffrey Radaich, rhythm guitar; and Brian Netzley, upright bass. Cost is $20.

May 31

n Father’s Joe’s Villages hosts the 3rd Annual TOWERthon Fun(d)

raiser to benefit the homeless teens of Toussaint Academy. Sports enthusiasts and challenge-minded individuals are invited to go vertical at its TOWERthon from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 550 Corporate Center. Appropriate for most ages and abilities, the event challenges participants to move skyward up 20 flights in one of downtown San Diego’s most attractive and environmentally friendly skyscrapers. For information and to register, visit

June 1

n Dizzy’s at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego will celebrate its

35th year with the Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, featuring the vocals of Janet Hammer at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15.


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May 1 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Mission Hills Book Group will discuss “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. New members are always welcome to attend and participate! Please read the book beforehand. Books are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. This month’s meeting will be at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles at 4054 Goldfinch Street.



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May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Every Friday) from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Children are invited to a fun storytime with books and possibly singing and puppets.

Children’s Craft Time May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Every Saturday) at 10:30 a.m. Kids can develop their artistic skills while enjoying a fun craft time.

Signing Storytime May 5, 12, 19 (Every Monday) from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Find out what’s going on in your baby’s mind, strengthen your bond with your baby, and lessen frustration brought on by miscommunication. Interactive presentation led by Jennifer Duncan also includes sing-alongs and bubble time ending with Q&A period. Age: Birth—4 years of age.

“Famous Book” Club May 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Famous Book Club will discuss “Portuguese Irregular Verbs” by Alexander McCall-Smith. New members are always welcome to attend and participate. Please read the book beforehand. Books are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last.

Pajama Storytime May 6, 13, 20, 27 (EveryTuesday) from 6:30 to 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 pajama!

LEGO Playtime

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

May 7, 14, 21, 28 (Every Wednesday) from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Kids can have fun and get creative while building with LEGOs.

Read to Speedy, the Therapy Dog May 10, 24 (2nd & 4th Saturdays) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kids can develop their reading skills in a supportive environment by reading aloud to a therapy dog named Speedy.

Free Gardening Lecture May 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Water Conservation Garden’s Education Director, Pam Meisner, will share great tips and insights on water-saving ideas for your garden landscape.

Book Sale May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library will hold a book sale. Stock up on books while supporting your Library.

Free Author Talk May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Local Historian Nancy Carol Carter will present a lecture entitled “Before 1915: The Early History of Balboa Park.” You will learn many interesting facts, such as why 2015 is not the centennial of Balboa Park, how Balboa Park got its name, and how the 1915 Panama-California Exposition changed the park forever.

Mystery Book Group May 28 from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. The Mystery Book Group is currently participating in a film and book discussion program called “Women of Mystery.” They will discuss “S Is for Silence” by Sue Grafton and/or “Fire Sale” by Sara Paretsky. New members are always welcome to attend and participate. Books are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last.

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Civic Calendar Hillcrest

1st Tuesday

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

1st Thursday

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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 619.806.9559 for details 6 pm.

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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

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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

May 28, 2014

 ission Hills Garden Club. Master Gardener Meredith M French will provide a power point presentation of Bugs in the Bush, beneficial insects in our gardens at 4070 Jackdaw from 6 to 8 p.m. Members are free; guests pay $10 which becomes part of the membership fee if they join that evening. For more 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

May 14, 2014

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4227 Palmetto Way

Charming single level North Mission Hills Spanish home with classic details. Gorgeous Gumwood built-ins. Batchelder style fireplace, coved ceilings, & hardwood floors. 4 bedrooms & 2 baths on a lovely corner lot in a great location. The deck off the modernized kitchen (granite counters, stainless steel, & a Wolf range) overlooks the beautifully hardscaped backyard with pergola. Original detailing include the quiet front porch, the arched front door with stained glass, and beautiful wood trims.

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Carmel Valley


3580 Jewell Street

Superb location one block from the waterside park at Crown Point. This single level 2 bedroom, 2 bath home sits on a corner lot ready for your updates. Charming curb appeal in a quiet neighborhood. Spacious open floor plan with large living/family room and breakfast/ dining room. Master bedroom with large sitting/office area. Under the clutter and chaos lies a gem just waiting to be polished. Large backyard with stone patio area, fireplace, mature landscaping, and shaded cover. Detached one car garage.


1896 West Montecito Way

Spanish home on a corner lot in a coveted North Mission Hills neighborhood.1930’s period details abound: coved ceilings, hardwood floors with inlays, vintage-tiled bathrooms, mahogany trim and doors, wrought iron appointments, sunken living room, and 3 fireplaces. The master suite has a spacious bath with a claw-footed spa tub, modern closet with built-ins, and a sunny retreat with a fireplace. The pool and spa are nestled within a very private walled courtyard perfect for entertaining.

Call Jim Scott, Broker CalBRE #830226 at 619.920.9511

Call Jim Scott, Broker CalBRE #830226 at 619.920.9511

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18184 Verano Drive

Charming home featuring fireplaces in both living and dining rooms, freshly painted neutral colors throughout, recessed lights, new carpet in the bedrooms, living room, & family room, tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, mature landscaping, and plenty of storage with an additional shed in the back. Enjoy the picturesque view of the back yard with a park like setting from the large family room! Enjoy all of the amenities that RB Swim & Tennis club offers.

Call Jennifer Armitage, Agent CalBRE #01365880 at 619.723.8479


3554 Caminito El Rincon #55

Remodeled and tastefully updated condo 2 bedroom, 2 bath on the ground floor. Well located in a private, grassy pocket of the Camino Villas complex. Travertine floor tiles throughout. Granite countertops, new cabinets in kitchen and both bathrooms. Master walk-in shower with custom tile. Cedar lined closet with built-in cabinets. Private outdoor patio for BBQ looks over green landscape maintained by HOA.

35,000 Potential Customers! For more information, call 619.296.8731

Call Celeste Williams, Agent CalBRE #604671 at 619.405.7575




Bankers Hill

Bankers Hill

230 West Laurel Street $

2400 6 th Avenue



iews Galore! Much sought after 7th floor, west-facing, spacious two bedroom condo with incredible panoramic views of Sea World tower, Point Loma peninsula, harbor, ocean, Coronado, SD airport, and city lights. Hardwood floors, upgraded baths, walk-in laundry closet, new kitchen, loads of storage throughout unit, two large closets in master suite and two parking spaces near elevator. Just move in and have front row seats to the action in America’s Finest City. It’s a wonderful life!




hat a difference a higher floor can make! Instead of looking into trees on the lower floors, this 8th floor home puts you high enough to see over the tree tops and enjoy expansive eastern views of Balboa Park and the mountains. This one level unit in The Bellefontaine also has a spectacular view of the bay and ocean looking from the kitchen window. The light & airy corner unit has recently been freshened: new paint, carpet, French bedroom doors are some of the improvements.

Call Lisa Mortensen • 619.818.5566

Call Jim Scott • 619.920.9511

Agent CalBRE 00583530

Broker CalBRE # 830226


North Mission Hills


4354 North Talmadge Drive $

4120 Eagle Street



ovely 1929 Spanish 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Kensington. A charming spacious courtyard leads you to the charming living room with hardwood floors and coved ceilings plus a traditional fireplace. All rooms are generously sized, and the house has beautifully updated kitchen and baths. This home has wonderful flow and enjoys canyon views from the peaceful back deck, perfect for a large party.




eautiful 1918 Craftsman 1497 square foot single level, two plus bedroom, one bath home in a quiet pocket neighborhood in North Mission Hills. Gorgeous original wood trim, exceptional gumwood dining room with original built-ins and truly remarkable paneling. Hardwood floors. Amazing landscaping in front and an impeccably hardscaped private back yard with a spa so large it can be used as a plunge pool, a built-in bar-b-que area, stone seating areas, and the perfect space for an al fresco outdoor dining room.

Call Jim Scott • 619.920.9511

Call Rocky Rockhill • 619.972.3033

Broker CalBRE 830226

Agent CalBRE # 01197738


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, CalBRE #830226, 619.920.9511

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