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Diplomats, Not Dictators


Roaring 2020’s Big Bash


Grooming, Not Just For Looking Pretty


Emilio Nares Foundation Reaches Milestone



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Bye Bye Mattress Program


Featured Stories

MADCAPS 60th Annual Benefit Show

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“A Story of Ambition, Addiction and Tragedy”


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Diplomats, Not Dictators

Government Charged to Represent Its Constituents

By Patty Ducey-Brooks Being involved in a small business and assisting other small businesses around the country has some real benefits, versus working in big corporate America. I have done both in my lifetime and have valued these experiences. One moves slower, has layers of bureaucracy, and, also tends to be more political. That’s big corporate America. The other, small businesses, have to be agile, think on their feet (as we say), be very strategic and rely on others to help through their work and business challenges. That’s why I have always been involved with small business organizations (such as BIDs and chambers of commerce) throughout my career. The benefit of these organizations is that small businesses become a part of a team, working together to get things done, and being collaborative in their thinking processes and actions. What worries me is that some of our politicians seem unaware of the challenges of small businesses and the overwhelming layers of regulation and business fees and taxes that continues to be a drain on their success. And, though they don’t have the financial means to make large campaign donations, they make significant contributions to the wellbeing of their communities and the people who they hire and support. Recently I learned of all the “new” laws that are being initiated in the state of California. It was a shock to know of the impact of these laws on the residents and small businesses of the state and those that do business here. During a recent board meeting of the Old Town San Diego Chamber, I stated to representatives of some elected officials that we need to rein in some of the unreasonable, not well thought out rules, regulations and bills that continue to change the business climate in the state of California. Due to the fact that I frequently travel out of state on business and meet with other small business owners, it has become the norm, not the exception, that I receive criticism of the government of the state of California. Ironically, I hear this from people who are Democrats and Republicans. This is a bipartisan issue. We are no longer considered a business-friendly state. Instead, we are perceived as a “regulatory and taxation” state, which is very worrisome. Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize that there may be an issue with our elected officials who are making these decisions on the city, county and state levels. It may behoove us to review their backgrounds and experiences. The

questions we need to ask include, have they worked in government their entire lives, and do they understand the struggles of being a business owner? I have serious doubts they do. And, I’ve learned that some politicians have serious agendas that often do more harm than good for the population at large. They seem to forget they represent all of their constituents, not just a chosen few. In this issue, there is an article on page 4 that also addresses entrepreneurship and how regulatory issues and taxation are preventing Senator Brian Jones, representing Santee, new small businesses from has co-authored a bill to repeal AB5. existing, and/or succeeding. Obviously, I am not alone in expressing my concerns and desire for change in the state of California. It’s time for our elected officials to listen and support the businesses that are trying to succeed in California. Otherwise, expect to see an exodus of good businesses and residents. And, expect more criticism from people from throughout the United States stating California’s government is over regulating and taxing businesses located here and throughout the country. As I am writing this article I just learned that Senator Brian Jones, representing Santee, has co-authored a bill to repeal AB5. (See page 6 for this article.) So, despite those elected officials who seem to be working against small businesses, there are others who are working to change this situation. We thank Senator Brian Jones for his willingness to stand up and work on our behalf.•

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Vincent de Paul School Presents

Roaring 2020’s Big Bash

Dust off your glad rags and grab your friends as you make your way over to St. Vincent de Paul School’s Roaring 2020’s Big Bash. Participate in an unforgettable night of 1920’s era fun, fabulous dining, music, dancing, and much more. This annual fundraising event is on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at The Bay View Restaurant–Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. where guests can bid on their favorite silent auction items and win other fabulous raffle prizes. At 7 p.m. guests will enjoy dinner, dancing, and live auction. Guests will be putting on the Ritz and serving up the hooch to celebrate the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20s. Guests are encouraged to wear 1920’s inspired attire at this fabulous event that brings together school families, parishioners, and the community to support a great cause. This exciting evening is sure to be a memorable one as attendees spend a night in the Speakeasy and support St. Vincent de Paul School. Organizers state, “It’s going to be the bee’s knees.” Tickets are $100 each and sponsorships are also available. Proceeds benefit students at St. Vincent’s and assist in fulfilling their mission to empower its students by providing them with a quality Catholic education. The school inspires its students to live and deepen their faith, with a focus on the Gospel message that motivates them to respond to the needs of others. For more information about purchasing tickets or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.svscatholic.org or call 619.838.1368. St. Vincent de Paul School is a Catholic, co-educational elementary school, founded in 1948 in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, St. Vincent’s educates children from Preschool through Eighth Grade.•

Dressed for the Big Bash are (left to right) Charo and Gary Mouritzen.

The U.S. Navy Announces Its Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Hold Public Scoping Meetings for Revitalization of NAVWAR Facilities on the Old Town Campus at Naval Base Point Loma, California Left to right are Sheila Zilaro, Cristina Friedrich and Laura Pollan from a previous Big Bash event.

When Ordinary Jewelry is Simply Not Good Enough

The U.S. Navy is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess potential environmental effects associated with revitalization of the Old Town Campus (OTC) to support Naval Information Warfare Systems Command’s (NAVWAR) current and future operational readiness. The Navy initiated a 30day public scoping process on January 24, 2020 to identify community interests and specific issues for analysis in the EIS. Additional opportunities for public participation will occur after the publication of the Draft EIS in Summer 2020. MAIL SCOPING COMMENTS TO: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Navy OTC Revitalization EIS Project Manager Attention: Ron Bochenek 1220 Pacific Highway (Code: EV21.RB) San Diego, CA 92132-5101 SUBMIT SCOPING COMMENTS ONLINE:


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MADCAPS Announces

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60th Annual Benefit Show

“School Days at MADCAPS High”

Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies (MADCAPS) is celebrating its 60th anniversary of community service with its annual benefit show that takes place from Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14 in Point Loma Nazarene University’s Brown Chapel Theater. The theme for this year’s benefit show is “School Days at MADCAPS High.” Relive your own high school memories, as the MADCAPS girls take us on a journey through high school life. In addition, each night a philanthropy that MADCAPS partners with will also be featured. Tickets for this year’s show go on sale February 1, 2020 with prices ranging from $10 to $35. Sponsorships are also available. Tickets, and more information about sponsoring the benefit show are available at www.sdmadcaps.org. “We are thrilled to be celebrating our 60th anniversary. It is an important milestone for our organization and we are proud of the impact we have had on our community since 1960, said Nancy Kaase, MADCAPS president. “We would like to invite the community to attend our upcoming benefit show. It will be very entertaining performance as well as an opportunity to support our organization as we continue to raise much needed funds The theme for this year’s benefit show is “School Days at MADCAPS High.” for local nonprofits.” Photo is courtesy of Jon Lyons. This annual musical extravaganza has become MADCAPS signature fundraising event to provide financial support to dozens of local charities. The underwriting of major production costs, proceeds from ticket and advertising sales, and the donated time and expertise of the girls, their families and friends, make it possible to give to these local San Diego nonprofits. All of this would not be possible without the generous support of this year’s benefit show sponsors, which include The Sinnott Family, Point Loma Association, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, Ocean Dental Care–Michelle Yamada, DDS, Inc., San Diego Smile Pro–Dr. Adams, and West Coast General Building Contractors, Inc. MADCAPS formed in 1960 when a group of 27 mothers came together with the common goal of creating a philanthropic organization alongside their daughters. The purpose as a private, nonprofit organization is to involve mothers and daughters in direct service to and support of established philanthropic organizations. To further this purpose, mothers will actively nurture the training of their daughters in philanthropic commitments, teaching personal responsibility, as well as responsibility to the needs of others, so that all members may fully realize the benefits of involvement in the community. The organization is comprised of over 200 mothers and their daughters in seventh through twelfth grade who reside in the neighborhoods of Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Mission Hills and Hillcrest. In addition to the over 8,000 hours of community service volunteered by the girls each year, MADCAPS presents an annual high-energy music and dance benefit show to raise additional funds for these local charities. Since its inception, MADCAPS has raised over $1,270,000 for local charities and performed thousands of hours of volunteer service to nonprofit organizations throughout the San Diego community. Organizations that have benefited from MADCAPS philanthropy include Father Joe’s Villages, YMCA Becky’s House, UCSD Bannister Family House, Rady Children’s Hospital, Autism Tree Project Foundation, Therapeutic Recreation Services, San Diego Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, and San Diego River Park Foundation. MADCAPS also volunteer their time at the yearly Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. For more information about MADCAPS visit www.sdmadcaps.org.•


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Special Valentine’s Day Setting?

If you’re looking to share a cozy space with your special someone this Valentine’s Day, Tahona in Old Town, located at 2414 San Diego Avenue, offers a duo of ways to celebrate. Tahona will serve a prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday, February 14 in its Oaxaca-inspired dining room, with seating times at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Both seatings will begin with a mood-setting welcome cocktail preceding four courses of fare showcasing the flavors of Mexico and crafted by Tahona’s Executive Chef Adrian Villareal, who has worked in celebrated kitchens around the world including the internationally famous Noma. And for those looking to add a little something sweet to their Valentine’s Day, Tahona will also offer chocolate and mezcal pairings in its tasting room throughout February 14 and February 15 (separate dinner reservations are not required). Advance reservations for dinner and/or a chocolate and mezcal pairing experience are highly recommended. Reservations can be made by calling 619.255.2090 or through www.tahonabar.com.•

Sponsored by Maureen and Antoinette If you would like to participate, please drop by our office at 1621 W. Lewis St. and fill out a registration card. Almost 100 homes are involved with this event each year! Questions? 619-800-1103

Enjoy a chocolate and mescal pairing in the tasting room at Tahona. Photo is courtesy of Haley Hill.

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Embrace Entrepreneurship to By Wayne Winegarden

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Win the War on Poverty

More than 38 million Americans are living in poverty, according to the latest U.S. Census data. That’s just under 12 percent of the population. Not exactly what President Lyndon Johnson had in mind when he declared war on poverty in 1964. Since then, the U.S. poverty rate has averaged about 13 percent. It’s declined slightly during economic booms and ticked up during recessions. In other words, the War on Poverty has been fought to a draw, despite trillions of dollars in federal spending. Yet more spending is exactly what the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are calling for as part of their effort to alleviate poverty. There’s a better way to help people climb the economic ladder. And that’s by making it easier to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is one of the surest ways for those with low incomes to beat a path into the middle class. A study from the Small Business Administration found that “self-employed workers who own incorporated businesses have much higher earnings than all other worker groups in low-income areas.” Entrepreneurship is also a pivotal way for immigrants to secure the better life they sought by coming here. Nearly 30 percent of all new entrepreneurs are immigrants. But as a new report on the state of entrepreneurship from the

Pacific Research Institute shows, government has erected barriers that make it difficult for low-income entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground, hire more workers, and work their way out of poverty. These barriers include costly business taxes, fees, and permits; a complicated tax code that requires significant out-of-pocket expense for compliance; nonsensical occupational licensing laws that impede a person’s right to work; and exceedingly high minimum wage laws that make it difficult for entrepreneurs to create jobs. All told, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees face nearly $12,000 in costs per worker just to comply with government regulations. Adhering to the tax code costs very small businesses—those with one to five employees—about $ 4,300 per employee. There are several market reforms that policymakers can deploy to reverse this trend. In light of these unconscionable tax and regulatory costs, policymakers should cut bureaucratic red tape, simplify the tax code, and jettison ill-considered new regulations such as a $15 minimum wage. Reforms should also focus on improving low-income entrepreneur’s access to capital, which is perhaps the biggest hurdle aspiring businesses must overcome. Starting a business takes an estimated 4.4 times the median

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Repeal AB 5

State Senator Brian jones (R-Santee) today announced he coauthored “The Right to Earn a Living Act,” a measure by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) that would overturn Assembly Bill 5. Last year’s AB 5, by liberal Democrat Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher of San Diego, is forcing thousands of independent contractors to become formal employees of a business. AB 5 has been a boon to union leaders but horrible for California’s economy, workers and businesses. AB 5 is particularly harmful to less traditional businesses, particularly for those owned by women and persons of color who prior to AB 5 were working to get ahead in the California economy. Kiley and Jones’ Assembly Constitutional Amendment 19 would, if approved by the voters, overturn AB 5 and allow Californians to have maximum flexibility in deciding what type of work environment best serves the needs of them and their family. Specifically, ACA 19 states: “ Individuals have the right to pursue a chosen business or profession free from arbitrary or excessive government interference,” and that state law “shall not prevent an employer from agreeing to an employee’s request for a flexible work schedule… “ Hardworking Californians should have the basic right to decide if they want to be an independent contractor or in a traditional employer-employee arrangement,” said Senator Jones. “If the employer and the worker jointly agree to flexible work hours or unconventional work settings, the government should keep its nose out of it.”•

net worth of an African-American household. It takes four times the median net worth of the average Latino family. The Federal Reserve’s annual Small Business Credit Survey notes that firms seeking between $100,000 and $250,000 have the most difficult time securing financing. These are the microbusinesses that lowincome entrepreneurs are building from the ground up. Community banks are the traditional providers of credit for these firms. But they’ve been stymied by overly burdensome federal regulations. Reforms enacted in 2018 exempted small banks from some of the Dodd-Frank Act’s most onerous regulations; that should help improve small businesses’ ability to access credit in the future. Starting a new business has always been a piece of the American dream. Unfortunately, too many government-created obstacles stand in the way of entrepreneurs toiling to produce better lives for their families. Removing these obstacles is essential to ultimately winning the War on Poverty. Wayne Winegarden is a senior fellow in business and economics at the Pacific Research Institute. Download a copy of his study “Entrepreneurship as a Pathway to the American Dream” at www. pacificresearch.org.•

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Animal News


Grooming, Not Just For Looking Pretty By Salvador Gomez, head groomer at VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital One of my primary roles as a pet groomer is to make pet owners aware of certain things we experience with your pets. In some cases, our findings are life saving. One day I was grooming a dog and came across a new, mole-like growth. As a groomer, we always alert owners of new growths. However, in this case the mole was malignant. It was removed by the veterinarian, and as of today the pet is alive and well at the age of 15, and still going strong. Ear infections can be very painful for your pet. By bringing your pet in to be groomed on a regular basis we can keep ears free of excess hair. This procedure enables air to get into the canals, which helps to keep infections from occurring. Dogs that have an excess amount of ear hair, not groomed on a regular basis, suffer more. That’s because there is a larger amount to remove at a single time. By delaying, it can be more uncomfortable, than if you came in regularly for this procedure. Weight loss or gain are also life changing issues as groomers. We observe and alert the pet owners. As a member of our canine team, Meadow Beidler, who specializes in cat grooming at VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital, will alert cat owners Cats and dogs can benefit from regular grooming. when she feels there has been a significant amount of weight loss on a cat. That’s because this can often be due to a health issue, and needs to be addressed by their veterinarian. It’s always my advice to owners that food intake may need to be modified when there is a waistline issue. We may need to suggest a reduction on treats/ cookies or food intake, as excess weight can lead to many health issues. Additionally, as soon as your new puppy has received its last set of vaccinations, it is beneficial for them to get their first grooming. If you do this, they will receive early exposure to the clippers, dryers, and noise that comes with the grooming experience. Ultimately, it should be your goal to provide your puppy with an enjoyable grooming experience, and your aging animal to being groomed on a regularly basis.•

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Coconut is a handsome, five-year old tabby with striking green eyes reminiscent of his tropical namesake. That’s because every day is a day at the beach with Coconut by your side. He can be a little bit shy at first but quickly becomes a flirty lovebug according to his foster family, who has loved seeing him come out of his shell and seek affection. Coconut’s adoption fee includes his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, waived enrollment fee for medical insurance from PetFirst, a complimentary bag of nutritious Purina Pro Plan ®, and a license for residence in the city limits of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista. (*Does not apply to some small animals.) Coconut is currently in a foster home, if you’d like to meet him please call 619.299.7012 to make an appointment. Bubba is one cool dude, and he’s a two-year old, boxer/plott hound mix. He is housebroken and a good boy on walks. Although he can be a little shy at first, he warms up quickly. Bubba would be happiest in a home with a patient family who is committed to helping him thrive and continue with his positive reinforcement training, especially when he gets anxious. Bubba’s adoption fee includes his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, waived enrollment fee for medical insurance from PetFirst, a complimentary bag of nutritious Purina Pro Plan ®, and a license for residence in the city limits of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista. Bubba currently resides at the San Diego Campus of the San Diego Humane Society, located at 5500 Gaines Street in San Diego. For more information, call 619.299.7012 or visit www. sdhumane.org.

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Put Yourself First

By Blake Beckcom

If you’re familiar with the phrase “you can’t pour from an empty cup” then you understand the reasoning behind caring for yourself first. You have to be whole to be helpful. These days, people are busier than ever, and when you have a spouse, relatives, coworkers, friends and children in the mix, your responsibilities to others can make you feel pulled in many directions. And while it may seem like giving everything you have to everyone around you is the answer to keeping those in your life happy, it’s actually the opposite that can truly make sense. Invest in yourself first. You have to love yourself to be able to give maximum love to others. It’s a simple concept. The better I feel about me; the better I feel about life. The more I love me, the more love I can give. I love more, when I love me more. Let’s face it; no one is harder on you, than you. This is a universal truth. We are always trying to measure up: to work pressure, to internet and magazine images, or, what we think others think about us, and to what we think about ourselves. Our looks, hair, height, weight, age, name it; we beat ourselves down about it. All of our cups are in fact half full, but we usually look at them as half empty. Come on, you know it’s true. What we think about ourselves impacts how we connect and how we love. This month at Fitness Together, we’re focused on finding the “Strength to Succeed” in life, at work, at love, and that means giving yourself all the tools you need to feel good, including proper self-care. We’re of the mindset that a well cared for human being who is healthy and feels good in their own skin is in the right position to serve others. This means, when they are the very best version of themselves you can be more giving. How do you do it? Focus on treating yourself kindly and being as healthy as you can through the following three ways. Make time for fitness, and invest in your workouts. Working out is not selfish. It’s quite the opposite. When you improve your health, mobility, energy and overall fitness through regular workouts, you are better able to show up for the people in your life. You just plain feel stronger and more confident. A fit and functioning person who can tackle what life presents is much preferable to a tired and sedentary person who isn’t ever up for a challenge. If you want to be able to play with your grandchildren, take a bike ride with your friend, or join a recreational softball league with your coworkers, you need to make sure your body is able and strong by participating in a regular exercise routine. Everyone around you benefits when you are your strongest and fittest you can be. Choose healthy food, and invest in high-quality nutrition. Grabbing fast food in the car on the way to work is not doing you or anyone around you any favors. When you don’t eat properly, your energy level and mood are bound to suffer—and that’s likely going to also be apparent to

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those around you. Instead, fueling up on whole foods, healthy fats, fruits, veggies, complex carbs and lean proteins can make you feel great. It’s a worthy investment to grocery shop for the right foods, prepare them at home and eat when you’re hungry. When you’ve given your body the right amount of calories from the best kind of food you can get your hands on, you’ll be glowing, energized and well positioned to be there for others in your life. And you may even Blake & Gwen Beckcom inspire others to also eat healthier food. Prioritize your wellbeing, and invest in your self-care regimen. While we understand that it’s not always possible to get a massage, meditate, take a bubble bath, and make perfect healthy choices every single day, we do know that every little bit helps. That’s why you should make it a point to schedule time regularly to do something that recharges you. In fact, if you give yourself at least five minutes a day to either enjoy peace and quiet via a morning meditation or devotional, to hitting the gym, cooking a delicious meal, seeing an acupuncturist, going on a nature walk, or applying your favorite facial mask, you are telling yourself that you are worth it—and that means a lot. People who spend time caring properly for themselves are said to be happier, more confident, more energetic and overall stronger people. They also tend to share that positivity with those around them—ultimately benefiting everyone. One of the common themes in fitness is the “feel good” outcome. Momentum builds as we get fitter. Our nutrition choices also experience an improvement. All of which combine to give us the “feel good” result. When you feel good, and are strong and svelte, all of those little things you beat yourself up over tend to diminish. And, it is a continuum, in that the more you live the fitness lifestyle, the better you eat, the less you drink, the better you sleep, the less you fret, the more you love, and ultimately, the happier you are. Your life attitude gets a big upswing. Everything in life looks, feels, and is better when you are toned, fit and healthy. Remember, you are the only person who has to live with you and your choices every single minute of every single day. Never underestimate the power of caring for yourself in the right way. And if you do, you will definitely have the strength to succeed!• Fitness Together Mission Hills offers personal training with qualified professionals by regular appointment in private suites. Exercise and 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.

I Don’t Have A Will?

By Rick Brooks

I occasionally hear this question, and the answer is somewhat surprising to those who ask me: even if you do not create a Last Will and Testament, you still have one. It was written by your state legislature. A will is basically a set of instructions that tells your heirs how to wind up your affairs after you die. This includes who gets your assets, and who you would like to take care of children or pets, etc. Because not everyone writes these instructions while they’re living, every state has laws that describe in detail what happens if you die without a will. It’s called “Intestate Succession,” and the process is managed by the probate courts. Leaving such important decisions up to a court can be very expensive and can lead to undesired outcomes. The most important things The two most important factors in the estate process, at least in California, are whether you’re married and how you hold title to your assets. In California, all property acquired during marriage is considered “Community Property” that is owned equally by both spouses. Not all states recognize this concept, but for those that do, there can be serious ramifications. Titling of property is equally important–and seemingly minor differences can have a huge impact on how your assets are passed on. For example, property titled as joint tenants, or joint tenants with right of survivorship, will pass to the survivor on the death of one of the owners. “Tenants in common” is another way to jointly own property, but the survivor doesn’t automatically inherit the interest of the one who died. Clearly, it’s important to pay close attention to how your assets are titled, whether or not you have a will. What a will won’t cover There are some things that will happen whether or not you have a will. For example, financial assets, which have designated beneficiaries like 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts and life insurance policies pass directly to the beneficiaries without going through the probate courts. However, if you haven’t designated any beneficiaries on the accounts, or if the beneficiaries can’t be located or identified at your passing, then

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these assets may have to go through the probate process to figure out what to do with them. Dying without a will in California. If you die without a will in California, and you are married at the time of your death, property that is determined to be community property goes 100 percent to your spouse. Non-community property, also called separate property, will pass to your heirs depending on who they are and how many of them are still living. Only if you have no living children, grandchildren, siblings or parents can your spouse inherit your separate property. If you do have heirs (parents or children), then your spouse will receive a portion of these assets and your heirs will receive the rest. If you’re not married at the time of your death, then your heirs will receive your assets. The order here is: Children, if living, or the issue of your children (their children, grandchildren, etc.), Your parents, then the issue of your parents (brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews) Your grandparents, then the issue of your grandparents, etc. Probate is a complex process involving courts, attorneys and strict rules. While there are statutory maximum fees that can be charged, attorneys can petition the court to waive these limits in complex cases, so probate can get very expensive, especially if each potential heir hires an attorney to fight over what’s left of your assets. Finally, it’s important to note that a will does not eliminate probate, but it does make the process easier by giving the court guidelines on how you want things to be done. To avoid probate entirely, spend a little money and work with an estate planning specialist to create a will and a revocable living trust. The cost will be a fraction of probate and will allow you to decide how and to whom your assets are divided when you die.• This column is prepared by Rick Brooks, CFA®, CFP®. Brooks is director/investment management with Blankinship & Foster, LLC, a wealth advisory firm specializing in financial planning and investment management for people preparing for retirement. Brooks can be reached at 858.755.5166, or by email at rbrooks@bfadvisors.com. Brooks and his family live in Mission Hills.

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Attracting Backyard Birds with Mike Matherly By Barb Strona At its first meeting in 2020, Mission Hills Garden Club was entertained and educated about what we could do to encourage birds to visit our yards. A long-time member of the Audubon Society, Mike Matherly is well versed about birds. As he took us through his slide show, he knew what species was singing in all photos he had taken from his own yard. His focus was on how to attract and keep birds in your yard while maintaining their health, safety, and pleasure. Birds need shelter, a place that shields them from inclement weather and from predators. While feeding wild animals is frowned upon, Matherly asked us if it is unethical to have birdhouses or bird feeders. His answer is an emphatic no. Birds will enjoy your offerings as a treat, but they find the mainstay of their diet themselves. Matherly spoke about the little hummingbird. Its wings beat 20 times a second while its heartbeat is 1000 beats per second. To maintain this incredible activity, it must eat its weight in nectar every day. Birds that are prey should be fed near dense shrubbery or places where they can seek safety quickly and easily. What you feed depends on whom you wish to feed. Hummingbirds are best fed a homemade sugar water. To kill any bacteria, boil four cups of water for a few minutes. Then add one cup of sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved, put it in a clean feeder. Whenever the water in the feeder appears cloudy, remove the feeder, dump the water, and clean the feeder carefully. Hanging the feeder in shade slows bacterial growth. For other birds, make your own mix of seeds. Pre-packaged seed often has

Finches come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are an enjoyment to watch.

corn as a filler, which most birds cannot eat. Sunflower seeds are a great favorite of house finches. Blue birds love mealworms. (Pet stores sell them.) Most birds enjoy a meal of insects and bugs. When you clean your garden, place a collection of fallen leaves where bugs will propagate near the feeder or housing for your visitors. The birds will feast. A wide base on your feeder will attract doves that are notoriously messy feeders. Keeping the ground clean of fallen seed avoids attracting vermin: mice, rats, and other potential pests. Matherly also often uses feeders with a moat to keep ants away. Millet is a food that can be fed on the ground. White crowned sparrows migrating from Alaska would enjoy such a treat. Birdhouses and bird feeders need to be cleaned. Vinegar mixed with dish soap is good to use. Both feeders and houses should come

apart easily so you can clean them. Should you find a dead bird, take away all food and any shelter you’ve made. Clean everything thoroughly with bleach. Wait a few weeks before replacing these items to prevent possible spread of disease. To keep birds safe from knocking themselves out or breaking their necks by flying full speed into a window, keep feeders less that three feet away or more than 30 feet away from the glass. Matherly and his wife hung Zen curtains: parachute cords spaced about four inches apart in front of a picture window. The threads do not disturb your view, but they alert birds to slow down. Another major killer of birds is the house cat. Each cat can kill about 100 birds annually. These cats are one of the major threats of certain birds’ extinction. The only solution is to keep your cat indoors. An indoor cat lives about 15 years whereas

an outdoor cat’s average lifetime is three years. Vets advocate keeping your cat indoors to protect it from larger predators such as coyotes and some of the larger raptors, from possible poisonings, from becoming roadkill, from infectious diseases, and from bringing in fleas or getting an abscess from a cat fight. Birds need to bathe frequently to clean excessive oil and dirt from their feathers. They love a birdbath, which must have a ledge or large rocks so the bird can easily enter and leave the water. Keeping it clean is essential. Mold can be killed with bleach and then carefully wash the bath using a brush if necessary. The water should be dumped and refilled daily (cleanliness for the birds and avoiding mosquitoes for the humans). Scrub the bath to remove algae every two weeks. To make the birds really happy, arrange a way to have a drop of water hit the bath every few seconds. This can be done with a split faucet for two hoses so you can use one at a time. Buy a hooked stand and fasten one hose securely to the hook. Firmly anchor the other end in the ground. Adjust the flow on so only a drop is released every few seconds. This entertains birds. Matherly’s talk was educational and entertaining. His talk was extremely well organized. I am anxious to get a birdbath; I don’t need a hummingbird feeder with a plethora of tubular flowered plants and hordes of hummingbirds; I am too lazy to deal with birdseed. I do subscribe to the Audubon Society’s Newsletter, which I enjoy despite not being a “birder.” This month we meet from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 26 at the Mission Hills Church of Christ at 4070 Jackdaw. The topic is Why We Do What We Do to Maintain Our Gardens with Bill Tall.•

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Lucky in Love in Mission Hills By J. Daniel Geddis,  ission Hills Business Improvement District M Realtor, Team D&B at One Mission Realty

Though it has been celebrated since the 15th century as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance around the world, if you are anything like me Valentine’s Day can become overwhelming when it feels stores have been filled with red and pink candies and cards since December. Advance planning and a reservation will help ease the pressure. Whether your celebration includes cards, sweets, flowers, meals, facials or massages, or any combination thereof, why not include a stop in Mission Hills. And, you will have a new shopping opportunity with Backbone Floral and Vintage newly opened by Jesse Zmuda at 1530 West Lewis Street. For me, doing something unique and local is a great way to enjoy every holiday. It hardly seems possible a year has passed since I was writing this column as the duly elected president of the Mission Hills BID. Having been re-elected president, I am honored to continue to share the BID’s voice. And, last month, after Colors on Canvas will launch in March facilitating a daylong Mission Hills Business Improvement District strategic planning workshop, I am optimistic and excited for the year ahead. This workshop is an annual event where the board of directors huddles and plans for the coming year. On behalf of the entire BID board, I extend appreciation to Sophia Hussein, general manager at Fort Oak, for use of the dining room during non-dining hours and for a delicious and nutritious lunch. To the BID board of directors I offer my sincerest thanks for your time and dedication to sustaining the vitality of our neighborhood through the work ahead of us in 2020. We have a great team! During 2020, the Mission Hills BID will be extending Quarterly Mixer invitations to those who work, live and spend time in Mission Hills. The Mixers have long provided business-to-business networking opportunities. This year, we will expand the opportunity beyond business owners so people who enjoy spending time in Mission Hills may attend our Mixers. I think our mixers are an especially great opportunity for the many home-based businesses in Mission Hills to meet and engage with the community. A robust raffle takes place at each Mixer consisting of items donated by local business owners. Please take a moment to let us know at MissionHillsBID@gmail.com that you wish to be added to our mailing list, and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on upcoming Mixers and other events. For the fifth consecutive year, the San Diego County Fair invited us to showcase our Mission Hills businesses on banners installed on lampposts throughout the neighborhood. A professional photographer will be in Mission Hills on Friday, February 28 from 10 a.m. until noon especially for this purpose. The banners will be installed from mid-May through early-July, corresponding with the dates of the Fair. To find out more about how you may showcase your Mission Hills business, please contact Susan McNeil Schreyer, executive director, Mission Hills BID at MissionHillsBID@gmail.com. Again this year, the BID will host Colors on Canvas, its community-wide hand painted banner art contest for artists of all ages and skill levels. The contest, in memory of artist Marianne Kalem who was our inspiration, will launch in March. Last year more than 800 student artists from neighborhood schools and art programs participated. We are excited to serve as hosts. Fundraising for the contest is underway. If you are interested in making a donation to support the 2020 Colors on Canvas contest, please contact Susan McNeil Schreyer, executive director, Mission Hills BID at MissionHillsBID@gmail.com. And, speaking of events, mark your calendars for the Ninth Annual Taste of Mission Hills taking place from 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 7. It is an absolute must do “taste” with several best of San Diego restaurants participating, and at least one new addition to the line-up with Cardellino scheduled to open within days of this February column going to print, a few pop-ups in the works, and Old Town Trolley slated to transport you and your taste buds over the five-mile taste circuit. If you have ideas for a fun promotion and have time to help implement it, please attend a Mission Hills BID committee meeting on the second Wednesday of the month beginning at 3 p.m. at the new Mission Hills Library. We welcome your input. Please visit our website at MissionHillsBID.com, or find us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for news on what’s happening in Mission Hills and for the most up-to-date information about BID goings-on.•

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Emilio Nares Foundation Reaches Milestone

Serves 4,000 Children Battling Cancer in Southern California

The Emilio Nares Foundation invites the San Diego community to participate in the month long Ride with Emilio Campaign in March to focus on eliminating children missing their cancer treatments due to lack of transportation. The Emilio Nares Foundation is a nonprofit that has helped families navigate their child’s journey through cancer for 16 years. In December 2019, the Emilio Nares Foundation hit their one million mile mark, serving 4,000 children across Southern California. The Ride with Emilio Campaign will kick off on Monday, March 2 and the Ride Along Day for children battling cancer will take place on Friday, March 20. The Emilio Nares Foundation recognizes that not all children with cancer are able to get to their cancer treatments. Some children whose families don’t have cars are unable to get them to the proper care they need in order to have the fighting chance against cancer. The campaign aims to highlight the importance of providing rides for lowincome families with children who are battling cancer in Southern California. “In 2018, approximately 2,200 children missed cancer treatment appointments in the greater Los Angeles area Berlineda and Beline share the front seat of the ENF vehicle. In the back seat, from left to right are due to transportation,” said Karen Terra, CEO and president Christian Blanco and Antoinette Daniella Sanchez. In the back seat is Valerie Blanco. of the Emilio Nares Foundation. “The Ride with Emilio Program has traveled over one million miles to provide rides for over 4,000 children in Orange County, San Diego, and south LA. We’re very excited to celebrate the one million mark this year and to fundraise to continue serving children with cancer and expanding our services.” San Diegans can help raise critical funds for children battling cancer by participating in Ride Along Day on Friday, March 20, which will depart around 9:30 a.m. from 3020 Children’s Way, San Diego CA 92123 and will make its way to major corporate partners. Anyone interested in supporting the Ride with Emilio Campaign is encouraged to do any of the following: • Become a Ride with Emilio corporate partner. • Join the campaign page to add to our team at RideWithEmilio.org. • Ask your company to MATCH your donation. Ask your HR department for details. • Join as a partner for Ride Along Day.

To learn more about the Ride with Emilio campaign, visit www.ridewithemilio.org.•

The Am erican Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

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Elects First Latina Presiden

Bertha Hernandez, the principal designer and owner of BH&A Interior Design, has been elected the first Latina president of the American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) San Diego chapter for a one-year term. Hernandez specializes in residential and commercial interior design at her firm, especially “optimizing the functionality of space.” In 2017, she earned her “Certified Aging in Place Specialist” designation (CAPS). Her extensive educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Every Saturday and Sunday Engineering from California State University, Northridge, with a concentration in Machine 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Design. She earned her California EIT license– and for her senior design project–she worked on a revolutionary new concept called “the hybrid car,” where she served as configuration specialist using SDRC, a cutting-edge 3-D modeling software. That specialty allowed her to secure her first job in the aircraft industry after graduation, where she designed automated cargo systems. Later, she transitioned into •Paintings •Jewelry •Photography Telecom and worked on designing fiber-optic •Hand Blown Glass systems for Pacific Bell/SBC, both in Los Angeles •Clothing •Pottery and San Diego. Her interest in the built environment and its influence on society led her to the Interior Bertha Hernandez has earned numerous awards Design program at Mesa College and a shift in for her community service, including the careers. She has been involved in ASID ever Daughters of the American Revolution since in various leadership roles. Medal of Honor. Hernandez has earned numerous awards for her community service, including the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor, City of Los Angeles Outstanding Youth, City of Los Angeles Certificate of Tribute, California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition 38th & 39th Districts, California State Legislature Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Community, and SBC Hidden Hero Award 1999 and 2000. The new ASID board of directors also includes Suzi O’Brien, Allied ASID, president-elect; Megan Siason, Allied ASID, director of communications; Dasha Hervey, Allied ASID, membership director; Melanie Durkee, Industry Partner ASID, director of finance; Rachel Cooney, Allied On Harney Street in the Heart of Old Town ASID, director of professional development; Marcia Bryan, ASID, director at large; and Michelle OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO o l d t o w n s a t u r d a y m a r k e t . c o m CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Underwood, Student ASID, student rep to the board.•

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“Wild Women Don’t Worry”

Write Out Loud, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature aloud for a live audience, presents “Wild Women Don’t Worry” at 7 p.m., Monday, February 3 at the Old Town Theatre, located at 4040 Twiggs Street n San Diego. Write Out Loud bring literature to life–aloud– with rehearsed readings by professional actors. Each program explores specific themes by weaving a variety of stories, poems, and music, together into a literary tapestry. San Diego performers San Diego performers are left to right: Rachael Van Wormer, Chip Persons, and Caitie Grady. Rachael Van Wormer (Write Out Loud’s associate artistic directory and 2019 Craig Noel nominee for Outstanding Featured Performance), Caitie Grady (long time Lamb’s Players performer and 2018 Craig Noel winner for Outstanding Leading Performance), and Chip Persons, theatre professor at University of Colorado, join Co-Founders Veronica Murphy and Walter Ritter to celebrate courageous and independent women. A pre-show reception starts at 6:15 p.m. with a 7 p.m. curtain. Artistic Director Veronica Murphy shared, “Our world is rich with dynamic female artists and leaders. We are excited to bring powerful and whimsical stories about such women to our stage.” “Wild Women Don’t Worry” will feature: “Horse” (an excerpt) by Amy Bonnaffons, “Father of Invention” (an excerpt) by local author Jincy Willett, “Gentle Alice Brown” by W.S. Gilbert, “Two Words” by Isabele Allende, “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl and “Wild Women Don’t Worry” by Ida Cox. Tickets for “Wild Women Don’t Worry” are available online at www.writeoutloudsd.com or by calling 619.297.8953.•

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Best Friends Who Share a Passion for By Patty Ducey-Brooks

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Coffee & Character Building

This is a Valentine Day story about two guys who met at a training site before spending two years in Afghanistan. Eric Johnson was a Naval engineer officer, and Marcel Wright was an Army logistics officer. While serving together between May 2013 and February 2014, they developed a strong friendship and a desire to eventually work together in the United States. The dream of running a coffee business and working side by side away from the military became reality. The name of their cold brew coffee company is Trident and is based in Imperial Beach, CA. The symbolism of the name and logo reflects Johnson’s love for water and is considered the most powerful nautical symbol. In Greek mythology, Poseidon had the capability to connect every person through earth and water. Hence, the two ingredients incorporated into their product are coffee and water. Wright shared with me that they decided on a nitro cold brew coffee when they were in Afghanistan and have worked diligently to perfect the flavor and production process. The coffee beans come from a Brazilian plantation run by Victor Morassi, who not only has an exceptional product, he is also a highly ethical business operator. Both he and Johnson felt it was imperative to collaborate with businesses that are highly respected and to utilize the talents and skills of people whose experience they value. That’s why Matt Johnson, Eric’s brother, who is an executive chef, came up with the coffee recipe. Both Eric and Wright were extremely grateful for his ability to create a blend that is unique and delicious. Today they have the first nitro cold brew based coffee houses in San Diego, and they are growing the business to have their coffee brew distributed nationwide. The cold brew coffee is produced with no preservatives or additives. The water is void of any chemicals and sediment, and infused with calcium and pH balanced. The purpose is to make sure the end product is healthy and beneficial to their customers. And, what makes it even more exceptional is that it is served in an attractive aluminum can that reflects the personality and character of their company. According to Wright, many things make coffee special to them. Having spent time in Afghanistan, and experiencing the effects of people fighting over their differences, coffee was the one thing that created bridges, not barriers. They have sat at tables and in bunkers with people who did not share the same language, ethnicity, religion, or cultures; yet, they were able to connect with each other over a shared beverage… coffee. Wright shared me that he feels extremely lucky to be working with his best friend and sharing in their life journey. He said that Eric was his best man when he got married and is his son’s godfather. And, besides producing an exceptional coffee product, they have made it their personal mission to bring people together and putting good back in to the world. To learn more about Trident Coffee, visit www.tridentcoffee.com.•

Marcel Wright (left) and Eric Johnson are steadfast friends. Johnson is holding his godson, Wright’s son.

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The west coast premiere of Obie Award winner, “Hurricane Diane,” by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Madeleine George will run from Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 8 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center of the Old Globe. Directed by James Vásquez, this unconventional new sees the Greek god Dionysus return to the modern world disguised as the butch gardener Diane, whose secret mission is to seduce mortal followers and restore the earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four real housewives from New Jersey. The cast includes Opal Alladin (Renee Shapiro-Epps), Jenn Harris (Pam Annunziata), Rami Margron (they/them) (Diane), Jennifer Paredes (Beth Wann), Liz Wisan (Carol Fleischer). The creative team includes Jo Winiarski (scenic design), Shirley Pierson (costume design), Cat Tate Starmer (lighting design), Drew Levy (sound design), Golden Howl (original music and music direction), David Huber (dialect and voice coach), and Jess Slocum (production stage manager). The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. For information, call 619.234.5623.•

Landmark Theatres Two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life, each mistakenly believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away. Adapted from Martha Batalha’s novel (by Murilo Hauser, Inés Bortagaray and Aïnouz), “Invisible Life” is knowingly old-fashioned, relentlessly emotional and deeply moving in its telling of a Rio de Janeiro-set tale that starts in the 1950s and spans across decades through the life trajectory of two sisters cruelly separated in the hands of patriarchal customs. The aforementioned young women are Eurídice and Guida of the conservative Gusmão family, played respectively by a fiercely spirited Carol Duarte and a tenacious, unconventionally

strong Julia Stockler. Dissimilarly motivated they may be, but the two tight-knit, vigorous siblings still carve out a joint sanctuary for themselves, in a home that has patience for neither the sexually liberated Guida’s secret romances nor Eurídice’s ahead-of-her-time aspirations to become a concert pianist. “The Invisible Life,” directed by Karim Aïnouz, with screenplay by Murilo Hauser, opens Friday, February 7 at the Hillcrest Cinemas, located at 3965 5th Avenue. The film is 139 minutes long and Rated R. For information and times, call 619.819.0236, or visit www.landmarkTheatres.com. Film times and dates are subject to change.•

Eurídice (Carol Duarte) and Guida (Julia Stockler) share a tight-knit sister relationship that eventually becomes a world apart.

Members of the cast (from left to right) are Liz Wisan as Carol Fleischer, Jennifer Paredes as Beth Wann, Rami Margron as Diane, Opal Alladin as Renee Shapiro-Epps, and Jenn Harris as Pam Annunziata. Photo is courtesy of Jim Cox.

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Leap Day

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A Dance-Off for Ten Local Dance Teams

The Old Globe continues to make theatre matter to more people by welcoming everybody to enjoy a season of free performances, arts, crafts, and workshops on the Globe’s Copley Plaza in Balboa Park. Leap Day Celebration: A Dance-Off! kicks off the 2020 free AXIS event series, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 29 on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, located at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Ten local dance crews will battle each other in front of an experienced panel of local esteemed judges who will select the very best performances for cash prizes ($2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place), while all dancers will receive small prizes for participating. To be considered for the Dance Off, dance crews are asked to submit a recent video performance of their troupe that is no more than ten minutes long to the Globe’s Arts Engagement Programs Manager’s email, kharroff@TheOldGlobe, by February 10, 2020. All selected participating groups will be announced on February 14, 2020. The 2020 AXIS series will once again feature free and fun-filled activities. Outstanding professional and community partner organizations and personalities will teach, speak, play, perform, choreograph, and inspire on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, with many opportunities for the public to participate at each of the events.•

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16 Local News A Publication of Presidio Communications • February 2020 “Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy” ©

Eilene Zimmerman, who previously resided in Mission Hills, in the city of San Diego, will be back in San Diego from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 11 to launch her debut memoir, “Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy” (A Random House Hardcover; February 4, 2020). The event will take place at the Women’s Museum of California, located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103, San Diego, CA 92106. The book chronicles the author’s journey to piece together the mysteries surrounding her exhusband Peter’s unexpected death from drug abuse while trying to rebuild a life for her family in its wake. Zimmerman’s story offers readers an intimate look at the white-collar drug epidemic and its repercussions. Her new book, “Smacked,” is a brilliant and moving memoir of Zimmerman’s shocking discovery that sets her on a journey to find out how a man she knew for nearly 30 years became a drug addict, hiding it so well that neither she nor anyone else in his life suspected what was happening. Peter was also addicted to work; the last call he ever made was to dial into a conference call. Zimmerman is determined to learn all she can about Peter’s hidden life, and also about the drug addiction among ambitious, high-achieving professionals like him. Through extensive research and interviews, she presents a picture of drug dependence today in that moneyed, upwardly mobile world. She also embarks on a journey to recreate her life in the wake of loss, both of the person–and the relationship–that profoundly defined the woman she had become. When this renowned journalist submitted her story for the first time to the New York Times in 2017, she was concerned about the negative feedback she might receive from the business world. Instead, her article became one of the most top-read stories the New York Times has ever published, raising awareness and torching off a much-needed discussion about drug dependence today in a moneyed and upwardly mobile world. Zimmerman has been a journalist for three decades, covering business, technology, and social Eilene Zimmerman, author, has written a memoir issues for a wide array of national magazines and newspapers. She was a columnist for The New that chronicles the author’s journey to piece together York Times Sunday Business section for six years, and since 2004, has been a regular contributor the mysteries surrounding her ex-husband Peter’s to the newspaper. In 2017, she also began her pursuit of a master’s degree in social work. unexpected death from drug abuse. During the event on February 11, there will be light refreshments, an author presentation, book signing, and the chance to meet the author and share her personal story. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet octogenarian Jeanne McAlister, founder of McAlister Institute, one of San Diego County’s largest alcohol and other drug treatment providers. Founded in 1978 by 87-year old Jeanne McAlister, who is now 63 years sober, McAlister used her personal experience to build an agency that is founded upon empathy and hope and dedicated to serving those who suffer. She has constantly advocated for responsive and needed treatment services and developed programs which have adapted and grown to meet the needs of San Diegans. This remarkable octogenarian is still the first person in the office most mornings and always the last person to leave. She is actively working as the agency’s CEO. McAlister Institute provides a comprehensive range of substance abuse treatment, recovery, and supportive services. Together, McAlister Institute’s 24 programs represent a continuum of care that spans prevention and education, outreach, intervention, outpatient treatment, short-term and long-term residential care, aftercare, and sober living. Last year alone, McAlister Institute provided substance use treatment services to more than 14,600 individuals.•

MRC’S Bye Bye Mattress Program Surpasses Five Million Since the program began in 2016, the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has recycled five million mattresses in the state of California announced today. If these mattresses were laid end-to-end they would span nearly 6,000 miles–enough to build a bridge from California to Hawaii and back. By recycling these units, Bye Bye Mattress helped California save more than 6 million cubic yards of landfill space. “California is a global leader in mattress recycling, as evidenced by this significant milestone achievement,” said Mike O’Donnell, managing director of MRC, which operates the Bye Bye Mattress program. “We continue to build on this leadership by growing no-cost mattress recycling options statewide and helping ensure a greener California.” More than 80 percent of a mattress can be recycled and turned into new consumer and industrial products. The five million mattresses recycled to date in California through MRC’s Bye Bye Mattress program equate to more than 168 million pounds

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More than 80 percent of a mattress can be recycled and turned into new consumer and industrial products.

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“The Witches of Ash and Ruin”

Author E. Latimer, whose Young Adult novel, “The Witches of Ash and Ruin,” is holding a San Diego book-launching event at 7 p.m., Friday, March 6 at Mysterious Galaxy bookshop, located at 5943 Balboa Ave Suite 100, San Diego CA 92111. The event is free and open to the public. Her book is being launched through Disney/Hyperion/Freeform. “Witches of Ash and Ruin” is about seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh who is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch—plans that are complicated when another coven arrives in town with premonitions of death. Walsh immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader. But when a witch is murdered at a local sacred site by a serial killer known as the Butcher, Walsh and Meiner must join forces to stop him or one of them will be next. Latimer lives on Vancouver Island and is also author of “The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray,” (Tundra Books) and makes vlogs with the Word Nerds. She has gained notoriety for her literary success on the Wattpad platform, where she has earned more than 60,000 followers and more than 10 million views for her work. Some topics of interest that Latimer may address during the book launch, include: • How fantasy settings are incorporated into contemporary coming-of-age conflicts. • The importance of #OwnVoices stories and what inspired Latimer to write hers. • Creating a writing career on Wattpad that led to a book contract with Disney.

For more information, call 858.268.4747.•

Toronto’s Beyond the Pale brings its

Author E. Latimer will share information about her latest book, which led to a book contract with Disney

Balkan-Klezmer fusion to San Diego

Beyond the Pale (BTP), Toronto’s award-winning acoustic-roots ensemble known for its unique take on klezmer, Balkan and Romanian music is bringing its string and reed-powered sound to the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA on Saturday, February 29, as a part of its West Coast tour. The occasion has prompted BTP co-founder and mandolin player Eric Stein to reflect on the band’s longevity, and how klezmer (east European Jewish instrumental folk music) has evolved over the band’s lifespan. “When Beyond the Pale started in 1998, the klezmer music scene was still something of an obscure, countercultural insurgency, existing on the fringes of both the Jewish community and the broader music world. In the last couple of decades, that’s all changed. The music has blown up in myriad directions, and klezmer seems to be everywhere these days.” Stein, noting the band’s many past appearances at jazz, folk, classical and world music festivals and venues, he is quick to disclaim the klezmer label as “perhaps misleading and certainly insufficient” to convey the diversity of the band’s influences and the eclecticism of their sound. “We borrow freely from many musical styles and we are unorthodox in our approach. Our overriding goal is to sound distinctly like ourselves, and in that respect I think our music has In Beyond the Pale’s live shows, audiences respond as much especially explicit similarities with progressive bluegrass and what to their interpersonal dynamic as to the music itself. some call ‘New Acoustic Music’.” Photo provided by Avital Zemer. Citing such influences as David Grisman and Béla Fleck, Stein further sketches the conceptual parallel he sees between BTP’s European-based acoustic fusion and the Americana-based sounds of those iconoclastic innovators. Says Stein, “the spirit behind the music is similar. Acoustic instrumentation and a foundation in traditional influences serve as common points of departure, in their cases as in ours, but after that, anything goes!” While they may be unlikely to pass a klezmer traditionalist’s purity test, only the most jaded observer could fail to appreciate the group’s unique artistry and distinct collective voice. Their unifying resonance comes across perhaps most clearly in the group’s palpable shared energy on stage. “In our live shows, audiences respond as much to our interpersonal dynamic as to the music itself,” asserts Stein. “We don’t do any shtick, we just play, but there is a visceral and authentic energy between us that’s infectious for audiences. They can practically see sparks flying.” That joyful connection has kept the quintet developing and exploring for over two decades, an impressively long run for any band, much less a group of progressive acousticians anchored in decidedly niche styles. They’ve won wide critical acclaim, captured three prestigious Canadian Folk Music Awards, and have brought their music to such far-flung locales as Poland, Australia, and Brazil. They’ve recently begun work on their fifth studio album, and the upcoming tour will include recording sessions in Los Angeles, joined by special guests.•

Mattress Program Continued from page 16 of material kept out of state landfills and recycled into new products or diverted for other uses including:

• 84,318,480 pounds of steel

• 26,344,803 pounds of foam

• 26,853,401 pounds of cotton, quilt and other fibers

• 21,978,631 pounds of wood

• 8,883,028 pounds of other materials (cardboard, plastics, etc.)

When a mattress is recycled, it is cut open, the layers separated and interior materials organized by type for reuse. For example: the foam is recycled into carpet padding, the springs are used to make new appliances or other steel products, the fabric can be made into industrial filters and the wood from box springs is chipped for use as mulch or biomass fuel. Bye Bye Mattress is funded through a recycling fee collected when a mattress or box spring is sold. MRC uses the fee to establish free drop-off locations and collection events throughout the state, combat illegal dumping and to further research that improves mattress recycling and develops new uses for the materials. Laura Walcher To find a collection location or event near you or to learn more about mattress recycling, will return in March 2020. visit www.ByeByeMattress.com.•

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February 1

n Martinis

Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Eric Michael Krop in Powerhouse: A Tribute to the Greatest Singers of All Time at 7 p.m. Joined by Nate Buccieri on piano and special guests Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor, this is one show not to miss. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

n Blind

Lady Ale House, located at 3416 Adams Avenue in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel solo blues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For information, call 619.255.2491.

February 1 thru April 26

n Reuben

H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, invites you to a new exciting exhibition titled Brain: The World Inside Your Head. Get ready for a hands-on and up-close look at the human body’s most essential organ. This fascinating exhibition explores the mechanics and mystique of the brain. For information, visit www.fleetscience.org/exhibitions/brain.

February 2

n Hilton

La Jolla, located at 10950 North Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, hosts an event at 10 a.m. for the Jewish Federation of San Diego County. The purpose of the gathering of women is to support of their work to provide humanitarian relief and sustain Jewish community for generations to come. The featured entertainer is award-winning comedy writer, bestselling author and Jewish philanthropist Carol Leifer. Purchase tickets online at www.jewishinsandiego.org/options.

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Bunker House (Wine Bar), located at 322 N Cleveland Street in Oceanside, hosts Robin Henkel solo blues from 3 to 6 p.m. For information, call 760.967.7727.

February 3

n Reuben

H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, offers the first Monday of every month to seniors 65 and better to enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $10. The doors open at 10 a.m. to get Senior Monday started early. Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. The lecture topic for this month: Going to the Ends of the Earth to Glimpse the Beginning of Time. In 2014, astronomers using the powerful BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole thought they’d glimpsed evidence of the period of cosmic inflation at the beginning of time. Cosmologist Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2’s detection and the ensuring scientific drama. Keating will flow up with a question and answer period and a signing of his popular science book, “Losing the Nobel Prize.”

February 4

n theNAT

San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, offers residents free days on the first Tuesday of each month. Balboa Park organizations offer free admission (special exhibitions and films are not included) to San Diego City and County residents (with ID), active military, and their dependents on selected days for one day each month. For information, visit www.sdnhm.org.

n Martinis

Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents An Evening with Bill Larkin in The Agony And The Ivories at 8 p.m. Comedian, pianist, and award winning actor Bill Larkin sits behind the piano for an evening of original comedy songs focusing on everything from aging to selfesteem to social media. Intended for mature audiences, visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

February 5

n Martinis

Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Linda Lavin in Love Notes with Billy Stritch at 8 p.m. Love Notes is a delightful, sexy, and funny show of songs and stories told by Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin, with Billy Stritch at the piano. She will perform favorites from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, show tunes, Brazilian music and the Alice theme song. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

February 6

n US Sailing is proud to announce the shortlist for US Sailing’s 2019 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards. Local San Diegan, Willem Van Waay of Coronado, has made the list of finalists. This is the first rime this national event will be held in San Diego and is set to take place at the USS Midway Museum. Visit www.ussailing.org for information.

n Martinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Melinda

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February 2020 Doolittle in the Great American Soul Book at 8 p.m. Celebrated for her soul-stirring renditions of R&B classics and American Standards, the audience can expect to hear favorites from James Brown to Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross to Aretha Franklin and a few more surprises. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

February 6 & 7

n Reuben H Fleet Science Center presents the 2020 High Tech Fair, which will be at the Balboa Park Activity Center, located at 2145 Park Boulevard. The event will connect local students with STEM-related businesses to discover the real-world application for the science they learn in schools. The purpose of the event is to enlighten students to the possibilities of a scientific career here in San Diego. Students can learn how math and science play a role in robotics, how rockets are designed to fly straight, how cellular behavior can be mathematically modeled, and how physics and chemistry govern the activity of cells and organisms.

February 6 thru March 1

n Young

Scientists is a hand-on preschool science program offered by the Fleet Science Center. This program provides informal learning experiences that support and enhance exploration, create excitement and facilitate scientific discoveries. The new session five is Tinkering Lab. Get ready to design, invent and build. All the tools you will need will be provided. This program is designed for children ages 3-5 years with an accompanying adult. Classes meet from 9 to 10 a.m., and Sunday from 11a.m. to noon. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact the Client Services department at 619.238.1233, ext. 806 or go on-line at www.rhfleet.org/events/young-scientists.

February 7

n Arts

District at Liberty Station, located at 2848 Dewey Road in San Diego, wants you to experience First Friday with the biggest monthly art walk, which is open from 5 to 9 p.m. This is San Diego’s most unique, fun and authentic event to find locally made art and gifts. Experience the arts with San Diego Ballet performances, San Diego craft collective, live demos and yoga. Visitors can start their stroll at the Dick Laub NTC Command Center, located at 2640 Historic Decatur Road, to pick up a monthly program and district map.

February 8

n Birdrock Coffee Roasters, located at 5627 La Jolla Boulevard in La Jolla, hosts Robin Henkel solo blues from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call 858.551.1707.

n Martinis

Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents an evening with Linda Purl and Her Big Band Romance at 7 p.m. Big Band comes together with Linda for a celebration of some of the extraordinary women who defined the classic big band sound and the song they helped make famous. The show is an evening of homage to the likes of Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney under the music direction of Tedd Firth. Featuring classic standards like “My Romance,” “Pick Your Self Up,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Caravan,” it conjures the thrilling legendary big bad era of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and more. Visit www. martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

n The Ambassador Lounge, located at 2901 Nimitiz Boulevard in Point Loma, hosts a Big Blues Party with Robin Henkel, Chet Cannon and Karl Cabbage from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. For information, call 619.523.2000.

February 8 & February 9

n Reuben H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Par, is holding a Saturday and Sunday Science Club for girls in grades fifth through eighth. This month the topic is Egg-cellent Challenge. Have fun with physics by creating a device to prevent an egg from cracking, while exploring forces, motion and more. To participate, parents most pre-register by calling 619.238.1233 x806.

February 9

n Nate’s Garden Grill, located at 3120 Euclid Avenue in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel solo blues from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, call 619.546.7700.

n Fresh Sound at Liberty Station’s White Box Live Arts (aka San Diego Dance Theater), located at 2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 205 (on the corner of Truxtun Road and Roosevelt Road) in San Diego, presents Carl Stone–Computers. Carl is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling,” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He has used computers in live performance since 1986. All concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $20 and $10 for students.

February 12

n Friends

of Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library, located at 215 West Washington Street in San Diego, presents a series of programs highlighting the rich history of the neighborhoods in the Uptown area. This month the presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Bankers Hill/Balboa Park. The presentation will take place at the Community Room of the Library.

February 13

n TheNAT,

San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Nature & Me Storytime at 10:15 a.m. Open to all ages with a parent or guardian (recommended for ages one to five-years old). This month’s theme is Mammals. Visit www.sdnat.org for ticket information.

n Martinis

Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Michael Griffiths in In Vogue: Songs by Madonna at 8 p.m. No accent, costume or wig, just ‘Madge’ leads you on a journey through her tough life and tender songs. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

February 13 thru 15

n Timken Museum of Art, located at 1500 El Prado in Balboa Park, invites you to join fellow Art Lovers on this Special Valentine’s Day Excursion. Take an exclusive insider Tour of LA’s Contemporary Art Scene. Join Megan Pogue, executive director, and Derrick Cartwright, director of curatorial affairs, on a special three day/two night adventure for individuals and couples. Explore the rich landscape of museums, galleries, private artist studios and LA’s new dimension to its thriving cultural scene– Frieze LA 2020 at the historic Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. Also included is a group Valentine’s Day dinner at the NoMad Restaurant, the latest creation of world-famous Chef Daniel Humm. For tickets and more information, visit www.timkenmuseum.org.

February 14

n Ki’s

Restaurant, located at 2591 South Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, hosts Robin Henkel and Whitney Shay from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information, call 760.436.5236.

February 15

n Reuben

H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, has a Junior Science Club which meets from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for students in grades first through fourth. Each third Saturday, investigate exciting science topics. Sessions will be filled with new challenges, hand-on activities and interaction with local scientists. Throughout the year, explore an array of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics, robotics and much more. This month the topic is Robotics and Coding. Combine science, art and technology too explore how a circuit works and how it can power a robot capable of creating art. To participate, parents must pre-register by calling 619.238.1233x 806 or by registering online at www.rhfleet.org/events/junior-science-club.

n Martinis

Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Frenchie Davis in Long Songs With Miss Frenchie Davis at 7 p.m. Frenchie Davis returns to sweeten your Valentine’s Day weekend with love songs infused with her unique soulful vocal interpretations. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

February 17

n theNAT,

San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, hosts Nature Detective Family Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Nat on President’s Day to uncover nature’s secrets so you can become a nature detective. Participate in activities and crafts that celebrate our great outdoors. Uncover tracks, scat fur, and bones to unlock nature’s clues. All activities are included with paid admission. For information, visit www.sdnat.org.

February 20

n Martinis

Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Michael Griffiths in Cole: A Tribute to Cole Porter at 8 p.m. Helpmann Award winner Griffith explores the colorful life and timeless songs of Cole Porter, including “You’re The Top,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Let’s Do It” and “Night and Day.” Visit www. martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

February 21

n theNAT,

San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Nat Talk: National History 101 at 9 am. Take a deep dive into San Diego’s natural history with conversations led by local scientists and expects. This week, Curator Jon Rebman will be talking

about botany in San Diego. Tickets are available online at www.sdnhmsd.org, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797.

February 21 & 22

n San Diego Performing Arts Center, located at 4579 Mission Gorge Place in San Diego, presents the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Kids Danz Kompany (KDK) at 7 p.m. The premier children’s dance company kicks off the 2020 season with their first production of the year, “Children of the Revelation.” In the tradition of their activism through dance, KDK will tackle topics such as family separation, school lockdowns, and police brutality. For information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.visionarydancetheater.com.

February 21 thru March 15

n Point

Loma Playhouse, located at 3035 Talbot Street in Point Loma, near the corner of Rosecrans Street, in the Historic Point Loma Assembly, invites you to an evening of entertainment as “Making God Laugh” follows one typical family over the course of thirty years’ worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill’s grown children (a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star) all return home where we learn or their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. Written by Sean Grennan and directed by Pati Reynolds, it contains mild Adult Language. Visit www.pointlomaplayhouse.com for information.

February 22

n Martinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, invites you to enjoy a Tupperware party with Dixie Longate at 7 p.m. She is the fast-talking, gum chewing, gingerhaired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party into the 21st century. Audiences howl with laughter as Dixie demonstrates the many alternative uses for the iconic plastic kitchen staple. Filled with outrageously funny tales, heart felt accounts, audience participation and a little bit of empowerment and homespun wisdom, Dixie will leave your heart a little bigger and your food a little fresher. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

February 28 thru March 8

n Casa del Prado Theatre, located in Balboa Park at the corner of Old Globe Way and Village Place, presents the San Diego Junior Theatre as they celebrates individuality in its 72nd Season as the oldest youth theatre program in the country. Tonight they perform “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience.” Wilbur is just like all the other naked mole rats–naked–until the day an ordinary hat falls into his tunnel. He dares to try it on and his life changes forever. Based on the book by Mo Williams, this cheeky musical exposes the truth about being yourself and wearing it well. For tickets and information, visit www.juniortheatre.com, or call the box office at 619.239.8355.

February 29

n Nate’s Garden Grill, located at 3120 Euclid Avenue in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel solo blues from noon to 2 p.m. For information, call 619.546.7700.

n Martinis

Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Los Angeles-based, folk singer/songwriter Lily Kershaw at 7 p.m. She is known for her talent for writing melodic and narrative songs and when she sings, it resembles a gathering storm. Emotion wells up before its expulsion in a rush of poetic clarity and provocative intensity. Visit www. martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

n Buddy

Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper perform “Live” for a night at the Winter Dance Party. Come join us at 8 p.m. for one night at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, located at 15498 Espola Road in Poway. This astoundingly authentic recreation of Holly, Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour has delighted millions of Americans and received rave reviews and endorsements from the late artists’ estates. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.PowayOnStage.org or call 858.748.0505.

February 29 thru March 1

n The

Ohara School of Ikebana, San Diego Wabi Chapter, present its Annual Flower Show from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at room 101 at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park. Ikebana demonstrations take place Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Free admission.


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2nd Monday LVCPC Agenda– Linda Vista Community Planning Committee Agenda Linda Vista Library meeting room. Contact Jeff Perwin at 619.806.9559 for details 6 pm. 3rd Tuesday Tech Committee–Technology Committee Bayside Community Center. Contact Xiogh Thao for detail at 858.278.0771 or email xthao@baysidecc.org. 3rd Wednesday LV Historical–Linda Vista Historical Committee 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– Linda Vista Collaborative Bayside Community Center at 3pm. Contact Monica Fernandez at 858.278.0771 or mfernandez@baysidecc.org. For details visit www.facebook.com/LVCollaborative 3rd Wednesday (Odd Months) TCCAC– Tecolote Canyon Citizen’s Advisory Committee 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– Linda Vista Community 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. Linda Vista View Linda Vista Town Council Community Newsletter Contact Thomas Kaye at 858.278.6973 Various Wednesdays LVNewsletter– Linda Vista View Civic Association Community Newsletter. Bayside Community Center. Contact Sarah Granby at 858.405.7135 2:00 p.m.

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February 26th, 2020 Mission Hills Garden Club The Mission Hills Garden Club’s next meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 26. It will be held at the United Church of Christ at 4070 Jackdaw. The topic is Why We Do What We Do to Maintain Our Gardens with Bill Tall. For more information, visit www.missionhillsgardenclub.org.

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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.

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