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Mission Hills Library Threatened With Demolition


Our Lady of Peace Hosts Architects of Change


Mission Hills 5K Runners Enjoy Historic Neighborhood


NAVWAR’s Transformation of Its Campus Facility



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Paying for College

Lyft Opens Largest Driver Center in San Diego


The Transformation of Mail Station on Washington Street


March for Wheels 5K Charity Walk

Beyond Our Wildest Dreams


Mission Hills Heritage Walking Tour

Featured Stories Politicians Who Are




Bowling for Burros

Peacemaker Awards 2020


Featured Events

Trying To Make A Positive Difference

By Patty Ducey-Brooks As we all know, the political world we live in today has gotten really ugly. And, for the most part, the series of recent negative occurrences (locally and nationally) are creating distance between government and the people. Elected officials who have their own agendas and won’t be independent of their political alliances are destroying government, one action at a time. We need balance in government. A lopsided, one-sided perspective, Democrat or Republican, that is solely bent on “getting its way” can not be good for the people. Respectably, I am hearing from people every day that California’s government has gotten extremely unbalanced. And, who loses, the people it represents. That’s why I am encouraging our readers to really take a serious look at the people running for office, especially the mayoral position. In the last issue of the Presidio Sentinel, I shared comments from people out of the state of California who also say that our state has gotten out of control. And, in their opinion, which I have to agree with, is that the people that are supposed to represent us are not paying attention to their constituents and are making some horrible decisions that are seriously going to hurt our economy. That includes AB5 that was initiated by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales Fletcher and is supported by Todd Gloria. Two of the current mayoral candidates that I have communicated with (Barbara Bry and Scott Sherman) are opposed to AB5 and recognize the negative impact of this bill on the freelance, private contractor community, including journalists, gardeners, daycare providers, graphic designers, musicians, ridesharing, food delivery, interior design services, timber operations, single truck owner-operators, hospitality franchises (Pizza Hut, Marriott, KFC, IHOP, etc.), interpreting and translating services; physical, respiratory, massage, speech, occupational and other therapy industries; nonprofits, home repairs, catering and event planning, lab technology, nurse anesthetizing, optometry, social work, behavioral health, pet grooming, dog walking, pool cleaning, and many, many more. Despite the fact that mayoral candidate Todd Gloria has been questioned and challenged by the media and his constituents about his support of AB5, he continues to do so without any reasoning. Without hesitation I can state that the reason he isn’t able to understand the impact of AB5 is because he has never had his own business, has not

Mayoral candidate Barbara Bry (far right) is shown with Ann Garwood and Nancy Moors and their guest during a recent “friend raiser.”

been a freelance contractor, and doesn’t understand the consequences of his decision. On the other hand, both Scott Sherman and Barbara Bry have run their own businesses and know from experience the impact of AB5. That’s why I believe Sherman and Bry are better qualified to represent the people of San Diego and have already demonstrated by their roles as councilmembers that they listen to their constituents and then take action. Not the other way around: act then listen. This is one of many issues that we need to consider, including housing challenges (Airbnb for example) that should force us to look at the actions of our current elected officials running for mayor of San Diego. Taking the time to research the top three contenders will make a huge difference on election day, and for the future of San Diego, which needs leaders who listen to their constituents before taking action on issues that may negatively impact the city, its residents and businesses. That’s why I encourage every San Diegan who has the opportunity to please vote wisely.•

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Globe Guilders Host

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30th Annual Fashion Show to Support The Old Globe

The Globe Guilders presents Celebrating Couture 2020, their 30th annual fashion show and luncheon, presented by Neiman Marcus, to benefit The Old Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs and support the impact the Globe makes in the San Diego community and across the nation. Neiman Marcus is producing a special treat for the audience this year with a rare exclusive—they will be privileged to be the first fashionistas to view the Southern California debut of the fabulous Marchesa Couture Pre-Fall and Fall 2020 collections. The Chair for this extraordinary fashion event is Elizabeth Helming, joined by Co-Chair Jo Ann Kilty and President of the Globe Guilders Pamela Maudsley-Merrill. Celebrating Couture 2020 will take place at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 31 at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122. Guests will be greeted with a sunlit champagne reception at 10 a.m. in the glass-enclosed Vicino Ballroom, which will offer the chance to bid on silent auction items. The live auction and opportunity drawing begin at noon in the Aventine Ballroom, followed by the fabulous Marchesa fashion show and a delicious lunch. After the show, Neiman Marcus will present a one-of-a-kind boutique for browsing and shopping in the foyer. Marchesa Couture Pre-Fall and Fall 2020 collections draw inspiration from the studies of horses by Edgar Degas (1834–1917). In these works, Degas captured a unique sense of motion, enabling the viewer to imagine the drawings come to life by following the sophisticated movements of charcoal on paper. The natural beauty of these works invites a feeling of rhythm, freedom, and pace. Marchesa is a global fashion brand featuring elegant evening wear, ready-to-wear, and oneof-a-kind couture designs. Since its launch, Marchesa has become renowned for its distinctive romantic aesthetic. “This spectacular event provides funds for The Old Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs, enabling the underserved communities of San Diego and Imperial Counties the opportunities to see, learn, and participate—and making theatre matter to more people,” offered Pamela Maudsley-Merrill, president of the Globe Guilders. As The Old Globe’s volunteer auxiliary, the Globe Guilders are a dedicated group of women and men who utilize their collective talents and strengths to benefit the Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs, helping to make theatre matter to more people. These innovative programs, which over the past five years have impacted the lives of more than 100,000 San Diegans, include Globe for All—our tour of live professional theatre performed for free in community centers, homeless shelters, libraries, correctional facilities, and schools throughout the region. All serious arts lovers and fashionistas are invited to support this can’t-miss staple of San Diego’s fashion calendar. Tickets and additional information is available by visiting e.givesmart.com/events/f6z or www.globeguilders.org/celebrating-couture-2020.•

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The Marchesa fashion line has become renowned for its distinctive romantic aesthetic style.

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Old Mission Hills Branch

Local News


Library Threatened With Demolition

The old Mission Hills branch library, located at 925 W. Washington Street, an iconic Mid-Century Modern building that has stood at the western gateway to Mission Hills for almost 60 years, is now threatened with demolition due to the City’s plans to over-develop the site. Designed by architect Robert A. Bradt and built in 1960, the old branch library is an excellent example of Mid-Century Modern architecture with its shed roof, wide eaves, walls of windows and stacked brick façade. Generations of Mission Hills residents, retirees and school children can recall hours spent in this bright, cheerful public library. This branch library is the only Mid-Century Modern-style building located in the core business district of Mission Hills and represents an important part of the layers of Mission Hills history. The building was vacated in 2019 when the new Mission Hills-Hillcrest branch library opened several blocks away. The original Mission Hills Library serviced lots of residents in the area for upward of 60 years. Mission Hills Heritage, joined by the Mission Hills Town Council, have called on the City to preserve and adaptively reuse the old Mission Hills branch library. A majority of those responding to a survey conducted by the Mission Hills Business Improvement District last year favored saving the old branch library. Ignoring these wishes, the mayor’s office has instead sought to massively over-develop the site, which would result in the complete loss of the old branch library. To save the old branch library and encourage its adaptive reuse, Mission Hills Heritage filed a nomination report with the City of San Diego last August to have the building historically designated. The designation will be decided at a monthly meeting of the City’s Historic Resources Board (HRB) this coming summer. However, on February 13, 2020 the City’s Real Estate Assets Department, under the direction of the mayor, issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) soliciting offers to develop this and several other sites for permanent supportive housing for the homeless. The RFP indicates that the site can be developed for between 14 to 28 housing units. Any development in this range on the .19 acre site, which is only slightly larger than the average residential lot in Mission Hills, would necessary require the demolition of the existing building. MHH is not opposed to permanent supportive housing at this site, but we are opposed to any project that would demolish the building. Councilmember Chris Ward has objected to the mayor’s plan and requested that the mayor consider other available sites better suited to such housing, but to no avail. We urge the mayor to withdraw the RFP and instead focus on adapt reuse of the old Mission Hills branch library. What can you do to stop this reckless demolition? Call Mayor Kevin Faulconer at 619.236.6330 or email at kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov and tell him to wpithdraw the RFP.•


GARAGE SALE Saturday, April 25th 8:00am to 12:00 noon 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 For more information • www.MissionHillsHeritage.org • (619) 497-1193

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March for Meals 5K Charity Walk Benefits Join Meals on Wheels San Diego County for its annual March for Meals 5K Charity Walk presented by Barona Band of Mission Indians at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 22. This free and fun fitness event will help support San Diego’s homebound and isolated senior population, as well as their furry companions, through their Animeals pet meal delivery program. Although the event is free this year, fundraising is encouraged and donations are gladly welcome, as proceeds will help provide nutritious meals and a daily wellness check for this most vulnerable and fragile population. The March for Meals 5K Charity Walk will be held once again at Liberty Station NTC Park located at 2455 Cushing Road in San Diego. Event day begins with registration open at 9 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the team and individual with the most funds raised and best costume. Dogs are welcome at this family friendly event. Please RSVP by signing up online at www.classy.org/event/ m a r c h - f o r- m e a l s - 5 k - c h a r i t y walk-2020/e247825. Same day registrations are welcome. Unable to join us on March 22nd, but still want to support our organization? You can make your donations online at www.classy.

Meals on Wheels San Diego County

Patty Ducey-Brooks Publisher

Ilene Hubbs Associate Editor

Michal A. Tuzinkiewicz Creative/Art Director

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Contributing Writers Jim Bates Blake Beckcom Mission Bill BID Rick Brooks Melody Brown Ian Campbell Richard Cone Cath DeStefano Violet Green Barry Hager Ilene Hubbs David Kamatoy Philip C. Lee Alice Lowe Aubree Lynn George Mitrovich

Walkers are invited to participate and bring their dogs to join the effort.

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“Stop Undermining Democracy Now”

Barbara Strona Charlotte Tenney

By Jim Bates, Retired, Democratic City Councilman,

Laura Walcher

County Supervisor and Congressman

“Stop Undermining Democracy Now” (SUDN) is calling on the United States Congress to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to require a 2/3rds affirmative vote of Members of the House of Representatives, instead of a simple majority, to “impeach” the President of the United States of America. SUDN points out that this amendment is necessary in light of the recent experience where President Donald J. Trump was impeached on a vote that was along straight political party lines–the very definition of a partisan political action. Impeachment based on political motives was strictly rejected in the Constitutional Convention in 1786. In contrast to the Trump vote, the 28 votes in the House Judiciary Committee to impeach President Richard Nixon included seven votes from Republicans, more than one third of the Republicans on the Committee. The SUDN Constitutional Amendment, if approved, would be the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. It would ensure that a “Partisan Impeachment” would never again disgrace the Halls of Congress and all future proceedings would have to actually meet

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s own impeachment standard of “Overwhelming, Compelling and Bipartisan”–which it was not for President Trump. Congressman Jim Bates, Retired (Democrat-California), decried the fact that political parties today have continued their “Election Campaigning,” a 24/7 effort to feed the voracious appetite of the news media, which has no accountability to any standards of truth and fairness–regarding impeachment. Bates offered, “The sad result is that the House requirement to ‘Govern’ has been ignored and thrown out the window in favor of the impeachment effort as just another “Election Campaign Hit Piece.” A 2/3 rds vote standard for House action to impeach is similar to the 2/3rds vote for conviction or acquittal in a Senate Trial as

required by the Constitution of the United States of America and would prevent future politically charged impeachment charges like “Abuse of Power” by the political party in power. It is a logical tool to stop a majority party from being able to exact “political revenge” on a partisan opponent if that party happens to obtain a simple majority in the House of Representatives. Bates further pointed out, “In 1796, when the Constitution was adopted there were no defined “Political Parties,” yet President George Washington warned against “Partisan Impeachment.” Today with strong partisan parties, President Washington’s warning is even more important. Impeachment is the most serious action the House of Representatives can take and not be a weapon based on a Partisan Politics.”•

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New Burro Arrives Just In

Animal News


Time for Bowling for Burros

Horses of Tir Na Nog welcomes Harlie, a new burro to the ranch, just in time for their annual Bowling for Burros fundraiser. Her two friends, Corey and Carolita, two older grey mares, accompanied Harlie. “All three of these equines were part of a County of San Diego Department of Animal Services case involving an elderly owner who could no longer care for them due to health issues,” explained Amy Pat Rigney. “We are so happy to be able to welcome this trio to the ranch. We hope that community members will help us celebrate Harlie, as well as the rest of our Burro Brigade by joining us for Bowling for Burros.” Horses of Tir Na Nog, San Diego’s longest operating equine sanctuary, will be celebrating its burro herd during its annual Bowling for Burros Fundraiser, starting at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 8 at Parkway Bowl, located at 1280 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon, CA 92020. Registration closes on March 1, 2020. Tickets are $25 for individuals, and $125 for teams of five. Registration includes shoes and ball rentals, as well as pizza. Register at www.horsesoftirnanog.org. Horses of Tir Na Nog is the longest-operating equine sanctuary in San Diego County and is currently caring for over fifty equines. Horses of Tir Na Nog is an adoption partner with County of San Diego Department of Animal Services and works in compliance with American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Rescue and Retirement Guidelines.•

Harlie is one of the newest additions to Horses of Tir Na Nog, an equine sanctuary.

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Willow is a shy two-year lady who is still learning how to trust people. She hopes to go to an experienced bunny home where she will be given the right environment where she can thrive, as well as the time and patience she needs so that she can get comfortable at her own pace. She would do best in a home with adults only, or teenagers who understand her boundaries. Willow’s adoption fee includes her spay, 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.) Willow resides at the San Diego Campus of the San Diego Humane Society, located at 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110. For information, call 619.299.7012 or visit www.sdhumane.org. Taffy, a twelve-year old, hound-shepherd mix, is an incredibly easy going, mellow sweetheart. She gets along with everyone— children, adults, dogs, cats–everyone. Although she has some stiff joints and mobility issues, this sweet senior still loves toys and being wherever you are. She will be the perfect Netflix cuddle buddy. Taffy’s adoption fee includes her spay, 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. Taffy is ready to melt your heart and shower you with love. She is currently residing in a foster home, so please give us a call at 619.299.7012 to arrange an introduction. For more information, call 760.757.4357 or visit www.sdhumane.org.

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I Love More When

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I Love Me More

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 fill everybody up. 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. Be that our looks, hair, height, weight, age; name it, we beat ourselves down about it. All of our cups are in fact half full, yet, we usually look at them as half empty. Come on, you know it’s true, and you do it too. 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. This 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 when they are the very best version of themselves. 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. 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 feel stronger and more confident. A fit and functioning person who can tackle what life brings 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 through participating in a regular exercise routine. Every one around you benefits when you are your strongest and fittest self. 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 be apparent to those around you too. 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 inspire others to eat healthier food too. Prioritize your well being, and invest in Blake & Gwen Beckcom your self-care. 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 for themselves properly are said to be happier, more confident, more energetic and overall stronger people, who tend to share that positivity with those around them too—ultimately benefiting everyone. One of the common themes in fitness is the “feel good” outcome. Momentum builds as we get fitter. Our nutrition choices improve along therewith. All of which combine to give us the “feel good” result. When you feel, 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, matter big time. So 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.

Paying for College By Rick Brooks

A college education gives your child a significant advantage in today’s job market, generally delivering higher earnings throughout their entire working life. Over the years, Congress has introduced many different incentives to help families afford the cost. Here are several of the key incentives and how they can help with you with the rising cost of attending college. Tax Incentives Eligible taxpayers can deduct up to $4,000 in eligible postsecondary (college) expenses. This deduction disappears for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income above $ 160,000 (joint) or $80,000 (single). The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) is a $2,500 tax credit available for the first four years of post-secondary education. The AOTC is a tax credit for the first $2,000 of qualified education expenses paid for each eligible student. If the credit reduces your tax below zero, you can have up to $1,000 refunded to you. The Lifetime Learning Credit provides up to $2,000 tax credit for any student in a postsecondary (undergraduate, masters, professional degrees or job training) education and there is no limit to the number of years you can claim the credit. Tax credits are preferable as the credit is applied directly to reduce the amount of tax you owe, while tax deductions reduce the amount of income on which your taxes are calculated. Thus a $2,000 tax credit is much more valuable than a $2,000 deduction. It’s also important to remember that you can only take one tax benefit for each student in a given year, so choosing the right one is important! Grants and Scholarships Grants are offered by colleges, states, and the federal government. Most are awarded based on your financial need, as determined by the income you reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Others are based solely on merit, regardless of need. Some state-sponsored grants are awarded based on criteria such as minority demographics or interest in highdemand fields. Scholarships are typically privately offered by companies, nonprofits and community groups. They tend to be for specific majors, programs or vocations. Online services like Fastweb, Cappex, or Scholly can help you search for a scholarship that fits your situation. Qualifying for the

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right grant or scholarship can take years of preparation, especially in highly competitive schools or majors, so starting early is recommended. Savings Vehicles The most popular college savings tool today is the Qualified Tuition Program, better known as “529 plans,” offered through state governments. They allow for very large contributions and provide tax-free savings as long as the funds are withdrawn and used to pay for higher education expenses. Each state has their own program, most of which are administered by a financial services company like Vanguard or Fidelity. Since 2017, funds in 529 plans may also be used for secondary education, up to $10,000 per year. Another option is a Coverdell Education Savings Account, but the contribution limits are lower (only $2,000 per year) and funds in the account must be withdrawn by the time the beneficiary turns 31. Borrowing for College Federal Student Loans come in different flavors. Direct Subsidized Loans are for students who can demonstrate financial need. Interest is waived while in school and principal and interest payments generally do not begin until several months after graduation. Direct Unsubsidized Loans are not based on need. With these, payments may not be due while you’re in school, but interest is due and will be added to the balance of the loan (capitalized), increasing the total amount borrowed. Finally, Direct PLUS loans are based on credit scores, but are for parents of dependent students. There are also state loan programs as well as private loans. Interest paid on student loans, no matter the source, can be deducted on your tax return, as long as your income is less than $170,000 for a joint filer. Putting it all together As the cost of college has grown, it’s become increasingly important to save what you can while your children are young, then balance the grants, tax credits and loans available to actually make payments once the big day finally arrives.• 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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My Cats and


the Escape Artist

By Barb Strona

We have two cats, Lord Harry S. Plushbottom, an 18-pound ragdoll who goes by “Harry,” and a nine pound black cat, Cayman Last, known as Cayman. (My daughter’s last name is Last and should Cayman outlive us, he will become a member of the Last family.) Harry is gentle, slow moving, and is content with the status quo. The other cat, Cayman is hyperactive, impulsive, impetuous, sometimes a bit clumsy, and very strong minded. Because we live on a canyon, all of our cats have been indoor cats for the past 15 years. (We lost two to coyotes in broad daylight in one year, one was lunch, the other high tea.) To keep our cats off the streets and out of the garden, we allow our cats to enjoy our two balconies: one is off the living room and is fairly high up; the second is off our bedroom, where it becomes a mere eight foot jump at its west end. To keep the cats from the yard, we have put pots of succulents and cacti on the railing of our lower balcony. In addition, we have a gate to the bedroom balcony, originally to ensure that a returning cat’s mouth was empty of live or dead creatures and to keep racoons and other uninvited strangers from entering the house. The gate and spiny succulents have worked beautifully for the past 15 years. The other night, during a rainstorm, my husband asked, “Have you seen Cayman?” He got out of bed and proceeded

Harry (left) lounges with Cayman, the escape artist.

to search the entire house: closets, freezer, refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer—all places he has been known to enter for his own reasons. No cat. I got up and searched the same places including pantries and garage. No cat. Sleepless, we lay in bed wondering if this cat, like so many others, would be coyote food. Finally, my husband got up and walked to the outside door by his office. There sat Cayman, protected by the small recess next to the door. We had dinner guests the following night. “Is your cat outside the front door?” asked one of the guests. “He shouldn’t be. Go see.” Sure

enough, in walked Cayman. Two of us have very keen noses. Cayman had not been sprayed, but he had obviously lain in a place where a skunk had been. The smell was faint, but it was definitely skunk. After the guests had left, we couldn’t find Cayman. My husband went to every door and balcony calling him. Nothing. I found a flashlight and went out. I walked all the way around the house to the garden outside our bedroom balcony (We call it Little Tuscany). I called. Nothing. I shined my flashlight into the succulents in the garden. No Cayman. I called again. Beside me sat the little twerp!

We brought him in, moved the litter boxes and cat food to the family room and locked our bedroom door. We always sleep with the balcony door open, as I hate sleeping without fresh, hopefully cold, air. Throughout the night Cayman sounded like a cat in heat. (He is a neutered male.) The next day, I went up to Solana Succulents and then to several other nurseries and hardware stores where I purchased evil looking cacti and pots in which to plant them. It took two days and one more hardware store, but amongst my husband, my grandson and me, the stage was set. Yesterday evening I opened the balcony door and stood on the balcony to watch. About three minutes later, Pip Squeak (another of his nicknames) had leapt to the corner and was standing on lethal cacti, ready to jump. We spent the night with the balcony door shut, food and kitty litter box in the family room and both cats on our bed. My husband just returned with a piece of plywood with which he plans to block Cayman’s escape. If that works, we will have a glass panel installed. If not, I don’t know. I asked my daughter if she would take Cayman and we’d pay all his expenses. She said a definite no. She will when we can no longer care for pets. I hope the barrier works! The March 26 Mission Hills Garden Club meeting will feature Bill Tall speaking about Why We Do What We Do to Maintain our Gardens.• PresidioSentinel.com •


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In March?

By J. Daniel Geddis,  eam D&B at One Mission Realty and President T of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District

I am just back from a Mission Hills Improvement District (BID) Mixer hosted by Tami Ratliffe and Ali Dorvillier, owners of new business Lewis | Fay Home Collection and Design. The hospitality, food, and drink were incredible. The turn-out was the best, yet. The raffle item donations from more than fifteen Mission Hills’ business owners were bountiful. My heartfelt thank you to all! Last week I did a whirlwind walk around the Mission Hills BID welcoming new business owners and their staff and thanking them for choosing to open their doors in Mission Hills. Accompanying me were Ty Burch from Councilmember Ward’s office who created special commendations to present to each business owner, and Susan McNeil Schreyer, executive director of our BID. I encourage you to enjoy a walk along West Lewis Street, Goldfinch Street, West Washington Street, Reynard Way, India Street, and the side streets connecting them, which are home to most of our businesses. It is impressive to see how much of a contribution each small business is making to our local economy. Mary Lou Morreal (left), home-based business owner, and Dixie Hall of Dixie Pops, Each month the City of San Diego creates a enjoying Mission Hills BID mixer at Lewis | Fay Home Collection. report of businesses within Business Improvement District (BID) boundaries. As of last month, the Mission Hills BID boasts 482 licensed businesses of which 127 identify as home-based businesses. The boundaries may be found on the Mission Hills BID website at missionhillsbid.com/what-is-the-bid/. The Mission Hills BID is grateful to home-based businesses within the BID boundaries whose owners apply for and renew their business license each year. In addition to the business license fee, a smaller business improvement district fee ranging from $30 to $90, is added by the City and provided to the BID. The total each year is approximately $30,000 which helps promote the Mission Hills BID as a destination for dining, shopping, relaxation and beauty, and professional service such as architecture, engineering, psychological counseling, legal matters, and more. Home-based businesses have long been included in Mission Hills BID activities through mailed invitations. The City of San Diego does not provide email addresses for businesses located within BID boundaries. Because of this, home-based businesses are less easily reached than a ground-floor retail business whose owners we see on an almost daily basis. If you are a homebased business, please email your name and the name of your business to MissionHillsBID@gmail.com. We want to get to know you. At our annual meeting we were pleased to welcome home based business owner Mary Lou Morreal and have become better acquainted over the last few months. Morreal is an award-winning designer specializing in print. She is experienced in creating logos, stationery, brochures, posters, packaging, book covers, magazines, outdoor media, exhibit graphics and a wide range of marketing collateral. As she shared with me, “If it can be printed, I’ve probably designed it!” With her versatile style, which ranges from classic to contemporary, Morreal creates designs to fit the needs of the client. During the February BID design committee meeting Morreal presented design concept updates for the BID’s year-around Spotlight Mission Hills banners. In late-February final designs were approved by the BID board of directors. If you are a member of the BID and would like to feature your business on one of these upcoming banner opportunities, please contact us. For the neighborhood in general, please look for this new banner installation, featuring Mission Hills BID business owners, in early-summer 2020. If you are anything like me, the arrival of spring during the month of March can feel like a new beginning. As you consider what might be personally meaningful and have a greater positive impact, please know the Mission Hills BID is a great organization looking for people who want to become more involved in making Mission Hills an exciting place to work, shop, dine and relax throughout the year. Please contact us at MissionHillsBID@gmail.com . How about in March?•

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Mission Hills 5k Run/Walk Takes Participants Through Historic Neighborhood The annual Mission Hills 5k takes place at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 21. Promising fun for the whole family, this run/walk will wind through the scenic, historic neighborhood of Mission Hills, beginning and ending at Grant K-8 (1425 Washington Place). Runners of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register at www.missionhills5k.com. All proceeds will help fund Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs at Grant K-8. Thanks to an enthusiastic response from the local community each year, the Mission Hills 5k has already raised more than $75,000 for our local public school, funding a new coding, robotics, engineering and design elective for middle school students, continuing education for science teachers, microscopes and discovery scopes, materials for Family Science Night, the launch of the new Lego robotics team, 3D printers, a laser cutter and more. A special addition to this year’s run will be the participation of running pairs representing Team Hoyt’s San Diego chapter, which is dedicated to providing mobility for physically challenged individuals. Entry fees are $35/adult and $25/child, which includes a Mission Hills 5k t-shirt and medal for all registrants 15 and under. A limited number of registrations will be available the morning of the race for $45/adult and $35/child, though t-shirts are not guaranteed for registrations after March 19. Participants are encouraged to form teams to add to the friendly competition and fun-filled spirit of the event. To register individually or form a team (or join a team that has Participants of the Mission Hills 5k come in all ages. already been created), log on to www.missionhills5k.com. Race packet pick-up will be held at Moon & Sun Studio (1615 West Lewis) on Friday, March 20. Post-race festivities will include activities, refreshments, music and giveaways on the blacktop at Grant K-8. More details will be announced in the weeks ahead.•

The Academy of

Our Lady of Peace to Host Architects of Change

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP), the oldest all-girls’ high school in San Diego, will host its 8th Annual Architects of Change (AOC) live speaking engagement. The event, which takes place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 3 at OLP, will feature child entrepreneur, Alina Morse. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive, facilitated conversation with Morse, who is the youngest person to ever grace the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine. Alina Morse is a 14-year-old Michigan ninth-grader who runs a multi-million dollar all-natural candy company that cleans your teeth, with Southern California being the first market where her products were sold. Her company is cause-based and is defining the health candy space that is providing healthier options for consumers and growth for retailers. In 2019, SUCCESS Magazine included her on their 30 under 30 list, while InStyle Magazine included her in the “Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World,” feature, which also included former First Lady Michelle Obama, who hosted Morse at the White House twice to hand out candy at the annual Easter Egg Roll. At age seven, while researching ways to create healthy candy that she could have all the time, Morse discovered that childhood tooth decay was one of the greatest epidemics facing kids while recognizing the power of children’s smiles—she committed to giving 2-MM products through her “Two Million Smiles” campaign to help fight America’s most chronic childhood disease—while inventing a sugar-free candy that was free of the top seven allergens. Morse has shared her vision of schools of the future during her TED Talk, “Why I eat candy to avoid Cavities,” talked business on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and now has eight product lines through her Zolli(R) Candy company, of which, Morse is the youngest supplier to America’s largest retailers like Walmart, Target, Kroger, Whole Foods, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid/CVS. Architects of Change Live is a conversation series with a mission. OLP is the first school to partner with Maria Shriver to bring the Architects of Change premise to the scholastic level. It celebrates and 25 businesses will participate in Taste of Liberty Station. shares stories of inspiration from individuals who challenge what is, imagine what can be, and who move humanity forward. The goal is to inspire those listening to do the same in their own communities. The premise of the Live series is to bring together a conversation in an intimate setting because when people come together to listen and share, “minds open, hearts move, and change happens.” The special event is free and open to the public, although registration is required. Please register for tickets at: www.aolp.org/aocatschool•

The Transformation of

Mail Station on Washington Street

By Patty Ducey-Brooks

Since 2008, Chris Sykes has been the owner and operator of Mail Station, located at 325 W. Washington Street, Suite 2 in Mission Hills. This past January, Lancelet Knight (that is his correct name), assumed ownership and management of the business. Knight, who has had management experience in the postal service business, also had an extensive background in the culinary industry. Though culinary was one of his life passions, due to physical reasons, he chose to “reinvent himself” and develop a new career path. Knight, who is from the East Coast, came to San Diego with his wife and family. He has seven daughters, ranging from 27 to 14-years old, and one granddaughter. When asked what to expect from him becoming the new owner, Knight offered that Mail Station will continue to provide mailboxes, shipping (FedEx and DHL), print and copy and scan and fax services. Additionally, passport photos will be offered, as well as notary services, graphic support and print services. Knight said that he has contracted with several graphic designers to services customers and their unique requests and requirements for creating brochures, flyers, business cards, signage, and other marketing and promotional materials. He will also provide loan sign document certification, and tax preparation services. As you can see, Knight has a lot planned for Mail Station and intends to be very “community focused” when it comes to operating his business. He is also creating a brand image for the store that includes “trust, security and expertise” and the goal to exceed customer expectations. In keeping with the technological times, Knight will also utilize Facebook, Instagram and other social media services to reach the community and be a viable business in Mission Hills and the surrounding communities. To learn more about Mail Station on Washington Street, call 619.296.9111 or visit mailstationsd.com.•

Lance Knight is eager to be an integral part of the community and looks forward to providing an array of business services.

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Lyft Opens

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Largest Driver Center to Date in San Diego

This past February, Lyft officially opened its 35,000 square-foot Driver Center at 1240 West Morena Boulevard in San Diego. The Bay Park facility, formerly Toys “R” Us, serves as a one-stop shop for thousands of Lyft drivers, providing them affordable and competitively-priced vehicle repairs, maintenance and other essential services, along with other driver support. This facility will provide 20 jobs–from vehicle service specialists to driver support and onboarding staff. “We’re proud to open one of Lyft’s first Driver Centers in San Diego to further meet our drivers’ needs directly,” said Lyft Southern California General Manager Hao Meng. “We know that maintaining a vehicle can add up and our goal is to service drivers’ vehicles in a timely and affordable way so they can get back on the road.” Car service and repair shops currently available weren’t created with rideshare vehicles in mind so Lyft created its Driver Centers to function like race car pit stops, as several technicians work together to quickly complete repair work, allowing drivers to get back on the road as soon as possible and earn an income. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber Vehicle services offered at Lyft’s Driver Center includes of Commerce Jerry Sanders, and other community leaders celebrated the opening maintenance and routine services such as conventional or synthetic of the Lyft Driver Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony. oil change, tire rotation and replacement, brake pad replacement, wiper blade replacement, filter changes, spark plug replacement, battery replacement, and free diagnostic assessments. While the cost of services may vary based on a vehicle’s make and model, Lyft is working to ensure pricing is below the market average. For example, a full synthetic oil change is priced at $49.99 for most vehicles. The center also serves as a driver hub, providing drivers a comfortable place to relax in between rides, with access to bathrooms, Wi-Fi, coffee, lounge and workspaces and more. Drivers can connect in-person with Lyft community representatives for assistance, including vehicle inspections and app support. Special to San Diego, the building features a mural by local artist Celeste Byers that colorfully illustrates Lyft vehicles and scooters in what Byers describes as her “interpretation of Lyft’s future of travel… throughout some of the City’s most iconic landmarks.” Lyft’s Express Drive program will also operate out of the San Diego Driver Center, connecting Lyft drivers to rental vehicles with standard maintenance and insurance coverage through rental partner, Flexdrive. A rental fleet that includes 100 hybrid vehicles is available for Lyft drivers to rent as an alternative way to drive and earn. According to Meng, this facility is designed like a racecar pit stop, allowing drivers to receive fast and focused service in order for them to get back on the road to assist Lyft customers. The Morena Street location is central to San Diego and close to the airport for convenient connections. In the future, collision auto body services are also expected to be offered. The San Diego Driver Center is one of five facilities of its type in the United States. The Bayshore Driver Center in San Francisco opened in March 2019, followed by Phoenix, Austin and Denver.•

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Mission Hills Heritage

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2020 Walking Tour

“Mission Hills–Heart and Soul,” Mission Hills Heritage’s 2020 annual walking tour, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 14 in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. The guided walking tour will focus on the original subdivision known as “Mission Hills” mapped out by local businessman and developer George W. Marston and colleagues in 1908. This was one of the first subdivisions in San Diego to feature contoured streets that matched the rolling topography of the land, which better accommodated a streetcar line, and included a hierarchy of street widths from thoroughfares to side streets. Conceived as an upscale new development designed to accommodate homes in a naturally harmonious setting, this core area eventually lent its name to the larger neighborhood we now call Mission Hills. Tour participants will walk past diverse architectural styles from the early 20th century, including Arts & Crafts, Prairie style, Spanish Eclectic and other Revival styles. Homes on this year’s route vary in sizes from diminutive bungalows and cottages, to larger four squares and even a Tour guides will share interesting details about the various local builders and architects mansion. Tour guides will share interesting who designed the homes and the early residents who lived in them. details about the various local builders and architects who designed the homes and the early residents who lived in them. Vintage photos will help tell the story of a neighborhood important to the architectural legacy of San Diego. Walking tours will depart at 10-15-minute intervals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will last up to 60 minutes each. Homemade cookies and refreshments will be served at the end of each tour. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the website www.MissionHillsHeritage.org, and beginning at 9:45 a.m. on the day of the event. Ticket prices are $15 for MHH members and $20 for non-members. Mission Hills Heritage is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization established to protect and preserve the character and charm of the historic Mission Hills community.•

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Old Globe Theatre The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of “Little Women” by Kate Hamill. This brand-new version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about Jo March and her three unforgettably distinct sisters is presented in association with Dallas Theater Center and is directed by Sarah Rasmussen (artistic director of Jungle Theater, which originally commissioned the play). “Little Women” will run Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, April 19, 2020 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. Now her heartfelt story of Jo March and her three unforgettably distinct sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, comes to the stage in a brand-new version that honors the spirit of Alcott’s original while freshly interpreting it for a new era. The West Coast premiere of her sparkling adaptation will have audiences falling in love with the March sisters all over again as they grow from young girls to little women. The cast includes Andrew Crowe as Robert March, Jennie Greenberry as Meg March, Lilli Hokama as Amy March, Louis Reyes McWilliams as Laurie Laurence, Liz Mikel as Marmie, Alex Organ as John Brooks, Pearl Rhein as Jo March, Mike Sears as Mr. Laurence and Mr. Dashwood, Maggie Thompson as Beth March, and Sally Nystuen Vahle as Hannah, Mrs. Mingott, and Aunt March. The creative team includes Wilson Chin (scenic design), Moria Sine Clinton (costume design), Marcus Dilliard (lighting design), Sean Healey (sound design), Earon Chew Nealey (wig and makeup design), Robert Elhai (original music), Kristin Leahey (dramaturg), Joel Ferrell (movement coach), Kelly Gillespie, CSA (casting), and Megan Winters (production stage manager). Artistic Director Barry Edelstein offered, “In the hands of two visionary women of the American theatre, the dazzling playwright Kate Hamill and the endlessly inventive director Sarah Rasmussen, the novel’s genius endures, and the captivating March sisters spring to brand new life. Hamill and Rasmussen build imaginative bridges between the Americas of the 19th century and the 21st.” The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. For tickets and information, call 619.234.5623 or visit www.BalboaPark.org.•

Landmark Theatres Legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche join masterful filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (“Shoplifters,” “Still Walking”) to paint a moving portrait of family dynamics in “The Truth.” Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who, despite her momentary lapses in memory, remains a venerable force to be reckoned with. Upon the publication of her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns to Paris from New York with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and their young daughter to commemorate its release. A sharp and funny battle

of wits ensues between the mother-daughter duo, as Lumir takes issue with Fabienne’s rosecolored version of the past. Reflected cleverly by Fabienne’s latest role in a sci-fi drama, their strained relationship takes a poignant journey toward possible reconciliation. “The Truth,” directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, opens Friday, April 3 at the Hillcrest Cinemas, located at 3965 5th Avenue. The film is 106 minutes long and Rated PG. For information and times, call 619.819.0236, or visit www.landmarkTheatres.com. Film times and dates are subject to change.•

Catherine Deneuve (left) as Fabienne, and Juliette Binoche as Lumir, have a strained mother and daughter relationship.

From left to right are Jennie Greenberry as Meg March, Liz Mikel as Marmie, Pearl Rhein as Jo March, Lilli Hokama as Amy March, and Maggie Thompson as Beth March in The West Coast premiere of “Little Women” by Kate Hamill. Photo is by Karen Almond.

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Life Offers Lots of Opportunities By Aubree Lynn, director of KFWSD

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Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

Having been in the San Diego fashion industry for many years has provided me a great career and life journey. I used to produce and style shows in my teens. Then in my twenties the shows I produced always had a mix of adults and kids as models. It was a pleasure to work with both age groups. Then in 2010 I started writing for the Presidio Sentinel. Instead of working events, I had the opportunity to be a member of the press for various shows, including Fashion Week San Diego and Orange County Fashion Week. Hitting the ground hard last year, I started styling, and with more focus on building my social media presence with the work that I had done over the years and my current work. Now that my kids are a bit older, four-years old and 18-months old, I have begun to take more evening and weekend gigs and have a new found love with my career. Being a mom, I also always look for new kid designers to dress my children. This past March I learned about a non-profit organization called Kids Fashion Week (KFWDMV), and reached out to them. I asked if they had kid designers who wanted to have my children as brand reps. A few months later I got a response that led to me speaking with the founders of KFWDMV, which is based out of Washington, DC. What started with my interest in learning of this organization, switched to them wanting to know more about my fashion background and credentials. They were interested in what I had done in the industry. Then they shared their plans for the non-profit organization. Eventually, the talk shifted to me taking a serious role with their nonprofit organization, becoming director of Kids Fashion Week San Left to right are Crystal Davis, Akilah Dia-Amadi, Aubree Lynn, Auntea Marie, Diego. Though honored with this opportunity, this resulted in a very and Amina Muhammad, who represent Kids Fashion Week Network. serious conversation. That’s because I know there are many moving parts to an event like this. Just knowing the role I have at home with my family, it also meant I needed to have an important discussion with my husband. During the following months I continued doing my styling projects. It was while I was working in LA this past October, and talking to a trusted colleague of mine, when it truly hit me that this is the next step to my fashion career. I knew there would need to be a lot of conversations and contracts to review. It also meant a large leap of faith on my part. Yet, after months of serious decision-making, this past month it became official. Kids Fashion Week San Diego has arrived. From December 11 through 13, 2020 kids from throughout San Diego will have a platform to advance their modeling careers and showcase their design collections. At the same time, the event will offer an opportunity for growth, networking and development, for children working in the entertainment industry. This “for kids by kids” event is going to be very special. Not only will it take me back to my roots of producing events, being a parent, I know that my life is now fully invested in our future generations’ opportunity to be an integral part of the fashion movement and industry. Kids Fashion Week is a non-profit, 501c3 tax-exempt company, looking to provide a major platform to youth in order to present their talents and abilities to the world. For more information, visit www.kfwsd.com, and to keep up with Kids Fashion Week San Diego, follow us @stylishly_positive and @kidsfashionweekdmv.•

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NAVWAR Pursues Major Transformation of Its Campus Facility NAVWAR is a major tenant at Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Campus (NBPL OTC). It is comprised of 70.5 acres (48.7 acres OTC Site 1 and 21.8 acre OTC Site 2). NBPL OTC is approximately 1.5 miles from downtown San Diego and 1/2 mile to San Diego International Airport, and is located in the City of San Diego, Midway-Pacific Community Planning Area. NBPL OTC is near Interstate 8, and adjacent to Interstate 5 and Pacific Highway. The main buildings consist of World War II-era aircraft manufacturing plants and associated administrative office buildings. OTC Site 1 was used during World War II to manufacture aircraft, and has been partially modernized to provide training facilities, administrative office space and industrial (laboratories, shops and warehouse) space to support the current tenants. The existing space is currently inefficiently utilized and is functionally obsolete given the 1940s era facilities’ design. In 2018 Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW) issued a Request for Interest (RFI) for revitalization of the NAVWAR facilities. The Navy received several detailed responses in reply to the RFI. The submittals outlined a wide range of exciting opportunities for the NAVWAR facilities. The 70.5 acre property that houses NAVWAR One submittal was from the is located in the City of San Diego, Midway-Pacific Community Planning Area. San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), recommending the incorporation of a regional mass transit hub in order to support a critical local need to connect mass transit to the San Diego International Airport. Following are various options for the site: • Alternative 1–Navy Recapitalization at OTC • Alternative 2–High-Density Mixed Use Revitalization • Alternative 3–Low-Density Mixed Use Revitalization • Alternative 4–High-Density Mixed Use Revitalization including consideration of a potential Transit Center • Alternative 5–Low-Density Mixed Use Revitalization including consideration of a potential Transit Center

In September 2019, the Navy signed an agreement with SANDAG to pursue planning for the revitalization of the OTC, which could include a potential regional transit center as part of development. With this agreement, SANDAG provides a potential development opportunity that would enhance the value of the property and benefit both NAVWAR and the community. On January 24, 2020 a Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register announcing the Navy’s intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental effects associated with revitalization of the OTC to support NAVWAR’s current and future operational readiness. The public scoping period closed on February 24, 2020. Additional opportunities for public participation will occur after the publication of the Draft EIS in Summer 2020. The general public is invited to visit the NAVWAR website to be notified of future announcements about the project, including information on when the Draft EIS will be available for review. The website is www.navwar-revitalization.com.•

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Peacemaker Awards 2020

By Laura Walcher

Are this year’s ‘Peacemaker Awards” more important than ever? Inarguable, I declare, as each day’s news delivers less and less peace in our country, and in our world. All the more challenging for our National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), dedicated to crafting, implementing, managing peaceful solutions to our society’s, and our community’s conflicts. NCRC president Steve Dinkin, recently wrote, “So many of you have asked, how do we make sense of acts of hatred and intolerance? For NCRC, such questions have a common answer: We fervently believe that peace is possible when we are willing–and equipped–to talk with one another with respect and civility.” We talked: LW:  Well, Valentine’s Day may be over, but “forgiveness”–NCRC’s theme for the holiday–is surely something we need to embrace year-round! How significant is “forgiveness” in mediation? Isn’t “agreement” (to agree or dis–!) sufficient? SD:  In mediation, forgiveness is not the end game. Mediation is more about an agreement to move forward–and feeling at peace with the resolution. Forgiveness may or may not come with time; if it does, it’s icing on the cake. LW:  How does NCRC address the highly un-peaceful presence, tweets, remarks, snarky insults issues with great regularity by our president? SD: We are living in a time when, unfortunately, incivility has become the norm. President Trump is not alone in exhibiting unpeaceful behavior. Rather than calling him out, we work to find solutions to the broader issues. LW: NCRC’s programs for youngsters, teens, appear to be the most promising directions for guiding our kids–having gone right, wrong– to more peaceful paths of behavior, belief in better lives? How do you assess NCRC programs’ successes? SD: Our work with youth is perhaps the most gratifying. We divert students who get in trouble from the juvenile justice system, keeping them in school and on a path toward more productive lives. So, we look at measures, such as high school graduation rates and recidivism, to determine success. LW: NCRC provides mediation services for the community at large. How is this arranged? SD:  Mediation is a satisfying, cost-effective and convenient alternative to bringing a case to court. When a person contacts us, we take time to understand their situation and assess whether we can help (most often, we can). Once both parties agree to the process, we assign a mediator. LW: How are NCRC’s annual Peacemakers selected? The hope is there are sufficient candidates from which to choose. As always, the 2020 Peacemakers are impressive. SD: NCRC’s National Peacemaker is selected based on recommendations from our board of directors and advisors to the board. Each candidate is carefully vetted to ensure that their message aligns with ours. The Local Peacemakers were previously recognized as Community Heroes through our partnership with KPBS. They are selected by a committee; with input from the community.

75 th Annual

Arthur Brooks, New York Times best-selling author, will receive the National Peacemaker Award.

The Philanthropy in Peacemaking honoree is awarded posthumously to Paul Palmer.

This year’s Peacemaker Awardees exemplify the best in us; those who, when we learn their stories at the event, will surely inspire us to seek dialogue in any–and every–situation that fosters intolerance and hate. The National Peacemaker Award goes to Arthur Brooks, New York Times best-selling author, Washington Post columnist, and Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School, speaking from his latest work, “Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt.” Philanthropy in Peacemaking honoree is awarded posthumously to Paul Palmer, for his visionary leadership in bringing people together to build a better world. Palmer was the former chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, and longtime KFMB Radio manager. The 32nd Annual Peacemaker Awards will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, located at 1 Park Boulevard in downtown San Diego, CA 92101. Cocktail Reception is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner from 7 to 9 p.m.•

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The 75th Annual Orchid Show takes place from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 at Earl Warren Showgrounds, located at 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara. The event educates the public about the 25,000 species of orchids in the wild, promotes their conservation and study in nature and in collections, encourages successful orchid growing by the general public, and documents the history of amateur and professional orchid growing in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Breathtaking orchids are displayed in a park-like setting, are available for sale, potting demonstrations take place, and orchid experts will answer your orchid questions. More than fifty displays are inspired by the orchid adventure theme and celebrates the 75 years of the show, which is the longestrunning orchid show in the United States. Inaugural grand marshall and local newscaster, John Palminteri, epitomizes the adventure theme. For more information, visit www.SBOrchidShow.com.• The display hall is transformed into a park-like setting with exquisite floral vignettes.

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del Prado Theatre, located in Balboa Park, at the corner of Old Globe Way and Village Place, presents San Diego Junior Theatre as it Celebrates Individuality in its 72nd Season. Tonight, the theatre performs “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 fell 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 more information, visit www.juniortheatre.com, or call the box office at 619.239.8355.

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n Point Loma Playhouse, located at 3035 Talbot Street in Point Loma invites you to an evening 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. Mild Adult Language. Visit www.pointlomaplayhouse.com for dates and prices.

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n Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, invites you to a new exciting exhibition Brain: The World Inside Your Head.. This fascinating exhibition explores the mechanics and mystique of the brain. For information, visit www.fleetscience.org/ exhibitions/brain.

March 2

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 hour 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 is Neurodegenerative Diseases. The speaker is Dr. Jerold Chun, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery. n Friends of Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library, located at 215 West Washington Street in Mission Hills, presents a Senior Lunch & Learn Lecture Series from 11:30 a.m. to as 12:30 p.m. in conjunction with the City of San Diego’s Park and Recreation Departments’ Age Well Services. The program provides recreation, education and fitness programs for adults, 50 years and better. Learn about the importance of staying engaged in life activities and how you can get involved in your local recreation center.

March 3

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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). For more information, visit www.sdnhm.org.

March 5

n Old Town’s new speakeasy Oculto 477 continues it robust series of Mezcal-Centric with a Talk and Fundraiser with Erstwhile Mezcal. With an intimate presentation featuring several rare small-batch expression from Erstwhile, a supporter of artisanal and ancestral mezcals produced by independent family business. A special happy hour featuring Erstwhile Mezcal signature cocktail, The Velociraptor, will be available to all Tahona guests from 5 to 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.facebook.com/ events/475.714.23121880/. n Zel’s Del Mar, located at 1247 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar, hosts Robin Henkel solo blues from 7 to 10 p.m. For information, call 858.755.0076. n Martinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Natalie Douglas at 8 p.m. with her hit show, The First Time the Music of Roberta Flack. Douglas and music director Brian Nash will salute the luminous singer. Visit www. martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

March 5 thru 29

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, n 6: Kid Chemistry, explores the world of chemistry by creating chemical compounds, analyzing acids and bases, making things glow and whipping up new recipes. The program is designed for children ages three to five years old with an accompanying adult. Classes meet from 9 to10 a.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact the Client Services Dept. at 619.238.1233, ext. 806 or visit www.rhfleet.org/events/young-scientists.

March 6

n theNAT, San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Nat Talk: National History 101 at 9 a.m. The topic is Ornithology. Take a deep dive into San Diego’s natural history with conversations led by local scientists and experts. Curator of Birds & Mammals Phil Unitt will be talking about birds in San Diego. Tickets are available online at www.sdnhmsd.org, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797. n Arts District at the Liberty Station at 2848 Dewey Road in San Diego invites 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 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 at 2640 Historic Decatur Road and pick up a monthly program and District map.

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Diego’s Architectural Treasures is offering free, behind-the-scenes tours of San Diego’s best buildings. Nearly 100 sites were chosen for their architectural, cultural or historical significance. Visitors will have the chance to discover some of the city’s newest, neverbefore-seen buildings, in addition to historic landmarks in Downtown Gaslamp, East Village, Bankers Hill, Barrio Logan, Balboa Park, Point Loma, La Jolla and new this year, Coronado. Visit www.sdarchitecture.org/program/ openhouse for reservations, times and locations.

March 7

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Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, at 8 pm will have presents an evening with Judy Carmichael in Let’s Swing at 8 p.m. Carmichael returns with multi-Grammy winner, guitarist, Larry Koonse for an evening of joyous, swinging music, celebrating the Great American Songbook and Judy’s own witty compositions. 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 8 to 10 p.m. For information, call 619.255.2491.

March 8 & 9

n The 28th Annual Celebrity Gold Classic, hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro at Morgan Run Club and Resort, located at 5690 Cancha de Golf in Rancho Santa Fe, begins at 5 p.m. with a reception, followed at 6:15 p.m. with a dinner, cocktails, entertainment, and a silent and live auction. On Sunday at 8:30 a.m. check-in begins with groups being paired with a celebrity to participate in contests and sample delicious food by Casanova Tacos and Los Chuchys. Non-adult and adult beverages will be hosted by Thorn Street Brewing. Tee time is 10 a.m. with a gun shot start. Your help transforms the lives of children suffering from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease. To learn more and to register, call Tracy White at 760.448.2019 or visit www.freshstartsg.ejoinme. org/MyEvents/FreshStart28thAnnualCelebrityGolfClassic. Registration/tabid/1109509/Default.aspx.

March 10

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San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Nat Talk: Screening of the Devil’s Road Meet the Filmmakers at 6:30 p.m.. Following the century-old expedition route of two of Baja’s most prolific and obscure naturalists, a group of adventurers set out on a 5000mile journey on motorcycles to document over one hundred years of change in Baja California. Tickets are available online at www.sdnhmsd.org, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797. n San Diego Museum of Art, located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Art of Elan–Building Community Through Music–Hear & Now. Tonight at 7 p.m. the concert series begins with “Observations.” Taking inspiration from the avant-garde musings of America’s pioneer of Modern Art, Manierre Dawson, this program will fill Gallery 16 with the rhapsodic sounds of several composers: Willson Osborne, Darius Milhaud, and Mason Bates, as well as the incredible virtuosic second sonata for solo violin by Belgian composer/violinist Eugene Ysaye. For more information, visit www.artofelan.org. or www.SDMArt.com.

March 11

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& Dorothea Garfield Theatre, located at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center at 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla, presents Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin–A Lecture with Film Screening at 7 p.m. Blue like Me is a documentary that profiles IndianAmerican artist Siona Benjamin. Raised in the small Bene Israel Jewish community in Mumbai, India, Siona’s art fuses world religions with Eastern myths and Western pop culture to create vibrant new worlds. A lecture will follow the screening. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.my.lfjcc.org.

March 11 thru 15

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ISA World Para Surfing Championship will take place in La Jolla. The fifth edition of the world championship event, will gather the world’s best Para Surfers to compete and display their talents in a paralympic style, world championship competition. For information, visit www.isasurf.org.

March 12

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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). Free with Museum admission. This Month’s theme is Dinosaurs. Visit www.sdnat.org for ticket information.

March 12 thru 21

n Bread and Salt, located at 1955 Julian Avenue in Barrio Logan, presents and 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. concert with music by the 20-piece Mambo Orchestra and 12-piece Salsa/Tropical Sensation from LA. Celebrate the beginning of Media Arts Center San Diego, and get a chance to mingle with guest filmmakers and actors. On the 21st, help us bring another amazing Latino Film Festival to close at Bread and Salt from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with music by Boogaloo Assassins. Films will be held at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 cinema. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.sdlatinofilm.com.

March 13

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San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents National History 101: Bats at 9 a.m. Take a deep dive into San Diego’s natural history with conversations led by local scientists and experts. This week, Field Biologist Drew Stokes will be talking about bats in San Diego. Tickets are available online at www.sdnhmsd.org, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797. n Proud Mary’s, located at 5550 Kearny Mesa Road in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel Band with horns from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For information, call 858.278.0800.

Santa Barbara, CA (US 101 exit Las Positas Road) presents the 75th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show: “Orchids–A World of Adventure.” Breathtaking orchids are displayed in a park-like setting, with orchids from around the world for sale, frequent potting demonstrations, and orchid experts to answer your orchid questions. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.SBOrchidShow.com.

March 14

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UTC Palm Plaza, located at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego, presents Whitney Shay and Robin Henkel from noon to 2 p.m. For information, call 858.546.8858. n San Diego’s 26th Annual St.Patrick’s Day ShamROCK Block Party features the Young Dubliner, Irish & Celtic rock bands, and top DJs. The block party is bounded by railroad tracks, Broadway, 4th, and 6th Avenue, from 2 p.m. to midnight. Attendees can partake in the featured St. Paddy’s inspired games and contests to win exclusive prizes and gift cards. Visit www.sandiegoShamROCK. com or call 619.233.5008 for information and to purchase tickets. n Bahia Resort Hotel, located at 998 West Mission Bay Drive in San Diego, presents a Mardi Gras Cruise from 5 to 11 p.m. with Gunhild Carling, Whitney Shay, Fuzzy Rankins, Euphoria Brass, Robin Henkel, Ben Powell, Theo & Zydeco Patrol, and The 44’s. For information, visit Facebook@Six String Society. n Martinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents James Tormé in Something Cool at 8 p.m. Blowing the dust off of legendary arrangements the second-generation jazz star and son of Mel Tormé tips his hat to the coolest West Coast jazz composers and singers. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

March 14 & 15

n Reuben H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, is holding a Saturday and Sunday Science Club for girls in grades fifth through eighth. To participate, parents most pre-register by calling 619.238.1233 x806.

March 14 thru June 21

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San Diego Museum of Art, located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, welcomes the special work by contemporary artist Cauleen Smith. What do a Spanish 17th century painter and a California-born contemporary artist have in Common? Fruit. You are invited to the premiere of Juan Sánchez Cotán and Cauleen Smith: Mystical Time and Deceptive Light, an exhibition featuring a video installation. For more information, visit www.SDMArt.com.

March 15

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Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Babette’s Bingo Brunch at 1 p.m. Win or lose, B-I-N-G-O is a blast with the wacky and witty Babette, and nobody calls those little numbered balls one bit better. Doors open at 11 a.m. for brunch with a great selection of a la carte options. The balls start dropping at 1 p.m. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information. n Lestat’s, located at 3343 Adams Avenue in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel Band with Horns from 4:30 to 6 p.m. No cover/donation please. For information, call 619.282.0437. n Timken Museum of Art, located at 1500 El Prado in Balboa Park, presents Art in the Evening–Jean Stern–Art and Art Collection: A Personal Perspective from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This lecture will introduce guests to the basic aspects of art collection, specifically in looking at, examining, and assessing art from a collector’s point of view. By becoming a member, you will receive special pricing and priority reservations. Visit www.timkenmuseum.org for more information.

March 16

n Friends of Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library, located at 215 West Washington in Mission Hills, presents Senior Lunch & Learn Lecture Series from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The topic is Our World Through the Lens: A History of Travel Photography. Enjoy an expedition around the world and explore photographs from some of the earliest travel photographers to modern images of our world today. Attendees will also be treated to a demonstration of vintage camera equipment from the 1800s that were once used to take photographs on expeditions.

March 18

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Box, located at 1337 India Street in San Diego, presents The Great Love Debate World Tour, which starts at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). The World’s Greatest Social Experiment on Love for one Special Night returns to San Diego. All tickets must be purchased in advance– this show will sell out. Guys on the left, girls on the right at this wild, feisty, hilarious, interactive show on love, sex, dating, and relations in 2020. Visit www.musicbox.com for tickets and more information.

March 19

n The 10th Annual Women in Blue Luncheon will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront at 1 Park Boulevard in San Diego and begins at 11:30 a.m. The Women in Blue initiative is one that inspires connection between leaders throughout San Diego in many sectors. For more information,visit www.sdpolicefoundation.org or call 619.232.2130.

March 20

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.

March 21

n Reuben H Fleet Science Center, located at 1875 El Prado in downtown San Diego, 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 students will 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. To participate, parents must pre-register by calling 619.238.1233x 806 or 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 Anne Steele at 8 p.m. who will celebrate the release of her new EP, “Made Out of Stars.” Steele e co-wrote this album in LA with rockstar songwriters/producers Shane Stevens and Nash Overstreet. This new music will show a different side of Steele as a singer and songwriter. Visit www. martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information. n Blind Lady Ale House, located at 3416 Adams Avenue in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel Band with horns from 9 to 11 p.m. For information, call 619.255.2491.

March 22

n Liberty Station NTC Park, located at 2455 Cushing Road in San Diego, welcomes the March for Meals 5K Charity Walk with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the team and individual with the most funds raised and best costume. Dogs are welcome at this family friendly event. Please RSVP online at www.classy.org/event/march-for-meals-5kcharity–walk-2020/e247825, and help keep seniors safe, nourished, and socialized in their own homes.

March 23

n Conrad-JAI,

located at 7600 Fay Avenue in La Jolla, presents the ART of Elan–Building Community through Music with internationally renowned violinist Johnny Gandelsman. He invites listeners to join him on an epic two-hour journey to explore the complete suites for unaccompanied cello by J.S Bach, performed on violin. This once-in-a-lifetime performance of the complete suites takes place in the intimate cabaret space The JAI, where concertgoers can arrive early, from 6 to 6:30 p.m., for a pre-concert talk and to enjoy cocktails and small plates, available for purchase from Snake Oil Cocktail Company. Performance are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.artofelan.org. n Martinis Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, presents Sandy Campbell in Living to Sing the Tale at 8 p.m. Campbell is thrilled to return with her new show, along with the long-time musical director, collaborator and accompanist G. Scott Lacy and Diana Elledge on cello. Campbell will provide an evening of story songs from the musical theatre. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

March 26

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Above Fourth, located on the second floor at 3940 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest, Second Floor, presents Spencer Day with special guest American Idol favorite Effie Passero at 8 p.m. Visit www.martinisabovefourth.com for ticket information.

March 27

n Nate’s Garden Grill, located at 3120 Euclid Avenue in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel solo blues from 6 to 8 p.m. For information, call 619.546.7700. n The 8th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival and Fundraiser takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, an historic event venue considered one of the neighborhood’s most iconic buildings. This 21+ event will serve us a taste of Bankers Hill restaurants alongside pop-up art exhibits, local craft beer tastings and live music. Tickets begin at $30 per person and are available at www.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/events, and at the door while supplies last. n Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, located at 15498 Espola Road in Poway, presents the Catapult Shadow Dance Company at 8 p.m. It was an audience favorite and finalist of Season 8 of America’s Got Talent. Catapult’s lithe, agile dancers, in silhouette behind a lighted screen, create a world of creatures, objects and landscapes using only their bodies and a few props. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www. PowayOnStage.org or call 858.748.0505.

March 28

n Nate’s

Garden Grill, located at 3120 Euclid Avenue in San Diego, hosts Robin Henkel solo blues from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call 619.546.7700.

March 30

n theNAT, San Diego National History Museum, located at 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, hosts Spring Fling Family Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a week of activities that blend both art and science, and highlight the science departments: birds, mammals, botany, entomology, herpetology, and paleontology. Expect hands-on activities, mini tours, live animals encounters, and more. For information, visit www.sdnhm.org.

March 31

n Hyatt Regency La Jolla, located at the Aventine at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego, presents the Globe Guilders as they host the 30th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at 10 a.m. The event is to raise funds for The Old Globe. Celebrating Couture 2020 is presented by Neiman Marcus and offers the Exclusive Southern California debut of the Marchesa Couture Collection. Guests will be greeted with a sunlit champagne reception at 10 a.m. in the glass-enclosed Vicino Ballroom, and the chance to bid on silent auction items. The live auction and opportunity drawing begin at noon in the Aventine Ballroom, followed by the fabulous Marchesa fashion show and a delicious lunch. After the show, Neiman Marcus will present a one-of-a-kind boutique for browsing and shopping in the foyer. Tickets start at $170. For information and reservations, contact Joydelee Marrow at globequilder@ gmail.com or call 858.382.1672.


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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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March 26th, 2020 Mission Hills Garden Club The Mission Hills Garden Club’s next meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 26. It will be held at the United Church of Christ at 4070 Jackdaw. The meeting will feature Bill Tall speaking about Why We Do What We Do to Maintain our Gardens. 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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