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Compiled by Vandana Bhairi ark your calendars for the variety of holiday M happenings this season. For those who want to stay close to home, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holidays. Traditional and fun holiday activities are also taking place around the county.

Community Events Rancho Bernardo’s annual Christmas tree and menorah lighting is moving to The Pacific Western Bank, formerly the San Diego National Bank. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The lighting ceremony will feature ecumenical music by the Rancho Bernardo High School Madrigals, under the direction of Lisa Friedrichs. They will close the program by inviting those attending to join in an old-fashioned sing-along of popular holiday tunes. After the ceremony, there will be a reception for adults where holiday refreshments will be served. The cost is $15 per person and

is complimentary for members of the RB Business Association. Make reservations by Dec. 2, by calling April Mitchell at 858-451-3406 or e-mailing her at For information about the RBBA, visit its website at, or call Marty Judge at 858-385-0876. The City of Poway hosts its 16th annual Christmas in the Park 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road. The free celebration includes a community tree lighting ceremony at 5:20 p.m. and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5:30 p.m. Activities for the kids include pictures with the Claus family; face painting; an ornament workshop to decorate the tree; a petting zoo; a children’s theater; live music; square dancing and a hayride. The Nelson House will be open and hosting old-fashioned games, while the museum will feature a piano player leading attendees in a sing-along. There will also be an HO model train display. The park’s steam locomotive train will offer rides for a nominal fee and there will also be holiday gifts, sweets and food for sale. The Rancho Bernardo Glassman Recreation Center will host the annual Holiday Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The celebration features a pancake breakfast, a dance performance. For more information, call 858-538-8129. RE/MAX Associates of Rancho Bernardo is hosting a holiday party to benefit Leex PJ’s 4 Kids. All who attend are asked to bring new or gently used pajamas to donate to the organization. The party will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the RE/ MAX office, 16787 Bernardo Center Drive. The Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center, 10152 Rancho Carmel Drive, will host Lunch with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The event includes lunch, arts and crafts and a picture with Santa. Tickets are $8. For more information, call 858-538-8100. Bernardo Winery is hosting its annual Holiday Nights from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15-18 at the winery, 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte. The event will feature carolers, wine tasting, horse and carriage rides, and more. Admission and parking are free. Rancho Penasquitos will hold its annual Winter Wonderland celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Hilltop Park Recreation Center, 9711 Oviedo Way.

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The event features 55 tons of snow as well as train and pony rides, plus air jumps. Bring extra warm clothes. There will also be a snack bar and class demonstrations. Cost is $3. The Gordon Kohl band will perform from noon to 3 p.m. Arts and crafts projects will be available for 50 cents each. Santa will be in his workshop from noon to 3 p.m. for photos, which cost $3 or you can bring your own camera. Call 858-538-8198 for more information. The Poway Chapter of the National Charity League will hold its Holiday Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The event will showcase three beautiful homes each decorated in a holiday theme. The annual event is a fundraiser for local organizations. Beneficiaries this year are the Poway Senior Center, the PUSD After School Homework Club and the Gayle Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at Crystal Gardens Florist, Village Mail & More, Four Seasons Flower Shop and Laurie Ann’s Countryside Barn in Poway or online at The Poway Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer, an evening of networking, food, and fun, is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Courtyard by Marriott, 11611 Bernardo Plaza Court, Rancho Bernardo. Cost is $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers. More information at The Sikes Adobe Farmstead is hosting its annual Festive Farmhouse and holiday decorating activity from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the farmhouse, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido. The cost is $3 per person or $5 per family. Call Anne Cooper by Nov. 30 at 760-432-8318 to RSVP.

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Concerts Handel’s Messiah will be performed by St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Coventry Choir 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 under the direction of William Eichorn. Soloists are Diana Villwock, soprano; Evangelina Woo, alto; and Sean McCormac, tenor. This is the second program in their concert series. A $10 donation will be accepted at the door. The church is located at 16275 Pomerado Road, Poway. For more information, call 858-487-2159. “From Darkness to Light,” the 2011 holiday musical presentation of the Music Department at Hope United Methodist Church, is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. This year’s program will move through the four seasons of Advent: Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace. Pianist Beth Jones and organist Susan Caudill will accompany the choir members. Receptions follow the Friday and Sunday performances and a dinner, cost $10, follows the Saturday performance. RSVP is required for the dinner. Tickets are free and are available by calling the church office at 858-485-5840. Seating is limited and ticket holders will be seated first. The church is located at 16550 Bernardo Heights Parkway, Rancho Bernardo. More details at Poway Community Symphonette and the Incarnation Lutheran Church’s Choir will present Christmas and holiday favorites, plus portions of Vivaldi’s Gloria, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Incarnation Lutheran Church & Preschool, 16889 Espola Road, Poway. The concert is free and open to the public. It is offered through the Poway Unified School District Adult School and Regional Occupational Program. More information can be found at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church will host a holiday concert of Handel’s Messiah with the Coventry Choir, soloists, and orchestra 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Suggested donation is $10 at the door. The church is at 16275 Pomerado Road, Poway. The choirs of San Rafael Catholic Church will present an Advent/Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Both traditional and contemporary songs and carols will be performed by the handbell, contemporary and traditional choirs. This free concert will be in the church sanctuary, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo. A reception will follow in the Parish Center. For more information, call 858487-4314. RB Chorale will present its musical show, “‘Tis the Holiday Season,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, Saturday, Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road.

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS continued from page 3 The chorale raises money through their shows for graduating high school seniors who wish to continue their music education. For more information, go to or call 858-485-SONG (7664). Rancho Bernardo High School will present a variety of holiday concerts and performances at the school, 13031 Paseo Lucido. Orchestra Winter Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Selections include works by RimskyKorsakov, Bizet, Handel, and Elgar. The band and Bernardo Heights Middle School band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 in the gym. The Dance Program will be presenting their annual Winter Dance Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 in the school’s Performing Arts Center, 13010 Paseo Lucido. Mt. Carmel High School presents its annual Messiah Community Sing Along at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in the school’s Performing Arts Center, 9550 Carmel Mountain Road, Rancho Penasquitos. For ticket information, visit Poway High School Winter concerts will showcase the jazz band, orchestra and marching band, plus student musicians from Twin Peaks Middle School. For tickets and more information, visit Jazz standards in the classic, Latin and funk styles, plus jazzy holiday favorites will be performed by the Poway High School Jazz Band, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. Many talented soloists will be featured. The concert will open with a performance by the Twin Peaks Middle School Jazz Band. Enjoy a rousing holiday concert by the Poway High School Symphony Orchestra 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. The Emerald Brigade, Poway High School’s Marching Band, will perform their holiday concert 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 in the school gymnasium. The concert will feature the Twin Peaks Middle School band. Also, the

event will include a raffle of marching brass drum heads featuring one-of-kind custom art work. Proceeds will help support the Poway High instrumental music program. Get into the holiday spirit by enjoying a relaxing evening of entertainment presented the Poway High School Choral Department when they present their annual Holiday Concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. The Winter Concert will feature all four Poway High School Choirs with over 125 students participating. Joining the high school choirs will be the Twin Peaks Middle School choir. The choirs will sing a variety of traditional and holiday choral music in several languages. Alumni are invited to join the choirs for their presentation of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Tickets, $8 for adults and $5 for students, children, active military and seniors, are available at 6 p.m. at the door. The Poway High Die Lieder Singers and the Women’s Ensemble will perform holiday songs from 7:45 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 during Christmas in the Park, Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road. Admission is free. The Poway High School Dance Team presents their annual Winter Wonderland Dance Festival 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in the school gym. The dance team will be joined by local dance studios. The Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road, will host the following holiday events: • Saturday, Dec. 3 - 3:30 p.m. Scripps Ranch Acapella Singers perform some holiday favorites. Children’s activities • Candy making for teens (grades 6-12), 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. • Winter break after hours kickoff party for teens

(grades 6-12), 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. • Pictures with Santa Claus 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 17. • Cookie decorating 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. For more information and events, call 858-513-2900.

Around the County The California Center for The Arts, Escondido The performance center, located in downtown Escondido at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., hosts numerous holiday events. For more information, visit their website at The 6th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland, a free event, takes place at the Lyric Courtyard and Great Green on 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The center will sparkle up the evening with dancing lights, seasonal music, the lighting of the center’s tree, Victorian carolers, a children’s art activity, costumed entertainers, a special visit from Santa Claus, free cookies and a snow play area for children. Free. The Coastal Communities Concert Band will host its 16th annual Holiday Concert to benefit Meals-on-Wheels of Greater San Diego at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. The concert includes a variety of festive songs, including old favorites and new holiday arrangements. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12.50 for seniors over 60 and children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, call 760-736-9900 or go to Carols by Candlelight, benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital, is 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Concert Hall. Celebrating its 22nd year, the show — created by Poway resident and recording artist Steve Vaus — will feature Clay Walker, Whitney Duncan, Buck Howdy, Mary James, and Eve Selis. In keeping with tradition, the show will end in the courtyard, lit only by candlelight, with the audience and performers singing “Silent Night.” Tickets are $25 to $80. For more information, go to “An Irish Christmas,” featuring the music, dance, song and storytelling that defines Ireland, is 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. A presentation of Kerry Records, featured artists include David Munnelly, button accordion musician, and Kieran Munnelly on flute and bodhran. Tickets

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November 24, 2011 are $30-$35. West Coast Ballet Theater will present “The Nutcracker” at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 in the Concert Hall. The familyoriented performance features a cast of more than 200 performers with internationally acclaimed guest artists, spectacular sets and dazzling pyrotechnics. Tickets are $18.50 to $39. Orchestra Nova, conducted by Jung-Ho Pak, will celebrate the holiday season with holiday favorites performed by vocalists and choruses, and a sing-along 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $20 to $46. More information at Santa is coming to town early for animals in need at the Escondido Humane Society to take pictures with all pets and their families from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the shelter, 3450 E. Valley Parkway. For information, call 760-888-2235. The Del Mar Fairgrounds will host the Holiday of Lights, an animated, drive-thru light display, nightly from Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. The attraction features more than 400 family-oriented displays, organized into themes, including: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, Treasures by the Lake, and Elves at Play. The attraction is open from 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the fairgrounds, Interstate 5 at Via de la Valle. Prices are $14 per car, up to five people; $19 per vehicle, six or more people; and $49 per bus. After admiring the lights, ride around the racetrack on the Holiday Hayride, which includes hot chocolate or cider and a holiday cookie. Before boarding the ride, enjoy holiday music and carolers while roasting marshmallows at fire pits, or some “holiday spirit” at Santa’s Pub and Piano Bar. Hayride activities take place 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 9 and 16 in the Paddock. Tickets are $10, free for children 3 and younger, and are available at the box office at 858-792-4252 or through Ticketmaster. For more information about the Holiday of Lights, visit

Holiday Happenings Balboa Park will hold the 34th annual December Nights 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 which is expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors. Participating Balboa Park museums will open their doors free of charge 5 to 9 p.m. both evenings. The event features lights, theater, entertainment, and tons of food throughout the park. Long-standing traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; a Santa Lucia Procession at the San Diego Museum of Man; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans from the Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. The Timken Museum will have its annual Christmas tree display of exquisite Schlappi Collection of Hord and Schlappi Christmas ornaments. New this year is Reuben H. Fleet’s kid-friendly and interactive Kid City and entertainment on the Lily Pond Stage. The San Diego Natural History Museum’s Fossil Mysteries set to holiday music will be in the atrium. The annual Del Cerro Baptist Church’s Christmas Story Tree, a musical and lighting extravaganza, is on the Organ Pavilion stage Friday and Saturday nights. An encore performance is 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Santa will be at the Spanish Village Art Center, the Organ Pavilion, San Diego Art Institute (Museum of the Living Artist), San Diego Automotive Museum in a classic car, and the San Diego Zoo Zone. Also enjoy photo opportunities with The Grinch at The Old Globe. Find information about Balboa Park December Nights entertainment, food, parking, free shuttles, traffic, and free museums at Santa will turn in his red suit for board shorts and sail into Seaport Village when it hosts its holiday kick-off event Saturday, Nov. 26 starting at 1 p.m. The event features rocking holiday music and live entertainment. Kids can make ornaments from recycled materials to take

home. For more information, call 619-235-4014. The holiday at the Hotel Del Coronado will be “The Sweetest Season” featuring 100,000 glittering lights illuminating the resort and a spectacular oceanfront ice skating rink. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, The Hotel Del Coronado will feature “Holiday Festival... A Family Celebration,” a special event for the whole family that will feature visits with St. Nick and his elves at Santa’s Village as well as hot cocoa, libations, festive entertainment and fireworks. Go to for prices and more information. Make Victorian-style items for gifts or keepsakes at a Family Holiday Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the San Diego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. Admission is free for members, $2 per person or $5 per family. No reservations required. For more information, visit www.

Theater “Jingle Bell Rock” plays in repertory through Dec. 31 at the Welk Resort Theatre. The performers in this show will sing winter time classics acapella style. Tickets are $57 for performance only and go to $73 with buffet depending on time of performance. For tickets, call 888-802-7469 (SHOW) or visit www. The theater is located at 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido. The Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park continues with the tradition of staging Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the holidays. Now in its 14th year, the musical features Jeff Skowron as the grouchy green Grinch, who hatches a plan to end Christmas in Whoville. Previews run through Nov. 26 with opening night Nov. 29. The play runs through Dec. 31. Ticket prices run from $39-$87 for adults and $24-$42 for children ages 3-17. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 619-23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office. Also at the Old Globe will be a special engagement of “Some Lovers.” The musical will run from Nov. 26 to Dec. 31 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Opening night is Dec. 2. Tickets start at $35. For tickets, visit www. or call 619-23-GLOBE. The Cygnet Theatre Company will stage “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Dec. 3-31 with previews Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Old Town Theatre. Adapted

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS continued from page 5 from the beloved movie, the reading presents the story of George Bailey and Clarence the Angel as a 1940s live radio play filled with music, live sound effects and plenty of heart. For more information, go to www. “The Santaland Diaries” returns to The New Village Arts Theatre Dec. 10-24. The play follows an out-of-work actor who decides to become a Macy’s elf to pay holiday bills. The theater is at 2787B State St. in Carlsbad. For more information, go to www. The North Coast Repertory Theater presents three holiday productions this season, starting with “An Unscripted Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20. “Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem,” a holiday cabaret show, features four performers in an original comedy. Performances are Dec. 8-18. “Sister’s Christmas Catechism,” performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23 and 2 p.m. Dec. 24. The theater is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive # D, Solana Beach. For more information, go to

Amusement Parks Legoland California is gearing up for Holly Jolly Holidays, which kicks off Nov. 19 when a celebrity guest lights the world’s tallest LEGO Christmas tree in the annual tree lighting ceremony. The festivities continue through Jan. 2 when the season concludes with Kids’ New Year’s Eve. In nightly tree lighting ceremonies Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, a lucky child will be randomly selected to help pull the switch that lights up the LEGO Christmas tree. “Let it Snow,” a 20-minute musical holiday show, runs daily through Dec. 31 in the Play Town Theater. Santa, his sleigh and two reindeer are in a festive 7-foot tall display made of more than 51,100 bricks. Miniland U.S.A. is also transformed into a winter won-

derland with holiday scenes throughout. The holiday season concludes with Kids’ New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31 when midnight strikes at 6 p.m. in a Times Square-style party just for kids. All Holly Jolly Holidays activities are included in the price of Legoland California admission ($67 for adults, $57 for kids). For more information, visit or call 760-918-LEGO. The San Diego Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland during Jungle Bells Dec. 11-Jan. 2, except Dec. 24. Festivities include a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, an interactive “Night Before Christmas” show with Dr. Zoolittle and a Candy Cane Lane Magical Journey. Free with zoo admission. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration returns on select dates in November and December, with “Shamu’s Christmas,” “The Polar Express 4-D Experience” and “Christmas Tails,” a show that goes to the dogs. Animal meet-and-greets, strolling holiday musicians, and decorative photo spots will be throughout the park. Visit Santa’s Cottage, go ice skating, for a fee, or just admire SeaWorld’s 320-foot Holiday Tree of Lights. For admission options, visit or call 800-25-SHAMU for hours and information. The San Diego Botanic Garden will present “Garden of Lights” 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8-23 and Dec. 26-30. As night falls, the garden is transformed into a winter

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Pomerado NewspapersNovember 24, 2011 Batter Up! Cupcakes specializes in baking a variety of fresh, delicious cupcakes from scratch daily. Each day, we offer eleven different flavors of cupcakes. We have a home lineup of seven flavors that are available every day, and a visiting lineup of five flavors which is rotated every two days. Bernardo Winery 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, RB, (858) 487-1866 Ross Rizzo, owner Gift Suggestions from the Tasting Room: Holiday desserts and fruit wines, holiday wine accessories, great holiday dinner wines, a large selection of holiday ceramics for decorating tables, etc. Other products or services: Bernardo Winery specializes in high-quality red and white wines that perfectly com-ement those holiday feasts!

Bernardo Winery Sweet Shop 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Bernardo Winery Gift Suggestions: Nut varieties, chocolates holiday gift sets and wine pairing chocolates. Bob Piva Windows 1192 Industrial Ave Escondido, (760) 745-4700 Quality, energy efficient windows. 0% interest. Honest advice. Cabernet Jewelers 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Bernardo Winery (858) 926-9773 Gift Suggestions: Full-service repair center, fine and fashion jewelry, vintage and antique jewelry and gift certificates. Café Merlot 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Ste. E., Bernardo Winery (858) 592-7785

Countertops Gift Suggestions: Gift certificates for lunch and weekend breakfast. The Christmas Cottage 217 E. Grand Avenue Escondido, (760) 877-9956 Gift Suggestions: Themed Trees, Mark Roberts Fairies, Unique Ornaments, Italian St. Nicholas tabletops and Jim Shore figurines. Gift wrapping available. Cosmetic Inc. At the Salon at the Vineyard 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Bernardo Winery (858) 485-6561 Gift Suggestions: Permanent makeup procedures.

Double Tree Golf Resort 14455 Penasquitos Dr., San Diego (858) 485-4175 Gift Suggestions: Book your event!

Norte, Bernardo Winery (858) 676-9677 Gift Suggestions: Themed trees, home decor collectables and garden gifts.

Edelweiss Bakery Westwood Shopping Center 11639 Duenda Road Rancho Bernardo, (858) 487-4338 Gift Suggestions: Yule Logs, gift boxed Christmas cookies, specialty cakes and European classics.

Icarus Creative Arts 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Ste H2, Bernardo Winery, (619) 405-5029 Gift Suggestions: Unique gifts/home decor, mosaics, oil paintings, framing, antiques, handpainted furniture and gift certificates.

Epicurious (858) 449-9640 www.EpicuriousSanDiego. com Gift Suggestions: 50% off Dining for friends, family and employees

Eyelux Optometry 16615 Dove Canyon Rd. , Ste 105 San Diego (858) 487-7900 Crystal Gardens www.Eyelux 13565 Poway Road Poway, (858) 486-4460 Gift Suggestions: Fine prescription glasses, Gift Suggestions: sunglasses and contact lenses Flower arrangements, plants and gifts including Gardner’s Cottage Webkinz. 13330 Paseo Del Verano

Kelly’s Public House 15817 Bernardo Center Dr. San Diego, 92127 (858) 613-3649 Gift Suggestions: Holiday Parties Laces Running Company 10549 Scripps Poway Pkwy. Ste. H, (858) 549-1192 Gift Suggestions: Running shoes, Athletic wear.

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Taste of the town.

Massage Envy Spa

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Unicorn Jewelry

20%-40% off watches 20%-50% off jewelry

Watch Battery $3.00 (exclusions apply) 10% off all repairs

858-487-6454, Suite 4

Akai Hana

20% off

any dinner or appetizers 858-451-0074, Suite K10/11

All work done on premises. Valid at The Plaza only. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. One coupon per person. Not valid with any other offer. Expires 12/31/11.

Valid Monday – Sunday dinner only. Excludes take out and beverages. Up to six persons. Valid at The Plaza only. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. One coupon per person. Not valid with any other offer. Expires 12/31/11.

Merle Norman Cosmetics

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Beauty Bonus Choose a Normal/Oily gift trial sizes of Gentle Polish, Foaming Cleanser, AHA Toner, Nighttime Recovery Cream.

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Celebrate our Grand Opening! Explore a variety of exotic antiquities and treasures from around the world. Call to inquire about consignment opportunities! 858-485-6354, Suite E5

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Topps, Panini, Upper Deck, Donruss, Magic the Gathering Cards, Autographed Items. 858-592-1544, Suite K7 Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. One coupon per person. Not valid with any other offer. Expires 12/31/11.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop

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An upscale resale shop. All proceeds help in the fight against cancer. Shop, donate, volunteer. 858-385-0479, Suite A1B

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Poway (858) 486-3268 Gift Suggestions: continued from page 8 Upholstery, Custom made Maredy Candy Co. furniture, residential and 12120 Flint Place, Poway commercial. (858) 485-9498 Holiday Warehouse Sale The Plaza Rancho Bernardo Over 100,000 items priced Bernardo Center Drive, RB $1 - $3. Save 60% - 80% Gift Suggestions: Gift Suggestions: Browse through the many Boxed chocolates, stores, whether for flowers, jewelry, ornaments, candles, dining, beauty care, fine kitchen items, stuffed animals gifts, fitness, romantic items, Dec. 10-11 9am-6pm clothing and shoes, jewelry, Dec. 12 9am-4pm or specialty services like New items added to Final Week! alterations or shoe repair. Dec. 17-18 • 9am-6pm Dec. 19 • 9am-4pm Postal Annex 11956 Bernardo Plaza Dr. Massage Envy RB Town Center 16779 Bernardo Center Dr. (858) 485-9498 San Diego, (858) 451-5700 Gift Suggestions: Gift certificates, Webkins, Gift Suggestions: specialty cards and unique Restore some much-needed gift items balance to your life with a customized massage or healthy The Potted Tree skin facial from Massage Envy 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte Spa. Our therapists and es(858) 485-0856 theticians are here weeknights Gift Suggestions: and weekends, so you can enjoy Bonsai trees, orchids, ferns, your treatment when it’s most bamboo, custom made items. convenient for you. Gift cards are available. Our 3 mo. Mem- Poway Carpets bership is only $177! 14013 Midland Rd., Poway (858) 748-9170 Ming’s Upholstery Gift Suggestions: 12319 Poway Rd. ALL NFL, MLB and

college sports rugs and carpets.

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Poway Nursery 12237 Oak Knoll Rd., Poway 858-748-2254 Gift Suggestions: Gifts, garden art, landscape materials, statuary, Talavera, pottery, plants, trees, shrubs, flowers. Everything for the garden and landscape! Free potting service for plants and pots purchased at the nursery.

Superlamb Sheepskin 8026 Miramar Rd., San Diego, 858-566-2031 Gift Suggestions: Superlamb offers the hottest UGG boots, slippers, clogs and shoes as well as other quality sheepskin footwear brands with superior customer service. Just slip them on and you’ll agree: sheepskin makes the most comfortable footwear! From boots to clogs, we’ve got you covered! UGG, Aussie Boots, Kaz, Koolaburra, Qwaruba. Seat covers, auto acessories and gift certificates.

Poway Test Only 13865 Poway Rd. Poway (858) 668-3013 Gift Suggestions: Smog testing gift certificate. Richardson Buick 13811 Poway Road Poway, (858) 679-6900 Gift Suggestions: New & Used Vehicles, Auto Repair & Maintenance gift certificates.

San Diego Granite 13026 Stowe Dr., Ste. C Poway, (858) 486-2040 Gift Suggestions: Kitchen & Bath Remodel

Robby’s Quality Auto Service & Repair 13913 E. Poway Rd. Poway, (858) 695-8825 Gift Suggestions: Auto Service & Repair

Southern California Ballet Featuring “The Nutcracker” Performances begin: December 10th and run thu December 11 Ticket prices are: $15, $21

Unicorn Jewelry & Watch Boutique 16781 Bernardo Center Dr. San Diego, (858) 320-3881 Gift Suggestions: Since 1981, Unicorn Jewelry has been helping people find that perfect gift. Family-owned and operated business with a well-respected name as a provider of high quality diamonds, custom-designed jewelry and fine watches. Designer jewelry by Tacori, Charriol, Damiani, A.Jaffe, Piaget, ScottKay, Ritani, Verragio, GelinAbaci, Christian Bauer, Chad Allison, Bijan Fere, Martin Flyer, Benchmark, ArtCarved, Kirk Kara and Montblanc. Watches by Piaget, Ebel, TAGHeuer, Baume & Mercier, Raymond Weil, Concord, Campanola, Movado, Gucci, Montblanc, Swiss Army, Curtis & Co., Tissot, Seiko, ESQ, Citizen, Bertolucci, Rado.

Sweet Pea Coffee Cottage 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Ste. G, Bernardo Winery, (858) 592-4700 Gift Suggestions: Trivets, bookmarks, cards (greeting/gift/holiday), candle holders, wind chimes, mobiles, garden accessories, bird baths, travel mugs, coffee, teas, jams, soup mixes, dips, cheese ball mixes, wine charms, tea cozies, picture frames, gift baskets and gift certificates.

Walgreens 13390 Poway Road, Poway (858) 435.-7580 Gift Suggestions: Candy, festive ornaments, and gift cards.

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Plaza of dreams.

RB Shoe Repair & Alteration

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Propel Pilates & Fitness

FREE Private Session! ($70 value)

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Saigon Bistro and Grill

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The Dailey Method

Great family salon One FREE Class 20 with great prices.

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The Plaza The Center With Everything.

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Preparing your garden for the holidays

By Karen Greenlee

(with contributions by Barbara Toliver, CCNP)

Embellish existing statuary to spruce up your winter garden. Photos by Nick Parks


ere we are, once again staring square in the face of the holidays. There are so many things to prepare for that our gardens aren’t really high up on our “things to do” list, are they? Nevertheless, there are some general chores to carry out to ensure a successful spring

season. We’ll briefly go through them, and then share some ideas to decorate your garden for the holidays. • Continue watering plants, especially hanging baskets, plants under trees, and plants in containers. The weather may cool down, but we will also have wind. A cold, dry plant is just as bad as a hot, dry plant! • Spray plants to control winter insects that appear when the weather is cooler. • Watch for cold snaps. Cover your delicate plants. If necessary, bring them indoors or into the garage. • There is still time to plant bulbs for the spring season! • This is an excellent time to plant bare root trees. • Keep adding to your compost pile (leaves, etc.). • Continue pulling weeds to control them now and ahead of the spring season. • Fertilize your lawn for the last time this year. • Remember to keep birdbaths filled with clean water and keep your feeders supplied with seed. Winter food and water are often scarce for our fine-feathered friends!

Running in Comfort

Young birds need fresh water and a balanced food supply to survive the winter.

Although this list is brief, you know what additional jobs to do in your own garden to keep your eye on the prize — your spring garden! And now, for the “fun stuff.” If you enjoy decorating indoors, why not bring some of that expertise outdoors? Bring your “indoors” outside for the holidays. Decide on a theme you’d like to use. Reinvent your favorite theme — build on a color or accent and let your imagination be your guide. Some current trends to think about are: • Use bright colors: crimson, royal blue, orange, apple-green, bluegreen, emerald, as some examples. • Use outdoor ribbon for color instead of garland. • Metallic spheres placed within your landscape and near lighting will illuminate your garden at night. • Pale blue, pinks, whites, and pale yellows create a soft, nostalgicthemed holiday garden. • Aged pieces such as copper, burlap, and stone are excellent elements for a raw, edgy holiday landscape. • Minimalist pieces, for example, would be cording, rusty red, stone gray and muted brown colors. • Magnolia branches, boxwood


• Fruit tree • Garden wagon • Gardening class(es) • Kitchen window herb garden • Bird feeder, bird house, bird bath • Garden stakes • Potting bench • Garden weathervane • Windchimes

Greenlee, a Poway resident, is a gardener and has a Backyard Wildlife Habitat site certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Toliver is also a Poway resident and gardener. She is a California Certified Nursery Professional and works at Poway Nursery.



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• Books and subscriptions to garden magazines • Garden tote with tools, seeds, and gloves • Gift certificate to a nursery or garden center • Garden container (that your friends wouldn’t normally purchase for themselves) • Basket with scented garden soaps, hand cream, and sunscreen • Indoor plant, e.g., orchid plant, bonsai


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branches, winterberries, and pine cones are perfect for a natural-theme. • Add embellishments to existing statuary, mailboxes, fence posts, etc. Last, but most certainly not least, remember to thank your yard helpers for their hard work throughout the year.

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FAMILY FEATURES ccording to a survey conducted by Kelton Research on behalf of Intel Corporation, nearly 65 percent of Americans ages 18 to 44 would prefer to give up their favorite food for a year, rather than their favorite gadgets. This holiday season; consider giving a tech gift your loved one will never part with. While tablets have been a hot commodity over the last year, many people find the touch-screen keyboards difficult to use. With that in mind, computer manufacturers have designed light-weight, high-functioning devices called Ultrabooks. This new gadget is generating a lot of attention in the tech world.

Tech Speak


Here are some definitions to get you started: Gigabyte (GB) — One gigabyte is the equivalent of 1,000,000,000 bytes of disk storage. The more gigabytes you have, the larger your storage capacity. You can also purchase gigabytes in external storage devices or external hard drives as well. Solid State Drive (SSD) — Data storage device using electronic disks and microchips. Sound Retrieval System (SRS) — Patented audio

A new approach to the notebook computer, this tech innovation was designed to work as a combination of laptop and tablet computer. In addition, these devices incorporate the innovative 2nd Generation Intel Core chip, while remaining at a price level below most laptop computers. For the person who wants to work and play on the go, without having to sacrifice productivity to an on-screen keyboard, Ultrabooks are the perfect combination of both. Here are some of the top Ultrabooks out this season:

Acer Aspire S3

For the Road Warrior: Super thin with quick boot up time, this Ultrabook is ideal for working on the go. Specs: 13.3-inch HD LED screen 13mm thick; 3 pounds 320 GB hard disk drive or 240 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM i3, i5 or i7 2nd Generation Intel Core processor, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible USB 2.0 ports 1.3 megapixel webcam ■ ■ ■

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Performance and Features: Powers up in just 1.5 to 2 seconds from sleep mode, 6 seconds from deep sleep mode Connects to the Internet in 2.5 seconds Battery life: 6 hours; deep sleep mode for up to 50 days with high-efficiency charging ■

Lenovo U300s

For the College Co-Ed: With RapidCharge battery technology and 3D surround sound speakers, this Ultrabook is dependable for working at the campus library or for streaming videos to share with friends. Specs: better cool the Ultrabook 13.3-inch screen HD graphics and stereo 0.6 inches thick; 2.9 pounds speakers with SRS Premium Surround Sound Up to 256 GB solid state Intel Wireless Display drive; up to 4 GB double (WiDi) to wirelessly stream data rate 3 memory Up to 2nd Generation Intel media to your TV BIOS-embedded anti-theft Core i7 ULV processor protection USB 3.0 port Battery life: 1.3 megapixel webcam 8 hours; 30 days in standby; Performance and Features: Lenovo RapidCharge 10.5 second boot time powers to 50 percent in 30 Glass touchpad and a minutes breathable keyboard helps ■

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Toshiba Portégé Z830

For the Working Parent: With a spill-resistant keyboard, this Ultrabook not only packs a lot of power, but it’s great for parents with small children. Specs: 13.3-inch widescreen HD LED backlit display .63 inches thick; 2.5 pounds Up to 6 GB worth of memory, 128 GB solid state drive Choose between Intel 2nd Generation Core ■

processors i3, i5 or i7 1.3 megapixel webcam USB 3.0 port Performance and Features: Spill-resistant keyboard Battery life: 8 hours For more information about Ultrabooks and the 2nd Generation Intel chip, visit ■ ■

system that creates 3D sound with just two speakers. Random-Access Memory (RAM) — Another form of data storage, RAM allows for the computer to access stored information in any order. Central Processing Unit (CPU) or Processor — The part of the computer that actually interprets a computer program and operates based upon the program procedures. Known as the brain of the computer, the quality of a processor is important.

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When shopping for tech devices, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the lingo.

High-tech Accessories

The right accessories can help make your Ultrabook gift even more portable and versatile.

Headphones Here are some options by price range: $299 Quiet Comfort 15 by Bose – Noise canceling. $190 Ultimate Ears 700 Noise-Isolating Earphones – Includes a traveling case for quick storage. $99 Bose IE2 Headphones – Noise-canceling in-ear buds. $49 MEElectronics M11P+ Sound -Isolation In-Ear Headphones – Also features a microphone. Wireless mouse A wireless mouse can help increase productivity when working for extended periods of time. $60 Microsoft Arc Touch – Travel-friendly model featuring a touch-sensitive scrolling tab. $40 Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 – Works on most surfaces. $19 Kensington Ci75m Wireless Notebook Mouse – Built in USB receiver.

Stay Connected To ensure your tech-savvy gift recipient is always connected, consider purchasing a Wi-Fi hotspot. Several wireless companies offer models at a variety of price points. Here are a few to consider: ■ T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ZTE MF61 — Allows for Internet access when Wi-Fi can’t be reached. The hotspot can also send and receive text ■ Sprint MiFi 4082 3G or 4G MobilebHotspot — Comes with a reasonably priced unlimited data plan and can support up to five separate electronic devices. ■ Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L — Award-winning hotspot that can also support five devices. The battery can run for five hours without a charge. When purchasing a hotspot, do some research to ensure the device you choose will work where you frequently travel by researching wireless provider coverage areas. Keep in mind plans have either limited or unlimited data. In addition, you will also pay a monthly fee similar to your mobile phone bill. Make sure to verify that all of your wireless devices are compatible before the transaction. Read product reviews at

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t’s hard to pull a fast one over Nick Anastasopoulos’ granddaughter. Last year, while Anastasopoulos was performing his annual duty as Santa Claus at the Rancho Bernardo Business Association Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting ceremony, his then 18-month-old granddaughter sat on his lap. She recognized him immediately, saying “Hi Pappou!” “She knew right away,” laughed Anastasopoulos during a recent phone interview. “I just kind of played along.” Such is the life of a Santa Claus representative. For the past few years, Anastasopoulos has represented St. Nick at the RBBA event, and before that has been the go-to guy to play the role for his family. He is one of a number of Santa Claus representatives in the area. “I love giving to people and making people happy,” said Anastasopoulos, who has lived in Rancho Bernardo since 1993 and is the owner of Athens Market Cafe in Carmel Mountain Ranch. He is also an RBBA board member. Fellow RB resident Ron Wilson has filled Santa’s sizable boots for more than 30 years. “I was a lot younger when I started,” joked Wilson, a Realtor who has lived in RB for 33 years. “And a lot thinner too.” Wilson volunteers as Santa at five or six events locally each year. Wilson said he only dressed as Santa once for money, when he was out of work 28 years ago. “That’s not what Santa Claus is all about,” Wilson said. “I do it because kids need something to believe in. I do it for the enjoyment of the kids.” Wilson said he hasn’t been recognized under a full beard and padding by any children. He does have this story: There was once a child who wavered in her belief in the jolly old elf. He knew the child, and when she sat on his lap, Wilson asked her questions about her family. That turned her for at least one more year. “‘That had to be Santa Claus,’” Wilson relayed what the child said. “‘He knows too much.’”


When a child speaks with a Santa Claus representative, there’s no telling what he or she might say or ask. Wilson’s been asked how he enters a house with no chimney, or how he can visit all the good boys and girls in the world in one night. Wilson has a simple answer for that: Santa magic. The matter of gifts is something else. The key is to not commit to something that may not end up under the tree. “I don’t promise them anything,” said Poway resident Bob Bleich. “You kind of dodge that stuff. You have to be quick thinking.” Bleich is in his 49th year acting as Santa. For the past 32 years, his wife, Joan, has filled the role of Mrs. Claus. The couple recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary, and have lived in Poway since 1965. The couple visit schools, churches, libraries, house parties, senior centers and assisted living facilities. “You have to have a really good rapport with children,” Joan said. Added Bob: “It helps if you don’t ever grow up.” Joan and Bob find that adults at senior centers are as enthusiastic about Santa’s visit as children. “They really enjoy it as much as the kids do,” Bob said. Anastasopoulos agrees that some questions from children can throw him and he must think quick on his feet. “Every child that comes to me is different and has different needs and wants,” Anastasopoulos said. “You have to think quick and give the child an evasive answer. Something that’s noncommittal.” A proper Santa outfit is an important factor in representing the big guy, but a Southern California December can make for sweaty suit. All involved agree that a Santa Claus rep must have a certain belief, and enjoy what he does. “I don’t just do it for them,” Wilson said. “I do it for me too. It’s an amazing thing to see a kids eyes light up.” Added Anastasopoulos: “You have to believe in it yourself. If you don’t have that, don’t do it.”

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By Robert Fulton epending on how one looks at it, Chanukah — or Hanukkah, D for the popular Anglicized spelling — is either a significant eight-day period commemorating an event that took place more

than two centuries ago; or it’s a minor Jewish holiday blown out of proportion because of its proximity to Christmas. Or maybe a bit of both. “It’s a fairly minor holiday in the Jewish calendar,” said Rabbi David Castiglione of Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, adding, somewhat facetiously, that Hallmark might have something to do with Chanukah’s status during the holiday season. The story of Chanukah can’t be found in the Five Books of Moses, and is a historical event that took place after the Torah was completed. Chanukah plays second fiddle to more important dates on the Jewish calendar, such as Passover, Purim, Sukot and the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Chanukah, which literally means “to dedicate” in Hebrew, commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple during the Maccabean Revolt. As the story goes, at the re-dedication, there was only enough oil to light the Menorah for one night, but it miraculously burned for eight days. An eight-day celebration was instituted to commemorate this event. And for some, that lightness over darkness is exactly what makes Chanukah so special. “It’s not just a Jewish event,” said Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, co-director of Chabad of Poway. “It’s a victory of light over dark.” Chanukah is determined using the Hebrew calendar, meaning the holiday falls somewhere between the end of November and the end of December in the Gregorian calendar. It begins at sundown on Dec. 20 this year.

in front of his Rancho Bernardo home. “A little bit of light pushes away a lot of dark,” Rabbi Goldstein said. The eating of fried food again reflects the oil. Highlights include latkes (or potato pancakes) and jelly doughnuts. “We eat more fried food than we normally do,” said Stan Ginsberg, a Poway resident since 1998. Ginsberg has recently published a book he co-authored titled “Inside the Jewish Bakery: Recipes and Memories from the Golden Age of Jewish Baking.” Ginsberg said that writing a cookbook as been something he’s contemplated the last few years. He added that he looks forward to the latkes, while his wife eagerly anticipates the jelly doughnuts each year. Ginsberg and his family celebrate Chanukah, but does attribute the holiday’s popularity to Christmas. “Chanukah in the grand scheme of things is a minor observance,” Ginsberg said. “It became a much bigger thing. It’s much more a folk holiday than a religious holiday.” According to Rabbi Castiglione, the gift-giving aspect of Chanukah is another matter. What originally started out as giving children gold coins, or Chanukah gelt, has morphed into exchanging of presents between adults for eight days. “It’s an American-born tradition,” said the Rabbi Castiglione. “It’s a wholly American innovation.” Castiglione suggested that in observation of Chanukah, in place of giving gifts for eight evenings, instead give to the community for eight days, thus spreading a little light in a different context. For Rabbi Goldstein, the significance of Chanukah lies in what it means to the Jewish people. For one, the lighted Menorah is placed in a window for all to see, its importance shared with the outside world. Rabbi Goldstein also stresses that Chanukah was more than a re-dedication of a temple, it also accentuated the spirituality of the Jewish people. And the light from one candle to the next is reflected in how individuals touch each other. “We can all affect the world,” Rabbi Goldstein said.



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Celebration of Chanukah employs three major tenets: the lighting of candles and prayer; exchanging of gifts and giving toys to children; and plenty of good, fried food. The eight nights of candle lighting commemorates the eight days the limited supply of oil initially lasted. “The Menorah is a central part of the Chanukah celebration,” said Rabbi Castiglione. “It’s a symbol of light in darkness.” To commemorate Chanukah, Rabbi Goldstein said he erects an eight-foot tall Menorah


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Joseph Miceli in his Rancho Bernardo backyard that has model trains, waterfalls and bridges.

lifelong hobby and family tradition has turned into an entrepreneurial opportunity for a Rancho Bernardo man due to increasing public interest in model trains and his ability to place them in elaborate settings. Joseph C. Miceli Jr. creates animated train displays for spaces and budgets of all kinds — from a shelf display in a home or backyard oasis to large displays for stores or community events. On Dec. 11, locals can see one of his displays if they attend Christmas in the Park, an allday festivity in Old Poway Park. Another will be at the Dec. 16-18 A Christmas Tabernacle

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at Liberty Station. Miceli said the displays combine his two strongest talents and lifelong passions — water features and model trains. They are more than a boyhood interest, since both have been developed over generations. His grandfather, Louis Miceli, taught his children how to build model houses, buildings and landscape accessories like bridges, mountains and tunnels. His father, Joseph Sr., taught his son and added a first-hand knowledge of the displays’ inspiration by taking his family on train trips throughout the United States and Canada. The younger Miceli has likewise passed this knowledge to his children, Matthew, now 21, and Jessica, 15. While reminiscent of the displays by his grandfather, the local Miceli has made them even more elaborate by integrating animation, lights and music synchronized via computer. His training has been lifelong — starting as a 2-year-old helping his father on the family’s holiday displays to his work on the German Village that features a G scale train at Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida. In 2004, Miceli founded Miceli Garden Trains and Fountains LLC so he could help others create train displays. Cost is dependent upon how elaborate the display will be plus how much of his assistance is required. That can vary from a consultation for hobbyists who need a little guidance, to working alongside the client or completely doing the project himself. Miceli said a typical garden train and rail can start at $350. If he does installation, it starts at $500. The price goes up if he is to incorporate scale-appropriate plants, waterfalls,

ponds or human-sized bridges. Tapping into his first-hand knowledge of nature, Miceli said he gets “very technical” when carving features for outdoor landscapes in order to make them “look real. The land should flow naturally. ... It’s very important to me.” Indoor displays are less expensive, with a basic HO scale train set available for under $100 and N scale at $150. Building a “nice” layout starts at $250, he said. Buildings, trees and other decorations can be added over the years. He uses Lemax and Department 56. “Animation is what brought me into this,” he said. “It makes everything on the platform come to life.” The key is understanding a display can be built to “any size, any shape and anywhere,” Miceli said, explaining trains can wind among flower and vegetable beds, raised gardens — something that eliminates a lot of bending, hillsides, fish ponds and creeks. In the home, Miceli has created displays for all space sizes, from a small corner or shelves to entire rooms dedicated to a display. Displays do not have to replicate a winter wonderland or be realistic either, he said. They can be abstract or elaborate, like a Jurassic Park-inspired display he created that included a train, animated dinosaurs, helicopter that landed and cranes that lifted dinosaur cages. In lieu of a store, Miceli has created numerous displays in his Rancho Bernardo yard in the High Country West neighborhood, so it can be a showroom for clients. For a consultation, call 858-349-5657 or go to

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Wining in a Winter Wonderland A guide for pairing wines with popular holiday fare

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iving in the constantly sunny environs of San Diego can make it tough to think about the holidays. Thus, I’m forced to look for other stimuli to inspire topical wintertime culinary prose. As I write this, I’m smack dab in the middle of a wine tasting excursion to Paso Robles. I’ve had more Central Coast syrahs and zins than you can shake a wine opener at. As such, I’m in the perfect state of mind for discussing the best wines to go with typical holiday edible fare. The holiday s are about entertaining and, often, that means satisfying a wide array of tastes. This can make succinct pairings difficult to employ, so it’s important to look for common characteristics across the dishes you serve from Thanksgiving to Christmas. What you’ll notice is that most of the foods have bold flavors since they’re meant to be consumed during the cold season. Large roasted meats and fowl, hearty root vegetables (potatoes, yams, parsnips, etc.), thick gravies, dense stuffings help to sustain people during bouts with frigid weather. Luckily, we don’t have to deal with such conditions, but we are relegated to these traditional staples. Hence, the best way to attain food and beverage harmony is to work within the characteristics of the former. As such, you’ll do well to go with red wine. The best in my opinion are pinot noir, zinfandel and syrah. A pinot noir with a heavier body and notes of spice (harder to find, because they are the finest incarnations of this style) work spectacularly with turkey, chicken, game hen and duck, particularly large lean birds roasted with herbs and fatty birds that are glazed with a fruit component. If you go with the first option, avoid incorporating too much garlic and consider omitting rosemary as it’s a bit too sharp and will derail the pairing. If you go big with the fruit glaze, zinfan-

del is the way to go. The jammiest of all red wines, it will sync up beautifully with cherry, raspberry and blackberry glazes. Consider adding a touch (versus a glug) of balsamic vinegar. The acid will punch up the pairability factor. Because of their inherent fruitiness, zins also work extremely well with cranberry sauce and any stuffings that incorporate dried fruits. Syrah will go great with anything peppery, rendering the type of protein you utilize almost a moot point. Of course, if you go with roast beef, prime rib of some other similarly beefy entrée, you can’t go wrong with an earthy, powerful cabernet sauvignon. Cabernet franc or malbec will also work, the latter of which will be a much more economical way to go. Of course, whites are still plenty fine and have their place on the holiday table. Crisp varietals such as sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio will cut through the fat and thick sauces that are common in holiday dishes, while oak-aged chardonnays are capable of matching the rounded flavors of dressings and roasted vegetables. And, it is the holidays, so sparkling wines always work from a celebratory standpoint if no other. If you opt for that, consider trying a Spanish cava or Italian prosecco over Champagne. It’s much more affordable and every bit — if not more — flavorful. No matter what you do, remember that food and wine pairing can be fun, but if you simply like drinking what you enjoy, throwing the rule book out is OK. In the end, you want to be happy and if you’re having beef tenderloin, but love a rosé that bursts with flavors of strawberry and thyme, go for it. The holidays are tough enough without overcomplicating. Happy holidays! Brandon Hernández is a native San Diegan with a passion for the culinary arts. He has been featured numerous times on the Food Network hit program “Emeril Live” and has authored and co-authored several cookbooks. He welcomes your emails at deepcrimson2008@gmail. com and you can follow him at offdutyfoodie or friend him at offdutyfoodie. © 2011 Brandon Hernández

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Laura on life by Laura Snyder

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his Thanksgiving, like every Thanksgiving, I tend to reflect on all the blessings in my life. I wouldn’t change my life for anything. It has been a wonderful life, all things considering. However, it seems that with every blessing comes a unique curse. For example, I have been given the blessing of enough food to eat. Many people throughout the world do not have this blessing. I am very grateful that I can go into a grocery store and buy almost anything under its roof. The curse here is that I can buy almost anything under its roof… which is why I’m struggling with losing weight. I can be thankful that I live in a country where no one can tell me what to do, how to live, or what I can buy. I could wish for a little patrol officer to sit on my shoulder and police the things I eat, but would that be a blessing? He’d sit there, waving all the good-for-you stuff through — “Carrots, OK; yogurt, OK; strawberries, OK; Cheesecake? Wait just a minute!” Then he’d blow his little whistle in my ear and that lovely cheesecake would disappear! No, I don’t really want the little food police, thank you very much. I’d prefer to have a guilty conscience… and be thankful for it. My life is chaotic, stressful and messy at times. My kids make it chaotic. My work makes it stressful. And my total lack of domestic ability makes it messy. I could wish for less chaos, but then the genie that grants wishes would take away my kids. With no children, who would I have to blame for my messy house? I could wish for less stress, but that darn genie would probably take away my livelihood.


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