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40 “Trot Your Stuff” on Thanksgiving Morning

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It’s always in season to express gratitude and help others. What are some of the ways your family gives back to the community? Anne Malinoski contributing writer My boys (ages 3 and 6) love to help with food drives and school supply drives. We always have a good conversation about the community we’re serving and it’s something they can both fully participate in. Randy Hahn, marketing representative My wife Thereece spends countless hours helping plan our community’s annual Clairemont Family Day. Our whole family helps set up the venue and clean up afterwards. I recently had the privilege of serving on the March of Dimes Executive Gala Committee, which helps support healthy moms and babies with an annual fundraising event. Nicole Maggio marketing representative My husband and I give back by being foster parents. There are so many local children in need of a loving home. Foster parenting can be challenging, but the experience of supporting a child in this way is incredibly rewarding.

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Le Parfait Paris

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Get a Taste of Culture at Local Bakeries Want to teach kids about world

cultures? Start with dessert! Around the globe, sweet treats are tied to important celebrations that make a culture unique. Often, they showcase a society’s most beloved ingredients. Here are San Diego County bakeries that offer a delightful taste of the cookies, cakes and tarts that represent our population’s diverse food traditions. Plan a “pastry crawl” with your family and tour the world without leaving home! This would also be fun to do with out-of-town guests during the holidays. Le Parfait Paris Point Loma www.leparfaitparis.com Located in Liberty Public Market, this authentic patisserie and boulangerie offers French favorites like croissant aux amandes (almond croissant) and crème brûlée. Children are drawn to the bakery’s selection of colorful macarons—delicate, sandwich-style cookies filled with jam or ganache. Pastries are baked fresh daily and each item is made by hand. Owner Ludi Mas says French desserts contain minimal added sugar, because ingredients are caramelized to enhance natural sweetness. The menu includes crepes, espresso and full-leaf teas. Additional locations are in the Gaslamp and Fashion Valley Mall. Gluten-free and dairy-free items available.

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Azucar Ocean Beach www.iloveazucar.com Offering a modern twist on Cuban favorites, this neighborhood gem enjoys a bustling after-school crowd. Kids love the brightly colored pastries with unique island flavors like guava, cream cheese and coconut. Chef and owner Vivian Hernandez-Jackson draws on her Cuban heritage and European training to deliver a range of goodies from authentic pastelitos (stuffed puff pastries) to Instagram-worthy unicorn cookies. Azucar is committed to using the highest quality ingredients, including unrefined sugars. Be sure to try the pastelitos de carne (meat pastries dipped in sweet syrup). Egg-free and gluten-free options available. The London Bakery Ramona www.eatlondonbakery.com This quaint British bakery is nestled in the heart of Old Town Ramona. An inviting tearoom delights the senses with antique-style décor and the aroma of buttery pastries from across the pond. Owner Joanne Bennet hails from East London, where she perfected the bakery’s offerings—including her grandmother’s scones and a traditional English lemon curd, beloved by her family for more than 100 years. Drop in for a bag of show-stopping shortbread, or stay for a traditional English cream tea, served on genuine bone china. Check the website for special events featuring live music.


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85°C Bakery Cafe Multiple Locations www.85cbakerycafe.com This popular chain offers a selection of Taiwanese and Japanese pastries. Choose from a variety of sweet breads, buns and puddings with typical Asian ingredients like matcha, taro, red bean and mango. Japanese-style brioche is a bestseller at the bakery—an ultra-soft sweet loaf with a rich, buttery flavor. The Hokkaido cheese tart and taro swirl are excellent choices as well. Order a boba milk tea to complete the experience. Edelweiss Bakery Rancho Bernardo www.edelweissbakerysandiego.com Specializing in European cakes and pastries, this North County bakery offers San Diego’s best selection of German favorites. Try their famous German apple ring—a buttery pound cake baked with fresh sliced fruit. They also offer strudels, Bavarian raspberry cake, black forest cake, German chocolate cake, Danish pastries, cookies and tarts. This familyowned bakery has been a community favorite for more than 30 years. Red Ribbon Bake Shop Mira Mesa www.redribbonbakeshop.us This bakery chain offers Filipino treats like mamon (bite-sized chiffon cakes) and ensaimada—an eye-rolling combination of buttery bread, sugar and cheese. Check the bakery case for pastries with popular

Filipino ingredients like mango, coconut and ube—a bright purple yam with a mild flavor. The bakery also offers halo-halo, a cold dessert with shaved ice, fruit, leche flan and whipped mango topping. Located also in National City and Chula Vista. Swedish Royal Bakery Poway www.swedishroyalbakery.com A neighborhood favorite for more than 15 years, this Swedish bakery serves Scandinavian classics like princess cake— yellow sponge cake layered with raspberry, napoleon cream and vanilla cream, topped with marzipan. Choose from a gorgeous selection of traditional cookies, cakes and pastries. Children are especially fond of the green roll—ground nuts and Swedish chocolate wrapped in marzipan. The menu includes sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches and coffee. Gluten-free and dairy-free options available. Solunto Little Italy www.soluntoristoranteandbakery.com In addition to delectable classics like cannoli and tiramisu, Solunto offers gorgeous Italian cookies that come in a variety of attractive shapes and colors—perfect for party trays. For an authentic taste of Italy, try pastries with creamy sweetened cheeses like ricotta or mascarpone. Nutty flavors are very typical, such as pistachio, amaretto or Nutella—a hazelnut cocoa butter that kids love. Solunto also offers an espresso bar, gelato bar and pizza. Su Pan Rolando www.supanbakery.com Grab some tongs and fill your tray with pan dulce at this traditional Mexican panaderia. Here you’ll find assorted cookies, conchas and conos—pastry horns filled with cream. Bring a group so everyone can try the churros, tres leches cake and flan. The bakery offers custom special occasion cakes. Mexican food and coffee are also available. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mom of two boys. She would like to acknowledge the Eating and Drinking in San Diego Facebook community for their bakery suggestions. Photos by Anne Malinoski.

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Readers Page • Kid Chefs

When we requested photos of local kids in the kitchen, we discovered that San Diego’s youngest bakers and sous chefs have been cooking up a storm! Whether making pancakes, french toast, pizza or cookies, the future of San Diego’s culinary scene is looking bright! Thanksgiving will deliver plenty of fun family memories with kitchen helpers like these. Turn to page 14 to discover the perfect gift for your little chef! Madison, 10, La Mesa Finn, 4, Point Loma

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Making a

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childhood, there are plenty of kids who demonstrate generosity and concern for their communities and others around the world. These local kids have gone above and beyond to make an impact—take a look at their incredible stories.

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Beatriz De Oliveira Four years ago, 17-year-old Beatriz De Oliveira of Carmel Valley was donating toys at a daycare in her native country of Brazil when she noticed something surprising—the children had no books to read. She was disheartened to learn that most childcare centers in Brazil lack funding for more than the most basic supplies. Beatriz decided to act. She founded Books for a Change to place books in the hands of children in at-risk areas and developing countries. Books for a Change has touched the lives of nearly 10,000 children in Brazil, San Diego and Mexico, having raised $5,000 plus more than 1,000 donated books. In four years, the organization has grown to include 200 volunteers and five high school chapters. For her outstanding leadership and service,

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Beatriz received a 2019 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award—a prestigious national honor that recognizes Jewish teens committed to tikkun olam (repairing the world). Beatriz, a senior at Torrey Pines High School, is currently designing a literacy curriculum to be used by daycare providers in developing countries. She’s also working on a video series in Portuguese that will help childcare workers learn to read aloud in an engaging manner—a proven strategy for promoting childhood language development. “Anytime that work becomes difficult, I remind myself of the magic that we bring to every child that comes in contact with a book,” says Beatriz. Follow Books for a Change on Facebook @BooksforaChange or visit the website at www.booksforachange.org.

Also a Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award winner, Ethan Hirschberg, 18, of Rancho La Costa was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at the age of 2. In 2017, he took a class at his local temple and was inspired by a lesson on “creator versus victim theory.” It states that in the face of uncontrollable life circumstances one can either choose to feel like a victim or a creator—building the life one desires. Ethan’s choice was clear. He founded The Journey Through Autism—a blog where he shares personal experiences, insight and advice to anyone affected by autism. Ethan’s posts convey the worries and triumphs of his life with unflinching honesty. His readers often interact on the blog with expressions of gratitude and hope. “Their messages and comments brighten my day and remind me of why I do what I do,” says Ethan. In addition to his 40,000 blog readers in 50 countries, The San Dieguito High School senior has also reached thousands as a motivational speaker. Through his work, he aims to educate the public about autism, decrease instances of bullying and improve employment rates for those with autism. Read the blog at: www. thejourneythroughautism.com. Follow Ethan on Facebook and Instagram @ TheJourneyThroughAutism, on his YouTube channel of the same name, or on Twitter @jrnythruautism.

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Kenan Pala Inspired by the volunteerism of his immigrant parents, 15-year-old Kenan Pala of Rancho Bernardo spent his early years serving others at shelters, food banks and local schools. Community service became a passion that he wanted to share with his peers. Unfortunately, many organizations don’t allow children to volunteer. That’s why Kenan founded Kids 4 Community—a nonprofit that provides service opportunities especially for young people.

“Volunteering should be part of every child’s life because not only are you helping others, you are also learning who you are—and becoming a better person by doing so,” says Kenan. Kenan’s nonprofit grew from his extraordinary service record. In middle school, he enlisted his Francis Parker classmates to collect cereal boxes for a local food bank. Together, they set the Guinness World Record for largest mosaic made from cardboard boxes, bringing attention to their efforts and inspiring more kids to give back. Today his organization mobilizes youth volunteers to feed the homeless at monthly dinner events, create care packages for disaster victims and adopt local families to help with their basic needs. To learn more about Kenan’s efforts and find upcoming service opportunities, visit his website at www.kids4.org or on Facebook @kids4org.

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Daniella and Gabriel Benitez Two years ago, a service trip to Tijuana changed everything for Carmel Valley siblings Daniella (14) and Gabriel Benitez (13). Along with classmates from Notre Dame Academy, they raised funds and traveled across the border to assist nonprofit Build a Miracle (BAM) with the construction of a new home for an impoverished family. The families BAM serves are either homeless or living in shacks. Each project lifts one family from destitute conditions into a fully furnished home with plumbing and electricity. Daniella, now a student at Cathedral Catholic High School, was so moved by the experience that she committed herself to organizing the construction of one home per year. “Knowing that there are so many people to help makes me sad, but knowing that I’m in the position to help others keeps me humble and it makes me happy to help them,” says Daniella. To reach her goal, Daniella met with BAM founders and made a plan. She would organize a team of 16 kids, who would each be responsible for raising $1,000 towards the $16,000 required to complete a home. She rallied the volunteers, scheduled the build dates, and coordinated with BAM leaders to provide another incredible gift to

a family in need. The next year, her younger brother Gabriel was ready to organize his own additional team of 16 fundraisers. The siblings have been rocketing forward ever since, gathering attention and large donations from the likes of Ryan Seacrest, Mario and Courtney Lopez and Real Housewife Phaedra Parks. An anonymous donor matched their efforts to fund two more houses. Then, siblings were gifted an additional $16,000 from GAF roofing when they appeared on The Today Show, bringing their impact to a total of 6 homes built to date with another 5 planned. According to Gabriel, there will be many more to come. “When we go down and experience first-hand how emotional and inspiring this is, and how the families burst into tears when they walk into the doors of a real home, it’s an experience we can’t forget and we want to keep going,” he says. Follow the Benitez siblings on their public Instagram accounts @daniellamariebenitez and @gabrielnaseembenitez. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. Her favorite childhood service project was planting trees with her Girl Scout troop.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Shopping for kids on the “nice” list? Here are some of the season’s best new toys, kid-tested and parent-approved. Find our complete lists of toys, games, books and more at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/for-the-kids/kid-tested-toy-review.

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Kid Trax PAW Patrol Skye Helicopter $219; 3-5 years Walmart.com Inspired by Skye’s rescue helicopter, this ride-on toddler quad includes a flashing LED deck, rotor lights, foot pedal acceleration and rechargeable 6V battery. Top speed: 2.5 mph. Weight limit: 60 lbs. PJ Masks PJ Seeker $59.99; 3+ JustPlayProducts.com Spot Nighttime Villains with a light-up searchlight and trap them in a detachable cage! The PJ Seeker fits up to four vehicles in a detachable carrier. Vehicle includes a Catboy figure and mini Cat-Car. Batteries included.

Spin & Spiral Art Station $19.99; 6+ Shop.crayola.com Use markers, ink and stencils to create endless masterpieces: splatter art on one side; spiral designs on the other. No batteries required!

Myla the Magical Unicorn $59.99; 4+ Walmart.com Myla is a robotic unicorn that lights up as she talks and sings. Use the magic wand to change colors of the eyes, wings and horn. Sing a duet with Myla or use the microphone for a solo.

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My First Advent Calendar $49.99; 18 mos.+ Step2.com “What isn’t fun about a gift a day?” says Emily. “I’ve been searching for a larger advent calendar that fits gift cards, Hot Wheels and mini candy bars. This is perfect—and so cute! But it’s not for kids tempted to peek or sneak.” Zax by Zing Toys $9.99; 4+ Target.com Ax-throwing is all the rage right now! Take this latest trend home with Zax, a fun and safe way to compete with friends and family indoors or out. Soft foam Zax is 12” tall and sticks to walls and windows.

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One K E-Motion 10 Electric Scooter $299.99; 8+ Globber.com This fast, durable scooter is a great ride for teens and adults. Sleek and stylish, it comes with comfortable handle grips, an LED headlight, adjustable steering and a long-lasting 36V lithium battery. ”Can be used in electric or manual mode,” says Michele.

Playmobil Mars Space Station $79.99; 6+ Playmobil.us Includes tons of entertaining equipment and accessories. ”Our two boys played with it for hours,” says dad Damien. “It’s so detailed, there is always another piece to grab their attention.” Requires two AAA batteries.

Junior Inventor Science Experiment Toolbox $39.99; 4+ Hape.com Kids love this compact toolbox, which has everything needed for fun experiments. “Look at how the crane pulls everything!” says Jordan, 5. Find more toys and games that support STEM learning at www.sandiegofamily.com/kid-tested-toy-review/stem-toys-and-games.

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Puzzle enthusiasts love Viva la Vida, a colorful 1,000-piece puzzle that pays homage to Frida Kahlo. “This brought my family together with peaceful, unstructured quality time,” says mom Crystal. $19.95; 14+ eeBoo.com Plan a family night with some of this season’s newest board games, such as Sushi Roll ($23.99) and Bananagrams Duel ($7.99), which promise to deliver hours of family fun!

ABC Party Cupcake Toppers $19.99; 3+ LearningResources.com “Thoughtfully created to incorporate different elements of learning: colors, alphabet, sensory, tactile.” says mom Crystal. Sponsored content

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How to Be A Sports Surgeon Kit $29.99; 6+ LittleMedicalSchool.com It’s a science class in a box! Hands-on activities inspire role-play, health awareness and problem-solving as kids learn about sports injuries and how they are fixed.

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we’d like to recognize three local nonprofits dedicated to supporting San Diego’s special needs community. Read on to discover how each is making a lasting impact in the lives of others. As your family discusses different ways to give back, consider getting involved or supporting their efforts.


a licensed Resource/Foster Family Agency, Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) provides resource family placements for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), as well as respite for parents. They are looking for families who can provide a caring home. Resource families receive a financial stipend, respite, back-up services, extensive training and support. TMI also provides community living and employment services for individuals with IDD. They have provided innovative and trusted programs since 1981. Visit www.TMI-inc.org to learn more.

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Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego (SNRFSD) supports the special needs community of San Diego and Imperial Counties by providing extensive resources online and in Flourishing Families (an annual publication specifically for families with special needs), emailing relevant articles and events to subscribers via bimonthly eNewsletter, and by hosting a fun annual event (the All-Inclusive Day of Play & Resource Fair), which is free and open to the public. Join SNRFSD in supporting families and children with special needs by making a financial donation to this community-centric nonprofit at www.SNRFSD.org.

Since its inception in 1961, Home of Guiding Hands has been committed to

providing quality community support, critical housing and life skills training for people in San Diego County who have developmental disabilities. The organization connects individuals, like Natalie, with loving families in the community. Natalie has been living with Denise for over a year. They have a bond that will last a lifetime. Home of Guiding Hands is seeking caring people to open their homes as foster care providers for adults with special needs. Visit www.guidinghands.org/ programs-services/adultfamily-home-agency to find out how to become a foster home provider.

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National Gratitude Month • Family Literacy Month • Military Family Appreciation Month


Still looking for last month’s events? Check out the digital edition of our October issue at SanDiegoFamily.com

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Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

friday | 1 Candy Buy Back at The Super Dentists. Bring in wrapped Halloween candy and receive $1 in cash for every pound of candy donated. Today until Nov. 8. Also, local schools can get $1 for every pound of candy they collect. For details, email schoolrep@thesuperdentists .com. Offices located in Carmel Valley, Chula Vista, EastLake, Kearny Mesa and Oceanside. www.thesuperdentists.com FREE Old Town Dia de los Muertos. View more than 50 altars and join the traditional candlelight procession (tomorrow, 6 pm) starting at the entrance of the Old Town State Historic Park. Today until Nov. 3. www.oldtownsandiego.org/diade-los-muertos FREE Beachside Fall Fest. Belmont Park takes part in the season of giving by offering special promotions for local community groups and organizations like first responders, military veterans and more. Also, check out the Hay Maze, festive-themed rides and attractions, live entertainment and free activities. Fri.-Sun., today until Nov. 30, 5 pm until closing. 3146 Mission Blvd. www.belmontpark.com   Veterans Day Celebration at USS Midway Museum. Includes free admission for activeduty military and veterans plus up to three additional family members (today until Nov. 17), a NJROTC drill competition (Nov. 10),

Plan fun family adventures with Out & About with Kids! Access the digital edition at www.sandiegofamily.com. the NBC7 & Telemundo 20 Salute to Service Festival (Nov. 11) and more. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.midway.org Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy pumpkins, hay rides, pumpkin painting, corn maze and more. Until tomorrow; visit website for hours and admission. Carlsbad Strawberry Fields, Cannon Rd. & Interstate 5. www.carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com. FREE Dia de los Muertos at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A community altar, face painting, food and music, and sugar skull painting. Tonight, 5-9 pm; tomorrow, 11 am-5 pm; Nov. 3, 9 am-1 pm. 4005 Normal St., San Diego. www.sjesandiego.org Junior Theatre Presents “School of Rock.” Tonight, 7 pm; tomorrow & Nov. 3, 2 pm. Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park. www.juniortheatre.com FREE Escondido Celebrates Dia de los Muertos. Traditional altars, sugar skulls, ballet folklorico and food trucks. 6-9 pm. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org

FREE Young People’s Concert. A great introduction to the symphony! 7-8 pm. UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla. To RSVP, visit www.lajollasymphony.com/otherperformance-events

saturday | 2 Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour. Grab this exciting opportunity to ride with Thomas, meet Percy and Sir Topham Hatt, and participate in themed activities with the family! Today, tomorrow, Nov. 9, 10 & 11; visit website for hours and tickets. Southern California Railway Museum, 2201 South A St., Perris, California. www.oerm.org FREE Studio by the Bay Family Days: Dia de los Muertos. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with art projects using skulls, paper flowers, paint and other colorful materials. 10 am-2 pm. Seaport Village, 809 W. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www .seaportvillage.com; www.thinkplaycreate.org

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Indulge in extra helpings of family fun! Check out this month’s calendar “stuffed” with an abundance of Thanksgiving and holiday events.

FREE Fall Back Festival

The Gaslamp Quarter transforms into a western town of the past at this annual children’s historical street faire where you can pan for gold, saddle up for a pony ride, join spaghetti- and pie-eating contests, watch historical demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities. Nov. 3, 11 am-4 pm. In front of the Davis-Horton House on 4th & Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.gaslampfoundation.org; www.gaslamp.org/events

FREE Holiday Lighting Celebration

Experience a bright start to the holiday season courtesy of this annual event loaded with merry attractions including photos with Santa, snow sledding, a tree lighting ceremony, holiday crafts and games, and carriage rides. Nov. 22, 5:30-8:30 pm. Santee Trolley Square, 9884 Mission Gorge Rd. www.santeeholidaylighting.com

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FREE Fleet Week San Diego Pay tribute to the men and women of the military at this annual, multi-day event (Nov. 4-12) that supports and thanks our heroes. The Innovation Zone featuring interactive displays on new and emerging technologies (Nov. 8 & 9), military ship tours (Nov. 8-11), Military Family Day (Nov. 10) and the Veterans Art Exhibit (Nov. 8-11) are just some of the free events open to the public that are sure to be enjoyed by the whole family. These events will be held at the Port Pavilion Bldg. & Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego. For the complete schedule of Fleet Week events, visit www .fleetweeksandiego.org/events.










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FREE Why Are So Many Kids Struggling with Attention and Focus? This presentation for parents, educators and professionals aims to help children struggling with attention and focus, and offers tips on how to help them at home and in the classroom. 1 pm at Carmel Mountain Ranch Library. Also, join Brain Balance San Diego for their open house at 2:30 pm. 10175 Rancho Carmel Dr., Ste. 124, San Diego. RSVP at http:// brainbalancegrandopening.eventbrite.com.

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FREE AXIS Event: Day of the Dead. Celebrate this Mexican tradition with music, a display of community altars, face painting, sugar skull decorating and more. 11 am-2 pm. The Old Globe’s Copley Plaza, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org FREE Carlsbad Village Faire. Children’s rides, an international food court and vendors. 8 am-4 pm. www.kennedyfaires.com FREE Fall Back Festival. See page 28.

monday | 4 FREE Preschool Play Time. Mondays, 10-11 am. For ages 3-5. La Mesa Branch Library, 8074 Allison Ave. www.sdcl.org

wednesday | 6

Visit our website to see our exceptional test scores and full schedule of enrichment classes! www.mbmacademy.com

Daylight Saving Time Ends (Set Clocks Back One Hour!)

Residents FREE Tuesdays. San Diego City and county residents, and active military and their dependents receive free admission on rotating Tuesdays at Balboa Park’s museums. For schedule, visit www.balboapark.org.


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FREE Escondido Tamale Festival. Entertainment, contests, Hispanic Heritage exhibits, kids’ activities and vendors. 11 am-5 pm. Grape Day Park, downtown Escondido. www.escondidotamalefestival.org

Call for a tour 858-457-5895

Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out at UltraStar Cinemas. Bring your baby to watch a movie and take advantage of valet stroller parking, dimmed lights and changing facilities in the auditorium. Wednesdays, 10:30 am & 7 pm. UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego. www.ultrastarmovies.com


Education Spotlight: Outstanding Student Are you looking for unique learning opportunities to inspire and motivate your kids? Think beyond a traditional school environment! Afterschool enrichment provides a chance for students to learn and shine, often in a more relaxed setting. More education spotlights ahead (December: exceptional teachers; January: school administrators)

Congratulations to Isabella for being an outstanding student!

Isabella Palmer is a very talented, motivated student at Little Fish Comic

Book Studio. She’s taken classes for a couple of years now and we’ve watched her grow by leaps and bounds! Isabella works traditionally and digitally, and brings to her work a sense of fun and energy tempered with research and refinement. There is no one at the studio who knows more about dinosaurs, robots or vintage Saturday Morning Cartoons (and that might include the instructors)! Little Fish Comic Book Studio • 6822B El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115



Jewish Montessori Preschool in La Jolla • • • • • •

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Canyon Rim Children's Center “Dedicated to the individuality of children.”

Canyon Rim Children’s Center (CRCC) has been providing high quality, enrichment, preschool programs for San Diego children since 1998. We are a full day, year round, enrichment program. Our learning philosophy is based on developmentally appropriate practices inspired by the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Our developmental, play-based, preschool serves children ages two through six.

At CRCC, we strive to maintain child to teacher ratios lower than those required by the State of California. Our teachers’ educational credentials exceed those as specified by the State. Our professional staff creates a safe and caring environment where the emphasis is on learning through play. As Fred Rogers, a.k.a., “Mr. Rogers” said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” We recognize each child is a unique person with individual rates of growth. Our goal is to meet each child’s

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emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs in a relaxed, loving environment, free from personal criticism and excessive competition. Activities in art, music, math, language, science, dramatic play, fine and gross motor development are fashioned to facilitate transition from one developmental stage to the next. Our teachers also use our wellequipped, natural playgrounds to support exploration and promote physical development. Natural outdoor spaces enhance curiosity & encourage children to develop an appreciation and awareness of nature. At CRCC, children develop the skills of observation, inquiry, concentration, problem solving, and self-reliance. Our structured, yet open-ended program prepares each child to utilize his or her intellectual and creative abilities in future learning tasks. Here we work to give each child the tools and the foundation on which to build a lifetime of learning. Kindergarten teachers love our CRCC children!

For more information go to www .canyonrimcc.com or to schedule a tour call (619) 287-6767.

Calendar • November Family Night: Pumpkin Pies. 6-7 pm. $5. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr. Register at www.san-marcos.net.

thursday | 7 FREE Junior Rangers at Tijuana Estuary. Explore natural and cultural history, estuarine ecology, plants, wildlife and more. Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm. For ages 7-12. 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. www.trnerr.org

friday | 8 CYT San Diego’s “The Wizard of Oz.” Tonight, tomorrow & Nov. 15, 7 pm; Nov. 10 & 17, 2 pm; Nov. 16, 2 & 7 pm. $18-$20. Mater Dei Catholic High School, 1615 Mater Dei Dr., Chula Vista. www.cytsandiego.org “Blue Man Group: Speechless Tour.” Experience this exciting new show featuring the world-renowned bald and blue trio! Tonight, 7:30 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7:30 pm; Nov. 10, 1 & 6 pm. San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. www.broadwaysd.com Veterans Cruise FREE. All veterans and active-duty military can enjoy Hornblower’s Harbor Cruise at no charge today until Nov. 11. Boarding times: 10 & 11:15 am; 12:30, 1:45, 3 & 4:15 pm. Please provide military ID, Veterans Card or a DD214 ID at the ticket booth. Pier 2 at 970 Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com FREE Fleet Week San Diego. See page 29.

saturday | 9 KPBS Kids Workshop: Ready Jet Go! Learn about outer space through space-themed activities, story times and more. 10 amnoon. Included with museum admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. www.sdcdm.org Insects Face to Face. Don’t miss this new exhibit highlighting more than 30 large-scale photos that reveal the unique morphology and adaptations of insects, especially details that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Opens today, 10 am-5 pm. Included with admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org FREE Heraldry & Armor: Design a Family Crest. Learn why knights didn’t wear camouflage and what the symbols on their shields meant, design your own family

Discover the World of Montessori

According to Dr. Maria Montessori, children learn best in an environment that demonstrates love, trust, understanding, patience and consistency. Students excel academically while experiencing cooperation, respect, self-confidence and the joy of learning. Contact these local Montessori schools for more information.

“A Montessori Student is a Future Citizen of the World” East County

North County Coastal


CENTRAL MONTESSORI SCHOOL Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten

10435 Campo Rd., Spring Valley 91978 Rancho San Diego

Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad, La Costa

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ENCINITAS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Preschool/Elementary/Middle


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Two Locations in Encinitas Encinitas

8121 Braddock Place, San Diego 92114 Lemon Grove

San Diego Central


MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL Preschool/Elementary/Middle

North County Inland

4544 Pocahontas Ave., San Diego 92117 Serving all of San Diego County from our central location

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AMS Affiliated




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8660 Gilman Dr., La Jolla 92037-2202 La Jolla


www.bethmontessori.com MISSION BAY MONTESSORI ACADEMY Preschool/Elementary Lic. #372005444 • AMS Affiliated School

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Calendar • November crest and try on a chain mail for a taste of the knight’s life. 2:30-5:30 pm. Renaissance Village Academy, 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. A, San Diego. www.rvaschool.org FREE Veteran Resource Riot. Artwork, music and resources for veterans, active-duty military, their families and the community. Noon-5 pm. Heritage Park, 321 N. Juniper St., Escondido. www.vfwpost1513.org

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SD Chess Club in Balboa Park, New Classes starting in November! JCC La Jolla, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum T, Th & Sun at the Chess Club and Multiple School Sites!

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“TURKEY TROT” 11/16 6-10 PM $20 per child Parents’ Nite Out

Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour. See Nov. 2.

monday | 11 Veterans Day FREE San Diego Veterans Day Parade. This year’s theme: “Tribute to Vietnam Veterans.” Parade travels along N. Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. 10 am-noon. For parade route, visit www.sdvetparade.org. FREE Poway Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 am. Veterans Park, 14134 Midland Rd. www.poway.org FREE In the Park Series: Animals. Enjoy themed activities for the family. 10 amnoon. Poway Community Park (open play area by the ball fields), 13094 Civic Center Dr. www.poway.org Veterans Day Celebration at USS Midway Museum. See Nov. 1.

tuesday | 12 FREE Family Read & Play Days. 10:30 am. Rolando Rm., The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego. www.sd.kroccenter.org

wednesday | 13 EUREKA! An Interactive History of Science for All. A STEM-focused exhibit focusing on six distinct eras of scientific advancements in human history. Open daily;

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friday | 15 Dreamscapes: 14th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition. Tues.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm. Pay What You Wish admission. Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park. www.mopa.org


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Wish You Were Here. Immerse yourself in an amazing array of vintage, color-tinted San Diego postcards and photography from around the world in this new exhibit. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.sdmaritime.org

sunday | 17 Whammock! Experience this threedimensional textile environment that resembles a giant hammock of colorful crocheted circles, open pockets and dangling pendulums. Visit website for hours and admission. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org CYT San Diego’s “The Wizard of Oz.” See Nov. 8. November 2019 • SanDiegofamily.com •


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tuesday | 19 Seadragons & Seahorses. View this exhibit where you can explore one of the largest seadragon habitats in the world, see Weedy and Leafy Seadragons, as well as various species of seahorses and pipefish. Open daily, 9 am-5 pm. $15-$19.50. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu

wednesday | 20 Islander Youth Theatre Presents “Into the Woods, Jr.” 6-8 pm. $10. Coronado School of the Arts, 650 D Ave. https://iytintothewoodsjr.eventbrite.com

thursday | 21 FREE Family Arts & Literacy Night. 6:30-8 pm. The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6605 University Ave., San Diego. www.sd.kroccenter.org

friday | 22 Skating by the Sea. Skate on a beachfront ice rink that offers amazing views of the Pacific. Today until Jan. 5; visit website for hours. $30-$35. Benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. www.hoteldel.com FREE Beachside Fall Fest. See Nov. 1. FREE Holiday Lighting Celebration. See page 29.

saturday | 23 Living Lab. Come face to face with more than 30 creepy, crawly and slithery animals, from stinging scorpions to elusive nocturnal lizards, in this new exhibit. Opens today, 10 am-5 pm. Included with admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Featuring Santa’s Christmas Village, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, live shows and

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Pause|Play. The young (and the young at heart) are invited to hit “pause” on their busy lives and recapture the nostalgia of play in this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Extended until Jan. 5; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org


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Rediscover the JOY of Learning! Remember when “But why?” was the most common question your child asked? When did your bright child stop being excited by school? At Renaissance Village Academy, each student learns at their own level, based on ability, not age. Subjects include: Math, Science, English, History, Choir, Music, Art, and Karate. RVA is a private, non-religious full-time school serving children in grades TK to 8th grade. – FREE Activity –

Heraldry and Armour: Design a family crest

Saturday, November 9th 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Contact the school to set up a tour. RVAschool.org Renaissance Village Academy 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd. Suite A San Diego, CA 92131 • 858.564.9622


SWIM SCHOOL • Peace of Mind • Confidence • Great Exercise • So much FUN! Photo by Zena Holloway • www.urchinrock.com

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Engaging pediatric dental care in fun family-friendly offices!


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Calendar • November other merry attractions. Today until Jan. 5; visit website for hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com Youth Adventure Camp Out at Maritime Museum of San Diego. This event for ages 10-17 combines the excitement of a sailing adventure aboard the Californian with the dockside camping thrill on the Star of India. 9 am until tomorrow, 8:30 am. Visit website to register; youth must be accompanied by an adult. 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.sdmaritime.org “Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show.” Audiences of all ages will cheer Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughs – all set in “wintery” San Diego. Tonight-Dec. 24; visit website for show schedule and tickets. Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org

Our only priority is your child’s health. That’s why parents count on Children’s Physicians Medical Group.

FREE Doggie Street Festival. This adopt-a-thon and pet celebration offers pet products and services, vet tips, speakers, music, auction prizes, a kids’ area, food and more. 9 am-3 pm. NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Rd., Point Loma. www.doggiestreetfestival.org

In partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, CPMG brings you the most comprehensive pediatric health care in San Diego County. We’re the region’s only pediatric medical network specializing in children’s health.

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Our enrichment classes not only help students with their creativity and artistic skills, but also with their writing, visualization, conceptualization, problem solving, and completion techniques all of which help to boost overall academic and future career success.

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MommyCon San Diego. New and expectant parents will enjoy interactive sessions on parenting topics, an exhibitor hall and a hands-on approach to testing new products. 9 am-3:45 pm (plus VIP-only sessions on Nov. 22, 3-4:45 pm). Visit website for fees and to register; ages 16 & under free. San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Dr. www.mommycon.com Holidays at LEGOLAND. Check out festive shows and jolly decorations including a 30-foot LEGO Christmas tree with amazing LEGO ornaments! Today until Dec. 31; visit website for hours and admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad. www.legoland.com FREE Village Artisan Faire. 10 am-4 pm. Main & Elder Sts., downtown Fallbrook. www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

sunday | 24 FREE Mother Goose Parade. Check out this annual parade featuring decorated floats, marching bands, equestrians, giant

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Frontwave O’side Turkey Trot

Trot Your Stuff!

Get your feet moving, your heart pumping, and help support the community with these turkey trots on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28. Frontwave O’side Turkey Trot. Move your feet before you eat! Don’t miss this much-anticipated trot featuring one of the most beautiful courses in the country. Includes a 5-mile run through the harbor, a 5K run/walk and kids’ race. 6:45-11:30 am. Starts at the Oceanside Civic Center and finishes at the Jr. Seau Beach Community Center. www.osideturkeytrot.com Family Mile Fun Run at Del Mar. Join this special, one-lap turkey trot around the track at 8 am. Stay after the run for the Puppy Races Rescue Run by Helen Woodward Animal Center, as well as the Thanksgiving brunch that includes racetrack admission, a Turf Club table and a delicious brunch menu or turkey dinner with all the traditional trimmings. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.delmarracing.com San Diego Run for the Hungry. 10K starts at 7 am; 5K starts at 8:15 am. $25-$50. Please bring nonperishable food items to donate to Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank for their holiday food drive. Broadway Circle turnaround (outside Horton Plaza), downtown San Diego. www.sdrunforthehungry.org

Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K. Be part of this family- and pet-friendly event and help raise critical funds for their meals program which provides more than a million meals each year to people in need. Enjoy a post-race festival with live music and a beer garden, plus a meet and greet with Disney-inspired characters. 6:30-10:30 am. Balboa Park. Register at www.thanksgivingrun.org. Encinitas Turkey Trot. The 5K and 10K races start and end under the “Encinitas” sign on Coast Hwy. 101. This event also includes a costume contest and a Kids K for ages 7 & under. 10K, 7:30 am; Kids K, 7:40 am; 5K, 8 am. Register at www.encinitasturkeytrot.org. Coronado 5K Turkey Trot. The Coronado unit of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents this annual turkey trot where participants will receive a T-shirt and a customized medal. Net proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital’s Chadwick Center which focuses on child abuse pediatrics and trauma treatment. 8 am. $18-$48. Registration ends Nov. 22, 5 pm. Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr. www.coronadoturkeytrot.com

Calendar • November

Sun, Earth, Universe. Explore this interactive exhibit about the fascinating world of space science and astronomy. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org

tuesday | 26 Dragons: Exploring the Symbolism of China’s Most Revered Creature. San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s family-friendly exhibit celebrates this mythical creature across centuries of Chinese history. Tues.-Sun., visit website for hours. $5; under 12 free. Dr. Sun YatSen Memorial Extension Site, 328 J St., downtown San Diego. www.sdchm.org

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thursday | 28 Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch Cruise. Enjoy breathtaking views plus a brunch buffet featuring holiday favorites. 11:30 am-1:30 pm; boarding at 11 am. Dinner cruises also available. Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. Make reservations at www.hornblower.com.

friday | 29 North Pole Limited. All aboard for carols, sweet treats and a visit with Santa! Fri. & Sat., today until Dec. 21, 5 & 7 pm. For tickets, visit website. Campo Railroad Park & Museum, 750 Depot St. www.psrm.org

saturday | 30 “Boarded!” Be part of this hilarious interactive show that puts you at the center of pirate action! Also check out the Little Pirate Costume Contest for ages 12 & under. Check-in times: 10:30 am & 12:45 pm. $25-$40. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.sdmaritime.org FREE Winter Wonderland at The Grand. Holiday character story time and appearances, Christmas carolers, carousel and ferris wheel rides, ice skating and shopping. Today until Jan. 1; visit website for hours. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct., San Diego. www .granddelmar.com/resort/winter-wonderland FREE Julian Country Christmas Celebration. This old-fashioned event features unique shopping opportunities, festive decorations, a tree lighting and more. Festivities from 1-7 pm. Tree lighting at Pioneer Museum, 2811 Washington St. www.visitjulian.com





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“Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show.” See Nov. 23.

More fun events await at sandiegofamily.com. Want us to spread the news? Email jenny@sandiegofamily.com and include the name of the event or activity, a brief description, event address, date, time, cost, contact number and website. Submission does not guarantee publication. Deadline for the January issue: December 1.

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Cygnet Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.” The whole family is sure to enjoy this holiday production filled with original music, live sound effects, and creative stagecraft and puppetry. Tonight until Dec. 29; visit website for show schedule and tickets. Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. www.cygnettheatre.com

FREE The Del’s Winter Wonderland. See thousands of sparkling lights and festive decorations, decorate cookies, make ornaments, send letters to Santa and meet The Del’s resident ice princess, Krystal. Tonight, tomorrow, Dec. 6, 7, 11, 13, 14 & 20-31, 5-9 pm. Hotel del Coronado’s Garden Patio, 1500 Orange Ave. www.hoteldel.com

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“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” See Nov. 10.

FREE Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities. Plus firetruck rides, photos with Santa, The Grinch movie screening and skating at Rady Children’s Ice Rink (Central Promenade). 4-9 pm. North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Rd., Point Loma. www.libertystation.com/events/ salute-the-season


FREE Encinitas Holiday Street Fair. 9 am-4 pm. Coast Hwy. 101, between D & J Sts., downtown Encinitas. www.encinitas101.com

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Thanksgiving Round-Up We just love this time of year! Fall is in full swing, Thanksgiving is upon us and the holidays are right around the corner. The days and weeks can get busy, so be sure to schedule quality time with family — and don’t forget to breathe! Here is a round-up some of our favorite things this month. Find more at www.sandiegofamily.com/ seasonal-happenings/thanksgiving-headquarters.

Festive Fall Foods

Local blogger Jackie Bruchez (aka The Seaside Baker) shared her recipe for this impressive Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Topping. Find it on our website.

Photo courtesy of Smart & Final

It’s amazing what you can do with fruit and a little imagination. This healthy Thanksgiving snack would be perfect for a kids table!

• Homemade Apple Pie Filling in a Jar

Find recipes for the fabulous treats featured here at www.sandiegofamily.com/things-to-do/dining-and-recipes.

• Mini Mason Jar Pies

Make a thankful jar at home to emphasize and share what matters most to your family.

Express Gratitude

Hopefully Thanksgiving will not pass without you doing this one all-important thing: Giving thanks. Need ideas on how to do it? These articles on our website provide practical and fun ways to show others you care and appreciate them.

• 24 Ways to Give Thanks • 9 Ways to Thank a Veteran • Put Gratitude into Action: Volunteer Opportunities for Families

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Just for Kids For gatherings with lots of younger kids, sometimes it helps to have activities planned just for them. This is where the idea of a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving for Kids comes in. Get tips for both kid-friendly celebrations at www.sandiegofamily.com/ seasonal-happenings. v

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