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Volume 36 • Number 8 • November 2017

articles 40 This Season’s Hottest Toys

Our popular holiday toy review, part one

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Staff Page Short & Sweet News | Notes | Tips

46 November Calendar of Family Events

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How to Inspire Thankfulness in Kids Plus, ideas to serve others as a family

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Blessings Box Local mom spreads kindness in her community

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Finding the Good Navy Chief helps foster kids in late wife’s honor

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Dinner’s Done. Now What? 7 ideas for post-Thanksgiving family fun

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Change a Child’s Life: Be a CASA How to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate

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School Recognition: Outstanding Students

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Mini Mason Jar Pies A must-have for your Thanksgiving meal!

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We have so much to be thankful for! Our country has had its share of disasters recently and it is so inspiring to hear about and see all the first responders and volunteers who helped out. If there is a need, someone steps forward to help. When you volunteer, you make a difference—little or big—because you help someone make their life better. San Diego Family has several editorial pieces this month highlighting how San Diegans are making someone else’s life better. A big “Thank You” to all of them! There are also ideas to help your family come up with volunteering opportunities. We would like to take this time to thank YOU—our readers and our advertisers. We love bringing you together—San Diego Family Magazine is a great product to share. This year we celebrate Thanksgiving on November 23. Legend says that the Plymouth colonists shared their successful harvest with the Wampanoag Indians at the first Thanksgiving in autumn of 1621. Now we, along with family and friends, share food and drink, and reminisce about the past year. Most importantly, we are thankful for our freedom and our health.

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Wonder Hits Theaters this Month Is your fifth grader reading the bestselling book, Wonder? We’ve heard it’s on the reading list at some San Diego County schools. Wonder—an inspiring story of a boy born with facial differences who attends a mainstream elementary school for the first time as a fifth grader—hits the big screen on Nov. 17. Enter to win a Wonder prize pack (including the book, a book bag and pencil pouch) at www.sandiegofamily.com/ contests/this-month-s-contests.

Way to Go, Willow Elementary! Willow Elementary in San Ysidro is making a commitment to healthy living with its new walking club. Every morning before school students walk or run laps around the athletic fields—many joined by siblings, parents and abuelitas (grandmothers). “Students are excited to come to school and participate in this healthy activity,” says Consuelo Carranza, Willow Elementary assistant principal. “Attendance rates have improved and we’ve seen a decrease in student behavioral issues, especially in the morning.” When students walk a mile (five laps), they earn a prize such as a pencil, bracelet or ball. Students can opt to cash in their miles for Willow Bucks, the only currency accepted at the school’s new student store.

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Did you know the San Diego Public Library offers a free, fun literacy program for pre-readers? Reading 1,000 books before kindergarten may sound challenging, but people who read three books per day will reach their goal in just one year; one book per day—three years. The library encourages reading the same book several times—and each time counts. Participating children receive milestone rewards every 25 books. Learn more and register at www.sandiego .gov/1000books.

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Serve as a Family Families who do service projects together tend to appreciate what they have more. When children see that some people are less fortunate, they develop a desire to help others and become more aware of blessings in their own lives. cont. on p. 18

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• Organize a supply drive for those in need (jackets, blankets, toys or clothing). • Take the kids shopping for nonperishable foods to donate to a local food pantry. Or build your own (see p. 20). • Fill shoeboxes with items for children overseas through Operation Christmas Child. Visit www .samaritanspurse .org for information, including dates and locations. • Bake cookies for friends, neighbors or local law enforcement. • Send care packages, cards and letters to soldiers overseas. Learn more in “9 Ways to Thank a Veteran” at www .sandiegofamily .com/things-todo/seasonalhappenings.

From a young age, teach children to say thank you for any acts of service or gifts. Even toddlers can be taught to sign “thank you.” Write thankyou notes as a family. Encourage an “It’s the thought that counts” philosophy; explain that it isn’t the gift itself, but the thought behind the purchase that we are grateful for. The most effective way to teach children gratitude is to model it. Let children hear you talk about things you’re thankful for. “I am so grateful for this beautiful day, so we can go to the park” or “I am thankful for a great job that pays for our home and food.” On Thanksgiving Day, each member of our family writes down something they are thankful for and reads it aloud at dinner. This can be done at the dinner table any night of the year. When kids recognize the blessings in their lives, they begin to appreciate them.

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• Make cards for seniors in an assisted living center. Turkey on the Table is a fun way to display what people are thankful for—just write it on a paper “feather” for the turkey’s tail. Each purchase provides 10 meals to someone in need through Feeding America. Learn more at www.turkeyonthetable.com.

• Plant flowers or trees. • Clean up school grounds or a local park or beach. • Have a garage sale and donate proceeds to a favorite charity.


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Say No It isn’t healthy to say yes to every request a child has. “No” or “not right now” teaches children the value of delayed gratification and encourages thankfulness for occasional treats. If a child is allowed to purchase something every time he visits a store, it becomes expected.

Discuss the Cost of Living Involve children in shopping so they see how much things cost. Point out the cost of eating at a restaurant— or other family purchases. Avoid blaming or anger when discussing money; use the opportunities to teach. Help children use allowance to buy something they want. Using their own money will help them appreciate it more.

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Encourage kids to think of friends and neighbors who may not have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving and invite them over for dinner. Discuss the importance of hospitality and welcoming others into your home. If you are not hosting Thanksgiving, consider having a brunch the next day and inviting friends and neighbors. When children have responsibilities in their family, they begin to understand the value of hard work and develop gratitude for the work that others do. Whether it’s regular chores or helping prepare (and clean up) Thanksgiving dinner, teamwork fosters appreciation and a good work ethic at a young age. It’s not necessary to wait for a big turkey dinner to express gratitude. Take time to inspire thankfulness in children for the blessings that surround us all year. v Sarah Lyons is a freelance writer and mom of six children, including 3-yearold triplets. Her family enjoys doing service projects together.


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Local Mom Spreads Kindness in Her Community give anytime they wish and for those in need to take what they want without questions or paperwork. “I had to go without sometimes,” she says. “When I was in high school and elementary school, I didn’t always feel comfortable explaining my situation. I want kids to be able to grab a granola bar if they’re hungry or bring home something their mom needs in the house. Even adults have a hard time reaching out for help.”

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the ripple effect that one act of kindness often creates. Last fall, Williams, an active duty Navy Lieutenant and mom, read about Little Free Pantries on Facebook. Little Free Pantries—similar to Little Free Libraries, but containing food instead of books—are designed for people who need a little help before their next paycheck. Williams was inspired to learn more. Her curiosity led to action and the seeds for a Blessings Box in her community of Santee were planted. According to Feeding San Diego, 1 in 8 San Diegans face hunger and food insecurity. These people don’t know how they will get their next meal and have little to no food at home.

Williams’ own experience while growing up inspired her to launch the project. Her quest to create the Blessings Box began by asking local organizations for support. The first two groups she approached were hesitant to help, attesting to the fact that there are so many food pantries and resources already available. But Williams knew the Blessings Box would provide a place for people to

Williams’ idea became reality when the Missions Committee at her church, Santee United Methodist, accepted her proposal. Together they worked to bring needed items to people in the community, no questions asked. A team from the church worked on the design. They decided on integral aspects such as a roof to keep items safe from the elements and sliding glass doors so donated items are always accessible and people can see what’s there and what’s needed. Volunteers from the Missions Committee acquired building materials and constructed the little pantry. cont. on p. 22

Photos courtesy of Steven Williams.

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Contents from the Heart Williams wants the public to understand what the Blessings Box is for. “This is not a place to drop off clothing or other items that are better suited for a thrift store,” she says. Donations needed are everyday household items, such as nonperishable food, toiletries and baby supplies.

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After months of planning, the Blessings Box was ready for the public in April 2017. A ribbon-cutting ceremony followed shortly thereafter. Williams often drives by the location to see how things are going. “It’s working. I see new items, and that things have been taken. It’s not just people at the church participating. Word is spreading to nearby neighbors.” Some Boy Scouts from the Los Angeles area recently contacted Williams about creating a similar project. She—along with many people on social media—is sharing ideas for more Little Free Pantries in other areas. v

Feeling inspired? Find information about how to create a Blessings Box in your neighborhood at www .littlefreepantry.org or drop by the Santee Blessings Box located at 8964 Magnolia Ave. Cherie Gough is a local freelance writer and mom of two.


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A Young Navy Family The Stones were high school sweethearts. They married young and left their small hometown in Illinois to start life as a Navy family. The couple shared a philosophy of positivity—vowing to find the good in every day and every hardship. Sarah was just 19 when she learned she was expecting twins; baby girls who were born three months early and endured a lengthy NICU stay. While twins Allison and Alyssa were in the NICU, the couple owned only one car. Johnathon started the engine every morning at 4 a.m., dropping Sarah at the hospital en route to

base. At the end of his workday, he joined her at the babies’ sides, where they stayed until the staff asked them to leave. “We still went to bed happy every night,” says Stone. Despite their worry and pain, the young couple remained committed to finding the good in each challenge. The twins were able to come home after three months in the hospital. They are now healthy, imaginative 10-year-olds. A few years later, the Stones welcomed another daughter, Madelynn, who is now 7. Because Johnathon was deploying that year, they weren’t certain if he would make it to the birth. Sarah moved to Illinois to be with family. Johnathon clung to daily updates as

Many foster children enter the system with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Simply Finding the Good offers foster kids a duffle bag of their own filled with items they can treasure, no matter what happens. Make a monetary donation on their website. Or organize a supply drive of items that can brighten a foster child’s life. Donations are needed for all ages, including teens.

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his baby’s due date inched closer, but the stars aligned in the nick of time. “I pulled into San Diego on my ship, flew to Illinois, and made it just two days before she was born,” says Stone. Five tired, but happy redheads packed into their SUV four days later. Team Stone was San Diego bound with twin toddlers, a newborn and two parents filled to the brim with love. “It was a rough drive but we were so excited to get home,” says Stone. “Maddie has the biggest heart ever—just like her mom— and loves to snuggle and take care of everyone. She’s also a free soul who blazes her own path in life.”

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Sarah’s Diagnosis With Sarah’s encouragement, Johnathon volunteered for sea duty in 2015 and was soon pinned Chief Petty Officer. “I talked to Sarah about my goals, and we would both adjust if we weren’t on the same page.” They both knew that sea duty meant deployment. While her husband was at sea, Sarah’s health declined sharply. Worried that her concerns might distract from Johnathon’s duties, she didn’t share them. She also chose to delay a medical exam until his return— painful facts that Stone has had to let go. He came home from deployment to find his beloved wife looking seriously ill. They soon learned it was appendix cancer—aggressive, rare and quickly spreading throughout her body. “We got this,” was Team Stone’s response to the devastating news. They ramped up efforts to find the good in every day. Sarah, thinking of others even in her darkest hour, cut her hair before chemo and donated it. Expressing gratitude became an act of discipline that drove them forward. “We found a reason to smile no matter how bad it got,” says Stone. “We did that every night until the day she died.”

Simply Finding the Good Stone says he still believes finding the good is possible for everyone, no matter what they’re going through. He shares that message in Facebook video updates and is working on a book. His advice is simple: “If you can’t find the good, then do something good. Once you’ve done it a time or two, it’s highly addictive.” With the opening of his nonprofit, Johnathon provides an excellent opportunity for the community to make a positive impact on the lives of struggling kids. If you’d like to support Simply Finding the Good in the mission to help foster children, visit www.simplyfindingthegood.org (and see the sidebar on p. 26 for ideas). v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. She is a Navy Reserve spouse.


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This Season’s Hottest Toys Not sure what to get the kids this year? Here are some of the best new toys reviewed by San Diego kids and parents. Check back next month for more! Tickle Me Elmo $29.99; 18 months+ HasbroToyShop.com Tickle Me Elmo is back for a new generation of kids. Press Elmo’s tummy or squeeze his feet to hear his familiar, contagious giggle—you can’t help but laugh along!

Pulse Safe Start Transform Electric Scooter $99.99; 6+ Target.com Three-wheel electric scooter features “grow with me” handlebar (three heights) and the ability to set speed at 5 mph or 8 mph. Operates with thumbcontrolled throttle; stops with rear foot brake. Wheels are positioned for lean-toturn fun. Accommodates up to 150 lbs.

Disney Junior Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery $79.99; 3+ JustPlayProducts.com Preschoolers love to role-play with this adorable nursery that features Doc’s “laptop” to diagnose patients, light-andsound stethoscope, baby scale and more. “OK, what brings you to the doctor today?” asks 3-year-old Shae.

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Oonies Starter Pack $19.99; 5+ MooseToys.com Oonies—they’re not bubbles and they’re not balloons! Take an Oonies pellet, place it in the inflator and watch it magically grow. Oonies stick to each other so kids can make fun creatures and designs with no glue, water or mess.

Propel Star Wars Battle Drones $179; 14+ Target.com Behold, Star Wars fans! Limited edition Star Wars Battle Drones come in an impressive box that plays Star Wars theme music or dialogue when opened. Channel “the force” when in combat with friends or using the companion app.


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NightZone Capture the Flag $29.99; 6+ ToySmith.com Challenge friends to a nighttime game of Capture the Flag with lightup flags and bases. “This game is awesome! It changes colors when you capture the enemy’s flag!” says Audrey (11).

Furreal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger $129.9; 4+ HasbroToyShop.com 100-plus sound and motion combinations. Responds to touch with expressive eyes, sounds and movements. “It acts so much like a baby tiger that the kids asked if they can get a real one if they do OK with this one!” says Emily. Requires 4 C batteries.

Shark Bite $22.99; 4+ Target.com Take turns fishing for sea creatures, but be careful— you never know when the shark will bite. Fun game for all ages! No batteries needed. Discover tons more family games at www.sandiegofamily.com/for-the-kids/ kid-tested-toy-product-review.

RoseArt’s CharMinis Charm Maker Variety Pack $24.99; 6+ Amazon.com Customize stylish bracelets and necklaces with charms that simply fuse with water. Includes a decorative jewelry stand. “Perfect for a budding fashion designer or glitter girl,” says mom Mary.

Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi $50; 3+ Fisher-Price.com Teach ‘n Tag Movi gets young kids up and moving with interactive games that develop gross motor skills and the ability to follow directions. Facial expressions correspond with movement.

Think & Learn Smart Cycle $150; 3+ Fisher-Price.com The Smart Cycle creates a physical play experience in conjunction with a tablet or TV. Kids race while playing games that teach letters, phonics, spelling, vocabulary and reading. Adjustable seat and tablet holder. Download the free app for 15 levels of play. Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage $199.99; 5+ Hotwheels.mattel.com The Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage stands over three feet tall and stores over 140 cars for hours of engaging play. The motorized elevator transports up to 23 cars at a time.

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Squishmallows $14.99-$24.99; All ages Squishmallows.com Adorable Squishmallows come in various sizes. The stuffing feels similar to memory foam, so everyone who picks one up gives it a big squeeze. “Everything would be perfect if my teen would stop taking it from me!” says mom Lisa.

John Deere Monster Treads Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor $29.99; 3+ TOMY.com Features motion-activated sounds and wheels that change color when the tractor rolls. “Use it in a dark room—you won’t be disappointed!” says mom Katrina.

Disney Princess Magical Wand Palace by Little People $49.99; 1½–5 years Fisher-Price.Mattel.com Cinderella and Rapunzel (included) come to life with a wave of the magical wand. Interactive palace recognizes each princess, playing familiar phrases and sounds. Also features a magical light show and stairs and dance floor that light up!

Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby $49.99; 3+ HasbroToyShop.com Baby Alive frowns and cries tears when she doesn’t feel well. With 35 sounds and phrases, she is very expressive! Choose Mommy or Daddy play mode; English or Spanish; available in three ethnicities. “My daughter practices empathy as she addresses the dolls needs and feelings,” says mom Kirsten.

Marvel Spider-Man Mega City Playset $99.99; 4+ HasbroToyShop.com Five play levels (a whopping 46”) include a subway, bank vault, web jail and Peter Parker’s secret lab. Spider-Man swings into action on the web zipline. “The size makes it easy for kids to play together—they love it,” says mom Emily.

Nanea Mitchell Doll & Book $115; 8+ AmericanGirl.com Nanea Mitchell, American Girl’s newest BeForever character, is a brave and determined girl from Honolulu, Hawaii whose efforts to help friends and neighbors during World War II are driven by her spirit of “aloha.”

Rocking Doll Cradle $79; 1+ Jojomamanbebe.com Crafted from sturdy wood and featuring pretty details, this rocking cradle inspires imaginative play and gives children a beautiful place to tuck their favorite doll in.

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Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour

All tracks lead to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California for this not-to-miss event! Take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and his best friend, Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and participate in tons of themed activities including crafts, storytelling, coloring and more. Children can collect passport stamps throughout the day to receive a special gift. Nov. 4, 5, 10-12, 8 am-5 pm. Tickets start at $21. 2201 A St., Perris. www.oerm.org/thomas.

Editor’s Picks FREE Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities

Feel the spirit of the season with lights all aglow during the lighting of Liberty Station’s iconic 88-foot Norfolk pine tree. Get your gift shopping done at the Holiday Marketplace, “chill” with family and friends at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink, take mini train rides on the Liberty Express, have your photo taken with Santa and bundle up for an outdoor screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Nov. 29, 5-9 pm. For more holiday events in Liberty Station, visit www.libertystation.com.

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

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

wednesday | 1 Candy Buy Back at The Super Dentists. Until Nov. 3, kids can bring in candy to The Super Dentists offices in exchange for cash! They will receive $1 for every pound of candy, and The Super Dentists will also donate $1 to charities helping schools. Candy collected will be sent overseas to our military troops. Offices located in Chula Vista, Eastlake, Carmel Valley and Oceanside. www.thesuperdentists.com. FREE Dia de los Muertos Festival. Create altars to remember lost loved ones, watch a performance (7 pm) by Selena tribute band, Como la Flor, view an altar to Selena created by artist Daniel Martinez, and enjoy food, arts and crafts, and face painting for kids. 6 pm. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org. Family Night: Make Pumpkin Pies. 6-7 pm. $3 per pie. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr. www.san-marcos.net. Children’s Choice Pediatric Dental Care’s Candy Buy Back. Receive $2 for every pound of candy you turn in, and $2 will also be donated to the school that turns in the most sweets. 9 am-6 pm. Note: Candy must be dropped off by the child or parent/ guardian. 10-pound limit per person. 4074 Fairmount Ave., Ste. B, San Diego. Email info@ mychildrenschoice.com or call 619-996-9543.

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Find the turkeys and Christmas trees in this month’s irresistible spread of Thanksgiving and holiday happenings.

iFLY Oceanside’s All Abilities Night. Get a chance to soar high at this exclusive event for those with special needs and their families. 4:30-7 pm. $39.95 includes two-flight package with free digital video. Reservations required; space is limited. 3178 Vista Way. www.iflyoceanside.com; sales@iflyoceanside.com; 760-606-4359. Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out at UltraStar Cinemas. Bring your baby to watch a movie and take advantage of valet stroller parking and changing facilities in the auditorium. Wednesdays; Parent Movie Morning, 10 am; Baby’s Night Out, 7 pm. UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego. www.ultrastarmovies.com.

thursday | 2 FREE See Ronald McDonald and have fun with music and surprises. 3:30 pm. McDonald’s at 619 Broadway, Chula Vista. www.sdmcdonalds.com.

Plan fun-filled family adventures all year long with Out & About! Pick one up at CVS Pharmacy or find the expanded digital edition at www .sandiegofamily .com/things-to-do/ out-about. “I’ll Push You: The Camino Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends and One Wheelchair.” Watch this inspirational documentary (rated PG-13) about two lifelong friends embarking on an epic adventure to hike Spain’s El Camino de Santiago. Patrick pushes Justin, who is fighting a degenerative neuromuscular disease, in a wheelchair along the entire journey. 7:30 pm. For tickets and participating movie theaters, visit www.fathomevents.com.

FREE Fall Back Festival

This children’s historical street faire in the heart of downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter takes you to the 1880s where kids can saddle up for pony rides, learn to churn butter and pan for gold with real prospectors. Discover the fun side of history with a Wild West show, old-fashioned contests, blacksmith demos, time-period portraits complete with traditional Wild West attire and more. Nov. 5, 11 am-4 pm. 4th Ave., between Market & J Sts., and Island Ave., between 4th & 5th Aves. www.gaslampfoundation.org.

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“Elf The Musical, Jr.” Tonight until Nov. 12; visit website for show times. $17-$19. Mater Dei Catholic High School, 1615 Mater Dei Dr., Chula Vista. www.cytsandiego.org. Mac’s Kids Corner. This weekly story time brings a book to life with operating trains, paints, puppets and more. Fridays, 10-11 am. Free with admission. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdmrm.org. “Tuck Everlasting, The Musical.” When 11-year-old Winnie Foster learns of the magic behind the Tuck family’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. Through Nov. 12. Fri., 7 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2 pm. Visit website for tickets. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park. www.juniortheatre.com. FUNbelievable Play’s Family Fun Nights. Fridays, 5-8 pm. Regular admission prices apply. 11655 Riverside Dr. #155-157, Lakeside. www.funbelievableplay.com.

saturday | 4 JCompany Youth Theatre Presents “Disney’s The Lion King.” Tonight, 8 pm & tomorrow, 1 & 4:30 pm. Visit website for tickets. David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla. www.sdcjc .org/garfield/upcomingevents.aspx. FREE Curie Craft Fair. Artisans will sell quality handcrafted wares including holiday gifts, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, folk art and more. Also, carnival games, silent auction baskets, a used book tent and cake walk. 9 am-3 pm. Curie Elementary, 4080 Governor Dr., University City. www.curiepta.org. FREE Family Activity at Renaissance Village Academy: Abaci are Fun! 3-5 pm. 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. A, San Diego. www.rvaschool.org. FREE Crafts at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm. Nov. 4: Wise Old Owl Wreath; Nov. 11: Patriotic Spinner; Nov. 18: Quirky Turkey Craft; Nov. 25: I Can Help! Chore Chart. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com. FREE San Martin de Porres Fall Family Festival. Local art expo, Kids Zone, a community yard sale, pumpkin carving, DJ, zumbathon and vendors. 8 am-4:30 pm.

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“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” The Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash! Enjoy songs like Santa for a Day, You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch and Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze), the delightful carol from the animated version. Tonight until Dec. 24; visit website for schedule. Tickets start at $24. Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org. Autumn Fest & Plant Sale. Live entertainment, craft vendors, gardening workshops, kids’ activities, plant sales and more. 10 am-3 pm. $3-$5; ages 2 & under free. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon. www .thegarden.org/events/autumnfest. The Color Run Dream Tour. Experience the happiest 5K on the planet! High-energy music, an all-new Lay’s Poppables Foam Zone and Dream Wall, giant unicorns, photo ops and tons of color! 9 am. SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley. Register at www .thecolorrun.com/locations/san-diego-ca. Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour. See page 46.

sunday | 5 Daylight Saving Time Ends – Set Clocks Back One Hour! Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Featuring animal education presentations, a petting zoo, music by Hullabaloo, garden exploration, games and bounce houses, a bubble party and a woodshop building activity. 9:30 am-3 pm. $10; ages 12 & under free; $1 per ticket for some activities. 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. www.sdcdm.org/fall-family-festival. FREE Carlsbad Village Faire. Hundreds of unique vendor booths, an international food court, entertainment and a children’s area. 8 am-4 pm. Grand Ave., from Carlsbad Blvd. to Jefferson St. www.carlsbad.org. FREE Fall Back Festival. See page 47.

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Who doesn’t love holiday music? Gathering together as a family, listening to timeless classics and singing along to your favorite carols are traditions everyone enjoys! In one short afternoon concert, you’ll see and hear the Symphony perform many of the classic Christmas carols…and we might even get a visit from a certain jolly North Pole resident!

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Calendar • November domesticated livestock from around the globe, and have fun with interactive presentations. Open daily, 10 am-4 pm. $15-$25; under 2 free. By appointment only. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. www.childrensnatureretreat.com; 619320-4942.

tuesday | 7 The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park. View a collection of memorabilia, artifacts and artwork from the Civil War to the present. Tues.-Sun., 10 am-4 pm. $2-$5; active-duty military and children under 12 free. www.veteranmuseum.org.

wednesday | 8 EcoVivarium Living Museum. See reptiles, amphibians and arthropods, and participate in hands-on encounters with animal ambassadors. Wed.-Fri., noon-5 pm; Sat. & Sun., 10 am-4:30 pm. $8-$10. 136 S. Juniper St., Escondido. www.ecovivarium.org.

thursday | 9 MOPA’s Juried Youth Exhibition: Defining Boundaries highlights the work of local students, grades K-12, that explores the theme of “boundaries” through photography and video. Through Feb. 27; visit website for hours and admission. Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park. www.mopa.org.

friday | 10 FREE In the Park Series: Get Crafty. Let your creativity soar with family activities. 10 am-noon. Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr., Poway. www.poway.org. “Down the Rabbit Hole.” Mythbusters alumni Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara use their scientific sleuth skills as they head “Down The Rabbit Hole” to uncover weird and wonderful happenings from science, history and pop culture. 7:30 pm. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown San Diego. Tickets at www.broadwaysd.com.

saturday | 11 Veterans Day FREE San Diego Veterans Day Parade. Salute our nation’s heroes at this annual parade with this year’s theme, “A Tribute to Heroes at Home” that honors veterans’

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Veterans Day Celebration at USS Midway Museum. Pay tribute to our military heroes at this annual event that includes the NBC 7 & Telemundo 20 Salute to Service Festival, live entertainment, Kidz Zone, giveaways and more. Included with museum admission; military, veterans and their families free. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.midway.org.

Flip Fabrique. Be spellbound by a highenergy circus show featuring this Quebecbased troupe of acrobats that is sure to entertain young and old alike. 7:30 pm. $25$60. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org.

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FREE Escondido Tamale Festival. Celebrate tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. 11 am-5 pm. Also, attend a Veterans Day ceremony at the “Wall of Courage” from 10-11 am. Grape Day Park, downtown Escondido. www.escondidotamalefestival.org. FREE San Marcos Veterans Day Ceremony. 9-11 am. Helen Bougher Memorial Park, 1243 Borden Rd. www .san-marcos.net/veterans. FREE Holiday Craft Bazaar. 9 am-3 pm. Salvation Army San Diego Citadel, 4170 Balboa Ave., San Diego. www .sandiego.salvationarmy.org.

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FREE Veterans Day Ceremony in Poway. Join VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee for this annual ceremony. 11 am. Veterans Park, 14134 Midland Rd. www.poway.org.

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“DeepSeeVR: Orca 360.” Virtually swim with killer whales at SeaWorld courtesy of this film that uses VR (virtual reality) technology and stereoscopic 360-degree video. Showing daily; visit website for park hours and admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www .seaworldsandiego.com. “Elf The Musical, Jr.” See Nov. 3. “Tuck Everlasting, The Musical.” See Nov. 3.

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Frida and Me. Children can check out this educational exhibit about the inventiveness and power of artist Frida Kahlo’s work. Mon., Tues., Thurs.-Sun.; visit website for hours. Included with admission. The San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. www.sdmart.org.


tuesday | 14 FREE Family Read & Play Day. Story time, play time with the imagination playground and a free book for children, ages 5 & under. 10-11 am. Rolando Rm., The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego. www.sd.kroccenter.org. Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

wednesday | 15 Game Masters: The Exhibition. This exhibit showcases the world’s greatest video game designers, from the arcade era to today’s console and online game technology. Through Jan. 15; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org.

thursday | 16 Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. Don’t miss Opening Night’s ice skating show, hot chocolate, holiday vendors, goodies and family-friendly activities. 5:309:30 pm. Rink open until Jan. 7, 10 am-10 pm. $12-$14 includes skates; opening night, $10. Net proceeds benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. www.libertystation.com. FREE Family Arts & Literacy Connection Series: American Jazz, Basquiat and Calder. Starts at 6:30 pm at the Rolando Room with a performance by The Rob Thorsen Jazz Quartet followed by art-making that celebrates two of America’s renowned artists. The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6605 University Ave., San Diego. 619-282-7599, ext. 114.

“Unshelved” Family Day. Uncover the hidden wonders of the San Diego Natural History Museum’s vast collections as you explore the new exhibit, Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage, with crafts and activities. 11 am-3 pm. Free with admission. www.sdnat.org. Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort. Live entertainment, twinkling lights and festive cheer await guests during this annual celebration. Enjoy the nightly lighting of the park’s LEGO Christmas tree. Today until Jan. 1; visit www.legoland.com for hours and admission. KPBS Kids Workshops: Curious George. Learn about the plant cycle with George and take home a seed to grow your own food. Workshops at 10 & 11 am. Free with museum admission. For ages 3 & up. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. www.sdcdm.org. Traditional Santa Photos at Seaport Village. Head down to the East Plaza Gazebo and bring your best smile! Today until Dec. 24; visit website for complete schedule. Photo packages available for purchase. Pets are welcome. 849 W. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.seaportvillage.com. East County Thanksgiving Community Outreach. Join Newbreak Church East County as they provide you all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal to prepare for your family at home. 10 am-3 pm. Everyone is welcome to register and partake in this Thanksgiving feast. 470 N. Mollison, El Cajon. To receive a Thanksgiving meal box or to volunteer, visit www.newbreak.org/events.

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FREE Harvest Market. This event offers arts and crafts vendors selling handmade items and holiday gifts. 10 am-3 pm. San Elijo Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Rd., San Marcos. www.san-marcos.net/specialevents.

Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Thanksgiving. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and lots of play! 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. www.elitegymnastics.com/pno.html.

“The Nutcracker.” Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy, in collaboration with Chula Vista Ballet, brings you this holiday classic. 2 & 6 pm. $25-$27. Ruth Chapman Theatre, Eastlake High School, 1120 Eastlake Pkwy., Chula Vista. www.chulavistaballet.org.

friday | 17 FREE Holiday Lighting Celebration in Santee. Tree lighting ceremony (6:15 pm), crafts, snow sledding, photos with Santa, live music, costumed characters and more. 5:30-8:30 pm. Santee Trolley Square, 9884 Mission Gorge Rd. www.cityofsanteeca.gov.

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Calendar • November FREE Greet Autumn! Enjoy cooler temperatures, the artful colors of deciduous trees and flora, and the grand scope of nature on this morning walk with an MTRP trail guide. 9:30-11 am. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org.

Before you gobble up all your favorite Thanksgiving treats, wobble out and burn some calories while helping support our community. ‘Trot’ your stuff at these local turkey trots on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23. San Diego Run for the Hungry. The scenic 5K and 10K run/walk starts at Broadway Circle in front of Westfield Horton Plaza, and goes through East Village and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. 7-10 am. $36-$61. Proceeds benefit the hunger-relief programs of the San Diego Food Bank. Register at www.sdrunforthehungry.org. Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot. The 10K and 5K run kicks off at 6:55 am and 8:05 am respectively, starting on historic Hwy. 101 at the Civic Center and finishing on The Strand just south of the Oceanside Pier. Also featuring a 5K walk, 1-mile kids’ runs for ages 7-12, Tiny Turkey Trot quarter-mile runs for ages 6 & under, and a costume contest. Register at www.osideturkeytrot.com. Coronado 5K Turkey Trot. A customized medal for participants plus awards in different age categories. 8 am. $15-$40. Register by Nov. 20. Net proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr. www.rchacoronado.com. Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K. Join more than 7,500 walkers and runners bright and early at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park to help bring an end to homelessness in San Diego. Includes a post-race festival

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sunday | 19 Global Winter Wonderland. View large luminescent, handcrafted lanterns inspired by international landscapes around the world. Also, check out Cirque du Soleil-level acrobatics, more than 35 carnival rides, international

cuisine, shopping, games and holidaythemed activities. Today until Jan. 7; visit website for complete schedule and tickets. SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley. www.globalwonderland.com. FREE Encinitas Fall Festival. Vendors, children’s rides, food and entertainment. 9 am-4 pm. S. Coast Hwy. 101, between D & J Sts. www.kennedyfaires.com. FREE Mother Goose Parade. Bands, clowns, equestrians, floats and more at this annual event in El Cajon. 1 pm. For parade route, visit www.mothergooseparade.org.

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Encinitas Turkey Trot & Food Drive with live music, a costume contest, kids’ area and more. 7:30-10:30 am. $35$45. www.thanksgivingrun.org. Del Mar’s Family Fun Run. Runners complete a one-mile loop on the dirt track and may even find themselves running alongside a world-class jockey or two. Family-friendly activities plus puppy races conducted by the Helen Woodward Animal Center. 7-9:30 am. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.delmarracing.com. San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive. Choose from three distances: 15K (8 am), 10K (8:05 am) or 5K (8:10 am). Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to The Salvation Army’s food drive. Rohr Park, 4250 Sweetwater Rd., Bonita. Register at www.sdthanksgivingrun.com. Encinitas Turkey Trot & Food Drive. The course starts and finishes under the worldfamous “Encinitas” sign on the historic Coast Hwy. 101. Prizes will be awarded to the top costumed participants who best display the spirit of Thanksgiving. 10K, 7:30 am; 5K and Costume Division race, 8 am. Benefits the Community Resource Center and the Encinitas Chapter of The American Legion. www.encinitasturkeytrot.org.

FREE Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India. The exhibit uncovers the original sources of the gems decorating these pieces, their cultural symbolism and the historical tradition of gemology in India. Through March 1. Mon.-Fri., 8 am-4 pm. By appt. only. GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Museum, 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad. www.gia.edu/gia-museum.

tuesday | 21 Sculpture in the Garden. More than 50 works are set against a unique backdrop of rare fruit gardens, tranquil ponds and other natural settings. Open daily, 9 am-5 pm. $8-$14. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org.

wednesday | 22 San Diego Jazz Fest showcases an array of traditional jazz, ragtime, swing, Dixieland and rockabilly styles. Tonight until Nov. 26; visit website for complete schedule and tickets. Town & Country San Diego, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego. www.sdjazzfest.org.

thursday | 23 Thanksgiving Day Skating by the Sea. Skate to your heart’s content on Hotel del Coronado’s outdoor ice rink that boasts breathtaking views of the Pacific and Coronado Beach. Today until Jan. 1; visit website for complete schedule. $30 includes skate rental. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com.


Ho ho hang ten. Surfin’ Santa arrives at Seaport Village Saturday, November 25. Join us for PICTURES with Santa on his 6 foot wave, ECO-ORNAMENT making with Birch Aquarium, MUSIC and HOLIDAY CHEER! 1 pm in front of the Pier Café.


Calendar • November Hornblower’s Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruises. 3-5:30 & 3:30-6 pm. Visit website for fees and reservations. Departs from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com. Thanksgiving Feast at the Zoo. Come on over to the Treetops Banquet Room for a buffet of holiday favorites or indulge in a threecourse meal at Albert’s Restaurant. For details, visit website. Call for reservations. Balboa Park. www.sandiegozoo.org; 619-557-3964. Thanksgiving Day Buffet at The Shores. Mouthwatering appetizers, delicious main courses, seasonal sides and desserts. 10 am-7 pm. $58 plus tax and gratuity; discounts for ages 12 & under. Call for reservations. 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla. www .theshoresrestaurant.com; 858-456-0600. Have a Sumptuous Thanksgiving at The Del. Savor a lavish buffet dinner with all the trimmings, a special children’s buffet for the little ones plus live music at the Crown Room and the oceanfront Ballroom from noon-6:30 pm. For fees and reservations, visit website. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.hoteldel.com.

friday | 24 Farm Animal Friday. Learn about goats and what we can do with goat milk through story time and a themed activity. 10:3011:30 am. Free with admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. www.sdcdm.org. FREE Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market. See Nov. 11. Game Masters: The Exhibition showcases the world’s best video game designers, from the arcade era to today’s console and online games.

saturday | 25 FREE Surfin’ Santa’s Arrival at Seaport Village. Sporting board shorts and his favorite Hawaiian tee, Santa will arrive at the San Diego Harbor via watercraft at 1 pm. Delight in a parade along the boardwalk, ornament making for kids, free family photos with Santa, street performances and holiday shopping. 1-5 pm. West Harbor Dr. & Pacific Hwy., downtown San Diego. www.seaportvillage.com.

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Mini Mason Jar Pies Tasty, charming, giftable From holiday parties to hostess gifts, you’ll find endless opportunities to delight your loved ones with these tasty mini pies. The secret to their charm is adorable four-ounce mason jars. Thanks to super thick glass, jars of pie can be stored unbaked in the freezer, then placed directly in the oven when you’re ready for a tiny pie fix.

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What Makes the Perfect Mini Pie? You decide! Choose your favorite pie filling below, then go to www.sandiegofamily.com/ things-to-do/dining-and-recipes for the complete ingredients list and instructions.

Apple: Peel and dice four Granny Smith apples and toss with cinnamon sugar.

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Blueberry: Toss one pint berries with 1/3 c. sugar, 2 Tbs. cornstarch and lemon zest.

Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. Making pie is her hobby. She prefers classic double-crust apple.

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