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12 Staff Page 14 Short & Sweet News | Notes | Tips
16 Join the Club! Five benefits of student involvement 18 How to Help Your Child Thrive in School Tips for every age level
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26 September Calendar of Family Events
37 The Marketplace
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Be Involved in School and After School Most schools are back in session at this time. Once
everyone is settled, check out companies in this issue that offer afterschool activities. Our article on page 16 provides benefits of belonging to a club, playing a sport or other activity. If your child has a serious allergy, it is important to talk with teachers and school staff. Inform them what reactions your child might have and how to handle them. Find helpful information (p. 22) from local writer, Cherie Gough, who has lots of experience managing allergies with her own kids. Schools need help planning field trips and fundraisers. Turn to page 25 for ideas; then access our complete guide at www.sandiegofamily.com. It’s apple-picking time! The crop seems good this year, but the apples don’t last forever, so go early. See page 38 for local orchards. San Diego Family will post info at www.sandiegofamily.com if we hear an orchard has closed for the year. September is All-American Breakfast Month. My favorite family breakfast place is 94th Aero Squadron in Kearny Mesa. Sunday Brunch is great — the grandkids can eat as much as they want. We definitely get our money’s worth. Grandparents Day is Sept. 8. Keep them close!
All-American Breakfast Month was created to emphasize that breakfast is the most important meal of the day — this is especially true for kids in school. Be sure to have a meal plan for school mornings, so kids are nourished and ready to learn. Make breakfast a family affair on the weekends. Here are some of our favorites — whether it’s going out or eating at home. Tony Andrews, marketing representative There are so many great breakfast spots in San Diego, but our current favorite is Morning Glory in Little Italy. The ambiance can’t be beat and the food is a fun fusion of American, French and Chinese. Anne Malinoski, contributing writer I love the breakfast popovers at Great Maple in Hillcrest. I’m tickled that the kids’ menu includes a bread and fruit platter, since those are basically the only foods my sons eat voluntarily. Rik Thiesfeld, art director My favorite homemade Sunday breakfast is a two-egg omelet with sautéed mushrooms, Muenster cheese, avocado and pico de gallo, served with toast, jam, and hashbrowns.
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Grandparents Day is Sunday, Sept. 8 Not sure what to do for Grandparents Day? Why not plan an outing or game night with local grandparents, or have the kids FaceTime or send a handmade card to those who don’t live in town? Get more ideas in our articles, “How to Stay Connected with Grandparents Who Live Far Away” and “Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day.” Find both articles at www.sandiegofamily.com/ things-to-do/seasonalhappenings.
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“Radical Inclusion” Traveling Art Exhibition Six professional artists collaborate with six young adult artists with special needs to exemplify themes in the book Radical Inclusion: What I Learned About Risk, Humility, and Kindness from My Son with Autism, by local author Andrea Moriarty. Putting into practice the book’s call to action, the exhibit showcases the social impact of open dialogue, integrated communities and inclusion. Don’t miss the opening reception (at the second stop of this traveling exhibit) on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 5-8 p.m. at ReVision Gallery in Old Town. Reception and art show are free to attend (artwork and Radical Inclusion will be available for purchase) and Moriarty will be in attendance to sign copies of purchased books. Learn more at www.revisionsandiego.com.
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Benefits of Student Involvement
academically, have superior attendance records and get in trouble less often. Here’s a closer look at five specific benefits of student involvement, based on research compiled by 5-Star Students and Advanced Education Measurement (AEM).
Self-Esteem Kids who take part in extracurriculars and other school activities report higher self-esteem than those who don’t. When they participate in sports, clubs and even spirit days, kids cultivate deeper friendships and a feeling of belonging. Whether they’re running drills on a sports field or running lines for drama
club, engaged kids enjoy the benefits of active self-improvement and develop a sense of their place in the community.
Academics Research shows that kids who participate outside of class earn better grades. On average, they are a full grade point ahead of their peers who do not. Not surprisingly, they also score higher on state standardized tests. Darren Daniel, Assistant Superintendent at Murrieta Valley Unified, says students who participate in extracurriculars tend to care more about their school, which leads to more concern about their own academic contribution. His district
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Less Risky Behavior Student activities help kids find their place in a community, develop deeper friendships and learn to set goals. It should come as no surprise that greater participation has been linked to lower rates of teen pregnancy. Kids who take part in extracurriculars also average lower consumption of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. They also earn half as many behavior referrals as students who don’t participate. utilizes the 5-Star Students program in all its middle and high schools. “It’s about capitalizing on school connectedness and getting kids connected to the school in a healthy manner,” he says.
College Attendance Kids who are active in clubs, sports and other activities have been shown to attend and complete college more frequently. Once in college, they are more likely to stay enrolled, graduate and pursue graduate degrees. As a result, these students also tend to make more money over the course of their careers.
Afterschool activities can benefit children of all ages, but they are essential for teens. Encourage kids to get involved during the elementary years, so they learn how to balance extracurriculars with other important aspects of their lives. The stakes are lower for younger kids, so this is a great time to experiment and find activities that interest them, while gauging an appropriate amount of participation that promotes selfesteem, but avoids burnout. v Anne Malinoski is an award-winning contributing writer and mother of two boys. She was a theater kid in high school.
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While extracurricular engagement is good for all students, the benefits are even more substantial for at-risk students — those most likely to drop out of school. According to AEM and 5-Star research, afterschool involvement in the middle school or high school years significantly reduces the likelihood that a student will drop out of high school. If an at-risk student participates in at least one activity in high school, early drop-out rates reduce from 52 percent to just five percent. In one AEM/5-Star study, every single atrisk student who participated in two or more high school activities went on to earn high school diplomas.
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If you’re feeling nostalgic for the carefree bliss of summer, you’re not alone.
Many parents find that back-to-school season is a shock to the system. From waking up early and packing healthy lunches, to coordinating afterschool activities and evening homework sessions, this time of year is all about adjusting to new routines. “We try to spend the week before school starts getting into school mode — going back to earlier bedtimes and waking up on schedule. I also plan school lunches and prepare breakfast items the kids can just warm up each morning,” says Anastacia Grenda, local mother of two. September is an ideal month to explore ways to support your child (and his teacher) at school during the upcoming academic year. When parents are involved with their child’s education, they can positively impact everything from academic performance and social relationships, to overall health and future career possibilities. Here’s how to get involved and help your child thrive at school.
Kindergarten to Second Grade During these early years of schooling — and all the way until high school graduation — one of the most important things you can do is to talk with your child (daily) about school. Ask what he learned, what made him laugh, how he performed on a math or spelling test, what he enjoyed, and what he didn’t. These everyday conversations send the message that your child’s life at school — and how he performs academically — matters. Some kids share such information freely, but others are more private or reluctant. If your child is the latter, try playing a game like Rose and Thorn, where each person shares the nicest thing about his day (a “rose”), along with an unpleasant or difficult aspect (a “thorn”). Family dinners are a great time to play — encourage everyone to participate. “We try to eat together every evening,” says Kay McKenzie, mother of twins and elementary school instructional aid in North County. “We ask about school and sometimes the kids will share about classroom stuff. Other times, about friends or teachers.” Another great way to support your child at school is to read with him daily. Older siblings and grandparents can help. Many families include reading as part of the bedtime routine. Visit the library regularly for fresh reading material. Young kids love having their parents volunteer in the classroom — and teachers almost always welcome the support. Parent volunteer opportunities might involve reading to students, organizing a project, planning a class party, supervising outdoor playtime, or chaperoning a field trip. Different
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As your child enters the upper grades of elementary school, you may notice an increase in homework. It is important to provide a quiet and dedicated homework space, appropriate supplies, and sufficient time to complete assignments. While you should let your child know that he can always come to you for help, parents should never complete their child’s assignments. If ongoing homework concerns are an issue, partner with the teacher to find solutions. Personalized strategies are often effective. Encinitas mom Michelle Bourgeot notes, “Our son actually works better if he’s around us — either in the living room, dining room or kitchen. This way he can ask questions about things he doesn’t understand, and he doesn’t feel like he’s locked away in his room.” The majority of kids read independently at this age, but some struggle with literacy development. Either way, continue to work with your child to develop and grow reading comprehension. Consider supporting the teacher by volunteering to read with anyone in the class who needs one-onone attention. Now is a great time for kids to explore personal interests in afterschool settings. Enrichment activities — ranging from tutoring and science clubs to scouting and local arts programs — can supplement and enhance your child’s education. Joining a team sport is a great way to exercise, meet other kids and decompress after a long day in the classroom.
Sixth to Eighth Grades Middle school is often when kids don’t want their parents in the classroom anymore, but that doesn’t mean you should disengage from their education. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), parental engagement “improves the odds that their kids will avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as sexual risk, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.” Because kids this age are at risk to head down a path towards dangerous conduct, parents need to remain involved and alert. Academic pressures intensify during the middle school years. Some kids who breezed through elementary school find themselves struggling at school for the first time. Identifying the best way to help depends on the problem: If your child misses deadlines due to disorganization, help him put systems in place to become better organized. If he doesn’t understand the material, try reviewing math concepts, proofreading English papers, or practicing foreign language skills alongside your child. Afterschool tutors are often available on campus and free of charge. Begin discussions with your student about how doing well in school will give him more college choices and improved career options. Explain how his love for a favorite subject can translate into real-world jobs; for example, your young mathematician might make a good future accountant, engineer or physicist. Ask about volunteering for the school foundation, one-time events, or see if there’s something you can do behind-the-scenes to support your child’s teachers.
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Allergy-Safe School Year For parents of children with food allergies, starting a new school year can seem daunting. As the mom of a daughter with celiac disease, I know how overwhelming food allergies seem at times. To ensure a safe, positive school year that meets the needs of a food allergic child, follow these tips from moms and experts who’ve been there.
Communicate Early Julie Bradley, Carlsbad resident and secretary of National Celiac Association San Diego advises, “The best time to communicate with teachers is before the school year begins or during the first week of school, before foodoriented celebration norms are established for the year.”
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Build a Team A team invested in supporting your child includes teachers, coaches and the school nurse. Tiffany Hinton, mom of three daughters with celiac disease and several food allergies, and founder of GF Mom Certified, meets with all teachers and the nurse at the beginning of each school year. She suggests supplying the nurse with necessary items such as EpiPens and allergy medication.
Do Your Research Newly diagnosed? Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) provides helpful resources to support families: www.foodallergy.org/life-with-food-allergies/managing-lifesmilestones/at-school.
Put Requests in Writing I write a letter every year that is shared with the teacher, school nurse, substitutes and all extracurricular staff : PE, art and music teachers. By providing information in writing, I ensure important details about my child’s needs are readily available to staff. My letter defines celiac disease and cross contamination, and includes my daughter’s specific symptoms and history. I also ask for accommodations that will help include my child and ensure her safety. I keep it positive by always thanking people in advance for all they do to keep her allergy-safe.
“Setting up and following through with a 504 plan is the best tool to keep the school staff informed of what your child needs,” says Bradley. To learn the basics about 504 plans and determine whether one is right for your child, visit the FARE website: www.foodallergy.org/sites/default/files/ migrated-files/file/cdc-reducing-risk.pdf Maureen Dempsey, Board Certified Educational Advocate in North County states, “Any child with a food allergy qualifies for a 504.” She advises parents to read section 504 on the U.S. Department of Education’s website and contact a local education advocate if needed. www2.ed.gov/about/offices/ list/ocr/504faq.html
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FREE Barona Powwow. Traditional tribal dancing contests, gourd dancing, hand drum contests, Native American food and more. Until today, 1-11 pm. Barona Sports Complex (approx. one mile to the north of the Barona Casino entrance on Wildcat Canyon), Barona Indian Reservation. www.barona-nsn.gov
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Summer Safari. Live music, entertainment, family activities and the park’s newest exhibit, Walkabout Australia. Visit website for park hours and admission. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. www.sdzsafaripark.org FREE Coronado Summer Concert Series: The Mighty Untouchables. 5 pm. Spreckels Park, 7th St. & Orange Ave. www.coronadoconcert.com Electric Ocean. SeaWorld’s nighttime spectacular transforms the park into a sea of color and energy with vibrant night shows, light installations throughout the
Family Weekends at Del Mar. Head down to the infield for attractions including pony rides, a giant obstacle course, face painters, Game Zone, the Del Mar mascot, Pony Boy, and more. 1 pm. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.delmarracing.com Port of San Diego U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition. See 12 Master Class Sculptors from around the world carve museum-quality sand sculptures, don’t miss original works of art available for purchase, listen to live music and visit an expanded Kid Zone. Today, 10 am-8 pm; tomorrow, 10 am-7 pm. $6-$10; under 2 and active-duty military, EMT’s, fire and police free (with valid ID). www.ussandsculpting.com
Nighttime Zoo. View the exhibit, Africa Rocks, and enjoy African-themed entertainment, the Wild About Animals show, trampoline performances and Call of the Night, a symphony of lasers, music and rhythmic acrobats. Until tomorrow; visit website for park hours and admission. Balboa Park. www.sandiegozoo.org Whale & Dolpin Watching Adventures. Hop on board for a breathtaking experience on the open ocean! Until tomorrow, 9 am-1 pm. Visit website for reservations. 970 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com FREE Open Cockpit Days. Come sit in a cockpit and feel like a real pilot! Select aircraft will be open for visitors to explore. 9 am-3:30 pm. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego (entrance is on Miramar Rd.). www.flyingleathernecks.org
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tuesday | 3 Sea & Shore. This art exhibit features remarkable works from acclaimed members of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego. Through Sept. 30, 9 am-8 pm. Visit website for museum admission. Compass Gallery, main level of the Berkeley, Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.sdmaritime.org
wednesday | 4 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; 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 Family Night: Homemade Ice Cream. 6-7 pm. $5. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr. www.san-marcos.net
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friday | 6 FREE First Friday Arts District “Amplified.” Aside from live performances and public art installations, this quarterly event also offers a free concert featuring B-Side Players, a pop-up market and more. 5-9 pm; concert starts at 6:30 pm at the North Promenade. Liberty Station, Point Loma. www.artsdistrictlibertystation.com ScholarShare 529 Toddler Time. Music, movement and social play. Fridays, 10 am. Free with museum admission. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org
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saturday | 7 Salami Day KPBS Kids Workshop: Dinosaur Train. Explore the age of dinosaurs and the amazing critters that lived with them through story times and hands-on workshops. 10 amnoon. Included with museum admission. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. www.sdcdm.org
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sunday | 8 Grandparents Day FREE Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park: The Young Guns. Sing and dance to the music of the 80s! 6-7:30 pm. Hoyt Park, Scripps Ranch Blvd. & Aviary Dr. www.symphonyinthepark.org FREE Civita Sundown Sunday Concert Series: BETAMAXX. 6-7:30 pm. Civita Park, Civita Blvd. & Russell Park Way, San Diego. www.civitalife.com/community-tour/events
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saturday | 14 FREE AXIS Event: Mexican Independence Day Celebration. Learn all about this wonderful celebration and enjoy craft making, margaritas and dancing. 11 am-2 pm. Globe’s Copley Plaza, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org Family Movie Night. Don’t miss a moviethemed Fun Zone with an obstacle course
race, crafts and games, bounce houses and more. 5-9 pm; movie starts at dusk. Fun Zone wristbands $5. Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches, Carlsbad. www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec
Independence Day as you experience the rich and diverse culture of Mexican California. 11 am-4 pm. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St. www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego
Summer Concerts in the Gardens: The Pettybreakers. 7:30 pm. $20. Wood House at Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Springs Rd., San Marcos. www.san-marcos.net
Delightful Dolls of Southern California’s Doll Show & Sale. Great finds, from teddy bears to beautiful antique dolls and vintage doll clothing. 10 am-2:30 pm. $6; under 12 free with adult. Ramada Inn, 5550 Kearny Mesa Rd. www.facebook.com/delightfuldolls
FREE Bastyr University Clinic Wellness Fair offers a healthy cooking demo, botanical medicine demos, free samples and giveaways, alternative therapies, health screenings, live music, vendors and activities on the lawn for all ages. 10 am-2 pm. 4110 Sorrento Valley Blvd., San Diego. www.bastyrclinic.org FREE Studio by the Bay Family Days highlight weekend workshops and play-based experiences for kids and families. 10 am-2 pm. Seaport Village, 809 W. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate .org/explore/art-studios/studio-by-the-bay FREE Fiestas Patrias. Celebrate Mexican
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sunday | 15 FREE Military, Fire & Law Appreciation Day. Active and retired military as well as fire and law enforcement officers receive free admission to the Wave Waterpark from noon-5 pm. Present valid ID. 101 Wave Dr., Vista. www.thewavewaterpark.com FREE Workin’ on the Railroad. Celebrate an important part of Poway’s heritage at this event that includes musical entertainment, a display of model railroad
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San Diego’s 56th Annual Cabrillo Festival Naval Base Point Loma FREE ADMISSION
Saturday, September 28, 2019 11:00 am – 4:00 pm www.cabrillofestival.org
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· Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his crew sail ashore in the reenactment of the discovery of San Diego Bay · Cultural Food · Vibrant Folkloric Music and Dancing · Children’s Activities · 16th Century Encampment
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layouts, Western re-enactors and train rides. 11 am-4 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway. www.poway.org FREE Family Sunday Pop-Up Hosted by Mingei International Museum. Musical performances, storytelling, prizes and other activities. 12:30-5 pm. Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St. www.mingei.org
monday | 16 Stepfamily Day Sun, Earth, Universe. Enter the fascinating world of space science and astronomy in this new exhibit. Build a model spacecraft for a mission to space, reveal hidden images using the same tools NASA scientists employ to uncover the invisible forces and energy of the universe, play the Your Mission to Space board game and more. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org
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wednesday | 18 School Backpack Awareness Day EUREKA! An Interactive History of Science for All. This STEM-focused exhibit focuses on six distinct eras of scientific advancements in human history. Get a chance to explore each section that includes hands-on inventions related to each time period. Open daily; visit website for hours. Included with museum admission. San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park. www.sandiegoairandspace.org
thursday | 19 FREE Encinitas Cruise Nights. See an awesome array of historic cars along S. Coast Hwy. 101 (from D to K Sts.), and listen to live music in various spots. 5:307:30 pm. www.encinitas101.com FREE Hullabaloo Concert Series at Del Mar Highlands. 10 am. 12925 El Camino Real, Ste. J-28, San Diego. http://bit.ly/ hullabaloo-2019
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Calendar • September friday | 20 FREE Bazaar del Mundo’s Santa Fe Marketplace. See authentic Native American jewelry, art, crafts and décor from Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe members, as well as other noted Southwestern artists. Also, musical entertainment and Mexican cuisine. Today & tomorrow, 10 am-8 pm; Sept. 22, 10 am-5 pm. 4133 Taylor St., Old Town. www.bazaardelmundo.com
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Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Fall for Autumn. 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
FREE Pacific Islander Festival. “Travel” to the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia at this annual event featuring food and entertainment. Today, 8:30 am-4 pm & tomorrow, 8 am-4 pm. Ski Beach, Mission Bay. www.facebook.com/pifasandiego
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FREE Adams Avenue Street Fair. One hundred musical acts on seven stages, yummy eats, giant carnival rides, 300 arts and crafts booths, and other activities. Today, 10 am-10 pm & tomorrow, 10 am-6 pm. www.adamsavenuestreetfair.com FREE Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. Participating museums across the country will open their doors for free to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities which offer free daily admission. To download a Museum Day ticket, visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Vista Viking Festival. Witness exciting Viking combat on the battlefield, view cultural exhibits, enjoy treats (from sausages to baked goods), and hone your Viking skills for the battle cry, horn blowing and beard contests. Little Vikings can paint their own shields and swords, play games and join a scavenger hunt. Today, 10 am-8 pm & tomorrow, 10 am-6 pm. $3-$15; ages 5 & under free. Norway Hall, 2006 East Vista Way. www.vistavikingfestival.com
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Charity Yoga Event. One Love Movement hosts this annual event showcasing a live concert and talk with singer-songwriter and guitarist, Trevor Hall, a yoga class and guided meditation practice, a Kids Corner, vendors and the Wellness Garden. 9 am12:30 pm. Tickets start at $35. Waterfront Park, downtown San Diego. For tickets, visit www.onelovemovement.org. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. Ten free trick-or-treat stations, the Sesame Street Halloween Parade, Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash and more. Saturdays & Sundays, today until Oct. 27; visit website for park hours. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com ArtWalk Carlsbad. See chalk artists from all over the country create masterpieces on the asphalt before your very eyes! Also, more than 175 visual artists, live entertainment, street food and KidsWalk, a family-friendly, interactive art area. Today, 11 am-6 pm & tomorrow, 10 am-5 pm. $8-$12; weekend pass: $13-$17. Armada Dr. at Fleet St. (above the Flower Fields). www.artwalkcarlsbad.org FREE Oceanside Harbor Days. See page 26.
sunday | 22 Ice Cream Cone Day Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 22-28 Touch-A-Truck Lakeside Edition. Explore vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Also, games, food trucks and vendors. 10 am-3 pm. $5-$15. 11600 Riverside Dr. www.tatlakeside.com Padres Home Games. See Sept. 6.
monday | 23 First Day of Autumn “Turtle Odyssey.” The heartwarming story of one tiny sea turtle’s big adventure makes a splash in this new giant screen documentary. Showing daily; visit website for schedule and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org
tuesday | 24 “LEGO City 4D – Officer in Pursuit!” Join LEGO City police officers in a crazy 4D chase across town as they search for the mischievous crook through the
streets of the city. Showing daily; visit website for park hours and admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad. www.legoland.com
wednesday | 25 One-Hit Wonder Day Whammock! Experience this threedimensional textile environment that resembles a giant hammock of colorful crocheted circles, open pockets and dangling pendulums. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org
thursday | 26 Zoppè Italian Family Circus: “La Nonna.” Check out acrobatic feats, canine capers, clowns, equestrian showmanship and lots of audience participation. Tonight & tomorrow, 7:30 pm; Sept. 28, 2 & 6 pm; Sept. 29, noon & 4 pm. $20-$40. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org
friday | 27 FREE MCAS Miramar Air Show. Military and civilian performers, static displays of a wide variety of aircraft and more. Today, tomorrow & Sept. 29; visit website for schedule. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com
saturday | 28 Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Costume contests, treat stations with more than 1 million pieces of candy, the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Pop Badge Challenge, live entertainment, the AstroBash Dance Party and more. Saturdays, today until Oct. 26. SEA LIFE Aquarium admission is included with ticket. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad. www.legoland.com FREE Watch “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” at the Park. See Sept. 7. FREE Cabrillo Festival. See page 27.
sunday | 29 beWELL Fitness Fair. Featuring a fitness boot camp, a yoga class, vendors, live entertainment and an opportunity drawing. The La Jolla YMCA will also offer a free, supervised child care program that includes an obstacle course,
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SanDiegofamily.com/magazines/ pick-up-a-copy games and more. 8-11 am. $10-$20; under 12 free. La Jolla High School Stadium, 750 Nautilus St. www.bewellfitnessfair.com EcoVivarium Living Museum. See reptiles, amphibians and arthropods, and participate in hands-on encounters with animal ambassadors. Wed.-Fri., noon-5 pm; Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-3 pm. $8-$10. 136 S. Juniper St., Escondido. www.ecovivarium.org
monday | 30 Visit the USS Midway Museum, a historic aircraft carrier with more than 60 exhibits, 29 restored aircraft and family-friendly activities. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm. Visit website for admission. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.midway.org
Find more fun events at sandiegofamily.com. Want us to spread the news? Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 November issue: October 1. September 2019 • SanDiegofamily.com •
It’s Apple-Picking Time!
Don’t wait until October to start planning your annual applepicking trip! The season starts (and even ends at some orchards) in September, so plan ahead. Check each orchard’s website or Facebook page for updated information, including dates and times of apple picking, and when apples are no longer available. Here are U-pick apple orchards in San Diego County. Volcan Valley Apple Farm 1284 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian 760-302-4574 Gravenstein apples (only) available Labor Day weekend (8/30–9/2). Other apple varieties available 9/13. Check their Facebook page for updates. Apples and Art 1052 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian email@example.com www.applesandartorchards.com Opens Sept. 7. Exclusively for groups; reservation required via email. Julian Farm & Orchard 4381 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel www.visitjulian.com/u-pick-orchards U-pick apples, cider pressing and more start Sept. 21. Apple Starr Orchard 1020 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian firstname.lastname@example.org www.apple-starr.com U-pick organic apples and pears.
Prefer to venture outside of San Diego County? Discover U-pick apple orchards (and other fall fun) in Oak Glen, just two hours northeast of San Diego. We highly recommend visits to Riley’s Farm and Los Rios Rancho. Learn more at www.sandiegofamily.com/travel/fall-fun-in-oak-glen and start planning your family day trip!
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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
MONTESSORI ACHIEVEMENT CENTRE Preschool/Kindergarten
CENTRAL MONTESSORI SCHOOL Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten
10435 Campo Rd., Spring Valley 91978 Rancho San Diego
Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad, La Costa
ENCINITAS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Preschool/Elementary/Middle
MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S HOUSE OF LEMON GROVE Toddler/Preschool Lic. #376614702
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
COUNTRY MONTESSORI SCHOOL Preschool/Kindergarten/Elementary
San Diego Coastal
12642 Monte Vista Road, Poway, CA 92064 Poway, Rancho Bernardo, 4SRanch, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos
South Bay MONTESSORI LEARNING ACADEMY Preschool / Kindergarten Imperial Beach, San Marcos
Lic # 372006093
BETH MONTESSORI Infants/Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten Lic. # 376700496
8660 Gilman Dr., La Jolla 92037-2202 La Jolla
www.bethmontessori.com MISSION BAY MONTESSORI ACADEMY Preschool/Elementary Lic. #372005444 • AMS Affiliated School
2640 Soderblom Ave., San Diego 92122 La Jolla, Pacific Beach, University City
“Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.” - Maria Montessori
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