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COLORFUL PERFORMANCE

Members of the Poway High School Emerald Brigade Marching Band and Color Guard perform during halftime of a football game on Oct. 15. (photos by Justin Fine)

LITTLE MERMAID

Performers from the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network (Met2) took the stage for a dress rehearsal of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Junior” at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 11. The show, which features local youth from kindergarten through college, is Met2’s first production in two years after programs were shut down due to the pandemic. (photo by Lisa Shadburn)

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RARE BLOOM

Visitors to the San Diego Botanic Garden viewed and photographed the rare corpse flower which was in bloom in late October. This flower only blooms every four or five years, and the fully opened bloom lasts for only 48 hours before it fades. The corpse flower plant is named after its foul-smelling scent. (courtesy of San Diego Botanic Garden)


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GONE TO THE DOGS

A woman pedals along with at least 11 canines, most on their leashes, as they go for an outing near Morley Field on Nov. 10. (photo by Jim Wick)

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NATIONAL ANTHEM

Children in the San Diego Children’s Choir sang the National Anthem at the San Diego Gulls hockey game on Nov. 5. (photo by Lisa Shadburn)

The San Diego Children’s choir performed its first live concert in more than two years at St. Mark’s Church on Oct. 24. The concert featured four different choirs comprised of San Diego area children in grades 1-12. (photo by Lisa Shadburn)

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HALLOWED GROUND

The YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park By Colleen McNatt

‘All you need is wheels and – as long as you don’t have a motor – you can ride here.’

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poster listing the do’s and don’ts of participating in this legendary space for action sports on wheels greets visitors entering the YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park in Clairemont. One rule in particular is cryptic: No Snaking. In skatepark etiquette, the term simply means wait your turn. Don’t take cuts and interrupt another rider while they are in the middle of their run. It’s a common courtesy and also a safe practice which avoids collisions when excitement to be first may interfere with the rules. Many new to action sports may be unaware of this safety protocol, and YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park director Gary Young calmly coaches young people on the standards to

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have fun and not get injured. He would know. Young is a professional BMX freestyler who assumed leadership at the Clairemont location in March. The 38-year-old Clairemont native participated in the renowned X Games from 2002 to 2018, winning Gold in Barcelona in 2013. Young participated in his first X Games in 2002, the same year the Clairemont skate park was built. Nestled between two public schools, the 60,000-square foot adventure site is hallowed ground in the world

of action sports. Olympians, X-Game medalists and action sport professionals visit the park regularly to get in some reps without fanfare, entourages or celebrity distractions. “It’s completely inclusive,” said Young about the environment. “All you need is wheels and – as long as you

don’t have a motor – you can ride here.” Since the COVID lockdown, Young has witnessed a resurgence in old-school roller skating, which has increased attendance at the skatepark, he said. More girls are also visiting the site and participating in all areas: skateboarding, BMX, scooters and roller skating. “I’ve come full circle,” Young said, reminiscing about his time at the Krause Family Skate and Bike Park. With his professional background and childhood experiences throughout the county, he envisions building new

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ramps and improving upon the sanctuary that so many people, young and old, enjoy while on wheels. Since his start with the YMCA, Young has overseen multiple projects, including replacing traditional asphalt with gator skin – a green paper and resin layer that is friendlier when someone happens to fall. Young remembers how scary learning to ride as a child can be, knowing the landing is black asphalt. Today, Young’s children, ages 9 and 6, are enjoying a new era at their dad’s favorite hangout (and as he calls it, “a real job”). Home to the first permanent track in the world, the Krause Family Skate and Bike Park offers a beginner course, BMX course, 4-foot mini-ramp with a spine, DewTour vert ramp, concrete pool and Skatercross Skateboard Racing Track. Professional skater Andy Macdonald oversaw the building of the nation’s only skatercross course in San Diego, a passion project that took the North County resident 15 years to realize. Another notable North County resident, professional skater Tony Hawk, visits the skatepark at its annual fundraiser, Clash at Clairemont, which is on schedule to return in 2022. The YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park is located at 3401 Clairemont Drive. YMCA members can purchase monthly passes for $25; non-member passes are $30. Single session cost is $15. Parents can stay (free of charge) while their children enjoy the two-hour sessions and Wi-Fi is available. Birthday parties are held on weekends for up to 25 participating guests. Private 30-minute lessons are also available for ages 5 and up. Winter hours are 1 to 3 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. to dusk. For more information, visit ymcasd.org or bit.ly/3DmV8MP.


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The “Sapphire Sound” Marching Band and Color Guard perform. (photo by John Gregory)

SDUSD Director of Visual and Performing Arts Russ Sperling (photo by John Gregory)

MMHS Principal Jeff Sabins (photo by John Gregory)

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The presentation of the colors (photo by John Gregory)

SDUSD Interim Superintendent Lamont Jackson (photo by John Gregory)

Tournament of Roses President Dr. Robert Miller (photo by John Gregory)

‘Sapphire Sound’ invited to Rose Parade By John Gregory

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ournament of Roses President Dr. Robert Miller visited Mira Mesa High School (MMHS) on Nov. 5 to formally invite the school’s “Sapphire Sound” Marching Band and Color Guard to participate in the 133rd Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena. “Mira Mesa is an absolute symbol of the best in quality of public education,” Miller said during his speech, which emphasized that education is a great equalizer, and that every student deserves a quality education. The “Sapphire Sound” is one of only 16 marching bands being invited from throughout the globe to this Jan. 1 event. The band was previously set to march in the 2021 Rose Parade, but that event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school’s marching band participated in the Rose Parade once before, in 2016. Prior to that, no band from

The “Sapphire Sound” Marching Band and Color Guard (photo by John Gregory)

MMHS Director of Bands Jeanne Christensen receives congratulations from Tournament of Roses President Dr. Robert Miller. (photo by John Gregory)

the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) had participated in this renowned parade since 1986. Other dignitaries besides the Tournament of Roses president speaking at the invitation ceremony held at the MMHS football field included SDUSD Interim Superintendent Lamont Jackson, SDUSD Director of Visual and Performing Arts Russ Sperling, MMHS Principal Jeff Sabins and MMHS Director of Bands Jeanne Christensen. “The thing I know about

tion, the band lined up for a formal photo in the middle of the football field. Shortly afterward, Principal Sabins ran across the front of the formation waving the Rose Parade flag – much to the delight of the students. The “Sapphire Sound” Marching Band and Color Guard maintains a hectic schedule as it nears participation in the Rose Parade. First of all, it hosted the 29th annual Mira Mesa Invitational Field Tournament on Nov. 6. According to its website, the band was

the ‘Sapphire Sound,’ and especially the community of Mira Mesa, is perseverance, its commitment. And we dig in and we’re all in. It is something we share together,” Christensen said. “The band has had the ability to bring the Mira Mesa name out to the world, and we will do that to the very best of our ability on Jan. 1,” she added. Miller rounded out the event by presenting the school with the official Rose Parade flag. Following the presenta-

set to participate in two more field tournaments before it headed to the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association 6A Championships at Citrus College in Glendora on Nov. 20. Furthermore, the group plans to travel to Anaheim for a performance in Disneyland Resort’s Holiday Parade on Dec. 30. MMHS continues its efforts to fund the band’s trip to Pasadena. Financial donations are being accepted at the band’s website: miramesabands.org.


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The award winning Ice Skating Birthday Party is a specialty of the San Diego Ice Arena. (courtesy of San Diego Ice Arena)

Time for fun on the ice again By Terry L. Wilson

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ince 1975, The San Diego Ice Arena (SDIA) in Mira Mesa has been offering ice skaters of all sizes and ages a chance to toe loop, flip, Lutz, pin a puck, check an opponent or even have a birthday party. “We are the oldest ice rink in San Diego. In 2000, my family took ownership of the rink, and we are still here,” said owner Philip Linssen. “We operate three divisions in this rink: Skating, Hockey and Family Fun,” Linssen said. “We are the home of the award winning ‘Ice Skating Birthday Party,’ and we’re the sole provider of ice skating camps for the city of San Diego and YMCA programs in the summer.” The SDIA’s birthday parties are the hottest events on ice, recognized nationally as one of the best-run events of it’s kind in the country. However, when Philip and his brother Mark first took over, the parties were a mess. To fix the problem, the brothers turned to the people who put the “magic” into the Magic Kingdom. “The birthday parties are part of our Family Fun Division. At first they weren’t doing very well. In fact, they were terrible. So, Mark and I attended special classes at Disney Way, a wing of the Walt Disney Institute, a training program for Disney’s upper management and employees,” Philip said. “We learned that we were doing everything incorrectly. So, we changed everything around using Disney’s formula, and now our birthday parties are

The San Diego Ice Arena hosts the San Diego Oilers, a hockey travel team. (courtesy of San Diego Ice Arena)

a roaring success.” The SDIA’s Figure Skating Program also offers lessons year round to fit all skill levels, from beginners to future Olympic champions. “The foundation of figure skating is a combination of regular training and participation in competitions. It is a very affordable way to learn how to skate,” Philip said. “People love our program. Many just want to have fun and learn to skate better, and there are those that aspire to become professional skaters, maybe even to win an Olympic Gold someday.” For those who want the thrill of a breakaway and the excitement of scoring a goal or making a game winning save, the SDIA Hockey League is ready to put a stick in your hand and a puck at your feet. “We run a full hockey program from Mini Mites up to adults,” Philip said. “We have a major hockey travel team, the San Diego Oilers. We also have a high school league. Our hockey and skating program are run by two top-notch instructors.” The SDIA has a free six

week hockey program for kids, ages 6 to 12. The class focuses on basic skating, stopping and simple drills to improve and teach each beginner all about hockey skating. Those who want more serious stick-time can try the Goalie Clinic Power Skating class, or take a private lesson to sharpen their puck handling and skating skills. “The San Diego Ice Arena also runs the outdoor rink at Liberty Station,” Philip said. “It starts in November and runs until Jan. 10. We’ve been running that program for 21-years. It’s a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital – and our way of giving back to society and the community.” The SDIA is currently open for public sessions. Admission is $15. The group rate is $13 per person. All admissions include free skate rentals. The San Diego Ice Arena is at 11048 Ice Skate Place. For additional information about hours of operation, prices and programs, phone (858) 530-1825 or visit sdice.com.


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Veterans Day in Poway Poway VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee produced a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at Veterans Park to honor the men and women who served in the United States military. The solemn ceremony recognized several veterans from Poway who served this country, including some who died in action. The guest speaker was Reynaldo Baviera, SOC (SEAL) (Ret.), M.A. The event ended with Union Civil War reenactors firing a charge from a cannon in the corner of the park.

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COLOR AND PAGEANTRY

An assortment of high school marching bands and color guards delivered music and pageantry to the Scripps Ranch High School campus during the Scripps Ranch Field Tournament on Oct. 30. Competing bands were Castle Park High, West Hills High, Grossmont High, Santana Royal Regiment, Eastlake High, Patrick Henry High, Chula Vista High, the 78th Regiment (Escondido), Valhalla High, Imperial High, Scripps Ranch High, The Spirit of Great Oak (Temecula) and San Marcos High.

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Scripps Ranch resident creates chocolate delights By Kaila Mellos

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ris Meyers, a Scripps Ranch resident of 11 years, has started a new venture with the creation of her chocolate business, Iris Delights. Before starting this business, however, Meyers had done many other things that led her to start the endeavor. “I have a degree in computer science, so I was a computer programmer. I have an MBA and I also have a life coach certification. So, this is not the first business that I’ve owned,” Meyers said. She got the idea to start making her very own chocolates six and a half years ago while flying on Southwest and watching a chocolate art show on a cooking channel. She thought it was fascinating that someone could sculpt chocolate into a giant grandfather clock. “I got off the plane and I called my husband, and I said, ‘You know, I don’t know if there’s such thing as chocolate school, but if there

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is, I’m going,’ and I ended up finding an online chocolate school program called Ecole Chocolat,” Meyers said. She entered the threemonth program in March of 2015. Once she finished her program, Meyers did a lot of small project work, but she never thought she would go into business selling the choc-

olates she made. In 2016, she changed that thought. “It started very slowly, sort of word of mouth. Eventually, I got involved with some awesome breweries in Anaheim and started pairing my chocolates with their beers.” Meyers said. “I even got the opportunity of putting their beers into

my chocolates and going to events and selling them.” Up to this point, Meyers only did custom work and never sold a multiple assortment of chocolates at a time. After a couple of people asked for mixed boxes of chocolates, she thought it would be a good idea to start looking for a storefront in which to run her business. She looked in Scripps Ranch for a storefront, but “that was not in the cards for me,” she said. She found a place in Tierrasanta, which is where her chocolate business is now located. “I think it’s been a huge learning experience for me because I went from occasionally filling custom orders and making stuff when I felt like it, to suddenly needing to fill up a chocolate shop on a daily basis,” Meyers said. “It’s very different in terms of how much I produce, and kind of getting to know what people like and figuring out the packaging.

There was a lot to learn, and there’s still a lot to learn as I head into my first holiday season.” Meyers has a variety of chocolates and flavors now available in her shop. She also has some holiday flavors and designs that are special to the seasons. The perfect piece of chocolate means “it’s got texture, it’s got flavor and it makes it an experience,” she explained. “You bite into it and you just stop what you’re doing and just focus on what’s in your mouth because the flavor is so intense and the texture is smooth or crunchy, whatever it is,” Meyers added. “The whole thing just transports you to another place for even just, you know, five seconds as you’re eating it.” The best sellers at her shop currently are the barks and bars. All her products are gluten-free, and she has some additional dairy-free choices as well. Visit irisdelights.com.


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‘Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno stands in his auto garage in Burbank in 2013. (photo by Sandy Huffaker)

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A rainbow is visible along the San Gorgonio Wind Park near Palm Springs in 2008. (photo by Sandy Huffaker)

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Firefighters battle the Lilac Fire in Bonsall in December 2017. The fire burned more than 3,000 acres and more than 1,000 homes had to evacuate. (photo by Sandy Huffaker)

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andy Huffaker is a photojournalist in the classic sense. He thrives on being in the midst of the action. Every shot he takes tells a story – even his portraits. One cannot comprehend the scope of his talent until viewing images in his impressive online portfolio at www.sandyhuffakerjr. com. He has photographed tragedies, world leaders, historic events, politicians, celebrities, street life, happy moments and everyday events. He’s done it all, yet he remains humble. Huffaker once tried to take after his father who was a cartoonist for Sports Illustrated and Time magazine, but “I didn’t quite have the talent,” he said. But he did have some Christmas money while in high school, and he used it to buy a camera. He became the editor of his high school yearbook. Huffaker took his newfound interest to Pratt Institute in New York where he studied photography. While there, he started shooting black and white print film and set up a darkroom in his bathroom.

“It was very expensive. I could only afford about two rolls a week. I’d walk around the streets of New York doing street photography. Every shot had to count,” he said. “New York was kind of like boot camp for photographers. You’d get screamed at, chased, but it really developed my love for it. … lots of people out on the streets – interesting characters.” After graduation, Huffaker set out for Seattle in 1991, but stopped in San Diego first. He never left. First, Huffaker shot photos for Umbrella magazine, a highly creative avant garde publication. Then he began accepting assignments for The San Diego Reader on a regular basis. He began shooting for the North County Times and then took on about nine assignments per week for The San Diego Union-Tribune. That led to freelance work for The New York Times and he became one of the first photographers for the Getty Images photo agency. He has also taken shots for the Associated Press. “It’s grown from there. Now it’s grown into a lot of corporate work, a lot of magazine work,” Huffaker said. “I just did a job for Men’s Health.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with supporters in San Diego during a rally in May 2016. (photo by Sandy Huffaker)


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BIG PLAY CELEBRATION: A pair of Titans celebrate a score as the Poway High School varsity football team defeated Westview High School 49-0 on Oct. 15 (above). Poway was the third seed in the 2021 CIF-SDS Football Division 2 Championships, but lost to Rancho Bernardo 17-14 in a quarterfinal game on Nov. 12. (photo by Justin Fine)

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BATTLE OF THE 15: The Mira Mesa High School varsity football team defeated Scripps Ranch 38-35 on Oct. 22 to capture the coveted “Battle of the 15” trophy in an exciting back and forth battle (above). On Nov. 12, Mira Mesa defeated Christian High 34-16 in the quarterfinals of the 2021 CIF-SDS Football Division 2 Championships. (photo by Justin Fine)

Sal Zizzo: No regrets after stellar career By Hector Trujillo

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t was a bitter-sweet ending for 34-year-old San Diego native Sal Zizzo when San Diego Loyal played its final match of the season on Nov. 5 in San Antonio. His team was bounced from the playoffs, bringing an official end to a career that spanned 15 years, two continents and being crowned champion of Major League Soccer. Before joining Orange County Blue Star in 2006, the Patrick Henry High School and UCLA graduate was a four-year letterman and voted first-team All-CIF his junior year in baseball. However, it would be soccer in which the renowned defender would leave his mark, receiving All-CIF honors four years straight (2002-05). After competing in U20 World Cup for the United States, Zizzo caught international attention and joined German team Hannover 96 II, the reserve squad of Bundesliga team Hannover 96, eventually signing a three-year contract with the senior squad and making his debut with them on May 10, 2008, against Werder Bremen. “That was a pretty crazy experience and we got to play some cool games,”

Zizzo said. “That following January, we got to play a friendly against AC Milan back when they had all their main guys. That was a really cool moment.” Despite suffering an ACL injury later on, which forced him to miss the entire 200910 season, Zizzo appeared in 45 league matches during his time playing in Germany while still representing his country at the U23 and senior level. He would then make the return back to the States, signing with MLS squad Chivas USA in 2010, playing alongside fellow UCLA Bruin and U.S. men’s national team defender Jonathan Bornstein before moving on to play for the Portland Timbers in 2011. The Timbers had just joined the league as an expansion team and he helped lead the team to the best record in the Western Conference along with a trip to the conference finals in 2013, his final year with the team. The following season he would join defending champion Sporting Kansas City before moving on to play for the New York Red Bulls from 2015 to 2017, winning the Supporters’ Shield, which is the annual award given to the Major League Soccer team with the best regular season, his first year there.

San Diego native Sal Zizzo (courtesy of San Diego Loyal)

It was also where he would first meet the team’s technical director and director of soccer operations at the time, Ricardo Campos, who currently serves as interim president for San Diego Loyal. The pinnacle of his career, however, would come in 2018 when he moved on to play for Atlanta United, making eight appearances for the club which was coached by current Mexican national team head coach

Gerardo Martino, helping lead them to the MLS Cup. “Winning the MLS Cup with Atlanta – that was a pretty cool way to end my MLS time,” Zizzo said. He announced his retirement on May 21, 2019, but the fire was still burning and he realized that there was still gas left in the tank when it came to playing. That is when the stars would align and he would come out of retirement to sign just six months later

with San Diego Loyal for the 2020 season. “It kind of came about randomly, really. I knew Ricardo (Campos) a little bit from my time at Red Bulls and knew he always had ambitions to help upstart a team in San Diego,” Zizzo said. “Then I saw that Landon (Donovan) reached out to me on Twitter just asking me if I had a second to chat. A few weeks later he gave me a call and kind of gave me the whole run down of what was happening. I grew up watching Landon and played against him throughout my MLS time. I always really respected him as a player and looked up to him when I was young growing up in U.S. Soccer. All that was a pretty unique experience and one that I will never forget.” Zizzo was the team’s first player to be signed, also serving as team captain. Zizzo has not closed the door on anything in the future as long as it is related to the beautiful sport. Besides his achievements on the pitch, he has a talent for podcasting and is also weighing other possibilities including working in front office, coaching or broadcasting. So, it’s likely we have not heard the last of the man affectionately known as El Macizo.


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fiber and protein into your diet. Serving a hearty mushroom gravy instead of creamy gravy is less fatty and has more nutrients. Natural fruit is a great option for a light dessert. Baked pears stuffed with oats, walnuts and cranberries, drizzled with maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg is a perfect dish for

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Creamy mushroom gravy • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms • 2 shallots finely sliced, 4 cloves garlic finely chopped • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh thyme

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NOVEMBER 25 Oceanside Turkey Trot

Bring the whole family to participate in a fast downhill course with more than 50 percent beach views. The event also offers a costume contest, live entertainment and additional prizes for groups and finisher medals for all participants. 6 to 10:30 a.m. Oceanside Civic Center. $26$50 entry fee.

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SD Model Railroad Museum

A fully decorated Toy Train Gallery inspired by Christmases past is one of six model railroad exhibits to enjoy this holiday season. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, now through Dec. 31. Children under age 3 are free. Tickets $13.50.

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NOVEMBER 30 Rady Children’s Hospital Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Celebrating 25 years at Liberty Station, the community is once again invited for some outdoor ice skating fun. Open daily through Jan. 9, 2022. 10 a.m. to 10 pm. Tickets $10-$15. Proceeds benefit the Thriving After Cancer program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital.

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Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is transformed into a winter wonderland from Dec. 1 to 31. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). Enjoy fun, festive photo opportunities throughout the aquarium, plus holiday music and an interactive scavenger hunt, complete with prizes for the littlest guests, and holiday card worthy ocean views. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu or call 858-534-FISH.

aquarium.ucsd.edu fast, funny and highly theatrical reimagining of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Audiences of all ages will cheer this riotous Dicken’s mashup! Now through Dec. 26.. Tickets $29$100.

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NOVEMBER 25 Thanksgiving at Del Mar Racetrack

Start a new tradition and spend Thanksgiving with family cheering on your favorite

thoroughbreds. The gates open early, just in time for you to make it home to cook the turkey. Not cooking? Reserve a Turf Club table for a threecourse Thanksgiving meal. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Brunch starts at

11 a.m. Tickets $6-$120.

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NOVEMBER 26 Comic-Con Special Edition

Enjoy an alternative to Black Friday shopping and more with this smaller in scope Comic-Con event. The intimate gathering, reminiscent of Comic-Con from long ago, includes exhibits, programs, cosplay, gaming and other events. Through Nov. 28. San Diego Convention Center. $75-$150 for three-day badge.

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SD Virtual Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza

Enjoy the musical talents of traditional jazz, swing, blues, ragtime, boogie-woogie, gospel and rhythm and blues in this longstanding Thanksgiving weekend tradition in San Diego. Nov. 26 through Nov. 28. Free.

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HOLIDAY MARKET RETURNS TO PETCO PARK The San Diego Padres announced the return of The Holiday Market at Petco Park where guests will be able to partake in the festive winter holiday spirit. The event at Petco Park’s Gallagher Square will feature various local and European-themed artisan shops, magical lighting displays, seasonal food and beverage, Santa and other holiday characters and more. The Holiday Market will open on Monday, Nov. 29 and run through Christmas Eve on Friday, Dec. 24 from 4 to 10 p.m. daily. Guests will purchase pre-designated entry time slot tickets for the experience, but there is no time limit for guests at the market. Themes for the dazzling walkthrough lighting displays illuminating the December sky include Candyland, Winter Wonderland and Classic Christmas.

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NOVEMBER 27 Boarded! A New Pirate Adventure

Join family and friends and set out to San Diego Bay for an adventure of pirate theatrics. Participants will be sworn in as part of the ship crew, trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, See

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Celebrate the winter wonders with snow falling, a dazzling new Christmas cirque show and holiday fireworks. Enjoy the spectacular 30-foot Christmas tree, music-activated tunnel of lights and thrilling rides. Holiday celebrations, including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa festivities, are running on select dates through January 2, 2022. With lights spread over 100 acres of expansive open-air grounds and eye-catching displays including the iconic 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights and holiday fireworks, guests can fill their days and evenings with new performances and activities including: Santa’s Circus Show, Snowfall in Jingle Bell Square, Elmo’s Christmas Wish Show, Holiday Lights & Magic, Holiday Fireworks, Clyde and Seamore’s Christmas Special, Sesame Street Christmas Village, Holiday Brunch with Elmo and Friends, and a Reindeer Round-Up Scavenger Hunt. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day through Jan. 2, 2022. Tickets $59-$199.

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The 50th anniversary of the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a holiday boat parade that dazzles along the waterfront. This year’s theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Parade starts at Shelter Island and proceeds to Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and ends at the Ferry Landing in Coronado. 5 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. Free.

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traditions of Ireland with family-friendly performances featuring legendary vocalists, old-style dancing and lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp. California Center for the Arts in Escondido, 340 North Escondido Blvd. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $40 - $55.

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Experience a magical evening filled with festive décor, seasonal vendors, a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment and music, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday treats, a visit from Santa and more! Piazza dell Famiglia, 523 West Date St. Event starts at 4 p.m. with tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Free.

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DECEMBER 10 Carols by Candlelight

Now in its 32nd year, this twonight concert features country music artists singing their hits and favorite holiday songs. Proceeds from the event will go to Rady Children’s Hospital. California Center for the Arts in Escondido, 340 North Escondido Blvd. Dec. 10 and 11. 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets $18-$94. See

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The San Diego Performing Arts League (SDPAL) announced Arts Access Weekend on Dec. 4-5. This “pay what you will” program will enable patrons to purchase tickets for live theatre, music and dance performances at whatever price they choose. Through grant support from the California Arts Council, SDPAL will subsidize the balance of the ticket prices to ensure participating arts organizations receive full value. Tickets must be purchased in person at the ArtsTix ticket center in Horton Plaza Park on Dec. 4 and 5 between the hours of`10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.sdartstix.com, email artstix@sdpal.com or call 619-234-ARTS.

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How much family drama can there be on Christmas Eve? Come celebrate the world premiere of this new holiday musical written by San Diego playwright Dea Hurston, centering on the family holiday experience in a humorous and touching way. New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Now through Dec. 26. Tickets $27-$59.

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Clara and her Nutcracker Prince dance to this holiday classic, with live music from musicians of the renowned San Diego Symphony. Now through Dec. 23, 7:30-9:45 p.m. San Diego Civic Theatre. Tickets $25-$109.

DECEMBER 11 Sail with Santa

Sail through San Diego Bay on a 60-minute tour onboard the luxury private charter catamaran, the Aolani, while enjoying all the wonder of the holidays. Santa will be onboard for photos and holiday tales. Departs from the Coronado Seaforth Boat Rentals dock. Choose morning/afternoon sail times and reserve online. A portion of your ticket benefits the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Price $44-$75.

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The whole family can witness Victorian costumes, colorful sets, singing, and dancing with puppetry and magic to add a twist to this classic fable. 7:30-9:30 p.m. now through Dec. 22. Ritz Theater, 301 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. $20-$25.

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Don your favorite PJs or ugly Christmas sweater for a cozy poolside evening of holiday cheer. Bring blankets and chairs, too. Indoor dining available onsite. Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. 6-9:30 p.m. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. RSVP on Eventbrite.

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Local San Diego cover band is celebrating nearly 17 years performing Johnny Cash classics. Belly Up Tavern. Show starts at 8 p.m. Ages 21+. Tickets $25 online or $27.

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On New Year’s Day, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance will participate in the 133rd Rose Parade with a float representing the organization’s past, present and future in wildlife conservation – depicting a lion, a California condor and a rhinoceros. The float’s theme, “Creating Wildlife Allies,” brings to life San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s commitment to conservation in eight major regions across six continents, with more than 200 collaborative conservation partners.

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