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Volunteer Drivers Urgently Needed – An Opportunity to Serve Local Veterans

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transportation Network is in critical need of volunteer drivers. DAV provides free door-to-door transportation to San Diego County veterans with VA medical appointments but the service is struggling to keep up with requests. DAV donates all the vehicles, so the service is only limited by the number of available drivers.“We are turning away veterans just because we don’t have enough drivers,” said David Strobehn, a DAV Transportation Coordinator. Anyone interested in becoming a driver is encouraged to call DAV. It usually surprises people when they learn that the drivers are not all veterans. Although the current roster includes retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Jean White, a Chosin Reservoir Battle survivor; along with White, you will find a stay-at-home Mom, a private pilot, a small business owner, an attorney, and a man who is a self-described “butler for two cats.” Who’s riding shotgun? When you see a DAV van arrive at the VA, you will often find a WWII veteran beside an Iraq War vet. Bill Clark, an Air Force veteran, will tell you it is a privilege to be a

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DAV driver.“I had a great day at the DAV. One of my passengers was Marshall (“Big Hands”) Barnes. He was a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys when I lived there 25 years ago and a Huey Door-Gunner in Vietnam the same time I was there. As you can probably imagine, he’s a great man and he has some great stories. I had another passenger who was a WWII B-17 pilot who was shot down and captured. What an honor to help him.” Kim Vincent, a Navy Veteran, drives 250 miles round-trip from El Centro to the La Jolla VA once a week. For Vincent, it is a personal mission. She refers to the men and women she transports as “My Veterans” with a maternal tone. She knows their stories and their families. Ed Berger, the 2015 San Diego County Veteran of the Year, has been a DAV driver for nine years. He explains,“Many veterans do not have reliable transportation or family members to take them to their medical appointments, and some cannot use public transportation due to physical or financial limitations.” SEE Drivers Needed, page 4

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Community Choice Energy Creates Buzz by Carol Warschauer

In California, state law allows local governments to set up their own not-for-profit electricity providers to give customers choice in who provides their electricity. Legislators called the concept ‘Community Choice Aggregation,’ but it’s popularly known as Community Choice Energy (CCE). The draw is that it enables local control over rates and more clean energy in the mix. Two key provisions in California’s legislation are that (1) the CCE becomes the default provider of electricity; and (2) customers can opt-out, either before the CCE is launched or after, and continue receiving their power from the local utility. The utility, SDG&E in our case, would continue to operate and maintain the grid and send out monthly electric bills, with the only difference being that there would be a new CCE line item covering the charge for your energy consumption. This, along with having a choice, is what makes CCE different than a municipal utility. There are five CCEs in California. Cities in Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma Counties

banded to form CCEs, and the Cities of Lancaster and San Francisco run their own. Each CCE has a basic plan that they offer customers, and all five are procuring more clean energy, anywhere from 5% to 20% more than what the competing investor-owned utility has in the mix. Customers who want to be really green can purchase a 100% clean energy option at $5 to $25 additional per month. What about rooftop solar? CCEs have set up their own solar programs so that existing and future rooftop solar customers get higher credit for the excess energy they put into the grid. A CCE can use electricity customer dollars to invest in local clean energy projects that create jobs and save money for residents and businesses. You can find examples at www.mcecleanenergy.org/local-projects/ CCE rates are set in local public meetings with public input. They have consistently averaged 1-3% less than those of the investor-owned utilities while providing more clean energy. The City of San Diego is SEE CCE, page 15


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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Happy December folks! We are in full swing of the Holiday season and my wife and I are fresh back from a family visit to Boston. It is good to go back & great to be home here in San Diego. Funny, I noticed some of the same issues, (that I never really paid attention to back in the day) in Boston and down the Cape that I see always popping up here. Traffic has increased almost to California standards. And of course Uber drivers driving like zombies paying attention more to the navigation device than the actual roads. Last month I attended a meeting in Pacific Beach about some design ideas for the future of the North East area of Mission Bay De Anza Cove. Some really great futuristic ideas were presented and safe to say some big changes are in store for the area. Of the close to 600 plus in attendance the meeting remained civil and input was heard and documented. I strongly encourage you to really check out page 6 and the three concepts and if you are so inclined the city would love to hear feedback via the website and email.

If you are out Holiday shopping this month consider picking up a toy for kids who may not have or be expecting much this year. There is a huge list of drop spots which can be found at this website http://san-diego-ca.toysfortots.org/ in addition San Diego City Councilmember Chris Cate will be hosting an event this month (see more on page 5) While on the subject of giving there is an interesting new program over at Mesa College check out The Stand on page 10. Last but not least Baseball, Little League to be more specific, signups are happening this month for the 61st season of the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League see page 20 for details. On behalf of my wife Renee, and everyone who has a hand in this newspaper, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season. Cheers!

Chris O’Connell, Publisher

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Chapman Team Chatter Not much has changed in regards to the inventory of homes for sale. There just aren’t many homes on the market. The homes on the market that are priced right are getting multiple offers and causing bidding wars. Homes that are advertised as fixers are getting multiple bids from investors and a few offers from ambitious individuals. It appears the interest rates on real estate loans are on the way up! Of course that will affect the number of applications for mortgages. The increase in mortgage rates will affect the number of offers on a home.

Higher rates will make it harder for buyers to qualify for a loan and eliminate some buyers all together. We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when. Several postings of interest rates have shown 3.675% and 4.02% with an average of approximately 3.875% on a 30 year fixed rate loan. Shopping for a rate of interest on a real estate loan could help. If you have any questions regarding real estate, don’t hesitate to call Diana at (858) 344-3358 or Bobbie at (619) 208-9430.

Kim Cares December Tech Tips

What is Bluetooth? Bluetooth is a wireless global technology “standard” that is used to connect devices. It exchanges data over short distances (less than 30 feet), without cables, between mobile devices. Wi-Fi technology is different in that it provides high-speed access to the Internet using wired cables.

If you are looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, send along a copy of Christmas in San Diego by Squaremont columnist Bill Swank. “Bill Swank, the author, knows a few things about holiday cheer. Since 2002, he has been Santa Claus at the annual December Nights celebration in Balboa Park.” -San Diego Union-Tribune “If you’re looking for a true treasure to share with someone on your holiday gift list, a copy of Bill

Swank’s Christmas in San Diego is ideal.” -East County Magazine “If you love both Christmas and San Diego, I know you’ll treasure this book. It’s loaded with history, local traditions and hundreds of fun, very unique photos. Read Christmas in San Diego, and you will be able to peer into Santa’s heart.” -coolsandiegosights.com For information on how you can purchase an autographed copy, email Bill@ClairemontTimes.com

How does Bluetooth work? A Bluetooth device uses radio waves, a tiny computer chip and software to connect to a compatible device. What makes Bluetooth better than other technologies? • Bluetooth is everywhere. It is built-in to nearly every smart phone, computer and tablet and conveniently lets one connect a

Drivers Needed Continued from page 1

Making a difference Keela Dudley relies on the service for her grandfather who is a World War II veteran.“The DAV has been a Godsend for us. He is 90 years old and I can’t tell you how much this has helped.The drivers are great.They pick us up and drop us at the front door.” Access to care continues to be a top priority and challenge for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Although it is a multi-layered concern, transportation was recently identified as one of the

keyboard, headset, mouse, speakers or fitness band, etc. by simply pairing. • It is Easy to Use. (first time pairing) On iPhone or iPad: go to “Settings” (the gear icon) scroll down to Bluetooth and turn on. Then turn on what you want to pair (speaker, ie). You should see on your Apple device the Brand name of the product you want to pair. You “select it” until you see it say “Connected.” On Samsung Galaxy Phone or Tablet: go to the “Apps” icon, then to “Settings”. Scroll down to Bluetooth and turn on. Then turn on device you want to pair. Then press Scan at the top until you see the Brand name of your device. Select it. When lettering turns blue your device is “Connected.” *If unclear, or if device does not pair, refer to your owner’s manual. Questions? Reach me at 619-261-1585 or KimCaresElectronicHelp@gmail.com top six causes of missed medical appointments.This successful grassroots operation helps thousands of local veterans every year, one veteran at a time. Any ambulatory veteran with a VA appointment can call for a ride.The DAV’s motto is “Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.”To be a volunteer driver, you must have a valid driver’s license and pass a VA provided physical and background check. Anyone who would like to like to volunteer should contact the San Diego DAV Transportation office at 858-552-7470 and for additional information visit: www.davcal.org

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Councilmember to Host Holiday Breakfast Benefitting Toys for Tots 2nd Annual Toys for Tots event expected to yield 350 toys for military families

Santa for a free pancake breakfast. In return, each guest is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy. Last year, more than 300 toys were collected for Toys for Tots. Founded in the 1980’s, Toys for Tots delivers, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens. To date, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children. www.toysfortots.org “I have seen first-hand the generosity of the residents in District 6. Making a day brighter for a child during the holiday season is a gift that keeps on giving,” stated Councilmember Chris Cate. Mira Mesa Senior Center, 8460 Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92126

On Saturday, December 17, 2016, Councilmember Chris Cate will trade in his suit and tie for gloves and an apron to serve flapjacks at his 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast. All proceeds from Chris Cate, District 6 the pancake breakfast will benefit the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. From 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., the Mira Mesa Senior Center will welcome children, families, senior citizens, and

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Provide Your Input on the Draft Design Alternatives for the De Anza Revitalization Plan! The De Anza Revitalization Plan project is a three-year comprehensive outreach and planning program to reimagine, repurpose and revitalize the De Anza project area. Following significant community input on the long-term vision, guiding principles, and desired uses and design preferences, the City of San Diego is excited to present three Preliminary Draft Concept Alternatives and wants your thoughts and feedback! Your input will be considered as part of the process of developing a final design. Review the concepts and provide your feedback at: www.deanzarevitalizationplan.com/contact-us


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Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

The holiday season is upon us. Our December meeting will be a luncheon for members at the Butcher Shop on Kearny Mesa. For the 11th year we will be making Christmas card trees by recycling old cards. Last year we recycled our 4000th card. The trees bring holiday cheer to Meals on Wheels trays and we have fun pasting and cutting like school days of the past. We also recently delivered 195 BoxTops for Education to Cadman Elementary School here in Clairemont. That makes a total of 584 for 2016. The school can redeem the BoxTops for school equipment. At our luncheon, we will pass the ‘stocking’ for donations to the Storefront, a service for homeless youths. We also collected groceries to give to needy families for their holiday dinners. Wondering what to give to friends and family? We are sponsoring a scholarship fundraiser for Clairemont and Madison High Schools at the Outback in Town Center on January 27th, two graduating senior girls will receive $1000 scholarships. This is part of our commitment to education. Tickets are $15 for a lunch of steak or chicken, salad, potato and a non-alcoholic drink and delicious

bread. These tickets would make great stocking stuffers. Contact Wendy at 858 578 6266. Our major fundraiser “Bunco With a Purpose” will be for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Club on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. on March 25th at the Comedy Palace, also on Clairemont Mesa Blvd., but a bit further East. Tickets are $40 for a delicious buffet, an afternoon of fun playing Bunco with great prizes and helping out our youth. Mark it on your calendars as something worthwhile to do and at the same time get rid of the winter doldrums. Start the New Year off by visiting us at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Ave. on Wednesday, Jan.4th, 2017 to find out what we do for the community and how we have fun. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church parking lot. The meeting starts at 1pm, refreshments will be served. The program will be announced in the January issue of the Clairemont Times. As the year draws to a close, we wish all a Happy New Year, not only for ourselves, but for our community, country and world.

Religious Directory Atonement Lutheran Church www.atonementlutheranchurchsd.com 7250 Eckstrom St (Balboa & 805) San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 278-5556 Sunday Worship Time 9 am, Bible Study 10:30 am Clairemont Lutheran Church www.clairemontlc.org 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:30, 10:00 (English) & 11:30 am (Spanish) Sunday School for kids 9:45am Holy Cross Lutheran Church www.holycrosslcmssd.360unite.com 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Visit Lifeline Community Outreach on Facebook

Northminster Presbyterian Church www.northminstersandiego.com 4324 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 (858) 490-3995 Sunday Worship Time 10:00 a.m. Northminster Preschool (858) 270-3760

For more information about CWC, visit our website at www.clairemontwomansclub.com or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 or Evelyn at (858) 279-4367 Contact us or attend a meeting to learn more.

St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Church www.stcatherinelaboure.net 4124 Mt. Abraham Ave., San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 277-3133 Weekend Mass Times Saturday 5:30pm Sunday 8:00, 9:30, 11:00am St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool www.saintdavidschurch.com 5050 Milton Street, San Diego CA 92110 Sunday Worship Times: 8am Holy Communion Rite I (Traditional) 10:30am Holy Communion Rite II (Contemporary) Childcare available Sunday’s from 9am to Noon For information on advertising your place of worship in the Religious Directory please call or email Chris O’Connell, Publisher (858) 752-9779 chris@clairemonttimes.com

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fateful day. Three were raised to fight the Japanese, but the USS Squaremont Arizona (BB39) and her crew of 1,177 remain untouched and are By Bill Swank commemorated as a revered national memorial at Pearl Harbor. Over 2,008 American sailors lost their lives during the sneak attack. Garcia, the more laconic of Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, the two, said,“I remember with East Clairemont off in the distance. thinking, ‘I guess we’re at war.’” The retired Master Chief Petty Officer is a master of understatement. Instinctively, he knew the war would be long Rescuing sailors who jumped off the burning USS West Virginia and horrific. The Portland would Crew of the USS New Mexico load ammunition magazines during during the Attack on Pearl Harbor (courtesy Stuart Hedley) see extensive action, including World War II (courtesy Robert the Battle of the Coral Sea, Garcia) Midway and was torpedoed Stuart Hedley, who was recently Robert Garcia’s father returned from during the Guadalcanal Campaign. The Robert Garcia (97) and Stuart reelected president of the Pearl Harbor the trenches of World War I to marry Portland received 16 battle stars. Hedley (95) are a couple of old salts Survivors Association for the fifth year, his sweetheart in Ventura, California. After Pearl Harbor, Hedley who, for over 45 years, have lived a contends unequivocally,“There’s no Nine months later, Robert was born. He transferred to the heavy cruiser USS few blocks from each other in North doubt in my mind that Roosevelt has a 1926 picture of himself proudly San Francisco orchestrated the attack.” wearing a sailor suit his mother and (CA-38). The Frisco Over twenty times a year, he speaks grandmother made on a foot treadle earned 17 battle stars sewing machine. It was taken when he to young people, because they don’t that included action in understand World War II. He also was as a first grader at Holy Cross the Naval Battle of delivers two important messages for School in Ventura. Garcia always knew Guadalcanal. Although the kids. Stay in school to graduate and his destiny was with the U.S. Navy. the military advances learn to love one another. Stuart Hedley is from Upstate New of Imperial Japan were Hedley will be spending 10 days in stopped on land and Hawaii with The Greatest Generation sea at Guadalcanal, it Foundation for the 75th Anniversary of would take two and a Pearl Harbor. Garcia is circumspect and half more grueling rarely attends veterans events. years of war until He doesn’t have plans for Pearl peace was achieved. Robert Garcia also served on the light Stuart Hedley and Robert Garcia stand with replica of the USS cruiser USS Santa Fe West Virginia (Photo by Bill Swank) (CL-60) and battleship USS New Mexico (BB-40). He was initially assigned to a Clairemont. A few days before 14” gun turret on the battleship, but Thanksgiving, they finally met for later placed in charge of twenty-two breakfast at Troy’s and shared their port side .50mm machine gun mounts. common experiences from 75 years The New Mexico came under ago. Kamikaze attacks in the Philippines On the morning of Sunday, and during the bombardment of December 7, 1941,“... a date which Okinawa. He remembers a close call, will live in infamy,” Hedley was a “Our positions were exposed and a young, 20-year-old seaman first class bullet whizzed right past my head boatswain mate aboard the USS West while we were being strafed.” Virginia (BB-48), one of eight On September 2, 1945 (“VJ Day” battleships peacefully moored along Victory over Japan), Chief Garcia and Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 1926: Robert Garcia, first grade, Holy Cross the New Mexico were in Tokyo Harbor In the far waters of the western School, Ventura, California (Courtesy of when Japanese foreign minister Pacific, Garcia, a 22-year-old gunner’s Robert Garcia) Mamoru Shigemitsu signed the mate petty officer 3rd class on the Instrument of Surrender on behalf of heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33), York. Problems with his stepmother Emperor Hirohito aboard the USS was transporting ordnance from Hong caused him to leave home and drop Missouri (BB67). The war was over. 97-year-old retired Navy Master Chief Robert Kong to French Indochina (Vietnam). out of high school. His father had been Garcia beside his flag pole (photo by Bill Hedley claims the Navy symbolically The world changed that day... Swank) a Navy pilot during WWI, but, in 1939, wanted the surrender ceremony to be In an unprovoked surprise attack, Stuart was too short (4’11”) and light held aboard the West Virginia since it Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor Day, but one thing is certain. (112#) to join the Navy. Instead, he was one of the battleships that Harbor. Hedley noted ruefully,“My The morning of December 7, 2016, went into the Civilian Conservation survived Pearl Harbor. He complains (scheduled) picnic was off.” A shipmate he will raise the American flag outside Corps (CCC) for a year until he added that Harry Truman’s daughter, had borrowed his dress shoes on his home as he does every day. enough inches and pounds to enlist. Margaret, had christened the Missouri Saturday night, so he went to retrieve You are encouraged to fly your flag “When I hit 122#, I was in the Navy,” in 1944 and the president was a native them. He stopped for a cup of coffee on December 7, 2016 to honor those he laughed. Pay for a seaman recruit in of Independence, Missouri. when the call rang out,“Away Fire and who have fought and died for our 1940 was $21 a month. According to naval records, the USS Rescue Party.” Hadley was forced to freedom. Hedley retired as a chief petty jump into the water as flames engulfed Missouri was the flagship of the Third officer after 20 years of service in Fleet and had the most available deck his ship. His picnic would be placed Email: Bill@ClairemontTimes.com 1960. Master Chief Garcia put in 27 space. on hold for almost four years. How did these men become sailors? years with the Navy. Four battleships were sunk that

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Gone But Never Forgotten Happy Holidays everyone! My name is Kim Schultz. You might recognize my name from my monthly Ad on page 5. Or perhaps, you have read, and hopefully “learned” something from my KimCares Tech-Tips column. But occasionally, something (noncomputer related), comes into my hands, that is so interesting, that I am absolutely compelled to share it. The document pictured is about my best friend and longtime Kearney Mesa business owner, Susan Manemann. It is a copy of the original 1951 hospital bill from Grand Island,

Nebraska. It was sent from Sue’s Mom; Loucille Riessland, after Sue’s untimely passing in Sept 2014. It itemizes “the costs” of bringing “my Susie” into this world. What is especially jaw dropping, is that back in 1951, the billing receipt shows Sue’s, Mom’s five day stay in the hospital, (room and board), was billed at a cost of only $8.00 per day! Sue would love that this went to print in December, (her birthday month); and that I was sharing a document of the “very beginning” of her life. But for me, it represents a personal

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Mesa Community Stands Up Against Hunger New pantry on campus to provide food, business clothing and toiletries to students by Lauren J. Mapp

In an effort to decrease the effects of poverty, hunger and homelessness for students on campus, San Diego Mesa College is opening “The Stand” – a new space that will provide students with essential items for everyday life. Once it is in full operation during the spring semester, students will be able to pick up three items per week from The Stand food pantry and professional clothing closet on the third floor of the Student Services building. Johanna Aleman, a student services technician from the Department of Student Success and Equity, said that the development of the food pantry aspect of The Stand began as a response to students who exhibited a need for food on campus. Students, especially those who were either homeless or foster youth, would often ask Aleman for snacks or food from potlucks, but when a report came out from the Wisconsin Hope Lab confirming the needs of students,

she felt compelled to do something about it on campus WHL’s “Hungry to Learn” study included survey participation from students at the San Diego Community College District, SUNY Onondaga, Western Wyoming Community College, Delgado Community College, Montgomery Community College, Essex County College and Moraine Park Technical College. More than 48,000 students participated in the study, which found that 39 percent of those surveyed had low or very low levels of food security, at 19 and 20 percent respectively. The study also found that of the community college students surveyed, 13 percent had experienced homelessness. “The mom in me didn’t like that – the caretaker in me wanted to do something about it,” Aleman said.“I got the backing of the administration, and there had already been some talk

about wanting to have a food pantry on campus, so I had a lot of support from campus moving forward.” The Stand’s business clothing side began in response to local employers stating that students were sometimes dressed inappropriately when they came in for interviews. There had previously been business clothing drives to help students on campus, but there wasn’t a space to house a program permanently. Soon after a space had been found for the food pantry, Transfer Center and Career Guidance Center Supervisor Claudia Estrada started to collaborate with Aleman to add a professional clothing closet to the space. “Students need food – we knew that – and they’ll continue to need food if they can’t get back on their feet,” Estrada said.“It was kind of a cycle – sometimes they don’t have an address

that they can put on a job application, and sometimes they don’t have clothes to wear to an interview.” The collaboration between Aleman and Estrada was a natural fit. Not only is it a way help students to obtain food and personal hygiene items now, but it also helps unemployed or underemployed students to get hired so that they have more resources for food and shelter in the future. In November, The Stand had a food drive for non-perishable food items where they collected two large bins of food and toiletries, which has increased the pantry’s stock and added to the large donation from a private donor. Estrada and Aleman are currently planning a business clothing drive for December. Suggested items for donation include non-perishable food items, business clothes and travel-size toiletries. At this time, The Stand does not accept donations of shoes or accessories, except for ties. To find out more about how to donate items to The Stand, contact Johanna Aleman via email at jaleman@sdccd.edu or via phone at (619)388-5940, or Claudia Estrada via phone at (619) 388-5040 or via email at cestrada@sdccd.edu.


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Regents Road Bridge Votes Planning Commission and SG&LU Commentary by Louis Rodolico

Both the City Planning Commission and the City Council - Smart Growth and Land Use (SG&LU) sub-committee have recently voted on the Regents Road Bridge issue. On October 27th the Planning Commission met to determine their recommendation on changes to the University Community Plan.There were about 80 citizens in attendance and many of them spoke out both for and against the bridge. Additionally, there were people watching the live feed. After about 2 hours of public testimony the Planning Commission took up their discussion on the matter.They stated that the bridge would not preclude citizens being able to use the canyon, that it was common sense to build it, the bridge would not destroy the canyon forever, there are beautiful bridges in canyons all over San Diego and the bridge would improve not hamper access to the canyon.Their main point however was one of public safety and the representative of the fire department went into detail on the delays and the consequences to life safety.The Planning Commission voted 6-0-1 to recommend the following: 1) Approval of the Construction of Regents Road Bridge and No Widening of Genesee Avenue alternative described in the PEIR and 2) Design the Regents Road Bridge consistent with Section 1.4.2 of the City of San Diego. One must keep in mind that the Planning Commission is a body that makes a recommendation to City Council and City Council is not bound by it. On November 16th the Smart Growth and Land Use (SG&LU) sub-committee met as well. It was chaired by Lori Zapf with both Scott Sherman and David Alvarez in attendance.Todd Gloria was not present, but the committee still had a quorum with three members. 51 citizens signed speaker slips opposed to the bridge and 40 citizens signed speaker slips in favor of the bridge. After about 2 hours of public testimony the committee took up their discussion on the matter.They spoke with the representative of the fire department, but did not get into the level of life safety detail that the Planning Commission did. Zapf proposed a pedestrian bridge at Governor and Genesee. All three members spoke and you can find their testimony on the city website (http://granicus.sandiego.gov/MediaPla yer.php?view_id=50&clip_id=6829). David Alvarez tried to craft a vote to

approve the amendment, but there was a problem with wording the motion. Apparently, if the motion is worded a certain way and the motion passes, the city would have to return the FBA money to the developers. Also with one member missing there was a limitation on what could be accomplished. Sherman and Zapf were unable to second David’s motion so the three agreed to forward this matter to the full City Council on December 5th. SG&LU had fulfilled the meeting requirement, but had no recommendation to City Council. There was testimony from Staff that the bridge will cost 68 million. It was 35-40 million a few years ago.There was some surprising staff testimony that the Grade Separation or Tunnel and all associated improvements were not $120 million but $60 million.This flies in the face of the discussion and documents I received at the UCPG sub-committee meeting with the UCPG Chairs Engineer and Lightner’s representative present. The description of the Grade Separation (GS) is very weak for so large a project. City records show Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) at the gas stations. PEIR pdf page 909. Anyone with any EPA experience knows how expensive and

time consuming that is. If we do the grade separation we will have to take 25-30 feet from each gas station, relocate structures, pumps and underground tanks on an EPA site. The City estimate also ignores; compromised conflagration egress, driver and business cost of binding up the intersection for 2 or 3 years. None of these risks and expenses occur with the Regents Road Bridge. PEIR and City Cost estimates both ignore the ongoing cost of poorer ambulance service times, with the bridge not being built. What about all these extra cars going through the Genesee Governor intersection. Heading south on Genesee how do the cars in the underground left lanes cue up to make a right turn to 52 West, an overhead ramp is likely. How do all these additional cars make a left to 52 east, an overhead ramp over the 52 left lane east is likely again. What about the tunnel exiting heading north towards the High School how do all these cars get to the High School from the left lane without an overhead ramp? Etc., etc.There is no schematic plan for any of this. In contrast, we know the layout of the Regents Road Bridge, the length, height and width of the concrete bridge, where there is cut and fill and how many cubic yards are involved. There are no setback or property acquisition issues with the bridge and all upstream and downstream

intersections are in place for the bridge. Anti-bridge residents have chided me with; we had 51 people and you had only 40. I was not expecting to win that contest. If the bridge is taken off the plan several dozen properties will see an increase in their property value.Taking the bridge off the plan is a gift from San Diego taxpayers to these households who have an economic motive to show up to these meetings. The red dots on the attached map show all the residents flanking Regents Rd. who wrote letters against the bridge. I live in Southeast UC and would not see a property value increase if the bridge is built. A Nextdoor.com poll showed more realistic costs and a response from the general community where 80% favor the Regents Road Bridge over the tunnel. I believe we must begin to approach the bridge from a public safety perspective that includes injuries and deaths as part of the discussion. This article was written before the December 5th City Council meeting, I for one will find Councils discussion and their vote very interesting. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City for 15 years. Links: PEIR https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/ucp _amendment_final_peir.pdf


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Moana (Auli’i Cravalho), daughter of the chieftain of their island, sets out on an oceanic adventure to find the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in order to have him return the heart of the goddess Te Fiti, which he stole centuries earlier. “Moana” is the latest film from Disney Animation Studios. It is the second film from the studio this year, the first being the box office and critical juggernaut “Zootopia.” Newcomer Auli’i Cravalho voices the titular Moana, who is the daughter of her tribe’s chieftain. She has been drawn to the ocean ever since she was a very little girl, but her father has laws about not going beyond the reef that surrounds their island. Recently, however, the island has begun dying and the fishing grounds have dried up. The ocean has chosen Moana for a mission to save her people. That mission is to find the demigod named Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, so he can return the heart of the goddess named Te Fiti, which comes in the form of a green stone, that he stole centuries early. If she succeeds, all of the dying life can be restored, not just on her island, but for all of Polynesia. It is safe to say that Disney is having a fantastic 2016, even if no one else is. Now, they can add “Moana” to their list of stellar achievements. This is a beautifully animated family adventure film bolstered by brilliant voice over work, ever-evolving, lush, nearly photo-realistic animation, and well developed characters. Auli’i Cravalho does a fantastic job as Moana, who has a stellar vocal presence for such a young woman. Moana is a strong female protagonist, and though she has been labeled the latest in the Disney princess line, she is not your typical princess. This is one of the few Disney princess movies where the princess doesn’t have a love interest. She is the hero of the story and is never a damsel in distress. Of course, this does not mean she can do everything by herself and she finds the help she needs in Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, who eventually teaches her how to properly sail. Is there a more charismatic actor working right now than Dwayne Johnson? Get used to seeing him everywhere, because he is here to stay. Johnson plays his typical self, even in animated form, and does a flawless job helping bring the Polynesian folk hero Maui to life. His

www.clairemonttimes.com charm pours out of him, even when he’s not physically on screen. He even gets a chance to showcase his vocal chops, and who knew the dude could sing in addition to all of the other fabulous things he can do?! Speaking of music, there are some really masterful, fitting songs written in part by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina. Finally, actor Jemaine Clement also gets a chance to sing a very David Bowie-esque tune as one of the antagonists of the movie, which is one of the best on the soundtrack. “Moana” gives many of the other Disney princesses a run for their money in a film filled with genuine heart, a fantastic message for kids and adults alike, a ton of glorious humor, a pivotal story, and an exciting, fun, and emotional adventure. It’s everything we look for in an animated feature

wrapped up with some outstanding music and voice over work. This is the type of movie that can be truly enjoyed whether you are young child or just young at heart. Please take not only your girls, but your boys to see this magnificent movie! Our rating: 4.5/5. “Moana” is directed by Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, & Don Hall. It is rated PG for some perilous situations and themes. LoloLovesFilms is comprised of Lauren and Josh Rains, lifelong San Diegans and current residents of Clairemont. As avid cinephiles, they began their quest to see and review as many movies as possible in 2013, and can often be found at any one of San Diego’s fine cinemas watching newly released films each week. Visit our blog: www.lololovesfilms.com follow us on Social Media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @lololovesfilms Email:lololovesfilms@gmail.com

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Beers by the Bay Quantum Brewing – Stepping Up The Energy

all twelve beers on tap. Like the old Alpine board, Quantum has their IPAs listed on the left and all other beers on the right. Martin said that the non-IPA lineup is selling better. I started with Hadron Collider, a Bavarian Wheat Ale which has a banana base and lots of by Brian Riehm malt. The banana isn’t overpowering, This month I made a trip to another and the mouth feel is very rich on this great beer.This was a great way to start brewery that has recently changed the tasting, and Martin is justifiably ownership, Quantum Brewing, located proud of this recipe. 650 Nanometer at 5375 Kearny Villa Rd. 92123. Martin (the wavelength of red light) was the Beaulieu purchased Quantum three offering in the Irish Red category, and months ago and set about improving the most popular ale. While far more the quality of the beer. Martin is both head brewer and owner; we talked and hop forward than a standard amber, it sampled beers during a recent visit. He still has the characteristic caramel finish. This is an excellent beer in this style. I also tried a Habanero Pale Ale, Planck’s Pepper. The habanero was not overpowering, leaving just a little tang on the back of the tongue and the throat going down. Another popular beer is the Singularity Stout, an Oatmeal Stout. This was super smooth and creamy, not at all bitter, with both chocolate and vanilla notes. A customer also drinking it remarked that he could bathe in it. Martin Beaulieu owner and head brewer of Quantum Brewing Switching over to in Kearny Mesa. IPAs, I started with the Chain Reaction Session IPA and was has a PhD in biochemistry, so he is amazed. Filled with grapefruit and right at home discussing the nuances other citrus flavors, but balanced with of the beer making process. He is some sweetness, this could almost be a about 50% complete with his primary shandy, without the annoying goal of improving Quantum’s beers, characteristics that come from estimating that he needs 3 more polluting your beer with sweetened months to get all of the recipes where juice. This beer stood out against other he wants them. Despite being a San Diego session IPAs that I have had nanobrewery with only a 3 barrel in the past. Anti-matter IPA was more capacity, he has twelve beers on tap. of a standard West Coast IPA, hop The good news is that Quantum is forward with reasonable alcohol selling all the beer it makes; the bad content at 7% ABV. However, it wasn’t news is that Martin can’t produce too bitter, so I was really impressed and enough to meet demand. He hopes to the balance between the Cascade and expand in the near future. Chinook hops kept the flavor right Quantum brewing is located in a between citrus and piney. I finished strip mall with plenty of nearby off sampling the Yellowcake Imperial eateries. If you like to eat good food with your beer, Anny’s Fine Burgers and IPA. This was the most complex beer on offer, lots of character, thick with Filippi’s Pizza are two of great places next door. Like many San Diego tasting bitter hop flavors, and a little more on rooms, Quantum encourages customers the citrus side. Quantum Brewing has great variety to bring in food. The tasting room and excellence. Martin Beaulieu’s work features a spacious interior with to produce a variety of high quality pleasant ambience and a big screen TV beers is really paying off. I look showing sports while 90s music was forward to another trip, this time with playing during my visit. Also featured some local dinner to go with in the tasting room are the Quantum Quantum’s beer. ale glasses with their trademark atom logo that are popular with some of the Brian Riehm is a long-time Clairemont geek-set at my day job. resident and follower of the local craft beer While I sampled more beers than scene. You can keep up with all his beer reviews by following @BrianRiehm on Twitter space permits me to describe, they and reading his blog were small tasters so that I could enjoy (brianssandiego.blogspot.com/)

On the Mesa The semester may be winding down for students, faculty and staff as they prepare for finals at San Diego Mesa College, but the campus is gearing up for Intersession classes, the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and a season of giving to students in need. Winter Intersession 4-week Session Classes For the first time in almost a decade, the San Diego Community College District will be offering winter intersession classes for the month of January. Mesa will offering 133 classes in 84 different subjects. Each class lasts for four-weeks, and the schedule can be found by visiting http://schedule.sdccd.edu/ and looking under the “Intersession 2017” term.

“The Stand” Clothing and Food Drive Mesa College is now accepting donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries and business attire for “The Stand” – a new campus effort to help students in need. Suggested items for food donations are those that do not require a can opener, especially items that are ready-to-eat or can be cooked in a microwave.Travel-size toiletries items are encouraged, and the Stand does not accept shoes.To make a donation, contact Johanna Aleman at jaleman@sdccd.edu. MLK Parade Mesa College and the SDCCD will once again participate in the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade on Jan. 17 at the San Diego Bay waterfront from 2 to 5 p.m.To participate, call Mesa College Student Affairs at (619) 388-2699 for more information.


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HEALTH & WELLNESS Yoga is Like a Smartphone, Read About Its Many Applications by Christi Iacono

Most people come to yoga for physical healing and become dedicated to their practice after experiencing more mental clarity, peace and inspiration.The benefits of yoga are very personal and the opportunities are endless. Many people think that being good at yoga equates to being able to touch their toes. While it does provide the opportunity to build flexibility in the body, it also offers powerful breathing techniques to calm the mind and build determination or tapas in the mind, which is often useful in overcoming life’s challenges. I once had a fellow yoga teacher explain that coming to yoga for the physical benefits is similar to only using a smartphone to call people.The opportunities and applications that we can access on a smartphone, similar to our yoga practice, are endless. If you come to practice in order to build physical strength, flexibility, and mobility, you will be successful in your endeavors. When we live according to yogic philosophy, or Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga, we are encouraged to live a more peaceful existence.There are many applicable tools in yogic philosophy to help us maneuver throughout our physical practice or asana, and life. When we slow down, and use the physical body and breath, we are able to move inward, to focus on your current inward state of being. Physical postures like ragdoll, uttanasana, or wide-legged forward fold, prasarita padottanasana, help to calm the nervous system, and allow the parasympathetic or rest and digest system to be actively in control. While introducing a regular

Tune into your heart, body and mind. We welcome All levels to our Clairemont neighborhood studio! Weekly classes & private yoga sessions. Classes include: vinyasa/hatha, yin (restorative), healthy back, & yoga wall. practice, you may notice your relationships begin to have more depth and meaning as you become more mindful of your physical body in space, and how this mindfulness translates outside of your practice. When we practice trikonasana, or triangle pose, we bring integrity and alignment into the pose, and build confidence and presence moment awareness which can translate into our daily lives. Similar to our smartphones, there is much to explore, understand, and access through the practice of yoga. I invite you to explore yoga’s many applications and downloads.Yoga is for everyone that is willing to come and practice. “True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life.Yoga is not to be performed, yoga is to be lived.Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been, yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose and for it to be truly called yoga; its essence must be embodied.” Aadil Palkhivala. Christi Iacono, Owner/Teacher, In Rhythms Yoga, Clairemont, SD ~In Rhythms Yoga, tune into your heart, body and mind. *IRY offers Vinyasa/Hatha, Yin and Healthy Back Yoga walls classes, a specialty class. IRY offers classes and privates for all levels of students. Visit www.inrhythmsyoga.com for our full-class schedule. Contact Christi at christi@inrhythmsyoga.com for more questions.

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Tecolote Nature Center

5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110 • 858-581-9959 Monday – Closed, Tuesday –Saturday 9:00-4:00, Sunday 9:00-2:00 Sunday, December 11 Guided Nature Walk – Mount Carol Entrance Volunteer trail guides will be on hand to identify native birds, plants, reptiles, and insects

A Recycled Homemade Holiday by Susan Lewitt

local economy. Then there is the Once again, the giftwrap. There are cloth holidays are upon us. We drawstring bags that can can run to the stores and be used season after buy many things for our season. Fabric stores friends and family, or we have holiday prints that can be more ecofriendly. are easy enough to use Gifts that are to crate gift bags. handmade come from Measure a rectangular the heart and are more piece of fabric. Fold it in personal than store half to form the bottom bought. Creating these of the bag. Fold the two gifts from recycled top edges over a cord or materials is an ribbon and then stitch environmental plus. those up being careful Baked goods are popular not to stitch the during the holidays, but drawstrings. The fold how about ‘cookies in a Homemade gift bag, fabric to should be toward the become more gift bags and jar’ to bake fresh when inside of the bag or the homemade butterfly ornaments needed. Layer the dry ‘wrong’ side of the ingredients of a cookie fabric. Fold the bag recipe in a decorative jar. Then print inside out, lining up the sides. Stitch out the recipe on an index card and the sides together, stopping before the attached it to the jar with a ribbon or drawstring. Turn it right side out and rubber band along with a round piece you have a homemade reusable gift of decorative fabric. This is one of the bag. Giftwraps that are homemade or many gift ideas from the internet. from recycled paper, are ecofriendly Buying locally handmade items are choices also. an environmental plus. There are many An ecofriendly holiday is a gift to craft fairs held in the San Diego with all. Have a happy and healthy holiday locally made items, supporting our season!

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conducting a CCE technical study. It is scheduled to be completed by next summer. Then Mayor Faulconer will make a recommendation to the City Council on whether or not the city should launch a CCE provider. The cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside are also exploring CCE for North County

The Sierra Club is a leading proponent of CCE in the San Diego region and invites people to go to www.sc.org/sdenergychoice if they would like to express support for it. If the City of San Diego forms a CCE, residents, businesses, and schools will have more clean energy and a choice rather than a monopoly. Carol Warschauer is a Bay Park resident and Sierra Club Volunteer

Quick Facts on Community Choice Energy (CCE) • Locally controlled not-for-profit electricity provider • Buys and generates power for its customers and sets the rates • SDG&E continues to operate the grid and do monthly billing • Default provider of electricity • Opt-out feature for customers that prefer to stay with SDG&E • Higher clean energy content • Opportunity to create better rooftop solar program • Rate competition for SDG&E

Saturday, December 17 9:00-11:00 AM – Weed Warriors Canyon clean up with Ranger Janice Get dirty, have fun, help out your community Sunday, December 18 9:00 AM Sunday in the Garden Volunteer with Park Ranger Steven Pull some weeds, plants some seeds Wednesday, December 21 1:30 – 3:00 PM Art & Activities for Kids – Free! Nature crafts and fun activities with a winter theme Saturday, December 24 8:00 AM Audubon Society Birding Walk Activities are posted at www.meetup.com/Friends of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Like us on Facebook – Friends of Tecolote Canyon

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DECEMBER LIBRARY EVENTS NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931 Happy holidays! The Friends of the North Clairemont Library work hard all year to generously support this branch library and its programming. Because of the Friends’ support we are fortunate to offer terrific programs and this December is no exception. On Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. join us for a free Oasis class, Mozart: The Concertos. This entertaining and enriching presentation will be focused on Mozart’s piano, woodwind and violin concertos. On Saturday, December 17 from 1-3 p.m. children are invited to our Children’s Holiday Party. There will be a very talented elf present offering enchanting face painting and fun balloon animals. We will also be getting creative by making marshmallow snowmen with lots of sweet trimmings! North Clairemont will be the destination for those who receive new electronic devices this month. We offer a Basic Computer Skills Class and E-Book Clinic to help you get started using a computer and to assist you downloading a book from our e-collection. Both of these programs are held at 10 a.m. on various Saturdays. Come in or call to sign up. The final Bargain Book Sale of the year is scheduled for Saturday, December 3. Plan to arrive early, 9:30 a.m., for the best selection. There is always a huge selection on a vast variety of topics and you are sure to find something appealing! Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include Bargain Book Sale, find lots of high quality books at low, low prices! – Saturday, December 3 from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Tuesday Night Oasis Series – Mozart: The Concertos – Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. Banned Books Club – Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m. Chair Yoga – Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. (new time!) E-Book Clinic - various Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., call or come in to sign up. Basic Computer Skills - various Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., call or come in to sign up. Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs Children’s Holiday Party (recommended for ages 3-10) – Saturday, December 17 from 1-3 p.m. Sign Language Story Time (recommended for ages 1-5 years) –Mondays at 10:00 a.m. Rhythm & Rhyme Story Time (recommended for ages 1-5 years) –Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. Craft Time (ages 3-8 years) -

Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Lego Builders’ Club (ages 3-8 years) Saturdays at 2 p.m. Crazy 8 Math Club (ages 6-12 years) – Thursdays at 4 p.m. Do Your Homework @ the Library – Receive free assistance with your K-8 homework. Mondays through Thursdays only. BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT.ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390 Season’s Greetings to all our patrons! We hope you enjoy a lovely and joyful holiday season.Visit the library and check out our book displays containing many helpful staff suggestions for readers of all ages on your gift lists. SPECIAL EVENTS New! Homework Help Wednesdays December 7, 14 & 28 from 3:30-5:30 Grades K-8th Volunteer Nicole will assist students with their homework questions. Decorate a Gingerbread House Wednesday December 14 from 6-7 K-6th Grade Sign up required. Program is full. Waiting list sign up available. One Book One San Diego Balboa Library Book Discussion Tuesday December 20th at 11:45 Join us for a lively book discussion of Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire this year’s, One Book One San Diego book selection! New! Adult Writers Group Thursdays with Eddie Happy Holidays to the group. Keep on writing! Writer’s Group resumes Thursday January 5th from 2:00-3:00. DIY- Teen Program Wednesday December 21 from 3:30-4:30 Teens 12-18y/o Let’s Make it Snow! Mix everyday household ingredients to make snow and even make your own snowman! Join us on the patio. RECURRING EVENTS Chair Yoga for Adults Mondays December 5 and 19 @ 11:15-12:00 Join us for this relaxing fitness program presented by Lois Schenker. Come and bring friends! Lego Club @ 4:00 - 5:00 Mondays Create some cool holiday and winter related Lego projects such as a Lego ornaments, stars and presents. (K-6th grade) ESL Group for Adults Tuesdays from 12-3 Mrs. Henderson will assist adults with various ESL needs such as reading, writing and speaking in everyday life. (No class December 20th ) Stitching Circle Tuesday December 6 & 13 from 1:30-3:00 Bring your knitting, crocheting and

other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow adults in a relaxed setting. Instruction may be provided. First two Tuesdays of the month. Balboa Branch Library Book Club (See special events for details) Chapter Book Story Time with Miss Terri Wednesdays December 7, 14 & 21 @ 6:00pm Come and listen to some terrific chapter books.For K-2nd graders Paws to Read Tuesday December 13th @ 6:00pm Emerging readers read to dogs in a positive and encouraging environment. Dogs are Love on a Leash certified.They love to listen to your stories. Come and bring a friend.(K-5th grade) Story crafts with Miss Remi Thursday December 1 &15 @ 10 Enjoy a terrific story and make a story related craft. Preschool - 5 y/o Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer Thursday December 8th @ 10 Miss Jennifer enhances well-loved children’s stories with signing followed by singing and bubbles! Birth-5 y/o with Parent/Caregiver Wee Reads Fridays December 2, 9th & 16th @ 10:30 Friday December 16 Special holiday theme program and craft. Enjoy stories, rhymes and music Birth-5y/o with Parent/Caregiver Children’s Book Discussion Friday December 16th from 3:45-4:45 Grades 3rd-6th Sign up begins December 1st. Join us for a lively discussion of A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff We look forward to seeing you! Kids Krafternoon Saturdays @ 1:00 - 2:00 Come and make a fun craft at your library. . CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 (858) 581-9935 Adults Acrylic Painting Class Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1pm. Artist Donna Davis shows attendees how to paint with acrylics! All material provided. Class size is limited to 15 so advance sign-up is required. Contact the library for details. Literary Book Club Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 pm. The Book Club will be discussing,“Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Jewelry Making! Saturdays, Dec. 10 at 4pm. Learn how to make your own jewelry! Different projects every time! Yarn Club

Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6pm. Whether you enjoy knitting or crocheting or any other yarn craft people of all skill levels are welcome to join to learn more or keep going with your current project. Music Concert with Adrienne Nims Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 6 pm. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library. Tweens/Teens Art Class Dec. 7 at 4 pm. Robert Gulli, a local artist presents an art class each month for kids and teens. All painting supplies are provided. Gingerbread House Making Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5pm. An annual tradition! Make a gingerbread house to take home with you. Limit one house per family. Space is limited so advance sign-up is required.Attendees are asked to bring a bag of candy to share with the group. Contact the library for details. Homework Help Tuesdays at 6pm. Free help is available for children who are stuck on a particular question or concept or just need assistance with a paper or report. Kids Craft Club Thursdays at 4pm. Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time! Button Making Saturdays at 10:30am. Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Children ARF! Animals Reading Fun! Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10am. Children can practice reading by sharing a book with a pet provided by the San Diego Humane Society. Sign Language Storytime Thursdays, Dec. 1 & 15 at 10:30am. Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Presented by Jennifer Duncan. Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran! Fridays at 10:30am. Join Miss Fran as she reads some fun picture books! All Ages 3D Printer Clairemont Library’s own 3D printer is available for use by interested young people and adults. We have yet to set up regular open times but those interested in printing something can talk to library staff for details. Designs should be saved as .STL files.To see thousands of pre-made designs go to www.thingiverse.com. Prints should take less than two hours. Friends of the Clairemont Library The friends are currently raising money for library programs by selling books on Barnes & Noble.com (B&N.com). Please support them by making purchases through B&N.com.


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