Clairemont Times January 2017

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Happy New Year Amazing how the days, turn into months and now another New Year can’t believe 2017. First off, congratulations to the James Madison Warhawks on their epic season, culminating in their winning the 2 AA State Football Championship at Sacramento State over San Jose Valley Christian 21-17. A great experience for those athletes and memories for a lifetime. So for the players, the coaches, the cheer squad, the band, the parents and staff again congratulations!!!! Hopefully you all enjoy this edition. Something brand new this month is a crossword puzzle. For years I have had many people inquire and figured we would start something new in 2017. I gave it a once over and good grief I think it will take the entire month for me to complete. Good luck, the answers will be published next month. As far as local development the old Keil’s as we all can see is going through an extensive renovation as are some of the facades to some of the businesses which will be receiving new awnings. The Morena Blvd/Clairemont Dr property has concepts, drawings floating around,

however, nothing has been formally presented to the local Clairemont Community Planning Group so keep an eye out for an upcoming presentation. The Linda Vista Planning Group should be seeing a formal presentation regarding the property south of Tecolote Rd (Jeromes, Petco, Toys R Us) for proposed concepts of development so again be on the lookout for agendas and meeting notices, which can be found on the Clairemont Times social media pages as well as Some garden news Brian Beevers of Brian’s Farmers’ Markets will be giving another go around for a Clairemont Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3-7 pm at the Keil’s shopping center. He mentioned he is shooting for the first one to be on Thursday January 19th. Also the Clairemont Town Council has set the date for the Clairemont Garden Tour which will be May 6th so mark your calendars. Once again folks, here’s wishing everyone a Healthy, Happy & Safe 2017!

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Rain ... Beautiful Rain Rain Barrel Rebates & Fundraising by Chris O’Connell

The rains last month were a beautiful thing I only hope we continue to get more throughout the winter months. Having recently planted a blood orange tree, a lime tree, some honeysuckle, Arabian lilacs and more I am loving natures water. This winter we are also in the planning stages for some new and improved raised vegetable garden beds. Although I am kicking myself because I never followed through on what seems an endless number of items on the “honey do” list…. Rain Barrels. High on the 2017 to do list is to really research and make the necessary changes to install one if not two barrels under the downspouts. If you are in the market for rain barrels, a couple website resources I have found useful are: ain-barrel-rebates *Rain Barrel 50+ gallons $75 Mail in Rebate ion/rebates/rainbarrel *Receive up to $1 per gallon of barrel storage capacity for residential rainwater harvesting (rain barrel) rebate program, up to 400 gallons and $400 per property. *Restrictions apply read thoroughly Or if you are not really into going through the rebate process there is a store in Lemon Grove called San Diego Drums & Totes ( they have a very cool variety of new and used barrels and the parts necessary to make your own diy rain barrel. Rain Barrels for Fundraising

A while back, I came across a company in Canada, they deal in rain barrels and rain barrel fundraising. Garden groups, churches, sports teams, pet rescues, youth groups and more are always trying to raise funds, why not have a rain barrel fundraiser? It is unique and could be the gift that keeps on giving. According to the website, there is the opportunity, for example to raise $3,000 for your efforts. Selling 300 barrels at a fair predetermined price and adding for example $10 on to each sale. This is only one example more or less could be made. The key is how much the initial cost is per barrel and how much you want to add on for your fundraising. I spoke with Larry one of the owners of the company and he mentioned from an initial phone call or email inquiry the time frame would be roughly 5-6 weeks. So for the sake of argument a group decides this will be their big fundraising event of the year or season. With planning, networking and proper marketing you set the day of the event. If for example a group wanted 300 rain barrels that would be the equivalent of a tractor trailer full. Volunteers unload the truck, presales or arrangements would already be made, including potential day of sale buyers show up on the day of the event load their car and away they go. There is no guarantee local rain barrel rebates will be around and yet here is an interesting fundraising concept. For more information, visit their website at: or call the USA telephone number (844) 422-7735

SANDAG Board Clears Path to Execute Settlement with Developer that will Provide Trolley Parking and Allow Mixed-Use Development near Future Clairemont Station After meeting in closed session in mid-December, the SANDAG Board of Directors asked staff to execute a legal settlement with Protea Properties – the owner of a vacant property slated to be used as a parking lot to serve transit riders who will board the Mid-Coast Trolley at the planned Clairemont Drive Station. Under the settlement, Protea will build and set aside a minimum of 150 parking spaces for Trolley riders as part of a future mixed-use development. “SANDAG is very pleased to be able to work out a compromise with Protea that serves the needs of future Trolley riders, and satisfies the desires of the community to see a mixed-use development at the Clairemont Drive site,” SANDAG Board Chair and County Board of Supervisors Chair Ron Roberts said. The Mid-Coast Trolley project will extend the existing Trolley Blue Line by 11 miles. New tracks will run from just north of the Old Town Transit Center along the existing railroad right-of-way and Interstate 5 to UC San Diego, and then turn east and south on Genesee Avenue to terminate at the Westfield UTC mall. Nine Trolley stations will be built, including one at Clairemont Drive. Plans for the Mid-Coast Trolley call for building 150 parking spaces at the site off Morena Boulevard between Ingulf Street and Clairemont Drive. Under terms of the settlement, which still must be executed by staff, Protea will set aside a minimum of 150 street-level parking spaces inside a parking garage that will be built as part of a mixed-use development. Protea will maintain the parking spaces for 30 years, after which time it

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will be maintained at public expense. For the near future, SANDAG’s contractor will use the property, which is currently vacant, as a laydown yard for Trolley project construction materials. SANDAG had been pursuing eminent domain action against the previous owner. Protea Properties then acquired the site in September 2016. SANDAG continued to pursue eminent domain, but also negotiated with Protea regarding the company’s development proposal. The Mid-Coast Trolley represents a $2.1 billion investment to expand the regional transit network. Once built, the extension will allow transit riders to enjoy a one-seat ride (no transfers) from San Ysidro to University City. Planners estimate that the project will result in more than 20,000 new weekday Trolley trips north of Old Town. Project construction is expected to produce more than 14,000 local jobs. Even after construction is over, the Mid-Coast Trolley will generate an estimated $116 million of economic benefit for the region each year by taking cars off the road, reducing parking needs, and increasing access to jobs. The Mid-Coast corridor supports more than 325,000 jobs. The two ends of the route – Downtown San Diego and University City – account for nearly half of that total. Pre-construction activities to clear the way for the project – primarily the relocation of underground and overhead utilities – started in early 2016. Primary construction began in October, with service anticipated to start in 2021.

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Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off Sites Carmel Valley Carmel Valley Recreation Center 3777 Townsgate Drive (lower parking lot) Encanto Cielo Drive at Woodman Street Golden Hill Golden Hill Recreation Center 2600 Golf Course Drive La Jolla Kate Sessions Park Mount Soledad Rd. Logan Heights Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave. Miramar Miramar Landfill and Greenery Recycling, Convoy Street (north of state Route 52) Mission Bay Sea World Drive at Pacific Highway Oak Park Chollas Lake 6350 College Grove Drive (Gloria’s Mesa parking lot)

Ocean Beach Robb Field Recreation Center 2525 Bacon St. Otay Mesa/Nestor Montgomery Waller Community Park (lower parking lot on the southeast corner of Palm Avenue and Beyer Boulevard) Rancho Bernardo Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 West Bernardo Drive Rancho Peñasquitos Canyonside Recreation Center 12350 Black Mountain Road SDSU Parking Lot 17C (formerly parking lot D) Scripps Ranch Scripps Ranch Recreation Center 11454 Blue Cypress Drive Tierrasanta De Portola Middle School 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. University City Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive

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Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

Happy New Year from the Clairemont Woman’s’s to a successful year for all of us. We ended 2016 with a lovely holiday luncheon at the Butcher Shop, which included the induction of a new member. This was our 11th year for making Christmas card trees for Meals on Wheels trays. We have now recycled over 5000 cards. We also passed “The Stocking” for the Storefront, a service for homeless youths and collected $200. Our scholarship fundraiser for Clairemont and Madison High Schools will be at the Outback Restaurant in Town Square on Friday, January 27th from noon to 2 p.m. Two graduating senior girls will receive $1000 scholarships. This is a part of our commitment to education. Tickets are $15 for a lunch of steak or chicken, salad, mashed potato, delicious bread and a non-alcoholic drink. What a deal! Call Wendy at 858 578 6266 for tickets. Enjoy a lunch with family and friends. Our major fundraiser “Bunco With a

Purpose” will be for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Club on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard on March 25th at the Comedy Palace, east of Rte. 163. Tickets are $40 for a delicious buffet, and afternoon of fun playing Bunco with great prizes and helping our youth. Mark it on your calendars as a worthwhile activity and at the same time get rid of winter doldrums..or a way to celebrate the return of Spring. Contact Bea at 858- 272-1821 or Jackie at 858 273 7664 for tickets. Start the New Year off by visiting us at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Avenue on Wednesday, January 4 at 1 p.m. 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’s parking lot. The program will feature the Threshold Choir to entertain us. Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there.

Religious Directory Atonement Lutheran Church 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 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 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Visit Lifeline Community Outreach on Facebook

For more information about CWC, visit our website at 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 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, 1pm/Spanish St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool 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

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, with East Clairemont off in the distance.

The Tradition Continues ... So here it is, Squaremont is proud to announce (ruffles and flourishes) “Who’s Who in Clairemont” for 2017: Adam Chimowicz: Adam politely and correctly advised that Burgener Boulevard was not named after former congressman Clair Burgener and noted that San Carlos was named by Clairemont developer Carlos Tavares. Jim Richardson: Jim also wrote a nice e-mail about Burgener Boulevard. The error was the impetus for the March 2016 column,“How Did Clairemont Streets Get Their Names?” Wayne Maynard: Wayne had several questions about Clairemont history. He wanted to know if it was true that Clairemont Drive had once been an airport runway. The answer was,“yes,” and more detailed information was also included in the March 2016 column about Clairemont street names. Linda Paulin: In response to the March 2016 “street” column, Linda wrote to advise that several street names in BayHo are named after yacht club members. Julie McKane: Julie also confirmed several street names in BayHo were named after “yacht club buddies” of the developer. Rowena Carlson: Rowena sent a detailed e-mail with information about the yacht club members whose names appear on street signs in BayHo. (Rowena grew up on Moraga and currently lives in Point Loma. Because of her interest and knowledge about her old neighborhood, she qualifies for this list.)

in Clairemont.” Her suggestion was the basis for a two-part series about Tecolote Canyon (April and May 2016). I was so impressed with Eloise, “the savior of Tecolote Canyon,” that I nominated her for the 2017 San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Ken Berger: Ken, an erudite geography professor at Mesa College, took exception to the claim that Tecolote Canyon is named after the owl. His e-mail was lengthy. In Costa Rica tecolote means reddish brown. In Guatemala and El Salvador, it means drunk. In Mexico, it means owl, drunk and policeman. (I’m a baseball guy. I stick with the “owl” definition, because the Nuevo Laredo professional baseball team is known as Los Tecolotes. Their mascot/logo is an owl. The Tecolotes were champions of the Mexican League in 1953, 1954, 1958, 1977 and 1989.) Gerry Perez: Gerry wanted to nominate his neighbor, Carrie Johnson, for Who’s Who “—she’s a two or three time Olympic kayaker. Super nice gal.”Through follow-up, I learned Carrie no longer resides in Clairemont, but her parents, Ron and Sally, do and they are “two of the nicest people you could ever meet,” so ... Ronald and Sally Johnson: Based on the recommendation of Gerry Perez, Ron and Sally Johnson, are part of the 2017 “Who’s Who in Clairemont” list, because they are nice. Linda Swofford-Ten Eyck: Linda was “perturbed” that I failed to mention St. David’s Episcopal Church in the February 2016 column,“The Heart and Soul of Clairemont.” Debby Park: Debby enjoyed the article about Clairemont churches and wanted me to be aware of the history of St. David’s Episcopal Church. (Thanks, Debby)

Leo Boeche: Leo has lived in Claremont for 57 years and wanted to advise that Clairemont was named after Claire Tavares and San Carlos was named after Carlos Tavares.

Robert Humphreys: In 1970, Robert visited and photographed the Cao Dai Temple in Vietnam in response to the Clairemont Caodist Temple featured in the February 2016 “Heart and Soul” column. Coincidently, over 40 years ago, I coached Robert’s son, Rob, on a Clairemont youth soccer team, the Maroons.

Joan Brosnan: Joan wrote to nominate Eloise Battle for “Who’s Who

Carmen Casares: Carmen asked, “Are you Cid’s uncle.” (Yes, I am Cid’s “Who’s Who in Clairemont/Linda Vista” list.

uncle) Kris Nieder: Kris wrote,“We’ve got quite a few wonderful people in this area.” She nominated several people who are included on this list below. Iman Taha Hassane: Taha Hassane is the

Who’s Who in Clairemont, 2017 (photo by Bill Swank)

respected Iman/Director of the Islamic Center of San Diego. Lallia Allali: Wife of Taha Hassane, Lallia is a girl scout leader and volunteer at Lindbergh-Schweitzer School. Karen Scanlon: Karen is an expert on local maritime history, a writer, a speaker and a volunteer. Charlie Bierman: Charlie has built and donated thousands of wooden toys to children.“He’s 92 years old now and still plugging away.” Rev. Mack and Rev. Mary Alice McKinney: Mack and Mary Alice were involved in the Civil Rights movement. Together, they worked to protect minorities against housing discrimination in San Diego. Dave Merchant: Dave sent a long e-mail sharing his memories of playing Little League at a forgotten ball park which will be the subject of a future column. Joseph A: Joseph’s e-mail was a beautiful tribute to Tecolote Canyon. He grew up in Linda Vista, played in Tecolote Canyon and lives in La Mesa. Like Rowena Carlson, because of his strong connection with his childhood neighborhood, he appears on the 2017

Richie Morris: Richie is the only repeat from “Who’s Who in Clairemont (2016).” Regarding “Crusin’ with the Bay Park Boys (September 2016),” his e-mail was brief,“Awesome!” (Thanks, Richie) Sarah Mesnick: Sarah wanted to know if there is a book about the history of Clairemont. Times publisher Chris O’Connell suggests that I should write a book about Clairemont. I have authored or co-authored ten books. Writing a book is like raising a thankless child ... both endeavors require a lot of time, effort and love, but the rewards are minimal. MA: A warm personal e-mail was received from an old friend of 97-year-old WWII Navy veteran Robert Garcia who was featured in the December 2016 issue commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Charlene and Chas Garland: Charlene bought a copy of Christmas in San Diego. It turned out they are fans of the column. (Thanks, Char and Chas) Roland White, Elijah Thomas, Jake Pelot, Daniel Stokes, Erick Buchanan, Isaiah McDaniels, Erris King, Terrell Carter, Kenan Christon, Dylan Mack, Darius Wiseman, Eduardo Gonzales, Xavier Little, Daniel Hernandez, Donte Brown, Ke’ontae Springs, Tre Carter, Michael McIver, Treyvone Anderson, Devin Padua, Zachary Lapage, Brandon Lewis, Nico Rhodes, Gabe Battaglia, Kapre Melcher, Tanner Murphy, Bryson Collins, Antonio Araico, Elijah Deason, Keanu Mookini, Cesar Nillaga, Zacchaeus McCartney, Donte Grady, Sampson Niu, Chris Fatilua, Noah Saulo, Brandon Valentine, Eddie Carrera, Luis Garcia, Jojo Falo, Michael Johnson, Angel Calderon, Stevie Hicks, Jr., Josh Jezycki, David Lantz, Robert Ingram, Cesar Sanchez, Yamil Reynaldo, and their coach, Rick Jackson: These young men and their coach are members of the 2016 California State Championship James Madison High School Football team. Go Warhawks! Happy New Year, Clairemont! Email:

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Students at Hawthorne Elementary celebrated their successful Jog-a-Thon fundraising efforts by turning principal Lauren Robinson into a human ice cream sundae. The students beat their $10,000 goal for the PTA, which will help fund field trips and enrichment programs at the North Clairemont campus.

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CPMA Student Will See Her Play Come to Life at The Old Globe Theater Playwrights Project will produce its 32nd annual festival of Plays by Young Writers, sponsored by the Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund, at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe on January 19 - January 29, 2017. The festival will feature winning scripts from its California Young Playwrights Contest for ages 18 and under. Contest winners were selected from 385 plays submitted by students from across the state. The selection criteria focused on creative ideas, intriguing and authentic characters, fresh use of language, a story that is revealed through dialogue and action, and a script that would benefit from further development in the production process.All contest participants who requested feedback

received individualized written critiques. In Turtle on a Rock, an unfulfilled turtle sings of his longing to find his purpose in life. Playwright Absinthe “Abby” McDonald, age 12, took part in a playwriting residency in Mr. Lindsey’s class at Creative Media and Performing Arts School in Clairemont led by Teaching Artist Wendy Waddell, where she composed her winning script. Erika Beth Phillips, Playwrights Project’s Program Manager of School Programs, will direct Turtle on a Rock and Deborah Salzer will serve as the dramaturg/writing mentor. For more information and reservations call or visit: Playwrights Project (858) 384-2970 or

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San Diego Promise to Include 600 More Students in 2017-2018 by Lauren J. Mapp

San Diego Community College District announced that it will be expanding its San Diego Promise program from 200 students to 800 students for the 2017-2018 college academic year during a press conference at San Diego Mesa College on Dec. 6. “The high school diploma is no longer the entry ticket to the workforce,” said SDCDD Chancellor Constance Carroll during the press conference.“People – in order to be gainfully employed and make good wages – require some education beyond high school.” With an ultimate goal of offering the San Diego Promise scholarship to 2,600 of students, the program’s goal is to help students to attend college who may have been unable to due to the financial burden. According to the San Diego Promise website, Promise students come from families with a combined income of $40,000 or less per year, with 15 percent from families with a combined income of $10,000 or less. The pilot program for the 200 Promise students who are attending Miramar, Mesa and City during the 2016-2017 academic year costs about

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that the program has yielded positive results thus far and that the Board is supportive of the initiative. “We’re thrilled that we have successfully completed a year in this program,” Senour said.“Education changes lives in much more profound ways than just helping you not come from poverty and not pass that onto our kids – it also opens your mindset and allows you to understand so many things that you wouldn’t otherwise.” Some of the current Promise students were in attendance for the press conference. Among them was Mesa student Quintin Wortham – a graduate of James Madison High School

who was denied the FAFSA and wouldn’t have been able to attend college without the Promise scholarship. “This program I am very, very thankful for,” Wortham said.“This helps me because I really want to become an architect and do something great in the community, and this program has really helped me to be guided in that direction and be successful in order to impact the community in a great way.” After receiving Pell Grants and financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, students who receive the Promise Scholarship will have the rest of their class fees covered and receive up to $750 in grant money for textbooks and instructional supplies. Awarded students who do not qualify for FAFSA have their enrollment fees paid for through this Promise scholarship. Students interested in applying for fall 2017 and spring 2018 semester can

apply now through Feb. 10, 2017 by filling out a form available online and getting approval from a counselor on their high school campus. To be eligible, students must be graduating San Diego Unified School District in 2017, enroll at SDCCD in fall 2017, be state residents or DACA students, file FAFSA or a California Dream Act application, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Those enrolled in the program are required to complete a minimum of 12 units per semester, remain continuously enrolled for one academic year and complete eight hours of community service per semester.They also must complete all assessment, orientation and an education plan prior to registration; and participate in college wrap around services such as EOPS, FYE and Peer Navigators. For more information about the San Diego Promise, contact Student Services Vice Chancellor Lynn Neault via phone at (619) 388-6922 or via email at Donations to the San Diego Promise can be made online via PayPal, or checks can be mailed to: San Diego Promise c/o Lynn Neault, Vice Chancellor, Student Services San Diego Community College District 3375 Camino del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108

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Councilmember Cate to Chair San Diego’s Public Safety Committee Cate appointed to five committees, including one chairmanship In a unanimous vote by the San Diego City Council on Monday, December 19th, Chris Cate, District 6 Councilmember Chris Cate was named to five (5) committees, including one Chairmanship: the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods. As Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods, Councilmember Cate will focus on improving police recruitment and retention, increasing community policing, ensuring quality police and fire/rescue services, reducing homelessness throughout all neighborhoods in San Diego, and enhancing the quality of life for all San Diegans. Councilmember Cate will appoint

Allen Young to be the Consultant for the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods. Allen has been with Councilmember Cate’s team since 2014, and served as his Public Safety policy advisor since August 2015. Appointments for Councilmember Cate in 2017 are as follows: • Chair, Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods • Vice Chair, Committee on the Environment • Member, Committee on Budget and Government Efficiency • Member, Committee on Smart Growth and Land Use • Member, Committee on Rules Cate will play a significant role in policy areas pertaining to community policing, sustainable water, zero-base budgeting, and reforming the City Charter, priorities for the Councilmember and District 6. “I will continue to bring a solution-oriented approach to my committee service and work to bolster our community policing, better our neighborhoods, and improve the city’s economic climate,” stated Councilmember Chris Cate.

San Diego International Airport Concessionaires Feed Thousands of Servicemen and Women More than 20,000 snacks and four days of hot meals delivered to Neil Ash Airport USO Over 3,000 service members and their families travel home for the holidays through San Diego International Airport’s (SAN) Neil Ash Airport USO; more than double the average number of daily visitors the USO facility serves. In an effort to help the USO meet the demand, the Airport Authority worked with airport shops and restaurants on a program to offer meals and snacks. “The greatest need of the USO during the December holiday period is meals, as many service members travel with little to no money, often encountering long layovers,” said Angela Shafer-Payne, the Airport Authority’s Vice President of Operations.“To help close that gap, the Airport Authority reached out to its airport concessionaires for a

JANUARY: On the Mesa Happy New Year from all of us at San Diego Mesa College! Now that the holiday hustle and bustle is done, it’s time to jump into the New Year with classes and events on campus. Spring Fitness Classes – If you’re looking to reach your fitness goals for 2017, then sign up for one of more than 239 classes in the Department of Exercise Science at Mesa. Available classes include swimming, weight training, yoga, volleyball and more. Classes begin Feb. 1, and the full Spring 2017 schedule can be found online at (listed under “Exercise Sciences”). Winter Cruise – New college students getting ready to start attending Mesa for the Spring semester can get to know the campus, courses, support systems and other students during the Winter Cruise Jan.

10-12. Contact Agustin Rivera Jr. at (619) 388-2757 or visit for more information. Interested students can register online by filling out the form at Get to Know Veteran Services on Campus – Veterans seeking information about attending Mesa College and the programs available for veterans on campus can speak with students Jan. 11 and 12. Program tabling will occur from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Jan. 11 outside of the Mesa Commons, and attend a meet and greet program “speed dating” session Jan. 12 from 11:25 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in MC 211A/B. For more information about veteran services at Mesa, email Ramiro Hernandez at or visit them online at

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solution, and they – along with airport passengers – stepped up in a big way.” Between December 1 and December 25, 2016, passengers could purchase a package of snacks worth approximately $10 at participating airport retailers. Items included a bottle of water, granola and protein bars, chips, and other assorted snacks. “This month, thousands of passengers purchased more than $30,000 worth of food and water for the service men and women traveling home for the holidays,” said Justin Butterfield, General Manager of the Hudson Group, which operates nine retail stores at the airport.“Giving back to the men and women who keep America safe is a great cause, and we’re proud we were able to deliver.” Additionally, a number of airport restaurants teamed up to donate hot meals. Participating restaurants included Saffron Thai, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Ryan Bros. Coffee, Pacifica Breeze Café, and Tommy V’s Pizzeria.

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City Council Votes 6-2 to Remove Regents Road Bridge Commentary by Louis Rodolico

On December 5th after two generations of wrangling and heated debate San Diego took another step in the saga of the Governor Avenue Bridge and the Regents Road Bridge. This hearing was centered on the fate of the Regents Road Bridge. City Planning Staff started out with a 10 minute presentation which completely ignored ambulance service times. Staff went over all the reasons why the Regents Road Bridge was a bad idea and they all kept their jobs. There were about 100 residents present to remove the Regents Road Bridge and 80 to build it. For 3 hours there was heated, emotional and deeply personal testimony given by both sides. The pro bridge coalition went first. They submitted a petition with 3,000 signatures to build the bridge. They submitted evidence that the UCPG had 3 or 4 illegal members and therefore UCPG’s letter recommending removal of the bridge did not represent the community. Doctors and medical personnel testified about the need to complete the road to save lives. Cardiac calculations were submitted showing 7.1 lives would be lost each year until the bridge is built. Harry Mathis, who lives in West UC, was the last speaker and he gave a thorough analysis that laid out the history of the issue and how the bridge would make the community whole. How the canyon was walled off from public view by all the houses on the canyon rim with

They were heavily represented by residents who had a clear monetary interest in the Regents Road Bridge being taken off the plan. The director of the friends of Rose Canyon earned her salary by providing a complete list of organizations that would fight any bridge ever built. They testified that if the bridge were built too many cars would use it. There was universal denial that property value had anything to do with it. Speakers disclosed their close calls making it to the emergency room, they were glad that what happened to them did not happen at rush hour. I assume those that had a rush hour experience were not able to make it to the hearing. The last speaker was a 6 year old who won the cutest kid in class; the child wove a tale that the bridge would end the peaceful neighborhood and all the animals would get sick from the air pollution. It then went to City Council. Sherri Lightner gave a detailed explanation noting UCPG’s influence. She also stated that traffic would not improve if the bridge is built which flies in the face of all reports and testimony. David Alvarez who was mostly absent from the hearing felt obligated to repeated several times how seriously he takes this issue. He repeated his thoughts from the SG&LU (Smart Growth & Land Use) hearing. Scott Sherman was OK with a bridge in the canyon but was in denial about ambulance transport times. He reiterated the anti-bridge position that if the bridge were built too many cars would use it.

private views. Building the bridge would grant the public a terrific view of the canyon along with providing a much needed link for; vehicles, ambulances, cyclist and pedestrians. The anti-bridge coalition went next.

He also noted the local residents would form a mob if the bridge went forward. Chris Cate District 6, south of the Regents Road Bridge, tried to detail the reasons why his constituents need the bridge and asked about the

regional planning process. Lorie Zapf District 2, also south of the Regents Road Bridge, was surprised that there were no options other than removing the bridge. Council chair Lightner cut her off by limiting Lori’s time to speak. Marti Emerald, Mark Kersey and Myrtle Cole were all silent. Unlike the Planning Commission and the SG&LU hearings the fire department was not asked to testify, also there was no questioning of staff or the traffic engineer either. The City Attorney was also uncharacteristically silent offering no warning on mitigation. Without any of this interaction the fix was clearly in. Of the 8 votes Chris Cate and Lorie Zapf were alone voting to keep the bridge in the plan. 2 votes short. The Regents Road Bridge is now off the plan. One remedy is to put one or both bridges on a 2018 city ballot initiative which would require over 70,000 voter signatures. If the citizens vote to build the bridges then City Council cannot overturn it. The ballot would read something like this: “Would you approve building both the Governor Avenue Bridge and

the Regents Road Bridge in District 1. Each bridge would be 2 lanes wide with a wide enough striping separation for the bicycle lanes that would allow for passage of emergency vehicles during rush hours. No fiscal impact since both bridges would be paid for from Developer Impact Fees.” Based on its own PEIR the city (us taxpayers) are in an indefensible litigation position going forward. Sherri Lightner has been brilliant on moving this issue to where it is now. We have her, UCPG and residents looking to make a profit, to thank for an 8 year delay which works out to over a hundred cases of permanent paralysis and the loss of more than 50 lives and almost 100 million dollars in; man hours, gasoline and property damage. In the end I saw adults in the Council Chamber giving Sherri the vote to protect her, after she leaves office, from the same anti-bridge coalition that got her in office. Scorning public safety, obsessed with property values and keeping all the views private, the anti-bridge mob bullied the city staff for years while evoking the innocence of a 6 year old child. Commentary by Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City for 15 years.

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2016 has come and gone, and while everyone has probably seen or heard of “Rogue One” and “Suicide Squad,” we wanted to show some love for a couple of brilliant underseen films from the last half of 2016, ones you may have missed. 10) “Captain Fantastic” - Balancing personal, emotional hardships with the never-ending task of parenting, Viggo Mortensen puts on one of the finest performances of his career as a father who has to learn to put what he thinks is best for his children aside in order to give them a more stable life in “Captain Fantastic.”This thought-provoking, oddball indie film also challenges the notion of what it means to educate, parent, and live in a society so fixated on things over relationships. 8.5/10 9) “American Honey” - A unique coming-of-age story that looks at the lost youth of middle America. Director Andrea Arnold makes a bold choice to shoot the film in a 4:3 aspect ratio, creating a very intimate experience against the expansive, gritty backdrop of Heartland, USA. 8.5/10 8) “Queen of Katwe” - This film didn’t get much notoriety or marketing, especially considering it’s a Disney movie. This is a touching, inspirational underdog story bolstered by brilliant performances from Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga. It shows that greatness can come from anywhere if only given the opportunity, even from the slums of Uganda. 8.5/10 7) “The Edge of Seventeen” - “The Edge of Seventeen” gives a darkly humorous and honest look at a modern day coming-of-age story. It manages to be charming, smart, and mature, even in its vulgarity. Imagine what “The Breakfast Club” could have been if they had social media, and you’ve got this film! 8.5/10 6) “Swiss Army Man” - Be aware from the start that “Swiss Army Man” is about a suicidal man who drags around a farting corpse. If you can get past this plot, what you will find here is a deceptively deep comedy that examines the nature of love, life, and friendship, aided by two spectacular performances by Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, a unique soundtrack, and a whole lot of humor. 8.5/10 5) “Moonlight” - Taking previously uncombined subject matters and flawlessly integrating them in such a seamless manner, director Barry Jenkins has created something truly unique and special with his powerhouse film “Moonlight.” Even the way the story is told is different. The acting is stellar all around, the cinematography is magnificent, and it is extremely compelling. 9/10 4) “The Handmaiden” - Park Chan-Wook is a master South Korean director with an eye for stunning visuals and engaging stories featuring lots of twists and turns.“The Handmaiden” is an erotic drama full of scandal and intrigue that builds and builds until its ultimate intentions are revealed. A must see for fans of foreign cinema! 9/10 3) “Loving” - Who would have thought a court battle that occurred in the 50’s & 60’s could still be so relevant in 2016? “Loving” takes two breathtakingly subtle performances by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton and combines them into a heartbreaking, powerful, and pertinent film about two real life people who wanted a chance to love each other just like everyone else. Jeff Nichols’s masterclass directorial efforts and a simple but important premise makes this film one of the best dramas of the year. 9/10 2) “Nocturnal Animals” - Talk about a wild ride! Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” is intoxicatingly dark, extremely well acted, and visually

striking. This one will leave you thinking long after the credits role, but go in knowing as little as you can. 9.5/10 1) “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” One of the best movies of 2016,“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is immeasurably funny, supremely witty, deeply emotional, and expertly directed by Taika Waititi. With great performances by Sam Neill, Rachel House, and a breakout performance by Julian Dennison, your life will be a little less bright if you don’t watch this gorgeously shot gem of an indie film from New Zealand. 10/10 Visit our blog at for more reviews, and follow us @lololovesfilms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for extra content! For inquiries or comments, please email:

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Beers by the Bay Coronado Brewing in Bay Park by Brian Riehm

This month’s review shifts to one of San Diego’s oldest and largest brewers, Coronado Brewing, founded in 1996. While the original brewpub is still located in Coronado, the brewery opened a larger production facility in Bay Park at 1205 Knoxville

ramped up for San Diego Beer Week, and Coronado is known for that style. The next production batch will use a Danish yeast strain to produce a series of lagers, from basic to dark amber. A new hop variety may inspire a new recipe as well, Polaris IPA in the current lineup, for instance. Ryan will also work with the yeast labs to get a mix of yeasts formulated for a specific style. The tasting room is set in the middle of the large brewing facility,

Ryan Brooks, Brewmaster at Coronado Brewing and the tools of his trade.

St. in 2012. I talked with Ryan Brooks, the brewmaster, and Aidan Kennedy, Marketing Coordinator about the challenges of brewing in the larger facility and what Coronado is doing. Aidan said that the Bay Park facility has a 4 vessel 30 barrel brewing system and produced 41,000 barrels of beer last year, putting them in the mid-size brewery classification for which they were 2014 Champions in that category at the World Beer Cup. Ryan said that new recipes get tested out at the smaller brew pub in Coronado before they are produced for bottling in Bay Park. Recipes don’t necessarily scale up proportionally, so further experimentation is required to get the taste just right for the bigger batches. Coronado has seven core beers that are always being brewed and put in cans, bottles, and kegs. Some beers that were once experimental make it into the core lineup, Stingray Imperial IPA, for one. Ryan has been working for Coronado for five years, with prior experience at Black Market brewing in Temecula and in Australia. Often inspiration for a new beer style comes from a new yeast that becomes available. Other times the lineup is due to seasonal conditions. The current 18 beers on tap are heavy on IPA varieties because production was

but is set somewhat apart. Wood bars, tables, and chairs give a bit of old school ambience to the tasting room. College hoops were featured on a couple of large screens, but it was not the focus of the tasting room. Coronado is dog-friendly, but there was only one pup in the room when I visited. In addition to beer; shirts, glasses, and other swag are on sale. Food trucks are scheduled during the week around 4:00 p.m. You can’t miss the three banners from the 2014 World Beer Cup over the walkway to the food truck area. I sampled some excellent, hoppy beers. Seacoast Pilsner, a core beer, is a very drinkable Pilsner with good malt flavor, and much improved since my last tasting. I next tried Berried at Sea, a fruity ale with raspberry dominating and just a little sour. These first two would be delicious on hot summer days. The Belgian Strong Dark was both rich and spicy, with mild chocolate notes not normally seen in this spicy style; it was very good. My first IPA, North Island, was well carbonated, and had a full mouth feel with complex floral hopping. This is the sort of excellent IPA Coronado is known for. Stingray IPA, also in the core lineup, is a strong citrusy and tropical Imperial IPA. I serve Stingray when I have out of

town business guests. Polaris IPA was an amazing experience; the intensity of the Polaris hops was a real treat. This is the sort of experiment that advances the art of beer making. Finally, I finished with Snowy Plover, a winter IPA. While not for everyone, I enjoyed the mix of dark malts perfectly balanced against piney hops. Coronado continues its over 20

year tradition of excellence right in our own back yard. They have successfully scaled up production while continuing to experiment in the art and craft of beer making. Brian Riehm is a long-time Clairemont resident and follower of the local craft beer scene. You can keep up with all his beer reviews by following @BrianRiehm on Twitter and reading his blog (

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Some Estate Planning Reminders by Dick F. McEntyre, Attorney at Law

To avoid probate, be sure your home and any other real estate you own is in your trust (not will), or in joint tenancy with your spouse, or will pass when you die under a “revocable transfer on death deed” recorder with the county recorder. Probate is very expensive and takes about a year to conclude—before your beneficiaries/ heirs will receive anything Also to avoid probate, be sure that your bank and brokerage accounts are in your trust, or that you have designated beneficiaries to receive your accounts when you die. If you have not done so, these accounts, plus any California real estate you have and any other personal property you own—exceeding $150,000—will require probate. To give your intended beneficiaries who are to receive your IRA’s, 401(k) accounts, and any other types of your retirement accounts, maximum potential income tax benefits, designate individual persons—not your trust—as the direct beneficiaries of each such account. Also, check with the custodian (or your broker therefore) of your IRA’s, 401(k) accounts, other types of retirement

accounts, and annuities to be sure that you (or the custodian) has not left out a desired beneficiary. If you have created a Trust to pass on your property, be sure you have transferred into it the property you had intended to transfer into it. This means that as to properties which have legal titles (such as real estate, bank, and brokerage accounts), the title itself must be transferred into your trust. It is not enough just to list such property on a “Schedule of Trust Property,” as this merely indicates intent. If you never create a trust or a will, your property (with some exceptions) will pass to your closest kin by the laws of “intestate succession.” The result: you may have wished some person who is not your kin to receive your property, but under this law, he or she will never receive it! The above “Reminders” are generalizations only and are not to be taken as legal advice for the reader’s particular situation. Dick McEntyre is a lawyer doing estate planning, estate administration, and real estate legal work. His office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279). Dick has served the San Diego community as a lawyer for over 40 years.

SANDAG Makes Grants Available to Encourage People to Go by Bike Applications Accepted Through January 20th SANDAG is helping the San Diego region gear up for National Bike Month (May 2017) by offering $3,000 grants for programs or projects that encourage biking. Local government agencies, community based and nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and business improvement districts, main street associations, or chambers of commerce are all eligible to apply for the grants. The SANDAG iCommute program will award up to $30,000 in GO by BIKE Mini-Grants in this funding cycle. Examples of eligible activities include: community rides, bike scavenger hunts, or guided bike tours; bike commuting, maintenance, and safety classes;“Bike to Business” promotions in a neighborhood business district; local “Bike to Work” or “Bike to Campus” events; campaigns or contests that promote bike riding;

and public events or rides that open city streets to people on bikes. Projects that focus on bike education, building support for biking, and promoting biking as an everyday transportation solution will be prioritized. Applications will be accepted through January 20, 2017 at 5 p.m. Funds will be awarded by February 17, 2017. Funded activities must take place between April 1 and June 15, 2017. Complete details on eligibility, reporting requirements, evaluation and selection criteria, timelines, and application procedures are available at onth The grant program supports the agency’s ongoing effort to encourage people to GO by BIKE for everyday trips. The San Diego region has a network of 1,340 miles of bikeways. For more information on the GO by BIKE Mini-Grants, visit or call 511 and say “iCommute.”

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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, January 8 9:00 AM Nature Walk – Mount Etna Meet at Mount Etna Park See a variety of native plants and animals and learn about their natural history. This is an easy hike on a mostly flat trail.

House Cats Safety by Susan Lewitt

As a cat owner, you want your feline companion to be happy and healthy. Does this include allowing it to roam outdoors? Are they safe out there? Do they put others in danger? Many cat owners complain that their cats drive them crazy if they are indoors only, but being outdoors could mean more trouble. I have heard the ear-piercing screech of fighting cats waking me up from an otherwise peaceful night’s sleep. Many cats also attack birds and lizards. One positive result of outdoor cats is mice and rat control. Unfortunately, feral cats have caused the extinction of at least 33 other species. ( Outdoor cats are subject to more diseases and predation. Other outdoor domesticated and feral cats may spread disease to your cat. Vaccinations help, but don’t solve the problem. Cats also share some of these diseases with their human companions. There is the potential for them to become coyote food, be hit by a car, or ingest poison. If they survive a nasty fight, poisoning or other incident, there may be a very

Saturday, January 14 10:30 AM Beekeeping Class for information Sunday, January 15 9:00 AM Sunday in the Garden Volunteer with Park Ranger Steven Get dirty, have fun, help out your community Wednesday, January 18 1:30 – 3:00 PM Art & Activities for Kids – Free! Nature crafts with a winter theme

large vet bill. There are solutions. One way is to build an enclosure that allows your cat to be outdoors safely. If the enclosure is attached to the house, a cat door will allow your feline to be outdoors on demand. Another option is a walkway system inside or outside your house that allows the cat more areas to explore and exercise. Look on line for these ideas. I have also seen people walk their cats on a leash, which involves some patience and training. In any case, cats do need attention. Playing with them and giving them opportunities to exercise helps alleviate boredom and keeps them healthy. Still want your cat to wonder outdoors? Talk to your vet, they may not agree.

Community Meetings - Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 1/5/17 (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 1/17/17 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop, 92117 LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 1/19/17 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls, 92111 LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 1/23/17 (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL Please visit our website at or our Facebook page at Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council for meeting dates and locations

Saturday, January 21 9:00-11:00 AM – Weed Warriors Canyon clean up with Ranger Janice Saturday, January 28 8:00 AM Audubon Society Birding Walk Activities are posted at of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Like us on Facebook – Friends of Tecolote Canyon

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JANUARY LIBRARY EVENTS NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931 Happy New Year, Clairemont! The Second Tuesday Concert Series kicks off this January with Camarada musicians Beth Ross Buckley and Peter Sprague playing flute and guitar. Come enjoy fabulous music in an intimate setting absolutely free of charge! Also this month, we are excited to partner with Scripps to offer you the latest health information in a three part Healthy Living Series. A few of the many offerings will be health screenings, healthy cooking tips, and a mindful eating practice session. Call or drop in to sign up as soon as possible for one or all sessions. Finally, on Thursday, January 26 we are pleased to welcome the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and their Papercutting presentation.You will be entertained and enlightened learning about this ancient folk art and then you will have the opportunity to make your own art! All supplies will be provided. Don’t forget, there is no longer any need to put off learning how to download the library’s free e-books or how to use a computer. We offer a Basic Computer Skills Class and E-Book Clinic to help you get started. Both of these programs are held at 10 a.m. on various Saturdays. Come in or call to sign up. The first Bargain Book Sale of the year is scheduled for Saturday, January 14. 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 Second Tuesday Concert Series – Camarada Duo – Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. Scripps Healthy Living Series – Saturdays, January 14, 21 and 28 at 9:30 a.m. Third Tuesday Banned Books Club – Tuesday, January 17 at 6 p.m. Chair Yoga – Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. 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. Bargain Book Sale, find lots of high quality books at low, low prices! – Saturday, January 14 from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs Chinese Papercutting Art (ages 3 and up) – Thursday, January 26 at 4:30 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) – ON BREAK! Call us to find out the start date of the new season. Thursdays at 4 p.m. Do Your Homework @ the Library – Receive free assistance with your K-8 homework. Mondays through Thurs BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390 Happy New Year to all of our patrons! We look forward to seeing you at the library in 2017! SPECIAL EVENTS Camarada! Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Adults. Experience the melodic sounds of this 2-piece ensemble, featuring the flute and guitar, exploring Latin-inspired chamber music. Sponsored by the Friends of Balboa Library. New! STEAM Series Friday, January 20, 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm, 3rd – 6th grades. Sign-up begins January 3rd. STEAM is here at Balboa! Join us for the Science component of our new STEAM Series! Discover what owls eat by dissecting their pellets…you will be amazed at what you may find! Sign-up required. Looking forward to seeing you! Sponsored by the Friends of Balboa Library. San Diego Book Arts for Adults Tuesday, January 24, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Adults. Sign-up begins January 3rd. Happy New Year! Try something new and different in 2017 and create your own book! Come solo or bring a friend for this enjoyable bookmaking event. Sign-up required. Sponsored by the Friends of Balboa Library. New! Homework Help Wednesdays, 3:30 pm-5:30 pm, K – 8th grades. Volunteer Miss Nicole will assist students with their homework questions. New! Adult Writers Group Thursdays, January 5, 12 & 26, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Gather with other new writers to participate in writing exercises and discussion, designed to develop your talent. Kids Events Wee Reads Fridays, January 6, 13 & 20 @ 10:30 am, Birth – 5 years old. Join us for a fantastic time at the library with stories, rhymes, and songs. Preschool Story Crafts with Miss Remi Thursdays, January 5 & 19 @ 10:00 am, Preschool – 5 years old. Listen to a terrific story and enjoy creating a related craft. Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer Thursdays, January 12 & 26 @ 10:00 am, Birth – 5 years old. Miss Jennifer enhances well-loved kid’s stories with signing, followed by singing and bubbles!

Chapter Book Storytime with Miss Terri Wednesdays, January 4 & 11@ 6:00 pm, K – 2nd grades. Storytime for our early readers. Come and listen to an entertaining chapter book while practicing listening skills. Children’s Book Club Discussion Friday, January 13, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm, 3rd – 6th grades. Sign-up begins January 3rd. Join us for a lively discussion of How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor. Kids Krafternoon Saturdays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Enjoy working on a new craft each week. Bring your creativity and a friend and have fun! Lego Club Mondays, January 9, 23 & 30, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, K – 6th grades. Come build amazing creations, crafted from Lego. Paws to Read Tuesday, January 10 @ 6:00 pm, K – 5th grades. Emerging readers, come read to our Love on a Leash certified dogs.They love to listen to stories as you practice reading in a positive and encouraging environment. Drop in & Play Friday, January 27 @ 10:30 am, Birth – 5 years old. Parents and children come enjoy an informal playtime while getting to know other families in the community. D.I.Y. Teen Craft Wednesday, January 18, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm,Teens: 12 – 18 years old. Join us on the patio each month, for a new craft.This month we’ll be rolling some sweet sushi, made entirely from candy! Adult Events Chair Yoga for Adults Monday, January 9, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm. Join us for this relaxing fitness program, presented by Lois Schenker. ESL Group for Adults Tuesdays, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Hosted by Mrs. Henderson, adults will receive assistance with reading, writing, and speaking English in everyday life. Stitching Circle Tuesdays, January 3 & 10, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Bring your knitting, crocheting, and other stitching projects for a chance to share ideas and helpful hints with fellow hobbyists. Balboa Branch Library Book Discussion Tuesday, January 17 @ 11:45 am. Engage with fellow readers through a new selection every month.This month we’ll read and discuss The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 (858) 581-9935 Adults Music Concert with Second Avenue Klezmer — Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6 pm.

This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library. Jewelry Making! - Saturdays, Jan. 7 & 21 at 4pm. Learn simple ways to make your own jewelry! Different projects every time! Yarn Club—Wednesday, Jan. 11 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. Tech Tuesday—Tuesdays at 3pm. Do you have questions about that new device and want to learn how to get the most from it? Our Tech Tuesday is an informal Q&A that can provide answers. Literary Book Club—Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 6 pm.The Book Club will be discussing,“Waiting for Snow in Havana” by Carlos Eire. Tweens/Teens Button Making—Every Saturday at 10:30am. Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Art Class — Jan. 4 at 4 pm. Robert Gulli, a local artist presents an art class each month for kids and teens. All painting supplies are provided. Homework Help—Every Tuesday 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! Children ARF! Animals Reading Fun! — Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10am. Children can practice reading by sharing a book with a pet provided by the San Diego Humane Society. Sign Language Storytime—Thursdays, Jan. 5 & 19 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 fun picture books and sings songs! 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 Prints should take less than two hours. Friends of the Clairemont Library The friends are currently raising money for libray programs by selling books on Barnes & (B& Please support them by making purchases through B&

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Name: Zeus Age: 5 years old Gender: Neutered male Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier mix ID #: 223239 Adoption Fee: $95 Zeus, a 5-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix, is looking for a new best friend. He’s athletic, smart and loves everyone he meets. Zeus would love a new family who can offer him a more structured life. He’s a high-energy dog, bursting with enthusiasm and would greatly benefit from knowing what to expect every day. He hopes his new family will take him for nice walks and help teach him

new tricks. He’s a quick learner and loves to use his nose to find hidden objects. We even signed him up for our K9 Nose Work program and he’s a pro! His adoption fee includes his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, 30 days of worry-free medical insurance from Trupanion Insurance, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam! Zeus is available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido Campus at 3450 East Valley Parkway. To learn more about making him part of your family, please call (760) 888-2275. ADOPTION HOURS: 7 DAYS A WEEK 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

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