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Tecolote Canyon Part 2 by Bill Swank

These whimsical figures inhabit Tecolote Canyon.

(photo by Bill Swank)

The euphemism "landfill" entered our language in 1916, but its usage was not popularized until the late 1940s. In 1957, the City of San Diego planned to turn Tecolote Canyon into a landfill until concerned citizens from Clairemont and Linda Vista objected to their canyon becoming an official city dump. In the early 1960s, developers proposed zoning the canyon for single family homes to be "stair-stepped down the canyon slopes" and a four-lane road connecting Tecolote Road near Mission Bay with Genesee Avenue below the construction site of Mesa College. In 1963, the Fireside Park Homeowners Association successfully crusaded at city hall to stop these projects. This column will attempt to highlight the lengthy struggle, the heroes and their accomplishments. At that time, there were no provisions in the city charter and bylaws for the open space legislation we take for granted today. It was in 1969 and, through the perseverance of community

groups, a petition with 8,520 signatures of registered voters in Clairemont, Linda Vista and Kearny Mesa asked the city council to approve what became the landmark "San Diego Park District Procedural Ordinance." Passage of this measure provided a blueprint for the concept of open space for the entire city. According to an August 10, 1969 Sentinel article, the goal of the petition was to "retain the balance of nature while reducing noise and air pollution, preserve a natural habitat for our children, save land for future park, retain an area that will enhance community identity and value and preserve natural slopes, trees and streams." It wasn't until January 1971 that the Tecolote Canyon Park Ordinance was initiated by a unanimous vote of city council, but adoption of the Tecolote Canyon Park Ordinance did not occur until July 1974. A glacier could have moved through the valley faster. Today, Eloise Battle is widely acknowledged as the savior of Tecolote Canyon, but she is quick to praise the contributions of many other concerned citizens. She begins reciting from the rolodex in SEE Tecolate Canyon, page 6


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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Welcome to May! Another edition and as always I hope you will find this copy of the CT worthwhile with a few takeaways. I received a great deal feedback last month on the page 1 Tecolote Canyon article by Bill Swank I think it is safe to say some history was written that

not many knew about. This month Swank continues with Part 2 and I am sure this will also provide some “I did not know that” reactions. The Month of May will also bring the opportunity to learn more about the future of Morena Blvd as there are 3 scheduled meetings open to the public (see inside). While I think they are all important and informative this will be the first meeting regarding the Balboa Station Area Plan as it pertains to Clairemont, Bay Park & Bay Ho.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Bike to Work Day 2016. For the fourth year in a row we will be hosting a Bike to Work Day Pit Stop at our usual location on May 20th. Our location is at the northern most part of Santa Fe St where the Rose Canyon Bike Bath and the street intersect. We have a couple surprises lined up this year at the pit stop and just as in years past, we’ll have plenty of snacks, fresh fruit, hydration and hot coffee as well as some tools for on the

spot repairs. If you have not registered for Bike to Work Day and feel like taking an early morning ride on Friday the 20th we will be there from about 5am – to 10am. Stop by and say hello. I hope you enjoy this edition.

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Tecolote Canyon Clean-up a Town and Gown Event by Conner Russell, Mesa College Class of 2016

Over 130 Mesa College students, faculty, and staff were joined by Clairemont and Linda Vista community members and friends in cleaning Tecolote Canyon for the ninth-annual Canyon Day on April 16. Starting at 9:00 a.m., groups of volunteers led by trained team leaders from organizations such as the US Forest Service and Mesa’s SEEDS program set out into Tecolote Canyon and lined Genesee Ave. The groups focused on removing trash and invasive plant species such as palm trees, arundo bamboo, and castor bean. By the end of the day, several tons of invasive plants, cans, plastic bottles, wrappers, shopping carts, and other trash were removed from the canyon. From this writer’s perspective, the event was as rewarding as it was educational. Working alongside

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community members and fellow Olympians made for a fun experience, and while clearing out invasive plant species, we learned about their origins and their effects on the local environment. The following Friday, Mesa College hosted Canyon Classroom, an event that treated 70 young students from St. Didacus Parish School and the San Diego Center for Children to a day of environmental education. The students learned about sustainability from Mesa faculty members and also enjoyed a walk through the freshly cleaned Tecolote Canyon. Those interested in attending next year’s Canyon Day event should follow Mesa online at www.sdmesa.edu/calendar and www.facebook.com/SanDiegoMesaCol lege. See page 4, Photos from Canyon Day 2016

May 23rd last day to register to vote Voting on Election Day? Polls are open on Election Day: June 7th from 7am-8pm Register online to vote: www.RegisterToVote.ca.gov. Not sure where to vote in your neighborhood? Call: 800 345-VOTE (8683) Text: VOTE to GOVOTE (468683) Visit: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place

Voting by Mail? Request a vote by mail ballot by May31st. Your mail ballot must be postmarked on or before June 7th and received at elections office by June 10th. May 9th is the first day to vote by mail.

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The Future of Morena Blvd? Attend these Meetings to learn more, All are open to the public by Chris O’Connell

As many know with the Mid-Coast Trolley coming through the western

best bet for all encompassing neighborhood information including trolley construction information updates. For more neighborhood information visit: www.sandiego.gov/

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Summer Reading Book Drive Recently, the Mayor and Council proclaimed Reading Awareness Month in the City of San Diego. Please join Councilmember Lorie Zapf as she kicks off a

City-sponsored Summer Reading Book Drive, which will run through May 31, 2016. Please help us spread the word and encourage your fellow neighbors to donate new or gently used children’s books to help increase our book supply at our libraries and reading levels among our youth. This is a city-wide effort to support our library system and ensure children have a wide variety of books to read over summer. New or gently used children’s books that are donated will be distributed by the San Diego Public Library prior to summer break. Collection Bin Locations: San Diego Central Library City Administration Building City Operations Building

District 1: Carmel Valley Library La Jolla/Riford Library University Community Library District 2: Clairemont Library Ocean Beach Branch Library Point Loma Hervey Library Pacific Beach Taylor Library Linda Vista Branch Library District 3: North Park Library University Heights Library District 4: Oak Park Library Paradise Hills Library Valencia Park/ Malcolm X Library District 5: Rancho Bernardo Library Scripps Miramar Ranch Library District 6: Mira Mesa Library North Clairemont Library District 7: Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library Serra Mesa- Kearny Mesa Library Tierrasanta Library District 8: Logan Heights Library Otay Mesa- Nestor Library District 9: College- Rolando Library Kensington- Normal Heights Library

part of the neighborhood, changes will occur. The City of San Diego has been holding monthly meetings, as it pertains to the Morena Blvd corridor from Clairemont Dr. south to Tecolote Rd., regarding streets, sidewalks, land use and mobility and input is still very much requested. Important Special Meeting Dates: Clairemont Community Planning Group Morena Blvd Ad Hoc Subcommittee May 9th St David’s Episcopal Church 5050 Milton St, 92110 6-8pm

planning/community/profiles At a recent Linda Vista Planning Group meeting a representative from SANDAG spoke and mentioned September 1st or thereabout is when we might expect to see some heavy equipment moving earth for trolley work. Community Planning Groups will have more updated information from SANDAG. For more information on the Mid-Coast Trolley visit: www.sandag.org/midcoast

**Clairemont Community Planning Group Balboa Station Plan Ad Hoc Subcommittee May 10th Toler Elementary 3350 Baker St, 92117 (& Morena Blvd South of Balboa Ave) 6-8pm ** This is the initial meeting of the subcommittee and City Staff, there is also a website for this area www.BalboaStationPlan.org Linda Vista Planning Group Morena Blvd Ad Hoc Subcommittee May 26th San Diego Humane Society 5500 Gaines St, 92110 6-8pm The above listed meetings keep in mind are presented by City of San Diego Staff as it relates to streets and areas around and in between the station stops. To learn more about neighborhoods in general the monthly Community Planning Groups are your

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Clairemont Womens Club by Marge Weber

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It's the merry month of May and we feel most merry to present a check for over $2300 at our May luncheon in Mission Valley to the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station for their good works with returning veterans. Once again, we thank all who purchased tickets or made donations to our "Lunch and Laughter" fundraiser at the Comedy Palace this past March. We will also have our "Woman of the Year" presentation and the initiation of a new member. Our next general meeting will be Wednesday, June 1. Since the Clairemont Times will come out on June 1 and our meeting is June 1, please put that date on your calendar

We will have the installation of new officers, who will then start their new terms, a wrap up of the past year and plans will be discussed for the new year starting in September. We meet at 1pm at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Ave., on the first Wednesday of the month. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the Church parking lot. Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there! 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.

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

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Tecolate Canyon Continued from page 1

her mind: Sherie Miller, Robert Fowble, Marian Bear, Ruby Zellman, Merlin Osterhaus, Sue Chaney, Grace "Peter" Sargent, Woodrow Wilson Twyman, George W. Scott and George Hemingway. The list goes on ...

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All-America City Award. In San Diego's official entry form submitted to the National Municipal League last week, Mayor Wilson cites, 'seven years of determined - and often bitter and acrimonious - efforts by local citizens,' which culminated this year in the purchase of Tecolote Canyon as permanent open space." Eloise chuckled and said, "We didn't know about this until we read it in Neil Morgan's column." [For the record, San Diego was designated an All-America City in 1962 and 1985-86 (Normal Heights), but not for the 1974-75 nomination. Cleveland is a five time All-America City winner. Go figure.] The City of San Diego did receive three awards in 1975 from Environmental Monthly magazine.

Eloise Battle holds a statue of a small owl outside the learning center named in her honor (photo by Bill Swank)

She gives credit to politicians Floyd Morrow, Mike Gotch, Valerie Stallings, Donna Frye, Lorie Zapf and Mayor Pete Wilson. Roger Hedgecock was their environment-friendly young attorney. Eloise has fond memories of an unlikely ally on the city council, builder Lee Hubbard. "He was a businessman who was always polite and listened. He didn't represent our district, but he supported our efforts." Eloise reflects on the journey. "It was a small army of residents of Linda Vista and Clairemont who marched into city hall. We fought for every square inch of the park." She points to a large file cabinet at the Tecolote Canyon Nature Center that contains every document written about the canyon. Eloise suggests, "Somebody should write a book about the history." With a twinkle in her eye and a sense of irony, she produced an Evening Tribune column by Neil Morgan from September 23, 1974. The following item is highlighted: "OUR TOWN. America's Finest City is in the race for the 1974-75

One was for the acquisition of Tecolote Canyon "for creative land use." Headlines from the November 13, 1977 Sentinel read, "Tecolote Open Space Park Panel Appointed." The article stated, "Mayor Wilson appointed Eloise Battle to serve as chairwoman of the Tecolote Open Space panel. Battle headed the Save Open Space (SOS) committee, the group which fought to protect the canyon from development." A few days later, in a related matter, the Save Jutland Canyon Committee lost their "bitter battle" to prevent development of the Jutland Canyon in northwest Clairemont. Finally, on July 1, 1978, at long last, Tecolote Canyon Natural Park was dedicated. In 1981, the City and Friends of Tecolote Canyon planted the Marian R. Bear Memorial Grove of sycamore and oak trees in memory of the early Clairemont crusader. The 128-page Tecolote Canyon Natural Park Master Plan, prepared by the Tecolote Canyon Citizens Advisory Committee, was

completed in December 1982. A 1985 Los Angeles Times article chronicled the accomplishments of the "Tecolote Twins," Eloise Battle and her neighbor, Sherie Miller. They remained vigilant and expressed concern about another proposed road through the park at that time. Tecolote Canyon Nature Center opened in 1994. The San Diego Museum of Natural History prepared exhibits to highlight "the geology, biology and the human elements of the canyon." There is "a real live active earthquake fault (the Rose Canyon Fault) that crosses Tecolote Canyon through the western (Pony League) ball fields." A partnership was formed with the Kumeyaay that introduced an early cultural element into the education programs. The center was expanded in 2002 and a native plant garden was added. The centerpiece is an ewa, the traditional shelter used by the Kumeyaay. Although Elosie "retired" in 2012 and the "M. Eloise Battle Learning Center" dedicated in her honor, she can still be found at the center on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00

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PM.. When KPBS and Union Bank honored her as a "2014 Women's History Month Local Hero," the veteran environmentalist was described as "a child of nature." The observation is perfect. 86 years young, Elosie continues to radiate enthusiasm for her beloved Tecolote Canyon, its habitat and flora with the wonder of a child. For a virtual trek through Tecolote Canyon, visit www.hikingsdcounty.com, a picturesque and informative blog produced by Clark and Sarah Kranz. Sarah noted, "I was thrilled to have found such a quiet and tranquil spot in the middle of the city." The Women's Museum of California at Liberty Station plans a 2017 exhibition about prominent San Diego women environmentalists. Eloise Battle belongs in the exhibit and in their hall of fame. With pride and a sense of serenity, she sums up the past 45 years. "When I get up every morning and look out at the canyon, I smile." Email: Bill@ClairemontTimes.com Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955,

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Got Paint? It’s spring time a time to work in the yard and maybe clear out the garage. If you are like me you have some paint cans stacking up. Visit www.paintcare.org for a list of local places to drop off your old/unused paint. A few locations are on Morena Blvd, Clairemont Mesa Blvd & Convoy. PaintCare sites accept house paint and primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish) but we do not accept aerosols (spray cans), solvents, and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use. The products we accept are referred to as “PaintCare Products” or “architectural paint” and they must be in containers that are no larger than 5 gallons in size. Paint must be in its original container and the container must have a label and a secured lid. We cannot accept open or leaking cans. Please review the following

detailed list to find out what can be accepted, prior to dropping off your paint. Graffiti While we are on the subject of paint…..If you see graffiti in the

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Crime in the Neighborhoods by Chris O’Connell

It is sad to say, but crimes happen everywhere, even the fancy neighborhoods. It is a taboo subject for some Lately I have been fielding calls and emails about crimes in the neighborhood. Have they gone up? Are you seeing trends? All valid questions. Each month we post a police blotter in the paper, when I first started, I took a lot of guff from people via email and social media because they felt I was highlighting crime. No the reason I publish the report is because everyone should be aware what is happening on their street or the street over or near where your children attend school. The Police Blotter is meant to be a tool. www.crimemapping.com The fact of the matter is crime is going to happen, it’s just a question of whether you are helping by making yourself or your property a target. Last month at the Linda Vista Planning Group the community service officer for the area had what I thought is the best line regarding crime. “If you don’t report it, then as far as we are concerned, it did not happen.” Even if a crime has not occurred if you see “suspicious activity” your best bet is to report it. Some simple precautions to take

around your property: Lock your gates, with our nice weather keep the windows open while home and close the windows when you leave. Even just taking the dog for a walk is enough time for a burglar to make a grab. Close your garage door! Lock up or secure your bike. Of course, these deviants are getting more and more brash stealing UPS/FEDEX packages right off the front steps. Short of installing video surveillance, maybe have deliveries directed to a neighbor or possibly delivered to work. When it comes to cars if a thief sees a steering wheel lock that is hopefully a deterrent enough not to mess with your car. However, leaving something as simple as sunglasses or music players in the open is opening yourself up to being a target. The message I have heard over and over from officers don’t make yourself an easy target. Lastly, call the police call 911 or call (619) 531-2000. If you do ever find yourself reporting or calling always request and write down the incident number. Every call is given an incident number, with the many calls dispatchers take there is no way they will remember “I called you yesterday” write down the incident number. Be safe and be aware.


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Budget Briefing Reception Learn how the budget affects you in District 6 by Chris Cate, District 6

The City of San Diego’s Independent Budget Analyst (Andrea Tevlin) and I have teamed up to provide you with a “Sneak Peek” of Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s Fiscal Year 2017 Proposed Budget. Prioritizing city services in an open, effective, and transparent manner will provide economic

opportunity and safer and revitalized neighborhoods across San Diego. • What: "Sneak-Peek" of Fiscal Year 2017 proposed budget for District 6 • Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 • Time: Program 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) • Location: SDG&E Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92117 • Information: Light refreshments provided with advance RSVP • RSVP (619) 236-6616 or Email: ChrisCate@sandiego.gov • Event hashtag: #D6BudgetBrief Email: chriscate@sandiego.gov Phone: (619) 236-6616

Ambulance Placement for Our Region How Centrally Placed Fire Stations Benefit; UTC, UC and Clairemont COMMENTARY by Louis Rodolico

When the planners originally laid out the roads in our region they had a road system planned around maximizing citizen safety. Their plan has UTC, UC and Clairemont sharing emergency assets. Note that each existing Fire Station sits between the two major north south roads.The new Fire Station for UC should be located between Genesee and Regents as well.The illustration shows how well the system performs with the completion of the Regents Road Bridge. In the past few months I have discussed the Central UC Fire Station with: UCPG, Fire Chief Brian Fennessy, Marti Emeralds Office & Ciytgate who will do the study. Marti is championing the 2016 ballot for Fire Station funding. There is the possibility of certifying ambulance personnel to enter a smoke filled building.The ambulance would be equipped with an oxygen-fire-suit kit. If fire rescue is several minutes out, the kit can be used to enter a smoke filled building with the intent to rescue victims overcome by smoke.There is a compensation issue since ambulance and fire-fighting services are billed differently, but I believe that this can be overcome. Recently the Mayor has re-contracted with Citygate to review Fire Station placement.This is a good thing since I have it from both the chair of the UCPG and Marti Emerald that radii were used instead of travel times to locate new Fire Stations. Given the geometry of the canyons and the roads a radii study has little value. A

house can be half a mile by radii, but 3 miles by vehicle.This re-contracting with Citygate is an opportunity to have a central Fire Station or Two Ambulance Station on Governor between Genesee and Regents. Such an arrangement would be beneficial for UTC, UC and Clairemont. Looking at the attached illustration F-5M we can see how it would be difficult for emergency vehicles to head

north due to the morning rush hour traffic, positioning more ambulances north in UTC allows for emergency backup to travel south (Green Arrows). The opposite is true with the evening rush on illustration F-5E here we would have more assets in Clairemont.This

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City Council Approves Sherman’s Charter School Permitting Reform Measure by Scott Sherman, District 7 Councilmember

Recently, the City Council approved my measure to reform the City of San Diego’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to ease permitting requirements on San Diego public charter schools. Public charter schools serve over 21,000 students in 51 schools within the City of San Diego. Public charter schools have become an important educational option for thousands of San Diego parents. Unfortunately, the City’s burdensome CUP is enormously complex, time consuming, and expensive. My plan would achieve the following: • Revise municipal code to reduce the permitting requirements to help charter schools obtain facilities • K-12 schools with less than 300 students will be permitted in residential multi-family, commercial arrangement was the intent of the original plan since having two completed north, south roads (Regents

& Genesee) would give dispatchers options in an emergency.You can see how a new two ambulance station between Regents and Genesee would be beneficial. When people who do not want the Regents Road Bridge say the bridge is part of an outdated plan I have no idea what they are talking about.

regional, commercial office, and commercial community permitting zones • These revisions would allow more money to go directly to education instead of navigating through the permitting process We began working with public charter schools and affiliate organizations after being contacted by four charter schools in my district including Empower Charter School in Linda Vista were having trouble navigating the burdensome permitting process. Thousands of San Diego working families depend on charter schools throughout San Diego to educate their children. I applaud the City Council for approving this important measure. It will now be easier for charter schools to obtain quality facilities and allow for more funding to be directed to students instead of for consultants to navigate the complex bureaucratic process. Email: scottsherman@sandiego.gov Phone: (619) 236-6616

For now the three communities of UTC, UC and Clairemont continue to pay the price of not having a completed road system.The main reason I am running for District 1 City Council is because I do not want to leave lives and injuries on the table. When those who live next to the bridge bought their properties they got it at a discount due to the upcoming bridge. So there is a lot of money available to candidates who are willing to kill the bridge. They hired attorneys and in 2006 got a Judge, that's one person, to rule the EIR needed to be resubmitted. In 2010 a sub-committee ruled to table the EIR re-submission, one person's vote again made the difference.The bridge will be up for a City Council vote this fall so Council persons in Districts 2 & 6 should consider how the bridge will affect their constituents. I am hopeful that the new Citygate report will show a new Fire Station or Two Ambulance Station on Governor between Regents and Genesee which would service all three communities in the most effective manner. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of UC since 2001 and is a Candidate for City Council District 1. For more information, visit: www.louisrodolico.com


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We’re Glad for Your Grads! Congratulations to the parents and graduates of the high school class of 2016! Mesa College shares your pride in the graduates’ many achievements. Now that they have finished high school, everyone’s asking them:“Where are you headed?” or “What’s next?” For many, the answer is right next door. San Diego Mesa College is the college of choice for 2016 graduates of the San Diego MET High School heading to Mesa College celebrate “Signing Day.” Exc ellent choice! most Clairemont and Linda Vista residents. schedule.sdccd.edu. Tips for Mesa-Bound Seniors: If Take a Summer C.R.U.I.S.E. Mesa you are planning on attending Mesa College offers a summer experience College in the fall, watch the Six Steps that’s all about Creating Rich Unique to Student Success video to learn all Intellectual Student Experiences, about admissions and registration. August 1-4, 2016, to help you prepare http://bit.ly/mesa6steps for college life. Free and open to Get a Jump on Fall with recent college graduates and other Summer Classes! Hundreds of incoming first-year students. See classes are offered. View the schedule www.sdmesa.edu/cruise or call (619) and register online at 388-2757 for more information.

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How and why children as young as six strayed from home The immigrant culture of Milwaukee’s South Side would be unrecognizable today. The sons and daughters of America’s Greatest Generation were born shortly after WWII and lived within a community of untold trust. Children would wander, explore and quite often get in trouble by picking too many cherries and apples off the neighbor’s tree. The kids on the South Side would

walk not just around the block but around the City. They were young, very young. My first memories are when I was in Kindergarten and my mother sent me to school in a blizzard. All the kids walked to the school, which was a mile from home. It was not unusual to see six year olds walking, riding bikes or running through the woods above Lake Michigan. I still cringe at our group of friends playing on the frozen ice only to return home to our mothers with hands frozen as the winter chill. But this was a culture of community. When I strayed too far, as a six-year-old, there

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was always a neighbor nearby to call my parents or take me home. Back in those days, there were no soccer moms or fathers prodding their kids to success. It was one for all and all for one. It was a time when the pretentious child was scolded and brought down to earth on equal terms. No particular child was special, all of them were special. It was a time when children were together and nature was their cover. There were few cars and some folks did not even have a rotary phone. It was out of the question for a parent to drive their kids to school. With rare exceptions, most of the children were physically fit from all the exercise. I remember one little overweight girl in Kindergarten. My Mother was quick to invite her over to see my baby sister.

Today’s kids have lost touch with nature and the freedom of exploration. As a society, we live in a culture of constant unhealthy fear. This unmitigated sense of dread carries serious health issues, both mental and physical. Neighborhoods ought to be sanctuaries and a safe haven for humanity’s most precious resource, our children. As an old Chinese proverb proclaims,“Slowness is beauty.” So go out and take a leisurely walk and don’t forget our most precious resource. Be nice, do good deeds and don’t be a stranger as we at the Clairemont Times value your participation. Daniel J Smiechowski has been a resident of Clairemont since 1967 and can be reached at smiechowskid@aol.com or 858.220.4613


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A young boy named Mowgli (Neel Sethi), who was raised by wolves in the jungles of India, must be taken back to the nearby man village when his life is threatened by a tiger named Shere Khan (Idris Elba). Khan threatens to kill Mowgli and any animal who tries to protect him. Disney has gotten in the habit of remaking its animated classics in recent years, and we can't say we're surprised since most of them have gone on to gross a lot of money. Along with director Jon Favreau, Disney has now brought another one of their animated tales to life in the live action version of "The Jungle Book." Though this is not a direct remake of the 1967 animated classic, it certainly shares many elements with that version. However, where the original was thin on plot, now we have a much more developed story than its animated predecessor. The first thing you'll notice when this movie starts is its absolute beauty. Many movies that rely entirely on CGI often look fake, cheesy, or a combination of the two. "The Jungle Book" has some of the best CGI we have seen put on film. It's glorious, dazzling, photorealistic CGI work. We knew going in the animals had been created using a combination of computer generated effects and motion capture, but we had no idea how good it would all come together to create a living, breathing jungle full of perfectly moving, beautifully executed anthropomorphic creatures. We hope the days of poor quality CGI animals have long since passed. Not only are the animals entirely computer generated, but so are the sets and landscapes. In fact, nothing filmed here was done on location. The magic of this environment came entirely from green screens and imaginations. In an epic fashion, the jungle comes alive as it, too, plays a character within the context of this story. This movie has a stellar cast voicing its animal characters. These actors include Lupita Nyong'o as Mowgli's wolf mother Raksha, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the panther, Bill Murray as Baloo the sloth bear, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the python, Christopher Walken as King Louie the gigantopithecus, and Idris Elba as Shere Khan the tiger. Each actor fits their part perfectly and adds a little

something extra to their animal likeness. Lupita Nyong'o is nurturing and filled with emotion as Raksha, Mowgli's surrogate wolf mother. Her voice is spot on for a role like this and Nyong'o has really become a wonderful voice actress as of late. Idris Elba is a flawless villain. His menacing, commanding, intimidating vocal expression makes for the ultimate antagonist as he sends fear through even the toughest animals. Can we all unanimously agree he needs to be the next James Bond? Bill Murray is fantastic as Baloo. We couldn't think of a more quintessential voice for the lazy, silly bear Mowgli befriends on his journey. Murray and Sethi share quite a bit of "screen" time and might even surprise you with a song or two. All of these voice over performances come together to make a well-rounded, well-fitting cast. Finally, the only actor to psychically appear on screen, apart from a few nameless background actors, is Neel Sethi in his feature film debut. We are extremely impressed by this young actor. Sethi does a great job, especially considering the green screen environment, he would have had to deal with, which can be a bit alarming for even the most experienced actors. Sethi handled it like a champ. We were worried going into "The Jungle Book" because the original is such a beloved Disney staple. We

found ourselves enjoying every single minute of this movie. Jon Favreau has done a tremendous job retaining the same spirit and joviality as the animated version, but also does justice to the written words of Rudyard Kipling. Favreau has created a worthy remake. Kids and adults will find something they love about this movie. It's exciting with great action; it has a bevy of emotion, tons of humor, and offers the kind of fantasy escapism we seek from movies like this. There is a ton of Easter eggs you'll notice if you are paying attention to all the details. For parents with younger children, be aware there are some intense, potentially frightening sequences we were shocked to see push the boundaries of a PG rating, but they are nothing too extreme. We couldn't be more thrilled with this delightful, immersive, fun film. Our rating: 4.5/5. “The Jungle Book” is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Neel Sethi, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, and Christopher Walken. Rated PG for some perilous situations and violence. 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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6 Feet! Did you know, the average package goes through multiple 6 foot drops when shipped? There are few things more horrifying than turning your irreplaceable 30 piece china into a 67 piece when it's delivered. When it comes to delivering your artwork, family heirlooms, wedding gifts, and, yes, even your 200 lb Buddha statue (done it!). Let us be your packing experts. Make sure your items arrive safe and on time. 4231 Balboa Ave @Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 92117 (858) 483-1909 www.PostalSanDiego.com

SDUSD School News: PrimeTime Extended Day Program 2016-17 The PrimeTime Extended Day Program, provides elementary and middle school students with a fun and engaging learning environment during the hours most parents/guardians are working. Parents/guardians can feel comfortable knowing their children are not only receiving professional academic support, but are also interacting with peers in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Students can "get in the Zone" in the PrimeTime environment by participating in structured activities with their friends. Arts, music, athletics, and cooperative team-building games, are just a few of the invigorating activities children will participate in during the prime part of the day. Why PrimeTime? PrimeTime is designed by experts in child development, education and youth leadership. PrimeTime creates a physically and emotionally safe environment conducive to learning while improving reading, writing, verbal, math, science, social and communication skills. At most schools, programs are funded to serve approximately 85-100 students per school day at the elementary level and 100-300 students per school day at the middle school level. PrimeTime adds a strong youth development focus, including life skills, positive communication, conflict resolution, goal setting and decision making. PrimeTime program leaders and staff have experience and/or receive

training in the areas of child development and youth programs. Our PrimeTime team is comprised of a diverse team of talented individuals, many are college students or graduates in the teaching field who enjoy making a positive impact on today’s youth. Eligibility & Enrollment Families with children enrolled in San Diego Unified School District schools are eligible to apply if their school of attendance is offering a PrimeTime program. PrimeTime is free to all participating families.At many program sites, demand exceeds capacity; therefore, enrollment is based on need and compliance to the attendance policy. Families will be contacted when they have been selected for an available opening. Children who apply, but are not enrolled will be placed on a wait list. To be considered for enrollment, you must complete a PrimeTime Extended Day Program Application, available at each school offering a program or online. Applications will be reviewed and prioritized based on a rating system. Before & After School Zone PrimeTime is available before school hours at most, but not all schools, and start times vary among schools. Before school programs operate for a minimum of 90 minutes. Students are expected to attend everyday for the full range of program hours. PrimeTime begins operating after school is dismissed and remains open

Tooth Tips – DANCING With Your DENTIST:) by Landon Libby, DDS

A favorite patient of mine was in the office recently and we were reminiscing. In her younger days she was a ballroom dancer excelling at everything from Tango and Cha Cha to Swing and Classical. She is a fiery woman and spoke with such passion about what it takes to Create the perfect Dance. It got me thinking…… What does Dancing have to do with Your Dental Health? The Similarities are ASTOUNDING!!! A Great Partner: A dance goes perfect if both partners are on the same page. Your relationship with your dentist is one built on Trust and a common goal of getting and staying healthy. Communication from your dentist is what creates that perfect plan so that the dentist and patient can flawlessly execute the plan. I am PASSIONATE about connecting with my patients and asking “what can I do for you to best serve you” and “what exactly are you looking for in your dental treatment?” The Right Shoes: A dance would hurt without dancing shoes that slide and grip and fit perfectly. Your dentist utilizing the most up-to-date tools to help diagnose and treat your gums and teeth help until at least 6pm each day for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Students are expected to attend everyday for the full range of program hours. The Learning Zone PrimeTime offers 60-90 minutes of academic support to promote enthusiasm for learning and building skills in the areas of reading, math, writing, speech and science. School principals work closely with community partners and program leaders to identify credentialed teachers and to ensure that activities complement the regular school day curriculum. This is the key to providing a comprehensive learning

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experience for every student. Parents/Guardians Zoning In To keep you informed, monthly newsletters and a calendar of activities and events are distributed and posted on the PrimeTime parent/guardian information board. As a parent/guardian of a child enrolled in PrimeTime, we value your involvement. Any contribution of your ideas, time, talents and/or materials are not required, but greatly appreciated. For more information (via SDUSD) San Diego Unified School District (858) 503-1870 primetime@sandi.net www.sandiegounified.org/primetime


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Administering Your Trust Upon Your Death by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

You may wonder what is involved when your successor trustee administers your revocable living trust following your death. Here are the primary actions (not necessarily sequential) your successor trustee will need to take: 1. Arrange for the on-going care of your pets; secure your home; and make the final arrangements for the disposition of your body. 2. Order several Death Certificates through the mortuary to be used in connection with closing financial accounts and transferring title to real property. 3. Mail out “Notice to Beneficiary/Heir” letters as required by California law. 4. Obtain preliminary value of your estate to determine whether a federal estate tax return may need to be filed with the IRS (within nine (9) months from the date of your death). 5. Open a new checking account in the trust name (or convert an existing account). This account will be used to pay all of your debts and on-going trust expenses. In this connection, obtain from the IRS a new income tax reporting number (EIN) for the trust which the bank will require, since your trust became irrevocable upon your death. 6. Transfer title to all financial/brokerage accounts from your name into the successor trustee's name, or close (sell the assets in) all or some of such accounts and transfer the proceeds into the new account in the trust referred to in Para. 5 above. 7. Locate all outstanding bills and pay same from the account referred to in Para 5. above. 8. Make claim for any death

benefit(s) payable on your death. 9. As to any personal property in your estate, have an appraisal of such property made by an estate personal property appraiser, and sell such property and deposit the sale proceeds into the trust bank account, or divide such property among the entitled beneficiaries based on value or as otherwise required by the terms of your trust. 10. Obtain date of death values of all other property in your estate. Your banks and brokerage firms can provide the trustee with a statement(s) covering the time of your death and/or a letter providing the date of death value(s) of such account(s). The trustee will probably need to hire a qualified real estate appraiser to value your real property(ies) (needed for income tax basis purposes). 11. The trustee should keep a good record of all trust income and expenses and trust distributions, since an accounting should be provided to each beneficiary at the end of the trust administration. 12. The trustee should pay to himself or herself the compensation he or she is entitled to under the terms of the trust; and if none is provided for, "reasonable compensation" as authorized by California law. 13. After all estate expenses and debts have been paid, make the distributions to your beneficiaries called for by the trust. 14.Have an accountant prepare and file the needed income tax returns for you and for the trust. 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 43 years.

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Summer Orioles by Trent Robertson

Late spring signals the arrival of one of our most colorful summer residents. The Hooded Oriole migrates north from Mexico to breed in the canyons and suburbs of Southern California. This bird is about 8 inches long and the male has a yellow-orange body and black wings. The throat, back, and tail are black as well and the wings display two white wing bars. Hooded Orioles have a pointed grey bill that is well adapted to their diet of fruit and insects. Orioles have a sweet tooth and can be seen frequenting hummingbird feeders. Traditionally orioles would migrate to southern California to nest in our tall sycamores and the California Fan Palms of the Anza-Borrego Desert. They tend to prefer the coastal lowlands and make good use of the Mexican Fan Palms that have been extensively planted there as ornamentals. They build a bag-like nest with fibers stripped from the palm

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fronds. The Hooded Oriole has a distinctive song that is rattle-like, but less harsh that a woodpecker or a kingfisher. Females and immature males are a pale yellow underneath and olive green on their backs. Their wings are dark with the same wing bars. Sometimes you’ll see an extended family group pass through your yard. Most of the birds arrive in March and leave in September so we have about six months to enjoy that brilliant splash of yellow and black. The Bullock’s Oriole, can also be seen at this time of year. The Bullock’s Oriole has a black cap and eye stripe and is a bit more orange in color. If you’d like to see these and some of our other more colorful summer birds please join us on one of our interpretive walks. We try to offer one or two bird walks per month. Please call the Tecolote Nature Center for more information. (858) 581-9959

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Saturday, May 7 9:00 am Bug Walk - TNC Take a walk and learn about some cool bugs that live in Tecolote Canyon! Suitable for kids and adults. Sunday, May 15 9:00 am Sunday in the Garden Join others to help beautify our garden. Pull a few weeds and give our thirsty plants a drink Wednesday, May 18 1:30-3:00 Art & Activities for Kids This month’s theme is snakes and poison oak. Meet a rosy boa, storytime and crafts Saturday, May 21 9:00-11:00 Weed Warriors! Clean up the canyon with Park Ranger Janice Save the Date! June 4th 10:00-2:00 TECOLOTE FAMILY DAY - TNC Face painting, games, skull identification, owl pellets, nature discovery tables, bugs, create with clay, scavenger hunt, The Bird Calling Lady and more, free family fun! TNC = Tecolote Nature Center entrance Updated schedules 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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Biodiversity: One more species gone? Does it matter? by Susan Lewitt

habitat loss due to development and We live in an area agriculture. We’re of high biodiverse. responsible for Many climate change interdependent through increased species occur here carbon emissions. naturally. Why is We’re responsible for biodiversity loss due to GMOs, important? pesticides and Environmental herbicides, fires and diversity gives us pollution. We’re health and responsible for the happiness. Imagine poaching and killing going through life of species due to without poverty, ignorance experiencing and greed. colorful flowers or There are many Sphaeralcea ambigua (Apricot Mallow) melodic birds. A natural plant Photo: Susan Lewitt complex community communities in San is less prone to Diego. The major one devastation by disease. As for the in Clairemont is coastal sage scrub, undiscovered species out there, one of which has 429 native species, them may be the next miracle cure. including 40 grasses, 289 herbs, 83 Biodiversity affects our foods.“Without shrubs, 4 trees, 15 ferns and 4 vines. a diversity of pollinators, plants, and Many of these are great garden plants soils, our supermarkets would have a such as California fuchsia lot less produce.” And less meat too. (Hummingbird trumpet) which (www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Conse attracts hummingbirds. Clairemont’s rvation/Biodiversity.aspx) Artemisia species include sagebrush We’re responsible for biodiversity and sagewort species. Two different threats. We move to San Diego and Ceanothus species that occur here want to change it to be more like naturally are the Monterey and ‘home’ with grass lawns and eastern Greenbark Ceanothus. plants or exotics from Australia and (http://www.calflora.org/) Africa, leaving less space for San Information: California Native Plant Diego’s native plants. We’re Society’s monthly meetings, Casa Del responsible for species losses due to Prado room 101, Balboa Park, third the introduction of invasive species, Tuesday, except August. 6:30 pm: whether intentional for ornamental ‘Natives for novices’ (June 21: gardens, or accidental as stowaways Biodiversity) Check website: with imports. We’re responsible for www.cnpssd.org/

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SAN DIEGO GULLS SHOOT FOR THE STARS IN AHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS

The San Diego Gulls suffered a tough 5-1 loss to the Texas Stars in Game 2 of the first round of the American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs, evening their series at one win apiece (1-1) at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas on Saturday evening, April 23.

During the first period, with San Diego trailing by a score of 1-0, the Gulls got a goal from left wing Nick Ritchie, knotting the contest up at 1-1 as the two battling squads headed back to their respective locker rooms at halftime. Unfortunately for San Diego, that's

as close as the Gulls would get, as Texas would tack on four unanswered goals of their own, after the final intermission, to pretty much pull away and seal the victory down the stretch. Joining Ritchie in the San Diego statistical column was forward Ondrej Kase with one assist. A couple of nights earlier, on Thursday, April 21, the Gulls defeated the Stars by a final score of 3-1 in Game 1, taking a 1-0 advantage in the series opener that was also played in Cedar Park. Ritchie, center Antoine Laganiere, and center Chris Mueller each put the

biscuit in the basket, while right wing Matt Bailey added one assist to fill up the stat sheet for San Diego. Gulls goalkeeper Anton Khudobin was named the Most Valuable Player of the game for stopping 28 of the 29 shots that he faced. Rob Stone is a life-long resident of the San Diego area and is also a certified talent scout through Sports Management Worldwide. Rob has been working with and helping to assist sports agents in getting their clients signed to contracts. If you would like a professional scouting report written up on your favorite athlete, you can feel free to contact Mr. Stone directly. He may be reached at: (619) 241-6516, rstone@smww.com, Sportsguyrob@att.net, www.smwwscout.com/scout/robstone, www.rsscouting.blogspot.com

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CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD., 92110 (858) 581-9935 ADULTS Author, Seth Meyerowitz Tuesday, May 24 at 6 pm. Seth Meyerowitz talks about his gripping new book, the true story of his grandfather shot down in Nazi-occupied France during WWII. Literary Book Club Wednesday, May 4 at 6 pm The Book Club will be discussing, “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer. Music Concert with Mannskor Wednesday, May 25 at 6 pm. This free concert sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library features the musical talents of Mannskor, the Norwegian men’s choral group. Tweens/Teens Teencraft May 11 at 4pm. More complex crafts for teens! Button Making May 14 & 28 at 10:30am. Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Art Class May 4 at 4 pm. Robert Gully, a local artist presents an art class once each month for kids and teens. All painting supplies are provided. CHILDREN Sign Language Storytime May 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 some fun picture books! Kids Craft Club Thursdays at 4pm. Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time! Tales for Tails Saturday, May 7 at 10:30am. Children can practice their reading with live animals! Sponsored by the San Diego Humane Society. Homework Help Tuesdays at 6:30pm. Trained volunteers are ready to assist you in finishing that report or getting you

SPECIAL EVENTS Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in our community! We hope you have a beautiful day! Visit the library and check out a terrific Mother’s Day book! Celebrate Children’s Book Week May 2-8th Visit the library and check out a terrific book and celebrate the joy of reading! Complete a form telling us about a book you loved and you will be entered into a raffle for a terrific prize. Winner will be notified May 27th . Good luck! New ESL Language Coach for Adults Tuesdays: May 10, 17 & 31 from 12-3:00 Martha Henderson, ESL Language Coach. She will assist adults with various ESL needs such as reading, writing and speaking in everyday life. New Homework Help Tuesdays from 3-5:00 Miss Nicole our volunteer Homework Help Coach will assist students with their homework. For Kindergarten – 8th grade New Teens DIY @ Your Library Wednesday May 18th 3:30-4:30 Challenge Island Presents Minecraft! Wednesday May 25th from 3:30-4:30 This action-packed workshop will have tribes building their own shelters and designing traps to protect themselves from mobs and critters that prowl at night. Sign up begins Monday May 2nd . Sign up soon as space is limited. For K-6th Grades RECURRING EVENTS Chair Yoga for Adults 5/2 & 5/9 11:15-12:00 Join us for a relaxing fitness program presented by Lois Schenker. Come and bring a friend! First two Monday s of the month. Lego Club Mondays @ 4:00 We supply the Legos you supply the imagination. Celebrate May themes – Mother’s Day, Children’s Book Week, Memorial Day and Be Kind to Animals Week with your Lego creations! Library closed Memorial Day May 30th. Stitching with Adults May 3 & 10th 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. First two Tuesday s of the month. Adult Games in the Afternoon Thursdays May 5 & 12th from 12:00-3:00pm Enjoy playing games with fellow adults at the library. We supply the games … Come and bring a friend. Let the games begin! Paws to Read May 10th @ 6:00pm Therapy dogs provide a positive environment for children to practice reading aloud. Come and enjoy reading to our sweet therapy dogs provided by Love on a Leash. Kindergarten – 5th Grade Balboa Book Discussion Club May 17th @ 11:45 Join us for a lively book discussion of Candide by Voltaire. Chapter Book Storytime with Miss Terri Wednesdays @ 6:00 Enjoy stories read by Miss Terri. Kindergarten-2nd Graders. Story Craft with Miss Remi Thursday May 5th & 19th @ 10:00 Listen to a terrific story and make a story-based craft. Preschool-5y/o Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer Thursday May 12 & 26th @ 10:00 Miss Jennifer uses sign language to enhance the reading of well-loved children’s picture books and includes singing and bubbles too! Birth – 5 y/o Wee Reads Friday May 6, 13 & 20 @ 10:30 Special Mother’s Day theme 5/6 includes stories about mom and a sweet Mother’s Day craft Baby & Toddler Storytime Come and enjoy stories, music and rhymes. Birth – 5 y/o Drop in & Play Friday May 27th @ 10:30 Enjoy a relaxed and informal play time with your child while getting to know other families in our community. Birth-5y/o Children’s Book Discussion Friday May 20th from 3:45-4:45 Join us for a lively discussion of Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord. Sign up begins Monday May 2nd . Sign up and pick up your copy to read and keep. For 3rd – 6th Graders. Kids Krafternoon Saturdays from 1:00-2:00 Come and make a fun craft at your library.

NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931 SPECIAL EVENTS If it’s May then it must be time for the fabulous, annual Clairemont

Garden Tour. This event, now in its 20th year, gives you the opportunity to view the creative work of local gardeners, get great ideas for your own garden or just come to be impressed. Also, while on the tour route, be sure to stop and say hello to the librarian at the table for the North Clairemont Library. We look forward to seeing you there! May will be a busy month at the library beginning with the free, early Cinco de Mayo celebration performance of Jarabe Mexicano on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. The following Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. will be the final workshop of our financial series: All About Credit. This workshop will explain what a credit report, credit score and credit history are; how they are calculated and what helps and hurts the credit score. It will also cover how to begin if you have no credit. All sponsored by the generous support of the Friends of the North Clairemont Library. As always, all programs are free and all ages are welcome. Thank you for visiting us at the library! Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include: First Tuesday Concert Series 6:30pm 5/3 Get Ready for Cinco de Mayo with a performance by Jarabe Mexicano. All About Credit 6pm 5/10 Last of a three-part financial series hosted by California Coast Credit Union, Wednesdays: Chair Yoga 11:45am Thursdays:Tech Tutoring, 2nd and 4th Thursdays 10am Book Sale, 5/14 9:30am-1pm Friends of the North Clairemont Library Book Sale. Find lots of high quality, bargain books. Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs: 2nd &4th Mondays: Sign-A-Story Circle Time (ages 2-5 years) 10am 1st & 3rd Mondays: Song & Movement Storytime 10am 1st & 2nd Tuesdays Tiny Tots Rhythm & Rhymes (ages 2-8 years) 11:45am Wednesdays: Crazy Eights Math Club (ages 6-12 years) 4pm Wednesdays: Craft Time (ages 3-8 years) 5pm Thursdays: Lego Club (ages 3-8 years) 4pm 1st & 4th Saturdays: Hopscotch Storytime 10:30am 4th Saturday: Tales for Tails – Share Books with a Variety of Cute Animals (all ages) 9:30am


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