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• The Clairemont Times • December 2011

DECEMBER LIBRARY EVENTS North Clairemont Branch 4616 Clairemont Drive, 92117 858-581-9931 Display: In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, please make sure to check out our month-long display of Pearl Harbor artifacts in the exhibit case by the front desk. Friends of the North Clairemont Library Book Sale 12/10/2011, 9:30am-2:00pm Celebrate! Musical Traditions from Around the World 12/13/2011, 6:30pmDiscover the joys of music making in this interactive holiday program celebrating the traditions of Hannukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Includes instruments, songs, dance and musical games. Presented by Rounding Joy, a nonprofit organization that promotes physical and emotional well-being through music. Appropriate for adults and families with school-aged children. For more information call the library at (858) 581-9931. (All Ages) Family Yoga (All Ages) 12/14/2011, 11/23/2011 2:00-3:00pm Tales for Tails: Read to Animals! 12/16/2011, 3:30-4:30pm Take advantage of your last chance to read to the animals! Children ages 5 & up are invited to improve their reading skills be reading aloud to animals in a program sponsored by the Humane Society’s Pet-Assisted Therapy Program. Animals include guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and sometimes dogs. No registration required. The program moves to another location in January. For more information, call the library at (858) 581-9931. (Children) North Clairemont Library Book Club 12/21/2011, 6:00-7:00pm Be a part of North Clairemont Library’s newly formed Book Club! For our third meeting, we will be discussing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. At this meeting, attendees will also have the opportunity to select and to provide input for book club titles for next year. All adults are welcome to attend and participate. Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. (Adults) Storytime for Toddlers & Preschoolers 12/1/2011, 12/8/2011, 12/15/2011, 12/22/2011 (Every Thursday) 10:30amThe library hosts Storytime for Toddlers & Preschoolers on Thursday mornings for children and their caregivers. This interactive storytime includes fun books, songs, rhymes, movement, and lots of smiles. (Children)

Balboa Branch 4255 Mt. Abernathy Ave, 92117 Family Fun Time Gingerbread Houses 12/3 Noon-1:00PM Come make a beautiful gingerbread house. The houses will be here for you, just bring a bag of candy to help decorate them with. Everyone is welcome teens, adults and children will all love this fun Holiday craft. Preschool Story Time with Susan Wednesday, December 7, 14, 21 6:00PM-7:00PM The Balboa Branch Library hosts a story time every Wednesday evening at 6pm for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Come join us! Infant Story Time Friday, December 2,9,16 10:30AM-11AM We have added a story time for our littlest patrons. Come and enjoy a relaxed story time where children will sing, learn finger plays and have books read out loud!! Children’s Story Time Saturday, December 3,10,17 11:30AM-Noon The Balboa Branch Library has added a children’s story time every Saturday morning for ages 1-4 and their caregivers. Come join the fun. Listen to stories, sing and learn finger plays. Craft Times Saturday, December 3,10,17 Noon-1PM The Balboa Branch Library has added craft time for everyone. All you need to provide is the laughter and fun. No registration required. Arabic Story Time Thursday, December 1,8,15 4:00PM-4:30PM It’s back by popular demand!! This story time will be for young children interested in learning Arabic. We’ll have books, music and fun. Adults interested in learning are also welcome.

Clairemont Branch 2920 Burgener Blvd, 92111 Free Musical Performance 12/21/11 6:30PM Accomplished Trombonist Dan Reagan, who has performed with such artists as The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Marc Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez, will perform with his Latin Jazz Trio. This program is appropriate for adults, and no sign-up is required. Adult Book Club 12/7/11 6:00PM Members will discuss Death in the Andes, by Mario Vargas Llosa, and pick up the book for the next meeting, Wednesday January 4th at 6:00 p.m.

The Track -by Jared Riddle One of my favorite movies is “The Man from Snowy River”. In it there’s a line delivered by an old codger to the young hero when he’s giving him his pick of horses. “A man without a horse is like a man without legs”, he says. The line is given more power, and a little bit of irony, since the speaker has a peg leg himself. When I was a kid, we felt the same way about our bikes. While I could still walk to Lindbergh Park or around the block to a friend’s house, even get to school or the store without one, life didn’t really start until that year that I got my Red Schwinn. Not only did the quality of my life improve, but the pace at which I lived quickened. The trip to Stump’s Market (now Carnival) would only take 3 min instead of the 20 that walking would require. The trip from home to school took 5 minutes, but the return trip only took 2 thanks to “The Hill”. In our neighborhood, that is what the blocks of Salizar between Ashford and Armstrong were called. And while “The Hill” was thrilling as an eight year old, it couldn’t compete with “The Track”. In the back of the Kearny Mesa Recreation Center is a Bike track. Anyone Clairemont local is aware of it. What you might not know is there was a time, before helmet laws, that the track was not fenced in. Any given Saturday, or weekday during the summer, the track would be used by the neighborhood.

The Adult Book Club will meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Meetings will occur at the library. Please read the book before the meeting. Books are available at the circulation desk. Free Art Class for Children Ages 6-12 12/7/11 4:00 PM Robert, the instructor, is a self taught local artist born and raised in San Diego. He has always had a love for nature and animals and wanted to portray them through art. He started painting with watercolors and moved on to acrylic paints. He enjoys painting on many different types of objects i.e. sea shells, rocks, wood, crafts, canvas and murals. Public libraries have been a great source of reference pictures and enjoyment for him through the years. Art lessons will be a great way to share and give back to the community. Friends of the Library 12/21/11 6:30PM The Friends of the Clairemont Library meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The Friends support the library through book sales, volunteering, and planning events. Everyone is welcome. Game Day Thursdays 4:00 PM-5:30PM Free Games include Sorry, Battleship, Candyland, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Mancala, and Quiddler Deluxe. This program is appropriate for ages 3 and up, and no sign-up is required. Grades 1-3 Parent/Child Book Club 12/14/11 6:45 PM Members will discuss The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, by Jack Prelutsky, and pick up the book for the next meeting, Wednesday January 11th at 6:45 p.m. The Grades 1-3 Parent/Child Book Club will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:45 p.m. Meetings will include a discussion of the book and a related craft. Please read the book before the meeting. Books are available at the circulation desk. Homework Help for Grades K-12 Every Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Tutors are adult volunteers, and no sign-up is required. Free programs for children and their families several times a week. Storytime (all ages with storyteller & crafter Miss Nancy) Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm BabySign Storytime (sign language for ages 0-2 & their caregiver) Every Thursday 10:30 am storyteller and sign language instructor Jennifer Duncan Preschool Storytime Every Friday 10:30 am with Miss Fran

I’ll never forget my first run. Perched atop the initial slope, with the starting gate holding my front tire in place, my stomach churned with butterflies. I was staring down a grade just shy of 90 degrees according to my estimate. Luckily, I didn’t have much time to reconsider the choices that had brought me to this point. My friend dropped the gate and so I rocketed faster than I imagined possible. Hardly able to pedal fast enough to keep forward propulsion, cruising through the first banking turn was less a decision than a reality forced on me by the laws of physics and poor gear ratios. As I leaned into the hairpin I thought my body was experiencing g-forces similar to a fighter pilot. I was certain my speed reached 100 mph, even though in probably stayed in the teens. Launching inches into the air over the table top, I was a master in my mind. Fueled by the adrenaline coursing through my veins and the Gator Gum flavoring my spit, I rattled to the finish line, winded but exhilarated and ready to do it all again. These are the kinds of things that stick with me, and they are the reason I am grateful to still live in Clairemont. My sons will be able to experience most of the things that I enjoyed. Things have changed a little, for sure. Storefronts change and new streetlights get put up, but the essence of our community is embodied in these shared spaces, like Kearny Rec. We value our community and recognize the benefit of living in a neighborhood where generations are cemented by common experiences. “The Track” is still there, and I hope it stays forever.

December 2011 The Clairemont Times  

December 2011 The Clairemont Times

December 2011 The Clairemont Times  

December 2011 The Clairemont Times