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By Jill Wheeler | Agent in Del Mar, CA
  • San Diego Restaurant Week is Here January 16-21, 2011

    Posted Under: General Area in San Diego, Entertainment & Nightlife in San Diego, In My Neighborhood in San Diego  |  January 4, 2011 12:38 PM  |  4,420 views  |  1 comment

    Extraordinary three-course menus from San Diego’s best restaurants from $20-$40 per person.

    Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in San Diego. Choose from over 180 of the city’s best restaurants and enjoy a fixed price, three-course dinner for $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant. Now in its seventh year as San Diego County’s largest and most successful dining event, San Diego Restaurant Week runs from January 16-21, 2011, and is designed to spotlight San Diego as a premiere dining destination.

    Whether you crave seafood, organic, fusion, American or ethnic, there is something for everyone during San Diego Restaurant Week. If you enjoy relaxing at the Gaslamp’s newest tapas bar one night, dining al fresco by the bay the next, and ending the week with an indulgent dessert at one of this city’s most remarkable five-star restaurants – now here is your chance to do so at a discounted price! Choose from restaurants located throughout San Diego in some of the most vibrant and distinct neighborhoods, from La Jolla, Carlsbad and Coronado to Old Town, Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter.


  • Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden

    Posted Under: General Area in Encinitas, Parks & Recreation in Encinitas, In My Neighborhood in Encinitas  |  December 8, 2010 8:53 AM  |  4,415 views  |  No comments

    Garden of Lights 2010

    December 9 - 23, 2010
    December 26 - 30, 2010

    5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Admission prices:
    Members, $6
    Non-members: Adults $12; Seniors, Military & Students $8 
    All Children 3-12 $4 
    Children 2 and under FREE 
    Parking FREE 

    230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA

    There will be additional fees for some activities.

    Garden of Lights
    Garden of Lights Slideshow >>

    After the sun goes down, the San Diego Botanic Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling through the lighted Garden. Adding to the sparkle is the “Poinsettia Garden,” festively decorated with many varieties of poinsettias.

    Live music fills the air nightly from 6 – 8 pm. One night there will be the Peace on Earth Christmas Carolers, while another night features lively Mariachis.

    A team of big Blond Belgian draft horses provides enjoyable wagon rides through the lower area of the Garden, the only way to see the lights in this part of the Garden at night.

    Don’t miss the Nutcracker exhibit, displaying a collection of over 100 Nutcrackers.

    Children of all ages will be entertained some nights by Holiday Tales and Tunes story time presented by costumed characters including reindeer and Santa’s helpers.

    Huddle around the Lawn Garden Campfire to roast marshmallows or to make S’Mores.

    Of course Santa will greet young and old alike each night before Christmas from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, in the brightly lit Gazebo, providing a terrific photo opportunity.

    To keep you warm, there will be hot mulled wine in the Poinsettia Garden, and The Coffee Hut will be open offering hot coffee and cocoa. El Pollo Loco provides healthy Mexican fare each night.

    And finally, children can create a variety of special holiday crafts to take home.

  • The Hope Telethon Benefiting Helen Woodward Animal Center: November 13, 2010

    Posted Under: General Area in San Diego, Quality of Life in San Diego, In My Neighborhood in San Diego  |  November 10, 2010 9:23 AM  |  4,494 views  |  No comments

    Saturday, November 13th, 2010

    KUSI-TV 9/51 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

    Each year Helen Woodward Animal Center reaches 10,000 animals and 50,000 children and adults with our unique programs, but we need your help to make it happen. The HOPE Telethon will be broadcasted live on KUSI – TV 9/51 on November 13th, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to raise funds for the Center’s many beneficial programs. Tune in or come visit us at the Center.

    You can make the difference that saves lives by raising funds today! Please join us as a partner in this effort by registering now and beginning a fundraising campaign for this year’s Telethon.

     While the name may imply we are a non-profit organization dealing solely with animal causes, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, we offer four extraordinary human service programs, Therapeutic Riding, Pet Encounter Therapy, AniMeals, and Humane Education, which embody our mission of people helping animals and animals helping people.Join in the goal to make this world a better place for people and animals.
  • 30th Annual Dixieland Jazz Festival At San Diego's Town & Country

    Posted Under: General Area in San Diego, Entertainment & Nightlife in San Diego, In My Neighborhood in San Diego  |  November 7, 2010 5:02 PM  |  4,493 views  |  No comments

    30th Annual Dixieland Jazz Festival At San Diego’s Town & Country

    Ticket Prices Vary 

    Phone Numbers
    (619) 297-5277

    11/24/10 – 11/28/10

    For over 26 years, visitors from around the world have visited San Diego to experience Traditional Jazz at the Town & Country Resort Hotel. Join us for 5 days of entertainment and fun with incredible musicians! as we welcome back the Dixieland Jazz festival. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center. There are large concert rooms with double dance floors and small, intimate “listening” rooms. All are non-smoking. The Festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, dixieland and swing styles, and offers something for every taste in classic jazz.

    The 2009 San Diego Festival Lineup was

    â–ª Yerba Buena Stompers

    â–ª Tim Laughlin and his New Orleans All-Stars (Featuring Connie Jones)

    â–ª Dave Bennett Quartet

    â–ª Grand Dominion Jazz Band (Camano Island, WA).

    â–ª Uptown Lowdown (Seatle, WA)

    â–ª High Society Jazz Band (La Jolla, CA).

    â–ª Sue Palmer & Motel Swing (San Diego).

    â–ª The Hay Riders (La Jolla, CA).

    â–ª Titanic Jazz Band (Burbank, CA).

    â–ª Dixie Express Jazz Band (San Diego).

    â–ª Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra (San Diego)

    â–ª Cash Kings (Nashville, TN)

    â–ª Night Blooming Jazzmen (Los Angeles).

    â–ª Mission Bay High School Dixie Jazz Band (San Diego).

    ▪ Dick Williams’ JazzSea Jams (Pleasanton, CA).

    Guest Artists

    â–ª Anita Thomas (Hagerstown, MD).

    â–ª Carl Sonny Leyland (New Cuyama, CA).

    â–ª Chloe Feoranzo (Los Angeles, CA).

    â–ª Katie Cavera (Los Angeles, CA)

    For hotel information please call the Town and Country at 1-800-772-8527. Room rates from $119.00. For more information and for tickets contact: America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society P.O. BOX 880387, San Diego, CA 92168-0387 Telephone: (619) 297-5277 email: jazzinfo@dixielandjazzfestival.org • website: www.dixielandjazzfestival.org.

  • October Free Kids Days at the San Diego Zoo

    Posted Under: General Area in San Diego, Parks & Recreation in San Diego, In My Neighborhood in San Diego  |  October 25, 2010 11:00 PM  |  4,501 views  |  1 comment

    San Diego Zoo Hippo Beach

    Free to kids 11 and younger; $35 12 and older

    10/01/10 – 10/31/10 Throughout the month of October, children 11 years old and younger receive free admission. Kids’ Free Days is designed to give children who may otherwise be unable to purchase an admission ticket the opportunity to visit the Zoo and learn about the Earth’s amazing creatures and conservation efforts underway to save them.

    Purchase tickets online at: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/

    San Diego Zoo
    2920 Zoo Drive
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • Everybody Calm Down. Armageddon Is NOT Upon Us!

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in San Diego, Home Buying in San Diego, Home Selling in San Diego  |  August 31, 2010 9:00 PM  |  4,361 views  |  No comments

    want to start by saying that Armageddon is not upon us.   Was NAR’s Existing Home Sales Report tough to read?   Yes.  Were there any surprises in the report? Just one: the fact that prices have remained stable. And that was good news.  All the panic and gut-wrenching revolves around two numbers:The lack of sales in July.   The months’ supply of inventory now available.  Neither number was a surprise to anyone truly following the real estate market. Right here in this blog, the KCM Crew has been claiming for the last nine months that sales in 2010 will be approximately what they were in 2009.  The tax credit moved many purchases forward as buyers wanted to be in contract before the April 30 deadline.  That push forward of demand created a false sense of hope that a major market comeback was taking place in the spring. It also created this current vacuum of demand during the summer.Just as we should have realized that the great market of the spring could not be sustained, we must now realize that plummeting sales numbers will not continue.  It may take one or two months for the impact of the tax credit to fully dissipate.  After that, we will see a more normal buyer demand throughout the fall and winter. We must not forget that people decide to move every day.  Prices are great, interest rates are at historic lows and the assortment of properties for sale is fabulous. Buyers will buy!!

    via Everybody Calm Down. Armageddon Is NOT Upon Us!. compliments of the KCM Crew and Steve Harney

  • Join your Neighbors and be a part of the GREEN restoration of a Solana Beach landmark

    Posted Under: General Area in Solana Beach, Parks & Recreation in Solana Beach, In My Neighborhood in Solana Beach  |  August 29, 2010 10:20 AM  |  4,423 views  |  No comments

    The Fletcher Cove Community Center Is Looking For Help in Restoring and Expanding

    Situated on a one-acre parcel overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Fletcher Cove Park, the Center is a perfect gathering spot for the community and has one of the most beautiful views in town. But the original structure is in need of a lot of help to bring this remarkable site to its full potential.

    Just like the recent renovation of Fletcher Cove Park has greatly enhanced our home town, the Fletcher Cove Community Center renovation will provide a safe and accessible gathering place for everyone.

    The Fletcher Cove Community Center design (shown in the two pictures on the right), embraces our California beach culture including native, drought tolerant vegetation. It is LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and uses sustainable resources. The proposed design is versatile and can facilitate classes, meetings, civic events and celebrations.

    One of the community’s oldest buildings, the Center was a World War II army barracks that was moved to its present bluff-top location in the 1940s. Go to the Community Center section on this website to view pictures of the present Center.

    Please go to the SBCF website for more information www.solanabeachcommunityfoundation.org.

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