Things to do in San Diego

Del Mar Races   July 15-Sept. 5
Come see the horse races as well as other special events including the Del Mar Summer Concert Series.
See website for schedule. / Del Mar Racetrack
(858) 792-4242 /
Mama’s Kitchen Wine Tasting Fundraiser   Aug. 2
Wine tastings while indulging in a selection of hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds will go directly to Mama’s Kitchen, the only non-profit in San Diego that provides free meals seven days a week to anyone affected by AIDS/HIV or cancer.
6-9pm / Park & Rec: 4612 Park Blvd., San Diego
(619) 233-6262 /
Autism Speaks San Diego Walk Kick-Off  Aug. 4
More than 100 families, local grant recipients, service providers and autism advocates will register walkers and and share inspiring stories about their experiences with autism.  
6:30pm / Dave & Buster’s: 2931 Camino Del Rio N., San Diego
(323) 549-0500 x2 /

50th Anniversary & Youth of the Year Awards – BY Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito   Aug. 5
Acknowledges teens for their achievements. Horse races, cocktail hour, live auction, dinner and dancing!
5:30pm / Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Star Fiddle Room
(858) 720-2188 /

Pacific Southwest Brewery Collectibles Show   Aug. 6
Come out to see old beer cans, brewery signs, bottles, and other items. Food & beverages available for purchase.
11am-3pm / Terra Madre Gardens, Escondido

IB Fishing Derby   Aug. 6
This fun event is open to ages up to 16 years old and promises fun for the whole family, including prizes and bragging rights!
8am-12pm / Portwood Pier Plaza

San Diego Burger Battle   Aug. 6
Over 20 competitors will throw down for bragging rights to the title of “Best Burger in San Diego”. Come out to see, hear, and taste what the fuss is all about!
11am-4pm / Carddine Inc.: 1144 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos

Dog Days of Summer   Aug. 6
Bring your four-legged companions to our annual doggie social! We love our puppies and we love yours too! Get ‘em on a leash and take them for a walk in the vineyard or introduce them to some of the pet vendors that’ll be here.
12-6pm / Vineyard Grant James, Ramona
(760) 789-2733 /

America’s Finest Film Fest 2016   Aug. 6
The top 20 short films of the year. 50 local craftspeople displaying their work. SD food and beer.  
5pm / Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, San Diego

Elizabeth Hospice Charity Regatta   Aug. 6-7
Commences with sailboat races on Saturday and Sunday. Food and drink are available for purchase. A silent auction and raffle will take place both days. Live music by local bands both days.
See website for schedule. / Oceanside Yacht Club
(760) 722-5751 /

Solana Beach Family Camp Out   Aug. 6-7
Families will be setting up camp on the spacious field and sleeping under the stars! Activities will include a traditional campfire program, and real s’mores cooked over an open fire.
Sat 5pm-Sun 9am / La Colonia Park: 715 Valley Ave.
(858) 720-2453 /

Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Walk   Aug. 7
The day will also include a 1/4 mile Kids’ Dash, coloring, live music from a local DJ and fun for the whole family. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe.
6:45am / North Embarcadero Marina Park
(844) 835-4325 /

Annual Rod Run   Aug. 7
A collection of classic, hot rod and specialty vehicles.
9:30am-3pm / Historic Downtown Vista
(760) 414-9391 /

¡Latin Food Fest   Aug. 12-15
The Grande Tasting, features an impressive lineup of culinary talent, restaurants, wineries, distillers, along with tastings, cooking demos, live music and exclusive chef-collaboration meals.
Embarcadero Marina Park North: 400 Kettner Blvd.
(858) 461-1970 /

Summer Food Truck Festival & Campout   Aug. 13
7 of San Diego’s favorite food trucks will be here dishing up the best in mobile cuisine. Beer and wine will be available.
4pm / Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center
(800) 642-0348 /

St. Paul’s LUV Gala – Oceans of LUV   Aug. 13
San Diegans are invited to come in Beach Cocktail attire and enjoy a magical evening of dinner and dancing. All proceeds from the evening benefit St. Paul’s Plaza.
6pm / Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina: 333 W Harbor Drive
(619) 239-6900 /

CityFest   Aug. 14
A huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food. Stay past sundown and dance with Hillcrest’s best DJs under the Hillcrest sign with CITYFEST AT NIGHT!
12-11pm / Hillcrest
(619) 299-3330 /

Art in the Village   Aug. 14
Brings over 150 local and regional artists. Celebrating the art culture in Carlsbad Village and the surrounding areas.
9am / State Street and Grand Ave., Carlsbad
(760) 453-7076 /

Poway Veterans Organization Golf Tournament   Aug. 15
Second annual charity golf tournament benefiting veterans residing in Poway, Ramona and surrounding communities. Funds from this event support veterans assistance projects.
7am / StoneRidge Country Club, Poway
(858) 206-8854 /

UCP Annual Golf Classic  Aug. 15
Presented by Rancho Mesa Insurance with proceeds benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County. Entry fee includes lunch, green fees, golf cart, dinner, tee prizes and refreshments.
11:30am / El Camino Country Club: 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside
(858) 571-5365 x112 /

Wags and Wine   Aug. 18
Enjoy fine wine and a leisurely stroll with your furry friend. Wine and snacks will be provided.
4-7pm / The Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon
(619) 660-0614 /

Team2Cure Huntington’s Disease Golf Tournament   Aug. 19
Benefits Huntington’s Disease Society of America. 4-person scramble format, awards dinner and raffle prize drawing.
1pm / Steele Canyon Golf Resort, Jamul

Scleroderma 5K Walk and Family Fun Day   Aug. 20
Walk to support the mission of the Scleroderma Foundation.
8:30am / Liberty Station: Crushing and Roosevelt

Sound of Freedom Poker Run   Aug. 20
Enjoy coffee and doughnuts in the morning. Breakfast burrito vendor. Live band, raffle and auction after the ride. All proceeds to benefit the VFW.
7:30am / VFW Post 1924: 1175 Old Stage Rd, Fallbrook
(760) 728-8784 /

Chula Vista HarborFest   Aug. 20
Prepare to get your groove on and dance in front of THREE stages. Don’t miss the chance to explore green initiatives and stroll through exotic automobile displays.
10am-6pm / Bayside Park: 999 Bayside Parkway
(619) 233-5008 /

Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational  Aug. 21
Brings together surfers, scientists and community members to support the fight against cancer. Live entertainment and a tropical buffet. Live and silent auctions.
7am / Scripps Pier: 8648 Kennel Way, La Jolla

Celebrating Couture 2016   Aug. 22
Breathtaking couture fashions will grace the runway during the Globe Guilder’s Celebrating Couture 2016.
10am-3pm / Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
(619) 889-7121 /

Wine, Women & Wealth La Mesa   Aug. 24
Amazing women that love supporting each other in business while learning to have a great relationship with money.
6-8pm / San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room
(858) 229-8599 /

America’s Finest Corporate Dash 5K   Aug. 25
Participating companies in SD build teams of co-workers promoting wellness in the workplace and bringing employees together for one amazing night of fitness and team bonding.
5pm / Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot

Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Youth Venture   Aug. 26
Golf, be sponsor, donate a prize, volunteer! $125 per golfer. Includes greens fees, cart, dinner, awards, and more.  
11am-5pm / San Vincente Golf Resort, Ramona
(619) 442-7728 /

Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner & Regatta   Aug. 26-27
Pre-race dinner, dancing, live entertainment, live and silent auction, regatta race, spectator boat viewing parties and a post-race dinner party.
Fri 6pm, Hotel del Coronado / Sat 11am, Coronado Yacht Club
(619) 740-4316 /

SD International Kids’ Film Festival   Aug. 26-28
Supported by many across the world, the festival supports the entertainment and education industries by showcasing international films, and gives young, aspiring filmmakers a channel to communicate to an international community.
(310) 541-8040 /

Classic Car & Bike Show   Aug. 27
Trophies, food, music, raffles and vendors. Proceeds primarily to benefit Calvary Ranch and Restoration Ranch, two drug and alcohol recovery programs located in SD County.
9am-2pm / Faith Chapel: 9400 Campo Road, Spring Valley
(619) 609-1349 /

Doggie Street Festival   Aug. 27
This dog and cat adopt-a-thon and fun celebration of our companion animals presents fantastic pet products & services, yummy eats, vet tips and much more!
9am / NTC Park at Liberty Station

Jazz & Wine Festival   Aug. 27
Powerhouse saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair will be performing among others.  
4-9:30pm / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, Fallbrook
(760) 728-6466 /

Westfield UTC ‘Uncasked’ Beer Fest   Aug. 27
Now in its third year, this incredible annual gathering brings together San Diego’s finest breweries for all to enjoy.
4-7pm / Westfield UTC: 4545 La Jolla Village Drive

San Diego Spirits Festival   Aug. 27-28
San Diego Spirits Festival calls out to all whiskey & bourbon worshipers, tequila aficionados, gin guzzlers, rum radicals, vodka vixens and mixologists!
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier: 1000 N Harbor Dr.
(858) 551-1605 /


Songs of Summer from theJOLESgroup on 8tracks Radio.

Summers Here! This is by far one of our favorite playlists. We’ve been listening to it daily if that is any indication. Starting with music from 1934 and taking you through to the early 2000’s. It’s nostalgia and pure fun all rolled into one celebration of Summer.


Growing up on a dairy farm in West Central Wisconsin we had our share of fresh creamery butter, cream, raw milk, cheese/cheese curds (squeaky or deep fried) and, of course, ice cream.  One of my favorite memories of childhood was my grandmother taking me and my sister to Lookout Store for an ice cream cone.  It was an old fashioned country store that the rural community would go to for items that they needed in between shopping trips to the nearest town 9 miles away. It also had the best summer sausage east of the Mississippi!  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.  In my humble opinion childhood isn’t childhood without:

1) Sweet cold watermelon eaten outdoors because it’s too messy to eat indoors. Plus how can you see how far you can spit seeds if you’re inside?  

2) A trip to the drive in “Root Beer” stand for a root beer float or

3) Ice cream in cake cones on hot, humid summer days or any summer day, or evening and morning for that matter.

We carried on the tradition when our twin daughters, Roxy and Chelle, both worked at the Baskin Robbins on Rosecrans in the Village of Point Loma while they were in high school.  One of the side effects of scooping ice cream is they boasted the strongest, most muscular right forearms.  Their reputation for scooping ice cream caused some of their friends to purchase an ice cream scoop for them that looked like a cow and would moo when you scooped the ice cream.  Their stint at 31 flavors left us with a love for Baseball Nut and Love Potion 31.  

Ice Cream at Olson's

Olson's Ice Cream in Chippewa Falls

Papa Todd with his granddaughters Amylia and Claraissa enjoying ice cream cones at Olson’s Ice Cream.  
The white and black fur person is our senior puppy, Toby Wan Kenobi, enjoying his own dish of Olson’s.

Now it’s our granddaughters’ turn to create memories of ice cream adventures.  They are doing that in my husband, Todd’s, home town and what is now their home town of Chippewa Falls, WI at Olson’s Ice Cream.  Olson’s has been in business since 1923.  Let me tell you when you’ve been making ice cream for nearly 100 years, you get really good at it.  If you are ever in Chippewa Fall’s you need to go there.  They are the only place I know that makes licorice ice cream.  My sweetest memory of our visit last summer with our grandchildren, was while we were having supper (dinner here on the west coast).  I leaned over to whisper into Todd’s ear that we should take the kiddos out for ice cream. Our then 3 year old granddaughter, Amylia, must have heard my whisper as she raised up her arms, as if she were the referee at a Green Bay Packer game, signaling that Mason Crosby had scored his field goal kick and yelled out with much enthusiasm, Olson’s!  We had no choice but to take them….

Which brings us to one of our favorite YUM finds in San Diego County. Niederfrank’s Ice Cream in National City!

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Started in 1948, it has the tastiest blackberry swirl that takes me to my childhood in one lick flat!  We love the old fashion ice cream decor with its sweet heart chairs and bistro tables, the mural of downtown National City and Mr. Neiderfranks (Elmer) portrait staring you in the face as you sample their many wholesome flavors.  Yum…

What’s your favorite ice cream memory or YUM find in San Diego County? We would love to hear about it.  If you haven’t found one yet, here is a list to get you started finding your favorite ice cream or gelato.  Keeping cool in summer is easy when you have all of these great places to enjoy in San Diego County. 

Ice Cream in San Diego County

Ice Cream

Cow-A-Bunga Micro Ice Cream & Espresso
10 Evergreen Ave., Imperial Beach,

1038 Garnet Ave., San Diego, 92109

Extraordinary Desserts
2929 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 92103
1430 Union St., San Diego, 92101

Hammond’s Point Loma
3740 Sports Arena Blvd., #6, San Diego, 92110
3077 University Ave., San Diego, 92104
1418 Garnet Ave., San Diego 92109

Handels Homemade Ice Cream
90 North Highway, Encinitas, 92024

Lighthouse Ice Cream
5059 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach,92107

Mariposa Ice Cream
3450 Adams Ave., San Diego 92116

Moosie’s Ice Cream
4073 Adams Ave., San Diego 92116

MooTime Creamery
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado 92118

Neiderfrank’s Ice Cream
726 A Ave., National City 91950

Oasis Ice Cream
1832 Coronado Ave., San Diego 92154

Sloan’s Ice Cream
225 Broadway #1700, San Diego 92101

The Baked Bear
11640 Carmel Mountain Rd. Ste. 120, San Diego 92128

The Daily Scoop
3004 Juniper St., San Diego 92104

Tocumbo Ice Cream
1900 Main Street, San Diego 92113

Viva Pops
3330 Adams Ave., San Diego 92116

Gelato in San Diego


Bobboi Natural Gelato
8008 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 92037

Esco Gelato
122 South Kalmia St., Escondido, 92025

Gaia Gelato
300 Carlsbad, Dr., #104, Carlsbad, 92008

Narvalo Ice Cream & Gelato
2205 S. Melrose Dr., Ste. 105, Vista 92081

Gelato Vero Caffe
3753 India St., San Diego, 92110

1602 State St., San Diego, 92101
3650 5th Avenue, #104, San Diego, 92103
4202 Adams Avenue, San Diego,  92116

P.S.  Sunday July 17th is National Ice Cream Day, all the more reason to discover your favorite ice cream YUM find!  


July 2016 Calendar of Events San Diego The Joles Group Livin In SD

Bark for Life   July 9
A Canine Event to Fight Cancer – American Cancer Society. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives.
9am-12pm / Grape Street Dog Park, San Diego
(619) 682-7423 /

Christmas In July Fair   July 9-10
Offering handmade arts and craft items (many with Christmas themes) by over 150 artisans, the event also includes a rummage sale, bake sale, food court, raffle, kid’s activity area and live entertainment.
9am-5pm / Mission San Luis Rey Parish: 4070 Mission Ave., Oceanside

The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K   July 10
The event will combine the enjoyment of a 5K with all the fun leisure of an island-style vacation full of unforgettable memories and MLB surprises.
7am / Waterfront Park San Diego: 1600 Pacific Highway

Kile Morgan Golf Tournament   July 11
First place winner will be listed on the Perpetual Trophy in honor of the late Weldon D. Donaldson.
12-5pm / Coronado Municipal Golf Course: 2000 Visalia Row
(619) 477-9339 /
Celebrate Coronado 2016 Celebrating All Things Islander   July 14
Join us for this community-wide celebration as we honor our Local Heroes, our City, Mayor Casey Tanaka and all things Islander!
5-8pm / Coronado Community Center Nautilus Room: 1845 Strand Way
(619) 435-9260 /

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party   July 15
We are taking over the streets of Hillcrest with your favorite local DJ’s, carnival rides, dancing in the street and Gogo dancers.
6-11pm / Hillcrest Pride Flag: University Avenue/Normal Street
(619) 299-3330 /

Wine & A Bite Art Walk   July 15
Stroll the Historic Downtown District, stopping at several venues where you’ll enjoy wine, gourmet food and a unique art experience at each stop!
5-8pm / S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook
(760) 728-5845 /

Sun & Sea Festival   July 15-16
World-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.
See website for schedule. / Imperial Beach

Rubio’s Coast Fest   July 16
This event will include a beach clean-up and party with live music, interactive vendor booths, food, a kid’s zone and much more.
10am-2pm / Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside
(760) 435-4500 /

FitFest 2016   July 16
An equal dose of group fitness classes, awesome food, music, and activities for the whole family. Fitness experts providing a wealth of knowledge on topics ranging from competition body sculpting to children’s yoga.
8am-7pm / Coronado Ferry Landing
(619) 435-9260 /

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market   July 16-17
Ranging from all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, you are sure to find that perfect vintage dress, piece of furniture, or other amazing treasures for your home or garden.
9am-4pm / Liberty Station, San Diego

The Museum Ball – Night At The Casbah   July 23
Directly supports OMA’s mission to celebrate art through engagement, education, and innovation.
6-11pm / Oceanside Museum of Art: 704 Pier View Way
(760) 435-3720 /

Insect & Ladybug Festival   July 23-24
Features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions.
10am-4pm / San Diego Botanic Gardens, Encinitas
(760) 436-3036 /

Love Run 5k   July 24
Premier run/walk for anyone who loves to run, loves their partner, is looking for love, or just plain loves life.
7am / Liberty Station: NTC Park
(619) 269-7047 /

WINE SOCIAL Fundraiser   July 27
Raise your glass while raising money for San Diego STEM teachers! 30+ boutique California wineries, delicious bites from the French Gourmet all with a Pacific ocean view.
6pm / Birch Aquarium: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
(858) 771-6481 /

70th Flag, General & Senior Officers Ball   July 29
Get the opportunity to meet with, recognize, and thank local military leaders for their service to our country.
5:30-10:30pm / US Grant Hotel: 326 Broadway, San Diego
(619) 544-1370 /

Let’s Play Golf FUNdraiser   July 29
Join us in our annual FUNd raiser to provide much needed to fund to the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility and CAST.
10am / Salt Creek Golf Club: 525 Hunte Pkwy., Chula Vista
(858) 220-5487 /


Fireworks 2016 Celebrate America San Diego
4th of July Celebrations
All events take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted.

Camp Pendleton: Ken Grody Ford 4th of July Beach Bash
10am-11pm / Del Mar Beach Resort – Includes Fireworks

Carlsbad: Red, White and BOOM! Includes Fireworks
10am-9pm / LEGOLAND California

Chula Vista: July 4th Fireworks
9pm / Olympic Training Center

Coronado: 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
5am-10pm / Glorrieta Bay

Del Mar: San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration w/Fireworks
10-12am / Del Mar Fairgrounds

El Cajon: 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks
1-9:30pm / Kennedy Park

Escondido: Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
4-9:30pm / Grape Day Park

Fallbrook: 4th of July Celebration w/Fireworks
2-9:30pm / Grand Tradition Estate

Imperial Beach: IB’S Red White and Blue – July 2
12-6pm / Portwood Pier Plaza

Julian: 4th of July Parad
10am-4pm / Downtown Julian

La Jolla: Fourth of July Fireworks
9pm / Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Mira Mesa: Parade, Family Fun Day in the Park & Fireworks
8am-9:30pm / Community Park

National City: 4th of July Festivities – June 30-July 4
Kimball Park
(619) 336-4241 /

Ocean Beach: 4th of July Fireworks
9pm / Ocean Beach Pier,

Independence Parade – July 2: 10am / Coast Highway,
Oceanside Fireworks Show – July 3: 5-9:30pm / Rancho Del Oro Blvd.,

Old Fashioned Fourth of July: 10am-4pm / Old Poway Park
4th of July Veterans Ceremony: 11am / Veterans Park
Fourth of July Fireworks: 6-10pm / Poway High School,

Ramona: Rotary Community Fireworks & Family Picnic   
5-9pm / Olive Peirce Middle School,

Ranch Bernardo: Spirit of the Fourth
Community Fair: 9:30am / Webb Park
Parade: 3:30pm / Downtown Rancho Bernardo
Festivities/Fireworks: 6:30-9:30pm / Bernardo Heights Middle
(858) 945-1616 /

Rancho Santa Fe: 4th of July Parade
1pm / 16948 Avenida De Acacias,

San Diego
San Diego Symphony: Star Spangled Pops – July 2
7:30pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South – Includes Fireworks

Big Bay Boom: 9pm / San Diego Bay

Old Town 4th of July: 11am-4pm / SD State Historic Park

Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks: 9:40pm / SeaWorld

San Marcos: 4th of July Celebration w/Fireworks
6-9pm / Bradley Park & Double Peak

San Ysidro: Independence Day at the Border – July 2
3-9pm / Cesar Chavez Park

Santee: Santee Salutes – Includes Fireworks
2:30-10pm / Town Center Park East

Scripps Ranch: All-Star 4th of July Parade
10am / Red Cedar Place to Hoyt Park

Vista: Independence Day Celebration w/Fireworks
7am-10pm / Brengle Terrace Park


Bankers Hill, The Park

June 8, 2016

Have you ever wondered what they do to put in the foundation of a residential high rise building? Zephyr Partners as put together this time lapse video of their new community going up in the Bankers Hill area, called The Park. Check it out, they take it from tearing down the old building to its current foundation status.  It’s pretty amazing.  

If you would like to take a look at this amazing project, or any other new construciton give me a call.  I would be happy to tour you.  Rosemary, 619.405.7673,

The Park, Bankers Hill Timelapse from Zephyr Partners on Vimeo.