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More Than Pink   Through May 31
Donate $10 to Susan G. Komen and receive a special discount card offering 15-25% off one item at participating retailers.
Time/Place: 12pm / Fashion Valley Mall

MS Golf Invitational   May 1
Come join us at this esteemed golf tournament featuring premier tee prizes, silent and live auction, lunch, on-course contests, hosted reception, gourmet dinner and player awards.
Time/Place: 10am / La Jolla Country Club: 7301 High Ave.

Small Business Expo, Awards, And Mixer   May 2
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce annually honors our region’s small businesses for their significant contributions.
Time/Place: 3:30-7:30pm / Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Contact: 619-544-1343 /

Fiesta Cinco De Mayo Old Town   May 5-7
This celebration attracts over 100,000 people with its bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling, and a huge display of lowriders!
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Old Town, San Diego

Serra Mesa Spring Craft Fair   May 6
Over 50 vendors with handmade and artesian items, Fair Trade, vintage. Something for everyone and every budget.
Time/Place: 10am / City View Church San Diego: 8404 Phyllis Pl.
Contact: 858-560-1870 /

Asian Cultural Festival   May 6
Martial arts, ethnic dances, cultural exhibitions, entertainment, games, and of course, food!
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Mira Mesa Community Park: 8575 New Salem St.

LakeFest   May 6
The whole family is invited to attend this all-ages event that features live bands, craft beer, kid’s activities and great food.
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Mountain Hawk Park: 1475 Lake Crest Dr., Chula Vista

Horses, Hats & Hope   May 6
A Kentucky Derby Party benefiting REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program & The Foundation for Senior Care.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 4461 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook
Contact: 760-731-9168 /

Bikes Boards and Brews   May 6
Participants will enjoy tasters from San Diego’s best Craft Brewers, food pairings from local Pacific Beach Restaurants, a bike show, local artists and more.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Crown Point, Mission Bay Park
Contact: 858-273-3303 /

Rhythm & Brews Fest   May 6
The San Diego Brewers Guild’s Rhythm & Brews music and craft beer festival will pair many of the country’s most celebrated craft breweries with local musicians.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Historic Downtown Vista Village

Escondido Renaissance Faire   May 6-7
Our goal is to educate and entertain guests young and old, about the life back in the Elizabethan Era. From battles on the field, to having a drink at the pub, to browsing through our many vendors, or watching the variety of shows.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Felicita Park
Contact: 805-665-0359 /

Girls on the Run Spring 5k   May 7
More than 500 girls ages 8-14, will celebrate their “girl power” by running 3.1 miles with their coaches, families, friends, teachers and community members.
Time/Place: 8:30am / Crown Point Park, Mission Bay
Contact: 619-816-6991 /

Carlsbad Village Street Faire   May 7
The streets will come alive with the sights and smells of fair-time as 800 vendors set up unique booths, fairgoers search for handmade gifts, try mouthwatering foods, and have some fun in the sun. 
Time/Place: 8am-5pm / Grand Avenue

Bark in the Park   May 7
Dog Contest: Smallest Dog, Biggest Dog, Best Trick and Owner-Pet Look Alike.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / La Colonia Park, Solana Beach
Contact: 858-720-2400 /

Miracle Babies 5K and Kids Festival  May 7
Dress up as your favorite hero! Kid Zone, Family Resource Fair, vendors, food trucks and exotic cars. Participants are encouraged to fundraise to help raise funds for NICU families.
Time/Place: 8am-1pm / NTC Park, Liberty Station

San Diego Surf Film Festival   May 10-13
Over 25 of the finest international surf films.
Time/Place: Misfit Pictures HQ: 565 Pearl Street #100, La Jolla

Ignite San Diego   May 11
Showcases the community’s movers, shakers, creators, thinkers, innovators, doers and dreamers.
Time/Place: 6pm / The McMillin Center – Liberty Station: 2875 Dewey Rd.

Mama’s Day Benefiting Mama’s Kitchen   May 12
Features more than 55 chefs from San Diego’s finest restaurants, hotels and catering companies.
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Contact: 619-233-6262 /

East County Senior Health & Info Fair   May 12
Join us at this free event and receive free health screenings, health and community resources and much more!
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / La Mesa Community Center
Contact: 619-667-1322 /

Surfrider Foundation Art Gala & Auction   May 12
Silent and live auctions, an exclusive fashion show by Fashion Week San Diego®, a delectable menu designed by Executive Chef JoJo Ruiz of Lionfish, and music by DJ Hevrock.
Time/Place: 6pm / Paradise Point Resort: 1404 Vacation Rd.
Contact: 858-622-9661 /

Cycle EastLake & Run   May 13
1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K Super Hero Family Roll & Roll, 25 Mile Marty Garcia Memorial Ride, or our 18 Mile Mountain Bike & Poker Ride! Benefiting EastLake Educational Foundation.
Time/Place: 6:30am / EastLake Middle School, Chula Vista
Contact: 619-997-6470 /

Avenue Amps & Ales   May 13
An overflow of craft breweries, live bands and good eats.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Memorial Park – Third Avenue, Chula Vista

Touch A Truck 2017   May 13
Car show for kids where sitting in the driver’s seat is part of the deal. Star Wars & Marvel characters, play laser tag, build a rocket, go on a scavenger hunt, and eat from a food truck.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Pacific Trails Middle School, San Diego
Contact: 858-621-3473 /

Balboa Park Pow Wow   May 13-14
The San Diego American Indian Health Center’s Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow is a cultural event that showcases the heritage and traditions of American Indians.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Balboa Park
Contact: 619-234-1521 /

La Mesa Rocks   May 19
Delicious Food, Live & Silent Auction! Cocktail Attire. Live Music by Disappointing Joseph. Benefiting the La Mesa Parks and Recreation.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / La Mesa Community Center
Contact: 619-667-1319 /

Festival of the Arts   May 20
This celebration of the historic North Park neighborhood is a free art and live music festival that also highlights the local craft beer and food community.
Time/Place: 11am-10pm / North Park 9-Block Festival
Contact: 619-294-2501 /

Bowling for Rhinos   May 20
The American Association of Zoo Keepers San Diego Chapter will be hosting their Bowling for Rhinos bowl-a-thon fundraiser benefitting rhino conservation.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Kearny Mesa Bowl: 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

America on Main Street   May 20
“Come Play For The Day” theme. Come join us as we have fun in the sun and salute our Veterans at this annual event. Admission is FREE!
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Downtown El Cajon
Contact: 619-873-1641 /

Bench Party with Fern Street Circus   May 20
Attendees will be entertained with puppets, jugglers, aerialists, and much more.  Attendees will also have a chance to test out their own circus skills in an interactive workshop in tightwire, hooping and puppetry. FREE FOOD and refreshments will be available.
Time/Place: 12-2pm / Bayside Park, Chula Vista

Wild in the Country 2017   May 20
“Casino Royale at the Ranch” will feature a live and silent auction, catered meal, opportunity drawing, live music, casino games and entertainment for the whole family!
Time/Place: 3-7pm / Lions Tigers & Bears: 24402 Martin Way, Alpine
Contact: 619-659-8078 /

Tails on the Trails Charity Walk   May 20
There will be pet vendors, therapy dog groups, dog adoptions, music, food, games, and K-9 demonstrations.
Time/Place: 8am-1pm / Mance Buchanon Park, Oceanside
Contact: 760-940-5708 /

Community Band Festival   May 20-21
Listen to bands that will offer a wide variety musical genres from blue grass ensembles to full concert bands.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-7:30pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm / Old Poway Park
Contact: 858-668-4576 /

Relay for Life El Cajon   May 20-21
The signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Time/Place: 9am-9am / El Cajon Valley High School
Contact: 619-682-7412 /

Fiesta Del Sol   May 20-21
A diverse musical showcase providing continuous live music; an array of arts and crafts exhibits; an area just for kids with rides, games and hands-on activities; gourmet food trucks.
Time/Place: 9am-9pm / Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
Contact: 858-755-4775 /

Bay Bridge Run/Walk   May 21
Participants head east to National Avenue, then up and over the Coronado Bay Bridge. The race finishes in Tidelands Park.
Time/Place: 8am / One Park Blvd.
858-848-5786 /

Valley Center Rodeo & Festival   May 26-28
Vendors, western arts & crafts, food booths, live bands, a horseshoe tournament, beer gardens and more. Head to the rodeo grandstands for a full rodeo event lineup.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Valley Center Community Center

Aquatic Adventures by the Bay   May 27
Youth fishing, kayaking, rowing, bounce houses, scavenger hunt, obstacle courses, face painting, arts & crafts, entertainment, food & beverage concessions.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Pepper Park, National City
Contact: 619-336-4290 /

Vista Strawberry Fest   May 28
Live entertainment on multiple stages, bands & local craft brews all day long in the beer garden. Carnival rides & 300+ vendors. Prizes galore!
Time/Place: 7am-4pm / Downtown Vista
Contact: 760-726-1122 /

Solana Beach Memorial Day Ceremony   May 29
Camp Pendleton Young Marines Color Guard, Santa Fe Christian School Band, “Feathers from Heaven” doves, City Dignitaries and a special guest speaker.
Time/Place: 11am-12pm / Veterans Honor Courtyard at La Colonia Park
Contact: 858-720-2453 /

Photo Credit:  Surfer at Sunset, La Jolla shores ID 7021345 © Sburel |


April, May, June 2017 From The Front Porch Journal

Could this porch be any cuter?  We found this charmer in Mission Hills just down the street from the business district with all of it’s great restaurants and shopping.  Make sure to read all about it in “On Our Porch”.

Inside this issue of “From the Front Porch Journal” you will find info on why buyers should be careful when purchasing a For Sale By Owner Home from Carolyn Plummer at Amerifirst.  Rosemary Joles of the JOLES group and Bennion Deville Homes, is taking San Diego County buyer’s through the process of purchasing a home. Lisa Vasey of Staged Today Sold Tomorrow is sharing how to pick flooring for your home.  The Nibbler’s Digest reviews Snooze located in Del Mar and Hillcrest.  Can we say YUM! The American palate is discussed by Beth Fraitag of Quigley Fine Wines.  Beth Taylor of Taylor Made Travel picks the top destinations to travel in 2017.  Gail and Jim Hallemeyer of Upcycled Home and Garden show you how to upcycle old wire lampshades, glass bowls and metal structures into new lighting.  Susanne Romo of Farmer’s Insurance discusses water damage in the home and what a homeowners responsibilities are. Plus there’s calendars for music, theatre, San Diego activities and so much more.  So grab that favorite beverage and have a read by clicking on the cover photo above.


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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

San Diego Zoo Butterfly Hidden Jungle
March 11-April 23

The Flower Field of Carlsbad California
March – May

Balboa Park
Year Round – Seven Major Gardens

Ironman 70.3
April 1

San Diego Tartan Day
April 1

Carlsbad 5000
April 2

Poway Spring Festival
April 2

La Jolla Concourse d’Elegance
April 7-9

Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon
April 8

San Diego Botanic Gardens ArtFest 2017
April 8-9

Coronado Flower Show
April 8-9

Healthy Living Festival
April 8-9

 San Marcos Grand Spring Festival
April 9

Annual Ugly Dog Contest
April 9

Del Mar National Horse Show
April 12-May 6

Del Mar Antique Show
April 21-23

Del Mar Spring Home Improvement Show
April 21-23

CityBeat Festival of Beers
April 22

Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair & Parade
April 22

The Point Loma Garden Walk
April 22

 Oceanside Days of Art
April 22

Fallbrook Avocado Festival
April 23

La Jolla Shores 5K & Half Marathon
April 23

EarthFair 2017
April 23

The Museum in full Bloom (floral interpretations of famous works of art)
April 27–April 30

Lakeside Western Days Rodeo & Parade
April 28-30

Adams Avenue Unplugged
April 29

Encinitas Street Faire
April 29-30

Little Italy Art Walk
April 29-30

Photo Credit: San Diego Library ID 29351516 © Brian Flaigmore |


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San Diego Theater Week   Feb. 26-Mar. 5
Check out some of San Diego’s amazing local theater, dance and music companies with discounted tickets and other special offers. More than 40 venues throughout the County.
Contact: (858) 381-5595 /

Mickey Cafagna Golf Tournament   Mar. 3
Established to honor Mickey Cafagna, former Mayor of Poway. In keeping with Mickey’s charitable spirit, a portion of this year’s profits will be donated to the Poway Firefighters Association, which maintains a relief fund that benefits those affected by fire.
Time/Place: 10am / Maderas Golf Club, Poway
Contact: (858) 748-0016 /

Del Mar Gem Faire   Mar. 3-5
Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Over 70 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning while you shop.
Time/Place: Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: (503) 252-8300 /

Archery Festival   Mar. 3-5
Come take a shot at archery at this state-of-the-art facility!
Time/Place: Easton Archery Center of Excellence, Chula Vista

Annual Trails Day   Mar. 4
Three-mile hike will visit the Discovery Lake, and Discovery Creek trails. A more challenging, 7-mile hike with more than 1000 feet of elevation gain will be offered to Double Peak Park.
Time/Place: 8:30am-12pm / Discovery/Lakeview Park, San Marcos
Contact: (760) 744-1050 /

Annual Koi Show   Mar. 4-5
Over 300 Koi on display in competition, from 6 inches to 3 feet long. Described as “living jewels,” Koi can live over 100 years. Learn how to build your own Koi pond and waterfall, turning your backyard into a tropical paradise.
Time/Place: Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-3pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: (619) 542-2000 /

San Marcos Alive   Mar. 5
Fine art, craft fair, art demonstrations and exhibitions, children’s area, musical entertainment and juried art & photography show.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / San Marcos Civic Center
Contact: (760) 744-1050 /

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon   Mar. 5
Begins with the Green Mile run/walk which includes children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. The 5K/Half Marathon is a fast out and back course that takes you on a tour of El Cajon.
Time/Place: 7am-1pm / Downtown El Cajon
Contact: (619) 440-6161 /

Annual Bridal Fair   Mar. 5
Over 20 vendors, select wedding designers, florists, photographers, officiants, bakery specialist and musical professionals.
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, Fallbrook
Contact: (760) 728-6466 /

Arts Alive Banner “Unveiling”   Mar. 5
The unveiling reception is the “reveal” that premiers the exhibit each year. The signature activity and sole fundraising event of the 101 Artists’ Colony is to put on the Arts Alive Encinitas exhibit.
Time/Place: 12-3pm / Leichtag Commons – Barn 2: 441 Saxony Rd., Encinitas

CSF Telethon   Mar. 9
Epic student performances and far out fun and games for all! Benefits the Coronado Schools Foundation.
Time/Place: 4:30-8:30pm / Coronado High School
Contact: (619) 437-8059 /

Lung Force Expo   Mar. 11
A forum for healthcare professionals, patients, and survivors, and caregivers to learn about the latest treatments, support, and research for lung cancer.
Time/Place: 8:30am-3pm / SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
Contact: (619) 683-7514 /

Just In Time for Foster Youth “Walk the Talk” Annual Celebration   Mar. 11
Connect and engage 400+ prominent members of the community with the JIT mission and the young men and women whom JIT serves. Gourmet cuisine, entertainment and a live auction.
Time/Place: 6pm / Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Contact: (858) 705-1705 /

Youth Fitness Expo and Family Fun Day   Mar. 11
Educational exhibits, fitness activities, carnival games, raffles, and performances by the children in our after school dance classes in almost 100 San Diego County elementary schools.
Time/Place: 12:30-4pm / Balboa Park: Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Contact: (619) 276-7763 /

Tip Top Run 5K & 10K   Mar. 11
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation will have their annual Tip Top Run Leprechaun Dash & Bash. Runners will receive lunch from Tip Top Meats, two complimentary beers or wines, an event t-shirt, and a swag bag full of goodies.
Time/Place: 8:30am / 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad
Contact: (760) 804-1969 /

Salute to the Military Ball   Mar. 11
A black-tie affair giving Coronado citizens and surrounding business communities an opportunity to show their thanks and support to local military members and their families.
Time/Place: 6-11pm / Hotel del Coronado
Contact: (619) 435-9260 /

Tomato Mania   Mar. 11-12
California’s largest tomato seedling sale is back! Workshops teach what you need to know to grow great-tasting tomatoes.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / The Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon
Contact: (619) 660-0614 x10 /

North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Festival   Mar. 12
Featuring a parade, vendors, kids activities and live Irish music! The parade will run along Broadway and Main. Come and enjoy the local micro-breweries and restaurants, and food booths.
Time/Place: 12-6pm / Downtown Historic Vista
Contact: (760) 414-9391 /

National City International Mariachi Festival   Mar. 12
Celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through mariachi music, traditional ballet folkloric dancing, and a celebration of arts, culture, and culinary delights.
Time/Place: 11am-7pm / Pepper Park: 3299 Tidelands Avenue
Contact: (619) 410-2230 /

Shelter to Soldier First Annual Dog Walk   Mar. 12
Walk YOUR dog in the Downtown Vista St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Continue the fun at the America Legion for lunch, basket raffles, pet adoptions and vendor information.
Time/Place: 2pm / Vista Village Creek

Spring into Healthy Living   Mar. 15
Speakers on frauds and scams, fire safety, driver safety, exercise, free health screenings, senior-friendly exercise demonstrations, senior resources, healthy continental breakfast and more.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / McGrath Family YMCA, Spring Valley
Contact: (877) 926-8300 /

San Diego Latino Film Festival   Mar. 16-26
The festival will occupy five screens for eleven days and will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain. Opening and closing night parties, daily music acts, the 2nd Annual Sonido Latino Beer & Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers.
Time/Place: AMC Fashion Valley 18
Contact: (619) 230-1938 /

San Diego shamROCK   Mar. 17
Over 50,000 square feet of astroturf will be rolled out to set the scene for a block party that boasts three stages, non-stop music, and of course – plenty of green Bud Light beer and Jameson Irish Whiskey libations.
Time/Place: 6pm-12am / Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego
Contact: (619) 233-5008 /

South Oceanside Hot Rod, Rat Rod, Custom Car, Bike and Boat Show   Mar. 18
This is a great neighborhood event with awesome vehicles, entertainment, food, and tons of fun for everyone!
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / South Oceanside Elementary School
Contact: (760) 207-5371 /

San Diego Cake Show   Mar. 18-19
Celebrity appearances from stars of the top TV baking competitions, classes taught by world-renowned teachers for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced and free demonstrations on the Main Stage! Large vendor area with products to buy!
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: (858) 333-6905 /

Kia Classic   Mar. 21-26
The Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.8 million purse. The field features 2016 Kia Classic Champion Lydia Ko and crowd favorites Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.
Time/Place: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad
Contact: 1-888-SEE-LPGA /

Race for Autism   Mar. 25
100% of donations support San Diego autism programs, services, and local classrooms. 5K chip-timed run or walk, 1-mile SUPERHERO Family Fun Walk, scenic Balboa Park course, resource fair, children’s activities, music, commemorative medals and t-shirts, prizes and refreshments.
Time/Place: 7am / Balboa Park
Contact: (858) 679-8800 /

San Diego Sings! Festival   Mar. 25
22 San Diego area choirs each performing individually and all 1000 singers gathering together mid-day for a massed sing under the direction of Dr. David Chase.
Time/Place: 11am / Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park

Health Fair Saturday   Mar. 25
Thousands of residents circulate through this event which features scores of information booths, insurance providers, healthcare presentations, health screenings by Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and live, interactive demonstrations.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Grossmont Center, La Mesa
Contact: (619) 440-6161 /

Bark in the Park Fund Raiser   Mar. 25
Experience the new Live Oak Dog Park. A community walk, which will give participants a tour of the park’s lovely trails and the off-leash area. Followed by dog contests, food and demonstrations/seminars.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Live Oak Dog Park: 2746 Reche Road, Fallbrook
Contact: (760) 731-1041 /

Home Garden Tour   Mar. 25
The self-guided tour will highlight five beautiful gardens, located in East County utilizing an array of color, variety, and low water usage. Learn how you can design your backyard for low water usage plants.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / The Water Conservation Garden: 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon
Contact: (619) 660-0614 /

The Bunny Ball   Mar. 25
Cruise 4 Kids is raising money and collecting Bunnies for sick and underprivileged children. This is a high energy black tie spring celebration. Live DJs, dancing, cocktails, raffles, silent auctions, magician, photos with bunny mascots, photo booth, balloon drop, and candy buffet along with performers.
Time/Place: 7:30pm / Hilton San Diego Resort: 1775 E. Mission Bay Dr.
Contact: (760) 716-5248 /

Encinitas Half Marathon  Mar. 26
With breathtaking views along the historic Highway 101, you’ll be inspired and energized by the beauty of each mile through one of So Cal’s most popular beach towns. Post-race festival.
Time/Place: 7:30am-12pm / Moonlight Beach, Encinitas
Contact: (760) 846-5721 /

 Photo Credit: Sunset At the Oceanside Pier ID 26402560 © Alan Crosthwaite |


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Circus Vargas presents Steam Cirque   Feb. 2-13
Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for 2017’s retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance. Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!
See website for schedule. / Mission Bay Park
(877) 468-3861 /

Love Your Wetlands Day   Feb. 4
The Kendall-Frost/Northern Wildlife Reserve in the northeast corner of Mission Bay Park is the only remaining saltwater wetland in Mission Bay and is normally closed to the public due to its fragile nature. This annual event is one of the few opportunities for the public to actually visit the wetland.
9am-4pm / 2055 Pacific Beach Drive, San Diego

San Diego Fermentation Festival   Feb. 4
Celebrating Food, Culture, Knowledge, and Community. Features a Makers Marketplace showcasing the southern California bounty of artisanal foodmakers and brewers, an Ambrosia Garden (21+) featuring fermented adult beverages such as mead, beer, kombucha and wine, workshops and presentations, Wellness Pavilion with yoga classes, live music and entertainment.
10am-5pm / Waterfront Park San Diego: 1600 Pacific Highway

Come From Away Gala   Feb. 4
This event will feature a cocktail reception with COME FROM AWAY creators David Hein and Irene Sankoff, as a celebration of Artistic Director Christopher Ashley’s 10th Anniversary at La Jolla Playhouse and the 70th Anniversary of the Playhouse’s founding, as well as a special concert performance of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical with Broadway-bound cast!
5pm / La Jolla Playhouse: 2910 La Jolla Village Dr.
(858) 228-3089 /

Mitchell Thorp Foundation 5K Walk/Run   Feb. 4
Warrior Spirit 5K Run/Walk for children battling life-threatening illnesses. Warrior Team Trophy to the largest team, great prizes for top individual and team fund raiser, Best Warrior or Super Hero get up and more. Kids timed obstacle course.
8:30am-2pm / Poinsettia Park, Carlsbad

St. Rose of Lima 5k   Feb. 4
In the spirit of building community, nurturing family time, promoting good health and celebrating community.
8am-12pm / Rohr Park: 4548 Sweetwater Road, Bonita

Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby   Feb. 4
Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, casting contest, a free barbecue lunch and more! Freshly stocked with 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout, the lake will be open only to ages 15 and younger.
6am-12pm / Lake Poway
(858) 668-4772 /

San Diego Miniatures Show & Sale   Feb. 4-5
Exhibits, sales and classes designed for crafters, artists and collectors of dollhouse size miniatures. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced miniaturist, you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy with our two floors of quarter, half-inch and one-inch scale miniatures.
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm / Al Bahr Shrine Center: 5440 Kearny Mesa, San Diego

Cardiff Kook 5K/10K Run   Feb. 5
The scenic loop starts and finishes under the famous “Encinitas” sign, passes by the Cardiff Kook statue on Coast HWY 101, rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in San Diego and then make its way down to Cardiff State Beach.
7:30am / 505 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
(760) 803-1797 /

El Cajon Citizen of the Year Luncheon   Feb. 7
Please join us in this celebration of community service by making your nomination and honoring all those who serve our City.
12-2:30pm / Elks Lodge 1812: 1400 East Washington, El Cajon
(619) 440-6161 /

San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society Winter Show and Sale   Feb. 11
Over 40 vendors from all over Southern Cal and Ariz, and show plants to wow you highlighting winter growers.  Members may show early from 9 to 10 (memberships sold at the door for $15). Thousands attend so come early and bring some boxes for your purchases – we provide a limited amount.
10am-4pm / Casa del Prado, Balboa Park: Park Avenue
(619) 249-3032 /

Sandbag Give-A-Way Event   Feb. 11
Residents must provide photo identification and show proof of residency. A water bill or electric bill is acceptable, which shows the customers address. 10 sandbags will be given for each address/property (while supply lasts). Residents must self-load and transport the sandbags.
8:30am-2pm / Public Works Facility: 160 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas
(760) 633-2600 /

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo   Feb. 11-12
Sample and purchase hundreds of products, meet with local and national brands, receive coupons, and attend informative presentations by top-notch speakers. While all products at the Expo are gluten free, many are also free from the top 8 allergens. There is also a dedicated nut-free section.
Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run   Feb. 12
In its 7th year, the event has earned a great reputation for its attention to detail, race management, and an awesome post-race party at Tidelands Park & McP’s.
Tidelands Park: 2000 Mullinex Drive

East County Honors Awards Gala   Feb. 16
Honors businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and recognizes the tremendous and lasting impact they’ve made on our community. Serves as a fundraiser, raising money to fund community programs and services supported by the Chamber throughout the year.
6-9:30pm / MCAS Miramar Commissioned Officer’s Club: 4472 Anderson Ave., San Diego
(619) 440-6161 /

5K Paw Walk in the Garden   Feb. 18
The San Diego Botanic Garden is teaming up with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society for our fifth annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden.” Both organizations will be benefiting from this event. Participants will follow a 5K walk through the 37-acre garden with their dog(s) in tow.
9am-1pm / San Diego Botanic Garden: 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas
(760) 436-3036 /

East County Career Expo   Feb. 22
Sponsored for Cuyamaca College and East County Career Center. OPEN TO ALL JOB SEEKERS!
9:30am-1:30pm / Cuyamaca College Student Center: 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon
(619) 660-4695 /

Salute to Local Heroes and Installation Dinner   Feb. 22
Join us as we entertain you through this popular evening to celebrate our local heroes from the La Mesa Police Department, Fire Department, paramedics, and our Retired Volunteers of the La Mesa Police Department.
5-8:30pm / Town & Country Resort Hotel: 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego
(619) 465-7700 /

Escondido State of the City Address   Feb. 22
Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address by Mayor Sam Abed.
7:30am / Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
(760) 839-4631 /

Enlisted Recognition Reception   Feb. 23
The Oceanside Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee created the Enlisted Recognition Program in 2001 as a way for the business community to recognize the excellence of the local enlisted personnel. This event is open to the public and will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres and an evening of celebration as we recognize Marines and Sailors who have been identified by their respective commands as  top performers and contributors.
6-8pm / Veterans Association of North County (VANC): 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside
(760) 722-1534 /

Go Red For Women Luncheon   Feb. 24
The Go Red For Women Luncheon celebrates all the wonderful work the American Heart Association does to fight against heart disease and stroke.
10am / Fairmont Grand Del Mar: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct., San Diego

City of Champions Celebration   Feb. 25
The City of Chula Vista is joining together with Elite Athlete Services to celebrate the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVTC) to celebrate the athletic, academic, arts and other accomplishments of people who live, work, play, study and excel in Chula Vista.
9am-2pm / Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center: 2800 Olympic Parkway

Tidepooling Adventure with Birch Aquarium   Feb. 26
Learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive between a rock and a hard place. Trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and how to protect and preserve these natural wonders. Pre-registration is required.
2:30-4:30pm / False Point
(858) 534-7336 /

VVBA Casino Night   Feb. 26
The Vista Village Business Association presents Casino Night at the Movies: A red carpet event. Black Jack, Craps, Poker, Roulette, Silent Auction, Craft Beer & Wine. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Vista Art Foundation. $75.
6-9pm / Cinepolis: 25 Main Street, Vista
(760) 414-9391 /

San Marcos State of the City Address  Feb. 28
Mayor Jim Desmond’s annual State of the City Address is a focal point of the annual luncheon during which Mayor Desmond will detail City of San Marcos 2016 accomplishments and future goals for the City.
11am-1:30pm / California State University San Marcos, University Student Union Ballroom
(760) 744-1270 x14 /

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