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 | Dreamstime.com


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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 / www.SDTheaterWeek.com

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 / www.poway.com

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 / www.gemfaire.com

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
Contact: www.chulavistaca.gov

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 / www.san-marcos.net

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 / www.koiclubofsandiego.org

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 / www.san-marcos.net

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org

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 / www.grandtradition.com

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
Contact: www.101artistscolony.com

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 / www.csfkids.org/telethon

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 / www.lungforce.org

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 / www.jitfosteryouth.org

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 / www.heartlightsandiego.com

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 / https://lagoon.aguahedionda.org

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 / www.coronadochamber.com

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 / www.thegarden.org

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 / www.vvba.org

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 / www.nationalcitychamber.org

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
Contact: www.classy.org

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org

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 / http://2017.sdlatinofilm.com

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 / www.sandiegoshamrock.com

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 / www.facebook.com/southocarshow

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 / www.sandiegocakeshow.com

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 / www.kiaclassic.com

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 / www.raceforautism.org

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
Contact: www.choralconsortiumofsandiego.org

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org

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 / www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

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 / www.thegarden.org

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 / www.TheBunnyBall.com

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 / www.encinitashalfmarathon.com

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


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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 / www.circusvargas.com

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 / www.lajollaplayhouse.org

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 / www.takekidsfishing.net

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 / www.cardiffkookrun.com

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org

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 / www.sdcss.net

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 / www.ci.encinitas.ca.us

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org

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 / www.sdbgarden.org/pawwalk.htm

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 / www.cuyamaca.edu

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 / www.lamesachamber.net

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 / www.escondido.org

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 / www.EnlistedRecognition.com

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 / www.aquarium.ucsd.edu

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 / www.vvba.org

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 / www.sanmarcoschamber.com

Photo Credit: Honeymoon ID 4619509 © James Steidl | Dreamstime.com


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San Diego International Auto Show   Dec. 29-Jan. 2
Will feature over 400 over the latest new models, a dozen test drives, exotics, automotive products and much more!
Thur & Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm / San Diego Convention Center

Toss for Tots Campaign   Jan. 1
A fun and important way to help Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Simply pledge a donation for each San Diego Chargers’ touchdown during the regular season. You get some terrific benefits, but the kids in our community are the real winners, as 100% of your donation benefits the Brooke Humphries Fund at Rady Children’s.
Qualcomm Stadium
(858) 966-8597 / www.radyfoundation.org

Poway Winter Festival   Jan. 13-14
Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious s’mores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and peruse a variety of vendors and their sensational products. Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air.
Fri 5-9pm, Sat 3:30-8:30pm / Community Park: 13094 Civic Center Drive
(858) 668-4671 / www.poway.org

Tailgaters Chili Cook-Off Weekend   Jan. 13-14
Bring your crockpot with your best chili for a chance to win a prize. Bring a can of beer to participate in Beer Bingo. Show your team spirit, decorate your site with your favorite football team colors for a chance to win a prize.
Pala Casino RV Resort: 11042 Calif. Highway 76
(844) 472-5278 / www.palacasino.com

Winter Festival for the Special Needs Community   Jan. 14
Experience the magic and charm of winter like never before! We’re inviting our Special Needs Community to join us for an extra-special edition of Winter Festival. Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down our snow hill, trying your luck at wintry carnival games, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink, there is bound to be something for everyone!
11am-1pm / Community Park: 13094 Civic Center Drive
(858) 668-4671 / www.poway.org

Western Surfing Association Championship Tour   Jan. 14-15
This is a surfing competition to qualify competitors to the West Coast Championships, U.S. Championships, Prime Event & any World Team Event.
6:30am-5:30pm / South Harbor Jetty, Oceanside
(949) 369-6677 / www.surfwsa.org

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade   Jan. 15
This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.
2pm / Harbor Drive – Embarcadero
(619) 203-2014 / http://alpha-zsl.org/mlkdayparade

Carlsbad Marathon & Half   Jan. 15
Our 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support are just a few of our outstanding features. We also offer each participant a gender specific long-sleeve technical fabric shirt, virtual goody bag, spectacular finisher’s medal, post-race mylar blanket, refreshments (including chocolate milk!) and much more.
6:15am / Shoppes at Carlsbad
(760) 692-2900 / www.carlsbadmarathon.com

San Diego Restaurant Week   Jan. 15-22
8 days and over 180 restaurants. Presented by The California Restaurant Association San Diego County Chapter.

The All Peoples Celebration   Jan. 16
This annual community program is the preeminent event in San Diego County where more than 1,000 business leaders, elected officials, faith leaders, community organizers, artists, and students come together for an inspiring program and common goal of honoring the work and the sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
10-11:30am / Balboa Park Activity Center: 2145 Park Blvd.
(619) 269-1823 / www.alliancesd.org/apc2017

Fallbrook Chamber Member Expo   Jan. 18
A great opportunity to discover and learn about all that our community has to offer! Light appetizers, cash bar, networking, prize opportunities and Aquaterra same-day dining discount.
4:30-7:30pm / Pala Mesa Resort: 2001 Old Hwy 395, Fallbrook
(760) 728-5845 / www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Taste of EastLake   Jan. 20
Fantastic food and drink from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, spirit purveyors, silent and live excitement, and live entertainment. Many of Chula Vista’s local leaders, business owners and educators. Will support much needed funding and celebrate 22 years of the foundation providing vital technology programs to our local public EastLake schools. Since 1995, the EEF has granted more than 1.9 million dollars to the schools.
6-9pm / The Venue: 871 Showroom Place #104, Chula Vista
(619) 997-6470 / www.eefkids.org

SDSU Writers’ Conference   Jan. 20-22
Each year, more than 300 attendees from all over the world pursue their literary dreams and get direct feedback on their writing in 1:1 appointments with editors and agents. The three-day SDSU conference was among the first to pioneer these 1:1 appointments, giving writers unprecedented access to top-tier publishing professionals — many of whom interact with unpublished authors only through conferences.
Fri 1-9pm, Sat 8:30am-7pm, Sun 9am-12pm / San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
(619) 594-2099 / www.ces.sdsu.edu/writers

San Diego Sunroad Boat Show   Jan. 26-29
In addition to the tremendous boats, there will also be a plethora of marine vendors and electronics with the latest nautical products and services, boating seminars, FREE boat rides, as well as food and beverages – making a great time for all to enjoy a day on the San Diego Bay.
Thur & Fri 12-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm / Sunroad Resort Marina: 955 Harbor Island
(619) 497-5254 / www.bigbayboatshow.com

Farmers Insurance Open   Jan. 26-29
Seven-time champion Tiger Woods and other top players on the PGA Tour compete in this annual golf tournament while also raising money for local at-risk youth and military families.
Torrey Pines Golf Course
(858) 886-4653 / www.farmersinsuranceopen.com

National City Chamber Installation Dinner   Jan. 27
Inaugural Celebration of the 107th Board of Directors and Presentation of the Ambassador of the Year, Business of the Year, Community Leader Award, Green Business of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year.
5-9pm / Jacobs Center: 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego
(619) 477-9339 / www.nationalcitychamber.org

San Diego Tet Festival   Jan. 27-29
A one of a kind bonanza with Free Entertainment, Lion Dancing, Music, Rides, and More! Home to Miss Vietnam, Golden Voice, and the Step Up Dance Competition, the San Diego Tet Festival is world renown for its epic celebration. Join us in welcoming the Year of the Rooster as we Spring To New Horizons!
Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Mira Mesa Community Park: 8575 New Salem St.

North County SD Veterans Stand Down   Jan. 27-29
Stand Down for North County’s Homeless Veterans, Veterans in need, and their immediate dependent family members. Showers, haircuts, clothing & hygiene kits, housing & hot meals, medical & dental exams, benefits counseling, mental health counseling, housing assistance, legal assistance. Pre-registration required.
Fri 12-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-12pm / Green Oak Ranch: 1237 Green Oak Road, Vista
(760) 290-5235 / www.ncstanddown.com

Mobile Vet Clinic   Jan. 28
Affordable Licensing, Vaccination & Microchip Event. San Diego Humane Society will be on site providing affordable vaccinations and microchips. If you are a resident of Oceanside or Vista, you can stop by to renew or purchase a new license.
10am-12pm / Wave Waterpark Lot: 101 Wave Drive, Vista
(760) 726-1340 / www.cityofvista.com

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo   Jan. 28
USATF National 50K Race Walk Championships at 7:30am: This is a professional athletic event and unique opportunity to watch elite athletes in action. Meet & greet with professional athletes. Vendor Fair with resources for a balanced lifestyle, interactive classes, health screenings, educational health information. Extreme Obstacle Course. Healthy Kid’s Fun Zone. State Entertainment.
9am-1pm / Santee Trolley Square: 9884 Mission Gorge Rd.

Party in the Stars   Jan. 28
La Mesa Arts Foundations Presents: Party in the Stars benefiting the La Mesa Arts Academy. The gala adds support to LMAAC and includes live entertainment, silent & live auction, dinner, dancing, & more! 6-8pm / La Mesa Community Center: 4975 Memorial Dr.
6-10pm / La Mesa Community Center: 4975 Memorial Dr.
(619) 668-5730 / www.lamesaarts.org

San Diego Cat Show   Jan. 28-29
The nation’s finest cats will vie for top honors at “Food & Water Bowl XXIV,” the largest annual cat show on the West Coast. There will be more than 450 cats from more than 42 recognized cat breeds in competition.
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
(760) 492-6457 / www.sandiegocat.org

Hip Hop Run   Jan. 29
Enjoy DJ’s throughout the course, playing all of the songs you know and love. Participants will have the option to take part in the 10k run, or the 5k run/walk. Be entertained after the run with a star studded lineup of DJ’s at our main stage finish line.
7am / Balboa Stadium: 1405 Park Blvd., San Diego
(408) 766-0195 / www.hiphoprun.com

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