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    SeaWorld San Diego transitions to 'Orca Encounter'
    Jan 18, 2017 | 18675 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    SeaWorld's new 'Orca Encounter' will focus more on how these predators exist in the wild. Photo provided by SeaWorld.
    SeaWorld's new 'Orca Encounter' will focus more on how these predators exist in the wild. Photo provided by SeaWorld.
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    As announced in March 2016, SeaWorld is transitioning from theatrical orca shows to a more educational presentation reflecting more natural behaviors of the whales. The first of these “live documentary”-style presentations, called Orca Encounter, will debut at SeaWorld San Diego this summer. SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio will follow by 2019. The final "One Ocean Shamu" show was conducted at SeaWorld San Diego on Sunday, Jan. 8. Their interim educational orca presentation called a “Killer Whale Presentation” started on Monday, Jan. 9. They have set up temporary seating (bleachers) around the orca underwater viewing area pool and will provide our guests this educational presentation while the new Orca Encounter backdrop is constructed at the main pool. Guests to SeaWorld San Diego will continue to experience live orca presentations, as they make preparations for the new education-based Orca Encounter to debut this summer. Guests will learn how killer whales behave in the wild, how they move, hunt and navigate, what they eat and even how they communicate. "Orca Encounter" will not only help guests gain a deeper appreciation and respect for the orcas, but will leave them with a new sense of determination and purpose to help preserve the future of these majestic animals. This new presentation will also look at broader themes such as research, rescue, conservation, habitats and distribution, husbandry and care, and social structures.  This will inspire as well as educate guests about the majesty of these complex animals and reinforce the company’s commitment to provide educational experiences with the park’s resident Orcas. 
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    January 18, 2017
    I found a video on YouTube called "Tilikum Died - SeaWorld Executives EXPOSED: The Killing of Tilikum Blackfish Killer Whale Dies " made by Bright Insight.

    It shows that Joel Many, who came from the general motors Saturn and Saab divisions, has a base pay of $1million, but because SeaWorld is a publicly traded company, made 11.3 MILLION DOLLARS last year!

    And it's not just him, Jack Roddy the chief of human resources who came from Starbucks, Peter J. Crage the chief financial officer from Extended Stay America (a hotel chain), Anthony Esparza the Chief Creative Officer who came from a design firm and other entertainment parks, are all MILLIONAIRES! All of the corporate executives, who left Tilikum to die in that tank, make the decisions in SeaWorld and all of their other parks! Their not marine biologists, they never were, what they are focused on is making money. So who would you rather believe? Experts who have spent most of their lives studying wild Orcas from birth to death, or just a bunch of people that want to solely make money from animal abuse and probably know next to NOTHING about these animals?

    Please share Bright Insights video, more people need to know about this. He might also do a video on Lolita and Seaquarium soon.
    Circus Vargas unveils original new production – Steam Cirque!
    Jan 17, 2017 | 8996 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque!
    Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque!
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    Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top. Debuting their innovative new production at Del Mar Fairgrounds before moving on to Mission Bay, National City and Escondido, Circus Vargas will divide performances between the four San Diego locations from Jan. 19 through March 13, with a special matinee and evening show added on Monday, Feb. 20 for President’s Day. The show Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey. Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more. 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. The storyline An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. Steam Cirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician-part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new, imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts. Creative inspiration Husband and wife team Nelson and Katya Quiroga’s inspiration for this year’s production came to them over a casual dinner with friends. While reminiscing of traveling, their many adventures and how fast time has passed, Nelson remarked suddenly that he’d felt as if he’d been “Around the World in 80 days!” referring to a novel from French author Jules Verne’s collection, “Voyages Extraordinaire.” That comment and the subsequent conversation that followed morphed into hours of story telling. “It’s been quite the journey,” says Katya. “Sometimes we don’t even believe it ourselves.” Steam Cirque is inspired by adventure, colored by imagination and brought to life by the cast of Circus Vargas. General admission tickets are $22 to $32 for children and $27 to $37 for adults. Reserved ringside seating is $52 to $67 for children and $57 to $72 for adults. For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location. Circus Vargas Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. When: Thursdays 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 19 – opening night), Fridays 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Sundays 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Mondays 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays – no performances, Wednesdays 7 p.m. Circus Vargas Where: Mission Bay Park, 1101 Sea World Drive. When: Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Feb. 2 – opening night), 7 p.m. (Feb. 9) Fridays 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Sundays 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Mondays 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays – no performances, Wednesdays 7 p.m. Info: www.circusvargas.com.
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    Farmers Insurance Open hails charitable, social approach for this year's event
    by BLAKE BUNCH
    Jan 13, 2017 | 21110 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A golfer looks to line up his putt as workers continue to setup spectator areas. PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH.
    A golfer looks to line up his putt as workers continue to setup spectator areas. PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH.
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    San Diegans are fortunate enough to claim the Torrey Pines Golf Course as their own. The course, arguably one of the premier courses nationally and internationally, has recently been gearing up on all fronts for the Farmers Insurance Open 2017. While the course shall play the same, new partnerships and resulting amenities will definitely change the way PGA tournaments are conducted. With Tiger Woods and local San Diegan Phil Mickelson back on the board once again, this year’s open will surely be one for the ages. Things are a bit more relaxed at Torrey Pines than Augusta National (as one example). This being the case, it only seems natural for the tournament, located on such a pristine parcel of California coastline, to reflect the character of the area. Peter Ripa, CEO of The Century Club, knows this all too well. “First of all, we’re extremely excited to have Tiger back,” said Ripa. “He is an athlete that truly transcends the sport. Last year, we had 22 million viewers. For one week, San Diego will be the epicenter of the golf universe. With Tiger involved, you can almost rest assured that those numbers will certainly double. Of course, it is a tremendous draw, but that is one of the countless reasons to make it out thigh year.” Although the larger crowd will lead to an increased number of marshals, this by no means aims to put a damper on spectators’ enjoyment. Quite the opposite, actually. This year the Farmers Insurance Open has begun to incorporate nearly every sporting event social amenities of the greatest quality for spectators, as well as some most could never imagine at a PGA tournament. One are is located near the idyllic 16th green is a spectator “flight deck,” which is raised about 6 to 8 feet off the ground. This deck, divided into the Grey Goose section and Williams Hill Wine Lounge, will offer participants a 360-degree view of the canyons, Pacific ocean, and, of course, the green. Another amenity area dubbed “The Fringe” will be located as am overlook on the 15th green and will hold around 1,000 people. To be allowed entrance to this area, however, ticket owners must possess a premium ticket. Ripa explains the need for such amenities: “We have tons of private clients coming in this year, and have actually set up cabanas with private bartenders and small plates to suit their needs. These cabanas are completely open-air, which allows participants to have a friendly conversation, grab a drink or two, and watch the action on the green all at the same time. San Diego is such a social, outdoorsy city, and we feel the need to represent that at this year's tournament.” One aspect Ripa continues to convey is the emphasis on food and beverage quality for attendees, as well as overall social interaction and enjoyment. Far from the typical bag lunch sandwich, chips, beer or hot dogs and hamburgers available at typical tournament dates, the Farmers Insurance Open has provided a wealth of options. “Perhaps one of our most featured items this year will be our breakfast burrito, which will contain a healthy portion of ‘Cardiff Crack’ tri-tip beef,” said Ripa. “Also, there will be tremendous Thai food, and since we will be airing on EST, we will be offering drink specials daily around 3 p.m.” Some folks may find this level of comfortability excessive, but the fact of the matter is that while the event is set up to propagate the course and garner revenue, it is truly philanthropic by nature. This year, The Century Club has partnered with several charitable organizations, all of varying scopes and sizes. One organization, in particular, is the Boys to Men mentoring program, which is an active participant in both the tournament and “One Wave Challenge” on Jan. 21 at the La Jolla Shores. The Century Club’s program, Champions for Youth, will aid in whatever resources necessary, and through the Classy peer to peer funding network. The Farmers Insurance Open and Century Club will charge no fees for said resources, providing these charitable organizations a level of exposure that would inevitably be out of their reach. “This year's approach is not traditional compared to other majors,” said Ripa. “But that is what we’re trying to convey. We aim to bring a level of approachability unseen at many other tournaments, and feel as though we’re set on the right path thus far.”
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    Girl Scout cookies on the menu for San Diego Restaurant Week
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jan 10, 2017 | 15377 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Chef Guillas, Sophia Benito, Audrey Oani and chef Oani at The Marine Room.
    Chef Guillas, Sophia Benito, Audrey Oani and chef Oani at The Marine Room.
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    It's the centennial of Girl Scouts selling their iconic goodies, and to launch cookie season this year, the organization's “pairing” with San Diego Restaurant Week Jan. 15-22. Chefs at various coastal restaurants will incorporate Girl Scout cookies in some of their Restaurant Week menus. Chefs from participating eateries were at Girl Scout headquarters campus for a Restaurant Week launch event Jan. 10. They teamed with Girl Scouts to prepare their own Girl Scout cookie creations. Culinary Week guests at participating venues will be able to enjoy dishes featuring Girl Scout cookie standouts. This list includes Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Samoas, Tagalongs, and Savannah Smiles. Participating chefs will be taking Girl Scout cookies to the next level with dishes like Samoas Crusted Fried Shrimp, Do-si-dos Peanut Thai Chicken and salads featuring toasted Trefoil croutons. “This is the first time since 2009 that we've been involved with restaurant week,” said Girl Scouts spokeswoman Mary Doyle. “We're doing it again to bring more attention to Girl Scout cookies.” The annual fundraising Girl Scout Cookie Program empowers girls to fulfill their dreams, change their communities and the world. Recent examples include Girl Scout Cookies delivered to United States military personnel around the globe, and care packages sent to victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and victims of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Giving back to local communities has been a hallmark of the Girl Scout Cookie Program since the first-known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts in 1917. The sale of Girl Scout Cookies has also made an indelible impact on the millions of Girl Scout alumnae who have sold them. In fact, 57 percent of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the program was key in the development of their skills today. Coastal Girl Scouts, like Troop 3292’s Isabella Catanzaro of Pacific Beach, a Cathedral High sophomore, age 15, is a 10-year veteran of cookie selling. So far, her troop has saved $1,800 for a six-day canoeing trip in Michigan. Leslie Catanzaro, who co-leads Troop 3292, said, “The most rewarding experience for me is to see the members of our PB community walk up to the girls when they have a booth at Vons and say, 'I remember when you were little Brownies.' ” … then (Scouts) explain about fundraising for their next adventure, and how buying cookies supports Girl Scout programs here in San Diego. They know that they are building a bridge between the community and Girl Scouting.” Doyle talked about one important benefit derived by girls selling cookies. “Goal setting is one of the major skills girls learn through the cookie program,” Doyle said, noting girls as young as age 6 participate. Doyle described the most recent Girl Scouts Cookie drive as a “nice convergence,” given that “this is the 100th year of Girl Scouts in San Diego.” There are a total of 35,000 Girl Scout members in San Diego and Imperial counties, which includes nearly 23,000 girls and more than 12,000 adults, Doyle said. Girl Scout cookie season goes from Sunday, Jan. 22 to Sunday, March 12. Organized by the California Restaurant Association's San Diego County Chapter, San Diego Restaurant Week is in its 12th year as San Diego County's largest and most successful dining event. Held twice annually, this culinary tradition features more than 180 of San Diego's best restaurants offering fixed price, three-course meals. For more information, visit www.SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com. Area restaurants participating Bali Hai Restaurant BO-beau Kitchen + Bar Coasterra Island Prime The Marine Room Melting Pot, La Jolla/UTC OB Warehouse Puesto La Jolla Rockin' Baja Lobster The Shores Restaurant Solare Ristorante Tidal Tom Ham's Lighthouse Vincent's
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    Tiger Woods commits to 2017 Farmers Insurance Open
    Jan 04, 2017 | 16661 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Tiger Woods has fully committed to the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open and will be sure to draw a crowd.
    Tiger Woods has fully committed to the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open and will be sure to draw a crowd.
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    Tiger Woods, a seven-time winner of the Farmers Insurance Open, has committed to play in the 2017 tournament, the Century Club announced today. Woods will play for the first time in 2017 at the January 26-29 PGA TOUR event at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. He won the Farmers Insurance Open in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013, and earned his last major championship victory in a 19-hole playoff at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008. The return of the 79-time PGA TOUR winner and 14-time major championship winner will mark his first start in a full-field PGA TOUR event since August 2015. In early December, he returned from a from a 15-month injury layoff in the 18-player Hero World Challenge. In addition to his seven victories at the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods has finished in the top 10 six other times in 15 appearances. He is the tournament’s all-time leading money winner, with $6,856,015. “We’re thrilled our fans will have the opportunity to see Tiger in addition to what is already a very strong field for the Farmers Insurance Open,” said Century Club CEO Peter Ripa. “He has experienced tremendous success at Torrey Pines and in our tournament, and we couldn’t think of a better place for him to start the year. Tiger’s presence will add to a deep and talented field that includes many of the top stars in the game as well as some exciting up-and-coming players.” Tickets for the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.FarmersInsuranceOpen.com. Adult grounds tickets are $50, with upgraded VIP tickets starting at $80. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, veterans, and youth 13-17. Tickets are complimentary for active duty military, reservists, retired military and dependents, and for children under 12. Woods joins a stellar list of early commitments that includes World No. 1 Jason Day, defending tournament champion Brandt Snedeker, reigning U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, reigning PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker, Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose, World No. 6 and current FedExCup points leader Hideki Matsuyama, World No. 12 Rickie Fowler and three-time champion Phil Mickelson, among many more. The field is not final until the commitment deadline on Friday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. EST. Players with San Diego ties who have committed include Mickelson, Poway High School alum and four-time PGA TOUR winner Charley Hoffman, San Diego State University alums J.J. Spaun and Xander Schauffele, and Torrey Pines High School graduates Michael Kim and Pat Perez, who captured his second PGA TOUR win in November at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. In addition to attracting some of the biggest names in the sport, the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open will also feature an array of new food offerings and venues to entertain the 100,000-plus spectators who attend the four-day tournament. Tournament fans can start their day with a breakfast burrito featuring “Cardiff Crack” tri-tip from local favorite Seaside Market, coupled with a Grey Goose Bloody Mary or Starbucks coffee. Other new menu items include shrimp ceviche, quinoa salad, truffle mac n’ cheese and Thai chicken curry. New areas open to the general public include the Grey Goose Flight Deck on the 16th tee, which will feature specialty cocktails and a panoramic view of the course; the William Hill Wine Lounge, which offers ocean views alongside the par-3 8th green; and the ULTRA Zone, where fans can enjoy happy hour specials starting at 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and a DJ as part of the Post Party presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal. “As a premier event on the PGA TOUR, we have a great opportunity to expand the game to a broader audience,” Ripa said. “By creating a festive atmosphere complete with fresh food and beverage options and the backdrop of Torrey Pines, the Farmers Insurance Open is more than just a golf tournament – it’s an event anyone can enjoy.”
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