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    Satisfy a hunger at Taste of Mission Beach
    May 04, 2016 | 1820 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Food samples at Cannonball restaurant in Mission Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Food samples at Cannonball restaurant in Mission Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Treat yourself to a plethora of goodies at the third annual Taste of Mission Beach, to be held 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12 throughout the beach community's business district. More than two dozen restaurants will be dishing out samples from a variety of cuisines available at the beach. Participating restaurants include Arslan’s Gyros, Café Bahia, Cannonball, Capri Pizza, Coaster Saloon, Chop Shop, Draft, Guava Beach Bar & Grill, Juice Wave, Kojak’s, Luigi’s at the Beach, Marci’s, Miss B’s Coconut Club, Mission Beach Coffee Break, Olive Café, Olive Bakery, Rosaria Pizza, Rubicon Pizza, Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill, Saska’s Steak & Seafood, Starbucks, Swell Coffee Co., The Pennant, Toots Sandbar and Oceana Coastal Kitchen. Taste start locations will be at Mission Beach Coffee Break, 2888 Mission Blvd., and Saska's Steak & Seafood, 3768 Mission Blvd. The annual restaurant walk is being co-sponsored by Mission Beach Women’s Club and Mission Beach Town Council. Free shuttles will be available to pick-up/drop-off participants at every bus stop along the route. Tasters can also take a cruise on the Bahia Belle by catching it at either the Catamaran or the Bahia, or ride a bike free of charge donated by Cheap Rentals. Tickets are $30 a person with proceeds going to PlayByTheBay.org. It is a campaign to upgrade playground equipment and re-create the Bonita Cove public, community recreation area across from Belmont Park. Tickets can be purchased at Juicy Wave, Kojak’s, Luigi’s at the Beach, Mission Beach Coffee Break, Olive Bakery, Saska’s Steak & Seafood, The Pennant, and Toots Sandbar. Tickets are also available at mbwc.org.
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    Four days of Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Old Town
    May 04, 2016 | 2317 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
     The 33rd annual event will transform Old Town into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border.
    The 33rd annual event will transform Old Town into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border.
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    Grab your amigos and head over to historic Old Town Thursday through Sunday, May 5 through 8, to spice up your weekend with the annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo. Celebrating 33 years of fiery fun, Fiesta is sure to be muy caliente. The 33rd annual event will transform Old Town into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. For additional information, call (619) 291-4903 or visit CincoDeMayoOldTown.com. Cinco de Mayo - Thursday, May 5 Join Old Town's top bars and restaurants in celebrating Cinco de Mayo with festive drink and food specials, live entertainment and festivities sure to get you in the mood. Seis de Mayo - Friday, May 6 Keep the fiesta going from 4 to 10 p.m. in the streets of historic Old Town. San Diego Avenue transforms into a lively, bustling mercado, where you can purchase an array of delicious food and unique treasures. Tour down the iconic Lowrider Lane on Harney Street and take in the incredible spectacle of more than 20 beautifully crafted low-rider cars. This collection has become a crowd favorite. Be sure to cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award as well. Everywhere you go, music will be playing, and you can salsa over to one of the three main stages to hear authentic mariachis, Latin rock ‘n’ roll, DJs and more. Siete de Mayo - Saturday, May 7 On Siete de Mayo, there is something to get the party started for everyone. Those of you who are looking for a cerveza-filled day will want to head over to the Cantina Garden for a refreshing ice-cold beer or margarita featuring Dos Equis, Cointreau, Frida Kahlo Tequila and Herradura. For the ninos and ninas, there will be a petting zoo and pony rides from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ballet Folklorico competitions will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saunter down El Mercado to bargain for sombreros, handmade leather pieces, beautiful jewelry and many more treasures that will line San Diego Avenue. Ocho de Mayo - Dia de las Madres - Sunday, May 8 Bring your Sunday to Old Town for the last day of Fiesta Cinco de Mayo, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be your final day to enjoy the festivities, entertainment, the petting zoo and Ballet Folklorico competition. Celebrate your madre for Dia de las Madres by taking her to a delicious Old Town brunch with extended restaurant and bar specials. There won't be any time for a siesta, what with so many specialty stores and museums to explore. You won't want to miss this opportunity to be surrounded by the history and culture of Mexico. Proceeds benefit the Historic Old Town Community Foundation. For additional information, call (619) 291-4903 or visit CincoDeMayoOldTown.com. If you are interested in filming live or scheduling an interview or need logos or images, contact Camille Riley at McFarlane Promotions by calling (619) 233-5008.
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    From the Stranger Than Fiction Department: Mother's Day founder was once arrested for disturbing the peace
    by MARTIN JONES WESTLIN
    May 02, 2016 | 8815 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Anna Jarvis, acknowledged founder of Mother's Day, about flipped when she saw the post office's 1934 holiday tribute. She thought its carnations amounted to a shameless capitalist plug for the floral industry.
    Anna Jarvis, acknowledged founder of Mother's Day, about flipped when she saw the post office's 1934 holiday tribute. She thought its carnations amounted to a shameless capitalist plug for the floral industry.
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    The nation's heart was probably in the right place, but one interested party couldn't find a pulse. The year was 1934, and the U.S. Post Office had just issued a pretty carnation-laden stamp in honor of Mother's Day, 20 years after President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing the recognition of mothers and motherhood. So far, so good – but one person suspiciously close to the issue wasn't having it. Anna Jarvis, the holiday's acknowledged founder, let fly at the sight of the flowers, recalling her brushes with the law over the exact same subject: money. In New York in 1925, she'd crashed an American War Mothers gathering wherein white carnations – the flower most associated with Mother's Day – were being sold to raise funds. She was arrested for disturbing the peace, a hair's breadth away from jail. Florists were Beelzebub on wheels, she'd declare amid the capitalistic degradation of the sentiment behind her lifelong project. Card manufacturers and chocolatiers and vintners weren't any better, she'd sizz, sitting atop a mountain of process papers and lawsuit records in defiance of the enemy and its devotion to the evil behind the American dollar bill. The country's fabled vast right-wing conspiracy had come to call a few decades before its time, and it wasn't going away. Jarvis, who in 1948 died blind and penniless at 84 in a Philadelphia-area sanitarium, spent half her life fighting to abolish the holiday she'd started solely on the strength of her love for her mom. If she were alive today, she'd be cut to the quick to learn that Mother's Day commands around $22 billion in spending every year, the most of any nonwinter holiday. More than that, the day is celebrated in more than 60 countries, meaning that America by no means has a corner on the floral, card or chocolate markets. Nevertheless, Anna needed to get out more and kick up her heels. While Mother's Day price tags are clearly obscene, the thought behind them surely is not. To draw a parallel between the two is like saying the cashiers at the gas station are a bunch of greedy bozos because their prices are so high. For better or worse, there are innumerable forces at work inside the American economy, and there's plenty of blame to go around amid its pesky inertia and wholesale inequalities. Anna could have rested easy on her efforts at launching the holiday in 1908 and letting the chips fall the way they did. Thanks to her, we have a Mother's Day at all; anything less, even at sky-high prices, would have meant a serious blow to the cultural landscape. (Full disclosure: Anna's final sanitarium expenses were paid by a group of Philadelphia florists.)
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    School values now more visible at Pacific Beach Middle
    by HANNA LAUKKANEN
    Apr 27, 2016 | 10046 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Samantha Ford (in front) and Sonja Cayetano painted the symbols at Pacific Beach Middle School on Saturday. / Photo by Hanna Laukkanen
    Samantha Ford (in front) and Sonja Cayetano painted the symbols at Pacific Beach Middle School on Saturday. / Photo by Hanna Laukkanen
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    Sonja Cayetano, an eighth-grader at Pacific Beach Middle, had her family and 13 volunteers help her complete her school community project on April 23. The group spent their Saturday morning painting murals on walls around the school's athletic fields to signify the values of the International Baccalaureate school, which are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Cayetano interviewed students about their poor behavior out on the fields during the lunch. She saw kids being verbally and physically abusive to one another. “The school's values and principals were already painted on the wall for us to follow. They are examples of how we really should behave and yet we weren’t following them. So I wanted to create these symbols to show students visually what those principles actually mean,” Cayetano explains. Cayetano thinks that a lot of students don’t really recognize what the school values mean. Because of her, they now will be more visually prompted by something that is aesthetically pleasing. Last year, she designed murals advocating students to be safer while coming to school. She says it had a really profound effect on a community and she felt that art would really have a great effect on a school community. “I really would like to do more art projects like this, because I enjoy creating art. I’m going to have to see how this is going the affect the community and I would like to hear student and teacher feedback,” she says. Her mother, Julie Cayetano, says that Sonja put a lot of heart and soul into the project. “It’s meaningful for her, and I think it’s great because it’s going be here for a really long time. Maybe another child along the way will make it their eighth grade project to continue to keep them up and repaint them as they need it,” Julie said. Sonja says she wanted to create something that is permanent and would inspire other students to do the same.
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    Locals discuss leads in parrot killings in Point Loma, Ocean Beach
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 25, 2016 | 7215 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Brooke Durham, representing SoCal Parrot, a Jamul-based nonprofit animal welfare group, at a special meeting held April 21 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Point Loma.
    Brooke Durham, representing SoCal Parrot, a Jamul-based nonprofit animal welfare group, at a special meeting held April 21 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Point Loma.
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    Reward money probably won't matter in catching the culprits, authorities are being tight-lipped about their investigation, the identity of the shooter(s) is possibly being hushed up and juvenile(s) are the most likely perpetrators. That was the gist of a presentation by husband-and-wife team Josh Bridwell and Brooke Durham representing SoCal Parrot, a Jamul-based nonprofit animal welfare group, at a special meeting held April 21 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Point Loma. Speaking of the death or wounding of 12 or more wild endangered parrots since Feb. 19 in the Ocean Beach area, Durham said reward money being offered for information leading to prosecution of the culprit(s) is now up to $7,000. But she added she doubts that will make a real difference in capturing those guilty of animal cruelty, a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a $20,000 fine per count with any conviction remaining on the defendant's record. “We know career criminals will give up other criminals for money,” Durham said. “But here we're dealing with something that is much more community-based, and (therefore) money is not the motivating thing here.” Animal cruelty is defined as “malicious, intentional or cruel maiming, mutilation, torture or causing unjustified pain, suffering, wounding or killing of living animals.” Durham hinted there are some strong leads in identifying the Ocean Beach parrot killers, but added, “Right now there's not enough to go forward with a prosecution.” She said SoCal Parrot has taken the initiative in “going out into the community and encouraging people to say what they've seen.” Durham suggested the identities of those responsible is known, but that that information is likely being withheld due to neighborhood peer pressure. Noting the shooter(s) are probably using air-guns with bb's and pellets, Durham pointed out, “It's illegal for anyone under age 18 to use an air-gun without written parental consent.” But Durham was quick to note air-guns are not in the same category as hand guns and other firearms, which use black powder for pellet propulsion. As to leads, Durham said, “We have clear indications, from multiple sources, that a particular group of juveniles may be involved,” while adding there's also a strong likelihood that the identities of youths who may be involved is being suppressed by their parents, who could be threatening their neighbors with legal action if they allege their children are involved. Durham also said SoCal Parrot has essentially been “locked out” of the investigation into the parrot killings by police and animal control. She's been told by those organization's that SoCal Parrot's involvement would interfere with the ongoing investigation. 
Josh Bridwell gave a slideshow presentation on parrots noting there are three primary species found in San Diego and the Peninsula, none of which are native and most of which are threatened. He said most of the wild parrots in San Diego and Southern California have migrated here from Mexico, where deforestation has destroyed trees they live in and feed off of causing them to migrate. The slideshow presentation showed an alarming decline in the wild parrot's habitat which has dwindled to a remnant of the huge areas they once inhabited before agriculture led to wide scale deforestation altering the natural environment driving the birds out. Durham likened the parrot-killing case to a Jigsaw puzzle. “Every little bit of information given to the authorities, the better the picture is,” she concluded. Anyone with information about the parrot killings is urged to call the county Department of Animal Services' parrot information hotline at (619) 767-2766 or (619) 236-2341. Callers can remain anonymous. For more information about SoCal Parrot visit socalparrot.org, facebook.com/socalparrot or email brooke@socalparrot.org.
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