Ryan Maloney Presents an Evening with Aloha Radio Benefiting Insulindependence
February 22, 7pm
Ryan Maloney, 14-year old Carlsbad resident, award winning triathlete and stand up paddle boarder diagnosed with diabetes, will host his yearly event at the Encinitas Elk Lodge, on February 22, at 7pm, to raise money for Insulindependence. This event includes a live performance by Aloha Radio, Aloha Radio has rapidly become known for their on-stage energy and unique sound echoing Southern California’s culture of surfing, originality, and passion. There will also be great raffle prizes, and a cash bar.
All proceeds benefit the Insulindependence Pamela C. Lane Youth Scholarship Endowment Fund. The Pamela C. Lane Youth Scholarship Fund was founded with the goal of providing camp and mentoring opportunities to all U.S. children and adolescents living with diabetes.
At two years old Ryan, now 14, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. From an early age, Ryan turned this challenge into opportunity. Through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Ryan became a mentor to newly diagnosed kids in his hometown of Carlsbad, CA. Ryan was selected to participate in the first Triabetes program, a program of the non-profit organization Insulindependence.org (IN). Ryan was selected to be a delegate for Children’s Congress. He and his fellow delegates were guests of the President at the White House.
Encinitas Elk Lodge is located at 1393 Windsor Road, Cardiff 92007. Tickets are $15.00 online (includes one raffle ticket) or $20.00 at the door. To order tickets visit www.stayclassy.org/TheAlohaRadioForIN.
Get Married Inside A 16’ Hershey’s Kiss Sculpture At Art After Dark: Vintage Pop! On Valentines Day
February 14, Friday, 7 – 10pm
Celebrate Valentine’s night at Oceanside Museum of Art’s Art After Dark: Vintage POP! This avant-garde party will explore the very best of vintage pop culture, music and art from the 50’s through the 80’s featuring music by DJ Dedication, and live musical performers Celeste Barbier, Gigi Coddington and Matt Sundstedt, and emcee Sacita Duffy. Guests will be the first to experience OMA’s new Pop art inspired mosaic sculpture exhibition, Jean Wells: Icons of Desire, where they will have the opportunity to get married or renew vows by ordained minister Jason Mayer inside a 16’ Hershey’s Kiss sculpture.
This party includes a garden of fashion made entirely of flowers by artist Erika San Luis, a romantic Against the Grain Lounge by Jason Mayer, video art by Stefa Witt, video montage projections by Stevie Brown & Charles Thi, and thematic décor by lifestyle blogger Jenna Carlson. Alana Rose, of SyFy’s hit TV show FaceOff, returns with a display of her ‘Rotten Roses’, while TEKST artist Jason Markow and artist Steven Van present renderings of pop culture icons, from John Wayne to Robert Smith. Memorialize the evening in the Vintage POP! photo station. Guests are encouraged to dress the part in vintage threads from their favorite era.
Enjoy an array of scrumptious light appetizers, sweets, delicious craft beers, and fine wines. Admission is $10 for OMA members or $20 for nonmembers. This price includes art and entertainment, swag, complimentary appetizers and 1 drink ticket. Visit www.oma-online.org or call (760) 435-3721 for reservations or get your tickets at the door. 21+ to attend.
Enter to win a pair of tickets to Art After Dark: Vintage Pop! Just visit www.NorthCountySun.com and fill in the simple entry form. Only one entry permitted per person. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted by phone and email. Must be 21 or older to enter. Best of luck and either way, see you on Valentine’s Day!
32nd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair
February 8 - 9
The 32nd Annual 2014 San Diego Chinese New Year and Cultural Fair will take place downtown San Diego (rain or shine) on Saturday, February 8 and 9, from 9am to 5pm both days. This year is the Year of the Horse.
The festival is a free, family friendly event. There will be martial arts performances, lion dances, delicious Chinese cuisine, booths for arts and crafts, Asian story theater, and cultural dances. Don’t miss the special parade as kids get to walk alongside a 25 foot dragon and Chinese lions. And, be sure to have your kids make their lanterns in the Children’s Craft Area before the parade begins! Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Chinese apparel. Please meet in front of the Children’s Craft Area at the start of the parade. Children and lions will follow the 11 person dragon as they head to the stage for some fun! Please check the Entertainment Schedule for performance and times.
The festival takes place downtown San Diego at 3rd Avenue and J Street. Visit www.sdcny.weebly.com.
4th Annual For the Love of Chocolate and SweetArt Festival
February 8, Saturday, 1pm-5pm
Bring your sweetheart or just your sweet tooth to the 4th annual “For the Love of Chocolate and SweetArt Festival. Chocolate pairings kick off the “For the Love of Chocolate” festivities at 1pm on Grand Avenue in Escondido on Saturday, February 8. Guests will experience an assortment of exotic chocolates paired with wine and champagne at boutiques, spas, salons and other retail stores along Grand Avenue, between Centre City Parkway and Juniper Street. Lost Abbey Brewery and Michael David Winery will be participating along with others.
“Sweet Street” opens at 1pm on Grand Avenue at Kalmia Street. Attendees stroll among vendor booths to taste and purchase gourmet, international, and even unusual treats, all produced and presented by local and international chocolatiers. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Grand Avenue. Live musical entertainment is provided.
Additional variations on this chocolate theme can be found all around downtown Escondido to satisfy one’s chocolate cravings. Visitors can indulge by stopping into many of the downtown galleries, restaurants, and spas. Many will be offering Valentine’s Day activities and treats and specials on chocolate, drinks, entrees, and desserts. Following the festival, from 5pm to 9pm, the “SweetArt” Walk brings fine art into the mix with gallery openings and receptions.
The event takes place in Downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue, between Centre City Parkway and Juniper Street. “For the Love of Chocolate” tickets are $20-$35 for entrance and beer and wine pairings. Call (858) 243-3211 or visit www.escondidochocolatefestival.com.
Fabulous Hillcrest Mardi Gras 2014
March 4, Fat Tuesday, 6-11pm
Hillcrest known for its wild and outrageous parties is gearing up for one of its best of the year. Hey there, throw me some beads! The fabulous Hillcrest Mardi Gras is on Fat Tuesday, March 4, on University Avenue between 10th and Herbert Street. This classic Hillcrest event is one of the largest street parties in San Diego and promises to be a wild and scandalous evening.
With a huge dance stage and open air beats, live entertainment, gourmet food New Orleans-style, outrageous costumes, and of course, beads, beads, beads, this event is one you won’t want to miss and will be talking about long after. Tickets are $15 and VIP tickets are $50. Join the parade! The parade starts at 6pm this year.
Hillcrest Mardi Gras is is brought to you by the Hillcrest Business Association and will take place at 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. For tickets, visit http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/fat-tuesday/
La Jolla Concours d’Elegance
Motor Classic April 13
It is fitting that when translated into Spanish, La Jolla means “the jewel,” because La Jolla truly is the jewel of San Diego. La Jolla lifestyle embodies luxury and class and the chic allure of La Jolla’s avenues has drawn the finest automobiles to this coastal town for the tenth annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and The La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours on April 13 at La Jolla Cove.
The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features various types of fine automobiles. Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, Woodies, 50’s classics, and American sports cars. Spectators from all over the nation come to the breathtaking shores of La Jolla to view their favorite classics. As in years past, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will be tipping its hat to some of the world’s finest Classics: Rolls Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, Cadillac, and of course Duesenberg. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the event. Children under 14 are free. VIP tickets are $100.
The Concours Cocktail Party is Friday evening, April 11, from 7 to 10 pm. In celebration of the classics, La Jolla Concours d’Elegance invites you to a contemporary classic cocktail party at La Valencia Hotel. For tickets or information, call (619) 233-5008 or visit www.lajollaconcours.com.
Mardi Gras 11Th Annual Coeur de Cuisine in Escondido
February 23, Sunday
The Rotary Club of Escondido’s annual fundraising event, the Coeur de Cuisine gourmet gala, has become a social highlight throughout the North San Diego County region each February. This year the event will be held at the California Center for the Arts Escondido’s Main Ballroom.
It is mainly through its Coeur de Cuisine event that the Rotary Club gets the resources to fund charitable projects both locally and around the world. This year is the 11th anniversary of Coeur de Cuisine, and for the occasion, The Rotary Club of Escondido is celebrating with a formal but fun Mardi Gras theme. This year’s honorees are Trudy and Mike Bronner. The Bronner family has been prominent in the Escondido community since the 1940’s, and under Trudy and Mike’s guidance, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has become world-renowned.
So grab your beads and masquerade masks and prepare for a Fat Tuesday feast and fest to last the whole year long! For more details or for any event changes or updates, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.coeurdecuisine.com.
20th Annual Mardi Gras Parade Festival and Fat Tuesday in the Gaslamp
March 4, Tuesday, 6pm – midnight
Mardi Gras Festival and Parade is considered to be San Diego’s most decadent day of debauchery, and this year is turning twenty! So, the Gaslamp is throwing the most outrageous party yet! It’s Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp on Fat Tuesday, March 4, from 6pm to Midnight. The streets of the Gaslamp will “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll)! One of the most anticipated festivals on the West Coast, Gaslamp Mardi Gras returns and is anticipated to have over 40,000 in attendance. This year’s Mardi Gras builds on the success of past years revamped events with five stages featuring live music performances, special guest appearances, and the world’s top electronica, dubstep, and house DJs.
Mardi Gras features a grand parade traveling down Fifth Avenue at 9pm, as well as multi-dimensional street performers entertaining on over 16 blocks throughout the Gaslamp Quarter. Cutting-edge lighting, sound, and visuals enhance the venue as they draw Mardi Gras revelers through the pulsating streets of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Proceeds benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Association, the 501(c)6 non-profit trade organization that protects and promotes the Gaslamp Quarter as a National Historic District and San Diego’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
Please keep in mind that the festival goes on as planned, rain or shine!
“Don’t forget to throw me something mister!” Tickets to this fabulous downtown traditional Mardi Gras festival are now on sale. Attendees must be 21 years or older and have a valid photo ID to enter. Please check website for event changes this year. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.gaslamp.org or call (619) 233-5227.
22nd Annual Brazil Carnival
March 1, Saturday, 9:30pm to 1:30am
Brazilian Promotions presents the 22nd Annual San Diego Brazil Carnival on Saturday, March 1, from 9:30 PM to 1:30 AM. This grand party, produced by Brazilian Promotions includes a great lineup of bands, capoeira, parades, beads, and a special samba show with dancers in glittering costumes accompanied by percussionists playing authentic batucada rhythms. Dance to your hearts desire to samba, batucada, axé, frevo, reggae, marcha, and Carnaval Electrico. This is one event definitely not to miss!
Tickets are now on sale and are $25 - $75. Attendees must be 21+ years old. The Brazil Carnival takes place at The Fuse Nightclub at 379 4th Avenue, San Diego, 92101. For more information or tickets, call (619) 865-8972 or visit www.brazilcarnival.com.
City of San Marcos Senior Center’s Special Events, Classes, Lunch Program
The San Marcos Senior Center serves a nutritious lunch Monday thru Friday at 11:30 AM. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (760) 744-5535 ext. 3606. The atmosphere is cheerful and often is accompanied with someone on the piano. Lunch choices include a hot or cold entrée with dessert and Soup and Salad Bar option every Tuesday and Thursday. There is a $4 suggested donation for seniors 60 and over, or under 60, cost is $5.
February 14, Fri. 10:45 AM – Valentine’s Day luncheon with entertainment. Lunch choices include a hot or cold entrée with dessert. $4 suggested donation for seniors 60 & over, under 60 $5 cost. Must RSVP in advance .
February 16, Sun. 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Sweetheart Senior Prom (not high school) with refreshments and live entertainment provided by Sundance Band. $5 cost. Co-sponsored by San Marcos Youth Commission.
February 20, Thrs. 2:00-4:00 PM –Ballroom Dance. Entertainment will be provided by The Billy Harper Band. $5.00 per person includes refreshments.
March 4, Tues. 11:00 AM– 12:30 PM – Mardi Gras New Orleans Style luncheon Party with Cajun Food, Chair Parade, Live Entertainment, Beads, and more! Must RSVP for lunch in advance! $4 suggested donation for seniors 60 and above $5 cost for everyone else.
March 17, Mon. 10:45 AM – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Entertainment begins at 10:45 and lunch will be served at 11:30. Must RSVP in advance for lunch! $4 suggested donation for seniors 60 and above. $5 cost for everyone else.
March 20, Thrs. 2:00 – 4:00 PM - Ballroom Dance. Entertainment will be provided by The Billy Harper Band. $5.00 per person includes refreshments.
ONGOING CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES
Chair Tai Chi Kung Wednesdays 8:45 – 9:45; Creative Writing Class Thursdays from 1:00-4:00 PM; Table Tennis & Mini Golf first Tuesday of every month at 12:15; Piece of Mind Yoga Mondays from 5:30-6:30 PM; Genealogy Class Tuesdays 9:00 AM (Free); Positively Fit Mondays from 8:30-9:30 $36/mo.; Mixed media Art 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $40/8weeks.
The San Marcos Senior Center is located at 111 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos. Call (760) 744.5535 for lunch reservations and classes or visit www.san-marcos.net/seniors.
Seaport Village 8th Annual Busker Festival
March 29 – 30, 12-5pm; Buskers After Dark on March 29, 6-10pm
This is an event not to be missed! Seaport Village welcomes the unthinkable from across the country at its eight annual Spring Busker Festival, Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, from 12–5 pm. The celebration brings colorful street performers like sword swallowers, comedians, acrobats, jugglers on unicycles, escape artists and comedic stuntmen to the cobblestone streets of downtown’s Seaport Village. The extraordinary, unique, and bizarre talents at the festival provides outdoor amusement unlike any other in the region.
For a night of unforgettable performances, Seaport Village lets the street performers loose for Buskers After Dark on Saturday, March 29, from 6pm to 10 pm. The untamed show features a crazy DJ, great food and drink specials and multiple Busker Festival acts best suited for those over 18. $1 beer specials will be available for those 21 years or older. An RSVP is required for $1 beer and food specials.
Seaport Village is located at 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 visit www.seaportvillage.com or call (619) 235-4014.
19th Annual shamROCK in the Gaslamp Quarter
March 15, Saturday, 4pm - Midnight
It’s been 19 years since the birth of shamROCK and every year shamROCK continues to be the biggest Irish Celebration on the West Coast. This time around, over 20,000 Irish revelers are expected to hit the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. The 19th Annual shamROCK, presented by Jameson and The Field, takes place on the most sacred party day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 15, from 4pm until Midnight. The Gaslamp is pulling out all the stops for this year’s Celebration as a 150-foot Irish Pub on the streets of the Gaslamp is re-created; the streets turn green with over 80,000 square feet of green artificial turf; and with a lighting extravaganza, the Gaslamp Quarter transforms into an urban, super chic version of the rolling hills of Ireland!
shamROCK is the one of the major street parties of the year in San Diego, and this year it lives up to the “rock” in shamROCK with three stages of live entertainment. The Field Irish Stage features Irish Rock, Irish Punk Rock and other Irish favorites. Fifth Avenue and F Street features the new Electronica stage will have the most sexy, crazy sounds to hypnotize you into an Irish haze. The third stage is located next to the 150-foot Irish pub and presents over 25 Irish River Dancers and your favorite San Diego and Los Angeles DJs. And, Dublin has nothing on “The Pub,” which has lots of beer and plenty of Jameson Irish Whisky to concoct your favorite St. Paddy’s Day libations.
shamROCK once again takes place on 6th Avenue between E and G Streets, “F” Street between 5th and 7th Avenues, and G Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. Tickets to shamROCK are now on sale starting at $30 and $65 for VIP. A wristband gets you special privileges. Don’t test your luck. Get your tickets now, as Shamrock has sold out in past years. Don’t forget, this event goes on, rain or shine. For additional information, and to confirm date and time or to purchase tickets, please contact (619) 233-5008 or visit www.sandiegoshamrock.com.
34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
March 15, Saturday, 10:30am
Celebrate the Spirit of Ancient Ireland on Saturday, March 15. This will mark the 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival and thanks to the dedication and commitment of the many volunteers that make up the ICSC, all the support from the San Diego Irish community, and all the sponsors. The 2014 Parade Theme is “Celebrating People in Public Service.”
There will be over 120 entries, includes Marching Bands, Floats, Police and Fire Department units, the Emerald Societies, Clowns, equestrian entries, Border Patrol units, Scout Troops, bagpipe contingents, dance groups, drill teams, roller skaters, antique cars, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, representatives from Ireland, and the reigning Miss Colleen pageant winner and Smiling Irishman contest winner.
Following the parade head over to Balboa Park for the Irish Festival. Live entertainment on the Festival’s 2 stages will run from 11:00am to 5:30pm and will include well known folk singers and bands.
The Festival area will open at 9:00 a.m. with food and craft booths as well as two beer gardens serving ice cold Guinness (the presenting Sponsor) and other beers, wine and Spirits. There will be an authentic Celtic Village and Kids Zone with Rides. The Festival and its entertainment are free to the public. For more information visit www.stpatsparade.org.
Work at Home Business Expo and Longevity Fair Unite at Fairgrounds
WaHB Expo is partnering with the Longevity Fair this year and brings attendees information and services regarding both business start-ups and saving for retirement at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from March 20 to 30. The retirement services and information provided by the Longevity Fair will be of particular interest to those approaching middle age and even more so for those who are business owners or looking to be. The dream of running your own business and providing for your family’s future is paramount for many Americans. The WaHB Expo offers a chance to make that dream a reality.
By teaming up with the Longevity Fair attendees are given the opportunity to discover ways for putting a comprehensive retirement plan in place and ensuring their business is as risk free as possible. There are many options that the advisers at the Longevity Fair will help you explore. For example a Roth IRA may be suitable for some small business start-ups, giving entrepreneurs the option to begin investing a small amount each month and then increase this investment as the business begins to generate more income. A Simple IRA in many cases is ideally suited for many small business owners and entrepreneurs working from home, particularly with one or two employees.
For more information visit www.WaHBexpo.com or www.LongevityFair.com