What’s Happening This Weekend: August 18 – 20

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Summer is winding down but several fun and exciting events are on tap for the La Jolla and greater San Diego area this weekend. Whether with your bestie, other half, or the kids, consider one or more of these notable events.

2017 Del Mar BBQ State Championship
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

What better way to wrap up the summer weekend than with some of the absolute best BBQ in the world! In excess of 40 of the country’s eminent pro BBQ pit masters, indigenous restaurants and cooks will be vying for top billing in the State Championship for more than $15,000 in cash awards. Attendees looking to get their eat on may opt to buy four 2 oz. competition-ready samples of brisket, pork, pork ribs, chicken, steak and/or dessert for a mere $10. The easy on the pocketbook Hamilton also includes a People’s Choice ballot to vote for your favorite BBQ contestant. Get out and kick it with yummylicious BBQ samples, craft beer, and live entertainment all through the day. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar.

9th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Prado Theater

For the 9th year running, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet in Balboa Park is proud to present “Fairy Tales in the Park.” Parents of youngsters will want to bring along the kiddos for this awesome introduction to ballet. Think of it as a fascinating morning or afternoon of storytelling through dance for ballet devotees of any age. This year’s shows, directed by Artistic Director Danika Pramik-Holdaway, feature enduring stories such as “Rapunzel,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The 9th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park also offers attendees a first look at the freshly heralded spring ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is narrated by a professional storyteller. It is a quirky, interactive dance routine that fuses the splendor of ballet with the exhilaration of cherished narratives fun for families and audiences of all ages! Head on over to the Casa del Prado Theater stage in Balboa Park! And, prior to or subsequent to the show, be sure to visit Fairy Tale Village for entertaining interactive activities such as face painting, crafts, and more. Families may access this enchanting event at 1650 El Prado for $12 a head.

41st Annual World Bodysurfing Championships
Saturday & Sunday 6:30 a.m. onwards – Oceanside Pier

Entries are already closed for the 41st annual bodysurfing competition which is set to host around 400 bodysurfers from around the world. Participants will vie for world titles in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The men and women’s Grand Champions will be crowned on Sunday, the final day. The contest is expected to begin at 6:30 a.m. both mornings. The event is adjacent to Oceanside Pier and is entirely free.

 

Spanish Sunday
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at La Plaza La Jolla

Get out to La Plaza in La Jolla this Sunday for Spanish Sunday brought to you by Monarch | Arredon Contemporary. Need to brush up on your conversational Espanol? De nada! Pop in and practice your informal Spanish all the while kickin’ back to Spanish music in the very heart of downtown La Jolla. During the free event, an overview of all current Spanish artists on display, including Lei Tang and Andre Desjardins, will be presented in, what else, Spanish! La Plaza La Jolla is easy to find at 7863 Girard Avenue. RSVP is recommended by calling (858) 454-1231.

Back to School Choices in La Jolla

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It’s that time of year. Summer is winding down, and it’s time to start thinking about getting the kiddos to school. 

While your children might not be thinking about it, good parents are ever seeking to provide what is paramount for their kids, and this is undoubtedly spot-on when it comes to the education that they obtain. Inhabitants of the La Jolla vicinity will be content to know that there are a number of superb La Jolla Schools for all grade levels. Consequently, in the event you have a tot who is just beginning preschool, or you have an older teen in high school or even headed to university, you can surely find great choices in and around the greater La Jolla area.

Parents will discover some outstanding public schools in La Jolla for elementary, middle, and high school. In fact, the public schools in La Jolla have consistently high scores and rankings, so you can be ensured that your kid is getting a quality education with highly effective teachers and administrative staff. Furthermore, as a parent, you possess the opportunity to choose from among some of the finest private schools in the contiguous United States in the La Jolla vicinity should you have a preference for your youngster attending a private school. And, for those moms and dads who desire to look more into some of the private school choices, what follows are some of the preeminent that you should take the time to consider.

All Hallows Academy offers education for K through the 8th grade. This Catholic school provides a robust focus on education as well as the principles of the Holy Bible. In addition, Evans School is yet another remarkable choice as generations of La Jolla residents can attest to. Located on Mount Soledad in an appealing setting, Evans features an exclusive curriculum that challenges all aspects of a youngster’s mind. Since Evans is an elementary school, you’ll need to plan ahead with respect to where to send your child(ren) for middle school.

For mom’s and dad’s seeking for K-12 opportunities, you might want to think about the Francis Parker School. This is a non denominational school that provides students with distinguished academic programs for college prep as well as a strong athletics program. Now 104 years old, and with lower, middle, and upper school classes, your kid(s) will be able to enter Francis parker from their first years of school till graduation. The school offers two locations, one for your child’s early years in nearby Mission Hills, and another for middle school and high school close to the University of San Diego. Moreover, Francis Parker is truly among the elite college prep schools but is nevertheless exceptional what with their emphasis on bringing into being well-versed students who can participate in athletics, arts, music and much more during their attendance.

Bishop’s School is yet another of the more popular private schools in La Jolla. They provide excellent schooling for kids from the 6th grade through their senior year. In addition, they offer a great academics program along with a hugely successful sports and arts programs. While Bishop is comparable in status and stature to Francis Parker the former is an Episcopal School. With a 9 to 1 student-teacher ratio, strong academics, an immensely efficacious and spirited athletics program, as well as a distinctive focus on arts, Bishop’s is a vibrant prospect for kids and parents alike.

Furthermore, there are more than a few Montessori schools in La Jolla that have stellar reputations. For example, Montessori Institute of San Diego is located over the YMCA, La Jolla Village Montessori is situated in the village on Fay Avenue, and Montessori School of La Jolla sits atop Mount Soledad. All three quality schools start taking students as young as 18 months of age, and since each one possesses an exceptional status, one way to choose from these schools is to consider which location is most convenient for you and your kids.

The above-mentioned institutions of learning are only some of the fantastic schools in the La Jolla area. And don’t discount the quality public schools to choose from as well. When you are searching for a school for your kids, it’s always a good idea to pop in and visit their location so you can learn as much as you can about the different programs that they each offer. In this manner, you, the concerned parent, will be able to make an educated judgment and consequently send your youngster(s) to the school that will suit him/her the best.

 

Bottoms Up! La Jolla’s Best Juice Bars and Drinks

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Sure, summer is winding down and fall is at the proverbial door, but with La Jolla weather, that’s certainly no reason not to stop in and cool down with an ice-cold green juice from one or more of these insanely-awesome juice bars in La Jolla. Here are our top five fave green juices and juice spots in La Jolla. 

Juice Kaboose
7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Green Lemonade. For over 20 awesome years, Juice Kaboose has been offering La Jolla residents and visitors alike with a healthy abundance of lip-smacking green juices, and their Green Lemonade is certainly no exception. Created with fresh apple juice, fresh lemon juice, ginger, spinach, cucumber, celery, and honey, Green Lemonade is an energizing choice for any La Jolla day when you’re seeking a refreshing juice to chill with. And hey, as an added bonus, the blend of honey and ginger fuels the body’s immune system and fights off any of those nasty toxins that may be coursing through your body.

Lean and Green Cafe
7825 Fay Ave, Suite 180
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Ultimate Green. Lean and Green Cafe’s Ultimate Green juice is prepared with all organic ingredients, including apple, celery, cucumber, and spinach. Spinach is bursting with wall-to-wall antioxidants and vitamins A, C and K. Oh, too high-cal you say? Not. The Ultimate Green remains a low-calorie, healthy green! This particular drink is perfect right after surfing or after an intensive yoga session, so ask for one for your “ultimate” cool-down.

Nekter Juice Bar
834 Kline Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Greenie. This is Nekter’s signature green juice. Made fresh to order, this juice is an invigorating assortment of parsley, spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon and apple for a hint of sweetness. Parsley is a particularly favorable ingredient, because it acts as a cleansing agent by promoting optimal kidney function. The Greenie’s ingredients are rich and contain appetite suppressant veggies.

Juice Crafters
935 Silverado St
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: Green #2. Juice Crafters takes pride in their cold-pressed juices and on-the-spot made-to-order smoothies and bowls – and for excellent reason! Greener #2 is a cold-pressed concoction of kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber celery, apple and lemon. Rife with vitamins A, C, E and K, this juice has the perfect purifying properties that make it a fantastic and satisfying post-work out drink.

So drink up! Here’s to good health not just in the summertime, but all year around too! 


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What’s Happening This Weekend: August 11 – 13

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Summer is cranking up and the sun is delivering the rays for awesome San Diegan’s to get out and enjoy a variety of parties, health oriented, and highly entertaining family events.

Arctic Zero’s Taste of Fitness
Saturday 9 a.m. to noon at Coronado Tidelands Park

Arctic Zero, makers of Fit Frozen Desserts, continues its Freedom Tour as it rolls back home to San Diego. The popular company is sponsoring a health and fitness event benefitting Heartland San Diego and the American Diabetes Association. The fitness festival showcases natural, healthy food and beverages from local companies Saturday at picturesque Coronado Bay. Participants can avail of a half hour boot camp class, a one-hour Vinyasa Yoga class led by Katie Burkeclass, and Yoga instructors who will provide hands-on adjustments. In addition to fitness events, there will free samples, prizes, a photo booth, and live music by DJ DTO. Tickets are a mere $7 donation. Get out and get your body in motion then relax to the music!

Clash at Clairemont
Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Love X Games? The Clash at Clairemont is a full day of skate, BMX and exceptional live music benefitting the Grind for Life cancer charity and the YMCA’s Krause Family Bike and Skate Park. The annual event features a star studded list of over 45 of today’s finest Action Sports athletes. In addition, live bands Cubic III, MC Intelligence, SLOKA, and international punk rock super group The Last of the Bad Men perform beginning at 12:30 onwards. If that weren’t enough, be sure to check out Vendor Village, munch out on a wide selection of food, and participate in various activities such as a BMX demo, Pro Vert Ramp Demo, and Skatercross skateboard racing that are great family friendly fun. Tickets are only $10. Clash at Clairemont is located at 3401 Clairemont Drive in ever awesome San Diego.

Beer X
Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waterfront Park

Beer X is a lively all-day 21 plus festival featuring music and craft beer. Highlights of the event consist of live entertainment by bands including Iration, J Boog, Chicano Batman, Magic!, Trouble In The Wind and Splavender. Arrive early and you will receive a complimentary Beer X tasting glass to enjoy bottomless complimentary tastings from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Better yet, get a jump on festivalgoers and snag an early entry VIP ticket that allows access at noon. Patrons can choose from locally sourced food trucks and vendors who will be on hand to serve fantastic tasting grub throughout the event. Additionally, there will also be a variety of beer, wine and cocktails available to buy at concession stands all over the festival grounds. Beer X boasts of expansive grassy areas where you can chillax and watch all of the bands jam out. Waterfront Park is located at1600 Parkway Highway. A special parking pass by Parking Panda is available for purchase to guarantee parking. Tickets begin at $50 and some VIP tickets are already sold out for this awesome beer festival. Get your tickets now!

Hillcrest CityFest 2017
Sunday 12 noon to 11 p.m. in Hillcrest

Come join 150,000 plus people who attend this annual event this Sunday in Hillcrest! Hillcrest CityFest is the largest single-day street fair event in the greater San Diego area featuring a gigantic festivity of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and plenty of food options. Attendees can shop and browse some 250 vendors and peep out Hillcrest’s numerous charming shops and restaurants. And what would a celebration of this magnitude be without live music, DJ’s, a beer garden, fun games, carnival rides, a dance party and more? CityFest is the quintessential family event and is easily accessed at University Avenue and 5th Avenue in the heart of Hillcrest. Oh, and the festival is entirely free!

Girard Gourmet Celebrates 30th Magnificent Years

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Girard Gourmet is a La Jolla landmark celebrating their 30th anniversary. Admired and frequented by locals and tourists alike, Girard’s has been providing its customer’s farm-to-table dining before farm-to-table even became popular. Girard Gourmet’s catchphrase “From Our Garden to Your Plate” builds on a European tradition that Francois and Diana rely on to ensure quality meals and satisfied diners.

Girard’s cooks and bakes delightful meals that tempt and satisfy even the finest palate. The café prides itself on growing many of the fruits and vegetables they serve from their organic garden. Affectionately known as Corgi Castle, the mountainside garden where the cafe and deli’s fresh fruit and vegetables are grown is located just outside historical Julian, located some 60 miles from La Jolla.

Upon visiting Girard Gourmet, you might happen to observe Francois arriving with a basket of fresh picked heirloom tomatoes or maybe even a bushel of the best peaches you have ever set your eyes on or sank your teeth in.

Francois grew up on a small Belgian farm. As a young lad, he attended a pastry school in Antwerp for five years and also worked as a baker in Brussels and Switzerland. His experience is unmatched and diners need only taste the food at Girard’s to agree.

In 1968, Francois moved to the United States to work at the Belgium Pavilion at the San Antonio World’s Fair in Texas. From there, he headed east to Houston where he owned both a restaurant and a bakery. In 1987, luck good fortune brought him to San Diego where he and his wife Diana began serving their incredible food to La Jolla natives and visitors on a daily basis at Girard Gourmet.

You can find Francois and his wife (and co-owner) Diana at Girard Gourmet each and every day. They delight in creating healthy and tasty menu items replete with fresh and seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Over the years, Girard Gourmet has developed in new directions reflecting Francois and Diana’s commitment to healthy, authentic food and more than anything, satisfied customers. To this end, they have added designer cookies (www.funcookies.com) and organic produce from their farm in Julian where they recycle all the Girard Gourmet kitchen scraps.

Francois and Diana are 100% devoted to the La Jolla community. Along with their faithful and hardworking staff, they endeavor to welcome individuals, families and organizations to their unique cafe. In addition, Girard Gourmet will continue to be a home away from home for thousands of hungry tourists who visit La Jolla annually.

If you haven’t already enjoyed a fantastic meal and a great atmosphere at Girard’s, make it a point to amble over and help them celebrate 30 years of exceptional healthy food and great service.


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What’s Happening in La Jolla & San Diego: August 4-6

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It’s all about the summer, San Diego! Seriously, what better city to enjoy plentiful sunshine combined with good people, good eats and a host of activities to enjoy? Don’t surf the couch this weekend but rather consider these stimulating events.

5th Annual Craft Beer Festival
Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego hosts its 5th annual Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival this Saturday. The afternoon event features an assortment of craft brews, live entertainment, and, what else – food! Musical entertainment is provided by Fish and the Seaweeds & Frankie T. and the Triple B. Why not get off that sofa and enjoy remarkable sights of the San Diego Bay while teasing those taste buds? Some of the local breweries pouring exceptional sips include Second Chance Beer Company, Mike Hess, and Longship Brewery. Tickets to the 21 plus event are a mere $35, and $50 for VIP’s (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). The Maritime Museum of San Diego is located at 1492 North Harbor Drive near the corner of Ash Street, just a few blocks west of interstate 5.

Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Get your shopping fix this weekend at Old Town San Diego’s treasured Bazaar del Mundo. Enjoy three energetic days consisting of folk art, tantalizing grub and live entertainment at the annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market. The ever vibrant marketplace will present hand-painted Mata Ortiz pottery, alluring artisan jewelry, lively Mexican attire and textiles, and innumerable other collectibles. Turn out with the family to observe talented artists from south of the border countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and other Latin American countries, as they exhibit one of the more wide-ranging assortments of authentic Latin American folk art in the contiguous United States. Patrons will enjoy wood carving, textile weaving and complex painting exhibitions from visiting artists featuring their respective crafts. Oh, and it would be remiss not to mention the delectable Mexican gastronomy from nearby Casa Guadalajara restaurant at affordable prices. In addition, Latin American folk band TINKU will entertain visitors with live pleasant-sounding performances that feature native instruments. The exclusive event is located at 4133 Taylor St in Old Town. Vamanos muchacho y muchahas!

Guys and Dolls
Sunday 2 p.m. at The Old Globe Theater

Frank Loesser’s music and lyrics along with Damon Runyon’s story make Guys and Dolls one of the greatest Broadway musicals ever. Now, rising director and choreographer Josh Rhodes, who went back to the nuts and bolts for his fresh take on a classic musical, returns to San Diego with this highly entertaining show at San Diego’s world renowned Old Globe Theatre. The musical follows Nathan Detroit, New York’s ill-famed game organizer, who makes a bet with high-roller Sky Masterson: take mission girl Sarah Brown to dinner in Cuba. Relive some of the great classic show tunes, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and the boisterous melody, “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” The 2.5 hour show with a 15 minute intermission runs through Aug. 13th.

Dog Days of Summer
Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Horton Plaza Park

Make it a point to amble by Horton Plaza Park this Sunday for an entertaining day of events rife with art and activities. Be sure to bring along the kiddos and the family pooch! There will be a Doggy Costume Contest, lemonade and smoothie samples, and yard games. Visitors to this free event can also lend an attentive ear to a live musical performance from the Rob Thorsen Jazz Quartet, learn about San Diego’s professional performing artists, and take part in numerous hands-on activities. Again, the day is entirely free! Please note that all of our furry friends must be on a leash at all times. Horton Plaza Park is located at 900 4th Avenue in lovely San Diego.