San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events: January 20th – 21st

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From marches to the beginning of restaurant week, this San Diego weekend is jam-packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!

Saturday, January 20th:

2nd Annual Women’s March San Diego
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Waterfront Park

Grab a pair of sneakers and get ready for the second annual Women’s March. This peaceful demonstration will make efforts to bring attention to the 2018 elections, highlighting the importance of voting. Attendees include local leaders such as Toni Atkins, Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, Susan Davis, Shirley Weber and more. The 1.29 mile route begins on the west side of Waterfront Park, and ends at West Ash Street.

Hillcrest Classic Car Show
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pride Park

After you finish up with the march, head over to Hillcrest for a Classic Car Show. At least 20 proud car collectors will be showcasing their classic models to Pride Plaza. Free and family friendly.

Sunday, January 21st:

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Join a a Mission Trails Regional Park trail guide on a free, 1.5-hour nature walk. The walk begins at the Visitor Center and will head out to one of three scenic trails: The Oak Grove Loop, The Visitor Center Loop, or The Riverside Grinding Rocks. Family friendly & educational! Bring good walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, and any other necessities.

San Diego Restaurant Week
Hours & Restaurants Vary
It’s the (second) happiest time of year! San Diego Restaurant week is here! From January 21st – 28th, 180 participating eateries will be making customers across San Diego very happy. Restaurants will be offeing special prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus featuring two to three courses. Prices and specials vary. Bon appetit!

Spotlight Feature: An Interview with YURU

 

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YURU Studio is a photo studio located in La Jolla which captures the wisdom and image of seniors through videos and portraits.

Their mission is to record video and create portraits of senior citizens to memorialize their life’s story and beautiful image. YURU’s foundation is family, and their efforts to create a lasting memory of their loved one(s) for families to share and keep forever is admirable.

The YURU process honors and celebrates elders’ lives as they thoroughly interview and photograph them to capture their essence.

We had the pleasure of talking with Marci Adams of YURU.

I understand that Eric is a fourth generation photographer, going back to his great-grandfather! Were they all portrait photographers?

Yes, his great grandfather, grandfather, father and himself were/are all portrait photographers. His great grandfather used to call himself “the best second-rate photographer in the country.” His grandfather was known as “The Chicken Man” because he used a rubber chicken to get kids to have an authentic smile and laugh for their portraits. His father started and co-owned Kiddie Kandids. Eric opened, hired and trained the staff at every Kiddie Kandids location. He’s trained literally thousands of photographers.

What made you decide to open up a studio for senior citizens?

I LOVE the elderly! So I told Eric that I thought we should make a shift and focus on senior citizens. I could spend hours listening to people’s interesting stories. We need to memorialize the elderly! Celebrate them! Document their legacy and their legends! So YURU (“Why You Are You”) Studio was born. We want to know why people are who they are – and the elderly know this. They’ve had the years to figure it out. They don’t care what others think about them anymore. They are authentic – REAL. They have so many amazing stories to tell, history to leave with us! Our society doesn’t listen to and respect their elders as in the past, and this is a shame. We want to allow those who have wisdom the opportunity to pass it on. Stories to be shared generation to generation, to learn from our past, our ancestors.

 

In addition to photos, you also offer video interviews. Can you tell us a little about this?

The video interview idea came because we knew a picture wasn’t enough to capture these stories, wisdom, and legacy. I would have loved to have had a video of my ancestors. We have journals, and some letters, but their voices and their expression are missing. This has been so precious for families. We have had a couple of families bring parents to us for a session because their parents are in the beginning stages of Alzheimers and we’ve been able to capture them when they are in their “aware” state, as well as their “forgotten” state. These moments are so cherished by the kids and grandkids.

Eric and I have also conducted Yuru sessions with our parents. I cry every time I watch my dad’s video! He chokes up when he talks about his kids and how important they are to him… and his “little girl” (I’m the only girl of 3 brothers). It’s so precious, because my dad is this big, strong, important, intimidating guy and to see him get emotional about his kids and hear his voice crack- wow!

After Eric interviewed his mom, he realized things about her that he hadn’t before. He saw her in a different light. She became less of a mom and more of a person to him. I also think so many people were really important in their younger days and then when they retire, they aren’t recognized anymore. My uncle was a very prestigious judge and when he talks in his video about his working years, the awards and recognition he was given, how important his position was, his eyes light up. These sessions bring families closer together and nourish family relationships!

I imagine in these video interviews you hear some pretty great stories. Do you have a favorite that stands out?

Oh boy, that is difficult. There are favorite stories in every session. We are currently weaving clips of our favorite stories together into a compilation video. We will add these compilation videos to our website as our business continues to develop.

We understand that you have two other photo businesses – FotoFly, FotoFly Santa, in addition to the FotoFly Academy. Can you tell us a little more about these?

For FotoFly, we have four studios in Utah that focus on children and families. FotoFly Santa is unique in that we have a ‘real’ Santa at the location we are shooting pictures but we have the parent of the child dress up like Santa so that the interaction between the child and Santa is more authentic. It’s a brilliant idea and we see around 5500 families every year. It’s become a family tradition.

Eric and I both have backgrounds in training. Eric has trained thousands of photographers. I was the training director for big beauty companies like Aveda and Wella, as well as my own company M2Beauté. We have a passion for sharing information and watching people learn and grow. So our Academy fulfills our dream of giving people knowledge to become better at the skill of photography. Eric teaches local seminars once a month. Some are free, some are for a small fee – but we want people to feel comfortable with their photography skills.

Our Academy is a four month program that is very intense. It is selection based, which means we interview and accept only a few students. In those four months we take people from not knowing anything or little about photography to being really good professional photographers.

I have used the 4Mat methodology of training for years and we have incorporated that into our curriculum. We develop our trainers to be very good at training others. We will offer online training this year – including a subscription based model that allows people to learn at their own pace. We will also have a very humorous “what not to do” YouTube channel for people to watch photographers make mistakes and learn tips on correcting bad habits.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do at YURU? I’d imagine it’s very rewarding!

The most rewarding part of YURU is getting to know people in a deep and meaningful way. They are so vulnerable which makes them so real and there is so much love felt after you learn about each and every one of them! I feel every emotion during the interview – I laugh, cry, feel concern, I feel their regrets, their pride. I feel with them. Eric said, as he was taking his mother’s picture, that he had never seen her in that way – she was so beautiful. She wasn’t just his mom, but this amazing, loving, funny, charismatic, sweet, beautiful women. It strengthened their relationship.

What is the best part of having a location in La Jolla?

We love La Jolla and think their are so many amazing people here with grand stories to tell. The senior demographic is here. We also have a studio in Utah that we will be taking Yuru sessions at, and we definitely want people to known that we are available to travel also. We can go anywhere in the world to capture someone’s story. La Jolla is special and we know the customers here will appreciate the opportunity to document their stories that will talk to their posterity.

Are there any exciting events or specials coming up that you’d like to tell us about?

If people join our Yurustudio MeetUp site and Facebook Page, we regularly post photography classes that we teach, activities we are doing, and models we may need. We try to interact with our audience and keep the public informed on social media and invite people to our training courses.

What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to aspiring photographers?

Discover and stay true to your style. There are a lot of photographers. It’s very hard for customers to choose. It’s much better to be known for something – even if it eliminates 90% of your potential customers. It’s worth it to be known as the best at that one thing than to be all things to all people.

We are first and foremost here to know YURU!

To learn more about YURU, visit www.yurustudio.com


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La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: January 20th – 21st

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. This week we’re featuring four La Jolla homes. Happy house hunting!

When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1555 Soledad Avenue
Details:
$2,898,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Awe-inspiring views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla’s scenic coastline are yours to covet from this beautiful Mediterranean Villa!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
Details:
$2,495,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1740 Colgate Circle
Details:
$4,650,000. 5BR/6.5BA. This gorgeous home is a sizable, soft contemporary estate that checks off all of boxes on your wish list!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 2131 Amigo Road
Details:
$2,195,000. 3BR/2.5BA. Ocean view contemporary home with vaulted ceilings in Del Mar close to the beach and Village!!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events – January 13th-14th

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It’s all happening in San Diego and La Jolla this new year! There’s tons of great events going on this weekend. Grab some buddies and make your plans now.
Saturday, January 13th:
Lucky Street Vintage Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1722 South Coast Highway #3, Oceanside
If you’re a vintage treasure seeker, you’re in luck! Every Saturday and Sunday, Lucky Street Productions hosts its “vintage marketplace.” The marketplace is hosted in a large warehouse filled with all kinds of goodies. Come and get it!
8th Annual San Diego Brew Fest
12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Liberty Station
Love beer? You’re in luck! San Diego Brew Fest is bringing together some of the most popular beers from around the county (and world!) Plus, there will be food trucks. That’s right. Get excited. $45 guests will get unlimited beer tastes for three hours. $55 VIP pass holders receive an additional hour.
Sunday, January 14th:
38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
2 p.m., North Harbor Drive and Ash Street
Come honor and celebrate civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., Floats and performers from around San Diego County will parade through the streets of San Diego, from North Harbor Drive and Ash Street to the Embarcadero.
Wynonna & The Big Noise
7:30 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido
Are you a little bit country? If you are, you’re in luck! Grammy-winning country music artists Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise will headline the Concert Hall on Sunday night at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. One-night-only! Tickets range from $35 to $80.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: January 13th – 14th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. This week we’re featuring six La Jolla homes. Happy house hunting!

When: Friday and Saturday 12-4PM
Where: 2131 El Amigo Road
Details:
$2,195,000. 3BR/2.5BA. Ocean view contemporary home with vaulted ceilings in Del Mar close to the beach and Village!!!!

When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1555 Soledad Avenue
Details:
$2,898,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Awe-inspiring views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla’s scenic coastline are yours to covet from this beautiful Mediterranean Villa!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
Details:
$2,495,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1740 Colgate Circle
Details:
$4,650,000. 5BR/6.5BA. This gorgeous home is a sizable, soft contemporary estate that checks off all of boxes on your wish list!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday 1-4PM
Where: 595 San Antonio Avenue
Details:
$8,000,000-$9,500,876. 5BR/5BA and 2 Half Baths. This beautiful home is prominently positioned on 100 feet of prime bay frontage in the coveted La Playa area of Point Loma!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1835 Venice Street
Details:
$1,675,000-1,775,876. 4BR/4BA. Sprawling, single-level residence on 2 legal lots in the heart of Ocean Beach!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 11-2PM
Where: 2408 Torrey Pines Road #138
Details:
$950,000. 2BR+Bonus/2.5BA. Lovely condo in the Ziani complex! Pocket listing.
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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But First, Coffee

One of the best ways to spend a rainy day is bundled up in warm clothes, and sipping on a cup of Joe at your favorite coffee shop. In La Jolla, there certainly isn’t a shortage of warm coffee houses where you can do this. Here are just some of our favorites.

Girard Gourmet:

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Girard Gourmet is a La Jolla bakery, deli and restaurant serving up freshness for breakfast, lunch and dinner- and they just recently celebrated their 30th year of being in business! This is the perfect spot to grab a fresh pastry, and enjoy a warm cup of coffee. Open daily at 7am, Girard Gourmet. Located on Girard Avenue in La Jolla village, Girard Gourmet is also a catering favorite for La Jolla residents and businesses.
Harry’s Coffee Shop:
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Harry’s coffee shop has been making visitors and coffee lovers happy since 1960. This Coffee Shop was the brainchild of Harry Rudolph and has been in the Rudolph family for more than 60 years. In addition to the delicious food and coffee, the unique collection of paintings and comfortable booths will put a smile on your face, guaranteed! Grab a friend, and go on down to Harry’s!
Goldfish Point Cafe:
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Coffee AND a view? Say no more – we’re in! Goldfish Point Cafe overlooking La Jolla Cove and the La Jolla caves offers a variety of specialty coffee drinks and pastries. Grab a cup, and hit the beach. Or if you prefer sandwiches and box lunches, the offer that as well. Goldfish Point Cafe in La Jolla delivers to La Jolla businesses, La Jolla hotels and La Jolla residences daily from 8am-3pm.
Brick & Bell: 
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The Brick & Bell Cafe is housed in a 100-year old red rustic brick house along Siverado Street, and has been a favorite hangout spot since 2003. A few perks to Brick & Bell include their famous scones (which they serve up to 1,000 per day), their early bird-friendliness (they open at 4am on weekdays), their casual and friendly atmosphere, and their tasty and affordable cup of Joe! No wonder it’s a town favorite!

Welcome to 2018! Achieve Your Cycling Goals with California Bicycle!

The following is from our friends at California Bicycle. We hope you can join them for some great rides!

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California Bicycle Store Rides are Back! For 2018 we will be rotating from 4 routes with increasing speed and elevation as the month progresses. Not to fear, all of our rides will be a no drop policy. The idea is to build fitness, confidence and comradery over a 4 week build period and help you achieve your 2018 cycling goals!

Rides will be lead by our wonderful team of ambassadors who will be there to guide you. Helmets are required and we highly recommend lights front and rear. Riders of all abilities are welcome.

The first ride of the month (this Saturday) will head to Harbor and Shelter Island. This route is very flat and will is perfect for anyone trying to ease back into cycling. Pace is social, views are amazing, times are good! Check out the route here: Strava Route

For the second Saturday we will do our well known ride to Cabrillo Monument. After and nice jaunt over the park entrance we will regroup and decide if we want to do ride down to the tide pools for a couple extra miles and a bit more elevation. Check out the route here: Strava Route

The third Saturday will go around Mission Bay and head up towards UCSD before dropping back down to La Jolla. We will ride at a casual pace over to Fiesta Island were we will regroup and do a hot lap around the island and regroup at the end. We will keep riding around the bay to Rose Canyon bike path. We can climb Gilman Avenue at a more spirited pace and ride back to La Jolla at a more casual pace. Check out the route here: Strava Route

Our Soledad and Torrey Pines route will be the last route of the month. This route has the most elevation with just over 2000ft over 28 miles. We start out by riding down La Jolla Blvd and hit the first climb up La Jolla Mesa as a good warm up. After riding around the campus we ride down to Torrey Pines. Once at the bottom we will turn around and right back up. You have the option of riding the inside (steeper) or the outside (longer) and we regroup at the top before heading back to the store. Check out the route here: Strava Route

Interested in being a cycling advocate? What inspires you to ride a bike? Want to promote bicycling as a way of life? Looking to train with individuals who will take you to the next level? Join our California Bicycle Squad! We are a group of like minded cyclist from commuters, mountain bikers, road cyclist and top level racers who want to make cycling accessible for all. Please stop by or send inquiries to info@calbike.com.

San Diego & La Jolla Events This Weekend: January 6th – 7th

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It’s all happening in San Diego and La Jolla this new year! There’s tons of great events going on this weekend. Grab some buddies and make your plans now.

Saturday, January 6th:

Willie Nelson and Family With Special Guest Lukas Nelson

8 p.m., Harrah’s Resort Southern California

You don’t want to miss the blue eyed stranger! At Harrah’s Resort Southern California the music icon Willie Nelson jams with his son, Lukas Nelson. It’s sure to be a Saturday night to remember. Don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys but feel free to let them grow up to be a musician like Lukas! Tickets to this 21+ concert start at $65.

Hamilton: An American Musical

2 p.m. & 8 p.m., San Diego Civic Theatre
You don’t want to miss this one, San Diego. Hamilton is the wildly popular Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and it will be at downtown’s Civic Theatre this month. There will be performances Jan. 6 through Jan. 28. Afraid you’ll have to work to find tickets because it’s sold out from its two Opening Day performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to every other show in the San Diego tour. At least now you’ll know why the crowds are milling about around the theater! The brainchild of Lin-Manuel Miranda and based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the show has a trailblazing score blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway as it unravels the story of America in the late 1700s all the way to today!

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!

6:30 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido

“Jungle Jack Hanna” is one of the most popular entertainers in the wildlife arena today. This live, family-friendly show in Escondido brings entertaining stories as well as videos from Hannah’s adventures around the world. “Into the Wild Live!” not only shows the beauty of nature but the incredible fun of brushing a hippo’s teeth and enjoying a meal with wombats! Let’s not forget that he’ll have plenty of furry guests. If you don’t come for jack, come for the cheetahs and the Kangaroos! Tickets range from $25 to $60.

Sunday, January 7th:

Guided Nature Walk

9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
If you’re in the mood for some outdoor fun, you’ll want to join a hike at the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP.) They provide a guided, free, 1.5-hour nature walk. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and learn about history and ecology of the park as wells as the plants, animals and geology. The walk will start at the Visitor Center and will use one of three scenic trails (The Oak Grove Loop, The Visitor Center Loop, or The Riverside Grinding Rocks.) These guided walks happen MTRP every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday and begin 9:30 a.m. Make sure you bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and \wear close-toed shoes.

Free Concert at Mission Trails

3 p.m., Mission Trails Regional Park

How about some culture? You can see Diane Mandle with her Tibetan singing bowls. This unique and beautiful concert is presented by the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and will be the first free concert of 2018. It happens at the Visitor Center Theater,and is absolutely free. The one hour concert will start at 3:00 but seating at the theater is limited so be sure to get there a little early to secure your spot!