Beat the Heat this Labor Day

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Another summer is passing us by, and as we head into the fall, there are no less events to enjoy in the greater San Diego area. And with our outstanding weather, fantastic community, and a vast playground, there are plenty of fun and exciting things to do and see. Here are just some of the recommended events happening this Labor Day weekend for couples and families.

  1. Get in the water!

What’s the fastest way of cooling down? Why, of course, it’s leaping into the cool, soothing waters of the expansive Pacific Ocean! In excess of 70 miles of beaches dot the La Jolla and greater San Diego coastline, thus there is unquestionably plenteous space for everybody (and their brother!) to unfold their towels, prop up an umbrella, and dash into the sea to catch some surf.

And speaking of catching a wave or three, more than a few beaches in La Jolla are perfect for surfing when you’re visiting lovely San Diego. Some of these include Black’s Beach, La Jolla Shores, and Windansea. Black’s Beach has some of the better waves all year long, at times reaching a height of 12 feet during the winter months. La Jolla Shores, with its ever gentle waves, is an idyllic beach for beginning surfers. In addition, it has many surfing schools if you’re looking to take some lessons (no tests!). Furthermore, Windansea is a well-known surfing beach on the south side of La Jolla. It features a consistent surf break, as well as areas for chillaxing and getting’ that sought after tan on. Due to its immense popularity, it can get jam-packed.

  1. Get under the sea

Why not consider diving under the surface and exploring the underworld beneath the ocean? La Jolla Cove provides some of the better snorkeling in all of San Diego, replete with a wealth of marine life. During the summer months, the waters of the cove become home to leopard sharks, but don’t sweat it, they guys are not hostile and are actually amazing to observe as they swim along the cove’s floor.

And guess what? You can really beat the high temps by scuba diving along La Jolla Canyon, an area under the water that is rich with marine life and moreover has plenty of places to explore.

For a guided La Jolla snorkel tour complete with snorkel rentals, consider contacting one of the following:

La Jolla Kayak, 2199 Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores. (858) 459-1114.

For wet suits, snorkeling equipment, swim suits and other snorkel accessories, contact:

Mitch’s Surf, 631 Pearl Street, La Jolla. (858) 459-5933.

Clairemont Surf, 6393 Balboa Avenue, San Diego. (858) 292-1153.

  1. SUP, bro?

Dig this. Take an opportunity to cool off with awesome ocean breezes and explore the seawaters of La Jolla on a surfboard, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. And don’t sweat it, let it if you are splashed or even fall head over heels in the Pacific, since the water will only assist you in dodging the heat.

Not into the water so much? No worries! You can also cool down with the invigorating ocean air while snapping an abundant amount of pics of the San Diego coastline on a cruise around the bay and Pacific Ocean.

  1. Get Inside

Looking to dodge the sun altogether? Yeah, we heard that! Sometimes you just need to give your skin a break for a bit and appreciate the soft air of luxury air-conditioning! But rather than merely dumping your patooie in a huge room eyeballing the spectrum of paint on the wall, why not cool off indoors with entertaining live theatre, incredible exhibits and enlightening fun at various local museums, or even peeping alien creatures and explosions at a movie theater. You in? Well, simply visit our La Jolla Arts & Culture Section to learn more. 

  1. We scream for ice cream… and beer!

Nothing says chillax like creamy ice cream, freezing popsicles and other icy treats. Allow the gang to choose their favorite flavors and then find an enjoyable shady spot to unwind and beat the heat.

For those over 21, and under 127, why not spend the afternoon sampling La Jolla’s astounding, cold craft beer? Consider staying safe and visiting a few breweries.

 

More Tips to Beat the Heat

Always remember to remain safe while you are out delighting in San Diego’s warm climate. Continuously drink water to remain hydrated, frequently apply sunscreen, wear a hat/cap and lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to protect your skin, and be sure to take consistent breaks from the sun by putting your feet up in the shade or relaxing indoors.


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San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: August 31st & September 1st

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The weather is perfect this Labor Day weekend, this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Aug. 31st:

Yoga in the Courtyard
9 a.m. to 10 a.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
How can you say no to a free yoga session in the courtyard at The Headquarters? You can’t. So bring your yoga mat and water, and let the tranquility begin. Miss this one? Not to worry. These yoga classes are held here every Saturday morning this month and return weekly in December.

5th Annual Diamond Street Festival
12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Imperial Avenue between 60th and 63rd streets
This free community street festival in the heart of San Diego’s “Diamond neighborhoods” – along Imperial Avenue, between 60th and 63rd streets – will boast music, food, art, a car show and activities for kids. The event is hosted by the Diamond Business Association. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will have a booth at the festival; drop by to say hello!Sunday, August 25th:

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

Sunday, September 1st: 

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: August 31st & September 1st

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

Patty Cohen
858-414-4555
MLS#190047771
1165 Bangor Street, Pt. Loma 92106
$1,495,000
4BR/4.5BA

-Open house Saturday, 8/31 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Maxine and Marti Gellens | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties:

When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 6565 Norman Lane

Details: $1,695,000. 5BR + Bonus/4.5BA. Beautifully remodeled 5 bedroom home in Del Cerro with sweeping panoramic views!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 5662 Dolphin Place
Details: $3,930,000. 2BR/3BA. Oceanfront sanctuary showcasing panoramic views of the ocean, night lights, city & coastline!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 835 Midway Street
Details: $1,595,000. 3BR/1BA. Resting upon a double corner lot, this cute beach cottage boasts a bright, single-level interior with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1267 Olivet Street

Details: $1,895,000. 3BR+Bonus/3BA.

Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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Team Chodorow – Open House Schedule:

Friday 8/30 (12-3PM) & Saturday 8/31 (1-4PM)

– 6643 Aranda Avenue $2,575,000

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Saturday and Sunday 8/31 – 9/1 (1-4PM)

– 8555 Nottingham Place $1,799,000

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– 1681 Paseo Bonita $2,450,000
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San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: August 24th & 25th

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The weather is perfect, this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Aug. 24

Yoga in the Courtyard
9 a.m. to 10 a.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
How can you say no to a free yoga session in the courtyard at The Headquarters? You can’t. So bring your yoga mat and water, and let the tranquility begin. Miss this one? Not to worry. These yoga classes are held here every Saturday morning this month and return weekly in December.

Country Beer Jam
12 p.m., Seaside Concert Area at Del Mar Racetrack
Giddy up and head over to the Del Mar Racetrack for a seaside concert. This event will have craft beer and country music, with live performances by Nancarrow, Kimmi Bitter, and more. Not to mention, line dancing and a stein-holding contest. To sweeten the pot, the event is free with paid admission to the racetrack; 21+ beer tasting wristbands are available for purchase separately for $12.50, which gets you five 5-ounce beer tastings.

Sunday, August 25th:

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: August 24th and 25th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

Dona Aumann
858-752-7531
MLS#190001042
220 Coast Blvd. #1BLa Jolla
$1,345,000
2BR/2BA
Open house – Saturday, 8/24 12:00-4:00 p.m. & Sunday, 8/25 12:00-4:00 p.m.

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Patty Cohen
858-414-4555
MLS#190011843
5502 Calumet Avenue, La Jolla
$4,775,000
3BR/2.5BA
Open House on Sunday, 8/25 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Daniel Albrecht
858-926-8779
MLS#190038462
7405 Hillside Drive, La Jolla
$3,450,000
3BR/3.5BA
Open House – Saturday, 8/24 12:00-3:00 p.m.

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Team Chodorow

Sunday ONLY 1-4PM

– 838 Forward St   $3,295,000
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Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
– 5631 Bloch $945,000

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– 8555 Nottingham Place  $1,799,000
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An Interview with Dennis Wills of D.G. Wills Books

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A veritable one-of-a-kind, it’s easy to see why D.G. Wills Books is a true charm in La Jolla. What is more, in our contemporary, progressively and increasingly impersonal, digital society, the attention paid to personalization and the sheer aesthetics of text is simply inspirational and stimulating.

Dennis began advertising with the La Jolla Blue Book back in 1979 when La Jolla was yet the budding seaside beauty of a community it has grown into. Wills has a complete understanding of what it means to construct a business from the ground up, which is precisely what he set out to do and achieve on La Jolla Boulevard the same year he began advertising. Moreover, his community roots in La Jolla complement the little store’s enduring allure and charisma

The diminutive edifice began on a shoestring budget and with an idea born of love. With a couple of borrowed hammers, a rusty old saw, a few friends that believed in his vision, and a smattering of lumber, work began in 1979. Wills began to craft bookshelves from scratch with painstaking dedication and attention to detail. And with his visualization entrenched in his mind for the La Jolla community, he began to stock the store with various books he located and or stumbled upon at area garage, yard and estate sales.

The dream grew quickly and the bookstore came to be a serene haven for lovers of books, intelligentsias and academics, and rankly, right down to the local who was merely seeking an unobtrusive place to sit and peruse a tome or novel away from the noise pollution life often brings.

Dennis’ undying devotion and commitment to knowledge has drawn various scholars, literary critics, myriad students, and professors from universities from around the contiguous United States. With authors such as Plato, Shakespeare, Darwin, and the Bronte sisters, Wills’ rests assured that he stocks a most inimitable selection of books in the literary world. Indeed, the old, antique and difficult to locate books one may find in his store are certainly not carried by the impersonal chain and corporate stores that pander to frivolity. Perhaps best of all is the place he maintains in the hearts of his clientele, those thousands upon thousands who have found this La Jolla niche and veritable treasure trove, and who have had occasion to interact with him on a personal and intellectual level.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Mr. Wills about his remarkable bookshop.

The genesis of D.G. Wills Books is really interesting. Did you ever imagine it would become what it is today?

Well, one is never sure when opening a business how long or to what extent it might last; but that said, I chose La Jolla specifically to be near UCSD and the Salk Institute on the premise that the educated community’s interest in scholarly books would make it more likely that we would survive for thirty-six years now;  and that good libraries from retired professors would emerge. We were lucky and honored, for example, to have acquired Nobel Laureate Francis Crick’s library.

Out of all of the literary celebrities who have spoken at D.G. Wills Books, do you have any personal favorites?

Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer and Christopher Hitchens were clearly the most entertaining and witty. Francis Crick and Freeman Dyson were the most brilliant scientists here. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins was the most entertaining poet, although Allen Ginsberg drew the largest and most chaotic crowd, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti was the funniest. Playwright Edward Albee’s appearance was like attending a graduate seminar on theater. Pulitzer Prize journalist Maureen Dowd and Jill Abramson, then Managing Editor of the “New York Times,” were a brilliant team when they appeared here together.

Some may argue that the printed word is dying due to all of these technology advancements. What keeps your passion alive for what you do?

While Kindle and other e-book options have their use, many also continue to prefer to handle the printed page. The passion ever remains as we continue to discover the wonders of knowledge and mystery contained within books.

For people who have never been to your store, what should people know before going to D.G. Wills Books?

We carry new, used and antiquarian books, mainly within academic categories, and “backlist titles” that have passed the test of time, like Shakespeare, Darwin or Isaac Newton.

Is there anything special coming up at D.G. Wills Books that you’d like to mention?

Our Thirty-Eighth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose is coming up, on 17 March 2017, from 7 P.M. until it ends.

What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring writers today?

My advice to aspiring writers is to read, read, and read; then practice, practice and practice with your revisions, constantly fine tuning.

D.G. Wills is open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to drop in at D.G. Wills, give Dennis a whispered holler, and see for yourself why indeed you’ll want to come back time and again seeking those hard to find gems, as well as enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

For more information on D.G. Wills Books, Click HERE

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: August 17th & 18th

The weather is perfect, this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, August 17th:

Yoga in the Courtyard
9 a.m. to 10 a.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
How can you say no to a free yoga session in the courtyard at The Headquarters? You can’t. So bring your yoga mat and water, and let the tranquility begin. Miss this one? Not to worry. These yoga classes are held here every Saturday morning this month and return weekly in December.

Pints & Plants
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Alpine Beer Co.
Nothing like a libation to help you out with your green thumb. Learn how to  plant a succulent while enjoying a pint at this 2-hour workshop at Alpine Beer Co. This event is hosted by Stemtations San Diego. $52 will get you a decorative pedestal planter, all planting materials, and your first brew.

Sunday, August 11th:

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

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.