Celebrate Father’s Day in La Jolla

How about that special dad in your life? This Father’s Day, why not treat him to a special occasion? Let’s eat, stay, and play! Where? Where better of a location than the La Jolla Shores Hotel, right on the ever beautiful Pacific Ocean!

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For more than four decades, the exclusive La Jolla Shores Hotel has been welcoming and embracing guests from around the globe for short getaways and enjoyable extended vacations. Conveniently situated on the stunning California coast with the beach as its welcoming mat, the hotel is also near the astounding and ever popular village of La Jolla and mere miles north of downtown San Diego.

Visitors have the option to choose from 128 rooms, including many with kitchenettes and sweeping as well as all-encompassing views of the scenic Pacific coastline.

Better yet, why not give the gift of love to dad and enjoy the very best in contemporary American cuisine in the hotel’s family-friendly Shores Restaurant, all the while soaking up the hotel’s appealing old-world atmosphere?

For in excess of 40 years, the La Jolla Shores Hotel has been the continuous beach haven of choice for families and holidaymakers. Nestled smack dab on the Pacific Ocean in the ever popular La Jolla Shores community, the hotel’s sociable, heartfelt and hospitable staff is just one of the many highlights of an experience guaranteed to be remembered long after your stay. Unlike most hotels, the rooms at La Jolla Shores Hotel are more than just a place to lie one’s head for the evening. Indeed, they are an annex of the immaculate Pacific Ocean right outside your door. From the wide-ranging views, to the vivacious breezeways and balconies, to the tranquil beach vibe, every room is permeated with the well-known laid-back spirit that is California.

So why not celebrate your special father by ordering a great meal at The Shores? The beachfront restaurant extends extensive views of La Jolla Shores and furthermore provides patrons with an opportunity to feast mere steps from the sand.

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Father’s Day Brunch Buffet – Thank the father in your life for all he has done and continues to do with an extraordinary and unforgettable oceanfront repast for the entire family. Named “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News, The Shores’ Sunday à la carte brunch will be specifically tailored for Father’s Day with an astonishing buffet with menu highlights that include the following:

  • Appetizers: Fishermen’s Catch, American Cheese and Charcuterie Board and Seafood Trio on Ice.
  • Main Courses: Seafood Paella, Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and St. Louis Style Natural Pork Ribs.
  • Side Dishes: Loaded Mashed Potatoes and Hickory Smoked Bacon, Italian Sausage.
  • Children’s Station: Turkey Meatballs Marinara, Mac and Cheese. What kid doesn’t like macaroni and cheese, especially when prepared by amazing chefs?
  • Desserts: Rocky Road Brownie, Triple Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake and Hazelnut Coffee Opera.

Forget the diet and splurge because you and your wonderful father deserve it!

Conversely, The Marine Room, a San Diego landmark and esteemed coastal treasure for over 75 years offers sweeping, panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, culinary superiority and uncompromising service. You’ll simply be astonished by the incontestable ocean-front experience The Marine Room offers this summer for Father’s Day celebrations and the continuation of our signature High Tide Dinner season.

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Father’s Day – Gather up the troops and give special thanks to dad for all he does with an unforgettable oceanfront meal this Father’s Day. Exceptional dinner dishes will be served all weekend, including Line Caught Local Swordfish and Wild Caught Prawns, American Kobe Beef New York Steak and Country Meadow Rack of Lamb.

And why not consider starting a family tradition and pamper dad and the family in an amazing Father’s Day Brunch with menu highlights that include:

  • From the Bakery: Hazelnut Chocolate Brioche French Toast, Felix’s Farmer’s Market Vegetable Frittata, Baked Stone Fruit Blintz.
  • Starters: Fisherman Smokehouse, Butcher Block Charcuterie and Heirloom Baby Tomato Salad.
  • Entrées: Cracked Pepper Cacao Nib Crusted Angus Ribeye, Berkshire Pork Cheek Casserole, Agave Ancho Chile Smoked Mary’s Farm Turkey Breast and Saffron Vermouth Braised Petrale Sole.
  • Patisserie: Spicy Mayan Chocolate Squares, Marine Room Spindrift Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise and Raspberry Linzer Tart.

Additional information and the entire menu is available here.

The Father’s Day Brunch buffet is available this Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The price is a mere $58 per person with special pricing for children. For kids 6 to 12 years of age, the price is $29, and $4 for kids ages 5 and under. La Jolla Shores is conveniently located at 8110 Camino Del Oro, in scenic La Jolla.

If you’re looking for a great place to shop for dad, celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a few of his favorite things from Hi Sweetheart! Hi Sweetheart carries stationery, jewelry, home decor, tabletop, books, kitchen goodies, children’s items, and more and features brands from Los Angeles and Newport Beach. Gift cards and wrapping available too! Wednesday through Saturday 10am-6pm.

Valentine Date Night in La Jolla

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Valentine’s Day, the quintessential day of love, is rapidly approaching. More than a splendid day of gifting chocolates and flowers to someone special. there’s hardly anything more romantic than a tranquil environment where quality wine and a delectable meal in a five-star restaurant may be enjoyed with your loved one. How convenient would it be if one of the better restaurants in La Jolla were actually located inside your hotel? As luck would have it for vacationers and local San Diegans alike, there are numerous hotels in La Jolla with premier on-site restaurants, all crème de la crème for a celebration of romance in San Diego’s premier seaside community.

The restaurant inside the elegant Empress Hotel is located near the ocean, a delightful hotel that caters to guests from around the country. The Empress features a restaurant appropriately named Manhattan that mimics the presence and atmosphere of a definitive New York lounge. Live piano shows pay tribute to an unobtrusive and warm ambiance. Diners and lovers alike have a choice to either eat in the bar lounge area, or conversely may opt to spend their special time together relishing their meal in the private dining room. Designated as San Diego’s Best Romantic Restaurant, Manhattan provides its diners with the additional extravagance of an award-winning menu, featuring specialties such as veal chop, a signature scampi, classic cannelloni and homemade pastas. For that special Valentine’s Day romantic date, Manhattan’s delicious offerings, along with its reserved, affectionate surroundings make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience long to be cherished by lovers.

The Nine-Ten Restaurant is a first-rate steakhouse conveniently located on La Jolla’s historic Prospect Street inside the Grande Colonial. Nine-Ten diners have an option to revel in airy al-fresco dining on its private sidewalk patio, or in the soothing ambiance of its indoor dining room which features opulent mahogany wood accents and lofty ceilings. Nine-Ten provides its ever-welcome guests this Valentine’s Day with an expansive selection of quality, local menu choices and fine wine. Couples are able to pamper themselves with delightful dishes crafted from locally grown produce and indigenous La Jolla seafood. The atmosphere at Nine-Ten is the perfect place to enjoy numerous entrees along with tastefully paired wine. For that romantic night you seek with your special someone, Nine-Ten delivers lasting memories along with its memorable menu selections.

The Shores Restaurant is fittingly located in the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The restaurant provides lovers and couples with an incomparable ocean view of the Pacific. Located right on the beach, romantics will enjoy meals suitable for royalty all the while partaking of waves crashing against the restaurant’s floor to ceiling windows. For lovers who prefer to enjoy the fresh scent of the Pacific replete with the sound of the waves, as well as relax in a calm ocean breeze, The Shores Restaurant features an open-air patio. The expansive layout and modest decor creates a laid back setting that is great for lovers and couples seeking a special night out filled with a romantic atmosphere and a mouth-watering menu.

Additionally, guests staying at the La Jolla Shores Hotel may be ensured they will receive kingly and queenly treatment from their deluxe, full-service accommodations. They additionally offer special romance deals that include special discounts and accompaniments to enhance a special Valentine’s Day stay.

Some Wonderful La Jolla Restaurants to Ring in 2017

New Year’s Eve is a special holiday. You’re saying goodbye to an entire year, and welcoming in a whole new one. You’ve worked hard all year, and you deserve to celebrate in style. We’ve put together a list of just some of the La Jolla restaurants who will be celebrating the New Year! Please call the restaurants to learn about their NYE specials and hours.

As always, have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Manhattan of La Jolla:

Manhattan of La Jolla is a Fine Dining Italian Steak House located in the heart of La Jolla village inside the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue. A charming favorite among La Jolla visitors and locals, Manhattan delivers the best of New York City to the charming village of La Jolla. Romantic and comfortable, Manhattan of La Jolla restaurant is well-known for its fantastic wine and cocktail menu. Their staff is highly skilled at the art of suggesting pairings or knowing which wine to pair with a particular dish. This is great because certain wines compliment certain food really well and bring out flavor. Caesar salads prepared at the table and truly fantastic award-winning steaks, eggplant parmesan, cannelloni, homemade ice cream and so much more. Manhattan is also a unique destination for those who enjoy live entertainment as the restaurant offers live music 4 nights per week. Manhattan is also open for lunch Tuesday-Friday from 11:30am-2:00pm.

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Crab Catcher Restaurant and Seaside Grill:

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If you seek dining with an amazing ocean view, The Crab Catcher Restaurant & Seaside Grill is the perfect spot for you. The restaurant sits on the edge of Prospect street in La Jolla overlooking the serene ocean waters right next to the cove. Guests can take in a view of the northern stretch of La Jolla coastline leading up and almost past Black’s Beach. The view alone makes dining here a special experience.

The restaurant features a main dining room, patio seating in the fresh air and their Ocean Tapas Bar which is adjacent to the restaurant. One can feel and smell the ocean breeze. Here, guests can indulge in some of the best seafood in town. The Ocean Tapas Bar hosts a happy hour during the week from 3pm- 6pm. It is also the perfect spot to grab a drink during any hour. They are known for their crab dishes but also specialize in other great fresh seafood. The Crab Catcher is open for lunch and dinner, the main restaurant being closed shortly between 3pm and 5:30pm. Sundays, they offer an incredible brunch menu. Valet is available on prospect street. There is also parking along Coast Blvd with an entrance to the restaurant across from the cave store. Let the day fade away with a drink in hand, enjoying the view at the Crab Catcher.

The Marine Room:

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Located in La Jolla at one of the most scenic spots in the world, San Diegans have enjoyed the tradition of dining at The Marine Room for more than 70 years. This La Jolla San Diego landmark has become synonymous with fine dining and elegant ambiance. As the Pacific Ocean waves splash up to the floor-length windows, diners are treated to award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver in an atmosphere to be remembered. The staff provides great customer service and the food is tasty. Where every meal is a special occasion, The Marine Room in La Jolla Shores is a favorite among San Diego visitors and residents.

The Shores Restaurant:

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If you’re looking for one of the top places to enjoy Sunday brunch and an ocean view, you’ll find the best of both at the Shores Restaurant. Located right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, the Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with menus featuring Southern California’s fresh produce and specialty items from both American coasts. You can’t beat that view! The view is rivaled by their wonderful menu of food. Whether you prefer a family meal or a romantic dinner for two, you’ll enjoy the friendly service with the surf, or even the sunset, in the background. The Shores also offers facilities for special events such as weddings or business meetings, a menu for children, a bar menu, including fish tacos or duck quesadillas, and a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nine-Ten Restaurant:

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An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for true foodies. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine, recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature matching wines from the extensive, Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar. Enjoy dining indoors or al fresco on the sidewalk patio or ocean-view terrace. A separate bar offers limited menu and happy hour specials daily. Their Octopus, Tuna, and Striped Bass receive rave reviews from loyal and new customers. Open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner is served nightly.

How to Celebrate New Year’s with Little Ones

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New Year’s Eve isn’t just about champagne for the adults! Here are some family fun ideas!

An Early Countdown

Bedtimes with kids are always a tough battle. The little ones want to stay up and the parent usually ends up having to drag them kicking and screaming to bed. One idea would be to celebrate NYE at an earlier time. Simply move the clocks around. You can really get creative with party supplies. This will let the little ones join in the fun and not feel like the adults excluded them.

Do a Balloon Drop!

There’s nothing like falling balloons. Falling balloons are a big part of political conventions and new years eve.

Maybe you want to replicate the fun of a ballroom balloon drop in the comfort of your own home? Try doing netting and putting balloons on the net. Hang them from the ceiling and release them when guests count down to 0 and ring in the new year

Another fun idea using balloons is to have each child write a resolution or wish for the New Year on a piece of paper. Have them  fold their paper and place it inside a balloon, fill the balloons with helium, tie with ribbon, and have the kids release them into the air as the clock strikes midnight.

Bust Out the Games

NYE is a great family fun bonding time! Typically the kids are usually running around to sports practices and the harried mom has to get dinner on the table. This can be a nice time to relax and enjoy family time with a game.

Perhaps, you can even incorporate New Years into your games too. Make a game out of it. Sit around and try to guess your guests or family members New Years Resolutions! This is fun for the whole family! Perhaps, if you are feeling brave enough you could try some karaoke.

Make it Festive

Don’t be afraid to splurge and make it feel festive. By buying hats, noise makers, confetti, and silly string, your kiddos will feel like they’re really celebrating. Maybe even throw on a few tunes and have a dance party. Yeah, you’ll maybe have a little bit of a mess to clean up- but isn’t that the point?

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even make your own decorations and party hats!

Cheers!

Why not do a New Year’s Toast that kids can join in on? Get a plastic wine glass or champagne flute and fill it with warm apple cider or cocoa. As always, drink responsibly… to avoid stomach aches.

Say Cheese!

If you have Floyd Mayweather level money you could rent a professional photographer or rent one of these from a traveling carnival. Your party guests could hop inside and try on costumes and take fun pictures. A fun time would be had by all.

Good Ole Netflix

Celebrate the New Year with your pals from “Fuller House”, “Word Party”, “Trollhunters”, and much more. Netflix will be offering NYE countdown videos that you can throw on anytime. Your little ones will really think that it’s midnight!

A Classic Sleepover

You could let your kid invite their friends over for a slumber party. Their friends could bring over sleeping bags. You could make snacks and plan fun games for them!

Regardless of whatever you do to celebrate the New Year with your family, we hope you have a wonderful time welcoming in 2017!

GDC Construction: A Long La Jolla History

The Dewhurst family and GDC Construction have been utilizing their collective know-how and exceptional skills to turn ideas and concepts into reality for nearly a hundred years.

It all began when Ernie W. Dewhurst founded a construction company in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England. Subsequently, he immigrated to the United States through historical Ellis Island. Ernie soon settled in Hollywood in the early 1900s, where he utilized his extraordinary skills to construct movie sets. He was asked to build a home in La Jolla and instantly developed an affinity for the then-relatively uninhabited, quaint seaside town.

Ernie relocated his family to the village in 1920 and started work as one of the only builders in town. Due to hard work and commitment, by 1929 the Dewhurst passion for constructing elegant homes flourished and became a full-fledged, successful construction business.

Ernie’s son Walter Dewhurst teamed up with the business in 1948 with a thirst to sustain the family tradition throughout the 20th century. Much like his father, Walter was an innovator, mover and shaker in the construction industry in La Jolla, constructing several of the community’s finest residences.

Some of the community’s enduring hallmarks were built by Walter. The Athenaeum, a veritable La Jolla landmark, was remodeled by Walter in 1956. Today it houses an art and music library. Moreover, Walter built the Mount Soledad Cross in 1954. Adding to the cross, in 2001 the war memorial surrounding it was inspired and developed by Walter’s son, George, and built by GDC Construction. An annual Memorial Day celebration is held in the shadow of the cross every May.

In 1976, Walter’s son George joined the business, carrying it into the 21st century. Previous to the union with GDC, George heeded President Kennedy’s call and joined the Peace Corps in 1962. Subsequently, George completed his MBA at renowned Thunderbird University before returning to La Jolla where he assumed the reins of the family business.

George’s continuous dedication to remain true to the Dewhurst reputation for quality and craftsmanship is observed with the many homes he and his group have constructed. Additionally, he continued the family tradition in business, sport and civic commitment. Stirred by his visit to the National War Memorial in Washington, D.C., George conceived and then built the Mount Soledad War Memorial. This is a local testament to the brave men and women who have served the nation with honor.

George led an effort to modernize the YMCA La Jolla Firehouse in the historic district as a center for youths in 1984. Furthermore, as the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club president, George planted the seed for many of La Jolla traditions that continue to this day.

In 2001, Pancho Dewhurst joined GDC construction to carry on the institution of constructing quality custom homes in La Jolla and throughout greater San Diego County. Influenced by the modernists and his studies in Italy, Pancho made his mark in the family business. In 2008, he assumed the leadership at GDC Construction. Pancho and his father are the 3rd and 4th generation of Dewhurst builders in La Jolla.

“Being in the construction business for four generations, we have developed a considerably strong group of sub-contractors and associates that we work with on a daily basis” said Pancho. “I am very privileged to have such a vigorous and robust group of individuals. Some of these people have worked alongside with my grandfather and father. It’s been a significantly huge boost to GDC Construction.”

The renovation of the Community Center epitomizes Pancho’s contribution to the La Jolla community as well as the unrelenting commitment to dedication by the Dewhurst family to the local community.

“In addition to building beautiful homes in the San Diego area, what I’m really truly most proud of is all of the effort that my family has extended to give back to the La Jolla community.”

From building Fire Station 13 to the La Jolla Community Center, the Dewhurst family has been an essential part to what the community of La Jolla is today.

The Dewhurst family and GDC Construction also go out of their way to bring Christmas blessings and cheer every year to San Diego residents. Additionally, they have sustained one of the oldest and most esteemed traditions in La Jolla, that is, decorating and lighting the tree at the La Jolla Recreation Center each and every holiday season. The custom was initiated in 1984 while George Dewhurst was serving as Chairman of the Christmas Parade, as well as President of the Rotary Club.

The Dewhurst collaboration with the La Jolla community continues with GDC’s contribution to the La Jolla Christmas Parade each and every year. Walter Dewhurst, who was named President of the La Jolla Town Council in 1965, initiated the very first La Jolla Christmas Parade in the 1950s together with the Council. Thereafter, he was present at every parade and became known as the “Mayor of La Jolla” because of his all-encompassing patronage and support for the La Jolla community.

When Walter initiated the parade in 1960, it served to bring the village together in a new way during the Christmas and holiday season, and today it remains one of La Jolla’s most beloved customs. The annual parade attracts participants and visitors from all over San Diego as well as outside the county.

GDC Construction participates in the parade every year. One of the trucks is actually converted into a festive float to the delight of onlookers. Pancho Dewhurst and his family ride alongside much like his grandfather did well over a half-century previous.

“My philosophy is not about just building custom homes; it concerns building long-term relationships within the La Jolla community. This concept was taught to me early on by my family. As a four generation builder, I have a great commitment and great pride in being afforded the opportunity to give back to the La Jolla community.”

Pancho has two Children, Ava and Austin, who are the fifth generation of Dewhurst’s in La Jolla. I believe we can speak on behalf of everyone in La Jolla in saying that we hope the family tradition continues for many more years to innovate and shape La Jolla.

For more information on GDC Construction, CLICK HERE.

Come Enjoy The Marine Room Holiday Menu!

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The Marine Room has hosted celebrities, world figures, local residents, and myriad visitors from around the world for three-quarters of a century. Fine dining at The Marine Room has become a tradition for many people who enjoy quality, inspired cuisine along with a spectacular seaside panorama replete with crashing surf so near one can almost feel the aromatic mist. From fresh seafood to exclusive and imaginative seasonal dishes, The Marine Room is the premiere go to restaurant in San Diego. The exquisite dining and fantastic scenery has made the world-renown Marine Room one of the region’s most iconic dining establishments.

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Now that the holidays are here again, award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver have joined together in a labor of culinary love to create a superb, mouth-watering, holiday menu chockfull of incredible flavors featuring local ingredients with a stylistic, global flare.

Come celebrate the season and allow The Marine Room staff to take care of the cooking while you and your loved ones take in the breath taking views. Enjoy Christmas Eve specials such as Heirloom Bacon Wrapped Atlantic Monkfish and Oregon Kobe Beef Ribeye Steak. On Christmas Day, come relish in an à la carte menu featuring Maine Diver Scallop and Baja Prawns, Cervena Farm Elk Loin, and many other exquisite favorites. After your sumptuous memorable meal, finish up with deliciously decadent desserts such as Dulce De Leche Cheesecake, Warm Buttered Bosch Pear Tart, or Feuillantine Callebault Chocolate Crunch.

More than enjoying fine dining with the specially prepared holiday fare, relax and delight in the up-close sight and sounds of the Pacific. Both window-side and elevated booth tables offer almost reach-out-and-touch views of the incoming, crashing surf. Additionally, patrons seated window-side during high tide can experience palate pleasing food as curls of ocean surf play good-naturedly off windows mere inches away.

Make plans now to ring in the New Year with culinary merriment to harken back to years from now. Patrons may opt from an exquisite five-course menu that features such delights as Hume Plum Wine Braised Oregon Kobe Beef and Agrume Ginger Butter Basted Maine Lobster Tail.

Seating begins at 8:30 p.m. sharp. The price is a steal at $165 per person and includes live Blues music from the critically acclaimed Whitney Shay Band. For those looking to bring in the New Year a little earlier, a three-course dinner for $95 per person is available at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to take in the mood, character and savor the menu as you toast the beginning of 2017 with family, friends and loved ones.

“The holiday season is my favorite time of the year. The Marine Room, our Grande Dame iconic restaurant is a San Diego holiday tradition, where memories of a lifetime have been celebrated for over 75 years.  Friends and family gather to toast the spirit of goodwill, health, love, friendship and the birth of a joyous New Year. Energized by the beauty of life and the art of cooking, my kitchen is a central part of the festivities with culinary delicacies and spirited libations for all to enjoy” say Bernard Guillas, Executive Chef, The Marine Room. “Wishing everyone a happy holiday season. Life is delicious…taste it every day.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about The Marine Room.

For more information and reservations please call 858.459.7222 or go to www.MarineRoom.com.

La Jolla Veterinary Hospital to Perform Free Dental Procedures for Pets During the Holidays

La Jolla Veterinary Hospital staff has volunteered to perform free dental procedures for the holidays! Dental cleaning is a process often overlooked by pet owners as it can be quite expensive and might seem unnecessary; and there is a lot of misinformation out there about dental cleaning with animals in general. To combat this, on December 3, La Jolla Vet will partner with the FACE Foundation to provide free dental procedures to local pets.  Continue reading

Balboa Park’s December Nights Kicks Off the Holidays

december nightsAs the holidays roll around, Balboa Park’s December Nights marks the beginning of the winter festivities! Join San Diego in celebrating culture and community this December 2 & 3 with free Balboa museum admission from 5 pm – 9 pm, performances, and food. Stroll around the park glowing with thousands of lights, drink hot cider from a stand, and enjoy seasonal music live. Continue reading