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tinually in San Diego’s Tournament of Champions. “Our registration fees are the

lowest in town, and we make sure that every kid who wants to play gets to play, regardless of economic circumstances,” Bart Bauer, the league president said in a press re- lease. For more information about the league call 322-3443 or 559-0826.

GOLDFINCH OVERLOOK CLEAN-UP The Mission Hills Town Council

will be hosting an event on March 19 from 8 to 11 a.m. to clean up the park on Goldfinch and West Lewis. Volunteers are needed to help out and will need to bring gloves, rakes, clippers or shovels. Refreshments will also be provided. RSVP to vp@

SPRING SPRUCE UP From now through the month of

May, the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior De- signers (ASID) will be holding their “Spring Spruce Up” fundraiser. As a part of the event, ASID will send a professional designer to your home or office to add their touch and help you re-design your space. The designers are located

throughout the county and have a wide range of specialties including sustainable design, health care, hospitality or restaurants, kitch- ens, baths, schools, residential, historic preservation, yachts and home theaters. Among the 465 designers to

choose from, there are some based in the Uptown area, such as Kellie


McCormick of Bast/Wright Interiors at 1701 University Ave. and the San Diego ASID chapter president. Ap- pointments can be made by calling (858) 274-3345 or by visiting asid- and cost $85 per hour.

NIAF CELEBRATES AMERI- CA’S LITTLE ITALYS In honor of the ninth annual

Frank J. Guarini/National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Me- dia Forum’s theme of rebuilding America through its Little Italys, an event was held on March 2 at Italian Consul General Fabrizio Marcelli’s home, where he invited all to a party on March 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Union Square to celebrate the 150th anni- versary of Italy’s unification. The event’s keynote speaker

was Marco Li Mandri, president of New City America Inc. Li Man- dri spoke about San Diego’s Little Italy, rated as one of the most suc- cessful in the country, and the Ital- ian ancestry and high standards developed within it over the years. Media co-chairs included Albert C. Pacciorini, editor of The Catholic Voice and Joe Rosato, Jr., field pro- ducer at NBC 11 News. Introduc- tory remarks were given by Silicon Valley attorney and NIAF Regional Vice President Jeff Capaccio. For more information about the NIAF visit


Heights mom, created a podcast in August of 2010 as a forum to in- terview moms across the country and to speak about present-day and historical parenting topics and issues. The blog and podcast is called (Over) Thinking Mom, and Riley broadcasts her show from her home at overthinkingmom. com. Riley also accepts show idea pitches, which and they can be submitted on the website.

WASTE NO WATER FILM AND POSTER CONTEST The city of San Diego is holding

its annual poster and film contest to encourage long-term water conser-

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get all-day access to a 50-meter outdoor pool, two water slides, an outdoor children’s pool and numerous hot pots (Jacuzzis). •If you want to travel outside of Reykjavik, renting a car is necessary because of the lack of public transportation outside of the capital city. Renting a car can be expensive, especially if it’s during the tourist season (June 1 to Aug. 31). The best deals can be found online (not at the tourist information centers), and

one of the cheapest car rental companies is Additionally, if you are going to rent a car, it’s best to pick it up at Keflavik International Airport when you arrive in the country. By picking your rental car up at the airport, you can avoid spend- ing an extra $20 (each way) to get to and from Reykjavik on the public shuttle bus.

•Despite its name, Iceland boasts a temperate climate. Located just outside the Arctic Circle, the island is warmed by the Gulf Stream resulting in summer temperatures in the high 60s, while winter temperatures

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To maximize your hormone potential naturally: Get 7 ½ to 8 hours of good solid sleep per night. If that’s not happening for you, make an appoint- ment to see someone who can help you. Take at least 30 minutes every day to have some tranquil moments—meditation, yoga, whatever it takes to get you grounded with a relaxed mind. This is necessary to avoid the adrenal fatigue that is so common in our busy lives. Avoid sugar and un- necessary carbohydrates. Eat mostly good quality, lean protein sources such as organic chicken and fish, healthy fats such as nut oils and olive oil, and vegetables. Think like a caveman or cavewoman:

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dip into the 20s. Iceland also boasts unique weather phenom- ena, including periods of no sunlight in midwinter as well as the Aurora Borealis.u

When Randy Kalp and Beth- any Salvon are not wandering the world blogging for their travel website,, they call Hillcrest their home and enjoy hanging out at Filter coffee shop. Bethany can also be found on her wedding photography site, Nariko’ Their work has appeared in the Coast News, San Diego Reader and a variety of other travel publications.

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