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The annual SoNo Park Holiday Fest and Chilipalooza, being held Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., gives San Diegans a chance to buy local and eat and drink local. This free holiday event, a collaboration between San Diego Ceramic Connection and the McKinley Elementary School Foundation, promises award-winning chili as local restaurants face off for chili bragging rights. A panel will be on hand to crown the win- ners and the public is invited to sample the entries – a $15 donation buys chili tastings in a handcrafted ceramic bowl. The festival, held at 32nd and Thorn streets, will also feature beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards, an assortment of food trucks, holiday gift shopping from local artists and craft vendors, live music on two stages and children’s activities. For a complete list of restau- rants, celebrity judges, bands, vendors, food trucks and more event information visit www.

SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTERS OFFER FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR HOLIDAY SEASON Senior Community Centers announced the 365-day “Food From The Heart” fundraising initiative designed to motivate families to engage in commu- nity service and support the nutritional needs of low-income

seniors in San Diego. With the rising cost of food, the orga- nization needs help from the community to continue serv- ing the seniors who need their assistance. The team at Senior Community Centers has put together an online toolkit with fundraising ideas to help groups and families organize their fundraising efforts and share the program with others. Ideas include collecting donations in lieu of birthday or holiday gifts, hosting a happy hour with friends, colleagues, and family members, or having students create a class project to raise funds and sponsor meals for se- niors. More ideas are available at


Theatre’s is going on tour – to the Dominican Republic. This local theater normally does not tour; however, the U.S. Embassy is sponsoring them and the tour. They leave Nov. 26. Their presentation, Las Mariposas, is a story adapted from Julia Alvarez’s book “In the Time of the Butterflies.” Alvarez saw Las Mariposas in North Park, and said she was so moved by it that she thought the people of the Dominican Republic should see it. Within a couple of days she put the studio in touch with the U.S. Embassy, who agreed to sponsor the entire tour. In addi- tion to the performances, they will be teaching classes and visiting cultural sites.


Governor Jerry Brown signed 15 bills written by San Diego Senator Christine Kehoe into law, Kehoe announced last week. The bills include: Provid- ing Equal Benefits for LGBT Employees (SB 117), Notifying Conservation Easements (SB 328), Tougher Penalties for Strangulation (SB 430), Expand- ing Tenant Rights (SB 337), Improving Transit in Interstate 5 Corridor (SB 468), Continu- ing Water Testing at Beaches (SB 482), Strengthening Family Justice Centers (SB 557), Giv- ing More Funds to Solar Roofs (SB 585), Extending Whooping Cough Vaccine Deadline (SB 614) and Improving Public Dis- closure for Appointed Officials (SB 801). To view the text of each, visit kehoe and click on “legislation.”


aboard the USS Midway will take place on Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and admission is free with a new, unwrapped toy. Festivities include raffles, prizes and refreshments. The SDSS Toys for Tots booth will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. that day. The drive will contin- ue with a collection at the San Diego Chargers home game scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11, at Qualcomm stadium. During the toy drive, San Diego Self Storage facilities will also be conducting raffles for a $100 credit toward a new or exist- ing tenant’s storage rental. To enter the raffle, individuals may sign up when dropping off a new, unwrapped toy. The collection ends at 6 p.m. on

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Dec. 19 and the drawings will be held at each location on Dec. 20.

MISSION HILLS RESIDENTS OPEN FIRST UPSCALE BOUTIQUE FOR FULL-FIGURED WOMEN Mission Hills residents and husband and wife team, Deirdre and Joel Mick recently launched Curve Couture, an upscale designer boutique in Solana Beach, created exclusively for women wearing sizes 12 and above. The boutque is located at 415 S. Cedros Ave. “I know from experience which looks flatter curvy women and which looks don’t,” Deirdre said. “Just like styling any body type, there are certain styles that work and certain styles that don’t. I want to offer my experience and fash- ion knowledge to help women feel empowered by their natural beauty, to make women feel con- fident exactly as they are and for exactly who they are.”


EloS Shoes, an independently owned and operated retail shoe store focusing on sustainable,


artistic and fashionable comfort footwear for men, women and children, opened their new retail showroom in Normal Heights on Nov. 20. eloS Shoes extends their commitment to sustain- ability by engaging Lisa Lesney, LEED designer of LLID (Lisa Lesney Interior Design), to complete the store’s interior. The store offers footwear and accessories from artistic brands as well as environmentally and socially responsible brands such as Naya, Clark’s, Sanuk, Born, OluKai, BedStu, Keds, Saucony, Miz Mooz, Cushe, Robeez, and See Kai Run.

HBA TO HOST OPEN HOUSE The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) is hosting an open house at the Empire House on Nov. 30. The open house will go from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The main topic of discus- sion will be solving Hillcrest’s parking issues. The purpose is to come together as a com- munity to find the best solu- tions. The HBA will also discuss other projects. Empire House, located at 127 University Ave. in Hillcrest, will provide food and drinks for participants.u

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