Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blessing of the Animals Oct. 2

On Sunday Oct. 2, St. Mark's United Methodist Church is holding a Blessing of the Animals at 9:30 a.m.

Friendly dogs on leashes and small animals in carriers are all welcome in the sanctuary on this special morning. St. Mark's is located at 3502 Clairemont Dr., across the street from the South Clairemont Rec Center park.

If you volunteer with a local animal rescue, please get in touch with Kris Nieder (, phone is (858) 273-1480) if you'd like to share info about your rescue at the event. It'd be a great way to let Clairemont/Bay Park neighbors know about rescues that are right here in our neighborhood.

And if you've got a child who doesn't have a pet but has a favorite stuffed animal, your kid can bring their beloved stuffed animal in to be blessed too!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Armstrong Garden Centers Upcoming Gardening Classes

Armstrong Garden Centers invites California gardeners of all skill levels to its upcoming community classes. Fall community educational workshops will be held throughout the month of October. 

Each workshop will encourage attendees to nurture their green thumbs with a wide range of topics to get ready for fall. Classes will be held at all store locations throughout California (except the Irvine outlet, where no classes will be hosted).  

Armstrong Garden Centers scheduled workshops for October 2016:

Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 a.m. Cool Season Veggies & Herbs – There are wonderful assortments of healthy, great tasting vegetables to plant for fall, winter and early spring. Attendees will find out which varieties are best to plant. No registration required for this free class.

Wednesday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m.Pumpkin with Succulents Make & Take – Create a fun and unique planter for any porch or patio using a carved pumpkin. Registration and a $49 fee are required. Click here to register for the class.

Saturday, October 15 at 9:00 a.m.Pumpkin with Succulents Make & Take – Create a fun and unique planter for any porch or patio using a carved pumpkin. Registration and a $49 fee are required. Click here to register for the class.

Saturday, October 22 at 9:00 a.m.Top 5 Perennials – Armstrong's team of experts will share the secret power of perennials. Perennials create change, interest and add excitement to any garden. No registration required for this free class.

Saturday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m.Kids Halloween Make & Take – This free class is sure to be a treat for parents and children alike. Kids will transplant a colorful flowering plant into a Halloween inspired container. Basic gardening principles will be introduced. Registration required as space is limited, but there is no fee to attend. Click here to register for the class.

Each class will be instructed by a certified nursery professional who will offer timely gardening advice and hands-on demonstrations. Classes are open to gardeners of all skill levels. Armstrong Garden Centers also offers free garden talks from its team of experts for local gardening clubs, homeowners associations and other community groups.

Armstrong Garden Centers
Armstrong Garden Centers specializes in a quality selection of garden lifestyle retail and landscape consultation services. Established in 1889, this employee-owned company has served California for 127 years, taking the guesswork out of gardening through innovation and providing the best leadership in customer service. Armstrong Garden Centers is the largest independent retail nursery in California with 32 locations and three growing facilities. For more information on Armstrong Garden Centers and gardening tips, visit and


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Transit Riders: MTS Wants to Hear From You

Are you a transit rider? The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is seeking feedback from San Diego County residents and workers to help determine how its current routing and scheduling for bus and Trolley services are meeting rider needs as part of its Transit Optimization Plan (TOP) .

An online survey available until September 23. To learn more about TOP,  or to take the survey online, visit

Don’t miss your chance to tell the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) what your transit priorities are! Fewer transfers while riding? Shorter overall commute time? More weekend service? Fill out the Transit Optimization Plan (TOP) survey before it closes September 23rd!

The goal of this project is to evaluate MTS’s performance, and restructure current transit services as necessary to more efficiently and effectively serve the region's travel needs within the present financial and operating environment.

MTS will evaluate input from the online survey, outreach events, market research and system performance data to assess potential service need adjustments. MTS anticipates any necessary routing or scheduling changes will begin in mid-2017.

To learn more about the project or to take the online survey, visit

Friday, September 9, 2016

Home Sales Report August 2016

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With the start of school, many sellers have sold and buyers have settled into their new homes. That doesn't mean real estate sales have slowed down!

Trisha & Judy are staying busy in the autumn months -- low interest rates are keeping buyers interested. Call for a FREE valuation of your home TODAY ... Here's a look at last month's sales activity around the Bay Park and Clairemont neighborhoods.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

San Diego Blues Festival to Feature Los Lobos Sept. 10

2015 Blues Festival, photo Jeff Beeler
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank will host the sixth annual San Diego Blues Festival along the downtown San Diego waterfront at Embarcadero Marina Park North (next to Seaport Village) this Saturday September 10, 2016 from noon to 8:00 pm.

The family-friendly event will feature nine musical acts on two stages. Festival attendees will enjoy local craft beer, food vendors, specialty cocktails and wine, along with arts and crafts vendors. Free admission for children 12 and under. All proceeds and food drive donations will benefit the San Diego Food Bank.

The artist lineup includes multiple Grammy Award-winners Los Lobos, Bobby Rush, Nikki Hill, Watermelon Slim, the Bey Paule Band with Wee Willie Walker, Chris Cain, Billy Watson & Junior Watson, The Holla Pointe and Big Jon Atkinson. For detailed bios visit:

General admission tickets: $25; VIP $150; and Super VIP $250. (SUPER VIP tickets include a private concert at the House of Blues Friday evening, Sept. 9.) To purchase tickets, visit:
Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate.

Big Jon Atkinson (performing at the front gate) 10:30 a.m.
The Holla Pointe - Noon
Billy Watson & Junior Watson - 12:45 p.m.
Chris Cain - 1:30 p.m.
Bey Paule Band - 2:30 p.m.
Watermelon Slim - 3:30 p.m.
Bobby Rush - 4:30 p.m.
Nikki Hill - 5:30 p.m.
Los Lobos - 6:30 p.m.

Food Drive: The Food Bank requests all attendees to bring two cans of food to donate for the Blues Fest Food Drive.

Title Sponsor:
Stage Sponsors: Baker Electric Solar; BCS
Platinum Sponsors: Sovereign Capital, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture
For a full list of sponsors visit:

Established in 1977, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of government programs and partnerships with more than 400 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. The Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food in the Financial Year 2014-2015 to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Visit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at: