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Wavecrest, World's Largest Woodies Classic Car Show at Moonlight Beach

Hundreds of classic surf culture "Woodies" will be on show this Saturday September 23rd at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.  The "Wavecrest" event is the largest car show of it's kind in the world, and this event will be the 38th annual show here in Encinitas.  Since appearing in surf movies and surf music in the 1960's, these wood-paneled cars have been an integral part of surf culture around the world, and especially here in Southern California.  Dan Close, President of San Diego Woodies, says "Woodies are a part of Americana, and we are looking forward to an amazing, fun-filled weekend!"  The cars come in from all over North America and some travel to the Encinitas from as far as Australia.There will be live surf and Hawaiian music as well as entertainmen...
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'Kids Free San Diego' For All of October

Back by popular demand, during the entire month of October, kids 'eat, stay, and play for free throughout San Diego'. San Diego city officials recently announced the return of the month-long event which aims at attracting visitors during a typically quiet tourism month.  This year's event features over 100 participants including restaurants, museums, hotels, and transportation companies. Some of the most popular attractions include: - Birch Aquarium at Scripps - Unlimited kids enter free with 1 paying adult - Hornblower Cruises -2 Kids free for every paying adult - Hotel Del Coronado - Kids eat free with paying adults - -Maderas Golf Club - Kids play free after 3PM with adults - Old Town Trolley Tours - 1 Kid free for every paying adult - Paradise Point Resort & Spa - Free bike,...
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La Jolla Art and Wine Festival This Weekend

The 6th annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, October 11th in the heart of La Jolla Village and promises everything from food and wine to auctions, art, and entertainment.  Stroll the streets of La Jolla and enjoy one of the most prestigious events of its kind on the west coast. A record 200 artists will be on hand, displaying and/or selling art pieces.  There will also be merchants, musicians, marching bands, street performers, face-painters, photo booths, and pretty much everything else 'artsy' you can think of. The Beer and Wine Garden will be featuring a large assortment of local San Diego breweries and a wide variety of local and international wines, including wines from Valle De Guadalupe - just across the border in Baja.  Entry to the g...
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SD Contracts for Future Construction Up 35% in 2014 But Residential Declined

Based on data from McGraw Hill Construction, contracts for construction in San Diego are up 35% since this time last year, with a value topping $3.1 billion. Interestingly, 2/3 of the money, around $2.35 billion, is coming from nonresidential construction.  Nonresidential projects include commercial, industrial, office, retail, healthcare, and government buildings.  $2.35 billion is more than double what was contracted last year, and this number only includes January - August. Residential projects (single-family and multi-family housing) total $748.6 million which is a 36 percent decline from last year.  If residential building continues on this trajectory, inventory demand for Buyers will remain high and prices will continue to increase. California's nonresidential projects ar...
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Artisan Market Planned for Point Loma

10/02/2014 Guy Bahringer

Artisan Market Planned for Point Loma

Plans for San Diego's first ever food hall are in the final stages and if all goes as planned, the appropriately titled 'Liberty Public Market' will be opening it's doors in Point Loma's Liberty Station area in June, 2015.  The 22,000 square foot warehouse-style building, which was formally a Naval Training Center mess hall, will be developed into an indoor-outdoor market and will house over 30 vendors with goods such as seasonal produce, locally caught seafood, and artisan meats and cheeses. Food halls are one of the latest culinary crazes.  As more and more people focus on organic and farm-to-table eating, there has been a strong increase in demand for homegrown products. The mastermind behind this development is Coronado restauranteur David Spatofore.  Spatofore's vision is t...
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Miramar Air Show This Weekend

10/01/2014 Guy Bahringer

Miramar Air Show This Weekend

The annual MCAS Miramar Air Show flies into town this weekend and promises to be bigger and better than ever!  (Last year's air show was cancelled due to the government shutdown.) The star of the air show is always the Blue Angels (the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron).  They will be performing at 2:45pm daily and also at 5:30pm on Saturday evening. However, there are plenty of other exciting civilian and military performances and displays to enjoy including helicopters, jet cars, jet trucks, parachute teams, an Osprey (the military's helicopter-like aircraft), and tons of airplanes.  Other highlights include daily fireworks, interactive booths, a kids' zone, food and live music. Festivities take place 9AM - 4:30PM Friday through Sunday and there is a twilight show from 5:3...
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Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

09/18/2014 Guy Bahringer

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

Grab your lederhosen and get ready to drink some large beers.  The 10th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest rolls out the barrels Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th near the Ocean Beach Pier.  Activities include the annual Brat Trot Beach Run, Ms. Oktoberfest competition, bratwurst-eating and stein-holding contests, and the one-of-a-kind Sausage Toss competition with a $10,000 cash prize. What's an Oktoberfest without a beer garden?  Admission is $3 and the money goes to the Ocean Beach community.  There will also be plenty of food and craft vendors, as well as a traditional Ombah band playing all day on Saturday. An all-ages stage at the end of Newport Avenue will host a bunch of bands on both Friday and Saturday including Vokab Company and Piracy Conspiracy. For more in...
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Encinitas Street Improvements Begin Today

Starting today, the Public Works Department will begin working to improve the pavement on many of Encinitas’ streets. The project will include work on two major thoroughfares, as well as several residential streets. The first round of work will last about 30 days and take place between 9PM and 6AM along El Camino Real from Mountain Vista Drive to Via Molena, and along Leucadia Boulevard from Piraeus Street to Saxony Road. Business owners will be alerted in advance. The second round of improvements will hopefully begin sometime in mid to late October and happen on several residential streets: - Birmingham Drive, from Lake Drive to Crest Drive - Crest Drive, from Sprucewood Drive to 100 feet west of Horizon Drive - D Street, from Vulcan Avenue to San Dieguito Drive - E ...
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3 Feet For Cyclists Becomes Law Next Week

The Three Feet for Safety Act, passed last year by Legislature, is a California law that goes into effect next week.  Drivers will be required to maintain a distance of three feet when passing cyclists on the road.  However, if a driver is unable to give a cyclist 3 feet due to traffic or road conditions (including the weather and width of the highway), the driver must slow to a reasonable speed and pass when doing so would not endanger the bicyclist. Violations of the law will be around $35.  If the violation causes a collision and injury to the bicyclist, then the fine is $220.  California Highway Patrol officials have said that the emphasis in the first few months will be to educate drivers on the law, not to write a lot of tickets. The law aims to help prevent more auto...
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New Encinitas Park Opening in Fall

09/08/2014 Guy Bahringer

New Encinitas Park Opening in Fall

The Encinitas Community Park, which has been under construction for almost 2 years, is finally set to open this fall. The 44-acre park is located off of Interstate 5 and the south side of Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas.  The park is densely landscaped with a meandering dry creek bed and walking paths and features a 13,000-square foot skate park, a 2-acre dog park, children's play areas, a soccer field, 3 multi-use fields including softballs and baseball diamonds, open turf areas, and 4 parking lots. The $36.5 million project is the latest attraction in the city of Encinitas and an exciting addition to the community!...
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