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Tuesday, October 6, 2015


October is one eclectic festy month in North Park, where events range from school festival's, fun runs, foodie festival at 30th & University, plus an Italian film fest and Afton Miller's neighborhood-wide garage sale.


ALL MONTH—Now open in downtown Los Angeles, The Broad, a new contemporary art museum. (Grand & Second) opened on September 20 and general admission will be free. You'll be able to reserve your free tickets at above online address for visits running through the end of the year. Tickets have entry times beginning every half hour.  Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro (with Gensler). Currently, The Broad is displaying the private collection of its founders Eli and Edythe Broad.

OCTOBER 18: A collection of eight Victorian and church in San Francisco’s Alamo Square neighborhood will be on tour from 1 to 5 pm to support Victorian Alliance historic preservation efforts.  Also on the tour is the Westerfeld house and a restored “painted lady” from the City’s popular postcard row.  Tickets:


OCTOBER 10: Ancestry aficionados take note.  The first ever Genealogy Day is set for Satuday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park.  Renowned genetic genealogist, CeCe Moore, from TV’s “Finding Your Roots” and “Genealogy Roadshow,” will kick off the event with a keynote presentation titled, “DNA: Stories from Finding Your Roots.”

Participants will have the opportunity to choose two out of four breakout sessions for both beginning and advanced researchers. Session topics include Researching Your Family Tree – How to Get Started, Autosomal DNA – Discovering Your Ancestors in You featuring CeCe Moore, Social Media and Networking for Genealogists, and a panel on Local and Online Resources for Genealogy Research.

The program will also include a continental breakfast and an exhibit hall full of experts to answer your questions on the process of researching your family tree.

Co-sponsored by the SD History Center and the SD Genealogical Society.  Tickets are $40 for SDHC and SDGS members and $50 for non-members. 

Ticket info:

OCTOBER 13:  The 9th annual Italian Film Festival showcases a dozen new films produced in Italy in 2013 & 2014.  Many are having San Diego premieres. Called festival 2015, the cinema series begins at the Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park.  Other venues include La Paloma Theatre (North County) and UltraStar at Mission Valley’s Hazard Center.  Info:

OCTOBER 17 & 18: The popular St. Patrick’s School Fall Festival begins at noon both dates.  This North Park neighborhood tradition includes a classy music stage, food, beer garden, games and the ‘hood’s largest rummage sale.   Sneak preview for the rummage sale is Oct. 16 noon to 5 pm.

OCTOBER 17: Historic and ever so hip North Park is holding its 2015 Taste of North Park with more than 30 restaurants and at least 10 craft breweries participating.  Festivities begin at 11 am thru 3 pm at 30th & University.

OCTOBER 18:  San Diego’s Theodore Roosevelt Middle School is holding its second annual Trick or Trot fund raising 3K and 5K fun run: Prizes for winners and for creative costuming.  Register:

OCTOBER 24: North Park Garage Sale organized by realtor Afton Miller.
Event takes place 8 am until noon.  Those living between Alabama, 30th, University and Juniper are eligible to register:  Register at or call 619.683.5453.  Deadline to register is Oct. 13.

OCTOBER 31:  The elaborate Day of the Dead celebration that Save Our Heritage Organisation initiated in 2010 and developed into an annual regional and national attraction for Old Town San Diego is so successful that the non-profit group is transferring the impresario role to the Old Town business community.

With last year's attendance estimated at 75,000, the colorful, authentic festivities of November 1 and 2 in Old Town have followed and expanded upon the hallowed Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos. It honors deceased loved ones with personal altars, offerings of food, drink, and flowers, and cemetery vigils, all of which are meant to invite ancestors to return to visit the living.

"SOHO has established Old Town's Day of the Dead programs as a meaningful cultural experience and destination event that remains true to its beloved Mexican origins. We've shown how a genuine, large-scale presentation of cultural heritage is economically smart and highly beneficial for a historic area," Alana Coons, SOHO's Director of Education and Communications, said. "Authenticity is essential for a community to retain and strengthen its identity, rather than staging a popular event that could be done by anyone, anywhere."

Rooted in religion and folklore, the Day of the Dead spiritually unites life and death, and is not to be confused with Halloween. However, because Halloween falls on Saturday this year, Old Town's Day of the Dead celebrations will be held October 31-November 2.

The non-profit SOHO is the region's largest and most effective preservation organization and the operator of five museums. SOHO's partnership with Old Town shops, restaurants, and hotels has created a seamless, high quality Day of the Dead event for individuals and families, held indoors and out, day and night, and extending to Old Town San Diego State Park.

Turning over the Day of the Dead management does not mean SOHO is leaving the festive event. As in past years, SOHO will continue to present special altars, live music, and workshops at the two Old Town museums it operates. They are the Adobe Chapel, 3963 Conde Street, where a large backdrop of silk and handmade paper flowers adorn the altar, and a painting of Mexico's revered Virgin of Guadalupe will be on display; and the Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Avenue where, during all three days, there will be live concerts, free and fee based craft workshops, and multiple historically themed altars.

"Our broadening of public awareness and participation in the Day of the Dead celebrations has received tremendous acclaim," said Coons, who launched the massive Day of the Dead events just five years ago.

Coons measures success in the mushrooming attendance and the speed with which non-Latin visitors grasped the Day of the Dead's enduring cultural significance for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. Old Town's celebration is the only one in the San Diego region to be held throughout an entire district, albeit one that is walkable, accessible by public transit, and hospitable to hunger, thirst, and shopping for Day of the Dead mementoes large and small.

"While we can expect changes with the new leadership, every effort is being made to keep the growing event as authentic and high-quality as possible," Coons said.

Volunteers are needed to assist the new organization now and during the Day of the Dead weekend. Volunteers, vendors, performers, and sponsors should contact Bob Barros at (619) 656-4721 or More information can be found online at the 2015 website:

Courtesy of West Coaster craft beer magazine and website (

October | Oktoberfest Celebrations: Everyone is embracing German culture (and beer) to varying degrees, from ‘hoods like Carlsbad, El Cajon, La Jolla, La Mesa and Ocean Beach, to local breweries including AleSmith Brewing Co.Ballast Point Brewing & SpiritsGreen Flash Brewing Co. and 24-7-365 Germanic Lightning Brewery. Consult our events page and brewery websites for more deets. | Various Locations, Dates & Times Vary

October | Beer to the Rescue Releases: It’s another big month of one-time-only beer releases for this charity effort benefiting the Lupus Foundation of Southern CaliforniaHalf Door Brewing Co. will debut its extra special bitter (Oct. 12, East Village), followed by 32 North Brewing Co.‘s dry-hopped Irish-American red ale (Oct. 22 in Miramar) and Rip Current Brewing Co.’s red rye imperial IPA (Oct. 28 in North Park). | Various Locations, Times Vary

October 10 | Birdies & BeersIt’s the official unofficial sporting pastime enjoyed by just about every pro brewery in the Greater San Diego area. That’s right…disc golf? Go figure, but the only thing San Diego’s fermentation specialists seem to love more than ales and lagers is a good fling. Get in on a great day on the greens that includes beer, food, music and helping out a good cause. | Sun Valley Golf Course, 5080 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, 11 a.m.

October 18 | Pour It BlackAs autumn sets in and the temperature “falls” from 85 degrees to a chilly 82, the time for darker, heartier beers presents itself and Stone Brewing Co. is more than prepared. With more than 100 different brown-to-onyx hued sour ales, porters, stouts, IPAs and barrel-aged brews, quantity, quality and variety are all well represented at this annual fest. | Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, 10 a.m.

October 21 | Drinkabout!Yes, this event happens every month, but having the fun and value of taking part in free transport to a handful of standout imbibing strongholds offering special deals and beers within San Diego’s sudsier neighborhoods can’t be understated. Get on the bus and get in on a good time. | Various Locations; Normal Heights, North Park, South Park, University Heights; 7 p.m.

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