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February 23,

Hillcrest Business Association mixer (Tuesday, February 22, 2011) at Lawrance Furniture

Lawrance Furniture hosts HBA mixer
Several Hillcrest business people gathered at Lawrance Furniture (633 University Avenue) yesterday evening for the Hillcrest Business Association’s quarterly mixer. After “30-second commercials” from guests the group learned a bit of Lawrance Furniture history...there’s been a store at this location since 1911 (before that time the land had been used as a garden for the St. Joseph’s Hospital just across the street). The son and daughter-in-law of the original owner (Howard & Julie Haimsohn) hosted the networking event. A staffer from Mayor Sanders’ office then shared information relative to small business owners as participants enjoyed samples from Porkyland.
February 22,

HillQuest edition #8

HillQuest ad deadline ~ March 31

There’s no better value for a full year of advertising for your business! Buying ad space in weekly or monthly publications quickly adds up. It’s a fact: HillQuest is San Diego’s best advertising value. For as little as $432 you’ll receive over a year’s worth of exposure. As a bonus, you’ll also be listed for FREE on HillQuest.com — Uptown’s most popular website. Hillcrest and Bankers Hill businesses will also be highlighted on the foldout maps. Call (619) 260-1929 for more information or to choose your ad’s location in the next HillQuest.

HillQuest logoThe ninth HillQuest, Urban Guide will again be a fun, fact-filled, hip pocket-sized publication — and the best marketing value in urban San Diego. Here are this year’s rates. Each year HillQuest features a “Neighbors” chapter which focuses attention on that community. HQ9 will highlight Old Town (the birthplace of California) and share the opportunities just down the hill...like museums with no admission fee, a state park...and free parking! Please allow First eight editions of HillQuest, the Urban Guideus help promote your business in the next edition of HillQuest Urban Guide. Distribution will begin the end of June through July 2012!

With the completion of HQ nearly 300,000 copies of our urban guide will have been circulated to promote our community — each packed with history, maps and interesting stories on dining, shopping, pioneers and fun! We’ll celebrate this year’s publication with the 9th annual Hop in the ’Hood on Sunday, July 10 with a block party on Seventh Avenue between Robinson and Pennsylvania. Mark your calendars for this day of community camaraderie and great music!

February 21,
“There is a demand for this development that stretches beyond downtown cores and into the suburbs. And it is the first-tier suburbs that are best positioned to accommodate this type of development.”
— Patrick Phillips, CEO of the Urban Land Institute on the next “sweet spot for redevelopment”
February 20,
Hillcrest Mardi Gras 2011

Countdown to Fat Tuesday

In just over two weeks Hillcrest Mardi Gras celebrates a decade of spirit and whimsy. On Tuesday, March 8 over three blocks of University Avenue will morph into eccentric wonder from 6–11pm for the street party of the decade. Organized by the GSDBA Foundation and the Hillcrest Business Association, Mardi Gras proceeds again benefit LGBT youth scholarships and neighborhood improvements. Last year nearly 3,000 revelers created a diverse mosaic as the community came together for a fun evening collecting beads, dancing, eating and drinking to excess. (FYI: unfortunately this year’s party will be on the same evening as the monthly meeting for the HBA and the annual election of the Hillcrest Town Council).

With the help of DJ Kimberly S, Wendy Ho, the girls from Lips, the Gogo Dancers and Paris Antonette Queen, Hillcrest’s flare will again launch you into the true spirit of Mardi Gras, a carnival honoring a period of abandonment and merriment preceeding the penance of Lent! For more details or to buy tickets visit their website or call (619) 299-3330.

February 19,
“It is unfortunate that cities are rushing to commit hundreds of millions of dollars to redevelopment at a time when they are also considering cuts to core services in order to close large budget deficits.”
— Gil Durán, Governor Brown’s spokeperson, re: criticizing San Diego’s rush to secure the money

This Saturday, March 19 the Ms Senior San Diego Preliminary Pageant will be held at the Balboa Park
Club, 1-4pm. Admission is free. Come one, come all to this terrificly entertaining afternoon. Find out which of the beautiful ladies will represent San Diego in the California pageant. Heads up!
Paradise Senior VillageI just returned from a staged musical (a clever take off on the Wizard of Oz with appearances of story book characters like Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella) at Paradise Senior Village in National City where the residents and I were treated to a show starring lovely and talented title holders from the Ms Senior pageant. It was a sample of the wonderful talent that will be seen this Saturday.
And just around the corner on Thursday, March 24 a “foot stompin’ ” afternoon (12noon -3:30pm) will be held at Balboa Park Club. Join Russell Mapes and the Billy Harper Band for the Western Dance and Cowboy 2-Step Lessons. From 12-12:30 Russell will teach the Cowboy 2-Step. All this and refreshments for only $3. Now, turn the next corner. Another fun events is coming up: The St. Patrick’s Dance on Thursday, March 10, 1-3:30pm with The Sundance Band (be sure to wear your best “Green Bib and Tucker”).
February 18,
This is the most destructive project that we’ve seen for Balboa Park in more than 50 years...A serious discussion of alternatives has not occurred. Jacobs himself told me that it’s either this project or nothing.”
— SOHO director Bruce Coons re: Irwin Jacobs proposal for a bypass road off of Cabrillo Bridge
February 17,

Cliff May designed home

Cliff May featured in 2011’s SOHO Home Tour

Designer Cliff May’s earliest, hacienda-style homes from 1932 to 1936 will be open together for the first time ever during Save Our Heritage Organisation’s Annual Historic Home Tour Weekend on March 26 & 27. Mark your calendars!!!

Cliff May was a San Diego native who went on to be nationally known as “father of the American ranch house.” The weekend begins on Saturday, March 26, with lectures by noted Cliff May experts who will introduce the Sunday tour focusing on his early career. The evening will be enjoyed at a classic home in Coronado designed by May as the elegant site of a cocktail party. On both days, SOHO’s museum shops at the Marston House and the Whaley House will feature select Spanish Revival and Mexicana style furnishings, decorative items and books on architecture, preservation and do-it-yourself projects.

The day-long, self-guided home tour on Sunday, March 27, from 10am to 5pm, will invite visitors inside six Hacienda style homes, each centered around a courtyard in the historic San Diego neighborhoods of Talmadge, Presidio Hills, Loma Portal and Point Loma. Guests will have the choice of driving themselves or using the trolley provided at no extra cost.

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