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    Nov 20, 2017 | 6356 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    One major benefit of calling San Diego home is the ability to catch sunsets like this one, captured recently at La Jolla Shores. La Jolla Shores is one of the countless spots to catch a proper beach sunset in the area. / PHOTO BY DON BALCH
    One major benefit of calling San Diego home is the ability to catch sunsets like this one, captured recently at La Jolla Shores. La Jolla Shores is one of the countless spots to catch a proper beach sunset in the area. / PHOTO BY DON BALCH
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    Torrey Pines holiday culinary schedule A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, and enjoy a prix fixe four-course meal featuring the tastes of the season. Indulge in fare from renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson in the timbered indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course.                                                                                                                                                               Thursday, Nov. 23 - Lunch seating will be from noon to 4 p.m, with dinner seating from 4 to 10 p.m. Costs is $110 per person and $55 for children under 12; $130 with free-flowing sparkling wine. Advanced reservations highly recommended. For more information, visit LodgeTorreyPines.com or call 858.777.6635. The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines Savor the smoky flavors of the outdoor rotisserie at The Lodge’s more casual restaurant, The Grill, on Thanksgiving. Cozy up for a three-course meal with beer or wine pairings complete with sweeping views of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course.  Thursday, Nov. 23 - Lunch seating will begin from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., while dinner seating will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost will be $60 per person, $75 with beers, $85 with wines and $35 for children under 12 Advanced reservations highly recommended. For more information visit LodgeTorreyPines.com or call 858.777.6641/ Second Chance to host ‘Bail Me Out’ event Nov. 28 On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Sheriff William Gore, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan will volunteer to "go to jail" to help raise money to support Second Chance services. The event will be held at Palm Plaza at Westfield UTC Mall from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. in honor of Giving Tuesday.  Proceeds will go to benefit Second Chance programs that provide employment skills and amenities to the men, women and youth who seek an opportunity to become self-sufficient. San Diegans are asked to stop by UTC and help "bail” the officials out of the "jail" by making a donation to Second Chance. Those who cannot attend can text "bailmeout" to 41444 to donate by text on #GivingTuesday, or donate online at www.secondchanceprogram.org/how-to-help/. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. “Our goal is to raise $10,000 through our ‘Bail Me Out’ Giving Tuesday campaign.  The proceeds will provide job-readiness programs, sober living support, professional clothing, bus passes and job-related education to men and women throughout San Diego,” said Robert Coleman, president & CEO of Second Chance.  “We are so grateful for the generosity of all who participate in Giving Tuesday, especially our elected officials.” Participants can additionally set up their own account and become a crowd-fundraiser to be “bailed out” of “jail” by texting “bailmeout” to 71777. To additionally fundraise for Second Chance or to be a social media ambassador, please contact Maureen at mpolimadei@secondchanceprogram.org.  For more information on Second Chance, visit https://www.secondchanceprogram.org. La Valencia holiday season Enjoy a classic Christmas at the Pink Lady this season.  The landmark La Valencia Hotel is celebration central with a calendar of holiday fun built around the theme “Miracle on Prospect Street,” harkening to another holiday tradition. The season starts when millions of twinkling lights begin illuminating the sky for the hotel’s annual “Sea of Lights” on Nov. 23.  Don’t miss a community favorite – La V’s cozy Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 28, complete with carolers, cocoa and crafts for the kids.  In fact, La Valencia is such an integral part of this seaside community that its long-time Managing Director, Mark Dibella, has been invited to be the Grand Marshal of La Jolla’s 60th annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 3rd.  La V is also ready to help take the stress out of your holiday feasting with specially crafted and lavish menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.    La Valencia is proud to be partnering with Miracle Babies this holiday season, a local charity started by Dr. Sean Daneshmand to assist families of sick newborns in their time of need. Miracle Babies will have a very special Pack ‘n’ Play set up by La V’s beautiful Christmas tree for the collection of:  diapers, wipes, socks, blankets, burp cloths, and toys for siblings. Hotel guests and local residents are invited to share the holiday spirit by donating goods to help support the mission of this San Diego based non-profit.   Nov. 23 – Annual Sea of Lights – The 6th annual Sea of Lights will be switched on to illuminate the Pink Lady from top to bottom with millions of twinkling lights, taking the enchantment of La V to magical heights. Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving buffet – From noon to 8 p.m. A culinary masterpiece to be thankful for.  Relax over a lavish Thanksgiving buffet feast at THE MED restaurant complete with all the trimmings and decadent desserts.  Café la Rue debuts a season of holiday craft cocktails and happier happy hour. $89 per adult and $39 per child (12 and under). Nov. 28 – Tree Lighting Ceremony – From 5 to 7 p.m. Join in at La V's annual holiday party in La Sala Lounge with warm holiday beverages, homemade cookies, classic carols and children's crafts.   La Jolla Country Day School Madrigal Singers at 5 pm, Countdown at 6 pm and live Entertainment to follow with Roman Palacios. Dec. 3 – La Jolla Christmas Parade – Held at 1:30 p.m. On the eve of La Valencia’s 91st anniversary, La V Managing Director, Mark Dibella, will be the proud Grand Marshal for La Jolla’s 60th annual Christmas Parade. Stepping off at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Kline and Girard, the parade heads west with a turn down Prospect to the La Jolla Recreation Center where a fun-filled holiday festival keeps the magic going.  Dec. 24 and 25 - Sunday, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Monday, from noon to 8 p.m. Gather at THE MED and indulge in four delightful & decedent holiday courses crafted by Executive Chef Alex Emery and garnished with ocean vistas, seasonal music, and sweet treats. $95 per adult $49 per child. Dec. 31 – Starts at 5:30 p.m. Ring in the New Year at THE MED with an unforgettable five-course over-the-top dining experience followed by a countdown celebration in La Sala Lounge and live entertainment. $150 per adult. Jan 1 – 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join to kick off 2018 at our award-winning New Year's Day brunch at THE MED featuring recovery cocktails and resolution specials. A la carte menu items starting at $16. Casual dining offered in Café la Rue. To book rooms or holiday events please call: 858-424-0771 or book your restaurant reservations on Open Table at bit.ly/THEMED. Little Mensches beach clean up a success Thanks to everyone who participated in the beach clean up, organized in cooperation with San Diego Coastkeeper.  Approximately 70 children/participants collected just under 50 pounds of trash off of the La Jolla Shores beach and park.  They will not be holding an event in December, but hope that you will join for their next event on Jan. 7, 2018, which will run in partnership with the amazing Challenged Athletes Foundation.  
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    La Jolla church ends bi-weekly dinner for the needy
    by BLAKE BUNCH
    Nov 17, 2017 | 8391 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mary, Star of the Sea, the Roman Catholic church in La Jolla that has ended its charitable meal program. Prior to the program’s cessation. So Others May Eat held dinners twice a month for more than nine years./ PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
    Mary, Star of the Sea, the Roman Catholic church in La Jolla that has ended its charitable meal program. Prior to the program’s cessation. So Others May Eat held dinners twice a month for more than nine years./ PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
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    The recent hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego, which has killed 20 people to date, prompted city officials to finally address the growing issue of homelessness. Their solution, however temporary, was to install hand-washing stations at homeless “hot spots,” pressure wash the sidewalks in said areas with a bleaching solution and create a tent city far enough removed from the outbreak epicenter, yet right in some residents’ backyards. While the city is busy “fighting” the issue of homelessness, a seemingly unforeseen event occurred a good distance away from the outbreak’s reach along the coast. Citing the hepatitis A outbreak and ongoing renovations, Mary, Star of the Sea, a Catholic church in La Jolla, decided to abruptly halt a charitable program that has consistently fed the needy for more than nine years. Through the program, So Others May Eat, meals that were provided every second Tuesday of each month will no longer be served at the church. So Others May Eat alternates weekly, providing meals to the less fortunate at Sacred Heart Church in Ocean Beach and Mary, Star of the Sea. Tresha Souza, the founder of So Others May Eat, says that she is appalled at the church’s decision to willingly neglect those in need. “What many people would not realize is that at least 60 percent of people who attended our meals could be classified as ‘working poor,’ for they lived in their own homes,” said Souza. “In most instances, they were often families that counted on these bi-weekly meals for sustenance. Honestly, I just think that it is utter hypocrisy – to hide behind the hepatitis A outbreak and deny one’s fellow man aid. I can’t believe the church didn’t stand up for what is right.” Unfortunately, the homelessness issue in coastal San Diego communities has become an exponentially polarizing issue. The Beach and Bay Press recently reported that a Pacific Beach resident, Matthew Phillips, started a petition on Change.org to end homeless “feeds” at PB churches. Phillips brought the issue before PB Town Council as well. The petition cited the amount of petty theft, violent crime, severe mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse and a generally apathetic nature of the homeless as reasoning to end the feeds. If it sounds like tough love, it is. Not surprisingly, some citizens are outraged at this notion – almsgiving being a major tenant of the Christian faith – while there are those who support the issue outright. While the La Jolla Village News reached out to Mary, Star of the Sea for comment, none was returned. The Catholic Diocese did issue the following statement, however:  “We’re sorry for any misunderstandings that have arisen regarding the ‘So Others May Eat’ dinners that used to take place at Mary Star of the Sea.  A major renovation forced us to close our parish hall for the past several months and we have had to redirect where and how we do our part to serve the less fortunate in our parish. We have not, and will never, turn our backs on the poor. As a parish, we will respond to the needs of our community; we will overcome the challenges posed by the hepatitis outbreak and we will continue to provide assistance to the homeless people and families who need our help and our prayers.” 
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    Plenty of pink will walk through Pacific and Mission beaches during Susan G. Komen’s 3-Day event
    Nov 14, 2017 | 48951 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    On Friday, Nov. 17, the San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park where participants will camp. Above, participants walk by pink tents set up at Crown Point Park last year. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    On Friday, Nov. 17, the San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park where participants will camp. Above, participants walk by pink tents set up at Crown Point Park last year. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Pacific and Mission beaches will be well represented, as well as being part of the route, in the annual Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk to be held Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday Nov. 19. The 3-Day is a 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer forever. Participants raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, educating tens of thousands of people about breast health and raising funds to help support breast cancer research and community outreach programs.  During the past 14 years and 156 events, the Komen 3-Day has raised more than $820 million, which Komen has used to save lives and make huge strides in breast cancer research. In 2016, Susan G. Komen set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. The Walk/Run Route Schedule: Friday, Nov. 17:  The San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. After lunch on the beach, the route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park where participants will camp. Saturday, Nov. 18:  On Saturday morning, participants will walk by SeaWorld before heading toward the ocean. The route will showcase Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the beautiful homes along the ocean in Sunset Cliffs. The second half of the route will travel along the ocean boardwalk in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach before heading east. Sunday, Nov. 19:  The final day begins with a tour through Pacific Beach heading to the pedestrian path on the east side of Mission Bay Park. After lunch in Mission Hills, the route will tour Hillcrest, Balboa Park, and Downtown. The route will end in East Village with a celebratory closing ceremony at Petco Park. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised from the 3-Day help Susan G. Komen support the global research program and other mission objectives, while the remaining 25 percent helps affiliates support local programs including medical assistance, patient navigation and provider education — all of which support Komen’s Bold Goal. Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer unsuccessfully with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and long hospitalization, Komen spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, her sister, Nancy G. Brinker, promised Komen that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer and help women who were suffering. The legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen, the nonprofit Texas-based organization and public charity Nancy started. Susan G. Komen is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion in breast cancer research since its inception in 1982.  For more information, visit The3Day.org or call 800-996-3DAY. Connect on Facebook at Facebook.com/The3Day, Twitter @The3Day and Instagram @Komen3Day. 
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    Groundswell Community Project empowers women in waves
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Nov 10, 2017 | 26649 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Groundswell Community Project founder Natalie Small leads a group of women through surf therapy at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
    Groundswell Community Project founder Natalie Small leads a group of women through surf therapy at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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    Natalie Small (second from right) with a group from Groundswell Community Project.
    Natalie Small (second from right) with a group from Groundswell Community Project.
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    Groundswell Community Project is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that builds safe and brave spaces for women to heal, empower, and unite through the art of surfing. Our mission at Groundswell Community Project is to let the ocean be a space for women who are overcoming personal problems to heal and to give them the opportunity to explore their own strengths,” said Natalie Small, the founder and facilitator of Groundswell Community Project. The organization provides four- and eight-week programs for individuals and groups to engage and expand themselves through surf therapy. The programs create safe spaces for self expression, exploration, and healing for self and the community. “I wanted to give women an opportunity to get together and be able to be children again playing and exploring their strengths. As adult women, we don’t really get to play and playing is really important,” said Small. Small is a state-licensed marriage and family therapist and she works at a private practice for individuals, families, and couples using experiential therapies to help empower them to overcome mental disabilities like anxiety and depression. She is also a first aid arts facilitator, trained in how art can be a tool to overcome trauma and its triggers. Six years ago, Small combined her passions and therapist skills into the Groundswell Community Project. She wanted to take her training and experience in therapy to the ocean and let the ocean be the venue for healing. “I just see an instant transformation that occurs when the women get into the ocean and reconnect with their bodies in a positive way. It breaks down the barrier and the judgment that we hold against ourselves and each other, and just lets us be free to connect with our soul,” said Small. The Groundswell Community Project helps women who have been victims of sex trafficking, and who are overcoming addictions, abuse and depression. The project’s mission is to be a creative community that allows women to embrace healing and empowerment, through bold and beautiful engagement with each other, the outdoors and the arts. To join the team, and become a surf sister, visit groundswellcommunity.org.
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    Día de los Muertos brings Mexico City back to life
    by THOMAS MELVILLE
    Nov 06, 2017 | 26350 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City paid tribute to the earthquake victims and first responders with a giant fist sculpture made out of multi-colored hard hats, pickaxes and rubble on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City paid tribute to the earthquake victims and first responders with a giant fist sculpture made out of multi-colored hard hats, pickaxes and rubble on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Thousands watched the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Thousands watched the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The faces at the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City on Saturday, Oct. 28. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The popular trajinera boats in Xochimilco. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The popular trajinera boats in Xochimilco. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    A colorful Catrina in the Zócalo. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A colorful Catrina in the Zócalo. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Colorfully painted skulls lined Paseo de la Reforma during October to help promote the Día de los Muertos parade. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Colorfully painted skulls lined Paseo de la Reforma during October to help promote the Día de los Muertos parade. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Rubble left over from the earthquake still lines the sidewalks in Xochimilco, a gritty neighborhood in southern Mexico City. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Rubble left over from the earthquake still lines the sidewalks in Xochimilco, a gritty neighborhood in southern Mexico City. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Mercado Roma, with its orange and black tiled floor and bright angular countertops, was open and doing brisk business serving a variety of local favorites. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Mercado Roma, with its orange and black tiled floor and bright angular countertops, was open and doing brisk business serving a variety of local favorites. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Zócalo, which is bordered by the Cathedral to the north, the National Palace to the east, the Federal District buildings to the south and the Old Portal de Mercaderes to the west, the Nacional Monte de Piedad building at the north-west corner, with the Templo Mayor site to the northeast, the morning of the parade. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The Zócalo, which is bordered by the Cathedral to the north, the National Palace to the east, the Federal District buildings to the south and the Old Portal de Mercaderes to the west, the Nacional Monte de Piedad building at the north-west corner, with the Templo Mayor site to the northeast, the morning of the parade. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    (San Diego Community Newspaper Group managing editor Thomas Melville traveled to Mexico City to see how the area was recovering from the devastating earthquakes and to experience the huge Día de los Muertos celebration and parade.) As a show of strength, unity and resiliency, thousands of onlookers raised their hands, mirroring the first responders who were walking behind the first Día de los Muertos parade float to arrive at the overpacked Zócalo – a giant fist made out of multi-colored hard hats, pickaxes and rubble. As the sculpture stopped in front of the Cathedral, the first responders formed their hands into fist, and the voices of Mexico roared. The second annual Day of the Dead celebration came at the right time for this bustling, yet damaged city. On Sept. 7, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake shook the region, razed buildings, and killed more than 200 people in the city. Since then, recovery has been slow and the citizenry a little timid. The parade on Saturday, Oct. 28, which brought out more than 300,000 people along a lengthy route that began on Paseo de la Reforma and snaked through Centro Histórico, paid tribute to the earthquake victims, helpers and heroes – and could be a major step to help heal the city. “It was kind of weird to do this happy celebration after this tragedy,” said Paola Schlaepfer, executive producer at Callejón Salao, which produced part of the parade. “We had been preparing for six months, then stopped after the earthquake, and thought about what we could do to pay homage to the dead, and all the people who were helping and working to rescue people. “We wanted to acknowledge them at the beginning of the parade,” she said. “And then the parade will continue – and so will the city.” Roma Norte Some areas of the city, such as Centro Histórico, are back to normal, with sidewalks filled with people motivated to sell goods, services and snacks to passersby. The Metro is still jammed with commuters who have no problem elbowing their way into and out of subway cars. But in the Roma Norte district, which was hit particularly hard during the earthquake, severely damaged buildings are roped off, and backhoes are still clearing piles of rubble that line sidewalks. “There are areas of the city that used to be very crowded and full of life that are not anymore,” Schlaepfer said. “But they are starting to recover very slowly. People are still a little afraid to go to the areas that were hit hard, like Roma Norte. The businesses and restaurants there are restarting but it is a slow process.” Mercado Roma, with its orange and black tiled floor and bright angular countertops, was open and doing brisk business serving a variety of local favorites, along with Asian barbecue and Mediterranean seafood options. But a few blocks west, in the grassy square of an intersection, a church group was giving out clothes to needy people from a makeshift tent. Overlooking them was the mural of Frida, the rescue dog, that Ocean Beach artist Celeste Byers painted a few weeks ago as a symbol of hope. Xochimilco In Xochimilco, a gritty neighborhood in southern Mexico City, which relies on the tourist trade of its popular trajinera boats that float lovers and partiers down its famous canals, things have been quiet since Sept. 7. After a video went viral of the boats being sloshed around the canals by waves generated from the earthquake, accompanied by screams of some tourists, business slowed considerably. One of the long-time tourist guides said people are not visiting the canals like they used to because they are afraid. He gestured with his arms, shrugged his shoulders and rubbed his cropped white beard while shaking his head back and forth. On that weekday afternoon in late October, the place had only a few visitors. Workers were repairing the roofs of the shops that line the canal, boat owners were repainting the colorful signs and names of their trajineras, which mostly sat idle in the water. “The people are waiting to see what will happen,” Schlaepfer said. “But we need to reactivate those areas that were affected. We have to move on.” Parade It’s odd that James Bond has a role here. But the 2015 film “Spectre” started with an intense chase scene set in the Zócalo during a huge Día de los Muertos parade. That parade was just a fabrication for the movie. The long-time celebration usually included just a small parade of Catrinas. But the movie version was what the tourists wanted to see and the city leaders decided to capitalize on that opportunity. In 2016, they staged the inaugural Día de los Muertos parade, which some Mexicans criticized as too crass and commercial, but more than 200,000 cheered it on, and so a sequel was planned. “The parade last year was a great success. It has became a new tradition for the city,” Schlaepfer said. This year’s version was extraordinary, with 50 foot tall skeletons and giant skulls bobbing along the route, interlaced by hundreds of dancing Catrinas and howling Aztecs. The Zócalo was overflowing with people cheering on the parade, checking out the huge Día de los Muertos alters, and taking selfies with the hundreds of Catrinas with their uniquely colorful painted faces – their take on the traditional “dapper skeleton.” “The people of this city deserve some happiness,” Schlaepfer said. “We want to bring back smiles on the faces of the people.” Even if on this day of the dead, those smiles were painted on.
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    November 09, 2017
    Wow. Great article and photos!
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    The Parade Band Foundation will host the Liberty Station Band Review on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Liberty Station. The Liberty Station Band Review will feature perf...
    Published - Thursday, November 09
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    Pointers defeat reigning state champs in back-to-back games
    Local officials have released results of an investigation involving the frequent sighting of two monkeys scampering about and cavorting in the trees of homes near the Point Loma High School campus....
    Published - Thursday, November 09
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    Pursuit of RV begins in Pacific Beach, ends in Orange County
    A pursuit began early this morning in Pacific Beach when two people fled in a motor home that San Diego police were attempting to impound, and ended after a brief standoff on the side of Interstate...
    Published - Thursday, November 09
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    Point Loma women's basketball season preview
    The women's basketball team is heading into the 2017-18 season with high expectations after being an NCAA West Region tournament team last season. Ranked atop the PacWest Conference in the coaches'...
    Published - Thursday, November 09
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    Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride in Point Loma on Nov. 11
    The Point Loma Rotary Club invites San Diegans to “ride the hidden, unridden, and forbidden Point Loma” in the fifth annual Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride on Nov. 11 to support pancreatic...
    Published - Thursday, November 09
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    Peninsula planners propose land parcel consolidation
    A proposal to eliminate consolidating substandard, contiguous land parcels headlined discussion by Peninsula Community Planning Board at its October meeting. PCPB board approved writing a letter su...
    Published - Thursday, November 09
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    PLHS fall sports produce champions
    Fall sports teams at Point Loma High produced championships and individual honors in several sports. Girls tennis The girls tennis team finished 12-0 to take the Eastern League title. Individually,...
    Published - Thursday, November 09
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    Person shot in Mission Beach, police searching for suspect
    The victim was walking near 3100 Mission Boulevard when the suspect walked up behind the victim about 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. The suspect passed the victim turned around and shot the victim. The vict...
    Published - Wednesday, November 08
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    James Gang moves back to where it all started on Newport
    One of Ocean Beach's bedrock businesses, James Gang Co. print shop and silk screening, is in mid-move from 1931 Bacon St. at Santa Monica to 4851 Newport Ave. on the beach town's main drag. “What w...
    Published - Wednesday, November 08
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    Blue Water Seafood to open new restaurant in Ocean Beach
    Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill, known by locals for its fresh seafood and genuine experience, recently announced plans to open a second location in Ocean Beach. Brothers and Ocean Beach natives,...
    Published - Wednesday, November 08
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