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    National Chicken Wing Day: Some of the best wings come with the some of best views at the beach
    by RONAN ELLIOTT
    Jul 28, 2017 | 5308 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Buffalo-style chicken wings at Sandbar Sports Grill, at 718 Ventura Place, in Mission Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Buffalo-style chicken wings at Sandbar Sports Grill, at 718 Ventura Place, in Mission Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The classic Buffalo-style chicken wings at Dirty Birds in Pacific Beach. 
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    The classic Buffalo-style chicken wings at Dirty Birds in Pacific Beach. PHOTO BY RONAN ELLIOTT
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    Chicken wings served at The Spot in La Jolla. / PHOTO BY RONAN ELLIOTT
    Chicken wings served at The Spot in La Jolla. / PHOTO BY RONAN ELLIOTT
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    They come sweet or sour, tender or crispy, hot or not. Wherever you eat them, however you like them, chicken wings are a staple of American cuisine – and with National Chicken Wing Day coming up on Saturday, July 29 – the Beach & Bay Press offers you a sample of some the best places to find wings and ocean views in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla. Pacific Beach Dirty Birds: It’s impossible to discuss chicken wings in San Diego without mentioning Dirty Birds, at 4656 Mission Blvd. (just steps from the beach), and at 2970 Truxtun Road in Liberty Staton. Ranked by The Daily Meal as the No. 12 Best Buffalo Wings in America (and No. 1 in the San Diego region), Dirty Bird’s sports a mind-boggling 37 varieties of chicken wing flavors, ranging from milder classics like Hawaiian and Honey Mustard, to the mouth-scorching Ghost Wing and Habanero. Come for the food, or just to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff, who are more than willing to guide you through your options. Bub’s at the Beach: With 25 types of wings, Bub’s at the Beach, at 1030 Garnet Ave., weighs in as a close second to Dirty Birds, but this dive bar’s zany, family-friendly atmosphere is more than enough to set it apart. Come with your kids to play Connect 4 on a jumbo-sized board, or knock down the massive Jenga tower. The bar’s specialty dishes include the Russian Roulette Wings, a plate of nine buffalo wings and one super-spicy “bullet” – perfect for sharing with friends. Make sure to try the Archie sauce, Bub’s good-with-everything blend of classic buffalo and honey mustard. Miller’s Field: Visit Miller’s Field, at 4465 Mission Blvd., and you’re likely to find the place packed with sports fans. With nearly 50 TVs in the building, this bar’s sports coverage is a major draw – but their chicken wings and ocean breezes keep the patrons coming back. Offering classics like Buffalo and Lemon Pepper along with in-house inventions such as Peach Habanero and Mezcal BBQ, Miller’s Field is a prime example of how bar food can be more than just bar food. Mission Beach Guava Beach Bar & Grill: Some food you eat for the quality, and some food you eat for the spectacle. At Guava Beach, at 3714 Mission Blvd., you can have both. Their SoCal-infused, too-good-to-be-bar-food burgers and tacos are served alongside some of the spiciest grub this side of the border. Their Beautiful Death wings are advertised as “The Hottest on the Beach,” and they aren’t joking around – at Guava’s recent wing-eating competition, one team was forced to quit rather than finish a basket of the stuff. Chew on that. Sandbar Sports Grill: The Sandbar’s location, at 718 Ventura Place, makes it the perfect place to go after a ride on the Giant Dipper roller coaster. Have a seat at the bar, or sun yourself on the skyydeck with a view of the ocean, and send for a basket of the Sandbar’s fried-to-order buffalo wings. This bar’s commitment to top-notch Mexi-Cali food is obvious from the first bite. Their wings are dry-rubbed with fresh-made sauce, and are served with both ranch and blue cheese dipping cups. Cannonball: With artisanal sushi served on a rooftop terrace overlooking Mission Beach, Cannonball, at 3105 Ocean Front Walk, prides itself on delivering a relaxed, poolside atmosphere – minus all the splashing. Their menu offers a Far Eastern spin on beloved bar classics, including both red chili- and garlic-rubbed chicken wings. Come in the evening, order a plate for yourself, and lick your fingers as you watch the sun set over the ocean. La Jolla The Bar Key: Whatever you can say about The Bar Key, at 954 Turquoise St., they aren’t one to do things by halves. Their wings’ menu features more than 20 flavors, and the options run from barroom staples like Cajun and Teriyaki to decadent creations like Bacon Cheddar Gorgonzola and Spicy BBQ Blueberry. The bar is a great place to have a drink and catch the game with friends. Check out their rotating Wing of the Week while you’re at it. Regents Pizzeria: Pizza may be their specialty, but their wings are some of the best in the business. While Regents Pizzeria, at 4150 Regents Park Row, doesn’t have as many flavors as some San Diego eateries, what they do have is heat; their wings run the range from Regular, to Habanero, to Ghost Pepper, to – if you’re willing to sign a waiver – the infamous Scorpion Wings. This, alongside the pizzeria’s commitment to quality – their wings are delivered whole-cut and fresh from a local free-range chicken farm – set it head and shoulders above the rest. The Spot: Unlike the others on this list, The Spot, at 1005 Prospect St., offers only one variety of buffalo wing – and this bar is living proof that quality outweighs quantity. Both crispy and tender, and drenched in their spicy-sour buffalo sauce, The Spot’s wings alone make the visit worthwhile. And that’s without mentioning the stellar burgers, or the relaxed, upscale atmosphere, or the fact that you’ll be eating at the oldest restaurant location in La Jolla – all in all, there’s a reason it’s known as The Spot.
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    Community briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Jul 28, 2017 | 798 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Giancarlos Urcia (left) and Pedro Todaro hopped on the same wave during the Revolt Surf Series’ Men’s Open heat in Pacific Beach on Saturday, July 15. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Collision course Giancarlos Urcia (left) and Pedro Todaro hopped on the same wave during the Revolt Surf Series’ Men’s Open heat in Pacific Beach on Saturday, July 15. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Water documentary at Pacific Beach Library The University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center director, Dr. Sharon B. Megdal, Ph.D, will be presenting a viewing of “Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West” at the Pacific Beach Library 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. “Beyond the Mirage” explores the West's water situation in detail, including how the region arrived at this point. Through interviews with noted public policy and environmental experts, the documentary puts viewers at the center of this issue and prompts candid discussion about water resources and the need for viable, sustainable solutions. The screening of the film will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Paddle out Celebration of life, potluck and paddle out for local swimming icon Anne Cleveland will take place 11 a.m. July 30 at Windansea Beach, Nautilus Street. Yoga on library lawn Vinyasa flow summer series yoga, led by Jennifer Butler, will take place Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the Pacific Beach Library lawn, 4274 Cass St. The series is free and runs through Sept. 21. Summer meet-ups Community meet-ups at Pacific Beach Library Park will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays (on the grass lawn on east side of the library) at 4275 Cass St. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Bring your dinner, munchies, leashed dogs, and lawn chairs for a fun time socializing and getting to know others in your community. Children may use the playground. This weekly event is a great way for the community to reclaim and enjoy the library grounds.   Van Duzer joins PB Coldwell Banker Amy Van Duzer has affiliated with the Pacific Beach office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate.  Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Van Duzer was the business development manager for Aberdeen Market Intelligence. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of business administration. She actively volunteers with Father Joe’s Village. More trash bins for beaches in summer San Diego beaches and bays are filled with local and out of town visitors this summer enjoying the beautiful views and perfect weather. Unfortunately, permanent trash receptacles are inundated with large amounts of litter due to this influx of beachgoers. Throughout the summer season holidays, the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition will place 200 temporary trash and recycling bins along San Diego’s most heavily-trafficked beaches: Mission Beach, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, and Ocean Beach to alleviate overflowing receptacles and reduce marine debris. Not only is marine debris an eyesore, it also poses a serious health threat to local wildlife and negatively impacts water quality. Since the SDCBC’s inception in 2007, these temporary bins have collected an impressive 3.3 million pounds of trash which is the equivalent of three Boeing 747 airplanes. The SDCBC bins make proper disposal the easy and convenient choice while everyone enjoys their time seaside. Hivoral joins CDC Small Business Finance Ray Hivoral, of Pacific Beach, has been hired by CDC Small Business Finance to coach and advise small businesses owners seeking and securing financing to grow their companies. A long-time small business advisor, Hivoral will help small businesses overcome challenges to getting a loan and then provide ongoing coaching once funding is provided.  Specifically, Hivoral will be tasked with assisting minority-, women- and veteran-owned small businesses who have struggled to obtain financing via traditional channels. 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Van Duzer joins PB Coldwell Banker Amy Van Duzer has affiliated with the Pacific Beach office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate.  “I love getting to collaborate with people, finding out their wants and needs, and delivering,” said Van Duzer. “I chose to affiliate with Coldwell Banker because of their strong branding and training program.” Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Van Duzer was the business development manager for Aberdeen Market Intelligence. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of business administration. She actively volunteers with Father Joe’s Village.
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    Local woman creates new versatile and comfortable yoga pants
    by LUCIA VITI
    Jul 22, 2017 | 8343 views | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    PI Yoga Pants in action on the beach next to the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach.
    PI Yoga Pants in action on the beach next to the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach.
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    Necessity is often noted as the mother of all invention – and rightfully so. But what happens when you tag on dedication, resolve and the determination to succeed? Larissa Miller, the driving force behind PI Yoga Pants, that’s what happens! PI Yoga Pants, the newest sensation in namaste apparel, was crafted from Miller’s need for comfort. Lightweight, versatile, breathable, and most importantly, comfortable, the Balinese-inspired garment was conceived from the lightbulb moment of “I can design a yoga pant more comfortable than the uncomfortable one I’m wearing.” While traveling in Thailand, on the first leg of a tour through South East Asia, former Pacific Beach resident Miller wore conventional, tight, black yoga pants that “clung and chafed my skin, blocked and irritated my pores and drove me absolutely insane.” She quickly purchased a soft, flowy pair that were “cute, but didn’t fit right.” Frustrated she knew she could do better. “I was so excited to be in Bangkok, I walked 13 miles my first day in tight black yoga pants,” she said. “I was so overheated, I was miserable. I bought a lighter, flowy pair that were cute but I had to twist them to fit. I knew I could design a better pant that would fit everyone. So I did!” But the “I did” part included diligence. Miller first committed herself “100 percent” to growing a brand-new small business, an easy transition during this respite from corporate San Diego. She then researched a myriad of materials to ensure comfort and breathability in temperatures reaching 100 degrees with 100 percent humidity. Research included many “wear tests.” According to Miller, selecting the proper material was important because skin becomes sensitive in heat and humidity. Cotton sticks to the skin when hot, silk insulates heat, polyester’s thick and uncomfortable, and Lycra and spandex were automatic no’s. Rayon, a premium, non-synthetic material, was the softest and most comfortable to wear in tropical weather. The highly-breathable material is also flame retardant. “It doesn’t spark static electricity and doesn’t pill like cotton,” she continued. “And it even protects the body from mosquitoes.” Versatility for yoga, other workouts and traveling followed suit on the material checklist. “I wanted to design more than just a pair of yoga pants,” she said. “I envisioned chic boutique pants that would be great for traveling without making you look like a traveler and cute pants for socializing at night. Rayon’s lightweight, easy to wash, dried faster than cotton and wrinkles easily disappeared when hung to dry.” Miller then searched for a seamstress. While traveling through Bali, she shared her new venture with a taxi driver who graciously offered to introduce her to a friend – a seamstress – and bingo! Collective ideas led to a variety of prototypes. She found a designer and dug roots in Bali because it was “fashionable, colorful, filled with flowers, good energy and rich with artistic and creative essence.” Patterned samples were posted on Instagram to build an audience. With “overwhelming” positive acknowledgements, she returned to San Diego and “plunged her life savings” into PI Yoga Pants, named after one of her favorite spiritual hubs, Pai, Thailand. The sister-hood of the traveling yoga pants was born! Over 50 styles – with new collections introduced every season – include Blueberry Lemonade, Midnight Kisses, Touch of Paradise, Stardust, Tribal Warrior Princess, Sunday Brunch, Fifty Shades of Surfboards, Summer Kissed, Enchanted Goddess, Teal Crush, Evergreen Flower of Life, Ground Goddess, and Yacht Week. Sizes range from 0-16, including large and maternity, with elastic tie bottoms that can be cinched to fit petites at 4’10” or lengthened to fit anyone as tall as 6 feet. “PI Yoga Pants capture the energy of Bali,” she continued. “I want everyone to feel swept away by a tide of tropical relaxation. I also wish to empower women to be inspired by health and wellness. Yoga is a wonderful window into fitness. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and confident in what they’re wearing. I intend to lead by example for the greater good of fitness.” The philanthropist at heart doesn’t stop there. Miller devotes energy and profits into conservation efforts for sea turtles, coral restoration and beach cleanup. While diving in Bali, she fell in love with sea turtles and soon discovered that only one out of every 100 turtle reaches maturity. Traveling up to 12,000 miles a year on a course from Bali, to Hawaii and ultimately San Diego, their longevity is sliced by their biggest predator – human garbage. “Plastic bags to be exact,” she continued. “They bite them – thinking they’re jellyfish and choke. Plastic bags don’t disintegrate – even in the ocean.” The Gilo Eco Trust – coral reef restoration – is another recipient of PI Yoga Pants donations. Miller also collaborates with the Surf Rider Foundation for monthly beach cleanups. Surprised and encouraged by her company’s growth, the entrepreneur is now working to expand international and Amazon sales. Miller has also introduced a men’s and kid’s line. “I’ve given PI Yoga Pants my all and it’s rewarding to watch it grow and succeed,” she concluded. “It’s exciting and excitement builds momentum. There’s really never been question other than ‘Why can’t I do this?’” To no one’s surprise, the avid yogi loves everything yoga, “the physical strength, courage, mental clarity and the friendship of a like-minded community that embodies love, acceptance, and personal freedom to be the best version of you.” Future plans also include sharing her love for travel, her “gateway to personal growth,” and incorporating fitness, photography and conservation in all endeavors. PI Yoga Pants What: Lightweight, versatile, and breathable yoga pants. Info: www.piyogapants.com.
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    Congratulations Larissa on the growth of your business! I hope you enjoy your time volunteering at www.giliecotrust.com
    National chain targeting outgoing Antique Center in Ocean Beach
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 21, 2017 | 16566 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Target Express may take over the Antique Center (the large building with the orange stripe on the façade) on Newport Avenue. / PHOTO COURTESY OF TONY FRANCO
    Target Express may take over the Antique Center (the large building with the orange stripe on the façade) on Newport Avenue. / PHOTO COURTESY OF TONY FRANCO
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    Likely signaling the end of the mega-antique mall era in Ocean Beach, the Target Corp. is negotiating to acquire the 18,000-square-foot Antique Center building in the 4800 block of Newport Avenue. The large commercial building housing the antique business has been on the market listed at $6.5 million for more than a year. The building's owner is Craig Gerwig, who is also on the board of the local business improvement district, Ocean Beach Main Street Association.  Tony Franco, president of the Franco Realty Group in Pacific Beach, has been involved in brokering the OB Target Express deal. A Target Express is a downsized version of the original Target store introduced by the chain across the country in a variety of sizes and assortments meant to create a more locally relevant big-box experience in urban areas. Noting “landlords have done everything correct,” Franco said, during the long hunt for new tenants in the prime Newport Avenue commercial space, that “we brought this deal to all types of businesses including bowling alley operators, breweries and other grocery stores such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, and received many offers to lease only a small portion of the space.” Franco said it would have been too expensive to split the building up into four to six different smaller tenants. Pointing out the landlord's intention “has always been to get someone to take over the antique center,” Franco added, “We couldn't find someone to step up to the price that we wanted. So we brought this deal to the market for sale and for lease.” Franco noted “everything is still pending” about the deal, while adding he was not able to comment on the specifics of the Target deal. “However, I would encourage the public to contact us if they want to either buy the building, take over the Antique Center or lease the building with a new concept,” said Franco.  Saad Hirmez, owner of Apple Tree Market, which just re-opened in May at 4976 Newport Ave., expressed his own concerns, and those of some others in OB, that Target's entry into the beach market could threaten existing mom-and-pops. However, Hirmez did note that he has a verbal commitment from Target that the corporation “will try not to sell anything that competes with other local businesses. “There are a lot of existing businesses including a brand new grocery store and a hardware store across the street,” said Hirmez. “There are two major drug stores, a Rite Aid becoming a Walgreens within 30 or 40 feet of them, as well a CVS. The question is, what is Target going to not do to compete with existing businesses?” Hirmez said Target has however made one commitment it intends to honor in not competing with existing Obecian small businesses. “They have said they would not be selling alcohol in their new OB Target,” he said. Hirmez said the reconstituted Apple Tree Market has been warmly received by locals. “People are so thankful, so happy, that they got a grocery store back in OB,” he said. “We've just been overwhelmed by the response we've gotten back from the community. It's been magnificent.”
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    Hats, haute, and horses at Del Mar's Opening Day
    Jul 20, 2017 | 34133 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish checks out the horses in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish checks out the horses in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Cheekaboomboom, ridden by Flavien Prat, comes from behind to win the third race on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Cheekaboomboom, ridden by Flavien Prat, comes from behind to win the third race on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Katherine Perez of Otay Ranch participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Katherine Perez of Otay Ranch participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Nikki Bella, professional wrestler and reality TV personality, speaks with jockey Rafael Bejarano, who rode Bronzino in the second race, in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Nikki Bella, professional wrestler and reality TV personality, speaks with jockey Rafael Bejarano, who rode Bronzino in the second race, in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Brie Bella, professional wrestler and reality TV personality, with friend Shawna Allan (left), check out horses in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Brie Bella, professional wrestler and reality TV personality, with friend Shawna Allan (left), check out horses in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Lindsay Cazarez, of Newport Beach, participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Lindsay Cazarez, of Newport Beach, participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Mariah Meerschaert, of Solana Beach, and Brooke Hasselmann, of Carmel Valley, have fun at Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Mariah Meerschaert, of Solana Beach, and Brooke Hasselmann, of Carmel Valley, have fun at Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Soha Dokainish watches the horses being loaded into the starting gate for the fifth race of Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Soha Dokainish watches the horses being loaded into the starting gate for the fifth race of Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Belinda Berry, of Walnut Creek, participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Belinda Berry, of Walnut Creek, participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Fans in the grandstand watch the second race of Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Fans in the grandstand watch the second race of Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Alia Ahmed (left), of Orange County, has fun at Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Alia Ahmed (left), of Orange County, has fun at Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    People stream into Del Mar Racecourse for Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    People stream into Del Mar Racecourse for Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    A participant in the hats contest has fun posing. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A participant in the hats contest has fun posing. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Competitors in the third race come around the first turn on the turf course. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Competitors in the third race come around the first turn on the turf course. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish at the rail during Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish at the rail during Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    From left: Aubrey Fohl, Christine Best, Lauren Donahue, Andria Elam, Lauren Jenkins, Virginia Foster, Carlene McKnight, Mollie Cameron, Belinda Berry, and Christina Stutz.
    From left: Aubrey Fohl, Christine Best, Lauren Donahue, Andria Elam, Lauren Jenkins, Virginia Foster, Carlene McKnight, Mollie Cameron, Belinda Berry, and Christina Stutz.
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    On a sweltering afternoon in mid-July, hats, haute, and horses assembled to live up to the hype of Opening Day for Del Mar Racetrack’s 78th summer season. Women in elevated heels – only surpassed by the cusp of their millinery adorned with flowers, feathers, and fillies – modeled colorful dresses with matching gloves that held the arms of suitors styled with jackets, ties, and toppers as they paraded into the racetrack on Wednesday, July 19. “It all starts with the shoes,” said Soha Dokainish, about constructing her outfit for the occasion. Her heels, a Carolina blue, led to a cerulean and white dress with a cobalt and cream hat. “It took a long time to create my look – like months,” said the La Jolla native, who checked out horses in the paddock and watched the fourth race of the day from the rail. The fashion – including the 23rd annual Opening Day Hats Contest, which drew more than 300 contestants – usually comes first, but soon after, the betting windows open and horses burst out of the gate. Del Mar presented a half-dozen stakes races during the first week, highlighted by an extraordinary running of the TVG San Diego Handicap on Saturday that saw overwhelming favorite Arrogate suffer a shocking defeat at the hands of Accelerate, in a race that drew a national buzz and added a whole new dimension to the track’s $1-million TVG Pacific Classic scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19. Music and donuts The Summer Concert Series at Del Mar, held Fridays after the races, carries on with the Violent Femmes performance at 7 p.m. Friday, July 28. On Saturday, July 29, head to the Seaside Terrace area from 8 to 10 a.m. for free coffee, orange juice and donuts. Track announcer, Trevor Denman, will host a Q&A session with jockeys and trainers while attendees can watch horses do their morning workouts. Later that day, the Gourmet Food Truck Festival rolls into Del Mar with more than 40 vendors. On weekends, from 1 to 6 p.m. families may join the party in the infield with a variety of free activities including pony rides, face painting and an obstacle course. Children receive free racetrack admission, and for adults the cost is $6. Hats contest winners The winners of the Opening Day Hats Contest at Del Mar were announced late in the afternoon at the winners circle on the track. Categories included Most Glamorous, Best Fascinator, Best Flowers, Best Race Track Theme and Most Outrageous. Contestants competed for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. The Grand Prize winner was Christina Stutz of San Diego who competed in the Most Outrageous category. Stutz won a Fairmont Grand Del Mar one-night stay and dinner for two at Addison Restaurant, featuring chef William Bradley's multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings valued at $1,000. She also received $300 cash and a Studio Savvy gift basket valued at $250. Stutz delighted Del Mar race fans with a grand scale presentation topped with an elegant life-sized horse enthusiast in a lovely hat of her own. The race fan topper carried an authentic 1948 vintage Del Mar racing program with betting slips. Stutz, whose hat took two months on-and-off to design, told the story about her father attending Opening Day in 1948 and was the inspiration for her clever take on the Del Mar scene. Christine Best of Carlsbad won the category of Best Flowers made of gorgeous live white orchids in an understated elegant form. Mollie Cameron of San Diego who won the Best Fascinator category wore an incredibly architected fascinator design that was stunningly simplistic and sculpted out of a single sheet of paper. The winner in the Most Glamorous category, Lauren Donahue from San Diego was dressed in a beautiful vintage lace dress and hand-made hatinator in beautiful fruit with flowers and ostrich feathers. And rounding out the field of winners in the category of Best Racing Theme, Lauren Jenkins donned a full size surfer wave, with horse race and aquarium atop a surf board themed "Where the Turf Meets The Surf." Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday with the exception of Closing Day on Labor Day Monday. First post daily will be at 2 p.m. First post on Fridays will be at 4 p.m. with the exceptions of Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 when the first post is 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.delmarracing.com.
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    Man stabbed in Midway District
    The victim, an 18 year old male, got into an argument with the suspect, a 20 year old male at 1:52 a.m. on July 26 at 2400 Cushing Road. During the argument, the suspect stabbed the victim with an ...
    Published - Wednesday, July 26
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    U.S., Brazil to face off in Tournament of Nations in San Diego
    Two long-time women’s soccer rivals are set to square off 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30 at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley in their second match of the Tournament of Nations. When the U.S. women’s nati...
    Published - Tuesday, July 25
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