Saturday, May 26, 2012

Meaning + San Diego guide of Memorial Day Week End?

Quick Guide to Memorial Day Weekend...

Pour la version Française, cliquez ici..

Update for the Strawberry festival - down at the bottom...

What does Memorial Day weekend mean to you? The unofficial mark of “summer, summer, summertime; time to sit sit back and unwind”? Getting your grub on at a family barbecue? Enjoying an outdoorsy event with a loved one? The half-yearly sale at Nordstrom? Perhaps it means all of the above! However, we all know that recreational activities are secondary to the importance of this holiday weekend. 

For me, it's the annual Memorial day/summer kick-off beach BBQ view lots of food, friends, beach volley ball and surfing...well not this year due to my car accident :(...Next year :)

On Memorial Day, we remember and honor our fallen soldiers. We pay our respects to all the courageous men and women who died while serving our country. We also honor all of our troops who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and fighting for our country and our freedom. On this day of observance, we not only remember our veterans and troops, but also their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Whether you decide to visit a cemetery and place flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes, say a prayer for the family of those who serve/have served our nation, or, at the very least, participate in the “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00pm on Monday, pause, reflect, and thank all for their service to our country. 

Below are a list of events happening on Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy, soak up some sun, and eat lots of delicious food! Even though summer doesn’t officially start until a month or so after the Memorial Day weekend, most of us treat this three-day holiday as if it does mark the onset of the season. 

Here’s our list of where you should be this weekend!Here is a list of all the soon-to-be-summer festivities in San Diego right from the UT San diego:
PS: If you click on the city (name itself) ou can find the local homes for sale for that town (short sales, bank owned, REO and auctions) for the whole San Diego county.... You are welcome! :)

Balboa Park: Continued reading of names of veterans from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center.
Balboa Park: Remembrance ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Monday featuring guest speakers, the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, retiring the colors and taps. Museum open from noon to 6 p.m.; admission fees required. (619) 239-5977.
Bonita: A fly-over by vintage planes precedes a memorial at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Roses on May 31. Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita. (619) 498-4600.
Chula Vista: A Veterans Memorial will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Monday at Mater Dei Catholic High School. 1615 Mater Dei Drive. The dedication honors those Marian/Mater Dei Catholic Alumni who have served their community and country and in memory of two alum who where killed in action in Vietnam. (619) 423-2121, ext. 117.
Del Mar: The Del Mar Community Memorial Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Captain Brian C. Schexnayder, USMC, will be the guest speaker. At the end of the service, deceased military members will be remembered during the Memorial Roll Call, which concludes with a performance of taps. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St., Del Mar. (858) 279-5458.
Coronado: 10 a.m. service Monday hosted by the Coronado VFW at Star Park, one block off Orange Avenue at Star Park Circle and Loma Avenue. (619) 865-4809.
Coronado: 1 to 3 p.m. concert Monday featuring the Coronado Big Band at the Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. (619) 435-8895.
Escondido: American Legion Post 149 will host a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road. (760) 745-1159.
Julian: Observance from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Julian Pioneer Cemetery, A Street at Farmer Road. Potluck afterward at American Legion Post 468, 2503 Washington St. (760) 765-0126.
La Jolla: Program from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Monday at Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial, 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive S. Plaque presentation will honor Col. Bob Howard, a recipient of the Medal of Honor. (858) 459-2314 or
Lakeside: 11 a.m. ceremony Monday at Veterans of Foreign Wars, Carter-Smith Post 5867, 12650 Lindo Lane. Special guests include Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Lakeside; county Supervisor Dianne Jacob; Assemblyman Joel Anderson; Maj. Gen. T.L. Conant; and Nick Popaditch. Also will include display of Navy helicopter, Marine band performance and refreshments. (619) 443-0556.
Oceanside: Indoor Mass, 8 a.m. Monday at Mission San Luis Rey Parish, 4070 Mission Ave. An all-you-can-eat, $1.99 pancake breakfast follows from 9 to 11 a.m. in the dining room, and Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, 4050 Mission Ave., will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. for visitation and tours. (760) 757-3651.
Point Loma: Annual Memorial Day Service and Day of Remembrance ceremony, 8:45 a.m. Monday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Ron Bailey, commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot’s Western Recruiting Region. (619) 553-2084, ext. 4000.
Poway: Memorial Day Remembrances are part of Sunday services at 8, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Marine Maj. Brian Gilbertson, a Bronze Star recipient and Iraq war veteran, will be the featured speaker at a special forum at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 16275 Pomerado Road. (858) 487-2159.
Rancho Bernardo: Ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Monday hosted by Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association at Webb Park, on Avena Place off Bernardo Center Drive. Will include flag ceremony, the Camp Pendleton honor guard and the Rancho Bernardo High School choir. Speaker will be Marine Maj. Gen. Anthony L. Jackson. (858) 674-1711.
San Marcos: VFW Post 3795 will host a service at 11 a.m. Monday, San Marcos Cemetery, 1021 Mulberry Drive. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served afterward at the VFW post, 212 W. Mission Road. (760) 744-3795.
Solana Beach: The city and VFW Post 5431 will host a ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the Veterans Memorial in La Colonia Community Park, 715 Valley Ave. Highlights include a performance by the Santa Fe Christian School Band, Camp Pendleton Young Marines, the Col. Frank Brezina Venture Scout Crew No. 42 Color Guard and a special guest speaker, retired Air Force Col. Susan Thompson. Light refreshments will be served. (858) 720-2400.
San Diego: Annual Memorial Day observance will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road. (800) 352-2646.
San Diego: Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Drive. (619) 264-3127.
San Diego: San Diego Veterans for Peace, Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter, will host an Arlington West Memorial on Monday at the USS Midway Museum lawn, at Broadway and Harbor Drive. Veterans will participate from 8 a.m. to dusk. The public is invited to assist with the placement of religious symbols and candles. Names of the fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be read. (858) 342-1964.
San Diego: An introduction by Rod Melendez will begin a ceremony that includes an invocation by Chaplain Darcy Povich, numerous speakers and the playing of taps from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Monday. Veterans Memorial, 2115 Park Blvd. (619) 239-2300.

VISTA: Strawberry is king at Vista street festival Sunday

Info from NC Times

Article by  •  May 24, 2012

Merriam-Webster defines "strawberry" as the juicy, usually red fruit of several temperate herbs (genus Fragaria) of the rose family that is technically an enlarged pulpy receptacle bearing numerous achenes on its surface.
Folks in Vista define it as the focal point of an annual festival that organizers anticipate will draw up to 40,000 people and more than 200 vendors downtown on Sunday. The street fair runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A strawberry beer home-brewing contest, a strawberry dish-and-dessert cooking competition and a strawberry pie baking championship are among the featured events at the 2012 Strawberry Festival, where the tasty red fruit is king.
Other highlights of the festival include the Strawberry 5000 5K run at 7:30 a.m., a cupcake-cooking contest sponsored by Vista's Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen, which recently won an episode on Food Network's popular "Cupcake Wars," and plenty of live music.
The party culminates nearly a yearlong planning process involving the Vista Village Business Association and the Vista Chamber of Commerce.
"It's whole day dedicated to enjoying strawberries and having a lot of good, family fun," said Bret Schanzenbach, the Chamber of Commerce's chief executive officer.
This year's party will be more compact and focused solely downtown. Gone are events that in the past were held as far away as Brengle Terrace Park. A car show staged last year at the Civic Center has been moved to the Sonic Drive-In parking lot and repackaged as a strawberry-red, hot rod classic.
"We've beefed up the entertainment and improved the offerings by vendors," said Mario Carrillo, president of the Vista Village Business Association.
Organizers also noted that this year's event, more than any other, will feature the strawberry. "There will be strawberries everywhere," said Gumaro Escarcega, who serves as executive director of the Business Association. Frazier Farms, he said, will provide strawberries by the crateful.
Gumaro Escarcega, who serves as executive director of the Business Association, said the most challenging aspect of staging this year's festival was "the logistics."
"Working with the Sheriff's Department, working with the businesses, working with the city of Vista, securing all the necessary permits and lining up the vendors, it's a lot of work," he said.
"There are a lot of moving parts," said Schanzenbach, who added that the planning effort began almost a year ago. Among the moving parts this year is the free parking being offered at the Vista courthouse complex off Melrose Drive, where fairgoers can hop on free shuttles to get downtown.
"We're expecting a lot of people," he said. "The shuttle will make for much easier access."
Some 150 volunteers have been assigned various duties, from helping vendors set up to helping visitors find a place to park.
So, why a "strawberry" festival?
"Once upon a time, Vista was the strawberry capital of the world," Schanzenbach said. "I remember growing up in the '80s and there were strawberry fields galore out on East Vista Way."
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