By Margie M. Palmer
Many seniors recognize the value of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, but it’s safe to say that 77-year-old Andy Keech has set his bar a bit higher than most people in his age group.
Not only did the Uptown resident spend the past 12 months training to participate in the 35th annual World Indoor Rowing Championships, the novice indoor rower placed fourth in his age group. Read More
Mama’s Day food-and-wine gala celebrates golden anniversary
By Dave Fidlin
Mama’s Kitchen celebrated its golden birthday last year, and on the heels of that milestone is the 25th anniversary of Mama’s Day — the annual fundraiser founded with a Mother’s Day theme.
Mama’s Day returns May 6, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., to its annual home at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. Read More
By Michael Good | House Calls
Steve at the Qwik Stop — always ready with a savvy recommendation for a new microbrew — is a changed man. He told me the other day as I was — uncharacteristically — buying water and trash-can liners that he’d quit drinking. He seemed as baffled as I was. “You know,” he said, “I never even drank that much! Just a couple beers a night!”
I didn’t know what to say. I felt overcome with a feeling of déjà vu. Earlier that same morning, across the street at Cardamom Café & Bakery in North Park, one of the waitresses confided in me that she had quit drinking coffee. She told me this as I was standing at the register with my croissant and coffee. Read More
By Ken Williams | Editor
The North Park Planning Committee on Tuesday night, April 19, reelected its four officers and the chair reappointed all the subcommittee chairs, then the board members continued work on updating the North Park Community Plan.
This followed meetings on March 21 and 22 in which the committee conducted a public recount of the March 15 annual election after the results were challenged by five voters. The dispute centered around which candidate won the No. 7 slot. Rachel Levin had been announced as the winner at the March 15 meeting, but the next day committee chair Vicki Granowitz emailed San Diego Uptown News and said a review of the ballots found that Daniel Gebreselassie had one more vote than Levin, and was thus elected. Read More
By Benny Cartwright
The new board of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC), led by chair Kath Rogers, presided over its first meeting on Tuesday, April 12. While Rogers and the board members are slowly making some tweaks to the meeting format and structure, this meeting was fairly similar to those of past months and, as usual, was packed with great information and discussion. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Johan Engman of Breakfast Republic and Fig Tree Cafes is on a roll with plans to open two new restaurants in North Park. In mid-January, he will introduce North Park Breakfast Company at 3131 University Ave., where Moncai Vegan previously operated. Read More
By Dr. Ink
Take away the bar and the TurboChef ovens behind it and it’s easy to imagine when Red House Pizza was a residential bungalow. The property was converted for retail use more than a decade ago, although the framed archways separating the rooms and the French doors leading to a side patio remain gracefully intact. Read More
Letter of the week
About the Uptown Planners
Re: “Another election raises eyebrows” [Volume 8, Issue 8 or at bit.ly/1YjErXs]
This is in regard to Leo Wilson’s recent appointment as chair of Uptown Planners. You say that happened without public input. Read More
By Laura Largey
“The Colonial Revival Style in Mission Hills” is the theme of the 2016 annual Historic Walking Tour hosted by Mission Hills Heritage on Saturday, April 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.
As docents lead participants past homes built in this popular East Coast style, they will share the history of individual homes, the architects and builders, and their early occupants. Read More
By Tori Hahn
Leo Wilson has made his way to head of the Uptown Planners — yet again without the public’s input.
The Bankers Hill resident was elected chair, for the third time, in the group’s meeting April 6 at Joyce Beers Community Center, in a strangely similar chain of events to his first return to the board in 2013. Read More
By Charlene Baldridge
Not another person could be shoehorned in as the house was packed April 1 for the opening of the Old Globe’s world premiere musical, “Rain,” with book by Sybille Pearson, and music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa. Read More
Annual planet-embracing festival returns in advance of Earth Day
By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
If you aren’t already doing it in your daily life, it’s that time of the year to feel connected to the Earth again, as the annual EarthFair 2016 heads to Balboa Park on April 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Though the internationally recognized Earth Day is actually the following Friday, April 22, San Diego Earth Works — the nonprofit that has produced the annual local homage to planet Earth since 1990, the 20th anniversary of the Earth Day — likes to gets a jump on things. Read More
By David Dixon
Garnett Bruce — director of the famed Opera de Montreal — returns to Downtown San Diego later this month to present Giacomo Puccini’s Italian opera, “Madama Butterfly.”
This will be the fourth time Bruce has staged the tragic story for the San Diego Opera and its fans. Read More
By Dave Schwab
The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board recently voted unanimously to approve $108 million for the fiscal year 2017 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), welcome news to several Uptown residents who depend on the regional bus and trolley system.
The local residents largely echo a random sampling by the MTS that showed San Diegans are generally pleased with the agency’s work. Read More
By Ken Williams | Editor
City planners briefed local residents on the March 2016 version of the Uptown Community Plan update, with Planning Director Jeff Murphy assuring everyone that “90 percent of growth will be in commercial zones.” Read More
Craftsmanship is alive in Uptown, and it’s available to everyone
By Eric Domeier
The act of making something from scratch can be a transcendent experience. And this experience is locally available to anyone who does not mind getting their hands dirty. We are lucky to have a variety of craft studios in our community. And there are many benefits from practicing a craft. Read More