Furry friends

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Sara Butler

Walk into Mission Hills Library on a Saturday morning and among the rows of bookshelves, you may just find a fluffy friend or two.

The library boasts a calendar full of activities aimed to encourage reading, but “Read to a Therapy Dog” is not your average program. The monthly event invites children to interact with furry special guests: therapy dogs.

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Destroying stereotypes

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

There is much to absorb at Kindred, a bustling plant-based restaurant and cocktail bar that pays exceptional detail to food, mixology and design.

Whatever your dietary preference, if you haven’t dropped in for at least a shrewdly crafted intoxicant to wash down a bowl of popcorn seasoned brilliantly with dill, chives and garlic-chili “cologne,” you’re about three years late — just as I was.

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CrossFit Hillcrest to rebrand itself, change its name

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Featured, News | 1 Comment

By Margie M. Palmer

The University Avenue business district in Hillcrest will be getting a new tenant in early August. The building that once housed Wine Steals is being transformed into a place that’s designed to help transform bodies.

What’s notable about the new leaseholder, Hillcrest Athletic Club, is that its members are largely credited for turning their dreams of a larger workout space into a reality.

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Hearing from our veterans

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch Too often the articles we read — in general, but about politics specifically — can be considered entirely negative in nature. In this column I have often highlighted the negative actions/positions/ statements of San Diego’s members of Congress — usually our Republican members of Congress, but occasionally our Democratic members as well. And while I try to find more positive events to discuss, the unfavorable tends to be far more […]

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‘Animal Crackers’ is bonkers!   

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

“The world would not be in such a snarl, had Marx been Groucho instead of Karl.”  —Irving Berlin

Leave your critical and logical faculties at home when you head for Cygnet Theatre’s wild and woolly staging of the classic goofball Marx Brothers musical “Animal Crackers.” 

Most people know the 1930 film “Animal Crackers,” a truncated version that cut most of the songs. Now, Cygnet Theatre recreates the era and brings back the brothers in Henry Wishcamper’s stage adaptation of the original 1928 Broadway musical.

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Gila Rut turns 25, celebrates from the heart

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

Gila Rut salon owner Keri Davis-Duffy has always believed in giving back. This year, in honor of the salon’s 25th anniversary, Davis-Duffy and her team will be venturing to the Ronald McDonald House to offer 25 mini-makeovers to the girls and their families.

Gila Rut will also be holding a month-long fundraising drive at the salon, located in the HUB shopping center in Hillcrest.

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DIY history at home

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Columns, Feature, PastMatters, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters

On May 18, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) awarded a well-deserved Outstanding Public Service Award to San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland.

What does that mean to you? If you own a historical-age home, the odds of finding your home’s birth year and the people involved in that blessed event are now much higher. And if you are interested in the history of San Diego, there are hours of amusement waiting for you on the City Clerk’s Digital Archives website at

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Politicians hand out awards at Summer Social

By Mary M. McKenzie Assemblymember Todd Gloria was the guest of honor at the second annual Hillcrest Town Council Summer Social on July 6 at Uptown Tavern in Hillcrest. Gloria had just arrived from Sacramento and shared some of his achievements with the crowd, such as helping to pass a balanced state budget, and allotting more money for higher education and for the homeless, especially homeless youth.

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Advocating for Hillcrest

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | 2 Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

As chair of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC), Kath Rogers leads a civic-minded volunteer board that provides a public voice to the neighborhood’s residents and their concerns.

Rogers joined the HTC as a board member in 2014, not long after moving from Chicago to San Diego. She is a native of the Windy City, growing up in the Old Town historical neighborhood on the North Side.

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In Love With Art

Posted: June 30th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Stephanie Clair is an artist on a mission to “touch your soul with my brush.” Collections of delightfully bright and boldly picturesque acrylics, taken from “dreams and life experiences,” reflect her desire to incite contagiously happy energy.

Perusing through her collector series — Romance, Individuals, Places, Mosaics and Concrete — is like strolling through a patchwork of fanciful shapes and vibrant colors that promise to bring “a soulful human quality to fruition.”

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