Normal Heights

Find your bliss at Art Around Adams

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Arts events are common these days. Every month, if not every week, denizens of the Uptown area can plan a weekend outing to dine on the cultural arts, whether a new gallery exhibit or theater production opening, or a festival of film, music or visual arts. But not every arts event includes attractions such as an athletic ballet of wrestling villains and heroes or a standup comedy trolley or elegantly crafted crossbows. […]

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Tropical shots

By Dr. Ink Good thing I don’t live in proximity to El Zarape Restaurant & Tequileria, where I would likely stagger out of happy hour all too frequently from their $6 spicy mango margaritas and $5 rum horchatas. Or as I learned in my last visit, I’d be powerless in resisting their $4 pineapple-infused La Fortaleza tequila shots, which verge on two-ounce pours.

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Unplugged on Tap joins popular music festival

By Ken Williams | Editor

Two weekend days featuring 150 free musical performances highlight the fifth annual Adams Avenue Unplugged, bringing thousands of visitors to restaurants, bars, coffee houses, galleries and businesses along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue from University Heights to Normal Heights and Kensington.

The popular festival — running noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1 — stages all the concerts indoors and off the street. In addition, a new event called Unplugged on Tap will coincide with the music festival, paying tribute to San Diego’s reputation as America’s craft beer capital.

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Remembering the 1985 Normal Heights fire

Posted: March 25th, 2016 | Columns, Normal Heights, PastMatters, Top Story | 5 Comments

By Katherine Hon | PastMatters

Many residents who lived through the 1985 Normal Heights firestorm are amazed that 30 years have passed. Time enough for children to grow up and have children of their own, time enough to complete a career and enter retirement. The blaze was seared into everyone’s memories, and it changed the community forever.

The firestorm started just before noon on June 30, 1985. It was a very hot day with temperatures in the high 90s. The flames started in the canyon south of Interstate 8, below the neighborhood perched along Mountain View Drive and side streets between I-805 and I-15. The fire’s cause was never determined, according to KPBS interviews commemorating the 30th anniversary of the disaster on June 30, 2015.

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At last, Mid-City gets a dog park

Posted: February 26th, 2016 | Feature, News, Normal Heights, Top Story | No Comments

By Tori Hahn | SDCNN Intern

After more than a year of rallying and pressuring the city, Normal Heights community members were finally granted an off-leash dog park. The Ward Canyon interim dog park officially opened Saturday, Feb. 13 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria.

The expansion of Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park, which sits on Adams Avenue just west of Interstate 15, will serve as a temporary dog park until the Parks and Recreation Department receives the full funding it needs to complete the project — almost $8 million. Plans for the completed expansion include a permanent dog park, a basketball court, a community garden and a community center.

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Flavors gone wild

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

There are three spots within 15 yards where you can indulge in the fiercely eclectic food from Burnside if you don’t take it home or to wherever you’re headed.
The smartly designed eatery offers a mix of indoor-outdoor seating on rustic wooden tables looking out to the commercial pulse of Normal Heights. Although if you conjure up an appetite while imbibing at Sycamore Den a couple addresses east, or the Ould Sod one door west, a Burnside employee will walk over your food on a metal cookie sheet.

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