Uptown News Briefs: July 13, 2018

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Diplomacy Council Hosts International Leaders

Top female business leaders from seven African nations will meet at The Prado in Balboa Park on Thursday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a Global Social House Reception.

The community is invited to the event, where globally minded companies and individuals can engage in a casual meeting with the international entrepreneurs and designers. The San Diego Diplomacy Council (SDDC) hosts these seven women as part of the annual African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP).

These visiting women hail from Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Rwanda and Togo. They have all been nominated by the U.S. embassies in their home countries and were selected based on their success both as business and community leaders.

AWEP participants are involved in fashion and design industry, holding positions as CEOs, founders, directors, and heads of external affairs. While in San Diego, they will meet with counterparts, some of which have social missions behind their success and work sustainably.

For more information about AWEP or to RSVP to the event, visit


San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) will present its 14th annual International Youth Symphony (IYS) concert series in Balboa Park, which invites 17 students from 10 countries to San Diego to rehearse and perform with top SDYS musicians.

(Photo courtesy Sharon Bay)

This year’s young musicians are from Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Taiwan, Romania, Switzerland, the U.K. and Croatia. Maestro Jeff Edmons, 23-year SDYS veteran, directs the production.

“Since 2005, our unique partnership program has allowed IYS students to experience two weeks of impactful orchestral rehearsals and performances of the highest caliber,” Edmonds said in a press release.

He also noted that the program “fosters lasting friendships which these musicians continue to share for a lifetime.”

The free performance at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park will be held on Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, there will be a featured concert at the California Center for Arts in Escondido on Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m.

For more information about the concert series, call 619-233-3232 or visit


On Tuesday, June 26, The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is revealing a new play space for children under five years old.

The Backyard is an exhibition modeling a San Diego backyard patio with a tree, live animals, a potting bench, stepping stones, a giant lady bug, a pergola-covered reading nook, a garden bed, an urban nature soundscape and more.

“The Backyard provides flexible experiences that allow adults to choose their level of engagement,” Beth Redmond-Jones, vice president of engagement and education at The Nat, said in a press release.

“They can either be actively engaged in their child’s play or sit back and relax with a latté from The Flying Squirrel Cafe,” she continued. “And for parents or caregivers who have been gallivanting in Balboa Park all day, or simply just need a breather, that can be a beautiful thing.”

The exhibition is a total of 800-square-feet and is located on the first floor of the museum behind The Flying Squirrel Cafe. General admission is required for the exhibit and tickets are prices at $19 for adults; $17 for seniors, students and military; $12 for youth ages 3¬–17; and free for members and children under two. The exhibit is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

For more information about The Nat or The Backyard, visit


The city of San Diego is preparing its new five-year consolidated plan for allocating funds provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The plan will determine how HUD funding will be directed through the fiscal years of 2020–2024.

Local officials are asking for input from residents and will host a series of forums throughout the city in July and August.

“Understanding the communities’ priorities is critical to ensure San Diego is leveraging federal funds for the maximum possible benefit,” Erik Caldwell, economic development director, said in a press release.

Programs to be discussed include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG); HOME Investment Partnerships Program; and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). More information about the policies can be found at

For forum dates and locations, visit A community needs survey is also available at


Local real estate developer, Foley Development, has initiated the transformation of the building where business publication San Diego Daily Transcript (SDDT) formally called home into a 150,000-square-foot mixed use center.

Located at 2131 Third Ave., the new project will feature office, multifamily and retail spaces in the existing building. In addition, another space will be constructed along Ivy Street to house office, restaurant and commercial spaces.

“This is a 100 percent full renovation with everything new in big open floor plans with lots of light and great views … and we will have the most parking in the market.” Tim Foley, Foley Development CEO, said in a press release. “There’s a pretty large demand for a Bankers Hill address with good parking.”

For more information about Foley Development, visit


A FIFA World Cup viewing party will be held on 30th Street and University Avenue in North Park on Sunday, July 15.

Festivities will include two jumbotrons, which will air the final game all morning; a beer garden; food trucks; a Bloody Mary bar by 619 Distillery and Tasting Room; and a family zone for fans under 21.

(Photo by Joseph Balestrieri)

The party, hosted by SoccerCitySD and Cox Communications, kicks off at 7 a.m. with the viewing beginning at 8 a.m. From 11 a.m.–2 p.m., fans are invited to the official after-party. Partygoers are also encouraged to explore the Uptown neighborhood throughout the day with multiple bars and restaurants hosting official viewing parties of their own.

In 2014, the event brought over 10,000 soccer fans to the area. Attendees are advised to arrive early to reserve their spots on the lawn.

Visit for details on the viewing party.

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