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SpringFest 2010 coming to Allied Gardens

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 21, 2010

SpringFest 2010

Friday May 7th 5-11pm & Saturday May 8th, 9am-11pm.
New this year:

    Are we gonna see you at the biggest annual event in Allied Gardens this year? We sure hope so. This is the 11th year for SpringFest and we have it going on with lots of new attractions for all ages. Interested? Read on.

    The Allied Gardens Community Park will soon be transformed into a festival of sights, sounds and fun for the entire family. Our two day outdoor “festival in the park” will once again feature live music from well-known bands, over 100 food and merchandise vendors, a beer & wine garden, carnival rides, inflatables, a rock climbing wall, a parade, a classic car show and demonstrations by various youth and community groups.

  • The signing of our “Support Our Troops” banner. The community is welcome to get involved and offer well-wishes to our troops in the Middle East by signing our banner with a selection of colorful permanent markers. Draw a picture and get creative! The VFW will be on-hand accepting cash donations that will be used to purchase necessities for our troops. The banner will be available for signing Friday night and all day Saturday.
  • Our “Navajo Sings” event where you become the star! We will hold several karaoke singing try-outs beginning at 9:30AM on Saturday at the Demonstration Stage. Top singers will be selected to perform on our Windmill Farms main stage on Saturday night! So if you got the chops, we would love to have you so be sure to stop by and audition. All ages welcome!
  • Two major concerts – Friday and Saturday. Friday night we will host the Air Force Band Mobility doing covers of your favorite pop and rock songs. Bring your dancing shoes because this is a high energy band. On Saturday, we are thrilled to have Rockola back again this year.
  • Beer Garden open both nights. Our beer garden will be open late both Friday and Saturday this year so stay, enjoy the music, eat, and be merry. Thanks go out to Stone Brewing Co. and Ballast Point for heir beer donations and Pal Joey’s for the wine.

If you are a musician in a band or know of some local talent who might like to participate in our event, we still have a few openings and would love to get you up on stage. Please visit our website for additional information.

We look forward to seeing you at SpringFest!

Don Brennan
Navajo Events

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Del Cerro Action Council meeting agenda

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 21, 2010

Temple Emanu-El is located at 6299 Capri Ave., just behind the corner of Del Cerro Blvd. and College Ave.


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Lake Murray area residents work to restore park playground

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 17, 2010

These days in San Diego, one can’t avoid hearing of the city’s inability to pay for municipal services and infrastructure maintenance. “Brownouts” of fire crews, elimination of civilian employees in the police department, reductions in branch library operations, and reductions of lifeguards have been recently announced in the wake of the FY 2010 budget approved by the city council. So too, it goes for recreational facilities.

Just three old playground items remain offerering children little variety

At Lake Murray Park, located in the Navajo Community within the Mission Trails Regional Park system, a playground serving a large community of children originally built in the early 1990s has shrunk from nine pieces of play equipment to just three, because over the years the city removed aging equipment rather than repair or replace it. Residents also saw the playground deteriorate from hazards such as litter and sand contamination, while the sparse aging equipment attracted fewer users. Frustrated that the city would/could not fund any improvements, two local residents, Marilyn Olson and Tracy Dahlkamp, decided to organize a grassroots fundraising project to restore and improve the playground.

Tracy and Marilyn organized a nonprofit organization called Lake Murray Playground Project, setting a goal of raising $250,000 by 2011 to buy new equipment and perform upgrades to the playground area. The Lake Murray Kiwanis Foundation agreed to serve as the group’s fiscal sponsor. David Reed, a local landscape architect, donated his expertise for the playground redesign. With the help of others who became members of a steering committee to manage the organization, they officially launched the project last December with a fundraising event where they unveiled a proposed new playground design.

They’ve attracted funding and material support from local businesses (Windmill Farms, Keil’s Food Stores, Trails Neighborhood Eatery) and other organizations. The Union-Tribune caught wind of the project and published a story about it. So far, the city appears to be responding favorably to their idea, with Councilperson Marti Emerald publicly supporting their effort.

The Playground Project has its own website and Facebook fan page (as of this writing it boasts 310 fans).

The work by Tracy, Marilyn, and the many volunteers sets a great example by their positive, constructive response to the declining municipal services compounded by the latest city budget woes. Speaking to the initiative of these two women, Jay Wilson (Executive Director, Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation) told me “they may not know it yet, but they are this area’s next community leaders.”

Some future users of the playground


Another notable effort is under way at Ocean Beach. Recently, the city decided to cease maintenance of the fire pits at Ocean Beach and announced the intention of removing them altogether. Actually not just the fire pits in Ocean Beach but also in Mission Bay and La Jolla Shores (see OB’s Frank Gormlie (co-founder of the OB Rag) helped lead an effort to find individual sponsors to “adopt” fire pits and be responsible for their maintenance. Unfortunately, city policy may prevent them from doing so, as they’ve been told that such an effort would require a $1 million insurance policy, among other things, in order to comply with safety and legal requirements of public fire pit maintenance.


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Navajo Community area news

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 9, 2010

There’s a possibility that both the San Carlos Area Council and Del Cerro Action Council will soon be implementing a dynamic presence on the web, but in the meanwhile, the Mission Times Courier recently published these updates:

San Carlos Area Council news report for February
Del Cerro Action Council news report for February


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