Community Calendar

La Mesa Village Farmers Market Every Friday
Jun 7 @ 3:00 pm – Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm

La Mesa Village Farmers Market

WHAT: The La Mesa Village Farmers Market is a family friendly event located in the heart of downtown La Mesa. Each week, you will find farm fresh seasonal produce, diverse packaged foods, oils and cheeses, fresh cut flowers, arts & crafts, plus a variety of food vendors. Additionally, the local downtown La Mesa shops & restaurants are also open for you to visit and explore.

WHEN: Every Friday from 3 – 7 pm

WHERE: La Mesa Blvd. between Palm Avenue & 4th Avenue

WHO: The event is organized by the La Mesa Village Association



Distinguished Speaker Series Launches at the La Jolla Community Center
Aug 13 @ 6:29 pm – Dec 10 @ 7:29 pm

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher; Psychiatrist and Author Tom Patterson; A Climatologist; Physicians Focused on Cancer Prevention and Detection & Senior Care Featured in the Line-up during the next 5 Months

  We’re happy to present a cadre of exciting and informative presenters to discuss topics related to community issues, science, medicine, climate change and cancer prevention and detection.  We invite you to consider these issues and bring your questions for these distinguished speakers who will be presenting monthly from August through December.

Events are free and open to the public and will feature a reception from 5-6pm, followed by the lecture and Q&A from 7-8pm. Presentations will be on the second Tuesday of each month (with the exception of October, where it will be held on the third Tuesday).

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher kicks off the series on Tuesday August 13 with his vision for tackling issues such as improving transit accessibility and utilizing alternative means of transportation, climate change, affordable housing, improving services for the homeless population, and other issues.

Psychiatrist and author Tom Patterson discusses his first-hand story of surviving a deadly superbug on September 10, and how his wife (infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Steffanie Strathdee), in a race against time, saved his life and discovered a forgotten treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  The recent book about this incredible story, The Perfect Predator, will be on sale during the event.

Climate Expert Dr. David Pierce will help us learn more about climate change and what we can do to address this critical issue on October 15. He’ll outline the current findings in climate change studies during the past few years and will tell us how climate change will affect us and our region.

Epidemiologist Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy shares his insight on research he has conducted on dietary implications related to cancer prevention, specifically breast cancer on November 12. Dr. Al-Delaimy’s extensive body of research also addresses how the environment and the use of tobacco play a role in the development of chronic diseases, including cancer.

Director of Moore’s Cancer Center Dr. Scott Lippman will help us unpack how to look at our genetic disposition to cancer and will address  familial predispositions to cancer of the colon, uterus, ovaries and a few other organs—also known as the Lynch Syndrome on November 12. Although 1 out of every 300 people in the US population has the Lynch syndrome, fewer than 5 percent know they have it.

Dr. Vaishal Tolia, medical director of UC San Diego Health’s Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit will tell us about the new 8,500 square-foot, 11-bed emergency care unit for seniors –one of eight similar units in the country on December 10. The Unit opened its doors on January 2, 2019 and features interior design elements to address safety (e.g., non-slip floors, side chairs with high backs and sturdy arms); lighting (e.g., increased light levels) and lighting that is adjusted according to circadian rhythm), tunable LED lights and use of daylight; acoustics (e.g., sound-absorbing walls, full height walls to reduce noise levels to other patients) and more.

The Cardiff Greek Festival
Sep 7 – Sep 8 all-day


Church welcomes the San Diego community to join the celebration at the 41st Annual Cardiff Greek Festival on September 7 and 8, 2019. Enjoy and experience Hellenic cuisine, entertainment, and hospitality as the church grounds will once again be transformed with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Greece. City of Encinitas officials will formally kick off the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m.


“We look forward to sharing Greece’s rich history and tradition with the community again for our 41st year through the festival’s food, music, and dance,” said Rev. Father Michael Sitaras, Pastor of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. “The spirit of Greece is alive in us. Let us share it with you!”


For a $3 admission (children under 12, active military, police, and firefighters with ID are free), festival attendees will be transported into a quaint Greek village, serenaded by a variety of live entertainers on three stages throughout the weekend, including renowned Southern California Greek band The Olympians. The parish’s youngest members – ages five through high school – will perform folk dances in traditional costumes. Attendees can put their best fancy footwork forward and shout “Opa!” with guided dance instruction.


Delicacies will be available, such as Greek-style roasted lamb shanks and lemon chicken, souvlaki (shish-kabobs), pastitsio (baked layers of macaroni, seasoned meat, cheese, and béchamel sauce), moussaka, loukaniko (sausage), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), and gyros. Vegetarian fare includes tiropitas (cheese triangles in filo), spanakopita (spinach pie), feta fries, mezethes (appetizers), Greek salad, and vegan options. The Kafenio (café) boasts mouth-watering desserts and coffee.


Father Sitaras will host tours of the church and enlighten guests about the mosaics, iconography, and Byzantine architecture. “What many visitors don’t realize is that our gold dome is just as magnificent on the inside as it is on the outside. I love that moment of stunned wonderment when guests first see the intricacy of the Byzantine artwork.”


The marketplace will typify a traditional bazaar featuring Greek imports, pottery, fine jewelry, artwork, Greek deli, Culinary Theater cooking demonstrations, and an array of other treasures. The Kids Fun Zone with games will ensure children enjoy their time as much as the adults. Guests can take a free photo with the San Diego Padres mascot Swinging Friar and the Pad Squad at the photo booth from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. A chance to win a 2019 GLA Mercedes-Benz SUV or $25,000 will keep the festival’s excitement going until the very end. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold.


The Cardiff Greek Festival will be celebrated Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and

Sunday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the grounds of Saints Constantine and Helen, 3459 Manchester Avenue, a half mile east of I-5 at the Manchester exit in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Free parking is available at the adjacent Mira Costa College.

SAN DIEGO’s ALOHA 5K & 10K Run/Walk @ Aloha 5K and 10K Run/Walk
Sep 8 @ 7:15 am – 10:30 am

The Aloha Run is a fun and festive, Hawaiian-themed 5K/10K event. Be inspired by music from the islands and beach tunes as you run or walk the flat and scenic bayside course in San Diego. And that’s just the beginning – stick around for a luau party at the finish line with Tahitian dancers, live music, photo opportunities and much more!



The Aloha Run @ Tecolote Shores
Sep 8 @ 7:15 am – 10:30 am



OPTION 1) SUN RUNNER LOTThis is a dirt lot and will fill up first.
Use the Seaworld Drive exit. Please be courteous to other runners and park as close together as you can to maximize space.
5199 Fiesta Island Rd, San Diego, CA 92110 – DIRECTIONS HERE

North of the race site, there are multiple parking lots up and down East Mission Bay Drive and street parking. Take the Clairemont Drive exit and head south on East Mission Bay Dr. **IF YOU PARK ON THE STREET, look for any BACK-IN PARKING ONLY signs, as you may get a ticket if you don’t back in.** 

Other ways of getting there:

CARPOOL: Carpooling is a great option if you are driving long distances. We highly recommend carpooling, plus it’s way more fun!

UBER/LYFT: UBER or LYFT are both great options as well. If you do not already have it on your phone, download it!

DROP OFF: Get dropped off just north of the race site. There’s a turn around area in the parking lot.


6:00 a.m. – Registration/packet pick-up opens
7:15 a.m. – 10K run/walk starts
8:00 a.m. – 5K run starts (runners only)
8:30 a.m. – 5K run/walk starts (runners and walkers)
7:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Live Music and surprise entertainment at the Finish Festival


Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 9:00am- 1:00pm
To pick up your packet for another person you must have their signed waiver and a copy of their ID.
Packets can also be picked up at the race starting at 6:00 a.m.
Special Racer Offer: Save 20% on your first purchase when you join the VIP Family! After that, you’ll save 10% on everything every day, earn 5% in Rewards Cash on every purchase, and enjoy the 90-day VIP Perfect Fit Promise on shoes, socks, and insoles. Some exclusions apply. See store for details.


5K Run/Walk
$39 (Kids 12 and under: $25)
10K Run/Walk
$42 (Kids under 12 and under: $30)

Children in strollers (3 years or younger) will receive a bib and a finisher medal. Children 4 – 12 years can register in the youth category.


San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

Saturday, October 19: Entry to the Fall Plant Sale is included with paid admission or SDBG membership.

Sunday, October 20: Entry to the Fall Plant Sale is included with a special $5 paid admission fee (entry to Fall Plant Sale only) or SDBG membership.

Monday, October 21: Entry to the Fall Plant Sale is included with a special $5 paid admission fee from 9 am – 12 pm

 At San Diego Botanic Garden’s Annual Fall Plant Sale, plant lovers can choose from thousands of unique, exotic, unusual and drought-tolerant plants, as well as California natives, herbs, succulents, annuals, perennials and SO much more!

Thousands of plants donated by over 100 generous local growers wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals make the San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Fall Plant Sale the LARGEST and most DIVERSE plant sales in San Diego County.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance and beautify your home, office or other open space with plants grown locally at discounted prices. As well as purchase beautiful water-wise and drought tolerant plants that will enhance your garden and save on your water bill!

Plant selections include California natives, cacti, succulents, fruit trees, bromeliads, sub-tropicals and house plants. Many plants available at the sale are propagated at the SD Botanic Garden by horticulturalists, docents and dedicated volunteers.

The Fall Plant Sale is one of the Garden’s biggest fundraisers and is organized by more than 150 volunteers who transport, tag, price, groom and organize the plants. Generous plant donations from San Diego County growers, nurseries and wholesalers enable the Garden to offer plants at exceptional prices to attendees of the Fall Plant Sale.

The Fall Plant Sale is held annually in October, the best time of year to begin planting a fall garden in Southern California!