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An Online Resource for Veterans: Assisted Living, Support, and More Resources

Veterans injured in the line of duty may come back to find that it’s difficult to live in the home they left.

veterans with flag

While many homes can thankfully be remodeled to accommodate their needs, some veterans may need assisted living facilities or support services. One of the common challenges that comes up for veterans and those living with disabilities is finding proper care options.  

Thankfully, there are assisted living options that can help veterans who have disabilities, as well as elderly veterans who need help as they grow older. There are two basic ways for eligible veterans to receive assistance: obtain an assisted living benefit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or apply for residency in a veteran’s home. (Assisted Living Research.  www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans)

Assisted Living Research Institute has created a dedicated section on their site that provides comprehensive information on topics like: available care options, financial support, and free resources that are available from each state.

You can see the entire guide here: www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans

In San Diego County, the Veterans Home of California, Chula Vista is a long-term care facility providing options for independent living and nursing care, and more. Additional information can be found here: www.calvet.ca.gov/VetHomes/Pages/Chula-Vista

San Diego County Events for Nov. 16 – 18

Get in the holiday spirit with any one of these great upcoming events here in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendEncinitas Holiday Street Fair

The Encinitas Holiday Street Fair is one of the largest holiday fairs in San Diego County. It’ll be located down the center of six blocks of scenic South Coast Highway 101, two blocks from the Pacific Ocean.  The Holiday Street Fair, continuous since 1989, children’s rides, two stages of live entertainment and food and drink refreshments provide an attractive setting for the public and a great boon to our vendors.

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Coast Hwy 101 | Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information


Mother Goose Parade

Mother Goose is ready to usher in the holiday season in El Cajon. The annual parade marches down Main Street, from El Cajon Boulevard to First Street, with an array of whimsical balloons, from Humpty Dumpty to turkeys, and of course Mother Goose herself.

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 | 1pm
Where: El Cajon Boulevard and W. Main Street
Cost: Free
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Rady Children’s Ice Rink in Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station welcome San Diegans to kick off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station beginning Saturday, November 17 and closing Sunday, January 6.

The outdoor rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.

When: Open Nov. 17 – Jan. 6 | 10am – 10pm
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $15
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San Diego Asian Film Festival

The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is a premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. This year, the 19th edition of SDAFF will showcase over 160 films from 28 countries at six different venues.

When: Multiple dates from Nov 8 – Nov 17, 2018
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: $12 – $295
More information


Norman Park Holiday Bazaar

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and shop small! The San Diego Small Business Forum presents to you the Inaugural Norman Park Holiday Bazaar at our new location in the city of Chula Vista!

Join the fun and music, be part of our raffles items. The holiday bazaar will even feature a kids zone! Shop from over 30 vendors hand crafted items, jewelry, clothing, skin care, home decor and much more.

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 | 11am
Where: Norman Park |270 F Street, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for September 21 – 23

Several San Diego County events going on this weekend; take a look below!San Diego county events this weekendArtwalk Carlsbad

In 2018, ArtWalk Carlsbad makes its debut.  This fine art festival is part of the ArtWalk San Diego brand known for bringing together all facets of the arts in San diego while promoting the experience of owning orginal art.

More than 175 visual artists will show and sell their work, alongside  colorful chalk art that will fill the asphalt as you watch street paintings being created before your eyes on the pavement.

When: Sept. 22 & 23
Where: Armada Drive (above the Flower Fields off of Palomar Airport Road), Carlsbad
Cost: Free for children under 16; adults $10 – $15
More information: artwalksandiego.org/carlsbad


Julian’s Old Fashioned Country Fair

A perfect way to spend some time in Julian! Come on up and spend a day exploring all the Julian has to offer. Some of the activities include: pie baking contest, tug-of-war, pumpkin patch, spoon races, and lots of other activities.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 22 & 23 | 10am
Where: Julian Farm and Orchard | 4381 CA-78, Julian, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.julianminingcompany.com


San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 30th with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

When: Sept. 23 – 30
Where: City wide
Cost: $10 – 50
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com


24th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

Pacific Islander Festival showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.

When: Sept. 22 – 23 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Mission Bay’s Ski Beach, Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information: www.pifasandiego.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings  | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, you have a few movies to choose from — check the movie calendar below!

When: Friday and Saturday | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Where Will We See You This Summer?

San Diego County — free summer concerts!

Join in the fun and listen to some great music for free this summer! San Diego County has 100s of free concerts this summer!

San Diego County free summer concerts

Click to view all of the free summer concerts in San Diego County!

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San Diego County Events for May 25 – 27

San Diego County has much to do this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

American Heritage Car Show

Join us on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the American Heritage Car Show. All pre-1974 domestic and imported vintage, classic, hot rod, and muscle cars welcome! Show includes: awards, pancake breakfast, entertainment, including DJ, beer garden, raffle, and vendors.

When: Saturday, May 26 | 9am
Where: Grape Day Park | 321 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free for spectators
More information: americanheritagecarshow.com


Open Cockpit Days At Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

See 31 historical aircraft up close during Open Cockpit Days at Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Visitors of all ages can see what it’s like to be a pilot by sitting in the cockpits of select aircraft.

When: Every-other-weekend, starting May 26 through Sept. 2, 2018 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum | 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego, CA 92145
Cost: Free
More information: www.flyingleathernecks.org/about-the-flying-leatherneck-museum/location


Tenth Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival

Join more than 30,000 visitors for the 10th Annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival, featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!

When: Saturday, May 26 | 10am
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free admission to the fair; tickets for beer tastings
More information: santeestreetfair.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings (this week May 25) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival

Join the Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival at Santee Lakes. Hundreds of food and retail vendors, plus live entertainment and a kid zone, will fill the park for the free Santee Street Fair. Take part in the beer festival for $25. The ticket comes with 10 four-ounce tastes of craft brew plus a ticket for a food item.

When: Saturday, May 26 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Santee Lakes | 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: santeestreetfair.com


Vista Strawberry Festival

The Vista Strawberry Festival is the only festival in San Diego County that celebrates all the joys and pleasure of the Strawberry. Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World” and still boasts many strawberry fields. Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and much more together in Historic Downtown Vista.

When: May 27, Sunday | 8am – 6pm
Where: Historic Downtown Vista | 127 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: Free
More information: www.vistastrawberryfest.com


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for April 13 – 15

This weekend’s events in San Diego County involve food, art, kid activities, and a whole lot more!

San Diego county events this weekendFallbrook Avocado Festival

The 32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival is back, and you can check it out for free. Of course, all things avocado will be there, along with craft and food booths, beer and margarita garden, artisan walk, avocado educational area, live bands, and lots of things for the kids!

When: Sunday, April 15 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Along Main Street, around Alvarado Street and surrounding area
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival


The Inflatable Run & Festival San Diego Event

The Inflatable Run is an all-ages family event featuring a 5k inflatable obstacle course plus fun games, shows, and attractions in the festival area. There are Free activities for kids and interactive attractions available the entire day –including zorb ball races, bounce houses, carnival games, go-cart racing, water balloon battles, live music, delicious food, face painting, magic shows, and so many more surprises.

When: Saturday, April 14 | 8am  – 4pm
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Kids Free | Adults Start at $15
More information: www.theinflatablerun.com


Planting for Pollinators

Birds, Butterflies, Bees and . . . Bats? Oh My!  Join us as we learn about these and other animals that help to pollinate our world.  Get out on to the trails with several guided walks to learn about the plants and animals that call San Diego Home.  Enjoy crafts and make this a fun day for all ages!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free with admission
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org


Oceanside Days of Art | The Shakespeare Connection

Oceanside Days of Art is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
More information: www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art


17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest

Over 35 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes. From quaint cafes and French and Italian style bistros to five-star dining delights, this is the most anticipated self-guided culinary walking tour in San Diego! Sample bites such as Pad Thai, Sashimi, Italian Antipasto, or Classic American Comfort Food! Your taste buds are going to go wild on this culinary journey throughout Hillcrest! Enjoy your friends, the gorgeous weather, and one unforgettable tasting adventure!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Rite Aid Check-In Station (535 Robinson Ave.) or Rich’s San Diego Check-In Station (1051 University Avenue)
Cost: $30; $35 on the day of the event
More information: www.fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest


Family Movie Night: The Princess Bride

Comedy, adventure, romance, and fantasy! There is something for everyone in the classic film The Princess Bride, and you can experience it on the big screen. Rated PG. Come early for fun pre-movie activities the entire family can participate in.

When: Saturday, April 14 | Gates open at 6pm, movie starts at 7:30pm
Where: Moonlight Amphitheatre | 1250 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: $5 – $10 | Order by phone at 760.724.2110, or in-person at VisTix
More information: www.moonlightstage.com/performances/the-princess-bride


 

Sunday Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

When: Sunday, April 15 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park | 2125 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: spreckelsorgan.org


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for April 6 – 8

Check out the spring events for this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendCitybeat Beer Fest

The CityBeat Beer Fest is the perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports – music and craft beer.

When: Friday, April 7 | VIP: 12 to 4pm, general admission: 1 – 4pm
Where: Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows | 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 Cost: $20-$60
More information: www.citybeatbeerfest.com


San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop.

Our fine arts show features more than 20 artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices just for Garden guests. Many of these fantastic sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, gourd and fiber artists who participate in ArtFest will also provide interesting demonstrations of their craft.

When: Sat & Sun, April 7 & 8 | 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free with paid admission or membership
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/artfest


Sip ‘n Savor Festival

Sample food from local chefs and restaurants, learn about featured beers and enjoy music from local bands at the 2nd Annual Sip ‘n Savor Festival.

When: Sunday, April 8 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego | 207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $25-$75
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-n-savor-2018-presented-by-the-hard-rock-hotel-san-diego-tickets-39520549026


Carlsbad Flower Fields

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com


Spring Fling

Come celebrate the end of winter with Welk Resorts! Dive down the rabbit hole at our second annual Spring Fling Family Festival! This event for all ages will include rides, live entertainment, face painting, and the chance to craft a fairy garden.

When: Sat & Sun, April 7 & 8 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Welk Resorts San Diego Golf Course | 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026 Cost: $10 – $20
More information: learn.welkresorts.com/spring-fling


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for February 23 – 25

Check out some San Diego events for the weekend; there’s several family-friendly activities going on!

San Diego county events this weekend

San Diego Winter Brew Fest

This special 1-day only fest will celebrate craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and other vendors. Sample amazing brews from over 30 breweries and listen to some great live music. Sample throughout the night with your commemorative cup.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24 | 7 – 10pm (VIP 6 – 7pm)
Where: Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park | 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $40 – $60
More information: www.sandiegobrewfest.com


Camp Shred

Surf Ride and SURFER have teamed up to bring Camp Shred, the world’s largest surf demo, back to San Elijo Campground in Cardiff by the Sea, Calif., February 24-25. The sixth annual event once again brings the best surfing brands and thousands of their loyal consumers together for a fun weekend of surfing while giving back to California State Parks.

The free and open to the public festival, also featuring music, entertainment, food trucks, acai bowls from Sambazon, coffee from iVibe Coffee, and a beer garden, will run 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Proceeds from the Pizza Port Beer Garden will benefit California State Parks, specifically the Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches (FCCSB).

When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 8am – 5:30pm | Sunday, Feb. 25, 8am – 5pm
Where: San Elijo Campground | 2050 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007
Cost: Free
More information: www.campshred.com


36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

The 36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair is coming on Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25.

Celebrate the year of the Dog with 20,000 of your closest friends on the corner of 3rd Avenue and J Street in downtown San Diego. The fair will go on, rain or shine.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 24 & 25 | 10am
Where: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum | 404 Third Ave., San Diego, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: 36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair


Karamu Community Festival

Join Spring Valley Branch Library on Saturday, February 24 for Karamu – a community festival in celebration of African-American culture and traditions. This year’s event will feature community resource booths, soul line dancing, and a performance by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24 | 12pm
Where: Spring Valley Branch Library | 836 Kempton Street, Spring Valley, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.springvalleylibrary.pbwiki.com


Princess Day

Join Grossmont Center for the ultimate Princess Meet & Greet! The Little Mermaid is making a splash at Grossmont Center and she can’t wait to be part of your world!

Be sure to be here at 1PM for story time and a performance by The Little Mermaid and her Lady-in-Waiting. A Meet & Greet and photo opportunities with The Little Mermaid will follow the performance.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24 | 1 – 3pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.grossmontcenter.com/event/princess-day


San Diego Bird Festival

Get out in nature, go on bird-watching walks and see live bird presentations at the San Diego Bird Festival at the Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay. Join family-focused walks on Sunday. The festival benefits the San Diego Audubon Society.

When: Feb. 21 – 25
Where: Marina Village Conference Center | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free, but some events require tickets (from $20 plus fees)
More information: San Diego Bird Festival


 

Half-Off Admission to 40+ Museums

Arts, entertainment and culture collide for Macy’s Museum Month in San Diego. This February the San Diego Museum Council and Macy’s have teamed up again for Museum Month, giving patrons a chance to discover what’s new at more than 40 area museums with savings only seen once a year.

Participants can pick up a Museum Month Pass at any area Macy’s store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February. Follow this link to find the Macy’s store nearest you

When: February 1 – 28, 2018
Where: San Diego area museums; see website below
Cost: Half-off museum tickets
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org


San Diego Theatre Week

San Diego Theatre Week is an exciting program of the San Diego Performing Arts League (SDPAL). The mission of San Diego Theatre Week is to highlight the variety and enhance the awareness of San Diego’s diverse performing arts community.

Participating performing arts groups will be offering a variety of special promotions during the week of February 15-25.  Tickets will be offered at $15, $30 and $45 levels.

When: Feb. 15 – 25
Where: View the website for the various locations
Cost: $15, $30, $45 levels
More information: www.sandiegotheatreweek.com


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!