San Diego International Film Festival Awards Viewing Party on FEB. 9TH

The San Diego International Film Festival is gearing up for their Awards Viewing Party (Oscars) on February 9th. The event will benefit the FOCUS On Impact Educational Film Program. I have attached a full fact sheet and some photos. I have attached photos and a fact sheet for the event.
Attached Photos: AwardsPartyChairsSDIFF2: Pictured – Co-Chairs. Sophia Alsadek, Lisa Sullivan, Kristi Pieper & Leesa Davis. Courtesy of San Diego International Film Festival
AwardsParty: Photo from 2019 Awards Viewing Party pc: Carlo Toribio
2020 San Diego International Film Festival Awards Viewing Party
FEBRUARY 9, 2020 Bankers Hill Penthouse Co-Chairs Sophia Alsadek | Leesa Davis | Kristi Pieper | Lisa Sullivan
San Diego’s most glamorous Oscars Party returns! Join us at the top of one of San Diego’s newest and most elegant Bankers Hill address. 4 stunning and unique penthouses with 360 degree views of the downtown skyline, San Diego Bay and Balboa Park provide a perfect backdrop for the evening.
Walk the red carpet and watch the Academy Awards® in style. Enjoy signature dishes from San Diego’s premier chefs as you sip elegantly crafted cocktails and cast your vote for the Oscar winners. Delicious desserts and champagne toasts will cap off the evening. Proceeds to benefit the FOCUS On Impact Film Program, serving thousands of High School students each year.
PARTY DETAILS: Live telecast of the Academy Awards Show Starring Chefs from: Oceana Coastal Kitchen, Pillbox Tavern, The Melting Pot, Desserts by: Custom Cake by MMM…Cakes
SCHEDULE: February 9, 2020 4:30 Red Carpet | Guests Cast Oscars Ballot 5:30 Academy Awards Show Telecast Cocktail Attire | Black Tie Optional $195.00 Per Person | Proceeds benefit the San Diego Film Foundation Educational Programs 501(c)(3) Learn More/Tickets:
THE LOCATION 41 West – Penthouse Floor 2604 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 About: Stunning inside and out, 41West features a striking mix of modern architectural design and timeless interiors. Inspired by its park setting, the homes are adorned in natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows, expansive NanaWall doors that open to graceful living areas and beautifully appointed kitchens complete with Miele appliances, imported Italian cabinetry and Quartz countertops. Explore the distinctive mix of designer selected building features and finishes and see what makes 41West a truly remarkable Bankers Hill living experience.
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Uncategorized Events Non-Profit

Purple Night Black Tie

By Dawn Sebaugh

Executive Producer Robert Brooke Eldridge and Director/ Actress Jennifer N. Linch hosted a viewing party at Dr. Jack Wasserman’s estate on August 31st, 2019. During this event the attendees were witness to a Fashion show which was MC’d by Kathy Cameron showing WALA dress designs by Dawn Hough Sebaugh.

Two of Jennifer’s movies (Flowers of the Night, and her latest movie, Usaid) both martial arts films were shown to the audience.
A donation was given to the Asian Culture and Media Alliance a non profit organization.
Events Music San Diego County

San Diego International Organ Festival

The San Diego International Organ Festival kicks off on June 24 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Running through August 19, the event features acclaimed organists from around the world. The event programs will for the most part feature classical, with the exception of opening night, which will be devoted to the music of classic rock icons, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. a tribute to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin with Raúl Prieto Ramírez on the organ and local musicians. The concert will feature Raúl Prieto Ramírez and the Spreckels Organ Rock Band, featuring noted drummer Richard “T-Bone” Larson and singer Ariel Levine. The latter is notable in his own right, having won the “Song of the Year” trophy at the 2018 San Diego Music Awards. Balboa Park is always a wonderful place to be. On June 24 it will have an amazing soundtrack.

Events Music San Diego County

The Amy Winehouse Experience

June 29th

By: Sandra Castillo
With her mile-high beehive, female-centric body art and Cleopatra-inspired eyeliner, the chanteuse, known to millions around the globe as Amy Winehouse, was bestowed with a soulful, seductive prowess that easily steam-rolled her competition. At the time of her brief but mighty reign as a recording artist, no other musical act came close to possessing what she had vocally, save for the likes of Adele.
On Saturday, June 29th, the music of Amy Winehouse will be revisited with a concert at the Music Box by The Winehouse Experience, featuring Mia Karter. The critically acclaimed band, replete with the late singer’s “signature horn section and choreographed male back-up singers,” will be entertaining those who will be there to witness the spectacle, sound, and songs made famous by one of the greatest artists of all time. If you are a fan of such songs as “Rehab,” “You Know I’m No Good” or “Valerie,” then this is an event not to be missed.
Winehouse’s sassy, soulful vocal inflections harkened back to a time in Rock and Roll history that witnessed a cataclysmic shift in the music industry of the 1960s when the T.A.M.I. Show was in full swing and all-girl-groups, such as The Marvelettes, The Shirelles, and The Supremes were basking in the glory of the white-hot spotlight. Then, there was The Ronettes, from New York City, whose sexy frontwoman Ronnie Spector once wrote about Winehouse in a 2011 exclusive for Rolling Stone Magazine, “Every time I looked at her, it was like I was looking at myself. She had my beehive, my eyeliner, my attitude. She had such a great soul in her voice, and her lyrics were so amazing that I couldn’t help but sing one of her songs. I was so happy to see an artist like Amy, because she reminded me of my youth, and she loved girl groups. Damn it! I thought she would carry on.”
Winehouse captivated her audiences, no matter where she performed. With a powerhouse backing band that included the support of a small armada of horn-players, percussionists and guitarists who parlayed all of that incredible momentum into her songs, whether it was onstage or in the recording studio, Winehouse’s meteoric trajectory crisscrossed paths with superstardom and then cult status, notably, after the release of Back To Black, the 2006 blockbuster album which would earn her Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Pop Vocal Album of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Winehouse was also a proficient songwriter, who canvassed her lyrical musings with brutal honesty. Not only did she possess one of the most unforgettable voices in music, she was graced with the propensity to turn her ruminations and inner turmoil into hit songs, including “Back to Black,” “Love Is A Losing Game,” and of course, “Rehab,” the brassy, infectious earworm that still has people singing along, anytime they hear it. Tragically, the singer-ravaged by years of drug and alcohol abuse-met her untimely demise in 2011, when she died from an accidental alcohol overdose. Amy Winehouse was only 27 years old. Fortunately for many of Winehouse’s fans, her legacy lives on and will be celebrated on June 29th by those who love and remember her, through the music of the Winehouse Experience. 

Events Non-Profit Sponsors

North Parks SDCCU Festival Of Arts!

First Off! What an awesome time at North Park’s SDCCU Festival Of Arts!

We would like to Thank Explore North Park, North Park Main Street, A7D Design , and SDCCU #SDCCUFestivalOfArts for putting together such a great Event!
We at Local Umbrella News had a blast meeting all the local businesses, vendors and most importantly all of the people whom came out to support!
We hope everyone had a great time like we did! Thank you all for taking #selfies and #newspaper pics with us!

La Mesa Village Entertainment Events


April 20th, 10:00 Am-5:00 Pm                                                                                  CHICANO PARK DAY CELEBRATION                                                                         Logan Av & Cesar E Chavez Parkway Performances by ballet folklrico groups and numerous live bands, lowrider car show coordinated by Amigos Car Club, vendor booths, kids art workshop, and speakers. For more information, go to                                
April 21st, 8:00 Am-5:00 Pm                                                                                     EASTER BASH AT BELMONT PARK                                                                           3190 Mission Blvd. San Diego Egg hunts, activities for children, Easter Bunny photo op, live music, entertainment, and FREE parking; PLUS, brunch on the boardwalk will be offered at the beachfront restaurants. For more information, go to                   
April 24th, 5:00 Pm-9:00 Pm                                                                                   TASTE OF LIBERTY STATION                                                                                2460 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego Enjoy live entertainment and art demos at, while indulging in all of the delicious bites of neighborhoods restaurants. For more information, go to                                                                                               
April 26th-28th                                                                                                   LAKESIDE RODEO LAKESIDE RODEO
Grounds Four full rodeo performances featuring the 7 events of rodeo to include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing (WPRA), tie-down roping, and team roping. For more information, go to             
April 27th, 7:15Am-5:30 pm                                                                                  BARRIO LOGAN GRAND PRIX                                                                         Beardsley St. & Newton St. Fast-paced bicycle racing by pro racers, top-level amateurs, a community walk, and a fun children’s cycling event. For more information, go to
April 27th, 8:00Am-4:00 pm                                                                                         SAN DIEGO SHAKA FEST                                                                                          De Anza Cove Park A Fusion of Hawaiian Culture, Arts, & Athletics! Youth- only canoe regatta, SUP race for adults and keikis, stages of da kine Hawaiian and Tahitian entertainment, your favorite boutique vendors and island-inspired food vendors to enjoy. For more information, go to                                                  
April 27, 12:00pm-10:00 pm                                                                                      ADAMS AVENUE UNPLUGGED                                                                                Adams Ave. San Diego The event will feature live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood. For more information, go to                                                   
Apr. 27th, 10:00Am-5:00 pm                                                                                     SAN DIEGO KIDS EXPO & FAIR DEL MAR                                                        Fairgrounds Inside, expect to see 150 local and national companies that have products and services catered to kids and families. Get your wristbands and head to the outdoor fair! For more information, go to                                                      
April 27th, 1:30pm-5:00pm                                                                                     MISSION VALLEY CRAFT BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL
SDCCU Stadium
Beer, food, and spirits all included! All guests MUST be 21 years of age. For more information, go to                                                                         
April 27th, 9:00Am-3:00 pm                                                                                      SPRING GARDEN & BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL
Cuyamaca College, El Cajon The festival features various kid-friendly activities such as a tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, Butterfly Releases, the Pollinator Party & the Butterfly Discovery Lab, an appearance by Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM and Storytime with Miss Metamorphosis. For more information, go to                                    
April 27th-28th, 11:00Am-6:00pm
More than 300 artists filling 17 square blocks of the iconic urban neighborhood with art, craftsmanship and beautiful goods, this event attracts artists from across the globe. For more information, go to
April 27th-28th, 9:00Am- 5:00pm
ENCINITAS SPRING STREET FAIR HIGHWAY.                                                               101 between D and J Streets Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts, and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, Dog Zone, Kids Zone, Bike Valets, and a Beer Garden! For more information, go to                         
April 28th, 6:30Am-11:00 Am                                                                                            LA JOLLA HALF MARATHON
The course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park and finishes at La Jolla Cove. For more information, go to                                                                                      
April 28th, 10:00Am-5:00 pm                                                                                         SAN DIEGO EARTH FAIR                                                                                           Balboa Park Will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children’s Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. For more information, go to                                                                                       
April 28th, 10:00Am-3:00 pm                                                                                      MOTORCARS ON MAINSTREET CAR SHOW
Downtown Coronado Featuring over 400 pre-73 restored a classic, rod, and custom cars & trucks. For more information, go to                                    
Communities Events Rolando News

A Volunteer's View


By Kirstin Broome, Rolando News Staff

The most neighborly street fair in San Diego the 24th annual Rolando Street Fair happened March 31. We hope that you had a great time at the fair!
This year the Rolando Street Fair was bigger and better than ever. The Kids Zone, supported by new neighbor Bridge Church, was a hit and we look forward to expanding it next year. The BLVD63 Beer Garden added to the festive spirit of the day, with beer generously donated by local breweries. Our Community Stage provided a great venue for local performers to entertain the more than 14,000 attendees at the fair this year. The Main Stage once again featured our free all-day concert. There were so many great food vendors to choose from and lots of craft and specialty booths to browse. There was something for everyone!
We thank all of the generous sponsors of the 2019 Rolando Street Fair. And thanks to all the hardworking volunteers who donated their time and expertise to make this annual event happen.
The Rolando Street Fair is a unique community event, brought to the neighborhood each year through the hard work of a group of dedicated volunteers, and supported by our generous sponsors. Planning begins in early fall each year, with many people joining to produce “the biggest little street fair” in San Diego. The Rolando Street Fair planning committee includes a dozen dedicated volunteers, and on the day of the fair, more than fifty of your neighbors donate their time to help make the fair a success.
Volunteering for the planning committee or on the day is a small commitment with a huge reward in helping to bring this well-loved event to Rolando. Todd Rehfuss, RCC President feels that “The Rolando Street Fair belongs to all of Rolando and it is my honor to help make it a success“. Local resident Chris Loryman comments, “The Street Fair is a centerpiece of our community, and it brings so much enjoyment to thousands of visitors each year. It’s a pleasure to volunteer to make it happen. I truly believe that the Rolando Street Fair is the best fair in San Diego. “
Next year we’ll have the 25th annual Rolando Street Fair, and we hope to make it the best one yet. We are always looking for more people to join the planning committee or volunteer to help on the day. And we’d love to engage more local businesses in supporting this event. If you are interested in being part of bringing this historic 25th annual event to Rolando, please let us know. Information about volunteering and sponsorship is available on the Rolando Community Council web site, and opportunities to join the planning committee are announced at RCC meetings. Or you might speak with one of our current volunteers to learn more about producing the Rolando Street Fair.
The Rolando Community Council would like to thank the members of the Rolando Street Fair Committee: Stephanie Bonner, Kirstin Broome, Laurel Grinnell, Exxes Hauffen, Doug Lister, Melissa McCausland, Adam McLane, Emily Perez, Todd Rehfuss, Dana Rowley, Aisha Sallah, Jim Schneider, and producer Sandi Buehner.

Comings & Goings

Easter Egg hunting in Rolando.                                                                                  A first. Bring the kids and some stuffed eggs. Join the fun at Clay Park Sunday, April 7, 2-4 p.m. Participating eggs must arrive by 2:30 p.m. and the hunt itself begins promptly at 3. A potluck picnic will add to the fun.
Cop and Coffee?                                                                                                      Our community relations officer Terry Hoskins apparently likes coffee, and he’s aiming to do right by his neighborhoods. He’ll be waiting to connect with neighbors to hear their concerns between noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at Scrimshaw Coffee (5542 El Cajon Blvd.) and on Thursdays at Duet Coffee (6526 El Cajon Blvd.) Just drop by. It’s a trial program, so let’s make the effort to connect. A strong community-police partnership is a good thing. Thanks, Terry for reaching out.
Did you guess the mystery picture?
On Page 13                                                                                                              We snapped the delivery of serving tanks to the long-awaited Black Market Brewery. Location El Cajon Blvd. and Art Street. The Rolando Night Out crew has been watching the progress of this new business closely. It’s on them “to visit” list once the doors open. If something curious catches your eye as you wander about, snap a picture and send it to Jan at ( Let’s try and stump our neighbors.
Formal attire wanted.                                                                                      Crawford Prom Night is coming soon, and students, of course, want to shine. If you have formal or dressy wear to donate, contact the El Cerrito Community Council for a pick-up ( They are looking for items such as dresses, shawls, shoes, and jewelry for young women. The guys are hunting for the perfect slacks, jackets, shirts, and shoes.
Uncategorized Events Point Loma San Diego County

40th Year For The Port Of San Diego's Day At The Docks

The Port of San Diego’s 40th Annual Day at The Docks – FREE West Coast public celebration of sportfishing will take place on Sunday, April 14, 2019, from 9 AM to 5 PM. The festival marks the official start of San Diego’s Spring Saltwater fishing season and there is no other event quite like San Diego’s Day At The Docks!
The event is held against the backdrop of San Diego’s dynamic sportfishing fleet located in Point Loma at Harbor Drive and Scott Street. The San Diego fleet is unique in many ways – it is the largest assembled sportfishing found fleet anywhere in the world. The boats in the San Diego fleet are some of the most sophisticated, with capabilities of operating trips which in range the fleet are some of the world’s most productive and prolific fish-filled waters off southern California and the coast of Mexico

The festival attracts families with kids of all ages, members of the general public – many of whom may never have set foot on a boat before or understand the role played by the Sportfishing industry in San Diego, as well as novice and experienced anglers. The day provides the opportunity to discover new adventures, explore the latest in fishing tackle and techniques, walk aboard and tour boats in the fleet, talk with the captains and crews, take a ride on a boat and partake in the many activities planned for the day.

Through the years and most recently through social media (especially Facebook) we hear from event attendees comments like: “Always… Love Day at the Docks, my family has been going since it started!”, “Super Fun! My kids caught their first fish at Day At The Docks.”,It’s a family tradition. We go every year!”, “I love this event, it always feels like an old home week.”, “I hadn’t realized this fleet existed, through Day At The Docks, I discovered a new passion for the ocean.”, “I always find great deals on fishing gear.”,“It’s great to be able to talk with the captains and crews on their own turf”. Visitors arrive early and stay late. Parking is at a premium around the Landing but FREE parking is available on Shelter Island and FREE round-trip shuttle service to and from the festival is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Festival highlights:

• Open house aboard boats in the fleet welcoming one and all
•Fishing and boating “how-to” seminars presented by an all-star lineup of captains and fishing experts
• Exhibits by more than 200 fishing tackle and boat manufacturers and community groups
• Marine art, clothing, and accessories
• Cooking demos by local chefs
• Fish fillet demonstrations.
• Live music and entertainment
• Contests and prizes for casting and knot tying
• Free fishing areas for kids
• A captains’ dunk tank
• Drawings for thousands of dollars in prizes
• Boat rides around San Diego Bay, $3 per person
Events Music

May 18 / The Dickies return to San Diego

Manic tongue in cheek punk band, The Dickies return to San Diego for a show at the Soda Bar on May 18. Formed in 1977, the band has released a string of high energy classics such as “Give It Back,” and “Stukas Over Disneyland,” all with a sense of humor to match the frenzied pace. The band still includes frontman Leonard Phillips Graves and guitarist Stan Lee, with plenty of props and puppets to move storylines along, More than 40 years since they first hit Southern California stages, The Dickies are just as much fun as ever.