An afternoon sidewalk art show featuring local artists, live music & biergarten. About this event Meet and greet with a collective of local fine artists as they share their work in our outdoor gathering space. Featured artists: Melissa Baron, Doug Madill, Glen Ronald, Mariam Qureshi will be on sight to exhibit and share about their art. Join us for live music, wine, local craft beer, Garage Kombucha & Grill in the bay 1 Gallery Biergarten. The event is free and open to everyone! Thank you for registering as it helps us prepare. For more info visit our website: Bay1gallery.com
Garden of Oneness multi-cultural event Saturday, May 14
The Beloved’s Garden of Oneness Celebration, a multi-cultural event promoting unity, peace, love and inclusivity is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr. Highlights include an art exhibition and community collaborative art sculpture. The program includes unveiling the Community Collaborative Oneness sculpture, made of hundreds of messages received from the public on the themes of unity. Guest speakers include Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, M.T.O. School of Islamic Sufism, and other members of the scientific, artistic, interfaith, and nonprofit communities. There will be multicultural and interfaith music, dance, poetry and Sufi Art displays along with artist reception for “Oneness” Exhibition for the gallery show that is at the Encinitas Community Center through June 30. Refreshments, ethnic delicacies and appetizers. Free admission. The event is sponsored by the San Diego and Los Angeles M.T.O Shamaghsoudi Schools of Islamic Sufism.
Sidewalk sale benefits Assistance League
Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito will hold an outside sidewalk sale of plants Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the thrift store, 1542 Encinitas Blvd. The sale will offer creative pots, succulents, plant cuttings, starter plants, containers, bird feeders and garden art that have been prepared by volunteer members to help the organization raise funds for the League’s philanthropic programs. ALRSD thrift shop welcomes donations of plants for this sale and also gently used household items and clothing. Visit alrsd.org.
Restaurants partner with Promises2Kids for Foodies 4 Foster Kids
Show you care by dining where it matters throughout the month of May to benefit 3,000 children in foster care. Promises2Kids has partnered with 37 local restaurants to raise funds for San Diego foster children. The campaign will run throughout the month of May, in celebration of National Foster Care Month.
Each restaurant will designate select menu items which will support the Foodies 4 Foster Kids campaign. Funds raised will benefit foster children by reuniting siblings living apart in foster care, supporting high school and college students in reaching their educational goals, providing birthday gifts, school clothes and opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, and providing an emergency shelter where children feel safe and cared for.
Promises2Kids helps foster children overcome the difficulties of their past and grow to become healthy and successful adults. The community is invited to support Promises2Kids by dining in or ordering online at participating businesses. The community can also make an online gift at give.promises2kids.org/foodies4fosterkids2022
For more information on Foodies 4 Foster Kids, including participating restaurants, visit: promises2kids.org/foodies2022/
Helen Woodward Animal Center to hold Puppy Prom
Rancho Santa Fe-based nonprofit Helen Woodward Animal Center will hold a Puppy Prom for alumni adopters, their pets and all animal lovers 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Original 40 Brewing Company, 3117 University Ave. in San Diego. The event will feature music, food, drinks, vendors, a prom costume contest, a corsage making station, a photo station, special prizes and the crowning of a four-legged Prom King and Queen. Free to attend. Costume contest participants are asked to make a $15 donation to the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Visit animalcenter.org.
It’s a new era in downtown Huntsville.
After more than 40 years, the iconic Midnight Madness and Summer Sidewalk Sale events have officially become a relic of the past.
Huntsville Councillor Bob Stone, who sits as a council liaison on the board of the Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Area (BIA), said the board has decided it’s time for a change.
“They felt both the events had run their course and had been readjusted several times and they were a little bit tired, so they decided to retire those events,” said Stone, adding that participation—both from merchants and patrons at those events—was down.
In their stead, the BIA is planning the Muskoka Market: Huntsville Summer Edition to be held on July 30.
“We all understand that this is kind of a year of transformation and a year of change in downtown Huntsville, so we decided the Midnight Madness and Summer Sidewalk sale had been going on for forty-plus years and prior to COVID we did try to kind of rebrand them. We tried to work within the existing events to do something different… and then with two years off we just recognized that perhaps it’s not worth reinventing something and it makes more sense to start something new,” explained Morgan Lonsdale, manager of the Downtown Huntsville BIA. “So, recognizing the events that happen downtown and all of the activation that does go on downtown, we figured hosting one summer event that was focused on retail and our restaurants… one large event would kind of work.”
Muskoka Market: Huntsville Summer Edition, like the winter Holiday Edition which happened last November, will be a vendor-driven market with vendors from all over Muskoka lining the downtown. It will be a day-long event, running from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with all kinds of entertainment activities as well as a children’s zone.
The idea is to draw as many people to the downtown as possible, which will add traffic for the merchants of the downtown as well, explained Lonsdale.
On that day, retail merchants will be open until 7 p.m., with visitors being encouraged to shop and dine downtown and then gravitate towards River Mill Park for music, and later a movie on the dock hosted by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.
Now, with Huntsville’s wider sidewalks, putting vendors on the street makes a lot more sense, said Lonsdale. “We feel that the wider sidewalks, and we’re strategically placing these vendors so they don’t block our merchants, they actually will enhance the experience downtown…”
Downtown merchants will also spill out onto the sidewalk and join the vendors for the event.
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