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More St. Patrick’s Day Fun & Future Events

17 Mar

After looking more closely at the previous post I realized that more than half of the St. Patrick’s Day events have already taken place.

Here are two more that take place today:

For kids/family:

CarlsbadPatch.com

For grownups:

SanDiegoShamrock.com

It seems that there aren’t a lot of events in or near San Marcos on St. Patrick’s Day that are easily found when searching Google.

Here’s a list of events in Southern California including a job fair in San Marcos tomorrow, April 18, and the San Marcos Swing Into Spring Festival on Sunday, April 14:

San Marcos Zvents & More

Have you tried the Irish Cheddar which contains Porter at Trader Joe’s? Way better than it looks! Yum!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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If You Have Ever Attended Church

12 Mar

On Facebook the other day I noticed one of the kids from church who has now graduated from college and even left her first post-college job.
[ So this is 50! 😉 ]

In seeing what was going on in her life I also noticed a post from her dad, who is a former pastor at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, my home church.

Her dad is now a pastor in Rancho Bernardo and he has a blog called “Discovering Your Next Step” that you or someone you know may find helpful.

Though we have adjusted quite well, our family was sad to see pastor Neal (he’s just Neal to almost everyone) go at the time. My wife said that he was a big reason why she stayed when she came back to church.

He moved to Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church less than a month before the fire that swept San Diego County and hit RB especially hard. We’ve assumed that that was part of the reason he moved when he did. Here’s the link:

Discovering Your Next Step

I hope you find his words as helpful as we have over the years.

Your Neighborhood Changes And Grows II

6 Mar

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I took the photo above a few minutes ago. Yes. That’s my foot in the picture. I put it there for scale. My foot is, oddly enough, almost exactly a foot long. So you can see how big the aeonium has grown over several months. Here’s a picture of that section of the front yard:

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Compare that view with several months ago by visiting my post earlier this week:

Your Neighborhood Changes And Grows (I)

Despite the slightly different view you should be able to notice that change and growth has taken place. It’s not always incredibly obvious and sometimes it doesn’t happen fast but, just like change in our yard, change is taking place in your neighborhood and mine.

Let’s be proactive and make positive change.

What say you?

Helping My Community Through Reality Changers

5 Mar

In April I will start my seventh year of volunteering with Reality Changers.

I was at a regular study on Wednesday nights at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church several years ago and our group decided to go check out Reality Changers. At the time, RC met down the hall from the group of mostly married couples and a few spouses who attended on their own in an effort to understand more about the bible and get to know each other better.

As soon as the Reality Changers presentation was over I realized that RC was the place for me to be on Wednesday nights during the school year. I could see myself helping high school students become the first generation in their family to attend college – though I say I want the students to not only attend, but SUCCEED at college.

If you follow the links below, please read more about Reality Changers and ask yourself questions:

~Who do I know that is a candidate for Reality Changers or College Apps Academy?

~Who do I know that could be an inspirational or educational speaker at Reality Changers in Solana Beach or San Diego?

~Who do I know that would be a good volunteer tutor or who has special knowledge or skills like how to write an excellent college essay or where to find scholarships that not many people know about?

~Who do I know that has the means to donate generously?

~Is it possible that I fall into one or more of the categories above?

Changing Realities article from UCSD Alumni Triton magazine

The Power to Change Reality from La Prensa

Please remember that if you feel that you do not have the financial resources, you can certainly try your hand at tutoring/mentoring. You can call Reality Changers. Check out their website at:

RealityChangers.org

You can also call me to find out about my experience as a tutor at Solana Beach Pres. You will find my phone number here on my Facebook group page:

Charles Hicks-Moore “Public Figure” Page

The only relevant fact that has changed is that we now meet on Monday nights at 6 pm. The first three Mondays I arrive at 5:10 for those students that want to practice public speaking before the main meeting.

Please read over the questions above one more time!

In The Neighborhood

4 Mar

Here’s a link to a very good book which I read over a year ago called “In The Neighborhood”.

In The Neighborhood by Peter Lovenheim

Did you know that some houses are built in ways that are actually designed to create more of a neighborhood/community feel?

How about your neighborhood?

Helpful Link For Your Neighborhood Or Community

1 Mar

After turning 50 yesterday I took some time to be reflective and explore possibilities for improving neighborhoods like mine (currently in San Marcos, CA) and yours.  Below is a link information on Walklive.org that may be of help in building a more successful neighborhood/community or improving one that’s doing well.

There Is Potentially ENORMOUS Long-Term Impact For Your Neighborhood Or Community.

From the website:


Our Mission, Our Focus
The Institute’s vision is to create healthy, connected communities that support active living and that advance opportunities for all people through walkable streets, livable cities and better built environments.

The Institute’s mission is to inspire, teach, connect and support communities in their efforts to improve health and well-being through better built environments.

We inspire by helping communities envision a better future, by sharing examples and success stories and by displaying a personal commitment to the movement.
We teach the benefits of walkability and livability, best practices in designing for active transportation and strategies for successful civic engagement and implementation.
We connect community members and leaders to important resources, engage them in the process, and help them communicate with each other.
We support with ongoing guidance, educational materials and by celebrating successes widely.
The Institute was formed for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to help communities address the negative effects of the built environment on health, safety, social welfare, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and overall quality of life.

What are your nuts and bolts ideas for things that need improvement in San Marcos or your neighborhood/community?

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