Day Tripper: Spend a Day in Temecula’s Wineries

Temecula is a combination of nature, old history, and new beginnings. To name just a few of the attractions in Temecula you can go hiking, horseback riding, catch a hot-air balloon ride, visit the award-winning wineries, or indulge in guilt-free shopping. The drive from San Diego to Temecula is just shy of 60 miles so why not have some fun for the day and head up to Temecula to see what Riverside county’s new-world wines are all about.

If you come earlier in the day, a hot-air balloon ride or bi-plane adventure would be amazing! The fantastic weather gives you a smooth ride and allows you to enjoy the Temecula vineyards from a whole new perspective… from above! Some great air balloon companies to check out are California Dreamin’ and Sunrise Balloon.

The main attraction of Temecula has to be the vineyards. I can’t even begin to mention all the marvelous wineries that are packed into this town. For a better description of wine tours, self-guided tours, and more, visit the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association for their list of wineries to visit depending on the type of wines you like and the length of time you’ll be in Temecula.

Other activities that are over-the-top in Temecula are the perfect golf courses and romantic horseback riding lessons. But that’s not all, the Old Town Temecula is crawling with historic facts and fun shops. If you need a nice souvenir, Old Town would be the place to get it.

Temecula is a place that everyone should visit… with the wine, golf, hot-air balloons, and more, I don’t know if I’d ever come back!

What makes this San Diego SEAL guilty of battery?

Last Thursday, a Navy SEAL stationed in San Diego was charged for a drunken rampage along the Vegas strip which wounded eight people. The guilty SEAL, Luke Shawley attended the week-long trial without saying a word; the verdict concluded guilty verdicts on 7 counts of battery.

The whole nightmare began when Shawley was caught on surveillance video footage swinging a pipe around wildly. He injured eight of the employees that worked at the bar as well as street walkers. Three of the wounded went to the hospital and another was knocked unconscious. As Shawley’s lawyers tried to counteract the video clip, they claimed that Shawley had been drugged with Ecstasy and had around 30 alcoholic beverages that same night. Once more evidence of Shawley’s hair had been taken and no traces of Ecstasy were found, it was apparently clear that this case was going to be found guilty.

Luke Shawley will be facing up to fifteen years in prison and will be beginning the process ofdischarge with the U.S. Navy.

How to Stay Cool in Your Apartment

Everyone enjoys a warm summer afternoon… but sometimes the heat can be a bit overbearing. To keep cool during those scorching hot San Diego days, here are some great tips to keep you from boiling up in your apartment.

• Invest in some fans. Although you may have air conditioning in your apartment, having a fan on will help circulate the AC throughout the whole space and freshen up the room.

• Take a cold shower. Spending some time under really cold water is better than any air conditioner on earth. A quick cold shower will make you feel alert and ready to go even in the sweltering heat.

• Keep doors closed to areas that aren’t currently in use. Keeping the bathroom or bedroom doors closed while they aren’t being used will really help keep the main room cooler and keep the AC in the main house instead of the excess space.

• Avoid the stove. When summer temperatures rise, the best thing to do is stick with lighter, already prepared foods for dinner instead of cooking on the stove. Salads, sandwiches, and fruit are great alternatives to hot and heavy meal choices.

• Stay hydrated. Drinking water or making popsicles are essential on hot summer days. Be healthy and keep cool with tons of liquids and popsicle treats.

• Swim. If you can’t get your apartment to cool off, go to the pool and swim a few laps. It may help to spend the day out there and just a take a dip whenever you feel like it’s getting too hot.

Here, There, and Everywhere in San Diego

There seems to be something happening everywhere in San Diego this weekend. From Oceanside to Downtown San Diego, Encinitas to North Park, and Carlsbad to Mission Beach, wherever you go the party will follow. Check out these wonderful weekend events and don’t miss out on the summer fun before it’s too late.

Friday August 12th Oceanside Longboard Surfing Competition and Pardon My French at Stingaree

Oceanside’s Longboard Surfing Club is pleased to present its 27th annual longboard surfing competition and festival at the Oceanside Pier amphitheatre and South Pier beach from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. To kick off the line-up of contests is Guy Takayama’s Pro Noseriding Contest followed by more competitions, live music, performances, and fun in the sun. Stop by to watch talented surfers ride San Diego’s waves or just relax and hang ten at this free surf event.

For a unique and unforgettable Friday night outing, visit Stingaree’s rooftop bar and lounge in Downtown San Diego for the notorious upscale and luxurious Pardon My French soirée. Pardon My French is quickly becoming known for their classy, sophisticated event fundraisers that happen once a month at some of San Diego’s swankiest hotels. This Friday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., the talented artist Allison Renshaw will be holding an art fundraiser complete with great champagne, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and Stingaree’s best house DJs.

Saturday August 13th Brewfest in Encinitas and Ray at Night in North Park

The time we’ve all been waiting for is here. Encinitas’ Brewfest will be showcasing San Diego’s finest local craft brewing companies including Stone Brewery, Pizza Port, Ballast Point, Karl Strauss, and many more. The festival will take place at Mira Costa College San Elijo Campus from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club which will be donating all proceeds to charities here and around the world. Give your support, drink a beer, and have a great time.

Come see why everyone thinks North Park is so cool, this little niche of San Diego is the heart of local art and culture. Ray at Night is San Diego’s largest monthly artwalk and has over 30 participating galleries that open their doors on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. just to show you what San Diego’s locals can create. Visit the Ray at Night website for additional information about this free event.

Sunday August 14th Carlsbad’s Art in the Village and SunDaze Summer Pool Party at the Wavehouse

And if you didn’t get enough eye candy in North Park on Saturday, Carlsbad will be hosting its 13th annual Art in the Village that will feature about 100 local artists and their masterpieces. All art has its special and unique differences and the large variety of mediums ranges from oil paintings, sculptures, furniture, mixed media, jewelry, and much more. Stop by the free event anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between State Street and Grand Avenue in Carlsbad.
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Or if you just feel like staying closer to home on Sunday, the Wavehouse in Mission Beach is going to have the hottest pool party in San Diego. SKRILLEX will be bringing a new wave of electronic music to the beach that will rock you all day starting as early as 11 a.m. Bring your best beach attire and get ready to catch some rays at this hot hot hot pool party bash.

Navy Program Helps San Diego’s Rising Veteran Unemployment

The unemployment rates of veterans within the United States keep rising… and president Obama has a lot of decisions to make about the ever-increasing problem of jobless, and potentially homeless, veterans. Adjusting to normal civilian life is a challenge on its own; paired with inadequate paper requirements makes the job search process that much harder. For many U.S. veterans, their skills and experience would blow any other candidate out of the water. Where the real problems lie are the actual certifications that are expected and required to obtain positions within the “real world.”

President Barack Obama sees the problematic future that many veterans will experience with the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan in addition to the wavering economy. President Obama’s solution to the unemployed veteran dilemma depends upon the cooperation of companies to hire 100,000 veterans by the end of 2013 in exchange for enticing tax breaks offered to the companies that are willing to participate and hire veterans that have been on the job hunting trail for over 6 months.

There are also a few programs that are committed to helping veterans find job opportunities and help them reacclimate to daily life routines and patterns outside of military tours. For more than a year, San Diego’s REBOOT program has done exactly that, its 70% employment success rate has helped tremendously in San Diego County and will continue to offer job placement and transition services to veterans within the San Diego community. REBOOT consists of free workshops that provide veterans with three weeks of adjustment training and provide a comforting buffer between military life and civilian life that will ease the transition process that may be extremely challenging to veterans.