Happy Halloween!



Pinteresting Five: Halloween Decor

In honor of the holiday tomorrow, we rounded up some of the best and most unusual examples of Halloween decor!

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Community Focal Point: PEERS Program

PEERS Program

[Functional Integrated Therapeutic Services]

2820 Roosevelt Road Suite 106

San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)


For special needs children and teens, there are several programs available to them, both inside and outside of school. But once these teens reach the age of 18 or pass out of compulsory education, there are fewer programs offered to support them and their families. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) seeks to fill this void. Aimed at teens between the ages of 18-25 who have been diagnosed with, among others, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, pervasive developmental disabilities, and nonverbal learning disorders, the PEERS ® program is an important resource for special needs young adults and their families.


Developed at UCLA, this program seeks to help these special needs young adults by providing them with an opportunity to continue learning necessary social and life skills. The 16-week PEERS ® program focuses on:

-Conversational Skills

-Choosing Appropriate Friends

-Finding Common Interests

-Peer Get-Togethers

-Teasing & Bullying

-Sportsmanship & Fair Play

-Use of Humor

The first session of the PEERS ® program will be held on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013. The program lasts from 6:30-8:00pm and will be held every subsequent Tuesday for sixteen weeks (contact for holiday exceptions). Each session of the program is taught by PEERS ® certified instructors.

If your child or someone you know could benefit from the PEERS ® Program, call 855-542-2121 today to find out more information and to reserve a spot in the program!

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Design Trends: Hand Crafts

As we start looking ahead at some of the design trends for 2014, one trend we see beginning to crop up in a big way is the resurgence of handmade crafts in the home, particularly the lost arts of knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. Maybe you associate these types of fabrics with grandma’s house, but in 2014, they get a very modern reboot. Used sparingly, a thick, knit blanket or crocheted pillow can add the right amount of warmth and coziness to a room. Embroidered pillows in bold or sparkling threads capitalize on some of the trends we’ve seen in 2013 and elevate the pieces into this century. These fabrics are easy to incorporate by way of a pillow, rug, table runner, drapes, throw or blanket, and even as an ottoman cover.

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Community Focal Point: Angela Jackson Artist

Angela Jackson Artist




An artist who has exhibited at numerous locations throughout California and the United States, Angela Jackson is a North County San Diego resident, artist, and art educator. She has been teaching art at Canyon Crest Academy for seven years and is the co-chair of the ENVISION Department at CCA. She is passionate about the place of art in the community and as a subject for education.

Until November 2nd, 2013, her mixed media paintings will be on display at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery’s Expressions Space (262 E. Grand Avenue). On Sunday, October 20th during the Escondido Street Fair, Jackson will present a live painting demonstration. She is also a featured artist at the new San Diego Central Library.


Angela loves working with people on commissions for their homes and offices. “I like discussing their vision and working with their color schemes to create an original piece of art that is custom-made for their space. ”

To learn more about Angela or to contact her about creating a wonderful and unique piece of art for your home, call or email her!

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Pinteresting Five: Fireplaces

While we might not have much of a winter in Southern California, cooling temperatures and rainy days are reason enough to turn on the fireplace. If you’re looking to just update your fireplace or you’re planning a larger home remodel, here’s some inspiration:

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Restaurant of the Moment: Aloha Sushi

Aloha Sushi

7731 Fay Avenue

La Jolla, CA 92037



Sushi joints come in all shapes, sizes, and makes. Some are casual, others boisterous, some classy and upscale, and still others are decidedly romantic. Aloha Sushi manages to blend island chill with vacation relaxation and top it all off with a big scoop of the romantic. Whether it’s the charmingly weathered exterior (it’s built into an old house) down to the wood floorboards or the outdoor fire pits and romantic, white cabanas, Aloha Sushi is an experience you don’t want to miss.

And the food’s great, too.

Obviously, the sushi rolls are standouts. The killer shrimp is a veteran’s favorite, with the rock lobster, magic shroom, jalapeno, aloha, and tidal wave rolls also competing for top honors. For appetizers, the sweet potato fries and gyoza are good. From the regular entrees, good bets are blackened ahi tacos, chicken katsu,

They have unique drinks with interesting flavors and names. They also offer a sake taster, which is good if you like sake and want the chance to try a couple to once.

Definitely a great date night or special occasion spot with some solid sushi and island cuisine offerings. Don’t miss in La Jolla!

Note: Service can be slow, so it’s better to go with a smaller party. They also offer catering.