in home care in San Diego

Spring is a season of new growth and renewal. We all have our own rites of Spring that help us celebrate the turn of the year and the prospect of summer. At home, we plant gardens, clean house, and replace the batteries in the smoke alarms. At large in America’s Finest City, we welcome old friends, try new things, nurture nature, and jump into food festival season! We don’t have any lingering snow to clear away around here, so we’re ready for the fun to start now! Caregivers in San Diego can celebrate the rites of the Southern California Spring this month with the Padres, the birds and fish, two fabulous local festivals, and more!

San Diego Padres Opening Day!

  • What you can expect: Today is Opening Day at Petco Park! According to the Petco Park Insider, the Padres’ home opener is “Thursday, March 28, at home at Petco Park against the San Francisco Giants. The first pitch will be hurled at 1:10pm – it’s a day game. It is the first game in a 4-game series, so enjoy the opening homestand at Petco Park. Best of all, there is a free hat giveaway!” Plus, it’s the regular season Padres debut of new slugger Manny Machado, acquired in the off-season from the Dodgers!
  • When: March 28, 2019, 1:10pm
  • Where: Petco Park, San Diego
  • Tickets: Tickets are sold out on the official Padres site, but SeatGeek has plenty of great choices.
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Introduction to Flintknapping with James Bowden

  • What you can expect: “In this workshop, participants will learn about the components that make up the Native American stone toolkit and basic flintknapping techniques. Participants will also be able to practice these techniques in creating stone tools. No experience required. Ages 12+. Minors must be accompanied by a paid adult. James Bowden has over 30 years’ experience in flintknapping using traditional tools and techniques. His work has been featured in Modern Lithic Artists Guild Journal, Gold Prospector’s Magazine, and in over two dozen museum and visitor centers across the country.”
  • When: March 30, 2019, 10am – 12pm
  • Where: San Diego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027
  • Tickets: Adults $30; Members $25; Youth w/Paid Adult $25
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Habitat Restoration with San Diego Audubon

  • What you can expect: “At these one-day work parties, held throughout the year but concentrated during our field season in January through April, volunteers help restore coastal dune habitat by removing invasive plants, replanting native plants, and conducting other land management activities (putting out protective structures for chicks, mending fences, etc.). No experience is required and these events are open to the public. This is a great way to get a taste for the work that we do to protect endangered species in Mission Bay! Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and sun/rain protection. Tools and water will be provided. Bring a reusable water bottle for refills.”
  • When: March 30, 2019, 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Where: Fiesta Island, 1500 Fiesta Island Road, San Diego, 92109
  • Tickets: It’s a free volunteer opportunity!
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Lake Murray Fly Casting Clinic

  • What you can expect: “Every Sunday SDFF offers a free fly-casting clinic at Lake Murray. The clinic begins promptly at 9AM and goes ’til noon. Plan to arrive a little early so you won’t miss the beginning of the clinic. You can use your own equipment or borrow club equipment from one of the certified instructors. SDFF is very proud that it is one of the few clubs in the country that offers this service free to the general public.”
  • When: March 31, 2019, 9am – 12pm
  • Where: “To get to the clinic, exit I-8 at Lake Murray Blvd and drive northwest to Kiowa drive where you turn north. A little ways up Kiowa is the entrance to the Lake Murray road/parking system. Stay on the main road around the 1st little bay (see map) which will take you to the main parking lot. Find your way to the northerly side of the parking lot and locate the little covered patio area where the clinic meets.”
  • Tickets: Free!
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Julian Gold Rush Days

  • What you can expect: Julian Gold Rush Days are two days of family-friendly old-timey fun! For the $3 admission, you can enjoy a Civil War re-enactment, gold panning & old-time laundry, toddler friendly “cornstruction”, square dance lessons and old-fashioned shows scheduled throughout the day. Pay-as-you-go or ‘passport’ fun includes archery, tomahawk throws, hayride tour around the farm, candle dipping, and gem mining at the Long Tom sluice box. Plus, arts & crafts and a beer garden!
  • When: April 6 & 7, 2019, 10am to 5pm
  • Where: Julian Farm, 4381 Highway 78, Julian, CA
  • Tickets: Kids get in free! Adult (16+) admission is $3, and the activity bundle is $15.
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Farm-to-Jar DIY Sauerkraut Workshop

  • What you can expect: “Learn how to make fermented sauerkraut! Join Austin Durant, founder and Chief Fermentation Officer of Fermenters Club as he takes you into the wild and wide world of fermentation! We will be holding the workshop at Bear Valley Organics, a very special, sacred place nestled in Bear Valley, just between Escondido and Valley Center. The farm is 117 acres and has rolling hills, avocado, fig and guava trees, a seasonal stream running through, native oaks and other vegetation, and of course an organic veggie garden from which we will be picking veggies to ferment! In this workshop, you will LEARN all about food fermentation and how easy and safe it is. TASTE a variety of naturally fermented veggies, including several varieties of sauerkraut. MAKE your own jar of sauerkraut to take home. TOUR the beautiful Bear Valley Organics farm. And because it is the weekend, we will be pouring Boochcraft’s artisanal local high-alcohol kombucha to guests who are 21 years old and above!”
  • When: April 6, 2019, 11am – 1:30pm
  • Where: Bear Valley Organics Farm, 17550 Bear Valley Lane Escondido, CA 92027
  • Tickets: $47.50 – $50
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Fallbrook Avocado Festival

  • What you can expect: “Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of avocado lovers converge in Fallbrook, located in San Diego’s North County Inland, to sample avocados, check out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens. The 33rd Annual Avocado Festival includes local artisans, local talent, food, wine garden, local beer, community stage, kid’s zone and Avocado Central (located in the center of the event) where avocados and trees can be purchased. Come prepared to visit the many craft and food booths – you can never go hungry at the Avocado Festival. Colorful booths line Main and Alvarado Street featuring unique clothing, hats, arts, crafts, jewelry, and farm-fresh produce for purchase. A variety of bands and other live entertainment are offered for the pleasure of festival-goers. Beer gardens and numerous food vendors cater to every whim. Many have discovered the joys of guacamole – as well as the delightful new flavor of avocado chips – during their first visit to the festival. Activities abound with cooking competitions (come prepared with your best guacamole recipe), as well exhibitions showcasing local talent. There will even be a race where the cars are made from avocados! If you have never seen a giant, inflatable avocado, come to the Fallbrook Avocado Festival in California and see it in living color – green, that is!”
  • When: April 14, 2019, 9am – 5pm
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  • Tickets: Free!
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