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Learn New Positive Parenting Techniques for Your 0-5 Year Old

We can help you with this and more!Power Struggles

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

  • Want to learn how to have a routine for your child?
  • Learn ways to potty train your child.
  • Learn positive discipline techniques.
  • Help your child to be a better eater.

Workshops are available in Spanish call 619-862-6600.

Sessions are free.  Four-week sessions.

Scripps Well Being Center, 237 Church Avenue, Chula Vista 91911

Price: $0.00

Date: January 4, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Nurturing Your Child's Spirit...Strategically

Learn creative, fun and innovative ways to deal with the challenges of raising a spirited child using techniques from Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's Raising Your Spirited Child and the successful parenting program Redirecting Children's Behavior. The cost for Parent Connection members is $295/couple, nonmembers are $350/couple. For a class schedule, contact Jackie at 760-533-5256.

Price: $0.00

Date: January 16, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Redirecting Children's Behavior

Enhance your parenting skills through this powerful and practical 3-week course that teaches effective parenting skills in a supportive, loving and nonjudgmental atmosphere. Learn the four principles of why children misbehave and how to nurture self-sufficient, responsible and self-confident children by using techniques that build mutual respect, create positive motivational messages, prevent sibling rivalry and minimize power struggles. This course is taught by supportive and experienced instructors. These popular classes fill up quickly. The cost is $200/member or $350/member couple. The cost for nonmembers is $395/family. Fee does not include textbook and/or workbook, which are $30. To register and find upcoming dates and locations, contact Jackie at 760-533-5256.

Price: $0.00

Date: January 16, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Hullabaloo - "Unplugged"

Hullabaloo Sing-Along Concert, Nobel Rec Center

10:30 a.m.
8810 Judicial Dr San Diego 92122

Thursday, November 16th, 2017 & December 21st, 2017

Price: $5/family or $3/family for Parent Connection Members

Price: $0.00

Date: November 16, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

A Christmas Carol

Bah! Humbug!
Introducing A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the spectacular on-stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ quintessential story.

Broadway stars Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens breathe new life into the moving tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an irascible, cold-hearted grump who despises all things Christmas—that is, until he’s visited by three ghosts one fateful Christmas Eve. Watch as Scrooge, forced to face his selfish ways, finds the true meaning of love and gratitude. An enduring family classic!

Director: Larry Raben/ Choreographer: Karl Warden/ Musical Director: Justin Gray

Cast Includes: JD Dumas, Allen Everman, Hanz Enyeart, Emily Gordon, Drew Grant, Tori Hitchcock, Shaina Knox, Bear Manescalchi, Rudy Martinez, Madison O’Donovan, Winston Peacock, Shealyn Sailors, Leigh Scarritt, Barbara Schoenhofer and Ruby Spencer.

November 17 - December 31

Friday November 17th8:00
Saturday:  1:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Event location and full address:

Welk Resort Theatre
8860 Lawrence Welk Drive
Escondido, CA 92026

Contact name, email and phone number for attendees:

Welk Resort Theatre Box Office: (888) 802-7469

Website/Registration url: https://welkresorts.com/san-diego/theatre/

Price: $59 - $80  Mention code SCLA for a 10% discount!

Price: $0.00

Date: November 17, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Have you ever wondered that goes on behind the exhibits at the San Diego Natural History Museum? The building looks bigger from the outside than inside because it holds 8 million specimens in storage areas underground and behind gallery walls. The Museum is giving visitors a rare peek behind the scenes when they open Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage beginning November 18. The exhibition is included with paid admission and free for members.

Two public programs are planned to celebrate the opening: A Family Day will coincide with the grand opening on November 18, offering craft-making stations and hands-on activities. The following Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m., Museums scientists will give a Nat Talk and share their "staff picks" - what they believe to be the coolest, most important, and weirdest objects in their research collection.

Admission rates: $19/adults; $17 seniors/students/military; $12 youth(3-17). Members and children 2 and under are free.

The Museum is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Price: $0.00

Date: November 18, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Pacific Marine Credit Union Oceanside Turkey Trot

More than 9,000 runners and walkers from 46 states are expected to flock to scenic Oceanside, Calif. to “move their feet before they eat” at the 12th Annual Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot and kids run set for Thanksgiving Day, November 23.

Featuring scenic tours of this classic California beach community, the 10k and 5K run/walk will kick off at 6:55 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. respectively, starting on historic Highway 101 at the Civic Center (located at 330 N. Coast Highway) and finishing on The Strand just south of the iconic Oceanside Pier. A 5K walk begins at 8:45 a.m. All races feature live entertainment along the courses.

“The morning run and walk has quickly become an annual Thanksgiving tradition for many families, not only for local San Diego County residents but for those who travel here for the holiday weekend,” said Kathy Kinane, race director and president of Kinane Events.

The family-oriented event also includes one- to ¼-mile kids runs starting at 10:30 a.m., and a 3-day expo. New this year, the O’side Trot will have a $1,000 Costume Contest prize purse.

“The primary objective of the Turkey Trot is to get families outside and active together on a day that people routinely stay in,” said Kinane.

Price: $0.00

Date: November 23, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Surfin' Santa Rides the Waves into Seaport Village

Ditching the reindeer and traditional cold-weather garb, Saint Nick will don his favorite Hawaiian tee and boardshorts for Surfin’ Santa’s Arrival at Seaport Village. Arriving to the San Diego Harbor via Dragon Boat, the festive celebration kicks off the holidays SoCal style on November 25.

After his special waterfront arrival at 1 p.m., visitors can hang-ten with Santa for free photos on his giant surfboard and six-foot wave until 5 p.m. Following his arrival, Santa will cruise down the boardwalk in a sleek red convertible for a festive parade featuring live music, stilt walkers and holiday cheer. Kids crafting, live street performances and a variety of unique local shops and eateries will keep visitors entertained throughout the warm-weathered holiday event.

“Surfin’ Santa has become a beloved way for locals and visitors to kick off the holiday season,” said Seaport Village General Manager Terry Hall. “We’re incredibly proud to be home to one of the most unique Santa sightings in the country, and look forward to celebrating his big arrival with beautiful weather, fantastic shopping and free family fun on the waterfront.”

In addition to the festivities above, visitors can participate in Small Business Saturday at Seaport Village. This event celebrates the Shop Small movement to get shoppers to patronize local merchants across the U.S. Seaport Village is home to more than 50 locally-owned businesses, including several that opened with Seaport Village in 1980.

The twelfth annual Surfin’ Santa celebration includes:

  • Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village - After San Diego’s very own Dragon Boat rowing crew helps Santa make his waterfront arrival at 1 p.m., kids and adults can greet the boardshorts-wearing Santa for a festive parade down the boardwalk. Santa will be available for photos on his surfboard all afternoon, leaving time to enjoy kids crafting tables, live entertainment and dining.
  • Eco-Friendly Ornament Making with Birch Aquarium at Scripps - Kids of all ages can create customized eco-friendly ornaments to take home and hang on the tree.
  •  Holiday Shopping At More Than 50 Unique Shops and Eateries - Shoppers are guaranteed to find something for everyone on their holiday shopping lists, including eco-friendly jewelry and TOMS shoes from Urban Girl Accessories, personalized bath products and scents from Sinfulicious Bodycare, customized tumblers from Tervis and much more. Mistletoe is dedicated to Christmas décor all year round.

In addition to the festive activities listed above, visitors can head to Seaport’s sister property, the Headquarters at Seaport, for additional gifting ideas from locally-owned shops and eateries such as Geppettos Toys, Dallmann Chocolates, Aaron Chang Gallery and more. Visitors can also lounge in the beautiful outdoor courtyard or get a bite from one of the center’s restaurants including Puesto, Eddie V’s or Season’s 52.

Validated parking is available in the Seaport Village lots, where guests pay $5 for the first two hours with validation and $3 every 30 minutes thereafter. A complimentary shuttle will be provided for guests who park at the Hilton Bayfront parking lot. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Seaport Village is also easily accessible on Metropolitan Transit System Trolley, via the Seaport Village stop on the Green Line.

Seaport Village will also feature traditional photos with Santa throughout December and will also host a Breakfast with Santa at the Harbor House Restaurant in December. Reservations can be made by calling 619-235-4014, ext. 7106.

Seaport Village is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Stores will observe special holiday hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Price: $0.00

Date: November 25, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Let's Mingle and Make a Cool Holiday Gift

Let's Mingle and Make a Cool Holiday Gift!

Come mingle with other new moms while making a holiday keepsake or gift using your baby's hand and/or footprints on pottery pieces.

Tickets are $10 and come with a personalized tile or a $10 credit toward another pottery piece of your choice.

Capture your child's impressions while he or she is young and make long-lasting memories.

Enter to win our giveaway! One participant will be selected to win a picture frame that can be personalized, compliments of Cool Creations.

Cool Creations Pottery Studio & Cafe

1753 Garnet Ave, San Diego

Price: $10.00

Date: November 29, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights. The event will celebrate its 40th year on Friday, December 1, from 3-11 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, from noon-11 p.m. The nation’s premier holiday extravaganza promises to sparkle with even more food, fun, and festivities in its milestone year.

Price: $0.00

Date: December 1, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Celebrate the Holidays with Birch Aquarium

The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family.

From December 1 to 31, Birch Aquarium  is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa as well as themed animal encounters, a scavenger hunt, craft activities,  and fun photo opportunities.

On Saturdays and Sundays things are even more festive with live music, additional crafts and two daily dive shows. The schedule changes daily, so visit the website for a full schedule of events.

All holiday activities are included in admission, which is $18.50 for adults, $14 for children ages 3 to 17. Children 2 and under are free. Annual memberships are also available and make great holiday gifts. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu or call 858-534-FISH.

Price: $0.00

Date: December 1, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Encinitas Celebrates the Arts as the 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade

For the 60th year, Encinitas will kick off the holiday season at the 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade, presented by Lazy Acres Natural Market on Saturday, December 2.  Thousands of people will be on floats, on foot, in cars, and marching in bands while tens of thousands cheer them along the Parade route along Coast Highway 101.  The nighttime parade theme for 2017 is "Celebrating the Arts!"  Parade entries are gearing up to go all out, using decorations, performance, lights, music and art to show off what “Celebrating the Arts” means to them.  2017 could be the most creative and impressive parade yet, as many of our nearly 100 parade entries aim to win a prize in one of the Parade’s judged categories for lights, creativity, performance, music, spirit and overall impression.

Parade spectators will be able claim a good spot to watch the parade as soon as Coast Highway closes at 4 pm.  Followed by a countdown and ceremonial tree lighting, Santa himself will make a brief appearance to kick things off at 5 pm at the Lumberyard shops courtyard (near Starbucks).   At 5:30 pm, Parade Grand Marshall Danny Salzhandler will lead the nearly 100 parade entries down historic Highway 101.  The Encinitas Holiday Parade Committee is proud to name Mr. Salzhandler as Grand Marshal in recognition to his dedication to the arts community and for all the good he does in Encinitas.

The parade kicks off the holiday season in Encinitas, bringing families, friends and neighbors together in celebration. This year, Lazy Acres Natural Market is excited to come on board as the parade’s Presenting Sponsor.  "We've been in Encinitas for more than a year now, and we really feel like part of the community," said Justin Gano, Store Director for Lazy Acres Encinitas. "Sponsoring an iconic event like the Holiday Parade is a great way for Lazy Acres to say thank you to Encinitas for the amazing support we have received." The City of Encinitas thanks Lazy Acres along with all of its parade sponsors, including AMR Ambulance, EDCO Waste and Recycling and LePort Montessori School for their support this community event.

Free parking is available and shuttle busses will run from 4- 8:30 pm from Scripps Hospital Encinitas on Santa Fe Dr. (ADA accessible bus) and from the Magdalena Ecke YMCA parking lot at 200 Saxony Rd.   Avoid congestion, come early and stay late, enjoy Coast Highway 101 shops and restaurants.  Find information at www.EncinitasParksandRec.com or www.Facebook.com/cityofencinitas.  For additional information call the City of Encinitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department at (760) 633-2740.

Price: $0.00

Date: December 2, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Polar Express Family Day at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Join us on a magical journey to the North Pole!

Featuring The Polar Express on the big screen.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11 am to 3 pm. All aboard! Get in the spirit of the holidays and join us in your pajamas and enter a magical world full of holiday treats and trains. Feel the chilly weather, smell the hot cocoa in the air and immerse yourself this holiday season as the San Diego Model Railroad Museum welcomes guest to enjoy The Polar Express.

Viewers are captivated in the experience as they follow a doubting young boy as he takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. He embarks on an epic journey of self-discovery in which he finds that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Relax, bring a pillow, blanket and enjoy the show starting at11:30 am. We will have games, a holiday keepsake to make, and a special visitor from the North Pole. This is a cold winter’s journey sure to warm your heart and make you believe. Activities and movie included in admission price.

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is open Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Children 5 years old and under are FREE for this event, adult admission is $11.00

Price: $0.00

Date: December 9, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Joy of Raising Teens

This evening workshop will equip you to make the most of your relationship with the teen or tween in your life. Come let Susie teach you the tools that parents and teachers need to survive (and so that your teens can thrive!) at this fun & educational session.


Thursday, December 14

6:30pm to 8:30pm


Enroll now!

(Exact location will be provided to registrants before the course)

Price: $0.00

Date: December 14, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Cooking in a Winter Wonderland

Each day we'll "travel" to new countries to sample traditional cold-weather comfort foods.  Children will cook 6-8 dishes daily, watch a cooking demonstration, play International holiday games, hear wintery fold tales, play winter-inspired trivia games, and set stimulating slide shows of winter celebrations around the globe.  We are a nut free program.

Week 1
December 18 - 22, from 9 am to 4 pm.
Location: St. Therese Academy
6046 Camino Rico, San Diego, CA 92120

Week 2
January 2-5, from 9 am to 4 pm.
Location: Lux Art Institute
1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

Mindy Myers at 510-593-5285
registration:  www.cookingroundtheworld.com
Price: $475. (10% sibling discount)

Price: $0.00

Date: December 18, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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