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Paint Your Heart Out Sunday, March 23 to Fund Arts in Schools

Paint Your Heart out at Mia Francesca to Support ArtReach

Painting class on Sunday, March 23 to fund arts education in local schools

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San Diegans who have a penchant for painting can create their own masterpiece while benefiting arts education in schools on Sunday, March 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Mia Francesca in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Proceeds will support ArtReach free visual arts education workshops in local K-6 schools that have no resources for art. An ArtReach artist will help guests paint a “Flower Close Up” step-by-step. No experience is necessary to participate! All art materials are included in the ticket price of $45, and attendees will be able to enter raffles for theatre tickets and more. Read More…

Linda Deremo Master of Native American Silver Jewelry

Linda Deremo has spent over 20 years learning her craft from her husband Larry a master silversmith from Santo Domingo Pueblo where love and marriage developed from a shared interest in learning and perfecting Native American jewelry making. Larry passed away in 2002.

Three years after Larry’s passing Linda decided to return to her craft to create and study with various Native American Southwestern tribes. She attends many functions and is tightly connected to her extended family of Navajo’s, Hopi and Zuni tribes to mention a few. Now in her own words Linda tells the rest of her remarkable journey.

 

Linda Deremo at work in her studio.

As an individual and an artist, I have always had a deep passion for the Native American culture and art, and have studied and traveled the amazing Southwest for over twenty years. Trained by an award-winning pueblo artist, I have developed my own unique ‘signature’ style of jewelry making combining traditional native techniques in beadwork and silversmiths and mixing them with contemporary design elements and symbolism. Read More…

Best Gluten Free Crackers–Bar None

 

The Perfect 10

The Perfect 10

I have been on a search for the best Gluten/Soy/Dairy free cracker for the longest time.

When I am asked to bring a snack to a party I always bring something I can eat. Having Celiac Disease is not a food allergy it is an auto-immune illness which in my case was life threatening until I was finally properly diagnosed.

At parties I would arrange my crackers on a cute plate with my standard  Mediterranean style Humis. Only as soon as someone would bite into the cracker they started making ‘yuck’ noises and spit it out followed by a statement like, “These crackers are stale.

Needless to say I was more than a bit embarrassed leading to future invites to just bring a salad. Funny but not so much.

I happened upon these crackers and my husband and I ate the whole box. They are crunchy, fresh, lightly salted and utterly like the bos said a “Perfect 10″.

Also, I was able to find them at Ralph’s.

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As you can see they are made with Brown Rice, Gluten Free Oats, Millet, Quinoa and Amaranth and Teff! Out of this world.

So if you need to bring a hit for a Party snack you can’t go wrong with these crackers except bring lots because they go fast..even if you don’t have to eat Gluten Free!!

 

Celebrate Spring Parisian Style At The Westgate Hotel

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Celebrate Spring in Parisian Style at The Westgate Hotel

 

Easter Bunny Teas, Award-winning Easter Champagne Brunch and exclusive Room Rates Make the Westgate a Top Holiday Pick

 

Celebrate Easter in San Diego at The Westgate Hotel where locals and weekend travelers alike are invited to enjoy the perfect family holiday in Parisian style.  Guests can share with their children an afternoon of fun with the Westgate Easter Bunny Teas on April 18 and 19 and the Traditional Westgate Easter Champagne brunch featuring the Easter Bunny and face painter on Sunday, April 20.  The luxury hotel located near the Gaslamp Quarter is also offering The Westgate Experience package at special rates for the perfect family weekend getaway.

 

Easter Bunny Teas: On Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19, the Easter Bunny Teas will feature kid friendly petit fours and mini pastries paired with a traditional European afternoon tea. Families can partake in an Easter egg hunt located in the Riviera Terrace, watch a demonstration by a magician and meet the Easter Bunny.  The events will run from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. The price is $45 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity.

 

Easter Champagne Brunch: On Sunday, April 20, experience The Westgate’s traditional Easter Champagne Brunch, complete with fresh seafood, made to order omelets, carving stations, gourmet desserts and a kid’s specialty station. Families and children will be entertained by a face painter, special visit from the Easter Bunny and the sounds of live music. Brunch will be served from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The price is $65 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity.

 

Tickets for the Easter Bunny Teas and Easter Champagne Brunch can be purchased at westgatehotel.tix.com or by calling 619-557-3655.

 

To reserve The Westgate Experience package, visit www.thewestgatehotel.com or call 800-522-1564.  Priced from $229 per night, the package features intimate classic European accommodations and a $100 credit to indulge in any dining or hotel service of choice.

 

About The Westgate Hotel
The AAA Four Diamond-rated Westgate Hotel is an iconic property in the heart of downtown San Diego designed to rival the mythical palaces of Europe. From its 223 elegantly appointed guest rooms to the contemporary cuisine of the award-winning Westgate Room, guests truly experience a memorable difference while enjoying European décor, attentive service, exquisite cuisine and artistic cocktails. The Westgate Hotel is part of the Grand America Hotels & Resorts collection which features Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho (twice selected by readers of SKI magazine as the nation’s top ski facility), Snowbasin Ski Resort, just outside Salt Lake City (site of the 2002 Olympic Downhill and Super G Races), The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City (a AAA Five Diamond rated hotel) and Little America Hotel properties in Arizona and Wyoming.

Update on Missing CA 5-Cameron Remmer-All Missing from SFO

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All of the CA Missing 5 seen above are still missing. All went missing from San Francisco since Jackson Miller first went missing in 2010 all up to 2013. Two Vigils were held in San Francisco one in September 2013 at Golden Gate Park and then a Candle light vigil in December 2013 to help law enforcement do “Amber Alerts” for young adult/teen males that go missing as soon as possible and especially those with mental/psychiatric needs.

About a month ago and because of the September vigil and a strong push on the internet (Facebook/Twitter/Missing Person Websites) to get a story on Dateline I was contacted to do a documentary on my son..

A call from a Canadian film crew interested in filming a documentary on Cameron Remmer, my son that has been missing since Oct. 6, 2011 from the Fairmont hotel wanted to film our story.  The producer and I talked about the CA Missing 5 and I really wanted them all included but for whatever reason they decided to do Cameron’s story. Read More…

Grandparents Day – 4 Different Grades in 6 Minutes

Grandparents Day is a tradition at my grandchildren’s school. In the past we just had one Grandchild in the school and one classroom to visit after the performances where each grade K-6 sings and reads the “winning” Grandparents essay to the room. Read More…

Where a Celiac/Dairy-Soy Free Can Get Coffee Out in San Diego

I have been constantly on the look out for places and foods that I can eat since being diagnosed with Celiac disease about five or so years ago.
Prior to my diagnosis my love for coffee drove me to Starbucks or even McDonald’s along with friends. I love my coffee with raw sugar and rice milk now. I would love a cappuccino with real milk but my body goes into explosive shock and then days of exhaustion. Just not worth the attempt.
Friends are constantly saying lets meet for coffee and I cringe. I end up having either a black coffee or tea. Disappointing because they don’t offer alternative non-dairy milk which I crave.

I have gone to Starbucks as I see them as leading edge for coffee connoisseurs only to ask for Rice Milk to be told they only carry Soy based milk alternatives. Read More…

Messages 9/11, Butterflies/CA Missing 5 from SFO

I just finished reading Messages-Signs, Visits, and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11 by Bonnie McEneaney.

A common thread from this book that I took from it made a connection between my son Cameron William Remmer missing tomorrow, Oct. 6th, 2013 for two
years from San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel. Read More…

PSA Remembering Flt 182 & 25 Year Reunion PSA

Remembering PSA Flt. 182

Do you remember where you were 35 years ago when PSA Flight 182 collided with a small aircraft? Click on the above link.

I was at Pine School in Carlsbad. Pregnant with my son and heard a plane had crashed over North Park where my Grandparents lived. I drove home and watched TV. I could not reach my Grandparents on the phone and kept waiting for info. I then learned that the plane was filled with many ‘dead heading’ (flight crew flying home or to their working flight) of PSA crew. I flew with PSA when we were called Stewardesses. I flew and knew not only the crew members that died that day but friends from Mission Bay High School and one of my best friends from National City Jr. High Herb Stewart.

I saw a list of names scrolling across the TV screen and saw name after name of friends and colleagues that were on that flight.

PSA had never had a plane crash before that day and it did land within three blocks of my Grandparents home. Their best friends that lived near them had many body parts and plane debris in their yard. They later moved away.

I went to Herb’s funeral. I was forever changed. PSA was a life I loved with friends I cared for deeply and kept in contact with over the years. So this year when the PSA 25th Anniversary invite came to me I knew it was time to attend and reconnect.

I was hired November 1967 and completed training and then was on standby (had to be ready to get to the airport for flight in 30 minutes). I flew San Diego to Burbank to San Jose and then San Jose to Sacramento to Los Angeles and then back to San Diego.

During my years flying I joined other PSA Stews who had witnessed the successful trial of United Stews against their airline for discriminating against married women. I had planned to marry and to my surprise many of my comrades were married and we marched in to head quarters and explained our intention to fly married. PSA said fine but we were not to announce our names as “Mrs.” and we agreed.

My last years flying I along with several other Stews were now pregnant. I walked into the office and said I was pregnant with my Dr.’s note saying I was fit to work. They told me I could fly as long as I fit in my uniform. Well it was August and hot and it had been three weeks off when my shift came and I had to wear my coat over my dress to work. Later we were all fired because we were pregnant.

PSA was built on beautiful woman wearing “hot pants” and big smiles under mostly blonde haired California girls. So the image of a pregnant/married woman did not align with the late 1960′s early ’70′s thinking.

The Bali Hai hosted the 25th PSA Reunion last Friday with over 200+ attendees (the biggest crowd ever).

Here I am with my PSA Family.

Another View of CA5 Vigil in SFO 9/14