San Diego Museum of Art

Photography by Carol Sonstein

A make-your-own piñata station was all part of the fun at Culture & Cocktails, a fiesta event with a theme tied into the museum’s fall exhibition, “Modern Masters from Latin America” and its interactive exhibition “Frida and Me.”     Categories: On The Scene

4 Valentine Gifts for Your Dog

Give a special Valentine's Day treat to the furry loves in your life!

Our Top Picks for Valentine Dog Gifts! We share our homes, sometimes even our beds with our dogs, so on the day when it’s customary to shower loved ones with extra TLC, lots of pet owners put their four-legged companions on the gift-giving list. In fact, research says that one in five Americans will do something special for their pets…

Ten Best Dressed Awards

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

The 10th anniversary of the Leonard Simpson’s 10 Best Awards benefited the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research. Held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, guests enjoyed an elaborate formal dinner, a spectacular Broadway Theatrical show, dancing by the Mar Dels and a silent and live auction. Categories: On The Scene

International Air & Space Hall of Fame

Photography by Carol Sonstein

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Atlas Rock Program, Hudson B. Drake, Embry-Riddle’s Golden Eagles Flight Team, John Herrington, Christa McAuliffe, John J. Montgomery and Chance Vought were honored as the International Air & Space Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 at a celebration held at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Categories: On The Scene

Best at the Barn Culinary Event

Photography by Vito Di Stefano

Guests noshed on Yazu white soy dashi, caviar, steak tartare and pumpkin pana cotta with spiced pecans and maple bourbon caramel at the Del Mar Village Association’s Best at the Barn culinary event. The occasion brought together some of North County’s best restaurants under one roof and was part of the weeklong Breeders’ Cup celebrations. Categories: On The Scene

Crystal Ball Gala 2017

Photography by Carol Sonstein

The 19th Annual Crystal Ball Gala, held at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, featured a lavish cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and dancing to music by Cal-Phonics. The unique auction items were also part of this event that helped Casa de Amparo kids to see a brighter future. Categories: On The Scene

AIA/ASLA Holiday Gala 2017

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Guests of the first holiday party co-hosted by the American Institute of Architects San Diego Chapter and the American Society of Landscape Architects enjoyed a silent auction, music, a festive seasonal buffet and the venue: the Inamori Pavilion at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Categories: On The Scene

ASID Holiday Party 2017

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

Held at Nativa Interiors in Solana Beach, the American Society of Interior Designers, San Diego Chapter holiday party celebrated this festive time of the year by honoring both the 2017 Don Marrell Award recipient, Gary Elbert, ASID, IP of Illuminating Interiors and the 2017 Ethel Siegelman Award recipient, Tricia Craven Worley, ASID; by raising funds for Humble Design, a company…

Gingerbread City Gala

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

The 2017 Gingerbread City Gala broke fundraising records, bringing in more than $400,000 for Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. Wonderworld, a rendition of Disney magic made of edible gingerbread, took the grand prize. Second place went to La Calavera Catrina, a scene depicting the Day of the Dead holiday traditions. Categories: On The Scene

St. Germaine Holiday Tea

Photography by Carol Sonstein

The 34th annual St. Germaine Silver Tea raised approximately $120,000 to help local child abuse prevention agencies. The event, held at the elegant historic Tudor residence of Michelle and Brett Lanuti, included a tour of the home, tea sandwiches, cookies and other refreshments. Categories: On The Scene

Candlelight Ball 2018

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Scripps Health continued a cherished holiday tradition when it hosted the 88th annual Candlelight Ball at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The event raised $150,000 to benefit the A. Brent Eastman, M.D., Trauma Area. Categories: On The Scene

7 New Plants to Grow in Your Garden This Year

Exciting newcomers to try!

Keep an eye out for exciting introductions from growers timed for planting before temperatures start to climb. Here’s a sampling of showy newcomers to try.     Look for Monrovia and Native Sons offerings in area specialty nurseries. Order from Annie’s Annuals online.   Categories: Garden Guide, Gardening