A fundraiser in memory of Cristos and Isabella Lopez, two young children who died in a house fire in San Diego just weeks ago, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11441 Caminita Magnifica. (courtesy photo)


Very special memorial fundraiser
The entire community is invited to a very special fundraiser in memory of Cristos and Isabella Lopez, two young children who tragically passed away in a house fire in San Diego just weeks ago. The youngsters are the nephew and niece of Demetrious Harmon, known as “Mr. D,” a S.A.Y. teacher at Jerabek Elementary School.

The fundraiser will include laser tag, pizza and raffle prizes. Entire families are welcome to attend the event scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11441 Caminita Magnifica. The gate code to enter is 19898.

While the event cannot take away the pain felt by the childrens’ mother and family, the family will appreciate all the support during this difficult time. All proceeds will go to the mother to help with financial needs, including medical and funeral costs.

Those who are unable to attend the fundraiser, but still want to make a donation, may do so at:

Anyone wishing to donate raffle prizes or donate in any way may contact Heather Downing at or call (619) 665-6671.

Newtopia fundraiser for AIDS/LifeCycle
Join the staff at Newtopia Cyder for a fundraiser benefitting AIDS/LifeCycle on Friday, Dec. 1. AIDS/LifeCycle is one of the biggest AIDS/HIV fundraisers in the world in which participants spend the year raising money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, non-profit organizations that provide life-saving medical and social services. The fundraising culminates in a seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles June 3-9. One of Newtopia’s own ciderologists, Michelle, will be participating alongside Team Cretins, who ride the entire journey on fixed gear bikes (that’s one gear).

Newtopia will be donating 20 percent of all cyder and merchandise proceeds to the cause from 6 to 10 p.m. There will also be a raffle full of prizes from local businesses and artists.

Newtopia Cyder is located at 10045 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite A. Visit

Sanctuary Lounge hosts a Painting and Vino event on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.

DJs, Painting and Vino at Sanctuary
This weekend the DJs take over Sanctuary Lounge, spinning tunes, keeping the beat alive and filling the dance floor. DJ Barry Thomas will be playing ’80s and ’90s music all night long at Sanctuary Lounge from 8:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.

The next night, it will be time to dance again as DJ Smooth takes over the turntables from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Sunday evening takes on a mellow vibe (or maybe not) as registered guests try their hand at mastering the art of painting on canvas while drinking wine at a Painting and Vino event on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Artist Kendra Truett will lead the group in an art class as attendees do their best to paint and duplicate the artwork titled “Bubbly Seahorse.” Enjoy expressing your creative side while sipping on your favorite wine with friends or family at this painting event. RSVP at and use promo code SANCTUARY20.

Sanctuary Lounge is located at 12090 Scripps Summit Drive, off Scripps Poway Parkway. Visit

Paul Morgavo, as Alfred, and Julie Clemmons, as Eloise, perform in one of the four vignettes of the Scripps Ranch Theatre production of “The Season of Love.” (photo by Ken Jacques)

‘The Season of Love’
Scripps Ranch Theatre presents “The Season of Love,” a world premiere play. This unique play, created by veteran San Diego playwright James Caputo, includes four separate mini-stories.

“The Season of Love” is scheduled to run through Dec. 10 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of Alliant International University, 9783 Avenue of Nations. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Visit

Design a Bookmark Contest begins
The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library is inviting all school students in grades K to 12 to create a design for a special commemorative bookmark to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library in March 2018.

The contest starts Friday, Dec. 1. The deadline to enter your design with an attached completed entry form is Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 before library closing time. View, download and print a copy of the Official Contest Rules along with an Official Entry Form at

The Scripps Miramar Branch Library is located at 10301 Scripps Lake Drive.

Savagewood celebrates grand opening
Savagewood Brewing Company’s official grand opening celebration will be from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9879 Hibert St., Suite F. The company has been transitioning into its new home at the former O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing location.

Three new beers will be released alongside the current smash hits. Order Savagewood’s Buck Savage and As You Wish before they’re gone. The company still has Oh Sweet!!! IPA brewed to support Sarah’s Cause.

The Doggos Gus Mexican gourmet hot dogs food truck will be providing all you can eat hot dogs from 2 to 5 p.m. to pair with Exquisite Blonde or $500 Millionaire.

The first 25 people to come in and buy a pint will get a free Savagewood T-Shirt and free O’Sullivan’s beer Glass.

Savagewood will keep the party going with Part 2 on Sunday morning, Dec. 3. The whole biergarten will have corn hole, Jenga, Connect 4 and washer toss. Football will be on the TV. There will be complimentary muffins and donuts. Beermosas will be available: $15 for four from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be an outdoor biergarten with patio seating, cornhole, craft soda for the kids and lots more. Visit

Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market
The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market offers a wide variety of vendors each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 10380 Spring Canyon Road, in the Innovations Academy parking lot.

Browse among the booths with a selection of food, services, produce and merchandise. Grab something to eat, sit down and enjoy live music in the food court. Very family-friendly. Visit

Brushes & Beer
Ballast Point Scripps Ranch
invites aspiring artist-beer drinkers for a special Brushes and Beer class on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. Guests will receive a canvas, all painting materials, creative guidance and a taster flight of beer. The cost is $45 per person. To reserve a spot, email

Ballast Point Scripps Ranch is located at 10051 Old Grove Road.


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