July 2015 Around Town

July 4th at the Fair

What better place to spend Independence Day than at the San Diego County Fair? Highlighting the day will be the traditional fireworks display at approximately 9 p.m. The fireworks display is visible throughout the Fairgrounds, so as long as you’re outside, there’s no better place to watch. The day begins with a patriotic Opening Ceremony at about 9:30 a.m. at the O’Brien Gate. 

July 16th is Opening Day at the Races

More than 40,000+ race fans are expected to attend what’s defined as one of the most fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities in the west: Opening Day at Del Mar. This day is not only about big bets and fast horses, but celebrating the season in style. Fashion-minded guests may participate in Del Mar’s annual tradition, the Opening Day Hat Contest, where entrants compete for cash prizes and judged on creativity and style.

Looking for an exclusive Opening Day experience? Join The Party for a day of style, sun, live music and action at the seaside oval.

Del Mar Schools Education Foundation: Full STEAM Ahead

The Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF) raises money to fund specialists to help Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) students reach their fullest intellectual, social and creative potential. Through exploration, experimentation and creativity, this curriculum provides the hands-on experience that extends beyond the classroom and prepares tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. STEAM Plus educates in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math, plus physical well being. Donate today to support local schools. ETapestry.com/hosted/DelMarSchoolsEducationFoun/OnlineDonation.html


San Diego has seen record rainfall over the past few months, however officials are warning we are still in drought status. You can still landscape in a savvy way and protect the environment by partnering with Eco Minded Solutions. They have some smart landscaping tips: If you want to reduce maintenance and water usage while improving drainage and plant health, you may be interested in an Eco Minded Solutions Irrigation System for your home. Some of best plant options for dealing with the drought include plant materials that are native to the area and that stay compact. Tree varieties such as the Carolina laurel and the African sumac need very little water and are eye-catching specimens. Shrubs that work well in dry areas include agaves, dymondia and salvias.  For added color in drought-touched areas, the California lilac and California poppy are excellent examples of native plants that thrive in low-water areas. For more information, EcoMindedSolutions.com or 858.314.3798. 

Wine and Wishes

Wine & Wishes is a premier wine and food tasting event that benefits Wish Kids in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Save the date for this year’s event: Sunday, July 26. Each year, more than 400 VIP guests gather in support of the Make-A-Wish mission: To grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, guests, California’s finest wineries and San Diego’s best restaurants, Wine & Wishes is a major fundraiser for Make-A-Wish San Diego.

Del Mar Foundation: Young Del Mar-Enriching the Lives of our Young Residents

Young Del Mar provides memory-making family events and activities for the Del Mar community. Their events and activities include the annual 4th of July Parade, Easter Egg Hunt and Spooktacular Beach Bonfire. They also offer Toddler Playgroups, special cultural events like Trip to the Tropics, and events for parents including Parents’ Night Out social gatherings and a Parenting Workshop Series. For more information: DelmarFoundation.org/children.html.

Del Mar Art Center Photo Contest

Del Mar Lifestyle and Del Mar Art Center are partnering on a photo contest this summer!  Mike Orenich has been a staff photographer for MOPA (Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego) where he is also a long time docent. He also teaches photography from beginner to advanced courses, classroom and private.

How to join Mike’s Seminar:

Download entry form by using the 
following link: EntryForm

Fill in form and mail along with your 
check for $49.95 made 
out to DMAC to:

Del Mar Art Center

PO Box 2912

Del Mar, CA 92014

or drop off at DMAC Gallery 

at the Del Mar Plaza, suite 314. 

Tues – Sunday 11AM – 6PM


[1] All entrees must be 18 years or older.

[2] Seminar and Competition fee
non- refundable

[3] Competition theme will 
be announced at seminar.

[4] Competition winner will be selected by 
Del Mar Lifestyle Magazine staff.

Send your questions to:

A Fair to Remember Savings

The 2015 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|VONS, is once again offering a great way to save money with the Passport to Savings, a coupon book filled with more than 100 coupons and $1,000 in savings on Fair admission, food, concerts, carnival rides, games and much more.

From your favorite deep-fried foods and carnival rides to San Diego Padres tickets and free Yogurtland soft-serve yogurt, this coupon book contains the best deals at the Fair in and San Diego County. The Passport to Savings sells for $5 during the Fair at Admission ticket booths, gift shops and Passport to Savings booths. Buy your Passport to Savings online at SDFair.com for a 20 percent discount and to enter in a weekly sweepstakes of a $50 gas card (no purchase necessary). 

Each Passport to Savings book includes a voucher to “Spin to Win” at one of four Passport to Savings prize wheels during the San Diego County Fair (no purchase necessary). Prizes include free Fair food, free games, Knott’s Berry Farm tickets, Combo Packs to Belmont Park and much more.