Being the Change, Firefly Dreams, California's Fallen Soldiers, Vista Strawberry Festival, Poe Ballantine

Events May 24-30, 2018

Tucking in at the Vista Strawberry Festival
  • Tucking in at the Vista Strawberry Festival

Thursday | 24


Peter Kalmus

Peter Kalmus

Past Event

Peter Kalmus: Being the Change

  • Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Warwick's Bookstore, 7812 Girard Avenue, San Diego
  • Free

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution is written by Peter Kalmus, an atmospheric scientist at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The book delves into Kalmus’ experience, which enabled him to cut his fossil fuel use to 1/10th of the average American, while raising a family in a typical California suburb.

Friday | 25

Firefly Dreams

Firefly Dreams

Past Event

Firefly Dreams (2001)


This Japanese film tells the story of a troubled teenager sent to the country for the summer. There, she is asked to care for an aging neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease. The friendship that develops highlights the importance — for both parties — of taking people as they are now. Film introductions and Q+A moderation by Mario D. Garrett, Professor of Gerontology at San Diego State University.

Saturday | 26

Fallen Soldiers exhibit

Fallen Soldiers exhibit

Past Event

Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival


The Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival will feature an exhibit, Fallen Soldiers of California, which has toured other cities in the state. The photo memorial includes military and personal photos. The festival includes live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendors, and carnival rides.

Sunday | 27

Past Event

Vista Strawberry Festival


Vista was the strawberry capital of the world in the 1960s and 1970s. There were daily shipments to Europe and Asia. Reportedly, some Dutch thought strawberries from Vista were a different fruit because the were so large. Vista now hosts of San Diego County’s only celebration of the strawberry. Live entertainment, local craft brews, food, carnival rides, contests, 400 vendors, some selling strawberry desserts, food, crafts. Contests include Little Ms. Strawberry Shortcake, strawberry costume, Strawberry Idol, pie-eating.

Tuesday | 29

Poe Ballantine

Poe Ballantine

Dave Janetta

Past Event

Author Poe Ballantine

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 7 p.m.
  • Book Catapult, 3010-B Juniper Street, San Diego


Part of Whirlaway’s plot: Eddie Plum, who insists he’s been unjustifiably committed to a California psychiatric hospital, manages to escape. He holes up on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean owned by his wealthy but unsympathetic father. There he meets Sweets the telepathic dog, laments the loss of Sofia, his madhouse lover, and plays the horses at the Del Mar Racetrack. Eventually, he meets up with an old friend, Shelly Hubbard, a fellow horseplayer who tells him about his brother, Donny, dead at the age of eighteen from a tragic dive off a thirty-foot La Jolla sea cliff known as The Clam.

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