Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, Max Mara and Versace are among the leading luxury retailers and designers to be showcased on September 20 when The Country Friends presents the 2018 Art of Fashion in partnership with South Coast Plaza. The runway show also will include the latest looks from the fall/winter collections of Bally, Escada, M Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, The Webster and Weekend Max Mara.
Feel the ocean breeze as you enjoy delectable food, an open bar and dancing under the stars to live music at the first annual Del Mar Dance for Diabetes on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Del Mar Plaza. The event is hosted by the Diabetes Research Connection (DRC) and will feature music and dancing from Encore Event Entertainment, including a fun silent dance party to close the night.
Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) is best known for their premier residential services for individuals diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability. Managing 31 community based residential homes, they care for over 150 residents around the clock. Residents range in ages from 12 to 84, live in comfortable neighborhood-based homes, and receive 24-hour care based on individual levels of need. HGH has been committed to providing quality community support and critical housing for children, men and women for over 51 years. Initiated by a group of ambitious East County leaders, HGH has evolved from a single 14-acre campus, to a provider of a full spectrum of services to more than 3,200 infants, adolescents and adults throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. To be eligible for services, individuals must have a primary diagnosis of a developmental and/or intellectual disability such as Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy or epilepsy.
Gordon Kovtun found his calling early in life. While on walks with his mother in downtown San Diego in his youth, Gordon was awestruck by people in hard hats acting as maestros among towering cranes, orchestrating the vitalization of the city’s core. As new tourists and residents transformed the small beach town into one of America’s largest cities in the 60s and 70s, the wizardry behind construction captivated his mind.
“My four kids all slept on one full-sized bed and I slept next to them, until we got the phone call that an apartment was available. That was a really, really happy day for us,” shared Marisol Avina-Perkins, who now lives at MAAC’s Laurel Tree Apartments in Carlsbad with her family. “It is so comforting to have a place of our own to call home!”
Each year more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely, many with serious health issues. As overwhelmed families struggle with the terrifying uncertainties and prolonged stays in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), they often find themselves faced with unexpected difficulties. Since 2009, Miracle Babies has provided financial and emotional support to families with critically ill babies in the NICU. By removing some of the financial barriers to visitation such as transportation and child care, families are united in the NICU and the babies receive the nutrition and physical contact they so desperately need. The emotional support provided by Miracle Babies includes care bags for all families and “Miracle Hours” for parents to escape the isolation of the NICU, participate in a craft project, and enjoy a catered meal. This year, Miracle Babies will provide nearly 700 families with direct financial assistance, host dozens of “Miracle Hours”, and deliver approximately 2,000 care bags to NICUs in 14 local hospitals.
People have always been fascinated by what happens during Night at the Museum.
San Diego residents are familiar with The New Children’s Museum downtown as an engaging and educational place to immerse children in art and the creative process. What people may not know is what happens after the Museum closes. The Museum has become an increasingly popular and creative venue for corporate events, weddings, proms and school dances, bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras and evening cocktail parties.
Forty former foster youth and chaperones returned from a four-day, three-night college and career trip to San Francisco, thanks to Southwest Airlines. The youth are a part of the Promises2Kids’ Junior Guardian Scholars program.
One group of students explored various colleges and universities including: UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, San Francisco State, UC Berkeley, Skyline Community College and Alameda Community College. Another group of students also had the chance to tour the Google and Airbnb headquarters to explore different career opportunities.
One in five members of our community are full-time caregivers for a family member, and many have to leave their jobs to provide that care. These are unsung heroes in our community. One such example is Gabriel. Gabriel’s primary caregiver growing up was Jose, his grandfather, his abuelito. Jose was kind, generous and taught him many important things about life and family. As a young man, Gabriel joined the Marines and served our country. Upon returning home he realized the man who had once cared for him was now in need of full-time care. That is when he stepped in and became his grandfather’s primary caregiver.