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2015 – Year of the Yin Wood Sheep

By Karen Abler-Carrasco

 

Finally!  Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. The galloping horse comes home to rest and transform into a quiet sheep, grazing within the comfortable bounds of her beloved flock.  Is anyone a little saddle sore? Longing for a warm, scented bath, a home-cooked meal and some quiet time in a soft bed?  Good news, everyone, the gentle, generous Sheep Year is here to provide that!

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The speeding Yang Wood Horse Year of 2014 brought both invigorating new growth and disturbing upheaval to the terrain of our lives.  Many outdated structures and beliefs got trampled, while fresh alternatives and daring choices beckoned on the horizon.  Most of us endured some uprooting of old routines or even radical shifts in the direction we thought we were headed prior to riding that wild horse.  Some of us spontaneously jumped into new work and play, some of us coped with unexpected or uncomfortable lifestyle shifts, and some of us just sat by the continuous stream of change to wait for calmer waters.

That slower pace is with us this year.  On February 18th, 2015, we begin the Yin Wood Sheep Year.  This year, the exuberant upward and outward propulsion of Yang Wood will reverse itself and turn downward and inward in its Yin form, allowing us to catch our breath, find our footing and take the time we need to adjust to the budding new life being offered.   This year, Yin Wood will offer deep roots into our innermost selves, where the essential nourishment of personal comfort and security reside.

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The qualities of Yin Wood perfectly complement the characteristics of the sheep. The sheep is a generous, patient, peaceful creature, who seeks to live in continuous harmony among family, friends and beauty.  In the wheel of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, the sheep is considered to be the most feminine sign. The sheep seeks her own quiet pastures and flock, where all are safe, familiar and settled in mutual support.  The sheep year is the time for healing and mending, nurturing and tending.  Whatever has been disturbed, wounded, left unfinished or out of place can be more easily brought back into harmony this year, and the very process of doing so will bring fulfillment and grace.

 

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The sheep’s power lies in knowing herself clearly and deeply, and accepting and forgiving all perceived flaws in self and others. With her open-hearted dedication to the goodness of life, the sheep character, with kind and patient persuasion rather than strident demands, always gets what she desires. For us, this means the year’s power lies in nurturing our ties within our friendship circles, our local economies, and our inner psyches. This year, the I Ching would counsel us to practice “Modesty,” and get our tender egos out of the way. When we do so, without becoming subservient, we become the ultimate Yin, or “Receptive,” and the entire universe can align for everyone’s highest good. Trust that it will… and it will.

This year’s most vibrant chi is accessed by calmly focusing on the finer details of one’s immediate environment. It is a perfect year for feng shui! Raise your energy by eliminating those things that are less than excellent, be it a chipped mug, faded artwork or uncomfortable furniture. Practice the art of graceful living. Find the most economical and efficient ways to accomplish your daily tasks and give them your full attention. There is a refined elegance, and more leisure, in living simply. This year, the little things in life are really going to support the big things.

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The sheep is more of a follower than a leader. She relies on her friends to protect her interests.  As such, the sheep year’s financial energies are rather fluid, with a tendency to be overly charitable for philanthropic causes.  Set some wise, but not miserly, boundaries on expenditures, then trust that you will be provided all that is needed for you. Be gracious and compassionate with both money and energy this year.

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It is also an important year to transform and refine your language, which is one of the main constructors of reality.  Keep it kind, sincere, tolerant, and positive.  The sheep is all about constant, precise and insightful communication with those around her, as everyone’s best survival depends upon it. Raise your lifestyle’s tonality as well, to vibrate in a more refined and elegant way, perhaps through giving music, art and Nature more opportunity to influence your inner and outer environments.

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Above all, relax. When we match the year’s energies with our actions — taking time for the small pleasures of life, turning within, becoming soft, paying attention to the people around us and offering them simple kindness — we will be supplied with the energy we need. By aligning our behaviors with the year’s chi, we create space to welcome it in and amplify it, to make it real.

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This is a year of gentle persuasions, frivolous delights (within the budget) and the subtle sensuality of all things feminine. Open your heart to the delight of receiving more love from everywhere and everyone. Let the glow of this love, for self and others gently grow and radiate outward, supported on all sides with the safety of a loving community, the comfort of a healthy home, and the lush beauty that springs from being grounded in Mother Nature and the great feminine principles. The Yin Wood Sheep year humbly offers us this guidance: create blissful peace in your home and your Self and you will light the way for others to follow.

sheep power

 

 

Alley Art Festival

The city of Vista is hosting a compilation of unique and avant-garde art expressions. showing us a their open-mindedness towards gritty innovative urban culture.

alley art festivalThe event runs all day and into the night on Saturday September 13th in downtown Vista

The inaugural Alley Art Festival alley art street dance
will be an interactive art and culture experience,
featuring: slam poetry, graffiti,
urban art, steampunk, cosplay contest,
“Alley Art Man” sculpture installation, “hands on” art,
and the chance for everyone to contribute
to a live alley art mural painting.

This is a free event for guests of all ages.

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http://www.alleyartfestival.com

alley art fashion showalley art cosplayFashion show at 3:00 and cosplay contest

Come support the arts in Vista

Whales, Dolphins, Music

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Southern Californians, How much do you love our beaches? the beautiful pacific? Our beloved dolphins and whales ?  How can you and I support  and protect what we love and enjoy so much?  Well, a viewing of a documentary “The Transparentsea Voyage” has a final showing in San Diego  August 23rd & 24th will definitely guide you in the right direction.

Following the marine mammals that traverse our seas and communicate through sound & song, The Transparentsea Voyage takes the viewer on a sensory journey behind the making of 23 songs in 23 days all while exploring by sea and land, one of the most populated coastlines in the world, Southern California…

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http://transparentseamovie.com/

The Transparentsea Voyage highlights the efforts of a group of athletes, musicians, celebrities and artists on a campaign aimed at focusing attention on coastal environmental issues. Witness the trip unfold through the creation of song as this “behind the music” look at focused activism offers an insight into how a deeper connection to our planet changed and educated the participants involved as well as those that followed the journey from around the world.

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Experience the voyage from start to finish as the crew traced the southern migration of the California Grey & Blue Whale from Santa Barbara to the US Border in six tandem kayaks.

Directed: By Justin Krumb

Starring: Dave Rastovich, Shannon Sol Carroll, OJ Newcomb, Chris Del Moro, Isabel Lucas, Angus Stone, Will Conner, Howie Cooke

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An opportunity to spread awareness about coastal issues through art, music and film

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-transparentsea-voyage

 

Music Band of frequencies  members: Shannon Sol Carroll, OJ ‘The Juice’ Newcomb, Mark Henman & Andrew Szumowski     https://www.facebook.com/bandoffrequencies

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This weekend showing at:

Birds Surf Shed

1091 W Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA,   92110

7:00pm, 9:00pm

S4C Benefit Screening

With special guests Chris Del Moro, Howie Cooke and Band of Frequencies

Raffle

Silent Auction

Live performance BOF’s and friends

Q and A with Director and Cast following the film

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 Together we can make a difference

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a salt water collective

a surfrider foundation

SUMMERFEST 2014

Looking for something  to do this Saturday night?

Vista Optimist Foundation presents it’s annual SummerFest fundraiser to support local youth

A lovely  evening of  Food, Wine, Beer, Music  & Art Show

Vista Optimist 2014 Summerfest

The Vista Optimist Club’s SummerFest 2014 taking place on August 9, 2014 from 5:30-10:30 pm at the Club’s 600 Optimist Way facility will add a new dimension to its popular fundraiser : an Art Show coordinated by ArtBeat on Main Street. ArtBeat owner Kait Matthews says the partnership meshes well with her co-op gallery’s intent to give back to the community.  The Optimist Club of Vista brings community, culture and art together, for a great cause, so this event is a perfect fit.

Check out the wineries, breweries and plenty of delicious tastings offered this year

SummerFest Featured Wineries

Cougar Vineyard and Winery, Rosatello Constellation Brands, Roadrunner Ridge Winery, Woof ‘n Rose Winery, Schlossadler International Wines, Fre-Be, Wiens Family Cellars, Monte De Oro Winery, Revel Wine

SummerFest Featured Vodka St. Petersburg, Svedka

Featured Breweries

Iron Fist, Belching Beaver, Ballast Point, Sierra Nevada, Indian Joe’s Brewery, Mother Earth, Firestone Brewery, Beer Brewing Company, Karl Strauss, Back Street Brewery, Booze Brothers, Stone Brewery, Latitude 33

SummerFest Featured Tequila, Tequila Fortaleza

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SummerFest for Foodies Green Dragon Tavern, Ignite Bistro and Wine Bar, Dewberry’s Catering Service, Surf Brothers Teriyaki, Famous Daves, Feliccia’s Italian Restaurant and Deli, Mrs. Taco, Mama n Papa’s Pizza Grotto, Chili Coast Burgers, Souplantation, Lush Coffee and Tea, Slater’s 50/50, Pei King Wok, Niko’s Steak Burgers and Greek Food, Chef DK, Rossi’s Pizza, Vista Way Café, Sushi Café, Elephant Bar, Jersey Mike’s Subs

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 A big thank you to the SummerFest Sponsors

Exagen Diagnostics   Avise Test   Opus Bank

Industrial Strength      Regents Bank     San Luis Rey Towing

Modern Builders Supply     Edco   Pickering Insurance Services

Vista Entertainment Center    Tri Staff Group

Optimist Club of Vista

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Info on the Vista Optimists and Summerfest 2014

is at www.vistaoptimist.org/summerfest.html.

Make a wish

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Join students and staff of Vista Unified School District, the city of Vista, and the rest of our community as we raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego….. to give big and make wishes come true for 3 special local kids http://vbg2014.blogspot.com/
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I love Vista!

Talented Students of Art

Vusd artThe 10th annual VUSD Festival of the Arts will feature art booths from every campus in the Vista Unified School District, as well as performances by more than 20 student groups performing on three outdoor stages. The festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, will be staged on Main Street, which will be blocked off in front of the Krikorian movie theater, according to founding organizer Anne Fennell, a teacher at Mission Vista High School.

Fennell said last year’s event had more than 1,000 pieces of student art on display and drew a crowd of more than 5,000. She’s hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

The highlight will be a choir performance at 12:30 p.m. featuring more than 300 students from different campuses. Among the scheduled groups are middle and high school jazz and folkloric dance troupes, show bands, a steel drum ensemble, the Drumming Dragons, guitar and wind ensembles, choirs and theater troupes. pam.kragen@utsandiego.com

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What a great way to enjoy a beautiful Saturday in October while supporting our local youth. Have fun! Deborah

ENDLESS SUMMER FEST

This Saturday Night, more than 700 people including business owners and community leaders attend this annual event.  A great summer evening of delicious local food, wineries, breweries, socializing, auction and music at the beautiful Optimist Club of Vista. Taste what Vista has to offer this summer while supporting our local youth, a very worthy cause. Get your tickets today!

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Wine Tasting

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I had the pleasure of attending a private wine tasting at the beautiful Vista home of Lynne Clarke and her husband John Katopodis.  Both of whom are in the industry.  Lynne is a level one sommelier and national sales director in the hotel channel for Jackson Family Fine Wines.  John is a Regional Manager for Justin & Landmark Vineyards

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The evening started with John serving a Solletico Prosecco from Italy aperitif on the veranda while we enjoyed the stunning views of Vista

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We then moved inside for the tasting of 6 lovely wines

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Lynne’s presentation was interactive, informational and fun.

We tasted each wine on its own and then with various proteins, sauces, fruit, cheese, nuts and chocolate. Each of us learning, while enjoying the interactions of wine and food , how our palates (and Lynne) guided us through the best pairing combinations.

Here are some of my notes: bear with me, as they got shorter as I moved on to each glass of vino

The Whites…..

Kendall- Jackson Riesling 2011 Great with salads because of the viscosity. Deep gold color with great acidity. Always a citrus and apple notes. Good for cleansing the palette

Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Light in color, clean herbaceous notes (think fresh cut hay), and flavors of grapefruit and granny smith apple. High acidity. Pairs well with shrimp, oysters, fresh fish, calamari, olives and feta cheese.  Comes from the beautiful Matanzas Creek Winery surrounded by acres of spa & culinary grade lavender fields.

Kendall -Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2010 A most versatile wine with long finish. Balanced oak, butterscotch and caramel notes present in this Chardonnay.  This wine is wonderful with lobster, capresse’ salad, parmesan cheese, and even brown gravies with caramelized onions.

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On to the reds….

Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 a nice light red burgundy, garnet color. Good earthy smell. This is a good food wine and goes with many dishes, lamb, veal, and salmon. Don’t skimp pay good money for Pinot Noir; the grapes grow good on the coast.

Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 dark color, notes of cherry and clove. This is a perfect match with a rib eye steak, burgers or meat pizza.  Also, pairs really well with marinara sauce touched with parmesan cheese, and dark chocolate.

Murphy-Goode Liars Dice Zinfandel 2009 blueberry and blackberry under notes. Pairs well with turkey, barbeque, raspberry chipotle sauce, brown sauces, raspberries and chocolate.

table of friends21Tannin = the pucker, dry sensation you feel after a taste

The perfect temperature for storing red wine is 56 – 58 degrees

A good time was had by all, if you ever have the chance, I highly recommend a tasting event with friends.

This weekend

Nighttime

This is the last weekend to enjoy the

Moonlight Stage Production of

 “South Pacific”

under the stars

at the moonlight amphitheatre located at Brengle Terrace Park

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“A fantastic cast and performance!”

Daytime

Christmas in July

Saturday, July 13th, and Sunday, July   14th, 2013.   The fair hours for the public are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. and   will once again be held under the trees on the beautiful grounds of the   historic Mission San Luis Rey Parish.  Our address is 4070 Mission Ave,   Oceanside, CA 92057.

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An annual shopping extravaganza, Christmas in July   draws thousands of people each year. Offering handmade arts and craft items  by over 150 artisans.

The Wave water park is in full summer swing!

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Have a great weekend!

4th of July

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Celebrate Independence Day in grand Vista style. Festivities will be held at the Moonlight Amphitheatre within Brengle Terrace Park. Events include live music, the Light Up the Night Dinner, and one of the biggest fireworks displays in San Diego County!

Entertainment Schedule

  4:00 pm: Moonlight Amphitheatre opens

 5:30-7:00 pm: American Piano Show Starring Linda Gentille on the Moonlight stage

7:30-10:00 pm The Heroes on the Moonlight stage

9:00 pm: Fireworks

Light Up the  Night Dinner

  Served by the Artisan Café and prepared by Chef DK Catering, the BBQ Buffet menu includes: smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, BBQ chicken, baked beans, green salad, potato salad, jalapeño corn bread, and dessert. Veggie burgers are also available.

  Tickets are $60 for adults; $40 for children ten-years and younger. Table seating for eight available for $450. All tickets include premium table seating, VIP parking, the BBQ buffet, admission into the Amphitheatre, and the best views of the fireworks display. Reservations must be made by June 20 by calling 760.726.1340, ext. 1144 or 1147.

Seating begins at 5:00 pm with dinner service beginning at 6:00 pm.

Information to Know

Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted inside the Moonlight Amphitheatre. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought inside the Amphitheatre. Beer and wine will be sold at the Artisan Café within the Amphitheatre. For more information on the alcohol policy please click here.    The Artisan Café will be open during the festivities serving an assortment of patriotic fare, snacks, and beverages.

Admission

$5 admission per person to the Amphitheatre (*  Children five and under are free)   $15 for parking at Brengle Terrace Park   $30 for recreational vehicle parking at Brengle Terrace Park

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