Out & About

Bug season

Get your spiny lobster limit starting October 1

This October first, a lot of divers and boaters will enter the ocean in the dark during the first hours of the month with one thing in mind: lobster. When you hear “lobster,” most think ...

Birds on the brain, in the sky, and, thirdly, up close

Where to see your fine-feathered friends

My ten-year-old has birds on the brain ever since she got a pet parakeet, and she’s eager to see some that don’t live in cages. Natalie at Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Del Mar ...

It’s tough to spot a drunk boater

Certification course covers boating law and navigation, to specifics on hunting, skiing, and fishing.

California’s waters can get crowded. Just ask any sportfishing captain chasing yellowfin these days. The sportfishing fleet electronics and chumming only inspires private boaters to shadow them. A few of the sportfishers have been known ...

Dine like a revolutionary

See an actual Sam Adams signature while drinking a Sam Adams beer

On the rare occasion David and I make a trek to Carlsbad, it’s usually to go to the European restaurant and store Tip Top Meats (primarily for products by the Hungarian brand, Bende, which is ...

Amphibious assault in Oceanside

Stand-up paddleboarding has exploded since 2003

The U.S. military developed their amphibious vehicle known as the Landing Vehicle Tracked, or LVT, in the 1930s. The first two LVT prototypes were dubbed the Alligator and the Crocodile (even though neither is an ...

Date night suggestions

Here are some cheap or free (but fun) options

Bills need to be paid, the kids need to eat, and the bank account is light after a round of expensive dentistry for the family. (If booze is the number-one curse of the Irish, bad ...

Rise above plastics

Surfirider Foundation hosts discussion

Since the mid-1980s, we have read of plastics in the ocean. Most of the plastics found are tiny particles that are consumed and passed through the food chain. Larger pieces of plastic, such as grocery ...

Labor Day Pier Swim, since 1929

86 Labor Days and counting

The modern version of Oceanside Pier was completed in 1987, some 99 years after the first structure jutting into the sea was erected on the spot in 1888. Through the late 1800s and early 1900s, ...

Seagoing action

San Marcos Middle School students head to Birch Aquarium

On a gray day in May, a group of San Marcos Middle School girls and other visitors gathered in the Birch Aquarium galleria to try something that had not been done at the aquarium before: ...

Sing Street and Kan-Kan rock Chula Vista Library

Movie and mini-concert on Wednesday, September 14

The last time Ralph DeLauro brought movies and music to the lives of his followers was at a screening of The Wrecking Crew held last November at the Central Library. It was one of the ...

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