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Tea like a dragonfly ride through the African bush

“Juicy brightness dapples your palate like light filtering through a poppy parasol.”

Ice skating for tweens and teens

Put the boredom on ice

“Word has it that the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa is the ‘it’ spot for tweens and teens on Friday nights.”

A flurry of ski and snowboard rental deals

The school offers a stationary carpeted slope and a revolving carpet to help practice skills off the snow.

Don’t let your kid grow up fat

When baby fat isn’t baby fat

“We made butternut squash mac ’n’ cheese, with squash substituting for cream. The kids were blown away.”

Citify your New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve festivities in the Kelly home bounce between ringing in the year at private house parties to lounging at home with appetizers, drinks, and movies. “We’ve never done the Downtown NYE party scene, ...

A live wreath to go with your live tree

From succulents to air plants, living holiday wreaths grow on you.

“There’s an ocean-themed wreath that uses starfish instead of poinsettias. It looks very cool.”

Get your Christmas tree on

Annual high point for inner lumberjacks

You can choose and cut your own tree, or if you are not feeling your inner lumberjack, the farm will cut your tree for you.

Where to get your cracked iPhone screen repaired

I have joined the clumsy throng: I have cracked my iPhone screen. “I got into this by learning to fix my own phone,” said Dakota Claussen of Quick Fix Tech Repair downtown (619-702-8071; quickfixtechrepair.com). “Then ...

Solar-powered pilgrims dancing in the sunlight

“I’m a fan of subtle home decorating for the holidays,” offered pal Nancy. “Just not into plastic pilgrims and strobe-lit pumpkins. Thanksgiving in our home is pumpkins hollowed out and filled with succulents, tall clear ...

Healthy meals right to your door

“I might make a lasagna that uses vegetables instead of pasta noodles.”

Not gummy worms or gummy sharks or gummy frogs or gummy penguins...

Tough judgment at the gummy bear taste-test table.

“Gummy bears have a magical light-capturing quality to them that makes people smile.”

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