National Day of Unplugging (NDU) has announced its 11th year series of Unplugged Events, beginning, Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7, 2020. Over the past decade, NDU has been at the forefront of the movement to educate people about the dangers involved with over-reliance on technology–especially as it pertains to handheld devices.
Event – To kick off NDU, Friday, March 6 th , starting at 3pm, La Mesa Village will be hosting a fun, free
event at the Farmers Market where kids can hunt for a stuffed rooster named Rodney, shop with
Rodney Bucks, try cooking, do garden crafts, try healthy foods, type on a typewriter and play games.
Often known for its wild Oktoberfest, La Mesa is gaining a reputation for its colorful weekly Farmers
Market where life slows down and the community comes alive. Kids come to hunt for Rodney Rooster
and are rewarded for unplugging and trying healthy foods. The weekly kid count (Rodney Finders) has
grown from 15 to over 70 in 3 months. “The idea took off immediately” says Claudia Erickson, Founder
of the Unplugged Village who runs the weekly events. What was going to be a one time a month deal,
turned into a weekly occurrence as kids were so excited and the community got behind it. “It’s a simple
idea. This is a safe place where kids can be unplugged and have a little adventure each week.”
What’s good for the kids, is apparently also very good for business. Hunter DePolo, a vendor from
Behneman Family Farms, jokingly says he wants to tattoo the Rooster on his arm as a tribute, because
his sales have doubled in recent weeks when he hosts Rodney. Hunter enjoys the sales and also
helping families spend time together and reduce screen time usage. The amount of smartphone users
worldwide has reached 3.5 billion. According to recent studies, the average smartphone user taps,
swipes or clicks their phone 2617 times per day, with most starting immediately when they wake up.
The entire town of La Mesa is getting onboard–Mayor Mark Arapostathis is presenting a Proclamation
for NDU. “As the Mayor and a school teacher I applaud and support the efforts of programs like
‘Unplugged Village’ designed to create designated times and places when students, parents and
families can unplug and spend time with each other”.
In addition to the Market event, people can unplug at Public Square Coffee House, La Mesa Wine Works or catch the movie Screenagers Next Chapter (dealing with social media, mental health and resilience) on March 4. Get free tickets HERE.
The Farmers Market event is being supported by Tracey Rivera-of State Farm Insurance and Cardenas Internal Medicine. "In recent years, brands have spent billions of marketing dollars on digital advertising designed to keep us clicking and scrolling. It is nice to see these local businesses now supporting families spending less time on mobile devices and engaging in the community IRL (in real life)." says Kim Anenberg Cavallo, who leads the NDU team.
California Wine Festival, Southern California’s premier wine festival event producer, is thrilled to announce its 2020 event schedule featuring four signature oceanfront wine festivals and a craft beer and barbeque event.
California Wine Festival celebrates the vast wine offerings of the state, offering guests a unique opportunity to taste wines from every winemaking region in California all from a stunning outdoor venue with ocean views, live music, and delicious food. The event shines a light on rare and reserve vintages as well as fan-favorite pours from vineyards based in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Temecula and more. The two-day festival also highlights culinary education and exploration through one-on-one conversations with world-class professional chefs from leading local restaurants serving complimentary appetizers. Guests can also pair wine with samples of artisan cheeses, fresh-cut fruits, bread, olive oil, chocolate and more while listening to live music and enjoying the coastal California landscape.
In addition to its signature wine-focused events, California Wine Festival also produces CA Brew & BBQ, an all-day celebration of beers and barbeque in Santa Barbara overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastes from over 50 breweries, cideries and wineries while sampling tri-tip from Santa Barbara’s best restaurants competing for the title of Best BBQ. Soulful reggae band One2Tree and Santa Barbara’s own alt-rock band Neighbourhood Thieves will be performing live.
CA Wine Festival Dana Point — April 17-18
April 17: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Laguna CliffsMarriott
April 18: Beachside Wine Festival, Lantern Bay Park
Tickets available now.
CA Wine Festival Carlsbad — May 29-30
May 29: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Park Hyatt Aviara Palm Courtyard
Mary 30: Beachside Wine Festival, Park Hyatt Aviara Tennis Lawn
Tickets available starting February 15.
CA Wine Festival Santa Barbara — July 17-18
July 17: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Chase Palm Park Carousel House
July 18: Beachside Wine Festival, Chase Palm Park Oceanside
Tickets available starting April 1.
CA Brew & BBQ — September 26
Beachside Wine Festival, Chase Palm Park Oceanside
Tickets available starting July 1.
CA Wine Festival Huntington Beach at Paséa Hotel — November 6-7
November 6: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Paséa Hotel & Spa
November 7: Beachside Wine Festival, Paséa Hotel & Spa
Tickets available starting July 1.
California Wine Festival is a 21+ event. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit CalifoniaWineFestival.com.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA WINE FESTIVAL:
California Wine Festival celebrates the fine wines and culinary offerings of California. A nationally recognized event series, California Wine Festival aims to bring attention to the beautiful wines, foods, and landscapes of California. Founded in 2004 in Santa Barbara, California Wine Festival is proud to be one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state and strives to be a green event producer. In 2019, 90% of the waste from the festivals was diverted from the landfill. A for-profit organization whose mission includes giving back, California Wine Festival has helped raise awareness and funds for local California charities including the Foodbank of Santa Barbara, Surfrider Foundation, and more. CalifoniaWineFestival.com
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) will host the 2019 North American Tree Climbing Championship (NATCC) October 11 — 13, 2019 at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif.
NATCC provides an opportunity for the best professional climbing arborists, men and women, from across the continent to compete and showcase new tree climbing techniques and equipment. This is a unique opportunity to see a sporting event like no other.“It is the only competition in the world where you will find fellow competitors coaching and cheering on their competition,” said John Gauthier, the event head judge. As head judge, Gauthier is responsible for making final decisions on any rule discrepancies during the event.
The competition is free and open to the general public. Throughout the event, professional arborists will compete in a series of challenges showcasing skill, technique and athleticism while emphasizing the importance of safety and proper tree care. “It is important to our industry to highlight the latest techniques and safety in today’s arboriculture practices and tree care,” Gauthier said.
Additionally, there will be an Arbor Fair and a host of vendor booths for the public to enjoy. Arbor Fair is an educational and fun event for the public that focuses on environmental issues and promoting proper tree care. Attendees can stop by the “Ask an Arborist” booth for expert advice, find info about the latest equipment from participating sponsors, sample local food truck fare, watch the “What Trees Give Us”
show attend informational exhibits and more. Children can participate in the Kids’ Fun Climb with simulated limb walking exercises and tree climbing activities. The tree climbing championship is guaranteed to entertain everyone.
“This great event educates the public on what arborists do and how we do it — it’s a very dangerous profession, but the work can be done safely,” said Philip Ruiz, the NATCC chairperson.
For more information about NATCC or Arbor Fair, please visit http://www.itcc-isa.com.
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a nonprofit organization supporting tree care research and education around the world. To promote the importance of arboriculture, ISA manages the consumer education web site, www.treesaregood.org, which fulfills the association’s mission to help educate the public about the importance and value of proper tree care.
Also, as part of ISA’s dedication to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees, it offers the only internationally-recognized certification program
in the industry.
California’s premier annual Hispanic food and beverage industry trade show next takes place October 26-27, 2019 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, featuring tasting booth, workshops, and keynote.
Register to attend on October 26-27 12:00-4:00 pm. Ticket includes entrance to the event, workshops, keynote address, and all food, beverage, wine, beer, and spirits tastings.
This is a must attend event for buyers that are seeking to meet independent brands and stay on top of trends in Hispanic food and beverage. Also for food and beverage brands who want to meet buyers and secure new distribution deals, network with peers, and engage with vendors and deepen their overall education.
Buyers, distributors, and brokers all over the U.S. and Mexico attend the Comida ¡EXPO!. Senior decision-makers also attend this business trade show to expand their business knowledge and accelerate corporate growth.
Join us for only one day or both days, and take your company to the next level.
To buy tickets for only $10 50% discount) use code HEYDO, www.comidaexpo.com/