Westwind Brass Announces Concert Series ‘Brass in the Park’ at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

 

The Westwind Brass, San Diego’s Premier Professional Brass Ensemble, and Ensemble-in-Residence at the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Music and Dance, announces their exciting interactive Concert Series entitled: ‘Brass in the Park’ at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park  2115 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101.

The Westwind Brass Ensemble, includes Elizabeth Howard, John Wilds and Karl Soukup (trumpets), Barry Toombs (horn), Eric Starr (trombone) and Bryan Smith (tuba).

The Westwind Brass Ensemble Courtesy Photo: Left to right: Dr. Eric Starr, Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Howard, Barry Toombs, John Wilds & Karl Soukup

 

“After more than 32 years, Westwind Brass Ensemble remains committed to serving the diverse communities that make up this great city of San Diego.  We pledge to serve not only the San Diego that we know, but also the San Diego of the future.”

– Westwind Brass Executive Director: Barry Toombs (French Horn), US Navy Veteran

April 29, from 1 -3 pm Westwind Brass will teach and perform at the ‘Month of the Military Child Kid Fun Fest’ with the educational segments ‘All About the Brass’ and ‘Around the World thru Brass’. More info at:   Kids Fun Festival.

May 24 at 7pm“A Night at the Speakeasy” (complete with a password for entry!).  This show is one of our most popular.  Westwind Brass adds a drummer for this very special show that takes the audience on a tour through the history of Jazz, from vaudeville and traditional, or “Hot” jazz through to the fusion jazz of the 1970’s.  Venue permitting, we often perform this show in a “club” setting, complete with cash bar, but the show itself is fun (and informative!) for all ages.

June  14th  at 7pm“Amber Waves of Grain, a Celebration of Musical Americanais Westwind Brass’ tribute to the music that has illustrated America’s journey over the past 200+ years.  With lots of catchy tunes and interesting stories, this concert is a celebration of all of the things that make America truly great!

Sept 13 at 7 pm – “The Music of the Californias” is a program that reflects the long and storied history of the “Golden State”.  Works include pieces from the mission era, the gold rush, and the golden age of Hollywood, along with some fun and interesting history.

December 10 at 7 pm “Holiday Lights”

For pricing and more information contact:

Westwind Brass at 619-665-9125, or email info@westwindbrass.org.

Or Veteran’s Museum at Balboa Park at (619) 239-2300 or info@veteranmuseum.org

Media Inquiries: Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications 408-398-5940 sjfcommunications@gmail.com

 

The Westwind Brass exists to broaden and enrich the musical legacy of local, national and international audiences through performance and educational services featuring brass instruments and music. Westwind Brass musicians perform in various configurations of featuring the unique timbre of brass instruments and performing the brass repertoire at a high artistic level. Westwind Brass is a 501(c) (3) Public Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit Guidestar.org.

 

 

 

 

Over the San Diego Bay and the Glorious Bridge: A Visit to Coronado

I enjoyed a quick overnight visit to Coronado, California…Check out these photos and see why this island touched my heart!

Feel free to click on each photo by SJF Communications!

The Charming Glorietta Bay Inn

Glorietta Bay Inn – Photo by SJF Communications
Glorietta Bay Inn – Photo by SJF Communications
Glorietta Bay Inn – Photo by SJF Communications
Glorietta Bay Inn – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Glorietta Bay Inn – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Glorietta Bay Inn – Photo by SJF Communications

The Famous Coronado Beach and  Hotel Del Coronado

A Beautiful Great Blue Heron Enjoying Glorietta Bay

 

Overlooking the San Diego Skyline from the Coronado Ferry Landing Including Coronado Bridge

 Colorful Places, Flowers and Things

Birds Galore! Osprey, Northern Rough-Winged Sparrow, Rock Pigeons, Cormorant, Black Turnstone, California & Western Gulls

The Glorietta Bay Marina Area

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An Afternoon Trail Visit at San Dieguito River Park Trail

 

Exciting time bird watching and more in Del Mar (San Dieguito River Park Trail)!

Yep…a stingray!

Stingray Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mama Osprey and Chicks

Mama Osprey and Chicks Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mama Osprey and Chicks Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mama Osprey and Chicks Photo by SJF Communications

 

Daddy Osprey watching closely!

Male Osprey Photo by SJF Communications

 

Cute bunny rabbit

Bunny Photo by SJF Communications

 

Egret with a twig

Egret with Twig Photo by SJF Communications

 

Killdeer (Lifer for me)

Killdeer Photo by SJF Communications

 

Egret and friend…

Great Egret and Friend Photo by SJF Communications

Eurasian Collared Doves

Eurasian Collared Doves – Photo by SJF Communications

Song Sparrow & Hummingbird

Song Sparrow & Hummingbird – Photo by SJF Communications

Snowy Egret

 

Flowers along the way…

 

Train passing with song sparrow and hummingbird…

 

Trail restoration project and views…

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Art in Nature on a Sunday…

It was a beautiful Sunday and as usual I had my camera with me!

Snapped some photos at Liberty Station as well as on Manzanita Trail at Pacific Highlands Ranch (Carmel Valley),  San Diego. Feel free to click on each photo for more detail…

This was my view of downtown San Diego looking south from Liberty Station

Looking South from Liberty Station Photo by SJF Communications

 

Loved this Coral Tree at Liberty Station!

I was captivated watching these great blue herons at Liberty Station!

 

Saw (and definitely HEARD) several airplanes taking off above Liberty Station

At Liberty Station – Photo by SJF Communications

 

And again witnessed the lantana’s #artinnature and #natureasart (Liberty Station)

Lantanas – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Loved the  color combination here!

Kanaka Canoe Landing – Photo by SJF Communications

Then ventured out for a walk on the Manzanita Trail at Pacific Highlands Ranch

Manzanita Trail at Pacific Highlands Ranch – Carmel Valley – San Diego Photo by SJF Communications

A beautiful white-crowned sparrow (Manzanita Trail, Carmel Valley, San Diego) !

White-Crowned Sparrow Photo by SJF Communications

Saw (and heard) this lovely Song Sparrow  (Manzanita Trail, Carmel Valley, San Diego) !

Song Sparrow Photo by SJF Communications

Blue Lupine Perennials (Manzanita Trail Carmel Valley San Diego)!

Blue Lupine Perennials (Manzanita Trail Carmel Valley San Diego)! Photo by SJF Communications

A Black Phoebe – (Manzanita Trail – Carmel Valley, San Diego)

Black Phoebe – Manzanita Trail – Carmel Valley, San Diego Photo by SJF Communications

 

Finally, an Allen’s Hummingbird (Manzanita Trail – Carmel Valley, San Diego)!

Allen’s Hummingbird (Manzanita Trail – Carmel Valley, San Diego)! Photo by SJF Communications

All in all, a wonderful day!

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Lake Poway: Osprey, Snakes, Coots & Haiku…Oh MY!

A quick visit to Lake Poway today yielded a few surprises! Once we arrived it only took a few minutes to see a ‘capture’ of a baby rattlesnake, reported to the ranger by a man fishing along the water’s edge.

Only a few minutes later, someone behind us shouted ‘he’s got a fish’! We looked up to notice just that! Perched high above on a utility pole, an osprey was holding a fish. He soon took off! The photos below show a bit of the dramatic feat!

Here’s a short #haiku (Day #4 of National Poetry Writing Month hashtag: #napowrimo)!

Perched high, above pole

The osprey held on to prey

Then it flew away!

Osprey Perched with Prey – Photo by SJF Communications

Osprey Perched with Prey – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Osprey Perched with Prey – Take Off! Photo by SJF Communications

 

Osprey Perched with Prey – Holding On – Photo by SJF Communications

Wasn’t that osprey cool???

We walked along the water, taking in sights such as the beautiful blue sky and calm water of the Lake Poway. A few people were fishing, a few boating. Just a gorgeous afternoon.

More #Haiku

Crystal blue water

Perfect way to spend the day

Nature enriches

Entrance to Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Cormorants – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Coots and a Mallard – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Coot – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Picnic Area at Lake Poway – Photo by SF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mallards – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

OH NO!!!!! We suddenly spotted this snake- rattlesnake? (or gopher snake?…it was a few feet long) – just as we walked above (and to the left) of the trail around the lake. That was enough for me! Beware, it’s SPRING and the rattlers are awakening!

Last #Haiku

I ask you…take heed

The rattlesnakes are lurking

Avoid getting bit!

Rattlesnake – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

Whew, that rattler was scary! At the end of the trip we noticed this woman who caught some trout. She allowed me to snap this photo!

Trout! Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

All in all a wonderful time at Lake Poway!

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National Poetry Writing Month Day #3 ‘Thriving’ – Haiku & Photos

In honor of National Poetry Writing Month (#napowrimo) I have mastered the first few days in previous blog posts and am attempting to keep it going (with and without prompts)!

As I have stated previously, I’ve been a Mentor at San Diego State University in their Aztec Mentor Program since 2016. Mentoring has been an inspirational and enjoyable way to connect with and guide students as a role model, share wisdom and give back to one’s community.

Today,  I arrived early and was waiting for my first of two mentees to join me for our biweekly in-person session.

Alas: a Haiku blossomed!

Once I returned home for the day, I walked around our general neighborhood and snapped some photos (which to me depict #artinnature #natureasart). The photos are attached below!

As the season of Spring has sprung and as nature evolves – my burgeoning Mentees have been flourishing as well! May they thrive and prosper! Thus…my tribute to them!

Haiku: ‘Thriving’

by

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

1.

First a bit timid

Some were not sure of themselves

UNLOCK THIS PUZZLE!

2.

Meetings in person

Twice a month and face to face

WE TACKLED ISSUES

3.

College term (or two)

Seeing growth and confidence

REVIEWED PLANS, COURSES

4.

Held their heads up high

Enriched, mature, and ready

GRADUATING SOON!

5.

LinkedIn and Job Fairs

Aced interviews, networked

THESE…ARE MY MENTEES!

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Cloudy & Chilly Day Bird Watching (& Haiku)- San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

A chilly cloudy day with some cool sightings at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center​, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy with a #Haiku.

Photos and Haiku by Susan Farese​, SJF Communications

Ode to Bird Watching!

Bird Watching is FUN!

Challenging and exciting

(But pay attention)!

All of a sudden

One might grace with their presence

And poof…they fly past!

Camera in hand

Mastering all the settings

Stay still – just don’t move!

Nothing like photos

Displaying what you’ve captured

I LOVE BIRD WATCHING!

Here are some photos – feel free to click on each one!

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Butterflies on Parade – Haiku & Photos: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I have been delighted with some great perks and benefits with my Keepers Club Membership  at the  San Diego Zoo Safari Park! 

We visited a great new exhibit, “Butterfly Jungle” at the Safari Park in Escondido, California the other day…

Please note: The Butterfly Jungle is only open now through April 15th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A few words to the wise! Be prepared to wait! This is a very popular exhibit! (For an extra fee of $20 you can move up in line).

Once you’re inside, they will allow you to marvel at and photograph these lovely colorful butterflies.

What a hoot! The butterflies love bright colors, so feel free to wear them! They will gladly land on you! You’ll chuckle with delight!

It’s a blast!

Here’s my #Haiku to kick off National Poetry Writing Month (#NaPoWriMo) and Global Poetry Writing Month (#glopowrimo):

Haiku: Sweet Butterflies

by

SJF Communications

 

Fickle flutterers

Quick, vividly colorful

Dainty butterflies

They might land on you

If so, they invite your grin

Butterflies marvel!

Oh…another important note (per the ambassadors): No touching the butterflies or taking them out of the area with you!

These sweet creatures are endangered, so there will be several ‘exit stations’ where the Safari Park Ambassadors will have you “turn around’ and  ‘shake it out’ to ensure that no butterflies are resting on your clothes, backpacks, hats, etc!

It’s all worth it though! Although there was an elusive few that flew so quickly that by the time I had my camera ready they were gone!

I am looking forward to going again soon! Hurry, the exhibit closes on April 15th!

Check out these photos and feel free to click on each one for more detail!

Paper Kite – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Postman – Photo by SJF Communications
Rusty-Tipped Page – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Giant Owl – Photo by SJF Communications
Giant Owl – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Giant Owl – Photo by SJF Communications

 

 

Giant Owls – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Flowers that invite butterflies to visit! – Photo by SJF Communications
More flowers that invite butterflies to visit! – Photo by SJF Communications

 Click here for info about the:

 San Diego Safari Park

 San Diego Zoo

 

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San Diego Crew Classic

We enjoyed a quick visit to the 45th Annual San Diego Crew Classic (through Sunday, March 25th) at Crown Point, Mission Bay. Photos by SJF Communications.

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Bird Watching (& More) in Julian, CA

It’s always a breath of fresh air (at an altitude of 4226 ft of glorious elevation) for a visit to Julian, California, including a stop at this time at the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve!

Here’s a look at what I captured with my camera recently.

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Bird Watching!

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

More Bird Sightings!

Western Bluebird Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

Dark-Eyed Junco Pink-Sided Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

Band-Tailed Pigeons
Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

White-Crowned Sparrow
Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

California Scrub Jay Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

California Scrub Jay Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

More images from the day in Julian-

Click on each photo for a larger look!

 

Then – a stop at the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

Until Next Time!

Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve Photo by SJF Communications 2018
Wild Turkeys also leaving the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve Photo by SJF Communications 2018

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