Look Out! It’s a Bird…or Two…or Three – Bird Watching at Santee Lakes!

Santee Lakes in San Diego County is a great place for bird and waterfowl watching! So many varieties can be spotted throughout the year! Here is a PDF Santee Lakes Birdlist as of 2016.

I’ve made a short video from my brief visit the other day. A Great White Egret was the highlight! Also spotted Wood Ducks, Great Blue Heron, Mallards, Canada Geese, Pied-Billed Grebe, and of course, Coots!

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These Rocks ROCK! Torrey Pines State Reserve & Beach

I am always amazed at the striking rock formations and cliffs at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Beach. They are fascinating, colorful, majestic, steep and very old!

I spent some time walking along the beach recently and was in awe of the rock formations…caves…geometric shapes and more…

Here’s a short video to show the magic in the rocks!

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A Quick Visit: San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Loop Trail

I had some free time and took advantage of a wonderful mini-escape to nature!

Here’s a short video to recap my time strolling throughout the mile long, double loop, ADA accessible San Elijo Nature Center Loop Trail  (Located off of Interstate #5 a bit West on Manchester Blvd. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California). There are several benches along the route to sit back, reflect and ‘take it all in’.

There’s a bit of restoration and dredging (thus, disruption of the bird habitats) happening these days, complete with large cranes, so I didn’t spot as many species as usual.

Feel free to read more about the San Elijo Nature Center plus, some info about the  San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

 

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An Afternoon at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park!

My husband and I enjoyed a delightful afternoon enjoying the benefits of my Keepers Club Pass at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California. The advantages: I can always bring a guest, I can enjoy the free parking (usually $15), and there are new exhibits every once in awhile to take in and experience. (Oh, we also walked about 10,000 steps too)!

Here’s a short video recap of our day! Hope you enjoy it!

 

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Fun at the San Diego Zoo…and Then Some!!

Yet another fun afternoon of fun and adventure at the world famous San Diego Zoo – thanks to my Keeper’s Club Pass.

Keeper’s Club Pass. Photo by SJF Communications

This time I enjoyed the day with my Goddaughter Caroline, and her one of her best friends, Tori!

Susan and Caroline. Photo by Tori Trexel
Tori and Caroline; Photo by SJF Communications

We spent several hours enjoying the weather, scenery, botanical treasures and of course phenomenal animal exhibits! Plus: an added bonus of walking (and strolling) at least our 10,000 steps (& beyond)!

Then we ventured out to Balboa Park for a lovely lunch at the Prado, complete with a pitcher of sangria before our delicious steak and chicken tacos (and fries) were delivered!

 

Tori, Susan and Caroline at the Prado Restaurant in balboa Park. Photo by a very kind member of the Prado Wait Staff!

We passed by Food Truck Friday too!

Caroline and Tori at Food Truck Friday at Balboa Park; Photo by SJF Communications

 

Caroline and Susan at Food Truck Friday at Balboa Park; Photo by Tori Trexel

Here are some more photos from our splendid day!

Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

First of all, my Mentee this past year in the San Diego State University’s Aztec Mentor Program, Senior Delaney Heil, (class of 2019) is thrilled to be interning this summer at the San Diego Zoo! She was our bus tour guide! Weren’t we the lucky ones! Besides driving that huge bus (oh my…I could NEVER), she was brilliantly humorous as she narrated along the way!

 

 

Delaney Heil; Photo by SJF Communications

 

Susan and Delaney; Photo by Caroline Brigham

And here are some photos of our very cool animal friends!

Flamingo

Flamingo; Photo by SJF Communications

Jaguar – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Polar Bear

Polar Bear; Photo by SJF Communications

Koalas – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Orangutans – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Gorillas – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Giraffes – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Elephant

Elephant; Photo by SJF Communications

California Condor

California Condor; Photo by SJF Communications

 

California Condor; California Condor; Photo by SJF Communications

 

Tapir; Photo by SJF Communications

Meerkat

Meerkat; Photo by SJF Communications

Capybara

Capybara; Photo by SJF Communications

Lion

Lion; Photo by SJF Communications

Pigmy Hippo

Pigmy Hippo; Photo by SJF Communications

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Sebastian Slovin – Author of ‘Ashes in the Ocean’ – Book Signing at Warwick’s 5/20 (12 – 2 p.m.)

SJF Communications​ proudly welcomes our new client, Encinitas Author Sebastian Slovin​, who recently released his highly acclaimed memoir, “Ashes in the Ocean“. Sebastian’s book is a poignant reflection of his heartfelt journey surviving, learning from and ultimately becoming resilient after the unfortunate suicide of his Father, South African legendary swimmer Vernon Slovin.  Sebastian was only 6 years old when his father passed away.

 

Sebastian Slovin, Author of ‘Ashes in the Ocean’

We invite you to stop by at Sebastian’s upcoming book signing, this Sunday, May 20, from 12 noon – 2 p.m. at Warwick’s​ in La Jolla as part of their ‘Weekends with Locals‘ program.

Here’s the Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/189567478357717/

 

Sebastian’s poignant memoir is in print now: https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Ocean-Through-Learning-Fathers/dp/0692051198

Sebastian’s Facebook Author Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/SebastianSlovinAuthor/?notif_id=1526686869299225&notif_t=page_fan

Sebastian Slovin’s Blog: https://www.sebastianslovin.com/blog/

And many thanks to Rob LeDonne​ for this article about Sebastian’s journey: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/books/sd-et-books-slovin-20180402-story.html

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

 

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

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”

Tickets: https://westwind-brass.ticketleap.com/brass-at-sea-concert-series/

Full Series Subscription (General Admission): $90 + $5.50 fee)

Full Series Subscription (Veteran’s Museum Members): $70 + $4.50 fee)

General Admission: $25 (+ $2.25 fee)

Veteran’s Museum Members $20 (+ $2.00 fee)

Seniors & Military (w/valid I.D.): $10 (+ $1.50 fee)

Students (w/valid I.D.): $5 (+ $1.25 fee)

For 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.

 

 

 

 

Bird Watching & Photography at Lake Hodges, Escondido, CA

 

A great morning hike and “Birding with a Camera” at Lake Hodges, Bernardo Bay Staging Area, at the San Dieguito River Park Trail

with

Senior Ranger Dave Hekel and Krisztina Sheeff, KS Nature Photography.

Here’s a short video to recap the morning…

Disclaimer: I am still learning….Birds (and butterflies) were moving QUICKLY and I am quite new at using the Manual settings on my camera! So…my shots aren’t the most focused…

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Westwind Brass – Summer Brass Workshop

 

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

 

Westwind Brass Announces Summer Brass Workshop

At SDSU School of Music & Dance

June 25-29, 2018

Free Concert June 30th at 1:00 pm

The Westwind Brass, San Diego’s premier professional brass ensemble, and an Ensemble-in-Residence at the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Music and Dance, announces their exciting interactive 2018 Summer Brass Workshop at SDSU, June 25- 29, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m..  This fun-filled week culminates in a free afternoon concert with the participant ensembles, on Saturday, June 30 at 1:00 p.m. at the School of Music and Dance.

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

“Each year, this week provides a cross-generational environment where we all have a chance to explore and develop skills in communication, collaboration, and creativity; and to engender a larger sense of community.”- Westwind Brass Executive Director: Barry Toombs (French Horn)

“The participants, young and old, receive an opportunity to work with some of the finest brass musicians in southern California.  It is fun, informative, and relative to the music in their daily lives.  What’s more, they have a chance to play in what will be, I believe, the greatest brass ensemble of their lives!”– Westwind Brass Director Educational and Outreach Programs: Bryan Smith

Photo Courtesy of Westwind Brass

Activities will include: Master Classes, Sectional Coaching, Ensemble Playing, Individual and Group Performances. Private lessons will be made available during the mornings for an additional fee.

In addition to the more traditional brass instrument training and ensemble experiences, this workshop will feature mini-seminars on such topics as sustainable practice routines; learning and performing solos; making use of technology in your music; and an interactive introduction to jazz and improvisation.

Westwind Brass Summer Workshop Schedule

Price Information for Summer Workshop:  Students/Military: $150; Adults: $175.

Register Online at www.westwindbrass.org or call 619-665-9125  (Credit Card or PayPal accepted).

Registration Form and more info

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efa2w3ugfcc291b8&llr=c6bkk5mab

Photo: Courtesy of Westwind Brass

Location:

San Diego State University School of Music and Dance,

5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182

http://music.sdsu.edu/index.php/about/map

For More Information: Phone: 619-665-9125 or email: info@westwindbrass.org.

Or visit: Westwind Brass

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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.

Hausmann Chamber Music Festival at SDSU June 18 -23, 2018

Courtesy of Hausmann Chamber Music Program Summer Festival, 2017

The Hausmann Chamber Music Program announces their exciting interactive ‘Summer Festival’ presented by SDSU Community Music School, at San Diego State University School of Music and Dance (SDSU), June 18th through June 23rd, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This event will be an intensive music experience for string, wind, brass and piano players ages 12 and older which will engage them in a dynamic combination of classes, performances and social opportunities. (Younger students will be accepted on a case-by-case basis). This year HCMP will also be open to pre-formed adult chamber music groups, with a prorated tuition rate option to participate for less than the full five days.

Faculty includes the Hausmann Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at San Diego State University (SDSU). Guest Faculty include fellow SDSU School of Music & Dance professors and artists drawn from around Southern California. Sessions on physical movement, improvisation and other related topics are included. The festival will again feature collaborations with San Diego Bass Fest (also on campus) with a joint faculty recital and shared activities.

Included in the program will be daily chamber music group coaching from SDSU’s Fisch/Axelrod Quartet-in-Residence, the Hausmann Quartet, as well as Chamber Music seminars and guided rehearsals by music professionals. There will also be opportunities for solo repertoire private lessons and group activities as well as Chamber orchestra reading session and master classes.

Price Information for Summer Workshop:  $500.00 (includes $75 registration fee) with scholarships available. There is a 10% discount for early registration by April 15th. There’s also an “A la Carte” daily rate of $85 available for pre-formed adult groups only. Online registration at hausmannquartet.com. Note: *A non-refundable deposit of $75 will be due after registration. Note: Final registration due June 1st, 2018.

Location:

San Diego State University School of Music and Dance,

5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182

http://music.sdsu.edu/index.php/about/map

For More Information: Contact Director Carina Voly at 619-594-1699 or sdsucommunitymusic@mail.sdsu.edu

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 The mission of the Hausmann Chamber Music Program is to develop a community of engaged listeners and music lovers by sparking excitement, passion and the spirit of curiosity through hands-on, year-round chamber music training, including coaching, master classes with Hausmann Quartet and visiting artists, performance opportunities, special topic workshops and forums. HCMP welcomes each participant’s background and unique personality, and is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and nurturing learning environment.