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Change Your Gardening Habits During the Drought + Coffee and Clippings May 3rd

Since 1986 (4)In Oceanside we live like it’s an oasis, but while it may seem like a never ending sunny beach-side paradise, the truth is, we live in a desert and we’re in the worst drought in history.

There are a lot of ideas and opinions about what to do about it  and the state is even hosting a congressional meeting to try to figure it out, but in the mean time, we’re trying to do what we can to conserve.

On the morning of May 3rd, 2014, the Friends of Fire Mountain will be hosting a Coffee and Clippings exchange in the Mellon residence garden -  Meet your green-thumbed neighbors and plan to trade plants clippings, swap tips and maybe even enjoy a cup of coffee or two as the spring gardening season begins.  Bring plants clippings of all sorts from your garden beds to share. While you’re at it, pack up anything else you might like to swap, including fruit and veggies from your garden.

Friends of Fire Mountain neighbor Jay has written multiple blog posts dedicated to the subject of gardening, including tips, rants, and planting suggestions which you can find here, so we consulted Jay as to what his household has done to keep the garden growing in the middle of this difficult situation. Here’s his helpful rant on the subject:

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April is Earth Month in Oceanside

North County Earth Month Flyer

Earth Month Details

While we may feel like winter never came to Oceanside, spring is already on it’s way. Along with that comes Earth Day and this year the Oceanside Earth Festival will be held April 27th in Downtown Oceanside. But don’t hold out till Earth Day to get your environmental side in check, all through April Green Oceanside will be celebrating sustainability and encouraging environmental stewardship with events and opportunities.

April 5th - donate unwanted items or food to those in need at El Corazon Senior Center.
April 23rd - Attend the inaugural Oceanside Green Business Awards
April 24th - Farmers Market and Sunset Markets are on the road to zero waste as they ditch the plastic bags and styrofoam
April 26th - Learn to build your own compost bins at the El Corazon Senior Center.
April 26th - Used oil filter exchange at O’Reilly Auto Parts on Mission
April 26th - Loma Alta Creek Clean up from 9am-12pm
April 27th - Oceanside Youth will show off their skills at the Create to Educate performances. Sign up to Perform and Win!

There will also be a landscape contest and a master composter workshop among other events to be announced.

For more information and details visit GreenOceanside.org


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Fire Mountain Networking Group Meeting – February 4, 2014

FOFMNetJoin Fire Mountain businesses for the Friends of Fire Mountain Networking Group Meeting Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 pm. at Café Rosarita, 1816 Oceanside Blvd.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of building the foundation for this group representing the businesses in your own neighborhood.

Order dinner or an appetizer in support of this local business as we discuss opportunities for  increasing awareness of your business among Fire Mountain Residents.

Meeting agenda is as follows:

7:00-7:15 Introductions, visiting and ordering dinner

7:15-8:15 Each business owner will have an opportunity to give a brief introduction of their business and hand out any marketing materials and business cards.

8:15-8:45 Brainstorming period, a chance to share your expectations for the group and share any ideals you may have for promoting businesses in our community.

PLEASE RSVP: Email by clicking here —> SusanBaillie


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Oceanside, Carlsbad Restaurants Participating in San Diego Restaurant Week

The 10th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week starts next week, January 19-24, 2014, and while we’d like to see more, there are a few local restaurants participating with special menus and tastings. Restaurant week is a great opportunity to try some of the restaurants you might not normally frequent. The prix fixe menus offer multiple courses and are usually well worth the visit.  No tickets or passes are required. Food lovers may simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they like during San Diego Restaurant Week. Here are a few of the Oceanside and Carlsbad restaurants participating this year:

  • 333 Pacific With prices normally ranging from $10-22 for appetizers and a signature dish costing up to $32, the $35 3 course menu is a steal!
  • Jolly Roger - Lunch $15 / Dinner $25 – looks like they’re still working on the menu.
  • Monterey Bay Canners Lunch $15 / Dinner $35 with lots of great fish house standards and some decadent deserts like Bread Pudding with Whiskey sauce
  • Twenty/20 A small, simple menu that can be paired with a wine flight is always a nice upscale option!
  • Viggiluci’s Cucina on State St. Lunch $15 / Dinner $35- They’re showcasing the Italian standards, which should give you an idea of how good this long-time Carlsbad icon really is.
  • Casa de Bandini  Lunch $10 / Dinner $25 – A fun atmosphere at the Forum Shops even includes some good vegetarian options.

If you’re in another part of the county, check out the San Diego Restaurant Week web site to find a participating restaurant.

Comment below to let us know how your visit went!


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Fire Mountain Has a Rash of Break-Ins – Tips for Securing Your Home

Just before the holidays, on December 12th, one of our neighbors on Dunstan had a break in. The burglars used a very common method of casing the house, they watched the owner drive away, then knocked on the door. They knocked again and again to make sure no one was home. But in this instance, the teenage son was home sick from school. Not feeling well, he didn’t open the door, but called his dad to find out if he was expecting someone. Unfortunately their back sliding door wasn’t locked (who hasn’t forgotten this at some point?) and the thief came into the house, at which point the son went into the master bedroom, locked the door, then went into the bathroom and locked that door,  called his dad, who was just down the street running an errand, and then called 911.  The burglar kicked in the bedroom door and possibly heard the teen on the phone in the bathroom because when the police arrived, guns drawn, he was gone. The circumstances were incredibly frightening but luckily the boy did the right thing by not confronting the burglar, as did the dad by not rushing into the house, as the police requested. (FYI: burglary related assaults most commonly occur when someone surprises/corners a thief, so please keep that in mind if you walk in on a suspicious situation in your own home.)

The homeowner on Dunstan shared his own thoughts about what to watch out for in your neighborhood:

Crimemapping.com shows 701 crimes in Oside & North Cbad between Oct 2013 - Jan 2014

Crimemapping.com shows 701 crimes in Oside & North Cbad between Oct 2013 – Jan 2014

Be aware of the cars and people on your street. When I pulled up to my house I noticed a large, white, unmarked van sitting up the street with only one driver in it. I think they  may have been the ones who saw me leave and were ready to throw my stuff into the truck. Also take notice if someone is loitering on your street – maybe it just looks like a teenager or someone is sitting on a curb smoking or talking on the phone, but what they’re actually doing is waiting for someone to leave and then calling the crew to let them know which house is a ready target.

Luckily nothing was taken in the Dunstan case, but thieves are not discriminating and usually it’s not so much the things that can be replaced, but the process of replacing them, the irreplaceable items, and the sense of security that you lose. Only about 13% of all reported burglaries are solved by police so you will likely never see your grandma Hazel’s costume jewelry again!

Now that the holidays are over and all the gifts have been delivered, it’s a good time to be aware and update yourself with tips on how to prevent home break-ins. There are a lot of good tips out there so I’ve included links to a couple of easy, concise lists from Moneycrashers.com and Nationwide insurance and a pretty comprehensive list below from Scambusters.com - I only scooped the tips from their in depth article by criminologist Elicka S.L. Peterson-Sparks, so if you want more info from them, just follow that link.

* If have tips or you’ve had a break-in, please feel free to comment below or email friendsoffiremountain@gmail.com to share info and help keep our neighborhood safe! Continue reading


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A Fresh, Green 2014 – 10 Tips for What and How to Recycle in Oceanside

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 2.35.00 PMIf the kids at our local schools can do it, so can we! Both Palmquist Elementary and Lincoln Middle School are Zero Waste Schools – Lincoln diverts approximately 68% and Palmquist diverts about 85% of their waste from the landfill! And since landfills are a touchy subject, keeping as few items as possible from going into them is important, so we’ve put together some simple info to help you fulfill those new year’s resolutions to de-clutter and be more environmentally conscious.
1. Thinking Ahead: Christmas tree collection is available the first two weeks after Dec. 25th. After that you’ll need to cut it up so it fits into your green waste bin, otherwise, it will sit at your curb till 2015.
Hopefully by now everyone knows you can’t just throw things like batteries, electronics, and motor oil in the trash. You CAN, however, recycle them right out there on the curb with your waste bins! Here’s how:


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The 4th Annual Holly Jolly on Molly and More Oceanside Events!

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The upcoming weeks are filled with events – yes, most of them involve shopping and eating, but be sure to enjoy some time in your hometown of Oceanside! One way to do that, if you’re a Fire Mountain resident is to join us for the 4th annual Holly Jolly on Molly happening December 8th, 5:00- 9:00 p.m. on the Molly Circle cul-de-sac. Bring a desert or appetizer to share and be sure to dress warm and bring a chair.

Don’t forget the Oceanside Turkey Trot – Move Your Feet Before You Eat! There are still spots available and a kids 1 mile run is open to kids in all different age categories. The entry fee is reasonable and proceeds benefit local schools – pick Palmquist or Lincoln to support Fire Mountain schools! If nothing else, get out and support your neighbors and enjoy the weather before settling in for the food marathon.

If you plan to shop, skip Black Friday and head out on Small Business Saturday! If you shop with your Amex card and spend $10 at a participating small business, you’ll get that $10 back & that includes local restaurants! Find a list of those businesses here. Even if you aren’t an Amex customer, there are a ton of great small businesses in Oceanside where you can find good food, an outfit for your holiday party, get your car fixed, find a nice pipe, decorate your holiday table or just pick up a hot cup of coffee by the beach…whatever it is you’re into, just be sure to support your neighborhood shops.

Also happening next week is the Friends of Fire Mountain Networking Group meeting. The meeting will be held December 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Café Rosarita – 1816 Oceanside Blvd. Oceanside, CA 92054.  The last meeting was a great informative gathering of business-minded neighbors and we look forward to working together to make Fire Mountain a great place not only to live, but to do business. Food will be available (eat local!) and we’re excited to see you there!

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