Friends of Fire Mountain

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Screen Shot 2013-09-28 at 1.09.48 PMIf you’ve been staying away from Harbor Days  because the crowds make you crazy, here are a few tips for joining in on the fun without stressing out.

Go Early!  The Fire Dept. Pancake breakfast starts at 7:00  am both days and the Tiki Swim is at 8:00 tomorrow (who doesn’t want to watch other people freeze their tikis off?!) and the craft & activity booths open at 9:00 am.

Getting in and out can be easy – here are some tips from Fire Mountain locals on how to get there and where to park:

  • There is FREE parking in downtown Oceanside at the Oceanside Transit Center Parking Garage (located at Cleveland St. and Seagaze Dr.) with free shuttle service from the North County Transit Center.  Just look for the double decker busses for a free ride Saturday 8am – 7pm and Sunday 8am to 6 pm.
  • Look for parking by the Jolly Roger restaurant – first row is for slip renters only, but the second row is public parking (check signs for time limits, etc.)
  • Ride your bike! If you aren’t in Fire Mountain you can take the San Luis Rey bike trail all the way to the coast – with tons of access points, it’s easy! Fire Mountain can be difficult to bike with young kids, so If you aren’t close to a trail or bike access point, you may want to but the bikes in your car and get closer to the coast.  Follow the  bike paths and ride all the way to the harbor! (If you’re there late, one local FM resident suggested keeping a nice friend with a truck on standby to come get you –  seems like a good idea after an afternoon in the beer garden!)

If you have more suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Be safe and have fun!

——- A quick update for those wondering about the Nail and Sail 2013 Judging and Race times:

Judging for best Craftsmanship and Best Costume is 1:00 – 1:30 pm * First Heat 2:00 p.m. * Second Heat 2:20 p.m. * Third Heat 2:40 p.m. * Fourth Heat 3:00 p.m. * Championship 3:20 p.m. *


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Oceanside Residents Protest Puppy Mills

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Last weekend Oceanside residents and animal lovers protested in front of a newly opened puppy store on Oceanside Blvd.

Protesters stated that the puppies are trucked in from puppy mills in Missouri instead of coming from local shelters and their goal is to rally support in the city of Oceanside to create a ban on the sale of puppies, kittens, and bunnies at retail storefronts.

Over a dozen cities in California including Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Chula Vista, and San Diego have adopted ordinances placing restrictions on the sale of animals from commercial breeders. The ban was created to stop the flow of puppy-mill puppies into those cities, which increases the number of  dogs left languishing in shelters, effectively increasing the number of animals euthanized each year and costing cities money.

As one of the protesters put it, “We want them to be here. We love the business. We just don’t want them to sell puppy-mill dogs. It would be wonderful if they would take puppies from our shelters because we have hundreds of them.”

Follow the link for the full story in the Union Tribune: Oceanside-pet-store-protest


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Neighborhood BBQ, Sunday August 25th

Friends and Families of Fire Mountain – join us for good times, beverages, and BBQ.
Sunday, August 25th at 3:00 PM.
Bring: Your family, friends, dogs, a chair, something to BBQ and something to share.
We provide: the grill and the location: the cul-de-sac at the end of Avocado Rd., off Dunstan 

Bring a can for the food drive and we’ll see you there!

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Oceanside Turkey Trot Registration Now Open

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Last year 9000 people participated and new for 2013 is a limit of 10,000 participants.  Better sign up early to “move your feet before you eat!”

Follow the link for info and registration: http://www.osideturkeytrot.com/

 


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Pride at the Beach – October 13, 2012

Pride at the Beach takes place Saturday, Oct. 13th, near the Oceanside Municipal Pier and amphitheater and includes a tent city full of vendors and food merchants. A line up of entertainment is listed below and for more information please visit the North County LGBT Resource Center Web Site or Pride at the Beach.

2012 Entertainment:

11:00 am – Opening with Laura Jane
11:15 am- San Diego Women’s Chorus
12:00 pm – Speakers
12:30 pm – Diversity Arts
1:00 pm – Social Animal
1:30 pm – Full Strength Funk Band
2:15 pm – San Diego Kings Club
2:45 pm – Full Strength Funk Band
3:30 pm – Traci Dinwiddie
4:15 pm – San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus
5:15 pm – Headliner No Angel


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On September 29-30, 2012 the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce along with Genentech will present Oceanside Harbor Days at the Oceanside Harbor. The event will feature arts and craft exhibits, great food and fun activities for the entire family. The event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For a full schedule of events check out the North County Times

Be ready for a some walking, as parking is limited!

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