Friends of Fire Mountain

Protect, Preserve, and Improve Fire Mountain

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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



Oceanside Harbor Days, September 28-29, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 8.52.29 PMThe perfect summer ender for us is the annual Oceanside Harbor Days. Yes, it’s September 28-29, which may seem a bit late to call it summer, but here in Oceanside, CA, as you may have noticed, summer comes late.

Every year, we swear we’re going to do the Nail ‘n’ Sail…every year we chicken out and just watch so we can “create a strategy” for the next year.  This year Oceanside Harbor Days includes a Sand Castle building contest in addition to the Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast, Oside Yacht Club Boat Parade, Tiki Swim and other live entertainment – it’s a total mix of old fashioned fun and even has it’s own Facebook page  so you can follow the fun. Hope to see you there and  we’ll meet you in the Prohibition Brewing beer garden!

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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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Oceanside Fine Art Banner Display Begins

“Blessings”, fine art banner on west side of 300 block, South Coast Highway between Michigan & Missouri, Oceanside

The Oceanside Arts Commission is proud to announce its third annual Fine Art Banner Display, just in time for July 4th. These ten original works of art are now on display on Coast Highway from Michigan Avenue to Washington Avenue and will remain on view through September. All are on sale to the public, with proceeds benefiting Arts Commission services. The display was juried by the Commission and is from the public fine art collection of Oceanside.

Everyone in the community has the rare opportunity to purchase one of these remarkable works, showcasing a variety of artists’ visions. For details including starting price, and to make an offer, please contact Arts Commission staff Brad Penner at or (760) 435-5575. Patrons of the arts who have chosen to make one of these colorful banners their own will be able to pick up their selections when the exhibit is taken down in September.

Please contact Eugenia Bizzaro, Oceanside Arts Commission Vice-Chair,at for more information regarding Oceanside’s public fine art collection. Artistic landmarks for visitors and locals to discover include the Pacific Street Bridge mural at Oceanside Harbor, the “Oceanside Harbor Artwalk: Heritage and History,” and the Mitchell Gaul sculpture T(h)ree Up at Oceanside Municipal Pier by the Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort.

These are just some of the pieces of fine art that the Oceanside Art Commission has contributed to getting in place for the public to enjoy within the past five years. Oceanside is a beautiful, vibrant community that inspires and attracts talented and creative artists to make it their home, and to help make fine art part of the city’s environment everywhere.

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Half Off Admission to Seven Museums in North County in June

Seven North County museums will work together to produce the first-ever North County Arts & Culture in June event. The collaboration means that visitors to these museums in June will receive half-off admission prices, as well as several special events.

The museums are the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum in Escondido, California Surf Museum in Oceanside, Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, the Oceanside Museum of Art, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas and the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, formerly known as the Escondido Children’s Museum.

The public can secure a free passport, then present it at any of the museums to get half-price admission for as many as four people. The passport is good for one visit to each museum during the month.

Grace Madamba of the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, and one of the June event’s co-organizers, said the idea sprang from the popularity of the countywide museum month that happens each February.

More on the story here at the North County Times.

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Banksy at Bull Taco

No, Banksy wasn’t dining at Bull Taco (or maybe he was and we just didn’t know it).
Oceanside restaurant Bull Taco, on the corner of Cassidy and 101, was the spot of choice for the late night art & dash.

While the piece hasn’t shown up in full on Banksy’s web site, similar pieces are already on the site, but the question remains – is it truly a Banksy?


Update: Sources say the art was not a Banksy, so the question still remains…who was it?

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Friends of Fire Mountain Fine Art Show and Sale, Nov. 7th!

Don’t miss this year’s event! A great place to find some amazing holiday gifts- as well as a little something for yourself!

Friends of Fire Mountain Fine Art Show and Sale
Saturday–November 7th   10am to 4pm

2305 Fire Mountain Drive (between Avocado and Laurel)
10am to 4p

Meet the artists in our neighborhood!
Sales benefit SNAP (Spay/Neuter Action Project)

The Friends of Fire Mountain invite you to see what the artists in our neighborhood are up to. Come to see paintings, wood carving, ceramics, jewelry, silk scarves and purses, encaustics, handmade cards and multimedia collage works.

Enjoy complimentary coffee & munchies in the morning and wine & cheese in the afternoon—start your Christmas shopping early!

Raffle for 11 prizes—one per artist—Drawing will be held at 3pm

SNAP is San Diego’s Spay/Neuter Action Project, providing low cost spay/neuter clinics and animal welfare education to the underserved multicultural, low-income communities of the county. (We are at Joe Balderama Park in Eastside, Oceanside, twice a month.) Our goal is to reduce the number of homeless animals who end up in shelters.

Fire Mountain Art Sale- November 8, 2008

Art Show and Sale 2008

Friends of Fire Mountain invite you to meet the artists in our neighborhood!

Come see paintings, carvings, jewelry, silk scarves, ceramic art tiles, handmade cards, and more!

One dollar raffle tickets can buy you the chance to win a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Drawing is at 4pm.

Adult refreshments will be served.

Where: 2305 Fire Mountain Dr. (between Laurel and Avocado)
When: November 8, 2008  9am- 5pm