With the unusual heat we’ve been experiencing here in North County San Diego, you wouldn’t know it, but summer is coming to an end. The kids are returning to school (August 18th) which means you can return to the beach and actually find a space to drop your towel in the sand and not every wave is a party wave. On Fire Mountain we’ll use any reason to celebrate, so join your neighbors at the annual Fire Mountain End of Summer Bar-B-Q, August 24th starting at 4:00 p.m. Meet us at the cul-de-sac on Avocado and Dunstan – bring something to share, something to throw on the grill, something to sip and don’t forget a chair to park yourself. We encourage you to use recyclable/reusable items and to bring a canned or boxed item to donate to the food drive. If you own a local business or charity, feel free to bring some information and we’ll have a table available to display the goods. See you there!
Please RSVP: Address and more information can be found here: City Council Evening Info Event and Fundraiser in Fire Mountain
Thanks to everyone who came out to the first Fire Mountain social club event and to the Privateer Coal Fire Pizza, who hosted the gathering. The atmosphere was fun and the food was fantastic! Definitely great times with our awesome Fire Mountain neighbors.
If you missed it don’t worry, there are more chances to mingle coming up. Be sure to mark your calendars for the end of summer BBQ on August 24th. More info coming soon!
The Friends of Fire Mountain invite you to join us for a new series of social events. We will be visiting restaurants and other businesses with ties to the Fire Mountain community. It’s a great way to get to know a business that you might not otherwise know about or maybe didn’t realize they’re your neighbors!
We’re starting in Oceanside with the Privateer Coal Fire Pizza, a business owned by life-long Fire Mountain residents who have been best friends since 2nd grade at Palmquist Elementary. For more information and a menu visit their web site: http://www.theprivateercoalfirepizza.com
This exclusive event is open to the first 20 people to RSVP and everyone joining us will receive a free fountain drink with their meal. RSVP in the form below!
Event: Friends of Fire Mountain Social Club Meeting
Location: The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza: 1706 S. Coast Hwy.Oceanside, CA 92054
Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
What: Dinner* with your neighbors and a chance to get local at the Privateer!
*This is a no-host event, we have secured seating and a beverage special but payment is your responsibility.
Thanks to everyone who came out May 3rd to the Friends of Fire Mountain Clippings and Coffee Event!
There was a big turn out and most everyone had some unique and beautiful plants to share…combine that with donuts and it was definitely a nice way to kick off the weekend.
Check out a few photos below and look for info on our next event here on the site and on NextDoor.com
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:
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
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
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!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to share info and help keep our neighborhood safe! Continue reading