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December 2014

Jamul Haven Monthly Newsletter
In this issue:

Recipes from Yesterday
Recipes from “The Everyday Cook-Book,” (c) 1889 and found in the Jamul Haven Angel House.
Caper Sauce: Make a butter sauce, and stir into it one tablespoonful of lemon-joice, two of capers, and one of essence of anchovy.

Hints from Yesterday
(Reprinted from 11/2011)
Teach the Little Ones: There is scarcely a busy home mother in the land who has not at some time or other felt how much easier it would be to do all the work herself than to attempt to teach a child to assist her, whether it be in household matters or in sewing. Now we would speak particularly of the latter. But it seems almost the right of every little girl to be taught to sew neatly, even if it does cost the mother some self-sacrifice. Very few grown women are wholly exempt from ever using a needle. On the contrary almost every woman must take more or less care of her own wardrobe, even if she has no responsibility for that of any one’s around her. Machines cannot sew up rips in gloves, replace missing buttons, or make or mend without any needlework by hand.

Guest Update
Daryl, Jane, Curtis and Jami visited from Lakewood. Irina and Dmitry celebrated a honeymoon. Stan and Michelle visited from Rocklin. Amy and Jeremy celebrated a birthday. Colin and Mirelle visited from Rancho Santa Margarita.

Jamul Haven Events
It’s not too late to make your reservation for Marianne’s famous Christmas Tea. Teas will be on December 8th and 10th, 1 PM until 3 PM.  This is a popular time to visit Jamul Haven, as Marianne decks the facility out with Christmas decorations.  The cost of the teas is $30 plus tax and gratuity.  Guests may attend the tea for free, and no breakfast will be served on the days of the tea.
Click here to make a tea reservation.

News from Jamul Haven
We surprised a raccoon outside the kitchen door rummaging for errant pieces of dry dog food. Riley and an equally surprised raccoon took off across the yard and we’re still not sure if the raccoon got away, turned and scared Riley off, or became dinner for Riley.
The netting over the Koi pond didn’t really work very well as a long-term solution. It kept stretching out, dropping into the water, and forming more of a trap than a protection for the Koi. We ended up pulling it up, and then stretching fishing line back and forth over the top of the pond area. Travis saw this technique used at Sea World, and it seemed like a good idea.


Innkeeper Update
Will has moved back to Silicon Valley (Mountain View, to be specific) and he’s starting work for another internet start-up. This company makes a special 3D camera that can be used to automatically map and render 3D images of buildings and other objects. He’ll be living with his Aunt Margaret until he finds an apartment. Regina and Travis just got back from a “Baby Moon.” They rented a cabin at Big Bear for a get-away, and we got the added benefit of spending quality grandparent time with Tristan.

History Update
(Reprinted from a 1913 book scanned by a neighbor, Jack Doherty, and provided to us.)
In 1888 he came to San Diego and is recognized as one of the city’s valuable business assets. At all times he has been actuated by a spirit of enterprise and determination that has enabled him to push steadily forward to the goal of success. The Gifford Olive Works are today regarded as one of the leading productive industries here. IN preparing and packing he has placed upon the market five brands which are well known. Among them are Gifford’s Special, which are the largest olives grown in California, and Gifford’s Select, extra fancy, medium, and standard grades. The packing plant is most modern in its construction and equipment and the olives are all packed in the extra coated sanitary cans, no solder being used. Today the shipment from this plan carries the products throughout the country, Mr. Gifford having won a national reputation in this field of commercial enterprise. He has continuously followed the best methods for preparing the crop for the market and the excellence of his product, combined with his own business reliability, has brought him a gratifying measure of success.

[To be continued.]

Upcoming Local Events
Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park

Dec 5 – 6, 2014
Price: Free
Region: Downtown

December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Friday Night Liberty – A Night of Free Fresh Art

NTC at Liberty Station

December 5, 2014
Price: Free
Region: Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island

Friday Night Liberty is a night of free open studios, galleries and performances the first Friday of every month happening at NTC at Liberty Station, the arts district at Liberty Station!

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Little Italy Association

December 6, 2014
Price: Free
Region: Downtown

Also Jolly Ole Saint Nick will be arriving on Little Italy Fire Engine 3, to add that additional holiday cheer; while attendees are serenaded to the musical talents of the various musical and dancing groups.

51st Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
December 6, 2014
Price: Free
Region: Downtown, Hillcrest

Celebrate the holiday spirit at the Annual North Park Toyland Parade with vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus.

2014 SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off
December 7, 2014
Price: Free Admission
Chili Bowl and 5 Tastings – $20
Region: Downtown

Join us for local restaurant chili in hand-spun ceramic bowls, great holiday gifts and crafts from local artisans, live music on two stages, a kids’ activity zone, a craft beer and wine garden and more.

La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village
Dec 12 – 13, 2014
Price: Free
Venue: La Mesa Village
Region: East County

La Mesa Village is transformed into a Victorian Wonderland with live entertainment, delicious food, unique gifts and more.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Gaslamp Quarter Association

December 14, 2014
Price: Free to view To participate in Pet Parade: In Advance – $15 Day of – $20
Venue: Gaslamp Hilton Park
Region: Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego’s furriest festive family-friendly parade returns to Downtown as the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter.

Mistletoe, Music and Mayhem!

Coronado Playhouse

Dec 11 – 21, 2014
Price: $14
Region: Coronado

The perfect antidote to the holiday blues, journey with us for fast-paced musical sketch comedy that skewers the crazy side of the holidays. This less-than-Silent-Night will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park


Dec 5 – 24, 2014
Price: Adult – $15 Child – $10 Kids Under 3 – Free Military and Group discounts available
Region: Downtown

Get in the spirit and walk through the magical lighting displays, ride Polar Express trains, explore Candyland, feed live reindeer, take a photo with Santa near a 40′-tall Christmas Tree, enjoy the festive fare and so much more!

2014 Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
December 26, 2014
Price: Free
Grandstand Seats – $20
Venue: Embarcadero
Region: Downtown

Downtown San Diego comes alive as over 100,000 spectators enjoy this colorful, nationally televised, holiday parade with colorful floats, unique drill teams, heart-pounding marching bands and a procession of massive inflatables.

Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out

The New Children’s Museum

December 27, 2014
Price: $20-$35
Region: Downtown

Jump into your jammies and join us for Pajama Jam! We’ll have delicious dinner, New Year’s-themed art activities, games, music and a countdown balloon drop! Adults will enjoy a hosted bar and the opportunity to bid on prizes in our silent auction.

30th Annual Plays by Young Writers Festival

Playwrights Project

Jan 22 – Feb 1, 2015
Price: $10-$60
Venue: The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe
Region: Downtown

Playwrights Project presents its 30th annual festival of Plays by Young Writers at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre at The Old Globe. The festival features winning scripts from the California Young Playwrights Contest.


William Roetzheim  |  13518 Jamul Drive  |  Jamul, CA 91935  |  http://www.level4press.com
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