Thursday, November 20, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Vista Teen Outreach Needs Help to Fill School Food Pantries

Vista Teen Outreach is 100% supported by community donations and they need YOUR help!  They are now servicing all 14 middle and high schools in Vista.  Food drop locations are Mike's Bagels in the Ralph's Center in Oceanside at Cannon and Melrose, UPS Store by Albertsons on South Melrose, Kings Stationer (631 S. Melrose, by Courthouse), Kirsch Therapy, Lush Coffee and Tea in Downtown Historic Vista, and ERA Back To Basics Realty. These food pantries service local teens in need- there are so many that are homeless and hungry, something that does not meet the everyday eye.  Types of food they are looking for that provide easy to prepare meals: Peanut butter, canned soups, chilis, cans of stew, canned fruit, water-canned chicken and meats, ramens, granola bars, snack packs, saltine crackers, jerkys and beef sticks, boxes of mac and cheese, fruit snacks, bread, cheese and peanut butter crackers, and assorted hygiene items. No glass or expired items please.  For more information on our your church or service club can help please email us at, like us on Facebook and check out our website at

Monday, June 30, 2014

Primo Foods (Vista and Oceanside)- 69 Cent Taco Tuesdays

Primo Foods in Vista (yes, the one you can smell from miles away) and Oceanside celebrates Taco Tuesday with 69 cent tacos all day on Tuesday. If you have their half-page ad from the Sunday paper, they will also throw in a FREE taco. We are talking authentic street tacos with mouth-watering tastes and heavenly smells. Yum!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Around The Town Turns 5!

Leave it to Linked In to remind me that June marks the 5 year anniversary of Around The Town!  Can't believe it has been so long, but then again, I feel like I have been doing it forever!  Thanks for being a part of everything ya'll!   There would be nothing to write if you were not reading it! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

New "Tiger Trail" at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

There is a new exhibit in town and it's the Tiger Trail, a 5.2 acre Sumatran tiger habitat that opened this weekend at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  The enclosure is meant to better meet the needs of the animals as well as give the public a better chance to view them than their former enclosure.  It includes a large forested area, water play area for the tigers, and a public viewing and educational area.

Winner Selected for Around The Town Giveaway! 1 Hour Massage with Glenna of Rejuvenation Massage in Vista

BRENDA KLICSU, you are the lucky winner of Around The Town's latest Facebook contest!  

Massage is designed to relieve tension, reduce stress, evoke calm and is good for the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous system. Therapeutic massage is intended to relax, heal and inspire wellness.

Glenna of Rejuvenation Massage in Vista has been practicing massage since 2006. Massage types offered include Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, TMJ Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point, Lymph Drainage, Reflexology, Stretching, Sports Massage, Aromatherapy and Hot Stone. She is graciously giving 1 lucky Around The Towner the opportunity to win a 1 hour massage and it couldn't come at a more perfect time after all the stress that San Diegans have been through this last week. Check her web page for all her specials for teachers and caregivers and Father's Day.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Get Air Sports in Vista Now Open

Though their Facebook page does not currently reflect this fact, Get Air Sports in Vista is now open for business!  Get Air Sports is an indoor trampoline park with 11,000 square feet of trampolines.You can find it in the Vista Business Park at 2755 Dos Aarons Way in Vista.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Demystifying Permanent Makeup with Shelley Todd

I want to introduce you all to Shelley Todd who is doing some very cool work with permanent makeup and is changing lives for the positive in San Diego. Please take a moment to check out "In The Know" on Around The Town's web page. Also please notice a special that Shelley is extending to you when you mention that you heard about her on Around The Town.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Words of Advice on Daily Deal Sites and Buying Vouchers

I have a few words of advice for using your daily deal site vouchers. 1. You will usually have at least a few month window to use your voucher. Aim to use it your first month if possible. That way if you have to reschedule, you still have time. For obvious reasons, avoid waiting until close to the expiration date. 2. Remember, if your certificate does accidentally expire, it is ALWAYS worth the value you paid for it. Never just throw it away or write it off as lost. 3. If you have a problem with the deal or made a mistake, ALWAYS contact the company you bought it from and try and work it out. Living Social and Groupon are excellent with their customer service, quick answers and in finding resolution. I can't say enough good things about them. 4. Make a list of the vouchers you buy and post it in a cupboard or some place you will see it. I like to create my list broken out by expiration date month, first to expire listed first. This helps me to see what I have to use and when and to plan into the future. 5. If the voucher is something that does not require planning to use (for example your favorite sandwich shop), consider leaving it in your glove compartment, so you have it when you are on the run. 6. These sites offer the best way I know to try new businesses and also save a huge amount in the process. I cannot tell you how many great businesses and products I have become acquainted with because I tried them through Groupon or another site. Do not be intimidated by them. They are easy to use and easy to redeem. Hope these tips help you and encourage you to give it a try if you aren't currently buying them.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Free Entry to Local Museums/Attractions from San Marcos Library

San Marcos Library offers free admission tickets to 4 local places: Birch Aquarium, Museum of Making Music, Oceanside Surf Museum, and Oceanside Museum of Art. All you need to do is go to the desk, show your library card and choose a date to go. It's offered through the Friends of the San Marcos Library.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

$25 for 2-Hour Painting Class at Local Wineries and Restaurants

Create your own masterpiece and bring out your inner artist!  These 2-hour painting parties look fun and there are finally an abundance of opportunities in North County at places like: Fifty Barrels Urban Winery, Fratelli's Oceanside, Tuscany (Carlsbad) and Q (Oceanside).  Check it out!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Mini-Vacation Stress Reduction Treatments at Anna's Aesthetics- Only $35

Try Anna's Aesthetics newly developed "Mini-Vacation Stress Reduction Treatment" for only $35. Email for an appointment at It's perfect when you need a little "me time," pampering and just pure relaxation. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Tips for Whale Watching Tours- It's Prime Season in San Diego

Whale watching is big this time of year in San Diego. Prime season is December though April in San Diego.  The U-T Tribune put together a nice list of helpful suggestions for when you take your tour.
Dress for cold and wind. Layer with long pants and rubber soled shoes.
  • Bring: sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera, binoculars and hats if they are secured to head.
  • Be prepared: Be at the boat at least 15 minutes early, and use the bathroom before you sail. Dramamine is a good idea if you tend to get motion sickness.  Ginger ale and crackers can also help a sick stomach.
  • Check your individual boat for dining options or if they allow you to bring snacks/lunches.
  • Deals- there are always deals available for whale watching tours. Check your daily deal sites and entertainment books for coupons. Occasionally if your trip spots no whales, they will offer a return trip at no extra cost.  Check with your individual ship for guarantees.
Also, please check out this U-T posted writeup on whale watching from the perspective of a mom, it's so helpful!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Place Vista Giveaway Awarded

Thank you to Book Place, Vista for sponsoring Around The Town's latest giveaway to celebrate it's 3rd anniversary in business this week! Congratulations!  Deborah Beccar was the winner of the $25 gift certificate drawing on Wednesday the 26th! Woo hoo! Book Place Vista is a great place to shop gently used books in the Shadowridge neighborhood of Vista. It's a clean, well-organized store with low-priced books for all ages and tastes. It's also a great place to recycle books you are done with for a store credit. Please read more about their business "In The Spotlight" on Around The Town's web page (see link). 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Discounted Wine Tasting for 2 or 4 at Mattucci Winery in Oceanside

Buy a discounted wine tasting package for either 2 or 4 people at Mattucci Winery in Oceanside. $18 for 2, or save even more and pay $30 for 4.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Discounted Gift Card Packs at Costco Combined With Coupons for Big Savings

So you all are probably more Costco savvy than me (I don't go all that often), but was delighted to pick up some restaurant gift packs last week. The ones I grabbed were for Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, Daphne's and Jamba Juice. Through Costco, you can purchase $100 worth of cards for only $79.99.  That's a $20 savings. All 3 of these businesses frequently offer coupons for up to $10 per visit, so combined with this gift card savings, it's really quite the deal!  Around The Town often posts these printable coupons on our Facebook page. There is a coupon up for Daphne's at this very moment. Check it out!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Family Tours of Wild Wonders Animal Preserve Only $39 (Bonsall)

Interact with up to 150 kinds of exotic animals, under the supervision of zoologists and trainers in this guided, interactive tour of Wild Wonders animal preserve in Bonsall.  With this Groupon special, 2 adults and 2 kids can take the tour for $39.  Sounds like a fun family activity!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Free Tours Daily at Orfila Vineyards and Winery in Escondido

Did you know that Orfila Vineyards and Winery gives free tours every day?  Educating people about fine wines is a delightful part of their job! At 12 noon daily, you are invited to a complimentary tour that details the process of winemaking from the vineyard to the cellar. The 30-minute tour is the perfect prelude to a a tasting.  Reservations are not required. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Only $15 For Online Driver's Ed Course with DMV Certificate of Completion

For only $15, teens earn a DMV certificate of completion with this online driver's ed class, which is the first step to obtaining a learner's permit.  This is the lowest pricing I have seen yet for this course and represents a $65 value.  Purchase now, but teen must be ready to start the class process by March 2014.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weekend Farmers Markets

San Marcos-  Restaurant Row on Sundays from 10am-2pm. Fallbrook- Friday 10am-2pm, 102 S. Main St (corner of Main and Alvarado) also, Sundays 11am-3pm (Main and Alvarado) and Sunday 11am-3pm, 123 S. Main (parking lot of Caffe Primo) Encinitas- Sundays, 2-5pm Flora Vista School, 1690 Wanderling Rd. Carlsbad- Saturday 1-5pm at Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand.   Leucadia- Sundays 10-2pm Near the beach on the interior grounds of Paul Ecke Elem. School. Vista- Saturdays 8:00-1pm. Vista Courthouse parking lot. 325 S. Melrose Dr. Solana Beach/Cedros Design District- Sundays, 1-5pm. South end of Cedros Ave. Scripps Ranch- Saturdays 9-1pm, Bonsall- Sundays 9:30am - 1:30pm. River Village Plaza at 5256 S. Mission Rd., Escondido- Sunday 11-4 at 12655 Sunset Dr. (across from Mall). Rancho Bernardo- Friday 9-12 at Bernardo Winery.