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  • Mira Mesa LivingVolume 1, Number 2

    Look Inside for Coupons & Classifieds

    Eat, Dance & Dress:Step Into

    a New Culture

    Masquerading Marauder: The truth behind MMHS Mascot

    Street Fair 2010: Music, Food & Fun

    Photo by Brengel Productions

  • Bringing the Community Together!

  • Mira Mesa Living

    Welcome to the second issue of Mira Mesa Living. Notice anything different?In our attempt to provide the best neighborhood in San Diego with thehighest quality publication, we have made some physical upgrades to thisissue. Gone is the newspaper with its runny ink. From here on, out we are allglossy. We want MML to live on your coffee table for several weeks until ournext issue is out for your enjoyment and information, so your guests willknow youre tapped into the heart of all things Mira Mesa.

    We are also taking steps to fulfill some promises from the first issue. Ourgoal is to have MML bridge the cultural gap among our neighbors. Peoplefrom dozens of countries with countless backgrounds live in Mira Mesa.Starting now, we focus on what makes us different and work to knock downwalls and dissolve stereotypes. What better way to start than with food? Thisissue features recipes from several different cultures; from a traditionalJewish fall favorite to a spicy Thai dish that might make your nose run.

    There is so much happening in the coming months and as a publication weare trying to fit it all in while maintaining continuity, so you know you cancount on us to have a new issue out at the same time, every other month.With that in mind, we tried to include as much information about the StreetFair as possible. For updates, you can always visit our website, or the Town Council website

    At MML we strive to be Mira Mesas numberone community resource. We cant do itwithout your help. We know were a youngpublication (2 issues, what is that in dogyears?) but we have already had an amazingoutpouring of community support. We cantthank you enough for letting us into yourhomes and becoming part of your life. Wewill continue to respect that commitmentfrom you by providing the highest level ofquality and information we can. And pleasedont stop helping us grow. As always, thereare several ways to reach us:

    To Advertise Sponsor@MiraMesaLiving.comTo submit articles, news and events News@MiraMesaLiving.comTo Contact the Publisher Publisher@MiraMesaLiving.comTo Join Mira Mesa Cultural Group

    Thanks for your support and well see you onthe streets, living in Mira Mesa.

    Sincerely,The Staff at Mira Mesa Living

    2010 Mira Mesa Living. All Rights Reserved. Neither this publication nor any part thereof may be reproduced in any form, for any use without the written permission of the copyright owner. Contents of Mira Mesa Living are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the staff at Mira Mesa Living. The appearance of advertisingin this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute endorsement by Mira Mesa Living. The information in this publication is gathered in a way to ensure maximum accuracy. Mira Mesa Living cannot, and does not, guarantee the correctness of information, or the absence of errors or omissions, or against the pres-ence of unintentional inclusions. Mira Mesa Living accepts no responsibility for ad contents or representations. Each advertiser is solely responsible for ad content. Representations made regarding the products, services or conditions are the sole responsibility of the advertiser.

    Street Fair ProgramStage Schedule 6Statics/Demos 9Map & Vendors 12-13Sponsors 14

    Cultural HeritageHoliday

    Celebrations 18Cultural Recipes

    & Stories 20

    Schools 22Community 26Halloween 29Classifieds 30Calendar of Events 31

    For Mira Mesa news updates and events,

    Welcome back!

    Inside ThisEdition

    12 th Annual Street Fair

    Presented by Mira Mesa Town Council

    Saturday, September 25th10am to 4:30pm


    Community Ceremony:

    11:45 AM on the Community StageMMHS AFJROTC DemonstrationsPresentations by MMTC President Ted Brengel and other Dignitaries

    For up to date information, please check

    Photos by Ted Brengel,

  • page 4 to submit an article or events for publication e-mail

    Mira Mesa Living

    By Pam Stevens

    Photos by: Ted Brengel,

    Enjoy family fun at the 12thAnnual Mira Mesa Street Fair onSaturday, Sept. 25, 2010, from 10a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on CaminoRuiz between Mira MesaBoulevard and New Salem Street.

    More than 100 crafters, businesses,non-profit groups, and foodvendors will have booths at theStreet Fair, hosted by the MiraMesa Town Council. The StreetFair features a carnival with ridesfor children and teens, as well ascontinuous entertainment on twostages. Special attractions includelarge earth-moving equipment andmilitary vehicles from MCASMiramar. Vulcan Materials willhost a free rock-painting booth forchildren to create their own "rockart." SDG&E will offer a lamp and

    light bulb exchange, providingcompact fluorescent bulbs andfloor or table lamps for the lessenergy efficient incandescent bulbsand halogen torchiere lamps (freeto SDG&E customers bring yourbill for ID). Friends of the MiraMesa Library will hold their biggestbook sale of the year from 9:30a.m. to 2 p.m. in the libraryscommunity room. There will bestage performances of Filipino andHawaiian dances, martial artsdemos, and a variety of vocalartists and bands.

    The Mira Mesa Street Fair is theannual event to get out and meetyour neighbors (upwards of20,000 of them!), shop localcrafts/ vendors, and generallyhave an awesome day in yourown neighborhood and all the profits go rightback into your communityimprovement efforts, sponsored

    by the MMTC, said Street FairCommittee co-chair Mike Davis.

    The rock painting for kids andthe SDG&E lighting exchangehave been popular in past yearsand will be back again. Last yearsdunk tank (and face painting,both for a small donation to helpsupport the Mira Mesa Highwater polo teams) will be back,too, Street Fair co-chair JeffStevens said.

    The food court will have aninternational flair, including MaiThais Asian Cuisine, Mr. JoeysTaco Shop, Egyptian DelightsMediterranean cuisine (popular atthe Mira Mesa Farmers Market),Smokin Joe Jones barbecue, and afood booth by the Mira Mesa GirlScouts featuring all-American cornon the cob.

    Live entertainment is an importantpart of the Street Fair. MMTC Street

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    Bringing the Community Together!

    Fair Committee volunteer John Daley has beenworking as Entertainment Chair to put together avaried program of performances throughout the day.Among the acts scheduled at theVulcan Rocks Music Stage (inthe library parking lot) are thealternative pop/rock band, Westof I-5, which got its start in June2007 when the band performedat the Epicentre in Mira Mesa,and pop / acoustic singer/songwriter / guitarist JordanRiemer. Acts on the CommunityStage (on Camino Ruiz near Chick fil-A) will includea variety of vocalists, as well as the Kealo Hilani DanceTroupe, JING Institute of Chinese Martial Arts, andFASCA Filipino Traditional Dancing. Pro DJ RayPinnock ( will host theCommunity Stage line-up.

    Find out more about whats happeningthroughout Mira Mesa at the big top tent staffedby volunteers from the Mira Mesa Town Council,4th of July Committee, Community PlanningGroup, Recreation Council, and Chamber ofCommerce. Many other local non-profit, youth,educational and recreational groups will havebooths, such as RSVP (Retired Senior VolunteerPatrol), Miramar College, Mira Mesa WomensClub, and Mira Mesa Theatre Guild (whoseannual Monster Manor and Lite Frite is due toopen in October). There will be crafters withhandmade jewelry and other handcrafted items,as well as other vendors with a variety ofinteresting wares.

    SDG&Es lighting exchangestarts at 10 a.m. and continueswhile supplies last. Trade yourincandescent bulbs (up to 5)for energy efficient compactfluorescent bulbs, andhalogen lamps (any style) forenergy efficient torchiere ortable lamps (up to two). All

    SDG&E customers are eligible; bring yourSDG&E bill for ID along with your old light bulbsand lamps.

    From 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. there will be aCommunity Ceremony at the Community Stagefeaturing the Mira Mesa High School AFJROTC

    and presentations by Mira Mesa Town Councilpresident Ted Brengel and other dignitaries. Comemeet some of the MMTC Street Fair Committeevolunteers who have worked all year behind thescenes to make the event possible.

    The 12th Annual Mira Mesa Street Fair programincluded in this September/October