A Favorite Place in Mission Hills | A Word from our President

By Dixie Hall, President Mission Hills BID and DixiePops Owner
While out and about recently, have you looked up to see the 76 Colors on Canvas 2022 hand painted banners by student artists that are installed on lamp posts scattered throughout Mission Hills? They will be on display for six weeks, through April 19. Each honors a favorite place in Mission Hills; a park, an event, a neighborhood of homes and street names, and many, many businesses. Sixteen judges are evaluating the banners based on long established contest criteria. These canvases represent the way in which the younger members of the community view and appreciate the place they call home. It is so refreshing to see how much they value and take pride in their environment. If you are inclined to post a picture of your favorite banner please remember to tag us @missionhillssd.
Colors on Canvas judges on inaugural outing with navigator Susan McNeil Schreyer and golf cart owner and chauffeur Amy Hallquist Hamric. Second Row:  Alexandra Vats owner of Vaatika Salon; Stephen Wheeler, Librarian at the Mission Hills/Hillcrest Know Library; Third Row: Jill Boyle, MFT, a licensed therapist in Mission Hills and Jesse Zmuda owner of Backbone Floral.

Join us on April 27 as we recognize the hard work and talent of the Colors on Canvas 2022 students, and their art instructors Sarah Ekedal at Grant TK8 School and Jaimee Brant at Paint Box Art Studio. Their banners will be professionally displayed at The Frame Maker and will be available for purchase in a silent auction format – or for those who don’t want to risk losing their favorite to someone else, they can buy it at the pre-emptive price of $150. One must be present at the April 27 event in order to bid on or buy the banners.  Doors will open at 5:30. Silent Auction bids will begin at $65. All proceeds go toward funding next year’s Colors on Canvas contest. To learn more visit MissionHillsBID.com/Colors-on-Canvas.

The evening’s food and beverage will be provided by Cake Bakery, Lazy Acres – Mission Hills, Pizza e Birra, and Thorn Brewing Company – Mission Hills. The event will be photographed by Rosanna Photography. Flowers will be provided by Jesse Zmuda of Backbone Floral. Sixteen winners will be recognized during the evening celebration. And, Patterson Engineering, Inc will present the $500 Marianne Kalem Legacy Award.

In addition to our Mission Hills centric celebration, April is a month filled with a variety of important holidays and observances – starting with the first and last days of Ramadan (1 and 30), first and last days of Passover (15 and 23), and Easter (17), Earth Day (22), and Arbor Day (29). And who wouldn’t want to celebrate National Pet Day (11), National Beer Day (7) and National Burrito Day (7)?  Lastly, don’t forget Tax Day (15) – while it isn’t fun – it is one you don’t want to miss.

Looking forward to May, there are three more save-the-date events taking place that you should know about now so you can plan accordingly: 

The Mission Hills Garden Clubs’ 24th Annual Garden Walk will be held on Saturday May 7, 2022. The theme this year is “Home Grown” and will feature gorgeous gardens growing fruit and vegetables.  Look for the Mission Hills BID’s ad in the Mission Hills Garden Walk booklet where we promote shopping and dining in the neighborhood.  For more information visit missionhillsgardenclub.org/Garden-Walk.

The One Mission Realty annual free shredding event is back! It is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 until 11:00 AM at 928 Fort Stockton Drive. Troy Curnett and his team have hosted this event for eight years, took a break during COVID, and will enjoy welcoming you back as you rid yourself of boxes of paper you no longer need. Please join me in stopping by and find out how great it feels to declutter!  More info may be found at: OneMissionRealty.com/shred

Judges Jesse Zmuda (left) and Jill Boyle

Also taking place on May 14 is the Mission Hills Community Garage Sale hosted by Maureen and Antoinette at Compass starting at 8:00 AM. If you live in Mission Hills and wish to be a “seller”, contact Maureen and Antoinette to get on the list and map of participating homes. The deadline for registration is May 6th. If you are a “buyer”, stop by Compass at 1621 West Lewis on the morning of the sale to pick up a map of homes and a small blurb about what each home is selling.  This annual event is always a big hit!

If you enjoyed hearing about the work we are doing and all the neighborhood happenings, please consider becoming a BID volunteer. The BID’s committee structure is a great way to impact neighborhood decision making in the areas of Promotions, Economic Development, Design and Parking.  To learn more, get involved, and support the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, please contact us.

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