Celebrating the Senses and So Much More! | A Word from our President

Mission Hills Word From President J. Daniel Geddis

Celebrating the Senses and So Much More!

A Word from our President – By J. Daniel Geddis, President of Mission Hills BID and REALTOR®, Team D&B at One Mission Realty

In Mission Hills, the month of May is all about the Mission Hills Garden Walk. The 2023 garden walk will celebrate its twenty fifth anniversary and feature ten beautiful gardens on Saturday, May 13, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This annual community event attracts attendees from throughout the region through an offering of significant historical architecture and sensational gardens; plenty to admire for garden enthusiasts. The walk will begin at Mission Hills Nursery, created by Kate Sessions the “Mother of Balboa Park,” located at 1525 Fort Stockton Drive. Our thanks to the Mission Hills Garden Club for their year-long work in the community and for producing the garden walk. If you are interested in attending this year’s garden walk, please visit the Mission Hills Garden Club’s website to learn more and purchase tickets. Look for the Mission Hills BID’s ad in the Garden Walk souvenir booklet and please enjoy our gorgeous gardens, splendid shops and fantastic food. 

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, let’s remember the wonderful mothers and mother figures in your life. The perfect Mother’s Day gift is right here in Mission Hills. From flowers to pampering to a unique specialty item, an array of gifts are waiting for you. For added convenience, a brunch celebration for Mom at a local eatery is sure to be fun. Remember to make a reservation!

Jackie Condliffe on Mission Hills Banner for San Diego County Fair 2023
Jackie Condliffe of Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille featured on the 2023 San Diego County Fair banners installed throughout Mission Hills.

One of our favorite Mums was Jacqueline Condliffe, a longtime Mission Hills resident, mother to Daniel, and twenty seven year employee extraordinaire at Shakespeare Pub & Grille, established in August 1990, at 3701 India Street in Mission Hills. Jackie’s sudden passing in March was shocking. Her selfless and kind spirit, big heart, always warm welcome, infectious smile and ability to remember everyone’s name helps to fill the hole in our hearts.  Holding back tears, pub proprietor, Paul Crawford, shared “Jackie was a very special person, a true treasure, and has left a huge void in all our lives.” On April 2 at Shakespeare Pub, a standing room only crowd celebrated Jackie. With permission from the Shakespeare Pub leadership team, the Mission Hills BID will continue to include banners featuring Jackie in the May 19 installation of San Diego County Fair Community Banners throughout Mission Hills. 

Do you have paper files that need shredding? On Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Hawk Street and Fort Stockton Drive the One Mission Realty’s Annual Shredding Event will be taking place. Visit OneMissionRealty.com/shred for more information.  

The Memorial Day holiday is celebrated on Monday May 29. It commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to take a brief vacation or spend time with family and friends over outdoor activities and meals. Friends and relatives of fallen military may also visit cemeteries and war memorials and raise the American flag. In more recent years, Memorial Day is seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events.

As we go to print, the Mission Hills Business Improvement District received a reminder from the San Diego Police Department which advised that in addition to hitting malls and stores, organized crime rings are targeting homes. Following are excerpts which we found helpful. The crime ring has been entering through the back of houses by breaking windows. Applying burglar-resistant material on all windows and doors that a burglar might try to smash through is recommended. A burglar faced with additional barriers might give up and look for another way or place to break in. The installation and activation of burglar alarms, motion sensor light and security cameras also serve as deterrents. If you have a burglar alarm system remember to set it. This may sound like common sense but research has found numerous burglary victims failed to set their alarm. Also, remember to lock your doors and windows! Nobody walks their dog around the block or goes to the store for “just a second.” Burglars target easy to carry items that hold high value such as money, jewelry and designer handbags. If you do keep some valuables at home, don’t keep them in the primary bedroom. That’s the first-place burglars look and ransack. Implementing as many of these actions as possible may help you keep your family, home and property safe. And, don’t forget to have a conversation with your insurance agent to make sure the possessions in your home are covered to the level you wish.

Please remember to support your Mission Hills small business owners as you prepare for all that the month of May has in store. Of every dollar spent at a locally owned business, about 70 cents stays local. Plus:

  • It’s convenient. 
  • It’s better for the environment by helping reduce your carbon footprint. 
  • You help support local businesses. 
  • You invest in your community. 
  • It helps create demand for local jobs. 
  • There are great deals to be found.
  • You’re likely to find quality products.

 

As always, thanks for reading the Mission Hills BID column. Like what you read? Please share with a friend. Questions, comments, suggestions? Please send a note to MissionHillsBID@gmail.com.

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