Looking for Something Relaxing to Do?

By J. Daniel Geddis, President, Mission Hills Business Improvement District

REALTOR, Team D&B at One Mission Realty 

The Mission Hills BID invites you to “look up” as you walk, run, bike, skate, scooter and drive along the banner lined streets in our neighborhood. Through grants from the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego, combined with generous partnerships with The Patio Group, Grant K8 School, Paint Box Art Studio, The Moll Family, and individual artists, the BID launched the Colors on Canvas Banner Art Contest in March.  Seventy banners were claimed by artists whose completed submissions will be displayed on Mission Hills’ lamp posts from May 2 through May 15. So, look up, enjoy, and let us know what you think.

BID President, J. Daniel Geddis (center),with NGG Mortgage President, Jeffrey Nett (l) and Vice President Michael Rosenbaum (r)

A panel of fourteen local business owners and residents serving as judges will be chauffeured around Mission Hills by NGG Mortgage President Jeffrey Nett and Vice President Michael Rosenbaum.  Judges will evaluate and rank the banners based on the banner artwork 1) being Mission Hills centric 2) having a clear interpretation to the viewer, 3) exhibiting an artistic quality, 4) creative use of color, and 5) a finished piece of work.  Entry categories include school children by grade level to professional artists.  The Marianne Kalem Legacy Award grand prize of $500 will be presented by Patterson Engineering, Inc at an Awards Reception on Wednesday, June 5 at The Frame Maker, on Reynard Way in Mission Hills.  For the latest updates on the contest, and to find out how you too can take part, please visit: MissionHillsBID.com/ColorsOnCanvas.

In May, Mission Hills is also very much about the Mission Hills Garden Walk. This annual garden walk is celebrating its 21st year on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Join garden lovers from all over San Diego for an enjoyable day walking through our neighborhood and visiting 10 beautiful private gardens showcasing “Birds & Bees • Flowers & Trees.”  We’ve heard the selected gardens are family friendly, informative, and beautiful. Take a look at the Mission Hills BID’s ad in the Garden Club Walk souvenir booklet and let us know which you enjoyed most; our gorgeous gardens, splendid shops or fantastic food.

Lest you need reminding, Sunday, May 12 is a great day to remember the wonderful mother figures in your life. When I was a young boy, I would make breakfast-in-bed for my mom. Often I would need my dad’s help. No matter how long it took I insisted my mom stay in bed. Clearly she was on to the plan, yet joyful and gracious as I delivered breakfast items I knew she enjoyed.

If breakfast-in-bed seems too daunting a task, and you enjoy gifting, the perfect Mother’s Day gift awaits you right here in Mission Hills.  From flowers to pampering to unique specialty items, or brunch for Mom at a local restaurant, all are easy to do in our neighborhood. Reservations may be needed.

And, Thursday, May 16 is Bike to Work Day 2019Join thousands of commuters throughout the San Diego region as they GO by BIKE to their destinations. When you register for Bike to Work Day, you can roll by one of 100 exciting pit stop locations throughout the county from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. to pick up a FREE t-shirt, sponsored by JUMP by Uber, snacks, and hearty encouragement. Choosing to bike as a means of transportation is a great way to help the environment while getting a little exercise.

Maureen and Antoinette are continuing the twenty-plus year tradition of the Mission Hills Community Garage Sale on Saturday, May 18 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. On the day of the sale, maps will be available at each participating home (look for the yellow signs) and at the Compass office, located at 1621 West Washington.

The month ends with Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 27 commemorating those who lost their lives in service to our country. Living in a military town, many of us recall friends and family who died while serving.  The three-day-weekend is also the time we embrace the unofficial start of summer with picnics, parades, outdoor events, and just looking for something relaxing to do.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024, 10AM-4PM

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