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Heart & Soul: We all need a little spring cleaning

One of the wonderful things about living in San Diego is that the weather is gorgeous all year. Having been born and raised here, I never really understood the significance of the arrival of spring, until my husband and I lived in the Boston area for two winters. When the thermometer finally showed 50 degrees, the people in my office and I wanted to break out the windows so we could let the “warm” air in!

WEDNESDAY: Hillcrest Business Association to take input on neighborhood events

SAN DIEGO -- At its next Member Open House on Wednesday, April 24, the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) will take input from participants on what kind of neighborhood event they want to see in Hillcrest.

In the tradition of South Park's Walkabout, North Park's 30 on 30th, and Little Italy's Kettner Nights, HBA is trying to figure out what its next neighborhood promotional event will be. The organization currently produces popular community events such as CityFest, Hillcrest Hoedown, Taste of Hillcrest, and Taste 'n' Tinis, but hopes to add another regular event to its lineup.

LIVE blog from 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards

Editor's note: SDGLN Staff Writer Ben Cartwright is attending the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles tonight with other members of the Hale Media staff. Cartwright will provide live updates from the event throughout the night. Keep checking back to find out what's happening at this star-studded awards ceremony!

It's begun!

Bike Local Sundays kicks off in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition has launched Bike Local Sundays, a monthly line-up of events encouraging folks to ride bikes to local businesses and support neighborhood economies.

Bike Local Sundays kicks off in fabulous Hillcrest on Sunday, April 21 with free bike valet parking at the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market and Earth Fair in Balboa Park.

Registration open for the 19th annual Walk for Animals

SAN DIEGO -- The 19th Annual Walk for Animals is right around the corner, taking place Saturday, May 4 at a new location: NTC Park at Liberty Station.

The new location will offer plenty of parking and room for exciting new activities. The morning festivities include a delicious pancake breakfast, scenic two-mile walk with an optional half-mile walk, fun-filled doggie activities and contests, and array of vendor booths.

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RGOD2: Is LGBT equality a development issue?

(Editor’s note: As the World Bank announces a landmark research project on the economic costs of homophobia, the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle reflects on what it feels like to be on the first-ever LGBT panel at the world Bank’s Spring Civil Society meetings this week.)

Five-hundred civil society organizations are gathering from all over the world this weekend at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. to engage in discourse with the World Bank staff.

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Fashionably Out: Bringing “skinny” back to ties

You know those pair of jeans you’ve held on to for quite a while now because you keep telling yourself you’ll fit back into them soon? Well, darling, my advice to you is to keep telling yourself that until you gain that motivation and fit back into them!

In the meantime, there are a couple of other things in your closet you’ve kept aside simply because they’re cute or bring back nice memories - but don’t seem to fit into your personal style anymore.

Talmadge residents look forward to revamped village

SAN DIEGO -- Enthusiastic Talmadge residents gathered to brainstorm how they envision their community’s future neighborhood-serving business district. Residents have yearned for decades to create a village core similar to that of Kensington, South Park, and University Heights. This is the first step in making their “village” a reality.

The April 16 “Walk and Shop” research workshop at Franklin Elementary School was led by Jim Bliesner, director of the Center of Urban Economics and Design at UCSD, working with graduate students from Woodbury College of Architecture.

Guide helps LGBT families with federal student aid applications

NerdScholar has published a FAFSA Guide to help students with special family situations to navigate through federal student aid applications.

The guide will help students from same-sex families, single or unmarried parents, and those who may be undocumented immigrants, for example.

FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

HBA Beautification Committee seeks public input

(This post originally appeared HERE in San Diego Uptown News.)

Hillcrest Business Association Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls and the organization’s Beautification Committee are organizing a community walkabout, in part to gain feedback from residents and business owners on potential projects for the committee.

The walkabout will take place Thursday, April 18 at 5 pm.

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