The 87th Thursday Club Rummage Sale – San Diego’s largest thrift, estate and garage sale – will be held Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the large Balboa Park Activity Center. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Balboa Park and 16 other Balboa Park and local community charities. There will be thousands of items and bargains galore. Free admission and lots of parking. For more information or to make a donation, call (619) 224-5264; or www.thethursdayclub.org.
Location: Zoro Garden aka “Butterfly Garden” Balboa Park. Click here for information about the garden, including a map.
Description: Enjoy arts, crafts, face painting, and story telling, capped off by hourly live butterfly releases in the Zoro Garden at 11 am, 12pm 1pm, and 2pm. Co-hosted by San Diego Floral Association and Friends of Balboa Park, this activity is one of many on park-wide Family Day when nearly two dozen cultural organizations present a wide range of activities that put the fun into STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Start Time: 11:00 am End Time: 3:00 pm
Caltrans, in conjunction with the City of San Diego is working on a rehabilitation and retrofit project of the Cabrillo Bridge over State Route 163. The Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from January of 2014 through April 2014. For an update on the project, click here.
In 2013, Friends hosted a Water-Wise showcase of accomplishments to educate the community of water wise practitioners on our ongoing projects in the areas of infrastructure, botany, ecology, the latest water-wise technologies and more. Click here to visit our Water-Wise collaboration space and view the latest on several ongoing projects, including donor opportunities for involvement.
Friends of Balboa Park hosted our 13th Annual Awards Luncheon celebrating volunteer leadership and organizations committed to the betterment of Balboa Park. Several of the visionaries and volunteers who have helped make Balboa Park extraordinary were honored including the Gildred Family. For more information about the luncheon, click here.
Friends of Balboa Park has initiated the return of 5th grade school children to Balboa Park for one day field trips starting in 2014! San Diego Unified School Board voted to restart this program, provided funding for buses can be guaranteed. Friends of Balboa Park will be raising funds for bus transportation. At $185/bus, the annual need to get school children into the Park for one day/week will be $40,000 per year for all San Diego 5th graders. We appreciate your support at any level to give each child this special enrichment to the regular curriculum, an experience the children will never forget. To read more about the program, and make a donation, click here. Thank you!
When the plants had gone dormant and the Park’s social calendar slowed sufficiently, Park & Recreation Department and Friends of Balboa Park completed the final work to recover from the damage to the Lily Pond in August of 2012. To read more about the repairs and restoration, click here. To view a complete listing of donors for the repair and restoration project, click here. To view our photo galleries of the recent activity, including event photos from the Lily Pond Celebration on February 25, click here.
Founder’s Perspective – Closing Speech by Betty Peabody from Friends of Balboa Park Annual Awards Luncheon
Today we are recognizing eight decades of volunteerism to Balboa Park by the extended Gildred Family. We all thank Helen and Phil Gildred, Sr. for their progeny.
May I offer my congratulations to all of our honorees. You each epitomize the purpose of this luncheon: to recognize decades of service, whether highly visible or little acknowledged dedication behind the scenes. You all participate in polishing the treasure we call Balboa Park. To read the text of the entire speech, click here.
Friends of Balboa Park is proud to get you behind the scenes around Balboa Park. If you are a regular Park visitor, you have probably heard one of the noontime bell medleys coming from the California Tower. But few people know the process behind the sound. To read more about this fascinating instrument and its rich history in the park, and to find out how you can submit a song request, click here to view entire article submitted by current Carillonneur Gina Seashore.
The Family Guide is designed with YOU in mind! We hope you will stay longer and play more by doing these activities while visiting Balboa Park with your family. There are activities for nine museums and twelve outdoor areas in Balboa Park. Have fun exploring the museums and free outdoor gardens. For some of the activities you will need a pencil, but for all of them you will definitely need your wonderful imagination. The guide is a project of the Informal Curriculum Experience (I.C.E.) sub-committee of the Balboa Park Educators’ Council (BPEC). Printed copies will be available at the Visitors Center, thanks to support from Balboa Park Central. Have fun, be creative, and PLAY! Click here to download a complete guide.