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Today’s Forecast

62º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:52 a.m. | Sunset 4:59 p.m. | High tides 6:25 a.m. and 8:27 p.m. | Low tide 1:53 p.m.

🌸 We’ve got a thing for spring
SD Alcazar Garden Balboa Park 2023
A walk in Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park is a true springtime treat. | Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday
Today is the first day of spring and we’ve got a little pep in our step thinking of the seasonal traditions we get to enjoy in San Diego.

From flower fields and gardens to whale watching and watching the Padres at Petco Park, plant yourself here and make those springtime plans.

The gardens at Balboa Park

San Diegans enjoy Balboa Park’s infinite beauty year-round, but this time of year, the landmark’s 19 gardens have a way of truly springing to life. Flutter through a butterfly garden at the sunken grotto known as Zoro Garden (fun fact: This site used to be a nudist colony during the 1935 California-Pacific Exposition, so there’s that), take a peaceful stroll along Alcazar Garden (and look up, because the view of the California Tower from this spot is breathtaking), or check out 36 species of drought-tolerant plants at the California Native Plant Garden.

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The vivarium at Butterfly Farms in Encinitas is magical.


Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Butterfly Farms

The Encinitas butterfly education, conservation, and research facility opens for its 2023 season April 15-November 15. Visit the vivarium to see butterflies fluttering daily, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (admission is $6); sunny, warm days work best for sightings. Give yourself time to peruse the plant nursery, too.

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A sighting in the sea. | Photo via @legacywhalewatch

Whale watching (yes, even in the spring)

Whale watching in San Diego has become a year-round activity but through April, you can catch the tail-end of the migration period for gray whales — who are known to pass through San Diego’s coastline en route to the warm waters of Baja California.

Many local companies offer tours in search of these gentle giants, including:
How much money did sports bettors wager between January and November of 2022? (Source: Forbes)

A. $10 billion
B. $31 billion
C. $54 billion
D. $68 billion
E. $83 billion
F. $103 billion

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Monday, March 20
  • AleSmith Women’s Speaker Series | Monday, Mar. 20 | 5-7:30 p.m. | AleSmith, 9990 AleSmith Court, San Diego | Free | A social hour and chance to talk with resume and career expert Laura Bashore.
  • Circus Vargas Presents: “Bonjour, Paris!” | Monday, Mar. 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Westfield North County, 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido | $39-$59 | It’s the final night for the French-themed circus — c’est magnifique.
  • Algiers | Monday, Mar. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego | $19 | The Atlanta-formed post-punk band performs with guests Party Dozen.
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love | Monday, Mar. 20 | 7:45 p.m. | Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero, 1 Market Place, San Diego | $20-$23 | Watch the flick starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Steve Carell under the stars.
Tuesday, March 21
  • San Diego Gulls vs. Iowa Wild | Tuesday, Mar. 21 | 7 p.m. | Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego | $10-$103 | Glide into this local hockey game.
  • American Ballet Theatre - Studio Company | Tuesday, Mar. 21 | 7:30 p.m. | California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 North Escondido Blvd. | $35-$95 | The collective of young performers showcases a variety of styles.
Wednesday, March 22
  • Virtual Tour: The Many Landscapes of Afghanistan | Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 1 p.m. | The San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego | Free | A virtual tour — from medieval manuscripts to contemporary photographs — presenting various perspectives on Afghanistan’s land, cultures, and people.
  • Move with Us | Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Museum of Us, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego | $10 | Ground yourself with a candlelight yoga session in the museum’s historic rotunda.
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News Notes
  • 61º | Mostly cloudy with showers | 30% chance of rain
  • San Diego has gotten 9.11 inches of rain from January-March 15, 2023 — more than the county got during all of 2022. The National Weather Service says another atmospheric river is expected to sweep our county tomorrow. (CBS 8 + National Weather Service)
  • The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for San Diego County’s Coastal areas — including Encinitas and Oceanside — Tuesday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. The forecast shows southwest winds 30-40 mph, with possible gusts up to 60 mph.
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 6:53 a.m.
  • Set: 7 p.m.
  • Low: 3:02 a.m. + 3:38 p.m.
  • High: 9:07 a.m. + 9:53 p.m.
  • Water Temperature: 55°
  • The county will host a virtual public meeting tomorrow, 6-7 p.m., to gather local input on the Climate Action Plan Update. The workshop will focus on a tool that’s being developed to ensure community feedback is incorporated into the plan, which includes reaching net zero emissions by 2035-2045.
  • The San Diego State Aztecs beat the Furman Paladins 75-52 in round two of the NCAA’s March Madness Tournament, sending SDSU to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the university’s history. The No. 5 seed Aztecs will play the No. 1 overall seed Alabama this Friday in Kentucky. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Real estate development group Purpose is renovating The Waldorf Television Building at 3140 University Ave. in North Park. Originally built in 1950, it’ll reopen this summer as a mixed-use hub featuring 11 residential units and ~6,400 sqft of restaurant and retail space, including Moniker General Outpost — a coffee-retail hybrid from Moniker General.
  • Bun & Patti — a restaurant that puts a fine dining twist on burgers — is now open at 2171 Kettner Blvd. in Little Italy. The menu specializes in a chuck and brisket burger blend served on brioche buns. We hear the “Smoke Show” (14-day, dry-aged beef patty) is a must-try.
  • Make some “Memories”The Sound announced Yungblud will bring his North American tour to the new Del Mar venue on Wednesday, April 19. Tickets to the English singer’s show are now on sale, starting at $39.50.
  • Forever Balboa Park is hosting a community tree planting event this Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Balboa Park War Memorial Building. Register to help plant 13 trees that will contribute to the growth of the landmark’s urban forest.
Plan Ahead
  • The breweries that have built the Capital of Craft will take the spotlight at the San Diego Beer News Awards Tuesday, March 28, at 6 p.m. at AleSmith Brewing. The free show is open to all — including beer fans — and categories include Best Brewery by Region and Best New Brewery. (SanDiegoBeer.News)
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
🌱 Spring has sprung
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It’s spring in Balboa Park — even if the iconic Botanical Building is a bit bare. | Photo via Michael Beausoleil + SDtoday
Today marks the spring equinox (aka the first day of Spring).

Technically speaking, it’s the day that the sun crosses the Earth’s equator from the Southern Hemisphere into the Northern Hemisphere. The shift marks the astronomical start of spring and days will become “longer” because there will be more time between sunrise and sunset.

Looking to celebrate the season? Head to our events page to see community events happening this week and beyond. If you’re up for spending some time outside, our parks guide will point you in the right direction — whether it’s for a lunchtime stroll or an evening run.

If you’re in the mood for some spring cleaning, here are the essentials we recommend:

🧽 Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

💧 Microfiber cleaning cloths

🧹 Duster kit

🍓 Refrigerator organizer bins

🧼 Spinning scrubber brush

Bonus: Hire a cleaning professional to tidy up your humble abode.
The Wrap
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From the Editor
The Loma Club at Liberty Station is just one of many gorgeous golf courses in San Diego, but did you know they also have 9-hole and 18-hole mini courses for families?

Tappers Mini Golf — either the “Gopher” or “Gator” course — offers special rates for kids 12 and under ($12-$18), or you can opt for the family rate for four players with at least one kiddo ($45-$65.50).

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