Built 1827-1829 as the home of settler Juan Bandini, this is one of San Diego’s oldest standing buildings. Stagecoach operator Albert Seeley bought it in 1869, added a second story, and turned it into a popular hotel. The Cosmopolitan underwent a major $6.5 million restoration and reopened in 2010.
Billed as “Gaslamp’s oldest bar,” this spot was built in 1864 and converted into a saloon in 1885 — where Wyatt Earp was an early patron. With a brothel above it, Tivoli was part of the city’s red light district. Today, the bar and grill remains open daily until 2 a.m. — with its original cash register.
This comfort food staple opened in 1938 and moved from Hillcrest to North Park in the early 1990s. Eight decades later, the same Chicken Pie recipe remains on the menu, keeping customers coming back for more.
This model railroad and hobby store has been running since 1943 — making it the oldest train set shop in the US. Its namesake, Frank Cox, kept the biz chugging along until 1982; today, it’s operated by three generations of the Cooley family — right next door to the J.A. Cooley Museum.
Lightscape at San Diego Botanic Garden | Through Monday, Jan. 1 | 5-8:30 p.m. | San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas | $16-$26 | The glimmering holiday experience returns with colorful new installations lining a 1-mile walking trail, set to music.
Cooking Class: Mediterranean Tapas Party | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Saint Ephrem Church, 750 Medford St., El Cajon | $65 | Learn to make three classic small plates — hummus, tabouli, and stuffed grape leaves — paired with fresh pita chips.
Saturday, Nov. 18
2023 Holiday Bazaar | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center, 2525 N Ave., National City | Free | Shop for unique, locally made gifts from vendors, crafters, and “Kitchenistas.”
San Diego Made Holiday Market | Saturday, Nov. 18 + Sunday, Nov. 19 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Julep Venue, 1735 Hancock St., San Diego | $6 | Explore 120+ local makers selling goods and enjoy photo ops, a floral bar, art installations, a tarot card reader, and cocktails by Snake Oil Cocktails.
Uncorked: Derby Days Wine Fest | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 12-4 p.m. | Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. | $25-$80 | Enjoy 100+ wines and bubblies from across the globe plus horse races, food trucks, live music, and the Derby Dame and Dapper Dan fashion contest.
The state Public Utilities Commission will host two virtual public participation hearings Monday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to discuss SDG&E’s request to change electric rates for the next four years. Join the conversation by calling 1 (800) 857-1917 (Passcode: 6032788#), and watch the webcast live.
Port of San Diego Commissioners greenlighted a new law that bans all forms of motorized transportation — including those loud pedicabs — from pedestrian walkways, parks, and piers along San Diego Bay. The rule goes into effect Thursday, Dec. 14; pedal-only pedicabs can still operate across parts of the Embarcadero. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
San Diego FC will open its official pop-up retail shop, Eighteen Threads, this Sunday, Nov. 19, at Mission Valley mall — 1640 Camino del Rio N., Ste. 337. The 1,900-sqft store will feature in-store exclusives in addition to team-branded merch that’s available online.
The Midway Rising team will host an informational public workshop Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6-7:30 p.m., at Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Locals are invited to learn more about the plan to redevelop 48.5 acres in SD’s Sports Arena community, which includes 4,250 housing units and a brand-new, 16,000-seat entertainment arena.
This may cause panda-monium. Chinese President Xi Jinping hinted he might return some pandas to the San Diego Zoo as a gesture of friendship. The last of the zoo’s beloved giant pandas — Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu — were repatriated to China in 2019, a sad moment for SD. (Times of San Diego)
The Leonid Meteor Shower — produced when Earth passes through the debris of comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle — is expected to peak today and tomorrow. According to NASA, it could produce up to 15 meteors per hour. Pro tip: Stargazers may want to trek to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for prime viewing. (Space.com + NASA)
The City of San Diego has reached a record 71% diversion rate for the amount of waste diverted from the landfill, a stat based on all waste generated by locals within city limits. As SD continues to work toward its Zero Waste plan, the next goal is 82% by 2030.
Local celebrity Chef Richard Blais and his wife, Jazmin, have a new collaborative cookbook: “Plant Forward: 100 Bold Recipes for a Mostly Healthy Lifestyle.” The couple will host a book signing and meet-and-greet on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at one of Blais’ local restaurants, California English. Get tickets.
Recruit Military and Disabled Veterans of America will host the virtual National Veterans Job Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. More than 100 employers will chat with jobseekers; the free event is open to all transitioning military service members, vets, and military spouses and dependents.
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With the cooler weather, it’s prime time to curl up with a good book, don’t you think? Find your next great read by shopping small and local at these used bookstores, or check out these titles by San Diego authors.