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Today’s Forecast

58º | Morning showers, cloudy afternoon | 64% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:38 a.m. | Sunset 5:27 p.m. | High tides 7:41 a.m. and 9:14 p.m. | Low tides 1:28 a.m. and 2:50 p.m.

🏈 It’s time for ruff play
A gray, scruffy dog in an orange bandana; a fluffy, cream-colored dog in a blue bandana; and a skinny, white and brown dog in a blue bandana.
Dory, Fred, and Hana representing Helen Woodward Animal Center | Images via Animal Planet
Five cute, furry San Diego players are heading to the big game. Not the Super Bowl; we’re talking about “Puppy Bowl XX” — the televised event featuring 100+ adoptable dogs across two teams competing for the “Lombarky Trophy” at Puppy Bowl Stadium.

To get ready for this grr-diron game, let’s take a look at the players and the two local animal shelters they represent.

Helen Woodward Animal Center

Located in Rancho Santa Fe, this nonprofit has been helping animals since 1972. The no-kill shelter helps pets find their forever home, and provides educational and therapeutic programs as well as services for homeless animals. Three tail-blazers are playing for this organization:
  • Dory — With her orange bandana, this pug-poodle mix is San Diego’s only member of Team Ruff. She still lives in SD.
  • Fred — This terrier mix is happily adopted and living on the East Coast. His blue bandana means he’s on Team Fluff, and he’s a finalist for the title of “Most Pupular” — voting ends Thursday, Feb. 8.
  • Hana — Another member of Team Fluff, this Chihuahua and Parson Russell terrier mix is now living at her furever home in New York.
A small,brown and white dog with a thick snout in a blue bandana and a small, brown, Chihuahua in a blue bandana.

Frederick and Dobby representing The Animal Pad


Images via Animal Planet

The Animal Pad

This all-breed, no-kill shelter in East County’s Casa de Oro-Mount Helix area was founded in 2010 and specializes in rescuing dogs in Baja California. The nonprofit provides animals with veterinary and rehabilitation services and facilitates fostering and adoptions. It has two representatives, both on Team Fluff:
  • Frederick — This pit bull terrier-boxer mix now lives in New York where he’s developed a love of hiking.
  • Dobby — The nonprofit rescued and helped this Chihuahua-poodle mix find its forever home.
“Puppy Bowl XX” airs on Animal Planet Sunday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m., and will simulcast on other channels and streaming services. Looking to watch it locally? Helen Woodward is hosting a watch party at McGregor’s Grill.
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Lil Skies | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 7 p.m. | House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego | $45 | The viral rapper from the East Coast is touring, making his way to downtown SD.
  • Todd Barry | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 7 p.m. | The Music Box, 1337 India St., San Diego | $28 | The actor and comic — known for “Flight of the Conchords” and “The Wrestler” — brings his deadpan style and a show filled with surprises.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner | Friday, Feb. 9 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | The Cottage Encinitas, 127 N. El Camino Real, Ste. H, Encinitas | $125 | Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this pop-up featuring curated sips from Tooth & Nail Wine Co. paired with a four-course menu from Executive Chef Kyle Kenny.
  • TobyMac’s “Hits Deep Tour” | Friday, Feb. 9 | Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego | $20 | The singer and rapper headlines this lineup that also includes Cory Asbury, Mac Powell, Tasha Layton, Jon Reddick, and Terrian.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Galentine’s Workout | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Presidio Park, 2811 Jackson St., San Diego | $10 | Get your heart pumping with this outdoor, pre-holiday fitness session.
  • Pugs & Kisses 2024 | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 2-5 p.m. | Lions Club, 3927 Utah St., San Diego | $25-$30 | This Valentine’s Day wine and cheese fundraiser includes a pug fashion show and boutique.
  • Caroline Rhea | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 6:30 + 8:30 p.m. | Grand Comedy Club, 340 E. Grand Ave., Escondido | $20 | The actress and comedian known for “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” performs with guests CJ Marrinan and Ellen Sugarman.
  • Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 9 p.m. | The Music Box, 1337 India St., San Diego | $29+ | The “Vanderpump Rules” star — yes, that one — performs with his band that covers rock classics.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • The Kook Run | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 7:30 a.m. | The Encinitas Sign, 476-480 S. Coast Highway 101 | $55-$75 | Honor the Cardiff Kook by wearing your zaniest costume for this 5K or 10K run.
  • Super Bowl at Fairmont Grand Del Mar | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 2:15-7 p.m. | Clubhouse Grill, 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar | $49-$119 | Catch the big game as you dine with buffet and drink options.
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News Notes
  • Drier weather may finally be on the way. The likelihood of rain in San Diego County is expected to decrease today and tomorrow, leading to a cool and partly cloudy weekend. A Beach Hazard remains in effect across coastal areas through 8 p.m. tonight that could bring waves up to 7 ft. (National Weather Service)
  • The Feb. 6 storm broke records in two San Diego County communities. Ramona measured 1.32 inches of precipitation, surpassing its prior record set in 1998 by 0.40 inches. In Alpine, it was the coldest day recorded with a high of only 49°. (National Weather Service)
  • The City of San Diego has granted a three-year, special use permit to allow nonprofit Forever Balboa Park to expedite small projects and beautification efforts across the landmark. The organization hopes this agreement will reduce the red tape when handling garden maintenance, repairs, and visitor services inquiries. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Look what Westfield Plaza Bonita has opened up: Gashapon Bandai Official Shop. The store sells “Gashapon,” a beloved capsule toy brand that’s part of Japanese pop culture. The products are dispensed through vending machines, so each purchase is a surprise.
  • If you’re wondering what’s beyond the vacant Bed Bath & Beyond site at Westfield Mission Valley, take a seat. Jerome’s Furniture will open a temporary store at the mall on Friday, Feb. 16. The two-story location will showcase the brand’s most popular items while offering a large clearance section. (CBS 8)
  • Country superstar Luke Bryan will shake it to Chula Vista this summer. The singer will perform his “Mind Of A Country Boy Tour” at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 8. If that’s your kind of night, general public tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.
  • Do you know a book everyone should read? San Diego Public Library is accepting nominations for this year’s One Book, One San Diego title — a program that aims to build community by reading and discussing the same book. Submissions will be accepted through March 1 and the selection will be announced in August.
Try This
  • “Wings Over San Diego” is soaring into the San Diego Air & Space Museum on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event includes interactions with pilots, crafts, and flight demonstrations from a hawk and falcon. It’s included with museum admission — perfect for Museum Month.
  • No 1. That’s the spot UC San Diego Health earned on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals in California” list — it also earned the top spot in San Diego. It’s been recognized as a “high performing” facility for 19 procedures and conditions, including strokes, knee replacements, and heart attacks.^
  • A friendly reminder to book spring + summer vacations (they’re just around the corner). Want beach time? This Hawaiian oceanfront property has two king beds. Prefer the mountains? Book this lakeside chalet in British Columbia. Craving luxury? This tropical cabana in Montecito, CA has an on-site masseuse.*
The Buy
The Giving Heart pillow — a cream, knitted, heart-shaped pillow that’s weighted to replicate the feeling of a real hug. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for loved ones who deserve some extra coziness and care.
💭 We asked for your Horton Plaza memories, and you said...
An image of horton plaza in 2004 with the fries stand.

Snack stands at Horton Plaza in 2004 — we can still taste those fries.


Photo via Aude on Wikimedia Commons

Last week, we talked about the ongoing Campus at Horton development — the downtown site formerly known as Horton Plaza. After looking into the future, we asked for your past memories at Horton Plaza. Here’s what you said on our Instagram feed:
  • “Opening day August 9, 1985.”
  • “Fries in a cup! And the Barbie store on the top floor, Warner Bros Store, and the ice skating rink!”
  • “The fries at that one place were just [chef’s kiss].”
  • “The two-story Sam Goody.”
  • “The escape room that parking structure turned into once you forgot where your car was at.”
  • “Never being able to find my car in that parking garage.”
  • City Editor Monica fondly remembers Planet Hollywood, Sam Goody, and Jessop’s Clock.
  • City Editor Michael loved how colorful it was — nothing like the malls he grew up with on the East Coast.
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Good morning, San Diego. It seems like we’ll be getting some relief from the rain, just in time for the weekend. I’m excited to get outside, even if it’s just for a walk or a quick hike. I’m also making plans to watch the Super Bowl, and finding an outdoor spot to view the game has become a high priority.
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