‘Holiday Spectacular’ Friday at the Shoppes
The Shoppes at Carlsbad is hosting a free “Holiday Special” all day from 11 am to 6 pm Friday. The day will include live music and concerts from local schools, and arts and crafts. Elves will be making balloon animals and painting faces all day. Santa’s Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman will appear from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm From noon to 6:00 pm, Mrs. Claus will read four wonderful stories. The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will appear from 2 to 6 pm The Shoppes at Carlsbad located at 2525 El Camino Real. Go to bit.ly/3F3enwU.
New Brain Balance Center to open
Brain Balance, a drug-free program designed to help adults and children improve focus, behavior, social skills, cognitive performance and emotional well-being, will open its third and 165th San Diego County location S. El Camino Real, Suite E. The new center will care for students and families who may be struggling with social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive problems. The program seeks to strengthen brain connections through physical and emotional exercise, academic skills training, healthy nutrition, and confidence-building activities to get to the root of an individual’s challenges. any. Other locations are at Carmel Mountain Ranch and Chula Vista. Call (858) 324-5545 or visit brainbalancesandiego.com.
Founder Sammy opened a new restaurant
Toasted Gastrobrunch + Dinner has opened at 339 N. Cleveland St., from Sami Ladeki, creator of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Toast Gastrobrunch. This new location is close to the pedestrian street on the beach and takes the place of Carte Blanche Bistro Bar. Toasted has expanded to include a full dinner menu but will keep brunch favorites from Toast Gastrobrunch (formerly in Carlsbad) like brisket hash and stuffed French toast. Dinner will include favorites from Sammy’s menus as well as new dishes. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with brunch served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. with half-baked items, and dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Military personnel earn 20 percent. Visit toastedoceanside.com.
Vietnamese restaurant moved to Vista
Pho Truch Xanh has opened at 770 Sycamore Ave., serving Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. The restaurant was previously located at Center City Parkway and Mission Avenue in Escondido. Specialties include a full line of pho soups, vermicelli rice dishes, banh mi sandwiches, vegetarian fare and Chinese specialties. Hours are 10:30 am to 3:30 pm and 4:15 pm to 8:30 pm every day except Tuesday. Call (760) 536-9291; go to photrucxanh.com.
Cybercrime webinar provided by SDCCU
San Diego County Credit Union is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday afternoon with cybercrime expert Randy Lawrence, who will provide an in-depth look at various cyberattack methods and detail how to reduce your risk. Learn about current trends, including scam emails and phone calls from the IRS, phishing attempts and malicious mobile apps. The webinar is open to the public, but virtual seating is limited and reservations are required. Register at sdccu.com/fww.
Free contract agencies are available
The San Diego County Department of Purchasing and Contracting offers several free lunch and learn workshops at the San Diego, Orange, and Imperial County Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. This study describes the San Diego County contracting and procurement process. The next webinar is “Viability Testing/The County of San Diego’s Small Business Program,” scheduled from 11 am to 1 pm Tuesday. Register at sdcoc.centerdirect.com/events/44114.
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