Valentine's Day, President's Day and Lunar New Year!

Grand Opening Celebration

Prebys Cardiovascular Institute

San Diego's Best Heart Care Just Got Better

Join us for an inside look at Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, our heart hospital of the future

Sunday, March 1, 2015
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
9888 Genesee Avenue, La Jolla CA 92037

To reserve your priority pass, call 1-800-SCRIPPS (727-4777) or visit

President's Day

San Diego Natural History Museum  
Desert Discovery Family Day highlights activities and crafts that explore this habitat.  Learn how plants and animals adapt to the heat, how they avoid it and why they usually come out at night.  
Monday, February 16, 11-3pm.  Free with admission.  $11-$17.

Valentine's Day

One of our board members, Kelly Ruff came up with a tradition her family has not only during Valentine's Day season but year around.  Her family writes notes to each other expressing their gratitude to each other.
Cristina added because of the birth of her child on February 14, Valentine's Day plays second fiddle to the holiday.  They enjoy blowing up balloons and having a dance party with their kids.
What are some your traditions?

Macy's Museum Month

Until February 28, explore 45 museums across the county for just half-price admission.  Pick up a free Museum Month pass at your nearest Macy's store.  Guests with a pass may bring up to 3 people to participating museums to receive half-off admission, too.

Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year at SeaWorld
The marine park's Festival Village features Asian-inspired culinary offerings and a community stage featuring cultural performances celebrating Asia.  The Chinese Acrobats of Hebei perform 25-minute shows at Mission Bay Theater. Feb. 13-16, 21, 22 & 28-March 1.  visit website for park hours.  Free with admission, $80-$86; under 3 free. 
Parent Connection Family Swap Meet:   For over 30 years, local non-profit, the San Diego Parent Connection, has held the Family Swap meet as a community service to families providing parents a venue to buy and sell their used and new kids and baby items. Now, thanks to Close5, a new online app that is being launched nationally in San Diego, the event is going to be free to vendors and attendees including parking by showing they have downloaded the app on their smart phones or tablets.

Close5 is revolutionizing the way people buy and sell goods. They believe that everything a person needs should be available within 5 miles of wherever they are for the good of their community and the environment. The app provides a fun and safe way to buy and sell home goods, kitchen appliances, fashion accessories and baby and kids items locally.

The spring swap meet is going to be held at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, March 22 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. The great thing about Close5 is that people can post their items prior to the swap meet to get more people exposure of the items and thus more buyers. In addition, this will allow them to reach San Diegans who may not be able to attend the swap meet. And, since this is an app people don’t necessarily have to wait for events to sell their goods.

For more information on or to join and download the Close5 app, please visit
o register for the Family Swap Meet, click here.  Parent Connection members will receive first priority selling spaces.  To join, log into the website at
Are you a parent of a child with a specific learning disability (LD)?  Linsey Silverstein, M.A., a doctoral student at Alliant International University, is recruiting study participants for an anonymous online survey.  Study participants can enter a drawing for 1 of 3 $100 Target gift cards and will help professionals learn what type of support you need.  Please visit for more information and the survey. 

The Longely Little Bumbershoot
Transported half way around the world from the wonderfully rainy streets of London, a little green umbrella finds himself in a strange city where the sky is almost always clear. Cast aside by the boy who once loved him, the Lonely Little Bumbershoot will never know happiness again. Or will he? A poignant tale of love, loss, and the journey toward a new life.

Win a signed autograph book by sending an email to telling us your favorite child's book.  

Parents Guide to Wills Trusts and Financial Planning

Monday, February 16, 7-9pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC

What would happen to your children if something happened to you?  Achieve peace of mind by ensuring that your child(ren) would be raised by the person you choose and that your child(ren) would not inherit everything at age 18, but at the ages and stages you want them to inherit. Stacy DenHerder, An Estate Planning Attorney, and Anthony Saffer, Financial Planner, will discuss how to avoid probate, how to be prepared to cover the issues of incapacity, and how to secure your financial future as well as your child's college education.  You'll have the opportunity to learn about 529 plans, education and Roth IRAs, UTMA accounts and alternative investments.  This event is free for Parent Connection members, $10 for nonmembers.  Register here.

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