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Calendar – June 10 – July 7

Mission Valley Persuasive Speakers Toastmaster Club meeting
Ongoing, Tuesdays

This club’s weekly meetings help attendees become confident public speakers. Club members will learn from peers and receive mentoring and coaching from other club members. Meetings are held from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at 4444 Zion Ave. in Grantville. Call Josh or Tom at 619-284-8444 for more information or visit 701611.toastmastersclubs.org.

Film and discussion with Ralph DeLauro: ‘May in the Summer’
Monday, June 13

San Diego Oasis presents this film class at their location in Mission Valley (Third floor of Macy’s 1702 Camino del Rio North) starting at 1 p.m. The film by writer-director-star Cherien Dabis is a semi-autobiographical look at romantic confusion and family pressures set in Amman, Jordan. The class fee is $10. Visit OasisNet.org for more information.

‘Fashion + Flavors’
Friday, June 17 – Saturday, June 18

This new event will feature food, fashion and fun at Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo. The festivities will be held from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. each day at the corner of Juan and Taylor streets. A cooking demonstration by Casa Guadalajara’s Chef Jose Duran will be held each day at 11:30 a.m. and attendees can try his creations and enjoy a light lunch in Bazaar del Mundo’s courtyard. On the fashion side, guest artists will be showcasing handmade fashion accessories, clothing and crafts including scarves, handbags, jewelry and more. Visit BazaarDelMundo.com for more information.

Civita Friday Movie Night with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ 
Friday, June 17

Mission Valley housing community Civita will kick start up their summer movie series with this event. This edition features a screening of the 2015 film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” This event is open to the public and attendees are invited to bring their own picnic or partake in free popcorn. The film will start at about 7:45 p.m. at Civita’s temporary park located at the corner of Civita Boulevard and Via Alta. Visit CivitaLife.com for more information.

20th annual ‘Character Matters’ Conference
Thursday, June 23 – Friday, June 24

Attendees will learn techniques to teach “character education” from renowned experts. Each year this conference is attended by teachers, administrators, social workers, coaches, parents, caregivers and college instructors. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall at University of San Diego (5998 Alcala Park). Registration starts at $75. Visit bit.ly/213R4Y5 for tickets.

Gem Faire
Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26

The Gem Faire returns to the Scottish Rite Event Center (1895 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley) with a three-day event. Admission is $7 for the entire weekend (children under 12 are free) and there is free parking. Over 100 exhibitors will showcase fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, pearls, gold and silver and more. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring-sizing services will be available while you shop. There will be a special wholesale preview on Friday from 10 a.m. –noon. The general admission hours are: Friday noon –6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. –6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. –5 p.m. Visit GemFaire.com for more information

‘Growing plumerias’ class
Saturday, June 25

For this free gardening class, Armstrong Garden Centers will give tips and tricks on how to care for plumerias and keep them blooming all summer. The fragrant and beautiful flowers are the traditional Hawaiian lei flower. The Mission Valley/Grantville store is located at 10320 Friars Road; there are several other San Diego Armstrong locations. This session starts at 9 a.m. Visit ArmstrongGarden.com for more information.

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