Arts & Entertainment

“Santa Paws” welcomes pups

By SDCNN Staff

Westfield Mission Valley invites you to celebrate the holidays with your furry friends at “Santa Paws” on Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m. Dogs may sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a free photo at his workshop, Mint Studio.

Mint Studio ­— located between Bath & Body Works and AMC Theaters — offers holiday DIY activities and photo opportunities with Santa through Dec. 24. View and register for Mint Studio workshop events at

Earworm alert: ‘Christmas on our Own’

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

When Mission Valley resident DJ James decided to debut his music, he knew he’d have to go big or go home.

His newly released song, “Christmas on our Own,” not only flips the script of traditional holiday music – it also gives the catchiness of Mariah Carey’s popular hit “All I Want for Christmas is You” a solid run for its money.

Highway stories

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Featured, Features | No Comments

By Sara Appel-Lennon

San Carlos resident Don Harrison believes there are Jewish stories everywhere.

To prove his point, Harrison recently wrote a book that recounts 70 Jewish stories culled from all 35 exits along Interstate 8 between Mission Bay and the Imperial County line, titled “77 Miles of Jewish Stories: History, Anecdotes, and Tales of Travel Along I-8.”

Kris Kringle’s moment

By Jean Lowerison

What could be better for spreading Christmas cheer than that great story about Kris Kringle winning a court case and validating his claim to be the “real” Santa Claus?

We’re in luck. San Diego Musical Theatre revives last year’s popular musical version of the old 1947 Lux Radio Hour broadcast of “Miracle on 34th Street” through Dec. 24 in its new home, the Horton Grand Theatre.

A visual preview of Global Winter Wonderland

Posted: November 15th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff Global Winter Wonderland is on its way to town! The multicultural holiday festival will open on Sunday, Nov. 19. Currently, a group of dedicated workers is preparing for the crowds by creating elaborate lantern displays, setting up rides, assembling structures and more. This collection of photos from Thursday, Nov. 9 show the initial […]

Multicultural holiday festival arrives in Mission Valley

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Lulu Huang traveled to the United States from China for a visit in 1994 – and she’s still here today. Instead of returning to her homeland, she started a computer company, had two kids and became inspired.

“[I] wanted to do something for children,” Huang said. She decided to start a cultural experience that was fun and educational.