Parkinson’s 5K walk/run
Fighting Parkinson’s Step by Step is an annual event by the Parkinson’s Association, an organization that provides services to the community of people affected by Parkinson’s disease and is dedicated to finding a cure. In addition to the race there will a medical expo with speakers from universities, hospitals, clinics and research institutes; topics may include DBS surgery, treatments and breakthroughs, quality of life for Parkinson’s families and brain circuitry. A health and fitness village highlight organizations promoting physical and mental wellbeing. There will also be live music, a beer garden, a kids’ zone and much more. Participation fees are $45 for adults, $20 for children (ages 12 and under) and $10 for dogs. Registration starts at 7 a.m., the run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:15 a.m. The walk/run will start and end at the festival site in NTC Park (2455 Cushing Road, Liberty Station). Visit ParkinsonsAssociation.org for more information.
Mission Hills walking tour
These walking tours will leave every 10 – 15 minutes from 1 – 4 p.m. starting at Espresso Mio (1920 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills). Docents leading the 60 – 90 minute tour will help attendees explore Prairie style homes, which came to the area about 100 years ago. The tour will detail the early occupants and history as well as the architects and builders of the homes built mostly from 1910 – 1920. Tickets are $10 for members of Mission Hills Heritage and $15 for non-members. Tickets include beverages and cookies following the tour. Visit MissionHillsHeritage.org for tickets and more information.
Taste of Hillcrest
More than 30 restaurants across 12 city blocks in Hillcrest will offer special samples of the food, beverages and ambiance that make this neighborhood one of San Diego’s most popular destinations. Participating restaurants include Bread and Cie, Crest Café, Lotus Thai, Luna Grill, Tajima Ramen Bar, Wine Steals, D Bar, Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India and more. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event. Visit FabulousHillcrest.com or call 619-299-3330 for more information.
The Domestic Estate Management Association has assembled a roster of local and national speakers to make presentations on topics of interest to private service professionals, estate owners, business owners, entrepreneurs and management representatives. Alex Montoya, manager of Latino affairs for the San Diego Padres, and Felena Hanson, founder of a woman-oriented shared workspace provider, are among the local speakers who will make presentations at the conference, which will be held at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional speakers include Ron Poindexter of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and David Spinelli, a corporate IT leader at Microsoft. For more information on the conference, including registration, visit DEMAconvention.com.
Holocaust commemoration program
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County presents this annual commemoration on the holiday of Yom HaShoah. This year’s theme is “From Auschwitz to Activism — 70 Years on From the Holocaust.” All are welcome at this event to remember Holocaust victims, honor survivors and teach children about anti-Semitism and learning from the past. The event will include a military color guard, musical presentation and candle lighting, with candles lit by survivors and their descendants in memory of those who died. The commemoration will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla). The event is free. Contact Linda Feldman by email: email@example.com or phone: 858-737-7138 for more information, or visit JewishInSanDiego.org.
Linda Vista multi-cultural fair and parade
Back for its 30th year, this free community street fair will be held on the 6900 block of Linda Vista Road promoting cultural awareness and understanding. This year’s theme is “Celebrating and Honoring our United States Armed Forces.” The parade will be held from 11 a.m. to noon followed by an opening ceremony with San Diego elected officials and VIPs. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with entertainment, kids’ zone, carnival rides, cultural dances, ethnic food booths and cultural exhibits. This family friendly event is drug-, cigarette- and alcohol-free. For more information visit LindaVistaFair.org.
Earth Day on the Bay
This new event will be held for the first time at and around the Maritime Museum of San Diego (1492 North Harbor Drive, Downtown). The museum is hosting the event for free so participants can learn about human impact on the Earth’s environment. Several other environmentally conscious organizations will be on hand participating in the event and there will be food vendors in front of the museum. According to a press release from the museum, the centerpiece exhibits of the event will be “Fragile Waters” and the “Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience.” Guests can also enter the museum for free during the event and cruises/sailing adventures with naturalists will be available for a fee. For more information visit SDMaritime.org.
Cinco de Mayo in Old Town
May 2 & 3
For two days the streets of Old Town will be filled with festivities in honor of Cinco de Mayo. There will be three stages with live music, a “cantina garden,” a low-rider car show, historical demonstrations and more. Over 10 area restaurants and bars will be participating by offering food and drink specials. Various vendors will be on hand with wares from leather pieces to jewelry. A kids’ area and stage will invite young visitors to participate in interactive activities. For the adult attendees there will be a high-end tequila sampling area in addition to the beer garden. The festival starts at 11 a.m. both days, ending at 10 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. For a list of youth activities, entertainment lineup and more visit oldtownsandiegoguide.com.
Throwback Thursday happy hour
With the help of San Diego Magazine, the San Diego History Center at Balboa Park hosts this casual social event from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring food, drinks, games, a DJ set and a lecture by Dr. Iris Engstrand, curator of the History Center’s current exhibit on the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. At $25, admission to the event includes appetizers by Eco Cater and Coast Catering, cocktails by Snake Oil Cocktail Company, and admission to the center’s two exhibitions, “Masterworks: Art of the Exposition Era” and “San Diego Invites the World.” For tickets and more information, visit sandiegohistory.org/tbthappyhour.