Crawford Senior High is what I would call an average Senior High School in California. It has all of the problems any other California Senior High School, for the most part, faces including overcrowded classrooms, students who are more interested in socializing then learning, and a not so well kept campus with old materials, and even older buildings. Everything about this school reminds me how different California Senior High Schools are from the rest of the nation. How we are okay with less than average performance, how we focus more on sports, extra curricular activities, and after school activities then we do on education. The number of teachers, counselors, and other staff members cannot keep up with the number of students, and for the most part, this means that students don't always have the best relationship with their counselors or teachers, and it is very possible for students to slip through the cracks, or fall so far behind and drop out, and for no one but their close friends to notice when they do. The teachers at Crawford Senior High definitely deserve a pat on the back in my opinion. They face so many tough issues on a day to day basis, and are forced to teach under all circumstances. The teachers are strong, but they have to stick to the materials they have at hand, and that can leave the academics lacking. If you want award winning sports teams, and don't care much about all the rest that a Senior High School has to offer, than I would highly recommend Crawford Senior High School.
PROS: Excellent extra-curricular activities programs.
CONS: Lacking academics, overcrowded classrooms, out of date materials
The Preuss School is a school that gives kids who otherwise might be considered "high risk", "outcasts", or "trouble" a chance for a brilliant and bright future. Targeting the low income communities, and the children that call these communities home, this school has restrictions about who and who cannot enroll to make sure they reach the children who are the most in need, and the most at risk. UCSD students visiting, tutoring, and serving as mentors to these kids, gives them the idea that they can achieve big things, they can go onto college, and they can set, follow, and achieve dreams. You might expect a school like this to be lacking when it comes to programs, because of the type of school it is, but this school gives students every chance to participate, every chance to get involved, and every chance to stay out of trouble. The uniforms worn by students at this school encourage equality, and discourage rival colors, and other things that can happen at traditional schools. It is my hope that you are not in the situation where your child is in need of a program like this, but if you are, then Preuss School is the way to go!
PROS: Targets communities and students often forgotten.
CONS: None that I can think of.
National Bakery is an affordable bakery located in San Diego. The baked goods are always fresh, taste just out of the oven, and are very high quality. You will find a large variety of the kind of baked goods you would expect at a bakery like donuts, cakes, and cookies. The cakes are definitely the best in the area, and if you need one slice, or a whole cake, this is the place to go. The moist, soft, tasty goodness of the cakes from National Bakery will remind you of grandma's cakes fresh out of the oven. There is always ample parking, the staff is very friendly, and the store hours are convenient. If you haven't been to National Bakery before, make sure to try it out, next time you are in the area. And even if you aren't in the immediate area, and you are craving something sweet, this bakery is definitely worth the drive.
PROS: The cake!
CONS: None that I can think of!
The San Diego Fair has changed a lot over the years. Is it just me, or did things seem to go downhill when it went from being the Del Mar Fair to the San Diego Fair? Either way, it's still just that, a fair. But, gone are the days of where $20 could buy you a whole day of fun, unless you catch a wristband day, or other promotion, you are likely to shell out a whole lot more cash for a day of fun in the sun. The rides are ridiculously overpriced. You could spend a day at the overpriced Belmont Park and still spend less on rides then you would at the San Diego Fair. The games are just as overpriced, and your chances of winning them, are well, slim to none, unless you have either a great deal of skill, a large wad of money, or some pure dumb luck. The biggest "pain" about the overpriced games, is that when you do figure out a way to win, they give you a small prize to start off with, and then you play again and again to work your way up to a larger prize (when you cash in your smaller one, and pay to play again of course). The food at the San Diego Fair is wonderful, whether you like funnel cakes, pickles, corn dogs, cotton candy, or just about anything deep fried, and covered in sugar that you can possibly imagine. Of course, all of that high-fattening food comes at premium prices also. Then there are the exhibits, lots of exhibits from home and garden to products they say you "have to have", as well as fair souvenirs. If you spend money on admission, rides, games, and souvenirs, you can expect to spend a whole lot of money, for one day of fun in the sun. My best advice, if you are dying to visit the San Diego Fair, visit on a night when one of your favorite artists will be performing, the "free" included with the cost of admission concerts are one of the best benefits of paying to attend the overpriced San Diego Fair.
PROS: Lots to see and do for people of all ages.
CONS: All that fun really ads up fast.
The Balboa Park Railroad is a cute, little train ride, that little "engineers" to be of all ages are sure to enjoy. The train holds under 50 passengers at a time, but even so it boasts a total of over 5,000,000 rides since it first opened in 1948. The train ride itself is short, lasting only about 3 minutes and covering around 1/2 mile of tracks. The train ride provides a stunning view of the Balboa Park scenery, as it passes through 4 acres of the popular Balboa Park area. For the older train buffs, the train is a G16, which is considered to be an antique train, and it's very rare to have one still up and running. The conductor is about as "authentic" as they come, complete with the true to life conductors uniform of a cap and overalls. The trail runs primarily on weekends and during busy times (like school holidays) during the winter months, and runs 7 days a week from the end of June thru Labor Day. This train is a fun "follow up" activity, after a lesson plan about trains, railroads, or a visit to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. While older kids might think that the train ride is short, and on the lame side, younger kids will be able to enjoy the full experience of the ride, and think it's the coolest thing ever.
PROS: "Authentic" little train ride. Rare, antique train.
CONS: Short ride.
Long gone are the days when playing with blocks, learning your ABC's, and singing the alphabet was all that there was to do in preschool. Many preschools, including the Christian Church of Lemon Grove Pre School have raised the bar on their expectations, and their programs, and made preschool truly a worthwhile, life changing experience for children. The Christian Church of Lemon Grove Pre School focuses on teaching equality, love, caring, and kindness to children, values that will carry them throughout their entire lives. This preschool also encourages families to get involved with back to school nights, fundraising, seminars, and so much more. There is a great deal of parent-staff communication, through "homework" that you can help your child further their learning experience in preschool. It's a great way for parents to participate and get involved with their child's preschool, without having to commit to one of those parent participation preschools. Conveniently located in Lemon Grove, you will find adequate parking whether you are just running in to drop off or pick up your child, or you are staying around for a bit to observe your child in class. Paying for your child to attend the Christian Church of Lemon Grove Pre School couldn't be more affordable. The price you pay is based on when your child actually attends, and not based on an overpriced set price for all children in attendance. With participation in programs like Box Tops For Education, a national fundraising program for schools, it is clear that this preschool has truly raised the bar for their care and diligence in providing your preschooler with the absolute best. The class sizes are small, which means that every child gets all of the attention, hugs, and love that they need and deserve at this precious age in their development. The environment feels cozy, but definitely not cramped, and there is plenty of outdoor space, including a playground where your kids can run, jump, and just be kids.
PROS: Lots of variety.
CONS: Nothing I can think of.
The Adventure Days Preschool is a friendly, loving, warm, caring environment that you will want to drop your child off in. The cost is based on the age of your child, as well as the amount of time that your child spends at the preschool based on full day or regular day schedules. There is also a materials fee, which helps pay for materials used in the classroom. The preschool offers a discount on your second and each additional child. The Adventure Days Preschool offers convenient hours that can meet the schedule of most working parents. The preschool is open Monday through Friday. A Parent's Bulletin Board at the center provides parents with field trip and other important information, as well as the menu for lunch. The preschool serves a morning snack, afternoon snack, and lunch to your child. You can guarantee that they are providing your child with a healthy lunch and healthy snacks. They don't include breakfast in their program, but kids can bring breakfast from home. Afternoon naps are part of the normal routine and field trips are taken occasionally and always enhance the learning process. The curriculum makes this preschool unique and includes everything from basic arts, to dancing, singing, and of course basic preschool skills including language development. The Christian values are strong in this preschool, and you can expect that your child will learn about love, friendship, and kindness. They pray before meals, and their really is a "family" feel to the preschool environment. There is plenty of room for personal growth, and every child is treated like they truly are one in a million. Kids are given special attention from the kind, caring, loving staff. Parents are encouraged to visit whenever they want. The kids are loved, respected, and develop a general excitement about learning, making new friends, and of course having lots of fun as they learn. But SH! Don't tell the kids they are learning, they have so much fun, they might not even realize it.
PROS: Offers plenty of ways for parents to get involved
CONS: None that I can think of.
Whoever came up with the novel idea of selling vacuum cleaners and sewing machines in the same store, truly had the idea of the century, as all of these little "sewing and vacuum" stores really seem to be the best places to shop when you are looking for sewing machines, sewing machine repairs, vacuum cleaners, vacuum cleaner parts, and vacuum cleaner repairs. Poway Sewing and Vacuum is no exception. In fact, Poway Sewing and Vacuum is one of the few places where you can find vacuum belts in just about every size. If you have an older vacuum cleaner, that you just cannot bare to part with, that the belt is absolutely just worn down as far as it can go, pull the belt off the vacuum and bring it into Poway Sewing and Vacuum, the helpful employees can identify the right replacement vacuum belt for you in no time, and your "dinosaur" vacuum cleaner will be as good as new in no time. The store hours are convenient, and the location couldn't be more convenient, located on Poway Road in Poway. This little sewing and vacuum store, I have a feeling is going to be around for years to come.
Red Barn Vacuum is an appliance store, and all though they sell a wide variety of high quality appliances, and vacuums, that is not what this review is about. Instead, this review is about vacuum bags (GASP!) Yes, that's right, not every one on the planet has upgraded to canister vacuum cleaners, and some people, like our family, who did upgrade to canister vacuum cleaners, later returned to the good old fashioned bag vacuum cleaners, because they just do the job so much more efficiently. With vacuum bags becoming seemingly difficult to find in many stores, and parts for bag vacuum cleaners becoming difficult to locate, it's nice to see a place like Red Barn Vacuum who still carries a wide selection of vacuum bags and belts that are perfect replacements for your existing vacuum cleaner. They don't pressure you to buy the latest model of vacuum cleaner, and they are friendly even when you only run into their store for a single part. The excellent customer service of the employees is second to none in the vacuum parts industry. If they don't have a specific part, they will tell you where you can find it. The prices are reasonable, all though not inexpensive, about what you would expect from this kind of place.