Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Drum-filled Weekend! San Diego Community Events

I am so excited for two events coming up this weekend that I am surprised I have written about sooner. If you are in the San Diego, California area - come check these out.

First event is today, Saturday, October 3, 2009 for the 11th Annual San Diego Women's Drum Circle. Here is the information from founder Vicki Morgan:

This is our 11th year Anniversary of the SAN DIEGO WOMEN'S DRUM CIRCLE!!!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

We will be Celebrating, and Drumming under the stars around a beautiful bonfire at Vacation Island on Mission Bay behind Paradise Point Resorts off Vacation Rd.

Potluck: 4:30-6pm - Bring something yummy to share:)!

Drum Circle: 6:00pm – 9pm

Directions: Take 8 west, exit Sports Arena/Mission Bay, take Mission Bay turns into Ingraham, pass 1st light (Dana Landing), go over bridge, turn left (go west) on Vacation Rd. Turn left before entering resort.

towards the back parking lot near the public restrooms. You will find us at the 1st Fire Pit

I have been participating in the San Diego Women's Drum Circle every month since April, and I love it! It is so exhilarating to play a drum, dance and have a good time in a non-judgemental space. More about the San Diego Women's Drum Circle on this blog post. Tonight will be special because it is drumming outside which I have never done. It also happens to be full moon which is even nicer. I would love it if you could join me.

Second event is tomorrow, Sunday, October 4, 2009 from 11 am to 4 pm for the Buddhist Temple of San Diego Annual Food and Music Festival.

Here are the details from their website:

Food & Music Festival which will take place Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We invite your participation and support.

Food items which require reservations are the Teriyaki Chicken Bowl ($6), famous Chow Mein ($6) and Sushi ($6). (A half-page order form is included in this issue.) Those who reserve these items in advance will pick up their tickets at the reservation table. There will be some extra servings made to sell on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-ticket food items which we will offer till sold out include Beef Curry, Won Tons, Somen Salad and Chashu Bao.

We ask everyone who enjoys baking to bring your packaged goodies to the Bakery Saturday during the morning festival preparation or early on Sunday.

Music Is Free:

The music we are offering this year is meant to make hanging out and munching food a laid back affair. Da Mack and Friends will be performing easy-listening Hawaiian-style R&B outdoors for several hours. Also scheduled to perform are the temple’s taiko troupe and a koto and shakuhachi ensemble.

11:00 am: Buddhist Temple of San Diego Taiko Troupe
11:30 am: Koto and Shakuhachi Duo
(Featuring Yuki Easter and Marylu Brandwein)
12:00 pm - on Da Mac & Friends

Silent Auction:

A silent auction will be ongoing, taking bids from 11 a.m. till closing at 3 p.m. It will feature a variety of special items including dinners, services, and vintage Japanese wares and Hakata dolls. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the New Heights Project. Please let your friends who enjoy "the thrill of the hunt" about the silent auction. We will gladly accept donations of gift certificates and other items suitable for the sale through Saturday, Oct. 3.

Benefit Raffle:

Be sure to turn in your raffle stubs, receipts and all unsold tickets to the Ticket Booth prior to the raffle by 3:30 p.m. The drawing for $1000 and $300 in cash prizes will take place at 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the General Fund.


The lot will be reserved for handicapped patrons, musical performers and short-term pick-up. We also have the use of the Filipino Senior Center lot on Market St. across from the temple. Those working in the booths are asked to keep available spaces open for guests and pick-up.

My son, my friend Starry and I will be going to this event, although we just saw on the website about ordering the food (which we did not do). So I hope to get some of the great food without a reservation. I am planning to be there for the music performances, specifically the Taiko drums. I love Taiko drums! They are huge, and wondrously beautiful to hear.

I hope that if you are in San Diego, you can attend either of these events. If not, I hope they will inspire you to seek out your own community events.

Have a great weekend and Happy Art Making! ~ Jaime Lyerly


  1. This sounds like fun! I hope you all had a good time!

    We're doing the garage sale thing during the weekends right now. Then we're going to settle down and see all the people we ran past during the summer. LOL

  2. Mary Anne, I feel the same way about the running past people. I feel like people have to grab my arm as I am passing by or I will never see them.

    We did have a great time at both events. It reminded me that I am not a machine and need to take time to do something other work.



Have something to say? You rock! I am all ears....