Spring officially arrives tomorrow. The freeway flowers have been blooming for weeks. Anza Borrego is exploding with beauty. Spring training is giving Padre fans hope for a great season (for Padre fans that means winning at least as many games as we lose) and more daylight so we can pull weeds after dinner (that used to mean a lot to me when I owned a home) I don’t miss the yard work. If you’re planning on washing the car this weekend WARNING!!! Rain is in the forecast for Tuesday through Thursday, so put the chamois away and get out and enjoy this gorgeous weekend.
San Diego Latino Film Festival Times vary (March 16-26), AMC Fashion Valley 18) The 24th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off Thursday, running through March 26 at AMC Fashion Valley 18 in Fashion Valley mall. Explore the best of the best in Latino cinema, including short films and features, documentaries and more. The film festival will also feature panels with film experts, Q&A sessions and workshops.
Anza-Borrego State Desert Park: Super Bloom Daytime, Anza-Borrego) Make the trek to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park this weekend to see the wildflowers up close; the bloom season doesn’t last long so go while the breathtaking sights last. BUT beware. Traffic might be a nightmare. I’m going this Tuesday.
San Diego Cake Show 10 a.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds) Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful cakes will be on display at this cake show. This year’s theme? Comic Cake! The show will include celebrity appearances from the stops of TV baking competitions, clases taught by world-renowed teachers and free demonstrations. Don’t miss the display of incredible cakes from Food Network’s Cake Wars.
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (season runs through May 14), Carlsbad Ranch) It’s here! The famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch officially opened for the season on March 1, offering visitors spectacular views of bright blooms in all of their gorgeous glory. The fields are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., through May 14. Patrons will enjoy nearly 50 acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for six to eight weeks. The famous fields also include roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias.
Public Tours of USS John P. Murtha 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. B Street Pier) The USS John P. Murtha – one of only 10 ships in the United States that can accommodate both water and air landings – is hosting public tours this weekend at the B Street Pier on North Harbor Drive. While touring the ship, visitors will also have a chance to speak with sailors. It was named after Vietnam veteran John P. Murtha, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 41 years.
BarkHappy San Diego: Lucky Pup Pawty 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Renaissance San Diego Hotel) Bring your furry friend to this pup “pawty” Sunday at downtown’s Renaissance San Diego Hotel. A $15 ticket includes doggy treats, goody bags for your pup and a gift card for a free pet bath, pet boarding or wellness exam up to a $50 at the Imperial Beach Pet Hospital from Elivelife.com. Activities include a free dog tattoo station, a dog treat eating contest, a musical chairs-inspired sitting game for dogs, food and drink specials and a selfie station. The event benefits the charity, The Animal Pad.
Willy Wonka Jr. 1 p.m., Lawrence Family JCC) Follow along live as Charlie Bucket visits Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory on stage. The musical, adapted from Ronald Dahl’s tale, features music from the enchanting songs from the 1971 film. Tickets start at $17. The show runs from March 10 to March 26.
The Blameless 2 p.m., Old Globe Theater) Take a look at the power of moving and compassionate look at the power of familial bonds in trying times. The original play was developed in The Old Globe’s 2016 New Voices Festival. The world-premiere play follows the Garcia family as they struggle to recover from a painful event in their past.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Family/Musical) Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Ian McKellan. The classic fairy tale comes to life about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. RATED: PG. RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 9 minutes
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT (Horror) Starring: John Gallagher, Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Josh Brener, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn. Eighty trapped co-workers must kill one another or face death during a sadistic game. RATED: R RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 28 minutes
Enjoy this last day of winter and rest in peace Chuck Berry. Thank you for Rock and Roll
CREDIT: NBC 7 SAN DIEGO