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 Lady available dog at Humane Society
Breed: Pit Bull (mix)
Color: White/Brown
Age: 3 years
Sex: Female
Hair: Short
Adoption Fee: $105

Lady is a loving and sweet companion looking for a special family and home to call her own.
Lady unfortunately came to us after being hit by a car.  With the care and love from the San Diego Humane Society, she has been getting better every day.  She is still on restricted exercise, so she will need a family who will help her with her recovery.  She is thrilled to go on short walks.  Lady loves to play and spend quality time with her favorite people friends.  She will do well in a variety of homes, but an adults-only home is recommended.  She would also prefer to be the only pet in the home.
 Her adoption fee is $105 and includes her spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, certificate for a free veterinary exam, and more!  During the adoption process a Humane Society Veterinarian will be present to explain her medical history, answer any questions, and share how to best care for me in the future.


Nico and available dog at the Humane Society
Breed: Chihuahua mix
Color: Tan/White   
Age: 1 year
Sex:  Male
Hair: short
Adoption Fee: $105

Nico is an affectionate, loving dog looking for a home.  Nico has the unfailing ability to brighten anyone’s day.  A sweet little ball of love, he can’t wait to find a family to cherish.

Nico came to us as a stray with bite wounds to his chest, and this resilient little pup has won over the hearts of our entire Veterinary Medicine department!  Nico has fully recovered and loves spending time with people friends that he knows and trusts.  While he can be a little shy at first, he warms up quickly.  He gets along very well with other dogs and enjoys interacting with them. 
Nico will do well in a variety of homes, but due to his initial shyness with new faces and places, a home with children 12 years and older is recommended.  Visit us in person at the San Diego Humane Society to see all of our great available pets. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Breed: Pit Bull Terrier (mix)
Color: Brown/White
Age: 5 years
Sex: Male
Weight: 70 pounds
Adoption Fee: $180

Tiger is an adorable, 5-year-old Pit Bull mix with a big heart!  He absolutely loves spending time with his people friends and can be very affectionate.  Tiger is mellow and easy-going, yet loves to play with his squeaky toys and go for long walks too.  This handsome guy is a social butterfly and he gets along great with cats and other dogs.  Tiger is very smart and loves to learn.  He takes treats gently from your hand.  Tiger’s housetrained and also is thrilled to go for car rides.
Tiger will do well in a variety of homes, but a home with older children is recommended.  Tiger would do great in a home with other dogs!  His adoption fee is $180 and includes his current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, certificate for a free veterinary exam, and more!


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Sex: Male
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Art Alive 2011 Blooms Beautifully


Thursday April 28th, 2011, the kickoff Gala for Art Alive was held at the San Diego Museum of Art. Since its founding by Adrienne Green and Museum Trustee Nancy Bildsoe in 1982, this annual event has drawn thousands of viewers for a 4 day event featuring floral interpretations of SDMA art, floral lectures, and of course this gala party.

And a party it was.

Among the guests there were Lynda and Richard Kerr, the designer Jordan (of Animal Fashions by Jordan) with David Masterjohn, Emma and Leo Zuckerman, Pam and Jerry Cesak (Pam wore a terrific dress from Rome, Italy detailed with flowers enclosed in the hem), Tom Gildred, Katy Dessent, Bea and Bob Epsten, and Event Signature Sponsor Audrey Geisel of the Dr. Seuss Fund / San Diego Foundation. Audrey was accompanied by her beau Alex Butterfield.

Event Chair Anne Otterson with SDMA's Roxana Velasquez , Tom Gildred and Katy Dessent

The exquisite floral interpretations exacted oohs and aaahs. René van Rems, world-renowned floral designer, designed the magnificent tower of flowers in the Sally and John Thornton rotunda. This rotunda was designed by Robert Thiele and has proved a wonderful backdrop for theme enhancements for events like Art Alive.

More floral artists there were Kathy Wright, of Kathy Wright and Co., and trend maestro Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals

More supporting the festivities included Salem Ciuffa in a fabulous pink coral Herve Leger, Valerie and Harry Cooper, Miriam and Peter Krippl, Sharon and Joel Labovitz, Mary and and Arnold Ginnow, Sue and Charles Edwards, Leonard Simpson in a colorful jacket by DAK, Eloisa and Chris Haudenschild, Rana Sampson, Doreen and Myron Schonbrun, Dowling & Yahnke, LLC, Maurice Kawashima, and Sarah B. Marsh Rebelo and John Rebelo.

Delicious food for the gala party was provided by Giuseppe's Fine Catering, The Marine Room, Tapenade, Pamplemousse Grille and more. The event production was by the one and only Jim Lennox of Pacific Events.

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Audrey Geisel and Alex Butterfield before dashing to the San Diego Symphony and dashing back for the late party at the Art Alive Gala.



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Doreen Schonbrun (Center for Children 2011 Gala Chair) and Reena Horowitz

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Jeremy Mariage and Leonard Simpson ** Dee Ammon with a sweet treat

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Jerry and Pam Cesak

Jerry and Pam Cesak

Anne Otterson, Chair of the 2011 Art Alive

Anne Otterson, Chair of the 2011 Art Alive

The Florally decorated rotunda at the SDMA, view from the second story

Maurice Kawashima and Patirica Hamilton

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Peter and Miriam Krippl with Tom Gildred

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David Masterjohn and Jordan of Animal Fashions by Jordan

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Harry and Valerie Cooper ** Susie with her daughter Salem Ciuffa

Harry and Valerie Cooper

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Bob and Bea Epsten with Harry and Valerie Cooper

Bob and Bea Epsten with Harry and Valerie Cooper

Susie with her daughter Salem Ciuffa

Susie with her daughter Salem Ciuffa

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San Diego, CA-With more than 300,000 military personnel and family members living in San Diego County, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is committing to serving families of service men and women by offering them free year-round admission.

"Our community has thousands of military families, and this is just one way our institution can thank them for all they do," said Davies. "Art should be accessible. We want to provide a place where these families can connect with the art and spend quality time together, at no cost to them."

MCASD has supported the military in many ways. Last year, the Museum was among the many institutions offering free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative.  This national program offers free museum admission to all active duty military personnel and their families during the summer months. Taking this initiative one step further, MCASD will now extend the offer of year-round admission.  

Davies said he hopes MCASD's act will encourage other museums to do the same. "The typical tour of duty doesn't last from June to August," he said. "These men and women are called to service throughout the year, and their counterparts are looking for opportunities to educate and entertain their children while they're gone. We hope we can help." 

Military families face a unique set of challenges. In addition to dealing with time spent apart and the social isolation that can accompany being stationed away from home, San Diego's cost of living is 32.5% above the national average. According to a survey by the Department of Defense for Reserve Affairs, more than 30% of families saw a decrease in income when a husband or wife was called to service. This combination of circumstances leaves many families struggling to find quality and affordable entertainment. MCASD hopes to help alleviate some of these obstacles by offering an affordable activity for families.


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And below, Dr. Katherine Schwab, noted professor, artist and lecturer of Ancient Greece, with writer Natasha Josefowitz. Both are graduates of Scripps College.

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* Margo Schwab, MBA, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego by way of Claremont Graduate School . Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor and co-owner of The Social Diary.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of The Social Diary Magazine are pleased to announce a partnerships with the San Diego Humane Society and SD METRO Magazine. They have also partnered with Country Friends and the San Diego American Heart Association and the Arthritis Foundation.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are now members of the University Club and its worldwide ClubCorp Compass Society. Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are Police Press credentialed by the Chief of Police, William Lansdowne.


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