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Heritage of the Americas Museum

Bud Lueck designed and built the Museum for children to go on field trips. He believed that students should be able to go to one place and visit four museums – all for free! We have a video of Bud standing on the knoll of the groundbreaking ceremony saying…

“I envision two yellow buses a day bringing children to the museum.”

We serve over 5,000 students each year, and we pay up to $100 per bus. The money for the Transportation Fund has come from donations.

It’s never too late to donate! Please donate anything you can – Let’s keep Bud’s dream alive! The teachers and children thank you.

You may call the museum with your credit card number OR send a check payable to the Heritage Museum and mail the form below (print the flyer and clip out the form).




Join the Fun! May 2016 Events at the Water Conservation Garden

May Events at the Water Conservation Garden

Join us for The Garden’s 3rd Annual Butterfly Festival!
Saturday, May 14
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Enjoy an exciting day filled with activities for all ages to celebrate the beginning of butterfly season in the Butterfly Pavilion at The Garden. The festival highlights the important role butterflies and other pollinators play in our ecosystem and how you can attract and support butterflies in your home garden using drought-tolerant plants. A large selection of native milkweed and other plants butterflies love will be on sale.
Admission: $5 (18+years), $1 (3-17 years), Garden Members Free
Don’t wait in line; Purchase your tickets online!

More Butterfly Fun for Garden Members!

Members-Only Butterfly Pavilion Preview
Friday, May 6, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Get a sneak peek of the Butterfly Pavilion before anyone else! Attendees will enjoy Butterfly Pavilion tours, special butterfly releases and light refreshments. Must be a current Garden member to take part in this unique experience.
No RSVP required.

 Members-Only Butterfly Releases
 Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am – 10:00 am AND
 Saturday, May 28, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
 Help us release monarchs and other
beautiful native butterflies in The Garden’s
Butterfly Pavilion! Must be a current Garden member
to take part in this special experience.
Space is limited; RSVP by calling 619-660-0614 x14.

Butterfly Pavilion Season
Thursday – Sunday, May 14 – May 29
Visit The Garden during Butterfly Season this May!
The 3rd Annual Butterfly Festival marks the start of
Butterfly Season at The Garden but there’s more butterfly fun once the Festival is over!
Tour our beautiful Butterfly Pavilion, learn more about over ten varieties of native butterflies and discover how to attract them to your own garden.
Garden Members FREE; Adults $3, Children $1
Tickets sold in The Garden Shoppe.


Compost Workshop
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Learn the basics of composting in this FREE workshop with the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, in partnership with The Garden and the County of San Diego. Compost bins will be sold at subsidized prices for residents of unincorporated areas of the County.
Pre-registration required for all participants at www.solanacenter.org or 760-436-7986 x222.

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Do you have an under-utilized pool, a creative spirit and the desire to give back to the natural environment? Convert your pool into a swimming pond! Judie Lincer, M.S. Ed Naturalist Educator, shares ideas about how you can enjoy waterfront property in your backyard.
Garden Members FREE; Non-Members $10
Pre-registration required for all participants at www.thegarden.org or 619-660-0614 x10.

Qigong in The Garden
Sunday, May 29, 10:00 am – 11:30 am 
Instructor Reyna Lerma guides students through a Chinese movement series that integrates physical postures, breathing and focused intention. Great class for beginners. Bring a mat or blanket, and wear comfortable clothes.
FREE; $10 Suggested Donation
No registration required. No class in case of rain.


What’s New in The Garden Shoppe This Month!
Help support San Diego’s native bee population by purchasing a bee bungalow, created by SoloBee. These handcrafted shelters are made locally from cedar and redwood. Designed with the help of bee experts, they offer a safe shelter for our native bees to survive and nest without exposure to pesticides, predators and other deadly elements.
Native bees do not have stingers or hives, and are the major pollinators for flowers and food crops. Join Operation Pollination by purchasing a SoloBee bungalow!
The Garden Shoppe is open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.

Mother’s Day Membership Special!
Get your mom something special this Mother’s Day.
Give the gift of Garden membership!
Garden members enjoy many great benefits including:
  • Free Garden classes
  • Free Garden events
  • Discounts at The Garden Shoppe and local nurseries
  • Free admission to over 300 botanical gardens worldwide (including local gardens like the San Diego Botanical Garden and Japanese Friendship Garden)
  • And much more!
Sign up at www.thegarden.org or by visiting our Garden Shoppe!
Use discount code: MD2016 for $10 off your membership.
(Discount for one new membership at the Individual Level and above; expires May 31, 2016)

The Big Exchange 2016
May 1 – 18
Garden Members enjoy reciprocal admission to 31 great museums, gardens and cultural institutions in San Diego County during the San Diego Museum Council’s Big Exchange Program. (Not applicable for Butterfly Festival admission).
More details and a list of locations on the San Diego Museum Council Website.

  • Free Docent-Led Tours, Saturdays, 10:00 am.  
  • Professional Landscape Design Consultations. Call 619-660-0614 x10 for appointment availability, designer information and reservations.
  • Ms. Smarty-Plants™ award-winning programs inspire young people through interactive and engaging hands on learning in water conservation and stewardship of the earth. Learn more about the Ms. Smarty-Plants Program.
  • Garden Membership has a multitude of benefits!  For information on becoming a member, click MEMBERSHIP


5 Choices Dream Drawing 2016

In conjunction with the Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College, the Heritage of the Americas Museum holds a very special drawing each year:  the “Five-Choices Dream Drawing.”  The drawing will take place at the museum on Saturday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets can be bought in advance or the day of the festival.  You don’t have to be present to win.  The cost of a drawing ticket is $1.00.  The Heritage of the Americas Museum is located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego.  Admission to the museum and parking will be free that day.

The prizes represent the four wings of the Museum:  Natural History, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Art.


Choice 1 – Natural History –

           Amethyst Cathedral with quartz crystals and green copper detail

Choice 2 – Archaeology –

           Case with 63 paleo obsidian points from a Native American buffalo kill               site in Idaho, 10,000 years old

Choice 3 – Anthropology –

         Sioux dance wand with badger skull and buffalo horn at top, glass beads and rawhide covered shaft and horse hair tail – c. 1900

Choice 4 – Art –

         “Delicate Ladies of the Flowers” painting by Diana Kam

Choice 5 – $50.00 Gift Certificate for the Museum Store


Your ticket goes in the bin for the prizes you choose, so you only win what you want.  Come to the museum to see the prizes.  You can also see photographs of the prizes on the museum’s web site.

Proceeds from the drawing will support the nonprofit museum’s educational programs that benefit over 5,000 school children each year from throughout San Diego County.

For more information, please call the Heritage of the Americas Museum at 619-670-5194.  Be sure to check the museum web site for more details:  www.Cuyamaca.edu/Museum.



Meals On Wheels March 2016 Celebrations

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. to Participate in NATIONWIDE 2016 March for Meals

Support will help to fight senior isolation and hunger in Our Community


Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. announced today that it will be participating in the 14th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net.


”The services that we provide the seniors of San Diego County are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Debbie Case, President & C.E.O of Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”


Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc., will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long.


“The Meals on Wheels ‘more than just a meal’ model addresses three of the biggest threats of aging: isolation, hunger and loss of independence,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”


Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.’s March for Meals celebration will include:


  • March 2016 – Local San Diego restaurants will participate in the “MOW”jito’s & More challenge. Local eateries & bars will have a delicious specialty cocktail featured at their restaurant of which $1 of each specialty cocktail served will benefit Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. Participating establishments are: The Prado, OB Warehouse, 100 Wines, Indigo Grill, Urban Solace, Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, Brooklyn Girl, Barra Barra Saloon, The Cosmopolitan, Casa de Reyes, and many more.  For a complete list visit www.meals-on-wheels.org.
  • March 5, 2016 – South County Flapjack Breakfast from 8:00AM-10:00AM at Bonita Mall Applebee’s, 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., Suite 1298, National City, CA 91950. Tickets $10.00 per person. 50% of proceeds benefit Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.
  • March 21 – March 25, 2016 – Champions for Meals Week: Mayors, elected officials, and local celebrities deliver meals throughout San Diego County to our seniors.
  • March 26, 2016 – Wiggin’ Out for San Diego Seniors: This 3rd annual event is perfect for anyone interested in a 5K or 1M Run/Walk that will help combat senior hunger.  Join us in beautiful Crown Point Park on Mission Bay at 7:30AM Registration – La Cima Dr. & Crown Point Dr. in Pacific Beach, 92109. Visit website for more information: http://excelarace.com/wiggin-out-5k-html.html.


About Meals-On-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.:

The impact that Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, INC. has on the people it serves goes far beyond the wholesome meals it provides. Meals-on-Wheels’ staff and volunteers often develop friendships with the seniors, as well as providing regular nutrition and daily contact. In addition to the meals, volunteers provide safety checks to ensure that senior clients are safe and well. Without continued meal delivery, many seniors would not have a connection to the outside world. For over 56 years, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. has contributed to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Learn more at www.meals-on-wheels.org.


About Meals on Wheels America:

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

Meals On Wheels Walk 3-26-16, Sign Up Today!

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. Hosts

Wiggin’ Out for San Diego Seniors 1 Mile or 5K Walk/Run


**Fun Run/Walk to Benefit San Diego Homebound Seniors**

San Diego, CA (February 1, 2016) – Have a New Year’s resolution to get into better shape or just love to get out for a run or walk? If so, join the annual Wiggin’ Out for San Diego Seniors 1 Mile or 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, March 26, 2016. This fun event, where participants get in the act by wearing their favorite, fanciful wig, will help you keep up your commitment to health while helping homebound and isolated San Diego seniors.

The Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.’s Wiggin’ Out for San Diego Seniors Walk/Run will be located at La Cima Dr. & Crown Point Dr. at Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach, 92109. Event day begins with registration open at 7am and Starter’s pistol sounding at 8am. Entrants may sign up online at: http://excelarace.com/wiggin-out-5k.html

Individuals – $35

Team member  – $25 each


Individuals, families, kids and dogs are welcomed participants. Prizes will be awarded for funds raised and best wig!


For more information and sponsorship opportunities please contact:
Ashley Constans
619 278-4041


About Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.

The impact that Meals-on-Wheels has on the seniors they serve goes far beyond the wholesome meals provided. Daily friendly contact provides important socialization for those who may be isolated with little or no connection to the outside world. Lives are often saved in the course of delivering meals when a person does not respond to a knock on the door, has fallen or may have become ill. For over 56 years, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. has contributed to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Learn more at

www.meals-on-wheels.orgor call 800.5.SENIOR.