2007 Hillcrest Centennial Events

Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a magical year...

Hillcrest Centennial Sock HopCentennial Dance — Sock Hop

Friday, March 30th from 6:30 to 9pm

Joyce Beers Community Center


Jump ’n Jive at Hillcrest’s first Centennial dance. Local DJ, diva and songtress Laura Jane will spin tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Join in the fun as you do the Stroll, the Mashed Potato and twist the night away. A great big Hillcrest thanks to Realtor, Tony Azar of the Metropolitan Group for sponsoring this fun evening. $6 single or $10 a couple. Bring your sweetie...poodle skirts not required! Joyce Beers Community Center in the Uptown Shopping District (next to Trader Joe’s).

Aida at Starlight Theater in Balboa ParkGreat Musical Theatre Under the Stars

Throughout the summer, 8pm$25

Aida (DONE) • Oklahoma (DONE)
Beauty & the Beast (DONE) • Ragtime (Sept 12-23rd)

Join friends and neighbors at San Diego’s favorite outside venue for a great summer musical while supporting a fundraiser for the Hillcrest Centennial. HillQuest, an Urban Guide to 92103+ is donating the tickets. Bring a picnic to the park and enjoy a performance under the stars (and the jet path) at the Starlight Theatre. As a bonus...these tickets which have a value of $43 each, will only cost you $25. Let us know if you would like to join us for this great entertainment value and community FUN-raiser!

pancakesAll Saint’s Pancake Breakfast/Church Tour

Saturday, July 7th, from 9:30am-11:30am$5


All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Sixth & Pennsylvania

Tour Hillcrest’s oldest church (founded in 1897), enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast and meet their Rector, Father Tony Noble. Bring your friends for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about the 1912 Spanish Revival landmark. The church had been established at this location for over a decade when William Hebbard (1863-1930) and Carleton Winslow (1876-1946) were commissioned to design a larger sanctuary.

5th annual Hop in the ’Hood

Sunday, July 8th from 9am-6pm, 3700 block of Seventh Avenue


Join this neighborhood streetfair and celebrate the completion of the fifth edition of HillQuest, an Urban Guide to 92103. Music by Sue Palmer, Sven-Erik Seaholm, Rhythm & the Method, Danielle Lo Presti, Alicia Champion, Shawn Rohlf and DA & the Hitmen featuring the multi-talented Laura Jane as mistress of ceremonies. The second annual Flower Power parade will be held at 11am. Cake will be served at noon. All are welcome.

Centennial Scavenger Quest

Kick-off at the Hillcrest Town Council Meeting, July 10th at 6:30pm

Joyce Beers Community Center


This fun scavenger hunt will take you in and out of Hillcrest’s diverse shopping, restaurant and service storefronts. You will have until August 2nd (our official birthday) to collect 100 items and answers. The grand winner will be announced that evening at a neighborhood social at the Joyce Beers Community Center in the Uptown District.

At the July Hillcrest Town Council meeting the Hillcrest Centennial Scavenger Quest list was unveiled. Be the first to start collecting 100 answers/items from our community. Your “answer sack” must be turned in on or before Thursday, August 2nd at noon. (You may also eat cake to celebrate “Hillcrest’s” one hundredth birthday.)

(FYI: The “answer sack” is a Trader Joe’s paper bag with your name, address and phone number printed plainly with a black Sharpie pen on the bottom of the sack.

Walking ToursFour Hillcrest Walking Tours

Wednesdays, July 11th, 18th, 25th and August 1st are DONE.Learn more about our local history with a summer stroll from 6:00-7:30pm

Meet at Urban Grind (3797 Park Boulevard)

Patty Fares of Urban Safaris will lead informative summer strolls through the neighborhood. To learn more about the history of Hillcrest call (619) 944-9255 and make your reservation (space is limited to 15). Gather at Urban Grind prior to 6pm and wear your walking shoes. Your $10 donation will benefit the Hillcrest History Guild.

The tour will end under the Hillcrest sign at 7:30.

Clean-up Hillcrest!!

Saturday, July 14th

Organized Work Parties (9:30am-noon) • Neighborhood Dumpster (7am-1:30pm)


A centennial Hillcrest-wide cleanup throughout the community on the weekend prior to San Diego Pride. The Hillcrest Town Council, Councilwoman Toni Atkins, SDG&E, Flexcar and the Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M. are sponsoring the effort. Meet at 9:30am at Park Boulevard south of University or at Rich’s (1051 University Avenue) to join your team, get tools, snacks and a map! You’ll be finished at noon. Hillcrest residents will have use of two dumpsters at Rich’s from 7am-1:30pm. Clean out your garage, but no hazardous waste, refrigerators or air conditioners, please.

Centennial Birthday Cake — Thursday, August 2, 2007Birthday Cake for Hillcrest

Thursday, August 2nd at noon

Northwest corner of Fifth and University


The Hillcrest History Guild will serve birthday cake to the community at the original site of William Wesley Whitson’s real estate office to celebrate the date one hundred years ago when he first opened his Hillcrest Tract Office (see photo above). At the time this area was part of a wider “University Heights” community, but soon folks began referring to our neighborhood as “Hillcrest”...and the rest is history.

Amy Whitson who is the great great granddaughter of WWWhitson will be cutting the free birthday cake provided by City Deli Entertainment will be provided by the San Diego Women’s Drum Circle and Miss Jenny’s Steppin’ Time dancers.

Neighborhood Social

Thursday, August 2nd beginning at 5-8pm

Joyce Beers Community Center


Celebrate our official centennial date with a BBQ and old fashion neighborhood social. Get to know your neighbors and share stories. Bring a dish to share. Hamburgers, grilled sausage, drinks and treats from several local restaurants will also be served. The grand prize (worth over $500) will be presented to the Centennial Scavenger Quest be after dinner. Please join us at this great free event to celebrate San Diego’s first urban village.

Congratulations to Carol Kerr and her team! (99 out of 100 correct answers)

Whole Foods 5% Day

Wednesday, August 8 — ALL DAY!


Hillcrest’s Whole Foods Grocery

Shop at our favorite neighborhood market throughout Wednesday and the Hillcrest History Guild will receive five percent of their daily proceeds.

Wow. Thank you, one and all, for shopping Whole Foods Market on community support day. 5% of their Wednesday sales came to $4,515.90

“Penguin on the Roof”

Wednesday, August 8th — 7:45pm


Movie on the rooftop parking lot of Hillcrest’s Whole Foods Grocery

A Hillcrest first! Everyone is welcome to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket to cozy up in while enjoying the award-winning documentary “March of the Penguins” from the rooftop parking lot atop Whole Foods Market. Arrive early and bring your family and friends to this free community event.

Playing cards for the Hillcrest Centennial“Game Night”

Friday, August 31st — 6-9pm


Bring your favorite board game, puzzle or a deck of cards for euchre, bridge, hearts, spades or poker (don’t forget the chips!). Hillcrester John Semerau will debut his new creation — Hillcrest-opoly. Want to see if you can own the neighborhood? Please join us. Tony Azar is sponsoring a blackjack table with prizes. Chipotle burritos, Yog-art, brownies, cookies and drinks will be served. This casual evening of fun for young and old will be held at the Joyce Beers Community Center (map 6-B) in the Uptown District. Free.

Restaurant Week

Tuesday, September 4th thru Sunday, September 9th

Toast to Hillcrest wine glassAll over Hillcrest!


Experience Hillcrest’s diverse dining choices including Mama Testa’s, Aladdin, Saigon on Fifth, Afghan Khyber Pass, Ortega’s, Martinis Above Fourth, Urban Mo’s, Hash House a Go Go, The Tractor Room, Sushi Itto, MedGrill, Crest Cafe, Busalacchi’s, Tapas Picasso, Corvette Diner, Casa de Madera, Bombay, Lalo’s, Baja Betty’s, Bread & Cie, Bite, California Cuisine, Terra Restaurant, City Deli, Sambuca, L&L Hawaiian BBQ, Cafe Eleven, La Vache, St. Tropez, Kemo Sabe, Arrivederci, Asian Bistro, Chef’s Wok, Bamboo Lounge, Brazil on the Hill, Taste of Italy and Ichiban on the Rocks. Click for a link of sample menus.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner ...Enjoy a fixed price meal for every budget...YUM

$9.07, $19.07 or $29.07

Toast to Hillcrest wine glassToast to Hillcrest...Wine, Spirits & Nibbles


Thursday, September 20th from 5:30-8pm $15

At wine bars, cocktail lounges and restaurants thruout Hillcrest

Wander through the neighborhood to “toast” our centennial year. A limited number of tickets will be available to this great new event.

Buy your tickets online or at the Fifth & Robinson booth beginning at 5pm...only $15 and an ID proving that you are over 21.

Toast to HillcrestJump on the big red bus from 5-9pm or leisurely stroll from local wine bars to restaurants and cocktail lounges as you and friends (21+ only) sample your way thru Hillcrest. The big red SD City Sightseeing double-decker bus will provide free transportation along University between Park Blvd and Third Avenue with Ben Cartwright as your onboard host.

Flicks to Kemo Sabe to Ortega’s to Bamboo Lounge to Urban Mo’s...Here a list of fun stops to toast Hillcrest.


> Pick up your ticket and map at the will call table beginning at 5pm the day of the event in front of Washington Mutual (Fifth & Robinson). As you sample, the participating businesses will cross off their name and address.

Hillcrest Centennial Gala Ballroom

Get your tickets now!

Gala Dinner Dance


Please join us for a special evening in the grand ballroom at The Prado Restaurant in the heart of Balboa Park as we celebrate Hillcrest’s first one hundred years with a spectacular dinner, dancing, honorees and a fabulous silent auction. Emcee Laura Jane and boogie woogie queen Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Quintet will entertain. Beginning at 5pm a big red double-decker bus (see above) will be making a wide swoop through Bankers Hill and Hillcrest to Park Boulevard then south to Balboa Park, dropping off celebrants at the front door of The Prado. After the event...it will make a reverse trip along the same route to take you home.

This once-in-a-lifetime event features a 3-course dinner, wine, champagne toast and live entertainment for only $50. Tickets must be purchased by noon October 3rd.


Bottled wine on the table

Organic Field Greens w/ Raspberries, Toasted Hazelnuts & Endives
Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette

Artisan Rolls & Sweet Cream Butter

Herb Roasted Chicken Breast
Crushed Red Potatoes, Charred Asparagus Spears, Natural Pan Gravy
Oven Roasted Atlantic Salmon
Sauteed Hearty Field Greens, Crispy Polenta Fries & Tomato Garlic Confit
Vegetable Lasagna Tower

Champagne toast to Hillcrest

Chocolate Decadence Pyramid
Dark Belgian Chocolate covered with Double Chocolate Ganache
and Fresh Seasonal Berries

Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea

Clean-up Hillcrest!!

Saturday, October 13th

Organized Work Parties (9am-noon) and Neighborhood Dumpster

Join I Love a Clean San Diego for another centennial cleanup throughout the community in conjunction with the Hillcrest Town Council, Councilwoman Toni Atkins, SDG&E, Flexcar and the Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M. Meet at 9am at two locations to be announced.

Clean out your garage and bring clutter to the dumpster, but no hazardous waste, refrigerators or air conditioners, please. We will also be picking up large items from alleys. Call (619) 260-1929 to report problem areas. Volunteers will be hosted to a thank you party at noon.

Hillcrest Centennial Cruise Ship6-day Mexican Cruise on Carnival


Friday, October 19th ~ Thursday, October 25th

Please join us for the FUNraiser for the Hillcrest History Guild. Sailing from San Diego on Friday, October 19th. This specially priced event is priced from $493 per person (includes taxes, port charges & gratuities). Ports of call will be Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Ensenada. Call Hillcrest resident Stewart Rennison with SeaMaster Cruises at (619) 985-8609 or toll free (866) 782-1088 for more information & reservations.