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Out & About: Virtual fun, elevated dinner at home, & get back to fabulous!

Out & About: Virtual fun, elevated dinner at home, and get back to fabulous!

With California still under stay-at-home orders, most of our fun these days consists of either taking the dog for a walk, standing in line at the grocery store, or picking up take out food. Luckily, many entertainers, drag queens, DJs, community organizations and more have used their creativity to bring a number of virtual events to us during this time when we can't be physically together, so we decided to bring back our weekly Out & About column to highlight some of these online opportunties.

Also, as San Diego County and California slowly moves toward re-opening certain portions of the economy, we will include notable things to do in person as they come our way. Let's dig in to this week's fun!

Let's Have A (COVIDeo) Kiki!

KC Starr and the COVIDeo Queens will be showcasing live from #1 Fifth Avenue on Saturday, May 23 at 7pm for their second COVIDeo KIKI!. The night will include a fabulous lineup of infectious performers and personalities to help you party your Saturday night away at home. 

Catch the COVIDeo Kiki live on TWITCH TV or via the Hillcrest Social #NowTrending app. The event is free to watch, but please consider a gratuity via Venmo for the entertainers.

Pom Pom Party!

Pride By The Beach is hosting a series of Zoom parties for community members to create pom poms that will be used as part of a fiber art pride flag installation that will be placed in the Oceanside Museum of Art during Pride month.

Community members simply need to pick up a few simple supplies (listed here) and then register for one of the pom pom making parties being held on Zoom on May 23, 30, or June 3 at 11 am. Register here.

Honor Harvey Milk

This Friday is Harvey Milk Day and while the community can't come together to celebrate the annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, a group of community members will honor Milk by hosting a virtual wreath laying at locations of signifance in San Diego. City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, representatives from the Imperial Court de San Diego and San Diego LGBT Community Center, and Eddie Reynoso of the San Diego Equality Business Alliance will host the ceremonies which will begin at 10:30 am.

Wreaths will be laid in Milk's memory on Harvey Milk Street in Hillcrest and by the Haryey Milk Memorial Bench in Balboa Park. Find the event streaming on the Equality Business Alliance's Facebook page.

Movie Madness!

Popular San Diego entertainer Don LeMaster and his partner Corey Hable are back with another one of their virtual piano and singing performances this Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. LeMaster (known by most as "Don L") is a San Diego piano bar staple, but since the shutdown, he has taken over the internet will his popular Facebook Live concerts. 

Back by popular demand, this Friday's concert will feature TV themes and movie music. At showtime, visit Don L's Facebook to join in the live stream! Tips are appreciated via Venmo (Don-LeMaster) or PayPal: paypal.me/donlshow.

Elevate Your At Home Dining Experience

Hillcrest's urban oasis, insideOUT, is bringing a special dinner for two package to your home this Friday, May 22! Executive Chef MJ Testa has created a decadent and delicious roasted chicken dinner for two, which includes a whole chicken, homemade four cheese ravioli, iO Caesar Salad, BO's Famous Vanilla Cheesecake, and a bottle of wine (click here for the full menu).

Orders will be taken online only and must be submitted by Thursday, May 21 at 10 pm. Click here to order. Pick up from insideOUT is Friday, May 22 from 4-8 pm. Through iO's online store, you can also purchase additional bottles of iO's favorite wines and leave gratuities for their amazing staff! Visit the online store here

Get Back To Fabulous in Hillcrest!

As businesses re-open and life returns to normal, the Hillcrest Business Association is asking San Diegans to Get Back to Fabulous! Come back to the Hillcrest businesses you love and support them so they can get back to business. Get Back to Fabulous doesn’t mean everything is back to normal, but it does mean we’re getting back to normal. Here are some ways you can be supportive of our local community businesses: 

  • Order your dinner directly from neighborhood restaurants.
  • Max out your tips. 
  • Visit your local Farmers Market. 
  • Use the hashtag #getbacktofabulous.

Visit fabuloushillcrest.com to view a list of neighborhood businesses that are currently open and ready to serve you!