March in Mission Hills 

| March 2, 2024 | 0 Comments

By Jamaal Jackson, President Mission Hills BID and Assistant Vice President Branch Manager, US Bank Mission Hills

March is a favorite month for me.  Not only is it my birthday, it is also my son’s birthday and he will be turning five. If you are a parent, you know having a five-year-old means tee ball games and play dates that put a big dent in the family calendar. 

And, in Mission Hills there is no shortage of big screens and great spaces to enjoy March Madness from Selection on March 17, the First Four on March 19 through March 20, the First Round on March 21 through March 22, Second Round on March 23 through March 24, Sweet 16 on March 28 through March 29, Elite Eight on March 30 through March 31 and into April for the Final Four on Saturday, April 6 and the NCAA championship game on Monday, April 8.  I love basketball so come up and say “Hi” if you see me in front of one of the neighborhoods’ big screens.

Also, on March 23 the Mission Hills 5K is happening. The Mission Hills 5k donates 100 percent of its proceeds to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs at Grant TK-8 School. Donations are tax deductible. For more information visit

Some other noteworthy March events and ways to support Mission Hills businesses and their owners, include:  National Women’s History Month a great month-long opportunity to support Mission Hills female owned businesses and learn more about this day at the Mission Hills library; Chocolate Chip Cookie Week from Sunday, March 3 through Saturday, March 9 and where better to go for yours than Mission Hills own Lazy Acres. A reminder clocks jump forward for Daylight Savings on Sunday, March 10; Saint Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17, is a time when everyone may be Irish for the day; First Day of Spring on Tuesday, March 19, the start of colorful and fragrant florals and a great time to buy a ticket to the Mission Hills Garden Walk; National Puppy Day and Cuddly Kitten Day are on Saturday, March 23 where your four legged family member may be treated to grooming or a treat at Barkhouse, Bestie’s, and Howlistic; Wear a Hat Day is on Tuesday, March 26 and where better than The Village Hat Shop on India Street to buy an ordinary to extraordinary hat?; for Easter on Sunday, March 31, worship options are plentiful in Mission Hills and remember florals for a perfect table, chocolates, eggs, bunnies, and going out to brunch too; and, Cesar Chavez Day on Sunday, March 31 is a perfect time to perform acts of service in our community. 

The Mission Hills BID’s partnership with the San Diego County Fair community banner program continues. Last month business owners, their staff and families took part in the partnership the BID has with the San Diego County Fair and its professional banner photo session in Mission Hills.  Thank you to Troy Curnett, broker and owner of One Mission Realty for providing space for the photo shoot.  From mid-May through the end of the Fair in July, be on the look-out for your favorite business owners flying high on lamp posts throughout the Mission Hills BID. This year’s theme is “Let’s Go Retro!” with a focus on fun and nostalgia. Some of the photo participants will be dressed in period attire. In the words of the Fair, “The 2024 Fair will give our yesteryears another moment in the San Diego sun. Bop your way around the happy days of the ‘50s. Twist, shout, and shake it into the bewitching ‘60s. Move and groove through the disco nights of the ‘70s. Moonwalk it back to the gnarly age of big hair, shoulder pads, and parachute pants of the ‘80s. And enjoy the era of flannel and floppy drives of the ‘90s.”

Thank you to those of you who have joined the Mission Hills BID for its Quarterly Mixers hosted by a local business owner.  On Wednesday, March 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the evening, Sonya Wardwell owner of Sonya’s Design Studio, 1530 W. Lewis Street, will be hosting our next Mixer.  This should be another fun one, so please join us for mixing, mingling and a robust raffle.

If you hold a business license within the boundaries of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, I invite you to join me in becoming more involved with the promotions, economic development, design and parking and transportation issues in our neighborhood by attending our monthly meetings.  You will learn a lot about “how to get stuff done” and, over time, you might discover your involvement is rewarding and vie for a seat on the board like I did.  As president of the Mission Hills BID it is always a reaffirming experience to hear how and why each business owner chose to open their business in our neighborhood.  Our meetings take place at the Mission Hills library, in the Community Room, at 215 West Washington Street and occur on the second and third Wednesdays of each month starting at 3 p.m.  Currently, two-hour free parking is available below the library building.

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Sonya’s Design Studio is the site of the next mixer for the Mission Hills BID.


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