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Restaurants to Host Summertime Block Parties in the Gaslamp

In an effort to boost early Friday night business, the Gaslamp Quarter Association will hold free happy hour music block parties in June and July.

Sponsored by Milwaukee-based Miller Brewing Co., the Miller Lite lounge will be located at 5th and Island and will be open from 4:30 to 7 p.m., according to a release from the association.

Each week, a restaurant will sponsor music in the “lounge.” Dick’s Last Resort launched the series on June 2, hiring the band Private Domain to play classic rock that evening.

Each week, the lounge is planned to have appetizers, wine and beer, and will have velvet couches and overstuffed chairs.

“This concept is unique in that it captures the ambiance of an indoor lounge and recreates it on the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter,” said Teresa McTighe, the association’s executive director.

In upcoming weeks restaurants will sponsor other bands for the block party.

Cajun eatery Redfish will bring in Zydeco music on June 9, nightclub Club 66 will feature top-40 dance music on June 16 and Rock Bottom Brewery will feature rhythm and blues on June 23.


Balboa Park Hall of Champions to Display Upper Deck’s Baseball Memorabilia

The vintage baseball memorabilia of local sports/entertainment business, Upper Deck Company, LLC, will be exhibited at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park from June 8-30.

Among the collectibles are Babe Ruth’s last bat, a 1927 jersey worn by Lou Gehrig and a signed Ty Cobb jersey valued at $332,5000.

The Gehrig jersey is valued at $305,000 and Ruth’s bat is worth $107,000, according to a release from Upper Deck.

The items, along with others in the company’s collection, will be given away through a sweepstakes contest, the release said.


Ford Auto Dealers Award $300K in Scholarships

The Ford Dealers of San Diego have awarded $300,000 in scholarships to San Diego County high school seniors.

The $1,000 scholarships were presented to 300 students who excel in a variety of fields. Fourteen San Diego County Ford dealers as well as other arms of the company funded the scholarships.

One scholarship recipient, Evelyn Ndugga-Kabuye of Orange Glen High School in Escondido, was presented with a 2000 Ford Ranger at the awards ceremony.

This is the third year the dealers have offered the scholarships.

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