The Barona Inter-Tribal Dictionary, years in the making and running close to 700 pages, is now on display at the Barona Cultural Center & Museum in Lakeside throughout November. The exhibition, ‘Iipay Aa Tiipay Aa Uumall, or “More Than Words: Saving Our Endangered Language,” is part of the museum’s activities honoring Native American Heritage Month. Many native languages — including ‘Iipay Aa as spoken by the Barona Band of Mission Indians and many fellow tribes statewide — face extinction. So the dictionary, currently the only written documentation for the Barona Band, helps preserve the language as well as the culture, says museum head Cheryl Hinton. Admission is free. Go to Baronamuseum.org for details … The L.A. Times features Jeffrey Strauss, who owns the high-profile Pamplemousse Grille in Del Mar, in a front page story Nov. 2 on businesspeople who own thoroughbreds as a hobby. It’s a loser’s game. He’s quoted as saying, “Anyone who goes into this business expecting to make money, they’re not playing with a full deck.” Strauss, however, has been a winner, but according to the Times, most owners have to share an average $20,400 prize against ownership costs that can run $3,600 a month and up … Ninety-eight-year-old David Jessop Jr., owner of the Jessop’s clock, and Jim Jessop, Jessop’s Jewelers owner and great-grandson of original clock maker, restarted the famous 102-year-old Jessop’s clock in Horton Plaza on Nov. 5. The mechanical timepiece, originally installed in front of the first Jessop’s Jewelers at 952 Fifth Ave. and moved in 1984, stopped operating in April, and the owners spent two months refurbishing it … Need a job? Well, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts a Job Fair & Business Expo on Nov. 12 free of charge to job-seekers. Navigate on over to carlsbad.org for the particulars …. United Through Reading, which helps thousands of deployed servicemen and women stay in touch with their kids through reading, celebrates its 20th anniversary Nov. 15 with the Storybook Ball. Pro golfer Rory Sabbatini and wife, Amy, are donating four passes to the next U.S. Open tournament, while best-selling novelist James Patterson, the honorary chair of the event, will name a character in his next novel after the highest bidder in the auction. For more information, check out unitedthroughreading.org’s Web site … A garden party, indeed. The San Diego Fine Art Society holds it Sculpture in the Garden Artist Reception at San Diego Botanic Garden on Nov. 15 in Encinitas. The reception features the work of 15 local artists who’ve created the 23 large-scale outdoor sculptures, says the society’s April Game. It’s an RSVP event, so make sure you let them know you’re coming. Call 858-205-4354 to guarantee your place.
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