The San Diego Film Festival has turned to the new social media concept of crowdfunding to raise $75,000 that will help cover the cost of staging its 2013 event next fall. Organizers for the festival say they are using crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com to help with their campaign, which ends Jan. 26. The nonprofit, which says it has just $2,700 in the bank after balancing the books for its most recent run, is offering such perks as tickets for two and festival-branded T-shirts for fans who contribute small donations. Head on over to indiegogo.com/GoBig for details … Just in case you’re wondering what happened to one of my items in the last column! ABC television moved the episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” featuring the Meader family, mentioned last week, to Dec. 17. Members of the San Diego-based website Allowance Manager, creator of online money management tools for young family members, helped producers collect more than $50,000 in necessities and gifts for Devonda and James Friday of Lincolnton, N.C., who have fostered more than 30 youth in their home, many from The Crossnore School, which provides residential education for children in need … Carlsbad-based Sonic Boom Wellness CEO Danna Korn is celebrating the publication of her latest effort, the second edition of “Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies,” which hits the shelves this month with more than 50 percent of the content updated over the original release in 2008. Sonic Boom is a software company that develops corporate wellness programs … Industry trade publication ENR ranks Turner Construction Co., which is working on the Lindbergh Field expansion as well as construction of the new downtown library, as the No. 1 general builder and green contractor in the nation … Finally, this New Year’s resolution is now on the radar screen: Friends and family of San Diego-based pharmaceutical company Takeda California said it will plant 2,000 trees on Jan. 21. That’s equal to one tree more than the drug discovery company used in paper in 2012. The effort benefits the San Diego River Park Foundation and San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy… While Walmart tries to bring smaller outlets focused on groceries here, such as the controversial project on Imperial Avenue in Barrio Logan, the British-based Fresh & Easy chain is in danger of closing its doors and leaving the country. Apparently the concept of small, neighborhood-based chain stores hasn’t proved all that successful for parent company Tesco. … Till next week!
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