Four Points Bulletin

Travels north, east, south, and west of our Oceanside home base.

The start line for the “world’s toughest bicycle race” has materialized annually since 2006 in none other than my favorite city, Oceanside. This year is the 40th anniversary of the international transcontinental bike race, Race Across America. From the pier, racers bike right past our residence, along the San Luis Rey bike path, continuing on …

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The Nature Collective has been restoring the San Elijo Lagoon for over three decades. It is one of the largest wetlands restorations in the state. The Nature Collective has conserved 40 miles of streams and 60 acres of rare coastal lands. The San Elijo Nature Center educates the public on the lagoon’s history and ecology. …

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Just like the Oceanside Pier, the Oceanside Bandshell has had several makeovers over the years, even moving locations a time or two. The last major renovation to the Bandshell was in 1950, completed the same year that Saunders Construction Company poured a 14,000 square foot concrete ‘mat’ which became a popular place for square dancing, …

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Every year we look forward to Beach Soccer USA coming to town. The event hosts professional international soccer teams who compete over a three day period. Beach Soccer USA has been ranked one of the top beach soccer club events in the world. I don’t think there are many opportunities to watch professional soccer while …

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Right smack dab in the middle of downtown Oceanside is the Oceanside Museum of Art. They are regularly cycling through their exhibits, so if you don’t visit too often (like us) you will always see something new. I prefer to time my visits for gratuitous events with food truck and beverages options, like First Free …

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Butterfly Farms in Encinitas was established in 2012 out of concern for the decline of native butterflies. This nonprofit is dedicated to education, conservation and research of native pollinators. In their nursery, they raise and sell plants important to pollinators. In their laboratory, they raise native butterflies, some of which they release into their vivarium, …

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Just a few blocks south of Oceanside’s Welcome Bell and a few blocks east of the Pacific Ocean, 60,000 visitors a year enter through the doors of Oceanside’s official California Welcome Center. This year visitors are in for a real treat, the Welcome Center got an amazing facelift. It’s new, modern appearance focuses on Oceanside’s …

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Oceanside Unfiltered at the Oceanside Museum of Art is a photography exhibition that features local artists and their unfiltered perspective on Oceanside. The exhibit wasn’t the only local art on display, Wild7s Freestyle Krew performed, Deezy Hollow rapped, DJ Grande spun music, and the Members Only Car Club lined Pier View Way with classic lowriders …

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San Diego Botanic Garden’s mission statement is “we garden to create, share, and apply plant wisdom to our world.” The gardens give people of all ages the opportunity to be impressed by mother nature, to walk amongst plants rarely seen in Southern California. Their hundreds of Botanic Garden gardeners are passionate about plants, evidenced by …

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Views of Temecula Wine Country never get old, and neither do the options of incredible wineries to visit. Each winery has something different to offer, and a visit can be justified with any occasion (an anniversary, a sunny spring day, a baby sitter, a Saturday, or any combination of situations/excuses mentioned). I happen to prefer …

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