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September 9, 2010 (Lakeside) -- Lakeside's River Park will be hosting it's 4th annual signature fundraiser, Once in a Blue Moon Dinner & Auction on September 25th, 2010. Cocktails start at 5 p..m, dinner at 7 p.m. RSVPs are required by September 15 for this unique event.

Lakeside's River Trail is used by families, students, walkers and joggers as well as dogs and horses. But on September 25th the trail is transformed into a magical space along the San Diego River.


Cocktails and the Silent Auction are held on the Observation deck overlooking the water. This spot is an inspiration to many artists who have donated their artwork to the Live Auction including James Hubbell's water color, Jeff Peer's stained glass and Pete Nelson's photograph.

With  wine and beer flowing, donated by Robert Whitley, Saintsbury, and Stone Brewing Co., guests will also savor watching the sunset over the River. As the sunlight fades, the twinkle of lights and candles will glow under a bower of eucalyptus branches where dinner, catered by Mario's Italian Restaurant, will be served. The twinkle of lights under the full moon, the fresh scent  under the trees, the cool breeze and the scent of Rosemary Chicken will awaken your appetite, organizers pledge.

The event celebrates the accomplishments of Lakeside's River Park. Before 2001, this segment of the San Diego River in Lakeside had long been the focus of extensive sand mining operations and heavy industry. Such industrial operations came to an end and a new phase in the river was at hand, one in which nature and humanity work in harmony and regional quality of life is enhanced.

Lakeside's River Park was founded in 2001 with the mission to preserve and restore the biological integrity and beauty of the San Diego River while focusing on flood control, water quality, native habitat restoration and river trail recreation.

Organizers say that they are looking towards the future of how life and habitat will flourish along the San Diego River. Possible upcoming projects include Ha-Hana and The Riverford Bridge Trail project. Ha-Hana is a six acre parcel which will advance water quality and restoration of native habitat. The Riverford Bridge Trail project will focus on community recreational use, serving as an extension of Lakeside's River Park Trail to the Diane Jacob's Lakeside Baseball Park.

All of the proceeds raised from this event will go towards the programs and services of Lakeside's River Park Conservancy. Community businesses and supporters are encouraged o participate in anyway, whether it volunteering, attending, donating or sponsoring.

Tickets are $65 per person, $120 for a couple, or $540 for a table of eight* (*includes two bottles of wine and VIP seating).


Registration fees directly benefit Lakeside's River Park Conservancy as general support for all park programs, with trail maintenance and expansion and habitat maintenance for the plants and animals that make the riverbed their home.

To register, go to www.lakesideriverpark.org. RSVP by Wednesday, September 15. If you would like to receive an invitation by mail, please call 619.443.4770.

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