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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 12:22 PM PST

Mardi Gras Celebration to Heat Up San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter will resemble New Orleans during an annual, colorful Mardi Gras celebration featuring live music, Samba dancers, stilt walkers and lots and lots of beads. »

Padres Legend Randy Jones Hosts Walk for Independence

Former Padres pitcher Randy Jones – and San Diego’s First Cy Young Award winner – speaks with NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick about the Randy Jones Walk/Run for Independence, now in its 7th year. The event takes place on Feb. 25 at Crown Point in Mission Bay and aims to help raise awareness for children and adults with developmental disabilities. »

Making a Difference Through Theater

The San Diego Theater Connection helps local non-profits by partnering them with community theaters. One of those partnerships is between Greg Anglea, of Interfaith Community Services, and Cassiopeia Guthrie, of Patio Playhouse in Escondido. The Patio Playhouse is currently producing “Beau Jest,” which will be just the ticket to get you involved in the program. »

Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 23-26

Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 23-26

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? There's always something going on in America's Finest City. »

Signs Point to Banner Bloom for Desert Wildflowers

This year's formula of rain, temperature and wind appears to have created excellent conditions for the Desert Bloom, an annual spectacular of blooming wildflowers at Anza-Borrego State Park in Southern California. »

'A Particular Set of Skills': 'Taken' Prequel Set for Debut

“Taken,” a modern-day, nail-biting thriller, follows the story of Bryan Mills in a new television series that takes place 30 years before the movie of the same name. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative. »

San Diego County Hotels See Jan. Revenue Rise

San Diego County Hotels See Jan. Revenue Rise

Revenue at San Diego County hotels rose 4.8 percent from a year ago during the month of January, topping $180.5 million, according to the latest monthly data from research firm STR. »

Go Behind the Scenes of Wheel of Fortune: San Diego Week

Among the areas you can see is Vanna White's closet. »

Eater SD: Iconic Steakhouse Sizzles Again in Mission Beach

Eater SD: Iconic Steakhouse Sizzles Again in Mission Beach

A longtime steakhouse in Mission Beach is firing up the grill again, reopening soon with a fresh new look. Eater San Diego shares the sizzling scoop, plus other top stories of the week from San Diego’s food and drink scene. »

The Crack Shack Hatches in Encinitas

The Crack Shack Hatches in Encinitas

The popular Crack Shack restaurant opened its highly-anticipated second location this week, this time in Encinitas. The fast-casual eatery from “Top Chef All-Stars” winner Richard Blais and Juniper & Ivy owner Michael Rosen brings its playful approach to traditional chicken and eggs to San Diego’s North County, offering a menu of mouthwatering dishes in its new 6,000-square-foot space. »

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