Lone cherry tree has early blossoms!

A small handful of early cherry blossoms have appeared at the Japanese Friendship Garden!
A few early cherry blossoms have appeared at the Japanese Friendship Garden!

NEWS FLASH!

A solitary cherry tree at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park has made history! It appears to be the very first in the garden to display blossoms this year!

Many more blossoms in the beautiful grove of Japanese cherry trees should be appearing soon!

This branch of one Japanese cherry tree has a few newly opened blossoms in mid-February.
This branch of one Japanese cherry tree has a few newly opened blossoms in mid-February.
All of the many cherry trees in the Lower Garden seem bare--except one lone tree that I found...
All of the many cherry trees in the Lower Garden seem bare–except one lone tree that I found…
Spring must be coming!
Spring must be coming!

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Starlight Bowl’s restoration is looking good!

The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park has been cleaned up and the rear wall brightly repainted. Almost ready for an audience!
The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park has been cleaned up and the rear wall brightly repainted. Almost ready for an audience!

I walked around the Starlight Bowl today and was super excited to see the progress of its restoration. No weeds and a fresh coat of paint–and a clean, inviting appearance! After years of sorry neglect, what a positive change! Thanks to the folks at Save Starlight and many hardworking volunteers, this beloved outdoor venue in Balboa Park appears well on its way to creating more happy memories!

The weeds are gone and the seats look welcoming. It appears some work is being done on the Starlight Bowl stage. I want to see a performance!
The weeds are gone and the seats look welcoming. It appears some work is being done on the Starlight Bowl stage. I want to see an outdoor performance! Under the stars!

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A new dawn of hope at the International Cottages.

Early morning light upon the House of Scotland, in Balboa Park's harmonious House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.
Early morning light upon the House of Scotland, a member of Balboa Park’s harmonious House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.

Every morning in Balboa Park brings beauty. At the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, near the center of the park, the sun rises on the participating member nations in a new dawn of optimism and hope.

The theme of the International Cottages is world peace, harmony and mutual understanding. The cultures of different nations are celebrated, and people welcome each other with smiles and goodwill.

Nine new cottages are being built. Among the nations who will enjoy their own cottage is the House of Korea. On a recent Sunday, they displayed examples of their culture in the Hall of Nations. They’re optimistic funds can be raised to build their cottage, and usher in a new dawn.

Sweeping in front of the small national cottages in the morning, before Balboa Park visitors arrive.
Sweeping in front of the small national cottages in the morning, before many Balboa Park visitors arrive.
The House of Korea is one of nine nations that are building new cottages. On a recent Sunday they exhibited in the Hall of Nations.
The House of Korea is one of nine nations that are building new cottages. On a recent Sunday they exhibited in the Hall of Nations.
The House of Korea displays national pride, and honors Korean war veterans. They seek new members. Anybody can join.
The House of Korea displays national pride. They seek new members. Anybody can join.
A table contains objects and books that celebrate Korean culture.
A table contains objects and books that celebrate Korean culture.
Colorful small versions of Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress.
Colorful small versions of Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress.
Raising the flag at the House of Sweden. Another day of hope, optimism and mutual understanding begins.
Raising the flag at the House of Sweden. Another day of hope, optimism and mutual understanding begins.

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