The changing of the season affects our emotions. No wonder you feel blue last winter. Now that spring is almost here, people are happy once more and are looking forward to having fun in the outdoors, despite recent rain storms that have created a lot of local tree damage. And one of the best places to frequent now that the weather has improved is the beach.

San Diego is home to many beautiful beaches. Since we did not pay any attention to these beaches when it was still chilly outside, communities now work hand in hand to clean up San Diego’s Ocean Beach to make sure it is ready for Spring and Summer.

Ocean Beach will be cleaned and enhanced by more than 300 volunteers under the direction of I Love A Clean San Diego and funded by Councilmember Lorie Zapf from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11. Volunteers should meet at Veterans Plaza at Newport Avenue and Abbott Street.

The volunteers will go above and beyond picking up litter and debris. They will paint bike racks, stencil storm drains reminding residents and visitors that the storm drains go straight to the ocean. They will also remove graffiti, clean litter receptacles and be armed with the City’s “Get It Done” app to report anything the city needs to fix, like pot holes.

(Via: http://www.sdnews.com/view/full_story/27378877/article-Volunteers-to-give-Ocean-Beach-a-spring-cleaning-on-March-11?instance=sdnews)

And like any coastal county and city, San Diego experiences its fair share of Nature’s wrath. Storms are common and the citizens have learned to brace for one once it hits the land. And weather reports are often accurate, so people can still plan their week in advance.

The first storm of the spring season is expected to roll into San Diego County late Tuesday night, bringing with it heavier rain and a chance of thunderstorms Wednesday.

NBC 7 meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said showers will begin to form over the county at around 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. Tuesday. More light rain will roll in overnight.

This, she said, will lead to scattered showers Wednesday morning. By 11 a.m. Wednesday, Kodesh forecasts more intense rain, which is expected to last into the evening hours, with a chance of thunderstorms.

“Overnight Wednesday into Thursday, we still have a chance of showers,” Jodesh added. “We should dry out by Thursday afternoon.”

(Via: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diego-Braces-for-First-Storm-of-2017-Spring-416756823.html)

Despite the storm dampening the mood of everyone, it is just a passing weather phenomenon and things will pick up once it clears up. The citizens in San Diego and all of the country can go back and enjoy the new season with a little treat from a prominent business establishment we all love.

Not only is Monday the first day of spring, but it is also Dairy Queen’s annual Free Cone Day.

“On the first day of spring, get your first taste of summer. Visit #FreeConeDay on Monday, March 20 for one free small vanilla cone,” the restaurant posted on Facebook.

(Via: http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/03/19/dairy-queen-to-give-away-free-ice-cream-on-first-day-of-spring/)

But if you want something else, here’s one more treat only the locals can take advantage of on the first day of Spring.

If ice cream isn’t your thing, Rita’s Italian Ice is also kicking off the first day of spring with an Italian ice giveaway — a tradition that has been going on for over 20 years.

(Via: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/the-scene/Dairy-Queen-Ritas-Give-Out-Free-Ice-Cream-to-Celebrate-Spring-416587743.html)

San Diego may be vulnerable to the elements but that does not mean that its citizens do not know how to have fun. And it seems that the people have adjusted to this way of life. The season changes and storms are just temporary. Compared to other states in the country, there is so much in store for you on the West Coast. Whether it is a life on the beach or a trip down the fair, nature and urban living has managed to create the perfect atmosphere for an ideal work-life balance. And it is all yours for the taking this Spring.

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