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The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation is hosting its fourth annual World Water Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 20, at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center in Carlsbad.

Combining education and entertainment for all ages, the festival includes featured exhibits such as, "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch," underwater habitats, fish hatchery, native plant garden tours, giveaways and more.

"Water is our most precious resource and this festival is a great opportunity to raise awareness and promote sustainable practices," said Nikki Weaver, director of the Discovery Center. "Our hands-on exhibits will teach visitors about protecting and preserving our ocean environment and watershed ecosystems like Agua Hedionda.

For more information about the event, visit aguahedionda.org.

Set to open Friday, the 11,000-square-foot downtown nightclub FLUXX, recently announced its management team, which combined, has over 60 years of experience in the industry.

James Thorpe comes on board as the nightclub's assistant general manager; Mike Drummond joins as entertainment director, responsible for booking talent; Anna Sindelar joins the team as creative director; Mike Vizcarra will take on the role of bar manager and Kristy Rumsey as bottle service manager.

Ariadna Jacob, VIP host and director of New Media, will be responsible for Web content creation and in-depth social media marketing.

Emily Goldman joins the team as sales manager and Jason Mitchell as VIP manager.

The Ladeki Restaurant Group announced the appointment of Rod Coon as vice president of Mosaic Catering.

Coon's most recent job post was at Contemporary Catering in La Jolla, which he founded in 1999.

Gaslamp nightclub Stingaree recently named Turk Spinuzzi as its new general manager. Previously, Spinuzzi managed Las Vegas nightclubs Rain, Ghostbar and Tao.

Earlier this month, President Obama signed legislation that could boost travel to California and stimulate our local economy. The Travel Promotion act is expected to create 40,000 jobs and raise $200 million annually to boost international tourism to the United States.

According to a press release, the travel promotion legislation enacted in Washington will benefit every state across America and support the 110,000 travel-dependant workers in San Diego.

Cami Mattson, CEO of the San Diego North Convention and Visitors Bureau said, "coupled with promotional funding, we now receive from San Diego's newly formed tourism district, the Travel Promotion act will increase promotion nationwide and help our industry get out of the worst travel recession in the last 60 years.

"Tourism is the third largest industry in San Diego and has been one of the hardest hit industries during this recession. We need the additional tourism promotion to boost and stabilize our economy, increase jobs, and enhance quality of life for San Diego County residents".

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