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Lehn Goetz, co-owner of Old Town's Café Coyote restaurant, has been elected president of the California Restaurant Association's San Diego County Chapter (CRA).

Goetz has been an active member of the CRA Executive Board for the past three years and has been influential in leading the development of the CRA Marketing and Membership committee. As president, Goetz will lead the 60-member board in promoting the San Diego restaurant industry at the local, state and national levels of government, organizing educational industry lectures, promoting local restaurants and participating in community and philanthropic events on an ongoing basis.

Recently, the CRA honored Goetz with the "Restaurateur of the Year" award at the annual Gold Medallion awards ceremony. In addition to her work with the CRA, Goetz has held active positions in several community associations, including the Old Town Historic Community Foundation, ConVis Board, Old Town Chamber of Commerce and was the founding member of the Old Town Business Improvement District, an organization instrumental in marketing the south end of Old Town.

"It is with great pleasure that I accept the presidency of the San Diego chapter of the CRA," said Goetz. "It has been gratifying to work for a chapter that has been so influential in the industry and it will be an honor to lead new initiatives alongside the board of directors. I am always excited to give back to the community and the local restaurant industry through this position."

ArtWalk on the Bay this weekend

ArtWalk on the Bay 2008 will be held this weekend, September 13 and 14 at Embarcadero Marina Park North in downtown San Diego. This free event is presented as an open-air gallery, showcasing the best of San Diego's original works of art for exhibition and sale. A juried show in its third year, ArtWalk on the Bay gathers more than 100 artists to showcase all forms of artwork, including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, art glass and more.

"We're finding that more and more San Diegans are taking a special interest in Artwalk and Artwalk on the Bay as two unique opportunities throughout the year to discover and buy original works of art -- no matter what their budget is," said Sandi Cottrell, managing director of ArtWalk.

To accommodate and inspire the younger attendees, ArtWalk on the Bay will once again feature KidsWalk, a special area dedicated to offering creative, educational, and hands-on art activities for kids and their families. Taking place near the entrance of the event, just behind Seaport Village, KidsWalk offers activities ranging from Rare Hare's art project using recycled materials to the Museum of Making Music's drum circle, to the Walk a Mile in My Shoes activity, where kids decorate tennis shoes to be sent to children in need in Mexico. Additionally, ArtReach, a non-profit organization that brings art education into San Diego's elementary schools, will host the "Dream Quilt" art project as well as Kite coloring (and kite flying) all weekend long.

For more information log onto artwalkonthebay.org or call 619-615-1090.

Loews Coronado recognized

Loews Coronado Bay Resort was recently ranked 18th by Travel + Leisure magazine's T+L Family 50, a list of the most family-friendly resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Rankings were based on reader evaluations collected in T+L's 2008 World's Best Awards survey. Readers rated resorts on how well they cater to families. Scores are indexed averages of responses, rounded to the nearest hundredth of a point. Loews was recognized for its groundbreaking kids' club program, direct access to the Silver Strand State Beach and entertaining indoor and outdoor activities, such as pizza-making workshops, bayside marshmallow roasts and live animal shows.

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