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Boat show returns to Convention Center Jan. 8

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As the third largest consumer show to be held in San Diego annually, The San Diego Boat Show returns to the San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Marina Jan. 8-11, with two new features to address growing industry trends and consumer demand -- the Green Boating Zone and Affordability Pavilion.

The 2009 Boat Show is helping water enthusiasts discover eco-friendly boating at the new Green Boating Zone -- which features the latest eco-friendly boats and engines to hit the market. As well as West Marine's "Go Green" display, which offers earth-friendly practices; and the Green Accessory Center, previewing the newest green boating accessories to hit the market.

Products on display in the Green Boating Zone include in-water demos of the revolutionary Torqeedo, a portable electric outboard engine that fits inside a backpack; RailLight Clamp-On-Solar-Powered Light; Enviro-Flo Plus Gas Can; and the first marine cleaners to carry the EPA "Design for Environment" label.

The Green Boating Zone will also hold the seminar, "Trends Toward Greener Boating," given by Russ Grandinetti. Grandinetti is a renowned mega-yacht captain, whose new role as the "Eco-Detective" for Knight and Carver Boatyard involves testing new green boating products and procedures. The seminar will address what's new in eco-friendly marine products and will highlight the most effective and useful procedures.

In an effort to help existing boaters and outdoor enthusiasts uncover budget conscious ways to take the water, the San Diego Boat Show is rolling out the Affordability Pavilion, which highlights examples of a variety of boats that can be financed for $250 or less per month.

The Discover Boating Center is also back and will be featured within the Affordability Pavilion. The center is the ideal first stop for anyone interested in boating, providing education and resources on how to get started in boating and the types of boats suited to meet any budget and lifestyle.

Admission is $10 for adults (aged 16 and above), $5 for youth and children 12 and under are free. Visitors looking for additional information can visit sandiegoboatshow.com or call 858.274.9924 for complete details.

During the month of February, the San Diego Museum Council invites entertainment seekers to visit more than 30 participating institutions at half price admission with a free Museum Month Pass. With so many museums and organizations to visit -- from botanical gardens to science, and aquatic life to the visual arts -- the Museum Month pass gives San Diegans and visitors a chance to try it all.

A special Museum Month brochure will be available beginning Feb 1. Included in the brochure is the Museum Month pass which visitors must take to any of the participating institutions in order to receive the half-price admission.

Created back in 1989, Museum Month was created to promote awareness of the region's museums, historical sites, educational institutions and cultural offerings. Since that time the promotion has grown to become a cultural tradition on a level witnessed by very few cities in the country. Last year, more than 17,000 people used the Museum Month Pass and this year, the Council will be celebrating 20 years of museum going.

For more museum information log onto sandiegomuseumcouncil.org

Peartrees Catering Inc. has been selected for the 2008 Best of San Diego Award in the Caterers category by the U.S. Local Business Association.

The association's "Best of Local Business" Award program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, they identify companies which they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 award program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

USLBA is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in town, large and small, across America. They were established to recognize the best of local business in the community as well as promote local business through PR, marketing and advertising.

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