Part of an international organization that aids businesses throughout the Americas and Africa, ACCION San Diego aims to increase income and access to jobs for self-employed men and women. It provides small businesses with microloans that range from $300 to $35,000, which can fund necessities to stabilize growth and help build good credit. In 2011, ACCION presented 98 small businesses with $1.1 million in loans, and continues to focus on helping individuals who are underserved or do not have access to traditional financing. ACCION also hosts free workshops and events to teach business owners new skills in financing, social media marketing, and QuickBooks.
At each of several one-day festivals held throughout the country, thousands of revelers unite in an epic clash of pulp, beer, and live music. Armed with a cache of 300,000 tomatoes, participants don protective bathing suits and goggles and hurl the fruit at one another during a two-hour battle. Throughout the afternoon, live music and costume contests offer an entertaining respite from the front lines, as bartenders dispense drafts of beer to attendees older than 21, refueling soldiers' morale before they resign to writing goodbye letters to their produce vendors back home. All tomatoes used during the event are past ripe and already fated for disposal, making the battle an efficient means of tossing them before their cursed transformation into singing Muppets.
The Arc of San Diego empowers individuals with disabilities through supportive services that range from residential-living programs to summer camps and day trips for consumers of all ages. Highly trained staff and volunteers work together to honor the dignity of the individuals they serve by demonstrating compassion and celebrating diverse backgrounds.
Workshops run from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; photo safaris take place from 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Groupon holders may split the class and safari portions between two dates or combine them back-to-back on the same day. For complete schedule info, check the sidebar to the right.
• For $10, you get two tickets to the guided Historic Seventh Avenue tour (up to a $20 value). • For $10, you get two tickets to the guided Garden tour (up to a $20 value). • For $20, you get two tickets to all three guided Marston House Museum & Gardens tours—the House tour, Marston House Garden tour, and Historic Seventh Avenue tour (up to a $40 value).