SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Just in time for the first day of summer, San Diego County has kicked off its annual Cool Zones program.
Seniors can beat the heat at more than 100 designated air-conditioned places throughout the county.
County officials say the Cool Zones help keep seniors, who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, healthy. They also have an added social benefit.
"Another byproduct of staying cool, being able to have a Cool Zone to go to when it's hot is you get out meet people, you get to socialize," County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said.
Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and -- shhh! -- holiday shopping were on tap for Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was at its highest amount on Thanksgiving since 2013 Thursday, despite dropping for 10 consecutive days.
Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.