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OCT. 1, 2021

County urges booster shot for all eligible By City News Service

not spray pesticides on their crops, they use a more natural way of keeping the pests at bay. “That’s inviting the good animals and the good pests in to combat the bad. It gives you a balance in nature,” Viles said. When picking up your shares at Sand n’ Straw, ev-

REGION — San Diego County officials on Sept. 27 encouraged thousands of eligible residents to get COVID-19 vaccine boosters and reminded those who have not yet received the shot that it is the best way to avoid severe symptoms from the virus. Currently, only those who received their second dose of Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago, and meet certain other criteria, are eligible. Those who received Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines will have to wait for U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration approval. “While the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, research has shown the protection they offer may decrease over time, and that’s why a booster is recommended for people in these groups,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. The CDC recommends the following groups get the booster: — Those 65 and older; — Those 18 or older living in long-term care facilities; and — Those 50-64 with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, dia-



SAND N’ STRAW Community Farm in Vista practices community supported agriculture, or CSA, when a farm allows consumers to buy “shares” of their crops for purchase, similar to a subscription or membership program. MORE HOME & GARDEN, PAGES 11-13. Photo by Bill Slane

CSAs offer produce that’s organic, sustainable By Bill Slane

REGION — Community supported agriculture, or CSA, has become more and more popular in North County as an alternative for families to more easily get the fruits and vegetables they love and to try new locally grown produce. Simply put, a CSA is when a local farmer offers “shares” of their crops for

direct purchase to consumers, straight from their local farm, sold on a seasonal basis. The share could also be described as a subscription or membership and normally includes a weekly box of the seasonal fruits and vegetables from the farm. Sand n’ Straw Community Farm, a local farm right off the state Route

78 in Vista owned by the Viles family, has been operating from its six-acre plot and providing organic fruits and vegetables to the surrounding communities since 2018, including a CSA program. April Viles told The Coast News that one of the many advantages of buying from a local CSA is knowing exactly how the food

you are eating is grown. “We don’t bring in from other farms,” Viles said. “Everything we grow is from our farms,” Viles told The Coast News. “Everything here is grown using organic and regenerative agricultural practices. Which means that we invite nature in to help us farm.” Since Sand n’ Straw and most other CSAs do

EUHSD adds 6 electric buses San Marcos nears smoke-free outdoor dining as phase-out of diesel begins By Staff

By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) recently added six new electric buses to the district’s fleet, replacing six diesel-powered buses that were previously in use. The district announced the change Wednesday, Sept. 22, at a news conference, noting that the new buses now make up 30% of its fleet.

According to the American School Bus Council, electric buses reduce emissions by up to 100%, save up to 60% in fuel costs compared to diesel, reduce maintenance costs by 50% and reduce noise pollution. The new electric buses travel up to 160 miles on one charge. Construction on a new charging station for the district will break TURN TO BUSES ON 14

SAN MARCOS — At its Sept. 14 council meeting, the City of San Marcos voted to approve an ordinance to establish smokefree and vape-free outdoor dining at restaurants with a 5-0 vote. The council added a motion to direct staff to work with Vista Community Clinic to incorporate no vaping into the signs. A second reading of the ordinance at the Sept. 28 council meeting passed by consent and the law will

go into effect within 30 days of that vote. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos helped local businesses and eateries re-open safely by expanding outdoor dining to walkways, plazas, and parking lots. Even though many of these businesses created voluntary policies to limit smoking outdoors, there is currently no local policy that exists that protects customers and employees from secondhand smoke exposure.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need to improve the outdoor dining experience and the importance of breathing clean air. The San Marcos effort to enact smoke-free environments across all restaurants would be an immediate solution to protect residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke and align with the city’s mission to improve the quality of life for individuals working, living, or visiting San Marcos.

In 2019, Vista Community Clinic conducted a survey among residents and frequent visitors to San Marcos and found that 91% of respondents prefer an area where smoking is not allowed when eating outside. There are 120 cities in California that restrict smoking in outdoor dining areas, 13 of which are in San Diego County, including the neighboring communities of Escondido and the unincorporated areas of San Diego County.


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“Never settle for less because there is no substitute for quality.”

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DAS OKTOBERFEST AT TIP TOP MEATS Tip Top Meats is Oktoberfest Central, the third weekend of September kicks off the festivities for a 3-week period. Big John says “We are stocked up for the Oktoberfest season. The 3 most popular sausages featured during the season are Bratwurst, Knackwurst and Polish Kielbasa and we have plenty. In addition, Big John and his vibrant team produce thousands of pounds of over 40 different types of sausages on premise, at their Carlsbad state licensed facility, to help you celebrate the season! All sausages are homemade with the most delicious seasonings and are gluten free. There is something for everyone and John says, “This season is a labor of love for me as I am proud and happy to serve the

community with the finest quality products at the best prices.” Drop in over the next several weeks for an Oktoberfest meal of epic proportions that you can’t find anywhere else in North County! Dive in to a stack (3) of large sausages, Bratwurst, Knackwurst and Polish Sausage along with all the sides including sauerkraut, German potato salad and a roll, EXTREMELY LARGE PORTIONS all for $9.98 + tax. If you are up for a lighter meal, check out their

everyday special of a Brat and a Beer for $5 bucks + tax. Compliment your delicious Oktoberfest meal with a choice of over 20 German Beers to select from. If you are having an Oktoberfest celebration, let the professional staff at Tip Top Meats do all of the work with their culinary mastery of German cuisine and efficient staff. Please be sure to book early as they fill up fast! Join the Carlsbad Rotary on October 2, for the

2021 Octoberfest celebration! Enjoy the fun and community spirit which will be celebrated at the strawberry fields this year. Tip Top Meats’ sausages will be the featured meal! Haedrich says, “This social event is taking place after two years of lockdowns so let’s celebrate in this openair venue and connect with old friends and make new ones too.” He went on to say, “Let’s celebrate our Carlsbad unity and comradery this year at Oktoberfest. All funds that are raised go back into the community.” There will be plenty of good food, live entertainment, an opportunity to kick it up on the dance floor and a tent to wet your whistle at the beer garden. Don’t miss it at 1050 Cannon Dr., Carlsbad, CA from 12 pm to 8pm.

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YOUNG VOLUNTEERS Emma Frandsen, left, Callie Marty and Kinleigh Frandsen took part in the Green Apple Day of Service at Knob Hill Elementary School in San Marcos, helping build a new outdoor classroom and learning garden. Courtesy photo

Knob Hill gets outdoor classroom By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The 10th annual Green Apple Day of Service took place Saturday with Balfour Beatty and the San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) partnering with Knob Hill Elementary to create an outdoor classroom and learning garden for its students. Knob Hill, a part of the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) was carefully selected as a school that would most benefit from these improvements. Green Apple Day of Service is an international movement of nearly a million volunteers in 80 countries to celebrate the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of global leaders in sustainability. An initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, it provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations, companies and more to transform schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places. “How we educate and take care of our schools sends a tangible signal of a community’s willingness to provide a strong education to all its students. Many of our schools simply send

the wrong message: stuffy, shared library for students. SMUSD operates 19 schools STUDENT, TEACHERS and parents gathered to help create an poorly lit, overcrowded and Knob Hill Elementary and serves over 19,000 stu- outdoor garden and learning environment during Saturday’s 10th annual Green Apple Day of Service. Courtesy photo sometimes toxic environ- serves about 830 students. dents annually. ments unfit for learning,” says the Green Apple Day of Service mission statement. “When we educate a child, we choose the future we hope he or she creates. We choose a sustainable fuSAN MARCOS ture, and so we must educate students to prepare them to create it — in a place that inGreat Care Starts with Great People spires them,” the statement continues. San Marcos’ premier retirement community In 2017, Balfour Beatis hiring across all departments. ty’s local Green Apple Day of Service held at Solana We provide training and a Ranch Elementary School $500 signing bonus! was awarded an international “Standout Project – Best • Competitive Salary • Flexible Schedules of Green Schools Award!” An honor that has inspired • Paid Time Off • On-site Training volunteers in the years that followed. HIRING LOCALLY This year’s Day of SerF OR THESE POSITIONS: vice brought more than 100 students, teachers, parents Licensed Vocational Nurses Dishwashers and community members to Med Technicians Drivers Knob Elementary to create Caregivers Housekeeping an outdoor classroom and Restaurant Wait Staff Maintenance learning garden for students Cooks & Prep Cooks Activity Coordinators to learn and engage in a connective and hands-on way. Volunteers helped creAPPLY TODAY! ate an outdoor learning/ reading garden by building planter boxes, planting 1550 Security Place and spread mulch, creating San Marcos, CA 92078 walkways, weeding, paving, (760) 744-4484 making student-decorated rocks, installing of outdoor dry-erase boards for the Lic 374600026 teachers, and creating a new


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Opinion & Editorial

Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not reflect the views of The Coast News

Newly noticed damage from fires and drought

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Supporting local journalism only helps this community


By Dean Ridings

he Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate — and will benefit every member of this community! Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and is focused on delivering benefits to local communities across the U.S. by sustaining local news organizations, including this newspaper. Newspapers are facing significant fiscal challenges due to technological disruption, including Google’s and Facebook’s use of newspapers’ content without compensation. This legislation provides an important, but temporary means of support to help newspapers with needed transition, and it deserves the support of Congress.. The bill incentivizes the behaviors needed to facilitate changes to the business model. Please join your local newspaper in calling on members of Congress to support this legislation. The LJSA has been designed to provide a much-needed boost to newspapers. What it isn’t is a permanent handout for local newspapers.

Instead, it’s a wellthought-out approach to help sustain local newsgathering efforts through a series of tax credits that expire in five years. And it not only will provide aid to newspapers but also to subscribers and local small businesses through tax credits that will benefit them directly. Newspaper subscribers already understand the importance of their local newspaper and that their continued support is critical. Through this legislation, subscribers will receive a tax credit of up to $250 per year. It’s a win-win for subscribers as this tax credit will cover a significant part of their annual newspaper subscription, no matter if it’s print or digital. For local businesses, there’s a direct benefit from the LJSA, as well. When they use the effective print and digital solutions of their local newspaper, they will be eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 the first year and $2,500 per year for the next four years. Not only will this credit offset some of their advertising investment, but it also will help them improve their business by reaching more customers and generating more sales. It keeps money invested locally and helps

maintain jobs and support other local initiatives. For local newspapers, the LJSA provides a much-needed bridge to continue the evolution toward a digitally-based model. The temporary tax credits for newspapers will be tied directly to maintaining healthy newsrooms and employing professional journalists committed to producing local news and information. The benefits will be local, not redirected to national media organizations, and provide local readers with continued access to the content that’s most important to their lives. However, for the LJSA to provide these benefits to subscribers, local businesses and newspapers, it needs support from members of the House and Senate. And the best way for that to happen is for them to hear directly from their constituents and supporters. To support the future of local newspapers, reach out to your representatives and encourage them to support the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, and — in turn — support the communities they serve. There’s a benefit for everyone. Dean Ridings is CEO of America's Newspapers.

Communities living in fear because of SVPs


By Jim Desmond

here is fear among communities throughout San Diego County. Whether you live in rural North County, rural East County, or in any of the region’s 18 cities, your neighborhood could be uprooted by the State of California’s placement of a sexually violent predator (SVP). It’s time we address this and, once and for all, stop this! San Diegans should not live in fear of knowing a sexually violent predator could be placed to live in their neighborhoods. On Oct. 5, I will be asking my colleagues at the Board of Supervisors to oppose any further placements of sexually violent predators in San Diego County until local jurisdictions get to fully

participate in the placement process, including full veto authority. The state and Liberty Healthcare should not be in charge of determining where these convicted predators should go; instead, the community should have the say. There are 1,000 diagnosed sexually violent predators in California, and, according to Liberty Healthcare, 51 have been placed in neighborhoods through the conditional release program. In San Diego County, there are five SVPs placed in neighborhoods throughout the region, and three more are awaiting placement hearings. An SVP is an individual who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense against one or more victims and who has a diagnosed

mental disorder that makes the person a danger to the health and safety of others. The SVPs placed or proposed to be placed in the San Diego region have committed crimes that include lewd acts upon children under 14 (as young as 4 years old), child molestation, forcible rape and forcible sodomy, among others. Many of these were repeat crimes over the course of years. It breaks my heart to read the stories about these unspeakable crimes and these people should not be allowed back in our neighborhoods. It’s time we act, it’s time we say no to SVPs in our neighborhoods. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

t’s always easy to see direct effects of both the unprecedented spate of wildfires that has hit California over the last five years and the advent of this state’s newest multi-year drought. Those include burned buildings, lung problems from direct smoke inhalation and lingering smoke and ash in the air of distant locations. Plus, ground subsidence, more expensive food as irrigation water becomes scarcer and more expensive, and brown lawns in almost every city and town. But unseen, less obvious ill effects of both drought and the wildfires intensified by dry conditions are now turning out to be about as pernicious as the more visible direct effects seen on television news shows nightly. Drought, for one thing, always leads to more groundwater pumping in the Central Valley, where farmers deprived of water supplies from both the state Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project turn straightaway to tapping underground aquifers. Yes, in a way that’s an obvious drought effect, as the spouts of irrigation pipes that once barely peeked out from the earth’s surface now sit several feet over ground level, plain measures of subsidence easily visible to drivers along major highways like U.S. 99 and California 152. But a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey this fall shows that intensive underground pumping has also sped deterioration of groundwater quality over widespread areas. “This could lead to more public drinking water wells being shut down if costly treatment or cleaner water sources to mix with ground water are not available,” reported Zeno Levy, a USGS research geologist. In short, many Central Valley cities draw water from underground when they don’t get surface supplies derived from snowfall runoff originating in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. They get water from the same underground supplies farmers also use. The problem, as revealed by 30 years of studying nitrate concentrations in Central Valley wells, is that those chemicals increase in drinking water when more groundwater is drawn. A USGS chart shows how most public drinking

water wells start out taking water from levels far below where nitrates are most common. But as neighboring farmers’ wells draw more from those deep levels, the depth at which nitrates are thickest steadily drops and the unhealthy chemicals can eventually make their way into drinking supplies. This turns out to be a regional problem, even with groundwater pumping more intense in some locales than others. The USGS doesn’t say so, but it’s a problem that could lead to some cities becoming ghost towns unless supplemental potable water is trucked in, and in large quantities. Then there are the side effects of fires. A new Stanford University study, for one example, finds that pregnant women exposed to smoke from wildfires have an increased chance of giving birth prematurely. The study found that about 7,000 California preterm births between 2007 and 2012 were probably caused by such exposure. Premature birth leads to incomplete development of babies, which heightens risk of a variety of neurodevelopmental problems, stomach and lung complications and sometimes even early death. And a reader in Magalia, near the ignition point of the 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed most of the Butte County town of Paradise, reports that benzene has been found in some local drinking water supplies. Benzene in drinking water has been linked to various cancers including non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and acute myelogenous leukemia. Reported the reader, “Months after the Camp Fire evacuation ended, the grandson of a wellknown and adored retail manager was born. Weeks later, he was diagnosed with two forms of childhood leukemia.” For sure, tens of millions of dollars have already been paid to victims of benzene exposure from motor fuels and other sources. If it now turns out that benzene from burning natural substances has infested drinking water, an entire new source of damage claims against fire-causing utility companies like Pacific Gas & Electric will emerge, and it will be look out below for those firms. What’s clear is that the cataloging of side effects of both drought and wildfires has barely begun. Which ought to add even more urgency to this state’s often-incomplete and inadequate fire prevention efforts. Email Thomas Elias at

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Clinic to send expectant mothers to Palomar By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — North County’s largest community clinic will soon begin referring its expectant mothers to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, instead of Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, which the clinic had been sending deliveries to for years. Vista Community Clinic, which has been operating since 1972, said in a statement that it will send all baby deliveries to Palomar hospital starting Oct. 16. This decision will impact Tri-City’s overall number of labor and delivery patients. According to Tri-City data, the clinic has averaged 51 deliveries per month so far this year, a projected annual rate amounting to roughly 40% of Tri-City’s total live births. VCC chief development officer Betsy Heightman, told The Coast News via email that Palomar Medical Center’s upgraded

A BIRTHING room at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. After years of sending pregnant mothers to Tri-City, Vista Community Clinic recently announced it would instead refer expectant mothers to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, citing its upgraded and expanded facilities as a factor in the decision. Photo courtesy of Tri-City Medical Center

facilities were a factor in the decision. “This transfer, approved by the VCC Board of Directors, brings more advanced resources to both patients and staff, who will benefit from the personalized attention, exceptional care and more recently up-

graded and expanded Palomar facility,” Heightman said. In a statement given to The Coast News, Tri-City spokesperson Aaron Byzak, said of the decision: “Tri-City Medical Center has been welcoming new babies into this world

for over 60 years and is proud to be the top choice for labor and delivery for thousands of community members. Our medical center has consistently been recognized by Newsweek as one of the Best Maternity Hospitals in the country and offers state-of-the-art

care in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) — a resource for the most fragile babies born in our community. “We were recently notified that Vista Community Clinic will no longer participate in our 24/7 community physician call coverage and delivery services. Tri-City Medical Center is working with our community physician partners to build upon the comprehensive and quality-driven maternal and child services that we’ve provided for our community members for over six decades.” More than 23,000 babies were born at Tri-City Medical Center in the last 10 years, according to the hospital. Palomar Medical Center recently sold its medical complex in downtown Escondido and moved its facilities to the newly constructed Palomar Medical Center tower that opened in 2012

VISTA — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic battering small businesses, the Vista City Council recently approved a grant program to help alleviate financial distress. The council approved its Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program

during its Sept. 14 meeting, providing grants between $1,000 to $25,000 for qualifying small businesses. The city received $26.1 million from Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which came via the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Joe

Biden on March 11. The City Council approved allocating $3 million from the recovery dollars to fund its small business program. Applications are on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be submitted through the Vista Chamber of Commerce starting Nov. 1, ac-

cording to Kevin Ham, director of economic development. “It would remain open until all the grant funds are expended or 18 months, whichever is sooner,” Ham said. To qualify, applicants must be an independent, for-profit business, have

By Tigist Layne

more than 100 employees (preference to businesses with 20 or fewer), have a valid business license and mandated by government action to close or significantly alter their business activity due to the pandemic and provide proof, ac-

SAN MARCOS — A San Marcos student is one of two recipients of the Coast Guard Foundation scholarships in California. Scholarships are awarded to Coast Guard children to ensure they can afford to reach their higher education goals. The Coast Guard Foundation has awarded 158 scholarships in 2021 totaling $345,500 in support. In the 31 years of the program, the foundation has paid out more than $6 million to more than 1,400 college-aged young adults. Ryane Quintanar from San Marcos, child of Coast Guard Petty Officer Zachary Quintanar, was awarded the Abbott L. Brown Scholarship. She is attending Loyola University Chicago this fall. Quintanar had previously received the Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship in 2020. The other recipient in California is also a San Diego local, from El Cajon. Awarded a Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship, Alyra Molinary Quiles is the child of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Angel Molinary. She is attending California State University, Fullerton this fall. “We are honored to continue our dedication to




Vista grants to help small businesses impacted by pandemic By Steve Puterski

San Marcos student wins coveted Coast Guard scholarship

“SHE SAVED MY LIFE” San Marcos resident Carole R. had been experiencing the painful side effects of Peripheral Neuropathy, “my feet and legs were extremely painful and my doctor told me there was nothing she could do and that I would have to take Gabapentin for the rest of my life.” Then she met Dr. Jennifer Antoine of Acupuncture Wellness.

Peripheral Neuropathy is the pain, discomfort and numbness caused by nerve damage of the peripheral nervous system. Carole explained that daily tasks like opening doors and using the bathroom were overwhelmingly painful. "How can you live for the next 30 years when you don't even want to get out of bed to do simple things?" She was experiencing the burning, numbness, tingling and sharp pains that those suffering with neuropathy often describe. "The way that I would describe it, it's equivalent to walking on glass." Carole hadn't worn socks in nearly three years and was wearing shoes two sizes too big so that nothing would 'touch' her feet. Unfortunately Carole's story is all too familiar for the over 3 million people in the U.S. suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy. If you're unfortunate enough to be facing the same disheartening prognosis you're not sleeping at night because of the burning in your feet. You have difficulty walking, shop-

ping or doing any activity for more than 30 minutes because of the pain. You're struggling with balance and living in fear that you might fall. Your doctor told you to 'just live with the pain' and you're taking medications that aren't working or have uncomfortable side effects. Fortunately, four months ago Carole was talking to a friend about Dr. Jennifer Antoine and the work she was doing to treat those suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy, that didn't involve invasive surgeries or medications. Dr. Antoine, founder of Acupuncture and Wellness of Poway (satellite office in San Marcos) is using the time tested science of acupuncture and a technology originally developed by NASA that assists in increasing blood flow and expediting recovery and healing to treat this debilitating disease. "Now when I go to bed at night I don't have those shooting pains. I don't have that burning sensation. I don't have pain coming up my legs," Carole enthusiastically describes life after receiving Dr. Antoine's treat-

ments. "I can wear socks and shoes!" Carole and her husband have taken a new approach to life and walk every day, sometimes covering up to 5 miles. If you've missed too many tee times because of pain or you've stopped surfing/paddle-

boarding because your joints hurt, it's time to call Dr. Antoine and the staff at Acupuncture Wellness. It's time you let your golden years BE GOLDEN! Dr. Antoine is now accepting new patients but only for

a limited time. In an effort to protect her patients, both current and future, she has made the difficult decision to limit the number of patients seen in her clinic. Only 10 new neuropathy patients will be accepted before the end of the year so call (858)312-9319 now to schedule a consultation.

"It's life altering. As far as I'm concerned Dr. Antoine saved my life!" Dr. Antoine has been helping the senior community using the most cutting edge and innovative integrative medicine. Specializing in chronic pain cases, specifically those that have been deemed ‘hopeless’ or ‘untreatable’, she consistently generates unparalleled results. What was once a missing link in senior healthcare is now easily accessible to the residents of Southern California.

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The devil is in the dish towels


nd on what grounds have you filed for divorce, Mrs. Gillette?” the judge asks. “Dish towels, your honor,” I grimly state. “Divorce granted and a $5,000 fine,” the female judge shouts. I do not ask for a spotlessly clean or professionally decorated house. I do not ask for white rugs or even that my car fit into the garage. All I ask is that my matching dish towels be used as dish towels — not oil rags, dog dryers, juice mopper-uppers, sweat swipers or grease catchers. They are called dish towels for an obvious reason. But I will stretch their job description to include drying clean hands. Oblivious to all this, my husband simply refuses to treat my color-coordinated towels with respect. No matter how many fits I have pitched and times I have explained the situation, he cannot or will not accept there is a separate use for the half-dozen, carefully selected, terra cotta-colored towels that perfectly match my kitchen tile and hot pads and took me months to find.

small talk jean gillette He (and our children, as well) remain unable to distinguish these lovely creations from the heap of old, torn and stained towel scraps I keep in a separate drawer, to be used specifically for those sticky, staining, greasy, grimy, corrosive cleanups our life seems filled with. In one stroke, he turns my dish towels from a decorative accent piece to torn, tattered and discolored creatures that must be banished to the “other” drawer. He uses my beauties in place of the paper napkins I keep tidily available in the attractive, woven napkin holder on the kitchen table. He operates solely on the “whatever absorbent thing is closest when I need it” theory. The problem does not stop there. My family has the same inability to distinguish between that pile of

cleanup rags in the upstairs linen closet and the, again, perfectly matched bath towels, which I fought for at an annual white sale. They believe that if it is within reach and will suck up spilled sunscreen, wipe polish from shoes or clean the paint off a paintbrush, then, by George, grab it. OK, I don’t really want to divorce my family over my towels. Instead, I am trying to do some creative problem solving. I am considering a new tradition of a secondary “bridal” shower. The gifts might also include replacements for the service for 12 everyday china now reduced to service for 4½, and the eight missing spoons and four bent knives from our everyday tableware that somehow migrated to the backyard and the workbench. And we could all use a set of mugs or wine glasses that actually match, no? I’ll even make that keen ice cream and soda pop punch and, I promise, no party games. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer wondering how she landed in this family of heathens. Contact her at

San Marcos awards $389K in Nonprofit Community Grant Program first round By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The City of San Marcos recently awarded the first round of funds from its newly created Nonprofit Community Grant Program. Eight local nonprofits received awards, including Coastal Roots Farm, Feeding San Diego and San Marcos Promise. The $3 million program, which was launched in August, is an effort to help nonprofit organizations that serve San Marcos residents who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, which uses funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a federal COVID-19 relief program, awarded a total of $389,000 in its first round. According to the city, funds went to Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos ($50,000), Coastal Roots Farm ($35,000), Feeding San Diego ($68,000), Hope Through Housing ($20,000), San Diego Oasis ($35,000), San Marcos

linary experience from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 2. Walk or ride your bike to each participatKnow something that’s going ing venue — or take a douon? Send it to calendar@ ble-decker bus — to sample local handcrafted cuisine and, optionally, beverages by the restaurants, brewFREE FOOD GIVEAWAY ers and wineries. Tickets at There will be a free food distribution from 10 taste-of-oceanside. a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at Emmanuel Faith Community KATHY’S LEGACY Church, 1754 Encino Drive, Kathy’s Legacy FoundaEscondido. Every registered tion is kicking off domestic attendee will receive ap- violence awareness month proximately 50 pounds of by hosting a golf tournadry goods, fresh produce ment and banquet Oct. 2 and a frozen meat protein. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start and 5 p.m. banquet, at St. GEM AND MINERAL SHOW Mark Golf Club, 1750 San Vista Gem and Mineral Pablo Drive, San Marcos, to Society will hold its October raise funds for those impactOpen Air Gem and Miner- ed by domestic abuse. Regisal Market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ter at Oct. 1 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kathy’s Legacy Foundation Oct. 2, at the Antique Gas is a nonprofit in Carlsbad and Steam Engine Muse- serving those impacted by um, 2040 N. Santa Fe, Vista. domestic violence. More info at


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RYANE QUINTANAR of San Marcos, daughter of Coast Guard Petty Officer Zachary Quintanar, was awarded the Abbott L. Brown Scholarship. She is attending Loyola University Chicago this fall. Photo courtesy Coast Guard Foundation


the children of the Coast Guard as they pursue their higher education goals,” said Susan Ludwig, president of the foundation. “These amazing students are already a benefit to their communities and a proud example of the values instilled in them by their Coast Guard parents. Our support is only possible because of generous investments from individuals, families and foundations across the country.” The Coast Guard Foundation was founded in 1969 and is a partner to the Coast Guard. The foundation’s mission is to support members of the Coast

Guard and their families, even after retirement. Other scholarships available through the Coast Guard Foundation include scholarships for children of fallen Coast Guard heroes, grants for enlisted Coast Guard members, scholarships for Coast Guard spouses and more. “When Coast Guard kids receive Coast Guard Foundation scholarships, they incur less debt and deepen their engagement with their communities by volunteering, working, and interning in their chosen fields of study,” Ludwig said. For more information, visit


Harry Phillips of Andy’s Orchids in Encinitas will speak at the Vista Garden Club meeting at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Lunch (Bring your own) is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m. and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit vistagardenclub/ or e-mail Vistagardenclub @gmail. com.

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Promise ($125,000), Twin Oaks High School in partnership with San Marcos Promise ($16,000) and Wounded Warrior Homes ($40,000). Program administrator Sharyn Goodson told The Coast News that the goal is to grant awards to as many organizations as possible. “The program couldn’t be going better. It’s been really seamless, and I think the organizations are really happy. They have a lot of access to us for assistance as they’re filling out the application, and it’s just a really collaborative process, which I’m really happy about,” she said. “We’re really lucky that we’ve got a lot of money to give out, so the idea is really positioning all of these nonprofits to be successful, while at the same time doing a good amount of due diligence,” Goodson continued. According to Goodson, funds administrated will depend on community needs, each nonprofit’s

size and each nonprofit’s needs. “San Diego Oasis is pleased to invest the grant funding in a technology package for low-income seniors in the region, including a tablet, 12 months of internet service, technology training and access to some of Oasis’ classes,” said Simona Valanciute, president and CEO of Oasis. “We are excited to provide services to isolated seniors who have been particularly impacted by the pandemic.” “We are thankful and proud to be recipients of San Marcos’ grant program. The funding will support our efforts to provide San Marcos students with after-school and summer enrichment programs focusing on outdoor environmental STEM and nutrition education,” said Javier Guerrero, president and CEO of Coastal Roots Farm. The second round of funds will be awarded to a new group of nonprofits next week.

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Westfield UTC will be hosting a Job Fair from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and Oct. 7, in the outdoor courtyard near Pottery Barn. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System will open the UC San Diego Blue Line light rail extension Nov. 21, expanding the San Diego Trolley system to the University HELP FOR YOUTH City community with the Vista Community terminus station at WestClinic’s Resilience Profield UTC. gram open the doors to a new building Oct. 4, for its youth-based program. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 6:30 pm at 4055 FOOD AND DIAPERS Every first Thursday of Oceanside Blvd., Suite D, in Oceanside. Started in 2018, the month at noon, the Rock Resilience was created to Church San Marcos campus, serve high–risk youth and 1370 W. San Marcos Blvd., young adults, ages 12 to 24, San Marcos, hosts a commuwithin the Oceanside and nity food, diaper and supNorth County areas who plies distribution. are on probation or leaving juvenile detention. More on VCC services and programs FILIPINO-AMERICAN EVENT can found online at The Filipino-American Cultural Organization INLAND SUPPORT and the Oceanside Public A Parkinson’s Support Library will be hosting the Group meets monthly for Filipino Cultural Celebrapeople with Parkinson’s and tion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. their care partners on the Oct. 9 at Oceanside Civic first Monday of every month Center Plaza, 330 N. Coast from 10 a.m. to noon at San Highway, Oceanside. AdRafael Church, 17252 Ber- mission is free and open to nardo Center Drive, Ran- the public. For more inforcho Bernardo, in the Parish mation, visit filamcultural. Hall. Call (760) 749-8234 or com or call Dori Harris at (760) 518-1963 for questions. (760) 822-0683 or Genevieve Wunder at (760) 7177151.

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The Elizabeth Hospice offers free volunteer orientation sessions via Zoom, if you are interested in helping adults and children facing the challenges associated with a life-limiting illness and those grieving the death of a loved one. Training sessions will be 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 7, noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 4, and noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 17. To sign up, contact the Volunteer Department at (800) 797-2050 or e-mail GOLF FOR BROTHER BENNO’S Brother Benno’s Auxiliary is thrilled to kick off the fundraising for its “Pay BINGO AND MORE It Forward” Charity Golf The Republican Women Fundraiser at the Camp California – San Marcos are Pendleton Marine Memorial hosting a non-partisan Bin- Golf Course Oct. 5. To learn go Dinner for men and wom- more or to sponsor and help en from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at the most vulnerable in our St. Mark Country Club, 1750 community, visit brotherSan Pablo Drive, Lake San

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Local questions, concerns loom over state housing bills By Tigist Layne

REGION — A pair of California housing bills recently signed into law has raised new questions about how these state requirements will impact local initiatives requiring voter approval for land-use density and zoning changes. Senate Bill 9, authored by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), will allow up to four units and a total of eight market-rate units on lots that are currently zoned for single-family housing. Senate Bill 10, authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), allows buildings of up to 10 market-rate units on lots that are currently zoned for single-family housing. Together, the bills would effectively eliminate single-family residential zoning in an effort to boost housing production and allow local governments to override voter-approved restrictions and upzone parcels without a California

Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review. “The housing affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream for families across the state, and threatens our long-term growth and prosperity,” Newsom said in a Sept. 16 announcement. “Making a meaningful impact on this crisis will take bold investments, strong collaboration across sectors and political courage from our leaders and communities to do the right thing and build housing for all.” But it remains unclear how much influence these state laws will have on individual city initiatives, such as Escondido’s Proposition S, which requires voter approval for density and zoning changes to the city's general plan. Nearly two-thirds of Escondido voters approved the proposition in 1998. “As a general law city, Prop S would not be in effect,” said Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara. “I mean,

ESCONDIDO MAYOR Paul McNamara said it does not appear Prop S will be overruled by SB 9 and SB 10, but the city will have to wait and see. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

that process would not be able to overrule what Sacramento is saying, but the authors of the bills say they are not looking to supersede existing rules. If, in fact, they’re not writing this to overrule existing CCNRs

or HOA development or something like Prop S, then I don't think there’s going to be a problem.” “It just depends who’s going to sue us,” McNamara continued. “It could be the state sues us for not com-

plying with the laws or the developer sues us for not allowing the density changes or something like that. Right now, I think we have to wait to see what the final product looks like.” In Encinitas, a similar initiative was approved by Encinitas voters in 2013. Proposition A requires voter approval for zoning changes and imposes a city building height limit of 30 feet. Last month, a Vista judge rejected the City of Encinitas’ attempt to override Prop A, reaffirming the right of Encinitas voters to have the final say on development proposals that fall outside the specific requirements. However, according to Livable California, SB 10 could potentially allow “city councils [to] overturn voter-approved ballot measures that protect from overdevelopment local farmland, urban boundaries, shorelines, canyons — or that protect neigh-

borhoods from overdevelopment by enacting height limits or other concepts.” Jerry Harmon, a former mayor of Escondido who helped lead the Prop S campaign, told The Coast News he’s concerned about the initiative's future. “I think (SB 9 and SB 10) put propositions like Prop S at risk, so therefore people may not be able to have a vote on increased land-use intensity as Prop S requires now,” Harmon said. “Not only do these bills have the potential to take power away from voters, but I don't think it will really work to solve the problem that ostensibly they're trying to solve, which is, ‘Let's just provide more housing and that’ll lower the price.’ I think it will do the opposite.” While the future of these local voter-approved initiatives is yet to be determined, Harmon said he wouldn’t be surprised if the outcome is determined in court.

Man who killed girl with SUV gets four years

Man convicted of manslaughter in wife’s DUI death

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VISTA — A man charged with driving drunk and slamming a car into a traffic pole in Carlsbad, resulting in his wife’s death, was convicted Sept. 23 of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other charges, but jurors were unable to reach a verdict on a second-degree murder count. Santos Hernandez Ramos, 39, of San Marcos, is charged in the Sept. 15, 2019, crash that killed 41-year-old Cecilia Ramos. Ramos’ license was suspended at the time due to a 2017 DUI conviction out of San Bernardino County, which led prosecutors to file the murder charge. Jurors found Ramos guilty of manslaughter and DUI counts but hung on the murder count, with jurors voting 11 to 1 to convict. Ramos also previously pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of driving while his license was suspended and driving without a license. He is due back in court next month, at which time the case might proceed on the murder count.

ESCONDIDO — A man who struck and killed a 17-year-old girl with his SUV in Escondido, then drove off, was sentenced Sept. 16 to four years in state prison. Paul Anthony Lissona, 30, of Escondido, pleaded guilty in July to a felony hit-and-run charge in connection with the death of Kirsten Rain Tomlinson. The victim was with three friends when she was struck on June 6, 2020, at about 12:35 a.m. on Mesa Rock Road near Mesa Ranch Drive by a vehicle heading northbound at high speed. She died at the scene, despite efforts by her friends and nearby neighbors to render aid, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP called on the public to be on the lookout for a white Toyota Highlander with frontend damage in connection with the fatality. A civilian’s tip led to Lissona's arrest the day after the teen was killed.



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San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, third from left, is shown with Dave Gootgeld, left, San Marcos City Councilman Ed Musgrove, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, Barbara Morgan and Lisa De Angelis. Stephan was the guest speaker at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Update meeting Sept. 23 to highlight the North County Family Justice Center, set to open in San Marcos in February 2022. Courtesy photo

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San Marcos family mourns son’s death By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — A San Marcos family is mourning the death of their 20-year-old son, Aris Keshishian, who was stabbed near his home last month. The family hopes to raise awareness of the brutal attack and also remember the life of their son. On Aug. 15, Keshishian was walking his dog near his home in the 1100 block of Via Vera Cruz when he was attacked and stabbed 46 times. Paramedics took him to a hospital where he died shortly after arrival, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. According to investigators, Keshishian was stabbed by an elementary school classmate, 20-yearold Kellon Razdan. Keshishian’s family and friends said that, to their knowledge, their son and Razdan had not been friends since the fourth grade. After the tragic loss, Keshishian’s family and friends are determined to share his story and keep his memory alive. His best friend, Sean

ARIS KESHISHIAN, 20, right, with his friend Sean Ragland. Keshishian was fatally stabbed in August while walking his dog near his San Marcos home. The suspect is a former elementary school classmate of Keshishian’s. Photo courtesy of the Keshishian family

Ragland, told The Coast News that he and Keshishian grew up together and bonded over their love of basketball. “He’s the nicest person you’d ever meet,” Ragland said. “He just brought light and joy to everyone’s life

and always saw the best in people.” Ragland said aside from basketball, Keshishian also loved to make music and experiment with fashion. Keshishian was also very close to his parents

and his older sister Adrineh and was passionate about his Armenian culture. Ragland described the family as “close-knit,” and Keshishian was even as a mentor to his two younger cousins. “There’s just like a big hole left in everyone’s lives just from losing him. He was a rock for everybody. He just turned 20 in January, like there’s so much more that he should’ve been here for,” Ragland said. Keshishian’s family and friends are planning to set up a basketball tournament in his honor in the next few months. “It’s important to raise awareness and say, ‘Hey, this does happen in our community.’ And it’s important to remember his life and how loved he was,” said Rachel Nafrada, Ragland’s mom and a friend of the family’s. The suspect, Razdan, has been charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 13. The Keshishian family has set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral and legal expenses.

Armed suspect fatally shot by Escondido officer ID’d By City News Service

ESCONDIDO — Authorities on Sept. 23 publicly identified the armed man fatally shot by an Escondido Police Department officer when he allegedly pulled a gun on him at the end of a brief high-speed chase. Johnathan Carroll, 38, was pronounced dead at Palomar Medical Center late Friday afternoon, Sept. 17, shortly after the shooting at Bear Valley Parkway and Encino Drive, according

to the Escondido Police Department. The patrolman who shot the suspect, EPD Officer Chandler Hoppal, suffered no injuries during the fatal encounter. The events that led to the shooting began when Carroll allegedly wounded a 20-year-old motorist in an apparently random car-tocar shooting near the intersection of Ash Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The victim, who suf-

fered a minor bullet wound to his back, gave officers a description of Carroll’s car along with its license plate number before being taken to a hospital. There was no known relationship between the two, according to police. A little more than an hour after that shooting, Hoppal spotted Carroll driving his white Mercedes-Benz GL450 in the area of Citrus and Washington avenues in Escondido, near the suspect’s home, and tried to

pull him over. Carroll sped off, fleeing at speeds exceeding 100 mph while trying to evade arrest, police said. After about 10 minutes, the suspect lost control of his SUV, which struck a curb and skidded to a halt. After the crash, Carroll jumped out of his vehicle with a 9mm pistol in his hand, according to police. Hoppal responded by firing a dozen rounds at him from his service handgun.

Soroptimist scholarships give a lift to single moms By Staff

VISTA — Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women. Applications are available at, or by contacting Eden Weinberger at The application deadline is Nov. 15. Soroptimist clubs throughout San Diego County are collaborating in an effort to seek out applicants and help them apply. Soroptimist are also planning Zoom workshops to help applicants navigate the process. “Finding candidates can be difficult, because some applicants may have experienced domestic violence or other hardship that makes them timid about applying,” said Soroptimist member Jackie Huyck. Each Soroptimist club sets its own award levels based on the amount the club has raised through vari-


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ous fundraisers. For its 20202021 fiscal year, SI Vista NCI raised enough to award a total of $27,500 among seven women attending local colleges and trade schools. Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, transportation or any other education-related expense. Founded in 1953, the Soroptimist Vista NCI club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. SI Vista NCI members join with more than 110,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories investing in the dreams of women and girls through access to education. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit

Helen Heller in spotlight as latest Escondido Legend By Staff

ESCONDIDO — In the fifth of eight 2021 Escondido Legend biographies, the Escondido History Center introduces Helen Heller, a pioneering business woman, a dedicated philanthropist, a caring mother and grandmother and a role model. Helen Hill Heller was born Dec. 18, 1910 in Waitsburg, Washington, the middle of five children, to parents who moved the family bakery from Minnesota to Iowa, then Washington, and finally to Long Beach. Attending California Polytechnical High School, she met Homer Heller. His family had moved from Nebraska to Colorado and finally, at the age of 14, with his 18-year-old brother, hitchhiked to Long Beach. In September 1933, Helen and Homer were married, and in 1940, with their two young children, moved to Escondido as the new owner-partners of the Ford automobile dealership. Just 11 months before Pearl Harbor, they became sole proprietors of Homer Heller Ford due to their partner’s illness. When Homer Heller died in a private plane crash in 1959, Helen took over the Ford dealership. The Ford Motor Company was strongly opposed to women in the role of business owners, and she had to fight to retain the franchise. She asked her son, Don, then 19, if he would be interested in learning the business. When he answered “yes”, Helen took on the Ford Motor Company, and after successfully managing

the franchise for 10 years, Don Heller became the general manager. Helen now had time and resources to serve her many community interests. She was a sponsor and founder of the California Center of the Arts, Escondido, and a charter member of Escondido’s PEO Chapter B. In the 1940s, Helen and Homer led other civic leaders to establish Palomar Medical Center. Helen led campaigns to improve the Pediatric Care Unit, and was, throughout the years, HELLER dedicated to volunteering in many roles at the hospital, and convinced administrators to establish a gift shop which was named in her honor in 2002. Beginning in the 1960s, Helen served on the Escondido Boys and Girls club and was instrumental in building the gymnasium. The family and Escondido youth benefited from Helen’s leadership in the 4-H Club, Brownies and Girl Scouts. Although the “old” Palomar Hospital being torn down and the Homer Heller Ford dealership franchise has been sold, Helen Heller, a 2001 Escondido Times-Advocate “Women of Merit,” was an instrumental leader in Escondido. Now she is a 2021 Escondido Forever Legend. The Escondido HistoryCenter will present a $1,000 honorarium, in her name, to an outstanding senior from a high school in Escondido.

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Seeds: A source of food, life and wonder


By Jano Nightingale

rijette Peña and her husband have given themselves the yomen task of producing over 50 varieties of vegetable, flowers and herbs that not only are suited to the California climate, and have their origin in the Western part of the country. The San Diego Seed Company began just 10 years ago, on a tiny plot of land in downtown San Diego. Brijette explained her goals as we toured her small one-acre plot. “I was inspired by time spent at Willow Farm where I was introduced to the Food Justice Movement. My husband and I have been here for ten years and recently leased property in Ramona. “The amount of land there will allow us to grow on a much larger scale, and the price of water will be less since we have a well. We believe in sustainable growing practices, seed saving and healthy local food systems. We work with a wide-range of non-profit organizations to encourage these sustainable practices.” Brijette said their “goal is to be able to fill all the or- BRIJETTE PEÑA, owner and founder of San Diego Seed Company, has a small plot in Ramona where she and her husband grow a variety of seeds using TURN TO SEEDS ON 12

sustainable farming practices. She plans on offering the company’s seeds at all the independent garden centers in greater San Diego and North County. Photo via Facebook/San Diego Seed Company

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ders and more. During COVID we received far more order than we could possibly fill, since many of the other seed companies had run out of seed. “Now, we are producing and processing hundreds of seeds daily. Our goal is to be in distribution in all the independent garden centers in greater San Diego and North County. “Each week we feature videos with a timely, seasonal theme to encourage gardeners to try new varieties such as Kajani Melon, Ethiopian Kale and Winter Green Mixture. We also teach classes at Anderson’s LaCosta Nursery and Oceanside Crop Swap,” Brijette said. SAVING SEEDS AT HOME

The difference between the seed of the fruiting vegetable and a vegetable with an “umbrella” is that the seed appears on the exterior of the plant, which can be harvested by shaking, and then processing the seeds through sieves. For the home gardener, seed collecting can become a bit of an obsession in a healthy way. Corn, sunflowers, peas and beans are probably the easiest to harvest since the size of the seed needs so little cleaning. Once any gardener has

started harvesting seed, the urge to walk through a friend’s garden or simply a local community vegetable garden, and search for that perfect seed head is irrestible at this time of year. Just ask permission of fellow gardeners! Right now, sweet peas, calendula, morning glory, and any variety of bean will be poised on the vine and ready for you to process. Any large seed head, such as sunflower, corn can simply be popped off the stem and cleaned. At the Carlsbad Senior Garden we harvested our Mammoth Sunflowers, which bore seed heads up to ten inches in diameter, by simply cutting into large chunks for each gardener. The seeds are simply pulled off the seed head, cleaned and stored (See storage instructions below). CLEANING SEED

These instructions are designed for small seed such as Basil, Leaf Lettuce, Calendula, Morning glory, Narcissus, etc. Start with seed heads still attached to stem. 1. Place seed head in pillowcase. Pound with hands gently to loosen the leaves and seed. 2. Use a sieve with holes approximately the same size as seed. You will need SAN DIEGO SEED COMPANY recommends starting red acre cabbage (top right) seeds in a cool environment. Echinacea to experiment with mesh, (top left) seeds can be directly sown in your fall garden, watermelon radishes (bottom left) should begin in starter trays and TURN TO SEEDS ON 13

transplanted to deeply irrigated soil under shade cloth and kohlrabi (bottom right) should be started from seed in the fall and transplanted out with consistent moisture. Photos via Facebook/San Diego Seed Company

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Home &Garden eties from seed for the next year. The process for “wet vegetables” is more complicated and can be found on the Facebook page Diego Seed Company. We hope you enjoy the ancient process of seed saving as much as we do, and visit the website with Brijette and her crew or call (858) 203-1273 to order directly.



using a metal kitchen sieve or window screen material. 3. Place the seed head or stems in the sieve. Using your hands crush the dried heads gently and the small debris and dirt will fall through the screen, leaving the seed behind. Process a second time to be certain all the debris is left behind, using your hand to facilitate. 4. Seed Storage Whether wet or dry processed, cleaned seed should be checked for fungus or mold. 5. Packaging – Whether dry or wet processed, cleaned seed should be checked for bacteria. The combination of moisture and warmth only can encourage the growth of damaging bacteria. Store in clean, airtight glass containers. Optimal temperatures are 32 – 50 degrees F., in a dark room or opaque box. Seed stored in this way can be used for up to five years.

BRIJETTE PEÑA holds up a watermelon grown in her San Diego County garden. She offers video tours of the property while providing planting tips and instructions on best practices for saving seeds. Photo via Facebook/San Diego Seed Company

pefectly: “When you think about it, seeds are pretty amazing things. The tiny acorn in the palm of your hand might not look like an embryo oak tree, but that’s exactly what it is. Like a bird’s egg, it contains everything the new life inside it needs to know to get growing.” • “Currently, many gardeners rely on just few multinational seed companies for most of their seeds. Many newer seeds are genetically very similar to SEED PHILOSOPHY “Part of the issue is each other, and many are that people just don’t know F1 which means their seeds where seeds come from,” cannot be re-used. Brijette said. “We have set out to teach our customers through a wide variety of video tours through our property, just how to save seed. The seed grown on our property originates from rare and heirloom varieties.” • An excerpt from Alan Titchmarsh’s book, “How to Be A Gardener,” sums up the importance of seeds

“Hybrid varieties are ‘one-time things.’ The seed they produce will either be infertile or will yield wildly varying plants that are not true-to-type and must be purchased every year. “There are many excellent F1 hybrid plants, but open pollinated seed (seed that is bred true to variety and is pollinated by nature, be it by bird, bees or other insects).” “All over the world people have begun defending themselves against privatization of crop plants. In India, women formed plant exchanges to maintain and

preserve agricultural life for their village communities, successfully ridding themselves of the multinational seed companies in their regions.” “In Mexico, farmers protested the patenting of traditional corn (maize) varieties by U.S. conglomerates.” — by Andrea Heistingerm “Manual of Seed Saving.” Jano Nightingale is a horticulturist and teaches gardening classes at the Carlsbad Senior Center. She is available for consultation @


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ground in October. In the meantime, the buses are using temporary chargers. Director of Transportation Linda Rendon told The Coast News that three of the buses are at Escondido High School, Orange Glen High School and San Pasqual Academy. The other three buses will be up and running by December. “We’re super excited about this and about reducing our carbon footprint,” Rendon said. “These electric buses are going to improve the air quality for our community by reducing diesel admission, and that’s going to be beneficial to the environment as well as to the health of our students.” The initiative is the first step by the district to follow the state mandate that 60% of school bus fleets must be energy efficient by 2040. The mandate is part of a wider regulation by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), approved in

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2018, that sets a statewide goal for public transit agencies to gradually transition to 100% zero-emission bus fleets by 2040. “A zero-emission public bus fleet means cleaner air for all of us. It dramatically reduces tailpipe pollution from buses in low-income communities and provides multiple benefits especially for transit-dependent riders,” CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols said. “Putting more zero-emission buses on our roads will also reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases, and provides cost savings for transit agencies in the long run.” According to the district, two of the buses were funded by the California Energy Commission’s School Bus Replacement Program, which is helping schools throughout the state transition from diesel school buses to zero- or low-emissions vehicles. The remaining four buses were funded through a San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District ESCONDIDO UNION High School District officials announce the addition of six new electric school buses that will replace six grant. diesel-powered buses. Electric buses now make up 30% of the EUHSD fleet. Photo courtesy EUHSD

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meant to eat seasonally, we need different nutrients at different times of the year. People are coming and trying new recipes that they never would have tried because they never would have picked up that item at the grocery store.” It’s also a source of community for local residents to come and enjoy a bit of country life right off a major highway in Vista. The Viles encourage locals to come and escape in their pocket of country life away from loud traffic. “People come, they hang out and enjoy a little bit of farm life. You feel

like you’re out in the middle of the country even though you’re just 20 minutes from Encinitas,” Viles said. Different CSAs offer different types of shares and payment plans. While most CSAs will ask for you to pay for either a partial or full share of the farm’s growing season up front, others will also offer a more subscription style payment method. At Sand n’ Straw for example, their seasonal offerings last 13 weeks and you may purchase a full share of those crops for $455 per quarter or a half share for $260. However, you can also opt for a weekly subscription of $35 a week for the full share and $20 a week for the half share. Some CSAs, like J.R. Organics out of Escondido for example, offer delivery of their shares while others like Sand n’ Straw offer pick up of your shares from their farm two days of the week. Sand n’ Straw operates its farm stand to both CSA subscribers and the rest of the community at their farm on 629 Mar Vista Drive every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or you can visit to find a CSA closer to your home.


ery box will be packaged the same but if you find something in that week’s share you do not like they will allow you to substitute for a different crop being sold at the stand that week. However, one of the advantages of using a CSA is branching out from your usual menu of fruits and veggies and trying new things. “It’s a different way of looking at your food and it’s a way to get people to be eating seasonally,” Viles said. “Our bodies are

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Cancer prompts author to chronicle travel adventures hit the road e’louise ondash


xaggeration. Embellishment. Excess. Yes, author Richard WestonSmith employs them all in his newly published “Some Items May Have Shifted in Flight: A Life Aloft, Abroad and Occasionally Adrift,” but he does it so adroitly that you believe every word of it. And you should because it’s all true — the rescue of a friend from a Botswana jail; maneuvering his wife, Kirsten, around Istanbul in a wheelchair; and getting schooled on “express kidnapping” in Brazil. But perhaps the most impactful journey WestonSmith has had was the one that prompted him to write the book. A marketing expert for national and global corporations, the author got his wakeup call in 2018 when he was handed a diagnosis of prostate and lung cancer. “I began to see my life through a very different lens,” writes the 59-yearold Brit, who splits his time between London and Santa Barbara. “I began to consider the extraordinary things I had done … the people I had met, the places I had been. It struck me that I had not appreciated every detail of them as I could and should have.” Unlike some authors who have had lightning-bolt moments, Weston-Smith doesn’t dwell on his medical misfortunes, but takes us quickly on his first journey — a coming-of-age adventure to Australia. In 1977, at the age of 17, he finds himself on a plane to the Land Down Under, then a 2,000-mile hitchhike to a remote cattle ranch in North Queensland. WestonSmith remembers the state as a land of “scorpions, ticks, leeches and mosquitos … (and) wild pigs that … will have a go at you even if you are armed with a flame-thrower and a Gatling gun, sitting in a metal cage perched atop a big yellow bulldozer.” “One tends to look back on things in hindsight with more humor,” Weston-Smith said in a phone interview from his Santa Barbara home. And if you’re a helicopter parent, this chapter and most of the others might send you into fits of anxiety. “I had a level of freedom I’d never experienced before,” he added. “I was in Australia for a year and there was no communication then. There was no phone in my quarters. I had to get permission to make a call to England and then book a call 24 hours in advance.” There are a lot of details — hilarious and otherwise — in these tales that unfolded as many as 40-

plus years ago, so how did Weston-Smith remember it all? “With some difficulty,” he said. “(I had) help from my wife, or friends who were with me such as in Australia, and also some trips were documented in a journal. It’s amazing how, when you start talking about it, how much more two people can remember than one alone. “Also, someone who was there mentions something and it triggers a wave of recollection of things completely forgotten about. I spent a lot of time figuring out the stories. Some are poignant — full of surprises because you never know quite where you’re going to go next. And then I go from lighthearted to the story of my father that is far from that.” Weston-Smith is talking about Chapter 16, “Best of Enemies.”

THE SANTA BARBARA resident tells laugh-out-loud stories that run the gamut of RICHARD WESTON-SMITH, a corporate marketing specialist a lifetime of adventures and and author, has lived on four continents and traveled more misadventures, on and off the beaten track. than 2 million miles. Courtesy photos

He tells of the trip he and his brother took to retrace the steps that their father and Weston-Smith’s

godfather took to escape a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. The brothers found the Ger-

man family that sheltered the British soldiers from the Nazis until the end of the war. Reliving that journey

was aided by the father’s and godfather’s escape diaries. “Both of them wrote down completely different things about the same experience,” Weston-Smith said. “When I put them both together, there was quite a complete picture.” The author gathered so much information that he’s “writing a book about my father’s experiences. There is so much to this story that’s so fascinating — the POW camp, the ecosystem that existed within that.” In the end, this book is “for anybody who loves travel and has a sense of humor,” Weston-Smith said. “It’s a book you can easily pick up and read and put down — the perfect scratch for your travel itch.” “Some Items May Have Shifted in Flight” can be purchased on Amazon.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Cosmic changes create a potential for disruptions in your travel plans. In the meantime, you might want to consider shifting your focus to another area of your life that needs attention. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s a good time for beauty-loving Bovines to enjoy something special for the senses. It will restore your spirit and return you to the workaday-world ready for the next challenge. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) With your planetary ruler, Mercury, going retrograde, you might want to slow down the pace in pursuing some of your projects. Rushing things could be counterproductive. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Tensions begin to ease in those once-testy relationships. This helps create a more positive aspect all around. Expect to hear news that could lead you to rethink a recent decision. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The pace of activity that had slowed last week now begins to pick up. This is good news for Leos and Leonas who have career-building plans that need to be put into operation. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Venus offers encouragement to romance-seeking Virgos who are ready to get up, get out and meet more people, one of whom could be that long-sought soul mate.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) An ongoing problem with a co-worker might need to be sent to arbitration. Get all your facts together so that you have a solid base from which to make your argument. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You are usually decisive about most matters. But you might want to defer your decision-making this week until you get more facts. Someone is holding out on you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That quiet period is ending, and a new burst of activity creates some problems at the workplace. But things are soon resolved, and everything goes back to normal. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Relationships could be either helpful or hurtful as you pursue your career goals. You might have to make some difficult choices depending on what your priorities are. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might still have some doubts about a career move that could involve a lot of travel. If so, continue to check things out until you feel secure about making a decision. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Love rules, as Venus continues to exercise her cosmic influence on both single and attached Pisces. New developments might cause you to change your travel plans. BORN THIS WEEK: You often think of others before you consider your own needs. You enjoy helping people and would make a fine teacher or caregiver. © 2021 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Padres’ summer hopes fall apart sports talk jay paris


or Pete’s sake, the Padres’ summer to remember became the endless bum-

mer. For Pete’s sake, I feel for Peter Seidler. Seidler is the Padres owner who wrote massive checks that came with few dividends. With a stroke of a pen and his faith in general manager A.J. Preller, Seidler provided the wherewithal for the Padres to be the talk of the baseball. The Padres were that recently, but the chatter arrived with local fans covering their eyes and ears. It’s one thing for the Padres to let a playoff ticket slip through their hands with an epic second-half collapse. But the Padres also produced an unsightly public display that was embarrassing for the organization, and Seidler, with a dugout dust-up between $640 million worth of talent. When third baseman Manny Machado ($300 million) dressed down shortstop/outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. ($340 million) in St. Louis two Saturdays ago, the curtain was pulled back on a dysfunctional squad. It revealed a club that was fractured and failing, unable to find the rip cord on the most disappointing season in franchise history. What happened? There’s a lot to unpack. Injuries are the first off-ramp of excuses, so we’re not going there. Lack of production is a bigger reason why this team sputtered and when the appropriate leadership was required, few cleared their throats. Some give Machado, an easy villain for many, praise for figuratively slapping some sense into Tatis. With the 22-year-old star blowing a fuse after striking out, Machado demonstratively told him to

THE DUST-UP between Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. in St. Louis brought the Padres’ frustration into public view. Photo via Fox Sports: MLB on Twitter

snap out of it and play ball. That didn’t sit well with Tatis and the visual of him and Machado being separated is the indelible picture of 2021. This is where manager Jayce Tingler comes in and what he does or doesn’t do behind closed doors is a point of speculation. What’s clear is the fussin’ and fightin’ didn’t start when Tatis’ bat didn’t leave his shoulder against the Cardinals. The top step, where all managers reside, hasn’t been top shelf for the Padres. Tingler is in his first managerial job, implementing the information from Encinitas’ Preller, a firsttime general manager. Seidler, a first-time owner who bankrolled a team-record $175 million payroll, preaches of Prel-

ler’s exceptionalism. Seidler proved that when he, and executive Ron Fowler of Rancho Santa Fe, acquiesced to Preller hiring a rookie manager for a team constructed to win now. But it’s about the path forward and where it will send the Padres as they cross their fingers to finish above .500. Breaking even wasn’t the plan, which means next season will feature new faces and just maybe they join a familiar mug. Poway’s Bruce Bochy, the former popular Padres manager, is revved to work again. He’s not ready to retire on those three world championships he won with the San Francisco Giants, and if the Padres pivot from Tingler, Bochy is the obvious pick.

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cording to the staff report. Additionally, the businesses must document their losses and how the funds will be used for recovery, and bonus points are awarded to underserved groups such as women, minority and veteran-owned small businesses, Ham said. Ham said the program has three tiers, which include businesses that opened before and after March 15, 2020, along with home-based or national and/or regional franchises with local ownership. Another part of the process is for businesses to be scored on a matrix covering several categories. The matrix, which determines the amount of the grant, is based on the three tiers and the percentage of revenue losses. Ham said a profit and loss statement is required, along with a viable recovery plan and other documents may be requested.

Applicants may also be interviewed, if necessary, by either the chamber, city or a city auditor. “If the business does not own the land … they will be required to affirmatively declare that they are not in arrears on rent,” Ham added. “If the business is late, the business must use 50% of the grant funds on rent.” The chamber, he said, will verify the business is in good standing with the landlord. Ham said they don’t want to give a business grant money only to see them evicted. However, a move may be disclosed through a business’s recovery plan, he added. Councilwoman Corinna Contreras questioned why nonprofits were not included. Ham said the recommendation is for the council to allocate an amount and staff and develop a grant program specific to non-profits. According to Ham, there are about 75 nonprofits in Vista.

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Fall means Oktoberfest and a host of new beer offerings wards of 6 million patrons from around the world, will likely set some records when it returns. Maybe I’ll get to be one of them. Until then, I intend to honor the spirit of the season by trying and sharing the best Oktoberfest beers I can find stateside. Prost!

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espite what the heat or the wildfires or the temperature of the Pacific might imply, fall is here. It is the turning point when summer has waned and winter is on the horizon. I know because it is Oktoberfest season. It is that time of year when we take a break from the hoppiest hops to reach for the sweet, malty, pale lagers that briefly hit the shelves and draft lines around town as breweries attempt to pay homage to the original Märzenbier. In addition to my favorite North County local seasonals, like Eppig Brewing’s FestBier and Bagby Beer’s It’s Festastic, this year I decided to fill my fridge with a variety of California beers, including AleSmith’s 2021 California Craft Brewers Cup Gold Medal-winning AleSchmidt Oktoberfest and Brewery X’s Festbier Ja! I’m excited to try this year’s crop of new beers, but the true spirit of Oktoberfest isn’t just about drinking. It is about communing

Oktoberfest in North County

THE AUTHOR is celebrating fall with a selection of Oktoberfest beers, including AleSmith’s award-winning AleSchmidt Oktoberfest, Sierra Nevada’s Amber Märzen, Eppig Brewing’s FestBier and Bagby Beer’s German style amber lager, It’s Festastic. Photo by Ryan Woldt

together to share stories, sing songs, laugh and be filled with the same joy that Prince (and future King) Regent Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Sa xony-H ildbu rg hausen felt in the fall of 1810 when their wedding reception,

complete with a horse race, inspired the modern celebration. We’ve all been grappling together with COVID-19 and all that has come with it. We each have our own level of comfort engaging

with the world. The beauty of beer, and of Oktoberfest, is that it can be as social or socially distanced as you like. I encourage you to take time out this season to share a beer with your friends and family, be it at your favorite

local brewery, at the beach, or over Zoom. The original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, has once again been sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic. The festival, which in recent years has drawn up-

• The 25th Encinitas Oktoberfest will be held Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas. • WestBrew in Vista has brewed their first-ever Oktoberfest beer which they released on Sept. 24 at their first Oktoberfest celebration. • In Del Mar, One Paseo shopping is also hosting their first Oktoberfest event on The Lawn (Oct. 2). Stop by the Harland Brewing beer garden. Try your hand at ax throwing or compete in the costume contest to become Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest. • Stop by any of the Burgeon Beer locations on Oct. 2 to celebrate Oktoberfest 2021. Prizes for those best dressed in Fest-inspired garb. Break out the lederhosen. • Carlsbad Rotary is hosting Oktoberfest at the pumpkin patch with a German-style meal, craft beer garden, music and a celebratory Chicken Dance.

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erlot’s free at last from the clutches of an outrageous, abusive movie entitled "Sideways" that some 14 years ago, disparaged merlot as nothing more than red toilet water, sending it into a slump that lasted some nine years. October is winding up Merlot month with the theme of “#MerlotMe” and there are lots yet to celebrate. First, I want to credit Duckhorn Winery in Napa Valley and winemaker Renee Ary for making a modern-day merlot in 2014 that brought out the hidden elegance and supple texture and was Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” in 2017. It proved that a jewel lay within quality made merlots. Don Duckhorn, long an advocate of this under-appreciated grape varietal, felt that the elegance was not fully tapped when he said “I liked the softness, the seductiveness, the color, the fact that it went with a lot of different foods,” Duckhorn said. “It seemed to me to be a wonderful wine to just enjoy. I became enchanted with merlot.”

RENEE ARY, lead winemaker at Duckhorn Winery in Napa Valley, helped craft a modern-day merlot that was named Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” in 2017. Courtesy photo

Duckhorn’s first merlot in 1978 totaled 800 cases. Nearby Three Palms Vineyard has provided the grapes since that time and now is owned by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn. The latest release,

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rich wine with a refined mix of currant, dark cherry and plum flavors that are backed by smooth tannins. The high-energy #MerlotMe marketing group wanted us to know that merlot is now the third most popular varietal on restaurant wine lists for both by-thebottle and by-the-glass, and America’s second most popular grape varietal in sales. Like the 2017 Duckhorn Merlot, the following five wines should make you a #MerlotMe fan forever:

($41): Rich and concentrated yet elegant, handcrafted from the best of the harvest to showcase merlot from the Walla Walla appellation.

($29): Mostly merlot with some cabernet for structure. Aged in oak for 15 months, it delivers opulent notes of cherry and plum with aromas of vanilla and toast.

Northstar Merlot CoDuckhorn’s Three Palms Merlot 2017 ($110), is a powerful, lumbia Valley (Wash.) 2018

Peju Merlot Napa Valley 2018 ($54): Sustainably

farmed and family-owned since 1983, Peju allows their grapes extended hang time to build character. The result is a rich, bolder style of merlot. Pope Valley Merlot Napa Valley 2018 ($25): Mostly

merlot with a small amount of cabernet sauvignon from

This single-vineyard Merlot is harvested from the winery’s sustainably farmed Rutherford estate vineyard. Hand-sorted by cluster and then by berry ensures the finest grapes are selected to create a well-balanced Merlot. The 2017 summer heat resulted in rich, ripe flavors of black plum and dark mocha, coupled with subtle raspberry and espresso notes. The growing area is in the heart of Napa Valley, with rich alluvial, welldrained soils. Cheap shots in movies aside, merlot has a storied history from France's Bordeaux region, as does its close cousin, cabernet sauvignon. Merlot is produced in a larger quantity than cabernet in that region. It is mostly found in the right bank, in the appellations of Pomerol and St. Emilion, while cab was born and raised on the left bank of Bordeaux. A sudden thought — maybe that scurrilous “Sideways” movie did some good after all. It took some years after, but the thin and weedy brands of cheap merlot that crowded the market are finally behind us and what’s left are the brands like those above.

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Moonlight’s ‘On Your Feet!’ loaded with Estefan’s Cuban-fusion pop By E’Louise Ondash

VISTA — Conga drums. Bongo bells. Cuban rhythms and color. Sequins. Tap dancers in flip-flops. There is all this and more in “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan,” playing at Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre to close out its summer season. The rhythm is gonna getcha – for sure. Opening night Wednesday offered plenty of contagious Latin beats and songs that readily infected the audience. By the finale, they were more than ready to get on their feet and jump into a conga line. The life stories of the Estefans, both native Cubans, weave in and out of more than two dozen recognizable songs written by the couple and others. The script unfolds to reveal the difficulties both faced on their journeys to current standing and success. Gloria’s mother was strongly against her music career and life on the road, and Emilio faced multiple roadblocks and a lack of faith on his journey to bring Latin music to the mainstream – not just con-

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AT MOONLIGHT AMPHITHEATRE in Vista, Ariella Kvashny, left, as Gloria Estefan and Eduardo Enrikez as Emilio Estefan star in “On Your Feet!” through Oct. 2. Photo by Ken Jacques

certs and recordings but Italian weddings, Shriner’s conventions and even bar mitzvahs. For Ariella Kvashny, winning the hefty role of Gloria is a dream come true for the recent graduate of

the fine arts program at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s a dream role to play Gloria Estefan,” said the actor who grew up and still resides in Chula Vista. “I’ve always had a fondness

and music.

students, and can be pur- submit sculptures for conchased at theffcollective. sideration for a temporary, org/projects. one-year exhibition at selected sites around the city. Application deadline is Oct. TEENY TINY ART MART Submissions are being 15. For more information, accepted for the Oceans- contact Kayla Moshki at ide Museum Of Art World’s Largest Teeny Tiny Art Mart now through Nov. 18. Download a submission form at OCEAN ART tiny/. Make plans to see the “Save the Ocean” art show Oct. 1 through Nov. 30 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., EsOKTOBERFEST The Encinitas Cham- condido, to inspire artists to ber of Commerce Oktober- create art and bring attenfest will be from 10 a.m. to tion to the ocean, sponsored 6 p.m. Oct. 3, at Mountain by Surfing Madonna Oceans Vista Drive and El Camino Project. Real, Encinitas. Ceremonial parade at noon. Free parking at Flora Vista Elementary School, 1690 Wandering HOUSE OF ART Road. With German music, The Encinitas House of carnival rides, Gemütlich- Art is an eclectic outdoor keit alpine dancers, street art studio open to the public vendors and more. at 155 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, both beach and dog friendly. Look for after-school workshops, adult / family art evenings, open PAINT LIKE KLIMT Join a two-day work- studios and private art parshop, “The Glittering World ties. For more information, of Gustav Klimt” from 1 to 4 visit encinitashouseofart. p.m. Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 at the com/ Oceanside Museum Of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $90. Sign up at SEAL HEADLINES AT GALA glittering-world-of-gustavGet tickets now for the klimt/. Tri-City Hospital Foundation black-tie, Starlight Serenade gala, starring singer-songwriter Seal, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Oct. SOLANA BEACH WANTS ART The city of Solana 23 at the Omni La Costa Beach has put out a Call for Resort & Spa. Money raised Submissions for a new rota- will renovate the medical tion of its Temporary Pub- center’s emergency departlic Arts Program. Artists, ment. For tickets and sponprivate collectors, galleries, sorships, contact TCHFounand museums/non-profit or call institutions are invited to (760) 940-3370.


Bringing vintage country music, Cowboy Jack is performing from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Arrowood Golf Course, 5201- A Village Drive, Oceanside,. No cover charge.


Join the outdoor evening featuring the musical poetry of Joni Mitchell performed by Nancy Ross at 7 p.m., Oct. 1 at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. Tickets at San Diego performer Nancy Eliza Ross presents Mitchell’s poetry

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The women-led FF Collective Founders series presents the opera “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi at 7 p.m., Oct. 2 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St., Del Mar. Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for

for her music.” And it was this fondness that was fortuitously responsible for her first appearance at the Moonlight. “I chose to sing one of Gloria Estefan’s songs for my musical showcase (nec-

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Tri-City Hospital Foundation invites all to its indoor/outdoor 40th annual Benefit Gala event Oct. 23, featuring multi-platinum singer-songwriter Seal live in concert. The black tie-affair theme is Starlight Serenade and features a live auction. Gala chair is Dr. Nina Chaya. Tickets: Courtesy photo

essary for college graduation) before I even knew the Moonlight was going to do this production,” Kvashny explained. “Then I found the audition online and submitted (the recording of) my showcase. I’ve always wanted to audition for Moonlight but it never worked with my schedule before.” Kvashny is well suited to play the multiple Grammy Award-winner and with Emilio, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She channels the artist’s voice in clear, even tones, and with Eduardo Enrikez who plays Emilio, creates rich harmonies that raise the emotions of the moment. “I’m excited to share this with the world,” Kvashny said just hours before the opening-night curtain. “I feel deeply connected (with Gloria). The other cast members have helped me to gain a lot of confidence and strength.” Additional kudos go to Catalina Maynard, who as Gloria’s grandmother (abuela) Consuelo, adds comic relief in serious moments with perfectly-timed lines and inflection; Diego

Mendoza, a Rancho del Rey Middle School student in Chula Vista who plays the Estefans’ son and deserves the applause he prompted for his extraordinary dance moves; music director and conductor Lyndon Pugeda and his on-stage orchestra that changed the pace and mood seamlessly; choreographer Carlos Mendoza and the dance ensemble who maintained a flawless vibrance to the end (watch for those flip-flop-clad tap dancers); Felicia Broschart whose hot, vibrant outfits gave the production sparkle and pizzazz; and director James Vasquez, who put all the energetic moving parts together to create one big, glittery party that we can all enjoy. Oye! The Moonlight is the first California theater with the rights to “On Your Feet!” which runs through Oct. 2. Gates open 6:00 p.m.; curtain at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets $17 - $59 with additional general lawn discounts for seniors, students and the military. Check for mask regulations and other information, or call 760-724-2110.

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Lux Artist-in-Residence Christine Howard Sandoval will be the first ICA San Diego/Lux Art Institute artist-in-residence with her exhibition “Coming Home” running through Oct. 31 at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas.

Take the Julian Open Studios Art Tour 2021, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 and Oct. 10. $10 per carload. Advance sales at Tour Map will be posted close to event date. Day-of-event sales available at each studio and at Julian’s Town Hall at 2129 Main St., Julian. Questions: NEW AT NCRT e-mail Barbara at bnigro@ Tickets are available now for the North Coast Repertory Theatre presenPLEIN-AIR ART AUCTION tation of “Ben Butler,” by The artworks selected Richard Strand, Oct. 20 from the Oceanside Muse- through Nov. 14 with shows um of Art’s Plein Air Festi- Wed. at 7 p.m., Thurs. to Sat. val Juried Exhibition are on at 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at display through Oct. 10 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at North are available via auction. Coast Repertory Theatre, Visit 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, pleinair2021/ to view the Solana Beach. art.

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‘Save the Ocean’ art show names winners PLA stages ‘Die Fledermaus’ By Staff

ESCONDIDO — Winners were chosen in the “Save the Ocean” art show, sponsored by Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. The show runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project art show supporting the “Save the Ocean” theme had more than 160 submissions, and 62 chosen for inclusion in the show. The mediums varied from traditional painting, to digital photography, marquetry wood working, ceramic sculpture, many kinds of fabric artworks, mixed media, photography and mosaic. “We were so amazed at the quality of the work and large number of entrants, that we added an award for “Best in Show – Theme,” said Cathy Carey of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. Blue ribbons were given to two entries. First Place went to “Wave Ride Mosaic Surfboard” by Cherrie LaPorte. Best in Show went to “Sunny Dreams at Moonlight” by Don Manor and Nancy Hunter. LaPorte’s mosaic was custom-made with fused

FIRST PLACE went to “Wave Ride Mosaic Surfboard” by Cherrie LaPorte, made of fused glass, dichroic glass, colored mirror and stained glass. Her inspiration was the waves at Torrey Pines Beach. Courtesy photo

glass, dichroic glass, colored mirror and stained glass. Her inspiration was the waves at Torrey Pines Beach in Del Mar. Manor and Hunter’s recycled surfboard was covered using hand-cut glass, designed into a mosaic medium. “We were delighted to know that Mark Patterson’s Surfing Madonna mo-

saic inspired this piece,” Carey said. Second place went to Mac Hillenbrand for his wooden table, “Cardiff by the Wooden Sea.” You’ll have to see this in person to truly appreciate the complexity. Judge Mike Redman said, “I thought this was a painting when I first saw the photo online, I’m into woodworking and

this piece is incredible. This is an original marquetry wood inlay depiction of Cardiff California on a low tide looking north to Dana Point.” The third-place award went to LaRetta Small for her mixed media painting “Times Up,” addressing the health and beauty of our oceans. Originally planning three Honorable Mentions, the judges decided on nine. Honorable Mention artists included: — Karen Wurfel for “Joyful Abundance - The Womb of Life” fabric piece. — Catherine Cooke Dudley for “Oceanful 3” digital photography. — Cathy Wessels for “Happyness Comes in Waves” oil painting. — Maya Rosenbaum for “Milan and Maya at the Beach” oil painting. — Julia Gray for “SHE -Jellyfish/NOTJellyfish” ceramic sculpture. — Manjula Chinnappa “Help the Kelp” oil painting. — John Peugh for “Dinosaurous Bitchen” mosaic surfboards. — Arlette Poland for “Down by the Seashore Star” acrylic painting. — Donna Doyle for “Ocean is Life” mixed media.

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ESCONDIDO — Pacific Lyric Association’s production of Richard Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” will open on Friday, Oct 15, at the California Center for the Arts Escondido. Sung in English with English dialogue, this quintessential Viennese comic operetta is set in opulent turn-of-the-century Vienna, and revolves around a pair of friends engaging in a fierce battle of pranks, a beautiful wife who’s contemplating infidelity, and her maid, who wants nothing more than to be an actress. Their schemes cleverly intertwine at a grand New Year’s Eve ball (where a mini concert will feature local talented youth) — with plenty of waltzing, of course — and end up in prison where Champagne is blamed for all. Strauss’ music is glorious from overture to finale. This fully staged opera and cast of 25 singers and 25 musicians will welcome you back into the world of live entertainment. Pacific Lyric Association (PLA), whose byline is “Opera You Can Understand and Afford,” is an independent Southern California opera company created in

2006 by Dr. Carlos Oliva and Teresa Hughes-Oliva. Productions are accompanied by a full opera orchestra. PLA has instituted an Opera Internship Program, giving classically trained singers the opportunity to be coached by experienced mentors and to perform along side seasoned professionals. Some of the interns will be performing small roles or playing in the orchestra for this production of Die Fledermaus. To promote the art of live opera, PLA also offers Opera Production Tours for youth ages 8-18 who are interested to see the process of creating an opera. They are invited to attend staging rehearsals, orchestra rehearsals, sitzprobes and the final dress rehearsal. Backstage tours are also included. This program is free for all participants. Performances of Die Fledermaus are Fridays (Oct 15 and 22) at 7 p.m., and Sundays (Oct 17 and 24) at 3 p.m. Tickets are $48 (with discounts for seniors, students, and military) and are available at, or call the CCAE box office at (800) 988-4253.


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