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Hospitals taking measures to combat the flu By Tony Cagala

R. Roger Rowe Middle School student Aniah Edwards,11, puts the finishing touches on her artwork for the Hearts for Healing exhibition and auction to be held at L Street Fine Art Feb. 9. Courtesy photos

An artist with a heart


By Kay Colvin

he work of Cardiff artist Gerrit Greve has been well regarded throughout the San Diego area for more than four decades, in addition to receiving international recognition. With a special “Hearts for Healing” reception and art auction of his students’ work to be held on Feb. 9, selections from Greve’s Water Series will be on display at L Street Fine Art through February 2014. According to one art critic, Greve’s Water Series is “decidedly one of his most deeply contemplated and expansive investigations of pure painting in his career as an artist.” In addition to his prolific creation of paintings during the last two decades, Greve has increasingly turned his

attention towards giving back to the community. Collaborating with Ralyn and Nate Wolfstein, in 1993 Greve co-founded Arts for Healing at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, a program that promotes healing through an aesthetically enhanced hospital environment. In 2003 Greve was the driving force in establishing the Arts for Healing Program on the Encinitas campus of Scripps Hospital, and later expanded the program to include additional hospitals and medical clinics with his “Hearts for Healing” programs. As founder and director of the Hearts for Healing Foundation, a nonprofit community outreach now in its sixth year, Greve shares with youth the healing power of art.

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With the help of personally trained assistants, Greve works with youth in local schools and community centers not only to impart artistic skills, but also to explore students’ self-expression and ability to communicate feelings through art.

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As a result, participating students gain a sense of empowerment by making a difference in people’s lives and in the enhancement of the community and healing environments. Greve describes Hearts for Healing students, “They are excited about how their work will help others; how they are going to be giving up their artwork and this is a unique concept for kids. They are doing something in order to give it away. Not only that, but they are creating something in order to make someone else feel good.” Regarding his own experience of the Hearts for Healing program during the past five years, Greve reflects, “This is one of the most heart-warming and rewarding experiences of my life. TURN TO ARTIST ON A14

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REGION — The number of confirmed flu deaths this year has already surpassed the total of flu deaths from last year. During 2012-13 there were a reported 106 deaths confirmed during the influenza season. So far this year, the CDPH is reporting 147 deaths from the flu — that according to the latest numbers released on Jan. 31. And there are still 44 additional deaths under investigation that haven’t been confirmed. But during a previous conference call with the media, Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist, said that during their reporting period on Jan. 24, there was a decrease in the reports for both outpatient visits and hospitalizations for influenza. Even so, local hospitals have been taking preventative measures to help keep the virus from spreading further. Earlier this month, all of Scripps hospitals implemented a visitor restriction policy. All visitors are being screened for flu-like symptoms. And children 14 years and younger won’t be allowed in the hospital unless they are receiving treatment or have appointments. Scripps has had this restriction policy in place since 2009, according to Scripps Chief Medical Officer James LaBelle, M.D. Those restrictions will remain in effect until they see the prevalence of the disease decrease in the community, he said. The hospital has also taken measures to have employees receive flu vaccinations. Employees that haven’t been vaccinated wear masks. That’s something the hospital didn’t do last year because of the aggressive nature of the virus this time around. Bobette Brown, public relations person for Palomar Health, said their hospital hasn’t gone to the more extreme regulations

as Scripps and UCSD have done with limiting visitors, but they did require all staff to get flu shots “And if they did not get a flu shot, then it is mandatory that they wear a mask in the hospital,” Brown said. The H1N1 strain of flu is the most prominent variety now circulating. During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, it tended to affect the younger to middle-aged population. LaBelle said they’re tending to see that again this year. The 2009 pandemic, particularly, has set the bar for the procedures and policies that we have put in place, thus far, Brown said. While LaBelle said that the amount of people coming in with the flu hasn’t been beyond Scripps’ capacities as it has in other flu seasons. “But what we’re seeing is a greater severity of illness in the patients that are sick from this particular brand of flu,” he added. Tri-City has definitely seen an increase in the amount of patients coming in with flu-like symptoms, according to Dr. Cary Mells, chairman of the department of emergency medicine. They increased staff on the hospital side, he said. “There’s a very active and aggressive immunization program that goes on in the fall for all employees as well as the community, and as well as all doctors,” Mells said. “That’s the primary preventative measure, but then during flu season itself, it’s really about educating the public when they come in that they need to wear masks, if they’re sick. And our nurses are all trained to place masks on patients when they have symptoms that might suggest the flu,” Mells said. The CDPH continues to urge people that haven’t received the flu vaccine to TURN TO FLU ON A14

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Saxophonist and Rancho Santa Fe resident, Adam Nussbaum, 13, greets guests with Beethoven, Beatles and Schumann, as they checked in for the Rady’s Children’s Hospital fundraising gala Jan. 25 at the Grand Del Mar. The young musicians, including Adam, Layla Haberfield, Marissa Hastings, Carter Weiss, Camden Rider, Jovanna McDaniel, Sydney Northbrook, Madi Wade and Josh Kazabee, who filled the evening with music, were accompanied by their teachers, Camille and Christian Hastings, of Encinitas’ Leading Note Studios. Courtesy photos

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Momma Dream, with pups Candy and Cupcake have happily made a new family. Courtesy photo

A true ‘tail’ of puppy love RANCHO SANTA FE — At Helen Woodward Animal Center, a puppy named Candy and her surrogate puppy brother, Cupcake, are ready for love just in time for Valentine’s Day. The unlikely siblings were united through the inspirational nurturing of an abandoned poodle named Dream, who, along with her one surviving puppy, Cupcake, welcomed Candy into the family with the type of affection and acceptance usually reserved for those related by DNA. Now both cuddly canines are ready to find their new forever families and Center staff cannot imagine anything sweeter than seeing each puppy begin a love story of their very own. In early January, Helen Woodward Animal Center reported on the uniquely moving story of Dream who had been rescued from an overcrowded shelter in the high desert near Lancaster, California. Dirty, matted and so underweight no one knew she was pregnant; Dream lost all of her puppies but Cupcake. Only weeks later, Candy arrived from another transfer partner in Kingman, Arizona. The smallest in her litter, she was in desperate trouble. At less than half the weight of her siblings, the tiny baby was being trampled by her brothers and sisters. Unable to get to her mother’s milk,

Candy was stunted, weak, dehydrated and covered in bite wounds. Helen Woodward Animal Center foster staff decided to introduce Candy to Dream and her puppy Cupcake. Proving that dreams do come true, the bond was instantaneous. Dream immediately took to Candy, snuggling her with her own puppy, Cupcake, as though she were the baby she had lost. Sweetly nursing the two puppies and keeping a watchful eye on both babies, Dream’s spirits seemed to lift. The family was at last complete. Now the love of this unique family will have its ultimate pay-off. Both sweet puppies are playful, healthy, socialized, and ready to begin their new love stories. Candy and Cupcake will be available for adoption on Tuesday, February 4th. Dream will be ready for adoption a week or two later. “We love this little family and how each one has helped the others to heal, grow and become happy, trusting pets who have wonderful futures ahead of them,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Inventory Manager LaBeth Thompson. “It does my heart good. The gifts they gave to one another will last a lifetime.” For more information on Dream, Cupcake and Candy, or for inquiries about adoption, contact the Adoptions Department at (858) 756-4117 ext. 1, visit animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.


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Panel strives to spark discussion on mental illness By Rachel Stine

REGION — “This problem is too big for me to handle on my own. Sometimes there are no good options. So you just pray for grace and trust that in hindsight, it will all make sense.” Reading from her now viral blog post, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” Liza Long took a deep breath to control her shaking voice before continuing. “I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.” Long wrote these words in the wake of the murder of 20 children and six adults by Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. She is not in fact Lanza’s mother. Rather, her blog post details her experiences caring for her son who does have a mental illness and is at times violent. Long incorporated the quote while speaking in front of more than 200 people at a behavioral health panel sponsored by Jewish Family Services at San Diego’s Congregation Beth Israel on Jan. 29. She said that the wave of public comment on her

Liza Long, author of “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” speaks as part of a behavioral health panel on Jan. 29 in San Diego. Photo by Rachel Stine

piece made her decide to “If we can’t talk about speak out rather than hide (mental illness), how can her reality that she some- we solve it?” she asked the times is afraid of the child crowd. Long was joined by she loves so much.

Alfredo Aguirre, LCSW, MSW, director of Behavioral Health Services County of San Diego. Together the two provided both a personal and perspective informative about the challenges of caring for someone with mental illness and accessing treatment. Aguirre highlighted the county’s recently expanded IHOT (In Home Outreach Team) among Liza Long other programs offered in Blogger the region.

When your child has a mental illness and is in the hospital, people don’t want to make you a casserole.”

IHOT consists of three mobile teams that provide outreach to adults with mental illness who are resistant to treatment in their homes. He expressed that often the biggest challenge for mental health services in the county is reaching out to people with serious mental illness who do not want to participate in treatment. “No matter how well-resourced your system is, no matter what options

you have, public and private, that sometimes people just don’t connect,” he said. Both Long and Aguirre emphasized the importance of eliminating the stigma of mental illness to instead support members of the community to seek treatment. Long said that even after her piece received millions of views online, much of her community failed to offer her and her family support. She said that unlike when other children have a serious physical ailment, “When your child has a mental illness and is in the hospital, people don’t want to make you casserole.” Though she did highlight that thanks to the attention garnered by her post, her son has received better medical care and because of that has at last has been given an official diagnosis and medication that works. She said today he is doing well in school and is participating in lessons two mainstream classrooms, something she never thought would be possible. The gathering also featured a resource fair of mental health services available throughout San Diego County, including 2-1-1 San Diego, Aging and Independence Services, Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, and Mental Health America.

Kid Akademy changing learning with student-made tutorials By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — The website Khan Academy popularized go-at-your-ownpace learning with free instructional videos. And Kid Akademy, a locally grown spin-off, looks to improve on the concept for elementary students. Khan Academy contains thousands of videos with a voiceover describing how to solve math problems while hand-written formulas appear on screen. Videos can be paused or watched repeatedly, encouraging people to view them on their own time. Kid Akademy features similar math explainers, with a twist: the content is developed by kids, for kids. And that’s a distinguishing quality, a group of sixth-graders at Olivenhain Pioneer, where Kid Sixth-grade students at Olivenhain Pioneer put together videos for Kid Akademy, a spin-off that promotes Akademy originated, said personalized learning. From left to right: Ella Soth, Emma O’Connell, Rachelle Jones, Kaiti Walsh, Justin Luban, Jack Loudis, Austin Nicholas. Photo by Jared Whitlock last week.


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cept they learned, they can pull up a video a classmate made,” she said. “Education is becoming more personalized and this is the latest,” she added. The program was born last year when Benowitz challenged each of her students to put together a movie walking peers through a math concept. “The movies were amazing,” Benowitz said. “One of my kids said ‘this is like Khan Akademy, only better.’ And I thought, this is calling to me.” Later, she registered kidakademy.com, where all of the videos are available. A technological jump paved the way for Kid Akademy. EUSD (Encinitas Union School District) gave many of its students iPads two years ago. As of this TURN TO TUTORIALS ON A14

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“In Khan Academy, it’s an adult talking,” said sixth-grader Rachelle Jones. “Sometimes it just gets really boring when adults are talking and they use really huge words that we can’t understand.” Adding to that thought, sixth-grader Austin Nicholas said students try to keep the videos interesting by making the explanations relatable, their voices energetic and the backgrounds colorful. “You learn a lot more when it’s interesting to you,” Austin said. “Adults think they know what’s interesting, but most kids would rather listen to someone they can relate to.” The Kid Akademy videos are designed to supplement traditional lectures, said Jeanne Benowitz, a sixth-grade teacher. “When a student goes home and they forgot a con-

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Some new school funding plans go awry By Thomas D. Elias

Letters to the Editor Prop B lawsuits? Is it true that Prop B exposes Solana Beach to significant liability for expensive lawsuits? You betcha. A few minutes of homework leads to our city attorney’s written comments regarding this very issue. In a formal response to the Elections Code Section 9212 Report, our city attorney lists several legal challenges that the city anticipates could occur, including Equal Protection, Administration of the Permit, Land Use and Vagueness of Nominal Fee, to name just a few. The city attorney then clearly states, “Any legal challenges to the Measure… would have to be defended and paid for by the city” and concludes by saying that there could be significant impacts if Prop B is enacted. The important thing for Solana Beach voters to remember is that the Vote NO on Prop B position is supported by facts and documentation, not rhetoric. Kelly Harless, Solana Beach Yes on B We have been residents of Solana Beach since 1958 and have watched our community grow into a fine city. We were instrumental in supporting the reconstruction of the Fletcher Cove Community Center. We remember when it was used for the community events such as weddings and other gatherings. We are disappointed that the City Council has put severe restrictions on the use of the building. It has been designed so that it can be used for indoor and outdoor events, but the Council has adopted a policy that no portion of the patio and lawn area can be set aside for special events. We also feel that the requirement of a security guard and trained bartender is an unneeded expense. We would hope that our children and grandchildren would have access to the building for wedding receptions

and family gatherings. We also feel that not allowing a D.J. or musical band to play is also not a needed restriction. A vote yes for Prop B would protect our community rights. Monte and Janice DeGraw, Solana Beach Another vote? Much has been written about the fact that California State Code mandates that changes to an Initiative require another vote by the people. But is this really a problem? With Prop B, there is only one issue that could require a subsequent vote; that is if the Solana Beach City Council were to decide to once again close the facility for private events. Look at the provisions of Prop B. Is there really a person or group who will require a vote to change the 10 p.m. closing time? Or the provision for “nominal fees”? Or the limit to NOT MORE than two of three weekend days that the Council has the ability to further reduce? Or that noise control and occupancy shall be determined by the existing Solana Beach Municipal Code and Fire Marshal limits? Or that behavior that violates ABC, State or city rules and regulations will result in closure of the event and possible fines? It is not realistic to think any of these five issues would prompt a campaign for another vote. Thus it is only the one issue — total closure for private events — that would prompt the need for another election. Should the City Council propose to close the facility for private events, it would be entirely appropriate to submit this question to a vote of the people. Thus, Prop B is totally reasonable and deserves your “Yes” vote. Rena C. Monge, Solana Beach

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Gov. Jerry Brown and a lot of public school officials are just now rediscovering how right the 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns was when he observed that “The best laid plans of mice and men oft’ go astray.” The latest example in California is the new public school funding formula Brown aggressively pushed last year, one giving a greater portion of new money raised via the 2012 Proposition 30 tax increases to schools with the highest percentages of English-learner students, foster children and pupils from poverty-ridden homes. Essentially, Brown wants to finish the job begun in 1971 by the Serrano v. Priest decision of the state Supreme Court, which directs most funds from newly-approved property tax levies to the poorest districts. “Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice,” Brown said as he proposed giving districts with high concentrations of needy children as much as $5,000 per year more than wealthier districts for each such student they have. The grants would start lower and escalate over several years, the money added to the state’s base grant of $6,800 per year per child. Officials of many better-heeled districts protested, suggesting the Brown proposal left out students from poverty-level homes who attend their schools. They provided numbers showing that districts in some generally well-to-do areas educate many disadvantaged students, even if their numbers don’t come up to the levels required to get the extra state money. Those districts pushed for giving schools money based on the actual number of disadvantaged students they serve, rather than creating a threshold percentage schools must pass before getting extra money. Their objections resulted in some change in the plan, with the extra money now being passed to districts on the basis of numbers at individual schools, rather than district-wide enrollments, an alteration made by the Legislature in June. “Our disadvantaged students deserve more resources to overcome the extra obstacles they face, and this formula does just that,” said state Senate President Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, after the changes were okayed. Known as

the Local Control Funding Formula, the new rules also give districts more control over how they spend state money they receive. That’s the plan. But it’s not working out quite as Brown and the school administrators hoped, the same phenomenon Bobby Burns sagely noted more than 200 years ago. Yes, districts are getting extra money for low-income pupils, English-learners and foster children. The initial boost comes to about $2,800 per student. But many districts are not getting all the money they expected because hundreds, perhaps thousands of families have still not turned in verification forms attesting to their income. So far, the state isn’t handing over money for students whose forms are not yet in, reasoning that without the forms, it can’t be sure the students actually exist or are really needy. Districts, meanwhile, complain they already verify students’ family income every four years to get federal funds for subsidized lunches, while the state demands new forms and will want them every year. Doing it again costs them time and money, they gripe. For some of California’s largest districts, this paperwork problem amounts to tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. The Los Angeles Unified district, for example, had only about 40 percent of the required forms returned as of mid-December, with about $200 million at stake in the missing paperwork. In Fresno, hundreds of families were refusing to fill out forms, possibly worried about immigration problems. In San Diego, only a small fraction of affected schools had turned in the forms by the same time. If this problem continues and the state is left with an undistributed pot of cash, it should be divided among all schools on the basis of their federal lunch-money reports. Do that and poor kids who go to school with the children of the wealthy will benefit far more than they can under the current formula. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net

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Residents and business and property owners have until Feb. 15 to take a survey that will help city officials as they make plans to replace the aging City Hall. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Time running out to weigh in on City Hall By Bianca Kaplanek From left, Rhoades School students Isabella Ratto, Dasha Zerboni, Elizabeth Thacker, Kylie Beck, Bailey Lapidow and Emilia Vaughn have books on display at the new Downtown Public Library’s annual Local Author Exhibit for the entire month of February. Courtesy photo

Budding authors have books on display ENCINITAS — Six fourth- and fifth-grade students from the Rhoades School in Encinitas after-school program, “Publish My Book Write Now,” have their books featured at the new Downtown Public Library’s annual Local Author Exhibit. Their books will be displayed in the library for the entire month of February. The young authors,

Isabella Ratto, Dasha Zerboni, Elizabeth Thacker, Kylie Beck, Bailey Lapidow and Emilia Vaughn, attended a kickoff reception Jan. 31. The Local Author Exhibit highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region. Beginning its 48th year, the aim of the exhibit is to bring exposure to local talent and nur-

ture the pursuit of the writing arts in San Diego. A call for submissions goes out in early fall each year, alerting all San Diego County authors who have published books in the current year to submit them. This will be the first Local Author Exhibit to occur in the new library building. Submitted publications are also exhibit-

Glimpse into kindergarten RANCHO SANTA FE — Do you have a child that will be 5 years of age by Sept.1, 2014? Rancho Santa Fe School District and R. Roger Rowe School will begin enrolling for kindergarten for the 20142015 school year starting Feb. 26. Kindergarten through fifth-grade Principal, Kim Pinkerton, will be hosting Kindergarten Orientation at 9 a.m. Feb. 26 and April 23 at R. Roger Rowe School, 5927 La Granada. These orientations show what a kindergarten day is like at R. Roger

Rowe School. If you are enrolling a new student in grades 1 through 8, call Marsha Portugal at (858) 756-1141, ext. 102, to set up an appointment for a Prospective Parent Meet and Greet with one of our principals. Mark your calendar to visit the school office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up your enrollment paperwork. Parents are asked to bring an Assessor’s Parcel Number to verify your residency in order to receive a packet.


ed in an online gallery at sandiegolibrary.org/, along with author photos, brief biographies, and brief publishing information. For more information about the Local Author Exhibit, including online registration, contact the San Diego Public Library at (619) 236-5817, or email Exhibit Assistant Rachel Esguerra at resguerra@sandiego.gov.

DEL MAR — The deadline to provide input on what a new City Hall and Civic Center should look like is fast approaching, and city officials are making it easy for anyone to provide weigh in. The survey can be completed with a computer, smartphone or paper and pen. In December, about 40 people participated in a workshop aimed at garnering input to replace the aging and embarrassing City Hall at 1050 Camino del Mar. Using information from that meeting, city officials put together a survey to see if others in the

community agree with the consensus reached. The 16-question survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and asks for input on where the new facility should be built, what it should include and how it should be financed. The questionnaire is available on the city website using a link on the home page or scanning a QR code in the city manager’s weekly update. It can also be accessed at delmar.ca.us/Pages/ CivicCenterPlanning.aspx or by going into City Hall. The survey closes Feb. 15. Results will be discussed at the Feb. 18 City Council meeting.


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El Camino Pediatrics was founded in 1974 to provide pediatric service to the North County area of San Diego. As a pediatric group, they are committed to providing education, assurance and quality of care to families. The philosophy at El Camino Pediatrics is to combine expertise and education with quality care. This dedication to quality is reflected in how they select physicians and staff members, and in their extended office hours and other services. They provide well and sick child visits for children of all ages, from newborns through adolecents, and minor surgical procedures. They currently have 11 pediatricians, one physician’s assistant, and one pediatric nurse practitioner providing direct patient care for children. All physicians are board certified and Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (F.A.A.P.). To learn more about El Camino Pediatrics, or to schedule an appointment, visit www.elcaminopediatrics.com or call (760) 753-7143. For more than 25 years, physicians at

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El Camino Pediatrics raises the standards Parents know that inevitably children don’t only become ill during weekdays. El Camino Pediatrics recognizes this and has gone above and beyond to make sure their patients can schedule doctor visits at times that work for their busy schedules. So in addition to evening hours Monday through Thursday, El Camino Pediatrics offers weekend hours for sick children. El Camino Pediatrics offers full pediatric care for children from birth to age 19. In addition to well visits, they provide specialized care for children with a variety of conditions. For example, Dr. Christine Wood is an expert on nutrition and eating disorders and Dr. Nicholas Levy has a special interest in ADHD and school problems. Dr. Michelle Dern is the county expert on foreign adoptions. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Natalie McNally has been trained as an asthma educator and provides expert consultation to patients with asthma. Not only does El Camino Pediatrics provide standard health care, but they spend time on patient education wherever possible. “We pride ourselves in educating patients and par-

no Pediatrics standard of care and has been since the practice began in 1974. “We also have experienced RNs who provide nurse triage all day long and late at night, answering telephone calls from our patients.” One current concern for many is the flu season, which is making headlines locally. “Influenza is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants and the elderly and for children with asthma, heart disease and diabetes. “Those with symptoms of sudden onset of high fever, body aches, chills, headache and cough should be seen early in the illness,” Dr. Levy cautions. He added that there is medication that can help reduce the duration and intensity of symptoms, but it works best when started early. El Camino Pediatrics’ impressive roster includes Fred Frumin, M.D.; Rosalind Dockweiler, M.D.; Gary Gross, M.D.; Nicholas Levy, M.D.; Christine Wood, M.D.; Sangita Bhasin, M.D.; Julie Snyder-Block, M.D.; Valerie Rubin, M.D.; Michelle Dern, M.D.; Guia Escuro, M.D.; Kevin O’Leary, M.D.; Katie Dominguez, M.S., P.A.; and Natalie McNally, P.N.P. Some of the doctors hold academic appoint-

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ents in preventative health care in addition to providing information about diseases in children. “We also have devices that allow us to test the vision of infants as young as 6 months and to check the hearing in those over a year old,” said Dr. Nicholas Levy. He also said that they recently added EKGs for athletes to their services. The services and expertise offered by the doctors of El Camino Pediatrics aren’t the practice’s only distinguishing features. El Camino Pediatrics has received local honors such as Best of Encinitas in 2009 and Best Pediatricians by Ranch & Coast Magazine in 2009 and 2010. What is it about this practice that resonates with parents? “Our physicians personally call back each and every patient that we see in the office for an illness or for a well check,” said Dr. Rosalind Dockweiler. “This is not the standard of care in the community, but it is the El Cami-

ments at UCSD and are involved with teaching the medical students and residents, keeping up to date with the latest medical information and technology. Additionally, some of the doctors sit on several boards and committees at Rady Children’s Hospital and at the AAP. All of the physicians are board certified and Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics. El Camino Pediatrics’ main office is located at 477 N. El Camino Real, Suite B105 in Encinitas. They are open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. Weekend and evening hours are reserved for sick children. Be sure to visit El Camino Pediatrics’ comprehensive website at elcaminopediatrics.com for more information and to learn more about the doctors and staff.

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Botanic Garden looks to build pavilion By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — San Diego Botanic Garden would like to build an ambitious pavilion that’s a hub for community education and events, it announced at its annual membership meeting on Jan. 25. The 9,300-square-foot pavilion, complete with classrooms, an amphitheater and a kitchen, would hold 400 people. Tracie Barham, director of development with the Botanic Garden, said most of the 37-acre property is made up of outdoor plants and flowers. Yet, it also boasts an indoor meeting space that often hosts wellknown speakers and other activities. “The space has served us well, but it’s often bursting at the seams,” Barham said, noting its capacity is 100 people. That sometimes resulted in having to turn people away. The Botanic Garden had 203,000 visitors last year, an increase of more than 83 percent from a decade ago. “To accommodate more people and diverse interests, we want a larger community meeting spot,” she said. She said the pavilion could feature an array of educational classes — with cooking and catering being key ones. “That’s one area we’re excited about,” Barham said. “Locally grown food, the slow food movement — those things are really at the forefront of the public’s mind. “Right next to where the pavilion would go, we have edible plants growing right now,” she added. “We could actually walk right out there, grab some plants, bring it in the kitchen and do something with it.” The space would also likely feature seminars on topics like gardening with children and conservation.

A rendering depicts a planned 9,300-square-foot pavilion for education and events. The San Diego Botanic Garden kickstarted fundraising efforts this past weekend. Image courtesy of San Diego Botanic Garden

To provide an open atmosphere, the pavilion’s main hall would be made of retractable glass. Plans call for placing the new facility just north of Hamilton Children’s Garden. “It could also be closed up if the weather isn’t great,” Barham said. And a portion of the pavilion would be dedicated to a greenhouse for growing plants that might not thrive in San Diego’s climate. Plus, an amphitheater would play host to concerts and plays. Barham noted that Encinitas Union School District officials have expressed excitement about the pavilion. That’s because the district is currently at work on a 10-acre farm across from the Botanic Garden. “They’ve said they would love to take advantage of the space,” Barham said. “And we’re looking at not

just having a space that they can come into, but how we can work together to provide programming.” She added that there’s also opportunity for collaboration between the neighboring San Dieguito Heritage Museum and Leichtag Foundation in the pavilion. The Botanic Garden is holding a fundraising challenge in hopes of garnering financial support for the $4 million project. The Donald C & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation has tentatively pledged $1 million toward the facility. To earn the gift, the Botanic Garden must raise the remaining $3 million from private philanthropy and grants by the end of this year. Once the funds are raised, construction would likely take about a year to complete.

Chef David Tanis, is the upcoming featured chef for The Good Earth/ Great Chefs series March 30 at The Chino Farm. Courtesy photo

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‘Lego Movie’ is everything we wanted By Noah S. Lee


Zipping with energetic heart and undeniable fun, “The Lego Movie” is well-built entertainment for the whole family, and a dream come true for Lego fans. There is no one in the Lego universe that loves being more ordinary than Emmet (Chris Pratt), a construction worker who lives his life according to the written instructions. But things take an interesting turn when he is mistakenly believed to be the “special” — a prophesized Master Builder who has the power to save the world from the oppressive reign of Lord Business (Will Ferrell). That power lies within the Piece of Resistance, which has somehow ended up on Emmet’s back. Joining Emmet in his quest are the tough female rebel Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), the cryptic wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Batman (Will Arnett), Benny (Charlie Day), Uni-Kitty (Alison Brie), and Metalbeard (Nick Offerman). As Lord Business initiates his plan to glue the Lego universe together, Emmet struggles to unlearn everything he has read in the manuals to understand the power of imagination. Never in all my years did I think a feature film based on Lego toys would make it to the big screen; all they’ve managed to do in the past has consisted of direct-to-video titles. Well, it’s finally here, and for those of you who are curious as to how cool it is, let’s just say it takes the inherent fun in creating something out of Lego pieces and amplifies it hundredfold. From start to finish, the flawless animation immerses the audience in a world that actually appears to be constructed out of Lego bricks – minifigures, vehicles, buildings, etc. Each and every individual component is designed with immaculate precision; all the angles, textures, and surfaces resemble the real thing. No Lego commercial or video game can compare to what has been accomplished here, and I applaud the artists and animators behind this undertaking. In addition, the fluid motions cannot be disregarded. Whenever a building explodes in an action sequence or the ocean roars with fury or the Master Builders construct machines on the spot, the elemental transformations — consisting of Lego bricks as well — electrify the screen with incredible alacrity. Directors Phil Lord and Chris

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Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”) instill a goofy sense of humor in the film that never feels out of place. It’s all because of their brilliant screenplay and the resulting zany dialogue exchanges between characters (friendly and not-so friendly), which will keep the kids laughing and the adults smiling. Furthermore, I like how the story possesses just as much enthusiasm as do the technical details. Amidst the non-stop humor and action, this traditional journey is imbued with a thoughtful reflection on creativity, the driving force behind an infinite number of possibilities. Anybody who thrives on living life through imagination and innovation, or is curious about what outcomes lay beyond routine and instruction, will find plenty to love in this epic adventure. By the way, the directors deserve two big thumbs up for selecting an excellent voice cast. Chris Pratt is the right choice for Emmet’s “regular, normal guy” spirit and reluctant heroic role. Will Ferrell clearly enjoys stealing the scene as the control freak Lord Business, who actually just might be the most complex character in the movie. Elizabeth Banks has a blast kicking butt as the capable Wyldstyle, and Will Arnett nails Batman’s gravelly

voice and serious demeanor. Liam Neeson never falters in conveying Bad Cop/Good Cop’s dual personality. Morgan Freeman’s rich, authoritative voice is perfect for Vitruvius’ cryptic way of giving advice. Nick Offerman delivers a crazily crusty performance as Metalbeard, the pirate whose body (save for his head) is composed of various tools and objects. There’s no limit to Alison Brie’s lively vigor whenever she exudes Uni-Kitty’s temperamental sweetness. Last but not least, Charlie Day brings a lovably outdated enthusiasm to Benny the ‘80s Spaceman. Always wanted to see Lego make a gigantic big screen debut? Your wishes have been answered. Want to take your family and friends to see quality entertainment that everyone will enjoy? This is your movie. Nothing wrong can be said about “The Lego Movie,” because frankly, everything is awesome.

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brush with art kay colvin The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) has raised the fusion of cultural and social events to the level of fine art. Dressed to the nines in vintage attire from the ‘50’s through ‘80s, guests of OMA’s wildly popular Art After Dark are in for sensory overload Feb. 14 as the Vintage POP! interactive event explodes at the Museum. Although costumes are not required, it is not uncommon for this event to attract well over 600 in attendance, many who are artfully attired for this extravaganza event. Celebrating pop culture, the affair will be packed with a dizzying array of multi-sensory experiences including a DJ spinning favorites, live musical performances, fine wines and craft beers, enticing appetizers and desserts, interactive art projects, video montage projections, and a photo station to memorialize the experience. Event guests will be first to view “Jean Wells:

Icons of Desire,” an exhibition of contemporary pop-inspired sculptures created by internationally acclaimed Rancho Santa Fe artist Jean Wells. Known for sparkling large-scale mosaic sculptures inspired by iconic images of popular culture, Wells will be on hand to meet her enthusiasts. On display at OMA through mid-June, Icons of Desire is the largest exhibition to date of Wells’ work. Over 60 mosaic glass sculptures, including a monumental Hershey’s Kiss that emits the fragrance of chocolate, will delight and tantalize viewers. Often representing items related to her personal history, Wells discloses, “While most of my work is easy on the eye, and what we might call happy or fun, underneath the surface I plant the seeds for further thought and investigation.” While exploring nostalgia and relationships with everyday subject matter, she subtly hints at poignant themes such as consumerism and body image. Wells continues, “Artists have always been the mirror of society, and in my case, I offer a playful, TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A14


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The JSD (Just Started Dating) Valentine Dilemma

out & about Carli Leavitt Valentine’s Day can be tough for any couple whether you’ve been together a month, a year or a lifetime, but there are few things more uncomfortable than having a Valentine you hardly know. If you happen to end up on a great first date in the first few weeks of February, the inevitable question, “What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?”, will come up. And if you haven’t sufficiently prepared yourself with a pre-planned singles only “Anti-Valentine’s Day” celebration, you could be stuck as the unfortunate second date Valentine. If you do end up in this sufficiently awkward situation, it’s time to throw your hands in the air and embrace the experience. After all, there are worse things than being wined and dined by a complete stranger in North County. So, for all you locals facing the dreaded “I don’t even know you’re last name” Valentine, here’s your guide to making the most of the situation:

them on a hike through Torrey Pines or San Elijo Lagoon and catch the sunset. It’s just the right amount of romance without over doing it. If you’re feeling brave, bring a blanket to sit on and some snacks for the occasion, that way if you run out of things to say to each other, you can shovel brie and crackers in your mouth rather than focus on the deafening silence. Make it a Social Event: If dinner is on the itinerary, try to make it a double date or full-blown group event. If it’s not possible to pawn your awkward date off on your friends, make a reservation at a trendy restaurant with a cool and social environment. One that I love is the patio at Masuo’s in Solana Beach or Le Papagayo in Leucadia.

Focus on Fun: It’s hard to carry on a 2-hour conversation with someone you’ve known your entire life, let alone someone you met at The Union a few days earlier, so plan a date that’s full of fun and distraction. If your date is a dive bar type, take them for a game of pool at The Shanty or if you want to step it up a bit, head over to Belly Up for a fun show, dancing and drinks. That takes all the pressure off of being a “Valentine” and Don’t Worry About a makes for a fun evening no Pricey Gift: matter who you’re with. Guys, I would suggest buying flowers. Nothing Valentine’s Day overly romantic. Keep it doesn’t have to be some simple, classy and fun. big romantic production. Tulips are always a great It’s all about spending time choice. They don’t say, with the person you want “I’ve already started sav- to most and having a great ing for the ring,” but they time. So, if you find yourstill show that you are ex- self stuck in the JSD Valcited about the date and entine predicament, forget spending more time togeth- the fuss and romance, and er. keep it casual while enjoying all our little San Diego Keep it Casual: bubble has to offer. You barely know each other and there is no way Carli Leavitt is a Caryour date is going to feel diff native who spends her comfortable with an overly free time surfing, blogging, romantic evening. So, keep and enjoying all San Diego it mellow. If you’re date is has to offer. Follow her on an outdoorsy type, take Twitter @CarliLeavitt.

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The Imagine Dragons, from left: are performing at the Valley View Casino Center Feb. 15. Photo by Reid Rolls

Imagine Dragons knows when to go big — or low-key By Alan Sculley

Imagine Dragons may be a fairly new presence on the music scene to many listeners — a band that has quickly gained major visibility these days thanks its hit singles, “It’s Time,” “Radioactive” and “Demons.” Like so many seemingly overnight successes, though, Imagine Dragons spent its share of time in relative obscurity, writing songs, touring and settling into its current lineup before making such impact with its first full-length album, “Night Visions.” Formed in 2008, the group self-released a self-titled EP in 2009, a second EP, “Hell and Silence,” in 2010, and in 2011, a third EP, “It’s Time” (yes, the eight-song release included the hit song), all before the group got its current deal with Interscope Records in November 2011. In today’s world of instant Internet phenoms and reality TV contestants-turned-chart-topping singers, the gradual progress of Imagine Dragons’ success might have tested

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listened to, everything that has influenced us individually,” he said. “There’s definitely a lot of classic rock influence in everything we do because we’ve all listened to that growing up. We all love Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and we all listened to Simon & Garfunkel a lot, Harry Nilsson. We like the ‘60s and ‘70s influences a lot. So at the core, I think that’s what we are as a band.” But while there are classic elements to the Imagine Dragons sound, “Night Visions” also reflects a modern sensibility and some specific twists in the music that command attention. In particular, the band has a unique way of combining acoustic and synthetic instrumental elements, creating something of an electro/organic rock sound, often with big beats. “We try to write the best song possible and then we try and dress it up in whatever production seems to match it. A song like ‘Radioactive’ (which just won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance), the lyrical content and just the shape of the song lends itself to synthetic elements, whereas a song like ‘It’s Time,’ it just had this organic, sort of almost folky quality to it in the beginning, so we just tried to nurture that with the instrumentation that feels right.” Imagine Dragons got its start in Provo, Utah. Ser-

mon, who grew up there, had returned to Provo after graduating from the Berklee College Of Music in Boston. “I had come back just to kind of figure out what I wanted to do,” Sermon said. “I knew I wanted to do music. I knew I wanted to be very serious about it. So I just kind of began exploring the scene a little bit, and a friend told me about this guy that sang and played guitar. So I went to a show he was doing in Provo and just kind of liked what he was doing.” That musician was Reynolds. The two became acquainted, and when Reynolds decided to move to his previous home base of Las Vegas, he asked Sermon to join him and form a new band there. It was 2008, and that group was Imagine Dragons. With “Demons” now having gone top 10 on “Billboard” magazine’s all-genre Hot 100 singles chart and number two on both the magazine’s Hot Rock Songs and Alternative Songs (“It’s Time” got to number 15 on the Hot 100 and “Radioactive” went top 10 on that chart), Imagine Dragons is beginning a winter/spring run of headlining shows in support of the “Night Visions” album. Sermon said the band is stepping up its game to meet the growing expectations of its expanding audience. “We’re definitely going to be upping our production value on this tour,” he said. “There are going to be a lot of new things and a lot of twists and turns. We’ve even written some new material to do in between songs and new jam sections and extending some songs out and stretching out in ways we haven’t been able to do before. I think people are going to be impressed by our live show and what we have planned.”

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Oceanside runner a clear winner in Kook run By Promise Yee

Tiger Woods tees off on hole 14 while participating in the Farmers Insurance Pro Golf Tournament on Saturday. Woods didn’t finish the tournament, which he’s won seven times. Scott Stallings ended up winning the event for the first time on Sunday. Photo by Bill Reilly

Torrey continues to yield new winners By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — “There’s not many lists on the PGA Tour where your name is as close to Tiger Woods, is ever a bad thing,” said Scott Stallings not long after his name was etched onto the Farmers Insurance Open trophy. Stallings won the tournament held at Torrey Pines on Sunday. Sure Tiger wasn’t around on Sunday, and local favorite Phil Mickelson had to withdraw due to a bad back, but Stallings said the tournament was the best field he’s played in so far. And even with Tiger and Phil out early, Peter Ripa, the Farmers Insurance Open tournament director, said attendance still wasn’t really affected by their absences. Some of that, Ripa said, was because of the great weather throughout the event, and how the tournament has grown over the years. “There was a time probably when our event and other events would hang their hat on a player or a team to build attendance, but there’s so much for the fan to enjoy beyond the players in the field,” he said. Despite a string of wins by Tiger Woods from 2005 to 2008, back when it was called the Buick Invitational, there’s been a different winner since 2009. That’s OK by Ripa. “Obviously having the world’s best players come to San Diego and play Torrey Pines, which, as residents, we can all play, is pretty awesome,” Ripa said. But he said the players on the leaderboard all had established careers globally or were like a Stallings, who had won two times previously on tour, is currently No. 4 among 20 year olds with most wins as a PGA Tour member, Ripa said. “It adds some excite-

ment and drama to the fact that, especially (Sunday) you had 17 players, I think the count was, within one shot of the lead, and the tournament wasn’t really determined until the 17th hole,” Ripa said. Stallings, the 29-yearold Massachusetts native won with a score of 9-under-par. admitted Stallings that he never played well at Torrey Pines, in fact, he said, he’d never made the cut. When beginning to assemble the tournament field, it starts with looking at the top 50 players in the world, Ripa said. “This year we had 21 of those top 50, and saw probably eight to 10 players from Europe,” he said. The field also featured a number of players that have been climbing through the ranks of the Web.com Tour, including local golfer Michael Kim, a graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Ripa said he keeps his eye out for the younger players, watching as they play through the high school and college ranks, and also through the smallTURN TO TORREY PINESON A14

ENCINITAS — Elite runner Okwaro Rauro, 39, of Oceanside, took first place in the Cardiff Kook 10K at 31 minutes and 26 seconds, which breaks down to an average speed of a 5 minute 3 second mile. Rauro said he has run faster in other races, but the enjoyment of a community run is the camaraderie and spirit of the race. “There were so many different levels of fun,” Rauro said. “There was costume running. The weather was good. I enjoy people having fun. Anybody who has ability can do it.” The 10K/5K run took place along a closed-off stretch of Coast Highway 101 on Feb. 2. True to the race’s three-year tradition, it was held the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. Rauro describes the back and forth course as scenic and a bit challenging. He said he needed to put in a good effort during the run back, which had a steady incline. By the 3.5-mile mark Rauro had a significant lead and said he could focus his attention on visualizing crossing the finish line first. This is Rauro’s first Cardiff Kook win. As the race winner he was awarded $500 and will have his named engraved on the race trophy. Rauro has been racing competitively for more than 16 years and competes in a race every two months. He began running in college. Rauro moved from Kenya to California in 1996 in order to attend college and earn a degree. While attending Palomar College he played on the soccer team. During practice drills, people started to notice that he could run. “In college I realized I could run,” Rauro said. “People noticed I ran faster than anyone else.”

From left Cardiff Kook 10k/5k race co-founder Steve Lebherz, race winner Okwaro Rauro and race co-founder Seth Brewer during the awards ceremony following the race. Photo by Tony Cagala

He began running at Palomar College and was tapped by Steve Scott, the American one-mile record holder from 1982 to 2007, to run on the Cal State San Marcos track team. Rauro describes running for Scott as one of his most memorable accomplishments as a runner. He went on to run a 4-minute mile. Since then Rauro has competed and placed in numerous local races, consistently finishing as a top runner. “I’ve had quite a lot of moments,” Rauro said. “To run a 4-minute mile was a big achievement.” Rauro works full time as an accountant and considers running his second job. He trains and races throughout the year with his athletic peak in summer when the most races with the largest prize purses are held. Rauro trains intensely to build up his base before a race, then cuts back from six to three days a week of running a week prior to a race. He races in 5K, 10K, one-mile and half marathon competitions. Rauro said the different distances give him good feedback on his training and preparation. He is disciplined in his training but not strict about what he eats. “I do not have a regi-

ment,” Rauro said. “I eat anything, with respect to what I can afford (yes including bread and pasta). A specific diet can be expensive.” Rauro said he tries to enjoy life. He added that before a race, doubts can creep into his thoughts, but he refocuses, knows he has trained well, and maintains a positive belief that he can win to pull him through to the finish. Rauro said he feels blessed to live in the United States and have so many opportunities. He supports his wife and daughter, and helps

Rauro said. “I support my brothers and sisters through their endeavors. “I make a little bit of money here. If their life is miserable, I will be miserable.” His next race is the U-T California 10/20 on Feb. 16, which takes off from Del Mar. The race has a firstplace cash prize of $3,000. Rauro said the unusual length of the 10-mile race and substantial prize money draws international elite athletes to compete. “It’s extremely hard competition,” Rauro said. “We all believe we can win.”

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Curious about carnivorous plants? Local Roots By Kent Horner As a teenager and even today, I would often enjoy the unusual and crazy carnivorous plants that were available through catalogs or from other exotic plant sources and the Internet. In those days, there wasn’t much information about the plants themselves or where they came from but you could still purchase some if you had the money and the patience to wait. In fact, most of the time after I received a carnivorous specimen, usually a Venus flytrap, I was so intrigued by the plant that I would trigger the closing hairs of the hinged trap until it wouldn’t open anymore and not knowing how to care for it, the leaves would eventually die from over stimulation, turning black in the miniature plastic green house that it was shipped in. At the time, I didn’t have the knowledge or the understanding about how these plants work and why they feed on living entities. These plants are really much more common than you might think and are very interesting in terms of how they survive

and how they have adapted to their specific environments. Carnivorous plants have evolved and adapted to their nutrient-poor environments by trapping and digesting various invertebrates and occasionally small frogs and mammals. Because insects are the most common type of prey for these plants, they have also been called insectivores. Most carnivorous plants are found where rainfall is high. They can typically be found in bogs and fens, where nutrient and nitrogen concentrations are low but the water and sunshine are seasonally abundant. Most living things need protein to build structures in their tissues. In this type of nitrogen cycle, the key element used to build amino acids is assimilated from the prey these plants consume. Most plants absorb nitrogen from soils, but with carnivorous plants this is not the case. Complicated, these plants cannot survive on their prey alone to proliferate. They still depend upon the photosynthetic cycle that produces oxygen, carbon, sugar, chlorophyll and energy to survive.

There are approximately 600 different types or species of these beautiful plants and there are several unique techniques that these plants employ for capturing prey and consuming them. Most carnivorous plants have evolved somatotypes or structures to passively capture their prey. The tropical pitcher plant or monkey cup is one of these. It captures unwitting insects that fall into goblet shaped cups that are full of digestive enzymes and juices. Once there, the hapless prey is trapped, slowly dissolved and assimilated by the specialized structures that use these nutrients for new growth and reproduction. Because many of these plants do live in high rainfall areas, the collection cups have even evolved a special overflow valve like you would find in a sink to prevent too much moisture from overfilling their pitfalls and allowing their prey to escape. Flypaper (or sticky traps) can be found on sundews and butterworts. A passive trap, the leaves on these plants are covered in stalked glands that secrete a sticky mucilage that wrap an insect up within these structures the more it tries to struggle. Suction traps are

unique to bladderworts and have highly modified leaves in the shape of a large bladder that have a hinged door lined with trigger hairs that ensure the capture of the intruder. Lobster pot traps are usually found on corkscrew plants with twisted tubular channels lined with fine hairs and mucilage glands that force the prey ever further into the inner portions of the plant where they cannot escape and become food for the plant. Unique traps that most of us are familiar with are the snap traps of the Venus flytrap and the waterwheel plant that have hinged leaves that snap shut when trigger hairs are touched. The Venus flytrap can actually be found in the U.S. in the southeastern states of North Carolina and South Carolina. This plant’s leaves can only close three times upon prey and digest its dinner before it turns black and dies. Stimulation of the trigger hairs without any subsequent food will also close the trap and it will re-open two to three hours later. This can only be performed six to seven times before the leaf will stop functioning.



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year, nearly every EUSD student has an iPad, allowing them to record and edit the videos with programs like iMovie and Sketchbook. Proposition P, a $44 million facilities and technology bond that passed three years ago, paid for the iPads. For students, the process begins when they develop a script outlining what to say and how to illustrate the concept with computer-made drawings. They have to follow a few rules when producing the videos: they’re supposed to be no more than three minutes, logical and to the point. The idea is to present information in bite-sized chunks so students stay engaged throughout.

allows the hospitals, in a coordinated fashion, to manage the resources. LaBelle added that those actions could include canceling elective surgeries to free up beds in the hospital — something he called a more Draconian measure, which they’re nowhere near.

Scripps does have a system-wide task force comprised of prevention specialists and infectious disease doctors in place that actively monitor and are responsible for accelerating measures if things worsen or deescalating if it improves, LaBelle said.

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After a student wraps up a video, fellow students and Benowitz critique it and submit suggestions to be incorporated into the final version. “Collaboration is a big part of this,” Benowitz said. The best videos are then shared on the Kid Akademy website. Like Khan Academy videos, the kids don’t appear in the clips, only their voices and drawings explain an equation. In addition to helping viewers, producing a Kid Akademy video demonstrates mastery of a concept, making it a viable alternative to testing in some cases, Benowitz said. “If you can teach it, you own it,” Benowitz said. If they can show me that they can teach a concept with a video, what better testing of knowledge is there?” As far as Benowitz is

aware, Kid Akademy is the first program of its kind. Because it’s still new, not many beyond district officials and her class are aware of it. Eventually, she said the goal is to bring more attention to Kid Akademy and branch out into other subjects. Sixth-grader Jack Loudis suggested that his classroom share the program with lower grade levels at Olivenhain Pioneer, followed by other EUSD schools. And then maybe others outside the district will catch on. The demand for educational videos is certainly there — Khan Academy’s YouTube channel, which launched five years ago, has more than 325 million views to date. “We want kids from all over to watch our videos and learn,” Jack said.


Again and again, I am able to witness real change in many of these students. They gain a new confidence in themselves and their abilities. “Knowing that their art can possibly make a difference in someone else’s life and health gives them a rare excitement that


er amateur and professional fields. The tournament this year issued an exemption to golfer Justin Thomas. Ripa said Thomas has been working his way up the tour, trying to secure his PGA Tour card. He finished the tournament shooting a 6-un-


cracked mirror for people to find themselves in. If today our lives are fragmented and full of nostalgia for a time that seems just beyond our grasp, then artists have the chance or even a responsibility to illustrate that. My intention is to provide hope, challenges and meaning in the frantic media kaleidoscope of competing voices trying to grab our attention.” Wells’ choice of materials reflects her training in the art of classical mosaics while working as a

Encinitas dancer and choreographer Heather Gabe was selected to compete in the San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase 2014 Feb. 15 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Courtesy photo

Dance creators compete COAST CITIES — Two local dance makers, Heather Gabe, of Encinitas, and Katey Konderik, of Escondido, were chosen to compete among 10 choreographers in the San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase 2014 at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. All tickets are $25 and include the post-show reception with the participants. Call (619) 225-1803 or purchase online at sandiegodancetheater.org Each year, choreographers submit performance videos and the final participants are selected by a curatorial team led by Artistic Director, San Diego

Dance Theater Jean Isaacs, Professor Emeritus SDSU School of Music and Dance George Willis and SDDT Board President and former head of UCSD Department of Theater and Dance Margaret Marshall. The judges — and the audience — will award $5,000 in prize money in several categories including several newly added ones. New awards include “Most Original Choreography,” “Most Compelling Performance by a Single Dancer,” “Best Performance by a Group (three or more dancers)” and “Audience Favorite Choreography.”

many of them have never experienced before.” The Hearts for Healing exhibition and auction will feature more than 90 heartfelt artworks created by 36 students from R. Roger Rowe Middle School in Rancho Santa Fe under the direction of Gerrit Greve. The event will benefit Family Health Centers of San Diego and the Hearts for Healing Foundation.

Also on exhibit through February 2014 is a breathtaking selection of works from Gerrit Greve’s Water Series. The public is cordially invited to attend the Hearts for Healing reception and art auction at L Street Fine Art, 628 L Street, San Diego, Feb. 9, 1 to 4 p.m. To attend, please RSVP to gerritgreve@cox.net or amberz@fhcsd.org

der par and tied in the top-10, which earned him an opportunity to play in last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona. “It’s a big stage,” Ripa said of the Farmers Insurance Open. “You think about just a year ago Jordan Spieth got his first exemption and (made) his professional debut here in Torrey Pines, and

played 36-holes better than Tiger Woods, being paired with him Thursday, Friday.” To be able to feel like Spieth belongs and play on a course like Torrey Pines on a big stage, it can help build a young player’s career, he added. Famers Insurance has extended their sponsorship of the tournament through 2019.

teenager with her father on the noted Saint Demetrios Greek Church in Seattle. However, she has developed a sculptural vision distinctly her own. Audiences will delight in her playful sense of humor, which gives insight into the consumption of American popular culture. Jean Wells: Icons of Desire will be on view at OMA through June 15, 2014. Don’t miss Art After Dark: Vintage POP! at Oceanside Museum of Art, Feb. 14, 7 to10 p.m. Tickets ($10 for OMA members, $20 nonmem-

bers) will be available at the door the night of the event. However, it’s advisable to make reservations in advance by calling (760) 435-3721. Ages 21 and up are welcome to attend. The museum is located at 704 Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside. Visit oma-online.org for more information. Kay Colvin is director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart. com

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The sound of thousands of feet running ENCINITAS — Sneakers were laced up and hundreds of runners were ready to hit the streets along Coast Highway 101 — and hit the streets they did on Super Bowl Sunday for the third annual Cardiff Kook 10k/5k run. The race, which features a costume contest based on the Cardiff Kook statue, and a scenic coastline course, was

co-founded by Steve Lebherz and son-inlaw Seth Brewer. Okwaro Rauro of Oceanside won the men’s 10k competition with a total time of 31 minutes and 26 seconds – that’s an average of 5 minutes and 4 seconds per mile. A full list of the results is available online at geminitiming.com. — Tony Cagala

Above: One of the group winners of the Cardiff Kook 10k/5k run costume contest came dressed as the “Kookster,” a take on the well-known Coaster train that runs through the area. Below: Another of the group costume contest winners came dressed as squids and a shark. They were tethered together by seaweed throughout the race Photo by Tony Cagala

Bountiful runners took to the streets of Encinitas for the third annual Cardiff Kook Run.

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Waiting for an upgrade This isn’t the first time I have chided “Them” for not meeting my expectations. As I grew up, “They” promised me flying cars or at least easy-to-use jetpacks, shots with no needles and other very cool stuff that would make life pretty much trouble-free. I am still waiting, and not very patiently. Oh sure. We’ve got miracles of modern medicine, microwaves and immediate use of a telephone anywhere, anytime to see and chat with anyone, anywhere via Internet telephony service. Ho hum. That’s nice, but all this technology still falls short of my needs. And, of course, my needs are paramount. I bought a lovely, little hybrid and may be a tiny bit spoiled by how carefree my auto-owning life has become. I compare it to the decades of driving it-will die-youjust– don’t–know-when bangers that left me stranded many times in questionable places, with no phone booth in sight or no quarters in my purse. But are things perfect? No! To my horror, the car that recharges its big battery automatically still has a battery that dies. “They” haveå figured out how to recharge an enormous battery while you drive, but not the tiny one that, um, starts the car. Really? And what is worse is that the high-tech headlights, that usually shut themselves off, sort of forgot to do their job, completely draining the oldschool, tiresome battery in three hours. Used to be you had to at least leave them on overnight, right? Whatever were “They” thinking? So, yes, I was in temperate Southern California, near a friend’s house, with a helpful gate guard, but still … I had to call, and wait, for help, just like I did 40 years ago. Come on, guys! You’ve come up with all this amazing stuff and I’m still stuck waiting for the guy with jumper cables? (I am, I will admit, grateTURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

Mary Jo Preti, right, stands with neighbor Rebekah Perkins in front of a Little Free Library, a worldwide concept that’s caught on in Encinitas. Preti and her husband spearheaded the mini-library to do something unique for the kids in the neighborhood and encourage a sense of community. Photo by Jared Whitlock

United in Encinitas, Suellen Rowlison, left, and Egil Nilsen meet for the first time ever. The two had become pen pals during their childhood. Photo by Tony Cagala

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They’ve got mail Pen pals as children, friends meet for the first time in Encinitas after 66 years By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — It’s amazing what — or who — you can find online these days. Over the years, during visits to his daughter Anne’s Encinitas home, Egil Nilsen would wonder about a childhood friend he’d made some more than 60 years ago. Egil, who grew up and continues to live on a southern Norwegian island, about an hour’s drive from the country’s capital of Oslo with his wife Wenche, decided last December, while visiting that he would seek to look up his friend. He knew her only as Suellen Skinner. At that time Suellen was a 9-year-old elementary school student living in Downy, Calif. Egil was 13 and in the sixth grade. All that he was given from his thenteacher was a name and an address. The letters were part of a school assignment for Egil and his class to improve their English. Handwritten in cursive lettering, the first of several letters arrived to Suellen in 1949. The very first letter served as an introduction, telling all about his family and where he lived. “I learn some English each day. I hope I have learned more English next time,” Egil wrote in that first letter. Several years and letters would follow, and during the holidays, they would exchange gifts. The last of the letters between the two came in 1956. Last Friday, Suellen and Egil met for the first time in Encinitas. And when Egil went to pick her up from the airport, (she flew in from Chico, Calif. for the day) the two recognized each other right away. “It’s fun,” Suellen said. “I recognized him right away, and he recognized me.” Suellen kept many of the letters in a scrapbook, even some of the gifts she received. She brought with her a pair of mittens and an embroidered doily that read “Greetings from Norway” in Norwegian that Egil had sent her. “It was kind of fun to have a pen pal from Norway,” she said.

While a student in Norway, Egil Nilsen sent this photo of himself, at around 12 years old, as part of a pen pal class assignment to Suellen Rowlison. Below: Suellen Skinner, as she was known then, at approximately 9 years old, about the time when she received her first pen pal letter from Egil Nilsen. Courtesy photos

In trying to find Suellen, Egil was able to locate a census from 1940. He then asked a genealogy website company for help to find her. “I’m pretty easy to Google,” she said. “There aren’t too many Suellens in the world.” With some information in hand, Egil sent her an email. It took about a week before he received any reply. Suellen had been in Texas, visiting family. When she got back, she began going through all of her emails and there she saw it. She knew who he was right away, she said. “I was glad,” Egil said when he received the reply. “We had never seen each other before.” The two pen pals, whose friendship began 66 years ago said they hoped to continue to correspond with each other, especially now because they still share many things in common. But this time, instead of receiving handwritten letters in the mail, their correspondence would be through email.

ENCINITAS — Sometimes, she hears the excitement of kids. In other instances, her ears pick up on the patter of footsteps or rummaging. When Mary Jo Preti is inside her home, the trees and shrubs block her view of the custom-built library box that’s perched in front of her yard. Nonetheless, sounds from outside let her know the neighborhood appreciates the new amenity. At no cost, residents can borrow books from Preti’s ever-evolving library at the corner of Village Run and Woodshadow Lane. In turn, frequent users are encouraged to donate books of their own to the collection, which runs the gamut from children’s titles to thick novels. “What led to this is that we have 11 kids under the age of 8 in this cul-de-sac,” Preti said. “We were thinking about something unique we could do for all of them.” Inspiration struck when Preti and her husband John Moring read about Little Free Library. The nonprofit promotes literacy throughout the world via the book boxes. Later, Moring set out to build a Little Free Library as a Christmas present to Preti. “I think it’s so great,” Preti said of the blue, wooden box that can hold up to 100 books (it’s three times the size of most mini-libraries due to the high number of kids in the area.) And it’s safe to say the neighborhood, too, has welcomed the gift since it made its debut at the beginning of the year. “Some kids walk by and get really excited and say, ‘oh, it’s the book house! It’s the book house!’” Preti said. “I see a lot of little kids looking for books in there, and it’s awesome that it’s catching on,” said neighbor Dale Marie Perkins, whose home affords a better sightline of the box. Preti, who passes out

books with candy during Halloween, has always been a big believer in reading. But she emphasized that a book exchange also brings a sense of community. “It’s a nice thing to do to make a neighborhood special,” Preti said, noting it will hopefully lead to residents getting to know each other better. “We had one family up the street who just moved in,” she said. “It was like their vindication that they chose the right neighborhood.” Preti added with a laugh: “Who knows, maybe we’ll make the real estate values go up.” Starting the library required an initial investment of 30 books and then later an addition of children’s titles because the library is mostly used by kids. But for the most part, the collection has been self-sustaining. And so far, no one seems to have taken more than their fair share of books. “People are definitely bringing stuff back and contributing some titles,” Preti said, adding that one man happened upon a rare book, the name of which she couldn’t recall, that he’d been trying to find for years. She assumes only immediate neighbors grab books from the box. But because they don’t see most of the visitors, it’s possible they’re walking or even driving there. “We’ve had people ask if they can take a photo and share it on Facebook,” Preti said. “So the word could be getting out.” To that end, Preti is in the process of registering her box at littlefreelibrary.org. Once completed, her mini-library will be displayed on a website map showing where local branches are located. The idea for Little Free Libraries was born when a Wisconsin man built a miniature schoolhouse in 2009 TURN TO LIBRARY ON B11


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BISHOP’S SCHOOL CELEBRATES All Aboard! U.S.S. Bishop’s 2014 Auction co-chairwomen, from left, Margot Kerr of Rancho Santa Fe, Alice Hayes of La Jolla and Dawn Calvetti of Rancho Santa Fe, celebrated at The Bishop’s School Jan. 25 Tastings Party, an evening of food and wine held at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Bishop’s parents Tricia and Raymond Faltinsky. The auction will be held on the school’s campus April 12. For information on All Aboard! U.S.S. Bishop’s, the Tastings Party, underwriting or donations, contact the school’s Advancement Office at (858) 875-0804. Courtesy photo

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SOLANA BEACH — Vacations are great for discovering new places and meeting new people while leaving behind, at least for a while, the stress of everyday life, especially work. That was easier said than done for Solana Beach resident and pediatric dentist William Rawlings during a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia last April. “I knew I had to turn my dentist eye off but I can’t,” he said. While in Cambodia, Rawlings said he couldn’t help but notice the many children with poor or no teeth and facial abscesses. “They weren’t crying,” he said. “They were just living with infections. I thought I might like to do a dental mission there.” When he returned home he serendipitously discovered Project Angkor through the California Society of Pediatric Dentists. “The opportunity just fell in our laps,” Rawlings said of the nonprofit that serves the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia by providing free health care to the underserved. About eight months later he and his wife, Mary, were on a plane heading to Battambang in northwest Cambodia, where they would meet up with 70 other doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, assistants and lay people. Upon their arrival they were joined by 30 Cambodian medical students who acted as assistants and translators. An opening ceremony was followed

by five full days of providing care to about 4,000 patients of all ages. Rawlings said the mission was very well-organized, with patients triaged daily to serve their needs. However, some people waited overnight. Rawlings saw between 16 and 20 children a day and mostly extracted “the remnants of teeth.” “Most of them were so far gone they weren’t worth saving,” he said, attributing the problems to a poor diet and lack of dental hygiene and education. “Many of the people, we gave them their first toothbrush,” he said. He said few were scared and all were cooperative and appreciative. His most memorable patient was a 10-year-old monk. “I haven’t had too many Buddhist monks come into my practice in the past 32 years,” he said. “His teeth were in the best shape of anyone I examined. “In Cambodia, the poorest send their sons to the monastery because it’s the only way they get an education,” he added. “This child’s teeth were so good because his family is so poor.” Rawlings said many of the people wore good-luck charms and arrived in their best clothing for the appointments. He said the greatest challenge was working in “primitive conditions.” “It was laborious, physical and pretty challenging,” he said. “But I’m really sold on this nonprofit and the enthusiasm of the volunteers. They were amazing having to TURN TO DENTIST ON B11

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By Chuck Shepherd Going Postal America’s returning warriors continue to experience inexplicable difficulty after putting their lives at risk for their country. It took 13 years for Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson to get his job back from his civilian employer after he took leave in 2000 to serve in the National Guard special forces. The employer soon fired him for taking “excessive military leave.” The employer? The U.S. Postal Service, for which Erickson worked as a window clerk (and which was forced to reinstate him after a January 2014 ruling awarding him $2 million in back pay). Erickson had won several interim victories, but USPS fought each one, extending the case, and said in January that it might even appeal the latest ruling.

Recurring Themes Happy New Year: (1) Once again, celebrants in France marked Jan. 1 by setting fire to 1,067 cars nationwide (down from 1,193 the previous Jan. 1). (2) In the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg, South Africa, celebrants apparently decided to abandon a 20-year-old tradition and not hurl furniture from high-rise apartments. (The Hillbrow custom was highlighted on one social-networking website, along with the New Year’s graveyard gathering of relatives in Chile and Ireland’s banging bread on walls to dispel evil spirits.) Holy Mutations: Deformed animals born in developing countries often attract streams of pilgrims, seeking to touch a creature considered divinely blessed. In December, a five-legged cow in Raipur, India, had supposedly “caused” the last 30 women who touched it to give birth to boys. And a day after that report came one from Phuket, Thailand, in which a newborn gecko with six legs and two heads has become a magnet for visitors seeking clues to winning lottery numbers. In November the Journal-News of Hamilton, Ohio, examining various police union contracts in the state, learned that in several jurisdictions, officers are allowed to work their shifts even when less sober than some drivers whom they ticket for DUI. In Lebanon, Ohio, for instance, cops can work with a .04 blood-alcohol reading. In Butler County, a .04 reading triggers legal protections for officers that are unavailable to ordinary drivers. (However, in Lebanon, an officer’s right to suck on a breath mint before taking the test was recently removed from the contract.)


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Mayor Lee Haydu, left, reads from a proclamation honoring recently retired head librarian Gretchen Schmidt for nearly 20 years of service to the San Diego County Library system, more than 15 of them at the Del Mar branch. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — Organizers are asking everyone to save the date for the upcoming Bags & Baubles Auction from 1 to 5 p.m. April 27 at Casa de Cinira in Rancho Santa Fe, to benefit the FACE Foundation. Join fellow animal lovers and fashionistas at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe for the silent auction of hundreds of new and “gently loved” handbags, jewelry, and select men’s items. Mix and mingle over wines, appetizers and desserts. Guests can also enjoy estate tours and an opportunity drawing with prizes. For a sneak peek at the handbags being offered this year, visit face4pets.org. This year there is a $10 admittance fee, which will go to FACE. This fee is tax-deductible and non-refundable. FACE provides financial assistance to animal owners who are unable to cover the full cost of their pets’ critical or emergency veterinary care.

Librarian receives honors following her retirement By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Gretchen Schmidt was honored with a proclamation from City Council at the Jan. 21 meeting for more than 15 years as a librarian with the Del Mar branch of the San Diego County Library. Schmidt started with the county library system in 1996. Two years later she was assigned to Del Mar as head librarian, a position now known as branch manager. During her tenure she led outreach programming with the Winston School, Del Mar Foundation children’s program, Del Mar Montessori School and Del Mar Community Connections. She also mentored other librarians who now run their own branches. Schmidt was there in 2008 when the aging patio was enclosed and remodeled into an indoor community meeting room, a project that led to the removal of a Torrey pine and a new roof. She used matching funds to personalize the news and magazine sections and continued fostering new programming for a broad community of library users. “When I started there was a very active Friends of the Del Mar Library group,” she said. “They started a number of children’s programs and were ahead of their time for the county in programming.” Schmidt said some of her fondest memories are of packed events at the Powerhouse Community Center,

including Lisa See, a Los Angeles fiction author, and Lynne Cox, a long-distance open-water swimmer and writer. “That was really a special event, especially for people interested in ocean swimming,” she said. In addition to the surviving the 2008 construction project, Schmidt was on hand during recent upgrades that include more comfortable seating, lower shelves and natural light. “It’s more suitable for people who want to read or work on their laptop,” she said. “We also remodeled the teen room and children’s and young adult rooms. For the facility, I’m proud of that.” In terms of programs, Schmidt said she is proud of a recent addition called Sunday Salon. County residents are invited to speak at 2 p.m. on a Sunday about anything that is educational, informative or entertaining that meets the mission statement of the library. The proclamation urges Schmidt to “enjoy her life in new, wondrous ways” and to “sleep in if you can.” “I have been,” said Schmidt, who officially retired Jan. 16. “We really thank you,” Mayor Lee Haydu said. “You’re going to be missed greatly.” “It’s been a lot of fun,” Schmidt said. “It’s been a pleasure to be able to work at Del Mar, so thank you very much for the opportunity.”


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Educational Opportunities MiraCosta College eliminates enrollment fees for high school students High school students taking college courses at MiraCosta College will no longer have to pay the 46 dollar per unit enrollment fee, thanks to a change in policy approved by the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees. This is great news for local high school students and their parents. It removes a substantial financial barrier while

taking MiraCosta College credit courses, whether at Sage Creek, the college’s campuses in Oceanside and Cardiff, or online. The board’s action extends this to all concurrently enrolled high school students who are enrolled in less than 12 units at MiraCosta College, though these students will still have to pay for books and supplies, in addition to

With the recent agreement to have college courses at Carlsbad’s Sage Creek High School, the district is expecting a boost in that number.

Summer classes start June 2 & 16. Enroll in 6- & 8-week courses this summer. View a detailed schedule at www.miracosta.edu. Or, call 760.795.6615

to request a schedule by mail.

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giving them a chance to earn college credit, get a taste of college life and inspire them to continue their education. The change follows the college’s partnership with Carlsbad Unified School District to offer college-credit courses at Carlsbad’s newly opened Sage Creek High School. At the time, MiraCosta College agreed to waive enrollment fees for all concurrently enrolled Carlsbad Unified students

parking and other fees. The MiraCosta Community College District’s board of trustees made the move in a unanimous vote. The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships says that concurrent enrollment “facilitates close collaboration between high school teachers and college faculty that fosters alignment of secondary and postsecondary curriculum.” Meanwhile, the state Education Code states that

concurrent enrollment is part of an effort “to provide educational enrichment opportunities to high school students” and “also to help ensure a smoother transition from high school to college for pupils by providing them with greater exposure to the college atmosphere.” In fall 2013 semester, there were approximately 175 concurrently enrolled students taking classes at MiraCosta College, a high number of them from Canyon Crest Academy and Carlsbad High School. With the recent agreement to have college courses at Carlsbad’s Sage Creek High School, the district is expecting a boost in that number. Founded in 1934 as Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College, the MiraCosta Community College District stretches from Camp Pendleton south to Carmel Valley and Rancho Santa Fe. It serves about 14,500 students in credit courses at its San Elijo and Oceanside campuses and online, in addition to some 2,500 students taking noncredit classes at the Community Learning Center on Mission Avenue in Oceanside.

Voted 2013 Best Private School in SD County Santa Fe Christian Schools offers an exceptional learning environment for preschool through 12th grade students. Our rigorous academic curriculum is taught through a Biblical worldview. Plus, SFC teachers are passionate about serving Christ and instill a love of learning in their students. Faculty are recruited for their ability to teach, mentor, engage, inspire and guide students in both educational and life experiences. Academic Excellence SFC’s small class sizes, averaging 20 or less students in grades K-12, ensures a strong teacher-student relationship. Students receive the personal attention needed to reach their full potential. Lower School (K-5th) prepares students for a lifetime of learning through research-based curriculum and active learning experiences. Middle School (6th8th) is a time of exploration and helping students identify areas of passion and interest. Upper School (9th– 12th) prepares students for a transition to a four-year college through college preparatory curriculum, electives and extracurricular activities. SFC’s college prep curriculum, with accelerated classes and advanced mathematics, includes 15 Advanced Placement and 10 Honors courses.

Three dedicated college counselors help SFC students with their college selection process. SFC graduates attend faith-based universities, Ivy League, private, UC and military academies across the nation. More than 80% of graduating seniors receive merit-based scholarships to attend college. K-12 Athletic Program SFC’s highly competitive Upper School athletics program includes football, volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, water polo, basketball, soccer, track and field, baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf and swim. SFC Athletics includes Eagles Edge, a progressive kindergarten through 12th grade athletic development system directed by SFC’s staff of professional Christian coaches. Eagles Edge teaches young athletes sports fundamentals, teamwork, and godly sportsmanship - starting in kindergarten. Santa Fe Christian Schools has 60 Middle School and Upper Schools sports teams directed by our staff of professional coaches. Enrichment Opportunities Lower School students develop a lifelong appreciation of the arts through dedicated courses in studio art, band and music. Middle and Upper School students choose from a broad selection of

fine arts options including choir, band, drama and media arts. Upper School students also have the option of taking AP Studio Art. SFC’s comprehensive Arts Program is designed to nurture each student’s God-given talent and gifts. Growing Faith Most importantly, students grow their Christian faith through Bible study, chapel, small groups, spiritual retreats, community service and mission trips. Upper Schools students take Christian Ethics, Apologetics, Comparative Religions and the Life of Jesus. All K-12 students participate in community service. Lower and Middle School students support a variety of community service projects both locally and around the world. Upper School students participate in global mission trips in places like Rwanda, Russia, Uganda, Italy, Thailand, and India. Santa Fe Christian Schools was voted 2013 Best Private School in San Diego County for the fourth consecutive year and SFC’s lower school is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence winner in 2011. SFC is accredited by both the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).

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RSF Attack Soccer introduces ..

New Futsal in the Ranch program RSF Attack Soccer is pleased to introduce our new Futsal in the Ranch Program that will be starting up March 2nd. The program will run for five consecutive Sundays and will be held at R. Roger Rowe School and the RSF Community Center in the gymnasiums. To register, go to our website at www.rsfsoccer.

Futsal is an exciting, fast paced soccer game that was developed in Brazil in the 1930s. It is played on a gymnasium hard-wood floor and is basically a scaled down version of outdoor soccer – played indoors. The game is played without walls and the lines of the basketball court are used as the boundaries. The sport is a great

Futsal is an exciting, fast paced soccer game that was developed in Brazil in the 1930s. com where you can download the registration flyer or register online. Darren Parker, a member of the Attack Professional Coaching Staff, will be the Director of the Futsal program. Darren has been playing and coaching Futsal for 15 years and his resume includes winning the National Championship in 2002 and 2004 as a player and coaching a Boys Under 19 team to a National title in 2012. We are very excited to have Darren developing and overseeing the Attack program.

skill developer as it demands quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin-point passing. Many of the great soccer superstars such as Pele, Ronaldo, Messi, and Kaka grew up playing futsal and credit the game with developing their skills. The Futsal in the Ranch program will be available for both Recreational and Competitive players and there will be three one hour sessions offered each Sunday. Session 1 will be for 4-6 year olds and will start at 11:30 AM. Session 2 will be offered for 7-9 year olds

and will start at 12:45 PM. Session 3 will start at 2:00 PM and will be for 10-12 year olds. The Registration Fee for the program is $150 and includes a t-shirt for each participant. Enroll your child so they can come join in the fun and work on developing their soccer skills. Each session will start out with 15 minutes of warm-up and skills work, and then the remaining time will be spent playing in a game situation. The teams will be set up so that all players will get lots of touches on the ball while developing better foot skills and more movement without the ball. It is a game of constant excitement and lots of scoring! For questions about our Futsal in the Ranch program or any of the other exciting programs that Attack Soccer offers, visit our website at www.rsfsoccer.com or call the office at 760-479-1500. Attack Soccer is partnering with soccerloco to offer indoor shoes and balls at a discount for our participants. You can learn more about this on the Attack website.



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Educational Opportunities Pacific Academy...

brings out individual leadership qualities Under new management since 2010, Pacific Academy in Encinitas has led the way in student-centered education. Here, students’ needs, goals and interests drive the curriculum and overall educational program – alongside research-based best practices. The result is on-going modifications that best meet diverse student populations, increased demands for college admission and changing career trends while maintaining an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Summed up by Principal Dr. Erika Sanchez, “Education includes the person and the world they live in -- an experience that should be fun, engaging, relevant and fruitful. Our students actually look forward to coming to school.” Last fall, Principal Dr. Sanchez (Ph.D. UC Irvine) teamed up with newly appointed Director of Education Vikas Srivastava (M.Ed. Harvard) to integrate a school-wide culture of Mindfulness and Leadership in addition to revamping their college counseling and developing a weekly Life Skills workshop. Mindfulness is a secular practice that has been proven to increase focus, reduce stress and stabilize emotions in any situation. Vikas Srivastava

Nominate a favorite teacher COAST CITIES — Barnes & Noble, Inc. has launched its 2014 “My Favorite Teacher Contest.” Teachers from grades 1 through 12 are eligible for nomination. Awards include up to $5,000 in cash prizes for the teachers and schools, Nooks and more. The contest deadline is March 1, 2014. Only active teachers employed in elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win. More details on the contest rules can be found at bn.com/myfavoriteteacher. Middle and high school students can nominate their teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Students who want to participate should submit their essay or poem to Lisa Kovach at Barnes & Noble Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA, 92054 by March 1, 2014. Participants may also email their entry to CRM2153@bn.com.

community CALENDAR Feb. 7

LIFE MEETS LIFE At MiraCosta College, the life long learning group, meets at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Administration Bldg. 1000, Room 1068.

feb. 8 HOCKEY DAY Tri-City Inline Hockey League hosts a free roller hockey fun day, for skaters of all ability levels, ages 5 to 17 at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park roller hockey rink, 4300 Mesa Drive, Oceanside. For more information visit tcihl. com. DAR GATHERS The Santa Margarita Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 8 at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. P A N C A K E BREAKFAST The Greater Encinitas Kiwanis Club and the city of Encinitas Parks and

Recreation Department Youth Basketball League will serve a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. $5 per ticket at the door. SAN MARCOS DEMS The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club meets at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos. feb. 9 DIVORCE COUNSELING New support group for anyone suffering from the pain and loss associated with a separation or divorce, meets Sundays at 10:15 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church Ministry Center in Solana Beach. For more information, contact Frank Grant at (760) 533-1520 or fwgrant@gmail.com feb. 10 SPRING CAMPS Register now for Carlsbad city spring break sports and adventure camps, April 7 through April 11, for ages 3 to 13. Register at carlsbadconnect.org or call

(760) 602-7510. feb. 11 P E DI AT R IC I A N SEMINAR Encinitas pediatrician Christine Wood presents a free interactive seminar on her book, “How to Get Kids to Eat Great and Love It,” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Solana Beach Library’s Friends Night Out, 157 Stevens Ave. Call (858) 755-1404. feb. 12 POETRY SLAM Join the Full Moon Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Poets call at 6 p.m. at the front door of the theater. For rules and information, visit fullmoonpoets.org. WOMAN’S CLUB The Carlsbad Woman’s Club meets at 10:30 a.m. for lunch and again at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. FUZZY THURSDAYS The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA hosts Fur Fix Thursdays, every Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at 576 Airport Road, Oceanside.

has led the effort through student seminars, teacher trainings and school-wide management. He is a longtime practitioner, founder of The Center for Mindful Education and experienced educator. Srivastava integrates school-wide Mindful based practices in policies, procedures and protocols that integrate communication, compassion and cooperation with students, staff and parents. “The hope is that the integration of Mindfulness throughout the school will serve as a model for students of the reality of structuring one’s family, business and community around these principles,” says Srivastava. In addition, PAE firmly believes in bringing out individual leadership qualities in every student for whatever their path in life may be. “Leadership is the foundation of good choices,” states Dr. Erika Sanchez, Principal of PAE, “it supports growth of all students in everything they do.” The Leadership program consists of the same multi-layered approach with staff and student training and modeling the principles in practice based on Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. While PAE believes personal development is necessary for success, col-

lege planning is equally emphasized to ensure a fulfilling lifestyle. “College counseling is meant to empower students to envision their future goals and map a plan to achieve them,” says Dr. Sanchez, “...a good college education doesn’t solve all our problems -- but it will maximize one’s professional options.” Dr. Sanchez meets with students in groups and individually to guide college planning, the application process and the final choice to best serve the student. The Life Skills workshops is led by staff and guest presenters every Friday and includes seminars in mindfulness, leadership and college/career planning; as well as, outdoor education and professional skills. Outdoor education includes trips to state parks and reserves to hike, paint, research ecology and learn history. Professional skills includes communication, organization, technology and etiquette. Vikas Srivastava will be presenting “The Mindful School Project” at UCSD Mindfulness Conference the weekend of February 7th. Nancy Stern will lead a free 90 minute parenting workshop on “Effective Communication” on Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 am.

Grauer hosts musical fundraiser ENCINITAS — The Grauer School Arc Campaign Team is set to present “A Night on Broadway” featuring Broadway veterans Sharon Wheatley and Robert Meffe at 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Wheatley and Meffe will perform songs from a variety of Broadway shows. The evening will also spotlight select performances by The Grauer School’s music and drama department. Tickets are available only online at grauerschool.com/ broadway or by calling (760) 274-2115. “Rob and I are happy to bring a little of our talent to the Grauer stage and share our passion for Broadway. We are tailoring the show so Broadway novices, enthusiasts, and everyone in between will have a good time,” said Wheatley. Wheatley’s Broadway credits in-

clude “Avenue Q,” “Cat’s,” “Les Miserables,” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” Meffe started his career as a professional music director in New York City. His Broadway credits include: Associate Conductor of “Little Women” and the last six years of “Les Miserables,” keyboards for “Evita” (2012 revival), “Newsies,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and more. He is currently the director of Music for the MFA Musical Theater Program at SDSU. The event will feature café style seating. Tickets are $25 for attendees under 21, $50 for adults. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. All proceeds will benefit The Grauer School’s Arc Capital Campaign. For more information about the Arc Campaign, visit grauerschool.com.

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City attorney Celia Brewer listens to public comment at the Jan. 28 City Council meeting, after being granted a raise earlier in the meeting via consent item. Photo by Rachel Stine

Carlsbad grants pay raise for city attorney Council also sets aside building for possible higher-ed institute By Rachel Stine

The draft master plan for the unfunded El Caballo Park includes new corrals (14), bull corrals (18), pens (19), bleachers (2), ticket booth and restrooms (4), announcer’s stage (10), and band stand (11). Image courtesy of the city of Escondido and Wynn-Smith Landscape Architecture, Inc.

Proposed equestrian park plan trots towards council By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — After months of community resistance against the city’s plan for a facility site and advocacy for an equestrian park, the draft master plan for the proposed El Caballo Park is trotting towards City Council for official authorization. But without any municipal funds set aside for the project, council’s approval would ensure the start of fundraising, not construction. Located at 3410 Valley Center Rd., the proposed park site is surrounded by Daley Ranch, the Escondido Humane Society, Eureka Springs housing development, and East Valley Parkway. The Escondido Water Treatment plant is adjacent to the site as well. For over 40 years, the undeveloped land has been used by the Asociacion de Charros de Escondido to host Mexican-style rodeos and choreographed horse shows. In 2011, the city revoked the equestrian group’s lease and set forth plans to tear down the arena and park utility trucks on the site. But community groups and nearby homeowners came out in droves to oppose the project. “It was going to be kind of an ugly blight,” said Rick Paul, who is on the board of directors for the Friends of Daley Ranch. Citizen groups including Friends of Daley Ranch, Save the Caballo Trail, Eureka Springs Homeowners Association, Charros de Escondido, and Friends of the Escondido Humane Society joined forced as what eventually became the El

Caballo Park Conservancy to propose a new city park instead. “Bottom line, I think it’s a more valuable piece of property for the city as a park than a maintenance facility,” said Steve Berrol, the president of the nonprofit Conservancy. City Council eventually acquiesced to the community’s request and designated $50,000 in 2013 to develop a draft master plan for the park. The selected firm, Wynn-Smith Landscape Architecture, Inc., recently completed the draft master plan, incorporating community input collected at three workshops. The resulting proposal maintains an equestrian focus and includes improvements to the existing arena, new pens and arenas, grass play and picnic areas, community hall building, and a connection to the Escondido Creek Trail. The plans also make use of native plants to enhance the surrounding natural habitat. All of the facilities can be rented so to offer potential cost-recovery options for the city.

Estimated costs of the proposed project total over $9.7 million. The proposal was unveiled at the Escondido Community Services Commission meeting on Jan. 23 to the praise of commissioners and the public. “I’m very happy with the result. I think it does a great job of blending the community’s different requests into one plan,” Paul said. Members of the El Caballo Park Conservancy stated that they weren’t

fazed by the price tag that comes with the proposed park design. Both Berrol and Paul mentioned that the great amount of community interest in the project has already led to multiple offers of donated materials and services to construct the park. The draft master plan is scheduled to come before the Escondido Planning Commission in February and subsequently will go to City Council for a final vote.

CARLSBAD — City Council approved a raise for Carlsbad’s city attorney and designated a building for a future higher education institute at its Jan. 28 meeting. Just over one year after Celia Brewer was hired as Carlsbad’s new city attorney, her performance was evaluated by council in a closed session special meeting on Jan. 21. Based on that review, council members amended her salary as a consent item at Tuesday’s meeting. Brewer received a 13 percent raise, bumping her annual salary to $237,300. The city will also be contributing $11,865 annually to her retirement plan. Also via consent calendar at the meeting, council designated a city-owned facility for a potential higher education institute. Located at 5815 El

Camino Real, the building used to belong to the Farmers Insurance Group. The building was originally bought by the city in 2001 to build a new civic center, but voters halted those plans by passing Proposition D in 2006. The city has not earned any revenue on the empty building for over a decade. In 2012, the city set a goal to establish a higher education institute within Carlsbad to offer graduate-level courses to supplement its local businesses with an educated, skilled workforce. The city’s consultant on the matter, K. Backus & Associates, recommended that offering available real estate at a low cost would entice potential offers from education institutes looking to set up a satellite branch. The available building is 128,846 square feet and three stories. The facility is on the same property as the city-backed Bio, Tech and Beyond community life sciences incubator and biotechnology research lab.


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Pets of the Week Meet The Helen Woodward Animal Center Pets-of-the-Week are Partridge and Pear, Tabby-blend brothers They are just over 4 pounds and just under 1-year-old. They have been neutered and are up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. Their adoption fees are $119 each and are micro-chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fri-

Feb. 7, 2014 ageal cancers. “A Pour Towards A Cure” fundraiser is from 3 to 6 p.m. April 27 at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. For more information, visit dlhfoundation.org.

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Jon Pearson of S3 Capital LLC in Rancho Santa Fe, recently attended The Society of Exchange Counselors National Real Estate Marketing Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

L’Auberge ranks high

Excellence award

Hyatt earns AAA

Vista Gardens Memory Care, a family oriented memory care community, 1863 Devon Place, Vista, has won the Excellence Award presented by Senior Advisor for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families. Winners of the Excellence Award represent the top tier of independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care communities.

Army-Navy change of command

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Bliss, who had a more than 12year tenure as president, honored by the Army and Navy Academy community Jan. 17, as it welcomed incoming president, retired Army Maj. Gen. Arthur M. Bartell. Student leader in Army and Navy Academy’s Corps of Cadets, Arakel Kaloyan of San Diego (Class of 2014) was part of the formal Change of Command Ceremony.

Working cure


L’Auberge Del Mar, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, was ranked the #3 Best Hotel in San Diego on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel rankings. Park Hyatt Aviara Resort was again recognized as an AAA Five Diamond Resort for 2014, with two of the Resort’s restaurants, Vivace and Argyle Steakhouse, distinguished with AAA Four Diamond ratings.

Supporting Scripps

Tickets are available now for the Mercy Ball, at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego to benefit maternal and child health services at Scripps Mercy Hospitals to improve the delivery of care and to modernize facilities. Visit scripps.org/ MercyBall or call (858) 678-6814.

In the running

Darian Washington Jr., 13 of Oceanside, was selected as a semi-finalist for Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year semi-finalists for the Marine Corps.


Denise Ross, of Carlsbad, has been appointed as the new director of Marketing & Communications for the DLH Foundation. DLH is a non-profit in Escondido working to find a cure for gastro and esoph-


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in the Central California Coast. RSVP at (760) 6351066. The interior of Morada at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe provides a roEncinitas Wine Mermantic setting for a special Valentines Day dinner. Photo courtesy of the chants and Bar brings Inn at Rancho Santa Fe TV’s The Bachelor for an Morada in the Ran- $135 per person, $185 with appearance Feb. 11 from 5 cho Santa Fe Inn is a low wine pairings. RSVP at to 8:30 p.m. Celebrity Ben key, classically presented (858) 314-2727. Flajnik will be introducing In Temecula Wine his ENVOLVE wines of dinner house with comfortable surroundings. A Country, consider Pin- Sonoma. Two appearances three-course dinner plus nacle Restaurant in the pouring four wines: 5 to dessert is offered with Falkner Winery with its 6:45 p.m. and 7 to 8:45 p.m. three choices per entrée at dramatic overlook. Enjoy Pre paid tickets for $25. $78 per person, with a four-course dinner, wine RSVP and more details at optional wine pairings for pairings and live enter- (760) 407-4265 or Ellena an additional $30; RSVP tainment. $79 per person. Cassidy at (858) 945-1029. at (858) 381-8289. Early seating and wine Marina Kitchen at the club $69. Call for a resFrank Mangio is a reMarriott offers a Valen- ervation at (951) 676-8231 nowned San Diego wine contines “Date on the Water” ext. 1. noisseur certified by Wine overlooking San Diego Bay Spectator. He is one of the in a three-course dinner for leading wine commentators $55. Guests receive a com- Wine Bytes on the web. View and link up plimentary amuse bouche It’s Spanish night at with his columns at tasteoffrom Executive Chef Aron Meritage Wine Market in winetv.com Reach him at Schwartz. Three choices Encinitas Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 HYPERLINK “mailto:manper course; for $25 more, p.m. This Paella Party will giompc@aol.com”mangioguests can enjoy expert have a celebrity chef for mpc@aol.com. wine pairings. Reserva- the evening. Paired with tions at (619) 699-8222. four Spanish wines. $50. Twenty/20 in Carls- Call (760) 479-2500 for an bad has a delicious three RSVP. course pre-fixe menu for Firefly Grill & Wine $50 per person, plus reg- Bar in Encinitas has a Diular menu. Three choices erberg Wine Dinner Feb. for the main entrée. RSVP 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at (760) 827-2500. Four wine-inspired coursAmaya at the Grand es topped by a Wild Boar Del Mar presents a four- Duo paired with the Diercourse Valentines tasting berg 2010 Syrah. Dierberg dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. is a luscious group of wines

About the Winery: A micro producer of boutique limited quantity wines that have gained fame for their strength and singular sensational taste, mainly with their reds. Randy Lewis was a former star racecar driver and he puts a lot of drive into his lineup of wines. Randy, Debbie and son Dennis are hands-on making world-class wine, along with winemaker Josh Widaman. Winery makes 9,000 cases annually.

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Nine years, but who’s counting. This is column No.463 for TASTE OF WINE and it seems like yesterday only because there is so much yet to know about this vast wine world. Can’t wait to taste what’s around the corner. And it has such a way to go since only 20 percent of Americans drink over 90 percent of all wine consumed. Most wines bought are $12 per bottle or less. There are about 7,200 wineries in the U.S. The largest is Gallo with 75 million cases produced yearly. Each one of these American consumers buys about 12 bottles a year. We’ve got a ways to go here — the Vatican City in Italy consumes about 95 bottles a year while France is second with 60 bottles per person. They’re celebrating at the Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego as Chef William Bradley of Addison Restaurant was the winner of the Robb Report Culinary Masters Competition. He showcased his five-course winning dinner and was nominated by the legendary Thomas Keller of Napa’s French Laundry. This was quickly followed by the Grand’s award of the No. 1 hotel in the U.S. by the esteemed Trip Advisor, Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Rankings. Its’ been a track record of excellence for the six years this luxurious retreat has wowed guests from around the world. My friends at Wine Spectator have found that we have a frightening weather problem that is hanging like a black cloud over the winemaking industry. Last year was the driest on record in California, and to date, 2014 looks worse than that. Thousands of vineyards are getting nervous. Only two inches have been recorded in wine countries where there should be nearly 13. Anyone for a rain dance? Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse launched a new steak and wine menu, featuring dry-aged steaks, for a richer, bolder flavor. Another breakthrough is the Fleming’s 100 featuring 100 wines by the glass. This includes 30 wines of exceptional value for $10 or less. Valentines Day Wine Dinners Feb. 14, as all kind hearted romantics know, is the Feast of St. Valentine or simply Valentines Day. We prefer feast, and there are some lovely destinations that will gladly welcome you and your wine and dine partner to their premises. Here are some of my favorites:


With the burgeoning restaurant scene in Encinitas, it’s nice to take a step back and take a look at one that has been around for a while. Keilani’s on D Street is one of those places that has quietly built a solid business with both locals craving their Ha waiian style plate lunch fix and beach goers from out-of-town stumbling on it coming up hungry from D Street or Moonlight Beach. It really is a nice location situated right in the heart of old Encinitas near the corner of D Street and Coast Highway 101.  I was a regular when my office was down the street as it was tough to walk by and not be sucked in by the succulent aroma of grilled meat, poultry and fish wafting through the air. Since I’m not working in the neighborhood any more my trips are not as frequent but I still get frequent cravings for their Hawaiian goodness. First off a brief description of the plate lunch that is such a quintessential part of the cuisine of Hawaii that is similar to the Southern U.S. meatand-threes plate. That translates into meat and three side dishes, usually from a big selection of sides. That said, the inclusion of Asian ingredients makes the plate lunch unique to Hawaii. Standard plate lunches consist of two scoops of white rice, a scoop of macaroni salad and a main entrĂŠe. A plate lunch with more

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The Kalua Pig plate lunch with Hawaiian Sun Iced Tea. Photo David Boylan

than one entrĂŠe is often called a mixed plate. Many plate lunch outlets also sell “mini-platesâ€? which come with the same entrĂŠes in smaller portions‌as does Keilani’s. Some say the plate lunch likely grew out of the Japanese bento and it goes back to the 1880s when plantation workers were in high demand by the fruit and sugar companies in Hawaii. Laborers were brought from around the world, including from China, Japan, Portugal, and the Philippines, who would eat leftover rice and

a lot of things like canned or cold meat, teriyaki or whatever else was available. The mayonnaise on macaroni and gravy for the meat were later additions. As the days of the plantations came to an end, the plate lunches started being served by lunch wagons to construction workers and day laborers. Later, local hole-in-the-wall and other stand-alone plate lunch restaurants began popping up on the Hawaiian Islands. Eventually plate lunch franchises made their way to the mainland

in the U.S. beginning with California as did Keilani’s, which opened in 1998. I’d be happy with any of the plate lunch selections at Keilani’s but my favorites are the Kalua Pig, Sweet ‘n’ Sour Spareribs, Teriyaki Chicken, Mahi Mahi and the Loco Moco. The Loco Moco includes ground beef patties and grilled onions smothered with gravy and two sunny side eggs on top. I should mention that the plate lunches come with either one or two scoops of macaroni and rice depending on if you get the mini or regular. Mini is usually good enough for me unless I have the day planned perfectly with a surf session or some other exercise before, and a nap lined up after. There is a nice selection of sandwiches with most of the above mentioned coming in sandwich

form and served with fries. It’s also fun to just order a bunch of sides that include the Pilipino inspired lumpias, ahi poke, Portuguese sausage, lomi salmon, and several versions of Musubi including Spam! Yes, Spam has become a mainstay of Hawaiian cuisine since World War II, when GIs were served the salty luncheon meat because it didn’t require refrigeration and had a long shelf life. Hawaii now consumes more Spam than any state — over 7 million cans a year! The beverage of choice at Keilani’s is Hawaiian Sun, which has been made in Hawaii since 1952. Yes, they have “mainland soda� as they call it, but you are not ordering a glass of wine at Stone Brewing Co. right? Several dessert options are available including shave ice and haupia.

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Haupia is a traditional coconut-based Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus. Besides all the good stuff from Keilani’s kitchen, they have a very robust selection of Hawaiian packaged food, coffee, and gifts. I can never get out of there without picking up some Hawaiian barbeque or soy sauce, salad dressings, or strawberry guava jam. So next time you want a taste of the islands but can’t quite swing a trip there, stop by Keilani’s at 137 W. D Street, Encinitas. (760) 942-5642 Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday - Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative. com or (858) 395-6905. LUNCH Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm DINNER Mon-Thurs: 5pm-9pm Fri: 5pm-9pm / Sat: 4pm-9pm Sun: 4pm-9pm

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Sales of alcohol near Oceanside High School draws concerns By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in the Mission Plaza Shopping Center on Wednesday and received happy responses from most customers. But one group still has questions for the grocery store that sells alcohol within 500 feet of a school. Members of NCPS (North Coastal Prevention Coalition) asked city council to help them arrange a meeting with Walmart store management on Jan. 22, a week prior to the store’s opening. Speakers expressed concern that alcohol sales occur across the street from Oceanside High School and in a high crime area. “We have reached out to Walmart, but unfortunately they haven’t returned our calls or emails,” Aaron Byzak, NCPC board president, said at a recent meeting. “We’re asking if you can use your influence to help us meet with them, not in animosity, but to protect the community at large.” Mayor Jim Wood assured the group City Manager Steve Jepsen, who was in attendance at the Council meeting, would help them contact Walmart, but the store’s opening day has come and gone and no meeting has been set up. Jepsen said he did not know if the parties had scheduled a meeting. “I don’t have any information on that meeting,” Jepsen said. “It probably hasn’t happened. That’s not saying it won’t in the future.” To curtail problems related to alcohol sales, the police department took measures in November to add ABC conditions to the store’s liquor license. Police Capt. Tom Aguigui said the police department requested sales of alcohol be limited to the hours from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., a certified, uniformed security guard be on duty, and no single serving size of alcohol be sold individually. Aguigui said the store manager was very cooperative and agreed to several requests beyond the ABC conditions, includ-



as a tribute to his mother, a former teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and placed it on a post in his yard, and friends and neighbors loved it. Not long after, a com-


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work under somewhat trying conditions to deliver health care.” Rawlings was part of Project Angkor’s fourth humanitarian mission to Cambodia. Volunteers must pay for their own expenses. All money raised through donations and corporate sponsors is used to buy medicine and supplies and provide education and training to local health care professionals and students. “I truly believe that this is the best experience yet,” Norannsy Chieuchin, board president, wrote in an email to the volunteers when they returned home. “You alleviated some

Ray Zlomke of Encinitas browses the liquor aisle. Walmart is enacting several measures to keep alcohol out of the hands of youth. Photo by Promise Yee

ing not allowing more than five students in the store at a time, providing cubbies so students do not take backpacks inside the store, and installing surveillance cameras. Further measures promised by Walmart include keeping liquor in the back area of the store, putting sensor tags on liquor, and implementing a pull tag sys-

munity organizer caught wind of the concept and teamed up to spread the word. Now, there are an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Little Free Libraries across the world. For those interested in creating their own, the website contains a how-to guide.

In coastal North County, the map shows there are three mini-libraries in Carlsbad and one in Oceanside. Yet Preti and her family can lay claim to being the first in Encinitas. “Hopefully the network expands even more,” Preti said.

my flying car. Oh, and I always on. Thank heaven want the Concorde back, I don’t have to sit around for cheap. waiting by it like I used to. You know you can do it, if you just apply yourselves, Jean Gillette is a freelike your third-grade teachlance writer who gets her science from reruns of “The er told you. I’ll be waiting for more Jetsons.” Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com. life upgrades. My phone is discomfort or pain for a lot of people, perhaps made some life-changing affect in others but, mainly, you showed the Cambodian people that they do not suffer in silence or alone,” he wrote. “You showed them that there is compassion and humanity in the world.” Rawlings is no stranger to charity work. He has volunteered at the St. James Dental Clinic in Solana Beach. Donning an elf cap, he was also part of a team that provided $1.62 million in care to 2,203 patients during a two-day event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this past holiday season. Rawlings spent the weekend providing free

tem for high-end liquor that requires store employees to bring the liquor to the checkout line. Aguigui said the store manager also agreed to hold a neighborhood meeting before the store opened to address community concerns. Some promised measures were in

place on opening day. There was a uniformed guard and undercover security guard on duty, no alcohol advertisements were placed in the front of the store, and youth entering the store were only allowed in, a few at a time. Store manager Joe Cisneros said the store is in the process of implementing additional safeguards including placing lock caps on hard liquor, and storing high-end liquor in a locked display case. Cisneros said the delay in having these measures in place is due to the store’s ordering and delivery schedule, and measures would be implemented next month. Erica Leary, NCPC program manager, said she visited the grocery store on opening day just after high school dismissal and had some concerns. She said she observed students being restricted to entering the store a few at a time as promised. She also spotted cases of beer on display in aisles other than the designated liquor aisle. “We had been informed that Walmart agreed to keep alcohol in a distinct area of the store, but that is not what I observed,” Leary said. “I was disappointed to see stacks of beer in different areas of the store.” Leary added she had not heard back about a meeting with store management. Cisneros said he was not aware a meeting had been requested. Leary said she is still hopeful for a meeting to share NCPC concerns, hear the store’s plan to keep alcohol away from youth, and maintain an ongoing dialogue with management. “We still believe it is not the ideal location for alcohol to be sold,” Leary said. She added that NCPC staff would also like to share information on alcohol prevention with parents and students at the high school. Leary stressed it’s not about Walmart selling alcohol; it’s about selling alcohol at that location.

dental care — from cleanings and fillings to extractions and dentures — mostly to pediatric patients. He said he would like to return to Cambodia but is not sure time will allow it in 2015 as he is slated to be installed in July as the next Del Mar Rotary Club president. “I would like to thank Bahr Investment Group, the Rotary Club of Del Mar and Practice Enhancement Group for their generous donations,” Rawlings said. He said he also appreciates his wife accompanying him to help in the clinic. “I think she enjoyed it more than I did,” he said. For more information or to donate or volunteer, visit projectangkor.org.

Oceanside Troop 1793 members, Aliyah Anderson in back, with, from left, middle row, Leah Brunson and Kyah Joris and from left, front row, Sabrina Rawlings, Madison Vanesler and Mary Maddison, get enthusiastic at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, for this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Season. Courtesy photo

Girl Scouts break out the cookies COAST CITIES — Thin Mints, anyone? Or how about Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos or Savannah Smiles? If you crave ‘em, your neighborhood Girl Scouts have ‘em! More than 500 girls, troop leaders, volunteers and family members gathered at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum Jan. 26 for the North Coastal Girl Scout Cookie Kickoff in Vista. Attendees hailed from Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Leucadia, Oceanside and Vista. The price of $4 a box has not since 2004. For more information, visit sdgirlscouts.org/ cookies. The event featured

dancing cookie characters and a guest appearance by Miss Vista, Helen Rigby. She was joined by her mother, former Troop 4185 leader Amanda Rigby of the Vista City Council. At an Operation Thin Mint booth, attendees created “notes to show we care” for deployed military troops. Girls also worked toward badges by learning about the life skills they’ll develop by selling cookies: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. “My girls had a blast. They especially enjoyed the activities they did to earn Financial Literacy and Cookie CEO badges,” said Jessica Charvat-Brun-

son, leader of Oceanside’s Junior Troop 1793. Locally, Girl Scouts will begin selling cookies door-to-door on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2. They will also have booth sales outside local stores Feb. 7 — just in time for National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Feb. 7 to Feb. 9. San Diego-based Extraordinary Desserts will feature Thin Mint Crème Brulee, Samoas Chocolate Pots de Créme and a Hot Fudge Sundae with Tagalongs Ice Cream. All cookie proceeds stay local to fund troop activities ranging from camp to community service projects — and to provide relevant programs for 30,000 girls and train 13,500 adults.


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Making clear decisions Baby Boomer Peace by Joe Moris

As I prepare to write my column lots of different topics and events float through my head. Of course I could rail on the politics in our country but that only gets people mad who don’t agree with me. I could talk about the youth and how they seem so detached from the history of our country but that would go in one ear and out the other. However, there is some merit on that topic, youthfulness, to touch upon. I like to watch the reality singing shows. It’s probably been 40 years since I listened to any top 40 radio stations. I had been a disc jockey in my early 20s at a hard rock station in central Texas and found it hard to listen to “bubble gum” music. I eventually mellowed into soft electronic jazz and would listen to that incessantly at work. But watching these singing shows and listening to aspiring artists singing songs by artists that don’t mean a thing to me, I have come to appreciate and enjoy today’s top 40 music. For some reason it seems to ignite the youth in me that has long escaped. I am reading a book called “One More Tomorrow.” It is an enjoyable novel written by of all people my pastor, Rick Myatt. Rick pastors a church called “The Anchor” on Sunday mornings up at Santa Fe Christian. If you’ve never been to one of his services you should consider going at 10 a.m. some Sunday morning. Rick is very engaging and knows how to put a good sermon together. This last week his service was on “peace.” Now that really caught my attention, of course, because peace is a part of my byline. That message of Rick’s really hit home. Of course he had fun stories to go along with referenced biblical passages, but even back in the days when the Jews of the Old Testament were in slavery they wrote of finding peace in order to find happiness.


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I used his lesson in response to a few readers who contacted me this past week. In response I simply wrote: Find your peace and there you will find your happiness. And, you don’t have to be a baby boomer to bring that to fruition. It is a lesson for everyone. I also go to a church called North Coast Calvary up off Aviara and Poinsettia in Carlsbad. I like to go there on Saturday nights. The service is over at about 7:30 p.m. so going there doesn’t ruin any other plans for a Saturday evening. This past week Mark Foreman, pastor, had a lesson on speaking in tongues. I’ve never quite understood that. He explained that when one speaks in tongues they are “channeling” the Holy Spirit. But, when I tried to discuss my daughter’s and my book “Answers… Heaven Speaks” and how my daughter channels angels and guides and Higher Selves, an elder of the church just thought that Marisa and I had gone off the deep end and are living a life of darkness. I reminded him that Mark’s message was on channeling the Holy Spirit and how was that any different from what my daughter does? I suggest, if you have the chance, to find Marisa’s column called “Heaven Speaks,” here in The Coast News and then make up your own mind about channeling the “other side.” I bring up the churches I attend because I’m finding that as we baby boomers age we are also fully aware of the ultimate day coming on the horizon. Because of our mor-

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In Oceanside on Jan. 25 Gil “Bluefeather” Fernandez and several Native Americans gathered to perform a rain dance and raise awareness of the drought situation that the state is currently facing. Native American singer Windwalker was on hand to lead in songs, along with Sam Bearpaw performing Apache chants and dance.

Windwalker wears traditional Native American dress. Photos by Tony Cagala

Sam Bearpaw performs a traditional Apache song during the Participants wave Sage on each other rain dance. during a ceremonial rain dance.


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