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RANCHO SANTA FE — It took eight years, but the opening of the new Helen Woodward Animal Center Companion Animal Hospital was a dream come true. “I never visualized that it would be this beautiful,� said Michael Arms, president and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center. “When it was done, I looked at it and said ‘Did we really build this?’� The 10,000-squarefoot hospital gave the public a sneek peek Feb. 25. Ap p r o x i m a t e l y 100 community

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association voted unanimously to take the next step in selling the single-family home and property that has been split from the Osuna Ranch by sending out requests for proposals to local realtors. “In 2011, the board of directors authorized a lot split on the Osuna Ranch that split off the main house from the horse facility,� said Jim Putnam during a report to the board at its March 1 meeting. “On Feb. 22, 2012, the Finance Committee recommended the board send out an RFP to the local real estate firms and list the Osuna House for sale.� Putnam told the board he had done a little research and learned that three acres of comparable horse property with a home should cost in the neighborhood of $3 million, but said an official appraisal is needed. The Association purchased the 28-acre Osuna Ranch in June 2006 for $12 million with open space funds.The intent is to use it for historical educa-

tion, as a meeting place for members and as an equestrian center. In May 2010, the Osuna Committee asked for $150,000 for funding for portions of Phase One of the Osuna Master Plan. It was to be used mostly to satisfy the county requirements for a major use permit for the planned lot split. Also the fire department wanted the main driveway to accommodate a fire engine and they also wanted a fire hydrant, an 8inch waterline and a backflow prevention device. Nine pepper trees had to be removed from the property so that there could be a clear view on the roadway from the driveway. All those requirements have been met and now the split is complete. It has been hoped by the Osuna Committee that some of the profits from the sale of the home be used to help restore the Osuna Ranch. Association member Sam Rossini said he has heard that $300,000 was needed to finish the restoration and TURN TO OSUNA ON A23

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Farmers market is a hit with Ranch residents munity.” Her friend Paulette Matson agreed. “I love the fresh fruit and vegetables. You can’t beat the taste.” Over at Smit Orchards, Gerard Brown picked a few apples. “It’s great here. I come here weekly” he said. “Everything is fresh here and that is important.” Vendor and jewelry maker Gina Fazio was arranging her jewelry while buyers perused her wares. “I’ve been coming her for about a year and business has been good,” Fazio said. Nearby was Allison Stevens, whose business Magnolia has earned her a reputation as a master flower arranger. Although she does not have a brick and mortar business, her specialty is doing arrangements for weddings and corporate events and, of course, offering beautiful bouquets at the farmers market. Keeping the mood of the market light and smooth were musicians Dusty Brough and Julien Cantelm, who played lovely background music, perfect for shopping. Eli Thompson, 2, of Rancho Santa The Rancho Santa Fe Fe samples cheese at the Spring Farmers Market is at the Del Hill Cheese table Rayo Village Center, 16079 By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market is about to turn two years old. For such a youngster, this little market was an instant hit and is going strong. On a recent Sunday morning, area residents carried away baskets of fruit and vegetables, armfuls of flowers, not to mention boxes of tasty looking pasta and sauces. “I buy most of my stuff here,” said Laureen Weaver. “Everything is so fresh and you need to support the com-

By Patty McCormac

Musicians Dusty Brough and Julien Cantelm play music perfect for shopping Photos by Patty McCormac

San Dieguito Road in Rancho Santa Fe. It is open each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and offers an array of products, not just produce. There is also clothing, olive oils, breads, opportunities to buy gourmet coffees and teas, sauces, fresh fish, tamales, paella, chocolate and much more. The Valdivia Farms booth was crowded with customers picking fresh vegetables from vendor Chris Munoz. A pile of fresh green beans caught the eye of just about everyone. The berries looked fabulous at the Pudwill Berry Farms tables. Angela Heninger, who was selling the raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, said they are picked and transported from the central valley on Saturdays. “I love the berries,” Kelly Thompson said. “You can’t beat the quality of the Vendor Chris Munoz weighs a purchase for a customer at the Valdivia food.” Farms table.

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Thompson had her dog Sparky in tow along with 2year-old son Eli, who was eating a cheese sample from Spring Hill Cheese. “This cheese rocks,” customer Tess Largent said. There are activities for children while their parents shop and a bike valet who watches the bikes so their

riders can shop with peace of mind. And for the person who wants to run a few more errands after shopping at the market, the Veggie Valet will keep purchases cool until you are ready to pick them up. To learn more about the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market, call (858) 922-5135 or visit, where you can sign up for the monthly newsletter and receive notification of all the market news and special events.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The restrooms at the Association offices will be remodeled. That was the decision of the board at its March 1 meeting.All agreed it was time. “Some members have said to me, ‘Really? This is the impression we want to give people who come here?’” Director Anne Feighner said. It is nearly impossible to extract a usable number paper towels from the dispensers. “You either get one or 50,” Director Jack Queen said. The last update to the restrooms was in the 1980s, said Association Planner Arnold Keene during a presentation to the board. “Heavy use over the years has resulted in water damage to the tile areas. Additionally, the original fixtures are not water-efficient and should be upgraded to modern efficient fixtures.” Association members Linda Hahn and Mary Van Anda have volunteered to assist in the design and planning of the renovation. Keene will coordinate the project. The board voted to allow a budget of $25,000 for the project with a 10 percent contingency of $2,500 for renovation. The contingency amount will be reserved for any difficulties encountered once the wall is opened. Two bids have been receive by qualified contractors and both bids are within the budgeted amount, Keene said. “The contractor will be selected based on availability to complete the project in the shortest amount of time and least disruption to operation.” A new patrol vehicle for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol was also approved. Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser told the board the patrol fleet consists of seven vehicles with mileage ranging from 8,500 to more than 100,000. “We rotate the usage and mileage of the vehicles so usually one is replaced each year as they approach 100,000 miles,” he said. “This purchase will replace a 2006 vehicle with over 100,000 miles.” A Ford Explorer was TURN TO RESTROOMS ON A23


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Losing the man who was always there for me JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk By the time this goes to print, I may have stopped weeping at random moments. Perhaps not. My blue-eyed, Irish, Air Force fighter pilot, 95-year-old daddy has died and there is scarcely a daughter on Earth who does not understand that special loss. I find it’s a bit like being cut loose from your support line in outer space. I’m not sure I can get enough oxygen or ever feel completely safe again. He died in his sleep, just as he hoped he would. I am grateful beyond measure for that blessing. If you knew my dad at all, you knew that he truly considered being in a wheelchair, or bed-bound, a fate far worse than death. I am proud I was able to help him sustain his dignity right to the end. He was the perfect gentleman and host always.

If I have ever made you laugh, you can thank him. He taught me everything I know about how funny life is, and how to share laughter with every smart-aleck remark. We were fellow curmudgeons and critics of life in general, laughing at everyone and everything, especially ourselves. All my life, my mom constantly said, in an exasperated tone, “You are just like your father!” As I spent more time with just him, I was stunned. I am just like him. Sometimes I knew what he was going to say before he said it. He always understood exactly what I meant. Because he was human, that means that we shared foibles and I have to work hard to modify them. But they came with a lot of really good stuff, too, so it’s well worth the trouble. People adored my dad, right up into his dotage. He could also really tick people off. He never hesitated to stand up for what he believed was right even if it infuriated those he really should have

placated. I believe the kind word is “feisty.” So if there is a heaven, and I like to think there is, he is now wearing his bright orange flight suit and screaming along at Mach 2 in some cockpit. He is mixing a strong drink and serving escargot for everyone at a big party he is throwing — and he and my mom are either dancing to the Big Bands or on a long car trip fascinated and amused by everything they see. You can do all that at the same time in heaven. The one thing he no longer needs to do is bail me gracefully out of absolutely every pickle I ever got myself into. That man was there for me, with counsel, car repair or cash, every single time I called his name. He was my knight in shining armor. He gave me an epic safety net. Now that I look down, I believe it is still right there and always will be. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and daddy’s girl. Contact her at

Superintendent to honor Rowe’s birthday By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The death of R. Roger Rowe was still weighing heavily on the minds and hearts of school officials at the March 1 meeting of the school board. “It’s been hard in a lot of ways,” said Lindy Delaney, superintendent. “He was huge part of the community for a lot of years.” The iconic namesake of the school in Rancho Santa Fe died Feb. 4 at his home at the age of 82. “It was his heart,” Delaney said. A memorial service for him is planned for 1 p.m. March 31 at the Village Church. The church is expected to be filled to capacity. On March 18, what was to be his 83rd birthday, Delaney said she would like to buy ice cream for all the students. “He always said, ‘dessert first,’” she said. “It would be a nice way for the kids to say goodbye,” said Marti Ritto, board member. Delaney said she has received many condolences because she was close to Rowe. One of her favorites was a note from first-grader Henry McDonough that read, “Dr. Rowe was a very good man. I love the school you built together.” In other district business, it was decided that large 6-foot-size address-like numbers would be painted on top of all the buildings at the school, which would be visible only from the air. It was learned during a disaster drill at the school in October that it would easier for a hel-

icopter to determine where help was needed much faster. “We were saying (into a radio to the helicopter during the drill), ‘We’re in the building in the north west corner,’” Delaney said. “We learned we really need those numbers.” Also discussed at the meeting was the settlement agreement of $53,000 with C.W. Driver to address Driver’s failure to meet contract specifications regarding the use of galvanized steel in the construction of six exterior staircases during the construction and renovation of the school. The plans had called for galvanized stairs, but the stairs installed were not. The issue is not one of safety, but of wear and tear on the stairs. The money will be used for maintenance, Delaney said. The board also approved the annual board policy review by general counsel for the district, Richard Currier. “Most of the changes are because of changes in the law,” he said. “Our legislature is active and interested in education.” He said the policies will eventually be available on the school’s website. The board also approved an increase in school fees for new construction projects to $3.20 per square foot for residential development and $0.51 cents per square foot for commercial development. These fees are part of the cost of the building permit and are approved by the State Allocation Board. “This is what is happening and we are here just to

deliver the news,” said Todd Frank, board member. If all goes according to plan, the new stadium seating will be installed in the performing arts center during spring break. The Rancho Santa Fe School Board meets on the first Thursday of the month. To learn more, call (858) 756-1141 or visit

HUMANITARIAN AWARD From left, Kevin Crawford and Jolane Crawford of Schubach Aviation as well as Jammer Family Foundation board members, celebrate San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer, joined by foundation member Rob Powell. Jammer was presented with the Ernest H. Wright Sr. Humanitarian Award for his contribution to community service through the Jammer Family Foundation Feb. 15 at the 66th Annual Salute to the Champions. The award ceremony was sponsored by the Robert & Lillie Breitbard Foundation, San Diego Hall of Champions and the San Diego Sports Commission. Visit to learn more about the charitable projects supported by JFF. Courtesy photo



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Finding higher things in the Holy Land By Kathryn Jean Lopez

RANCH HISTORY The Hollywood Connection Fairbanks Ranch got its start from some famous Hollywood stars in the 1920s. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and his wife Mary Pickford purchased the land in 1926 and originally named it Rancho Zorro after one of Fairbanks’ most famous roles. Essentially Fairbanks bought one-third of the old rancho. With ranch manager William Smart, he built a dam and lake, a pump house, a manager’s residence, and planted the majority of his acreage in Valencia oranges that were propagated in the Fairbanks nursery. Prior to their divorce in 1935, Mary and Douglas etched their names on the top of the Fairbanks dam. Photos courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 7569291 or email for more information. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at arcadia publishing. com.

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JERUSALEM — Many of the most contentious controversies of the hour are only made worse by Christians not acting like Christians, people not being who they say they are. It’s an issue of identity and of integrity. Which is why I abandoned the United States this February. I walked away from the run-up to Super Tuesday, the fight to combat the White House health care agenda, and anything else that falls in between to travel to the Holy Land for a good old-fashioned Christian pilgrimage. A change of scenery; a refresher course; a close encounter of a historic and deeply religious kind; a transformation: These are just some of the goals of a journey to a place where the stones themselves tell the story of a man who lived and died and had an impact on this earth like no other. One of the many memorable moments of this week involved the sound of a prolonged Muslim call to prayer nearly drowning out our priest celebrating Mass in Bethany. It’s actually a lovely sound. Muslims pray five times a day; engaging in an honest-togoodness communication with and reflection on God several times a day wouldn’t be a bad idea for any of us. But the morning of a lifetime, worth every dollar and every mile traveled, consisted of standing before the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem and kneeling at the spot where he is believed to have been born in Bethlehem. The overwhelming message for a Christian pilgrim? If we believe this Christianity stuff to be true, we must do something different or we are all frauds. If we believe Christ is the savior of the world, offering us a celestial Jerusalem, what the heck are we doing killing time by getting worked up about passing controversies or complaining about the faults of others? That’s hardly Christlike. Christianity is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. You have your fair share of divisions among those who identify themselves as Catholics in one way or another. Politics have often been the cause of those divisions, the problems of the world creating problems in the world of the spirit. In Mary of Nazareth and Christ himself we see the power of “yes,” of embracing human life, embracing purpose and vocation, even when it may not be the road we’d map out for ourselves. If we’re believers, we’re not following man. While we may

have some lovely models — saintly models — some of our hopes have been dashed by those who pretended they ever were more than fallen men, with the same temptations and failings as all of us. “The Word was made flesh,” St. John writes in the Gospels. That idea been used and misused, as religion can be. Rather than an occasion to justify our decisions or hardened opinions, Christ should be a constant challenge to be honest about just what it is that we believe and know we ought to do. And that requires us to exercise conscience — and that, in turn, requires the freedom to do so. In his 2009 visit to Israel, Pope Benedict XVI said: “When the religious dimension of the human person is denied or marginalized, the very foundation for a proper understanding of inalienable human rights is placed in jeopardy.” The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes and the life, death and resurrection of Christ bring with them messages of freedom and grace, of liberation from what burdens our hearts. Rather than be something restricted for Sundays, religion should be celebrated and embraced at the core of daily life. When our founders established our nation, they understood that religious faith was good. Now imagine if we truly lived that idea. This Lent, you don’t have to be Christian to figure out what is it that’s motivating you when you get up in the morning. What is the work for? What is your life for? What are you for? That this land that tells the story of the greatest peace would have precious little of it — as you’re reminded when you wait on line at the security checkpoints, the wall dividing Israel and the West Bank, which includes Bethlehem, or the Palestinian policy office in the Church of the Nativity — couldn’t more vividly remind us of life’s challenges. The key is to live in the world and its daily requirements but also to rise above them. To “hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace, peace for his people and his friends, and those who turn to him in their hearts” (Psalms 85:8). How might that be, for a change?

Kathryn Jean Lopez is the editorat-large of National Review Online She can be contacted at

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Resident educates North County on scholarship secrets CARLSBAD — As college costs soar out of control, and student loan debt has now surpassed credit card debt in the United States, one Carlsbad man has had enough and decided to do something about it. Ron Caruthers of Carlsbad, a father of three, teaches free classes to show parents exactly how to qualify for financial aid, no matter how much money they make, or how good of a student they have. “Most parents are completely ignorant of the financial aid system, and have no clue about how the rules work in the real world,” Ron states. “There is a ton of money available at topnotch schools even for families that earn a six figure income today if parents just know the right way to apply. I’m going to show them how.” The workshops will focus on little- known ways of getting money for college which North County high schools aren’t showing their students. The class will include such topics as how to double or triple your eligibility for free grant money, the secret to sending your child to a private or UC school for less than the cost of a

junior college, and how to avoid the single biggest mistake that 9 out of 10 parents make when filling out college forms. Ron Caruthers is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on planning and paying for college. Ron was a radio host on “The College Planning Hour” on KCEO. He is the author of “What; your Guidance Counselor Isn't telling you” as well as the co-author of New York bestseller “Shift Happens.” Ron has also been quoted in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and has authored several books related to white papers, explaining the financial aid process and calling for a congressional overhaul of the current complex system. “Once a family understands the system and the right way to approach it, almost no school in the country is out of their financial reach. They can avoid this whole student loan mess that so many other families are in by taking just a little time to educate themselves,” Ron assures. “My free, no-stringsattached class is the perfect way to get a head start on this.”

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS • March13th: Calavera Hills Community Center - 6:45pm • March 16th: Stage Coach Community Center - 3:45pm • April 11th: Encinitas Library 6:15 pm To reserve your seat, go to arlsbad for registration and location information or call (760) 814-8591. All workshops are free and open to the public.

3508 Seagate Way, Suite 160, in Oceanside. Work is ongoing on a new VANC Resource Center, and CTAP classes will move to that location, which is the old Oceanside Police Department’s facility at 1617 Mission Ave. as soon as it is finished. In addition to a customized, professionally developed course, there will be opportunities for veterans to tell attendees of their own experiences they faced upon discharge, offering valuable, realistic suggestions, as well as hands-on advice and what to expect. “We begin with establishing the ‘end in mind,’” Chuck Atkinson, VANC founder, president and veteran, said. “Then we lay out various tools to help attendees in their job search.” Included in the CTAP modules: resume writing, job search techniques, interviewing skills, and learning how to translate their experiences into the language employers speak and understand. Upon graduation from each class, VANC will present a job fair, giving attendees the opportunity to put what they’ve learned into practice as they meet various employer representatives offering potential jobs.

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RSF Foundation gives grant in support of veterans association RANCHO SANTA FE — The Oceanside-based Veterans Association of North County (VANC) has received a grant from the Armed Forces Interest Group of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, to administer career preparation sessions for local military personnel about to leave the service, as well as those who have been recently discharged. VANC’s Career Transition Assistance Program, CTAP, is an eightmodule series of classes conducted pro bono by professional employment experts and military veterans who have successfully transitioned to employment after discharge. Classes are being held at

March 13th: Calavera Hills Community Center - 6:45pm 2997 Glasgow Dr., Carlsbad 92010

“We want the opportunity to show our veterans there is life after the military,” Atkinson said. “We have a cadre of VANC members who have gone through what these young people are facing and they and our professional trainers know how to help them present their skills to prospective employers. We want to put these highly qualified volunteers’ experience to good use to help those who need it now.” Atkinson said that as the program progresses and class space becomes available, the CTAP sessions will be opened to all veterans. “Right now our focus is on those people nearing discharge and those older troops about to retire, as well as those who have been out in the civilian world for the past year,” he concluded. For more information, contact Chuck Atkinson at; VANC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, consisting of veteran organizations and individuals. The city of Oceanside has leased to VANC at no cost for 60 years a 10,000-square-foot building to be used for a the Resource Center serving North County’s veterans, active duty and their families.

Center hosts training for pups RANCHO SANTA FE — Spring Training has come a little early to Helen Woodward Animal Center. With 50 available puppies, the race to get to “home base” has never had more meaning. The cuddly team of pups, some named after San Diego Padres players, was treated to some early training basics by Pet Expert Rob Kuty from San Diego Pet Training in hopes that each will make the final cut in finding a forever family. “Every day provides a unique set of circumstances,” said Bruce Kerschner,Adoption Service Manager at Helen Woodward Animal Center.“I’ve seen tragic stories and amazing rescues. It’s the sheer number of puppies available at this one time that is truly surprising to all of us here at the Center. It just increases the need for open hearts and available homes. We all really want these little guys to find a good place in the world.” Rob Kuty,a devoted volunteer and the official animal trainer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, was on-hand to provide baseball-themed puppy training tips to potential adopters of the puppies (named Ozzie, Gwynn, Randy, Trevor, Winfield, Peavy, and Adrian, after famous hometown players). Kuty, a professional animal trainer for more than 13 years, has worked at the Columbus and Cleveland

The Helen Woodward Animal Center is readying for spring training with puppy training services of their own. Courtesy photo

Zoos, SeaWorld Florida and as the manager of the Pet’s Rule show at SeaWorld San Diego. The training tips will be posted on all of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s social media sites. Ricki Douglas, of Ricki Douglas Photography was there to capture the adorable event on camera and Amy Dampier, of Muttropolis, was happy to supply each puppy a stylish canine Padres jersey for the Spring Training Event. Muttropolis and Douglas have been long-time supporters of Helen Woodward Animal Center and overall efforts to increase pet adoptions. Muttropolis regularly holds Pet Adoption Events at its multiple store locations and Douglas

snaps weekly photos of available animals to aid in their placement. “Saving lives takes teamwork,” stated Dampier. “We’re happy to do whatever we can to help them find forever homes.” Baseball season will soon be upon us and will come to end just as quickly. By adopting one of these cuddly canine companions, the opportunity to “play ball” will last all year long. If you are interested in adopting, would like to make a donation, or would like more information, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at (858) 756-4117 ext. 313, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.


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Counselors provide guidance and support The philosophy of the College Counseling Office is a direct extension of the mission of Francis Parker School. Together with the Parker community, we support, encourage, and celebrate the ongoing educational journey of each student. We believe the college search and selection to be a private and individualized process where students engage in self-reflection and learn to make informed and educated decisions concerning their future. As counselors, we offer guidance to the students as they identify the appropriate fit for college, based upon personal criteria, interests and strengths. We encourage a healthy, student-led, educationallybased, and family-appropriate approach to the college search, ensuring a smooth transition to life after Parker. As students embark on the path to college and beyond, our goal is to provide a solid foundation upon which they become selfreliant, empowered, confident, involved members of society, and engaged citizens of the world. The essence of the college search and selection process is determining which schools best fit each individual candidate. Given the wide-ranging talents, accomplishments and dreams of the Parker stu-

dent body, it is no wonder that their college destinations are not limited to a certain type or mold. Instead, the focus on students’ personal goals results in a variety of college decisions that we celebrate. The 484 Parker graduates from the classes of 2008-2011 enrolled in 158 different colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Parker graduates chart their own paths extremely well. Evening programs are held separately for each grade during the school year, focusing on the specific needs of students at each level. The senior class evening event is usually held early in September, with the junior student and parent evening conducted in November or December, once the seniors’ major deadlines are met. Sophomore and freshman evenings take place in the late winter, usually in February. The College Counseling staff also coordinates an evening College Fair and a Case Studies Program in conjunction with area high schools on an annual basis. Special programs are also sponsored for students interested in participating in college athletics and for parents seeking assistance with financial planning and applications for scholarships. The “State of College

Admissions” is a special panel discussion held periodically and arranged by the College Counselors for students and parents to better understand the current issues at work in an everevolving process. In the fall, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to meet with more than 100 college admission representatives on campus. Parker’s College Counselors spend significant time getting to know each Upper School student throughout the college process. Parker students produce phenomenal work in the classroom, on the playing fields, on the stage, in the studio and in the community at large. Parker is proud of their achievements and celebrates their individual choices to further their education at the college level and beyond. Class Deans for freshmen and sophomores join with the College Counselors to oversee and advise students on course selection and monitor graduation requirements. Along with the student’s Faculty Advisor, they connect with students and support their navigation of the Upper School experience. Faculty Advisors keep an eye on academic performance, emotional and social issues, and know advisees well, so as to serve as informed and encouraging mentors.

Open enrollment for 2011/2012 At the young age of 12, Corey Shaun faced a difficult choice—either continue his advanced studies in school, or pursue his aspirations to become a professional golfer. Both options were reasonable. A year ahead in school, Corey excelled as a 4.0 student, and he had just won the Junior World Golf championship for his age group. Corey and his family decided this shouldn’t be an either/or decision and set out to find a solution. In researching schools and education programs throughout San Diego County, they found a number of institutions that would fulfill the academic criteria Corey sought, but these schools, built on the traditional model, required him to attend a full Monday through Friday schedule. Then Corey’s father discovered Halstrom High School and its one-to-one teaching and learning model that provides quality education and flexibility. At Halstrom, which is accredited like the other traditional schools he found, Corey would be able to enroll full-time in a college preparatory program, but attend school

with a customized schedule that allowed him to continue with his rigorous golf training and tournament play – and not fall behind in school. Corey, now 14, just finished 9th grade and


very student will have an iPad equipped with interactive e-textbooks and networked for two-way communication with Halstrom teachers. his first year at Halstrom High School. He has been able to maintain his straight A average while being challenged academically, and he won second place in the Junior World Golf

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High quality math instruction Mathnasium of Solana Beach provides high-quality math instruction for students in 2nd-12th grade. Whether a student needs to be challenged in math, wants some help with homework and test prep to be sure to get an A, or has fallen behind and is frustrated and angry about Math - Mathnasium can help. Mathnasium specializes in teaching math in a way students can understand. The program begins with an assessment of the student’s math skills and comprehension. The

assessment is designed to identify what the child needs to learn to go to the next level of understanding in math. Based upon the results an individualized program is designed for the student. Highly trained instructors then direct the child through their program. Students who need to be challenged will be excited about math again. Students who want an A will have the confidence they need to succeed. And struggling students will see a dramatic improve-

ment in attitude within three months and an improvement in grades within six months. Math Fairs are also a specialty of Mathnasium. Mathnasium of Solana Beach has sponsored dozens of Math Fairs with the help of local Parent organizations to get their schools excited about Math. When school is out Mathnasium operates a Summer Camp. Call for more information at (858) 755-6284 or visit our website at:

St. Catherine’s: a school just for boys As the nationwide trend toward single-sex education increases, the emphasis is on all boys’ schools with advocates saying that the traditional coed system does not meet the needs of our nation’s young men. St. Catherine’s Academy, a kindergarten through eighth grade Catholic school, believes strongly in the benefits of all boys’ education and has been using this model for the majority of its 123-year history. “Anyone who has worked with children knows that boys and girls have different learning styles,” says Sister Johnellen Turner, OP, the principal at St. Catherine’s. Traditional elementary

schools, which expect chil- and energy by incorporating dren to sit quietly and listen, movement and hands-on actually favor the learning learning tools. Furthermore, boys thrive in an environment where the rules are cut and dry. The military tradition of St. Catherine’s is key to providing the structure, expectations, and peer leadership that boys need to stay focused and reach their fullest potential. In addition, its 5-day boarding program gives students a steady routine with time for homework, sports, — Sister JohnellenTurner and other extracurricular activities. To find out more PRINCIPAL, ST. CATHERINES about St. Catherine’s styles of girls. At St. Academy, visit their website at Catherine’s, teachers capital- www.StCatherinesAcademy.o ize on boys’ natural curiosity rg/info.

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Developing Good Habits and Healthy Attitudes When students do well in the classroom, they receive a gold star. When a school outperforms, it gets recognized by the US Department of Education. Santa Fe Christian Lower School, a college-preparatory Christian private school in Solana Beach, was named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School, a distinction by the U.S. Department of Education that ranks it among the highest performing schools nationwide. Santa Fe Christian was one of only 49 private schools in the nation to earn the award this year and the only private school named in California. The SFC Lower School (K – 5) provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our educational philosophy is based on the values of academic excellence, stewardship, and Christ-likeness. With research-based curriculum, the experienced and skillful SFC teacher infuses biblical

truth in all subject areas. The construction of knowledge and development of skills is for the purpose of better equipping our students to be effective Christian leaders. Our Middle School works to facilitate a smooth transition between the dependence of the Lower

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Through the core curriculum, electives and extracurricular activities, Upper School students grow to understand who they are in Christ and develop their academic skills in preparation for college. Graduates in 2011 were awarded more than $10 million in scholarships and received acceptances from colleges such as Stanford, Wheaton, Duke, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fordham, Westmont, UC Berkeley, USC Film School, Harvard and Boston College. “Aside from all the valuable information I’ve learned in my AP and Honors classes, I am confident in my Christian beliefs and I know how to defend them. Not only did I take advantage of the school’s toughest classes, but I also ran on the track team, competed on the academic team, enjoyed retreats, attended dances, volunteered in the community, authored articles in the student newspaper and made some really close friends. I am equipped and ready for the next step of my life.” – Elise Wilson, Class of 2011, Attending Yale University. Come experience us in action. K-12 admissions open house, Wednesday Apr. 4th and May 2nd, 10am to Noon. Sign up online at or call 858.755.8900.



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A. Paul Bergen’s rich bass voice is universally recognized from a body of work that ranges from being the announcer for Disney on Ice for 30 years to a narrator, voiceover artist and studio singer in soundtracks, including “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.� He has also been featured in thousands of jingles and commercials including being the voice of Shamu from SeaWorld. At 2 p.m. March 10, Bergen will lend his voice in a reading from his second novel, “The Undressing of Kathy Howard� in the Community Room of the Encinitas Library. Bergen describes the book as “part fact, part fiction,� inspired by his youth as the son of a Mennonite farmer in Wasco, Calif., north of Bakersfield. The book is a compilation of short stories, with a potpourri of quirky characters, and no plot line. “Kathy is a real person — she was the first girl I undressed,� he said. “The gay cat was from the farm. This is a not history, it’s augmented history.� For Bergen, art has imitated his life. “I was a sports freak and

Narrator, voiceover artist and professional singer A. Paul Bergen will read from his second novel, “The Undressing of Kathy Howard� at the Encinitas Library, at 2 p.m. on March 10. He will be sharing the stage with Legends of Jazz, Mike Wofford and Holly Hofmann. Photo by Lillian Cox

wanted to be a high school football coach until 1952 when I was diagnosed with polio — the last of a great epidemic,� he said. “I expected to get healed. The next year I was in the hospital,

then in braces and crutches until 1993.� Bergen’s polio progressed, leaving him in a wheelchair. While at Westmont College he found his voice, literally. He became a bass soloist, performing and recording with John Williams, Norman Luboff, Roger Wagner and Fred Waring. “I wanted to be a night club singer but the (leg) braces were a hindrance,� he said. “In the late 1960s the jingles industry was growing in San Diego. Tom Denoto, a school teacher, said, ‘I can make high-quality jingles without unions’ and started Tuesday Productions.�

Bergen and three other studio singers from L.A. commuted to San Diego for about 13 years and recorded 8,000 commercials and ID packages. Among those were jingles for The Gap, Budweiser, Michelob and Toyota — and a pig medicine manufacturer and Arabian stallion stud service. In 1980 he and his wife Linda decided to leave L.A. and settle in Encinitas. “I absolutely love Encinitas — it’s clean, the air is marvelous, and the people are friendly,� he said. “It’s overwhelming to be next to the ocean, especially west of I-5.� Bergen’s religious views have evolved over the years,

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from the Mennonite Brethren to agnosticism. Today, he is a believer in Pantheism. “I have a close relationship with my family but they believe I will burn in hell because of my beliefs,� he said, smiling. Bergen published his first book, “Naked in the Tub with Vera� in 2010, revealing a unique style characterized by personal comments he scatters through the text of the book to provide insight into his influence on the characters, and their influence on him. “Paul creates the most humorous situations you can think of,� Jacklyn Nevelow said. “He shows them to you, and elaborates on them, and you wind up laughing out loud. Normally, I might giggle to myself while reading a book but I actually burst out in laughter.� Added Ben Saltzer, “It’s very much a ‘fun read’ that starts interestingly and builds to what I found to be delightful. Paul doesn’t put people down, he portrays them as they are, and they are funny! That’s just how some folks are.� “The Undressing of Kathy Howard� will be released this month by R.J. Buckley Publishing. Sharing billing with Bergen March 10 are legendary jazz greats Holly Hofmann on the flute and Mike Woffard on piano. Coincidentally, Wofford played with Bergen in the old days when they did studio work. “Mike was the top studio pianist and there were literally hundreds of commercial tracks that I’ve sung on of his,� Bergen said. “These are two icons of the San Diego jazz scene, nationally recognized, coast to coast as masters of their art, in a rare North County performance. It is a brilliant improvisational marriage of piano and flute.� The event, sponsored by 101 Artists Colony, is free. The Encinitas Library is located at 540 Cornish Drive, behind Encinitas City Hall. For additional information, visit, email or call (760) 436-2250. Free Consultation A KIND, CARING


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Encinitas Educational Foundation (EEF) provides a well-balanced education for all children,supporting additional programs for all Encinitas school. EEF at Ocean Knoll is hosting an auction fundraiser March 9 at the school, 562 Park Lane to support Technology and Visual and Performing Arts. For more information, call (760) 815-4201 or email

MARCH 10 GET THE GIGGLES The West Coast Funnies with Kurt Swann will star Jackie Kashian at 8 p.m. March 10, at the Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State St., Carlsbad. Tickets are $20 and can be ordered online at or call (951) 9293586.

LIBRARY STAYS BUSY In March, the Rancho Santa Fe Library will offer adult programs at 11 a.m. March 10 for the Make & Take Craft of two decoupage eggs and a basket. All supplies provided at no charge. At 3 p.m. March 23, Adrienne Nim & Spirit Wind will present a program of adult contemporary music. There is no charge for this program.



Scripps Performing Arts Academy will host costumed girls and their dolls during the Annual American Girl Fashion Show staged at 2 p.m. March 10 and March 11 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego. Tickets are $35 that includes refreshments and a raffle ticket. For more information, call (858) 586-7834 or visit ART SHOW Santos Fine Art Galleries, 978 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas presents “Prayers and Protests,� with Laguna Beach artist Terrell Washington Anansi through March 14.

MARCH 11 WHO’S BAD? The Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors present “Who Put the Bad in Carlsbad?� at 3 p.m. March 11, in the Schulman Theatre, Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Tickets are $15 at

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Touching history: Exhibit features experiences on Titanic Merideth also notes that Of the 129 children aged The exhibit is prompted destination was Seattle, Wash. ships to re-book on the Titanic. by the 100th 16 and under on board, half so many third-class passenThe ship’s promoters where his sister-in-law lived. anniversary of the perished. This is partly gers died not because of wanted assurances Traveling through the demise of the because in those days, accord- locked gates (they were not), that all resources exhibit, visitors see 200 of the Titanic, which hit ing to Titanic researcher Lee but because many spoke neiwould go to the luxmore than 5,500 objects E’LOUISE the iceberg at 11:40 W. Merideth, only boys 5 years ther English nor French and urious, “unsinkrecovered from the historic ONDASH p.m. Sunday, April old and under were consid- couldn’t understand instrucable” Titanic so cruise liner and Hit the Road tions for abandoning ship. 14, and sank two ered to be children. that its maiden voythe “debris “Titanic” runs through When the call went out hours and 40 age would go off I was rescued; my hus- field.” There Sept. 9. Tickets are up to $27 for “women and children” to minutes later, without a hitch. a r e band wasn’t. nearly 1,000 board the lifeboats, this did and include admission to Pa s s e n g e rs That’s what we miles northeast not include boys 6 years and other exhibits and the musewho bought a learned when we reached um’s 3D theater. (Note: If you of New York City. older. first-class ticket the end of the newest have time, don’t miss the fasciChildren also perIt’s hard to imagon the Titanic exhibit at the San Diego nating and tantalizing “All ine the horror of ished because many paid $2,500 Natural History Museum That Glitters: The of the mothers of that night — peo($57, 200 in Balboa Park. Every Splendor and families ple adrift in large i n visitor to “Titanic: The Science of Gems were deterwater that was Artifact Exhibition” and Minerals” 28 degrees mined that the receives a replica boardexhibit on the family would Fahrenheit. ing pass with l o w e r not split up. To help visithe name of tors get a a real passenger who made the ill-fated Courtesy photos voyage in 1912. I became Miss E l l e n Hocking, a 21year-old from Cornwall, AuGratin dishes and other china England, who was from the Titanic are displayed in the traveling second class exhibit just as they were found — with her mother, aunt, resting in the sand on the ocean brother, sister and two floor. The cases in which they had been stored disintegrated long ago. cousins, aged 3 months and 10 months. Ellen was to marry a gentleman from Schenectady, c h i n a Every visitor to “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at the San setN.Y. After being rescued, she place Diego Natural History Museum gets a replica of the ship’s tings; a hairbrush reported that sometime durboarding pass with the name of a real passenger. Visitors Icebergs in the North Atlantic, where the Titanic went down in April 1912, floated in and other personal learn the fate of this passenger at the end of the exhibit. ing the first days of the trip an ocean was 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Many passengers who abandoned ship perished in this frigid water. This ice wall at the “Titanic” exhibition at the San Diego she thought she heard a cock grooming items; a leather satchel still holding someone’s Natural History Museum helps visitors understand the horror of the disaster. crowing — a bad-luck omen in today’s dolpapers and more. Cornish folklore. Visitors also read anec- lars). They traveled in My husband took the perdotes that make the passen- lavish, expensively furnished feel for sona of Mr. Thomas William “Every one of the nine level.) It is best to purchase Solomon Brown, a 60-year-old gers and events real, and see quarters and enjoyed 10- this is a large slab of ice with huge families that were lost tickets online at, or handprints burned into the course meals. Third-class tickpieces of the liner that now from Cape Town, South Africa, who was accompanied by his rests 2.5 miles beneath the ets cost $40 ($900) and bought surface. Hardly anyone passed had male children that fell call (877) 946-7797. into (the 6-to-16) age group,” second wife (20 years ocean’s surface. I was sur- a bunk in a same-sex room by without touching it. Perhaps most heart- Merideth writes in “Titanic E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer livyounger) and 15-year-old prised to learn that a coal (families were separated) and daughter. Brown was a suc- strike in Britain forced many two bathtubs for 700 passen- breaking Titanic tales are Names: Titanic Centennial ing in North County. Tell her about your Edition.” those of the children. travels at cessful hotelier whose final passengers booked on other gers.

Art Jury makes effort to be more user-friendly By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Sometimes the Rancho Santa Fe Art Jury gets a bad rap. It shouldn’t, say Association board members. It exists to help, not hinder. Still, going before the jury can seem daunting to some because before any building is built, any addition is added or any remodel begins, plans must first go before the Art Jury for

approval. The plan can be rejected out-of-hand. The Art Jury can call for major changes in the plan. Even the prospect of going before the jury with a plan can be scary to a homeowner. In an effort to make it more user-friendly, the Art Jury adopted new hearing guidelines at a recent retreat with the help of a trainer

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from the National Conflict Resolution Center. The Association asked that a representative of the Art Jury give an overview of the new guidelines it recently adopted, which appear less formal with more effort to put people at ease. The Art Jury, which has been around since 1927, is tasked with making sure a project conforms to community and covenant guidelines assuring the flavor and ambiance of the community stays the same. Its first president was Lilian Rice, the community’s first architect. Still, the image is that the Art Jury is “Draconian” and that “you can’t build anything here,” said Director Eamon Callahan during a presentation by the Art Jury at the Association’s March 1 meeting.

Callahan said he has had personal dealings with the Art Jury about six times and has never had a problem. “Many people say afterward their project ended up better,” Director Anne Feighner said. The Association tries to dispel the image by keeping realtors in the loop. “I meet and have coffee (during regular meetings) with realtors to keep the channels open and to keep them up to speed on any new developments,” said Robert Greene, associate planner. “It really does pay to involve realtors,” Feighner said. “Our goal is not to discourage them, but to encourage them.” Director Dick Doughty said he believes care should be taken not to soften the jury’s image.


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“I don’t want to water down the impression,” he said. “The Art Jury is really a special thing. I think the Art Jury name should be preserved. I simply would not use the term ‘committee’ to describe the Art Jury.” Doughty said keeping the 75-year tradition is important. “We are not making this up. It is required because it is so written here,” he said. The Art Jury is made up of local residents, most who have served on other boards and committees. When a person goes before the Art Jury regarding their project they will be asked the goal of the project and the concept behind its design. Art Jury members will tour the site, and consult with architects and staff who have expertise and experience within the Covenant. It will ask for the timeline going forward and make suggestions about how to solve problems.


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Our sun is created from materials of first-generation stars KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos Every atom in our bodies was created inside a star. We are all star stuff! Stars form when gargantuan clouds of hydrogen, called nebula, collapse under their own gravity. Hydrogen is the most basic and abundant element in the universe, accounting for about 75 percent of its total mass. As the nebula piles hydrogen atoms upon hydrogen atoms, pressure and temperature build until …flash! The star ignites as hydrogen atoms combine to create helium atoms in a process called fusion. Enormous amounts of energy are released as light, heat and radiation. When a star runs out of hydrogen to burn, its turns to the aforementioned helium, fusing them into carbon atoms. When the helium runs out, carbon fuses into oxygen and so on with heavier and heavier elements. Our star, the sun, is a 4.6billion-year-old main sequence star, consisting of 73 percent hydrogen, 25 percent helium and heavier elements making up the remaining 2 percent. Sol (Latin for sun) is a second-generation star, created from the material of first generation stars that blew up and dispersed. To the dismay of my fifthgrade students, the sun is not

The images above are taken by NASA from their spectacular orbiting solar observatory The Solar Dynamics Observatory. Photos courtesy of NASA

massive enough to ever explode or go supernova. The sun has about 5 billion years’ worth of hydrogen left before it begins fusing helium. It will then expand, becoming a red giant. The inner planets, including Earth, will suffer extreme increases in temperature and possible consumption by the inflating sun. Hopefully, our human ances-

tors have found a new home by then. Currently, the Earth is 93 million miles from the sun. Also known as 1 astronomical unit, or AU, a distance that scientists use as a scale for solar system measurements. The sun has a circumference of 2.7 million miles, about 1 million Earths would fit into its volume.The sun’s core is a fusion-

inducing 24 million degrees Fahrenheit. The surface or photosphere maintains a temperature of 10,000° F.The photosphere is the visible region of the sun and the origin of sunlight. The light we see is eight minutes old as it travels an AU at 6 trillion mph. The sun constitutes more than 99 percent of the mass of the entire solar system. Which

explains why everything within is gravitationally bound to sol. In one second, the sun releases more energy than humans have ever consumed. The sun’s influence is felt in upwards of 100 AU away as the solar winds blast through the solar system, meeting interstellar space at the heliopause. The sun is approaching

the maximum part of its solar cycle: a 12-year phase of differing levels of activity on the surface. Sunspots, solar flares, prominences, solar winds and coronal mass ejections, or CME, are the result of magnetic fields and convection under the surface. Sol’s impact on the Earth is all encompassing. The sun’s energy supports all life on the planet as plants use it during photosynthesis to create their food. The sun heats the Earth unevenly, with the equator collecting the most energy and the poles receiving the least. These differing temperatures cause differing pressures that cause air to move as wind in an attempt to find equilibrium. The sun heats molecules on the surface of water, causing some of them to excitedly evaporate into the atmosphere. This drives the vital water cycle on our planet. Sol is the life-giving, plasma sphere that provides heat and light to our world. We set our clocks and calendars to it. It can burn our skin and power our homes. Will life someday have the technology to efficiently utilize this ultimate power plant? *After sunset, look to the west as Jupiter and brighter Venus move closer and closer into what is known as a planetary conjunction. On March 13, they will be closest at 3 degrees, or about two fingers at arm’s reach apart. Mercury shines about 25 degrees below them to the West. Mars is now rising and shines as the red/orange object in the east



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Milagro Farm worth the backcountry trip up the hill FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine San Diego County is a late-bloomer in the booming California wine industry. Maybe it’s because in my home area, we have been so busy building homes and commercial properties, that we forgot our roots — growing and producing wine like the first missionaries in the 16th century. When the Franciscan fathers were sent north and settled in San Diego and Los Angeles, they brought wine grape cuttings from Mexico, which were of Spanish origin. The grapes were simply “mission grapes.” The success of these missions and the growth in population prompted secular vineyards and wineries and by the mid 1850’s, with the gold rush and the “go west” movement, wineries were abundant. But where California wine making began in San Diego County, it took until just recently to get it going again. The county finally made it easier financially to open tasting rooms, but it was really a gathering of serious winemakers to form a true wine community and that community is the Ramona Valley. More than 16 wineries now open their doors to wine tasting. An attractive brochure points out the precise locations with an invitation to “come up and taste the wines of Ramona, a high valley community, located min-

utes from downtown San Diego in the heart of North County.” Also helping was the area designation as an American Viticultural Area in 2006, allowing wines to be labeled “Ramona Valley.” At Milagro Farm Vineyards and Winery, Jim Hart is the winemaker. He grew up in the wine business as son of Joe Hart, a legendary name in Temecula Wine County with Hart Winery. Jim still adds to his winemaking duties at his father’s winery. Milagro has already done well in competition. Its 100 acres at 2,400 feet in the Ramona high country is suited to white varietals like Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Red wine selections include: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of Sangiovese and Barbera called Raggio Rosso and a Meritage with Bordeaux style grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc. I loved the Cab with its full body flavors and prospect for aging ($32. Wine club price $25.60). A total of 14 acres are under vine. The tasting room is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See more at Wine/Food radio comes to San Diego…and the Winners in San Francisco Wine and food veteran journalist Ron James along with show producer Mike Bragg kicks off a “feast for your ears,” a food and wine radio show called Wine & Dine Radio on KFSD1450 AM radio starting March 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. A team of dedicated

wine and food experts will guest on the show, including TASTE OF WINE’S Frank Mangio, scheduled to get passionate about his favorite wines on the inaugural show every Saturday at 1 p.m. Hear a wealth of information about food and wine, and drink it in on 1450, or you can hear the show on your computers and smart phones available on demand anytime. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, largest judging of American Wines in the world is official, with over 5,500 entries, a record. Best of Class included: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards 2006 Carneros Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine $28. Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Finger Lakes Gewurztraminer $24. Milagro winemaker Jim Hart barrel tastes one of his reds with a customer prior to bottling. Barnard Griffin 2011 Columbia Valley Rose’ of Sangiovese $12. McGrail Vineyards 2008 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $36. Castello di Amorosa 2010 Anderson Valley late harvest Gewurztraminer $35.

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Wine Bytes Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas has its first-ever Luau Party March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. A traditional Hawaiian menu with fun new wines. RSVP required. Call (760) 479-2500. Cost is $35. Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas has a Pine Ridge Wine Dinner from 6:30 to 9 p.m. $75 per diner. Call (760) 635-1066 for details. Via Italia, downtown Encinitas brings in Wines from Sicily with special guest Silvio di Silvio and a 5 course wine dinner, Thurs. March 15

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at 7pm. Cost is $75. Call 760479-9757. RELM Wine, Beer and Bistro in Carlsbad present Grenache-Domestics vs. Imports March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Four tastings with small bites for $40. RSVP at (760) 434-9463. Look for the new

RELM in San Elijo Hills opening soon. PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar in Carlsbad brings in distinctive wines from South America March 15 to March 21 in the wine tasting bar. $16 for six pours. Call (760) 729-7377 for times.

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Spiritual new age retreat offered Elvis Fest to be held at Pala The Soul Center Foundation for Spiritual Awakening in Encinitas is offering a four-day “Immersion in Love” retreat March 14 through March 18 that combines the timeless Yogic teachings of the East with the eternal light teachings of the West. The event will be held at Joshua Retreat Center, 59700 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, For more information or to register call (760) 943-7685 or e-mail

The retreat offers daily yoga and meditation, as well as explorations in nature and ancient metaphysical processes for healing. There will be chanting, crystal bowl and gong sound healing for attuning and purification of the chakras nightly. Processes for communing in nature include a guided “Walking with the Breath of God” walking meditation in Joshua Tree Park, candlelight labyrinth “Journey into Oneness” and “Letting Go and Becoming”

fire ceremony. Attendees will also experience aura clearing and learn ways on how to “communicate with the Holy Ones.” Accommodations and vegetarian meals will be provided. Each day attendees will also be offered a period of free time to process, journal and explore nature or utilize the features of the retreat center, which include a wellness spa, warm swimming pools, vortices and medicine wheel.

From Elvis-themed slot machines on the casino floor to his favorite peanut butter and banana sandwiches in the Promenade Deli, it will be allthings-Elvis when Pala Casino Spa & Resort hosts its Rockin’ Elvis Fest and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest March 16 to March 18. Elvis tribute artists from the U.S. and Canada will vie for a $2,000 first prize and an automatic entry into the International Ultimate Elvis Tribute Finals Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 in Memphis, Tenn. To enter, contestants must register at Tickets, $10 to $30, are available at the Pala box office, by calling (877) 946-7252, (800) 585-3737 or visiting Hollywood celebrity Darlene Tompkins, who co-

starred with Elvis in “Blue Hawaii,” will appear as a special guest speaker at 3 p.m. March 17, in Pala’s Infinity Showroom.Tompkins also will meet with fans and sign autographs. At 6:30 p.m. March 18, Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Travis Allen from Las Vegas will perform a showcase concert, accompanied by the Official Elvis Tribute Band from Graceland in the Pala Events Center prior to the contest finals. Karaoke with the Kings will be held from 10 p.m. to midnight March 16 and March 17 in Infinity. This event will be free and open to the public in addition to ticket holders.The contest will be judged by Ultimate Elvis Tribute contestants. The winner on both nights will receive $300 and two runners up each will receive $100. Life-sized cutouts of

Elvis will be placed throughout the casino and a large Elvis photo backdrop will hang in the hotel lobby during the weekend. Watch for the blue suede shoes on the floor that will lead to events. For a full schedule of Elvis Fest events, visit


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Despite reports, Mexico is safe JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace As a Boomer, I long for the innocence and simplicity of the 1950s. Recently I wrote about how unfair it was for the State Department to issue a travel advisory for Mexico, have it broadcast on every major network and cable news program and plastered hourly on radio news on every channel.The warning stressed that 131 Americans were killed in Mexico last year. Of course they stopped right there. What they failed to report was that 130 of those Americans were dual citizenship Hispanics also tied to the drug trade. I railed on the unfairness of smearing Mexico with half a statement. This government seems to be hell bent on keeping Americans and American dollars out of Mexico. I figured OK, it’s legitimate after all. I was watching the news channels recently and everyone reported that 22 Americans were held up by gunpoint in, of all places, placid and mellow Puerto Vallarta. Those Americans were there on a Carnival Cruise Ship excursion. Apparently it was a setup.The excursion guide took the pas-

sengers off the planned tour route and when the bus stopped for them to take a hike in the forests of the Sierra Madres, a masked gunman came out of nowhere and had everyone give up their money — everyone except the excursion guide. No one was attacked and no one was hurt, much less killed. Nonetheless, front page news in America. Even Bill O’Reilly of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” had a segment on it and again warned Americans about traveling to Mexico. I’m just wondering if anyone heard of the 16 students who were held hostage and robbed while in their church group study in Gainesville Fla.? It happened March 1. I didn’t think so. There’s a lot of stuff going on that us lowly citizens are not privy to. Something doesn’t smell right but the government-backed press did its job. It scared people from going to Mexico again and that’s what they want. Believe me, I live part time in Puerto Vallarta and it is such a joy whenever I am there. On a lighter note: I was golfing with my friend, Dr. Don Brooks, noted longtime dentist in La Jolla and Pacific Beach. We were just talking between shots at Shadowridge Country Club. Don said he was talking recently with Jake Perkheiser, famed starter at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Jake educated Don on the difference between Texas and California. Apparently, in California (you, the taxpayer) spends a couple million dollars a year on environmental studies and reports about the negative effects of coyotes on humans. Then it spends a couple million more on the effect of humans on coyotes and together how to deal with the burgeoning population of the species. No wonder we’re seeing an exodus of Californians and a surge of migration into Texas. It’s called common sense — enough with the bureaucracy, already. We’re sinking in red tape and we’re broke. Just maybe I’ll be writing from that dastardly Puerto Vallarta next time while sipping on a margarita next to my palapa. I wonder if the beach T-shirt vendor will rob me. If so, I might be infamous as the event will likely end up on the network and cable nightly news. Sigh.

BE A DOCENT The Encinitas Historical Society is looking for docent volunteers, like, from left, Jon Reynolds, Patti Reynolds, Pat Christ, Ramona Batliner, John Kruckeberg and Marie Jenkins, to work Fridays or Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. All volunteers have a partner and will offer information about the history of farming and flower industries, plus explain the exhibit of photo displays showing the changes in Encinitas over the years. It all takes place in the 1883 Schoolhouse, the oldest building in Encinitas. An orientation is provided by a knowledgeable society member. Courtesy photo

Open house held for I-15 work An open house will be held March 7 at 6 p.m. to inform residents and businesses about the construction to replace the Nordahl Road Bridge and build a new eastbound auxiliary lane on State Route 78 in North County. The work is part of a $41 million project to reduce traffic congestion on SR 78 near Interstate 15. The bridge replacement is expected to be

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Promoter brings boxing back to fairgrounds By Tony Cagala

Live, professional boxing marks its return to the Del Mar Fairgrounds March 9 for the “Champions of Tomorrow” show presented by Fillipi’s Pizza Groto owner and boxing promoter Bobby DePhillipi through his Bobby D Presents with Jorge Marron Productions. Coming to the fairgrounds is important because it gives us a venue that really caters to all of San Diego County, said Gabriel Barron, a promoter with Bobby D Presents. Most of the fight venues they’ve been accustomed to using have been in the South County. Coming to the fair really opens up to be able to get fans from all over San Diego County, Barron added. With the return of boxing to the fairgrounds, Barron explained that the boxing events can now happen with a set schedule. Prior to that, the boxing matches were put together in a short amount of time and wouldn’t be able to reserve a fairgrounds venue because of a previously booked show or convention. Last year, Barron staged amateur fights during the fair. Technically, boxing never really left, Barron said, adding that it wasn’t on the same platform as it is this time around. “This one, we’ve

planned this one out probably since early December,” he added. The main event features James Parison and Lester Gonzalez, two fighters who know each other well and have sparred together often; both have a lot at stake pending the outcome of the fight. If Parison wins, explained Barron, there is a tentative agreement that he would have the chance to fight a former world champion on a major TV network. “For Lester, he’s fought everybody; he’s given them really tough fights, and if he wins this fight it puts him back into the mix to be able to fight these higher-level fighters,” Barron said. All of the fighters are local talent and each of the upcoming shows is based on which fighters are ready. “In this case, James (Parison) was ready so we build a show around him,” Barron said.All of the fighters are professional and at this level, they’re making a name for themselves, he added. The show will also feature 18-year-old, 115 pound Oceanside resident and El Camino High School senior Jonathan Quiroz, making his professional debut against Anthony Briones. In his 50 fights as an amateur, Quiroz amassed a record of 40 wins and 10 losses.

“It’s a sport like golf,” he added. “You start working that swing and start hitting that sweet spot and it takes hours…same thing with boxing. Kids come into the gym…and sometimes it’s like watching paint dry…It’s just repetitive, repetitive. When it comes to boxing, you learn the sweet science of hitting and not getting hit, and hitting with maximum power…and doing all that without getting hit.That is the sweet science.” Boxing shows will be featured one every quarter of the year. The next fight scheduled, following Friday’s event, will be during the fair, with another one scheduled during the horse races. A final event is roughly scheduled for sometime in November. Some of the proceeds of Friday’s show will benefit the James “El Chocolate” Parison (left) and Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez are the main event in the “Champions Gonzalez Sports Academy. of Tomorrow” show March 9 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Photo by Tony Cagala

David Gutierrez has two fighters in Friday’s show, Amaris Quintana, one of four women in professional boxing from San Diego, and James Parison. He sees the status of boxing in San Diego getting better, he said. “I used to box in the 1980s, and at the time, when I was boxing as an amateur boxer, we probably had maybe eight serious boxing gyms. Now, I think we’re up to

something like 30.” He credits the growth to more access to the sport through boxing fitness gyms, and to mixed martial arts, including the Ultimate Fighting Championships and combat sports, which bring in a cross section of people. Not to mention boxing on channels as Showtime and HBO. Everybody can fight, he said. But he explained about the “Sweet Science,” some-

Golfer returns home for Classic tournament By Tony Cagala

With the KIA Classic returning to the La Costa Resort and Spa in just a couple of weeks, golfer Jennifer Johnson will have one of the shortest and one of the more pretty commutes when she begins her work week during the tournament. Johnson, 20, has grown up in Carlsbad, where the sprawling greens and fairways of the course literally make up her backyard. It was also where her father introduced her to the game and where she learned to play when she was 9-years-old. Coming to play here is something that’s really special to her, she said. “Learning how to play golf here and then playing on this course as a professional, playing in front of friends and family it would just mean a lot, a real solid week here.” The KIA Classic is marking its return to La Costa since 2010, following renovations throughout the course and a redesigning of holes 1, 9, 10 and 18. The LPGA tour season began earlier this year, with tournaments in Australia and Thailand. Johnson competed in each tournament, finishing tied for 31st and 33rd respectively. Having turned professional in 2010 after attending Arizona State University for a year, Johnson has already begun making

Carlsbad resident Jennifer Johnson will have a chance to play her home course during the KIA Classic when it returns to the La Costa Resort & Spa March 22. Photo by Tony Cagala

assessments of her game since her rookie season in 2011, and said she is happy with the way her current season is progressing. “I’m feeling pretty good about my game and I just want to get as many top-5s, maybe a win. Really, I want to focus on getting Solheim Cup points because I love match play and I love playing for my country.” As an amateur Johnson represented the U.S. in the 2008 junior Ryder Cup and the 2009 junior Solheim Cup. She has an interesting slant on setting goals for herself, saying: “You can’t really get wrapped up in your goals because it may prevent you from doing as good as you can.”

Becoming a professional is something she’s taken to very well, too. She’s getting used to media attention and once the season starts, it’s a lot of travel and a lot of golf, she explained. Her dad is able to travel with her, which makes it easier, and life on tour gives them the ability to go to a lot of places they normally wouldn’t get to go, she added. She’ll next be playing in the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup before returning home to play the KIA Classic, where she hopes the crowds will be large. Playing between the ropes during tournaments, Johnson said she hears some funny comments. When she knows a putt isn’t going to fall, and she

hears someone from the gallery say, “How did that stay out?” she has to question herself as to what that person was looking at sometimes. But having someone cheer for you is exciting, Johnson said. “It makes you want to hit more shots and keep playing good.” Johnson also continues to work with the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization she was introduced to through Navistar, one of her sponsors. “I learned how great an organization (Wounded Warrior Project) it is and we wouldn’t be here without the men and women that have sacrificed their lives and put themselves in danger, so I just think it’s important to give back.” Johnson donates half of her earnings on tour to helping the organization. Over the offseason, which she said “flies by,” Johnson spends it practicing and working on her game; watching Chargers games and being disappointed by the seasons they’ve had. “I don’t know how you can be happy after the last couple of seasons,” she said, adding, “You kind of want to blame it on somebody, but who knows? Maybe it’ll click next year.” The KIA Classic begins March 19 through March 25. More information is available at

thing that separates the boxers from the fighters. “Everybody has two arms, two legs, a head, a body and those are the tools we use,” he said. “And so it seems easy...people that watch it on television can say, ‘Oh, I can do that for $100,000’ but they don’t see everything that went in behind it. You don’t get good in boxing until after you’ve fought amateur and pro for years.

Bobby D Presents “Champions of Tomorrow” Where: Wyland Center, Del Mar Fairgrounds. When: March 9. Doors open at 7 p.m., first fight is at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 - $75. Parking $9. Contact: (619) 420-8866, (619) 743-0698, or

New coach joins youth soccer organization David Linenberger has joined the Encinitas Express youth soccer organization as a head coach for three teams. He will also be the sub-director for the Older Boys Program. Linenberger brings more than 25 years of coaching experience encompassing collegiate programs, U.S. national teams, and various professional teams both domestically and internationally. Linenberger holds a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” license, in addition to being a national staff instructor. For many years, he was a USSF Staff Coach. His role included the technical development of multiple national team members and selection and training of Olympic development program players. His most recent position was director of Girls Soccer Center of Excellence in Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy in Minnesota, a one-of-a-kind full-time residential soccer development program. This relocation is a homecoming of sorts, as Linenberger and his wife grew up in Southern California and he received his B.A. in Physical Education at San Diego State University and his M.A. in Exercise Science at

San Francisco State University. He was freshman of the year in 1979 and led the Aztecs to a number one NSCAA national ranking in 1982. “Everyone has a different reason for playing soccer — for the camaraderie, because a friend or parent encouraged it or just for the love of the game,” he said. “My job as a coach is to get everyone on the same page, to understand their personalities and past experiences and figure out how to make the players into a team.” His philosophy is to use play-oriented teaching to help players develop a passion for the game and a passion for the ball. He believes in nurturing his players’ enjoyment of the game, which in turn develops into passion. “We are very excited in bringing someone with the coaching quality of Dave into Encinitas Express. He is considered in the upper echelon of coaches in this country and has coached at all levels from youth to college to the pros” said Guy Newman, the Director of Coaching for Encinitas Express. “We are very fortunate to have him here in San Diego County developing our players.”



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SDG&E warns about home theft scam Sometimes you work for bad guys BRIAN SCOTT Eye Spy Sometimes being a spy means you have to work for the bad guys, the wise guys and even the murderers. Donald Leroy Evans was a murderer, but not just any ordinary murderer — he was a serial killer, perhaps selfproclaimed, but nevertheless. The FBI couldn’t figure it out one-way or another, so in the book, “Encyclopedia of Serial Killers,” you’ll find his photograph pasted right on the front cover, just beneath Charles Manson. My client proudly claimed to have killed more than 70 people, mostly women and children, making him the most prolific killer in U.S. history. You may ask, “How did I come to help represent him in his murder trial?” It simply went like this: One day I was visiting with a client in the Broward County Jail. He was half a wise guy, which I was rarely short of representing. “Gravy clients,” I use to call them. Not much I could do for them; they always paid plenty of cash, and where they were headed, I never had to worry about them calling to complain. They were all guilty, so the most I could offer them were easy assignments connected with mitigating their sentences. Florida was considered by the mob to be “unprotected or unassigned territory” — “Vacationland!” Fair game, if you will, which kept south Florida relatively quiet. My client was being held in a high security section of the jail and sometimes would pay me just to come see him. He was lonely and he paid well, and because we weren’t searched before going in, every now and again I’d bring my client something he wasn’t allowed to have. All of a sudden I hear this guy whis-

pering, “Hey you, hey you, come here.” It was Donald Leroy Evans. He knew who I was from prior visits and motioned to the court for a block of time for a P.I. for his defense. I walked over and he asked, “Do you know who I am?” I replied, “No, should I?” “I’m Donald Leroy Evans” he said, and went on to tell me how he murdered all those people. Quickly, my angle began to surface very clearly. Find those bodies. Something no other person had been able to do. The court wanted me to try and find some people who would testify on his behalf what a nice guy he was or how cute he was when he was 10years-old; surely, about the last age he was cute. This guy was the creepiest, eeriest, most dangerouslooking person I had ever known. You can smell and taste death just being in his presence. I could hardly get this guy to shut up long enough for him to tell me anything that would help his cause and frankly, thank God, because I had no desire to help him with anything. Especially after learning about the women and children he strangled with his bare hands — and how funny he thought it was. I told the judge I couldn’t handle this guy anymore and my nightmares were bad enough. If you really want to know more, it’s all over the internet but as far as I’m concerned, it all ended on July 15, 1999 when some lucky inmate got to stab this monster to death in the showers.

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SDG&E is alerting customers to be aware of a person or persons who have recently posed as a SDG&E employee and asked to enter a customer’s home. It has been reported that the imposter will distract unsuspecting customers while performing “routine inspections,” while another imposter burglarizes the home. SDG&E wants to assure all customers that all SDG&E employees carry the proper identification when called out to any job and is warning customers to ensure they verify the employee’s proper uniform and identification before letting anyone in your home. Customer safety is a top priority and SDG&E will be working with local law enforcement to ensure customers are equipped with the tips to help them properly identify a SDG&E employee or contractor at any time. Tips to help customers identify a SDG&E employee include:

Passover seder set at Morgan Run this year RANCHO SANTA FE — Passover will arrive April 6 this year and the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe doesn’t want you to stay home alone. Make your mother proud and come celebrate the holiday together with friends and family in a warm and friendly environment. Celebrate this Passover at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at a RSF communal Seder at Morgan Run resort, 5690 Cancha De Golf Rancho Santa Fe. The Seder experience will include a dinner, hand-baked shmurah matzah, plenty of wine and insights into the festival of

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How to Avoid 9 Common Buyer Traps BEFORE Buying a Home COASTAL CITIES — Buying a home is a major investment no matter which way you look at it. But for many homebuyers, it’s an even more expensive process than it needs to be because many fall prey to t least a few of the many common and costly mistakes which trap them into either paying too much for the home they want, or losing their dream home to another buyer or, worse, buying the wrong home for their needs. A systemized approach to the home buying process can help you steer clear of these common traps, allowing you to not only cut costs, but also buy the home that’s best for you. An industry report

— Make sure that everyone in question is wearing a SDG&E-marked uniform. — Ask any SDG&E employee to display a company identification card. — Ensure that they have arrived in a SDG&Emarked company vehicle. — Never leave the house if asked; SDG&E does not ask customers to leave your house unattended. — Note: SDG&E often hires contractors to complete smart meter work or provides information on energy efficiency programs; however contractors will never ask customers to leave their home for any reason. — If you have not called to request service or are not expecting a visit from SDG&E, please make sure proper identification is requested. — If you are suspicious, please call SDG&E at (800) 411-7343 to ensure that work is currently being conducted in your area. Here are some addition-

has just been released entitled “Nine Buyer Traps and How to Avoid Them.” this important report discusses the 9 most common and costly of these homebuyer traps, how to identify them, and what you can do to avoid them. To order a FREE Special Report, visit or to hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report, call toll-free 1-800-261-4586 and enter 1018. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how to avoid costly buyer mistakes before you purchase your next home.

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al tips to keep in mind should you receive a phone call from someone posing as a SDG&E representative. Although there have not been recent reports of this fraudulent activity, SDG&E wants to alert individuals and businesses of this type of fraud in an effort to prevent them from becoming potential victims. — SDG&E does not proactively contact customers and ask for credit card information over the phone. — SDG&E customers should not provide any financial information by phone unless they have initiated the conversation. SDG&E provides past due notices in writing before service is shut-off for nonpayment.

— If customers receive a phone call that makes them feel uncomfortable, and they know they have an outstanding balance that needs to be resolved, they should hang up and call SDG&E directly at (800) 4117343.


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Evening of trios at Carmel Valley Library March’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will present flutists Lori Chamberlain and Annette Inouye, clarinetist Jim Reed, and pianist Barbara Scheidker as they perform trios at 7 p.m. March 14 in the library’s community room, 3919 Townsgate Drive. The program will last 45 minutes. Chamberlain is a native San Diegan and plays in local wind ensembles and the Del Dios Jazz Flute Choir. Inouye has a Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Education from United States

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March’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will feature flutists Lori Chamberlain and Annette Inouye, clarinetist Jim Reed, and pianist Barbara Scheidker performing trios by Gabriel Faure, Florent Schmitt, Gordon Jacob, Libby Larsen, and Armas Järnefelt. Courtesy photo

International University. She recently retired from 31 years of teaching band and orchestra in the Poway Unified School District and is currently playing flute in several chamber music ensembles. Reed has engineering degrees from UC Berkeley and Northwestern University. In his retirement he plays clarinet with the Coastal Communities Concert Band and several chamber ensembles, teaches music, and promotes music education in San Diego County. Scheidker received a MM in piano performance from Rice University, and a DMA from the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches piano at her home and at Southwestern College and performs as a soloist and chamber musician. For further information call (858) 552-1668.

Pala hosts hair show and concert Hair Body and Sol of Vista has teamed up with Ludus to host an evening of live entertainment, music and hair style with a celebration of art, music, dance, pas-

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sion and achievement at 8 p.m. March 5. Ludus and Hair Body and Sol are taking over the Pala Resort and Casino’s Infinity room with a hair show and concert to celebrate the official launch of the Ludus DVD, a hair-styling and education series created by Vista business owners Beth and Brian Whitfield, of Hair Body and Sol Salon and Ludus. The party is for guests 18 and older. To purchase tickets to the night’s activities, visit or contact Ludus at The evening will feature

the technique of 2011 North America Hairstyling awards finalist Beth Whitfield and the artistic cutting of Ryan Zane, along with the Hair Body and Sol stage team The event kicks-off with a live concert performance from Southern Californiabased band Blacktop Royalty and the masterful moves of Kruciaal Element Dance Company. The night will be capped off with an open dance floor hosted with music by Ludus and Vista local DJ, Steve Hasty of Advanced Entertainment spinning to the crowd until midnight.


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STUDENT AUTHOR From left, 3-year-old Encinitas preschooler Mary Clare listens to Sophie Kaihatu, a sophomore at Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian High School, read a children's book Kaihatu recently wrote and illustrated. Kaihatu created her children's book “Lily the Ladybug” in her graphic design class. Upon completion of the book, she offered to read it to her little sister’s preschool class. She hopes to write more books for the series and get them published. Courtesy photo

Harlem Ambassadors come to Canyon Crest Tickets are now available for a performance by The Harlem Ambassadors basketball team at 7 p.m. May 5 at Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, sponsored by the Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary Club. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket prices are $5 for students, $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. For information call Lou Oberman, project chairman, Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, at (858) 414-6644 or email Parking is free. Ticket prices on Game Day are $2 more per ticket. The special style basketball features high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ballhandling tricks and comedy routines. The Harlem Ambassadors are a team of male and female basketball players that are committed to giving their audience quality family entertainment and serving as positive role models for young people. The team will play against a team of local home-

town players and celebrities and set themselves apart from other “Harlem” teams by working with local not-forprofit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events. For this event, the Ambassadors have partnered with the Del MarSolana Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and the proceeds of ticket sales will fund local programs and services of the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club Of San Dieguito.

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Almost missed birthday luncheon and Food Bank raises $40K MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch On Valentine’s Day, I was bitten by a dog. Originally I wasn’t going to write about it, but the five stitches and the mauling of the hands truly took my health down a black hole and showed me some important things in life. The dog was a pet that had escaped while his family was out of town. Running in and out of traffic in Del Dios, I ran north toward the light of Cielo. There was a black Labrador, just about to cross into traffic again. Well, the next thing you know, I was sprinting. I leaped over the railing and he was friendly, sweet really, as if to say, “Thank goodness you have arrived.” Then the dog panicked and tried to get away, which resulted in a serious gash in my wrist that required five stitches. The wonderful news is the owner was thankful the dog had been saved and took care of the medical bill. After the incident occurred, I kept thinking, “You never know what’s around the corner.” Cut to the following week. I have a birthday party arranged at Mille Fleurs with a few close friends. The day before I almost canceled due the pain in my wrist and hand; I felt like my body was an

open wound and I just needed to stay home. However, I forced myself out into the world, into the bright sunny day and made it to my party. This taught me so much. I almost missed out on that magical moment, surrounded by friends, due to my own vulnerabilities from that freak accident. I almost didn’t allow myself the glory of love and friendship because I was too enmeshed in my own pain. We all deal with moments when we would rather stay safe than be exposed. The lesson here is to force ourselves out into the sunlight even when we would like to stay small. Thank you, to my girlfriends for surrounding me with light and love that week. I truly needed your support.

Around Town On Feb. 17, the Fashion Plates Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, which was hosted by Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, raised almost $40,000 for its backpack program. An event I should have attended but was otherwise thwarted by a canine

turned out to be a smashing success in La Jolla. Leonard Simpson’s Fashion Forward fashion company also helped sponsor the gala. The money will be used to provide lunches for chronically hungry elementary children here in Southern California. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla. I have included a picture of four guests who attended that day: Ramin Pourteymour, John Winfield, Jennifer Greenfield and Sally Thornton. Thank you to Chris Carter for extending the lovely invitation. On Feb. 21, I managed to pull myself out of bed, clip my hair up quickly in a make-shift bun and wear my cute black pants out to meet my some of my fondest friends at Mille Fleurs for my birthday luncheon. Of course, wouldn’t you know my black leggings had a snag, and a last minute jaunt to Rite Aid remedied the situation. I did arrive 10 minutes fashionably late, and was seated by the French doors next to the courtyard.

Well, I don’t know how the party could have gone any better. Besides my hair looking bit too wind-blown since my arm hurt too much to brush it, all of my friends made it! During lunch, I toasted each of them with a quick story on how we met and why they are wonderful to me. Most of them did know about the gash stitched up under the bandages. Luckily for me, I made it out to one of my favorite days since I married Robin back in 2009. I think the group photo I included tells the story quite well. There wasn't one cloud in the sky that day. One of my surprise visits for my birthday luncheon was from Cici Whitney of Newport Beach, Meredith MacDonald's mother. Cici shared some very exciting news with me, which I can’t wait to reveal in next issue’s column! Lots of my friends made it that day, including Krista Lafferty, Shannon Ehlers, Bianca Macaluso, Melissa Williams, Jill Sorge, Meredith MacDonald, Maggie Bobileff, Jill Drouin, Denise Hug, Karian Forsyth and Elaine Gallagher.

Machel celebrates her birthday with her husband Robin Shull in Cardiff by the Sea, later that evening after the luncheon. Photo by Joel Levine

Later that evening, I stole away with my husband for a romantic dinner at the Chart House in Cardiff-bythe-Sea. We ran into Ranch resident Joel Levine with his new girlfriend, who I might reveal later this spring if given the “greenlight.” (Sorry, this is not truly a bona fide gossip column here. Rancho Santa Fe keeps it classy!) On Feb. 28, my husband surprised me with a Brazilian blowout, which is a hair treatment that conditions and straightens your

hair. I had originally wanted to have my hair done in the Ranch. However, after speaking to a salon in Fairbanks — no names mentioned — I felt rather certain I would rather swim with sharks than walk into their salon. (Maybe they were having a bad day?) Anyway, this detour had me walking into the cutest salon in Leucadia area, called Noni. Ladies in the Ranch, sometimes a drive toward the beach, even for your hair appointments, is well worth the time. I highly recommend this salon to anyone. Hairstylist Tawyna Proctor was wonderful, kind and truly put me at ease right away. I also found out that Tawyna is a jewelry designer extraordinaire here in San Diego. Her inspiration comes from the beach and her pieces are created to beautifully adorn the female figure in natural beauty. “Made for a Goddess but priced for a beach babe,” says it all. Check out her website at

If you would like Machel to share a Jennifer Greenfield and Sally Thorton at San Diego Food Bank's Fashion Ramin Pourteymour, John Winfield at "Fashion Plates," in La Jolla on story with her readers, please email February 16th. Photo by Show and luncheon in La Jolla. Photo by her at

Meredith MacDonald and Karian Forsyth at Machel Penn Shull's Birthday Luncheon at Mille Fleurs. Courtesy photo

Tawna Proctor is a hair stylist at Noni Salon in Leaucadia and has Machel's Birthday luncheon at Mille Fleurs. First Row: Krista Lafferty, Shannon Ehlers, Machel Penn Shull, Bianca Macaluso, Melissa Williams. Back Row: Jill Sorge, Meredith her own jewelry line, too. MacDonald,Maggie Bobileff, Jill Drouin, Denise Hug, Karian Forsyth, Elaine Gallagher, and Cici Whitney from Newport Beach. Courtesy photo Courtesy photo


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Gala supports Nativity School Auxilliary hosts event upscale, VIP cocktail party with lounge seating and red and white décor. The party’s “Noche de Fuego” theme hints at the Mexican cultural undertones provided by the food and entertainment. Advance tickets are $100 per guest and are available at the school or through the web site at For additional information or if interested in sponsoring the event, call (858) 756-6763.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Get ready to party at this year’s Nativity School Gala in Rancho Santa Fe. Every year, The Nativity School hosts a themed gala for parents, parishioners and everyone who wants to have fun while giving back. This year’s gala “Noche de Fuego – Fire and Ice” will be held May 12 at the school’s Holy Family Activity Center, 6309 El Apajo Road. The funds raised by the event go to support programs and specialty projects that impact the whole school and how it affects student learning. This year marks the 16th gala event for The Nativity School. This year’s Event Chairwoman is Karla Ishino Banning, who envisioned an

Proceeds from The Nativity School gala “Noche de Fuego – Fire and Ice,” set for May 12, will go to fund support programs and specialty projects like this science project and introduction to live lizards enjoyed by Nativity School students, from left, Christopher Hughes and Gavin Fisher. Courtesy photo

Salute held for extraordinary women The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will salute a host of North County women at its 47th Annual Women of Dedication luncheon. Those being honored include Muffy Walker, Sharon Culver Considine and Susan Kazmarek-Biddick, all of Rancho Santa Fe, along with Jan Reital of Del Mar and Julie Howell Sarno of Carlsbad.

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“Philanthropy by the Sea” will be held at 10:30 a.m. March 28 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina Grand Ballroom, 1380 Harbor Island Drive. Sue Kalish and Maryl Weightman are co-chairing the event, which will honor 15 women chosen by the auxiliary who best exemplify the selfless volunteers who donate their time or resources to help others in need.

The event will include a reception, silent auction and boutiques, with lunch, a mini-live auction and the presentation at noon. Music will be provided by Bryan Verhoye. Entertainment by pianist Chris Allen and the San Diego Master Choral who will sing personalized songs for each honoree. Registration is $95 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Door of Hope

Restoration Project. The Salvation Army has been offered a $1,000,000 challenge matching gift for new facilities at the Transitional Living Center Door of Hope from the Joan T. Waitt Family Fund. Donations to this transitional living program for homeless mothers and children will be matched dollar for dollar.

Mayor of Israeli town comes to thank benefactors for assistance RANCHO SANTA FE — The week of March, David Buskila, Mayor of Sderot, Israel is coming to San Diego to thank some special residents of Rancho Santa Fe who’ve done “great acts of kindness” for his community

which is continually under siege of terrorism. Sderot is a town in the Northern Negev of Israel that is constantly subject to bombardment of Kassam missiles from Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. This city has persevered and prospered despite numerous terrorist threats thanks to some special San Diegans. An Adopt-a-Family fundraiser is being held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 10 at the Fairbanks Ranch

Clubhouse,17651 Circa Del Norte. Buskila will speak at the Adopt A Family event. A few years ago, Rancho Santa Fe resident, Carine Chitayat, wanted to do something to help families in Israel who have suffered from acts of terrorism. She started a program called Adopt A Family Foundation and it’s grown to help countless individuals and families, bringing them here to San Diego and doing everything they can to rebuild their lives.

for children’s hospital Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary invites all to its “Spring Boutique 2012” from 5 to 8 p.m. March 6 at Crush, 437 Highway 101 in Solana Beach to benefit Children’s Hospital pediatric research. Shop, sip and support Rady Children’s Hospital’s Discovery Pediatric Research Program at this North County restaurant and wine lounge. Crush is the place to shop and be seen, hosted by Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Carmel Valley Unit. Admission is free and shoppers can take advantage of Crush’s “no host” happy hour. The vendors, which include Sophia and Chloe, Head over Heels, Peace and Love, Fashion Edge, and Premier Designs Jewelry will donate a portion of all sales to

help underwrite the Auxiliary Unit’s upcoming “Sounds of Hope for Children” event, benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital’s Discovery Pediatric Research Program. The Hospital Auxiliary’s Carmel Valley Unit has raised nearly $4 million for Rady Children’s Hospital from the seven “Sounds of Hope for Children”events it has hosted. This year’s eighth “Sounds of Hope” concert, titled “In the Name of Love,” will be held April 28 at The Loft at UCSD in La Jolla and will feature the music of U2 performed by The Joshua Tree Band. For more information on “Spring Boutique 2012” or to buy tickets to “Sounds of Hope for Children,” visit or email

‘Don Juan’ onstage at North Coast Rep North Coast Repertory Theatre will stage “Don Juan in Hell”with a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. and a staged reading at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D. Tickets cost $20, $17 and $15.For more information,call (858) 481-1055 or Visit The pre-show reception will offer light appetizers and happy-hour drink pricing with $1 Stone ales and $2 wines.

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents the rehearsed reading of “Don Juan in Hell,” the famed third act of Shaw’s masterpiece “Man and Superman.”Having already lived their personal histories, the Devil, the Commander, Dona Ana and Don Juan meet in hell to concentrate on a far larger, more universal story — the story of Mankind. Shaw’s intellect sets the stage; his fervor and his wit light it.

Club hosts shred-a-thon A Shred-a-Thon and EWaste Drop Off benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, Harper Branch, at 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Participants are encouraged to bring confidential documents for shredding on-site while you watch. Computer hard drives are also removed, punched and destroyed. There is a recommended donation of $5 per copy box/bag or $20 for 5 boxes/bags (10 box maximum per person), $20 per hard drive removal, and $10 per hard drive destruction. A certificate of destruction is available upon request. Proshed security, a local

company that specialized in secure on-site document shredding and hard-drive destruction, will be on hand. Bring items such as CRT screens, LCD/LED screens plasma screens, TV’s, printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, computers, laptops, monitors, cell phones,VCR’s, DVD players, stereo systems, network servers, speakers, telephones, lamps, servers, server racks, plotters, car batteries, power cords,cables,and strips. Items they cannot accept include appliances, microwaves, lamp bulbs, and alkaline batteries. For more information about the Shred-a-Thon and Free E-Waste Event, call (858)793-7345.

Top scholarship finalists announced Torrey Pines High School proudly announced it had 31 National Merit Scholarship finalists this year. • • • • • • • • • • • •

The finalists include: Benjamin Y. Bai Robi C. Bhattacharjee Priyanka K. Bisarya Benjamin P. Bulow Tyler J. Chi Rebecca R. Du Noah Daniel Friedman Margaret G. Guo Kelly Xin Huang Anna Grace Irwin Kyle B. Joyner Anson Han Kahng

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Alyssa SooJung Kim Elissia Kim Jesse Yang Li Joanne Li Andrew Y Liao Connie K. Liu Eric Shuo Liu Winnie Ma Nathan J. Manohar James M. Papadopoulos Jeanne J. Qiu Jesse Ren Amanda F. See Justin Song Rebecca Su Chloe A. Warehall Mike Hongfei Wu Daniel Y. Xie Tia Zhao




Eye of the beholder The royal family of Qatar, apparently striving for artworld credibility, purchased a Paul Cezanne painting (“The Card Players”) last year for the equivalent of about $250 million, which is twice as much as the previous mostexpensive painting sold for. At the same time that Qatar’s purchase was made public, artwork of the probable value of about $200 million became news in reports of the Facebook initial public offering. Graffiti artist (“muralist”) David Choe stood to make about that amount because he took stock instead of money to paint the lewd themes on the walls of Facebook’s first offices. Even though Choe was quoted as saying that he found the whole idea of Facebook “ridiculous and pointless,” his shares today are reportedly worth up to one quarter of 1



members had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the facility, which has the capability of holding and treating about 50 animals. It has state-of-the-art equipment and was funded entirely by the community including a major anonymous donor who wished to dedicate the facility to St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. It has nine exam rooms, a dental ward, surgery rooms



he is concerned. “I urge you not to spend one penny to rejuvenate (the ranch) until the property is sold,” he said. At the Jan. 9 Association meeting, Ron McMahon, president of the Osuna Ranch Steering Committee, reported that no additional work can be done on the restoration project until the board can determine how it can be funded. McMahon said he also hopes that additional funding



chosen because of good visibility, maneuverability, interior space and the maintenance track record, he said. Also at the meeting, Chief Executive Officer Steve Comstock asked permission from the board to take the next step in collecting fees from members who have defaulted on the second installment of last year and the first installment of this year of Association fees. At the Feb. 16 meeting, the board discussed making the names public of people who have defaulted on their assessment fees including listing their names at the post office or listing them in the newspapers. “Some people have told me they pay their dues and they appreciate that we are pursing this unpleasant action,” Feighner said.



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The Entrepreneurial Spirit Last year, the Cape Town, South Africa, “gentlemen’s club” Mavericks began selling an Alibi line of fragrances designed for men who need excuses for coming home late. For example, as men come through the door, they could splash on “I Was Working Late” (to reek of coffee and cigarettes) or “My Car Broke Down” (evoking fuel, burned rubber and grease).

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“(A) growing number of scientists” are at work on biocomputer models based on movements of slime to solve complex-systems problems, according to a December report in London’s Daily Telegraph. Though slime molds are single-cell organisms lacking a “brain,” said professor Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Japan’s Future University Hakodate, they somehow can “organize” themselves to create the most direct route through mazes in order to find food. Said professor Atsushi Tero, of Kyushu University, ordinary comput-

ers are “not so good” at finding such ideal routes because of the quantity of calculations required, but slime molds seem to flow “in an impromptu manner” and gradually find the best routes. Medical Marvels: (1) Claire Osborn, 37, of Coventry, England, was diagnosed in October with an aggressive, inoperable throatmouth cancer and given a 50 percent chance of survival. However, less than a month later, during a severe coughing spell, she actually coughed out the entire tumor.

Wendy Gauntlett-Shaw. For further information, call (760) 4762797. ISSA AT CHAMBER Join the Vista Chamber of Commerce for its 2012 Meet the Leaders meeting featuring Congressman Darrell Issa at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at Shadowridge Country Club Dinner $125. For tickets, visit

Cornish Drive in a free concert sponsored by the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase and Encinitas Friends of the Library. For more information, visit sdcl acoustic showcase.

Tuesday meeting hosts open readings of “Twelfth Night” at 6 p.m. March 13 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Open to everyone except young children. Come to read or listen and bring a copy of “Twelfth Night.” For details, call (760) 753-7576. WOMEN’S CLUB The San Dieguito Woman's Club will meet at 10:15 a.m. March 13 in the Community Room in the US Bank, 131 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. The speaker is artist

IRISH FOLKSINGER Jim Hinton, Irish singer /writer and master bard of the ballad will play guitar at 6 p.m. March 14 at the Encinitas Library, 540

with observation windows so students can watch, isolation areas for infectious cases, a natural healing center and a comfort and grief area for those whose beloved pet has passed. In the future, it is hoped the facility can provide 24-hour emergency care service. “I can’t help from thinking how many lives we can save because of this hospital,”Arms said. Taking over the helm as Chief of Staff is Dr. Patricia Carter, who will search for vet-

erinarians who specialize in specific areas such as surgery, oncology, orthopedics, dentistry, ultrasound and general medicine; all who will be independent contractors. She said this hospital will serve as a model for others with the new way it will be run. The organization will pay employees, perform all administrative operations and purchase supplies so the vets won’t be bogged down with running an office. “It leaves them free to do what they do best, treating ani-

can also come from open space funds, private grants through the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, community fundraising and historic restoration grants. The next phase includes restoration of the adobe, quarters for an on-site caretaker and bathrooms and a small kitchen for visitors. The cost is estimated at $30,000 to finalize construction documents, $275,00 for the actual construction and $75,000 for landscaping. Built in 1831, the original two-room adobe underwent a

restoration and expansion in 1924 by Lilian Rice, Rancho Santa Fe’s original architect. She supervised the construction and new adobe bricks were manufactured to replace missing or damaged wall sections. McMahon said the Osuna Ranch is one of the most significant historic sites in the state of California. “We need to find the most appropriate company to represent us and sell that property,” said Jack Queen, board president.

At the Feb. 16 meeting, the board approved a list of people whose fees for the first installment have not been paid. Their privileges at the golf, tennis and riding club have been suspended. Those who have defaulted on both

installments will have a lien recorded on their property. The Association board meets on the first and third Thursday of the month. To learn more, call (858) 756-1174.



PET WEEK Meet Cameron, available at Helen Woodward Animal Center. She is a 6-monthold, 6.2 pound, gray and white Polydactyl Tabby. Polydactyl kitties have extra toes which make them look like tiny catchers’ mitts. She is named for Padres catcher Cameron Maybin. Her adoption fee is $99. 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

6pm; Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (applications accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option #1 or visit

MARCH 17 Oceanside Theatre Company Youth Academy will present a free Showcase Performance at 5 p.m. March 17 at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, featuring students from Youth Academy classes; Acting I, II, and Musical Theatre Workshop.

mals,” she said. She said the hospital will generate funds for the center, which helps orphaned animals find homes and provides education about animals the community. “This for-profit side will help fund the nonprofit side,” Carter said. Carter is a graduate of U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She was inducted into the Phi Zeta Society, an honor given to

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Coast News and click link those in the top 10 percent of their class. She has been a veterinarian for more than 20 years. Eileen Beattie will be the hospital’s administrator. She has a background in finance and will be in charge of the purse strings, keeping track of finances. She has always had a love for animals and calls it “a dream job” because it will free vets from having the headaches of managing an office.

“This gives them a change to practice medicine or maybe the opportunity to open a practice,” she said. At the open house as the guests, some who brought their pets, began to line up for the tour, Arms was still walking on air. “Thank you to the community for caring enough to help us build this wonderful facility,” Arms said. The Hospital opened its doors for business March 5.



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