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Numbers showing water saving improvements By Christina Macone-Greene

The RSF Maze Runners, a fifth grade RSF Eagles Robotics Team from R. Roger Rowe School win first place at the Escondido Robotics Qualifier, advancing to the First Lego League Southern California Championship. Pictured are: JT Young, Nora Gauvreau, Dylan Powell, Logan Johnson, Tom Powell, Brandon Powell, Jake Malter, David Scuba, Malcolm McDonough, and John Galipault. Courtesy photo

RSF School Robotics Team wins qualifier and readies for championship By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The robotics program at R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe is beaming with pride. Its fifth grade RSF Eagles Robotic Team named the RSF Maze Runners, earned a blue-ribbon first at the Escondido Robotics Qualifier. This win has advanced them to the First Lego League Southern California Cham-

pionship at Carlsbad LEGOLAND Dec. 6. The competition is also referred to as the FLL Challenge. “The FLL Challenge is a three-part competition, and this year’s theme is World Class Learning,” said John B. Galipault, Jr, Science and Robotics Teacher at R. Roger Rowe School. “The first part of the competition is a project

requiring the team to pick a topic the team is interested in and identify ways to improve learning the topic. The second part is a robot challenge requiring the team to build and program an autonomous robot to complete missions.” And then there is a third part. Galipault said it involves demonstrating core values emphasizing team-

work, cooperation, gracious professionalism and friendly competition. According to Galipault, the teams built LEGO Mindstorms robots. These robots were programmed to conduct various missions. They were analyzed and judged on these three core components in FLL. The topic for this TURN TO ROBOTICS ON 15

Top neurologist takes part in Alzheimer’s series By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Since September, the RSF Library Guild has held a monthly series focusing on the health and caregiver issues surrounding Alzheimer’s. The free gatherings have afforded people the opportunity to learn more about the disease, the advances being made, and the support present for both patients and caregivers. The San Diego and Imperial chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with the RSF Library Guild to help raise awareness of From left: Susan Appleby of the RSF Library Guild, Dr. Michael Rafii and Lynn Mullowney from

The Alzheimer’s Association. This was the third in a series of discussions on Alzheimer’s hosted

TURN TO ALZEHIMER’S ON 15 by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene



Presentation gives advice on how to cope with holidays By Christina Macone-Greene medical director of hos-

RANCHO SANTA FE — Recently, the RSF Senior Center held a special event in preparation for the holidays. While this is the season for celebration, it may be a time of sadness for individuals especially if someone has passed away. Championed by Scripps Hospice, the educational presentation was called, “Coping with the Holidays after the Death of a Loved One.” Providing the educational seminar was Janine Siegel, an Outreach Specialist for Scripps Hospice and Home Health. “Don’t be afraid to make changes this year — sometimes it can be very stressful to keep up with holiday traditions, especially after a loved one has died,” said Siegel. “It is okay not to decorate, or decline holiday party invitations.” Siegel wanted people to know that whatever changes they needed to make this year could be different next year. Growth and change go hand in hand, she said. Timothy Corbin, MD,

pice and palliative care services at Scripps Health, shared his suggestions for people experiencing grief during this holiday season. “Your grief will take longer than you and most people think, and it will depend on how you perceive the loss,” he said. Corbin continued, “Everyone needs to acknowledge the person who has died. Don’t be afraid to say that person’s name.” Corbin also added how “planning” was recommended. He wants people to know ahead of time that their feelings will come in waves. This means there will be both good and bad days. When someone knows what to expect, Corbin said, they can take advantage of and enjoy the good days and not feel so devastated by the bad days. For Corbin, it’s all about taking one day at a time. Everyone grieves differently. Corbin said some find a way to acknowledge the loved one who has died by including them in one’s thoughts. Examples of this TURN TO COPE ON 15



RANCHO SANTA FE — Since the Santa Fe Irrigation District announced its Drought 2 conservation efforts, its newest reports have showed improvement. The new level implementation began on Sept. 5. According to Jessica Parks, public information officer for the District, the data and feedback have been promising. “In September, we saw a decrease in potable water usage which we were really happy with because the average daily temperatures in Sept. were about five degrees above normal,” she said. “It was a pretty warm month, but we still saw a decrease of one-and-half percent usage.” While some may think such a percentage is not that significant, it is. Parks wants customers to know this is huge since a great deal of water goes for outdoor irrigation. And the numbers continued to improve in October. “The potable water demands for October 2014 were approximately 10 percent lower than our September 2014 potable water demands,” she said. “We want to thank our customers in reducing their water usage and ask that they continue with compliance of our three

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Seany Foundation celebrates gala in RSF By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The 7th annual gala for The Seany Foundation was held at the picturesque Del Mar County Club in Rancho Santa Fe. The Seany Foundation (TSF), which helps bring hope and happiness to children afflicted with cancer, was founded by Amy and Mitchell Robins. Their son Sean, who was diagnosed Ewing sarcoma in his teens, was their inspiration for this foundation. "TSF was an idea that Sean had in 2005, a year before he succumbed to his cancer. However, it wasn't until after he passed away that TSF was actually established and began raising money, which was in early 2007," Amy said. Their recent fundraiser drew in more than 180 guests. Many of which, the Robins' said, were newly introduced to their foundation. "Our mission is to fund meaningful projects that enhance the lives of kids, teens, and young adults affected by cancer," Mitchell said. "It was Sean's vision to help other kids facing cancer and that's what we aim to do." For Mitchell, he and his wife are thankful to everyone who continues to come out and support their organization. Its gala, "Everything Is Possible Celebration," had a camp theme. Amy pointed out they wanted to highlight Camp Reach for the Sky (CR4TS), a program they began running this year. This camp was previously championed by the American Cancer Society. "Seany's CR4TS is a free camp for kids and teens with a cancer diagnosis and their siblings," Amy said. Amy and Mitch, who

From left: Mitchell Robins, Amy Robins, Bernard Mauricia, Melanie Robins, Emily Brody, Amie Kuznicki, Seth Brody, Robby Medina. Courtesy photo

volunteer their time to TSF, want people to know that nearly every dollar donated is put toward programs that improve the quality of life for local kids fighting cancer. "Aside from Seany's Camp Reach for the Sky, TSF also supports an art program at Rady Children's Hospital called Art from the Heart, as well as Lollipop Theatre's Rhythm of Hope music program at hospitals in Los Angeles," Amy said. "To enhance life in another way, TSF gives financial support to a Clinical Research Associate at Rady Children's Hospital." According to Amy, by supporting the Clinical Research Associate, a larger group of young cancer patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. These medical trials can potentially save lives and alter the course of future treatments for others, Amy said. For Mitchell, an exciting moment during the gala was when they brought members of the Seany's CR4TS Founder’s Circle on stage to award them with the, "Seany's Community Service Award."

The winners were the University Compounding Pharmacy, Holly Ellison, BH Gold Insurance Agency, Eddy Pump and Variety, the Children's Charity of Southern California. "They are all a beautiful example of kind-hearted people who truly understand the reasons and the need for camp for the special population of kids and families affected by cancer," he said. For Amy, her special memory was the campfire ambience they were able to create. Lia Rose and Tim Marcus from San Francisco played campfire-acoustic music. "After all, what we really wanted to do is impress upon the guests how very special Seany's Camp Reach for the Sky is to campers, counselors, and families," she said. "Camp gives kids the best chance they have at feeling accepted and supported by peers, finding strength within their struggles, and gaining the life skills needed to create the type of longterm emotional well-being they'll need to carry them beyond a childhood of cancer and into adulthood.”

Over time, TSF has transformed. At first, it was primarily involved in research funding at UCSD/Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. From there, TSF constructed a teen lounge at Rady's oncology center for youth to gather while undergoing treatments. As time went on, Mitchell said, they began to fund more patient-focused programs, such as Seany Movie Nights, SOMBFAB Glee Club, Rhythm of Hope in L.A. and Art from the Heart. And then, of course, Camp Reach for the Sky. "We made some changes in the Foundation's mission and we now dedicate the vast majority of our giving dollars to quality-of-life programs. As we work with the community and their needs continue to be revealed, we will not hesitate to evolve to meet those needs," Mitchell said. The Robins Family also extended their warmhearted thanks to its long list of generous sponsors, staff, and volunteers. To learn more about TSF visit

The Country Friends Shop Holiday Boutique is Dec. 11 brunch buffet provided by readies for the holidays RANCHO SANTA FE Milton’s. By Christina Macone-Greene

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The holidays are on the way. Meeting those shopping expectations is the longstanding nonprofit, The Country Friends, at their resale shop in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. The two-story building is a haven for shoppers, affording buyers an array of items and gifts perfect for the holiday season. Shop manager Yvette Letourneau said their store offers adorable treasures from local residents. “There’s always a great find,” she said. “From sterling silver to crystal to even Christmas home accessories that are super unique.” Letourneau wants everyone to know that their items are in great condition punctuated by great price tags. Above all, when people shop at The Country Friends they know the dollars they spend are filtered to one of their many charities. During this upcoming festive season, shopping


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Yvette Letourneau, shop manager at The Country Friends, is getting ready for the holiday shopping season. Photo by Christina


at The Country Friends is a pure act of giving since it makes a difference to so many lives. Likewise, being able to shop in the Village is a nice respite from hustle and bustle of mall activity. Letourneau went on to say there are still traditional shoppers that like to purchase something that has already been someone TURN TO COUNTRY FRIENDS ON 18

— The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center plans to put out all the stops for its Second Annual Holiday Boutique. Like last year, it will hold its shopping extravaganza at the community center Dec. 11. Due to the popularity from last year, it expects more attendees this season. “The Holiday Boutique features some of Rancho Santa Fe’s favorite boutiques and shops with a little something for everyone on the holiday shopping list,” said Erin Browne, office and data manager at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. “We are excited to bring a nice variety of vendors to the Holiday Boutique this year, including Nicole Miller, Bon Bijoux, Dahlia's Traveling Boutique, Chic Mommy, San Diego Gel Candles, The Toffee Box, Ivivva, The M Boutique, Shaneh Boutique and JDM Designs just to name a few.” Browne shared the ticket price per person is $45 per person which includes a scrumptious champagne

She also wanted to convey a special thanks to Milton's Restaurant for sponsoring the brunch and to Denise Phillips for coordinating this anticipated holiday event. Browne pointed out how its community center strives to enhance the spirit of Rancho Santa Fe and benefits its community life through programs and events such as the Holiday Boutique. And there’s no better time for the “gift of giving” than the holiday season. “Bring a group of girlfriends and enjoy brunch and an afternoon of shopping,” Browne said. She continued, “In so doing, not only will you have a great time and check some items off your holiday shopping list, you'll also be supporting our community and helping us grow together.” The Holiday Boutique is scheduled for Dec. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. For more information, Browne invites all to visit or call (858) 756-2461.

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Server training, enforcement reduces drunk driving By Ray Pearson

Will UC at last face up to outof-state student dilemma? California Focus By Thomas D. Elias It’s a dilemma that University of California officials have long refused to confront, but one they may soon have to face: How many foreign and out-of-state students can UC absorb and still fulfill its mission of providing an elite education for the very best California high school graduates? The issue has become central at many UC campuses, where an unprecedented 20 percent of this year’s freshman class now hails from outside California. The tens of thousands of out-of-staters are a revenue bonanza for the system, whose support from the state budget is hundreds of millions of dollars lower today than it was 10 years ago, even if it has rebounded a bit from the lows of the Great Recession. UC now depends greatly on the $23,000 surcharge out-of-state residents pay above the standard in-state tuition of $12,192. That provided the system with almost half a billion dollars last year and will yield even more in 2015. But even the 20 percent overall figure is misleading. For at the most in-demand UC campuses, Berkeley, UCLA and San Diego, about 30 percent of new students this fall were foreign or from other states. Meanwhile, at the least in-demand campuses, Merced and Riverside, outof-staters among freshman were just 1.2 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively. This brings the average for the system way down. But just like California high school grads, few out-ofstate students are clamoring for admission to Merced and Riverside.

All this leaves UC officials and advocates able to claim accurately that “UC has not reduced the number of California students it admits,” as retired UCLA Chancellor Charles Young put it in response to a previous column, “either in the total number or the percentage of…high school graduates.” But with about five times as many out-ofstaters today as 10 years ago, Berkeley and UCLA and San Diego unquestionably admit fewer Californians even though their enrollments are up a bit. Yes, all Californians in the top 9 percent of their high school classes are offered UC slots, but decreasingly at the campuses they — and the outof-staters — most want to attend. There are some signs the complaints of students shunted off to campuses they don’t really want in order to make way for the high-paying out-of-staters are finally being heard. UC President Janet Napolitano and other officials this fall have indicated they may consider putting some kind of lid on admissions of non-Californians, even though they simultaneously insisted they’ve kept the university’s longtime commitment to California kids and their taxpaying parents by increasing class sizes to allow for the influx of non-Californians. They also propose to raise tuition in each of the next five years, a plan vehemently opposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. No one says publicly this is intended to make up for taking fewer out-of-staters in coming years, but it looks like one intent. All this reinforces the fact that the most elite of UC’s campuses increasingly cater to the wealthy, whether from other American states or from foreign counties like China and

Saudi Arabia which — rolling in cash — fund full tuition for many of their young citizens at UC. It’s not that in-state students are not already paying plenty, too. UC tuition has just about tripled over the last decade, increases topping 20 percent in some years. In terms of non-inflated money, in 1980 the value of a median-level California home would buy more than 200 years of UC education. By 2011, it bought only about 30 years. Which means tuition has climbed even fast than housing costs, stunning in a state where home prices have risen faster and higher than anywhere else in America. While it’s true that the influx of well-funded, high-paying non-California students increases diversity on campuses, much of that diversity could also be achieved by recruiting more heavily from underserved parts of California like the Central Valley, home to myriad ethnic groups. The bottom line is that more highly qualified California kids than ever are being turned away from their first-choice campuses, displaced by students from elsewhere. It’s an open question whether and when their parents’ displeasure over this will lead legislators to reduce budget support for UC even more than they already have. That’s why Napolitano & Co. must confront this entire issue, and soon. Email Thomas Elias at His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit

Are bars to blame for drunk driving? In short: no. Drinkers are responsible for their own actions. But research collected by the County of San Diego shows roughly onethird to one-half of all drunk drivers are coming from bars and restaurants. These licensed establishments have the potential to play a key role in preventing irresponsible drinking. Drunk driving is a huge threat to local residents. In 2012, 86 people were killed and more than 2,300 injured in alcohol-involved collisions in San Diego County, according to the California Highway Patrol. State laws prohibit the sale or service of alcohol to minors or obviously intoxicated customers, and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) offers a free training program for licensees and their employees to help ensure they understand and comply with State laws. More and more, cities are instituting responsible beverage server training ordinances to drive that message home. On Nov. 14, the quarterly Alcohol Policy Panel meeting was held in the Vista Civic Center’s Community Room. Nearly 100 people gathered to hear progressive research on server training, law enforcement support and the necessary steps to reduce public intoxication and drunk driving. At the municipal level, many cities have passed Responsible Beverage Sales and Service (RBSS) ordinances requiring employees of alcohol-licensed businesses to complete RBSS training, such as the ABC-cer-


tified Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training. The training covers checking various forms of identification, liability laws and strategies to prevent over-service of alcohol, among other topics. All this benefits alcohol retailers by limiting liability risks and higher insurance costs associated with illegal alcohol sales -- to minors or intoxicated patrons who often cause DUIs, injuries, fights, property damage and noise complaints. Currently, nine of San Diego County’s 18 municipalities require RBSS training. As of January 2014, the five cities in North San Diego County with RBSS ordinances included Encinitas, Poway, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Vista. The training is not required in Carlsbad, Del Mar, Escondido and Oceanside. In those five North San Diego County cities with RBSS ordinances, a smaller percentage of on-sale businesses were named as the ‘Place of Last Drink’ by DUI offenders, according to a 2010 analysis done by the Center for Community Research. Between January 2012 and December 2013, more than 2,600 participants attended ABC LEAD trainings in North San Diego County — with nearly 73 percent from alcohol retail businesses. Many of the participants commented that the training gave them the tools to be confident in cutting off patrons. But one study shows it’s not just retailer education, but also the threat of a law enforcement citation that helps reduce over-service and prevent impaired driving. Clearly, self-policing is not enough. More enforcement is

needed to bring businesses into compliance. At the Nov. 14 breakfast of the San Diego County Alcohol Policy Panel, James Fell of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation shared the latest research that shows our efforts must go beyond the responsible beverage service training. When comparing 10 RBSS-trained bars with 10 control bars, the refusal of service rates jumped from 3.6 percent to 27.5 percent in the first post-training period, but fell to 21.3 percent in the second post-training check, the institute’s research shows. Why the initial post-training spike? The researchers concluded it might have less to do with the recent RBSS training and more to do with to with law enforcement citing a bartender for over-service. “In order for (training) programs to be effective and sustainable, quarterly or bi-annual undercover inspections by law enforcement with timely feedback to the bar owners is necessary to ensure compliance and create a deterrent effect,” according to Fell. Ultimately, no one tactic solves the problem of drunk driving; it takes a collaborative approach between retailers, the ABC law enforcement and cities. Hopefully, the holdout North County cities will consider taking proactive measures in the future to send a clear, unified message that our region is dedicated to making alcohol retailers key partners in reducing public intoxication and making our roadways safer. Ray Pearson is president of the North Coastal Prevention Coalition.

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Local dentist gives patients plenty to smile about ENCINITAS — With the recent changes in health care, you might be worried about your dental benefits. Maybe you can’t see your preferred dentist on your new plan or you don’t have dental insurance at all. Though there is plenty of confusion, one thing is clear: healthy gums and teeth are paramount to your complete health. The Surgeon General reports that 80 percent of Americans have some form of inflamed gums or gum disease. Research has shown strong links between gum health and conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Gum inflammation can increase your risk for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, heart attacks, strokes, and premature births. “As a nation, we have never been as unhealthy as we are today,” said Dr. Mark T. Galli, DDS, of Encinitas. “And for those who don’t have a dentist, or are having trouble keeping their gums healthy, the health risks are cumulative.” “We wanted to help and figure out a solution,” Dr. Galli said. “As a team who wants to improve access to great dental care

family.” A graduate of UCSD and then UCLA Dental School, Dr. Galli has been practicing for 20 years and in Encinitas since 2001. “Dentistry is a career I really love,” he said. Dr. Galli’s services range from cleanings to cosmetic dentistry, and consultations are complimentary. He has several certifications, including CEREC one-visit porcelain crowns. When you think about getting a crown, you probably imagine a lengthy process resulting in numerous office visits and a temporary that might come off. “With the latest onsite CEREC digital imaging technology, all of this has changed,” Dr. Galli said. “We make custom-fit, beautifully crafted porcelain restorations and bond them in place on the same day.” If you’ve ever considered straightening your teeth, Dr. Galli offers Invisalign clear aligning trays. These trays are made of smooth plastic and improve hygiene during treatment because they are removable. And if you one of the 22 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. Galli might be able to help you with this too. He has advanced train-

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in this community, we decided to work with all insurances — even if we are out of network on some — and to create an option for people who don’t have dental insurance but need a great dentist. So we came up with a Dental Savings Membership.” As part of his quest to help people achieve complete health, Dr. Galli’s Dental Savings Membership provides patients with most or all of their diagnostic and preventative care and includes a substantial 15 to 20 percent discount on most adjunctive services. “There are no third parties involved, which means no yearly maximums or deductibles,” Dr. Galli said. “There are no claim forms and you get immediate eligibility and group discounts for dual or family options.” Dr. Galli and his family are Encinitas residents, and he is happy to be able to help out his local community. “We are excited to provide a simpler and more affordable option for the wellness of your whole

ing to recognize and diagnose various problems associated with sleep. Dr. Galli starts with a complete evaluation of your airway, jaw joint, muscles and bite. “These should all work together in harmony for ideal comfort and jaw position,” he said. “If we discover there may be a sleep apnea issue, you may be a candidate for an oral appliance to help with breathing.” This is a perfect solution if you have fears about using a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP machine. Speaking of sleep, Sedation Dentistry is another area in which Dr. Galli is certified and specially trained. It is an appealing option if you have dental fear or a busy schedule as it reduces anxiety and turns multiple appointments into a single visit. Mark T. Galli, DDS, is located at 477 N. El Camino Real, Suite B207 in Encinitas. Call (760) 943-1449 or visit gallidds. com for a complete list or services and other helpful information.

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Library Guild hosts cooking demo By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Inside the RSF Library, a sublime aroma emanated from the community room triggering appetites. Recently, the library hosted its Holiday Cooking Demonstration: Vegan Comfort Food. Manning the kitchen was Kelly Hayes. Attendees gathered around, learning tips and tricks for a perfect holiday meal to satisfy not only traditional meat eaters, but vegetarians as well. Many taking part in the event knew all too well how holiday gatherings bring a variety of guests with different palates. That afternoon, Hayes prepared a healthier version of mashed potatoes and gravy by using cauliflower and vegan onion based gravy. The name of the dish was cauliflower mashed potatoes, using both potatoes and cauliflower for the preparation. “The reason we wanted to do this is because I personally know quite a few people who have a vegetarian coming over and they just don’t know what to do,” Hayes said. “And sometimes they are a vegan which limits the possibilities drastically of what they can actually eat.” In the past, vegans and vegetarians attending a holiday meal were lucky if they could have a traditional vegetable dish, but sometimes, the cooks added meat flavoring and guests had to find alternatives. For some, bread and salad was their only option. Four years ago, Hayes prepared cauliflower mashed potatoes and vegan gravy for her aunt, who has been a vegetarian for 35 years. “She was so grateful, so

RANCHO SANTA FE — It’s that time of year again. The County Friends is hosting its 19th Annual Holiday Tea. The Dec. 3 afternoon affair is expected to attract 100 guests at its quaint courtyard at The County Friends (TCF) shop. “Everyone has a wonderful time,” said Donna Ahlstrom, administrative coordinator at The Country Friends. “Members and their guests will mingle and wander through the TCF shop while sipping tea and shopping with our vendors.” Ahlstrom said the Holiday Tea really get guests in the mood for the Christmas. As far as the vendors, Ahlstrom said it will be their preferred vendors and some new and exciting ones not to be missed. Likewise, people can meander through the shop and buy an array of Christmas gifts and also party hosting essentials. It’s a haven for “party throwing” necessities. Catering the Holiday



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Kelly Hayes hosts a cooking demonstration at the Rancho Santa Fe Library on how to prepare a perfect holiday meal for all types of eaters. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

impressed, and so happy to have something like this,” said Hayes, adding how it’s simple to prepare. “This gravy can be prepared ahead of time, but with meat gravy you really can’t do that – you have to do it on the fly.” For Hayes, vegetarian cooking is actually easier. And the ingredients can be found anywhere. Following in her aunt’s footsteps, Hayes has been a vegetarian for the last few years. Hayes likes cauliflower mashed potatoes because

it has no dairy and guests won’t feel so full at the end of the meal. There will actually be room left over for dessert. “Heavy stuffing and the meat with the gravy can lay someone up for the entire day,” she said. “I wanted to show people that these cauliflower mashed potatoes taste so good that you don’t have to make two batches. You don’t have to make the creamy batch with the animal products and then the vegan and give yourself extra work.”

Hayes also pointed out that guests could choose either the meat or vegan onion gravy for a topping. Following Hayes’ cooking demo, those in attendance were able to sample the side dish. “The feedback is always positive on the cauliflower mashed potatoes,” she said. The RSF Library Guild plans on hosting another holiday series in December, but next time, a baking demonstration. To learn more visit call (858) 756-2512 or visit

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Tea once again this year will be the Flavor Chef, with an array of savories. Co-chairing the event will be Sabrina Cadini and JoLynn Shapiro. Proceeds from the Holiday Tea will benefit its funded agencies which include: Angel’s Depot, Angels Foster Family Network, Armed Services YMCA, Burn Institute, Canine Companions for Independence, Casa de Amparo, Community Campership Council, Community Resource Center, Conner’s Cause for Children, Elizabeth Hospice, Friends of San Pasqual Academy, Friends

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Layus, Augustana bouncing back from the brink Dan Layus and the rest of San Diego’s Augustana will perform at the House of Blues in San Diego Dec. 8. Courtesy photo By Alan Sculley

As new phases for bands go, the chapter Dan Layus is opening as Augustana with the current album, “Life Imitating Life,” is about as drastic as it gets. In 2011, Augustana finished touring behind its third album and bassist Jared Palomar, guitarist Chris Sachtleben, drummer Justin South and keyboardist John Vincent decided they were finished with Augustana. This left singer/guitarist and primary songwriter Layus as the lone man standing. The end of Augustana as fans knew the group happened for some of the most common reasons bands split — burnout and band members who were ready to focus more on family life. “I think we just got to a place where we were all pretty exhausted,” Layus said in a recent phone interview. “I think everybody had spent so many years doing the ground and pound and swinging away at it with sort of diminishing results as far as commercially and as far as being able to strictly do this as a career. It became more apparent that we were going to have to start maybe talking about finding other ways of living. Eventually that kind of got everybody to a place where they were ready to try something else. “We just all kind of saw the writing on the wall that if we were going to do this, it was going to entail a lot more touring and a lot less of a home life,” he said. “And when we were all 20, that was fine. It’s us against the world. Then when we all started having families and other passions and other things that we were interested in, it starts to become how much do I really love this? And I think it’s a really natural evolution for anybody in any career.” The split brought to a close an eight-year run that had featured some major high points and a good share of difficulties for the Augustana.

I think we just got to a place where we were all pretty exhausted.” Dan Layus Singer/guitarist/songwriter

The group hit a peak early, when the song “Boston,” from its 2005 debut album, “All the Stars and Boulevards,” got used on several television shows (“One Tree Hill,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scrubs”) and was released as a single. “Boston” made an impact on three different singles charts, reaching number 10 on “Billboard” magazine’s Adult Pop Songs chart and 34 on the all-genre Hot 100 singles chart. Meanwhile, “All the Stars and Boulevards” eventually sold about 350,000 copies in the United States alone. But before Augustana had finished touring behind “All The Stars and Boulevards,” there was a major shakeup in the band, as Rosen departed and was replaced by Sachtleben, while a keyboardist, Dan Lamoureux, was added (and later replaced by Vincent). The band returned in 2008 with its second album, “Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt.” It failed to produce a hit single, but still sold more than 120,000 copies. Then came a third album project that lived up to the cliché of being the “difficult third album.” Augustana finished a version of the third album with producer Jacquire King (known for his work with Modest Mouth, Norah Jones and Tom Waits), only to have Epic reject half of the songs and ask Layus to try co-writing with outside hit-making tunesmiths — which he reluctantly did. The self-titled record

got finished and released, but stalled out at about 12,500 copies sold. Augustana was then dropped by Epic, leaving Layus without a band or a label. But Layus dusted himself off and decided to make a fresh start — both with Augustana and with is life. “I was just freshly sober. I’ve been sober almost three years, I think this summer,” he said. “I was kind of figuring my life out at that point, and I just started wanting to write… There was a refreshed perspective on life, there was a refreshed perspective on what mattered to me. And songs like ‘Need A Little Sunshine,’ ‘Alive’ and ‘Love In The Air,’ those were really easy songs to write. They just came out and they felt positive and they felt like they had a real momentum from my own life and sort of, everything sort of feeds itself.” Despite all the change, “Life Imitating Life” still sounds very much like the earlier Augustana albums. It’s perhaps a bit more lean and rootsy sounding, but Layus is still specializing in creating mid-tempo pop songs like “According To Plan,” “Say You Want Me” and “Need A Little Sunshine” that are built around graceful melodies and heartfelt — and this time, often buoyant — lyrics. Layus is using a rotating cast of musicians in touring as Augustana and said he has come to like the varying vibe that shows can have as he plays with different combinations of musicians. Regardless of who’s on stage on a given night, fans can expect a generous set. “Over the last year or two I’ve gone out and done pretty long sets, rolling out, I mean, sometimes 25 to 30 songs a night,” Layus said. “I’m just grateful to have people show up and I want to make sure it’s worth their time and money and they get everything they can get.”

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NOV. 28 NATURAL ART See basketry and sculptural fiber art by the Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Society’s “We Brake for Natural Materials,” through Dec. 4 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. AUCTION ON LINE A live, online auction of James Hubble stained glass art will be held on IlanLael. org, from midnight Nov. 28, until 11 p.m. Dec. 12. The money will fund building of a public space at Hubbell’s Santa Ysabel home property. For previews and information, visit NOV. 29 ART OF WRITER Visit Ed Coonce’s show, “The Art of a Writer” mixed media and paintings through Dec. 1 at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. NOV. 30 BLOWN GLASS Through Jan. 13, see Larry Pink’s “A Day in the Park” with whimsical blown glass. fused glass and metal at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Call (760) 753-7376 for more information. DEC. 1 ARTSPLASH Coastal Artists presents “Winter ArtSplash,” a multimedia exhibit Dec. 1 through Dec. 3, with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at La Vida Del Mar, 850 Del Mar Downs Road. For more information, call (858) 755-1224 or visit DEC. 2

JACOB’S VIEW Oceanside Theatre Company performs “Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol” by Tom Mula from Dec. 2 through Dec. 21 at the Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside.

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For more information, visit not required Dec. 3 through Dec. 5. For more tion visit DEC. 3 SMALL IMAGES Carls- DEC. 4 bad-Oceanside Art League (COAL) Gallery hosts a free Small Image show from Dec. 3 through Jan. 4.Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Tuesdays at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. JAZZ Hear STUDENT ART Palomar WINTER College Art and Craft Sale MiraCosta College’s Winwill be held noon to 7 p.m. ter Jazz Concerts at 7:30 Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. p.m. with Frequency Vocal 4 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. Jazz Dec. 4, Frequency Vo5 with live demonstrations cal Jazz & MOJO Dec. 5 and from glass and ceramic art- MOJO & the Jazz Collective ists in the Palomar Art De- Dec. 7, in the Concert Hall, partment courtyard. Pro- Bldg. 2400, 1 Barnard Drive, ceeds go to the artist and Oceanside. Tickets $10; stu25 percent to the Art Department. Parking permits TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 18


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t occurs to me, as I look at a photo of the first house in Abilene, Kansas, that it more resembles a tornado shelter than a home. It belongs to Timothy Hersey, who built it in 1856, on what was then called Mud Creek. He constructed his home by digging down because of the lack of lumber on the Kansas plains, and because subterranean living protected against harsh winds, snow storms, heat and those tornados. Mud Creek eventually grew into Abilene, a named chosen by Hersey’s wife, Eliza, who found the name in a Bible passage. It translates as “city on the plains.” Today, Abilene is still a small town — population 6,800 — but thousands of

Engine 3415, the only operational steam locomotive in Kansas, pulls the Abilene & Smoky Valley excursion train over five-and-a-half miles of track from Abilene to Enterprise. It operates from May to October. Passengers board at the Rock Island Depot, built in 1887 and located just south of the Eisenhower Library and Museum. Dinner trains operate once a month. Photo by Jerry Ondash

visitors arrive annually (186,000 in 2013) to see the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, and to learn about Abilene’s glory days. It was the arrival of the railroad 1866 that made Abilene a wild and wooly boom town. It brought farmers and their supplies, but it also brought millions of cattle from Texas. Cowboys would drive the herds up the Chisholm Trail to Abilene where they’d be loaded onto boxcars for northern and western destinations. The town’s history is on display at the Heritage Center Museum, which includes an amazingly restored C. W. Parker carousel, made

in Abilene more than 100 years ago. Volunteers repaired and re-assembled the 24 hand-carved horses and four chariots, and restored the original steam engine. Kids of all ages are encouraged to climb aboard. Also located in the Heritage Center building is the Museum of Independent Telephony, where the history of small telephone companies (anything that wasn’t Bell) is explained in exhibits and artifacts. In this age of cell phones and instantaneous communication, the museum helps transport us to a time when switchboard operators ruled. Abilene is home to the museum because a local named Cleyson Brown founded independent United Telephone, which, after many incarnations and mergers, became Sprint. Visitors can take another journey into the past by hopping aboard the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad, which takes passengers for an 11-mile round trip to Enterprise, Kansas. Catch the train at the well-preserved Rock Island Depot at the south end of town. Dinner trains run once a month. During the spring, summer and fall, the Abilene Trolley takes visitors on a tour during which it’s easy to see why Abilene claims the title “Little Town of Mansions.” The trolley mo-

This 11,000-square-foot Georgian-style mansion was built in 1905 for $55,000. Its owner, A. B. Seelye, made his money by selling tonics that were reputed to cure just about anything. Most of the furnishings were purchased by Mrs. Seelye at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair “with no regard to cost.” Courtesy photo

This larger-than-life photo of Mamie Doud Eisenhower, wife of President Dwight Eisenhower, stands in the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kan. More than 186,000 people visited the library and museum in 2013. “Ike” and Mamie met in Denver not long after he graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1915. Courtesy photo

Rebecca Sumpter-Rader of Kansas City catches a ride on one of the 24 hand-carved horses that grace the Parker Carousel, financed and patiently restored by the Dickenson County Historical Society. This one is more than a century old. The Parker Carousels (derived from “carry-us-alls”) traveled nationwide with the C.W. Parker touring carnivals in the early 20th century. This carousel sits on the grounds of the Dickinson County Historical Museum in Abilene. Photo by Jerry Ondash

tors past many of the town’s 100 historic homes, 16 of which appear on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the old homes belonged to my Great Aunt Nan Lucier Mill-

er. She and her husband, who owned a flower shop, resided for years at 615 N.W. 3rd Street. The Gothic-style home was built in 1879 by the then-mayor A. W. Rice. Today the nearly 2,800-square-foot home is

for sale for $199,000. Another well maintained mansion is the Victorian Inn, 820 N.W. 3rd Street, built in 1887 by the town’s doctor. Today it’s a bed-and-breakfast and has been remodeled and restored to its 1920s-era grandeur. The grandest of Abilene’s domiciles is the Seelye Mansion, a 25-room, Georgian-style home built in 1905 for $55,000. A. B. Seelye financed it with the fortune he made selling patented medicines purported to cure everything. The home’s amenities include a ballroom and a bowling alley purchased at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair “without regard to cost.” The two Seelye daughters never married and lived in the home until the 1990s. The mansion is still furnished with original pieces, including Edison light fixtures. Tours are available every day. Abilene is a two-and-ahalf hour drive west of Kansas City. Visit or call (800) 569-5915. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@

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cooked three meals a day dia our mom would cook for her family in the Pun- three meals everyday for jab region of India and us. Dishes like fish kebabs, goat curry, chicken well, I’m all over that. Such is the case at Masala, Dal and paneer Royal India in Del Mar (homemade cheese) these where owner Jag Kam- are my favorite amongst bo serves up some of the the many dishes she prebest Indian food I’ve had. pared. Most of the reciI had a conversation with pes have been carried on Jag recently to learn for generations. more. Do you incorporate any What part of India did of your mom’s dishes into you grow up in and how the menu at Royal India? Yes, many of them does the cuisine of that region differ from other derive from her recipes. We follow the same prinparts of the country? India has predomi- cipals at Royal India as nantly popular food from well, simple food, pure North and South. North ingredients, recipes from Indian food has savory mom and lots of love and appetizers like Samosas, passion. Curries, Tandoori meats, Nans and yummy des- How did Royal India erts like Gajar Halwa; come to be, do you have and south Indian food a background in restauis totally different then rants? north Indian food. SouthTURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 18 ern Indian food is mostly



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here is no more knowledgeable or ha rder-work i ng advanced sommelier in San Diego than Josh Orr at Marina Kitchen at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, who in a short time in the wine presenting business has distinguished himself as the acclaimed winner of the prestigious national Top/Somm competition. He has recently wowed wine tasters with a unique series of “Wine Wednesdays,� an opportunity to learn from and taste alongside Orr. The sessions begin each Wednesday at 6 p.m. and go until 7 p.m., although guest interest usually takes the get-togethers well beyond that time. On the night I covered the event, the charge was $40 per person for six generous glasses of wine plus three to four paired dishes from Executive Chef Aron Schwartz. But the real treat is an hour or so with this phenomenal sommelier that is a world encyclopedia of wine knowledge. Blind Tastings are at once humbling and exciting. With no visual telltale label, tasters are asked to reveal their sense of sight, smell, swirl and sip on the palate. It is the ultimate test in wine. One such session was

on the schedule of Wine with Syrah, a complex wine, Wednesdays are Dec. 3 AusWednesdays at Marina amazing with food pairing,� tralian Wines, Dec. 10 HoliKitchen and Josh Orr was he concluded. His December Wine at his best. “There is no TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 18 label to influence tasting, no tasting room, you are sitting around discussing and giving an opinion about what is in your glass. Is the juice delivering or not,� he pointed out. “You can put your nose into the glass and process the aroma and identify what you are smelling. Is it a strong berry scent like California wines, or a strong herb and mineral scent like an Italian or French wine? Each grape has its own signature and personality.� I came to a red wine that I sensed was from an old world country like France or Italy, but it smelled initially like garbage. A small bite of bread and cheese and the scent and taste blossomed into a work of art. Suddenly I had a special wine, which turned out to be a Rhone Valley French Syrah from Hermitage. “That one has lots of flavor that people don’t normally associate with wine,� said Orr. “Especially if it isn’t from the west coast of America, and comes from the old world with its earthy notes, like olives, black pepper, oregano, smoky meat. These wines need a chance to grow on the palate. I have fallen in love

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Rancho equestrian supports scholarships RANCHO SANTA FE — Charity Fair Horse Show President Susan Farrior of Rancho Santa Fe recently presented a check for $6,000 on behalf of the Horse Show to her fellow Don Diego Scholarship Foundation board members in support of Don Diego’s mission to provide college scholarships to outstanding San Diego County high school seniors who have participated in Del Mar Fairgrounds events. The annual Charity Fair Horse Show, which takes place during the San Diego County Fair, benefits Don Diego and the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Information on the organization and the 2015 event is at Don Diego Board Chairman Paul Ecke III

Thanks to the gener- students will receive a tosaid, “We applaud Susan The Foundation and the Horse Show for osity of individuals and or- tal of $41,500 to pursue has awarded more than From left, Don Diego Scholarship Foundation Vice Chairman Jon Liss and Board Member Alysha Stehly thank Board Member/Charity Horse Show President Susan Farrior for her recent donation to the scholarship fund, joined by Don Diego Scholarship Foundation Chairman Paul Ecke III. Courtesy photo

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year’s challenge was World Class Learning. Galipault shared how the students researched the topic and arrived with a crystal clear mission. “The First place Maze Runners identified the problem of effectively learning foreign languages by researching and interviewing those in foreign language education in order to better understand best practices,” he said. “They discovered the benefit of learning foreign languages in an environment that is enjoyable and low stress, such as while playing basketball.” The students discovered that people learn a foreign language by performing tasks they like. In that type of learning environment, retention is always better. According to Galipault, at the qualifier, the Maze Runners excelled in both the Core Values and Robot Design in first place, and snagged third place in the Robotics Challenge. In Escondido there were roughly 26 competitors; and, Dec. 6 there will be close to 60. Galipault believes that its robotics program gives students an opportunity to experience


this disease. In San Diego County alone, nearly 60,000 individuals are afflicted with dementia and the leading disease under this umbrella diagnosis is Alzheimer’s. The guest speaker for the afternoon meeting was Michael Rafii, MD, Ph.D. A neurologist at UCSD, his hope was to present an informal dialogue, answering a variety of questions from the audience. First, Rafii shared a bit about himself. “I see patients who have memory complaints, memory concerns, and our job is to figure out whether these memory concerns are just age-related changes, an illness or a disease, a medication side-effect, or something else that we really need to address and potentially treat,” Rafii said. “Unfortunately, we find that memory problems which are due to Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that gets worse

“STEMs,” the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. However, the program encourages a fun, team-oriented experience. “The students learn beyond the programming and building of robots and learn about team building,” he said. Galipault continued, “They learn about presentation, public speaking, and business models so it’s a very holistic way of learning.” From now until the Dec. 6 FLL Southern California Championship in LEGOLAND, the Maze Runners intend to finetune their project. In the weeks ahead, they will polish up their presentation, robot programming, demonstration, and core values. Likewise, the RSF Maze Runners are asking for community help. Galipault and the team welcome input from residents on ways they personally learn foreign language best. Again, it’s all part of the core values for FLL championship. “The RSF Maze Runners continue to seek ideas and suggestions regarding fun and creative ways to experience language immersion,” Galipault said. For any community ideas and suggestions please email the team at rsfmazerunners over time and really leads to an inability for an individual to take care of themselves.” Alzheimer’s is an epidemic. Every 67 seconds another person is plagued by it. While Rafii discussed how Alzhiemer’s impacts patients and families, talked about new research, therapies, and diagnostics, he voiced something else. “Unfortunately people with Alzheimer’s disease don’t have advocates and you could become advocates,” he said, looking at the attendees. Rafii continued, “A person with Alzheimer’s disease has no voice.” Rafii wanted people to know that a person with Alzheimer’s disease may not even think they have a problem and sometimes family members are in denial, as well. This disease needs a champion to “voice” how big of a problem it really is. According to Rafii, in 2010 the number one expense to the U.S. economy published by the Rand

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derstand where their water usage is going and ways they can be more efficient and cut back on their water usage,” she said. Parks continued, “So that’s actually a really good first step for anybody is to have free residential survey.” The District is making this survey opportunity available to all its customers. As well, the District is offering many different

conservation rebates and incentives. In July, the District started a turf rebate program. “In collaboration with the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District there is a rebate for up to $3.50 a square foot of turf. If that turf is removed and replaced with drought tolerant plants, then the customer can get up to $3.50 a

square foot,” she said. Parks invites customers to contact the District to schedule a water analysis and learn more about their rebate programs. Their website also offers an array of information to help reduce water usage. The District can be reached at (858) 756-2424 and customers may receive additional information at

could be a toast during the holiday dinner, a visit to the cemetery, or even lighting a candle. Whatever is chosen, Corbin wants people to know they need to be realistic in how they feel. If a certain type of “remembrance” may be too emotionally painful, find another.

“Our greatest comfort may come in doing something for others; some persons feel they can acknowledge their loss more meaningfully through volunteer work, helping in a hospital or soup kitchen, or helping a friend in need,” Corbin said. During her visit at the RSF Senior Center, Siegel wanted attendees to be aware that Scripps Hospice

and Home Health clinicians are reaching out every day in its community throughout San Diego County, providing care and support for patients who have a life-limiting illness or need specific nursing support in the home. “It is important for Scripps to be out in the community to stay touch with the concerns, hopes and needs of residents so we can

better support the health and well-being of the people we serve,” she said. Meeting those needs include those who require a comforting hand during the holiday season when they have lost someone close to them. For more information about Scripps educational seminars or any other helpful information, Siegel invites residents to call (858) 748-3031.

Corporation was dementia at $203 billion. Following after was heart disease at $109 billion, then by cancer at $71 billion. “If you take number two and number three which affects so many more millions of people, it does not add up to the same expenses for Alzheimer’s disease. I don’t mean to only talk about the finances,” he said. “Certainly, there’s a huge societal and emotional cost to this disease. But just looking at numbers, it’s the most expensive disease to our society.” Rafii explained the skyrocketing price tags have nothing to do with cutting-edge cardiac defibrillators, cardiac intensive care units, early cancer screenings and advanced cancer treatments. The cost goes directly to caregivers. The tiring work of a caregiver does not enable them to have a “voice,” either. “So it’s a very unique situation because this disease has no voice,” Rafii said.

Next, Rafii addressed the budgets. He wanted people to know that the budget for all Alzheimer’s disease research in this country was $500 million per year. At first, someone might think that’s a generous amount. But the bigger picture states otherwise. The annual budget for cancer, he said, is $5 billion per year. That type of financial cushion allows for extraordinary research and testing which invariably further helps patients and families. “What we need is a champion, and there are folks out there that are trying to corral resources, but unfortunately it’s not enough. And many ideas go untested because there’s no funding and are just put aside,” Rafii said. Following Rafii’s presentation, Lynn Mullowney, associate director for the Alzheimer’s Association in the western region shared a few words. The advances in Alzheimer’s research have

To learn more visit alz. slowed down due to a lack of volunteers for research. org/sandiego She also told the crowd that the Alzheimer’s Association is actually one of the largest private funders of Alzheimer’s research. “As Dr. Rafii pointed out, it’s pennies on the dollar, and all we really need to do is look at cancer and heart disease to see that this investment pays off,” she said, referring to funding and volunteering for clinical trials. “So we need to make that investment in Alzheimer’s.”



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NOV. 28 SENDING WISHES Sign a card for the American Red Cross to send to veteran hospitals and military installations around the world. Through Dec. 2, cards are available at the Solana Beach library, 157 Stevens Ave. Best visit times are between 8 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. or after 3:30 p.m. For more information, call (858) 7551404. CEDROS HOLIDAYS The Cedros Avenue Holiday Open House in Solana Beach will coincide with Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29. The day will offer in-store festivities, live music in three locations, photo booth, balloon artists, and face painting. To find out more about Cedros Avenue visit HELP THE HOSPICE The Elizabeth Hospice will host a three-day volunteer training for individuals interested in becoming a hospice volunteer from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 Through Dec. 3 at The Elizabeth Hospice, 500 La Terraza Blvd, Suite 130, Escondido. Reserve your spot by calling (800) 797-2050. A weekend volunteer training will be offered in February. IVEY RANCH FUNDRAISER Oceanside’s Ivey Ranch will receive 50 percent of fundraiser sales from Park Lane Jewelry. Visit store/category/bracelet and place orders until Dec. 3.

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DEC. 1 BIG BOOK SALE Solana Beach Library will hold A Holiday book sale Dec. 1 through Dec. 6 at the library, 157 Stevens Ave. Fill a paper grocery bag of books for $5. Price drops $1 each day. MEDITATE San Dieguito Adult Ed offers Meditation beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at 684 Requeza Drive, Encinitas. Three classes for $32. Visit for details. DEC. 2 PHO -HO -HO -HO -TO Santa will be at the Solana Beach Library at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at 157 Stevens Ave This year he is bringing one

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KITTENS FOR CHRISTMAS “Better with a Buddy” is back at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Adopt a cat or kitten, then come back any time within one year and adopt a second cat or kitten for only $25. For more information call (760) 7536413, visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SOLEL MARKETPLACE Shop till you drop at the annual Solel Marketplace from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 3, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-bythe-Sea. Local vendors with jewelry, clothing, art, home décor and food. For more information, contact Kimberly Raoufpur at (760) 944-1285 760) DEC. 5 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Horizon Prep will hold its Christmas Boutique, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Horizon Prep Lions Den Gym, 6233 El Apajo Road. All proceeds enhance the educational experience at Horizon Prep. For more information, contact Natalie Eastman at HYPERLINK



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FOREIGN FILM FEST See “Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen” Germany, 2009 at the free International Film Series at MiraCosta College Dec. 5 in the MiraCosta College Little Theatre Room 3601, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. For more information, visit life. ‘RENTED CHRISTMAS’ Village Church Community Theater presents “Rented Christmas - The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets online, at villagechurchc om mu n it y t he at e . Reserved seating $15 each. General admission $10 for adults, $5 for children, Family Package $25 (2 adults and 2 children 12 years and under). DEC. 6 ‘NUTCRACKER’ See the Scripps Performing Arts Academy’s “The Nutcracker” at 1:30pm Dec. 6 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Scripps Ranch High School Theater, 10410 Treena Street, San Diego, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 tination to those entertaining for the holidays. “People come in here looking for that perfect punchbowl, stemware, sterling silver flatware, serving trays, and more,” she said. “And if you’re going to a party we have great hostess gifts.” Letourneau said the most sought after is their crystal and sterling silver items because they are in pristine condition. “We don’t accept anything with chips or breaks and we try to take in full sets, without any missing pieces,” she said. At The Country Friends, inventory is always changing. Letourneau’s advice is if one sees something

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MARK THE CALENDAR CAROLS OF CARLSBAD Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s free Carols of Carlsbad by Carlsbad Unified School District classes will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa del Mar, Carlsbad. Sponsored by Omni and Jazzercise. SING THE ‘MESSIAH’ Choral Director David Chase leads the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, chamber orchestra, guest soloists, and audience members in a “Messiah” Sing-Along at 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 6628 Santa Isabel St., Carlsbad. Tickets $15 general, $8 student/ youth. Call (858) 534-4637 or visit lajollasymphony.

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NOV. 28, 2014 The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo presents a Blind Chardonnay Tasting Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Wine tastings and appetizers for $35. Taste highly oaked chards, unoaked, and everything in between. Check it out at (858) 673-7512. Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad has a Holiday Champagne Dinner Dec. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Vivace Restaurant. Enjoy Moet and Hennessy plus a four-course Vivace dinner. Cost is $155. RSVP at (760) 448-1234 ext. 6011. A Blind Wine Tasting Tour happens at Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Ten wines will be enjoyed with a variety of light appetizers. Price is $55. Details at (858) 442Wine Bytes Wine pairing with 2749. live music at the Beach Frank Mangio is a reHouse Winery in Oceansnowned wine connoisseur ide Nov. 29 from 1 to 4 certified by Wine Specp.m. for $20. Features tator. He is one of the Grenache and Cabernet. leading wine commentaDetails at (760) 732-3236. Ramona Ranch Win- tors on the web. View and link up with his columns ery offers food, wine and music Nov. 29 from 2 to at Reach him at mangiompc@aol. 5 p.m., $10 per tasting. com and follow him on Contact number is (760) Facebook. 789-1622.

ty, flavor and aroma is the ideal rocky acidic soil, a warm, sunny climate and sweet grapes found in the upper Douro Valley about 60 miles east of the city of Porto. With fermentation, grape brandy is added to the wine. This stops fermentation and allows the winemakers to make adjustments for taste and sweetness. Some of the most popular styles of port include: Tawny Port, which is lighter and not as sweet as ruby or vintage ports. Aged Tawny, blended from a range of different aged wines and Vintage Port, intense in color, left in a cask two to three years and aged in bottles for many years.


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I am an engineer by education and came to the US to further my education. My brother and I saw an opportunity in 1996 to open a different type of Indian restaurant that combined great ambiance with authentic cuisine from the Punjab region of India. You have been open since 1996, a nice chunk of time in the restaurant world. You must be doing something right. What sets Royal India apart from other Indian restaurants in the area? Jag
I’d say first off is our strict adherence to quality and fresh ingredients. We grind all our spices, bake our naan inhouse and of course utilize mom’s recipes and pay full attention to the details. Combine that with our passion for what we do and the way we treat our patrons as our personal guests while ensuring that those unfamiliar with our cuisine are educated on their options.

If I were to bring someone that is new to Indian food to Royal India, what would you suggest they try to ease into the cuisine? A lot of people think all Indian food is very spicy and oily. Not at all, they probably didn’t try it at the right restaurant. At Royal India, all dishes are made fresh to your order and can be made mild, medium, hot or Indian hot. Traditional curries are too strong for a few people, so we created some fruity curries like coconut pineapple, mango pineapple and ginger tamarind for them.


You also offer a lot of vegetarian and vegan dishes; can you give me some examples of those? Royal India is a true vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurant. We have more then 20 vegan and at least 30 vegetarian entrees on the menu. Popular dishes are aloo gobi, eggplant bhartha, channa masala, and veggie mango pineWhat would you consider apple. to be your top 5 dishes? That’s a tough one Your desserts are quite as we have so much that nice also, what are some is good! If I had to pick of your favorites? Home made Kulfi it would be chicken coconut pineapple, herb (Indian Ice cream) comes baked Salmon, vegetable in plain, mango and pis-

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Lauren Hester, here competing on Warinde B, relocated from Rancho Santa Fe to the tiny town of Baarlo in the Netherlands in 2013 and has just returned. Photo by Herve Bonard


Equestrian Hester returns to Ranch RANCHO SANTA FE — To further her dreams of one day representing the United States in the Olympics, American Lauren Hester relocated from Rancho Santa Fe to the tiny town of Baarlo in the Netherlands. Beginning in April of 2013, Hester and her horses were housed with Stal Hendrix, where she worked with Emile Hendrix. She recently came home to Rancho Santa Fe. Hester currently has four horses actively competing at the Grand Prix level, plus a young horse that is starting to compete at the International shows. She recently competed in the Las Vegas National. Her 2014 show season went from Spain in March (Oliva Tour), to Belgium (Opglabeek) in May, and back to the Netherlands (Eindhoven, Arnheim, Asten, Geesteren, and Koningbosch) where she has posted victories. Unlike many of her peers, Hester has always played a big role in training her own horses, feeling that it is more rewarding to grow with them. She currently owns and manages Hester Equestrian, building a solid

string of horses for her longterm goal, while also developing young horses. Hester Equestrian also owns six babies, ranging from yearlings to coming three-year-olds, who are growing up in the fields of Europe. She is also working with well-known breeder Paul Hendrix, Emile Henrix’s brother. When asked to discuss the differences between developing horses in Europe and in the United States, Hester cited cost as the major difference. Entry fees are much higher in the states, and because the top-level shows are spread from coast to coast, travel can be one intimidating expense. The day-to-day expenses are also much lower in Europe, as are training fees. From her base in Baarlo, the Netherlands, there were four quality shows within 45 minutes, making it possible to go for the day. Citing a subject that seems to be on many equestrian minds these days, Hester would like to see Americans put more time and money into young horses. Although she realizes, and understands why they

find it more economical, and probably easier, to buy horses from Europe, she also observed how advanced the breeding system is there. While there are few breeding programs in the US, there are many in Europe. “In Europe,” Hester said, “It’s not a hobby; it’s their life.” Hester recently returned to Rancho Santa Fe with the string she’s been successful on in Europe – Abigail, Warinde B, Wender and Daister L, along with a few new mounts. She also brought back an equitation horse to sell, Constantine, a new 6-yearold mare, Dalmerette, and a 5-year-old gelding, Lorstakov. With a clearer vision, she seeks to support young horse programs, and is pleased to see some shows have lightened the fees for young horses. She will also campaign her grand prix mounts at selected shows. Once again working with Joie Gatlin and Morley Abey, Hester is assisting with sales and purchases. The horses are at home, and she plans to stay on this side of the ocean for a few show seasons at least.

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