The rancho santa fe news, september 4, 2015

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Sandy, left, and Art Yayanos lead the after-hours travel lecture series at the RSF Library called, “Critters and Cultures of Southern Africa.” Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Lecture series takes people on a journey By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A special after-hours travel lecture series was hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, which took visitors on a journey to another part of the globe. The series entitled, “Critters and Cultures of Southern Africa,” was championed by the RSF Library Guild’s board President Art Yayanos and his wife Sandy. The couple jetted to Johannesburg, South Africa in May. From there, they explored various parts of South Africa including the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Their vacation lasted 23 days. Their first trip to South Africa

was 10 years ago and they yearned to go back once again. For Sandy, presenting their trip to others hoped it could trigger how people are missing an opportunity of a lifetime if they don’t visit South Africa. “The cultures are so different and the people are so welcoming,” she said. Sandy continued, “The wildlife is incredible and it’s an experience that changes your life.” While traveling to South Africa gave the couple a fresh perspective, for Art, it afforded him an educational platform. “It gets you excited about continuing to learn more,” he said.

Before leaving, someone may think they are prepared with the new knowledge for their upcoming vacation but there’s always more. “And when you come back, your curiosity just skyrockets,” he said, noting how he’s researched additional material about the culture, animals, and history of the places he did visit and see. While the guides provide comprehensive information, Art has the urge to research more. “Now with the Internet, it’s possible to find that out and there are a lot of organizational sites that contribute important information,” he said. “All I can say is that traveling is wonderful.”

Water usage drops 48 percent in July, district reports By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — For another consecutive month, the Santa Fe Irrigation District furnished data showing that water usage is down once again. The months of May, June and July have revealed that customers have surpassed the state mandated 36 percent water cutback. In July, there was a 48 percent reduction compared to water usage in July 2013. The year of 2013 is the baseline set the state of California. As the temperatures climb toward the end of summer and into September the district is encouraging customers to stay diligent. “As we now enter into the time of year where we typically have hotter and dryer weather, we encourage all our customers to continue and even redouble their water conservation efforts,” said Jessica Parks, spokesperson for the SFID. According to the district’s General Manager Mike Bardin, he said it was clear that most of their customers were being very effective at cutting back water use. “Many have taken advantage of rebate programs to eliminate water guzzling plants, improve irrigation systems and make other changes,” he said. “Our customers are doing an impressive job conserving so far, but the

The Santa Fe Irrigation District is reporting that water usage in its service areas are down once again. File photo

driest and hottest months are ahead of us, and everyone needs to keep working at conserving.” What helped significantly in July was the rainstorm. Parks commends customers for abiding by the State’s water restrictions by turning off all

outdoor irrigation during the rainfall and 48 hours afterward. Parks pointed out that it does take effort for customers to remember to turn off their irrigation during TURN TO WATER ON 17

NOW WE’RE COOKING Woodrow “Woody” Wilson is August’s Kitchen Hack cook at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. He prepared pork filet mignon and Parmesan roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Afterward he was also on hand for his book signing for his cookbook, “The Champagne Taste/Beer Budget Cookbook.” Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Chromebooks doled out to school students By Christina Macone-Greene nically challenging to get

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the Aug. 20 Rancho Santa Fe School District meeting Ben Holbert, the technology director at R. Roger Rowe Middle School, updated the school board that the distribution of Google Chromebooks is underway. The first phase of the distribution were for students in sixth, seven and eighth grade. “We distributed all but the 53 of the Chromebooks today and these were just no shows from registration day,” Holbert said. Holbert told the board that the distribution went well. President Todd Frank had a question, which came from about every middle school student that he knew. “They don’t know whether they should be logging into them or using their private emails,” he said. “So what’s the right answer that I can give them?” Holbert said the answer was that they have an account that they haven’t told the students yet. By the first day of school, he was hopeful an active directory would be in sync with Google. He went on to say that it had been tech-

that aspect working and secure. With that in mind, Holbert said the students were entered into a manual upload. Holbert suggested sending out an email update to the parents referring to Frank’s question and the board agreed that would be a good idea. Staff members, Holbert said, also underwent a two-hour intro into Google operations for education. Following this, staff received another two-hour tutorial for educational standards training which related to grades five through eight. Those were separate sessions. The tutorials brought staff members up to speed with the new tools and methods, which will be used in the classroom. “It was a really good day,” Holbert said. The decision to make the switch from the Apple iPad to Chromebooks occurred at the start of summer. Holbert made the recommendation because he thought Chromebooks technology offered a better platform for students. In Windows, students can have multiple applications and browsers opened TURN TO CHROMEBOOKS ON 17


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Welcome to the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center Voices from the Village


By Linda Durket

elcome to the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center! The RSF Community Center has been serving Rancho Santa Fe for over 40 years and represents the involvement and incredible generosity of local residents and businesses. Established by a group of dedicated parents who came together in 1971 to organize the first athletic and recreational youth group, the center has evolved to provide a variety of activities for all ages while maintaining a focus on youth care. As a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization, our mission is to enhance the spirit and benefits of community life through programs, events and services of enrichment, recreation and outreach for all ages. We work closely with the community to provide an array of classes and programs that foster lifelong friendships and memories! Calendar of Activities We offer many after-school enrichment classes including Spanish, Edible Art, Cheer, Dance & Tumble, Sewing, Woodshop, Golf and even Surf in Del Mar! Our Rancho

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Youth program provides a variety of crafts, games and sports to keep children learning, active and entertained after the school day is over. In addition to our after school classes we run youth dodgeball tournaments and operate a recreational Jr. Dunkers Basketball League for boys and girls attracting over 250 players from the area! We also maintain an active calendar for adults including a fun Design and Entertaining Lecture Series by local designer Doug Dolezal Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, a Paint Uncorked Night Oct. 7 and an Adult Dodgeball Tournament Nov. 17. Many residents look forward to our annual “All Fore the Community” Golf Classic held at the beautiful Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and this year it will be held Oct. 19. One of our most popular programs is “Moms & Tots” a group of local mothers that

meets weekly with their toddlers. This long-standing group forms many lasting friendships and helps little ones learn to socialize at fun gatherings that incorporate crafts, games, lunches and special events! We’ll have an Open House for the group Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Center. The playgroup meets throughout the school year at the RSF Community Center, local parks and attractions, member’s homes and other child-friendly places in our beautiful community. Join the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center! When you become a member of the Community Center you’re joining a family of neighbors that not only supports our programs but each other as well. Many people tell us they felt an immediate connection to Rancho Santa Fe and made lifelong friendships when they became involved in our classes and events. We are so thankful for the support of our members, our board of directors, and this wonderful community. Please call me with any questions you might have about joining at (858) 756-2461 or visit us online at Linda Durket is executive director of the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center

School Board forgoes new District policy for non-enrolled students readies for new school year

By Christina Macone-Greene cy,” Frank said. “I would

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Superintendent Lindy Delaney told the board of trustees at a recent school board meeting that a great deal of activity was happening in preparations for the new school year, which began on Aug. 24. So far, there have been a couple of newcomer events and more to look forward to so families can become acclimated to the new environment. Delaney said that she hoped by the time school started the newcomers felt welcome and know that the campus is “their place.” She also commended the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation for a job well done in organizing the events. The week before the official school session, new teachers to the school had their orientation. The following day, the existing staff arrived. Delaney said it’s always fun welcoming back the entire staff. “It’s like friends seeing friends,” she said. “The staff came back refreshed and revitalized.” While some staff memTURN TO SCHOOL YEAR ON 17


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RANCHO SANTA FE — In a July meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe School Board District discussed the possibility of learning more about implementing a board policy, which allowed children in the district to participate in programs who were not enrolled at R. Roger Rowe School. When the idea was first brought to the board, Board Vice President Tyler Seltzer was not in favor, whereas Board President Todd Frank and Board Trustee Todd Buchner were opened to the idea of learning more. Since that time, the district’s attorney, Richard Currier, drafted board policy 6033 entitled, “Possible Participation by Children in Programs of the District Who are Not Regularly Enrolled as Pupils in the District.” According to Currier, he recommended a policy since the California Education Code offered no direction for this issue. At a recent board meeting, Seltzer was resolute in his decision from the first round. After hearing Currier, Frank indicated he did not feel there was a good enough reason to put a permanent policy in place. “So I’m inclined to not support it as a poli-

abstain putting the policy together.” On the other hand, Buchner wanted to move forward with a motion with a policy but other board members did not concur. Currier said he drafted some of the district’s other special board policies where they delegated a decision to the superintendent within her discretion. Based upon the discussion from the last board meeting in July, he said, along with board member input he crafted a policy which would grant this issue under very limited circumstances. “We also did a lot of legal research on this, but it’s basically a straightforward board policy that allows the superintendent to grant an application that is made in writing for a student who is no longer enrolled in the school to come back and participate in a program as long as all these limitations and restrictions are met,” Currier said. A few of the limitations included that the child’s parent, adult caregiver or legal guardian resided within the District, the child was enrolled in the District in the last two years, and the child would TURN TO STUDENTS ON 17

Rancho Santa Fe Association approves retail friendly parking By Christina Macone-Greene where there’s just simply Chief

RANCHO SANTA FE — In an effort to assist retailers and restaurants in the Village, the RSF Association recently approved a number of 2-hour parking spaces. The areas are in the Village Core at the intersections of Avenida de Acacias and Paseo Delicias and La Granada and Paseo Delicias. The goal is to make parking more user-friendly for customers and visitors. Larry Roberts, RSF Association planner gave an in-depth presentation to the board of directors. He had met with Village merchants to listen to their issues and challenges in July. He told the board that merchants in the Village had expressed concerns about the lack of parking. This has been causing an inconvenience for their potential customers to visit, and in turn, sustain any kind of retail business. “What’s been happening is all of the employees of the other businesses that are down there are parking where it’s the most convenient to park which is often right in front of their business and the collective action of all of the people doing what’s individually in their favor is creating this set of circumstances

no parking available downtown,” Roberts said. “With no parking downtown, you have no customers.” The other businesses along the core are real estate establishments, banks, among others. By enforcing certain types of parking restriction in parts of downtown, he said, this will push some of those cars out and offer better parking opportunities for customers. The Association unanimously approved new 2-hour green curbs at the following locations: 19 spaces on Avenida de Acacias near Mille Fleur Restaurant and Union Bank, 8 spots along La Granada adjacent to John Matty Co. and Rancho Santa Fe Flowers and Gifts, and 15 additional spaces along La Granada. Roberts stated that there was a consideration to mark the whole core as two-hour zones. But more than 80 cars would be shifted into other areas. “All that would do is push the problem from one spot to another,” Roberts said. What staff arrived at was shifting a portion of these cars. During the course of the presentation, it was revealed by RSF Patrol

Matt Wellhouser that there is no parking enforcement done by his team. The California Highway Patrol’s supplemental patrols issue any citations. President Ann Boon chimed in saying that Wellhouser has been working on parking enforcement with the CHP and feedback from the merchants indicated that there has been a positive impact. What was presented to the board, Boon said, is an immediate short-term solution to help the Village merchants. The Village Task Force will be working on long-term parking modalities and resolutions. It is estimated that it will take approximately 90 days for the new two-hour parking slots to be pushed through San Diego County and voted on by the County Board of Supervisors.


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What price Paradise? By Celia Kiewit

Anti-Semitism issue again confronts UC regents California Focus By Thomas D. Elias Back in June, the president of the University of California promised on national radio that the UC Board of Regents would vote in its next meeting – in July – on whether to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism. It didn’t happen. There was no vote, no discussion, not even an agenda item. No regent, including Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom or Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, spoke a critical word on the quiet disappearance of that item from the meeting. But the question is slated to reappear when regents gather again Sept. 16-17 in Irvine, not as a policy opposing anti-Semitism, but as a general discussion of “tolerance” on campus. UC administrators, of course, know all about tolerating anti-Semitism. No suspects have yet been found in several episodes of Nazi-like swastikas daubed onto university buildings and there have been no penalties for student government members who publicly questioned whether Jewish students can make fair and objective decisions or judgments on campus issues. That’s consistent with the lack of action against students who set up mock roadblocks on the Berkeley campus where Jewish-looking students — and no others — were accosted by toughs carrying machine-gun mockups. This was some Muslim students’ idea of a legitimate protest against Israel’s anti-terror tactics, which have cut deaths by car- and suicide-bombings to a fraction of their former level. Toothless bromides about tolerance were all those events – and multiple others since 2010 – elicited

from administrators and faculty apparently reluctant about doing anything to counter their system’s rising reputation for enabling outright anti-Semitism in the guise of a Palestinian-sponsored campaign to boycott Israel, divest from companies doing business there and create international sanctions against the Jewish state. No one suggests Israel’s policies should be immune from criticism, protest or debate. They are debated ceaselessly in countless Jewish forums. But adopting the State Department’s definition would let UC officials know when protest becomes bigotry. The State Department criteria, recently reaffirmed, are simple: If an action aims to delegitimize Israel, denying its very right to exist because it is a Jewish state, that’s anti-Semitic. If a protest demonizes Israel in ways not employed against any other country, that’s also anti-Semitism. And if a protest employs a double standard judging Israel differently from other countries, that’s anti-Semitic, too. Here’s one clear-cut example: When Israeli terrorists firebombed a Palestinian home and killed a child this summer, government officials immediately condemned the act and began a manhunt for the perpetrators. Palestinian officials and police have never tried to capture any countryman who killed Jewish citizens of Israel. Similarly, campus protestors who vilify Israel for the baby killing ignore the many more similar acts against Israelis. That’s as clear as a double standard can get. While Napolitano and the regents spent part of the summer backing off a tough stance against anti-Semitism, both the state Senate and Assembly passed a resolution calling on UC campuses to condemn it in all forms,

a recognition that this ageold prejudice has morphed into new forms on campus, partly because of the presence of students from countries where anti-Semitism is official policy. A formal definition is needed, say groups that battle anti-Semitism, because of confusion over the relationship between Jew-hatred and animosity toward Israel. Since the Assembly under Atkins’ leadership passed its resolution unanimously, it seems logical she should lead her fellow regents back to specifics, rather than going along with the milquetoast attempt to simply discuss tolerance. The university already has myriad policies encouraging tolerance and excoriating “hate speech.” While those policies have not been enforced against anti-Semites, they effectively prevent hate activities directed against African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims and other groups. “Action on anti-Israel behavior devolving into anti-Semitism is still on the table,” said a hopeful Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, which fights on-campus anti-Semitism. “We need a formal definition of what Jewish students are experiencing as anti-Semitism.” Without that, she said, administrators struggle to separate ordinary student protests from acts of hate. This may be one reason many egregious anti-Semitic acts have elicited no punishment. It’s high time the Board of Regents realizes that if it lapses into generalities and refuses to adopt specific guidelines like those of the State Department, it will be promoting an age-old hatred. Elias can be contacted at

Granted, housing costs and rents have gone up since I last wrote on this subject, but after doing a quick survey along the coast of North County San Diego, two people can rent a nice one bedroom apartment along the coast for about $1,500 to $1,800/ month. Surprisingly, the law allows three occupants per that one bedroom unit! Children or adults, related or not. Five people can legally occupy a two bedroom at about $2,300/month. Should life in paradise be cheaper than that? If I can’t afford to live in Encinitas, what are my options? What’s wrong with San Marcos, Escondido, Oceanside, and Carlsbad? Are you aware that plenty of subsidized units already exist here? Yes, they do. Depending on income qualification, discounts of 50 percent apply. How much development and shopping do we need? I’m talking about common sense and quality of life—a commodity in short supply and a phrase we often hear from our elected officials. Have you driven lately on the parking lot called I-5?! Is there any hope of mass transit in our future? Consider the growing controversy over the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields. Since incorporation in 1987, Encinitas has been accused of being out of compliance with the affordable housing mandate issued by Sacra-Demento. Have you any idea how many legal accessory units exist here? Plenty. How about private homes occupied by two or three families? Many! Not to mention short term units and other shared housing. This is all legal affordable housing. But the BIA and liberal legislators pushing to


pave the planet don’t seem to care. According to Bruce Reznik (June 1, 2015), the homeless and Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters” are entitled to housing by the beach and the library so they can be comfortable while unemployed or promoting their various schemes and scams. How about including all the sex offenders, excons, illegal immigrants, and jihadis? We voted for Prop. 187, but a few activist judges didn’t agree. Like another famous Sanctuary City, y’all come! What about the dreaded drought? As California burns and slowly goes dry, the water board officials are enforcing draconian

going to get my act together, rather than bouncing around from couch to curb, sleeping in a ditch, stuck in addiction, leaning on the government for welfare and food stamps, in and out of rehab, or worse. The founder knows that these people cannot afford to live on the coast where the jobs available to them will not likely cover the rent or even allow them to apply. He has a proven method where these folks learn how to overcome their plight long term by working on the campus, learning life skills, and applying smart choices and accountability to their lives. No more excuses.

I’m talking about common sense and quality of life — a commodity in short supply... measures raising our rates thus creating less water usage, and the BIA lobbies for building more housing. Water conservation is a good thing, but are these guys in cahoots? Who pays for subsidized housing? We, the tax payers do. Living on the coast is not a right; it is a privilege that people work hard to earn and it doesn’t happen overnight. Not everyone can afford to live in beautiful Encinitas and that is as it should be. Here’s some great news: There’s a model of assistance for low income and homeless folks found in nearby Vista — a plan of fiscal common sense, efficiency, and principled philanthropy currently succeeding brilliantly in North County. It’s called Solutions for Change. If I am ever homeless, this is where I’m

This is a compassionate and enlightened enterprise including a two-acre aquaponic (fish) farm that provides fresh organic produce to local schools and farmer’s markets, plus a university of life skills and counseling that fosters good habits and responsibility, not “poor me” enabling psycho-babble and wasteful spending of tax dollars — a model like few others in existence. And the farm uses less water than I do! I have a master’s degree in counseling and management experience with local short term homeless shelters that have their place at times, but Solutions for Change has a well-tested track record since the ‘90s with very little government funding. That’s a very good model. Some subsidies make sense and others don’t. Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident.

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Couple always looking to do more for kids in need By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — The dozens of eager youngsters waited outside for the Famous Footwear in Encinitas to open an hour early on a recent Saturday, asking each other what they were going to do — go for two pairs of shoes or opt for the combination of a pair of shoes and a backpack? And with a fury of little feet being measured and fitted, and the number of boxes opened and scattered in each aisle, shoes, it seemed, was the overwhelming answer.

Behind the back-toschool shopping spree were Encinitas residents Charles and Linda Van Kessler, founders of the nonprofit charity Passion 4 K.I.D.S. (Kids in Desperate Situations). The charity organization, which began with Charles back in 1986 in Texas, has been helping to provide for handicapped, neglected, abandoned, abused and underprivileged kids ever since. Myesha Perry, from Vista, is a single mother of four children, with 2-year-

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ROOF! ROOF! From left: Passion 4 K.I.D.S. co-founder Linda Van Kessler, Amelia Ober, Joey Ober, Joey Ober Jr., Noah Ober, Passion 4 K.I.D.S. co-founder Charles Van Kessler and Alexa Ober at the Encinitas Famous Footwear. Photos by Tony Cagala

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Passion 4 K.I.D.S. to be able to provide shoes for my kids is awesome,” said Perry. So far the organization has helped maybe 100 families. “It may not sound like a lot,” Charles, 74, said. “But the things we do are sometimes astronomical.” The organization has given away four handicap vans, remodeled two homes and gives support to an El Cajon family that has adopted 18 special needs children. They’ve also raised $100,000 for Baby Izaiah, the little boy who was hit by a drunk driver in 2010 and left paralyzed, and his family to make a down payment on a handicap accessible home. Jacob Wallis, Izaiah’s father, said the Van Kesslers have been with the family since day one. “At first we were strangers and as the time went on we became family. Ever since day one, they’ve always looked out for Izaiah and all of his needs.” Over the years, the

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Wallis’ sense of routine has settled in now that they’re in their own home. “It’s a place that we can call home, rather than a place that we’re just renting out. Izaiah’s definitely comfortable there,” Wallis said. The kids and their families attending Saturday’s event came from all over San Diego County because, Charles explained, the needs come from everywhere. “We get more and more requests and we have less and less funds,” Charles said. He said Passion 4 K.I.D.S. is getting “pretty dangerously low on funds,” right now. It’s always the same story, Charles added. “We need funds.” “We go begging,” he said. “That’s what we have to do. We beg companies — we beg everywhere — we just beg to make it happen. That’s a tough way to go, but we do it.” Getting by on local donations, the couple continues to run the nonprofit, and Charles’ other business, Passion 4 Life vitamins, out of their Encinitas home. The Van Kesslers don’t take any of the donations for their salaries and portions of the sales of the Passion 4 Life vitamins go back into the nonprofit organization. When people make donations, Charles is adamant that the money doesn’t go to any overhead, expenses and salaries. Born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1941, Charles, at 2 years old, saw his family snatched away in front of his own eyes by the Nazis, he said. He would be left to spend his early childhood in a state-run orphanage, where he would suffer eight years of abuse, malnutrition, no nutrition — eating only sugar beets and flower bulbs for survival. After so much, Charles ran away from the orphanage, drifting all over Holland, he said, begging for food and a place to sleep. At the age of 15, he was able to get a job, and then later, in 1964, he was able to come to the U.S. “My outlook on life changed when I came to America and teamed up with some missionaries to TURN TO PASSION ON 17

RANCHO SANTA FE — Superintended Lindy Delaney reported excellent news to the school board. After some tremendous teamwork, they re-funded their general obligation bonds which went into effect in July. While Delaney described the efforts as saving taxpayers “quite a bit of money” the amount has calculated around the vicinity of $2.8 million. Delaney explained to the board and those in attendance that the re-funding was in regard to their outstanding bonds which the taxpayers approved through a vote. In turn, it enabled the school to take part in a variety of projects such as new construction and restorations. Taxpayers voted and approved three general obligation bond elections in March 1991, March 2004, and February 2008. Delaney wanted everyone to know that the District has been very supportive of the school for many years. “One of our tasks is to be good stewards of what we ask our community for. And so we were able to put a re-funding for the 2004 bonds that reached maturity of 10 years and a pre re-funding for the 2008 bonds to save the taxpayers $2.8 million.” While thanking the Board for their interest in moving forward with the project, she thanked the individuals who made this happen including their finance team and District counsel, Richard Currier. “I enjoyed the experience of learning and I am glad that we saved the taxpayers that much money,” she said. Delaney also pointed out how they retained their AAA rating, the highest level for municipal government from Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services. According to RFS School District Board President Todd Frank, the mechanics of re-funding is that the school has borrowed money and so the debt lives on. “It’s just a less expensive interest rate to the community. So we don’t actually have more to operate with, this is merely a move of being good stewards of the debt,” he said. Frank added that while it frees up their balance sheet they are able to borrow more in the future while continuing to be good stewards. Frank then commended Delaney. “Thank you for shepherding it all the way through,” he said. “Those transactions can be stressful and you did a great job.”

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ither their little hands wave wildly in the air for attention or they sit as still as stone, trying to figure out just how they ended up here. I love the first week of kindergarten, which I can watch from my library desk. It is always poignant but also hilarious, because kids that age are funny, even when they don’t intend to

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n my investigation of North County’s homeless epidemic, I’ve examined some of the public and private agencies addressing the issue. Now, I’ll take an indepth look at the numbers behind our homeless population, and share what the data reveals. Once a year, the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless organizes a countywide “Point in Time Count” of the homeless population. Volunteers are assigned areas to identify and survey sheltered and unsheltered individuals, collecting responses to key questions that can help agencies refine their outreach efforts and services. Survey data is geographically aggregated to the city level, allowing us to take a unique look at the population trends for North County. In 2015, less than a

be. And so begins the new school year, providing me with delicious laughs courtesy of the latest gang of newly arrived, adorable 5-year-olds. As testing began to assess where each child is on the basics, one young one seemed to know numbers one through 26, but 27 came out 2,740. I think things just weren’t moving fast enough for him. That same syndrome showed up when one youngster wearily asked his teacher “Why do we have to sit so much?” This one will probably make the Olympic team, but I sense classrooms are never going to be his favorite place.

The line of the day came from one who raced up to his teacher to say, “Mr. D! I just saw a kindergartener who looked like a 20gartener!” This year, fewer firstday meltdowns were reported, but of course there was at least one who has cried every morning for five days. Sigh. To add to the general mayhem, the air-conditioning shut down in the kindergarten pod during a couple of the hottest August days. Most of the classes ended up in the always cool library for at least a story time. The teachers looked TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 17

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Solving Homelessness, Part III quarter (17.8 percent) of San Diego County’s 8,506 homeless population lives in North County cities or unincorporated neighborhoods. In fact, the vast majority of homeless (63.3 percent) live in the city of San Diego. Most (67 percent) of the North County homeless are “sheltered,” meaning

on the night of the count they were living in emergency shelters (domestic violence shelter, housing vouchers), safe havens, or in transitional housing. Comparatively, only half (50 percent) of the City of San Diego’s homeless TURN TO HOMELESSNESS ON 17





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project from businessman and investor Bryan Gordon, and it’s since become his full-time focus over that period. As the Sept. 18 event nears, Gordon and a team of some 40 consultants and experts have been spending the majority of their time planning Kaaboo down to the most granular details, from band line ups on the entertainment side to addressing residents’ concerns over noise and festival goers leaving in the early morning hours. “We have a well thought out plan,” Gordon said in regards to addressing concerns that have been voiced over a number of Del Mar City Council meetings. He said they’ve been working for a long time with the Sheriff’s Department and other local municipalities, adding that they’re following the lead of Fairground’s officials, who put on hundreds of events on a yearly basis. “And then hopefully, the nature of our audience in our demographic is not likely to lend itself to as rowdy a participant on average,” Gordon said. The festival’s website describes the event as an “adult escape.” “Hopefully,” Gordon said, “all that adds up to

little in the way of problems on site and off site.” While they anticipate having security and law enforcement present throughout the event, he thinks that by the late hours of the festival, the audience will be down to smaller levels after 8 p.m. maybe down to 8,000 to 10,000 people at 1 a.m. compared to multiples of that at 8 p.m., he said, to which they’ll adjust security accordingly. As for noise level complaints or other community concerns, the festival has created a direct hotline that will be staffed by Kaaboo personnel, and will be monitored through the entirety of the event. “Any kind of community concerns, there will be a hotline that will come to senior people on my staff and that will be answered and attended to promptly,” Gordon said. That hotline number is (858) 794-1104. According to previous news reports, the festival organizers are donating $1 to be split evenly between four charities, which include Feeding America, Operation Amped, the Surfrider Foundation and the San Diego Music Foundation. In regards to next year, TURN TO KAABOO ON 17

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apturing the essence of a quality wine in descriptive words that feels perfect for the moment of judgment can be a simple expression. Love is a deep, involved feeling that forecasts longterm devotion, while luscious is a more exciting, let’s jump in the pool together feeling. I used both words without hesitation at my three recent wine visits to The La Costa Resort, Harry’s Bar & Grill and Il Fornaio in Del Mar. At the recent La Costa Resort benefit for Make a Wish of San Diego, expertly produced under the leadership of Dustin Cano of Meritage Wine Market, Italics Wines of Napa Valley’s Coombsville district stole the show with its “15â€? blend. The story on this wine is that winemaker Steve Reynolds wanted to highlight the best that Napa Valley had to offer so over a decade ago, with 13 sub-appellations at that time, he blended wines from each of the 13 and so created the blend “13.â€? Now he has created the 2012 “15â€? as Napa Valley added two more sub-appellations. Now Coombsville has been created as No. 16. Instead of looking around for a winery to collaborate with, Italics was born, in Coombsville, on 73 acres southeast of the city of Napa. Love and luscious were perfect descriptors for “15.â€? In La Jolla, across from UTC, you will find Harry’s Bar & Grill. The original is still going strong in Florence Italy. Owner Garo Minassian brought in Kobrand Wines, reps for some of the finest Italian wines on the “boot.â€?Â

With a lively menu, Kobrand brought in among others, the Feudi Maccari Saia, 2012 Nero d’ Avola ($18.50). This one comes from the hot selling wine country of Sicily and on average, 30 year old vines 80 meters above sea level on volcanic soil. Twelve to 14 months aging is done in small French Barriques, then aged for six months in bottle. Like California there was just enough rainfall in 2012 and the vines sought lower ground for sustenance, producing beautiful balance — lovely and luscious! IL Fornaio in the Del Mar Plaza has a seascape view to love. Table #54 is the one to ask for. Manager Mathew Galli is as congenial as any I know. He brought in Beni Di Batasiolo, represented by a passionate shepherd of the wines, Stefano Poggi with his million-dollar smile. Poggi took the assembled through his inventory of Piemonte wines, and then warmed up when he spotlighted the 2010 Batasioli Barbaresco ($44.95), the iconic wine for the district. The grape is the Nebbiolo, a luscious grape of great nobility, strongly tannic, yet delicate in floral flavor. It comes from the town of Barbaresco. Italy has more than 2000 different wines, more than the rest of the world together. Remember to always eat some food with your favorite Italian wine. It always enhances the flavor. Now that’s amore!  Wine Bytes A Taste Of Wine congratulations to the Tobin Brothers and their great success at North County Wine Company in San Marcos. It was named the Best Wine Bar in North San Diego County by a leading poll. Check it out at Tuscany in La Costa has an “End of Summer TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 17

’ve found that regional food specialties can evoke as much or more passion in folks as their local college or professional sports teams. There are the obvious NYC thin crust versus Chi deep cago dish and the Carolina versus Texas BBQ, and the more obscure like the Detroit Coney dog against the Cincinnati-style chili dog. Then, once you dive down into the region itself, the arguments get even more heated and passionate. In San Diego for example, how many times have you argued the virtues of taco shops and their specialties such as a Juanita’s fish taco up against say a Roberto’s ? Well we all know Juanita’s rules the fish taco world in North County so that’s not a fair comparison right? See, there you go, I can feel the argumentative vibrations of readers happening as I write this. You get my point though right? So, when it came time to explore Gaglione Bros. Famous Steaks & Subs new location in Encinitas, I decided to tap the cheesesteak knowledge of my Philadelphia-born-and-raised neighbor Andrea Arteaga. She advised me first off to never call them Philly cheesesteaks, simply cheesesteaks. Putting the Philly in front was a sure sign of an amateur or tourist.

The Gaglione brothers and their delicious offerings. Courtesy photo

Andrea also mentioned that when going for authenticity, it is key to use Amoroso rolls and real chopped steak. Amoroso is a Phillybased bakery that goes back to the early 1900s and is the foundation for a real cheesesteak. Amoroso’s Frozen capabilities mean the rolls that make Philly sandwiches world-famous are available in all 50 states, so restaurants everywhere can boast about offering the Philly legend. Their flash-freezing process captures that distinctive flavor immediately after cooling for shipment across the country. Philadelphians and restaurateurs looking to recreate an authentic say Amoroso’s Frozen products are virtually indistinguishable from fresh. Andrea also noted that when in Philly, it’s best to get into the Italian neighborhoods for the full experience and if possible avoid the touristy Geno’s and

Pats. I should note that Andrea gave Gaglione Bros.’ cheesesteak a big thumbs up. She was also impressed with their pickled bar and the selection of Tastykake snacks, another regional favorite. I had already been to Gaglione Bros. several times and had one of the brothers, Joe Gaglione on Lick the Plate on KPRI so I knew they were dedicated to their craft and made some tasty cheesesteaks and subs. That said, it’s always good to have a native with an in-depth knowledge and opinion on the topic validate my views. So now we know that we have a solid cheesesteak joint in Encinitas, let’s move on to the rest of the menu, as there are some items there that I am craving on a regular basis as well. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the turkey sandwich the next day with

stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise. It’s one of the few times I buy a loaf of spongy white bread, as that is my favorite way to enjoy it. Now imagine that on an Amoroso roll with house baked turkey and the rest of the fixins and you have what they call “The Turk.� It’s offered hot or cold but they suggest it cold and I’d have to agree. I’ve taken to ordering it with a little extra cranberry sauce for that extra moisture. It’s one-ofTURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 17

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ore than 20 mummies from Egypt and Peru, countries that practiced mummification longer than any others, are on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County from Sept. 18 to Jan. 18. “Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs,” is the first touring exhibition

CT scanning of these two beautifully gilded and decorated mummies of Ptolemaic Egypt reveal a sister and a brother, both about 11 years old. Photo by John Weinstein

of North America’s largest many have been tucked collection of mummies, and safely away in vaults for more than 100 years. It was developed by The Field Museum in Chicago, and will tour several cities before it returns to Chicago in 2018. The exhibit is divided into two sections — Peru and Egypt — and each discusses who is inside the wrappings, how climate helps preserve human remains, and modern methods of examination. Thanks to medical imaging technology, visitors can peer inside the outer wrappings of some of the mummies without disturbing the exterior. Other methods such as CT scans and DNA testing allows scientists to give us a deeply personal look at the lives of the adults, teens and children who are included in the exhibit. According to the museum, the Peruvian section of “Mummies” examines the different mummification and burial practices of Peruvian societies who buried their dead with objects often indicating their roles in life, such as weavers and fishermen. In contrast to the Egyptians, who tried to seal tombs forever and

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labors. Visit for winery locations and events. If it’s a day trip you want, head north to just over the Riverside County line to Temecula where most of the area’s three dozen wineries are located on two main roads. The Sept. 19 Temecula Valley Crush features 100plus area wines paired with food from local restaurants and farms and live music. Visit As for the rest of the state, you’ll find plenty of info on wine regions, wineries and events at, and Looking for that perfect cheese to accompany your favorite wine? Check out the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail map before you go. Desert fun Borrego Springs celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Borrego Days Desert Festival Oct. 23 (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.); Oct. 24 (10 a.m. to midnight); and Oct. 25 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). There’ll be a festive parade with marching bands, floats, equestrian groups, vintage cars, kids’ activities, live music and lots of retail booths and food. It all takes place in Christmas Circle. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@

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Best friends pedal across America for a cause By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Mike Minnick thought most people didn’t have mid-life crises until they were at least in their mid-40s or 50s. But a few years ago, at age 35, Minnick found himself having one (or as close to one as he could have imagined it to be like). The native Oklahoman had become a chain smoker, was bartending mostly and managing some nightclubs while living in Austin, Texas. His life, in a word, had become “complacent,” he said. “It’s like, ‘what am I doing? I’m not proud of anything I’m doing, I’ve just got to go shake my life up,’” he said. Not long after that, a friend offered him a ticket to the annual Burning Man festival held in the Nevada desert. He got himself a truck and drove to the festival, stopping to visit the country’s national parks along the way. It was while he was in Big Ben National Park that his truck broke down (he said his truck broke down often during that trip), where he came across a pair of brothers on a cross-country bicycle ride. That encounter got him thinking. And after getting his truck fixed, living on a school bus for a year to save money, Minnick decided he would trade in his truck for a bicycle, put down the cigarettes and hit the road. “That’s sort of what started it,” he said referring to his Burning Man trip. “I decided to leave my life behind,” said Minnick. Now at 39, Minnick calls home wherever he parks his bike — for more than two years he’s been pedaling across the country on a Yuba Mundo cargo bike with his 5-year-old mutt Bixby on a mission to raise awareness about the importance of adopting shelter dogs and other pets. So far he and Bixby have crossed 31 states and 9,200 miles. “There’s nothing else that I would rather be doing,” Minnick said while stopping in Encinitas on Monday. “I certainly have a lot more good days doing this than when I was in my complacent life and just sort of bored, and all of a sudden, several years went by and I realized I haven’t even gone anywhere. I’ve barely even left the city that I lived in. And I’m pretty sure that life’s supposed to be meant as an adventure, not a chore,” he said. He and Bixby first crossed paths in the town pound in Austin. As Minnick describes the encounter: “she walked right up to me and she stuck her chin on my knee and leaned against me, and I knew right there.” “They’re all willing to take you on an adventure, we just have to take the first step and adopt them so they can do so,” Minnick said. Their adventure began in Lubec, Maine, pedaling

Mike Minnick and his dog Bixby, a 5-year-old mutt rescue, are riding their bike across the country raising awareness about the importance of adopting shelter dogs and other pets. Photo by Tony Cagala

south along the East Coast, across the Brooklyn Bridge and then down into Key West, Fla. Having received some media attention along the way, and feeling they could do some good about raising awareness about local shelters, the duo decided to keep pedaling. What Minnick thought would take a few months to ride to California ended up taking a year and a half, stopping along the way in New Orleans where they rode in a Mardi Gras parade and then later in Austin, Texas where the pair got to sing Happy Birthday to a then-81-year-old Willie Nelson. For the past seven and a half months, Minnick and Bixby have been on the West Coast, spending a day or two in each of the cities they stop at. The response he and Bixby have received, Minnick said, has restored his faith in humanity. “All across the country, everywhere we’ve went, people have accepted us with open arms,” he said. They’ve stayed at campgrounds or with local hosts, complete strangers they’ve met either through passing by, or through social media. “That’s just been one of the most rewarding things about this entire trip, is actually getting to be a local in local towns, every town we go through. It’s a really special thing,” Minnick said. And Bixby has been

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“That sweet tea, I will never forget,” he said. Minnick said he has every intention of doing another cross-country tour again, calling it an official “hug your dog” tour. This time he aims to reach out for sponsors, now wanting to do more than just raise awareness. On his next tour he’d like to be able to raise money for the shelters. “My dreams have just gotten bigger and bigger and this amazing little creature right here, who started off her life at an animal shelter, when it really comes down to it, she absolutely rescued me.” Follow their adventures at

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Toto getting back on track, making further plans By Alan Sculley

In 2008, Steve Lukather figured he had played his last show in Toto. Despite a variety personnel changes (including four lead singers), the death in 1992 of drummer and founding member Jeff Porcaro and the frequent absence of founding member David Paich from 2005 through 2008, the group had stayed together since its formation in 1977, with a hiatus from 1993 that lasted into 1995 being the only interruption in the group’s career. But by 2008, Lukather was done with his long-time band and ready to move on to other projects. “It wasn’t even the band anymore,” Lukather said, looking back at the

pre-breakup edition of Toto. “It was like everybody was a replacement guy except for me because of illness, really because of illness. David Paich’s sister was dying from a lung disease. She’s gone now. Mike Porcaro got ALS. He couldn’t play. And that’s a really debilitating, awful disease. We’re still helping the family there. And I was with a singer who couldn’t sing and we didn’t get along at all. So I was drinking myself to sleep every night. It was a very unhealthy time in my life. My marriage was kind of falling apart and I was having a baby anyway. For me it was either I leave or I die.” Ironically, it was Mike Porcaro’s ALS illness — the bassist succumbed to his

illness this past March — that initially put Toto back together and has the group in the midst of what is looking like another productive extended run. “Paich called me,” Lukather said, recalling the 2010 call from his close friend since high school. ”We’ve got to go out and do one for Mikey (Porcaro). He needs some money. I go ‘Yeah, he does. I’m all in. But Joseph Williams (the group’s singer from 1986 to 1989) and Steve Porcaro have got to be there and you’ve got to be there with me. Then I’m in.’” Those band members signed on (along with drummer Simon Phillips and bassist Nathan East filling Mike Porcaro’s slot) for a reunion tour of Europe to

benefit the group’s ailing bassist. That was all it took to get Toto back on track and the band members to start making further plans. “It was so much fun and Joseph was singing so good, we were all just laughing,” Lukather said. “I must say these are guys I’ve known for 40 years and we’re doing this for the right reasons.” What has come as a surprise is the degree of success Toto is now having. For years, the group has had a strong following in Europe and has done major tours in that region. But now Toto is gaining traction in other countries, including the United States and Britain. In spring 2014, the group released a concert DVD/CD set, “Live In Poland,” and watched the DVD hit number one in those countries. The album features the band’s early hits such as “Hold The Line” (from the group’s 1978 self-titled debut album) and “Rosanna” and “Africa” TURN TO TOTO ON 13

SEPT. 4 FOREIGN FILMS City of Carlsbad’s Foreign Film Fridays series returns with screenings of “Departures” from Japan at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Films are screened in their original language with English subtitles. SEPT. 6 DRUM CIRCLE Fair Trade Décor welcomes João Vincient Lewis for its Community Drum Circle, Sept. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1412 Camino Del Mar. All ages welcome, no drum experience necessary. FREE CONCERT Friends of the Encinitas Library present a free concert the Teagan Taylor Band at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. SUMMER JAZZ Hear the jazz stylings of the Teagan Taylor Band at 2 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 753-7376 SEPT. 9 NEW AT THE REP The North Coast Repertory Theatre presents the comedy “The Fox on the Fairway,” Sept. 9 through Oct. 4 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. For tickets, go to or call (858) 481-1055. COAL ART SHOW The Carlsbad Oceanside Art League will host its monthly fine arts show Tuesday–Fri-

day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 to Oct. 4 at COAL Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. SEPT. 10 FILM FESTIVAL The La Costa Film Festival begins at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with screenings, panels and special events Sept. 10 through Sept. 13. Its three venues include Center Court on the grounds of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa; the Cinepolis Cinemas, and Ruby Schulman Theater at the La Costa Dove library. For more information, visit SEPT. 11 ZOONITAS Encinitas101 presents a Zoonitas exhibition: “All Creatures Great and Small” through Sept. 11. Eleven local artists exhibit their work in galleries along South Coast Highway 101, including the E101 office/gallery. The event supports the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Safehouse program. For more information, contact Cheryl Ehlers at zooinitas@gmail. com or (760) 519-1551. SEPT. 12 FALL FEST AT LUX Lux Art Institute invites all to the free Fall Fest from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12, with the opening of the Max Greis exhibition in the Artist Pavilion along with art demonstrations, a local art market, live music and food trucks in the Education Pavilion. Activities will be programmed for families with young children in the morning and for older children and adults in the afternoon and evening. For more information, call (760) 436-6611 or visit MARK THE CALENDAR ART EXPO The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club invites all to a free Member Art Expo on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13. The event will include art displays from members, refreshments and live jazz piano music by the Pizarro Brothers. GUITAR GROUP Guitarists of all skill levels are invited to participate in the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra’s Sept. 14 session that goes through Nov. 30, culminating in a concert Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ranch View Baptist Church, 415 Rancho Santa Fe Road, in Encinitas. For more information, visit, call (760) 943-0755 or email

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SOLANA BEACH — It’s 100 percent pure punk rock theater. For the past several years, Thomas Blake and the troupe behind Point Break Live have been acting out the film “Point Break,” onstage as if they were teenagers with a reckless abandon. Blake, who produces, directs and acts in the staged performance of the 1991 film starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, joined the production in 2006. It’s a show filled with fake blood and water squirting all over the place and the audience interaction is only guaranteed. Though that interaction was only amped up in 2007 when Blake ultimately took over the show’s helm and also, he said, through a little bit of an accident. It happened when a theater venue for one of their performances fell through at the last minute. In a scramble, the cast found a bar, Blake explained. It had no stage, and so the actors just started venturing out into the audience because there wasn’t any room to do anything else. “Then it became this bar crazy interactive thing and that’s when it took off,” Blake said. But always from its beginnings, someone selected out of the audience has



(from its most popular U.S. album, 1982’s “Toto IV”). “We’re like all of a sudden, where did this come from?” Lukather said. “It’s a great gift. I’m looking up at the sky going, I don’t even know how or why, but thank you very much.” What’s more, the band has followed up “Live in Poland” with a new studio album, “Toto XIV,” released this past March. Lukather feels the band stuck to the classic Toto sound – even if that meant risking the wrath of critics who have long dissed the group for having an

his Utah role. But if you’re going to audition, Blake had this advice: be loud, be confident and be as Johnny Utah as you can. Following their sold out performance on Aug. 30, Blake said they’ll for sure be back in the next couple of months with Point Break Live and their other production of “Terminator Too: Judgment Play.” Visit for more information.

The cast of Point Break Live is bringing their staged version of the 1991 cult-classic film “Point Break” to the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Following their sold out performance on Aug. 30, the company said they would be back in the next couple of months. Courtesy photo

played the part of Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a group of bank robbing surfers — a role made famous (or infamous) by Reeves. Blake said the part would just be too hard to cast someone to be that bad, or that good. “In the most respect to Keanu, it was the perfect casting,” Blake said. “He was so bad that it was amazing, and he was also kind of lost and confused the whole time, so no better way to do that than just pick some guy from the audience and throw him out there.” It’s a question that

Blake gets all the time: Can it be risky to have a staged production with a major role being played by someone that might never have acted before? “If they’re really, really good it’s amazing. If they’re really, really bad, it’s kind of even more amazing. It’s never not worked,” said Blake. The show is coming to San Diego for just the second time ever during its decade-long run. Blake has wanted to bring the show down from Los Angeles for a while, because, he said, it’s such a good fit, especially with the surfing community that just

over-produced, commercially calculated sound. “We’re not trying to be trendy or to get a bunch of rappers to come out and s***,” Lukather said of the new album. “It doesn’t sound like a bunch of guys throwing together a record to make some money and go on the road...And it’s the big, insane production that everyone’s grown to love or hate. We’re not denying who we are.” In the meantime, there’s the tour this summer with Yes. As a co-bill, Toto won’t be able to play as extensive of a set as the one on “Live in Poland.” But Lukather said the band will

hit all the highlights. “First of all, we can’t play for two and a half hours,” he said. “It’s a little more hit bound. We’ve added a couple of songs that weren’t on the new DVD that were hits and stuff like that. We’re trying to suck in the casual audience, hey, because we haven’t overplayed the United States. We’re not part of the same eight bands that tour in some weird configuration every year. We’re like fresh meat for people that go ‘Oh, what ever happened to those guys?’ We never went away. We just made a lot more money elsewhere. So now we’re giving this a real shot.”

get the movie. It’s kind of like the Cardiff Kook, he said. People that appreciate that, the funniness of that are real surfers. Though he insists that Point Break Live is a total homage to the film, admitting though, that they do goof on it, too. As for the film and the stage production’s co-existence, Blake said the pair goes hand-in-hand. “It’s like a Catch-22. I think that we’ve definitely kept the film in the forefront of the cult status that it already had…but obviously if it wasn’t for the cult status of

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Torrey Pines High School students lauch mockumentary Odd Files CARMEL VALLEY — Ermana Productions, led by Torrey Pines High School seniors Ivy Gong and Michelle Zhao, recently launched “Last Period,” an 18-episode comedy mockumentary about the shenanigans of five high schoolers in a last period Office Aide class together. The series pilot “The Beginning” premiered on Youtube Aug. 28, and the second episode “The Golden Apple” followed on Aug. 29. Additional episodes, approximately every two weeks, will extend throughout the 2015-2016 school year on Youtube and the Ermana Productions web site. Each episode relates to the trials and tribulations

that the students are experiencing at that time in their lives. The Web series was filmed over two weeks this past summer with a minimal budget at two locations, UCSD in La Jolla and Torrey Pines High School in San Diego. The series production team, cast and crew included students from Torrey Pines High School, Canyon Crest Academy, Westview High School, Mira Costa College, Mount Everest Academy and University of California Santa Barbara. “Last Period” was written, produced, directed and edited by Gong and Zhao. The principal cast includes Emmy Farese from CCA, Lucas Goodman from West-

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Torrey Pines High School students launch “Last Period,” a comedy mockumentary. Courtesy photo

view, Joshua Guicherit from UCSB, Kion Heidari from CCA, (who also wrote the original music), and Jacquelyn Morales from Torrey Pines. According to Gong “We’ve always felt that many of the high school comedies we’ve seen inaccurately portray the extraordinary

experience of high school; the portrayals are amusing and entertaining, but not completely relatable. We wanted to capture the struggles and successes of typical high schoolers and that was a huge impetus for the production of “Last Period.” Gong and Zhao found a passion in film produc-

tion once they realized they didn't identify with the many AP STEM classes they had taken over the years. Because Torrey Pines High School has been amazingly supportive of artistic endeavors, they followed their interests despite the lack of Asian females present in the entertainment industry. They chased their opportunity by recruiting a cast, finding locations, writing scripts, accomplishing everything needed to make the production a reality. Zhao said, “The difficulties we faced were so different from our academic difficulties with getting good grades and test scores they were real. Likewise the overwhelming sense of accomplishment at the end of each day of filming among our cast and crew was incomparable to the satisfaction of getting a good grade on a test.” Gong added, “We learned so much from this production; it was both a technical and personal education. It was inspiring to see our actors and crew members put in hours of their time to make this production come to life. All of the hard work and responsibility that everyone took on reinforced our certainty of our love for film and entertainment. For that we couldn't be prouder and more excited for everyone to see what our team accomplished.” For more information contact or find them on Facebook or YouTube.

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encing and more. Above all, it had a keyboard. Delaney pointed out that their fifth graders would be receiving the delivery of their Chromebooks in a couple weeks.

Holbert then gave a brief update on the new security system. The creation is still in design mode. According to Holbert, the security cameras were on track for an October installation.

the largest number of individuals in hand-built structures or tents (13), and Encinitas has the largest population of individuals living in vehicles (36). Compare these numbers to the city of San Diego, where 543 homeless were found living in cars, vans or RVs, and 248 dwelling in hand-built structures or tents. Countywide, volunteers identified 625 individuals as unaccompanied homeless youth 25 years of age or younger, and 1,381 military veterans. What to make of these numbers? The population data is a sobering reminder of the magnitude of San Diego’s homeless epidemic — North County is home to only a small fraction of the greater

regional population. Still, it is up to us to find local solutions to sheltering individuals, and transitioning the homeless back into society and the workforce. While our part of the county is more successful than the City in sheltering the homeless, there is still a great need for more participating landlords and shelter space in North County. Volunteers too are needed to help in small and big ways. This crisis is far from solved — but knowing where we stand gives us a place to start.

first week ended. The week went on with the occasional wide-eyed one wandering into the library searching for their classroom or lunch, or the playground. Even I will admit, that to nervous, unfamiliar 5-year-old eyes, all the walls are beige, all the doors are blue and nobody looks familiar. I’m thinking we need some color-coded buildings, or maybe paint-

ed footsteps to follow. But part of me loves the chance to kneel down and give that puzzled, sometimes frightened little face a smile and reassurance that everything is going to be OK. It’s a very special way to make a new friend.

ue for the festival to do almost anything and not outgrow it. Location was another prime reason the spot was selected, being close to Interstate 5, hotels, the Pacific Ocean and a train station in Solana Beach. “I think Del Mar is ready for this type of event,” Gordon said. “There’s nothing that conceptually is happening at Kaaboo that Del Mar has not experienced before and then some. On peak days for the San Diego County Fair they get 90,000 to 95,000 people, on opening day of the races, they get 45,000-ish people. So this venue has the capacity to deal with a lot of people, to process them efficiently, to keep traffic

interruption to a minimum and all the other externalities to a minimum. There’s nothing that we’re going to be doing here that this venue and this community hasn’t had experience dealing with.” With an operating budget of seven figures this year, Gordon said he’ll know the event was a success when, “just about everybody that walks out the gate on Sunday night has a smile on their face and looks relaxed and joyous. That’s when it’s been a success. That’s what it’s all about.” Kaaboo begins Sept. 18 and ends Sept. 20. Festival passes and tickets are available at

if the superintendent doesn’t grant it, then there’s an apCONTINUED FROM 3 peal to the governing board.” Currier told the board not displace an enrolled stuthis was the way they have dent in a program. “So it is a narrow open- done some other special ing of the door if you will, and board policies.

Despite the policy limitations and the superintendent’s discretion to grant a request for a non-enrolled student to participate in programs, the board declined the policy at this time.


and fifth grade. And this year, it occurred in grade six. “Sixth (grade) had the biggest growth,” Delany said. “So there are some people moving into the area for sure.” Current enrollment numbers for seventh grade was at 73 and eighth grade was at 81. As far as total student projections, they currently had 665 enrollments and forecasted 691. Delany predicts the final numbers will fall somewhere in the middle.


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population is sheltered. Escondido is home to North County’s largest homeless population (430), followed by Oceanside (420), Vista (349), and Encinitas (123). Comparing year-to-year data, most North County cities saw reductions in their homeless populace, with a few exceptions. San Marcos stood out with the largest year-to-year increase, from 6 individuals counted in 2014, to 82 this year; these figures seem to mostly reflect the recent inclusion of people in transitional housing. Among the unsheltered population, Oceanside has


like they had just finished 20 minutes in the sauna. And of course, the teacher who made the move from sixth grade to kindergarten this year, got to deal with the student tossing her cookies all over the new classroom rug. Another believes she has set a personal record by catching a cold before the



Gordon said they’ll stick to a relatively small universe of charities. “We want to concentrate our energies and not get spread too thin,” he said. “We picked four charities that we thought were themes that were relevant to this part of the world and charities that were local.” They want to create a meaningful impact on those charities, that’s their philosophy going forward, not donating to national charities that don’t have a strong local presence, Gordon explained. Gordon said the 350-acres of the fairgrounds proved a large enough ven-



bers visited the campus during the summer, Delany said, they also had three teachers attend Columbia. As far as student enrollment, Delaney described the numbers as interesting. “I’ve been saying this for the summer,” she stated. While the school could end up with 49 kindergarteners, the official count is 46. To date, first grade is currently at 63, second grade is at 71, and 79 third


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graders. “Both fourth grade and fifth grade are at 82,” she said. “Sixth grade was our big winner this year.” According to Delaney there was a jump from 83 students to 95. President Todd Frank asked Delaney her impressions of the increase. While it sometimes happens that way, she said, it’s a culmination of people returning and new families moving in. She wanted to board to know that last year this fluctuation happened in third

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go across the border into the garbage dump areas. That’s where my life really took hold,” he said. “I said, ‘I gotta do something with my life to make a difference for kids so they don’t go through what I go through,’” he said. “God spoke to me in those days already, said Charles. “He said, ‘I need to

reservoirs, but that may only be short-term because predicted heavy rainfall in the south would mostly drain into the ocean,” Bardin said. He continued, “Only if El Nino causes snow in Northern California, where most water is stored statewide, will we make big statewide progress in getting out of this fouryear-long drought.” Both Bardin and Parks agreed that SFID customers must still follow the State’s mandatory water restrictions and allocations. Parks wants to remind customers of the incentives and programs available to

them to help out with their water conservation efforts. “For example, the district offers a free residential survey in which a licensed landscaper will come to the customer’s property and help him or her to become more efficient with their irrigation,” she said. “The district also offers rebates on rotating sprinkler nozzles, weather based irrigation controllers, rain barrels and soil moisture sensors.” To learn more about these programs as well as viewing water-wise landscape models visit the district’s website at sfidwater. org/conservation.

do something more with my life and deal with these children.’” That’s when he founded his charity. In 1996 Charles moved to San Diego, and five years later he would meet Linda. With her expertise in marketing and public relations (working in the White House under President Gerald Ford’s administration) the couple has been able to build

steam in getting the word out about the organization. As for what’s next for the charity, that’s hard to determine, Charles said. “We do so much and it just continues,” he said. “We don’t know what else is there besides what we do. That’s what we do. We just want to increase our efforts and do more. Always do more because there is such a need right here.”


Jam” show Sept. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring the Roni Nash All Star Band. $10. See events. Falkner Winery in Temecula is offering Labor Day weekend concerts, BBQ and lunch specials Sept. 5 and Sept. 6. Free concerts both days starting from noon to 3 p.m. Several wines at discount prices. Lunch specials at the Pinnacle Restaurant. Information at (951) 676-8231 ext.1. The Emilio Nares Foundation, supporting families with children battling cancer, will host the 12th annual Harvest for Hope, Sept. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library. Event includes unlimited tastings from San Diego’s finest restaurants and beverage brands to raise funds for this worthy cause. Live and silent auctions and local musicians. Ticket cost is $135. For more information and tickets, call (760) 310-9467 or visit Hotel Del Coronado presents a special 5-course dinner Sept. 15. Each course will be paired with


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LeucadiArt Walk ENCINITAS — The 11th annual LeucadiArt Walk put on by the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association drew art lovers to the “funky” community hub of Encinitas on Sunday. Several blocks along the Coast Highway 101 were filled with hand-selected artists, all displaying their creations from glass blowers to painters, sculptors to photographers and more. Event-goers also were able to witness the creation of the community’s newest mural — a 25-foot creation on the south wall of the historic Art Deco building at 970 N. Coast Highway 101 from local artist Casey O’Connell. Photos by Tony Cagala

Leucadia resident and artist Casey O’Connell, far right, gets help finishing her mural from Robin Coon, a gemologist, shows off some of her her “best assistants ever,” Michiel Van Der Vaart, foreground, and George Twedt, on ladder. work.

Musician Peter Hall performs at the Art Walk. Patrons take in some of the interesting pieces of artwork during the 11th annual LeucadiArt Walk on Sunday.

Emily and Eugene Chappee sit in front of their Leucadia home on the Coast Highway 101. Eugene has lived in Leucadia since 1946.

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Young hunter-jumpers spotlighted in Del Mar DEL MAR — As August winds down, the young horses had their chance to shine in the show ring. Beginning with the Sallie B. Wheeler/US Hunter Breeding Championships and followed by the International Hunter Futurity, the West Coast’s future hunters compete at the Showpark All Seasons Tournament. Breeders and supporters of these programs, Sue Lightner and Tish Quirk both received top honors with the youngsters they have bred and brought along. The dashing Oldenburg Reminiscent, owned by Melissa Brandley, earned the title of Best Young Horse in the SBW Hunter Breeding Championships, and also won the IHF Hunter Breeding Best Young Horse. Reminiscent is by Ragtime, out of Rio Cortez. Known as Miles in the barn, Lightner said the 2-year-old will head back to the farm and hang out for six months before preparing for his three-yearold classes. She noted that he was actually born white and has since grown darker, which is unusual, and that he is a “perfect teenage boy right now,” looking for trouble, but overall a good kid. Tish Quirk’s Good Luck returned to the winner’s circle once again, as she has done in years past. The now four-year-old Dutch WB, known as Lulu at the barn, won the IHF Working Hunters Over Fences, Under Saddle, and Over Fences Conformation with John French in the irons. Out of Quirk’s sire More than Luck and by Molly Malone, the mare is simple to work with, just like her father. Quirk was glowing with appreciation for French, her facility, the IHF program and for Blenheim EquiSports for continuing to support these breeding programs. “John rides them like he knows them. He does a beautiful job,” she said. “I was busy with the breeding classes and I had my annual party last night. This is the

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SHOTS 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 W. Richmar Ave., San Marcos. Bring a front-back copy of your insurance card to give the technician. For more information, call (760) 744-5535. SEPT. 10 REMEMBERING 9-11 Commemorate the Sept. 11 anniversary and discuss our role in achieving world peace, with multi-faith devotional readings, followed by fellowship and discussion at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. PILATES CLASSES Fall Pilates mat classes for ages 14 through adult will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 10 through Oct. 22 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr. Encinitas. Class fees are $72,50 residents and $82.50 nonresidents. Register at (760) 943-2260 or visit ORIGINAL BARRE WORK Teen/Adult ballet classes for age 13+ start Sept. 10 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more information visit or call (760) 943-2260. HAPPY HOUR POLITICS Reservations are needed for Happy Hour Politics by Sept. 10. The next gathering presents congressional candidate Jacquie Atkinson, Former Marine

and Wounded Warrior, Candidate for U.S. Congress 52nd District at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad. There is a $20 cash cover charge (includes appetizers). Drinks are available for purchase. For more information, contact Coordinator Melanie Burkholder at (307) 690-7814 or SEPT. 11 LOOKING BACK Legacy Users Group, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will meet at11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at a new location: Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, 368 Eureka Place, Carlsbad (Second Floor, Room 16). Bring lunch and a laptop. For information, call (760) 743-3660 or e-mail SEPT. 12 DEMOCRAT FUNDRAISER The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will meet early at 11 a.m. Sept.12, at the Gallery, 1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, to also allow attendance at the 1 p.m. North County Democrats Big Blue Barbecue fundraiser lunch event for opening North County 2016 election offices. For more information, visit at for directions or call (760)-7432990 or visit INTERGENERATIONAL FUN DAY Celebrate our grandparents from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 W. Richmar Ave., San Marcos. The free family

event offers interactive games, activities, arts & crafts, food and entertainment and parking lot sale vendors selling new and used goods. For more information, call (760) 744-5535 or visit GOOD TIMES BREWING Get tickets now for the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and the Carlsbad Rotary Brewfest from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at Holiday Park, with beer tasting, music, entertainment, games and food vendors. Tickets are available for $40 at, $45 at the door and $10 for designated drivers. GARDEN GALA Supporters of San Diego Botanic Garden will host “Gala in the Garden” 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12 with the awarding of the Paul Ecke Jr. Award of Excellence, to Tony and Sue Godfrey, owners of Olive Hill Greenhouses. For tickets, call (760) 4363036, ext. 218 or visit Tickets are $200 per person online at

California State University San Marcos As we celebrate our 25th anniversary we salute the faculty who are making a difference in our students’ lives every day. “Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in older adults, yet current efforts to reduce falls only have made modest progress.” - Dr. Hyun Gu Kang

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Hundreds to celebrate Labor Day with pier swim Prep football holds a special

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OCEANSIDE — Hundreds are expected to dive in for the 86th annual Labor Day Pier Swim Sept. 7. The annual race draws competitive swimmers and those who want to push themselves to do for their personal best. Many participate as a yearly tradition. The annual race T-shirt designed by Bill Richardson has become a local collector’s item. The average age of competitors is 45. Most finish the 1-mile open water swim in 38 minutes. The top time last year was 18 minutes. The race is put on by the Oceanside Swim Club as an annual fundraisTURN TO SWIM ON 27

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Hundreds participate in the annual swim around Oceanside Pier. The race also serves as a fundraiser for the Oceanside Swim Club. File photo by Promise Yee

Local golfer shoots rare hole-in-one at Pechanga By Karen Thrall

Special to The Rancho Santa Fe News REGION — It’s every golfer’s dream to hit their first shot from the tee box and drain it into the cup. A hole in one! Tiger Woods was 6 years old and Michelle Wie was 12 when they experienced their first ace. The odds of hitting a hole in one are one in 40,000. Great golf happens right here in our region. A short drive to Temecula, Journey at Pechanga is ranked the 26th best course in California; a scenic and challenging course spread Joe Henrichs pulls his ball out from the Par-3 17th hole at Journey at out over foothills and val- Pechanga in Temecula after shooting a hole-in-one. Courtesy photo

leys. It was a perfect August day when four friends met for a relaxing round filled with cheeky banter and high fives. We are nearing the end of the game and arrive at the 17th hole to play a 168yard Par 3. The winds had picked up and Joe Henrichs stands at the box deciding which club to use. He’s the first to tee off. We watch with a hush as we listen to the sound of the ball hitting the sweet spot of his iron. A perfect swing. A perfect shot. It lands on the green close to the pin, and this beauty rolls into the hole. We look at Joe. We look at each other. Instantly the roar of jubilation echoes through the hills. A hole in one! Loud cheers. Elation. What a moment. We rode that celebratory wave finishing the 18th and right back to the clubhouse. With liquid barley aflowin’, we relive the moment a few times over! Nicely done, Joe! The pro shop took down his personal information to engrave his name on a plaque and mount it in the display case, alongside the other one in 40,000 hole-inone golfers being honored. Local golfers play great golf right here. And now, it’s your turn.

The Coach is ready for Friday night, how about you? “Absolutely,’’ John Kentera said. “I enjoy a high school football game every bit as much as a pro or college one.’’ Kentera goes by “Coach” as a Mighty 1090 radio personality and that works for us. His knowledge of San Diego prep sports has few peers. He not only played at Torrey Pines in football, baseball and basketball, but won the first Falcon’s football game as a coach in 1987. Surely you remember that 3-0 epic over Carlsbad, when Kentera’s freshman team was victorious in the first of a Torrey Pines-Carlsbad triple-header. The JV team got beat, but the varsity won as well. Many remember John Lynch — yep, the future All-Pro safety — getting the ball out of the veer on the varsity contest’s first play. Lynch hit the edge and lowered his powerful shoulder on an undersized and unsuspecting defensive back. “Knocked him out cold,’’ Kentera said, and he wasn’t talking about Lynch. We could chat all day with Kentera. The Solana Beach resident remembers scores and games as if one called up Google and typed in San Diego prep sports. There’s something about high school football that gets Kentera’s gums moving fast and it’s easy to sense the joy in his voice. It grows with excitement as he recites days long gone by. The results are keen but it’s the scene that he paints, with teenagers playing football with their buddies that can get any-

one’s blood pumping. Not sure who is more hyped for the season: the players on the field or Kentera in the stands. “Every year you see guys you only see once a year,’’ he said. “That comes from the alumni group and us telling stories from 15 to 20 years ago and every school has that. “Then there’s the young kids, the guys playing Pop Warner, that are down near the field watching the players. I know because I was one of them when I was young and we used to go to the San Dieguito games.’’ Torrey Pines had yet to be built. But Kentera’s foundation was laid watching the Mustangs play and it lives inside him to this day. “Playing high school football was where I learned most of my values,’’ Kentera, 57, said. “I played basketball and baseball, but there is something about football and relying on your teammates. Because if one guy does something wrong, it can alter everything. “And just to be out in the middle of a football field; there’s dew on the field and maybe it’s a little foggy. And you look at either sideline and it looks like it is a million miles away.’’ But it’s the closeness that accompanies prep football that makes it special. “It’s the local high school and everybody knows each other,’’ Kentera said. “Everyone goes to grammar school and junior high school together and then on Friday night, the football brings everyone together in the community. It’s a social outing that really can’t be duplicated anywhere else.’’ “Everybody is close to the action,’’ Kentera said. “It’s just a bonding, social event for everybody in the community.’’ Contact Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports.

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Educational Opportunities Educate, Enrich and Empower e3 Consulting provides specialized Academic Tutoring, Consultation, and Therapy for kindergarten through college students, while earnestly embodying the principles of EDUCATE, ENRICH, and EMPOWER. Rebecca Hayes is the Owner of e3 Consulting, and the core component of her practice is to provide consistent, first-rate support for students and their families. e3 provides an individualized, holistic approach to educational, therapeutic, and additional supportive services for children and their families within our community in an effort to create healthy, happy young citizens. e3 em-

ploys a highly qualified staff of Academic Specialists, who provide unique approaches to teaching and learning which are customized for each student’s needs, goals, and interests. The e3 educators work to create a close-knit, collaborative team with the clients’ parents, school teachers, school administrators, therapists, and pediatricians, as the e3 mission is to build up the child consistently on all fronts. Hayes embraces the perspective that if a child is struggling with confidence or life dilemmas, he will not be able to attend and succeed to his greatest ability. Therefore, e3 incorporates several

enriching services to further nourish clients, such as counseling, exercise and nutritional instruction, creative expression workshops, test preparation, college counseling, as well as active participation in community service events. e3’s holistic approach focuses on building individual growth, self-awareness, values, and success in all realms. Unlike other learning centers, which stop at the curriculum, e3 offers an exceptional variety of interactive programs to promote overall wellness and empower its clientele. For more information, call (858) 755-7877 or visit

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Stress-free Birthdays with Mr. P.E. Leave the work of entertaining the kids at your next event to a team of credentialed P.E. teachers! Led by award winning DMUSD teacher Ian Phillip, Mr. P.E. brings customized sports and games to your backyard, park, pool, or beach. The company was started in 2005 at the suggestion of a parent, and looks to bring organized and healthy games to your event to keep all the kids rocking! Featured on NBC 7 news and in the Union Tribune, the Mr. P.E. team are talented and dedicated P.E. teachers who believe that exercise should be a blast.

The fitness testing scores there consistently rank among the top in California. Mr. Phillip brought this attitude to Del Mar Heights Elementary in 2004 and never looked back. The fitness testing scores there consistently rank among the top in California, and kids look forward to surprises and

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The Country Friends will honor the late Sally B. Thornton at annual Art of Fashion RANCHO SANTA FE — The Country Friends will honor the late Sally B. Thornton at this year’s Art of Fashion, the annual luncheon and runway show presented Sept. 17 in partnership with South Coast Plaza at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. “Mrs. Thornton, a longtime supporter of The Country Friends, is being honored for her commitment to fashion and

philanthropy,” said Deb Cross, president of The Country Friends. This year’s event begins with Avant Affaire, a champagne-and-sweets tasting and a “pink carpet” photo lounge. The highlight of the day is the fashion show by South Coast Plaza. After the show, guests will enjoy luncheon on the lawn at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe with a special

menu created by Executive Chef Brian Black. The Art of Fashion concludes with Après Affaire, offering wine samplings from Central Valley vintners Bon Affair, Brander and Gainey, and sweets from Michele Coulon Dessertier and Paradise Produce Market. For tickets, more information, or to become an Art of Fashion sponsor, contact The Country Friends at (858) 756-1192,

ext. 4, or email events@ Sally B. Thornton was an author, businesswoman, philanthropist and a life member of The Country Friends since 1970. For many years, she hosted friends at the Art of Fashion runway show. Known for her sharp intellect and keen wit, Sally also loved fashion. The owner of Temecula’s Thornton Winery,

with her husband John and son Steve, Sally hosted the winery’s summer Champagne Jazz Series. She also served on the boards of Micom Systems, Solectek, Mitek Systems and as chair of the Medical Materials Corp. Thornton was best known for giving back to the community. UC San Diego’s Thornton Hospital bears the family’s name, and the Sally B. Thornton

Foundation supports dozens of charitable organizations. She sat on the boards of many nonprofits and chaired countless galas and fundraisers. “The Country Friends is saddened by Sally’s passing, grateful for her support, and honored to celebrate her life,” said Pat O’Connor, chairwoman of the 2015 Art of Fashion.


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Get tickets now to inaugural festival in the Ranch RANCHO SANTA FE — Tickets are on sale now for the Inaugural Art Rhythm & Wine Fest from 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, hosted by “Fine” magazine and The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe Homeowner’s Association, to be a yearly art show for community artists. Live music will set the tone for an afternoon of wine, food and art in Cielo Village, 18029 Calle Ambiente, Suite 506. Community mem-



er. Juan Hernandez, swim club president, said the most challenging part of the swim is the unpredictable waves. “You never know what the surf will be like that day,” Hernandez said. “Big surf can make or break a day. You can expend all your energy to get by the surf.” Eileen Turk, Oceanside Parks and Recreation division manager, has competed in the swim several times. She said the race is never the same. “One time was an absolute beautiful day the water temperature was 72, the water, the ocean was really calm, it was the perfect day to do it,” Turk said. “And then a year later I participated and it was a really rough day. And some very experienced pier swimmers said they were going to pull out, they weren’t going to do it. And I said what the heck I’m going to go for it.” This year water temperatures have been warm, and conditions are expected to be good. Race heats will take off beginning at 8:30 a.m. City lifeguards will be on hand to safeguard swimmers.


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bers will be offered wine and beer pairings from 6 to 9 p.m. As the pairings wind down, the music heats up with an evening of rhythm & blues followed by announcing the winner of the art contest. A portion of the net proceeds of this event will help support The Country Friends. Tickets are $35 general admission and $75 VIP admission at (858) 759-7900 or heather@

There will also be music, raffles, vendors and kiddie bounce houses on the beach as part of the fundraising efforts. The swim club took over holding the historic city race in the 1970s. Hernandez said monies raised help provide youth scholarships, equipment and advanced training for swim instructors. The Oceanside Swim Club serves boys and girls ages 5 to 18. Swim meets are held off site because or jenise@ Tickets include more than 30 art exhibits and the opportunity to meet and chat with the artists. There will be gourmet tastings from three Rancho Santa Fe restaurants, wine tastings from three wineries and live music. The Country Friends actively seeks out members and sponsors, owns and operates a Consignment Shop, and hosts

events to raise funds for local human care agencies. It offers membership to those who want to take part in the community of giving, and attend events. Support, whether it takes the form of a donation, event ticket, consignment or purchase from the shop helps The Country Friends to ensure the continuation and growth of this giving program.

Oceanside currently lacks a competitive length pool. Hernandez said the team holds a lot of talent. Extra funds help provide training and equipment to nurture potential, and in swimming a 1/10 or 1/100 of a second makes a difference. Last year the race raised $6,000. Hernandez said the goal is to match that amount this Labor Day. For more information, go to

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