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Local Watering Holes... This month’s issue of Back At The Ranch centers on the idea of spending time indulging in some of life’s simple pleasures – like a glass of fine wine or a well-crafted beer. Throughout this special edition of our community publication, we feature several stories about going out and living the good life. Page 10

Oak Valley Falcon Foundation Casino Night The Oak Valley Falcon Foundation presents Casino Night on Saturday, October 20 from 5 to 10pm at the Ranch House in Del Sur. The benefit for the Oak Valley Falcons will feature a Hawaiian Luau theme with catered Hawaiian cuisine, music, fun casino games, silent and live auctions and a cash bar.

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9/11 Flags at Del Norte High The goal of the 9/11 Project is to plant 2,997 American flags in the schools quad to commemorate the number of lives lost on the tragic day. Peter Shea, a Nighthawk alumni as well as a former Key Club member, began the tradition one year ago as a project for his internship at the office of State Senator Joel Anderson.

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The arrival of fall means the time for family and community celebrations is upon us. At the end of October, many of us will be hurriedly dressing our kids in playful costumes for Halloween-related festivities at school, at home and in the community. My wife and I typically take turns accompanying our two children on their trick-or-treating rounds throughout our neighborhood. While one of us heads out with the flashlight and comfortable shoes, the other stays at home to hand out sweet treats to the young revelers. Both of us enjoy seeing kids from our community dressed up, out with their family and friends, and unknowingly making important connections to the place they call home. I’ve already been informed by one of my son’s school and soccer friends that he’ll be joining us again this year. It seems the young man really likes our local neighborhood and how nice everyone treats the young ones dressed up asking for candy or other goodies. Over the next few months, strengthening personal ties to family, friends and neighbors takes on added importance as the end-of-year holidays take center stage. But what is great about living in a place like 4S Ranch is that there is very little reason to wait for a special occasion or holiday to take time to enjoy the company of dear friends. This month’s issue of Back At The Ranch centers on the idea of spending time indulging in some of life’s simple pleasures – like a glass of fine wine or a well-crafted beer. Throughout this special edition of our community publication, we feature several stories

about going out and living the good life. There are so many outstanding places to spend a fun evening that we know we’ve only scratched the surface of the numerous choices you have. Perhaps the places we’ve highlighted will spark you to try a new location for your next outing or maybe it gives you a little extra motivation to go out and find your own new favorite before the calendar turns to the new year. In our editorial, we tried to go beyond what most people can find out about a place simply by going online or dropping in. For example, many know the name Karl Strauss, but how many people have ever had the chance to hear from a Head Brewer directly? We think you’ll find Matt Johnson’s remarks very interesting. The same is true for our feature on Twisted Vine in the Business Highlight section. Hearing Luciano Leonardo talk about his passion for wine – and his family’s centuries old connection to wine making – had me eager to grab a seat at the bar and join him in a toast and a quick sip. There is so much to enjoy in this community that we sincerely hope you’ll be able to find some time to get out of the house and explore. Of course, along with our focus on going out and having a good time we must also encourage responsibility and moderation. No matter how well the evening out has been, it can’t be considered a complete success unless everyone makes it home safely and without regret. If you’ll be partaking in a tasty beer or a fine glass of wine, or two, while out, know your limits, designate a sober driver and be prepared to call a cab if needed. Cheers!

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on your doorstep Oak Valley Falcon Foundation Casino Night – October 20

Light For Sight Event Supports The Vision of Children Foundation

The Oak Valley Falcon Foundation presents Casino Night on Saturday, October 20 from 5 to 10pm at the Ranch House in Del Sur. The benefit for the Oak Valley Falcons will feature a Hawaiian Luau theme with catered Hawaiian cuisine, music, fun casino games, silent and live auctions and a cash bar. Tickets for the casual attired event run $30 per person or $50 per couple. The community is invited to eat, drink, have fun and make a difference for local students. For more information, contact Kristen Black via email at, by phone at (858) 4426180 or go to the website at

4S’s EyeLux Optometry will be the place to be for a wonderful event that will raise needed funds to help in the fight against childhood blindness. “Light For Sight� – to held Thursday, October 25 from 7 to 9pm – will feature live music, wine, appetizers, delicious desserts and a fantastic silent auction. Also on hand will be the talented artists behind the enchanting LightSculptures that have been hanging in the lobby area of the local optometry office. Don’t miss out on this chance to enjoy an evening of great art and fun while doing something important for The Vision of Children Foundation.

SCGRR Howl ‘o ween Party The Fall season is here and with it thoughts turn to cooler weather, shorter days and childhood fun involving costumes and candy. But as you’re busy planning your Halloween activities don’t forget about the family pet. This year’s Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue’s Howl ‘o ween event takes place Saturday, October 27 from 10am to 3pm at Pet People in 4S Ranch, 10537 4S Commons Drive. The community is invited to let the dogs out for a wonderful day of seasonal fun. Events include photo ops, silent auction, “trick-then-treat� station with professional pet trainer Shannon Anderson from Total K9 Training, food and ghoulish drinks. Candy and a special gift will also be provided (while supplies last) to kids who come dressed in costumes. The highlight of the day’s activities is sure to be the Doggie Costume Contest. Dog owners are invited to bring their dog in costume between 10am and 1pm. Judging will start at 1pm and run until 3pm with everyone voting for their favorite costume by placing a dollar donation in the cup of the photo of the dog they think is best. The top four winners receive prizes. Entrance fee for the Doggie Costume Contest is only $5. So, come on out, bring your dog and celebrate the fall season with your four-legged, furry friend. It’s sure to be a howling good time!

The cost for the special evening is $50 if registered by October 11 and $60 for registrations made between October 12 and 24. To register, go online to EyeLux Optometry is located at 16615 Dove Canyon Rd., Suite 105.

3rd Annual Thank You Run in 4S Ranch – November 22 While Thanksgiving Day often consists of family gatherings, football and lots of good food, why not add in a little outdoor activity that is not only good for your health but great for our local community? The 3rd Annual Thank You Run in 4S Ranch begins at 7:30am on Thursday, November 22 at the 4S Ranch Community Park, 16118 4S Ranch Parkway. With a 5K, 10K and Kids 1K Fun Run for children 8 and under, the Thank You Run offers a great opportunity for the whole family to start the day with some positive activity and exercise before the indulging begins. The 5K and 10K are timed events, but the Kids 1K Fun Run is a non-timed loop within the 4S Ranch Community Park. All runners, kids included, receive a medal for participating. Registration continues until November 16 and costs: 10K – $45 5K – $40 Kids 1K – $10. Event proceeds will go to benefit Helen’s Closet and the 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation. For more information or to register, visit the event website at Back At The Ranch hopes to see the whole community out there being active and giving back.


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on your doorstep Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation Fall 2012 Performances Jake Shimabukuro – Friday, October 12 at 8pm

Natalie MacMaster – Saturday, October 27 at 8pm

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Jake Shimabukuro takes the ukulele to places you’ve never seen or heard before. Compared to Yo-Yo Ma, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, Shimabukuro has redefined the ukulele for the 21st century, performing fully arranged versions of concert classics like the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” – all on only four short strings! His live shows have critics and fans tripping over themselves with praise, and his YouTube clips have been viewed more than 10 million times. Jake Shimbukuro is sponsored in part by The Schneider Family Fund and Chicago Title 

Award-winning fiddle player Natalie MacMaster is an international sensation, recognized around the globe as a scintillating entertainer and the preeminent practitioner of the “Cape Breton sound MacMaster returns to Poway for an encore concert to perform songs from her new CD “Cape Breton Girl.” Winner of numerous awards for outstanding musicianship and a captivating live entertainer, MacMaster has shared the stage with The Chieftains, Paul Simon, Faith Hill, Luciano Pavarotti and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Good Morning America.

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ADULT PROGRAMS Adult Fitness Class with Miss Aimee - 4th Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. 2-hour adult fitness class. Sign-ups required.

Basic Computer Training in Farsi - Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. Open for Farsi speakers interested in learning basic computer skills

Citizenship Class - Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Open for all interested in taking citizenship tests

Family Yoga - Saturdays at 10 a.m. Yoga for the whole family

Gentle Yoga with Patty Wednesday, Sep. 5 & Sep. 12 at 9:30 a.m. Gentle yoga for seniors.

Knitting Circle - Wednesdays at 5

mudras (hand postures), laugher, and movement that will help balance your mind, body and spirit

Yoga Meditation for Every Day Stress Reduction with Dr. Afshin Nahavandi - 1st and 2nd Tuesdays of the month at 6:45 p.m. For 15 years old and above

Baby Story Time - Tuesdays at

Pajama Story Time - Tuesday,

10:30 a.m. Pre-walking babies only. Enjoy this one-on-one lapsit activity which introduces babies to stories and songs.

Sep. 25 at 6 p.m. Family pajama story time and crafts. Sep. 25 story time features Dr. Femme Ambrosio

Preschool Story Time & Craft with Mrs. Z - Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

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and 11:30 a.m. For children 3 to 5.Mrs. Z’s story time engages children and focuses on the skills and concepts children need to be ready for Kindergarten! Parents and caregivers get to see proven, modeled techniques to help their children succeed!

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Friends of the Library Meeting - 3rd Wednesday of

owned books, CDs, DVDs, or other overdue materials on the last Friday of each month and we’ll get rid of the fines for those items!

10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Music, Stories, Art and Fun! For children 5 years old and under.

p.m. Join your fellow knitters by the fireplace every Wednesday evening and knit for fun.

CHILDREN PROGRAMS Spanish Bilingual Story Time

at 4:30 p.m. Arts and crafts for K-3rd grade students.

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- 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 10 a.m. Spanish bilingual story and craft for children.

Kids Fitness with Miss Andrea - 3rd Wednesday at 9:30

Mondays at 4 p.m. A scientific approach to Yoga that uses breath work (Pranayama), mantras (Sound),

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Elementary Group Tutoring with Set Tutoring of San Diego - Saturday, Sep. 8 at 1 p.m. Free tutoring for K-6 students with Set Tutoring

Chess Club - Saturdays at 3 p.m. Run by Del Norte High School Students. Open to all chess enthusiasts.

TEENS AND TWEENS PROGRAMS TAG Meeting - 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Monthly Teen Advisory Group Meeting.

Tween Book Club - Tuesday, Sep. 25 at 4 p.m. For tween book enthusiasts. Call for monthly selection.

a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Miss Andrea is back and ready to excise with kids from 18 months to 5 years old.

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on your doorstep Children’s Primary Care Medical Group Opening In October The kids of 4S Ranch are about to get a little bit healthier – that is, if the pediatricians in the new medical building at Camino del Norte and Dove Canyon Road have anything to do with it! Children’s Primary Care Medical Group (CPCMG), San Diego’s only medical group specializing in children’s health, will be opening an office here in October. Dr. Jaime Friedman Dr. Adlouni and Dr. Loubaba Adlouni will be the two CPCMG doctors bringing their passion for kids’ health to 4S. A 4S Ranch resident herself, Dr. Adlouni shares in the excitement. “I’ve witnessed the growth of our community and its population and enjoy the diversity it has produced. As a mom, I’ve always been involved with my children’s sports teams, including volunteering at our local high schools’ sports physicals for over six years. I look forward to bringing the best medical care and innovation, to your doorstep!”


Dr. Friedman has lived near 4S Ranch since moving to San Diego in 2002. “I’ve been a pediatrician in San Diego for 10 years and am committed to the health and development of our children. As a mom, I understand how difficult this can be. That’s why I’m so excited to be working in my own backyard with the 4S Ranch and surrounding communities. I can’t wait to be a part of your family and to be available to assist you in raising

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your children.” Both doctors are looking forward to meeting the families of 4S at their Halloween-themed Open House on Saturday, October 27, from 2 to 4pm. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and get their photos taken in the mobile photo booth. There’ll be raffles, prizes, pumpkin decorating and more. It’s a great chance to see the new office and say hi to Drs. Friedman and Adlouni.

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meet your neighbor Casey Currigan & Beth Perisic – New Administrative Team at Oak Valley Middle School Ask any educator what they like best about their work and you are likely to hear that it is all about the chance to work with kids and make a positive difference in their lives. Sure, the summer and winter breaks are nice and the daily schedule helps staff maintain a fairly consistent routine. But in the end, it almost always comes down to the opportunity to promote growth and development through positive interactions with today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. However, ask educators about working at the middle school level, with kids in the challenging tween and beginning-teen years, and sometimes the measured response comes after a thoughtful pause and with a bit of hesitation. Parents and educators alike know kids in the 6th to 8th grades go through a lot on their way to high school. That’s why it is so important that our kids – and our community – have such wonderful, patient, nurturing, and engaged middle school teachers, staff and administrators. People like Casey Currigan and Beth Perisic.


Arch Health Partners Coming Soon to 4S Ranch Residents of 4S Ranch are about to get even healthier

Arch Health Partners (AHP) is proud to announce our new medical center — scheduled to open this October. For the first time, residents will have primary medical services available in the community — including personalized family medicine, x-ray and laboratory.

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AHP 4S Ranch will be led by family medicine physicians Nasrin Arbabi, M.D. and Camille Santos, M.D. — both accepting new patients. Stuart Graham, M.D., an AHP pediatrician since 1994, will be moving his practice from the Poway office. He will provide care for children from birth to 18 years of age. When it comes to your health, finding the right physician is essential. Choose Arch Health Partners – named a Top Performing Medical Group for its achievement in quality measures and use of technology by the Integrated Healthcare Association for three consecutive years. Centrally located on the corner of Camino del Norte and Dove Canyon Road — the finest care available is now even closer to home.

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Oak Valley Middle School welcomed new Principal Casey Currigan and Assistant Principal Beth Perisic with the start of school this fall. The two experienced educators make up the new administrative team at the local school and they have been quickly impressed with the quality school experience available to students on the campus off of Winecreek Road. “When we came to Oak Valley we saw so many good things going on,�

Currigan said. “We have great students, teachers and parents. There are classes engaging and inspiring students to great heights using technology and relevant curriculum. There are parents who volunteer their time and money to foster a love of math, science and art for all students. But most of all, the kids here are wonderful.� Currigan comes to Oak Valley Middle after six years at Black Mountain Middle School. The San Diego State University biology graduate, who is married with two daughters, taught science at Marston Middle School and admits that a career in the science arena was his original professional aspiration. That changed when he began teaching undergraduate lab classes during his master’s program. “I found that I was good at teaching and really liked it,� he said. “I switched in the middle of graduate school and instead went and earned my teaching credential. I have the middle school gene. I love working at a middle school.� Currigan has been in education for 16 years now. He acknowledges that the job has its ups and downs and highs and lows, but, for him, the kids remain at the focus of his work. “I find the kids at middle school to be great and so into learning,� he shared. “They are still malleable, impressionable, resilient and hungry to learn. It’s great to see the light bulb go on for them and to feel like you can make a difference for them.� Like Currigan, Perisic didn’t plan on being an educator at first – despite the fact both her parents and two siblings are in education – but now she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The former Assistant Principal at Poway High School entered her 18th year in education with the start of this school year and her passion for bringing the best out of young students burns as brightly as ever. Together, the two form an administrative team eager to partner with the local community to enhance the educational experience of OVMS students. “When I entered the education field, I found that I got excited about creating lessons plans and seeing its impact on students,� Perisic said. “I enjoy the teaching and learning process and the opportunity to connect with kids. What is really important for us here at Oak Valley Middle is to send students to high school prepared. Both Casey and I are excited to be here and we’ve been so impressed with the kids, parents, staff and community.� Both Currigan and Perisic want people to be proud of or local schools. The 4S Ranch community can expect to see Oak Valley Middle School as a continuing source of pride.


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Q & A With Karl Strauss Head Brewer Matt Johnson It might be just a bit of an understatement to point out that the arrival of the Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurant in 4S Ranch has been met with an enthusiastic response. Full tables, a packed bar and an increasing need for reservations on the weekends demonstrate the popularity of the San Diego craft brewery company and their seventh north San Diego spot. Recently, Back At The Ranch had the opportunity to pose a few questions to one of the key people behind the new Karl Strauss location – head brewer Matt Johnson. The man in charge of the brewery aspect of the new 4S Ranch business shares some insight about his start in the profession and what local residents can expect to see at the local watering hole. How did you get your start?

Why did you want to become a brewer?

I began brewing professionally in 1997. Before then, I was a marketing consultant in Los Angeles and I just didn’t like it. The idea of being stuck behind a desk for the rest of my life freaked me out. I started to homebrew and I realized that I loved it and I wanted to make it my profession. I signed up for the American Brewers Guild correspondence classes through UC Davis and got my degree in Brewing Science and Engineering. My first job was at Hops Bistro in Phoenix, Arizona. From there, I wound up at Uptown Brewery in Arizona and came back to California in 2001 to be the head brewer at Tustin Brewing Company in Orange County.  In 2008 I joined Karl Strauss as the head brewer.

I was sick of my desk job and I wanted to do something I was passionate about. I love brewing because I get a kick out of people drinking and enjoying something that I made. Nothing makes me happier than when someone tells me my beers are the best they’ve had.

What is the first beer you will brew and when? The first beer we’re going to brew at 4S is a saison. It’s a Belgian farmhouse ale that is light gold in color and very sessionable. We add bitter orange peel, coriander and grains of paradise to give it a unique, peppery flavor. We are currently waiting on our final licensing to come through, but as soon as we get it, we’re ready to brew.

What is your involvement with 4S Ranch? Since I had experience building breweries form the ground up, I was put in charge of the brewery project at 4S Ranch. I was responsible for designing the brewery and making sure it was put together properly – everything from the glycol, heaters, exhaust pipes, brewhouse and tanks. We installed a JV Northwest 7-barrel system, which means every time we brew a batch, it yields 14 kegs. We have two fermenters that each holds 14 barrels, or 28 kegs. In order to fill one fermenter, we brew the same recipe twice.

What is your favorite beer to drink and what do you pair it with? My favorite Karl Strauss beer is our Pintail Pale Ale. It’s a sessionable pale ale that has a ton of grapefruit and bitter orange citrus flavors and aromas. It’s a great example of the style and it’s the one I always come back to. I like to pair it with our Piri Piri wings because the wings have a lingering heat and spiciness that the beer helps cool down. 

Karl Strauss Brewing Company Is A North County Melting Pot By Debi Renken “Make Beer, Not War.” It’s a play on words unique to Karl Strauss Brewing Company and if you have been to the newly opened 4S Ranch location, you’ve seen these words prominently displayed on one of the back walls. Seeing as brewing beer is their core attraction, I would venture to say the phrase is highly appropriate. From the lighter beers like “Wind and Sea” to the more robust beers like, Fullsuit Belgian Brown Ale”, there’s a beer for every palette, but it’s much more than simply a brewery. Most of you are aware that Karl Strauss moved into the old Chili’s Restaurant location. That is where the reference ends. Instead of sprucing up what was left behind by Chili’s to suit their needs, Karl Strauss spared no expense and completely remodeled the building into a trendy, spacious and welcoming eatery, perfect for meeting friends and family, savoring dinner or just enjoying a cold beer. The place feels almost cavernous, but at the same time radiates a warm, appealing environment of good cheer. There are two highlights that are important parts of the whole design ergonomics – the wonderfully large, hip, bar and the lovely, fresh, outdoor patio. If it’s a cold beer you’re “achin’ for” then you can grab a stool and slide up to the bar that is conveniently located immediately to your left as you enter. Also in the bar area for your viewing pleasure is an abundant array of big screen TVs offering up a continuous

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stream of sports action. Want some fresh air to enjoy that beer? Then, head on out to the spacious and ambient outdoor seating area. There is a delightful, elevated seating island complete with a glass chip fire pit! Outside, you’ll also find a selection of bar tables and chairs where you can enjoy some tasty appetizers along with your sudsy brew. The view from the patio is not exactly the Italian Riviera, but the environment has a pleasant charm all its own. The cuisine is scrumptious and offers up a wide selection of choices to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. For “Starters” you can enjoy some “Sweet and Stinky Fries” (sweet potato fries with melted gorgonzola cheese), for “Mains” you might want to try the “Drunken Cioppino”, or the “Black N Blue Strip” and rest assured your server is ready and able to suggest the correct beer to go along with each menu selection. There is so much more to the huge menu, including sandwiches, burgers and “greens”. They even have daily specials - you won’t go home hungry! It seems like the Karl Strauss Brewing Company took forever to finish building its newest location, but in the short time it’s been open, it’s proven itself to be a most welcome addition to our community as well as North County. The 4S Ranch Karl Strauss is attracting families from Poway, Escondido, San Marcos and even Vista. It would appear that the restaurant is for sure becoming.................a local melting pot!

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Capri Blue Italian Bistro & Wine Bar – A Neighborhood Gem With so much focus on local breweries, it’s easy to lose sight of the wonderful options for enjoying a wonderful meal and delicious glass of fine wine here in 4S Ranch. Along with Twisted Vine, the featured business in this month’s Back At The Ranch, local residents have a few choices when thinking about heading out for a nice evening of food and drink. Located in the 4S Commons Town Center, Capri Blue Italian Bistro and Wine Bar offers the best of Italy with its exquisitely crafted cuisine, inspired wine list and gorgeous dining room. Opened in early 2007, Capri Blu features private rooms, entertainment and an outdoor patio that make Capri Blu the perfect destination for romantic evenings or special nights out with friends. Daily Happy Hour and weekend live music energize the neighborhood restaurant’s inviting atmosphere. Owners/Managers Michelle Limon and Janice Minabe describe Capri Blu as, “an incredible atmosphere with exquisite Nouveau Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. We combine that with superb service and a ‘friendly feel.’” The restaurant features an extensive Tuscan menu with daily fish and pasta specials, unique appetizers and decadent desserts. Daily specials utilize fresh and seasonal produce from the local farmer’s market as well as savory, slow-cooked Veal and Lamb Ossobucco and various steak specials. The care, talent and dedication of Executive Chef Gonzalo Ramirez are evident in Capri Blu’s most popular dishes. Consistent with the goal of providing a friendly and inviting

neighborhood and atmosphere, Capri Blu features daily Happy Hour specials (half-price draft beer and half-priced well drinks) in the bar area. The restaurant also features live ambient music in a variety of styles from 6-9pm on Thursdays and 7-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Not only does Capri Blu specialize in catering for private functions and corporate events, but the local facility has ample space for private parties. The “Wine Cellar Room” can comfortably accommodate 25 guests and the fully enclosed patio accommodates approximately 75 guests. In addition to a separate lunch menu, Capri Blu offers fast service for mid-day dining, accommodating seating (for quiet business meetings, birthdays, etc.), a number of lunch specials and prix fixe business lunches. Delicious Italian food. Comfortable, modern vibe. Superb and friendly service. It all adds up to Capri Blu being the perfect spot for a quiet, private dinner or an entertaining evening. Capri Blu is located in 4S Ranch at 10436 Craftsman Way, San Diego, CA 92127. For more information or to make a reservation, call (858) 673-5100 or visit

Discover Your Wine Preference In Fun and Intimate Environments By: Sabrina Lamberson I began my professional journey into the world of wine four years ago as an Independent Wine Consultant with the Napa Valley winery, WineShop at Home. As a wine enthusiast, the best way to really understand your wine preference is to simply taste many styles of wine. It’s interesting to discover what some current trends among wine drinkers are at this time. According to Wine Institute President and CEO, Bobby Koch, California wines are in sync with consumer tastes and California wines have become a preferred lifestyle choice. He also noted that baby boomers are the largest contributor to overall wine sales! What kinds of wines are people buying? Un-oaked Chardonnay remained the most popular wine, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and White Zinfandel. The most impressive gains were Muscato, growing by 73 percent on volume, and sweet red wines with growth over 200 percent. 

Are your wine preferences in sync with the above trends? One way to find out is to take a Vinotype quiz. When I went to our winery’s National Convention last year in Napa, we took a class from the Wine Master, Tim Hanni. He taught us an amazing way to simplify the process of determining your personal wine Vinotype. This is done through a series of questions that analyze your preferences for sweet and salty food and drinks. Your personal Vinotype is then developed from your answers. This amazing quiz allows you to know why you like the style of wines that you do, and to make better choices when purchasing wine. This quiz is offered through our winery at our in-home wine tastings.

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Learning more about your wine preferences can also be done by visiting local wine bars and enjoying several styles of wines by ordering a “flight” of wine. When you do this, ask the wine steward what types of appetizers or tapas they recommend to pair with the wines. You will discover surprising new things such as how spicy food can make a sweet style wine taste even better!

To have something on a more intimate level with your friends, you can also make a reservation at many wine bars here in San Diego to have a private wine tasting. Some wine bars charge anywhere from $35 or more per person for a private guided tasting and you can taste different styles of wine with cheeses and light appetizers. Another alternative to this is to try our winery’s in-home wine tastings and you can have a private guided wine tasting by sampling 6 wines with 6-12 of your friends, in the comfort of your home for under a total of $50! We can also assess your Vinotype so that you can better understand which types of wines you gravitate toward.

We are fortunate here in San Diego to have many choices of venues to visit during the Fall Harvest season in the wine country to taste delicious wines. From local wine bars, wineries in San Diego and Temecula, taking a trip up to Napa/Sonoma, or enjoying private guided tastings in your own home, decide what your next venture will be in the world of wine, and jump in to taste and have fun! Sabrina Lamberson is the Director and Independent Wine Consultant with WineShop

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school news 9/11 Flags at Del Norte High By Matt Da lto n, D e l N o rt e K e y Clu b

With over 260,000 members worldwide, Key Club is the biggest and oldest service club for high school students. Despite its only recent inception, Del Norte Key Club is thriving as one of the largest clubs on campus. The club is completely student-led by a capable officer board and teaches leadership through service to the community. In the past, Del Norte Key Club has received regional recognition for largest membership retention as well as the most hours in specific months. The goal of the 9/11 Project is to plant 2,997 American flags in the schools quad to commemorate the number of lives lost on the tragic day. Peter Shea, a Nighthawk alumni as well as a former Key Club member, began the tradition one year ago as a project for his internship at the office of State Senator Joel Anderson. While the project required copious amounts of effort and planning, Key Club did not hesitate to continue the newfound tradition this year. The club received donations from ASB and Del Norte’s Foundation to collect the $550 necessary to purchase the flags. Part of Del Norte’s mission statement is to be globally aware, and Key Club serves to forward that cause. By bringing together over 60 students to help plant flags in the quad, Key Club united a diverse student body under one respectful cause. While students may not have been directly affected by 9/11, we will never forget the significance of the day.

Cable Cars and Del Norte High School By Ray Shay

I have always had a special affinity for San Francisco’s cable cars. I think part of the allure is the ability to walk over and climb on any car and you are taken away. It is a unique experience. Most people do not consider the countless hours and incredible engineering involved in building or maintaining a cable car system. As a visitor, you sit or stand and enjoy the excitement of the big city, fresh, and often chilly ocean air, flowing in from San Dani Barad (left) and Garrett Harper) Francisco Bay. You can’t help but smile as the conductor rings the little brass bell or moves the hand brake. I thought of a cable car when a friend sent me a photograph from Friday Night’s Del Norte High School Football Game. I really like the photograph on several levels. In fact, too many levels to even mention. It is a cool picture with some motivated and inspired DNHS students. As the school strives to build traditions and enthusiasm for both their sports and academic programs, I can’t help but think of all the people who are helping to build the DNHS “Community Cable Car”. Many people see DNHS as one of the most expensive high school campuses ever built. I remember the school several years ago when the newly assigned teachers and their rookie principal, Greg Mizel, were busy pulling cables, digging the underground tunnels and planning for the future. It was an incredible amount of work. Even the first year of students who graduated recently, spent time in those dark and damp tunnels as they suffered through some tough defeats and pag e 12 : ba ck a t th e ra n ch

too many empty seats at basketball games and other sporting contests while visiting fans from other schools filled our bleachers and outyelled, out-spirited and out-classed us. I admit I am a sports fan, so I really do not understand how even high school kids Stadium at DNHS. Photo courtesy of – Lindsay can be so busy sending Stevens texts to other students, updating Instagrams photos or are so uninspired they forget to watch, cheer or support their fellow students on the field of battle. I hear from the big turnout at Friday Night Football games at DNHS, maybe times really are changing? It’s about time.  Maybe all the sweat and effort by so many teachers and volunteers has resulted in both the kids and the community taking notice and starting to get on board to support our local high school teams.    I sure hope so. Del Norte High School is an amazing school with incredible kids. Their athletic program led by the Athletic Director, Mike Giaime, has made great strides to put together a competitive team with the right balance by emphasizing the importance of being  student athletes.  School first, imagine that?  I really do like the photograph of 8th grade students. And, as well as the sunset picture of our stadium overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I like what it all represents. It is progress. As DNHS Principal, Greg Mizel releases the hand brake, and rings the small brass bell hanging from the ceiling, I think we should all pile on. After all, a ride on our very own Del Norte High School Cable Car is not the same unless you are pressing against someone you do not know and everyone is enjoying the thrill of the ride...together. Ding! Ding! Go Nighthawks! Ray and Theresa  Shay and their family are Owners/Brokers of Shay Realtors Community Hub in 4S Ranch  www. backattheranch-online.c om

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school news Stone Ranch Elementary School By P r i nc i pa l Ci n dy Ve n o li a

Over summer, there was little rest at the Ranch! From June to August, Stone Ranch offered numerous ways for students to explore their creativity, get in touch with their inner scientist and learn new technology skills. When we closed our classroom doors in June, we opened our doors to Camp Invention. Over one hundred boys and girls snipped, cut, glued and wired their way into inventions that did everything from detect when your brother was too close by, or fed your dog when you were away from home. These “inventions” gave children the opportunity to take apart electronics and put them back together with various household objects to create some pretty amazing projects.  Our lead scientist, Mrs. Daellenbach, kept the boys and girls on a course for adventure for this one-week class – and it was an amazing experience for all. Of course, their inventions can’t really feed your dog, but it sure is fun to learn how levers and switches work, and how to become a little scientist! Some other Trailblazers decided that summer would be a great time to explore their creative writing side. Our annual Young Writers’ Camp, commandeered by Mrs. Mikkonen, gave students the chance to write everything their hearts desired – from “I Am” poems to amazing adventure stories. Students from all around the county head to these Young Writers’ Camps, and each year we have an overwhelming number of Trailblazers that sharpen their pencils, open those writers’ notebooks and discover their talent!  

Other boys and girls have the talent of technology, and we had a new summer project this year, Technology Camp. One of our beloved past Assistant Principals, Jim Shadoan, offered a two-week class where boys and girls learned everything from how to access the internet safely to how to keyboard like a pro! They were challenged to practice these skills every night, and some went above and beyond, with a new found love for being able to quickly get their thoughts out without looking at their fingers! Another skill they developed was how to produce a power point with hyperlinks, including sound and video. The Trailblazers wasted no time in producing high quality presentations, and definitely proved that they are blazing a trail to their future.  But, we all know the future is full of technology – and you need to know how to read to access all that there is to offer on the web! Our final summer hurrah was a Drop In and Read Program. With the love and guidance of our own Mrs. Yamasaki, we had boys and girls dust off their reading skills and get ready for the next school year. The children were able to read with Mrs. Yamasaki and a Trailblazer friend each day for the two weeks before school. The response was more than we’d imagined! We certainly are fostering the love of reading, the love of school, and the importance of continuing to read over those summer breaks.   I don’t know what you did over your summer break, but I know our Trailblazers had fun, and kept learning!   


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commun i t y l i f e s t yle : G a r d e n By S ha nnon An der s on, Total K9 Tr aining, LLC

Fire Season Preparedness and Your Dogs October in San Diego County has become a season of its own even though we do not have all of the color changes that residents of northern California or folks back East may have. We know it as the season for Santa Ana winds and the Fire Season. That brings to mind what we are all thinking now as fire season is upon us; do I have everything ready and know where everything is if we have to evacuate quickly due to fires? However, have you all been thinking; do I have everything my dog (or pet) needs or will need if we have to evacuate quickly?

• Raw diets – look into keeping the dehydrated version of the patties handy and do the math for how many patties per dog per week.

Here is a short list that we maintain for our dogs all the time in one general location so it is easy to grab – feel free to add to it and email me if you have more ideas that I can include for my clients in the future:

• First aid kit for your dog, too – see my website for ideas on what to include.

• Extra leashes and collars with extra ID tags! We also have blinking lights to attach to the collars. • A lost dog flier (that you have made up previously with current photo and contact info) in case you get separated from your dog. • A current copy of immunization records. • Dry food kept in an air-tight container – or Ziplocks. Make sure you always have at least a week’s worth of food available per dog – try not to let the bag go empty before buying more each time. • Wet food – look at how many cans per day you need per dog and do the math for a week.

• Vitamins / Medications – make sure you have more than enough at all times. Again, try not to wait until you only have a day left to refill prescriptions. • Water (food/water bowls, too) – We keep a 6-gallon jug full and we replace with fresh water every couple of weeks. Our dogs need about 2 gallons each per day on hot days. • Treats and a favorite toy or blanket or bed. • Crates – we use collapsible ones that are easier to pack and travel with. • Poop bags – please! • Extra bandanas – to help keep their faces wiped clean if the air quality is bad and help keep their eyes and noses wet.

• Know the signs for dehydration and heat illness for your dog – see my website for details. • Have a backup plan for where your dogs can go if you can’t bring them with you. Remember, some hotels may not allow for your dog. • Know where your dog’s hiding places are as well. You never know how the family’s running around gathering items may affect them. • Make an overall check list – for your family, your house and your dog and keep it handy. • Be safe and hug your dogs today! Shannon Anderson with Total K9 Training, LLC can be reached by phone at (858) 243-4030 or online at

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Here at Velocity we regularly see people who want to lose weight, tone up, or get back in shape for a certain event. With the fall season approaching fast, we are all gearing up for the typical fall extravaganzas. Whether it’s enjoying local brewing events or the BBQ and beer on NFL game day, we all deserve to indulge and have fun. However, we all know that with every indulgence, extra drink or delicious dessert comes at a price. One of my favorite quotes, “Everything is good in moderation…even moderation” holds true to most aspects of life, especially alcohol and exercise. We have all adapted to the fairly new idea that all food items and restaurants must have a nutrition guide. This is to allow the consumer the option of being educated on what it is they are eating and to be aware of how many calories they are taking in. However, have you ever noticed that there is no nutrition label on alcoholic beverages? Currently wine, liquor and beer manufacturers aren’t required to list ingredients or nutritional information on the label, which leaves us unaware of how many calories we are actually consuming. On average, a bottle of beer can range from 200350 calories. An ounce of liquor ranges from 40-90 calories and 4oz of wine

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At Home: Eliminate empty calories – When you’re thirsty drink water. Save the calories you would normally get from soda and juices throughout the week for a beer or wine during those special occasions.

Don’t over eat – Eat small snacks continuously throughout the day. This will help control your hunger so that come dinner time you’re not tempted to hit the buffet line.

At the Gym: Focus on what matters – You cannot eliminate excess body fat by doing crunches. Focus on multi-joint, functional movements that require more muscles to activate and, in turn, burn more calories.

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business highlight Twisted Vine Bistro & Wine Bar – Luciano Leonardo If it has anything to do with wine at Twisted Vine Bistro & Wine Bar, Luciano Leonardo will be involved. And, that’s not only because he works as the Beverage Director of the local food and wine establishment located just off the 56 and Camino Del Sur. No, Leonardo’s passion for wine is not solely tied to his title; it goes much deeper than that. “My family has been in the wine making business for almost 600 years,� Leonardo shared recently. “We have our own vineyards in Italy. I grew up in the vineyards and had my first drink of wine as a boy. Wine for me is great fun; it’s family.� Leonardo’s approach to entertaining and socializing around good food and great drinks lies at the heart of Twisted Vine Bistro & Wine Bar. The Italian native said the idea behind Twisted Vine, which took the place of the former Bread Bites, is to be a non-pretentious local wine bar. The food offered consists of a “twisted take� on a variety of favorites, including Carlsbad Mussels, along with a kid’s menu. Available beers feature local brews like Ballast Point on tap, 12 different varieties by the bottle and one “limited� beer that changes regularly. But it is the attention to detail Leonardo pays to the wines he has on hand that really make Twisted Vine a nearby standout. Depending on the day, patrons of Twisted Vine can choose from a list of 60 to 80 wines by the glass, including some made from his family’s grapes, with none over $12 per glass. Leonardo is regularly onsite, even tending bar on Tuesdays, and welcomes the opportunity to talk with guests about what they like in a wine.

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Armed with that knowledge, he then works hard to find the right one for each customer. “We want Twisted Vine to be welcoming and inviting,� Leonardo said. “Wine should not be work. It is fun. I taste 60 to 90 new wines each week and I figure out which ones I want to have on hand. I’m always looking for low production wines, interesting stuff. I want people to talk with me about wines. All they need is a little curiosity about wine and I can take them around the world.� Twisted Vine offers several opportunities for folks to learn more about interesting food and beverage choices. Every month the bistro and wine bar presents two wine tasting events. Leonardo selects a particular region or country and centers the tasting on wines from this area. For $35, participants taste five different wines along with five food pairings. The very social event featured wines from Spain in September. October’s wine tasting events will take place on October 13 and 27. In addition to the wine tastings, Twisted Vine holds wine seminars. The three-part series, titled “Wine 101,� Wine 201� and Wine 301,� provides an opportunity for interested parties to learn more about wine “from the ground to the glass.� Each two-hour session runs $45 and increases one’s knowledge and understanding of wine, which only adds to the enjoyment of dining at a place like Twisted Vine. Finally, monthly “Cooking Classes with Chef Mia� are available for those looking to add to their repertoire in the kitchen. In October, the focus will be on Asian cooking, while November’s class features a “Twisted Thanksgiving.� “We pride ourselves on being a neighborhood spot,� Leonardo said. “We have people come in from all over San Diego – Poway, Point Loma, Rancho Bernardo – but mostly we are a neighborhood place. We want people to come in, have a fantastic time, learn something about wine and look forward to coming back.� Twisted Vine Bistro & Wine Bar is located at 7845 Highland Village Place, Suite #C101 in San Diego and online at http://thetwistedvinebistro. com/

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