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san elijo hills oktoberfest 2010 one of san elijo hills’ most popular community events takes place this month, so gather up your neighbors and don’t miss out! san elijo hills oktoberfest is on saturday, october 23 from 3 to 6 pm at san elijo park. oktoberfest is a great opportunity to reconnect with neighbors and enjoy the community spirit of our neighborhood. page 6

1st annual Kids & critters for a cause the first annual kids & Critters for a Cause will be held on sunday, october 17 in san elijo hills in the town square near the fountain from 1 to 4 pm. everyone is invited to join in the fun and make a difference in our community. Dress up your kids and pets for a treasure hunt at local businesses, a bouncy castle for little ones, a kids and pets costume contest, and a complimentary halloween portrait session. You’ll also be entertained by a live performance by the san elijo middle school band. page 8

halloween fun! throughout this issue we’ve listed some fun family halloween activities. from pumpkin carving to community events - get out and enjoy the season and our amazing community.

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How Does your Garden Grow? October marks the anniversary of our move to San Elijo Hills back in 2001. It was an exciting time for us as a young family buying our first house. My children were in elementary school, my youngest just starting kindergarten. Today those two children are both in high school!

For me, October feels like harvest time in San Elijo Hills. Oktoberfest and Halloween mark very solid traditions in our community life and provide markers for progress as a community. Halloween night always provides very tangible evidence of the growth and the passing of time as I look at the kids on our street, several of whom didn’t even exist when we moved to San Elijo Hills! So much has changed since the first Halloween we spent in our new home in 2001. There are more houses on our street, more children in our neighborhood, more mature landscaping, more businesses, schools and parks, and, more importantly, more friends. When you stop and step back, you can see the growth in the investment we’ve made in our community. All of those little seeds that were being planted when we moved in have now turned into ‘real stuff ’. Of course, we

were very busy ‘planters’ back then. We volunteered for everything. Showed up at every event. Met every new person we encountered. We were planting maniacs!

Today, it’s a little different. I’ve noticed that we definitely spend less time planting than we do harvesting. (Granted, that’s the joy of farming – harvest time. And, you can bet you’ll see us out this month “Harvesting.” October is always filled with community events, many of which you’ll see highlighted in this issue of The Fountain.) But October also makes me stop and pause to notice what I’m planting today. What seeds are we putting in the ground today to harvest in the future? If we’ve been able to grow all of this – this sense of community that surrounds us – in only nine years, just imagine what we could see grow in the next nine years. It’s all about putting seeds in the ground and then taking good care of the soil and protecting the seedlings. I hope you enjoy ‘harvest time’ in San Elijo Hills this month, but I hope you also plant a few new seeds that you’ll be able to enjoy come the next harvest season. Meet a new friend, join a new group, support a new business. With each benefit you harvest from our commnity, make a commitment to till the soil and plant something new. I’m breaking out my gardening gloves – how about you?

san elijo hills Oktoberfest 2010 One of San Elijo Hills’ most popular community events takes place this month, so gather up your neighbors and don’t miss out!

San Elijo Hills Oktoberfest is on Saturday, October 23 from 3 to 6 pm at San Elijo Hills Park on the lower

can bring your ID showing SEH address (or an HOA/ utility bill if your ID address is different). You will also need to bring your valid state issued ID/license in order to be served beer. Beer will be served to residents 21 years and older. Four drink tickets will be provided per household. (No outside alcohol will be allowed into the event and if you have friends or family with you, bring them along, but just know that drink tickets are limited per household, so you’ll have to share!)

Oktoberfest will be held on the lower baseball field. Traditional German food (bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad & hot pretzels, along with kid-friendly hot dogs, vegetarian kielabasa) will also be available.

field. Oktoberfest is a great opportunity to reconnect with neighbors and enjoy the community spirit of our neighborhood.

Based on the recent homeowner’s survey, several changes have been made this year to help ensure a successful and safe event. You will need to bring your ID for a couple of reasons. First, there will be one main entrance into the event and San Elijo Hills residents will need to show proof of residency to attend. You pag e 6 : th e fo u n ta i n

There will be lots of fun activities including, carnival games, inflatable slide and obstacle course, rock wall, little kids activity zone, face painting, pumpkin decorating and beer stein relays. The oom-pah band will be playing a selection of Oktoberfest-themed music and San Elijo Hills Oktoberfest t-shirts will be available for parchase by the San Elijo Hills Community Foundation. If you have any questions or would like more information on Oktoberfest, please call or email Kimberly Perez at (760) 798-9015 or

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network san elijo! Don’t miss the we d n e s d ay morning networking group. network san elijo! meets at the peppertree hills eatery here in san elijo hills every wednesday from 7:30-8:30 am. Contact: lauren lanni (760) 815-7563

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book mobile the san Diego County library book mobile will be at the Visitor’s Center parking lot from 4 to 6 pm on the 1st and 3rd thursday of the month.

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the san elijo hills women’s Club meets the second tuesday of the month at 7 pm. this month they are hosting a high tea on sunday, october 17 at 2 pm. please call for more information or to rsVp. Contact: martha kaloogian, president sehwC (760) 736-4044


luna moms club and stroller strides interested in connecting with other moms? join the local luna moms Club every friday at 10 am at the lower tot lot (by the water feature). Contact: nita marquez

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the lake san marcos art league meets on the third monday of each month at lake san marcos at 1:30 pm. artists demonstrate and refreshments are served. Come join us! Contact: Char (760) 761-0755

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2 Women Business Network The Women 2 Women Business Networking Dinner is a relaxed dinner/networking gathering for women. They meet on a Tuesday evening each month from 7 to 9:30 pm here in San Elijo Hills. Attendance is limited to 20 and membership is not required. $20 a person includes dinner. Contact: Shirley Benton (760) 744-7244


San Elijo Running Club The San Elijo Running Club meets at the Café at 7:30 am every Sunday for a challenging, but enjoyable run through the streets and trails of San Elijo Hills and Elfin Forest. Beginners to seasoned athletes are welcome. Times and locations are subject to change so be sure to send a blank email to ncrunningclub-subscribe@ to be added to the announcement list. Contact: Dax Ross (760) 473-5261

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This networking group for women meets on the 4th Monday of each month here in San Elijo Hills form 6-9 pm. This month’s meeting will be on October 25. Visit for details. Contact: Judy Foster (760) 798-4183

1st Annual Kids & Critters for a Cause The First Annual Kids & Critters for a Cause will be held on Sunday, October 17 in San Elijo Hills in the Town Square near the fountain from 1 to 4 pm. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and make a difference in our community.

Dress up your kids and pets for a treasure hunt at local businesses, a bouncy castle for little ones, a kids and pets costume contest, and a complimentary Halloween portrait session. You’ll also be entertained by a live performance by the San Elijo Middle School band.

Donations and proceeds from the event will benefit both the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and San Elijo Middle School. This year, San Diego’s animals are in need more than ever, as many have been abandoned due to economic pressures on their human families. Kids & Critters for a Cause has teamed up with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society who is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. RCHS is located in Encinitas and serves all of Southern California. They are a non-profit organization that cares for North San Diego County’s needy companion animal population. In addition, come out to support San Elijo Middle School, which is currently collecting donations for upgrades to their Performing Arts Center. With the community’s support at this event, the sponsors hope to make a substantial contribution that will assist the middle school with their endeavor. Lanni Insurance, San Elijo Hills’ premier insurance team, teams up with BlueFlair Photography and Puzzle Pieces Marketing to bring out the Halloween and charitable spirit of San Elijo Hills. The Halloween Spectre-tacular will include a complimentary 5x7 portrait for children and/or pets dressed in the Halloween spirit, and will be taken and presented at the event in exchange for a donation of an item from the charities’ desired item list, which will be going up in windows around town center.

There will be a costume contest for the best-dressed kids and critters with prizes awarded from local businesses. And, kids of all ages, can participate in a town center scavenger hunt with local storefronts. Any local business interested in participating is encouraged to call Angel Mason of Puzzle Pieces Marketing at (760) 798-0074. To join in the fun, drop your donations off at the main booth and receive a card good for your free portrait, entry form for the costume contest and trick-or-treat treasure map.

Other Autumn-themed activities are expected to be announced as the date draws closer. Kids & Critters for a Cause is dedicated to providing relief to local charities through business sponsorship and participation. Find them on Facebook: Kids & Critters For A Cause.

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One Dollar. One Paper. One Day. The San Elijo chapter of Kids Korps will be participating in the annual Kids’ News Day on Tuesday, October 19. San Elijo kids will be selling a special edition of the Union-Tribune that features the advances being made and lives being changed at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. Look for our Kids Korps members at San Elijo Elementary, Albertsons and in front of the PepperTree Hills Cafe from 7:45 am until 8:45 am. All proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego.

San Elijo Middle School After School Program The Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos After School Program at San Elijo Middle School is open Monday through Friday from the time school gets out until 6 pm. This is a great program that pro-

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vides a fun, safe, positive place for kids after school and is operated by professional, caring, adult staff. It is open to any student enrolled at SEMS. There is a $40 annual membership fee and a weekly fee of $75. Early registration discounts are available as are scholarships for families in need of financial assistance. The program offers enrichment activities in 5 Core Program Areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, The Arts, Health & Life Skills, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Specific programs include Power Hour, a homework assistance and tutoring program, and Torch Club, a character-building program that encourages leadership and civic engagement. For more information, call (760) 471-2490 or visit www.

Book Fair You don’t have to have a student at San Elijo Elementary School to enjoy and shop at the Scholastic Fall Book Fair. Come see the latest titles, get some early holiday shopping done, and make a difference for SEES. The SEES Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be held from October 25-29. All community members are invited to come and shop for books for kids and grownups and all proceeds benefit SEES students. For more information, visit www.

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on your doorstep join san elijo hills resident tom matthews to Celebrate book release Our neighbor, Thomas K Matthews, an Amazon. com best-selling author, is excited to announce the release of his book, ANCIENT ANGER (book one of the 3-book Ancient Spirit series). Tom would love to have you join him at his special release and book signing being held at RELM BISTRO in Carlsbad (2917 State Street) on October 3 from 4 to 7 pm.

There is a fable that suggests the world will end on December 21, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar. ANCIENT ANGER tells the tale of a 105 year old Mayan priest, a drug dealer hiding from his crimes and two driven anthropologists searching for the truth to this very ominous prediction. Each is driven by a need to understand the truths of the ancient prophesy and strives to influence the possible fate of mankind. Set in Los Angeles, the Yucatan peninsula, New York, Louisiana and Sedona Arizona, ANCIENT ANGER throws the reader into a can’t-put-it-down adventure that ends with a climax of spiritual and emotional calamity. Tom lives with his wife, Stacy, and son, Ian, here in Calistoga. They’ve lived in San Elijo Hills for about nine years. Come out to the RELM to meet and celebrate with him. You’ll enjoy talking with him and hearing not only about this release, but also his newest book due out in February of 2011. To order ANCIENT ANGER, visit,, or To arrange an event or book signing, contact Tom at or

fall harvest event in san elijo hills October 16 Terraza at San Elijo Hills is hosting a Fall Harvest Event on Saturday, October 16 from noon to 3 pm at the Terraza models and sales center, located near the intersection of Wild Canyon Road and San Elijo Road. Festivities will include a colorful pumpkin patch with take-home pumpkins for the kids, live music and activities for the whole family. Crafts include mask making, pumpkin decorating, pinecone art, and face painting. Bring your kids and cameras for some festival fall fun! The event will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will include a hot dog and bratwurst station with all the fixings, salads, a harvest fruit table, and an ice cream sundae bar, plus other dessert snacks. Bring your friends and neighbors to tour the beautiful models at Terraza, Lennar’s first all-solar community in San Diego County.

the san marcos kings The San Marcos Kings are an age 8 & under youth baseball team in the San Marcos Youth Baseball (SMYB) Pony League’s Stallion division. It is managed by Brian Kenny, with the help of 3 coaches and various dads working with 12 players and their families to create a baseball family called The Kings.

SMYB is a non-for-profit organization that offers both recreational and Stallion teams. Recreational teams vary each season as coaches and players are re-drafted. The Stallion program offers players an opportunity to play youth baseball at a more competitive level against teams in the surrounding areas such as Chula Vista, Oceanside, Del Mar, Escondido, and Carlsbad as well as an opportunity to enter weekend tournaments in San Diego and Los Angeles counties. The primary difference is the Stallion program allows the team to continue each season under the same manager and team name. The team could continue with the same core of players from the 8-year old level all the way up until the 14-year old level.

fees, and participate in tournaments they need to fundraise. Here are some ways to support the San Marcos Kings. The Kings appreciate any donation towards their fundraising efforts. Raffle:

The Kings are hosting a raffle on October 24 at Mission Sports Park in San Marcos. If others in the community would like to donate or purchase raffle tickets, please email Sponsorship:

In addition to the raffle, the Kings are looking for an individual or company to sponsor the SMYB Kings 8U team. Minimum $100 sponsorship. THANK YOU! The Kings want to thank the following companies for their donations:

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on your doorstep Are You Ready to ShakeOut? Submitted by San Elijo Hills Resident, Joyce Ballesteros With 37 million people living and working in California, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. With earthquakes an inevitable part of California’s future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes.

The Great California ShakeOut in October 2009 involved nearly 6.9 million Californians through a broad-based outreach program, media partnerships, and public advocacy by hundreds of partners. The drill will be held statewide annually on the third Thursday of October, and is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance ( The 2010 Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill will be at 10:21 AM on October 21.

    A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared.  The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes).   ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.

Adopt a Family Program The holidays are just around the corner and plans are underway to bring San Elijo Hills together to make a difference in the lives of local families in need. This is a great way to give back and do something positive! You can adopt a family as an individual, a family, boy/girl scout troop, sports team, bunco group, club, or neighborhood. Join others in San Elijo Hills to make Christmas a magical time for a family in need. If you’d like to be on the interest list and receive information about this program as it unfolds, please contact San Elijo Hills resident, Kim Rademacher, at

Not just any drill will accomplish this; it needs to be big. It must inspire communities to come together.   It must involve children at school and parents at work, prompting conversations at home. It must allow every organization, city, etc., to make it their own event.  

The 2010 ShakeOut drill will be the largest preparedness event in U.S. history. To participate, go to and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and how to create a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness. All organizers ask is that participants register (so they can be counted and receive communications), and at the minimum practice “drop, cover, and hold on” at the specified time. It is only a five minute commitment for something that can save your life. It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone. Joyce Ballesteros – Earthquake Country Alliance Member and President of HOME

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Trick or Treat for UNICEF Once again, San Elijo Elementary School students will be trick or treating for UNICEF. Children will be carrying the little orange UNICEF boxes on Halloween night. Please save your spare change and have it available to pass out with candy. This wonderful activity helps to support children in need worldwide and is a great reminder to kids about helping others. For more information, visit http://

Thank You San Elijo Hills! From San Elijo Hills Women’s Club and Angel’s Depot The San Elijo Hills Women’s Club (SEHWC) extends their sincere thanks to the San Elijo Hills community for their outstanding support to the SEHWC Food Drive for Angel’s Depot on Saturday, August 28.

San Elijo Hills residents came through like the caring, generous citizens they always prove to be. They donated 685 cans of canned vegetables and fruit, along with $89 in cash donations, which was completely unsolicited. Adults and kids alike brought out their cans of food as they finished their shopping at Albertsons. And the hospitality of Store Manager, Vince Teclaw, and his team made the event a complete success. The Angel’s Depot provides nonperishable food to 650 senior citizens in San Diego County every month. They experienced a shortage in canned vegetables and fruit, so the women of SEHWC decided to take action and collect as much as they could to meet the need. This community’s outstanding support will definitely make a difference next month for many senior citizens in need in San Diego County – and for that, the SEHWC thanks you very much!!

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calendar oCtober 3 - sun ancient anger, book release & signing with thomas matthews, relm bistro, 2917 state street, 4-7 pm.

oCtober 14 - thur taste Of Vista PalOmar ParK OPen hOuse, 5-7 pm

oCtober 16 - sat

oCtober 6 - weD family enrichment: nO-carVe PumPKins, 7 pm, san marcos Community Center

oCtober 7 - thur san diegO cOunty library “bOOK mObile”, 4-6 pm, Visitors Center parking lot.

oCtober 9 - sat because i care cOmmunity fair, 9 am to 1 pm, san marcos senior Center, 111 richmar ave. family OPen studiO Plus, Carlsbad City library, Dove lane, 11 am to 2 pm

oCtober 17 - sun san eliJO hills wOmen’s club high tea, 2 pm, rsVp to martha kaloogian at (760) 736-4044 or

oCtober 18 - mon laKe san marcOs art league, 1:30 pm, contact Char (760) 7610755.

first annual Kids & critters fOr a cause, 1-4 pm, town square

oCtober 19 - tues san eliJO Kids KOrPs, news Day to benefit rady Children’s hospital, 7:45-8:45 am at san elijo elementary, albertsons & peppertree hills Cafe

fall harVest eVent, terraza model homes, san elijo hills 12-3 pm

oCtober 21 - thur

oCtober 23 - sat

the 2010 great califOrnia shaKeOut earthQuaKe drill, 10:21 am, to register

san eliJO hills OKtOberfest, 3-6 pm, san elijo hills park (bring iD & proof of residency)

san diegO cOunty library “bOOK mObile”, 4-6 pm, Visitors Center parking lot.

family enrichment: 6th annual hallOween Party, 6-8 pm, the wood house, 1148 rock springs road, san marcos

oCtober 29 - weD

oCtober 28 - thur

safe tricK Or treating, Vista palomar park, 5-7 pm

chilling tales fOr teens & adults, 7 pm, Carlsbad City library, Dove lane.

eVerY tuesDaY dOn’t cOOK tuesdays!

eVerY weDnesDaY netwOrK san eliJO! peppertree hills Café, 7:30 am

oCtober 24 - sun san marcOs aliVe!, 10 am – 4 pm, san marcos Civic Center san marcOs Kings raffle eVent, mission sports park,

oCtober 25 - mon wOmen’s wisdOm netwOrKing, 6 pm, contact judy ann foster (760) 798-4183. OctOber 25 - 29: sees schOlastic bOOK fair, san elijo elementary

oCtober 30 - sat hallOween On elm, Carlsbad Village, 2-9 pm.

oCtober 31 - sun hallOween & tricK Or treat fOr unicef

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on your doorstep Lanni Insurance Grand Reopening Lanni Insurance held a Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and launched their new website on August 21. The event included snacks, beverages, fun and family games with 75 neighbors, friends and the members of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. Everyone got the chance to meet the owners and staff of Lanni Insurance and learn about how this office and the services they provide go above and beyond. They also got to check out the office, newly redesigned by San Elijo’s own Janet Parise of Ali Katz Design. Children also enjoyed meeting and petting the Lanni Insurance mascot, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Finn, getting their faces painted and winning prizes at the carnival games.

Lauren and David Lanni would like to thank San Elijo Hills, their neighbors and clients for their gracious participation in this special event. As Lauren said to their guests just before the ribbon was cut, “At Lanni Insurance, friends are clients and clients are friends.” Lanni Insurance is owned and led by husband and wife team, David and Lauren Lanni, who focus on providing high quality, personalized insurance service at the most competitive prices. Together, they work to provide superior service to their clientele throughout California.

“It is our goal to be an asset to and an active part of the San Elijo Hills community and to provide the right plan for our neighbors here in San Marcos and throughout San Diego County,” said Lauren Lanni. “At Lanni Insurance, we are dedicated to insuring the most high-risk of clients. Unlike most insurance companies, we specialize in fire and brush zones and can write insurance for any breed of dog to provide the most comprehensive protection for our community and to ensure our clientele the highest quality personalized service available.” For more information, visit their new website at or become a fan on Facebook.

Meet the San Elijo Storks! What a great way to welcome the newest addition to your family! Hometown Realty is offering a FREE stork sign service. To announce your little one to the neighborhood, just give them a call and they will deliver the stork to you as well as pick it up. You can reach them at (760) 798-1784 or

Special Baby Shower Project Concern’s 3rd Annual Baby Shower for moms, toddlers & tots will take place on October 13 at the Prudential California Realty offices in the Henry’s Shopping Center on Camino de los Coches from 11 am to 2 pm. This is a great way to get involved in helping others. The Baby Shower will help 200 moms that are below the poverty level in San Diego County. Items needed are:

Baby Wipes, Diapers (prefer 6 month size, but aythingis welcome), Baby Blankets, Baby P.J.’s, Onesie T-Shirts, Used Baby Clothes (no stains), Lotion for Moms, Small Books for Toddlers, Aluminum cans to recycle & pay for food & cost of shower This event is being sponsored by Prudential California Realty and S.H.E. (Strong, Healthy & Empowered). All items can be dropped off by October 6 at their offices or call and they will be happy to pick them up. Contact Sarah Vollrath at (760) 809-9145. For more information about Project Concern, visit

Spread the Word on Prop K The San Marcos Unified School District has placed a bond measure on the November ballot to make high-priority repairs and upgrades to local schools to meet modern safety and educational standards. The campaign to pass Prop K is already underway and they would love to have your support. Prop K requires a 55% yes vote to pass and they are looking for volunteers to help with Phone Banking and Precinct Walking. To see a list of all of the current endorsements and other information about Prop K, visit www. On the “Get Involved” page, you can show your support by signing up to volunteer or donate to the campaign. You can also request a yard sign there.

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on your doorstep Congratulations San Elijo FC BU13 Team! by Chris fitzsimmons Congratulations to the San Elijo FC BU13 Team - 2010 Hotspur Labor Day Tournament Champions! This is the first trophy for the club in their inaugural season. The team played some stiff competition over Labor Day weekend culminating with a 1-0 win in the championship game over a very tough Vista Storm Team. “This is just an awesome accomplishment for the boys and this team. I expect more great things from this team in the very near future. It is extremely satisfying for our club, and all of our players and parents, as we continue to keep our core emphasis on developing youth soccer players, while building a solid high-quality competitive soccer program for our community. There is no doubt that the continued successes we have had in a short period of time will benefit our club and programs. It is a testament to all of our coaches and staff for all the hard work they have put in this year with all of our teams,” said Chris Fitzsimmons San Elijo FC Founder and Director.

The Academy Kick-Off BBQ Fun!

On September 11, the Academy and San Elijo FC kicked off their 2010 fall season at the San Elijo Park Hilltop Field and Gazebo. Many soccer families in San Elijo came out to enjoy the delicious food, fun games and jumpies. It was a fun way to kick off the season.

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in your backyard Parks Remain Centerpiece of a Strong City Chris orlanDo: CitY CounCil

The Civic Center Park, which opened in September, and the renovated Mission Sports Park, which opened this summer, are the latest additions to a parks and trails system that is the centerpiece of a high quality of life here in San Marcos. With more parks planned for the coming years, San Marcos is continuing to build out the best park system in the county.

Civic Center Park is a one-acre park near the San Marcos Civic Center. It includes amenities such as a lighted basketball half-court, sand volleyball, play equipment and picnic areas. The Inland Rail Trail also runs through the park. The $3.5 million renovation of Mission Sports Park, the primary facility for youth baseball in San Marcos, included new lighted, irrigated and landscaped playing field areas, additional lighting and landscaping to two modified practice fields, wiring and controls for five electronic scoreboards, four artificial infield areas, new restroom and storage buildings, a new playground, fencing modifications and dugout coverings. The renovations will make Mission Sports Park one of the premier youth baseball venues in the region, and allow San Marcos Youth Baseball to not only enjoy the facility year-round, but also host regional tournaments. This year also saw the opening of award-winning Sunset Park, a new 19-acre park near La Mirada Drive which includes fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and numerous amenities. With the addition of Civic Center Park, the renovation of Mission Sports Park, and the opening of Sunset

Park, San Marcos now boasts a total of 17 community parks, 16 “mini� parks and 15 recreational facilities – which makes a total of more 300 acres of developed parkland in the City. Plus, the City now has more than 56 miles of trails throughout San Marcos. These are facilities of which every resident of San Marcos can be proud, and amenities that add to our overall quality of life. In addition to these existing parks, work on three new facilities is underway. Buelow Park is currently under construction. The recreation site, named after the city’s first mayor, William “Bill� Buelow, will add a playground, water-play feature, basketball courts and other amenities on 2.5 acres along Autumn Drive. It is scheduled to be finished this fall and will replace a linear one-acre park that was lost when the Sprinter line was installed. South Lake Park is currently in the design phase. It will be a new 54-acre recreation area at South Lake reservoir off Twin Oaks Valley Road. The project, which will be finished in mid-2011, will add two fishing docks to the lake, a walking trail around it, an outdoor amphitheater, picnic areas, natural viewing areas, a children’s play area, a dog run, and several restrooms. A new City park at San Marcos Elementary is also currently in the design phase. The City has applied for a state grant to build the park. Residents will be asked to weigh in on desired amenities and design features soon. Together, these projects demonstrate the City’s continued commitment to our park system and to the quality of life in San Marcos. The City is actively pursing opportunities to expand our available park land. The outstanding park system we enjoy now is only going to get better.

,OCAL3TUDENTS.EED 9OUR3UPPORT  0ROP+)S%NDORSED"Y Local classrooms and facilities need help meeting today’s standards. Many local schools are 40 and 50 years old and need repairs and upgrades to meet the needs of our students. By passing Prop. K, we can ensure all students have an equal opportunity to learn in safe, modern classrooms, with access to instructional technology and improved science and computer labs needed for 21st-century skills.


r Replace aging roofs, windows and plumbing in schools and classrooms that are up to 40 or 50 years old r Help rebuild San Marcos High School and other schools that are too old to cost effectively maintain r Help manage teacher to student ratios r Prepare for future growth to prevent student overcrowding 0ROPOSITION+HASMETSTRINGENT3AN$IEGO#OUNTY 4AXPAYERS!SSOCIATIONSTANDARDSANDCONTAINS TOUGHSAFEGUARDSTOENSUREFUNDSARESPENT ASPROMISED


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in your backyard Author of “My Big Fat Greek Diet” to Speak in San Marcos Cal State San Marcos and the City of San Marcos, Community Services Department present the third-annual Because I Care Community Fair to promote healthy living on Saturday, October 9 from 9 am to 1 pm at the San Marcos Senior Center located at 111 Richmar Ave.

This free event promotes healthy living for community members and their families. Information to enhance physical and mental health as well as services for those who provide care to aging family members will be available.  The fair will include educational workshops, free blood pressure screenings, time to meet the pharmacists and discuss medications, individual consultations to discuss healthy living, food, and live music. 

Dr. Nick Yphantides, author of My Big Fat Greek Diet, will be the keynote speaker. In his book, My Big Fat Greek Diet, Dr. Yphantides chronicles his life-long struggle with food.  Throughout his adult life, Dr. Yphantides constantly battled his weight and the embarrassment of not being able to fit into airline seats and restaurant booths.  Galvanized by poor health and years of humiliation, Dr. Yphantides set out on an incredible physical and mental weight-loss journey.  He will share his story and provide tips on how to live a healthy life. For more information, call (760) 744-5535 or go to  

San Marcos Alive The City of San Marcos’ 13th Annual San Marcos Alive (Celebration of the Arts Street Fair) will take place outdoors on Sunday, October 24 from 10 am to 4 pm at the San Marcos Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Drive. The City will be spreading the word that art is for everyone with the invitation to shop at vendor booths, view art demonstrations and displays, and participate in over 20 hands-on art projects. Entertainment will include performances by local schools and music groups on two stages.  This year’s event will also include a juried art show and a student art show. There is no charge for admission or parking. For more information, call (760) 744-9000 or visit 

Taste of Vista Palomar Park – Open House Don’t miss the Taste of Vista Palomar Park Open House on Thursday, October 14, 5-7 pm. Enjoy free food samples from five restaurants and live music at Vista Palomar Park on Business Park Drive, Vista, CA 92081, next to Palomar Pizza. Learn more at

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City Invites Youth to Audition for Annie The City of San Marcos Theatre West invites youth ages 7 – 18 to audition for “Annie” at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos on Monday, October 4 anytime between 5 & 8 pm. Bring an instrumental CD and be prepared to sing a one-minute excerpt from a song.  Also bring a school photo and a short list of past experiences you have had speaking, singing or dancing in front of a group.  Beginners are welcome. The audition fee is $2. The performances will be held at the San Marcos Community Center on November 5, 6, and 7. (Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2 and 5 pm). For further information, call (760) 744-9000 or go to

Photography Show The City of San Marcos Community Services Rotating Art Gallery is having a photography show with the theme of “Our City in Review” at the San Marcos Community Center,3 Civic Center Drive. The show will run during November and December.  Photos must have been taken within the last year featuring subjects or locations in San Marcos.  All photos must be suitable for family viewing, framed and ready to hang (wire, no sawtooths). There is no fee to enter a photo, however, due to space limitations, only one entry per person can be accepted.  Entry forms available online at or call (760) 744-9000 x3503 for more information. 

Families Enrichment Programs in October The City of San Marcos Family Enrichment Program (FEP) will host two special events during the month of October. Families will join together to make no-carve pumpkins on Wednesday, October 6 at 7 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. The event is $3 per person plus a yearly (prorated) membership fee of $12 per family. Space is limited and participants must register by Tuesday, October 5.

The Family Enrichment Program is hosting its 6th annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 23 from 6 to 8 pm at The Wood House, 1148 Rock Springs Road in San Marcos. The cost for this event is just $5 per person and includes crafts, treats, BINGO and other carnival games. Additional game tickets will be available for purchase at a cost of $1 for five tickets.  Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume!  Presale tickets are available for purchase at the San Marcos Community Center for $4 per person. The FEP brings families together through arts, crafts, cooking and special events. The program is sponsored by the City of San Marcos’ Community Services Department. For more information, please call (760) 744-9000.

Safe Trick Or Treating & Halloween Coloring Contest Enjoy Safe Trick or Treating on Friday, October 29 from 5-7 pm at the Vista Palomar Park shopping center. There will be free candy and a coloring contest with prizes. Vista Palomar Park is located on Business Park Drive off of Palomar Airport Road in Vista. Learn more at

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in your backyard Re-Elect Chris Orlando

Avid Fountain readers know this name and face. Chris Orlando is a regular contributor to The Fountain. He lives in San Elijo Hills with his family and serves on the City Council for San Marcos. Each month he provides our community with a little insight to the major concerns and accomplishments within our city limits through his column.

Family Open Studio Plus Family Open Studio Plus takes place on October 9 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane. At this event, everyone’s favorite hands-on art-making event expands for the Adonna Khare exhibition to include amazing animal performances (11:30 am and 1 pm) and a petting zoo by Pacific Animal Productions.  

Chilling Tales Just in time for Halloween, teens and adults are invited to an evening with storyteller Steven Henegar on Thursday, October 28 at 7 pm in the Gowland Meeting Room at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane.

Chris has launched his campaign for re-election. You can read all about his accomplishments and goals at Chris is actively seeking the support of residents throughout San Marcos – and, of course, all of his neighbors here in San Elijo Hills. You can be a tremendous help to his campaign by endorsing him, displaying yard signs or bumper stickers, or making a donation. You can donate online or contact him at And, don’t to vote this November. There are lots of important ítems on the ballot this fall and every vote counts!

Halloween on Elm Dress up a day early and celebrate Carlsbad’s first Halloween on Elm at Carlsbad Village. This free, family event features a Halloween-themed carnival, bounce houses, safe trick or treating, a costume contest for kids and pets, and much more! Head out to Carlsbad Village on Saturday, October 30 from 2 to 9 pm to enjoy the Halloween fun!



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However, Ken and Judy are not by any means retired. In fact, they are so passionate about their work, they are unstoppable. Ken Foster is a bestselling author, international speaker and Founder of Premier Coaching – an executive consultant, training and coaching company. He is a master coach and works with a variety of professionals and entrepreneurs to improve their

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San Elijo Elementary Begins the Year with Educating the Whole Child

At the beginning of every year, our staff takes a few minutes to review our mission statement so that we can be reminded of the school culture we continue to support through our daily actions. Our mission statement states that everyone in our community (parents, teachers, staff, and administrators) “encourages students to achieve their personal best while taking academic risks and demonstrating responsibility for themselves.” We, as a school, not only work on supporting academics but also supporting our students growth as they become responsible and caring members of society. This year San Elijo Elementary is providing students in grades 1-5 with specifically designed lessons to promote responsible and caring attitudes towards others. We will do this by modeling how we Live the Eagle Way. Our students began the first week of school learning about helpful and hurtful words and actions. It is important for students to learn that our words and actions can hurt someone even if you don’t see them reacting on the outside. We can change these hurtful words and actions into helpful words and actions by stopping, thinking and choosing the helpful words and actions. When students take the time to stop, think and choose, they are making a responsible caring choice to create an environment where everyone can achieve their personal best.

Our program will continue with students receiving lessons about feelings and monitoring their personal feelings on the inside so that they can consistently stop, think, and choose. For further information on these lessons, please check our website ( for the Power Point presentations.

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The SEES Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be held from October 25-29. All community members are invited to come and shop for books for kids and grownups. All proceeds benefit SEES students.

As the 2010/2011 school year is here, the PTO would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have generously contributed to the success of our school. Your voluntary participation in any of our fundraising events supports programs such as hands-on Science Lab, technology, visual and performing arts, music, Accelerated Reader, instructional aides and other important programs for our students. These programs are NOT funded by the state, but are solely funded by your generous contributions.

walk to school Day SEES students will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 6. Children and their families are encouraged to walk, ride bikes, scooters, or skateboards. The purpose of Walk to School Day is to emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Volunteer Corner What a wonderful first month at SEES! We have many great events coming our way! If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Walk to School Day or the Fall Book Fair, please contact us at sees_volunteer@ and we will be happy to add your name to our distribution list. Thank you so much for your dedication! -Tatiana Walton and Michele Zamora VPs of Volunteer Coordination

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We recognize that by now you have been asked to spend additional money whether it is for classroom funds, school supplies, dine outs, gift wrap or other fundraisers and it can feel overwhelming! We just want you to know we offer a variety of fundraising opportunities so you that have a choice. Your participation in any of our fundraising opportunities makes a difference is supporting the programs offered at SEES. Fundraising participation is voluntary as we understand and appreciate people contribute at different levels. Here are just some of the wonderful fundraising events that we have planned for the 2010/2011 school year: October 25 -29: Fall Scholastic Book Fair – Purchase books and other items while supporting SEES. February 4, 2011: Parent Event – An event put on by the PTO for the parents and teachers to enjoy an night out on the town! All proceeds go back to SEES. Details to follow. TBD: Spring Scholastic Book Fair- Purchase books and other items while supporting SEES. April 30, 2011: Country Fair - A community event for everyone to enjoy! 100% of the proceeds go directly to SEES. June 9, 2011: Art Auction – View and purchase unique and extraordinary art projects created by the talented students of SEES. If you have any questions about any of these events or would like to participate as a volunteer, please contact us at --Karen Morton and Nilda O’Reilly, VPs of Fundraising Events

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Helping Your Student with Homework – 10 Tips Douglas Hall, Principal SEMS

4 Monitor you student’s progress. Check in with your student periodically - at least every 30 minutes, more often with younger students. You want to be sure your student is keeping focused on their work and that you are available to help them if needed. Look over completed assignments before they are turned in and read the teacher’s comments when assignments are returned.

5 Encourage good habits. Help your student manage their time and set goals. If they have a lengthy project, such as a research paper, discuss all the steps they will have to take to complete it and ask them to estimate how much time each step will take. Using a student planner or homework calendar works well with seeing the BIG picture of what needs to get done. Help your student avoid last minute cramming for tests by having them review the material well in advance and making up a practice test. When multiple assignments compete for their attention, help them set priorities.

6 Support and be available. Homework is an important way for your student to learn. Through homework your student practices and reviews what is being taught by the teacher in the classroom. Homework offers opportunities to focus on areas of difficulty and to work on creative projects. When your student regularly completes homework assignments, they will be better prepared to learn while at school. Homework assignments can have other value as well. Through homework students learn how to work independently, how to manage their time, how to exercise self-discipline, and how to find information and solve problems. Homework also promotes a lifelong love of learning in students. As a parent, you are there to support your students, not do your student’s homework. Help your student take responsibility for their learning by helping them establish good study habits, helping them find answers to questions, and providing them with encouragement and praise. The following ten ideas will give you easy ways to make homework as beneficial for your student as possible. They will also help your student develop a positive attitude about homework. This makes life easier for both you and your student!

1 Make your expectations clear. Demonstrate in words and actions to your student that you consider school and homework to be important. Completing their homework will help them learn as much as possible. Therefore, let your student know that you expect them to finish their homework on time and to do their best with each assignment.

2 Find the right spot! Provide a quiet place for your students to do their homework. They will need space to work, good lighting, and basic supplies like paper, pencils and pens, an eraser, a ruler, and a dictionary. A desk is nice, but a table in the kitchen or living room is fine, too.

3 Make time. It is important to set a regular time for your student to do homework. During this time, distractions should be kept to a minimum, for example, no phone calls from friends and no music, computer games, or TV until homework is over.

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Try to be available to your students, or have another adult available, while they are doing their homework. If they are having difficult, check to see that they understand the directions. Ask them if they have done similar problems before that guide them. Also check to see if they have any notes or samples from the class lesson that day. Make sure they have supplies and books they need to complete the assignment.

7 Look for help. If your student has questions and problems with homework that you cannot resolve, call or e-mail for help: The school homework hotline or web site, a study buddy from class, your student’s teacher, or a tutor. If your student has repeated problems, be sure to discuss them with your student’s teacher.

8 Offer encouragement. Both praise and criticism are important. Be honest and be specific. Praise your student’s effort and persistence, as well as achievement. Offer constructive criticism when it is warranted and suggest specific ways to improve.

9 Keep organized. Arrange a place where each student in your family can place books and complete assignments so they can be easily found before school each morning. A backpack, lunch box or lunch money, their jacket or music instrument located in the same place everyday will keep things together during the daily trips to and from school. Finding and keeping to a routine makes it easier on everyone.

10 Communicate with your student’s teacher(s). Discuss with your student’s homework with their teacher when necessary, especially if there is a problem. Let your student’s teacher know if the student finds assignments too hard or too easy, or if they refuse to do their work even with your support. It is always helpful to let the teacher know when assignments are particularly interesting or exciting for your student.

Conclusion Your support and encouragement can make a tremendous impact on your student’s success with homework and school. Create a home environment where learning is valued and express interest in your student’s work and you will help your student have a good attitude towards homework and learning throughout their school career. As always, it is critical to remember that it is a team effort with home and school communications being the key to success for your student in the classroom. www. thefountain-online.c om

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This is Mr. McGhee from San Elijo Middle School and on behalf of the Band program, I want to say that we are proud to be a part of this great community. The Band students at San Elijo love to perform and we can be seen often throughout the year at venues in San Elijo as well as, all over San Marcos. If you are interested in having our students perform for your business or party, please contact Mr. Hall, Principal of San Elijo Middle.

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year! We hope you are ready for another exciting year. We would like to thank all those that participated in our “Dollar A Day” donations drive. We are very grateful to everyone and we appreciate them all.

I am proud that one out of every three students at San Elijo Middle School is in the Band program. Our Band students are a close family and I strongly recommend your student join our family, as this is a safe place where we support each other. Most students move up to the High School Band and find that there is also a lot of support from friendly faces from the Middle School. Please go to our website for more information about the program as well as our upcoming events.

We invite everyone to join us at our monthly PTO meetings. Please go to the PTO page on the school website for all of our upcoming events. Please meet your 2010-2011 PTO Board. Keith Castiglione – President Lori Gorsynski – Vice President Nanette Muirhead – Secretary Shole Abou-Nasseri – Treasurer Darcy Smith – VP Fundraiser Heather Schweitzer – Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Baudler – Passive Fundraiser If you are interested in joining the fun and being a part of the PTO, please call our office at (760) 290-2821.

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5 Simple Steps to Being Fire Ready


he 2010 Wildfire Season is upon us here in Southern California and we’ve already had our first fires of the season. The first official fire of the season was in Camp Pendleton and since then we’ve even had one or two small fires in the brush around San Elijo Hills. Here is a short list to help get you ready for wildfire season:

• Remove leaves and pine needles from your roof and rain gutters. • Screen or enclose rain gutters to prevent accumulation of plant debris. • Double-paned windows and tempered glass, weather stripping, and non-wooden building materials all help keep windows and homes intact during the intense heat and wind of a fire.

1. Create Defensible Space There are two zones within the 100 ft perimeter around a home: Zone 1 is from the home to 30 ft around it, and Zone 2 is from 30-100 ft around the home. Zone 1 requires that no vegetation come into contact with the home, outdoor furniture or other structures. It also requires plant and other debris be cleared out from underneath decks. • Clear brush and debris within a 100 ft perimeter or to the property line if that is closer. • Space plants and shrubs so that fire cannot spread easily. Vertical and horizontal vegetation spacing is necessary: 6 ft minimum branch to ground clearance and a 3x minimum shrub to tree branch clearance. • Many of us in San Elijo live on slopes. Slopes require even greater tree and shrub spacing to remain fire-safe. • Use fire resistant plants in your landscaping. Fire-safe landscaping can be inexpensive, save water, and add beauty and safety to your home, as well as increase your property value.

2. Harden Your Home • Few homes still have wood roofs, but if yours does, replace it with a metal, tile or composition roof. • All vents should be covered with 1/8 -1/4 inch metal mesh. • The new hot issue in fire safety is boxed eaves. Insurance companies in Southern California collectively refused to insure most homes with wooden roofs after the 2003 Cedar fires because many of the homes that were destroyed had wooden roofs. In the most recent fires, many of the homes that were destroyed had one main cause of accessibility to embers: unboxed eaves. Box your eaves with a fire-resistant or noncombustible material to help cut down on wind-born ember accessibility. • Chimney and stovepipes – cover with a nonflammable screen of no more than 1/2 inch. Trim tree branches to 10 ft away. • Use fire resistant building materials on your home’s exterior.

Do BOTH Steps 1 & 2 to create the best chance of avoiding fire damage.

3. Create a Plan • Have several different evacuation routes in case one or more become blocked by fire or emergency personnel. • Have a meeting destination outside the fire hazard area. • Create a disaster kit: have tools and a fire extinguisher in your garage, have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food for each member of your household, a first aid kit, baby food and supplies, medicine and inhalers for members of the household who require them, contact lenses, glasses, flashlight with extra batteries, and cash and/or checks.

4. Check Your List As fire approaches – make sure you have everything you need to take with you as well as your disaster kit. Important papers: • Keep the following documents ready to grab in a waterproof container: your family trust, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks/bonds, passports, social security cards, immunization records, bank account numbers, credit cards, passwords that are difficult to remember, important telephone numbers, family records, and an inventory of your valuable household items. Pets: • Don’t forget your non-human family members! See Dr. Stewart’s article for Pet Emergency Tips on page 27.

5. Evacuate Early This gives your family the best chance of surviving while clearing the road of congestion and helping keep our emergency personnel safe and allow them to do their job. They have been trained to save your home and are the most capable people to do so. One life is worth more than any possession.

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Adding Heirlooms to Your Home Décor


amilies have a huge impact on the décor of our home; after all, an abode is arranged to meet the demands of those living in it. Oftentimes a person’s spirit can be felt long after they’re gone, through what is left behind. Be it furniture, pictures, or small mementos, earlier generations of family members maintain a presence – no matter how tangential – in our lives through the form of heirloom pieces. They may not be antiques, they may barely be considered vintage, they may not even be worth anything monetarily-speaking, but objects can hold as much or as little meaning as possible, depending not so much on who passed them on, but who has inherited them. It could be that grandfather’s old fishing reel was purely functional equipment for him, but to a grandson who remembers warm summer afternoons catching trout up at the lake with grandpa, this beat-up treasure might take pride of place over a bookcase in a den – if he’s not already using it himself. Then again, the crazy quilt that great Aunt Martha made out of worn out calico dresses might not hold much significance to a distant relative, and most likely might end up being donated to charity. There’s plenty of minimalist, strongwilled people who have no interest in past family possessions; for the rest of us, however, inherited pieces often come with an inherent design dilemma. Namely, how do we honor these items while still staying true or our family’s current lifestyle? It’s important to start by setting up a framework to consider potential items before they make it into your home. This can save time, aggravation, and storage fees for excess cargo! Is this particular object expensive or not; if you don’t know, research online whether anything similar is selling on ebay or through estate liquidators. Get an appraiser’s help if you need it. Do you want to sell the article and pocket the money for something useful? If so, determine what the best way to get top dollar would be: this could be via an estate sale, an auction, through ebay or other targeted online web sites (be careful and protect yourself when placing any ads that strangers can respond to), or that indispensible stand-by, the garage sale. The more time you have to research, the better the odds are of getting the best price for estate items. Of course, charities will always gladly take your clean and functional excess goods. For the oddest one-offs, put an ad in the “free” section of craigslist or join your local group. You’d be amazed at what people will take to repurpose! Sometimes it’s not easy to pare down all your heirlooms in one fell swoop, or perhaps you’re using random bits of furniture and accessories because it’s cheaper than buying something else right now. Be imaginative with what you have, then! First, consider the “how” of the article – how was it previously used, and how can it function now? This can open your mind up to many possibilities. Older tools are often striking display objects in a contemporary office or work room. In my creative space – where I pursue many different types of hand-made arts and crafts – I keep shadowboxes filled with vintage sewing notions. My mother’s antiquated aluminum cookware, not considered safe by today’s culinary standards, is now funky yet sturdy home office storage. In the garage, antique trunks hold out-of-season holiday décor. Functionality can give way to pure form, and vice-versa.

A third consideration is the “who” of it all – who will have this item now? Children often make great recipients of previously thought-of “grown up” or “formal” pieces that are no longer in pristine form. These can be the basis of some unique themed spaces. Mom’s old purses and accessories could transform a teen-aged girl’s bedroom into a chic, bohemian, fashion designer’s atelier. Dad’s outgrown and obsolete gaming/computer gear could set the scene for a fun games loft (although this is a “geek chic” look with a touch of irony, some older electronic components are worth serious bucks in the vintage collectibles market!). Grandma and grandpa’s old maps, guidebooks and travel notes would add an element of personal history to a study space. By thinking in terms of themes, objects can be seen in a different, more creative way.

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Fourth, when can this article be employed: if it’s no longer appropriate for active use, it might be decorative in a way ideally suited for the holidays or seasonal use. Erstwhile farm and garden implements make enchanting outdoor vignettes during harvest, Halloween and Christmas time. Whether it’s an old rocker to seat a scarecrow, lanterns lit for All Hallow’s Eve, or a sled heralding the arrival of ol’ Saint Nick and his reindeer, vintage components help make a display unique and

Finally, are you looking to salvage something well-loved but well-worn, by being resourceful and repurposing it? Bone china teacups are now adorning chandeliers, lamp stands, and wreaths; chipped pieces are being transformed into mosaic tile serving trays, table tops and garden pavers. Soiled hand-embellished linens are being cut up and pieced together onto aprons, place mats and table clothes. Flatware is being curled and fashioned into unusual wind-chimes… and that’s all just examples culled from grandma’s dining cupboard. Upscaling is the trendy new term for this conversion of cast-off materials into something better; the concept is old, but the environmental benefits never go out of style. Incorporating heirlooms into your space’s décor plan is definitely a challenge, as lifestyles become increasingly digital and futuristic. Even if you’re young enough to have never dealt with family estate issues, if you’ve ever shopped at a garage sale, church rummage sale or thrift/second-hand shop, then you’re experienced in the integration of cherished pieces into an established environment. Have fun and don’t be afraid to innovate; after all, you can always pass things on to someone else later!

Secondly is the “where:” what room was the item formerly in, and where can it be placed now? A vintage secretary that once served family on the ground floor for daily correspondence can become a charming and efficient addition to a guest bedroom; the shallow storage is perfect for short-term visitors! Clothing armoires, less necessary in this era of walk-in master closets, are a great way to neaten up and store supplies in a home office. Dressers can transform into nursery changing tables, or even, with the top cut out, be the new vanity in a bathroom remodel. As our homes evolve, so do the uses of furniture in it. w w efo u n ta i n- o n li ne .co m

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Ask The Doctor....

i’ve been struggling with weight gain, especially in the past 3 years. i’m a 56 year old woman and have managed to stay at a reasonably healthy weight most of my life. my usual diet and activity level have not changed. what could be the reason? r.d.

in the last few months, i’ve noticed mood changes in my spouse. there have been no real reasons for her to feel down, but i’m concerned because i feel this may be related to a medical issue. are there health changes that affect mood or cause depression? P.s.

usually weight gain is the result of overeating and lack of enough activity, but in a small percentage of cases excess weight gain is a symptom of another disease. one medical cause of weight gain can include hypothyroidism. this is a condition where the thyroid gland (which is located in the neck) is not producing enough thyroid hormone. thyroid hormone is a very important part of regulating our metabolism and if this is deficient, weight gain can occur. You should consult with your doctor so that blood tests can be performed to check hormone levels and appropriate treatment provided.

You’re concerns are valid, as medical problems may certainly cause depression or make it worse. some problems include: drug or alcohol abuse, chronic pain, recent illness or surgery. but, even health problems which are not always obvious, but very treatable such as anemia or an underactive thyroid gland (otherwise known as hypothyroidism) may be the cause, and treating these health problems can usually significantly improve depression. encourage your wife to set up an appointment with her primary care physician and discuss all of her physical and emotional symptoms. help her make a list of these symptoms before the appointment, which along with other tests will assist the doctor in making the proper diagnosis.

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It’s No Treat to Be Tricked by Scary Investment Moves


f you have young children, or even if you just have some in your neighborhood, you know they will soon acquire large amounts of free candy, obtained by impersonating witches, vampires and other scary creatures. As an adult, of course, you’re unlikely to encounter too many monsters after Halloween ends. Yet, as you go through life, you will find some things that are truly alarming — such as scary investment moves. Here are a few of these frightful actions: investing too conservatively — You could try to avoid investment risk by putting all your money into very conservative investments. However, as you’re probably aware, those investments typically pay very little in the way of interest, so your money could actually lose purchasing power, even with a mild rate of inflation. investing too aggressively — Just as investing too conservatively can be counterproductive, so can investing too aggressively. Obviously, you would like your money to grow, but the investments with the highest growth potential are usually also those that carry the greatest risk to your principal. putting too much money in too few investments — If you put too many of your investment dollars into just one or two types of assets, and a downturn hits those assets, your portfolio will probably take a big hit. waiting too long to invest — As an investor, your biggest asset may be time. The more years in which you have to invest, the greater the likelihood that you can make progress toward your important financial goals. taking a “timeout” from investing — During periods of significant market volatility, such as we’ve seen the past few years, you might be tempted to take a “timeout” from investing and stick all your money into very conservative vehicles until everything “blows over.” But the financial markets will pag e 2 6 : th e fou nta i n

never be totally calm, nor will they be predictable. Market rallies can start unexpectedly; if you’re not invested when that happens, you may miss out on growth opportunities. ignoring tax-advantaged investment opportunities — When you invest in a tax-deferred investment account, such as your 401(k) and a traditional IRA, your money has the opportunity to grow faster than it would if it were placed in an investment on which you paid taxes every year. If you aren’t contributing to your 401(k) and you haven’t opened an IRA, you’re missing out on a great chance to build resources for retirement. To make sure you don’t fall victim to these scary investment moves, you need only follow a few simple principles. First, take the long view — you will see ups and downs in the short term, but historically the market has performed well over the long term. (Keep in mind, though, that past performance is not guarantee of what will happen in the future.) Second, diversify your holdings among a variety of investments. Diversification, by itself, cannot guarantee a profit or protect against loss, but it can help reduce the effects of volatility. Try to build a diversified portfolio based on your risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals. And finally, consider boosting your 401(k) contributions whenever your salary increases and fully funding your IRA each year. Halloween comes but once a year, but scary investment moves can haunt you for a lifetime — so take the right steps to help avoid them.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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e are all in love with our pets and fearful for their safety in a disaster. Take an hour today to prepare. Read this article, then download and read a free brochure from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) called Saving the Whole Family, http:// The brochure offered by the AVMA is very complete and will instruct you on preparation for dogs, cats, horses, livestock, small mammals, birds and reptiles. The hour you spend reading and preparing your shopping list will be worth hours of prevented heartache and expense if a disaster were to cause you to evacuate your home.

When placing all of your disaster preparedness items together, remember that you may need to carry these yourself OR you may not be home and someone else will have to retrieve the supplies. It is ideal to pack the supplies in a mobile carton such as a rolling cooler or rolling trashcan if you have more than one pet. I recommend a rolling cooler for each pet and use a bungee cord to secure a pet carrier to the top of the handle. Remember, you may not be able to use a car or truck in an evacuation, so if you are on foot, an easily portable supply station is ideal. Use your best judgment if you won’t have additional hands on board to help out. In the event of a disaster, the Office of Emergency Service (OES) coordinates the overall County response. The OES is responsible for alerting and coordinating all agencies that respond. When disaster strikes, people are asked to monitor the OES website for directives and alerts: http://www.

Additional ideal resources specific to animal care in disasters include: The Red Cross will provide shelters that can accommodate pets, but keep in mind the resources are rudimentary and may not be ideal for your pet. In the event you cannot get your pet to a location for safe haven at a boarding facility or veterinary hospital and are instead required to be housed at a temporary disaster shelter, you will be very happy to have: • A carrier for each pet with bedding and extra potty pads just in case. • An exercise pen with a top to allow a little more room for activity or potty time for pets. • Identification of some sort—ideally microchip—but you will also need identification attached to the collar, by the way of prepared ID tag, temporary luggage tag with name, and don’t forget at least 3 emergency phone numbers attached to the collar. • All of your pet’s pertinent medical records, medications, and prescription diets.

Dr. Jennifer Stewart, DVM is owner of Ranch House Veterinary Services -- “A house call practice for companion animals in North San Diego County”. She is also a member of Network San Elijo. You can also find additional tips and information for your pets on her website: www. (soon to be

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Specializing in Reading, Spelling, Writing and Comprehension. Certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System, based on OrtonGillingham (methods which specifically help people with dyslexia make amazing progress). Multiple Subject CLAD Credentialed Teacher k-12. Also Tutor in all subjects. Please call kristin (760) 707-2571.


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West Coast Window Cleaning Co. We will be cleaning exterior and interior windows in your neighborhood. This will include ALL windows, screens, tracks and window frames. We also offer repairing and replacing your damaged or worn screens. Power washing available. Lic. and Ins. Scott at (858) 568-3714.

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Cats/Kittens 10 wks. +, need responsible lifetime homes. Cute, friendly, vacc, fixed, dewormed, deflead.

Horseback Riding Lessons, Fairie Foto Parties, Scouts & Camps English Riding 6 yrs old to 76 yrs young. Summer Riding Camps At Barking Elf Ranch Nestled in Elfin Forest 1 mile from San Elijo Hills. Call (760) 744-2422, visit us at or email

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60-min class incorporates warm-up, aerobics, muscle toning, & cool down/stretch. Babysitting available for all classes. (760) 475-7426

Intimate fitness training studio serving the San Elijo Hills Area. Our Gravity Training System provides a functional resistance and aerobic workout while challenging core strength and balance. (760) 510-3800,,

Tri-City Medical Center Rehabilitation Services Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy; Specializing in Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Aquatics, Lymphedema, Hand, and Balance/ Vestibular Therapy. Locations in Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside. Call (760) 940-7272.

Body Sculpting – Boot Camp – Pilates – Yoga– Baby Yoga SoCal Gymnastics now offers unlimited, 60-minute adult fitness classes for a low $40/four-week session. These classes make getting fit fun and challenging. Visit for more information. Enroll today by calling (760) 633-3440 or emailing

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Hunters/jumpers/equitation Group and private lessons and training. Full or half leases available. Certified and insured. New client incentives! Located in Harmony Grove. Come and join us! KDB Training Stables-Kelli (760) 213-6920 or visit

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business spotlight la costa Orthodontics dr. bernadette desantos October is Orthodontic Health Month making it a great time to think about the health of your teeth. An orthodontist is someone every family will likely need at some point in their life, which makes Dr. Bernadette DeSantos someone in the neighborhood you definitely should meet. Dr. DeSantos lives here in San Elijo Hills. She has been practicing orthodontics for 11 years. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Bernadette received her B.S. in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and then her dental training at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Immediately after dental school, she moved to the Pacific Northwest for her residency training where she then practiced orthodontics for about seven years before migrating south. In the summer of 2008, Dr. DeSantos opened her open practice right down the road. La Costa Orthodontics is conveniently located in the medical building at the Henry’s/Petco (Carlsbad) Shopping Center across from Stagecoach Park. When it comes to those regular orthodontal appointments, it doesn’t get much more convenient for San Elijo Hills residents. La Costa Orthodontics provides orthodontics for children, teens, and adults. They have a lot of patients from the neighborhood because of their convenient location, cutting-edge technology and Dr. DeSantos’ approach to care. She is one of the few Orthodontic specialists in San Diego that offer Incognito Braces - a new generation of orthodontic braces for teens and adults. These custom fit braces are placed on the backside of the patient’s teeth

making them truly invisible to others. Dr. DeSantos also offers Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, self-ligating, ceramic, and traditional braces. La Costa Orthodontics offices are beautiful. They utilize the latest high-tech equipment and are committed to being as paperless as possible. They also offer plenty of video games and entertainment for the kids while they are there for their regular visits. Dr. DeSantos is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the California Dental Association and the San Diego County Dental Society. Besides being a great orthodontist, Bernadette truly cares about her patients. She takes time with them and creates an environment where everyone knows everyone and patients are like family. Dr. DeSantos lives here in San Elijo Hills with her husband, Stephen, and her two children, Haley and Hayden, who attend San Elijo Elementary School. Dr. DeSantos enjoys seeing many of her patients at school and throughout the community. For appointment information or to learn more about their services, call (760) 479-9883 or visit them at 3257 Camino de los Coches, Suite 205, Carlsbad 92009,

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