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from me to YOU! Happy March everyone!  Winter has passed, spring is approaching  and days are (thankfully) growing longer and longer!  On March 17 th   we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and Corned Beef and Hash  (awesome). On March 31 we put on our Sunday best and celebrate Easter  with visits from the Easter bunny and the always fun (and sometimes  competitive) egg hunts. Warm weather is approaching which means spring and summer planning  is on the horizon.  We’ve included a great Camp Guide (page 9) that  spotlights some of our spring and summer camp recommendations  for you and your family.  Be sure to also read the always funny take on  life (summer camp edition) by our Down to Earth Dad and take a look  at some fun and helpful apps in A is for App all centered around the  great outdoors. To sustain your hectic lifestyle we’ve also included a recipe of energy-  packed Gluten Free Ninja Bars (page 26) that double as a great addition  to any camping trip or outdoor adventure.  For ideas regarding your next  family outing or adventure, be sure to check out our packed Local Events  Calendar (page 21).  And for Moms who love to read and need a break  from all their family adventures, see our Mom to Mom Book Review  (page 27) to pick your next great read! Be sure to also take a peek at our kid spotlights  and be prepared to be amazed at the local  talent.  As always, please email me with any  and all suggestions or comments...I’m all ears! Stay Classy North County,

Kate Schlicher

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& social events! Between Thursday morning Espresso Walks to Ladies Nights Out and this group of local moms knows how to have a good time! Their helpful and resourceful website is  perfect for any busy mom who is looking to get involved, live well, and enjoy being a parent!   From reviews from like-minded moms to awesome contests and informative articles, their website is packed with hours of mom fun! Enjoy! sdnor


Anyah Mercedes Stempien- Smith


North County Kid of the Month!


Hometown: San Diego Age: 11 Grade: 6th School: Language Academy Hobbies: Drawing Favorite Food: Thai Curry Favorite thing about living in North County: I like my neighborhood because I can walk to stores, restaurants, the pool & the library.



issue spotlight 5      North County Kid of the Month          Anyah Mercedes Stempien-Smith 6      Surfer of the Month - Kylie Loveland 7      Surfer of the Month Follow-up  8      Spotted! 9      Spring & Summer Camp Guide 12    Trend Alert - Spring Fashion 14    Hero of the Month - Jesse Salas 16    Pinterest - Camping Fun 17    Down to Earth Dad          My Meatballs Summer 19    A is for App Advertising Inquiries: • • {760} 452-0789 Graphic Design by Krista Connolly • • Cover photo by Stefanie Poteet Photography • •


North County Kid of the Month: Anyah Mercedes Stempein-Smith, 11 years old March 2013

21    Local Events Calendar 24    Skater of the Month - Beckett Ross 26    Gluten Free Ninja Bars Recipe          The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle 27   Mom to Mom Book Review 28   Luca & Luke: One Life Lost,         Another Life Gained 30   Celeb Camping Tracker 

How long have you been playing golf? I have been playing golf for 1 and a half years. What made you want to start? Pro Kids made golf fun, we found Pro Kids while looking for a place to golf. Do many of your friends golf also? I have many good friends at Pro Kids that go to many different schools and live in many different places. What are your favorite courses to play on? I have only played the Colina Park golf course but I hope to play at different courses as I get better. Besides golf we learned that you have several other talents as well! Tell us when you started swimming and getting involved in The City of San Diego swim team. I started swimming on a Bud Kearns swim team (Balboa Park) in 2010. I had to take beginner 3 swim lessons. After I graduated, I went to white team, then eventually silver team. I swam with City Heights and Colina Park. What is your favorite stroke and which one do you want to improve on? I love breaststroke but I really need to improve on butterfly, it’s hard for me to do more than 25 yards. When did you start participating in the Junior Lifeguards program? I started participating in the JG program in summer of 2012. I really liked jumping the OB pier. I also learned how to surf. We heard you won an award during your Junior Lifeguard participation. Can you tell us a little bit more about that? I won the captain’s award, I had to show improvement, leadership, participation, and be a good example. Why do you think it’s important for kids to be involved in sports? I think it is important because as you get older you gain weight quicker and that’s one of the reasons of bullying. Sports are also really fun, especially when you’re on a team. What is your “go-to” snack before a sporting practice or competition? I like white chocolate macadamia nut Luna Bars but sometimes I go for string cheese with an orange or grapefruit is my favorite. Besides sports, what are some other talents and hobbies of yours? I can draw anime. I learned to play the clarinet in NOLA (New Orleans Louisiana), I also learned to act while working on the set of HBO’s Treme. I am vegetarian and love helping animals too (especially the dogs we rescued). I enjoy playing tennis. Coach Geoff at Balboa Park taught me. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Perhaps the Olympics or acting. By then, I would have a chance to be on a high school swim and golf team. I really want to be a foreign exchange student. I am fluent (speaking, reading, and writing) in French so I want to go to a French speaking country. Is there anything else you would like to add? Or any “thanks yous” that you would like to share? Thanks to my mom, dad, Coach Aaron, Coach Giovanni, Coach Michael, Coach Louis, Todd Bigley, Ashley Wood, Jason Timlin, Joel Jacuinde, Mr. Scott Kelso, Mr. Harris, and Ernie Wright.



d n a l e v o L Kylie Surfer of the Month

Grade: 9 School: Carlsbad High School Age: 15 Hometown: Carlsbad Stance: Goofy Sponsors: Roxy, Rusty Surfboards, Sticky Bumps, SurfRide, Bull Taco, Tonic Started Surfing: 2002 Starting Competing: 2004 Hobbies: All water sports, snowboarding, fitness, photography Favorite Surf Spot: Oceanside Harbor Long board or short board: Short How has living in North County affected your surfing career? There are always a lot of waves between Carlsbad and Oceanside, so I get a chance surf almost every day.

See Where our Surfers of the Month Are Now!

Career Highlights: 1. 2011 NSSA National Middle School Champion 2. NSSA Southwest Explorer Season Champion Girls & Women’s 2011 & 2012 3. WSA Season Champion & SSS State Champion

Chris Mur nan e January Surfer of the Month, Chris Murnane, won his 3rd event  at San Clemente Pier. This was the last event for the Coastal San Diego  Division 1 & 2 that Chris locked in first place overall for the season  with the win.

V i n c e He y m a n

December Surfer of the Month,  Vince Heyman, received 1st in Mens  Shortboard! The Scholastic Surf Series, a division of the WSA,  completed event #3 of 5 for the SD  Division 5 High School surfing on  Sunday, Jan. 27 at La Jolla Shores. 

Jordan Co llin s

February Surfer of the Month,  Jordan Collins, received 1st in  Division 1 Boys Shortboard! The Scholastic Surf Series completed  event #3 for the SD Middle Schools  at Army Navy Academy on Sat., Jan. 26 at Army Navy Academy.

Who are some local pros and companies that have helped you in your achievements? How? I’d like to thank Sticky Bumps, Rusty Surfboards, SurfRide, Bull Taco, and Tonic for supplying me with wax, deckpads, leashes, boards, clothes, food, and hair products - and of course Roxy for the many things they have done for my surfing career. Any advice to other surfers out there looking to improve their skills? Time in the water is number one. Also, watching yourself on video gives you a real view of what you need to work on. Personally, I have noticed more power in my maneuvers since I began cross-training. What’s your favorite part about surfing? Why? I just like being in the water. My favorite days are when the waves are good, the sun is out, and the water is warm- which is hardly ever. Have you ever had any shark run-ins? About two years ago my dad and I were waiting for a set at Terramar, when a couple of five foot Lemon sharks fought each other over a fish. This happened about ten feet away from me. Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years? I hope to be traveling and competing on the world tour. Who is your favorite pro-surfer? Dane Reynolds. Where is your go-to surf gear shop? Surf Ride in Oceanside. They have everything you need, and they know what they are talking about. What’s the biggest wave you’ve ever surfed (feet)? A twelve-foot face. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Follow me on Instagram @kylieloveland. Presented by 6

March 2013



Spring & Summer Camp Guide

Picture Perfect!

We’ve taken the guesswork out of planning your child’s summer activities with this helpful guide of awesome, local camps! From surfing to ballet & academics to acting, we’ve picked our favorites here.

The very photogenic Jackson family is all smiles in front of the North County Kids booth at the Downtown Escondido Chocolate Festival. Siblings Dez’Gillai, 17, Gil’Scott, 14, D’Aungillique, 14, & Gil’Laan, 9, are pros at flashing their pearly whites!

Big Smil es!

Mom Wendy is enjoying a day out-and-about with son Aaron & daughter Zoey.


"Next!" Film and Television Kids & Teens  Audition Camps, Acting Professionally Media Arts Center, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, (760) 454-0382  Learn all the necessary film, television and  commercial audition techniques you need in  order to be cast!  A fun-filled, intensive week in a supportive environment,  complete with industry-panel showcase on last day of camp!  All classes taught  by industry professionals!  Kids Camp:  June 17-21; Teens Camp:  June 24- 28,  2013!

Dance Camps & Ballet Intensives at Del Mar Ballet Del Mar Ballet 11211 Sorrento Valley Rd, #T, San Diego,  (858) 320-0033 Del Mar Ballet is offerings week long introductory  Dance Camps including Ballet, Jazz and Hip-hop  for 5-8 year olds, as well as Summer Ballet  Intensives for the more experienced dancer.

Aura Spring Break Skateboarding Camp Aura Skateboard Training Facility 1074 La Mirada Court, Vista (760) 542-0232 • Aura Spring Break Skateboarding Camps are designed to  assist the beginner to intermediate skateboarder in  bettering balance, learning basic tricks and becoming more comfortable overall  on his or her skateboard in a controlled indoor skateboarding facility with a  variety of fun park features.

Jewish Federation of San Diego County: One  Happy Camper Contact: Brenda Silvers- (858) 737-7146 Get up to $1,000 off Jewish overnight camp.  With more than 150 participating campstraditional and specialty-across North America, thereʼs bound to be an ideal place for your child. Learn more and apply for your grant today. These grants  are not based on need, rather an incentive to try Jewish camp.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San  Diego Ultimate Summer Camps Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San  Diego Escondido, 4S Ranch & Poway (858) 866- 0591


Peek-a-boo!   Our affordable camps feature a trained professional staff providing fun and  structured activities in a safe environment. Participants have an opportunity to  meet new friends and try new things. Each full week of day camp includes a  field trip to a fun location.

e! Kat and daughter Chloe, 8, are loving the fun vendors at a fair in Downtown Escondido.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside Summer Camp 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside (760) 433- 8920 We are the premier youth organization where  every child is given opportunities to develop  respectful and responsible qualities for living.  Youth are involved in theme-based activities planned specifically for their age  group including outdoor games, arts & crafts, music, drama, sports, board  games and much more.

Youth Media & Tech Camp Media Arts Center San Diego 2921 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego (619) 230-1938 Get your creative juices flowing and  create an original movie at the Media  YOUTH MEDIA Arts Centers spring break Media Camp!  & TECH CAMP Learn iMovie, GarageBand, iStopMotion,  and more! April 1-5, 8-12, and 15-19 for  1st through 8th graders. Sign up at or  call 619.230.1938 My Kids Clubhouse  12636 Poway Road Suite 4-6, Poway (858) 668-2838  Join us for half day or full day camp for kids  ages 2-8 years old. Camp activities include  open play, arts and crafts, games, snack and  fun! Sign up for one day or a whole week!  Discounts for members and siblings. 

Mom Stephanie is holding daughter Isabella, 5, and sons Hayden, 6, and Kellan, 3 months, close on a chilly day in North County!


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Summer Adventure Camps Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Camps offered at 5 locations: Solana Beach (2),  Del Mar, Encinitas and Carmel Valley  (858) 720-2180 • Our Summer Adventure Camp program allows campers ages 3-15 to experience a  fun filled, active summer in a safe environment with skilled staff to ensure a  rewarding summer camp experience. We offer flexible and affordable camps options: Adventure Day Camps and/or the Specialty Adventure Camps.

Summer Camp at The New Childrenʼs Museum The New Childrenʼs Museum 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, 92101 (619) 795-1463 Join us for summer fun, NCM style! Experience  innovative and creative activities this summer  with adventures in filmmaking, tasty treat creation and out-of-the-box art-making  activities! All day camps at NCM include hands-on experiences, creative games,  playtime in the park and ample time to think, play and create in the Museum's  galleries. Don't miss out on the fun! Summer Camp Adventures at the Zoo San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, 92101 Book online or call (619) 718-3000 Explore the wonderful world of animals  through these five-day adventures. All camp programs include animal encounters, behind-the-scenes visits, bus rides,  games, and “snafts”- edible food crafts! Choose one or more weeks of fun! (Summer and Spring Art Camps also available for Grades 4-adult, 9am-3pm) Grades K-12, 9am-3pm. Extended- day options: 7:30am-5:30pm

Adventures in Learning Spring/Summer 2013 Programs, San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, (619) 718-3000 Have a summer adventure youʼll always remember!  Discover fascinating facts  about amazing animals, meet animals up close, and find out what goes on behind the senses at the Safari Park. With both day-only and overnight options, campers will have awesome stories to tell about  what they did on their summer vacation. (Ages 2-17.)


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Summer Surf and Skate Camp Ocean Beach Surf & Skate 5032 Niagara Ave., San Diego, 92107 (619) 225-0674 Ocean Experience surf and skate camps offer the  most comprehensive instruction available. Learn fundamental skills, proper techniques, surfboard shaping, skateboarding,  skimboarding, surf etiquette, oceanography, safety, and get a glimpse into  San Diego surf culture. “Le Tour du Monde 2013” San Diego French American School 6550 Soledad Mountain Road, La Jolla, (858) 456-2807 ext. 307 San Diego French-American School (SDFAS)  offers a summer camp program that promotes  and maintains language skills during the  summer to children 3 years old and up with  three main age groups: 3-5, 6-9, and 10 and up. “Le Tour du Monde” Around the World Summer Camp provides a head start in the immersion experience by allowing children to acclimate to a new language environment  or to maintain or improve the language. We are pleased to work with many partners whose competencies will fulfill our campersʼ demands such as Surf, Play Well TEKnologies (LEGO), dance, archery, sports, swimming , theater, sewing and much more.

Summer School at The Grauer School The Grauer School 1500 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas (760) 274-2118 UC-approved core classes and weeklong  enrichment camps (visual arts, surf, music, math, etc.). We are enrolling grades 6-12 and are open to the community.

Xpressive Arts Center 12257-B Old Pomerado Road, Poway (858) 679-2787 At the Xpressive Arts Center we focus  on  developing skills, expanding creativity and  stimulating imaginations through a wide  variety of art media. We provide a child centered atmosphere with individualized attention for ages 4-14.

Camp Rock Rock Church 2277 Rosecrans St. San Diego (619) 764-5218 Kids at Camp Rock will experience high energy, fun, and interactive activities that they will be talking about for years to come! Date: June 24-27, 5:30-8:30.

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA Animal Adventure Camp San Diego Humane Society and SPCA 572 Airport Road, Oceanside 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego (619) 243-3432 Animal Adventure Campus offers children 5-13 a hands on opportunity to learn how to become compassionate member of our community. Animal interactions, crafts, and games create a week of furry fun!

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Carmel Valley Karate and Parkour Camp Shaolin Kempo Arts 11633 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 1-A, San Diego (858) 794-0022 & Obstacle course, water balloon fun, parkour, zip line, dodgeball, slack line, and all the active fun you can imagine for kids ages 4-12. Call for dates and registration!

Fun Language Camps for children of all ages Lingua Natal Solana Beach, Encinitas and Carlsbad (858) 792-0750 Research based, effective and innovative programs since 1993. {858} 550-1070 x101

Each year La Jolla Playhouse offers summer acting programs for aspiring young  actors entering grades 2-12. Give your child an experience theyʼll never forget  during Young Performers at La Jolla Playhouse. Programs include the popular  Young Performersʼ Workshop (YPW), June 24 – July 19, the newly - added Young Performersʼ Academy (YPA), July 22 – August 2, and the return of Young  Performersʼ Conservatory (YPC, formerly known as Summer Conservatory), July 1 – August  2. Young Performersʼ Workshop (YPW) offers young actors entering grades 2 -12 the opportunity to work with expert Playhouse  teaching artists to find new ways of expressing themselves. In a nurturing, fun-filled environment, students build theatre skills, gain confidence and develop social skills through collaboration and performance. Daily workshops provide age-appropriate activities focused on acting, improvisation, musical theatre and movement. Students also enjoy behind-the-scenes experiences  at La Jolla Playhouse, meeting artists who help bring the renowned theatreʼs year-round productions to life. Young theatre enthusiasts love the thrill of performing for an audience through an informal final presentation at the end of the workshop,  which they share with family and friends.

Registration is now open! Apply online at or call (858) 550-1070 x101.

Young Performersʼ Academy (YPA) is a new two-week intensive that provides the next step beyond YPW in theatre training for the young performer. By teaching them how to dive deeper into their theatrical tool box, students will build upon skills learned in YPW and discover ways to apply them to a more comprehensive rehearsal process. YPA Ensemble (Grades 3-6) will develop  an original performance by utilizing their collective creativity and ideas. YPA Company (Grades 7-12) will advance their artistry by learning the process of tackling an established script.  Young Performersʼ Conservatory (YPC, formerly known as Summer Conservatory) offers an intensive five-week acting experience  for high school students in grades 10-12. This program is designed for performers who want to pursue a professional career in  theatre and prepares them for a serious college theatre program. Each week acting students spend 35 hours in intensive  training classes which include: classical scene study, modern scene study, ensemble-devised performance, voice for the actor, movement, and Yoga. Students also get a chance to work with Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, as well as guest  artists such as Frank Galati, Jefferson Mays, Des McAnuff, BD Wong, Doug Wright, Roger Rees, Claudia Shear, as well as cast members from Playhouse productions which have included Memphis, Limelight and Peter and the Starcatcher. YPC students  also have the opportunity to attend rehearsals and La Jolla Playhouse productions.



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Visit Vinz Wine Bar for a Delicious Dinner with Live Entertainment for your Dancing Pleasure! 201 E. Grand Ave., Suite 1A, Escondido (760) 743-8466 •

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Here at Street Chic we are inspired by beautiful women all over the world, whether you are edgy with a little femme, a polished bohemian, or an urban rebel. We love it all. There are no rules to dressing up to satisfy whatever suits your mood. Street Chic offers clients an eclectic array of current trends for all our fashion savvy shoppers. We know how trends are ever changing and that's why Street Chic’s clients leave it to us to search high and low for quality pieces that are affordable.

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HERO of the Month

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Jesse Salas

221 E. Grand Ave. Escondido CA (760) 291-1225

Homes for Heroes San Diego • • (619) 500-HERO Jesse Salas knew he had to get involved and start helping veterans find suitable homes after his  brother, a veteran himself, had a terrible experience with a Real Estate agent. Jesseʼs brother felt taken advantage of and was not given the correct information regarding buying a home.  Jesse  quickly established a Homes for Heroes program in San Diego and it has been growing and expanding every since.  This  program includes a network on Realtors, lenders, and other real-estate related service providers who offer amazing rebates  and discounts to the Heroes of our communities and nation. Letʼs hear more about this noble program from Jesse: 1. Tell us a little bit about the beginning of Homes for Heroes San Diego.  How did it start?  Homes for Heroes is a one of a kind Real Estate Savings program that was  created after the tragic events of 9/11 as a “Thank you” to the men and women who have given so much. The mission of Homes for Heroes San Diego is to provide  extraordinary savings to local heroes who provide extraordinary services to our community every day.  An advantage of working with Homes for Heroes allows for:

• 25% of the gross commission paid to your Homes For Heroes real estate Affiliateʼs company, whether you buy, sell or both • Discounted lending fees on purchase or refinances with a HFH preferred lender  • Discount on Private Home Inspections with HFH preferred Home inspection company  • Discount on closing fee when using HFH preferred Title Company  2. Tell us a little bit about the beginning of Homes for Heroes  San Diego.  How did it start?  We launched Homes for Heroes San Diego in December of 2010 and were overwhelmed with positive feedback as to what we were doing. During a time when the real estate industry was being hit hard with negativity we were proud to be a bright light of positivity in the community. I brought Homes For Heroes to San Diego not only to say thank you to our heroes by saving them money when buying or selling a home, but equally as important was educating them during this process. Making sure at all times the hero understands what is going on. Educating our heroes is equally as important as the heroes savings/discounts.   3. What does Homes for Heroes define as a “hero”?  Who can benefit from this program? Workforce Heroes include, but are not limited to: teachers, firefighters, public safety officers, health care workers, military personnel, and others who provide quality services to the public every day. Currently, we have many Heroes benefiting from  this program, such as Border Patrol, Coast Guard, Navy,  Sheriffs, SDPD, firefighters and many more!   4. What are some obstacles heroes can face when buying a home, without the help of Homes for Heroes? San Diegoʼs real estate market has been extremely competitive  and will continue to be competitive for some time to come. As a Homes for Heroes REALTOR® we need every advantage possible to compete with other buyers. For example,  many of our Heroes use VA loans. VA loans require certain closing costs to NOT be paid by the buyer. These costs are called “non- allowables.” Unfortunately, this puts many VA offers at a disadvantage. If the VA buyer is not allowed to pay the “non-allowables” then the seller has to pick up those costs which will net the seller less money. It is very common for sellers to not even consider VA  offers because they net less money in the sale of their home so they move onto the next offer. 5. How do you solve those obstacles? Homes for Heroes levels that playing field by applying the Homes for Heroes discount to the “non-allowables.” Now the seller does not have to worry about paying those non-allowable costs because  he Homes for Heroes program pays for them. Typically, our  discount covers the “non-allowables” and then some so there is extra money to cover other closing costs for the hero. In the end this keeps more money in the pockets of our  Hero buyers while increasing the chances of their offer being accepted.  6. Tell us a little bit about the extension of Homes for Heroes, Friends of Heroes. Our Friends of Heroes program is made up of local  businesses who also want to offer discounts to our heroes. It started with home  inspectors, loan officers, and escrow/title companies. All local companies  that were like - minded and want to say “thank you” to our heroes for their service. I was overwhelmed with the response from our local businesses. You name it we  have it, plumbers, electricians, furniture stores, hardware stores and many more. We continue to get calls from local businesses and look forward to many more. In working  with our Homes for Heroes REALTORS® you  have the benefit of also saving with our Friends of Heroes program. The savings just keep adding up!  7. What is the average savings a family can see after buying a house through Homes for Heroes? The average savings for our Heroes  is about $2,500 to $$8,000. Since the  Homes for Heroes discount is a percentage of the purchase price it can vary, but coupled with the additional Friends of Heroes discounts allows for the Hero to come up with  very little to no money out of their  pocket in closing costs. In addition, should there be any part of the Homes for Heroes discount that is not used we make sure  the remainder of the 25% goes  towards a charity. We just linked up with the charity to the San Diego Police Officer Association.   8. Where do you see Homes for Heroes in 5 years?  In 5 years we hope to help many more Heroes in their real estate ventures. We hope to make the Homes for Heroes  program a household name when our Heroes are looking to buy or sell a home in San Diego. SERVICE DESERVES ITS REWARDS!!   14 March 2013

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In the early days of cable TV the installation process wasn't very secure and you could bribe the cable guy with a cold beer. In return, he would jimmy-rig your TV box so you could watch HBO and Showtime for free. I was in first grade when my dad traded a Budweiser for illegally acquired premium cable TV, and that little deal had a profound impact on my life. Granted, it's not like we bought Manhattan for $24 worth of beads, but free HBO and Showtime allowed me access to a catalog of totally inappropriate movies – including a gem called Meatballs. If you aren't familiar with Meatballs it's about summer camp shenanigans. Bill Murray stars as a prank pulling counselor who befriends a shy camper with self-esteem problems... and the laughs ensue. Now, it's arguably bad parenting to let your 8-year-old watch Meatballs over 100 times, seeing how it's packed with sexual content and references to drugs and alcohol. If fact, it's probably not a good idea to let your little kid watch it at all. Sure, it was rated PG, but that's not today's PG – it was the PG of yesteryear, when the movie studios could slip profanity, nudity and racist banter into a "family friendly film." Meatballs made camp look fun. Really fun! After watching Meatballs I desperately wanted to go to a camp like the one depicted in the movie – but going to Meatballs can be a bit pricey and my parents didn't have that kind of cash because they spent the majority of our family's disposable income on cigarettes. Sadly, at least as a camper, there would be no Meatballs for me. But hey, I wasn't totally deprived. I grew up in Indiana, and in the Hoosier State you had three choices for camp: basketball camp, church camp, and a strange hybrid of basketball/church camp. I went to the Bob Knight Basketball Camp at Indiana University once – just once. When I returned home I told my mom about the foul language the legendary coach used in front of elementary school kids, which decorum prevents me from repeating in this publication. Forbidden to return to The General’s tutelage, I spent the next few summers at church camp on the campus of Taylor University, where the basketball was lousy but the language was pristine. As the years passed my Meatballs dream never died, it just got reinvented a bit. After my freshman year in college I accepted a position as a counselor at an eight-week sleep-away camp in the Pocono Mountains. I was finally going to Meatballs, just not as a camper like I originally envisioned. Instead, I was going to Meatballs as Bill Murray. I got the job at Meatballs by embellishing my resume and convincing the owner of the camp that I was qualified to direct the summer musical. In truth, I had only taken Theater 101, which didn’t exactly make me Andrew Lloyd Webber. Luckily, I stumbled on a major stroke of good fortune. One of the campers was a professional child actress who starred as Annie on Broadway, so I just threw her on stage and had her do her thing. The end result was a decent production of Little Shop of Horrors, and I successfully concealed the fact that I was a total fraud in the dramatic arts. I'll confess, when it came to things like following the rules and camper safety I wasn't the best counselor. I was the guy who drove the boat way too fast when we went waterskiing. I was the guy who smuggled in food from McDonalds and sold it to campers at an inflated price. I was the guy who pretended I didn't see my campers sneak out of the bunk late at night. I played the part of Bill Murray and I gave an Oscar worthy performance, because I wanted those kids to have the Meatballs summer that I never experienced. Now, I didn't totally shirk my responsibility to oversee the well being of a bunk full of rambunctious 10-year-old boys. Sure, Matt Lichtenstein was a little homesick, and Max Gottlieb got his heart broken, and Andrew Tanney had a bad case of poison ivy. But at the end of the summer I returned those kids to their parents safe and sound – for the most part. I often reminisce about the summer of 1993 and the two months I spent in the Pocono Mountains, because it was one of the best times of my life. So, put Meatballs on top of your Netflix queue and maybe it will inspire that lazy college kid who is currently playing Xbox on your sofa to get out of the house to go off and have a little adventure – and they might even make a couple of bucks.

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Down to Earth Dad is a lawyer by day and youth soccer coach by night. He lives in Carlsbad with his wife and two kids.



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Camp season is here and we want to be sure you are surrounded

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Cookout Cookbook & Meal Planner:   Cost: FREE iMovie

Backpacker Trails


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Anit Mosquito




Go To First AID

Camping Cookout


Campfire Tails

This app was created to help families prepare meals  during campouts.  Based on top -rated recipes by  Coleman®, the Cookout Cookbook & Meal Planner  application allows users to find the perfect meal  based on food type, category, and ingredients.   Users can search for a recipe based on the type of  food and ingredients necessary to make the perfect  meal. This is the first application that allows users  to plan meals for an entire camping trip. Pick the  number of days and campers and let the application  do the rest. Generate shopping and equipment lists  so you never forget an essential ingredient at home!

Backpacker’s GPS Trails Lite

Cost: FREE Backpackerʼs GPS Trails Lite doubles as a portable trip database and personal navigation device for your outdoor lifestyle: hiking, backpacking, camping,  mountaineering, or for just basic trail navigation. GPS Trails Lite works in remote places like national parks, wilderness areas, and backcountry spots  without relying on data and cell signals.

Anti Mosquito- Sonic Repeller - Cost: FREE

This Mosquito repellent prevents you from getting bitten by mosquitoes and some other nasty bugs. The application emits a very unique high frequency sound (ultra  sound) that the insects dislike. The pitch of the sound is so high that most humans will not notice anything. Keep the application close to you and enjoy the outdoors  without bites!  The app does not guarantee a 100% protection as there are over 3,500 known mosquito species in the world and they all react slightly different to the  repellent. Use the pitch selector to find optimal repelling frequency for the mosquitoes in your region and leave the cortisone cream at home!

Peaks - Cost: $2.99

Ever wonder exactly what mountain youʼre looking at, or how high it is? Hold your camera up to the landscape, and Peaks adds the names of all the mountains within range, their elevation, and your distance from them in a very cool heads-up display!  Just point your iPhone at a mountain, and it will tell you all about it.  Perfect for  your next outdoor adventure - hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, or even a picnic in the foothills. No internet connection required – Peaks works offline!

GoToAID First Aid Lite - Cost: FREE

Created for the non-professional responder, GotoAID's easy to follow instructions walk the first aid provider step-by-step through the appropriate responses for  everything from bee stings to weather related emergencies to a complete sudden Cardiac Arrest incident. GotoAID is also an outstanding resource for those who want  to enhance their emergency care training by providing instructions for many types of emergency situations not traditionally included in a basic first aid course.

Coleman Campfire Tales - Cost: FREE Coleman® Creepy Campfire Tales is a collection of scary stories to read around the campfire. With categories for kids, teens and adults, your whole family will have a  frightening good time taking turns reading stories like “The Papier-Mâché Man”, “The Outhouse of Terror”, and “An Old Man at 19”. Select stories even have scary sound effects that you can use to make these creepy tales even creepier! 18

March 2013



what’s happening March 1-3

San Diego Kids Consignment Event Camino Town & Country Center 2245-A El Camino Real,  Oceanside Next to Target in the old  Salvation Army store location Friday: 9am-6pm Saturday: 9am-3pm Sunday: 9am-1pm * Last day is 50% off Spring Home & Garden Show Hundreds of home improvement  products & Remodeling ideas Del Mar Fairgrounds OʼBrien Hall & Bing Crosby Hall Parking: $10 Friday: 11am-6pm Saturday: 10am-6pm
 Sunday: 10am-5pm
 Adults-$8,  Younger than 12-FREE Seniors $1.00 - Friday only
 After 3:00pm, $6 (858) 350-3738

March 1-17

San Diego Junior Theater: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Based on the popular book by  Judy Blume 1650 El Prado, San Diego $10-$15/ticket (619) 239-8355 All ages welcome

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March 2013

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad



Did you Know? March was named for the Roman God "Mars"

View more than 50 acres of  Renanculus 5704 Paso del Norte, Carlsbad (760) 431-0352 Family-friendly activities,  open-air wagon rides, Maze, & MORE! Open to the public 9am-6pm, 7 days a week $11/adults, $10/seniors 60+,  $6/children 3-10 Children 2 and under are FREE Season passes also available

Reading Day New Childrenʼs Museum 200 W Island Ave., San Diego FREE with paid admission Fun-filled day of storytelling, Art-making activities & special  workshops 10am-4pm (619) 233-8792

March 1

Hullabaloo Concert Vine Theater/Bernardo Winery 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte San Diego, 11am $5/family (858) 487-1866

Primp & Pamper Party Leu Leu Beauty Bar 1200 N. Coast Highway 101 Encinitas Enjoy mani/pediʼs, blowout specials, Custom airbrush  tanning. Shop for trendy clothing  and jewelry. FREE facials (limited quantity).  Gift bags for first 25 attendees 11am-4pm (760) 230-2571

March 2

March 3

Free Crafts at Lakeshore Learning 702 Center Dr., San Marcos (760) 504-0292 11am-3pm, Ages 3+ *Every Saturday Special Olympics Polar Plunge Raise funds for Special Olympics  SD County athletes Minimum donations $50 to  participate & receive a T-shirt Oceanside Pier Check in: 8:30am Plunge begins: 10am Parking: East of the Pier on  Harbor Dr. South (619) 283-6100

Friends of the Vista Library First Sunday Concert Series The Friendʼs of the Vista Library host a concert. First Sunday of every month FREE and open to the public Doors open at 1pm Musician: Sheldon Rosenbaum Vista Library

Reuben H. Fleet Science  Center
 Centro  Cultural de la Raza
 San Diego Model Railroad  Museum
 San Diego Natural History  Museum (Not valid for 3-D films) 1549 El Prado, San Diego (619) 239-0512 * FREE museums rotate every  Tuesday each month

March 9

Children’s Smiles: Riding for Self-Confidence Event Charity poker run throughout  East County. Co-hosted by Sweetwater Harley  Davidson. Benefiting the daughters of John Joaquin. Celebration BBQ will follow the ride Live music, face painting, food  and drinks. Open to public 9am - 4pm 

Ikea: BYOF (Bring your Own Friends) Event Special perks, activities,  giveaways FREE IKEA blue bag, FREE  700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista breakfast with coupon (760) 643 - 5100 IKEA San Diego, 2149 Fenton Pkwy.  San Diego March 4 (619) 563-4532 Residents Free to Part of IKEA Life Balboa Park Improvement Project Museums RSVP at  FREE admission to:  Reuben H. Fleet Science  FREE event, 9:30am-4pm sdnor 21

8h Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego  2215 Pan American Rd. East San Diego 10am-4pm FREE with garden admission $4/adults, $3/seniors Enjoy 150 Cherry Trees in bloom Crafts and activities for kids Japanese street foods, cultural  entertainment and demos Shop unique gifts and plants (619) 232-2721 La Jolla Playhouse Gala 6pm-12am Starting at $500/ticket La Jolla Playhouse
 2910 La Jolla Village Dr. 
La Jolla (858) 550-1010 Grand Opening CrossFit Escondido at General Athletics Enjoy food and a workout 237 E Valley Pkwy., Escondido 12pm-4pm (760) 877-8780 ndido/events

March 10

San Diego Half Marathon & 5K Gaslamp District Half marathon: $109  5K: $39 Celebrate SD at the Gaslamp  Block Party. Begins immediately after the  races. Live music, entertainment, family  fun zones, etc. FREE and open to the public. 22 March 2013

The Pajanimals Live: Pajama Playdate Balboa Theater 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego (619) 570-1100 4:30pm-5:30pm Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes early. Reserved Seating - $35 Children 12 months & older need a ticket. Pajama Party Package: $132.50 each (limited)

Center 1549 El Prado, San Diego (619) 239-0512 * FREE museums rotate every  Tuesday each month

March 16

2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Annual St. Patrickʼs Day parade and festival. Parade starts at 10:30am, over  120 parade entries. Begins at Sixth Avenue and  Juniper St., travels North on 5th Ave. Irish Festival 9am-5:30pm in  Balboa Park Festival includes Kids Zone:  games, rides, face-painting, etc. Food, craft booths, beer gardens,  live entertainment

Spring Bridal Faire Vine Theater/Bernardo Winery 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte San Diego 11am-2pm Fashion show at 1pm at Rosarioʼs Pavillion. Catering samples March 17 Florists, photographers, planners,  Happy stylists & more St. Patrick’s Day! (858) 487-1866 FREE admission Complimentary gift bags to first  25 brides The Mama Doni Band Target Free Second Carlsbad Village Theater Sunday 2822 State St., Carlsbad FREE admission to  10:30am New Childrenʼs Museum Tickets $12-14 
200 West Island Ave., Children 8 and younger are FREE 12pm-4pm (858) 362-1348 (619) 233-8792  March 18 *Occurs the second Sunday of  Residents Free to each month Balboa Park Museums March 11 Free admission to: Residents Free to San Diego Art Institute
 Balboa Park Mingei International Museum
 Museums San Diego Museum of Art
 FREE admission to: San Diego Museum of Man
 Museum of Photographic Arts
 Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego History Center
 Veteransʼ Museum and Memorial 1549 El Prado, San Diego

(619) 239-0512 * FREE museums rotate every  Tuesday each month

March 20 - 23

La Jolla Playhouse: The Second Cityʼs Laughing Matters Tour Sheila and Hughes Potiker  Theater Showtimes: Wed: 8pm Thurs: 8pm Fri: 5:30pm & 8pm Sat: 2pm, 7pm, & 9:30pm (858) 550-1010

March 23 - 30

Beauty and the Beast Casa del Prado Theater 1650 El Prado, San Diego (619) 233-3060 Fridays: 7pm; Sat-Sun: 2pm $10-$15

March 24

Paws in the Park Kit Carson Park 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido 8am-Noon Walk kickoff 9am Registration is FREE Walkers receive incentive prizes  based on pledges raised Proceeds go to the Escondido  Humane Society (760) 888-2235

FREE event (& FREE popcorn) BYO Folding chair Red Oven Pizza & Carruth Cellars  wine available

March 28

16th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Benefit Meals-On-Wheels Pernicanoʼs Restaurant 711 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach (858) 488-2900 5pm-9pm $12/person Purchase tickets: (619) 278-4019 or  Food and live entertainment Family-friendly event

March 29 - 30

Easter Bunny Teas East Bunny visit, egg hunt,  magician Westgate Hotel 1055 Second Ave., San Diego (619) 557- 3665 2:30pm-5pm each day  Recurs every Friday, Saturday Price: Adults - $39

March 27

(tax and gratuity additional)

March 31

Happy Easter!

March 30

Annual Spring Egg Scramble & Breakfast with Peter Cottontail Walnut Grove Park  1950 Sycamore Dr., San Marcos Breakfast prepared by the Life  and Eagle Scouts Troop 649 Tickets at the door: $5/adult,  $4/youth 10 and under Breakfast 8am -10am Holiday Egg Scramble 10:15am sharp Suggested egg scramble  donation = $5/family Bring your own basket/bag Brought to you by the City of San Marcos, (760) 744-9000 2013 Ironman Oceanside  California, 1.2-mile swim in  Oceanside Harbor, then  56-mile bike ride through Camp Pendleton, Ends with  13.1 mine run along Pacific  Ocean, Ending at Oceanside Pier $300 - $650 each

Easter Sunrise Service Carlsbad church 10th annual  sunrise service

The Flower Fields 5704 Paseo del Norte Carlsbad Live music, FREE breakfast to first 500 people 6:30am - 8am (760) 431 - 0352

March 16 – April 7

Once a year, guests at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park  are completely immersed by thousands of butterflies  as they walk through an aviary filled with the fluttering creatures. Guests should be prepared as some may even  land on their shoulders & head! 

Carruth Cellars Monthly Movie Night

Movie: The Big Lebowski

320 South Cedros Ave. #400 Solana Beach (858) 847-9463 Doors open at 5:30pm Showtime is at 6:30pm

Children (12 & under) - $26

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd. Escondido, CA (760) 747-8702

The 30 butterfly species highlighted this year hail from Africa, Asia & Central and South America and include the  zebra longwing, orange- barred tiger & Grecian shoemaker. Old favorites such as the monarch, giant swallowtail & blue morpho also will be charming guests. Guests can enjoy the new Jungle Ropes Safari not far from Butterfly  Jungle where they can climb, balance and swing like a monkey on a challenging new obstacle course.  **Butterfly Jungle is included with admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. 




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Beckett ross NAME: Beckett Ross


career highlights: AGE: 7 HOMETOWN: San Marcos SCHOOL: San Elijo Elementary STANCE: Regular SPONSORS: Mom & Dad STARTED SKATING: 6 years old STARTED COMPETING: 2012 FAVORED DISCIPLINE: Ramps

How has living in North County affected your skating career? It’s cool to have Aura and the YMCA so close to home. I’ve made some friends at Aura from the camps. I’ve been to like all of the camps at Aura, at least 3 so far. Who is your favorite local pros? My favorite local pro is Shawn White. I want to be just like him when I grow up. Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years? Maybe doing board slides and more competitions. I want to be a professional skateboarder. At school we have an “All About Me” thing we fill out and I put “professional skaterboarder” and a picture of Shawn White. What’s your favorite after-school snack? My dad got a dehydrator so I like to have dried mangos and stuff. I like to mix up a lot of different kinds of fruits. You can even make your own fruit roll-ups!

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Do you get nervous before every competition? If so, what do you do to relax and calm your nerves? Well, I get nervous excited/nervous sometimes. Usually it helps me to drink water and relax.

What’s your favorite trick? I like grinding. I can do a 50/50 so I’d say that’s my favorite. What advice do you have for other kids thinking about learning how to skateboard? I’m actually teaching my little sister how to skate and kick 1 side up on the board but it seems like the board is too heavy for her to push down on. I learned to not hesitate when first learning how to drop in. It took me 2 times to learn how when I was at an Aura skateboarding camp. I just keep doing something until its starts to feel comfortable and work on it over and over again. My teacher there is a professional skateboarder named Amelia and she helped me a lot! Professional skateboarder and film- maker, Amelia Brodka has been skateboarding competitively around the world for several years and provides instruction and runs camps at Aura Skateboard Training Facility  whenever possible.  Hears what she had to say about teaching Beckett: "Beckett was stubborn. He wanted to  go fast and never stop. This made him an incredibly fearless skater. His dedication to speed and  progress allowed him to brush off scary slams as though they never happened. When I  first started working with Beckett he had some issues with his stance that I thought  would take a lot of time to fix. But Beckett was able to fix his  footing in a matter of days which allowed him to progress and  have more board control as he fearlessly sped down every ramp."

Is there anything else you want to add? Want our readers to know? My favorite band is FUN and I have an iPod Nano but I don’t listen to music when I skate. It’s also fun to have my family come to Aura and watch me skate. I’ve had family from Lake Elsinore and from Utah come watch me practice which is cool!


March 2013

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INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup Tapioca Flour 1/2 cup Quick Oats (certified Gluten Free) 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. xanthum gum 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup agave nectar

DIRECTIONS: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl Add in wet ingredients Stir until thoroughly mixed Lightly grease 8x8 cooking dish Press into dish Bake for 15 minutes Remove and let cool PEANUT BUTTER TOPPING:

INGREDIENTS: ½ cup peanut butter (creamy) ¼ cup turbinado sugar ½ cup vanilla soy or almond milk ½ cup soy protein powder 1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Mix in bowl, thoroughly with fork Gently press over the chocolate base Let cool in refrigerator Cut and serve!

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March 2013

What Are YOU Reading?

Enjoy our mom-to-mom book review page written by the organizer of North County based Hip Chicks Book Club, & see what books were real page turners and which one are better left on the shelf!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Surely anyone who has taken a basic biology class knows about He-La cells. But how many people have heard of Henrietta Lacks, from whom those cells were named? I certainly hadn’t until this book. When Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cancer in 1951, the doctor treating her took samples of her cells without her or her family’s knowledge or permission, figuring that because she was black she wouldn’t mind, or it wouldn’t matter. Those cells are still alive today, more than 60 years after Henrietta’s death, and they have changed scientific history. I don’t usually choose nonfiction, but this is our book club pick this month. The way Rebecca Skloot writes is much like a novel. There were a few “dry” spots where Skloot gets pretty scientific, but otherwise this is a very interesting read. I give this book an B-

Divergent by Veronica Roth Beatrice “Tris” Prior lives in dystopian Chicago, where, at the age of 16, children have to choose which of the five factions, or societies based on specific virtues, they will remain a part of for the rest of their lives. Tris shocks her family by leaving her home in Abnegation, known for selflessness, for the brave and sometimes reckless ways of life in Dauntless. There she is pushed to her limits, finds a possible romance, and discovers a secret that could put her and many others in danger. Being a huge fan of The Hunger Games, this book was right up my alley! I really enjoyed the story, even if it was a bit predictable. With Spring Break right around the corner, I recommend Divergent if you’re looking for something adventurous, yet quick to read. If you liked this book, I suggest the sequel, Insurgent. The final book in the series will be released in October of this year. I give this book a B+

Do you have an opinion about one of these books that you’d like to share? Or do you have a book recommendation for us? We’d love to hear from you! Email us:

Happy Reading!

Megan Rath is a wife and mom of a 7 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. She is the organizer of the Hip Chicks Book Club. . ., a large group of diverse women of all ages that meets in North County every month. A native of North County all her life, she currently lives in Vista.



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Luca & Luke: One Life Lost, Another Life Gained As a married couple, the Meador’s strength persevered through a tragic loss and brought them an unexpected, encouraging miracle. After the Meadors lost their baby, Luca, they demonstrated the best way to spread pervasive hope through trust and faith in the Lord. When Luca’s heart stopped beating just months before her due date, the Meadors delivered her, cremated her and spread her ashes at sea.

Keep an eye out for Pastor Milesʼs NEW book , God in the Mirror, set to hit the stands March 15 . It will be available at, too!

Through this time, the Meadors immersed themselves in the Rock Church’s Safe in Heaven ministry, which is dedicated to providing one on one or couples support to families who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death and SIDS. Because of this ministry and with the kind words from its leaders Michelle and Ryan Icenhower, the Meadors continued to cultivate strength. Later, they hesitantly took apart the crib from what was expected to be Luca’s room and continued to recite their trust in God through several declarations of understanding and acceptance. The day Luca’s crib was taken apart, the Meadors received a message from God. “Please don’t worry,” God said. “You’re going to have a son and you’ll name him Luke.” Exactly one year after Luca was born, her brother Luke was born. The Meadors took him to the water where Luca’s ashes were spread in hopes he will someday understand God’s graciousness. The Meadors are now a part of the Safe in Heaven ministry, offering other families hope and faith through their story. For more information about the Safe in Heaven ministry, visit

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Celeb Camping Tracker

“My favorite thing to do between working [on his new action film, “Sahara”] is go drive around the roads & highways of America camping out. So this time I'm still camping out, but I also have my house [his Airsteam trailer attached to his Ford F-250] wrapped in a 'Sahara' billboard. So [I'm] combining the two -- a road trip,

plus I'm selling. It's nice.”

– Matthew McConaughey

“When I was younger, my family would go camping and fishing on our ranches. My dad loves being around all kinds of animals. He’s the one who got me to be a really big animal lover.” - Paris Hilton

“Enjoying time with my family, literally in the middle of nowhere, but this nowhere place is pretty beautiful. On the water, about to have a campfire. Camping is legit.”

- Justin Bieber

“Three weeks ago me and my missus (Jennifer Connelly) and the kids were covered in mud for three days, because we got rained on from a great height when we were camping in the White Mountains (in New Hampshire). There’s no comfort, no blow-up beds or anything – you’re just in a tent and you fire up a little Primus to cook your food. Everybody stinks, and you’re cold and you’re wet and yet you see things you’d never see from a car or a hotel room.” - Paul Bettany


March 2013

“I don’t think you can call yourself a true American until you’ve been behind the wheel of an RV. I love seeing parts of the country I wouldn’t otherwise.”

- Jeff Daniels

“I’m really an outdoorsy girl. People think I can’t go anywhere without getting all primped up, but I love to go camping, and I’m totally fine with not doing my hair or makeup, not taking a shower and just hiking.”

- Vanessa Hudgens

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Available For Purchase on March 12, 2013!



A Summer to Remember at the Playhouse...

use o h y a l P a Jolla L t a s r e rform e P g n u Yo Summer Theatre Prog rams !


young performers’ workshop


young performers’ academy

young performers’ conservatory

June 24 – July 19, 2013

July 22 – August 2, 2013

July 1 – August 2, 2013

Expert teaching artists inspire and provide a nurturing place for students to learn skills that build character on stage and off.

A two-week workshop that provides the next step in theatre training for the young performer who is ready to take on the challenge.

!"#$%&'%%(")*+%*,)$%" acting experience designed to prepare actors for a serious college theatre program and a career in the theatre.

For pricing, detailed descriptions of each program and to register visit or call (858) 550-1070 x101 March 2013

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