Volume XV, Issue 48
Nov. 23, 2011 Published Weekly
Water rates to rise 6 percent in January Santa Fe Irrigation District board votes 3-2 on decision
■ With nonprofit, local man backs child-rescue charities. Page 8
BY JOE TASH A sharply divided water board Nov. 17 approved a 6 percent rate increase as of Jan. 1 for customers in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch.
Before approving the rate hike on a 3-2 vote, the panel was twice unable to pass a motion increasing rates on customers next year. Some board members were concerned that a larger increase is needed to maintain district reserves and pay for capital improvement projects, while one board member wanted to avoid any increase. In the end, directors Andy Menshek, Ken Dunford and Michael Ho-
gan voted for the 6 percent increase, while directors Robert “Bud” Irvin and John Ingalls voted “no.” The vote means 2012 is the fifth year in a row that the Santa Fe Irrigation District will have raised rates on its customers, by a total of 68 percent. District officials have said the main reason for the steadily increasing rates is a corresponding jump in the cost of water from the district’s suppliers, the Metropolitan
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Water District of Southern California and the San Diego County Water Authority. Only two members of the public attended Thursday’s water board meeting, in contrast with a hearing last year — when the panel considered raising rates by up to 36 percent over three years — which was attended by dozens of customers,
SEE WATER, PAGE 6
City will revisit nuclear concerns Resolution would cover issues relating to San Onofre plant
■ Skyline robotics team innovates, earns award Page 3
The North Coast Repertory Theatre held a special celebration of the Rep’s 30th anniversary season on Nov. 18. (Above) Judy Moffson, Hal Coons, Julie Sarno, Toni Tschann and Jeannette Coons. See page B14.
BY CLAIRE HARLIN firstname.lastname@example.org The Solana Beach City Council expressed interest Nov. 16 in possibly pursuing a resolution that could address nuclear waste storage, emergency protocol and nuclear station safety, among other issues relating to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The measure was brought forth during the public communication portion of the council’s regular meeting, and officials said it
would have to be presented by city staff in the form of a recommendation in order for the council to take action. Council members agreed that they need to check sources and conduct a comprehensive analysis before moving forward. Advocacy group San Clemente Green, in collaboration with Solana Beach resident Torgen Johnson, made a presentation to the council that detailed a num-
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Solana Beach approves final Highway 101 improvement plan ■ Shop locally this Holiday Season. See our Holiday Gift Guide, pages B4B11.
BY CLAIRE HARLIN email@example.com The Solana Beach City Council approved Nov. 16 the final design of the Highway 101 West Side Improvement Project, opening for bid a sweeping revitalization effort that will begin as early as next spring and greatly
change the appearance of the 101. The $5 million plan, funded by the city’s San Diego Association of Governments TransNet allocation, will add elements such as continuous sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic-calming features, gathering places and
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medians that contain foliage. “I’ve been on this council for 20 years and this is something we’ve been dreaming of a long time,” said Councilman Joe Kellejian. “Not only will it change the design and appearance, but it will drastically change
the economy too.” The presentation of final plans follows an Aug. 31 special meeting in which direction was provided in council discussion and in public testimony. That direction includes the elimination of reverse-angle parking, the utilization of deco-
rative streetlight and traffic signal poles, and the addition of four new crosswalks. The city also wants to remove all existing newspaper racks and work with providers to relocate and use uniform, decorative racks.
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Research Report: UCSD team finds autism link to brain overgrowth BY LYNNE FRIEDMANN A study by researchers at the UCSD Autism Center of Excellence shows that brain overgrowth in boys with autism involves an abnormal, excess number of neurons in areas of the brain associated Lynne with social, communication, Friedmann and cognitive development. Relying on meticulous, direct cell counting, scientists discovered a 67 percent excess of cortical cells — a type of brain cell only made before birth — in children with autism. The findings suggest that the disorder may arise from prenatal processes gone awry and confirms a relatively recent theory about possible causes of autism. Small head circumference at birth, followed by a sudden and excessive increase in head circumference during the first year of life, was first linked to development of autism in 2003. The current study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Society (JAMA). News release at bit.ly/thup3F. Forecasting solar power production The space shuttle program may have ended, but data collected by astronauts during the past three decades are still helping advance science, this time with the assistance of the Triton Resource, a supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. For example, researchers at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering recently used measurements from NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission to predict how changes in elevation, such as hills and valleys, and the shadows they create, impact power output in California’s so-
lar grid. Heretofore, large-scale models used to calculate solar power output did not take elevation into account. The researchers used 60,000 processor hours to run calculations on Triton Resource to create a new model that includes detailed elevation data. The model is being made available publicly on a large scale, including all of Southern California, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. Utility companies and homeowners can use the model to get a more realistic picture of the solar power output they can typically expect to produce. More information at bit.ly/sWcB4i. Pollution intensifies cyclones Pollution is making Arabian Sea cyclones more intense. Traditionally, prevailing wind shear patterns prohibit cyclones in the Arabian Sea from becoming major storms. A study, involving scientists at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, suggests the weakening of winds aloft has enabled the formation of stronger cyclones in recent years — including storms in 2007 and 2010 that were the first recorded ever to enter the Gulf of Oman. The researchers note that the weakening wind pattern over the past 30 years has corresponded with a buildup of aerosols in the atmosphere over India. This aerosol buildup creates formations known as atmospheric brown clouds (ABCs) in which smog from diesel emissions, soot, and other by-products of biomass burning accumulate and become widespread to a degree significant enough to be a force in regional climate. More information at bit.ly/vB8blu. Lynne Friedmann is a science writer based in Solana Beach.
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Scripps Health and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego join forces to offer new weapon in the fight against childhood cancer Scripps Health and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego recently announced they will team up to provide advanced proton treatment at Scripps Proton Therapy Center to pediatric cancer patients who need this highly accurate form of therapy. According to the center’s medical director, Dr. Carl J. Rossi, Jr., proton therapy is generally preferable to conventional Xray radiation for pediatric patients. “X-ray radiation continues to play a vital role in treating childhood cancers, but its longterm side effects can be devastating, as growing organs are highly sensitive to radiation,” Rossi said. “Long-term effects can include growth and hormonal deficiencies and the risk of secondary cancers later in life.” In contrast, the accuracy of proton beams are ideal for pediatric patients and have been successfully used with children for more than 20 years. “Proton beams allow for significant sparing of normal tissue compared to X-ray therapy and their use has been shown to greatly reduce the incidence of long-term complications in children,” Rossi said. For certain cancers, proton therapy offers a more precise and aggressive approach to destroying cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, compared to X-ray radiation.
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Proton therapy involves the use of a controlled beam of protons to target tumors with control and precision unavailable in other radiation therapies. The targeted delivery of proton energy limits damage to healthy surrounding tissue and allows for a more potent and effective dose of radiation to be used. “Scripps Proton Therapy Center will be a community resource that will bring together patients, physicians and researchers in the fight against cancer,” said Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. “We’re particularly pleased to make this sophisticated technology available to the children of our community and their outstanding physicians at Rady Children’s.” Currently under construction in Mira Mesa, the Scripps Proton Therapy Center is a $220 million cancer treatment and research facility that is expected to open in spring 2013. The 102,000-square-foot facility – which will be just the second such center west of the Rockies – will have the maximum capacity to treat approximately 2,400 adult and pediatric patients annually. More information can be found at www.scripps.org.
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November 23, 2011
Skyline robotics team innovates, earns ‘Gracious Professionalism’ award BY MEGAN MCVAY Few people are wired to program a robot and calculate its movements down to the very last centimeter. So, naturally, when members of the Solana Beach community learned about a 6th grade robotics team called Einstein Works, they were shocked and more than willing to plug themselves into the team’s efforts and help out. This summer, Solana Beach resident Judy Wagner began the planning stage of the Skyline 6th grade robotics team with her daughter, Hannah Wagner, and her daughter’s classmate, Jack Resnick. Soon, the two-person team grew and the official team of nine was established in late September and began preparing for its first competition at High Tech High, which was held on Nov. 6. Although Einstein Works is certainly one-of-a-kind in the Solana Beach community, the team is only one of the 19,800 teams from 50-plus countries created under the FIRST program, called FIRST Lego League (FLL). FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit public charity founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway (the first selfbalancing, zero emissions personal transportation vehicle). The charity’s goal is to foster important life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication and leadership, and ultimately inspire young people to become science and technology leaders. Einstein Works is a part of the FIRST program called Lego League, a program that seeks to expose students from the ages of 9 to 14 to real-world engineering challenges by requiring them to build LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. For this rookie robotics team, the only thing more problematic than a potential electricity shortage was their time shortage. Because they established their team late in September, they had little over a month to prepare for the FLL Qualifying Tournament. Even before beginning the tedious programming process, Einstein Works was faced with its first challenge: raising $700 to buy the necessary materials to build its robot. However, with multiple yard sales, donation letters and the
“The cool thing about Einstein Works is that we get to solve problems. At school we only get to learn about them,” said team member Jack Hargis. To the nine 6th graders of Einstein Works, E=MC2 was more than Einstein’s famous equation that explained the relationship between matter and energy; it was the product of countless hours of programming, thinking and measuring. Before the competition, the nine aspiring scientists gathered at their mentor and coach’s house after school three days a week to work on their presentation and robot named “E=MC2.” After enduring a computer crash the night before the competiEinstein Works team members: Bottom row (l-r): Jack Hargis, Hannah Wagner, tion and consequently working later Rileigh Sullivan, Anders Busic; Middle row (l-r): Alec Valadez, Zane Telliez, than expected on the finishing touches, the team members woke Megan Costollo; Top row (l-r): Jack Resnick, Devaki Rajiv. up early the next morning, wired Photo/Judy Wagner and ready to flaunt their technologsupport of its sponsors, Jersey Mike’s, Essex & Harvey, Dividend Technology Group and Pamplemousse Grille, the team ical prowess for the judges and the 19 other teams. They walked onto the High Tech High campus clad in raised the necessary funds and soon realized that monetary their white Einstein wigs, lab coats and lime green team tmatters were only part of the equation. shirts and began their full schedule of competitions and preAlong with a LEGO-based robot, each team was resentations. quired to present a skit, a scientific project and a core values Throughout the day, the team members demonstrated list for the qualifying competition at High Tech High. their teamwork, respect for all competitors and exceptional This year, the FIRST Lego League Tournament theme list of core values. Ultimately, at the end of the day, it was was “Food Factor.” Each team was required to research a this team’s chemistry that earned Einstein Works the honorproblem regarding food contamination, formulate a soluary “Gracious Professionalism” Award. Gracious Professiontion and then present its findings in the form of a poster alism is a term coined by Dr. Woodie Flowers, the FIRST naand a skit. Due to the recent outbreak of Listeria in cantational advisor and Pappalardo professor emeritus of meloupe, the team researched Listeria and proposed a hypothetical spray solution called “Mr. Lister” that would contain chanical engineering. The notion of Gracious ProfessionalSee ROBOTICS, page 15 food grade hydrogen peroxide and chlorine bleach to kill the bacteria.
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Inspirational participants highlight global conference ‘The World in Our Grasp’ at CCA By Diane Y. Welch Following rousing applause, the Proscenium Theater auditorium at Canyon Crest Academy High School fell into silence as about 400 county area youths – attendees at TEDxYouth@ San Diego – held onto every word that Richard Dreyfuss spoke. His address on the importance of civic education in public schools had clearly struck a chord. An Academy Award-winning actor, Dreyfuss is the founder of the Dreyfuss Initiative. “You can’t build a house and start with the roof, you have to build starting with a foundation. Civics teaches foundation and if you don’t teach it, we are anchorless and we wake up in the morning and don’t know the difference between right and wrong,” Dreyfuss said in an interview after his speech. Through his website, www.thedreyfussinitiative.org and through five years of public speaking, Dreyfuss is leading the charge to bring civics back into the classroom. His speech, in which he gave a brief history of government and the importance of creating educated voters, echoed the theme of the Jeremy Sewell, Amy Villanova, CCA Principal Brian Köhn day’s event, “The World in Our Grasp.” Photos/Jon Clark Along with Dreyfuss, several presenters and performers who spoke of his passion for surfing and convened at CCA on Saturday, Nov. 20 – Universal Children’s Day –for a multi-media preurged others to “dream big” and to focus on sentation that aimed to motivate youth to make a difference in the world. It was a day filled their abilities. with heartfelt messages, music, art, dance, and technology. At the age of 3, Patrick was the victim TED, an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a worldwide conference of an accident that caused him physical disthat brings together achievers in a various fields who share ideas worth spreading. TEDxYabilities and an inability to walk. Now he is outh@San Diego mirrors that vision with a mission to inspire and be a catalyst for change. the first disabled member of the Lost Surf This event – the first ever organized in San Diego County and one of 43 such events Team, appearing on several television planned worldwide – was streamed live online. The program was youth-driven and orgashows, including MTV and the Today Show. nized by volunteer students paired with volunteer adult mentors. It brought together some “Sometimes kids get caught up in mateof the “most inspiring, creative and entertaining public speakers in the country.” rial things, but there are things more imporBrian Doyle, a recent CCA graduate now attending George Washington University, led a tant in life. Those [material] things can easiteam of 20 students who made the program possible. He said it took a year to organize the ly go away, but the human spirit and your event which included seeking funding. Major sponsors were Sharp Health Care, Qualcomm, attitude is something that will be with you, The Leichtag Family Foundation, and Mission Federal Credit Union, along with Jimbo’s... forever,” he said. Naturally!, The Hilton Garden Inn, Cox Communications, and others. Visiting from Redmond, Wash., pianist Doyle also helped secure the event presenters who were introduced by CCA graduate Adrianna Svitak, 15, performed Schumann’s Maia Ferdman and CCA junior Hunter Barrera. “Traumes Wirren,” after her sister, Adora Included in the line-up was Patrick Ivison, 17, a Scripps Ranch High School student, Svitak, 14, gave an entertaining speech about the power of words. When viewed through a different lens words that may limit us may be used instead to become a catalyst to success, Adora said. “‘Naive’ and ‘impulsive’ can actually be used as strengths and may be used to accomplish your goals,” said Adora who, as a naive 7-year-old published her first book, “Flying Fingers,” then co-authored a published collection of poetry, “Dancing Fingers,” with Adrianna. Formerly homeless, Liz Murray retold of her transformation from a life of despair, born to drug-addicted parents, to fulfilling her inner dream that answered her question, “What if I went to school and changed Lets You Be a my life?” Murray, through determination and grit, graduated from high school, then Daughter Again! graduated from Harvard University. She spoke of a timeless potential that each of us has and urged the audience to “fall in love Home Care Assistance Has Expertly Trained Caregivers with possibility.”
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Local resident Marshall Goldsmith selected winner of the ‘2011 Thinkers50 Leadership Award’ Tracking bi-annually the definitive list of the world’s top business thinkers are Londonbased Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, founders and directors of Thinkers50, former columnists to The Times (LonMarshall Goldsmith don) and adjunct professors at IE Business School. Over the past decade, the prestigious Thinkers50 ranking has served the global business community by showcasing the top business thinkers on the planet, indicating which thinkers have deservedly been consigned to making business history. Recently in London at the first ever Thinkers50 Summit, internationally-acclaimed executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, a local resident, was named winner of the prestigious 2011 Thinkers50 Leader-
ship Award, additionally ranking #7 on the overall list of Thinkers50 world’s top 50 business thinkers. “Marshall Goldsmith is singularly persuasive, networked, and energetic. In the crowded leadership sphere, he is fixed on changing the practice of leaders for the better rather than the neatness of his theories,” says Thinkers50 co-founder Stuart Crainer. Goldsmith, a world authority on helping successful leaders get even better, is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling books “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” and “Mojo.” He received his Ph.D. from UCLA and teaches executive education at Dartmouth’s Tuck School. Goldsmith blogs for HBR.org, BusinessWeek.com and HuffingtonPost.com. Media sponsor for the Thinkers50 Summit was Harvard Business Review. For the full results of the 2011 Thinkers50 please visit www.thinkers50.com
Former TPHS student named as Rhodes Scholar Former Torrey Pines High School student Stephanie J. Bryson was among the 32 American men and women recently chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, called the Rhodes Scholarships, “the oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates.” They were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer. The first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904; those elected today will enter Oxford in October 2012.
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WATER continued from page 1 most of whom spoke against the proposal. The district provides water for about 22,500 people. According to a staff report, the 6 percent increase starting in January will provide revenue of $19.5 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. District officials said the increase means that an average customer’s bimonthly bill will rise to $288.82 from the current charge of $272.78.
Late last year, the board — also on a 3-2 vote — approved a threeyear rate plan, including maximum increases of 12 percent each year. The first 12 percent increase took effect in February. During budget deliberations in June, however, the board voted to impose a 6 percent increase for 2012, instead of the maximum 12 percent hike. A district staff report noted that reduced operating costs, coupled with lower-than-expected water rate increases from district suppliers, means that a 6 percent increase will pro-
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vide enough revenue for the current fiscal year, and the projected increase for 2013 has been trimmed from 12 to 10 percent. District general manager Michael Bardin said in an interview that the district has reduced its operating budget by $1.9 million this year. Slightly less than half of that amount came from reductions in staffing, professional services and other areas, while just over $1 million came from the district’s decision to use a larger portion of local water from Lake Hodges to meet customers’ needs, as opposed to more expensive imported water, Bardin said. Directors Irvin and
Dunford initially argued for an 8 percent increase for 2012. “We’ve got to continue to pay into reserves to have a viable (capital improvement) program on a sustainable, long-term basis,” said Dunford. “I think making an artificially low rate now is going to force us to have a higher rate in the future and I want to do what’s best for the district,” Irvin said. But director Andy Menshek said ratepayers are already stung by the sluggish economy and don’t want rates to be raised any more than absolutely necessary. “The ratepayers have spoken loud and clear —
do the best you can with what you have and don’t raise my rates,” he said. Hogan, the board president, said the board directed staff to build a 6 percent increase into this year’s budget, and the current budget is meeting the guidelines established by the board regarding reserves and this year’s capital projects. “I don’t want to go below (6 percent) and I don’t want to go above,” Hogan said. Director John Ingalls was the lone board member to argue for no rate increase in 2012. He said the district should work with partner agencies to issue bonds to pay for capital projects, rather
than raising rates. “I think it’s an opportune time for us to pull the trigger with our Triple A rating and do a bond issue,” he said. While other board members agreed that borrowing money through bonds might be an option for the future, they said it would not be a solution for the current budget year. After the board discussion, Dunford said he felt he had made his point about adequately funding reserves, and switched his vote to support the 6 percent increase. The district plans to notify its customers of the rate increase through a mailer that will be sent out by Nov. 30.
imity to the nuclear station. These risks include nuclear reactor accidents or disaster resulting from seismic activity, human error or equipment failure. Johnson also ex-
pressed concern that North County has not been included in adequate emergency planning. Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, San Clemente Green has been advocating a total shut-down of San Onofre, and the group was successful in urging the San Clemente City Council to draft a resolution calling for better solutions at the generating station. They are urging a similar measure of the Solana Beach council. A number of supporters who attended the presentation gave a round of applause when Mayor Lesa Heebner said she
would be in support of working toward a resolution or the drafting of a letter. Councilman Mike Nichols said he will be working closely with Johnson and he feels confident that the information presented in San Clemente Green’s presentation is accurate. Councilmen Tom Campbell and Joe Kellejian said it’s premature to discuss a resolution. City Manager David Ott said city staff will bring the issue back to the council in the form of a staff report or recommendation.
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Retired entrepreneurâ€™s nonprofit supports childrenâ€™s charities Jensen aims to build donor base in poor countries through Facebook BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN For early retired entrepreneur Jeff Jensen, with all due respect to the song, itâ€™s Africa, not Georgia, on his mind, and increasingly so since he journeyed to Africa a year ago to check out struggling child-rescue charities in Uganda. On the plane returning home, Jensen decided â€œIâ€™ve got to do something to help.â€? As a result, the 51-year-old father of three has launched a unique child sponsorship nonprofit called â€œedopt.net.â€? Its mission is to help small international charities, that are caring for kids, but donâ€™t have a mechanism for raising a donor base, find donors for their children through Facebook. â€œA donor can go to edopt.net and research these charities and then click on â€˜childrenâ€™ and see some of the kids that they are caring for. Then click on a childâ€™s picture and learn about the child. If you decide to support a child, you can click on â€˜supportâ€™ and youâ€™re connected to PayPal to make a donation. â€œThat way, every dollar you give goes directly to the organization thatâ€™s caring for your child and Facebook becomes your window to the world of your sponsored child,â€? Jensen says. â€œWe are a â€˜connections agencyâ€™ of sorts,â€? Jensen explains on his Website. â€œWe are a self-funded 501c3. We do not receive or charge money for our services. So our only agenda is connecting people who have with those in need.â€? We interviewed Jensen in his local home. Heâ€™s a tall and trim early-retiree who runs 25 miles a week, enjoys riding his dirt bike, and occasionally goes pheasant hunting. â€œSince I sold my company and moved to Rancho Santa Fe,â€? Jensen said, â€œIâ€™ve spent the last eight to 10 years, working in
the community as a coach and Scoutmaster. Both of my sons were Eagle Scouts. Now that my kids are getting older, Iâ€™ve been trying to figure out what I was going to do next, something hopefully for the greater good.â€? A year ago, a friend of his invited Jensen to accompany him to Uganda to visit a school his friend is working with in Northern Uganda that rescues ex-child soldiers. â€œI saw these really cool charities in Uganda that were all caring for kids one way or another. The one common theme was that they were all struggling to raise support. But while theyâ€™re in country doing their thing, they donâ€™t have a presence in the United States and they donâ€™t have a mechanism to create a donor base. â€œI decided to start an organization that in essence would run a sponsorship program for these little charitiesâ€Śand create a more personal sponsor/child relationship. â€œThat way, if your sponsored child has a birthday, you can go on Facebook and send a birthday greeting, and then go in real time and see the birthday party,â€? Jensen said. â€œOr if a storm comes in and blows off the roof, thereâ€™s whole support base that would be in place to help.â€? Jensen was born in Spokane, Washington, at Fairchild Air Force Base, where his physician father was stationed in the military. The family later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. While in high school, Jensen became a born-again Christian â€œand my faith became the guiding principle in my life.â€? After earning a degree in accounting from Arizona State in 1982, he joined Great Plains Software, a micro accounting software company started by a boyhood friend, in Fargo, North Dakota. â€œI was his 23rd employee,â€? Jensen recalls. He stayed for two years before returning to Minneapolis and setting up shop as a consultant to companies wanting to computerize their accounting systems. â€œFrom thereâ€Ś.I ended up starting a SEE NONPROFIT, PAGE 14
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Area families reach out to share traditions BY KATHY DAY For years families have invited servicemen and women into their homes for the holidays. This year, many are playing host to international students from UCSD. For the first time, the university is reaching out to their many students from other nations to show how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. As of press time, about 30 families have volunteered to host nearly 70 students. Among the families are Pati and Jeff Brady, who are planning to add six students to their already large gathering, Jeff Brady said. With family, including their four children who range from 9 to 17 years old, and friends, he said, “adding a few more is not a problem.” Pati, who is a family practitioner at UCSD and is Brazilian, received an email sent by campus officials inviting volunteer hosts to raise their hands, with the idea that it would
be a good way to introduce the students to American Thanksgiving. As of last week, the students who have accepted their invitation are from Korea, Japan and China. They were awaiting RSVPs from three others. They’ll serve a traditional holiday repast, with a twist of turkey cooked on the grill, Jeff said. “I’ve had good luck doing that and it frees up the oven for other things.” Lucy and Steve Eskeland of Del Mar will also share their traditional feast with four students. The first to respond are from Taiwan and Sri Lanka, said Lucy, who was an international student herself. She used to work on campus as a post graduation researcher and now writes science books for children; her husband is a dentist whose office is on Regents Park Row near the east side of the UCSD campus. Their gathering will be a more intimate one, Lucy said, with just the couple, their son and the visiting students. “We have hosted students in the past,” she added, but as part of an-
other program. Shelly Taskin, program coordinator for UCSD’s International Center, said in a press release the program “is a wonderful opportunity for both international students and host family members to learn more about each other’s cultures and foster new friendships.” The campus, which had nearly 1,200 new international students go through orientation in the fall, is among the top 4 percent of American universities hosting students from other countries. Currently there are nearly 2,000 students and 2,220 scholars from almost 90 countries on campus. “These students help broaden the diversity of the campus, but they also bring funds to the university in tough economic times,” said Lynn Anderson, dean of International Education at UCSD. The UCSD website estimates Californians who attend UCSD should budget about $30,000 for fees, books, room and board and other living expenses. On top of that, international students pay another $22,878 in tuition.
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Columbine victim’s inspirational message shared at local school event BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer One of Rancho Santa Fe School’s core values is to be a “caring community” and, recently, students received a strong message of kindness, compassion and the power one person can have to impact others — and possibly the world. Students were impacted and inspired by a presentation from Rachel’s Challenge, a movement in memory of Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School shootings of April, 20, 1999. A repeat of the powerful presentation was given that night for school parents — there were very few dry eyes in the PAC at its conclusion. Rachel’s Challenge shares several writings that Rachel left behind, one from a paper written six weeks before her death: “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.” Rachel wrote that people may never know how far their act of kindness will reach—her surviving family has sought to make that message, and challenge to others, her legacy. Her challenges include having the strength and faith to dream big, to choose positive influences in life, speak with kindness, start your own chain reaction and to tell the special
Rachel’s Challenge was inspired by Rachel Joy Scott, who was killed at age 17 in the shootings at Columbine High School. Photo/RachelsChallenge.org people in your life that you love them because tomorrow is not always promised. “Rachel’s last challenge is a chance to let your loved ones know how you feel,” said presenter Matt Salnick. “Rachel didn’t get to say goodbye.” Columbine remains the country’s most deadly high school shooting in which 15 people were killed (including the two shooters) and 27 others
were injured. Rachel was 17 years old when classmates Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire and killed her as she ate lunch outside on the lawn. Her brother Craig was in the library, where most of the shootings took place. In a video shown at the RSF School event, Craig described hiding under a table with his two friends. The shooters killed both of his friends as he laid between them, his life only spared as the shooters become distracted when a smoke alarm went off. Craig said one of the last things his friend Isaiah Shoels, who was African American, heard in his shortened life were racial slurs from the shooters. Craig said one of Rachel’s challenges he hopes everyone embraces is to erase prejudice from their heart and lives, not to pre-judge people, something that Rachel always tried to do. Rachel reached out to special needs students at school, as well as new students and those who were picked on. Just as she had written in her own words that people may never know how far an act of kindness could go, Rachel had no idea the impact of her small gestures of kindness. After her death, her family heard from a student with special needs who had been picked on and had planned to commit suicide before Rachel stuck up for him
and befriended him. Another girl said on her first day at Columbine, Rachel wouldn’t let her sit alone — Rachel never knew but the girl had been sitting alone as she was still submerged in grief over the loss of her mother. “All it takes it just a simple smile or a small act of kindness,” Salnick said. “You can start a chain reaction.” Rachel had many premonitions about her life—several times it is mentioned in the six journals she left behind that she believed she would die young, even predicting in the spring of 1998 that it would be the last year of her life. When she was little she traced her hands on the back of her dresser. A shown photograph of the dresser shows that next to the outlines of her small fingers she inscribed: “These hands will someday touch millions of people’s hearts.” Rachel dreamt big and it came true: More than 15 million people have now heard her story. “Rachel lived a life filled with kindness and compassion,” said he brother Craig in the video. “Because of it, she’s changed the world.” “You’ve seen what one girl can do,” said Salnick. “What are you going to do with the rest of your life?” To learn more about Rachel’s Challenge, visit RachelsChallenge.org or facebook.com/RachelsChallenge.
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TPHS computer lounge supports online learning program BY KAREN BILLING Torrey Pines High School has a new computer lounge for students taking online courses, thanks to a partnership between the San Dieguito Union High School District and the Torrey Pines High School Foundation. The school, district and foundation celebrated their new addition to campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 16. “We had two traditional classrooms in need of repair,” said principal Brett Killeen of the space off the wing of the library/media center building. “The district came to us with an idea of a 21st century learning environment.” The foundation funded the purchase of 30 new laptop computers, and the district helped modify the room and purchased the new furniture, Calypso projector and communication system. “It’s a classic joint project between the foundation and the district and I’m excited about the benefits for students and staff,” Killeen said. Interest in Torrey Pines’ ISOL (Independent Study Online Learning) program is “exploding,” Killeen said, noting that 400 students have signed up to take an online class this year. ISOL is offered in courses of English, history, government/economics, math and science, and can help a student retake a class if they did not receive a passing grade or for enrichment. Students taking online classes for enrichment are eligible as long as they are enrolled in at least two traditional campus classes each
The ribbon-cutting of the ISOL computer lounge with TPHS Principal Brett Killeen, students Matt Paddock and Bridget Bergman, San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Ken Noah, TPHS Foundation Executive Director Bobbi Karlson and, in the back, ISOL teachers Mike Montgomery and Don Hollins. Photos/Karen Billing
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day. Students follow all independent study regulations, including having exams proctored on campus. Bridget Bergman, a sophomore, is taking four classes online this year. “It will allow me to focus on what I really want to take by senior year,” said Bridget, who listed physics and math as her favorite subjects.
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rich environment,” Killeen said. Killeen added that he was “incredibly thankful” for the support of San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Ken Noah and his staff, the foundation (particularly executive director Bobbi Karlson and Terry Walter), and ISOL teachers Don Hollins and Mike Montgomery.
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For the third year in a row, students from The Winston School in Del Mar have donated Thanksgiving turkeys for clients of Del Mar’s Rental Assistance Program administered by Del Mar Community Connections. The students also created handmade cards to accompany Thanksgiving floral arrangements delivered to elderly residents by the Del Mar Rose Society. (Left) Extending wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, students Tim Higgins, Brian Strobel, and Delaney Maggauda present turkeys to Del Mar Community Connections Board Member Conrad Herring. Pictured, left to right: Delaney Maggauda, middle school representative, Brian Strobel, 9th grade representative, Tim Higgins, student council vice president, and Conrad Herring.
Calendar of Events THURSDAY, Nov. 24 • The popular annual Holiday of Lights will opens Thanksgiving night, Nov. 24, and continues through Nov. 1. Closed Mondays except Dec. 19 and 26. The Holiday of Lights features thousands of colorful lights, illuminating hundreds of fun holiday scenes, set up around the Del Mar Racetrack. For more information, visit www.holidayoflights.com FRIDAY, Nov. 25 • Goodguys 1st Fall Del Mar Nationals, presented by Meguiar’s, will be held Nov. 25, 26 & 27 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event will more than 1,500 hot rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972. Visit www.sdfair.com; www.good-guys.com; www.delmarnats.com. THURSDAY, Dec. 1 • The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a used book sale from Dec. 1-3 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The address is, Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave. Solana Beach, phone, 755-1404. The sale will be a “shop till you drop”, $5 a bag sale. FRIDAY, Dec. 2 • “Nutrition made simple,” 10 a.m., presented by Suzette Fern from the Del Mar Nutrition Center and The San Diego Wellness Group, Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar SATURDAY, Dec. 3 • Carnivale on Cedros: On Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon5 p.m., Stroll the Avenue while experiencing the magic of “The Dragon Knight Stilt Walkers.” These performers bring life to fairies, dragons and elves through puppeteers all while balancing on stilts. A favorite of all ages! Spend some time watching “The Steam Powered Giraffes”: An act that combines steam punk and futurism with mime and music to create a truly unforgettable experience.All this and delicious treats and drinks at many stores. For more information, visit www.cedrosavenue.com • The “Form & Function Holiday Fest: Eco-Friendly, Artisanal & Handmade Holiday Benefit Show” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., at Form & Function, 414 South Cedros, in Solana Beach. This is a family fun event free to the public. • Teen Yoga Buddies, 1:30 p.m., relax, have fun and practice your favorite yoga pose, Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar • Love on A Leash, 10 a.m., reading to therapy dogs has shown to improve children’s reading skills, Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar • “Restful kids and happy parents,” with Jen Varela, 11 a.m., helping families SUNDAY, Dec. 4 • Del Mar’s Annual Old Fashioned Holiday Wonderland Event, holiday activities at 2 p.m. and tree lighting at L’Auberge at 5 p.m., more info at www.DelMarMainStreet. com • A Night in Bethlehem: Calvary Lutheran Church will recreate a marketplace in Biblical Bethlehem on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Booths will feature Middle Eastern food, arts, crafts and other goods of the era when Jesus was born. Visitors of all ages will be able to talk with church members portraying Roman soldiers, shepherds, census takers, shopkeepers and others. The church is at 424 Via de la Valle, in Solana Beach. Admission: $15 per individual and $45 per family in advance, or $20 per individual and $55 per family at the door. Scholarships available. Information: (858) 755-2855 or www.CalvaryLutheranChurch.org • The Coastal Communities Concert Band will present its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m., at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The event will benefit Meals on Wheels. For more information, visit www. cccband.com. TUESDAY, Dec. 6 • HO HO HO! Santa is coming to the Solana Beach Library on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. The event will include stories with Santa, and a treat bag for each child! Parents, bring your cameras; it will be a great “PHO-HO-HO-TO OP!” The Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, 858-755-1404. FRIDAY, Dec. 9 • Join old friends and new for the 20th annual Red Nose Run (3K walk and 5K run), a holiday fun run along the beaches of Del Mar. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., starting at the Poseidon Restaurant parking lot (1670 Coast Blvd., Del Mar). This festive fun run will be followed by holiday food and cheer at Poseidon Restaurant. (Please feel free to come in holiday running attire.) You can register on race day or in advance by making checks payable to Red Nose Run, The Low & Slow Running Club, 2101 Camino Vida Roble, Suite A, Carlsbad, CA 92011. For more information: (760) 448-4164; www.rednoserun.info.
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Why is there so much fear of commitment in this generation? By Hanalei Vierra, Ph.D. and M’Lissa Trent, Ph.D. In our private practice we seem to see a lot more people who are Hanalei Vierra, Ph.D. afraid to ven(Dr. He) and M’Lissa ture into the Trent, Ph.D. (Dr. She) commitment of marriage. Although it is often presented in our office as “commitment phobia” we think that in the current generation there are a lot of bona fide reasons why people (yes, men and women) are afraid to enter into a “until death do us part” contract. Here are some of the ways we understand men and women’s fears of marriage: 1. Too Many Choices Creates Indecisiveness: A lot of people who have a fear of committing to a long term relationship have a difficult time making decisions about a lot of other things as well. Some people are overwhelmed by the fear that making one decision will eliminate all other choices/possibilities available to them. This “black and white”/ “what if” mentality might keep doors open yet it also keeps people from having deeper experiences in relationships and life in general. Choosing something/ one, committing to something/one and investing time and energy into that something/one will enhance, deepen and enrich a person’s life experience. The process of valuing and developing what we choose to invest in is how we derive meaning in our lives. We also believe that society’s intense competitive pressure to be the best at all things and have the best at all costs to prove we are “special” compounds and heightens the fear of making “the wrong” decision. When we put ourselves in a “win at all costs” mentality we set ourselves up for competition and comparison versus valuing our unique choices and experiences. Hence…the grass is always greener. 2. Reaction to Experience of Divorce Instills Fear and Avoidance: We see a lot of people whose pattern is to stay in a relationship for a couple years and then bail out when it starts to feel too vulnerable. This is a way to avoid the pain of rejection or to steer clear of issues that require self-reflection and hard work. Here, the fear of rejection is most often connected to previous experiences of abandonment (most often through parents divorcing in childhood) or a sense of not feeling good enough due to emotional neglect in childhood. There is a generational backlash of people not wanting to re-experience the pain of divorce again due to their personal trauma. The overall zeitgeist of the times demonstrates that 50% of marriages fail and this too seeps into the collection unconscious and manifests as a fear of commitment. There is not yet a comprehensive paradigm in place for a new vision of marriage that incorporates all the changes that have occurred for the current generation. People are lost and avoiding the exploration of a new model of relationship because it is so complicated and enigmatic. 3. Fear of Responsibility: A lot of people in this generation have experienced their
parent’s divorce and/or other traumas that have caused their emotional development to arrest at an early age. These types of early traumas force individuals to take on more responsibility than their young psyches can manage. Many of these particular individuals have lost their childhood and want it back! Because so many people come from divorced families there are a lot of people out there who are much more comfortable taking care of “me” than having to care for a “we” (which eventually may include children). People today are also much more conscientious and fearful about the depth of personal investment it takes to raise an emotionally and physically healthy child. The cohorts of people who already feel overwhelmed are even more inundated by the onslaught of information arriving via the technological age, the recession and an unknown future. Together with high expectations of success and material gains…all roads lead to a heightened fear of taking on more responsibility across the board. 4. Confusion of Roles…Co-dependence versus Independence…Is there a Middle Ground: Despite all of the psychological sophistication in this generation, adults still get trapped in an idealistic, immature version of love that is about needing to be taken care of or saved by the other. This romantic version of marriage then locks horns with many different, advanced concepts of relationship. Whether it is about women being equal to men, women being the provider and men assuming childrearing responsibilities, traditional roles, women wanting their man to be the provider but not wanting to assume traditional roles themselves, open marriage, etc…identity and role confusion in marriage is abundant! Everyone is struggling against old hardwired patterns and new possibilities of what being in relationship means. In our private practice we do also continue to see a lot of individuals who want to move forward into marriage. For those that come to us for pre-marital or marital counseling we feel it is our job to help them to reality check their “idealized” version of marriage and develop a more mature and realistic perspective of the venture they are about to undertake. Our goal with couples is to set a strong foundation of trust and develop a communication style that will help them work out all the issues they will face. We encourage couples to not set themselves up to be so easily disappointed and disillusioned when issues do arise. Despite the evolution of the technological era, human beings will never lose their desire for connection and love. We believe good relationships are at the root of what makes everything else on our planet work so we believe finding a new paradigm for relationship that works is a critical endeavor. Hanalei Vierra, Ph.D. (Dr. He) and M’Lissa Trent, Ph.D. (Dr. She) are a married couple who have worked together for over 16 years coaching troubled relationships to clearer communication, deeper intimacy, and healthier partnership. See their web site at www.sandiegotherapists.com/ conjoint.html For more information on Relationship Advice for Men, go to www.HowToKeepHer.com on the web, where you will also be able to purchase Dr. He and Dr. She’s new eBook entitled “Making Relationships Work”. Please email any questions to: DrHanalei@aol.com.
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titution. Jensen revisited the Kwagala Project this past summer with his 15-yearold daughter, Caroline, a Torrey Pines High School student, and one of her friends. “She was totally blown away by these young girls who have been rescued,” Jensen said. “What I’m trying to figure out is how to connect high school students with these organizations.” Edopt.net has set itself the task of conducting comprehensive reviews of charities it plans to feature on its Website, and vetting them on a basis of character, competency and capacity for stewarding donations for the benefit of children. He plans to visit Kenya and Ethiopia after Thanksgiving with his oldest son, Cory, 22, to interview other child-help organizations that may be added to the edopt list of charities. “My goal right now is to get five or six additional charities so that when people come to edopt, they can see a variety of organizations — hopefully they’ll see an organization and a child they’ll support.” “Africa is just where I happened to start,” he said. He also plans to expand to other areas. “I’m talking to a rescue charity in Fiji right now.” For more information on edopt, visit its Website: www.edopt.net
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Earl Warren Ocean Club helps keep beaches clean The Earl Warren Ocean Club hosted its first beach clean-up of the year on Sunday, Nov. 6. Despite the rainy weather forecast many students showed up and cleaned the beaches of Del Mar. They collected over 50 pounds of trash. The beach clean-up provides a wonderful opportunity for students to help the environment and to make connections in their community outside of the classroom. In addition to the students, many parents and siblings showed up to help. When the clean-up ended... the rain began and they finished just in time! The Earl Warren Ocean Club will have another beach clean-up in spring. The club advisor is science teacher Krista Baldwin.
Rotary Corner: Del Mar – Solana Beach Rotary Club helps communities in a variety of ways BY JAN PARSONS, DMSB PUBLIC RELATIONS The Del Mar – Solana Beach (DMSB) Rotary is a small club of 35 members, but it never ceases to amaze me how much we help our communities. Recently the Community Resource Center sent out a plea for more food for their upcoming holiday basket distribution and the club responded with bags of food and checks to help in this worthy project to help those less fortunate. We will also work with the CRC in December (along with family and friends) to help sort and box the food, and to distribute to families in need. This is an activity we have done for many years and brings home how many needy there are who need our help. Members went to Tijuana in November to help with “A Thousand Smiles,” an organization that helps give dental care and supplies to needy children and teaches them the importance of proper dental hygiene. DMSB Rotary sent two 8th grade students from Barrio Logan to Rotary’s LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, And Determination) conference which helps them improve their leadership skills, incorporate ethical behavior in their everyday lives, and develop a positive attitude. And they passed out over 1,300 dictionaries to third graders in the Del Mar and Solana Beach school districts, and received back wonderful and funny thank you letters and drawings from the kids. A new project this year, headed by Vicky Mallett, vocational and New Generations chair, was providing business shoes and dress to the organization Dress for Success. Dress for Success’ mission is to promote the economic independence of disad-
vantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. As Vicky says “we were excited to work with Dress for Success since their mission in assisting women aligns so well with Rotary’s motto ‘Service Above Self’.” It felt good cleaning out our closets knowing our clothes would go to such a good cause. Currently, DMSB members are getting into high gear to make this year’s Bocce Tournament (the club’s 16th annual) on Sunday, March 4, 2012, the best ever. Last year we raised over $42,000 but this year’s goal under the capable leadership of chair Charles Foster and his committee is $50,000. As he says, “This will enable us to support even more activities that efficiently and effectively make the world a better place, particularly for kids”. Please join us on Friday mornings from 7:15-8:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree in Carmel Valley to learn more about our active club and giving members. For more information, contact president Kirk Collins at 619-2548234 or visit dmsbrotary.com.
November 23, 2011
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Let face it, prescription drugs are all around us. This is apparent in so many ways. Family members and parents responsibly take daily medications to treat an injury or disease. Some family members take prescription medications for other medical conditions – to stay alert, to stay awake or to go to sleep. In seven out of 10 visits to a physician, patients leave the office with a prescription in hand. Direct advertising on TV and in magazines leave viewers desensitized to many medications in general. All of this tends to normalize prescription drug use. Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held on Oct. 29 throughout San Diego to get rid of expired and unused prescription drugs from our medicine cabinets. More than 6,984 lbs. of prescription drugs were collected, up from 4,890 lbs. from last spring’s Take Back Day. The drugs were collected and properly disposed of by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Local armed services, county sheriffs, police departments, health care organizations, pharmacists, prevention and treatment agencies participated in this event. Additionally, specialists were available to offer resources to community members that drove through the drop-off sites throughout the county. For adults aged 34-54, prescription drug use has been described as epidemic. However, did you realize that teenage prescription drug abuse is on the rise? Teens abuse prescription drugs the most, second to marijuana. According to the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration or SAMHSA, (2008) (Results from 2007 National Survey on Drug Use & Health), 20 percent of high school students nationwide have taken prescription drugs without consulting a doctor. One in three teens say there is nothing wrong with abusing prescription meds “every once in a while.” Every day 2,000 teens abuse prescription drugs for the first time. Where do teens get the prescription drugs? According to SAMHSA, more than 56 percent of teens report getting them free from family or friends; 8.9 percent bought them from a friend or family and 5.2 percent stole them from friends or family. Most friends and relatives get their prescription drugs from a doctor. Teens do not often realize the dangerous physiological effects of these drugs, which may have disastrous results. These include increased blood pressure and/or heart rate, brain and/or organ damage, overdose or poisoning, physical dependency and/or addiction, disrupted breathing, seizure, permanent disability or even death. Obviously there is additional risk if mixing prescription drugs with other drugs or alcohol. Some teens abuse prescription drugs to get high through “pharming” or “bowling” parties, where pills are dumped into a bowl and kids randomly grab a handful of pills and wash them down with alcohol. Frightening. What can be done? There are several things parents can do. Parents and family members can lock up their meds and dispose of their unused and expired medicines at county sheriff’s offices (www.sdsheriff.net, link to community outreach) or police departments (www.sandiego.gov/police) during regular business hours. A prescription drug drop box, which looks like a mailbox, is located in the lobbies. No questions asked. Parents can provide clear expectations to teens. Have conversations with your teens and let them know you are aware of this emerging issue (most kids think their parents are clueless about prescription drug abuse). Tell them that abusing prescription drugs is just as dangerous as abusing other substances; that these drugs can be highly addictive. Let them know that it is NOT ok to try them even once. Discuss how to help your teen get out of a bad situation if they are offered prescription drugs. Let teens know that saying “ No thanks – I’m not into that,” or “I’m not interested, ” and then walking away are effective strategies. Tell them that you will be there for them to pick them up if they feel uncomfortable with a situation – no questions asked. We know that parents have the greatest influence on teen’s drug use attitudes and decisions. Don’t wait. Begin the conversations with your teens today. Nancy Perry-Sheridan, MSW San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth www.sandieguitoalliance.org
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The council has also selected tree grates with the City’s emblem on them, and the number of trees will increase from 32 to 77. Trees will be planted in median areas wider than eight feet, according to the plan. Planners also presented a variety of trees chosen for their low maintenance qualities, from median trees to accent trees. In response to a recommendation from the council, planners are also adding about 12 benches to the final plan.
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The Highway 101 West Side Improvements Project will include 11 unique gathering areas, each containing their own structural and design features, artwork and seating. Planners also told the council that there will be a 50 percent increase in parking along Highway 101. Solana Beach resident Peter House, who also serves as president of the Highway 101 Village Walk Association, congratulated the council on the plan. “What’s not to like?” he said. Councilman Mike Nichols, a landscape architect who has been working closely with the city’s plan-
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Dancing on the Titanic BY LANE SHARMAN, MANAGING PARTNER, SOLANA ENERGY, AND MEMBER, CITY OF SOLANA BEACH CLEAN & GREEN Debra Reed, the CEO of Sempra Energy, and Michael Niggli, the COO of San Diego Gas & Electric, are dancing on the Titanic tonight. SDG&E filed an application to the Public Utilities Commission on Oct. 3 to effectively kill rooftop and commercial solar in San Diego County. Profits are up at Sempra Energy. Other utility executives around the nation play in the band. An innovative solar project to cover a reservoir for the Valley Center Municipal Water District was cancelled as a result of the current economic uncertainty. Solana Energy, the author’s company, had to present a notice of solar project cancellation to the Directors of the Borrego Water District on Nov. 18. There, I explained the gross tax proposed by SDG&E in its infamous October PUC application to the incredulity of the public jaded by the Sunrise Powerlink debacle. Many projects will not go forward because SDG&E is attempting to breach Net Metering Law with its proposed “Network Use” charge to be levied on ratepayers with solar and any other form of renewable energy. The executives at Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric are on the dance floor and have invited their friends at the PUC and the State legislature to join them. Recently, the PUC determined that $.04 per Kilowatt Hour was a fair payment for excess solar generation while the utilities charge three times and up for those electrons delivered to neighbors. The power of utility executives to exact an economic injustice in the back-office of the PUC and the legislature is manifold. It is high time for all San Diegans to get off this ship. An orderly exit is no longer possible thanks to corporate executives drinking and feeding at public expense. SDG&E is a monopoly. It bears no resemblance to a capitalistic enterprise having to compete openly. SDG&E has broken a covenant enshrined in law and common sense: to protect the right of energy self-generation for the economic and environmental benefit of all San Diegans. As was done in Boulder, Colorado in 2011, it is high time for voters to municipalize San Diego Gas & Electric. After all, its balance sheet is upside down due to the huge liability from the fires it caused. The purchase of SDG&E by the public lock, stock and barrel is long overdue … the recent action to tax solar is the last straw. The outrage of the many against the few on the dance floor is a rising contrachorus in America. We must take command of our economic and environmental destiny before the ship goes down. I urge all San Diegans: join me in a single vote to municipalize SDG&E. It no longer serves the public interest. It never has. Visit www.saveoursol.org for more background. raise and advance their robot for their next FLL tournament in February at Legoland. The team members plan to stay together until the 8th grade and thereby live out their team motto: “One year goes nowhere, but many years are the start of great ideas.” “It’s amazing how the kids can really get into it and use everything in their minds to accomplish what they want to accomplish,” said Judy Wagner, the team’s coach and mentor. Yes, through Einstein Works, these young students have learned how to program a robot and calculate its movements down to the very last centimeter. Although, perhaps more importantly, the teammates have learned to utilize every watt of their brainpower in order to create innovative posters, t-shirts, skits, fund-raising techniques and core values. After all, in the words of Albert Einstein, imagination is more important than knowledge.
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Players shine at Adapted PE basketball tournament The sixth annual San Dieguito Union High School District’s Adapted PE basketball tournament was held on Nov. 16 at the Carmel Valley Middle School gym. The stands were full of cheering fans as adapted PE teams from CVMS, Earl Warren, Torrey Pines, Oak Crest and La Costa Canyon competed. Every player had the opportunity to score a basket, some with help from their friends in the Buddies program, which pairs an adapted PE student with a general education student. At the end of the tournament, all participants received a medal. Photos/Karen Billing
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Team Purple Reign capped off a great season by taking first place in the Girls Division 3 (u14) season-ending recreational tournament in a very competitive game against Team Fajitas. While giving up two goals early in the match, second half goals from Andrea Dâ€™ercole and Christiana Rigopoulos evened the match taking the game into penalty kicks. With the rain falling, Macy Simon, Christiana Rigopoulos, and Katy Laliotis all
scored their PKs, while goalkeeper Caroline Sanborn held team Fajitas to 2 PKs. (Above) Back Row: Katy Laliotis, Macy Simon, Sheer Savion, Andrea Dâ€™ercole, Caroline Sanborn, Mackenna Hervey, Gabi Dinkin; Front row: Christiana Rigopoulos, Amanda Reeves, Emily Christenson, Coach Marianne Rigopoulos, Christiana Generales. Not pictured : Daniella Sherwin, Emma Burton, Stephanie Cliffner and Coach Ari Laliotis.
Carmel Valley Bobcats 8th Grade Girls Volleyball team win Big 8 title Congratulations to the Carmel Valley Bobcats 8th Grade Girls Volleyball team who took the Big 8 title by beating the Oak Crest Waves in the seasonâ€™s championship game. This same team won the 7th Grade Big 8 Title last year and has the distinctive honor of going undefeated for two years. In a tight, competitive match, they defeated the Waves in two straight games to secure the title. Pictured above: front row L-R Isabella, Lauren, Cailin, Reiley, Gabriella; Back row: Coach Cody, Jillian, Chandler, Nicole, Gabrielle, Kalie, Sophie. Missing from photo teammate Madison.
Le Dimora, Jimmy Choo host holiday event to benefit Jammer Family Foundation A holiday Open House hosted by Le Dimora and Jimmy Choo will be held at the Le Dimora interior design boutique located at 16089 San Dieguito Road in Rancho Santa Fe (Del Rayo Village Shopping Center) on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to launch the Jimmy Choo Cruise 2012 Collection and raise funds for the Jammer Family Foundation. Guests will savor appetizers provided by Sushi on the Rock and sip champagne while shopping for shoes, handbags and interior dĂŠcor items in a festive holiday atmosphere. A percentage of all sales from the event are being donated back from Jimmy Choo and Le Dimora to benefit the Jammer Family Foundation and each participant will receive a special parting gift. Additional support is provided by the plastic surgery practice/laser and skincare center of Smoot, Sadrian and Hollan. The event is free and open to the public, however reservations are required and must be received by Nov. 28 by responding to email@example.com or calling 619-2950303. San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer and his wife Alicia Jammer devote much of their time and talent to their nonprofit organization that empower youth to excel in athletics as well as academics, regardless of their resources. www.jammerfoundation.org.
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Solana Beach resident earns Champions Tour Card for 2012
Front Row: Bobby Snigaroff, Max Siemienowski, Ben Marks, Noah Yachi, Bradley Liebermensch, Chris Stein; Back Row: Coach Rick Sanborn, Hunter Ross, Mark Westburg, Ryan Sanborn, Matthew Cheverton, Tyler Weinrich, Michael Xu; Not Pictured: Max Greenhalgh, Stoney Timmons, George Wythes, Coach Steve Timmons
Black Op Pandas take first place The Black Op Pandas participated in the DMCV Rec. Tournament and played like they were on a mission…an undercover, covert mission…(wait for it)…a BLACK OPS mission… and eureka…they’re CHAMPIONS, winning 6-1 over Coach Garnet’s Yellow Bruins. The goal scoring was fast and furious with some outstanding contributions, like Ben’s hat trick in the finals, to Hunter’s hat trick in pool play, to Ryan’s five goal weekend which would not be possible without Tyler’s awesome crosses and corners. Defensively, they were impenetrable…period. From Matthew’s spectacular saves, to Bradley, Bobby, Chris and Michael’s (their iron curtain) relentlessly attacking whoever had the ball, and covering for each other. And the mid-fielders Noah, Max and Marc, who not only had to work the hardest and cover the most ground, but who had to control the transitional part of the game. “What a truly amazing experience to watch the team work as a team all weekend, taking on great teams and never giving up or backing down. Every member of the team stepped up and played the best they’ve played all season long. This is what the season is supposed to be about, working hard, learning, developing as players, becoming a team, and most importantly having fun,” said Coach Rick Sanborn.
Jeff Freeman closed with a fourth consecutive 5-under-par 66 to claim medalist honors at the 2011 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at the par-71 TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course. Freeman finished with a 72-hole total of 20-under-par 264 and was a four-stroke victory over Gary Hallberg(Castle Rock, Colo.) and Jim Rutledge (Victoria, BC). Freeman was one of five players at the tournament to earn exempt status for 2012. Joining him were runners-up Hallbergand Rutledge as well as Jeff Hart (Solana Beach) and P.H. Horgan (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Those five players will be exempt until the reorder takes place later in the 2012 season. 51-year old Hart was born in Pomona and played golf at USC. He turned professional in 1983 and earned one title on the Nationwide Tour. Hart qualified for four Champions Tour events this year, his best finish was T6 at the AT&T Championship in October where he earned $65,000. Seven other players earned conditionally-exempt status for 2012. Leading the pack is Jim Carter (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who will earn a spot as one of the five exempt players until Freeman turns 50 in April, followed by (in order of finish) Sonny Skinner (Slyvester, Ga.), Bobby Clampett (Carmel, Calif.), Mark Mouland (Kenilworth, England), Jeff’s older brother Robin Freeman (LaQuinta, Calif.), James Mason (Dillard, Ga.) and Dick Mast
2011 Champions Tour Q-School graduate Jeff Hart at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. (Forest, Va.). The top 30 finishers and ties will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events on the Champions Tour in 2012. Full results are available at PGATOUR.com.
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Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN Golf: Torrey Pines returned to familiar territory on he shoulders of an unfamiliar face. Sandy Cho, the Falcons No. 3 golfer, won the state individual title and led her team to a second consecutive state championship on Nov. 15 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. Torrey Pines, which concluded its second consecutive unbeaten season, shot a combined 381, finishing two strokes ahead of TorTPHS volleyball fans rush the court at Cathedral rance to win the team title. Catholic after the TP girls volleyball team wins the Cho shot a 1-under-par 71 to Division I CIF championship. Photo/Anna Scipione finish in a two-way tie for first and state playoffs. eventually won the title in a playoff ***** with Palm Desert’s Cha Cha Willhoite. Cathedral Catholic defeated La Jolla 3-1 Standout Hee Wook Choi and Jennifer (25-14, 25-17, 25-27, 25-16) to win the DiviPeng each shot a 76. They were among 12 sion III championship on Nov. 19. players who tied for eighth place. Morgan Cormier had 20 kills to lead the Playing with a fractured toe, Minjia Luo Dons, and Krissy Witous added 11 kills. shot a 78, highlighted by a hole-in-one on The Dons title game appearance folthe 17th hole. lowed a 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-10) victory Stacey Rayo shot an 80, and Shiyang over Valley Center in the semifinals on Nov Fan added an 83 score for the Falcons. 15. Football: Tatiana Durr led the Dons with 12 kills Torrey Pines couldn’t have picked a betand Cormier added 12 kills. ter time to snap a two-game skid. Lauren Miller had 24 assists and Jaclyn The Falcons rallied from a fourth quarWilliamson added 14 assists. ter deficit to defeat Morse 16-11 in a San DiThe Dons improved their overall record ego Section Division I first-round playoff for the season to 31-4 heading into the state game on Nov. 19. playoffs. Trailing 11-7 early in the fourth quarter, ***** the Falcons closed to within a point on Jack Canyon Crest Academy lost to La Costa Mitchell’s 37-yard field goal. Canyon 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) in a DiviDavid Bagby’s scoring run from the 2 sion III semifinal on Nov. 16. gave the Falcons a 16-11 lead. The Ravens were led by Delaney SulliBagby led the Falcosn with 48 rushing van, who had nine kills, and Hannah Groyards. bisen, who added seven kills. The Falcons broke a scoreless tie midMiranda Beach had 13 assists, and Kyaway through the second quarter when Jake na Miller had 12 assists. Ashby recovered a Morse fumble in the end The Ravens concluded their season with zone to give Torrey Pines a 7-0 lead. a 23-13 overall record. Falcons quarterback Andrew Perkins Field hockey: was 11 for 20 passing for 168 yards with no Canyon Crest Academy lost to Serra 3-0 touchdowns and one interception. in the Division II championship game. The Falcons improved their overall reRavens goalie Clara Belitz recorded 12 cord for the season to 5-6. saves. ***** Cross country: Cathedral Catholic and Santa Fe ChrisAshlyn Dadkhah’s second place finish tian had first-round byes in the Division III led Torrey Pines to a San Diego Section Diviand V playoffs. sion I girls’ team championship on Nov. 19. Top-seeded Cathedral Catholic (9-1) Dadkhah clocked a 16-minute, 14-secwill play host to Lincoln (2-8-1) in a quarterond time on the 2.75-mile course at Morley final on Nov. 25. At 7 p.m. Field. No. 1 Santa Fe Christian (9-1) will play Jarron Helbock placed fourth individuhost to Tri-City Christian (9-2) on Nov. 25 at ally to lead Cathedral Catholic to a Division 7 p.m. III boys’ championship. Torrey Pines will play at No. 1 Helix (9Helbock ran the 3.04-mile course in 1) on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. 16:27. Volleyball: Alumni report: Torrey Pines defeated Rancho Buena Former Cathedral Catholic standout TyVista 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-10) to win the ler Gaffney rushed for a pivotal touchdown San Diego Section Division I championship for Stanford in its 31-28 victory in the annuon Nov. 19. al Big Game rivalry against California on Savannah Rennie had 10 kills to lead Nov. 19. the Falcons and Madison Dutra added eight Gaffney’s 6-yard scoring run late in the kills. first half culminated a 78-yard drive and The Falcons advanced to the finals after gave the Cardinal a 14-13 lead going into defeating Valley Center 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, the intermission. 25-21) in the semifinals. Gaffney, a junior, rushed for 40 yards Rennie led the Falcons with 10 kills and on six carries. Gigi Cresto contributed 25 assists and 15 His 415 yards and seven touchdowns digs. this year are both career highs. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 27-8 heading into the
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Man dedicates life to sharing Falun Dafa with community. See page B3
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2011
Couple wins locals’ hearts with Peruvian cuisine. Page B2
Here are some ideas for everyone y on y your list! By Susan DeMaggio WOMEN Of course the best gift at any age is to receive something you’ve always wanted or needed … something that brightens your days and lightens your journeys. That’s why, when shopping for the special people in your life, you’ve got to keep in mind their habits, hopes and hankerings. To help you simplify your search, The Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News, and Solana Beach Sun spoke to area merchants to find out what’s in store this season for holiday shoppers on a mission. Here are some of their suggestions.
Sweater or hoodie for a winter beach stroll Item of jewelry - hint: “big” watches are “in” Warm and cozy loungewear, robe and matching slippers Bath and body products with a gift card for a massage/facial/pedicure Bestselling book ok w/gif w/gift ft certificate for another nother
MEN Camera/electronics Sheepskin flip-flops Bestselling book Gift certificate to his favorite store/pub Golf goodie Sports tickets
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Floral arrangement or potted plant Basket full of coordinated d paper plates and napkinss Fragrant soaps and hand towels to match Bottle of Brandy or Champagne Monogrammed towelss CD compilation
Hats/scarves Remote Control Lamp Switch Car Wash gift certificates with car accessories Restaurant gift certificates Family photos in pretty frames Symphony, theater tickets Basket full of olive oils and olives Magazine subscriptions
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November 23, 2011
The secret is out! Couple wins locals’ hearts with Peruvian cuisine Café Secret is located at 1140 Camino Del Mar. (Right) Daniella and Bratzo Basagoitia
BY CLAIRE HARLIN email@example.com Café Secret is no secret anymore. Rustic and small, the Camino Del Mar restaurant does not visually make itself
apparent from the street, but passing by during dinner time or weekend brunch, one might notice a completely packed outdoor patio. Or on a Wednesday, they may hear the guitar strum-
ming and vocals of a live musician. For years, the former coffee joint may have been a bit more of a secret to the community. But when Daniella and Bratzo Basagoitia assumed ownership two years ago and began putting their passion and culture into the place — now a full-service restaurant serving authentic Peruvian cuisine — popularity has soared and the vivacious young couple continues to develop Café Secret’s new identity. “At first we wanted a name that represented the restaurant, a Peruvian name,” said Daniella. “But we got the business with the name, and we’ve put so much love into the name and everything it has behind
Café Secret in Del Mar offers a “ceviche bar” with seven variations of the seafood dish that can be mixed and matched. COURTESY PHOTO it. It fits perfect and it would be sinful to take the essence out of it.” The couple first opened Café Secret for breakfast and lunch, adding dinner on Fridays only. Gradually they have added dinner on other nights of the week, and only two weeks ago the restaurant came full circle by adding Tuesday night to complete the schedule. The schedule has not only grown, but the menu has, as well. The Basagoitias have not only added items to meet the demand of the community — such as the
best-selling “pan con chicharron” sandwich that was formerly an off-menu “secret” — but they have expanded the selection of one of the things they do best: ceviche. Café Secret offers a “ceviche bar” of seven different types of the dish, which can be mixed and matched. The ceviches vary from more traditional recipes to exotic mixes that incorporate Peruvian corn, sweet potatoes and mangos. The magic that happens in Café Secret’s tiny kitchen dates back to the couple’s childhood years in Peru,
where good food and great company was a part of life. The two moved separately to the United States more than a decade ago, and they were brought together by a mutual friend in Miami, where Daniella lived and Bratzo was visiting from San Diego. As fate would have it, they were coincidentally reunited years later when Daniella moved to San Diego for a job. In the time the couple had away from work — she was working in retail and he worked in British PetroSee CUISINE, page B23
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November 23, 2011
Man dedicates life to sharing Falun Dafa with community BY CLAIRE HARLIN firstname.lastname@example.org
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Falun Gong is openly practiced in some 70 countries, however, it is widely suppressed in its homeland of China, making it the subject of what’s estimated to be the largest form of religious persecution in the world. In Del Mar, however, the spiritual discipline is practiced peacefully and free of charge at Bindu Yoga, located at 1130 Camino Del Mar. Also known as Falun Dafa, the practice combines meditation with a series of movements, and is deeply rooted to a philosophy of morality and virtue. While he would prefer to remain uncredited under the “leave no name, seek no reward” philosophy of the practice, it is because of 31-year-old Mitch Gerber that Falun Gong is a part of the community. He conducts the class at Bindu every Saturday at 4 p.m., but that is only part of Gerber’s efforts. He holds a total of eight free classes ev-
ery week at six sites throughout the San Diego area, and it’s possible that he could have one of the largest followings of practitioners in the nation — as it is rare to see a city with even one Falun Gong practice site, let alone more than a handful. Gerber discovered the practice during a campus demonstration about a decade ago when he was a student at the Georgia State University, where he earned a degree in international business. He connected deeply with Falun Gong and he said it changed his life when he became a daily practitioner. After graduation, Gerber worked in investment banking for the now-defunct Salomon Smith Barney, but he said he was “discontent with the way society viciously operates.” “I saw people in this rat race trying to survive, and I hated what I was doing,” he said. Gerber has since decided to dedicate his life to Falun Dafa and sharing it with
others, and he describes his efforts as the “purest form of nonprofit.” Not only are the classes free to the public, but Gerber does not receive a dollar himself. “When I found out that people are being brutally persecuted in China for practicing Falun Dafa,” he said, referring to a crackdown of the Communist Party of China and myriad reports of torture and imprisonment, “I felt obligated.” To make ends meet, Gerber works independently in the field of commodity exchange. A South African native of Jewish background, Gerber is a natural human rights advocate. He was an Amnesty International leader during college at GSU, and he also organized a Falun Dafa club there. He said he remembers living under apartheid during his younger years and Nelson Mandela has always been a role model for him. He said religion, as a whole, seemed like “modern
Mitch Gerber conducts Falun Dafa instruction. COURTESY PHOTO
mishmashes of hypocrisy and money,” but he was intrigued by Falun Dafa. “It’s the one practice, it’s safe to say, that has a sincere path of connecting to a private source of peace and love,” he said. For contact information and class times, visit Gerber’s meet-up group at www. meetup.com/FalundafaEncinitas.
Arnaldo Cohen, piano Liszt Anniversary Concert Friday, December 9, 2011 at 8 p.m. MCASD Sherwood Auditorium Tickets: $75, $55, $25 Brazilian-born pianist with a long reputation for astonishing his audiences with musical authority and blistering virtuosity performs an all Liszt program celebrating the composer’s bicentennial.
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Nov. 25: 2-4 p.m., False Point
California Light, Space, Surface On view through January 22, 2012
Peter Sprague’s String Consort
Phenomenal features 13 artists whose use of light as a medium during the 1960s and ‘70s changed the course of art making in Southern California. On view at both MCASD locations, Phenomenal is the Museum’s most ambitious exhibition to date.
San Diego-based Peter Sprague’s String Consort, will perform the world premiere of Sprague’s original composition "Dr. Einstein’s Spin”. If you have never heard the sound of jazz dancing with classical, then come and open your ears to this new aural experience!
Visit a local tide pool to learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive "between a rock and a hard place." Aquarium naturalists will guide participants through fragile tide-pool communities and help them discover the wonderful world of tide pools.
Members: $10 Public: $12 RSVP: 858-534-7336 or at aquarium.ucsd.edu
11 AM – 5 PM Thursday through Tuesday 11 AM – 7 PM Third Thursday of the Month Closed Wednesday MCASD La Jolla - 700 Prospect Street MCASD Downtown - 1100 & 1001 Kettner Blvd (858) 454-3541 mcasd.org
Friday, December 2, 8:00 p.m.
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library School of the Arts Studio 4441 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92116 $21 member/$26 nonmember To reserve, call (858) 454-5872 or visit www.ljathenaeum.org/jazz.html#studio.
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Jesus Christ Superstar November 18 - December 31, 2011 Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Directed by Des McAnuff
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November 23, 2011
Cedros Avenue to host two holiday events: Refresh your face for the Holidays with Carnivale on Cedros and Feliz Navidad Cedros! Claudio O, now located at Brazilia Skin Care
Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach will host the following festive holiday events: Carnivale on Cedros: On Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon5 p.m., Stroll the Avenue while experiencing the magic of “The Dragon Knight Stilt Walkers.” These performers bring life to fairies, dragons and elves through puppeteers all while balancing on stilts. A favorite of all ages! Spend some time watching “The Steam Powered Giraffes”: An act that combines steam punk and futurism with mime and music to create a truly unforgettable experience.All this and delicious treats and drinks at many stores. For more information, visit www.cedrosavenue.com.
festivities. Come and celebrate the music and food of Mexico this Holiday Season. Ole! For more information, visit www.cedrosavenue. com.
Feliz Navidad Cedros: On Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon-5 p.m., the music and food of Mexico will take center stage! Cedros Avenue is proud to present “Mariachi of Chula Vista” – a renowned 14-piece youth musical group that has been featured in the New York Times and has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Strolling mariachis, Miho Gastrotruck, and brightly colored piñatas round out the
The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will present its annual “Messiah Sing” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 6628 Santa Isabel St., in Carlsbad. Whether you come to sing or simply enjoy the concert event, it will inspire you with the spirit of the season, said choral director David Chase. Music scores will be available for rent onsite. Tickets are $15-$8 at (858) 534-4637 and www.lajollasymphony.com.
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Carmel Valley Artists’ Winter Show & Sale is Dec. 3 Carmel Valley Artists’ 48th Annual Winter Show & Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens, 9675 Scran-
ton Rd., San Diego. Admission is free. For more information, call 760-9456922.
Garden of Lights December 8 – 23 & 26 – 30 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Snow on Selected Nights, Holiday Crafts, Marshmallow Roasting, Santa, Live Music, Hot Mulled Wine San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 760/ 436-3036
Puppet Show In ‘Santa and the Ho! Ho! Ho! Thief,’ Wanda the Witch is angry because Santa and Christmas get all the attention this time of year. Wanda plans to ruin the holidays and the puppets need audience help to stop her! The full-stage production includes puppets from life-size to marionettes, 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23-27 (No show Thanksgiving Day); 10 and 11:30 a.m., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater in Balboa Park, 2130 Pan American Place. www.balboaparkpuppets.com
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November 23, 2011
Anthony’s is one of the last great cobbler shops At Anthony’s Shoe & Luggage Repair, their mission is to keep customers happy and satisfied, which they have done since 1989. It’s always a good experience to have new life breathed into shoes, boots or luggage and bringing new life to old things. Anthony’s has a great reputation for being very knowledgeable and friendly and has received many awards for craftsmanship over the years. Anthony’s receives equestrian boots sent from across the country for custom repairs and alterations. Call on Anthony’s to care for all your leather treasures! Anthony’s Shoe & Luggage Repair has three locations to serve you: Solana Beach: 671 Lomas Santa Fe, (858) 2592023; Del Mar Highlands: 2925 El Camino Real, (858) 350-7506; Carmel Mtn. Ranch: 11885 Carmel Mtn. Rd., (858) 673-7207.
Coastal Communities Concert Band Holiday Concert The Coastal Communities Concert Band will present its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m., at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The event will benefit Meals on Wheels. Visit www.cccband.com
Pottery Tour is Dec. 3-4 The fourth annual San Diego Pottery Studio Tour runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 3 and 4. This free, self-guided tour has 11 stops at ceramics studios featuring more than 20 of the town’s best ceramics artists, spread throughout the neighborhoods of San Diego. To see the tour map and work by participating artists, go to www.sdpotterytour.com.
Birdcage on Cedros to host holiday soiree and fundraiser for Big Sister League of San Diego Birdcage on Cedros, an award-winning specialty home furnishings and lifestyle store located at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Ste. H, in the Cedros Design District of Solana Beach, will host a holiday soiree on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., to raise funds for the Big Sister League of San Diego, a nonprofit that provides women and girls with supervised transitional housing, volunteer mentor relationships and support services. Caroline Dorson, owner of Birdcage, will serve refreshments and small bites, and raffle off three elegant, hand-stitched pillows valued at $150, signed by Barbara Walters, Patti LaBelle and Rosalynn Carter, respectively. Admission is free and raffle tickets will sell for $20 each.
A portion of the day’s profits will go directly to Big Sister League of San Diego. The event will follow “Feliz Navidad Cedros!,” the District’s Mexican-themed fiesta, featuring strolling mariachis, taco carts and more. That event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Dorson will also showcase the exquisite artwork of San Diego’s own celebrity artist and notable philanthropist Muriel Roston. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her art will also benefit Big Sister League of San Diego. For more information, contact Birdcage at 858-793-6262 or email@example.com or visit www.birdcageoncedros.com.
Annual Garden of Lights to be presented by San Diego Botanic Garden The San Diego Botanic Garden will hold its festive annual Garden of Lights Dec. 8-23, and Dec. 26-30, from 5-9 p.m. Snow will be featured Dec. 9 - 16 and Dec. 26 - 30. After the sun goes down, San Diego Botanic Gardens is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland
with thousands of sparkling lights for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling through the lighted Garden. Live music fills the air nightly, Belgian draft horses will lead wagon rides and campfires are lit to roast marshmallows. Santa will greet young
and old alike each night before Christmas. San Diego Botanic Gardens provides hot mulled wine and hot cocoa to keep you warm and El Pollo Loco will provide healthy Mexican fare each night. Visit www.SDBGarden.org. San Diego Botanic Gardens is located at 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024; (760) 436-3036.
November 23, 2011
‘Tis the season for Massage Envy gift cards Rancho Santa Fe Jewelers: Celebrating at Carmel Valley and Solana Beach locations three years as part of the local community Buy the perfect present for friends, family and co-workers — give them a customized massage that doubles as a healthy getaway at Massage Envy. The affordability and convenience of two North County locations in Carmel Valley and Solana Beach makes it easy for locals to take advantage of this gift whenever they want. The gift card is good for massages, facials and peace of mind. Massage Envy brings affordability to everyone, allowing them to use the gift cards for health as well as stress and relaxation reasons instead of only for special occasions. Massage Envy offers introductory massages at just $49 for a one-hour session. Aromatherapy provides an enhanced massage experience, as well as Hot Stone therapy. A couple’s room is also a great addition
to the spa, which is a great gift for your significant other. Massage Envy in Solana Beach is located in the Solana Beach Town Centre, west of I-5 and Lomas Santa Fe, 858-259-5585; and Carmel Valley Massage Envy is located at 11130 E. Ocean Air Drive, Suite C105, 858-259-3689.
Fantasy on Ice returns to Horton Square for Holiday Season It is ice skating season once again at Horton Square in downtown San Diego. Children and their families are invited to lace up their skates for the 15th Annual Rady Children’s Auxiliary Fantasy on Ice presented by Sycuan. The rink opened on Nov. 17 and will remain open through the holidays until Jan. 8, 2012. All the proceeds from the event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. The Peckham Center is the largest pediatric hematology/oncology program serving San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties, and is the only facility in San Diego County for pe-
diatric bone marrow transplants. The Center ranked among the nation’s best pediatric cancer programs in U.S. News & World Report. Every year, nearly 200 children are diagnosed with cancer and almost 400 children received treatment at the Center. The ice rink will operate seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission, which includes the rental of the skates, is $14 for adults and $12 for children under 12. For more information about the Fantasy on Ice, visit: fantasyonicesd.com.
Visit Birdcage this holiday season for an unforgettable shopping experience. Find that perfect gift--divinely fragrant candles, luxurious lounge ware, jewelry, fine linens, holiday décor and the Irresistibly Italian dinnerware by Vietri. Come see why Birdcage was voted Best Of Home Furnishings by the 2011 Readers Choice Awards and recognized as one of the “Top 50 Independent Retailers” in the USA by Home Accents Today 2010. Join us December 10 for our Holiday Open House 6PM – 8PM when Birdcage Gives Back to the “Big Sister League of San Diego”. http://www.bigsisterleague.org/. Call for details 858-793-6262.
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Enter our celebrity raffle to win accent pillows autographed by Barbara Walters, Rosalynn Carter and Patti LaBelle. All proceeds will benefit the charity. Caroline Dorson, owner, will also be showcasing the beautiful artwork of San Diego’s own celebrity artist, Muriel Roston. A portion of proceeds from the sale of her art will also benefit the Big Sister League of San Diego.
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Three years ago, RSF Jewelers opened its doors to serve Rancho Santa Fe and surrounding communities with all of their estate and fine jewelry needs. In those three short years, RSF Jewelers has become a business that has won Reader’s Choice Winner for Best Jewelry that you trust and visit often. RSF Jewelers is dedicated to continuing that tradition and providing you with a place where you can choose from the newest jewelry lines, as well as one-of-a-kind estate/antique pieces. Whatever your needs (or wants), RSF Jewelers has something for you! RSF Jewelers also loves consignments!
Do you have jewelry that you don’t wear and is just collecting dust? Bring it in and see if it’s B u y e r s , S e l l e r s & C o n s i g n o r s o f Fi n e Jewelry Estates the exact piece someone else has been searching for. Do you have jewelry that is broken or just outdated? Bring it in and see if RSF Jewelers’ on-site jeweler can breathe new life into it. Contact RSF Jewelers at (858) 756-4010, 6024 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067 (behind Willis Allen Real Estate), www.ranchosantafejewelers.com.
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Fidel’s Little Mexico — Bienvenidos! Fidel’s Little Mexico has been a San Diego landmark for over 50 years and ranks among the top restaurants in San Diego County. An award-winning full service restaurant and cocktail lounge: Offering a taco bar, strolling Mariachis (Thursday-Sunday only) and two heated outdoor patios for year-round enjoyment Fidel’s menu offers traditional favorites as well as house specialties that will transport you and your party South of the Border. So whether you’re enjoying dinner with your closest friends or just hanging out at happy hour and munching on some chips and salsa while sipping on an icy margarita, Fidel’s offers a pleasant getaway. Visit Fidel’s at 607 Valley Ave. in Solana Beach or at www.fidelslittlemexico.com. Call for reservations at 858-755-5292.
San Diego Ballet to present ‘The Nutcracker’ The San Diego Ballet Company (SDB), under the leadership of co-directors Robin Sherertz-Morgan and Javier Velasco, will present “The Nutcracker” as part of its 2011-2012 season. The Nutcracker will be held Dec. 3-4 at Birch North Park Theater, and Dec. 17 – Dec. 18 at Mandeville Auditorium, La Jolla. For more information, visit www.sandiegoballet.org; (619) 294-7311, Birch North Park Theatre; (619) 294-7311, UCSD Mandeville Auditorium.
November 23, 2011
Catch the Holiday Spirit at Flower Hill! With festive holiday décor, holiday activities including a visit from Santa, and exciting new shops opening, Flower Hill continues to be the perfect place to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family! This year, the Flower Hill Promenade continues its “Breakfast with Santa” tradition at Paradise Grille on Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18. During breakfast, Santa will greet families and provide complimentary photos with Santa for each child to take home. Breakfast seatings are at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.; call Paradise Grille soon to make your reservation at (858) 350-0808. This event sells out fast. After breakfast, children will love an afternoon of exciting holiday craft-making with Santa at Geppetto’s Toys! This activity is free for children and will begin immediately following breakfast at Paradise Grille, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. On Nov. 3, Flower Hill welcomed its newest store, the MADISON Suite, a division of Fairen Del specializing in fine leather, luggage, and gifts. The shop will also serve as Flower Hill’s holiday gift-wrapping headquarters — shop anywhere in Flower Hill and bring your purchases to the MADISON Suite to have them beautifully gift-wrapped and ready for giving. Also opening early next year are two
48th Annual Winter Chess board at the MADISON. new stores: Between the Sheets and Three Dog Bakery. Between the Sheets will be located on the west end of the center and specializes in luxury bath, bedding, and tabletop items. Three Dog Bakery, located on the lower level across from Paradise Grille’s outdoor patio, sells healthful, freshly baked dog treats and pet accessories. For more information on holiday happenings and new stores, please visit Flower Hill online at flowerhill.com
More than a store, Oceanside Photo & Telescope is an experience The first thing you see when you visit Oceanside Photo & Telescope, the nation’s largest dealer of astronomical equipment, is the lineup of incredible telescopes from the tiny beginner’s to the most sophisticated gigantic gear, all pointed out the large glass windows to the night sky. Visitors are blown away by the night sky “light dome” in the ceiling and oversized tempered glass compass embedded in the floor. OPT (Oceanside Photo & Telescope) has been serving the photographic and astronomical hobbies since 1947. The knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will help you make the right decision when buying optics. They not only sell the most advanced equipment, their staff of astronomers and photographers actually use it! With a 15,000-square-foot building filled with fun stuff and over $1.6 million inventory, you can feel confident OPT will have what you want when you want it! OPT carries all the best camera equipment from Nikon, Canon and Tamron. Additionally, they sell astronomical equipment from Celestron, Meade, Takahashi, Tele Vue, SBIG and many more...in point of fact, OPT is the largest dealer of astronomical equipment in the country. Want to look at something closer? OPT has the largest selection of binoculars for birding, travel and sporting events in San Diego County. And, for the home with a
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Giving Thanks, Giving Back Santa Fe Christian’s Lower School partnered with Friends & Family Community Connection (FFCC) and Life Technologies to “Give Thanks...Give Back” this Thanksgiving. More than 260 Santa Fe students from kindergarten to 5th grade, 90 parent volunteers, staff & faculty from SFCS as well as employees from Life Technologies packaged food for the hungry. Together, they assembled enough meals consisting of rice, soy meal, dried vegetables and a vitamin supplement to feed 40,000 hungry people in San Diego, Africa and Haiti. Each meal cost $0.25 to assemble. In addition, the students donated quarters earned doing chores during the month of November to donate to FFCC. With the money they turned in, they wrote how they earned it. The notes will be sent with the food to the recipients as encouragement to those in need. Friends & Family Community Connection is a volunteer-led, San Diego-based, non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for disadvantage children, youth, adults, and families both locally and globally. For more information, go to www.ffccsd.org. Santa Fe Christian Schools is a Pre-K through 12th grade college preparatory school located in Solana Beach. For more information: (858) 755-8900 or www.sfcs.net
Goodguys Car Show coming to Del Mar Nov. 25-27 See some 1,500 hot rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 at Goodguys’ first Fall Nationals, beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 25-27 at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Presented by Meguiar’s, there will also be manufacturer and vendor exhibits, a swap meet and cars-for-sale corral, AutoCross performance course for show participants, Goodguys Nitro Thunderfest, a Surf Woodie exhibit, and “live nostalgia entertainment.” The awards ceremony is 2:22 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $18-$6. Spectator parking $9 (charged by Del Mar Fairgrounds). (858) 755-1161, www.sdfair.com www.good-guys.com, www.delmarnats.com
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The beloved children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web, will be presented Dec. 1-4 by the North Coast Repertory Theatre School. Written by E. B. White and adapted by Joseph Robinette, the play tells the story of Wilber the Pig, who desperately tries to avoid the butcher block by enlisting the help of his clever friend, Charlotte, the Cayla Surovsky as Spider. Along the way, they Wilbur meet many new characters and discover the true meaning of friendship. Performances will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets to Charlotte’s Web are $12 adults and $9 for children 17 and under. Visit www. NorthCoastRep.org. To celebrate the closing of the show, the school will hold a “Country Fair” Fun Fundraiser at the NCRT Barn, aka, the Café, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The festivities will include farm animals, delicious food from Jimbo’s and Nothing But Bundt Cakes, games and prizes. All proceeds go directly to fund Theatre School productions. For more information and to reserve tickets for the Fun Fundraiser, call the box office, (858) 481-1055. The cost is $50 for adults and $25 for children. A ticket to Charlotte’s Web is included in the price. Appearing in Charlotte’s Web are Keely
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Friends of the Solana Beach Library to hold used book sale The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a used book sale from Dec. 1-3 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The address is, Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave. Solana Beach, phone, 755-1404. The sale will be a “shop till you drop”, $5 a bag sale.
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20th annual Red Nose Run to be held in Del Mar Dec. 9 The event will benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund. Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Inc. provides reconstructive surgery free to needy children who have physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease. The Semper Fi Fund provides financial grants and other assistance to the families of Marines and sailors who have been injured while serving this nation. You can register on race day or in advance by making checks payable to Red Nose Run, The Low & Slow Running Club, 2101 Camino Vida Roble, Suite A, Carlsbad, CA 92011. For more information: (760) 4484164; www.rednoserun.info. Red Nose Run is sponsored by The Long & Slow Running Club and Poseidon On the Beach Restaurant.
Join old friends and new for the 20th annual Red Nose Run (3K walk and 5K run), a holiday fun run along the beaches of Del Mar. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., starting at the + 7!,+ + 25. Poseidon Restaurant parking lot (1670 Coast Blvd., Del Mar). This festive fun run will be followed by holiday food and cheer at Poseidon Restaurant. (Please feel free to come in holiday running attire.)
Solana Beach church will recreate Bethlehem Dec. 4 Calvary Lutheran Church will recreate a marketplace in Biblical Bethlehem on Dec. 4 so people can see what everyday life was like during Jesus’ time. Booths at “A Night in Bethlehem” will feature Middle Eastern food, arts, crafts and other goods of the era. Visitors of all ages will be able to talk with church members portraying Roman soldiers, shepherds, census takers, shopkeepers and others. The public is invited to the annual event, which take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 424 Via de la Valle, just north of the San Diego County Fairgrounds. Early registration is $15 per individual or $45 per family. Limited tickets will be available at the door at $20 per person or $55 per family. Scholarships are available to those needing financial assistance. For tickets or information, phone the church at (858) 755-2855 or go to its Web site: www.CalvaryLutheranChurch.org
Holiday of Lights opens Nov. 24 at DM Fairgrounds The popular annual Holiday of Lights will opens Thanksgiving night, Nov. 24, and continues through Jan. 1. Closed Mondays except Dec. 19 and 26. The Holiday of Lights features thou-
sands of colorful lights, illuminating hundreds of fun holiday scenes, set up around the Del Mar Racetrack. For more information, visit www.holidayoflights.com
JCC to present Annual Hanukkah Happening The 28th Annual Hanukkah Happening, co-sponsored by the Nierman Preschool – Glickman Galinson Education Complex and the JCC Youth Department, will take place at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hanukkah Happening is San Diego’s largest Hanukkah event for families and is a fun way for people of all ages and faiths to celebrate the holidays. The silent auction features a full spectrum of products and services, making it a “must do” event for San Die-
gans during the holiday season. Price for admission is only $2 for JCC members and $3 for non-members. Children under 2 years old are free. Free parking is available. Children will be thrilled with special appearances by Cinderella and Shrek and the opportunity to have their photos taken. Other festivities include: carnival games, arts and crafts, inflatable “jumpies,” and obstacle courses for kids of all ages, plus a teen experience and lots more. For more information, call the JCC at (858) 457-3030 or visit www.lfjcc.com.
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Orchestra Nova presents Masterpiece Messiah Orchestra Nova San Diegoâ€™s Masterpiece Messiah has become a â€œmust seeâ€? for San Diegans during the holidays, with its dramatic video presentation of great masterpieces of art complementing the music of the most famous of all oratorios, George Frideric Handelâ€™s Messiah. Performances have traditionally sold out, so this year they are adding a new venue and bringing their unique performance to the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church. The only performance of Handelâ€™s Messiah by professional musicians in San Diego this holiday season will be performed in three venues on Dec. 8, 9, and 10, each at 7:30 p.m.: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Bernardo; St. James by-theSea Episcopal Church in La Jolla; and Solana Beach Presbyterian Church in Solana Beach. For additional concert information: orchestranova.org. To purchase tickets: 858-3500290 or online at orchestranova.org
San Diego community this holiday season. FasTracKids is teaming up with Jewish Family Services to ensure a joyous holiday season to three needy families. Family # 107 Recently arrived refugee family of five from Iraq, who are making an effort to adjust to their new lives in the U.S. The wife passed away overseas and the children are having a very hard time without their mother. Father and mother-in-law currently have a lot of health complications, however, make an effort to go to ESL class and find a job. They also take care of three children. They do not have money to purchase gifts for one another this holiday. In advance they would like to â€œThank you for your generosity and support!â€? Family # 358 The father just lost his job five months ago and has not been able to find a job
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TVIA SD2 Boys Charity Group sets up tents for Susan G Komen 3-Day Walkers (See photo at right) On Friday evening, Nov. 18, the young men’s leadership and philanthropic organization known as Teen Volunteers in Action set up tents for over 4,500 tired walkers participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure. TVIA SD-2 chapter is comprised of young men in grades 7-12 living in the Del Mar/Carmel Valley/Rancho Santa Fe/Solana Beach areas. This event was a big one for TVIA as 78 young men participated, as well as many of their family members and friends, which brought the volunteer number to 120. It was a special evening at Crown Point Shores in Pacific Beach, helping the tired walkers and seeing their grateful smiles after their tents were set up for them. If you would like more information on TVIA, please contact tviasandiego2@@gmail.com; www.tvia.org.
Children’s artwork needed for wounded Marines project The National Museum of the Marine Corps is conducting its “Art for Wounded Warriors” program for the second year, after receiving overwhelming support from youth across the country in its inaugural year. For 2011, the museum is working with the Wounded Warrior Regiment to distribute the artwork submitted by children and teens to brighten the walls of hospitals from coast to coast. Those who wish to participate should create a picture and write a supportive message on an 8 ½-inch x 11-inch piece of paper. Artists should also write their names, hometowns and grade levels on the back of their pictures. The museum will accept drawings, paintings or colorings from children of all ages and abilities. All works of art must be submitted in a flat, rigid envelope postmarked by Dec. 10. Artwork becomes the property of the museum and cannot be returned. Mail all submissions to: The National Museum of the Marine Corps, Attn: Teacher-inResidence, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA. 22172-193.
Childhelp’s upcoming Holiday boutique benefits abused and neglected children The local chapter of Childhelp, a nonprofit organization that supports abused and neglected children, is organizing “Fantasia,” a holiday boutique and luncheon at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. On Friday, Dec. 2, guests may browse the tables of about 24 vendors, each with quality merchandise perfect for gift giving. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with complimentary bellini cocktails served for the first hour, and luncheon served at noon. The event ends at 3 p.m. In addition to shopping there will be opportunity drawings and a silent auction. Included are sport packages; Del Mar Race Track tickets; a limo ride package; a Cohn Restaurant gift certificate; a children’s photography session with Leslie Hoffman plus a complimentary portrait print; skin and body care products; and lots more. A live auction emceed by Scott Chodorow, a teacher at Torrey Pines High School, kicks off at noon. The luncheon is a major fundraiser for Childhelp, with 20 percent of all of the proceeds going back to the charity. Funds benefit the residential treatment services offered through the Merv Griffin Childhelp Village, and The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Event tickets are $95 each. Included in the price is luncheon and beverages. Contact Jeanette Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets in advance of the date. — Diane Welch
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Optimist dinner The Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club gathered for a Dinner Meeting Nov. 16 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. The event included a presentation from Dave Smith, co-founder and chairman of “Honor Flight San Diego,” a nonprofit organization that transports veterans to Washington DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. (www.honorflightsandiego. org). The Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimists also hold weekly Wednesday breakfast meetings at 7 a.m. at Denny’s on Via Del la Valle. All are invited. Photos/Jon Clark
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Childrenâ€™s Theater of Saint Therese of Carmelâ€™s annual Christmas musical is Dec. 4 The Childrenâ€™s Theater of Saint Therese of Carmel will present its annual Christmas musical on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the parish hall. The timeless story of the birth of Jesus is told through the eyes of an innkeeper who is overwhelmed by the sudden influx of visitors to the small town of Bethlehem for the census. Follow his journey from chaos to peace as the story unfolds. The play features an en- The Childrenâ€™s Theater of Saint Therese of Carmel will semble cast with Lauren present its annual Christmas musical on Sunday, Dec. 4, Goldman as the narrator at 2 p.m. in the parish hall. and Joseph played by Robert Osburn and Suzanne Osburn as Mary. Familiar carols will be sung with piano, violin, guitar, and bass accompaniment. All ages are welcome free of charge to the show and the reception, and arts and crafts fun immediately following. For more information, go to the parish website :www.sttheresecarmel.org or call (858) 481-3232.
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Comfort with class awaits diners at the Savory table BY KELLEY CARLSON avory is more than just a neighborhood restaurant. It’s home away from home, according to chef and owner Pascal Vignau. “We like having everyone feel comfortable,” he said. “It’s not too flashy, it’s comfortable, and it’s not loud.” The place has a “warm” feeling, stemming from the gold and green tones of the cushioned seats and various other accents, to the polished wooden floors. Some of the walls are inlaid with brick; others are covered in earthy tones. An unusual feature: a burnt orange-hued hood over the door to the wine room, which was an oven in the days when the site was a bakery. Vignau intended to keep the decor simple. “I want to see my table,” he said. Comfort food “with a twist” is truly the restaurant’s centerpiece. Start the meal with the daily vegan soup or a colorful salad consisting of roasted beet, crumbled blue cheese, croutons and greens. For something a little heavier, try the “Savory” Mac-n-Cheese with Black Forest ham, or a dish featuring bacon grits, crawfish, Andouille sausage and gumbo sauce. Among the “rustic/classic” entrees are Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast, breaded with croutons and pretzels and served with mashed potato, haricot vert and mushroom gravy; and the Crab Crusted
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Patrons can relax in the bar at the back of the restaurant. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON
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■ This week: Savory’s Berries Crisp Pacific Sea Bass with spinach, mushroom and beurre blanc sauce. Wrap up the meal with the Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Cake and Cherry Compote or the Pain Perdu — brioche French toast, Vignau’s homemade jam and vanilla bean ice cream. Savory offers a two-course Sunset Supper from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and Half Bottle, Half Price on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Afternoon Tea (a reservation-only event held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) features finger sandwiches, pastries and scones with Savory’s homemade jams. Guitarist Anthony Cutietta performs
Warm Peach Crisp with homemade ice cream and fresh figs. easy listening and jazz numbers in the bar from 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays. Further adding to Savory’s warmth is the friendliness and consistency of the staff. Vignau often becomes acquainted with customers, 50 percent of them regulars. Among his repeat guests are Bob and June, an elderly couple who have been dining at the restaurant a few times a week for several years. Vignau checks in on them to ensure they’re OK if they don’t stop by. He takes time to listen to menu suggestions, and has even been known to drive home an inebriated customer or two. Customers tend to visit Savory the most on Tuesdays and weekends; winter is the busiest season, Vignau said.
November 23, 2011
UCSD duo joins Brooklyn ‘Sound Sculptor’ at The Loft BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT Brooklyn-based Marco Benevento is something of a cult figure in the world of avant-jazz, known for his blend of catchy tunes and experimental techniques. Combining keyboard artistry with the latest high-tech tools, he uses amplifiers, guitar pickups, samplers, and circuit-bent toys — electronic gadgets whose wires are snipped, intercepted, and redirected to produce new kinds of sounds — to create his own special effects. Hailed as a “sound sculptor,” he’ll be bringing his genre-bending stylings to The Loft on Dec. 1. Although he performed downtown at Street Scene five years ago, this will be his first appearance in our area with his trio, which includes bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Andrew Borger, also featured on his 2010 album, “Between the Needles and Nightfall.” The title refers to a phrase used by the midwife before the birth of Benevento’s second daughter. “She gave my wife
Marco Benevento brings his genre-bending sound stylings to The Loft on Dec. 1. PHOTO: MICHAEL WEINTROB
If you go What: Marco Benevento and KaiBorg When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 Where: The Loft at UCSD, Price Center East, 2nd Floor Tickets: $25 (Reserved) / $15 (GA) UCSD Student: $5 (858) 858.534.TIXS Website: artpower.ucsd.edu some acupuncture and predicted the baby would come ‘between the needles and nightfall,’ ” Benevento said. “The baby was born at 7:40 p.m.” Benevento, who tours widely, has also scored and played soundtracks for Walt Disney’s “Dumbo” —
at least, the “Pink Elephants on Parade” segment — and the RogerCorman/ Vincent Price thriller “House of Usher.” Usher, first performed live at an outdoor concert in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, had a repeat performance this Halloween in Burlington,
Vermont. Benevento’s appearance here is the first stop on a cross-country tour that begins in the west and includes a 2012 Jam Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale Jan. 9-14. At The Loft, he’ll be playing an acoustic piano with guitar pickups and whatever else he decides to throw into the mix. And he’ll introduce his newest, just-released, two-song, 7-inch recording. Opening for Benevento will be an duo of UCSD sonic experimentalists known as KaiBorg, composed of David Bargo, a saxophonist, ethnomusicologist and associate professor in the music department’s Integrative Studies program, and Jeff Kaiser, a trumpet-player, multimedia artist and Ph.D.-track student. Both men also use laptops in performance, and play, separately and together, in many different venues and recordings. In 2009, KaiBorg was featured at the grand opening of UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Music Center. Borgo, who has been part of the faculty since
Opening for Benevento is UCSD’s KaiBorg, an electronic/ acoustic duo with Jeff Kaiser (left) on trumpet and David Bargo on sax. 2002, first met Kaiser about five years ago, when the latter joined the Integrative Studies program after a varied career that included time spent as a guitarist, choir director, and pastor. “We immediately hit it off as fellow improvisers,” Borgo said. “And Jeff has a tremendous electronic background, having grown up with pedals and effects. My background was more acoustic, jazz fusion and rock, but he’s been working with elec-
tronic adjustments and extended instruments since the 1980s.” Laptops have made their work more interesting, more complex, and more portable. “It’s a whole new instrument to learn,” Borgo said. “And a whole lot of thought has to go into creating the interface so you can be in the moment when you play. But it’s a lot more convenient to carry around a laptop than a suitcase full of guitar pedals!”
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Neal Preston’s rock-n-roll photographs have graced legendary album covers and game-changing magazine articles for decades; and now, thanks to popular demand, local photography enthusiasts and music fans alike can enjoy his work once again at a limited-time exhibition at Timmons Galleries in Rancho Santa Fe. Throughout the 2011 holiday season, Timmons Galleries will feature a unique collection of Preston’s most evocative and mesmerizing work; and every Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, guests are invited to peruse these and other stunning fine art works in an atmospheric environment blending live music, wine tasting, good company and vibrant local culture. This year, and for the first time in his career, Preston is partnering with Timmons Galleries to offer 5” x 7” framed monoprints for sale from his collection. These prints are breathtaking and one-of-a-kind – not to mention an ideal gift idea for the rockn-roll fan or aspiring artist on your holiday shopping list. To learn more about Timmons Galleries’ “Thursday Evenings in the Village” and see sample photographs from the exhibit, visit us online: www.timmonsgalleries.com.
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City-wide event is a dream come true for Del Mar resident BY CLAIRE HARLIN email@example.com
Jamie Sutton is throwing a Christmas Party — and he’s inviting about 35,000 guests. The Del Mar resident is the brains and labor behind the first-ever Christmas Tabernacle, to be held at Point Loma’s NTC Liberty Station Dec. 16-18. The familyfriendly event will feature more than 100 vendors, a food court, Christmas concerts and performances, a living nativity scene, interactive workshops, a real snow play zone and a themed Christmas tree area. Admission is $12-$18 and multiday passes are available. The upcoming event is a dream come true for Sutton. Growing up, his family had annual passes to all the major parks — Disneyland, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo —and they attended each at least 10 times a year, he said. “One thing I always noticed was how people seemed so happy on those days,” he said. “I thought to
myself that everyone couldn’t be that happy all the time, so it was something about those experiences that made all their troubles go away, even if it was just for one day.” Sutton said it was “magical” how people could leave it all behind at the gate, and he knew from a young age that he wanted to recreate those types of experiences for others. Mix with that Sutton’s passion for the Christmas holiday and a dedication to the religious values it’s based on, and A Christmas Tabernacle was born. “We’re seeing event names change to holiday this and that. Everybody is so PC (politically correct),” he said. “The idea is to go back to being just Christmas.” Sutton’s Christmas spirit may be as big as his entrepreneurial spirit. He started his own tourism magazine company at the age of 20, and has always kept a book of business ideas close. His
ultimate goal is to own his own theme park, and Walt Disney is his biggest idol. The idea of A Christmas Tabernacle came up last November. “It was the holidays, so I was in the mood,” he said. He started doing research on the viability of such an event and saw there were few large Christmas events that would rival his. “The more I looked into it, the more excited I got,” he said, adding that there will be a major philanthropic aspect to the event. The Christmas Tabernacle will feature a forest of 100 Christmas trees that will be uniquely decorated according to themes that will complement each tree’s business sponsor. Those trees will then be donated to families based on need. There will also be a craft station called Santa’s Workshop, where families will be able to make original gifts that can be donated to families in need, if they so wish. A Christmas Tabernacle will
Jamie Sutton also be working with local schools and churches, providing discount tickets for fundraising efforts. For more information about A Christmas Tabernacle, including, sponsorships, vendor opportunities and tickets, visit www.AChristmasTabernacle.com or contact Linda Lopez, managing director, at Linda@AChristmasTabernacle.com or (619) 754-9508.
Local artist makes a big statement in China, to show new art at Del Mar gallery Local artist, and Del Mar art gallery owner Michael Seewald made a big splash in China this past May. He was invited to show a wide selection from his 55-plus worldwide photographic adventures at the Yuan Xiaocen Art Museum in Kunming, China. The exhibition, titled ‘Life Elsewhere’, showcased 50 pieces of his art, many from previous trips there. Overall, the art spanned 25 years of his worldwide travels around the globe, and was sponsored by the Audi Car Corporation. Audi covered all his expenses: airfare to and from San Diego; framing of the artwork for the exhib- Michael Seewald in Kunming, China. it; his room and board and even some more travel throughout Yunnan so he could create a new series of art Yunnan Province, which is in the Tibetan foothills, and the Province is home to some 25 minority tribes. That new work, along with his new Vietnam series he made right after his trip to China, will be on display at the Michael Seewald Gallery in the Del Mar Plaza, with an opening night reception to be held Saturday, Dec. 10. The exhibit will run through Feb. 15, 2012 “It was great, I was treated like a king” Seewald said. “I had everything covered and got to promote my art, as well as photographic art in general, and was able to create a new series to boot, what a country!” For event time and more information, visit www.seewald. com; (858) 793-3444; Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, suite 106.
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November 23, 2011
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure More than 4,000 walkers traveled through the Village of Del Mar Nov. 18 on the first leg of a 60-mile journey in support of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer in San Diego. The Del Mar Village Association, with support from En Fuego Cantina & Grill, hosted the official downtown Del Mar Cheering Station and water distribution center for the walkers. The Torrey Pines High School Cheerleaders and the Del Mar lifeguards and firefighters were also on hand to cheer on the walkers. Photos/Jon Clark
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Bid bye-bye to leftover turkey with these delicious dishes The Kitchen Shrink
BY CATHARINE KAUFMAN There’s good news and bad news as we waddle away from the Thanksgiving table. The Bad: The more than 45 million turkeys consumed will yield copious amounts of leftovers from 535 pounds of breast meat, thighs, wings and legs. The Good: There must be 50 ways to use your leftovers. A Souper Bowl The leftover carcass makes a great soup base, the bones giving rich flavor and body to a turkey noodle, matzo ball, Italian wedding, wild rice, mushroom barley, turkey veggie, pasta e fazol with navy beans, Greek turkey lemon
(avgolemono) or hearty lentil. Throw in some turkey chunks that will become moist and rejuvenated in the pot of savory soups. Turk Mex Turkey is adaptable to practically every ethnic dish on the planet. For Italian, top a pizza pie with some turkey strips, fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes; bake turkey Parmesan blanketed with marinara sauce; whip up turkey tetrazzini, piccata with lemon and capers, or cacciatore. Dial up the spice with turkey burritos, turkey chili, or turkey nachos. Stir-fry a turkey chow or low mein; do turkey spring rolls, egg foo yung, or turkey and black bean sauce over organic jasmine rice. Be adventurous with Middle Eastern turkey, pair it with walnut and pomegranate sauce, stuffed pitas or turkey saffron rice with lentils. Turkey A-Go-Go How ‘bout a twist on Shepherd’s Pie using shredded turkey, leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, and other veggies hangin’ around from the big dinner.
Turkey Nicoise Salad center. Drizzle with more dressing if desired, and garnish with fresh herbs.
This salad is a delightful lightweight after the heavy carbs of Thanksgiving with just enough meat and potatoes to satisfy all. (Serves 4) Ingredients: 2 pounds of turkey breast meat, cubed 1 head of bib lettuce, torn in bitesize pieces 1/2 pound of baby creamer red potatoes 1/2 pound of thin green beans or haricots, ends trimmed 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in quarters 1/2 pound of Roma tomatoes, cubed 1/3 cup each of black and green olives, pitted, halved 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced Chopped fresh herbs for garnish (parsley, tarragon or chives) Method: In two separate pots, boil Also consider Turkey Mac and Cheese, Turkey Sliders with gravy dipping sauce, Turkey Stew, or a classic Turkey Pot Pie. Hail Caesar! Concoct one-dish salads loaded with lean turkey protein, heart-healthy
the potatoes until tender. Cut lengthwise in quarters, set aside. Boil string beans for 4 minutes, al dente. Drain and set aside. Toss the bib lettuce in the dressing (recipe below). Arrange on a large platter, covering the surface. Toss the potatoes and beans in the dressing, separately. Start assembling on the platter in segregated piles — the potatoes, beans, tomatoes, onions, olives and eggs, with the turkey in the
seeds and nuts, fiber, and vitamins A, C, K and lycopene-rich fruits and veggies. Toss a Turkey Caesar with big chunks of white meat, crunchy romaine, garlic croutons and olive oil-anchovy based dressing (hold the raw egg, even
For the dressing: 1 garlic clove, chopped Juice from one lemon 1 anchovy fillet, drained (optional) 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard 8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon of minced shallots 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste Method: In a small mixing bowl, mash the anchovy and garlic into a paste. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the mustard, lemon and oil until well incorporated. Add the shallots and Worcestershire. Refrigerate.
though your chances of contracting salmonella from an infected egg is 1 in 30,000). Have a yen for Asian? Do a Mandarin with toasted almonds and sesame seeds. You could also go Greek with black olives, cherry tomatoes, Persian
cukes and crumbled feta. How about a healthier take on the French Nicoise Salad by swapping out the mercury-laden tuna with chunks of lean white turkey. To talk turkey, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.FreeRangeClub. com
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