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May 24, 2012

Fiesta Del Sol steps up parking, food offerings for festival June 2-3

La Jolla Cultural Partners

BY CLAIRE HARLIN EDITOR@DELMARTIMES.NET Seven free parking lots, a double-decker shuttle bus and inexpensive pedi-cabs are just a few measures added to Fiesta Del Sol to make the 2012 celebration more accommodating than ever, organizers say. This year’s Fiesta Del Sol will be held in Solana Beach on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. The Fiesta del Sol opens each morning at 9 a.m. with the arts and crafts fair and closes each evening at 9 p.m. after the conclusion of the last musical performance. With more than 50,000 festival-goers expected to attend, organizers at the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce put their heads together this year to find ways to mitigate parking, promote Solana Beach as a car-free vacation spot and get visitors to enjoy local businesses in addition to the festival. “We feel like we’ve accomplished all the goals we wanted,” said chamber President Carolyn Cohen. “It’s a huge effort and everyone is working really hard.” In addition to seven added free parking lots along South Sierra Avenue and Via de la Valle, the Amtrak and Coaster are offering two tickets for the price of one, and the chamber is offering free gift bags for those who come to the free festival via foot, bike or train. There will also be a designated bike parking area on Lomas Santa Fe adjacent to the train station. Bicycle pedi-cabs will be offering rides to and from the parking lots for $3 to $5 dollars a ride, depending on how far the lot is. During the previous 32 Fiesta Del Sol celebrations, attendees have not been enjoying the shops and restaurants of Solana Beach, Cohen said. This year, however, the chamber is working with a number of businesses along Highway 101, on Cedros Avenue, and in the


Time Warner Cable honors local Best Moms

Last year’s Fiesta Del Sol. city’s shopping centers by offering discounts to festival-goers. “Retailers have not generally liked the festival, but this year everybody is so excited,” Cohen said, adding that there will also be jazz performances to entertain shoppers in the Cedros Design District — one at the corner of Rosa Street and another in front of Leaping Lotus. Another huge venture for Fiesta Del Sol organizers is a new partnership with Antengo, a company that is offering a smartphone application that will map out the festival, discounted stores, parking lots and food trucks, in addition to offering a detailed music schedule. Cohen said organizers are stepping up food offerings a notch, with a gourmet food truck festival taking place inside the festival itself. “Gourmet food trucks right now are the hottest thing,” said Cohen. “They make really incredible food and we wanted to upgrade our fiesta food.” Cohen said kid-friendly foods like kettle corn and Italian ice will still be available, but in the kids’ section of the fest. For more information, visit

Meilong Zhang and Joan Mei

Soo Jean Park and Chae Hyun

Spencer Lytle and Deana Lytle

Ying Qu and Victoria K. Li Time Warner Cable recently announced Carmel Valley students and their mothers as finalists in the 2012 Time Warner Cable Best Moms contest. The annual event provides San Diego County children the opportunity to celebrate the qualities that make their mom or caregiver special and earn them well-deserved recognition for Mother’s Day. Now in its 11th year, more than 200 people attended the Time Warner Cable Best Moms ceremony at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla and the following students and their mothers from the Carmel Valley area were honored: •Deana Lytle (mother), Spencer Lytle (child) •Joan Mei (mother), Meilong Zhang (child) •Soo Jean Park (mother), Chae Hyun Lee (child) •Ying Qu (mother), Victoria K. Li (child) The contest asks children to nominate their mom by either writing an essay or submitting a video. Each of the winners was chosen through a panel of judges including politicians, journalists and teachers. Fifty of the Best Moms Contest finalists and their participating child were honored at the luncheon. While moms were given the royal treatment they deserve, a portion of each student essay was read, or an excerpt from their videos were played while they walked the red carpet to receive their award. Each finalist received a trophy and gifts generously donated by sponsors, including Sony, Microsoft, Ultra Star Cinemas, HBO Network, Mission Federal Credit Union, Diamond Boutique, Pop Chips, San Diego Repertory Theatre and Spa Gregorie’s. For more information, visit www.twcwest/bestmoms


Grunion Run

Wednesday, May 30 > 6:30 PM

June 6: 10:45 p.m.- 12:45 a.m.

This year’s Art Auction has something for everyone. Experience a live auction with a professional auctioneer and works of contemporary art for sale, in addition to a silent auction with an animated closing. Bid on works by Ed Ruscha, Ai Weiwei, Mara de Luca, and many more. Visit for tickets.

Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Observe hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Before hitting the beach, see grunion hatch before your eyes during a special presentation about this mysterious fish. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Ages 6-13 with a paid adult.

MCASD La Jolla 700 Prospect Street

RSVP required: 858-534-7336 or online at Public: $12

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

Roger Guillemin & Le Corbeau: Father & Son

July 31 to August 24, 2012

On View May 26-June 16, 2012 Opening Reception, Fri. May 25, 6:30-8:30PM Free Admission

Single Tickets on sale May 29 Don’t miss opening weekend featuring an all-star roster of artists including Music Director Cho-Liang Lin, Oscarwinning composer Tan Dun, Jon Kimura Parker, Augustin Hadelich, Michala Petri, Anthony Newman and more. Tickets start at $45.

(858) 459-3728

François (a.k.a Le Corbeau), the east coast artist and Roger, the west coast artist will exhibit together as Father and Son, in the Athenaeum’s Joseph Clayes III Gallery. Roger’s digital prints range from molecular art structures, impressionistic landscapes to pure abstractions. Le Corbeau, a sculptor whose medium is bronze, will show works that are whimsical and often cast from found or natural objects. For more information, call (858) 454-5872 or visit

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